Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Daily Digest May 15, 2012 030


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

Chinese firm's Canadian contracts raise security fears
 
The former head of U.S. counter-espionage says the Harper government is putting North American security at risk
by allowing a giant Chinese technology company to participate
in major Canadian telecommunications projects.
MORE...
_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS Italy May Use Army Against Protests Source Americans renounce US citizenship to pursue destiny in Russia  Source
  • Americans renounced their citizenship in record numbers in 2011
  • West has betrayed Christianity, Russia will save it – Orthodox Church official
  • Putin, Obama Square Off As Russian Troops Mass To Counter US Attack On Iran
  • Russia Threatens Preemptive Strike if NATO Builds Missile Defense Shield
  • Top Obama Aide Warns Russia "End Of World" Near
  • Any conflict on Iran is a direct threat to Russia's security
  • Russia Threatens Preemptive Strike if NATO Builds Missile Defense Shield
  • Russian FM warns of catastrophic consequences of Iran attack
  • Invading Iran is invading Russia, China
  • Top Obama Aide Warns Russia "End Of World" Near
  • Cold spell kills 83 in Europe
  • Russia to deploy S-400 air defense systems in joint drills with Belarus
  • Ukraine's ex-PM Tymoshenko arrested
  • Putin: Russia-Belarus Merger 'Possible' And 'Desirable'
  • Belarus power dimmed from midnight on unpaid bill
  • Likely Victory for MeK Shills US poised to take Iranian exile group off terrorism list MeK is trained and funded by the Israelis and has been perpetrating acts of violence on Iranian soil aimed at that country's civilian nuclear scientists and facilities. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31326.htm

  • Nakba Day 2012 Palestinian Refugees Waiting, 64 Years and Counting The Nakba - the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist and later Israeli forces from late 1947 into 1948. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31327.htm

  • The Zionist Scenario: Now And In The Future In the process of this ethnic cleansing, the number of Palestinians who die is irrelevant to the Zionist leadership. The Palestinians, like the American Indians, are seen as hardly human. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31332.htm
  • Five Reasons Drone Assassinations Are Illegal These killings would be criminal acts if they occurred inside the US. Does it make legal sense that these killings would be legal outside the US? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31330.htm

  • Desperate Times Demand Revolutionary Measures Do we understand that habeas corpus is no longer a legal protection in the US or that the US president can torture and kill American citizens, let along anyone in the world?  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31335.htm

  • The Horrible Things That The Empire Offer Us By Fidel Castro In our homeland, the problems described here do not exist: would this be the reason why the empire is trying to make it surrender by starvation and hostility? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31331.htm
  • The Third Candidate The National Security State Wins (Again) That candidate is guaranteed to be the one clear winner of election 2012: the US military and our ever-surging national security state. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31329.htm
  • How Being 'The Party Of No' Is Working For The GOP Intransigent, extremist, uncompromising ... the Republican party should be a basket case. Instead, it has a winning strategy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31333.htm

  • Greeks Rush the Banks; Lines Form at ATMs; Nearly $1 Billion Withdrawn in Past Week The Greek people are realizing that the economic and political system as they know it is rapidly descending into chaos. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31336.htm

  • Dimon, the Whale Man, and Glass-Steagall It was fitting that while President Obama and his Hollywood apostles broke fundraising records at a sumptuous $40,000 per plate dinner word of JPM Chase's 'mistake' rippled through the news. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31334.htm

  • Grandma Sentenced to Life Without Parole for First-Time Drug Offense Yes, you read that right - the latest casualty of our War on Drugs is a grandmother who never even touched the drugs that sent her to prison. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31328.htm

  • At least 42 killed in offensive on Yemen militants: At least 42 people including 30 Islamist militants were killed in Yemen on Monday night and Tuesday, officials and residents said, as the government pressed ahead with a new U.S.-backed offensive against insurgents in the south. http://bit.ly/LOPQKA

  • Yemen: U.S. troops directly guiding four-front assault on "Qaeda militants" for "first time": Yemeni warplanes and troops backed by heavy artillery waged a four-front assault on al Qaeda militants Tuesday, trying to uproot their hold in the south in an offensive Yemeni officials said was for the first time being directly guided by American troops at a nearby airbase. http://cbsn.ws/JB02Gz

