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Daily Digest July 19, 2012 030


TWO WEEKS IN MUSKOKA

This is the last Digest you will receive until we return from our yearly two weeks away from computers at a cottage near Windermere in Muskoka.

Aase and I play cribbage and scrabble at the table in the cottage when not visiting stores and bakeries we've found in nearby towns. Aase enjoys going to the beach and swimming most days.  I accompany her but have with me what my time is dedicated to, reading science fiction novels.

Whilst away no newspapers are read, TV watched or radios listened to - it's a complete change from being continually on top of daily happenings .

Not much will likely change while we're gone - but please post any thoughts you have on what does so there can be resources a first rate BELOW (30) when I return.

        Joe

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OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA

Election results challenge to go ahead in Federal Court
The Federal Court is letting a challenge proceed regarding the 2011 election results
in seven ridings across the country.
MORE...

Justin Trudeau: At 40, is he too young to lead the Liberals?
Greens' influence grows Ottawa can't ignore recommendations in spending-oversight report

Court backs Harper on Kyoto
Canadian wealth gains have more to do with soaring dollar than 'socialism'

There are no easy solutions to gun crime
Defence spending in Canada: Booby traps - Problems for a much-vaunted modernisation

Center for American Progress: Think Again: Our Broken Political System
Harper can't be shielded from facing defamation suit: Guergis's lawyer

Grit MPs Dion, Cotler plan to challenge 'arbitrary' riding boundary changes, Tory MP Gourde 'surprised' his riding split in two
Rae's 'exit honeymoon' boosts Liberals in Quebec in latest Nanos poll

NDP popularity dips slightly in new poll
Is Bob Rae the Captain Kirk of politics?

Senate energy committee backs sending western oil east
Senators see urgent need for national energy policy

Atleo toughens stand with Ottawa on resource development
Baird supports Israel's right to fight back after bomb attack

Campaign event mimicking funding announcement raises questions about rules.
Canadian government's foot-dragging in Omar Khadr transfer 'unprecedented'

Duncan admits Liberals cancelled Ontario gas plant when behind in polls
B.C. Green Liberal Caucus tries to wield its influence in leadership races

Vancouver theatre groups take on Harper
Laureen Harper: Hard work will overcome any of your shortfalls

Ottawa eyes plan to loosen DND's grip on military procurement
Army colonel sues Defence Department for defamation

Military looking to hire a coffee commando
Canada moves to deport ex-bodyguard to Gadhafi son

Atleo's victory a sign national chiefs want to work with Ottawa
AFN leader Shawn Atleo told to get tough with Ottawa

Ford calls on Ottawa, Queen's Park to help Toronto combat gangs
Iranian diplomat's removal from Ottawa embassy questioned

Opposition parties gearing up to take down Charest's Liberals
Oh Ezra Levant, pride of the west, where did it all go wrong?

Canadian ambassador touts energy independence, warns against 'petro dictators'
Federal minister says scathing U.S. report won't change mind on Northern Gateway

Softwood-lumber victory unlikely to halt conflict between Canada and U.S.
Redford in Ontario to meet with McGuinty

Private B.C. hospital told to stop extra billing
Documents raise questions about B.C. Liberals' change of course on privatizing liquor board

B.C. seeks to wipe out HIV/AIDS with new campaign
Nudists feeling burned by Metro Vancouver's lack of official 'clothing-optional' beaches

Man charged in connection with Scarborough block party shooting
Man found dead in schoolyard linked to deadly BBQ: Source

Mayor Ford wants to force all convicted gun criminals out of Toronto
Ayn Rand's Weird Creed No Longer a Joke d Kilian

Where's the Minimum Wage Review, Premier Clark
Transit Geeks Rejoice! Jeff Mangum's Coming to Town

'Contradictory' ethics rulings on Clement, Paradis and Guergis: Democracy Watch
Conflict of interest concerns cause Whistler Tourism shakeup

Harper's lawyers attack former cabinet minister's defamation suit

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Mass Protests Against Mexican Election Results
In the Shadow of Ronald Reagan

India seeks action over UAE boat shooting
India mourns passing of legend Dara Singh

India to roll out 'drugs for all' plan
Dozens killed by floods in northeast India

Thousands flee floods in India's Assam state
Deaths in India steel plant blast

Divorce Scuttles Shotgun Likud/Kadima Wedding
The Care Less Party

Worldwide opposition to the next war against Iran
Opposing Imperialism Isn't Isolationism

Immigration, Racism, and the Supreme Court
Nationalism vs. Capitalism: Guess Which One Wins?

