Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Mike Duffy Case

The Mike Duffy Case

 {Lap-Dog Journalism.  Hi-Jacking Your Head.  Eating Your Soul }part II

Written by Robin Mathews

One: It doesn’t touch the real matter of guilt or innocence. Two: It avoids the basic question about the trial. “It”… is the conventional press and media.

One:  The trial is about the guilt or innocence of Stephen Harper – not Mike Duffy, and not the Senate of Canada.  Almost without question the “creator” of the historical event called Mike Duffy is Stephen Harper. And the creator of “passer-to-Mike-Duffy-of-a-cheque-for-$90,000.00, Nigel Wright”, is Stephen Harper.  Hi-jacking your head, the conventional press and media mentions neither of those things.  It huffs and puffs about … anything else.

A basic question about the trial – never even hinted – is fundamental. Is it a “show trial”, a mockery of justice conducted full in the face of Canadians?  Or is it real?  Eating your soul, the conventional press and media thunders and wonders about minutiae of the event.  It doesn’t ask the basic question: Is this all a fraud?  Is the trial of Mike Duffy on 31 counts … a fraud, a show trial, political game-playing?

Remember, the investigation has been conducted and the trial set on foot by (what I call) the lap-dog RCMP under the direction of the lap-dog Bob Paulson, Commissioner.  He has given evidence of being a complete Harper flunky, I would say.  History is full to the brim of “police chiefs” (given one name or another in history) who serve the boss, only (caring nothing about justice).

Evidence that the boss is being served is the idiocy of the Nigel Wright position.  Staring the conventional press and media in the face is the principal charge in the case: that Mike Duffy received a bribe of $90,000.00 in the form of a cheque written on his own bank account and handed to Duffy by Nigel Wright.  But Nigel Wright is NOT charged with paying a bribe!

Beyond the realm of belief – the Canadian public is invited to believe that a bribe can be received that is not paid! 

I wrote about that insane matter earlier, wondering in my solitude if perhaps I had missed an obvious point that everyone else writing about the matter had seen?  And then Duff Conacher, lawyer, founder of Democracy Watch and seventeen-year-long fighter for democratic procedures in Ottawa, was interviewed on CBC.  What stood out for him about the trial?  Without hesitation, he said it was the situation of a bribe being received that had not been paid!

In my opinion the Harper forces are so confident of coming events they believe they can pull off “the bribe received but not paid” act and get away with it. They believe they can protect Nigel Wright because they believe (in my opinion) that everyone – prosecution, defence, press and media, political parties, and the judge are all on side.

If the counsel for the Defence doesn’t shred Nigel Wright on the witness stand, challenging the charge against Duffy and forcing concentration on the matter for hours or days - and if the judge brushes the issue aside whatever Defence counsel does to expose Nigel Wright– then (I say) we will know the trial is a fraud and a farce: fixed in advance.

[NOTE: Democracy Watch is going to conduct a case against the Conservatives in Ottawa for bribery on this matter.  They have asked for financial help. Google ‘Democracy Watch: Harper PMO Prosecution Fund’. This column was finished when I went to my email  and found the message from Democracy Watch, and the impending case for bribery. Think of contributing.]
The question of the judge opens another matter never mentioned by the conventional press and media (or the political parties).  Why is there no jury in this trial?  Where is the jury?  One of the most important political trials in Canadian history is being conducted by judge alone, not by judge and jury.

This is a case in which “the people of Canada” absolutely need to be represented in the form of a jury of ordinary Canadians selected in the normal fashion used to create juries in Canadian practice.  What is going on?  Why have we not heard from the conventional press and media on this matter?  Guess why not?

In the normal course of trials the defendant or defendants may choose trial by judge and jury or trial by judge alone. The lawyer for someone charged is always (because of experience) very important in making the choice.  The choice – in political trials – is always strategic, political, power-soaked, and full of dangers for future employment. 

IN THIS CASE Canadians must ask if there has been a spoken or unspoken, open or tacit agreement to avoid having representatives of the people of Canada in the trial? Their presence could be very embarrassing, and so we must ask if there has been an “agreement”, however much unspoken?

A jury is a wonderful and magical body.  It very soon is keen, aware, alert, watching, assessing … asking the judge for clarification, noting false moves, intuiting honest responses ….  In fact, a jury is often most important – not only because it provides the accused with a fair trial – but because it keeps the judge from selling out.  The judge can use every ruse, every con-trick in the trade to “instruct” the jury.  But the jury alone says “guilty” or “not guilty”.

Canadians need to know that in some major trials there are really HUGE illicit spoken or unspoken agreements.  In the BC Rail multi-million dollar case, investigation began about 2001 or 2.  In 2003 a wholly illegitimate Special Crown Prosecutor was named who worked with RCMP until 2007 to shape charges against three lower-level provincial employees, and then he conducted the pre-trial and the trial until 2010.

Because he was appointed in flagrant violation of the legislation covering the appointment of Special Crown Prosecutors NOTHING that he did in the case was legitimate.  The investigation after 2003, the pre-trial, and the trial all made up a hugely expensive farce and fraud.

I personally informed or knew who personally informed (1) the Attorney General of B.C., (1) the Defence lawyers involved in the case (3) the Chief Justice, the Associate Chief Justice, the judge on the case (4) the NDP,  (5) and the conventional press and media that the Special Crown Prosecutor’s appointment invalidated everything about the trial. 

NONE would act to close up the trial, cause the Liberal government of Gordon Campbell to fall, and force an election (to say nothing of criminal and other charges that might arise). The conventional press and media would not even report the fact of the illegitimate appointment.

