Thursday, May 03, 2012

Daily Digest May 3, 2012


Opposition fumes as Tories limit debate on sweeping budget bill
The Conservative government moved to limit House of Commons
debate on its wide-ranging budget bill.

Kevin Page says defence purchasing 'broken' and 'wrong'
Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says National Defence's process to buy equipment is broken
if the way they handled the F-35 fighter jet program is normal.
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JEUDI 3 MAI 2012


Books and Covers<>Articles and Headlines

From: Ian Berg
Subject: Re: Daily Digest May 2, 2012

Dear Joe,

Is merely anti-Zionist, also anti-Israel, or is it thoroughly anti-Semitic?

I refuse to select its links you send based on the tenor of the headlines so I do not know the content.


Ian Berg
Calgary, Alberta

Ian raise a question. My response? Answering a question with questions.

The first, how is something determined to be merely anti-Zionist, anti-Israel or thoroughly anti-Semitic.

The second, which would these headlines be considered, anti-Zionist, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic ?
From: "rory j. koopmans"
To: <>

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Suite #203, 8912-156 Street N. West
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2/7804839415
The Montreal Gazette Lettres
#200, 1010 Ste.-Catherine St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5L1
Dear Sirs:
To get my degree, I never received a dime in subsidies. An equivalent degree in 1999 in Quebec would have cost me about 70% less, this is the year I graduated. A few years ago, I became the first Albertan in history to be given a second high school diploma because I went out and got a second 100 Alberta High School credits. I used this as a springboard to run for School Trustee to raise disabled persons being propertly educated issues & I received no subsidies for my campaign run either, nor did I ask for any. We even pay more for high school than the Cegep schools in Quebec. We subsidize la belle province to the tune of billions a year, millions alone in education per year. I actually resent this, I received no price breaks even though I am on a limited income & have a medical condition called aspberger's syndrome or high functioning autism, a learning disorder. A Quebec student in my boat would get the same education for free, I ask you, how is that fair?
With respect to the students, I must back premier Jean Charest & say he should raise tuition 60%, or double what he is proposing over his five to seven year timeframe. Even then, Quebec students would still be paying less than Alberta students are now. We have two campus food banks at the University of Alberta. We cvan't even afford to feed our own students, why should we be doling out extra pork barrel cash to Quebec students.
Raise The Tuition Jean,

From: "S Booiman"
Subject: reading-studying

What ever it is called the Brian Lee Cowley book:
Fearful Symmetry - `The Fall and Rise of Canada`s Founding Values``
is a hard read of reality that took place largely since WWII in
the Western World, especially in Canada. The influence of the
arrival of  `social justice` a direction of `we want more for less`.
The Western economic crisis, the coming of French entitlement
in our country that rose in Quebec, The do what ever you want
1960s liberal leadership. Is worth taking the time to read.

From: John Kruithof
Subject: LRT in Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is planning a subway Light Rail Transit (LRT) corridor below the center of the city. Initially, one of the stations was slated for iconic Confederation Square, next to Parliament Hill, hence its iconic stature. Recently, City Council held closed-door meetings with a nearby shopping centre (Rideau) and came to the conclusion that the station should be positioned closer to it. In my opinion, Council's view is that whatever pride Canadians have for Parliament Hill comes second to the price a shopping mall is willing to shell out. This has upset me mightily and I was not hesitant in letting members of Council know where THEY can get off. I have also put the issue on Facebook with this entry: "We should pay attention to where the city of Ottawa plans future subway stations. So far, it thinks only of concrete jungles and shopping malls, not historic and cultural centres. "
John Kruithof
Ottawa South

From: Robert Roehle
Subject: FW: News from CWBA Below is a news release from the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance (CWBA).  We are NOT directly associated with the new Conservative Wheat Board (CWB Inc.)

This is the first of a new series of informative emails (1-1).  All CWBA members will receive these news releases and other information as they are issued.

We will try to keep all our members as up-to-date as possible on CWBA activities and newsworthy events.

I have just created an email list as complete as possible.  We have email addresses for just a fraction of our membership.  If you are aware of some that should be added, or you do not wish to receive further news items, please call Darrell Stokes at 403.787.3776.  If you know of members who do not have email addresses, please print this off and pass it on to them.  Our budget does not allow for general mailouts very often.  If you have material that you think would inform our membership, send it to and we may include it in the next package.  Keep sending those letters to editors…I can help you with that if you like. 

