Saturday, July 23, 2016

Justin Trudeau. Pierre Trudeau. Canada And Imperial Globalization. Part VI

Justin Trudeau. Pierre Trudeau.  Canada And Imperial Globalization..... Part VI

Written by Robin Mathews

Reading Justin Trudeau’s Election-time book, Common Ground (2015) is not a richly rewarding experience.  In the face of the Stephen Harper/Conservative Party incipient fascism, however, Justin Trudeau’s insistence upon democratic consultation and multi-racial equality in the book is important.  But his depiction of Pierre Trudeau seems … simply unreal. 

Did father and son never discuss politics, political philosophy, public service, Pierre Trudeau’s record?  Was it all about keeping physically fit and learning to paddle a canoe?  Doubtless Justin Trudeau’s writing hand was guided by Election Strategy and Party Advisors.  But … still ….

I thought back.  Pierre Trudeau became prime minister in 1968.  Justin was born in 1971. He was not sixteen years old until his father had been out of active politics for a few years.  Those of us who were politically active nationally at the time of Pierre Trudeau’s arrival as prime minister know much more about the political Pierre Trudeau than Justin ever can, no matter how many of Canada’s bad historians he reads, no matter how many close colleagues of his father Justin consults.  Those ones will be sure to clean their recollections for the sake of their own reputations.
Pierre Trudeau began his Liberal career as an internationalist – only one of the reasons he was determined to abort the ‘monster’ of Quebec independence. (That subject should be a column, and a book of its own.)

In 1969 he appeared at Carleton University in Ottawa to engage with students.  At that time Canadians were on a downward curve to becoming a minority holding university teaching positions in Canada.  A ‘Canadianization’ movement had begun and was gaining strength across the country – to provide justice for bright young Canadians, to assure them majority place in the operation of Canada’s universities, colleges, art galleries, museums, etc.
A student asked Pierre Trudeau what he thought of the work being done on the matter.  The student newspaper reported Trudeau replied that he didn’t care who taught in Canadian universities!
At about the same time word was abroad in porous Ottawa that Trudeau had said he didn’t care who owned Canada as long as they paid the taxes required to finance government of the country.  No source for that statement can be named.  But the man most effectively and determinedly working to repatriate ownership of the Canadian economy was Walter Gordon – and his relation to Trudeau tells much.

He began work on Canadian independence in the 1950s, became Lester Pearson’s minister of finance, and in a famous 1963 budget created a “takeover tax” and policy to begin regaining Canadian control of the economy.  The Stock Markets went berserk; Erik Kierans, head of the Montreal Stock Exchange, flew to Ottawa.  Lester Pearson crumpled and “accepted” Gordon’s resignation.  But not before Pearson agreed the government would set up a Task Force to examine foreign ownership.  It was created in 1967.
In his memoirs Gordon reports that Pierre Trudeau (campaigning to become Party Leader) seemed to convey sympathy for the work of the Task Force.  When Trudeau became prime minister, however, Gordon (in his gracious way) suggests he was double-crossed by Trudeau.

The Report of the Task Force on Foreign Ownership and the Structure of Canadian Investment, called “the Watkins Report” was published in 1968.  Pierre Trudeau was not sympathetic to it. That was so clear that following the creation of the Waffle Movement (“independence and socialism”) in the NDP (1969), Walter Gordon and others, less Left than Wafflers, created (1970) The Committee for an Independent Canada.  They did so, in fact, to push (as the Waffle was pushing) against Trudeau ‘internationalism’ and growing foreign ownership of the Canadian economy.  (They were largely Liberals trying to force Liberal Trudeau to pay attention to foreign takeover.)

Then – public interest being high – two more Reports on foreign ownership (from government ranks) appeared.  The first was The Wahn Report (1970) gaining modest attention.  In 1972 the (Herb) Gray Report caused much more discussion and did not please Trudeau (since the issue was insistently present).

Despite a large Committee For An Independent Canada petition and a gathering of members in the Chateau Laurier, followed by an 8 or 9 person delegation meeting with Trudeau, he refused to release the Gray Report to the public, saying (the delegates reported back to us) that to do so would upset the Markets.
Subsequently, the Report was leaked to the (Toronto) Canadian Forum which printed large parts of it.  Only then did Trudeau release the Gray Report.
That was the ambiance of the Trudeau prime ministership for some years.  For the 1970 Manitoba Centennial Celebration at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Trudeau arrived with Barbara Streisand (U.S. Movie Star) on his arm (probably the first time Ms. Streisand learned that a place called ‘Manitoba’ exists).

I wrote a letter about the inappropriateness of Trudeau’s companion, published in the Ottawa newspaper.  As if to heighten the symbolism of ‘imperial globalization’, it was answered by a particularly bombastic U.S. citizen, a professor in Ottawa, to “correct” my idea of appropriate Canadian protocol … to which I replied.  To cap the symbolism, our letters were featured in the Canadian edition of Time magazine. (Not in any Canadian publication.) A few years later, Trudeau didn’t like some of my lampooning (about his failure to resist takeover)… and said so.  The editor to whom he made his remarks (in porous Ottawa) relayed them to me shortly after their utterance.
It was in that “internationalist” (?) milieu that the Bank of Canada (1974) gave up powers to the Bank of International Settlements and ceased providing interest-free loans to Canadian governments for Infrastructure and related undertakings.

The sale in 1970 to U.S. McGraw Hill of Ryerson Press, Canada’s oldest text book publisher, and publisher in the twentieth century of major Canadian writers, brought people into the streets.
On one cold winter morning, demonstrating at a major Ottawa United Church (Ryerson Press was owned by the United Church), the demonstrators were surprised to see the arrival of Governor General Roland Michener for the religious service.
He had to wait outside for his welcomers to appear, and so I asked him if he had come to join the protest against the hateful sale of Ryerson Press.  He replied that he had come to worship at the Church where his parents worshipped before him.

The committee of the Church, arranging tea and biscuits for the worshippers after the service, were (strongly) not antagonistic to the demonstrators and invited all in after the service … for warmth and refreshments.
When the matter of the sale of Ryerson Press was brought up in the House of Commons and the government was urged to keep Ryerson Press Canadian (at really very little cost), Pierre Trudeau, like Atlas, shrugged, and he refused even to consider the idea.
His conversion to Canada came late … and slowly. The 1975 creation of Petro Canada as part of the National Energy Program was a response to world conditions, a desire to increase revenues for Ottawa, and (finally!) the intention to have a major Canadian presence in the Canadian Oil Patch!