Another very interesting set of events occurred in that trial which is relevant to the present trial in Ottawa.  The judge on the pre-trial was Elizabeth Bennett who was carefully observing the legal principle that defendants must be given all (possible) evidence required in order to be able to conduct an effective defence.  Judge Bennett (in my evaluation) was being too honest (for some).  She had to be removed.  And so the Stephen Harper cabinet promoted her out of the trial to the Appeals Court of B.C.  Her replacement, in my view, was more what the Gordon Campbell (and Stephen Harper) governments wanted from a judge on the case.

NOTE CAREFULLY.  Defence had chosen trial by judge alone because Defence believed Bennett would conduct an honest hearing of the case in trial.  The replacement judge was a very, very different story, presenting at least major uncertainty for the Defence.  And so the Defence juggled every ball in the court to change from judge alone to trial by judge and jury.  In the brief time the trial was conducted (before being blasted out of existence) I could see the real magic of an honest jury at work. 

[Note that in the $33 million Alberta civil case being conducted by Jessica Ernst against Encana Corporation and the Alberta Regulatory body for fracking violations, the judge first on the case was promoted by the Harper Cabinet to the Alberta Appeals Court.  (No reason was given that I know of.) By the merest chance the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta, Neil Wittmann, “volunteered” to take over the case … and did. He then ruled that bodies like the fossil fuels regulatory body of Alberta may act outside the Charter of Rights and Freedoms!  And so Jessica Ernst must bear the cost of application to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada, and if granted a hearing, Ernst must bear the cost of a Supreme Court procedure for what I believe is a vexatious ruling by Justice Wittmann.]

A “judge alone” case is being tried in Ottawa on a matter that is of concern to every Canadian.  Why no jury is a burning question – but it is only one among burning questions the conventional press does not want to ask.

This is Part Two of the series: “Hi-jacking your head.  Eating your soul.” It asks if the preparation of the case against Mike Duffy has been fraudulent from the beginning.  It asks if the conventional press and media are purposefully avoiding the real questions.  It asks if there has been a spoken or tacit agreement to shape the trial in a way that defeats the fair administration of justice.  It asks why the trial of Mike Duffy is not a trial by judge and jury.  It states that the trial is not about the guilt or innocence of either Mike Duffy or the Senate of Canada, but about the guilt or innocence of Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada.  The column asks central questions that the conventional press and media in Canada refuse to ask. Why do they refuse to ask them?  

Written by Robin Mathews


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hi-Jacking Your Head. Eating Your Soul. The Conventional Press and Media in Canada.

Hi-Jacking Your Head.  Eating Your Soul.  The Conventional Press and Media in Canada. (Part One)
 Written by Robin Mathews

Catch hold of the thread anywhere, and it pulls you into a web of unsavoury power relations.  Begin with the large article by Gary Stephen Ross in the latest (April 2015) issue of The Walrus. (That’s the chic, out-of-Toronto mag that - of course - wants to look like The New Yorker and/or The Atlantic Monthly.)

The article is called “TEAM AMERICA”, [not “TEAM U.S.A.”] and it’s about how everything good and exciting and new and dynamic and positive and constructive and solid and forward looking and fine in Vancouver, B.C. is (if we will look carefully) the product of wonderful, gracious, generous, giving, thoughtful, imaginative, productive, grateful, and - especially - selfless U.S. immigrants. The superiority of U.S. persons is assumed throughout.

It is a fantasy… a fantasy offered as the absolutely, completely real.

[The Walrus is richly supported by CAPP, Enbridge, Suncor, The Government of Canada, RBC, etc.]

Catch hold of the thread anywhere …. The editor-in-chief of The Walrus worked, formerly, for the National Post as a member of its editorial board.  That paper was created by the person who is probably Canada’s most famous ex-con.  The paper was not created (primarily) to make money, I say, but to make the country hospitable to Reactionary, Neo-Liberal, One Per Cent policies and social structure.

The paper lost money for years and years (and may still do so).  Any normal capitalist entrepreneurial undertaking would have been shut down.  Not the National Post.  It wasn’t created to make money, but to propagandize for the anti-social, repressive forces in Canada.  Stephen Harper is one sign of its success. 

I remember free copies piled up at the doors of Canadian universities; free copies in hotels; free copies…everywhere.  In 2000 Black sold the paper to Izzy Asper.  Between the two of them (many say) they took the level of journalism in Canada to an abysmal, historic low.  Marc Edge, (2007) in Asper Nation, tells almost all one needs to know about Izzy Asper … though there is, doubtless, much more to tell….

The Walrus has ex-National Post officer, Jonathan Kay as editor-in-chief, and “American” Kyle Carsten Wyatt as managing editor.  Who else but Jonathan Kay – writing in the same issue containing “TEAM AMERICA” – could have the barefaced, undiluted courage to write that  (Stephen Harper in power) “we now have intelligent policy debates  - about, say, health care or national defence or taxes…?”  Who but an alumnus of the National Post could write “whatever you may think about the way Stephen Harper has changed Canada” (Kay doesn’t say “in spite of him”)… “we have become a richer, more interesting, and less insecure country than we were just a decade ago.” (??)

 Jonathan Kay writes two magazine pages of that kind of factually dubious, apparently baseless, “Harper hymn book” nonsense.  One can imagine Jonathan Kay – in a former time and place – writing: “We here in the Death Camps have a great deal to be thankful for.”

He writes that two decades ago - for any Canadian wanting “a career in law, real estate, medicine, high tech, or the fine arts - it was a given that you needed to head south.” Pardon? In the time he is referring to thousands of Canadians stayed home and built admirable careers in those fields, without even thinking “south”.

The article by Gary Stephen Ross should be an anti-climax after Jonathan Kay.  It isn’t.  U.S. immigrants, according to Ross, deeply in love with Canada, are not making a new kind of Canadian city of Vancouver, but “a new kind of North American city”.  Of course.

