Friday, October 14, 2011

Daily Digest October 12-13-14, 2011


Why is Canada acting like a Guantánamo Bay camp guard?


Quebec fears delay Tory plan for new Commons seats for Ontario, Alberta, B.C.
Fears of a Quebec backlash have delayed the Harper government's plan to give
the growing parts of Canada a larger share of seats in the House of Commons.



23h24 - Ottawa · Baird préoccupé par l'Iran
20h43 - Dans la construction · Le maire de Saguenay ne souhaite pas d'enquête publique
19h55 - Sécurité · Alerte à la frontière canadienne contre des manifestants américains
19h11 - Accusations de fraudes envers le gouvernement · Tomassi doit démissionner, croit Québec solidaire
18h59 - Opposition au projet de loi sur les droits d'auteur · Une pétition de 13 000 signatures
18h51 - Hausse de prix · Le litre d'essence atteint 1,41 $ à Montréal
18h49 - Air Canada · Les agents de bord ne déclencheront pas une grève
18h41 - Financement des chaires de recherche · Les universités francophones reçoivent moins
18h13 - Course à la direction du NPD · Les députés québécois indécis
17h43 - Milieux ruraux · Internet à haute vitesse arrive enfin
17h35 - Politique · Amnesty International appelle le Canada à arrêter George W. Bush
17h07 - Ni fédéralistes, ni souverainistes · Les Québécois rejettent les étiquettes
16h55 - Ottawa · Le déficit baisse plus vite que prévu
14h50 - Toronto · L'aéroport Pearson infiltré par des employés corrompus
14h43 - Loi de retour au travail · Les postiers tiennent tête au gouvernement Harper
14h33 - Opposition · Le PQ s'attaque au Plan Nord
13h33 - Réserves · Kahnawake veut réglementer l'industrie du tabac
13h31 - Accusations de fraudes · Tony Tomassi sommé de s'expliquer
12h54 - Programme informatique · Réduire les collisions avec les baleines
12h26 - Air Canada · L'avis de grève est maintenu
09h07 - Élections · Le gouvernement de droite reporté au pouvoir au Yukon
05h38 - Étude · Macdonald attire les jeunes


If You Think This "Iran Assassination Plot" Story Stinks to High Heaven, You're Not Alone
Read the Article at CNN

Foreign Minister John Baird said Canada will work with international partners on possible penalties for Iran.

Ever hear the term "false flag". John Baird has not. Canada has accepted that there was a plot hook, line and sinker.

We have been and are at "work with international partners" in Libya.

Which do you believe will be next?

Syria or Iran?


From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  after reading all week about MacKay et al spending hundreds of
 thousands of dollars for their own pleasure the fact that they could even
 consider cutting pensions for Veterans is beyond disgusting

Shield veterans from spending cuts, Legion says 0

OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Legion is calling on the feds to pass over the Department of Veterans Affairs when it comes to cutting costs.
Asking veterans to sacrifice again to help the government tackle the national debt is unfair, according to the organization. The debt owed to them for their service is just as important.
"Veterans of all ages, including RCMP members and their families, have served their country and the government has incurred a moral debt to them," Legion President Pat Varga said in a statement Wednesday.
"This debt needs to be paid down in the same manner that the government is addressing the national financial debt."
The government has undertaken a strategic review of all federal departments and programs to save $4 billion, or 5%, in order to eliminate the deficit by 2014.
Last year, it was reported the $3.6 billion annual budget for Veterans Affairs had been climbing since at least 2006, even though only 150,000 of the more than one million Second World War and Korean War veterans were still alive. Some 1,700 veterans from those two wars die every month.
But legion spokesman Bob Butt said Wednesday the organization is looking to protect benefits currently paid to veterans. If efficiencies can be found in the department without taking away from benefits and programs currently used by veterans young and old, then that would be acceptable.
Codie Taylor, a spokeswoman for Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney, said the Conservatives have done more for veterans "than any other previous government."
While managing the economy and tackling the deficit and debt is important, and one reason Canadians elected a majority Conservative government, she said veterans will continue to be cared for.
"We have delivered for our veterans and we will continue to do so by providing them with the support they need when they need it," she said.

