Sunday, February 11, 2007

Daily Digest February 11, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Prevention worth a pound of cure

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Global effort needed to prevent child abuse

OTTAWA SUN - Give Tories a chance

TORONTO STAR - Fontaine offers natives vision of better future

TORONTO SUN - Cities deserve a fair shake

LONDON FREE PRESS - Climate needs clear thinking


REGINA LEADER-POST - The science of tough choices

CALGARY HERALD - Fast-track help for native kids
Byzantine social agency web is expensive and ineffective

EDMONTON SUN - The bandwagon


Helmand 'seeing insurgent surge'
The governor of Helmand province in Afghanistan says up to 700 insurgents have crossed over from Pakistan and are preparing to fight British forces.

Afghanistan is on the road to stability: NATO

Two Taliban rockets hit Kandahar Airfield

Widows of soldiers killed in Afghanistan face fight with banks over mortgages

Putin's icy blast hints at new Cold War

U.S. bullying to blame for nuclear crisis
Putin: Small nations armed against attack, he says

US does not want new Cold War: defence chief

Canada's silence on Washington's Cuba policy speaks volumes, experts say

Squandering billions in Iraq while U.S. suffers

Let's make private health care work for our public system, not against it

All I want is a chance to build a future
Mechanical engineer Emran Mojumdar finds himself in a catch-22 -- no work permit, no job

MacKay gives Harper early Valentine’s Day gift

Williams hopes PM will keep word on equalization

Feds fight back over Ontario's 'tax gap' claims

Quebec's ambiguous federalist
Dumont normally siphons support from Liberals. But for next election, the PQ is worried

Nuclear option divides Alberta
Treasury Board boss urges closer look for oilsands, despite poll

Bought, torqued headlines amount to political advertising, says Elections Canada

Clark raps Harper government on Mideast

Derailing the Tory train

MP clarifies slam; no apology to Grit
An Ottawa-area Tory MP who claimed Winnipeg's streets "are ruled by guns, gangs and drugs" said yesterday he didn't mean to insult the city.

Grow-ops 'subsidized'
CMHC paid up to $80M in insurance claims: MP

Flaherty guarantees personal tax cuts

Confidential audit urges better scrutiny of airline cargo

If you were the PM ...
Seeking political climate change, Suzuki lays out his green vision

Whistleblowers get kiss-off
Pro-man-made global warming crowd will do anything to 'sex-up' the threat

Greens aren’t always good

Jumping on the green bandwagon

Global warming is a theory, not scientific fact

Give global warming skeptics their say

Global warming report: a call for all to care for God's creation

Rights movement plans assault on churches

Avoiding disputes over family property

Oil industry finds hot rock resource

Francis Fukuyama notes that despite fears about terrorism and rogue states, the most notable fact about today's world is that the global economy has been driving ahead full speed,raising living standards and closing the gap between First and Third World countries

How chocolate works


Les manchettes commandées par les partis sont de la publicité électorale

La base aérienne de Kandahar est la cible de deux roquettes talibanes

Déconfiture du Bloc à Québec: la faute à Montréal

Harper se fait discret au sujet d'éventuelles élections

André Arthur trop bavard pour le Bloc

Williams et Calvert font cause commune


Charles Tupper

Subject: Experiment that hints we're wrong on climate change
"BURN THE HERETIC! BURN THE HERETIC!" -- The cult of the hot Earth
It may have been reckless for the cultists to try to link denial of man-made global warming with denial of the holocaust.  ~ Michael Rivero

An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change
Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged

When politicians and journalists declare that the science of global warming is settled, they show a regrettable ignorance about how science works. We were treated to another dose of it recently when the experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the Summary for Policymakers that puts the political spin on an unfinished scientific dossier on climate change due for publication in a few months’ time. They declared that most of the rise in temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to man-made greenhouse gases. . . .

Gilbert G Schramm

Prime Minister of Canada                                                         09 February 2007
House of Commons
Ottawa, Canada

Mr Prime Minister:

While I do not hesitate in congratulating this government in resurrecting our Canadian Forces which
are, in my mind mandated to be prepared to “defend” our country, I am somewhat reluctant to
understand why we must commit ourselves to campaigns external to that function.

