Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Daily Digest April 17, 2012


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA
Wildrose candidate says his advantage is being white
The leader of Alberta's Wildrose party had another fire to put out Tuesday,
after one of the party's candidates said he had a political advantage in the upcoming election because he is white.
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Related _____FOREIGN AFFAIRS Imperial Graveyard: American Culture and the Afghan War It is no longer sufficient to merely oppose wars abroad. To reestablish liberty at home Americans must right wrongs by attacking the imperialist culture. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31099.htm

Seeking the Truth About U.S. Targeted Killing Strike That Killed Dozens of Women and Children in Yemen The images are horrifying. Rarely has the American public seen so clearly the costs of America's targeted killing campaign. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31106.htm

Bibi's Dilemma - and Barack's By Patrick J. Buchanan No wonder Bibi is frustrated. If there is no U.S. attack on Iran by November, and Obama wins, there may never be a U.S. attack on Iran. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31100.htm

Julian Assange's Interviews Hassan Nasrallah Video Hezbollah urged the Syrian opposition to engage in dialogue with Assad's regime, but they refused. Hezbollah leader Sayyid Nasrallah confirmed this in his first interview in 6 years. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31098.htm

What Tarek Mehanna Might Have Told the Judge I now realize that those Iraqis who resisted the U.S. invasion of their country were bad people. They were terrorists. They had no appreciation for the love that the U.S. Empire had for them. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31105.htm

Intolerance in The Sunshine State Americans often would point fingers at the Soviet Union, the Chinese communists, and now the "Muslim world" for this sort of totalitarian thinking. And all the while, it was right here in our own sunny backyard. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31101.htm

This Is The USA? Jackboots Meet Protest Against Drone Wars Video Protestors with peaceworkskc.org meet resistance at a protest against drone war during Midwest Trifecta in Kansas City Missouri. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31104.htm

Why the IRS Wants the Right to Seize Your Passport Does the Tax Man have the right to prevent us from traveling, even without a formal charge of evasion or another crime? Maybe we're about to find out. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31103.htm

"Formula For Fraud"How To Become A Billionaire How to become a billionaire - the four necessary ingredients in the recipe for fraud.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31107.htm

How Wealth Reduces Compassion Who is more likely to lie, cheat, and steal-the poor person or the rich one?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31102.htm

Suicide bomber kills three Yemeni soldiers in south: The bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a military checkpoint on a hill between the southern provinces of Bayda and Abyan, mostly lawless regions where Al-Qaeda militants have strengthened their presence. http://yhoo.it/HJVaew

Yemen's Saleh not going quietly: - Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh isn't letting go of power and may launch a campaign to "bring down the building of change," a defense official said. http://bit.ly/JyZeOL

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early: Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home fromAfghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months. http://bit.ly/IKJ21x

Afghanistan wants written US pledge on security funds, raising new hurdle to partnership pact: Afghanistan's president raised another condition Tuesday for a long-awaited strategic partnership with the United States: The accord must spell out the yearly U.S. commitment to pay billions of dollars for the cash-strapped Afghan security forces. http://wapo.st/I1JEe3

Taliban paid 'protection money' by Afghan government: The Taliban leadership has arrested its former top military chief and two senior commanders over claims that they accepted they "vast sums" of cash and properties from the Afghan government. http://tgr.ph/J4XXlT

Russia: Outside Forces Hurting Syria Peace Bid: Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov suggested armed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's government were largely to blame for persistent violence which has marred a ceasefire that began last week as part of Annan's six-point peace plan, reports Reuters. http://bit.ly/IVb8bO

Ahmadinejad: Strike on Iran will cause enemy's destruction: Speaking at a military parade celebrating National Army Day, Iranian President says any act of 'aggression' against Islamic Republic will be met by 'shameful regret.' http://bit.ly/HFwW6B

Israel is facing a very bad prognosis of what will happen in the future: Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan: "I believe our system is reaching a point where the government is almost incapable of running the country," Dagan warned. http://turkishcentralnews.com/archives/12673

