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From: "Joe Hueglin" <phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca>
To: "CANADIAN DAILY DIGEST" <phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca>
Sent: June 10, 2014 5:04 AM
Subject: Daily Digest June 9, 2014


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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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CP<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
People pay tribute to slain Mounties
         Canada more 'frank' on climate change: Harper
Horwath tries to reclaim Layton's legacy
         Sona likely didn't act alone, says Crown
Harper defends prostitution legislation
         Harper says Canadians wouldn't accept legalizing activities of johns, pimps
Deadline nears for federal pipeline decision
         Hudak won't fire special ed teachers
Sona likely didn't act alone, says Crown
         Horwath invokes Layton's memory

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CBC<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
NDP spending scandal could hurt Mulcair's credibility
Tony Abbott, Stephen Harper take hard line against carbon tax
Joe Oliver lectures Ontario, Quebec on debt, deficits
F-35 s single engine too dangerous for Canadian military, report says
Will the end-of-life-care bill turn Quebec into a euthanasia tourist destination?
Indian residential school claimants stalled by document search
Ontario election 2014: Parties target key ridings in final campaign push
Ontario election: Wynne claims only a vote for her can stop Tories
Moncton shooting: RCMP plan increased presence during investigation
Robocalls: What we learned from Michael Sona's trial
Costco keeps selling treats from China despite dog death

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Canada.com<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Coyne: Gambling on victory in casino of Canadian elections
         F-35 experts' panel results expected soon
Five things from the campaign trail on Monday
         Blatchford: Bourque gunning for victims to the end, Mounties believe
Public service needs new 'moral contract' to keep it neutral, study says
         Bourque family tried to get help for accused Moncton killer
Blatchford: Moncton's list of the grieving is 70,000 names long
         Coyne: Gambling on victory in casino of Canadian elections
Den Tandt: Tories make a hash of new prostitution bill
         Fisher: Stop the charade about Russian meddling in Ukraine
Charges recommended against eight employees of B.C. dairy farm: SPCA
         Scientists seeking healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's in bid to thwart disease

People gather in show of support at visitation service for slain Mounties
         Homes evacuated after train carrying propane derails in Nova Scotia, say RCMP
Think-tanks revive F-35 engine safety debate as cabinet mulls fighter choices
         A noteworthy exchange from question period Monday in the House of Commons
Marois fundraiser says engineering firm contributed to her campaign in 2008
         Manitoba judge nullifies 'unconscionable' fees for residential school survivors
Gallery: 10 fantastic one-piece swimsuits
         History of lingerie, starting with corsets, unveiled in new exhibit
Smoothies for summer
         More Canadian women opting for double mastectomies after breast cancer diagnosis

Sexually transmitted infection linked to prostate cancer
         Combined vaccine doubles seizure risk in children
Concussion education program shoots for generational change
         Fisher: Canada stands alone in its tough approach to bully Russia

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>YAHOO NEWS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Has Stephen Harper found his conservative soulmate in Australian PM Tony Abbott
         Health officials probe B.C. lake waters after complaints from swimmers
Vancouver cat café online fundraiser misses mark, but plans to continue
         Union urges journalists not to vote Progressive Conservative in Ontario election
Ontario voter turnout down 6% in advance polls
         Security measures were loosened for Quebec inmates who escaped by helicopter
Human error behind duck-related road deaths: police

         Security measures were loosened for Quebec inmates who escaped by helicopter: deputy premier 3 hours ago
Seizure risk from combo vaccine could give anti-vaccination crowd fresh ammo 3 hours ago
         London criticized for anti-homeless spikes, but Canada is little better 8 hours ago

Harper: Canada just more 'frank' than rest of the world on climate change 3 hours ago
         'Ample evidence' Sona main robocalls culprit, even if he didn't act alone: Crown 4 hours ago
Journalists' union piles on against Hudak's Ontario PCs; members take issue with message 5 hours ago
         Manitoba man charged as fake MD, patient's family speaks out 2 hours 50 minutes ago
Moncton man charged with threatening to kill police 6 hours ago
         Rob Ford falls behind Chow, Tory in latest Toronto mayoral poll 11 hours ago
Homes evacuated after train carrying propane derails in Nova Scotia, say RCMP 1 hour 32 minutes ago
         Human error behind duck-related road deaths: police 4 hours ago