Gilbert G Schramm
Box 78
Okanagan Falls, British Columbia
V0H 1R0

Brad Thomson
    My decision to discontinue membership in the Liberal Party has only been reconfirmed by Stéphane Dion's latest stroke of genius. Now he is telling us that in certain ridings you will not be allowed to run for office if you are a man. This is the most disgusting and blatant act of sexual discrimination I have ever heard of in my life. Canada needs the best individuals for the jobs, not the best women. Dion is stating implicitly that he is quite willing to risk diminishing the quality of his candidates. Would it not make more sense to state that he will attempt to put forth the best candidates, irrespective of their gender? If fewer women than men seek elected office, then so be it. Personally, I would not care if our parliament was composed of nothing but women, or nothing but men. I want the best people in the jobs. Period. If Dion really wants to do something constructive he should resign his leadership and throw his absolute support behind Martha Hall Findlay. She was by far the best candidate in the Liberal leadership race.
    Brad Thomson

Robert Ede

Subject: Ivison column - Feb 8/07 -Liberals have election trigger finger on Kyoto

Dear Editor,
John Ivision's column on the possibility of Parliament's "majority" passing a Kyoto implementation Bill misses a few constitutionally valid options open to the Prime Minister-of-the-Day.
This Rt Hon Minority Office Holder can request that the Governor General withhold Royal assent (and the Bill dies instantly) or recommend that She reserve it for "signification of the Queen" (BNA Act ss.55-57 ).
If the reservation option is chosen, the issue can be put to the electorate as a single issue referendum (as opposed to being one of many election issues) and a nation-wide discussion of a) the problem, b) the cause(s) of the problem, c) this Treaty as method to eradicate the cause(s)

Robert Ede
Thornhill ON

John Halonen
North American Union / North American Integration / SPP

Re:  Charles Tupper, Vancouver           Subject: Help stop NAFTA before it abolishes the USA

Your concerns regarding the NAU are shared by many,  yet it is almost an impossible task to stop this integration.

In Canada most news concerns would be addressed in our National media,  yet we have allowed the control of the media to be in the hands of so few,  and these elite have signed on to this integration.  Therefore with almost no media coverage, it will continue to progress and flourish. 

Now for the Political process, I have personally forwarded over 1000 emails, with at least a response from Stockwell Day.  "Best for Canada" was not the response I was looking for.   Have they sold us out or have other influences that Canadian citizens are not aware of,  made politicians follow this path of no return?   Very difficult to know,  but it is all current political parties and Canadian citizens have been left out of the equation.

Only way to have any possibility of success has been thru the Internet, but then you are labelled as a "Conspiracy Theorist".

Look at the Title "Conspiracy theorists given a free run at continental pact" from a column written by Barbara Jaffe of the Vancouver Sun.

After a review requested by many of the "Conspiracy Theorists"  another column from B Jaffe  
 "Integration negotiations require public scrutiny".

Quite the change, yet her latest column is restricted to Vancouver Sun readership, and was NOT picked up by our National Media.  Why?

Caspar Davis

Subject: Chalmers Johnson on the Latest Bush Budget

Coming soon to an arrogant government very near you: Fiscal Armageddon The president's nearly $3 trillion, 2008 budget proposal reads like a happy "how-to" manual for what Chalmers Johnson, the East Asian historian and thoughtful author of the eye-opening "Blowback" series, unhappily surveys:

We are on the brink of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire. Once a nation starts down that path, the dynamics that apply to all empires come into play -- isolation, overstretch, the uniting of local and global forces opposed to imperialism, and in the end bankruptcy.

Add to that mixture an unhealthy dose of plutocratic protectionism, and you can see that we're no longer merely on the brink: We have done toppled over. Indeed, Republican apostate Kevin Phillips, in works such as American Theocracy and Wealth and Democracy, forcefully argues that our system of governance is already a de-facto plutocracy -- yesterday's democracy is just that: yesterday. . . .

Robert Anglin


Joe, and others:

May I still make a brief comment on the environment.

1.  Global warming is almost universally agreed upon.  The only real 
differences are as to the degree of it.

2.  Glaciers around the world (with about 2 exceptions) are getting 
smaller at a great rate.  E.g.  Lake Louise, the southern tip of 
South America.  What other proof is necessary?

3.  The arctic ice cap has reduced in size by 8.6% in the decade to 
2006.  As ice reflects sunlight much more than water, at some stage 
the trend becomes irreversible.

4.  If mankind is not the primary cause, it is even more important 
that our influence doesn't add to the problem.

5.  Canada's record is said to be the worst of the G8, per the Globe 
and Mail this week.

6.  Conservatives could lose the next election over this issue, 
i.m.h.o.  The populace is away ahead of our government.

Thanks for your time.

Bob Anglin

Stewart Sinclair

Subject: Re: Managing climate change

Hi Joe,

In general the precautionary approach would seem to be justified here. 
But in any case here's one you should have a look at: Global Dimming.

Lorimer Rutty / Denis Simard

Subject: Reality checks on hysteria/The "Truth about Kyoto"  

Kyoto is economic suicide as is
Liberal adherence makes no sense unless all countries are signed on

The Liberals' commitment to Kyoto is economic suicide, and I believe that the whole exercise was cynical and a favour to Liberal insider Maurice Strong.

