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Hate Trackers is A Propaganda Website Promoting Intolerance Under the Facade of “Anti Hate”

This is what I found when I read the Hate Trackers article Mystical Illusions (no author credited) Their articles make a lot of assumptions and amount to little more than propaganda, despite the positive intentions behind the movement. The Bias starts with the title. As someone who hates and is hated by Nazis I do agree with most of what they’re saying. As someone who studied journalism though, its a biased piece without sources or any specific direction to it other than to make people dislike the individuals mentioned. “Records indicate Benner met her in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she was attending ” What records? Who provided them? I realize I’m playing devil’s advocate here but a fair and unbiased media is necessary for democracy to survive. We shouldn’t lower our standards of media just because we agree with what the author is saying. There are no direct sources to speak of and I found the following to be problematic “However, the outlaw biker clubs are considered criminal gangs. They’re always attached to violence, drug sales, and ex-cons…future ones too.” Making sweeping negative generalizations about groups of people is exactly what Nazis do. I know several bikers, and have seen many “outlaw bikers” who wear anti-swaztika patches and tattoos. Yes there are white supremacist bikers, no question. But if I’m getting into a fight I’d want the anti-Nazi outlaw bikers on my side. All this is gonna do is piss them off. Why do they not have any quotes from the Wiccans or even a staff member? How did they get all this inside info on this particular group’s recruitment methods? Who provided it? “Lyanna could’ve been underage during the time of the nuptials.” Okay she could have been many things, but was she or was she not underage? Thats fairly important. If you’re a journalist and don’t know its better not to mention what might have occurred and focus on what can be verified. I understand I’ll probably be disliked for this viewpoint but people deserve to know the full truth, not scraps and hints from unnamed people. “outlaw bikers are never without their guns, knives, and clubs. They tend to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol, while carrying those weapons, and ready for a fight.” This is just stereotyping potential allies and alienating drug addicts or alcoholics, including recovering ones. I was an addict, that line tells me that no matter what I do to stand up to injustices I will still be viewed as a filthy junkie. “He’s also a graduate of drug court, which is a program used to try to keep people out of prison after their addictions turned to criminality.” -pretty much another middle finger at addicts and other disadvantaged people. No relevance to the preceding paragraph but tacked on to show that nazis are bad because they go to 12 step meetings? Not because they support ethnic cleansing and genocide? “Ackerman hails from Austin, Texas where his criminal record includes the manufacturing, delivery, sell, and possession of narcotics.” -Spelling error and yet another dig at the addicts. They finish with a random fact about Timothy Mcveigh, the OKC Bomber who was not a nazi, though still a horrible person that was executed years ago. Why is he relevant to a nazi tattoo shop? And to round it off “Note: After Hate Trackers did its intelligence report on the Proud Boys of Oklahoma a number of people associated with them threatened to send Ackerman to hurt us.” Why didn’t they publish the threats in full or even an excerpt? They don’t have anything to lose. For years its been the drunks, the punks and the junkies actually fighting these people while polite society sat on its ass and let this happen. Its a shame that a website claiming to be against hate is using the media ingrained disgust of drug users, bikers and alcoholics as a recruiting tool. It is poorly written, devoid of first hand sources and includes irrelevant material. This would not have made it on to a college paper, I doubt it would even be accepted by a professor as a practice piece. From a personal standpoint: screw nazis, nazi sympathizers and people who believe themselves better than others and judge what they do not understand. Its a very fascist mindset for people who claim to be against hate. Try the Associated Press or your local paper, or even give it a shot yourselves. Verify facts, call phone numbers, publish everything they send you and get direct quotes with first and last names as well as age and why their opinion is significant to the article. Those things are what separate factual journalism from propaganda and advertisement. Don’t tell me bikers are dangerous, reference an event that supports the conclusion and above all try not to alienate massive swaths of the population while asking for money at the same time. I would like to remind the staff of Hate trackers that bikers, alcoholics and drug addicts both former and current are all people that you just insulted. I would like to remind them that drug use and alcoholism is very co-morbid with mental illness. I want to know if anyone at Hate Trackers has ever heard of Aktion T4. I would not be surprised if they hadn’t.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Trump Promises Ruination of Canada in NAFTA Back Out But Who Has More To Lose?