We will continue to inform you in this way.  We hope you will not be discouraged and carry the fight forward.  We are NOT giving up and there is much to do.

Don't forget to sign on to the class-action lawsuit (no money, no obligation) at and try out our website at

We wish you a good, safe and productive seeding season!

From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <>
Subject: Quebec's separation will inextricably propel Canada towards union with the United States

The Editor
National Post
Quebec's separation will inextricably propel Canada towards union with the United States
Re Letter: "Time for another referendum," by John Purdy (May 3).
Before resorting to another referendum in the rest of Canada whether Quebec should be allowed to remain in Canada, it must be pointed out that Quebec's separation will inextricably propel Canada towards union with the United States.
Quebec's separation, beside isolating the Maritime provinces from the rest, will bring into focus the great similarities that exist between Canada and the United States: the English language they share, their common British colonial roots and their close economic relations. After Quebec's separation, English-speaking parts of North America will look like an organic whole with artificial boundaries between them increasingly anachronistic and before long we might see the rise of an English-speaking North American federation surrounding Quebec.
Given so much commonalities, a union between Canada and the United States will not be a bad thing, but it will be the end of the dream of generations of Canadians who wanted to live in a different country. Future generations, who will call themselves Americans, will wonder at the naivete of earlier generations for trying to build a bilingual country. As for Quebec, its economic dependence on the giant North American federation will be so great that it might feel crushed. Both the anglophones and the francophones should realize that Quebec's separation is likely to trigger in a chain reaction in which both of them may end up in the bosom of their powerful neighbour.

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest May 2, 2012

Hi Joe:

I missed the correspondence that initiated the comments regarding the Digest's format, but by far my favorite part of it are the Below 30 submissions. They are what usually causes me to respond. I admit I often don't take the time to sift through the rest, having already gone through Bourque or Drudge. For some reason, I find the news links presented in a rather cluttered fashion, giving the impression that there is just too much there to go through. I don't believe the answer is to whittle it down, though they represent seven pages worth on my word processor. Maybe, instead of the Canada, Foreign Affairs, World categories, you might subdivide them a bit further, yet to be truthful it might take me a while to figure just what those subdivisions might be. I'll get back to you when I come up with a quick, easy, and effortless solution to make it more visually digestible. I can see already that this will be more easier said than done.

However, as I wander down to the comment that caused me to reply in the first place, I come across the story about the turmoil in the Vatican as an internal battle for power supposedly is taking place. I am reminded how men have fought for centuries for control of this elected monarchy, seemingly blissfully ignoring the teachings and the rational for the papacy to exist in the first place. Like in any institution, be it religious or secular, the power game is evident and what is best for all is secondary for what is best for the few who manage to grab the reins of power. I guess appearing to love thy neighbour trumps actually doing so. If this is the case in the Roman Catholic Church, maybe we shouldn't be surprised when we see all manner of unethical behavior in the selection process and in the actual governing of the world's nation states, Rebecca.

What caused me to respond this time was Becky's question "why do we need a Senate at all?" The simple answer is that I don't want to be run over by 170 central Canadian MP's, compared to the 112 from the ROC, without an institution that can provide a little balance. Honestly, having a 105 member Senate with 48 central Canadian Senators does not quite do it, either given the present powers of the Senate. Our nation is large geographically and having its people spread out over such a vast distance has created such diversity in culture that the majority in any region can not be expected to truly represent the values held by those in another. What we need is national consensus, not central Canadian dominance. With a little ingenuity even keeping the present structure of the Senate can be made more effective in providing that balance, but its removal would cause more problems than it would ever solve.

Ron Thornton
Edmonton, Ab

From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <>
Subject: No one paid income tax in the socialist Soviet Union

