Canada, Inc. Part 4 – Brexit and the Commonwealth

Forget NAFTA and the TPP.

An official response to both Brexit and the Fiery Chetosaurus could perhaps be to propose a trade agreement between commonwealth nations that excluded him. Just to set him off. Surely the benefits would be felt by all of us. Having left the European Union, Britain is now legally free to propose or involve itself in a free trade agreement between Commonwealth nations (source).

There aren’t really other ways that it affects us. The Brits made their choice. We live in and die for a “democracy” or at least the idea of one.

Let it play out.

Canada is geographically the largest commonwealth nation. We are the second largest country in the world. Our philosophy and values as a nation are in a prime place to be exemplified by entering into a fair and equitable trade agreement that sets up a cohesive corruption-free institution that spans each of those countries to the ultimate benefit of the citizens of each country; not the corporations that already span them.

REFERENCE: List of Commonwealth Countries

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PART 5

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Canada, Inc. Part 3 – Weed

Minimal regulation other than that needed for quality control. Perhaps a gram per pound sent for pesticide testing or some such thing. It really doesn’t have to be that big of a deal. This economy has regulated itself safely for years. Piss off.

Mom & pop shops. Boutiques. Cafes. Let it just evolve and stop setting up a situation in which an economy that already existed and should have simply been legalized be swiftly over-criminalized (from a Federal Law point of view) into yet another corporate cartel giving hand-jobs to the government bank account.

The way it stands is that a corporate structure was created for a merging-and-acquiring-pot-economy-oligarchy. Y’all (The Guv’Ment) had the years before the election to research it (though there was already sufficient research to support legalization for almost always) and three years to implement it. The Blue fellers (before the last election) slightly tweaked the cannabis laws to allow for a growth in the “medical” market in a way that supported the growth of very few yet very strong early entry companies that grew under the new odd laws that super-primed those institutions for this corporate legalization that came with these corporately-connected Red fellers.

Suddenly, they just buy everything. Invest everywhere.

Merging and acquiring sends money up. Pot shops and micro-local industries that have existed for years (supporting local economies and businesses directly) are being raided because they provide medicine to sick people and good times to not sick people. It’s not a new thing. Stop pretending it is. Stop talking about it on TV. Why the fuck is marijuana all over television? We don’t have a story every third night on the news about alcohol. Why is Cannabis being discussed and pictures of massive dope farms shown on the news in a happy positive light? It’s just dope. Grass. Yerba. Smoky Smoky. It’s not for children though, you dingleberries. Are all of those impressions on children watching the Evening News after supper at family time perhaps just a little bit like advertising? We don’t have news stories on the daily about cigarettes. We do for prescription drugs though. And seemingly weed now that they can draw attention to it on the nightly news so that their companies can make money and their shareholders dividends.

Just stop.

Open market. Anyone can grow what they want and open any store they want. That’s what ye should do ya wacky bastards.

Local Organic Farms. Tourism. Hemp. Cash-Money. Locally. Dope-Hotels. Weed-Resorts. Stoner-Tours. We have this amazing, beautiful country.

It only seems ethical to do this with discreet advertising. Apps, perhaps. Online. Whatever. Places where adults are.

But not on the five o’clock news.

Not for hits and views.

Not on a Bell owned tv-station after supper with my family.

Not at all.

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Canada, Inc. Part 2 – The Military Industrial Complex is Alive and Well

Fact one. Canada was not involved in the American incursion into Vietnam.

Fact two. Canada was involved in the American War in Vietnam.

How can both these statements be true? In the same way that Canadian companies continue to profit off of wars regardless of whether or not we are officially (as a country) a part of that war in a “killing other humans” capacity. A Canadian company supplied a significant amount of the rifle ammunition used in the American Incursion into Iraq.

Look what that quagmire devolved into.

Fuck it, right? Get money; get paid.

