Sunday, November 06, 2011

Daily Digest November 6, 2011



Conservatives may let CSIS off its chain
As the Harper government prepares to re-introduce the anti-terrorism measures that were allowed to lapse
because of opposition concerns about privacy and Charter rights,
there are whispers Conservative plans to expand the role of Canada's spy service to operate overseas are being dusted off.

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From: "Tommy"
Subject: RE: BELOW(30): The Nature of the Digest

I agree with Lorimer Rutty's post. For a "long winded pseudo-academic dissertation" look no further than today's The Natroses' quarter of a million word posting where nothing is left out including something about the gospel of conservative ideology, all the way down to some sexually repressed woman who has a child out of wedlock. Give me a break from rants, hatreds and questionable ideology.
Then Glen Harewood has his usual "I'm against everything the Conservatives have done in the past, are doing now and will do in the future." Ideology? Really.
Tommy Thomas

Thanks Tommy, any thoughts about testing vets for DU?

From: jJoerge Dyrkton <>

Dear Joe,

This is a note of appreciation for posting my blog messages on your "Below (30)".  While for some reason the Canadian reception to my latest submission (flattered by a prominent, lead position - thank you) was not quite what I hope for, my American audience absolutely was through the roof.


From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Harper's anglo appointees get tongues wagging in language debate, Teresa Smith, November 4, 2011

Re:  Harper's anglo appointees get tongues wagging in language debate, Teresa Smith, November 4, 2011

The appointment of a unilingual candidate to a top civil service position where bilingualism is an essential qualification can only be described as a faux pas.  But since the Conservatives have also just chosen a unilingual chief communications officer and a unilingual Supreme Court justice: Quelle surprise!
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Occupiers are blaming the wrong people, MARGARET WENTE | Saturday, Nov. 05, 2011

Re:  Occupiers are blaming the wrong people, MARGARET WENTE | Saturday, Nov. 05, 2011

Not everyone has the courage to afflict the afflicted and comfort the comfortable. But at every major corporate newspaper, someone's got to do it and that's why the Globe and Mail has Margaret Wente. Blame not the greedy Wall Street bankers, but the unemployed sociology majors with two kids who got an education, hoping they could improve the world.  What were they thinking?  Had they any personal responsibility and critical insight, they would have got work in the financial industry, flogging toxic collateral debt obligations, making a killing, and becoming eligible for multimillion dollar year-end bonuses. To those downtrodden occupiers of the world: Decamp. You have no-one to blame but yourselves.

From: "S.McDowall"
Subject: Canada/Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles | Fairewinds Associates, Inc

Dear Readers:

Please take the time to write to our Parliamentarians and to our media thanking them for what they have done for Canadians concerning these hot particles that are contaminating the West Coast but also a good part of  Canada.
They have truly been outstanding.
We owe them  a great deal for their research and for imparting their knowledge to Canadians enabling us to take the few steps we can to protect ourselves and our families.   Let them know how grateful you are for their efforts in informing Canadians and attempting to protect our health.  They too must be concerned for themselves as they are breathing the same air, eating the same food and drinking the same water as all Canadians.  
"Mr. Kaltofen's analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO's Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada."

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  DU

Joe--in reading the info on DU all I could think of was the same whitewashing that was used re Agent Orange in Viet Nam and in New Brunswick.  If the governments say it is safe it must be?  As far as they are concerned they can take their millisievert and shove them where the sun don't shine.  Just look at the name they call it  DEPLETED uranium--meaning there is no danger, it is 'depleted'.  They call it Agent Orange--everyone knows oranges are good for you.  Playing with words is a favourite pastime of the killers.  It is in all governments interest to deny there is any danger.  That way they avoid having to pay for their genocide.  They should all be brought up on war crimes against those they attack and their own people that are exposed to this killing agent.  I wonder what the excuse will be when Libyans start displaying these horrible outcomes of our 'humanitarian' aid??? 

These are some pictures I found about the use of DU by the US, and now Canada--
Deformed Iraqi babies caused by USA use of depleted uranium

From: Mahmood Elahi
Subject: Due to harsh climate, dairy farming in Canada is more costly than in the U.S.