The Editor
The Globe and Mail
Copy to: Hon. Dalton McGuinty MPP, Ontario Premier: You are absolutely right to raise taxes on the rich to balance the budget. Ontrary to what Neil Reynolds says, income tax is very much a capitalistic phenomenon. He fails to realize that there were no income taxes in the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) because the state owned all means of production and could raise revenues by selling goods from state-owned factories and there was no income tax. This is why even U.S. Republican governors, defying the ideological orthodoxy of tax cuts of their own party, have been raising taxes.
Mr. Neil Reynolds, columnist for the Globe and Mail: You seem to have forgotten that in the socialist Soviet Union, no one paid any income taxes.
No one paid income tax in the socialist Soviet Union:
Clinton and Republican governors raised taxes to pay for public services
Re "Ontario's taxing march to socialism," by Neil Reynolds (Report on Business, May 2).
In his highly contrived article, Neil Reynolds seems to have forgotten that there was no income tax in the socialist Soviet Union. In the Soviet Union, the state owned all means of production and it could raise its revenues by selling goods produced by state-owned factories and collective farms. As such, it didn't need income tax to pay for public services. Neil Reynolds seems also to have forgotten that in the most capitalist country -- the United States -- former Democratic President Bill Clinton and many Republican governors raised taxes to balance the budget without undermining essential public services.
When Mr. Clinton entered the White House, his first act was to increase 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. This is why many Republican governors, defying 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 nomination for presidential race) 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 education, health care and law-enforcement were rising. His says this prompted him to raise taxers.
And Huckabee is alone. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft increased taxes by $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 conservative Republican governors say that fiscal responsibility and a commitment to maintain adequate funding for such essential services as education, health care and law-enforcement made their decisions 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 columnists like Neil Reynolds who are railing against tax-hike on the rich while clamouring for reducing the budget deficit.

From: Homecoming Vets at the Crossroads of Humanity
Subject: [New post] Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch Raise Concerns About Use of Drug for Military Personnel
by Homecoming Vets

Anti-Malarial Drug Mefloquine Associated With 87 Deaths and Hundreds of Psychotic Episodes in Past 15 Years Was Staff Sergeant Robert Bales Administered the Drug? (Washington, DC) Juudicial Watch, the public interest group that that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing [...]

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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Quebec Students
T W I M Concern,
I hope that if they get truly educated, that they will truly have a God given education. The ability to see,think, and understand.  
Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <>

Flaherty's international diplomacy

Posted: 02 May 2012 03:10 AM PDT
Remember the G20 finance ministers meeting recently where Flaherty made a splash?
Canada was one of the few hold-outs in the G20 meetings last month that dissented against the International Monetary Fund's drive to create a $400-billion fund to backstop eurozone debt, and refused to pay its portion when the fund was approved.
The U.S. also did not contribute, but many suggested the decision was taken because President Barack Obama could not succeed in getting approval from a Republican-dominated Congress in an election year.
Canada's decision raised eyebrows in international circles, however, and led to suggestions Canada had isolated itself from the world's pre-eminent decision-making body with its stand. Flaherty flatly denied the charge.

Apparently the conservative newspaper the London Daily Telegraph couldn't get enough of Flaherty's position and requested an op-ed. So he's at it again, repeating the same message today with a less than subtle title and content: " The eurozone should sort out its own mess."

If you read the commenters at the Telegraph, again, keep in mind that it is a conservative newspaper.

The same op-ed appears in the Financial Post today, even more bluntly titled: "Jim Flaherty: Fix your own mess."

Winning hearts and minds the world over, that's us.

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Budgets are all about reality, not ideology,Mark Milke, May 3, 2012

Re: Budgets are all about reality, not ideology, Mark Milke, May 3, 2012

In the last few years, industrialized countries have experienced a catastrophic financial crisis, high levels of unemployment, and in some places, riots in the streets. If Mark Milke wants to examine mathematical realities, he should look at the increasing levels of inequality in society, the shortage of purchasing power in the economy, and the consequent reliance on private debt to fill the gap in aggregate demand. Unfortunately, fiscal conservative principles ignore and exacerbate these problems - they deny the need for more financial regulation, and more government spending to get the economy moving again. Judge a budget not by whether it meets certain arbitrary fiscal rules, but whether it puts more people back to work right away, and does not tolerate the waste of a society's most productive resources.
Larry Kazdan,

From: The Natroses

Patterns and back water issues - connecting the dots

" Guess What Drugs and Illegal Substances Are Showing Up in Chicken?"

Read more:

"So, here is the deal. We create hellish conditions for our livestock, then we drug them to keep them numb. Then we drug them again to wake them from their pharmaceutical stupor. Then we drug them to grow faster. Then we drug them so their flesh will look healthier. Then we drug them to withstand the disease epidemics that our overcrowding has created.

Then, of course, we drug ourselves every time we take a bite of factory-farmed poultry."

