Sunday, June 17, 2012

Daily Digest June 17, 2012 030


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION

The UFO-shaped object found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea... covered in soot, with 'little fireplaces' and lying at the end of a 1,000ft runway
Object is raised about 10 to 13ft above seabed and curved at the sides like a mushroom
It has a 60 metre diameter with an egg-shaped hole leading into it from the top
Hole is surrounded by an strange rock formation that expedition team can not explain
Stones are covered in something 'resembling soot' which has baffled experts
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160297/Pictured-The-UFO-shaped-object-the-Baltic-Sea--covered-soot-little-fireplaces-lying-end-1-000ft-runway.html#ixzz1y6pU67pb

_____CANADA

Harper should nix omnibus bill
Naming of Chuck Strahl to spy oversight agency is predictable and depressing

Postmedia's announcement that it will stop some Sunday editions has Sun Media rightfully smelling blood
Snap election for Ontario?

Run, Doug, run!
Ready, fire, aim

Liberal leadership race needs a co-operation candidate
New motion calls for random seating to help improve decorum in the House of Commons

Liberals need to go after 'low-hanging fruit' in French Canada: Dominic Leblanc
Arbitrator chooses Air Canada contract for machinists

Feds flagged Enbridge project for inadequate oil spill response plan: document
It's Harper vs. Europe as G20 debates IMF plan

Flaherty stays firm on no eurozone bailout money from Canada
Harper on Europe: moral support, but no new money for eurozone bailout

Baird urges Russia to help end Syrian bloodshed
McGuinty urges NDP to keep deal to pass budget; wants it in writing this time

Spy files on Diefenbaker, Pearson destroyed in 1989: newly declassified
Listening equipment 'will record conversations' at Canadian airports: CBSA

Canadian military equipment trapped in Afghanistan
Harper on his way to G20 as Greeks go to the polls in pivotal vote

Strippers ready to go underground
Web-only presence for RCI a shortsighted decision, says American broadcast expert


Syncrude shoveller strikes dino gold near Fort Mac
Judge to rule on whether obesity is factor in man's fitness for fatherhood

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Military, Mass Protest and the NDAA Indefinite Detention
Questions about NDAA and the US Military Officer Corp
The Egyptian "Soft Coup"

Greeks Face a Momentous Decision
Read more: Assessing the Israel Palestine Conflict on U.S.S. Liberty Day

Read more: What Is the Future for Bosnia and Herzegovina?
Read more: Manhunt

Read more: Presidential Medal of Hypocrisy
Read more: US Supreme Court Approves Police State Harshness

Canada's 'Complicity in torture' requires independent judicial inquiry
Vietnam Era Memoir Shows Working Class History of Anti-War Organizing
Read the Article

A Critical Vote in Greece on Its Standing in the Eurozone
Read the Article
US Sets Another Record on Defense Sales, Already  
Read the Article

Syriza at Heart of Greek Politics Despite Pressure
Read the Article
The Biggest Problem With Traditional Schooling
Read the Article

The Supreme Court Should Rule With the People
Read the Article
Jungles of Resistance
Listen to the Show

Monsanto Loses $2 Billion Judgment to Brazilian Farmers READ MORE
Hundreds of Tibetans Defy Chinese Security, Attend Service READ MORE

Robert Parry | How Tea Partiers Diss the Framers READ MORE
Cozy Connections Between JPMorgan and the Senate Banking Committee READ MORE

Criminalizing an Entire Generation of Black and Latino Men READ MORE
Five Millions Brazilian Farmers Take on Biotech Giant Monsanto
Read the Article at Time of India

In Italy, a Deadly Recession and Austerity Fuel Suicides Read the Article at The Daily Beast
Rust Belt Resistance: How a Small Community Took on Big Oil and Won  Read the Article

Israel Upside Down
Read the Article
Creative Evolution
Read the Article

Ponderings on the New Politics of Extremism READ MORE
Greek Exit Polls: Pro-Bailout Conservatives New Democracy in First Place
Read the Article at The Associated Press

Rodney King, Face of LA Riots, Dies at 47 Read the Article at The Associated Press
Obama's Former Harvard Law School Professor, Says the President "Must Be Defeated" Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Romney Family's Horse-Related Tax Deductions Last Year Exceeded Median US Household Income Read the Article at The Political Carnival
Did Scott Walker Write the Obit of the US Middle Class? Read the Article at The Huffington Post

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18h14 - Publicité du Parti libéral · Jean Charest en mode électoral
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Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <impolitic@rogers.com>
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Saturday night

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 07:55 PM PDT

Missed out on posting music on Friday, so this is to make up for that oversight. Plus it was a good day so I just feel like posting some music.  http://impolitical.blogspot.ca/2012/06/saturday-night.html

Additionally, I think Big City Lib was dissing electronic music and its resurgence a bit, so this is for him too. :)

Have a great night!

