Thursday, October 27, 2011

Daily Digest October 27, 2011


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION
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JEUDI 27 OCTOBRE 2011
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PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE ACT OF SETTLEMENT PUTS THE QUEEN IN AN IMPOSSIBLE POSITION


The British prime minister wants to end what he terms 'discrimination'within the British monarchy against Roman Catholics, but the changes he proposes are virtually impossible to implement because the monarchy is a Protestant institution, in a similar manner to the way in which the monarchies of Belgium and Spain are Catholic institutions


Over three hundred years ago, the English parliament established what is termed the 'Protestant Succession', requiring future monarchs to be in Communion with the Church of England. These provisions are contained in several Acts, but mainly the Coronation Oath Act (1688) and the Act of Settlement (1701).


According to these Acts, the Queen was required to take an inviolable life-long oath at her Accession to: "…solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I am a faithful Protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments to secure the Protestant Succession to the Throne of my realm, uphold and maintain such enactments to the best of my power." Whilst no one parliament can bind another, the Oath taken by the Queen cannot be set aside and would therefore
explicitly prohibit her from giving Assent to any act of the British parliament which would rescind those laws relating to the Protestant religion.


As George III stated in 1801: "Where is the power on earth to absolve me from the observance of every sentence of that Oath, particularly the one requiring me to maintain the Protestant Reformed Religion?  … If I violate that Oath, I am no longer legal Sovereign in this country".


As long as these Acts remain in force, every King and Queen is required to take such an Oath at their Coronation, which means that as long as the monarch is required to give Assent, these laws cannot be changed whatever the prime minister or the parliament of the time may wish.


Philip Benwell MBE
National Chair
Australian Monarchist League
www.monarchist.org.au

A question: why would not the change proposed be limited to another Christian sub-set? Were it to be done ought not it be opened to other religions as well? Or not at all.

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Subject: Executive Dissertations: Not So Grande Prairie
From: Rory Koopmans <rjkoopmans74@gmail.com>

http://rjkoopmans.blogspot.com/2011/1
0/not-so-grande-prairie.html

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From: John Duddy <jduddy@telusplanet.net>
Subject: Pentagon : Hunt the Boeing! And test your perceptions! - www.asile.org

Hi Joe.

Check these official Pentagon pictures.  

http://www.911review.org/Wget/www.asile.org/citoyens/numero13/pentagone/erreurs_en.htm

JD

May I most highly recommend viewing this album.
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From: Gord Elliott
Subject: Decades Old Calvin and Hobbes Strip Succinctly Explains Occupy Wall Street Movement
http://slyoyster.hypervocal.com/cheap-thrills/2011/decades-old-calvin-and-hobbes-strip-succinctly-explains-occupy-wall-street-movement/

 Gord Elliott

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From: "Anthony Silvestro
Subject: Re - Quebec to get 3 more MPs in new distribution

Letter - Re - Quebec to get 3 more MPs in new distribution

This is beyond ridiculous. The country is heavily in debt, we are heading into a double dip recession in the new year and what is this so called "conservative government doing? Well why not spend a fortune and ad more seats, more MP salaries, expensive staff, expensive offices, more pensions…more money flushed down the toilet (not kebec) yearly. This will cost the taxpayers millions upon millions more yearly. Just sickening!!!

Here is some free advice idiots. Reduce the amount of seats where the provinces are over represented such as Kebec. This fixes the problem without costing a fortune. No need to cost country a fortune and ad all these new seats. Its pretty simple, reduce the amount of seats in certain provinces and in turn the provinces now underrepresented will be represented properly. Rep by pop!!! No more new seats, especially for Kebec, they are over represented already.

We have enough politicians already. Think dummies, think!!!

Anthony Silvestro

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From: Larry Kazdan
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Subject: Letter sent to all B.C. papers) re: Attempt to prosecute George Bush for torture rejected in B.C., The Canadian Press,  Oct 24 2011

Re:  Attempt to prosecute George Bush for torture rejected in B.C., The Canadian Press,  Oct 24 2011
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1075322

There is overwhelming evidence that the administration of George W. Bush was responsible for systematic abuses - kicking captives, confining them in boxes, depriving them of sleep and exposing them to cold temperatures, waterboarding, shackling them for prolonged periods, and threatening their families with ill-treatment.

