Saturday, June 11, 2011

Daily Digest June 10, 2011


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION


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Google is Great!

The afternoon of June 10, 2011 was spent composing a Letter to the Editor
concerning the implications of the NATO aim of regime change in Libya.  

It was posted out at Date:Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:06:15 -0400 just before supper.

Believe it or not wordsmithing is tiring - so I decided to have a nap and didn't
wake up until 2:35, went to the computer and lo and behold Google had sent
the LTE already posted as below. Any reaction will be much appreciated.   
     

Subject: Google Alert - Hueglin
From: Google Alerts <googlealerts-noreply@google.com>
To: joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca

=== News - 1 new result for [Hueglin] ===

Right to Protect? Changing Regimes as We See Fit
Pacific Free Press
by Joe Hueglin Canada is participating in the ending of an international
modus vivendi that has been accepted practice for over three hundred years.
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From: "Efstratios (Stratos) Psarianos"
Subject: Comments the pungent concerning this week's politics

I shoulda been a muckraking journo. I feel this absolute NEED to add to mankind's cultural heritage. Thing is, I'm no good at drawing caricatures so I have to rely on mere words to frame the great subjects of the day.

Anyway … for your entertainment pleasure, some piercing, punchy, pungent commentary on History's Great (Living) Monster ©

Cheers! Stratos

P.S. These added to The Economist website by my alter ego, 'Orcus'.

The man who screwed an entire country
http://www.economist.com/node/18805327

Bah! Italy's success at functioning while effectively ungoverned is proof that Italians are as self-reliant as US Republican anarcho-libertarians like people to be.

Just rename the place EuroSomalia and turn it into a zoo ("SEE wild Italians all around you! HEAR them speak and wave their arms all day. SPEAK to them when they ask for news of the outside world.")

Face it: if Cicero couldn't get Romans to behave (from his prosecution of Verrus: "If reason won't bring you back from madness, perhaps shame will."), there's just nothing to be done.

P.P.S. Takes one to know one; or takes a Greek, anyway.  :P

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From: Anthony Silvestro,
Subject: Letter, Re - 2.2 billion to Quebec for HST

Letter to the editor – Re - HST payment to Quebec ' way out of line'
 
In the latest budget, we see that PM Harper has decided to give Quebec 2.2 billion dollars as a HST rebate. This is wrong, very wrong in deed.

Early 1990s, Mulroney Conservatives forced GST on all provinces, including Quebec. Quebec simultaneously began levying and collecting its own PST.

Late 90s, Maritime Provinces combined high PST and GST into HST and were compensated with a sales tax reduction. Quebec did not oppose or seek funds.

In 2010, HST adopted in BC broadly expanded sources of revenue for Canada by taxing goods and services formerly exempt. The $1.6 Billion was to compensate for basic transition costs for new software, paper, etc. and, most importantly, was to compensate taxpayers for higher sales taxes we were once again forced to pay.

Under HST, Ottawa dictates to BC which goods and services (formerly exempt under PST) are charged a flat Canada tax levy of 12%. BC has no power to offer exemptions from HST anymore.

Quebec retains its old PST system, along with power to legislate which GST items are PST exempt.

All provinces were forced to adopt GST in the early '90s, and Mulroney Conservatives already compensated provinces for GST setup. Unlike BC, Quebec has not changed its sales tax system since 1991, nor have residents been traumatized by vastly increased Canada sales tax payments when HST significantly widened taxable goods and services. Revenue Quebec International online states Quebec has PST and GST, while no reference is made to HST.

Why should the Harper Conservatives give Quebec funds to make an HST transition they have not yet made?

Either Conservatives need lessons in this country's dual tax systems, or Conservatives are banking that few people will recognize a $2.2 Billion bribe for Quebec votes.

This should not be allowed to happen. What the hell is really going on here? Something smells.

