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The Leading NDP Need to Show Leadership

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By not cowering away from two important sore points in Canadian economic and political policy:

  1. The Tar Sands are killing Canada and its reputation on many different levels.  Leaving Tar in the ground is OK by me.
  2. Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians, and yet it seems offensive to speak the truth about what’s happening in the world.  By removing Morgan Wheeldon, the NDP are complicit in the crimes being committed by Israel.

Tom Mulcair:  you have (had?) the lead.

Prove you’re a leader.

Take a tough stand on these and other issues and stop playing into Harper’s hands.

Canada will reward you when you do.

Reaction to McQuaig Fuel Awareness of Harper’s Lack of Plan

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And lies about managing the economy.

A good manager looks at all of the resources, talents and opportunities of a country, not just a single industry.  Stephen Harper is NOT a good manager because he is obsessed with one aspect of our economy – at the expense of all others.

The Tar Sands in Canada account for just 2% of our GDP, but Stephen Harper and the Conservatives would have us believe that they are the ‘Golden Goose’ that lays all eggs for Canada.

Rotten eggs, that is.

Linda McQuaig – NDP candidate for Toronto Centre – recently repeated what millions of scientists, analysts, environmentalists, politicians and Stephen Harper himself have committed to in signing international declarations concerning limiting carbon emissions.

We need to leave the tar in the ground if we’re going to survive the 21st century.

So why then are McQuaig’s comments generating so much controversy?

Because it proves Harper and his cabal have no plan.

Yes, they’ve agreed to limit emissions globally, but they do not have a plan to engage the country’s largest polluter, the Tar Sands, as a means of addressing these commitments.

Yet another example of Stephen Harper’s mouth writing cheques his ass can’t cash.

Old White Men Hold the Key #elxn42

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Old white men may be the deciding factor in this election.

EKOS data shows that they are an important deciding factor, especially those men who are 65 or older.

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It’s more than likely that ALL of us know someone in this category.  They just want to be left alone when it comes to government poking around, they’ve had enough of intrusive politics to last a lifetime (and let’s face it … they have) and they’re almost always voted Conservative because they play into that popular Stephen Harper meme that demands ‘stability’ and ‘staying the course’.

Of course, if your dad or older brother or uncle or teacher is just like my dad, MOST of their news and content comes from mainstream media, a disturbingly tentacled organization owned and operated by a handful people that also profit (coincidentally) from ongoing ads and promotions from the Stephen Harper Government (TM).

They help spread the lies of Stephen Harper.  They too ask those questions stupidly and idiotically repeating the meme that there couldn’t possibly be someone else in the universe that could take the reins without the country falling into the abyss.

The great challenge is that they believe the lies that are spun every day.  I can still hear an important father-figure saying ‘Mike Duffy is a great guy’ shortly after he ripped a new hole for Stephane Dion.

The countless times I’ve also heard ‘who’s qualified to run the government’ and I shout out ‘my dog’, ‘an ant’, ‘a robot’, ‘a plant’, ‘anyone but Stephen Harper’ but it falls on deaf ears because I’m seen as being tainted the other way.

And guess what?  We are falling into an abyss.  Privacy is no longer.  Human rights, financial independence, environmental stability and the economic future of Canada have all been carved to bits so the Hair can stay in control.

Beg and implore them to act and vote for their children and grandchildren and work against Harper and his machine.  Remind them that you can tell Harper is lying … is when he opens his mouth.  His myths about economic prowess and security for the nation are nothing but delusions of grandeur.  Convince them that the future of Canada deserves something more optimistic, bright and hopeful and not dark, cynical and cheap.

If they still resist, use analogy:  if an old white guy were kicking a visible minority, would you report it to the police or accept $5 for looking the other way?  Right now, Stephen Harper is that bully kicking at everything Canada SHOULD be and he’s bribing you with a few petty tax breaks or financial incentives that the vast majority of these people can no longer afford.

So please, do it for Canada:  speak with these old white men and beg them to reconsider who they vote for.  Talk about strategic voting or give them tools so they can be informed.

Everyone’s future depends on it!!

Why Was CBC Radio’s Coverage of the Election Announcement SO Embarrassing?

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Yesterday morning, we were on the road when Stephen Harper launched his latest attack on Canada (aka #ELXN42) so we were listening to the CBC broadcast of the event.

