Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Neo and Improved Hyper-Holocaust © - It's Not Just for Jews!

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - I don't have to sell Hyper-Holocaust © to Americans; they're already hooked. Already, every day they buy it; America literally lives by the grace of the creation and sustenance of a death's head apparatus, a paradigm demanding the erasure of lives at a staggering, and accelerated rate. But for those yet conscience-capable, the ones whose hearts still bleed for the horror and destruction of life this model exacts, pray let me take my foot from the door, and come inside that I may enlighten.

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The Neo and Improved Hyper-Holocaust ©
It's Not Just for Jews!

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
June 9, 2006


What was it?

Some organized bunch or other came out some time back with statistics regarding the number of foreigners immolated in the furnace of the Post-WWII economic miracle. The millions America sacrificed on that altar, they said, now surpassed the numbers of dead, widely disseminated, of those finished off in the Nazi death camps; a more or less 6 million killed that the greater many would prosper.

Though largely regarded as a great tragedy, and the nadir of human history, their sacrifice was actually, in some philosophies, the greatest philanthropic demonstration ever seen. In their imprisonment, execution, and removal, the blood of the dying sustained grand economies, creating whole industries of labourers dedicated to both continue the doctrine, and cease it.

Now, that's sacrifice!

It wasn't just Herbert Walker Bush, and the Harriman's making a killing. Think of it: Someone has to build those concentration camps. Masons, carpenters, electricians, pipe-fitters, gravediggers; wiping out mass numbers of people takes a village, so to speak. Thousands upon thousands diligently at work creating the infrastructure; millions managing the upkeep; not to mention economic spin-offs, coffee shops, strudelariums, etc.

Holocaust is good for the economy. The sacrifice of the few millions for the benefit of the many dragged Germany, America, Europe, and the rest of the Banking world from the brink of financial apocalypse then, and created the sunshine existence the west has largely witnessed since.

And it is still, only more so

Despite the stunning success of Nazi Germany in dispatching the reputed six million "Jews," (to be fair, one must include the myriad socialists, communists, fags, gypsies, retards, etc., sacrificed too) that we would benefit. It is an accomplishment still undervalued; actually, it was the blood of some forty millions more that greased the gears of that awesome machinery.

As great as that effort of Yore was, it pales besides the visionary scope of what we see today.

Though the mensch destroyed yet, measured in piddling hundreds of thousands in Iraq, are acknowledged for their current contribution, the nature of this new, Neo and Improved Hyper-Holocaust © dwarfs the efforts of past giants like Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and Mao. Today, we can expect billions contributing their blood to oil the mechanisms emplaced for the improvement of a future greater humanity for some. And, it's a sacrifice guaranteed to keep on sacrificing, as the effects of depleted uranium kill and kill, creating a massive problem someone is going to have to address. Cleaning that up is a 4.5 billion year contract!

Of Fools and Placards

Yes, I've seen them too. Idiots bent on "Peace."

Economics morons that would cut the throat of the economy without understanding its underpinnings. Do they realize what "Peace" would mean? Can you imagine, the storehouses, surrounding every major city of North America and elsewhere, where the product of diligent industry is kept waiting to serve the greater good were suddenly rendered useless?

Can you imagine an economy without war, and its attendant sacrificial lambs?

The massive fortunes accumulated through this by the few aside, it is now our all's reality, we profit this. Yes, George W. Bush's family makes a fortune daily through the destruction of infants in far-flung lands, and has done for generations. Yes, it's true business has never been better for they and their coterie, but who among us cannot honestly claim advantage?

And, the future looks bright on the killin' front.

Hitler and the rest could hardly ken the "German efficiency" of today's Neo and Improved Hyper-Holocaust ©. Imagine that they had nuclear weapons. And, not just the staid old city erasers of Hiroshima days, but more subtle "mini-nukes," and bullets capable of irradiating the ground and water, recreating apocalypse in perpetuity?

As good as they were, the Nazis of old would have to concede to their progeny's ability.

Those still unsold this opportunity, Canadians exempt, due to tithed tribute exacted by your government through the State pension fund, (more on that later), the underlying principle of this is simple: the suffering of the few for the prosperity of the many. Mr. Spock could not say it more clearly.

