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On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Manhattan's Triangle Shirt Waste sweat shop killed 140 and forged BigLabor for 100 years

Union bosses play golf while union power disappears
Union bosses play golf while union power disappears
"If you go to the city of Washington, you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers and cowardly politicians, members of congress, and mis-representatives of the masses claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen from the ranks to places of eminence and distinction. I am very glad that I cannot make that claim for myself. I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks." - Eugene V. Debs
Rumour has it that the Calgary Golf and Country Club has opened its doors to union bosses.

Where are yesteryear's John L. Lewis who regularly shamed mining companies into paying a decent wage; Walter_Reuther who, his face beaten to a pulp, won the Battle of the Overpass over Henry Ford's thugs in 1937; Big Bill Haywood who Clarence Darrow saved from the gallows on a trumped-up charge; and Mother Jones, who organized a Children's Crusade that ended the exploitation of U.S. children. The bosses now run their unions like the Board of Directors of the Canadian Imperial Bank runs that financial hocus-pocus. I can tell you one thing --- playing golf and fighting the union fight don't mix. The union bosses seem to think becoming respectable middle-classers is more important than looking after their members --- the plutocrats are playing them like fiddles ... Did you see union bosses leading demonstrations outside the Royal Bank when that bastion of Canadian job creation tried to export more jobs to India? Did they organize a crippling boycott of Loblaws when Loblaws's subcontractors murdered 1,127 workers in Bangledesh?

In the last 15 years union bosses have perfected their golf swings while over 10% of their members headed for the hills. Only 18% of private sector workers still belong to unions --- only 9% can still count on a guaranteed pension.

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The War of 1812 --- how propaganda and the British Army made Canadians into hewers of wood and drawers of water
"What the heroic British colonel Sir John Le Couteur called 'a hot and unnatural war between kindred people' had ended that natural kinship between northern Americans and Canadians --- in large part because the Canadians decided to abandon the fast-expanding North American culture and then retreat into an agrarian, colonial netherworld for a century." - Doug Saunders
After their victory in the War of Independence, American interlopers flooded into every territory that bordered the U.S. --- into the nations of the Cree and the Cherokee --- into what remained of the British Empire in North America --- Canada. In Canada the new settlers farmed and traded as the friends, neighbours, relatives and soul-mates of earlier British colonists --- according to Doug Saunders, a senior columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail, who is descended from a long line of loyal British colonists.

But, the American settlers brought with them the same spirit of "can-do" entrepreneurship in enterprise and "by-the-people" democracy in government which the British colonial office believed had fired the American Revolution. Saunders says that, to preserve what remained of their North American Empire, the British spread anti-Americanism hatred and a "can't-do" lack of drive among the people of Canada.

Before 1812, says Saunders, the British Navy kidnapped American citizens for involuntary service on British ships and stopped American ships from transporting goods to Europe. The United States felt itself so bullied that, in 1812, it declared war. American troops burned the British colonial capital at York (Toronto). British troops burned the new U.S. national capital at Washington. Battles were won and battles were lost. After three years of war, the British and the Americans signed a peace treaty. In 2012, the war and it's aftermath are long forgotten --- except in Canada.

In the course of the war, British propagandists stirred up a spy-mania, envy-epidemic and perpetual witch-hunt among Canada's colonists --- many American immigrants were banished. Hatred of the American still lives in the Ontario hinterland. For generations after the war, according to Saunders, the British Army controlled immigration to Canada. Enterprising individuals were turned back at Canada's ports and borders --- the stupid, the hard-wired and the useless were welcomed so long as they were loyal to the British Empire. The loyal non-suchs who came to inhabit Canada thwarted independence, innovation and enterprise. Canada became a land of hewers of wood and drawers of water.

The threat of annexation (what the Americans called "Manifest Destiny") was real. By the 1840s American settlers had moved into Texas and California and the United States annexed them both. By 2012, had there been no British campaign of propaganda and population control, Canada would have long since joined the United States. Saunders leaves the impression that both the inhabitants of Canada and the United States are the worse for it...