Nowhere … nowhere … does Ross mention that – just perhaps – the U.S. influx into Vancouver (and Canada) has sometimes had negative effect, has sometimes served purposes other than the well-being of the locals.

Nowhere does Ross suggest something was happening before the U.S. arrivals.  Before the major twentieth century U.S. influx theatre was flourishing in Vancouver, artists like Bill Reid, Jack Shadbolt, B.C. Binning, (and Emily Carr in Victoria) were hard at work.  Ron Thom, Arthur Erickson were creating “West Coast”, suggesting a British Columbian approach to architecture.  John Avison directed the renowned CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, and the “Stage” series on CBC radio (out of Vancouver) did nothing but win top North American awards for radio drama (no TV yet), year after year, against all U.S. comers.  UBC graduates and Vancouver-trained nurses were sought widely - and in the U.S. especially - because of the superiority of Canadian education.

Only by accident does Ross let slip that a great many of the U.S. arrivers came (and come) with sacks of gold over their shoulders (to buy their way in?).  As immigrant David Beers of Tyee admits, the people from the U.S. are mobile “and they come with more financial and social capital than most”. Moreover, one immigrant tech entrepreneur admits “tech workers here earn less than in Silicon Valley” (meaning ‘I can pay them less’). There’s more not mentioned.  Some throw their weight around to get special treatment.  Some connect to U.S. wealth … and use that connection for advantage.  Some play on Canadian Colonial Mindedness, claiming innate U.S. superiority….

And then there’s the history-long attraction that “do-gooder” Imperials feel for Colonial Life – where they can have status, rank, easy living, social prestige, special room made for them always in employment, visits “home”, and the chance to commune with local wogs on a basis chosen of … almost … equality.

Do U.S. immigrants in Canada get sweeter treatment from immigrant U.S. philanthropists than Canadians do?  Ross tells us that when David Beers came to B.C. and set about creating thetyee.ca, he got $190,000 from the B.C. Federation of Labour.  Did he not – as well – (not mentioned by Ross) get significant support from a “local” U.S. immigrant philanthropist? If so, why aren’t we told?

U.S. people who came to Vancouver are not always what Ross wants them to seem.  Stan Persky (“essayist and teacher”) was among the U.S. group that blithely decided to wipe out B.C. and Canada in calling for a “Pacific Nation” – from Alaska through California.  Jim Green befriended ‘knowing’ people and “wrote a history of the Canadian Seamen’s Union”.  Ross doesn’t report it is one of the most unreadable books written in Canadian history (and certainly deserved an Order of Merit from the CIA for that).

Warren and Ellen Tallman did NOT “open wide the stuffy, cloistered rooms of mid-century CanLit”.  They did their best to wipe out CanLit and replace it with U.S. Lit. The 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference (Warren’s baby) featured ten U.S. poets … and one Canadian.  The Tallmans were central to an anti-U.S. imperialism battle that hasn’t ended, engaging the energies of many resisting Canadians, one of the most colourful being top Canadian poet, (the late) Milton Acorn.

The flat-out errors of Gary Stephen Ross are extraordinary. One of the biggest laughs is his quotation from a U.S. immigrant Anglican who tells him that “many of the most successful business guys in this city vote Liberal.  Can you imagine an oil billionaire in Texas voting Democrat?” That little story is told to show how progressive ‘business guys in this city’ are.  But since Gordon Campbell became premier of B.C. (2001) (and followed by Christie Clark) B.C. has been known nationally as Far Right, Neo-Liberal, sell-out, and deeply friendly to Stephen Harper … who appointed Campbell Canadian High Commissioner in London.

The province of B.C. is, perhaps, moreover, the most corrupt in all Canada.  If real investigations were done into the corruption of the last fourteen years in B.C., the jail system (I argue) would need major expansion to accommodate people from B.C. corporate boardrooms, major political offices, and RCMP top echelons. U.S. immigrant entrepreneurs in “Liberal” Vancouver have quietly cheered or held their noses while (I insist) B.C. Gas, BC Rail, part of BC Hydro, and almost all the river systems of B.C. have been placed mostly corruptly into private hands in B.C. or delivered mostly corruptly into the hands of U.S. Imperial interests. Meanwhile U.S. immigrants in Vancouver, apparently, have been happily “voting (progressively!) Liberal”!

Finally, a reader may notice Ross repeatedly mentions how this or that U.S. immigrant moves easily into UBC or SFU.   Not a word from Ross about the fact that a major fifteen-plus year battle was conducted to force hiring of qualified Canadians in their own universities, often against vicious U.S. professorial resistance. The largest foreign group taking for granted jobs in Canada are theirs is from the U.S.A.

Canadian Sociologists fought a bitter battle for ten years to get well-qualified Canadians hired in Canada instead of (largely) people from the U.S.  It took years to see Canadian students in a majority admitted to graduate school Sociology classes – in the place of U.S. students! In Canada! In the early 1970s I sat in the office of the Chairman of English at UBC, a U.S. immigrant.  We were meeting because he had refused to see me, and the UBC Alma Mater Society executive told him things would get very hot for him if he didn’t talk to me about hiring at UBC.

Robert Jordan spoke Imperiously (down) to me, treating me, a Canadian wog, curtly, suggesting that, some years hence, the English Department at UBC might get to the point of hiring fifty per cent Canadians.

In 1985-86 (fifteen years later) The Canadian Association of University Teachers declared SFU in Violation of Academic Freedom for militantly attempting (with presidential support) to keep out a qualified Canadian (who had been passed by the SFU Qualifications Committee and the Dean of Arts). The U.S. group at SFU didn’t like the Canadian’s concern with “literary and cultural nationalism” in Canada, and spent organized months, loudly and publicly, trying to prevent his arrival.

