Monday, January 13, 2014

Fwd: Daily Digest January 12-13, 2014

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From: "Joe Hueglin" <>
Sent: 13 January, 2014 8:06 PM
Subject: Daily Digest January 12-13, 2014




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Hospital CEO wants patients to see invoices
         Integrate training better:Rights commissioner
Iran, world powers reach deal opening nuke program
         Quebec corruption probe set to resume after holiday break
Derailment investigation reaches next step
         Integrate training better:Rights commissioner
Wynne expected to call 2 byelections Feb. 13
         BoC survey shows some positive signs
Quebec corruption probe set to resume
         Iran, world powers reach deal opening nuke program

Hudak set to outline one-million jobs plan
         Public embrace of flu shots unpredictable
Ottawa helping family in casket mix-up
         Federal lawyers uniquely positioned in coming 2014 labour turmoil
Neil Young blasts Alberta oilsands and Ottawa
         Lowered expectations for wireless auction
Quebec archbishop appointed cardinal
         Suspects sought in Toronto home invasion
Problems almost over after Pearson glitch
         Man killed in Mississauga hit and run

Coal spills after CP train operated by CN Rail derails in Burnaby
         Calgary seismic firm embroiled in legal fight
Coal spills after CP train operated by CN Rail derails in Burnaby
         WestJet plane declares emergency over U.S.
Jean Chretien celebrates his 80th birthday

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Tyee<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Eric Marshall 'Disturbed' by Dismantling of Namesake Science Library
'I don't want to have my name associated with empty shelves,' biologist says

Stephen Harper has entered a pre-campaign cocoon, dodging controversy and responsibility

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Globe and Mail<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Mayoral mischief: Canada's growing cities face a problem of oversight
         Court cases to stir judges' feud with Ottawa over sentencing rules
The Nadon hearings: 10 key issues in the Supreme Court showdown


The real concerns about Ottawa's 'libricide'


Rail transport of hazardous materials 'safe,' Minister Lisa Raitt tells Canadians
         Conservatives deny request to view full guest list for speech from the throne
B.C. coin discovery renews interest in Drake's 'secret voyage' of 1579
         HazMat specialists set to roll out decontamination protocol to help civilians in a disaster
Hells Angels case, Marc Nadon reference top Supreme Court's winter agenda

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vancouver Observer<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Harper guts more fish protections: NEB takes over habitat along pipelines

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

Review targets public service executives
         U.S. FATCA tax law catches unsuspecting Canadians in its crosshairs
Crude oil shipments, tanker punctures top of agenda at rail talks
         Russia's Olympic security to set new surveillance standard at Sochi
Canadian health care better than Obamacare
         Someone needs to explain to Trudeau the harsh realities of global energy production
Prostitution isn't sex, it's bought rape
         Oil-by-rail is here to stay
Saudi letter concerning oil and gas has panicky tone

         Prostitution: Ottawa wants to criminalize clients

Industry minister speaks out against anti-pipeline threats
         Block Quebecois to pick new leader in May

It's long past time to replace Rob Anders
         Misleading job grant ads fell on deaf ears anyway: survey
Fantino's election spending finally getting its due review

         Ontario, Quebec's new battleground: ice wine
Oil patch salaries rise 5 times faster than rest of Canada

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

Confirmed: DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Real News Network<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Israel's Bedouin Face Displacement Despite Apparent Gov't Concessions
         Turkey in Crisis: Understanding the Erdogan/ Gulen Split
Four Years After Haiti's Cataclysmic Earthquake
         Pt.2 Hedges and Binney on NSA Policy
The War On Poverty Was Aimed at Quieting The Popular Movements of the 60's
         Sharon's Legacy Includes Massacres of Palestinians and Lebanese - Pt. 1
Hever: Sharon Symbolized the Darkest Aspects of Israeli Society and Zionism - pt2
         Pt.2 Hedges and Binney on NSA Policy
Guantanamo Anniversary: 12 Years Of A Continuing War Crime
         Government's Call for Less Police In School Doesn't Go Far Enough

