McFee's Musings

July 29, 2012

London Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Filed under: Culture & Entertainment — dwightmcfee @ 12:54 am

“There is no such thing as society.”
Margaret Thatcher

I cried. The great human hymn Abide By Thee closing the Culture/Entertainment portion of the Opening Ceremonies. The Celebration of the National Health System with magical beds of monsters, nurses and Mary Poppins integrated with the vast trove of British Isles children’s literature as the core of the ceremonies. I cried! This ceremony, befitting old Britain had Bond, the Bard and a Beatle and a Queen.
All the modern iconography of Britain. But the National Health Care System???

I was stunned when Brian Williams on the broadcast conveyed what was transpiring before my very eyes: before the capitalist world Britain was thumbing their collective fingers and saying that the collective health and welfare of the citizenry is worth celebrating, indeed is an Olympic ideal, a centerpiece of British life, highly valued in the new age of austerity, or conversely, the New Gilded Age of financial thievery.

If it wasn’t so heart sickeningly funny, it was illuminating watching the coverage in Canada on CTV vs TSN vs American TV coverage. The word ‘weird’ kept coming up, particularly on the sports channels.

They couldn’t comprehend that a nation might be proud of a project that serves the needs of the individual through the Commons. That major stars would subvert their ego for the British narrative. All the participants for that segment were volunteers from the Health Service! How could they be so proud of a socialist, nay, Commy plot! was the implication on Fox and Friends. National Health Service=Obamacare. In Canada the coverage was more akin to embarrassed silence that the director Doyle (Slumdog Millionaire) would be so gauche as to display passion for universal Health Care when we are so diligently trying to turn our system over to American Insurance Inc. Embarrassed Silence. Weird?

The British, excluding the Welch, Irish and Scots, have a lot to answer for in the preceding five centuries. The Imperial Empire Mind lives on in financial services and America, witness the latest LIBOR (London InterBank Offered Rate) scandal, fixing international interest rates on 400 TRILLION dollars of mortgages, loans and derivatives, conservatively.

The Olympic Movement at it’s heart is a great clan gathering still. That mass marketing, crony capitalism and assorted deviants of the sports and finance nexus allowed fifteen minutes to celebrate a government ( public ) service had to have been fought for. I would love to have been at that content planning meeting!

These 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremonies offered the notion that the Gold lies within us as a global community to come to terms with our pressing global issues through the Commons for All.

To champion a collective accomplishment like a National Health System is courageous in the face of modern Plantation Capitalism.

Big shout out to Director Doyle and the opening ceremony creative brain trust. A modern history lesson with entertainment!

Chimo Margaret

Dwight McFee

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July 28, 2012

The Golden Age Is In Us

Filed under: Poet's Pot Pouri — dwightmcfee @ 11:29 pm

“If men have always been concerned with only one task—how to create a society fit to live in—the forces which inspired our distant ancestors are also present in us. Nothing is settled; everything can still be altered. What was done but turned out wrong, can be done again. The Golden Age, which blind superstition had placed behind [or ahead of] us, is in us.”

The Golden Age Is In Us, a line from the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.

July 22, 2012

MITT ROMNEY: Sincere Ignorance

Filed under: Politics — dwightmcfee @ 1:19 am

Sometimes history burps up revelatory moments or people that upon reflection in the moment or in time crystallize the epoch. George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished”, G. H. W. Bush’s “Read My Lips”, Dick Cheney’s “Ronald Reagan proved debt doesn’t matter”, Marie Antoinette’s, “let them eat cake” are examples of what Doctor Martin Luther King describes as, ” nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”.

Which brings us, dear readers, to the latest scion of the plutocracy: Willard Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate.
The Mittster is the embodiment of American Capitalism as well as North America Calvinist morality.
Mitt and Anne “you people” Romney, are courtier characters in the American play, Business is Business: how God Forgives me on Sunday. The American Psychic triumph of religious fundamentalism and market fundamentalism has been fused in the Mittster.