The War of 1812 and after --- My ancestors and the worst thing that has ever happened to this country ... Doug Saunders ...
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Harper government and Canadian military engage in propaganda dog fight
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death" - Martin Luther King
Since the Cold War ended (some would say since the Second World War ended), the Canadian Coast Guard very definitely excepted, the Canadian military has given Canadians no real protection --- has squandered Canadian treasure on useless and dangerous submarines --- plans to waste $50 billion on new fighter planes when fighter planes no longer have any real purpose. There are probably 800,000 post-secondary students in Canada --- each year, the average student pays $5,000 in tuition fees --- $50 billion would pay all of Canada's post-secondary tuition fees for 12 or 13 years. Meantime, the military has wrapped itself in the Johnsonian cloak of patriotism --- lived high off the hog --- and played partner in Canada's military industrial complex. It's what I call basic corruption.. Most flights of Canada's government transport fleet (made up of Challenger jets which the military bought from MIC partner Bombardier) have been used in unneeded "missions", flying, for instance, military officers to vacations in the Caribbean and South America. But somebody leaked the goods on Head Generalissimo Walter Natynczyk --- he recently ordered a Challenger to fly him down to a Caribbean vacation. The Harper government left Natynczyk to swing in the wind while the media rubbed his nose in the scandal. A kicking and screaming (and dreaming of revenge) Natynczyk had to agree to repay Canada's taxpayers the $92,000 cost of the flight "if I must". A vengeful Natynczyk soon found an easy Tory target. He's leaked it out that, two years ago, Defense Minister Peter MacKay, born and bred into the Progressive Conservative culture of politics in Nova Scotia, at the end of a luxury fishing trip (paid for --- we hope --- by the minister personally), ordered a Comorant helicopter (at a cost of $16,000) and a Challenger jet (at a cost of $40,000) to fly him home. It's long been rumoured that Our Leader Stephen Harper sees (why, we don't know) MacKay as a potential rival --- As this story radiates into cyberspace MacKay is still left ... swinging in the wind ......
Defence Minister MacKay defends costly flights from fishing lodge ... Daniel LeBlanc ...
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Since 2001, Kanada alone has squandered $92 billion on fake security blanket
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." - Helen Keller
Thank god it's finally 9-12. Last week the global media bathed ad infinitum in the bathos of 9-11. The facts of 9-11 speak for themselves. Had I been in charge I'd have fired all the Keystone Kops in charge of the CIA, the FBI, the Federal Aviation Authority, the immigration service or thrown them in jail or worse. I'd have invaded Saudi Arabia --- cut the head off the Wabi snake. In the Age of Propaganda, the name of the game is not to solve the problem --- it is to cover it up and give it a facelift that makes Mr. and Mrs America bask in a false sense of security -- whatever the cost in dollars and freedom. We, in Canada, shouldn't have paid one plug nickle for it all....
Post-9/11 security tab tops $92B: report ... Ottawa Citizen ...
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"Intelligence is about lies. Americans are not first-class liars ..." - David Ignatius
No American understands Pakistan and the Near East and the CIA as well as the Washington Post's reporter David Ignatius, a novelist and author of 'Bloodmoney'. "Get-on-with-it" cultures like America's, says Ignatius, must learn that the key to dealing with older cultures like Egypt's and Pakistan's is respect ......
Video -- middle east/Pakistan expert tells Charlie Rose that Americans are lousy liars but shameless ... Charlie Rose ...
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Lost colour D-Day movies
"You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world." - Dwight D. Eisenhower, Order of the Day, June 6, 1944
In 1943 Dwight Eisenhower appointed director George Stevens head of the Allied movie unit that covered the allied invasion and victory in Europe. The day after Stevens died, his son found fourteen rusty film cans wrapped in an army blanket --- they contained all of Stevens's lost, never-seen colour coverage --- normal coverage was shot in black and white
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Lost WW2 colour movies -- complete coverage -- D-Day to the Fall of Berlin by director George Stevens ... George Stevens ...
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"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Mark Twain
As in war, so in politics, religion is a weapon unequalled at home and abroad. Without shame, Benjamin Netanyahoo depends on religious nuts to keep him in power in Israel and plays on the U.S. Congress's fear of their righteous indignation...
Netanyahoo, the U.S. Congress and the religious vote ... The New Yorker ...
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Video --- Charlie Rose interviews Henry Kissinger on China
"Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God." - Henry Kissinger
Professors teach and doers do --- except Henry Kissinger --- superb at both --- excerpt

