Friday, December 23, 2011

Daily Digest December 22, 2011


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From: "Timothy W. Shire (Shire)" <>
Subject: helena guergis

Joe, I tried, without success, to find an email address for this woman because I want very much to send her a message. Since I have failed in that attempt I thought I would just tell you, in a way, one way or another my thoughts and feelings for her may just get passed along.

The first thing that needs to be said is that even though we all know that everything is involved with politics this person and her story is far beyond the political realm but gets right into the whole business of why people become involved in public life. We have a long tradition in Canada of people serving their country as politicians and each enters into their quest for their own reasons, those reasons ultimately become unimportant because their participation makes Canada a free and open society, a democratic society, a place where men, women, all sorts of people play their part in the progress of our country.

I have to tell you that I am fed up. I am away passed outrage, women must be part of every facet of Canadian life if we are to achieve the goals that I feel are necessary for my grand daughters and their grand daughters. Over the years I have seen what has happened to woman who accept the challenge and enter political life. The struggle to be "persons" and have the vote makes us all proud of our country for indeed we lead the way in the free world but we have done so at a tragic and miserable route where woman after woman has been treated far less than fair.

It is important to consider some of those people. I remember the pride we Canadians felt when Ellen Fairclough became our first member of cabinet, but it was tough for her even though she was respected the press and her fellow politicians were often far more than unkind. In the Pearson cabinet there were several women who did great things and that tradition has been maintained with the women who followed in their footsteps. But all along the way there have been those mean jibs that hurt, not just the victim but Canadian women in general.

Sheila Copps served Canada admirably but had to endure the embarrassment of John crosby's "have some tequila Sheila and lie back and love me again." that was just plain crap. Here in Saskatchewan we had a remarkable leader of the liberal party who was virtually drummed out of politics and in Manitoba I do not know how Sharon Carstairs endured the harassment she received. Then there was Canada's first woman prime minister who was given the thankless job of trying to soldier on after the fiasco of the Mulroney years. But, Kim held up her head and I cherish her spirit and courage.

The Harper government has some great women but they have suffered considerable abuse. The hapless record on the environment had to be fronted by a well meaning woman and the most despicable treatment of a woman came right in parliament with Peter mackay's half concealed and later lied about comments about a woman who entered politics to put her good education and experience to good use only to be taunted as a dog.

Helena Guergis was treated by her fellow politicians in such a manner that it really makes you wonder why they would treat another human being in such a shameful way. I cheered when I heard that she was suing because she must not just stand up for herself, but for all Canadian women in politics. She was betrayed, then she was publicly humiliated and made to bare whatever sins might have been, or we're alleged to have been carried out by her spouse. I do not share her political views but I share humanity with her and for that I am grieving for how she has been treated.

What politician has not at some point throne a tantrum, what politician has not at some point made a comment that might have been better left unsaid, but when you destroy a person's career, their future and the mission they have in life you have moved from administrative to bloody evil. Harper and his folks were evil in their treatment of this woman just as they had been with Belinda Stronach, it was and is unacceptable.

I wish Ms Guergis the very best she and every other grand daughter are the hope we have for a better world.

Timothy W. Shire
Tisdale, Saskatchewan

From: cosmopolita cosmopolita <>
Subject: Update, re: Monetary Reform

Hello Joe,

Based upon Gerry Masuda $100.00 pledge, we published the following article in support of monetary reform:

Help support The Canadian as an outlet for monetary reform and other similar Canadian news which is marginalized by Big Business interests.

We have become one of the most read socially progressive newspapers in Canada, but we need support from as many of your friends and colleagues that you can inspire, toward helping spread vital social awareness.

Courts tend to be very political, and the more people that a judge knows is paying attention to the outcome of litigation, definitely weighs in judicial outcomes.


John Stokes
The Canadian

From: Subject: A Different Point of View - Nick Fillmore
Subject: Staff at 'Grinch' KPMG well looked after while advocating 'workers' comp' cuts

It is bitterly ironic that KPMG – the private consulting firm that helps governments wipe out thousands of important jobs that make our communities work well is itselff regarded as one of the very best employers in the country.Injured workers and their support groups in Ontario are outraged by the recent KPMG report for the Ministry of Labour's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) that, according to the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty...

