Will the NDP finally wake up & ditch woefully-inept right-wing leader Thomas Mulcair – before he totally bankrupts the once-proud working-class party?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Less than a month before last year’s federal election, the NDP was riding high in the polls and poised to not only notch its first-ever federal election victory but to do so with an even larger majority than theabbbthomas-mulcair Liberals ended up winning under Justin Trudeau. But on that day, September 25, 2015, woefully inept, right-wing NDP abbbbalanced-budgetsleader Thomas Mulcair stunned the entire country by suddenly making the bizarre promise that an NDP federal government would balance the budget in its first year in office – despite years of stubbornly-high unemployment and the seeming onset of a second Stephen Harper recession.
And it was that same night that neophyte Liberal leader Trudeau – whose party was in a very abbbjustin-trudeaudistant third place in the polls – went home after a long day of campaigning to tell his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, that Thomas abbbsophie-gregoireMulcair had just handed the Liberals a majority victory. And the boyish charmer was right; Mulcair had just demolished any hopes of an NDP win and handed Trudeau and the Liberals their smashing victory on a silver platter. So why is Thomas Mulcair still at the helm of the NDP and leading the party closer to total bankruptcy on a daily basis? Continue reading “Will the NDP finally wake up & ditch woefully-inept right-wing leader Thomas Mulcair – before he totally bankrupts the once-proud working-class party?”

Notwithstanding Justin Trudeau’s boyish charm & “leftish” rhetoric, his Liberal government is slinking back into its sleazy past ways & fast becoming 1 of the most corrupt governments in Canadian history

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Ever since winning its massive majority last October, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has been aaaaaaaaaaaajustintrudeausinging its own praises and claiming to be an open and transparent government that consults the Canadian people and acts in the best interests of the people. The problem, though, is that its actions have been aaaaaaaaaaaabrokenpromisesanything but progressive – and make its rhetoric about transparency and public consultation nothing more than smoke & mirrors; nothing more than cynical deception and manipulation; and nothing more than a continued commitment exclusively to the vested interests of the Top1% – at great expense to the Other99%.aaaaaaaaaaaasmoke-and-mirrors It’s time to look behind this government’s phony facade and examine its real & scandalous record since coming to power. Let’s start by looking at some of Trudeau’s campaign promises: Continue reading “Notwithstanding Justin Trudeau’s boyish charm & “leftish” rhetoric, his Liberal government is slinking back into its sleazy past ways & fast becoming 1 of the most corrupt governments in Canadian history”

A battle-scarred & illegally-blacklisted journalist & lifelong activist prepares for war against the corrupt MSM Goliath

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It has now been 50 years since I began my vocation as an international print & broadcast journalist & publishing consultant, 51 yearshenry since I began my lifelong avocation as a leftist political and social activist, and more than 30 years since I was illegally blacklisted courtesy of a corporate media giant that assumed – apparently correctly – that it was above the law.
aaaaaaaaaaa60sGrowing up in Montreal and Quebec City in the Sexy Sixties (the 1960s, of course), I had a unique dual perspective on one of the most turbulent decades in modern history – a decade that almost resulted in a worldwide revolution – witnessing the massive events as a working journalist AND participating in many of those events as a committed activist. I was part of a generation that saw and experienced suffering and injustice and formed a mighty coalition to try and stop that suffering and injustice.
Today I see many more people – across Canada, the U.S.A. and much of the world – struggling to survive even more harsh suffering and even aaaaaaaaaaasixtiesmore heinous injustice and very few people are rising up or attempting to form that broad-based coalition and the unshakeable mass solidarity that will be necessary if the brutally-exploited Other99% are ever going to rise up and topple the common enemy
– the insatiably greedy Top1% whose massive and illicit wealth and power have made them – the gangster banksters and other corporate robber barons – seemingly immune to prosecution, taxation or even the least restraint. Continue reading “A battle-scarred & illegally-blacklisted journalist & lifelong activist prepares for war against the corrupt MSM Goliath”

There are only 2 ways Justin Trudeau can remedy his massive betrayal of public trust – either CANCEL the pipeline approvals OR IMMEDIATELY launch an ambitious national program of fast, frequent & FREE 24-hour-a-day public transit