  • Suspected US attack kills 12 civilians in Yemen: Reports vary but between 14 and 15 people have been killed in a double air strike on the southern city of Jaar. Of these, as many as a dozen are being reported as civilians. Up to 21 civilians have also been reported injured. http://bit.ly/J9jcVZ

  • "Al-Qaida "attacks Yemen information minister : Yemeni authorities said Information Minister Ali Amrani was targeted by al-Qaida militants when a bomb exploded at his residence. http://bit.ly/K3qtmR

  • Syrian attack kills 21; rebels hold U.N. monitors: Reuters asked one of the four monitors by phone if they were being held prisoner. He did not reply.
  • http://bit.ly/JtrJE0

  • Tunisian Islamists join jihad against Syria: The first that Tunisian schoolteacher Mokhtar Mars heard of his brother fighting alongside rebels in Syria was a phone call from a foreign number, telling him Houssein was dead. http://bit.ly/KpGzcQ

  • Russia warns Kosovo against training Syria rebels: Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin condemned what he called "disturbing information" that Kosovo authorities had been "establishing contacts with the Syrian opposition to train insurgents" in Kosovo. Kosovo's foreign minister denied any training was planned. http://bit.ly/L85gNl
  • Over 51% of Syria voters cast ballots in recent elections: Official : A Syrian official says more than half of the eligible voters in Syria participated in the May 7 parliamentary elections, which were held under a new constitution that paved the way for a multiparty system in the country. http://bit.ly/JGiQnr
  • Split Syria opposition keeps chief, violence grinds on: Ghalioun, 67, who will serve another three-month term, has been criticised by some opposition figures for failing to unify the SNC and forge close ties to dissidents inside Syria. He has also been accused of providing a liberal veneer to what is a widely Islamist, albeit factionalised, opposition. http://bit.ly/J6Sddl

  • Syrian "unrest" spills into Lebanon for 3rd day: Firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, Lebanese gunmen clashed in street battles Monday as sectarian tensions linked to the 14-month-old uprising in Syria bled across the border for a third day. http://bit.ly/KZ15hh

  • Major war games on Syria border 'have nothing to do' with Syria: U.S.: The United States and its allies have started in Jordan what was described as the largest military exercises in the Middle East in 10 years, focusing on "irregular warfare," top officers said on Tuesday. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=52271

  • 2 Pakistani lawsuits pressure government to deal with CIA drone strikes: Although Pakistan's leaders have complained bitterly about CIA drones targeting militants on their country's soil, they seem powerless to stop them. Now attorneys for drone strike victims want to know why the government has failed to act. http://wapo.st/JOJifW

  • Pakistan sells out for seat at NATO table: Nato Invites Pakistan to Chicago as Supply Route Opens: Nato invited Pakistan to join the alliance's biggest summit ever in Chicago starting Sunday after the announced the reopening of a key supply route through its territory into Afghanistan. http://bit.ly/K1ArV7

  • Afghanistan hopeful of extra US cash to fund security: Officials believe Washington will pay more on top of lion's share of expected $4.1bn annual budget after foreign troops leave http://bit.ly/JlpAIB

  • 5 Iraqi soldiers killed in suicide bombing: Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber who drove an explosives-rigged fuel truck into the front gate of an army post has killed five soldiers in the country's north. http://yhoo.it/JEpudw

  • Bodyguard says Iraqi VP paid him to gun down official who was 'annoyance': A bodyguard for Iraq's fugitive vice-president testified Tuesday that he was paid $3,000 to assassinate a government security official in one of hundreds of death squad killings that authorities link to one of the nation's highest-ranking Sunni leaders. http://bit.ly/Kro3AM

  • Iraq still operating secret torture site, rights group says: A clandestine jail and alleged torture site under the control of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki continues to operate more than a year after the government ordered it shut down, Human Rights Watch claims in a report being released Tuesday.
  • http://sunsent.nl/KZ1gsN
  • Lest we forget: : How U.S. used MeK to brand Iraq as a supporter of International Terrorism : Iraq shelters terrorist groups including the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), which has used terrorist violence against Iran and in the 1970s was responsible for killing several U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians. http://bit.ly/L6LQsa
  • Iran hangs "Mossad agent' for scientist killing: Iran has hanged a man it said was an agent for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad whom it convicted of killing one of its nuclear scientists in 2010, Iranian state media reported on Tuesday. http://reut.rs/J7vDl7
  • Palestinian strike: a coup for non-violent protest: The deal which ended the Palestinian prisoners' mass hunger strike not only headed off a confrontation with Israel, but it also proved the growing success of their strategy of non-violent protest. http://bit.ly/Kk2a3Q
  • Ex-Murdoch editor charged over U.K. tabloid scandal: Rebekah Brooks, a close confidante of Rupert Murdoch, was charged on Tuesday with interfering with a police investigation into a phone hacking scandal that has rocked the tycoon's empire and sent shockwaves through the British political establishment. http://bit.ly/KLQ05L