The pattern, is to create more loopholes to continued the status-quo of 'big farm' factories - "Earlier this month, the FDA announced what looked at first glance like sweeping new guidelines on the use of antibiotics in livestock. The new rules, however, are strictly "voluntary", and, while they do recommend restricting the use of antibiotics to stimulate growth, they would still allow them to be prescribed by a veterinarian for animals that are "either sick or at risk of getting a specific illness".

Critics contend that the words "at risk of getting a specific illness" provide factory poultry farms a loophole big enough to drive a truck through. Margaret Mellon, senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a press statement:

"The outlined process appears to give the companies the opportunity to relabel drugs currently slated for growth promotion for disease prevention instead. Such relabeling could allow them to sell the exact same drugs in the very same amounts."

What about the science research, that should be front page news, but it isn't front page news. In the New York Times, an opinion piece: "To me, this underscores the pitfalls of industrial farming. When I was growing up on our hopelessly inefficient family farm, we didn't routinely drug animals. If our chickens grew anxious, the reason was perhaps a fox ­ and we never tried to resolve the problem with Benadryl.

My take is that the business model of industrial agriculture has some stunning accomplishments, such as producing cheap food that saves us money at the grocery store. But we all may pay more in medical costs because of antibiotic-resistant infections.

Frankly, after reading these studies, I'm so depressed about what has happened to farming that I wonder: Could a Prozac-laced chicken nugget help?"

Connecting the dots, to the backwater issues only leads to the direct links to globalization, the 'big guys', the central banks to the trade agreements and at the very end, the governments using the rules/regulation route to enact the smooth flow of control over the food resources, the supply routes, and the management of the food resources at the expense of the ordinary citizens welfare and health. The big mantra is big industrialized food system, leads to cheaper food prices. Really??? But it is what one will hear and read in the media, as in the New York Times article, " My take is that the business model of industrial agriculture has some stunning accomplishments, such as producing cheap food that saves us money at the grocery store. "

Now unto the fisheries, and where the first act took place in 2009, weakening the Navigable Waters Act (1882) - "The act's primary purpose is protecting people's right of access to rivers, lakes and any body of water it is possible to travel by boat or ship, an environmental lawyer explained. By helping protect waterways, the act has the side benefit of keeping them in their natural state."

Not any more, the prime purpose of the Navigable Waters Protection Act is the smooth sailing of projects and economic projects, big or small that help the economy of Canada, putting the rights to access any body of water by ordinary citizens secondary to private interests. "Harper's proposed amendments would make it easier to skip the approval process and environmental assessments, said Amos, who wrote an Ecojustice memo on the issue. "The [Transport] minister will be able to exempt whole classes of waterways and works from the approval process and environmental assessments."

The minister could, for example, decide that aquaculture projects are no longer subject to the approval process, he said. He or she could do the same for micro-hydro projects, a controversial topic in B.C..

For such projects there would no longer even be any need to notify the public, Amos said, threatening both long-standing access rights and possibilities for protecting waterways. With the stroke of the pen, he said, "They could do a lot of damage and nobody would know."

It was the first act of many, changing the overall federal environmental laws, with provincial governments putting the finishing touches, controlling access to the environment, what and how the environment is treated using taxes, heavy fines and other incentives to control ordinary citizens, and allow the 'big guys' of industry to reigned supreme over the environment, to the point where fresh water ponds/lakes are now filled with the waste of the mining and oil companies. In some provinces, the citizens of private property do not own the rights to the water, minerals and gases/oils that lies beneath their property. Nor can they take advantage of the water, minerals and gases/oils that lie beneath, for their own benefit. In the United States, some regions in states, it is against the law to collect rain water, but it probably be here in some form in Canada soon, under the guise of some health issue of the bacteria kind. In Ontario, be careful where one anchors the boat, because the water bed is now crown land. and there is restrictions placed on the recreational boaters. Crown land and what it stood for, that is being a common public resource, is no more. It further ties in with the trade agreements, where crown land was a big issue in the World Trade Courts, but not as big as it was, since the restrictions has been placed on crown land by the federal and provincial governments.

The cherry to the top of the changes, was the Safe Water act changes, and where with a stroke of a pen, the shutting down of the natural water springs found in the more rural settings of Canada, under the guise of uranium radiation.

