Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Robyn Allen...Kinder Morgan horror story will be told

Early thanks to for the interview recorded today for tomorrow night's 6pm PDT/9pm EDT Who's (Not) Afraid Of Facts On Kinder Morgan?


Tune in, turn on.....become informed...and damn it.....get angry...


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Donald Trump, King Lizard


Originally posted on November 8th/2016(election night).....nailed it..."Donald Trump the failure"


Written by Grant G




Donald Trump didn't win the election....Hillary Clinton lost...

Almost every newspaper endorsed Clinton....most mainstream media outlets(outside of Fox News) pimped hard for Hillary Clinton...

An orange pylon could have beaten Donald Trump...A racist, bigot, a rude loud-mouthed blowhard...a man who treats females like carpets to wipe his feet on...a man who admitted to using his fame and power to physically assault woman...a man who pays no tax, a man who robbed workers, a man with an ego so bloated......a human disgrace...

And despite all of Donald Trump's flaws.....Hillary Clinton lost...

I blame the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton herself.....

I sat with my political junkie Mom watching the poll results come in,  and I told mom..."it feels like BC's 2013 election all over again"...

So much for the pollsters....Adrian Dix, according to pollsters had an insurmountable lead...We were told Hillary had it the bag....

In 2013, when the results rolled in it was apparent early on that Adrian Dix was toast...same thing last night..

I wrote an article after Adrian Dix won the BC NDP leadership(did he win legitimately?)..I wrote how the NDP were destined to lose because Adrian Dix had character flaws, his "memo-gate scandal"....It set the stage for attack ads which the BC Liberals jumped, add in Dix not paying for skytrain and it was game over, not to mention the pathetic nicey nicey campaign he ran....Attack ads do work..

The Big Machine, the Democratic Party, The Clinton Political Machine....

I put all the blame for Donald Trump's shocking win directly on Hillary and the Democratic party...

It wasn't just the Benghazi affair, it wasn't just the email leaks, it wasn't just her physical health it was everything...and most importantly it was greed...

Bill Clinton, already with personal wealth, a lucrative pension for life, personal security for life,...Bill Clinton racked up 10's of $millions of US dollars for making speeches, Hillary Clinton did the same, lucrative speaking engagements to big banks, high priced speeches to Wallstreet...

The Clintons played loosey goosey with their foundation and in particular Hillary Clinton combined her role as Secretary of State and her role in the Clinton Foundation....The Clintons made so much money making speeches, and they made money through political influence...

Hillary Clinton, once she was appointed Secretary of State needed to abandon her money making speaking..Hillary needed to be hands off the Clinton Foundation and Chelsea Clinton needed to get money from Daddy, not the foundation....

The Clintons used poor judgement .....The Clintons used poor judgement in a big way...

What were they thinking, what was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinking....money-making speeches and foundation operations was mere business as usual in Washington while Hillary was Secretary of State and it will go on....

Hillary Clinton, if she was planning another Whitehouse run needed to curtail all those activities many many years ago....

The Democratic party should of recognized the problem(s) it was glaring...Bernie Sanders would have cleaned Trump's clock...an orange pylon would have cleaned Trump's clock...

Could not the Democratic Party find an acceptable qualified candidate without baggage to run for President..?

Therein lies the problem, once elected to office almost all politicians fall into bed with special interests and lobbyists..."The swamp"....not to say Donald Trump isn't King Lizard, the boss of the swamp, he is, Trump is as dirty if not the dirtiest of them all...

However, Donald Trump was not elected by the people(until yesterday)....Trump's lizard-like activities was in the private sector...not as an elected by the people, for the people politician..

The Clintons were a powerful political force,(were) ....

The Clinton's, ..Senators...Congressmen and Congresswomen.......These people don't know what it means to work for $5 dollars per hour, to go to food-banks, to beg, to grovel to struggle day in day out just to get by...

I like Barack Obama..."Hope n Change"....8 years in power, blocked by the Senate and Congress, for 8 straight years he accomplished almost nothing substantial and as for Obama-care..kiss it goodbye..yes, Obama tried, he spoke in grandiose hopeful terms, he opined of a bright inclusive future where the grass was greener and wages higher and after 8 years ...?

Wallstreet corruption is still rampant, the big banks are still dirty and corporate CEO pay, banker pay is obscene...nothing changed under Obama except public debt, national debt, consumer debt, the only thing that has gone up in the last 8 years is debt....

Do I think Donald Trump will change anything, fix anything, make average people's lives better...no, not a chance...

