Sunday, February 17, 2008

Daily Digest February 17, 2008



HALIFAX NEWS - NATO needs Paris plaster

TORONTO STAR - Auto sector help should be job one

         Pakistan's fragile hope

CALGARY HERALD - Leave the Lord's Prayer alone

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Liberals not ready for an election, despite their taunts

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Here's the reason why we should also allow free speech in Canada

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - New effort needed in war on gangs


Does anyone have a real plan for Afghanistan?

Relief in Kandahar is key

Why shouldn't voters discuss war?

More violence seems likely in Pakistan

Nicolas Sarkozy offers French troops to join Canadians in fighting the Taleban in Kandahar

Kosovo braces for statehood

No telling where Pakistan is headed

Afghanistan's future will be decided outside Canada

Charging immigrants wrong approach

Oh, joy! Just what Quebec needs: Another language crisis
And just when you thought it was safe to wander into an Irish pub

The Bloc changeimaging policy

Dion stumbles toward an election disaster

Chretien advises Dion to trigger election: analyst

Thirst for green energy has its cost
Alternate fuels need more water, and the U.S. is bound to look north

An income for all Canadians

Check your status


Des manifestations pour reconnaître l'indépendance du Kosovo sont prévues

Des enfants de soldats tués reçoivent la première bourse en leur honneur

L'OTAN est sur un pied d'alerte

Pire attentat-suicide depuis 2001

Budget fédéral
Duceppe passe à l'offensive

Changements climatiques
Trois ans plus tard...

Maxime Bernier effectuera un périple en Colombie et en Haïti

Fortier défend le choix du fabricant de la clôture de Montebello

Dion subit la pression de ses troupes

«Je lui ai dit que je l'aimais et que j'étais fière de lui»

        My only personal contact with Homeland Security in Canada is when on a return flight from Edmonton after the last General Meeting of the
         Progressive Conservative Party of Canada Aase lost a nail file to Security.  That it had not been used on the way outward from Ontario was
         irrelevant.  Our plan may have been to employ it on the way back

        To my knowledge there has been no act of terrorism in Canada.  There have been arrests the most newsworthy going on two years ago. To
        this point there have been no trials. Should you have an interest in a point of view on the Toronto Terrorists there is a site I just came across
        to-day "The Toronto "Terrorist" Arrests A rundown of related news reports"
        you can visit.
        In the Digest one heading is "PRESSURE POINTS".  Articles relating to global warming, viral pandemic and terrorism are placed there.
        Fears associated with all three are at times carried to ridiculous extremes.
        Of course, this is my view.
        You may be fully supportive of the actions requested of citizens in the following Michigan State Police video.

What these seemingly disparate reports point to is a growing movement to turn the citizens of so-called free, democratic nations into a self-regulating secret police, saving the government the hassle of keeping tabs on everyone by delegating the duty to an unwitting public . . .  That this is a part of a concerted effort on the part of the authorities to inculcate paranoia in the public is suggested by this ridiculous police training video from Michigan, teaching people how to be good informants: report on everyone, everywhere for doing anything.


From: Rubie Britton <>
Subject: Too Hot to Handle

Here's the report that top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 thought was too hot for the public to handle­and the story behind it.

As ever,

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: Be ready for a massive Depression

Bernanke's State of the Economy Speech:
"You are all Dead Ducks"

Numbers That Do Not Add Up


The North American Union, Mexico style

From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: a disturbing Tor star article

American? Maybe. But not `United States-ian'
Some scholars believe North America is forging a unique culture. They call it `l'américanité'
The online version does not include the photo illustration of a flag which appears in the printed form, Sat Feb 16, 2008
Under the photo are the words 'the Canadian Maple Leaf surrounding the Mexican coat of arms, against the altered stripes of an American flag' This suggests that this is to be our new flag or a likeness thereof.
The media has deliberately withheld reportage of the North American Union in which our taxes will be used to support Mexico. In my opinion this manner of article re feeling American--meaning the whole continent-- is a move to desensitize us to what is coming or  is here.The assumption is of course is that we are as dumb as dirt. Just how dumb are we then?


The Snitch State

Stasi-style secret police system forming in Canada, Britain, US
James Corbett
The Corbett Report

February 14, 2008

Stoddart released her report on exempt databanks this week.