NAFTA Strengthened Canada's Corporate Class
         Sectarian War Arises in Iraq as Violence Kills 250+ in a Single Week
Washington State Boeing Workers Accept Pension Concessions
         Canada's Top Spy Watchdog Lobbied For Pipeline Construction
JP Morgan Will Not Be Criminally Prosecuted for Its Role in Madoff's Ponzi Scheme
         Frigid 'Polar Vortex' Puts Homeless in Extreme Danger
By Pushing the TPP, Obama is Repeating the Mistakes of NAFTA
         Canada's Lubicon Lake Nation Continue Anti-fracking Campaign, Appeal Court Injunction
Zapatista's Warning Over NAFTA Rings True 2 Decades Later
         Bacon: NAFTA Hurt Workers on Both Sides of the Border

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The European Union Times<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
'Habitable zones' around stars ten times wider than we thought Source
        Massive Die-Off of West Coast Sea Life Accelerates Source
Zinc is the real Hardener of Bones and Teeth Source
        US crushing middle class into poverty Source
US tested biological weapons in Japan's Okinawa in the 60s Source
        Hundreds reported sick amid indefinite water ban after Virginia chemical spill Source
Hundreds reported sick amid indefinite water ban after Virginia chemical spill Source
         Tablet and Smartphone In-App Purchases are a Rip-off Source
Pentagon Agency Admits It Began Stockpiling Potassium Iodide Due to Fukushima Source
         Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85 Source

Tens of thousands of Germans sign petition to stop teaching LGBT in schools Source

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Activist Post<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

The Era Of Cyborgs Has Begun
         EU To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Unregistered Gardens

" After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico's Economy in Ruins"
         " Goodbye to the U.K.'s National Health Service?"
Mainstream Media Blackout: Maine Second State to Pass GMO Labeling Law
         Why Will Everyone in North America Get Cancer?
Why Is Radioactive Snow Falling In Missouri?
         28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima
Sun Goes Wild - NOAA Issues Alert: Earth Directed X-Class Flare On Its Way; Chance Of More
         No-Brainer Course In Derailing The Trans-Pacific Partnership

NASA Announces Incoming CME Likely to Cause a Geomagnetic Storm
         If You Are Waiting For An "Economic Collapse" Just Look At What Is Happening To Europe
Urban Gardening: Grow Anywhere!
         Staying Clear of Converging Catastrophes
Drinking Water and Garden Irrigation During Drought or Crisis
         Black Hawk Down Deux: Obama secretly deploys 'military advisers' to Somalia
NSA makes final push to retain most mass surveillance powers
         How to Boycott Factory Farms
10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Global Research E-Newsletter<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

UN Double Standards and the Battle of Fallujah
North Korea: UN Double Standards Pertaining to Sanctions and their Devastating Social Impacts
         Media Coverup of Impacts of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing on Native People in the Pacific,
The Budget Deal and Neoliberalism: The U.S. and the South African Connection,
         America's Imperial Agenda and "Pivot" to Asia, Stephen Lendman,
500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent
         Obama's Phony Campaign Against Inequality
Israel and the Drone Wars
         Global Warming Media Propaganda

Armed Clashes Erupt Around Besieged Iraqi City of Fallujah
         Historical Powder Keg: Is 2014 going to be a 1914 Redux for Europe and the World?
Humanitarian Warfare: "Stabilizing" Central Africa for the Multinationals
         Study: Dead Sea Creatures cover 98 percent of Ocean Floor off California coast; up from 1 percent before Fukushima,
Terrorism as an Instrument of Imperial Conquest. From Afghanistan to Syria, America Supports Al Qaeda,
         The Neoliberal Restructuring of Greece. Causes of the Crisis and the Austerity Response.,
Thailand: Regime Scrambles to Rebrand "Red Shirts" to "White Shirts",
         Truth, War Propaganda, CIA and Media Manipulation,
"Secrets for Sale" and The Snowden Affair: The Greenwald-Omidyar-NSA Connection
         The Plundering of South Sudan

