Friday, July 08, 2011

Daily Digest July 8, 2011



Opinion: I worry about the women who dare to stand up to Strauss-Kahn

Canada passes baton


  • Archaic system handicaps MPs' financial oversight: critics. MORE...

  • The Liberal party is not centrist
  • Liberals sing On the Road Again
  • Here's a political prediction you can count on
  • Let a thousand trade deals bloom
  • Fighting the dangerous creep of republicanism
  • We're here, we're queer, we're used to it
  • William, Catherine have saved Canada for the monarchy
  • Royals show their worth as truly great Canadians
  • Taxpayers get 'royal'ly screwed
  • Calgarians stampede to royals
  • Conrad Black's sentence indicts Canada, not U.S
  • Public health care is killing people
  • Tears, and thanks
  • Kandahar is over... but now what?
  • Clark : Canada's combat missions need clear goals
  • Leaving Afghanistan behind
  • On Afghanistan, Colin Kenny has it wrong
  • Assessing the brutal, pointless Afghan war
  • How do we deal with this week of scandal?
  • Mountie docked pay after wallet and BlackBerry stolen by prostitute
  • Illegal immigrants have no right to free health care: Court
  • CRTC considers hearings on rules for online video
  • CBC gets timeout to plead for more cash
  • What we learned about the royal couple from their Canada tour
  • Flag upside down on Peace Tower
  • The new hawks of the Western world
  • Canada's top soldier not running for top NATO post
  • Canadian government demanded user data, Google reveals
  • Ottawa's summer of layoffs
  • Unemployment rate holds at 7.4 per cent as economy adds 28,000 jobs
  • Tories extend enriched EI benefits for third time
  • Stephen Harper's Conservatives to pony up $190,000 for doughnuts
  • MPs and public keep tabs on government spending
  • Ottawa plans $2-billion light rail project
  • NDP says its new Quebec MPs were snubbed during royal visit
  • RCMP recruit training slashed as Ottawa grapples with budget squeeze
  • Canada Post stops accepting mail from corporate clients
  • Meech Lake kayakers face PM's security detail
  • Backbench MP leading the charge to reform prostitution laws
  • Integrity commissioner clears Hillier
  • Final pitches launched in B.C. HST fight
  • U.S. considers scrapping new Canadian space telescope
  • Nation's robotics companies planning post-shuttle work
  • Immigrant tech stars face hurdles in quest to start business in Canada
  • Stem cell breakthrough raises hope of ending hunt for bone marrow
  • Skype on Facebook won't rattle Canada's IT network
  • Crown to seek adult term for teen in officer's death
  • PressTV - 'Israel fears Gaza aid programs'
  • El Salvadoran Government & Social Movements Say No to Monsanto
  • Canada to suffer too if U.S. defaults on its debt and plunges into new recession
  • Seven Questions About 9/11
  • The Love Of Hating: The Psychology Of Enmity, by Ofer Zur, PhD., offered by Zur Institute for Psycho
  • Restoring Women to Cultural Memory
  • Phenomenal Women: The Power of One
  • New Guidance Allows Nations to Label Genetically Engineered Foods Read the Article
  • Mining companies must clean up their own mess
  • Staring down the Melancthon megaquarry
  • Click here to stop the mega-quarry!
  • New website to help MPs and public keep tabs on government spending
  • Restoring Women to Cultural Memory
  • Phenomenal Women: The Power of One
  • Ottawa to contract out spying, but who cares? It's only the Internet
  • The Corporation Film: Welcome
  • Canadian government demanded user data, Google reveals
  • Washington think-tank criticizes Harper government's planned purchase of F-35 fighters
  • PM's union stance leaves working man fuming
  • The Legislature Raids
  • Wheat board's demise ensures survival of biggest
  • Opposition members to be tried: Libyan gov't spokesman
  • Political efforts forge ahead over Libya crisis
  • Polish embassy in Libya moves to Benghazi: FM
  • UN chief, Libyan PM discuss situation in Libya over phone
  • China's senior diplomat visits Libyan opposition base
  • Russia accuses NATO of hindering political process in Libya
  • Libyan opposition calls for urgent aid
  • Algeria insists on AU peace roadmap to settle Libya crisis: official
  • Libyan gov't troops bombard Misrata, report says
  • NATO's Libya campaign gets "additional contributions"
  • Russia seeks no leading role in mediation in Libya -- FM
  • Benghazi locals eager for stable life
  • Russia sends second plane with humanitarian aid to Libya
  • Libya conflict still short of solution, rebels get more aid
  • Skopje Highway Risks Busting Kosovo's Budget
  • Kosovo Seeks To Identify, Reclaim Property
  • President Obama On Efforts To Find Balanced Approach To Deficit Reduction – Transcript
  • Belgium Descends Into New Chaos
  • Massacres Continue In Syria And Yemen, Situation Stabilizes In Bahrain
  • Turkmenistan: Blasts At Ammunition Depot; Casualties Reported
  • Turkmenistan: Arms Depot Mishap Touches Off Chain Reaction of Explosions
  • Euromoney Names Deutsche Bank As "Best Global Bank 2011
  • Israel: Is This The Calm Before The Storm? – Analysis
  • How To Create Jobs Without Spending A Dime – OpEd
  • Lundin Discovers Gas In Barents Sea
  • Yellowstone River Cleanup And Recovery Update
  • Cheating: Competition's Great Equalizer? – OpEd
  • English Nationalism, Murdoch And The Lowest Human Instincts – OpEd
  • Another U.S. War For Al-Qaeda – OpEd
  • Questions Thailand's Yingluck Won't Be Asked – OpEd
  • China: Pope Excommunicates Leshan Bishop
  • Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei Wants Irregularities Probe
  • Russia Charges Chinese Man With Smuggling Military Equipment
  • Male Smokers Less Likely To Need Joint Replacement Surgery
  • China And Jiang Zemin's Health: Curiouser And Curiouser – Analysis
  • Nuclear Dirty Bombs: Controls And Threats – Analysis
  • Intelligence Information: Need-To-Know Vs. Need-To-Share – Analysis
  • The Evil Of Two Lessers – OpEd
  • UN Report On 'Freedom Flotilla I' Was Questioned From Start – OpEd
  • Pro-Palestinian Activists 'At Large' Inside Israel – OpEd
  • American Sicko – OpEd
  • Caution: Negotiation Hazard Ahead! – OpEd
  • Starving Gaza Is Not Cricket – OpEd
  • We Will Return To Gaza Until Palestine Is Free – OpEd
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    Two positives, at least for me.

