Saturday, October 03, 2015


"This is a transcript of economist Professor Thomas Piketty's address to the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, which took place at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus on 3 October 2015":
"I think it’s better to have positive population growth, well maybe not enormous population growth but positive, rather than negative, population growth.

European countries who have negative population growth, I think, for the future, it is very frightening in terms of inequality and in terms of what these countries are going to become with the ageing, and some countries like France are having a few more children, and Germany is a bit more open to migrants recently, but then you have many countries in Eastern Europe, they don’t want children and they don’t want migrants either. So they are going to disappear …"
"The moderate Syrian rebels are suddenly back: as soon as Russia arrived"

Tweet (Greg Mitchell):
"Obama after eloquently ripping guns killing 9 in Oregon now claiming U.S. killing 9 in Afghan hospital merely "collateral damage""
Tweet (Danielle Ryan):
"Remember yesterday at the Daily Beast when bombing accuracy and targets were really important?"
Tweet (Glenn Greenwald):
"Stephen Harper tries to salvage his campaign by running on Islamophobia; Canadian neocons celebrate"
The secret weird religiosity of Harperman: "Why Stephen Harper behaved strangely in Israel":
"A quarter century ago, Stephen Harper precipitously left the United Church, at about the same time his father did so, according to journalist Marci McDonald's The Armageddon Factor. They both left when their former spiritual home explicitly accepted gay and lesbian ministers. The Church's action indeed led to a sharp and angry anti-gay backlash among many doctrinaire Christians.

Harper soon joined another religious body, the Christian and Missionary Alliance. This organization, which has no patience with homosexuality, or abortion, began not as a church but has a coalition of proselytizing religious groups.

The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C & MA) was founded in 1897 by a Canadian, Albert Benjamin Simpson. Simpson left Prince Edward Island, and later the Presbyterian church in which he had begun his career, because he was drawn to the American scene and in particular to the opportunity for “… aggressive evangelism of the unchurched”"
and (oil sands alert!):
"In the C & MA belief system, as in Swaggart’s, solving the world’s biggest problems – wars, plagues, floods and similar catastrophes – is accomplished precisely by the act of converting non-Christians to Christianity. And the resistance of non-Christians to this approach, in turn, is the greatest threat to global integrity.

Current events have significance for hard-line fundamentalist authorities, who see international conflict as part of the "Great Tribulation", described by Swaggart as “… trouble, war, and heartache that has now lasted for some 2,000 years.” Such literalist Evangelical authorities, including the C&MA, also pinpoint global warming and extreme weather events as an indication that the "end times" are imminent (and attempting to mitigate climate change as even against God’s will)."
and (Islamophobia to the max!):
"Somewhere in this tumultuous time it is believed the Antichrist – the personification of evil – will appear, leading to the battle of Armageddon, in which the forces of darkness and light contend for the fate of the world. Before this battle, only those designated as “righteous” – which in fundamentalist terms means only those who believe in Jesus as their Saviour – will through divine intervention be kept harmless. After Armageddon, Jesus will return to earth and establish a spiritually perfect “kingdom”.

As  Harper’s pastor described it in a sermon on August 11 last year, “…it seems like Armageddon is coming, it seems like the end of the world is coming, there’s a whole sense in the world that Christianity is capitulating to morality, no longer keeping to the Biblical standards.” Over and over again, the end of the world as we know it is tied, in Stephen Harper's belief system, to a lack of formal devotion to Jesus.

The designated opponent of the Antichrist, at the battle of Armageddon, will be Israel, according to many believers.

In this context, it is easier to understand Stephen Harper’s unwavering, even at times baffling devotion to support of Israel, against the flow of world affairs, and in contradistinction to the positions of our closest allies. He is acting as if he sees the fate of Israel as the touchstone for the fate of the earth and human civilization.

His apparent antipathy towards followers of the Muslim faith, on the other hand, suggests that he sees Muslims as the best approximation of the Antichrist, the evil force trying to take over the world."
This kind of fruitcake thinking is the epitome of un- or anti-Canadian.
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