Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A letter to Yogi Uday;

Yogiuday, my friend,
                     I will always play your game. I hope I did not sadden you with my poem/rap about Harperland. I, too boycotted the USA for the entire time the Bush doctrine was in effect. Sadly, the doctrine seems to have barely been diminished under Obama.
 I mean, really, what can one guy really do? Well, quite a lot actually, especially when they have the power to declare war without first asking the people or even the congress. I have learned that this was not so, until 1973, under that fucking Nixon. Why is it that ever since Goldwater in the US and Mulroney a bit later in Canada, are we stuck with this warmongering, tax evading, social program hating bunch of neo-liberal, neo-conservative political hacks? They get knocked down, only to re-group and come up again later, painted different colors, but ultimately, spewing the same old tried and true brand of disaster capitalism?
 I am not even aware of the opposition to Canada's involvement in the Libyan war because all I seem to be able to get out of that country is bullshit about the election and who has the most effective attack ad campaign. Oh, and hockey. The networks have decided to keep Elizabeth May and the Greens out of the televised debates this time around because, well, the networks are a privately run, corporate entity, working within a publicly funded system, using public airwaves to sell their private message. Anyway, as usual it all becomes so convoluted that most of us just bury our collective heads in the sand and cry ourselves to sleep. And one million voters are effectively silenced. Again. 
 I wish I could ignore politics but it has such an impact on the way the world is going, I just cannot accept ignorance. I lead a healthy and peaceful life, with bitterness just below the surface, ready to explode on some opinionated asshole (just like me) at any time. 
I disagree with people on Twitter (which has become a political hotbed) and when I do, it is always respectfully, but then when they read my profile and find out I label myself as 'progressive' or 'socialist' in my beliefs, they shoot back by calling me a 'fucktard', 'liberal wank', 'cunt', 'libtard', and the list goes on. There is so much ignorance and hatred of anything resembling progress these days, it scares the fuck out of me, to be quite honest with you. It makes me fear for where we, as a society are going. 
I am happy to see what has happened in Egypt but the rest of the Middle East has been virtually ignored by the media, even though their respective uprisings have been far more brutal. The reasons for this are myriad, but initially what I suspect is that all the other dictatorships are Western and Israeli allies and are supported to maintain the status quo, which is to keep the Muslim world quiet and subjugated. And to keep the oil pumping.
I will be watching the Libya thing with reserved opinion and guarded trepidation. I always suspect alternative, secretive motives when I see the West interfering in other people's civil unrest. And it is always with some crackpot dictator who they have, until 5 minutes ago, supported. And in this case, they have supported Qaddafi duck with all sorts of weapons for years, so they have a lot of blood on their hands. But, you know, today's rebel is tomorrow's terrorist. I knew the euphemism of 'no-fly-zone' would quickly meld into something else. They always spin it to us that once they do this, they have to do that. Then once that is completed, they realise that they have no choice but to do this... And so it goes, as it spirals into a decade long conflict costing untold lives and resources. 
I have no faith in the Western penchant for solving all the skirmishes in the developing world. If they are so intent on this, where are they in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain and Jordan? Oh, wait, those countries already trade their oil futures in US petrodollars. It is obvious because it just is. And, as usual there is a bipartisan support for the bombing. In Canada, Harper, Iggy and Layton support our involvement in the conflict. I mean, we all know Iggy is a spineless twat that will go along with anything, as long as it pays, but, et tu, Jack? Maybe that moustache is getting in the way of your vision. Might be time to look at shaving it off...
Meanwhile, here in Australia, the government and opposition are screaming bloody murder at each other over a proposed carbon tax. The country is divided and there is a lot of tension over it. Climate science denial is high in this country. Not to worry, the attendance at the footy games is very high, so, not to worry...
We spent last week in Tasmania and things are no different there. I mean, the place was just pure magic as far as the landscape and the architecture and the people go. I could easily spend my days there. However, all I had to do was pick up a newspaper or talk to others to find out that they are cutting social programs, there are protests and unrest over a proposed pulp mill and the continued logging of old growth forests, targeted poisoning of species such as wallabies and other mammals. And the world turns...
We were lucky enough to be in Hobart when the Sea Shepherd's ship, the Bob Barker, was in port, just returned from the Antarctic anti-whaling campaign. That was so inspirational to all who got to go on board and take a tour of the ship and we learned of their mission and some of the successes and failures of this season. There were more successes. I am happy for that and so are the whales.
I am volunteering some of my time with the Melbourne chapter of the SSCS, so members of the crew from the Bob Barker will be at our meeting on Thursday to talk about their experiences. Such heroes.
Hope all is well in your beautiful and peaceful Indian world. When do you return to the northern outpost of Canada? I hope your time there will be well spent. Are you still having trouble with your visa? Good night and good luck, my friend.
Love T.

