Actually, that’s Colonel Chris Hadfield, proving once more why Canada rules…the skies. For now, anyhow. He’s coming home tonight, so here’s a little more music to see him safely back:
Actually, that’s Colonel Chris Hadfield, proving once more why Canada rules…the skies. For now, anyhow. He’s coming home tonight, so here’s a little more music to see him safely back:
The crapaganda mafia of the North American media aren’t known for their honesty in reporting on Latin America. It takes nothing less than an interview with a Bolivarian head of state to set the record straight, and even then, who knows how much of this they may have censored, because it cuts awfully close to the bone:
The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, gave an interview on CNN’s Spanish-language channel, in which he alerted the public to constant destabilization efforts taking place against progressive governments throughout Latin America.
Correa made the remark after journalist Ana Pastor asked him about the political situation in Venezuela, where ex-candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski refuses to accept defeat following the the presidential elections of April 14, in which Nicolás Maduro won with 50.78% of the vote.
“Every day, we confront destabilization processes [in the region]. There is permanent putschism, don’t be fooled,” said the Ecuadorian president, whom Pastor interviewed on April 20, while Correa was on a tour of Europe.
Correa listed the coups d’état, failed and successful, which have occurred during the 21st century. They began in April 2002, against the government of Hugo Chávez, and continued in Bolivia, against Evo Morales, in 2008. Both coups failed.
In 2009, the putschists succeeded in toppling Zelaya in Honduras. In 2010 they tried to topple Correa without success, and most recently, there was a successful coup in Paraguay, in 2012, against Fernando Lugo.
“Four of those cases were governments of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (ALBA), and all five were progressive. Do you believe that’s a coincidence? When will we see such an attempt on the governments of the right?” Correa asked.
Correa concluded that the defeated ex-candidate [Capriles] “is a putschist, and so are all the Venezuelan right. Look at the role Capriles played in 2002 in the coup against Chávez.”
At that time, Capriles led the assault on the Cuban embassy in Caracas, and supported the dismantling of the Venezuelan institutions [as per the Carmona Decree].
Correa reiterated that there have always been plans to destabilize Venezuela’s democracy, in spite of the transparency of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and all the other institutions in the land.
“We have no reason to doubt the results released by the CNE. Venezuela has one of the most modern electoral systems in the world, all electronic, and for that reason, it’s a bit absurd to do a recount of the votes. It was a free, transparent, democratic process, and there is a winner, and now it’s time for everyone to unite behind him,” Correa said.
Correa said that his Venezuelan counterpart is “an extremely capable, patriotic, hardworking and honest man.”
“The Maduro government is based on Bolivarian principles, the same line as Hugo Chávez. So in that, there is much in common, and with Ecuador too, because we are inspired by similar principles,” Correa added.
So there you go. This is why Latin American governments (even that of Mexican right-winger Enrique Peña Nieto) have stepped up to recognize the Maduro presidency, while the US (and, even more shamefully, Canada) are still pretending it was too close to call, or some such — and therefore, not deigning to recognize a freely and fairly elected leader. They’d rather “recognize” a putschist who did this:
…because that putschist attacked the embassy of a country the US has had no luck in destabilizing and reeling back into its sphere of influence, ever since the failed attack on the Bay of Pigs.
Frankly, Capriles should have been in jail, and declared permanently ineligible to run for office. But Chavecito’s irrepressible confidence in his democratic government and social programs was such that they could afford to let him run loose and trip over himself, I guess. And Maduro is just as confident, with just as much cause. The election result has borne that out. Some fucking dictatorship, eh?
Meanwhile, Rafael Correa has also connected some dots that the major media (who overwhelmingly toot the horn for right-wing candidates) will never touch: Why has there never been a coup against a right-wing government, much less a successful one? That’s simple: the US doesn’t back that kind. The last actual one that happened was Chavecito’s failed military uprising of 1992. And it landed Chavecito in jail for a couple of years. When he emerged again, in 1994, he was such a popular folk hero that he didn’t have to try for another rebellion. He had only to run for office, and he won.
Which is something that you will never see a Capriles Radonski do, even though he has powerful media connections in his own family, plus the entire crapaganda apparatus of the corporate media at home and in North America, working day and night to try to push the bullshit narrative that he is the popular one. Sorry, Majunche, you ain’t got the juice. The people know it; the other presidents know it; the world knows it.
How much longer before the crapagandarati get that message…and actually report it?
Listen! Do you hear that loud and urgent meowing? It means Ms. Manx is back from a longer than usual hiatus with her latest catch. No, not mice. She’s got links to share. And this time, the Stumpy Cat has come back with sticky black goo on her paws. She’s going to need help getting that off! Good thing I’ve got some Dawn dish soap, eh kitty?
And it’s a good thing these beavers in Utah got rescued by some kind wildlife folks who also stock up on the stuff just in case. Can you believe they built a dam that helped contain the diesel oil spill? That’s what beavers do best. They do a better job building dams than the humans do building pipelines, says Ms. Manx, cattily.
