Sunday, October 30, 2011

Daily Digest October 30, 2011



MP fears '$2B bonfire' if gun registry data erased
Scrapping the long-gun registry and all of its records could turn a $2-billion waste into
a "$2-billion bonfire," a New Democratic Party MP from Quebec says.

>>>>>>>>>>INFOS <<<<<<<<<<
23h51 - Appel à l'unité à Sorel-Tracy · Duceppe donne son appui à Marois
22h49 - Détenu à Guatanamo · Khadr admissible à un rapatriement au Canada
20h29 - Proches aidants · Cinq nouveaux carrefours de soutien dans la province
17h42 - Montréal · Des manifestants exigent l'abolition des fourrières privées
14h24 - Libye · La mort brutale de Kadhafi ne surprend pas Stephen Harper
13h18 - Tremblement de terre · Le Canada envoie des tentes en Turquie
13h06 - Direction du NPD · Robert Chisholm dans la course
12h24 - Halloween · Les détaillants seront gâtés
11h51 - Ces PDG qui ignorent le français · Délinquants contre admirables
10h45 - Commonwealth · Le Canada menace de boycotter le prochain sommet
10h11 - Dossier de la construction · Trois femmes pour «nettoyer» l'industrie
09h31 - Facture de 3200$ annulée · Hydro-Québec change d'avis
04h00 - Sondage | Politique · Seul Duceppe peut battre Legault

Texas conservatives reject Harper's crime plan - Politics - CBC News
Somethin' to consider if''n y'all haven't seen it afore now.

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Achieving change: Is a global Robin Hood Tax the way to go?,   CATHERINE SOLYOM, The Gazette October 22, 2011

Re:  Achieving change: Is a global Robin Hood Tax the way to go?,   CATHERINE SOLYOM, October 22, 2011

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty states that a Robin Hood tax of 0.05 per cent - levied on transactions involving shares, bonds and derivatives - smacks of "punitive action".  Mr. Flaherty, I currently pay a sales tax of 12% on every purchase I make.  Why is punishment of such a larger magnitude reserved for me and other Canadians, but not the big banks?

From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
Subject: Topp Of The Mornin To Ya

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Suite #203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2
October XXIXth, MMXI
Hon. Edward Broadbent, PC
The Broadbent Institute
Dear Mr. Broadbent, Ed:
I find your speculations on the fact that Linda Duncan, MP would make an excellent adversary as the next NDP Leader federally against Mr. Harper. The fact that she is from Alberta & that she beat Rahim Jaffer makes her a powerful provincial counterpunch to the Prime Minister, also an Alberta MP. Also, the fact that Ryan Hastman, her last Conservative Party opponent in Edmonton-Strathcona agrees with you on this matter (although puzzling to me) agrees with you, makes the comments seem all the more realistic. But I do find it strange that you are endorsing Ms. Duncan as I thought you were on the record as backing Brian Topp.

From: Peter Ineson
Subject: Points to Ponder

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to today's "occupations" & protests:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Countries that ban homosexuality risk losing aid, warns David Cameron..."This is an issue where we are pushing for movement, we are prepared to put some money behind what we believe...."
I am speechless after reading this article.  In Ontario Tim Hortons kicked two lesbians out of the business after a pastor complained that they were indulging in sexual behaviour in front of his children and others in the restaurant.  The uproar over this from the radio show I listen to was startling to say the least.  We were accused by the moderator of being homophobic because we applauded Tim Hortons.  Would the reaction have been the same if they had been heterosexuals?  Actually the minister thought they were a man and a woman!

We see the gay pride parades with nude or almost nude homos and lesbians walking down the street.  If these were heterosexual people they would be arrested.
I cannot believe that the taxpayer of Canada paid for Harper to attend this meeting to complain about the treatment of homosexuals in other countries while NATO just spent 7 months bombing innocent Libyans.  What an insane world.