Tax Freedom Day: Fraser Institute highlights we're paying more tax than last year

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Canadian Progressive World<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Harper's Online Surveillance Bill C 13 Reveals "Canada's Growing Privacy Deficit"
http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/06/08/harpers-bill-c%E2%80%9013-reveals-canadas-growing-privacy-deficit/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheCanadianProgressive+%28The+Canadian+Progressive%29#.U5Y56fldWJE
         Canada's privacy czar questions Harper's cyberbullying Bill C-13
Bill C-13: Harper tries to turn Canada into a surveillance state… again!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Tyee<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Which MLAs Send Kids to Private Schools? We Asked
But few want to talk about it. Only 19 responded to our simple question.
Thanks to My Grandma's Robot
In Japan, an assistive robot brought my obaasan new life. Canadian seniors may soon benefit, too.
The Lucrative Secrets to Crowdfunding
Expert Ian MacKenzie previews his June 14 Tyee Master Class.
Help Rafe Mair Lift His Gloom Today
The system is fixed against the public and nature. How do we fix that? By Rafe Mair
  []    Tyee Poll: Do You Think the Feds Will Approve Northern Gateway?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vancouver Observer<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Harper government may delay Northern Gateway: Grand Chief
        The First Nation leader urged people to show up in front of the CBC building at 6 p.m. on the day of the decision.
Oil sands: a promise and a curse
        Thoughts for responsible oil sands development: a visitor's perspective
Anticipating rebellion: citizens vow to "stop the bulldozers" if Enbridge pipeline approved
        BCCLA is giving seminars to pipeline and tanker affected communities on how to keep protests safe, effective and legal.
How to take control of humanity's development

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Globe and Mail<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Ontario teachers to receive three-quarters of pay in case of strike
         Is Ontario becoming the new Quebec?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TorStar<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Ontario election foreshadows next year's Mulcair-Trudeau battle
Kathleen Wynne and the voter fatigue monster
Tim Hudak: Evolution of a leadership style
PC plans for full-day kindergarten would mean more classrooms, fewer educators

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>BOURQUE NEWS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Liberals lead Tories by 3 as NDP gains

NDP spending scandal could hurt Mulcair's credibility
         F-35 s single engine too dangerous for Canadian military, report says
Sona likely didn't act alone, says Crown
         Ontario teachers to receive three-quarters of pay in case of strike

New poll puts Rob Ford's support at historic low
         Tony Abbott, Stephen Harper take hard line against carbon tax
Harper's bluster doesn't pass muster
         Harper sinks to new lows with cold war posturing
The government's failed attempt to address prostitution
         Defending decency, winning votes
The right way to fight prostitution
         New sex trade bill falls short on goals
Of negative Liberal ads, throwing NDP under the political bus and Herle redux

Proof builds on Liberals' relationship with unions
         Ontario needs Hudak, but do voters know it?
NDP's Horwath credits lessons learned as cocktail waitress
         Young Quebecers' changing attitudes
Tony Abbott backs Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper's tough rhetoric on Russia's actions in Ukraine
         Tony Abbott courts Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for Australian investment
Deadline nears for federal pipeline decision
         Harper calls Putin nationalist, imperialist
The Harper Doctrine: Not afraid to be "offside" of others
         CN offered to solve looming grain backlog in November: documents

Aglukkaq, Ambrose, Nicholson least accessible Cabinet ministers, say Hill reporters
         Canada alone in tough line on Russia
Ontario election 2014: Parties target key ridings in final campaign push
         Feds' move to ram bills through House, again, creates Hill speculation of early election, prorogation, PM's possible exit…
Tories, Libs trying to knock NDP off their ethical 'high horse' over free partisan mailings: pundits
         Race has grown too close to call as Liberals regain footing
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>PressTV<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
School witch-hunt fuels UK Islamophobia
         Shooters believe US police 'oppressor'
'Russia-Ukraine gas talks hit deadlock'
         CAR 'getting increasingly anti-French'
Obama Syria policy vetoed by Assad win
         NATO begins drills near Russia border
57,000 US vets still waiting for VA care
         Saudi court sentences 2 Shias to death
Gazans rally in support of prisoners
         'Brawl changed man ancestors' faces'
'Cybercrime grown into monstrosity'
         US arms could turn Syria into Somalia

