Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A Few Last Minute Costume Ideas

If you want to make a statement with a really scary costume this year, here are a few ideas:

-A single drop of oil.

-A Monsanto seed, accompanied by a chastity belt or condom.

-A us/canada/mexican flag combination.

-A Canadian Medical bill

-A terror alert level red banner

-An "Amero" bill or coin

-A NAFTA logo

- A Canadian Flag with a "For Sale" sign

Feel free to leave more suggestions.

A Few Questions to Politicians

We spend millions upon millions in military weapons in order to bring a better life to the people of Afghanistan but for no money at all, we could use just words at the UN to give peace and dignity back to Palestine? It amazes me...the ignorance of the western world and and our leaders/puppets. The so-called "educated" people with their narrow-minded and distorted view of the world.

Just tell me why? That's all I want to know. Can anyone at Progressive Bloggers fill me in on why? What does your candidate have to say about it?

That's all....Thanks

Monday, October 30, 2006

Back to Posting...

after a needed rest. I never did make it to the protest on the 28th. The people I was going with didn't want to go because of the weather. I was disappointed, but I'm over it now. I'm sure it won't be the last one.

I spent the week-end catching up on my hobbies and reading blogs. A lot of interesting stuff. There is so much happening that I want to post everything, and then lose out on writing on the numerous projects I have been collecting information on from the past year. It's hard to find the time to do everything I want to do. Keeping a blog is harder than I thought. I keep trying to get my dear husband to start posting, but he hasn't taken me up on the offer yet.

Today I am just going to post a few articles of interest. Hopefully, I'll find time in the near future to write more informative articles of my own.

U.S. Army North up and running
it is responsible for specific missions, including conducting the Army-to-Army portion of the theater cooperation mission with Canada and Mexico.

Alternatives sought for UN seat
Latin American and Caribbean diplomats seeking to break an impasse over a hotly contested seat on the UN Security Council are considering alternate candidates from a list of countries, Guyana’s foreign minister said yesterday.“We are now bringing forward names like the Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Uruguay,”

Canada: Israel’s new friend in North America
Peter MacKay delivered a pro-Israel speech several days ago at a Bonds Gala event in Montreal. Following his speech, which incidentally didn’t leave any room for doubt as to Canada’s support of Israel, MacKay emphasized that his government did not intend on “sitting on the fence” as far as various international issues were concerned, even if it meant taking risks.

Canada plans to set up own no-fly list
Canada announced plans on Friday to set up its own list of passengers considered too dangerous to fly on airliners, in parallel with a U.S. no-fly list set up after the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

CSIS boss wants bigger foreign spying role; former MI6 chief seconds call
And it is clear that we need to strengthen our future capacity to do more of this nimbly and effectively," he said. "This will entail not only further investments in people but, as well, the infrastructure to support them outside of Canada."
A secret CSIS task force last December called for new resources to bolster the spy agency's work overseas against terrorism.
The internal group looked at how best to manage foreign operations in the future, as well as the necessary personnel and budget.
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said in May the federal government would either create a new spy agency or expand the mandate of CSIS.
Day suggested the money needed to launch a new service - likely tens of millions of dollars - would not be a barrier.

PM Olmert: Israel to expand military operations in Gaza Strip
Olmert told the Knesset committee that in recent months, the IDF killed 300 militants in the Gaza Strip.However, Olmert was also quick to warn of a pending humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and said that unless it is contained, it can deteriorate into a humanitarian disaster.He said Israel was not to blame for the situation, and blamed militant groups and domestic infighting among the Palestinian factions for transforming the Gaza Strip into an area of human suffering.

Feds Leapfrog RFID Privacy Study
The draft report concludes that "RFID appears to offer little benefit when compared to the consequences it brings for privacy and data integrity" -- a finding that was widely criticized by RFID industry officials when the committee met in June.
Meanwhile, the RFIDs just keeping coming. Last week, the State Department announced that it would soon be issuing new cards for visitors to Mexico, Canada and the Bermudas containing a chip that could be read from 20 feet away.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Look Into My Eyes

If you don't have time to watch the documentary below, take 3 minutes to watch this music video. If you click the "The owner of this......" you will get to the site.

"Palestine is Still the Issue"

John Pilger:
Twenty-five years ago, I made a film called "Palestine Is Still The Issue." It was about a nation of people - the Palestinians - forced off their land and later subjected to a military occupation by Israel. An occupation condemned by the United Nations and almost every country in the world, including Britain.

But Israel is backed by a very powerful friend, the United States. So in 25 years, if we're to speak of the great injustice here, nothing has changed. What has changed is that the Palestinians have fought back.

Stateless and humiliated for so long, they've risen up against Israel's huge military machine, although they themselves have no arm, no tanks, no American planes and gun ships or missiles.

Some have committed desperate acts of terror, like suicide bombing. But for Palestinians, the overriding, routine terror, day after day, has been the ruthless control of almost every aspect of their lives, as if they live in an open prison. This film is about the Palestinians and a group of courageous Israelis united in the oldest human struggle - to be free.
Runtime 55 Minutes Watch the video. (I had to slide the button forward a bit to get the movie to play)
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It wasn't until the "War on Terror" and 9/11 that I began to look into what was happening in the Middle East. I had no idea. If I had not chosen to educate myself on this, I would still be reading and relying on what I learned from the Western media. I would never have known the truth.

I started posting on various websites and was at first ignored, but I persisted, feeling that it was an important issue. Here was the undeniable truth, and most of us had no knowledge of it. There were attempts to quiet me with name-calling and labelling. Years ago, that may have stopped me from posting, but I believe we have a right to counter propaganda when it is pushed upon us on our tv's, in our papers, our magazines....