Microsoft reports first-ever loss
UK border staff set to strike before Olympics

Assad emerges after attack as thousands of Syrians flee
Russia, China veto UN resolutions for Syria sanctions

South Korea Offers Marine Technology to Developing Nations
Great Barrier Reef at a Crossroads

Q&A: Transforming the Way the Global Environment is Managed
Faly Planning Essential for Development

Will Austerity Prompt Nuclear Disarmament?
The Bicycle Revolution in Paris, Five Years Later

New Waste-to-Energy Facility Helps Barbados Toward Greener Economy
Look to Developing World for Solutions, Says New World Bank Chief

East Africa's Financial Integration Slow off the Starting Blocks
  Poverty Drives Child Labour



Massive iceberg breaks off Greenland glacier
Russian Muslim leaders attacked in Tatarstan

UK police charge three for 'terror training'
Iran denies Israeli claims on Bulgaria attack

Suicide bombers of the world, unite

Scientists Genetically Modify Bacteria in Mosquitoes for 'Malaria Control'

Olympiad Readiness: Militarized London Total Policing
ICRC Supports Imperialism for Profit

Virus Named After Islamic Messiah Found in Iranian and Israeli Systems
Very Real Danger of Collapse: "Could Be So Severe I Don't Think Our Civilization Could Survive It"

The Lesser of Two Evils: It's All Relative
Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal

Scientists Genetically Modify Bacteria in Mosquitoes for 'Malaria Control'
National Security Threat: Obama's Birth Certificate Proven Fraudulent

HIV Vaccine: Experiment to Re-engineer the Human Immune System
Gates Funded Solar Geoengineering Causing Global Warming Effects

Climate Change Science Nukes the Atmosphere to Measure CO2
11 International Agreements That Are Nails In The Coffin Of The Petrodollar

Global Corporations Don't Give a Damn
READ MORE
FOCUS: Noam Chomsky | The Shredding of Our Fundamental Rights READ MORE

Oil Man and the Sea: Coming Home to do Battle for BC's Coast Read more...
Corruption Saps US Power: Sweltering in the Dark Read more...

Ending the Occupation of Palestine: Levy Declares Occupation Not Occupation Read more...
Taking on Kinder Morgan a Frame at a Time Read more...

Resistance to Salmon Farm Expansion in Clayoquot Sound Growing Read more...
LIBOR Rate-Fixers Face Suit in Baltimore and Other Cities Read more...

Nuns Gone Wild: What the Vatican Fears from the LCWR Read more...

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JEUDI 19 JUILLET 2012
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LES NOUVELLES D'AUJOURD'HUI