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Real News Network<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Brazilian Military deployed, Civil Unrest intensifies 48 hours Before World Cup
         Reaganomics Was Crazy - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)
Wiebe and Binney on Why they Blew the Whistle on the NSA - TRNN Webathon Panel
         Human Activity Driving Earth Towards Global Extinction Event
Federal Agents Send Hundreds Of Migrant Children To Arizona
         Cannabis conference kicks off in Chicago

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The European Union Times<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
High methane gas levels in Texas water linked to fracking Source
         Children playing with dirt may reduce allergy and asthma risk Source
Japan caught hiding 640 Kg of Plutonium from IAEA  Source
         Adult movies cause brain damage to men – new study finds Source

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>t r u t h o u t<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Fracking Drives Farmers From Land in Illinois: Can We Live on Fossil Fuel Instead of Food? Read the BuzzFlash Commentary
        Vermont's New GMO Law May Upend Food Industry Nationwide Read the article at The Los Angeles Times
Chaos of Injustice: Not Enough Supplies for Mass Detention of Undocumented Children Read the Article at The Guardian
        High Times for Hemp in Senate Vote Read the Article at McClatchy DC
Colleges Are Full of It: Behind the Three-Decade Scheme to Raise Tuition, Bankrupt Generations and Hypnotize the Media Read the Article at Salon
        Why Hedge Funds Love Charter Schools Read the Article at The Huffington Post
The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Future of the Left: An Interview With Henry A. Giroux
         Econocide Over-the-Rhine
What's Gender Got to Do With Policing and Prison?
         Another Reason to Rein in Big Banks: Student Loan Shenanigans
Dahr Jamail | Will Fracking Cause Our Next Nuclear Disaster?
         United States Nearly Used Nukes During Vietnam War
European Elections 2014: New Developments or Back to Business as Usual?
         Dean Baker | Why Do Coal Mining Jobs Matter So Much More Than Jobs Lost to Trade?
Fox News Has Finally Yelled Fire in a Crowded Theater
         Rich Getting Richer as the Poor Crawl Slowly Out of Poverty

On the News With Thom Hartmann: President Announces Plans to Cut Emissions by 30 Percent by 2030, and More
         Dark Money, Dirty War: The Corporate Crusade Against Low-Wage Workers
The Private Equity Limited Partnership Agreement Release: The Industry's Snowden Moment

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Activist Post<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Victory: Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot Wins Lawsuit
         More Phantom Jobs Created – All In The Wrong Places
Drug cartels? Amateurs! Here's the real thing

Watch as Investigators Protect Police Chief Lying on Film
         Should Northern California Secede and Become the State of Jefferson?
U.S. arms could create Syria 'warlords', rebel commander says
         U.S. sends stealth bombers to Europe
Russian bank chiefs take aim at US dollar
         FDA to Save Us From Scourge of Wood-Aged Artisanal Cheese
Preventing services like Uber and Lyft from operating discourages competition and innovation
         Indiana Sheriff: We Need Military Vehicles Because "The USA Has Become A War Zone"
How a Big Agribusiness Firm Infiltrated the EPA and Made a Mockery of Science
         Thousands of children in Irish care homes at centre of 'baby graves scandal' were used in secret vaccine trials

Edge of Tomorrow: Esoteric Analysis
         New Ukraine President Was Once an Agent for U.S. State Department
Are we heading towards an anarchic future where centralized power will dissolve?
         Banks are sharing customer withdrawals and money movements with the NSA
Artificial Intelligence Is Now Telling Doctors How to Treat You
         How Olive Oil Can Protect You From Air Pollution
Thank the troops for their service?
         U.S. Government Ties El Salvador Aid Package to Monsanto's GMO Seeds

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> http://www.commondreams.org/ <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Overwhelming Majority of Americans Say: 'Just Label It!'
         http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/09-7
Human Rights Watch: Israeli Shooting of Teens a 'War Crime'
         http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/09-4
Obama Announces Executive Action on Student Loans
         http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/09-6
Kerry Indicates Drone Targeting of Freed Taliban Soldiers
         http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/09
A Brief History of GI Resistance During the Vietnam War
         http://www.commondreams.org/video/2014/06/09

