Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Daily Digest February 28, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:
The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Serving a different kind of time
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=13909&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Another Trudeau on the political scene?
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=13816&sc=103

HALIFAX HERALD - Compliments to the court
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/561705.html

HALIFAX NEWS - Senior surge wave of future
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=13892&sc=90

MONTREAL GAZETTE - A little restraint, please
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=31fc7254-1cd3-4ae6-a39f-34cf4874f666

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Sentences were too light
Neither Trevis Smith nor Andy Virgile showed remorse for their sexual crimes.
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=148cda9a-1809-4ead-8ddb-c5baf095e492

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Recognition well-deserved
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=237273e8-7a56-4bf7-a571-a6691860ec7a

TORONTO STAR - Voters should back one-cent solution
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/186389

TORONTO STAR - Card for intolerance
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/186388

NATIONAL POST - David Miller's open palms
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=8e928593-25f0-4eb8-a3a4-b489b385b245

SIMCOE REFORMER - Divided we fall
http://cgi.bowesonline.com/pedro.php?id=305&x=story&xid=290087

K-W RECORD - Finding a cure for Ontario's gas pains
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1172617814265&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - The fight in Afghanistan
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/3894852p-4504478c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
http://www.canada.com/saskatoon/starphoenix/editorials/

CALGARY HERALD - Public has right to full disclosure
Alberta should follow Ottawa in revealing campaign donors
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d3e7c701-3976-439a-8867-c829f586801a

CALGARY HERALD - The elusive perfect human
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=9b5da242-0cd4-4130-985a-ce28faa0d6ea

CALGARY SUN - Oh, for a dose of civility in Parliament
http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=173839&x=articles&s=comment

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Butting out in public
It’s starting to look like a tougher smoking bylaw is in our future
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/1editorial.lasso

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Candy, cars no longer predator's tools
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_6088.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Soccer officials should learn their own rules on headgear
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=9bce6ff5-2cf6-46aa-97f9-ad83cca6b436

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Gore's electricity mantra: Do as I say, not as I do
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=ef8fd704-71ae-47ba-bc98-1178255aa02d


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Plight of natives hits home
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070228.wxchildren28/BNStory/National/home


CANADIAN FORCES
Canadians in battle against frustration and skepticism
Reconstruction teams work against uncertain deadline to build trust before Taliban regroup
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=29acae98-1453-4bc0-974b-c144d8b7c625

Canada eyeing using more reservists to bolster Afghan mission
More part-time troops, traditionally peacekeepers, now seeing combat
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/28/reserve-soldiers-070228.html

War-weary Afghans fear new offensive
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070228/canada/canada_afghan_col

Afghans OK with inquiry
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/28/3676161-sun.html

Afghan escort for our troops?
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/28/3676169-sun.html

Canadians under fire after shooting
Afghan killed. U.S. vice-president unhurt after blast at air base
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=b97e8999-3b86-4f80-9fe5-59600d1b710e

Quit whining, diplomats tell MPs
The idea that Canada is alone in southern Afghanistan is wrong: NATO
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=c97fddc3-10f5-4b10-9cb1-4cb1825d613c

The myth of Canada as peacekeeper
Despite high-minded policy statements and public perception, Canada's global role, Michael Valpy reports
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070228.wxpeacekeeping28/BNStory/Afghanistan/home


CANUSA/USACAN
Senators say U.S. investigators getting stonewalled on Arar case
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070228/n0228152A.html

New York legislator backs Canadian position on passports
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/28/3676156-sun.html

Canada, U.S. scholars disagree on world issues
Terrorism top for both, then similarities end
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=f8a9cf69-ca78-481d-9a0b-d1797603730a


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Interprovincial trade barriers hold us all back
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=ea9b0ae0-4f31-4b43-9f08-520556ea0584


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Canada should support the Mecca Declaration
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=2750fc24-11d6-483f-b7d2-e46e43bce0eb

How Bush can score a rare foreign affairs victory
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=b9e1d91f-89fe-49d1-bae6-f763c2c94aa9

Pakistan makes a deal with the Taliban
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IC01Df03.html

