Small dogs and men

The ridicule of small dogs by some men is part of their whole male insecurity and the need to perform their manhood in acceptable ways for other men. If, like their cars, a dog is not big and mean looking then men’s masculinity is threatened. Men ridicule small dogs as part of their performative masculinity. I expect there will be responses by men to this “stuff” that will say “oh, come on, stop with all this feminism-inspired nonsense”. This too illustrates male insecurity.

When I walk my small dog, who is every bit as much of a dog as a shepard or pitbull etc, I get this “oooo, don’t let your guard dog bite me” shit. Here we have male insecurity mixed in with latent or not so latent homophobia. If you are one of these men who do any of this nasty stuff you should be questioning yourself on many levels.

A dog is a dog, big or small so get over yourselves.

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Corporate power killed whatever tiny amount of democracy that might have existed

Same in Canada

“Corporate Power and the US Empire killed American democracy while political cowardice and propaganda have us looking for other perpetrators. No it’s not the Russians. Its our own history, culture and political system.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/06/how-corporate-power-killed-democracy/

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Here are the people who rule Canada

Here are your rulers:
(a few years old now but not much changes here.)
 
Figure 8 List of the Wealthy 86 By Year (Derived From Canadian Business Magazine)
Rank 2012 2005 1999
1 Thomson family KENNETH THOMSON AND FAMILY  KENNETH THOMSON
2 Galen Weston GALEN WESTON  James (J.K.) IRVING
3 J.K., Arthur & the late John Irving J. K., ARTHUR AND JOHN IRVING  GALEN WESTON
4 Rogers family JAMES (JIMMY) PATTISON  BOMBARDIER FAMILY
5 Jimmy Pattison PAUL DESMARAIS SR.  JAMES (JIMMY) PATTISON
6 Paul Desmarais Sr. EDWARD (TED) ROGERS JR.  FRED MANNIX
7 Saputo family SAPUTO FAMILY  EDWARD (TED) ROGERS JR.
8 Carlo Fidani BERNARD (BARRY) SHERMAN  TERRY MATTHEWS
9 Chip Wilson DAVID AZRIELI BERNARD (BARRY) SHERMAN
10 Richardson family CLAY RIDDELL PAUL DESMARAIS SR.
11 Fred & Ron Mannix MICHAEL LEE-CHIN  ISRAEL (IZZY) ASPER
12 Barry Sherman FRED AND RON MANNIX  LESLIE DAN
13 Harrison McCain family DARYL KATZ  SAPUTO FAMILY
14 Daryl Katz HARRISON MCCAIN FAMILY  ANDRE CHAGNON
15 David Azrieli WALLACE MCCAIN DAVID AZRIELI
16 Clay Riddell JEAN COUTU JEAN COUTU
17 Wallace McCain family CARLO FIDANI CHARLES SIROIS
18 Alan, Clayton and Barry Zekelman ALEX SHNAIDER  WALLACE MCCAIN
19 Sobey family ALLAN SLAIGHT HARRISON MCCAIN
20 Murray Edwards MURRAY EDWARDS  SAUL FELDBERG
21 Lalji family RICHARDSON FAMILY  KRUGER FAMILY
22 Mitchell Goldhar TERENCE (TERRY) MATTHEWS  REICHMANN FAMILY
23 Bob Gaglardi STEPHEN JARISLOWSKY  RICHARDSON FAMILY
24 Guy Laliberté SOBEY FAMILY ROBERT MILLER
25 Slaight family BOMBARDIER FAMILY  LAWRENCE TANENBAUM
26 Robert Miller BRANDT LOUIE RONALD JOYCE
27 Reichmann family ASPER FAMILY VITTORIO (VIC) DE ZEN
28 Marcel Adams MARCEL ADAMS OREY FIDANI
29 Bombardier family KRUGER FAMILY JR SHAW
30 Michael Lee-Chin LESLIE DAN MARCEL ADAMS
31 Jean Coutu JOSEPH AND TED BURNETT  ROBERT BEAMISH
32 Brandt Louie MICHAEL LAZARIDIS  ALLAN SLAIGHT
33 Terry Matthews GUY LALIBERTÉ  PIERRE KARL PELADEAU
34 Heather Reisman & Gerry Schwartz JAMES BALSILLIE  CLAY RIDDELL
35 Ronald Southern ROBERT (BOBBY) JULIEN AND DELIA MOOG  STEPHEN JARISLOWSKY
36 Muzzo family REICHMANN FAMILY  ERNEST (ERNIE) SAMUEL
 
