Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Daily Digest June 1, 2011



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From: "Glenn Harewood"
Subject: Fw: Andrea Bocelli's "The Lord's Prayer"

Here's a change of pace from the chatter and plethora of words --- a little spring of peace in the desert of arguments. Perhaps some will object.
Glenn H.
Andrea Bocelli "The Lord's Prayer accompanied by the Tabernacle Choir is just Magnificent..

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Jack Layton may be playing a dangerous game...

Hi Joe:

Well, me thinks the NDP will, over the course of the next four years, find itself facing reality. Their kiddie caucus will either screw things up in Quebec to cause them to discover that their new found support in that province to be very fleeting, or they will do whatever it takes to keep that support and risk losing their support elsewhere in the nation.

50% plus one is all it will take for Jack Layton and his kids to recognize Quebec independence, regardless of any concentration of federal support and allegiance.  What do you think the 50% - one will do in reaction to this? First, they will realize that the west, at least, would not tolerate any further financial contributions to Quebec, preferring their own independence over continued contributions to the new foreign welfare state. Second, they can simply go along and become citizens of their new country. Third, they can attempt to separate themselves from Quebec and continue (like West Virginia did south of the border) within the original union. If no legal, diplomatic, or peaceful avenue is open to that 49.999% (or 45%, or even 40%), they can either leave, or fight.

History tells us that if a significant minority feels that they are in danger of losing what is most important to them, without any expectation of a resolution that is satisfactory or acceptable to them, then bad things can, and probably will, happen.  To believe otherwise shows an ordinary person to be naive; for one is a position of leadership is to show them to be a potentially dangerous fool.

If you can find examples in history where this is not the case, I welcome you to present them.

Ron Thornton

From: Joerge Dyrkton,

Subject: Our not-so-benign Dictatorship: A Response to Stephen Harper and Tom Flanagan on the Vote Subsidy.

Hello, Joe;

As promised, I submit to you and your readers the following: "Our not-so-benign Dictatorship: A Response to Stephen Harper and Tom Flanagan on the Vote Subsidy."  Some might consider it enjoyable.

Here's the link:

Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil.

From: "Brian D. Marlatt"

Subject: May 29: A letter on how Western Canadian farmers should have a stronger voice in the country's grain industry

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  It is ok for NATO to kill civilians but not Gadahfi?  The world is insane

Karzai condemns civilian attacks,,6538385,00.html
Subject: Archer Daniels. Midland, Bunge and Cargill are the three companies that own  the trade in grain!!!

As food prices spike again, aid agency warns cost of staples will double in 20 years
Subject: Senate 'reform'!!!

I agree with Quebec.  The Senate was created to protect the people from the dictatorship of any federal government.  If the government is taking total control of the Senate by having  a majority of the members belonging to the same Party as Government where is the 'sober second thought' that we are supposed to have?  I do like the idea of an elected Senate but as we have seen, that usually means that the government in place also gets the majority of votes for their Senator who favours the Party in control.  Either get rid of the Senate or make it accountable to the people, not the government--a government that is supposed to be a democracy but isn't--and this is all governments.
  Quebec threatens court challenge to Harper's Senate reform agenda
Subject: There is a short video of these troops --I guess we are omnipotent so whatever we do is ok?

Al-Jazeera footage captures 'western troops on the ground' in Libya

From: Rene Moreau <>
Subject: The Pathology of Power

Norman Cousins wrote "The Pathology of Power" which asked the question:
"What makes you think that the people you can't trust with your finances, you can trust with your security?"

Not surprisingly the book "Pathology of Power"which was published in 1987 was ignored when it came out.
It's time to take another look.


From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: People the world over are used and abused for greed and power
'War for Libyan oil planned long ago, no one cares about people'
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says (4 weeks after this public declaration he died): on-he-died/
Subject: Orwell was a prophet  

 "Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac." -George Orwell
Subject:  Intervention in Libya erodes national sovereignty

Joe--to use the word 'principles' in the same sentence as 'Libyan intervention' is disingenuous to say the least.  How is it possible that it is any other country's business what is going on in a sovereign nation?  And this has been proven even more ludicrous because of the killings by governments of their own people in Sudan, Syria etc.  If Gadhaffi supposedly shooting at protesters is wrong, was it not wrong for the G20 cops and the Ontario/Federal government to have the law on the books that could arrest and injure those that protested?  What if Libya had marched in to save our protesters?  Where was the angst when people were killed and maimed at the Seattle protest a few years ago?  Where is the angst over Guantanamo, the torture of people all over the world, torture sanctioned by Canada and the US against their own citizens?  Remember Sampson and Arar?
NATO's mandate is to protect other NATO members who are attacked--this did not happen in Libya. 
We are not losing sovereignty because we have none.  But we are losing our souls for power and greed. 

ps--we are brainwashed serfs.  The other night I was watching a rerun of Criminal Minds that I had not seen before.  An Iraqi soldier's entire family had been murdered in the US while he was in Iraq.  It showed him coming back to the US when this occurred.  He was still in uniform and he collapsed when confronted with the news.  Sadly, no mention was made of entire families that had been wiped out by this self same soldier in the 'war' in Iraq.  We are brainwashed every minute of the day.  Needless to say I didn't continue watching this episode!