Pierre Trudeau’s attitude to Canada didn’t fully change until he had been in office almost ten years. (People forget that.) His attitude is especially strange since a strong push from Canadians existed all through the late 1960s and the 1970s for ‘Canadian Independence’ and a Canadian Industrial Strategy. The Canadian population was willing to try new and controversial measures.  In fact, the Conventional Press and Media have created non-history concerning the National Energy Program.  It was hated by international capital, of course (and so the Right press says ‘Westerners’ hated it).  But a poll of Canadians at the time revealed 80% of Canadians supported the NEP – and 80% of Albertans did, too!

When Pierre Trudeau returned to the prime ministership (after the brief Joe Clark, Progressive Conservative interlude) in 1980, a move was talked of again … seriously … to create an Industrial Strategy for Canada.  “There was” … the Canadian Encyclopedia reports  “another attempt to formulate an industrial strategy, inspired by the government’s National Energy Program.  This attempt also failed, partly because of growing American objections….” (Vol. 2, 1988, p. 1063)

What the Encyclopedia doesn’t report is that U.S. pressure to keep Canada a Resource Colony was intense.  And threats almost certainly were made and kept secret.  For Alan MacEachen, minister of finance and deputy prime minister, flew to Washington to apologize and record Canada’s submission to U.S. will.  And almost at the same time Jean Chretien, minister of energy, mines, and resources, flew to New York to give a speech to assembled U.S. power merchants – the theme of his speech being.......

Canada is Open For Business’.

Until he left politics, Pierre Trudeau oversaw the growing dissolution of Canadian Independence.  Through many of Justin Trudeau’s growing years his father was an internationalist with contempt for independence seekers and for movements to unite Canadians around the idea of a Canadian-owned economy and culture.

We may not be surprised, then, that in his book, Common Ground, Justin concentrates on the domestic father urging his son to keep in good shape and learn to paddle a canoe through the wilderness of untamed nature – away from the wilderness of untamed political sell-out, betrayal, and colonial administration.

Written by Robin Mathews


Time to step up to the plate Justin Trudeau.....Petronas's Pacific Northwest LNG proposal is a carbon bomb located in prime wild juvenile salmon rearing grounds...Science has spoken, .....Petronas's location is problematic to say the least.....With all the other west coast LNG proposals that have fallen by the wayside...Clearly there is another British Columbia location available.....

Make me proud Justin Trudeau by making the right thing...Grant G

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Monday, July 11, 2016

China's Insurance Policy Against High-Priced LNG, COAL= Death of British Columbia's LNG Super-Power Fantasy!

Written by Grant G

Well well well...more bad news on the British Columbia LNG front....Shell Canada, which possessed a Federal environmental certificate, a 40 year export license, all the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission permits, a deal with First Nations has postponed their proposed LNG project until mid 2020s, or..never!

What a shocker eh, who knew?..actually, every reader and contributor to this site knew...Written August 21st/2015...

British Columbia LNG Industry, The Last Gas(P)....A Straight Goods Special

There are those who say that the Petronas proposal..PNW LNG in Prince Rupert is different..people like BC Liberal spin doctor Tom Cassada(Twitter @lotuslander1000)...He claims PNW LNG is different because the consortium are offtakers of the other words, partners, equity partners don't care what the price is...that according to Tom Cassada..

Shell Canada had as partners..PetroChina and Kogas..(China and Japan)..and they were offtakers of Shell's gas too..

What some people can't digest, and it is a very simple concept...Why spend $billions to ensure $10 dollar LNG when you can lock in longterm LNG buys for $4 to $5 dollars per MM BTU's...That way these companies keep their cash, and get cheaper LNG...

Funny stuff indeed...The latest announcement from Shell Canada LNG..their Christy Clark ball-busting announcement seems to be completely ignored by B.C. media..Global..nothing, Vancouver Sun?..A Vaughn Palmer article containing only Government quotes(lazy)...The Province newspaper, crickets..

I have been busy leaving Postmedia LNG bread crumbs, real easy to follow..bread crumbs ignored, I drew them a road map, put up flashing LNG lights and still Postmedia remains deaf, dumb and blind..

I wonder why?..Could it be that partnership CAPP has with Postmedia is the reason why they protect Corporate owned Christy Clark, other words masturbation?.."See no evil, hear no evil speak no evil.."

Postmedia raggedy newsprint...corporate propaganda...Christy Clark claims, as does Gordon Wilson that "British Columbia has a moral obligation to develop LNG"...because Chinese people are dying from air pollution, pollution from coal...Christy Clark has made the inane claim that BC LNG will clean up China's air....Postmedia's Michael Smyth and others have echoed Clark's inane blather..

China, hmm....China is building 50 nuclear plants, China has the most renewable solar and wind power, it's growing leaps and bounds...China is also building more coal-fired power plants ..and when I say more..a lot more..


If China Is So Committed To Renewable Energy, Why Are So Many New Coal Plants Being Built?

Responding to the air pollution crisis, China’s central government has made some monumental strides. It is estimated that by 2020, over 15 percent of China’s energy capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources, and the country is the clear global leader when it comes to renewable energy.

However, the most coal-fired energy capacity in the world is also in China.

Even as China adds mountains of renewable energy capacity and develops progressive government policies to improve air quality, the old incumbent coal is still maintaining its leading position — and its looking to do so for a long time yet.

China’s National Action Plan for Air Pollution Prevention and Control’s mid-term review, which was released on July 5th, shows that the eight provinces which make up their ‘key regions,’ added on a massive 50.8 GW of new coal-fired energy capacity between the years of 2013-15. For scale, the country’s total installed energy capacity in 1980 was 66 GW. On top of this, the report showed that 42 GW of additional coal-fired capacity is currently under construction, with 11 GW more being approved just last year. Meanwhile, just 10.8 GW of coal-fired capacity in these provinces was taken offline during this same period. Considering that each coal-fired power plant has a lifetime of thirty to fifty years, it seems as if China has hedged its biggest energy bet on coal for the foreseeable future.


