Global Weather in a Global Village

There’s been talk among right-wing conspirators that hurricanes are the creatures of left-wing media.

Yesterday afternoon(Oct. 30,2012) in the city of Scarborough, Ontario Canada, while waiting for a bus at the corner of Lawrence and Markham road, the day of the media reported hurricane sneaking out of the Atlantic Ocean toward New York State, I heard two ladies discussing the great storm they’d heard about, but not yet experienced. One lady’s view of the hurricane that neither had experienced yet was that media people are trained to tell us about upcoming weather severity so that we will go out and buy stuff like storm rations as they had for a storm that did not materialize in the year 2000. And I also heard that a large number of local parents had kept their children out of school believing, contrary to fact, that schools would be closed because of the hurricane which did not happen beyond media images.

Although most of us who did not experience this hurricane will likely forget it and the day’s weather reports, the effect these reports had on our ability to distinguish fact from electronic images may be tested again as we are trained in global perceiving in which weather is shared by everyone within reach of electronic media.

The May 2, 2011 Canadian Federal Election And Bilingualism

The May 2, 2011 Federal election in Canada made the New Democrat Party Canada’s federal opposition for the first time and gave Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives their first majority government. Although the Conservative’s desired majority seemed possible, it is difficult to remember anyone confidently predicting the NDP’s rise to official opposition status; only as the election date approached did polling begin to show the NDP closing in on the first party position, a great surprise that never materialized but that did anticipate their extraordinary rise to the position of official opposition with 103 seats, a feat never seriously anticipated before the May 2, 2011 election. The way the NDP achieved its largest number of Federal parliamentary seats was also significant because their 2008 election seat total had been just a 3’rd place 37, but rose to their 2’nd place 103 with the help of 66 seats from Quebec. The Quebec seats were mostly attributed to former Bloc Quebecois supporters leaving their pro separatist party for the nationalist, pro Canadian central government NDP.

Why then would separatist party supporters vote for a Canadian federalist party, and why would that party be the NDP and not the Liberals? Perhaps the explanation is a rather simple one based on the history of the NDP and Liberal relationship with Quebec separatists, at least since the FLQ, and War Measures Act Crisis of 1970. At that time both the Quebec Liberal Premier Robert Bourassa, and Canada’s Federal Liberal Prime Minister Trudeau instituted the War Measures Act out of their fear of a violent insurrection in Quebec. The NDP and their leader Tommy Douglas were the only party in Canada’s House of Commons to vote against the Act. Several years later the socialist Marxist Waffle group within the NDP supported a two nation policy to accommodate Quebec’s separatists who believed that the province of Quebec was really a nation.

And since the late 1960’s Canadian society, despite the “Waffle”, has experienced Canadian capitol being increasingly controlled by U.S. corporations, and investors with prosperity moving West to energy sources important to the United States. These changes arising from the power and desires of extra national entities without regard to nations or language make the future of smaller states uncertain. And perhaps the Quebec majority within the NDP has the power to influence the federal government in ways to further Quebec’s national goals that might have been easy to ignore in the isolation of the separatist Bloc. Certainly the success of the proposed NDP legislation requiring all “officers of Parliament” to speak both English and French might not have seemed as convincing to Prime Minister Harper and the majority federal Conservatives if it had been advanced by the separatist Bloc rather than the federalist NDP official opposition.

…Prime Minister Stephen Harper feels it was a “mistake” to appoint unilingual anglophones to senior positions such as the office of the auditor general and the Supreme Court.

Harper reportedly made his comment after several cabinet ministers told the Tory caucus last week that the government would support legislation introduced by the NDP to require that all officers of Parliament be functionally bilingual…

Read more: The Ottawa Citizen, October 26, 2012

“Much Ado”…

More than 2 days have passed since the debates on Wednesday, October 4, 2012, that as usual I refused to watch. For to me televised political debates are a kind of show business, presenting a small part of an election campaign puzzle, a kind of distraction from real problems that presidential campaigns themselves distract from. These real concerns include who gets the money spent on these increasingly expensive contests. Is it the entertainment community, corporations, or investors like Mr. Romney, or the $250,000. a year middle classers? These real concerns also include the increasing cost of necessities while wages stagnate or diminish. And one of these necessities is fuel: for furnaces, shipping of food from far across the world, driving of autos for employment, and who the candidates for president and their parties actually represent. For what matters most about these debates is what is said about them on television and in newspapers later. On Thursday, October 4, 2012, New York Times articles suggested that Mr. Obama had been a surprisingly ineffective speaker, but by the next day, and by today, October 6, 2012, debate performance seems forgotten, so too the reported largest audience in debate watching history( a much-advertised event, paid for by ?) And time, time helps sift things to bring perspective so that today October 6, 2012 Mr. Obama’s apparent oratorical meekness seems unimportant and the time-worn pronouncement about these debates is promulgated with emphasis on the moderators less than demanding questions and not how Mr. Romney or Mr. Obama might have been the winner, and that this has all been “Much Ado About Nothing”.


Despite the debate results, however, Mr Obama carries a slender margin in the latest Reuters poll, which showed him hanging on with 46 per cent of the vote, ahead of Mr Romney on 41 per cent.

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