Saturday, June 06, 2009

Daily Digest June 5-6, 2009



Fish findings

Stop talking, start walking

Will they get the message?

Empty campaign goes into free fall

Let's hum along with Magna

Leaders, Round 3: Muddy shots and muddled arguments

Tiananmen square: Remembering the massacre

Can the NDP break our centuries-long chain?

A day to honour Canada's veterans

The necessity of dialogue

Canada must resist protectionist temptations

Trouble with the Board
Nudged toward the altar
A message to Muslims

Safety needs to be the priority

Ottawa's contribution proves slow to flow

Bible backs use of death penalty

The drug wars go north

Diversity a work in progress

Suspended sentences: Forging a school-to-prison pipeline?

How to tackle `Buy America'

Obama reaches out

Exiled on mere suspicion

Locally, continentally

Eyeing foreign exchange

True belief in the power of words

A critic to restore

End the handouts

A new approach

A timely reminder

Shameful politics

It's time we valued every single Canadian life

Is power within his grasp?
Ignatieff gaining momentum thanks to Harper's fiscal policies

 We've been down this road before

The role of government

Too many unanswered eHealth questions

Someone tell Sarkozy Canada freed France

More than just words

      1939 Royal Tour

Deficit spending

Federal snub of Sudbury's Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation was unnecessary

More noise of getting tough on crime

Tradition so useful in scandals

Asleep at the switches

We dare not forget the blood at Juno Beach

Democracy's heavy price paid on D-Day
Canada hurt by anti-terror 'diversion' law

Russian bull

U.S. will win tit-for-tat trade war

D-Day recalled
Obama's speech filled with dangerous equivocations
Walking the walk, for those who walked the talk

Sentence in child's death sickening
Sex registry needs some room for discretion

The lessons of having power

Advice for deficit avoidance

Green jobs often require government

Remembering the battle that turned the tide
Time is right to get out of the nuclear business

Smile, Google is watching
Catalyst ups stakes in tax showdown
Missing the good days of UFOs and green men

Sink the Bismarck: A witness remembers

Native leaders deeply divided on rights and title recognition

Yes, Iroquois Diplomacy. No, Colonial Gun Boys

The Next Twelve Months In Afghanistan And Pakistan

Poppy link to Afghan bumper crop

Afghan Government Spent only $6 bilion out of $38 bilion donations
Afghan government had no supervision on the money spent by foreign institutions in the country

A tale of two U.S. interventions: GM and Afghanistan

D-Day remembered

Canadian role in D-Day landing honoured

A Canadian scoop

D Day: "We will NEVER surrender"

Targeting Taliban bombs

Telling friend from foe in Afghanistan

Military needs more drones for 'dull, dirty and dangerous' missions

Canadian mayors pass anti-'Buy American' resolution

Canada and U.S. in sync on more fronts

Health Insurance - One difference

Health Care In America-- A Privilege Or A Right? Manufacturers seek Buy U.S. exemption

Canada refuses Guantanamo request

Canada: The Refuge of the Future not If but When

Economy sheds another 42,000 jobs in May

What the economists say

Maximizing your benefit as CPP changes

Forestry sector wants auto-style bailout

Auto makers, dealers urge Ottawa to pay buyers $3,500 to trade in old cars

Auto layoffs help drive jobless rate to 11-year high

Unemployment by provinces

Forestry workers upset no talk of bailout for sector

  It all begins with the land 

Full text: Barack Obama's Cairo speech

David Frum: The wrong speech

Obama's speech, deconstructed

Obama lays out path for peace

Obama glosses over the tough stuff

Speech or no, Mideast conflicts heating up

The audacity of hope, from Cairo

Obama lays his Likud trap

Disparities in health must be fixed: Senate

Public health care worth saving 

'There are no rules any more'

Miscue prompts spy agency to review more court files

Rivals gang up on Hudak

N.S. NDP says Tory radio ad defamatory, asks stations to pull them and apologize

Consultant said she consulted herself. So eHealth paid her

Obsessing over their leadership candidates' vulnerabilities, the Ontario Tories are doing the Liberals' work for them

'Toxic' proposal to scrap Human Rights Tribunal sparks battle among Tory rivals

Secret jury lists note drinkers, whiners

Canadian Liberals hold narrow opinion poll lead

MPs' secret meetings loosen rules for cash and benefits

EI compromise 'not going to fly:' Finley

Ignatieff vows to bring hope back to Canada Whiff of election sparks gang up on Ignatieff

Liberals say Tories not doing enough to help jobless

Why did PM treat Raitt and Bernier differently?