So why, why hasn't Postmedia and our legislative scribes blasted Christy Clark on the coal issue..could it be that B.C. wants to export vast volumes of coal too..exactly, the corporate angle rears it's head again, resulting in a B.C. domestic mainstream media that for all intents and purposes are utterly useless!..

Time and time again, to get a detailed explanation as to what is really going must get the information from bloggers and alternative news sources..

So what the hell is China up to.... we go, China, with China over the last 15 years...the only number that mattered is GDP..Gross Domestic product/production..growing the economy regardless of the real cost..ghost cities abound..

China has right now, redundant power generation..China has many provinces, every local bigwig had orders to build infrastructure, whether it is needed or not...Building coal-fired powerplants employed Chinese workers, added to China's GDP...and more...So why would China build 50 nuclear plants, more renewable power than any other country, plus build not only more new coal-fired power plants, build more coal plants when the power grid already has too many power generators..redundant power generation..why?

More from that Forbes article....


“New power plants certainly have much more aggressive emission control technologies than older plants, although many older plants are being fitted with these control technologies as well,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, a researcher at Greenpeace. “China has managed to reduce SO2 and NOx emissions from the power sector very rapidly in the past few years, above all due to retrofitting and due to stagnating power generation from coal, which has allowed emission controls to catch up. Where the logic falls apart is that very little capacity is being retired.”

According to Myllyvirta, there are some very clear drivers behind China’s local governments’ hesitancy to sever ties from coal.

1) Coal power is an easy way to generate economic activity at a time of reduced growth, not only via the construction of coal plants but through supporting local miners, who are struggling;

2) The profit margins for coal-fired power plants are currently over-inflated, as the cost for coal is market driven, and has dropped significantly, but cost of electricity, which is government regulated, has remained unchanged;

3) Expectations of future energy demand have not yet been adjusted to take into account the vast amount of renewable energy coming online and slowing economic growth.

So while the contradiction of attempting to reduce carbon emissions on one hand while increasing coal-fired energy capacity on the other can be contextualized, it cannot be completely explained away. Increasing coal energy capacity so dramatically at the height of a national air-quality crisis mitigates some of the gains made in renewable energy.

However, just because China has X-amount of new coal-fired energy capacity doesn’t necessarily mean that all of this capacity is being utilized — not at all. By the numbers, China has upwards of 200 GW of redundant coal-fired power capacity and, ultimately, has little use for many of the new coal plants that are currently being built.


So what the heck is China up to?....Read it again, think about it...China is building vast amounts of renewable power..China is building GHG free nuclear power..and even more redundant coal-fired power plants..why..

Look to Japan for that answer..Japan relied on mainly one power source..NUCLEAR POWER...And when the tsunami wiped out Fukushima nuclear plant, when panic beset the Japanese public the Japanese Government as a precaution shuttered all Japan's nuclear power plants....

What happened next..That's the answer to why China is building all forms of power generation...

At Japan's time of need, desperate for power, nuclear plants shuttered and LNG imports ramped up to pick up the slack..How did the world's big energy companies react...They grabbed Japan by the balls and squeezed and squeezed and brought the Asian country to their knees..another word for it..blackmail, usury, almost like war-time profiteering..

Does China want to, and intend to use some LNG..indeed they do...But what China now possesses..China possesses an insurance policy against the world's big energy companies, if LNG gets too high-priced..China can say..get lost, we'll use coal, thus China can now control the price of LNG...

China will never put itself in a position of relying on big energy to power their country...China has excess redundant, brand new coal-fired power plants...

And it is this exact scenario that has spelled the death of B.C.'s LNG fantasy...

Remember what Christy Clark said about Japan and Japan's LNG need...I do..Christy Clark told the Japanese people and Asia that British Columbia was going to charge 5 and 6 times the North American natural gas rate(Henry Hub) to Japan and Christy Clark said more...Clark said British Columbia was going to become debt free, become filthy rich, the land of no sales tax, employ 100,000 s of thousand in the LNG industry...All the wealth to be shaken out of our Asian neighbour's pockets..

You do have a big-mouth Christy Clark.. unfortunately the only thing that comes out of your mouth is bafflegab, also known as word salad..

China does things different and they don't take too kindly to those countries that use energy blackmail against energy hungry Asia...

Thus...British Columbia's LNG fantasy is over, in fact, after the already under construction LNG terminals around the world come online.. I don't believe there will ever be a new-sudden need to build massive LNG terminals again, with renewables tumbling in price, with information on methane leakage finding it's way to the public, the enormous environmental footprint LNG leaves..

BC Liberals and Postmedia will attempt to ride the lame sparkle pony right up to election 2017...

Lastly.. look for a possible snap election call this Fall(before the shit hits the fan)..

As for that lame sparkle pony, it has a June 2017 reservation at the glue factory!


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

European Union And Fascism. Imperial Globalization. Part V

European Union And Fascism.  Imperial Globalization. ....Part V 

Written by Robin Mathews

Canadians had a taste of incipient fascism with the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper.  Flagrant abuse of Parliament.  Vicious attacks on organized labour.  Deliberate destruction of pubic information and record.  Perversion of the National Police Force. Even (I claim) a false, fabricated court action (nationally celebrated) to destroy an enemy.  And … much, much more.
Fascism, we remember, is the merging of government and large private Corporations, turning Parliament, the law, the courts, the military and police, as well as conventional press and media (and, often, Opposition Parties) to the task of empowering and enriching the wealthiest, their friends and supporters, while suppressing  democratic and humane resistance.

The neo-liberal, neo-fascist face of politics has not been present in Canada only. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has taken place in the midst of a sharp division in Europe.  On the one side is a drive to create a sharing, democratic community.  On the other is a powerful drive by international capital, banks, and U.S. global policy to create a Gigantic European Market – intending the unimpeded rape of the European population to create a massive profit-centre for the super-rich.

On one side (at its best) is the European Parliament where (for instance) the so-called ‘racist’, Right Member of the European Parliament, Nigel Farage (just-resigned leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party) tangled with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission.

