Sunday, September 23, 2012

Daily Digest September 20-22, 2012


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA

Feds studying private prisons as way to save money
The Harper government has been quietly studying private prisons in other countries
as possible model to save money in federal penitentiaries, CTV News has learned.
MORE...

Harper, Mulcair gutless as maple leaf banned in Quebec
 Who said this?:
"The national flag of Canada is a symbol of honour, pride and Canadian identity."
MORE...

The parrot is not just resting
Not all carbon-pricing schemes are equal
Too much rhetoric, not enough facts in the carbon tax debate
Salary freeze should accompany pension reform for MPs
MPs' bad arguments carry the day
Peter Lougheed, dean of Canada's modern provincial rights movement
Senate reform: Court could bring clarity
Proof of CBC waste keeps piling up
A pan-Canadian pipeline? No, thanks.
Ford shambles from blunder to blunder
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it
B.C. government should hold a fall session
Harper's Tories may have perfected dumb, dishonest, attack-dog politics, but they didn't invent it
Elections Canada investigates fraudulent calls beyond Guelph
U.S. officials accuse Tories of leaking Omar Khadr documents
CSIS warns business leaders of Chinese cyber-spies
Parties divided on determining MP salaries
Stephen Harper sows confusion in carbon-tax debate
Marois' new cabinet deepens the Quebec-Ottawa divide
Lucien Bouchard not pleased with PQ over its apparent hostility to shale gas
Other Tory MPs wade into human being debate
'Human being' motion excuse to open abortion debate, MPs say
Tory MPs, opposition clash on need to study definition of human being
Case of the Conservatives' carbon amnesia
Wherry: A rough guide to the Conservatives' carbon tax farce
Decisions 'by officials, not by politicians': Valcourt stretches legs on new portfolio
Toews applauds Ontario court's rejection of bid to save gun-registry data
Vancouver sex workers have standing to challenge prostitution laws: high court
Elections Canada wants more people to cast ballots, but online voting is still out
Canada's inflation rate dips, little interest-rate pressure seen
Ontario Polls Paint Confusing Picture Of Political Landscape
Tories won't sever pension from big bill
Liable for damages
Watch Out, Christy Clark There's an Orange Wave Coming
Ottawa casts wary eye on Chinese telecom giant
Spy agency warns of foreign takeover dangers as Nexen shareholders give OK
Foreign suitors circle oil patch as Ottawa weighs Nexen deal
Tony Clement questioned on toll on public service from cuts, lawyer's suicide
Peter MacKay looks to rebound political career after F-35 'debacle'
DND cracks down, tells staff to withhold even non-sensitive information
Budget watchdog Kevin Page says Tories kept Canadians in dark on program cuts
'Now's the time to build,' Carney says; The surprise upsides to an expensive dollargo green, said Mark Carney.
Canadians don't support war with Iran: Poll
Canada closed Iranian embassy because of money problems: Tehran
Canada denied seat at East Asia Summit
Canadian and U.S. ambassadors step outside their comfort zones to talk politics and relationships
Dozens of staffers leave government thousands in overdue credit card bills
Opposition lambastes Tories over fine print in EI changes
PMO to Tories: Shut up about flag
Premier Marois makes good on major promises
Supreme Court to rule on sex-trade workers right to hearing
CF-18 engines have "ingested" 67 birds since 1988
Annual family price tag for health care is $11,400: Study
Canada's mafiosi hide in plain sight, detective tells Quebec corruption inquiry
Ontario eyes pension super funds to hold public sector retirement savings
Manitoba Tories plan to refuse new government funding
Wilson takes plunge
Prime Minister Harper lauds Peter Lougheed as visionary and patriot