Federal Liberals courting Dan McLean

Jobless rate hurt by delay on stimulus cash: Ignatieff 

Bloc has 16 reasons to prevent election

Liberals edge out Tories in poll

Canadians say EI, EI, NO to a possible election

Report calls for 'nannygate' probe

The Liberals attacked on the words of Ignatieff on the powers of Quebec

The nation québécoise - Ignatieff ready to criticism|en|

Gilles Duceppe will continue to push for a stronger Bill 101

Flaherty's $1 honorarium includes $20,000 travel contract

Tories eye repeal of 'faint hope' for killers

Ottawa announces $10.8 million to aid pandemic flu research initiative

Feds stonewalling access to info requests

AECL head has faith in reactor

Tories back coal giants at Ridley

Debate over growing modified wheat rises again

Carbon capture no 'silver bullet'

Conservatives must deal with EI inequities 

Stop the madness

See you next year, ballot box

MPs not minding the store. So why are they there?

Cue the requisite leadership speculation

How to raise money-smart children

One of the ways the federal government is "hurrying money" out the door is to fiddle
with the normal process by which the government is legally allowed to spend money.

Opposition lost its tongue?

As jobs go, so do political fortunes

The GM bailout's ramifications

Clement defends GM bailout

The Harper legacy: Politics is war

The fog of Iggy

Object of desire or necessary evil?

MPs - all of 'em - mum on GM

No sanctuary

The return of crony capitalism

Courts don't buy word of government

Les députés modifient le code régissant les conflits d'intérêts

Ottawa salue la nomination du nouvel ambassadeur américain

Ignatieff augmente son avance

Ottawa veut abolir la disposition «de la dernière chance»

Stephen Harper participe aux cérémonies du 65e anniversaire du Jour J

Les maires canadiens veulent réagir au protectionnisme des Américains

Les libéraux attaqués sur les propos d'Ignatieff sur les pouvoirs du Québec

Chômage: le pire est passé

La nation québécoise - Ignatieff prête flanc à la critique


Two views on the Afghan war v à  v World War II values

Prime Minister Stephen Harper pays tribute to 'the greatest generation'

In what is expected to be one of the last great gatherings of elderly veterans from that campaign, Harper said that freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are the principles our veterans fought and died for on the beaches of Normandy.

"Never dismiss these things as mere abstractions. They are the very foundation upon which our lives of peace and prosperity are built," he said in an address to hundreds of veterans on the beach.

"And they are the very lives to which all of our fellow human beings aspire. It is only when these values are in peril, when we have to defend them, that we can truly understand their worth as our soldiers did."

Those same values are behind Canada's current war in Afghanistan, Harper told veterans, who sat in the pouring rain at Juno Beach, the sight of the Canadian landings on June 6, 1944.

Out of all the Western leaders who spoke at ceremonies up and down the ancient, leafy Norman coast on Saturday, Harper made the most pointed reference to the values that drove Canada to wage war against the Nazis and the bloody counter-insurgency fight in Afghanistan.

Subject: Collateral Damage


I have a wish, I wish that by some great miracle there could be a Poll
produced Instantaenously, given to all Canadians who drive a vehicle with the
sticker "I am pro life" ,   to ascertain how many of them are, or are not, in
favor of the Two wars presently raging".     I would include in my wish that
the beautiful words "Collateral Damage"  not be used.   These of course
include the innocent, Men,Women and Children killed in this "neverending war
on Terrorism. One which prevents  the "Good Guys" (we) and our most dear
friends to the south, to Look Into A Mirror.    They may just see
a "Terrorist" staring back.  

Ray Strachan


From: Stephen M MacLean
Subject: Sir John A. Macdonald

6 June 2009

Hello.  For those who follow Twitter, I will be posting commemorations for Sir John A. Macdonald this afternoon here.

A small gesture to honour our first prime minister, but it may help to generate some appreciation of our debt to Sir John A.

Sincerely yours,


Commemorating the death of Sir John Alexander Macdonald (1891)
Visit my research website the Disraeli-Macdonald Institute for Organic Toryism online.

Bob Taubman

Hey Joe, is this guy Bob Taubman serious?