Fact or fiction? 'Attempted military coup against Qatari regime fails': A military coup was staged against the regime of US-backed Qatari King Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani with no success, a Saudi TV channel reports. http://bit.ly/HQIZ1H

Saudi, Qatari media in power struggle: Tensions have been growing between Doha and Riyadh in recent months. This came after the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani was reportedly caught on tape calling for Qatari troops to invade Saudi Arabia's oil-rich eastern regions. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/236652.html

Bahrain criticised for 'inadequate' reforms: Amnesty International says government did little to bring justice to protesters after inquiry proved rights violations. http://aje.me/IIucsq

Egypt panel rejects Suleiman's appeal of ban from presidential race: Ruling came following appeals submitted by several candidates after the election commission barred them from running, shaking up an already tumultuous race and political transition. http://bit.ly/IMxjzn

US choice named World Bank chief: Selection of Korean-born Jim Yong Kim draws criticism from other candidates over alleged US dominance of powerful post. http://aje.me/HZHPhF

Pound Strength Is 'Crippling' Britain's Recovery, Civitas Says: Britain's exchange rate is "crippling" the economic recovery, and devaluing the pound by as much as 25 percent could push growth back to an annual 4 percent, research group Civitas said. http://bloom.bg/IGAGIC

Great news: "Too big to fail" banks even bigger now: According to Bloomberg, the five banks that held assets equal to 43% of the US economy in 2007 before the financial crisis and the bank bailout now control assets that equal 56% of the US economy: http://bit.ly/IREFOI

Prostitute Scandal Involves Several U.S. Military Bodies: A dozen U.S. soldiers, some of them from important bodies such as the Navy and the Air Force, could also be involved in the scandal with Colombian prostitutes. http://bit.ly/JckNbe

25 Signs That America Is A Seething Cesspool Of Filth And Corruption: Do you believe that America is a seething cesspool of filth and corruption? If not, you might change your mind after reading this article. http://bit.ly/HMdMuH

Man Locked In House Burned To Death In Foreclosure Eviction Shoot Out With Cops: A man being evicted from his house shot a deputy and a locksmith and then locked himself inside and was later burned alive after police grenaded the house for an hour. http://bit.ly/HxNsWe

In a world gone crazy: Police handcuff 6-year-old girl for kindergarten tantrum:
The girl's family says the child was shaken up by being put in a cell at the police station. http://wapo.st/HYWeyK

Taxes Prompt More Americans to Renounce Citizenship :
They say leaving America is about more than money; it's about privacy and red tape. http://www.cnbc.com/id/47064295

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Please consider whether you agree or disagree - and why.
From: Larry Kazdan
To: Letters@globeandmail.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Canada needs temporary unemployment assistance: think tank, BARRIE McKENNA, Apr. 17, 2012

Re: Canada needs temporary unemployment assistance: think tank, BARRIE McKENNA, Apr. 17, 2012
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/jobs/canada-needs-temporary-unemployment-assistance-think-tank/article2404272/

Those in our society looking for work deserve more than temporary unemployment relief. The government could offer a program of public service employment to anyone willing to work that would be administered through non-profit groups at a wage rate that would act as a minimum wage floor. As the economy improves, workers would be hired away from this pool which would act as another counter cyclical tool, just as U.I.C. payments and welfare currently do. But instead of the loss of productivity, the aggravation of social problems and the deterioration of the quality of our labour force, we would have a larger percentage of people contributing directly to society. For those who think this is financially unsustainable, here is what J.M. Keynes had to say: "The Conservative belief that there is some law of nature which prevents men from being employed, that it is 'rash' to employ men, and that it is financially 'sound' to maintain a tenth of the population in idleness for an indefinite period, is crazily improbable – the sort of thing which no man could believe who had not had his head fuddled with nonsense for years and years."
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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: What is it now?