Mitt Romney believes, sincerely, though a bright man, that the last 30 years of unregulated American plantation capitalism (making the illegal legal, privatizing profits and socializing the costs) continues to be the answer in 2012 irrespective of a list of banking, corporate and investment bank scandals that have devastated the economy. The latest is the LIBOR or London InterBank Offered Rate that was being ‘fixed’ throughout the economic crisis. The LIBOR is the interest rate set voluntarily every day by a small consortium of banks that set the rate on 700 trillion dollars of debt around the world around 11:30 am. Now, after the last five years of shenanigans, how can you not see the rot and corruption. But the Mittster can’t and that sure sounds to me like sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. The Mittster believes Americans of a certain class, job creators (vs wealth creators commonly known as the workers) deserve no estate taxes, corporations should not have to pay taxes on foreign profit, corporate taxes should be lower than the real effective rate which is 7% not 35%, tax holidays for off shore tax havens, the continuing privatization of the commons, and on and on from the Book of Market Fundamentalism.

The Book of Religious Evangelical Fundamentalism gives absolution on Sunday (reboot) for our deeds during the week. How many VIP hypocrites have you seen in the pews on Sunday after a week of turning your community into hell. Think mine workers the last century or now in West Virginia where a coal magnate can kill 25 people and walk away with millions. The magnate goes to church every week and smiles. See Kentucky.

There is a mental feverishness that seems to have taken the soul of America. It is as if an overwhelming urge to be good is subsumed to the reptile brain. Atavistic rather than enlightened. Utilitarian vs visionary. Private rather than communal. Predatory rather than nurturing.

I am very aware that this is harsh. Mitt and Anne think their nurturing, and they are to their tribe and family. Mitt is a devout Mormon and he tithes, gives 10% to the church. Mitt gives sparingly to charities.
But Mitt has confused American Exceptionalism as Business Divine right. As most Americans do. Religious commitment as a dispensation from the obligation of human community and dignity. As a leveraged buy out king and off shoring job specialist it is difficult to reconcile a devout Mormon (or any other religious devotee) with the predatory practices of Bain Capital and the Masters of the Universe.
But Mitt is able to do it. I mean “corporations are people, my friend”, says it all.

When history shows and reveals to us the stupidity of our elites; Iraq, Vietnam, de-regulation, To Big to Fail Banks etc. remember decisions were made by the people who most benefit, and it won’t be in your interests. People like Mitt Romney remind me of Don Draper in Mad Men. Bereft of compassion, unable to understand his own needs. Emotionally incapable, a 12 year old telling us what to buy in the great American myth making market of advertising. Two men, Don and Mitt, who know but choose to be conscientiously stupid about what is really happening. Only intelligent people can be conscientiously stupid. They are not stupid and that is what makes them dangerous.

I guess if you believe that life is a competition of the fittest, you will never understand the concept of Western Civilization. After all my name is Mitt Romney and I’m a Businessman. Corporations are people and people are a commodity, my friend.

History revealed in a sentence. Will we do anything about it?

Good Luck
DCM

July 16, 2012

LIBOR Scandal

Filed under: Politics — dwightmcfee @ 5:27 am

LIBOR is the London InterBank Offered Rate. In other words everyday
Most of the banks tell each other what their interest rate would be to lend to each other, Cross my Heart and hope to die. Seven hundred trillion dollars in debt interest is based on This number.
SEVEN HUNDRED TRILLION $. And the Banks and The New York Fed and London and, and, and…the Internet bubble, the two financial bubbles, the real estate and mortgage collapse and Enron and the 2008 collapse and multi trillion bailout that continues and the wars and…

LIBOR: LONDON INTERBANK ORGANIZED RACKET!

Deeply painful to watch this psychopathic Plantation Capitalism’s effect on civilized culture and men and women and their children as they contemplate no future and more debt.
And no JUSTICE!

Bankers: Going to Hell if there is a God and He has been accurately quoted.
J. R. Saul

Good Luck
Dwight McFee

July 15, 2012

Back Down The Road

Filed under: Culture & Entertainment — dwightmcfee @ 2:08 am

The Directors Guild of Canada, DGC Awards were announced this week of July 9, 2012, and Back Down The Road was nominated for Best Picture. Congratulations to Union Pictures, Don Shebib, Jane Eastwood, Doug McGrath and everyone who made possible this film.

Back Down The Road is a brave look at what time and life does to hope, it’s consequences and reconciliations, loyalties and love fourty years later. Fourty years later the same cast from Don Shebib’s 1969 original Going Down The Road sans one, which the narrative revolves around. Quite remarkable to see what happened to Pete, Betty and Solange.

