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Elizabeth May On Quantum Buddha’s Blog Animated Show

Elizabeth May’s cartoon double (that looks like Sarah Palin) was on my blog show tonight answering questions about the Green Party of Canada and her leadership. This is my first video effort and I’m only using the free online version of the software. It has limitations. Enjoy the video. Booya!

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7569443

For entertainment purposes only… lmao

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G20 Questions: The Criminalization of Dissent

Montebello 2007:  Police dress up in black as protesters and throw rocks at the Police injuring a protester.  They are caught and it makes international news.  But nothing happens to them or their bosses or the politicians that ordered it.  There is no public inquiry–no accountability.  Apparently it is legal to start a riot for political purposes as long as you are an agent of the government…

June 2010:  Marc Emery sits in jail–extradited to the USA for his political beliefs by Stephen Harper and Rob Nicholson.  Jacob Hunter is assaulted by police outside the Justice Ministers constituency office.  Somehow the police claim that Jacob assaulted the police…  There’s video proving otherwise (check out the 5 minute mark).  How are the charges still being pursued?  How is the officer still employed?  Why did the police respond at all? and why so quick?  As a security guard that has worked on movie sets all over the Greater Vancouver area, I have called 9-1-1 many times.  Usually it takes a very long time for police to respond even for an assault–especially in poor areas.  I once called the police from Shaunesy (one of the richest neighborhoods in the country) and three police cars came within a couple minutes… But this lightning response to no crime or threat takes the cake.

And about the idea that Jacob Hunter’s camera is a weapon–you bet it is! (just not a violent one : D ).  If Jacob Hunter’s cell phone was a weapon, or the officer felt threatened by it or Hunter, then he shouldn’t have turned his back on him.  The officer should have dealt with the threat immediately, the fact that he didn’t proves that the officer was just looking for a technicality to arrest the protesters.  That isn’t policing–its politicking.

2010: Stephen Harper announces a plan to remove billions in spending from programs that reduce crime–like education, welfare, medicine–and spend it instead on prisons and enforcement of laws that only affect those that vote for parties other than the Conservatives…  The more crime–the greater the fear of crime or anger about crime (thanks to the corporate funded media)–the more votes for the corporate agenda… Sad isn’t it?

G8 Toronto 2010:

Border patrol stops people from entering Canada because of their political beliefs.
Police, with a billion dollar budget round up thousands of innocent political protesters, and illegally search anyone they please.  The police outnumber the protesters by 2-1 in many areas.
Groups of protesters are arbitrarily charged at and attacked without warning or provocation by the police.  There was no reason to move them–no justification for an action that may lead to the injury of a police officer, protester or bystander.  This wasn’t about safety and security or law and order…

Police surround peaceful protesters that are singing the national anthem, and pepper-spray and beat these innocent people and then arrest then for being where they are–even though the police won’t let them leave–and they have every right to be there and protest peacefully.

Anyone with a camera is targeted and pushed away to hide the actions of the police.  Unmarked vans pull up and throw random people in the back kicking and screaming and speed off–like something out of a movie about resistance to a violent military regime… Like Burma in 2007.

A small group dressed in black with a media friendly name the “Black Bloc” rampages through the Toronto without any police response whatsoever–in fact the police stand by as the riot starts–then retreat to let it happen.  Remember, the police outnumber the protesters by 2-1 in many areas…  Many cameras get close but the police somehow cannot–or will not…
The rioters have no cause, no message, no strategy–they aren’t protesting–just destroying things for the TV cameras.  All over the world people are thinking what a bunch of lunatics and radicals the protesters are (all of them).  The only political movement that benefits from this violence is Stephen Harper’s corporate conservatism…

The rioters go to the “free speech” zone (the whole country) and take off their masks and dark clothes and just walk away.  Other videos show plain clothes people under the protection of the police, beating protesters with their batons.  Why do the rioters never get identified or charged, but the peaceful protesters get attacked and beaten? Hmmm…

With Stephen Harper and the media so eager to save the country from terrorists and evil-doers, why have they not labeled the Black Bloc “terrorists”?  I guess Harper only disagrees with terrorism when the terrorists are brown… or maybe they’re not terrorists–but cops?

The media ignores the peaceful protest and the reasons for it–like always.  Why is the story always about violence?  Why doesn’t the media report on what is going on?  There is obviously lots of interest.  There is obviously lots at stake if the G8/20 meetings need such high security that we will suspend the rights of all Canadians to host it.  So why not cover the issues instead of “violent protests”?

Stories begin to break through alternative and social media.  The reliance on the internet is what the corporatists want.  They own the system.  President Obama just signed into the law the right to shut down the internet–shut down dissent.  This is full scale political war–and we’re losing.

