Monday, December 28, 2009

Economic Outlook: How retail fared

Good economic news!

 I thought you'd be interested in this story from arcamax.com.

 Shopping is a critical barometer of economic health and the holiday season the annual blitz that can separate a good year from a bad one. In the United States, consumer shopping is frequently cited as making up 70 percent of the gross domestic product, the broadest index of that nation's output.
 
 
 
sales grew - the depression is over - let the renewal begin  

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

interesting

Bacteria used to power simple machines
ARGONNE, Ill. (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Energy scientists say they've used common bacteria to power simple machines, providing insight for creating bio-inspired energy production.

The researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University said they discovered bacteria can turn microgears when suspended in a solution.

"The gears are a million times more massive than the bacteria," said physicist Igor Aronson, who led the study. "The ability to harness and control the power of bacterial motions is an important requirement for further development of hybrid biomechanical systems driven by microorganisms."

The scientists discovered the aerobic bacteria, Bacillus subtilis, appear to swim around the solution randomly, but occasionally the organisms will collide with the spokes of the gear and begin turning it in a definite direction. The researchers then added a few hundred bacteria which worked together to turn the gear.

When multiple gears are placed in the solution with the spokes connected, the bacteria will begin turning both gears in opposite directions and it will cause the gears to rotate in synchrony for a long time, the scientists said.

"Our discovery demonstrates how microscopic swimming agents, such as bacteria or man-made nanorobots, in combination with hard materials can constitute a 'smart material' which can dynamically alter its microstructures, repair damage or power microdevices," Aronson said.

The research is reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Greed protection law

"Credit card firms prepared for new law

7:03 PM, December 9
Analyst Bruce Harting at Barclays Capital said an estimated 20 percent reduction in revenue from fees will be more than offset by declining credit costs and stable margins, USA Today reported Wednesday."

Greed protection law

"Credit card firms prepared for new law

7:03 PM, December 9
Analyst Bruce Harting at Barclays Capital said an estimated 20 percent reduction in revenue from fees will be more than offset by declining credit costs and stable margins, USA Today reported Wednesday."

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Merry CHRISTmas

Have a great holiday by giving of yourself in the spirit of Christ. Help others in need and you will gain true and needed satisfaction.

The rank commercialism -where 40% of total sales are made in one month -loses the original meaning of Christmas . Give of yourself not things please and get back to the original family tradition of good charity and cheer.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Satire -the government spending morass explained scientifically

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New Element Found


Governmentium (Gv) has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton like particles called peons. Since Gv has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Gv causes one reaction to take over four days to complete, when it would normally take less than a second!

Gv has a normal half-life of 4 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Gv is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as Critical Morass.

When catalyzed with money, Gv becomes Administratium (Am) - an element which radiates just as much energy as Gv since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.


In summary - GV and Am will expand due to the moron and peon factor geometrically unless contained by critical thinking.

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Exactly how the swine flu story will play out remains to be seen, but there is one business sector that may secretly be hoping for the worst -- vaccine manufacturers, that are more than $1 billion richer, a number that will soar far higher if, in fact, the winter outbreak is as bad as many fear.

Halo-worthy as vaccine makers may seem, the truth is that Big Pharma is motivated by more than a desire to save humankind, given the enormous profit potential from a successful vaccine. New blockbuster products and manufacturer-friendly legislation have combined to make the global vaccine market even larger and more lucrative than ever. In fact, the vaccine market is growing even faster than the market for regular pharmaceutical drugs, bringing in as much as $20 billion or more, by some estimates. That's because the markup on vaccines is larger than on pharmaceutical drugs, making them especially profitable. However, as the use of vaccines has expanded exponentially in recent years, so have concerns regarding their safety and efficacy.

Vaccine Risks
Vaccines have enabled us to take major steps forward in public health, virtually eradicating devastating diseases, such as polio and smallpox, says Larry Sasich, PharmD, MPH, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy in Erie, Pennsylvania. But vaccines are drugs, he points out, and all drugs carry some risks. Though rare, vaccines have been known to cause seizures, brain damage and even death.
In the early 1980s, consumers deluged manufacturers with lawsuits, most especially parents whose children had suffered complications after inoculation with the problematic DTP vaccine (immunization against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, or whooping cough). Fearing the public health consequences if vaccine makers responded by reducing production or pulling out of the market altogether, the federal government passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 to shield manufacturers from liability.
 