Budget watchdog Kevin Page says Tories kept Canadians in dark on program cuts
New party dynamics in question period
Can we save democracy from Harper's abuses?
NDP crimps Harper's energy sales job
Mulcair shuns bright side
Canada-EU trade deal would help Harper, but hurt Ontario
Trade deficit Canada's new economic hobgoblin
Surprise! We're more conservative than Americans
Marois off to a ridiculous, rocky start
Now is the time for an Ontario election
How some unions make the best ­ and worst ­ of tough times
Heard of the Internet? Anyone can watch anti-Muslim film, but why would you?
Secret Romney video shows he's been faking voter love all along
Mr. Starstruck vs Mr. Megabuck
PMO to Tories: Shut up about flag
Dozens of staffers leave government thousands in overdue credit card bills
Dozens of ministerial staffers fail to pay government credit card bills on time
Vic Toews vows to end prison pizza parties, barbecue socials
Elizabeth May: NDP Heckling Put An End To My Question
The Commons: Of algebra, the premiers and a new mom named Jennifer
Scrums: Silence of the engines
Salary freeze should accompany pension reform for MPs
Prime Minister Harper to bid farewell to Lougheed at state memorial
Senator wife Sensenberger pleads guilty to causing disturbance on aircraft
Canadians sour on Chinese government takeover of Nexen: Poll
Spy agency warns of foreign takeover dangers as Nexen shareholders give OK
Mulcair compares oilsands to toxic waste site
Ontario Liberals move to freeze wages for public sector executives
Tory MPs put end to Commons committee inquiry into AG's report on F-35s
Former PM says Canadians will return to Liberal party
Canada for President! Group campaigns to get Maple Leaf in the White House
Libyan mission racked up $11M in hotel bills
Tories urged to hold off on raising MPs' pay
MPs face uncomfortable topic: Should their salary freeze lift?
Public service on hold as it waits for more cuts and big changes at the top
Canadian flag is 'internal issue' for Quebec, says Mulcair
NDP working toward balance as it crafts new foreign policy
Senator Patrick Brazeau behind on child-support again, his son's mother says
Pension plan for MPs relies on taxpayer-paid interest
Partisan games afoot over reforms to MPs' gold-plated pension plan
Del Mastro gave cautioned statement to Elections Canada over expense-claim investigation
Liberals go on the attack after Harper says they stand for nothing
Fight against Northern Gateway pipeline gains star power
Ministers won't comment on questions raised at Gateway hearings
Watchdog group questions MP trip to Guatemala
RCMP called in after defence union stickers pasted to windows of MacKay's riding office
Information commissioner reveals details on review of Access to Information Act
Agency to mend patchwork of federal e-mail systems
Canada eyes Asian markets for B.C. natural gas exports
Ottawa tribute to slain Turkish envoy reopens old wounds
Canadian families too complex for a one-size-fits-all approach
PQ cabinet spoiling for sovereignty fight
New PQ cabinet has minister responsible for making Quebec more independent
Alleged PQ rally shooter wants Montreal to separate
Christy Clark to avoid legislature, tour province in lead-up to B.C. election.
Ex-spy watchdog reportedly under microscope as anti-corruption squad raids hospital office, probes SNC-Lavalin contract
Mayor Ford pressed city on repairs to road outside family business
Tired Ontario Liberals guilty of having tunnel vision
U.S. war resister to be deported today, supporters urge government to intervene
Iranian woman may be deported and stoned to death ­ despite new evidence in her case
Auto talks grind on over issue of jobs
She Drove Trucks, Now 'I Can't Make Ends Meet
Imagine 'Life Without' Wrongful Convictions
Ariel Pink: Genius, Moron, or Bong-zombie
VIDEO: Carbon Tax, The Musical
Vancouver considers keeping older students in high school system
Researcher seeking damages after 'vague' suspension from health ministry
Gettin' together: new census highlights spike in same-sex and common-law unions
limited, so reserve your spot! More...
I Broke the Law to Defeat Climate Change
What will Minister Cadieux Do for BC Kids in Care?
Unmask the Mental Illness Myth
VIDEO : The Truth About Dishonesty

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS

TRNN This Week September 16 - September 21
Is the Arizona Mexico Border a War Zone?
The Black Financial and Fraud Report
The Neocons and 9/11
As Strike Ends, Chicago Teachers and Activists To Fight School Closings

Colombian GM Workers Back on Hunger Strike After Negotiations Break Down
Netanyahu Inserts Himself in US Elections as Adelson Stands to Reap Millions if Romney Wins
Chicago Teachers Union Votes to End Historic Strike
Thousands Protest On Occupy Wall Street’s One Year anniversary
Anti-US and Labor Protests Challenge Egyptian President
Anti-Austerity Protests and Strikes Rock Spain