Subject: [On-Guard] USI protecting the world--again???

Israeli attack planned, cluster & bunker-buster bombs supplied by US,
American troops and materiel amassing now near Iran.
22 "Fast & Furious" Facts: What Did The Obama WH Know & When Did They Know It?
Zen Gardener
| 22 "Fast and Furious" Facts: What Did The Obama White House Know And When Did They Know It? [Ed ­ This is TRIGGER ... this scandal is why Obama and crew are committing troops and material to the coming attack (initially by Israel, on Iran.)
FBI Insider: Obama Administration Likely Manufactured Dubious Terror Plot
Paul Joseph Watson
| The dubious plot has been instantly seized upon by the likes of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to push for Iran to be further isolated by the international community. Kerry's comments were perhaps the most bellicose, telling reporters yesterday, "I don't think anything should be taken off the table at this point in time."
[Ed ­ This is the EXCUSE ... Obama needs a crisis/war to rescue ratings, implement martial law and commit troops. This is a false flag operation]
Former State Department official and author Dr. Steve Pieczenik states
that inside sources in intelligence and military confirm it's a "go".

­ Will military & justice 'white hats' step in to avert a contrived war? ­
Feds Foil Own Saudi Assassination Plot: Pin it on Iran
Tony Cartalucci | Federal entrapment snares another dupe and brings hundreds of millions to the brink of war. [Ed ­ Excellent Synopsis of the situation]
Republicans Adopt Obama's "Bad Movie" Iran Terror Plot
Kurt Nimmo
| Despite the fact experts on Iran and its Quds force have responded with skepticism to an alleged plot and many have dismissed it as fantasy, a number of establishment politicians are demanding the Obama administration take action.

The Fast and Furious Plot to Occupy Iran
By Pepe Escobar

 The House of Saud who's been conducting the fierce counter-revolution that has smashed any possibility of an Arab Spring in the Persian Gulf.
From: John Kruithof
Subject: CPPIB @ 99 Cents

My immedate reaction to reading CPPIB's buying 99 Cents was 'junk'.  Your contributor's "It makes no sense to me for our Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to be buying an American dollar store chain while China's national oil co. is buying a Canadian oil and gas firm" is well (pun intended) put.

John Kruithof
Ottawa South

From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: Destruction of Historical Arms Wastes Millions

Canada's National Firearms Association Media Release

For Immediate  Release                                                           
11 October 2011

Millions of Dollars Wasted if Firearms Destroyed"Law-abiding gun owners want a chance to buy guns planned for destruction"

RCMP recently reported that police departments across Canada 
destroyed 28,370 firearms in just the last two years.  Last 
weekend, the Toronto Sun reported that another 19,000 historically 
significant handguns are scheduled to be melted down by the 
Department of National Defence (see link below).  “At an average 
value of even $200 each, that’s at least ten million dollars that 
could have gone to any number of excellent uses such as community 
policing, crime prevention programs, and women’s shelters,” said 
Sheldon Clare, President of the Canadian National Firearms 
Association (CNFA).

This new information was obtained from the RCMP through an Access 
to Information Act (ATI) request submitted as a collaborative 
effort by two independent researchers, Gary A. Mauser, Professor 
Emeritus, Simon Fraser University and Dennis R. Young, retired RCMP 
officer and former Parliamentary Assistant to Garry Breitkreuz, 
MP.  “It’s indeed unfortunate that our governments haven’t 
addressed this colossal waste years ago,” added Clare.  The 
RCMP’s response to our ATI request is now available on the NFA 
website: Agency-Firearms.pdf

The RCMP website also reports that more than a million gun owners 
are vetted and approved by the government to lawfully acquire 
firearms of various types.  “It’s sad that the government has 
not recognized the potential to recover money through the sale of 
these firearms to responsible Canadians.  Taxpayers should be 
concerned with this waste of a valuable resource,” exclaimed 
Clare,  “The sale of these firearms could do a lot of good 
work.”  This past June, Statistics Canada's annual survey reported 
426 women were turned away from women's shelters in just one day - 
April 15, 2010.  Fifty percent of turn-aways were because the  shelter was full.