Anthony Silvestro,
Ottawa, Ont

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From: "Glenn Harewood"
Subject: Fw: Daily Digest June 9, 2011

Joe:
On "The Senate,"
S Booiman" wrote:
"
We don't live in the 19th century
No one is looking for separation
but the time of the so-called French culture is long
past.  The promotion is only a reason for isolation, we are special."
 
The underlined is the type of mis-understanding of history and culture that turn off Quebeckers, and promote separation.
The 21st and 22nd Centuries have their roots in 19th Century -- and the Centuries that preceded it.
Glenn Harewood.
 
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From: John Halonen
Subject: Re: Daily Digest June 9, 2011

Joe:

     There has been a lot of "They won, let them play for the next four years!"

     Yep,  they did win,  however,  by letting them play for the next four years could have dire consequences.

      It is likely necessary to hold the reins to avoid the crash that would certainly come.

      That is why we have laws, to control the uncontrollable.  Already we see the government trying to avoid these!

John

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:DD

Joe--the Natroses post says it all-- and John Acton said the same thing in 1887.  We are fast going down this road--those with money and power control our governments and our governments obey.  Libya is just the latest example of the arrogance of power with no control.
Becky


This phrase is part of a longer quote: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This quotation was from a letter from John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834-1902) to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887. Lord Acton then stated, "Great men are almost always bad men."

The statement means that people with power end up using it - they might start out using their powers for the good of others, but eventually they end up using it just because they can. Absolute power, such as Hitler or Kim Jong-Il have, leads to making political decisions based on your personal opinions, and that is when you have tyrants and dictators.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_'power_corrupts_and_absolute_power_corrupts_absolutely'_mean#ixzz1Oseevudt

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <cowanj@sen.parl.gc.ca>
Subject: To stem tyranny of the majority, let's turn partisan Senate into our Athens Council

The Editor
The Toronto Star
 
Copy to: Hon. Senator James S. Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
 
To stem tyranny of the majority, let's turn partisan Senate into our Athens Council
 
Re Letter: "Not all senators against bill," by Senator James S. Cowan and Opinion: "Message in a stop sign," by Brigette DePape (June 9).
 
Democracy was invented by the ancient Athenians who believed that aristocrats and oligarchs didn't have any divine right to rule and ordinary people must have a say in the governing. So they invented a system of government invloving ordinary citizens and called it Demokratia -- government by the people.
 
But they also found out democracy is not majority rule. When they allowed the majority to rule, the poor majority imposed heavy taxes on the rich minority who conspired to bring down democracy. To stem any tyranny of the majority, they created the Athens Council composed of 500 people chosen through lottery. The Athens Council had the power to override any decision that ignored legitimate concerns of the minority.
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won a contrived majority despite winning only 40 per cent of votes and already he is behaving like an autocrat by appointing Senators who failed in the election. To stem such tyranny of the majority, let's turn our patronage-driven partisan Senate into a non-partisan body like the Athens Council. Senators can be appointed by an all-party committee on a non-partisan basis. They will come from all walks of life -- academic, media, business, legal, medical and other professions who want to contribute to governing. Or they can be elected like municipal councillors on a non-partisan basis.
 
The non-partisan Senate will have the power to override any decision that ignored the legitimate concerns of the minority. It will become a true chamber of "second sober thought" by providing a check on the all-powerful prime minister and the governing majority (actual or contrived). This will take care of Senator Cowan's concerns about Conservative Senators stalling a bill for partisan reasons. Brigette DePape should realize that Harper cannot be stopped as long as he enjoys a majority of seats in the House of Commons. Our system of first-past-the-post (FPTP) will ensure that. This is unlikley to change as voters in B.C. and Ontario have already rejected the so-called proportional representation (PR). In a refrendum in Britain, overwhelming majority of voters have also rejected any form of proportional representation. As such, she may be crying in the wilderness by calling for "Stop Harper." Only a non-partisan Senate can do that.
 
