Monday, March 09, 2009

Daily Digest March 9, 2009



Energy drinks pose serious risks to youth Post a comment
The novelty has worn off and now parents and professionals need to teach young people about the dangers of these drinks

Economic views all over the map

Sudan divestment: A cause worth supporting

Eliminate Afghan grievances, not Afghans with grievances

Senator Baker and Newfoundland nationalism

'There's something happening here'

This is a vile way to treat a citizen

How could this happen in Canada?

Crisis requires innovative thought

A victory for medicare

 Are we spending wisely on health care?

 Economic crisis bears down on vulnerable immigrants

An economic good in hard timesComment8

Scapegoating Syncrude

The real 'deniers'

Blinded by the white knight?

Legal limit: Leave status quo alone

To end the drug misery

Tuition rebate should include grad students

Saskatchewan holds firm as Canada's economy wilts

CC overplays its hand with Sudanese warrant

It's wise to be prepared for an emergency

Polite politics no fun at all

Why bad drivers are on the roads

MPs, GM forget taxpayers in love-in

A doomed try at colonial rule from Ottawa


Aboriginals less reliant on federal transfersComment37

Former warlord to fight Karzai in Afghanistan polls

Attack suggests Taliban spreading reach

Nato 'struggling in Afghan south'
Coalition forces in Afghanistan are not winning in large parts of the south, the commander of Nato and US forces there has said.

Tories agree with Obama stance on Taliban talks

Obama bid to turn to moderate Taliban 'will fail'

Canada's military may need year-long break after Afghan mission: army chief

Tories agree with Obama stance on Taliban talks

Bad English barrier to job: Survey

Downturn lurking for Canada's banks: Analysts

Plant shutdown puts Steel City in survival mode

GM's new deal with CAW doesn't go far enough: Observers

Peers question British surveillance
Peers question British surveillance

The Not-So-Great Game,pubID.29505/pub_detail.asp

Tide has turned as U.S. works to restore relationship with Russia

MacKay urges NATO to ignore nationality when choosing new leader

Advancements in stem cell research could make it possible for one baby's umbilical cord to repair his brother's eyesight

Ontario PC party plans June leadership convention

Premier defends green plan

Premier talks about letting Alberta slide back into debt to build projects

Ignatieff's broom sweeps Dion era clean

Tories fiddle while the economy burns

Rising or falling with the economy

Conservatives' job-creation fund unlikely to trigger spring election

Tories drop 'in and out' money strategy

Tories want incumbent MPs protected from nomination challenges

Another plot to bring down Rob Anders destined for disaster

Tories want to fast-track $3-billion in economic downturn, Libs call it 'phony'

The Commons: The $3-billion question

Senators on the right track with budget bill

Ottawa to spend $134.7M on web-friendly programming


No more cash for CBC, Heritage Minister says

Anti-terrorist security urged for PM's residences

Anti-Racism Lessons Ordered

The Reichstag Fire Trial, 1933–2008
The Production of Law and History

The Key Differences Between AQI and the Taliban

 Time for faith leaders to step up

 Overdue boost for rail safety

How long will this madness last? Don't ask the historian

The living wage mystery

Big pharma's big precedent

Canadian Arab Federation chief alleges 'Zionist campaign'

Jonathan Kay on the lesson from Israel Apartheid Week: Anti-Semitism is now a creature of the left

Group finds $2.4 billion in new economic stimulus funds for Finance Minister Flaherty

Harper driving Conservatives the wrong way

Tories Targetting Wrong Enemy with Attack Ads

OTAN: Washington veut MacKay comme secrétaire général

Les visites de ministres à Washington se multiplient

James Moore annonce la création du Fonds des médias du Canada

GM: les TCA font leurs sacrifices

Le fédéral paiera 500 millions $ pour moderniser "l'Internet" de l'armée


A "sober second thought", or not?

Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, said the Senate was to be a place of "sober second thought" so that legislation would receive proper, careful consideration before finally becoming law.

The Budget Bill C-10 contains non-budgetary Parts that have not been given a sober first thought in the House of Commons.  They were not debated nor discussed.

Senator Elaine McCoy is presenting the case for Bill C-10 budgetary aspects to be instituted, the non-budgetary to be given proper consideration.

They are presented in her speech to the Senate in the following youtubes:

Senator Elaine McCoy calls upon her Senate colleagues
to push for a forum for Canadians to respond in real time

Your reaction to the Senator's proposed initiative can be directed to "Senator Elaine McCoy" <mccoye@SEN.PARL.GC.CA>.


As as after thought.  What would be your opinion on this matter under consideration?
Conservatives last week had not made any decision on whether to protect their incumbent MPs from nomination contests or not.