Warning: real acting
Highly recommended

Conflict of Interest: wonderful wife Cayle Chernin/Solange

John Baird: hypocrite or whore

Filed under: Politics — dwightmcfee @ 12:25 am

Wow! Love it! Norman Bethune’s Revenge! Sounds messy and it is!

Our dear leader delegated and dispatched the Minister Of Foreign Everything, Johnny ‘mad dog’ Baird, to the press galleries to fulminate and finesse Our Dear Leader’s decision to spend million’s in China on a monument to the Canadian medicare and Communist Hero Doctor Norman Bethune!

The Dogs of Sun TV, Sun papers; everywhere ignorant gladiators and phony populists are berating Our Dear Leader. Where is the fealty to orthodoxy. Communists Bad: Capitalists God.

The Boys at The Petroleum Club in “The Greatest Canadian City”, as Our Dear Leader opined this week while attending the myth inducing Calgary Stampede, have a plan and if a few millions and eatin’ crow is what it takes to get our resources over there so we can buy cheap and make big, well then, a commie monument is well worth the price.

The Oil & Gas Boys have told their Chief Courtier, Our Dear Leader, China Good! Drop the Human Rights thingy and get with the global Canadian resource gang(sters). There’s gold in them there board of director chairs!

That simple. I’m sorry to say it. A kind of institutional corruption. Elected Public service is now a vehicle to considerable wealth or privilege. Look at Mike Harris, Mulroney. Guarantee the PM doesn’t run again. Suncor, Trans-Alta, here I come! Why is John Manley the president of the Canadian Conference of Chief Executives after being Finance Minister. Irrespective of these men’s perceived trustworthiness, Baird, Manly, Harper are all looking (with considerable pensions) to feather later. “Business is Business” as Teach says to Donny while discussing loyalty in David Mamet’s brilliant play, American Buffalo.

In any event the Prime Minister’s focus is consolidating the Free Enterprize/plantation capitalism of the southern states stirred with tribal family religions. A firm hand on the Satellite Kingdom to America.

If Johnny “mad dog” Baird has to lie and twist, well he’s the best at it!

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

George Orwell

July 1, 2012

Canada: Lost Village

Filed under: Politics — dwightmcfee @ 3:40 am

I’m a Canadian. Expanse envelopes my soul. The lands, skies so differentiated across time and space asks the human inhabitants to integrate and envision more than one. The awe of the possibility to contain and express this deep oneness of earth and space with the commonality of all.
That was my Canada. The Commons as one! The Rockies, the plains, the oceans, the people’s.

What a inspirational opportunity 1982 was, the re-partition of the Canadian Constitution. A founding Aboriginal Culture symbolically is acknowledged by two conquering culture’s, French and English.
We shall move forward in peace and comity, gifted with three fecund culture’s to learn and respect.
Three, that in the modern world has a continuing legacy, good or negative: Environmentalism, Capitalism, and Social Democracy. I leave it to the reader to decide which culture carries which ism in which provinces.

The Canadian Constitution is the second oldest constitution in the world.
It’s the only nation where major civil wars have not taken place. Canada is blessed with every conceivable advantage, minus a large population. Most modern historical/economic tomes use the term ‘competing’ cultures. But that, unconsciously is the coup’. Canadians have historically had to survive in a sometimes harsh but bountiful land by understanding common issues, such as surviving, and working with each other, community. But all consuming competition sends the discourse to a transactional, soulless utilitarianism, robbing, stealing away the ability to form renewed vision for the nation. Oh! For a vision again, for my nation.

There was a time when Canada was creating a fresh vision of multi-lingual-cultural bridges around the globe. Some think this was soft, squishy, yet placed Canada as trustworthy. We were not seeking domination and power. We were here to hold it in check so sober minds could speak truth to power. Then came Lying’ Brian and stealth FREE trade for money.

This was my Canada. I became an actor because I loved the story. The history. Undiscovered, This PLACE made me feel humble and proud that we were the oldest and youngest culture’s of the world. We had this patrimony: people with a vision of a whole, a system that balanced power roughly, and as a result of the pragmatism and imagination of the experience of the land, humility at the fragility of life in the north.

