Monday, October 03, 2011

Daily Digest October 3, 2011


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION

Party's over: Harper government moves to kill taxpayer subsidies for political parties
The Harper government will introduce legislation Tuesday to scrap direct taxpayer subsidies
for federal political parties over three years, Postmedia News has learned.
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Dear Ottawa: Stop Online Spying

Stop Online Spying
Under the intense pressure of the 70,000-strong Stop Online Spying campaign, the government pulled the invasive online spying bills from its omnibus crime package.

But the government is still determined to introduce the plan for invasive and costly online spying. They have already paved the way for the plan to take force by introducing amendments to Canadian privacy rules.

The online spying plan will allow authorities to access the private information of any Canadian at any time, without a warrant. Your personal information could be caught up in a digital dragnet and entered into a giant insecure registry of private data.

By forcing digital service providers to install costly online surveillance infrastructure, this scheme will create red tape for online innovators and businesses. It takes Canada in the wrong direction­a dangerous move when families are already falling behind during unstable economic times.

If we care about privacy, the open Internet, and our basic democratic rights, it's time to tell Ottawa to stop this irresponsible plan NOW.

Please fill in the form on the right to send a message to your MP and tell everyone you know to do the same. >>>
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From: Larry Kazdan
To: "Letters (ott)" <letters@ottawacitizen.com>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Party's over: Harper government moves to kill taxpayer subsidies for political parties, Mark Kennedy,  October 3, 2011


Re:  Party's over: Harper government moves to kill taxpayer subsidies for political parties, Mark Kennedy,  October 3, 2011
http://www.canada.com/news/Party+over+Harper+government+moves+kill+taxpayer+subsidies+political+parties/5495955/story.html

Stephen Harper is ending the modest subsidy program for political parties, not for partisan advantage, but to use Canadians' tax dollars with great care, especially in a time of fiscal restraint, when families are struggling to make ends meet.  This is especially urgent when public funds must be carefully rationed for building fake lakes and gazebos, for flying government ministers from their vacation spots, and for procuring big-ticket military jets through untendered contracts whose final multi-billion dollar price tag is accelerating faster than the planes ever will.

Larry Kazdan,
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To: "letters (Edm Journal)" <letters@edmontonjournal.com>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Op Ed: Fighting terrorism on two fronts,  Lorne
 Gunter,

Re:  Op Ed: Fighting terrorism on two fronts,  Killing an al-Qaida leader is important, but so is teaching Western values
By Lorne Gunter, Freelance October 2, 2011
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Fighting%2Bterrorism%2Bfronts/5490209/story.html

The U.S. and its allies have manipulated intelligence to justify foreign invasion, secretly rendered suspects to third countries where they have been tortured, eroded civil liberties at home, and engaged in extra-judicial assassination of Muslim clerics by missile strikes from unmanned drones.   Teaching the values of Western society - freedom, individual rights and the rule of law - will be pretty useless if our deeds keep clashing so harshly with our words.
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To: letters@freepress.mb.ca
Subject: Letter to Editor re: World a 'safer place' now: MacKay,  Staff Writer,

Re:  World a 'safer place' now: MacKay,  Staff Writer, 10/1/2011
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/world-a-safer-place-now-mackay-1309

Peter MacKay may think the world a safer place after the extra-judicial killing of a Muslim cleric.  But this assassination could just as easily fuel the flames of radicalism, leading to more youthful recruits and a cycle of terrorism and revenge.  And when a state starts executing its own citizens without trial because they are deemed a sufficient threat, it sets a rather frightening precedent.
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To: torsun.editor@sunmedia.ca
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Cheney was right man for post-9/11 job, Brian Lilley,

Re:  Cheney was right man for post-9/11 job, Brian Lilley, Thursday, September 29, 2011
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/29/cheney-was-right-man-for-post-911-job

