Chomsky

September 28, 2006 at 11:54 am (Uncategorized)

    I have been doing some reading in the past few days on some of the writings of Noam Chomsky. Mr. Comsky is a linguist by education and also an interesting political writer and commentator.

   While I was looking at his stuff it led me to some other web sites, mostly on social activism that are good reading as well.

  See links below.

http://www.chomsky.info/

http://www.alternet.org/

http://zmagsite.zmag.org/

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The Intelligence Report

September 28, 2006 at 9:35 am (Uncategorized)

    A report by US intelligence agencies shows that the war in Iraq is just getting those Islamic extremists really angry. I am not surprised by this. It is another example of the foreign policy of the Bush administration failing.

   Mr Bush is afraid of this report and he does not want it to be released in full. It will show that his war on Iraq, is a complete failure. He does not want the public to know that because he is afraid of the mid-term elections and losing control of the congress, which would not be a good thing for him when he needs more war money.

       Speaking of war, I do not feel that the war in Iraq is a real war, because a war requires two parties and a threat by at least one party. The so-called Iraq war is just an invasion to gain a foothold in the region as I have stated before.

   The President of Pakistan(one of the war partners of Bush) in his new book also states that the war on Iraq has not made the world a safer place, it has made the world more dangerous he states. It is strange that the US has portrayed him as a staunch supporter of Bush, but how the truth is slowly coming out.

    These wars that the US is engaged in and into which it drags other countries(like Canada) are not a good thing. They are just a setup to have the US dominate the planet I believe.

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Jack Is Back

September 26, 2006 at 9:22 am (Uncategorized)

  Our good friend Mr. Parizeau is back in Quebec politics. His wife Lisette Lapointe has announced that she will run for the PQ in a north end Montreal riding in the next election. Its seems like Jack is back.

    Sure she claims she will run the campaign but somehow I think that Mr. Parizeau will be pulling all the strings. I do not believe that the PQ party will get re-associated with Parizeau again. It is safe to assume that the militants are back in charge of the party. The militants helped Boisclair get elected and it is no secret that Mr. Parizeau and Ms. Lapointe were Boisclair supporters.

   The years just go by(almost eleven since Parizeau resigned) and things with the PQ just stay the same. It is just shocking how this party works. It seems like a cycle exists where the miltants just take over from time-to-time, run things thier way, and it is referendum time. Do we really need another referendum? Not really. This is just insane I think.

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War On Terror Bullying

September 22, 2006 at 10:40 am (Uncategorized)

       Just checking out some news on the web this morning and came across this. I always wondered how the US got Pakistan on their side so quickly on the war on terror. I had always figured that it was some promises of financial assistance, but I was wrong it seems.

    Acccording to an interview that will be broadcast on Sixty Minutes this weekend, the US just threatened to bomb the crap out them. Some good old fashioned American arm twisting I guess, get on our side or we will destroy your country. How nice of them. I expect the US to deny all this today, and say that the Pakistanis got it wrong, miscommunication they will probably say.

    Is this the way to make friends on the world stage, through threats. I am sure that it does not make for great relations.

     Speaking of the war on terror, and friends, the President of Afghanistan is in Ottawa and he does not want to meet Jack Layton. Could the reason behind all this have to do with Jack Layton having called for our troops to come home from Afghanistan("Bravo Mr Layton"). My guess on the subject, yes it is entirely related.

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Musical Interlude

September 22, 2006 at 9:41 am (Uncategorized)

     During the last few days I have been listening to some really good music and wanted to just share that with you all. I have been listening to Harmonium, a great progressive rock band from the seventies.

    For those of you that do not know Harmonium, it is a Quebecois rock band founded by Serge Fiori, Michel Normandeau, and Louis Valois. The group only produced three albums and then called it quits. The albums are just incredible works of music especially the last one, which has mixes of all musical styles blended together to produce an album of just seven songs. After this last album, the group went on a tour and decided that even if that even if they wanted to, they could not make a better album to follow the last one. They had reached a musical summit.

   One has to respect Harmonium for that, it was a wise decision. It is better to just dissolve the group as opposed to some bands that stick together forever and only put out mediocre stuff to sell albums, and tour. Vive Harmonium.

For more information on Harmonium, and prog rock, see below links.

http://www.harmonium.qc.ca/

http://www.progquebec.com/

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Respected Journalist

September 20, 2006 at 2:55 pm (Uncategorized)

       Someone that gets referred to as a respected journalist wrote something outrageous on the weekend. Jan Wong from the Globe and Mail wrote an article on the weekend that linked the three school shootings that have happened in Montreal in the past seventeen years to the language laws in the province.  It is a serious stretch that she takes there, why not go further, and blame these acts of violence on our cold winters and how unstable people hate the cold.

