Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Daily Digest October 4, 2011


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

OPINION AND INFORMATION

McGuinty set for 'historic three-peat majority' in Ontario, poll suggests
The Liberals have pulled away from the pack are on track to win a third majority government in Ontario,
according a poll by Ipsos Reid released Tuesday.
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Testing John Baird, the Tories' artful dodger
 If you were picking the most valuable player on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's front bench, you wouldn't be far off in pointing to John Baird,
the Foreign Affairs Minister. A close second is Jim Flaherty, the Finance Minister.
Rounding out the top group are Heritage Minister James Moore and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
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Marines Heading To Wall Street To Protect Protesters
- 04. Oct, 2011 in Activism, Commentary/Analysis, Media, News/Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, USA, World -
This is a war against people who are utilizing their constitutional rights.
http://mycatbirdseat.com/2011/10/semper-fi-marines-heading-to-wall-street-to-protect-protesters/

Do read this article - it isn't what my first take was.
It's some thing to think about if the G20 violations of June 27 occur again.

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From: Ron Thornton

Hey Joe!

Just a few quick comments regarding the latest DD. Was Dick Cheney the best VP in US history? Well, he was one of the more influential. I understand some might be concerned with people dying in a war zone, but as 50,000 French folks died on D-Day alone, I have come to realize that bad things happen to good people in such places. However, we hope bad things also happen to bad people. His actions might not have been exactly civilized, but the situation did not call for detente...it required action of the kind most of us hope we are not ever asked to be capable of.


Harper is moving to kill the taxpayer subsidies for political parties? Good. If you can attract enough dollars from regular folk, you should attract some real support during the campaign. I'm not big on entitlements, and Lord knows a bunch do not seem to coming the way of me or mine. Of course, Tony Clement's big spending spree kind of undermines the government's boast of looking after our money in a responsible way.


Now, that being said, there are a number of things that concern me about Conservatives and Republicans...but I still fail to see a viable alternative to either. That probably is my biggest concern.


Ron Thornton

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Subject: Executive Dissertations: Elections Aplenty
From: Rory Koopmans
http://rjkoopmans.blogspot.com/2011/10/elections-aplenty.html

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From: Art Williams
Subject: Fwd: Fwd: BEST E-MAIL OF YEAR 2011 ***THINK ABOUT IT CANADA***

Begin forwarded message:

Nominated For "Best Email Of The Year 2011"
 
After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:
 
'Let me see if I've got this right.

'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

'You want me to do all this and then you tell me . . . I Can't Pray!
 
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  petition on DD

Joe--I have signed the petition posted on the DD.  I had a lot of trouble with it though.  They asked for the name of the 'honourable' member and I couldn't think of any of them that are honourable!
becky

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From: John Halonen

We ( citizens of Canada ) DO care about privacy, the open Internet, and our basic democratic rights, but unfortunately HARPER is in total control of what is happening.

There is only one way to STOP what is happening in our Country, and that is to STOP  HARPER.  That will be a very difficult situation, as once in control he has that power to do as he pleases until CANADIANS rally against him.

John Halonen

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From: John Duddy
Subject: Hundreds in Vancouver Protest and Demand Arrest of Dick Cheney !! : Parental Advisory - YouTube
To: pm@pm.gc.ca

Dear Prime Minister, please stop the Bush visit to Surrey BC.

Canada needs to enforce the law.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbMlCShYgxs

John Duddy.

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From: Rebecca Gingrich <r.gingrich@sympatico.ca>
Subject:  What have judges been smoking?...what happened to the laws of our country...

It is obvious we have all been drawn into the drug scene.  We will all be paying for this use of illegal drugs.  Cigarettes have been denounced for as long as I can remember and yet we are supposed to coddle illegal drug users?  And cigarette smokers have to pay for their own use of tobacco and the government thrives off the horrendous taxes they get with each pack sold.  But illegal drugs will be paid for with our tax dollars?  If it is not dangerous to use these illegal drugs(and it must not be--the Judges have spoken) then why not make them legal and allow everyone to use?  Oh, I forgot--they haven't yet found a way of taxing these drugs.
Some democracy we live in.  Unelected jerks make these rules, we pay, and have no way to overturn this ruling.
This is just disgusting--but then, who controls the drug trade and who stands to make the most money from these actions--that is the question.
becky

What have judges been smoking? 
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/03/what-have-judges-been-smoking

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From: Robert Ede
Subject: Who should I vote for? (Oct 6/11 Ontario Election version)

Two of my colleagues have asked the question "Who should I vote for, Ede-ly?"

