Monday, June 22, 2009

Daily Digest June 22, 2009



Cost should not outweigh carnage

Knowing our history: Failing the grade

Politics without regrets: just tell the truth

Silencing protests shakes ayatollah's supremacy

Living with a high dollar

System failures

Honouring the man who saved 'Dief'

Antics in Ottawa just stall inevitable

Strange move on wind farms

Hard-won nuclear expertise should not be thrown away 

What about journalistic integrity?

Early learning makes business sense 

Revolution in Iran

Eleventh-hour gestures

Flatten for now, don't complicate

Go forth and seek a better balance

Don't call them militia

Use care with Iran 

  Harper, Ignatieff are both winners


What about the parents? 
Proposed changes in early childhood education put too much reliance on schools

Auto clunkers should be junkers

Dangerous power web

Justice system in trouble

No arbitrary breath tests

Bailout cash is barely flowing

Get ready for the coming cuts to government services

Third World status tested


US commander in Afghanistan to order limits on air strikes

Navy eyes continuous shipbuilding program: admiral

Many job seekers dumbing down resumes in bid to remain competitive

Green market keeps growing

Pace of EI claims slows 

Albertans waiting 10 weeks for EI

Employment Insurance
Numbers Continue to Rise


'Color' revolution fizzles in Iran

Meet Shah Ali Khamenei

Surge in anti-government attacks as US troops withdraw from Iraqi ...

Kosovo in limbo

Staffing reports highlight 'unsafe' nursing shortage

Heart disease deaths down by 30 per cent, but no time for complacency: study

Rescue refugees from debt: Group

Giving with one hand, taking with the other

PQ plan to anger us hints at desperation

Dying days

EI plan would cost more, premiers say

Report Card

Rookie MPs say Parliament needs to change

Layton vows not to prop up Tories

Revitalize Harper and rebuild his inner circle 

I just have one question

Tom Flanagan: Coming to terms with minority government

Eddie Goldenberg: Dumbing down's the order of the day

More rules won't mean better ethics, former PM Clark tells inquiry

Ignatieff overplayed hand in political showdown, say Grits and Tories 

Ottawa takes major step toward national stock regulator, creates advisory office

Liberal shift may assure Net neutrality

Information commissioner cites personal reasons for quitting

Nuclear safety watchdog worried about possible pipe leaks

'All- in' airfare legislation fails to take off

Sole option is to adapt, climate author says

Sentencing hearing for 'Toronto 18' member

Bomb-plot details emerge in Toronto terror case

Northern Lights pictured from space -

Fuel for Conspiracy Fires?, Conspiracy theories like this one

Iran: Ottawa réclame la libération des journalistes

 Jack Layton met en garde Harper pour cet automne

Iran: la crise entre dans une phase cruciale

Ignatieff veut qu'Ottawa vienne en aide aux blessés à son ambassade à Téhéran

Ottawa prépare un organisme national de réglementation des valeurs mobilières

Un organisme international contre les changements climatiques s'installe ici

L'achat d'espace pour les publicités du gouvernement augmente de 25 pour cent


Reckon there's no concern about technology goin' offshore, eh?

Nortel selling wireless unit to Nokia Siemens

Guess I follow the beat of a different drummer. 
I've concerns when no one else appears to.


