Haves and Have Nots

October 1, 2015

I use newspapers to wrap potato  and cucumber peels; a few hours ago I was about to and caught sight of a Scarborough Mirror article bemoaning the increasing clients at food banks among Scarborough and North York migrants from the city.

June 13, 2016 earlier this year television news reported that Ontario’s or Toronto’s sunshine list of employees earning one hundred thousand a year had increased by several thousand since last year despite Ontario’s efforts to limit wage growth. Lately, maybe because politicians on both sides of the Canada United States border sympathizing with the plight of the middle class, and dismissing  “the working class” as reported in U.S., and Canada, I’ve begun thinking that maybe its the middle class and neither the working class nor the filthy rich like Mr. Trump and the Clintons who are responsible for the rise of haves and have-nots here in North America.

February 17, 2014

The announcement of the increasing distance between the haves and have-nots when it was broadcast not too long ago seemed belated as though those who should have seen the obvious signs that something was changing for the worse in our advanced western societies when the PHD’d, scientists, politicians and reporters should have noticed people starting to sleep on side walks. Another sign that this have, have not division had begun at least 25 years ago was the apparent growing distance between executive (CEO) earnings and the pay of the typical North American worker whose work was being managed by these executives whose worth seemed to grow with their remuneration.

Other signs that social changes were taking place that increased this social distancing between the privileged and the less than worthy have been the plans to amalgamate CEO managed hospitals, and the increasing marketing of health insurance to those who can afford to supplement what people believed had been Canada’s government ensured health plan.

And in Canada another ongoing sign of social distancing permeates economic and political debate in discussions about the diminishing value of the Canadian currency which most politicians and economists seem to believe is good for Canada because the cost of labour to unnamed manufacturers(“manufacturing sector”)will diminish, thus making their products easier to export and sell. But again those whose incomes and expense accounts keep increasing in relation to the majority who must spend much of their Canadian currency pay to survive on increasing service fees and costs of imported foods at global/U.S. prices determined by energy scarcity, keep talking blithely of low-interest rates and the CPI.

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So where’s the real fight, in Washington, East Europe, the Pacific or the globe?

Today my all day CP24 local traffic, sports and weather television station, a Canadian  medium, is keeping up with the Trump-Russia conspiracy in telling us 6.00 am sleepy heads that Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, son and former campaign director will appear before a U.S.A. congressional intelligence committee next week because they’d met with nefarious Russians.

When I opened my Drudge online report, presumably a  U.S.A. medium, I saw a big splash about the Obama administration’s former UN ambassador expected to appear before the same committee because she’d been involved in unmasking Trump officials by leaking sensitive information to undermine the current Republican administration.



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Law and Human Rights

Today Canada’s Federal opposition party leader wants to reach out to the American family who allegedly lost a member in Afghanistan to a young dual Canadian citizen who has been judicially awarded several million dollars from the government of Canada’s ruling party for not upholding the dual citizen’s human rights while he was being held as a terrorist by the U.S.A..

This outreach is to inform the American family that not all Canadians agree with awarding the accused dual Canadian citizen millions of dollars even though it is known that he was not yet a teenager when the incident in which he is implicated occurred; and some argue no one witnessed his throwing the grenade that  killed the American family member.

But the opposition leader’s outreach is not much more effective than the currently, politically popular apology. Canada’s Prime Minister’s  saying that the millions awarded could have been more, which may be true and confirms that if the opposition politician had been Prime minister he too would have had to accept the judge’s human rights ruling and compensate the dual citizen from Canada’s tax fund coffers.

Hearing of the millions awarded by Canada bound by Canada’s rights and freedoms legislation that covers dual citizens of Canada reminded me of something I garbled some months back:

I finally put a Google search in for “law versus human rights” to see what the experts might have put online. Most files seemed to stress a citizen’s rights before the law or attempts to define human rights. So I’ll go back to my old naive view that western laws are based on the moral code of some of “The Bible’s”ten commandments that prohibit killing, stealing or perjurying. Rights seem to have evolved out of the prohibitions of law. The rights of a citizen are designed to protect one from being falsely accused of  doing something prohibited by law. A nation’s laws protect citizens from the injuries caused by actions that the law prohibits. Human rights seem to be international and imply freedom from national law or citizenship. I’ve begun to sense that those who travel from country to country beyond the confines of a citizen’s national legal rights for business, education or employment may with the help of a human rights lawyer assert their international human rights which may be thought to supersede  national law and citizenship. Increasingly Canada’s national government is speaking up for Canadians subjected to the constraints of the laws of the nations that gave birth to dual citizen Canadians, as though a Canadian citizen’s foreign birth place may have laws that interfere with one’s human rights, as though some national laws and systems of justice are intrinsically inferior to Canada’s. And in the United States of America President Trump’s effort to enforce laws that enhance the borders of the United States has caused people who travel to their countries of birth and back to their U.S.places of employment and learning appear to have begun asserting their human rights to avoid national immigration law.

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Media distorts Pope’s words out of context.

This link-header’s been in the Drudge Report for 2 days. I’d have thought that the Drudge right wingers would’ve provided the context that’s revealed if you open it. Without context it looks as though the Pope is condemning America through Mr. Trump’s G 20 actions.

“Pope Francis Says America Has ‘a Distorted Vision of the World’

By CNSNews.com Staff | July 8, 2017 | 10:17 AM EDT”
(CNSNews.com) – Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday that the United States of America—and Russia, China, North Korea and Bashar al Assad’s Syria—have “a distorted vision of the world”–(“una visione distorta del mondo,” as reportetd in Italian by La Repubblica)…
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Appeal to experts; Appeal to spokesmen

To President Trump:

If the experts don’t get you, maybe the spokesmen will.

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Just in case the header gives the wrong impression

(CNSNews.com) – Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday that the United States of America—and Russia, China, North Korea and Bashar al Assad’s Syria—have “a distorted vision of the world”–(“una visione distorta del mondo,” as reportetd in Italian by La Repubblica)…

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A Command From On High

This morning the news on Canada’s Business News Network in a printed caption, televised like a  neon sign, keeps flashing an admonishment to get cracking on trade from the World Bank and the International Monitary  Fund to elected politicians attending the G 20 meetings amidst anti G20 protests  on Hamburg, Germany’s  streets.



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Where is Canada?

I just finished re-publishing an April, 2017 article that I introduce by suggesting that America and Canada exist in an old dream. The old  Tim Horton dream image is one I’m reminded of whenever I see a Tim Horton coffee cup blowing onto my front lawn. And since M3 Capitol down in Brazil has bought Tim Horton and Burger King,
television commercials, and global business reports make it difficult to forget that Tim Horton’s is alleged to be an aggressive Canadian fast food chain almost like MacDonald’s, but as Canadian as Suncor as Petro Canada as the Hudson’s Bay Company and Sax Fifth Avenue.

But that’s what citizens of this new Canada are encouraged to think. I recall an apparent young Canadian condescendingly informing a new Canadian arrival that a real Canadian refers to that string of doughnut and coffee franchises as “Timmy’s” not Tim Horton’s.
I wonder how Tim Horton might have reacted to seeing his name become an icon of Canadianism. Horton was a Toronto Maple Leaf, a defenceman, from the days of Foster Hewitt and the six team NHL. I don’t know how he got the idea that he should get into the coffee and doughnut business; I’ll assume that hockey players of his day needed income during the off-season. Shortly after establishing the franchise, his wife inherited then sold it. Tim Horton’s was recently bought by that Brazilian investment group M3 Capitol who seem to be making it a rather aggressive global player.

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