Monday, June 24, 2013

Update-1: Alberta :(

I'm not sure how to express the remorse I feel for my province and everyone who lives here being affected by it. It's a devastation which has and will continue to reverberate from people and those lost, to their pets, to memorabilia, to standard property, to the very infrastructure these communities were built on. This is a crippling event.

It's not just this event, but accumulating events. The fire in Slave Lake, and even the flood in Fort McMurray just weeks ago which also was extremely damaging. There's new reports of oil spills every other week, and this time the flood has also prevented timely cleanup of such a leak. Every event unto itself deserves attention, and is something we really hope never happens (again). They all deserve articles on the front page of the paper and dedication to constant reporting of the status of these events. But there are few updates on Fort McMurray, oil spills? Meh who cares. This week's topic is Calgary. This is not to say we belittle these other events, it is more rooted in the fact that we as humans can only think about so much at the same time. Considering everything at all times is difficult, overwhelming, and confusing.

We look at Calgary, being Alberta is a province already significantly in debt mostly due to spending on frivolous adventures and declare 'we will rebuild!'. Well, let's remember that Fort McMurray also is devastated. Slave Lake is still recovering. etc, etc. Still though, it can be done right? Well at the same time as all of this we also have to consider the liability and cost to maintain all infrastructure is going up. We have to consider on top of that that the reasons we haven't prepared nor invested in the future at the best of our economic times were mostly cost. Not that we couldn't afford it mind you, but rather we just didn't want to spend it on that. We had bumper stickers about pissing away oil booms.

Now, I'm not saying we could have prevented the flood, I want to be clear here, what I am saying is that on top of the flood damage we have a lot of other damage and this is on top of our infrastructure costs which are already going up as our infrastructure falls behind generally while demand on it increases exponentially. Our situation was already quite bad, now it's a lot worse.

On my Twitter I said that Alberta will likely never fully recover from this event. In response I got a reply that 'sure we can' and after further discussion some other examples of significant events to backup the claim. Primarily Post World War II Germany, Post World War II London, and modern day Japan after Fukushima.

First of all before I address this point I want to look at the definition of "recovery" because it's important to understand the context which I'm talking about in my tweet. The world has been trying to "recover" from the economic collapse of 2008 ever since. It still hasn't happened despite the temporary illusion provided by "stimulus". In this context "recovery" refers to some sort of pre-2008 growth, pretty much everything has become secondary to "restoring growth". When I say Alberta will never recover from this it is because I know what Alberta's idea of recovery is going to be, an attempt to return everything to what was despite what was already being too expensive before any of these events happened. This here is a turning point and what Alberta decides to do now is going to determine whether or not we "recover". Albertans need to start taking our economic situation seriously because now is when a new direction is really needed and resources are only going to get tighter.

Second, the second part of my tweet is very important, the end of easy money. This is because central banks are no longer able to keep interest rates low as we discussed recently. You are going to be told that the age of easy credit is coming to an end because things are better but the real reason is there is just nowhere else to go. Times up, it didn't work. Rates are going up despite the central banks, not because of them. Gotta love this:
We’re in a strange position today where interest rates are working against both borrowers and savers.

Mortgage rates are rising, but there’s no corresponding benefit to savers and conservative investors. The explanation for this frustrating turn of events begins with the rise in the interest rate on government bonds in the past eight weeks or so. A five-year bond issued by the federal government now yields about 1.84 per cent, compared with 1.15 per cent on May 1. As measured in T-shirt sizes, that move is a definite XXL.
Greece and Britain are selling off public infrastructure in their effort to "balance the budget" and pay off their creditors. In short, what we are facing today and the world we live in today are very different from the post World War II era. London (Britain) which recovered from being completely bombed out has not been able to evade the ultimate demise of the debt money trap combined with expansive aging modern day infrastructure, this is where our liability really lies.

For example, Japan. Japan has not "fully recovered" from Fukushima though they could be considered "recovering". But their oil imports shot up through the roof and now they are finding it increasingly difficult to balance their massive debt load. Fukushima is going to continue to take incredible amounts of resources to clean up and contain for many years.

Japan, another nation which recovered from perhaps the worst of post World War II era destruction, is falling to debt and infrastructure. I have been trying to emphasize this point that the real costs of maintaining our society haven't hit us yet. We are acting absolutely stupid with our assets and wealth, the LRT in Edmonton is delayed due to a $500 million funding gap after we gave the money to Katz for a privatized arena. We were hoping for money from the province, hmm.

