An Incomplete List of Crimes (and Lies) “Demon Putin” Never Perpetrated

24 Jul

Watching my once-precious CBC (Canada’s budget-browbeaten public broadcaster) line up with CNN and Fox on the “disproportionate evil” of Vladimir Putin compared to Obama or Cheney or Bush or Clinton or Truman or Reagan or Cameron or Harper… or… makes me want to spit.

Instead, this more venomous response:

About Hiroshima:

1945: Here, just three lies listed by John Pilger – there were more. There are always more…

1. “No radioactivity in Hiroshima ruin” said the front page of the New York Times

2. The atomic bomb was dropped “to end the war in the Pacific and save lives.”

3. Prior to bombing Hiroshima “the Japanese were not suing for peace.”

About Iran:

1953 – 2013 – The CIA was “not involved” in the coup that put the Shah in power. Took 60 years for them to ‘fess up.

1980: USS Vincennes shoots down an Iranian passenger Airbus 300 – Iran Air Flight 655. There were 290 deaths – sound familiar? The US lied about their carrier being in Iranian waters and that they mistook an Airbus for a jet fighter 1/3 the size. Commanding Officer Captain William C. Rogers III was decorated in 1982.

1985-1987: Iran Contra Affair – see Nicaragua below.

2005-Present: G.W. Bush authorized “black ops” against the government of Iran.  They appear to finance and assist terrorist groups trying to destabilize Iran.

About Guatemala:

1954: The CIA was “not behind” the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala led by Jacobo Árbenz Continue reading

The Nutty Here And Now

17 Jul

Apologies beforehand. I could think of no decent title for this Quixotic attempt to add more light than heat to the analysis of the sad, and growing sadder, state of Palestine in 2014.

It can only have been through the eyes of a Zionist (or a political cynic against the resettlement of war-displaced Jews in “white” places like mid-20th century Canada) that the creation of a homeland for Jews on what then was Arab land could have “made sense.” Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948 and was recognized by the UN on May 1, 1949.

Perhaps hubris also had a role: the Allies had recently defeated Nazi Germany and the euphoria may have impaired the diplomatic foresight of the political leaders of the time.

Western guilt certainly contributed – guilt over the failure to act to accept Jewish refugees between 1933, when Hitler came to power, and 1949, when the State of Israel was ratified by the UN.

Canada’s Prime Minister Mackenzie King (3rd term – 1935-1948) was against accepting Jews because he feared that they would pollute Canada’s bloodstream.

While Prime Minister King was worrying that Jewish immigration would “pollute” Canada’s bloodstream, his government was ensuring that no more would be coming.

Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent (1948-1957) was also against Jewish resettlement in Canada. Continue reading

Oneness Does Not Apply To Borders

16 Jul
Wall of Beynac Castle in the Dordogne, France

Wall of Beynac Castle in the Dordogne, France – a border of sorts…

Very few countries today can say that they are one nation.

So many parts of our world have been screwed up by colonists creating “imaginary” boundaries that make no ethnic, linguistic or historical sense. Africa’s horrors have much to do with that.

Canada’s First Nations have been shamefully hard done by – experiencing a long, drawn out “drip drip drip” of painstaking genocide masquerading as “civilizing” missionary work combined with fraudulent treaties and the outright takeover or pollution of unceded land. Countries that simply exterminated their First Nations or chased them into neighbouring lands  stand out, but I am not sure which process is more cruel.

A Honduran child fleeing horrid local violence who ends up facing foreign persecution enroute northward to “safety” would not consider Central or North American borders imaginary.

Occasionally when one is traveling between culturally close countries with the same language the impression is received that the border is imaginary because the people seem the same and the neighbourhoods are similar. A naive visitor might make this mistake.

I remember a taxi ride in Caracas during the unrest in late 1966. Our small group – a few Canadians headed for a nightclub – was stopped. A policeman shoved a machine gun through the window and suggested, “Passaportes, por favór.” Glad we had ‘em with us, like good foreigners.

In southern Ecuador in September, 1967 the group I was traveling with were forced to stay overnight in Huaquillas, a small border town, after entering from Peru. We strolled around the main square after eating supper and I took a photo of a statue dedicated to the Friendship of the People of Ecuador and Peru. Apparently there had been a “falling out” and a policeman took my camera, removing the film. Luckily I got the camera back.

These are minor things beside the very real problems people displaced (by those who disregard borders and land rights) and people-on-arbitrary-lists have, but they point out that borders (even arbitrary ones) exist and are something with which one should not trifle.

Or romanticize.

Geese Are Evolving Fast

12 Jul

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Signs that geese are becoming more human… This one obviously smoked while it shat. One for the Journal of Evolutionary Science. Audubon also needs to be updated.

A walk through Our Woods is rarely dull… and frequently treacherous.

Fire and Ice

11 Jul
Twillingate June 12, 2014

Twillingate June 12, 2014

Winning the Arms Race

7 Jul

It’s easy to become cynical these days.
Agree with the post (link below) that states the obvious: all H. sapiens will be losers in a nuclear war.
Made me wonder: Can there be a bright side for other forms of life?

My comment on the petition appeal below:

Can nuke war have a winner?…. Maybe some new life form that metabolizes Strontium 90. A chance to “start over?” I know. Not funny, but it keeps my blood, albeit temporarily, from vapourizing…

Then, for what it’s worth, I signed it.

The petition:

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=331143776962795

Fire

2 Jul
Sunset between Cow Head and Rocky Harbour on June 22

Sunset between Cow Head and Rocky Harbour on June 22

Sunsets on Newfoundland’s West coast North of Rocky Harbour. Cow Head has an amazing play running (not every night – check the schedule!) called Tempting Providence AND a B&B called Bayview where one can view the sunset and the sunrise from one’s deck!

We had chosen June to travel there out of necessity and our weather was cold, sometimes rainy and misty. We were lucky that when we needed it to be good, the weather cooperated.
On June 22, our last night, we drove back up to Cow Head to attend Tempting Providence (rarely ever so moved by a performance. All four actors were top notch.
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As we took the short drive south, we were then blessed with a beautiful sunset on our right and a magnificent, vivid, complete arch of a rainbow on our left. Here are two photos taken through car windows as it was unsafe to stop.

It was as if Newfoundland were saying:
Sorry my weather wasn’t finer. Come back again soon.
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