Of course I'm real, Brad.   But we all know this could go on forever and no one is going to change their mind.  The state of Missouri is called the Show-Me state, so as far as a 911 Conspiracy is concerned, I'm from Missouri.  You will have to show me.  Don't just point me to thousands of opinions and say,  "There's your proof."  You know what they say about opinions, like belly-buttons, everyone has one.  Some people use another part of the anatomy when using that phrase. 
We can blame government for everything and then claim it is hiding evidence from us.  Convenient.   We don't have to provide proof of anything.  It's like calling someone a liberal.  Convenient.  Nothing else is necessary.  No substantive supporting data required.
I never was one for wearing a tinfoil cap.  
Oh, Mr. Duddy gave the definitive YouTube item.  Well, here is a rebuttal:
And on it goes.  I'm done Joe.  Thanx for the brief respite from reality. 
Bob Taubman
Reality, Canada

From: "Raymond Denson"
Subject: Conspiracy Theory

In response to Bob Taubman's comments on 9/11 I wish to point out that there is only one conspiracy theory, the official one. This states that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were directed from a cave in Afghanistan and carried out by nineteen young Arabs who were armed with plastic knives and box cutters. All the support for this theory emanated from the Bush White House, a notorious source of lies, and from the agencies which it controlled, the FBI and the CIA.
Skeptics, whose access to the truth is marginal, at best, can only call attention to the inconsistencies and holes in this official story, and point to the large numbers of eminent and highly intelligent people who reject it. I will limit myself to one example. In December 2007, Francesco Cossiga, the former president of Italy, informed the Corriere della Sera, Italy's most respected newspaper, that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Mossad and the CIA. He stated that this was common knowledge among global intelligence agencies.
Finally, I would suggest to Mr. Taubman that he google Patriots Question 9/11, Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. He will be surprised and impressed by what he will find.
Raymond Denson

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: DD

Joe--Brad Thompson is exactly right in the questions he asks.  PLUS--Benazir Bhutto stated on the David Frost show that bid Laden is dead.  Sadly, that may be the reason that she was also assassinated.

Is the latest tape from bin Laden then to be considered fake?  Or proof of life after death?  Or maybe bin Laden's contract as a 'terrorist' had not been fulfilled?  It probably cost the CIA/Mossad a lot to create bin Laden as the favourite boogeyman for the world and they don't want to lose the money they put into the charade?

Subject: China bad--israel good???
Israel, We Won't Forget Rachel

Subject: [this is exactly what is happening
Weaponized Education: Controlling Tomorrow With The Youth of Today

Subject: Will  those owed money consider getting the money from Canadian
 taxpayers?  After all, we now own some of these companies
Something Is Rotten In The Auto Bankruptcy Deals

Subject: government to 'help' people buy more cars???
Car makers, dealers, urge feds to help people buy more cars

Car manufacturers and government appear to have the same 'thinking'--it is government money--not taxpayers money, and therefore it can be used as the corportocracy sees fit???  Give the peasants some of their money back so they can continue to give more money to GM/Chrysler?? 


From: Rubie Britton
Subject: Leadership Camp

Subject: The Truth

Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock
(MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6am. While his coffeepot
was perking, he shaved with his
electric razor
He put on a
dress shirt
designer jeans
tennis shoes
After cooking his breakfast in his new
electric skillet
he sat down with his
to see how much he could spend today. After setting his
to the radio
he got in his car
filled it with GAS
(from Saudi Arabia )
and continued his search
for a good paying job.
At the end
of yet another discouraging
and fruitless day
checking his
(Made In Malaysia ),
John decided to relax for a while.
He put on his sandals
poured himself a glass of
and turned on his
and then wondered
why he can't find
a good paying job

From: John Halonen

RE: Richard Priestman & C.D. Howe Institute says Bank of Canada should create money.

There  is a US State that follows this basic philosophy today (North Dakota).  Surprisingly they are doing quite well compared to many.

One must not forget that the private banking system would not have that interest money to pad their profits or make decisions on how to misuse it.
John Halonen

From: The Natroses
Hi Joe,
To Stratos: You are half right on the definition of hypothesis. Hypothesis is a statement, that predicts the outcome of an experiment, that is based on the question that is being asked. The results are the data that is generated that will either support or not support the hypothesis. The conclusion is where it is stated if the hypothesis is correct or incorrect, and if any further exploration is warranted.

As to how theories come about, they can be derived from ideas  or results or to a series of conclusions. A theory is called a theory, when all aspects of the theory cannot be proven or known. Once all aspects can be proven, than the theory is made into science laws. Laws such as the law of gravity. The theory of relatively, some aspects have been proven and other aspects have not been proven. The theory of evolution, is a theory that is slowly being proven, much to the dismay of creationists. Fossils found in Newfoundland, and a few other places on Earth, has provided important information, that furthers Darwin's theory of evolution. As the National Geographic site, states: Darwin's Dilemma

