Monday, December 12, 2011

Daily Digest December 12, 2011


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KYOTO A NO GO

Canada's formally withdrawing from the Kyoto thing.
For once I agree with the government's action. Here's why.
http://www.ipolitics360.com/Videos/JohnRobsononclimatechangeGreenpeace-aIXtb40nS7A.htm
(wonder if there'll be any reaction)

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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: First (Gulf) Iraq war

DD
 
I happened to be on vacation sometime in 1991 I believe.  I was stupid then, I thought it a good idea to drive from Alberta to Oso BC cross over into the Great USA to Orville Washington..    I did that. Like all Canadians they think when they are in The Great One,  USA that the first thing to do is to buy something.    I did that, I had made general purchases,not one thing close to illegal I started looking for a place to spend the night in Orville.     Dirt,Filth, Grime and whatever.That was their Motel Standard.    I decided I wanted to cross back into Canada and stay in a decent Motel ,with the intention of going back into the  US to explore more of Washington State the next day. I thought about the purchases in my cars trunk and decided to go to the Canadian Crossing booth and ask they if my purchases would be counted twice if I came back the nest day.   I was advised that I would have to ask they at The American booth.    I thanked them and left.     He booths as you know are only approximately 200 years apart if you are driving around from one to another.    But being sort of a thinker, I turned around and instead of making the loop I decided to walk ac cross the grass (Grassy Knoll) to the US booth..    I Was wearing, shorts, ankle socks, runners and a tee shirt.    I hadn't gone more the ten steps when the door on the animal cage on the US  side burst open and someone is yelling, Stop,Stop, hold it right there,   his 357 magnum was pointed straight at me. Because I was totally ignorant  I thought he was yelling at someone else.     Take one more step I will fire.    I looked around and there was no one but myself in his range.    I stopped, he yelled    what do you want? I explained very quickly that I was sent over by Canadian Customs,      but I didn't want anything from him or his revolver.   Turned my back and started walking away, waiting for what I thought a 357 sort of feeling might be. I am I grateful they he didnt pull the trigger?    I honestly cant say,   I would have to live thought what they are all about and that my country will be turned into the same crud   which my children and grandchildren will have to live with.    Are The Americans Possessed?      Yes absolutely,   by the same finatic rulers that possessed Russia for a Century.    But I guess luckily it is Gods Chosen People who were, and are ,now running our lives and fate.    Cant say that I like it one bit.
 
Ray Strachan

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From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: Harper Contempt
 100-Plus Reasons to Stop Harper Conservatives  Damaging Our Democracy
http://catch22campaign.ca/

Harper once promised to "change the face of Canada" so drastically we wouldn't recognize it. His goal is to make our country a model of small, weak government; powerful, deregulated corporations; increased unity with the US, and faith-based social conservatism. He seems to think the end justifies the means. We have to make sure the Harper Conservatives don't gain power again.

One of the facts you may not know about - and the potential of them on our lives:
5) On February 14 of this year, Canada and the U.S. signed an agreement, paving the way for the militaries from each country to send troops across the other's borders during an emergency. Although the Harper government and Canadian Forces were silent on this, the U.S. Northern Command went public. Stuart Trew, a researcher with the Council of Canadians, said this deal could militarize civilian responses to emergencies, pointing out that work is also underway for a Canada/US plan to protect common infrastructure, such as roadways and oil pipelines. "Are we going to see (U.S.) troops on our soil for minor potential threats to a pipeline or a road?" he asked.

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From: Robert Ede
Subject: Occupy Parliament - London Free Press
To: pearsg9@gmail.com
Cc: Joe Hueglin Daily Digest <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>

Dear Glen,
 
Thank you for "Time for 'Occupy Parliament'?  (I saw it on the Canadian Daily Digest).  I particularly liked the part about courage  ... "Do today's MPs have the courage to stand with the House of the people against their own political masters when the occasion demands it? To date the answer would have to be a clear "no". Perhaps what they require is the courage, mustered by their own citizens and constituents, to do the honourable thing and stop silently condoning what surely must be one of the saddest eras in Canada's parliamentary democracy."
 
I'd re-emphasize your article's thrust slightly to state "Can Canadians assert the necessary knowledge & strength to "Occupy" our section 17 'One Parliament' ....when all it takes is strict application of the as-written text of the BNA/Constitution?"
 
You may recall my ranting about a too-powerful, uncheckable-in-majority Prime Minister's Office/Privy Council Office during the By Election in 2006 (Nov 6/06 55 Seconds of Power) & Point 5 of my Perspective on 11 Points
 
Subsequently I recovered the text of the 'temporary & emergency' 1940 Order-In-Council (see reference from Privy Council Office site and attached document from archives as .pdf) that initiated the operational change in the as-intended BNA Act power-sharing hierarchy and led to the current subsumption of the Executive Power (ss. 9-16) by the Legislative Power (ss 17-57)
 
I also attach my Evolution of the Canadian Constitution-on one page as background (see Similar in Principle .xls).
 
