Sunday, October 17, 2021

Venting About Stupid People

 


I'm typing with STONER ROCK blaring from my headphones to drown out the incessant yapping and screeching of my stupid neighbours' tiny lapdog/toy something or other. (These fucking morons leave this miniature monstrosity out in their backyard for half-an-hour at a time and it yaps and screeches insanely at the world almost the entire time. Furthermore, these dipshits have had the fucking thing outside before 7 am and after midnight on several occasions. [How anyone who can hold down a job can be so fucking stupid as to need it explained to them that such behaviour is unacceptable is beyond my ability to comprehend.])

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Question for Proponents of "Plandemic" Conspiracy Theories ... Who Decides to Cancel Surgeries?

Just a quick question for yeez all: So, according to you there is no healthcare crisis. Because COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the seasonal flu. It might even BE the seasonal flu. Everyone else dying during the non-flu season has been dying FROM co-morbidities (high blood pressure, obesity, cancer, whatevah) that they had (perhaps) WITH COVID-19.

According to you guys, there are a few brave hospital workers posting the TRUTH about hospitals with only business-as-usual numbers of patients on their social media pages, but everyone else (including, of course, the corporate media) refuses to inform the public about this. And then there are those doctors, nurses and orderlies who know to keep quiet about the Globalist Agenda -- OR ELSE! -- and gosh darn it, it's all so frustrating! Trying to get your story out to the sheeple in the face of this obstruction and cowardice.

What's more dastardly, ... is the decision of hospitals to cancel surgeries, ... allegedly in the face of the numbers of COVID-19 patients swamping the hospitals. 

So my question to you who question whether the pandemic is even real; my question to you people who appear to have "The Rebel" website, the right-wing, Islamophobic, global-warming denying/fossil fuels supporting, People's Party of Canada supporting, "questioning" of the mass graves of the residential schools website as one of your biggest sources of information and moral support, .... You people who have among you a large number of fans of the repulsive Donald Trump, ... my question is; Who is responsible for the decision to cancel surgeries, allegedly (according to you) in a situation where there is no crisis?

What's the benefit to, say, the head of the Alberta Health Service, to cancel these surgeries when there is NO crisis and therefore, cancelling these surgeries is cruel and inhuman? What rewards to you imagine they obtain from "The Globalists" to make this call?

And what's in it for the doctors who should know that there's no healthcare crisis, and that therefore these surgeries are supposedly being cancelled for political-conspiracy reasons, thereby needlessly endangering their patients' health and well-being? What is keeping these doctors from shouting to anyone who will listen about this scandal?

I ask you this in the hopes that perhaps seeing the absurdity of what you believe and what you're trying to get everyone else to believe will become obvious to you. But perhaps you have an answer that isn't hilarious in a bizarre sort of way?



Friday, October 8, 2021

Start From the Premise that the Virus is REAL

 

Two people I tend to admire, Jimmy Dore (who steadfastly refuses to swallow the line that the Democratic Party USA is the only hope for progressives, or any hope at all for anyone not an oligarch) and Caitlin Johnstone, have been expressing sympathy for people who don't want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Dore's obsession with this has caused me to unsubscribe from his YouTube channel. 

There are legitimate issues and principles behind their stances. I recognize this. I actually totally agree with Dore and Johnstone's opposition to establishment proposals to censor social media (or any media) in the form of deleting discussion of anti-vaccine, pro-vaccine alternatives, COVID-19 conspiracy theories, etc.,. These social media giants, the oligarchy in general and their politician hirelings are pro-censorship against opposition voices in general. Getting progressives and left-wingers to actually agree to allowing FaceBook to delete people's posts due to their being "disinformation" is a dream come true for the oligarchy. 

Dore is rightfully critical of Anthony Fauci (the Chief Medical Advisor to the President) for his calculated dishonesty early in the pandemic regarding the general public wearing masks. Fauci had said that people should NOT wear masks. They wouldn't help. But later he said that masks DO help. His earlier statements had been an attempt to prevent the public from trying to access N95 masks (and other suitable masks) that were in short supply for healthcare workers. Whatever short-term benefits Fauci hoped for were undeniably overwhelmed by the blow to his credibility. (Dore's YouTube comments section is infested with Trump-worshipping shitheads who get such a masturbatory rush from his evisceration of the Democratic Party that they follow him despite his support for immigrants' rights and for a greater welfare state. They wholeheartedly agree with Dore on Fauci saying that he's a liar who should never be believed again. What these shit-for-brains fuckwads don't admit is that their own bloated, orange spray-tanned, daughter-luster-after, yellow-haired combover, serial conman, Donald J. Trump is also an admitted liar. Trump told Bob Woodward that he knew COVID-19 was deadly serious, but was publicly downplaying because he didn't want to create a panic. Being right-wing imbeciles it is second-nature for these turds to hypocritically ignore Trump's admitted lying while pompously declaring Fauci as permanently shredded of credibility.)

Dore did a video on the subject of the medicine "ivermectin" that points out that besides being a horse de-wormer, it is also made in versions for human use. It's no secret that ivermectin is used to treat scabies, worm infections and acne. Continuing to insist that it is solely "horse de-wormer" is brazen, calculated dishonesty.  It's been a while since I watched that video, but I believe Dore says that ivermectin is officially being used in Japan. That appears to be untrue. They are conducting a largescale clinical study of it though. 

When I first heard about ivermectin (actually from Dore's comments section where it was celebrated as the latest right-wing, anti-vaxxer wonder drug) I decided to look it up. It was being promoted by some group called "Frontline Healthcare Experts" (or something) and that they'd had an article about its use for treating COVID-19 in a medical journal called CHEST (which I also looked up and it seemed legit). (The "Frontline Healthcare" ... or whatever ... people have been characterized as quacks and kooks by establishment media and healthcare experts, but these are the same people who insist that ivermectin is only ever used for horses. So make up your own mind.)

I'm going to provide one link in this quickly written post. It's a link to studies on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 from the National Center for Biotechnology (which is part of a branch of the USA's National Institute of Health). From the Abstract of the study I was sorta looking for:

A 5-day course of ivermectin was found to be safe and effective in treating adult patients with mild COVID-19. Larger trials will be needed to confirm these preliminary findings.

This is part of what I said recently about how we shouldn't give right-wing douchebags ammunition. Obviously there are imbeciles out there obtaining veterninary-use ivermectin and self-medicating and getting sick. Just like some absolute idiots drank bleach when Trump blathered on about how that could clean out one's internal plumbing, with the result that those absolute idiots died.  But when these anti-vaxxers read these easily refuted criticisms of ivermectin in general it only adds fuel to their fire of stupidity and hypocrisy. 

But Dore is interviewing guests who are (or at least have some shred of legitimacy to claim they are) experts on vaccines or COVID-19 or SARS in general and he is giving them a respectful hearing when he simply isn't qualified to know if they're charlatans or not. And he doesn't get on alternative voices to help him to decide. And this is dangerous. I mean, he can do whatever he wants. (See my agreement with his anti-censorship views above.) But as a communicator, a public broadcaster, and as someone who has no real grasp of the medical science, to be giving a platform to medical rebels who could (for all he knows) be conmen or quacks spewing disinformation about a public health crisis, is highly irresponsible. 

