Monday, January 02, 2012

Daily Digest January 2, 2012


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION

From: Rebecca Gingrich
What a wonderful world we have. 
The prayer at the beginning of the  video says it all
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x91rBzNKvlc&feature=email

_____CANADA
Now is Harper's time to change Canada
Solberg:
...some in the media are braying the world is ending because the prime minister is aggressively pushing
his agenda to change Canada. Let's hope so! In 2012, I hope the PM's legislative agenda strikes with such force
that it smashes some of Canada's most infamous social experiments, some of them more than a century old.
MORE...
_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS
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Year of the dragon

Asia facing year of transition, uncertainty and change

Question:
Do we have economic exposure there that affects CPP?

Answer: I don't have the slightest idea. Anyone knowledgeable?

BBC News - Private sector pensions in seismic collapse, says ACA
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16385381
Canada Pension Plan opened a London England office to capitalize on a presence with the EU as well as other parts of the world. http://www.morganlovell.co.uk/office-design-news/canadian-pension-board-opens-london-office$18614718

I googled "CPP invest in US dollar stores" because I recalled this which seemed to me a strange investment of pension dollars.
It seems the investments are outside Canada, at least for what's quoted in the first article below.
Risks are taken abroad, it seems , but not here - which troubles me when enterprise after enterprise is sold to foreigners.

But this is just one opinion.

        Joe.


  1. CPP Investment Board – CPP Fund Ends Fiscal Second Quarter at ...



  2. CPP investment board takes stake in U.S. dollar stores in deal ...



  3. Paul Martin's CPP Investment Saved us $153 Billion



  4. CPP Investments Should be Ethical! - Vive



  5. National pension plan invests in U.S. dollar stores - Canadian ...



  6. Canadian Friends of Burma CFOB



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From: Rene Moreau <rene.a.moreau@gmail.com>

To Joe;
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; mistaken appointments to the order of Canada
   Over the years, a few mistakes have been made by Rideau Hall in it's appointments.
   A while back, Rick George was given the Order of Canada. A few letters have been sent on the subject. No results!!
   This was the fellow who being an American citizen, working at Suncor of Philadelpha, was able to convince some of our more gullible media types, that Suncor, having set up an office in Calgary, was a Canadian company, despite the head office in the States. So they able to call a buy-out a partnership, to get around any Canadian requirements for Canadian content, and to sell off what was once a Canadian government asset, and hence Canadian peoples' asset to a foreign  corporate entity. For quite a while now  he's been selling the natural assets to Energy America, aka, Direct Energy, Libyan assets are now called Suncor, American, assets. There are other assets, you might like to check. The employees at the service stations now know it was a colossal scam but must stay quiet. Ah, but call the reporters involved, 'Canadians', Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, the Sun and National Post, and you will hit a wall of silence! Especially editors.  For fun, try it!
  Of course, for this, Rick George was awarded the Order of Canada! 
  So the subject of the Order of Canada, needs watching by Canadian citizens, Harper and the Conservatives would care not a bit, apparently.
   Now, Rick George has received an award from B'nai Brith, Canada. Does that mean he's been having his way with Israeli assets?
   Of course, Paul Tellier, who sold Canadian National Railway, to foreign interests, also got the companion of the order of Canada for his efforts!
   Perhaps in this mixed up 1984-type world, treason is now rewarded by awards instead of punishment for malfeasance. The corporate god, would be happy, nest-ce pas?
 
                                  Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: A Libya repeat

UK's Secret Plots For Syria
"MI6 and the CIA are in Syria to infiltrate and get at the truth," said the well-placed source. "We have SAS and SBS not far away who want to know what is happening and are finding out what kit dissident soldiers need.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30138.htm

Subject: This is real freedom from the corporatocracy
The Shadow Superpower
Forget China: the $10 trillion global black market is the world's fastest growing economy -- and its future.
BY ROBERT NEUWIRTH | OCTOBER 28, 2011
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/28/black_market_global_economy

Subject: our future?
Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Formerly_Great_Cities_All_Over_America_Are_Turning_Into_Open%2C_Festering_Sores_/17251/0/0/0/Y/M.html

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <rjohnson@nationalpost.com>
Subject: While US busy  building military power, China winning the peaceful competition for global influence

 
Editorial Page Editor
National Post
 
Copy to: Mr. Richard Johnson, columnist for National Post.
 While US busy building military power, China winning the peaceful competition for global influence
 
I am writing with reference to  "Graphic: Mapping a superpower-sized military," by Richard Johnson.
 