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Please pass it unto to anyone else who you think might be interested. Please check out my blog, A Different Point of View, for more posts. Nick
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From: Richard Priestman
Subject: Constitutional Lawyer Rocco Galati: Restore The Use Of The Bank Of Canada Lawsuit Press Conference

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Canada Lawsuit:

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Re Gifts

I had what to me was a good idea several years ago.
I have 3 children 55, 51 and 50.    7 Grandchildren,  5 of them out in the working world holding down steady jobs.
1 , 19 year old  in university Edmonton  and 1, 17 year old  completing her grade 12 Peace River Ab.,they are still on gift list.
The idea I had and have it solidly instituted was, we  will discontinue exchanging gifts for those of us who are adults, then pick our favorite charities to donate cash to instead.  We got this off the ground with no belly aching or complaining. The good feeling we get back is evident. Personally I sponsor a little boy in Africa and a little girl in Egypt .   I looked into several organizations . The one I chose was "The Plan" (formerly Foster Parents PLan)    They have the lowest administration cost . We also support the local food banks at this time of year.   People have said to me over the years " You don't know if the money is getting to those that are supposed to receive it"      Well I must say, that surely stops "them" from taking that terrible chance doesn't it.     My answer has always been "I give in good spirit, what happens to the money after it leaves me, is not my concern.  My conscience remains clear.
Ray Strachan

From: Gord Elliott
Subject: Conservative Party of Canada  Internship Program Info Session

The Conservative Party of Canada offers student activists a unique opportunity through a paid summer internship. Through this internship, Conservative students get to meet their peers from across the country, receive educational, political and parliamentary experience, and participate in an exclusive guest lecture series, all taking in life in our Nation's Capital.

This is not your average summer job.

Any student registered in a post secondary institution is eligible for the Conservative Party Internship Program. Additionally, interested applicants must be able to start the first week of May, without exception. If you are a Conservative activist, active in your campus club, EDA, or on the campaign trail, this internship is for you!

To learn about the program, come to the information session with the party's National Outreach Co-ordinator, Laura Kurkimaki, at the University of Calgary McEwan Student Centre South Courtyard on Wednesday, January 25 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Gord Elliott

From: John Halonen

It does not matter on which side of Canada's answer to the Kyota agreement you are on, however,
CANADA has indicated that the UN is no longer relevant in their eyes. A surprising statement
by a nation that was at one time a major supporter ( it was not long ago that a seat on the
security council was requested ).
When negotiated agreements are thrown aside, that puts all agreements at risk, including free
trade agreements with many nations.
The CONSERVATIVE Government should advise it's citizens on their direction, even those it may have
signed this year.
One  thing for sure, they have made it easier for the next government, to undo agreements that the
Conservative Government are now putting forward.
John Halonen

From: Robert Roehle

hi robert
here is a url to a 1 hour radio program i participated in last night
on CWB and SM
 my interview starts at 31:52 and runs to 49:00...
From: "Derek Skinner"
Subject: Fw: Send in the clowns

If you don't get this already I recommend BrasscheckTV for American news outside the mainstream.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Brasscheck TV" <>


Believe it or not, it's time for another presidential election in the US.

Less than a year from now we'll know who the "winner" is.

If you'd to follow the campaign in detail - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ridiculous - here's a new video channel I strongly recommend.

I guarantee subscribing will give you more insight and depth of knowledge on the race than you'll get from watching any 20 news channels.

First topic...a feature lampooning one of the great ego manics in American history.

If you like it, please share it. That's how we grow.