The Editor
Financial Post
Copy to : Prof. William Watson, Professor of Economics, McGill University. Mr. Wally Smith, President of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (please forward).
Due to harsh climate, dairy farming in Canada is more costly than in the U.S.
Re Editorial: "Milking our guillibility," by William Watson (Oct. 27).
After the British conquest of Canada in 1759, the colonial Governor Sir Guy Carleton thought Canada would always remian a French-speaking country. "Europeans who migrate," he asserted, "will never prefer the cold inhospitable winter of Canada to the more cheerful climate and more fruitful soil of His Majesty's southern provinces. So, barring tragedy shocking to think of, this country must, to the end of time, be peopled by the French-Canadian race." Although this was not to be and anglophones eventually became a majority, most European immigration went to "His Majesty's southern provinces," even they revolted against the mother country. The reason was  "the cold inhospitable winter of Canada."
The same applies to the dairy farming in Canada. Because of "the cold inhospitable winter of Canada," the dairy farmers face more heating bills and shorter pasturing season. Unless, the dairy farmers have some protection, dairy farming may not be profitable in the face of American competition. Of course, it can be argued that on the basis of economic theory of "comparative advantage," Canadian dairy farmers should give up raising cows for milk and leave to the American dairy farmers to supply the Canadian consumers with cheaper milk and butter. This way the Canadian consumers will have cheaper milk products and the American dairy farmers will be too happy to supply. Only the Canadian dairy farmers will lose out. If Prof. Watson wants cheaper milk for the Canadian consumers, this is the best argument he can make.
Prof. Watson's analogy  with OPEC, which has failed to stem wide fluctuations in prices of oil, is off the mark. OPEC is composed of many countries with diverse interests and it is extremely difficult to coordinate wth disparate nations while supply management of dairy products in Canada is limited to only one country. If Saudi Arabia were the only country exporting oil, it would have been successful in managing supply to prevent such fluctuation in prices.
Finally, a look at Switzerland, which has a thriving dairy farming, may be in order. I lived in Geneva for some time and found high-quality Swiss dairy products are far more expensive than the dairy products of nearby France. This is mainly because of Switzerland's rugged geography has made dairy farming much more expensive. So otherwise free-market protagonist Switzerland protects its dairy farmers with high tariff. It was common to see that foreign diplomats with duty-free status regularly crossing the borders to buy cheaper French dairy products evading high-priced Swiss dairy products. But ordinary Swiss are prevented to do so by strict border controls. Without high tariff on foreign dairy products, Switzerland's high-qauality and high-priced dairy products would have disappeared long ago.

Subject: Letter to the Editor - Dispelling Global Warming Myths
From: Steve Campbell

Dispelling global warming myths

November, 5 2011
Dear Editor:

Regarding "Some commissioners cool on wording of climate resolution," [ ] Aspen Times, Oct. 27: There appears to be study by some members of the Pitkin County Board regarding the validity of man-made global warming. This is a good sign, because if the government makes written policy and takes actions based on a faulty premise, then poor results will be the outcome. Garbage in, garbage out.

I would encourage the commissioners and the public to go to Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom's website, where he states on his home page, "Many top, international scientists have now come to the conclusion that the hypothesis of Anthropogenic Global Warming is disproven by the scientific evidence. I've just completed an 80-page open letter to policy makers entitled: 'Disproofs of the Hypothesis of Unprecedented, Catastrophic AGW: And Proofs that AGW is a Fraud.'"

You can read that paper at his website. In addition, in the left column of the homepage is a wealth of valuable and for most, new information. One of the articles that stands out for me, perhaps because it was the first of his work on this subject that I was exposed to, is "Global Green Dictatorship." [ ]

Happy reading and happy governing.

Steve Campbell

Glenwood Springs

From: Dan Kahraman
Subject: 'Occupy Boston' takes Israeli consulate

From: Dan Kahraman
Subject: UK's Brian Gerrish: David Cameron Has Committed 'Treason' 1/4
part 1 of 4

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: democracy in Libya?
Libya dispatch: as lawlessness spreads, are the rebel 'good guys' turning bad?
Once welcomed as liberators, Libya's rebel fighters are beginning to outstay their welcome in Tripoli.

Subject:  HEALTH MESSAGE?!?!?!
As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's ass.
It's the tortoise life for me!
1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.
I'm retired. Go around me!
Subject: we can only pray that democracy will raise is battered head to defeat the evil that controls us

Arrivederci, Roma
Patrick J. Buchanan
     November 3rd, 2011   

Will popular democracy bring down the New World Order?

A fair question. For Western peoples are growing increasingly reluctant to accept the sacrifices that the elites are imposing upon them to preserve that New World Order.
Political support for TARP, to rescue the financial system after the Lehman Brothers collapse, is being held against any Republican candidate who backed it. Germans and Northern Europeans are balking at any more bailouts of Club Med deadbeats.

Eighty-one members of David Cameron's party voted against him to demand a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union altogether, the worst Tory revolt ever against the EU.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou imperiled the grand bargain to save the eurozone by announcing a popular vote on whether to accept the austerity imposed on Greece, or default, and let the bank dominoes begin to fall. The threat faded only when Papandreou cancelled the referendum.

But the real peril is Italy, No. 3 economy in the eurozone, with a national debt at 120 percent of gross domestic product....(emphasis added)

[read full article at link below]

