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Media Madness & Politics

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It’s falling apart, but as the Rupert Murdoch media empire goes supernova, expect it to take a LOT of people with it.

First, start with the 10 questions that no one in Britain will ask Rupert Murdoch this afternoon.  This is because it seems like ALL of the British establishment is tainted with a disease known as “media madness” that has been rampaging their corridors for decades.

Which begs the question:  does Rupert Murdoch really give a shit about an inquiry?

Probably not.

‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’, some dude in a desert once said.  It’s more true today than ever.

Taint.  It’s an ugly word.

The disease runs deep and the cure is not going to be pretty.

To appreciate what I’m talking about, we have to go back.

It all begins with commercial media getting more crass and useless since the dawn of the age of television.  Yes … that far back.  One might argue that the symptoms go back even further into the early days of print (example:  William Randolph Hearst), but the level of magnitude and collusion really hit stride in the 1960s when TVs quickly became a way of our lives.

Example:  John F. Kennedy won the 1960 Presidential election because he knew (or at least someone did) that TV would expose how unattractive Richard Nixon was.

The taint begins en masse.  Mass production became a no-brainer in the early days of mass communication because we all trusted the advertising that came with media because we all trusted the people within the media.

Flip forward to today.

Rupert Murdoch has his fingers in many pies.

And these are just the media companies.  We need to know (but will never know the truth) about things like the relationship between media and the police and the politicians that they’re protecting.  Or exposing.  How close are these relationships and what’s the true meaning of this for all of ‘lay people’ who just want to get on with our lives?

In Canada, our ‘mainstream media’ has become very tainted by the same symptoms:  supporting those that throw our money at them.  The taint continues.  For the last half decade, it’s been the Conservatives, but the Liberals are equally tainted.

They nosh and rub elbows with the media elite in order to get buy-in from the editorial staff.

The reward:  billions in ad spend.  The taint runs deep.

Time and time again, the federal government tends to be one of the biggest buyers of media.  Canada’s ‘Economic Action Plan’ diverted nearly $500 million in advertising dollars to the big media companies in the past few years and it probably won’t stop any time soon.

With this kind of close relationship, Canada may be in a similar media minefield as Murdoch and the folks in Britain.

For example, who ‘exposed’ the story about Jack Layton supposedly getting a ‘massage’ just days before the election date?  Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone has the stones to really find the answer to this question, including myself.  The cost is too high and the secrets too close.

However, there’s no doubt here:  as Murdoch media madness evolves into something bigger and uglier, the citizens of the world need to ask why we let ourselves get into this mess.

More importantly, how do we get out of it?

Tony Clement: Tough on Gas or New Con Smoke Screen?

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Tony Clement announced yesterday that Industry Canada and the Government of Canada would pursue fines against anyone caught tampering with gas pumps.

Unfortunately, this is a well-timed smoke-screen that is another attempt to get gullible Canucks to side with the most scandalous leadership on the planet.

I’m not a gas pricing expert, nor am I a logistics expert, but I have done a little reading about this.  The question is whether or not certain pumps clog or get impeded and then, in most cases, unintentionally give the consumer less than what was recorded.

On the surface, this is a very noble effort, but let’s pull it apart a little:

  • The potential variations are likely to be a maximum of a percent of a percent of your overall spend on gas and you may even wind up getting more gas than was recorded
  • The timing is perfect for the launch of the ‘summer driving’ season (the time when most Canadians start their road trips and visits across the country)
  • The timing is also perfect in that the Cons desperately need a ‘good story’ to deliver to the public, hopefully diverting our attention from the massive array of scandals that are strangling this government from doing anything but choke on its own filth
  • This crusade is a lot like the Con’s general goal of being ‘tough on crime’.  It makes for great marketing, but little substance
  • The actual effort will likely translate to an assault on small businesses and independent gas suppliers, most of whom do their best to keep gas prices competitive
  • Nothing will be done to address the overall ridiculously high price of gas given the climb in the Canadian dollar

I’ll address the last comment:  when the Canadian dollar has been rising as it has, the price of everything else should be dropping.  Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen nearly a 50% increase in the value of our currency vis-a-vis the US dollar and yet we’ve seen little to no reduction in the cost of gas, books, vegetables, fruits and other things we import on a daily basis.

Canadians are being gouged and it’s time that Tony Clement and our other so-called leaders look at what I call ‘Price Parity’ issues with imports.

As I mentioned, gas is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a massive portion of our disposable expenditure.  The high price of gas also has an impact on nearly ALL of our daily activities.

Of course, if pushed, I would also say that gas should be $5 per litre, but that’s more because we need to reduce our reliance on gas, but as long as we’re trying to find the cause of ‘high’ prices, let’s be sure that Tony’s tantrum doesn’t misdirect us from the true cause:  suppliers are gouging us.

In future blogs, I’ll address two things:

  1. How to address our addiction to gas (and how to end it)
  2. Price Parity Policies that will put more money in the hands of Canadians

How Many Scandals Will It Take …

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To Finally Bring Down the Harper House of Cards?

The Helena Guergis affair is just the last of an incredibly loooooooooong line of scandals that keep flying in the face of our federal leaders.

And yet, somehow, they manage to weasel their way out of issues and back into talking about the insanity of ‘more crime bills’ or ‘economy economy economy’.

The list is far too long, but here’s a quick stab:

  • Guergis
  • Jaffer and his various ‘business interviews’ and promises to connect people with the PMO
  • Lisa Raitt’s mishandling of the world’s limited isotopes
  • Maxime Bernier’s ‘forgotten’ documents and the links with the mob
  • Let’s not forget ‘Diamond’ Jim Flaherty’s surprise reversal on Income Trusts, literally dissolving billions in retirement assets for seniors and others overnight
  • Thousands of political appointments to various public offices, poisoning the public well for decades
  • Promises to reform the Senate while stacking it conveniently with inexperienced celebrities
  • Fake cheques promoting the CPC using Canadian taxpayer dollars
  • Endless 10-percenters as junk mail, costing Canadians tens of millions of dollars per year (mainly to pick childish fights with other leaders)
  • The links with the mob of almost all infrastructure spending, particularly in Montreal
  • Breaking one’s own law to have a forced election on a fixed date
  • Massive investigations into spending irregularities with the last election
  • The Chuck Cadman bribery scandal
  • Maple Leaf deaths, potentially a result of attempts to deregulate the industry
  • Voted repeatedly as the world’s worst environmental destroyer
  • Issues related to people in Stephen Harper’s inner circle releasing details about Obama before the US election
  • Crimes against humanity with the Afghan detainee issue
  • Complete mismanagement of the country’s economy (largest deficit ever created in Canada – ever) and creation of a permanent structural fiscal deficit.

How many scandals constitute ‘enough’?

All it took was an inflated marketing scam with the Liberals to have them turfed.  I know … it was enough to show our disgust with the Liberals.

And yet how many more people have to die / get ripped off / be booted from Cabinet or just plain f*** up in order for Canadians to finally stand up and demand an election so we can dump these clowns?

Have we all lost our minds?  When people promise accountability and economic action and yet deliver the complete opposite, why are we not going to the polls?