Juncker represents international capital and imperial globalization, in fact.  Former prime minister of Luxemburg – a super, offshore Tax Haven – Juncker was revealed by ‘Lux Leaks’ to have benefitted from favours done for flagship international capitalist entities like Apple and Amazon.  (Le Monde diplomatique, July, 2016, p. 7) Fellow EU Commissioners are unperturbed by the revelations of ‘Lux Leaks’.  Jean-Claude Juncker presses on unscathed….
The vote by Britons to leave the European Union is a huge indication of the EU rift.

Take France.  For months its people have been in the streets fighting fascist government moves.  The French Socialist Party (in power) led by a bland neo-liberal Francois Hollande sells out everything democratic (in league with the European Commission) in order to bring down and oppress the French population.
To force through a punishing labour law, the Hollande forces didn’t have the proposed new legislation debated within their own Party (the Socialist Party!!) at all, anywhere, at any time (where real improvements to present labour/management problems might have been presented).  The punitive bill (in the face of huge public opposition) was pushed through the National Assembly without a word of debate. 

The European Commission (called by someEU government’) is strangely independent of the European Parliament. The Commission is a neo-liberal, austerity-supporting, employer-backing, worker-punishing ally of international capital and imperial globalization. It wants, in short, a precarious position for labouring people: to be hired in direct competition with one another, without overall ruling Labour Law, for low (or no!) starting wage, with no guarantee of employment, with easy firing available to employers, with no guarantee of working hours or overtime pay regardless of hours of work demanded, and with a minimum of social insurance.
When those principles are hardened into law - the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund say - unemployment will drop, Gross Domestic Product will rise, and the new laws will bring sunny days to the European population.
The fundamental conflict throughout Europe is between “austerity” and what might be called “infrastructure spending”.  Neo-liberalism pretends that removing spending power from the population will stabilize government debt and increase active enterprise.  It knows that is false.  But by bringing the population to its knees, neo-liberals can take over government and use it to enrich international capital. 

The opposition to neo-liberalism argues that fair wages, public spending on good infrastructure, and public involvement in new enterprise produces tax revenue and assures health for private enterprise and the overall economy.

In Italy, president Matteo Renzi has managed a coup that destabilizes and threatens the work force.  He has won increasing diminishments of labour’s rights and securities.  In 2010 the law severely restricted the possibility of cases of employer abuse.  In 2012 employers were given great freedom to fire at will for “economic reasons”.  Firing can go almost unexamined.  A clause was introduced allowing “positions” to be changed, meaning employees are, in effect, fired without recourse – the “position” is no longer there.  In effect, Italy now permits what are called contracts of indeterminate time rather than of determinate time.  Hiring and firing can be conducted profitably for employers – at the same time affecting (falsely) employment statistics.
Renzi’s so-called ‘Jobs Act’ falls on a working population in Italy so stripped of defenses that no worker reaction is expected that compares with resistance action in France.  In Italy the new laws smash labour.  Between 2014 and 2015 the instability of young Italians’ working life rose from 43% to 55%.  The rate of unemployment of youth between 15 and 24 years moved from 30% to 40%. [Andrea Fumagalli, “Jobs Act”, Le Monde diplomatique, July, 2016. P.8]

A total neo-liberal, Matteo Renzi has overseen the lowering of taxes for corporations and the very rich as well as the privatization of energy, transportation, and the postal services.  Those moves, neo-liberals vow, will increase investment, production, and employment.

At the same time a study done (February 2016) by the Transnational Institute on Industry and Privatization in Europe (Le Monde diplomatique, July 2016, p. 12) concludes “there is no proof to demonstrate that privatized industries provide better service”. Indeed, it records “the wave of privatizations has made salaries fall, has degraded working conditions, and has increased earning inequality”.

Some of the Italian young are now being asked to work for nothing as a way to build a record that will lead to a CDI – a contract of indeterminate time or – put another way, to a condition in which the employee may be fired at will, without examination of cause.
Meanwhile in the birthplace of democracy, Greece, a calamity deepens as a “troika” in (real) control of Greek affairs tears Greece to pieces.

Many agree Greek publicly-owned infrastructure entities need restructuring.  But the “informal group”(!) shaped by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (the troika”) to auction off Greece will hear of no reconstruction.  Everything (so far nineteen privatizations) is to be forcibly sold: ocean ports, airlines and fields, airports, gas, electricity, rail, etc.  And the Greek people are to lose (and have lost) wages, pensions, and social protections of all kinds.

A highly effective (and increasingly profitable) proposal for reconstruction was put forward to expand and improve airports and related facilities in public hands.  It “ran into categorical refusal by the troika” (Le Monde diplomatique, July 2016, p. 6).
Writing of the enormous, dishonest, manipulated Greek calamity, Niels Kadritzke reports that, repeatedly, single bidders appear, set their own terms for sale, and make huge acquisitions.  The “auction” has one person attending! Of the German winning bid for airport ownership and control Kadritzke described the three bidders involved as “an exceptional number for Greek privatizations”. 

Describing the German win in the airport matter as suspect,
Kadritzke suggests that sale after sale robs Greece of any on-going revenue as taxes are slashed or erased and terms of ownership allow unlimited freedom to exploit the Greek people.

Of the German airport acquisition, Kadritzke writes: “In sum, there is in this matter the ingredients of flagrant conflict of interest in violation of all European regulations concerning the process of calling for and receiving offers to purchase – without speaking of the most elementary violation of decency.” (No action on that questionable “sale” (or any other) has been taken by any authority.)
Greece is not going through anything like an auction. Nothing as honest as that.  It is being violently shredded and internationally privatized with the apparent hope on the part of the European Commission and imperial globalizers that NOTHING will be able to put it back together.

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who helped create and build the new Syriza Party to save Greece from what is, in fact, happening, appears to have joined the most destructive elements of the European Union.

Of the sell-off of the port of Piraeus to China (COSCO), Tsipras praises it as bringing closer ties between China and Greece. 
In the guise of building a cooperative European Community, international capital and imperial globalizers are slashing at the European population with the intention of bringing it to its knees.  So far, imperial globalization has had astonishing success. When the people of Europe awaken, take hold, and decide to change direction, the Brexit upheaval in Britain will look like a pleasant afternoon Garden Party on the lawn at Buckingham Palace.