The Third Battle of Fallujah
         Incitement Against Palestine – Prioritising of Israelis' Security Over Palestinians' Freedom
Basra: Profiting from their Destruction, the British are Back,
         Political Prisoner: Rwanda's Former Presidential Candidate Victoire Ingabire's Speech Crimes,
Obama, the Great Dis-Equalizer,
         US Imperialism and Iraq's Descent Into Civil War,
The Long History of Zionism in Canada,
         Obama's Cheap-Labor "Promise Zone" Fraud,
Impeach Obama: "Electronic Surveillance Of Private Citizens" Was An Article Of Impeachment Against President Nixon,
9/11: Does the Truth Have a Chance?,
         The Elusive Economic Recovery. The "Tide of Cheap Money",

U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM): America's Black-Ops Blackout. Unraveling the Secrets of the Military's Secret Military,
         A Century of War,
NSA Spying on Congress to Manipulate, Intimidate, Blackmail Top Government and Military Officials,
         Wave of US Municipal Bankruptcies Caused by Wall Street Predatory Interest Rates, not Pensions,
Military Spending: Future of Australian Workers Tied to War Aims of US Imperialism,
         Secret Reports Reveal All. The "Efficacy" of CIA Torture, Saudi Involvment in 9/11,
The Saudi Bull in Arab China Shop. The Saudi-Israeli Marriage of Convenience against Syria and Iran,
         Thailand: Regime Power Grab Runs into Judicial Brick Wall,
"Economic Terrorism": The Ongoing Neoliberal Assault on Ordinary Working Class People in Britain,
         US Courts Close in on Saudi Side of the 911 Plot,

Power Takeover: Are Smart Meters Part of the Largest Corporate Scam in History?,
         Learning without Questioning in America: The Sunday School Syndrome.,
Bangladesh: Farmers say No to Genetically Modified Vegetables
         The Downing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie: It was the Uranium
"Human Rights Sanctions": The World's Blatant Double Standard, in Israel's Favor,
         Terrorism with a "Human Face": Rebranding the Public Image of Syria's Al Qaeda Brigades,
Financial Fraud: Interest Rates Are Manipulated by Major Banks to the Tune of Trillions of Dollars,
         Indebted Spanish Consortium Threatens to Stop Panama Canal Expansion Unless it is Paid an Extra $1.6 Billion,
Retirement Theft in 4 Despicable Steps
         Corporate Taxes in America

The Importance of Integrative Medicine in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS
         The New York Times on Destabilisation of the Middle East: Falsifying History and Calling for More U.S. Involvement
US, Iran Say They Will Not Send Troops to Iraq,
         Thailand: Perpetuating the Fallacy – "Respect My Vote",
Syrian Infighting May Be Pretext for Expanded Intervention,
         Climate Change, Global Warming and the Big Freeze,
"Monkey Business" Surrounding the Repatriation of Germany's Gold Stored at the NY Federal Reserve Bank.,
         As War Lingers in Mali, Western Powers Target its Natural Resources,
Global Cooling is Here,
         Why the US Wants to Stay in Afghanistan,

UK Government Accused of Indirectly Arming Somali Pirates,
         Fast and Furious UK-Style: Britain's Gun-running to East Africa, Somali Pirates,
JP Morgan Behind Madoff Ponzi Scheme? Pays $2 Billion to Avoid Investigation and Prosecution,
         Military-backed Regime in Egypt Prepares for Referendum Amid Escalating Violence,
Water Privatization Overlooked as Factor in Egypt's Revolt,
         The Killings Fields of Gaza,
Mother Agnes Mariam and Mussalaha. Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 2014,
         What's a Slum? Urban Poverty and Marginality in America,
Religious NGOs, Civil Society and the United Nations,
         Cambodian Police Open Fire at Garment Workers Protest, Killing Four,