Jennifer Stoddart, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, has given her own Valentine to Canadian citizens: a 48-page report warning them that the RCMP (Canada's national police force) is keeping thousands of files on regular citizens in secret databases which cannot be seen by the accused. The news is perhaps unsurprising, given that the McDonald Commission reported in 1981 that the RCMP had been involved in all manner of illegal activity in their attempts to spy on Canadian citizens, including breaking into citizens' homes without warrants and even conducting electronic surveillance of a member of Parliament.

One of the many disturbing facets of Stoddart's report are the examples she cites of information for these secret files coming from citizen informants. In one case a man was put into the secret database because a resident of his daughter's school neighborhood saw him entering a rooming house and­believing drugs were involved­called the police. The police investigation concluded that the man had only stepped out of his car to have a cigarette, but the file was still in the national security databank seven years later.

Another incident cited in the Stoddart report involved a neighbour who saw two men carrying "something that resembled a large drum, wrapped in canvas" into their house. Police were called to investigate but found nothing resembling the reported item, yet the data was still sitting in a top secret databank five years later. As Stoddart points out in the CBC story on the report, this is potentially disastrous for the individuals named in the files, because it "could potentially affect someone trying to obtain an employment security clearance, or impede an individual's ability to cross the border."

This report follows on the heels of news from London that a man was arrested, fingerprinted and had his DNA stored in the British DNA database because a passer-by mistook his mp3 player for a gun.

What these seemingly disparate reports point to is a growing movement to turn the citizens of so-called free, democratic nations into a self-regulating secret police, saving the government the hassle of keeping tabs on everyone by delegating the duty to an unwitting public duped by a phoney war on terror. That this is a part of a concerted effort on the part of the authorities to inculcate paranoia in the public is suggested by this ridiculous police training video from Michigan, teaching people how to be good informants: report on everyone, everywhere for doing anything.






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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2008 5-7 PM




The culture war that has reared its ugly head these past two weeks in Quebec cannot be dismissed too cavalierly. It is a matter that goes to basic civil rights. That is the message and metaphor. The politics of division and discord, the words of nullification and interposition, manifest that what the nationalists want for themselves in Quebec, Canada and indeed in North America, they will not freely accord the minorities with equally valid acquired rights living within their midst.

Their position does not withstand comparisons. Neither comparisons to what is just nor even comparisons to Quebec's own history. And for those in elective office to submit to the bullying tactics of the "swollen envy of pygmy minds" , to borrow from Mark Twain, is sadder still. They merely feed the insecurities of Quebecers who have been taught to be riddled by a self-doubt fuelled by a jealousy of others self-belief by those nationalists who have made so much political capital over the past forty years.

The great obstacle of creating one community with no solitudes, at least on this island of Montreal, is the obstacle of the big lie. The big lie that has been propagated for so long is that the conquest of 1763 was somehow a grave injustice committed against a native people in its native land. That people being the French. That land being Quebec. The reality is that the French came here as imperialists for the King of France and the English as imperialists for the King of England. There is no moral high ground for either in our "kulturkampf". They will both have to make peace with their pasts. But each have an equal, not preferential, stake on respect from the state. And all citizens whose origins are not from the founding cultures must have the freedom to choose. Anything less is moral fraud.

It is time that Quebec accepts the notion that rights are inherent to each individual. They are not gifts from the state. And that the litmus test of a society is still, as  Jefferson said, that the rights of the majority stop at the doorstep of the minority. Sadly, we are still faced with the root problem that for ethnic nationalists nothing will ever be enough. It will always be "sang et langue". Blood and language. It is a mindset built on organizing principles of falsehood and deceit. It is time to uproot this systemic and institutionalized decay. We must come to the realization that we are all in the same boat together. And we will succeed or fail together. But to succeed, we must first face truth with courage and candour. It is time to end an almost four decade old travesty and tragedy and come together.

Thankfully, there are voices of lucidity on the social and political challenges facing us today. After the display of the low limitation of narrow circumstance that we witnessed in the language police's attack on McKibbin's Irish Pub last week that followed ten days of pandering by both the Liberals and PQ to language extremist, we wanted to spotlight those voices in a special edition of the shows. Quebec can rise. But only if we listen to those who can guide us out of the desert of tribal nationalism.

~ Beryl Wajsman