The Natroses

Hi Joe,  Response to John Feltsted:
A poor attempt at changing the station, unless you think the readers of this forum are drooling idiots.
1. "That is plainly not possible. The Commons must vote in all government spending, and the government has a minority of votes. There are no 'end runs' or means of 'slipping in' extra spending, let alone $3 billion worth. The accusation is pure fiction."
I would beg to differ, and on the matter of the 3 billion dollars, another defining moment in parliament. Our MPs did vote on the matter, as money to be put forward as early stimulus money. However, the media including the opposition still cannot determine where the 3 billion went and how it was spent. Oversight by our parliament, is questionable and is open to many interpretations depending on what filter you are viewing it from.
2. "We currently have 305 Members of Parliament (there are 3 vacancies) and the primary job of 162 of those MPs is to scrutinize government programs  and spending. The budget office is not elected and accountable, and it is wrong to pretend it is or that it can replace the role of the opposition parties in parliament. "
God help us all, if we allow our MPs unfetter access to the public purse without oversight from independent agencies, such as the Federal Budget Office. The office was started, and its original mandate as quoted in the latest Hill Times article, " The whole idea of the Parliamentary budget officer was to have an arm's length assessment, to have a person and a group backing up that person of highly-qualified people who could make independent assessments and do it in a transparent fashion. Independence and transparency has been stripped out of this, all together."
Now our federal MPs, want them gone.
3. "Voters have never had any control over who runs as the candidate for a given political party, and that situation pre-dates confederation.  Candidates are chosen by the party members in the jurisdiction that they hope to represent. There is no lack of democracy in a party decision to support seasoned representatives and there is no law, regulation or rules requiring a candidate selection process at any interval. The accusation is frivolous and groundless."
Does that mean a voter and a party member are two different things? Last time I check, a party member is also a voter. What is disturbing, is the movement where members of a party are disenfranchise from participating  and limits participation through the rules, and regulations put out by the national parties of the Conservatives and Liberals. As a result, grassroots issues that are often local in scope, are ignored in favour of issues that are national in scope. If it continues, the only people left that are willing to vote in a national election, will be the MPs and the great bureau racy in Ottawa. What about all the voters, who are members to all national parties? What does that make them?  What about all the big corporations who give their donations in a fair equal fashion to the Liberals and Conservatives?
4. " This often repeated accusation has no basis in fact. The Prime Minister is spokesman for the government. In order to carry out his duties, he has to be informed of agency and department initiatives, changes and responses to issues that arise. Decisions are made at cabinet level and are announced by the Prime Minister. To claim that the announcements empower the PMO is the equivalent of claiming that pronouncements by Traverse makes him de facto manager of the TorStar. Not on this earth it won't."
The PMO office has certainly increase it power and influence since Harper has taken over. One of the ways to do it, is to muzzled the cabinet and the MPs, and give them scripts to standardized answers posed inside and outside the commons. The trouble here, and from what I have read or watch, the PM wants total control over all aspects no matter how trivial it is. One needs the information, to create crisises where none existed before. A certain trick that originated from the Ontario Harris government, and now being played out in our national capital. What better way to advance a particular ideology/dogma under the cover of a crisis?  I can think of many, but the best and most recent example is the atomic agency and isotopes.
I think you are more worried,  that national media is finally talking about  the current state of our democracy, and the sorry state of MPs who claim to look after Canadian's needs, but would rather manage Canadians like we were cattle getting ready for slaughter. The point of the article and the future articles is the erosion of our democracy, and by ignoring the signs - we do so at our own peril.

From: Tom Brewer

I beg to differ with the anti nuclear crowd in Saskatchewan. There can be good come of nuclear research. I dare say if any of the naysayers would not opt for isotopes if one of their loved ones needed them.
Nuclear research seems to be clouded in the bad side of its history that being bombs. I suggest we all get our heads out of the sand and realize controlled development/use can benefit mankind. Saskatchewan has the supply... It is assine to think because we are not involved in the development the problem exists for others. Duh!!

From: Charles Tupper


We the undersigned, as Freemen & Freewomen, do not recognize the authority of The World Health Organization (WHO) to mandate general forced vaccinations. Our bodies are sovereign territory and subject to our exclusive self-determination. Any attempted violation of this trust must be construed as a breach of said basic right. We are thus holding our elected Governments accountable in this defense with an issuance of notice: a preemptive Class Action Lawsuit to be served in the event our inalienable rights to choose are forsaken.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION checklist for influenza pandemic preparedness planning: Section 1.5.1 Legal and ethical issues -

'During a pandemic, it may be necessary to overrule existing legislation or
(individual) human rights. Examples are the enforcement of quarantine
(overruling individual freedom of movement), use of privately owned buildings for hospitals, off-license use of drugs, compulsory vaccination or implementation of emergency shifts in essential services. These decisions need a legal framework to ensure transparent assessment and justification of the measures that are being considered, and to ensure coherence with international legislation (International Health Regulations).

There is no forensic evidence showing the H1N1 virus as the direct cause of death in those who have died after contracting the virus (144 to date). The majority of deaths are caused by pre-existing complications and auto-immune deficiencies. Countries with low quality of health have the greatest number of fatal cases. Based on the Center for Disease Control's own guidelines H1N1 related symptoms are virtually indistinguishable from those of the common seasonal flu, and severity is comparable to mild seasonal flu,

'The symptoms of this new H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this new H1N1 virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. The high risk groups for novel H1N1 flu are not known at this time but it's possible that they may be the same as for seasonal influenza. People at higher risk of serious complications from seasonal flu include people age 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people who are immunosuppressed (e.g., taking immunosuppressive medications, infected with HIV).' MORE . . .

