Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rob Ford Correctly Predicts Bloodbath

Some systems have no equilibrium states, while others have many. These matters depend upon the nature of the system.
John Rawls, A Theory Of Justice, p. 457

Unfortunately though, it appears that it is all going to be Rob Ford's blood! Some days  you just can't prepare yourself for the events that are fated to unfold. It was all just breaking on the old vulgar media of television around lunchtime. The Oracle of Ottawa was needless to say, totally floored. The Oracle of Ottawa was sure that the powerful friends of Rob Ford had made that embarrassing tape vanish forever. To find a deleted file on a hard drive is somewhat akin to finding a needle in a haystack, especially if you know anything about file allocation tables and such like. Someone must have really wanted the mayors hide very badly.

Rob Ford - Starting to feel the heat?

The timing of the announcement proves that there is a God, and he has a very long and pointy finger, attached to a very long arm. The irony of the timing of the event is just too much for the Oracle of Ottawa to enjoy at all once. What with the Senate expense scandal here in Ottawa and the start of the Conservative Party convention out in Calgary today, it was just too much irony for the Oracle to absorb all at once. And the real strangeness is that all the events are connected in many more ways than one, if you ponder it all in the big picture.

It appears to the Oracle of Ottawa that the conservative trifecta will never be achieved. It will be very fortunate indeed if the present conservative forces in power at the time of this writing make it to their next election dates. It was only two years ago that they all but seemed invincible to gods and mere men...brace yourself Dear Reader, this is just the beginning, there is so much more to come.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Senator Mike Duffy - His Greatest Gift

The greatest evil has already come about, when there are poor men to be defended, and rich men to be restrained.
Jean Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse On Political Economy

And so it goes... Question Period was an utter riot again today, as the Prime Minister, Steve Harper of the hapless 'Harper Government' got plowed like a donkey on a slave galley by Thomas Mulcair. It was a hoot, as the ole Steve Harper, was actually seen to be reeling and tottering in his place. Meanwhile down the hall on the Hill, in the Senate Chamber, Senator Mike Duffy had them all hanging on every word, and the possibility of all the other words to come. The Senator is like a nuclear ballistic missile submarine, with many missiles to launch, and all of them with multiple independent reentry vehicles.

Mike Duffy-A Great Canadian!!

Mike Duffy has been a journalist for a hell of a long time. The Oracle cannot find out which high school the vertically challenged Senator graduated from. And he does not have a degree from Gate Keeper U (i.e. Queens University). It has been a hell of a run on just grade nine! There is a joke in Ottawa going around about him being the last journalist to leave Vietnam at the fall of Saigon in 1975. The story goes that the CBC hoped that they had luckily lost him, but accepted  him back when the Vietnamese made a huge cash offer to take him back! The Vietnamese Diplomat stated that the Vietnamese had already survived the French, the Americans, and even the communists would be a piece of cake, but there was no way that Vietnam could survive Mike Duffy! Take the money and him PLEASE!

Now the Oracle of Ottawa does not agree with the Senators politics and who he hangs out with. But the Oracle of Ottawa is really pissed that some young punk in short pants at the Prime Ministers Office took him for a rube that could be easily screwed over. All the expenses that the Senator claimed were accepted and paid, and pre cleared by the Senator himself with the ethics commissioner!  It is quite clear to the Oracle of Ottawa that Senator Mike Duffy had been set up to create a phony constitutional crisis that would assist the 'Harper Government' getting rid of the pesky Senate by end running the Canadian Constitution! It has certainly been shown in recent days that the Canadian Senate seems to work very well, no matter who you seem to put in it. It sure is weird how Canada can just happen to you, isn't it?

There hasn't been a spectacle like this in Ottawa in my living memory. CBC political coverage ratings are going through the roof. The public galleries in the House of Commons are full for Question Period and have been for days! Even the public gallery in the Senate has been standing room only for the last couple of days, with a long line being turned away! Even the most seasoned old media print journalists have never seen that before! Senator Mike Duffy has done what no one in recent Canadian history has been able to do, and that is to get the public engaged and interested on what is actually going on in this Great and Impossible Country. When the history books are written in the future this will be seen as Mike Duffy's greatest gift...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Calgary Conservative Convention - Pork Chops To Paris?