New troubling allegations on Del Mastro 2008 campaign

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 06:33 AM PDT
"Employees linked to cousin's company each gave $1,000 to Dean Del Mastro campaign." Bravo to Postmedia for pursuit of this story.
But three donors to Del Mastro's campaign or riding association, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say they were asked to make $1,000 donations and were reimbursed by Deltro for the full amount plus a $50 bonus. "It was put, 'We need to find some people to make $1,000 donations,'" said one former Deltro employee.
Numerous sections of the Elections Act forbid donors from exceeding the individual limit on donations by concealing their donations and forbid others from helping to conceal the real source of a donation.
In a statutory declaration produced at the request of the Citizen and Postmedia, the former employee said David Del Mastro approached the then-employee and said he wanted him to make a large monetary donation to his cousin's campaign. The former employee signed the declaration before an Ontario Commissioner of Oaths. The former employee was asked to make a donation of $1,000 of personal funds and was assured the company would provide reimbursement for the same amount with a "$50 bonus," the declaration says. The donors could also claim the donation as a deduction on their tax returns. Employees were also asked to enlist friends or family to make similar donations, the former employee said. There is no evidence that Dean Del Mastro had knowledge of any alleged scheme to hide the source of donations to his campaign.

This issue has been in the news lately in connection with Quebec fundraising as well where some of us have raised this very question of whether some donors might be being reimbursed for their contributions. There's a smell test that comes into play when you see multiple donors from the same company giving the maximum to a campaign.

What is new here...sworn statements under oath being brought forth. Not good and I would imagine Elections Canada will be on it.

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From: Robert Ede <robertede@gmail.com>
Subject: re: ex-Lt Gov's defense - "the Queen can do no wrong"
To: letters@windsorstar.com

Dear Editors & CP,
Thank you for " Quebec's ex-lieutenant-governor claims royal privilege" which I spotted from the Windsor Star on Bourque.com.
The position of Marc Labelle (lawyer for Lise Thibault, Quebec's former lieutenant-governor) that the person holding office as a Provincial Deputy of the Governor General, acting under BNA/Constitution 1867 s.14 is indivisible from Her Majesty is laughable!
I can only guess at the enormity of the person or thing that the former Lt Gov is hoping to conceal/protect (for a while) by advancing this defense.
14. It shall be lawful for the Queen, if Her Majesty thinks fit, to authorize the Governor General from Time to Time to appoint any Person or any Persons jointly or severally to be his Deputy or Deputies within any Part or Parts of Canada, and in that Capacity to exercise during the Pleasure of the Governor General such of the Powers, Authorities, and Functions of the Governor General as the Governor General deems it necessary or expedient to assign to him or them, subject to any Limitations or Directions expressed or given by the Queen; but the Appointment of such a Deputy or Deputies shall not affect the Exercise by the Governor General himself of any Power, Authority, or Function.

To my view, s.14 says the authority to appoint Deputies is "thinks fit" option, the appointment of a particular Deputies may/may be subject to unique and non-uniform limitations and the appointment of Deputies "shall not affect" the GovGen him/herself.
To pretend that the person holding:
1) a perhaps-limited/directed office of Time-to-Time Lt-Gov appointee;
2) in one of Ten+Three Canadian jurisdictions;
3) whose powers/office may be withdrawn by the Gov Gen "at pleasure";
and
4) whose delegated, Lt Gubernatorial powers do not affect the "Power, Authority or Function" of the Officeholder granting that Lt Gov his/her appointment;

is EQUAL to the Monarch's office is folly.
Further, with reference to the "little-used common-law statute that states that "the Queen can do no wrong"", I think the student of little-used statues will find that this principle is an aspect of Ministerial Responsibility (post Glorious Revolution 1688) where in exchange for the Monarch agreeing to rubber-stamp any Bill or Order from Her Westminster Privy Council-of-the-Day, that in the event a policy/Bill/Order/decision had to be reversed, the Minister (or the whole Privy Council) who gave that "Bad Advice" to HM, agreed to instantly resign because while "the Monarch can do no wrong", S/He can be presented with lousy/short-term, all-political recommendations that S/He is bound to approve under the un-written constitutional conventions of the U.K..
In contrast, the "similar in principle"(ie NOT the same) Canadian situation is much different -the rules are written for one thing - and s.55 is quite clear,

55. Where a Bill passed by the Houses of the Parliament is presented to the Governor General for the Queen's Assent, he shall declare, according to his Discretion, but subject to the Provisions of this Act and to Her Majesty's Instructions, either that he assents thereto in the Queen's Name, or that he withholds the Queen's Assent, or that he reserves the Bill for the Signification of the Queen's Pleasure.