From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: Harper Government rejects Conservative Legacy
Subject: The Ontarion | The Canadian Wheat Board debate

From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <>
Subject: How to stem Pakistan's propping up of the Taliban

Comment Editor
The Globe and Mail, Toronto
Copy to: Mr. M. Chris Mason, Senior Fellow, The Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Washington (please forward).
How to stem Pakistan's propping up of the Taliban

I am writing with reference to Comment: "The Pakistan solution: redraw the map," by M. Chris Mason, Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defence Studies, Washington (Dec. 21). Chris Mason's comment reflects the same wrong-headed mindset that led to the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan.
After dispatching 40,000 troops (the same number Gen. Petraeus asked for) in addition to the 80,000 already deployed to Afghanistan, then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told the central committee of the Soviet Communist Party in a memorable speech in 1987, "Comrades, stereotyped minds are like caged birds, unwilling to spread the wings and take to the skies even when the cage is left open." He was referring to their reluctance to send more troops to defeat the anti-Soviet mujahideen (holy warriors). His idea was to secure the cities of Kabul and Kandahar, allowing schools and hospitals to open ­ the Soviets were great champions of women's education. He asked for two more years to pacify Afghanistan before the Soviet forces could withdraw. Sound familiar?

But Gorbachev failed to realise that the strategic environment under which the Soviet forces were operating had not changed. The mujahideen were still carrying out hit-and-run attacks, using Pakistan's tribal areas as staging posts. The only way to stop such attacks was to take out their bases inside Pakistan. But Pakistan was an American ally and any attack inside Pakistan would have triggered a direct confrontation with the US, which was already supplying the mujahideen with lethal weapons. Pakistan was determined to oust the pro-Soviet Najibullah regime because Pakistan considered it pro-Indian (India was then a Soviet ally). Caught in the regional conflict, the Soviet troops were obliged to withdraw after suffering heavy casualties.

Now, as then, anti-American Taliban are carrying out hit-and-run attacks on US troops, using Pakistan's tribal areas as staging posts and Pakistan is trying to prop them up in its proxy war with India. Now, as then, Pakistan considers the Karzai government pro-India. While Pakistan is still nominally an American ally, it will not tolerate, as recent events have shown, any US intrusion in pursuit of the Taliban.
Present shootout in which scores of Pakistani troops were killed shows the divergent goals of two so-called allies --- the United States is trying to stop the Taliban from re-capturing power in Kabul, while Pakistan is determined to install anti-Indian Taliban in the name of what it considers "a strategic depth" vis-a-vis India. Chris is right when he says: "It should be obvious by now that Pakistan has no intention of doing what the United States has wanted for the past decade. The combination of wishful thinking, admiration for the emperor's new cloths and $10 billion in payments have accomplished nothing. ... Pakistan shelters, funds trains, supplies and advises the Taliban." He missed one critical point: Why? The answer is Pakistan is fighting war aganist India by training and arming the Taliban in the same way the U.S. armed and trained the Mihjaheen in the name of its proxi war against the Soviet Union.
However, Chris Mason's solution to break up Pakistan, letting Baluchistan to secede like Bangladesh (East Pakistan), is a wrong one that will make a bad situation worse. His analogy with Bangladesh (East Pakistan) is not correct. Bangladesh (East Pakistan) is separated from (West) Pakistan by a thousand mile of Indian territory and Indian military intervention played a crucial role in the defeat of the Pakistan army. But Baluchistan borders Iran which has its own separatist problems with the Iranian Baluchistan and an indendent Baluchistan will come under Iranian domination. Moreover, if Baluchistan is successful in seceding, this will inevitably emboldened Pakistan's Pustuns to wage their own war of separation to join their Pusto-speaking brothers in Afghanistan.  This would further destabilize the entire region. As such, Chris Mason's solution will only exacerbate the problem.
However, there is a solution which Chris Mason has failed to mention. India, which is a regional superpower, can play an effective role without direct military intervention. To stem any Taliban takeover after the US withdrawal, the US should prod the world's largest democracy to help the fledgling Afghan democracy. India and Afghanistan have recently signed a security agreement. This should be welcomed. India is not only the world's largest democracy but also a regional superpower ­ five times larger demographically, economically and militarily than Pakistan. Facing Islamist threats at home, India cannot allow Afghanistan to become a staging post for Pakistan-backed Taliban. During the anti-Soviet war, India did not face any threat from Pakistan-based Islamists and saw no need to support the pro-Moscow regime in Kabul. After Mumbai, the strategic situation has changed. In fact, both India and Pakistan now face a common threat from the Taliban and their acolytes. If the Afghan Taliban are allowed to re-capture power in Kabul, the Pakistani Taliban will be emboldened to redouble their slaughter of Pakistanis in a bid to capture power in Pakistan.
For their own national interests, both Pakistan and India should give up their self-defeating antagonism and cooperate to defeat the extremists. America should prod Pakistan to give up its suicidal war against India and cooperate to defeat the Taliban. By following India's democratic leadership, both Pakistan and Afghanistan can extricate themselves from the perpetual cycles of violence that bedeviled both nations since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and subsequent American invasion of that unfortunate country. Further breakup of Pakistan would only perpetuate the cycle of violence.