Among that group of U.S. immigrants were those who’d describe themselves as one of the following: Left, progressive, philosophically open, socially responsible, intellectually superior, and/or morally incorruptible. But – true U.S. imperialists all – they were willing to ignore all decency, legality, and due process in order to deal brutally with one upstart colonial possessing Canadian expertise (alien to them).

The eight page article about Vancouver and its U.S. immigrant population by Gary Stephen Ross in the April The Walrus (to my mind) is wild, irresponsible fantasy. If that article and the fantasy editorial (“Editor’s Note”) by Jonathan Kay are the kinds of things readers will see in future, my advice is ‘go somewhere else’… or choose to have your head hi-jacked, and your soul eaten, as in the April issue.

Your head is hi-jacked because you get propaganda that is a wild fabrication of history presented as real history.  Your soul is eaten because the propaganda elevates U.S. immigrants falsely, paints them as superior, diminishes Canadians, falsifies present reality and shapes history to make it a fabrication. The uncritical reader is rudely thrust into the mock-world of the conventional Canadian press and media where fact and truth are the last things valued, and grovelling before (in this case, foreign) power is the order of the day. 

Written by Robin Mathews


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stephen Harper`s Personal Shitstorm Fast Approaches

Stephen Harper weather forecast......Shitstorm a coming

Written by Grant G

What a pleasant day indeed, the good people of Alberta can`t be too happy, Jim Prentice released his budget today, and my oh my the news is ....Interesting.

Alberta has ran 4 straight deficit budgets with oil at near record levels and now, oil is low and forecast to stay low for years, last month Alberta shed 17,000 jobs, news reported today out of Alberta, EI unemployment claims are up 25%...Food bank use is up 30%....And how did Jim Prentice, Harper`s old time, one time elected federal Conservative buddy respond...Well..

Jim Prentice replaced the high priestess Alison Redford, ..Jim the reaper Prentice was anointed the great savior of the Alberta PC party, Prentice was going to clean up the mess, restore balance and run Alberta straight into prosperity...So impressive was Jim Prentice`s game plan that Danielle Smith and her high ranking Wildrose Party lieutenants crossed the floor to join with Jimmy...oh indeed..

And today Prentice brought down the hammer on the little people, on the working stiffs...

Jim Prentice announced he was raising fuel taxes by 4%..Liquor taxes by 13%...Raising insurance fees, raising traffic ticket prices, raising all SIN taxes, and more, for all those earning over $100,000 K per year a 2% income tax increase...And even more, everyone in Alberta making over $50k per year will now pay a BC style MSP health premium, he also announced laying off thousands of health workers...With all those tax increases and public layoffs one would think he was going to balance the budget, no...Alberta will still run a $5 billion dollar deficit and still will have to borrow $10 billion dollars...


Jim Prentice didn`t raise corporate taxes, .....Prentice picked on the working stiffs..The good people of Alberta must be seriously thinking about their precarious future, when oil was over $100 per barrel they were still running massive deficits near $5 billion per year...And now that oil is low, jobs are shed, Alberta is running near $10 billion dollar deficits...How is Stephen Harper`s one trick pony economy working for you now Alberta..

Norway amassed near $1 trillion dollars from oil royalties over 30 years while Alberta amassed nothing over 30 years..

Jim Prentice is set to call a general election before the end of the week, and yes the PC party will still win the election but I guarantee everyone of those Wildrose Party defectors will be turfed out the door...

Just imagine, the new Wildrose Party will have a whole new slate of candidates, just think if Danielle Smith and company stayed true as an opposition, hmm, Wildrose under Danielle Smith would have formed a new Government..

Now Danielle Smith and her lieutenants are political casualties, forever tainted, never to be elected again...

Stephen Harper`s economic plan is swirling the toilet bowl...Reports are out that Alberta`s oilsands high mark of production and investment in 2014 will never be reached again, ..Pipelines, with Tar-oil production in decline the need for Enbridge`s and Kinder Morgan`s pipelines is very dubious...Even Keystone XL is now in doubt, even after the next USA general presidential election..

Alberta folk must be looking in the mirror, their future placed in one oily basket and now their reward for being true believers in Harpernomics is taxes, taxation and more taxation, it will cost even more to drown their sorrows in Whiskey..

Harper`s shitstorm is gaining momentum indeed...Stephen war monger Harper has bad news emanating from every orifice, I`m not talking about Pamela Wallin`s wailing or Mike Duffy`s dandruff trial, i`m talking about Stephen Harper delaying his election 2015 deficit budget until May of this year, leaving no opportunity for the opposition to grill him in Parliament, ...Harper is running away from a failed economy, his one-trick pony has gone lame, needs to be shot, laid down...

But...But but but..Harper can run on war mongering, eer, no, the PBO Parliamentary budget officer just announced that the Government must infuse $3 billion dollars more each year over the next decade to just to maintain its procurement commitments, not counting the cost of mission creep into Syria....

In other words, those ship building contracts Stephen Harper announced 5 years ago, well, there isn`t any money for those ships, Seaspan and Irving shipyards have been played like a fiddle, don`t think re-announcing those shipbuilding contracts in this election cycle will carry much weight..


OTTAWA - The Harper government has built a military that it cannot afford and will be forced to make tough choices in the future, if it sticks with the current funding envelope, the country's budget watchdog said Thursday.
The new assessment by the parliamentary budget office came as debate kicked off in the House of Commons about an expanded and extended war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a conflict that opposition MPs were warned this week will last more than a year.....

 In order to sustain the existing number of troops, bases, tanks, planes and ships, the budget office says the Conservatives will have to spend about 1.6 per cent of GDP, which would be an increase of at least $3 billion annually.....