In India, a Spectre for Us All, and a Resistance Coming
         America Greatest Threat to World Peace
Social Inequality and the Impacts of Austerity Budgets: Nearly Half of US Public School Children are Poor,
         Changing the Political and Economic Environment: The Tasks of the People-Powered Movement for 2014,
US Occupation of Iraq is the Cause of Sectarian Strife and Al Qaeda Attacks,
         Obama's Fraudulent Defense of the Unemployed,
Father of Slain Boston Bombing Witness, Ibragim Todashev, Accuses FBI of Murder,
         First Nations Fight Against the Frackers. The Mi'kmaq People of New Brunswick against Texas Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN),

Bakken Shale Oil in Casselton Train Explosion Contained High Levels of Volatile Chemicals,
         India-UAE Investment Agreement: Why Such Desperate Haste?,

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Autoroute 40: un bloc de béton tombe sur une voiture Plus
         Charbonneau: la Marina Brousseau refait surfacePlus
François Hollande: sa vie privée en point de mirePlus
         Israël: dernier adieu à Ariel SharonPlus
Agression armée dans une maison de transition Plus
         Ivre au guidon d'un quadriporteurPlus
Commission Charbonneau: reprise des audiences lundiPlus
         Les Méganticois visitent la zone rouge pour la 1ère foisPlus
Résidence dévastée par le feu à Mont-LaurierPlus
         Le glacier de Pine Island: un déclin « irréversible » ?Plus

La compagne du président Hollande hospitaliséePlus
         Quatre ans après le séisme, les Haïtiens se souviennentPlus
Cinq personnes blessées dans un dérapagePlus
         Incendie mortel en OutaouaisPlus
Incendie dans Saint-LéonardPlus
         Mgr Gérald Cyprien Lacroix est nommé cardinalPlus
Journée sans pantalons dans le métroPlus
         Israël rend hommage à «Arik» SharonPlus
Libye: assassinat d'un vice-ministre et heurts meurtriers Plus
         Trois agressions armées: la victime de Lachine décèdePlus

Collision avec un train au Port de MontréalPlus
        Un homme agressé à l'arme blanche à Saint-LéonardPlus


If Canada has become so prosperous because of NAFTA, proponents might explain why our government is deferring  OAP payments to age 67, why unemployment insurance coverage has been reduced, why cutbacks to food inspection, water quality, and marine safety have occurred, and why the government says we cannot afford scientific libraries nor door-to-door postal delivery.`` Larry Kazdan

Explain as well how 99% Canadians will benefit from European and Pacific trade agreements they`ve had no input into making.
Free Trade Deals Like TPP and CETA Threaten National Sovereignty

From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: Begin forwarded messageS:
Fire safety info on 9 volt batteries
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Subject: Try this quiz!
Try this short quiz to see which political party you side with...

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Loonie drops below 92¢ as data reveals Canada's  job growth in 2013 was the worst since the recession, Louise Egan, January 10,  2014

Re:  Loonie drops below 92¢ as data reveals Canada's job growth in 2013 was the worst since the recession, Louise Egan, January 10, 2014

If the Harper Conservatives were serious about job creation, they would not rely entirely on the whims of private sector hiring. In 1944, the Canadian unemployment rate dropped below 1 per cent because one out of every three adult males was engaged in military service and many private sector workers were fulfilling government contracts. As the British politician Tony Benn put it, "If you can have full employment by killing Germans, why can't we have it by building hospitals, schools, recruiting nurses and teachers? If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people."
In the 1970s the Liberal government experimented with direct job creation delivered through local organizations and citizen groups. The Local Initiatives Program successfully hired in areas such as arts and culture, recreation, tourism, research and protecting the environment. The federal government needs to reconsider these kinds of initiatives. With double-digit unemployment currently among youth, do we really want a generation of young people living without incomes, without job experience, and without an opportunity to contribute to society?
1. The Social Enterprise Sector Model for a Job Guarantee
By Pavlina R. Tcherneva
It's time to change the conversation from creating jobs for the jobless now, to creating jobs for the jobless always. The Job Guarantee provides the solution. I have explained elsewhere why neither the private sector nor the flawed bastard Keynesian pump-priming policies can get us there ( here and here).
2.  Interview with Tony Benn
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  NAFTA Turns 20, Still Controversial, Matthew Little

