Monthly Archives: November 2009

Hey CTV: Get Some Cash From the Market

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Disaffected Lib has a great piece on the plight of broadcast networks in this country and the subsequent cry-baby response that is coming from ConTV and Conwest.

Summary:  “Hey CTV … piss off!”

Harper Sales Tax (HST) Summed Up Nicely

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I was reading the letters to the editor in the Toronto Star this morning and one Dan Skrobot of Toronto succinctly and perfectly described the Harper Sales Tax [square bracket additions are mine]:

Isn’t the HST just more Conservative downloading?  Mike Harris still haunts us, but this time with the protege Jim Flaherty pulling the strings of a desperate Ontario government.  The lesson here is who gets what in this deal, and why all the pieces in the Conservative puzzle are starting to fit into place.  Harper and Flaherty first decide to buy our votes with a GST cut [of which we got no benefit except an unprecedented deficit], then a home reno tax cut [which has only served the purpose of people who can afford renovations], and billions more in stimulus spending to the point of no return in structural deficits [which has somehow translated to the largest marketing campaign for a government ever seen on this planet].  The only answer is to increase taxes, but if tax cuts equal votes, then the reverse doesn’t fir their master plan, so they turn to struggling provinces to raise the tax for them.  Harris-style mismanagement of our finances, plus a desperate Ontario willing to accept a bribe ($4.5 billion) to raise taxes means lower provincial transfers down the road, leaving more for the Conservatives to clean up their fiscal mess or buy more votes.  The brilliant part is that Harper’s ethically challenged party will be rewarded and Dalton McGuinty’s patsies will be sent packing.

I’ve said all along that the provinces should avoid anything that the Cons offer to them to make the HST work.  Why?  Because you simply can’t trust a Con that offers money.  It’s not in their DNA to give money, but to take away.

I’ve also said many times that the Harper Sales Tax will create tectonic rifts between all Liberals in the country, particularly in BC and Ontario, as they wrestle with the conundrum of rapidly rising deficits and short-term monetary offers to do the evil work of the Harper Regime.

Feds to Bury Another $63 Million in ‘Carbon Capture’ Research

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From Yahoo Business.

It looks like the Cons will be burying another $63 million in taxpayer money in ‘carbon capture’ schemes, mainly in an effort to prove that the Tar Sands are worth the unprecedented environmental disaster that they’re subjecting on this planet.

If I can show them if I fart in my hand and cup it and hide it under a pillow, can I get $63 million as well?

HOT: GSK Pulls Vaccine Due to Potential for Life-Threatening Allergies

Gee.  It’s a good thing we waived the right to sue GSK on their untested vaccine.

Here’s a hot story about the brew for Canada that people are in a big hurry to have pumped into their arms:

Sorry folks.  Have you thought of taking Vitamin D capsules instead?

What a massive cluster f**k this whole thing has become.

Monkeys playing with their own feces could have managed this situation better.

Here’s another article about what’s actually in some of the vaccines.

Here are some notes from the article, which comment on an information leaflet distributed by GSK:

