Friday, October 12, 2007

Daily Digest October 12, 2007.

The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Missing the point
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=70844&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Keeping our homes safe from fire print this article
Fire Prevention Week should remind us to do an inventory of our homes.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=70654&sc=103

HALIFAX NEWS - Casey on the spot View comments
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=70634&sc=90

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Feisty Danny won't give up
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/951921.html

Educating Tory

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/951922.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Good use for technology
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=2c65929b-c519-4d4c-89c3-8d02ae03858f

Mission accomplished

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=82356085-f820-4a1f-a6cd-af854fce0190

TORONTO STAR - The courage to run
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/266005

People's verdict on voting reform

http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/266001

Tories better off in centre

http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/266003

NATIONAL POST - Re-electing a clown
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=204f5d17-069d-42bc-93a2-5e7e52f09104

So much for MMP

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=ae8c17ac-c0f0-4ab0-9248-bfbf2190f059

WINDSOR STAR - Vote aftermath
The job ahead for the Liberals
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=82975513-5485-42b1-9659-74599261868b

SUDBURY STAR - A toothless decision - Editorial
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=730758

Canada fighting triple war

http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=730760&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

CALGARY HERALD - Rebalance the scales of justice
Police are at a disadvantage in battle against crime
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3c28130e-b511-43da-83df-b2055b422758

Integrity was his watchword

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=22912893-080b-4ff7-8a48-b088327ce81d

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Fix our ailing health system
Nagging doctor shortage truly needs to be addressed
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/index.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Ontario's decision defies assumptions
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=dbc77f43-889d-4c7b-ac53-476ee901d17e

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Maybe we are penny foolish
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8493.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Police can't eliminate every risk
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c9aad310-91e5-486b-b99f-56237c6103c0

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Everybody wins when ex-addicts learn to live again
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=56b7f541-15cb-4e11-bb00-52705a849f91

Was 'Mr. Stinky' forced to hold his own nose?

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=9d73c369-4068-4b95-b953-c6042eb3d349


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Canadian Forces
Un entraînement inadéquat An inadequate training
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radio-canada.ca%2Fregions%2FQuebec%2F2007%2F10%2F12%2F003-doctrine_FC_n.shtml&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools

Our man in Iraq
Did Canada really stay out of the Iraq War? The
answer is more complicated than Jean Chretien would have had Canadians believe
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=d968e7a8-52e1-49d7-b7e6-0932d94e0da4

Afghan police complicit in kidnapping, victims say
Officers escorting contractors knew to expect Taliban
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/world/story.html?id=cbbf9e0a-f19a-47be-b305-e563ef40e0c2

Silent service making noise in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=c09e6bd0-c05f-4460-afe0-338d19ab9098


CANUSA/USACAN
Ottawa to 'work with' U.S. on passenger lists
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071012.airspace12/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071012.airspace12

One year later, Americans still threatening softwood deal
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=6faebaaa-3c6f-48f4-a1e1-3cd6b65029bc&k=71560


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Monetary union?
Cutting exchange-rate volatility would come at a cost
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=f3a256c4-e9e5-4b7a-bb8c-3bb862950114

Adult retraining falls behind in Canada
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=82b4c15b-738e-4721-a526-97430ec91b5b&k=33208

Canadian banks forced out into global arena
Forbidden to merge at home, they're buying elsewhere
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=3a4f22f3-3639-437a-bbd6-4089d4e1cf46

Pine beetle -- Voracious pest's impact won't be
fully felt for years, but it's coming
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c7d59605-e9a6-4ed7-bb9a-4cc4dff86d59


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Russia warns U.S. on missile plan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071012.wputinus1012/BNStory/International/home

Chavez Strikes At Heart Of Planned North America Union
http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1039.htm

Five ex-communist countries sign oil pipeline deal bypassing Russia
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hqdXIxNAJFlDvGqc9Asuwb-0s0mQ

U.S.-Turkish relations being pushed down a slippery slope
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=edb8b0c0-80f9-4c06-a7e0-c34179ec903f


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Judge's decision to lift publication ban hailed
as important victory in fight for open justice
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=5e9298a9-bc9e-4132-90a7-8c4f8133341e