18 Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Rank 2012 2005 1999
37 Peter Gilgan VITTORIO (VIC) DE ZEN  BRANKO MATIC
38 Alex Shnaider SAUL FELDBERG LORNE TROTTIER
39 JR Shaw LALJI FAMILY ROBERT SCHAD
40 Joseph & Ted Burnett ROBERT MILLER OMENIC D’AMICO
41 Stephen Jarislowsky GERRY SCHWARTZ AND HEATHER REISMAN  EE KA LAU
42 Seymour Schulich MARCO MUZZO KAREL VELAN
43 Fred DeGasperis RONALD (RON) JOYCE  JOSEPH BURNETT
44 Kruger family FRANK STRONACH  GERRY SCHWARTZ
45 Greenberg family RONALD (RON) SOUTHERN  SERGE GODIN
46 Larry Rossy MITCHELL GOLDHAR  JOHN CRAIGEATON
47 Eric Sprott ALFREDO (FRED) De GASPERIS  RANDALL MOFFAT
48 Ronald Joyce SAMUEL FAMILY  HENRY (HAL) JACKMAN
49 John Risley HENRY (HAL) JACKMAN  MARCO MUZZO
50 Samuel family CHARLES SIROIS  RONALD SOUTHERN
51 Larry Tanenhaum ALBERT LATNER  ALLAN (AL) THORLAKSON
52 Rudy Bratty SEYMOUR SCHULICH  PREM WATSA
53 Apostolopoulos family LAWRENCE TANENBAUM  MURRAY EDWARDS
54 Hal Jackman CHAN FAMILY  MITCHELL GOLDHAR
55 Charles Sirois J. R. SHAW  SOBEY FAMILY
56 Alain Bouchard GREENBERG FAMILY  CHARLES (CHUCK) FIPKE
57 Chan family BOB GAGLARDI  FRANK HASENFRATZ
58 Saul Feldberg DAVE AND CLIFF LEDE  JOHN BRAGG
59 David Werklund HASSAN KHOSROWSHAHI  ALFREDO (FRED) DE GASPERIS
60 Latner family KOSCHITZKY FAMILY  PETER MUNK
61 Hassan Khospowshahi RUDOLPH (RUDY) BRATTY  SEYMOUR SCHULICH
62 Cliff & Dave Lede MICHAEL POTTER  ALDO BENSADOUN
63 Sam & Van Kolias MOLSON FAMILY  BRANDT LOUIE
64 Belkin family PIERRE KARL AND ÉRIK PÉLADEAU  RICHARD LEVAN
65 Kenneth Rowe ROBERT BEAMISH  THOMAS BATA SR.
66 Koschitzky family JODREY FAMILY  LORENZO DE MENEGHI
67 Leslie Dan BELKIN FAMILY  MICHAEL POTTER
68 Vic De Zen ALAIN BOUCHARD  JODREY FAMILY
69 K. (Rai) Sahi ALDO BENSADOUN  ROBERT KREMBIL
70 Serge Godin BILL COMRIE ARTHUR LABATT
71 Michael Lazaridis JOHN RISLEY  BELKIN FAMILY
72 U. Gary Charlwood STEWART BLUSSON  JULIA CONWAY
73 John Bragg LEON FAMILY CONRAD
Rank 2012 2005 1999
74 Bobby Julien & Delia Moog ROBERT GRATTON  STEWART BLUSSON
75 Rob McEwen CHARLES (CHUCK) FIPKE  BERNARD LEMAIRE
76 Aldo Bensadoun GAIL REGAN, ROSEMARY PHELAN AND
HOLIDAY PHELAN-JOHNSON 
KENNETH ROWE
77 Libleld family ANDRÉ CHAGNON  KWOK YUEN (K.Y.) HO
78 Leon family LOUISE BLOUIN MACBAIN  DAVID RITCHIE
79 de Gaspé Beaubien family ISADORE SHARP ISADORE SHARP
80 Michael Potter DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN FAMILY  SCHWARTZ FAMILY
81 Stewart Blusson LEE KA LAU  SAM KOLIAS
82 Jodrey family PETER GILGAN IRWIN ADELSON
83 Pierre Karl and Erik Péladeau DOUGLAS FREGIN  BILL COMRIE
84 Chuck Fipke RANDALL MOFFAT  RUDOLPH (RUDY) BRATTY
85 Jack Cockwell ALLAN THORLAKSON  KEN BUCHANAN
86 Amar Doman JOHN BRAGG DR. JEFFREY MACHAT
Source Canadian Business Magazine Rich 100, 1999, 2005 & 2012 and author’s exclusions
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Oligarchy in Canada: A Report

You might want to have a read of this report. Her is a quote from it:
 
“The level of wealth inequality in Canada has reached such extremes that
in 2012, according to figures derived from Canadian Business magazine, the
86 wealthiest Canadian-resident individuals (and families) held the same
amount of wealth as the poorest 11.4 million Canadians combined. To put
these findings into historical perspective, in 1999, The Wealthy 86 held the
same wealth as the bottom 10.1 million Canadians. In dollar terms, the net worth of The Wealthy 86 has been increasing since 1999 when it sat at just
under $120 billion ($2012). It has since increased in 2012 to almost $180 billion
($2012).
The Wealthy 86 represent only 0.002% of Canadians, but they hold the
same amount of wealth as the bottom 34% of the population.
 
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The Canadian Oilgarchy and why Democracy is a Farce in Canada

I know I go on about Canada’s oligarchy and how democracy is a farce because of it but have a look at this article. Of course it is decrying the “decline” of the Desmarais but when you look into the article you will see what just one family in the Canadian oligarchy owns. Now think about what the Westons, the Thomsons and all the rest own in Canada and ask yourself who gov’ts really work for.
 