Sacrifice

Holocaust, in its literal translation is: Sacrifice. That the surviving Juden would choose that moniker to encapsulate their horrific shared experience under the fascists has always struck me strange. A sacrifice is, after all, a triumph of the will. So, who's will was at work then, in their view?

And, more importantly, who's will will be at work now, creating and sustaining the necessary Neo and Improved Hyper-Holocaust ©? And how broad will their scope be?




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Other People's Blood

Other People's Blood

By BOB HERBERT

06/08/06 "New York Times" -- - For the smug, comfortable, well-off Americans, it doesn't seem to matter how long the war in Iraq goes on - as long as the agony is endured by others. If the network coverage gets too grim, viewers can always switch to the E! channel (one hand on the remote, the other burrowing into a bag of chips) to follow the hilarious antics of Paris, Britney, Brangelina et al.

The war is depressing and denial is the antidote. Why should ordinary citizens (good people, religious people, patriots) consider their role in - and responsibility for - the thunderous, unending carnage? Enough with this introspection. Let's go to the ballpark, get drunk and boo Barry Bonds. The nation is in deep denial about Iraq. For years the president and his supporting cast of arrogant, bullying characters have tried to put the best face on this war. They had no idea what they were doing when they ordered the invasion of Iraq, and they still don't. Many of the troops who were assured that the Iraqis would welcome them with open arms are now dead. And there's still no plan.

Paul Wolfowitz, who fashioned the phony intellectual underpinnings of this catastrophe, told us that Iraqi oil revenues would cover the cost of reconstruction. He was as wrong about that as the president was about the weapons of mass destruction. (And as wrong as Dick Cheney was last June when he said the insurgency was in its last throes.)

Here are the facts: The war so recklessly launched by the amateurs in the Bush White House has already taken scores of thousands of lives, and will ultimately cost the United States $1 trillion to $2 trillion.

No one has been held accountable for this. While Mr. Bush's approval ratings are low, the public has been largely indifferent to the profound suffering in Iraq. This is primarily for two reasons: Because most Americans have no immediate personal stake in the war, and because the administration and the news media keep the worst of the suffering at a safe distance from the U.S. population.

The killing of American troops is usually kissed off with a paragraph or two in the major papers, and a sentence or two, at best, on national newscasts.
(Imagine if someone in your office, sitting at a desk across from you, were suddenly blown to bits, splattering you with his or her blood. You wouldn't get over it for the rest of your life. This is what happens daily in Iraq.)

The many thousands of Iraqis who are killed - including babies and children who are shot to death, blown up, or incinerated - remain completely unknown to the American public. So not only is there very little empathy for the suffering of Iraqis, there is virtually no sense among ordinary Americans of a shared responsibility for that suffering.

Despite the frequently expressed fantasies expressed by President Bush and some of the leading politicians of both parties, the idea of a U.S. victory in Iraq is an illusion. The nightmarish violence is rising, not receding. Iraq is not being pacified. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a bustling market in Basra over the weekend, killing 27 and wounding scores. On Sunday,
20 people were stopped and pulled from their vehicles on a highway near Baquba and shot to death.

John Burns, writing in yesterday's New York Times, told us: "The death toll in one of the most grisly recent attacks, in the village of Hadid, near the Diyala provincial capital of Baquba, rose to 17 on Tuesday when the police delivered nine severed heads to the Baquba morgue in the fruit boxes in which they were found in the village."

Eight other heads had previously been found.

Instead of beginning to pull our troops out of Iraq, we are sending more in. The permanent Iraqi government, which was supposed to be the answer to everybody's prayers, is a study in haplessness. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda's man in Iraq, remains at large. (As does Osama bin Laden, somewhere in Pakistan.)

As was the case with Vietnam, the war in Iraq is a fool's errand. There is no clear mission for American troops in Iraq. No one can really say what the dead have died for. And yet the dying continues.

When it all finally comes to an end (according to President Bush, on somebody else's watch) we'll look around at the hideous costs in human treasure and cold hard cash and ask ourselves: What in the world were we thinking?