You may recall our chat about my Plain Language Constitution effort from back then too.
 
If this resonates with your campaign to return to Parliamentary First Principles .... I've got lots more.
 
Truly
 
Robert Ede,

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Harper's nominee to replace disgraced integrity czar draws fire
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/harpers-nominee-to-replace-disgraced-integrity-czar-draws-fire/article2265600/

Shouldn't the 'integrity' commissioner be trying to find some integrity in government?  Until that integrity exists in government there is no need for an integrity commissioner--that is just protecting something that doesn't exist.  There is no such thing as 'fairness and honesty' in government.  The inclusion of Kenney in this article proves that there is no integrity.  This creature is devoid of any honest thought--he obeys his masters--notice that this 'citizenship crackdown' is only against Muslims.  Kenney is a waste of skin(and the amount of skin increases with each taxpayer funded meal he sucks back).
Becky
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Subject: integrity from Kenney--everyone is a criminal if he says so?
Remember this is the same Kenney that kept George Galloway out of Canada.  Canada is not israel and until Kenney understands that we are all in danger

Opposition raises concerns over citizenship crackdown
'We will apply the full strength of Canadian law,' minister says
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Opposition%2Braises%2Bconcerns%2Bover%2Bcitizenship%2Bcrackdown/5839797/story.html
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Subject: Alberta Report had a similar story about Canada.
Detainment Camps Going Live: FEMA Seeking Subcontractors To Provide 'Temporary Camp Services' In All 50 States
http://lewrockwell.com/slavo/slavo79.1.html
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Subject: Are we in for a 2 province Caledonia type mess?

Algonquins in West Quebec prepare to launch biggest land claim in Canada's history
Even larger than Nunavut claim, it includes lands now held by Mohawks
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Algonquins+West+Quebec+launch+biggest+land+claim+Canada+history/5844571/story.html
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Subject: time for another no fly zone--notice how the oil is flowing but nothing else is working!!

Tripoli in lockdown as Libya authorities try to drive out militias
Security forces deployed across Libya's capital as government sets two-week deadline for gunmen to disarm or leave
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/07/tripoli-lockdown-libya-militias

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From: Mahmood Elahi
Subject: An Italian wealth tax will be a game-changer
 
The Editor
The Globe and Mail
Copy to: Prof. Randall Germain, Department of Political Science, Carleton University.
 

An Italian wealth tax will be a game changer

Leftist demonstrators hold a banner at the entrance to the Acropolis archaeological site, reading in English: 'End the governments of bankers­austerity is the problem, not the answer' on November 8. ­ AFP photo

Re letter "Shambolic Europe," by Prof. Randall Germain (Dec. 12).

As Greece and Italy face bankruptcy and financial meltdown, it must be pointed out that rich and middle classes in both countries are serial tax dodgers and the governments of these countries are perennially short of revenues to meet their obligations.

Greece is facing total bankruptcy, but it is reported that Athens has 64,000 swimming pools in private villas and condos of the rich and upper middle class. Yet, the Greeks are serial tax dodgers. While they are protesting against cuts in public spending, many Greeks think paying taxes is a waste of money. With the rich and middle class Greeks unwilling to pay their fair share of taxes, the government will always need bailouts by Germany which is carrying the most financial burden. The only way that Greece can become solvent again is by raising taxes on the rich and stopping them from evading taxes.

As for Italy, an Italian wealth tax would be a game changer. A one-time tax to raise 400 billion euros, as proposed by the former CEO of UniCredit, Alessandro Profumo, would solve Italy's debt problem, thus helping reverse the broader euro crisis. Rich Italians are so wealthy, they could afford it. They certainly have no business asking for help from Germany where wealthy Germans are much less affluent than their Italian counterparts.

Italian business elites, including the head of Confindustria, the business lobby, have reacted surprisingly well to Mr Profumo's idea. Part of the reason is that Italians are effectively paying a wealth tax as a result of plunging domestic stocks and bond markets. So getting the agony over with has some appeal to Italy's wealthy. The 400 billion euro tax that Mr. Profumo proposes would cut national debt from 120 per cent to below 100 per cent. That would change the market dynamics. Equity and bond prices are likely to rebound ­ meaning that investors could gain more on the market swings than they lost on the tax hikes.