Chavez Leads Polls as Opposition Fractures
Anti-US Protests Grow
Immigrant workers and Occupy fight for labor rights at Hot and Crusty
American Autumn: An Occudoc Anti-Austerity Protests Sweep West Bank
South African Miners Strike a Challenge to ANC
The Promise
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The Globalist:
Five Questions to Save the Euro
Should We Expect Multinationals to Be Loyal?
Toiling All Year Long
New Oil? The Energy Revolution in Reverse
The U.S.-Israel-Iran Triangle


t r u t h o u t :
Beyond "Good" and "Bad": On Teachers
Ten Questions Romney Should Answer About His Taxes
Angry Libyans Target Militias, Forcing Flight
On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Republican Party Is a Joke to the Rest of the World, and More
         Watch the Video and Read the Transcript
Beyond God and Guns: Why the GOP May Lose the White Working Class
Western Presumptions, Muslim Apologies: Breaking the Cycle of Violence
Is Education a Silver Bullet for Fixing the Economy?
Robert Reich | Four Reasons Why Romney Might Still Win
What We Won in Chicago
Let the Buyer Beware in a Free-Market Health Care System
Who Is Victimizing Chicago's Kids?
Why the New Fed Stimulus Won't Jumpstart the Economy - and What Would
Koch Brothers Cashing in 220,000 Acres of Tar Sands Holdings
International Peace Day From Kabul, Afghanistan
My State-Sponsored Assault, Courtesy of the NYPD
Paul Krugman | In Britain and the US, Economic Mysticism Endures
New Revelations Suggest DoD Cover-Up Over Detainee Drugging Charges
Backlash Culture: White Supremacy and the Music of Hatred
"Won't Back Down" Film Pushes ALEC "Parent Trigger" Proposal
Debate on Proposed Alaska Mine Waste Storage Facility Spreads the Myth of "Monitoring in Perpetuity"
Apartheid Never Died in South Africa: It Inspired a World Order Upheld by Force and Illusion
Economic Update: History of Workers Co-ops
French Study Finds Tumors and Organ Damage in Rats Fed Monsanto Corn
Karl Rove: Assembling the Death Star to American Democracy
"Show Me Your Papers" Provision Goes Into Law in Arizona
Read the Article
Romney's "47 Percent:" Here's Who's Actually Not Paying Federal Taxes
Chicago Teachers Union Ends Strike; Calls Victory for Public Education
Economists Identify the 100 Top Air Polluters and Highlight the Economics of Environmentalism
Rachel Corrie Responsible for Own Death, Israeli Court Rules
Read the Article
Afghanistan Today and Tomorrow
Read the Comic
Corporations Create the Problem, Co-Ops Offer the Solution
Read the Article
When Bishop Romney Came to Call
On the News With Thom Hartmann: Mitt Romney Derides His Own Electorate, and More
Watch the Video and Read the Transcript
Netanyahu Inserts Himself in US Elections as Adelson Stands to Reap Millions if Romney Wins
French Study Finds Tumors and Organ Damage in Rats Fed Monsanto Corn
Rove: Assembling the Death Star to American Democracy
"Show Me Your Papers" Provision Goes Into Law in Arizona
Romney's "47 Percent:" Here's Who's Actually Not Paying Federal Taxes
Chicago Teachers Union Ends Strike; Calls Victory for Public Education
Economists Identify the 100 Top Air Polluters and Highlight the Economics of Environmentalism
Rachel Corrie Responsible for Own Death, Israeli Court Rules
Afghanistan Today and Tomorrow
Corporations Create the Problem, Co-Ops Offer the Solution
When Bishop Romney Came to Call
On the News With Thom Hartmann: Mitt Romney Derides His Own Electorate, and More
Watch the Video and Read the Transcript


MWC News Alert:
Anti-Islam Movie


Islamophobia continued

Insignificant Significance of the '47%' Videos
Worst campaign ever?
Long Knives Target Iran
That Was Now, This Is Then: Netanyahu Edition
Romney, Taxes, and Dependence on Government
Romney vs. Obama: Hail to the Chief - Obama!
Israeli War against Palestinian Children
Free Speech or Inciting to Riot?
30th aniversary of Sabra & Shatilla Massacre
Anti-Islam Mov
French paper cartoons spark protest in Iran
France to shut embassies over cartoons
Hezbollah leader delivers rare public speech
Canada cut links with Iran
Canada: Selling Its Soul to America

