Monday, February 26, 2007

GHG emissions to rise 248% over 2000 levels under Conservatives

So the GHG levels increased 27% under the liberals over 1990 levels. The CPC government so far as constantly derided the Liberals for failing to reduce GHG levels. So what is this all about?

How is a 248% GHG increase over 2000 levels more acceptable? And this is with intensity based targets.

Seems to me people in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks, someone might just throw a throw a mountain back at them.

This is not leadership. Stephen Harper is not a leader. Not only won't he "get it done" but there isn't even an attempt to. None whatsoever. I thought you set a priority Steve. Finding it hard to set priorities? Or is it after the photo op that you start to break them? Recommend this Post

David Sweet Watch

A group of students in Hamilton, who believe that David Sweet's past
comments are a bar to public service,have created a new website called
David Sweet Watch in the hopes of raising awareness amongst voters in the hopes of ensuring that he does not win re-election.

Mr. David Sweet, MP for the CPC is a "Promise Keeper" who believes we should not encourage an equal relationship in a marriage but instead call for men to "take" their role as leaders of the family. Such people in the Promise Keepers believe the following:

"Our job is to submit to our teachers and our Professors...even if we know they are wrong. It is then in God's hands."

and this gem

"I believe that feminists of the more aggressive persuasion are frustrated women unable to find the proper male leadership. If a women were receiving the right kind of love and attention and leadership, she would not want to be liberated from that"

David Sweet himself has said "It’s pretty clear in Genesis, in Leviticus and in the book of Romans that homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle, and that’s the truth we decided to live by."

The fact that David Sweet would even state that homosexuality is "not an acceptable lifestyle" is concerning enough, but what is shocking and should shock every resident of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale is Sweet’s quoting of Genesis, Leviticus, and the Book of Romans in regards to homosexuality.

The Book of Romans on homosexuality:

"They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,slanderers, God haters,insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil, they disobey their parents , they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless...Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death..."

Genesis 19 concerns the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and like the other quotes from Leviticus and the Book of Romans has been widely used in the past by extremist groups, such as "God Hates Fags", to justify discrimination and even violence against homosexuals.

It's obvious that this man has no sense of separation of church or state nor does he have the ability to represent the population of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale as women make up 51% of the population and homosexuals make up 5-20% of the population. His associations with groups such as promise Keepers and his use of the same material as the group God hates Fags clearly makes him unfit for office in most countries except of course those in the Middle East.

I am providing a permanent link to David Sweet Watch until this dick head is out of office. Take a look for yourself at his record. Recommend this Post

Friday, February 16, 2007

Common Points of Fascism. Seen these lately?

The following fourteen common points of fascism were derived from comparisons of the regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto, and Pinochet.

These points also highlight potential problems not only in the US but to an extent, Canada as well. The methods by which George Bush came to power, garnered support and his clinging to power has great similarities to methods used by fascists. Stephen Harper himself is guilty of a lot if not all of the following as well. An interesting book called American Fascists was recently released which examines the growing problem in the US with the Christian Right and fascism. Blogger The Sir Robert Bond Papers has a post on a story appearing in an American periodical about liberating Canada from the shackles of liberalism which is public enemy number one to these fascists. The view that Canada is something they need to control to ensure their own "destiny" is quite terrifying and not different than Hitler steamrolling into Germany's neighbours. The group of people tied to Harpers electoral success are the breathern of these same people musing on liberating Canada.

It is obvious to most that Stephen Harper is using George Bush's play book. Stephen Harper is not a leader. He's a follower and a puppet.

Take a look at the list and ask yourself where I have I seen or heard these things lately? It becomes pretty obvious that trouble is brewing and it’s not that far away.

1) Powerful and Continuing Nationalism: Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2) Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights: Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3) Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause: The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4) Supremacy of the Military: Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5) Rampant Sexism: The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

6) Controlled Mass Media: Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common. Deriding MSM is another method especially when it is portrayed as sympathetic to liberals, socialists, or intellectuals.

7) Obsession with National Security: Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8) Religion and Government are Intertwined: Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9) Corporate Power is Protected: The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10) Labour Power is Suppressed: Because the organizing power of labour is the only real threat to a fascist government, labour unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11) Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts: Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

12) Obsession with Crime and Punishment: Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13) Rampant Cronyism and Corruption: Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14) Fraudulent Elections: Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections. Recommend this Post

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Poll: Most find anti-Dion CPC ads unfair

Most find anti-Dion Tory ads unfair: poll No surprise there. Bad mistake from the start.

38 per cent of respondents -- out of a sample of more than 1,000 -- recalled seeing the attack ads.

Of that 38 per cent (388/1000 people)

59 per cent said the ads were not fair in how they described Dion
22 per cent felt the ads were fair.

2/3 of the respondents said the information in the ads was not relevant to their choice in the next federal election
26 per cent said it was relevant

margin of error is +/- five percentage points, 19 times in 20

Here's the clincher
1/3 of those who recalled seeing the Conservative ads said they saw them only in the news media, and not as paid TV spots. Thats 1/3 of 38 per cent of those who saw the ads. 2/3 saw it either at the super bowl or in media and super bowl.

The very same news media where Dion was also given time to speak in response to the ads.

What a failure. No bang for the buck there.

If I were a supporter of the CPC, I know I would be tightening my purse strings and asking what were they thinking wasting our donations like that. Recommend this Post

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tar Ponds Plan stinks

I concur with Ms. May that the plan to seal and bury the tar ponds was one made solely on budget constraints and not one that actually addresses this issue in the long term. Having spent summers in the area I am familiar with this issue and the stench.

Having worked in bioremediation and actually performing bench scale study's on some tar pond samples I can tell you that there are more effective ways to do this that actually cleans it up and not hide it for another generation.

Putting a concrete cap is a very short term solution. Anyone aho has ever lived in a home with a basement will understand that concrete cracks and leaks. PAH and PCB's in the tar ponds will percolate to the surface no matter what they think. Its called capillary action. Not only that it will get back into the estuary, and groundwater. The absurdity of the announcement that things can be built on this concrete cap is just plain sick. Would you want your children playing in a toxic park? Tree roots will also crack this concrete through the same process by which rock is broken down into soil.

There are better alternatives. I dunno, but the technology the oil sands use sounds like it works.. The dirty water left over can be ultrafiltrated separating the wastewater form the the "tar". The water can be reclaimed. There is also the ability to excavate the soil and remediate it using re-dox reactions. Whereby you add metals and saturate it with water, let is undergo reduction reactions and then let it dry out which then iniates oxidation reactions. Over a period of time this breaks down PAH and PCB. It works everywhere else on the same substrate. There are many companies out there offering proven techniques, they could use a combination of them to get this done properly and quickly.

A short term solution does not lead to the long term health of the people living there. Recommend this Post

The CPC and NDP do have a deal!

They have a deal and it was for $30 million for BC's rainforest which just by chance happens to be in Nathan Cullen's riding, even though he said there was no deal to prop up the CPC government. This money was probably coughed up by the CPC out of concern by the NDP that they would lose votes to the CPC in the next election. If there was a possibilty of getting the CPC to keep the committment to Kyoto, then fine. The fact is he won't and the NDP know it. So what the hell are they doing? Recommend this Post