Our society is expensive to maintain and it becomes more and more expensive every day in our peak oil, climate changing world. Throughout the last 30 years of "growth" populations everywhere deferred much of the reinvestment into their infrastructure and future. Alberta needs to sit down and consider what a "recovery" really looks like and what priorities such a recovery sets because the affordability of what was is very questionable. I've been talking about this for awhile, the flood is just making our situation that much worse.

This all comes back to the argument of human ingenuity. That despite all of these problems we will prevail because we are humans. That we will cleverly invent a way out of it. Except when we don't right? Many civilizations have fallen in history, and they will continue to fall. They all fall. Humans prevail, civilizations don't. Societies build up, peak, lose cohesion, and fall apart.

There is a reason why Alberta was rated with an 84% chance of default on it's debt by 2040. Highest amongst all provinces. If current trends persist our future looks very much like the current present in Greece. Canada as a whole isn't doing too hot. I'm not saying this to be a downer, I'm saying this because now is seriously the time that we need to drop all of the bullshit pretence about how rich we are as a province. Our bills and debts have already started to come due and our low energy ratio energy industry is not the cash cow we've been lead to believe. Our infrastructure requirements already outweigh our ability to service them.

Alberta is inviting all sort of disaster, will we heed this warning and change our ways, paying the upfront cost? Or will we chase the carrot down the debt rabbit hole leaving ourselves a scarred landscape we can't afford to fix? Will our recovery focus on long-term prosperity, or short term gain? As it stands currently, it doesn't look good.

Update-1

Raw sewage may flow into Calgary's Bow River for days
Calgary bridge with derailed train 'continues to drop'

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Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Gods among us

The Gods among us have spoken. If you have any doubt that the G8 is a "global government" then ask yourselves exactly what status this entity created out of fiat has if it can decree this:
1) To step up the response to the humanitarian crisis with almost $1.5bn of new humanitarian aid. 
Of course "humanitarian aid" is listed as #1. This item exists purely to lower your critical thinking defenses for the next 6 items. You want to get these dying people humanitarian aid don't you? Well then you need to support this plan.
2) Maximise diplomatic pressure, to bring all sides to the table as soon as possible.
This item is interesting, I'll get to why in a second.
3) Back a Geneva 2 process that delivers a transitional governing body to Syria with full executive authority. 
Oh here we go: "a transitional governing body with full executive authority". Who will comprise this transitional governing body? Considering the G7 countries supported the "rebel"'s transitional government in Libya (and just look at how they're doing btw!) and that the G7 countries have had a clear pro-rebel bias for this entire Syrian conflict I don't think it's very unreasonable to assume this transitional body will likely comprise of members of the rebels.

Considering this item one then has to wonder exactly what "all sides" would be discussing "at the table" considering the G8 has already decided the outcome for them.
4) To learn the lesson of Iraq by making sure key institutions of state are maintained during the transition to ensure there is no vacuum. 
Oh, that's cute. Referencing one of many previously disastrous "attempts" at the same thing as if more recent events haven't proven that the G8 never learns anything ever, or perhaps more correctly that they have no interest in learning as they are instigating the whole shebang.
5) Work together to rid Syria of terrorists and extremists. 
Like the rebels you support?

Militant rebels in Syria announce merger with al-Qaeda - Apr 10th
CFR: The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks - Aug 11th, 2012
6) To condemn use of chemical weapons by anyone allow an unhindered UN investigation to establish the facts was a real achievement. 
So much doubt towards the rebels, and so much "positivity" on the U.S. conclusion. Despite NATO's own Turkey discovering Syrian militants with Sarin gas....
7) To support a future government that is neither Sunni, Alawite or Shia but which has the consent of all Syrians.
So, "Western democracy" then?

And about the fact that actual "weapons of mass destruction" have likely been used by the U.S. on Syria? Oh that's right, no one wants to talk about that. No one has any answers of course, as far as I see no one is even asking the question.

Isn't this a nice "plan" made on behalf of Syrians by a bunch of disconnected "leaders" without a single Syrian present. Who are we to say what is right for them? We say we want the fighting to stop, and we also say we need to arm the rebels (because they're losing) in a decision that has now come out was made long before the "conclusion" of "chemical weapons" made by the U.S. The G7 countries are hardly an impartial body on this matter, our bias is perfectly clear.

Decision to arm Syrian rebels was reached weeks ago, U.S. officials say
Ron Paul: "Obama’s Syria Policy Looks A Lot Like Bush’s Iraq Policy"

It is the G7 populations trust and belief in this deception which allows this to continue. Assad is perfectly within his right as a sovereign nation to reject all of this. He has been correct to declare the rebels "terrorists", has he not? If al-Qaeda are terrorists to us, they must be terrorists to him, too, right? So it's ok for the G7 to torture, to run Gitmo, to bomb whoever we want, whenever we want with flying death from above gaming consoles but it's not ok for Assad to defend his country from terrorists? If you buy into all of this terrorist bullshit then you must agree he can do whatever he needs to "stop it", no? After all, that's what we do.

