— In the 1990’s a Connecticut Psychiatrist, named Dr. John Battista, did a lot of homework and realized that if the State of Connecticut converted itself to a single payer health care system the resulting savings to taxpayers would amount to Billions of good old US Dollars. He was asked by members of the Connecticut Legislature to write up his findings and did so, listing all the facts and figures that he’d researched to come up with his findings. The Connecticut Legislators who asked him for his help then brought his paper work to a marathon session and asked him to be available to testify during negotiations. The sponsoring Representatives came to him during any break they got and assured him they were close and getting closer. At something like 3 am, the disheartened Representatives came to him, glumly thanked him for his efforts and explained that Insurance Company Lobbyists (And Connecticut is and has been the headquarters for many Insurance Companies) came in, hit the Legislators hard with promises of campaign contributions if they shot down the attempt to go with the single payer system. Dr. Battista was so moved by this experience that he joined the Connecticut Green Party and changed the scope of a radio call-in talk show into an Activists forum.
— So, Nancy Pelosi is full of you-know-what –
— There would be no United States of America without the help and generosity of Native Americans. I’m not 1,000 percent positive, but it’s a safe bet that Canada would not be Canada if it wasn’t for the aid given by First Nations People to settlers, and resource exploiters, of both French and English origin.
— Silly me, I checked email and followed a couple links and missed my nap time.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 -( +5˚C / +41˚F — Grey skies & damp in Atlantic Canada @ 8:00 am )-
— Economic Warfare —
— The oil and gas industries received $34 Billion dollars per year in taxpayer-funded subsidies? Mid-priced Electric cars cost about $31,000.00 Canadian Dollars. They figure there are 9 million families in Canada?
— The Province of New Brunswick, crying poverty, has told the people of New Brunswick that their ‘duly elected government’ is trying to decide how to institute tolls on New Brunswick’s highways to raise money because they’re not bringing in enough tax revenues? ***Why don’t they raise taxes on the corporations that have been getting away with downsizing, knocking hardworking people from their ability to pay those taxes, which may be fraudulently reported to the media which, in turn, ‘report’ those fraudulent figures to the news-consuming public.
— Walter Burien of cafr1.com [ (CAFR+the number 1) dot com ] is an investment counselor who has been trying to explain that virtually every level of Federal, State or Provincial, County, and municipal government has more income streams than they admit to, that tax revenues amount to one third of their actual income, and if they’re not receiving two thirds of their income from non-tax revenues, well then, shame on them for being incredibly stupid – Mr. Burien has been trying to explain this for years, has been politely screaming at seemingly sleeping citizens who, apparently, would much rather plug their ears than listen to him.
— The proposed Eastern Pipeline upgrade would bring oil from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick, not to be refined here, an operation which would create Canadian jobs, but to be loaded on ships and carried off to refineries in the USA, where US citizens would have job security that is lacking in Canada?
— Meanwhile, Facking has been shown to create earthquakes. Earthquakes endanger pipelines. Oil pipelines that split open poison groundwater. Poisoned groundwater forces humans to pay for water that isn’t poisoned, and it kills animals. Animals that die from poisoned water include farm animals that people eat, and pets, and wild animals, like the Beluga whales in the Saint Lawrence River/Seaway.
— When the Mayor of Montreal cried out against the pipeline, he was first accused of being selfish, then accused of trying to divide Canadians along East Versus West, or even Anglophones versus Francophones lines. Then, after a talk with Justin Trudeau, the Mayor of Montreal clarified that his stance against the pipeline was not against economic opportunities, but against the shoddy inability of watchdogs to insure that the pipelines would be properly built, properly inspected, and properly maintained. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for his part, has announced that he is not a cheerleader for this pipeline project, or any other pipeline project. First Nations/Native Americans – the people whose country was stolen out from under them by Europeans who claimed they were saving the aboriginal citizens of the ‘Americas’ from ignorance and poverty, have been fighting pipelines both in the east and in the west. They have also been fighting against the practice of ‘Fracking’, which threatens their drinking water and the stability of their lands.
— Canadian ‘Law’ sees mineral rights as belonging to the ‘Crown’, land owners have been shocked and dismayed to discover that their property has been invaded by somebody who dug a hole, searching for possible minerals or other exploitable resources, & left the ‘exploratory’ holes open and dangerous to children and other living things. And then the property owners discovered that (1) they are powerless to stop this sort of thing, (2) if anything valuable was discovered on or under their property, they would not benefit from that discovery, or its exploitation or development – at all, and (3) they just might have to pay the cost of filling any dangerous holes left in their own property.
— First Nations people have been fighting for centuries to keep their land and mineral rights, citing the fact that they never did sign away their mineral rights. Miners want to be able to walk onto Tribal lands and poison and ruin the area, grab whatever minerals and ores they find there, cart the valuable substances away and gesture obscenely as they ‘laugh all the way to the bank’ and capitalize on what they’ve stolen.
— Corporations have also been getting away with not paying their fair share of taxes in the United Kingdom. Google, which ‘mines’ information from the browsers of anybody connecting to their ‘services’ has recently been slapped on the wrist and asked to pay a pittance to cover back taxes while taxpayers in the UK have been discovering that they are being charged unbelievably ridiculous new taxes that sound more like a Monty Python routine than anything like a real tax that any government in the Western ‘Free World’ would have the gall to suggest.
— & On the Ethics front: In France, the Justice Minister resigned her post in protest over the new French law that strips citizenship from those accused of terrorism. So human beings with their humanity and moral values intact actually still do exist as of today, the 27th day of January/janvier, 2016. Of course, the newscast that announced this brave and ethical act went on to tell us that the Justice Minister who resigned had already been replaced by a schnarr ice-hole of an Elitist shill who was firmly in favour of advancing himself without regard for ethical behaviour or the health and well-being of anybody else.