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Saskatchewan Election

Calvert opens campaign with pledge to introduce new universal drug plan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071012.SASK12/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

NDP's first pitch may strike back
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=8e56cc72-de72-4e28-bb4e-0c2cfa0b27df

ALBERTA
Stelmach may call late fall vote
Response to Oct. 24 'Ed-TV' broadcast to be a determining factor
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071012.ALBERTA12/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Stelmach promises security for Alberta oil companies
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=b0f5960f-019e-46f7-803d-73764d579e61

Royalty hike will kill pipeline
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=8b70111f-3bb0-4953-8470-f7f7326ca389

Repressive bill must be blocked
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3f828b7d-9add-4abd-a6fe-6e50b7ceb36c

Williams no model for Stelmach to follow
Standing up to energy companies drilling off
Newfoundland a lot of risky bluster
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ac61a293-10fd-4b6a-b12a-172394f9aca5

ONTARIO
Tory's defeat 'a tough blow' to party
Conservative members taking a wait-and-see
approach on whether leader should resign
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071012.ONTARIO12/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

How one proposal led core PC base to lose faith
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071012.ONTTORIES12/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Irate Tories point finger at Tory
Disgruntled PCs rush to blame leader for
`disaster' at the polls, fuelled by schools issue
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/266161


POLITICS
Ontario results blur vote picture
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071012.harper12/BNStory/National/home

Harper takes on Calvert
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=9ada3f7d-3561-4253-b645-859b34778a81

Harper picks one of Liberal party's hawks for Afghan panel
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071012/n1012102A.html

Harper names Manley to head Afghan panel; critics worry it's political ploy
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071012/n1012120A.html

Investigation launched into PM's mailing list
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071012.PRIVACY12/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Former Tory staffer launches consulting company
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=de57baaf-add9-4f2a-a60b-6600f2634c36

Dion covers all bases amid word Harper plans booby-trapped throne speech
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071012/n1012106A.html

Throne Speech puts Dion behind 8 ball
With Bloc wanting an election, Liberals have a decision to make
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=a5634770-aaad-4753-a028-107fe7fd6e29

PM 'lying' about open federalism, Duceppe says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071012.DUCEPPE12/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Harper forces Liberals to abandon Kyoto
http://chineseinvancouver.blogspot.com/2007/10/harper-forces-liberals-to-abandon-kyoto.html

Harper, elections and the kitchen sink
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=c4c15ddd-1a6d-4352-853a-de00cf40ce4e

O'Brien bribery probe reaches PM's inner circle
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=714bc9f1-70dd-45c8-849b-c9b4a8fd804d


PROGRAMMES
Manley to lead Afghan mission review
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071012.manley12/BNStory/National/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

PM names prominent Liberal to head 'non-partisan' Afghan review panel
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=034829eb-a818-481a-8f1e-34bb1ceae516&k=97161


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Ottawa urged to stop spending in provincial areas
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/business/story.html?id=34468443-4a19-4df1-a678-41421c74e8a5

CBC's Rick Mercer Says Canada's Social
Conservatives Have Been "Sold Down a River" by Harper Conservatives
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/oct/07101107.html
Plight of the Endangered So-con
http://www.rickmercer.com/blog/index.cfm/2007/10/4/Plight-of-the-Endangered-Socon

A manifesto in defence of liberalism and federalism in Quebec
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071011.wwebesclu1011/BNStory/Front/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

Rights take a wrong turn in Quebec
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=041f46ad-01a7-4c33-9c0f-7f0d5db17c69

They don't make hard-right politicians like they used to
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=994e7698-382c-4a29-877b-9d4eebe28612

Memo from a 'global warming agnostic'
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=2df77dc0-2400-4376-8f91-ac80a6b4a67f

Republicans on Canada
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=8b16098c-69a1-4aee-9e7c-f01ae5eb7a51

Ethical to end religious school funding
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=57240de2-19ef-45a1-9993-e40693ab16fa


INFOS
Harper s'adjoint les services de John Manley pour l'Afghanistan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071012/N101242U.html

Des lobbys juifs appuient les listes d'envois du gouvernement Harper
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071012/N101279U.html

Les bloquistes font le point sur leur parti à la veille du discours du Trône
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071012/N101281U.html