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The full video --- May 30/11 ---Charlie Rose's Henry Kissinger interview --- knowing Mao --- the Nixon visit --- what makes China tick --- avoiding a clash of titans ... Charlie Rose ...
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"We have lobbed verses of Scripture, like hand grenades, into the camps of others, convinced we only have truth." - Rev. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury
Sure formula for genocide --- religion + booze --- called by the Butcher of Srebrenica "disinfectant" --- if you lack booze, ratchet up the religion...
Before dinner, Mladec, the Butcher of Srebrenica, says his prayers, downs slivovitz ... Paul Koring ...
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"A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen." - Winston Churchill
NDP Mayor Dean Fortin plans to blow $500 to $700 per Victoria taxpayer per year for a completely unneeded $1.1 billion sewage treatment plant --- just because the NDP wants it. 12 years ago, politicians and navy admirals bought four obsolete and useless used British subs --- experts had warned them not to do it --- the subs never worked --- killed an officer on a sea voyage. 12 years later, only one boat floats but without weapons. Rather than give up, politicians have poured billions into the "floating" white elephants --- Now Victoria's spend-thrift mayor professes to have fallen in love with HMCS Victoria, one of the subtubs. It's dangerous to mix a proven money waster with a proven money wasting boondoggle ...
Taxpayer warning --- don't let the mayor of Victoria near submarines ... Victoria mayor's love affair with submarines ...
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"... Thucydides wrote that Themistocles' greatness lay in the fact that he realized Athens was not immortal. I think we have to realize that Canada is not immortal ..." - Pierre Elliot Trudeau
It bodes ill for Canada. Quebecers gamble on the NDP. The Canadian Leader Quebec loves to hate gains "absolute" power. Can the NDP represent Quebec? And now --- a beacon to Quebec --- Scotland opts for separation...
Scotland elects separatist government ... Peter O'Neil ...
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"All politics is local." - Thomas P. ("Tip") O'Neill
Roads, police, firefighters, schools, water, sewers --- most of the good things governments do --- aren't done by the federal government nor the provinces --- no --- by poor little local governments. Without shame, greedy provincial and federal bureaucracies refuse to give cities, towns, villages, rural areas a guaranteed share of income taxes and resource royalties --- local governments end up with only 8% of total government revenues. What else can local governments do but gouge local citizens with property taxes and user fees and suck up to property developers --- local governments are always broke and their streets are full of potholes...
Bureaucrats leave cities and towns barefoot and pregnant ... James Fletcher and Doug McArthur ...
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"Beheaded rattlesnake sends man to hospital " - MSNBC
People in Times Square celebrating victory over al-Quaeda. In the old days of the European national state --- cut off the snake's head and you've killed the snake --- how the British destroyed the Metis --- even an idiot could march to Riel's capital and hang Riel --- Riel wouldn't let me fight guerilla-style --- but snakes like alQuaeda have many heads...
Video --- President Obama announces killing of bin Laden ... You Tube ...
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"Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy." - Alfred Adler
Canada's big-spending-scannin'-the horizon-for-somethin'-to-do Navy says it's spotted a way to save taxpayers' money - movin' command/control of the Pacific Fleet far far east to Halifax --- my better taxpayer-money-saving idea --- liquidate the navy...
Canadian Navy plans to run Pacific Fleet from far, far away ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"As long as war is looked upon as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked on as vulgar, it will cease to be popular." - Oscar Wilde
In times past the every U.S. man --- capable, useless, employed, unemployed, weak, strong, winners, losers, decent, no-good, all must serve/obey/give-up-life -- two years in the military --- called the draft --- the decent, capable, strong wouldn't stand for war crimes --- their moms wouldn't stand for stupid wars...
Rolling Stone magazine's photos of U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan ... Rolling Stone ...
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"You have to shift your thinking from transit as an expense to be managed, to an investment in the future of the community." - Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Me and Jane Jacobs jibe --- the only way to stop traffic jams is to shoehorn provincial bookkeepers to give local governments more bucks with no strings attached ...
How to end Canad's traffic jams ... Globe and Mail ...
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"The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish." - Charlie Chaplain
Father desert born and bred fighter --- son city London School of Economics educated, splurging, playboy...
What is Libya? --- Who are the Qaddafis? ... The New Yorker ...
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"You have to look at the history of the Middle East in particular. It has been one of failure and frustration, of feudalism and tribalism." - Alexander Haig
American-weaponed-soldiers owned by shaking-quaking-terrified Saudi no-chin-big-belly-plutocrats pour into tiny Bahrain to stop-squelch-strangle freedom demonstrations...
In tiny Bahrain, Saudis struggle valiantly to save their world for feudalism ... Adrian Morrow ...
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"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down" - Oprah Winfrey
Why people don't bus/ride much? --- sick/drunk/smelly slobs that loud/f___talk. I say round up them that's riding sick/smelly/drunk/loud/talking and throw them in jail ... that would end that...
Why folks won't ride buses ... Jack Knox ...
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"We are in the middle of a crisis ... but things should not be blown out of proportion as though there is some major problem" - Muammar Muhammad al-Gadhafi
Gadafi's thought/actions/talk/control freak/revenge/tribism -- a desert Bedouin stuffed in a tank...
Colonel Gadhafi: Dying Days ... The Fifth Estate ...
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"It is important to remember that every defense dollar spent to over-insure against a remote or diminishing risk is a dollar not available to take care of our people …" - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates
All Canadian politicos want voters to see/think them as support-the-troops-patriots. All Canada's patriotic politicos support/waste/splurge/no ask Canada's Colonel Putty-Headed Military questions. If the Canadian Military ever had a purpose it was to fight/stop Communism. Since the fall of Communism military spending is up 26%....
Study claims military spending a boondoggle ... Victoria Times Colonist ...
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"Partisanship is our great curse. We too readily assume that everything has two sides and that it is our duty to be on one or the other" - James Harvey Robinson
Fidel Castro studies/acts-out/loves revolutions --- who better to play-by-play what's happening in Libya. But from Fidel --- Nada . For a play-by-play of the next revolution I'll bring in Vladamir Lenin....
Fidel Castro supports Khadafi ... Fidel Castro ...
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"Money won is twice as sweet as money earned" - " target="_blank">
A small-time-U.S.-casino outfit is-elbowing/pushing/lobbying to shoehorn a super-subsidized-casino into downtown Vancouver...
Vancouver's subsidized super casino foes duke it out with developers ... Susan Lazaruk ...
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"on either side of the road people were manning and trying to learn how to use anti-aircraft batteries, urged on by a throng of men and boys wielding machetes, butcher knifes, Kalashnikovs, and revolvers, chanting, cheering, and shouting, "God is great."" - Jon Lee Anderson
Veteran reporter Jon Lee Anderson files a weekly Libya report in The New Yorker ...
Jon Lee Anderson's weekly dispatches from Libya ... The New Yorker ...
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"Two words sum up what has ignited the popular revolts of the Middle East and North Africa: higher expectations." - Irshad Manji
The new Arab states refuse to be blackmailed by Moslem fanatics ...
What's driving the Arab Revolution --- higher expectations ... Irshad Manji ...
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Gabriel Dumont --- the Fidel Castro of Western Canada --- Riel stopped him --- otherwise Western Canada would be ruled by the Metis ... more>>