the Gov Gen has (and Lt Gov's have) three choices: Assent, Withhold Assent or Reservation for Signification (2 years -failing such approval the Bill expires). All three final, cannot be appeal in Canada and are available to the GovGen (Lt Gov's s.90) as an individual (s.12 also is quite clear -especially when contrasted with s.13 -Provincially s.65 vs s.66))
All Powers under Acts to be exercised by Governor General with Advice of Privy Council, or alone
12.All Powers, Authorities, and Functions which are legally vested in or legally exerciseable by the existing Governors or Lieutenant Governors of the existing Provinces, irrespective of whether these powers are to be used (a) with the Advice, or (b) with the Advice and Consent, of the existing Provincial Executive Councils, or any Members thereof ... or (c) by those Governors or Lieutenant Governors individually, shall, ... be vested in and exerciseable by the Governor General in relation to the new Dominion on the same basis, namely (a) with the Advice or (b) with the Advice and Consent of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, or any Members thereof, or (c) by the Governor General individually, as the Case requires. These powers are still subject (except with respect to such as exist under Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain or of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland) to be abolished or altered by the Parliament of Canada. (7)
From the Plain Language version of Canada's BNA/Constitution 1867
Red indicates modifications,
... indicates deletions,
(text) is commentary,
Green indicates noteworthy & as-written (tho' some might not believe it)

Justice Dept Version of BNA 1867 Executive Powers Sections

In this 60th Jubilee year, I encourage the Court's examination of the Sovereign immunity defense and the principle of Ministerial responsibility as raised in this CP news story.
I can only hope that this letter might shed some light on the abuses of power and self-interest advantages being exploited by our "Stewards of the Canadian Crown" that lurk in the dark shadows that lie right under our noses.

Robert Ede,
Spokesman,
The Majority of Canadians P.A.C.

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From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: G20 accused of hypocrisy over trade pledge | Emerging Markets

"Leaders of the G20 look set to reiterate their commitment to renounce protectionism even as a raft of reports released on the eve of their summit have shown a dramatic surge in trade-distorting measures."

"GTA said that the G20 had implemented 226 more trade distorting measures in 2010 and 2011 than first estimated, an increase of 36%, indicating that protectionism had continued to thrive after the spike in 2009."
http://www.emergingmarkets.org/Article/3047622/G20-accused-of-hypocrisy-over-trade-pledge.html?LS=EMS668943

That's an average of nine (9) per country. Were there any by Canada does anyone know ?
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From: Rebecca Gingrich

_______Subject: is this the end of Gaza?

Israel considers building artificial islands
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/17/israel-considers-building-artificial-islands.html
Associated Press, Jerussalem | Sun, 06/17/2012 9:04 PM

Israeli politicians are floating an idea to expand their seaside country: Artificial islands.
The Cabinet voted Sunday to explore options for creating artificial islands to make room for infrastructure like water treatment plants, power plants and an airport.
Most of Israel's 8 million people living in a narrow strip along the Mediterranean coast, and the country is running out of space there. Most Israelis live in apartment buildings, and even cemeteries are beginning to bury the dead in multi-level structures.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says manmade islands could bolster Israel's economy, ensure its security and protect what little open space remains in the center of the country.
A government committee will present more specific proposals within a year, according to the Cabinet decision.

Gaza Water Quality
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Uy1vS9YMk
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Subject: is there any country on the planet that is not being destroyed by the greed of the controllers?
Is the Secret War in Yemen and Somalia Secret No Longer?
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/06/17
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Subject: Canada stands with israel but bombs Libya for 'humanitarian' reasons???
Israeli tanks, bulldozers attack Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/17/246654/israeli-tanks-attack-central-gaza-strip/
LAST UPDATE
Israeli tanks and bulldozers have carried out an incursion into the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, injuring a Palestinian during the attack.
Israeli bulldozers also destroyed on Sunday agricultural land in Deir al-Balah, located about 14 kilometers (8.5 miles) south of Gaza City.
The latest Israeli attack on Gaza was carried out on the same day when an illegal Israeli settler shot dead two Palestinians in the city of al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank.
Meanwhile, acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing of the two Palestinians on Sunday.
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Subject: the world does not have enough radioactive contamination?? This is an admission that israel has nuclear weapons but still no one investigates. But we have to stop Iran???
Operation Samson Israel's Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/israel-deploys-nuclear-weapons-on-german-built-submarines-a-836784.html


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From: "Sandra Finley" <sabest1@sasktel.net>
Subject: Robocalls: New developments. How far is Harper from losing Majority Government? The Supreme Court will hear Election result July 10.