THE NORTH AMERICAN 'SOVIET' UNION
http://www.newswithviews.com/iserbyt/iserbyt36.htm


HEALTH CARE RELATED
The case for eye care
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=814a757a-8c1d-4429-af72-7e1bef4519bc

Polio eradication bid at critical juncture
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/world/story.html?id=a8bb41d8-02eb-4511-ac91-0f09d0719e4e

C. difficile outbreak linked to fatal strain
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070228/cdifficile_mississauga_outbreak_070228/20070228?hub=Canada


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Top court to rule on epic battle for same-sex survivor benefits
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070228/n0228120A.html


MIGRATION
'Worried' IRB panel quits over partisan jolt
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/02/28/3676085-sun.html

Securing the IRB's checks and balances
Report calls for shift in authority to immigration minister
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=8136a70c-7d73-4364-9816-81dcd4d20e77

High-level resignations from refugee board will further delay claims: advocates
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/28/refugee-board.html

Tories to spend $3M to study immigrant job barriers
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/28/immigrants-study.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
R-word not helping PQ
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/186290

B.C. may have to pressure feds for more security cash
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=7ff30b46-b9f0-469f-94ed-c71f1428a3c0


POLITICS
Law hits roadblock
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/02/28/3676086-sun.html

Liberals will pay at polls: security
PM: Conservative bid to extend anti-terror provisions defeated
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=49b07352-2789-4d25-90a3-0ceccbfef2f7

Terror vote fails as Dion reins in Liberals
Conservative bid to renew measures voted down 159-124
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070228.wterror28/BNStory/National/home

Opposition votes down 2 terror law provisions
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186476

Canada scraps two anti-terror measures
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070227/canada/canada_terror_col

Liberals attack Harper's tactics on anti-terror vote
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/28/3677229.html

Tories to spend, spend, spend
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/02/28/3676087-sun.html

Liberals turn to budget in attacking Harper
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070228/question_period_070228/20070228?hub=Canada

Brave Liberal to face outraged Albertans
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=b1679645-7e94-425d-b442-f375a2231e0b

Dion promises Miller gas tax revenues instead of one-cent share of GST
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/toronto/story.html?id=58ec8db6-7886-44c6-8cb7-5f3cd331ae19

Liberal vs. Liberal, grown-up vs. child
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=3f98338a-2c57-49ff-8367-c5053997db11

Liberals accuse Conservatives of another `drive-by smear'
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186481

Flaherty claims on Tory tax cuts too rich
critics: Finance minister exaggerated budget relief, opposition says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=03fdb9ee-c5af-4f31-a7a0-071210f23ff3

Harper pays peanuts for personal use of government jets
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070228/n0228128A.html

Tories back away from income splitting: report
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070228/income_splitting_tories_070228/20070228?hub=Canada

It is time to clean house
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=49a101fe-4bc0-4371-9012-496dfbc1a500

Slash income trust tax plan, opposition-controlled Commons committee urges
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070228/n0228134A.html


PROGRAMMES
Independent environment chief endorsed
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070227.wenvicom0226/BNStory/National/home

Working poor to get tax break in budget
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186474

'Criminalize' customers, not prostitutes
Commons committee recommends ways to combat human trafficking
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=10ef0eb8-07b3-4699-8f9b-942620e95643

Federal lawyers deny $30-billion pension surplus ever existed
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=a8a1d4ff-a375-428c-8135-5ad62ab120e8

Canada income trust rules likely in federal budget
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070228/canada/canada_trusts_col


PRESSURE POINTS
What's changed in five years?
With the shock of 9/11 faded, anti-terrorism measures stir skepticism
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070228.wxthreat28/BNStory/National/home

Former security detainee Harkat calls for eased bail conditions
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/28/harkat-court.html

New vaccine for bird flu in works
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/28/3676172-sun.html

Canadians are ready to act - but we need leadership
The environment is our top issue, and we are prepared to make changes
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=5280e92f-dc3d-4b75-9e4d-b2aa0174ab7b

