Monday, June 07, 2010

Daily Digest June 7, 2010



When to speak out?

Instead of warriors, let's send teachers

MENTAL HEALTH AUDIT Slippery standards

G-summits aren't worth $1 billion

Fake Muskoka for journalists a loony plan

New gov't purchasing process threatens busing

Aides lose their tongues

Goar: Listening but only in two official languages

Complacency breeds calamity

PM's tight grip exposed

Lessons for G20 security from Vancouver Olympics

Fake lake hits bottom

Tories defend $2M fake lake being built for summit

Nuclear scientists slam Canada over isotopes

Use summits to focus on Canada's future, report says

G20 to affect transit, schools, hospitals

Keeping boots on the ground in Afghanistan

Denying OAS to prisoners is cruel punishment

Avoiding contagion

Harper's message control is unprecedented, critics say

Ottawa's Afghanistan message: It's development, not war

The right takes a Slap Chop to Ignatieff's coalition talk

Europe is No. 1 G20 issue: Flaherty

Tories pilloried for fake lake at 'Lady Gaga' summit

May's polls confirm Ottawa's narrative

Canada setting the summit agenda

User fees really work

Remembering D-Day

The anti-Catholic McCarthyists

Canada and the Jews

The problem with playing defence

Attracting the best and brightest

Time to merge Liberals and NDP

Rethinking Afghanistan

Even reduced Afghan role remains a risky venture

A good start on Afghan debate

Thumbing their noses

Embrace debate on Afghan role

Oliphant sets bar for MPs too high

The pain of disease

Canada's common, diverse culture


Karzai removes Afghan interior minister and spy chief

IED kills Canadian soldier in Afghanistan

Canadian Forces decides on CF-18 replacement ..

G20 leaders clash over recovery

When fiscal restraint leads to disaster

Bank tax on hold

Short era of G20 harmony waning

EUROPE: Flotilla Raid Fires Up Israel Lobby

Iranian aid ships going to Gaza escorted by warships

Activists expelled as Israel resists Gaza inquiry pressure

IDF: Israel Navy thwarted terrorists sailing from Gaza  
Knesset panel recommends revoking Arab MK's privileges
Turkey to Israel: If you have nothing to hide, accept international probe
Netanyahu: International inquiry panel would create problematic precedent
Report: Two Iranian ships to sail to Gaza
Arab MK's life threatened after IDF 'Nazi' comments
MESS Report / Flotilla raid fallout leaves Netanyahu battling on two fronts

MS society divided over new therapy

Canadians warming to controversial medical user-fees, poll finds

Doctors 'very frustrated' by isotope delays

Pneumonia vaccine inadequate, critics say

Abdelrazik launches constitutional challenge

Groups split on whether woman should be allowed to testify wearing veil

Parliament could shut down early, fall election likely

Stephen Harper missing women's health summit

NDP, Bloc doubt Ignatieff on coalition

Harper sends GG to China during Queen's visit

Health prompts Guergis to scrub appearance

Summit costs hit Canada Conservative backing: poll
No guarantee Conservatives would win election now

Tories begin search for new auditor

Construction begins on G20 security barrier

Officials put on security show and tell

Tories worked hard to paint bloody Afghan war as peace mission: documents

Net winning battle for our eyeballs

Ethics can't be taught

Who are the friends of Israel?
It no longer gets a pass, based on the past

G20 bill not as outrageous as advertised

Tories drowned by calls attacking $2M fake lake

Summits leave Stephen Harper nursing bruises

Who did the math on G20 security costs?