Written by Robin Mathews


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Christy Clark's LNG Rhetoric....Fiction Versus Facts

The B.C. Liberals claim future liquefied natural gas sales will help pay off the province’s debt. The CBC News Reality Check team wades through the spin to figure out whether the plan is hype or hope.

Liquefied natural gas is the industry that will make British Columbia debt free,” says B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark.

“We have a plan to export natural gas at five times the price of what we can get here in North America.”

The site has been prepped on the first of five promised LNG plants in northern B.C. where the gas will be extracted, chilled into liquid form and shipped to Asia, where there’s a thirst for LNG after the 2011 earthquake in Japan, which sidelined all but two of the country’s 52 nuclear reactors.

“Their hunger for the cleanest fossil fuel on the planet is almost unlimited,” Clark said earlier this month while on a campaign stop in Dawson Creek.

'Wishful thinking'

But Peter Hughes, a UK energy consultant who specializes in the international trade of LNG, says Japan's willingness to pay sky-high prices is not unlimited. He says the current system of pricing LNG based on the price of oil could soon change.

“The Japanese have now decided they need to move away from oil indexation as the pricing basis for their LNG imports and the government has issued instruction to that effect, which in Japan is a very powerful factor,” he said.

B.C. has major LNG competitors in Qatar, East Africa and Australia.


Too much gas for too few customers, ...100 million tonnes of new LNG supply(already under construction or near completion) about  to hit the market....

Looks folks....Where is Vaughn Palmer...where is Keith Baldrey..Where is Postmedia....

This LNG thingy wouldn't be a big deal, or an important issue for British Columbia if....

If Christy Clark and her BC Liberal Government didn't promise a $100 billion dollar prosperity fund....the elimination of the B.C.'s growing debt..elimination of crown corporation debt, .the elimination of our sales tax..monies for northern communities, monies for First Nations, money for healthcare and education....

And a 100,000 new high-paying LNG jobs...

if, if Christy Clark didn't promise all that during the 2013 provincial election LNG wouldn't be a B.C. issue...but she did, all the BC Liberals did..

So..Where are you Postmedia..where are you Vaughn Palmer...Where are you Michael Smyth..Where are you Keith Baldrey....Nevermind..

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christy Clark's 2017 Election Gambit(LNG Redux) and The Stunning Display of Postmedia Publishing Rubbish..A Straight Goods Special

Written by Grant G

It absolutely amazes me, no matter how stupid, how outrageous, no matter what this BC liberal government says or does all we hear from our employed by Postmedia or employed by Global/CTV legislative media is.....not much, usually nothing..

Vaughn Palmer..Michael Smyth..Keith Baldrey....last week education minister Mike Bernier threw a hail Bernie Madoff pass, eer, I mean a Hail Mary pass at the Vancouver School Board.

The pure unadulterated gall emanating from Christy Clark's governing playbook is almost too much to believe... 

Christy Clark's 2013 election campaign theme was "Families First" and something about a "$trillion dollar LNG windfall"...Let's discuss the former first..

Families First...Why isn't Vaughn Palmer, Michael Smyth, Keith Baldrey laughing at and or mocking in print, on TV or radio Christy Clark?

That answer comes first...The sold out to the far rightwing corporate agenda company, also known as Postmedia and Global BC...The only possible plausible answer is....

Postmedia and Global BC have forbidden their personalities to say, report, write about anything that could, or would harm business interests and or this corporate owned BC Liberal Party, no longer is the public informed of the truth, the realities on the ground, Global BC and Postmedia no longer inform Joe public of any scandals, any corruption if it involves their preferred side, that being the side of Mega-Corporation and Mega-Corporation's bought government, The BC Liberals ... with the loss of honest journalism, with writers handcuffed, with only one-sided skewed reporting and spin,  our mainstream media is no longer serving Joe public, in their eyes Joe public is merely an obstacle in need of being bent and twisted...

  None of those long serving legislative scribes had the courage to challenge their employer, i'm not talking about those above mentioned legislative scribes doing anything radical, violent or ill toward...writing the truth would be a good start, a little balance perhaps..

The hypocrisy..  Vancouver and surrounding areas are grappling with a real estate reverse meltdown, politicians are pretending to be scrambling to get it under control, press conferences and vague words, promises of doing something, sometime...and 11th hour blather and ridiculous proposal by Mike Bernier and the ministry of education...Telling the VSB, publicly(Twitter) I might add, to sell a money generating asset(real Estate) to pay a portion(1/4) of the budget shortfall...more fuel on a burning market, and the gall, the BC Liberals will take an ownership share to advance the sale quickly....come on..who is it Christy Clark?..Which one of the BC Liberal party donors wants Kingsgate mall..the Beedies, ?..Is it the Wall's...who wants the land Christy.....I remember too well the sweet deal Christy Clark made to sell(give) away Burke Mountain land at 1/10 of the value to her attempting to force the VSB to do the same....Only an idiot can't see where and or who thunk of the VSB proposal..Teacher hating public education hating Christy Clark....Families First..Christy Clark's party donating family first, and only her family..

Christy must be grinning, she gets to jab and poke the VSB while simultaneously rewarding her wealthy friends.. 

How can the three stooges remain silent, ...never mind.

Now the latter....Christy Clark 2013 election promise of a "$trillion dollar LNG windfall"

There was two LNG as it pertains to British Columbia articles published article, reported by small-time media Alaska Highway News...That article informs Joe Public of what a Petronas insider is saying about the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal project...and it's brutal news for Christy Clark's LNG election gambit....and more...if one looks at what the Petronas insider is really a nutshell...Petronas is not going to make a final investment decision regardless of the expected by the end of September federal decision on the project, even if the project gets the federal nod..Petronas will not make a final investment decision until June 2017...

That's right folks..three weeks after our 2017 provincial election.....!!!! That can't be a coincidence..It tells me two things, number one..Petronas is prepared to play with our 2017 election, by playing, I mean Petronas will suggest to BC's public that if the NDP are elected they won't go forward with the project..secondly..

Christy Clark, Gordon Wilson will put that scenario front and center in the BC Liberal's 2017 election campaign...something like this..