The simple truth is that the G7 nations will not allow the violence to stop until the outcome is one that we're happy with.

US drops demand Taliban renounce al-Qaeda to allow talks to progress - LOL!

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Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

One week of bullshit in a nutshell

It is simply just not possible for me to wrap the news articles I'll be discussing now in a pretty bow wrapped storyboard with a beginning middle and end. I don't even want to do this right now, it's my first fathers day being recognized as a father (don't ask) but this here is the only hour I'm going to get where I feel motivated to blog so here it is.

Banking

Former Bank of America workers allege it lied to home owners
Traders Said to Rig Currency Rates to Profit Off Clients

It is all fucking rigged and corrupt folks. All of it. With a structural foundation like this you simply can not trust anything coming out of banks in regards to economic health.

The real reason interest rates are rising
Investors are confused, or simply overreacting, as many try to figure out what the Federal Reserve will do next, says Dean Baker, economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. For several years now, the central bank has kept interest rates super-low by buying up billions of dollars worth of bonds. Ideally this would help the economy grow by encouraging businesses and consumers to borrow and spend more, but Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on May 22 hinted the Fed could scale back buying soon.

But before the Fed even makes any big bold moves, many investors are acting as if the central bank will stop the money spigot entirely. They've been reducing their exposure to bonds, which has helped push up rates. "I feel like investors are jumping the gun on this," says Baker, adding that it's unlikely the central bank would slow the pace of its bond purchases. Inflation isn't rising, and the job market, while doing better, is creating just enough jobs to keep up with population growth.

At a meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Fed officials will weigh what it may do next. Even if members of the Federal Open Market Committee promise to continue with its $85 billion in monthly asset purchases, that may not stop interest rates from continuing to rise.

Either investors think the Fed is bluffing, or they're starting to think the economy is doing far worse than many of us think. Whatever the confusion, if it continues, new home buyers and other borrowers may have to pay for it.
Fugitive money launderer with ties to Stephen Harper agrees to surrender to U.S. authorities and serve his sentence

Economy

The super-spin being put on the U.S.'s continued downward spiral looks something like this:

In U.S. demand, Canadian manufacturers see light at end of tunnel
The showing by the manufacturers suggests overall economic growth will be weak this quarter.

Economist Dina Ignjatovic said the longer-term outlook is better, projecting that stronger growth in the United States in the second half of this year and into next will boost fortunes.

“The manufacturing sector will likely take a breather in the near term, given the declines seen in the forward-looking indicators and the fact the American economy – where a large chunk of Canada’s manufactured products are destined – is expected to have ratcheted down in the second quarter,” she said.
Haha, sorry folks, the "recovery" has been delayed until next year (again). But keep your faith, keep your confidence, all is well.

Canada’s lucky to come late to the housing-crash party

See? We're fucking lucky our "strong stable banking system" based on the same bullshit as in the U.S. is crashing much later. This is good, seriously.

Politics

Training manuals for Parliament guides boost Senate, praise two-party system

Fuck politics.

Infrastructure

River bridge collapse north of Fort McMurray strands backcountry users
Margaret Ave. bridge closed indefinitely over structural concerns

Shit's falling apart.

Police State

The Private-Intelligence Boom, by the Numbers
RCMP won’t disclose policing costs for shale gas protests

source


Obama does not feel Americans' privacy violated: chief of staff
GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits

HEY PEOPLE SAYING THIS WHOLE 'NSA' THING IS PERFECTLY FINE AND 'LEGAL', THAT THERE IS NO POLICE STATE: THERE IS A FUCKING POLICE STATE FFS.
Germany Demands Obama Explain "American-Style Stasi Methods"


Seriously, grow the fuck up, take a look around.

Arizona man arrives in Toronto to face G20 vandalism charges

Yup, that's right. Bill Blair and the Toronto Department of Political Repression can't figure out the identities of their own fucking officers without a badge number (which the G20 officers conveniently removed) but they can figure out the identities of foreign people with masks on. Brilliant.

Cheney says NSA monitoring could have prevented 9/11

Yawn. Fuck Cheney.

Unrest

Turkish police end Istanbul park occupation
Brazilian cities rocked by violent clashes

So when do we start debating the arming of the 'Turkish rebels'?

