Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Daily Digest April 16, 2012

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PM defends F-35 figures
The government has been crystal clear on the cost of the F-35 fighter jets,
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday.
Conservative popularity falling in wake of recent criticism
After enduring weeks of criticism over robocalls, the F-35 and the budget, the federal Conservative party is virtually tied with the NDP in public opinion, suggests a new Ipsos-Reid poll conducted exclusively for Postmedia News and Global TV.

PMO thrives while federal budgets slashed across the board, critics say
_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker." - Albert Einstein

"Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace." - Charles Sumner

"It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers." - Author unknown, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

"Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both." - Abraham Flexner
  • Russia Expecting Attack on Iran by Summer Russia Planning Troops Deployment On Iran's Northern Border http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31069.htm
  •         The Irrationality of the Case against Iran's Nuclear Program
  •          http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31065.htm
  • Other People's Blood
  •   http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31061.htm
  •         The Guantanamo "War" Crimes Tribunal Worse than a Bush-era Horror Show
  •          http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31062.htm
  • The War On Terror is Corrupting all it Touches
  •   http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31067.htm
  •          Starve the Beast of Empire Ax the Personal Income Tax
  •          http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31066.htm
  • Oligarchy in the U.S.A.The Wealth Defense Industry Protects the Richest of the Rich.
  • http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31064.htm
  •         How did Mitt Make so Much Money and Pay so Little in Taxes?
  •          http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31063.htm
  • Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: http://yhoo.it/HNwR2l
  •         How Neocons Sank Iran Nuke Deal: http://bit.ly/IYCCah
  • Uranium Double-Standard: The U.S., Kazakhstan and Iran : http://bit.ly/IatnmB
  •         IDF clses off central Palestinian town to vehicles: http://bit.ly/IkZqXH
  • IDF admits barring Palestinians' access to own fields: http://bit.ly/I1zE7f
  •          Clinton Overrules Republican Lawmaker's Hold on Palestinian Aid: http://bit.ly/Hy0TsT
  • Libya: So it was all about oil after all!: http://rt.com/news/libya-all-about-oil-818/
  •          Libya's failure to hand over Gaddafi son must be referred to UN, says ICC lawyer: http://bit.ly/J0UKQK
  • Shocking Facts About Who's Arming Human Rights Abusers : http://bit.ly/HzJJqa
  •          Guantanamo Judge Avoids Ruling On 'Torture' Testimony: http://bit.ly/Hyc7ca
  • George Zimmerman's trial could be as divisive as OJ Simpson's: http://bit.ly/Hy6Np6
  •          Australia: Mounting credit card bills drive bankruptcy boom in western suburbs http://bit.ly/Ii0oDQ
  • UK: Poorer families to lose up to one-quarter of income due to government austerity: http://bit.ly/IwJ7lK
  • Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose Last Week to Two-Month High: Economy: http://bloom.bg/IXwhM2
  •          Lenders Again Dealing Credit to Risky Clients: http://nyti.ms/IGeb6o
  • Is Big Pharma Peddling Narcotics? Take Oxycontin, for Instance Read the BuzzFlash Commentary
  •         Why Washington's Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster Read the Article
  • The Babylonian Captivity of Washington
  • Instead of presidential wannabes declaring their subservience to Tel Aviv, they should perhaps begin emphasizing that they will only act in the future in the interests of the American people. To do so would exclude an unnecessary war against Iran. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31085.htm
  • The Butcher's Bill: Leave Us Out of Another Middle East War
  • The media and the politicians are so inured to laying off criticism of Israel that no one can bring themselves to identify what is hurting us and our economy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31086.htm
  • Stop Obama's Drone War in Pakistan
  • In Bush's last three years in office, the U.S. launched 39 drone attacks in Pakistan. In Obama's first three years, that number jumped to 241. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31081.htm

  • The ICC is Criminal
  • The US, which is not even a signatory to the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, calls all the shots like a Mafia don. Africans and a few Serbs are the only ones that get arrested, while great crimes against peace masquerade as humanitarian intervention. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31080.htm

  • And Then They Came For The Muslims
  • This case has made it possible for citizens of the United States of America, from all walks of life, to be charged with thought-crimes. Orwellian conditions, described as being hallmarks of an oppressive State, are right at our front door. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31082.htm