Last night while watching CNN they talked about the Dow futures being down 600 points, then 800 points and overnight...after Wallstreet realized their idle threats of a market crash if Trump wins fell flat....Today, the day after the markets are fine, corrupt, rigged but fine, business as usual for Wallstreet......

Wallstreet corruption will go on unchecked and Trump won't make any changes to stop it, the system as it is works just fine for Trump...

I feel very sad for the 50% of Americans who voted for Hillary, I feel just as bad for the 50% that voted for Trump because they believed he was their savior, the swamp drainer, wall builder and immigrant deporter...

Mark my words...no wall will be built, the swamp won't be drained and the immigrants won't be deported, they'll be jailed..

The financial elites of Wallstreet will continue to run the world and run Washington...

I blame you Hillary Clinton, I blame you Democratic party, I blame the Wallstreet juggernaut and I don't listen to self-absorbed consolation speeches...

Enjoy the next 4 years listening to and watching King Lizard build the biggest swamp America has ever seen...




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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Final Frontier, Goodbye Dad



(A friend asked me to repost this story...he's going through some tough times.....Story was originally posted..December 16th/2013)

Written By grant G



Anger, frustration, love, jealousy, followed by guilt, fear and finally loneliness........

I left humor out for that is the one secret that Dad and I shared exclusively, never cry, never tell, never show your weakness and when all else fails make people laugh, today my laughter rolls down my cheeks in the form of wet salty tears....

My postings have been down because of medical issues, trip after trip to the big smoke where my humour and presence was required, as the only son in the family and mirror image of my father it was of the utmost importance that I show strength, humour and wisdom,.......

The clock, the dreaded clock and pendulum that never stops, middle age malaise, my friend Neil in Maple Ridge battles too, his battle is different but as emotionally challenging as any, Neil cares for his 80 year old mother, an 80 year old mother who is physically healthy as a horse but lives in full blown dementia, she eats lots, her voice is strong, her arm strength and legs are that of a young woman yet her mind is mush, Mavis(Neil`s mom) has about 5 stories she runs, at times she believes she is a little girl looking for her mom, at times she is a bitter angry spinster spewing threats, her favorite story is...She packs up her purse, gets dressed with outside working clothes and states that she is off to the mill to go to work, but only half the time when she plays out that scenario does she put on her pants, hers shoes are on, a heavy coat that hangs down to her knees but absent are her pants, ...So between visiting the hospital in Burnaby all day and returning to Maple Ridge to stay at Neil`s place my mind has been abuzz with too many thoughts about questions with no answers....Mavis, with her English accent is also enamoured with my car, not that it`s fancy or expensive but where I park at Neil`s place his mom can see it from the kitchen window, Mavis several times per day says..."Whose car is that, it`s lovely"...Neil will respond for the hundreth plus time that it`s Grant`s car.....So Saturday past about 12.00 pm midnight Mavis got on her outside working clothes including the long overcoat(absent of pants or underwear) and asked me to drive her to the mill, Neil of course told her for the zillionth time that the mill is closed and she doesn`t work there anymore, Mavis put her back up and was quite firm that I drive her to the mill....It was a perfect spot for some humour, I piped up, .."Mavis, we aren`t going anywhere until you get some pants on, can you imagine, what if I got pulled over at midnight driving around Maple Ridge with my friends 80 year old mother with no pants on, I would probably be jailed".....With that Neil, Lane and Mavis broke out in laughter and we got Mavis to go back to bed.....

A single loose stick or branch is very weak, easily broken, and that`s family, for on our own we are weak, vulnerable but when single branches, even tiny little branches are bundled together the strength is intensified, for as family we can`t survive as lone twigs but together, bundled, connected, as a group the weakest branches become part of the strongest force imaginable, Family....

Several years ago when Neil`s Mother Mavis was entering the world of dementia another nightmare presented itself, Neil now lives two nightmares, watching a beautiful woman lose her mind while house finances threaten foreclosure on the home, for Neil and his family, I'm not sure the single sticks will ever be bundled into a unifying force....lots of old spilled milk that was never cleaned up..

My Dad(with mom at his side) called me from the hospital last week, his message to me was short and oh so sweet, dad said to me...."I`m proud of your writing son, keep your pen to paper, I love you son, goodbye"

Dad was in a lot of pain, I have one sister who couldn`t stop crying, her love for dad is unmatched, another sister was itching for a family fight, a third sister is stuck in the 80s and won`t let spilt milk be cleaned, a fourth sister wants to be mom, she has always played the moderator, and me.... I try to bundle the loose sticks into a unifying force.

I wept after dad said goodbye.