Talk of coalition in Liberal camp benefits Harper

Unite the left? Don't bother

Harper scores foreign policy victories in lead-up to summits

Instead of warriors, let's send teachers

Rethinking Afghanistan

Public broadcasts

Powers: The Liberals' half-pregnant leadership

Cook: Ignatieff's Illegitimate Legitimate Coalition

NDP open to working with Ignatieff

L. Ian MacDonald: Harper licking his lips at idea of facing a 'socialist coalition'

Harper's Message Event Proposals reveal 'hyper-extreme' political control

Today's political parties soulless, says Savoie

Irony seems lost on interrupting MPs

One year after NS NDP government elected, jury's still out

N.L. acts on child protection after criticism

INFOS -         
LUNDI 07 JUIN 2010

Sécurité au G8/G20: Flaherty accepte qu'il faille payer cher

 Isotopes médicaux: Ottawa pressé de tenir ses promesses

 Ignatieff rejette un pacte pré-électoral avec le NPD

Avions de chasse: l'armée a fait son choix

Taxe bancaire: torpillage réussi

Québec aura son programme antiterroriste

Secteur financier
Plaidoyer pour une réforme accélérée

Communications sans fil
L'actionnariat en jeu

Layton plaide pour l'enseignement en français

Le gouvernement intervient

Les conservateurs exhortés d'agir pour Shell

Nouvelles normes pour les produits «Fabriqué au Canada»

Non à la coalition!

Selon Jim Flaherty · Le G20 doit accélérer la réforme financière

CF-18 · Ottawa prêt à les remplacer plus rapidement que prévu

Afghanistan · Un 147e militaire tombe au combat



"It is my belief the best course of action for the Government of Canada is to withdraw Canadian Forces in their entirety
and financially assist non-governmental organizations in doing what are given as the reasons for our involvement."

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Those receiving the Digest are my FOCUS GROUP before carrying the thought further

Rethinking Afghanistan

A good start on Afghan debate

Embrace debate on Afghan role


From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: will the cost rise if business sue over lost customers???

$1B security bill cost of doing business: Flaherty

Subject: Passengers grabbed Israeli weapons to stop the killing

Joe--the posting on the DD re the poor israeli commandos that were injured by these 'terrorist' passengers does not mention the pictures of the passengers.  It has already been refuted that not one of the passengers were 'terrorists' but that is not mentioned.  If israel has nothing to hide why won't they allw an investigation?  As usual we only get israels reports--after all, our government and msm are totally controlled by the self chosen!

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: view

PM: opposition Afghan idea 'interesting'
My view, one will never solve the middle east problems unless they
can find a 1517 Luther that puts 95 thesis on a Mosque door
separating the violent from the peaceful among the Muslims.
It has been there for years and funded by who controls the poppies.

From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: "Letters to the Editor" <>
Cc: "Joe Hueglin" <>,<>
Subject: Democracy is not about majority rule

The Editor
Toronto Star
Democracy is not about majority rule
Re Headline: "PM's tight gripexposed," and Letter: "Remediating our democratic deficit," by Mark Henschel (June 7).
In the debate about the shortcoming of the first-past-the-post system (FPP), it is often pointed out that it is not fully democratic because it allows a party without winning majority of votes to form the government and only proportional representation (PR) can resolve the problem. But the critics tend to forget that democracy is not about majority rule. It is about public participation in the governing.
Democracy was invented by the ancient Athenians who believed that aristocrats and oligarchs had no divine right to rule and the ordinary people must have a say in the governing. So they invented a system of government involving all citizens and called it Demokratia -- government by the people.
Democracy is a beautiful idea and like all beautiful ideas, it has some apparent contradictions and the most seductive one is majority rule. But this not democracy, but only a government by the majority. Athenians learnt the lesson the hard way. When they allowed the majority to rule, the poor majority imposed high taxes on the rich minority who conspired with the enemy Sparta to bring down democracy. Athenians resolved the conflict by making democracy involve all citizens and serve the general interest.
Central to this was the Athens Council, composed of 500 citizens chosen through lottery to represent a cross-section of the people. The Athens Council had the power to override any decision that ignored other views.
In our modern democracy, the party winning most seats under FPP or parties representing majority of votes under PR can form the government. Either way, the minority are excluded from the government. It also allows the prime minister to exert enormous power as evidenced by the monopoly of power enjoyed by Mr. Haper. To stem such monopoly of power, let's turn our patronage-driven partisan Senate into a non-partisan citizens forum like the Athens Council. Only then, we will have true democracy. 

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,

Two good articles from the Sun. One will get a good laugh from both, on serious topics.