And while we’re on the subject of humans who build crappy pipelines, ExxonMobil just got off on the most technical of technicalities. The Stumpy Cat thinks that’s not right. She also thinks that if they won’t pay into a cleanup fund, why, they should just pay for the clean-up all on their own, which will cost them a lot more. And which, frankly, they can afford to pay…and indeed, DESERVE to pay.
And speaking of those who deserve to pay, our cyberkitty would also like to draw your attention to the Canadian Imperialist Bank of Commerce. These wanking banksters, unlike the average Canadian, stand to gain from the building of a tar sands pipeline. And they’re whining and boohoo-ing about how much they’re losing every day that that pipeline isn’t being built and its bituminous contents aren’t being spilt. It all sounds very impressive and persuasive…until you realize that they just pulled those numbers out of the same orifice banksters usually pull their projections from.
BTW, for those who are trying to keep track of all the oil spills from this week alone, they are:
And finally, Ms Manx really likes this Lee Camp dude, who sums up the problem with oil pipelines so succinctly:
Dang, we’re losing legends all over the place this week. Yesterday it was Chavecito; today, it’s this guy:
I remember Stompin’ Tom Connors from his TV show when I was just a wee thing. He used to beat time with his cowboy-booted foot on a wooden board that he carried in for the occasion so he wouldn’t stomp a hole through the floor (or so he said.) He wasn’t the most melodious singer I’ve ever heard, but he was definitely one of the most memorable: funny, humble, at times downright poetic, and a Canadian from coast to coast to coast. For a time, he was right up there with the great Johnny Cash (also sadly missed here.)
Now he’s gone to the Great Stompin’ Ground of the Great Beyond. Bet Chavecito’s already in the bar, waiting to buy him a cafecito and introduce him to his own idol, the great Alí Primera, who passed over in 1982. And Víctor Jara will also be there, guitar in hand, ready to join the quartet. Drinks all around, bartender!
Incredible. Watch as a Native guy nails jello to the wall…and makes it stick:
It’s “just pictures”. Unbefuckinglievable. Yeah…just pictures of kids being subjected to adult sexual whims before their time. No biggie!
Oh, and he’s been on the NAMBLA mailing list for a number of years, which could explain his flibbertigibbertarian position right there. (Of course, he’s not “really” one of THOSE.) What would Icky Vic say? Oh wait…NAMBLA’s mailing list pre-dates the Internets, so I guess he’d say that’s fine. As long as Tom’s just looking at pictures, eh?
Minimizing the child abuse that is the BASIS of child pornography. SupposiTories not bothering to vet their own, but going around accusing their political opponents of supporting this shit. It doesn’t get any scungier than that.
And just think, this is Stephen Fucking Harper’s chief ideologue here. This is not a minor player. This is the guy who wrote the hymnal from which the entire Harper Conservative cabinet sings. But I guess taking a flibbertigibbertarian stance on economics expunges a multitude of crimes.
PS: CBC has just fired Flanagan from their news panel. (The Alberta “Wildrose” ReformaSupposiTories were actually ahead of them on that.) I’m only surprised that it’s taken them this long. His original remarks about kiddie porn, referenced by the questioner in the video, were made in 2009. His first foray into dirty politicking came in 2004, when Flanagan accused then PM Paul Martin of being soft on kiddie porn, and even incorporated it into a SupposiTory attack ad campaign. I told you he was a nasty fucking ideologue…and a nastier fucking hypocrite. And he’s getting his comeuppance now, at long last and not a minute too soon.
PPS: And if you’re wondering why it took Natives to expose this crap ideologue for the perverted freak he is, read this and you will know all.
PPPS: Aaaaand the fallout continues. The U of Calgary has denounced him and he has resigned. Also, nice non-apology, bastard!
Hey Harpo, see what happens when you throw your robocall scapegoats under the bus on a channel that was supposed to be your permanent mouthpiece?
Michael Sona, a former Conservative staffer linked to the Guelph robocall by Sun News Network, has applied to appear before the CRTC to oppose the network’s request for must-carry status.
Sona submitted his application on Tuesday, complaining that Sun TV personality Brian Lilley named him in connection with the Guelph robocall without giving him the opportunity to comment, a breach of proper journalistic practices.
Because of that, Sona writes, “forcible taxpayer funding of this network would not be in the best interests of the journalistic profession or the viewing public.”
In his submission, Sona says that he wants to appear before that panel to warn people about the network’s journalistic practices.
After the “robocalls” story broke last February, Sun News Network, citing Conservative sources, linked Sona to a deceptive call that sent hundreds of opposition supporters to the wrong polling station. He was fired soon after. Sona says Sun did not give him the opportunity to comment before going to air.
“They did so without first calling me for comment, and the resulting political and media upheaval resulted in not only a lost job on my part, but also intense, unwarranted scrutiny of my family and friends,” Sona writes.
“At this point it’s too late for me to undo the damage to my reputation which Sun News engineered …. However, if my testimony can shed additional light on Sun News and save even one more person from having their life ruined by this network, I would consider it worthwhile to testify.”