He started in French.  It was about 15 minutes of labourious language, and the CBC cut in with broken English translation about 5 minutes in.

Then, once he finally started his speech in English, Susan Bonner cut in and interrupted Harper’s announcement, again in a seemingly awkward and broken English that was intensely frustrating.

The whole time, I was stunned by how rude this interruption seemed and I was cursing the CBC for failing to just let the announcement be made.

Did anyone else experience this?

Also, later in the day on ‘Cross Country Checkup’ we had a sub for Rex Murphy and they were basically asking the same stupid asinine question of ‘are you ready for an election?’

My answer is ‘of course, I’m ready’.  I’m ready all the time for an election BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY.  If you don’t like elections, if you don’t like voting, then leave Canada and live somewhere where you don’t get an opportunity to at least have a say in who your leader will be.

I think today’s journalists are just being lazy and are asking the ‘play it to the bottom’ question as opposed to asking something intelligent like ‘why is Stephen Harper dodging the real question of why are you imposing such an expensive election on Canadians’, largely in the guise of pretending that they’re being objective.

Finally, I was driven to shouting at the radio during the latter show when a listener opined that he doesn’t ‘trust Stats Canada because they just make up numbers’.

That phrase is a snapshot of the morons that will hand Stephen Harper another election:  ignorant, unchanging old white men that believe the lies Harper is telling.

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Electioneering and the Upcoming Media War on the Opposition

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Speculation has it that Stephen Harper with have tea with Guv’na tomorrow (interrupting everyone’s long weekend) pleading for an election.

My basic prediction is that Slippery Steve has a card up his sleeve and we will find out tomorrow what it is.

Until then, let me share my theory as to what it is.  I think he will call an early election, with a date that will likely fall shortly after Labour Day weekend.

First, think of the context.  It will be yet another twist in the endless media war that Stephen Harper is waging against Canadians and their non-Conservative, political parties.

Prone to cheesy tactics, breaking the rules, cheating, lying, stealing democratic rights and various other Machiavellian schemes that would make the Prince proud, but this time, even the UN is watching him and we can expect international inspection as the date approaches.

As I say, I believe that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will request that the writ be dropped tomorrow, but that they will also stick to the ‘standard’ election time-frame of 30-35 days.

I believe that he will use the following arguments for breaking his own rule concerning a fixed election date:

  1. It will save money.  Right now, an 11-week campaign is projected to cost Canadians an extra $125 million (minimum).  Not the ‘sound financial management’ that Steve repeatedly promises.
  2. They would like to ‘respect tradition’ and would like to ensure that the election is not the longest in Canadian history.
  3. An earlier election eliminates any possibility of ‘confusion’ concerning third-party attack ads that are crushing Stephen Harper in the polls.
  4. He wants to avoid the accusation of draining the coffers of opposition parties ‘unfairly’, masking what I believe to be the real truth:  the Conservatives don’t have as much money as everyone thinks.

Being the cynic and despot that he is, he’ll call an election just after Labour Day because no one will be around or they’re dropping off kids for first day of school.

It might even play into the hands of pissed off parents who could potentially be in the middle of a teacher’s strike in Ontario in September.  The Liberals AND NDP will not look good if this happens, resulting in advantage Steve.

It’ll help him avoid a new wave of questioning with the Senate scandal, dodging tricky questions about Nigel Wright, Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and others that would otherwise stall the Conservative campaign.

Finally – and most importantly in my view – Stephen Harper will act on long cooked plans to screw the opposition in the upcoming media war.  Yes, I said Steve may be the only one who knows the actual date, but it’s likely that his media buyers have been aware of the actual date for some time, booking TV, print, radio and magazine ads in the middle of summer … when no one else is buying them.

Cheap, available, prime spots.  Nothing the opposition will get.

All of the other parties – thinking the ‘fixed’ election date was genuine – would have walked into contracts securing media for the latter half of September and October, but guess what?  They’ve bought nothing because they’ll have missed the election date by more than a month.

The outcry will be deafening, but there will be nothing Canadians can do.

Steve will have stolen the election.  Again.

Justice Served?

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About 8 years ago, I started writing this blog when I was overwhelmed by the disgusting show of force demonstrated by security in BC when a Polish immigrant named Robert Dziekanski came to Canada and was killed in the Vancouver airport October 14, 2007.

He was assaulted with a taser weapon at least 5 times, despite being on the ground.

