Monday, April 04, 2011

Daily Digest April 3, 2011


BAD NIGHT AT BELL

The TV was off and there were no bouncebacks indicating something awry.

My apology if this is a second for you


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The 1st Anniversary of the G20 weekend is coming up -
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From: "Richard Neumann"

Joe:
 
It was interesting that the Liberals chose to release their platform today, just eight days into the campaign.  Once can only assume that with the ground they must make up, they realize that movement now is a necessity lest the media begin to consider the outcome a foregone conclusion with minority versus majority Conservative the only possibility.  It's all on the table now.  They will have the newscasts almost to themselves Sunday evening.  If they don't show movement in the next five days, one has to wonder how they will move later on without some significant help from an as yet unknown Harper blunder. 
 
Latest tracking shows some Liberal movement in Ontario.  That vote remains very soft, and could shift several percentage points in the course of the week.  If it moves now, it could give the Liberals some hope.  If it doesn't move now, the Liberals will have to get desperate and nasty to even keep what they've got.
 
My guess is we are about to see some movement narrowing the contest in Ontario, where voters have shown themselves to be susceptible to large scale spending promises without a proper cost analysis in the past.  Some of what the Liberals will be spinning will be attractive, particularly to women, which is why the Libs highlighted only female candidates during their platform launch.  The question is, if that vote narrows will it be sufficient to give sustained momentum, or is the platform release coming too early before Canadians are even paying attention?
 
We shall see.  It will be a telling week.
 
Richard

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. . . do you credit confusion (or ignorance) on the part of
a proportion of the Ontario electorate of attitude to the
McGinty Liberal regime and the Liberals Federally?

I do personally though without any quantification.

        Joe

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Joe:
 
Interesting question, which if answered correctly would likely make one the most valuable political operative in the country right now.
 
Personally, I think that a significant portion of the Ontario electorate are not following the issues at all.  Rather they've disengaged to the point that they are more susceptible to impressions rather than a more nuanced understanding of policy.  I believe that Ontarians do have the potential to become highly engaged on short notice, which is why I view the Ontario polling numbers as very, very soft right now.  When we were in the early stages of the recession in 2009, Ontarians were very interested in what was going on in Ottawa.  Once we turned the corner however, they tuned out again as the debate shifted from economic policy and bread and butter issues to the poisonous rhetoric of the last year, which most viewed frustratingly as just a very loud noise.
 
The question to be answered with the release of the Liberal platform is whether Ontarians believe the Liberals would actually carry it out (ie. how much credibility do they have left), and if they do believe they might then can we actually afford it.  It will be up to the NDP to make the former argument, and the Conservatives the latter.  Ignatieff is about to come under attack from both sides and that should serve to elevate his position in the debate and likely, at least temporarily, his numbers. 
 
In the end, much will depend on whether Harper can sell the Conservative position on corporate taxes as part of a still running recovery plan, and as such a necessary component of the same ecomomic agenda that got us through the recession.  If he can convince Ontarians that the Liberal plan means higher taxes, they will likely turn back away from the Liberals after an initial surge.  If Ignatieff can really make Ontarians believe that he has an $8B plan that isn't going to cost them anything, then he may yet hold Harper to another minority. 
 
As for the brand issue, I would suggest that many Canadians don't differentiate between federal and provincial issues.  I saw this as a candidate, as I'm sure you did as well.  As such, when they equate higher taxes, the HST, higher energy costs, higher food costs, to the McGuinty Liberals, they likewise are predisposed to consider it more likely that the Federal Liberals will likewise increase taxes, not that they are entirely incorrect in that assumption. 
 
I probably didn't answer your question, but that's how I see it.  It's going to be an interesting week to watch how things unfold.  I will say one thing, and that is that the Liberals are doing what they can and what they have to do to be competitive.  They've run a good campaign so far, but now it will be Ignatieff on the defensive for a bit, so we'll see what happens...
 