Is dingbat dictatorship headed for thousand year monarchy
"All kings is mostly rapscallions, as fur as I can make out." - Mark Twain
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il (aka "Kim II"), ascended to the heavens late last week. As we speak, Kim II is trading juicy war stories with Hitler and Stalin and Mao. Before going upstairs Kim II appointed Kim Jong-un (Kim III) --- his son by his favourite mistress --- Monarch of North Korea. When Kim-Il inherited the Monarchy from his father, Kim Il Song (aka "Kim I") almost all "experts" were certain hard-rock North Korean communists and jealous generals would murder him within weeks. And Kim Il looked to be a loser --- to western eyes he presented as a combination of Daffy Duck and Harpo Marx. The experts, as usual, were dead wrong --- during the next 18 years Kim-II made monkeys of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Tony Blair and every other western "leader". But there was murder and murder aplenty --- Kim II starved to death 3,000,000 North Koreans. One reason Kim II stayed in power was that China didn't want South Korea (and the U.S.) as next-door neighbours; another was that South Korea didn't want to pay for the reconstruction of North Korea. But the main reason was that every Western Leader since (but not including) Ronald Reagan was a Neville Chamberlain style appeaser more dangerous than any bloody dictator. Imagine how long Kim II would have lasted had a real leader like Harry Truman been U. S. President in Kim II's time? After 18 years of appeasement, North Korea is armed with nuclear weapons --- and many "experts" think --- or say they think --- that hard-rock North Korean Communists and jealous generals will murder Kim III within weeks.