This email is posted on-line at http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5912.

Harper might lose his majority government, sooner than the next scheduled Federal Election in 2015. Look at recent developments and then do the math.

1. The Supreme Court will hear the Etobicoke Centre appeal of election results on July 10th (Former Liberal MP welcomes rare July sitting for high court on election case) http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5914. The likely outcome in my mind, is a by-election.

2. It is possible that Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough) will go down. He is in serious trouble with Elections Canada's investigation of his 2008 campaign financing. When the court document became public, citizens quickly responded with further damning evidence of their own. They had been asked to make a contribution of $1000 to Del Mastro's campaign, in return for which they received $1050 back.
  • Elections Canada says in a court document it has reasonable grounds to believe offences were committed by Dean Del Mastro, who serves as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's parliamentary secretary, and by his campaign's official agent. Del Mastro has also led the Government's defence against the robocall scandal. http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5878
  • Employees linked to cousin's company each gave $1,000 to Del Mastro campaign http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5908
3. There are the 7 robocall ridings.

4. It's possible that more citizens in other ridings "know things" and will also be motivated to speak up.

This is where we have a role to play. IF PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW what happened in Mississauga, and how people spoke up, they are not in a position to help out.

If YOU didn't know about it, THEY are unlikely to know.

So - - spread the word! It's the only way to defend against fraud, corruption and the slide down the slope to loss of democracy.

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DO THE MATH: What is the potential for taking down Harper's Conservative majority government?

166 seats in the House of Commons are held by the Conservatives.
155 seats constitute majority government (308 seats in total, (1/2 + 1) = (154 + 1 = 155))

154 seats is a minority of seats

Therefore, a loss of 12 seats (unadjusted) = Conservative Minority Government
Adjust for Speaker-of-the-House:

- 1 Andrew Scheer, Conservative. By the Constitution, the Speaker cannot vote unless his or her vote would break a tie.

So, the loss of 11 seats would mean Conservative loss of Majority Government.

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Number of seats currently at risk:

1 Etobicoke Centre.

June 15, The Supreme Court "says it will hear the Etobicoke Centre case in an unusual summer sitting on July 10." (Conservative MP Ted Opitz won the seat by 26 votes. Liberal candidate Borys Wrzesnewskyj immediately after the Election challenged the results in Court. In May, Judge Thomas Lederer of the Ontario Superior Court found that Elections Canada officials made clerical errors at the polls. He threw out 79 votes and overturned the final result which the Conservatives then appealed. And now the news, Former Liberal MP welcomes rare July sitting for high court on election case http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5914.)

1 Del Mastro's riding of Peterborough, as explained above.


7 Robocall ridings
  • Don Valley East in Ontario, won by Conservative MP Joe Daniel by 870 votes.
  • Nipissing-Timiskaming in Ontario, won by Conservative MP Jay Aspin by 18 votes.
  • Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar in Saskatchewan, won by Conservative Kelly Block by 538 votes.
  • Vancouver Island North in B.C., won by Conservative John Duncan by 1,827 votes.
  • Winnipeg South Centre in Manitoba, won by Conservative MP Joyce Bateman by 722 votes.
  • Elmwood-Transcona in Manitoba, won by Conservative MP Lawrence Toet by 300 votes.
  • Yukon won by Conservative Ryan Leef by 132 votes.

TOTAL : 9 ridings currently at risk
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The Conservatives are doing what they can to block progress on the robocall ridings through the Courts. But the Supreme Court expedited the Etobicoke Centre case.

If TWO more ridings surface where offences were committed by Conservatives, the Harper majority could go down.

It replenishes my faith and fires my spirit to see citizens who "know something", speak up. In this Del Mastro instance, I believe that most of them are from Mississauga.

Let's hear a thundering round of applause for the defenders of Canadian values:
  • in Mississauga
  • the (literally) HUNDREDS of thousands in Quebec
  • all those thousands who worked across Canada to draw Bill C-38 to attention.
I do believe we will overcome the greedy and unscrupulous who embrace not-Canadian, not-human corporate values.
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Email from Sandra Finley
Saskatoon, SK Canada
306-373-8078

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From: The Natroses

A reader thinks it is poppycock of the winds carrying off the pollution. A 1998 paper by the
Parliamentary Research Branch ( still exists today - Harper has gotten around to cut funding, or it will be on the hit list for information only for the eyes of the cabinet)  http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-E.asp

Back to the paper: a simple explanation, without being bogged down by the science language - "
Smog, formed mainly above urban centres, is composed mainly of tropospheric ozone (O3); primary particulate matter such as pollen and dust; and secondary particulate matter such as sulphur oxides, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ammonia gas. The severity of smog in an urban area is usually assessed by measuring ground-level ozone.

