For the last few months I have been kept away from this keyboard by events somewhat beyond my control.
Death in the family always takes up energy and time and saps the flow of creative thinking, not that I excel in that regard anyway, and when combined with extra time at work I have been stretched rather thin.
Why the heck am I still working at my age? Well really with the help my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren need I have no choice. I do not have millions stashed away in offshore accounts nor millions invested in stocks and shares – two ex-wives have helped in that regard – so I have no choice but to still work. The alternative is to rely on CPP and OAS and live on the streets.
But I have kept up with most of what has been happening from pretty boy trying so hard to provide “sunny days and sunny ways” for international corporations and banks but not for the Canadian people, and removing any chance of sovereignty or democracy here in Canada; to President Trump and his reality show called the USA; to the wicked witch of the west (Clark) finally being kicked out of office in BC and resigning her provincial seat because if she can’t be in charge she doesn’t want to be there at all. After all she was only interested in the well-being of the corporate world not that of the people of Kamloops let alone BC.
Perhaps the biggest development of all is happening out of the state of Israel. For those who do not know there is a bill being presented to the US Congress and Senate (S. 720) which will make it illegal for free speech about the choice of what goods Americans purchase and what companies they boycott. http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41454-this-anti-bds-bill-is-an-assault-on-free-speech
This will eventually affect us here in Canada as our pretty boy and all his fellow puppets in our House of Commons will do whatever The Zionist State of Israel tells them to. The idea that a state which openly practices genocide and an apartheid system towards the Palestinian people should want to claim that the BDS movement is anti-semantic is akin to saying that the Himalaya mountains are in Australia.
I am not now nor have I ever been anti-semantic but what I really would like is for someone with the knowledge and resources to provide us a complete list of all those companies which produce on Israeli seized Palestinian land so that I can refuse to buy their products as well. I already do not buy anything which I know comes from Israel, and I object to that state telling me what I can or cannot buy.
Yes, I support the BDS movement and it is my choice to do so.
In the same way I will buy Deep Cove, Vancouver Island, BC packaged organic greens rather than those trucked in from California if that is OK with Herr Netanyahu and the Donald, and if it is not then that is their problem not mine.
Freedom of speech and selection is either guaranteed to Americans by constitution or not and when that is taken away by a foreign apartheid power then the US government has no sovereignty, no dignity nor any worth as a self-determining body. Actually, I suppose nothing has changed in that regard, has it?
Here in Canada we are not far behind. Remember Bill C51 (Blaney’s free spying act) and how it was supposed to be rectified immediately in 2016? Does anyone still think it will be?