The police were quoting phony laws–lying to people to violate their rights.  And what happened to anyone who called there bluff?  They were arrested for disobeying a lawful order (which wasn’t lawful)–or trespassing (even though they weren’t)–or resisting arrest (which couldn’t be a lawful arrest) for breaching the peace before it was breached (cause cops have time machines).

The really disturbing part is that there is no defense against the police making up laws.  How can a citizen assert that they have knowledge to the contrary about a made-up law?   The police now have claimed the right to tell you to do anything and force you to comply with every order they make…  Shouldn’t a single instance of an officer making up a law and infringing upon the rights of protesters be enough to end that officer’s career for good?  How can this be perpetrated on us all by those that claim to serve and protect us?

The police are literally making their own laws in Canada.  This is unconstitutional–the people make the laws through our local representatives.  The actions of the police are criminal.  Even rape was threatened…

Flashback Vancouver 2009:  A man is killed by police.  It is caught on camera.  The phone is seized and an officer erases the evidence of his crime. Without the video, no wrong doing can be proven.

Robert Dziekański:  If it wasn’t for the video that proved each officer involved was a liar, most Canadians would have believed that four heavily armed cops were threatened by a stapler.  Remember how the police refused to release the video of their crime and the photographer had to get a court order?  Remember how at first the “thorough and complete” investigation showed the officers “acted within the law in the performance of their duties”? even though the video clearly shows, if you don’t know the context, what looks like a man being executed in seconds.  Thank G_d all four “bad apples” happened to be on duty in the same place and at the same time…

Two Vancouver City police officers show up at a man’s house, drag him onto the lawn and severely beat him.  The man could have easily died.  The only reason this often repeated story makes news is that the police got the wrong guy–the police were supposed to beat the man in the basement suite.  If they had got the right guy they would have claimed he resisted arrest and the officers would never be disciplined or even suspected of wrongdoing because we all know cops follow the law–they’re the “good guys”, and of course the good guys should be rough with the bad guys–especially before they are proven guilty of anything in a court of law.
A choice is before us all.  This is either the end of political freedom in Canada, or the beginning of the end of Stephen Harper’s corporate agenda.  This isn’t a false alarm.  This is the full scale criminalization of political dissent and it must be stopped before we lose the right to protest–or disagree–altogether.

We must push Stephen Harper back across the border and begin a public inquiry into the attempts by these forces to alter the laws and culture of Canada, to turn citizens into captive customers that can be rounded up at will for being one of the 70% of Canadians that doesn’t share Stephen Harper’s backwards, oppressive views.

But all of this is a logical argument, and unfortunately most people make emotional decisions and only use logic to justify those decisions to their egos or peers.  Just click on the videos again and tell me: who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?  Especially watch this one.

Who’s side are you on?  The side of Canadians–or corporations?  The police–or the law?

Lies About Our Economic Recovery

There are several bullshit stories coming from major Canadian media regarding our economy.  We keep hearing about how well our economy is doing–or recovering–yet today I read that 40,000 more people applied for Employment Insurance in June.  At this rate, we will have doule the number of people on EI as last year at the same time.  Why are companies closing and/or laying off so many people if the economy is improving?  Hmmm… let’s look closer…

There is this particular story from the Conservative Party of Canada cheerleaders at CTV claiming that the economy is recovering.  They point to a rise in retail sales.

We are told that retail sales rose 1% in June, though they forget to mention that we are still down 4.4% from a year ago, according to Stats Canada’s own “seasonally adjusted” figures, which is the source of the raw data sited by CTV.

Not surprisingly, CTV fails to mention that the figures they use are manipulated.  Stats Can has calculated a dodgy “seasonal average” to measure against and CTV has disregarded the actual figures.  The “unadjusted” retail sales figures are actually over 1% lower than May’s numbers–not 1.0% higher.  See for yourself on Statistics Canada’s website. (It will help to hve the figure on a new tab to refer to)

“Unadjusted”
“Seasonally Adjusted”

I will use the unadjusted figures unless noted otherwise.

Half of the total increase reported came from higher gasoline sales (prices).  If we take out the inflated gas prices (that certainly don’t help the economies in our wallets) the loss is even greater.

The “automotive sector” is up 210 million over May, while gasoline (which is part of this statistic) is up 243 million… meaning the automotive sectors numbers, without gasoline to inflate them, are down 33 million–not up 2.1% as CTV dishonestly claims.  The numbers are still down 10.4% from the same time last year; gotta love that Conservative Inaction Plan (almost as much as how Stephen Harper said we should all buy stock last fall as people lost tens of thousands of dollars in their investments and RRSPs as the economy crashed)

Which reminds me, we always hear how we have to vote Conservative to keep the economy strong, yet every time we elect a Conservative Government we lose hundreds of thousands of jobs… wtf?