Legislated Protection from Liability
The 1986 act created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which protected vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits and set compensation standards for people injured by their products. For example, compensation for vaccine-related deaths is limited to $250,000 -- a fraction of what might be awarded by a jury in a civil trial if, say, a child had a fatal vaccine reaction. In truth, this amount of money is like pocket change to drug companies, and they aren't even the ones who must pay up -- the federal government writes the check. This protection may help get important vaccines to market faster, but it doesn't do much to ensure safety, because vaccine manufacturers are shielded from consequences for products that turn out to be problematic or even dangerous.
Also, vaccines are genetically engineered and competitors are forbidden by law from duplicating them. This gives manufacturers a virtual monopoly on their products. Since they never have to face competition, biologic-based vaccines continue to generate big profits for years and years and years.

Gardasil: A Cautionary Tale
Protecting manufacturers this way puts consumers at risk. In 2006, for example, despite sparse data to support its safety and effectiveness, Merck introduced and aggressively marketed Gardasil, a new vaccine designed to protect girls and young women from cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Among their questionable marketing tactics, the firm gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in "grants" to medical associations to develop educational materials promoting the vaccine. Even worse, Merck made substantial campaign contributions to state legislators -- as it lobbied them to make Gardasil mandatory for girls attending public schools.
Yet, this vaccine doesn't vanquish a deadly disease such as polio or smallpox. Rather it protects against four viruses that comprise 70% of the HPV strains that cause cervical cancer -- and even if they've received the vaccine, women still require regular screening for the disease. While study results published in the August 2009 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) note that Gardasil has a safety record in line with that of other vaccines, serious complications (including an increased risk for potentially fatal blood clots) have been reported. Gardasil is also painful and painfully expensive. The three-shot series costs $400 to $1,000, which is only sometimes covered by insurance, and last year brought in $1.4 billion in sales for Merck... amazing, given that there's no evidence yet how long immunity will even last or whether booster shots will prove necessary. Thus far, the vaccine has been successful in preventing HPV infections that precede cervical cancer, but since this type of cancer takes years to develop, only time will tell whether Gardasil protects against cervical cancer itself.

Moving Forward: The Debate Continues
Even in the face of a pandemic, it remains impossible to reach a consensus regarding vaccines and whether they should be mandatory. Consumer advocates argue for greater regulation and higher standards (e.g., for new vaccines and other drugs, medical devices and procedures), while industry insists that government should keep its hands off. As for the vaccine shield protecting Big Pharma from liability, some legislators talk of getting rid of it while others say it should be strengthened.

Dr. Sasich told me that he personally believes that vaccines have the potential to do enormous good for society and that the vaccine shield enables science and technology to move forward faster and more efficiently. While I agree that many immunizations save lives, I am skeptical about some of the more recent entries into the vaccination arena, such as Gardasil. Perhaps manufacturers need a stick as well as a carrot -- financial responsibility for failures as well as windfall profits for success -- to motivate them to ensure that vaccines are safe, necessary and effective before introducing them on a large-scale basis to the American public, much less making them mandatory.
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Larry Sasich, PharmD, MPH, pharmacist and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy, Erie, PA.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Buyer beware alert- Xmas gifts- check return policy

BEST BUY, MY FOOT
Best Buy has some bad policies....

Normally, I would not share this with others, however, since this could happen to you or your friends , I decided to share it. If you purchase something from, Wal-Mart,  Sears etc. and you return the item with the receipt they will give you your money back if you paid cash, or credit your account if paid by plastic.

Well, I purchased a GPS for my car, a Tom Tom XL.S from 'Best Buy'. They have a policy that it must be returned within 14 days for a refund!

