Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Daily Digest January 3, 2012


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


OPINION AND INFORMATION

_____CANADA
Expecting to see Harper's 'vision' for Canada in 2012? Don't hold your breath
The annual Outlook lunch, hosted by the Canadian Club in Toronto, is typically
a gathering of weeping prophets predicting global catastrophe, apocalypse and dragons.
MORE...
_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS
When Can the President Assassinate Americans?
The public needs to know what's at stake here and just how few political leaders think there should be any restraints at all on the power of the president to kill.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30148.htm

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China Threatens World War Three If Anyone Attacks Iran 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-3xeP7NFRE&feature=player_embedded

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

To the Daily Reckoning;
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; The March of (TRADE), war;
 Quote;   "Yesterday, by a vote of 63-35, the US Senate passed a chest-thumping bill that aims to punish China for "manipulating" the remnimbi.

"The proposed legislation," explains Singapore's Business Times Washington correspondent, Leon Hadar, "would replace the current system under which the Treasury Department is required to cite countries that 'intentionally' manipulate their currencies."
Instead, we'd get a system "under which the Treasury would determine whether any foreign currencies are in fundamental misalignment, and propose ways to correct the imbalance with countries that are named.
Countries that fail to fix their currencies would be subject to anti-dumping duties and other penalties."
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Is this to be listed as Other Jokes, perhaps?
   Do you remember when the Canadian dollar was valued at 64 cents American? Don't remember, right? Well, it was. We in Canada realized that our dollar was being short sold by foreign, American corporate, interests so that our assets were cheaper for corporate America.
   Now, THAT WAS currency manipulation! They got so good at it that they even got Dexia Bank of Belgium to partner with Royal Bank Canada to get our pensions plans to short sell OUR OWN, DOLLAR!!
   Now, that is Sam Slick Smart, or Carpet-bagger Smart!
   Now, if WE have been watching all this, do you think the Chinese haven't been watching? And Learning?
   To us, Goldman-Sachs was a gift of learning how to infiltrate the 'watch-dogs, and do the 'some-one else's problem' on them  to undermine regulation, world-wide since corporate, by it's very nature, hates regulation and taxes and treats them as an enemy. World-wide. They almost brought down the whole world, economy, on purpose, perhaps, in a  'Korporation, Uber Alles', ploy.
   The Chinese, if I had to guess, are laughing their heads off at 'currency manipulation' being punished by the experts in corporate America.
   You jest, right?

                                                 Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
Subject: Executive Dissertations-january ist, mmxii entry joe

http://rjkoopmans.blogspot.com/

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From: Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: freedom and democracy?  The only danger in Canada are the governments!
Harper Government wants Police to spy on ALL Canadians with no warrants
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnE2lOpYLQ8&feature=share

Subject: Now is Harper's time to change Canada  DD
Joe--I don't understand what Solberg is saying.  He promotes Harper changing Canada to what Harper thinks it should be.  Is that not a dictatorship?  He brings up the Indian Act.  Does he not realize that the Chiefs are what he wants Harper to be with the rest of Canada?  Total control.  I hear on the radio today that CEOs etc will make more in the first three hours of this year than most people will earn in the entire year.
As for EI--who gets to stay on EI year after year?  Most unemployed people I know cannot find jobs.  So would Monty let us know where these tens of thousands of jobs are please and what the qualifications are?  As for empowering individuals, we are forced to pay EI.  We are not asked if we want to.  Just like CPP it is a government grab of our money.  Seems to me as if it is the government that sets up these money grabs so they have more to play with.  Will Monte take his gold plated pension?  We also pay for that but he makes no mention of this in areas that should be cut!
Monte leaves out the fact that Harper doesn't govern for Canadians, he rules for israel.  He bows to the dictates of israel and 'stands with israel'.  When have you heard any of them state that 'they stand with Canada'?  Never.  We are effectively now the country of Can/I. 
Oh, don't worry.  Harper knows time is fleeting and we will not know our country by the end of 2012.  We won't even have a country.  We will be serfs to the feudal lords of the planet.
Becky

Subject: Set MPs free: Let them represent their ridings  DD
The only thing our vote does is decide who will control us for the next 4 years.  If those we elect have no right to represent us then what is the point of a vote in the first place?  I get angry when we are told that we don't care enough to vote.  We are looked at as too lazy and to well off to care.  Why does no one mention that more and more of us realize that voting is a farce so don't bother?  If you bang your head against the wall and it hurts you quit banging your head.  The same applies to voting.  We are finally waking up to the fact that the vote means nothing because after we have paid millions for the election we are supposed to shut up and let the government 'do it's job'.  This is democracy?  Goldy Hyder has it right--we are not uncaring, we just don't like doing the same thing over and over again with the same results. 
becky

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <letters@herald.ca>
Subject: Israel/U.S. unlikely to respond to Iranian provocation
 
The Editor
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax
Copy to Mr. Scott Taylor, Publisher, Esprit de Corps magazine (please forward).