Richard

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
"In reading the Daily Digest Below 30, one thing comes to mind.  It is that many left-leaning Canadians too often reinforce their own ideas by focusing on information sources that correspond to their views.  As such, they lose touch with what the general population is thinking.  This effect seems to be amplified by an over-reliance on the social media and a thousand left-leaning blogsters who report regularly on Tory scandal and conspiracy theories.  But the average Canadian isn't on the internet nightly searching out these blogs, they are living their lives not oblivious to politics but not surrounded by it either.  In the end, it comes down to whether or not they are feeling secure with the existing government, and so far there has been no compelling argument made for change. "
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Richard, I would think that you are more incline to represent your views slanting to the right, and often your words speak silently, vote Conservative. I had to laugh at these words, 'they lose touch with the general population is thinking'. Laugh because it is one of the talking points of card carrying Harper Conservatives, including the Conservative trolls who are in the thousands, who post daily in the comment section of the various media, name calling and a host of different tactics. The trolls get really angry, when others post the weaknesses of the Conservative campaign, and previous history. It is here that they get particular vicious with these commenters. As for the general population, living their lives not oblivious to the politics that surrounds them, you may be incorrect in thinking along these lines, Often citizens, no matter what part of the country, are impacted by the politics and governments as they go about their daily lives. Would you like to be an elderly person, just living down the street by me with MS?  That little bit of an increase in the old-aged supplement does nothing for her in her daily life, unless one thinks an extra cup or two of tea or a bit of sweets is perfect for comfort in a time where elderly issues are left up to the provinces to sort out. Even here the Conservative trolls have their talking points, in issues of CPO and old-age supplement, and they are a lot more nastier than any politician walking the election road. But these are trolls, and hopefully only represent a small part of the card-carrying Harper Conservatives, but on the whole the general public, are quite aware of the politics but most feel that to speak out will do no good, and it is unlikely that federal politicians care about their unique circumstances.
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It is probably why there is a low voter turned out in previous elections, because federal politics is just that - a lottery and the special favors of the month.  Issues such as autism, are put on the back burner taken and dusted off for political opportunism, and than put back on the shelf for various reasons. Doing the right thing, is a hard feat for 21st century governments to do, but than again why would anyone expect a government to serve the people?  "In the absence of strong federal commitment, autism organizations at the local, provincial and national levels are carrying the weight. Here in Ottawa, a shining example is Quick Start, which raises money to provide support and counselling and promotes early screening to determine children’s needs. This is the creation of the grandmother of two autistic children, Suzanne Jacobson, who knows first-hand that the wait for treatment can be harrowing, especially since early intervention is key."

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Autistic+Canadians+deserve+better/4545744/story.html#ixzz1ISP4rjZe
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Moving on to NL, you must have spent some time reading the mainland media when Harper came to NL to announce his promise on Muskrat Falls.  However, what was not reported is the 40 % cut to the shrimp quota, by the fishery minister on the same day. A 40 % cut means 4 shrimp plants will closed in NL, and the regular citizens have taken on their own ABC campaign. So far it looks good, not one conservative sign posted outside St. John's, and the talk around here, the conservative candidates are too afraid to go knocking on the doors.  People are making the connection between the promise of Muskrat Falls and the cut to the shrimp quota, and where the promise of Muskrat Falls will be carried through, and the shrimp quota will no longer be cut, if NL elects Conservative MPs. One should start reading local news to get a better picture, if one wants to interpret future political election outcomes, especially on the federal scene. 
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On your musings about a greater voter turn out, you should expand on the reasons why people would come out to vote Conservative.  Increase voter turnouts from what I have read in the history books, meant bad news for the current government. It is probably one of the reasons, why Harper does run the campaign as he does, because it is his best interests to keep voters turned off, so they will not go out to vote. It is much easier to run a negative campaign, than a campaign that promises a significant positive change in citizens lives. F-35s are not going to help ordinary citizens in their daily lives, but the $4000 dollar tuition for post-secondary will be of significant help for citizens' children and their future. But than again, Richard, I believe you stand on the side of the F-35s rather than the 75 % of the citizens who filed income returns stating an income of $50,000,  who would find it more helpful to make use of the $4000 dollar tuition of the Liberals, than the F-S and the operating expenses that accompanies the jet fighters.
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The last link is from one of the Harper conservatives, who points out the negatives of the Conservative campaign.
"The Tory ads seem to say that, while other expatriates may be worthy citizens, a potential politician exercising his right to live where he wants to live arouses suspicion. Or perhaps the Conservatives believe that proving Ignatieff unpatriotic will make Stephen Harper appear a true patriot. But it's a mistake to solicit support on grounds of patriotism. Voters understand that patriotism is judged by actions. Boasting about it always carries the tinny sound of insincerity.