Un soldat canadien est accusé d'avoir causé la mort d'un collègue
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071012/N101238U.html

Harper refuse de se mêler de l'enquête Iacobucci
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071012/N101232U.html

L'effort humanitaire est la clé du développement
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071012/CPACTUALITES/710120567/5846/CPACTUALITES

L'équipée d'un gouverneur afghan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071011/CPMONDE/710110659/5846/CPACTUALITES

Le retour
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071009/CPOPINIONS05/710090632/5846/CPACTUALITES

Pas de fusils canadiens pour les Afghans
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/10/12/160239.html

Moscou ne veut rien savoir
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2007/10/12/003-traite_russie.shtml

Thomas Mulcair s'attaque au Bloc
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/10/12/004-mulcair_assermentation.shtml

Un entraînement inadéquat
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2007/10/12/003-doctrine_FC_n.shtml

Discours du Trône - Kyoto à la déchiqueteuse
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/10/12/160227.html

L'équipée d'un gouverneur afghan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071011/CPMONDE/710110659/5846/CPACTUALITES

Dion prêt à toute éventualité
http://www2.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2007/10/20071012-185652.html


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# 1
A positive statement. An extension of
which is thank you from our society to all who
"worked the election" in Newfoundland and
Labrador, in Ontario in the past month and
those in Saskatchewan presently and Alberta
perhaps shortly. And from my point of view as well to those who voted.

My view is that if you do not vote YOU HAVE NO DAM RIGHT TO COMPLAIN!

Should you get into a
debate/discussion/argument determine if the
person voted. If not, walk away saying "We'll talk again after you vote.
'Cause without it your opinion ain't worth diddly-squat!"

There is a # 2 and #3 and #4 but reckon they'll wait.

Joe

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# 1
EDITORIAL
The courage to run
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/266005

Their motives and abilities vary, but candidates
who put their name forward and stood for election
in Ontario this week share one important quality:
a willingness to act on their aspirations and
political beliefs. For that they deserve a nod from all Ontarians.

About 600 people, in total, sought public office
through Wednesday's vote. Each voluntarily
accepted the risk and challenge of political
battle, a challenge most fellow citizens would never dare undertake.

In an election where almost half of eligible
voters failed to muster the will to even cast a
ballot, these candidates – of every political
stripe and opinion – offered up themselves and tried to make a difference.

That warrants a full measure of respect.

They didn't just complain about the system, or
tune it out and give way to apathy. Win or lose –
and, indeed, the great majority lost – these
people took a stand. They showed that they cared.

All candidates can take pride in that, whether
first in the polls or trailing in last place.
They dared to step forward where so many others
held back. Our democracy could not function without them.

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From: "Ian Berg" <ianberg@gmail.com>

I think it's a mistake by Prime Minister Harper
to not include anyone with a professional
military career at a senior level on the panel
investigating the Afghanistan mission. Lewis
MacKenzie, Romeo Dallaire or one of several
retired Chiefs of the Defence Staff would have
answered the call. Instead it's major players
are John Manley and Pamela Wallin!?!!

Ian Berg
Calgary, Alberta

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From: "David E Code"

JOE -
The voters of Ontario have soundly rejected the
option of switching to the MMP electoral system.
And that was not because of any lack of advance information.
It was because the MMP notion was a) too
complicated, b) no discernible improvement over
First past the Post, and c) intended to give
power to the scattered and disorganized minor
factions, whether they deserve it or not.

What the minor parties ought to do is form
coalitions and merge into a smaller number of
stronger groupings. Three parties is all we
really need. Otherwise, the fringe folk may
expect to see themselves forever relegated to last place.

David E. Code

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From: "Keith Coghlan"

Subject: ONtario Election Comment

HI Joe:

Comment yesterdays referendum
vote in Ontario for electoral reform.

I hope Ontario voters understand yesterdays vote.
Because it was very certain to see many many did
not understand the question on the ballot.
Yesterdays vote killed any type of Electoral
reform in Ontario. So I really do hope that like
Sean Conway comment on TVO last night "this vote
shows Ontario voters liked and understand the
present system". Interesting to note that 48% did
not vote. Is that a show of support for our democratic system.