Sunday morning mom(who never left dad`s bedside for days and days, 24/7) called me from dad`s room and said it was close, the end is near, and as I drove to Burnaby hospital again, tears ran from my eyes, twice I had to pull over to wipe my eyes and clear my vision, thoughts, memories, anger, fear and finally loneliness occupied my mind, and then suddenly..... I realized that strength and calm clarity were required not emotions...

I walked into dad`s room, mom was there, dad laying in bed, he was gone, my mom wasn`t crying, she was strong, my mom showed me more courage than I`d thought possible, she made me stronger, my sisters were there, there was no anger in dad`s room, no spilt milk, no ancient history, there was a power of unity that I hadn`t seen for years, my dad was still laying in his bed, what a beautiful sight, he wasn`t in pain anymore, he was his handsome self at rest, for someone aged and gone he was beautiful, I saw every sister and grandchild in my dad, I saw the love and respect, and as my tears stopped a peaceful warm feeling filled my soul, I can`t explain it, for 2 hours in that room there was only love....

And when I left the Burnaby hospital to head home to Garden Bay the strangest thing happened, at a red light at Sunset street and Boundary road, a car pulled up in the left lane, it was a young family of four, the husband driving, two very young kids in the back seat and the wife in the front passenger seat, they had bikes and firewood tied to the roof of their little inexpensive car, the wife in the passenger seat wound her window down and wanted to talk....I obliged, she asked how the bikes and wood were doing on the roof of their car,... I said ...everything looks good...the woman then stated that they were heading to Alice lake for camping and they were so excited....And just before the light changed the sweet woman said to me,....

"Are you ok? you appear to be almost glowing"......I smiled and said...I`m fine, that`s my dad leading me home! The light changed and I drove off....What an odd thing for a complete stranger to say I thought to myself, odd enough that a stranger talks to you at a red light but add in what she said and it was utterly supernatural..... it made me smile...And on this particular Sunday afternoon heading for Horseshoe bay I caught every light green, I drove straight on the ferry with no wait and was parked in the strangest part of a half empty ferry, on a weird angle right next to the elevator, they could never park someone like that unless the ferry was half empty, again it made me smile, the remainder of my trip home was filled with smiling strangers and nice people, Dad definitely gave me his aura to lead me safely home.

Families are like sticks, as individual branches and twigs we are weak and vulnerable...But bundled together we are a life-force, powerful, as one bundled group of branches we return to what we always were....



Family!


Goodbye Dad, see ya soon




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Friday, June 8, 2018

Justin Harper, Stephen Trudeau … at the Helm

Justin Harper, Stephen Trudeau … at the Helm
                           


Written by Robin Mathews, June 2018


Those of us who said  (2016) that the Paris Climate Accords were grossly insufficient and a Public Relations Sham … have been proved correct. Justin Trudeau’s enthusiasm for eco-justice - churned into froth among his make-believe ‘middle class’ supporters - burned to a crisp in a matter of weeks. His real policies are Stephen Harper’s policies … which are the policies of the puppeteers pulling both of their strings….

The federal takeover of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion in the last weeks of May, 2018 pursues the Stephen Harper policy – maintaining the questionable National Energy Board structure that was Liberal-election-promised to be reconstructed because it was so obviously tainted! It continues as Harper shaped it… with Harper’s policies… The puppeteers pull both of their strings….  (Harper now drops all pretence of independence and appears in the New York Times exclusively. That’s the paper whose famous motto is “All the news that’s fit to print in an expanding Empire”.)

The Trudeau Liberals will not admit (or even discuss!!) the fact that GIGANTIC budgetary problems could be solved by a return to the pre-1974 Bank of Canada interest-free lending to Canadian governments for Infrastructure and related Social Construction.  That means the hokey, new, private ”Infrastructure Bank” is another gift to the real owners of Canada … and an insult to Canadians. (Government fought every step of the way against the Rocco Galati/COMER case, 2011-2016, to return the Bank of Canada to pre-1974 policy as a national, interest-free lender… the Liberals in lock-step with the Harper baboons.)

Since the very brief ‘Sunny Days’ … almost every important move of the Trudeau Liberal government has mirrored the policies of the preceding anti-democratic Conservative government led by Stephen Harper …  revealing that the ‘deep state’, ‘the backroom’, ‘the corporations and private bankers’ ‘the puppeteers’ continue to rule Canada.  A little sparkling confetti is thrown in the eyes of Canadians…but with no significant change toward ’self-rule’, independence, and (what would follow upon that condition) a reconstructed relation with indigenous people and with “the others who are the despised of the Capitalist Class”: in fact, most Canadians.