EPIC FAIL: A Short History of Privatization in Ontario, Canada
         http://www.commondreams.org/video/2014/06/09-0
Jesse Franzblau: Libya: A Cautionary Tale
         http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-3
Diane Ravitch: Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates' Role in Common Core
         http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-1
Belén Fernández: Human Rights Watch's Revolving Door
         http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-5
Chris Hedges: The Rules of Revolt
         http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-0

Eduardo Galeano: The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer
         http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09
Reprieve: 'They Would Just Randomly Beat Me': British Student Tells of UAE Torture Ordeal
         http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/09
Consumers Union: New Consumer Reports Poll Shows Consumer Demand for Strong Federal Standards for Genetically Engineered Food
         http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/09-2

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Le pénitencier pour un chauffard de Disraeli? Plus
         En prison pour des attouchements sexuelsPlus
Moncton demande à ses citoyens d'héberger des policiersPlus
         Prostitution: Harper maintient la ligne durePlus
Moncton: un ami du suspect est accusé de menacesPlus
         Las Vegas: les tueurs reliés au mouvement raciste blancPlus
Le premier ministre australien parle du «Canadia» Plus
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Meurtre d'une ado de 17 ans: le suspect accuséPlus
         Financement illégal: Marois n'était pas au courantPlus
Construction: Sam Hamad brandit la loi spécialePlus
         Canards sur l'A30: la vitesse en jeuPlus
A-Bonaventure: deux voies par direction jusqu'en décembrePlus
         La ministre Thériault préoccupée par la triple évasionPlus
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         Intervention policière: une personne perd la viePlus
Des prête-noms pour financer la campagne de MaroisPlus
         Cycliste mortellement happée à SherbrookePlus

Égypte: agressée sexuellement en pleine manifestationPlus
         Villeray: une personne manquerait à l'appelPlus
Opération Écrevisse: le procès est suspenduPlus
         Saint-Lazare: le kangourou en fuite est retrouvéPlus
Bachar al-Assad décrète une «amnistie générale»Plus
         Les talibans attaquent un aéroport du PakistanPlus
Prison à perpétuité pour les meurtriers de PolitkovskaïaPlus
         Évasion: la ministre Lise Thériault reste muette

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Conservatism
or Corporatism?
From: "NFU Office" <nfu@nfu.ca>
To: "NFU Office" <nfu@nfu.ca>
Subject:  Media Release - Coming into force of New Seed Act Regulations amplifies threat of Bill C-18, says NFU
 
 
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                          June 9, 2014
 
Coming into force of New Seed Act Regulations amplifies threat of Bill C-18, says NFU
 
Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations
came into force Wednesday, June 4, following publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The new seed variety registration regulations eliminate the requirement for independent third-party testing for performance or agronomic quality of soybeans and forages (such as alfalfa). Companies can now register these varieties by filling out a form, submitting a seed sample and paying the $875 registration fee. The new regulations also require the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to cancel the registration of any seed variety at the request of the company that registered it, effectively removing the variety from commerce.
 
"The National Farmers Union (NFU) expressed serious concerns about these regulatory changes during the public comment period over a year ago," said Terry Boehm, Chair of the NFU Seed and Trade Committee. "Since then, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act omnibus bill has been introduced into Parliament. The combination of the new regulation and the proposed law has very serious implications for farmer autonomy, agricultural biodiversity and food sovereignty in Canada."
 
"These amendments to the Seeds Act Regulations are very controversial and we understand that between 5,000 and 10,000 Canadians also submitted comments in opposition to the regulation," said Ann Slater, NFU Vice-President, Policy. "The new regulations are designed to save seed companies money by allowing them to put new varieties of forages and soybeans on the market without any independent data that farmers can rely on. Farmers will be faced with buying seed that may cause problems for themselves and their neighbours if the yield is poor or the variety is susceptible to disease. Canada's Seeds Act was originally meant to protect farmers from unscrupulous seed sellers but instead, this regulation works against farmers' interests."
 
"The new variety cancellation provisions set up a 'variety treadmill' system for farmers," added Boehm. "The Plant Breeders' Rights Act allows companies to collect royalties on new varieties for 18 years – 20 if Bill C-18 passes. This regulation would give them the green light to de-register varieties for no valid reason a year or two before the plant breeders' rights expire to prevent those varieties from entering the public domain where they can be freely saved, shared sold and exchanged. Furthermore, many of the existing public-domain varieties are registered by companies that also sell PBR varieties. There is nothing to stop those companies from removing perfectly good older varieties from the market by de-registering them."
 