Mahmood Elahi is an Ottawa freelance writer and political commentator.

From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
Subject: Executive Dissertations: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

From: Larry Kazdan

To: "Letters (ott)" <>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: The Tories And Health Care: You Elected Them, You're Stuck With Them, Ken Gray, December  21, 2011

Re:  The Tories And Health Care: You Elected Them, You're Stuck With Them, Ken Gray, December 21, 2011

Federal health transfers to the provinces will grow annually at 6% to reach an increase of $9 billion in the fifth year, but Jim Flaherty says this rate is unsustainable. On the other hand, Flaherty's reduced corporate tax rate in 2012 will cost the public treasury $13.7 billion annually in lost revenue compared to the level in 2007. The finance minister needs to explain why money is always available for corporations currently sitting on mountains of cash, but funds to maintain adequate health care of Canadians is not. 
Subject: Letter to the Editor: Public scrutiny of House of Commons at  risk.

Dear Editor,

The citizens' organization Democracy Watch has noted that in Canada it is still effectively legal for a person like Karlheinz Schreiber to fundraise for and make secret donations to nomination race and party leadership candidates, to lobby and make secret deals with Cabinet ministers and government employees, and for everyone involved to be dishonest about their secret, unethical relationships. The current move by the Conservatives to hold parliamentary committee meetings behind closed doors is just one more example of a government that talks about open government but won't practice it, and has certainly failed to close dozens of anti-democratic loopholes that still exist.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Videos on DD

Joe--thanks for the beautiful videos on the DD.  The Change on is beautiful and a lesson for us all.  A great Christmas message. We can all make a difference if we try.
Merry Christmas to you and yours

Christmas Dream. Perry Como. Merry Christmas to all YouTubers. Enjoy

From: "Dr. Raymond Denson"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest December 20, 2011

I hesitate to spoil the fun of the Christmas message from Stratos Psarianos, but I do think that he should be aware of the  difference between "schiessen" and "scheissen". Schiessen is to shoot and does not have the meaning that he attributes to it. The words that he should have used were scheiss and scheissen..    Raymond Denson        

From: "Glenn Harewood"
Subject: Fw: Unbelievable Collection Of All Your Favorite Singers' Songs..

Hello Joe:
Little things do mean a lot, and here's a little gesture (from: Fw) that I hope that you and Aase and family, will take a break from the "daily digest"  and listen to the old tunes of yester-year.
May you and yours have a very relaxing, blessed Christmas Season!!

And thanks for all the posts during 2011.
Glenn Harewood

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Subject: FW: Unbelievable Collection Of All Your Favorite Singers' Songs..




There are about a jillion songs here, so turn up the volume and enjoy!

Some of the videos are unique, many from years ago and may not have been seen before


1) Elvis Presley
2) Roy Orbison
3) Beatles
4) Abba
5) Bee Gees
6) Michael Jackson
7) John Lennon
8) Celine Dion
9) Frank Sinatra
10) Creedence Clearwater Revival
11) Julio Iglesias
12) Queen
13) Neil Diamond
14) Paul Mccartney
15) Rolling Stones
16) Pink Floyd
17) Bruce Springsteen
18) Elton John
19) U2
20) George Harrison
21) Cliff Richard
22) Tina Turner
23) Bob Marley
24) Andrea Bocelli
25) Dire Straits
26) Barbra Streisand
27) Eag les
28) Madonna
29) Simon & Garfunkel
30) Ac/Dc
31) Bob Dylan
32) Dean Martin
33) Andr? Hazes
34) Tom Jones
35) Eric Clapton
36) John Denver
37) Eros Ramazzotti
38) Deep Purple
39) Led Zeppelin
40) Rod Stewart
41) Status Quo
42) Louis Armstrong
43) Fleetwood Mac
44) Bryan Adams
45) Jimi Hendrix
46) Barry White
47) Nat King Cole
48) Santana
49) Michael Buble
50) Gipsy Kings