Those that stand for nothing will fall for everything.  I wonder if Cameron means humanitarian aid like we just gave to Libya???
I don't care if they are homosexuals or heterosexuals, this kind of behaviour in public is for one reason only--to destroy the morality and ethics of our society.  And they are succeeding with the help of our governments. 
Subject: FW: The War Criminals Who Bombed Libya
By Stephen J. Gray

"First, the [Libyan] war is illegal under the United States constitution and our War Powers Act, because only the US Congress has the authority to declare war and the president has been unable to show that the US faced an imminent threat from Libya." (Dennis Kucinich, American Congressman, writing in the Guardian U.K Newspaper July 6, 2011.) [1]

Libya has been bombed non-stop for around eight months all in the name of a "humanitarian mission." The main perpetrators of this atrocity are the so-called "civilized political leaders" of the western world. Their partners in war crimes are NATO and the Al-Qaeda [2] led rebels. The propaganda merchants for the war were mostly the mainstream media who gave credibility to its illegality and mostly covered up the Al-Qaeda led connection to the rebels. The victims of this war are the Libyan people, men women, and children. Their homes destroyed and reduced to "smithereens." [3] Thousands killed or maimed all in the name of a "humanitarian mission," and a "responsibility to protect." Orwellian doublespeak is the vocabulary of this political filth that rule over us: Killing civilians and children [4] in order to save them! Destroying a country in order to protect it! And "proud"[5] of their obscene and dirty work in the process. No words are strong enough to describe the sick hypocrisy and insane rhetoric coming out of the mouths of these so called political "leaders" who call themselves "The Friends of Libya."  . . .
Subject: this is the response to my LTE in the Calgary Sun--do these writers
 ever get their head out of their you know what?????

NATO overstepped
The UN mandate was for NATO to provide humanitarian aid, not kill Moammar Gadhafi. So is NATO admitting it overstepped its mandate by now pulling out of Libya because they state that he is dead? The Libyan people do not want NATO-controlled "rebels" in charge, so why would anyone believe the fighting will cease? Oh right — Gadhafi was the "bad guy," the rebels are killing out of love of the people?
Rebecca Gingrich
(The rebels are freedom fighters, not murderers.)

From: "Sandra Finley" <>
Subject: Paul Martin on Natural Capital, CBC Radio podcast, very good discussion
Note:  This interview with Paul Martin is not directly about Paul Hawken's book "Natural Capitalism" (Hawken who also wrote "Blessed Unrest").

Paul Martin on Natural Capital

Friday October 28, 2011
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin tells us about a concept called natural capital, an idea that would see our water, forests and other resources put on the country's balance sheets.
Part Three of The Current
Natural Capital - Paul Martin

The slap-happy beaver, for centuries a centerpiece of Canadian economic growth. Today, many people consider them pests because of the wetlands they help create. But it turns out, those wetlands may have real value.

So once again, the beaver may be a valuable contributor to the economy. We heard from Glynnis Hood, an associate professor of Environmental Science at the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus and the author of The Beaver Manifesto.

Increasingly, economists are considering putting nature on the balance sheet ... a concept called natural capital. On one side of the ledger, ecosystems perform invaluable services like flood control, pollination, carbon sequestration and water purification.

One estimate suggests insect pollination is worth hundreds of billions of dollars globally. The economic value of the Canadian boreal forest has been pegged at 700 billion dollars annually ... just by being there. On the other side of the ledger, the world's top 3,000 companies do 2.2 trillion dollars in environmental damage a year according to one estimate .

Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has become a major proponent of bringing natural capital on to the national accounts. And he joined us from his office in Montreal.

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
Something to do, while making your point and the disposal of junk mail.

"Not everyone can spend days camping at their local Occupy Wall Street protest, but there are other ways to show your support. The video below demonstrates a fast, easy, free, and non-violent way to drive the big banks out of their greedy little minds.
And it’s sitting in your mailbox right now."  And it is no cost to your pocketbook.
Read more:

2. This really takes the cakes, on a former mucky-muck who thinks that corporations is a way to serve Canadians, You know the kind of Canadians they think we are - always willing to open our pocketbooks, as well as being passive and gullible.