Now, I don’t know Mr. Sona, so I can’t tell why he’s suddenly caught a bad case of very unConservative integrity. But whatever his motive is, I welcome it.
Meanwhile, the delicious irony of a “free market” right-wing channel trying to use a government organ to force Canadians to pay for and watch its crap is duly noted.
It was 21 years ago today:
“February 4, Day of Dignity. On February 4, 1992, a civilian-military group commanded by President Hugo Chávez opened the doors to a new patriotic awakening. Our people, full of national feeling, set loose a revolutionary process that changed history. Now, more than ever, we are with Chávez!”
The civilian-military uprising of that day may have failed initially, but it launched a much larger groundswell of democratic and socialist movements, who grew in strength during the two years Chávez was in prison.
And if anyone doubts the effectiveness of this movement in the interim, consider this: The so-called “global economic downturn” that has had the First World in a slump since 2008, hasn’t touched Venezuela. Or Bolivia, or Ecuador, or Cuba…all countries of the ALBA alliance. Sheer coincidence, you say? It’s not:
In contrast to the United States, Venezuela continues to make tremendous strides in eradicating poverty from a nation that, for decades, had been one of the poorest and most exploited in the Americas. Despite vast oil wealth and abundant resources, Venezuela was characterized by extreme poverty, particularly among the indigenous and peasant populations. This was the product of the colonial and post-colonial system wherein a small, light-skinned elite dominated the country and kept the rest of the people in abject poverty. This situation began to change with the ascendance of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. Immediately Chavez, already a hero to poor Venezuelans, set about implementing his socialist model that would make the fight against poverty the centerpiece of his public policy. Indeed, this is precisely what has happened in the fourteen years since he took office.
As mentioned previously, Venezuela uses a comprehensive set of criteria to measure poverty including access to education, clean drinking water, adequate housing, households with more than three people living in a room, and households where the head of the household had less than three years of education. Using this rubric, known as the Unsatisfied Basic Needs system (NBI), the statistics are intriguing. In the last ten years, the number of Venezuelans living in extreme poverty (those who experience two of the five indicators of poverty) has decreased from 11.36% to 6.97%, a reduction of almost one half. At the same time, life expectancy and total population have increased significantly, showing the impact of better and more comprehensive health care services. One particularly important piece of data has to do with indigenous people, the group most marginalized historically. In the last ten years, their numbers have grown significantly as well, now making up almost 3% of the population.vii This shows that, not only have the quality of health programs and related services increased, but access to them has grown as well, particularly for those traditionally disenfranchised segments of the population.
It should be noted that one of the centerpieces of the anti-poverty programs of the Chavez Bolivarian government has been the exponential increase in construction of public housing and affordable units. President Chavez announced the Great Housing Mission (GMVV)viii in 2011 to combat the extreme poverty that so many Venezuelan families faced as they lived in inadequate or unsafe homes. As of September 2012, more than 250,000 homes had been constructed and given to poor Venezuelan families.ix This number is surely set to increase in the coming year as the program continues to expand and housing becomes ever more accessible and plentiful.
In the midst of a worldwide economic crisis, the Chavez government continues to expand spending on anti-poverty programs such as housing construction and health care while much of the so-called developed world engages in the mass hysteria of austerity. The Bolivarian Revolution set before itself the task of reducing and ultimately eradicating poverty in a country where poverty was a historical tradition and a seemingly immutable reality. The post-colonial era of Venezuelan history is one fraught with domination and oppression by the United States and subjugation to multinational corporations while the poor and working classes lived in wretched conditions. Chavez’s commitment to reversing that legacy is what has, more than anything else, enshrined his legacy in the hearts and minds of Venezuelans.
Conversely, the advanced capitalist economies of North America and Europe are desperately trying to maintain their hegemony and economic survival by means of austerity programs which shift the burden of the depression from the wealthy financiers and speculators who created it to the poor and working class who must pay for it. Draconian cuts to necessary social services upon which millions of Americans depend for their very survival serve to illustrate this point further. Unlike in Venezuela, the Western imperial powers seek to destroy the social safety net and drive their populations into further destitution and desperation. This is, to put it another way, the crisis of advanced, post-industrial capitalism – an economic system which must expand the divide between rich and poor, create extremes of wealth and poverty and generally perpetuate itself on the misery and poverty of the lower classes. Seen in this way, Republicans and Democrats, President Obama and House Speaker Boehner alike are culpable for the massive suffering and despair of the poor in the US who can look to Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution as a model for a truly progressive vision of the future.
Could North America become the next Venezuela? Will WE have a Bolivarian uprising here, commensurate with the Riel Rebellion, but on a much larger scale? The rich elites shudder to think of it. But those lower down the totem pole, like yours truly, are taking notes…and filing them for not-so-distant future reference.
I’m so happy to see that someone uploaded this lost Canadian gem to YouTube…crackling vinyl, ’80s overproduction and all!
BTW, this song is about Mark David Chapman, the deranged fan who killed John Lennon. It came out two years after the assassination.