  • Motorman: Britain's other massive press scandal: It remains largely buried by a combination of official secrecy and press industry cover-up.
  • http://bit.ly/IMBzML

  • TSA Agents Conduct 'Full Monty' Pat-Down On Henry Kissinger: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger got searched by a Transportation Security Administration employee while going through a security checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport in New York Friday, The Washington Post reports.
  • http://cbsloc.al/KmMeQG

  • Rendition victim takes his case to European court: A German car salesman of Lebanese birth who was the victim of a mistaken "extraordinary rendition" by the CIA is to have his case heard by the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday. http://tgr.ph/Ko1sGx

  • Daniel Ellsberg accepts Human Rights Award on behalf of Bradley Manning : Video - Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers whistle-blower) accepts the "People's Choice Human Rights Award" on behalf of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Army PFC Bradley Manning at Global Exchange's ceremony at the San Francisco War Memorial Building on May 10, 2012. http://bit.ly/J6sim0

  • JPM Losses Already $3-4 bln; Europe's Core Emergency Ongoing Bank Runs; Greece To Re-Default" - Eric Sprott's comments from the New York 2012 Hard Assets Conference, going on now http://bit.ly/JDafT1
  • The Truth About JP Morgan's $2 Billion Loss: Before we can understand what's really going on with JP Morgan's loss, we need a little background.
  • http://bit.ly/JQYkS9

  • Greece to repay maturing debt: govt source: Greece will repay 436 million euros ($A564 million) in maturing debt, covering private creditors who had refused to take part in a write-down under an EU-IMF bailout, a government source says. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8468011

  • Moody's Downgrades 26 Italian Banks: Moody's move came hours after the firm raised an alarm on Spain, arguing the country's banks remain vulnerable even after Madrid moved to increase the banks' cushions against potential losses from real-estate loans. http://on.wsj.com/KpvjNz

  • France's Hollande is in Berlin after 'lightning hit': Newly sworn in French President Francois Hollande has now arrived in Berlin for key talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after his plane was apparently hit by lightning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18078845
  • Homeland Security Files Show Feds Central to Occupy Crackdown: The new documents, only "scratch the surface of a mass intelligence network including Fusion Centers, saturated with 'anti-terrorism' funding, that mobilizes thousands of local and federal officers and agents to investigate and monitor the social justice movement." http://bit.ly/JCtOe9

  • Occupy Directory: Trying to find a local occupation? : The Occupation Directory is a public listing of all known Occupation sites built by and for the #Occupy movement. http://directory.occupy.net/
  • Russian anti-terror exercises on American soil  Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/10586.html

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Do you believe Bill C-30 has "quietly died" or is "just resting"?

        I don't believe this Bill is dead--it is just resting until they can force it through

                 Becky
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From: Ray Strachan
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:46:06 AM
Subject: Aluminum