— And so, sadly, tragically, that is a snapshot of this morning’s schnarr from Atlantic Canada.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 -( 14˚F / -10˚C & Snowing in Ithaca @ 9:30 am // +9˚F / -13˚C w/Hazy Sunshine North of Fredericton, NB @ 10:30 am // +7˚F / -14˚C & Overcast in North Pole Alaska @ 5:30 am )-
— Um, So lately, along with Rachel’s wedding plans occupying much more of my time than I expected, and me thinking that copying and pasting News Items from CBC News on-line was a slightly interesting waste of time – my friend and c0-blogger, Jim W. recently told me he wanted to try to put as much positive information as possible out there in internet land and avoid the negatives as much as he could.
— So this morning it appears he’s blogged an update that I will copy and paste here:
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 -( -13˚C / +9˚F With Wind Chill around -26˚C/ -16˚F — Greyish and cold in Atlantic Canada @ 7:16 am )-
— There are weather warnings out there this morning. Wind Chills below -20˚C — which would translate to -4˚F — But – The latest possible Nor’Easter that is worrying meteorologists in New England and Nova Scotia will probably remain far enough south so Most of New Brunswick might get a repeat of Last Sunday’s storm here. — Nova Scotia got 40 centimeters / 16 inches of snow while we only got maybe two inches / 5 cm?
— One candidate has declared himself in the running for Fredericton’s Mayoral position. Apparently the sitting mayor has not clearly announced whether he wants to be the Mayor for another term or run for a seat on the City Council. One thing the mayor said about labour negotiations between the bus company and its drivers might either bite him or win him points with voters (or both – earn him some votes from some voters and earn his oppositions candidates voters from pro union voters. When bus drivers said they wanted their pay to be equal with what drivers in Moncton get, the current mayor said, “If they want to get paid what Moncton drivers are paid – they should move to Moncton.”
— Local / municipal, county and Provincial governments all around Canada ( and the rest of the ‘Western world’ for that matter ) have been crying poverty and claiming they have to cut back on programs and cut down on the number of people they employ because they just don’t have the money. I have been asking reporters and other newsy types to investigate the claims of CAFR1.com for a couple of years now – since I heard Walter Burien, an investment counselor, explain that virtually every level of government in the USA and almost all of the USA’s allies follow a model developed by the Rockefellers, in which all levels of government have several income streams but only let the public know about what they get from taxes. Mr Burien claims that all levels of government in the west here could stop collecting taxes and provide more and better services than they do now. And the message seems to be, “If these governments are not following this model, well then shame on them.” If this is true, and I do not have the resources or expertise to properly investigate this, myself, then all levels of governments here in the ‘free world’ are engaged in a monumental fraud. And, if this is true, it lends a lot of credibility to the claims of many Conspiracy Researchers that Elitists, who are trying their darndest to manipulate and control everybody and everything, are using “Need to Know” information with-holding as one of their ‘tools’ to deceive the rest of us, the 99% of us that the 1%-ers want to control. Their other tactics include using Intelligence Gathering Operations like the C.I.A. and MI-6 to recruit, train and secretly control ‘Terrorists’ like Al-Qaeda and ISIS – in order to maintain an atmosphere of fear and anxiety because fearful and anxious populations can be convinced to surrender their rights and freedoms in favor of promises of safety and security. The fact that governments use Anti-Terrorist legislation to turn their guns on their own citizens does not become immediately apparent. Police disguised as rioters have been ‘outed’ in areas where G-20 meetings supposedly drew a lot of civil unrest and lots of peaceful demonstrators were arrested and later had charges against them dropped. This happened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada a couple years ago. And it’s happened in too many other cities around the world.
— “Governments have killed more of their own civilian populations than Foreign Armies have in all the Wars in the Last Century.” —
— In other, possibly more hopeful news, Anti-Terrorist Laws in the UK have been found to violate fundamental rights by failing to protect the rights of journalists and labeling journalists who criticize their governments as terrorists. I haven’t seen anything in the mainstream media about this here in Atlantic Canada, but the “Tweet-Us-Sphere” has been buzzing.
— Another thing I’d like to research today is a job opportunity here :
— Okay, I’ve probably done more than enough damage here today – Think Positive – We are evolving, The bad guys will kill each other off in their insane power struggles and leave the rest of us free to discover what the “New Heaven – New Earth” might be like.
— Beyond that – I’ve added the spiffiest Mac Mini I could find to my collection of ‘nearly new’ computer junk, and now face the needless frustration of “Google Chrome” informing me that the mac mini’s hardware is no longer supported by Google Chrome [ implying that I should run out and spend lots of money – that would be better used giving my daughter a wedding she deserves – on making sure I have the latest and greatest innovations in NSA friendly spy tech inside my work-horse computers ] – I fire up Chrome to make sure that anything I post using Firefox does not look insanely formatted in a Chrome browser.
— & While Jim keeps telling me in email that he doesn’t think this winter will be as bad as the last two were in New Brunswick, my sweetie up there isn’t quite as sure as he is, but she has her fingers crossed. & “Hey – Universe – If you hand me a winning lottery ticket, how crazy would it be to try to maintain two residences? one in New York State and the other In New Brunswick?” – Rachel & her husband to be are suggesting it might make more sense to migrate to Maine if I’m serious about living in two countries at once? -shrug- That whole idea might be ridiculous – But —