Greenland's melting ice will change the world
Remote island has major impact on global weather
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=52b40afd-05b8-4b40-a905-d1b497a8d9ee

Kyoto would cost $100B over 4 years: study
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070228/kyoto_cost_070228/20070228?hub=Canada


OPINION AND INFORMATION
This is a charity?
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Corbella_Licia/2007/02/28/3675840.html

For want of a father
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=8dec281e-921d-4580-9bd2-711741a78d9b

Just like Maher Arar. Except ?
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=a63cee3e-9e0f-4088-b196-641e1a94e417

Soccer spat goes global
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=41c7621e-a725-4854-8d70-0d4735ef4e8f

Raiders of the lost mind
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=1c833dfb-27e6-46c9-aefa-f9944297679e

Sanitation must top the agenda
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=09ffd5df-39bd-4e65-b0a7-d5cdb11a9cc7

The way we are
Canada is a world leader in the great experiment of immigration and citizenship, yet we show little curiosity about how this talent works and how we can improve it http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5da7f994-4556-4437-a092-5dc9cd54e3f9

I've been Wiki-Whacked
He made Wikipedia, then was deleted as not 'notable' enough
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1172617812838&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581


INFOS

Harper ne paie presque rien pour l'usage personnel de l'avion gouvernemental
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070228/N0228155U.html

L'opposition accuse le gouvernement de politiser la sélection des immigrants
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070228/N0228133U.html

Une étude chiffre à 100 milliards $ le coût du respect des objectifs de Kyoto
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070228/N0228175U.html

Le PLC va poursuivre le député Pierre Poilievre
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070228/CPACTUALITES/70228174/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper exercerait des pressions sur le sénat
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070228/CPACTUALITES/70228111/1025/FRONTPAGE

La loi antiterroriste édentée
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070228/CPACTUALITES/702280776/1025/FRONTPAGE

Loi antiterroriste: Dion punira le député désobéissant
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070228/CPACTUALITES/70228229/1025/FRONTPAGE

Afghanistan - Le Canada n'est pas le seul pays à payer un lourd tribut
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/02/28/132866.html

Loi antiterroriste - Un seul député libéral a défié Dion
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/02/28/132869.html

Commission de I'immigration et du statut de réfugié
Démissions en série
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/02/28/003-commission-immigration.shtml

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Just wonderin'

IS ETHANOL PRODUCTION GONNA CAUSE MORE PROBLEMS THAN IT CONTRIBUTES TO SOLVING GLOBAL WARMING?

Because the ethanol plant will require 15 million bushels (400,000 tonnes) of wheat per year when it begins operation late this year, TGF has been signing up producers to supply grain to the plant. http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/business_agriculture/story.html?id=54d90d67-6915-4114-9fbb-9be0cfde2429

WHEN WILL THOSE NOT RECEIVING THE DIGEST HEAR OF THIS?

Using Pakistani territory and with Islamabad's support, the Taliban will be able safely to move men, weapons and supplies into southwestern Afghanistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IC01Df03.html

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Rosalie Piccioni

Hi Joe - Re: MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ridiculous ruling on a head scarf
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=4c487ec1-2627-4eca-86d2 - 849f9d851bfe

I think there should be limits. It's a good thing we don't all have something from our past ancestry that we care to bring to the workplace or sports field any time we please. Wouldn't that be colourfull!

Rosie

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Jim Love

Have we ever had a government -- no, has any democracy ever had a government that would use the power of the state to crush any dissenting voices in the way that Mr. Harper's Alliance Conservatives have? Having jettisoned the last remnants of their populist Reform roots, they have become a top down, neo-conservative party, out of touch with the spirit of democratic reform and renewal that Canadians are looking for. And having made it to power as a new party from one lone MP to a stunning reverse takeover of the old Progressive Conservative party, this government is determined to ensure that nobody ever does this again.

We know who it's aimed at. Mr. Harper is trying to crush the Progressive Canadian Party because we remind people what was taken from them when the "new owners" dropped the Progressive part of the party which we reconstituted as Progressive Canadian.