19h47 - Mère indigne · Condamnée à 54 mois de prison pour viol par complicité
        L'accusée a été condamnée, l'an passé, à 21 mois de prison pour avoir abusé de cette même fille et pour l'avoir battue  dans les années 1960, 1970 et 1980. Agence QMI Jeu
19h24 - Matières dangereuses · Québec serre la vis aux entreprises
        Quatre nouvelles catégories de produits, jugés nocifs pour l'environnement font désormais partie du Règlement sur la    récupération par les entreprises québécoises.  Agence QMI Jeu
19h15 - WikiLeaks · Important revers pour la défense de Bradley Manning
        La défense de Bradley Manning a essuyé un revers important avec la décision d'un juge de lui interdire de présenter des         éléments destinés à montrer que ses actions n'ont pas porté de grave préjudice aux États-Unis. AFP Jeu
17h51 - Rivière-des-Prairies · De nouveaux ossements trouvés
        De nouveaux ossements ont été trouvés, jeudi, sur les berges de la rivière des Prairies, dans l'Est de Montréal, tout près      de l'endroit où un marcheur avait découvert la veille ce qui ressemblait étrangement à des ossements humains.
17h38 - Loi 78 · Atteinte à des libertés fondamentales, tranche la Commission
        L'analyse détaillée de la Loi confirme les sérieuses inquiétudes que la Commission avait émises le 18 mai dernier lors de       son adoption. Agence QMI Jeu
15h43 - Fusillade de lundi soir à Toronto · Un suspect est arrêté
        La police de Toronto a arrêté un homme âgé de 19 ans en lien avec la fusillade de lundi soir. Agence QMI Jeu
15h09 - Parc Jean-Drapeau · L'enfant est toujours dans un état critique mais stable
        Les prochaines heures seront cruciales pour le garçon de 5 ans retrouvé inconscient dans l'eau à la plage du parc Jean- Drapeau, à Montréal. Agence QMI Jeu
10h00 - Autoroute 20 Est · Un accident de la route fait un mort
        Un automobiliste est décédé tôt jeudi matin après avoir pris l'autoroute 20 Est en sens inverse, près de Drummondville,         dans le Centre-du-Québec. Agence QMI Jeu
09h37 - Pour complicité de meurtres · Ben Ali condamné à perpétuité
        Le président tunisien déchu Zine El Abidine Ben Ali a été condamné par contumace à la prison à perpétuité pour complicité       de meurtres de 43 manifestants durant le soulèvement populaire qui a fini par le renverser. AFP Jeu
09h29 - Changements climatiques · Un iceberg géant se détache d'un glacier du Groenland
        Un immense bloc de glace de deux fois la superficie de Paris ou Manhattan s'est détaché d'un glacier du         Groenland. AFP Jeu
04h57 - Radio-Canada · Accusée de s'éloigner de sa mission
        La férocité de la concurrence en télévision est exacerbée par la force grandissante du web. Agence QMI Jeu
04h31 - Cour suprême · Cathie Gauthier demande un nouveau procès
        La mère de famille de 38 ans a été reconnue coupable du meurtre prémédité de ses trois enfants. Agence QMI Jeu
03h25 - Mafia · Protection défaillante
        Avant d'être tué, en novembre 2005, Frank Nucci avait demandé la protection de Tony Mucci. JDM Jeu
03h20 - Frais · Cartes de crédit rapaces
        Les commerçants paient 5 milliards $ par année en frais cachés. JDM Jeu
03h16 - Délinquant sexuel attaqué · La mère de Jolène Riendeau accusée
        La mère de Jolène Riendeau, Dolorès Soucy, avait asséné un violent coup de poing à la tête de Robert Laramé, le 4 juin  dernier, au palais de justice de Montréal. JDM Jeu
03h10 - Aînés · Des lacunes soulevées
        La protectrice du citoyen estime que le projet de règlement ne va pas assez loin. JDM Jeu
02h46 - Police · Une escouade plus mordante
        Créée pour la surveillance des festivals, la brigade urbaine 2012 du SPVM s'est adaptée au conflit étudiant. JDM Jeu
02h32 - Petites annonces · Mariage cherche futurs époux pour la noce...
        Un couple de la région de Montréal devait convoler le 28 juillet prochain. Mais leur noce est dorénavant offerte sur le site    de petites annonces Kijiji.  JDM Jeu

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Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <impolitic@rogers.com>
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New Quebec ridings lose Liberal Prime Minister's names

Posted: 18 Jul 2012 01:19 PM PDT
James Morton notes today that in the proposed new Quebec ridings, the names of two former Liberal Prime Ministers have been dropped: Laurier and Louis Saint-Laurent.

Here is the list of proposed new boundaries and riding names. There is not an easy cross-referencing of the old and new ridings, it appears you just have to scroll through the lists. But if you look at the proposed list and then back at the existing list, you can easily see that Laurier-Sainte Marie and Louis Saint-Laurent are indeed gone as named ridings.

New riding names that are apparently warranted according to the persons in charge of name picking: Gilles Villeneuve and Maurice-Richard.

There are public hearings in the fall on these proposals. Perhaps there might be some historical sense injected into them?

It is worth asking, what exactly are the criteria that are being applied here when it comes to the name choices? And do such choices signify that other choices are being affected by perhaps political considerations?

More at the Gazette.
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Toews' comments on mandatory minimums

Posted: 18 Jul 2012 03:04 AM PDT
In the wake of the Toronto shootings on Monday night, Vic Toews took the opportunity to criticize the courts for rejecting his government's mandatory minimum sentences of late:
Mr. Toews said Tuesday, during an interview on Golden West Radio, which operates a number of stations across the prairies, that he is concerned about the courts rejecting minimum sentences, especially given the problem of guns smuggled in from the United States.

It's worth asking then, just what kind of concern and care his government has demonstrated in order to enact those mandatory minimum sentences. If you look at the recent Smickle case, in which a three year mandatory minimum sentence for illegal possession of a loaded firearm was struck down, the kind of dedication to careful governing the Harper Conservatives embody is evident.

