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It’s ugly out there

Mob rule more civilized?

When organized crime ran gambling, we knew who the bad guys were. Then the government took over, trying schemes the gangsters never dreamt of.

Salivating over the money he hopes to gain, Premier McGuinty’s finance minister notes that “prohibition doesn’t work”. That’s his excuse for promoting gambling with incessant TV commercials, building more casinos and making lottery tickets available everywhere, 24 hours a day.

Our dear leaders see some of us as citizens, some of us as marks.

Just as Fellini predicted

In his 1969 flick Satyricon Fellini included a scene where an audience was entertained by watching a slave have his hand amputated. Today, 40 million Chinese viewers tune in to watch interviews with condemned prisoners, just before they are killed. Well, Fellini’s entertainment was a little mild, but he had the right idea.

Canada doing its share

Building more prisons as the crime rate falls, increasing warrantless surveillance of citizens, defending tar sands instead of developing clean energy, muzzling scientists on the public payroll, using torture-tainted intelligence, ignoring court orders to defend citizens in foreign prison camps, neglecting and threatening aboriginal populations, rigging elections… oh yes, we are doing our share.

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3 comments

1 Bill { 03.12.12 at 10:14 pm }

Sorry about the downers, but this week just seems especially full of embarrassing news about humanity. I know, I know, it’s always like that, so back to fun stuff… even though there’s a lot of stuff that isn’t.

2 Brian Hickey { 03.14.12 at 8:19 pm }

Grouchy, aren’t we. Indeed, it would be nice if the world was the way we wanted as opposed to the way it is. On that note, I’m going for a frozen yogurt. There is a new store at the end of my street where you serve yourself out of an automated pull-handle machine. You can mix and match your flavours and they charge by weight. Delish!!

3 Bill { 03.14.12 at 9:44 pm }

Peace out, bro.

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