Saturday, September 19, 2015


Excited about the Canadian federal election? Coming up October 19th. Just around the corner. I can sense the vibe of pure adrenalyn online! The world is so completely engrossed that I found tens of summaries of yesterday's PM candidate debate when I Googled it. Tens! No videos to be found or transcripts on the CBC or Maclean's magazine where the former and latter are respectively, and, (far too), respectfully handled. Nothing on youtube. Nothing!

So to slake my thirst for political enragement, uh, I mean engagement, I looked up the previous debate held August 7th between the Rat Ownable Stephen Harper, Justin Beiber Trudeau, Thomas Mulclair and I think I heard some other voice accasionally being drowned out by the bellowing of the other three... oh, right, Liz May was there from the Green Party.

To preface, I'd like to insert some quotes from the eminently quotable P.J. O'Rourke, an actual member of the detestable American Republicans, who I enjoy reading. O'Rourke, that is. Not the Republicans. I don't enjoy reading Republicans. Although it can be entertaining. Reading their body language when they're lying. Or in the case of Mr. Bush the elder, his lips. But not their books. Or their speeches. Or any of their rhetoric. At any rate, I like reading P.J. O'Rourke. P.J. believes in capitalism and the free market economy eventually correcting itself, and a few other of the fairy tales republicans promote to the unvarnished masses whose intelligence they underestimate, yet whose votes they begrudgingly require to legitimize their delusions of grandeur. But he shares a great deal of other beliefs with me and has a refreshingly blunt and non-political way of expressing them.

So here is his description of politics - see if you don't agree: "(There's) really only one political goal in the world. Politics is the business of getting power and privelege without possessing merit." He goes on to say "Politicians are always searching for some grave concern which will cause individuals to abandon their separate concerns... and act in concert so the politicians can weild the baton." I get so sick of hearing these stuffed suits and pant suits bullshitting about how hard they're "fighting" for us! O'Rourke says they're always fighting wars, (not real ones - too much merit involved). Wars on poverty, drugs, pollution, AIDS, racism, the Russians, aliens, zombies and now terrorism or more specifically ISIS. Or ISIL or whatever our common enemy that we must band together and fund our heroic politicians to vanquish is known as lately. This bullying of fellow citizens by means of dreads and frights has been going on since paleolithic times, O'Rourke tells us, and it continues today.

So let's just investigate the last debate, or the first quarter and a bit of it because I can't stomach much more of it. If you haven't already guessed, I have little to no respect for politicians. I believe, as does P.J. O'Rourke, that they are a bunch of swelled-headed narcissists who fancy themselves the only ones worthy of saving the world, and who consider themselves deserving of excessive payment for that service. Not just power and privelege, but also payment. By and large, that is. There are some good ones. I've blogged in support of Bernie Sanders. But the broken system of politics, which has been transformed into a brotherhood of fatcats selling favours to the massively obesecats of the corporate world holds little attraction for those with the moral standards to ACTUALLY give the world a bit of a saving.

And, "LET'S BE CLEAR," (Harper's favourite filler, which he said so many times in the following debate I thought he had summoned the spectre of L. Ron Hubbard, (usually followed by statements which further muddied what he proposed to clear up.)), that's really what it is: moral standards. There IS an intelligence in public speaking, rhetoric, sophistry, lying, misleading the public and politics. Screwing people out of money by straight taking their money requires no intelligence or merit. Just cold-blooded ethical elasticity. It's not clever to take something from someone any more than it's stupid for that person to allow you to keep it. You are taking advantage of their kindness. You are not strong and they are not weak. In fact it's the opposite. You are an asshole and they are putting up with you. Nothing more. Entire cultures have existed, and still exist, in which people didn't and don't practice this kind of assholery. Not just ownership, but the desire to own more than everyone else, is viewed as a sickness not of the body but of the soul. So this is neither natural, nor progressive, nor is it in any way necessary for the survival of our species. It's just selfishness and it has been the driving force behind 9 years of Harper government.

So needless to say, I loathe Stephen Harper more than most other people who participate in the loathesome practice of politics. And I'll be the last to defend him, but in this debate, it seemed like the other candidates were bent on riding the wave, (a well-earned wave), of Harper hatred sweeping the nation and just decided to contradict every single thing he said. OR, is everything that escapes the mouth of our leader of the last decade a lie? I can't believe that the other candidates are completely innocent in this. I'm sure they are using well-thought-out word combinations to create "truthiness" where the facts get in the way. After all, they're politicians. But this debate was nothing more than somebody, usually Harper, stating something and the others stating the exact opposite. Somebody is lying on EVERY FUCKING POINT!

Anyway, here's how it went. I'll just sum up the litany of contradictions that was called a debate.

Trudeau is asked about the economy, the first topic. His reply is Harper messed it up in the last 10 years. We have had 8 deficits in a row after a decade of surplusses. Canada's the only G-7 country in a recession. Wages are falling. We need to tax the wealthy and lower taxes on the middle class.

Harper then replies that Canada has had, during his reign of terror, the strongest economic growth, job creation, and income growth for the middle class among major developed economies. Then he launches into his infamous growth going forward nonsense. "Believe me THIS time, sure we suck and have sucked for 9 years although Baby Pierre can't figure out how many years I've been in office, but TRUST me, it's gonna get better if you keep me even longer." Then spouts some REALLY confusing crap about how he wants a "low-tax" plan rather than high taxes, high debt, high deficit which is failing everywhere else. The other parties, Harpy claims, want to spend billions creating permanent high taxes and permanent deficits... just like I've done in the 9 years I've been P.M.

Then Mulclair weighs in. He starts with the requisite NDP, "Canadians work hard!" comment but it's quickly followed up by, "Harper messed up the economy." Canada lost 400,000 well-paid jobs during Harper's reign. There are 200,000 more unemployed now than in 2008. (remember, Harper claimed job creation) Incomes are flatlining, household debt is skyrocketing. Harpy and Justin Bieber wanna give 10s of billions to the rich corporations even though Beiber claims he wants to tax the wealthy and Hardon claims he has some mysterious "low-tax" plan. We must assume he is referring to the zero or negative taxation the foreign investors and large corporations enjoy. NDP want to give tax breaks to small and medium corporations.

Then Elizabeth May is allowed to talk without being interrupted for the only time during the debate. She says that Harper said in 2008, which is when the recession started, "If there was gonna be a recession, there'd be one already." Not a good track record spotting recessions. He can't even admit the one he has driven Canada into today. Canada has a weak and shrinking economy. We need to invest some of what Mark Carney called the $630 Billion of "dead money" in Canada.

This is a great point that nobody seemed willing to get into. What the hell is dead money? I think it's like this: When a foreign investor wants to move into Canada, they need to have 800,000 bucks in the bank. At least that's what it used to be. It's given to the provincial government where the investor invests or starts a company or whatever. I believe it is kept for 2 years. If after two years the business is going swimmingly, the money is GIVEN BACK TO THE INVESTOR!!! So it's not really a tax, it's a loan to the government. In two years just the interest on a million bucks, (which is probably what the charge is today), would help the country. If it's invested, let's say into the can't miss, sweetheart deals that are unavailable to any individuals but the government of Canada and the provincial governments, are proposed every single day, that money could make a huge difference in the Canadian economy! But, this point was never pursued.