From: The Natroses

Well Joe, the beauty of being exposed to dirty uranium, is that its effects may not show up until years later. Ditto for toxic chemicals. How convenient for  a government, to used testing as its means, because once exposed, it will impact your health one way or another. When is the $64 dollar question, and what other toxic chemicals over a life time, can bring on disease much quicker. But government, where ever in the world, are not willing to or happy to look after their citizens after exposure. Hell, just look at the suits regarding asbestos, and it is a uphill battle for the victims, fighting the big companies, and sometimes the government. So, I would not agree with testing from any government, and suggest to look at the health stats from the Middle-Eastern countries, and their citizens being exposed to dirty uranium. Not a pretty picture, and if one includes deaths of this nature, Iraq and other such countries, the  civilian death toll waging war in these countries would more than double.
But what the hell, normal operating procedures for governments these days. After all being patriotic also includes being exposed to dirty uranium and other chemicals as part of their duties. A citizen should never ask the government for compensation, since it is a duty for the citizen to died for their country. That is, if you listen to the extreme right wing nut jobs, who are the same ones that can't fight their way out of a wet paper bag, and due to this deficit, are the same ones who are demanding heavy duty jail time. And here is Canada we are getting it in spades. " Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his contentious anti-crime measures aren't "terribly expensive" and provinces such as Ontario and Quebec that complain about having to foot the bill for the added costs to their prison systems should accept their "constitutional responsibilities" to help keep streets safe." Right, constitutional responsibilities?  What a line, for a federal government that has ignored their constitutional responsibilities towards it citizens from coast to coast, and in every nook and cranny in this country. No wonder they do not want to pay compensation monies. Why should they, when the Charter of rights and freedoms is just that, a piece of paper to foist around for attention and vote buying.
"'2009: Bill C-37 is implemented on April 17, 2009, 27 years to the day after the Charter became law. For the first time in Canadian history, women are equal in law -- but only going forward. Bill C-37 is not made completely retroactive. While C-37 recognizes somewhere between 750,000 and to one million more people as citizens, it leaves out the second-generation, born-out-of-Canada decendants of Canadian women – although second-generation, born-out-of-Canada decedants of men still have a right to citizenship. The Supreme Court decision regarding equality of rights for women continues to be ignored. And children born pre-1947 inside or out of Canada to Canadian mothers and non-British subject fathers are still denied citizenship.
2010: On March 8, International Women's Rights Day, questions are raised in the House of Commons about ongoing discrimination against women. Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney avoids any direct answer.

Nov. 2011: A lineup of people still being denied what they claim is their rightful Canadian citizenship prepares to take the government to court, arguing a range of discriminations based on age and gender.",1

Yeah, the women of pre-1947 may or may not be Canadian citizens, and therefore in this government's eyes, are second-classed citizens. No wonder they fight with the elderly women of veterans, over the nickles and dimes of pensions. After all, it is a tradition here concerning federal governments over the years,  never be responsible for ensuring to follow the constitution, and its' responsibilities. The laws are for the common folk, and not the Harpers of the world. After all, they duty is to wage war with anyone, who dares to insert their constitutional rights and freedoms, as well to ensure everyone pays for the right to do so.

Good luck to getting provinces willing to pay for all the prisons, and the other costs, I am sure the provinces have a few tricks up their sleeve including the not withstanding clause.

"The cost of settling claims against the federal government rose more than 30 per cent during the past year, according to documents tabled in the House of Commons Thursday.

Settling lawsuits and claims against the federal government cost Canadians $654 million in 2010/11 and another $22.3 million in ex gratia payments, according to the 2011 Public Accounts.

Court judgments against the government added another $11 million to that tab for a total of $687.3 million.

That's a 30.5 per cent increase over the previous year. In the 2010 Public Accounts, the government paid out $501.3 million to settle claims, $19.8 million in ex gratia payments and had to pay $5.5 million in court rulings. "

Of course concerning benefits being paid out to citizens, that is where the federal government is willing to be really cheap. After all, it is our duty as citizens to abide and accept the conditions of our living standards, including reservations where the only means of shelter is a tent. Even here, the federal government is too cheap to provide proper housing and water.

"Veterans are expected to converge on Parliament Hill and MPs' offices across the country Saturday to protest the government's treatment of former soldiers and attempts to claw back their benefits.

But the gathering, which last year attracted several thousand in 15 cities across the country, also signals the widening divide between modernday veterans and the Royal Canadian Legion, the nation's largest group advocating for retired soldiers.

Some of the protesters question what they say is the Legion's "don't rock the boat" attitude, which tends to work quietly and collegially behind the scenes.

"That slow and steady approach is not cutting it anymore and it's time to face reality," said Michael Blais, whose Canadian Veterans Advocacy group organized the protests."

The Harper government rather pay billions to the other G20 countries for aid. After all, starving people does not fit in their image, like a chemical plant in China, sitting in the middle of farm land. That is progress, and the former is according the right wing nut jobs, people who made their bed, and are potential terriorists, Not the kind of people one would want to have over for dinner.

Harper kind of economic activity, is to increase the number of food banks coast to coast, while he plays nice with the big corporate guys and nasty to everyone else, who dares to asked more than their pittance of relief. Well, they sit down, and carved this country up without mind to the consitution, when it comes to  laws that might do harm to the big guys. Would anyone live in an area, where the big mining or chemical companies, said the land has been recover? I wouldn't, you might very well end paying for it, years later in health. 

From: Gord Elliott
Subject: Representation of Canadians in their House of Commons

Fellow Conservatives:
I have written the attached article to explain the process we Canadians use to determine the number of MPs in our House of Commons that we allocate to represent the Canadians who live in each province and territory and how it would change if the Fair Representation Act, 2011 becomes law.

Gord Elliott

Representation of Canadians in their House of Commons.docx  Representation of Canadians in their House of Commons.docx