Friday, June 09, 2006

Terror Land North: Canada Becomes America's New Next Threat

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - Content, as is their wont south of the 49th, to convict "terrorists" in the court of public opinion, "public" only as "opinions" are defined in the corporate media, Washington's electioneering blowhards on Capitol Hill are using the arrest of 17 men and boys in Toronto last week to push legislation through Congress demanding Canadians entering the U.S. be required to produce special passports.

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Terror Land North:
Canada Becomes America's New Next Threat

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
June 8, 2008

It's a measure the Harper government, and its predecessors, have lobbied hard to prevent, taking the position Canada is not a safe harbour to fanatical Islamists, bent on attacking America. Ironically, the Canadian media's eagerness to trade jurisprudence for juicy headlines in the alleged plot to "decapitate" the Prime Minister, and perform a host of other, equally implausible schemes may prove the end of the Canadian lobby.

Canada's position is that the legislation, drafted through the Department of Homeland Defense, and due to go into force in 2008, will cripple the economies of both countries, who now enjoy the largest bilateral trade flow in the world. It's always been a profitable, if uneven relationship, one successive Canadian governments have bent over backwards to preserve; but, none have bent so far as the current minority Conservatives under Stephen Harper.

In the past, Canada has turned a blind eye on its self-avowed belief in human rights, ignoring its famous high ideals, remaining mum as our good cousins ran roughshod throughout the third world, leaving a rising tide of blood and misery in their wake. Fearing upset in the south, a parade of second rate Canadian politicos kowtowed to Washington, some going so far as to labour from the boardrooms of Bay Street, and the backrooms of Ottawa to further the interests of their friends along the Potomac. Some too being recruited to fight for those interests from the floor of the Parliament.

But, none have gone so far as this current claque of collaborators.

Preceding the media extravaganza staged last week in Toronto, the Harper government transcended its long disdain for Canadian culture, went beyond contempt of "socialized" medicine and the rights of citizens, irregardless of whose beds they choose to spend their nights in, and stabbed at the heart of the nation's self-understanding, however hypocritically practiced, as a land respecting the rule of law at home and abroad.

Parroting George W. Bush's "legal" councillor, since elevated to that sorry republic's Numero Uno law man, Alberto Gonzales, Stephen Harper's government says now they too will deny the Geneva Convention, refusing to grant the growing number of prisoners taken in Afghanistan the protections those documents guarantee. Through the same legal double-speak, Harper's mob now refers to those unfortunates, taken from their beds, bound, hooded, and delivered to torture chambers in Bagram Air Base, and God knows which other Hell holes, as "enemy combatants."

It seems now, acquiescence is not enough, silent complicity insufficient; the ravenous murderers ruling the south now require more than we Canadians share in the blood bath that has become Iraq and Afghanistan, Colombia, and elsewhere, but must now do so openly, flaunting both decency and international law.

We must too become war criminals.

And tonight, Peter Mansbridge, manning the bridge of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's flagship, The National, repeated the sensational claims made by the RCMP concerning the arrests made last week, disregarding both the paucity of their case, and the broader implications the current course of Canadian politics portends.

As for passports to visit America; all who would go there deserve all the harrassment the American police state can afford.

[For Ms. Doocey, and any others that would direct hated response: please, read my response to Ms. D.

thanks for your attention to the site, Ms. Doocey; we welcome feedback, but insist it rise above what passes in your sad republic for discourse. If you wish to further offer your opinions, please be aware; we demand respectful analysis, devoid of personal attacks, and ad hominem slurs. If you have a serious and thoughtful comment to make, please feel free to contribute.

cheers
chris cook
senior editor

p.s. As you appear interested in this issue, please see: Terror Land North at: http://tinyurl.com/p7un9

And, for more on Alberto Gonzales, please see Chris Floyd's insightful piece, here. - lex]


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Bilderbergers Do Ottawa

Secretive, powerful Bilderberg group meets near Ottawa

ALEXANDER PANETTA

Canadian Press

Ottawa — It's like Woodstock for conspiracy theorists.

A serene suburban setting has been transformed into a four-day festival of black suits, black limousines, burly security guards — and suspicions of world domination.

On the outskirts of the nation's capital, a tony high-rise hotel beside a golf course is hosting the annual meeting for one of the world's most secretive and powerful societies.

It's not the Freemasons.