Harper pipes up with 1.3 million new jobs since the financial crisis. See? He's still not calling it a recession. This is the best in G-7. Let's be clear, incomes are rising, (Mulclair said "flatlining"), we have a balanced budget, and we are able to invest in infrastructure, health care, benefits for families, we DON'T, but we are able to. Nice choice of words though Stevieboy!

Trudeau then attacks Mulclair's suggestion of a $15 minimum wage stating that it will only help less than 1% of Canadians who earn minimum wage. How the fuck is THAT even possible? Minimum wage is lower than 15 bucks. Raising it will help EVERY person who makes minimum wage! Won't it?

Mulclair: Over 100,000 Canadians will be helped by the 15 buck minimum wage. Canada has 36 million people. 1% of that is 360,000 so, yes, less than one percent will be helped. But 100,000 seems like lots of help and less than 1% doesn't. Aside from the slick sophistry going on here, are 99% of Canadians REALLY making more than 15 bucks an hour??? I have NEVER made that in Canada! So a university degree and 16 years of teaching lands me in the bottom 1%? Maybe THAT is something these superheroes should try to save Canada from!

Mulclair goes on to explain Harper's claim to job creation. The CIBC says these are mostly part time, precarious jobs. The new job quality in Canada is the worst in a generation.

Harper: Let me be clear: 90% of those 1.3 million new jobs are full time. (Stats Can) Incomes are growing, he repeats.

Then there's some arguing about pension that doesn't make any sense. Then Trudeau mentions that Harper raised the retirement age from 65 to 67. What the Liberals will raise is 315,000 kids out of poverty with their more generous childcare benefits. But, what is that, reader? That's right! It's less than 1% of the Canadian population. Politics 101 here. Trudeau then accuses Harper of writing government checks to millionaires. Which he does.

Harper rebutts with, Let me be clear, retirement age won't go up for over 10, uh, for 10 years. This is part of his "going forward" plan I suppose. This is what Trudeau SHOULD have said. Instead he replied, "Oh so that's for our grandkids to worry about." Again, his sense of time is a bit skewed possibly by 48-hour coke and hooker binging. How he figures 10 years will equate to grandkids is enough to raise some doubt. Keith Richards partied with the Trudeaus. Nuff said.

Liz May pipes up with a nice one. She mentions in passing that other G-7 countries, such as Germany, have fewer newcomers joining the labour market so net new job stats are misleading. It's a political way of saying that there are tons of people immigrating to Canada and they get the shitty, new jobs because they're the only ones who want the friggin' things. When Harper comes back from his frequent visits to China he may have thousands of these "newcomers" in tow with fresh, shiny, new jobs being part of the tour package for all we know. Working for the Chinese-owned businesses in Canada for 2 bucks an hour beats the hell outta working in China for 2 bucks a day! There are good reasons Harper is so popular in China and it's not his hairstyle. Anyhoo, 1.3 million new jobs and 2 million new workers ain't job creation.

Harper pulls out the rhetoric. Immigrants are an important part of our Economic Action Plan to help drive our economy. Into the poor house. He didn't say that last part. I did. Again all part of his vision for Canada's future. More people than jobs. Nice.

Mulclair: Harper added 150 billion bucks to Canada's debt in the last 10 years. Last week he spent over a billion. We can't afford you, Harpy!

Harper: We, uh, we have, um, er, uh, a balanced budget. Other countries, (none cited), don't.

Liz clarifies by repeating the 150 billion federal debt stat and states that in a 2 trillion dollar economy she doesn't believe the budget WILL balance this year. The budget is a work of fantasy worthy of J.K. Rowling. If it balances or not depends strictly on its creative writers.

Mulclair suggests Canada grab a piece of the 5 trillion dollar green energy world market over the next 15 years. We're missing out on it because Harper doesn't believe in it.

Harper talks about a strong "foothold in Asia" and Liz May mentions the investment treaty Harper signed without any consultation with politicians or citizens that Canada can't get out of until 2045. Beijing is gonna be calling the shots and deciding which laws to pass for the next P.M. and many more.

Harper ignores the comment completely and states that greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced while growing our economy.

Liz May says that's not true.

Mulclair says that he reckons Harper thought that by gutting our environmental laws, we'd somehow get our energy resources to market faster. How's that workin' for ya, Harpy? Canadians want clear environmental assessments before pipelines can be accepted.

Anyway, knowing what I know about the oil pipelines and how Harper wants to pipe oil all over the beautiful country in its most dangerous forms, crude and bitumen from the oil sands, knowing that pipelines WILL fail and spills WILL happen, and knowing that Harper has consistently defunded the environmental agencies that will work to prevent such disasters or clean them up when they happen, I puked a little in my mouth when reading this crap and had to stop. Harper is owned by oil companies. Mostly in China and America and he will continue to mire Canada in the evil, antiquated business as long as he's the PM.

I got riled up reading these word games. Canada is a very rich country. 630 billion is just what the Central Bank head figures corporations in Canada are just holding on to. Waiting for something to spend it on. The example I gave is just one example of how Canada IS one of these corporations and how IT has dead money too. If these jagoffs had any authority to distribute the truckloads of spare change Canadian corporations have hanging around not a single person in Canada would make less than 100 grand a year. But these clowns are all beholden to big money. It's not different than the States. In fact, in the U.S. they have a dude who is going to do his best to fight the true powers that be if he gets elected. I believe what he wants is what almost everyone in the U.S. and Canada wants. I'm referring, of course, to Bernie Sanders. It's going to be tough for Bernie and I hate to say it but I think if he wins the presidency, he'll be in a lot of danger. I can't wait to see the revolution he will start if he gets in though!

Canada needs this same kind of revolution. Sanders is pissed off at the despotic billionaires destroying the U.S. Canadians need to get angry too. I don't see any of these candidates bringing about the kind of revolutionary changes needed. Certainly none worth a very valuable vote. But that's always the case. And, unfortunately, the Canadian people will put up with a lot of crap from there piliticians before they get pissed off.

I wouldn't even be surprised to see Harper win again because, like me, people watch these candidates contradicting each other, speaking in riddles and truthiness and get the feeling that they're all a bunch of typically meritless politicians. They're doing all their fighting to be the baton wielding leader of the parades against taxes, deficits, unemployment, environmental concerns and all the other issues, but when and if they win they will likely do as little as all those before them to come up with the incredibly simple solutions to these problems. Because they're not the ones in power. So Canadians might just refuse to waste a vote on any of them. But I can't vote anyway. Yet another of the little adjustments Harper has made to improve his chances. He has obviously done some research and found that among the Canadians who are overseas and will vote, he won't get many of their votes, so he has chosen to take that right away. That's just how he rolls. So some would argue that taking away my vote was "smart." Let ME be clear, Harper is not smart. He is just a hideously selfish human being who has the moral relativism one needs to screw an entire country. In short he's a jerk who needs to be pushed into a mud puddle.