Subject: Re: No Nukes News: phasing out nuclear
From: Rene Moreau <>
To: Angela Bischoff-OCAA

To Andrea
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
   As a political ploy, to excite Premier McGinty to go along with you, by addressing Hudak, you play a dangerous game.
We, who have watched government for years and years, have seen some really bad government, Premiers Harris and Eaves come immediately to mind, but, W. Bush, Ralph Klein, etc. are examples of how the corporate world in their quest for more and more power and money and control want us to have bad government so that their case for Ruling the World, read, 'When corporations rule the world, will look  more viable, so their engineer the methods to bring in bad government, by military  ploys and any dirty work.
   Remember that these entities have no citizenship, cannot be charged with treason, and yet have the rights of humans, and the abilities to undermine many control factors that we introduce.
   Hudak and Harper both work for corporate goals and it  shows!

From: Sonya Cuthbert, Edmonton, AB
Joe Hueglin, Canadian Daily Digest (The)
Niagara Falls, ON
Dear Joseph:
     The most glorified coaches in college and high school basketball are women. Meaning they have more wins as coaches than any male coach of either mens' or women's teams nd have been profiled on 60 Minutes. There are many men who coach female pro sports franchises, as well as collegiate. So what I would like to ask as I cheer on the Vancouver Canucks in their glorious run is why are there no female coaches at many pro sports levels. I would argue that Commisioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League would really raise their profile if they were to encourage teams around the league to open up their coaching openings at a more equal rate to that of males. There have been female NHL players such as Goaltender Manon Rheaume. If a woman can play with the big boys, she can certainly coach them. Regards, Sonya Cuthbert.

A good question. Answer anyone?
From: Geoffrey Laxton
Subject: Connecting the dots between the Harper Government, the Canadian Oil Sands and the Koch Brothers

Please read these three articles as follows:

Canada's crude politics on oil sands

The Kochs: Oil Sands Billionaires Bankrolling US Right

Sun News to shine on Conservatives from next week

From: Sandra Finley <>
Subject: VERY Important! Canadian Tour - The CETA Threat. 

The critical eighth round of CETA negotiations in Brussels this July 11-15, where offers on services are likely to take place. Just this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was committed to proceeding full-throttle on CETA and on having the deal signed by January 1, 2012, just eight months from now.

The tour will go to:

  • Winnipeg - June 27
  • Halifax - June 28
  • St. John$B!G(Js - June 29
         Calgary,  Montreal,  Toronto -  are  past

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Canadian Communities Not for Sale: Why CETA is Bad for Canada

A free event featuring

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Paul Moist, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Terry Boehm, President, National Farmers Union

Canada and the European Union are negotiating a new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which they hope to sign by the end of this year. But it would be more accurate to call it a privatization and deregulation pact. Under CETA, large multinational corporations could take over delivery of vital public services – like water and waste disposal – whether local governments like it or not. Local governments who choose to "buy local" or to exclude for-profit European corporations from bidding on public service contracts could have their right to do so overruled by an unaccountable trade tribunal for violating CETA. CETA is also a major threat to farmers and food security, putting at risk the right to save and re-use seeds and challenging farm support programs for Canadian farmers.

Come learn more about the threat CETA poses to Canadian communities and how you can get involved in stopping it.

Why CETA is a bad deal for Canada$B!!(J

It's the biggest free trade deal Canada has ever negotiated. But the public is being left in the dark about Canada-EU trade talks by the federal and provincial governments. This trade deal is not just about trade. It's a privatization and deregulation designed to undermine local communities and give new powers to multinational corporations.$B!!(J

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•$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(J encourage privatization of Canada$B!G(Js drinking water and wastewater services

•$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(J threaten local job creation and "buy-local" policies

•$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(J cause prescription drug costs to skyrocket by at least $2.8 billion per year

•$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(J allow big corporations to ignore or challenge environmental regulation

•$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(J undermine Canadian farmers and endanger local food security

With CETA negotiations entering a critical stage, Canadians deserve a say in the scope of this trade deal with the EU. Come hear from Maude Barlow, Paul Moist and Terry Boehm, three of the deal's leading critics, on how it would affect Canada and what we can do to stop it!$B!!(J

About the speakers:$B!!(J

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. She is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the "Alternative Nobel") and the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Award. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.$B!!(J $B!!(J

Paul Moist is national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Canada$B!G(Js largest union with more than 605,000 members. An ardent advocate for public services, Moist has led CUPE to the forefront in the fight against privatization. He$B!G(Js championed the positive and vital role that public services like health care, education, and child care play in making our communities better places to live for all Canadians.

Terry Boehm is a farmer in Western Canada and is the president of the National Farmers Union. He has worked for many years on issues concerning seeds and intellectual property, as well as transport, orderly marketing and supply management. $B!!(J

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