This was my Canada. Tommy Douglas and Health Care. Perhaps other than the lost vision above, this issue binds us together now. How sad we can’t move on. It will be the last national program to be whittled away and eventually drowned after the CBC which was created by Conservative’s in a deal with the US in 1947: we get the CBC radio (communist) and the US gets our domestic film exhibition rights. Forever. The CBC is close to death as we know it.

WHAT HAPPENED.

The acerbic and accurate Canadian author John Ralston Saul says in The Doubter’s Companion that a word that has outlived it’s usefulness and become not it’s original meaning should be retired until the word comes to it’s senses. The word in this instance is FREE ENTERPRISE.

After the Commons rejected naked capitalism post-depression and two world wars, the citizenry demanded government respond to the needs of the nation, it’s welfare.
Let us not forget that the original Canadian phrase was not peace, order and good government but Peace, Order and Welfare of the Canadian People’s.

So, in the seventies our moneyed elites, no slouches at copying economic trends that serve their purpose wholly, began as followers of the stockholder is god, business is business, I’m a global player, essential services are a monopoly that no government should control, everything is a commodity, this is the way it’s always been, competition is wonderful until I have the monopoly on an essential service, I would like to be a good citizen of whatever country but I am only responsible to my bottom line, investor rights, capital mobility, right to work, I’ll donate to the Cancer Wing cause my mom died of it, I’m job creating in China-lifting them to the middle class but I can’t make profit if I don’t get tax breaks and be released from regulation, self regulation is the way to go, and on and on, and of course Money in politics to buy the policies on the oligarchic airwaves provided FREE to the three integrated media corporations to rail against the people that provide the FREE air waves.

We live in an immense country with no industrial policy, no environment policy, no transportation policy, a foreign and military policy totally integrated with a plundering and powerful American Hegemony, a cultural policy that provides the least per capita support in the OECD other than the US, the acceptance that we can do nothing about anything unless a business person is in charge.
I am not against business, small business. That’s where the jobs are created, 80%, Large corporations do not create that many jobs, 20%, excluding public workers. For instance the XL Pipeline from Alberta to the Texas coast will create two thousand construction jobs for two years and require as few as a one hundred jobs to run. Yet this project is being pushed through with attendant tax write offs and amortizations. This is all wrapped in the glow of free enterprise. Socialize the cost’s and privatize the profits.
When a retiring executive like Patrick Lane from Enbridge ( the Canadian de-regulation natural gas behemoth ) speaks of the great contribution to ‘nation building’ Enbride does with it’s pipelines, I want to have a good talking to with this man. The lack of humility is stunning. This is a technocrat telling us that, as Robert MacNamara said when General Motors CEO, what’s good for GM is good for the country. What’s good for Enbridge may not necessarily be good for the country.
However this is the prevailing psychosis. Profit unattached to consequences. Profit unaccountable. Profit without responsibility. Profit without creating anything tangible, cloud profit in financial services and banking. Commodities speculation, Thin air profits. Too few with to much money. A Financial Services Tax, the Tobin Tax, a 0.003% levy on all stock, commodity and derivatives trading would be a good start to bring out of control speculation to hand. France, Britain and Germany advocate this levy. Fat chance in Harperland and Plantation America.

This is my Canada. We have our cheques processed in America, our foreign policy lead by America. We send our oil to America for processing, haven’t added a new refinery since the 70’s, same with wood and most natural resources. Human resources, other than financial (spend a day as a cleaner on Bay Street to feel the arrogance of the Masters of the universe), are denigrated and undeserving of basic dignity: in a utilitarian culture the artist is a freak who keeps getting asked why he’s still here.

This is my Canada: Profit is not a dirty word. It could use re-defining to re-discover it’s responsible meaning. If corporations are people in the States now, and we have FREE trade agreements with the United States of America, are corporations people here as well? Just asking. Steven Harper led the National Citizen’s Coalition in the early 90’s (really a forerunner of a corporate Astro Turf front) in the Alberta Courts and won a case that essentially bestows those rights of FREE speech to non- humans. Did you read about that in the Plantation Press. Incidentally, before Mr. Harper became Prime Minister, this was the only job he’s ever had other than going to University, MS Economics, taught there and his public service as an MP. Which leads me to J. S. Saul and his definition of Business Schools: acting schools that teach people abstract management methods so they can pretend their capitalists.
Exponents of Free Enterprize.

