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Comments for StraightGoods.ca http://sgnews.ca SGNews: Canada's alternative online news source Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:39:16 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Comment on Building a caring economy by Dylan http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/08/building-a-caring-economy/#comment-1087 Dylan Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:39:16 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=23618#comment-1087 <p>mouousoiupoiupoiausdpofiuasodpiufasoiudfuaspoiudou</p> mouousoiupoiupoiausdpofiuasodpiufasoiudfuaspoiudou

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Comment on Muslims aren’t cornering the terrorism market by Muslims Aren’t Cornering The Terrorism Market | Mb Man - My life http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/29/muslims-arent-cornering-the-terrorism-market/#comment-1083 Muslims Aren’t Cornering The Terrorism Market | Mb Man - My life Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:22:20 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=42203#comment-1083 [...] Muslims Aren’t Cornering The Terrorism market When Rolling Stone ran a sexy photo of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev on its cover, it sparked backlash and boycotts. Countless magazine vendors, including 7-Eleven shops, refused to sell a product that seemed to make terrorism look hot. [...] [...] Muslims Aren’t Cornering The Terrorism market When Rolling Stone ran a sexy photo of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev on its cover, it sparked backlash and boycotts. Countless magazine vendors, including 7-Eleven shops, refused to sell a product that seemed to make terrorism look hot. [...]

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Comment on The crisis of extreme capitalism by herb.wise http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/18/the-crisis-of-extreme-capitalism/#comment-1069 herb.wise Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:19:56 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=23925#comment-1069 The Friedman ideology led directly to the first 9/11. I usually refer to the NYC 9/11 as the second one because by a strange quirk of historical coincidence, 9/11 1973 was the date the CIA overthrew Allende in Chile and it is widely agreed that the Friedman ideology was at the root of that coup by Pinochet. If you look at Canada's debt you will find that after many decades of relatively minor ups and downs, the debt took off geometrically in 1976 and has seldom reversed its growth since then. This too results from the Friedman economic ideology. Few have looked at what changed in the mid seventies to cause this explosive growth in the debt. For those interested in more about Friedman (and how debt arose from his policies) check out some recent articles in ER (Economic Reform) at . The University of Chicago is proposing a throne from which Friedmanites can preach their gospel and an economist has published his objections to that plan in ER. The Friedman ideology led directly to the first 9/11. I usually refer to the NYC 9/11 as the second one because by a strange quirk of historical coincidence, 9/11 1973 was the date the CIA overthrew Allende in Chile and it is widely agreed that the Friedman ideology was at the root of that coup by Pinochet.

If you look at Canada’s debt you will find that after many decades of relatively minor ups and downs, the debt took off geometrically in 1976 and has seldom reversed its growth since then. This too results from the Friedman economic ideology. Few have looked at what changed in the mid seventies to cause this explosive growth in the debt.

For those interested in more about Friedman (and how debt arose from his policies) check out some recent articles in ER (Economic Reform) at . The University of Chicago is proposing a throne from which Friedmanites can preach their gospel and an economist has published his objections to that plan in ER.

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Comment on Time for a new Marshall Plan by herb.wise http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/22/time-for-a-new-marshall-plan/#comment-1068 herb.wise Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:05:29 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=26138#comment-1068 I am pleased that Ish is focusing some attention on the growing inequality in the world. He is using the same argument used by those who oppose measures to save the environment. It will be expensive because it requires taxing the rich. The rich own the politicians, troops and police. His plan will require social action including shutting down the economy. Violence is inevitable. We need the Arab Spring on steroids to achieve his ends. And then in the end we may change the balance for a time but inevitably the cycle will repeat itself. There is another way but it requires a better understanding of money. Sadly people won't study this and understand it. Every hour millions of dollars are created by the same rich folks that Ish refers to so that they have the means to coerce the rest of us to sacrifice the environment and do their bidding. That same money could be created by governments and distributed differently to the people so that the people would make the choices. But nobody will look at this or talk about it meaningfully. The following quote by a Canadian economist is instructive to all of our concerns. The last line is a classic! “As every environmentalist knows, over the last few centuries we humans have created an ecologically unsustainable industrial economy. Unless we radically reform our way of doing things and create a sustainable economic system we are doomed to suffer drastic changes. “What most environmentalists – and indeed most economists – do not know is that over the last few centuries we humans have also created an economically unsustainable financial system. Unless we radically reform this financial system it will recurringly break down and thwart our efforts to heal this planet. “Our current financial system diverts us from our real problems to ask: ‘where is the money going to come from?’ This should be the least of our worries. As long as we have vast unmet human needs and idle human and nonhuman resources … finance should never be allowed to stand in the way of doing what must be done. "Could anything be more insane than for the human race to die out because we 'couldn't afford' to save ourselves." Dr. John Hargrove Hotson, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Waterloo and co-founder of COMER. 1993 [25-1-1930 to 21-1qq1996] I am pleased that Ish is focusing some attention on the growing inequality in the world. He is using the same argument used by those who oppose measures to save the environment. It will be expensive because it requires taxing the rich. The rich own the politicians, troops and police. His plan will require social action including shutting down the economy. Violence is inevitable. We need the Arab Spring on steroids to achieve his ends. And then in the end we may change the balance for a time but inevitably the cycle will repeat itself.

There is another way but it requires a better understanding of money. Sadly people won’t study this and understand it. Every hour millions of dollars are created by the same rich folks that Ish refers to so that they have the means to coerce the rest of us to sacrifice the environment and do their bidding. That same money could be created by governments and distributed differently to the people so that the people would make the choices. But nobody will look at this or talk about it meaningfully. The following quote by a Canadian economist is instructive to all of our concerns. The last line is a classic!