Answer was the same to both:

1) Decide if you want to vote "for" something (a person, a specific policy or a point of view/ideology) or "against" something.

2) I suggest the affirmative approach - pick something you "want" as an outcome, never mind trying to vote "strategically", it requires too much anticipation of too many other people's actions and other variables.

3) Examine the Leadership - does one Party-spokesperson's message, content & tone- resonate with you as true and "what you'd say in the same situation"?
-if not, forget them (they might not get elected in their own riding anyway)

4) Examine the local candidates -does one of those person's message, content & tone PLUS their person (age, life experience, political/social/economic background, maturity, enthusiasm, practicality, verge, gusto, responsibility etc) - resonate with you as true and "what you'd say in the same situation"?

Does one local candidate seem "almost like you"?

5) Pick the person who YOU think will do what's best for YOU (and everyone like you).

6) If this makes sense - Pass this on.

 FromWebLog -- Nobody ever 'splained it like that ...
 
Robert Ede,
 
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle" - Philo of Alexandria
 
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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: comments

Joe,        (Retired MP Joe Hueglin publishes daily  "The Daily Digestâ€" on the internet).
The long negative Harper  list from the Progressive Conservatives that have no party, you did  include in
the October 3rd, always welcome, Digest, like to suggest that all think twice, what is the alternative.
Opening the discussion to find out who is supporting Harper, is a great idea, but will see many opposing
writers. Rome was not build in one day as history tells us. The same with a place called "Ottawa" since
1867 Central Canadian controlled place, it takes years to clean the air of "we are in charge".
The strength is shifting to the WEST no matter if the media keep denying it. It is time to stop finger
pointing and come with constructive alternatives to rebuild the Nation, a nation overwhelmed by the
Liberal history of multiculturalism and bilingualism, costing billions. Gave it time and be creative, or
become like the CP MPs, silent. At last we see some private member Bills appearing, steps we have been
waiting for, am sure more to come. Yes I am impatient too, at 85 would like to kick some butt, fearing
not to live long enough to see the glorious change.
 
Suan

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Subject: Article from Mr Robert Ede from the Mondaq Website.

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From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: The Cronyism Behind a Pipeline for Crude - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/opinion/the-cronyism-behind-a-pipeline-for-crude.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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From: Rene Moreau

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re;  Jail fillers
   Once upon a time, the National Post ran an article about how those who objected to corporate domination of the Globalized World Agenda, were terrorists.

   Why does Canada need 13 billion dollars of incarceration potential?

   Exactly!!!

   Canadian citizens  who blab too much, about the need for a 'Magna Carta, Again' to control the corporate world.

   Instead, we watch as the Ontario Financial Authority, a Quango, (Quasi autonomous non-governmental organization), pretending to be part of government,  can, after stating that Ontario is $220 billion dollars in debt, that , ' The province, (and this apparently refers to them, the Authority, since THEY, do Dwight Duncan's office) has the Option of borrowing from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) as a source of long term borrowing'. By the way, this is our, Canadian taxpayers money, right?

   This is not just a Canadian Problem. It is around the world.

   Is it time to wake up, yet?

                                                  Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)       

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: State-controlled Lloyds in deal with cluster bomb manufacturer...This summer, The Independent revealed how banks including Barclays, RBS and Lloyds had invested millions in known cluster bomb manufacturers...

The UK signed the treaty against the use of cluster bombs
http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/news/?id=3219Science%20Serves%20Safety%20in%20Remediation

but I guess that doesn't matter?  No wonder no one said anything when israel used them against the Lebanese--they are controlled by the banksters who will make millions off of these child killing things.

Just when I think we can go no lower something comes that proves we haven't hit rock bottom yet.
Becky

State-controlled Lloyds in deal with cluster bomb manufacturer
By Jerome Taylor
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/statecontrolled-lloyds-in-deal-with-cluster-bomb-manufacturer-2364690.html
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Children Killed and Maimed in Cluster Bomb Attack on Town 
by Robert Fisk in Baghdad and Justin Huggler

Terrifying film of women and children later emerged after Reuters and the Associated Press were permitted by the Iraqi authorities to take their cameras into the town. Their pictures � the first by Western news agencies from the Iraqi side of the battlefront  showed babies cut in half and children with amputation wounds, apparently caused by American shellfire and cluster bombs. ... http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0402-06.htm
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Subject: revolution?  Bring out the Magna Carta!!!