If The NDP are elected BC's LNG windfall will vanish, all the hardwork we BC Liberals put into developing a new mega-industry for British Columbian's will have been for not..

The article in AHN

the Petronas insider had more to say..much much more..


The head of an advocacy group for B.C.'s oil and gas service sector says it could be almost another year before Petronas makes an investment decision on its Pacific NorthWest LNG facility.

At the annual general meeting of Energy Services BC late last month, President Dave Turchanski told members that, according to a source within the company, the Malaysian oil and gas giant likely won't make a final investment decision on Pacific NorthWest until June 2017.

The facility, which would be built on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, would process gas from Northeast B.C. for export to Asia. It is undergoing a review by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, with a decision expected by

"At the earliest is June of 2017, Petronas might come out with a final investment decision (FID)," Turchanski said in an interview.

"If they come out with an FID, that doesn't mean they're going to go to work right away. They might delay it another year, they might delay it two years, they might delay it five years."


A possible June 2017 decision(FID) one month after our 2017 provincial election, and even then, construction to be delayed up to another 5 year..that would be 2022/2023...and if the LNG glut looks to persist longer?..Then as this writer wrote last year...Petronas is out..they will never build in BC ..unless, unless we pay them to take the gas...

When is Postmedia going to report on the real LNG story...

There is a LNG glut until 2026 or later, with new technology, with renewable power, with country after country discovering they have their own domestic natural gas reserves...

With China building windfarms in Pakistan..With Egypt developing their own domestic gas, Israel developing mammoth gas deposits in their backyard...With China, India, Middle East, Qatar, Iran, Russia...neighbours working with neighbours...

Longterm LNG buying contracts inked for between $4 and $5 dollars per MM BTU,s...That my friends is the new longterm price bench and unless someone can deliver it cheaper, or has access to free gas reserves to liquefy...Petronas and others can't make any money to be made, no expenditure of $billions..

Those are the facts on the ground..

I did mention there was two B.C. related LNG articles published yesterday..The other article was posted by Postmedia's Calgary Herald writer(spinner) Chris Varcoe...

In the Postmedia article published the same day as the Alaska Highway News LNG the Postmedia article there is no mention of Petronas's NEW DELAY..the article does mention how bad B.C.'s and Canada's LNG is fairing, they mention the gas glut, they mention the LNG headwinds facing British can't deny the OVERT realities!...The Calgary Herald LNG article talks of a possible ray of hope for the B.C. LNG industry...

This readers is where propaganda and piss-poor reporting rears it's Postmedia head, where journalism leaves the page, where even the most basic background data is ignored, the Chris Varcoe article at this point relies on mere quotes from a LNG industry promoter..


Canadian natural gas producers have been battered by relentless headwinds in recent years and the challenges ahead look daunting, looming like summer storm clouds hanging over the Prairies.
But even with the problems created by low prices, shrinking exports, massive production increases in the United States and depressed drilling activity at home, there are slivers of hope on the horizon — if the sector can get through the gale.
A new report by the Canadian Energy Research Institute predicts natural gas production in the country is likely to rise over the next two decades along with prices. As well, demand inside Canada will continue to grow.....

We’ve come to a significant crossroads,” says Dinara Millington, CERI’s vice-president of research. “Do we want Canada to be an international player in the LNG game or not? It’s pretty clear where the industry stands on this. It’s not quite clear where the governments are.”

Canada could remain as a net exporter of natural gas through the next 20 years,” the report concludes.

However, the ray of hope for the sector’s future comes with the assumption Canada will approve and build an LNG terminal on the British Columbia coast — something that hasn’t yet occurred. 

If that happens, CERI projects an increase in exports of four billion cubic feet a day. If it doesn’t happen, Millington says the idea of ramping up production won’t materialize and Canadian gas output will stagnate or dip.

“We might literally miss the boat,” she warns.

First, Let me remind you who CERI is......


Mr. Mike Cleland?

Former CEO of the Canadian Gas Association


Mr. Terry Abel

Director, Oil Sands at

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

____________ Mr. Kendall Dilling

Vice President, Environment and Regulatory

Cenovus Energy Inc

Mr. Michael W. Ekelund

Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Initiative
Alberta Department of Energy


Mr. Allan FogwillPresident and CEO
Canadian Energy Research Institute

Mr. Fogwill previously worked for natural gas distribution companies in BC..Alberta and Ontario


Mr. Kevin Heffernan

Mr. Hefferman was a stakeholder in Trident Exploration, a private company developing coalbed methane..


CERI is a group of industry insiders with vested financial interests, in other words, the more gas and oil moved and produced, the more money those individuals make....(This reported in the link directly below)

Full Stop....

In that Calgary Herald article written by Postmedia's Chris Varcoe..he repeated a quote from ....

Dinara Millington, CERI’s vice-president of research

and I quote...

"However, the ray of hope for the sector’s future comes with the assumption Canada will approve and build an LNG terminal on the British Columbia coast — something that hasn’t yet occurred."

Do you see that..there it is, overt, glaring, as plain as the nose on your face...Vice president of CERI's research department..Research, are you kidding me, what research, read the, let me point it out again...

However, the ray of hope for the sector’s future comes with the assumption Canada will approve and build an LNG terminal on the British Columbia coast — something that hasn’t yet occurred...

First point...Canada isn't building anything, energy companies are proposing building LNG terminals and...

Shell Canada had all the permits to build, they had a 40 year export license, a First Nations deal, they had a federal environmental certificate and all the required BC oil and Gas Commission permits...

Shell Canada had everything except customers buying gas at a profitable price point...AltaGas, Christy Clark's Burrard bridge yogafest sponsor..

AltaGas had all the permits too, a First Nation deal, a NEB export licence, an EA certificate, again, they had everything except gas buying customers...Yesterday, in a article published in the Alaska Highway News...

A Petronas insider told the press that PNW LNG, even if it gets a greenlight from the CEAA they will delay constructing anything until 2022....

With BC gas revenues in the negative to the tune of $1 billion plus once all the drilling credits are calculated...How is a maybe in 2022 construction start going to create this miracle..the "ray of hope"

How can Dinara Millington, CERI’s vice-president of research state such a blatant lie? is a can a Postmedia scribe repeat a blatant lie...Shell Canada and Altagas's federal approvals were not kept in a secret vault...This is basic information..


