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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Reconciliation: a further colonizing move

I was asked by a pal what I thought about “reconciliation” between non-indigenous and indigenous peoples. Here is my answer:

I do not like the term reconciliation because it implies that Indigenous peoples did something wrong that requires being reconciled to non-Indigenous peoples. Clearly, they did not do anything wrong. They were colonized and continue to be so along a host of vectors. I see this reconciliation stuff as a further colonizing move. I am saddened that so many indigenous peoples have taken up this discourse but I understand why many do. To my mind indigenous peoples should be asking for massive reparations not reconciliation. Until such time that the wealth taken off of unceded lands is returned and treaties actually adhered to by non-indigenous actors there can be no “reconciliation”. Until the reserves have clean water and corporations are required to clean up their pollution and pay for it there can be no reconciliation. Until police racism which is endemic and systematic against indigenous peoples (one of the causes of the over-representation of indigenous peoples in Canadian prisons) is irradicated there can be no reconciliation. Until all the causes of over-representation (substandard education for indigenous peoples on reserve, systemic racism of “all” non-indigenous peoples in Canada among many others) there can be no reconciliation. Until the Cdn state stops surveilling indigenous peoples and treating them as “terrorists” for demanding equal rights, adherence to treaty rights and cessation of and reparation for massive resource and land theft there can be no reconciliation.  I can go on and on….

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Oil Companies pay Billions less in tax to Canada than they do to corrupt countries

Of course the oligarchy does not pay the taxes they should. Their shills in gov’t stick the rest of us with the taxes. read below

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2017/oct/26/revealed-oil-giants-pay-billions-less-tax-in-canada-than-abroad?CMP=share_btn_fb

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Why the CBC sucks (not for the Conservative’s reasons)

I finished watching an old CBC show (on Netflix) called Intelligence.There were two seasons of it. While it was pissing me off in a few ways in season two it was still damn good. CBC cancelled if after the cliff hanger of the second season. Obviously they had to make room for another Ann of Green Gables or some other fish or prairie show for nation building purposes. CBC always kills the good stuff.

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Another of Capitalism’s big lies exposed here

Another of Capitalism’s big lies exposed here.
Just a taste from the article:
 
“Trucost’s third big finding is the coup de grace. Of the top 20 region-sectors ranked by environmental impacts, none would be profitable if environmental costs were fully integrated. Ponder that for a moment: None of the world’s top industrial sectors would be profitable if they were paying their full freight. Zero.”
Go here:
 
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The Simulacra Democracy

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/26/the-simulacra-democracy/

A truly great discussion of today’s world.
A nice quote form it: “People are terrified today lest they be called conspiracy theorists. No single pejorative term has exercised such disproportionate power. There is a subterranean subject position associated with this, too. A masculine identity that connects with the presentation of those accepting of the official version of things. It is ‘no nonsense, mature, and sort of tough guy’ pose. Only weak and muddled (feminine you see!) would bother to question official narratives of…well, anything.” and another quote: “Fixation on Trump’s crimes distracts from a system in which crime is a built-in factor. Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump. They are only the figureheads that carry water for the system. And the system is the property of the ruling class.”….”There is nothing wrong with identifying the crimes of Trump’s administration. But there is something deeply wrong in not recognizing it as a continuation of prevailing policy. “

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Make corporations fund pension plans first and protect plans from rape by dividend etc.

What I find hideous here, apart from the silence of the leaders of the main political parties on this is the fact that something called “unfunded pension plans exist. How is it that corporations who have signed legally binding labor contracts with employees to contribute to employee pension plans do not make those contributions and instead use the monies to payout dividends etc.? Why are these corporations not taken to curt by governments for breaking the law? Or is the aw conveniently set up so corps can do this? Whatever the case Mr. “i’m here to protect the middle classes Trudeau has said nothing as far as I am aware and nor has Mr. “I am Stephen Harper’s replacement” said anything. The whole issue of unfunded plans is criminal.
 
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