Then we think of envy as the propensity to view with hostility the greater good of others even though their being more fortunate than we are does not detract from our advantages.
John Rawls, A Theory Of Justice, p. 532

Well, Steve Harper of the 'Harper Government' finally got his constitutional crisis, but not exactly the one he was looking for. It appears to the Oracle of Ottawa that no one in the 'Harper Government' or the Conservative Party Purity Committee out in Duck's Ass, Alberta, has ever heard of the Curse of D'Arcy McGee! It all is about the dangers of anyone trying to change Canada into something else, Alter it you may not...The Founding Fathers of Canada were not fucking around when they created this impossible country.

Canadian Senate - Value??...Priceless!!
 You knew it was all going to hell very quickly when polling indicated  that eight times more people believed Senator Mike Duffy then the Prime Minister of Canada! But it was Friday afternoon that you could state for sure that the wheels of the Conservative bus were starting to death wobble, when the news and the tape got out of the Prime Minister of Canada, Steve Harper of the 'Harper Government', calling into an AM radio talk show like an unemployed Liberal skidmark that loved the sound of his own voice. That is the moment the history books will take as the start of the bitter end death spiral.

No matter what happens now or in the days to come, it is a lose lose for the 'Harper Government'. If the Senators are suspended with pay it will be Armageddon for the 'Harper Government'. If the Senators slide off and get a proper hearing, it will again be Armageddon for the 'Harper Government! PMO staffers should start booking the movers now and get ahead of the rush.

Next week is the big Conservative Party Convention in soggy Calgary. The Oracle of Ottawa sure as hell is glad he is not Steve Harper! This event promises to be more of a wake than a party. And just wait when all the mouth breathing faithful find out that the pork and beef that they raise with the latest Big Agra methods of antibiotics, steroids, hormones and GMO silage will not even be able to get into the European Union as pet food, there could quiet possibly be a riot, or two.

It was a historic week in Ottawa. Canada as a country is at a very important turning point. Being here was like living in a history book. With all the attention that the Canadian Senate got this week, and all the critical issues that it raised how could even a Conservative put a dollar value on it all? It appears to the Oracle of Ottawa that the Canadian Senate works just great, just like the Founding Fathers of Canada intended it work.   

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Senator Mike Duffy Nukes The 'Harper Government'

As already observed, to each according to his threat advantage is not a principle of justice.
John Rawls, A Theory Of Justice, p.141

It appears iridescently ironic to the Oracle of Ottawa that the Bilderberg Group tool of globalization, that is otherwise known as the 'Harper Government', is going to be soon brought down by three Canadians that grew up in small towns. After Mike Duffy got done in the Senate yesterday, it appeared to the Oracle of Ottawa that there is no way on this Earth, in this lifetime, that the "Harper Government' is going to last another 70 days, let alone over 700 days. 

Senator Duffy nukes the 'Harper Government'

Did the Oracle of Ottawa believe what Senator Mike Duffy said? Damn right he did! Did the Oracle of Ottawa believe the bit where Mike Duffy stated that he pre-screened his expenses and that the PMO cleared them all only to stab him in the back while laughing at him? Damn right he did! Did the Oracle of Ottawa believe the part where Mike Duffy got the ambush call from that skank LeBreton, and all the others while out on vacation in P.E.I.? Every level of government in Ottawa now runs like that! Hell ya, the Senator Mike Duffy was telling the truth there also.

All in, the Senators defence in the Senate was one of the most moving speeches he heard from the Hill in many years. And Conservatives say the Senate doesn't work? It appeared to the Oracle of Ottawa that it was working just fine yesterday. And that shot by the Senator comparing the 'Harper Government' to Putins Russia was about right to the Oracle of Ottawa! The mere fact that the Senate can shake the Earth when it has to or wants to is the major reason that the 'Harper Government' no longer wants it around! Yes indeed. The Senate of Canada, the house of sober second thought worked just fine indeed. The Oracle of Ottawa also throughly enjoyed  the bits where Novak was shown and it appeared that he was ready to puke, and no doubt had already soiled his short under pants, again. The Oracle of Ottawa really enjoyed that!    

