October 20, 2013 · By Jonathan McLeod
I have, at times, been rather critical of Stephen Harper and the Conservative government. Their record has been spotty, even on economic matters (supposedly his area of wonk-y strength). However, under Harper, the Conservatives have remained consistently strong in one area, trade. The current deal (in principle) with the E.U. is no exception.
The trade deal is strong from top to bottom, almost. It will significantly increase access to the vast European market, and, better still, will allow Canadians the freedom to buy a lot more European goods. Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks.
Canada had to concede to the repressive intellectual property regulations that Europe has on prescription drugs. This will actually hurt all Canadians, as individuals and provinces will, eventually, be spending more on drugs.
In addition to the IP issue, the trade deal reinforces Canada’s supply management system for dairy, eggs and poultry. Sure, the noose of supply management has been loosened a bit – allowing a little more European cheese into the Canadian market – but it’s still around our collective neck.
Mr. Harper’s government has appeared open, at times, to eliminating supply management. One can only hope that this trade deal isn’t indicative of continuing special privilege that certain farmers will receive. It might be the case that Mr. Harper is working incrementally towards the elimination of supply management, and the increased cheese quota is just a first step.
I have further thoughts on the trade deal at the Commons.
August 29, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
From the recent Fair For Canada website:
Will American companies say no to requests from U.S. government agencies, for customers’ personal data?
Stephen Harper must provide a legally-binding answer with consequences on how to deal with a breach of Canadian privacy BEFORE any responsible Canadian should trust this intrusion by a U.S. corporation.
What a God-damned shame for Canadian media. Nobody is talking about privacy, safety and security issues. Everybody is talking about dreams and fantasies of increasing competition by giving privileges to Verizon in the Canadian wireless telephone market. Have we not drank enough neo-con cool-aid already?? Nobody mentions what Verizon has been doing for years to its American customer base.
As far as I am concerned, there is no honest reason for Canadians to trust Verizon, a defacto arm of the U.S. under-cover government.
This additional $275.00 fee – applications previously were a one time fee of $150.00, and now total $425 per band member – is required to be paid by talent buyers in Canada when aiming to host an international touring artist. This will inevitably cripple small music venues and small business talent buyers.
is ridiculous! It seems to me that the Harper government is intent on destroying Canadian sovereignty in the entertainment business as well.
Harper supposedly has a degree in economics. What is his excuse?
General Paul Hellyer accuses the government of treason and warns Canadians against the federal government selling out Canada to the “international banking cartel, the greediest, most ruthless cabal in history” taking over our country.
The New World Order is coming, folks. The conspiracy theorists were right all along. What a shame.
UPDATE (October 7th, 2013): Transparency, my ass!
A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper would neither confirm nor deny the allegations when asked to respond to the report late Sunday night.
The “CSEC does not comment on its specific foreign intelligence activities or capabilities,” said Harper’s communications director Jason MaDdonald.
Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told Globo that “Canada has interests in Brazil, above all in the mining sector. I can’t say if the spying served corporate interests or other groups.”
UPDATE (October 9th, 2013):
“There is a huge amount of stuff about Canada in these archives because Canada works so closely with the NSA,” Mr. Greenwald, who lives in Brazil, told The Globe and Mail in an interview on Monday.
UPDATE (November 25th, 2013):
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told the committee last week that the clause is necessary to preserve Canada’s unique military relationship with the U.S., which includes giving senior Canadian officers access to high-level exchange programs.
UPDATE (November 27th, 2013): Where the street violence and cop-car burning were the works of agent provocateurs.
The federal government let an American spy agency conduct surveillance in Canada during the G8 and G20 summits in 2010, the CBC reports.
UPDATE (December 4th, 2013):
Perhaps more relevant is CETA, which apparently contains border provisions consistent with Bill C-8. The problem is that the government has not released the CETA text so there is no way of knowing precisely what is required under that treaty and whether there is room for changes to Bill C-8. The bill may be consistent with CETA, but without the text we can’t know if alterations to the bill might still fall within the treaty requirements.
There is also the possibility – some say likelihood – of border measures provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is still under negotiation.
June 12, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
Who is Edward Snowden?
Nobody really knows but his identity does not really matter —- anymore. Neither does anybody else’s identity matter anymore.
“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”
Well, I have lots of things to hide starting with my credit card and my date of birth. I would expect most clever people to be of like mind.