The slow decapitation of Canadian democracy: unions, guilds, mobility, health, hope, imagination, a certain security, dialogue, accommodation, community, wisdom of our history are abandoned for ‘sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity’ as Martin Luther King said. The ideological strategy, FREE Trade, where investor rights, capital mobility, Intellectual Property Rights can discipline a Sovereign Nation is anti-democratic. The Prime Minister has chosen to pimp for the US and Corporate Inc. After all, this may lead to him being the GM of an American hockey team.

I love this land. I’ve lived in almost every province, certainly toured every province at least once, went to University in Alberta, dad in the air force, ended up in Sault Ste Marie, born on the west coast, married a Cape Britoner. I love this land. But as Pierre Burton explains in the War of 1812, Canadians weren’t fighting necessarily the Americans, but the elites of the day. The history of Canada, once you get past the Victors bravado, is the history of giving birth to a democracy in spite of our elites who think they live somewhere between New York and Florida.

Democracy is a space that has to be re-inhabited everyday. The only thing that is historically the same is the constant struggle against elite sociopathy and hubris.

Happy Canada Day!

“I’m sculpting now
Mostly landscapes”
Yogi Berra

Dwight. McFee

June 18, 2012

SECRETS

Filed under: Poet's Pot Pouri — dwightmcfee @ 12:36 am

Secrets can be the best of times and the worst of times. Secrets are intimacy. Secrets are thrilling. Secrets are generous. Secrets can be deadly.

Our secret, Cayle and Dwight. Keeping Cancer Secret.

On the stage as I held Cayle in To Distraction where she is killed in a car accident. I see the audience tearing and they don’t know, only feel the energy from us both, maybe. No one knows screams my brain with the need to holler out the truth! And yet at the same time my heart fills with intimacy as we ALL, knowing or unknowing, come to terms with the FEELINGS of loss and tragedy. Art and life, life and art. To finish a performance with my mate in love and death and art and life paradoxically leaves us in awe at the magnificence and sorrow of being alive.

In mid October, a week into shooting Back Down The Road, Cayle calls from set somewhat in a panic, ( the shoot had been pushed a month and Cayle was pretty thin, people where worried) telling me that physicals were going to be tomorrow. We plotted all night how to bribe, cajole and hoodwink the physician. Cayle had a Trenckoff catheter to drain the fluids that she expertly disguised. We showed up the next morning full of trepidation. All day. But it didn’t happen. He didn’t come. Sometimes secrets are generous!

And then the secret is out. We have to go to palliative care. We can’t do it anymore. We lay in each other’s arms all weekend, hold hands and seek visceral contact with kisses of kindness, kisses of fear, kisses of closeness that only we know. A different kind of secret. Inevitability.

June 17, 2012

HARPANADA

Filed under: Culture & Entertainment,Politics — dwightmcfee @ 5:22 am

MM press: The former Canadian now Harpadian government has announced the formal change through a cabinet order press release.

The press release goes on to say the Prime Minister, while at his retail mall dominionist church service on Sunday received a ‘communication’ via God from Bondholders implying they had more confidence in Prime Minister Harper than the country of Canada and thusly for confidence sake and the economy the PM should change the name of Canada to Harpanada or suffer the consequences.

Foreign Minister Big John ‘the hammerhead’ Baird and Defense Minister Peter ‘loser’ McKay immediately announced the IPO for Alberta on the New York Stock exchange as an investment in America’s future and the stability of Harpanada.

CORPORATISM-defined

Filed under: Politics — dwightmcfee @ 1:51 am

As I watched the President of the United States deliver his State of the Union address as well as waited for the Prime Minister of Canada to deliver his obescient speech to the annual gathering of the financial elites and their courtiers at the DAVOS Conference ( revealing the new old age pension regime to the financial thugs), I’m constantly amazed that the word CORPORATISM is never uttered.
Their are corporations represented there by their C.E.O.’s, C.F.O.’s etc. There are individual corporate entities, NGO corporate entities, everything is a corporate entity. As John Ralston Saul defines corporatism in the Doubter’s Companion:
” Among the most important yet most rarely used words. Better than any other it describes the organization of Modern Society.”
Mr. Saul goes on, “Corporatism is the persistent rival school of representitive government.”

Then why is it that we never hear, use or utter that word? We’re idiots!

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