  • Cruel And Unusual Punishment: More Evidence U.S. Police Brutality Is Out Of Control
  • "There is no jail in the United States that has this pattern of misconduct, of abuse and essentially sadism that the L.A. county jail has," said Kaye. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31083.htm

  • Committing Financial Suicide to Appease Big Finance; Spain Marches Toward a Depression
  • This is fiscal suicide authored by rightwing fanatics who want to use the ongoing crisis to impose their own business-friendly economic model on Europe. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31087.htm

  • Fear And The Coming Collapse Of Civilization
  • "The Earth is full." It's a terrifying concept. Have we really strained, mined and otherwise depleted the planet's resources to the point where social collapse is inevitable? Gilding believes we have, and he launches into a defense of that notion. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31084.htm

  • 100 militants killed or captured in Afghanistan: Nearly 100 Taliban-linked militants were killed, wounded and captured by Afghan security forces in multiple operations carried out in 11 provinces in troubled south and east Afghanistan, the government said on Sunday http://bit.ly/IYERLh

  • Afghans Tet Offensive :
  • Taleban attack Afghan capital, 3 other cities: The Taleban launched a series of coordinated attacks on as many as seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO bases, the parliament and Western embassies. http://arabnews.com/world/article613070.ece

  • Afghan president under lockdown in Kabul attacks: Afghan President Hamid Karzai was moved to a safe area and the presidential palace went into lockdown as the capital Kabul was hit by a wave of attacks Sunday, an aide said. http://bit.ly/HEoYJy

  • Two Suicide Attackers Killed In Kabul: Sediq Sediqi spokesman of Interior Ministry told, during the operation of security forces one attacker was killed in Zambaq Square and the other one was killed in a building which is under construction in front of Parliament. http://bit.ly/HPbOev
  • Four Afghan police killed in bomb attack: An Afghan official says a bombing in eastern Afghanistan has killed a city police commander and three other officers. http://ind.pn/HIfJZ7
  • Pakistan: 7 Hazaras among 10 killed in Quetta firing:
  • Violent protest demonstrations were held in various areas. The protestors ransacked in Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) and set a vehicle on fire. Brewary Road was blocked by burning tyres and putting hurdles and heavy firing was also witnessed in various areas. http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=150327

  • Taliban free hundreds from Pakistan prison: Nearly 400 inmates of jail in Bannu, a town in country's northwest, escape following raid by anti-government fighters. http://aje.me/IL8bpg

  • Five killed in Iraq blasts: Gunmen blew up a Shiite family's house in the Sunni-dominated Taji area, killing three and wounding two others, police and health officials said. http://bit.ly/HV5h3H

  • Bomb kills 3 children in Yemen: A roadside bomb targeting a Yemeni security patrol killed three children on their way to school in the southern province of Hadramout on Sunday, the Defence Ministry said. http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/bomb-kills-3-children-in-yemen

  • Syria: both sides accuse each other of ceasefire breaches: There have been repeated clashes reported in those areas between armed opponents of President Assad and his forces over the past two days. http://bit.ly/IpdOcT

  • Kidnappings, assassinations surge in Syria amid shaky ceasefire: As the UN-backed ceasefire in Syria entered its third day on Saturday, Syrian media reported a surge of kidnappings and assassinations targeting government officials and prominent figures, raising fears that the country is sliding towards a civil war. http://bit.ly/IlUVW3

  • Syria says cannot protect monitors unless it is involved: "The duration of the work of observers and priorities of their movement will be in coordination with the Syrian government because Syria cannot be responsible for the security of these observers unless it coordinates and participates in all steps on the ground," http://reut.rs/IdwBJb
  • War criminal:
  • McCain: U.S. should arm Free Syrian Army: "For the United States to sit by and watch this wanton massacre is a betrayal of everything we stand for and we believe in," McCain said on CBS's "Face the Nation," as he called on the U.S. to "lead for a change." http://politi.co/IdxmSA
  • Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran Netanyahu:
  • Iran received gift from world powers with further nuclear talks: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday harshly criticized the nuclear talks that took place between Iran and six world powers in Istanbul on Saturday, saying that further talks scheduled for May are like a gift for Iran, which give the country more time to continue enriching uranium. http://bit.ly/HWji0v