Israel/U.S. unlikely to respond to Iranian provocation

I am writing with reference to Op-Ed: "U.S. double standard surfaces in Strait of Hormuz" by Scott Taylor (Jan. 2).

Before blaming the United States for raising the tensions with Iran, it should be clear from Iran's acts and rhetoric that the Shia leaders are trying to provoke Israel/U.S. to attack it. The Iranian leaders desperately want a war or at least the threat of war to bolster their foundering public support in the wake of the rigged election. A vast majority of Iranian people must be watching the popular revolt against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, whose collapse might spill over to Iran, threatening the Iranian regime. So a war with Israel will come handy to rally public support for the regime.

Seen in this light, an Israeli pre-emptive attack on Iran's nuclear installation will help the Iranian regime to galvanize the Iranian people. The Iranian leaders are also aware that being a far away country, Israel cannot invade Iran, while Iran can unleash its Hezbollah surrogates sitting right across Israeli borders. An Israeli air strike on Iran will allow Iran to unleash Hezbollah and Hamas, while blaming Israel for aggression. Instead of destroying Iran's nuclear reactors, Israel will find itself at war on its doorstep. They also know in an election year, the United States is not simply in a position to go for another war. So they are hoping that the U.S. will prod Israel to carry out pre-emptive strikes against Iran, allowing the mullahs to rally the Iranian people against the Jewish-American conspiracy againt Iran.

Both the U.S. and Isreal must realize that they might be falling into a trap set up by Iran if they carry out any pre-emtive strike against Iran's nuclear installations. As for the Iranian threat to close the Gulf of Hormuz, it must be pointed out that Iran needs the Gulf as much as other Arab nations and closing the Gulf will be like setting your own house in fire in order to punish the neighbours. Iran's threat to close the Strait is basicly aimed to create tensions (and raise oil prices) to keep the Iranian people in line. All U.S. counter-measures will help provide the Iranian mullahs needed excuse to rally the Iranian people . All tyrannical regimes need constant threats and conflicts to keep their people to support them.

As for the threat from a nuclear-armed Iran, Israel should look at nuclear-armed North Korea. Before North Korea exploded its nuclear device, it was argued that if North Korea was allowed to go nuclear it would destablisde the Asia-Pacific region. To counter North Korea's nuclear capability, Japan would go nuclear, raising China's historical fears about Japan. As a result, we might see a nuclear arms race in the region. To avert such a catastrophe, many neo-conservatives called for pre-emptive strike on North Korea's nuclear reactors.

Well, North Korea did explode its nuclear device, but nothing happened. Instead of going nuclear, Japan has abandoned nuclear power in the aftermath of Fukushima. Today, North Korea remains a destitute nation, heavily dependent on China for its economic survival. Instead of becoming a threat, it is now a pariah nation. Although North Korea remains a threat, Japan knows that the massive nuclear arsenal of the United States will be enough to deter North Korea's tiny nuclear arsenal.

Similarly, a nuclear-armed Iran is likely to become an international pariah. Sunni Arab nations are likely to move closer to the United States to counter Iran's nuclear threat. As for Israel, its massive nuclear arsenal will be enough to deter Iran's minuscule nuclear arsenal. Iranian leaders may be paranoid, but they are not suicidal. They know that any nuclear attack on Israel will be met with far more devastating Israeli nuclear counter strikes. As such, Israel need not fear any Iranian nuclear threat. However, considering the consequences of actually possessing a nuclear device, Iran may not test one while keeping the tensions alive by continuing to pursue its nuclear ambition.

However, a non-nuclear war with Israel may go in Iran's favour. It will allow Iran to unleash its surrogates without any fear of Israeli invasion. Thus, it is in Israel's interest not to be provoked by Iran's propaganda. As such, despite sabre-rattling by Israel, it is highly unlikely that it will carry out any Osirak-style pre-emptive strikes on Iran. The biggest beneficiary of any Israeli pre-emptive strike will be Iran's leaders who will be able to bolster their plunging popularity by rallying the Iranian people.

MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Andrew Rutherford
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 2, 2012

Thanks for the advice and a Happy New Year to you and yours Also thank you for keeping me up to date on all the ideas that have been covered in the news over the years. I will be having my ninetieth birthday in March and my mind is slipping so this may not be able to keep up.I feel it difficult already. I am still smart enough to be a conservative in this difficult time.We must change here in Manitoba as the NDP has run us into debt so far that I will never see daylight in my day.
Andy R.