Vancouver, British Columbia, June 17, 2015— LNG Canada announced today that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has approved the project’s Environmental Assessment and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for its proposed four train liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. The provincial and federal approvals conclude the project’s environmental assessment review process.

“We have made significant progress to advance our project over the past year,” said Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada. “Receiving both provincial and federal approval of our Environmental Assessment is a critical milestone on our path to making a final investment decision. We could not have achieved this without input from the local community of Kitimat and First Nations, and we appreciate the local knowledge they shared with us.”




Posted February 25 2016

In another blow to B.C.'s nascent liquefied natural gas industry, AltaGas Ltd. is shelving the development of its Douglas Channel LNG plant near Kitimat.
The decision to halt work on the project was blamed on poor economic conditions and worsening global energy prices.

"We believe the project could deliver LNG to Japan at very competitive prices," AltaGas CEO David Cornhill said Thursday.
"However, without a meaningful offtake agreement the consortium can no longer continue the development of the project."
AltaGas, along with its global partners in the project, had been aiming for the project near Kitimat, B.C., to begin exporting LNG in 2018.
The announcement comes just weeks after Shell Canada announced it was postponing its final investment decision (FID) on their huge LNG terminal proposal in Kitimat until the end of the year.

Significant decisions to come

Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman said today's news does not mean B.C.'s LNG industry is in trouble.

"I don't think so," Coleman said Thursday.


Sure thing Rich Coleman..whatever you say...

You see folks, here is what bothers me, how can a mainstream omit such facts, repeat industry lies, Altagas had all the needed permits, they were greenlighted, they, Altagas cancelled the build because no banks were going to lend money for a project that was destined to lose money..thus the plug was pulled..

So how can a Vice president of research at CERI  say with a straight face that no approvals have been granted...

How can Dinara Millington, CERI’s vice-president of research say the only thing that can save the LNG industry is if Canada grants federal approvals... when in fact the federal Government has granted two approvals..

 CERI’s vice-president Dinara Millington needs a new title...

Vice president of CERI's word salad division..


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

British Columbia And Imperial Globalization. Part IV

British Columbia And Imperial Globalization.  Part IV

Written by Robin Mathews   June 2016

Attention across the world is, at last, focussing more and more on what is called ‘imperial globalization’ – the growing power of unchecked international capital to poison grand attempts at democratic community such as the ones struggling in the European Community and the Mercosur countries of South America ... and, alas, also, in smaller, national attempts at democratic self-determination from Venezuela to Palestine.

Very broadly, the poison is intrinsic to the ideas found in the group calling itself The New American Century which expounds the necessity of the U.S.A. to dominate and, in effect, to rule the world.  In that context the terms ‘international capital’ and ‘World Government’ are freighted with threat ….

Aspects of U.S. expansionism in our time are increasingly visible, warlike, and unpredictable. But the process of ‘takeover’ by U.S. interests has been a common global factor.  In the life of ‘the Americas’ (just for instance) South America lives a bloody and brutal history of U.S. planted (and/or approved) dictatorships as its major history.

In Canada, the process has been less-warlike for large, historical reasons.  But a core activity used by the U.S. all over the globe has been effective in Canada.  That is the process of economic takeover (in Canada, usually effected without the assistance of the U.S. Marines, or other military). Peaceful economic takeover follows a consistent pattern.  A huge program of indoctrination, propaganda, and cultural invasion praising the freedom-loving nature of the U.S.A. is conducted.  (The program is never not at work in Canada with the assistance of all press and media, including the CBC).
Absolutely key to the success of economic takeover is the winning of local governors and media owners to the program.  They must be won by indoctrination, by subtle threat, by ‘unifying’ cultural and trade agreements, and by bribery.  The last named is brought to clear light in any serious history of South America.  In Canada public discussion of on-going bribery of governing officials is not permitted as a subject of discussion ... yet.

That is a sign of Canadian innocence – put kindly. Put less kindly, other names would be used. As I write, stories arising from the Panama Papers reveal (CBC news) “How Canada got into bed with tax havens” (June 18).  What is plainly and simply clear is that major corporations and wealthy people massively rob the Canadian people with the active assistance of Parliament.  And the present Liberal government – so far – has not lifted a finger to end the practice. Anyone suggesting major bribery is not a part of the activity belongs in a distant, unapproachable, high-walled nunnery.
The wealth sucked out of Canada is precisely the wealth that would provide for research, education, development, break-through science, entrepreneurial start-up – the invisible Infrastructure of independent countries.  What happens in Canada is the slow ‘hollowing out’ of the economy by off-shore development and by takeover of absolutely central enterprise located here.

Much of the takeover – as the B.C. examples will show – becomes reality without most of the people affected being aware of the change.  And though the effects reverberate throughout the society, the central ‘operation’ is economic takeover accompanied by the wooing, the relentless indoctrinating, and the bribing of a sell-out ‘governing’ class.
After the Second World War advances were made in standard of living for the larger populations in ‘the Western World’.  That happened regardless of the name of the political forces involved.  In British Columbia the active force was the Social Credit government of W.A.C. Bennett. His (thought of as ‘Right’) government created, or secured, and brought into public ownership, and expanded, BC Hydro, BC Rail, BC Ferries, and BC Gas.

Altogether, those “Infrastructure” components assured secure and flexible transportation in the province; energy and power for development and for use by the population into the future. And – TOGETHER – they created a reasonable profit source for government, pouring money into General Revenues, money that was used to support health-care, education and other semi-Infrastructure activities.

British Columbians were set up for a sunny future which, indeed, they experienced until the increased velocity of imperial globalization took hold in the 1980s and after. The truly mortal blows to British Columbia were not delivered until the appearance of Gordon Campbell, leading what was called a “Liberal” government containing hard Right actors like his deputy premier and education minister, Christie Clark.

He set to work at the start of this century to destroy all the publicly-owned Infrastructure entities (including Public Education.  In 2003 his Education minister, Christie Clark, violated the Canadian Constitution in order to penalize and disable B.C. teachers and B.C. Public Education.  Her son attends private school. And the attack on Public Education is on-going. Most ironic of all – the taxpayer is drained to provide public support for private schools while the Public Education budget is attacked wherever possible.)