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Worko by Durko

                                Portrait of Melbourne as Seen by a Vancouverite
                                 Port Philip Bay
                                 Revolution is a Path to Glory
                                 Tsunami at Sundai

B.C.'s new premier has an advisor who is building a prison for Libya BY WILL MCMARTIN

 Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed Libyans have been maimed or killed in recent weeks as they peacefully demonstrated for a democratic alternative to the brutal, thuggish regime of Muammar Gaddafi. In response, some 6,700 km due south of the violence, the International Criminal Court in Johannesburg commenced a formal investigation into Gaddafi's alleged crimes against humanity. And halfway around the world, in British Columbia, the man whose company now is building a $275-million, state-of-the-art prison for Gaddafi in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, huddled with premier-designate Christy Clark, helping her prepare to take the reins of government. Yes, as bizarre as it sounds, Gwyn Morgan, the $300,000-a-year chair of Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin, a firm that for decades has worked with Gaddafi and his sons, is now serving as a "transition advisor" for Clark while she prepares to implement her "Families First" agenda in Victoria. And above and beyond that weird fact, is another: Morgan's company does business worth millions of dollars annually with B.C.'s public sector. So, two questions for Christy Clark. First, what measures have you taken to protect British Columbians from Gwyn Morgan's real and perceived conflicts of interest? Second, and even more important, why are you working with a man who saw nothing wrong with building a prison for a mad killer like Gaddafi?

Well, my friends, isn't that a nice bookend to my earlier post about Christy Clark being up to her knees in bullshit regarding local alleged criminal activity? 
It seems our new Premier is also staying busy on the international stage as well. 
Take note, people of BC, as you vote this bitch into power, to keep your house prices from dropping a few grand. 

Hillary gets her own war.

Hillary Clinton arrives in Paris to discuss plans to attack Libya on March 19th. Ever notice how wars these days always start and never seem to end, for 'humanitarian' reasons? Every war that NATO has started, since I can remember, has been for the purpose of aiding people in their civil battles against a dictator. The one thing that everyone seems to forget is that every single dictator or oppressive regime has been created and supported by the very powers that are now attacking that regime because a monster has gone out of control.
When will we learn to stay the hell out of other countries' domestic affairs?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

All those in favour of war, say 'aye'...

There is only one way to solve other people's problems. WAR! WAR! WAR! FUCK YEAH!!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Democracy for thought.

Democracy isn't a right. It is a goddamned privilege. It has been fought for and people have died for it. People are still dying for it. The idiot that says it is a right has never actually fought for anything. Or earned it. Democracy is paid for with blood, tears and anguish. And sometimes vodka. Idiots that stand around, waving flags, don't deserve democracy. Waving flags is fascist nationalism, thinly veiled as patriotism. Patriotism is exclusionary and stupid and it has no real meaning, other than bolstering fools for a rich man's war.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Great Shark Hunt

"In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile—and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. We owe that to ourselves and our crippled self-image as something better than a nation of panicked sheep."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Letter to John West Fish Products:

Why do we have to send so many goddamned emails to crap companies like you? Why do we, as consumers, have to constantly cajole, threaten, litigate, demonstrate and badger corporations such as yours, to only behave marginally ethical? How do you sleep at night? How do you take the cheques to the bank every day, knowing that you could be making the same amount of money, possibly more, only by becoming more respectful of the bounty that Mother Nature has given you, to profit from? 
You could make that decision now. You could choose to turn the ship of fools around and abandon the doomed course your compass is currently set for.
The world's marine resources are dwindling and many other companies have taken bold steps to reduce their harmful by-catch. Sure, sure, you made some small steps to mitigate the death of countless turtles and sharks back in 2008, and believe me, people took notice. But now it is time to do more. It is time to make further changes and reduce your level of destruction even more.
You know that Greenpeace has got this ball and then they are going to run with it, don't you? And eco-fascists like me and many others will start taking action and then you will have to drive past us filthy little hippies waving signs in front of your factories and offices. Then there will be a boycott campaign and all that dirty business.
Catch my drift? But don't do it to avoid people like me and my ilk. Do it for the sharks and turtles and all the other creatures that die for crappy fish sticks.
Sincerely,  Tony Durke

Monday, March 7, 2011

Creative people are a pain in the ass.

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. 

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."

Pearl S. Buck