‘Experts’ claimed he died from ‘Excited Delirium’, a trumped up ‘medical condition’ used to defend the excessive use of taser weapons against their victims.  This defense has since been used to defend hundreds of deaths brought on by the abuse of stun and taser weapons used by police forces around the globe.

Coroners later ruled that the attack was a homicide.

For more on the timeline, visit this Wiki page.

Yesterday, courts declared that one of the accused – Monty Robinson – was found guilty of perjury and was sentenced to two years prison.  This is akin to charging Al Capone with tax evasion.

The case is being appealed.

Eight years ago, the world watched because we have the tools to monitor, share and discuss events that are designed to crush our liberties.

Today, Bill C-51 of the Stephen Harper Conservatives has taken away those tools and those rights.  To educate yourself about this abomination, see this Primer on Bill C-51.

Not since J Edgar Hoover and the East European Stasi has there been such a breach in private, personal information concerning law-abiding average citizens including you and me.

Oppose Bill C-51 today (and sign and share this petition) and ask the Liberals and Conservatives (if they give you an opportunity, which they won’t) why they would support such a tragic breach of democratic rights in Canada.

Canada: Send Sarkozy Back to France

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Nicolas Sarkozy Flees to Canada

Nicolas Sarkozy has jumped ship from France following his failure in the recent French elections, only to find Canada as a safe haven from his pending corruption charges related to election fraud.

Will Canada keep him here and protect him from the rule of law?

God knows, this is a lawless land being run by criminals, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we offered him an extended vacation.

Which begs the question:  when Canadians wake up from Harper’s nightmare and turf him from office, where will Stephen Harper hide when we investigate him?

Canada: Wake Up to Rampant Conservative Election Fraud

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Canadians:  please take a moment to read this objective post by Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada.

In this piece, she elaborates and calls to question the numerous accounts of Conservative-driven electoral fraud and corruption.

We must put an end to this as quickly as possible.

Pretending it’ll all work out in the end is just stupid.

Fone Fraud: The Solution

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Since most Canadians aren’t believing the Conservative mudslinging and lies associated with Robo-call scandal, the prospect of anyone believing anything they get via phone calls in future elections become close to nil.

However, my bet is that the Conservatives (and possibly other parties) will still test these waters, regardless of existing or future implications.

With this in mind, there’s an astoundingly simple way that we can ensure that Canadians can identify who’s calling them during elections.

It’s called opting in.  Political parties, pollsters and other operatives related to any election would have to receive the permission of the person on the other end before making a call.

While the CRTC has a ‘do not call’ list, it is only applicable to corporations and other specific organizations.  Interestingly enough, these rules do not apply to political parties or charities.

It’s time those rules were changed.

Since Elections Canada and the CRTC probably lack the fortitude (and budgets) to establish these new databases, it will be up to the non-Conservative parties to take the high road and institute their own ‘do not call’ registries for all Canadians, along with necessary tracking associated with the calls that were made to either confirm these requests or willingness to receive future calls.

The technology exists to do this and I know of at least two parties that track ALL requests associated with calls and human interactions.

From that point on, those that take the high road will be able to point to anyone they’ve called, what the purpose of that call was and what the response was.

By process of elimination, we’ll know that the Conservatives will be finally caught in their own webs.

Which reminds me:  is it any wonder the candidate in Jack Layton’s riding got blown out of the water?

 

 

Understanding the Current Canadian Political Situation

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The Canadian political landscape has a number of “elements” in play right now, all designed to confuse the hell out of the average Canadian voter.

I want to try to use this piece to dissect a couple of contentious activities.  That’s your cue to grab a cup of coffee and snuggle in for a few minutes because this does not merit a quick glance.

Robo-calls, Voter Suppression, Voter Lists & Marketing

Many in the media are asking really stupid questions right now about the depth and breadth of capabilities with respect to tracking individuals, their voter preferences and so on.  Others are asking equally naive questions about the range of marketing activities that are NOT organized in Canada.

Obviously, none of them have ever worked in the loyalty marketing business.  Or direct marketing business.  Or telemarketing businesses.  Or the advertising agency world.  Or online advertising.  Or politics.

They all seem to have this ‘Gee whiz’ kind of mindset that reinforces that they are clearly locked in the ‘Madmen’ era of when advertisers and communications experts didn’t have a clue about what they were doing, but still took all the credit when they sold a car or two because of a sexy car ad or funny catch phrase with toilet paper.