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The announcement by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a few days ago that his government has approvedaaaaaaaaaaajustin two of three pipeline applications – any one of which could produce crushing environmental catastrophes – can only be regarded as a massive betrayal of the public trust he won in last year’s federal election with his “leftish” promises about protecting the environment, respecting aboriginal rights and health and other matters. We have now seen Justin Trudeau’s real face and contrary to his boyish charisma, his nonstop rock-star style photo ops all over the world and his vow of greater governmental transparency and public consultation, he is certainly not goingaaaaaaaaaaatransmountain to be a champion of ordinary Canadians. In fact, Trudeau now appears to be a total phony and his Liberal government no less corrupt than federal Liberal governments of the past.
The Trans Mountain pipeline will move one million more barrels of diluted bitumen – a day – to British Columbia’s ecologically-fragile southern coastline from the Alberta tar sands – mostly for shipment to Asia – and could have disastrous consequencesaaaaaaaaaaaoildisasters for southern BC’s population of close to 3 million people. The Line 3 twinning of a pipeline crossing 1,150 kilometres of land will triple thataaaaaaaaaaaline3 pipeline’s daily capacity to 890,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to a refinery in Wisconsin. Continue reading “There are only 2 ways Justin Trudeau can remedy his massive betrayal of public trust – either CANCEL the pipeline approvals OR IMMEDIATELY launch an ambitious national program of fast, frequent & FREE 24-hour-a-day public transit”

What Canada can learn from Donald Trump’s victory – about “democracy” & about the perils of a “divide & conquer” strategy

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Amerikkka’s Ownership/Real Ruling Class should be somewhat concerned about the ongoing viability of the “democratic” sham it has foisted aaaaaaaaaaabostonteapartyon the Other99% ever since the semi-literate masses were conned into supporting the Boston Tea Party 243 years ago on the deceptive premise that the event was about creating a nation of freedom and of democracy.
By now, it must be evident to a growing swath of Americans that U.S. elections are about nothing more than “permitting the aaaaaaaaaaaoligarchyunwashed masses” to take their pick between two puppet political prostitutes who’ve been bought-and-paid-for and anointed by the Ownership/Real Ruling Class, to try and decipher which of the mere two viable choices is really the “lesser” of the two evils.

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What does Donald Trump’s victory say about social stability in the U.S. and the state of American so-called “democracy”?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Most of the pundits and pollsters were shocked a couple of days ago when Donald Trump managed to defeat Hillary Clinton to become the aaaaaaaaaatrump45th U.S. president. Clinton herself was so devastated as she saw her almost-certain victory slowly slip away on Tuesday night that she wasn’t even able to deliver a concession speech until the next day. But what should be ofaaaaaaaaaahillary greater concern than the experts’ miscalculations were the very troubling factors behind Trump’s win and what it tells us that Amerikkka and the world have to fear in the coming years.
A victory by either Trump or Clinton would likely have been equally catastrophic for ongoing social and economic stability. A victory by either would have illustrated equally well how dysfunctional both U.S. “democracy” and society have become. And a victory by either would certainly have been an equally massive LOSS for the Other99%. Continue reading “What does Donald Trump’s victory say about social stability in the U.S. and the state of American so-called “democracy”?”

The abysmal ignorance of brainwashed RWNJ haters has turned Amerikkka into a repository of fear & paranoia – little more than a dog-eat-dog capitalist jungle & cesspool