Here in Alberta we now have another " Alberta Reform Party incognito" . This one is called the "Wild Rose". Same type of thinkers, no depth, so will make a perfect backup for the "Old Alberta Reform", which of course is now "The Canadian Conservative Party" ,running our country into unthinkable depths of retardation . Very religious ,to the point of perfection.
Ray Strachan

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From:
Anthony Silvestro,
Subject: Letter to the editor - Re - Charter 30th.

Letter to the editor – Re – Charter 30th
Our original constitution was fine. That's right the BNA act served us well until this anti-English language, anti BNA bigot from Kebec, Trudeau decided to force his French style charter on the public.

Most of the public have no idea what this man Trudeau and his gang of bigots from Kebec did to this country. They despised our real BNA, UEL history and everything connected to it. All we have lived with for the last several decades are government forced lies, propaganda, the revisionist BS about 2 founding nations, linguistic duality, bilingualism…all lies, all made up in the last several decades.

But let's cut to the chase here, and lay out why Pierre Trudeau and his then-justice minister, Jean Chretien, so sorely wanted this Liberal-crafted Charter in the first place.

As many scholars have noted over the years, the only part of the Charter that truly concerned Trudeau was the section dealing with the mobility and language rights of French Canadians.

In other words, all Trudeau really cared about was the enforcement of "official bilingualism" on the rest of Canada -- the costly and ire-raising policy that, along with uncontrolled multiculturalism, continues to polarize our nation 30 years later.

The Charter and everything connected with it should be repealed ASAP. The public really has no idea what this parasite, this anti-English language. anti-BNA bigot Trudeau actually did to this country. The charter was forced upon the public, like it or not.

This "day" is nothing to celebrate. This the the 30th anniversary of the day we citizens lost our inherent rights and assigned them to the Government to be doled out and interpreted as they see fit.

The Charter has put us at the mercy of political correctness.

Our BNA act served us well until Trudeau and his gang of bigots from Kebec forced the charter, bilingualism, multiculturalism…and all this expensive so called rights crap on the country. We have gone further and further into debt because of all this social engineering.

So while Trudeau was forcing the French language all across the Canada, this same scum bag supported the banning (bills 22, 178, 101…) of our language in Kebec. He was a hypocrite, liar, corrupt to the core.

They bragged about how they would turn Canada into a French state and they have been doing that for the last 5 decades….

"First Quebec, then we take over the rest of the country, one step at a time…through bilingualism…" PT, "How to take over a country through bilingualism…" SD. How? First comes the right to communicate with gov't in a minority language (ie French), then comes bilingualism, then comes the right to work in the language of choice(ie French), then comes a bilingual boss,(ie French) then comes a exclusively French department and on it goes until its all French. Its happening all over the country, Ontario, New Brunswick…That's what's really going on.

"My roll as Secretary of State of Canada is first and foremost to ensure that my French compatriots in Canada feel with deep conviction, as I do, that this is their country and that it reflects their image". "I too had some difficult years as a politician; I'm still having them, in fact, because everything we undertake and everything we are doing to make Canada a French state is part of a venture I have shared for many years with a number of people". "You know the idea, the challenge, the ambition of making Canada a French country both inside and outside Quebec ­ an idea some people consider a bit crazy, is something a little beyond the ordinary imagination". – Serge Joyal, Secretary of State – Page 2 'ENOUGH' by J.V. Andrew. – Serge Joyal – Now in the Senate.

This is THE biggest scam, the biggest fraud and lie ever forced upon the Canadian public. People have no idea what this man Trudeau did to this country!!!

"Quebec can make French the only official language in spite of the Constitution". Pierre Trudeau,.

"There is no way two ethnic groups in one country can be made equal before the law….and to say it is possible is to sow the seeds of destruction". Pierre Trudeau,." ….Given these facts, should French-speaking people concentrate their efforts on Quebec or take the whole of Canada as their base? In my opinion, they should do both; and for the purpose they could find no better instrument than federalism", Pierre Trudeau,.

