Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daily Digest August 18, 2011



G8 legacy fund used to buy Clement's re-election, NDP charges
Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement of using the controversial $50-million G8 legacy fund to effectively buy re-election. MORE...

'Whatever will be' Doris Day comeback


INFOS <<<<<<<<<<
JEUDI 18 AOÛT 2011
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  • 19h04 - Campagne de terreur · Stephen Harper récame le départ du président de la Syrie
  • 17h43 - Planification de l'immigration · Le PQ approuve l'annulation des quotas d'immigrants
  • 13h27 - Coalition pour l'avenir du Québec · François Legault courtise l'Outaouais
  • 10h24 - Hezbollah · Tribunal spécial pour le Liban: le Canada craint des représailles
  • 09h43 - Médias · Sun News Network en croissance
  • 09h34 - PQ · Duceppe dîne avec Pauline Marois
  • 07h35 - Blâme contre Pauline Marois · La résolution morte dans l'œuf
  • 06h31 - Volte-face · Duceppe refuse de «vendre son âme» pour 300$
  • 06h31 - Politique américaine · Obama critiqué pour son autocar québécois
  • 04h10 - À Montréal · Facile, pour les adolescents, d'acheter des billets de loterie
  • 04h00 - Éducation · Un livre expliquant la sexualité aux enfants sème la controverse
  • 04h00 - Quotas d'immigrants · Kathleen Weil recule



    Not much of a Digest to-day. 

    I got caught up in seeking reactions to which too the form of this question:

    Should Canadians be able to vote by Internet in the next federal election? on a Facebook site.

    Some of you are on Facebook, I encourage you to visit it and vote. The YES vote is ahead, though I do not know why since the best way is two enumerators going door to door - but this doesn't let the boys play with their new toys, does it?

    Hopefully there may be those among you Facebookers and just plain everyday E-mailers who might will consider sending in to the Digest YES NO UNDECIDED in the subject line of this post.

    There may be even a few who will share their opinion as to why or why not internet voting oughts to be the wave of the future.

    From: Larry Kazdan <>
    Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Buffett misse s mark, Jack M. Mintz, Financial Post  · Aug. 17, 2011

    Re:  Buffett misses mark, Jack M. Mintz, Financial Post · Aug. 17, 2011

    Jack Mintz is worried about the effect of taxation on economic productivity.  So how about a sharp tax on inheritances over $5 million that would force those seeking super fortunes to actually earn it on their own, and to let each generation of entrepreneurs begin competing on a more level playing field?

    From: John Duddy <>
    Subject: Fwd: [Sj-forum] Fwd: [CUSJ-L] FW: Action. Tell Conservative Government to stop threatening Michaela Kerserlingk
    To: Joe Hueglin <>

    Vous pouvez envoyer la lettre (en français et en anglais) ici
    Stop threatening Michaela Keyserlingk and stop exporting asbestos

    Tell the Conservative Party of Canada: Instead of threatening an asbestos widow, listen to her message. Show humanity and stop exporting deadly asbestos.
    Send your letter, right away

    From: Henry Atkinson
    Subject: Fwd: Police scramble to fight flash-mob mayhem -

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: John <>
    Subject: Police scramble to fight flash-mob mayhem -

    Coming to a store near you.

    From: "Paul Downie"
    Subject: Obama Rides Bus Made in Canada on Tour

    The American "Jobs Tour".
    Inquiring mind would like to know, is that 1.2 million in U.S. or Canadian dollars?
    Thanks for buying our bus.
    Rather droll.
    Subject: Holistic Medicine Practitioner
    5 Supplements To Take Every Day
    From: The Natroses