Occupy Wall Street is a tea party with brains
Commentary: Protesters seek political process that doesn't exclude them
NEW YORK (MarketWatch)
— The revolution just might be televised, after all.
This isn't just some anarchist or lefty agitating. Many of the protesters are furious with the Obama administration's kow-towing to Big Finance. They're critical of Federal Reserve policies. Refund California is aligned with 1,000 faith-based groups. ...
Meanwhile, another group, Occupy Los Angeles, is organizing its own protests. This movement, though small compared with the New York effort, is slowly gathering steam. Back East, Occupy Boston is gaining momentum. Protests in the financial center of Dewey Square took place Monday. ...
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/occupy-wall-street-is-a-tea-party-with-brains-2011-10-04?link=MW_popular
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A new Lost Decade is leading to revolution
Commentary: Class warfare accelerating, democracy losing grip

Wake up folks: The myopic media is trapped in 2012 "campaign mode," in a time warp delivering mind-numbing reality shows featuring the latest soap-opera sound bites about Mitt, Rick, Chris, Newt, Michele and their endless games.

Meanwhile, off-camera something big is happening, in the real world, a historic, cultural shift exploding all across America and the world. Something the media, bankers and politicians still can't grasp.

Get it? The people have lost faith in voting. Not just lost faith in the markets and economy. The public no longer has faith in democracy. They know voting is irrelevant, nothing ever changes. They now know their world is being manipulated by a powerful cabal of wealthy special interests, corporate bosses, bankers, lobbyists and self-serving politicians.
Voters know they're being played for suckers. The game is rigged.
...
(emphasis added)
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-new-lost-decade-is-leading-to-revolution-2011-10-04?link=MW_story_popular
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Subject:I hope the protesters who are going to launch in Canada are aware of this play by the elite

http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/kyjo2/an_open_letter_and_warning_from_a_former_tea/

An open letter and warning from a former tea party movement adherent to the Occupy Wall Street movement. ( self.occupywallstreet)