If you decide to watch this video, ask yourself a few questions...
How has this been able to go on for so many decades without media attention? Without intervention?
A_R


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Announcement From CAP


The Canadian Action Party (CAP) is planning to run candidates in the upcoming byelections - Mahmood Raza in Repentigny, who was their candidate in Papineau last election, and Will Arlow in London N Central, who was their candidate in Elgin Middlesex London. (Photo: Will Arlow)

They need financial support and all kinds of other help as well. If you live in either of those two ridings, you are encouraged to contact the candidates to offer your assistance.
Raza's cell # is: 514 995 4216 or you can email
Arlow's cell # is: 519 852 8279

Connie Fogal, CAP's leader, suggests ways to help:
Can you [help to] gather signatures right now ... This needs to be done before November 5th.

You can contribute in kind instead of money. If you have a newspaper, or billboards, or other advertising space you can free up, please do so. Third party advertising is allowed with certain reporting requirements. We can tell you how. Or go to the Elections Canada website.

Can you contribute bumper stickers or posters? We can design them. Can you host the candidate or feed him or chauffeur him? Can you handle phone messages, e mail messages? Can you lend him directly or via CAP the $1000.00 deposit which will come back after the election when all the reporting requirements are completed? Can you produce and or distribute literature? Can you canvass door to door?

We need fluent French speakers for Repentigny work. Can you translate materials? Head office already has some brochures available that need to be translated.

Can you interview the candidate and produce a video or audio for his web section? Will you give of your time to be the organizational person for the candidate coordinating all the incoming and outgoing info and work, and managing his timetable?

Do you have any particular information on issues critical to the riding? Can you highlight these for the candidate and get them to whoever is selected to create local material? We have a communication consultant and an artist on standby to assist if necessary, but we need local volunteer people if possible.

(Hat Tip to Yaya Canada)

Shhhhhhhhhhhh...

There is a speculation that Israeli jets fired at a German ship. A link over at What Really Happened says Germany has started an investigation into the attack.
Shhhhhhhh......

Israel will bomb Unifil sites in southern Lebanon if their warplanes are intercepted ignoring UN Resolution 1701 that calls for for the disarming of all militias in Lebanon and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the south of the country.
Although Canada is not a part of UNIFIL I do wonder if any UNTSO "observers" that are there are Canadian.
Israeli warplanes have flown at low altitudes over Beirut and several southern towns over the past two days, carrying out mock raids and causing sonic booms over the port city of Tyre.
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh..............

Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations warned Friday against Israel's devastation of natural resources in the Palestinian Occupied Territory.
Addressing the Second Committee at the UN General Assembly, The First Secretary of the Mission Ammar Hijazi said the extent of devastation that Israel's 39 years of occupation on the natural resources in the Palestinian Occupied Territory, including Jerusalem is almost unthinkable. "
The cumulative effect and consequences of this devastation will have on future generations as well. For adding to humiliation and oppression of living under a ruthless military occupation, Palestinians watch helplessly as their land, water and other natural resources are robbed before their eyes while they are left with nothing but God's blue sky above and a shrinking space of land on which to live and thrive."
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh......

Close your eyes, everything is ok..........

Scrapping the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement?

The International Joint Commission released a report that calls for a new agreement. Hopefully, it will for better changes that protect our water but I am always worried when it comes to changes and all that stuff they call "fine print."

With the US coast Guard testing weapons that will dump lead and copper into the Lakes, and the Ontario Power company that wants to dump nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron, I just wonder....

Give it up when we ask.

A Canadian company is looking to build crude oil pipelines in the United States that will effect landowners but they will give them money if they grant an easement, wow! If the landowner says no, then Keystone may acquire easements under eminent domain laws. So in other words, just give it up, you don't really have a choice.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Aren't We Forgetting Something?

If you work for someone and don't do your job, you get fired. What if the things you did weren't in the companies best interests, it was hurting the company? You would be fired.

If you don't do the job you are supposed to do, do you get paid? Not too likely...

Can you show up for work and sidetrack issues, ignore and change rules and regulations that are put in place to protect other workers and that company, still keep your job and get paid?

Aren't we forgetting that the Government works FOR us? Canadians are funding this Government, paying their wages, and yet we have to sit back and let them make changes to laws and set their own agenda for our Country. Something here stinks to me.

I have always been active about issues and events going on in the world, but never bothered to learn how things actually run and work in the system, the more I learn, the more confused I become.

I read progressive bloggers everyday and no one seems happy with the way things are. What do we do, sit around and wait for it to get worse? I don't understand. We have to wait for an election? What? Is this how it works? I'm serious, I really don't know. This is what democracy is all about? I don't get it.

Candians get screwed but still have to foot the bill? And we can do nothing but talk about it? That's what we get out of the deal? That's quite a privilege. How long do I have to keep bending over because it's starting to get uncomfortable?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Re: The Day King George Was Crowned...

I think this is the way many North Americans are feeling. We've just had enough and Canada is headed in the same direction.

What's up in Paraguay?

Last week I posted this article about Paraguay. That it will stop granting US troops immunity from prosecution next year. The military is there to train and provide humanitarian support but last year there were some media rumours that the military was there with other motives which might include monitoring natural gas reserves in leftist-run Bolivia.

Today, I'm over at The Truth Will Set You Free and see this lil' tidbit.

"WMR's Paraguayan sources have confirmed that George W. Bush recently bought 42,000 hectares (over 100,000 acres) of land in Paraguay's northern "Chaco" region. The land sits atop huge natural gas reserves, according to sources in Asuncion.

Moreover, the land deal was consummated in a dinner meeting between Bush's daughter Jenna and Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte.

