Thursday, November 17, 2011

Daily Digest November 17, 2011




NDP profanity marks Parliament's hastened decline under Tories
 Pat Martin's foul-fingered tweets over the Harper government's repeated invocation of closure
were certainly in poor taste. But he makes an important point.

L. Martin: The Don Cherry of Politics has a point
Horgan: There's substance behind Pat Martin's Twitter rage, MPs argue
NDP MP Pat Martin unapologetic for Twitter tirade
'F--- you,' Winnipeg MP tweets
Outspoken Winnipeg MP Pat Martin appears to have lost his cool on Twitter

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: MacKay says no plans for Syria intervention   DD

MacKay is awaiting instructions from the USI to see if we should kill more people and spend more of our scarce tax dollars on another 'war'.  Meanwhile in Canada people are dying because the government doesn't have the money to fund treatment for those who cannot afford the cost of the drug.  This happens all across Canada. I read of one case in the Calgary Sun this morning.

This happens for all ages of Canadians.  And yet we find it necessary to tell other countries how to live?  The greatest healthcare system on the planet was just demolished by Canada and their NATO allies but that is ok?  These same killers will be praised on Parliament Hill. 

Canada, I am ashamed.

From: Mahmood Elahi
To: "Letters" <>
Subject: Refine tar sand oil at source

The Editor
The Globe and Mail
Refine tar sand oil at souece
Re "Pipe-altering lessons," by Jeffery Simpson (Nov. 16).
Jeffery Simpson has righly pointed out that Republican legislators in conservative Nebraska are also opposed to Keystone XL pipeline route through the state's fragile Ogallala aquifer. He has also rightly pointed out that proposed Northern Gateway project to take tar sand oil to the B.C. coast then to Asia will face similar opposition from the native bands because the route must traverse huge tracts of lands claimed by aboriginal people who, for variety of reasons, don't want a pipeline.
Here is a simple solution. Refine tar sand oil at source in Alberta and then ship it by railway tankers across North America. This will avert any local opposition.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: democracy--you gotta love it!!!

The Bilderberg Club: a secret society
of the richest and most influential people
conspiring to achieve a world government

What Canadians have participated in previous Bilderberg meetings?

There have been many over the years; this is just a partial list: Donald S. MacDonald, ex-Finance Minister; Conrad Black, Ralph Klein, Israel Asper of the CanWestCapital Group; Lloyd Axworthy, Isabel-Bassett, Parl. Assistant Finance Minister of Ontario; Jean Chretien, Marshall A. Cohen of Olympia & York; Stephane Dion, A.L. Flood, Chairman, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations; David Frum from the National Post; Peter C. Godsoe, Chairman and CEO, Bank of Nova Scotia; Allan E. Gotlieb, former Ambassador to the US; Michael Harris; Donald J. Johnston, Secretary-General, OECD; Preston Manning; Paul Martin; Stephen Harper; etc....
Subject: what will they do with these killing machines once the war is over?

Take away the humanity of the soldiers and there is a danger that the battles and wars we fight will become inhuman as well.  
This is one of the final statements of the article--are they stating that war is humane?  Ask the Libyans

'Super soldiers': The quest for the ultimate human killing machine
Guilt, tiredness, stress, shock – can specialised drugs help to mute the qualities that make soldiers human, asks Michael Hanlon?

But scientists are reporting breakthroughs with the next-best thing – the creation of human terminators, who feel less pain, less terror and less fatigue than "non-enhanced" soldiers and whose very bodies may be augmented by powerful machines.Efforts to understand the brain of the soldier and put this knowledge to good use have been going on for some time. Professor Jonathan Moreno, a bioethicist at Pennsylvania State University, studies the way neuroscience is being co-opted by the military. "Right now, this is the fastest-growing area of science," he says.
The Pentagon is currently spending $400m a year researching ways to
"enhance" the human fighter. ...(emphasis added)
[read full article at link below]

Subject: Only in Canada
From: John Halonen

John Halonen has sent you a link to a blog:
A blessing in disguise?