Recently, Prof. Yan Xuetong, professor of political science at Beijing's Tsinghua University, in a path-breaking Op-Ed, "How China Can Defeat America," in the New York Times wrote : "To shape friendly international environment for its rise, Beijing needs to develop more high-quality diplomatic and military relationships than Washington. No leading power is able to have friendly relations with every country in the world, thus core of competition between China and the United States will be to see who has more high quality friends. And in order to achieve that goal, China has to provide higher-quality moral leadership than the United States."

In fact, China may be winning the competition. Last May, I returned from a month-long visit to Shanghai, Beijing and other cities of China. It was a rewarding experience to see a vast country on the march. With its Maglev (magnetically-levitated) trains running at a breakneck speed of 430 kilometres per hour, Shanghai looks like a city of the future. While the United States and most developed countries are slowly recovering from the Great Recession, China is growing at an amazing rate of 9.5 per cent. As Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf noted: "The West's reputation for financial and economic competence is in tatters, while that of China has soared."

And all of this are happening at the speed of light. As Maurice Ohana, CEO of Ohanasia, the French trading company in Shanghai, recently remarked: "In 1998, we didn't even have Coca-Cola here. Everyone got around on bikes. Today we're buying more cars than the Americans. In ten years we have built 30,000 kilometres of highways and all the big cities have an extensive and efficient subway system."

I witnessed China's industrial might while visiting Shanghai's huge container port --- the world's largest. As far as the eye can see, ships of all sizes were loading and unloading containers with robotic precision. It was an almost intimidating demonstration of China's industrial clout. By 2010, China has overtaken the United States as the world's greatest trading nation. In fact, China is now bankrolling America's trillion-dollar budget deficit.

The magnitude of change in China is almost unimaginable. It has grown over more than 9 per cent for last two decades. In that same period, it has brought 400 million out of poverty, the largest reduction in poverty and destitution within such a short period in human history. Despite growing income disparities between rich and the poor and urban and rural population, average Chinese income has increased sevenfold, allowing many poor people to move out of poverty. As U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs puts it simply: "China is the most successful development story in world history." And China is aware of this growing disparity and its 11 Five Year Plan envisages massive public spending to reduce income disparities. China has embarked on a 13 million low-cost housing for the poor.

China is also on the way to bypassing America as the centre for research and development. While the United States, facing a financial crunch, is finding it difficult to provide financial resources needed for research, China is targeting a number of areas of science where it intends to be among the world's leaders. Dr. Jing Naihe, director of Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, said "our top stem cell labs are among the world's best" and "in ten years we should be at the top." While the United States, facing a budget crisis of epic proportions, is winding down its once vaulted space program, China is exapanding its own. China has already sent astronauts into the space and is now gearing up for robotic and manned missions to the moon and beyond. Top Chinese scientists working abroad are returning to China, because it now has the resources to provide them with first class facilities. Once America used to be a magnet for such talents.

Shanghai has also become a centre for art and culture. This is extraordinary for a city that once denounced art as a bourgeois pursuit. Not any more. With reform, Shanghai has exploded with vitality and creativity. In Shanghai Art Gallery, I saw most ambitious, avant-gard artworks -- from elegant to bizarre. Shanghai Museum is another wonder, displaying China's rich cultural heritage in the most glorious colours.

While China's meteoric rise as an economic superpower has been widely reported, a key aspect of its transformation has gone largely unnoticed: the way China is using its soft power and diplomacy to reach out to its neighbours and far away countries alike. While the United States is engaged in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, China is relying on soft power ­ to project a benign global image. China is developing close cultural and diplomatic relations with countries as far as Africa and South America. Growing trade with other countries is also spilling over diplomatic and cultural spheres in a way never seen before.