But it seems to me that the Kim Monarchy could last a thousand years --- or more --- after all, European monarchies (e.g. England's) started out from much humbler beginnings - they had only clubs and maces with which to bludgeon the masses - not AK-47s and nuclear weapons. Will, I wonder, a Kim, some day, become King of Canada?

Some "experts" fear civil war among these war-loving Koreans -- then, god only knows where their nuclear weapons will end up. Among the experts --- there's much wringing of hands.

The Peoples' Police marched a mass of humanity into the Pyongyang Peoples Plaza --- one-and-all burst into tears --- wailed like banshees --- some suffered epileptic-like fits. Some "experts" claim that it was cry or die --- the kops had put guns to heads. But I remember the 1997 mass hysteria when Princess Di died. Is there a connection between monarchies and dynasties and mass hysteria? I'm inclined to ask the expert opinion of the Monarchist League of Canada

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From Kim to Kim in North Korea ... The New Yorker ...
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Quebecers suspect Harper wants them to quit Canada
"Mon pays ... ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver." - Gilles Vigneault
80% of Quebecers (and 2/3 of Canadians) don't want a British Queen. After being elected to a majority government but losing seats in Quebec, Harper quickly climbed into bed with Canada's medieval Monarchist League; nailed up pictures of the British Queen in every federal building and every Canadian embassy and consulate. And quickly appointed a propaganda chief who can't speak French and calls Quebecers "whiners". Many Quebecers (including former Quebec cabinet minister Benoit Buchard) suspect a return to the bad old days of the Empire of Ontario; the Orange Lodge; Orange prime ministers; the hanging of Riel; the ripping up of French language agreements; the Ku Klux Klan. In those days Canada was dominated by the Province of Ontario and Ontario wanted Quebec kept in Canada --- hewing wood and drawing water. Stephen Harper believes in free trade and provincial rights. Does he think Canada would be a simpler, politically friendlier place without Quebec? Harper forgets that our people speak different languages but within us beats the same northern heart....
Quebecers --- Harper's new propaganda chief can't speak French; says you're whiners ... Stephen Maher ...
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Noveau riche communists spoil kids with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis
"And here is our battle cry: All the power to the people of labor! And away with all the parasites!" - The Communist Internationale
Above all the Chinese Communist booboosie want, firstly, security and, secondly, to show off their (ill-gotten?) gains. A legal bribe of $800,000 will get a comrade the security of Canadian citizenhip and, once in, a flashy present to his kids will make him stand out like a parasitic peacock. Last week 13 Chinese - none over 20 - roared through B.C.'s busy Massey Tunnel at 120 miles per hour. Angry citizens called the cops. The kids were driving Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis, Mercedeses. The father of each was a comrade in good standing in the Communist Party of China. In total the cars could fetch three million dollars. The Communist Party bosses pay the average Chinese peasant $75 per month.The 20-year-old son of any Chinese peasant must serve in the no-nonsense Chinese army or be shot through the head for treason. ...
Lamborghini kids ... Victoria News Daily ...
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"Two words sum up what has ignited the popular revolts of the Middle East and North Africa: higher expectations." - Irshad Manji
The new Arab states refuse to be blackmailed by Moslem fanatics ...
What's driving the Arab Revolution --- higher expectations ... Irshad Manji ...
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"There is a widespread belief that Americans hate cities." - Jane Jacobs
8 of 10 Canadians live in cities. Cities receive but 6 cents of every tax dollar....
How local governments are starved of their rightful revenues. ... The Walrus ...
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"Sunny places --- shady people" - Somerset Maugham
In the old days a deposed dictator with stolen loot could find shelter on the French Riviera -- not today...
Where can a deposed dictator hide? ... National Public Radio ...
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"... the dos and don'ts of hiding money are likely in the minds of many heads of state these days" - Toronto Globe columnist Tu Thanh Ha
Where do deposed despots bury their nest eggs?...
Kleptocrats: The dictators' guide to amassing wealth ... Tu Thanh Ha ...
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"In essence, all governments are pyramid schemes." - Neil Reynolds
Can revolutionaries "turn the other cheek" and avoid violence?...
Civil disobedience without violence --- does it work? ... Neil Reynolds ...