(See: Shelters for abused women in Canada, 2010 http:// ).

"Hundreds of women are being turned away each and every day of the 
year, just think how many lives could have been saved had the two 
billion wasted on the gun registry over the last 15 years had been 
invested in women’s shelters, crime prevention and community 
policing,” commented the CNFA President.

"Cities are crying out for more police on their streets and more 
crime prevention programs for youth while at the same time a 
perfectly safe source of revenue is being cut up or melted down on 
a daily basis.  Police departments should be holding an annual 
auction for firearms they recover, just like they do for 
bicycles," concluded Clare.

See also: TORONTO SUN - OCTOBER 8, 2011

Feds set to melt down millions worth of military memorabilia by  Bryn Weese worth-of-military-memorabilia

For more information contact:
Blair Hagen, Executive VP Communications, 604-753-8682
Sheldon Clare, President, 250-981-1841
Canada’s NFA toll-free number - 1-877-818-0393
NFA Website:

From: Rene Moreau
Subject: Fwd: Prison vs. School

If you teach kids math, geometry, English literature, art, computer
sciences, etc. they may grow up to be engineers, writers, computer
programers and the like.

However, teach children from a very young age to be model
prisoners, what do you think they'll grow up to be?

This video shows you what most schools today have in common with
minimum security prisons...


From: Rory Koopmans
Subject: Executive Dissertations: A New Day Has Come


From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Peter Goodspeed: Iran's  alleged assassination plot borders on being act of war,  Oct 12, 2011

Re:  Peter Goodspeed: Iran's alleged assassination plot borders on being act of war,  Oct 12, 2011

The proposed bombing that would flatten a restaurant in the U.S., kill foreign nationals, and likely result in many innocent deaths can only be condemned as a barbaric and reckless act of terrorism, and a declaration of war on Western Civilization.  Had the Iranians any understanding of nuance, they would have used an unmanned drone to flatten that building, kill foreign nationals and cause many innocent deaths as this particular process has been approved and authorized by the highest echelons of U.S. political authority.

From: Brad Thomson
Subject: Occupations - below 30


It is obvious that these "occupations" are being put into effect by the globalists themselves, the very people whom the "protests" purport to be against. They now have the masses clamoring for what they themselves want to put into effect so as to increase their own control. Nothing could be more obvious than this. The fact that the corporate controlled mass media is doing their advertisng for them is sufficient proof that this whole thing is a scam, just another lie. Once the people gradually get what they call for the media will then speak of what a great success the "people power" was, while the globalists\congratulate themselves.

Create the problem and then offer the people the solution.

Brad Thomson

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Duck Joe

Be very vigilant ,the false flags are falling like torrential rain.
Joe Biden says on international TV,   I guess he has the gall to use INTERNATIONAL in describing on TV the outrage expressed by The Whole International Community, in regards to  (THE PLOT) to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the usa.    The whole world he says ,is outraged, "Not Just The USA".
I have truly come to believe in some sort of justice. "I swear I could smell the unwashed stink emanating from Mr. Biden,  yes,   from my TV set.    I just sprayed my livingroom with  Aqua Velva.
Its not cheap and smells very nice.
Ray Strachan
From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: [On-Guard] Canada allows Bush and Cheney to enter but keeps this man and George Galloway out--what does that say about us?