We're told more and more what not to do and now what to do.
From: "Anne Dickinson"

Hi Joe-
Regarding Canada Day fireworks on July 4.
That is really outrageous. Imagine the Americans picking another day for their fireworks, or any other country amending their national day celebrations.
I hope everyone inundates their MP's regarding this. People who actually see Canada as its own country with traditions worth protecting would never do this. Only people who see Canada as an eternal colony would consider such a move. I can imagine the group that gave George W his standing ovation will be thrilled.
Regarding Ontario as the nations ATM. I grew up in Nova Scotia and have lived in Alberta and Saskatchewan, The
view from the hinterlands is that Canada has been run for the benefit of the manufacturing heartland of Ontario almost since confederation.. While the rest of the country  had to cross tariff barriers to trade with the US, Ontario's manufacturers  benefited from the protection and special agreements .In addition, for many years, the autto pact kept Ontario humming. Now that the manufacturing base and the auto sector in particular has run into trouble, Ontario's special status is threatened,
All the same,  money is flooding into Ontario to prop up the big 3 auto makers and jobs in southern Ontario but there is a dearth  of money for forestry and other sectors.
Despite all the help from the government. if the auto industry in North America is cratering Ontario cannot be exempt from the fall out , but that  has nothing to do with equalization payments.
Alberta was an overheated bubble economy and it is probably good for the long term economic health of that province that it cools down somewhat.
On the other hand , Saskatchewan seems to have some traction these days, good news for a long time hard luck province.

From: Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: It was the GMO --  The FDA knew and kept silent

Jacob--at least in the USA they have their foods labelled GMO--here in Canada we are refused that right.  Of course Monsanto should be charged with mass murder.  But instead the US and Canada are making it illegal for people to grow their own 'clean' food.  Bill C6 in Canada will do just that.  The Liberal Government(I have no doubt the CPC would do the same) sided with Monsanto to destroy a Canadian farmer whose crop had been invaded by GMO canola.  They said he stole the seeds even when he proved that the GMO canola had invaded his clean crop.  The farmer's name was Percy Schmeiser. 
As far as I am concerned Health Canada is even worse than the FDA--they follow FDA rulings without investigating for themselves.  So who is worse?  Health Canada is a sham and is deadly dangerous.  Of course, it is greed and power that rules--forget the well being of the population.

Subject: [Different levels of accountability?
Our government and media get all stressed out about a supposed 'rigged election' in an 'enemy state' but see nothing wrong with these actions to support the rape of a land by foreign(our) oil companies?  Is it perhaps greed rather than 'fair' elections that decide what we 'abhor'???  Interesting that this is likened to Tiananmen than the US Guard shooting students at Kent State U while they were protesting the escalation of the Viet Nam War into Cambodia.

Subject: government control
This is getting ridiculous.  A few months ago a man was told he couldn't smoke his marijuana(government mandated) outside a privately owned bar.  The bar owner was sanctioned and I think has lost his business.  But it is ok for a government body that gets much of it's revenue from taxes on a legal product to do this?  Who is next?

City contemplates public housing smoking ban
Hamilton Spectator
Current tenants would be exempt, but Hamilton's board of health is considering banning new renters from smoking in the city's public housing units.

Subject: Green scam/GW scam
American shoppers misled by greenwash, Congress told
98% of supposedly environmentally friendly products in US supermarkets make false or confusing claims, campaigners say

From: John Halonen

Sham-ocracy:    Fact or Fictiion

Likely more Fact than Fiction. The two parties we have had in power for most years, in the Federal realm that is, have had the time to refine the direction of their leaders and their parties to a point where leadership is truly the only power.

How can CANADIANS move back to a true democracy. Ony one real solution, REMOVE both parties from roles within the governing of CANADA.  The citizens of Canada do have a voice in the next election!   VOTE for CHANGE and not more of the same. POWER must be returned to the people.

John Halonen

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe, Here is a couple of articles, one from England and their national health care. Although not mentioned, England does have a private health system, for ones who can afford private insurance. The real point I want to make is the monkey business that is being played in the bureaucrats halls of our institutions. Often the monkey business are blatant attempts to limit access to health services and other government services.
The next monkey business is closer to home, and speaks about politicians and their games they play. Games that often smack of self-interest, and rarely of caring for the welfare of Canada's citizens.

Subject: Quantitative Easing & the magic of Inflation
From: "Stephen(dot)Leacock" <>
To: Governor General <Info@GG.CA>
Cc: Rt Hon Stephen Harper <>,
Your Excellency,

I'm really intrigued by the Bank of Canada's new monetary policy tool - known as Quantitative Easing.

However, no one is plainly explaining what that means - i.e. control over the Quantity of What is being Eased?
Further what can be expected to unfold in the days, months and years after that Easing takes effect?
Lastly what are the steps to be taken to reverse the process?

Ask around for me won't you? Perhaps that Dalton fellow or his Dwight hand man (ha, ha) – I daresay that Circus?Carnival (sp?) chap at the Bank of Canada and that short fellow from Whitby cannot be expected to provide a straight and/or simple answer.