I guess what I'm trying to lead up to is this: In a recent post (okay, one more link) from Caitlin Johnstone, condemning the hatred against vaccine-refusers, someone in the comments section writes this:

I’m afraid Keith Olbermann is right! I am personally afraid to put into my system the content of a syringe abusively called “vaccine” only authorized in case of an emergency artificially created by the overreaching western governmental denial of treatments proved remarkably effective in India, inter alia, and certainly better than nothing – which failed the honesty test bench from the get go. This experimental mRNA shit has already killed tens of thousands and harmed hundreds of thousands according to the CDC/FDA’s VAERS itself, which is why a sizeable number of nurses – who should know – won’t take the jab to protect themselves against a disease that’s nothing more than a strain of flu (like most coronavirus diseases) and that, in spite of PCR tests run at 40 CT grossly over-estimating its impact through overwhelming production of false positives, has still been officially survived in the first year, without a vaccine, by 99,97% of the world population (!)

Okay. First. Caitlin Johnstone argues the valid principle that giving governments the power to inject you with chemicals against your will is somewhat a denial of your bodily autonomy. Fine. But when it comes to vaccines, we have to consider the possibility that the things they're vaccinating us against (polio, measles for instance) are real. With regards to polio and measles we can also look to the historical results of immunization campaigns and see that they worked and that they were not actually a plot by Big Pharma to inject micro-chips into the population. The shithead commenter quoted above exposes themself as a shithead with their drivel about PCR "false positives" and "nothing more than a strain of the flu" garbage.

The virus is real. That should be our starting point. I know the virus is real. In my own life, my own experience, I know this is not a hoax.

In the factory where I recently worked for five years (I've since gotten another shit-paying job just to have a change of scenery) the past two years have been different from the previous three. As I said in another COVID-related post: In my experience, as long as they've been advertising annual flu vaccines in Ontario I have never gotten the vaccine, I have never gotten the flu, and I have never heard of anyone in my family, friends or co-worker circles of having gotten the flu either. But during this pandemic, three guys in my last department got it. Two of them (one in his mid-twenties, the other in his late-forties) said it was very bad. Another guy in the the department I'd worked in before that was hospitalised from COVID and was off work for months. A young man in another section who I joked around with caught it from his wife, and while she had only mild symptoms, he described it as "a motherfucker" that he never wants again. Another guy was hospitalized with it, came back to work after time-off but would routinely have to clock-out early, being too dragged-out to continue. One arrogant boor came in WITH the virus, knowing he was sick, and looking like death warmed-over. He was fired for his stupidity. Oh yeah, another guy in my old department had to go home to Mexico to help his parents deal with the death of his brother from COVID. And EVERYONE in the factory knew about a woman on the assemblyline whose elderly father (whom she lived with) died from COVID.

So, COVID-19 is real. All your local boards of health are telling the truth about hospitals being overwhelmed. That stupid woman who showed up at protests wearing an eye-mask (so clever!) and ranting about conspiracies until she herself was hospitalized and subsequently killed by the virus (with hordes of her shit-head allies calling the hospital and demanding they treat her with ivermectin) found out it was real. All the right-wing radio hosts who denied the virus and rejected the vaccines and then got infected with COVID-19, admitted they were wrong from their hospital beds, and died from it, were not creatures of Bilderberg, whose whole lives had been performative frauds designed for this one psy-op. 

Yes. It is an invasion of your bodily autonomy to have to get mandatory vaccines. But the COVID-19 virus IS REAL. It is highly contagious and highly deadly. And just as the cost of some small loss in bodily autonomy, and the pain of having to admit that sometimes modern medicine knows what it's doing, are very real, ... it has been agreed that the benefits of reducing deaths and disabilities caused by measles and polio from mandatory vaccines were worth the cause. We live in a society. The social benefit of your freedom to be a plague rat is less than the social benefit of masses of people not getting sick from your stupidity. The FACT that a lot of the anti-vaxx/COVID-deniers are right-wing shitheads, who are stupid hypocrites and deluded assholes is something else to remember.

To his credit, Jimmy Dore has been vaccinated and admits it. (Unlike Tucker Carlson who has been vaccinated but won't admit it while simultaneously telling his millions of viewers how dangerous the vaccines are.) There are genuine values and principles behind some of what he is saying. The way that the vile US political-economy won't give low-wage workers a day-off to get vaccinated and deal with the side-effects is another one of his valid criticisms.

But the virus is real. It's very dangerous. It could kill millions if these COVID-denying morons are treated with anything more than the tiny morsel of respect that they deserve.



Thursday, October 7, 2021

Something Weird

 

When Justin Trudeau called the last election it was clear that he wanted to try to obtain a majority in Parliament. And Liberal hacks were all singing in unison about how this was necessary because the opposition parties were blocking him at every turn. Why, no bills had been passed in the previous five months before the election! Partisan gridlock!

Strangely, when the election turned out to deliver another Liberal minority, Liberal hacks were all united under the message that this was a victory. "A strong minority" as one shameless shithead put it. I find that kinda weird because those Liberals should have been (if they had any intellectual consistency) been dismayed at finding themselves in the same situation that had created the lose-lose situation of the precious Liberal Party of Canada, led by the dreamy, perfect Justin Trudeau, being stymied in all its efforts to save our glorious Canada from the toxic Trudeau-haters and Canada-haters. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Apparently Bill Kristol Got His Ass Kicked

 

I've been too busy to watch it all but according to Caitlin Johnstone it's entirely one-sided. Scott Horton has the facts and the logic and Bill Kristol is reduced to whining about how he's being portrayed as a bad guy.  I like Johnstone's speculation as to why Kristol got himself into this predicament:

The only unanswered question when all was said and done was, how the hell did Kristol get it in his head that entering this debate was a good idea?

One can only assume hubris. Hubris arising from a life in an elitist echo chamber where his warped views are seldom challenged, and continual marination in the kind of unearned validation that only Beltway swamp monsters ever receive.

So far it's only had 11,000 views. But now that the Thwapster is behind it I'm sure that number will rocket into the stratosphere!

Monday, October 4, 2021

Justin Trudeau: Evil or Stupid?

 Obviously the question doesn't preclude the possibility that he could be a little bit of both. But I've been on-and-off musing about Justin Trudeau's decision to vacation in Tofino rather than honour the first National Day For Truth & Reconciliation. Was Trudeau a dim bulb who wanted to relax with his family and really didn't think it would be that big a deal? Or did he take a pass on the Day of Truth & Reconciliation because he wanted to send the First Nations a signal that he holds them in contempt?

Isn't it sobering to realize that this question has to be asked?

Sunday, October 3, 2021

COVID & the Differences Betwixt Conservatives & Liberals

 

If you vote for a federal Conservative politician you get tax cuts for the wealthy, slavish devotion to the oil industry, racist abuse of the First Nations, and support for imperialist wars. If you vote for a federal Liberal politician you get tax cuts for the wealthy, slavish devotion to the oil industry, slightly less racist abuse of the First Nations, and support for imperialist wars.