theintelhub.com:
Secure Safe Drinking Water for You and Your Family In These Trying Times
US Media War on Islam
The 'Pro-Israel' Network Behind the Innocence Video
The Mystic Treasure: Truther Comedy Gold (Vid)
Smiling For Your Drivers License May Confuse Facial Recognition Software
Secretive TrapWire company's affiliations revealed
Mom Sues Police After Being Arrested for Letting Her Kids Play Outside
IT'S OFFICIAL: It's Been Announced That 'Currency Wars' Are Back On
Eco-Fascists Push Agenda 21 Mega-Cities to Replace Growing Cities and Rural Areas
City has Difficulty Hiring Police Officers Due to Psychological Exam's
Bailout Fraud and Unaccountability
Eco-Fascists Push Agenda 21 Mega-Cities to Replace Growing Cities and Rural Areas
DHS/ICE is Over-Gunned and Over Manned
9/11 Doubts Seep into the Mainstream as Evidence Accumulates
21 Facts About America's Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind
Youtuber Breaks Down Innocence of Muslims False Flag, Movie Name Changes, and Who Was Really Behind It
To See in the Arctic, Darpa Might Stick Sensors on Icebergs
Study Linking Genetically Modified Corn to Cancer Leads French Government to Call for Investigation
Self-described 'child prostitute' connects Jerry Sandusky to Poly Prep sex abuse scandal and coach Phil Foglietta
Napolitano: "We Know Far More About the CIA Than We Do the Federal Reserve"
Mysterious Package Delivered to Family, 10 Minutes Later Police Break Down Door and Ransack Home
Huge Asteroid to Hit Antarctica in 2012
EADS and BAE Systems Discuss Merger to Create World's Largest Defense and Security Group
DOJ-Funded Training Manual Lists Bumper Stickers as Terrorism
White House and CIA told DEA to Ignore Afghan Drug Trade
US Presidential Candidate: "Israel Did 911 Tells Ahmadinejad Zionists Control US Politiccs (VID)
Feds Ignore Rules and Use Stimulus Cash to Buy Chinese Solar Panels
CIA-Sponsored Taliban and al-Qaeda Resurface in the Theater of False Flags
Business Owner Turns Vacant Lot into Community Park and Gets Charged with Trespassing
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Another Record For Most Ice Ever This Time of Year>


