Thursday, January 12, 2012

Daily Digest January 11-12, 2012


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


OPINION AND INFORMATION

_____CANADA

_____JANUARY  12

Pretender to the Liberal throne
Peter C. Newman on Bob Rae, the man who could be king.
If Bob Rae uses this week's Liberal party convention in Ottawa to drop the "interim" label affixed to his job description,
he will shatter the party's iron rule of succession.
MORE...
Related
_____JANUARY 11
Harper shifts the political terrain to turn Conservatives into a new dynasty
Extraordinary discipline, relentless messaging and a methodical management style have helped
Stephen Harper build Canada's most successful Conservative dynasty since Sir John A. Macdonald.
That's the conclusion of a newly published book, predicting Conservatives
"will be the dominant party on the Canadian federal scene for years to come."
MORE

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS
What US (and Canadian) veterans get for war
Dr. Rokke created a US Army Depleted Uranium (DU) Training film. But the US
Dept. of War (DoD) suppressed the video because of the severity of
consequences stemming from the use of radioactive DU.
< http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-us-veterans-get-for-war.html >

DEPLETED URANIUM EFFECTS

BEYOND TREASON
(1)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShHg-OP41N8
(2)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WCD9NEs0nQ&feature=related
(3)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vHj8WYkrq4&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL7C8B8139F609D008
(4)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUvijOL5nK8&feature=related
(5)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyl9prMEekg&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL7C8B8139F609D008
(6)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuJkbeDJGh0&feature=related
(7)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuJkbeDJGh0&feature=related
(8)      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gj_awAyeKg&feature=related


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Two  reprehensible actions.

_____CANADA A government calling itself conservative seizing 22s without compensation.     

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS USA/Israel murdering civilians after accusing Iran of plotting to do so

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From: "Jim Calvert"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 10, 2012

Joe:
I've said this before,
If an MP is crossing the floor to join your party, they're Canadian Heroes, working only for the public good.
If an MP leaves your party to join another, they're scum sucking dirt bags.
However, if an MP leaves the opposition party, to join the turd party, they're probably looking for 3 1/2 years of obscurity, zero expectations, a good pay cheque, and then retirement.
I expect to hear and see nothing from St. Denis except an announcement that she is not running again.
She is 71 and she is fighting Cancer....
Jim Calvert
Parry Sound Muskoka

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Voters outraged over NDP MP's decision to join Liberals DD

Joe--more proof that politics is a farce and voting matters not a damn. This MP is looking out for herself and her constituents don't matter to her(or any of them for that matter). And we are supposed to believe that it matters who 'represents' us? Of course Rae was an provincial NDPer at one time--when he destroyed the economy of Ontario. When do we wake up and realize that politics is nothing but a blood sport and we and the country don't matter to any of them? Remember the saying 'Liberal/Tory/same old story'? Well, it is really Liberal/Tory/NDP/ same old story. Wake up Canada--when do we take our country back from these 'entitled to their entitlements' elite?
becky

Subject:  our tax dollars at work
What the Royals received
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/11/article-2084973-0F681F3D00000578-297_634x1183.jpg

Subject: We are trying to get Iran to attack first???

More Murder of Iranian Scientists: Still Terrorism?
Even for people who don't believe the US has anything to do with the assassination of Iranian scientists, just flip the scenario: how would they react to news that Israeli scientists were being systematically murdered, and Iranian officials just smiled and acted coy when asked about it? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30213.htm

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From: John Kruithof
Subject: Crossing the Floor

Joe,
I sent this e-mail to my Liberal MP:
David,
I hope you are not rejoicing over MP Lise St-Denis crossing the floor from the NDP to the Liberal Party.  When the scene unfolded on TV, I was revolted.  St-Denis exercised her individual interests without explicit endorsement from her electorate.  Regardless of who initiated the move, the optic is of Liberal encouragement and coaching.  The exercise smacks of blatant opportunism, the opposite of what Layton preached. 
I had hoped the Liberal Party, on the cusp of re-invigorating itself, would pursue a higher standard than displayed in this sorry episode.
John Kruithof
Ottawa South