“As every environmentalist knows, over the last few centuries we humans have created an ecologically unsustainable industrial economy. Unless we radically reform our way of doing things and create a sustainable economic system we are doomed to suffer drastic changes.
“What most environmentalists – and indeed most economists – do not know is that over the last few centuries we humans have also created an economically unsustainable financial system. Unless we radically reform this financial system it will recurringly break down and thwart our efforts to heal this planet.
“Our current financial system diverts us from our real problems to ask: ‘where is the money going to come from?’ This should be the least of our worries. As long as we have vast unmet human needs and idle human and nonhuman resources … finance should never be allowed to stand in the way of doing what must be done.
“Could anything be more insane than for the human race to die out because we ‘couldn’t afford’ to save ourselves.”

Dr. John Hargrove Hotson, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Waterloo and co-founder of COMER. 1993 [25-1-1930 to 21-1qq1996]

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Comment on Getting to the root of disasters by herb.wise http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/20/getting-to-the-root-of-disasters/#comment-1067 herb.wise Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:49:23 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=25543#comment-1067 While I agree completely with Dr. Suzuki in his article I think the debate also has to include clarity on values. Our society has adopted economics as the ruling religion and that means its commandments dominate. The first commandment is that Money trumps Life. The second is that Profits trump People. And the third is that Corporations trump Communities. We should adopt a new set of values and turn each of these economic commandments around. While I agree completely with Dr. Suzuki in his article I think the debate also has to include clarity on values. Our society has adopted economics as the ruling religion and that means its commandments dominate. The first commandment is that Money trumps Life. The second is that Profits trump People. And the third is that Corporations trump Communities. We should adopt a new set of values and turn each of these economic commandments around.

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Comment on Investigators needed at Lac-Mégantic by A Socialist in Canada » Quebec rail disaster aftermath, three days later http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/08/investigators-needed-at-lac-megantic/#comment-1006 A Socialist in Canada » Quebec rail disaster aftermath, three days later Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:39:10 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=23611#comment-1006 [...] According to CBC News, the number of rail cars of petroleum products moved in Canada are: 2010: 18,000 cars 2011: 83,500 cars 2012: 130,000 cars Rail accidents increase after job cuts, de-regulation.By Robyn Benson, Straight Goods, July 9, 2013 [...] [...] According to CBC News, the number of rail cars of petroleum products moved in Canada are: 2010: 18,000 cars 2011: 83,500 cars 2012: 130,000 cars Rail accidents increase after job cuts, de-regulation.By Robyn Benson, Straight Goods, July 9, 2013 [...]

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Comment on Chipewyan First Nation finds large sheen on Athabasca River by Chipewyan First Nation finds large sheen on Athabasca River | Ecocide Alert http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/08/chipewyan-first-nation-finds-large-sheen-on-athabasca-river/#comment-1005 Chipewyan First Nation finds large sheen on Athabasca River | Ecocide Alert Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:26:20 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=23584#comment-1005 [...] the Athabasca Chipewayan First Nation, reposted from Straight Goods News July 7, 2013 The Healing Walk 2013. The tar sands are growing out of control, destroying the [...] [...] the Athabasca Chipewayan First Nation, reposted from Straight Goods News July 7, 2013 The Healing Walk 2013. The tar sands are growing out of control, destroying the [...]

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Comment on Stop clearcut in Great Bear Rainforest by A Socialist in Canada » The corporate assault on Canada forests http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/04/stop-clearcut-in-great-bear-rainforest/#comment-999 A Socialist in Canada » The corporate assault on Canada forests Sun, 07 Jul 2013 19:52:16 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=23431#comment-999 [...] By Take It Taller blog, on Straight Goods (online, weekly news bulletin), July 5, 2013 [...] [...] By Take It Taller blog, on Straight Goods (online, weekly news bulletin), July 5, 2013 [...]

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Comment on Factory farming methods increase risks of ‘superbugs’ by everything you know about politics is wrong (o say can you see the s*** hit the fan? version) | gatherlings http://sgnews.ca/2013/05/20/factory-farming-methods-increase-risks-of-superbugs/#comment-991 everything you know about politics is wrong (o say can you see the s*** hit the fan? version) | gatherlings Fri, 05 Jul 2013 23:34:25 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=20827#comment-991 [...] practices, the depletion and/or poisoning of precious freshwater sources, and the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs from the over-use of antibiotics in our medical and agricultural [...] [...] practices, the depletion and/or poisoning of precious freshwater sources, and the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs from the over-use of antibiotics in our medical and agricultural [...]

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Comment on Corporations vs environment by Shrob http://sgnews.ca/2013/07/02/corporations-vs-environment/#comment-990 Shrob Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:21:04 +0000 http://sgnews.ca/?p=23390#comment-990 I'm realizing that our world is totally dominated by the alpha-male point of view: Success in life = unmitigated right to administratively powerful high profile jobs = increasing corporate control over basic resources = excessively escalating salary= ability to muzzle authentically dissenting voices = dispensability of employees rights or security (Unions)= surreptitious use of all means and sciences to enhance and increase productivity = absence of honesty, accountability, remorse or similar value placed on universal human needs or human service jobs. DOMINATE- MISAPPROPRIATE- DECIMATE I’m realizing that our world is totally dominated by the alpha-male point of view: Success in life = unmitigated right to administratively powerful high profile jobs = increasing corporate control over basic resources = excessively escalating salary= ability to muzzle authentically dissenting voices = dispensability of employees rights or security (Unions)= surreptitious use of all means and sciences to enhance and increase productivity = absence of honesty, accountability, remorse or similar value placed on universal human needs or human service jobs.
DOMINATE- MISAPPROPRIATE- DECIMATE

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