That affordability gap — or shortfall — runs anywhere between $33 billion and $42 billion over the next decade.
Left addressed, the gap means the military will be forced to thin out the ranks by "several thousand soldiers," close buildings and reduce its capital spending plan, said defence analyst Dave Perry, of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.
Frechette said, under the current budget structure, the government can afford a military about the same size it had in 1999



Stephen Harper`s personal shitstorm is closing in fast..

His war machine is broken and weak(Our service persons are brave, strong and loyal, Hat`s off to all of them)...Our economic outlook is desperate, this year`s announced razor thin surplus was wasted on rewarding the wealthiest people in Canada...Income splitting for the rich...Doubling of the TFSA(Tax free savings account)..TFSA, a tax measure that very few can avail themselves of because the masses of Canadians are carrying a record amount of debt...

But, but but but Harper can run on future promises of good things to come, err, no...Stephen Harper is taking our cherished home mail delivery away, ...Stephen Harper is raising the age for the Canada pension, CPP..future Canadians have to work until age 67 before they can apply for a woefully small old age pension...But what about health services, what about healthcare transfers to the provinces, eer, no, Stephen Harper announced 2 years ago that healthcare funding and transfers to provinces is being reduced to rate of growth staring in 2017...Growth, what growth, Canada`s economy is shrinking and a mass of baby boomers are reaching the critical years, critical years where most people need medical treatment, ...Reducing funds for healthcare at a time when the need will never be greater..

But, but but but the war, fear mongering will work, eer no....The Canadian public aren`t buying Stephen Harper and Jason kenney claiming that Canada has a right to bomb Syria because of article 51....no, article 51 allows nations to defend themselves in other countries where there is an imminent threat...A twitter comment saying West Edmonton mall will be targeted by ISIS doesn`t qualify as an imminent threat, ....If that was the case, Canada would have to bomb every country in the world.

Syria, Stephen Harper...By bombing Syria Canada is actually propping up the corrupt Assad regime..Canada by propping up Assad is joining arms with Iran and Russia as supporters of the brutal mass killing Assad regime...Can Stephen Harper join with Iran and Russia in supporting the butcher of Syria while simultaneously siding with Bibi(Benjamin Netanyahu) in denouncing Iran, threatening to bomb Iran...While simultaneously wagging his limp military finger at Vladimir Putin...

That circle can`t be squared...

Stephen Harper`s personal shitstorm...His one trick pony economy has been sent to the glue factory, his war machine is leaking oil, his election year surplus was lavished on and squandered on Canada`s wealthiest 5%...That meager surplus has turned into a deficit...As the great Carnac would say, Stephen Harper`s budget for 2015 has been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar and dropped to the bottom of Lake Inferior..


And the longer Stephen Harper waits to call an election the worse things are going to get..


 Written By Grant G

 Danielle Smith, Stephen Harper....Political masterminds at work...This is going to be entertaining!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Howe Sound, Bowen Island, West Vancouver, Kitimat and Prince Rupert, In The Line of Fire, KABOOM


Before you read this article, and watch the videos, ....Jordon Sturdy, a BC Liberal, along with Rich Coleman, Susan Anton attended a swanky affair in a West Vancouver private golf course, media was forbidden to attend, Bob Mackin got chased out, ..The event was billed as an election 2017 fundraiser for BC Liberal Jordan Sturdy...However, the private, no media allowed event was funded by, paid by,...Woodfibre LNG...A company that just submitted their application for a environmental certificate from the BC Liberal Government, ...On the eve of this event Woodfibre filed for that certificate, then Woodfibre paid for, funded and donated large sums of cash to the BC Liberals....This is/was a total conflict of interest..Woodfibre paid off the BC Liberals, to attain greenlighted environmental certificates Woodfibre paid the piper, ....Also know as the grafty BC Liberals....Details of this corruption is here....in the below link..


Oh, before you read the below, you should be aware that the own of Woodfibre LNG is a convicted tax evader....A environmental criminal, his own family has tried to warn the world of her father`s sins, and record..



Pemex gas plant explosion in Mexico..(December/2012)

Huge natural gas explosion in Sissonville West Virginia....


 Kansas City 2012


Alabama 2013

Western Massachussetts 2012


Mexico 2012

LNG Tanker in China, 2012


Edison NJ..1994


2012..Natural gas pipeline explosion

The LNG Tanker, massive ship, the length of two football fields..

One LNG plant, for example the Petronas proposed project, 190 LNG transport ships per year, 190 ships coming, 190 ships going, in reality it`s more like 380 traverses per year, those ships that arrive must also leave..

That is one LNG plant, let`s assume for the time being that 8 LNG plants get built in BC...4 in Prince Rupert and 4 in Kitimat..each requiring 190 yearly LNG transport ships..760 LNG transport ships coming to Kitimat, 760 LNG transport ships leaving Kitimat each year, the same for Prince Rupert...(760 X 2 in Prince George too = 1520 traverses)

Now let`s add in 200 Alberta tar oil(diluted bitumen) transport tankers coming each year to Kitimat, 200 tar oil tankers leaving Kitimat each year.

Add it all up, the third most dangerous waterway in the world(Douglas Channel and the Hecate Strait)...A place where 40 and 50 foot waves are common, a place where hurricane force winds occur many times per year, every year, a place where these storms rage for days on end, raging storms where no shipping could happen, thus piling up ships in waiting, ..

1520 LNG transport ships coming and going..760 in..760 out...400 Diluted bitumen ships coming and going..200 per year in...200 out..And when storms rage for days these ships will pile up, get backlogged, these ships cannot call on other ports, an accident waiting to happen.