Tropospheric Ozone: Sources, Composition, and Formation

T ropospheric ozone (O3) is found as a ground-level polluting gas. This paper discuses only tropospheric ozone, not to be confused with stratospheric ozone, which forms a layer around the earth, protecting it from the rays of the sun. Tropospheric ozone is produced by the action of light and the chemical bonding of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The table below identifies the main sources of smog-forming pollutants.

A s a result of heat from the rays of the sun, the concentration of ground-level ozone is highest in urban centres in the summer. Weather conditions also affect ozone formation; masses of stagnant air can hold pollutants at ground level for several days. In addition to the regions where pollution is greatest – the Windsor-Quebec corridor, southern Ontario, the Atlantic region, and the Lower Fraser Valley – , other urrban centres, such as North York, London and Oakville, two or three times a year experience pollution higher than the maximum permissible concentrations of 82 parts per billion (ppb) per hour."
http://publications.gc.ca/Collection-R/LoPBdP/modules/prb98-4-smog/maincomponents-e.htm

"I n normal concentrations, sulphur dioxide (SO2) is not toxic; however, the acid pollutants into which it is chemically changed do have negative effects on health. Sulphur dioxide is found in the atmosphere as a result of the combustion of fossil fuels, the production of electricity, and the smelting of sulphur-containing ores (see table above). Winds then carry away sulphur dioxide, sometimes over long distances. After mixing with water vapour and undergoing complex changes including oxidation, sulphur dioxide turns into sulphuric acid (H2SO4) and sulphate ions or sulphates (SO42-).(1) When these changes take place, some pollutants form acid precipitation, while others remain suspended in the air as dust or droplets. Sulphates account for a considerable proportion of all particulate matter in the air smaller than three microns (µ m).

I n Canada, almost half of sulphur dioxide is produced by the smelting of non-ferrous metals; in the United States, two thirds of sulphur dioxide is produced by thermal-electricity generating stations. Of all emissions in both countries, 80% are concentrated in the east of the continent, east of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border in Canada and east of the Mississippi River in the United States"

Rather odd, in today's DD - Stephanie McDowall speaks about Depleted Uranium, and much of it being carried off by the winds. I do indeed wonder what is in the atmosphere in the various parts of Canada, and more importantly, why the present Canadian government is not monitoring the skies. Oh yes, I have forgotten - he has already taken an axe to all government agencies that have the expertise to monitor the skies. After all, can't have the agencies reporting scientific data that directly opposes the government's stances and policies that are ultimately destroying the environment.

Or the going ons at the Rio + 20 conference - the stuff that is not being reported by the international media, that belies the noise of the politicians - all self-serving to justified their stances, at the expense of the citizens. It allows others to profit and creates the conditions for governments to stripped away our universal human rights, creating divisions within divisions and ultimately, forcing the migration of peoples by stealing the land beneath them, the water, and their ability to sustained themselves.

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 Indigenous Peoples of the world participating in Rio+20 denounce that the Green Economy and REDD+ privatize nature, sell the air we breathe and destroy the future.

Indigenous Peoples´ powerful message to the United Nations summit is eloquently conveyed in the No REDD+! in Rio+20 Declaration launched this morning by of the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD and for Life. The Alliance warns that REDD+ constitutes a worldwide land grab and gigantesque carbon offset scam.

REDD+ is an UN-promoted false solution to climate change and the pillar of the Green Economy. Officially, REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. However, Tom Goldtooth (Dakota/Dine´), Director of Indigenous Environmental Network, insists that "REDD+ really means Reaping profits from Evictions, land grabs, Deforestation and Destruction of biodiversity."

Just as Chief Seattle over a hundred years ago asked, "How can you sell the air?" Marlon Santi of the Ecuadorian Amazon, condemns carbon trading and REDD+ and asks "How can you sell Mother Earth And Father Sky?" But apparently someone is trying, as the recently inaugurated Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro (BVRio), a Brazilian stockmarket for forest carbon credits, shows.

"Not only does REDD+ corrupt the Sacred and fuel financial speculation, it also serves as greenwash for extractive industries like Shell and Rio Tinto," according to Berenice Sanchez of the Nahua People of Mexico.

The Alliance argues that REDD+ is a "new wave of colonialism." From Peru to Papua New Guinea, carbon cowboys are running amok trying to rip off native communities and grab the forests of the world, 80% of which are found in Indigenous Peoples' lands and territories."
http://indigenous4motherearthrioplus20.org/rio20-indigenous-peoples-denounce-green-economy-and-redd-as-privatization-of-nature/

Further on in the above link, "The environmental crisis is getting worse because of capitalists´ false solutions such as REDD+. The real solution to the climate crisis affecting the people of the world, especially Indigenous Peoples, is to protect Mother Earth, uphold social justice and respect the Indigenous Peoples' decisions and right to say no," said Marife Macalanda of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network.

