Wednesday, November 30, 2016
"As it always has been apparent that the 'Reformer' hillbillies lack the basic understanding of history, hence, they are unable to formulate a basic level of intellect or reasoning. Rather, they use any and every opportunity to make a complete ass of the themselves and are literally, too stupid to be embarrassed when making statements on social media about the 'dictator Castro' and JT's comments. The USA, after WWII took over Britain’s role of global expansionism and colonisation. Latin and South American being no exception. The process is always the same. If a government is not receptive to turning over access to a countries resources they are eliminated and replaced with one that does by proxy militias branded the good guys. Death and destruction mostly always follow until submission. In Cuba, as with Latin and South America, the United Fruit Company, working through a corrupt government headed by Fulgencio Batista, who gained power though a CIA backed military coupe gained control of much of the sugar industry.
"Batista's increasingly corrupt and repressive government then began to systematically profit from the exploitation of Cuba's commercial interests, by negotiating lucrative relationships with the American Mafia, who controlled the drug, gambling, and prostitution businesses in Havana, and with large US-based multinationals who were awarded lucrative contracts". It was Batista's infamous death squads that led to the rise of Castro's rebellion and eventual oust of Batista. The USA made many attempts to kill Castro including the Bay of Pigs invasion that blew up in JFK's face.
Castro maintained control by leaving no opportunity for the return of the past. The USA left Castro no choice, if he or his country wanted to survive, but to turn to Russia for assistance. It got politically messy and it how Cuba has survived with USA enforced trade blockades for so may years is amazing.
Yes, there is Cubans who want American glitz and fast cars just as there is Americans who want the same but it is also out of their reach. Today's generation of Cuban's simply didn't go through the Bastita years. The bottom line is that Cuba is a hell of a lot better off that some of the Latin and South American countries that have gone through periods of genocide by American backed madmen who patronize foreign corporations rather than their own countrymen. It's all about money, globalization, and the evils of men. Case in point, Iraq. Oliver Stone has done an exemplary documentary on "The Untold History of the United States" (Netflix). It is a global perspective on terrorism wearing the mask of democracy-and-freedom and illustrates just how pathetic the comments of Kelly Leitch and the likes of her are."
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
HOW MANY ALBERTANS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?
Just back from another trip to Salt Spring Island, and therefore another opportunity to observe the insanity here at home from a distance. It’s not only the distance, of course: the island vibe is different, so that one sees the same old stuff in a new light.
In that light, might I suggest that everybody get out of here for a week.
Go someplace — anyplace — where the locals see things a little differently. Which is most places, really, other than Arizona. Spend the first 2 or 3 days paying attention to your new surroundings, drinking it all in, chatting nonchalantly with the locals, breaking your routine…and then turn around and look back at the place you came from.
And tell me that we don’t look ridiculous.
It has been a tough couple of years in Alberta. No — let me correct that. The last couple of years have been tougher than we’re used to.
Which is not to suggest for a moment that the financial and emotional pain that the jobless are feeling isn’t real. Or that those who still have jobs aren’t feeling real stress and anxiety over the uncertain economy, over how secure their own jobs are, and over the workload which they used to share with one or two colleagues in better times. And while there are bright spots and positive signs in Alberta’s economy going forward, that’s cold comfort if you’re not in one of the sectors that’s doing well or working for one of a few companies in the oil and gas sector that have recently started hiring again.
But while being scared, anxious, and depressed are totally understandable individual reactions, it’s our collective response that looks ridiculous.
Normal Albertans (and yes, I use that word intentionally and will explain why in a moment) are going about their business…head down…helmet on… not rocking the boat…trudging. (“To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on.” — Geoff Chaucer’s character in A Knight’s Tale)
“Normal” is a loaded word these days, but I’m using it to describe the tragically silent majority of us because our silence is leaving the field wide open for a handful of people who are the farthest thing from “normal” you’ll find north of the 49th to move in and fill the vacuum.
A year and a half ago, normal Albertans acted abnormally, took a chance, raised their heads above the ramparts and voted in an NDP government. Or, more accurately, voted out a bloated, arrogant, out-of-touch and borderline incompetent PC party whose only remaining identifiable value after 44 uninterrupted years in power was the hunger to remain in power.
