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Alex Brea In almost every community / city in Canada 90% of the inhabitants are honest, intelligent, hard-working, caring, "social" people but most of them do ... View > 08-Dec-10
Katherine Maas Brilliant! This is precisely what we need right now, and I'm delighted to see Straight Goods stepping up to the plate on this issue. View > 08-Dec-10
Susanne Shaw I have been saying this for YEARS, ever since the formation of the Fraser Institute in '73--formed by two self-righteous CEOs from the then powerful Mac-Blo. ... View > 12-Dec-10


From: Alex Brea - Posted: 08-Dec-10 - 11:03

In almost every community / city in Canada 90% of the inhabitants are honest, intelligent, hard-working, caring, "social" people but most of them do not like to be called "socialist". The right-wing is successfully exploiting that fact. It doesn't matter if that makes sense or not; whether it's rational or not or whether anyone agrees/disagrees with it. In this generation the right-wing will gain using that strategy/rhetoric.

When enough of the left-wing, centre-left, NDP, liberal people deny and actually, intelligently disputes/attacks the right-wing when they use the socialist rhetoric a lot of public support will be gained. I am going to simply describe my views as "democrat" or "democratic" or an equivalent. It doesn't matter how right a cause is, it has to have public support.

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From: Katherine Maas - Posted: 08-Dec-10 - 13:11

Brilliant! This is precisely what we need right now, and I'm delighted to see Straight Goods stepping up to the plate on this issue.

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From: Susanne Shaw - Posted: 12-Dec-10 - 19:38

I have been saying this for YEARS, ever since the formation of the Fraser Institute in '73--formed by two self-righteous CEOs from the then powerful Mac-Blo. They wanted to control the media messages and education; and hence, get cheaper, dumber workers. They've done a fine job of it, and no one is educated anymore--definitely not in the trades-- and all are daily brainwashed by the media. As for Mac-Blo, it was eaten up in Free Trade, along with every other Canadian company.

It's easy to brainwash people by "framing"--i.e., telling a lie, so it sounds like the truth. People are incredibly gullible (except me--I'm paranoid, a necessary trait these days).

Ads work--and nothing works more than ads masquerading as news. Look at that pull-out "information" mini-magazine on the "Oil"Sands in one of the Toronto rags. Nowhere did this pullout once say that it was an ad paid for by Oil Barons on behalf of the TAR Sands.

Even the tyee.ca has allowed its writers to call it "oil sands". What cowardice! What capitulation!

Anyone who ever went through the Tar Sands even on a bright sunny day in winter could tell you that it's TAR sands. The air is tarry. Black air. The sulphur follows you for miles. The hundreds of dead ducks could tell you, if they could talk. Yet, here's everyone in Alaberta (spelling, intentional... my framing;)) following the corporate lead and calling these killing grounds "oil sands".

Even union leaders are remarkably susceptible to corporate framing. They call disputes "labour disputes," instead of "management-union disputes." They also think unions don't belong in the company board rooms....!? Who the hell has the bigger stake in the company's survival than the workers??????

"CEOs earn $1.2 billion a year, while the worker takes home..."? Who the hell earns a million? Even $300,000? No one "earns" that much money! CEOs TAKE that money --billions and billions out of operations every year. That's waste. And they don't do good things with their money, either.

You can be sure that labourers more than earn their paltry pittance.

Alas, too many labour leaders have taken Economics 100-and up, and have become thoroughly brainwashed, believing in such impossibilities as a profit out of thin air, and growth forever on a finite planet. They say stupid things, like, "We need economic growth to support social programs" and "we need to take in more immigrants to pay for our pensions in the future." The hell we do! We have to stop all Ponzi-schemes like that. They're utter folly and always lead to failure.

We need to stop the top 1% from running the planet into the ground taking us with it. We need to stop overpopulating the earth with humans. We need to grab a brain and THINK things all the way THROUGH.

Friedman was wrong. Harper is wrong. Icky...well, he's wrong, too. And so is Jack, for he's not even looking at things all the way through, either. You cannot continue to overpopulate beyond the land's ability to provide. We need the fish, the trees---we're all interactive, and interdependent. We cannot allow more to be taken than can re-grow. We cannot allow Monsanto to deform our vegetation and animals. We need diversity and each species with something able to be changed to adapt to incremental changes in the future. We must make and grow locally, and buy locally. We cannot go on shipping our raw material to some 3rd world sweatshops and then ship them back over here for us to buy. The waste is humungous--fuel, pollution etc. And someone pays for the costs--3rd world slaves, the devastation of local resources and waterways and so forth. Wars and environmental devastation and over-population--they must be stopped NOW. And we must not mince our words to say so. Al Gore called it an inconvenient truth. Well, the truth needs to be in people's faces, and LOUD.

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