Thursday, January 31, 2008

Daily Digest January 31, 2008



MONTREAL GAZETTE - Genome breakthrough ups the ante

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - National campaign aims to end stigma linked to mental illness

TORONTO STAR - Fallout from a firing

NATIONAL POST - May's Crusades talk is useful

SUDBURY STAR - Blind to crime; Murders by blacks up in U.S., but no one will talk about it

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Reading Mr. Manley

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Plenty of blame for NATO allies to share in mess

CALGARY HERALD - The plan whisperer
Stelmach's 20-year outline leaves too many questions

        You can't win if you don't play


DND keeping top filmmaker from trenches

Former Afghan cabinet minister worried NATO mission not supported by public

Mission creep in Afghanistan

Tougher John Tory best hope for party, province

Fight with Ottawa only helps Stelmach's cause

National carbon showdown underway
Alberta once again in Ottawa's gunsights, this time over greenhouse gas emissions

Alberta position on emissions means trouble down the road

Tory reaches out to grassroots party members in online letter

Dion says he's sorry, sort of

Layton says military mission cannot defeat the Taliban

Canada says tough times a challenge for budget

Canadians holding 18-20 detainees on Kandahar base: Afghan official

Mulroney may avoid further testimony
Won't Force Him: Szabo

Wheat Board head doesn't take sides on monopoly

Mr. Harper and the Rosdev file

Battle continues over anti-terror measures in legal, political arena

Defence bill for 14 terror accused could exceed $8M
Legal Aid Ontario's 'most difficult case to manage to date'

The benefit of doling out bags of cash, region by region

Biofuels great fit for Sask.'s needs

Compassion for Afghanistan could cost millions of lives

What the PM should tell us about Afghanistan


Le Bloc souhaite qu'un comité étudie les allégations d'ingérence

Des avocats fédéraux jugent vaine la poursuite sur les détenus afghans

Un porte-parole de Harper exige des excuses de la part de Dion

L'opposition réclame en vain l'aide fédérale pour le secteur manufacturier

Des avocats jugent vaine la poursuite sur les détenus afghans

Mulroney s'inquiète d'une rencontre entre un député libéral et Schreiber

Harper défend son attaché de presse


From: Margo
Subject: Political gadfly gives hope to disgusted voters  -  LTE
Vancouver Sun
Political gadfly gives hope to disgusted voters

Letter Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

(Re: Both Tories and Liberals will have to step lightly, Barbara Yaffe, Jan.  26)

When Barbara Yaffe writes that David Orchard is "seen as a gadfly by some in his new party," that is not necessarily a bad thing.
The dictionary says gadflies "bite or annoy livestock and other animals." Certainly in the quarter century-plus that Orchard has been on the political scene championing a sovereign Canada, he has put a nip or two into some old bulls' backsides.  One could, I suppose, say he's been an annoyance to that waddling smelly old beast which has become Ottawa federal politics.  (Go, gadfly!)
Let's not forget that other aspect of the humble gadfly -- it "acts as a provocative stimulus, a goad." Orchard certainly has stimulated tens of thousands of disgusted Canadian voters to believe again in the Canadian democratic political system; doubtless his example and inspiration have goaded them back into active citizenship within the Canadian political system.  So here's to gadflies and goading!
Margo Lamont Catamo

From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: link re war in Afghanist

From: alan heisey <>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 30, 2008

j, after the 2008 tory calendar with endless pix of s, here, there and everywhere to think it is now being plopped on a gallery in the house of commons. it took me a while to organize my reaction, but it is just plain sad because s clearly does not get it! cz

On 2008 Jan31, at 1:05, Joe Hueglin wrote:

That means that it is there with Harper's full
endorsement or he would have had it removed

From: "Rosalie Piccioni" <>
Subject: DD  January 30, 200

Dear Joe:      Re:  National Symbol - DD January 29 and 30

   An RCAF Airwoman friend mentioned the "Union Jack" the other day and commented that she misses it.  I think there are many who get choked up when thinking of the flag we sang under at one time.


...thought you might be interested in this article.