The Canadian government has failed to bar Mr. Bush at the border or launch a prosecution as required by Canadian and international laws.  Even worse, the Attorney General of B.C. has stayed a private prosecution by three former and one current Guantanamo Bay detainees on the grounds there was "no realistic prospect" the federal attorney general would grant the consent that is required in cases involving non-Canadian citizens.
So why are our soldiers and airmen risking their lives overseas to establish the rule of law in other countries when that law is so selectively applied in Canada? Would former leaders from Sudan, Iran or North Korea tainted with torture be given a warm welcome and RCMP protection so they could give speeches at $600-a-plate dinners in Surrey?
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Subject: Letter to Editor re: Conservatives unload with both barrels on NDP tax-hike plan, jane taber, October 26, 2011

Re:  Conservatives unload with both barrels on NDP tax-hike plan, jane taber, October 26, 2011
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/conservatives-unload-with-both-barrels-on-ndp-tax-hike-plan/article2214022/

There may be a loophole in the Tax Free Savings Account program which allows older wealthy Canadian contributors to also collect the Guaranteed Income Supplement. But the program itself will cost the government billions in lost revenues. Although the Conservatives portray these plans as benefiting low and middle income savers, affluent Canadians are the only ones who can afford to lock away $5,000 each year for themselves, their spouses and other family members. The laws of compound interest tell us that TFSAs are a ticking fiscal time bomb which will detonate all the sooner if the Conservatives double the contribution limits as they propose.

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: RE: FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH

Joe--what a great article to wake up to.  Stephen Lendman does not believe he is dead either.  One thing for sure this theatre has done is to expose NATO and the other 'leaders' like Clinton for the despicable pieces of garbage they are.  Nothing is too evil for them to do. 
Becky
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Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 03:44:35 -0400
From: joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca
Subject: FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH

Dry your tears and continue the fight: the one you were shown was not Muammar Al-Gaddafi
http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=629132
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Subject: Baird's LTE to the Calgary Sun.  He can't answer our letters but he can put his lies in the media?  More lying through his fangs.

Libyans courageous
Re: "Libya still on precipice," (Editorial: Oct. 25). I was disappointed to see the Sun attacking those who helped protect Libyan men, women and children from Moammar Gadhafi's reign of terror. When the people of Libya rose up against their dictator, his first response was to murder as many as he could to maintain his grip on power. It was a courageous battle. Now the real work begins. The people who you criticize have publicly committed to respect democracy, human rights and the rule of law. They are drafting the country's constitution and have pledged to put it to a vote. I have met many members of Libya's National Transitional Council, including doctors, lawyers, university professors and others who have put everything, including their lives on the line. They have all committed to a process of national reconciliation. On my last trip to Libya, I hosted a round table with Libyan women's rights advocates to discuss the vital role women must play in the new Libya and its democratic institutions. Canada will hold the NTC and new government to account and ensure women's rights are protected.

John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs

(We were clearly criticizing Sharia law — which your letter fails to mention— not anyone's fight for democracy)
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Subject: [On-Guard] Canada taking the lead in contaminated toys?  Where are all the government inspectors we pay for?  China is bad, Canada ok?

Spin Master to pay $1.3M fine in tainted toy case: source
http://www.900chml.com/News/National/Article.aspx?id=307897

The Canadian Press

TORONTO -
Canadian toy maker Spin Master has reportedly agreed to pay the U.S. government a $1.3 million fine in connection with the sale of popular arts-and-crafts beads that sickened about a dozen children in the U.S.

A U.S. government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, has told The Associated Press that the announcement is expected Thursday morning.

The Aqua Dots toy beads were imported by the Toronto-based company and its subsidiary in Los Angeles, in 2007.

The toys were recalled after tests showed they were coated with a chemical that, when ingested, can metabolize into the so-called "date-rape" drug gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB). Children who swallow the beads may become comatose, develop respiratory depression, or have seizures.

The U.S. commission alleged that Spin Master knowingly failed to report a defect and hazard associated with Aqua Dots. It also accused the company of knowingly importing and selling a banned hazardous substance.

Spin Master has agreed to the settlement, the U.S. official said, but denies allegations that it knowingly violated the law.

About 28,000 Aqua Dots toys were sold in Canada between April and November 2007. Health Canada said at the time it had not received any reports of illness or injury to Canadian children.

The toys consisted of tiny coloured beads that stick together when sprayed with water, forming fun designs and shapes. About four million of the kits were recalled in November 2007 in the U.S. and Canada.

Privately held Spin Master is Canada's largest toy manufacturer and the fourth largest in North America.