Human rights activists like lawyer Alberto Saldamando, are also concerned about abuses by "REDD+-type projects. REDD+ threatens the very survival of Indigenous Peoples and forest-dependent communities. Indigenous Peoples and local communities are now being subjected to forced displacement and human rights abuses including violations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a result of the implementation of REDD+-type programs," according to the Secretariat of the Alliance.

As for La Via Campesina, the 300 million-strong international peasant farmers' organization rejects REDD+ which not only includes forests but agriculture and soils as well. "REDD perverts the task of growing food into farming carbon," and could cause a global "counter-agrarian reform" notes the Alliance´s declaration."

"Don't be fooled," the Alliance urges , the Green Economy and REDD+ constitute "planet grab" Rio+20 is not an Earth Summit, it is the WTO of Life."

Not only happening to Indigenous Peoples of the world, but happening to one and all according to income-social-economic  spectrum. Where the responses are - 'if you don't like it, move', are more and more common place, and yet completely ignoring the barriers that stops people from moving. The lack of social mobility, economic mobility and go where? And yet when it is brought up, the politicians and others become huffy and puffy, pure as the angel's snow ready and able, to make it the responsibility of the individuals, with convincing lures and temptations, that ultimately removes the responsibility and liabilities of the governments and big business, of their actions and behaviours.

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It's absolutely absurd to make money about saving lives. Crazy," Suzuki said, in response to comments from other panelists.

Green energy entrepreneur and inventor Sherolyn Vettese and former Yale professor and Zerofootprint founder and chief executive officer Ron Dembo both just expressed that there was a role for the economy and business to play in saving the planet.

That had Suzuki shaking his head.

"We've got to leave the corporate sector out of it. It's already driving us in the wrong direction," Suzuki said.

He called the economy a "tiny circle." Yet "we allow our decisions to be driven by the economy. It's suicidal.â"
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/06/15-4

Although all greenies, they have a valid point, the environmental policies are being driven by the economy, and is dictating the terms of what will be or what will not be, at the expense of the people.

Below a map of the oil pipelines in Canada. Kinda scary for Alberta and Saskatchewan, and especially knowing the knowledge, that the oil pipes are being eaten away from the inside out by the oil. Hence, Alberta folks can look forward to more Deer River oil spills. The big oil companies of billions of profit, are not about to replaced their "ageing" oil pipe infrastructure, and made a decision to replace parts of it when there is an oil spill. Help along by the government of the day, protecting them and giving them free reign to destroy the environment, and than turn around, giving them free reign to profit by repairing the environment, and all done with billions of "subsidies of tax dollars."
http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/economic/transportation/pm_pipelines

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When asked to explain the difference between "sustainable" and "responsible" development, the office of Environment Minister Peter Kent noted the concept of sustainable development was enshrined in Canadian laws, while it considered "responsible resource development" to be a plan to create jobs and prosperity while strengthening environmental protection for future generations.

Kent's office also noted that a new law included in the government's budget bill would "encourage" federal authorities to take action to promote sustainable development.

The expression "responsible development" ­ is also used by the Pembiina Institute, an Alberta-based environmental think-tank, as well by major oil and gas industry companies such as Imperial Oil, Nexen, Suncor and Total E&P Canada.

"We don't say the oilsands are sustainable because they are a non-renewable resource," said Nathan Lemphers, a senior policy analyst at the Pembina Institute. "Our definition of responsible is significantly different from what's proposed in the federal budget."

Read more: http://www.canada.com/business/Feds+favour+responsible+growth+oilsands+over+sustainability+Documents/6783475/story.html#ixzz1y3duxriF

More on Kent - "His stand is controversial among developing countries, and has already earned Canada a "fossil" award from environmental activists for obstructing progress.

Given the procedural nature of the talks, many countries and non-governmental organizations alike are selecting narrow topics that they hope can make some progress through the morass.

Kent will be touting his government's creation of national marine parks and pushing corporate social responsibility.

He will also be highlighting that he has changed his position on the right to water, and now agrees that people around the world should indeed all have access to safe, clean water ­ "as long as that right does not involve bulk water exports or any obligations for funding
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Corporate social responsibility - hum - and the right to water?  I wonder how this is squared with what is happening in the United States, and soon to come to a Canadian community, compliments of the Harper government.