So after 4 days I returned it in the original box with all the items in the box, with paper work and cords all wrapped in the plastic. Just as I received it, including the receipt.
I explained to the lady at the return desk I did not  like the way it could not find store names. The lady at the refund desk said, there is a 15% restock fee, for items returned. I said no one told me that. I said how much would that be. She said it goes by the price of the item. It will be $45.00 Dollars for you. I said, all your going to do is walk over and place it back on the shelf then charge me $45.00 of my money for restocking? She said that's the store policy. I said if more people were aware of it they would not buy anything here! If I bought a $2000.00 computer or TV and returned it I would be charged $300.00 dollars restock fee? She said yes, 15%.

I said OK, just give me my money minus the restock fee.

She said, since the item is over $200.00 dollars, she can't give me my money back!!!

Corporate has to and they will mail you a check in 7 to ten days.!! I said 'WHAT?!'

It's my money!! I paid in cash! I want to buy a different brand..Now I have to wait 7 to 10 days. She said well, our policy is on the back of your receipt.

I said, do you read the front or back of your receipt? She said well, the front! I said so do I, I want to talk to the Manager!.

So the manager comes over, I explained everything to him, and he said, well, sir they should of told you about the policy when you got the item. I said, No one, has ever told me about the check refund or restock fee, whenever I bought items from computers to TVs from Best Buy. The only thing they ever discussed was the worthless extended warranty program.. He said Well, I can give you corporate phone number.

I called corporate. The guy said, well, I'm not supposed to do this but I can give you a 45.00 dollar gift card and you can use it at Best Buy. I told him if I bought something and returned it, you would charge me a restock fee on the item and then send me a check for the remaining 3 dollars. You can keep your gift card, I'm never shopping in Best Buy ever again, and if I would of been smart, I would of charged the whole thing on my credit card! Then I would of canceled the transaction.

I would of gotten all my money back including your stupid fees! He didn't say a word!

I informed him that I was going to e-mail my friends and give them a heads up on this stores policy, as they don't tell you about all the little caveats.

So please pass this on. It may save your friends from having a bad experience of shopping at Best Buy

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How do we measure local performance?

The average local government in Canada spends approximately one dollar in thirteen of household income and manages capital assets of valued at around $18,000 per household.  Considering the size and importance of Local Government in every Canadian community, its performance is an important but under scrutinised determinant of community economic and social outcomes.
 It is under scrutinised because almost nobody is measuring local government nationwide.  Where do municipal governments get their revenue, what do they spend it on?  What does the average household pay to recover interest charges on municipal debt and how easy is it for residents to assess their municipality's performance from its annual report?
 
The Frontier centre has the answer with performance indexes . Check it out -this is a good idea for the taxpayers

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Food for thought for the silent and good majority -use it or lose it



SUBJECT:-   A psychiatrist's view of history very interesting, and scary. 'The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous"


This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.

 A German's View on Islam ...
 A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates.. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

 We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

 The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
 The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.

 Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

 The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

 And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

 History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts--the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this without
sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and pass this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it, and do something before it's too late.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Hello from Sunridge Lodge,Sieg Holle and Belinda Kruis RN


Please pass this information  on to your clients



   We appreciate your assistance . Thank you for enriching our and your residents" life"


 Dear supporter of quality care and natural lifestyle alternatives
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    Your efforts have made a difference.   We appreciate your personal effort in making this happen.

 We look forward to working with you in the future.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

AN OBITUARY to reason -- Good reading from the London times,



 

An Obituary printed in the London Times 
  
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing

 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Useful pro-active advice on the life Completion Cycle-

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Friday, November 06, 2009

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Exiting the Transfer Payment Game

Almost a 100% of Ontario 25 billion dollar defiit is due to transfer payments -is it time for a change ? PR

In Brief:


There are many ways in which one could design a scheme of easing Ottawa out of the inter-regional transfer and redistribution game.

Ottawa could transfer the GST to the provinces and set the rate within their borders in exchange for an end to Ottawa’s transfers in many areas of social policy.

A debt-for-equalization swap would see Ottawa take over some part of the provincial debt to clean up government balance sheets in provinces with weaker economies, reducing interest payments, and giving them much more room to finance their own activities out of their own revenues.