Blog: Only in Canada

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Observations about the crime survey sent out by Patrick Brown, MP
 and PM Harper.  ( an open letter to Barrie MP Patrick Brown )   DD

Joe--bravo to Geoffrey West.  The biggest criminals on the planet are the politicians.  We are the enslaved--the feudal serf of yesteryear thanks to our politicians and them crawling into bed with the banksters and the corporations.  This is why our corporate controlled msm has been demeaning the protesters.  Free speech in Canada?  NOT!!!  And as long as we allow our governments to govern for their own benefit and the benefit of their controllers(who should be us but is not) we will only see the state of the country and the world decline.
Peace has the same meaning as humanitarian aid to our government.  Whatever they call it we must believe and follow blindly.  After all, we live in a democracy, don't we? 
Our governments will never understand peace and honour until we say no more.  We will not let our children be used as cannon fodder, we will not pay taxes that are used to kill others, and we have had enough.  Govern for Canadians and not corporations and the entitlements you get from them.  I know they believe they are entitled to their entitlements but so are we.  Enough is more than enough.

From: "Jack Ellefson"
To: <>,<>,<>,"'Bob Rae'" <>
Subject: Ottawa unveils new pooled pension plans

Private-sector financial institutions such as banks, trust and insurance companies could apply to manage the PRPP funds and keep track of individual accounts. Under the plan, the government promises to use regulation to ensure the private firms keep their fees low.

And the existing RRSP system would double Canada's  retirement savings/ with a $1000 per year incentive contribution from the feds, per $5000 personal contribution,.

From: Larry Kazdan
To: "Letters (ott)" <>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Want to save $4 billion? Just call me, Stephen Maher, November 17, 2011

Re:  Want to save $4 billion? Just call me, Stephen Maher, November 17, 2011

In 2009, Canadians paid $58.7 billion in interest on federal, provincial and municipal debt (1).  We could eliminate much of this cost by greater use of the Bank of Canada since all of its profits go back to the taxpayer. In 2009 the Bank held 12% of federal government debt, but from 1938 to the early 1970's carried a much larger percentage without causing inflation. Only the allocation of the borrowing between the Bank of Canada and the private sector was different.
While saving billions of dollars each year from unnecessary interest charges could eliminate budget cuts that disproportionately hurt the low and middle class, a more important result would be a reduction in undue influence over government policy by those who control large amounts of money.
So if you want to know why we borrow more from the private sector at huge taxpayer expense instead of greater use of the Bank of Canada as we once did, just ask the 1%.

(Canada's debt is mostly compounded interest someone said I read. True or not?)
From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Nursing Home Costs

For me it is painful to know that I live among Millions of people with the depth of thinking, and the hateful thought of sharing by acting collectively.  It appears that Andrew has amassed a fortune and prefers to pay the total cost of his Board and Room to The Holiday Inn. His math seems to be a bit skewed. I will approximate here, cost, Holiday Inn, between Six  and Seven Thousand per month (Tips not included) Nursing Home, good calibre, Twenty Five Hundred to Three Thousand Per Month, The difference being The Costs have been shared and The Rewards have been shared.
I live in my own home (Small) ,have been paying income tax since age 18,   am now 79. Am not greedy, so I don't mind seeing others get a break ,especially those less fortunate than myself.The very wealthy make their own breaks, so ,do very well thank you.
We all have to accept the fact, that if the Right Wing Nuts had their way,there would be no sharing., just
the dog eat dog of Pure Capitalism.    (USA a good example of inhumanity)
Ray Strachan

From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: The sound of a JSF death rattle | Robert Gottliebsen | Commentary | Business Spectator

Australian thinking on the failing F-35
From: Rene Moreau

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)



The Difference Between OWC and Anti-Vietnam Protests
Jeffrey Tucker
The Occupy protesters imagine that they stand in a great tradition of American radicalism, willing to stand up to the man and risk arrest in order to achieve their goals. The most obvious case of such a mass movement would be the anti-war protests of the 1960s. They started small and grew and grew until they became mainstream and actually affected a dramatic policy change. The US military pulled out of Vietnam, implicitly conceding defeat and mourning the long history of calamity.

But consider the gigantic differences. The Vietnam protest movement had a clear goal. It wanted to end the war. It had a clear enemy: the politicians and bureaucrats who wanted the war to last forever. It had a clear message: this war is wrong. It had an intense motivation: the protesters were terrified of being drafted to kill and be killed. This is what standing up to power is all about.