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From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Impeding Canada's national interests, Joe Oliver, January 09,2011

Re: Impeding Canada's national interests, Joe Oliver, January 09, 2011
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/01/09/impeding-canadas-national-interests

Canada's national economic interests are not served well by those who, for the sake of temporary construction work, want to ship unprocessed bitumen overseas, risk damage to the B.C. coast, drive up the value of the Canadian dollar and thereby destroy permanent manufacturing jobs by rendering our products uncompetitive. The Harper Conservatives may try to pass themselves off economic wizards, but underneath are glib salesmen selling toxic snake oil distilled from the Alberta tar sands.

To: letters@montrealgazette.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Voters outraged over NDP MP's decision to join
Liberals, Katherine Wilton, THE GAZETTE January 10, 2012

Re: Voters outraged over NDP MP's decision to join Liberals, Katherine Wilton, THE GAZETTE January 10, 2012
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Voters%2Boutraged%2Bover%2Bdecision%2Bjoin%2BLiberals/5975703/story.html
My riding of Vancouver-Kingsway has experience with floor-crossers. In February 2006 we were shocked to discover that our newly-elected MP David Emerson, a former Liberal cabinet minister who aggressively campaigned against the Conservatives, had entered into secret negotiations to switch his allegiance and become Minister of International Trade in Harper's minority government. As part of a concerted campaign to de-elect our dishonourable member, a tightly packed crowd stretching out over five blocks passed in front of Emerson's constituency office to express disapproval. Emerson felt so unwelcome in the riding and was so low profile that "Wanted" posters sprang up on hundreds of poles and billboards. Despite his vow to run in the next election, Emerson did not do so. Until a law is passed prohibiting anti-democratic conduct, voters need to keep the pressure up in the riding, and make such politicians regret their unethical behaviour.

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From: Nick Fillmore - A Different Point of View
Subject: 'Dinner for two' for first journalist who dares to explain Conservative ideology
 
Journalists in the mainstream Canadian media are being intimidated from fully describing the soulless ideology practised by the Harper Conservative government at least this haas been my impression for some time now. Wanting to find out what journalists are really writing about the Tories and neoliberalism, I spent some time this week searching the Internet for any 2011 articles that would link the two. I felt that, if the mainstream media is involved in an unspoken conspiracy of silence to hide the evil economic philosophy of the Harper government, the public needs to know. And if this is the case, I also want to publicly expose and embarrass the big media corporations for their censorship of this important information thus my challenge. First of all, it was no...

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <plagasse@uottawa.ca>
Subject: Royalists transformed Canada

The Editor
Ottawa Citizen
Copy to: Prof. Philippe Lagassé, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa.

Royalists transformed Canada
Re The Queen is Canada's queen," by Philippe Lagassé (Jan. 10).
After the British conquest of Canada in 1759, the colonial governor Sir Guy Carleton thought that Canada would always remain a French-speaking nation. "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."
This was not to be. Within a decade and a half, came a crowd of American royalists, driven into exile by revolutionary upheavals in their own country. They were North America's first political refugees who fled to Canada to escape persecution in the hands of so-called Patriots for remaining loyal to the crown during the War of Independence.
Influx of New England royalists, known as the United Empire Loyalists, signalled the transformation of Canada. It could no longer be contended that Canada would remain French to the end of time. A substantial and growing population of Anglo-American stock had been planted in Quebec and areas next to it what was to become Ontario, triggering a process in which the francophones became a minority in the country founded by them. As such, Canada is not just another former British colony like Australia or India. It is a country transformed by the royalists. It can be argued that if the Americans didn't revolt and the Loyalists stayed home, subsequent British immigration would have gone to "His Majesty's southern provinces," and Canada would have remained French and Sir Carleton's prognosis would have become a reality. Because the royalists played such a vital role in the transformation of Canada, the monarchy remains a crucial symbol of Canada.
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: Government to gun owners: We made a mistake. Fix it for us or go to prison by Matt Gurney

Begin forwarded message:
NATIONAL POST - FULL COMMENT - JANUARY 10, 2012, 12:18 PM ET
Government to gun owners: We made a mistake. Fix it for us or go to prison
by Matt Gurney
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/01/10/government-to-gun-owners-we-made-a-mistake-fix-it-for-us-or-go-to-prison/
Two small-calibre rifles have been suddenly reclassified by the RCMP-run  Canadian Firearms Program. The rifles in question, the Armi Jager AP-80 and the Walther G22, are both unremarkable .22-caliber long guns. While any firearm is dangerous, .22-caliber firearms are among the weakest around ­ indeed, they're typically used to train rookie shooters basic firearm safety and operation.