aaaaaaaaawhitesupremacistsBy Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The gun-loving, white-supremacist right-wing nutjobs who so worship the U.S. Constitution and especially the 2nd Amendment which they so commonly misunderstand need to learn to read and get a copy of the original un-amended U.S. Constitution and see for themselves just what kind of elitist, anti-democratic republic the so-called “Founding Fathers” actually had in mind. And the need to give their heads a shake – collectively – and realize that they are nothing but sorry-ass pawns in the Top1%’s perpetual “divide & conquer” strategy.
The clear intention of the “Founding Fathers” was that the ONLY PEOPLE who would EVER be allowed to vote or to hold any elected public office would be WEALTHY WHITE MALES. The society they wanted to create would be one in which no one but aaaaaaaaaoligarchy2wealthy white males would ever wield political power – even wealthy white women would be second-class citizens – if they had any status whatsoever as citizens – along with the descendants of kidnapped African brought to Amerikkka to provide slave labor forever; the descendants of the aboriginals from whom this vast land and all its natural wealth were stolen; the descendants of early indentured servants who would likely never acquire any significant wealth after long years of menial servitude to the wealthier Europeans who paid for their sea passage to the so-called New World; and myriad variety of future immigrants – especially those of any color other than white – who would be lured to this new continent with the promise of “milk and honey” only to find upon their arrival that what was really waiting for them would be oil and vinegar. Continue reading “The abysmal ignorance of brainwashed RWNJ haters has turned Amerikkka into a repository of fear & paranoia – little more than a dog-eat-dog capitalist jungle & cesspool”

Is the incessant “false-flag” scapegoating of Russia & of Vladimir Putin meant to condition us to accept World War III?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

While it has become particularly fashionable in recent years for the U.S., NATO and other western countries to blame Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, for all the woes in the world, the simple truth is that the scapegoating of Putin and of Russia are nothing aaaaaaaaaukrainebut thinly-veiled efforts at “false-flagging” the formerly Communist country for all the aaaaaaaaaputinfailings of the west’s crony corporate capitalism and for the dire consequences of failed U.S./NATO efforts to dominate and control the entire world. Fortunately for the brainwashed western masses, however, it is only Putin’s & Russia’s pushback that have prevented a worldwide corporate-capitalist dictatorship.
Several years ago, U.S. president Barack Obama was supposed to have pressed the reset button for America’s relationship with Russia, intimating to the unwashed masses that this initiative was sincere and genuine. Truth be told, however, the west’s intent was merely to lull Putin and Russia into accepting increased worldwide U.S./NATO militarism. Continue reading “Is the incessant “false-flag” scapegoating of Russia & of Vladimir Putin meant to condition us to accept World War III?”

Is the current scandal surrounding Quebec police surveillance of working journalists just the tip of a horrific, terrifying, anti-democratic national spy iceberg?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Earlier this week Quebec Liberal Premier Phillippe Couillard announced a public inquiry after it was revealed that the Montreal policeaaaaaaaapolice (SPVM) and the provincial police (Surete du Quebec or SQ) had been conducting illegal surveillance on at least half a dozen Quebec journalists. It is scary enough when supposedly “democratic” governments routinely conduct surveillance and store meta data on journalists. But what is even scarier is that citizen aaaaaaaasuretesurveillance by governments, by police departments, by spy agencies and even by corporations has now reached a level where it has become a clear and present danger to the freedom and the well-being of any citizen who is not a supporter of the Establishment and of a status quo that is leaving far too many people by the wayside. Continue reading “Is the current scandal surrounding Quebec police surveillance of working journalists just the tip of a horrific, terrifying, anti-democratic national spy iceberg?”

Can anything be done to stop yet another job-killing, corporate-style “free trade” deal from coming down the pipe in the form of the TPP?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

While it may have been Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s lurch to the left – after woefully inept NDP leader Thomas Mulcair sent his aaaaaaaatrudeaumulcairerstwhile working-class party careening toward the right like a drunken sailor last September 25 – that gave Trudeau his massive majority, his government’s actions – or lack thereof – and the incremental shifting of its rhetoric back toward the right post-election – represent yet another massive betrayal of working-class and middle-class Canadians.
Yes, the charismatic and boyish Justin Trudeau may make a lot of women and a lot of gay men swoon but the legacy he is beginning to weave as prime minister – particularly with his strong support for even more job-killing, corporate-style, so-called “free trade” deals – will once again exclude most Canadians from any new national wealth.aaaaaaaadistributionofwealth To put it very simply, the entire goal of these job-killing free-trade deals is nothing more and nothing less than converting high-level middle-class salaries and working-class wages into windfall profits for Canadian and foreign billionaires and mega-millionaires, even as almost the entire domestic workforce is left to take it on the chin yet again. Continue reading “Can anything be done to stop yet another job-killing, corporate-style “free trade” deal from coming down the pipe in the form of the TPP?”