These reforms would create a situation where one of the major friction points between Ottawa and Quebec—Ottawa’s interference in social policy—would have been largely eliminated, and the incentives for every part of the country to put in place better policies that promote investment, growth, and productivity would have been vastly improved.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Fwd: The End is Nigh - Frontier Online

Food for thought particularly on healthcare



     









October 23, 2009 (EM408)
Pebbles cause avalanches . . .
The End is Nigh


PUBLICATIONS

The End is Nigh
The gloomy end-of-the-world rhetoric of climate change catastrophists is nothing new. With, the permission of one of Australia's top scientists, Ian Plimer, the Frontier Centre excerpts an entertaining historical discussion of, the many "end of, the world" doomsayers who presage, the climate change versions we hear relentlessly today from his best-selling book Heaven and Earth (11 pages)

Proselytizing Five-Year Olds
Proselytizing is defined as an attempt to convert someone from one religion, belief, or opinion to another. It has no place in, the classroom and requires a constant vigilance to ensure open minds and balanced information. Dr. Tim Ball explains how his five-year old grandson was subjected to indoctrination in school-the last place dogma should be inculcated.

Climate Terrorism? World Held to Ransom with Contrived Climate Science
A small group of scientists mostly associated with, the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at, the University of East Anglia have consciously withheld data and methods to place global progress, development, economies and peoples lives in jeopardy. Senior Fellow Dr. Tim Ball takes on myths propagated by, the climate change industry. Modern Environmentalist.

Global Warming Dismissed as 'Lies'
"Fluctuations in, the earth's temperature have occurred throughout history and can be explained by various factors, such as changes in, the sun", Monckton said. "Politicians motivated by money, power and glory are more than happy to jump on, the global-warming bandwagon." Frontier Centre in, the Media.

Apocalypse No
Powerpoint slides that accompanied Lord Christopher Monckton's Lunch on, the Frontier presentation in Winnipeg, October 8, 2009. Watch these concurrently as you listen to speech audio which can be heard by clicking here .

How Copenhagen Could Cost Canada Most
In fact, as a wealthy and growing net exporter of carbon-intensive products, particularly energy, Canada is looking at a world of different trade obstacles under Copenhagen that almost no other country in, the world faces. Reporter Kevin Libin writes that, the upcoming Copenhagen Treaty carries a high price for Canada under its carbon emissions policies. Worth a look from, the National Post.

How, the Baby Boomers Blew it on Healthcare
Canada is about to be hit by a wave of baby boomer needing health care. Too bad they didn't prepare by saving. Frontier's Mark Milke notes how governments should have long ago introduced medical savings accounts. That they didn't is, the biggest policy screw-up of, the last half-century.

It's Show Time!
Human "rights" commissions are long past being fixable. Barry Cooper explains why they should be shut down. It's show time for Canada's human rights commissions as a Parliamentary committee looks into whether they should be abolished.

Media Release - Getting Rid of Canada's Kangaroo Courts
New Frontier Centre report warns U.S. academics of Canada's injurious record on free speech.

Canada's "Schauprozess"—Show Trials
Canada's Human Rights Commissions are akin to "show trials" that have long existed in other, less free countries and to which Canadians once thought we would always be immune. Dr. Barry Cooper from, the University of Calgary, Cooper advises Americans to learn from Canada's poor example on free speech, and for Canadians to both beware of and ridicule, the "human rights" bodies that are now, the proper object of scorn. Canada's human rights tribunals are not judicially respectable procedures, particularly those conducted under section 13 of, the Canadian Human Rights Act , which deals with "hate speech" or, more accurately, with hurt feelings.

Gay Activists Plus Conservative Pastor: Thank Government for, the Unnatural Pairing
The wrongly-named "human rights" bodies need to be scrapped;, the real courts should deal with claims of discrimination, and not, the fake pretend bodies with their wide-ranging and too-often abused and unchecked powers. Frontier research director Mark Milke reviews Ezra Levant's book: Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in, the Name of Human Rights.

Media Release - Pulling Back, the Curtain
The municipal governments of Regina and Saskatoon report their performances far less often than do other cities cited in this report. As a rule, neither city discloses its performance as extensively as other cities do. There are exceptions as noted and where due. Regina has measured increased numbers for sporting and cultural activities resulting from its online registration option. Saskatoon measured, the increase in fines paid because of its COPE program.