Here is the upshot of the arbitrary legislative situation they created in 2008. If the Crown proceeds by way of summary conviction on the offence, there's a maximum sentence of one year. If the Crown proceeds by way of indictment, the minimum sentence is three years. As the judge points out then, there is a gap that is created. There are no sentences permitted in the 1 to 3 year range:

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And here's Justice Molloy's review of the legislative history of the provisions in question, with emphasis added throughout. There used to be no gap in the legislation. Now there is a gap and nothing was offered by the governing Conservatives to explain why that change was made:
(ii) Legislative history
[29] The existing scheme came into force on May 1, 2008.3 Prior to its enactment, the s. 95 offence of possession of a loaded restricted firearm existed, but with different penalties. This offence was first added to the Criminal Code in 1995, but did not come into force until December 1, 1998.4 Before 1998, simple possession of such a firearm was an offence and a trial judge could consider the fact that the weapon was loaded to be an aggravating circumstance on sentencing, but there was no separate offence of possession of a loaded firearm. The 1998 amendment also created a hybrid offence for possession of a loaded weapon, but without a gap in the sentencing options between the two forms of the offence. The maximum sentence for a summary conviction offence was one year and there was no min- imum (which provision remains unchanged in the current scheme). However, where the Crown proceeded by indictment, the 1998 legislative changes provided for a minimum sentence of one year and a maximum of ten years. Thus, the minimum sentence for the indictable offence picked up where the maximum sentence for the summary conviction offence left off, providing a full range of sentencing options between the two modes of the offence.
[30] The principal change in 2008 was to increase the previous minimum sentence for the indictable offence from one year to three years for a first offence. This change was initially intro- duced in s. 7 of Bill C-10, which received first reading in the House of Commons on May 4, 2006, followed by second reading and referral to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on June 13, 2006. On February 21, 2007, after studying the proposed amendment and hearing from a broad range of experts, the Standing Committee recommended that s. 7 be deleted from the bill. When the bill came back before the House, that recommendation was not accepted. However, before final enactment, the prime minister prorogued Parliament and Bill C-10 died on the order paper before becoming law.
[31] The same proposed amendments were re-introduced in Bill C-2, which was presented to the Legislative Committee as a confidence measure in 2007. It passed third reading on Novem- ber 28, 2007, received royal assent on February 8, 2008, and with that, the Tackling Violent Crime Act came into force on May 1, 2008.
[32] There appears to have been no consideration at any stage of this process as to the rationale for, or even the implications of, the two-year gap in the sentences available as between the summary conviction and indictment regimes. As was stated by Code J. in Nur, at para. 128:
There is nothing in the record of proceedings before Parliament to indicate that this two year "gap" was the result of some advertent decision or some rational policy, as opposed to mere oversight.

If they want their legislation to withstand constitutional scrutiny, they should perhaps listen and amend their legislation when a parliamentary committee recommends that it be done. See paragraph 30 above.

Alternatively, they might provide a rationale that a court might refer to in order to see what the legislative intent was. The courts were looking here, see paragraph 32, and they found nothing. During all the time these provisions were kicked around Parliament, through a prorogation, as part of a confidence measure, etc. They didn't help themselves.

Not that such actions would necessarily save these mandatory minimums from being struck down. The provisions are still analyzed by the courts in terms of whether they constitute cruel and unusual punishment, as prohibited by the Charter.

The overall point is that if Toews is going to profess to be concerned with courts striking down their mandatory minimums, they're not really doing the work to live up to their end of the bargain.

They should be considering more resources for the underlying causes of gun violence in any event.

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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: They used to say long ago

Joe
IN earlier days, in better days maybe,
When someone was spouting things like CBC, or UIC or" Relief ", now of course SS. social services.God hates the latter . Why ,it questions his charitable Character, we may want to look after each other with tax dollars???God forbid, Heaven Forbid, don't squeeze Him out.. When it went any farther in abbreviations people got confused. When another abbreviation's were added, one was truly lost. He used to say ,,jeez, my head`s goin' aroun' like the scum on a piss pot".

Just watch today's "Business News",you think we, as "average citizens", not pushing stocks or politics, just trying to keep enough bread money coming in, till we die ,or to feed our children .Oh my the abbreviations that must be suffered through.

We have to be relying on something other than raw intelligence, or Jesus Christ. Oh yes ,by the way, his death was demanded,according to , "the holey bible", by the Money Changers of the day. Not some desperate father who was killing his beloved son. . For What Again???? Refresh me on that please.

Ray Strachan

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From: John Duddy
Subject: Fwd: Daily Digest July 18, 2012 007
To: Prime Minister/Premier Ministre <pm@pm.gc.ca>

Dear Prime Minister. (and some politicians)

Please scroll down half way and read articles about the events of 9/11, 2001.

Please have your staff research this important information.

You must know by now that the "War on Terror" is based on a falsehood.

Thanks Joe Hueglin for letting real Conservatives read this information.

Too bad, mainstream media are covering it up. Shame.

John Duddy. Calgary Centre.