America. Only in America can you shoot yourself in the foot and sue your neighbour for bleeding on the carpet. Want to tax our automotive sector? The biggest losers are bailout cases like General Motors (US HQ) With nothing to lose diplomatically (Trump wants to ruin us) we can just slap equally high tariffs on our oil, diamonds, lumber, fresh water, grain, natural gas and agricultural output and if they don’t like it we’ll deal with one of the other countries Trump is bullying with trade disputes like China, South Korea or Japan, all of which happen to be a relatively short boat trip from Vancouver. (Americans buy 74% of our oil and 52% of our natural gas, we’re also their largest agricultural provider) NAFTA also added “$80 billion to the US economy since its implementation, equivalent to a 0.5% increase in US GDP” I’m not an economist but backing out would logically cause a minimum 80 billion decrease to their GDP. Yes the Canadian economy would take a hit in the automotive sector, but so would theirs and in the end the automotive companies are American owned. GM has been dying for decades.

Lets cut loose the dead weight and cut a deal with countries on the rise, not floundering former superpowers who are being run into the dirt by incompetents.  When it comes down to it we Canadians have more land with more natural resources, and less population; meaning more to sell. Diamonds, oil, natural gas & lumber are necessities for any developed nation’s current infrastructure. America is overpopulated and they’ve drained their smaller landmass of its valuables and polluted what was left. Let them chop down their own forests and beg the Middle East for oil. Let them buy their food from Mexico. Of course they don’t have enough corn to export so hopefully the one or two states that still grow it can manage to fill the entire US demand.

So what are the experts saying about the situation? “A number of the proposals that the United States has put on the table have little or no support from the U.S. business and agriculture community. It isn’t clear who they’re intended to benefit” – John Murphy, vice-president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Pat Roberts, the senior US senator from Kansas, called for an outcry against Trump anti-NAFTA moves, saying the “issues affect real jobs, real lives and real people”. Kansas is a major agricultural exporter, and farm groups warn that just threatening to leave NAFTA might cause buyers to minimize uncertainty by seeking out non-US sources. The Mexican auto sector is likely to be just as affected, The Economist described this (NAFTA back out) as placing “Mexican carmaking into a straitjacket” “A range of trade experts have said that pulling out of NAFTA as Trump proposed would have a range of unintended consequences for the U.S., including reduced access to the U.S.’s biggest export markets, a reduction in economic growth, and increased prices for gasoline, cars, fruits, and vegetables. The worst affected sectors would be textiles, agriculture and automobiles.”

I say its time to cut our losses and pull out of NAFTA ourselves. In the short run it would hurt but America has proven an unreliable trading partner and ally. Canada would be better served dealing with a more stable government with economists that negotiate based on reality not uninformed ideology. The truth of the matter is that Canada is one of the few nations in the world capable of actual self-sufficiency. The US is not. If they want our resources, our oil, our gas our diamonds our food and our wood then let them compete for it with other nations. They’ll learn soon enough that every country needs wood, food, oil and gas and that they no longer have the economic or political weight they once did. What point is there in a treaty that must constantly be re-negotiated? It defeats the purpose of a treaty entirely. According to the Toronto Star “Trump delivered the threat to Canada as he issued a separate trade threat to China. He told reporters that he had “another $267 billion” worth of tariffs on China “ready to go on short notice if I want,” over and above the $200 billion he has suggested he will impose imminently.”