"I cannot swear it but I think we were thinking to ourselves,… we are a small group, Trudeau, Pelletier, Marchand, Lalonde, Chrétien, myself and a few people in the civil service, say 50 all told…we were bringing off a revolution. We held the key posts. We were making the civil service bilingual (French), kicking and screaming all the time". Jean-Luc Pepin, Minister of Industry, 1970.

Go learn our proud, real BNA and UEL history. These were the builders of our country since 1763. Not this phony, revisionist lie, this bilingual, multicultural, 2 founding nations, linguistic duality lie, propaganda, spin that we've been living with since Trudeau, and kebec forced this upon the nation. We've been part of the British Empire since 1763 and officially an English speaking country for over 200 years…just a fact.

Time to repeal all of this liberal Trudeau crap, hey "Conservatives"?
Anthony Silvestro,
Ottawa, Ont

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From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd:
CANOE -- CNEWS - Daily Feature: Who's watching you on Facebook?
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Features/2012/04/16/19637081.html

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca>
Subject: How Clinton produced a surplus by raising taxes on the rich and why US Republican governors raised taxes

The Editor
National Post
Copy yo : Hon. Andrea Horwath MPP, Leader of the NDP, Ontario Legislature: You are absolutely right about calling for raising taxes on the rich to balance the budget without undermining Ontario's public services. The rich should pay higher taxes because they can afford it and they have an obligation to the society which allowed them to become rich. In the Soviet Union and Maoist China, there were no income taxes as the state controlled all means of production and no body was allowed to earn high incomes. As such, both communist Soviet Union and Maoist China could afford to provide public services without any income tax.
Hon. Dalton McGuinty MPP, Ontario Premier: You must realize that you cannot balance the budget by only cutting funding for education and health care. You must follow in the footsteps of former U.S. President Bill Clinton who produced a surplus by raising taxes on the rich.
Hon. Tim Hudak MPP, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Ontario Legislature: You should learn from U.S. conservative Republican governors who raised taxes to pay for essential public services.
How Clinton produced a surplus by raising taxes on the rich and why US Republican governors raised taxes
Re Front Page: "Occupiers and their tax-the-rich schemes come up against reality," by Terence Corcoran and Comment: "Take from the Rich," by Joseph Brean (April 14).
The NDP leader Andrea Horwath has called for raisng taxes on the rich to balance the budget without undermining Ontario's public services. To understand why she is right, a look at the neighbouring United States may be in order.
When former U.S. President Bill Clinton entered the White House, his first act was to raise taxes on wealthy Americans (earning $250,000 and above per year) to stem a runaway budget deficit left behind by earlier administrations. Clinton's tax-hike on the rich, denounced by right-wing Republicans as "a passport to recession," balanced the budget, produced a surplus, lowered the long-term interest rates and triggered the longest economic boom in recent history. His successor, President George W. Bush squandered the surplus by his staggering $1.67 trillion tax cut, producing a huge $400 billion deficit.
Calling Bush's tax-cut "a tax fraud," the Washington Post editorialized on May 26, 2001: "A tax cut that large strips the government of the resources it will need to meet its obligations -- shore up Social Security and Medicare, beef up defence, pay for the rest of the services, from highways to Head Start, that the public has rightly come to expect. The benefit of the cut will go mainly to the better-off." This is why many Republican governors, defycing the ideological orthodoxy of tax cut of their own party, have been raising taxes to pay for essential public services.
"Pure conservatism means lean and responsible government, not mean and irresponsible government," said former Arkansas Gov. (also a former candidate for Republican presidential nomination) Mike Huckabee, who reluctantly raised taxes to pay for essential public services.
After first cutting taxes and spending, Mr. Huckabee eventually found that his state's funding obligations for health care, education and law-enforcement were rising. He said this prompted him to raise taxes.
And Huckabee is not alone. Onhio Gov. Bob Taft raised taxes to the tune of $2.9 billion over two years. Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn pushed through an $836 million tax increase. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue also raised taxes. In fact, more than half of the nation's 28 Republican governors have raised taxes.
These governors say that fiscal responsibility and a commitment to maintain adequate funding for such essential public services as education, health care and law-enforcement made their decision to increase taxes necessary.
"What did they want me to do -- not put teachers in our new schools?" Mr. Guinn said of critics who wanted him to cut spending.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty should ask the same question to those who are clamouring for funding cuts. He should follow in the footsteps of Mr. Clinton who left behind a huge surplus only to be squandered by Mr. Bush through his massive tax cut for the rich.
MAHMOOD ELAHI
 Ottawa.