Date: July 19, 2012 2:45:52 AM MDT
To: CANADIAN DAILY DIGEST <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca >
Subject: Daily Digest July 18, 2012 007


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: more killing and lies from israel

I have stated time and time again that israel never changes its actions.  These young israelis were used as cannon fodder by israel so they could justify their coming attack on Iran.  The warned israelis before they attacked the WTC on 9/11 but they needed israelis dead to further their cause this time.  They are the biggest evil ever to infest the planet.
Becky

Israel Accuses Iran In Bulgarian Bus Bombing
Netanyahu vows Israeli response 'will be powerful'
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/18-4

- Common Dreams staff
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday blamed Iran for a bomb blast which killed at least six Israeli tourists in the Bulgarian resort of Burgas. The Israeli response, Netanyahu promised, will be powerful.
"All the signs lead to Iran. Only in the past few months we have seen Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other places," Netanyahu said in a statement.
"Eighteen years exactly after the blast at the Jewish community center in Argentina, murderous Iranian terror continues to hit innocent people. This is an Iranian terror attack that is spreading throughout the entire world. Israel will react powerfully against Iranian terror," he said.
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Subject: nice of israel to point out the anniversary correlation. Who on the
 planet even connects the two except the ones that did both?

Continued vigilance necessary in all Jewish communities
Terrorist attack against Israelis timed to coincide with AMIA bombing, says Jewish community
http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48155
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Subject: they have all our money now they want our bodies?
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/human-corpses-harvested-in-multimilliondollar-trade-20120717-2278v.html
Human corpses harvested in multimillion-dollar trade
A grisly trade in human body parts leaves relatives grieving and some recipients at risk of life-threatening disease.

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Recycling Corpses is Big Business
http://www.icij.org/blog/2012/07/recycling-corpses-big-
Distributors of the merchandise can be found in the European Union, China, Canada, Thailand, India, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Some are subsidiaries of billion-dollar multinational medical corporations.
ICIJ's eight-month, 11-country investigation found patients aren't always told that the product they are getting originated from a corpse. This leads to an even more complex issue – how does the industry source the raw material it uses for its products?...

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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: Harper

All the thoughts are very good and suggest to keep fighting, but who do you fight if the bureaucrats do not forward
the messages, there is no data that any massage to politicians s is received by that person, the bureaucratic
empire will make sure of that, even as the WEST will keep fighting the Harper governments so pre-occupied with
Quebec that one should ask wonder if he still knows English. The 14% of the Canadian population has a 50% VOICE
in politics. With all the military power located in Quebec

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From: The Natroses
Submarines + citizenship + sun-flu viruspart three


Submarines and citizenship policies is what lies underneath the surface, and the tools that are used to controlled and governed people of a nation from the beginning of time when human beings started to form communities for protection and progress. But what are the processes, the mechanisms, the catalysts that fuels the tools to manipulate the citizens? Something, that I have been thinking about for a long time, trying to understand the frightening changes taking place in the 21st century. The absence of logic, truth, and character has been replaced with anti-logic, anti-truth and anti-character. Where truth now becomes a neutral value – a value of there is no truth, except for what the individual values as the truth. Relativism in all its forms, a nasty philosophy since the days of Greece where the political and economical forces have used to advance their own agendas, regardless of the damage and turmoil.

" Friedrich Nietzsche believed that we have to assess the value of our values since values are relative to one's goals and one's self. He emphasized the need to analyze our moral values and how much impact they may have on us. The problem with morality, according to Nietzsche, is that those who were considered "good" were the powerful nobles who had more education, and considered themselves better than anyone below their rank. Thus, what is considered good is relative. A "good man" is not questioned on whether or not there is a "bad", such as temptations, lingering inside him and he is considered to be more important than a man who is considered "bad" who is considered useless to making the human race better because of the morals we have subjected ourselves to. But since what is considered good and bad is relative, the importance and value we place on them should also be relative. He proposed that morality itself could be a danger. [8] Nietzsche believed that morals should be constructed actively, making them relative to who we are and what we, as individuals, consider to be true, equal, good and bad, etc. instead of reacting to moral laws made by a certain group of individuals in power. [9]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_relativism

If one reads Nietzsche, he does bring out as do other philosophies across time the trouble with the ruling political and economical powers, and their moral superiority to others beneath them. In today's world, the 21st century one can certainly see the political and economical forces all being above the law of the land, by just reading and watching the media. The main criticism of moral relativism, "Relativism has a bad name, deservedly, because relativist theories can often be used to justify nearly any kind of behavior. This makes relativism a kind of anti-ethics; rather than being a guide to behavior it simply marks everything, or nearly everything, with a stamp of approval. At least this is true of what is usually described as relativism." http://onphilosophy.wordpress.com/2007/06/18/kinds-of-relativism/

In a paper, what relativism denies - "Universalism or the position that there could and should be universal agreement on matters of truth, goodness, beauty, meaningfulness, etc

(b) Objectivism or the position that cognitive, ethical and aesthetic norms and

values, such as truth, goodness and beauty are mind-independent.

