Who wants Canada’s secrets out in the public?

That there is foreign interference in anyone’s politics is not surprising. Since Haiti gave the boot to French sovereignty the great pioneer nation of dispersed Africans has not had a year of release.  The people’s pleasure has been intercepted by the United States and God knows who else.  Every nation has secrets, some of which, like Haiti’s, have to do with survival.  Those people, especially politicians, who want a public airing of covert affairs that make their nation vulnerable are nothing but provocateurs and wannabe patriots and insurrection suspects. I have some ideas about who wants Canada’s secrets aired in public.

Trust with national interest is light years away from Conservative

The national interest will put people first, not corporations, large or small.  It is not enough to have federal politicians clamouring for a public inquiry, now Ontario’s premier is making his case for more details of foreign interference in Canada’s elections, now that, (you guessed it) the finger has been pointed at  provincial government officials from Premier Ford’s party. Geez, man, has the Ford government, while deciding the size of Toronto’s government, offers no insight into the rising occurrences of homicide. 

Smash up things then come in like saviours

Is there a push to create an image of the Ford government fighting crime and anything else? It looks that way and  scoffing and snickering at CSIS holding back secrets might work for Ford fiddlers and Pollievre pilferers.  It says much more about Ford refusing to say what he knows about the occupation of the national capital by admitted allies and friends of Conservative members of Canada’s legislatures. Conservatives have been tilting Canada towards “money talks” and the new right wing black hole. Since the 1970s they have been trying to make the difference between Canada and the United States seem inconsequential. For Ford and the Bloc Quebecois the line between federal and provincial powers and interests is sometimes thick and other times nonexistent.  I think Canadians know the difference between a fox in the henhouse and a German shepherd guarding a flock of sheep. They’re no saviours.

What juice are people drinking?

Canadians are rallying today March 19th against the racism hoping to eradicate it.  Meanwhile in the United States an entire party, one of the two that make up the American political system, cannot see racism in America. I do not know whether they have convinced the preachers or whether the preachers have convinced the politicians that it’s better not to mention racism.   I suppose it is treasonous to announce the emancipation of the slaves upon whose labour the economy is based.  In Canada preachers  do not see the evil of  filling people with lies and false hopes, neither do the police believe that white people have been killing First Nations children and women.   Racism will be with us as surely as the poor will be with us until the end of the age. 

Part of the problem or slayer

What is taking society as long as it has to end the scourge of racism may be more than simply not being a part of it.  They will tell us we are crazy for saying that our societies need a makeover.  As courageous and visionary as we think Washington and McDonald to be we have contorted the foundations with our selfish and homicidal views. Israel did it too.  I suppose we in the western hemisphere are fortunate that God did not call us to be the guardians of the mystery of the ages.  We seem to be caught between being selfish and being good neighbours.  No one needs a neighbour like Russia, if you are Ukraine, or like China if you are Taiwan.  The problem of racial discrimination begins in homes where the nextdoor neighbour is devalued; his iron, wood and stone are not as valuable as ours.  Let us not keep up the delusion that automobiles made identically in Canada and the United States have sticker prices disparate by  tens of thousands of dollars.

The end of racism is beyond our telescope

From those who find Hitler attractive, hate Muslims, Jews, Christians, and despise all foreign cultures racism is a necessity, and it is curious that the most costly and highly treasured systems of legislation, jurisprudence and education have been taking little nibbles out of the racism beast for decades (in some cases centuries). Not only is the end of racism beyond our vision, it is beyond the reach of our ropes, hoses and ladders.

Lies repeated, renegade dies

Whatever we say defines human failure we cannot deny that people who want to be something unprecedented are locked in on failure.  The nature of all created things includes uniqueness.  None of us need to press any buttons or develop any process to become holy or uniquely qualified or gifted.  The media bombards us with the “first this” and “first that”, the most rain or snow, the fastest car and train, and we humans are still the last to acknowledge the facts of life and the essentials of life.  Meanwhile the domesticated animals continue to reveal just how phony human priorities are, and the bank accounts of the right and left wing manipulators of destiny, as impressive as they are, are signs of certain death.  Twisting the facts over and over results in death whether the renegade is pauper or prince.

Sixth century BC media

We can hear the full range of the rumours, we can see  the waves of nationalistic pride washing over the powerful and the weak nations, and feel the anguish of mothers losing their children to another violent upheaval.  Contrary to the mindboggling first century AD buzz about Israel/Judah never being in bondage to any foreign power the Romans had their fingers around the throats of the ruling priests, we find that (a) the local king was a Roman appointee, and (b) the Roman governor had the final say about whether a convict of the Jewish court system died or lived.  A people ought to know their history as well as they know the popular buzz, because Hezekiah, a king recognized as a good man, had the following response when the Assyrians came calling (2 Kings 18:13)

“Then Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, “I have done wrong. Withdraw from me; whatever you impose on me I will bear.” So the king of Assyria required of Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.”

2 Kings 18:14, NASB

15) Hezekiah gave him all the silver which was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasuries of the king’s house. 16)  At that time Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the Lord, and from the doorposts which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.