The main thrusts of the two capitalist parties are basically the same because they're capitalist parties. Capital puts profit before people. It puts profit before the health of the environment. It puts short-term benefit for the wealthy, powerful few ahead of long-term sustainability and sanity. Capitalism will happily use war and other forms of violence to impose its will. To the extent that parties embrace capitalism and are dominated by capitalism, to that extent will they pursue similar ends.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

"Politicizing" Trudeau in Tofino

 

Some people (including members of the First Nations) are frustrated at how the news about Canada's first ever Day of National Truth and Reconciliation became dominated instead by the story of Justin Trudeau's decision to spend the day vacationing with his family instead of performing any public act of rememberance and atonement for Canada's numerous crimes and our abysmal record of physical and cultural genocide.

And that is perfectly valid. I can see where they're coming from.

On the other hand, I ask the mewling Liberal apologists who are shamelessly appropriating that argument: Could you not just SHUT THE FUCK UP and take your lumps on this? If you're so appalled at how the national conversation has been diverted to the subject of Trudeau's bone-headed decision, why not make the choice to ignore the criticisms (or, alternatively, make a quick apology for Trudeau's bone-headed decision) and return the discussion to where it should be? Write a blog post or tweet about Canada's past and present crimes and about how you personally will atone and how you will try to help make "Canada" as a whole atone. On that same "other hand" there are many First Nations activists (like Cindy Blackstock)  who are publicly condemning Trudeau's decision.

For my part, while I acknowledge the frustrations mentioned above, I also think it's important for us to realize that Trudeau's behaviour does deserve and, indeed, require condemnation. Getting out of the way the fact that many of the people criticizing Trudeau on this are hypocrites who demonstrably don't give a shit about the sufferings of the First Nations, with some of them even endorsing the policies that cause(d) that suffering, it's important to look at how Trudeau's behaviour is par for the course on the way that Canada treats the idea of truth and reconciliation with the First Nations.

Justin Trudeau is not a private citizen. He's the Prime Minister of Canada. He just stood for re-election to continue to be prime minister so it's not as if he's sick of the job and really wants to be somewhere else. So he's prime minister and his government has legislated a federal holiday: The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This federal holiday had already been planned before the confirmation (not "discovery" because the First Nations knew they existed) of a mass grave of First Nations' children on the site of a former residential school. The revelation of this mass grave would (one would think) have made honouring the very first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at least TEN TIMES as important as before. 

So what does airhead Justin Trudeau decide to do? 

Use the day to vacation with his family.

...

In other words: "Yeah. Sorry about the whole mass graves and genocide and continued abuse and theft and all that other shit. Sucks to be you. Catch you on the flip-side babies!!!"

Is this not indicative of the hollowness of all official promises from Canadian governments, individual politicians, and institutions (like the Catholic Church)? Wouldn't someone who really cared about Truth & Reconciliation do more than provide lip service to it?

And the rush with which partisan hack Liberals are claiming to be offended on behalf on whoever First Nations people are more angry with the diversion of the reportage is sickening. Case in point is the execrable Montreal Simon. Simon tries to excuse how Trudeau attended a ceremony for the day the evening before heading off for a vacation. I'm sorry Simon, this was Canada's VERY FIRST National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Trudeau is supposed to lead. He's supposed to set an example. Running off to a vacation with his family is the WRONG example. (Which, stupid as he is, Trudeau knew. Hence his itinerary's saying that he was in Ottawa working, with his vacationing in Tofino being mentioned late in the day.)

Then, Simon attempts to tug at our heart-strings by mentioning how:

this is the time of the year when the Trudeau family gathers to remember  Pierre Trudeau, and Michel Trudeau who was killed in an avalanche in 1998.

Did the Trudeau family really all gather together in Tofino? Like, extended family, like his mother and his brother? Or was it just him and the wife and kids? Because if it was the latter, well it goes without saying that they could have easily "gathered" in Ottawa. And, even if it was the former, ... well, ... so what?

Pierre Trudeau died on September 28th, 2000. I get that September 30th is only two days away from the anniversary of his father's death. But that was twenty-one years ago. I'm willing to bet that Justin isn't incapacitated by grief (for days on end) every September 28th. And, as I said above, Justin Trudeau is not a private citizen. He chose to be a public figure and therefore he has to face up to his responsibilities. (Michel Trudeau died in mid-November. It's disgusting for Simon to attempt to wedge that into this discussion.) 

What's even more disgusting is how tone-deaf Simon is with this argument about Trudeau wanting to be with his family to remember their dead. Do you know who else wanted to be with their families you fucking SHIT-HEAD???? The First Nations' children whose bodies are in those MASS GRAVES!!!!! Do you know who else wants to remember their dead? The FIRST NATIONS!!!!

Jesus Christ! The more you think about it, the more insane Montreal Simon's garbage becomes! (He spends much of the rest of the post babbling like an idiot about how Trudeau's failed attempt at a majority government was a resounding victory. Just like how if someone lost in the woods wanders around all day and finds themselves back where they started could be said to have made progress!)

Simon wrote a post about his "own journey" to truth and reconciliation. I thought about reading it, but, and I'm being quite honest here, ... I'm worried that it would make me throw-up on my laptop forcing me to have to buy a new one. But when I read that title, my mind went back to a memory of Montreal Shithead stupidly asking "Will the Native Protests Kill the Reconciliation Process?" Not the fucking pipelines being shoved through First Nations' territories against their protest; Not the fucking RCMP arresting them at peaceful roadblocks on their own land with RCMP snipers pointing rifles at their heads; but the "Native Protests" are the threat to reconciliation!!! Supposedly (according to Simon) none of this was Trudeau's fault because of provincial jurisdiction and the autonomy of the RCMP.  As if a trans-national pipeline (and all the subsidies and approvals it got) has nothing to do with federal authority! As if the federal government has not jurisdiction in Aboriginal affairs! As if Trudeau was genuinely helpless to do anything about the RCMP's actions! Poor lambikins Justin Trudeau! Being unfairly "bullied" by those First Nations' goons and their "monstrous" non-Native allies!

You know, when Simon first started acting like a groupie/apologist for Justin Trudeau, I began to criticize him for it, but I always said that his heart was in the right place and maybe he was just too traumatized by the stephen harper years to process that the Liberal Party of Canada are definitely not the friends of ordinary Canadians. But as the years go by, I fear that Simon continues to lose whatever grasp of morals and principles that he ever had as he descends further and further into hackery.

And cases like this expose the dangers of said hackery. At the end of the day it was disgusting and inexcusable for Justin Trudeau to use the very first National Day For Truth & Reconciliation to take a family holiday. And the legions of Liberal hacks making apologies and rationalizations for him are only helping to perpetuate the issues that have led us to needing a day for Truth and Reconciliation in the first place.



Friday, October 1, 2021

Belated Truth & Reconciliation Day Post

 

I don't follow things as closely as I did a decade ago. For the past few days I've been distracted by changing jobs, a leaky hot-water faucet in my bathroom, and other things. I didn't know about this "National Day For Truth & Reconciliation" that happened yesterday until I came home from work and checked out my usual circuit of bloggers.