DD
I have a daily ritual of taking my dog out to the outskirts of town every afternoon for her exercise.Have done so for years.We go at approximately 230pm.
During all of 2010 and 2011 just about every day there would be one or two unmarked jet planes,with single exhaust fly around or over the small town of Grimshaw Alta.
If only one plane came it would make 3 jet trails ,one above the other flying first West to East, turn , fly East to West turn fly West to East. These trails were always exactly the same distance apart, one above the other. When the 3 trails were laid, the exhaust was turned off and the jet would leave.
Those trails would remain in place until somewhere between 8 and 10 am the next morning. They would have expanded but still be in straight lines. They would begin to break up and form the most phoney looking cloud patterns I had ever seen in my lifetime. If the two planes came they would fly over the town and make an x`s and o`s that would hold their pattern for many hours before breaking up.
I don't know how many people I pointed this out to, all I know is that there was no lasting interest even tho it was happening on a daily basis. I could predict that the weather was going to change.
In 2010 we had a large area of drought in Northern Alberta, wheat stalks probably averaging 10 inches high with small heads. Down in Southern Alberta they were able to run their boats down the highways at times. Fields were rained out.
Have been investigating what this could have been about Weather modification. Ingredients being spewed on the earth contain to mention what I have come across, Aluminium,Barium and Strontium.
Maybe this is old news to everyone but if you would like to investigate,just search, Griffin,Murphy,Wittenberg. Geo engineering
I remember years ago people were advised not to cook in aluminium utinsils because of its possible affect on the brain. I find also that apparently Alzheimers is increasing faster than what would be normal ,worldwide. Is it the Aluminium, or just old age? Anyone interested in this "Chemtrail" issue will be able to find lots of research. When I first started looking it up on the net "I was told by some very intelligent people, that "It was Passenger Jets flying from New York to Tokyo" They totally believed what they were saying even after I asked if the pilots were just amusing themselves by flying their patterns over Grimshaw Alberta. I would suggest that this type of idiotic thinking is just too prevalent ,giving reason as to why our world is doomed. To them these trails are all " Contrails "condensed water", not "Chemtrails" laden with God only knows what sorts of chemicals.One thing is certain, its not to benefit humanity as a whole.
Ray Strachan

Must be of benefit - governments' haven't investigated, have they?
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: when will these idiots just shut up?

We are told that we have to pay exhorbitant amounts to MPs because they have to live in Ottawa(we also pay for their travel to and from their home in their constituency) but Canadians must relocate for work to save EI payments?  The fact that he had to take(to him obviously demeaning) work to live is supposed to be a template for us all to follow???  His job now seems to be a pimp for corporate entities and to hell with the people that pay him. 
becky
No such thing as a bad job, Flaherty tells picky unemployed workers
http://www.theprovince.com/business/No%20such%20thing%20as%20a%20bad%20job,%20Flaherty%20tells%20picky%20unemployed%20workers/6619562/story.html

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/business/No%20such%20thing%20as%20a%20bad%20job,%20Flaherty%20tells%20picky%20unemployed%20workers/6619562/story.html#ixzz1uvnZ8Izz

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/business/No%20such%20thing%20as%20a%20bad%20job,%20Flaherty%20tells%20picky%20unemployed%20workers/6619562/story.html#ixzz1uvnSAJdE

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From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: our Great canadian democracy

Hi Joe: Though I don't contribute much of anything to your DD I do receive it and I am somewhat perturbed by the constant attack on our political system and in particular our politicians. Nothing is perfect in this world of ours but in my opinion we have a pretty reliable and safe system that protects our citizens and our democracy. That some of our politicians make mistakes is understandable... no one is perfect and I am yet to hear about any way we can change that. I have and still work in my riding to be active in helping a group of volunteers get political things done and if one wished to promote change I suggest they get involved and become an active volunteer. Any politicians I have known personally work very hard 24/7 and give up most of their personal privacy to serve. so these constant accusations about politicians being dishonest are most unfair. We live in one of the most open and democratic countries in the world which has the rule of law as the basis for our freedom. People who come here, come because they know that we offer a safe and supportive society much better than the one they came from. So I say take off the veils and let the sunshine in, women who wear them have a wonderful opportunity to live a life that does not longer curtails their freedom. So let's give the political system a break and some positive support once in awhile. .. Thanks Joe.

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: don't worry--be happy--this does not affect food safety?

Ottawa to allow slaughterhouses to process already dead animals
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1178428--ottawa-to-allow-slaughterhouses-to-process-already-dead-animals

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From: "Tom Brewer"

I am appalled with our Finance Minister! One wonders why we educate our kids to have the Finance Minister basically suggest it does not matter... You take any job available!
Mad is more like it... Our kids do take near any job available as they work to get an education. Indeed... Our kids know what is needed and like others look to and for the day wherein the education acquired will get them the job they want.
I'm disgusted! To hear the Finance Minister, in my opinion belittle one and suggest they take any job available, and the government will legislate this is demeaning!
Okay Mr Minister... What job will you look for? Oh yes... People will drop you like a rock knowing now you really do not care about them!
Tom

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From: "Lawyers Against The War" <law@portal.ca>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: G.W.Bush.CAT.Review of Canada.Press release.LAW.15.05.12h's visit.

Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
George W. Bush
Canada in breach of Convention against Torture by failing to prosecute George W. Bush for torture
Lawyers against the War (LAW) filed a report with the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) alleging that Canada repeatedly violated the Convention against Torture by allowing George W. Bush to enter Canada and then failing to arrest and prosecution him for torture. LAW states that Canada has also violated Convention obligations by failing to educate those in charge of law enforcement including police, civil servants and elected officials, about Canada's duty to prosecute torture suspects­wherever and against whomever the torture occurred­when either the victim is a citizen or the suspect is in Canada.
On May 21-22, CAT will review Canada's compliance with Convention obligations to prevent and punish torture, for the first time since 2005. During the review which takes place in Geneva during CAT's 48th session, CAT will consider reports from LAW and other groups. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Canadian Centre for International Justice in a joint report to CAT say that by failing to arrest, investigate and prosecute Bush for torture once he entered the country, Canada violated Convention obligations, undermined the efficacy of the Convention and denied remedies to victims of torture authorized by the Bush administration.
LAW recommends:
1. Amendments to the Criminal Code to restrict the power of the Attorney General of Canada to prevent prosecutions of Bush and other foreign nationals for torture;
2. Education and training for law enforcement authorities about legal obligations under the Convention and Canadian law;
3. Investigations to determine how and by whom decisions were made to allow George W. Bush to enter Canada and then to thwart his prosecution for torture.
View Online:
The CAT review will be live online at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/

All reports can be accessed at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/sessions.htm (à48th sessionàCanada)
Contacts
For interviews or more information, contact:
Gail Davidson, LRWC
Email: lrwc@portal.ca
Website: www.lrwc.org
Gavin Magrath
Magrath
O'Connor
73 Richmond St. West, Suite 306 Toronto, ON, Canada, M5H 4E8
Phone: 416-931-0463
Email: gavin@magrathoconnor.com

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: "Letters \(National Post\)" <letters-2@nationalpost.com>
Subject: What about "Balberta" as an independent country

Mr. Paul Russel
Letters Editor, National Post.
Copy to: Ms Barbara Yaffe, Columnist for The Vancouver Sun.
What about "Balberta" (BC-Alberta) as an independent country?
Re Letters under the rubric "Majority says it's time for Quebec to go," (May 14).
A few years ago, Barbara Yaffe, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, called for an independent country composed of resource-rich British Columbia and Alberta, which she called Balberta federation. She thought such a country will be rich and far more viable. If Quebec is allowed to separate, "Balberta" may become even more practicable given the fact that Canada would become splintered, separating the Atlantic provinces from the rest. "Balberta," with its vast resources and proximity to the fast-growing Asian countries like China and India, might look increasingly attractive.
MAHMOOD ELAHI
2240 Iris Street, Ottawa. Phone: (613) 228-9600

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From: HS Sims
Subject: Guest Post: That Which Is Unsustainable Will Go Away: Pensions DD

Joe,

An interesting article on defined benefit pension plans.

Hank

One of the few things we know with certainty is that which is unsustainable
will go away and be replaced by another more sustainable arrangement.
Whether we like it or not, or are willing to accept reality or not, unsustainable
public pensions will go away. What makes "defined benefit" pensions unsustainable?
1) Promised cash/benefits packages that are not aligned with the fiscal realities
of what can be contributed annually to the pension funds 2) New Normal low
yields on low-risk investments and 3) skyrocketing costs of healthcare benefits.
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. . . thanks very much.

I like the term "new normal".

Think how widely that could be used
in our lives to-day, eh!