And that's been one week of bullshit in a nutshell.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Banada Republic

So it appears Ottawa has a "solution" to the temporary foreign workers problem (you know, the problem they created by hastily passing policies to allow companies to exploit foreign workers). The solution? Warrantless searches of course.

Yep that's right, it would appear the solution isn't as simple as say.. not using foreign temporary workers, for that would harm the economy so instead we are going to further dismantle "freedom" and "democracy" because quite frankly those things just get in the way of the economy anyway. Yes this new policy aptly compliments the selective enforcement capabilities of the existing Temporary foreign worker program nicely by now allowing the government to selectively (and arbitrarily) decide who to investigate for taking advantage of the TFW program according to the unenforceable guidelines as set out by the government. I'm sure all of those corporate "people", pals of the government, will be getting their fair share of "inspections" too, right? Haha, right!

This sure is a convenient excuse in the meantime to push ahead with the Canadian police state, we're quickly catching up to the U.S. which is well as it should be as a lot of time was lost in continuous minority governments until magically the Harper Conservatives with the help of Pierre Poutine managed to squeeze out a bare majority. Policy implemented by the elites is always multi-faceted; now we have a TFW exploitation problem and we'll have warrantless searches too, how fun!

Of course, the greatest abusers of "temporary foreign workers" is China, the guys who we are bending over backwards to acquiesce to their requests. The guys who also coincidentally just ship in the "foreign" workers from their own country. The guys who we like to think of as just "playing capitalism" while in reality they are strategically taking control of essential assets and giving out the U.S.'s debt in return for them. How many Chinese companies operating here do you think will be randomly searched to see if they're operating within our diminishing labour laws? Consider how hard we're working to help China advertise their takeover as "made in Canada".




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Naked and Transparent

Oh boy, you just have to love the irony of our backwards society; an NSA whistleblower exposé of the global surveillance grid and a new friendlier police-hugs Bilderberg meeting. You know that meeting that just years ago the press would deny even exists? Oh yea, it's all right out in the open for you all now huh?

The irony of course being that as western "leaders" insist that you need to be under constant surveillance to protect society from domestic threats they on other hand insist that this private and secret (well now more-so just closed rather than secret) meeting is nothing nefarious at all! Trust us! They say. There is absolutely nothing suspicious or criminal about the heads of global business, government, finance, intelligence agencies and media all meeting together without the requirement to report to their shareholders, citizens, depositors, oversight or viewers about the contents.

Yes we are told by these people that are meeting in secret, accountable to no one, with only "their word" that it's not nefarious and yet us, the people, need to be surveyed?

Why is Bilderberg coming out into the open now where as just a few years ago it was imperative for them to remain secret. Aside from naturally growing attention on their little party the other thing that's changed is that we have become more accepting of the blend of corporate influence in government. We are now quite comfortable as a society with the idea that political influence and the power to produce policy does not reside in a vote but rather in a dollar.

Surprisingly Brad Wall of Saskatchewan who was invited this year has stated that he will not be using tax dollars unlike Gordon Campbell and Alison Redford who attended in 2011 and 2012 respectively. This thankfully sort of respects the supposed "private" aspect of the meeting though with the publicity of the Bilderberg meeting has come a clear overt view that Bilderberg ultimately is a state-sponsored event and can never separate itself from such a status. If the event is private why are police and intelligence agents present and not private security? Who is paying for that security? If Bilderberg is a private meeting then does that mean if I throw a private party that I can have CSIS personally guard it for me? I think we all know the answer. Bilderberg's absolutely illegal merging of corporation and state is inescapable, any claim to be private is opposed by the needed state recognition of such an event to "keep it secure".

Strange, isn't it, that "intelligence agencies" and "police" would violate the rights of the citizens to their privacy but when it comes to a private club the club-goers privacy is sacred and enforced and of upmost importance. Important enough to divert public tax dollars and resources to protect.

What makes the situation even more laughable is that we're all supposed to be perfectly ok with them saying that they're going there to discuss all of these hot-button important issues and they need their "privacy" so that they can speak their mind. These are perhaps some of the most corrupt scandalous people on the planet all gathering in one place to "help us"? The lowly peasants who live the problems the attendees talk about (and create) every day? The wars, the banks, the propaganda, all leads back to these people - they're the last people on Earth I want discussing the most important issues of the day because if any "solutions" are thought of one really has to wonder in whose favour the problem is being solved for? Or if a peasant's problem is even considered a problem for these who refuse to even show their faces entering the meeting in the first place.

