The Decarie Report: February 20: Where are we going?

I haven’t proofread this day’s blog because I started a bit late, and it’s now time for this child to go to bed._______________________________________________________________https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwGDNWQqqmsdDjxTkKBjbZkTTDx_________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/oil-gas-industry-far-worse-climate-impact-than-thought-fossil-fuels-methane______________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/20/julian-assange-case-is-the-dreyfus-of-our-age-says-john-mcdonnell We didn’t defeat Hitler. We copied him._________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/20/hindu-supremacists-nationalism-tearing-india-apart-modi-bjp-rss-jnu-attacks India has fallen a long way since the days of Ghandi. A good site for coverage of

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The Decarie Report: Feb. 18:

A  reminder for Canadians about their mass murder of indigenous peoples. We were nice to indigenous peoples? Well, no. We stole this country from them. We killed those who were in the way. Contrary to popular belief, our indigenous peoples had well functioning societies. Women,  unlike ours, were considered important.

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The Decarie Report: Feb. 15: the walls are closing in on us.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/stephen-ledrew-canada-should-enforce-the-law-with-wetsuweten-anti-pipeline-protests https://business.financialpost.com/diane-francis/diane-francis-rail-blockades-could-turn-into-a-full-blown-secession-crisis-and-trudeaus-government-is-to–first-nations-pipeline-protests-that-are-shutting-down-the-railways The National Post and the Financial Post are both sections of an Ottawa daily newspaper. Both were profoundly influenced by Conrad Black, a man I shared radio studio space each week at CBC in Montreal. He was arrogant, pig-headed, contemptuous of anybody who wasn’t rich. He went to

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The Decarie Report: Feb. 13: Not a good day.

BP (British Petroleum) will lead the way in dealing with climate change? Duh, not likely. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/12/bp-statement-on-reaching-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050-what-it-says-and-what-it-means_________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/12/venezuela-crisis-babies-die-malnutrition-depression-deprivation-infant-mortality As this story shows, much of the blame for this horror rests on the government of Venezuela. But that’s not the whole story. Much of it also comes from the government of the

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The Decarie Report: Feb. 11:: Down and downer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_Guatemalan_coup_d%27%C3%A9tatfeb ________________________________________________________________Wow! I made youtube. This must be some twenty years ago in which I appeared twice in a movie- once sitting with my back to a window, and once beside a plaque of some sort. Fame at last! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD8UOwJJ4D4&t=48s_______________________________________________________________The is far the most extreme fear of coronavirus I have

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The Decarie Report: Feb. 8: A bad year.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/07/antarctica-logs-hottest-temperature-on-record-with-a-reading-of-183c The headline above is a little misleading. It should read 18.3 centigrade (65 fahrenheit.) That’s warm enough to lie out in the sun wearing a bathing suit. Not to worry. Canada’s Liberals and Conservatives are on the job. They and Donald Trump  will quickly fix things – mostly by

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The Decarie Report: Feb. 6: Our Last Chance

https://www.rt.com/news/480256-pope-francis-tax-cuts/ I wonder how many Canadians and Americans did NOT see this story in their local news media.________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/bumblebees-decline-points-to-mass-extinction-study This study comes from scientists here in Ontario. But the premier of Ontario is not what anyone would call smart. So he won’t pay any attention to them.________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/05/when-it-comes-to-climate-hypocrisy-canadas-leaders-have-reached-a-new-low How can

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The Decarie Report: Feb. 1: Reliving the Empires of the Past

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/01/australia-fires-bushfires-menace-homes-and-lives-and-firefight No. It’s not over. And it’s very likely that we will soon share the pain._________________________________________________________________ It was inevitable, I guess. There is a widely circulated web site with a reputation for fake news. It is very, very right wing, is close friends with billionaires, and is now  pedalling a

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The Decarie Report: Jan 30: Is it too late?

Again, a reminder that we don’t yet know much about coronavirus. It’s not yet time to shoot elderly members of the family (like me) who develop a cough. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/30/what-is-coronavirus-symptoms-from-wuhan-china-and-how-worried-should-we-be-sars_________________________________________________________________ Millions of people in Africa and Latin America are desperate to flee the hunger and violence that that was created, first,

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The Decarie Report: Jan. 25: The immoral greed and stupidity of our billionaires.

A terrible, terrible day. As I write this, three hours of writing have disappeared. I have no idea why. I’ll try to start over and finish it today but it will, at best, be very late. The crying, alone, will take a couple of hours.________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/science/live/2020/jan/25/coronavirus-china-death-This may blow over in

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The Decarie Report: Jan. 23: A bad day for this blogger

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/22/worlds-consumption-of-materials-hits-record-100bn-tonnes-a-year______________________________________________________________ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=z4FEJJGWMt8&feature=emb_title Not to worry.  leading thinkers like Ontario’s Doug Ford and America’s Donald Trump say it ain’t happening. And, like, they know things._________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/23/coronavirus-panic-spreads-in-china-with-three-cities-in-lockdown Should we worry about this? You bet we should. The spread of this should be reminding us of the great flu epidemic at the end

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The Decarie Report: Jan. 18: A relatively quiet day in the news….

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/18/trump-suleimani-iran-drone-strike Can you imagine what the reaction would be if Iran had killed a U.S. president?_________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/16/hot-blob-ocean-seabirds-killed-new-zealand-north-america There’s a price to pay for our refusal to deal with climate change. And that price will soon be —us._________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2020/jan/18/australia-bushfires-reporting-crisis_________________________________________________________________https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/18/donald-trump-impeachment-democrats-republicans-senate-election_________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/17/trump-administration-school-lunch-michelle-obama-rules-roll-back In a world of chaos, the president of the United States

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The Decarie Report: January 16: Yes, there is a climate emergency.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/15/climate-emergency-2019-was-second-hottest-year-on-record And the world is nowhere close to having a plan. https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-2019-1.5427586________________________________________________________________ https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-time-for-trudeau-to-draw-a-line-with-trump/ In fact, Trudeau has done just that – and this is quite remarkable. In our world, it is common  for powerful nations to suck weak neighbours into their wars. For most of  the 20th century, for example,Britain

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The Decarie Report: Jan. 14:Not a good day.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/13/pictures-world-fire-australia-bushfire-climate-emergency https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/ocean-temperatures-hit-record-high-as-rate-of-heating-accelerates https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/why-record-ocean-temperatures-matter https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/14/safety-first-as-australian-open-qualifying-delayed-due-to-poor-air-quality_________________________________________________________________ https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-air-disaster-iran-canada-1.5421028 Oh, give me a break or, since the professor lives in Quebec, donne-moi un break.Canada has NOT been welcoming to Muslims. In particular, a professor living in Quebec should know that. This is a province that has not been   welcoming. Quite the contrary._________________________________________________________________ Here’s a

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The Decarie Report: Jan. 7: for today, a very unfinished blog….

I am adding this note as I have almost finished today’s blog. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jan/07/trump-news-today-live-impeachment-articles-iran-latest-updates-democrats _______________________________________________________________There’s a great deal of confusion about what is happening in Iran. Crowds in Baghdad are so great that over 50 people have died in the crush. It is so great that the funeral of Iran’s military

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