  • Cold shower report on Libya "war":: NATO can't fight without US: A classified NATO report on the bombing campaign in Libya shows the alliance is dependent on the US to wage its wars. But, even with Washington's help, the much-praised Operation Unified Protector had military shortcomings. http://rt.com/news/libya-campaign-nato-report-084/
  • Sudan army says fighting S. Sudan forces in Heglig: - Sudan's army has entered the disputed Heglig area, which South Sudan seized this week, and is engaging the south's forces just kilometers from Heglig's town and oilfield, Sudan's military spokesman said on Saturday. http://bit.ly/IVBr0C
  • Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to go on hunger strike: Around 1,600 prisoners expected to take part in protest against imprisonment without charge and solitary confinement http://bit.ly/Ji6w9y

  • Pro-Palestinian 'fly-in' activist: Israel and Europe treated us like terrorists: Two protesters, of French and Italian citizenship, succeed in making it past Israeli security and into Bethlehem; 43 activists denied entry into Israel at Ben-Gurion Airport. http://bit.ly/IMoW6a

  • Peace Prize Winner Snubs Laureate Summit Over US Foreign Policy: Northern Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel peace Prize in 1976 will not be attending the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to be held this month in Chicago. Her reason- her ongoing opposition to America's warmongering foreign policy. http://bit.ly/IOz6AL

  • Obama firm on drug and Cuba policies:
  • Despite pressure at Americas summit, US president remains firm against legalising drugs or engaging with Cuba. http://aje.me/JfAf2R

  • Rebellion and no Consensus in the Summit of the Americas :
  • Bolivian president, Evo Morales said in a meeting with the press, it is not possible that a country or a country and a half (United States and Canada) could veto the attendance of Cuba to such events, so there is no integration. http://bit.ly/HV67O6

  • A Veteran's Death, the Nation's Shame: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans commit suicide http://nyti.ms/HJF1rL

  • White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In: Many of the president's biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House, while others performed essentially the same function on their visits. http://nyti.ms/HIPJCo

  • Consumer Bureau Declines to Resist Upfront Credit Card Fees: The agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, introduced a proposal that would make it easier for credit card issuers to charge fees before borrowers' accounts were officially open. http://nyti.ms/HDSh53

  • Charities act to feed 'starving' in Britain: Charities say economic situation has severely affected thousands of people to the point of starvation. http://aje.me/ImPKHR

  • Speculation and Criminal Manipulation of Food and Commodities Prices
  • Michael Greenberger: Weak regulations on speculators swamping markets and lack of enforcement of existing laws on criminal intent, are driving up prices

  • Global North VS South Over Financialization of Food
  • Vijay Prashad: US and West fighting BRIC and other southern countries that want limits on speculation on food

  • Former U.S. Officials Investigated for Receiving Payments to Promote a Designated Terror Group
  • Jeremiah Goulka, former RAND expert on the Mujahedin-e Khalq, says war hawks from Bush admin. and some Democrats were paid by the group to advance its interests in DC and are being investigated by US Treasuery

  • (De)segregation and the Mexican American Studies Ban in Tucson, Arizona
  • Is Tucson Unified School District's MAS suspension at odds with a decades old federal desegregation order?

  • DC Hoodies March Denounces Institutional Racism
  • Students and activists demand justice for "Trayvon Martins" across America
  • Human Rights Watch Accuses Assad of Executing Civilians
  • Vijay Prashad: Outside interference in the Syrian civil war does not excuse the barbaric crimes of the Assad dictatorship

  • 10 Years Since the Venezuelan Coup
  • An excerpt from the film 'Inside the Revolution' that tells the story of the 2002 coup against Hugo Chavez

  • Military Backs Mubarak's Former Spy Chief Omar Suleiman for President
  • Candidates of the military and the Islamists expected to dominate Egyptian Presidential campaign

  • Our Name is Resistance
  • Dimitri Lascaris: Greece buries Dimitris Christoulas as many pledge to carry on the fight against austerity

  • New Yorkers Fight "Turnaround" School Closures
  • 26 schools targeted for firing teachers and changing school administrations to qualify for millions in federal grants.

  • OAS Human Rights Organization Agrees to Hear Gitmo Case, Could Challenge NDAA
  • Francisco Quintana: First time an international rights body takes up US violations at Gitmo, could lead to case on NDAA detentions

  • Israeli Economy and the "Washington Consensus"
  • Bank of Israel submitted 2011 report, arguing economy is strong, despite gross inequalities and unsustainable neoliberal reforms.