I would have voted for not Harper but none of the candidates other than Harper will give me, or I suspect the country, what it wants. Certainly not what 50% of us want. So it's going to remain a fake democracy no matter what the election results. Leastaways, that's what I reckon.

This was posted by a friend on facebook a bit too late to attach it to this post:

Monday, September 14, 2015

The old "hurry up and wait"

I'm just sitting here at mid-day soaking up the cool temps and trying to think of something to blog about. I just got my stuff all consolidated at Mike and Heather's place in Seoul. It's nice to have a computer to bang away on. I miss writing when I'm computerless for more than a few days. So now I'm packed and am ready to move out to the school where I've been hired as soon as I can. It's in Icheon City. As opposed to the Icheon neighbourhood of Seoul. And massively different from it. "Ee cheon," which is how it's pronounced, in Korean means two thousand. That's how many people it feels like there are in Icheon City. Not the Icheon neighbourhood of Seoul!

Anyway, I was supposed to start September 1st like everyone else and am not exactly sure what happened but here I am, still not working and still at least three weeks away from starting. See they have told me that they HAVE students but for some reason they choose to keep from me, the students aren't HERE yet or aren't SIGNED yet or just aren't available for me to teach yet. One would think that if they are as sure of the students arriving and this school year happening as they assure me they are, they would be interested in giving me all the paperwork necessary for immigration and getting me a visa. Just the visa number takes a couple of weeks to acquire. Who knows what will happen with the Suwon Immigration Office? Immigration officers sometimes take great pleasure in demanding that you get this document or that and then return before the visa application is complete. And it just wouldn't be as much fun if they made you go home and get all the stuff they can think of at the same time. No, they usually ask for every conceivable document, (whether necessary or not), one at a time so as to prolong the agony of the visa process even more. I reckon it would make sense to have me start this process now so that when the students get to the school, I'll be ready for them. At the very least legal to teach them.

But will I be ready? I have been shown some books and brought them home so I could flip through them and develop a mental curriculum, but then I was told that those are not the books I will be using. I actually thought of writing curriculums. Good thing I didn't waste my time! I have not yet seen the books I will be using. I could be developing curricula, heck, I could have written the entire year, made course outlines, had them bound and put bows on every one of them by now. But, alas, I am idly awaiting, whatever it is I am idly awaiting.

I'd be rookie teacher foolish if I believed the, "Oh don't worry, David, you totally have the job!" that I've been told by several people. If that were the case, what would stop them from letting me get to work on stuff I could be doing while waiting for them to get the school year organized?

Then again, I'd be rookie teacher foolish to believe that logic applies to this gig and think that there's gotta be a reason other than just pure disorganization.

So I have some concerns. Misgivings. No matter how you slice it, it's nerve wracking. And I REALLY hate the old "hurry up and wait." I figure either I am being kept on hold, and not compensated for it, or I will be working for a bunch of people who are showing remarkably bad organizational skills.

But I'm choosing to remain positive. I think they WILL be disorganized and they WILL need more than just my teaching skills at this school. I have been to many camps where the broad strokes were organized but the details were left to the teachers at the 11th hour. And they all turned out great because, like myself, the workers at those camps were good at improvising. I have a feeling there will be a lot of last minute improvisation needed from me at my new position. I am actually happy about that because it will solidify my indispensibility right from the get go. And since I am in on the ground floor of this project, before long they will want me as a long-term employee and maybe even a partner. Eventual principal? You never know...

I just really wish I could get going! I've been out of work for ages now and I have to get some money rolling in!

I recently read an interesting article on the 1.2 million Americans who live on basically no money. Less than 2 bucks per person per day I believe was the cut-off. These are people too proud to take welfare who don't get food stamps and who are disqualified from or don't take advantage of any programs that may help them out. There are things you just don't think about that happen to these folks. Clothes wear out. So you have to donate blood to get 30 bucks to buy underwear for your son who needs them. How about the kids? They are made fun of for constantly wearing the same clothes to school. The article talked about desperate measures that these people take to survive. People illegally selling their food stamps, selling sex, collecting rain water to flush the toilet because they can't pay the city water bill... These are the kind of dire straights I think I would find myself in if not for the kindness of strangers and friends who have helped me through this rough time. I am anxious to get back to work and pay them back for saving my arse. But I have to wait at least two weeks for the visa number, then go to Japan for 3 days and none of this will happen until I get all the paperwork from the people at the school.

Right now they want me to move out to the school. I told them I'd move when I got all the papers. That didn't work. So now I've told them I am ready to move and will move any time they want. But I think there is some preparation needed before they will allow me out there. I saw my place a couple times but only from the outside. I was told the key was with the workers who were renovating, painting etc. Well I guess they're still not done. I don't even know if I have a bed or a desk or a TV or a fridge. They've told me that I can eat at the cafeteria there but I won't want to do that every meal for very long. What about food I can't live without that will never be on the cafeteria menu? Like spaghetti? Bread. Mac & Cheese. And coffee and beer. Snacks. Where is the nearest grocery store? How do buses work? I really want to get there and get used to the place as soon as I can.

But, here I am... Sponging off friends, not getting an income, writing my blog and not an ESL curriculum. I am incredibly grateful for friends who have brought me to ball games, taken me out for trivia night or to the pub, Everland, Muido Beach, Oktoberfest, the tea fields of Bosung, I have had loads of fun since being here in Korea! As the following photo will fully illustrate:

But I just can't enjoy it fully when I'm not working and pulling my weight. I'm feeling a bit like a bum. A drain on society. Interestingly, that's how these 1.2 million impoverished Americans describe themselves feeling when people offer to help them out. Very grateful, but they just want to work. They'd rather earn than receive charity.

While I believe it is a hugely important part of our existence to help other people and I believe that those who have never done so have yet to experience true joy, I'm getting tired of providing others with the joy of helping me. I want some of that joy of helping others for a while. Heh heh.

Hopefully I will hear some news about moving in and/or getting the visa process underway soon. I am all ready. Have been for ages. I'm just waiting. For what, I'm not sure. Just waiting...


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Douche vs Turd Sandwich

I am not as good a talker as I am a writer. My mind works at the speed of handwriting or typing, not quite at the speed of my mouth. That's why I get into arguments with people about things I feel strongly about, have done lots of research on, have a thoroughly informed opinion of, and I sound like a blathering idiot. I organize my thoughts better on paper or in my blog. So this is something I'm writing that was brought on by a disagreement with one of my best friends ever. In fact we were probably agreeing more than disagreeing but because I can't talk properly, it sounded like I was yelling at her. I was raising my voice because what was coming out of my mouth wasn't what I wanted and that's frustrating.