The first one it titled, "Fake Muskoka costs real bucks".
"Canadian and international journalists covering the G8 summit in Muskoka later this month will be able to file their reports from the leisurely comfort of a cottage dock, their feet dangling in the water, surrounded by the stunning sights and sounds of the fabled Ontario resort country three hours north of Toronto.  The only catch is they won’t be anywhere near Muskoka.  Instead, the federal government is shelling out millions of dollars to re-create cottage country — compleete with a small lake — inside a Toronto convention facility that wiill warehouse most of the media during the three-day windfest.  Your tax dollars at work.  It is all another stunning achievement by organizers of the great Canadian summits of squander, three days of hot air and tear gas that will cost taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion and counting. ...................
If nothing else, the world will at least come to understand that not all the loons in this country are birds."

Going to the extremes keeping reporters away from Muskoka. I guess the Harper government does not want to explain that a good portion of the Muskoka actually work for a living, serving the tourists and cottage owners at their beck and call.

The second is titled, "How we all got screwed: Goldstein".
"For those who can’t, here’s a scaled-down version of Lewis’ marvellous book. Basically, a bunch of uber-greedy U.S. investment banks packaged crappy mortgage loans into crappy mortgage bonds, then repackaged the crappiest of those into even crappier bonds, and then sold the whole sorry mess to institutional investors around the world. This with the blessing of the major U.S. bond rating agencies, who didn’t know or didn’t care the stuff was crap. Not only was it crap, it was leveraged crap — meaning it was largely financed withh debt — making the eventual losses exponentially worse. Finally, thhese money houses shorted the crap they were selling — basically takking out bets it would turn to crap, even as they were telling investors it was gold. These mortgage bonds were crap because they were underpinned by “subprime” mortgage loans given to people who didn’t have a hope in hell of ever paying them back, once their delayed interest payments started to kick in after the first few years." Best description of what went down. Here is what two investors had to say for themselves. " The financial institutions which sold them just insanely assumed house prices would rise forever and the loans could be refinanced forever. Predictably, when house prices stalled, then crashed, everything went to hell. Lewis recounts one hilarious exchange between two investors when a batch of mortgage loans blows up after the homeowners miss the very first interest payments due on them. “Who takes out a home loan and doesn’t make the first payment?” laments one. “Who the f--- lends money to people who can’t make the first payment?” replies another. Answer? Wall St."

Than the writer, describes what the investors are not. " But I know what you can’t call them. You can’t call them capitalists. As Lewis notes: “The ability of Wall Street traders to see themselves in their success and their management in their failure would later be echoed when their firms, which disdained the need for government regulation in good times, insisted on being rescued by government in bad times. Success was individual achievement, failure was a social problem.” Indeed, when the s--- hit the fan, these guys acted like Soviet apparatchiks, screwing the public for their blunders. Worse, they got away with it."

By the looks of it, they will continue on to get away with it.

Becky on MS, there has been a lot on TV and the Net on the new treatment. It is in North America, that the medical community insisting on the testing. My opinion is the medical community in North America do not want to explain to MS patients, that their take on MS has been all wrong. Look at how long it took them to look at Vitamin D, and to recommend it to all people. The narrowing of the neck arteries may be the key for MS, and if I was your sister raised the money, or take out a second mortgage and take a trip to Poland, like the fellow that was on the CTV news.

"So in a move some would call risky, even dangerous, Christopher travelled to Poland where doctors at a private clinic opened his jugular vein with balloon venoplasty.  The procedure and travel costs set him back $10,000 and came with no guarantee of success. In fact, one of the first published studies conducted by Dr. Paolo Zamboni in Italy found that there is a 47 per cent chance that opened veins will close back up again. But Alkenbrack say he felt the effect of the 30-minute procedure immediately. "Half an hour after the procedure I am wiggling the toes on my right foot as well as I did on my left foot and I was just amazed," he told CTV.  "I was no longer walking with two canes because of my balance. My balance had almost immediately improved as well. Once I got out of bed I shed a cane immediately. I was walking with one cane.  "The next morning I went to the lobby of my hotel, I actually walked across the hotel lobby with no canes. It is something I have not done in literally years," he said. "The reaction of the people in the hotel lobby -- there was about 30 or 40 people there -- and people started spontaneously crying or clapping."  "I was stunned. I walked to my wife. She was on the other side of the lobby. I just gave her a big hug and I know that Claire's reaction was 'Wow. I got part of my Christopher back'," he says. "

If it cost Christopher only $10,000 and that included travelling costs, why not get your sister on a flight somewhere in the world. Actually, I know of someone from NL, who is planning to go.