Subject: Re: Daily Digest March 7, 2009
From: The Natroses

Hi Joe - Just got to respond to Weakeyes. I could not let that one go by. Ok  Weakeyes, I have a couple of questions. You stated, " on a case-by-case basis, we evaluate them on the same risk/return investment criteria as other externally managed active strategies." and than at the end you stated, "
No. All risk/return decisions are made within risk management policies and parameters approved by the Board of Directors of the CPP Investment Board.
Our absolute return strategies are managed within controlled risk parameters by experienced external asset managers."
Question 1 - Is that the same risk/return investment criteria and strategies that were being used prior to the economic meltdown?
Question 2- If CPP invested into hedge funds prior to the economic meltdown, how much money did CPP lose? If they did not lose money, they should tell everyone the secret, how not to lose money. No matter what the economy is, how many CEOs ripped off the shareholders, or how many are under investigation or charge for defrauding the investor to the tune of billions of dollars.
Your cut and paste job from one web site, could have been taken from any portfolio that wants you to invest in hedge funds. Once you break down the language, it does not tell a reader anything or give them information to make a good decision. Other words, the words that will jump out of the page - " Trust me". Where have we heard those words over and over again? The Harper Government.

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Digest comment...

Hi Joe:

In the recent Digest, there were a couple of articles that reflected on the current situation in the media; particularly in the television industry.

There once was a time when the Canadian television audience mattered, when making those folks happy meant being relevant in their community, resulting in a healthy bottom line. That time, for the most part, was a long time ago. Canadian television programming, with the exception of Corner Gas and a very few others, simply stinks. Little Mosque on the Prairie? It is so unfunny it actually makes me yearn for the return of Hymn Sing. Local television once was fun. I remember one station I worked where we had a decent talent level, we provided local programming that featured local people, and we were talked about by those we served. Our only problem was that we had lousy antiquated equipment.

Then the station was sold, we got better equipment, but the talent of the people slipped and the structure contracted so we wound up doing things on the cheap. Gone went the local programming, gone went the level of local news, gone went the real involvement in the community, and now that station is in danger of being closed. Where I live now, there is one station that seems to do it right, where professionalism and talent override being amateurishly trendy, and they completely dwarf the competition. Quite frankly, I see more of a future for radio than what I see in television today.

Mind you, even television seems better off than newspapers, who for the most part gave up on being anything close to neutral observers of what went on around them. They once rose from the origins to being more than propaganda tools and advertising sheets. It would seem that it hasn't just been the financial institutions who paid the big bucks to folks who in the end simply drove their companies into the ground. Not exactly money well spent.

In order to survive, both forms of communication must adapt, adopt, and integrate components of the Internet within their current working models. They need a new mindset (or a return to an old one) to make that work. They must better interact with their audience, to become more relevant and important in the eyes of that audience, and to provide services that are seen as being superior to those we can now get for nothing. For example, when it comes to levels of Canadian entertainment and journalistic integrity, especially in the local arena, both television and newspapers fall woefully short.

Over the past two or three decades, stations and newspapers were bought up by larger corporations, giving them more to work with but with less quality content to present. Making money superseded serving the public. The local entities became less relevant and less important, so much so that much of what they provide of interest to me can now be done through American broadcasters and publications.

My first television appearance was on CBC's Reach for the Top. That show meant something in Edmonton and communities across the nation. The event I covered that I enjoyed the most over the years was the Red Deer Farmer's Bonspiel. That show meant something to the folks in Red Deer. Of course, that was back when the local people meant something, and when local television was relevant.

If those who run these stations, who print these newspapers, return to the mind set that made them relevant, then just maybe they can be creative enough to come up with the solutions that may cause their fortunes to change. If not, then they shouldn't be surprised when the time arrives in the not too distant future for them to turn off the lights, shut down the heat, and lock the doors. It won't be that time had past them by; just that they proved unworthy of success.

Thanks, Joe.

Ron Thornton

Will this help?
Ottawa to spend $134.7M on web-friendly programming

From: "Jacob Rempel"
Subject: Why are we in Afghanistan? Real News panel takes on the war.

Why are we in Afghanistan?
The Real News Cafe: recorded live at the Gladstone in Toronto, a Real News panel takes on the Afghan war view

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Capital idea for debate, Mar. 8, Roy Clancy

Re: Capital idea for debate, Mar. 8, Roy Clancy
I find it ironic that those who rail against the vile crimes of murder believe in execution, a most cruel and unusual punishment, as a solution.  The most dangerous mass murderers are, of course, national leaders who use their military power to commit egregious crimes against humanity.  Our focus should be on bolstering police and judicial systems at all levels including the International Criminal Court, to ensure that all perpetrators are caught and tried, even if the maximum penalty is life imprisonment. There is no proof that executions are effective deterrents; they send the message that premeditated and cold-blooded state killing is permissible, and they are difficult to reverse when convictions are made in error.  Relatively few other developed countries in the world now impose the death penalty. Adopting capital punishment would put us in an exclusive league, alongside the top executioners - countries such as China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, and alas, the United States of America.                    
Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Oh This cant be right,can it?