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From: Robert Roehle
Subject: FW: Federal trashing of Cereal Research Center in Winnipeg a step towards introducing genetically modified wheat to Canada

NEWS RELEASE Canadian Wheat Board Allianc
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www.cwbafacts.ca

Federal trashing of Cereal Research Center in Winnipeg a step towards introducing genetically modified wheat to Canada

(Regina, April 17, 2012)
The Canadian Wheat Board Alliance condemns last week's deceitful announcement of a small amount of money to enhance the growing chambers at the Morden, Manitoba Research Lab. "This is an attempt by Agriculture Minister Ritz to divert attention from the fact he is effectively dismantling the Cereal Research Center in Winnipeg by firing up to a third of its scientific personnel and eroding its mandate," said Bill Gehl, Chairperson of the Alliance.

Gehl observed, "these are the first steps towards privatizing plant breeding, and ending the historic partnership between farmers, scientists, and the Federal government to develop grain varieties in the public interest, and local MP Candice Hoeppner has obviously failed to understand the implications of this move. This leaves varietal development in the hands of private corporations whose primary interest is selling genetically modified and patented seed which forces farmers to not only purchase seed every year, but also the proprietary chemicals for use on that seed."

Gehl went on to explain "we have already seen this model fail in canola where organic farmers and farmers who do not want to grow GM canola are forced out of production. Moving this model to cereal grains expands this conflict of interest and will cost farmers millions of extra dollars each year. It also means urban consumers will no longer have a choice about eating genetically modified wheat and other grains, since the current partnership between farmers, plant breeders, and the Federal Government for developing varieties in the public interest will be diminished by Minister Ritz's actions."

Many of the staff being fired are experts in plant genetics, plant diseases, including fusarium, and state of the art genetic tracking of plant enzyme systems. These people and their support teams are the future of conventional and genetic based plant breeding for western Canada. Their expertise has been developed with financial support from farmers and the people of Canada, and their expertise and experience will be lost to Canadians as they are scooped up by foreign owned chemical and seed companies.

All food and medicinal plants have been treated by farmers over the last 10,000 or so years as "open source" software with the benefits freely shared. In fact it was Canada's Dominion Cerealist, Charles Saunders, who developed the basic wheat variety which made wheat production in North America viable. This has been a tradition since Canada was settled.

Gehl concluded "this is another example of Ottawa seizing a public resource and giving it to private industry."

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For further information call Bill Gehl at (306) 537-3899

Who We Are:
The Alliance is a politically non-partisan organization focused specifically on the Canadian Wheat Board. Members of the Alliance recognize the advantages the Board brings to producers through the single desk and price pooling, quality assurance through the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), as well as the important role the CWB plays as an advocate for farmers in transportation, producer cars, and on the world stage in trade disputes and negotiations. The Alliance draws memberships throughout the west.

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Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
http://impolitical.blogspot.ca/

Harper on celebrating the Charter

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 04:47 PM PDT
Harper can't celebrate the Charter 'cause it's too divisive and all. This is weak tea for a Canadian Prime Minister:
"In terms of this as an anniversary, I think it's an interesting and important step, but I would point out that the Charter remains inextricably linked to the patriation of the Constitution and the divisions around that matter, which as you know are still very real in some parts of the country," Mr. Harper said.

See Chretien on that supposed division in a CBC interview today.

