The Decarie Report: Nov. 7: WOW1 Three Cheers for New Zealand.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/07/new-zealand-wins-global-praise-historic-law-bring-net-carbon-emissions-zero-2050 So. Why can’t the rest of us do that?_________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/06/billionaires-super-rich-extreme-wealth-political-influence-inequality-gates-bezos-buffett Would any Canadian or American newspaper run this opinion column? Not likely. They are more likely to be the tools of the billionaires._________________________________________________________________ Contrary to  common belief, Canada is and always has been a quite racist country. There have

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The Decarie Report: Nov. 2: The bad and the ugly. I couldn’t find a good one.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/encana-suttles-oilpatch-alberta-houston-denver-1.5342935_____________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/02/fracking-banned-in-uk-as-government-makes-major-u-turn Fracking is dangerous? Gee! Who woulda guessed?_____________________________________________________________https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/pengrowth-cona-oilpatch-calgary-1.5344643 In fighting to save the oil patch of Alberta, the Conservatives are fighting a losing battle. The only thing the Conservatives can do is to preserve an industry which is going to collapse anyway – and, as things are going, an

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 31: Oh, a long, long day.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/greta-thunberg-nordic-prize-1.5340672 Oh, Greta, if only you were old enough to be prime minister….________________________________________________________________ http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/10/canadas-conservatives-republicans-or-tories The Conservatives have long taken a position that the CBC news network (owned by all of us) should be destroyed. Of course. The CBC is by far the best news service in Canada. At that, it’s

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 26: Not a good day

https://www.rt.com/usa/471691-trump-border-wall-colorado/_________________________________________________________________https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/oct/25/suvs-second-biggest-cause-of-emissions-rise-figures-reveal_________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/25/the-real-reason-some-scientists-downplay-the-risks-of-climate-change The Guardian has long had a reputation of being the most honest major newspaper in the world.  (And the most intelligent). That’s quite a contrast with almost all the commercial news media of North America. The city I live in, Canada’s capital, has a newspaper that’s a disgrace

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The Decarie Report: Oct 24: very difficult time coming.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/exxon-shell-climate-change-court-new-york-attorney-general-litigation-documents-1.5331228 Is climate change happening? Scientists all over the world say it is. In some countries it has already caused tremendous damage – to people and to  architecture. Stopping it will require a massive change in society. And that massive change is not happening. At some point, probably soon, it

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 19: And now I await the Canadian election. Be still my heart.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/project-cactus-maxime-bernier-1.5327555 The ugliest event in a very ugly election._________________________________________________________________ https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/confronting-carbon2/ Climate change could destroy this planet in a lifetime?  Hey – Lotsa time. Lotsa time._________________________________________________________________ https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/election-test-1.5325206 I am not a religious person. But I do not feel offended or threatened by Christians who wear crosses or by Jews who wear

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 15: The year the wheels came off the American Empire.

https://www.rt.com/news/470932-pentagon-nato-turkey-isis/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications I no longer understand anything. Trump is now warning Turkey against invading the Kurds of Afghanistan. But Trump is the one who quite openly withdrew all support from the Kurds, and allowed the Turks to invade. Trump abandoned the Kurds. So now he says he’ll punish the Russians if

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 12: A very ugly world

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/poll-tracker/canada/ This has not been an exciting election for Canada. The best news (which isn’t great) is that the Liberals are best positioned to form a minority government – probably with the NDP.________________________________________________________________ Corruption? With the oil industry? In Alberta?  Nah. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/aer-icore-board-members-1.5312265_________________________________________________________________ I grew up in a Quebec  that was

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 8 1/2: Paqrt 2.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/03/wealth-identity-politics-billionaires-acting-like-a-persecuted-minority/ The very wealthy have become so powerful, they are our governments This is a giant step back into the Roman Empire when the people of Rome were scum of the earth, and all power and wealth was in the hands of a tiny number. And, like the Roman aristocracy,

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 3: Is it too late?

Note to our correspondent who was an administrator at McGill and who I taught when the world and I were young. You can reach me at —graemedecarie1@gmail.com https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/key-moments-french-language-debate-1.5306941 Canadians, like all the peoples of this  planet, face a horrible extinction. Can it be prevented? Nobody cares. How much time to

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The Decarie Report: October 1: Besare of Patriotism. It should be good…..

..but we have lonWe have since abused the meaning of patriotism to mean sobedience to the powerful and greedy._______________________________________________________________ https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/alberta-hydrogen-innovation-1.5290297 I don’t know what to make about this one. If true, this should be a major story all over the world. But it’s not. As well, there’s  the question of

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