This may have been what Samuel Johnson meant by his famous remark that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Or, putting it another way, is the Conservative party becoming the last refuge of Canadian parochialism?"

http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/Canadian+Gordie+Howe+Neil+Young/4547979/story.html

I supposed Richard,  the writer of the above link, you would call him a Red Tory, something to be despised by the Harper Conservatives. A lot of fiction and non-fiction has been written on patriotism, and one thing becomes clear, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, but than again patriotism has been redefine under the Conservative banner. Scoundrels have to go somewhere to hide their hidden motives, and patriotism is a good place to hide their real motives. So what are your motives Richard?

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/geneticmodification/8423536/Genetically-modified-cows-produ
ce-human-milk.html

 I just found the article--what a despicable action being perpetrated on cows.  Or wiill they become more human and be able to be used in wars?  Sounds as if this move will seriously impede the sale of milk to other countries. 
Becky
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Subject: G20 redux--and yet we defend rebels in Libya?  Schizophrenic or what?

The truth behind the battle of Trafalgar Square March 26th 2011
Written by CR Blog Sunday, 27 March 2011 16:15
http://55t.co.uk/55t03/index.php?option=com_mmsblog&view=item&id=37%3Athe-truth-behind-the-battle-of-trafalgar-square-march-26th-2011&Itemid=55

This is a accurate account of what really happened yesterday in Trafalgar Square by eyewitness accounts by myself and other people that were in the protest. You got a untrue account of the protesters by the mainstream media labelling them as anarchists, drunk yobs and violent troublemakers without substantial proof whatsoever. They show the innocent protesters throwing things at the police as they have been heavily provoked by the police which was never mentioned by the mainstream media. The anarchists that caused the damage of the buildings earlier in the afternoon passed through Trafalgar square about 2 hours ago without stopping at the national gallery side of Trafalgar square.

From the start and till before the storming by the riot police it was all peaceful and in good nature. However about 10-15 minutes before breaking news from Sky news and BBC news, a 80 year old pensioner gets punched in the face by a police officer near the Olympic countdown clock which was never mentioned by the mainstream media, then all of a sudden lots of police officers and riot police came from the left hand side of the national gallery side stormed towards the protesters and started to kettle them from all sides provoking reactions from the innocent 80 year old men getting punched and the protesters getting kettled and stormed by the riot police. Its worth mentioning that the whole of Trafalgar Square and part of Charing Cross Road which includes the main Station itself were occupied by riot police by all sides was in complete lockdown.
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Subject: The 'Black Bloc' in Britain also?
  Sunday, 27 March 2011
UK 'ANARCHISTS' ARE PART OF MI5
http://kevboyle.blogspot.com/2011/03/uk-anarchists-are-part-of-mi5.html

The TUC-led protest march in London yesterday was the biggest I've seen. The attendance was significantly larger than the massive pre-Iraq war London protest (that was duplicated in cities across the UK leading to an estimated 2 million participants).

As the newspapers report, the march was good-humored and almost entirely peaceful.

This morning however, as usual, front pages are filled with images of young men slamming poles through shop windows and fires blazing on the streets. This is the image of 'protest' that is intended to settle into the minds of the complacent, the merely curious and those that might be considering doing something to challenge power in society.

The violence is blamed, again as usual, on 'Anarchists'.

The presence of this group is easily identifiable at any large protest. They dress mostly in black and often carry red-and-black pennants on poles. Most cover their faces below (and normally but not always above) the eyes with black scarves. They move as one and stick together.

Yesterday I was in Trafalgar Square when this group (of maybe 150) skewed away, as one, from the main body of the march and strode as a troupe round the other side of the square past St Martin-In The Fields and up Charing Cross Road towards Cambridge Circus. I heard one old fellow say, "Where are they off to?" The reply, "Oxford Street to smash a few windows".

Of course they were. The game is well and broadly understood.

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From: Larry Kazdan
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Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Spectre of centre-left merger looms, Randy Boswell, April 1, 2011

Re:  Spectre of centre-left merger looms,    Randy Boswell, April 1, 2011
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Spectre+centre+left+merger+looms/4541158/story.html

The spectre that haunts the Canadian electorate is not that of a progressive centre-left merger but the haunting presentiment of that reckless one-headed monster, a Stephen Harper majority.
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Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Why Harper must not have his majority,  RALPH SURETTE, Sat, Apr 2

Re:  Why Harper must not have his majority,  RALPH SURETTE, Sat, Apr 2
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1236315.html

Stephen Harper has muzzled his bureaucracy, has fired agency critics, has kept reporters from asking questions, and has shut down Parliament several times to suit his partisan purposes.  Do Canadians really want to give this personality more power that will undoubtedly be employed to kneecap any and all opposition?