The BC Rail Scandal court case, revealed a number of things.  The trial was corrupt. The Special Crown Prosecutor on the case was improperly appointed (Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice refused to act in the matter). The RCMP  – I allege - was very probably involved in corrupt investigation. And it refused to investigate top level government and corporate people. Finally,  documents placed “on public record” were severely restricted from examination in a dramatic denial of the meaning of “on public record”. 
I came to believe that Gordon Campbell was a bought servant of international capital, given the task of destroying all the publicly-owned infrastructure entities in B.C. and privatizing them – and where possible privatizing them into U.S. hands. He is said to have met David Hahn (the man he later hired to run the destroyed Crown Corporation, BC Ferries) when Campbell was resident in the U.S.  Who else of like character did Campbell make contact with when he was being educated in the U.S.A.?
I believe, in addition, that some RCMP, lawyers, high court judges, media figures (and owners?), as well as key people in the major Opposition Party, the NDP, were “taken in” in one way or another and were, in fact, Campbell’s supporters.  Certainly they were never strong opponents of the wholesale destruction of what might fairly be called the publicly-owned British Columbia Infrastructure Network.

I believe, in addition, that criminal behaviour was common among some cabinet members, some civil servants, some RCMP employees, some lawyers, and some high court officers. (Poisonous takeover often requires poisonous methods.)
British Columbians will remember that it was the NDP that allowed BC Gas to be privatized – for no apparent reason.  The NDP put restrictions on ownership and head office location.  The Gordon Campbell forces gained government, erased the restrictions, and delivered BC Gas into the hands of the U.S. giant, Kinder Morgan.   A Gigantic Betrayal.

In 2001 Paul Tellier appeared in B.C.  He was a completely self-advertised advocate of Canada’s integration into the U.S.A. – currency and all.  Tellier had taken the reins of the Canadian National Railway, had privatized it, and had delivered it into U.S. hands.  It is now headquartered in Texas, and employees are instructed to speak of ‘CN Rail’ not of ‘Canadian National’. (Tellier received ‘best CEO’ awards for his sell-out of CNR.)
In 2001 he came to B.C. and publicly urged that BC Rail go the way of CNR.

I believe Gordon Campbell set up a civil service team to weaken, sell-off profitable parts, and destroy BC Rail so it could be handed (as it has been) to CN Rail.  I believe evidence exists of criminal Breach of Trust in the matter – which the RCMP refused to investigate.

The Gordon Campbell sell-out team handed away BC Gas, BC Rail, and tried for years to dump BC Ferries onto foreign owners. 
BC Hydro has not been such an easy victim.  Nevertheless, the Campbell/Christie Clark forces have overseen its division, partial privatisation, and what I choose to call its “criminalization”. 
Variously stripping the B.C. Utilities Commission of its powers to oversee development and changes to energy policy and attempting to use it for political purposes, the Campbell/Christie Clark forces have produced an almost impenetrable thicket of irrationalities. The Auditor General of B.C. refused for at least ten years to ratify the methods of accounting of BC Hydro. 

That alone should have prompted the NDP to prevent all legislative business from going forward in the Legislature until full correction was in place.  The NDP has done nothing.

 The creation of the Independent Power Producers and “run-of-the-river” energy production has been as close to lunatic as it can be.  A contract was made between them and BC Hydro to buy energy  at far more than what it can be sold for (one way of bankrupting BC Hydro).  And presently, Hydro, apparently, is paying the IPP people not to produce energy. In a rush to prevent British Columbia rivers from being carefully and environmentally absorbed over a long time into the BC Hydro overall energy structure (if desirable), Gordon Campbell (following orders?) conducted a crash program of handing BC rivers to privatizers (privateers??) of all stripes (to keep the river development from public ownership?).
Economic, environmental, social, cost-overrun estimates as well as cultural and First Nations Rights studies of the projected multi-billion dollar Site C dam construction pile up evidence of its extraordinary cost and destructive potential ... and, in fact, uselessness! 

So unnecessary and damaging is the project that British Columbians have to conclude it is being continued for one (or some) of the following reasons.

One.  The whole activity is a massive, corrupt program to enrich friends and to make government appear to be “managing the economy for British Columbians”. 

Two. It is intended to create power to satisfy U.S. needs at enormous cost to British Columbians. 

Three.  It is intended to create a huge water reservoir which can be drawn off for U.S. use (again at gigantic cost to British Columbians).

Four.  It is a part of the intended bankruptcy of BC Hydro in preparation for privatizing it into U.S. hands ... so that the Gordon Campbell/Christie Clark project to destroy and privatize to U.S. interests all B.C.  Infrastructure entities can be virtually complete.

The sad, sick history of destruction in B.C. of the magnificent, publicly-owned Infrastructure Network is almost unknown by the people. But it is in perfect harmony with “imperial globalization”, the hollowing out of Canadian industrial capacity, the flourishing Canadian use of Panama Papers-style offshore banking hideaways, and political leaders shilling for “Free Trade” treaties that rob Canadians of Parliamentary Democratic Power. 

British Columbians are brain-washed by sell-out media to think the destruction of B.C.’s publicly-owned Infrastructure Network had to happen, or was best to happen.  But the fact is of a gigantic robbery of the peoples’ wealth. That it was undertaken and continued by the Gordon Campbell/Christie Clark forces should be shouted from the rooftops … endlessly ...  until every British Columbian knows the truth ... in smallest detail.

But since British Columbia is the only province in Canada without an Opposition Party that probably won’t happen.

Written by Robin Mathews


Like the photo atop this post....Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are naturally UGLY, there is only one way to hide that much ugliness... surgery, lighting, face masks, dark curtains and a willfully blind media  ..Only through guile, and a paid off/bribed/blackmailed bootlicking media and sheepish political opposition has allowed this sick bunch of grifters to thrive...

Funny how much cooperation the media provides criminal organizations...Guess that's  what happens when you catch media personalities doing drugs, having sex with escorts...The great 1996 media capture....Where, Whistler B.C..The venue..BC Liberal Convention....The Pimp?..Gordon Campbell.

Like magic....BC Liberals have endless rabbits to pull out of media hats....isn't that right Keith Baldrey..

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