"A recently retired general who headed a major cost-cutting effort at the Canadian Forces has been hired by CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) to head its new defence, public safety and intelligence unit.
Andrew Leslie, who retired as a lieutenant general earlier this month after a 30-year career, led a review that recommended more than $1 billion in cuts through a reorganization of National Defence headquarters, including chopping thousands of personnel.

"I look forward to serving Canadians in a different capacity but with equally targeted objectives," Leslie said in a statement."

As for the company he will be working at,

3. "The federal government claims that its omnibus crime law, and particularly the mandatory sentences imposed on drug crimes, will target serious organized criminals. This is hogwash; the law will create all manner of injustices. Here's one example.

In mid-September I represented a 67-year-old grandmother of four in a B.C. Provincial Court sentencing hearing. My client, call her Mrs. B, had pled guilty to producing marijuana for her own personal medical consumption. Mrs. B suffers from arthritis and fibromyalgia........"

4. "Bill C-10 is a massive piece of legislation of roughly 100 pages that rolls nine laws from organized and drug crime, to pardons, to child sex offenders, to migrants entering Canada and young offenders into a single omnibus law. The panel is focusing on how the bill's policy on mandatory minimum sentencing for selling, or even giving away a small amount of drugs, will criminalize a generation and attack some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

Get ready for the biggest increases in federal budgets, in housing all those so called criminals, and some very bad outcomes ordinary citizens will have to deal with. I can hear the dialing of the number 1-800-LAWYERS, having one on standby for breaking the many rules and regulations of laws,  as well as the money being made by the lawyers themselves.

5. Video below - what use to be called freedom fighters are not called rebels or terrorists depending on what country it is. Now people fleeing from war zones, can only look forward to camps, tents and threats of more violence if they want more than their rations of the UN or some other organization.

6. "As two years of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada reach an endgame, Czech officials are sticking to threats to block ratification if a controversial Canadian visa requirement is not lifted.

"We hope we won't need any visa at the time when the ratification procedure starts," Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Tlapa, who has taken part in the negotiations, told The Prague Post. "Otherwise, we will have a serious problem."

The ninth round of talks on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) ended Oct. 21 with formal offers from both Canada and the EU on both trade and investment with a goal of completing a deal next year. It remains an ambitious timeline, even with Czech reservations aside, considering the process must take into account concerns from all 27 EU member states as well as representatives from Canada's central government, 10 provinces and three territories. More recently, the Canadian public has expressed reservations about what some say is an asymmetrical deal."

Don't know whether to weep or shake your head, but one can be assure that this trade agreement with Europe, will not produce the jobs that have been reported by the Canadian officials. "CETA advocates say the deal will boost trade for both sides by some 20 percent and create around 80,000 jobs in Canada, promoting an annual economic growth of some 12 billion Canadian dollars (206 billion Kč). The EU would likewise generate around 80,000 new jobs, proponents say."  What a bunch of BS, and more like jobs disappearing into China, and increase profits lining the big corporations as well as revenues for governments.

7. Most important video to watch, and I only wish our politicians would take it seriously, and not leave it up for our great grandchildren to deal with. It is what our politicians should be discussing, and not the usual crap coming from their mouths. It is well worth listening to, and very easy to understand what we do now, can have impacts 30, 50 years down the road, but the governments are not listening. Why would they, when they are too busy creating laws, to make new criminals, or going to war creating economic activities after they bomb the heck of a country.

On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM, The Natroses wrote:

Hi Joe, " I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother's subjects in George Orwell's 1984 are better informed than Americans.

Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade. They don't realize that their liberties have been supplanted by a Gestapo Police State. Few understand that hard economic times are here to stay.

On October 27, 2011, the US government announced some routine economic statistics, and the president of the European Council announced a new approach to the Greek sovereign debt crisis. The result of these funny numbers and mere words sent the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to its largest monthly rally since 1974, erasing its 2011 yearly loss. The euro rose, putting the European currency again 40% above its initial parity with the US dollar when the euro was introduced.

On National Public Radio a half-wit analyst declared, emphatically, that the latest US government statistics proved that the recovery was in place and that there was no danger whatsoever of a double-dip recession. And half-brain economists predicted a better tomorrow.

Europe is happy because the European private banks, the creditors of the European governments, have agreed to eat 50% of Greece's sovereign debt and to be recapitalized by public money handed to them by the European Financial Stability Facility rescue fund. The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, thinks that Greece's debt is the only sovereign debt to be written down and that the debt of Italy, Spain, and Portugal will somehow be bailed out through other means, including a Chinese contribution to the EFSF rescue fund. Obviously, if all EU sovereign debt has to be cut by 50% as well, the rescue fund would not be up to the job.

For our corrupt financial markets, any news that can be spun as good news can send stocks up. But what are the facts?"

One of the examples from the above link is: "For example, personal consumption is reported to have increased 1.7%, but this surge in consumption took place despite a 1.7% collapse in consumer disposable income! In other words, if there was an increase in personal consumption, it come from drawing down savings or from incurring higher consumer debt.

A country's consumers cannot forever draw down savings or go deeper into debt. For an economy to recover, there must be growth in consumer income. That growth is nowhere to be seen in the US. A large percentage of the goods and services sold to Americans by American corporations are now produced abroad by foreign labor. Thus, Americans no longer received incomes from the production of the goods and services that they consume. The American consumer market is on its way out."

Another example of my own, is the recent income raises of 2 to 3 percent in public and private sectors. Spun as good economic news, another sign of economic recovery, but increases in wages does not even cover inflation, let alone the rising prices of goods and services. Therefore consumers are still knee deep in debt, and net growth of wages is zero, or negative net growth. Thus, the North American market, is setup in such a way, under the current economic system, to control the consumer market, through the control of wages.

In the Globe and Mail, "Income inequality, however, seems to be the kind of inequality that Canadians don't talk about much. Even the NDP seems to have changed its pitch in recent elections, appealing incessantly to the "middle class."
In the past 20 years, according to the Conference Board of Canada, income inequality in Canada has increased. During that period, only the top 20 per cent of income earners increased their share of national income, with the "super rich", or the top 1 per cent, doing best of all.

The U.S. is the most unequal Western democracy according to the Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality. Britain is also quite unequal. Canada stands between these anglosphere countries and the more equal continental Europeans."

However, the author does not even mention that income inequality goes hand in hand with the current global economic systems, current governance of countries, and their drive to remove all social responsibilities from governments, to the hands of the private citizens.

Much like the current drive of the Harper government, pushing this agenda, "Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is looking to reform federal grants to charities and non-profits. Funding would increasingly be tied to performance. Organizations would be enabled and encouraged to seek investments from individuals and corporations.

For now, only a few pilot projects are planned. But we can expect the Conservatives to widen this wedge as steadily and as quickly as public opinion permits. "

Countries of the world, are doing it in various forms, especially in the developed countries in the name of lower taxes, or at the very least paying the same amount of taxes without raising taxes, by asking citizens to take on the burden of being the provider and funding social causes that use to be funded by the government. Pass the hat economics, is back in and just like in WWI when health services for soldiers returning from the war front, were composed mainly of volunteers putting in their time, buying supplies, producing health supplies as well as other things to take care of those who were either at the war front or the home front. Even than, governments knew war was good for the bottom line of governments, and produced economic activities that provides steady tax revenues that were no longer dependent as much as to the number of jobs. In today's world, passing the hat economics is not much different between the kind that took place in WWI, except that governments are no more willing to fund for things, that do not produced revenues in the near future, as opposed to the far off future. Or another way of looking at it, the governments are no longer willing to fund for services that has costs for the governments, or where there is some type of benefit for citizens, and not necessarily a revenue producing type for governments.