I think many voters expected that once MPP was
out of the way with this vote, other choices
could be looked at. I dont see any reason or
advantage for the Liberals or PC's to move in
that direction. So maybe in 10 or 15 years
someone my try again but it is clear that without
a government leader that is going to push the
issue during a election. Ontarios two main
parties will continue to share goverment between
each other over future and any chance for more
parties or views in the Provincial Parliament are dead.

The fine traditions of " FIRST PAST THE POST" since 1792 will continue.
I hope Ontario voters will not regret the chance
that was lost yesterday. Maybe the next generation will take up the challenge.

Keith Coghlan
Belleville Ontario

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From: Mary-Sue

Subject: Flanagan's "Canada"

In the Oct. 11th Digest, Ron Thornton expressed
some jaded views on the notion of any lofty
ideals. People are in politics to win, no matter what. And Ernest Raymond said:

"I DON'T believe PM Harper is a benevolent
dictator. I believe he is a game-playing
manipulator. And there is a difference between
winning and governing responsibly. One that PM
Harper has not shown he is even aware of.

"Prove me wrong, anonymous, don't ask me to BELIEVE."

That's an interesting choice of words. Having
been at the 2003 convention, it was exactly this
undefined "BELIEVE" that was the slogan for Peter
MacKay. It made me wonder, "Believe what?" He
demanded we all "believe" that he was making an
honest deal with Orchard, then of course said he
didn't mean it and did the opposite.

We don't have to "believe" anything about what
Harper stands for and what he will do. It's all
been spelled out in Tom Flanagan's recent book Harper's Team.

As Flanagan told the interviewer on CBC Radio's
"The House", he wants to get rid of all the
"liberal outrider" organizations. The reason for
this is to exclude natives, women, and other
"interest groups" from access to politicians!
(This will be allowed only if those pesky females
and aboriginals approach properly through
approved channels such as big business, not as
housewives or ordinary folks.) He complained that
organizations representing these liberal losers
(well, I can't recall exact wording here, but it
amounted to that) shouldn't be able to get on a
permitted list to lobby politicians or to attend
functions such as dinners where cabinet ministers
might have to meet someone who isn't a CEO or a party organizer.

There it is from the horse's mouth. (Or the
horse's ass, depending on from which end you see
Flanagan.) Everyone should read this book and
decide whether his idea of Canada is one we all
want to live in, because unless people
effectively stand up for any different vision,
we'll get Flanaganism by degrees. Harper is the
pretty front man -- just as Layton was a pretty
front man for helping Harper get elected.

Oh, Flanagan (with a bit of help from his team)
is not going to do it all at once, or people
might notice and object. It will creep in, bit by
bit (like cutting the tail off the dog one
vertebra at a time so it's supposed to hurt
less?). Well, I suppose by then we're supposed to
be fully amalgamated into the New North America
and to forget about having any problematic
"national identity". We'll be numbed by all those
amputations of our heritage and stop objecting.

Or not?

Only Flanagan's way of thinking will be
permitted, and the red carpet will be out for oil
company execs and their cronies in Ottawa.

And not only in Ottawa. It's interesting to see
that the (re-elected) premier of Newfoundland IS
an oil executive. Astonishingly (to me) because
he's passed up a salary (being independently
wealthy, I suppose) this is taken to mean that
he's acting in the public interest. Well, if the
sum total of "public interest" is the oil
business I suppose that could be one
interpretation; in that view, what benefits the
oil industry couldn't possibly be described as
making his nest so comfortable that he can afford
to manage the province too, kind of as a sideline....

So, accepting a salary means that politicians are
just out for themselves? The salaries and
benefits paid to our current PM and cabinet
members are just encourage self-interest, so I
suppose we should cancel them.... But if I recall
correctly even the most die-hard Reform
parliamentarians eventually accepted the pensions and salaries.

This kind of reflection does tend to end up in cynicism....

Mary-Sue Haliburton

Ottawa - West Nepean

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STRATOS
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Tories may be considering new submarines, say military sources
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071009/n1009127A.html
Fair enough, what with those ones that we
recently bought from Britain being able to go
down but not up. I exclude those that tend to catch fire, of course.