Re:  NAFTA Turns 20, Still Controversial, Matthew Little,

Free trade promised more trade, productivity growth and higher incomes, but those outcomes are not remotely supported by the aggregate economic data.
U.S.-bound merchandise exports now equal under 20 per cent of Canadian GDP, exactly where they were when the FTA was negotiated in the mid-1980s. Furthermore, we are exporting substantially more unprocessed or barely processed resources.

During the postwar golden age, Canada steadily closed the productivity gap, rising from 70 per cent of U.S. levels to over 90 per cent by the mid-1980s. But almost as soon as the FTA was being negotiated, Canadian relative productivity began slipping, and today Canadian productivity in the business sector is back down to just 70 per cent of U.S. levels.
Stagnating productivity has also led to stagnating real incomes – real wages are no higher than in the 1970s, and neither are family incomes.
If Canada has become so prosperous because of NAFTA, proponents might explain why our government is deferring  OAP payments to age 67, why unemployment insurance coverage has been reduced, why cutbacks to food inspection, water quality, and marine safety have occurred, and why the government says we cannot afford scientific libraries nor door-to-door postal delivery.
Our "Barking Mad" Democracy, Frances Russell ­ National Newswatch ­ Sep 25 2013

"The reality is that the denial of social protections in the rules of an internationally integrated market inevitably undermines the protections established in the previously separate domestic economies after decades of political struggle.

From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <>
Subject: Consumers can stop use of pesticides

The Editor

The Editor The New York Times
Consumers can stop use of pesticide by refusing to drink French wine
 Re Editorial: "Pesticides in French Wine," (Jan. 3).
 It is totally unacceptable that the French authorities are prosecuting producers of organic wine for refusing to use pesticides. This is beyond commonsense and consumers can stop this madness by refusing to drink French wine. There are excellent wines available from Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia and other wine-producing countries. As such, it will be easy to pass French wine, unless the authorities stop prosecuting producers of organic wine.
2240 Iris Street, Ottawa, Canada. Phone: (613) 228-9600

Pesticides in French Wine

JAN. 2,Organic wine producers in the Burgundy region of France are facing prosecution for refusing to use pesticides. This move is perplexing given the Ministry of Agriculture's support for the organic wine industry and growing public alarm over pesticides in French wine.

The share of organically produced French wines rose from 2.6 percent in 2007 to 8.2 percent by the end of 2012. Despite this progress, France is still the third-highest user of pesticides in the world after the United States and Japan, and the highest user in Europe, applying 110,000 metric tons of pesticides per year.

A study in February that found pesticide residues in 90 percent of the French wines tested created an uproar. Pesticide residues were even found in organic wines, indicating contamination from neighboring vineyards or other sources. French vines are susceptible to a contagious bacterial disease, flavescence dorée, transmitted by a leafhopper. Treatment with pesticides is required by French law in several winegrowing regions, including Burgundy.

One organic producer in Burgundy has now been charged with breaking the law for refusing to use Pyrevert, a pyrethrin pesticide. He says there is no evidence that his vines are infected, and argues that Pyrevert, a neurotoxin, is nonspecific to leafhoppers and kills beneficial insects as well. He faces six months of prison time and a fine of 30,000 euros, or about $41,000. Another organic grower was fined 1 euro after he agreed to use pesticides.

