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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday;s Vehicle - 1967 Sunbeam Tiger

Let the truth be heard....

Canada: Decoding Harper’s Terror Game. Beneath the Masks and Diversions

Global Research, October 28, 2014
Stephen Harper is the most deeply reviled Prime Minister in Canada’s history. On the world stage,  he is the servant of Big Oil boiling oil out of tar-sands to destroy major river systems and pollute the planet with dirty oil, while his attack dog John Baird leads the warmongering and bullying of nations like Iran and Syria targeted by the US-Israeli axis.

He is the most despotic and toxic first minister in the life of our country. His administration defunds every social program and life protective system it can. It strips the country of its public information infrastructures at every level – including now the gagging of non-profit NGO’s by eliminating their charitable status if they question any policy of his regime.

Just as his friend George Bush Jr., Harper holds government by big-money backing, continual lies, attack ads, and life-blind policies to enrich the already rich. Canada’s neo-con political class may have its head on backwards, but Harper is very cunning in skirting, subverting and perverting the law to abuse power at every level. He is the poster boy of the global corporate agenda of wrecking society and its common life support systems.  


More bad news we all knew and Stephen Harper lied to Canadians about

Bank of Canada just gave us "the-dog-has-died talk" about manufacturing sector

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has some really bad news to share about the Canadian manufacturing sector.

Or, as the Globe and Mail's Economy Lab editor David Parkinson puts it, "Poloz has just sat Canadians down and given us a national the-dog-has-died talk."
In a statement that was slated to be delivered last week with the release of the bank's quarterly Monetary Policy Report (the event was cancelled following the shooting at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill), Poloz was set to talk about Canada's manufacturing export sector has suffered deep and permanent structural damage.

Here's a snippet of Poloz's statement, now posted on the bank's website:

"It is clear that our export sector is less robust than in previous cycles. Last spring, as you may recall, we identified which non-energy subsectors could be expected to lead the recovery in exports, and which would not.

We have since investigated in more detail the subsectors that have been underperforming. After sifting through more than 2,000 product categories, we have found that the value of exports from about a quarter of them has fallen by more than 75 per cent since the year 2000. Had the exports of these products instead risen in line with foreign demand, they would have contributed about $30 billion in additional exports last year.

By correlating these findings with media reports, we could see that many were affected by factory closures or other restructurings. In other words, capacity in these subsectors has simply disappeared. This analysis helps us understand a significant portion of the gap in export performance....

This research has important implications for Canada’s employment picture. We know that when companies restructure or close their doors, the associated job losses are usually permanent. If companies can meet increased export demand with existing capacity, the associated employment gains can be fairly modest, with most of the increase in output coming in the form of higher productivity. The bigger employment gains will come when we enter the rebuilding phase of the cycle – when companies are sufficiently confident about future export demand that they begin to invest in new capacity and create new jobs."

Harper and his sheeple have been aware of this problem since 2009 and it was addressed in the 2012 Auditor Generals Report

Ottawa shooting: RCMP, House security radios on different frequencies

The security forces protecting Parliament must be better integrated, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Monday, less than a week after a gunman killed a soldier at the National War Memorial, ran onto the Hill to hijack a car, and died metres from the rooms where MPs were meeting.

Concerns have been raised repeatedly over the years about the different silos in which law enforcement and security officials operate on and around Parliament Hill, including by Auditor General Michael Ferguson, who reported on them in 2012.

In question period Monday, Blaney said, "the silos we have today are not adequate. Security inside Parliament must be integrated with outside security forces."

CBC News has learned those security forces can't even speak to each other by radio because their radios use different frequencies.


Interesting read

Lone wolves, police state

"The criminal code already makes it an offence to call for violence against a specific, identifiable group. But what about apologies for terrorism, like those of Frantz Fanon, the famous French psychoanalyst who argued that violence is a necessary stage in the process of decolonization? What about those who believe, for instance, that terrorists are “heroes,” or argue that terrorism is “justified by the crimes of the West” and so on?'

These are repugn...ant opinions, but even the most abhorrent ideas must be tolerated for freedom of speech to exist. This is what makes Canada a liberal democracy. Denying it would be granting a moral victory to the terrorists who are fighting against this country’s most fundamental values."'

A conversation in heaven

Hi!  Wanda.

Hi! Sylvia. How’d you  die?

I froze to  death.

How  horrible!

It wasn’t so bad. After I  quit shaking from

the cold, I began to get warm &  sleepy,
and finally died a peaceful  death.
What about  you?

I died of a massive heart  attack.

I suspected that my husband was  cheating,
so I came home early to catch him in  the act.
But instead, I found him all by  himself

in the den watching  TV.

So, what  happened?

I was so sure there was another woman
there somewhere that I started  running

all over the house looking. I ran up  into
the attic and searched, and down into  the
basement. Then I went through every  closet
and checked under all the beds. I kept  this up
until I had looked everywhere, and  finally
I became so exhausted that I just  keeled over
with a heart attack and  died.

Too bad you didn’t look in the  freezer

—we’d both still be  alive.
Thanks Randy

Ebola | Parody of The Kinks' "Lola" |

Thanks Maria

Taping woes

Thanks Richard

Jimmy Kimmel Surprises Hero Who Saved Man From Burning Building

Thanks Sylvia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday's Vehicle - 1964 Austin Healy

Harpers insane approach to budgeting is an insult to seniors, handicapped and unemployed.

Exactly as I predicted week after week, month after month and year after year since this destroyer of the economy came to office..... his insane budget programs will catch up to him.

