Monday, June 29, 2009

Oh, Canada!

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This is a model we followed here:

Of course, unlike Great Britain, Canada is a classless society with opportunities open to everyone who has talent, is honest and works hard. Here we do not have an education system that separates the rulers from the worker drones as they did (do?) in England. Right? Canada is an egalitarian meritocracy. People in Canada don't try to protect their social position as well as their wealth and incomes the way they might do in places like England. Bullying and intimidation are not part of a Canadian child's upbringing. Canadians believe in fair play. Canadian parents teach their children to play fair. Hockey — Canada's national game — is a wonderful exercise in good wholesome fun that every child, even girls, can enjoy. Body-checking, boarding, spearing, slashing and fighting are not part of a Canadian child's upbringing. Canadians are protected by the law from unscrupulous people who would take advantage of them in some less desirable country, like the United States for example. Canadians can trust what they are told by their news outlets because Canadian news outlets are regulated, and sometimes owned, by the government. Canadians have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect them. Canadians have publicly-funded medical care which is the envy of the world. Canadians are protected from criminals by the RCMP, their national police force which is the envy of the world. That's how it is here in Canada, the land of the beaver and the Maple Leaf Forever.

Wednesday 1 July will be Canada Day. Canadians will rejoice in the truths of the last paragraph. To the Greenall high school graduating class whose ceremony I attended yesterday: It's all true, except for the parts that aren't true.

Oh, Canada!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


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Iran is in turmoil. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been facing tens of thousands of protesters in the streets. Could a regime change in Iran be in the offing? This looks a lot like the 1953 turmoil that led to the overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddeq and the return of the Shah. [1] It looks a lot like the more recent colour-coded revolutions such as the one in Ukraine. An endogenous regime change would serve the Anglo-American Empire and the State of Israel better than an exogenous regime change that would cost lives and treasure. (Ours, of course, we don't care about theirs.) We here in the Empire can cheer for the people of Iran who are fighting for their freedom. We are in favour of freedom. That is what we are all about. The US Congress just passed an historic apology for slavery. Why, the POTUS today has dark skin. His father was an African. It is positively amazing how the tables have been turned on bad people and the world is now a better place. The bastion of freedom, the U.S.A., continues to lead the world into a bright future. Amazing. Don't you agree?

Have you noticed that the protest posters on the streets of Tehran that we see on our TV screens are written in English and that the demonstrators who are questioned also speak English? In Iran most people speak Persian or Kurdish. [2] It was just like that during the "orange revolution" in Ukraine. [3] The Iranian freedom-fighters are wearing Islamic green, of course. Do you suppose these freedom-loving people are playing to the TV audience and that the audience is us? Did you know that the people we saw cheering in Iraq after Saddam was defeated were organized by the U.S. Army? We saw them pull down one of Saddam's statues. Remember? Freedom.

I haven't heard anyone yet claim the CIA is behind the current turmoil in Iran, as it was behind the events of 1953. Of course the lads in Langley [4] don't do that sort of thing now, assuming that they ever did. God forbid. The POTUS is Barack Obama. He has dark skin. We support freedom.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Word To The Wise

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At my health food store the other day, a new cashier emphatically lectured me on the benefits of organic foods that are grown locally. She told me that people should be looking for such things as "free range" apples, oranges and broccoli that can be purchased at local farmer's markets. One should avoid genetically modified produce that comes from greedy agribusiness conglomerates in California. I, personally, will be looking for "free range" locally grown bananas next January as they are superior to what the United Fruit Company sells. Those bananas come from Honduras and are harvested by slave labour I have been told. Farmers here in Saskatchewan pay extra to keep "free range" orange and apple trees fenced in because they have been known to wander onto highways and cause traffic accidents. We have responsible farmers here in Saskatchewan who believe an investment in public safety is worth the extra cost to them. Thank God for those responsible farmers. Buying locally is what I'll be doing from now on. I'm sure that is what you will want do as well.

- Morley

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The One Thing

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What is The One Thing?

"Curley" played by Jack Pallance in "City Slickers" holds up his finger. He asks Billy Crystal if he knows what is the secret of life. Curley's finger represents The One Thing: life's most important thing. [1]

Jason and the Argonauts seek the Golden Fleece. Odysseus [2] finds The One Thing when, after 20 years, he returns to Ithaca. It is more important than everything that happened in the Odyssey or in the Trojan War. [3]

The One Thing is the joining of a man and a woman, who, as husband and wife, become The One Thing. They each see The One Thing in the other's eyes when they first discover one another. They feel it in their hearts. The One Thing is celebrated in every love story and in every marriage.

The One Thing is the progenitor, the foundation of human life.

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