With significant change Canada would see a wholly reconstructed attitude to innovation employing Canadian talent and Canadian inventiveness … just for instance, using huge, stored geothermal power available in B.C. … and (available) out-front innovations in hydrogen (vehicle fuel) power.  And much more! All, now, are restricted because our “foreign owners” don’t want Canada on the front lines of anything. Both Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau have been and are total supporters of the colonial structure in North America, entitled NAFTA, which assures the smothering of genuine Canadian inventiveness and entrepreneurial force.  That is because, in short, NAFTA is the handmaiden of corporate power on the continent and NOT of the people … especially the people seen as a nation working for the benefit of its population and good it can do in the larger world.

With change, Canadian government would begin to take responsibility, too, for those oppressed and brutally exploited outside Canada at the hands of, yes, Canadians. The toys of Imperial Power, Canadians have helped fight the dirty wars that are U.S./NATO-created. Canada plays lackey whipping-boy for dirty U.S. policies in Central and South America – humiliating every self-respecting Canadian. It did so when Stephen Harper was prime minister.  It does so with Justin Trudeau as prime minister.

Canadian controlled mining companies, in addition, frequently practice brutality against native workers, outside Canada, with the consent of corrupt governments …and with the silent consent of Canadian government which knows most Canadians are unaware of the on-going, gross violations of Human Rights. With Harper … turning a blind eye was expected.  With Trudeau … the same.  Justin Harper.  Stephen Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau, we are told, publicly seeks global equality of rights and freedoms for one and all, except, it would seem, when Canada is called to massacre the innocent in brutal wars, or where Canada is called to “stand in” for the U.S. as anti-democratic bully-boy in Central and South America … or for big Canadian corporations acting  brutally abroad …. 

Nor has Justin Trudeau seen fit to act in any significant way where gigantic tax frauds (and forms of highly questionable incorporation) are perpetrated through tax-haven constructs, as revealed in ”The Panama Papers” (2015). (Justin Trudeau’s chief fund-raiser, Stephen Bronfman, as well as the Paul Martin family-owned Canada Steamship Line, and more than 3600 other Canadian names, we are told, appear in The Panama Papers/Paradise Papers exposures. Any morally prudent government would undertake full investigation and – indeed – undertake clear-eyed law-making to protect Canada and Canadians from harbouring (unknown) what are, in fact, criminals and/or opportunists ready to exploit any loop-holes exploitable anywhere that present legislation permits.

Other countries have already, at least, retrieved large tax sums owed.  Canada has done – if results mean anything  -  nothing….

Not to act in the matter, many believe, is to declare partnership in criminal and opportunistic actions. Neither the Harper-led Conservatives not the Trudeau-led Liberals have acted on behalf of Canada and Canadians in the matter. Their policy has been one policy: the policy of the puppeteers pulling their strings. Justin Harper, Stephen Trudeau.

What must surprise many Canadians is that the Liberal Government of Canada led by Justin Trudeau is fighting the Council of Canadians at work to overthrow the dirty, anti-democratic, sleazy, voter-suppression law rushed through by the Harperites in 2014!  (Elections Canada estimates the Act denied 172,000 eligible voters the right to vote in 2016.) The law angered Canadians. Many believe the Act contributed strongly to the swing in the polls that elected the Liberals to government and many believed the Liberals would erase the Harper legislation!  But now the Council of Canadians is seeking special donations …. 

Guess why?  The e-mail letter (June 2, 2018) from Andrea Furlong, Executive Director of the COC, reports that “the biggest reason for the mounting court costs and delays has been the Trudeau government…. Astonishingly, it’s become clear that the [Liberal] government and its legal team are now defending the Act and Harper’s voter suppression measures – and opposing our challenge!”

Read that paragraph again!  And then read it again! The Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau is fighting to prevent an anti-democratic Elections act sleazed into law by the Harper baboons from being extinguished in the Supreme Court of Canada! Justin Trudeau is spending huge sums of taxpayers’ dollars on Justice Department time and expertise to deny Canadians the right to vote … and to support one of the dirtiest actions of the Stephen Harper years. [That is what the puppeteers pulling Trudeau’s strings want him to do.] At the same time, Liberal legislation is pending to replace the Harper dirty Election Act ….  Pending.  Will remedial legislation ever see the light of day? 

I think I heard voices – at the start of this column (Liberal voices?) - saying any comparison of the Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau with the previous Conservative government led by Stephen Harper is an out-and-out insult! ! !

Perhaps the people behind those voices (after retching with nausea) will begin thinking: Justin Harper, Stephen Trudeau.  If they are honest, “What else can they think"


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