Dick Cheney will forever be linked inextricably with tens of thousands of military and civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq, the bankrupting of America through excessive costs of war, the abuse of human rights through rendering and torture, and the erosion of civil liberties at home.  If historians ever describe Cheney as one of the best vice-presidents the U.S. ever had, it will only be because that history will be written by fascists
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To: letters@lfpress.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Canadians do not support death penalty,  Aubrey Harris,

Re:  Canadians do not support death penalty,  Aubrey Harris,  October 1, 2011
http://www.lfpress.com/comment/2011/09/30/18764686.html

Like most Canadians, I am against the death penalty.  But I do think there should be serious consequences to those responsible for the execution of persons who turn out to be innocent.

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: How can we stand by and let this continue?  NATO bombing hospitals and no one says anything
News from Libya Oct 3 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRi42p-mNhA
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Subject: when do the cops start shooting?

'Occupy Wall Street' Harassed While Bankers Go Free
 If this is justice, I'd rather break the law.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29289.htm
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Subject: [On-Guard] just take the President's word for it--he knows best???

Obama Admin Has No Proof That Anwar Al Awlaki Was Involved In Terrorist Activity
 Video: This is disgraceful, horrendous and embarrassing.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29283.htm
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Subject:  And Canada isn't controlled by secret groups???  And sadly it is the same group that controls the planet.

Is Russia Ruled by a Secret Politburo?
By JR Nyquist    10/03/2011

During a broadcast of Shuster Live, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk publicly stated that the real rulers of Russia are "one step above" Prime Minister Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev. "The situation in Russia became such that not one or two people run the country," Kravchuk explained, "Putin and Medvedev do not determine the future of Russia and the world. Another group determines the policy."...
[read full article at link below]
http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/jr-nyquist/2011/10/03/is-russia-ruled-by-a-secret-politburo

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From: Ross Bateman
Subject: Ontario wind power bringing down property values  An article like this will certainly help the real-estate market in southern Ontario, don't you think???

Ontario wind power bringing down property values
Ontario's rapid expansion in wind power projects has provoked a backlash from rural residents living near industrial wind turbines who say their property values are plummeting and they are unable to sell their homes, a CBC News investigation has found.
The government and the wind energy industry have long maintained turbines have no adverse effects on property values, health or the environment.

The CBC has documented scores of families who've discovered their property values are not only going downward, but also some who are unable to sell and have even abandoned their homes because of concerns nearby turbines are affecting their health.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/09/30/ontario-wind-power-property-values.html?cmp=rss
http://www.kellyaerospace.com/wind_turbine_deice.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3FZtmlHwcA&NR=1

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From: Ray Strachan <railrjs@yahoo.ca>
Subject: Alberta Edition Report 2001
 
While rearranging the clutter in my house, no, its not a pigsty but does get cluttered in time. I found The October 22 ,2001  Alberta Edition Report,News Magazine. This was not page 1, it was on The Cover.
 
In black ,over one inch high, the words  "BACKWARD MARCH"     under that,
 
"The Liberals have reduced Canada`s ,Once-Formidable War Machine, to a National embarrassment..
 
Under that ,a large picture of Jean Chretien wearing a United Nations helmet.
 
Inside magazine, Pg 10 the full story by Terry O`Neill. (God,if we only had more fighters like Mr. O`Neill)
 
The Canadian military had only upped Defense spending by $2.3 Billion in several years Mr.Harper could do that,probably bi-weekly  .
 
The National Post  on Sept 20 2001,according to the article ,published the fact that,according to A National Post poll, 81% of Canadians wanted to beef up the military to prepare for war.
 
We have it made now dont we,?    If 11.3%  wanted ,in a poll,to up Canadian military spending for war,I`m sure our Government would say ~close enough~ legal or not legal.
 
Ray Strachan.