Forget those fabled U.S. military men who tucked away UFOs in the Arizona desert.

These guys, you've probably never even heard of, and if you believe the camera-toting followers who attend all their meetings, they control the world.

They're called the Bilderberg group.

They include European royalty, national leaders, political power-brokers, and heads of the world's biggest companies.

Those who follow the Bilderberg group say it got Europe to adopt a common currency, got Bill Clinton elected after he agreed to support NAFTA, and is spending this week deciding what to do about high oil prices and that pesky fundamentalist president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“Some people say that I advocate a conspiracy theory. That's not true. I recognize a conspiracy fact,” said James P. Tucker.

The 74-year-old American journalist has been following the Bilderberg group for decades, has written extensively about it, and recently published his Bilderberg Diary. He follows the group to its annual meetings and stands outside describing to other journalists details of his privileged access to their inner workings.

He is not alone.

Daniel Estulin snapped photographs of every vehicle that approached the concrete-and-glass complex Thursday. He says Mossad — Israel's spy agency — is paying attention.

Away from the golf course, there are no grassy knolls in the industrial zone outside Ottawa's Brookstreet hotel, the site of this week's meeting, but the scene does nothing to dissuade conspiracists.

Ottawa police officers are standing guard outside a dozen metal gates that serve as security checkpoints a half-kilometre from the hotel.

But Ottawa's finest are clearly not in charge here.

To approach the hotel property, even these uniformed police officers are required to show their credentials to the half-dozen black-suited men working for Globe Risk, a private security firm.

“This is pretty unusual,” one Ottawa cop said.

Another said they were hired to be there in their off-duty hours and weren't told much by their superiors: “They just told us, ‘These are important people. It's a private meeting.' ”

A small crowd of curious onlookers snapped photos of black-windowed sedans stopping at the checkpoints. It was impossible to see who was sitting inside.

But it's fun to imagine.

The Bilderberg group is a half-century-old organization comprising about 130 of the world's wealthiest and most powerful people. The group is named after the Dutch hotel where it held its first meeting in 1954.

But don't expect to find that information on the group's website. They don't have a website.

Nor was there any Bilderberg logo anywhere to be seen Thursday, except for those nondescript white placards stamped with the letter ‘B' and tucked under the windshield of all those tinted sedans.

A journalist calling the Brookstreet hotel asked to leave a message for the Bilderbergers.

“Sure,” a hotel employee said. “Your name and number?”

The journalist then asked whether the employee could confirm whether the Bilderberg Group was actually meeting there.

“I don't know,” she replied.

Even members of the hotel gym were barred from the premises. A sign was slapped on the gym door earlier this week informing them the facilities would be closed for four days. All other hotel guests were asked to check out by Thursday morning. Any vehicles remaining in the parking lot would be towed.

Bilderberg says the privacy of its meetings helps encourage freewheeling discussion.

An unsigned press release, sent by fax, confirmed this year's meeting would deal with energy issues, Iran, the Middle East, terrorism, immigration, Russia, European-American relations and Asia.

“The meeting is private to encourage frank and open discussion,” said the release.

“There will be no press conference.”

The release included a list of participants at this year's event.

The 2006 group includes David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of Holland, New York Gov. George Pataki, the heads of Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, the Royal Bank of Canada, cabinet ministers from Spain, Greece and a number of media moguls, including Globe and Mail newspaper publisher Philip Crawley. However, Bilderberg followers say that media moguls whose outlets report leaked details from the meetings will see themselves banned in the future.,

The group also includes a pair of prominent figures involved in planning the U.S. invasion of Iraq — Richard Perle and Ahmad Chalabi. Fellow White House power-players Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, now head of the World Bank, have spoken to the group in the past.

But Bilderberg is not exclusively a right-wing body, by any means. Bill Clinton's right-hand-man Vernon Jordan, was also in attendance Thursday, as was his Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross.

The prime ministers of Britain and Canada — Tony Blair and Stephen Harper — have addressed the group before, as have former Liberal prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, Paul Martin and Jean Chr├ętien.

Mr. Harper spoke to Bilderberg in Versailles, France, in 2003 but his office said he would not attend this year's conference.

Canada remains well represented, however.