Guess what.  Things have changed.  A long ago, actually.

I don’t know if it’s intentional on behalf of the media pundits and journalists to seem stupid or if they just are stupid, but they are definitely missing the point that any organization can collect pretty much anything they want on me, my buying habits, my nose-picking habits, how many times I have a bowel movement and so on.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that one of the few exceptions to unsolicited calls – political parties – probably have the most complex databases concerning the activities of every single Canadian.

Further to this basic idea that enormous masses of data are being collected about every single one of our habits is the seeming surprise about the extent to which this is organized by American and generally non-Canadian companies.

The Airmiles program is owned by an American company.  Nearly every large agency in Canada is just a tiny cog in the enormous machinery of the top-5 global agencies and very few real decisions are actually made in Canada.

Hell, even StatsCan data now lies with Lockheed-Martin, a very not-Canadian company and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of military equipment.

That said, there continues to be a sense of surprise when we hear about American parent companies being involved with marketing decisions.  Sadly, many Canadians don’t realize that this is just routine.

The Solution?

The solution to the issue with robo-calls and resulting voter suppression is simple:  allow Canadians to add their names to the same Do Not Call Lists that the CRTC maintains when you get annoying calls about credit card offers, instant vacation awards, police balls and other crap.

More importantly, we need more control over our personal and private information.  If a political party wants to contact me, they need my permission first.  Email works that way.  Why can’t phone calls?

On the note about the agency world and most decisions being made outside Canada, that topic is beyond the scope of what is already a very long rant about our Canadian corporate and political environment.

Demographics, Dummygraphics and Datagraphics

I think we’ve all heard the term ‘demographics’ before.  It basically applies to groups of people, their behaviours and the impact of those behaviours.  ‘Baby Boomers’, ‘Generation X’ and ‘Digital Natives’ are all terms that relate to demographics.

Of course, marketers have stepped things up substantially and have designed and developed hundreds of categories related to individuals and their buying, political interests, love activities, drinking habits and so on and continue to collect this information so long as you use a credit card, bank card, cell phone, Gmail account, search and pretty much do anything else.

Dummygraphics is a new term that I will use here to describe a group of people that believe what the media and politicians tell them.  My first instincts with this word is that Boomers fit nicely into this category, but they don’t.  Dummygraphics apply to people that simply don’t get the idea that someone out there is lying to them so that they can gain at your expense.

People that receive phone calls on their land lines telling them repeatedly that they’re Liberals and that they want to piss you off even if you’re a card-carrying Liberal because we’re going to keep calling are locked into two issues:  they don’t know how to ignore the phone and they can’t get their name removed from voter calling lists.

Political cynics (and I won’t say Conservatives because I don’t want to fall victim to a $5 million lawsuit) leverage this stupidity to their advantage and win elections.  It sounds harsh, but it’s that simple.

If you believe that it’s all just one great big coincidence, you fit neatly into the Dummygraphic category.

Datagraphics is almost the opposite of Dummygraphics.  I don’t want to pretend that this group of people is smarter than the first, but there are hints that they too are cynics and will at least seek out alternatives when someone tells them a lie about simple things like polling stations.  They’ll double check their voter registration card.  They’ll call Elections Canada.  They’ll check with their local MP.

People in the Datagraphic category will find themselves reading alternatives to the mainstream media.  Not everything the Globe and Mail or Toronto Star says is paved with good intentions.  That’s (nearly) impossible when the party in power also pulls the strings with advertising budgets for Defense recruiting, Action Plans, CRA awareness and so on to the tune of $300-$500 million per year.

If you don’t believe, take a gander at the May 2011 election list of newspaper endorsements where nearly ALL of the mainstream media voices endorsed the very people that the majority of Canadians are working very hard to eliminate.  Not much of a challenge given that the mainstream media in Canada is really just 4-5 mega-conglomerates, including Bell, Rogers, Quebecor, Shaw, Telus, Transcontinental and Astral Communications.

The Solution?

Obviously, I have a bias to the Datagraphic category, but want to ensure that they get the right information.  We need to defeat Canada’s media conglomerates by shutting off our cell phones, signing up with Internet companies like TekSavvy and starving them of our attention.

Only when we boycott the major perpetrators of these crimes – our media conglomerates – will we see a little more balance in Canadian politics.