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From: Dan Kahraman
Subject: MSNBC on NYPD Police Brutality during Occupy Wall Street Lawrence O'donnell with "The Last Word"

MSNBC on NYPD Police Brutality during Occupy Wall Street Lawrence O'donnell with "The Last Word"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgr3DiqWYCI&feature=related

http://dailybail.com/home/must-read-editorial-protesters-arrested-while-wall-street-cr.html
http://dailybail.com/home/video-crowd-chants-fck-the-fed-at-occupy-boston-rally-outsid.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sygV7dI0adk
http://12160.info/profiles/blogs/j-p-morgan-chase-donates-4-6-million-to-nypd-occupywallstreet
http://nsnbc.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/tnc-in-chaos-80-of-tipoli-under-green-banner/

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Subject: Thought-Provoking Articles
From: Steve Campbell

Harvey Mackay: Integrity, even today, is all that matters
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20111002/COLUMN/111009991/1021&parentprofile=1061

"The Destiny of Mankind Hinges upon Gold" - Be sure to read the comments.
http://www.henrymakow.com/the_destiny_of_mankind_hinges.html

Is Justin Raimondo a "threat to national security"
http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/202217.html

New Plan to Help You Take Back Your Health Freedoms
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/01/about-health-liberty.aspx

Food Matters - The Movie
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/02/food-matters-the-movie.aspx?e_cid=20111002_SNL_Art_1

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From: Rene Moreau
Subject: Re: Rene, Are the criticisms leveled valid or not? .....Joe.

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
   re; Dan Gardner's article.
   It may be time to check out Tony Clement's outstanding bio, about
his being from Cyprus, and not Sicily. Many others believe the version
put out for the public.  Now, of course, he is head of the Treasury
Board, which gives him power over the B of C, The Wheat Board, etc.,
etc., and who is watching? The NDP, try to find out who EXACTLY, at
the NDP, cares, because an examination of the critics for the  Wheat
Board, for instance will  Malcolm Allen, so you call, 'no, not
Malcolm, call Pat Martin, so you do call, and get no answer.
   Then, Bank of Canada, then Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
   Then Rae, the 'putsch-er,' is the interim leader of the Liberals.
   It is time to check if  'Harper's Handlers', have killed the
opposition, with help,  in more ways than one!
   The next step, would be the incarceration of same in 13 billion
dollars worth of  jails.

                                                               Rene
Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: Robert Ede
Subject: CBC "Trouble with Experts" show - broadcast Sept 30/11
http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episode/the-trouble-with-experts.html#

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Subject: Executive Dissertations: Miracle On The Prairies According II Doug Elniski All Is As It Should Be With The World
From: Rory Koopmans
http://rjkoopmans.blogspot.com/2011/10/miracle-on-prairies-according-ii-doug.html

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Subject: Re: A fiat action based on ideology
From: Barry Blackman

just curious needs to know...
did they just declare a religious, civil or class war  on the 60% of the others voters in the land...
or perhaps they're just hoping that this action is to be just seen as civil disobedience... for now?
If you've noticed... they're doing this in their first year of their majority so that when their term ends
they won't have to face their critics because after 5 years they won't have to face their critics during an election cycle... or so they think...
looks like its gunna be a VERY LONG 5 years till we can correct the  multiple mistakes being made now
along with multiple ideological errors and omissions that will be clearly present for all to see...
with the blame or gain clear and present for all to see ... they are pressing there ideological mandate early!
and I'm left wondering if recall campaigns are even possible

sign me
Just Curious in NE BC

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From: Vern Bretin
Subject: FW: Political stuff LTE

Hi Joe:  Wonder how many DD followers would wish the legal establishment evaluate how we can stop politicians from acting in a treasonable manner??

