Monthly Archives: November 2011

WWIII: War on Syria Begins With No-Fly Zone

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It won’t be long now until invasion or some other ‘attack’ of Syria begins now that the Arab League, the US, Turkey and others have agreed to impose a no-fly zone over Syria.

Senior European sources said that Arab jet fighters, and possibly Turkish warplanes, backed by American logistic support will implement a no fly zone in Syria’s skies, after the Arab League will issue a decision, under its Charter, calling for the protection of Syrian civilians.

The sources told Kuwait’s al Rai daily that the no fly ban will include a ban on the movement of Syrian military vehicles, including tanks, personnel carriers and artillery, adding that this move would aim at curbing the movement of Assad forces, and cripple their ability to bomb cities. The European sources said the no fly ban might lead to the paralysis of the Syrian regime forces “in less than 24 hours.”

Meanwhile, it is reported that the leadership of the Turkish General Staff informed all the concerned parties with the Syrian issue its rejection of the idea that the Turkish army would launch any invasion to the Syrian territory including the area adjacent to the Turkish border to establish a “buffer zone” to protect civilians fleeing the violence.

Occupy Santa Claus?

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While there is an occupyxmas concept already put out there, will someone act on the idea of occupying Santa Claus parades?

It makes sense:

If done right, this visibility could be translated into very positive messages related to the occupy movement.  Those mainstream media types that typically slander and ‘poo poo’ those with a positive message about what occupy is all about may be forced to confront those positive messages as occupiers are broadcast to middle America.

Maybe have messages like ‘Make Gifts, Not War’, ‘Buy Local, Not From The North Pole’, and ‘Stop Shopping, Start Caroling’ to remind people that the ‘season’ is all about, peace, love and understanding and not about emptying your wallets for Wal-Mart, ToysRUs and other international conglomerates.

If we’re lucky, that message will translate to the millions of viewers that are about to spend the next 4 or 5 Saturdays in busy malls and force them to reconsider what Christmas should be all about.

The down side?  Unfortunately, there’s a huge risk that occupiers (or police removing occupiers) might act in poor taste or make threats to parade members or property.  This would destroy any positive currency that occupiers may have earned by looking out for the average ‘99%er’ and will draw a LOT of criticism from people that can’t see past the commercialism of the annual events.

Make Them Pay

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Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in the US research shows that nearly a third of 280 corporations surveyed didn’t pay taxes or even got a tax break.

More shocking with this news is that the corporations that were part of the survey – a mere fraction of the corporations in the US and Canada – received more than $223 billion in subsidies from various levels of US government.

All of this is proof that high corporate taxes are not the problem.

The more I read stuff like this, the more I want a simple tax system where there are NO deductions from income and a very reasonable and lower flat tax of, say, 10% on all activity.  This would solve a LOT of problems in most economies.

It would also put a lot of lawyers and lobbyists out on the street!

Remembering Peace

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When was the last time Canada truly enjoyed peace or, better yet, pursued peace?

Was it during the 70s when Trudeau bucked the demands of the US to enter Vietnam?

We’ve been in Afghanistan for more than a decade and before that, we helped bombed Kosovo and were active with the forces in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I’m sure our military has been active in all kinds of other locations around the planet.

On this day, I told my son that a lot of people died so that we could enjoy peace.  More importantly, I told him that his role is to remember ways to find peaceful solutions to the world’s problems.

But why is it that we tell our kids that fighting is not the answer, but as adults, we kick the crap out of anyone at any opportunity?

Libya certainly experienced this recently and Iran is right around the corner.

When are we going to abolish warfare in honour of those that fought against tyranny?  When are we going to stop projecting this new-found sense of tyranny?

On this Remembrance Day and any other day, consider supporting any of these organizations:

What’s your favourite organization committed to peace?  Please list it below for everyone to share.

I Want Our $100 Billion BACK!

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This is a rant.  I am very, very upset with you bleeping bleepity-bleep Canadians that voted for Conservatives.

The Conservatives have admitted to rigging the 2006 election and have faced up to penalties related to ‘administrative errors’ related to the In and Out Scandal (admittedly yet to be a scandal because the CTVers and Quebecors make too much money from Conservative advertisements).

Our country is being run by crooks and we’re just sitting back doing nothing.

You bought into the lies of Stephen Harper and his crooked team not once, not twice, but at least three times.

You fell for their pocket-book promises.

You voted for criminals.

You voted for liars.

You voted for thieves.

You voted for bad business managers.

And when your taxes and fees and other costs of living skyrocket because you’re subsidizing tax cuts, jet planes and prisons we don’t need, you will have no one to blame but yourselves.

However, I WANT MY MONEY BACK.  Millions of other Canadians should demand their money back as well.

By my calculations, the Conservatives owe Canada at least $100 billion.

Just the GST cut alone probably cost us that much.