Although Jenna, who was in Paraguay under the cover of a 10-day UNICEF trip to visit child welfare projects, put the Bush family seal of approval on the land deal, the actual legal papers were worked out by Bush family lawyers and businessrepresentatives. Jenna Bush is supposedly working for UNICEF in Panama City."

On another note, the son of ANOTHER PM that soooooo bent over and sold us out (with NAFTA), Ben Mulroney was appointed national ambassador for UNICEF Canada.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Metamorphosis and the sabotage of Canada by our own government, written in three parts:

written by Connie Fogal, Leader CAP/PAC, November 2005

The North American continent is being transformed from three sovereign nations Canada, USA, Mexico) into one regional corporate power base, the North American Union. Unlike the creation of the European Union, there is no public political/ academic discourse on the merits, or pros and cons of a North American Union building up to a vote within each nation as to the wish of the people to join such a union. Instead the union is being created by stealth, is already well on its way to fruition, and is being imposed on us by our own elected representatives and government with no opposition.

The driving force is corporate. The Chief Executive Officers of the most powerful corporations operating in the three countries want this union and have been working for some time devising their strategies and goals. Their facilitators are first, unelected officials and bureaucrats who move easily between corporations and government; second, former elected officials like John Manley , former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; third, the heads of the three nations, Martin, Bush, and Fox; and finally, the governments and the rest of the elected members who apparently just rubber stamp what is put in front of them by the unelected officials- few questions, if any asked.

The ultimate enforcement mechanism for the North American Union is a police state.

The tools for the police state are "anti-terrorist" laws which, in themselves, are a ruse to strip the citizens of civil liberties in order to prevent dissent against the police state.

The Orwellian justification is "security", "safety".

Part 1- The North American Union
Part 2- Agreements, Arrangements, and Laws
Part 3- Effect of the Bad Laws, some history, and what to do

My Ode to the Court Challenges program: the progressive poetry blogburst

Here is little rap song to contribute to the POGGE poetry blogburst.
I'm not good at this stuff, so don't laugh :(

THE DOG-GONE RAP SONG

The Charter that you hold up high,
while all the sheeple wonder why
their rights and freedoms don't apply.
It's no lie, our agenda IS cut and dry....

We noticed that the minority,
might soon become a majority
and people might rise up in the city,
start waking up and taking pity.

We WANT to discriminate
You WANT to advocate
The Charter will disintegrate
and no one can litigate...

We are the "deciders" that have power,
who stand righteously upon our tower.
You have no choice but to sit and cower
beneath our ever flowing Golden Shower.

It's just words, It's just the Constitution.
The ones who are living in destitution
Will now have no means of restitution
We no longer allow legal retribution.

If you just read this: Tag you're it!!!

Great Lakes In the News.

By now everyone knows about the training exercises the US Coast Guard want to conduct in the Great Lakes. The fact that it will pollute our water with lead and copper has raised a few eyebrows as well as how close to shore these exercises will occur.

Yet the Ontario Provincial Governments own "Ontario Power Generation" wants to dispose of nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron . Not a very smart move considering nuclear waste stays radioactive for thousands of years.

I bet they miss the "good old days" when they just dumped things where-ever they pleased and we were none the wiser.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Video Blog #4: Muslim while flying

This guy is hilarious!

My Conspiracy Theory on Global Warming.

This is why global warming is being ignored . DID YOU CATCH THE DATE IN THE ARTICLE? That's right...year 2050.

Friday, October 20, 2006

I hope I don't lose my blog posts!


I am going to be playing around with my template over the week-end. I don't know if I'll lose any content or what will happen. As you can see by my site, I have no idea how to do all this tech stuff. Cross your fingers for me.....

UPDATE: I have removed most of my links. If yours was one of them, don't be offended. It only means you are a Progressive Blogger and I have the PB list on my site already. I'll still read you everyday, I promise!

HELP: Does anyone know how I can change the colour of my title? If you use firefox, my banner and title show up black!

Quick Tidbits.

The World Bank wants in on media and content investments.

Is biodiesel a good thing? I'd like your opinion on this article or this one.

There is a $175 Million ethanol plant planned for Hearst, Ontario.
Some info:
-being built by a California eco-energy company.
-along with team members: MEMS USA and Villeneuve Construction Ltd.
-possibility of government loan guarantees for the project.
-main financial backing is coming from an undisclosed European funding group.

Quote:
"Hearst is a major railhead, highway and pipeline junction, a factor that played heavily into MEMS site selection.

The Ontario Northland Railway has a connection running southeast to North Bay and Toronto, and the Canadian National Railway heads due south to Sault Ste. Marie and the U.S. border.

Latty says the plant will bring employment opportunities, especially for First Nations people, dispose of a “bio-blight” on the landscape, and produce ethanol for a potentially burgeoning Ontario market they estimate as a two-billion litre-a-year market demand."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Did you know...

that the tax policy of the federal Conservative government threatens the existence of medicare?

"It's about half as expensive as private health care, mixed health care and U.S. health care," said McBane.

(But we want to pay more. Right? Who wouldn't. We don't have enough expenses. And besides, the government can use all that money they will save, to join in more propaganda wars, while helping corporations rake in the dough. And we don't mind paying for that, do we?)

I thought I recognized you...

Yummy! Cloned meat and milk. It probably won't be labelled and chances are, you may have already eaten a cloned steak since the semen already has been sold to farmers over the internet. Guess what, you no longer have a choice in what you eat.

Can you tell I am having a bad day yet? Are you getting fed up with Canadian citizens being screwed over. And you just want to say what's on your mind...
kinda like this guy.