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VENDREDI 21 SEPTEMBRE 2012
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22h55 - Gaz de schiste · Lucien Bouchard s'insurge contre le PQ
        L'ancien premier ministre péquiste croit que les déclarations du gouvernement Marois sèment la confusion dans le dossier du     gaz de schiste. Agence QMI
19h08 - Cabinet CAQ · Duchesneau ne sera pas porte-parole à la Sécurité publique
        François Legault lui a toutefois préféré Sylvie Roy comme porte-parole à la Sécurité publique, histoire d'éviter de le mettre «dans     une situation où il pourrait être en conflit avec le travail qu'il a fait dans le passé». Agence QMI
19h04 - Droit du foetus · Les passions se déchaînent
        Même si elle a peu de chances d'être adoptée, la motion conservatrice sur la définition du fœtus a soulevé des passions aux     Communes vendredi. Agence QMI
18h55 - Manifestation du 22 · La CLASSE pour la gratuité scolaire
        La traditionnelle marche organisée à Montréal par la CLASSE, le 22e jour de chaque mois, se fera samedi sous le thème de la     gratuité scolaire. Agence QMI
17h17 - Fermeture de Gentilly-2 · La FTP et le SCFP veulent rencontrer le gouvernement
        La décision du gouvernement Marois de fermer la centrale nucléaire Gentilly 2 est précipitée et prématurée, selon le Syndicat   canadien de la fonction publique. Agence QMI
16h45 - Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec · Marois fait volte-face
        Devant la grogne suscité par la nomination de Bernard Drainville comme ministre responsable de Mauricie et de Pierre Duchesne   pour le Centre-du-Québec, la première ministre du Québec, Pauline Marois s'est ravisée. Agence QMI
14h35 - Parti québécois · Noëlla Champagne se range finalement derrière sa chef
        Pauline Marois persiste et signe: il n'y aura pas de ministre issu de la région de la Mauricie.  Agence QMI
02h59 - Météo · «Ce sera un automne glorieux»
        Cela fait près de 3 ans que, mois après mois, Montréal enregistre des températures moyennes au-dessus de la normale.    L'automne n'échappera pas à cette tendance. JDM
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JEUDI 20 SEPTEMBRE 2012
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22h12 - Commission Charbonneau · La CAQ refusée
        Le parti de François Legault, s'est vu refuser jeudi sa demande pour obtenir le statut de participant à la commission   Charbonneau. Agence QMI
20h32 - Cabinet Marois · Ottawa ne veut pas s'en mêler
        Les députés conservateurs font preuve de prudence et pour cause : le bureau du premier ministre Stephen Harper leur a donné     le mot d'ordre de ne pas s'écarter du discours officiel du gouvernement. Agence QMI
19h32 - Gaz de schiste · Québec ferme complètement la porte
        Aussitôt nommée, la nouvelle ministre des Ressources naturelles, Martine Ouellet, a fermé définitivement la porte à l'industrie du      gaz de schiste. Agence QMI
16h41 - Politique · Le PQ réaffirme vouloir fermer Gentilly-2
        La première ministre Pauline Marois a annoncé la fermeture éventuelle de la centrale nucléaire d'Hydro-Québec Gentilly-2.       
16h37 - Nouveau cabinet · Le Plan Nord est-il en danger?
        L'entrée en poste d'un gouvernement péquiste perçu comme hostile au développement des ressources naturelles suscite des          inquiétudes. Agence QMI
14h41 - Politique · La hausse des droits de scolarité est annulée
        Le gouvernement Marois a décrété jeudi l'annulation de la hausse des droits de scolarité universitaires et de la Loi 12. 
11h50 - Commission Charbonneau · La nouvelle mafia au Canada
        Les mafieux qui sévissent au Canada se cachent désormais derrière un visage légitime.  Agence QMI
11h05 - Bactérie E. coli · Rappel élargi de boeuf haché possiblement contaminé
        L'Agence affirme que du bœuf haché mi-maigre vendu chez Presto et Club Entrepôt du 24 août au 16 septembre ne doit pas être     consommé. Agence QMI
10h38 - Politique · Le PQ tente d'apaiser les craintes du milieu des affaires
        Les nouveaux ministres péquistes tentent d'apaiser les craintes du milieu économique qui accueille très froidement la   nomination de plusieurs ministres. Agence QMI
03h09 - Victoire des parents · L'école ne fermera pas sa classe de 2e
        La commission scolaire désirait former une classe où seraient combinés des élèves de première et de deuxième année, en  raison d'une baisse de sa clientèle. JDM
03h02 - Recyclage · Taxe verte sans service en retour
        Les appareils électroniques s'accumulent. JDM
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Should the China-Canada investment agreement be considered "a game changer"?

This question was posed a week ago with little comment.

That is from all save David Bell who responded and when
asked to elaborate did so over a several day period.

I encourage you to read,and understand what David writes:

That our way of life we take for granted has irrevocably altered.

While we have noted change the extent we until now have not realized.

Please take the time to read, absorb and critique what's presented below

AND THEN SEND TO THE DIGEST WHAT DAVID ASKED OF ME:

"If you have questions I'd love to hear them"
Cheers
David

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From: "David Bell"
Subject: RE: Daily Digest September 14-15, 2012

Joe,
Re: Subject: Should the China-Canada investment agreement be considered "a game changer"?

No. Based on 10 years of international regulatory lobbying experience and 20 years of manufacturing technology systems experience I suggest that:

a) International trade agreements have (as inconceivable as this may sound) almost nothing to do with "where things are manufactured or produced" although they have been in the past related to how many production sites we have on the planet

b) The number of manufacturing sites (or factories) on the planet is of necessity 1/3rd of what it was 25 years ago and is continuing to decrease. This is a normal technology dynamic.

c) Production is no longer related to employment and wages have nothing to do with where things are produced – wages generally represent less than 5% of costs

d) The concerns addressed above are driven by belief in an industrial economy in the west that has been officially dying since 1971 and finally croaked Oct 20 1987

e) None of the above should interpreted as "there's nothing we can do" or "there is no problem." There are huge problems (our real unemployment rate is north of 60% and increasing­this represents the death of our 300 year old wealth distribution system (and the long ago announced death of the middle class) ... and there are extraordinary opportunities which we continue to misrepresent as problems because we are seized by our vision of "national industrialization."