    Hi Joe,  To Joseph, regular operating procedures concerning the media, but than again people are starting to emerged from their cocoons realizing free expression is also control and filtered. Or as in the article named, Is  Western Democracy Shattering?, the media is more or less the goons to keep up the pretense of a pseudo-democracy. Or as a poster states, "We have never had real democracy. The elites don't wish to diminish the power or privileges so they set up this pseudo democratic system to give only the appearance of citizen democracy while keeping the real power to themselves. The ideal of individualism has been corrupted into greedy, selfish egotism, which is the fastest way to destroy a community or nation. The deceptive 'money system' has allowed systematic inflation to steal the wealth from everyone who does not have major financial assets to play in the casinos known as the stock & bond markets."
    Things have not change much since the Industrial Revolution, but than again it is no longer taught in our schools either for good reason. History would inform people, and give them ideas that threatens the current political/economic systems and the status-quo.  A history of the Industrial Revolution from Wikipedia, can help to connect the dots between the 19th century and the 21st century.
    And where within that time period, in the years after WWII to the 1970s, the golden years of prosperity and democracy. After that, as technology advanced at a rapid pace and still is, slowly the the social structure, culture and values started to come under attack by, you guess it, the powers to be. Rules, regulations, laws, and repeated messages all repeating the same thing, that the vast middle-class and below have the morals of alley cats, and that is putting it nicely. The values, culture is now what the powers to be would like it be. Hence, there is England going full force into punishing the rioters, using them as an example to others, what will happen to them if they should get any funny ideas of modeling their behaviour on the powers to be, the political and economic powers. Murdock, gets a free pass as well as others, while the same political elite condemns and throws the full weight of the justice system against the rioters. Nor does it matter what political stripe, all of them are roundly condemning the actions of rioters, at the same time condemning the culture and values of the lower classes. The same culture and values that is being repeated over and over again in the media, by government, in the public education systems, that more or less forces people to accept their conditions without complaint. And if one should complain, it will be met using the rules, regulatory regime, laws, economic systems to control the action and behaviour. There is a good reason, why access to courts are governed by the amount in your pocketbook as it was in the days of the Industrial Revolution. The same type of justice is emerging as it was in the Industrial Revolution era, to keep people under control and the thumb tacks of the politico and economic powers.
    Or in other words - quotes of Norm Chomsky
    1. "Walter Lippmann ... described what he called "the manufacture of consent" as "a revolution" in "the practice of democracy"... And he said this was useful and necessary because "the common interests" - the general concerns of all people - "elude" the public. The public just isn't up to dealing with them. And they have to be the domain of what he called a "specialized class" ... [Reinhold Niebuhr]'s view was that rationality belongs to the cool observer. But because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith. And this naive faith requires necessary illusion, and emotionally potent oversimplifications, which are provided by the myth-maker to keep the ordinary person on course. It's not the case, as the naive might think, that indoctrination is inconsistent with democracy. Rather, as this whole line of thinkers observes, it is the essence of democracy. The point is that in a military state or a feudal state or what we would now call a totalitarian state, it doesn't much matter because you've got a bludgeon over their heads and you can control what they do. But when the state loses the bludgeon, when you can't control people by force, and when the voice of the people can be heard you have this problem -- it may make people so curious and so arrogant that they don't have the humility to submit to a civil rule [Clement Walker, 1661], and therefore you have to control what people think. And the standard way to do this is to resort to what in more honest days used to be called propaganda, manufacture of consent, creation of necessary illusion. Various ways of either marginalizing the public or reducing them to apathy in some fashion."
    2. "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate. "
    From: Rebecca Gingrich
    Subject:  Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?...the 13-year veteran of the agency paints a startling picture of a federal police force that has effectively been conquered by the financial criminals...
    Subject: U.S. Marines fighting with rebels in Misurata--is anyone surprised???
    Subject: Watch for another bombing of Gaza

    If this had been Egypt travelling so close to israel you can bet israel would have fired on them.  But then, this smells more like a false flag op to give israel another excuse to attack Gaza.  And the world will look away while bombing Libya?
    Subject: the odour may make you sick to your stomach but it is the chemicals that are affecting your entire body--and they are going to spray perfume on
     it to make it all better?