Now the Liberals are leading a charge to force the Tories to live up to commitments that the Liberals never did in four years. That's because they realized the commitments were not realistic.

But Kyoto wasn't renegotiated because Mr. Strong is a buddy of former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. When he was involved in United Nations operations, he organized the UN's Earth Summit to deal with pollution. He asked for, and got, Canada's unconditional support for Kyoto. . . .

Ron Thornton

Subject: Re: Managing climate change


Your recent subject line of "Managing Climate Change" is a bit of a misnomer.  We can't manage it, only respond to it.  Of course, Kyoto is a response, but it accomplishes nothing except the destruction of the economies of western industrialized nations.  Though global warmer is a falsehood (as we may soon be nearing a global cooling), I am not a denier of climatic change.  The climate is always changing, and does so naturally.  Some of those changes will present a problem for mankind, as it did during the ice ages.  I am also not insane, which is why I see that Kyoto will bring disaster to ourselves and our children a lot faster than any amount of CO2 (which is a major component for life on earth) will do.
Anyone who does not see this is a true denier...and a fool.


Brian Peckford

Subject: Fw: environment --michael crichton

Attached is one of Michael Crichton's speeches of 2005. Still very valid. I recommend it to you. His other speeches can be found at These are also very insightful and enlightening.
Brian Peckford

Our Environmental Future

(Well worth the visit - too lengthy to attach)
Jacob Rempel

Subject: "   the pagan god of victory has long taken the place of the Savior...."

"There can be no doubt that a successful aggression (against Iran)
will make Bush extremely popular in the US – in this anti-Christian
society the pagan god of victory has long taken the place of the Savior.
A triumph will make the US public blind and deaf – "  by Dmitriy Sedov
Global Research Feature Article
"A Strike on Iran would signify the Beginning of an Epoch of Nuclear War"
URL of this article:
A Strike on Iran would signify the Beginning of an Epoch of Nuclear War
© Copyright Dmitriy Sedov, Strategic Cultural Foundation (Russia), 2007 by Dmitriy Sedov
In my paper entitled “2007: Opening a New Page in the World’s History”, published in September, 2006, I examined the possibility that a US strike on Iran using small-scale nuclear munitions [mini-nukes] would be launched, and that the strike would become the beginning of an epoch of nuclear wars. There were various responses to the paper. Some authors, including recognized experts, doubted the possibility of such a development. At present, few people doubt that there will be a strike on Iran. Rather, the question is whether nuclear or conventional weapons will be used in the offensive.

Subject: It's confirmed - There IS value added to reading the DD
From: "Efstratios Psarianos" <>
To: "Joe Hueglin" <>

Hi, Joe.
If anyone's ever wondered whether there's any value-added to reading the DD, wave the following in there. This may be worth its own message, separate from the DD .. your call.
P.S. Joe. The text versions of the releases are below. I've also attached PDFs to this message. Cheers!
Hi, all.
Reading the DD has its benefits, and here's one right here. I've attached a couple of press releases describing an industrial anti-pollution system that my firm is marketing. You're third in line Canadawide in having this released to you, two hours after my releasing it to a friend in Vancouver, and one hour after my half-dozen 2006 HEC Energy Sector MBA co-graduees. You're all part of this first Canadawide "mass release", though, so you're right up there priority-wise.
In short, the press releases describe the test results gleaned from running a new technology consisting of a system that removes pollutants from industrial flue-gases (that is, "smokestack" gases). Not only do the usual assorted nasties like NOx (nitrous oxides), SOx, (sulphur oxides), VOCs (volatile organic compounds), heavy metals (like mercury) all get knocked out ... so does CO2 (carbon dioxide), THE greenhouse gas par excellence. To date, the only systems that I know of that can extract CO2 from flue gases are amine-based systems, which are expensive, which are expensive to operate, and which consume lots of energy. The WOWClean system mentioned in in the press releases below is much less expensive, requires no expensive chemicals (amines! only widely-available chemicals are needed), and is much cheapere to operate. Plus, instead of winding up with liquid carbon dioxide that's hard to dispose of (e.g. short of selling it commercially, getting rid of it isn't straightforward), WOWClean turns carbon dioxide into salt and water ... if sodium hydroxide ("lye", a common, widely-used caustic; it's the principal active agent in Drano), you get water and sodium carbonate, a chalk-like powder when dry. The stuff can be sold commercially or landfilled.
All that to say, big news. Feel free to pass on the press releases; they're meant to be circulated. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me the numbers and addresses in the releases.
Have a good read, all!

2007-01-23 WOWClean - 85 percent mercury removal from electrica  2007-01-23 WOWClean - 85 percent mercury removal from electrical power plant flue gases.pdf

2006-12-07 WOWClean - Over 50 percent CO2 reduction.pdf  2006-12-07 WOWClean - Over 50 percent CO2 reduction.pdf