Monday, October 31, 2011

Daily Digest October 31, 2011


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CIA Libya Rebels are Al-Qaeda Fighters From Iraq
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article27232.html

Any influence on the Libya now?

A guide to the brave new Libya
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/2011/1031/a-guide-to-the-brave-new-libya

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: [On-Guard] I guess Harper doesn't see bombing innocent Libyans and contaminating them with DU for generations to come as 'human rights abuses'?????  What a  two faced murderer he is http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/10/30/gadhafis-brutal-death-doesnt-surprise-harper
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Subject:If this had happened in Libya under Gadhaffi all this would have been paid for.  But we killed Gadhaffi and our msm will not report that Libyans had the best healthcare on the planet. http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/10/29/ex-cfler-feels-let-down-by-ohip
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Subject: the article by Baird is beyond lies--this man is insane.  The only thing he does well is lie

Canada will hold our Libyan allies to account
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Canada%2Bwill%2Bhold%2BLibyan%2Ballies%2Baccount/5631182/story.html
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CIA Libya Rebels are Al-Qaeda Fighters From Iraq
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article27232.html

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: "Letters to the Editor" <lettertoed@thestar.ca>
Subject: For the sake of national unity, Ontario should forego more seats

The Editor
The Toronto Star
 
For the sake of national unity, Ontario should forego more seats
 
Re "Fixing our democracy," (Editorial, Oct. 28).
 
With more than 3 million square miles, Canada is a huge country -- the second largest in the world. Yet, with only 33 million people, it is small demographically. And most of this small population are concentrated in Ontario (13 million) and Quebec (7 million). With 106  out of a total of 308 seats, Ontario already dominates the electoral scene. The Liberals, led by Jean Chretien, won three back-to-back majorities by winning 100 of Ontario's then 103 seats, despite losing most seats to the Bloc in Quebec and to the Reform/CA in the West. After sweeping Canada's most populous province, the Liberals needed only marginal seats elsewhere to form a majority. Similarly, the Conservatives formed a majority by winning more seats in Ontario than the total number of seats they won in all four provinces in the West.
 
If Ontario is awarded more seats simply because of its growing population, its domination will be total. Moreover, if representation by population (rep by pop) is considered as the only guiding principle, then our first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system that allows a party winning majority of seats and minority of votes to form a majority government is undemocratic. In the last election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper  won a contrived majority, despite winning only 40 per cent of votes. This is clearly not rep by pop. Moreover, any literal application of rep by pop will deprive many rural areas seats that they currently occupy.
 
Moreover, as inventors of democracy -- the ancient Athenians -- tell us that democracy is not a tyranny of the majority. When they allowed the majority to rule, the poor majority imposed heavy taxes on the rich minority. To stem any tyranny of the majority, they created the Athens Council, composed of 500 citizens chosen through lottery to represent a cross-section of the population. The Council had the power to override any decision that ignored legitimate concerns of the minority. Similarly, to stem domination by more populous provinces,  provinces with smaller population should be allowed more seats than their numbers permit.  As for Quebec, as the only and the lonely French-speaking majority province in North America, Quebec should be allowed to have more seats as a balance. For the sake of national unity, Ontario should forego any increase in seats.
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Robert Ede <robertede@gmail.com>
Subject: natural capital
To: Joe Hueglin Daily Digest <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>

Dear Mr Hig,
 
Notwithstanding the narrow, ecological/environmental spin/twist and application that the ancillary discussions added by the CBC to the thrust of Rt Hon P Martin Jr's "Natural Capital" position on adding the measuring and accounting for (more of) the non-financial (collective) assets of the people of Canada on the Stewards of the Crown's balance sheet (Statement of Assets and Liabilities).
 
Nobody understands what he's talking about
- and the interviewer continuously peppers poor Mr Dithers with "what if's", "buts" and "how come you didn't" questions and personal-opinion points masquerading as public-interest questions.
 
Blessedly, Paulie Jr gets the last word "I don't think you can be a good economist without being a good environmentalist & vice versa"
 
In the middle Martin says ~"Policy is geared to what IS measured"
 
IMHO Governments measure everything (in Canada since the 1939-45 government all-industry mobilization actions of 2nd WW and, free-world-wide, since the mixed-economies's versions of "5yr plans" became acceptable).
 