It is too bad that the Conservatives don't believe in the facts of science. They would have already figured out a while ago that if you place too many bodies under the bus, that at some point the wheels of the bus would no longer be touching the ground. But as you guessed it Dear Reader, to the Conservatives, science is just for nerds and lefties from Ontario. Meanwhile on the bus, ole Steve Harper desperately clutches the steering while moving it rapidly to and fro, leaning forward with his foot to the floor of the accelerator peddle screaming at the top of his voice " I,m driving the fuck out of this bus!". It all looks really strange to anyone who is watching from outside the now motionless motor vehicle. How crazy is that?   

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thomas Hobbes - A Mortal Flaw Discovered

I Authorise and give up my Right of Governing my selfe, to this Man, or to his Assembly of men, on this condition, that thou give up thy Right to him, and Authourise all his Actions in like manner. This done, the Multitude so united in one person, is called a COMMON - WEALTH, in latine CIVITAS. This is the Generation of that great LEVIATHAN, or rather (to speake more reverntly) of that Mortall God, to which wee owe under the Immortal God, our peace and defence. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapter XVII, p. 120 

It was just this Sunday morning past Dear Reader when the Oracle of Ottawa read the above passage from Thomas Hobbe's Leviathan, published in 1651, which is to this day considered to be the foundational work that describes the origin and construction of our contemporary societal institutions. Immediately the Oracle felt uncomfortable, that something was wrong, so wrong, in this key passage. He reread the passage again very slowly, and then it dawned on him in a flash!

Leviathan - Mortally flawed??
 Like a nuclear explosion going off in the Oracle of Ottawa's head he realized the serious fatal error within this key passage. It appears that the awesome passage of Hobbes which is the basis for most all societies of the world is most flawed since it breaks two of the Ten Commandments! Not not just any two of the ten but rather the first and second commandments! This is so critical as Hobbes uses scripture as an allegory and a metaphor to build the description of the body of the Leviathan!

 For all of the Oracles Dear Readers that need a little refresher, the first commandment states: I am the Lord thy God. The second commandment is: Thou shalt have no other Gods before me. The above passage, one of the key passages of Leviathan breaks the first commandment in spirit and it breaks the second commandment to the point of outright blasphemy! Now all the really sharp Readers out in the world, especially those in Germany, know that when an error is planted deep into a foundational construction or a set of measurements, the error will propagate slowly (i.e. in a linear fashion) at first and then it will propagate much later in a non-linear fashion.   

Once you come to terms with the monumental discovery you can rapidly understand the cause of all wars, calamities and other atrocities of history various. (Since two buried opposing powers cannot grind against themselves forever.)  All of a sudden Adam Smith and especially Karl Marx are all starting to come in ever so much more clearly. Buried deep within the constructs of our present societies, which all originate from Leviathan, there is buried an ever repeating time bomb, due to a misconstruction of logic that periodically goes off over the course of history. The humble blue collar Oracle of Ottawa has done his life's duty in discovering it and pointing it to you... Now work it! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

CETA - The Real Agenda?

So that in the nature of man, we find three principall causes of quarrell. First, Competition; Secondly Diffidence; Thirdly, Glory.
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, p. 88  

If the Canada - European Union free trade deal, also known as CETA, is so awesome, where the hell is the text? If the text is not yet complete, where are the parts that are already done? With all the utter propaganda that is flooding the Oracle of Ottawa's HD television of late, a virtual river of vulgar media, the Oracle of Ottawa has decided to do a little research on his own for his Dear Readers, as a public service, of course.

Steve Harper - Dealing from a full deck?
 It has rapidly become apparent to the Oracle of Ottawa, that the real reason that Steve Harper of the 'Harper Government' has signed such a monstrosity is that gives him one more shot to fight all the battles that he has already lost. The Oracle of Ottawa has discovered that at the time of this writing that CETA contains much more than cheese, pork and beef. The treaty or deal also contains many of the same provisions of copyright that were rejected by the European Union in an another treaty known as ACTA. It caused a hell of a stir in Canada, and was eventually ditched by the 'Harper Government'. A great victory for all Canadians, and a career killing loss for  Vic 'The Dic' Toews, who resigned as "Public Safety Minister on July 09, 2013.