Surveillance is not much of a problem in and of itself, in my opinion. The real problem I see is that the integrity and objectivity of all information on the internet is now contaminated — as it has been for some time with the main stream media.
The PRISM guards have the power to impersonate anybody and anything.
When Snowden had the job of system administrator, he possessed enough security privileges to access data remotely, browse it freely, as well as take it off its home servers and copy it onto portable drives. According to Alexander, this is how the information was leaked.
Russian Times — Aug 24th, 2013 – emphasis mine
UPDATE: My guess/logical conclusion was right from the start. Who gets to throw out the dismissive “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” slogan now?
Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources.
UPDATE: Robert Holmes, gone; father of Aurora murders scape-goat
Robert Holmes was preparing to testify in the Libor scandal but that was stopped by his son being drugged, hair-dyed and set up for the Batman murders he never committed.
According to his LinkedIn profile, James Holmes’s father, Dr. Robert Holmes, who received a PhD in Statistics in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley, worked for San Diego-based HNC Software, Inc. from 2000 to 2002. HNC, known as a “neural network” company, and DARPA, beginning in 1998, have worked on developing “cortronic neural networks,” which would allow machines to interpret aural and visual stimuli to think like humans.
My point is that the identify of both the father, Robert Holmes and his son, James Homes have been usurped and misrepresented publicly and in the world wide internet record. You can find the personal website of Dr. Robert Holmes, PhD has been re-routed to a foul porn site. That is more than enough evidence of identity tampering on the internet.
June 8, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
It is funny how Reality Television gets such a bad rap in a world where 99% of media broadcasts lies all dressed up as the truth and the most heinous public figures are awarded medals of honor.
May 30, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
I am getting tired of hearing abortionists blame churches for everything.
The pro-abortionists are petitioning the Pope so that a woman can get an abortion. Uh…. hello??
Saying that her right to life is being denied is hysterical and a distortion of reality.
I do not mean to dismiss the dismal plight of Beatriz but it seems the pro-abortionists who want to help Beatriz are clearly lazy. Can any of them put their money (or brains) where their mouth is?
How difficult and expensive would it be for all of the abortionists to pass a hat around, collect money and send this woman out of the country for 9 months? I just pulled that idea out of my own hat right now — despite the fact that I think abortion is abhorrent. I can not possibly be the first person to suggest that, can I?
May 26, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
Concerning whether this attack should be categorized as “terrorism”, I explained precisely why it’s vital to ask that question: because the term bears such great significance legally, politically, culturally, and emotionally and yet has no clear or consistently applied definition, and is thus used as a propaganda tool to glorify violence and other conduct by western states while rendering inherently illegitimate all violence directed at those states.
Amazingly, as his reader pointed out, Sullivan – a mere ten days ago – himself sought to defend President Obama (his life’s mission) in the Benghazi controversy by posting an article in the American Prospect arguing as follows:
Benghazi was not a terrorist act. Or an act of terror. Or an act of terrorism . . . . So why wasn’t Benghazi terrorism? Because the people targeted weren’t civilians.”
That’s exactly the argument I raised about the London attack that sent Sullivan into spasms of moral denunciation.
May 23, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
“The U.S. is paying the salaries of Somali agents. That it is officially run by the Somalis but that U.S. agents are able to openly interrogate them. “
May 22, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
I am getting tired of hearing Islamic Boogeymen blamed for everything.
I do not mean to disrespect the murder victim but the state response is extreme. This can not possibly be the first time a soldier has been ambushed and brutally murdered on a London street. How can so many statesmen be convinced that this is terrorism as distinct from vulgar hooliganism and or simply gangsterism?
May 22, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
Wow! The folks at CBC created a children’s character called Mamma Yamma and my guess is that she is supposed to represent….. a yam?
That is funny. In the previous century, the children’s programming from Hanna-Barbera created a character called Mammy Two-Shoes. In the current century, they turned a new leaf and recognized the underlying racism.
I think the people operating the children’s programming at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation should take a few lessons from Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera and Whoopi Goldberg: Whoopi Goldberg introduces racist caricatures in “Tom and Jerry”
May 18, 2013 · By Charles Anthony
The next time Americans hear about foreign banks getting sweet cheap loans, I hope they would think of what foreign government agents do to earn Western favors.