"It took more than a year for this change to come into force, possibly due to the concerns raised by the public," said Slater. "But there is no indication that these concerns were given any consideration. Now, Bill C-18 would add an 'incorporation by reference' clause to several Acts, including the Seeds Act, so industry groups might get the regulatory changes they want more quickly with little or no public involvement."
 
"The manner in which this regulation was brought in should serve as a warning to anyone who believes that farmers will have any influence over regulations affecting the Farmers' Privilege to use farm-saved seed if Bill C-18 passes," said Jan Slomp, NFU President. "The federal government has clearly decided to use its regulatory power to serve the interests of global agribusiness corporations and not farmers. The only way we can protect our right to save seed is to make sure that Bill C-18 does not pass."
 
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For more information:
 
Terry Boehm, Chair, NFU Seed and Trade Committee: (306) 255-2880 or (306) 255-7638
Ann Slater, Vice-President, Policy: (519) 349-2448; email: aslater@quadro.net
Jan Slomp, President: (403) 843-2068 or (403) 704-4364
 
NFU Comments on Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations
– attached, or https://tinyurl.com/osrcug9

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From: Art Williams
Subject: Recommended article, please read " THOUGHT PROVOKING STUFF -
POSSIBLE CURE FOR OUT OF CONTROL GOVERNMENT"

Check out this great article:
http://www.naturalnews.com/045495_assassination_drones_autonomous_killing_facial_recognition.html

It's really interesting.

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From: "S Booiman"
To: <infoservices@lsbc.org>
Subject: rights

June 9, 2014
 
Ladies and Gentlemen of the B.C.Law Society.
 
The opening line of the CANADIAN Constitution states:
 
                 We recognize the supremacy of GOD
 
The Fathers of Confederation did build OUR Country on Christian principles.
 
The history of Canada did live through this for all those generations, even
though during that time we lost the basics of Canada "principles".
 
Today "The We Want" society is trying very hard to further the separation
regardless the foundation on which we stand.
 
With this support TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY to have a LAW School.
 
Well aware that our present laws depend on the interpretation by the
individual legal professional but does not take away the quoted opening line
of OUR Constitution nor the principles on which OUR country as created.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Suan H.Booiman
204-1220 Fir Street
White Rock B.C. V4B 4B1

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From: MAHMOOD ELAHI
To: "consortnew@aol.com ..
Subject: With US withdrawing From Global Conflicts, America's Hawkish Legacy Is Long Over

Mr. Robert Parry
Editor, Consortium For Independent Journalism
Arlington VA

With US Withdrawing From Global Conflicts, America's Hawkish Legacy Is Long Over

I am writing with reference to Comment: "Hillary clinton's Hawkish Legacy," by JP Sottile (June 5).

JP Sottile has written a contrived article which missies the real picture. Far from being hawkish, the Obama administration with Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of States (and John Kerry after her) has been retreating from the global challenges. As Josef Joffe, editor of the German weekly Die Zeit, writes in the June issue of the American Interest: "The 44th President is not an isolationisr like John Quincy Adams, who warned the nation against going 'abroad in search of monsters to destroy.' ... Neither is Obama is a human rights idealist like Jimmy Carter. ... or George W. Bush, who went off to slay modern-day monsters like Saddam to implant the blessings of democracy in the Middle East. ... So where in the American ideology is Barack Obama? There is only one clear answer: the America is in withdrwal mode. The United States has left Iraq and will leave Afghanistan. Interventionism is out; hence Obama's relief when the Russians, who know a vacuum when they see one, offered him a way out of a bombing campaign against Assad's chemical arsenal. ... Likewise, he let the European Union play first fiddle in the duel against Russia over Ukraine. He has cut the U.S. military presence in Europe down to rock bottom, without really executing a men-and-steel 'pivot' toward the Pacific."

Exhausted by two long bloody wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, most Americans seem to be suffering from what can be called the "terminal combat fatigue syndrome" : the reluctance to shed any more American blood and treasure in distant lands, unless the U.S. security is directly threatened. This expains why the United States has refused to intervene militarily in the Syrian conflict which is going on for three years. All polls show that although an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is slaughtering his own people, they also believe that he is a tinpot dictator and poses no threat to America. And opposition to any military intervention in Syria is coming from both right and left of the political spectrum.