The present propaganda line goes on about the new market of 500 million people in the EU, and the 80,000 new jobs that this is to create in Canada with the increase to every Canadian of at least 1,000 bucks per year. Which to the Oracle of Ottawa hardly seems worth the trouble, all in. The loudest touted bit is that part where by Canadian pork and beef will be able to be sold unhindered to the EU in amounts as much as can be stuffed into cargo containers! To all the sheeple in Canada this is all a slam dunk, it was on TV! The reality is somewhat not exactly the same as the promise.

The Oracle of Ottawa soon realized that the crafty Europeans saw ole Steve Harper coming and going. They allowed the importation of Canadian pork and beef into the EU because it was something that the 'Harper Government' wanted and that the EU would not have to worry a moment about ever actually happening. The reason being that although you may be allowed to ship Canadian pork and beef doesn't automatically mean that anyone in the EU actually wants it! If the rubes from the 'Harper Government' had ever actually spent any time in Europe in their formative years they would have known that the vast majority of Europeans only will eat hand crafted meat and food. A European will not eat corporate large scale raised meat, that contains antibiotics, growth hormones, and even steroids of many kinds various. They don't seem to like their daughters developing the breasts of twenty year old woman at the age of nine years, and the Oracle of Ottawa can't blame them for that.

Now the Europeans really got the nuts off of the 'Harper Government' team when it got its cheese quota quadrupled! That will sell like a house on fire in Canada! And will also destroy our price support system in the process, which is why the 'Harper Government' caved in to the demand. Like ole Steve Harper recently stated in Washington; Never take no for an answer.... 

Friday, October 18, 2013

'Harper Government' - The Desired State Of Nature

As in other things, so in men, not the seller, but the buyer determines the Price.
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, p. 63

Well it all went off as the spin doctors and the fart catchers scripted it. Another fatal attempt of the 'Harper Government' to change Canada forever. And of course the crafty Europeans did their homework and knew that ole Steve Harpers little micro dick is well and stuck in the proverbial pencil sharpener, and duly took full advantage of him at the last minute, by getting the 'Harper Government' to abandon certain visa restrictions on certain European Union member states. No doubt Roma the world over will be celebrating and packing at this very moment.

Canada awaits you Sweetheart!!

We all now know as common knowledge that the goal of the 'Harper Government' is to change Canada forever. The method deployed has been that of a large number of barely noticeable changes. But what exactly is the desired state of nature at the end of this process? Of course the Oracle of Ottawa has found the answer and as a public service, he will share the knowledge with his faithful and Dear Readers.

It was the great Thomas Hobbes who in1651 stated that man starts out in an elementary state of nature, where all war against all. Well the Oracle of Ottawa can assure you Dear Reader, that this is not the state of nature that the 'Harper Government wants at all. Rather, the 'Harper Government' wants a state of nature of Us and Them. The ruling one percent is the Us group. The remaining ninety nine percent is the Them group, better known as you and I. The end goal of the 'Harper Government' is to achieve a state of nature where by there remain no protections at all for the Them group for the abuses and exploitation that is rendered unto them by the Us group. But there will always just enough government to protect the ill gotten gains of the Us group from any uprising of the Them group. This is the 'Harper Government' ideal of the optimum size of government, got that?

(Brampton will never be the same after this! Thank You very much...)

But although the so called deal has been signed, it is a long way from in and done. It still has to be ratified by all ten provinces and three territories in Canada and all twenty eight nation states of the European Union!! That is ole Steve Harper of the 'Harper Government' has to call forty one correct coin tosses in a row! That is one chance  in 2,199, 023, 000, 000 or one chance in 2.199 trillion. Good luck with that!  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

'Harper Government' Says: Let Them Eat CETA Cheese...

For all men by nature reason alike, and well, when they have good principles.
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, p.35

You know the EU free trade agreement is toast before it is even signed when you have the likes of Stockwell Day pushing it on CBC's Power And Politics on the old fashioned vulgar media. Very little detail of the agreements details are yet available, save and except the fact that Canada is going to be buried under a virtual tidal wave of subsidized European Union cheese. And with that old screw up in the personage of Stockwell Day you can also count on endless racks of ill fitting spandex dry suits, made in Bulgaria, Stocks favorite campaign uniform.