In atonement, I'll simply re-link to two resources. The first is an editorial from Suzanne Shoush (with Lisa Boivin) attempting to preemptively shut-down anticipated racist nonsense and denialism as a response to the day:

Denying all harm is in itself incredibly harmful. It is rooted in a deep history of racism – and always implicates Indigenous people as being responsible for their own “misfortunes.” Could there have been some moments of kindness in the residential school system? It’s possible. But the system was rooted in genocidal ideation, with the goal of killing the Indian in the child, destroying communities and erasing culture. 

...

As long as we fail to see the system for the evil that it was, in all its entirety, we will never, ever make progress in reconciliation. Bias against Indigenous people and a deeply rooted belief in our “inferiority” will persist. 

Second is a link to the Truth and Reconciliation Commmission's "Calls to Action" page

Canada is a rich country. And a lot of that wealth comes from natural resources from unceded lands that we essentially steal. We owe several debts to the First Nations. And we're way behind in making payments.

Wet’suwet’en Protesters being manhandled by RCMP


Thursday, September 30, 2021

That Time Peter Mansbridge & stephen harper Talked About Afghanistan

 

Okay. So, it was a major public policy decision, made at first by a Liberal government, but continued by a Conservative government, for Canada to participate in the occupation of Afghanistan in 2001. Canada's military participation in Afghanistan ended in 2014. So, over a decade. It was a VERY costly exercise in terms of money and human lives. The US-led occupation ended in August 2021, and the US-backed government fell a couple of weeks later. The Afghan National Army (ANA) simply evaporated. Its members simply signed truces with advancing Taliban forces, gave up their weapons and went home. As the Taliban closed in on Kabul, the incorruptible President of Afghanistan fled to the airport with carloads of cash.

The Washington Post's "Afghanistan Papers" revealed that US military, government and media all lied about "progress" in Afghanistan from the get-go. Canadian institutions did the exact same thing. Recently, I was reading Chris Hedges' The World As It Is, a 2011 collection of editorials from 2008-2010. In 2009 Hedges wrote

American military commanders in Afghanistan, rather than pump out
statistics about enemy body counts, measure progress by the swelling
size of the ANA. The bigger the ANA, the better we are supposedly
doing. The pressure on trainers to increase the numbers of the ANA
means that training and vetting of incoming Afghan recruits is nearly
nonexistent.

The process of induction for Afghan soldiers begins at the Kabul
Military Training Center. American instructors at the Kabul center
routinely complain of shortages of school supplies such as whiteboards,
markers and paper. They often have to go to markets and pay for these
supplies on their own or do without them. Instructors are pressured to
pass all recruits and graduate many who have been absent for a third to
half the training time. Most are inducted into the ANA without having
mastered rudimentary military skills.

...

"Afghan soldiers leave the KMTC grossly unqualified," this
lieutenant, who remains on active duty, said. "American mentors do what
they can to try and fix these problems, but their efforts are blocked
by pressure from higher, both in Afghan and American chains of command,
to pump out as many soldiers as fast as possible."

...

We have pumped billions of dollars into Afghanistan and occupied the
country for eight years. We currently spend some $4 billion a month on
Afghanistan. But we are unable to pay for whiteboards and markers for
instructors at the Kabul Military Training Center. Afghan soldiers lack
winter jackets. Kabul is still in ruins. Unemployment is estimated at
about 40 percent. And Afghanistan is one of the most food-insecure
countries on the planet.

...

The problem in Afghanistan is not ultimately a military problem. It
is a political and social problem. The real threat to stability in
Afghanistan is not the Taliban, but widespread hunger and food
shortages, crippling poverty, rape, corruption and a staggering rate of
unemployment that mounts as foreign companies take jobs away from the
local workers and businesses. The corruption and abuse by the Karzai
government and the ANA, along with the presence of foreign contractors,
are the central impediments to peace. The more we empower these forces,
the worse the war will become. The plan to escalate the number of
American soldiers and Marines, and to swell the ranks of the Afghan
National Army, will not or defeat or pacify the Taliban.

In 2008, I myself (using information provided by left-wing journalists such as Hedges) wrote:

Bergen spends much of his article talking about the importance of building up the Afghan armed forces so that they'll be able to fight independently after we've left. We've obviously heard this before, in Vietnam, in Iraq, and now Afghanistan. Time and time again, we construct militaries to defend unpopular puppet governments against an organized, oftentimes popular, resistance, and we wonder why they fail to fight. They generally don't want to fight because they're in the army for a paycheque to support their families, and this entire plan hinges on their staying alive. They don't fight because they're corrupt, and they intend to use their weapons and power for extortion and self-aggrandizement. They don't fight because they don't like their own government or its foreign masters. They don't fight because they're actually with the resistance, and are using their presence to funnel arms and information to the resistance.

In other words, the collapse of the Afghan military and, subsequently, its government, was a foregone conclusion. It was too corrupt, too incompetent, too unpopular, to last without sustained US-American assistance. Even after twenty years it was incapable of standing up to a relatively rag-tag resistance. It was all a horrible, tragic waste.

Sometime before 2006, the Canadian general public began to sour on our participation in Afghanistan. Despite the steady stream of lies from the aforementioned Canadian military, government and media about how we were "winning" there, Canadians (rightly) weren't buying it.  CBC person Peter Mansbridge found this lack of support to be inexplicable and sought out the wisdom of then-prime minister stephen harper to help him to understand it:

Mansbridge: “How do you explain, to yourself, the apparent lack of knowledge on the part of a good number of Canadians as to what we are doing in Afghanistan…?”

Harper: “You know, Peter, I don’t know if I am shocked by that. I’m not sure if it’s different on Afghanistan than on any other area of public policy."

Put another way, Mansbridge asked harper: "Isn't it crazy that Canadians can't get enthusiastic about throwing away money and lives in an endless effort to prop-up a corrupt government? One that will collapse almost as soon as the spigot of foreign assistance is turned off?"

And harper replied: "It is crazy Peter. But Canadians are ignorant and stupid. They are incapable of grasping that Afghanistan is going to be remembered as a great success story. The battle against the Taliban will soon be won and Canadian soldiers will be sent home as heroes. They will probably first get fucked by hordes of Afghan women who will tear-off their burkas at the first news of the Taliban having been ground into the dust, revealing their beautiful Central Asian bodies and faces. They will ride the hard cocks of our victorious warriors and some of them will get pregnant and deliver beautiful exotic Afghanistan-Canadian babies. A lovely permanent sign of our participation in that noble cause. And feeding those precious infants won't be difficult, because before we leave we will have ensured that the government of Afghanistan is competent and stable, and a high birth-rate will be welcomed after that ruinous conflict."

harper continued: "But the miserable Canadian people, infected by years of left-wing poison, do not see the same glorious visions as you and I do Peter. These ignorant fools reject my policies about everything. They don't see that I'll soon make them all rich beyond their wildest dreams as the Oil Sands of Alberta start pumping kajillions of barrels of Ethical Oil and the industrial economies of the world line-up to pay TOP DOLLAR for it and leave those scumbag dictators in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia standing on street corners begging for change. They don't see that my de-regulation of freight railroads will inevitably lead to the halving of retail prices in stores all across this country as super-charged Choo-Choo trains come barrelling down the line at TOP-SPEED delivering goods to market in record time.  Peter! These cretins don't see how, if they'd only been a little more patient, allowing the meat industry to regulate itself without costly, useless regulations imposed by communist/saboteur Liberal-hired bureaucrats, would've made sandwiches cheaper and more delicious! These stupid fuck-faces don't believe me when I tell them that cutting taxes for plutocrat billionaire morons like Galen Weston will, without question, cause Galen to say: 'Hmmmm! How can I best responsibly use my self-earned billions of dollars to PROVIDE JOBS for my fellow Canadians? Good jobs! High-paying jobs! Jobs that will put a smile on every face of everyone who has one of these good, high-paying jobs, paid for with the boat-loads of money I save on taxes that would have otherwise gone to public healthcare or something stupid like that?"