And we have the LNG plants themselves, giant potential bombs, visible, not discreet, giant white orbs filled with millions of litres of frozen natural gas..

Accidents do happen, a collision at sea between a behemoth LNG carrier and an oil tanker would most certainly be disastrous, and explosive..

LNG plant explosions, being so visible they are indeed a target for terrorists, and if anyone thinks terrorism doesn`t exist in British Columbia has forgotten our B.C. history, the Air India bombing that killed hundreds, that bomb was placed on the jet at Vancouver International Airport...


The millennium bomber who was caught at a border crossing in British Columbia, caught with a car loaded with explosives, the terrorist had intentions of bombing LAX airport in Los Angelos..


Homegrown terrorists, or should I say, British Columbia based terrorists..

Kitimat, Prince Rupert, not exactly security hubs, rural coastal towns with easy port access, ports where one can sail in, or motor in and out of with nary a question asked..

Pooled gas explosions ....Slow leak explosions....Sudden catastrophic explosions,..LNG is concentrated frozen natural gas, holding tanks contain millions of litres of gas, terrorism is a real threat, collision at sea and within the ports are real threats, human error is a threat, mechanical breakdown and many others factors come into play..

Natural gas leaks can send gas downwind where gases can accumulate to the point where one, or many can become asphyxiated, or accumulations of gas can migrate until an ignition source sets off the gas, a muffler, a switch, an engine, even a thermostat, ....

Natural gas fires burn hotter than oil fires,  these fires cannot be extinguished with water or foam, these type of fires only stop burning when all fuels are expended, with many LNG plants proposed for each of those ports, all being fed by pipelines coming from the east, or northeast, pipeline coming from inland head towards the coast, any LNG plant explosion would rip through the port of Kitimat, rip back towards the pipeline burning everything in its way, ...

Natural gas leakages would blow inwards, towards inland, meaning towards the populous, the prevailing winds blow from offshore towards the mainland, ...A natural gas leak of scale, the gas would migrate back towards the town of Kitimat until it finds an ignition source, then kaboom, depending on the gas concentration a fire or explosion would track back to the LNG plant where a catastrophic explosion would occur, any LNG plant explosion could be compared too or be on the scale of the great Halifax harbour explosion....That explosion of munitions was caused when two marine vessels collided. a fire started which ignited the munitions..An epic disaster, historic levels of human suffering, films have been done on that human error disaster, tales of terror passed down from generation to generations, a true story of a populous port  town nearly wiped off the map, entire families blasted to bits...2000 dead, 9000 injured..


"The Halifax Explosion occurred near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the morning of Thursday, December 6, 1917. SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship fully laden with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo[2] in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. Approximately twenty minutes later, a fire on board the French ship ignited her volatile cargo, causing a cataclysmic explosion that devastated the Richmond District of Halifax.

 Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, and collapsed buildings, and it is estimated that nearly 9,000 others were injured.[3] The blast was the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons[4] with an equivalent force of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT.[5] In a meeting of the Royal Society of Canada in May 1918, Dalhousie University's Professor Howard L. Bronson estimated the blast at some 2.4 million kilograms of high explosive."



There is more explosive power in one loaded LNG carrier than what blew up in Halifax in 1917...One loaded LNG tanker is equivalent to 5 Hiroshima nuclear blasts, yes, there is that much explosive energy in those carriers....

The port of Kitimat, if it had 4 LNG plants, if there were several loaded or partially loaded LNG tankers, with all the adjacent feedstock natural gas pipelines, you are talking about the equivalent of 50 Hiroshima nuclear bombs sitting there, one collision, one catastrophic human error, one  Tsunami, an earthquake and tsunami, a runaway marine vessel, an act of terrorism..

Hello British Columbia, let me be perfectly clear, I don`t expect a bunch of LNG export plants to be built, however, no one has talked about the potential dangers, we have seen in recent days large industrial explosions that destroyed towns, there was a big explosion in Texas....Towns in California have been blown to bits by natural gas pipelines that were punctured..

There are several issues at play for people living in Kitimat, these behemoth LNG plants, and LNG cargo ships will be belching vast volumes of greenhouse gases that will blow directly into Prince Rupert and Kitimat, that is the direction prevailing winds blow..

With such a concentration of LNG plants in one area, all needing pipelines and feedstock, all needing LNG cargo ships to export the product the potential for a catastrophic explosion does exist, human error, drunken or drugged employees, mental issues, blackmail and terrorism, with winds blowing fumes inland entire towns can become asphyxiated, die in their sleep..

I hope you enjoy the above videos, there are hundreds more available if one looks..

Catastrophic accidents happen every year around the world, Murphy`s law..

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong"

And reality, the more LNG plants in one area the more likelihood of a accident, also, there is no way to remove the human error factor, the tired employee factor, the defective part, the lax inspection, terrorism..

Here`s a very interesting link on LNG pool explosions and slow leak explosions..


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

British Columbia LNG Alliance Is Living In The Past, Relying on Old Data To Sell LNG Snake Oil

BCLNGA British Columbia LNG Alliance has been very busy as of late pimping the LNG industry, promoting misleading facts, citing stale old forecasts, basically selling snake oil elixir..
I tweeted the BCLNGA this link....
 In that link, South Korea has announced to the world that Korea is abandoning LNG as a future fuel,...South Korea is the world`s second largest consumer of LNG...not for long, South Korea has just told the world that they are moving away from LNG in favour of cheap coal for electricity generation and even cheaper(in overall cost) nuclear power generation..
Here is the statement from S. Korea..
 "Korea Power Exchange chairman and CEO, Yoo Sang-Hee, believes the country’s LNG demand for power generation will keep dropping due to increased switching to coal as well as the government’s pro-nuclear policies. 
  Yoo Sang-Hee told Platts that high prices of LNG compared to coal and nuclear push the demand for the liquefied natural gas further down in the power generation sector as more gas-fired power plants remain idle.