Steve says: Let them eat cheese!
 But alas Dear Reader as far as European Union free trade goes you can forget about it. Officially the deal is known as CETA and with all the players involved and the general increase in awareness of the unwashed masses, i.e. you and I, there is a very steep road ahead for the hapless 'Harper Government'. The signing and details of the deal are essentially meaningless, because the whole thing swings, stands and falls and the sticky bit; ratification.  

To become official, the deal must be agreed to by every province in Canada, and all twenty six nation states of the European Union! And with the power of all the milk marketing boards in Canada and some very pissed states in the EU which have strong objections to certain Canadian visa restrictions, all the 'Harper Government' has been doing is looking busy. They even know that they don't have a hope in hell of getting it ratified, but talk of it is much better than answering questions of corruption in the Canadian Senate of certain handpicked star Senators of Steve Harper of the 'Harper Government'.

In Canada there are a few organizations that are even more powerful and well financed as the Conservative Party of Canada, and those organizations are the marketing arms of provincial milk marketing boards. And they know how to play the media, and their brand is much more respected than that of the upstart Conservative Party of Canada. It is not unreasonable to conclude that once alarmed and very pissed as they are at present, they are going to rip the very balls off of the Conservatives.

And in a closing twist of high irony one might want to ponder why the Europeans have so much excess cheese. And where they got those super cows in the first place... The Oracle of Ottawa will leave that as an exercise for the reader....

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Throne Speech Fail

We desire to act on the natural duty to advance just arrangements.
John Rawls, A Theory Of Justice, p. 474

The day had everything. A revolt of the media when the PMO tried to stage manage a speech by the erstwhile Steve Harper of the 'Harper Government' sometime early in the morning. That was one speech that was never heard when the CBC just up and left, and everyone else followed. A very rare spectacle indeed.
This was followed up by a false flag terrorist take-down at the Prime Ministers other office on Wellington Street, that tied up all of down town Ottawa for hours. After the big Speech it was found that the briefcase size package was deemed "inert". But when your hell bent on an unrequired law and order platform setting the stage is very important.

In Canada - Only the dogs are better off...

There was much discussion all over Ottawa during many Thanksgiving dinners Sunday last on how erratic and unpredictable the minions of the 'Harper Government' are starting to act as of late. A lot like a piece of shit as it turns in an ever tightening circle just as it goes down the drain.  There was much comedy over the fact that it all must be very close to the end when the 'Harper Government', perpetual guardian of the corporate whores and the invisible hand, have all of a sudden deemed themselves the true friend of the consumer! What is officially known as the second session of the 41st Parliament, is being referred in Ottawa by its true name, the 'Harper Government's' last stand.

Just before the speech commenced, the Oracle of Ottawa was sickened by the sight of fat gloating Chinese peasants from the Communist Party of China, in the gallery of the Senate Chamber, with the snot-balls at the corners of their mouths, witnessing the the performance of there new gajun slaves, all bought and paid for. For balance there were also the token blacks and the balancing amount of Canadian Aboriginals, as contrast is very important in these days of HDTV.   

And then it started, Dave 'Vern' Johnston gave his speech in his best Dad Talk voice with the usual and intentional appalling French, just to send a signal to all the losers of the Laurentian Consensus, that he and the 'Harper Government' doesn't give a rotating fiddlers fuck about toads east of Alberta. It was the usual stuff. Solutions to problems that are essentially already solved, you can't go wrong solving problems that are already solved, can you?  All the usual thin edges of the fascist wedges were again slipped in, all too numerous to mention in this humble missive.

In every Throne Speech there is always the definitive phrase that really sums up the whole message and intention of then Government. And the Throne Speech of 2013 was no different. It all occurred at the mention of Quantos Law, where by the 'Harper Government' is going to introduce legislation to treat dogs of the pigs of the New World Order of your locked down world like humans if anything un towards happens to one of them in the course of there piggly duties. Like the insanity of the 'Harper Government', you just can't make this stuff up can you? 

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Vampire Of Stats

The norms applying to persons who are players in a game depend upon the rules of the game.
John Rawls, A Theory Of Justice, p. 349

Well Dear Sheeple it has been a hell of a week hasn't it? Your government is your friend. Your government respects your privacy and civil and human rights. The government would never let the corporate over whores use intelligence institutions that you pay for to do their spying would they? So how is all this New World Order compromise stuff working out for ya?

CSEC HQ - The next Canada Portrait Gallery?