    Aging population not the main driver behind rising health care costs

    Canadian MP Cotler: Calling Israel an apartheid state can be legitimate free speech

    From: Rebecca Gingrich
    Subject: God help us if NATO ever has to 'save' us
    NATO Using Nuclear Weapons In Libya
    Subject: Anti-semitism?

    Joe--we criticize NATO for murdering Libyans.  We criticize the US and the West for killing Afghanis and Iraqis, Viet Namese, North Koreans etc--but that is ok because no one really looks behind the scenes to find out who is really directing these attacks.  If we did that then we would be accused of anti-semitism. 
    Is the Star stating that it is ok to criticize everyone but the zionists and israel?  Why are they immune from the truth?  Oh, I forgot--the holohoax!!!  Millions more Russians and Ukranians were murdered by the zionist backed Soviet government but that was not a holocaust?  But then I guess killing millions in the Ukraine and Russia was not hate but done out of love?  Killing Palestinians, stealing everything they own and need to survive is not hate but love?  Shooting school children and burning them to death with white phosphorous and cluster bombs is a gift of love???  Give me a break.  Insanity rules--but I pray that people will not let this bafflegab hide the truth from them.  Our governments are immune to the truth but we are awake. 

    Joe--thank Aase for these words of truth!!!  I love them.  Will forward them.
    Subject: The Neoconservative Passion for Alexis de Tocqueville

    Joe--an interesting comment--interesting because these are the same countries that our 'governments' are attacking to 'bring them democracy'???  At least the caveman could live off the land--that pleasure is being removed from Canadians every day by government control over what we grow, what we can sell and on and on.

    Joe--has anyone ever mentioned the correlation between poverty and the presence of government?  I don't ever remember reading that the Cavemen were living in poverty.  They looked out for themselves and were not taxed for their every breath.
    Quite right; cavemen lived in what's called 'misery', that is with a general shortage of everything.
    As for poverty being a consequence of government: few will argue that modern-day Somalians, back-country Yemenis, and ungoverned Pakistani/Afghanis are prospering.

    From: The Natroses

    Hey Stratos, I had to put in my two cents in a wee correction. On a relatively unknown historical facts on NL, and how the Jersey fishermen came first, than the French with the British following after the French. How name places can be corrupted over time, but more importantly, how the English turning up at the end, changing and putting an english touch on names. What the English could not do, is to eliminate the traces of French language that still is spoken in rural parts of NL, especially along the southern coast. "N'est-ce pas, a very common saying in NL.