France has pledged, under the 2007 Grenelle law on the environment, to reduce its pesticide consumption by 50 percent by 2018. To help meet this goal, Stéphane Le Foll, the minister of agriculture, announced on Nov. 13 a new sustainable agriculture bill that is scheduled to be submitted to the French Assembly in January for debate. Considering organic producers who refuse pre-emptive use of pesticides as criminals will not help France's transition to sustainable agricultural practices. The law requiring such use in Burgundy is not only bad policy, it is terrible publicity for French wine. The law should be changed, and the French Assembly should pass the new bill on sustainable agriculture this month.
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Subject: US drone programme

The Editor
The Guardian Weekly, London, England

US drone programme

I am writing with reference to Comment: "Why the US drone programme is horryfing," by Heather Linebaugh (Jan. 3).

Heather Linebaugh writes: "The video provided by a drone is far from clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a clear day." There is a simple solution to the problem: If you are not 100% sure whether the target is an armed terrorist, don't fire. Stationed far away from the combat zone, UAV troops enjoy the luxury of time and energy to study the pictures of their targets for extended periods and they should not push the button unless they are fully satisfied that their targets are armed insurgents and not women and children.

Since the aerial bombardment introduced by the German Zeppelin attack on London in the First World War, civilian casualties have become an inevitable part of the modern warfare. Whether it is bombers, helicopter gunships, or rockets, civilian casualties are unavoidable. Only drones provide an opportunity to avoid such civilian casualties. UAV troops should be advised  only to fire when they are sure about their targets. As they don't face any danger faced by pilots of bombers, UAV operators can take time to ensure that they are not attacking any civilian targets. In fact, drones can be used effectively against armed groups if proper steps are taken to avert civilian casualties.

From: "" <>
Subject: An unfortunate Epiphany


An epphiny,  meaning an about change in thinkig.
That is what Ariel Sharon had, I remember when it happened and was very pleased by it.
He decided to give up "murdering and start talking" to the Palestinias.

Then fate intervened.    Ariel had an unfortunate massive stroke.
It was deemed by the Israelis, that in his best interests that he be put into an induced coma, For Eight Years as it turned out.
That of course is  when his poor old  heart ceased beating. Yep 8 yeas in an induced coma.

The point  is, that Epiphanys,  no matter for becoming a better person ,    is Not Always good for ones health.

Ray Strachan
Subject: Exposure of Sir John A Macdonald


Would it be possible to have an indepth exposure of how Prime Minister   Sir John A MacDonad, treated Canadas Native (Indians)

Ray Strachan

From: Rory J Koopmans
Subject: 10 Neat Things about Sweeteners (MB)