Operating rates of gas-fired power plants went from 61.3% in 2013 to 50.8% in 2014, and as Yoo said, it is expected that these rates will slip to 23.7% by 2019 and even lower to 16.8% in 2022.

He added that half of the gas-fired power plants were shut during 2014.
Cheaper power generating costs from coal plants mean that as soon as there is enough supply, gas-fired  power plants are taken off the market. Yoo says that LNG-generated power costs around US$0.13-0-15 per kWh or 140-170 Won which is a lot more than the costs of coal or nuclear that stand at Won 35-45 and Won 3-4, respectively, which makes South Korea the country with the widest difference of power generation cost between LNG and coal in the world."



Let me simplify the above earth shattering statement...
LNG electricity generation in S. Korea costs 140 to 170 Korean Won to produce each kWh of power....Electricity generation from coal in S. Korea costs 35 to 45 Korean won to produce each kWh of power..
Nuclear powered electrical generation, which will be greenhouse gas free, no emissions, the cost of nuclear electrical generation in S. Korea will be...3 to 4 Korean Won for every kWh of power... 
In other words, S Korea is saying no to expensive ghg emitting LNG electrical generation...Coal for electricity is 1/3rd the cost of LNG...Nuclear power for producing electricity is 1/40 of the cost of LNG...
S. Korea is a very modern manufacturing country, a country in competition with other nations, including China...How long will it be before China also adopts S Korea`s position on electricity generation, ?
In the above article, look at the timeline announced, S. Korea is forecast by 2022 to be using a mere 1/5th of the LNG they currently use...Even if that number is slightly off, let`s say S. Korea`s use of LNG by 2022 only 30% of their current LNG...
That means Korea alone will create a massive gulch of excess LNG...
The BCLNGA tweeted me back, they offered me a link to peruse, one of their own links, we will come back to BCLNGA`s tweet response and link sent further down this post..
The second largest user of LNG in the world has announced they are abandoning LNG, that is earth shattering news for BC`s proposed LNG industry,...There is more...Japan`s utility providers are ready to restart 2 nuclear plants in either June or July of this year...When this happens, how much longer before more nuclear facilities are restarted?...And how long before Japan decides to abandon LNG for new, clean, emission`s free nuclear power, brand new facilities, after all, Japan is in direct economic competition with S. Korea.....If Japan moves to use massive amounts of LNG for industry, Japan won`t be able to compete with S. Korea`s industry, especially if S. Korea`s electrical power costs their industry a fraction of what Japan will have to charge their industrial customers..

Operator of the a nuclear plant in southern Japan received an approval to launch a reactor in June, the first such precedent after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, the Japan News reported Wednesday, citing the country's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).


The BCLNGA as of late are in full-blown LNG in BC pimping mode....Something is up..
However, the BCLNGA has their heads firmly stuck in the sand, to be precise, their heads are stuck in ancient sands....In response to my tweet to the BCLNGA, they sent me a reply and a link, their link has quotes from various industry groups and economic forecasters, however, the quotes and statements in the article the BCLNGA sent me are old...Statements from 2011...2012....Well, since 2011-2012 the USA is awash in oil and gas, fraccing crazy, everyone is fraccing, the world is awash in natural gas, the world price of LNG has crashed and it is not going to recover to historic highs, not even close, not with green technology and nuclear power being the choice for future electrical power generation..

 Here is the reply and link the BCLNGA sent me...

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@Realmediavoices: There are other markets, and demand is expected to increase 55% by 2035. P. 17 at ow.ly/KKdB6
  04:49 PM - 24 Mar 15
Here is what is written on page 17...

Global demand for energy is expected to increase 35%
by 2035 as economies in both developed and emerging
countries continue to grow and standards of living
improve. Global demand for natural gas specifically is
expected to increase 55% by 2035.
All sources of energy, developed
responsibly, will be needed to meet
growth in global demand.
*Growth from 2009 to 2035, IEA
New Policies scenario

Source: IEA World Energy Outlook 2012 New Policies scenario
Do you see that, forecast from 2012....Before the fraccing boom, before the tight oil recovery boom, before real cheap, real efficient green technology, before the world found natural gas deposits in near every country,...


Below is another page in the link the BCLNGA sent me...
$1.3 billion per year
The B.C. government collects an average $1.3
billion per
year from natural gas and crude oil development in B.C.
through land sales and royalties.
Source: B.C. Government
$180 billion
$180 billion will be directly invested in B.C. as a result of
natural gas development between 2012 and 2035.
Source: Conference Board of Canada, 2012
 The first source, the BC Liberal Government, a government of liars and spinners...LNG royalties have collapsed to a fraction of that advertised number, land sales are flat, that number isn`t even close...Norm Farrell has done exemplary work highlighting how little money flows into BC`s coffers from LNG...
  The second source cited above is from the conference board of Canada, dated 2012....Since 2012 the world of LNG and LNG pricing has changed, the world is now awash in natural gas and the price has collapsed, the USA is fraccing crazy, huge natural gas deposits have been discovered in Africa, Papua New Guinea, ..Israel..Poland..The UK..Australia, ..everywhere is natural gas...
Conference board of Canada, 2012 statement...There has been almost no LNG investment in Canada since that statement....I wonder why the BCLNGA would send me a link with old data, could they not find a 2015 statement from the conference board of Canada, something from 2015..or even 2014...
The BCLNGA also is ignoring these developments...China and Russia have inked massive piped natural gas deals, cheap direct from Russia to China, cheap natural gas, no need for liquefaction plants and regasification plants...
 "After 10 years of negotiations, China and Russia inked a massive natural gas deal during the second day of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China this week.