Believe it or not, the local Rep printed this offering in their Sept.30th edition.  Wonder if some politicians will get the message.  Regards, Vern

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To: editor@leducrep.com
Subject: Political stuff LTE
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:21:08 -0600


Att'n. Michelle Clarke:  Have been concerned about the lack of MSM discussions on the merits/demerits associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  Hope you consider printing my offering if you don't think it will affect advertising revenues.  Thanks, Vern    780 986 1067


All for Canada?                                                          09/11
 

We have political leadership candidates of all stripes in Alberta vying for your vote.  The PC's, Wildrose, Alberta Party, Liberals & NDP spokespersons all seem to evade offering 'good for Alberta & Canada' platform positions.  Then we have our Calgarian Prime Minister leading the pack promoting the export of investments and long term jobs to the U.S. as well.

The proposed TransCanada Pipeline Corp. Keystone XL pipeline from Ft. McMurray to the Gulf Coast of Texas is to transport unrefined bitumen to refineries & petrochemical plants in the U.S. for processing into finished products.  Where are our politicians who would require the refining & petrochemical plant processing of OUR oil in Canadian facilities?

The fed's talk out of both sides of their mouth.  The rhetoric has it that we're facing dire straits in our economy & must tighten our belts to weather the storm.  Why then do they promote the Keystone XL proposal in the U.S. as a wonderful project to create hundreds of thousands of jobs for American citizens and fail to tell their own citizens of the loss to the economy of Canada  that this export of bitumen would cause?

Might it be considered treasonous to deprive Canada from the benefits of cross Canada pipelines to serve Canadian refineries & petrochemical plants which could offer finished products for domestic use and export?

Would our southern & offshore customers consider Canadian sources of the finished products a safe, friendly & reliable source?

Have our political elite & wannabees all been religiously converted to the corporatism doctrines?  Where in the wilderness will someone stand up for the good of Albertans & Canadians by demanding in-Canada processing of our resources?  Will our legal establishment be able to come up with a clear definition of what might be called traitorous intent and have our crime bills include prosecution of those found to be involved ?

Lets measure the actions or non-actions of our political elite & wannabees to see if they're acting for the long term good of Albertans & Canada. 

Your and my grandchildren, & their offspring, deserve to be assured of meaningful employment opportunities.  Processing in Canada of our raw resources will support an economy where ample tax income to gov'ts will allow for balanced budgets & improvements to existing & new social programs.

Let's get at it---NOW.  Just check with the PC leadership wannabees & the other party leaderships to see if their interests are for the long term good of Canadians.  Which one will stand up for Canada?

Perhaps our academics can enlighten us on the advantages to Canada that job taxes collected in Texas over the next 50 years will do for the economy of Canada??

Respectfully, Vern Bretin

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From: Bob Taubman
Subject: Re: A fiat action based on ideology

Hi Joe,
 
Who is really surprised at the actions of Harper's government.?  Those who thought Chretien was arrogant, well, we have now seen what uber-arrogance is like and it will continue for at least another four years.  Baird, McKay, Clement, et al.  No need to answer to the public, no need to defend their actions.  This is more like a group dictatorship than a democracy.  Well, we got what we asked for.  Four more years, four more years, four more years.......................
 
 
Bob Taubman,
Ottawa, ON

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From: Dave Hurren
Subject: Re: A fiat action based on ideology

Wheat board policy is a relatively obscure topic for most people in these parts. Granted, I may not represent mainstream Niagara in this sentiment, but I can only conclude that this has grabbed your attention in some special way. Having regard to the fact that I am probably not as well read nor as intelligent and those who post more frequently to this site, I am more inclined to rail against the indecent haste employed in passing the omnibus crime bill (some how euphemistically labeled the "Safe Streets etc. Act").  Our civil rights are being systematically stripped away to  create more "reported" (as opposed Vic Toews' vast cesspool of "unreported") crime in an effort to criminalize otherwise law abiding citizens to ultimately fill the jails the Cons intend to build.
 
Joe, why would you think your criticism is invalid?  It is just another example of how we are all being dragged into the tar pit of democracy, one foul step at a time.
Ah, but  then again, maybe you're just trying to motivate the students and inject some spirit into the debate.
 
DH

Just trying offer the opportunity for those supporting The Harper Government to state why.
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