Friday, September 16, 2011

Daily Digest September 16, 2011


Prime Minister Stephen Harper has downplayed the significance of amorous emails Toronto MP and
parliamentary secretary Bob Dechert sent to a Chinese journalist suspected by some of being a government spy
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Solar flare could unleash Nuclear Disaster across planet Earth

(I sincerely hope this is just another conspiracy theory.)

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Income divide growing quickly in Canada, John Morrissy, Financial Post, September 14, 2011

Re:  Income divide growing quickly in Canada, John Morrissy, Financial Post, September 14, 2011

Rising income inequality has been linked with lower consumer spending, excessive borrowing, speculative asset bubbles, more crime, and poorer health outcomes.  After 22 years during which economic gains have largely accrued to the top fifth of our population, it's time for the federal and provincial governments to table poverty reduction plans to help the most vulnerable, and to implement tax and economic policies that protect the hard-pressed middle class.
Larry Kazdan CGA,

Subject: Bamboozles and 9/11 - My letter to the editor
From: Steve Campbell

Bamboozles and 9/11


Regarding Andy Stone's column in the Aspen Times, ("Now that 9/11 is again safely past, it's time for us to stop and think," 09/13/11) [ ] I have a few comments. (His remarks are in quotes and mine are in brackets. [ parentheses ] )

"I'm not saying we should forget. I'm not saying we should forgive. But I am saying that it's about time for us ­ as a nation ­ to stop and think. And give it a rest." ("The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." ­ Thomas Jefferson)

"But as we continue to insist on our national day of mourning, we are in a way interfering with those individuals' right to mourn privately." (Nonsense.)

"Strong men and women ­ and strong nations ­ may suffer injuries and defeats, but they raise their heads, raise their sights and carry on. They do not forget, but they look forward, not back." ("Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." ­ George Santayana)

"Those who cannot look ahead are doomed to the darkness of the past. Surely we have all known individuals who have suffered a loss and been unable to recover their equilibrium ­ and have gone into a spiral of darkness and defeat. In an individual, that is sad. In a nation, it is fatal." (As individuals in a nation it behooves us to know the truth of 9/11. Knowing the truth is far from fatal. On the contrary, it allows us to move forward, unencumbered by the lies that hold us in "a spiral of darkness and defeat.")

"[B]ut now I fear we are beginning to carry our own never-to-be-forgotten brutal grudge." (If we are to hold a grudge, we need to know the rightful recipient of that grudge, based upon an exhaustive search for the truth.)

"... Saxby Chambliss, who had never served in the military, defeated Max Cleland, a decorated veteran who had lost both legs and his right arm in Vietnam." (9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland resigned from the commission, stating: "It is a national scandal ... This investigation is now compromised ... One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9/11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up.")

"Pearl Harbor ­ you do remember that Day That Will Live in Infamy, on which more than 2,400 Americans were killed ­ launched us into a war, a real war, which we won." ("In treasonous actions, FDR colluded to bring America into WWII by pressuring the Japanese and then not notifying the military commanders of the approaching attack on Pearl Harbor" ­ from "Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor" by Robert Stinnett.)

"Sept. 11 launched us into a hall of mirrors ­ and if you know anything about a hall of mirrors, that means we are always attacking ourselves, attacking reflections, with shattering results." ("One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge ­ even to ourselves ­ that we've been so credulous. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise." ­ Carl Sagan)

Steve Campbell
Glenwood Springs

From: Mahmood Elahi
Subject: Re: Daily Digest September 14, 2011

Ref to Rebecca Gingrich's comMents about NATO killing civilians, it may be pointed out that it was Gaddafi who has been killing Libyans and NATO intervention stopped him slaughtering fellow Libyans who don't want his dictatorial rule.

Subject: Clinton's tax hike on the rich produced a huge surplus

The Editor
Ottawa Citizen
Copy to: Mr. Dan Gardner, columnist for Ottawa Citizen: You have rightly mentioned that U.S. President George W. Bush's tax cuts produced the deficit. But you didn't mention that it was President Bill Clinton's tax hikes on the rich that produced the surplus. It is important because President Brack Obama or whoever comes after him will have to raise taxes on the rich if America is ever to come out of the financial hole it created by cutting taxes. And cutting spending at a time of recession will be suicidal.
Clinton's tax hike on the rich produced a huge surplus
Re "When the good times have gone," by Dan Gardner (Sept. 14).
Although Dan Gadrner talked about U.S. Presiden George W. Bush's tax cut which eventually turned the surplus into a deficit, he didn't mention that it was President Bill Clinton's tax hike on the rich Americans that produced a massive surplus surplus.
When Mr. Clinton entered the White House, his first act was to raise taxes on the wealthy Americans (earning $250,000 and above a year) to stem a runaway budget deficit left behind by earlier administrations. Clinton's tax hike on the rich, denounced by Republicans as "a passport to recession," balanced the budget, produced a trillion-dollar surplus, lowered the long-term interest rates and triggered the longest economic boom in recent history. His successor President George W. Bush squandered the surplus by his staggering $1.67 trillion tax cut, producing a massive $400 billion deficit.
Calling Bush's tax cut a "Tax Fraud," the Washington Post editorialized on May 26, 2001: "A tax cut that large strips the government of the resources it will need to meet its obligations --- shore up Social Security and Medicare, beef up defense, pay for the rest of the services, from highways to Head Start, that the public has rightly come to expect. The benefit of the cut will go mainly to the better-off."
The prognosis of the Washington Post has become a reality and the United States is now facing a budget deficit of epic proportions. To bring back the days of surplus, President Barack Obama must follow in the footsteps of President Bill Clinton and roll back Bush's irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy. And many rich Americans are willing to pay higher taxes to balance the budget. As Warren Buffet, one of America's richest investors, recently wrote in the New York Times: "While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. ... These and other blessings are showered upon us by our legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species." Buffet has rightly called for raising taxes on the rich to balanced the budget without undermining America's crumbling public services. Unless like-minded Americans stand up to the Tea Party extremists and their opposition to raising taxes on the rich, the United States is condemned to live in permanent bankruptcy. Good times will never come back.