    "In the foregoing I have endeavored to show the intimate connection which the people of the Channel Islands have had with the early history of Newfoundland. So far as I know this subject has not bee dealt with by historians; in fact, our local authorities Pedley, 20 Harvey21 and Prowse22 in their histories completely ignored the Jersey an Guernsey men, although in their time the rembrance of some of the old Jersey "rooms" was quite fresh, and some of the Jersey firms were then in existence. The De Quettevilles, Clements, Renoufs, Le Messuriers, Payns, Falles, Berteaus, De Grouchy, Nicolles, Villeneuves all had at one time establishments, the places of which are as well known to-day as they were one hundred years ago.  Before concluding I wish to note that the Jersey people had a early connection also with the continent of America.23 The state of New Jersey, in the United States, was a portion of that tract of country lying between the Connecticut River and the eastern side of Delaware Bay as well as all the islands between Cape Cod and the Hudson River, which Charles II had bestowed upon his brother James o the 12th of March, 1664. To this tract the name of Nova Caesarea,24 or New Jersey, was given, in honor of Sir George Carteret of Jersey who governed the isle from 1643 to 1651 and there entertained Prince Charles during his exile from England. The Duke of York subsequently transferred to Bishop Berkeley and Sir George Carteret of Jersey all his new possessions.
    Another curious fact, which marks the early connection that the Channel Islanders had with America and their knowledge of the intercourse with the Indians, is that while the French word for tobacc is tabac, the Channel Islanders called it ptun, the name of a very old Indian; tribe of America which, until very lately, was supposed to be extinct. This word is still in use in the Channel Islands. "

    "In the discussions which preceded the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1793 there appears no mention of Jersey or Guernsey fishermen. Neither do we find any reference thereto in subsequent dealings with French settlers on the south coast of Newfoundland. Later there are some statistics in the British Colonial records; in the year 1732 the number of ships from Jersey is given as 24, by 1785 these had increased to 59. As the Channel Islanders were British subjects they seized the opportunity to take over some of the more favoured fishing stations vacated by the French under treaty obligation. Rose Blanche, Harbour Breton, Grand Banque, St. Lawrence, Burin, Oderin, Petit Fort, Placentia, Colinet, St. Mary's, all had Jersey establishments at some time in the eighteenth century. The names Jersey Harbour near Harbour Breton and Jersey Side at Placentia attest the presence of traders from the Channel. On the east coast they had fishing stations from Cape Race to St. John's and at points in Conception Bay. In fact, records show that in the latter bay the oldest Jersey association with the Newfoundland trade was established. One De Quetteville had a station at Harbour Grace in the sixteenth century. Another Jerseyman named Guizot also had a room at Harbour Grace; his premises were located on the north side, while DeQuetteville's were on the south side. There was a Jersey firm at Bay Roberts, and the historian LeMessurier was convinced that the name of this Conception Bay town was derived from a Jersey trader who settled there. There seems no other satisfactory explanation.

    Alas, one would be hard done by, if one went by the names of places in NL to determine origin. Since the fishermen of Channel Islands,  spoke both French and English, followed French customs, along with their own traditions, but were subject to British rule. Stratos, from first seeing the rural outport I live in, you would be convince that the outport was founded by the British, but you would be wrong. The Jerseymen founded it, than the French came along working along side with the Jerseymen fishermen until 1793, the year of the Treaty. The Jersery people got to stay, since they were already British subjects, and the few French had a choice to pledge allegiance to the British or they could leave. Than the British fishermen came, with their surnames and took full advantage of not having to start from scratch eking a living off the sea, working along side with the Jersey fishermen formerly of the Channel Islands. Sometimes names change, but more often than not it was the British subjects that adopted and incorporated other languages into their daily lives. Much to the chagrin of the British crown.

    As for Silvestro, he is so wrong about Quebec. He needs to get acquainted with the history of Canada, and learn it was the people of Canada, that built this country, no matter their former nationality. It is always the government putting the spin on, and not the people. It is the government that wants people to forget the past, especially the historically past that makes this country strong. The good and the bad, so the political entities can weave their own spin to advance their goals. NL has lost well over 1 million people to other provinces, as well as the other Atlantic provinces. Along with the loss of people leaving, the cultural of the Maritimes and NL took another hard knock, with the feds looking the other way, smoothing the brows of other provinces west of Quebec. What Silvestro forgets, Canada did not begin in 1867, but he is in good company with the feds in Ottawa, who still thinks that provinces east of Ontario, are colonies and their resources to be raided and plundered from time to time. And it is justified, because provinces east of Ontario dare to hold on to their culture, their traditions. their history of 400 years or so, and waved it in front of the Ottawa gang. Without us, Canada would not be Canada, and the feds in Ottawa know that. But not the rest of Canada, because their ears have been filled with the stuff from Ottawa and other politicians, the anti-bias, often racist crap based on revisionist history lies, that suits the best interests of federal government at the expense of all citizens.