Joe
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Hank--a commenter has the exact definition of pensions--ponzi schemes. Who is in charge of the public pensions? Why the same people that have put us into debt so deeply we will never get out. The CPC was invested in the markets and they are collapsing. Private companies have shut down and no one got their pensions because 'there was no money left in the pension fund'! I wonder if the new bills being produced are protected from evaporation???
Remember when Paul Martin shut down Voyageur Bus Lines that he owned? Those people got not one cent of their pensions because there was no money left. And he was the PM of Canada at the time. So why would anyone think our political elite have handled our pension funds any better. What happens in the US will happen here and we will all be on the street.
In Ontario McGuinty wants to cut back on Doctor's pay. This will cause a mass exodus of doctors and we don't have enough already. McGuinty is trying to get all Premiers to do the same thing. Let's face it--if the Bernie Madoff's of the world are controlling the pensions of course there will be nothing left. The question is who made it unsustainable??? It will be our fault for living longer than the government wants us to. But they will have a plan for that--retroactive abortion. I imagine our MPs pensions will be safe though???
Becky

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From: "Paul Downie"
Subject: 12 year old delivers scathing critique of Canadian banks

Dear All:

While doing some research for a client on the subject of educating children on financial matters (financial literacy for children) the following link came up:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-12-year-old-delivers-scathing-critique-of-canadian-banks/article2433138/ (it is also on YouTibe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx5Sc3vWefE but thisseems to be clearer). The text associated with it reads: < snip >12-year old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt. April 27, 2012 at the Public Banking in AmericaConference, Philadelphia, PA.

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From: Larry Kazdan
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Subject: Letter to Editor re: New French president needs to heed German lessons, Simon Kent, May 15, 2012

Re: New French president needs to heed German lessons, Simon Kent, May 15, 2012
http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/05/15/kent-new-french-president-needs-to-heed-german-lessons

There is indeed a lesson France should heed from the German experience. Squeezing Germany to pay off its First World War debts led to catastrophe, whereas the Marshall Plan after the Second World War, in Simon Kent's words, "saved Germany from oblivion". If Europe is to copy Canada's best practices, it should institute equalization payments for distressed regions and use government spending to kick start the European economy as Canada recently did with its stimulus programs.
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Subject: Letter to Editor re: Budget study mired in OAS cost, May 15, 2012, PAUL McLEOD

Re: Budget study mired in OAS cost, May 15, 2012 , PAUL McLEOD
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/96507-budget-study-mired-in-oas-cost

The age at which the Old Age Security payments begin is a debate about distribution, and not sustainability. Consider that when big banks are bailed out, whatever funds are needed are always available because government is the issuer of the currency. Of course, the government is responsible for controlling overall aggregate demand and must use its spending and taxing powers to assure that the economy is not too hot or too cold.
However, since we have had a high rate of unemployment for approximately the last thirty years, it is clear that our governments have either failed to keep the economy at capacity or have been happy with a jobless reserve pool. If seniors were able to spend additional money, the economy would be more robust, more people would find work, and we would all be better off. The claim by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that the existing system won't be able to pay for the retirement of the baby boomers demonstrates either his ideology or his incompetence.

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From: The Natroses

Marching to the morality of the sitting government - the new morals - a mixed bag of old and new morals that entices the common person to voluntarily leave their common sense that their were born with, and walk and run to the chains that awaiting them. Chains that will dictate their morals at any given moment, according to the sitting government. Enticing, because the illusions of the new morality suggests that it is our best interests to adapt the new morality of the sitting government, and make it a reality into our lives. Thus the chains become the new norm, the new way of acceptable thinking and common sense leaves the individual. The vacuum left by the individual's common sense, is replaced by the new morals of the sitting government. The common person sacrifices their personal happiness and best interests, for the best interests of the government and the economic systems plus the regulation regime that controls and prevents people from seeking their personal happiness, and the freedom necessary to pursued personal happiness. Instead the people are marching to the morality of others who have the political and economic powers, to keep the political and economic powers happy and contented by sacrificing our individualism as human beings at the door.


Ayn Rand, calls it "moral code of altruism. The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value. "
http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/altruism.html

She goes on to say, " Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice­which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction­which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good. "

Our political and economic systems of today, are operating under the 'moral code of altrusim'
To which, our news headlines speak volumes on, asking Canadian citizens to sacrifice ourselves at the altars of the political and economic powers, and accept the chains willingly and eagerly without complaint.

Further down, "
There are two moral questions which altruism lumps together into one "package-deal": (1) What are values? (2) Who should be the beneficiary of values? Altruism substitutes the second for the first; it evades the task of defining a code of moral values, thus leaving man, in fact, without moral guidance.

Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value­and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes."
A 60 minute documentary on Love and Power
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Just a few things that people are willing to sacrifice that devalues the individual, and begs others to put a price tag on the individual person.

