Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Jeeze- wouldn’t it would be nice if we were able to trust that anybody in government or the corporate media would actually tell us the truth about anything?

1.) Scrolling headlines on CBC morning show: “Fair Elections Act passes third reading in House of Commons” … My feelings on this? If this bill is passed and signed into law they might as well remove the Maple Leaf from the Canadian Flag and replace it with a Swastika ( the WWII version, not the original Sanskrit ).

2.) Re: Lac Mégantic: Last Evening: Television News showed 3 employees of the MM&A Railroad being led into court securely handcuffed and accompanied by uniformed police. There was a radio news account which reported that a heavily armed SWAT team broke into one of those human beings’ home, knocked him down and cuffed him (hands behind his back). This reminds me of a movie based on a real World War One incident in which a general was upset that his men had not been able to take and hold some arbitrary objective, so he had 3 random soldiers shot as an example. (In the movie, one of these soldiers was a good soldier and a decent human being who was hand picked by a corrupt officer.) — What this seems to me is: From the top down: Conservative Politiks spread dis-information about revenue and the cost of programmes that actually protect or help anybody so they can pull the funds away from social programmes and funnel it into their own pockets. (( http://www.cafr1.com )) —> Greedy Corporate Executives do their best to get rid of as many employees as they can ((( and they don’t seem to realize that, in their quest to force everyone they can into $lavery, there will be nobody left to support them by paying for their products or services ))). —> Conservative Governments De-Funding and Cutting away at Regulatory Enforcement Budgets make sure there aren’t enough inspectors to make sure the industries are acting in accordance with safety laws and/or Ethics and/or Human Decency. —> Corporations (( in this case the railroads )) try to run their operations with the absolute smallest number of employees they can get away with (( which ends up becoming illegal, immoral and dangerous to say the least )). —> overworked, underpaid employees are stressed beyond belief and probably can’t do enough to ensure the safe operation of their jobs. —> So when the ‘fit hits the shan’, as in Lac Mégantic, and mourning survivors look for answers and sometimes, justice, the corporate ‘big wigs’ look for someone to blame and try to charge employees way down their ‘corporate food chain’ with negligence and failure to properly do their job (( after making damned sure they can’t properly do their jobs in the first place )) and throw innocent employees to the wolves, laughing all the way to their banks, convinced that ‘John Q Public’ is too stupid to look behind the curtain, and probably much too stupid ( and/or stressed and/or exhausted )  to even notice that there is a curtain. If anybody needs to hang for this, it really should be the nasty S.O.B.’s who actually caused the situation to deteriorate to the current state of the industry and its infrastructure- and don’t forget the lobbyists who spend more money on making sure that corporations remain ‘an ingenious invention to ensure maximum profits with zero personal liability’. —> If anyone is guilty of negligence causing death- you’d better start with politicians of the ilk of Stephen Harper, include every corporate executive on the planet, and then add anybody who invests in corporations whose bottom lines are more important to them than the health, well being ( and life, liberty and pursuit of happiness ) of their employees and customer base.

3.) ((( a poem begins on the next line down )))

( don’t hold your breath )

  • a general
  • in a drunken rage
  • demands
  • his armies take an impossible objective
  • -one thousand soldiers die in minutes
  • -front line officers order a retreat
  • the humiliated general
  • blames those officers and soldiers
  • for ‘his’ defeat
  • and has three officers
  • and twenty ‘regular’ soldiers shot
  • If history blames the general
  • then Truth miraculously wins
  • (don’t hold your breath)
  • —douglas j otterson

—enough for today?

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