Ok, I feel better now.

So many rules...

for the little people. Starting to feel a little cramped? Just when You Tube becomes the latest hit. Freedom of Speech and information sharing will be muffled as Europe proposes legislation that will prevent people from uploading any form of video. Will North America be far behind? Things are going great in Afghanistan! See? Oh, that's right, you CAN"T! Pity. Palestine? Safe and sound. The election....WE WON!!!!
Now get back to your 2 part-time jobs with no benefits and shut-up. Or you could always join the military. It's fun...you know, you get to shoot guns...they shoot back. I wasn't supposed to say that? Uh....It's fun, trust me, you'll love it.

It's For Our Own Safety...Honest

Privacy czar pushing for better ID protection
"Both Cameron and Peter Cullen, Microsoft's chief privacy strategist, said another advantage of this coming system is it will allow users to avoid "password fatigue."

Password fatigue? There is such a disease? Let me guess...the vaccine or pill will be out next month. But the side effects might include, heartburn, cramping, headaches and.....fatigue. Do not use while operating your computer, or if you have any kind of heart, blood pressure, liver of kidney problems. Which we should already know about, because it is on our database, along with every purchase you have ever made, by the way, we know about that silky pair of panties you bought yesterday....and what on earth were you doing in Nova Scotia last week? You've never been there before. We don't mean to pry, but did you know while you were there, your husband went out and bought that plasma tv, it hasn't been hooked up to the cable line yet, so we figure we'd just warn you. It's probably hiding in the walk-in closet you installed the shelving unit in last year.....

Uh oh, I see you just joined the Teleban, I guess he'll be returning the TV.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The only way to get an education at university is to get out.

This point was made during a lecture by Prof. Denis Rancourt at the University of Ottawa in his Science in Society-activism Course.

The 5th session was titled the "Social Analysis of Activism: Hippies, Militants, Liberals, and Fascists"

He speaks about the Universities and how they influence a more corporate agenda. They say their schools are a place to learn free-thinking but in reality they are molding thoughts. So, one would be more narrow minded. If you want an education, educate yourself. You can read about this session here.

Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke during the first session of the course.
Here are two statements she made:

"The government consists of both war lords and Taleban in senior positions, along with drug lords and big oil representatives, said Joya. The US is not interested in the liberation of the country since it is obviously "still in the chains of terrorist fundamentalists" both pro and anti US."

'"No nation can deliver liberation to another country," Joya continued. Afghanistan must be freed of occupiers in order to help itself. The role that Canada ought to play is to support that effort by not encouraging and providing security for the current government, and by acting independently to provide moral and material help in rebuilding schools, hospitals, water and electricity supply. Otherwise, said Joya, "Canada is only helping to implement US policies".

You can read more about this here
Here is a the guest speaker line up at the University of Ottawa.

Also of interest:

Prof. Dr. David F. Noble -York University, world renowned historian of technology’s impact on society - will speak on “The University and Democracy” at the Alumni Auditorium (University Centre), University of Ottawa, Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 7pm.

Prof. Noble will describe the modern university in North America and its societal role and will update the public on his $10 million defamation lawsuit against York University, in court this month.
Even though he is Jewish, Noble was accused of anti-Semitism by the York President – a clumsy response to Noble’s principled challenge of York’s arbitrary policy of canceling classes on Jewish holidays.

“Universities serve corporate employers more than they encourage critical and independent thinking” said student organizer Seamus Wolfe, “When we approached Prof. Noble he said he could address our theme but that he saw no relation between the university and democracy.”

"We students need to hear about how universities operate from the main man. This guy was fighting academic cooptation before I was born” added co-organizer Chelsea Flook. “Since then, Coca Cola has become the only thing we are allowed to drink, tuition fees have sky rocketed, academic research labs have become patent farms, medical testing has become a funding lottery – and now universities are even telling us what to think.”

The event is open to the public and the media. Admission is free. The evening is co-organized by the Political Science Student Association (University of Ottawa) and other groups.
(Thanks to Yaya Canada, I ripped all this info in my post from her site)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Other Articles...

Out Onto The Valley Floor
PS: It’s strange when you think about it. Christian groups canvas neighborhoods all the time and, for the most part, when people tell them they’re not interested they do so in a reasonably polite manner.
Now imagine if Muslims were to do the same. Be truthful with yourself and seriously think about the reception that Muslim canvassers would receive.
Ponder that for the rest of the day.

Jewish and Palestinian organisations defy EU
European organisations today defied the refusal of EU Ministers to publish a report compiled by their own diplomats regarding Israeli violations of international law with regard to East Jerusalem. Over 30 Jewish, Palestinian, peace and anti-poverty groups from around Europe will publish the suppressed Report on their websites

Not an internal Palestinian matter
The experiment was a success: The Palestinians are killing each other. They are behaving as expected at the end of the extended experiment called "what happens when you imprison 1.3 million human beings in an enclosed space like battery hens."

Palestine

People ask me why I will not vote for any politician that will not speak out on what is happening in Palestine. If you want to know. Watch the video below.

It is sad on so many levels. These Israeli children, so filled with hatred. They are so young. If that happened here, the authorities would step in. It would be a huge issue. A humanitarian issue. A political issue. Imagine our military just standing there? Imagine your children doing this? They should be playing games, laughing not beating and insulting adults and children. Those poor children. I think it might be even be considered a hate crime? Would Children's Aid step in? What about assualt charges? I don't know, I'm not a legal buff. But I am sure it wouldn't happen again once the authorties caught wind of it.

And what would we say if that were one of our soldiers just standing there?

Imagine now that you shoulder the brunt of this hatred. You are the adult being kicked by this child. It is your child who is being attacked.

How is this ok?

This is a few minutes of one day. . it's really nothing at all, compared to what they endure. Nothing at all. There are plenty worse videos I could have chosen. Consider this like getting stuck with a red light 2 times in a row on your way home. Suffering "lite."

They are human beings like you and I. They have families, homes and business'. They work, have bills to pay and children to raise. But there, they never know when their business or home will be bulldozed. Their land taken. Everything they have worked for, just taken away. They don't know if they can get to work, or even get back home, because they might not get through the roadblock. They could wait hours, they could be told to come back and try in the morning.

You can choose to ignore it. Like our media and politicians. Or you can speak out and not allow them to ignore the reality of what is happening, and has been happening for decades. Both sides are suffering, but until the western leaders have the guts to speak out about these atrocities (like most other world leaders have), it will only continue.

Settler children in Tel Rumeida (occupied Palestine) part 2

In May 2005, a group of teenage settler girls attacked the students and teachers at Qurtaba School, blocking their way out of the school as a police officer filmed and soldiers watched.
The settlers sing and chant in Hebrew, "There is no Palestine, this is Israel" and "there are no Palestinians." Settler boys in the street then blocked the stairs by stoning the students as they tried to come down the stairs. The students scream and run, but are blocked from every direction. The police and soldiers do not protect the students.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Talk about SPIN!

Young shoppers want to pay with chip in skin

I was over at vivelecanada reading this article on how young people WANT to be implanted with a chip to pay for their purchases. The first thought I had was: oh no! Well, NO really was the majority.

They say:
"Around 8 per cent of 13 to 19-year-olds were open to the idea of microchip implants while 16 per cent wanted trolleys to be fitted with SatNav systems.

This compared to just 5 per cent and 12 per cent respectively for adults asked the same questions. Two thirds of teenagers and 62 per cent of adults questioned for grocery think tank IGD's report wanted self-scanning systems at shop check-outs.

Some 7 per cent of people in both age groups were willing to use biometric iris or retina recognition payment systems. "

But leave it to a vive member "RearGuard" to point out the truth:

"Young shoppers do not want to pay with chip in skin. Almost no customers are willing to have microchip implants as a means of paying in stores, a report out today says.

Teenagers are less open to the idea of having a high-tech shopping experience, the Tomorrow's Shopping World report suggests.

Around 92 per cent of 13 to 19-year-olds were opposed to the idea of microchip implants while 84 per cent did not want trolleys to be fitted with SatNav systems.

This compared to over 95 per cent and 88 per cent respectively for adults asked the same questions. One third of teenagers and 38 per cent of adults questioned for grocery think tank IGD's report did not want self-scanning systems at shop check-outs.

Some 93 per cent of people in both age groups were not willing to use biometric iris or retina recognition payment systems."

The original article can be read here.
Here is the study it was taken from. (Warning: .pdf file)
The company that helped conduct the survey.

So the next time you read a poll, remember to read between the lines.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Pirates of the Saskatchewan

Too Cute! Enjoy...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Anti-native protest (tomorrow - October 15)

UPDATE: Listen to the events at Caledonia as they progress today.

Please go to Yaya Canada for links and informatiom about this group and the protest in Caledonia.
I hope I'm wrong but, I have a bad feeling about this protest. I hope the media is there or many people with video cameras.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Damn, I Wish I Wrote That!

But, I didn't. Bet you're not surprised by that.
(I do have talent. Writing just doesn't happen to be one of them.)

I am re-posting it with permission because it is inspiring.
Take this and create your own list of 18 steps you can take
for what cause you stand behind:

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

When you've realised that there is more diversity
within human groups
than between them ...

When you've realised that ethnic cleansing and genocide
can only occur when their motivations and consequences
are spun, obscured, and omitted from wide public
awareness ...

When you've realised that no-one is born knowing everything
and no-one dies knowing everything ...

when you've realised that changing things
and helping to change things
are really the same act ...

when you've finally realised that you are not completely
powerless ...

when you've realised that your
knowledge,
education,
involvement,
and keyboard
can inform and influence ...

& when you're tired of sitting around without a plan ......

you may be interested in the 18 suggestions contained in
the following article from Axisflogic.com ...

Good night and good luck,
Scott

Taken from this article at the "wake-up from your slumber" blogspot.
They are also on my "links list" as "The Truth Will Set You Free."
One day I'll have to ask which title they prefer.

Friday, October 13, 2006

I am not American

Here is a message to PM Harper.

To my viewers:
It's the policies of the government I don't like, not the American people. So please don't be offended. You have to admit, it made you smile. :)

What's Up With Cheyenne Mountain?

The Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center is the post where U.S. and Canadian militaries watch the skies for enemy attacks. It was built for the cold war when Russia was an enemy and NORAD needed a secure site.

Since Russia is no longer considered a threat, back in June and July there were whispers of closing the Center. This month they started moving people out of the post to a newer one in Peterson. Stating it would save money. But the Centre will not be closed it will remain on "stand-by."

Timothy Keating a commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, hinted at the possibility of combining U.S. homeland defense, the U.S.-Canadian NORAD partnership and Canada's new Canada Command into a single new North American structure.

Starting in 2000 they began upgrades to the systems at Cheyenne Mountain that were expected to cost $467 million but they ended up spending $707 million (scroll down on the page to get the article) and most ofhe work isn't even done!

So what will they use the Mountain for now? One possibility: using the mountain as a second seat for the U.S. government in a crisis. Keating said he knew of no discussions on this, but he characterized that option as reasonable. That's one high-priced bunker!

It's odd too, that since that came out, so did this:
Russia Supports North Korea in Nuclear War (a mock US Military exercise)

U.S., Canadian fighters head off Russian planes (note that Russia had notified us that they were going to do these training exercises before hand)

I Think They Were Laughing When They Named This

At the Government of Canada site they have a page "The Border Infrastructure Fund." It is a $600 million fund to help ease trade between Canada and the United States, Smart Borders and The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program.

FAST? As in, let's get this done real FAST. Before our slaves clue into how badly we're screwing them.

Paraguay Co-ordinating Policies

Paraguay will stop granting US troops immunity from prosecution next year. The military is there to train and provide humanitarian support but last year there were some media rumours that the military was there with other motives which might include monitoring natural gas reserves in leftist-run Bolivia.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Israel Continues to Violate International Humanitarian Law

...and once again. No one wants to talk about Palestine. (Just click the x on the pop up for translation, it will bring you to the article anyway, you don't need the translation.) What is happening in Lebanon is terrible, but how many decades have the Palestinian people suffered? Politicians in Canada speak freely about Lebanon, why not Palestine? Answers anyone??? The so-called media...are you out there?

I'm just testing...



to see how my photos turn out at blogger.

There knb, that photo is for you. You can click on it for a larger image.
Ever since I started this blog I have done less beading so I am going to ask my husband if he can blog here from time to time. I am missing the enjoyment I get out of making my jewelry. Besides, he's a much better writer than I am. Did I mention outspoken? I'll have to moderate his posts!!! LOL

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

China, WTO and WTF happened to Democracy?

Chuck Strahl (Agriculture Minister) visits China they will talk agriculture and human rights. It seems China likes western products. Imagine tapping into that market!

World Trade, IMF, Protectionism and the global economy all wrapped in one. They try so hard to come to agreements when trade and money is there. I wonder why they don't put half as much effort into pushing for fairness, equality and peace when it comes to countries that have innocent people being starved to death, being bombed to bits, completely ignored by the media and world govenments. There's no money in it?

The Blog "SoulJah" has a post of the attacks on peaceful protestors in Portland. It seems, now more than ever, we need to video tape ourselves for our own protection. It's a sad day when it comes to that. This is the democracy we are supposed to be spreading across the world? This is what we bomb countries for? So they can have our "brand" of freedom? I guess it's not democratic to promote peace. I'm confused.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I'm too tired to think...

...so I'll leave you with links to some articles well worth viewing.

RBC's Nixon tells Albertans immigration and diversity are key drivers for Canada's future prosperity

Canada: An Iroquois Perspective
Canada is NOT a country. A sovereign nation IS sovereign because it makes a declaration and then practices it accordingly. It holds land and declares borders. A true nation has a constitution authorized by its citizens and upheld by its courts. An independent country authorizes law and statutes, and its head of state - often a president - is the head of its government.

Centre For Health & Safety Innovation Opens In Canada
A vision eight years in the making was recently realized with the grand opening of the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI). Founded by four health and safety associations: the Electrical & Utilities Safety Association (E&USA), the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), the Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA), and the Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario (THSAO), this new facility is a meeting place for the exchange of knowledge and action with regards to occupational health and safety trends, issues, and initiatives.

Israel Continues to Steal Water and Soil from Lebanon
As usual, the corporate media is only telling part of the story. For a more accurate version of events, one must look to the Arab press.

The Long Pay-Off
The current headline on the BBC’s website reads - ‘UN debates action over N Korea’. And while that is most certainly justified, something you have to ask yourself is why the UN can’t so expediently and ferociously debate the near four year illegal Anglo-American occupation of a sovereign country without it being considered ridiculous or folly?

[Toronto] October 14th First Nations Solidarity Event
Now in the eighth month, the people of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee(Iroquois) Confederacy continue to remain steadfast in their reclamation ofthe ‘Douglas Creek Estates’, land that is part of the Haldimand Tract, soldto developers even though it was contested. The site, renamed ‘Kahnestaton’or ‘The Sacred Place’, stands as a symbol of resistance by First Nationspeople, an assertion of sovereignty and self-government. The Six Nationspeoples’ reclamation of Kahnestaton is an act of strength, one whichreveals the failure of the Canadian government’s land claims process,and demands that respect for First Nations’ land and treaty rights is not adebate - it is essential.

Cold War Shivers
… War Preparations in the Middle East and Central Asia
I received this warning from Michel Chossudovsky in my inbox yesterday.
It is essential that people across America and around the World take cognizance of the dangers of a Middle East war directed at Iran and act decisively to challenge the US military agenda and reverse the tide of war.
The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history.

As always, check out Yaya Canada today, there are some must read posts.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Give us Something to Blog About on Oct.28th!!!

Canadian Troops Out of Afghanistan!

The Collectif Échec à la guerre, Canadian Peace Alliance the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Islamic Congress are jointly calling for a pan-Canadian day of protest this October 28th 2006 to bring Canadian troops home from Afghanistan. On that day, people all across the country will unite to tell Stephen Harper that we are opposed to his wholehearted support for Canadian and US militarism.
Continued here .

You can find out where protests are being held across Canada here.

Call to Stand for Humanity Online Petition

Call to Stand for Humanity Canadian Action Party, a registered Canadian Federal Political party, is calling for all leaders, both political and religious, of every nation, and all free people to condemn the U.S. Torture, Assassination and Detainment law (H.R. 6166) officially described as “Military Commissions Act of 2006” and passed into USA law on October 5, 2006. If you do not support the authority of George W. Bush (and all future American presidents or their agents) to detain, arrest, torture and/or assassinate any and every human being on the planet deemed a “threat”, then decency and history demand that you publicly declare your position, immediately. The U.S. Congress and Senate has insanely endorsed these unrestrained personal powers for use, at his pleasure, into law. This law seeks to make George W. Bush judge, jury and executioner in every country, over every citizen. With such power endorsed, all rights, all liberties are forfeited. Speak plainly. Speak now, before simple dissent is used as the warrant for your own extermination. Do you endorse or oppose such power? We shall post this message on our website (http://www.canadianactionparty.ca/) to document all those in government who refuse to oppose this bill or choose to remain silent.

Please stand with us for all humanity. Please sign our online petition today at http://www.petitiononline.com/capactn/petition.html

We appreciate all comments please direct your support to stand@canadianactionparty.ca and help us spread this message. Please circulate widely, send to your MP, Senators, all world leaders, political, religious and other.

Contact: Connie Fogal, Leader, Catherine Whelan Costen, PresidentTel: 1.604.708.3372 or email: stand@canadianactionparty.ca

Johns Hopkins Hospital Coming To Canada.

Johns Hopkins, one of Americas top rated hospitals, has announced a partnership with the Medcan Clinic in Canada. The privately-funded service will be available to all Canadians.

Medcan states it has served more than 1,000 Presidents and CEOs of Canadian, U.S. and multinational organizations.

"Wear Red Friday" Support our Troops

I do support our soldiers from Canada. I would like them back home. Safe, healthy in mind and body, and not fighting in a war being fought for someone else because we might have upset them for not letting our soldiers die in another war, Iraq, that was based on unsound intelligence, out right propaganda, and for reasons other than protecting North American citizens. So, we sucked up...at the cost of our sons and daughters.

I had decided to mourn for the country Canada used to be, and for our soldiers that have given the ultimate, their life, and wear black. But, I kind of like this shirt you can buy at the Canadian Action Party site.



"SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
DRAFT POLITICIANS
BRING OUR KIDS HOME"

I might just have to start wearing red...on Tuesdays.
We could start a "Bring Our Troops Home Tuesdays" movement.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Quick Headlines for the Holidays...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I have too much to do this week-end. So here are a few news bits to keep you busy:

Please don't forget my post below, and thank Peter Julian for thinking about us. His contact information can be found at the bottom.

Also, You Tube didn't send my videos the day I tried to get them. They came a week later, in the wee hours of the morning. I never had a chance to write a "blurb" on the one titled Bev1 - "Say hello to the Amero." If you get a chance, watch it, Bev from the Canadian Action Party, gives a little "wake-up call" to us all about the possiblities of a new currency "The Amero." Think it's just an idea floating around? You might think differently after watching it.

If you are looking for more reading material, here are my 4 favorite sites:
Yaya Canada
What Really Happened
Vive Le Canada
Wake Up From Your Slumber

In the news...

Explosive Growth for Private Armies
They are cheaper, are able to avoid public and media scrutiny and...
(Quip)
"The UK has a rather poor record of holding corporate officers responsible in any way for their actions ... Maybe military 'companies' should actually be restricted to being partnerships where the owners have unlimited liability similar to a lawyer's practice? Maybe a special class of company needs to be created, for this purpose so they can be audited and tracked and to clarify their relationship with the government (for whom they act). Essentially ... the directors of the company can be held responsible for war crimes as would ranking officers in the army. To some extent the 'corporate veil' needs to be thinner for these companies."
This is an older article on private armies, but well worth the read:
Global Order and Security Privatization

I thought this post from blogger Matt Campbell deserves some attention. Check out proposal number three.

Another great article from the blog "Stolen Moments of Island Time:
INDUSTRIAL POULTRY MONOCULTURES CULTIVATE AVIAN FLU

Don't forget to check out the updates in "World Can't Wait" protest march post. I'll add more in a while.

Company is on the way and I have plenty of work to be done. Enjoy yourself when you are out and about. Remember we share the road, you don't really HAVE to be in a rush. If you are stuck in traffic, take in the small things around you, the sun, a cloud, a tree...
Don't be the "jerk" who thinks he owns the road, the one who thinks that where they are going is so much more important than anyone else and has to get there NOW!

Most important: DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE! If you want to risk your own life, find some other way to do it, there are innocent people on those roads who actually want to live out the remainder of their lives.

Friday, October 06, 2006

NDP's Peter Julian Fights for Full Disclosure of Agreements on NAU

CONSERVATIVES PLAN TO FAST TRACK NEW LIMITS ON CANADIAN SOVEREIGNTY

NDP demands accountability from Harper

OTTAWA – NDP International Trade Critic, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster), along with Teresa Healy, spokesperson for the Canadian Labour Congress and Jean-Yves Lefort, spokesperson for Common Frontiers, declared that they will be redoubling their collective efforts to halt the stealth takeover of Canada by the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), and to bring this corporate agenda to the public’s attention.

“This is the giving away of Canada’s command to the U.S, Republican administration and to North America’s largest corporations,” stated Julian. “We are seeing this with the Softwood Lumber Agreement and with the Canadian Wheat Board, as well as in a variety of other sectors. Stephen Harper is following the legacy of Paul Martin and the Liberal Party and is willing to give anything away in pursuit of so-called good Canada-U.S. relations.

”Current Conservative cabinet ministers, former ministers from the previous Liberal governments, officials from Canada, Mexico and the US, North America’s top corporate executives and top military brass met at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on September 12-14, 2006. Neither the general public from all three countries nor the media were informed about this meeting. The Harper government has so far refused to release any information. The event was organized by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

The SPP was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral initiative to fast-track the integration of Canada and Mexico with the United States through the harmonization of 300 common areas of legislation and regulations. Since Paul Martin, Vicente Fox and George W. Bush signed the Security and Prosperity Partnership, discussions on their continental integration have gone underground.