My very best regards too you on this Sunday morning

David Bell
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From: Joe Hueglin
Subject: " there are extraordinary opportunities" . . .
. . . to be shared with the ignorant for articulation
so our vision alters to ___________________?

         Seriously

        J.H.
         (Articulate Ignoramus at present)
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From: "David Bell"
Subject: RE: " there are extraordinary opportunities" . .
.

Gee teach

That's an awfully big hairball you want me to unravel

It's all Jack's fault­he started the whole damn thing at Rice Stadium in Texas in 1962

"We choose to go to the moon ..."

I was astounded at the vision­ran outside to tell my mum

"The Americans are going to the moon."

No one guessed at the time that the real issue was finding the moon and that meant computers

He started the whole damn thing

(Heading for lunch)

Convergence of computers and education created a storm­doubling information on the planet every 9 months for the last 20 years (Today = 6-8 million times as much information as 1992).

Worse, if you include copying information (vs. creating it), the rate of informational growth/flow is four times faster. Global bandwidth jumped by 10,000 times in 1999 alone.

1) This storm has changed how we filter information and make decisions. It's changed our wiring. It's elevated the difficulty and value of communicating. We call this "NOISY MARKET"

2) Peer-based social & business models win daily competitions for connection in battle against power-based models. Power-based models are dying. We call this "peer market"

3) Information as market accelerant: Over the last 30 years we've seen product & service market cycles of 8-24 months instead of 4-10 years (40-50 yrs ago)." We call this "hypermarket"

WHAT DOES "THE BIG CHANGE" MEAN TO BUSINESS?

1) WHAT'S HAPPENED TO VALUE? Value is process--it's "currency." The critical process is connection. "Competitive value" become "Connective value."

2) WHAT'S HAPPENED TO COMPETENCE? Competence has shifted from training (credentials and experience) to "readiness"­capacity to deal effectively with situations/challenges never seen before. "Competence is now "change-based."

3) WHAT'S HAPPENED TO CREDENTIALS? The storm of information = an unprecedented level of competition. There are 400-1400 talented others who have the same credentials. Credentials have no competitive value.

4) WHAT HAPPENED TO POWER? Power models, protocols & differentials block connection. Peer-based (massively parallel) models are discrediting and replacing power-based institutions & models because of their wildly superior communications capacity. Power is dead.

5) WHAT'S HAPPENED TO COMPETITION? In a global economy, competition has shifted from locality to mentality. We compete for the privilege of having a conversation.

"value is a conversation"
Ummm,
I promise to write you a one page answer (soon but not today)
Products represent about 2.5% of the value on the planet today. So does farming ..
(see I just about started (poke a button­get a lecture) but the sun is shining and there's a new $2300 mountain bike waiting for me)
I promise
Cheers
David
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From: Joe Hueglin
Subject: $2300.00, . . .

. . . the precise amount providing Aase with a 50th Anniversarary
Wedding present cost.

Look forward to the Overview of "Where to to Go in 21st Century"

        Joe

From: "David Bell" <dbell.greyskies@shaw.ca>
To: "'Joe Hueglin'" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: RE: " there are extraordinary opportunities" . . .

Joe
This is the first 2/3rds of what I promised
The rest tomorrow
If any of this is not making sense let me know
Best regards
David
**************************************************
Below is a story about what happened to factories. Factories were our economic wealth creation and irrigation system. The same story applies to our health care system which was driven by the "factory metaphor as hospital" (hospitals were (unwittingly) built on the factory model 100 years ago).
What manufacturing was 30-50 years ago
In the mid-60's, 65% of the employment in Canada and the U.S. was related to manufacturing. This included driving trucks loaded with raw materials to factories and driving trucks loaded with manufactured product to distribution centres and manufacturing production equipment for those factories and so on.
During the 1980's the proliferation of rapidly developing microprocessors (controlling production processes) drove the employment related to manufacturing down dramatically.
In 1980 for instance, a typical newsprint production machine paper roll was about 25 feet wide and moved at about 2500 feet/minute. That machine was run by about 40 men. Because of automation during that decade, by 1990 the machine was typically 35 feet wide and ran at 6000 feet/minute. That faster (automated) machine was run by 4 men. Given the faster, bigger machine, world newsprint employment demand dropped to 3% of what it had been in 1980.
Following the stock market crash in the fall of 1987, manufacturing related employment (in Canada and the U.S.) measured at under 10% of what it had been in the 60's. It's around 6-7% today.
What's it's not (anymore)
The factory model is not longer driven by variable cost of material --it's driven by fixed cost of automation, in effect the cost of the factory.
If you sell ice cream cones, the cost of the store and equipment is fixed cost (you pay even if there are no sales). The cost of cones and the ice cream is variable cost--these costs vary with sales. The more you sell--the more you have to pay for.
So for instance, in the past we had a variable-cost factory model that meant that a smaller pickup truck was considerably cheaper to produce. Today we have a fixed cost model factory system that means that we have stopped selling small pickup trucks because they cost as much to produce as a 5000 lb truck.
A typical manufactured product today has a direct (variable) cost of about 2.5% of sales. So an $800 set of golf clubs costs about $12 to produce (direct variable cost). The factory however costs 335M$ instead of $3M 50 years ago).
What you're paying for today is the cost of the factory.
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Joe,

