Created on Saturday, 11 October 2008 07:51
Written by Chris Cook
Stephen Harper Wants Your Vote (enough to try steal it?)
by C. L. Cook
In 2006, Stephen Harper's Conservatives brought in Bill C-31, an
instrument designed, among other things, to making democracy more safe
for...Stephen Harper's Conservatives.
Taking a page from Karl Rove's
electioneering playbook, the Conservatives adopted provisions of the
notorious Help America Vote Act (HAVA) that make voting more difficult
for people not generally found among the conservative voting base of
either America or Canada: the poor, indigent, seniors living in care
facilities, immigrants, and young, first-time voters.
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Created on Saturday, 11 October 2008 03:49
Written by David Schreck
Read more: Harper Fiddles While Canadian Pension Plan Bleeds Billions
CPP Loss at $25 Billion
by David Schreck
t will be February before we know how much the
Canada Pension Plan recently lost on the stock market, but a fair guess
is $25 billion disappeared between the end of the first quarter on June
30th and October 8th.
Canadian Prime Minister and Calgary School-trained economist advises: "Buy stock."
Of course, CPP's third
quarter doesn't end until December 31st, so it will be February before
we see a report to the end of the third quarter. We can all hope that
the index is above 10,056 by then, but it could be even lower.
is happening to the CPP is also happening to pension plans, RRSPs,
RRIPs and investment accounts. That is why it is irresponsible for
Prime Minister Harper to dismiss the stock market as something that
always goes up and down, and to say that it probably presents good
buying opportunities today. Mr. Harper isn't showing the kind of
empathy that Canadians expect and deserve.
Created on Friday, 10 October 2008 17:36
The Temper Mental Mr. McCain
by Brave New Films
Created on Friday, 10 October 2008 09:25
Written by Press Release
ICE Raids on Immigrants Meet Quick Resistance
by Monica Hill
as La Migra gone berserk! Renamed Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
or ICE, it is on the warpath, terrorizing as many immigrant workers and
their families as possible. Why?
Read more: Pushback: ICE Immigration Raids Meet Resistance
They are not terrorists or human traffickers. They are workers.
U.S. Congress and companies want to force immigrants into guest-worker
programs where they become â€œguestsâ€ in the U.S. and are entirely
dependent upon their employer.
Raids and roadblocks are exploding everywhere, especially in small
towns where there are fewer people to raise the alarm and
counter-organize. But outraged community activists, unions and civil
liberty groups are putting the federal governmentâ€™s feet to the fire
anyway. Here are just a few of the stories.
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 17:39
Written by Press Release
Video on Collapse of Salmon From Fish Farms, Glendale Grizzlies
the Absence of Salmon
by Save Our Rivers Society
SORS is pleased to present a new film by POWERPLAY
producer Damien Gillis, teaming with Save Our Rivers official
spokesperson and longtime wild salmon advocate Rafe Mair.
Read more: Fish Farm Domino Effect: Salmon Stock Collapse Threatens B.C. Coastal Ecosystems
"Glendale Grizzlies: In the Absence of Salmon" is a preview of a
forthcoming series, S.O.S.: The State of Our Salmon, that will discuss
the importance of salmon for our environment, economy, and cultures -
as well as examining historic impacts on our wild salmon, culminating
in fish farm devastation on the coast, and new threats on the horizon,
including the pine beetle and private river power projects on
potentially hundreds of our rivers and streams.
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 09:14
Written by Mickey Z
Attack of the Attackers
by Mickey Z.
've given some talks this year...talks that could accurately be described as "challenging" to those not part of a minute militant minority (see below link).
One of the most predictable responses from the more mainstream of my listenersâ€”whether during Q&A or in follow-up conversations and e-mailsâ€”is that some audience members feel attacked (by yours truly) for their lifestyle.
Read more: Ameri-tac
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 07:53
Written by The Real News
The Iraq war hits Wall Street
At almost $1 trillion, and counting, the Wall Street bailout will cost taxpayers as much as the Iraq war.
Read more: War Hitting the Wall
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 07:47
Written by Danny Schechter
The Edge of the ABYSS: As Economic War Threatens, It's Time to Fight Back
Read more: As Economic War Threatens, It's Time to Fight Back
by Danny Schechter
he other day as I was out promoting my book Plunder with a talk at a
New York bookstore on the day the market dropped precipitously. It was
a day that I led my blog with a quote from financial analyst fearing we
are on the edge of the abyss.
I was introduced by Steve Fraser, a scholar, who wrote a major study
on Wall Street and the American dream. As we chatted, I asked if he had
expected the intensity of the crisis we are now experiencing.
â€œYes,â€ he said, â€œI always knew this was possible, even likely but I am
in a state of shock by the severity and seriousness of the crash.
Honestly, I thought they would avoid it.â€
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 06:56
Written by Letters to the Editor
Afghanistan: 'Vet' Claims Canada Using White Phosphorus as Weapon
by C. L. Cook
n a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star newspaper, Corporal Paul Demetrick, a man claiming to be a Canadian veteran in the reserves, charged Canadian Forces with using White Phosphorus munitions as a weapon against "enemy-occupied" vineyards in Afghanistan.
Whiskey Pete, as it's colloquially known in the U.S. military, has such a gruesome impact on human physiology, (some of those horrors famously recorded during and after the second Battle of Falluja in 2005) its use is "restricted" to "illumination" and providing "smokescreen" cover for troops.
In Falluja, the U.S. military finally admitted it had deployed White Phoshorus into the city with predictable effect to the population there.
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Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 05:50
Written by Chris Cook
Harper Dodging Investigation with Election Call?
by C. L. Cook
After the 2006 Canadian election, the head of the
emerging minority government, prime minister Stephen Harper did
something unprecedented. Bucking the tradition begun in England's
parliamentary democracy and adopted at Canada's confederation in 1867,
Harper changed the way elections are called, dictating Canada would now
move to a system of fixed election dates similar to that used in the
republic of the United States of America.
Until then, calling an
election was at the discretion of the prime minister, within a maximum
five year term. That is, the election call is the PM's prerogative in
the case of a majority government, wherein the ruling party has a clear
majority of seats and votes in the House of Commons, something Harper
has yet to experience; or, in the case of Harper's minority Conservatives a vote of
no, or non-confidence can force an election should the House reject
the government's continuance.
Stephen Harper tried mightily in 2008 to force just such a vote;
tabling legislation that clearly went against the policy grain of the
official opposition Liberals. Harper even took to the airwaves,
taunting Liberal leader, Stephane Dion and daring him to bring down the
government. Dion refused to take the bait.
Why Harper would want to
bring down his own government, if he really did want it, is an open
Update: A forensic audio expert reports the tapes corroborating the late MP Chuck Cadman's contention Stephen Harper's Conservatives made an improper overture to the independent for his vote in a non-confidence vote against the then governing Liberal party undoctored.
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