_ With files from The Associated Press.

Everything coming in from China ought to be subject to inspection and any breaking the law forbidden to import again. My view, what's yours?
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Subject: [On-Guard] StatsCan

To paraphrase Mark Twain's statement--"there are lies, there are damn lies, and then there is StatsCan?  And of course Kooky Wendy is on side with StatsCan.  Notice they don't say how many of the long guns involved in crimes were registered.  They can spin anything.
becky

With gun registry poised to die, StatsCan reports ongoing drop in gun killings
http://www.900chml.com/News/National/Article.aspx?id=307822

Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Advocates for gun control could only shrug with resignation Wednesday as Statistics Canada reported fewer murders with rifles and shotguns — one day after Ottawa issued a death warrant for the controversial long-gun registry.

The agency's annual study of homicide rates found the number of murders committed using firearms slid seven per cent from 2009 to 2010, continuing a downward trend that's been taking place over the past three decades.
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Subject: FW: Gadhafi, the man who came to dinner

Joe-- sent this to Mallick after reading the article you posted on the DD
Becky
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To: hmallick@thestar.ca
Subject: Gadhafi, the man who came to dinner
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:16:13 -0400

Heather--the most despicable genocidal governments on the planet is the US and israel.  You condemn Gadhaffi with no proof and make light of the genocide created by the US and NATO.  Your statement that "Nazi cxhildren were treated with great decency by the Allies" rings hollow.  Were the children murdered in the bombing of Dresden treated with decency?  Were the millions of Germans raped and murdered by the allies treated with decency?  History is so easy to distort and now I know why--because the original stories have nothing to do with the actual truth.  Hussein was murdered by the US to justify their genocide in Iraq where over a million people have been killed and generations to come are contaminated with DU, just like Afghanistan and Libya are. 
Please do a little reading and discover the truth about the rape and pillage of Libya.  You seem to be laughing about the destruction of Libya just like the despicable Hilary Clinton.
becky

"DU" has got to go!
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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe, Rather ironic how the Occupy protests have morphed into places, where people are reading Noam Chomsky and other like minded individuals, who have predicted long ago, the rising of the people, against the corporate takeover of government, and government becoming willing partners of the corporate guys. On one essay by Chomsky, called 'The Carter Administration: Myth and Reality', " Perhaps the most striking feature of the new Administration is the role played in it by the Trilateral Commission. The mass media had little to say about this matter during the Presidential campaign -- in fact, the connection of the Carter group to the Commission was recently selected as "the best censored news story of 1976" -- and it has not received the attention that it might have since the Administration took office. All of the top positions in the government -- the office of President, Vice-President, Secretary of State, Defense and Treasury -- are held by members of the Trilateral Commission, and the National Security Advisor was its director. Many lesser officials also came from this group. It is rare for such an easily identified private group to play such a prominent role in an American Administration. "  http://www.chomsky.info/books/priorities01.htm
 
The above article was written in 1981, and the Trilateral Commission was grown and blossom. No doubt has their hands not only on the economies of the world, as well as government policy (especially the policies that pay some type of benefit to the citizens), and are behind the scenes in all the little wars and famines. You could call them the front guys, or the head honchos of the mafia, working for the one percenters. One important work of the Trilateral Commission, is, " The Trilateral Commission has issued one major book-length report, namely, The Crisis of Democracy (Michel Crozier, Samuel Huntington, and Joji Watanuki, 1975). Given the intimate connections between the Commission and the Carter Administration, the study is worth careful attention, as an indication of the thinking that may well lie behind its domestic policies, as well as the policies undertaken in other industrial democracies in the coming years. "
 
What is it all about?  " The report argues that what is needed in the industrial democracies "is a greater degree of moderation in democracy" to overcome the "excess of democracy" of the past decade. "The effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires some measure of apathy and noninvolvement on the part of some individuals and groups." This recommendation recalls the analysis of Third World problems put forth by other political thinkers of the same persuasion, for example, Ithiel Pool (then chairman of the Department of Political Science at MIT), who explained some years ago that in Vietnam, the Congo, and the Dominican Republic, "order depends on somehow compelling newly mobilized strata to return to a measure of passivity and defeatism... At least temporarily the maintenance of order requires a lowering of newly acquired aspirations and levels of political activity." The Trilateral recommendations for the capitalist democracies are an application at home of the theories of "order" developed for subject societies of the Third World.
The problems affect all of the trilateral countries, but most significantly, the United States. As Huntington points out, "for a quarter century the United States was the hegemonic power in a system of world order" -- the Grand Area of the CFR [Council on Foreign Relations]. "A decline in the governability of democracy at home means a decline in the influence of democracy abroad." He does not elaborate on what this "influence" has been in practice, but ample testimony can be provided by survivors in Asia and Latin America.