British activist stopped entering Canada

From: Robert Ede
Subject: New Finance Document posted -Annual Financial Report

Summary for Executives
Table 1 Ann Fin Report (Full Fin Dept Link Below)
Revenue   237.1 Bn
---Pers Inc Tx - 113.5
---Total Inc Tx - 148.6
---GST  net   - 28.4
Expenses 270.5 Bn
---Programs 239.6
---PublicDebt Chgs 30.9
In other words, we're almost paying enough to cover the expense for what is "provided" by the ConFederal gov't ... but not able to pay the interest on the credit card (stuff they borrowed to "provide" us in earlier yrs)
Table 5
Sad but true ... this rolling over of interest .....has happened so many times that the "principal amount" of the Unmatured Debt ($591.2 Bn) is almost all interest-on-interest.
Most-all-of-the rest of our interest-bearing debt $801.8BN:
 ** $204.3Bn "not" paid to Public Service Pension Accounts
(a sweetheart deal from the 70's?-80's? of actual cash "employer" contributions)
Amazingly yes ... the 'employer' doesn''t pay these annual contributions (ie out of current revenue) .... the contributions are just added to the debt directly .... but at higher rates of interest than regular borrowing ... remember hearing about this last election ... no, oh well the numbers are just too crazily big anyway ... what's on TV ... Battle of the Blades ... much better
Just in case you're still reading amount EQUAL TO ONE-THIRD of all the debt piled up since Confederation (aka unmatured debt) is owed to the PUBLIC SECTOR PENSION PLAN
--Fiscal Ref Tables #14
1/4 of ALL the Interest-Bearing Debt ($801.8Bn) is owed to the Public Sector Pension Plans ... at higher-than-average interest rates
"The average interest rate credited to the accounts was about 6.7 percent in 2010 (7.0 percent in 2009)
Page 6.18 of Volume II of Public Accounts 2009-2010
 The following Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada has just been posted on the Finance Canada Site.

Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada: Fiscal Year 2010-2011
Fiscal Reference Tables October 2011
Interest Bearing Debt

From: Richard Priestman
Subject: The seven biggest economic lies
1.  Tax cuts for the rich trickle down to everyone else. Baloney. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both sliced taxes on the rich and what happened? Most Americans' wages (measured by the real median wage) began flattening under Reagan and have dropped since George W. Bush. Trickle-down economics is a cruel joke. 

2.  Higher taxes on the rich would hurt the economy and slow job growth. False. From the end of World War II until 1981, the richest Americans faced a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent or above. Under Dwight Eisenhower it was 91 percent. Even after all deductions and credits, the top taxes on the very rich were far higher than they've been since. Yet the economy grew faster during those years than it has since. (Don't believe small businesses would be hurt by a higher marginal tax; fewer than 2 percent of small business owners are in the highest tax bracket.)   

3.  Shrinking government generates more jobs. Wrong again. It means fewer government workers -- everyone from teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and social workers at the state and local levels to safety inspectors and military personnel at the federal. And fewer government contractors, who would employ fewer private-sector workers. According to Moody's economist Mark Zandi (a campaign advisor to John McCain), the $61 billion in spending cuts proposed by the House GOP will cost the economy 700,000 jobs this year and next.

4.  Cutting the budget deficit now is more important than boosting the economy. Untrue. With so many Americans out of work, budget cuts now will shrink the economy. They'll increase unemployment and reduce tax revenues. That will worsen the ratio of the debt to the total economy. The first priority must be getting jobs and growth back by boosting the economy. Only then, when jobs and growth are returning vigorously, should we turn to cutting the deficit.

5.  Medicare and Medicaid are the major drivers of budget deficits. Wrong. Medicare and Medicaid spending is rising quickly, to be sure. But that's because the nation's health-care costs are rising so fast. One of the best ways of slowing these costs is to use Medicare and Medicaid's bargaining power over drug companies and hospitals to reduce costs, and to move from a fee-for-service system to a fee-for-healthy outcomes system. And since Medicare has far lower administrative costs than private health insurers, we should make Medicare available to everyone.

6.  Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Don't believe it. Social Security is solvent for the next 26 years. It could be solvent for the next century if we raised the ceiling on income subject to the Social Security payroll tax. That ceiling is now $106,800.   

7.  It's unfair that lower-income Americans don't pay income tax. Wrong. There's nothing unfair about it. Lower-income Americans pay out a larger share of their paychecks in payroll taxes, sales taxes, user fees, and tolls than everyone else.

Demagogues through history have known that big lies, repeated often enough, start being believed -- unless they're rebutted. These seven economic whoppers are just plain wrong. Make sure you know the truth -- and spread it on.

Robert Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written twelve books, including (more...)
Subject: As I was saying, re Dean Baker...