Russian state media reports on the parameters of the deal were largely consistent with prior expectations. For example, Russia Today reported that, under the deal, “Russia will supply China [with] 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year via the eastern ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline, which crosses Siberia and reaches China’s populous northeast regions.”

It also cited Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller as saying that the total value of the 30-year deal was $400 billion. However, according to the report, Miller refused to disclose the exact price China will pay for the natural gas, which he said was a “commercial secret.”

RT notes that if all of the $400 billion is earmarked for China’s purchase of the gas, Beijing will be paying about $350 per thousand cubic meters of gas. According to Bloomberg News, China currently pays the same rate for natural gas from Turkmenistan, which is about two-thirds of what it costs China to import liquefied natural gas (LNG). It is also significantly less than the $380.50 per thousand cubic meters that Gazprom sold natural gas to Western Europe for last year.

Moreover, it’s unlikely that the entire $400 billion will go toward China’s purchase of the actual natural gas. As noted above, Russia is constructing the so-called “Power of Siberia” pipeline to transport the natural gas to China."
 Here is more stale-dated quotes from that BCLNGA link.... 

591 million
Between 2012 and 2035, $591 million will be invested
in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in B.C.
Source: Conference Board of Canada, 2012
$116 billion
B.C.’s GDP is expected to grow to $116 billion as a result
of natural gas investment.
Source: Conference Board of Canada, 2012
$47 billion
An investment of $180 billion could generate $47 billion
in tax revenues for B.C.
Source: Conference Board of Canada, 2012
 Three more statements from the conference board of Canada, dated 2012....
BC`s GDP is expected to rise by $116 billion as as result of natural gas investment, no date of when, just a carte blanc statement with no context..
$47 billion in tax revenue for BC....2012 statement by the conference board of Canada...Since 2012 BC has slashed its proposed LNG tax in half..The federal Government has allowed more generous LNG plant writeoffs...The BC Government has offered free electricity and more subsidies to the LNG industry in an attempt to woo the industry to build in B.C.
Yet the conference board of Canada hasn`t changed their numbers, or perhaps the BCLNGA wants to use stale-dated data..
Here is more stale-dated information from that BCLNGA link..
The natural gas and crude oil industry in B.C. is a key
employer in the province and will continue to contribute
to the job market as the industry grows.
An investment of $180 billion in B.C.’s natural gas sector
between 2012 and 2035 could generate 54,000 B.C.
jobs annually.
Source: Conference Board of Canada, 2012
905,000 jobs*
Employment in Canada as a result of new oil sands
investments is expected to grow from 75,000 jobs in 2010 to
905,000 jobs in 2035, with 126,000 jobs in provinces outside
of Alberta.
Source: CERI 2011
*Jobs are direct, indirect and induced.
 Check out the date, BCLNGA is still living in the past, 2011 and 2012....
 54,000 jobs annually in B.C. between 2012 and 2035....
 They better get started, there are less jobs in BC today then there was in 2012...
 "StatCan: BC has 4,400 fewer jobs today than in Sept 2011 when the BC Jobs Plan was announced but the workforce has grown by 143,400.
 Japan and Russia are also working on a piped natural gas deal..
 "Following Russia’s historic $400 billion natural gas supply deal with China last week, Japanese lawmakers are looking to revive efforts to tap into Russian natural gas supplies themselves.
 A Bloomberg report shows that a group of 33 lawmakers in Japan are backing a 1,350 kilometer pipeline that would run between Russia’s Sakhalin Island and Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo.
 The project is estimated to cost $5.9 billion and could yield as much as 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year (equivalent to 15 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas). The pipeline would make up 17 percent of Japan’s imports."

So, the BCLNGA is sending out links to their own articles, articles that have quotes from various sources, all quotes are 4, 5, and 6 years old, the game has changed, not only is there a glut of natural gas on the market now there is a major oversupply glut forecast, a forecast glut even before S. Korea announced abandoning LNG..
 "Having started last year strongly, the Asian spot market for LNG tanked after it was dragged back by the sharp fall in crude oil, which started to take hold in August. By the third quarter, spot LNG prices in Asia had reached a three-year low and have barely recovered.

However, a bigger concern to the overall health of the LNG market will come from the glut of new supply, which will begin to increase this year and reach a peak by 2017 as major projects in Australia come to fruition. Some experts fear the market for LNG could soon become saturated, despite the steady increases in demand being forecast.

Projects reaching their final phase of construction in Australia will add 58m tonnes of LNG supply to the market by 2019. By then, the country is expected to become the world’s biggest exporter of LNG – overtaking Qatar – with 84m tonnes of total capacity."

I find the BCLNGA group to be sad and pathetic, they are using stale-dated facts, omitting the new data, ignoring the facts on the ground and ignoring simple economics, they are using volumes of old data to hype up a welfare industry that is soon to be a dead industry...Australia has gobs of new supply coming online, new supply without a market to sell to, no customers for this new supply, and now Japan`s market for LNG is set to fall, S. Korea has announced LNG is caput in their country and the Russia/China deal has forever changed the dynamics of the market, the gravy and easy money is gone..
Here is the link the BCLNGA sent me, 


What is extremely amusing, on page 32 of the above link, the three markets they say are BC`s future are..."Japan..S.Korea and China"

Maybe the BCLNGA group will start using the latest data and stop relying on antiquated information...

One thing is clear, the gravy with LNG is done, these energy giants, if they aren`t making gobs of money, if these operations end up running on thin margins who do you think is going to get paid...The industry, the company and its shareholders or the BC and Canadian taxpayer....

We know who will get screwed...

The people.

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