So far as anyone can tell, the Occupy movement has none of this clarity. Ten thousand articles have been written on these people and there is still no consensus concerning what the issue really is. The goals of the movement are posted here and there, but not everyone among the protesters agrees with them. The motivation is just as amorphous and varied: unemployment, sinking job prospects, sinking incomes, blowback from the bailouts, the desire to slum around in a decadent sort of way, and the destructive urge to trample down the pea-patch of life itself.

Worse, from my point of view, is that the movement isn't really standing up to power. It is standing in for power to urge that the state take on more responsibilities and control people's lives even more than it does already. They imagine that they are demanding human rights, but the main agenda as listed in public websites amounts to a list of ways for the government to violate human rights, or at least intrude aggressively upon them.

Raising the minimum wage, for example, amounts to a limitation on the rights of workers to negotiate their own employment contracts. The minimum wage says: you have no right to offer less for your services than the state gives you permission to offer. Thus, the minimum wage not only promotes unemployment; it restrains the human right to associate on any terms of a person's choosing.

Likewise, the demand to nationalize health interferes with the rights of doctors and patients to negotiate their own contracts. The demand for tariffs interferes with the rights of people to peacefully trade with anyone from around the world, and effectively entrenches the nation-state as the only permitted geographic range of economic associations.

The imposition of new taxes takes people's property. This is property acquired through their own labor which is then forcibly taken by the state to use for political purposes. This demand is a prescription for further impoverishment.

The push for refunding domestic infrastructure denies private entrepreneurs the opportunity to use their resources and talents to rebuild on a for-profit basis and in a manner that that can actually be maintained. There is a reason that state infrastructure always seems to be crumbling: it is built by the state with all the inherent economic irrationality of most state projects.

The real problem with the OWS movement is its political naiveté. The protestors imagine that by attacking free enterprise and the capitalist system they are upholding the rights of the common man. The exact opposite is true. The only real alternative to free enterprise is an economy owned and administered by society's most ruthless and cruel elements, who always seems to gravitate toward statist means.

If OWS is successful, it will wake up to a world that is lorded over by federal bureaucrats and jack-booted enforcement thugs. The entire world will be run like the Post Office, the TSA, the IRS, and the Customs Bureau. This has nothing to do with freedom and nothing to do with human rights.

For this reason, the OWS protest is not really a threat to the establishment. So far, its message has been that the state needs to be truer to itself, that the worst aspects of both the Democratic and Republican platforms need to be implemented with a vengeance. This is a movement the state can come to love. Indeed, the White House has drawn closer and closer to this movement, saying that Obama "will continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares."

Again, the contrast with the Vietnam protests of the 1960s cannot be starker. The White Houses hated these people. The politicians of both parties were terrified of what "people power" meant in those days.

If we had the equivalent movement as it relates to economics today, it would be calling for an end to the Fed, privatization of education, privatization of health care, the right to global free trade, an end to state robbery of persons and their businesses, and a right to keep what you own. In short, a truly radical protest movement would be calling for a consistent and authentic capitalism as a corollary to the peace agenda in international politics.

Now that would be radical.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  I wonder if Harper will allow this rebellion to continue?
BREAKING: Over 20 Conservative MPs come out to support the Repeal of Section 13

From: "Sandra Finley"
Subject: CRITICALLY IMPORTANT EVENT: Five-city tour:  Our water is not for sale. Alternative Water Futures in Alberta - Dec. 5-9.  I will attend.

This email is posted on-line at: 

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Please contact me if you are interested in attending.  I am going, most likely to the Calgary or Medicine Hat meeting.

In case people do not understand the significance/seriousness, please find an appended list of postings that put water in Canada into context. 

There is a looming spectre of environmental refugees from the southwestern U.S.A., because of known and growing water shortages.   The corporate and Big Government agenda is to "privatize" Canadian water.  
Water was supposed to have had a specific exemption under the Free Trade Agreement.  In the 11th hour the exemption disappeared.  There is much money to be made. 

Please spread the word.   Help get people to these meetings.  An informed citizenry is essential to our well-being.   Please tell people in the Occupy Movement. 