They measure to ensure that they get their 'tribute money'
 
They measure to show their (statistical) successes.
 
They measure to show why they should be re-elected.
 
All that aside, here's my summary of what he's saying + My Bias:
 
What the Former Finance Minister (he really only deserves credit for approving in the Grey& Purple Books strategy in 1995 and the simultaneous pre-budget private-expert consultation process) and Former Prime Minister ("Mr Dithers" was apt ... Martin Jr was way over his head in both jobs - Chretien gave him Finance to 'blow him up' and kept stalling his resignation because he (Chretien) knew Paulie was incompetent .... as demonstrated once in office) is really advocating is:
a) placing a $value on the natural assets of Canada,
b) placing a $value on the full cost of 'harvesting' those natural resources,
c) putting a $value on the 'set-aside' necessary to replenish the value of the non-renewable ones
and d) putting all of this on the country's Balance Sheet ..... for all top see and evaluate.
 
If ..... such an accounting was performed on behalf of the Canadian Crown -that holds title to these assets:
NB- who/what IS the CanCrown and who/what IS the servant of the CanCrown (and whether they're doing a good job) is another discussion
-Canada would have virtually no debt ...relative to it's assets
-Canada's assets would dwarf most other country's BECAUSE of our CanCrown constitution of sovereignty & our 'private-property' ownership system (simply a Fee Simple INTEREST in Crown-owned land /aka Free and Common Socage)
-Canada would be able to re-place it's existing debt (at interest) with "equity-based" bonds (at no interest)
-Consider, if we have the national creditworthiness and tax revenue to issue debt-at-interest to create money, surely we qualify to issue money ....without the interest-cost.
 
If any of this makes sense ... drop me a note robertede@gmail.com
 
Robert Ede,

From: "Sandra Finley" <sabest1@sasktel.net>
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").  http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=3492

Paul Martin on Natural Capital
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/10/28/paul-martin-on-natural-capital/?mid=516

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.
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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.

Related Links:
Natural Capital and Canada's GDP - Globe-Net
The $100 million pond; A bold new idea for protecting nature By: Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow - The Boston Globe
Recognizing the value of nature By: Faisal Moola - Vancouver Sun
Why protecting the world's wildlife is good for our wallets By: Michael McCarthy - The Independent (London, UK)
Do more to protect forests or pay a heavy cost: study By: Mike De Souza - Postmedia News

How could you even contemplate removing government funding from interest bearing bonds! Socialism! Communism! Anarchism!
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From: Gord Elliott
Subject:
Liberals play the zombie to NDP's leadership march

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe, I thought that this would never appear again, but it has. Peter, the few lines posted by you, makes a mockery of the original author's words, a conservative, who had more backbone standing on his principles, and providing evidence to support his stances. Unlike the current crop who call themselves conservatives.

"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."
 
Now for the real author, whose words have been transformed by a set of right-wing zealots, wind bags for the most part, who would love to see the poor house put back in, as well as child labour, in order to compete with China. Lowest standards possible for this set of conservatives.
 
"The origin of the words above come from a man named Rogers. "However, the quote is not from Norman Rockwell. In fact, the words, billed in the message as "possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read" are an altered and restructured derivative of a piece originally penned by Baptist pastor, author and political commentator, Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers. Dr. Rogers died in November 2005.

Norman Rockwell
The misattributed quote is often tacked on to a bitingly satirical image of US President Obama painting a telling "self portrait" that circulates via political blogs and forums. The image is a parody of a painting by Norman Rockwell. When the image is included in the message, at least a few viewers would understand that the Rockwell reference relates more to the image rather than to the unattributed quote included underneath. However, in versions of the message that circulate without this image, the Rockwell reference appears to relate directly to the quoted words. The original Adrian Rogers piece, which was part of a 1984 sermon, and was also included in another work titled "Ten Secrets for a Successful Family" is quoted below:
You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don't multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn't first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don't have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. "
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/norman-rockwell-moment.shtml
His words have been taken out of context mostly by the extreme right, to defend the sorry state of capitalism and extreme right ideology. Lorimer and now Peter, one day you might just get a little tired of picking up the inflated rates already being paid on such niceties on house insurance, cable TV, or even the ever rising hydro bill, that is predicted by another 50 % around the year 2014 or so. One of the warnings coming from our own governments, as well as the big power producers. Apparently the billions of profit being made is still not good enough. Now the original quote, is just fine to take it to the 99 percenters, because most can relate to it, and the sorry piece of  dribble that Lorimer and now Peter,  supplied, is the kind of stuff that would make them irate and at the very least, another one to be reeducated and debrief.
 
Now for bit of humor, and a pox to the senator who decided the polar bear should be one of our national symbol, by dropping the beaver, the Senate and the senators is sure looking like the animals, in Animal Farm.
"Who would not pay admission to see Mike Duffy lounging on a group of boulders, climbing aboard a fake ice floe, or playfully swimming with Jim Munson in one of those large aquatic tanks with underwater viewing windows?

One imagines a Mike Duffy rug in front of the fireplace, head propped up, teeth bared. Or not. I'm sorry to keep picking on Mike Duffy, but I can't think of another good-humoured, teddy-bearish senator.

There would be a cost saving to the Canadian taxpayer, of course.

Polar bears, I am fairly sure, do not live to be 75 years old, thus ending this debate about mandatory retirement in the Senate.

Polar bears, and yes I checked, hibernate. Being able to sleep, non-stop, for weeks on end makes them excellent candidates for the gruelling work of the upper chamber."

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Kelly%2BEgan%2BPolar%2Bbears%2Bwould%2Bthrive%2BSenate%2Bhabitat/5628868/story.html

It is so funny, and to the senators - go back into you lair, until the real polar bears wake up from their sleep.

From Sandra, a post that needs to be repeated: "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."

http://globe-net.com/articles/2011/october/16/natural-capital-and-canada%27s-gdp/?sub=11

http://articles.boston.com/2011-04-10/bostonglobe/29404201_1_coral-reefs-ecosystem-services-price-tag

http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/archives/story.html?id=1504abe7-0054-4bfd-b388-f6fda003da1a

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/why-protecting-the-worlds-wildlife-is-good-for-our-wallets-2364701.html

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canadian+ecosystems+providing+billions+free+services/4898800/story.html

An ode to the beaver - sort of......

"Keystone of the Watershed

     As Bill Mollison has observed, everything gardens. The beaver, however, goes far beyond simple gardening to feats of complex ecosystem transformation.
Beaver don't merely build dams that create ponds. They control the flow of vast amounts of energy and material. With tough incisors and instinct, beavers create a shifting mosaic of moist and dry meadows, wet forests, marshes, bogs, streams, and open water that change the climate, nutrient flow, vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, and even geology of entire watersheds.

      One of permaculture's core principles advises that we intervene at the point of maximum effectiveness­achieve the greatest result with the least effort­and beaver epitomize that axiom. The beaver understood how to hold water and soil on the land long before Keyline originator P.A. Yeomans, and the stunning increases in diversity and sheer biomass achieved by the beaver serves to confirm the wisdom of Yeomans's vision. We can learn much that is useful to permaculturists from a closer look at how the beaver works, and how their actions reach deep into the heart of ecosystem health and function.
      When a beaver fells an aspen­their favorite food and building stock­the tree sends up suckers. The new shoots respond to the cutting of their parent tree by producing bitter alkaloids that beaver don't like. This promotes a dynamic balance between aspen growth and beaver felling. However, the young suckers are just right for moose and elk, and these large mammals prosper in the tasty browse where inedible treetrunks once grew.

      Tree-cutting by beaver changes the course of ecological succession by opening the canopy and removing certain plant species. Light-loving plants, such as alders, hazels, and spruces, thrive and multiply. The chips and abandoned brush from the felled trees offer shelter and food to insects, small mammals, and birds. Most of the tree, though, is used by the beaver for dams and lodges."

http://www.permacultureactivist.net/articles/Beavers.htm

Too bad senators do not act as beavers, being useful. But perhaps they are content to be at the bottom of the chain, being blood suckers  looking for a hitch to invade some other aspect of Canada. Perhaps the Senate can be called the invasion species, like the Zebra mussel currently invading the Great Lakes. 
On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 4:00 AM, Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca > wrote:



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