I've short term memory loss - asked to do something by Aase and forget.  "People who engage in intellectual activities such as reading, playing board games, completing crossword puzzles, playing musical instruments, or regular social interaction show a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer's_disease .
So I'm gonna keep on producing the Digest, and you keep on reading it, eh?
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:MP pensions are untouchable???

Look in the mirror, MPs, before reforming pensions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/look-in-the-mirror-mps-before-reforming-pensions/article2287729/
21 comments
The last time MP pensions were on the chopping block was 1993, when Preston Manning and the Reform Party came to Ottawa to change the way Canada did politics. The Reformers said gold-plated MP pensions put politicians out of touch with ordinary Canadians. They did the noble thing by "opting out" of the parliamentary pension plan. But when Jean Chrétien's government gave them the opportunity to retroactively opt in after the 2000 election, the take-up was nearly unanimous.

An article by the one Reform MP who kept his word:" Morrison: Chiquita's backtracking is too little, too late"
Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Morrison+Chiquita+backtracking+little+late/5919629/story.html#ixzz1iT0pyEOb

Subject: we are expendable
Sadly nothing here surprises me.  I have known about this group for years and Ventura is right.  Everything he says is happening is the truth and it is being done with the complicity of our own governments. June 12, 2008 Steven Harper and the Bilderbergers Secret Meeting
http://truthwire.wordpress.com/2008/06/12/steven-harper-and-the-bilderbergers-secret-meeting/

Subject: FW: Anti-Empire Report, January 3, 2012
Anti-Empire Report, January 3, 2012
http://www.killinghope.org/bblum6/aer101.html

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From: "Paul Downie"
Subject: Bob Hope Tribute. Amazing!
 
This is an amazing 10 minute video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-HeETwJSUc&feature=player_embedded
 
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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Top one hundred Canadian CEO`s pay

Joe
 
Was just watching BNN, Business News Network between 3pm and 4pm Mountain Time.
 
The host was interviewing a gentleman, sorry, whose name I did not catch, in regards to the soaring yearly compensation,including options, of the top 100 Canadian CEO`s.
 
The gentleman had researched it very closely. He stated that the average Canadian earned between $46,000 and 47,000 per year.    It takes ,he said the first 11 (Eleven) minutes of the New Year for those CEO`s to surpass that amount..   The interview will be replayed this evening between now (5PM) and Midnight Mountain time.
 
Ray Strachan

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From: Robert Ede
Subject: Stop Harper -- or at least the PMO-PCO leviathan
Cc: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca, tflanaga@ucalgary.ca

im·por·tune  (mpôr-tn, -tyn, m-pôrchn)
v. im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing, im·por·tunes
v.tr.
1. To beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly.
2. Archaic To ask for urgently or repeatedly.
3. To annoy; vex.
v.intr.
To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently.
adj.
Importunate.

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Here's how to improve Canadian governance ... I cannot get anyone to listen
 
Do you think it is of any consequence that the position of Prime Minister, its huge Office (PMO) is not and never was part of the Executive Power (ss 9-16) as laid out in our BNA Act 1867?
 
In contrast, are you aware that the Privy Council and it's now-huge Office (PCO) IS part of the Executive Power - although clearly designed as a local and permanent body of advisors, accountable only to the Governor General? ....  a 'local and permanent body of institutional memory' double-checking the whims and wants of any government-of-the-day? (as was the GG with powers to withhold and/or reserve Assent)
 
Are you aware that the Prime Minister took control of the Privy Council only as recently as March 25/1940 by simply crafting, presenting and approving his (Wm L M King) a two-page Order in Council that seems to be written as a wartime efficiency measure?
 
Is it significant that the Order was approved in the 'gap' after the death of the former Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir (Feb 11/1940) and prior to the appointment (June 2/1940) of Major General The Earl of Athlone as his successor?

Given the fact that the power-sharing hierarchy of the BNA Act was turned on it's head by this one, wartime, administrative manoeuvre (irrespective of the motive of Wm L M King and irrespective of the 1982 mish-mash of changes) ....
 
1) Do you support Canada continuing to not-follow its foundational laws?
or
2) Do you support rescinding Order in Council PC 1940-1121 and returning to the as-written Constitution?
 
Ponder that idea ... then this recommendation:
 
Elect the Governor General.
(perhaps every other General Election, with term beginning 365 days after return of the writs)
 
Robert Ede
Thornhill ON
 
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
-Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860)

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
Howard Aiken, U.S. Computer engineer & mathematician (1900-1973)

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