The inventors of democracy knew that without any check, even the best of the people could be distracted by ambition. Their idea of democracy remains germane today.
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  Manning
 
Joe--the article posted by Paul Arnold re Manning made me physically ill.  When has the CPC or any other Party acted in the way Reform stipulated?  Manning is what destroyed the Reform Party to gain power.  He is evil and if Harper is using him as a template Canada is doomed.
http://www.harperindex.ca/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=0034

When were Reform policies like referenda and recall ever promoted by Harper?  Citizen input is definitely not wanted unless it is to name a cat!
Becky

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From: John Duddy
Subject: Fwd: Mr. Harper goes to Boston.
Cc: lcorbella@calgaryherald.com

Greetings from Calgary

What do you think?

Would your many thousands of readers all across Canada like to read about the hockey activities of the PM or would they be better to find out
about the covered-up crime of the century?

JD

Begin forwarded message:

From: John Duddy <jduddy@telusplanet.net>
Date: June 10, 2011 8:06:04 AM MDT
To: lcorbella@calgaryherald.com
Cc: "Lee - M.P.Richardson" <Richardson.L@parl.gc.ca>, pm@pm.gc.ca, Senator Grant Mitchell <abnorthcomm@gmail.com>, "Hon. Scott Brison" <kings.hants@ns.sympatico.ca>, Bob Rae <info@email.liberal.ca>, Jack - PersonalLayton <laytoJ9@parl.gc.ca>, jonkay@gmail.com, Green Party of Canada <webadmin@greenparty.ca>

Subject: Mr. Harper goes to Boston.

Good morning Lisa Corbella at the Calgary Herald.

I was interested in your item about the Prime Minister flying to a hockey game in Boston on the Tax-payer's aircraft.

Could you do an article on the links below?

Exposure of the real terrorists in the un-investigated attacks on the US in 2001 is a more important matter for Calgarians.
http://www.ae911truth.org/
http://world911truth.org/new-poll-48-of-new-yorkers-support-a-new-911-investigation-into-building-7s-collapse/
http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/

Twenty-four Canadians were murdered; the co-chairs and the senior lawyer on the 9/11 Commission wrote that
witnesses lied under oath to the commission.

This would be a better activity for the benefit of us all; it might also help improve the image of mainstream media.

John Duddy.  Eau Claire Calgary.

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From: Rebecca Gingrich <r.gingrich@sympatico.ca>
Subject:  DD

Arthur Topham is absolutely correct--we are controlled by the USI(US of israel) and our PM 'stands with israel' so it is not surprising that he bows and scrapes to the israeli controlled US.  Israel is genocidal and we are becoming the same. 
We justify it by promoting 'democracy' while we have none.  When did the Canadian psyche and military promote death and destruction over minding our own business?  Oh, right--when those evil 'terrorists' started fighting back against our evil actions.  Now we are all terrorists in the eyes of our government and that is their justification for tightening the noose around our necks.

I still find it interesting that the same 'security' firm that watched over the WTC prior to 9/11 was the same 'security' system that guarded the Japanese nuclear plants.  And of course that 'security' firm was israeli.  Nuclear power is a death sentence for the entire planet.

becky

Subject: [On-Guard] is this the kind of security we want with the US 'border security'???
http://www.cato.org/raidmap/?utm_source=Cato+Institute+Newsletters&utm_campaign=6e30ed9ae7-Cato_Weekly_Dispatch_6_10_2011&utm_medium=email

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From: The Natroses

Joe, I just had to respond to Jim and his post.
"Reading the DD has become one of the high points of my day,
No matter how many problems there may be in my life,
I never have so much hatred as people like Becky.
 
People need to get on with their lives.
We had an election, CPC won a majority of the seats.
They will be there for four years!
Wait three then start screaming, this will give you time to rest up and accumulate more hatred that you can spew out during the fourth year.
If the CPC has committed all kinds of atrocities by then, you'll have lots of ammunition.
If, as I expect, they turn out to be a bunch of people just trying to do the best they can for their country, then you will look less like fools for making false accusations."
 