While China imports little from the United States outside of high-technology products, its imports from the developing world are worth more than seven times its imports from the United States. As a result, countries from Asia, Latin America, Africa and other regions are scrambling to take advantage of China's enormous appetite for natural resources. By the end of 2010, Southeast Asia's total trade with China eclipsed its trade with the United States. Such countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have reoriented their trade relations away from the US to China. In fact, China has become the centre of trade and economic integration in Southeast Asia.

The same applies to South Korea and Japan as China has emerged as their biggest trading partner. Booming trade is a major reason why South Korea has developed what some analysts call 'China fever', an interest in all things Chinese, from South Korean students flocking to Chinese universities to some eight thousand South Korean companies investing in China. Not long ago, South Korea used to be America's biggest ally in the Korean peninsula. Even India is moving closer to China. India's trade with the United States is a paltry $30 billion while its trade with China is $60 billion and will soon reach $100 billion. India-China ties have undergone a significant change in the last two decades. China has gone from an insignificant player to India's largest trading partner, with $62 billion worth of goods traded in 2010. Although the trade is in China's favour, Indian manufacturing and IT companies are making serious moves in China, and demonstrating their ability in engineering, software development and high-tech sectors.

Outside Asia, trade with China is skyrocketing as well. In sub-Saharan Africa, China has emerged as the continent's second largest trading partner after the EU. In Latin America, trade with China has grown by leaps and bounds. Brazil's economic boom is largely due to demands for its minerals and agricultural products from China. Trade between China and Brazil increased from $9 billion in 2004 to $56 billion in 2010, with a rare surplus of $5 billion in Brazil's favour. China overtook the United States as Brazil's largest trading partner. China is also the active member of what is called BRICS ­ Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

China also treats smaller countries with respect, in contrast to the apparent American preference for building stronger ties with larger and more important countries. "Smaller countries like the fact that they are treated as heads of state when they come to China ­ even if they come from [tiny Caribbean Islands of] St. Kitts and Nevis, they get great difference in Beijing, which they might not get in Washington," says Dan Erikson, head of Project China-Latin America relations at Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington think tank. Beijing's new diplomacy has altered the international political landscape, changing the dynamics of China's relationships with other countries in a way the United States cannot match.

With the countries belonging to the European Union facing a seemingly insurmountable debt crisis, they are looking towards booming China for support. Although the United States is trying to stoke up some Asian countries'  latent fears of a dominant China, it should be clear that China doesn't need to dominate its neighbours as it is already winning access to their markets and resources. When asked in polls in 2007 whom theyn trusted to weild global power, most respondents in countries like Thailand and Indonesia, traditional U.S. allies, chose China over the United States. With the United States facing a financial meltdown and political gridlock at home, it does not have the means and energy left to enter into a new Cold War with China. With China bankrolling America's budget deficit, the United States is hardly in a position to bite the hand that feeds it. As Professor Yan so correctly remarked, "This will mean competing with the United States politically, economically and technologically. Such competition may cause diplomatic tensions, but there is little danger of military clashes."

By concentrating on economic domination, China may be defeating America in the game once considered America's strongest point. An economically and financially strapped America cannot retain its military superiority for long. In fact, China is mostly bankrolling America's military spending. But America cannot sustain its military buildup for long by borrowing from China (more than $1 trillion) and  Japan (800 billion). This is why Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has called for massive cuts in military spending.  It may be recalled that the Soviet Union, bristling with nuclear warheads, long-range missiles, world's largest fleet of missile-firing nuclear submarines and the world's largest army, collapsed without any outside invasion when its economy could no longer support it. What Hitler's mighty Panzers could not do it, the Soviet Union did to itself. Will a militarily powerful America do the same to itself?

MAHMOOD ELAHI,

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: USI wants more wart to get them out of debt?
 