The other more actionable solution is to CHECK INFORMATION WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR VOTING STATION.  Don’t take everything for granted and don’t believe some jack-ass who calls you in the middle of the night to tell you have to go to another county to vote.

The Merging of Business and Politics

The current array of scandals we’re enduring in Canada are, in my opinion, what happens when you merge business and politics.  More importantly, it’s a glimpse of what will happen as public policy becomes more commercial as opposed to public.

Robo-calls, tele-marketing, consumer lists, phone lists and so on all have nothing to do with public policy.  They have everything to do with coercion and the dying days of broadcasting.

You see, broadcast is nearly extinct.  It’s breathing its last breath.  TV, print and radio were once the “three legs that help up the table of marketing success”, but they no longer reach the audiences that they used to.  There’s too much fragmentation in the marketplace.  Therefore, we see a last desperate scramble to to control these last few modes of communication before they become completely pointless in the realm of politics.  And everything else, for that matter.

We’re already seeing the cracks in the strategy.  Anyone that does robo-calls has to do them to land lines.  Cell phone lines are too risky because histories are traced more effectively, messages can be recorded and easily shared and we return to the demographic discussion.  Most elderly people have land lines and most elderly people are prone to trust or believe someone when they get called by someone out of the blue telling them that they have to go to another polling station to vote.

My prediction is that the 2011 election will be the last effective use of this shameful and disgusting tactic because a growing percentage of the population – even those in the Dummygraphic category – will be using Internet connections for their land-lines and cell phone more frequently as their primary mode of communication.

Anyways, the key point here is that we – Earthlings, to be exact, but I’ll be happy if we start as Canadians – have been remiss in demanding a very simple idea:  the separation of State and Corporation.  In the Revolution Years, we demanded separation of Church and State and now we have to go the next step or we will LOSE ALL FREEDOMS in the interest of letting others making money of our personal information.

Especially political cynics and crooks.

The Solution?

Let’s be clear that I’m not anti-corporate or even anti-capitalist.

I just don’t think the merging of business and public policies are good ideas.  It’s impossible to build railroads, national digital strategies and other long-term investments when stockholders demand gains in the next quarter.

I’m not sure how it will be done, but we have to at least start sharing ideas about how to keep corporations out of our lives.

Bill C-30 and Anonymous

Rumour has it that ‘Anonymous’ is nothing but a tool of the CIA.  I doubt it’s true, but if it is, we see how Anonymous continues to fuck things up for your average Joe by dragging personal information about Vic Toews or anyone else out into the public domain.

It’s just not right.

Their actions, therefore, help reinforce the rumours and actually help to steel the resolve of ‘tough on crime’ morons by giving them all the excuses they need to remove the wonderful and powerful thing known as anonymity.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the pressure continues to mount, media morons chime in with the idea that we should have better capabilities when it comes to tracking and ultimately, robo-calling may even fall into this category as justification for better scrutiny to protect Canadians from those who would steer us wrong.

Imagine that:  Anonymous responsible for Bill C-30 so that we can get to the bottom of what’s happening with robo-calls and voter suppression.

How bizarre.

All of a sudden, the robo-call situation becomes Canada’s very own version of a digital equivalent to the Reichstag Fire.

Another issue in all of this?  I believe the whole thing is a sham because if the government or law enforcers want to collect information about me, they can and without a warrant.  Child pornographers are arrested every day as a result of following the law.

What’s critical in all of this is that we are starting to see that none of our politicians with any party want Canadians to know just how much THEY know about US.  If you knew, you’d be pissed and outraged and this very idea threatens politics in Canada substantially more than phone-call hijinks.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if investigations actually found that one or many of our politicians were in breach of Canadian privacy laws.

A Final Plea

If you’re one of the many people that worked on political campaigns through the spring of 2011 and you witnessed or were privy to some questionable tactics, please contact Elections Canada.

Our democracy desperately needs a handful of people who will make things right.

You’ve probably had non-disclosure agreements and threats of lawsuits thrown at you if you open your mouth about anything that you witnessed, but WE NEED YOU.  We need your courage.  We need your strength.  We need your knowledge.

When you come forward, Canadians will protect you because you’ll be doing the right thing.

And if you don’t?  Be prepared for a big-ass warrant to come your way and get your sphincter lubed up for some fun times in the joint because you will not be treated kindly by anyone that knocks on your door looking for information.

And the Conservatives will NOT have your back.