The final act is the changes that are now taking place with the Department of Fisheries. It was not covered by the national media, and a former ministry of fishery warnings will go unheeded. ""This is a covert attempt to gut the Fisheries Act, and it's appalling that they should be attempting to do this under the radar," charged Siddon, who said he's sent several letters and attempted to make personal contact with Ashfield, but he hasn't heard "boo."

Siddon argued that the government is clearing the way for major economic projects by speeding up the approval process and "cutting corners."
"The minister of fisheries is the one remaining and most powerful person in Canada to protect this marvelous, historically important resource we have in Canada – our fishery. That's his job."­Tom Siddon, former minister, Fisheries and Oceans

He added that habitat protection provisions, which have been a part of the act since 1976, were strengthened in the 1980s, but the proposed changes will hand key responsibilities over to private interests, local governments or even the National Energy Board.

"Who's looking after the fishery in that type of process?" said Siddon, who argued the responsibility should remain with Canada's fisheries minister.

Integrated planning overseen by the minister, he said, ensures all stakeholders are at the table – from environmental advocates to industry players. It's "absolute rubbish," he added, to suggest environmental and economic concerns are mutually exclusive."

And no one is following and connecting the dots to see the pattern of the 'big private/government interests versus the common good, the welfare and health of the citizens. At the end, the price to access water in its various forms, the environment will be borne by its citizens through a heavy regulated regime of rules, while the 'big corporate guys' have supreme authority over all resources and the environment. Than the spin from the government, coming up with creative rules and spam to convince their citizens why they have to be restricted and force to eat 'prozac-laced chicken.

Than more spin to qualm the worried looks of workers who will be loosing their jobs, due to the consolidation of the 'big corporate guy's' operations, after the hard work of eliminating the competition of the small guys by ensuring the new regulation regime made it too difficult for the small guys to operate. Much like the state of the fishery, and where fish processing plants are no more, except for the big industrialized factories of a few, placed near urban centres, and low wage jobs. If not, there is always China and other third-world places, where agreements are in place to shipped Canadian fish off to the far away lands for processing, with the blessings of both the federal and provincial governments.

The latest to the ongoing saga in the fisheries: "
High Liner Foods Incorporated CA:HLF +0.40% CA:HLF.A +9.89% , today announced that it will be consolidating its North American supply chain as a result of overcapacity at several plants and the acquisition of a more modern plant in Newport News, Virginia in December 2011.

The two affected facilities -- located in Burin, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Danvers, Massachusetts -- are the company's highest-cost and most underutilized facilities."

And the spin goes on, both with the fish company and governments on both sides of the border. Talking out of both sides of their mouth, downplaying their roles in destroying the fisheries of the world, and allowing the take-over of the very few, to control the fisheries, and to be the only ones to profit by it. Even the words on the High Liner company site is nothing but spin - "High Liner Foods is the largest prepared seafood processing operation in North America, producing a wide range of products from breaded and battered items to seafood entrees in its Lunenburg NS, Burin NL, Danvers MA, Malden MA, Newport News, VA and Portsmouth NH facilities. Raw materials for the operation are obtained from supply channels around the world, including Europe, the Far East, South America and Alaska.

High Liner has dedicated primary operations in China through a joint venture, Dencan Seafoods and a company owned plant, Dalian Three Star.

Finished product in North America is held in our modern cold storage facilities, located in Lunenburg NS, Peabody MA, Danvers MA and Portsmouth NH, Newport News, VA and at external cold storage centres, and is distributed throughout North America."

Remember, when enjoying the fish dinner, and asked yourself, what was the wages paid to processed the fish, and compare it to the dear price that you paid for it at the grocery store. Just remember, the big guys don't like pensions, health benefits for their workers that work the line, and minimum wages suits them fine, and if not, there is foreign workers who don't need education, experience, or even need to speak English. There will be no soft landing for the soon to be unemployed workers, despite the words that infers that workers will have a soft landing - "As part of that commitment, High Liner Foods has invested more than $4 million towards the Burin Employee Life and Health Trust, research and development, and other capital expenditures."

The various government departments of municipal and provincial will gobbled it up, under the pretence of 'work projects' of picking up rocks, and moving the rocks from one pile to another.

Passed the 'prozac' laced chicken, and swigged it down with toxin laced tapped water, and move onto the forestry. Another back water issue that is never in the news media...............