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We must begin to curb the power of corporations

We must begin to curb the power of corporations

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We must begin to curb the power of corporations

The revelations of the Paradise Papers, the earlier Panama Papers and numerous articles in the western mainstream and alternative media demonstrate just one dimension, tax evasion, of an increasingly obvious truth: global corporations have become the greatest threat to the planet. The deliberate starvation of government, climate change, grotesque inequality, Dickensian working conditions, environmental degradation, dwindling biodiversity, the slow (or not so slow) death of the oceans and the creation of the security state on corporations’ behalf threaten not only the natural world but our capacity to democratically govern ourselves while maintaining some semblance of civilization.

The advent of the corporate state was truly unleashed when Canada and the U.S. introduced the first “free trade” agreement in 1989. In the 28 years since, hundreds of such agreements have been signed, all of them designed to erase borders for corporations and radically reduce the operational space for democratic governance.

Governments are the only institutions that can seriously challenge the power and reach of transnational corporations: they made them and they could unmake them. Only governments can curb their predatory nature, constrain their contempt for their workers, communities and the environment, and genuinely punish them when they openly break the law as part of their fiduciary “duty” to their shareholders.

Of course, it’s difficult to imagine current governments in any role other than the unindicted co-conspirator which have played for decades. The implementation over 30 years of neoliberal policies by governments of virtually every stripe has liberated corporations, increasingly removing constraints designed to make them accountable to the broader society.

The tax avoidance/evasion tidal wave is just one example. Governments have not only allowed this obscene anti-social conspiracy; they have facilitated it. Much of it is actually legal; in other words, sanctioned by governments we elect. Yet that does not absolve corporations from their responsibility. A recent study by Canadians for Tax Fairness (disclosure: I am on their board) revealed that the 60 largest public companies in Canada have 1,021 subsidiaries in a string of tax havens. Four had none; Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Sun Life Financial have over 50 each. According to the study, “Canadian foreign direct investment (FDI) in tax havens grew from $2.1 billion in 1994 to $284 billion in 2016.”

By now most people know how these “profit-shifting” schemes work. Companies assign profits made elsewhere to tax haven subsidiaries in countries with low or no income taxes. They half-heartedly claim they actually do business in these countries, but the numbers say otherwise. The study shows subsidiaries in non-tax haven countries employ between 1,244 to 2,760 employees per billion in assets; for tax-haven users the ratio is one to 250. In 2014, Canadian corporations held almost $31 billion in assets in Bermuda; their subsidiaries employed a total of 35 employees.

While the Trudeau government has made some moves in the right direction to track flesh-and-blood tax cheaters, it has done virtually nothing to curb the immoral behaviour of so-called corporate citizens. This should hardly surprise us. Over the decades we have watched these ersatz “citizens” develop into the institutional equivalent of psychopaths. This is not a subjective assessment; it is written into their legal DNA by the laws governing corporations. They don’t have social responsibility like ordinary citizens — only the fiduciary duty to their shareholders. They are citizens who live forever; once a corporation has a charter it can’t be revoked.

Twenty years ago, of the 100 largest “economies” in the world, 51 were corporations. I am sure that number is higher now. It was recently revealed that the Royal Bank is now, officially, “too big to fail” — or more to the point, free to be reckless knowing the taxpayer will bail it out.

In attempting to imagine how we can save our civilizations and ecosystems from corporate predation it may be helpful to know that corporations haven’t always had such free reign. In 1809, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that if an applicant’s purpose in seeking a corporate charter “[i]s merely private or selfish; if it is detrimental to, or not promotive, of the public good, they have no adequate claim upon the legislature for the privileges.” Charters were routinely denied and in 1832, Pennsylvania revoked the charters of 10 banks for not serving the public good.

These strict limits on corporations — they could only engage in the single activity described in their charter — began to disappear in the late 1800s. The U.S. Civil War resulted in corporations becoming much more powerful. States competed with each other for corporate investment and their judges systematically eliminated restrictions on corporate charters. They gradually re-interpreted the U.S. constitution and changed the common law to make corporations citizens.

Canada of course, actually started off as a corporate state — the Hudson’s Bay Company — and corporations have always had a cozy relationship with governments here. But it wasn’t until the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that they were considered “natural persons” with the same human rights as you and I. The fight to get corporations to pay their fair share of taxes must continue. But we should set our sights a lot higher. A good start would be to find a compelling case to take to the Supreme Court and have corporations’ “natural persons” status removed. And then put back into corporate law the power to revoke the charters of corporations which violate the public good.

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The CBC use of “balance” is irresponsible

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/warning-to-humanity-scientists-scaremongering-1.4403246

Here we have an example of the CBC trying to engage in “balance” by publicizing the dissent of a few people to the majority view. This kind of article continues to raise “concerns” about well established science that contribute to individual and government inaction based on claims that the science is not yet settled. This widespread media use of “balance” is highly irresponsible and has been one of the main reasons why so little gets done to deal with these pressing issues.

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