Recall that Harper didn't seem to care so much about such divisions back in 2008 during the constitutional crisis he invoked by proroguing a confidence vote in order to save his own political skin:
Normally Canadian prime ministers work toward encouraging national unity and a common sense of purpose among Canada's French and English populations. Not so Mr. Harper in this political dogfight. His rhetoric was the most anti-Quebec, and by inference anti-French, of any major party, let alone a government, of at least the post Second World War period. Perhaps, having failed to increase his support there in the election, he felt it expedient to abandon Quebec and appeal to the latent hostility toward bilingualism and Quebec in his political heartland of the west. Perhaps his party's polling had indicated that this line of attack was a winner outside Quebec.
Regardless, there was no doubt that Mr. Harper's inflammatory and tendentious rhetoric was stunningly effective in mobilizing public opinion against the proposed coalition. The opposition parties and their leaders seemed unable to counteract it.

Whatever works for the occasion, that's how Stephen Harper rolls as a national leader.

Best read on the Charter today? Louise Arbour, for all your Harper-counteracting needs.
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Death penalty: Canada needs to be consistent

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 05:03 AM PDT
It is good to see this news of the Canadian government pleading for clemency for a Canadian in Iran facing execution:
"Canada is gravely concerned by indications that the execution of Mr. Ghassemi-Shall may be carried out imminently," Baird said in a joint statement Sunday with Diane Ablonczy, the junior minister for foreign affairs.

Baird called on the Iranian government to grant clemency to Ghassemi-Shall on compassionate and humanitarian grounds and to respect its international human rights obligations.

The move is being criticized, however, for coming at a late date in Hamid Ghassemi-Shall's detention and in the face of imminent execution (see CTV report here). Still, it is good to see.

No such plea, however, with another high profile case that has been in the news, where Canadian Ronald Smith is facing the death penalty in Montana. Smith's clemency hearing is on May 2nd and the Harper government has signalled that they won't speak during the hearing despite having the opportunity to do so. The government has sent a tick the box form of letter and had to be ordered to do so. There is no compelling plea from our government given their view of the facts of the case and the fact that it is the U.S. in which Smith was convicted. The state of Montana is even thinking of doing away with the death penalty yet that doesn't move our government.

The two cases highlight how wrong this government has it when it comes to the death penalty and Canadian citizens who face it abroad. Our government should be actively pursuing clemency for Canadian citizens abroad whenever required, consistently, and wherever Canadian citizens are. Does the Harper government think that other nations don't notice our inconsistent application of our clemency policy?

Here is a letter sent to Montana's Governor that speaks to Canada's traditional position on the death penalty abroad. Canada's moral authority on the death penalty, when speaking to Iran, would be so much improved if, as a matter of principle, we opposed it thoroughly in all cases on the international level.

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@nationalpost.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: The Harper Doctrine, Eugene Lang, Apr. 16, 2012


Re: The Harper Doctrine, Eugene Lang, Apr. 16, 2012
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Harper%2BDoctrine/6463727/story.html

The Harper Doctrine consists of two main elements - first the embrace of economic globalization and second an expanded role for Canada as a U.S. military ally. The former will lead to the continued hollowing out of our manufacturing base as resource exports push up the exchange value of the Canadian dollar. The latter will lead to an increase in costs of military hardware, fewer resources for soft diplomacy, and more dangerous missions for Canadian soldiers. Canadians want a diversified economy and a diversified foreign policy. This is an excellent opportunity for opposition parties to put forth an alternative vision based on social and economic progress internationally and at home.
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Subject: Letter to Editor re: The politicized workplace: Outsized reaction
To: letters@herald.ca
to modest cuts, April 16, 2012, DAN LEGER


Re: The politicized workplace: Outsized reaction to modest cuts, April 16, 2012, DAN LEGER
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/86763-the-politicized-workplace-outsized-reaction-to-modest-cuts

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. The answer is to put people to work today and build future assets such as better transportation systems, safer water treatment plants, and better schools and hospitals. This will require government stimulus programs that are investments, not expenses. Reducing government expenditures in a slow economy is the equivalent of treating a weak patient with bloodletting.

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From: "S.McDowall"
Subject: Street Riots Form in Response to Monsanto Intrusion into Nepal

There are also a few other articles on Monsanto attached to this one.