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From: John Feldsted
Subject: Stop The Cell Phone Squeeze

Stop The Cell Phone Squeeze
On the eve of a critical new wireless spectrum auction, we have reports that the Big Three cell phone giants (who already control almost 94% of the market) are trying to trick the government into shutting independent competitors out of the market. They're trying to block competitors from being able to use essential wireless spectrum. These giant phone companies are going so far as to use high-priced lobbyists and one is even using a fake grassroots campaign1.
If the Big Three succeed, they will:
  • Squeeze independent providers out of the cell phone market.
  • Squeeze Canadians into binding longer term contracts with disrespectful customer service.
  • Squeeze more money out of your wallet every single month through new fees on your bill.
In short, they will kill independent competition and be the only game in town. This scheme will lock Canada behind the rest of the world on mobile communications, cripple essential innovation, limit social progress, and drain your wallet every month.
Canadians already pay some of the highest cell phone fees in the industrialized world and this is going to make it worse2.

Footnotes:
[1] Rogers has a campaign that purports to be in the interest of customer service when it is clearly about limiting their independent competitors. Find our coverage of that campaign here.

[2] In 2009, an OECD study found that Canadians pay some of the highest prices for mobile phone calls in the industrialized world. This was corroborated by a 2010 report from the New America Foundation. More recently, another study found that Canada has the highest roaming fees in the industrialized world.
Join the fight to get better service and lower costs here:
  http://openmedia.ca/squeeze
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From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: SUN MEDIA: 'shocking' response from the Tory government over a bone-headed rifle ban.

Begin forwarded message:
SUN MEDIA - BYLINE WITH BRIAN LILLEY - JANUARY 11, 2012 20:01
LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL - Firearms owners denied their rights
Brian Lilley looks at what he calls the 'shocking' response from the Tory
government over a bone-headed rifle ban.
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/lock-stock-and-barrel/1384499102001

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From: John Feldsted
Subject: The Unthinkable Is Poised to Happen, US Economist Warns




The Unthinkable Is Poised to Happen, Economist Warns Read more

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From: Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: notice the wheelbarrow in the picture--are the Taliban using that as a weapon or were these civilians ?
I Spit on Your Grave
Video : Marines Urinating On Corpses
And Americans wonder why many in the Muslim world hate us? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30222.htm
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085378/US-troops-urinating-dead-Afghan-bodies-video-used-Taliban-recruitment-tool.html#ixzz1jGEnLY8q

Subject: and we still ignore the death and destruction of Palestine and 'stand with israel'
Three Years after the Bombs Fell
It's exactly three years ago that 1,417 innocent Palestinians lost their lives in Gaza while the whole world kept silent. And it's three years ago -to the day- that humanity and everything about it was squashed down to invisibility.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30226.htm

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@chroniclejournal.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Interests without borders, January 11, 2012

Re: Interests without borders, January 11, 2012
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/editorial/daily_editorial/2012-01-11/interests-without-borders

Conservative Resource Minister Joe Oliver has sounded the alarm about radical groups that "use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada's national economic interest." But when he speaks of Canada's "national economic interest," just whose interest is he really defending? According to Statistics Canada, in 2009 foreign corporations controlled 35% of the assets of the oil and gas sector and received 51% of the operating revenues. Is it really in our national interest to export unprocessed bitumen when the risk of catastrophic environmental damage remains here, while much of the monetary benefits and most of the jobs flow elsewhere?
Larry Kazdan,

Statscan Table

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/61-220-x/2009000/t031-eng.htm

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