Tweedledweeb and Tweedledumb seem unperturbed by Canada’s economic crisis

The infamous Liberal-Conservative duo now sing from the same songsheet.
The infamous Liberal-Conservative duo now sing from the same songsheet.
By Henry McRandall
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According to Statistics Canada, another 80,000 Canadian jobs were lost in February. But that doesn’t seem to perturb the Harper-Ignatieff coalition now holding the reins in Ottawa.
Neither Tweedledweeb (Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff) nor Tweedledumb (Conservative leader Stephen Harper) have experienced real hardship. Everyone in their socioeconomic class and those above it seems to be getting by, so there can’t really be much of an economic crisis.
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Swine flu shuts down Mexico

As this new "swine" flu spreads, vaccine makers will make a killing.By Mike Bodrogkozi
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Well as of right now, we have the latest round of animal flu spreading around the world. The latest pandemic has already shut down Mexico and parts of the lower United States.
All over Mexico, public gatherings have been banned in an effort to control the deadly outbreak. Some reports have the death toll at about 150. And swine flu? Wow, who’d have thought. Swine. Huh.
Even the nation’s favorite pastime, soccer, is suffering as games are either cancelled, or go on as planned with zero fans in attendance. Schools remain empty and church gatherings are also cancelled (see, I’ve now found a silver lining……)
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Harper & Ignatieff dither as economy burns

The wheels have fallen off the corporate capitalist economy.
The wheels have fallen off the corporate capitalist economy.
By Henry McRandall
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As the Canadian economy continues to shed jobs at an alarming rate, the Harper-Ignatieff coalition can think of nothing more productive to do than dither.
It’s not bad enough that Canadian workers by the thousands are losing their jobs. And it’s not enough that most of those discarded workers don’t even qualify for so-called Employment Insurance.
Prime Moron Stephen Harper, sustained in power by would-be prime moron Michael Ignatieff, is, as the Toronto Star noted in an editorial, too blinded by either right-wing ideology or sheer right-wing stubbornness to act.
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Why the NDP is running scared

Canada's "social democratic" party is now running on the right.By Henry McRandall
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With the federal Conservatives and Liberals gradually switching places in the polls, it is highly possible that the unofficial Harper-Ignatieff coalition will soon fall apart.
That’s a good thing.
But the bad thing is that NDP leader Jack Layton may now be vying for the job of being Stephen Harper’s bumboy should Michael Ignatieff give up the post.
Given the NDP’s longstanding public antipathy for the Harper government, this frightening new turn of events can only signal that the self-styled social democrats are running scared. And well they should.
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The economy continues to crumble

The world's governments are still in a state of economic denial.
The world's governments are still in a state of economic denial.
By Henry McRandall
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Yesterday, the Bank of Canada reduced its interest rates on loans to banks to a historic low of just 0.25 percent, and today the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a new analysis predicting the Canadian and world economies will shrink much more this year than previously expected.
The first action ensures that the wealthy Canadian banks will be protected from the effects of the recession-cum-depression.
The second means things will continue to get much worse before they start to get better – if they ever start to get better.
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The sordid plot to destroy our unions

Life in North America would be grim without unions.
Life in North America would be grim without unions.
By Henry McRandall
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Amidst the continuing collapse of the corporate capitalist financial system, there is now a plot afoot to destroy labour unions in Canada and the United States.
Even as the bailed-out financial institutions in the U.S. scurry to opt out of the government bailout programs rather than accept limits on executive compensation, the governments in both countries are using the auto-sector bailout to justify an assault on what little is left of union power.
And that is bad news for both the middle class and the poor in both countries.
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Why not prosecute all war criminals?

dick-cheneyBy Henry McRandall
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The prosecution or non-prosecution of war criminals has been a hot topic lately but the corporate mass media is only interested in the prosecution or non-prosecution of certain malefactors.
A couple of weeks ago, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes allegedly committed in the tragic Darfur region.
And just this past week, there has been much consternation over whether any American military or intelligence operatives would be prosecuted for war crimes allegedly committed in Iraq and/or Afghanistan and/or the various illegal detention centres the U.S. maintains around the world.
But there has been no discussion of any possible prosecution of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other high-level members of the Bush administration.
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Those American anti-tax ‘Tea Parties’

Ill-informed Americans blame taxes for their financial woes.
Ill-informed Americans blame taxes for their financial woes.
By Henry McRandall
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It is estimated that over 100,000 Americans participated in so-called “Tea Parties” across the U.S. this weekend to protest their country’s tax policies.
While many of the protestors were rightly protesting the never-ending tax holiday for America’s rich and super-rich and America’s giant corporations, most were from the abysmally ignorant majority of Americans who blindly and wrongly assume their real incomes have been falling for 30 years because of over-taxation.
This, of course, is what the right-wing corporate mass media and politicians want the public to believe, especially Fox News and the whole News America Corp.
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The ‘Cheers’ song is now an old whore!

Anybody can now pay to play with the floozy Cheers song.
Anybody can now pay to play with the floozy Cheers song.
By Mike Bodrogkozi
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So I returned home last night and sat down to a little R & R time at 1:30 A.M. and, as usual, turned on my only real source of entertainment for that particular hour – my lovely 52-inch-mungous T.V.
Of course the computer is also good for those lonely hours after everyone has gone to bed but my typing is a little loud.
Hard to believe Mr.T is still alive and what is that thing he’s hocking on this infomercial? A food steamer? Oh bother. “I pity the foo’ who don’t use my T-Matic vegetable steamer!”
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