BC Teachers’ Strike

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Impasse

In BC Canada, in the summer of 2014, veteran mediator Vince Ready declared an impasse in the labour dispute between the BC Teachers and the BC Government. The dispute has dragged on and on. Oddly, the primary issue is not money, but class sizes and the requirement teachers handle mentally and physically disabled students in their classrooms without help. For such a protracted dispute, one or more parties must have a vested interest in stretching the dispute out.

The government has come up with a scheme of paying parents during the strike $40 a day per child of free money from the pockets of taxpayers who do not have children. I suspect they hope this income distribution scheme will be politically popular. By stalling, the government will eventually have an excuse to legislate the teachers back to work 100% on the government’s terms. Why would they negotiate?

The BC Liberals are ideologically similar to the Tea Party. They are opposed to governments offering services including health care and education. They could well be trying to destroy the public school system and drive students to private schools owned by Liberal supporters.

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At the end of WWII (World War II) Americans laughed derisively at Nazi War criminals who pleaded, I was just following orders. I would have been shot if I disobeyed. The Americans hanged them anyway. Nuremberg settled the matter that soldiers are personally responsible for the crimes they commit, period. How different the attitude to the American war criminals in Afghanistan and Iraq. No matter what atrocities or war crimes they openly committed, to modern day Americans, they are still heroes, with zero personal responsibility for their crimes. To my eyes, the American soldiers have far less excuse than the hanged Nazis. American soldiers were not drafted, they chose to kill. American soldiers would not be shot for refusing to commit war crimes, merely jailed. They were far better informed that what they were doing was illegal than were the Nazis. Germany had not yet even signed a treaty outlawing aggressive (first strike) war back then.

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Pope Abortion Stance

Here are my requests of Pope Francis to clarify his position on abortion:

  • Would he kindly instruct the flock to stop using dishonest vocabulary, e.g. baby for a one-celled fetus, or partial term abortion for any third term abortion.
  • If he means to force 12 years olds to risk their lives to give birth, let him say so explicitly.
  • If doctors say that a woman will die giving birth, please prepare a video with Pope Francis personally explaining to her why she needs to die rather than some lump of cells so small you can’t see them without microscope.
  • If he means forcing a 13 year old rape victim to give birth, let him say so explicitly.
  • Most of the time fertilised eggs do not implant. If the pope means that anything to change those odds of implanting is murder, let him say so explicitly.
  • If a father impregnates his 9 year old daughter, if you demand she give birth and risk her life, please state that explicitly.
  • If condoms are a form of abortion, let the old goat make the claim out loud so we can laugh at him.
  • If the infant has no brain, or has a disease that will cause extreme torment, if the pope means he must be born only to die, let him say so explicitly.
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)

It is almost amusing to watch middle class and lower class Americans pressing for the government to take more of their money and give it to the richest 2%. They consider coddling the aristocracy even more important than their own needs. Why do they do this? Because they were suckered into believing the American Dream. They sincerely believe they will be part of that aristocracy any day now, so they had better get busy feathering their nest.

~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
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