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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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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Euripides’ Bachae & “The Russian Narrative”

Way back in August 2015 when Donald Trump did his first Republican debate  a  PBS jounalist commentator dismissed Trump as not a serious candidate but later absolved himself by confessing that he hadn’t been associating with real people(the Clinton “deplorables”), the “angry white men” who eventually made Donald Trump President Trump. Now after nearly two years of negative journalism, news organizations copying each others’ efforts to destroy the American candidate, now the President of the United States of America, avowed right-winger Rush Limbaugh is surprised that some of his fellow right wingers believe the “Russian narrative”.

But Mr. Limbaugh as a media critic may have overlooked the power media gains over the minds that are within its range through endless repetition of its  depictions of Mr. Trump as arch-villain. He should know that finding a way of avoiding mind numbing mass media assaults by journalist soldiers directed by generals of human psychology could permit more independent thinking. Recently I came to the conclusion that commenters to online news stories may be a better source of  real, unique information than the writers of the media stories themselves.

 

 

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Matters, Investigations & Queasiness

This morning I’m again seeing mention of my old March 21, 2017 post titled “Comey Testimony”, which contained a link to a transcript of Mr. Comey’s March 20, 2017 congressional interview. The second Comey testimony that I was aware of occurred on May 5, 20017 and was clarified by fellow FBI agents’ letter to congress stating that the FBI head had overstated the number of emails that led to his re-opening the Hilary Clinton email probe a few weeks before the November 9, 2016 election. The third and most recent took place last week, and which everything I read online or saw about it on television  seemed intended to further injure President Trump’s credibility but which revealed that Attorney General Lynch had made Director Comey feel “queasy” by advising him to call the investigation of the Clinton emails a matter and not an investigation, a matter that Democrat  Feinstein thinks congress should investigate.

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Axios

“Mueller adds muscle for Russia investigation”

Axios , financed by old news organizations, bankers and tech innovators started in the summer of 2016 just in time for the Trump administration and already  at the top of the Drudge header  list.

“Mueller adds muscle for Russia investigation”

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