The Canadian contingent at this year's event also includes Power Corp. boss Paul Desmarais, Indigo books CEO Heather Reisman, and former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Canada Following Down the Rabbit Hole: Harper's Succession

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - The tales emanating the estimable "intelligence" agencies in Canada tonight inform of the thwarting of a plot to no less than: decapitate the nominal Head of State, destroy the Parliament Buildings, and take over the head offices of the State media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Ambitious plans for a gang of young adults, and five teenagers. But, they had help, in the form of the best terrorist experts around, the very ones that made the huge bust; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


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Canada Following Down the Rabbit Hole:
Harper's Succession

C. l. Cook

PEJ News
June 6, 2006

Though the CBC hasn't included that kernel of truth in their latest reportage on-line, to their credit, CBC Radio has reported on this, and the fact the families have been denied visitation of the incarcerated "terrorists;" bail too "deferred." Thankfully, the Toronto Star newspaper thought the pre-raid involvement of Federal law enforcement something worthy of a line, or two. The fact that the reported raids, carried out by "400+" armed agents against the 17 accused suggests a high level of intelligence activity prior to the alledged plot(s) is something too absent from CBC on-line coverage. Disappeared now from most State and corporate versions is the nature of the RCMP's involvement, and their changed story.

Friend Kurt Nimmo, writing from Another Day in the Empire, is well familiar with "Black Flag" covert intelligence operations, and has worked to expose the dubious claims of Government in Britain, the Untied States, Spain, Italy, and of course, Iraq. Invariably, these plots hatched from the deepest recesses of State power, are proven gross attempts to manipulate the popular mind; an effort to instil a desire amongst the "electorate" to bolster both the responsibilities and budgets of said "intelligence" agencies.

In a country like Canada, with its devout self-belief it operates within the parameters of justice and fair play, it's a politically dicey thing to play a card already seen laid in the U.S.A., (with such disastrous effect) to terrify Canadians. It stinks of the South. Harper's southern counsel may yet be unaware: Canadians ken media more sharply than their cousins do. This likely a result of generations prior casting a dubious eye to their gargantuan neighbour.

As the saw here says: "When the mouse and the elephant go to bed, the mouse gets little sleep."

One Would Think

As though Canadians have lived in a vacuum these last years, the Harper regime repeats verbatim, ad nausea, messages taken straight from the stale repositories of the American PR enablers of post-9/11 reversals of democracy at home and international law abroad, not bothering even to change the script. Now, Canadians are told they must "fight vigilant" the deleterious effects of "Activist Judges," bent the story goes, on perverting our nation's purity. This while the State is saying, as in America, they're not interested in following the law, and inform they will be devoting greater percentages of the national budget to buck-up defence, policing, and lading the rich with tax breaks, to ease the Creme's discomfort with investing in the nation.

In essence, America 'Land of the Brave,' these last years proving anything but, is the new exemplar the Conservative challenge would offer Canada. Will you, Canada mine, fold to the Goebbels-esque campaign, determined to undermine Canadian democracy here as it has in "America?"

True North

Now, back to the heroics.

Depending on who you believe: 17 were "taken down" by a joint force of the RCMP, CSIS, etc. Five of those appear to be juveniles. Whether these will be "transferred" to Syria, Guantanamo, Bagram, or any of the other myriad torture facilities currently working overtime to abate the destruction of western society is uncertain, though Canada's minority, and clearly compromised "government" did announce last week, they thought 'Geneva,' as in conventions, quaint too.

As George before them, it seems [sic] Canada will free its forces to enjoin the slaughter with impunity of dusky foreigners, kicking in their windows, and breaking down their doors; as their "American" leaders do.

And now, Canada.

What Nimmo discloses is an uncomfortable coinciding of western spy networks in efforts to thwart "terrorist attacks" targeted against, primarily honest citizens, who have an interest in truth and peace, democracy and the political and physical environment we must share. Worse though, he reveals how bombings, and other outrages use civilians victims to "justify" draconian "legal measures" in the countries where these nefarious deeds succeed. These measures are ostensibly needed to "protect the citizenry."

That these measures erode the essence of democracy is at the crux of the geopolitical shift witnessed these last tragic years. It's a global phenomenon, effectively erasing what we've come to know as "democracy."