From: Tom Brewer

I would dare suggest not to many gays or their supporters be they friends or family would vote Harper Conservative not just in Regina but near anywhere across Canada. Why you ask?
Not one Regina Conservative had the intestinal fortitude to show their face at Pride events in Regina according to the newspaper. Need I remind you of the remarks Tom Lukiwski made a year ago and despite his alligator tears [in my opinion] has yet to so called smooth things over with the gay community he riled!
I dare suggest Harper Conservatives are nothing but red-necks! They want my vote, my support but are really empty on truly addressing my concerns unless I think and bleed their blood.
No-Thank-You, one does not have to believe or support the gay community however we all must remember they too are like us HUMAN BEINGS! We are suppose to treat others as we want to be treated. I'm sorry to suggest and in my opinion Harper's Conservatives are just short a tad of wearing leather boots and breech pants. In my opinion if no-one were watching some might lay a beating not just to gays but anyone else who does not "believe" they are the best thing since sliced bread.
No... If polls were more defined I'd bet the gay community support would be next to nothing. This is sad... Far too many dads, moms, brothers and sisters as well as friends might not be gay or believe in their relatives/friends lifestyle. The fact remains many are different than most. It seems however unless you are a dyed in the wool Harper Conservative you too stand on the opposite side of the fence. The smiles and words to get you to support them BUT as far as any feelings beyond that forget it, in my opinion. In my opinion Harper and his merry band are Canada's true red-necks. Let the church bells ring my friends as once we were concerned about the Catholic church's support of Liberals... Today in my opinion hate is preached toward anyone not in the Harper fold and I dare not suggest the church's they attend!

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: US Federal Reserve Bank


All those who believe that The American Federal Reserve Bank is owned by The
United States People through their Government, Please Raise your hand.

Those who believe that the US Federal Reserve Bank is a Privately owned
Bank,please raise your hand.

If you  desire  interesting reading ,type into google  "Chas.A.Lindbergh Sr.
comment on Federal Reserve 1913".
In his statement re the creation of The Federal Reserve Bank he said " From now
on ,Depressions will be Scientifically Created"

in June  1963 President Kennedy was about to sign Executive Order 11110
outlawing The Federal Reserves ability to  "lend money to The Government of The
United States, charging interest to the American citizens".  Well that
Executive order never made it into law did it?

So by extension, we, supposedly intelligent  human beings really EXIST like
rats in a cage with invisible walls.

Just another stunned rat.

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: It is sad when even the French have more guts that us...

Hi Joe:

Okay, now I am truly embarrassed to be a Canadian. Today, we are second rate to the French.

The French!

Their president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has declared that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in his land. He brands the face covering, body length gown, as a symbol, not of a religion, but of subservience that suppresses women's identities.

The French!

In a country that has a huge Muslim population, its leader is coming out, being very politically incorrect, in saying enough is enough.

The French!

He is taking a stand, while in our country we bend so far over backwards trying not to offend that we could conduct our own cavity searches. So willing we seem to be in tossing aside every aspect of our own culture in order to supplant it all with those of whoever lands on our shores so that we might not offend.

The French!

We are such wimps.

At least, compared to the French.

Thanks, Joe.

Ron Thornton

Subject: Is the Future based everyone's fondest hopes of what might happen?
From: Robert Ede

Is the Future based everyone's fondest hopes of what might happen?


BUY Tangible Assets! Borrow to BUY with the longest fixed-rate term possible!

Why? Inflation is coming! Classically defined as too much money chasing too few goods.

In inflationary times, prices of tangible things rise (which actually is a representation that the purchasing power of money is diminished).

See if you agree ... that the "nice chaps" in the first quote are behaving just as self-interestedly as will the "responsible individuals" discussed in the second quote.


Russia Stocks Fall 20% in World's First Bear Market Since March
By Michael Patterson and Laura Cochrane
Bloomberg , June 22/09 - from 5th last paragraph
"It seems a bit absurd at this point to be using the phrase 'bear market,'" Butler, chief investment officer of emerging-market equities at Lombard, said in a phone interview. The decline is a "healthy development that will allow investors who have booked significant profits to offload shares to those who have not participated," he said.

.... what nice, thoughtful & considerate chaps ... stepping aside graciously to allow new participants to take over their investments ....
Why Carney's caution is warranted
Derek DeCloet
Globe and Mail Update, Saturday, Jun. 20, 2009 -from 3rd last paragraph
A government can raises taxes or invent new ones (goods and services tax, anyone?) – or, as a last resort, let the printing press run harder and longer, and allow inflation to work its painful magic.

I guess it's a matter of deciding who might think that inflation's magic is painful .... (a) the administrator(s) of inflation (Bank of Canada/Fed. Reserve etc), b) the gov't of Canada(USA etc), c) current/ future Borrowers or d) current/future Lenders?

NB pain is rarely "self-inflicted" ... so don't be surprised if the so-called magic of inflation benefits governments more than anyone else.

Who else has i) borrowed HUGE sums, ii) at dirt cheap rates, iii) cannot expect to raise revenues(taxes) fast enough to actually pay the Debt Service Charges when they kick in on next year's budget (nevermind touching the principal - thereby perpetuating the interest charges), and iv) has done it before?