We were disagreeing about the vote. That last bastion of democracy that political workers have done everything from hiring celebrities to Big Brother brainwashing to hammer into our heads that it is some sort of huge privelege and it represents our freedom and democracy. My argument was basically, "PPPpbbbbttthhhhhbbbbttttt!" And that was about as effectively as I worded it. I hope I can do better here. One of the things that came up in our argument was Harper, that THING in charge of ruining Canada right now. If I don't vote along with other Harper haters, he just might be allowed to continue. I didn't explain it well but I believe the vote should be used to get somebody IN not OUT. That's just one of the many ways I think the vote and democracy in Canada has been cheapened over the years. One of my other best friends ever sent me this:

Maybe it's another case of the wise, old Oscar Wilde saying and if I want to convince anyone that our system of government is messed up, I have to do it in a humourous way. Or they will kill me. So there you go. Can't get more accurate than that, can you?

Anyway, it's election time in Canada and I'm seeing a lot of irritating posts on facebook. Most irritating are the ones from Harper supporting friends who are doing the old switcheroo and claiming that people who hate Harper are the ones with cognitive dissonance. Saying that somehow we hate him but we can't prove why. They even give it a medical, scientific sounding acronym, HDF, which means Harper Derangement Frenzy. This ailment is acute in us Harper haters and it impairs our ability to reason clearly. So I'm told. But I wouldn't know because I can't reason clearly.

This must be why I put absolutely no stock in the glowing report Canada got recently from the highly reputable institute called, what else, the Reputation Institute that ranked Canada as the most reputable and admired country in the world. It is only my disability to reason clearly that keeps me from trusting that the most scientific methods imaginable were used to gather data for such an abstract title. Same goes for our number 5 ranking in "world happiness." I confess, my acute Harper hatred has caused me to doubt the hard science that must have gone into this study. Soft power? Social progress? What the hell are these things?

And when Harper supporters claim the #1 spot for "best country for business" proudly, it is only my blind hatred of Harper that brings to mind the statement of Confucius, "In a well governed country, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a poorly governed country, wealth is something to be ashamed of." I don't doubt Canada is the best country for business. I've written several examples before and I am sure there are many others. But it must be my irrational dislike for Harper that causes me to believe that only the rich and selfish, mostly foreign, are benefitting from Canada's world leading business practices. That's why, as explained a few times before, Norway has less oil than Canada, yet every Norwegian has a million-dollar pension because of it and I, a citizen of a vastly more oil rich country, probably won't ever get one.

The exact same thing can be said for our number 7 ranking in the world's most open governments scientific study. It's true. I believe it. Because the government has to be open to allow foreign corporations to steal our country's natural resources and fuck up its fragile ecosystems. I'm certain this has nothing to do with Harper's communication with other politicians, reporters, the public, well pretty much anybody who isn't waving briefcases full of money at him. But that's just the HDF talking.

Job growth, GDP growth, net debt reduction. These are things that are heralded by Harper supporters as evi-dense of his stellar prime ministership. Cited as rock-solid proof is that most fantastically creative annual work of fiction, the national budget. Then I read this article in the Huffington Post called the Top 10 Reasons To Vote For Anyone But Harper.

Look at number 2. It says Harper's economic record and job creation record are the worst of any PM since WWII. And then take a gander at number 5. It says that before Harper's reign of terror, (sorry. HDF spasm), there were 9 consecutive budget surplusses. In his 7 years at the helm there have been 7 consecutive deficits. 127 billion more HDF induced hallucinations I suppose.

Any list of Harper government achievements comes with a list of facts that renders the former list sadly ironic. Almost as ironic as the Harper supporters accusing Harper haters of ignoring reason. It brings to mind a most English of English sayings: "Are you taking a piss?" Or in a more PG13 version, "Are you winding me up?" Even when a Harper supporter talks about something that appears to be good, like the child care credits, we find that they are only available to a choice group of Canadians who need them the least and they are taxed so much that they end up costing more than they are benefitting. One of my friends proudly stated that at least Harper hasn't had scandals like the such and such government before him. Let's just ignore the fact that that statement is making me think of the last time I went to the circus and saw an elephant stand on its hind legs and a LAKE of piss came gushing out... ahem, is that what we are looking for in our leadership? No scandals? "It's okay if he de-protects water and changes laws to facilitate ease of illegal immigration and environmentally disastrous pipeline building despite Canada's environmental protection record going into the toilet, oil spills, including the largest on land ever, constantly being downplayed and kept from public attention, environmentalists being muted and defunded, as long as there are no scandals." It seems to my HDF-addled brain, that any perceived shortage of scandals, real or selectively observed, has more to do with the effective control of media than effective government.

That's the other irritating thing to me about election time: as a nation, and I'd go so far as to say the same goes for America, we have gotten to a point in our histories where we accept such weak, watered down shadows of the democracy we once prided ourselves in having. Those who think they know me well might believe I hate the vote. I agree with Mark Twain who says, "If voting made any difference, they wouldn't allow us to do it." But that doesn't mean I hate voting. People who don't vote aren't just too lazy or too busy or too stupid. This is such a common misconception! And it's a huge weakness in our system of government that bad people depend upon. There is a very real, very well developed, even well nurtured voter remorse in places like Canada created by many years of non-democracy being called deomocracy. Many who voted again and again and again and got a small amount of what they voted for, or even NONE of it, have given up. But don't be deceived. If we had anyone worthy of casting a ballot for, we'd be back. Give us a Bernie Sanders in Canada and I would not only vote, I'd encourage others to do so.

At the same time the Vote has become an untouchable, religious ceremony to Canadians and Americans. Sorry if I insert another Mark Twain quote here that fits quite nicely: "Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool." Now please don't take this to mean I believe that all religion is con men conning fools. I just believe that in the case of the almighty vote, this IS the case. Can you tell me one SINGLE other thing that all politicians agree upon? Why do you think that is so? And who do you think is perpetuating the holiness of the vote? And to re-post that old line once again, "I wonder who would lead us if none of us would vote."

But I don't hate the vote. In fact I use it constantly in my life. In the classroom I let students vote on lessons sometimes. I will agree to a democratic choice of where to eat or drink on Saturday night even if I'm outvoted. I believe whole-heartedly in democracy. That's why I am possibly even more extreme than most in my belief in the vote. I believe that if a politician doesn't get at least 50% of the common vote, the election is not good. Otherwise, we really can't accurately say it's democratic. Though we always do. In fact even a 50% victory is going to fall far short of a true democracy, as our history of voting has proved time and time again, because even the BEST of politicians is only going to do about 50% of what he/she says.

Democracy is voting and letting the majority decide. There has never been, as far as I know, a government in either country in which the people got what 50% or more wanted. That means the majority is not deciding. That means it ain't democracy. The problem is NOT with the vote! I get so frustrated when I see these posts on people's facebook pages stating monumentally misinformed things like, "Bad politicians are elected by good people who don't vote." This may sound like a stretch but bear with me: That is like saying Charles Manson's grandparents are responsible for the crimes he committed. I don't know if anyone can, but let's pretend that we can see back to the time when Charles Manson's parents were dating. Maybe their parents, (his grandparents), told the two lovebirds time and time again not to have sex. They just had a feeling that nothing good could come of it. Maybe even saw a vision of the future. They voiced their opinions constantly, but Manson's parents only listened to them about once every four years when they ran out of money and needed a loan. At loan time the grandparents always said, "Okay, we'll give you just ONE more loan, just promise us one thing: don't have sny kids." Manson's parents always made genuine sounding promises at loan time. The future Mrs. Manson went on the pill. Mr. Manson bought condoms. But they spent their loan money on drugs, booze and sleazy hotel rooms where they could fuck like bunnyrabbits. Well on conception day Mommy hadn't used her pill and Daddy had run out of condoms. Manson was born. He killed seven people and is still rotting in jail for it. Who is at fault?