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Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Imagine unspeakable ideas,  David Warren,  April 3, 2011

Re:  Imagine unspeakable ideas,  David Warren,  April 3, 2011
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Imagine+unspeakable+ideas/4550734/story.html

It is indeed ironic that Harper sang Imagine, a song of peace and love.  Harper is a man of religion who defunded the humanitarian activities of church-backed Kairos, froze our foreign aid, and wants to spend tens of billions on fighter jets armed to the teeth with cannon, missiles and bombs.  John Lennon would be appalled, and so would Jesus.

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From: Sandra Finley <sabest1@sasktel.net>
Subject: But they forget: the air waves are part of The Commons.The broadcasters use the airwaves, because we agree to allow them access.
(Why the TV consortium excluded Elizabeth May.)
To make comments, click on  http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=2085.  Go to bottom of page.

"Our decision is final and the decision is unanimous. It will not be reconsidered."

Hopefully there will be time today to send an email to the Broadcast Consortium that is barring Elizabeth May from the televised Leaders Debate.   I am going to love doing it! 

Troy Reeb doesn't seem to understand:
  • The airwaves belong to the public.
  • He and his buddies can broadcast their tripe only by our agreement. 
  • Television has the ability to make a positive contribution to our society.
  • The manner in which the Media Consortium uses the airwaves to line their pockets is a large DISSERVICE to Canadians.
  • They pump out large volumes of violence and sex, appealing to the lowest common denominator.
  • They insert more and more advertising (propaganda) into programming.
  • It's time for Canadians to do the telling of what will, or will not, be.
Take back the airwaves.  Boot these guys out.  They don't seem to understand by whose agreement they are allowed to use the airwaves.  (Good grief!  I sound like a rebel!  But who do they think they are?  They need a reality check.)

See  2011-03-30  for contact information for the Consortium who think they are our Lords.

More coming - -  amazing things happening on this front!

/Sandra
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Why the TV consortium excluded Elizabeth May
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/why-the-tv-consortium-excluded-elizabeth-may/article1966583/

Broadcast consortium chairman Troy Reeb discusses how the decision was reached to bar Elizabeth May from participating in the televised leaders debates.

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Subject: (Mercer)  Rick's Rant -   Good one!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYgwUQTSC3I&feature=channel_video_title

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From: Marjaleena Repo
Subject: "Lies, damned lies and Libya"

Hello Joe,

Here is a piece your readers will enjoy. Great title, great article!

Marjaleena

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Libya
by Frank Scott http://legalienate.blogspot.com/

The rationale for our latest foreign murder campaign is the ridiculous notion that because Khadafy is an undemocratic semi-tyrant we have the right to interfere in the affairs of a nation which may very well soon be run by a full tyrant if and when Khadafy is replaced. And then only by having the rebels assisted from outside Libya, if they hadn't already been organized from outside Libya. Clearly, some Libyans hate his guts, but some love him, and as for those who hate him, how odd is it that a leader is hated by some of his people?

Face it, if someone had put a bullet through Bush's empty head - or now, through Obama's supposedly full one - there would be great joy experienced by many Americans, whether they'd show it in public or not. And neither of those two servants of corporate capital and Israel are demonic tyrants, except in the feverish minds of their most fanatic detractors.

Most of us really don't know which end is up or down  in Libya and who is behind what and believing news indicating that Khadaffy is a monster from hell and the rebels are descended from god makes no difference what segment of mind managed America  you think yourself a part of, since  all of us are being subjected to the same media crap.

How many images have you seen of rebels giving the V sign for victory, dancing on a tank or giving power salutes to planes bombing their fellow citizens? How many images have you seen of the alleged blood bath of thousands of Libyans murdered by the fiendish thug mercenaries of the monster devil genocidal Khadaffy?

What happened to the cell phone or digital cameras, used to supply all those glorious rebel victory images? Did they run out of batteries just at the moment of Khadaffy's mass murders, shrieked about but unseen?

Acceptance of  this kind of garbage makes us all part of the creeping ass-holism that passes for American intelligence, whether we consider ourselves right wing, liberal or on the diminished and barely existing left. http://legalienate.blogspot.com/

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