Beef, pork sectors oppose U.S. labelling plan
http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2007/10/08/labelling-plan.html
(From the article): The proposed country of
origin labelling, to become effective in
September, would force U.S. importers of Canadian
cattle and pigs to slaughter them separately from
U.S. animals and package the meat with a sticker
reading "From Canada and the United States."
Not a problem ... as long as ALL beef from EITHER
Canada OR the US gets labelled like that. Or, if
one's being churlish, negociate that that kind of
labelling be enforced ... on a state-by-state
basis. Slaughterhouse operators in Chicago and
Cincinnati (ex-"Porkopolis") will be delighted to
segregate their beasties, no doubt. (I can see it
now ... "Raised in Montana, feed with North
Dakota grain, processed in Illinois". Yikes!).


PREMEDITATED MERGER
Ex-Mexican prez: Yes, there will be an amero
Vicente Fox confirms long-term plan worked out with President Bush
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58052
Dang, let them Spics (<-- for humourous effect,
no disrespect here) into NAFTA and they think
that they're North Amuuuuricans like us. Damn
dagos jest don't git that they'll NEVAH be Yanks or Canucks ...

Note that this is a US-Mexico thing, with no
Canadian involvement. After all, why would Canada
want to couple to the US dollar? If we really
want to, we can peg ours to theirs when it's
convenient and de-peg when conditions require it.

Plus, Vicente ... Hombre, remember Argentina and
what happened to ITS pesos, pegged to Yanqui
dollares for too long. 'Nuff said, we're not buying.

Note: I suspect that this thing has to do with
Mexico's low-cost manufacturing "advantage"
getting hit with the US dollar's drop in value.
Either that, or it's China-envy ... after all,
the yuan IS largely tied to the greenback, so why
not fight fire with fire? (Cuz one can get
burnt?). I could go on about this, but I'll wait for some other time.


Politicians ignore U.S. health fiasco
Corporate control of Congress prevents reform
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=ba1f42aa-4d02-4432-a4ce-6af2bb6da1bf
A. Federal Congressmen and Senators don't ignore it.
B. Corporations don't control Congress. People
and businesses with money and voting influence in
a given Congressman/Senator strongly influence
him (Mayor of somewhere in Alaska: "Why, Mr.
Congressman, without that $213-million spending
on a bridge to straddle the bay between a
1,500-person community (I think ... the figure's
small, anyway) and its airport, you can't
POSSIBLY expect the good people in my community
to vote for you!"). Congressmen/Senators exchange
favours (i.e. their votes) between themselves to
get projects paid for and everyone's happy. At
least in Congress, anyway ... something like 95%
(!!!) (and certainly more than 90%) get
re-elected in a given election. And given that
Congressmen are always in election mode (they get
eelcted every two years, can you believe it!),
there's a lot of dealing going on.

Now, since big dollars$ control individual
members of Congre$$, the resulting politics has a
big component of $$$-to-$$$ negociation and
arm-twisting, which most federal politicians find
hard to resist. There ARE notable exceptions,
though ... Bill Bradley, former basketball star,
New Jersey Senator, and contender to represent
the Democrats for the 1992 presidential election,
(and who got walloped by Clinton in an ugly case
of political character-assassination ... well
hey, that's US polityics for ya!), was such an
individual. As is John McCain, ex-POW (Vietnam
War, during which he was captured, tortured,
malnourished, and kept captive for five years in
a hell-hole), sitting Senator from Arizona, and
current candidate to represent the Republicans in
the 2008 presidential election.


U.S. politicians of all stripes wrap themselves in the protectionist flag
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071009.IBWORLD09/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/
Hhhmmm, let's see ... this headline is from the 1780s, right?

HEALTH CARE RELATED
Physiotherapists troubled by technology-induced pain
Excessive use of laptops, cellphones leads to host of 'modern-day maladies'
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=91d48391-fc53-4916-a49a-febb2dd09c6c
(Headline c. 1780s again): "Excessive use of
horse-drawn, steel-edged ploughs leads to host of 'modern-day maladies'.