"Last June, at the height of the conflict in Libya, when Parliament was debating whether or not to extend Canada's contribution to the mission by another three months, MacKay was asked to calculate the monetary cost. His estimate was roughly $60 million for a full six-month operation. That same month, the Rideau Institute, an independent Ottawa-based think-tank, released its own estimate of $85 million for the same six-month mission.

When asked to comment on the projected difference, MacKay smugly retorted, "The Rideau Institute, as so often is the case, is wrong."

On Oct. 28, eight days after the death of Moammar Gadhafi and three days before Canada officially ended its mission, MacKay gleefully told the CBC that Canadas effort in the Libyan war had in fact come in under budget.

"As of Oct. 13, the figures have us well below ($60 million); somewhere under $50 million."

All of that premature gloating might explain why the final tally was quietly buried in a report tabled in the House of Commons last week. It turns out that total expenditure for the Libyan operation cost Canadian taxpayers $347.5 million. If one subtracts the normal operating expenses such as salaries, the incremental cost still amounts to roughly $100 million ­ or double what MacKay initially boasted to the taxpayers.

Ironically, if one factors in the additional month of combat operations that was required beyond the Rideau Institute's initial projection, the think-tank's prediction was only off target by two per cent.

In preparation for our eventual victory in Libya, on Oct. 2, 2011, more than three weeks before hostilities ended, the Privy Council Office authorized the expenditure of $396,000 for DND to stage a victory parade.

That spectacular event was held on Nov. 24, complete with marching bands and a flypast that included more aircraft than we had put into the skies over Libya. Once again, when the final bills were tabulated, the cost of the spectacle was $850,000.

A spokesman for MacKay explained to journalists that such flypasts and parades are all good training for the troops and aircrew. A similar rationale was used to explain the $32,000 cost of sending a military search and rescue helicopter to pluck MacKay from his fishing lodge in July 2010."
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/96014-mackay-short-on-accountability

"He said: "Electronic cigarettes have the potential to save thousands of lives, but the fact that they are unregulated is bad as it leaves people open to using unclean and unsafe products."

"Electronic cigarettes can not be seen as being as safe as other regulated nicotine replacement therapies which meet pharmaceutical standards, these products are tested and have additives in them that we know to be safe – e-cigarettes don't have this.

The concept of nicotine replacement is powerful and good, but e-cigarettes are really testing this system – they are new and they are unregulated. Regulation would be useful and it would be nice to clean up the loopholes."
http://www.eutimes.net/2012/04/safety-fears-over-electronic-cigarettes-because-they-are-unclean-and-unregulated/


"Water shortages will hinder the ability of key countries to produce food and generate energy, posing a risk to global food markets and hobbling economic growth.” North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia will be hit the hardest, the report states.

And while the coming shortage is a manageable problem for richer countries, it is a deadly "destabilizing factor" in poorer ones. As a rule, economically disadvantaged countries are already prone to political, social and religious turmoil, and failure to provide water for farmers and city dwellers can be the spark for wider "state failure."
http://www.eutimes.net/2012/03/global-water-war-threat-by-2030-us-intelligence/

And yet what is never stated by the political and economic powers, is the reality that some human beings are not worth the merit to supply clean and safe water.

"Water ... worth more than gold and more crucial for survival above all other resources on earth.

And yet, over one billion men, women, and children do not have enough safe water to drink and therefore will never live a healthy life.

Who are these people?

They are the innocent children and desperate families living in overcrowded urban slums, in refugee camps, and in poverty-stricken towns and villages too numerous to count in rural areas of developing countries around the world. Here, less than 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water and only 25% have access to sanitary systems. These rural villagers have no political power, have no visibility and have no voice in the discussion of the human right to water. At Global Water, we believe it is one of our responsibilities to give a voice to the rural poor of the developing world and to say:  "Yes, everyone deserves the right to safe water." http://globalwater.org/whywater.htm


"Pressed to explain himself after Question Period, Mr. Baird hinted that he was privy to the secret plans of the Liberal party. In having referenced the National Roundtable's report, he sought, he said, "to draw the link between" the Liberals "private desire to reclaim their carbon tax mantle.â"

But what of the National Roundtable's encouragement in this regard? Mr. Baird was asked whether "ideological differences with the roundtable" had, in a reporter's words, "put the final nail in its coffin."