"The mobile home park that was coveted by Aqua America lies in a floodplain next to the Susquehann¨ River. It was a story in the local newspaper that informed the residents, some of whom had lived in the mobile home park for¨ decades, that Aqua America bought the land to build a water withdrawal facility on the property. The company plans to take a billion gallons of water a year from the river and transport it to other parts of the state to be used in fracking. In the fracking process, each well uses untold millions of gallons of water. The residents, which include children and older Americans, were informed that their leases were summarily terminated and were told to leave the premises by June 1.

Residents were offered $2,500 to move -- even though some quotes from mobile home movers reportedly have placed the cost of moving the homes between $5,000 and $12,000. Additionally, it is not clear whether other mobile home parks in the area would have space available at a comparable rate. The evictions are also likely to disrupt community ties of residents and potentially require kids to change schools or school districts."
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/15-7

Corporate social responsibility, coming soon to Canada, and especially to the rural communities and does not discriminate in race, gender, or culture. The practice of sustainable systemic removal of rights of individuals, defines corporate social responsibility, to determined future profit growth and government policies.

Very soon in one corner of Canada - "
One of three companies planning a $4.5-billion liquefied natural gas terminal at Kitimat on Thursday announced an "outstanding" new shale gas discovery in British Columbia's remote and largely unexplored Liard Basin.

The find by Apache Corp. is estimated to contain enough gas in itself to justify doubling the size of the Kitimat terminal it's proposing with partners Encana Corp. and EOG Resources. The company is calling it the best and highest quality shale gas reservoir in North America, based on the volume of gas three test wells are producing."
Read more:Â http://www.canada.com/business/Apache+discovers+huge+shale+reservoir+northern/6786150/story.html#ixzz1y3nKyNSf

In the many articles announcing the BC shale gas find, no mentioned of the technology that is used to remove shale gas - fracking. It ultimately destroys the water and the local environment - but no worries the big corporations have been charged with corporate social responsibility by our governments, given them the right to destroy the local environment to profit, eviction of the local peoples, as well as any animals deemed a threat to the labour, and have given them the right - soon will be in Canada - the right to clean the polluted water, charging a premium price for reclaimed water. All done, using the taxpayers' purse to front the costs via through environmental taxes and fees. Shades of Ontario and their eco-taxes versus the rising hydro rates.

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Canada fracking creates ˜test tube" residents in B.C., Alberta"
Read more:Â http://digitaljournal.com/article/317334#ixzz1y3qeLVHG

So should I be so smug sitting in my corner of Canada, glad the residents of BC and Alberta are the test tube residents, and not where I am located, watching the demise of the fishery and forestry industry, the steady exporting of the raw resources of the fishery and forestry, and the economic genocide of the local economies and the erosion of the culture and the real sustainable practices of the 'real economy'? Or should I do as Ron and many others, fall in line with the like-minded thinking and call it progress believing the governments and the big international corporations only have the best interests of the people at their very core of their hearts?

Or like Ron had stated, and comes in many different forms and variations across the globe - "If you live in a remote area, do not expect telephones (other than maybe satellite), television, radio, corner grocery stores, department stores, decent roads, flushing toilets, or even medical facilities as a RIGHT, whether you live along James Bay or sit in a hut in the Antarctic. You either make do, wait for a time when one might expect development to reach such a remote area, or move to an area less remote that offers the things one might desire and expect to find in a more populated area. " The same thing can be said about cities, and the foolish people found in the cities, voluntarily to removed their ability to control their lives and opting for a regulation regime of fees and taxes, to facilitate new revenue streams for government levels and the subsidies for government-corporate partnerships, to received the minimum amount of services at the highest premium. And how they do howl, when they are standing in their basements, with two feet of water listening to the identical mewlings of the politicians and bureaucracy that many of a rural person has endured. I can't wait, for fracking to come to Southern Ontario and the reported shale gas discoveries, so the big consortiums can profit at the expense of the city residents, and its environment.  Sure to be some howling,  and learned to appreciate the concerns of rural citizens, that moving is not a solution. Where to, when others are so willing to practice not in my back yard - the very same attitudes that does not discriminate across the political spectrum.

" Hundreds of Greenview residents irate over hotel conversion to low-income housing
 


Calgary Drop-In Centre says many residents misunderstand project

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Greenview+community+resident+voices+concerns+during+public+meeting+Calgary+Wednesday+about/6778660/story.html#ixzz1y3zsGJBC

My response is - an image


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It left me rereading the article - how stupid - and yet how clever to upgrade the image of a shelter, and calling it a solution to affordable housing, and then make big profits off the very people who have become the victims of high real estate and rental rates, under the disguise of land shortages. Land shortages in Canada - another man-made crisis to benefit the would be developers of real estate.