The public has to be involved in the debate on biobanking
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=804dd212-6b43-4ae4-bb9c-ebd4d794cf9d
I'll say! Why should those Norwegians setting up
their bio-bank in Svalbard get to choose what
goes in it? For all we know, they're stocking up
thousands of Lapp reindeer embryos and not a
single one of hogs designed for high yields of
Canadian bacon. And let's not get started on the
kippered-herring versus Grand Banks cod issue!


Even if your kids don't like you now, they may be grateful to you later
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=5b1e9bd3-9c86-4bc4-bb6e-e55f9a37abb0
"What was I THINKING when I electrocuted myself
in the electrotech-lab experiment when I was 23.
Thank Gawd Mom set me straight on that!".

Note 1: I really did it. I put both hands on the
end of a 240-volt transformer because I'd read
(the day before) that dry skin has a high
resistance to electricity. After a quick
calculation, I figured that the electric current
would be very low, so there was nothing to worry
about. Wrong ... it turns out that our nervous
system needs VERY little current to drive our
body. On the positive side, I did get the
pleasure of almost passing out, of being
completely anesthetized along my arms and above
my sternum (if I'd been whacked with a hammer, I
wouldn't have felt a thing), and of hearing my
heart pounding in my ears at what felt like 200+
beats per second. Don't try this at home, folks!

Note 2: And no, Mama didn't set me straight on
that. I managed to that on my very own. Until I
stung myself on electric cow-fence the next year,
that is. Then I REALLY went into retirement, zap-wise.

Note 3: And to think that I'm still an
electrical engineer after all that. On the
positive side, I CAN speak from experience when
it comes to the downside of electricity.

Inequality in society means the poor are sick more often
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=d8c6de62-49c3-42c4-8293-e901d227c65e
Tautological: inequality means the poor are sick
more often, and the poor being sick more often means there's inequality.

All very nice, but I'd appreciate more
illumination on why the poor get sick more often,
etc. We've heard precious little about that.

Reject MMP, Conservatives tell voters
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/264843
"Reject the MMP ... or reject what I stand for". 'Nuff said.

Blame me if Liberals win another majority, Tory says
Conservative leader vows to fight on, puts McGuinty on spot over taxes
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=920f90fd-648c-4410-8c85-36865f9e142b
"Reject the Liberals ...". Oh, you've heard that one already.

POLITICS
Harper Tories lead sagging Grits by 7 points: poll
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071009/federal_poll_071009?s_name=&no_ads

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And to think that Quebec is contributing a good
chunk of that. It's "man bites dog" payback, with interest.

Liberals won't force an election, Dion says
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=25d0407a-f449-4c84-bbc3-05a1fe4bf1c8
<http://news.google.com/news?ned=ca&ncl=1121870344&hl=en&topic=n>all
105 news articles
Now that the CPC knows this, it has plenty of
time to decide what to do. Ah, the possibilities ...

Canada 'not for sale,' Industry minister says
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=54a17521-1962-4b04-9838-dc158a331386
This is the kind of nonsense that eventually
comes back at you. Oh well, if it's the thing to do for now ...

Liberals ready for a fight, Dion warns
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071009.wdion1009/BNStory/National/home
... but they won't force an election, so I
presume that they're thinking of kazoos outside
the House of Commons. ... What? The Senate does that?

Canada to set new foreign takeover rules
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071008/foreign_ownership_071008/20071008?hub=Canada
"I come to you bearing money!" ... "That's all
fine, but where's the bridal kit?".

There could be darker, xenophobic reasons why
Ontarians have rejected John Tory's call for funding of faith-based schools
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Bonokoski_Mark/2007/10/09/4561322-sun.php
Since when have Darker Xenos been kicking up a
fuss? It's been a loooong time since I've heard
"Hail John Carter, Warlord of Barsoom!". (<--
Special recognition goes to those who know who
John Carter was. Hint: Tarzan. Hint: no relation to Cheetah or Tantor).

Arrogance is Liberal undoing
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Columnists/MacFarlane_Gord/2007/10/09/4560941.html
Thing is, most of the time it's their doing. But when it stops working ...

Depleted uranium: enduring risk
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=48ba1d82-68df-41d3-91d3-8c618b32ccc7
Guess we'll have to launch an "Operation Enduring
Freedom from DU". ... Pass the hat, Jawj.

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