  • Anti-War Conference Against "Humanitarian Imperialism"
  • Glen Ford: Americans should oppose US military interventions everywhere
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  Just like Agent Orange and Du--governments will protect their big  corporations over the people that are harmed.  Remember Percy Schmeiser? The  Liberal government sided with Monsanto

Explosive: Monsanto 'Knowingly Poisoned Workers' Causing Devastating Birth Defects
In a developing news piece just unleashed by a courthouse news wire, Monsanto is being brought to court by dozens of  Argentinean tobacco farmers who say that the biotech giant knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides and subsequently caused "devastating birth defects" in their children. The farmers are now suing not only Monsanto on behalf of their children, but many big tobacco giants as well. The birth defects that the farmers say occurred as a result are many, and include cerebral palsy, down syndrome, psychomotor retardation, missing fingers, and blindness....
[read full article at link below]


From: "S Booiman"
To: "Immigration Minister" <kenney.j@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: Fw: Immigrants seeking low-skilled jobs to face mandatory language testing: Jason Kenney

long overdue, but it has to be made clear that the language to be known has
to be the one of the majority, speaking French in B.C. does not work.

From: jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:51 PM
To: sumi701@shaw.ca
Subject: Immigrants seeking low-skilled jobs to face mandatory language testing: Jason Kenney


I wanted to share with you this National Post article regarding new mandatory language testing requirements for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants in semi and low skilled professions.

Immigrants seeking low-skilled jobs to face mandatory language testing: Jason Kenney
By: Tobi Cohen
Postmedia News
April 11, 2012

I would appreciate receiving your thoughts about these new changes to transform Canada s economic immigration program into a faster and more flexible system focused on jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity.


Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP

Calgary Southeast

From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
you realize joseph that peter mackay, and by extension his former parliamentary secretary, lt. col. laurie hawn are now the two biggest liars on parliament hill as of right now. there's more holes in their line item estimates than the swiss cheese sandwich i ate for lunch.

rory j. koopmans
edmonton, ab.

Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <impolitic@rogers.com>

Pentagon ups #F35 costs again

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 09:29 PM PDT
From one of the leading aviation publications in the U.S., Aviation Week, the latest on the F-35's increasing costs sees Canada in its headline: "Canada Concerned As F-35 Cost Estimate Rises." The article's main point is to highlight still more increasing costs of the F-35 program as announced by the Pentagon:
In what is becoming an annual event, the Pentagon has again revised the estimated cost of developing, buying and operating the Lockheed Martin F-35. In this latest pricing increase, the Defense Department estimates the program will total $124.2 billion (9%) more than the $1.385 trillion forecast only a year ago through a projected 55-year fleet life.
You know, at least the Americans are up front about costs for all to see no matter how bad this program's escalation gets. Their media and citizens wouldn't stand for it if they weren't. Do we trust in the Department of Defence or our government to be so forthcoming up here? No, we certainly don't, not in the wake of the Auditor General's report.

What else do we learn from Aviation Week? Costs are increasing because operating and fuel costs are being included in the total cost estimates:
The preponderance of the cost increase $107.9 billion falls into the "operatrating and support cost" account, which will pay for flying hours and spares once the F-35 enters service. This estimate was derived from the Pentagon's Capability Assessment and Program Evaluation office and is 6% higher than the F-35 Joint Program Office's. Fuel costs consume about 14% of the projected operating and support cost increase.
The Americans include those costs, as do we. When we follow the rules, that is.

And we best take note of this, "Full-rate production is slipping to fiscal 2019...," given that the CF-18s are gettin' near retirement age by that date. Underscoring the foolhardiness of the Harper government's insistence on throwing in solely to this risky F-35 scheme.

Renewal: New #LPC Supporter By-Law

On academic freedom

From: Larry Kazdan
To: Letters Editor <lkazdan@shaw.ca>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: What would a truly liberal, Liberal party look like?, Michael Den Tandt, April 10, 2012

What would a truly liberal, Liberal party look like?, Michael Den Tandt, April 10, 2012
Michael Den Tandt wants the Liberals to support balanced-budget legislation but that is a prescription with no merit whatsoever. If the private domestic sector wants to save part of its earnings, and if we are importing more than we are exporting, then there will be a shortage of demand in the economy that the government must fill, or there will not be enough jobs. The recent Conservative budget forecasts an average unemployment rate of 7% over the next four years, an admission of failure. While Den Tandt fancies his ideas are derived from the Enlightenment, reducing government expenditures in a slow economy is the equivalent of treating a weak patient with bloodletting.