Its no surprise. Harper has been shouted down in the House for trying to insinuate that the Liberals were somehow trying to subvert the Air India inquiry. This is right up there with accusing Paul Martin of tolerating child pornography.

So I'm not surprised to see me, a 51 year old father of two with a small business portrayed as a beer swilling fraternity kid. And I'm angry on two levels. First at the portrayal of me, our leader and the group of former cabinet minister, activists and other hard working taxpaying Canadians who make up the membership of our party. Secondly, I'm angered at the portrayal of university students who are not all "beer swilling frat house types".

It is time for this government to stop slinging mud and start recognizing what the courts have told them. Free speech doesn't mean only speech that Mr. Harper approves personally. That's how he runs his party and government but he can't extend that to the entire country

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Joe;

I have stopped receiving the Daily. Can you re set me up if you have deleted me by accident.

Thanks

Brian

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Rubie Britton

Subject: The 1500's

THE 1500'S
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some interesting facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell,
so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,
then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally
the children, Last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.
Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery
and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof.
Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

T he floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh
(straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. "

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next
400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.
The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a coupl e of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait to see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones
to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins,

1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

And that's the truth.. Now, whoever said that History was boring ! ! !
Educate someone...Share these facts with a friend.

As ever,
Rubie
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STRATOS
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MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ridiculous ruling on a head scarf
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=4c487ec1-2627-4eca-86d2-849f9d851bfe

You know, just for ONCE I'd like to see a bona fide QC provincial or federal leader stand up and say something like: "No girl, no woman, should ever be afraid to wear the dress of her culture in Quebec (Canada). And should she BE afraid, then it's the government's duty to ensure that she'll have no reason to".

The thing that gets me about this kind of thing is that wearing a hijab, a headscarf, is considered dangerous (and is thus banned) by international soccer authorities because it might trigger violence in the audience at soccer matches (that is, if some journalists are relaying the truth accurately .. and that's NOT an obvious thing). In such a case, "society" and the government that has jurisdiction has three choices: repress headscarf-wearing as an affront to decency; repress it as provocation to violence; and repress

Dion dismisses polls, eyes majority
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070226/wl_canada_nm/canada_dion_interview_col

And he'd REALLY like it if said majority were to be his ...

Elizabeth May: Are Canada's Kyoto targets reachable?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070226.wcomment0227/BNStory/National/home

Without ruinous cost, no ...

Dion vows to make gas-tax transfers permanent for all cities
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=a3d2abac-74b1-4162-97d7-350105664e26&k=16220

Interfere in jurisdictions not your own, and pay off municipalities in the hope that they'll shut up. Nice! Plus, in what manner will this gas tax revenue be split among the municipalities? Municipalities having gas stations get a part of gas tax proceeds? But then, what about municiplaities WITHOUT gas stations ... will they begin to scramble to get gas stations too, having in mind getting a piece of the action? Alternatively, if gas tax revenues get split up in another way, can we foresee some municipalities squawking nationwide that they're not getting their fair share (e.g. big cities complaining that small municipalities with few or no gas stations are getting cash raised in big cities).

As Liberal ideas take shape, a Tory majority is closer.


PRESSURE POINTS
Kyoto Kultists note: King Coal still rules in Alberta despite protests from green groups
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Business/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2007/02/27/3671800.html

As it does and will in the US, no matter what. When it's the only domestic source of energy to be found in great-enough quantities ...
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THE DOWNER
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Joe Hueglin
Advocatus Diaboli

Some used to think of you as Diabolus Imperator. You've been demoted recently? Hahahahaha ...

Rene Moreau

re; Stratos, (in blue, last article, answering John Anderson, in black.

Do the corporate 'think tanks' , C. D. Howe Institute, Fraser Institute, pay by the word?

Uuuummmm ... I don't think so. I'll ask my uncle, who's a Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute ...

Stratos
Homonculus Diaboliminus ("Little Man Devil", as in "Little Man tiny-Devil". <-- Well, I think it's funny! Then again, I agree that my humour is .. ahem ... of a minority kind (i.e. no one else thinks it's funny). Hahahaha at myself, which is getting to be a habit).

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