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"the overreaction by the Chinese police - arresting dozens of key dissidents, deploying hundreds of police and threatening anyone who reports the protest call with subversion charges - reveals how badly the Communist Party has been rattled by the string of revolts in the Middle East " - Mark MacKinnon
Some experts make-opinion that the Chinese are too tightly-control-freaked to revolt --- Oui, oui, but weren't they control-freaked in 1989 at the time of Tienemen? ...
Will the Middle East Revolution wash over to China? Six experts differ ... Globe and Mail ...
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"A recent survey showed that 95 per cent of Egyptians believe Islam should play a large role in politics" - Patrick Martin
The new regimes in the middle east won't carbon-copy Norway or Canada says Globe columnist Patrick Martin. But some experts --- one is Canada's former ambassador to Iran --- differ --- who knows --- the Revolution may spread to Iran...
Don't expect Western-style democracies in middle east ... Patrick Martin ...
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"A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen." - Winston Churchill
B.C.'s neoCons won't admit they're wrong --- neither will the NDP --- Victoria's NDP mayor doesn't want to embarrass his party --- the totally unnecessary Victoria sewage plant will cost each Victorian homeowner $1,000 per year...
Big government's junk-science-billion-dollar plan to raise each Victorian's taxes by $1,000 a year ... Shaun Peck ...
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"Most of the suicide hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, a place not lacking in wealth. But due to rapid population growth, the wealth per capita has fallen by about half in a generation" - Keith Henson
Jeremy Warner, the assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, warns that, a Saudi revolution will likely bring an end to the current economic recovery...
If Saudis revolt we risk a new global recession ... Daily Telegraph ...
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"An honest politician - rare as a cat with five legs" - H. L. Mencken
Each year Moammar Ghadafi steals several billion dollars from Libya's oil revenues...
Gadafis' hidden billions: Dubai banks, plush London pads and Italian water ... The Guardian ...
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"Protecting Saudi Arabia --- making the world safe for feudalism" - Junior U.S. Officer about the purpose of the first Gulf War
Bahrain is but a bridge away from Saudi Arabia --- reformers who want elected leaders, women's equality, an end to religious fanaticism --- have started a Facebook campaign --- but with -- so far --- faint support...
Is Saudi next? --- Hundreds back Facebook call for Saudi protest ... Globe and Mail ...
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"Any revolution will succeed when human beings are ready to give up their lives in exchange for the dignity of their souls" - Fidel Castro
The revolution moved closer to Saudi Arabia last week --- freedom fighters drove Pakistani thugs led by Saudi officers out of Bahrain's Pearl Square...
Bahrain - the revolution just a bridge away from Saudi Arabia ... Cynthia Johnston ...
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"Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen" - Maimonides
To balance his Olympic budget B.C.'s deposed neoCon premier fobbed super-fancy buses on Greater Victoria taxpayers...
Vancouver Olympics book-keepers foist super-expensive buses on long-suffering Victoria taxpayer ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"It's not like a domestic police force or army ... these guys are paid to beat people such as these protesters and to do it without feeling." - Barry Rubin
The Saudis finance/protect/police Bahrain --- just a bridge away from the "Kingdom". Saudi officers lead Pakastani thugs who police/beat anyone who steps out of line. In short, Bahrain is a Saudi satellite...
Can Bahrain uprising succeed? ... Patrick Martin ...
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"China is a civilization pretending to be a nation" - Michael Ledeen
The Chinese fear-free speech/dissent/overthrow/poverty/death --- desperately. They've attacked-with-stealth our computer networks. Theyre trying to blackmail us...
How China's cyber attack against Canada works ... Colin Freeze ...
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"A woman can hide her love for 40 years, but her disgust and anger not for one day" - Arab proverb
Arab fathers rule/scare their wives and children absolutely --- Arab families are the essence of Arab society...
For Arabs, the challenge of democracy starts with the family ... Irshad Manji ...
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"Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge" - Author Unknown
If I was fighting-undermining-destroying alQaeda, I'd train-educate-subvert Arab women as resistance fighter/guerillas....
Egyptian women fear return of frequent harassment and assault ... Globe and Mail ...
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"If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow" - Horace Scudder, the Arab and his tent