Manson's parents raised him and probably had some influence on his morality, just like the memebers of municipal, regional, state and provincial governments have some influence on the PM or President. Ideally, they should do what the voters, (grandparents), want. But they rarely do. Still, in these modern times when everything anybody does wrong can always be blamed on someone else, bad PM's and Presidents aren't blamed, nor are the members of their parties or even oppositions. It's the VOTERS' fault??? That's not even right, it's the NON voters' fault. That's like saying Manson's crimes were the fault of a FRIEND of his grandparents. It's ludicrous!

Let's go back to that article I gave a link to. I agree with it, sort of. Harper is bad. What he's done to Canada is equivalent to mass murder. The members of the Conservative party aren't at fault although they have some influence on him. Certainly the voters who voted for him are not at fault because a majority of what he's done was not in the election ads. The ones who DIDN'T vote for him have even LESS blame, but they DID support the system of government that got him elected. The ONLY people whose hands are clean in the midst of the most disastrous governments Canada has had maybe ever are the ones who didn't vote at all. But somehow the politicians want you to believe it's their fault. Why? Because if nobody voted, their jobs would be illegitimate. They'd be like CEO's of companies with no investors. Commissioners of sports leagues with no players. Voting is what keeps these guys in business. If you vote, you participate in our system of government, which, (you knew it had to be about money didn't you?), includes taxation.

Taxation, politics, economics, wheeling and dealing as the Prime representative of Canada. That comes with a lot of money, power and responsibility. This, unfortunately, attracts a lot of bad, greedy, capitalistic candidates because of the MASSIVE opportunities for mismanagement of the country and corruption. So am I only referring to Harper? Absolutely not. In my lifetime, as far as I can remember, there have been zero people who I could vote for that would have given me, and the majority of Canada, what we wanted. That is to say we have never had an opportunity at an actual democracy in our country. I would like to see a Canada that votes for ideas. This would be the most democratic solution. However, I know that not everybody would be willing to read all the details of all the issues. Many majorities would vote for the better options, but some wouldn't. So we'd get bad things because of ignorance.

I DO believe our system can work as we have it believe it or not. The problem is, we need honest and good politicians all the way up and we have to rid the system of its inherent corruption. The fault of our political system is NOT with the voters or the non-voters, it's with the scumbag politicians that a corrupt system of government attracts. Charles Manson killed those people and the legal system is reasonable enough to find him at fault and throw him in jail. But when it comes to politics, where does the reason go? Why are even the people who hate Harper trying to shift blame here? He's the poster boy for the problem with Canadian politics. Period. The fix couldn't be simpler. STOP LYING, CHEATING, AND STEALING. How to change the system is the complicated part. We need stringent rules, laws, checks and balances for the oversight of our politicians. We need candidates who offer what we want as a country instead of a little of what we want and a lot of what we don't want according to party policies.

Folks, voting for "anybody but Harper" will just get us Trudeau and I don't think he's what Canada wants. He's better, but he's still a turd sandwich. Or is he a douche? A turd sandwich vs. a douche. Modern democracy. Yay?

Monday, August 17, 2015

A little more Harper harping

This was posted by a Canadian internet friend today. While last week, this:

was posted by an American internet friend. Does that say, "Socialist" beside Canada? Do Americans think we are a socialist country? Do Canadians?

I sure wish we were! I'd still be there. On another internet post about how if you're broke, tired, overworked and unhappy you may be suffering from capitalism I got a response from someone that is the old stand-by argument: "So are you telling me socialism worked in Asia?" Probably referring to Cambodia's Khmer Rouge disaster or the ongoing disaster called the Chinese Communist Party, (which, strangely, calls itself socialist.) Who knows, maybe Indonesia or East Timor or some other lesser known socialism was what the commentor referred to.

The fact is Socialism, even Communism can work if it is handled properly by the right people. All over Europe there are good examples. Here's one:
I DO think America should follow their lead. And Canada and pretty much every country. You know, sometimes I wish I knew a little less about this sort of stuff. It would allow me to enjoy TV more. I was recently, (like yesterday), watching Ice Cold Gold because I love that kind of show. Reminds me of the summer I spent drilling. Only I don't have to be out there suffering with them. Although I gladly WOULD for the money they're making. Okay, let me explain:

From the beginning I was wondering how a group of American prospectors were just allowed to waltz into Greenland, dig around looking for gold and gems, find them and sneak outta there with them. I wondered how much these miners were paying the Greenlandian government for extracting the minerals from this land they don't live on or pay taxes on. Because of all I know about politics everywhere I guessed that it wasn't very much and if ANY of it at all went to benefit the people of Greenland, it would be a miracle. This, to me, was unfair.

It reminded me of a dead horse I'd like to flog once again here in my blog. $2.25 ring a bell? That's how much Nestle paid to the government of Canada to extract every million litres of fresh water out of the ground in B.C. and then sell it back to Canadians at about a million times what they paid for it. It was even cheaper in Ontario. This too is grossly unfair. And if we had any kind of government it would be stopped. In fact it would never have been allowed in the first place.

But back to Greenland. These miners found a huge deposit of rubies in Greenland at a site they prospected and staked a claim on. It turned out to be about 13 million dollars worth, maybe more. The show was really interesting though. The whole time the men were finding these rubies one after another and finding them in the core they were taking, which meant there were many more, they all KNEW they had struck it rich. They were all millionaires. But none of them were satisfied. They all talked like if they didn't find a rich deposit of gold or blue sapphire, their season would be a bust. They all got greedy. Then they started bickering and fighting. I was disgusted with these guys I had watched for two seasons of the show! They reminded me of that awesome, old movie, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madres."

But then it got even better! They knew the locals knew about their find. They had found a strange chisel on the ruby site. And then there was a strange boat cruising around their base camp. They all got paranoid that somebody would jump their claim and run away with some of their rubies. THEIR rubies. Like that old saying, they were worried that someone would take what they had rightfully stolen.

They gathered up as much of the rubies as they could and skulked out of Greenland. The comment was made by the leader of the group and head geologist, "I'm glad we got back to town with the rubies at night so no one could see us."

At the beginning of season three two things happened. Two shocking things. The group voted out Chad, a sluice miner who they felt had not shown as much worth to the crew as the others. They also mentioned that he did not have the right, go-get-it attitude. Basically, I thought as I watched, he wasn't greedy enough.

And then the real bombshell came. During the winter after the partial ruby extraction, the government of Greenland, who were probably the ones scouting the claim, did some re-zoning and made some new rules and basically said that these guys couldn't mine their claim any more. I'm pretty sure I was about the only person in the viewing audience who said, "YES!" at home while watching.