Larry Silverstein and Mr.Goldman gain control over World Trade Center Bulidings.
Mr. Silverstein get the Devine Guidance to insure them for 3.5 billion, including terrorist attack.
What do you know,shortly thereafter, a terrorist attack. 2800 people killed in the towers.
Hmmmm the towers implode (Common Knowledge) Building next door collapses,Silverstein makes 500 million on that one. Silverstein goes after the insurers for 7 billion because "two" planes were involved (I must remember that in case my house ever Accidently blows up (Yes  Ray, write this down NOW before your old head forgets,  "Set Two Charges, One Hour Apart)
War on terror, Afghanistan (How many billion is our share of expenses?)
War in Iraq  (Well Sadam was loaded down with nukes wasnt he?") I forget.
So ,over One Million Killed ,including approx 50,000 children.
The cost into the TRILLIONS.
No,  it couldnt all be over an Insurance Policy could it,,No of course not,
How could I ask such a dumb question. I guess its just Old Age.

Ray Strachan

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: this is the same spin in Canada--retraining for what?????

Black Hole - Retraining For What?

Subject: RE: Daily Digest March 7, 2009
From: "Jim Silye"

Hi Joe,

I think Brad Thompson from Gatineau watches too many movies!!

Jim Silye

From: Charles Tupper
Subject: What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...

A billion dollars...

A hundred billion dollars...

Eight hundred billion dollars...

One TRILLION dollars...

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I'd take try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

From: Tom Brewer

Curtis Dagenais says self defense! Would a Mountie shoot for no other reason? Simply unheard of right?
I do not think so.... All one has to do is look to the Vancouver airport. Four Mounties tasered an individual multiple times he dies. I cannot believe four Mounties could not defuse the situation and end up killing an individual. Afraid of a man with a stapler? Give me a break please.
Four Mounties are killed by a known cop hater... Where was the brass or scrambled egg wearers that day? Four junior Mounties left to protect a crime scene and one man can sneak up and kill them.
Two Mounties killed in Saskatchewan... Another known cop hater they say. It seems todays Mounties know little about tact only how to use a gun. In my opinion too many recruits assume the general public must respect them. Sorry people respect is earned not demanded. Most people respect our Mounties given the tact used in many instances. In my opinion our revered Mounties have changed into US style cops and the credo in many places there..."shoot-first-ask-question-later."
In my opinion something has happened during training wherein former recruit used more tact than force. I think the scrambled egg wearers need to examine training to ensure today's recruits can address matters without having to use blunt force and then have the gall to try and pull the wool over our eyes. Could it be the training time is too short? Perhaps to much emphasis is put on some aspect of training and other areas not enough.
Remember what I said about respect. How can any of us respect what is taking place these days? What seems to be "cover-ups" do not endear any Mountie who is respected. We the public look with jaded eye and the fact on the other side of the border the public generally do not respect cops.
I wanted to be a Mountie but was too short! Today and in my opinion wearing the uniform of a Mountie is no wheres what it was years ago. Why? Who has failed that member who puts his life on the line every day? Could it be the scrambled egg wearers just don't get the message?

From: "Serge Crespy"

Dear Joe:
Our economies are borrowing from future generations; likewise, stem-cell research harnesses "futures"; all for having it "Now"!......... The positive spin:   Eventually, "Perfect Humanoids" will relieve us of our responsibilities and problems, including having to deal with normal human beings.
Serge Crespy
Collingwood, ON

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Subject: ban on wfreedom of speech
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:41:35 -0700

March 9, 2009
Even as it has not been said so, Canada, from coast to coast.
have become a country in which freedom of speech has been
eliminated without changing the laws. The prime example is
among our members of parliament and legislation, as the leaders,
Prime Minister and Premiers making major announcement that
come in the field of costly appointed ministers.
This restriction is a further sign of disappearing democracy,
The country has turned into a political shell that can be harassed
with no one daring to speak out against it such out of fear created
 by the leaders with use of the ineffective commission of human
Members of parliament are floating around in a dream world
ready any time the door of the PMO opens to hand their next
speech in public or in the House.
Altogether this condition may result in a revolt, which will proceed
as soon as the members branded with legal titles step aside, as they
form the stumbling block of progress - let us form a committee and
study the case to dead.
This revolt will be carried by the public at large as the democratic
elected are more concerned with their monthly cheque than the
position they are elected for "representing the people".
One of those issues may well be the extreme high cost of what is
called "bilingualism" but in reality means enforcing French.