2 Kings 18:15-16, NASB

Do not believe the story punted by modern evangelical scholars about Israel-Judah being a superpower because she had the ark, or the still treasured narrative about the sons of Israel defeating the natives of Canaan-Peleshet and have exclusive right to residence in the promised land.  The man of God Elisha seems to have taken a page from David’s book when he advised an Israelite woman to go into Philistine land to find relief from famine.

1) Now Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go with your household, and sojourn wherever you can sojourn; for the Lord has called for a famine, and it will even come on the land for seven years.” 2) So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God, and she went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.”

2 Kings 8:1-2

I have been at this for 34 years, pushing through the muddy waters of organized religion, and keeping my gaze on the facts, sometimes even wondering how could such lies have taken root, even as a whole new set of lies prevail in the modern era.  The belief that the temple, in the 6th century BC, by its mere presence alone, would shield Judah from incursions by foreign powers was manifest nonsens.  They knew and were told repeatedly that the more reliable raincoat was homegrown justice.  Justice for Jewish people and resident foreigners in the Holy Land was not a big deal at all. Never was and never will be.

People, especially wannabe prophets used to die for lying

These days, removed from the good old days of judges, kings, and priests, bring us face to face with a resistance to truth and nobility of character far more ingrained than anything the sons of Israel concocted.  People in the most powerful nations conveniently do not know how to separate a fact from a fantasy. Like the ancient world ruling powers the principalities of the media world will have no warning, no evidence they deem credible to bring them to a new attitude, and  like Israel and Judah, the revolutionary, no matter how convincingly the patriot and nationalist explains his cause,  the renegade dies.

Falling short of glory

What makes you most anxious?

It happens often enough to confirm that I am human and not some amped up version of a good citizen or exemplary judge.  Watching someone walk away from an encounter with me and I suddenly realize I could have said or done  something profoundly caring.  The thought that my contact also recognized the missed opportunity is less rattling .  A heart that recognizes that a moment of glory just slipped by is in good shape. So this kind of anxiety has an accompanying comfort. Even the criminal and uninformed person wants to be known as caring for another person. The brightest lights of human life shine with caring activity.

Rich fool

Here is a parable that surprises us with its disregard for the processes of the commercial world. The parable is triggered by  someone in a crowd accompanying the Lord Yeshua inviting the Lord to order the division, the redistribution of the family inheritance.   To which the Lord replied, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Then He said to the crowd, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” (Luke 12:13-15, NASB).

Abundance of goods is hardly life

Yeshua told them a parable, saying,

  • “The land of a rich man was very productive.
    • And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’
      • WHAT HE DOES.Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 
      • WHAT HE SAYS. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; 
    • take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 
  • But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 

Based on the opening line a person needs to be aware of how positivity or increased productivity can negatively affect him.  Apparently, the landowner crossed the line.  His planning and self-talk were defining.  When the sun rose the next day he had nothing.  As the saying goes, he departed this life with as much as when he arrived. It goes to show that God judges people by what they say, even to themselves. Based on the closing lines, more of everything and greed for it brings attention that does not end well. We need to clean up our self-talk.  Our self-talk can sink our boat.

So is the man who // this is what happens to selfish and greedy people.  Business men should pay attention to their plans for increasing production with the proceeds not destined for others.  

So is the man who 

  • (a) stores up treasure for himself, and 
  • (b) is not rich toward God.”” (Luke 12:16-21, NASB)

Perhaps it is better to have no pillow, no business, no investments that might constitute a temptation to build bigger warehouses.  In conclusion, we might take another look at the lesson about the difficulty of rich persons finding a way into God’s kingdom.  This parable is about a person in one of the few risky situations affecting kingdom access.   This person could be any believer who sees himself as rich without actually being rich. 

Canada’s family

You listen to people like to the Bloc Quebecois leader and you will think that Canadians can find no-one to trust with the nation’s business, and we need to look outside of our family, while the Bloc itself absolutely refuses to recognize the Canadian family, namely, our Aboriginal people and all of us who have come here from anywhere. The Bloc is lost in its separatist and “distinct people” rhetoric when it rejects an unimpeachable former Governor General as the Prime Minister’s choice to head up an inquiry. The BQ is out on a limb with opposition for opposition’s sake. This Bloc objection is simply another perfectly transparent political manoeuvre that has “fail” written all over it.

Healthcare fraud in plain sight

Do you think the Canadian premiers do not know that charging for necessary health services contravene the national act? If you do, you might also think that Palestinians are not real, Ukraine is just part of Russia and conservatives across the planet are not eager to build societies based on the prevalent influence and superior rights of corporate power. As a dispersed African, I can smell a slave economy as the winds blow past the debate about healthcare services and providers.

Inflation Differentiated

Blame Russian aggression against Ukraine for the high and rising prices we have to pay.  Blame the covid 19 pandemic for disrupting supply chains and causing shortages and higher costs. Listen to the money and economy experts and  blame inflation for the higher and prohibitive cost of living.  Find the entities exempt from any of those causes and meet specialized inflation, like food inflation, lodging inflation, travel inflation, contracting inflation, housing inflation and betting inflation, each with its own explanation of victims and no culprit.

A bigger pot of crack will be hard to find.  The butcher, the baker and the LED lamp maker will have a story to tell, and only the paperwork work for the period in question will tell the public whether inflation is like the weather; very diverse, inevitable and not subject to manipulation. I am willing to predict that the gouge-kings have been busy.