Pulling Back, the Curtain
How well do Regina and Saskatoon stack up on their ability to be transparent in, the services, costs and effectiveness when compared with other Canadian cities? A new Frontier study explains where they miss, the mark but can improve. On transparency measurements, a new Frontier report looks at how well Regina and Saskatoon compare with Kelowna, Prince George and cities in England, Australia and New Zealand.


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Frontier Media Appearances

Lord Monckton Debates Global Warming (Roy Green) - October 06, 2009
Lord Christopher Monckton, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, was interviewed on, the Roy Green Show nationally on, the Corus Radio Network. (October 3, 2009) (12 mins)

Frontier Audio

Apocalypse Cancelled (Lord Christopher Monckton) - October 13, 2009
Lord Christopher Monckton, the former science advisor to Margaret Thatcher, debunks The overheated hype behind global warming at Lunch on, the Frontier, Winnipeg, October 8, 2009. Audio of speech plus questions and answer session (100 minutes).

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Expropriation Victory Demonstrates Need For Further Reform - October 16, 2009
Traditionally, expropriation is only allowed for public utilities, such as roads and bridges, but allowing expropriation for economic development gives governments broad powers that can be easily abused. From, the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Five tax changes to create jobs

"A Clarion Call For Jobs Newt Gingrich and Dan Varroney, 10.21.09, 01:15 PM EDT
Five tax changes that would bring work to America.

Small businesses, which have created 70% of new jobs in America over the last 10 years, have been particularly devastated by this historic recession.
The latest jobs numbers dealt another blow to struggling small businesses: The unemployment rate increased to 9.8%, the highest level in 26 years. This number includes 15.4% of African Americans and 12.7% of Hispanics out of work. If you factor in workers who gave up looking or settled for a part-time job, the unemployment rate is an astounding 17%."


Good food for thought from Forbes - Canada could also benifit from this strategy PR

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

[FAIR Newsletter] DFAIT truth-teller at risk; Advice for Integrity Commissioner; White collar crime

Protecting the public interest

FAIR Newsletter

DFAIT truth-teller at risk; Advice for Integrity Commissioner; White collar crime

Another courageous DFAIT truth-teller at risk?

The Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) was formed after the shameful events that took place in Somalia in 1993, when Canadian soldiers taking part in a humanitarian mission beat to death a Somali teenager. A CBC reporter was given altered documents, leading to allegations of a cover-up, and an inquiry that was uncovering serious problems with the leadership of the mission was abruptly cut short by the government.
Now Canada's military, diplomats and politicians are again coming under intense scrutiny, this time regarding Canada's possible complicity in torture in Afghanistan. The MPCC launched an investigation in February 2007 but has encountered numerous roadblocks created by the government and the Justice Department. The government has not handed over a single requested document for over a year, and the Justice Department lawyer is alleged to have intimidated into silence 21 out of 22 public servants subpoenaed by the inquiry – they have refused to testify. The exception is Richard Colvin, a senior diplomat posted in Afghanistan who since May 2006 repeatedly raised serious concerns about the handover of prisoners to Afghan police. His 16-page affidavit was unsealed on October 14.
Now Colvin's testimony is likely to be heard, but his great courage in coming forward surely puts him at serious risk for reprisals. He is  undoubtedly aware of the fate of another DFAIT truth-teller, Joanna Gualtieri, who exposed something much less serious: wasteful extravagance and mismanagement of accommodations for diplomats abroad. In Ms. Gualtieri's case, not only did the department succeed in getting rid of her, but when she sued her bosses for harassment, Justice Department lawyers stepped in, dreaming up more than 10,500 questions to put to her. Incredibly, her case is now in its twelfth year with no end in sight.
We will be following Richard Colvin's case and watching closely for any indications of reprisals.
Read more about Richard Colvin...  and Joanna Gualtieri...