Monsanto has been responsible for many deaths, damaged babies and huge environmental damage. We are now exposed to so many harmful substances.... which our governments know are harmful... one has to wonder if we have governments in Canada & the U.S. who wish us to knock off sooner rather than later. Especially because our governments absolutely refuse to protect the consumer from almost all of these products if it will impact profits of corporations. Our MPs can all afford to eat organically and their Parliamentary dining room serves only organic food. I hope that with the cutback on govt. food inspectors we don't see other serious illnesses. I suspect we will.

"Monsanto has inexorably pushed for wide scale dominance of the world's food supply by buying out competition and using FDA regulations to get around accurate labeling. In fact, labeling has protected Monsanto from excessive criticism for quite some time. Under the ludicrous labeling guidelines, food products in the United States do not even have to openly state that they contain genetically modified ingredients. While countries like Australia require products to labeled genetically modified if they contain an ingredient that is more than 1% genetically modified, the United States goes by no such precautionary code." from the article by the Vatican

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/vatican-condemns-monsanto-genetically-modified-crops-as-new-form-of-slavery/#ixzz1sGoRNiJG
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/04/street-riots-form-in-response-to.html

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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: What happens after the US $ collapses?

April 2012.

Reading the dialogue about what will happen to the USA and B.C.being to close to the USA. as has been said
the answer is not simple, It all depends on leadership, not laws. Many, especially the WEST, were all exited
to have Harper in the saddle, how wrong we have been. To me it is no longer a question of separation but
WESTERN leadership that could do much to make changes without destroying s country, even as my view
is still separation. The most important part of it all is money. The opportunity is there to stop the flow of
money to Ottawa. An chance the Premiers have been given in the 1867 Constitution. The WILD ROSE could
well be the way, just thinking about Byfield joining them also with Cummins taking over the Conservative Party
in B.C, if it smart enough to disassociate with the Conservative name and become a B.C.PARTY. Putting up an
agenda that is truly western, we did not see from the WILD ROSE yet. Saskatchewan would join if it was an
effective way for the WEST to go. For B.C. to close to the USA is largely due to the dollar value, there is
a great benefit to cross the border, which only will increase, an American downfall will enlarge it more.
Not talking about the OTTAWA failure to listen to the WEST. The last budget demonstrated enough as it
did not remove one of the most costly Trudeau programs, which has no economic benefit for the country,
bilingualism, nor did it address equalization payments clearly enough. Again it is not who we have in Ottawa
but who are running the provinces.Look at Ontario and New Brunswick joining the bilingual racism at what cost.
Not to forget multiculturalism as we see, like everywhere else, the MUSLIM community taking over.
Suan

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From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: F-35 scandal 'a key point' in history of this government
And how the next chapter is written could be crucial to determining its long-term fate, says Tory pundit Tim Powers.
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/legislation/2012/04/16/f-35-scandal-%E2%80%98a-key-point%E2%80%99-in-history-of-this-government/30445

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: How the USI brings 'democracy' to Iraq.  And we did the same in Afghanistan and Libya.

Update On A War Crime: Those Laboratory Mice Were Children
"Families bury their newborn babies after they die without telling anyone," says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi. "It's all too shameful for them." http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31091.htm
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Subject: The last sentence says it all

Poor equipment for troops is a Canadian tradition
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/86805-poor-equipment-for-troops-is-a-canadian-tradition#comment-14922
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Subject: do any of these CPC Republicans have any concept about governing for Canadians or is their only concern getting elected?  How much lower can politicians sink?  Is this another loss of sovereignty?

US political strategy firm used widely by Tory MPs, but not always cited in Elections Canada reports
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/2012/04/16/us-firm-used-widely-tory-mps-not-always-cited-elections-canada-reports _______
Subject:  onions

I was just out planting onions.  I then realized that we don't have the intelligence of onions.  I plant them under dark soil but they search for the light to grow.  Sadly, too many Canadians prefer to stay in the dark.
Becky
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