The conservative movement has always had factions opposing American intervention in foreign conflicts, most recently led by Ron Paul, the Republican presidential candidate and a favorite of ultra right-wing Tea Party Republicans. But the rallying of conservatives on a Syria suggests a new political movement opposing any U.S. military operation on financial grounds.

"There has to be money spent when you buy Tomahawk missiles to lob over Damascus," told David A. Dickerson, a leader of Barren County Patriots in Kentucky the New York Times. "My feeling is we don't need to involve ourselves in a civil war halfway around the world when we have the needs we have at home, like bringing spending under control." The sentiment is shared by Representative Alan Grayson, a progressive Florida Democrat when he said: "Our own needs in America are great, and they come first."

Reluctance to intervene in foreign conflicts is also reflected in the massive cuts in the U.S. defense budget even as the crisis in Ukraine is threatening the European security. The February 2014 Defense budget is based on the assumption that the "tide of war is receding." But two days after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hgel'e February 24 speech announcing massive cuts, masked gunmen without insignia on their uniforms began occupying key government offices in Crimea. Annexation of Crimea by Russia quickly followed. And all the US could do was to impose some minor sanctions on Russia.

The US ithdrawal from the global scene has been going on for a while. When France sent troops to Mali to stop extremists linked with Al Qaeda from overrunning the country, the US sent some transport planes to help ferry French soldiers  in the region, but according to the French newspaper Le Figaro, the Americans asked for payment before agreeing to help. Perhaps the worst example of America's refusal to act was when the US Consulate at Bengazi was attacked under Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Such a refusal to act militarily against extremists in Libya would continue to haunt Mrs Clinton. So much for Hillary Clinton's hawkish legacy.

With the U.S. refusing to  act as the global cop, we will have to find some else to stop the conflicts around the globe. As Anne Applebaum wrote in the Washington Post: "If America is to enjoy 'peace in our time' --- an expression now deployed by both Barack Obama and Neville Chamberlain -- while the rest of the world remains at war, then some else will fill the vacuum. ... Europe may not be the best superpower. But it is the only one we've got."

JP Sottile has written a pointless article which misses the entire picture. In fact, the world will benefit immensely if Hillary Clinton shows some hawkishness if she becomes the president. But with both right-wing and left-wing of the political spectrum opposed to any military intervention in the global conflicts, this may be a wishful thinking.

MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: Evil rules
American Leaders JOKE About Dead Veterans and Children
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocih62dSJR8
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Subject: But don't forget--Harper stands with israel which makes us all guilty of supporting this destruction
Palestine: Terrible stories, brave readers
  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/08/israel-soldiers-speak-out-brutality-palestine-occupation  
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Subject: Harper's war of words
TAYLOR: Harper's bluster doesn't pass muster
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1213232-taylor-harper-s-bluster-doesn-t-pass-muster
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Subject: they also control Canada in the same manner
How the Israel Lobby works
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/08/366097/how-the-israel-lobby-works/
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Subject: I guess regular vaccines are not deadly enough???
FDA Approves First GMO Flu Vaccine: Expected On Market in 2014
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/07/12/fda-approves-first-gmo-flu-vaccine-expected-on-market-in-2014/
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Subject: Canada Post cuts home delivery but continues postage-free mail for MPs  Read more:
  http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-post-cuts-home-delivery-but-continues-postage-free-mail-for-mps-DD

Joe--the mail for MPs is free for them but costs us.  Is anyone surprised??  At our post office the recycling bin is full of these mail-outs.  Most don't read them but we all pay.
A year ago the MPs gave themselves a big raise for travel and salary but now we are paying more for stamps and have to walk to get our mail.  Will we get a decrease in the cost of stamps because we have to travel to get our mail??  No--we get to pay more for less. 
Canada Post is in debt but they got those new fancy trucks to deliver mail. 
Mail is an essential service but our government will decide how essential?  This is a fact ignored by government.  So many people are unable to get to a community mail box but that is ok--just shut up and pay more??  Democracy, you gotta love it.  The government steals from us for their own benefit and we just keep on paying more for less.  Will we ever wake up??  Our government can tell other countries how to live while flushing us down the toilet--and we have to pay for the water and the toilet.

becky
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