Friday, January 22, 2010
BC Rail: Conspiracy theories, online government spooks
Break n enter..Phone taps...Threats of violence..Or more?
When talking multi million dollar deals if not billion dollar deals are we in the bloggosphere anything but.....
I have to wonder if David L (the former Privacy Commissioner) now working right along side Gordie and his buds in Victoria was brought in for a reason? You think?
Keep up the good work !! Obviously it's working, we just have to bide our time.
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group,”
Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes
We the public are generally in reaction to while, as you can tell by the above quote, governments are organised and primarily by corporations
B C Born
and Canada is in a particularly vulnerable position,
having almost been born out of the original Hudson's Bay Company,
then the Northwest Fur Trading Company,
then the railways,
interlaced with the highly organized religions. Maybe this is our time to learn how to push back.
but I need a little help from my friends for that.
Meantime, here's something to look at:
Computer/internet gremlins today.
The sound is poor, but fun is intended.
The scheme is of Brobdingnagian proportions and received legal status in the USA in the 1800.
All North America is at risk
The Three Amigos,in reality the Three Banditos renewed the threat
How Corporate Personhood Threatens Democracy Contents: UU World Back Issue
How Corporations Became 'Persons'
The amazing true story of a legal fiction that undermines American democracy.
"People now tend to be amazed to learn that the British colonies were corporations chartered by the king and given the right to govern—such as the Virginia Corporation and the Massachusetts Bay Company—and that British law forced the colonists to trade under disadvantageous terms with the East India Company, the mother of all British crown corporations."
I can tell you straight out that it's clear as day that this went on in UseNet for many years, and is now not only evident in various online forums - including obvious sallies against such as Laila and Mary - but throughout Wikipedia; there they've "learned the ropes" well in many cases, as well as bringing in their own particular form of both deceptiveness and nastiness, hiding behind etiquette and rules and disingenuity to pretend innocence...I'm not going to start citing case examples, but this article resonated with me quite a bit, and not just about BC articles (e.g. China/Tibet articles - which I stay away from but monitor - and drug policy, military history etc).
The North West Company and Pacific Fur Company where "here" first, the NWC in New Caledonia at Ft McLeod in 1805, other posts up that way in subsequent years, the PFC at Ft Okanogan (now in Washington) and Ft Shuswap (Kamloops) in 1811. The PFC was owned by the American Fur Company of John Jacob Astor but sold its operations to the North West Company in 1813 (also sold was Fort Astoria, renamed Fort George under NWC tenure but "returned" the PFC with the Treaty of Ghent (the rest of that part of the story is too complicated to begin explaining but it didn't end the NWC's presence - nor British claims - south of 49).
The coast of British Columbia had also seen active trading by Boston based fur traders from the time of Vancouver and Quadra onwards.
The Hudson's Bay Company only "came" to the region west of the Rockies with the forced merger with the NWC in 1821.
And, though you make no mention of it, it was the Fraser Gold Rush of 1858 (not the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1861, as commonly misconstrued) that created the Colony of British Columbia (what the Cariboo rush did was bankrupt BC so bad it was forced to join Confederation....)
"A graduate history student returns to her native Newfoundland, searching for proof of a conspiracy surrounding the referendum that saw Newfoundland join Canada. "
And oh yeah, finds one, does he ever. Riveting, one of the only political thrillers of note of any kind in the Canadian English cinema (why there aren't more is subject to, maybe, a "conspiracy theory" about the true aims of the NFB, CBC and Telefilm.
Always pleased to see you setting out the historical record.
I wasn't thinking of B.C. at all, when I made that broad comment. My thoughts were back in time with young David Thompson and the days when Hudson's Bay factors ran the business from central Canada, with the Jesuits hurrying between settlements and writing our history.
B.C. development always seemed very different to me -- outside the basic outlines of the national evolution.
And although that comment of mine (above) was very broad ... I'd stand by it, saying that our nation developed out of corporations HBC & NWCo., the NWMounted Police, the church ... all highly organized in the corporate mold. That's all.
But about the term "conspiracy theory", which is bandied about b y denialists as if the alleged conspiracies weren't real, i.e. they use the term "theory" to mean it's not true. But "theory of relativity" doesn't mean relativity's not real, while "economic theory" of course rarely described reality....but in most cases "theory of gravity", "theory of light", "theory of music" describe quantifiable, observable realities...
Tom Pynchon, in one of the Proverbs for Paranoids scattered through Gravity's Rainbow, says that true conspiracy theorists know that the conspiracy is real, but there's nothing you can do about it, because of the sweeping nature of the conspiracy. The conspiracy, effectively, holds all the chips, and is also both the dealer and the bank.....
If you go digging around in history you'll find the same to be true about the Franco-Prussian War, the Crimean War, the Napoleonic Wars and of course such as the Opium Wars. It's always been about corporatism, but decked out with nationalism and, before that, dynastic honour etc.