Threatened with revolution, tyrants can choose between the soft and fuzzy Soviet approach and the Tienamen Square approach. Iran's leaders prefer the latter...
Iran Autocrats want to lynch opposition leaders ... The New York Times ...
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"Fighting is unpleasant, and the people of China would prefer not to do it at all. At the same time, they stand ready to wage a just struggle of self-preservation against reactionary elements" - Mao Tse-tung
The leaders of China say the basic foundation of the Peoples Republic of China is the "people" --- hence the People's Liberation Army, the People's Daily, the dictatorship of the Proletariat etc. What about the peaceful demonstrations by the people of Egypt that overthrew the Murbarak dictatorship?...
What do Chinese autocrats say about the revolution in Egypt? ... The New Yorker ...
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"I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Duke_of_Wellington
Perhaps Canada's military needs to focus not on gadgets like fighter planes but on the fact that its soldiers are unfit --- more unfit than the average Canadian...
Canadian soldiers are fatter and more inactive than average Canadians ... Katie DeRosa ...
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"There is no honor among thieves" - Old English proverb
One Murbarak son claims his brother's corruption brought down the House of Murbark....
Mubarak sons nearly came to blows over fate of their father ... Globe and Mail ...
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"There is no honor among thieves" - Old English proverb
One Murbarak son claims the other was too crooked and brought down the family dynasty....
Mubarak sons nearly came to blows over fate of their father ... Globe and Mail ...
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"It's one of nature's great paradoxes that while a leopard might really like a new set of spots, they hate the actual process of changing them" - Uncyclopeda
Egypt's senior military officers were trained in the Soviet Union to put down popular uprisings. Among some popular moves since Murbarak stepped down, they've abolished strikes. And they are deeply tainted by corruption....
Egypt's "Robespierre moment" won't mean instant democracy ... Patrick Martin ...
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"No thieves, no traitors, no interventionists! This time the revolution is for real!" - Fidel Castro
Mubarak is dethroned --- is this a revolution --- is not only Mubarak but Mubarakism, as well, destroyed -- or a revolt --- will Egypt replace Mubarak with another Mubarak? Anyway, most of the English spoken by the protesters bore the accent of American universities --- God bless America!!!...
Egypt --- a revolution or a revolt? ... Globe and Mail ...
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"torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering ... is intentionally inflicted on a person ... when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person" - United Nations Convention Against Torture
In his memoirs published last year, the mentally challenged former U.S. President, George W. Bush, admitted he ordered officials to torture suspected terrorists. Making Bush a war criminal. Human righters want George W. Bush for ordering prisoners be tortured. Fearing arrest, Bush cancelled a trip to Switzerland last week. Dare he come to Canada?...
Will Bush Junior dodge torture arrest in Switzerland? ... Dan Gardner ...
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"The buck stops here" - President Harry S. Truman
Another shoe dropped this week on John Furlong, the flunky front man for the Vancouver Olympics ---- the buck never stopped with Furlong --- Furlong knew the Whistler luge track was dangerous but he saw no evil and spoke no evil --- and a young luger was killed...
Vancouver Olympics's "leader" didn't know nothin' about nothin' about the killer luge track ... Rod Mickleburgh ...
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"I think in the wake of Katrina, the Coast Guard may well have been the only entity or agency that came out of that exercise free of fault and free of blame" - U.S. Representative Howard Coble
Canada doesn't need a navy -- she does need her coast guard and a well-funded coast guard. But the government isn't providing enough money to guard against oil spills on the West Coast...
Monitoring of tankers not reliable: coast guard ... Andrew Mayeda ...
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"At the turn of the 20th century the top blue chip industries included buggy whip manufacturers" - Daryl Guppy
Cable is obsolete --- so are television networks --- web TV will change the world...
Web TV may replace cable and TV networks ... Susan Krashinsky ...
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"Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime" - Confucius
Developed countries and their charities could learn much from Cuba on how to help Africans --- instead governments and non-government bodies --- pour money and goods into an open-ended drain...
How corruption stole Africa's medicine ... Margaret Wente ...
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