I know that stephen harper imagines he's a smart fellow. The same way some middle-aged men imagine that they're still dashing lady-killers. Which is to say: In their imaginations. But harper is not a very intelligent man. Some people are impressed by harper's ability to ride herd on that collection of moronic troglodytes that is the Conservative Party caucus, but that's just power, provided by harper's access to Calgary oil money.  Go see my post about harper's stupid book. Read that series of quotes of his on the back of that book. Those quotes had to substitute for the glowing reviews of writers who were not stephen harper, praising his genius, that the publisher could not get because anyone of any substance who read his book would not praise it. Finish reading that dreck and then ponder how that banality was intended to astonish you and get you to want to read more.

No. The man was and is an imbecile. His whole career is an indictment of our collective intelligence.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Heads They Win, Tails We Lose

 


So, sorta recently, the USA has been putting the screws to the country of Nicaragua after its people had the temerity to re-elect the Sandinista Party under the leadership of Daniel Ortega in November, 2006.

Okay. A brief background: Nicaragua had long been a feudal, agricultural society and for much of the 20th Century a colony of the United States of America. (Which included an actual occupation by US Marines from 1912 to 1933. An attempt was made to throw-off this feudal/colonial status under a peasant revolutionary, Augusto Sandino from 1927-33.  Sandino succeeded in expelling the Marines but was subsequently assasinated. It was ruled for decades by the super-corrupt Somoza family. (Anastasio Somoza Garcia had been the director the National Guard which has murdered Sandino.) In 1972 a major earthquake destroyed most of the capital city of Managua. President Anastasio Somoza, (son of the scumbag mentioned above) staying true to form, pilfered most of the international aid money sent to help rebuild, destroying his support base among Nicaraguan capitalists. Almost the whole country turned against him. A Marxist rebel movement; the "Sandinistas" (named after Sandino) rose up against him, and, aided by almost the entire country (including capitalists either having been fleeced by Somoza or unable to operate due to the continued chaos in the ruined capital) overthrew his regime. (Not before Somoza and his fascist "National Guard" set-up by the departing US Marines, inflicted a great deal of bloodshed in the regime's last days.)

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Perpetual Insanity That We Accept

 


So, after twenty years, the richest countries in the world (the USA and its NATO allies) were unable to construct a viable government that could meet the very modest expectations of the people of Afghanistan (one of the poorest countries in the world). Despite having spent literally TRILLIONS of dollars, the USA and its NATO allies were also unable to defeat a "Third World" insurgency, or to build an Afghan military force that could fight the insurgency autonomously. I don't know what sort of world you'd have to live in where you could constantly throw billions of dollars a month at a problem, and be genuinely indifferent and incurious about how nothing ever seems to improve. That's not my world. It's not the world of many leftists. Being critical thinkers, it is second-nature for us to acknowledge the realities that stare us straight in the face, look honestly for their causes, and think honestly about possible solutions. And if this self-praise sounds a little obnoxious, ... well, just consider how powerful people, being paid to think about and manage something like the Occupation of Afghanistan, showed themselves entirely incapable of doing the same thing that leftist critics of that occupation did for pretty much the entire twenty years of its existence. Which, in the end, produced articles like this:

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Liberal Shit-heads Continue to Masturbate

 

Liberal hacks will try to make you believe that there were "five months of inaction" before Justin Airhead True-dope called this totally unnecessary election. Supposedly the Liberals couldn't get anything through the toxic environment of a minority parliament wherein the dastardly opposition parties conspired to use bullshit procedural tricks to prevent the saintly Liberal Party of Canada from passing its angelic agenda.

The truth of the matter is that the Liberals used a couple of incidences of the Conservatives slowing things down, combined it with their own lack of interest in passing stuff, to paint a picture of a frustrated Trudeau being prevented from saving Canada and giving everybody a pony.

Trudeau wanted a majority because he (and most of his caucus) are arrogant, lazy, entitled, corrupt asswipes. A Liberal majority will make progressive legislation suffer the same fate as electoral reform.

None of the political parties inspire me. And it goes without saying that the Conservative Party of Canada (and its inbred half-brother the People's Party of Canada) are noxious and vile. But currently it's the deluded, self-righteous, self-pitying, dreck of Liberal bloggers that most sticks in my craw.

Oh yeah, ... and of course, a majority would allow Trudeau to continue to pursue "reconciliation" with the First Nations. If he can just resist his urges to send RCMP snipers onto their lands to point rifles at them when they protest Liberal policies.



Monday, September 20, 2021

Liberal Fuckwads Praying For a Majority (so Trudeau can implement climate change strategy he just pulled out of his ass)

 That's pretty much it.  Trudeau has been prime minister since 2015. In that time he and his party have provided lots of lip service towards fighting climate change combined with plenty of real-world support for the fossil fuels industry while going nowhere on reducing Canada's carbon emissions.

I suppose there are NDP bloggers embarrassing themselves online about their party's record as well. But they're not writing delusional shit about how if the NDP is given a majority government it will totally start doing all the stuff it hasn't bothered to do for five fucking years.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The NDP Did NOT Sabotage Electoral Reform

 

Glenn Head is the Cartoonist

Some of the panic noticeable from Liberal partisans is dissippating what with the fall-out from Erin O'Toole and Jason Kenney's insane pact to implement COVID restrictions according to a political timetable. There's less shrieking and caterwauling about NDP voters "splitting the progressive vote."

But when they were crying about vote-splitting, these Liberal hacks were claiming that it was the NDP which scuppered electoral reform by joining up with the Conservatives on the Special Committee on Electoral Reform to demand a referendum on the topic. (The NDP also favoured proportional representation over Trudeau's preferred, Liberal-friendly, "ranked ballot" scheme.)

Trudeau then used the asshat excuse that the country was too divided on this topic for him to impose changes with a good conscience. (As if popular opinion is the only thing that ever guides Liberal policies! It is to laugh!)

The fact of the matter is that Justin Trudeau's Liberal had a massive majority. The fact that the Special Committee didn't reflect this majority is our first clue that Trudeau and his handlers were looking for excuses to not implement electoral reform. Because the massive majority they then possessed reminded them why they like our shitty "First-Past-the-Post" (FPTP) voting system.

But the Special Committee's desires were, in reality, entirely irrelevant to what could have happened. The Special Committee was only meant to study and debate the idea of electoral reform and to propose a way forward. Trudeau could have disregarded it entirely and proposed legislation for whatever version of voting he wanted, sent it to a different committee dominated by a Liberal majority, and had it passed. 