The peoples of the Americas, Europe, and the World, are suffering a veritable propaganda barrage, across the burgeoning media spectrum. It's a battle for the hearts and minds to be sure, but really only for insurance. The Powers ruling today care little for either public opinion, or jurisprudence. If enough of the herd can be convinced to play along, along the path to apparent ruination, so much the better.

Or at least, so much the easier.

Stephen Harper's pedigree is amply available on-line; not least some of which here at PEJ News, and other places. It's clear, Mr. Harper does not like "Canada," as defined by the majority of its citizens, and indeed others around the world. Harper doesn't like "socialized" medicine, something of a point of pride for millions of Canadians. The creation of guaranteed, affordable medical treatment to all citizens was, and is, seen in most quarters of this country as a seminal social achievement. And not won easily.

Likewise, the Social Insurance, taken from all, so that the few would not in old age be reduced to dog food, or choosing between the medication and the rent, Stephen Harper and his predecessor governments would have our elders supine, wondering where their next meal is coming from; they would support the extension of copyright protections, protections that ensure generic palliatives can't trickle down to the poor, and sick. He and his party would have the nation reduced to a plenary not seen since the 19th Century.

War on the Poor

Signally, among the myriad outrages PM Harper would heap upon the heads of us, we Canadians, is averred in his stolid determination to bring God, and the force of the prison-industrial complex North to Canada. This of course, through "get tough" seminaries, replete with media magnification.

Tonight, 12 men and five boys wait and wonder what 'Canadian Justice' holds for them. They know already of the secret complicity the nation is guilty of. They know of others, held in horror camps around the world, delivered by the agency of "their" government. They doubtless too have heard Canada's new leadership proclaim objections to 'Geneva,' and might wonder what that may mean for them.

But, behind the media circus, left largely unattended, is: What does this mean for the rest of us?

While Harper hunts, or ensnares domestic “terrorists” what privations of law and rights are Canadians willing to accept? Will this country too fall victim to Public Relations, and finally succeed the South now?



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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Clumsy Fuckers, Fly My Prospect!

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - Hurrah! It's the Oak Bay Teaparty in Victoria, wherein the well-heeled inheritors of their forefather's occupation of the lands of the dirty indigents celebrate infamy. And, to accentuate that victory, we're today treated to a fly-over of vintage death-bringing machines of the WWII era.


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Clumsy Fuckers, Fly My Prospect!

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
June 4, 2006


Here we are, 51 years past the culmination of the awful war, ostensibly meant to liberate us all. Millions perished, we're told, to bring at last decency to the conduct of global affairs; to end, finally, the baser urges of the human psyche, that would take, and take, and take for itself, irregardless of morality. Emblems, like the Swastika, now banned in its adopted land, of this philosophy survive yet, paraded today out before our gawking kinder in the form of fighter planes.

Watching from my stoop the birds go about their daily business, the skies o'er quaint Victoria are today rent by the roar of the relics of past warfare. They turn, formations of killing efficiency, attempting to delight the groundlings their artistry. While I witness the swallows, sparrows, crow, and yes, the obnoxious starlings sail, above these cranking behemoths of man's ingenuity lumber.

Oh, to have a gun!

Bruce Cockburn, a fellow citizen of this once Canada once wrote:
"If I had a rocket launcher..."

Bruce then spake of the disaster wrought against the indigent South Americans by "America's" legions in the terrible, largely forgotten, Nineteen-Eighties. But, today, as Canada's [sic] blood and treasure are devoted to the 'oldest profession,' become whores, loosed upon the world to kill and be killed in foreign adventure, I comfortably purvey the technological ancestors of today's mayhem as they entertain.

Beneath the testimony to carnage, pedestrian Canada sleep-walks, ne'er a heaven-ward glance as "we" are conscripted to the horrific enacting of war, death, and destruction. All most see is a flying-circus, circumventing our role and responsibility; our collective complicity.

The swallow fly, soaring off my balcony, dodging and weaving, an air show no clumsy spitfire could emulate. As they continue their nature, so unnatural minions of hatred and death drive the nation to oblivion.

I pray you, clumsy bastards:

"Fuck Off!"



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