   How can someone get away with writing such ridiculous crap, it does not make sense. Is it because she is well known that her editor does not even bother to read what she is writing. A newbie journalist would have been walked out the door by his editor or just gotten fired. When a journalist gets the r-word before her name, I guess it means straight to print, no one bothers to look.

   A while back I wrote a blog called yellow journalism, this is another perfect example, take an already sensational story and throw in an outrgaeous theory for good measure.

 

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Two Funerals

September 20, 2006 at 1:15 pm (Uncategorized)

       Two funerals were held yesterday in Montreal. One for a victim and the other for her shooter. Obviously one of them attracted more mourners, but both of them were sad events for the families involved.

  The last week has been a sad one in Montreal, there has been lots of pain. It is always tragic when a senseless act of this nature happens.

     Life will go on at Dawson College but things will never be the same I guess. It will not be easy for the students and staff, but they must go on in order to show everyone that the Dawson community is strong.

  Such acts of violence are hard to explain. I have been trying to find an answer for a week now and have come up with no real answers. There is no easy explanation to all this. There were always be some desperate people out there, ready to commit violence.  Could he have been stopped, maybe if someone had been paying more attention, or maybe if there was better gun control.

  Many maybes, but life will continue and we must always try to remember these tragedies, and hope that they do not happen again.

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9/13

September 14, 2006 at 10:17 am (Uncategorized)

   Montreal is sad this morning, not just because of the rain, violence has touched our city again. Senseless violence, a violence that we can not explain. A shooting rampage happened at Dawson College yesterday that lead to two deaths(one student and the shooter), six critical injuries(let us hope they make it), and countless psychological wounds.

      The shooter is dead so we can never really know what was in his mind, what lead him to all this. Sure he posted some rantings on a goth website, but it will not tell us, who he really was. Without going into the blame game, we need to  listen to everyone involved in this before jumping to conclusions.

   One conclusion that is safe to jump to is that we need better gun control in this country, not an end to the gun registry as the present governement is proposing. Apparently his guns were registered, how the heck do you register a semi-automatic rifle, do you need it to hunt fast moving deer. We definitely need that gun control.

   Lessons need to be taken from this act of violence and we have to understand how we can prevent this violence from happening again. It is important to learn from this and to not just forget about it in a month.

  In closing I would like to say that my thoughts go out to all the victims of this meaningless violence.

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Cola Wars

September 12, 2006 at 11:23 am (Uncategorized)

    I was just reading on some news websites that Coca-Cola has opened up a bottling plant in Afghanistan. I guess I was wrong all along, this is not a war on terror or for petrol, it is a cola war. The US Army and now NATO seem to be there to protect capitalism.

   I do not believe that after almost five years of this conflict they announce the opening of a bottling plant, as if it was some big deal. What is wrong with all these people or is it just me not getting it.

   Would the money(25 million) not be better spent on building a hospital, clinic, or a school. How much water will the bottling plant waste as well ? How much security will it need ? Will NATO have to provide the security ? I hope not.

  This is just another example of our twisted values in this messed up world. American capitalism is just marching into the country. Fast food restaurants can not be far behind, then we can send in the drug companies once they get health problems from the sugar in that stuff.

  What a waste of money all this is. Is this how we rebuild a country? The primary needs of the people should be taken care of first. I am sure that soft drinks are not a primary need. 

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Politics of Death

September 8, 2006 at 10:47 am (Uncategorized)

  As the anniversary of September 11th approaches, I have been reflecting on the politics of war and death.  How many lives need to be sacrifed for the so-called war on terror ? How many soldiers and civilians need to die to make the world a safer place ?

   In Iraq the number of soldiers that have been killed is close to equating the number of people that died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. I find the approaching of the two numbers to be sort of ironic. In the grand scheme of politics, the deaths spread over time are easier to accept I think.

  However you look at it, the loss of life in Iraq is totally senseless, as no weapons of mass destruction were ever found and no link was ever shown between Iraq and Al Qaeda. In the end it is just a war for petrol and for control of the region. The US has placed a ridiculous number of soldiers in Iraq, close to one hundred and fifty thousand.

  All these ongoing wars and loss of life, do not add up, the situation is just absurd. I wonder would it not make more sense having these soldiers at home, protecting the country, as opposed to having them in foreign countries dying. Just some thoughts that I was having today as we approach the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

For an interesting antiwar site see below.

http://antiwar.com/

   

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