51) David Bowie
52) Adriano Celentano
53) Robbie Williams
Charles Aznavour
55) Metallica
56) Doors
57) Shakira
58) Beach Boys
59) Cat Stevens
60) Bon Jovi
61) Ub40
62) Joe Cocker
63) Whitney Houston
64) Phil Collins
65) Enrique Iglesias
66) Ricky Martin
67) Ray Charles
68) K3
69) Zz Top
70) Van Morrison
71) Ringo Starr
72) Stevie Wonder
73) Gloria Estefan
74) Supertramp
75) Jethro Tull
76) Black Sabbath
77) Marco Borsato
78) Guns N? Roses
79) Neil Young
80) Chuck Berry
81) Billy Joel
82) Sting
83) Kinks
84) R.e.m.
85) Laura Pausini
86) Genesis
87) Who
88) Monkees
89) Animals
90) Simple M inds
91) Prince
92) Aretha Franklin
93) B.b. King
94) Iron Maiden
95) Pearl Jam
96) Christina Aguilera
97) Alice Cooper
98) Depeche Mode
99) Nirvana
100) Gary Moore

Top 70 songs

1) Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
2) Fernando - Abba
3) Dancing Queen - Abba
4) Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
5) Spanish Eyes - Elvis Presley
6) Are You Lonesome Tonight?& nbsp;- Elvis Presley
7) Chiquitita - Abba
8) Massachusetts  - Bee Gees
9) Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
10) Imagine - John Len non
11) Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
12) California Blue - Roy Orbison
13) My Way - Elvis Presley
14) Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
15) In Dreams - Roy Orbison
16) Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
17) Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
18) I Have A Dream - Abba
19) Yesterday - Beatles
20) Mamma Mia - Abba
21) Thriller - Michael Jackson
22) Amazing Grace - Elvis Presley
23) Unchained Melody - Roy Orbison
24) Can?t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
25) Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
26) Ave Maria - Celine Dion
27) And I Love You So - Elvis Presley
28) Blue Moon - Elvis Presley
29) Hey Jude - Beatles
30) I Started A Joke - Bee Gees
31) My Way - Frank Sinatra
32) Hotel California - Eagles
33) A Big Hunk O? Love - Elvis Presley
34) Bridge Over Troubled Water  Elvis Presley
35) The Winner Takes It All - Abba
36) Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
37) Ben - Michael Jackson
38) Waterloo - Abba
39) Stayin? Alive - Bee Gees
40) Words - Bee Gees
41) How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
42) Crying - Roy Orbison
43) Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
44) Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
Beat It - Michael Jackson
46) A Day In The Life - Beatles
47) Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
48) Let It Be - Beatles
49) Only You - Roy Orbison
50) Sweet Caroline - Roy Orbison
51) A Hard Day?s Night - Beatles
52) Bad - Michael Jackson
53) Earth Song - Michael Jackson
54) Woman - John Len non
55) Imagine (live) - John Len non
56) Heal The World - Michael Jackson
57) Stand By Me - John Len non
58) Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
59) O Sole Mio - Andrea Bocelli
60) Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
61) Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
62) Strangers In The Night - Frank Sinatra
63) Black Or White - Michael Jackson
64) Only You - John Len non
65) My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
66) What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
67) 24 Horas - Julio Iglesias
68) Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
69) I Just Can?t Stop Lovin You - Michael Jackson
70) Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

TOP singers

Elvis Presley
Michael Jackson
Elton John
Roy Orbison
Cliff Richard
Tom Petty
Tina Turner
Bob Dylan
David Bowie
Lou Reed
Peter Gabriel
Phil Collins
Cat Stevens
Elvis Costello
Van Morrison
Bruce Springsteen
Rod Stewart
Tom Jones
Suzanne Vega
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