Greenland has its own flag but I think it is Danish territory. An autonomous Danish dependant territory. So... socialist. And that's how socialists work.

Another dead horse a flogging: Look at the guys at the top of that list. Norway is rich because they don't allow foreign interests to just waltz in and extract their oil. Every Norwegian has a million dollar pension fund because their government is socialist. That is, they care about their society. You can bet the Greenlandians will get their fair share of the remaining rubies that the Ice Cold Gold crew were nice enough to find for them. And well they should!

Meanwhile back in fake socialist Canada foreign interests like Chinese-owned Nexen are extracting oil from Canadian ground, leaving behind the largest land oil spill ever for us to clean up, messing up our beautiful country and what do average Canadians get out of it? An official appology from Nexen. And that's just one of many examples.

Folks, Canada, under the beligerently capitalist governance of PM Harper is nothing like the socialist state we once were and should be proud of. It is now a capitalist paradise we should all be ashamed of. Remember this in October and buy a wristband that has the letters W.W.H.D. on it. Every time there is a political decision to be made, look at that wristband, ask yourself What Would Harper Do and then do all you can to make sure the government of Canada does the opposite. If the new government of Canada is inexplicably Harper again, prepare for the apocolypse.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sotted Sow

Here we go! I am going to record this for posterity. I am not sure what that means but it's so I don't forget. I think maybe you, my avid readers, might find this interesting too. I took pics during the various steps of the brewing process and will describe it here. So don't worry, zombies, no talk about real world issues to bring you out of your zombified states. Like Harper trying to tell Canadians that we can't travel anywhere HE decides is a "terrorist" area. So I've heard he's going to ban all travel to the East Hastings area of Vancouver. Ar ar. See? Say it in a funny way.

Anyhoo, the above pic is the first thing I was in charge of. There were some flakes of maise, yes, corn flakes, that had to be soaked in water for a while. I had to keep the temperature between 154 F and 168 F or something like that. It was pretty easy. I did it on Mike and Heather's stove.

This big, glass jug is the fermentor. It's like 6 gallons. That's water mixed with sterilizer inside it. This time we were determined to be EXTRA sterile so as not to get another 37 bottles of vinegar. I tasted the milk stout. WOW! It was vinegar! Hugely disappointing!

Whilst I watched the cornflakes, Mike went to the I Tae Won Brew Store, right behind the Seoul Pub, and bought some other grains for the Sotted Sow, which is a cream ale. This is just one of the grains. We put them all into a sort of cheesecloth bag.

Then in the big pot, the main one on the outside barbecue, Mike put the sack of grain into the water. 5 gallons of water? Something like that.

Then when the time was right we mixed my corn water in. We left both bags in the water for a while and actually rung them out to get all the grainy goodness we could.

The boil went on into the night. As Mike says, "It takes money to make money and it takes beer to make beer." We had a beer or two during the boil.

Then we added flavour hopps and aroma hopps and soon it was time to cool the beer down. This was the fun part. We put cold water, and ice, into the blue cooler. Inside the cooler is a fish tank pump pumping the cool water through the hose and into a copper coil that we put into the kettle of beer. The cold water goes in and comes out pretty hot. I take jugs of the water to the nearest sewer grate and pour it. When the temperature gauge on the kettle reaches the right temperature, we transfer the beer into the big, glass fermentor. It is emptied JUST before we fill it to maintain sanitation.

This is the yeast that is added to the fermentor to begin the, you guessed it, fermentation process. The yeast eat the grainy goodness and crap out alcohol. Yummy! It's quite a lot of action and bubbling. This time around we put an air lock in the top of the fermentor filled with vodka. This air lock allows the air created by the fermentation to escape, but nothing, like fruit flies, to get into the beer.

So the fermentor is iced and kept cool under camouflage so that the boy, (Kellsterino), doesn't yank the air lock out. This may have been the demise of the milk stout. Now we wait two weeks. Then we add some lactose powder, (I think. To make the cream part of the beer), and some more yeast for carbonation, and we put it all in bottles. Hopefully after two more weeks it'll be fully carbonated and delicious.

So that's how we did it. I'm hoping to get good at this. Maybe do it on my own someday soon. We shall see...

Job update: I got a call from the international school. Sometime this week I will go to the school for orientation and to sign contracts. Then the visa process will hopefully begin. I just hope there are no complications. If I could I'd brew beer for a living, but I can't. Gotta get back to work.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Truth

Here's a sequel to my last post about lies. Typing at 8 in the morning on a Saturday, I'm already on my second cup of tea and thinking about a facebook post that said, "Congratulations on reaching the point in your life when you are waking up when you used to get home on a Saturday." That's some truth right there! I'm not working. Haven't been for some time. Why am I getting up so early for no reason at all? I mean if there was golf or fishing involved, sure, no problem. But all I'm doing today is going to Seoul to help Mike brew some beer.

Ah HA! I think I may have answered my own question. There's another thing about aging: as I get older I need to drink better beer. I was out at what they call in Korea, (and I'm told Germany), a "hof," Friday night and the draft beer tasted like battery acid to me. Not that I've ever tried battery acid but I've got some idea what it would taste like and that beer tasted like it. I bet that beer could turn over an engine. It was nasty. Nasty!

But the old me, or I guess more accurately, the YOUNG me, woulda just plugged my nose for a few beers until it tasted good. Nope. Not any more. I ordered the bottled beer, which was 500 won more. That's 50 cents.

So what I'm saying is life is becoming more expensive as I get older. I should qualify that by saying SOME things are becoming more expensive. When I travel I am staying in nicer accomodations. Maybe it's related to the previous sign of old age. When you go out for a few craft beers, you come home and enjoy the air conditioned comfort of your hotel. Maybe go for a dip in the pool. Then have a nice sleep in a comfortable bed. When you go out for copius amounts of the local swill you come home and pass out for a few hours, then probably have such a bad hangover the toilet facilities are more important than any others. Life.

You may have noticed that I've been neglecting the old bloggage a little bit. I have been noticing a few of my readers have been neglecting it as well. I think that relates to what the most quotable dude I've ever come across, Oscar Wilde said. I find when I start truthing I get these looks:

The zombie apolcolypse is REAL, folks. But it won't be the undead with with limbs falling off craving our brains. It'll be the youngsters trying to get us to stop using them cuz it's too real talking about environmental destruction! It brings them down when you bring up economic terrorism. It harshes their mellow when you tell them they're doing exactly what Big Brother wants them to do. It bums them out when you explain that their drinks are Soma and that loud music is the P.A. speakers chanting mantras like, "Everything is okay," "Don't worry, be happy," "You gotta shake it off. Shake it off," "Work hard for the corporations and escape reality at the club."

I've been working on a story lately. It's a funny story about an ESL hagwon in Korea and the hypocracy of the whole racket. But it's funny. Actually the whole business is hilarious! I don't need to do much more than write about teaching English in Korea and it's a comedy. I haven't seen many books or movies or stories about this yet, but it's begging to be written about. So that's what has kept me away from this blog. And it's likely going to be a lot more readable than the blog. For those of us who don't like taking the medicine of the truth unless it's accompanied by a spoonful of sugary laughter.