Why did we do that? Well, the silent majority wanted change, and in 2015 the NDP was the only reasonable choice. The Wild Rose’s social and fiscal values were simply too far right for most of us.
Royal Canadian Air Force
Two military police guard and secure the blast doors to the Underground Complex in North Bay, Ontario. The MP on the left is holding a Sterling submachine gun.
Construction began on the underground complex in 1959. These blast doors were installed in 1962 and weighed an astonishing 19 tonnes.
The complex housed the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE), the original computer system with a mainframe nearly the size as 12 houses! Learn more http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/22-wing/index.page
Photo: DND image NBC72-1301
At the National Art Gallery in Dublin, a husband and wife were staring at a portrait that had them completely confused. The painting depicted three black men totally naked, sitting on a bench.Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink penis. The curator of the gallery realized that they were having trouble interpreting the painting and offered his personal assessment.He went on for over half an hour explaining how it depicted the sexual emasculation of African Americans in a predominately white patriarchal society . "In fact", he pointed out, "some serious critics believe that the pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary society".After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and said, "Would you like to know what the painting is really about?""Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of the gallery", asked the couple?"Because I am the artist, who painted the picture", he replied, "In fact, there are no African Americans depicted at all.They're just three Irish coal miners. The guy in the middle went home for lunch"
Monday, November 28, 2016
Roundup: Crying wolf on fundraising
I’m starting to feel like a bit of history repeating again as I get cranky over yet more clutched pearls about so-called “cash for access” or “pay to play” fundraisers, which are nothing of the sort. Cabinet ministers are not soliciting stakeholders for tens of thousands of dollars of donations to meet fundraising targets. This is a government whose penchant for consultation means that there are multiple avenues of access for said stakeholders that they need not pony up to ministerial shakedowns in order to get meetings. And this latest allegation, that somehow “communist billionaires” from China got preferential access for $1500 (they didn’t pay as they can’t donate since they aren’t Canadian citizens) stretches credulity, and taking the cake is this hysteria about a donation made to the Trudeau Foundation. You know, a foundation that the Prime Minister is not a part of, and is a registered charity, which the PM sees no enrichment from in the slightest. That wealthy donors also contributed to the foundation, a statue of Trudeau’s father (again, where is the actual enrichment?) and to law school scholarship at McGill (Trudeau did not go to McGill law school) doesn’t have any particular relevance to him or government business, so even on the face of it, where is the conflict of interest? And don’t tell me that there’s a “perception” because if you actually look at the facts and not just go “Hmm, Justin Trudeau…Trudeau Foundation… Yup, sounds fishy to me,” then you’d realize that this is bunk.
Fraser Institute denounces Mary Poppins as 'communist propaganda'
ansen to receive security protection because of death threats
A man walks into a bar, notices a very large jar on the counter, and sees that it's filled to the brim with $10 bills. He guesses there must be at least ten thousand dollars in it. He approaches the bartender and asks, "What's with the money in the jar?""Well..., you pay $10, and if you pass three tests, you get all the money in the jar and the keys to a brand new Lexus."The man certainly isn't going to pass this up, so he asks,"What are the three tests?" "You gotta pay first," says the bartender, "those are the rules."So, after thinking it over a while, the man gives the bartender $10 which he stuffs into the jar."Okay," says the bartender, "here's what you need to do:First - You have to drink a whole quart of tequila, in 60 seconds or less, and you can't make a face while doing it."
"Third - There's a 90-year old lady upstairs who's never had sex. You have to take care of that problem."
The man is stunned! "I know I paid my $10 -- but I'm not an idiot! I won't do it! You'd have to be nuts to drink a quart of tequila and then do all those other things!"
"Your call," says the bartender, "but, your money stays where it is."
As time goes on, the man has a few more drinks and finally says, "Where's the damn tequila?!"
He grabs the bottle with both hands and drinks it as fast as he can. Tears stream down both cheeks -- but he doesn't make a face -- and he drinks it in 58 seconds!
Next, he staggers out the back door where he sees the pit bull chained to a pole. Soon, the people inside the bar hear loud growling, screaming, and sounds of a terrible fight -- then nothing but silence! Just when they think that the man surely must be dead, he staggers back into the bar. His clothes are ripped to shreds and he's bleeding from bites and gashes all over his body. He drunkenly says," Now...where's that old woman with the bad tooth?"