If you have questions I'd love to hear them
Cheers
David

Re: Subject: Should the China-Canada investment agreement be considered "a game changer"?

My answer: No!

Based on 10 years of international regulatory lobbying and production financing experience and 20 years of manufacturing technology systems experience I suggest that:

a) International trade agreements have (as inconceivable as this may sound) almost nothing to do with "where things are manufactured or produced" although they have been in the past modestly related to how many production sites we have on the planet

b) The number of manufacturing sites (or factories) on the planet is of necessity 5% of what it was 50 years ago and 30% of what it was 25 years and is continuing to decrease. This is a normal technology dynamic.

c) Production is no longer related to employment and wages have nothing to do with where things are produced – wages generally represent less than 5% of factory costs

d) The concerns addressed above are driven by belief in an industrial economy in the west that has been officially dying since 1971 and finally croaked Oct 20 1987 while I was driving to work

e) None of the above should interpreted as "there's nothing we can do" or "there is no problem." There are huge problems (our real unemployment rate is north of 60% and increasing­this represents the death of our 300 year old wealth creation/distribution system (and the long ago announced death of the middle class) ... and there are extraordinary opportunities which we continue to misrepresent as problems because we are seized by our 300 year old vision of "national industrialization."

Explanation
Below is a story about what happened to factories. Factories were our economic wealth creation and irrigation system--the heart and soul of what we called the industrial economy (long dead).
The same story applies to our health care system which is driven by the "hospital" (hospitals were (unwittingly) built on the factory model 100 years ago).

What manufacturing was 30-50 years ago
In the mid-60's, 65% of employment in Canada and the U.S. was related to manufacturing. This included driving trucks loaded with raw materials to factories and manufactured product to distribution centres and manufacturing production equipment for those factories and so on.

During the 1980's the proliferation of rapidly developing microprocessors (controlling production processes) drove the employment related to manufacturing down dramatically.
In 1980 for instance, a typical newsprint production machine paper roll was about 25 feet wide and moved at about 2500 feet/minute. That machine was run by about 40 men. Because of automation during that decade, by 1990 the machine was typically 35 feet wide and ran at 6000 feet/minute. That 3 times faster (automated) machine was run by 4 men. Given the faster, bigger machine, world newsprint employment demand dropped after 1987 to 3% of what it had been in 1980.

And at the same time (by 1990) manufacturing businesses (across the board) were reporting that their single biggest expense was now information and communications technologies.
Following the stock market crash in the fall of 1987, manufacturing related employment (in Canada and the U.S.) measured at under 10% of what it had been in the 60's. It's around 5-7% today.

What's it's not (anymore)
The factory model is not longer driven by variable cost of material --it's driven by fixed cost of automation, in effect the cost of the factory.

If you sell ice cream cones, the cost of the store and equipment is fixed cost (you pay this cost even if there are no sales). The cost of cones and the ice cream is variable cost--these costs vary with sales. The more ice cream you sell--the more you have to pay for.

So for instance, in the past (the industrial economy) we had a variable-cost factory model that meant that a smaller pickup truck was considerably cheaper to produce. Today (in a post-industrial economy) we have a fixed cost model factory system that means that we have stopped selling small pickup trucks because they cost as much to produce as a 5000 lb truck.
The shift to a fixed cost and highly automated production model created huge impacts:

· Dramatically elevated demand for capital and attention to capital markets

· Eliminated most of the factories on the planet (about 5% of 1960 numbers).