From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

In regards to having "farmers decide" in regards to the future of the CWB, I agree, provided those with the votes are actual farmers currently making their livelihood growing crops that are handled by the Canadian Wheat Board. Anyone not currently such a farmer should not have a vote, no more than I should have a vote among those within a fisherman's organization.

All are.
Subject: Fwd: "Scandal shows warnings ignored," By Stephen Maher, The Ottawa
From: "Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada"

Hello, Joe,
From. Bob Gauthier, Ottawa
Re: Dechert emails underline need to guard against Chinese espionage: Experon DD
Becky wrote:  "Joe--don't blame the horny MP, blame the Chinese?  What a load.  This idiot acted like a jerk but we have to be careful because the Chinese might be using this woman to mess up Canada?  With politicians like this we don't need anyone else 'screwing' us up--our politicians do that on their own."

Serious espionage has been going on in Ottawa for years - the largest and loosest den of spies is in the parliamentary press gallery, as described in my letter to The Ottawa Citizen..
The Editor,
The Ottawa Citizen,

The Editor,
The Ottawa Citizen,
September 15, 2011.
Re: "Scandal shows warnings ignored," By Stephen Maher, The Ottawa Citizen, September 15, 2011

  "For years," Stephen Maher writes, "our spymasters have warned that the Chinese are aggressively targeting Canada, sometimes stealing military and economic secrets...," as did the Soviet Union in earlier years.
  CSIS director Richard Fadden said Canadians aren't taking it seriously. "I'm making this comment because I think it's a real danger that people be totally oblivious to this kind of issue. Xinhua News Agency is an organization that, spies say, routinely acts as an arm of Chinese intelligence."
  Parliament Hill in Ottawa as everyone knows has been infested with spies even throughout WWII when they had, and still have, unsupervised access to all Government Buildings 24/7. These accredited "journalists" in the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery included Pravda, Tass and Izvestia, among others, and today the Gallery includes among its "journalists," Itar-TASS, the People's Daily of China and of course Xinhua News Agency.
  Canada may claim the top security in the world such as RCMP, CSIS, House of Commons Security but with an open sieve such as the parliamentary press gallery in the heart of the Parliament Buildings with total unsupervised access to all government buildings, nothing was, nothing is, nor can anything be secure anywhere in Canada.
  There is nothing MP Bob Dechert could tell his girlfriend that China doesn't already know!
Robert G. Gauthier

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: why don't we have this courage?  a fantastic article
        The people of Iceland have demonstrated what citizens of all nations should do:
  • Reject the fraudulent idea that debts perpetrated by capitalist leaders should be borne by "the people"
  • Arrest and convict capitalist leaders who commit political and economic crimes
     Whatever fate befalls Iceland in the future, its people have provided an example for citizens the world over to follow. This is a way forward for the American political and economic system. As we'll see in the section of this essay on Iceland's history, Iceland has been controlled and criminally manipulated by a capitalist junta similar to the American cabal, and is still somewhat under the thumb of this junta to this day. Despite, the depredations of the Icelandic junta, however, Icelandic citizens have been able to elect a number of more progressive leaders and reject responsibility for Icelandic capitalist debts.
The people of Iceland twice voted not to repay international debts incurred by banksters, rejecting the idea that "the people" are responsible for bankster debts.
Subject: British PM David Cameron to visit Canada  DD

Harper and Cameron are probably getting together to brag to each other about what a great job they have don in stealing Libya.  Hope they have a fight about who should get the most of the spoils of their murderous actions.
Subject: .Libya: to King Sarkozy, the spoils...Al-Qaeda asset Belhaj - who commands thousands of rebels armed to their teeth...

Libya: to King Sarkozy, the spoils
By Pepe Escobar

Move over, Lawrence of Arabia. The Great Gallic Liberator of Libya (and any other gullible Arab in sight), neo-Napoleonic French President Nicolas Sarkozy, along with his sidekick British Prime Minister David of Arabia Cameron, gallantly strode into a cordoned off military airport in Tripoli to sing La Vie en Rose by the Mediterranean, thus celebrating the success of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's long bombing of Libya into "democracy". ...

[read full article at link below]
Subject: Many a truth is spoken in jest?