So Ron, and others it has nothing to do with race, gender or culture or sexual orientation or disability and yet when people point out the problems and the hypocritical stances, the subtle individual and systemic discrimination are in full bloom for all to see. The kind of discrimination that is legal, and hard to prove in a court,  because it has nothing to do with race, gender or culture or sexual orientation or disability.

It is all about the force displacement of peoples, no matter who they are by operating on the lines of economic and political policies, that nurtures the biases and attitudes, to correct fiction and divisiveness among the individual citizens, and at the end it sets the conditions for governments and big business to profit off the misery of the citizens.

Repeat a quote of the first link - "
The real solution to the climate crisis affecting the people of the world, especially Indigenous Peoples, is to protect Mother Earth, uphold social justice and respect the Indigenous Peoples' decisions and right to say no," said Marife Macalanda of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network."

The real solution to the high real estate and rental rates, is to build high quality affordable housing, just as it was done in post-WII Canada. But that will never be on the horizon, but just the large scale shelters making profit on the victims of being priced out and no longer can afford decent housing.

By the way Ron, I can be very smug in my rural area of NL, many of a rural Albertan would be envious of the high tech, high speed access at reasonable rates and more services for their dollar. Too bad, the Harper government has stopped funding internet infrastructure, and provincial governments who did not bother to take advantage of the funding, to provide rural and remote citizens of what is now considered a basic necessity among the other basic necessities of food, water, shelter , electricity and now communication. All part of the systemic discrimination taking place, and allows the active discrimination among the individual citizens, claiming no one has the right to
"telephones (other than maybe satellite), television, radio, corner grocery stores, department stores, decent roads, flushing toilets, or even medical facilities as a RIGHT."

Ron is not alone, but more importantly he and others are voluntarily advocating for the dismantling of the rights and freedoms, in favour of a regime system, where rights are assigned according to the social-economic status of the individual or as groups, and where the government structures their economic policies based on funding 'without undue hardship'. Out goes affordable housing and in comes the purchase of F-35s jet fighters. Out goes search and rescue and in comes the corporate social responsibility policies, that facilitates in part the watered down versions of search and rescue, based on the individual's social-economic status. Shades of the MacKays' of the world, using search and rescue as their personal taxies, fettering them to and fro from one announcement to the next announcement, of the funding announcements to the national security network under the pretence of national protection, and in the backrooms, selling the nation's sovereignty to the highest bidder, at the expense of the citizens rights and freedoms.

To the point where coal miners in Spain, are - "
Spanish coal miners armed with homemade rockets and slingshots have clashed with police over the country's austerity measures.

They fired on the officers in El Entrego near Oviedo close to the mine 'El Soton' which has been hit by cutbacks in coal subsidies.

Strikes, road blockades and mine sit-ins have hit 40 pits as 8,000 workers in northern Spain continued their protests.
  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160279/Spain-debt-crisis-Coal-miners-attack-police-homemade-rockets-slingshots.html#ixzz1y4UNXqHc

Rather ironic, showing clearly the subsidies given by the big three in oil, mining and energy - "The miners are angry that a reduction in mining subsidies from 300 million euro 110 million a year will devastate their centuries-old industry.

No injuries have been reported in the latest clashes which come as it was revealed that Spain's public debt has doubled since 2008, according to the country's central bank.

As the government sought to calm fears Spain - Europe's fourth largest economy - might need a further bailout, the Bank of Spain said that as of the end of the first quarter, the combined debt of the central, regional and local governments stood at 72 percent of gross domestic product.

That's up from 65 per cent in the same quarter last year and 68.5 per cent at the end of 2011.

It's also double the 35 percent debt load that Spain had in early 2008, when the country's financial woes began with the bursting of a real estate bubble that had fueled years of growth."


One can only imagine in Canada - where the subsidies have been removed in the fishery and forestry - and it has led to the destruction of local economies, their ability to have sustainable communities and more importantly the big guys to further consolidate the global resources with the generous help of governments to craft policy by limiting the rights and freedoms based on the social-economic status of individuals and/or groups of people.

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Tyranny, the arbitrary exercise of power by a government, usually pads up behind you in stockinged feet. It has to. In a democracy, stealth is the only way it can succeed.

But in Canada these days, it pokes you in the chest with an index finger while shoving you backwards with the other hand. As it turns out, Blaise Pascal might have been right: mankind can get used to anything, including the breathless loss of democratic freedoms when the usurping party masquerades as strong, competent government. Six years in to Harper rule, blue eyes and mascara apparently have everyone taking a few steps backwards.
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http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/13/michael-harris-ten-things-stephen-harper-hopes-you-forget-by-2015/


Not only in Canada, but across the globe................
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal

"Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
Blaise Pascal  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/blaise_pascal.html#HbVzYymciWA4qKYP.99


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