U.S. double standard surfaces in Strait of Hormuz
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/47978-us-double-standard-surfaces-strait-hormuz
January 2, 2012 - 4:36am SCOTT TAYLOR ON TARGET

Subject: Conservatives laying groundwork for Office of Religious Freedom
    DD

Joe--again Harper, Kenney et al are telling other countries how to live while at home Christians are banned from having Christian symbols on public property, while Harper lights a mennorah on public property?  Our school children are not allowed to have Christmas concerts.  We are coached not to say Merry Christmas and taken before the HRTs for speaking the truth about other groups.  But our tax dollars will be used to force others to accept our dictates? 
Just another vote buying move by the government.  Their words are hollow.  This is another way they can use religion to abuse the people.  Odd that Kenney or Harper don't mention the burning of Mosques by the israelis in Palestine.  I guess the self chosen are not included in this move?
Becky

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: torsun.editor@sunmedia.ca
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Fiscal prudence for new year, Editorial,  December 30, 2011

Re:  Fiscal prudence for new year, Editorial,  December 30, 2011
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/12/30/fiscal-prudence-for-new-year

Your editorial equates fiscal prudence with smaller government and  less stimulus spending on infrastructure. But although Canada's national debt stood at about 120% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of WWII, a period of great economic expansion followed, including the introduction of many government social programs.  Much of the war and post-war funding was financed by the Bank of Canada at near-zero interest rates. So don't confuse fiscal prudence with conservative ideology. Austerity programs that shrink the economy and cause even more suffering could well be fiscally imprudent.
Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.

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From: Art Williams
Subject: Recommended article, please read - NOW WE REALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT!!!!!

Check out this great article:
http://www.naturalnews.com/034537_NDAA_Bill_of_Rights_Obama.html

It's really interesting.

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From: "S.McDowall"
Subject: Weather Modification

I suspect they started using this technology as a military weapon to cull populations or wreck economic havoc a few years ago.
 
"Rising global temperatures, increasing population and degradation of water supplies have created broad support for the growing field of weather modification. The US government has conducted weather modification experiments for over half a century, and the military-industrial complex stands poised to capitalize on these discoveries"
http://www.projectcensored.org:80/top-stories/articles/9-government-sponsored-technologies-for-weather-modification/

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From: "Paul Downie"
Subject: Military Wives Choir

This video is taken from a British series where a guy called Gareth Malone takes a group of people and turns them into a choir. This time he's taken a group of military wives whose husbands are all away in Afghanistan and turned them into a choir. Gareth looks about 16yrs old but is actually in his mid-30s and a Choir master for the London Symphony Orchestra, among other things. They wrote a song based on excerpts from letters written by the couples whilst apart and this is the beautiful result.
  http://www.youtube.com/user/militarywiveschoir?feature=watch

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From: "Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada"
Subject: "Matters of consequence become known." - Fwd: "The crime is in the coverup," Editorial, and,  "UN human rights forum urges 'action' in  Syria," by Alexandra Zavis, The Ottawa Citizen, December 3, 2011. Fwd:
 Renewed application for access to the House of Commons media facilities and services - parliamentary press gallery.

The Daily Digest from Victoria to St.  John's,
Mr. Joe Hueglin, Editor,
 
January 2, 2012
 
RE: "Matters of consequence become known."
 
  "The first and continuing role of this daily (as often as possible) post is to provide information to you.
  The second is to provide a means of expressing your perceptions of reality as you view it.
  Make this New Year's Resolution, please, if you react strongly type it out and share it.
  Only by this will the full range of thoughts on matters of consequence become known."
 
                                 (Joe Hueglin, Editor, The Daily Digest from Victoria to St. John's, January 1, 2012)
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Dear Mr. Hueglin,
 
  I would like you to know that your tireless efforts in keeping alive the full range on thoughts of matters consequence in Canada are very much appreciated. Your determination, competence and persistence are invaluable in protecting freedom of expression and the right to dissent in Canada, fundamental rights constantly and endlessly threatened by state officials who should be grateful for them and be defending them:
 
 If there is no wrong-doing, employees of the Government of Canada, particularly the lawyers and bureaucrats at the Justice Department, Privy Council Office, Foreign Affairs, Canada's Mission to the UN in Geneva, and the House of Commons, should have no objection to their names being published. ((Document obtained from Department of Justice Canada under Access to Information and Privacy Act.) 
 