· Killed employment (our real unemployment rate is north of 60% and climbing)

· NB Our politicians and economists who understand none of this are still pursuing factory imagery and other metaphors of the industrial economy. So political economic decisions are now completely ineffective (Witness the Federal stimulus package circa 2009).

Meanwhile back on the ranch: A typical manufactured product today has a direct (variable) cost of about 2.5% of (retail) sales. So an $800 set of golf clubs costs about $20 to produce (direct variable cost). The factory however costs 335M$ instead of $3M 50 years ago).

What you're paying for today is the cost of the factory.

What it's like now
Factories
The swing to fixed cost factories looks like this:

A new factory to produce toothbrushes might cost $20 million. If it sells 1 toothbrush, the cost per toothbrush is $20 million. If it sells 20 million toothbrushes, the cost per toothbrush is $1. If it moves 400 million toothbrushes, the cost is 5 cents. It needs to sell at least 500 million toothbrushes to survive.

Because automated factories cost so much, we need to run them 24 hours/day to recover our investment. Worse the product design shifts significantly every 2-3 years which mean we have to replace a lot of automated equipment or even the factory itself (The Intel model: this is quite common).

Factories therefore specialize in what they do ("heavy equipment braking systems or dram chips or ...) and they subcontract to various name brand producers. we call these factories "contract manufacturers." The smart ones generally earn bottom line margins of about 2.5%. The others die.

The "producers" are companies like Apple for instance. Producers (generally) do not manufacture. Producers are responsible for design and capital (the yin and yang of business). Some producers (notably) car makers are so politically integrated (and financed) that they still own manufacturing companies today although this is very old fashioned and inefficient. Their "owned" manufacturing companies are called "Operating Companies." These do all the physical production.

But the real business is design and capital. GM is essentially a huge technology bank.

Which brings us to the question: "Why do you keep robbing banks? Because that's where the money is."

So where is the money?

The Design Economy
A lot theorists today (see Richard Florida) are arguing that the new economy, the real one, is about design and there's a lot of evidence to support this.

Design thrive in markets which are fundamentally "plastic" in their dynamics. Two examples of this are "capital" and "digital" markets. (Note: an earlier plastic economy was "electricity). You can do anything you can imagine with digital logic or money. So we see an explosion of choices in "capital packaging/services" or "digital packaging/services."

But What about employment?
And how do we get incredible opportunities out of problems?

Here's one ... (and there are dozens of others)

Our health care system:

Argument: Health care is the biggest business in our western economy and the single biggest expense for western governments. We have two budgets in our culture: "Health care and other stuff." In spite of massive funding it's clear to most of us that our healthcare system is horribly underfunded.

It's broken and it's broken in western Europe and the States. We have a problem.

What broke?

We don't have a health care system. We have a health repair system. Our health repair system is being driven by hospitals which are what (in manufacturing) we call "craft factories." Craft factories combine incredibly high technology facilities with incredible amounts of hands-on, highly skilled "craft" artisans. In the car business for instance we're talking about Ferrari or Aston Martin.

And we're politically committed (in health care) to providing better access to Ferraris and Aston Martins for all Canadians?

Where's the opportunity?
The hospital is where go when we're really screwed up. Our health care system is basically a damage-repair system that kicks into place when there's enough damage. And pharmaceuticals are the technology we use to keep on going while the damage is being done.

Our health care system has nothing to do with maintaining health

(A stitch in time ...?).

We have tens of thousands of young people trained already and training in alternative medicines (many in "traditional Chinese medicine") who cannot get jobs and yet are beautifully trained to help us maintain our health by helping our bodies to heal themselves.

If we were to invest some of our health care funding into "self-maintenance" instead of "body repair following damage" we could prevent huge costs and create 25,000 - 35,000 new jobs across Canada every year. Pharmaceutical stocks would take a hit but I don't care. And over 10 years we could cut entrants to hospitals by 20%.

Oh BTW we're facing a tsunami of baby boomers in the emergency wards.

Sorry this has been so lengthy. The sun is shining and there's a mountain bike whispering to me.

My very best wishes

David Bell

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