(c) Monism or the view that, in any given area or on any given topic, there can be

no more than one correct opinion, judgement, or norm."

http://www.ucd.ie/philosophy/staff/mariabaghramian/Many%20Faces%20of%20Relativism.pdf

A book - "
One of the most puzzling problems of our time is society's changing attitude toward truth and lying. Are we experiencing the breaking down of our moral values as many ethicists claim or are we confronted with a new moral paradigm? Serban explores the new moral relativism within the context of the unprecedented social-political and technological advances of the last decades. With the classical values under siege, a new concept of right and wrong has emerged based on a blurred distinction between truth and falsehood. Many forms of lying are considered subjective truth. Political correctness and spinning are part of the social interaction promoted by lawyers, politicians, activist judges, media, among others. <p>Serban documents that man, in the process of pursuing his goals, tends to manipulate others. Adapting through deception, particularly in crisis, is part of our animal heritage. Our thought processes, protective of our emotions and self-image, are perfectly adapted for the task of lying. Historically, people have always lied, regardless of social-moral restraints and legal prohibitions. Man--to successfully compete in this rapidly changing world full of conflicts, duplicity, and half-truths--either have to learn the new rules of self-protection in the social game of manipulative interaction or become losers. Psychiatrists, sociologists, psychologists, social workers, legal professionals, all other students of human behavior and also general readers interested in understanding the dynamic of social deception will find the work of particular value."

http://books.google.ca/books/about/Lying.html?id=KDAMAAAAYAAJ&redir_esc=y

The above quote, is what I would considered the 21st century moral relativism. And it certainly shows itself in every aspect of the political and economical worlds, and where the citizens are under sieged protecting themselves from becoming victims of the political and economic forces that holds all the power.

Moral relativism is hypocrisy. "Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.
[1] Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. [1]

Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches. Samuel Johnson made this point when he wrote about the misuse of the charge of "hypocrisy" inRambler No. 14:
Nothing is more unjust, however common, than to charge with hypocrisy him that expresses zeal for those virtues which he neglects to practice; since he may be sincerely convinced of the advantages of conquering his passions, without having yet obtained the victory, as a man may be confident of the advantages of a voyage, or a journey, without having courage or industry to undertake it, and may honestly recommend to others, those attempts which he neglects himself. [2] "
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypocrisy
moral relativism = the sun-flu virus
hypocrisy

The sun being an universal symbol, since the dawn of time, and has been used since ancient times by the political and economic forces to justified their actions, no matter the hypocrisy and the negative outcomes of their citizens. The 21st symbols are no different than the ones used in ancient times, but the Romans or the Hitlers' or the Lenins' would have felt at home in 2012, in any part of the world. More so in the so-called democratic countries that pretend to be democratic.
Two articles came across my desk today, that fully displays the sun-flu virus.

'Beware 'the new hypocrite'

In a 2010 interview, Gushee, a brilliant and passionate Christian, detailed the basic tenets of "evangelical climate skepticism." He said there were seven main points and argued that they had poisoned the Republican Party. These tenets not only explain startling developments in Canada but should raise the hair on the neck of every thinking citizen regardless of their faith:

1. Disdain for the environmental movement

2. Distrust of mainstream science in general

3. Distrust of the mainstream media

4. Loyalty to the party

5. Libertarian economics as God's will (God is opposed to government regulation or taxation

6. Misunderstanding of divine sovereignty (God won't allow us to ruin creation)

7. Unreconstructed Dominion theology (God calls on humans to subdue and rule creation)

In the end of the interview, Gushee summarized the purpose of this new evangelical Republicanism: "God is sovereign over creation and therefore humans can do no permanent damage... God established government for limited purposes and government should not intervene much in the workings of a free market economy... The media is overplaying climate change worries... The environmental movement is secular/pagan and has always been a threat to American liberties...

"Nice worldview, huh? I disagree with just about every word of it."

But that Republican religious tribalism is now Ottawa's worldview."

