Just another E-Mail from the Real World…

A friend sent me this article,  and  I am  adding my  answer…I don’t have permission to print out the article in its entirety, but  you  can  look for it  at FP..it’s short and succinct…

WORTHY OF THEIR ANGER

Our leaders’ unpunished failures have led to furious voters

Stephen Walt

For Foreign Policy magazine

Dear K….

Actually, that is  Germany post WW1, and  this is the same response to a  conman that the  Germans gave to  Hitler..and yes, i a, terrified..but  Klaas I am a  Bernie fan all the way, and if this sort of  seemingly mindless  anger is what is necessary to clean house..well, so be it..the only way people seemingly learn is the hard way, and though all these  writers  trash this and that elite, who allowed them to get into power, and maintain it all these years?  The people, who treat participatory democracy like a  joke,  most of those angry  ones probably never  bother to vote or even  do a little reading/research to find out what is really going on…

Don’t want to make you feel bad, but a real microcosm of this attitude is  a union..how many meetings did anyone actually attend? In the twenty years i was  with the  City I tried to attend as many as i could, I participated and  got  frustrated because the powers that were entrenched in that Union office  knew what Trump and the  others  knew..that  people are lazy, don’t want to be bothered and they would do whatever the  Union  told them was for  ‘their won good..”  When I tried to  fight that I succeeded, but then, apathy set in again and  people quit caring,  and quit coming to meetings, etc…and so it goes…
The  same thing happens  here (and in the US and Britain)..sure everyone  got all antsy and decided they’d had enough of  Harper, but who died they vote for?  And how is Trudeau any different?  He isn’t…and so it goes…it’s gonna have to get a lot worse here before it gets better….and  Canadians haven’t  even gotten angry yet..I have no idea  what that is going to look like…
W
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Gordon Campbell..back in the Soup…

Ottawa announces diplomatic shakeup with 26 new appointments

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion removes high-profile Harper-era appointees

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Jul 19, 2016 11:27 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016 3:02 PM ET

It’s about time, by any standards of  political heel-dragging, that  the Harper appointees go gently into that  good night, but look out,  BC,  Gordo  “three martini” Campbell  will be back in town, very shortly..you remember, the guy with the  9% approval rating, the guy who created the reno-viction  plague, the guy who made  ‘leaky condos’ a  phrase for the ages in BC, the guy who dismantled the trades apprenticeship program  and  made  elevator inspectors, hairdressers and others mere  wage slaves  with no training necessary…that  guy, the one  who got arrested for  driving  drunk in Hawaii while still Premiere of this province..who  wept  like a Southern televangelist on TV begging for forgiveness for his sins, but who refused  to  do the  honorable thing and  quit..you know,  the  abject liar who swore he wouldn’t implement  the HST, pre-election,  and did just that anyway…his reward from his  overlord Harper?  Why, a plummy job in the UK as a  ‘commissioner’  at  Canada House..whatever it is that   the position entails, I would bet it pays well…I could go on and on, but, you get the drift…

Yep, that guy..and now he’ll be  back, and  we have to wonder how  Christy  Clark is gonna feel about that…she’s  sunk almost as low in the  polls, and his  imminent return will  make it so  easy to do a comparison between them.., and I thought the RNC  was the only excuse I had for popcorn….

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There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

I’ve been holding back on commenting….reality has been so overwhelming and I feel as if, for the first time since possibly the War of  1812, that  the West is  slowly, inexorably being pulled into  another war, this time on home turf..perhaps  even  CW2..(Civil War)…

If we look at what is  happening around the world, it seems that, indeed, the center will not hold..everywhere are signs of  right wing  insanity and left wing resurgence, and we all know that the power rests in the  hands of the corporatists…but how  do they propose to deal with  the  singular  seemingly guerrilla war tactics of  the disaffected?..these are increasing in  number and seriousness..who  would have thought that any  mentally unstable individual  could out- do  Orlando for sheer  horror and numbers?  I  give you Nice,  France…

And  while all of this  is  going on,  the people  are marching in the streets of the US and to a lesser extent, Canada,  and no one seems interested in anything  except  stifling  dissent, whatever it may be directed towards..just saw a nasty vid on FB  of   a protest on private property (the protesters were invited  to occupy the property by the legal owner) in the Southern US where the cops literally pushed the protesters onto public property so they could be beaten on and  arrested, and they knew they were being filmed..do they care?  No!  Because no one is being held  responsible for their actions anymore, there is too much happening at such an insane pace that no one  can deal with it..Emotional overload..Obama goes public with a lot of mumbling about  terrorism and  violence and guns blah blah blah..then signs a bill allowing  Monsanto to keep on poisoning us under the law…

On the home front, our selfie-loving PM  has  obviously decided, like all politicians, that to actually keep his word regarding  pre-election promises might  be….well, premature,  and so  we go on, insecure about whether or not in fact  we can  do something about  pipelines and oil tankers invading the  West Coast and despoiling  what little we have left…bill C-51 is gonna be a  shoo-in, mark my words, and as for  local  problems like  contaminated soil being  legally dumped  on the hills overlooking a source of our  drinking water in  Shawnigan Lake, well, that seems to be cracking on, apace…

In other news, Jon  Stewart  obviously couldn’t resist  the temptation of  overseeing the Republican Convention, and so will join his old sidekick,  Stephen Colbert as an ‘analyst’ on Late Night..something to look forward to,  the odd smile to  try and keep the numbing horror  at bay while the fiddlers screech on – as Rome  does a slow burn…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brexit – Stage Left…