  November 2, 1999, email from Elisabeth Eid, Human Rights Legal Section, Department of Justice, to Bruno Scheire, Heritage Canada:
 
  "RE: Posting of UN Committee Decision on Canadian Heritage Website"
 
 "I think admissibility decisions would still be of interest. At least it shows which type of cases proceed to the Committee and the number that are held to be admissible.
 
 "More importantly, General Counsel at the House of Commons and PCO do not want Gauthier posted alone. They wanted it posted with other decisions so as to not draw too much attention to the Gauthier case. Could you please pull it from posting until we have received other decisions."
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  The National Capital News Canada - Le journal de la capitale canadienne was launched in Ottawa in 1982, 30 years ago, following the closing of The Ottawa Journal that left the capital of Canada with only one English- and one French language daily.
 
  The National Capital News Canada - Le journal de la capitale canadienne has yet to be provided equal and full access to the facilities and services, deemed essential for journalists to earn their living, provided by the House of Commons for the media, known as the parliamentary press gallery.
 
"Make this New Year's Resolution, please, if you react strongly type it out and share it.
 Only by this will the full range of thoughts on matters of consequence become known."
 
  In his September 21, 2000 letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Gib Parent, Macleod, Alberta, Member of Parliament Dr. Grant Hill, wrote: "The fundamental rights that Mr. Gauthier should receive are straightforward. I consider this matter basic enough that it affects the entire freedom of our country."
 
 Joe, as you know from your own efforts, it takes more than writing and sharing information on matters of consequence, such as interference with freedom of the press and censorship. Equal diligence in reading is necessary and essential.
 
  It has been my experience in dealing with parliamentarians and journalists in the parliamentary press gallery over many years that, for whatever reasons, perhaps overload of information, the necessary ability to concentrate, skill to read and discipline to make the effort to grasp the complete issues take second place to expediting paper flow regardless of content and substance.
 
  The full range of thought on matters of consequence is lost when "readers" merely scan information and think they have absorbed it.
 
  Joe, when the ruling came down in 1999 in Geneva by the United Nations Human Rights Committee finding Canada in violation of freedom of expression, Article 19, defined as the Right to Seek, Receive and Impart information, I received an email from Mr.. James Walugembe, the editor of a newspaper in Uganda, who wrote:
 
  "Dear Robert,
 
  I am sorry to hear of your difficulties. One would not expect such a situation in the more advanced democracies.
  Do not give up your fight and the truth shall prevail. 
  In solidarity,
  James Walugembe, Member of WAN, (World Association of Newspapers)"
 
No shortcuts to describe this long-standing, illegal stonewalling by Government of Canada Officials
 
 Joe, all of this to say that your invitation to share information on this matter of consequence, the shutting down of a newspaper in Canada, is welcomed. There can be no cutting of corners or shortcuts to describe this long-standing, illegal stonewalling by Government of Canada Officials and hopefully you will agree that publishing the relatively lengthy document will give those of your readers who may be interested in these events the opportunity to evaluate for themselves whether Canada has a future when so many Government Officials consider themselves above the law and fail to comply with the legitimate order of a recognized international tribunal. Can a society survive in the absence of the Rule of Law?
 
  Because of its importance worldwide, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to the shame of Canada, has included this case against Canada in "Selected Decisions of the Human Rights Committee under The Optional Protocol," March 1996 - March 1999, Communication No. 633/1995, page 158.    http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/SDecisionsVol6en.pdf
 
  Thank you again for being a defender of the values that so many suffered and died for - and so many still continue to try to gain. As you say:
 
"Make this New Year's Resolution, please, if you react strongly type it out and share it.
 Only by this will the full range of thoughts on matters of consequence become known."
 
And as M.P. Dr. Grant Hill, Macleod, Alberta, said:
 
"I consider this matter basic enough that it affects the entire freedom of our country."
 
All the best in 2012 and keep up your essential contributions to our freedoms in Canada.
 
Bob Gauthier,
Ottawa
613-276-8788

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