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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Media and The American Constitution

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In recent months I’ve noticed virulent criticism of media expressed by Republican candidates for president of the United States and echoed by online comments; so everyone knows that few like the media, or Donald Trump; so say online media. Recently
media have referred to Mr. Trump’s willingness to stop accepting new citizens to the U.S.A. unconstitutional which to me means that words in the U.S. constitution prohibit U.S. politicians from imposing limits on anyone not born in the U.S.A. from entering that country. The text of the U.S. constitution is online so that all journalists could consult it to see whether they can say that limiting access to the U.S. A. is unconstitutional or not. Here is all that the U.S. constitution has to say about people entering the United States in Article I

…Section 9. The migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing…

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Has anyone read the U.S. constitution?

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‘“Clearly, we have a President who does not understand what our Constitution is about, what democracy is about. And I think there is a fear in this country of this nation under Trump moving into a more authoritarian mode,” Mr Sanders said.”

If the judgements suspending President Trump’s executive order to delay entry to the U.S. from 7 countries deemed a source of hostility to the U.S. by the Obama administration*, supported only by companies whose employees might be affected by the immigration ban and without reference to a specific text in the U.S. Constitution seem Constitutional to Mr. Sanders, then Mr. Sanders also ‘ “does not understand what our Constitution is about” ‘.

*In December 2015, President Obama signed into law a measure placing limited restrictions on certain travelers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011. Two months later, the Obama administration…

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‘Steve Jobs: “People Don’t Read Anymore.”‘

The above was a response to a search for “Do people read?” a search based on my belief that fewer people read books. The first set of responses I got were that reading has increased astronomically from 1945 until now and appeared among headers about self publishing reminding me of a disagreement with a friend about to publish a book last year who was adamant that he knows a lot of people who read. I argued that I was basing my opinion that fewer people are reading on my experience at University of Toronto libraries. When I was a student I always had to line up to check out books: today I never see anyone checking out books at any time of year, even at the automated book checkout machines.

For some years  I’ve seen few individuals at the numerous reading/study carrels on any floor of the multi-floored stacks while the main floor computers always seemed occupied.

From a personal perspective I’ve come to believe that the only reason to read is the desire to know something, despite those big posters with athletes grinning books in hand implying that even non academics read because readings fun. I recall a teacher saying that what we study or read should offer an answer to a question that a reader or student might bring to their studies or to the books they are reading.

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Sunrise, Suncor, Petro Canada

Today, June, 27, 2013; a BNN broadcaster informed me that Suncor was Canada’s biggest diversified energy company. And I  didn’t believe him. And many perhaps           weren’t paying attention, or many simply believed that Suncor is a Canadian company ( though it left Sunoco in 1995 a descendant of Sun Oil, & currently sells Petro Canada products, and leads the way in mining the tar sands) because TV broadcasters know   more than their audience, or maybe no one cares that Suncor is really a metamorphosis of America’s Sun Oil Company that took over Canada’s Crown Corporation Petro Canada in August 2009.

Anyone wishing to know how Mr. George, originally from Colorado, managed to purchase Canada’s Crown Corporation Petro Canada for Suncor should read Mr. George’s book Sunrise.

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Trump Topics Made By Media

Poll: Americans say U.S. political debate is increasingly uncivil

Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 12:35 AM EDT

By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto

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“The Other”

 Two factions
 Both without privilege,
 Without hope;
 Without the means
 To comprehend the
 Calamity that engulfs them.
 Each believes the other is the blight that consumes them,
 The other that no mirror could conceive.
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When Income Taxes Replace Tariffs

In the early years of free trade the income tax was needed to replenish government funds lost with the diminishing of tariff income.


…A proposed tax on imports is central to the GOP plan to lower the overall corporate tax rate. It would generate about $1 trillion over the next decade to finance the lower rates without adding to the deficit…

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