Not to mention all the Canadians who voluntarily went to Vietnam and fought alongside their American brethren with 134 killed or missing. Or the OEF/OIF combat veterans who volunteered with the YPG in Kurdistan. That organization (the YPG) later being designated a terrorist organization by the West because they compromise the interests of Turkey and the West needs Turkey’s compliance to maintain some of their power in the region. Thus mass media stops covering the death of Khashoggi or outright mocks it.

So. I mean. We’re not technically involved… but we’re also technically involved. It’s sort of like how Canada is definitely totally not at all involved in the human rights abuses being committed in Yemen with weapons we manufactured and sold to Saudi Arabia… but we kinda technically are super definitely involved by virtue of allowing it to happen.

Kinda sorta murky. Watch out Venezuela! Soon enough they’ll be calling you terrorists and invading you in the name of Freedom. Restoring your democracy. Things of that ilk. God forbid the American Military do a Goddamned thing about the narco-terrorism happening below their border for the past 3 decades.

Maybe that’s secretly what the wall is about?

Who knows.

The world’s funny like that.

Just when you think you’ve figured it out; some dirtier naughtier juicier more disturbing layer is revealed. Perhaps the wall is a preparation for a much larger impending war.

Who knows?

That is certainly one dangerous Cheeto they have down there; but the guy holding the bag is even more dangerous. Just wait.

Former Vice President Richard Cheney was the CEO of Haliburton from 1995-2000 when he left to run for Vice President (source). On September 10, 2001 – Donald Rumsfeld announced on behalf of the Pentagon that they were missing 2.3 Trillion dollars in military spending. The next day, something incredible happened and everybody forgot.

So check this historic farewell address from an exiting-President that warned of the dangers and inevitability of a permanent arms industry fueling wars for profit. Perhaps check out the poetry in the second video or continue to Part 3.

 

Canada, Inc. Part 1 – Fracking and Pipelines and Pulp Mills, Oh My!

Nope.

Fracking destroys ground water and wells.

Pipelines can be attacked by foreign nations which makes us vulnerable. Coming to rely on a pipeline in any part of the supply chain leaves the possibility of an invader completely cutting off supply routes during an attack. To rely on them would be strategically incorrect. It’s faster and safer in a global war (should one happen because of the sassy cheeto beneath us) to fix rail lines after a supply line attack than fix pipes while mobilizing an ad-hoc truck/rail supply chain if the pipeline get’s neutralized. Better to invest now in greener transport infrastructure (creating trade jobs) that is easily maintained (creating long term jobs) that can be utilized both during and (more importantly) after we phase out fossil fuels. An oil or gas pipeline is always an oil or gas pipeline. Rail infrastructure can be maintained and fixed locally at each stop and can be adapted to every type of transport/supply use as technologies change and our culture adapts. An oil pipeline (as evidenced by the waste pipeline in Pictou, Nova Scotia) will always be regarded as a filthy pipe that will always have to be there and every attempt after it’s useful life of someone trying to fix the situation is met with absurd amounts of legal bullshit.

Add this to the environmental danger that goes along with all of the things; let’s just cover Saskatchewan in solar panels or something to give that power away for free?

*sets down legally purchased marihuana* 

Pulp mills can and do operate safely around the world. The shit going on in Pictou, Nova Scotia is ridiculous. From a tourism and beauty point of view; there are almost no old growth forests left here and a casual stroll on the beautiful and historic Pictou waterfront occasionally leaves ones nostrils tasting like a soiled nappy.

On top of that, this pulp mill is proposing threatening a local industry (fishing) and has the potential to destroy fish spawning grounds. The company (more accurately, a series of companies) had a deadline and willingly ignored it for decades with the complete complicity, compliance, and endorsement of pretty damned near each and every local politician of scale-able political significance for the past several decades.

What was that deadline?

It was a deadline to make the first begrudgingly avoided attempt at even slightly kind-of maybe sort-of beginning to end decades of horrific environmental racism against the people of the Pictou Landing First Nation.

 

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PART 2

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