Monthly Archives: May 2012

McGuinty: Your Mouth is Writing Cheques that Your A– Can’t Cash

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I call bulls#!t.

I used to sit on the fence when it came to Dalton McGuinty, but now it’s quite clear to me that his intentions are not good for Ontario.

Dalton McGuinty told the public that the billion-dollar boondoggle for an extension of the privately-owned 407 toll highway would remain in the hands of the public, but in what amounts to the same breath, he’s already working to privatize simple public services like driver’s license renewals.

Why is he handing out a billion dollars of our money (as of now, who knows what the actual number will be) to people who do work with dictators and those who help suppress freedom?

Yes, I’m talking about SNC-Lavalin, the same company that made billions off Gaddafi during the golden years of voter suppression and publicly financed prison systems in Libya.

Times were good over there, but it seems that they’ve decided to come back cap in hand for Canadian funds to keep the fat pay cheques going, especially after a wave of corruption scandals have sacked the value of the stock.

What a farce this province has become under the ‘liarship’ of McGuinty.

A New Slavery

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Global Research has done an incredible job of reviewing the private prison complex in the US and clearly identifying two critical issues associated with this trend in the US:

  1. A massive proportion of inmates are African-American
  2. A wider array of Americans will soon join this group following the introduction of anti-liberty legislation

Simply put, the US has reverted to slavery.  The South has won.

And Stephen Harper would us follow in their tracks.

The High Cost of the Truth …

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In a World Filled With Deceit

The Conservatives and their well-oiled, well-bought media machine have latched on to Thomas Mulcair’s telling of the economic truth about the Tar Sands and, like true parasites, they are not about to let go until they’ve bled him to death.

Last week, Thomas Mulcair correctly reminded Canadians that we are suffering from what’s known as ‘Dutch Elm Disease’, a loose economic term that refers to how demand for a popular commodity will destroy other parts of the economy that rely on a competitive or more balanced exchange rate between trading partners.

A thorough Wikipedia article has been created over time and numerous articles are available online.  If you’re in the media, go and educate yourself and read up a little before tearing more strips off those who tell the truth.

Despite the intellectual precedent and discussion about the problem, the absolute tyrannic and sycophantic response from the Conservatives and the media prove how far they’ve gone to the ‘dark side’ of the Tar Sands and oil reliance in this country.

In fact, the Conservatives, especially Stephen Harper who pretends to be an economist, should be well aware of this economic condition and yet continue to play dumb.

It’s safe to say that TRUTH in this country is no longer allowed to exist.

Of course, the best to react:  change the rules.  The NDP should make sure that the Wikipedia post is properly updated to reflect Thomas Mulcair’s comments for a start.  They should also start a contest to create a new ‘Canadianized’ name for the problem.

In Quebec, I’d Be A Riot This Weekend

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We’re having 3 families over for a BBQ this weekend.  There will be about 15 people in total in attendance.

As Jean Charest might call it, an ‘assembly greater than 10 people’.

If I were in Quebec, would I have to apply for permission prior to having my friends over?  What would my options be now that it’s the weekend?  Should I call the whole thing off and hide in my basement?

Really, the insanity of Charest’s new draconian and authoritarian law designed to crack down on students is irresponsible and ridiculous.

ALL Canadians should be insulted.

STUDENTS:  Wake up.  Do something different.  Change the rules of the game by playing a different game.

The Opportunity For Quebec Students

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This Quebec government / student clash of wills represents a unique opportunity in all of the world (I dare say) for one group of activists to introduce, discuss and implement an incredibly new approach to doing things.

Charest is testing new grounds with his fascist assault on liberties in Quebec and this approach will bleed over into the rest of Canada.

It’s now critical that Quebec students consider the alternatives.

Here’s what we know:

  • Education has become very expensive.  Students are facing onerous bills and excessive debt when they’re finished.
  • Most new teachers aren’t paid well.  They aren’t rewarded for extra time spent with marking, creating course content and sometimes even the teaching process itself.
  • Those teachers who are paid well may or may not care about teaching anymore.  They’re so obsessed with corporate-driven research that students are nothing more than an inconvenience.
  • Text books are a rip off and the companies are owned by people that do bad things (look it up).
  • The administration staff budgets are exploding, getting ever disproportionately larger compared to all of the other cogs in the machine and routinely buried in perks and bloat that would make Croesus blush.

What’s the opportunity, then?

Start over.  Build from the ground up.

My mind is reeling with the possibilities that this presents:

  • Use of non-copyrighted materials for educational materials
  • Crowd-sourced and open-source content that speaks to everything that’s new in the world
  • Elimination of top-heavy and expensive admin staff
  • Rewrite the curriculum
  • Radically reduced fee structure that will ensure that everyone in the province gets a fair education
  • Eliminate the interaction / intermingling of ‘big business’ with research and analysis

And so on …

It’ll take at least a few years to get the basics in place, but what are you waiting for?

If there’s 300,000 students and each of you are paying an average of $5,000 per year, that’s a ‘seed capital’ investment of about $1.5 billion, give or take.

That’s a lot of opportunity!

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