As far as the work situation goes, well here's another whole bowl of wrong. Another dose of the truth. It seems the whole country of Korea has to figure out a way of hiring teachers from other countries who are already working here. When it comes to ESL, of course the preferred teachers are from English speaking countries. The E-2 visa you get for teaching ESL actually requires it. But it seems every ad I see is asking for people who HAVE E-2 visas or any of the F visas for Korean citizens who live in other countries and visit Korea, or for foreigners who marry Koreans. To get an E-2 visa you need to be sponsored by a school. To get a job outside the school that sponsors you is either illegal or requires permission from that school, which they don't have to give and are not likely to. I have had camps AND full time jobs get me to the interview, want me to work for them, then ask me about my visa status and it ruins the deal. I have had 10 E-2 visas. They're not hard to get. Used to be, every school was knowledgeable about acquiring them, knew what paperwork was required from them as well as their employee, AND they would pay for the visa run. Now I tell the employer that I am on a visitor's visa and will need sponsorship for an E-2 and they get blank looks on their faces. I haven't yet figured out whether they truly have no idea about this important part of their jobs, or if they just want me to do it all and foot the entire bill for becoming legal to work for their company.

How does this work? I'm really confused. Seriously, if anybody reading this knows, please tell me. You get a school to sponsor you for an E-2 and it's good for a year and a month. Then you apply for one of these jobs asking for people who already have E-2 visas. You will have a hard time getting permission from your current employer if you are any good as a teacher. And you have probably worked at your current job for more than a month so your E-2 will expire before the end of the contract, which is almost always a year. What the hell is going on? Are people supposed to just find an E-2 patsy job, work for a week or two and then apply for a REAL job and hope that the patsy job will release them? Again, they don't have to. I see a lot of crappy hagwon jobs being advertised by the teachers who are leaving. Maybe if they can staff their old jobs the hagwon boss will allow them to leave? That seems like an absolutely assinine way of going about getting work. Doesn't it?

But talk about this and you are a heat score. You're a negative Nancy. You're unemployable because you can't adapt to the hardships requisite to the position.

Anyway, I have a great opportunity to teach science at an international school! The contract will be the best I have ever signed! So why am I not excited? Because after the interviewer said he wants me for the job, he asked about my visa status. He then asked me to give him all the rules and regulations about visas in an e-mail. I actually DID this! Now the ball is in his court because in order to start the E-2 visa process I need a signed contract and some proof of the school's legitimacy like their business license number. Then I can get an official visa number that I can take to Japan to get my E-2. But I've been waiting a week for them to get back to me. He's in Singapore right now and says he'll be back Monday and we'll talk. So I'm still not sure I've got this job. If I get it, it could be one of the best experiences I've had in my teaching career. I think I really could LOVE this job. But if they jam out it will have been a massive waste of time like many other jobs I have applied for here in Korea. If I knew it was going to be so hard to get a job here, maybe I would have gone to Viet Nam or Taiwan or, (good God), even China when I was booted out of Indonesia. I sure hope I haven't made the wrong choice here...

Life. Truth. I should just shake it off, have a dozen beer and quit being such a downer I guess. Right? On that note, I'm going to Mike and Heather's to brew some beerzola! Sotted Sow!

P.S. The first batch of brew I watched Mike brew was foiled by fruit flies. DAMMIT! 37 bottles of milk stout gone to waste! It tasted good even before it was carbonated or chilled. I bet it would have been awesome! Anyway, here are some pics of the first failed attempt at brewing I have encountered. Hope springs eternal, however. Mike and I will soon be at it again. Sotted Sow this time. Wish us luck!

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Lies, deception, falsehoods, fibs and prevarication.

If someone tells you the world DOESN'T run on lies, they're lying. I get so upset when we see a young innocent flat out lie and we ask, "Where did Junior learn that?" If a young innocent were to tell the truth even though he/she would get into trouble, THEN, "Where did Junior learn that?" is appropriate!

Lies are not all flat out lies. We have the playing dumb lies. Big business and politics are experts at this. Like when Canada protests Nestle taking B.C. water for $2.25 per million litres and Nestle hires people to say, "Here, here, B.C. sign this petition against Nestle taking OUR WATER FOR $2.25!" YEAH!!! Big cheer. Thousands of signatures. Did anybody read it? It actually says Nestle will keep on taking B.C. water for $3.25 per million litres. B.C. says, "Hey, wait a minute..." Then the corporate dumb act kicks in. Nestle says, "What? Isn't this what you wanted? You have to be more clear. We have a petition signed by thousands of people that says they want us to take the water at $3.25 per million litres. How are we supposed to understand what you guys want?" Because when Canadians have a problem with a European company taking Canadian water from the land we live on and pay taxes to live on and the people we pay taxes to ALLOW them, nay, ENCOURAGE them to sell that water back to us at a million times what they paid for it, the big business dumb act kicks in and they say, "It must be the price point the people are protesting." Big business is not that dumb. It's just an act.

Same thing happened with the occupy Wall Street and the occupy anything movements. All these confused looks from politicians, bankers and businessmen, "We just don't get a clear message of what you are protesting. We don't understand..." It's just an act. Banks are not that dumb.

Cotton plantation owner pays his slaves barely enough to survive. Plantation owner goes out and gambles away a fortune. Next day he forces the slaves to give him some of their subsistance wages to cover the loss. They're supposed to be satisfied with the explanation that without the good and honourable plantation owner they wouldn't have any wages at all. Well explanations like that don't satisfy. You can't eat them. So the slaves protest. They say, "We don't want to work for this jerk-off any more. We want freedom!" The government says, "Oh, oh, oh, oh, ha ha ha ha. I know what you're saying. Right you are! Freedom! We shall give you freedom." So they're released. They don't work for that jerk-off any more. But they have to find jobs. The only place hiring is the sweat shop where they make cotton shirts. (out of that jerk-off's cotton) But they pay a whopping 7 bucks an hour! "That's WAAAY more than that jerk-off paid us! We're free!" Then tax time rolls around and the slaves realize they're still slaves.

War profiteers from rich countries selling weapons to both sides where there are clear cut conflicts. Muslims and Christians. Shiites and Sunis. Hutus and Tootsies. Sandanistas and Contras. Good guys and terrorists. But that's not all they sell. They also sell fear and hatred. The fear and hatred builds until the two opposing sides USE the weapons sold to them. The conflict escalates so they need MORE weapons. The war profiteers in the rich countries get richer. But then people protest. "Stop the violence," they shout to the profiteering countries. Then the politician dumb act kicks in. "OH, oh, oh! We read ya. Loud and clear. HUA! Heard, understood and acknowledged. You want us to sell weapons to OUR military and send OUR soldiers into the fray. Our peace-keeping forces. Well we can do that. And while we're at it we can get some of the spoils that come the victors' way. They have oil, don't they? Diamonds? Ivory? Sure we'll peace the shit outta this country!"