1. The real sweet stuff.
People have always had a sweet tooth. Sugar provides instant energy, not to mention instant gratification. Fruits and berries and honey were the earliest sources, but it wasn't long before people discovered the secrets of sweetness hidden in tree saps such as birch and maple and even in carrots, beets and barley. Today, sugar is produced in 120 countries; 70 per cent of it comes from sugar cane and most of the remaining 30 per cent comes from beets.
2. Sweetness from the mysterious East.
Sugar cane originated in Southeast Asia. The process of extracting sugar from the grass-like canes in crystallized form was discovered in India, although it is thought that the first sugar was domestically grown as long as 5,000 years ago in Polynesia, from whence it spread to India. In 510 BC, the Persian Emperor Darius invaded India where he discovered the "reed which gives honey without bees", or sugar cane. The Crusades brought sugar to western Europe in the 11th century AD, reaching England in 1099. By 1319, sugar was selling in London for the equivalent of $100 a pound in today's values.
3. Sugar reaches the Americas.
It wasn't until 1493 that Columbus took the first sugar canes to the Americas where it found good growing conditions in the Caribbean.  In 1747, it was discovered that sugar beets were also an excellent source of sugar.
4. No sugar tonight.
In 1879, a research assistant named Constantine Fahlberg, who was looking for a new food preservative, stumbled upon the intense sweetness of a compound he was working with. He saw the possibilities and named the compound saccharin for the Latin word saccharum or sugar. But it wasn't until the First World War when sugar was expensive and hard to come by that saccharin came into its own. By 1917, saccharin was appearing on tea tables all over America and it soon spread to Europe. The Second World War and sugar rationing sealed the deal. Artificial sweeteners were here to stay.
5. How sweet it is.
How sweet is it? Well, neotame, discovered in 2002, is 8,000 times sweeter, and therefore much cheaper, than sugar. In contrast, the popular aspartame is only 200 times sweeter than sugar. Even sweeter is the fact that none of the calories from these products ends up on your hips or producing an increase in blood sugar -- a real blessing for diabetics. The reason for this is that your body is unable to break down the molecules of artificial sweeteners, so they pass through your system without leaving any energy behind.
6. Another natural sweetener.
By now, most people have heard of the herb, stevia, the plant originating in South America that is intensely sweet (200 times sweeter than sugar) but again whose molecules cannot be broken down in our systems, thereby making them calorie-free. Stevia, most of it grown in China, was introduced to the Japanese market in 1970. An extract of stevia is sold in North America under the names of Truvia and PureVia. Some say it has a slight licorice aftertaste.
7. Eat sugar, stay thin. 
In a 2005 study at the University of Texas, the intake of diet soda was linked to weight increase and obesity in humans. In another trial, rats fed artificial sweeteners gained weight because it seemed to increase the caloric intake of other foods. Why? Because the natural response to real sugar is to eat less food at the next meal. The theory is that at the end of a meal where blood sugar does not increase, hypoglycemia may result in hyperinsulinemia and hence an increased food intake at the next meal. The moral? Have a little sweet at the end of a meal to stay thin!
8. Hydrogenated sugar.
Sugar alcohols occur naturally in plants and may be extracted from products such as corn syrup (sorbitol) or seaweed (mannitol). They can also be manufactured from sugars and starches through hydrogenation (the act of adding pairs of hydrogen atoms to a molecule). Sugar alcohols are often mixed with sugar to reduce the caloric value of sweets because they are only partially absorbed by the intestine.
9. Sugar from mushrooms and lead?
Sugar can be obtained from all carbohydrates in varying amounts, but sweetness can also be obtained from less benign sources. Throughout the ages, lead acetate has been used as a sweetener; the Romans used it to sweeten wine by boiling grape juice in lead pots and using the resulting syrup to make wine and preserve fruit. It has been postulated that lead poisoning was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, the death of Beethoven, and the death of Pope Clement II in 1047. (Vain people, beware: Lead is also used as a fixative in red lipstick and some progressive hair colours).
10. Sugar virtues and other stuff.
Sugar, meaning fructose and sucrose (not glucose), like salt, is a preservative. It works by decreasing water content by 10 to 50 per cent, thus reducing decay. Sugar may also encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in our gut. One cup of granulated sugar or brown sugar contains 720 calories.  One cup of honey contains 960 calories. Corn syrup and brown rice syrup both come in at 960 calories per cup. One cup of maple syrup contains 840 calories. One cup of sugar obtained from dates contains 400 calories.
- Dorothy Dobbie Copyright©
Pegasus Publications, Inc. 

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Fracking dangers we are not told about
Mounting Evidence: The Harm Caused By Fracking
Subject: We reap what we sow???
It's not pretty when Mideast dominos fall
Subject: finally the truth
What is the "Holocaust" story really all about?
Subject: So 'common practice' makes it acceptable????
Taxpayers pick up $8,000 tab for former top Mountie's Manhattan rent
Subject: Monsanto strikes again
The Right To Farm Organically – Australian Farmer Fights Monsanto in Landmark Seed Contamination Suit
Subject: what people don't know can't hurt the government.
Other spy watchdogs have ties to oil business
Subject: Using tax dollars to proomote an industry that most don't want???

Joe--the government is wasting this money for a corporation while our Veterans are committing suicide because of no care??  Oh Canada

Ottawa hires ad firm for $22 million oilsands campaign