Well Jim, hating Becky for bringing up the bad outcomes of policies made by our governments, is it not very much like your myopic view of the Conservatives doing no wrong, in your eyes. Since Becky was last of the poster, she left a joke that I burst out laughing. No doubt you did too.
" A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas , and talked with an old rancher.
He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."
The rancher said, "Okay , but don't go in that field over there.....", as he pointed out the location.
The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me !"
Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher.
"See this badge?!  This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land !!
No questions asked or answers given!!  Have I made myself clear......do you understand ?!!"
The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.
A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull......"
 
Well Jim, there is a bad outcome from this tale, as well as some the present Harper's policies to generate revenue where there is none. In real life, the poor farmer would be charge, and no doubt be heavily fined for having a dangerous animal on the loose, even though it is on private property, and the farmer did try to warn him. When I was young, a police car came into the driveway, and my father warned them not to step out of the vehicle until we could find the doberman that hated anyone with an uniform on, and would bite the person. The dog came from a home, that allowed the next door neighbor who wore a uniform to torment the dog. Well, the police officer ignore the warning and stepped out of the vehicle. The dog came out of nowhere faster than a speeding bullet, and you never seen anything so funny as that police officer rushing back to his vehicle, shutting the door within 1 or 2 seconds, and his face looking down the mouth of a doberman with all his sharp white teeth, with only a window between them. Us kids were roaring with laughter in the front yard of the farm house, and my father could not help smiled, but his could be more nerves because the dog refuse to leave the police car. Another trait of the dog, he protected all kids, but he held his fiercest loyalty to me and my other siblings. My father, asked me to come and tied up the dog. I came over, touching the dog's head, and he went off to be tied on the dog run. That was when the police officer started to laugh, seeing what he thought a dog protecting the family. Once the dog was tied up, he stepped out of the police car and said I guess the stories that I have heard are true about the dog. The stories he heard was the common thieves who decided that this farm was good for a few things. None of them made it pass the dog, and there is a few would-be-thieves with the back end of their trousers gone.
 
Well today, no doubt we be charged with having a dangerous dog, and anything else that can be thrown at us to generate revenue. Just like the real-life drama in the fisheries of NL. There is more agents of the feds, too busy going after NL fishermen and recreational fishermen for breaking the multitude of regulations and rules, that all have fines attached to them. I suppose Jim, you may not have to worry about it, but it is a reality in other places. When a storm comes in that is particular violent, and fish is washed unto the shores. Hell yes, it is against the federal rules to picked up the dead fish, and bring it home for dinner. Another big fine for your troubles.
 
While all the busy federal agents are in NL, working away to ensure that no one breaks any other rules or regulations where fines are used, completely ignoring the big guys and their fancy gear, taking way the fish breaking a few of the big regulations that do have common sense and are important conservation aspects. Or of late, the other provinces fishing in NL's waters, taking away the fish, while NL small vessels owners are grounded and are not permitted to fished in other provincial coastal waters. And to rub some salt into the wounds, traditional quota amounts were reduced and given to the fishermen from other provinces. Not fair eh Jim, but than again no impact at all since you live in Perry Sound, near a pond as the locals in NL would call it. You probably don't have to worry about making a living off the water, and so unlike NL, who for the most part make their living in the North Atlantic, or relied on the added value that comes from the North Atlantic. In fact working at the sea,  is a the top of the list for the most dangerous  jobs. And yet, the Department of Fisheries decided to closed down the distress centre in St. John's and moved operations to Halifax and Trenton, Ontario. I can well imagine a fellow from Trenton, and the phone call that would come a boat is in distress. The fellow would look up the  blue binder or binders that would show him how to proceed without knowing one thing about the nooks and crannies of NL. According to the feds, no trouble we have anticipated every conceivable distress calls from the North Atlantic. Than he would check the weather, and than make his decision. If the boat is dead in the water, he probably tell them to call up nearby fishermen for a tow, since it will be a 5 hour wait.  I certainly would like to know how you would feel Jim, on a pleasure boat fishing, and the boat's engines go dead in the middle of the North Atlantic, only to be told a 5 hour wait. No need to worry eh Jim, a person like yourself could never conceived running foul of the good policies of a federal government that is conservative. Whereas in NL, it doesn't matter what stripe the federal government is, none of the policies really do not make sense when it comes to the safety of the people in the North Atlantic.  Everything is about saving money, or making revenue, regardless if the rules and regulations jeopardizes the safety of the ones who work or play in the North Atlantic.
 