For Liberal partisans to continue to spew this drivel about how the NDP's asking for a referendum somehow tied Justin Trudeau's hands is the height of either delusion or cynicism or ignorance. And, more sickening, is for Liberal hacks to support Trudeau's betrayal on electoral reform while simultaneously wailing about the dangers of vote splitting, which only remains a danger because of our continued subservience to FPTP.

One could argue that FPTP provides stability, or that people voting under proportional representation regimes aren't always happy and better served, but for me the strike against FPTP is the way it disenfranchises people unhappy with the two major parties. Study the nightmarish reality of the USA's two-party/FPTP system to see just how anti-democratic this voting system can get. But the reality is bad enough here in Canada. Under FPTP, the votes, aspirations, values of a socialist in Canada are almost effectively zero. In many ridings they are, in reality, zero. Any electoral system that denies representation to significant members of the political community is, by definition, anti-democratic. It shouldn't be tolerated to exclude specific demographics (by race or gender or income level or whatever) and it shouldn't be tolerated when socialist votes or environmentalists' votes are denied representation either. 

Personally, I would not hold a referendum on electoral reform. Support for either the Liberals and the Conservatives often reaches about 30% of the electorate. In times of deep unpopularity, support for either of these parties will fall to around 20%. This means that any referendum on electoral reform will have to contend with anything like 40-60% of the voters being automatically opposed to change based on partisan self-interest and the anti-democratic desire to continue to deny representation to other viewpoints. On top of that barrier there are the ignorant people who have no ideas and therefore no opinions on the issues being debated and who probably vote to keep things the way they are not out of any considered reflection but from laziness and indifference. Implementing a new form of voting won't take away any of these people's rights. It WOULD improve the situation for supporters of ideas outside of the narrow, capitalist-dominated parties of corruption and imperialism.

If Liberal hacks are going to make excuses for Justin Trudeau's betrayal of electoral reform they cannot simultaneously shriek about "vote-splitting." But being goddamned hypocrites, they will. But un-fuck 'em when they do that.

This artist is Kim Deitch


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thwap's 2021 Federal Election Post

 

Blogging and politics are wastes of time. So I don't attend to either as much as I used to. I need to vent my feelings about subjects and just yesterday I added two more books to the last post about "latest reads." I don't plan on voting myself. After Jerkwad True Dope's little stunt/massive betrayal on electoral reform I don't plan on ever voting for a Liberal again. And, without proportional representation, or even a monetary vote subsidy (you know, where the political party you voted for gets public money for it, thereby reducing the need to fund-raise) I see no reason to vote NDP or Green or Communist to "make a statement."

What a country we live in! Remember how stephen harper shat upon the very fundamentals of our parliamentary pseudo-democracy and almost all of our mainstream media outlets continued to support him? They, being cretins, probably were genuinely unaware of how that endorsement of harper completely invalidated any of their claims to be democrats devoted to the rule of law. I'm not sure that they would have cared if they were made aware of the depths of their corruption and authoritarianism because they're full-time asshole people.

This goes for all the dunces and shit-stains and ignoramuses who are currently thinking of voting Conservative today. These are people who are so fucking crazy and so fucking stupid that they have convinced themselves that there's no pandemic and that we're just seeing the seasonal flu being advertised as a killer virus to help China take over the world. Thanks to our corporate media (and their own inherent lack of interest in the subject) they have no memory of their party's serial assaults on the integrity of parliamentary democracy.  

I think the main policy of stephen harper through all his years in power was making Canada an "energy super-power" by exploiting the Tar Sands. And we all know how that turned out. We all saw the policy implode with the price of oil. And Erin O'Toole's version of the Conservative Party of Canada will be no better. O'Toole is, himself, an idiot. He lies about as intelligently as harper did, which is to say badly and bald-facedly. I don't know how anyone of normal intelligence could be so debased as to want to vote for them. 

Sickeningly, this is the country we live in. According to the opinion polls the Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the Liberals. Partisan Liberals (like Montreal Shithead) have been downplaying these polls as being either inaccurate or corrupt. Which is hilarious because all summer Montreal Shithead had been crowing about how high the Liberals were polling and how the Conservatives and their NDP allies were terrified of an election. Now he and other partisan hacks are shrieking about how it is incumbent upon NDP or Green supporters to vote Liberal to prevent a Conservative government. (Which, thanks to Trudeau's betrayal of electoral reform could turn out to be a goddamned majority.)

I'm no fan of the Liberals. Not being as repulsive as the Conservatives isn't enough for me. They're an imperialist party willingly torturing the peoples of Honduras and Venezuela (to name just two examples); they continue to fight their legal obligation to compensate Aboriginal communities for underfunding services for children's services. And, it was Trudeau's Liberals who voted at the WTO on the side of greedy pharmaceutical companies to place patent profits over fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the NDP's popular call for a wealth tax, Trudeau is mewling about people wanting to punish the rich. The fact that the wealthiest have seen their fortunes literally soar during this pandemic, when almost everyone else has taken a hit doesn't seem to be a factor in that fucking stupid airhead's thinking.

Trudeau says that he called this election because parliament had become dysfunctional. They hadn't been able to pass any legislation in five months. Here's my (admittedly not very informed) take on that: In the case of their bill protecting gay kids, they appeared not to have tried as hard as they could have. As far as anything else goes, t'would appear that the Conservatives have adopted the Mitch McConnell strategy of permanent obstruction of everything. But unlike the US Senate, the Trudeau Liberals in the House of Commons have had the NDP (and sometimes even the Bloc) to nullify Conservative obstructionism.

The simple fact of the matter is that the arrogant Liberals wanted a majority and they convinced themselves of their awesomeness and purity and loveliness that they projected those sentiments on the electorate. But Canadians always hate voting. They hate elections. And holding an election before the pandemic is behind us was a dick move. And now we find ourselves here, today, with even a possible Conservative majority.  I have no idea what's going to happen.

I was genuinely surprised to see this image in my search. I had this comic as a lad: "The Dingbats of Danger Street."


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Latest Reads: [NOW THWAP'S GIANT BOOK DEPOSITORY!!!!]

 


"Nobody reads his blog anymore." Truer words were never spoken. Anyhow, here's the latest books that I've been reading:

AROOGA!!! AROOGA!!! IT'S AROUND A MONTH SINCE I POSTED THIS. I'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF READING E-BOOKS ON PUBLIC TRANSIT & A FEW REGULAR BOOKS AS WELL WHEN I'M HOME. THIS IS WHERE I'LL POST A RECORD OF 'EM FOR MY NARCISSISTIC EDIFICATION! (INSTEAD OF HAVING TO MAKE A NEW POST THAT OTHER PEOPLE REALLY DON'T CARE ABOUT.) Now back to the original post ...