Muchas gracias!    /Sandra

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Dear supporters of Our Water Is Not For Sale,

We invite you to join us on our upcoming five city tour, December 5th to 9th, 2011:

Alternative Water Futures
The need for non-market solutions to Alberta's water crisis
Featuring Jeremy Schmidt
Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario
Author of the upcoming Parkland Institute research report Alternative Water Futures in Alberta

Monday, December 5
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Room 217, Telus Building
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue
University of Alberta Campus
Facebook event page

Red Deer
Tuesday, December 6
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Theatre, Kerry Woods Nature Centre
6300 45 Avenue
Facebook event page

Wednesday, December 7
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Conference Room, Parkdale United Church
2919 8th Avenue NW
Facebook event page

Thursday, December 8
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Theatre Gallery, Lethbridge Public Library
810 5th Avenue South
Facebook event page

Medicine Hat
Friday, December 9
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Room S154, Medicine Hat College
299 College Drive South East
Facebook event page

In 2008, the Alberta government announced it would review and update the water allocation system in the province, a system that is proving increasingly incapable of dealing with the challenges of today's emerging water crisis. Policy recommendations released by the government in late 2009 suggest it is moving toward a province-wide deregulated market for water in the province, turning critical decisions about who will be able to access water over to the market.

With long-delayed public consultations promised in the new year by Premier Redford, it's more important than ever for Albertans to explore and discuss alternatives to water markets that will build a water allocation system on the principles of equity, fairness, sustainability and respect for treaty obligations.

Join the Our Water Is Not For Sale network and Jeremy Schmidt, author of the soon-to-be released report Alternative Water Futures in Alberta, for an exploration of the challenges for water in Alberta, why markets aren't the answer to Alberta's water challenges and what alternative allocation systems that protect our water commons for ecosystems, our communities and future generations could look like.

Presented by the Our Water Is Not For Sale network, with support from the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Council of Canadians, Parkland Institute, Public Interest Alberta and Sierra Club Prairie

For more information about the tour and to support the campaign against water markets, visit
Jeremy Schmidt's research report Alternative Water Futures in Alberta will be available December 5 on the Parkland Institute website at .

About Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy J. Schmidt
is a Trudeau Scholar and PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario. He holds a MA in Geography (McGill) and two undergraduate degrees (Lethbridge; Prairie) with majors in geography, philosophy, theology and wilderness leadership. He is the co-editor of Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals and has been a board member of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) since 2009. He has served on working groups for ethics and water management with UNESCO and for a pan-Canadian water strategy with the CWRA. He has been an invited participant of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Religion, Science and Environment Symposium. His graduate work includes studies of global biogeochemistry, environmental economics, and resource management. His doctoral research examines water governance, ethics and environmental management in Alberta:

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APPENDED,  list of postings that put water in Canada into context.

This is certainly not the whole of it, but it's enough to inform how important it is to get people out.   Our best defence is an informed citizenry.

The postings are from the "Categories":
1.      Water 
2.      (Under Peace or Violence?)   Resource depletion (water in USA)
- - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - 2008-01-25  Canadian water exports:  will NAWAPA return?  Includes map of water diversions, Canada to U.S.   2008-02-17  Water: Highgate Dam in context of water shortages in the U.S., response to Maggie.  Includes water under Free Trade Agreement, etc.   2008-02-17  Water:  NAWAPA Cockamamy schemes of the First Order, compiled by Maggie Paquet   2008-02-27  Troop Exchange Agreement with U.S.:  Brief History of Invasions + Letter-to-Editor   2008-02-29  Troop Exchange Agreement:  Connection to Water - Lake Mead going dry (Hoover Dam, Colorado River)  2008-05-30 Connection between state of police and America wants our water (1)  2009-06-15  Premiers, governors promote Canada-U.S. energy corridor.  Brad Wall co-chair, "largest on the planet" Canada-U.S. Western Energy Corridor  2009-06-17  Water.  Western Energy Corridor.  Citizen ownership and what happens under NAFTA.   2010-01-26  Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Americans running out of water. Backgrounder Manitoba & Sask Joint Cabinet Meeting, Feb 2     2010-10-20  Water, South Sask River, the scientific reports.  ILO's will run the River dry in the name of "open for business"!   2010-10-21  South Saskatchewan River continued ... look at the situation on the Alberta side.  Water rights for sale.   2010-10-26  Water quality waning, Howard Wheater. Saskatoon Star Phoenix.  2011-03-18  NEWS: The Businessman, the Girlfriend, the Water Deal and the PMO  2011-04-01  You can see why we don't have a National Water Policy.  There's too much money to be made if it can be privatized (like oil and gas).

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Email from
Sandra Finley
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada