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Delusional expectations

Digimarc Awarded $16 Million Secure Driver License Program by Canada's Four Atlantic Provinces
Digimarc Corporation today announced its Canadian-based operation, Digimarc ID Systems Canada Co., has won four new customers -- the four Provinces of Canada's Atlantic region -- under contracts valued at an estimated USD $16 million (CDN $18 Million) to develop, deploy and maintain a new secure digital driver license issuance solution for the region.

Delusional expectations
At this writing, Israel has killed six hundred civilians in Lebanon, including more than one hundred children, and killed another one hundred and fifty in Gaza. It has created hundreds of thousands of refugees and destroyed enough bridges and power stations and apartments to create misery for years to come.

Israel Charged with Systematic Harassment of U.S. Marines
It was 12 years ago, on March 14, 1983, that the commandant of the Marine Corps sent a highly unusual letter to the secretary of defense expressing frustration and anger at Israel. General R.H. Barrow charged that Israeli troops were deliberately threatening the lives of Marines serving as peacekeepers in Lebanon. There was, he wrote, a systematic pattern of harassment by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that was resulting in “life-threatening situations, replete with verbal degradation of the officers, their uniform and country.”

How Harper Wants Washington To See Us
In Washington, the Harper government has been even more overt in presenting Canada as a freshly minted neo-conservative power and fervent ally. On a website called
CanadianAlly, the government of Canada tells American decision makers just how much in step the northern neighbour is with the Bush administration.On the title page of this official site, you see heavily armed Canadian soldiers heading into battle. No blue helmets here. Canadians are tough warriors, standing shoulder to shoulder with the Americans.

Hierarchy of hatreds: Gibson vs. Coulter
Let us leave this über-Catholic (shoot, I hate that prefix, but if you can't beat 'em, join 'em) in the quicksand--someone may or may not pull him to safety, and frankly I don't give a damn either way--and turn to someone else: the redoubtable Ann Coulter. On national US television every week, author of a number of best-selling tirades, a regular on the far-right speech circuit, the febrile Coulter is a woman who has made a career out of just about every form of racist bigotry except anti-Semitism. A selection of public quotes follows:

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
You can look at the Canadian Casualty Count
here.

Canadian Military Components used in Israel's War Against Lebanon
Few Canadians realize that their country is one of the world's leading producers and exporters of advanced, war technology. Such is the power of the
long-prevailing mythology that Canada is a great, global force for peace.