What's more, Italians are rich enough to bail out their own government. The latest Bank of Italy data show that net wealth was 8.6 trillion euros or 566 per cent of GDP in 2009 ­ more than Germany's 6.1 trillion euros or 246 percent of GDP in 2008. Even if a wealth tax focused only on the richest Italians, a tax of 10 per cent, collected over a few years, should do the trick. Mr. Profumo has not only pushed his tax idea, he has also offered to enter politics to implement it as part of a coalition government. With tax-dodging Prime Minister Silivio Berlusconi out of the scene, Mr. Profumo  should be invited to join the new government.

Prof. Randall Germain is absolutely right when he says: "In short, the record of crisis response runs through nation-states acting individually rather than through co-ordinated efforts of the international community." Wealthy Italians acting independently can bail out their country without help from the Germans.

MAHMOOD ELAHI, Ottawa

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From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: SUN NEWS: John Robson on "climate change" & Greenpeace

   As I've been pointing out for years to whoever would listen, the globe has been warming, yet again, ever since the peak of the last ice age. And it will continue to so so, sporadically, until the beginning of the next ice age.

Henry

Begin forwarded message:

John Robson on "climate change" & Greenpeace - December 12, 2011
http://www.ipolitics360.com/Videos/JohnRobsononclimatechangeGreenpeace-aIXtb40nS7A.htm

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From: "S.McDowall"
Subject: The Corbett Report | Interview 430 - Paul Hellyer

Former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Paul Hellyer joins us to discuss the recently announced Canada-US border agreement. We discuss the potential dangers of such moves toward economic globalization, and the international banking infrastructure that propels the globalization agenda. We also discuss the Bank of Canada's role in this international frameworFormer Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Paul Hellyer joins us to discuss the recently announced Canada-US border agreement. We discuss the potential dangers of such moves toward economic globalization, and the international banking infrastructure that propels the globalization agenda. We also discuss the Bank of Canada's role in this international framework
http://www.corbettreport.com/interview-430-paul-hellyer/

Used to eat supper with Paul at a Committee meeting - 37- 38 years ago. He's always had interesting thoughts.
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From: Vern Bretin
Subject: Harper Economics

Hi Joe:  Ever wonder what the economics professors at the U of Calgary taught their students like Mr. Harper? 

Take for example the total silence from our elite professors of economics throughout Canada who might at least try to offer some correction to Mr. Harpers' gung ho attitude toward exporting Alberta's & Canada's under-processed resources to Port Arthur Texas for refining for further export to Asia & other countries.  The free port conditions at Port Arthur presumably allows near exemption from U.S. tax collectors & thus  the U.S. potential consumers of the finished products of refining & processing through petro-chemical plants will be profiting a source enjoying free port priviledges.  Sounds like a good deal for a limited few.

Just perhaps some renegade economics guru would be willing to act on behalf of the 1 percenters in Canada and give us the projections on the following IF?  The IF would be Mr. Harper, the economist, refusing to let under processed bitumen to be exported.  One might wonder how many tenured and untenured economics professors are not being influenced by those who would suppress funding for valuable research projects so vital for the continuance of their employment.  Any whistle blowers out there?

Firstly, figures beneficial to the U.S. over say 50 years, & the minimal benefit to Canada over the same period  IF bitumen is approved for export via the TransCanada Keystone pipeline, Fort McMurray AB, to Port Arthur, & the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat. 

Secondly, benefits to Canadians over the same 50 projected years IF the bitumen was required to be further processed into finished products in Canada, for the use by Canadians, with surpluses of finished products offered for export.

Job numbers--years 1 onward.

Plant & infrastructure jobs & investment.
Canadian Pipeline jobs & investment
Tax income from employment & investment
Demand on the education system to provide the expertise to design, build, operate & maintain the lines, refineries & petrochemical plants required.
Royalties to be gained by Alberta/Saskatchewan, & Canada
Reduction in the dependence of Eastern Canada on oil imports from the middle east
 
Anyone willing to guess which column of figures for the two options might offer the most benefit to Canada and your grandchildren's offspring?  Would our current government be willing to offer grants to those universities which would prove to Canadians the overwhelming benefit of exporting Canada's bitumen?  No doubt they could with their majority.  Sad.  Any opinions?

Interesting the "free port" you speak of.  Our raw materials going out via one, the majority of the goods in our stores being made in the Free Trade Zones in China.

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From: Peter Creighton
Subject: FW: $100 Bill

 $100 Bill
It's a slow day in the small town of Pump Handle and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.

As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
(Stay with this.....and pay attention)

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op.

The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel Owner.
(Almost done...keep reading)

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town now thinks that they are out of debt and there is a false atmosphere of optimism and glee.
And that, my friends, is how a "stimulus package" works!

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