From: "Eduard Hiebert
Subject: Some alternative voices re Obama's speech

Hi Joe,
Several DD reader replies focused on Obama's speach.   I appreciated particular the one who tried to do his own analyses.
Here are two more, particularly the first well off the beaten popular media path.   The third forshadows a question we at our peril may face should the mass market media continue to be the font of our public information base...
Chomsky: What Obama Didn't Say in His Cairo Address Speaks Volumes About His Mid-East Policy
By Noam Chomsky, AlterNet
The U.S. has played a decisive role in sustaining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Obama gave no indication that its role should change. Read more »

Obama's Cairo Speech: A Home Run?
By Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation
President Obama hit almost all the right notes today in his possibly game-changing speech aimed at repairing America's rift with the Muslim world. Read more »

Wake Up America, The Media Treat Far-Right Views as Mainstream
By Steve Benen, Washington Monthly
This dynamic produces "a deep and largely unconscious conservative bias in the media's discussion of policy. Read more »

Three other views

Peace be upon Barack
Pepe Escobar: Commentary on Obama's speech to the Muslim World. view

Fawzi: the speech was brilliant but now let's see what happens on the ground view

President Barack Obama addressed a wide array of issues, in his address to Muslims in Cairo Thursday view

From: Tom Brewer

In my opinion the Harper government is vindictive from the word go! Here we are in tough times and the government wants to eliminate the faint hope clause! I gather they and others have forgotten the words of the Lord "turn the other cheek". Yes it is horrific what some have done and they should be punished. In my opinion our government is more bent on getting even than working out the problems we have today.
This is apparent to a point wherein anyone who slights or errs in regards to their job or position then Harper seeks revenge.
To bad electors cant get a faint of clause... Wherein conservatives who continually err are bounced out period.
Get to work people do something besides seek revenge no-matter the instance!

From: Charles Tupper

It is the month of August, on the shores of the Black Sea.  It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted.  It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town.

He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 Euro note on the reception counter, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one.

The hotel proprietor takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the pig grower.

The pig grower takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel.

The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the town's prostitute that in these hard times, gave her "services" on credit.

The hooker runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 100 Euro note to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there.

The hotel proprietor then lays the 100 Euro note back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything.

At that moment, the rich tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes his 100 Euro note, after saying that he did not like any of the rooms, and leaves town.

No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now without debt, and looks to the future with a lot of optimism..

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly how the World is doing business and barely surviving today.

Interesting. No bank involved.

 Subject: He is my brother

                    It all depends on how you hear it.

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a
box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old
are you?"

"Eight," the boy replied.

The man continued, "do you know what these are used for?"

The boy replied, "not exactly, but they aren't for me. 

They're for him.  He's my brother.  He's four. We saw on TV
that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike.

Right now, he can't do either." 

These were children - we adults never hear things wrongly.
From: Rene Moreau
Subject: Brasscheck TV:  A reality check about food

What we choose to eat and what's good for us are sometimes
two different things.

That's fine except for one thing:

Nature always gets the last word.

If your health isn't what you'd like it to be,
there may be a very simple solution.

And corporate America is working hard to
make sure you don't figure it out.


From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: "MACLEAN'S" <>
Subject: bravery

June 6, 2009
The Editor of MacLean's,
Today we remember those brave souls, Canadian, British and American
whom landed on the shores of Normandy to bring freedom back to the
world. Especially for me as a Canadian of Dutch heritage, it has been
an honour to meet many of those coming to this country to become a
Canadian among Canadians.
May 20 last made a proposal to you for help in the completion of finishing
a war that Canada never left, but enlarged by Trudeau in 1969, to hand
the power to a political  minority, many of them opposed to the Canadian
conscription during 1940/45, based on heritage, speak French and you
are a better Canadian.
The cost of this internal war for control, as indicated from 1969 to 2005
was some 772 billion dollars. This change to liberalism and enforcement
has driven the English speaking into failure because of the fear to offend.
Those that have the keys in their hands hide behind political correctness,
disallowing those that rise to speak the truth to be heard and read about
the special status for all that who do touch on what is French.
Many Canadians, those that came to this Nation to be a part of it, have,
and still are, expressing the view of being in a political dictatorship for
the benefit of the French vote, using bilingualism as the weapon of strength.
The spending of taxpayers money by the Government for the celebration of
"National Aboriginal day 21 June, Quebec's Fete National (St John the Baptiste
Day) 24 June, Multicultural Day 27 June"
is a clear showing of dividing the Nation rather than uniting it on July 1st, by
expecting all those that want to remember their heritage past to fund it themselves.
That confirms the answer to the question: "what does it mean to be Canadian?'
The word bilingualism, meaning speaking more than one language, is being
mis-used to enforce French.
Hope you will see the light.
Yours truly,
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock BC