From: Peter Ineson
Subject: F-35

From today's Halifax Chronicle Herald Letters to the Editor Page and giving a much better perspective on the subject.

Sticker price no shock

The April 9 headline and lead story "MacKay: Jet costs not a surprise" by the Canadian Press did a reasonable job of covering CTV Question Period's interview with Defence Minister Peter MacKay, with one exception. The subhead "$10-billion discrepancy just accounting, he said" missed the point.

Mr. MacKay explained that the controversy about the purchase price of these F-35 fighter jets (consistently confirmed as $9 billion by the government) appropriately is about what is included in the acquisition costs. I preferred his original definition, the sticker price, with an explanation of any subsequent incremental maintenance costs. The sticker price is the same cost our family uses when we look at making a major capital purchase, like a car, and I suspect most Canadians would do the same.

However, the parliamentary budget officer and our new auditor general apparently included a host of ongoing operating costs ­ fuel, maintenance, pilot salaries, etc. ­ even though the Armed Forces would have to pay for them regardless of which planes the government does, or doesn't, buy. I further understand they dramatically increased these associated costs by extending them for decades to cover the entire lifespan of the new planes.

Where do you reasonably draw the line? For me, it is simply the additional costs of having these planes, not a combination of that and the ongoing operating costs of having an air force.

David Morse, New Minas

From: "John Feldsted"
Subject: Food for thought

It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 6.6 pounds.

The average man's penis is two times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

Women will be finished reading this by now.

Men are still busy checking their thumbs.

Subject: Nick Fillmore
From: "A Different Point of View...." <fillmore0274@rogers.com>

Campaign launched urging activist
groups to build 'One Big Campaign'

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 08:08 AM PDT
A new campaign urging Canadian social activist groups to work together under one massive umbrella to take on the Harper regime and his right-wing supporters is being born! The Campaign to build 'One Big Campaign' (CBOBC) is being launched on Facebook this week. The goal of this campaign is to pressure Canada's more than 15,000 progressive groups, union organizations representing more than 4.5 million members, and grassroots groups such as the Occupy Movement to build a giant, cooperative campaign...

To continue reading this post, click on the headline. Please feel forward to friends and associates that might also be interested in this issue. Nick

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: And a child shall lead them???  We have our own Federal Reserve owned by the same group?
Corrupt Canadian Banking System.mp4
Subject: whoever controls the money controls the country!!!


From: "Paul Pisani"
Subject:  Hi Have fun with this it put a smile on your face



From: Robert Ede
Subject: Ministerial Responsibility - many talk about it ... but nobody DOES anything about it
To: torstar <lettertoed@thestar.ca>

Ladies and Gents,
Regarding the disingenuous statements by the current Defence Minister and other recent Ministers of the Crown, who, in the middle of bold (some say bald-faced) verbal attempts to deny/deflect/obfuscate their own obvious culpability on a given matter, make reference to the terms "Accountability" and "Responsibility".
Dear Editor, please alert the public to the true meaning of Ministerial Responsibility (I also include the PCO's version for comparison).
I admonish all the above mentioned scoundrels (and the free press that keeps them honest) If you wish to speak in public or as a Public Official, please "Define your Terms" with apologies to Socrates and/or Voltaire.
* From Elect a Governor General with Backbone --Jan 27 2010
When Wm & Mary were placed on the throne, the Parliamentarians stipulated that the Monarch would always accept Her/His minister's recommendations, but that if the "decision" made by the Monarch was found later to be poor/wrong/faulty/needing reversal, that the (First) Minister proffering that "bad advice" would resign -- this is the actual meaning of Ministerial Responsibility.
* From HRH Proclaims Canadian Sovereignty - draft of Speech for GOLDEN Jubilee 2002 (not delivered due to bad weather and other complications)
8.Ministerial Responsibility will take on a meaning similar to the United Kingdom. With this transfer of power We have limited Ourselves to the same position We hold with your parliamentary brothers and sisters in Westminster - We will always grant Assent to Bills presented to Us in exchange for the agreement that if a Canadian Minister gives Us bad advice s/he will resign, taking the responsibility.
* Contrast the above with the Privy Council Office's website bafflegab:

Responsibility in the Constitution - I The Constitutional Responsibility of Ministers

Once we get this term understood, then we can address the term "Responsible Government"
Robert Ede,
The Majority of Canadians P.A.C.