For as "free, open, and democratic" as we claim to be we continue to support and fund the growing wall of separation between the new royalty and the common peasant. It's perfectly normal and acceptable now for our "leaders" to be completely cut off from the "common man on the street" hidden behind vast arrays of security which coincidently also shield them from accountability. This of course itself justifies lavish spending for "outreach" programs so that politicians can "reconnect with voters". But eat with the common-man? No, it ain't going to happen. You won't be seeing Stephen Harper out with his family at Denny's interacting with the common man, nor will you see Justin Trudeau unless its accompanied by the news media which is "just shocked" to learn about the widespread surveillance in place. Just shocked I tell you!

It couldn't be more apparent that the emperor has no clothes, and thus your bits and bytes must also be completely naked for the emperors of the new world are very interested in finding out who exactly thinks they're naked.


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Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

They say the show must go on

Our current situation is so dumbfounding and stupid I just don't know where to begin. How have we allowed ourselves to come to this? Arguing over petty politics, propaganda around every corner dividing and conquering with murderous efficiency. What's truly sad about our situation is we are destroying ourselves willingly, or perhaps apathetically.

It's like we're in the fucking twilight zone; entire nations liquidating real assets for banker debt to gain power? Political puppets who encourage this liquidation while waving the flag of the "middle class". Double-think and news-speak runs our lives repeating the consumer choice is freedom mantra. Freedom is ignorance and too many people believe they are "free".

Some of you may be wondering why I've now focused my sights on Justin Trudeau rather than the Harper regime. The reason why is quite simply, we've already lost the "war" against the Harper regime and following it Justin Trudeau represents an even greater threat. Why? Because Justin Trudeau supports much of the same policy of the Harper regime with one very core difference: like Obama, those on the left who are blinded by him being "left" will support him simply because he's not Harper and like Obama it will be difficult to have popular opinion include unpopular facts.

In example, look at the polarization in the U.S. Mention the dismal performance of Obama and you're bound to get someone respond with a variation of "Bush was worse" as though that somehow justifies the horrid atrocities happening under the Obama regime. Some take the other stance that Obama has somehow brought all of these economic and military problems on the U.S. - the right-wing stance - these people ignore the Bush atrocities in the same way. Polarization, left vs. right, it's bullshit.

It was easy for the population to not like Bush because he was pushing through incredible changes at lightning speed. Obama hasn't pushed through as many changes but he has however made usage of the Bush-era policies, especially in economics and "counter-terrorism". I call political figures that follow incredible periods of rapid unpopular change the "pacifiers". Obama is president to pacify a population who was upset over the rules they now live under (and which Obama isn't planning to nor will ever change).

Harper is our Bush. He is implementing the same sort of changes that Bush implemented, that's his purpose to implement the absolute lawless "counter-terrorism" and destroy our sovereignty. To knock-down the walls that make a nation a nation in the same fashion the "First Nations" have been forced to "assimilate". We are being assimilated into the global fascist empire known as the "New World Order".

Justin Trudeau is our pacifier, groomed from birth to be our savior. Here he is, right on time to save us from Harper (the implementer). Already his stances on FIPA and CNOOC have shown him to be right in line with the global interests operating the "western world". Why is he repeating the same mantra as Canadian Oil companies? Telling you all we should liquidate our assets yet admitting that the "middle class haven't shared in the fruits of economic growth"? No fucking shit, and more of the same isn't going to fix that folks. He supports Mark Carnage and the housing conundrum that has been created as a result. His support of these policies of wealth redistribution are as important as the continuous bombardment of "experts" telling you that it was "Flaherty's Tights" and not the over-valued housing market that is responsible for the slow down. He's spinning all of the same bullshit that has gotten us here in the first place.

Election Fraud has been confirmed, and yet Justin Trudeau isn't revolting. He is not leading a charge against the election fraud. No, he's focusing on the Duffy expenses, a drop in the bucket of bullshit which will go nowhere, resolve nothing, and in the grand scheme of the constant bullshit we must endure to continue to call ourselves democratic doesn't even make my top 1000. It's just business as usual in our royal house isn't it? 2015 folks! You will be able to "vote them out", of course with now no certainty your vote matters at all. Pathetic. Why are Canadians not flooding the streets?

In Turkey, the people are now in revolt because the government was going to uproot a few trees! SERIOUSLY A FEW FUCKING TREES!! We have our country stolen from us and the best we can muster are some student protests in Montreal (which of course are promptly repressed in true democratic fashion). Believe me folks if you start protesting about something or in a manner which the government feels is actually threatening you will be repressed, brutally.

Swedish riots: if instability can happen here, what might unfold elsewhere?

On top of all the stupidity, our society is collapsing around us. Another bridge went down today. Another happened last Sunday. I guess along with the middle class our infrastructure has not been "included in the fruits of economic growth". Hey Justin?


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