The Guardian view on post-Brexit politics: perilous times for progressives

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London in the wake of resignations from his shadow cabinet
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London in the wake of resignations from his shadow cabinet. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

 

Frankly, I don’t see why all the panic is being created..it’s terrible that immigrants feel unsafe, and that the bigots are on holiday, assuming that they have ‘won ‘ something, but really, there are lots of positives in Brexit that no one seems to be talking about..could that be because the Right chose to support it to destabilize a surging Progressive tide? All over the world, conventional politics are being questioned, if not derided, and all over the world, the young are questioning the very validity of so called ‘democratic’ principles , of politics by committee, and the obviously corrupt and costly situation that is the EU…Farage may think that he’s ‘won’ something, but in fact, the bigots were always with him, but they are a minority..
The problems are with the media, as always a tool of the elites..
Once things settle down – and Blairites quit exploiting the ‘chaos’ by trying, yet again, to unseat the only decent leader that UK  Labor has had for a long while – it might be seen as obviously a good thing that Corbyn didn’t get too involved in the process…why is it that Brits continue to believe that leaders are there to brainwash the electorate..they are there to carry out the will of the people, not to force the people to their will…

Now the BritCons are faced with explaining to the  Leave voters that in fact all the promises they made might  have  been hyperbole..overstated, at best…and Corbyn had nothing to do with that…the bigots who  crawl out from  their sewers and spread filth and fear are always with us, and  they may feel vindicated, but they will soon  find out that their stupidity (how many of them actually voted?)  will be answered with pushback…the young of the  UK are vindicated, they want a one world system to level the playing field and this sort of thing will cause them to vote in vast numbers, like never  before, for progressive candidates who  share their values…you can see something similar in the States happening with  Clinton looking less and less like the progressive she  tries to convince voters that she is, and more like the corrupt  Dem/Rep inseparable from  her supposed  rivals …

The fact that Corbyn didn’t  bite is  a  positive for me, and shows foresight…let them hang themselves  Jeremy, watch and wait and strike at election timed..those who appreciate your stance will be with you, and I believe,  like  Bernie Sanders,  you will prevail..

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You Can Handle the Truth…..

 

This is an excellent introduction for those who do not understand the issue..should be required viewing in every high school in Europe and North America (USA and Canada) so that over time education does what the limited means of Palestinians cannot..that is, educate the next generation in the reality of the Occupation..nothing works like education, no bomb or apartheid or mistreatment can stand against it…

I am always at a loss  for a simple way to  explain my POV to those who  are ignorant on the subject, whose only  contact with it  is through the MSM which is so one-sidedly Pro Israel that it is impossible to  expect those who do not search for the truth to ever reach it..this is all I can contribute, and  Jewish  Voice for Peace is a wonderful  site I found through  Facebook and can recommend to anyone searching for  answers..it is produced  by Jews who are eager to tell the world  what is really going on..I am grateful to  them.

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The MSM Semantics of anti-Semitism…

ANALYSIS Has the activist left decided anti-Semitism doesn’t exist?: Neil Macdonald History, detail and nuance often ignored in modern political discourse By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: …

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The MSM Semantics of anti-Semitism…

Has the activist left decided anti-Semitism doesn’t exist?: Neil Macdonald

History, detail and nuance often ignored in modern political discourse

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 6:28 AM ET

To answer your  question, Neil,  no, as a matter of fact, if  you were to look  closely, more so than the cursory check you’ve given ‘activism’ you might find that many of these activists are Jews, or come from a  Jewish background…

This  has always been the case, yes,  even in Israel – but the MSM here does  the same thing to activists that it  does to Bernie Sanders..pretends they don’t exist, give them no coverage at all unless the  perception of anti-Semitism can be served by blackening an activist response to anything…I am sick to death of it, personally, but  still  you journos, and politicians of  most stripes, persist in the ideological fallacy that any sort of  protest of the direct or indirect (Cuomo) actions of the Israeli government is somehow anti-Semitic…I call bullshit.

When Governor  Cuomo of New York declares that they will unilaterally  boycott any business that has the  ‘nerve’ to boycott  Israel, with no consultation and an abysmal ignorance  of the US constitution, that boycott of  a marauding country  is  called an  anti-Semitic response…

Ask yourself, Neil, if  Trump blames all  Moslems for  what  occurred in Orlando , does that  make his accusations valid?  If  some  mental case (and assuredly  this murderer was that, evidenced by testimony of  aquaintances, ex-wife and  even his father..) decides to  commit  an atrocity on this level, is it his  mental state that  creates the crime, or Allah? Or are those who blame all Moslems for  these  acts right, or are they anti-Moslem?

Full disclosure, Neil, I am an absolute pagan from a family that consists of  Jews on my mother’s side, and  Catholics on my father’s…I  have an avid dislike of all organized religion, yet I  am happy to concede that the rights of all to worship  or not as they see fit are sacrosanct…but those rights do not extend to the  state-sponsored abuse, murder and  imprisonment, genocide and  economic  control over another group… and, if  some Jews are committing  these atrocities  while simultaneously claiming discrimination, sorry,  but  it’s pathetic and horrifying…to misquote an old  bit of rhetoric..those who do not benefit from the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them….none more so than the  Israelis who  keep electing these  fascist  governments.  If that is  what passes for anti-Semitism, guess  that is what I  am…..

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