Monday, December 30, 2013

Fwd: Daily Digest December 29, 2013

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From: "Joe Hueglin" <>
Sent: 30 December, 2013 3:02 AM
Subject: Daily Digest December 29, 2013




>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>HEADLINES ACROSS CANADA<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Ottawa moves to regulate telecom industry
         Small B.C. chamber slams proposed pipeline
Questions raised about response to ice storm
         UN praises Canada's focus on forced marriage
Mexico may be biggest winner of NAFTA deal
         After 20 years, is NAFTA showing its age?
Dramatic jailbreak temporarily grounded pilot's career
         Ice storm repairs in home stretch:authorities
Deer culls loom in B.C. communities
         What's ahead for 2014? Not a Conservative 'charm offensive'

Tory MP Paul Calandra's weirdest Question Period answers of 2013
         New year will bring big decisions concerning the future of Canada's oilsands
Canada's spy agencies need tighter control

         Canada's abortion funding policy 'an obstacle to negotiate around': UN official 11
Harper on CPP: it's about individual responsibility
         Mercury levels rising in expanse around Alberta oilsands
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says positive politics behind party's fundraising success
         Government crackdown on temporary foreign workers set to begin
Environment Canada to alter how it reports wind chill, extreme cold
         B.C. struggles to treat severely mentally ill drug addicts

6 top health stories of 2013: editors' picks
         How the big holiday meal stresses your body out – and how to fight back
Botched baby vaccinations prompt alert in N.S.
         Chronic migraines in youth eased with therapy

In praise of Western Imperialism

         H1N1 in Canada: What you need to know
Gym in classroom: New idea helps students improve grades

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>FOREIGN AFFAIRS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Real News Network<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Indian High Court Criminalizes Homosexuality    
         TRNN REPLAY: Reality Asserts Itself - Glen Ford
TRNN REPLAY: 28-year old PhD student debunks the most influential austerity study
         TRNN REPLAY: Study Reveals Dangerous Levels of Radioactivity Near Fracking Waste Sites
Pussy Riot Call For International Boycott of Upcoming Russian Olympics

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>European Review<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Are Jews A Race Or A Religion? A Genetic Map Helps – OpEd
         Hindus Urge Scotland's Muirfield Golf Course To Allow Women Members
Syria 'Unlikely' To Meet Chemical Deadline – UN
         Anti-Muslim Film, Not Al-Qaeda, Caused Benghazi Attack
Californian Pleads Guilty In Al-Qaeda Recruit Training Case
         No Al-Qaida Role In 2012 Benghazi Killings – NYT
Syrian Humanitarian Crisis: Fundamental Difficulties Facing Turkey – Analysis
         Turkey's Central Bank And Statements On Exchange Rate
European Officials Urge Turkey To Handle Corruption Scandal
         US Congressional Hearing Urges Iran Release Imprisoned Pastor

China: Christians Released, Pastors Still Detained After Stand-Off
         Cutting Emissions Through Better Soil Management In Irrigated Farming
China Rejects Genetically Modified Corn Shipment From US
         Variation In Land-Use Intensity Leads To Higher Diodiversity
China Eases One-Child Policy
         Egypt: Terrorist Tag Politically Driven, Says HRW
Al-Qaeda Has Killed Over 900 Medical Workers In Past 5 Years
         LG Reportedly Testing Fingerprint Sensor In Next-Gen Smartphone
Achieving Optimal Online Marketing Through Cutting Edge Analysis

European Shoppers Happy With Chinese Electronics
         Hospital-Diagnosed Maternal Infections Linked To Increased Autism Risk
Healthcare Worker Infected Dozens Of Hospital Patients With Hepatitis C

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Reader Supported News<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
        Bee Decline Overshadows Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary

"A lawsuit, the first to invoke the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in defense of bees, was filed in March by major U.S. beekeeping associations against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its decision to register a new pesticide." READ MORE
        6 Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated by the Factory Farms
Rosenberg writes: "While many procedures on factory farms are cruel, some practices ... are truly crimes against nature." READ MORE
        Global Warming Will Intensify Drought, Says New Study
Abraham reports: " ... what matters most in our day-to-day lives is extreme weather. If human-caused climate change leads to more extreme weather, it would make taking action more prudent." READ MORE
        Former BP Geologist: Peak Oil Is Here and It Will 'Break Economies'
Ahmed reports: "A former British Petroleum (BP) geologist has warned that the age of cheap oil is long gone, bringing with it the danger of 'continuous recession' and increased risk of conflict and hunger." READ MORE
        Organic Farmers vs. Monsanto
Excerpt: "Earlier this month, Monsanto filed an opposition brief with the Supreme Court in a last ditch effort to deny a group of American family farmers and seed growers justice in their efforts to protect their farms and the integrity of their crops." READ MORE

         Transatlantic Trade Agreement Threatens Environment and Health in US and Europe
Pica writes: "Negotiations between the United States and European Union for a free trade agreement, which resumed this week in Washington, represent one of the biggest threats we have seen in our lifetimes to an environmentally sustainable and socially just world." READ MORE

>>>>>>>>>>INFOS <<<<<<<<<<


Querelle domestique: l'escouade tactique appeléePlus
Le père du drapeau canadien meurt à 96 ansPlus
Un Canadien saute d'un navire et disparaît dans les flotsPlus
Incendie dans une cellule à la prison de Sorel-TracyPlus
Bilan 2013 à Ottawa: le Sénat au cœur des débatsPlus
Billet gagnant: après un an, il touche un chèquePlus
Charte de la laïcité: la primauté du français contestéePlus
Attentat en Russie: Ottawa condamne cet actePlus
Soudan du Sud: une avancée rebelle abandonnéePlus
Chalet des cinq: résultats de l'enquête après les FêtesPlus
Les provinces de l'Est subissent le courroux de l'hiverPlus
Service funéraire de Vito Rizzuto ce dimanchePlus
2013 à Québec: une année sous le signe de la chartePlus
Elle poignarde son conjoint avec un écureuil décoratifPlus
Égypte: 3e attentat en moins d'une semainePlus
Ukraine: mobilisation après l'agression d'une journalistePlus
Russie: au moins 16 morts dans un attentatPlus
Prix de l'essence: bond de 19 centsPlus


Which pension direction would you choose for you?

Stephen's or Larry's?

From: Larry Kazdan
Re:  Harper on CPP: it's about individual responsibility,  John Geddes | Maclean's – Sat, 28 Dec, 2013

There are two ways that society can organize a retirement income system. One way is to force workers to make their own investments and to take their chances. If returns are poor, or too much money goes into the stock market causing an asset bubble, and the bubble collapses when people retire, that's their tough luck.
Another possibility is for government to guarantee a defined benefit for a lifetime of work and contributions. Government would invest its resources into health, education and direct job creation to assure that we have a skilled and healthy workforce in a productive and fully-deployed economy, one that can fully support our pensioners.
In the final analysis, what kind of society do we want: one where work receives its certain reward come old age, or one where workers must invest in a casino, come what may?

Larry Kazdan,
620 E. 23 Ave.,
Vancouver, B.C.
(604) 874-9982

Pension Funds Are So Big They'll Create A Bubble In Any Market ...

To conclude, pension funds are so large that they will bubble-up any financial market they are allowed to enter­and what goes up must come down. The problem really is that what Hyman Minsky called managed money (including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, money market funds, etc), taken as a whole, is simply too large to be supported by the nation's ability to produce output and income necessary to provide a foundation for the financial assets and debts that exist.
Larry Kazdan CGA,
620 E. 23 Ave,
Vancouver, B.C.