    As for the concert, Silvestro saw nothing but Quebec, but for most Canadians including the ones that went to Ottawa to see the concert - they probably saw a cheap show quickly put together with no thoughtful planning from the feds. Silvestro should see through the smoke and mirrors, that Ottawa is truly the one that does not give a toss on Canada's historical past, because if they did, the Canada Day concerts would be in full display of the diversity from coast to coast on the folk music. Music that truly shows how the Irish, Scots, English, French, the Jerseymen, and so many other nationalities and their cultures built this country. Politicians in Ottawa, and for that matter the provincial counterparts, would like us ordinary people to forget our past, and hence the cheap Canada show put together where the past is showcase in the backdrop of singers and musicians who think in the same line as Silvestro, that Canada started in 1867 and all the credit goes to the politicians and governments of the day. What is forgotten, is that it was the people and their hard labour that made this country. In the verses of Gordon Lightfoot song of the Railroad Trilogy:

    "Oh the song of the future has been sung

    All the battles have been won

    O'er the mountain tops we stand

    All the world at our command

    We have opened up the soil
    With our teardrops and our toil"

    The government of Canada, would rather have Canadians forget that Canada was built by the sweat and tears of ordinary people from many different nationalities, without us changing our culture and traditions. It certainly was not built on British morals. or otherwise Canada would still be a colony. It shows in our music across the country, and that is what should have been on display on Canada Day, or the name that I still call it, Dominion Day. Too bad, but here is a video of Gordon Lighthouse's song, The Railroad Trilogy - 1967. Performed by Canadian Idol contestants.

    On that note Silvestro, it is about the people, and it is time to set your sights away from Quebec.  If you do need to blame, blame it our politicians, our governments who rather play the political games of unfairness, to set policies on creating inequities, and through the inequities all Canadians are force to play their political games of conquer and divide. If it was left up to the people of Canada, Canada would be much different. But it isn't left up to us, and isn't that what gets you Silvestro, rather than the bagful of silver tossed at Quebec every time they raise the separatist call. Stopped believing the crap from Ottawa, and get out and visit all of Canada. I know if you did, you would stopped believing that it was only loyal British subjects that built this country. My ancestors if they were alive, would laugh out loud to hear such a notion - it was the sweat and tears of people of many nationalities that built this country, and not a bunch of politicians that are sitting in Ottawa currently. That bunch in Ottawa, think of Canadian citizens in the abstract, In that world, the Ottawa politicians are the demi-gods to be worshiped by the citizens and do what they are told. In the historical past, that could not be further from the truth, because if our settlers did follow the dictates of the British and the French crowns of the day, nobody would have survived the harsh elements of the land.

    From: Rebecca Gingrich
    Subject: COALITIONS CONSIDERED....Again: A Tory's Point of View

    Joe--re Brian Marlatt's article on the DD---

    The first word that hit me was 'coalition'--and I remember how evil it was considered to be when the NDP/Liberals were discussing it.  I hadn't compared it to the MacKay--no we won't but yes we will 'coalition'! 
    As for the 'shared values and goals--both Manning and MacKay proved their only value and goal was to achieve power over Canada.  We can not assume there is Parliamentary democracy--we have been shown over and over again, no matter by who is in charge, that there is no such creature in Canada.  We know there is no such thing as representative 'democracy' in Canada--just because we elect a yes man/woman doe not mean we will have any input--again no matter who is in charge.

    Different provinces have different concerns and those must be addressed--not as one great melting pot but as individuals.  The Federal government is to govern for all not just follow their mantra no matter if it affects some worse than others.  As far as I am concerned John Diefenbaker was our last PM--the rest since then have been puppets of the controllers.
    If we want a great country we mus be individuals, not controlled puppets.  There is nothing that can not be made better with new ideas and thoughts.  Yes, we could remain as we were, but we cannot remain as we are today--we are on the fast track to losing our country because of our controlled puppet 'leaders'.  And we have no voice in what is going to be thrown at us.  Is that democracy?