  • Trial results for the H5N1 vaccine (the earlier cousin to the H1N1 vaccine):  the product leaflet mentions a study in which the company injected the vaccine into pregnant rats. It found “an increased incidence of fetal malformations” and “delayed neurobehavioural maturation”
  • The leaflet also mentions a study on ferrets. The animals were given adjuvanted and nonadjuvanted H5N1 vaccines and then exposed to the flu. The ferrets that got the adjuvanted vaccine were protected by the vaccine. But those that got the nonadjuvanted vaccine all died.  [This is a massive concern for pregnant women being advised to get the nonadjuvanted version of the H1N1 vaccine].
  • The leaflet also says four of 253 people studied experienced “severe adverse reactions”. Three of the four were deemed to be unrelated to the vaccine, but one case of hypersensitivity (which can mean anything from an allergic reaction to autoimmune disease) was determined “to be related to vaccination”.  That one serious reaction might not sound like a lot, but it actually translates into a rate of 395 cases per 100,000 people. That’s more than 50 times the rate of hospitalization due to H1N1 itself: 7.3 per 100,000 Canadians.
  • Soldiers who received the vaccine had almost 7.5 times the rate of heart inflammation of nonvaccinated personnel, according to a study by U.S. military medical researchers in 2004 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
  • One of the best examples involves a controversial ingredient present in the H1N1 vaccine: thimerosal. Thimerosal is a form of mercury used in some vaccines as a preservative. Drug makers agreed to phase it out of most vaccines after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found in 1999 that mercury levels in children who had gotten multiple shots often exceeded safety levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Nonetheless, thimerosal still remains in many flu vaccines.
  • Controversy has raged for years about whether or not thimerosal is behind soaring childhood autism rates. While that debate continues, a 2008 study in the U.K. journal Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry found that boys who were given a vaccine containing thimerosal were nine times more likely to have developmental problems than unvaccinated boys.
  • Simple math tells us an average Canadian pregnant woman—weighing 80 kilograms at term—gets about 56 percent more than the daily safe level of mercury when given a dose of the nonadjuvanted vaccine. By the EPA’s stricter standards, that same dose is actually triple its daily safe level.
  • What’s more, Shaw notes, those daily safety levels were set for consumption of mercury in food, not for injection directly into the body. Injecting a neurotoxin like mercury has much more impact than eating it, he said.
  • Squalene is another controversial component of the swine-flu vaccine.  Debate has raged for years about whether or not squalene is responsible for Gulf War syndrome.
  • Another component of the H1N1 vaccine adjuvant:  polysorbate 80.  Studies have found it can cause severe allergic reactions and hypersensitivity.

My advice folks:  run, don’t walk, away from the clinics.

Research Credit on both stories:

Canada’s Only Hope: An Orange-Green Merger

Igantieff bullied his way to the top.

  • The result:  the Federal Liberals are lower in the polls today (23%) than they were under Dion’s ‘peak’ (26%).
  • The result:  the ‘progressive’ contingent of the Liberal Party of Canada looks to be prepared to take a walk.

The Green Party of Canada AND the NDP are gaining on Canada’s ‘traditional’ parties.

  • The result:  combined, the Green and NDP represent more than 29% of decided voters.  This is a far cry from the 37% that the Cons currently register, but if you were to look at the numbers by riding (which I don’t have), I’m willing to bet that the combined impact would lead to a much higher polling in valuable urban ridings than the Conservative base of rural locations.
  • The result:  it’s conceivable that if an election were held today, the NDP might hold as many seats as the Liberals.

What does this all mean?  The Greens and the NDP MUST drop their gloves, get together, agree on their differences and lead this country into the future.

Let’s face it:  there are only 3-4 central issues that separate the two parties.  We must encourage all of the representatives from both parties to do the following:

  1. Show the door to the leaders of the NDP and the Greens.  I will never vote for the NDP again as long as Jack Layton is in charge, and I think millions of Canadians feel the same way.  He delivered a minority government to Stephen Harper, not once but TWICE.  He has kept this man in power and he has blood on his hands.  Elizabeth May has drifted unsuccessfully to three different ridings in the past and has not chosen winnable ridings.  More importantly, it’s been about Elizabeth May and not the Green Party of Canada in the last three elections.
  2. Get together.  Talk.  Write.  Set up a wiki.  Find your differences and put them aside.  You’ll find that you have more in common than you have keeping you apart.
  3. Create solid, consistent and unique policy.
  4. Pick a single leader with dozens of talented people to support him/her.
  5. Win seats.

With Ignatieff’s Liberals about to implode and the Harper Conservatives poised to make impromptu visits to Geneva to defend their war crimes in Afghanistan, there’s no time like the present to respond to all Canadians with a progressive platform.

It’s that simple.  We need action today, so lobby your local MPs, candidates and the leaders of these two parties.

Canada’s future depends on it.