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/03/26/Harper-Evangelical-Mission/

To add a few more links, that I have been researching will certainly see why Canada and other nations are in a time warp going back to the cave men. Oops, I have forgotten this bunch who is in control of the political and economic powers don't believe in cave men. Come to think about it, cave men and other truths such as the laws of nature or physics are what they like to avoid because it exposes their hypocrisy and anti-stances especially their beliefs in magical thinking. They conveniently omit the radical evangelical republicanism is exactly what God abhors reading from the religious literature. In their world, the meek will not inherit the earth, and in 2012, the Harper government is doing everything in their power to prevent the meek from inherited the earth. Only the powerful of the political and economic forces will inherit the earth.

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So much for the Conservatives' interest in studying the environment. But the decision that most clearly displays the Conservatives' lack of interest in engaging in the judicious study of discernible reality has to be the elimination of the long form census. This single decision will make it difficult or impossible to study thousands of aspects of our natural and human environments, from the economy to health care to municipal design.

Indeed, the Conservatives' systematic program of hiding, distorting and eliminating the evidence makes it difficult for anyone to study reality. And as long as people can't study it – as long as they can't detail how the environment is affected by various activities, or how government policies affect people's health ­ the Conservatives are free to create whatever reality they prefer, while we are doomed to live in it."

Read more:
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Hume+Citizen+Marsh+calculates+odds+Northern+Gateway+spill/6933149/story.html#ixzz216TSJRhp


The first paragraph of the above link – should give one and all pause to reflect the deeper meanings and how it relates today in 2012. One doesn't have to go far, or read heavy tomes of dense text. "
The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who believe 'solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works any more,' he continued. 'We're an empire now and when we act, we create our own reality.'"


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Hume+Citizen+Marsh+calculates+odds+Northern+Gateway+spill/6933149/story.html#ixzz216U2xJlo

The second article that caught my eye that presents and displays the sun-flu virus in all its glory, and reminds me of the same tactics that the British crown had up its sleeves trying to maintained their grip in North America.

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T he door is open much wider for temporary foreign workers in six construction jobs, and tradesmen from the U.S. can now pick up work permits at the airport, the federal immigration minister announced Monday.

But organized labour is worried Canadians may be left out if companies are no longer required to consider them first in six job categories.

At Alberta's request, the federal government has agreed to eliminate the requirement that an employer must prove that Canadians were not available (called a labour market opinion) in six job categories ­ have been coming for a year without a requirement for the LMO.

These are high-demand occupations and employers need to be able to recruit workers much faster to meet growing demand in the oilsands and in Edmonton, where the unemployment rate is 4.4 per cent, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said.

Once inside the province, temporary workers will now be able to take jobs with other employers when their first contracts are over, Kenney said. Previously, foreign workers could not change employers.

Kenney said he had no concerns about eliminating the requirement for the LMO, a document outlining evidence of a shortage in a particular category of worker and proof the employer had advertised in Canada for workers but got no response.

Kenney stressed he would rely on the provincial government to keep an eye on trends in construction employment to determine if the shortage turns into an oversupply of labour in those categories.

Kenney said he doesn't think the federal government will be "so keen" to open the doors that wide in other areas, including for unskilled temporary foreign workers."

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/business/story.html?id=6943147

Things have not change much since the days of the colonies in North America. The economic and political powers still see North America as the means to enriched themselves and engorge themselves on power for the sake of power, at the expense of the people. In one historical account, " Apparently Britain did not state the reason why it kept the colonies. So, Britain proclaimed its true purpose of colonization in the subtle Declaratory Act of 1766, which stated that colonial America was subordinate and existed to serve the mercantilist policies of the parent country.

Now that Britain declared its true purpose of colonization, it started to take bolder decisions and changes to the colonies. The colonists had little excuse to oppose Parliament's decisions, and their claims of injustice and exploitation lost any existing strength. One of the bold decisions Britain made was the Quartering Act of 1765, which declared that British soldiers had the right to shelter and supplies anywhere in the colonies. Although the colonies saw this as exploitation, concealed taxation, and interruption of privacy, this was merely a way of economizing the costs of maintaining the sovereignty over the colonies."

http://valkyrian.tripod.com/essays/gmt11e.html

The old conquered and divide based on the social-economic status of their citizens, using healthy doses of moral relativism and hypocrisy to make the British ruthlessness go down better or should it moral superiority complex? I suppose it should be the latter, if one cares to comb the history files of Canada, and what the settlers and provinces had to endure. To which much of it has been taken out of the history books, in fear of find out the Canadian settlers had their own thoughts of governing, philosophies of life, and other values that were quite anti-British. And heavens for bid, if Canadians of the 21st
century read about the exploits of Louis Riel or William Lyon Mackenzie. The true history accounts and not the slop that is served in the grade schools of social studies. http://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/divisions/kindergarten_g12/Social%20Studies%20Gr_5-6/Grade%205_People%20and%20Stories%20of%20Canada%20to%201867/Grade%205_People_Ch12.pdf

Rather refreshing to run across this little historical ditty, and still is a problem in PEI. "However, most landlords were slow to put this system into place and a great deal of this land still sat vacant by the 1770s. What's more, once a land title had been granted, the British government couldn't easily enforce what that land was to be used for.

