The Budget and its effects on people:
It’s All Just a Game to Them
The Reporters, the analysts, the editorialists, the news channels and the nightly newscasts…they’re all the same. The survival of hospitals, the quality of schools, the health of whole industries, the futures of our children, the retirements of our parents are not issues of concern to the panelists on Power & Politics.
You can hear the disdain in their chuckles, observe it in their winks and smiles and you can read it in their tweets....tweets from @RosieBarton and others on Power and Politics read like summaries of soap operas, digests of strategy games. Did so-and-so politician lose any points by pushing for this or that budget – not whether people will be helped or hindered by that decision. They don’t care if the game is a brutal match rigged by the 1%. When the media turns your child’s school, your job, your pension, your hospital into a check mark on a score card they are telling you that you’re your situation is of little consequence to them. What’s really of interest to them is which political party has won or lost points. And by doing that they are also telling you that they have turned your life into a game for their amusement.
And by doing that they devalue us.
History 101: Father of Free-Trade
The Right Honourable M. Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, LLD
These are the bodies he represents or has represented:
Past President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada
Barrick Gold Corporation
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
Archer Daniels Midland
Independent News and Media
JP Morgan Chase International Council
George Bush Presidential Library Trustee (Honorary)
These are some of his legacies:
1) Brought in free trade agreements that caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of well-paying manufacturing job;
2) Introduced a series of privatizations - "Who needs public sector workers?"
3) Historic tax reforms (corporations pay less);
4) Extensive deregulation and expenditure reduction policies - "Seriously, the tar sands will NOT harm our environment...oh yeah, and low income workers have had enough handouts!!"
These are some of his rewards:
Combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of poorest 3.5 billion
It is staggering that in the 21st century, half of the world's population - that's three and a half billion people - own no more than 85 very wealthy people whose numbers could all fit comfortably on a double-decker bus.
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Big Brother is Here! Offically! Big Time!
Big Brother is here! Officially! Big Time! Thought your emails were confidential? Your blogs? Message boards? Video and image sharing websites? Private no longer! What’s even stranger is the audacity of the Harper government to say, Yeah, we’re coming after ya! In all languages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! Here it is: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/11/29/social_
Could “Black Friday Madness” be a mental disorder?
Black Friday is a “holiday” where the pursuit of a seemingly great deal reigns supreme. But could this fanatic consumerism be considered psychologically deviant? Psychologists consider mental disorders to have a significant impact on an individual’s life and daily routine. The pursuit of Black Friday deals takes time away from loved ones, forces you to shift around or take a day off work (or holidays in the United States), arrange alternative child care, and causes loss of sleep from lining up at an ungodly hour for a “bargain.” That is pretty significant. Many disorders are also classified by the disregard for others and even the individual’s safety. This link http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/17-black-friday-stories-that-will-make-you-lose-faith-in-hum details the many horror stories of bodily harm to both the individuals shopping and harm to the employees at these stores. Should you really line up for hours in the freezing cold, with the possibility of being trampled or bear maced (yes that is a black Friday horror story) with complete disregard for the employees who must leave their families and ring through your slightly discounted purchases?