submitted 2 days ago by vaslittlecrow

I don't expect you to believe me. I want you to read this, take it with a grain of salt, and do the research yourself. You may not believe me, but I want your movement to succeed. From a former tea partier to you, young new rebels, there's some advice to prevent what happened to our now broken movement from happening to you. I don't agree with everything your movement does, but I sympathize with your cause and agree on our common enemy. You guys are very intelligent and I trust that you will take this in the spirit it is intended.
I wish I could believe this Occupy Wall Street was still about (r)Evolution, but so far, all I am seeing is a painful rehash of how the corporate-funded government turned the pre-Presidential election tea party movement into the joke it is now. We were anarchists and ultra-libertarians, but above all we were peaceful. So, the media tried painting us as racists. But when that didn't work they tried to goad us into violence. When that failed, they killed our movement with money and false kindness from the theocratic arm of the Republican party. That killed our popular support.
I am sharing these observations, so you guys know what's going on and can prevent the media from succeeding in painting you as violent slacker hippies rebelling without a cause, or from having the movement be hijacked by a bunch of corporatists seeking to twist the movement's original intentions. If you think this can't happen, it happened to the Independence Party and the tea party movement. Don't let it happen to your movement as well.
Here's how they turned our movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Republican party rebranding astroturf, and this is how I predict they are turning your movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Democratic party rebranding astroturf. I believe many of these things are already happening, so take note.
1- The media will initially and purposely avoid covering your dissenting movement to cause confusion about what your movement is about within mainstream audiences. This is to enrage you and make you appear unreasonable, and perhaps even invisible.
2- While the obsfuscation is happening, stooges will infiltrate and give superficial support, focus and financial backing to the targetted movement. In the tea party movement's case, it was the religious Republicans and Koch Brothers. In this case, it's the Public Sector Unions (the organizations as quasi-human entities, not the members themselves) and Ultra Rich liberals who pretend to care, but frankly do not serve liberators and freedom seekers but rather the interests of those who run the Public Sector Unions and the Democratic Party. Democrat, Republican, these parties are all part of the same corporate ruling system. Case in point: http://www.debates.org/
3-The media will cover the movement only after this infiltration succeeds. Once the infiltration is completed the MSM will manufacture public media antipathy towards the movement by using selective focus on the movement's most repulsive elements or infiltrators on the corporate Conservative media side, while the corporate Liberal media will create a more sympathetic tragic hero image -- this is the flip side of the tea party, but same media manipulation tactics. I go into greater detail on this tactic: http://vaslittlecrow.com/blog/2011/09/08/how-the-media-and-ideological-groups-manipulate-your-beliefs/
4- Someone in the Democratic Party will feign sympathy for the movement and falsely "non-partisan" entities provide tons of funding and unwanted organization, just as was done with the tea party movement by Republicans. Once people assume that the pro-corporate government operatives are their friends, they will hijack the movement and the threat of your movement will be neutralized.
If this new Occupy Wall Street movement is to survive, here's what needs to be done.
1- Loudly denounce violence and disavow the violent rabblerousers of the movement. They do not help the cause.
2- Be image conscious. Present your best face and call out those who act like fools within the movement. People are more likely to pay attention to you in your Sunday dress and bringing homemade food, than when you are drinking a bottle of Snapple and chomping on Big Macs while you are looking like a slacker rich hipster/unwashed hippie stereotype.
3- Accept that you've already been infiltrated by the corporate-funded government, and work hard to say, and state what your movement is and is not about. "No, this isn't about unions or Liberals, conservatives or bored spoiled brats. This is about 99% of our population being exploited and manipulated for the sake of profit." "No we will not resort to violence." "Yes, all we want is for for the end of government collusion with corporate entities that are illegitimately recognized as people." And, so forth...
4- Don't forget who you are as the illusions are thrown at you. Corporatists are masters of illusions. That's the most powerful weapon they have. That's how they sell products you don't need and convince you to justify accepting atrocities for the sake of products Don't fall for it. Otherwise, your cause will be lost. Be wary of large donations from special interest groups or non-profit corporations that were not involved this movement from the inception. Special interests groups are not your allies. Non-profit corporations are still corporations, and unfortunately, too many of them care more about donations than doing the right thing. Killing a movement with kindness is easy.
5- Remain independent and focused. If you can, pick a face to represent your movement. Rosa Parks wasn't just a random lady in a bus. http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/systems/agentsheets/New-Vista/bus-boycott/ -- She was chosen. You too can use the power of illusion against those who oppose you.
I wish your movement better luck than we had with the tea party movement before it got hijacked by the theocrats and corporatists. We used to be non-partisan too. We were the older version of you. But, I believe that as the media apparatchik and infiltrators start to twist your cause, you will understand the frustration us early adopter tea partiers felt and that we were not your enemy after all. A fascist oligarchy on the verge of winning is our common enemy. This should be your focus. Don't be dazzled by the illusion as we were. For the sake of our future, know who you are.
Thank you for reading. I would love to read your ideas on the subject. Correct me where I am wrong. Explain what is going right. This is ultimately your fight.
EDIT: To understand how movements get hijacked, check out this fantastic video that JamesCarlin shared: http://vimeo.com/20355767
If my essay seems too conspiratorial or tl;dr for your tastes, try Hibernator's excellent and much less paranoid sounding summary below:
"Someone starts a movement. It starts small, and there's a lot going on in the world, so the mainstream media gives it minimal coverage. Today's mainstream media is also understaffed, so they don't investigate and they wait for someone else to slap a label on it.
Eventually a sound byte X pops up above the noise and the mainstream media uses this to engage viewers and define the movement. This defining characteristic X spreads like a meme.
People in power now notice what's going on, and think to themselves "Hmm, this new movement is defined by X, and that's almost in line with my goals, so maybe I can use them to further my ends."
But people in power are all labelled as Democrats or Republicans, so now the media applies the polarizing filter of American politics to associate movement X with one of the parties.
The original movement has now been labelled X, and associated with a political party, and none of this happened because of any 'government conspiracy.' It just happened because that's what you get as output when you plug something new into the American political system."
EDIT: Thanks to Whiskey With My Coffee and all the other redditors who have been sharing my message around the Web. I am so grateful to you

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