When we look at the sectors that declined, one is very telling: “sectors that posted declines in sales were general merchandise stores…”–general merchandise stores meaning that stores that sell everything sold less… yet the media, by saying retail is up 1% (which we now know is a lie anyways) suggests that sales of everything are higher?  No way.

If you read some of the comments on the CTV site, some Conservatives, have posted comments about how thankful we should be that we have a Conservative government.  Others have illuminated the fact that this minority Government can only take credit for raising prices on things we must purchase (making our lives harder)–how some think that is a good thing is beyond my understanding, but then again, for some reason I like shit to make sense…

The comment process at CTV deserves a comment, or even its own blogpost.  I swear, the Editor, or paid Conservatives operatives with special access, “moderate” (lol) to show a manipulated public opinion.   The first few comments on any political story on CTV always have a few very deceptive and well worded Conservative opinions, and I can recognize the difference between some guy with nothing better to do and a professional communications strategist’s perfect talking points.  Also notice that the CTV story on EI recipients rising doesn’t even allow comments…  hmmm…

For our economy to improve, labour intensive industries must improve and paying at the pump doesn’t employ very many Canadians–and before you say it helps Alberta, oil prices are driving up the Canadian dollar which hurts the labour intensive manufacturing sector, and Canada as a whole.

The most incredible thing of all is how a Security Guard is informing you of the facts while the “experts” with all their titles and degrees lie to keep Stephen Harper’s incompetent government alive, and our economy continues to lose tens of thousands of jobs every month while millions of underemployed go unreported.

Ultimately, this has more to do with the values of our culture–of us.  Why is it legal to lie or deceive for personal gain?  Give me one good reason… anyone?

Well Said, Bill.

The video says it all.  With two Conservatives that are loyal to the USA fighting to become Prime Minister, we in Canada need a real progressive party.

http://www.billmaher.com/

NDP Become the Liberals, Liberals Become Conservatives, Conservatives Become NDP, Greens Applaud

It is odd to see America moving left while the the federal Liberals, led by Michael “Torturing Tar Sands” Ignatieff, move to the right of Stephen Harper.  Harper went on CNN recently and said what the NDP has been saying for years, that the insurgency in Afganistan can not be defeated militarily.

Now, both provincially and federally, the NDP are attempting to move to the center, by moving some policies all the way to the right.   WTF is going on?

The NDP is trying desperately to become a “law and order” party, hoping to scoop up undecided voters that often respond to the crime issue.  But will it work?  It is difficult for me to believe that the NDP will differentiate themselves by saying the exact same things as the Liberals and Conservatives.

Both Jack Layton and Carole James are walking away from progressive policies and should be careful not to lose the idealist vote, or progressive non-union voters.  Does the NDP have any credibility as “tough on crime”?  No, they are they better to stick with good progressive policies like ending prohibition and concentrating on harm-reduction, drug treatment, and reducing poverty.

The NDP will undoubtably lose some of its base by being “tough on crime”.  The federal “Conservative” budget, that looks like a BC NDP budget, could cost the CPC some of their base. The pro-war, pro-torture, pro-tar sands stance of Michael Ignatieff will cost the Liberals some of their base.  As the second choice of voters of all parties, maybe the Greens will finally get their breakthrough when the Canadian people see that the dominant ideology of all the old-line parties is “give me power”.

One reason for the success of the Conservative Party of Canada is that there was a united right, with three other parties fighting over the left.  Now three parties are fighting over the center…

Rise of the Green Tories

With torture-loving, Iraq war favoring American Michael Ignatieff being Leader of the Liberal Party, we now have two conservative parties–neither of which are fiscally responsible. We have gotten stuck with the bad parts of conservatism, but none of the good parts–wtf?

Stephen Harper has traded conservatism for power. Michael Ignatieff moved back to Canada after a 30 year absence in an attempt to become Prime Minister. Then Iggy voted for the worst budget in Canadian history because he thinks it gives him a better chance in the next election.

With a 80 billion dollar deficit over the next few years, who can Canadians turn to for “progressive” yet “conservative” fiscal policies? How about the party made up of one third ex-Progressive Conservatives? (It’s called the Green Party)

The only party that thinks generations ahead and acknowledges the financial ramifications of industrialized society’s war against the environment is superbly suited to help guide the economic policies of Canada. It is time for a government with a vision and not just a lust for power or a bone to pick with the power structure.

The Green Party may be our only hope… Listen to GPC Leader Elizabeth May make sense out of the budget here. For my thoughts on the “economic crisis” see here.