The Oracle of Ottawa must be getting it all quiet right as of late. He has noticed several 'bots' that are pumping up his blog stats like somebody actually found writing that they really like. To the Oracle of Ottawa a hit is a hit. But upon trying to find out more about these avid blog readers, the Oracle of Ottawa was quiet surprised that there exists no real plausible explanation anywhere, especially on Google, about the true origins and details of the respective sites actual business models. (i.e. vampirestat, adsensewatchdog, etc..)

You have nothing to worry about! Really!

But the Oracle of Ottawa has applied some logic and the simple process of some elementary critical thinking and has quickly deduced the true purpose and origin of these avid blog bots. You have had it drilled into you Dear Reader that your government is obsessed with terrorism, well the Oracle of Ottawa can assure you that your government is obsessed with something much more dangerous then some rag assed terrorist, they are scarred to death of YOU Dear Reader! Just YOU...

We all now know that all corporations of any size have been totally subverted by the Patriot Act, and in Canada by the various omnibus crime and security bills. All that is happening when these blog bots appear is that you have included a word, phrase or stream of thought that the over whores of the New World Order deem some what dangerous should the general public actually cotton on and start thinking on their own, as you are obviously doing right now. 

But you can relax, all that is happening is that these blog bots (sub contractors of the "Five Eyes"...) have direct access to your blogs word cloud, which the government as of late has decided to feed into Prism and Echelon. It is all just meta data, they don't care about you (yet?), they just want to know if the sheeple as a mass are about to catch on to what is really going on. Of course if you say; " Someone should kill that cocksucker, and you than provide a rather important name, than you are no longer metadata but rather a suspect of interest, that could be subject to extraordinary rendition to be water boarded until an unknown and unspecified date.

So all in just relax, nothing at all to fear. Keep on writing that blog, and stay strong, speak truth to power. The Oracle of Ottawa knows from personal experience that it is quiet nice in Hungary in the fall....

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alice Munro - Nobel Prize SHOCKER!!

Each person's willingness to contribute is contingent upon the contributions of the others.
John Rawls, A Theory Of Justice, p. 270

No matter how bad things seem to get, you just can't give up hope. While Canada is presently in the depths of the throes of the fascist 'Harper Government' and you can literally feel the Just Society of Canada being dismantled by the corporate over whores, things could change on a dime and give you a nickel in change. It pays to get up out of bed and seize the day. Today was one of those days.

Alice Munro - undisputed Queen of Canlit...

It was while watching the local lunch time news of the old vulgar CTV corporate television that the Oracle of Ottawa first heard the shocking, unbelievable news that Alice Munro, a university drop out from Wingham, Ontario won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature! (and the 1.2 million dollars that goes with it...) The Oracle of Ottawa can't describe the initial feeling as he heard the words. How could this have possibly happened? Alice Munro is certainly not New World Order approved. The Oracle of Ottawa has never seen a 250 book mountain display of an Alice Munro book at his local Chapters store. As far as the Oracle of Ottawa knows Alice Munro has never been a Heather Reisman pick. And the Oracle of Ottawa is pretty certain that the Bilderberg Group would never approve of Alice Munro's dangerous writings, that smack of the desire to at least attempt a dangerous social experiment or two.

Nobel Prize medal...

Adding to the Oracle of Ottawas shock is that he was convinced that this years winner was going to be Margaret Atwood, the unquestioned Queen of Canlit. Why only last night she appeared on Charlie Rose! She was a very close friend of all the Greats, especially Northrop Frye! She had just released Madd Adam the third book of some trilogy that the Oracle of Ottawa read about recently. (just in time for Christmas shopping....)  She was certainly New World Order approved, since the Oracle could not but help notice the multiple 250 copy book mountains that are presently at the entrance of all the Chapters outlets at the time of this writing. The media blitzt that Maggy has sustained in recent weeks truly impressed the Oracle of Ottawa. Surely it was all to coincide with her winning the 2013 Nobel. Surely it was all in the bag? 

 The great message of Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, is that no matter where you are in the world, no matter your social and or economic origin, no matter if you write in long hand on a pad on the dining room table while the kids are at school and your spouse is at work, you could, maybe, just maybe, just like Alice Munro, win the Nobel Prize in Literature! It sure as hell has given the Oracle of Ottawa a much required lift, and the memory of an unforgettable day. It will serve as an inspiration forever.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Canada - Joining The Failed States?