Advice to the Integrity Commissioner

This week's Hill Times contains a full-page article by David Hutton and David Kilgour, that offers guidance to the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, Christiane Ouimet. FAIR proposes five steps that the Commissioner should take immediately to help restore the credibility and relevance of her office.
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White collar crime: a problem not just for Quebec but for Canada

A Quebec whistleblower claims that 80% of govenment road contracts are controlled by the mafia, while costs are 35% higher than the rest of the country. Commenting on these allegations, Antonio Nicaso, an expert in organized crime, observes that no Canadian government has ever shown a desire to look into "this grey area where criminals, politicians and businessmen get together for different reasons... I don't think in Canada there is political will or commitment to fight organized crime," Nicaso said.
Read articles about white collar crime...  and organized crime...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fwd: Don't Bail Out Equalization: Premiers Demanding $2 billion Annual Top Up




Monday, October 19, 2009
 

Equalization Bailout Looming?
Reject $2 Billion A Year Demand By Premiers


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Next year federal Equalization payments to the provinces are expected to decline anywhere from 10 to 15 per cent.  As a result, some premiers are demanding the program get a giant bailout. The Harper government should reject these expensive demands.  
 
Specifically, some premiers are seeking a guaranteed floor on equalization payments at their current levels. Doing so would commit the federal treasury – the taxpayer – to spending a minimum of $14.8 billion each year on Equalization, regardless of how provincial economies perform. 
 
Given that payments are projected to fall between 10 and 15 per cent, an Equalization bail out would require the Harper government to top up the program between $1.5 and $2.2 billion a year. This money, unbudgeted, of course, would have to be funded through assuming more debt, taking $2 billion a year from other programs or raising taxes. None of these is a wise choice.  
 
Of course, rejecting these demands will be politically difficult for the Quebec-seat-starved Conservative government, given that over 56 per cent of all Equalization money goes to Quebec.    
Equalization payments are projected to decline because payments are based on a complicated formula driven in part by the provincial government revenues of strong provincial economies. So, when the economies of former powerhouses like Alberta and Ontario falter, so too do Equalization payments.  
 
The bottom line is that the federal government is already running a deficit projected to be $56 billion this year and $34 billion next year. In five years over $170 billion more will be added to the federal debt. Over the next four years, an Equalization bailout would add another $8 billion to this figure. The first step on the path to reversing this debt trend is to say 'no' to new requests for funds.  
 
Equalization isn't like most other program. Its costs, payments, are designed to fluctuate based on relative performance of the provinces. When large strong provinces do well economically, payments rise. And rise they have. Payments have grown from a total of $8.6 billion in 2003-04 to today's high of $14.8 billion – a 72 per cent increase in six years. Equally, when large strong provinces don't do well economically, payments should decline.  
 
Despite premiers knowing this fact, recipient provinces have refused to prepare for a decline in payments. As a result they are begging the federal government to bail out the program. Taxpayers should not reward this poor planning by running up more federal debt.   This new demand to keep Equalization payments at these all-time high levels may either pit east against west or may cost taxpayers even more.
 
British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan don't receive Equalization payments. Their premiers either will band together to oppose this program bailout or they will trade their acquiescence to a guaranteed floor on payments for some other expensive sop.  
 
They reasonably could argue that a federal bailout would siphon even more federal general revenues east, especially to Quebec. In essence western taxpayers would further subsidize a $7-a-day daycare program in Quebec, for example. Western premiers will want this stopped or will demand 'their fair share' in exchange.  
 
In turn, Quebec will be demanding that payments be guaranteed not to dip below their current $8.4 billion, which has grown from $4.1 billion in 2003-04.
 
With the Harper government craving more seats in Quebec saying 'no' to this demand will be difficult. However, no one every said that leadership, or the road to economic recovery would be easy. For the sake of taxpayers, the first step is saying 'no' to an Equalization bailout.  
 
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

more rules with less funding

"Meanwhile, the government has increased its expectations of CASs, adding dozens of standards and directives on everything from how to investigate to how often children in care meet with staff.
'The ministry is not funding us at a level to meet the standards,' Stephens said."


Why not fund it with the e-health fiascoe money -discusted Pr

Q-jumpers-The Health Myth Busters: Incompetence at any level is sickening

Q-jumpers-The Health Myth Busters: Incompetence at any level is sickening The FEDS have e-health crisis too !

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sunridge – Back to Eden - A Personal Care Option..

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