First off, I read a couple of books about "Exoplanets." These are planets outside of our solar system. The first one was by Ray Jayawardhana called Strange New Worlds. I had an edition from 2013 (or 2015) and a lot has happened since then. Jayawardhana does a good job of explaining the theories and the methods whereby astronomers somehow fucking observe the patterns of light from tiny planets a gajillion kilometres (or lots of light-years) away as they pass in front of, or around, or somewhere in the vicinity of stars 50, 100, 200 or more times their size. Sadly, for a lazy moron such as myself, there wasn't much in the way of science-fantasy descriptions of the weird and wonderful worlds found at the time of his writing. Probably because that would be speculation.  Then I read Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System by Michael Summers and James S. Trefil. This book is from 2017 which meant it was written after more telescopes and satellites had come on line and even more exoplanets had been discovered. My take away from reading both of these books is that it's more likely than ever that we're alone in the galaxy. Both books talk a great deal about how we'd be able to find methane or oxygen from the light shifts emanating from exoplanets, signifying water or even life (as I dimly remember, both of those elements dissipate quickly and need to be replenished by things like plants or other lifeforms to be able to register in a planet's atmosphere) and so far they haven't found squat.  It was kinda wild to read about rogue planets. These would be planets ejected from the solar systems where they were forming and which now float in the starless darkness of the endless void. At one point, one of the books mention how heat from radioactive elements in the planets or from tidal heating inside a moon circulating a rogue planet could theoretically provide the elements necessary for life even on these godforsaken places. I don't remember how they claim they know this, but both books state that there are way more rogue planets drifting about the Milky Way than there are planets orbiting stars. Finally, about orbiting stars: Earth is way out in the suburbs of the galaxy, halfway down one of the spiral arms. Closer in to the galactic centre wouldn't be a good place for life because the greater likelihood of cataclysms caused by nearby exploding stars.


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Consequences of the Taliban's Re-Taking Afghanistan


I frequently said (over the past TWENTY YEARS) that I would have been happy to eat crow if it turned out that the US-led alliance created a successful state out of Afghanistan that visibly improved living standards and human rights thereby rendering any insurgency unpopular and useless. However, I didn't believe that would happen because the USA's leadership are monstrous psychopaths and the leadership of their allies are mostly feckless cowards, airheads and/or monstrous psychopaths.

One reason that I would have been happy to have eaten that crow would have been because of the improvements in the lives of the people of Afghanistan. Sadly, all of us who opposed this from the start have been vindicated in our pessimism. 

The internal struggle between pro-Soviet and pro-US American cliques among the Afghanistan ruling class turned into a geo-political Cold War struggle because of Jimmy Carter's Secretary of State Zbigniew Brzezinski, a Pole who hated the Soviet Union that had carved up his ancestral homeland between itself and the genocidal Nazi Germany. Thus began over forty years of bloodshed and misery. Carter and subsequent Republicans armed the Afghan Mujaheddin (working with governments like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) thereby empowering the same Islamic fundamentalists who would become the great existential threat of the Great Bullshit War on Terror after the Soviet Union fell.

The Soviets had intervened to defend their client government in Afghanistan but had to pull out when the costs of the war began to cripple them. Their client government lasted a few more years on its own before succumbing to the continued pressure of US-financed and armed rebels. The pro-Soviet regime lasted longer on its own because unlike the US creation it was not full of insanely corrupt gangsters but men who actually believed in something.

The USA walked away from Afghanistan and left it to the rival warlords who had destroyed the government in Kabul. They then fought among themselves and the country descended into anarchy of violence and rape and pillaging. This chaos brought the Taliban to the fore. (I'm not going to go into much more detail from here on. Because blogging is a waste of time. I'm really just going to record my own thoughts for myself really. And anyone else with a passing interest in a different perspective.) The Taliban were VERY fundamentalist/extremist. But they were not corrupt. The people of Afghanistan saw them as much more preferable than the rapist thieving warlords and soon the Taliban controlled most of the country except some northern provinces were the remnants of the warlords were holed up.

The USA was attracted to the now stable Afghanistan, seeing it as place to invest in pipelines and mineral concessions. The problem became that the Taliban had a passing acquaintance with Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorist group. Osama bin Laden had been a Saudi mujaheddin leader and was allowed to use Afghanistan (along with other countries including Pakistan) as a safe haven.

Then September 11th, 2001. Afghanistan had little or nothing to do with this attack. But Osama bin Laden was in Afghanistan when it happened and the bush II regime, led by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld ignored the Taliban government's conditions for turning over bin Laden because they were determined to go to war regardless. 

The dirt-poor Afghan/Taliban military crumbled and the war was soon over. But instead of allowing Taliban fighers to go back home the USA stupidly offered bounties for "terrorists" and their reinvigorated warlord allies were happy to settle scores with Taliban opponents and there came a free-for-all of accusations and the hunting down and killing or imprisoning (which inevitably meant torturing) of Afghan men, both Taliban and ordinary farmers. 

This, together with the corruption and violence of the warlords, and the corruption and violence and incompetence of the puppet government installed by the USA would eventually produce a return to civil war by 2005. The Washington Post's "Afghanistan Papers" exposed that US government, military and media leaders all knew that Afghanistan was a non-stop disaster but consistently covered this up with happy stories of schools and an Afghan Army and National Police force that were going from strength to strength under NATO tutelage. It was all bullshit. And Canada's government, military and media did the exact same thing.

It was Trump who really got the ball rolling. He personally thought the "forever wars" were a stupid waste of time but didn't really do much to stop them (in fact he actively pursued the one going on in Syria out of some twisted desire to steal Syria's oil) due to the opposition from the "Deep State." When he decided that his popularity with his base was waning and the Deep State would oppose him no matter what, he initiated genuine plans for withdrawal with the Taliban. These plans were inherited by Joseph Biden who extended the USA's presence from Trump's May 2021 to September 2021. 

Make no mistake about it: Trump doesn't give a shit about anyone other than himself. He made no plans to rescue Afghan collaborators with the US occupation. In fact, his racist shit-stain friend Stephen Miller stymied efforts to bring them to the USA due to their being brown-skinned people not from a European country.

(Canadian veterans also complain about official obstruction in their own efforts to rescue Afghan nationals who worked with them during Canada's participation.)

Within weeks of the removal of US troops from Afghanistan, the whole house of cards collapsed. It collapsed because the "government" was comprised of gangsters, thieves, murderers and rapists. The NATO occupation was brutal and disgusting and for many Afghans the Taliban was [again] seen as the lesser evil. 

The problem remains that the same imperialist voices who initiated this shit-show; who cheered it on for twenty years of stupid lies; are still the voices that are being sought out by the corporate oligarch, pro-imperialist media. Assholes like William Kristol, Max Boot, and the whole stinking lot of them are allowed to give their opinions while the people who have been proven right continue to be marginalized.

The narrative is that this is a disaster for Afghanistan, especially with regards to women's rights. And it's sickeningly true. The Taliban are horrible on women's rights. But if Afghan human rights and happiness (of both men and women) had been at all important to Western leaders, they would have done more to ensure that the government that they subsidized was a good one that did things for the people of Afghanistan. They didn't care so they didn't. Instead they subjected them to thieving rapist gangster warlords and thieving rapist gangster police and burned their cash crops and bombed their houses and invaded their homes in night raids and droned them from the skies for twenty fucking goddamned years.

And, besides, the Military-Industrial-Complex made a lot of money from Afghanistan. Ninety percent of the $2.6 TRILLION that was spent in Afghansitan by the US government during those twenty years went to weapons and ninety percent of that money stayed in the United States. It was a taxpayer subsidy to weapons manufacturers and other assorted scum. 