Men will of their own accord gradually work their way out of barbarism so long as artificial measures are not deliberately adopted to keep them in it.
Immanuel Kant, What Is Enlightenment?, Kant Political Writings, p. 59

The Oracle of Ottawa thought that Canada had scrapped absolute bottom when Canada, under the auspices of the 'Harper Government', announced denunciation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. This of course put us in the auspicious company of one in relation to the world. Even though by doing this, the 'Harper Government' again literally shit in its own nest, since there are desert areas in Western Canada that were getting a lot of good out of the Convention. You would think that it would be very hard to top that. But Dear Reader you would be wrong again. There is no political party on Earth at the time of this writing that has such a natural propensity to soil itself and the once stellar reputation of Canada as does the present Conservative Party of Canada, otherwise known as the 'Harper Government'.

AK-47 - $ ka ching! $
 You would think that the 'Harper Government' would surely attempt to redeem itself in the face of its base and the World by getting behind the Arms Trade Treaty. But yet again the world and all of Canada was mortified that Canada under the leadership of the 'Harper Government' has decided that the popularity of agreeing with Russia, China, North Korea, India, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt was a much better decision.  

At the time of this writing, Canada has been greatly outclassed by the following states: Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica, Guyana, Iceland, Italy(!), Mexico, Nigeria(!!), and Trinidad and Tobago, who have not only signed on to the treaty, but have all ready ratified it! Even the United States of America, the greatest arms dealer on Earth, has signed on to the treaty! But not the 'Harper Government', The Lord of War. One can only imagine how much small arms the 'Harper Government' plans to peddle in the near future. One must always assist the Invisible Hand and facilitate open markets and free trade at every opportunity.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Is John Boehner Dangerous?

In designing and reforming social arrangements one must, of course, examine the schemes and tactics it allows and the forms of behavior which it tends to encourage.
John Rawls, A Theory Of Justice, p. 57

Every time John  Boehner appears on the Oracle of Ottawas big screen Sony television, the Oracle of Ottawa is strangely creeped out. There is some thing vaguely familiar and odious about the man, yet the Oracle of Ottawa cannot quiet put his finger on it.  In the light of recent events the Oracle of Ottawa has day by day become more frightened. Who is this guy?

John Boehner - Creeps me out.
John Boehner is the second child out of eleven, born in Reading, Ohio. He shared the one bathroom in a two bedroom house and his parents slept on a pull out couch in the living room. Although his father owned a bar, it seems that capitalism, and being an entre-pren-whore was not paying very well at the time in Ohio. Out of this incubator of success, John was the only one in the family who ever graduated from college. It took him seven years because he appears to have been too stupid to go out and get a student loan, and besides that version sounds much better to the base in his riding. In Reading, Ohio John Boehner is a go getter and a shaker. Out in Boston and Washington he was always known as and is still known as a low life skidmark. Like John Rawls said, it is all about the starting point, isn't it?

(John Boehner speaks about will, listen to the words between the words...)

Although the great man held several jobs at once to complete his undergraduate degree, he was only tough enough to serve a mere eight weeks in the United States Navy. His Wikipedia article continues on with his superman like struggle from the bottom to the top of some unknown marketing company. You can also detect the unmistakable undertone of the huge chip on his shoulder, something that the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche would later call "the will to power". The Oracle of Ottawa wonders how many red flags a tea party type has to see before folding up.

(Here is another German guy with a chip on his shoulder speaking about will. Is that scary or what!?)

At the time of this writing the US government shut down is in its second day. The President is determined to stand his ground and the Oracle of Ottawa has no doubt that he will, to the very end. But as the Oracle of Ottawa has learned from the vulgar old fashioned media, is that it all gets very much weirder after October 17, 2013. No one can tell what will happen. The scenarios range all over the map so to speak. The Oracle of Ottawa sees several very horrific scenarios where by the situation goes into a kind of unpredictable kind of chaos, like at the beginning of the First World War. An earthquake here an uprising there could throw the whole game plan of every side out of whack. Someone should ask John Boehner if he has found a way to tell Republican ashes from Democrat ashes...