As Huntington observes, "Truman had been able to govern the country with the cooperation of a relatively small number of Wall Street lawyers and bankers," a rare acknowledgement of the realities of political power in the United States. But by the mid-1960s this was no longer possible since "the sources of power in society had diversified tremendously," the "most notable new source of power" being the media. In reality, the national media have been properly subservient to the state propaganda system, a fact on which I have already commented. Huntington's paranoia about the media is, however, widely shared among ideologists who fear a deterioration of American global hegemony and an end to the submissiveness of the domestic population.

A second threat to the governability of democracy is posed by the "previously passive or unorganized groups in the population," such as "blacks, Indians, Chicanos, white ethnic groups, students and women -- all of whom became organized and mobilized in new ways to achieve what they considered to be their appropriate share of the action and of the rewards." The threat derives from the principle, already noted, that "some measure of apathy and noninvolvement on the part of some individuals and groups" is a prerequisite for democracy. Anyone with the slightest understanding of American society can supply a hidden premise: the "Wall Street lawyers and bankers" (and their cohorts) do not intend to exercise "more self-restraint." We may conclude that the "greater degree of moderation in democracy" will have to be practiced by the "newly mobilized strata."

Chomsky views it as this back in 1981, "Its vision of "democracy" is reminiscent of the feudal system. On the one hand, we have the King and Princes (the government). On the other, the commoners. The commoners may petition and the nobility must respond to maintain order. There must however be a proper "balance between power and liberty, authority and democracy, government and society." "Excess swings may produce either too much government or too little authority." In the 1960s, Huntington maintains, the balance shifted too far to society and against government. "Democracy will have a longer life if it has a more balanced existence," that is, if the peasants cease their clamor. Real participation of "society" in government is nowhere discussed, nor can there be any question of democratic control of the basic economic institutions that determine the character of social life while dominating the state as well, by virtue of their overwhelming power. Once again, human rights do not exist in this domain."

Thus the citizens, the peasants are under the illusion that countries have open and transparent democracies. The 99 percenters, and all the other protests in the world, are a direct threat to the one percenters - the kings and queens. In a game of chess, the 99 percenters are the pawns, and perhaps the Trilateral Commission are the knights protecting the one percenters. Given the evidence found on the Trilateral Commission web site, " The "growing interdependence" that so impressed the founders of the Trilateral Commission in the early 1970s has deepened into "globalization." That interdependence also has ensured that the current financial crisis has been felt in every nation and region. It has fundamentally shaken confidence in the international system as a whole. The Commission sees in these unprecedented events a stronger need for shared thinking and leadership by the Trilateral countries, who (along with the principal international organizations) have been the primary anchors of the wider international system. Doubts about whether and how this primacy will change do not diminish, and, if anything, have intensified the need to take into account the dramatic transformation of the international system. As relations with other countries become more mature—and power more diffuse—the leadership tasks of the original Trilateral countries need to be carried out with others to an increasing extent.

As our conviction has strengthened that the Commission remains more important than ever in helping our countries fulfill their shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system, we too have changed. Our membership has widened to reflect broader changes in the world. Thus, the Japan Group has become a Pacific Asian Group, including in 2009 both Chinese and Indian members. Mexican members have been added to the North American Group. The European Group continues to widen in line with the enlargement of the EU. We are also continuing in this triennium our practice of inviting a number of participants from other key areas."

http://www.trilateral.org/go.cfm?do=Page.View&pid=5

On the publication page, a real eye opener of reducing labour costs, government benefits such as unemployment benefits, and yes you guess it, even the pensions such as CPP to be reduced. After all it inhibits growth of the economy, and people who are retired, should actually be working at any capacity to earn their keep in the world. No wonder the 99 percenters are protesting, and imagine this, the one percenters  now have the courage to brag about their self-entitlement, all based on the first set of papers published by the Trilateral Commission. Here is one article that is under publications, by a member of the Trilateral Commission.

