Here are a few things happening in 2012 that should make the world wince. We are handing over our rights and freedoms to the governments and the elite in the world on a daily basis in mostly total ignorance and apathy. We think we are informed, educated and concerned but it is mainly an illusion.
Every once and a while our lives are enriched by a leader who is willing to dedicate his life to a cause. A leader who will stop at nothing to make the world a better place.
Jack Layton was such a leader. Shock waves ricocheted across the country at the news of his recent passing. Many tears are being shed for this great humanist and his compassionate soul.
Jack Layton inspired me when I heard him speak in Cornwall several years ago. This man of peace captured the attention of every person in the room. The things he spoke about resonated with the audience, and there seemed to be an unspoken truth that he really wanted to improve the quality of life for the masses.
The letter that Jack Layton wrote just prior to his death confirms his dedication and belief in the people he served. The letter also serves as a public record of his belief system, which include words like ‘love’ and ‘trust.’ What I find remarkable is the fact that he continued to care so deeply about others as he was at death’s door. Never before have I seen such devotion to people expressed in this way.
Some people may argue that he made the ultimate sacrifice. He worked tirelessly as a politician to improve the lives of others while his own life was in peril. To the end he put the interests of other people first.
Thank you, Jack for all of your contributions. Your memory will live on.
In Britain the number of convictions related to the recent riots in that country has reached a record high. The prison population hit over 86,000- only 1150 spaces short of capacity.
By any measure Great Britain has become a modern day police state. Everyone is a potential terrorist and everyone has been treated that way for many years. In the cities video cameras are watching and listening and police now encourage citizens to report “suspicious” behaviour- reminiscent of Russia under the Stalin regime.
Just look at the response of the UK Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron. Rather than address the root causes of this unprecedented violence, the Conservative mantra is to “get tough on crime” and apply harsh sentences. Does this sound familiar?
The sentencing is draconian in most cases. Two men who tried to incite a riot using Facebook were sentenced to 4 years, even though they were unsuccessful! One woman was sentenced to 4 months for accepting a piece of clothing from another woman who stole it. People are being evicted from their homes if they participated in the rioting.
The UK government has turned its back on its people. Young working class and poor, unemployed people are through their actions crying out for a better future- some sort of hope.
What would Canadian students do if our government tripled college tuition fees as they did in the UK last fall? You can be sure that our students would protest in the streets. Who could blame them?
As a previous letter to this newspaper indicated, the global unrest is being caused by younger generations. The Guardian newspaper reported that 66% of recent defendants in the UK were between the ages of 11 and 24.
Britain is moving in the opposite direction regarding its social policies and laws. The once mighty British Empire is falling fast and is getting desperate. The government has become dysfunctional; force and punishment will not solve the deep-rooted problems of society caused by decades of corruption and greed.
The Conservative government announced during the Christmas break that Canada would continue to hold talks with the U.S. in the New Year in regards to, what else, security. Of course, true to form, Harper conveyed little new information to the media, which also failed to ask the tough questions as usual.
You will remember that the SPP(Security and Prosperity Partnership) agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada was initiated under Paul Martin in 2003 and continued for at least 5 years, to “integrate and harmonize” the polices and laws of the three countries. Most of this planning and scheming was carried out in secret, with no press permitted to attend, and with wishy-washy press conferences like the one in Montebello in 2008. When questioned about the expense and content of these SPP meetings, the leaders of the three countries made jokes, basically spitting in the eyes of Canadian taxpayers.
Fortunately, enough people must have opposed about the SPP because officially it was scrapped. Well, not exactly.
The United States is using the strongest propaganda that it can muster, in order to get the population to submit to radical airport security measures.
During the last 12 months, the TSA in the U.S. has forced people through poisonous radiation, scanner machines, which have earned huge profits for members of the elite such as Michael Chertoff. This man used his position as Homeland Security Secretary to promote the use of the airport scanners, so that he could capitalize on the spending of millions of taxpayer dollars for his private gain when he left office.
There is no doubt that these scanners emit dangerous radiation, and are even more risky for children and pregnant women. But the Obama administration could care less. The staff who work close to these machines are also at risk of developing cancer after five years of continuous proximity to the scanners. If you doubt that, recall what your dentist does when taking an x-ray of your teeth. Firstly, he puts a metal apron over your vital organs to protect them, and he physically leaves the office while the x-ray is taken. I think the point is obvious; your dentist doesn’t want to be anywhere near the radiation.
Shock Doctrinewas one of the best
books in the last decade to spell out how the world is moving quickly towards a global, fascist
government, disguised as a benevolent democracy,in which nation states are brought to their knees at a moment’s
notice. Economic shock therapy of all kinds, is the cheapest, most effective
way to widen the gap between the rich and the poor, which has always been the
goal of the Elite.
Attacking the Chicago School and Milton Friedman, Klein
shows in chapter after chapter in her latest book, that Friedman’s notion of
bringing about rapid change could only happen effectively when people are
deliberately “shocked” by their governments and leaders.
Friedman traveled the world to bring this message to
politicians. After a natural disaster, terrorist threat, economic downturn,
biological warfare such as a flu virus, or starting a war are all examples of the
conditions that are necessary before a government can bring about the
change it desires.
Remember the ‘shock and awe’ of the invasion of Iraq. The
newspapers and the television networks did their part in promoting the illegal
war, with the Orwellian doublespeak at the bottom of the television screens,
“Operation Iraqi Freedom.” In this case the people of Iraq were being shocked
and terrorized, and the American people(most unknowingly) had their
Constitution and their Bill of Rights gutted by the Patriot Act.Huge steps were made in advancing a Police
State in the U.S. from 2001 to the present.