From: "Rene & Tish Moreau"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 30, 2008

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

re; Rosalie's letter on abortion, 28th and 30th.
   If Jesus came back after 2000 years as he said he would, using the same method, as a poor, illegitimate baby,  what are the chances he WAS aborted?
   Should we get ready for another flood, when his daddy objects?
   It might be a thought to consider that abortionist parents are not self-perpetuating and so of little danger to mankind, but it ain't necessarily true.
   Isn't it true that if they don't want the baby, or can't support it, some-one else does, and can?

           Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

From: "Peggy Merritt"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 30, 2008

Hi Joe:  I don't understand what you are complaining about as far as
with how the Conservatives are dealing with the Afghanistan issue. 
Isn't there some advantage  when involved in military operations to
keep your cards close to your chest?  I just can't understand why
people question our prisoner policy with the enemy when we are
dealing with a group of people who wrote the book on torture and
blow up kids indiscriminately.  Any war zone creates impossible
situations which in turn cause some mistakes.  The strategy of the
military should be secret and there seems to be ridiculous criticism
of everything from dealing with prisoners to who is running the
show. The Liberal party of Canada took on this mission with a badly
depleted military and under the Conservative Government have done an
amazing of job of pulling things together. The press are being very
inventive accusing Stephen Harper of having non existing problems
with Gen. Hillier. Lets give the issue a chance for success and stop
worrying about who does what and how they do it!  Peggy Merritt

Subject: Michigan greenhouses gases ... and the Irish!
From: "Efstratios Psarianos" <>
To: "Joe Hueglin" <>

Need more evidence that climatologists need to do more research before being anywhere near confident that they understand how Earth's climate works (let alone state categorically that present greenhouse-gas-concentration trends in Earth's atmosphere = cosmic doom)? Read on ...
P.S. And it hasn't escaped my attention that all this was all discovered in "Antrim Shale". Seems that lost tribes of Northern Irish are popping up everywhere! What's next? Fermanagh Swamp fart-bacteria?
Gas deposits give climate change clues
Natural gas reservoirs in Michigan's Antrim Shale are providing new information about global warming and the Earth's climate history, according to a study.

Carbon-hungry bacteria trapped deep in the rock beneath ice sheets produced the gas during the ice age, as glaciers advanced and retreated over Michigan, said Steven Petsch, a geoscientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Bacteria digested the carbon in the rocks and made large amounts of natural gas in a relatively short time, tens of thousands of years instead of millions," Petsch said. "This suggests that it may be possible to seed carbon-rich environments with bacteria to create natural gas reservoirs."

The study also explains high levels of methane in the atmosphere that occurred between ice ages, a trend recorded in ice cores taken from Greenland and Antarctica. "When the ice sheets retreated, it was like uncapping a soda bottle," Petsch said. "Natural gas, which is mostly methane, was released from the shale into the atmosphere."

"This research can be used in current climate change models to account for the effects of melting glaciers," Petsch said. "Climate scientists haven't focused on the role that geologic sources of methane play in global warming."

Petsch used the chemistry of water and rock samples from the shale, which sits like a bowl beneath northern Michigan, to recreate the past. For most of its history, the Antrim Shale contained water that was too salty to allow bacteria to grow. But areas rich in natural gas showed an influx of fresh water chemically different from modern rainfall. "This water, which is similar to meltwater from glaciers formed during the ice age, was injected into the rock by the pressure of the overlying ice sheets," Petsch said.

Glacial meltwater diluted the salt water already present in the shale, allowing the bacteria to thrive and quickly digest available carbon. The natural gas they produced was chemically similar to the surrounding water and had a unique carbon chemistry that proved its bacterial origin. Petsch calculated that trillions of cubic feet of natural gas ended up stored in the shale under pressure.

At least 75% of the gas released into the atmosphere as the ice sheets retreated, adding to methane from other sources such as tropical wetlands. While methane from the Antrim Shale accounts for a small fraction of the rise in methane observed between ice ages, natural gas deposits formed in the same geologic setting. The cumulative effect may have caused large emissions of methane to the atmosphere.

Klaus N?sslein of the UMass Amherst microbiology department analyzed DNA from water samples and identified bacteria capable of breaking down hydrocarbons in the rock. Other microbes were present that produced methane from the break-down products. Both of these groups can live without oxygen. Identifying and studying the needs of these microbes, which are capable of living deep in the Earth, is an important step in creating new natural gas reserves.