And is it just me or does anyone else here feel the profiles of Canadian Olympic athletes now airing have more than a tinge of quasi-Neitzschean (i.e. fascistic) fervour, and also something of the look of Leni Riefenstahl's imagery? Something starkly absolutist, as if being an athlete were all that mattered, and somehow this is the only way our "nation" can gain honour and prestige??
You make history do its proper work, in such an agreeable style ... how I envy you!
Especially, I hadn't articulated the Leni Riefenstahl imagery but I understood you, the moment I read this comment ...
I have long had a sick feeling because it's obvious that "being an athlete being all that mattered ... and the only way our "nation" can gain honour and prestige ..."
I've actually viewed these games as an abuse of young athletes who are pushed to inhuman lengths, producing casualties along the way.
Yes, it's there to be seen -- just as the corporate vandalism like Coca Cola's is there to be seen --
leaving each of us to find some tolerable way to come to grips with all that.
If it wasn't for the PAB the traffic at the House of Infamy would drop by half, or so it seems. Visits from the legislature network, from BC Systems, from various government agencies and various PR firms that do business with the Campbell Crime Family may actually outnumber those from "civilians."
Even though Google Blogger provides the service for free, it seems that folks like Mary, Grant and myself actually wind up paying (through our taxes) for a large proportion of the time visitors spend visiting and reading our blogs. It is really not that different than China, it is just done in a more subtle manner. But when a government spends so many resources keeping track of what its citizens are saying and thinking and trying to mould public opinion rather than performing the services that we intended our government to do, it can only be called fascism!
It's pretty clear to me that our governments both in Ottawa and Victoria are more interested in serving themselves and their friends than their constituentcies.
If anyone doubts that this is a police state, just check out the pictures of the unfortunate and innocent Mr. Wu who was beaten the other night by the VPD. And of course the whole issue will be "investigated" internally by who else but the VPD! The RCMP can kill pretty much anyone they want with no accountability, so it is hard to imagine a member of the VPD would be held accountable for merely beating the crap out of sommeone!
According to George Bowering, the NWC moved its headquarters to Victoria from Astoria because at least the Strait of Georgia would be an impediment to the covered wagons from the eastern US that had overpowered the British inflence in Oregon Territory during the period when it was open to settlement from both the US and Britain.
“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”
All too often ‘they’ have been able to get ‘us’ asking the wrong questions and a simple online course in Critical Thinking remedies that. One needn’t be the sharpest knife in the drawer, and the knowledge of critical thought certainly aids cutting through the crap.
Is that like saying we've been asking the wrong questions?
How about you showing us the correct questions, then, OK?
The ones that allowed them to play the games they do
“How about you showing us the correct questions, then, OK?”
Have done. Considered off topic.
Your Blog, your rules
The Hudson's Bay Company (not the NWC) moved its regional operations to Fort Vancouver in 1821 (today's Vancouver WA), and that remained HBC headquarters until the creation of Fort Victoria in 1843.
While the influx into the Columbia District via the Oregon Trail was a factor in the pressure to settle the Oregon Dispute, the location of Fort Victoria was chosen because the British, at the time, still insisted that the line of the Columbia would be the boundary and the retention of the Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula and the north bank of the Columbia, at least from the Dalles/Gorge westwards, was expected to be the boundary. The US, at the same time, was still pushing for 54-40; one of their counter-proposals wanted to bisect Vancouver Island at the 49th Parallel, largely with the intent to cut the British off from any usable port and thereby squeeze them out entirely. Access by the wagon trains had nothing to do with it; what the wagon trains did was bring in settlers that influenced that, for sure, the area south of the Columbia would become American (even though until then all trade and settlement in the area had been British). There was in fact only one settler in the Puget Sound region at the time of the Oregon Provisional Government, one George Washington Bush, no less, a black British subject with a native wife (his support for union is alleged by the US, but upon the creation of the State of Oregon and I think the earlier Oregon Territory, blacks were on the "not wanted" list of Oregon settlers. Like other Britons, he chose to remain in the US (upon Puget Sound becoming Washington Territory, i.e. not Oregon) because the HBC - which didn't want settlers - wanted extortionate prices for the land vs. the free land sections available under US territorial law. The HBC exception was John McLoughlin, boss-man at Ft Vancouver, who encouraged the Americans in the lower Columbia and Williamette (instead of shutting them out from supplies, as was actually the company's standing orders re American settlement).
Bowering and his evil twin Barman are chock-full of facts strung together by a lack of in-depth understanding. If you want to read a proper account of early British Columbia, look up Frederic W. Howay & E.O.S. Scholefield's British Columbia: From the earliest times to the present and another book by Alexander Begg by the same title, both of them online at http://www.nosracines.ca. Bancroft's American-flavoured histories are also available there, as well as via the Bancroft Collection of the University of California, which is also online. Begg's works on the Alaska Boundary Dispute are also at nosracines.ca.
That Bowering and Barman are used as texts in post-secondary history curriculums, and used as references by journalists, is a complete travesty. They get so many things wrong I can't read one page of either without wanting to retch.
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