Below, as outline in the last link, are the reasons why the government of Canada, and provinces are moving in this direction. "

Canadians don't give as much because we expect government to enact programs that bring help to those who need help, while Americans rely more heavily on private philanthropy. That's why we agree to pay higher taxes.

Except taxes have come down. The GST is two percentage points lower than it was five years ago. Federal corporate income taxes are declining to 15 per cent as of next year from 28 per cent in 2000. Ontario began cutting provincial income taxes in the 1990s; other provinces and the federal government followed.

Tax cuts have consequences. As economic growth flags, needs grow more acute, and demonstrably less government money is available to help.

This is why the Conservatives are attracted to the idea of mobilizing more private capital for public good. It can involve targeted community investments by corporations and foundations. It can involve enabling non-profits to generate income through investments, using the profits for their core mandate.

And it can involve each of us giving more generously in lieu of taxes.

It is generally accepted in these more-conservative times that the market allocates resources more efficiently than the state, which is why government should involve itself only in areas where public needs are beyond private capacity, such as the military or free public education.

If governments give less to charities and non-profits, and citizens give and – better yet – invest more, then this private social capital should do a better job of meeting needs than its public predecessor. Only the best charities should thrive; only those that demonstrably achieved their goals should expect our support. "

Sounds reasonable, until one figures it out, it is a shuffle of cards, to produce new revenue streams on the backs of the citizens and the improve ability of governments to fund for programs of their own choosing, without changing the status-quo how the programs are delivered or concern for final outcomes. For example, the growth industry in adult remediation of literacy and numeracy is left mainly in the hands of the literacy charities, largely manned by volunteers, funded mainly by the private citizens, and the very instruction in remediation is of the same type found within the public education systems. The provincial public education systems, are the very ones who produced a steady supply of young adults with low literacy and numeracy skills, year after year, to maintain the high low literacy and numeracy rates in Canada that are at 48 and 51 percent respectively. Instead of ensuring, that the students of the education system, have a level of literacy and numeracy needed to navigate in the adult world, to make good decisions for themselves as adults, the focus by governments is to produce revenues and economic activities on the weaknesses of their citizens. In many cases it is the weakness of just being human, but in the case of literacy and numeracy, it has ballooned into a multi-billion dollar industry in the developed countries, to addressed the remediation of the 3 Rs. It starts in the public education system, where citizens end up paying for the education of citizens 4 times. In this one education blog:

"Taxes are paid to run kindergarten to Grade 12 schools.

Taxes are then paid to run post-secondary institutions.

Tuition is then paid to take high-school-level courses at post-secondary institutions.

And along the way a parent or student may have to pay for tutoring. That's up to four installments, just to finally get a decent high-school education."

And guess who ends up funding the remediation?  The taxpayer at the end of the day, as well as the money fork over by the parents to pay for tutors and other education products that would not be spent, if the public education system provided the education services in the first place.

There is economic consequences for citizens to provide the social capital for the public good. Especially when the private social capital is being provided to support the poor services, lower quality, and cuts being made to the government policies and services. It benefits the governments because it produces revenues quickly by adding paying jobs at the upper end to provide the expertise to service the army of volunteers to provide the services that the government is no longer willing to provide. The ironic part, is that the government can continue the status-quo of producing low-quality services, at much reduce costs, and make hay over the political end, justifying increases or decreases on funding, or patting themselves on their backs for increase jobs, or any other spin that makes the political masters and the corporate masters look like the saviours of the ordinary citizens. But what will never happen, the global forces will never stopped their spin, until the citizens actually wake up, and get pissed. It is one thing, for a local community to run the local food bank, but it is a whole different kettle of fish, when the local food bank morphs into a nation wide collection of food banks, and where all local control is centralized, including the collection of food. It is a recipe for inequities, and the raiding of the citizens pocketbooks to finance the governments as well as the big global corporations to increase their profits.