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Only leaders who conspire against the people's interests require $1 billion worth of protection. A few thousand bodyguards, 9 thousand cops, 11 thousand military troops, motorcades, helicopters and prison fences separate the people from their leaders at the G20 conference in Toronto.
If as a citizen of Toronto you get the impression that you are not wanted in your own home town, you are right. Fences, barricades, checkpoints and street closures are meant to keep you away from the secret meetings of world leaders, finance ministers, central bank governors and delegates from large corporations including the oil companies.
The powerful and few have taken your city for themselves and you are not wanted. The downtown core of Toronto is nearly a ghost town, safe only for a select few people, our leaders. That's how the City Fathers and their federal henchmen want it. Marshal law is in effect. Yes. This is really happening in Canada. Again.
Everything about modern governance is geared toward the masses. Television, internet media and traditional media are manipulated (inasmuch as that is possible through lies I suppose) to sway the mass opinion. As a single person your voice will not be heard by our leaders.
If you are feeling a little small and inconsequential and that maybe your opinion is worth something but your representatives in government can't hear you, you might decide to gather a few friends together and raise your voices in protest at the G20 or G8. Don't unless you are willing to 'risk' being seriously harmed, is the message being projected by the G20 organizers.
The police/military arsenal for dealing with those who protest includes water canons, large plastic bullets from ARWEN weapons, batons, tear gas, sound cannons, bean bags fired from shotguns, machine guns, automatic weapons, hand guns, grenades, battering rams and rocket launchers.
Six schools will close. Buses servicing Roman Catholic and public boards will be cancelled on June 25.
The school bus cancellation will impact about 45,000 students, including 10,000 in special education programs.
Early estimates suggest over 100,000 people have not shown up for work this week making travel in the downtown core a breeze. There are no traffic jams. It's a ghost town.
Remember the Skydome? You built it! It is now called the Rogers Centre (bought by Rogers in 2004 for 4% of the stadium's 1989 construction costs) and it is encircled with 3-metre high security fence.
The Toronto G20 fortress made from what once was our city will protect our leaders from us because presumably we fear more bad economic strategies and policies that restrict commerce and hinder economic growth. Well, generally that's what our leaders do at these things which in this case are mostly controlled by the United States' agenda.
One thing you might have missed in the news about the Maconda oil disaster in the Mexican Gulf is the enormity of the oil reservoir discovered there.
Deep water oil exploration is a money maker. One hundred thousand barrels of oil per day leaking into the Gulf is not what the G20 financial leaders are looking at. They see dollar signs. One truth exposed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster is that there is a lot of oil down there, roughly $25 billion per day in oil revenue from across the Gulf of Mexico. That's over $7 million per day, per well. The way the corrupt oil industry works: any policy maker who wants to be, can be rich. So, keep out, Torontonians. Stay behind the fence. Your leaders are at work.
In my opinion:
I have a suggestion. In every forthcoming election let's toss every sociopath who brought this on, in particular, our prime minister and his self-serving, insulated government. The only way to do that for a number of reasons is to amalgamate the Liberal and Bloc parties.
Give it some thought, please. Add your idea.
* Argentina represented by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina
* Australia represented by Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia
* Brazil represented by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil
* Canada represented by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada (Host)
* People's Republic of China represented by Hu Jintao, President People's Republic of China
* France represented by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
* Germany represented by Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
* India represented by Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
* Indonesia represented by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia
* Italy represented by Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy
* Japan represented by Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan
* Mexico represented by Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
* South Korea represented by Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea
* Russia represented by Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia
* Saudi Arabia represented by Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
* South Africa represented by Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa
* Turkey represented by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey
* United Kingdom represented by David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
* United States represented by Barack Obama, President of the United States
G-20 Guest nations
* Ethiopia represented by Girma Wolde-Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
* Malawi represented by Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi
* Netherlands represented by Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
* Nigeria represented by Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria
* Spain represented by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain
* Vietnam represented by Nguyễn Minh Triết, President of Vietnam
Thanks to em>The Globe & Mail
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