Dean Baker does not describe action that could be taken other than "occupying Wall Street".  In Canada there is an alternative path we can take (so far not followed) to "fix the economy" which is to only elect politicians who support use of the Bank of Canada to finance public debt for investment in public infrastructure and services.  By doing this the influence of private sector financing on government policies would be reduced and policies more favourable to ordinary Canadians would have a better chance of being adopted.  It is up to individual Canadians to act on this (irrespective of Party affiliations, if any).
Richard Priestman

When Being Rich Makes Us Poor, People Should Occupy Wall Street

October 13, 2011 deanbaker1 Leave a comment Go to comments

from Dean Baker

The Very Serious People in Washington are busy trying to find creative ways to cut Social Security and Medicare and take other benefits from middle-class and moderate-income families. The refrain here is that we just can't afford this level of generosity any more.

There are two parts of this story that should drive the rest of us crazy. And it is difficult to determine which one is the more infuriating. 

The first is that we know that many people in this country are fabulously rich. And as Elizabeth Warren beautifully reminded us, none of them did it on their own. But Professor Warren is actually far too generous in her account.

While some number of the wealthy may have succeeded by working hard and being smart or creative, many of the very wealthy got their money directly or indirectly through the big hand of the government tilting the playing field in their direction. Their hard work involved rigging the rules to ensure that they ended up on top.

Nowhere is this better seen than on Wall Street, which is chock full of multi-millionaires and billionaires who got to the top by taking advantage of items like "too-big-to-fail insurance" for their banks, gambling with government-insured deposits, ripping off state and local governments on pension management fees, and of course the trillion dollars in bailout bucks given at interest rates that were way below market levels.  These people know the role of government very well, even if they pretend this is all about a free market.

But the banks are not the only ones who rig the rules. The drug companies profit enormously from government-granted patent monopolies. Drugs are generally cheap, that is why it is possible to buy hundreds of generic drugs for $5 or $6 per prescription at chain drug stores. Drug companies are able to charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars for prescriptions because they have patent protection. As a result we spend close to $300 billion (at $1,000 per person) a year for drugs that would cost around $30 billion a year in a free market.

The government rigs the deck for the rich and powerful in other ways as well. Under the current enforcement pattern in labor law, the government comes down like a ton of bricks on any union that breaks the rules – for example by having an unlawful strike. By contrast, companies get away with a slap on the wrist for even the most flagrant violations of labor law.

Our trade policy was designed to put downward pressure on wages for the bulk of the country's workforce by putting them in direct competition with low-paid workers in the developing world. This effect is exacerbated by the over-valued dollar. Meanwhile, those in relatively privileged professions, like doctors and lawyers, remain largely protected from international competition.

The list of ways in which the wealthy have structured the rules to ensure that they stay rich and get richer is lengthy. But the fact that the Very Serious People are looking to cut Social Security for the elderly and Medicaid for the unemployed at a time when Countrywide's Angelo Mozilo and Citigroup's Robert Rubin are still immensely rich is only the first reason that the public should be furious at those in power.

The second is the cause of the current downturn. The reason that we have 26 million people unemployed, underemployed or out of the work force altogether is not that we are poor, but rather that we are rich. The immediate problem facing our economy is not one of too few goods and resources; it is a problem of too little demand. And this is what should make the Wall Street Occupiers and everyone else absolutely furious at our leaders.

If people had more money in their pockets, then they would buy more goods and services. Companies would then hire more people to produce these goods and services and we would then have more jobs. The unemployment and poverty that the country is experiencing today is overwhelming the result of a failure of political will.

If the federal  government  increased spending on infrastructure, gave teens jobs cleaning up their neighborhoods, gave state and local governments the funds to keep teachers and firefighters employed and encouraged employers to shorten work hours rather than lay off workers, we could quickly get the economy back to full employment. Economists have known this story for more than 70 years, but somehow creating jobs doesn't rank as high on the priority list in Washington as cutting Social Security and Medicare.

In short we have an economic system that, even when it is working, has been rigged to redistribute income to rich. And we have a political system that at a time of immense economic distress is more focused on undercutting the means of support for working families than fixing the economy. It is hard to understand why everyone is not occupying Wall Street.