This was a particularly thorny issue in Prince Edward Island (PEI), where these landlords were able to trick several hundred Loyalists into settling there. These settlers were usually either
Scottish or Irish .

Island landlords promised settlers plots of land for settlement, provided they cleared the land and then build roads and buildings. However, these landlords never intended to keep their promise. They just wanted settlers to do all the hard work for them for free.

This problem wouldn't be solved until 1873, the year when Prince Edward Island joined Confederation.

At that point, the new province followed the recommendation of the Land Commission of 1860 and enacted the
Tenants' Compensation Act, 1872. This allowed compensation to be made available to anyone who could prove their Loyalists ancestors had been tricked by absentee landlords."

http://www.canadiana.ca/citm/themes/pioneers/pioneers4_e.html

Much admired trickery of the British political and economic forces who only saw North America as their personal fiefdom and personal piggy bank. As I said things have not change, and an argument could be made that Harper and his gang of merry thieves are copying the old tactics of the British empire, that held their empire together until the ordinary citizens finally got fed up being treated as second-classed citizens to the mercantilist policies of Britian. Throw in the political chicanery of Republican ideologies, with healthy doses of that magical not in reality evangelical religious fervour, the recipe for divisions within divisions of the peoples of Canada.

And so the government of Canada, is allowing a free-for-all of the invitation of all Americans who worked under the trades of welder, ironworker, carpenter, estimator, millwright, heavy duty equipment mechanic and pipefitters, to come up to Canada. Would any red-blooded American worker of the trades feel the same way if the American government did the same as the Canadian government? Not the ones that I know, and they be marching to the White House, telling the government where they can put their little policy to where the sun don't shine.

Nor do I think that Americans are willing to work for wages of 15 percent lower than the going wages in Canada? What about the Canadian tradespeople? Are you guys so downtrodden and weary, that no one across Canada are ready to picked up their tools and tell the Canadian government of what they can do with the new labour policies of the government that pretends to be Conservatives but are really wolves of the old merchant mentality of the British colony era. Ready and able to exploit at the very expense of the working blue-collared crowd. And that brings the question do the foreign workers have the identical qualifications and papers as the Canadians have?

No, and probably not, but I leave that in your hands to figure it out, because history has shown that in the labour files. The same historical labour files that are presently being revised to show a decidedly flavour of workers bowing down to the wisdom of the Canadian economic and political masters. In other words, no backbone to speak of. If not for yourselves, at least do it to honour the men and women (mostly men) in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who fought hard for decent wages and working conditions in what is often dangerous work. At the very least, one would think a Canadian worker would like to work side by side who have common Canadian values that stretches backs to the earliest settlements of the 1600s and 1700s in Canada. Yet, I can't help the image that arises of an American tradesperson who is demanding to be treated first, simply because they are an American citizen, with constitutional rights that extends beyond the borders of the United States of America. The same type of boldness found in the War of 1812, and the audacity of the American invaders. Remember the history, and one would pause not to repeat it once again. Canadian governments no matter what stripe since 1867, have at every opportunity to wage war with their citizens in insidious ways that eats at the souls of what Canadians hold in high esteem. Values based on true premises and not the false premises of pseudo-constructs that pretends to be innocent without a hint of private agendas.

To end, the sun-flu virus has also brought a disturbing trend, making allegations without the supporting evidence. Many of a good person have went to the work (slave) camps and all done on the basis of oral allegations and in return the person making the allegation receives a promotion or a favour. " But Ouellette's subordinates alleged in emails sent to the Defence Department that there was "only one bed in the room," that Ouellette was seen "with lipstick on his mouth in the middle of the working day," and that Ouellette and Merlaku were "seen walking together hand in hand." http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/07/19/pol-haiti-commander-ouellette-sues-national-defence-for-defamation.html

Soon, that disturbing trend will make an appearance in the everyday lives of Canadians, and if we are not careful, it may be too late to do anything about it when the trend becomes institutionalized and part of normal everyday practices. Who needs to make the country secure, when citizens are only so willing to do the job for governments and in return the right to curried favour for themselves. Germany and the old USSR went through that one, and history is not kind to the citizens, but it was certainly a boom to the political and economic forces of Germany and the USSR. Just asked yourself – who benefits in the long-term?

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