I say we stop wasting the time of our diplomats on negotiations with representatives of a thoroughly corrupt and ignorant government that might fall apart in a matter of days and start negotiating with China immediately. If he wishes to drown both of our nations in tariffs then lets deal with the world’s second largest economy, they have the money and we have the resources, if America wants so much as a tree then they can compete with international prices like everyone else, plus a small 25% tariff, for equality’s sake of course.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Censored Art is Propaganda

Especially if you’re censoring yourself. An unpleasant and growing trend in young writers these days is self-censorship. When it comes to the internet there is always someone who is going to find your work offensive. If you’ve managed to piss someone off you’ve gotten an emotional response out of your reader, an accomplishment in itself. Since political correctness has seeped into every pore of our culture people are starting to come up with arbitrary “lists” of how characters of certain races, religions, and sexualities do and do not behave. This is done in the name of more accurate diversity, yet now I’m seeing writers told what they can and can’t write about due to their own backgrounds, which results in people completely avoiding writing diverse characters because they’re afraid to offend somebody. Then there are those who do conform to certain cultural stereotypes. If I am creating a character based on a real human being and real life situations then I’m not going to alter their personalities to appear less biased, even if they happen to do stereotypical things.

This does mean that you should do some research if you’re writing about unfamiliar cultures, or from the point of view of characters with different ethnicities. Try to be nuanced. Use historical material or spend some time immersed in that culture to better understand it. Don’t be afraid of being insulted. If we all only wrote about the culture we grew up in literature would be entirely segregated. Maybe some people want this but I don’t.

Censorship is a form of oppression used by authoritarian regimes to control the flow of ideas. To quote Dr. King “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their characters.”

Jack Blare, 2018

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Doublethink

I hate this society and its arbitrary values so set apart from my world. I think that people as a whole are selfish, greedy, cruel and short sighted yet I still support free healthcare, subsidized housing and relief for the poor and the homeless. Individually or in little groups humanity can be great, but put ‘em into a crowd and they become just another dumb grass eating herd, stupid, unpredictable and occasionally violently destructive. Social media and the internet have created the largest herds of all time. Follow do not question says the majority. We’re wrecking our own houses and soon its going to be unliveable. So why do I care? I don’t know. That answer is for my poetic self, not my logical self. Maybe one day people will really change. One day we’ll see in technicolour instead of black and white. Because even if I lose at least I can say that I fought, and fought for the side of the strung out, spun out, tripped out, schizophrenics, suicide survivors, madmen and prophets. The Goddess of Noise. That I spoke for the muted damned, uncounted fallen angels with track marks in leather jackets covered in NOFX, Misfits and Dead Kennedys patches, broken glass scars and hypodermic safety pins.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Erasing the Past Can’t Change It

A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister has just been taken down do to his history of “cultural genocide” against the First Nations people. This is accurate but it doesn’t mean we need to purge all the artwork depicting him and if the plan is to erase his memory fully from history then we are in dark times indeed. This is a wasted opportunity to educate people about history and how every side has two stories.

They could have put up a more detailed plaque that explained that despite his status as a father of confederation he was also responsible for crimes carried out in the name of colonialism. That way they could save the sculpture from destruction and people could learn the true history of our nation. I don’t agree much with destroying art, we wouldn’t dare destroy an original bust of emperor Nero but we can pretty much agree he was not a good person. The Pharaoh’s kept slaves yet we display their corpses and preserve their monuments. That and we could erect new statues celebrating previously unrecognized contributor’s to our nation and also employ some new artists.

Manitoba has a Louis Riel Day even though he was convicted of high treason. Kitchener ran concentration camps during the second Boer war but we renamed a city after him even though he’s essentially a war criminal. Statues can be used to educate about the positive and negative influences that a person had on history. John A. Macdonald is not really comparable to the statues of slave-owning Confederate soldiers. He was a politician, and while his actions resulted in cultural genocides in the context of the time period he was less prejudiced than many of his peers.

Use the statue to educate. We’d have to throw out nearly all the art from the 19th century if we applied our current cultural values to the people of the past. Whether his statue is up or not he will remain the first Canadian Prime Minister. We keep artwork of Napoleon from mere decades before Macdonald’s time, a man responsible for atrocities in Haiti, Europe & the Americas. Is there a cut off line for acceptable art? Do older statues and artworks get a pass and those from 1850 on are judged by modern standards?