"Listen, we appointed the board," Mr. Baird confessed, "so if that was the case, I just don't see that."

So then it is not that the National Roundtable had advocated for a carbon tax, but that such advocacy might've leant assistance to some secret Liberal plan to do harm (directly or indirectly) to Canadian families. Thankfully the National Roundtable will soon be no more. Hug your family members tonight and say a prayer of thanks."
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/05/14/the-commons-john-baird-saves-your-family/

"We need more people, properly trained for the jobs that are available," he said. "That means we're going to have to encourage more persons with disabilities to work, more seniors to work, more aboriginal people to work – including young people – and to give them the support that they need."

NDP MP Peggy Nash said forcing well-trained workers into low-skilled jobs risks exacerbating Canada's skills shortage.

"It is a colossal waste of skills if we have people who are trained as computer engineers or teachers or nurses or electricians who are working in retail, Tim Hortons or picking fruit in the agricultural sector because it means they may not be available when a job in their field comes open," she said.

Dr. Gray dismissed the NDP's arguments, noting that skilled workers are more likely to move rather than abandon their careers by accepting a low-paying job.

"That just doesn't make any sense at all," he said. "If you take an engineer and make them work at Tim Hortons, that engineer will likely move to another part of the country, to go someplace where his or her skills are better remunerated."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ei-reform-set-to-redefine-suitable-work-for-job-seekers/article2432675/

In many papers, essays and articles - much like this quote - "Altruism is not a guide for living, but a prescription for dying. Novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand noted:

What is the moral code of altruism? The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.
Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice­which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction­which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good. (Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World,”Philosophy: Who Needs It, p. 61)"
http://capitalismmagazine.com/2012/03/the-afghanistan-murders-and-the-abyss-of-altruism/

The code of altruism is the code that forms the chains that human beings are so quick to enslave themselves, to become irrational and having no common sense. How does a human being ignore, the 30 migrants living in a home that is meant for 5 people? How does a average citizen makes sense of the irrational statements from the politicians, that makes the demand that people must sacrificed themselves for the economy outlined by the budgets plans of the sitting government? And yet people continue to ignore the irrational statements of our politicians and beg for praise from their peers, of the many things they are willing to sacrificed themselves for the economic and political powers. How many people are willing and able to put a price on their follow human beings, and justifies the price by the measure of enslavement. The price of a human being and its costs are devalued, according to the willingness of the person to enslave themselves, by what they are willing to sacrifice at the altar of the economic and political powers

The price of a human being has now become mere chattel, that in turn has become expendable in the same way, as products that has passed its expiry date. We are know what happens when products pass the expiry date, the price is deeply discounted, and if not sold, are discarded or returned to the manufacturer for disposal. According to the finance minister, many of the unemployed should be willing to move anywhere and for any job, and it is the sacrifice that he speaks of, demanding Canadians on all ages and ability to make the sacrifice of any job, without informing the Canadians, the price that must be paid. The mysticism that is practised by our politicians, especially by the finance minister - voodoo economics - where the economic and political powers demand us to have faith and trust in men and women of the government, even though not a one politician is willing to sacrifice themselves.

"It is only mysticism that can permit moralists to get away with it. It was mysticism, the unearthly, the supernatural, the irrational that has always been called upon to justify it­or, to be exact, to escape the necessity of justification. One does not justify the irrational, one just takes it on faith. What most moralists­and few of their victims­realize is that reason and altruism are incompatible http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/altruism.html

Can you imagine the finance ministry, when he is tossed out of office - out of a job - what sacrifices he would make? I can't, because he is a first class moralist of the extreme kind - the willingness and eagerness to throw people overboard, just so he can have space for his large ego to rest in. Moral superiority dressed up in moral relativism to continued the long reign of wars, hunger, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and the repetitive cycles of economic booms and busts at the expense of the citizens. and their happiness. The code that unifies is the code of altruism and its principles. asking all to sacrificed except the ones that have the political and economic powers.

It is why, the Canadian government and its treatments towards veterans continues to give the veterans the thorns of the roses, instead of the roses that were promised and repeated over time. And why indeed, would any Canadian parent, pushed their children towards a career in the armed forces, as someone a few days ago questioned in the DD? The code of altruism and the parents willingness to sacrifice their own children to protect the mysticism and illusions of our political and economic powers.

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