“Through the SPP, business and government executives are meeting in secret to deepen the de-regulation and competitive pressures that undermine labour rights, decent wages and working conditions. Workers want to know - what happened to democracy?” stated Teresa Healy.

You can read the full article here .

I am not a "Dipper" but I think it is important that we stand behind any politician who puts the best interests of Canada and its' people first. It's Thanksgiving. Let's thank him for having the guts to bring this up and maybe more people, people in the the parties you endorse will do the same.

Just for today put party politics aside and put Canada first.

Contact Peter Julian:
604-775-5707 (Riding)
613-992-4214 (Ottawa

7615 Sixth Street
Burnaby, BC
V3N 3M6

or e-mail:
Julian.P@parl.gc.ca

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime Updates

Peace protest underway at Capitol Campus
Protesters March Through Downtown Portland Streets
War Protest Turns Violent
Rally shuts down part of Market Street
Activism grows into protest
1,200 pack bicoastal emergency meetings...

A message from the World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime Steering Committee on Oct. 5
The following is being read at Oct. 5 rallies around the country

I'll continue to update over the next few days.

Updates:
A bloggers photos of the rally
Photos from "Artificial Soldier" blog
Protest Updates from the "Head-On Radio Network"
Anti-War Protestors Take To Streets Against Bush

UPDATES
Links from "The Common Ills" blog
World Can't Wait, Ohio
Last Gasp NYC Oct. 5, 2006
(42 Photos from NYC on the link above)
Photos From 911 Blogger
Photos from "Out of the Blue" Blog

UPDATES
Photo updates from "The World Can't Wait" site.
From the "No BU**SH** Zone
You Tube videos from "Blue Spot"
Video from Democracy for New Mexico
Article from Seattlepi
Administration foes step out statewide - Seattle Times
Austin Can't Wait - 158 Photos!
Live Broadcast from FlashPoints Radio -live on location in downtown San Francisco.
Photos and links to 2 news articles from "Open Reading Frame"

more to come...

The Return To Innocence - Enigma

An old favorite of mine. I can't believe I found it!

Bev1

Say hello to the Amero
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amero

Masi - a message of peace

I love the message, I love the music!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October 5 - Day of Mass Resistance

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT! DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME

On October 5, people everywhere will walk out of school, take off work, and come to the downtowns & townsquares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to join us - making a powerful statement: "NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US! AND WE WILL DRIVE IT OUT!"

CHECK SITE FOR LOCATIONS ACROSS CANADA

the mind-boggling Truth about Iraq's money pit

Nothing I could say can adequately prepare you for the mind-boggling fate of billions upon billions of Iraqi dollars under US supervision.

Please take the time to watch this video. I thought Freedom to Fascism would be the biggest uproar for the Americans. If they see this, they'll be horrified.

Where is Palestine?

I found this link over at What Really Happened. It's a map prepared by a retired U.S. military officer and was presented at the NATO’s Defense College in Rome. Although the article was written about the carving up of Turkey, I noticed one glaring thing. I couldn't find Palestine. Have a look at the large map. Have these people not suffered enough? How much more will they have to endure? Stephen Harper should be ashamed of himself for throwing his support behind a government that abuses innocent people. What else can we call this but another genocide? An illegal occupation and theft of land. This torture and abuse has to stop. After reading this article it looks like even more innocent families and children will die for this cause in the near future. Never again?

As a side note, look at the arrogance of even drawing this map. They hate us for our freedoms? Well, when we give our Governments the freedom to do things like this...

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Five things Feminism Has Done For Me

1. I am usually the only woman on-site. I am comfortable with that. I am accepted as just another tradesperson. (I won't say it is always immediate, and that there aren't times that I am treated differently when I arrive at a new site, but when the job is done, any issue with the fact that I am a woman is laid to rest)

2. I didn't cook yesterday, or do the dishes, my husband did.

3. I am the owner of my destiny.

4. I am responsible for my own actions.

5. I wear a hard-hat and sweat-pants at work but still love to wear a dress, get my hair done, have the door opened for me and be treated like a lady. I have the best of both worlds.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Song of the week

Don't Know What To Do With It
A song about toxic waste, pollution and corruption.

The Man Who Could Have Been President...

Colin Powell. That's right. But he made a decision that ended his career and destroyed any chance of that happening. What was that decision? Not the one to go to war against Iraq. But failing to stand his ground against those who wanted to. For being the messenger of lies and propaganda about Iraq and making the case to go to war. These were not his plans, his ideas. He was doing his job. He knew the truth. He wasn't the man who wanted war. But he was the man who chose to state the case when he could have walked away.
We'll never know what would have happened had he stood his ground. In the world of politics, there is never a shortage of "what if's," and maybe it was in his own best interest to tow the line. That is the democracy we live in. It's an experiment, we make changes and tweaks, and lately it seems like we are headed into something more like a nightmare. I wonder when the population, these millions upon millions of people will wake-up. We are the masses and only we can call them on it.
Colin Powell, had he done what he should have, would have been one man, standing against some very powerful and elite people. And maybe it is unfair to ask that much of one person. At the time, we were sleeping, he wouldn't have had much support. Since then I believe many of us have begun to realize we are pawns in a game being played by a few. But look at the chess board. The pawns out number the rest.
If we let people in our Government know that when they decide to stand up for the people they are paid to represent, we will have their back, that they can count on us to stand behind them. Maybe more men, like the man I believe Colin Powell is, would have the ability to do what they know is right.
Yes, I think he could have been President, and I think there were other people who knew that too. He was the fall guy in this game. And then they fired him.