I said in another post how the corporate media attempts to justify its presenting of Global Heating "skeptics" as being their attempt to provide "balance" and to give the public awareness of "both sides" of the "debate" over reality. But their adherence to "balance" and "objectivity" goes right out the window when it comes to war and imperialism. The reason for this disconnect is obvious: The corporate media doesn't care about balance and free debate. Questioning global warming benefits the fossil fuels industry and other oligarchic beneficiaries of the status-quo. Therefore their voices get heard and voices calling for less consumption and less greenhouse gases don't benefit any wealthy groups (at least to the extent that fossil fuels interests would be harmed) and so they get muted. But voices for peace don't profit anyone of any standing and they get utterly excluded.  And no matter how often drooling imbeciles like Will Kristol or Thomas Friedman are found with shit on their lips, they'll always get called back on to share their idiocy with the general public and the corporate media's advertisers.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Justin Trudeau's Sickening Betrayal of GLBTQNB2S Kids

 [Note: This blog post is being deliberately written in an over-the-top parody of a former progressive blogger who is now a full-time hack propagandist.]


The Toronto Star asked in late July:

If a federal election is called for the fall, killing the government’s conversion therapy bill in the process, one of the big questions will be whether the government did all that it could to get the bill passed.

For some, that also sparks a perhaps more cynical question: Did the government even want the bill passed?

Well, now we know the answer to that question. Trudeau clearly thought it was more important to try to get a majority, even though Parliament was actually functioning well. The Liberals were able to get their legislation passed, albeit with some sorts of compromise to Opposition demands. Sure, not having complete domination of the legislature has meant that the Liberals are distracted by investigations into scandals and corruption, usually spearheaded by the hypocritical, super-corrupt Conservative Party of Canada. But unless you're a Liberal member of the Cabinet, this isn't that big a deal. It's a good thing for governments to have to prove their integrity. And, furthermore, while it was a relatively long time ago, the scandal of pressure on then-Attorney General Wilson-Raybould to go easy on SNC-Lavalin really WAS a scandal that needed investigating. Despite what shameless Liberal-hack bloggers screeched.

But one thing you can say about Liberals is their sense of entitlement. Total entitlement. They are the best people on the fucking planet goddamnit!! And it literally tears them apart when other people don't worship them as if they are. They utter their platitudes about "social justice" and "caring" and "helping everyone to reach their full potential" with something approaching genuine conviction! And just because in practice they administer crumbs to the people while shovelling billions to their corporate masters doesn't give other people the right to point out their hypocrisy!!

Liberals AREN'T hypocrites!!!! All you have to do is hermetically seal-off the speaking of the platitudes with the engaging in the corruption and anti-people austerity!! As a matter of fact, you should just totally ignore the corruption and the austerity. Because pointing it out makes you a hateful, stephen harper-loving, Trumpista MAGA-hat wearing, bigoted asshole! Even if you're in the NDP!!! If you're a stupid "Dipper" and you criticize the Liberals, YOU'RE THE WORST, because thanks to our first-past-the-post electoral system, voting for the zombie, "brocialist swine" far-left extremist NDP could lead to a Conservative victory which would be YOUR FAULT even though electoral reform was dead the night Trudeau got his majority. Trudeau made the parliamentary committee on electoral reform fail to reflect his party's majority because he wanted an excuse (however stupid) to blame the failure to achieve electoral reform on anyone other than himself and his party of disgusting, entitled, hypocritical neo-liberal asswipes.

The sad thing is that this meme was probably produced by some asshat who thinks stephen harper is a genius. :(

But it's his betrayal of GLBTQNB2S kids that is the worst! 

The Liberal government has blamed the Conservatives for frustrating Bill C-6’s progress in the House of Commons, where it finally passed in June, and in the Senate, where it passed second reading before the upper chamber rose for the summer.

...

But that doesn’t tell the whole story of the misfortunes of a bill that would provide much-needed protections for LGBTQ Canadians — and which would finally fulfil a major Liberal campaign promise.

So, what happened?

The New Democrats say they offered to help fast-track the bill in the Commons, and repeatedly asked why the bill wasn’t being brought for debate sooner.

Did'ja read that?!? If anyone is out trying to protect GLBTQNB2S kids it's Jagmeet Singh and the NDP!!! Doing their best to help the phoney-assed Liberals achieve their supposed goals of helping kids! But these kids are just bargaining chips and virtue-signalling for the disgusting Liberals! What good is it to actually rescue them when you can milk votes by leaving them in permanently THREATENED status from the dinosaur Conservatives???

This is the soulless core of the Liberal Party of Canada folks! Unlike Conservative troglodytes, Liberals actually KNOW what the right course of action is, but they've systematically neutralized their emotions so as to be able to consistently do what is wrong, thereby serving the oligarchy and its imperialism.  The ONLY thing that really rouses their emotions is when they get called on their bullshit. Having their cynicism and opportunism and hypocrisy and all-around scuzziness thrown into their faces makes them LIVID.

The “only explanation” that NDP House Leader Peter Julian says he can think of for the lack of priority afforded to the bill by the Liberals was that they wanted to use it as a wedge issue against the Conservatives, half of whose caucus — including deputy leader Candice Bergen — ended up voting against the bill.

“We didn’t see the government use the tools that they needed to use in the House of Commons, now it doesn’t appear that they’re using the tools and the influence they have in the Senate to get the legislation through, so it raises the question,” Julian said in an interview this week.

“What was the real intent of C-6? Was it to address this fundamental issue, or was it just for posturing?”

OF COURSE it was just posturing! And now the Bill has died because of this unnecessary election call! Imagine being a GLBTQNB2S kid and seeing the Liberals dragging their feet on protecting you and then, at the last possible moment, totally betray you by putting their delusions for a majority ahead of your HUMAN RIGHTS!!!

Julian said the NDP was flagging the need to move faster on C-6 as early as March, so that the Senate would also have enough time with it before the summer.

He said the party was ready to help fast-track it, including by offering support for evening sittings and time allocation, which would limit debate, earlier in the parliamentary session. He said the NDP was looking for nothing in return on its offer.

The fact that the government didn’t take the NDP up on its offer and brought the bill back late in the session “I think lends credence to the argument that they preferred to turn it into a wedge than actually get it done,” said NDP MP Randall Garrison, his party’s critic on justice and sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill finally passed the House on June 22, but now finds itself in the Senate with no clear way out.

And we all know how THAT turned out!!!

It should be clear now that the ONLY course of action is for all TRUE PROGRESSIVES to vote NDP in huge numbers to create an ORANGE WAVE that will sweep the Liberals aside, implement electoral reform and save Canada forever from the spectre of a Conservative majority while also saving the environment and GLBTQNB2S kids!

Trudeau says "We can wait until another day to deal with this problem."

(I just have to say that I find it hilarious that the Liberal-hack blogger who bizarrely tried to use this issue as a cudgel to beat the NDP with, was also champing at the bit for his dreamboat/air-head Trudeau to call an unnecessary election and was mocking the Conservatives and the NDP for being afraid of facing the voters, is now deathly afraid that the polls have recently turned against the Liberals and is complaining about the stupidity of Canadians. That sort of stuff is bound to happen after you flush your brains and principles down the toilet.) 

If I was a hack blogger I'd add some gushing hyperbole about how awesome Jagmeet Singh is here.