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: Obama

Getting article after article about Obama and his policies
like to remind the readers of the possible return of Trudeau
in an American uniform instead of a Nazi German.
                  Buy American - Deutsland ueber alles.
Since the Marshall Plan Germany has proven to be really a
roll up sleeve Nation, to become a productive winner.

Subject: The Book you might write - Abridged for those who "already know what's in it, but haven't studied in a while"
From: Robert Ede

Let's say you, personally, had a complete, albeit complex plan for your whole family's enjoyment of your wisdom, wealth and treaure and you wanted to pass it down - not just one generation but to many.
And that you wanted your descendants, inadtion to enjoying the goodness of life on earth, to also avoid the common problems, to remember you down through the generations and to know you were absolutely serious about their successes and completely cognizant of the fact that many stumbling blocks, roadblocks and false detours would confront them on the way.
Likely you would codify the "rules of the game" and then provide examples of people who followed those "rules" and those who didn't follow - you'd likely also throw in some examples of people who kept "jumping on and off the bandwagon". If written in English it would likely be a long book - with the examples taking up most of the pages.
Let's say further that, just like an author of the above-mentioned "long book", you already know the "end" of the book's story and use foreshadowing and themes throughout to hint about what will occur on the "final pages of the final chapter" but subtly -without giving away the ending.
One good way of foreshadowing a) the immediate illustrative story and b) the whole book is by giving the people names that typify their behaviour (or behaving that will unfold) - like Patience or No Hope or Wasteful etc. In this way the "named" human attribute is typified and the circumstances of the of that type of behaviour double-exemplified.
Likely this book-for-humans would have a beginning, a middle and an end
You'd likely start by describing yourself and how you created the "environment" in which the life of your descendants would be experienced, let's call those descendants your "children" (including the spouses and adopted children of your children) from now on.
If your were an North American, born after 1940 you might set the "environment" like a Western movie - a family (with a long history in the old country) lives out in the prairies in their own house, on their own little plot of valley land with a stream and trees and vegetable garden and domestic animals.
They'd look and act like today's people/family .... just dustier and without gas engines or computers.
You'd likely have them encounter and react to good days, bad days, good weather, bad weather, bad people, good people, good nations and bad nations. A few examples of bad people within good nations and good people within bad nations wouldn't hurt either.
To make things really 'normal' you'd have bad people who know they're bad and good people who do bad things and then also bad/bad folks and good/bad people who come to a realization of their mistakes, change their hearts/minds/actions/attitudes and enjoy a fruitful life "in harmony" with the rules established for their(and humanity's) greater good. (Plus a few folks who never change their minds and don't care ... while seemimgly wilfully leading other 'innocents' to jump off the bandwagon just to round out the scenario)
No wonder the book gets long & complicated. It's about human life.
So the book starts out with the history of how the little "Western movie" family got to the little valley they called Eber (after their family's great-great ancestor) and the life they led in peaceful isolation following the "rules".
Then it continues about how they lose possesion of the farm in a drought and spend a while "in town" surrounded by all the shenanigans that go one when there's no "marshall".
The family listen to town-preachers and convince themselves that it's OK to bend the rules and to add rules that were suggested by the town-preacher and/or his advisors and accountants.
Many times an itinerant holy man drops by and warns them that they've forgotten the essence of the rules and are just doing what is right in their own eyes - nothing at all like what the rules say.
One day a strange-looking, geezer shows up and announces that "the end of this world is near", he talks about the future as golden and wonderful while predicting the arrival of a Great Teacher who can straighten out everything if they'll just change their hearts/minds/actions/attitudes to be in harmony with the original "rules". The "Eber valley family" understand what he is saying.
The Teacher arrives and performs many amazing acts and gives many sermons that appeals to the 'in harmony with the Creator' beliefs that the "Eber family" and others know in their hearts to be correct.