Information regarding the Canadian Pension Plan is displayed of the service Canada website in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Under the Conservative government’s new rules, people denied disability benefits lose the opportunity to directly appeal their cases.
(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Ottawa tackles Social Security Tribunal benefit-claims backlog

A major backlog in benefit claims for Canadian seniors, the unemployed and people with disabilities is forcing Ottawa to expand the size of its Social Security Tribunal.
The government used a 2012 omnibus budget bill to create the new tribunal, which hears appeals related to the Canada Pension Plan, disability benefits and Employment Insurance and Old Age Security.
Now the Conservative government is using its latest budget bill, introduced on Thursday, to expand it. The new bill removes a line in the original law that capped the size of the tribunal at 74 full-time staff. It also removes limits on the number of hours part-time staff can work.
The government says the change will allow it to add employees to respond to a backlog of nearly 11,000 cases related to CPP and OAS.
“Lifting both of these caps will help alleviate the current backlog and prevent future backlogs,” a spokesperson for Employment and Social Development Canada said.

The World sees through Harpers beating of war drums

Eric Margolis: Formerly ‘Liked Everywhere’ Canada Has Moved ‘Into the Gun Sights’

International affairs writer Eric Margolis, interviewed Wednesday on the Scott Horton Show, commented that he would not be surprised if the killers of Canada soldiers in Ontario and Quebec this week were motivated to react to the Canada government’s adoption of “a very, very hostile policy toward Muslims in general.” Margolis pins the responsibility for the adoption of this policy largely on Stephen Harper, who has been the nation’s prime minister since February of 2006, and some of the groups supporting Harper.

Margolis points to particular aspects of this policy, including that Canada “just dispatched six warplanes to go and bomb ISIS or whoever in Syria and Iraq” and has spent billions of dollars and over 100 troops’ lives on the Afghanistan war and occupation. Margolis, a Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity academic board member, sums up the dramatic transition toward Canada becoming a target for blowback as follows:
… Canada, which not long ago was liked everywhere—Canada didn’t have an enemy in the world, has now put itself into the gun sights of militant extremist terrorists, whatever you want to call them. And, as I’ve been saying for a long time, it’s only a matter of time before angry people attack.


A pattern of deceit: Harper promises then quietly lets the promise disappear.

Retail Price Controls Vanish

Finance Canada has quietly dropped plans for retail price controls. Promised legislation to abolish “discrimination” in cross-border pricing is omitted from a 459-page omnibus budget bill, the last of the year. Authorities had said the bill would detail the measure.

“I am disappointed there is nothing in here because they made such a big deal about it,” said MP Judy Sgro, Liberal industry critic; “They do a lot of talking about what they’re going do for this problem, but when it comes to actually doing something there is very little.”

Cabinet promised in its last budget speech last February 11: “The government intends to introduce legislation to address price discrimination that is not justified by higher operating costs in Canada and to empower the Commissioner of Competition to enforce the new framework. Details will be announced in the coming months.”

They weren’t. Industry Minister James Moore did not respond to a request for comment.

“We’ve not heard anything except how terrible it is,” said Sgro, MP for York West, Ont. Sgro said she was told by one constituent of a generator that sells for US$450 south of the border, and $899 in Canada: “Somebody is gouging somebody, but how do you control that?”

Finance Canada wrote in its February budget, “It is well documented that Canadians pay more than non-Canadians for many identical goods”, citing Statistics Canada data that the so-called price gap averages 25 percent. Then-Finance Minister Jim Flaherty attributed price differences to “something called country pricing” – a practice whereby manufacturers maximize profits by selling identical products at different prices by market.

Asked what action he contemplated against retailers, Flaherty told reporters: “They better have some sort of explanation, other than they are targeting Canada because our people are relatively affluent and will pay it – and there is some evidence of that.”

Flaherty died of a heart attack last April 10. The finance department has since proposed no legislation on cross-border pricing.

“We do expect the government is going to be coming forward with proposals on that, and it’s our impression and indication that the Minister of Industry would be doing that over the course of the next couple of weeks,” said David Wilkes, senior vice president of government relations with the Retail Council of Canada. “It’s a very complex issue and of course there are justifiable differences between prices between the markets; our tax system is different, for example.”

“The root causes of that are understood, and there would be recommendations and approaches to address it,” Wilkes added. “We don’t believe that there has been any backing away from that commitment.”

Analysts earlier noted the Competition Act already restricts unfair trade practices, and questioned the practicality of enforcing price controls on retailers.

By Dale Smith


Dictators listen to no one

Ottawa’s silencing of scientists should end

The Conservative government only undermines itself by restricting the ability of federally employed scientists to communicate freely with the public and the media. It feeds suspicion, suggesting that Canada has something to hide, for example, on such controversial matters as the oil sands – wrongly or rightly.

Last week, the Union of Concerned Scientists, an American organization, and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada sent Prime Minister Stephen Harper an open letter strongly recommending that Canada no longer insist that government scientists get the permission of a media relations officer before they speak to journalists. Fifteen thousand or so researchers are said to be affected by such rules. There were 800 signatories – Canadian government researchers themselves did not sign it.


My Birthday by the Numbers.

One day in November I will be:
24,040 days old 
792 months old
3,433 Mondays, old
3,434 Tuesdays, old
3,434 Wednesdays, old
3,435 Thursdays, old
3,436 Fridays, old
3,434 Saturdays, old
3,434 Sundays, old
I thought by crunching the numbers, I could possibly reduce my age
by manipulating the numbers to reveal a suitable, smaller number.
I tried multiplication, subtraction, quantum physics, etc.,
Ain't going to happen folks,  it is what it is - the numbers speak for
themselves ........I am old no matter which way I cut the numbers.
Thanks Joe Y