Destroying art from the past doesn’t change it. We can use it to learn from though. History is never black & white. For example Marshall Petain was the hero of France in WWI and a traitor in WWII. He saved it from German occupation then later ran an occupation force, the collaborationist Vichy state. I don’t deny that he bears responsibility for the suffering of our First Nation’s people but he has been dead for well over a century as is everyone who met him and their children as well. He is not revered by neo-nazis or racists unlike the Confederate statues, they don’t rally around John A. Macdonald’s statue. That is when monuments become problematic. This is the first time his name has come up since high school history class, he’s been resurrected and vilified, like the posthumous execution of Oliver Cromwell. It was symbolic but Cromwell died old, holding absolute power. Digging up the past just to bury it again is a strange thing to do.

I for one am more worried about what our current politicians plan to do to affect the living, the people who need help now. The resources and support behind this movement could have gone towards social programs to help our First Nation’s people struggling now.  We can’t change the past but we can learn from its truths to make a better future.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Wilfrid Laurier, Tommy Douglas, Trudeau & the Shadow of America

As Canadians we got our benefits under the liberal Lester Pearson government, which I believe Trudeau I was a part of. They just took the idea from Tommy Douglas and the Saskatchewan NDP, which is our home grown Canadian version of democratic socialism that came up with a plan for universal healthcare. I’m not sure what Justin Trudeau or Wilfrid Laurier have to do with that, one wasn’t born and the other was in an opposing party and died before we got universal healthcare, or our history, which is pretty much British history until WWI. We got our Charter of Rights & Freedoms from Trudeau Sr. which gives us rights… and freedoms. I don’t see how our history is offending people no one has expressed that to me, because barely anyone takes the time to actually learn it. I think its weird for a Canadian to support a leader that is actively trying to damage our economy and is ideologically opposed to any sort of benefits, supports tax cuts for the rich and campaigns against raising the minimum wage while raising prices on cheap pharmaceuticals 400%.

Seriously though if you’re gonna make a meme about history and politics they should at least have a picture of Trudeau, Pearson or Douglas. Laurier has nothing to do with the premise other the fact that he lived a century ago and was a Canadian politician. Also there’s no context, what in our history is making people angry? We’ve got a century & a half of it as Canada. Are these people mad about the 1917 conscription crisis, the FLQ or the US trade war? Personally its the trade war. My mother worked in our steel industry, if she hadn’t been eligible to retire she’d be unemployed due to Trump’s tariffs. Anyone working in construction jobs involving steel or lumber is going to be paying a lot more for their supplies, contractors will be hit hard once the cost of building a deck or buying steel parts goes up 20%. Auto workers are gonna lose their jobs because of the complex trade situation that sees cars cross the border 3 or 4 times before they’re finished. That will hit both sides of the border hard. Trump will just move the factory to China to cut costs, he’s already created way more Chinese jobs than American, but he was doing that before he was president. As far as world leaders go Trudeau is doing better than Theresa May or Turnbull. The cons don’t have a decent candidate, most people can’t even remember his name. Trudeau is not perfect, he’s a politician, they trade in influence and lies, but he holds his own with other world leaders like Marcon and Merkel, who run the two richest and most populous nations in Europe. The fact that he has the respect and to some degree, trust of these politicians puts him ahead of most other world leaders, including Putin & Trump, from a diplomatic standpoint. The US is no longer invited to to high level NATO meetings, ironic since they created it. Germany has replaced America as the paramount western power. America is no longer the leader of the free world. They’re backsliding on every front. Maybe they stopped a few gs of coke from getting into Texas but otherwise in over two yers they haven’t achieved a thing except to alienate their closest allies (Canada and Australia used to share intelligence with the US) in favour of fat little despots who like dressing up in army uniforms. He didn’t do anything in Korea. They aren’t gonna give up their deterrent. Ghadafi and Saddam did, then the US deposed them. Kim is not that stupid. In the meantime cancelling the Iranian nuclear deal has lead to the immediate recommencement of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Their arch enemy is Israel, also a nuclear state. He just swapped a radical communist for a radical muslim nation, one that is more prone to direct aggression.

Jack Blare, 2018

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