"The measures needed to put this right will  deliver big returns in the long run, but  are difficult politically, and sometimes slow to deliver results in the short run ie. before the next election.
Let me illustrate my point by referring to some the things the OECD recommended the Irish Government do to lift Ireland's growth potential. The OECD said there should be

 A Further decline in labour costs. This may be possible to negotiate  in the private sector, but difficult in the public sector because of the Croke Park deal.  But the German example shows that  reducing comparative labour costs does lead to big competitiveness gains over time. Germany is now getting the benefit of labour cost reductions it accepted  ten years ago.
 Imposing Civil fines for breaches in competition law. This is essential ,but will take time to deliver  results.
Cutting legal and medical fees charged by the professions.  Again very important, but will take time. It involves  taking on groups that are very good at getting media attention. The resistance to hospital  service reorganisation  shows how medical interests can manipulate public opinion, even though they are intelligent people and  know the  country is in receivership.
Reducing  Long term unemployment benefit  rates,  the longer a person remains unemployed, and addressing  disincentives to taking up work,  caused by rent supplements.  The present rates of payment are apparently such that Ireland  has the highest "replacement rate" (80%) in the OECD. The replacement rate is  a formula that  compares  the level of social welfare income,   to wage income. The average OECD replacement rate is 60%
Improving  reading and maths standards in Irish schools, which have dramatically disimproved  by comparison with other OECD countries,  since 2000. "
http://www.johnbruton.com/

Before anyone leaves the site of the Trilateral Commission, check out the members, which is a whose who list that holds key positions in the government, or close ties with the government. Yes, the knights protecting the one percenters.

"A legal challenge launched Wednesday by the Canadian Wheat Board to stop Conservative efforts to dismantle the agency is "reckless and baseless," federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says." http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1076277--tories-slams-canadian-wheat-board-legal-challenge

"Intellectual property law firm Ridout and Maybee LLP, which represents the Legion, threatened legal action against a motorcycle group, the Canadian Veteran Freedom Riders (CVFR), September 1 if they did not remove the poppy from their logo."  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/10/26/ottawa-legion-poppy-trademark.html

"The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is scheduled to decide by November 7 whether to accept Taseko's revised "New Prosperity Mine" project in B.C.'s interior for review – a project the company itself has said would wreak more damage than its first proposal. Take action. Taseko's first proposal was rejected by the federal government last November, after a huge public outcry over the fate of trout-rich Fish Lake, sacred to the Tsilhqot'in Nation. Sierra Club BC supporters alone sent almost 2,000 letters to the Prime Minister."  http://pacificfreepress.com/news/1/10025-fish-lake-prospectors-back-return-of-the-zombie-gold-miners.html

"In a black-robed coup against our democracy, the Supremes ruled that a corporation's money is "speech" and that CEOs may dump unlimited sums of it into their own ad campaigns to elect or defeat any candidates they choose."  http://www.truth-out.org/we-people-not-we-corporations/1319632343

"Cain said he believed that the protesters are driven by envy of the rich. "I find the one thing [the protesters] have in common revolves around the human emotions of envy and entitlement," he said. "What you have is more than what I have, and I'm not happy with my situation"  http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/owss-beef-wall-street-isnt-winning-its-cheating-20111025?link=mostpopular2

"Mr. Topp and other leftists do have a point when they say that rising income inequality can choke off economic growth. This is a legitimate concern in the United States, where income concentration is approaching levels not seen since the late 1920s. But the same isn't true in Canada, where, as a recent Conference board of Canada report shows, income inequality is still at a level well below that of the United States."  http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Topp%2Brich%2Bplan%2Bwork/5600482/story.html

"Google's recently released transparency report shows not only which countries have asked to have content removed. Google also received requests from an unnamed US law enforcement agency to take down videos of police brutality, which Google did not remove. Google also received a request from a different local law enforcement agency to remove videos that allegedly defamed law enforcement officials; it again did not comply with the request."
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/who-wanted-google-to-remove-police-brutality-videos.html#ixzz1bzB5R9o9

"The deal, announced in the early hours of Thursday, will see private bondholders of Greek debt accept a 50 per cent loss on their investment, while banks will be recapitalized and the size of the currency bloc's rescue fund will be leveraged to €1-trillion ($1.4-trillion U.S.). " http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/world-stocks-euro-jump-to-2-month-high-on-eu-crisis-deal/article2215424/?cmpid=nl-news1

All the above citations, are the voices of the kings and queens, working away to whittle away the wealth of the 99 percenters, to overcome the excesses of democracy, that is the greatest threat to the one percenters and their wealth. By any means possible, including theft, murder and outright lies.

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