The Great Teachers presence, knowledge and method of communication amazes both his foes and adherants alike. So amazing in fact that people say he's so audaciously forthright that either he must be totally right or a total charlatan - most who actually hear AND listen agree he's right.
As a result, the Great Teacher draws the townsfolk away from the existing peacher's meetings (& disrupts his revenue-flow) and so the Great Teacher is arrested convicted of sedition by a kangaroo court composed of the existing town-preacher's henchmen and he's killed by them .... but not before he condemns the preacher, the henchmen, the town & the accountants.
Almost immediately a small group of friends and relatives of the 'Eber family' who realize that the Great Teacher was right is established.
They meet in private and quietly grown in numbers. Numbers so great that soon the existing town-preacher and the Mayor (who heads the local milita too) decide it's better stop fighting the Great Teacher's words and to just take-over the group, amalgamate it into their existing practices and assimilate "most" of the Great Teacher's words into the official religion for the town.
This mayor/militia/accountants-sanctioned religion spreads and as it reaches each town "a local elder of good character" is put in charge but often, after a time the original Great Teacher's rules (as already modified by the first-preacher and Militia Mayor) gets watered down. A great amount of time is invested(wasted) creating many slightly differing-doctrine " ecclesia" and arguing about who's human-made teaching is a purer or better interpretation that the others.
Finally the people get a copy of the orginal text of the history of the "Eber family" and read that these developments were all predicted therein.
An new chap arrives one day (a son of the former deputy assistant accountant of the first town-preacher) who seems to understand the original "rules" PLUS understand what the Great Teacher was talking about. NB The chap's personal, radical, change of heart/mind/actions/attitude occurred after a vivid personal epiphany that can only be judged by others by its transformative effects.
This well-schooled, but now-humbled chap tours the far-flung & nearby ecclesias and writes to them about what he's heard and seen about their actions, the teachings they and others are following perfectly and imperfectly and gives praises, rebukes and recommendations. He also recounts how the long-lost mysteries/secrets about a future world on earth (foreshadowed in the old book of the Eber family) make sense once the 'modern-day' folks read it in context WITH the now-revealed new mysteries/secrets from and in light of the Great Teacher's arrival.
This new chap is also audaciously forthwrith and gets on the wrong side of the-then incumbent preacher's accountant's henchmen - he's also jailed and killed but not before preaching an writing to anyone & everyone he knows.
Contemporaries of this chap, later-generation followers of the Great Treacher and disinterested historians continue to write about the Great Teacher and 'how we should live'. In a way, they describe an easy life and in another way they describe a hard one - it seems to depend on whether you wholly subscribe (or not) to the "rules" as distilled and simplified by the Great Teacher.
I all-of-a-sudden realise that I've been writing the most recent paragraphs as if you'd already written your inter-generational book and I've gone so far I cannot stop.
The book (the one so similar to "your" book to your "children") does have an ending that I don't want to spoil, but it involves appreciating a little bit more about the "environment we live in" than what we 21st Century folks should-call our "currently accepted principles of finite wisdom and explanations about infinite things", Newton's Laws for example - no energy can be created or destroyed-only transformed; there is no action without an equal and opposite reaction and stuff like that .... that we know so well we cannot even be bother to exactly remember.
Also the ending shows how things we thought we knew all about like gravity, magnetism, electricity ... we actually know next-to-nothing about once/if a full revelation of the actual explanation is presented to us.
Again not to spoil it, but as a hint ... pieces of the ending are actually scattered all through the beginning and middle of the book. Paying attention to recurring themes, words, concepts, phrases and (and especially the meaning of) names is important as you go through, but ONLY after you get to the end do you see the "whole thing" - and how blatantly obvious it was all along .... if only you'd paid attention (not ignoring any details) all the way through.
Good reading ... better than any Agatha Christie mystery or crime/love/hate/war melodrama ... I 'think' I heard on CBC yesterday that it (the book so similar to the one you might write) is recommended as excellent summer reading.
Or for an Executive summary Check Deuteronomy 28-30