One of the Conservative MPs, who made her way down for a big pow-wow meeting, to discuss the findings of the latest inquiry, paid by the feds on search and rescue, about nine months ago or so. It was Gallant, who hails from the Renfrew-Nipissing-Penbroke - you know the regions of pretty small lakes and ponds that in her mind, is exactly the same as the North Atlantic. Than she went on, that the people of NL should take care of their own, by rescuing the people as the good folks down in her region. There is no need to be so dependent on search and rescue, since in many different regions do not even have a coast guard, or depend on a search and rescue to picked up stranded boaters on the waters. Well, I guess she had foresight, because the call centre as they would call it, will be gone shortly, minus the 12 employees who really does know every nook and cranny of NL. Or was it planned in the first place, and than make it happen so the Federal Conservatives can scooped more money to pay down the deficit or other pet projects. Who cares about the safety of people in NL, when the deficit must be paid down to win the next election, no matter what the means or methods are.
 
Now Jim not to make light of Gallant's region of pretty small lakes and ponds, but a person who is a fair swimmer, with an ordinary life jacket could survived the waters there for hours and perhaps days, in the summer time. Not true for the North Atlantic,  without the life suit, the chances of surviving the cold frigid waters of the North Atlantic even if it was the summer time, is very slim to none. One of the reasons and the most important that NL needs their own search and rescue, so it can be there in time to picked up the survivors. With the distress centers being further remove, and far away from NL, no doubt their judgment calls will come from the blue binders, rather than the cold hard knowledge of the nooks and crannies of NL waters, and how dangerous they truly are, to the lakes and ponds of water skiers and recreation fishermen in their canoes.
 
Perhaps Jim, one could travel to NL to show you the different picture, the bad outcomes of some not all policies of the federal government. At the moment, the Harper government has truly becoming a leader in bad policies directed at the provinces that are so far away from Ottawa, but they are good revenues makers or the other way around, canceling of programs and direct the one time savings to the deficit. Now in your eyes, that may very well be good policy, but perhaps you might change your mind if you happen to be at the receiving end of the bad policy through no fault of your own. Or maybe a trip on the inshore waters doing some fishing, and see for yourself what awaits you in federal regulations at the end of the day. And well you are out enjoying catching your 5 fish, and that is if that is not take away either by DFO, note the water temperature. Even a good swimmer would find it very difficult to swim 1 km to shore, without getting hypothermia and drowning. Yeah Jim, people need to get back to our lives, but we also have to be alert and call out the government for bad policies, that causes hardships for people either across Canada, regions, and indeed the rest of the world. No government has the best interests of the people, and many of the American Fathers have stated in so many ways, it is up to the citizens to watch governments carefully, for they will always try to reduce our individuality down to the needs of the collective group. Besides reducing our freedoms and rights, when we are not looking.

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From: Geoffrey Laxton
Subject: Auditor general questions G8 funding defence



All Harper needs to do is fire the Auditor General and then forgetaboutit. Canadians don't care. The PMO will be the Auditor General. Nothing to see HERE folks.

HARPER IS HERE FOR CANADA
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/10/pol-auditor-general-g8.html
Auditor general questions G8 funding defence



By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News



Posted: Jun 10, 2011 2:12 PM ET
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 4:44 PM ET

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