While "peacing the shit outta" countries people are killed by the war profiteering country's military. Unfortunately innocent people are killed. Resources are taken. Jobs are lost. Homes are blown up. Cities are turned into rubble. Futures are destroyed. The people of the country getting the shit peaced out of it begin to despise the peace-keeping forces. They begin to tally in their heads all of the losses forced upon them by that country. They begin plotting revenge. They organize. They buy weapons. From, in all likelihood, that very SAME war profiteering country. They attack that country. They can't declare war but they engage in small attacks from time to time. Unfortunately innocent people are killed. The people protest. "Stop the violence," they cry. Then the political dumb act kicks in. "Oh, oh, right, right, right. We hear ya. These people who are attacking us FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER are terrorists and they need to be stopped! We need to fortify our forces in our own country to guard against them. Carry the three... that'll require at LEAST a gojillion dollars worth of our arms. But we're in luck. This month chemical weapons are 25% off..."

Folks there's only one real kind of terrorism that I've noticed in the world. And it ain't the kind the lamestream media is so invested in getting everyone to think. They would have us believe that somewhere right now someone is sitting around in a place where there have been no attacks, no deaths, no cause for anger or revenge and thinking, "Sigh. I'm bored. Think I'll strap some dynomite to my chest, find a highly populated area full of Americans even though I have absolutely no reason to hate them, detonate the dynomite killing all those wonderful Americans and myself even though I have no reason to hate Americans and I am perfectly happy and have no desire to kill myself. Yeah. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon?" If there is such a person, he or she is not a terrorist anyway. He or she is batshit crazy.

No, the real terrorism is more like this: France sitting around one day in 1830 going, "Sigh. I'm bored. Look at Algeria over there. Lots of fertile, empty land. We could plant cotton there. Cotton is hot right now. It's like the oil of the future. Probably. I don't know because it's not the future yet but probably oil will be valuable. So why don't I go into Algeria, kill the Muslim men, rape the women and force the kids to all pick cotton for me?" So France does so. And as recently as the 1940's were STILL killing, raping and enslaving Algerians. THAT is terrorism. And its cause is money. Capitalistic terrorism is the only real terrorism I have found. But you have to dig deep to find that out. It's well hidden. If you discover it, the best it will be accepted as is you opinion. A theory. A conspiracy theory. The terrorists know it's all true. But they act like they don't. It's just an act. They're not that stupid.

Incidentally, two of the "terrorists" who without any reason whatsoever, copletely unprovoked, out of left field attacked Charlie Hebdo offices in France. From Algeria.

Let's do the alien attack thing again. Aliens from the planet Buttox attack the earth. They pillage the natural resources, kill the men, rape the women, and make the children work as slaves extracting natural resources from the earth so they can be flown back to Buttox. Then they leave the earth in shambles and the citizens to start a civilization all over again. Well they do. And in a thousand years the society is technologically advanced enough to send a squadron of warships to Buttox and attack it. Then the alien dumb act kicks in. "What a completely unprovoked terrorist attack!" They kill all the humans so no Buttoxians can hear the reasons the "terrorists" had to attack. But more humans come. Then more. The government of Buttox incites fear of the humans. They create in the humans a fictional terrorist enemy. The citizens of Buttox shout out, "Stop the violence!" The Supreme Commander of Buttox, who also owns controlling shares in the laser company Sizafitz and the munitions company Lackheed Martian, says, "Oh, oh, oh, oh, ha ha ha ha ha. I read you comrades! You want me to fortify Buttox against any further terrorist attacks by purchasing more lasers and war machines. Carry the three, that'll be a hillion billion buttbucks." And now the UNIVERSE runs on lies!

Back down to earth I have friends who are being put through hell by some asshole who has lied for money. He sued them for 70 grand. They are completely in the right and everybody knows it. The asshole is completely in the wrong and everybody knows it. But it makes no difference. They will have to hire a bunch of lawyers to hash it all out in court or arbitration or whatever before they come to the conclusion that the asshole is an asshole and my friends are in the right. And with the court system the way it is nowadays, there is no guarantee that that will be the final ruling. Best case scenario is that bringing out the truth will be expensive. Worst case scenario will be that the asshole will earn some money for his lies. And the lawyers? They always win. Lawyer and liar. Practically the same word.

I'm going through the requisite lie fests that in the business world are called interviews and applications. "Please give us an idea what you're looking for in our school." "That's easy. I want to make a lot of money and I don't want to work too hard. Oh yeah, and I want to work for a school that does what they say they will do and doesn't break the contract." XXXX AAANNNNHHHH!!! "You fail! You do not get the job. You are HONEST! We don't want honest people working for us."

"Oh geez, you're absolutely right. Okay let's see, I want to work hard at improving the enrollment and reputation of my new 24-hour-a-day family at City English School. I promise to employ the educational strategies of the businessmen who run it, and the control freak mothers of the students therein abandoning any and all educational teachings and teaching experience I have garnered over my many years in the field. I will work sick. I will sacrifice holidays and/or pay when the school is struggling. I will satisfy myself to bask in the glory of City English School." "Well okay then. You're hired."

Ever notice how similar a job interview is to a first date? And you get asked the same questions. Not really word for word but the same questions. Like I always get, "Why have you changed jobs so often?" The dating equiivalent would be something like, "How long was your longest relationship?" or "How many partners have you had?" You gotta be careful answering this question, and by that I mean you gotta lie. I usually say, "I have left most of my jobs to move up to a better work situation. Better pay, more vacation etc." XXXXX AAAANNNNHHHHH!!!! That's just like saying, "I left Jody for Iris because Iris had bigger jugs. Then I found Rosie. She was WAAY better than Iris in the sack!"

I find it's better to say something like, "I had to return to Canada for a family tragedy. That's why I left my last job." The dating equivalent is something like, "Iris died. She got hit by a car. Tragic when they go so young and busty." Girls and employers like loyalty better than truth. And employers like the family tragedy answer. But if your Grandmother dies and you ask for time off to attend the funeral, they will have forgotten this conversation.

"Are you an ambitious person?" Employers love people who love money. It's a comfort to them to know that this employee will cancel his plans to go to the one and only superconcert of Led Zeppelin and AC DC with the temporarily re-animated John Bonham and Bon Scott to work the weekend if you throw him an extra hundred bucks. "I like a man who knows what he wants and goes out and gets it. Are you like that?" There IS no right answer to these questions. Employers and women like you to be upwardly mobile but don't want to be stepping stones. You can't win.

"Once I get the visa from you I'll be a lot more employable and I'll probably transfer to a much better school before our one-year contract is up." XXXX AANNNHHH!!! "I know what I want and right now that's you. I'm gonna reach out and take you. But in a month I'll want another girl because I don't believe humans are naturally monogamous so I don't want you to be upset when I reach out and grab another woman. You just said you like that quality in a man." XXXXX AAAANNNNHHHH!!! The best answer is something like, "Yeah. I'm like that." Even if you're not.

Sigh. I'm a little bummed by people responding poorly to my honesty. And employers and women BOTH wonder why they end up with asshole workers and asshole boyfriends! THEY FORCE US TO BE ASSHOLES! Lying assholes. And that's the truth.