Financial Crisis: The Problem is Not the Solution

The “economic crisis” is complicated, yet simple enough for the average person to understand. So here it is: There’s no money. Simple, eh? lol Well, there is a bit more to it than that.

More accurately, there is less money. Our economy has been based on credit for 25 years. Manufacturing, real estate, commodities–sales in every sector have been driven by the availability of credit.

Credit is supposed to be temporary, but the absence of responsibility in our society has allowed us to borrow money to pay off debt. Much of the collateral used was valued based on continual growth in real estate. Eventually, the market ran out of buyers, prices collapsed, those who were allowed to purchase with no down payment or were approved for a mortgage they could not afford lost their homes, then the market crashed and many banks found themselves with a bunch of worthless homes that they had used as collateral to borrow money… The bill is due and now we are all going to wash dishes for a very long time…

What has been called a “credit crisis” and “economic crisis” is really a spending crisis. We purchased things we didn’t need with money we didn’t have. Now we are being told that the solution is to borrow a huge amount of money and invest it in dying technologies and sectors of the economy. The solution to the problem is not more of the problem, especially when most of the money will go to the people and corporations that drove our economy to ruin.

The plan is that billion dollars will be borrowed, plus interest on this new debt, and interest on the huge debt we already have, to “stimulate” the economy. So, they are going to borrow from the next generation to pay for the mismanagement of this generation.

Our economy does not require financing to continue the materialism and consumerism that have created an ecological disaster. If we are going to go into deficit, then every dime should be an investment in our future that aims to correct the misguided ways that got us into this mess.

In difficult times for individuals and nations, we should remember where our happiness comes from, and separate wants from needs. “The economy” can mean many things, in times of economic depression, we should measure the success of the economy by our ability to provide a quality standard of living for those hurt by our collective denial.

Save your money, spend wisely, reduce your expenses. We”ll get through this ; )

Federal Electoral Boundaries to be Changed

Stephen Harper and Dalton McGuinty have reached an agreement to add 21 federal seats to Ontario. With hope of the Conservative Party gaining ground in Quebec gone, it appears the next election will be fought over these new ridings.

Frequent boundary changes across the country at federal and provincial levels of government are another great reminder of why political parties need to have regional organizing strategies and associations. Like this one.

What about B.C.?  Will our seat count keep up with our population growth?

Hypocrisy and Blame: The End of the United Right?

Western Separatists’ Anti-Quebec Stance Threatens to Split the Conservative Party

The Conservative Party is attempting to retain power by claiming the progressive coalition has no mandate. Forcing an election costing 300 million dollars, after trying to cancel $30 million in public financing for political parties, under the guise of saving money, shows that it is Stephen Harper that is engaged in a power grab that looks more like a power gasp.

Harper’s hubris, and his US strategists, who do not understand Canada’s parliamentary system, led to the strategy of bullying that has brought Harper from talk of a majority government in September, to the isolated Official Opposition in December.

The Conservative strategy is now to frame the debate as a “coup d’etat” by a Quebec conspiracy, instead of the will of the majority of Canadian voters. The separatist stance of the Bloc, does not give the minority government of Stephen Harper a mandate to govern. Stephen Harper’s failure to gain the confidence of the majority in Parliament does not bode well for his reign.

Alberta Reform Party bloggers are calling for “the west”–meaning Alberta–to separate. How does Harper claim that the progressive coalition is un-Canadian because it needs the votes of “separatists”, when his own power base is calling for the break-up of the country, because they can not dictate their will on the majority of the Canadian people?

How about this breaking news for hypocrisy? It turns out Canadian Alliance Leader Stockwell Day attempted his own “coup d’etat” with the separatist Bloc in 2000.

Stephen Harper, with his hubris and hypocrisy, has been credited with “uniting the right and the left”. This is ironic given that the attack on Quebec voters will end all hope of a Conservative majority–the purpose for the existence of the united right.

With the hope of a majority gone, what reason will social conservatives, libertarians, and “red tories” have to stick together? (What reason did they ever have?) How will Ontario and Quebec Tories–real Tories–react to the strategy of claiming that the representatives of Quebecers have no right to help govern the country? How will PC’s justify their unity with so many that what to break-up the country? By dumping Stephen Harper, and entering into a divisive leadership contest.

UPDATE: CTV has this piece saying “Harper’s rhetoric on Bloc risks alienating Quebec” but a day later than my post ; )

A Message to Conservatives About the Progressive Coalition

Canadians vote on policies through local representatives–not governments. The 44% of Canadians that voted for the NDP and Liberal policies have more support than the 36% that voted for George Bush’s failed ideas. Period.

This is not a case of 5,205,334 vs. 75 making back-room deals. It is in fact 6,149,000 Canadians vs 5,208,000, or 7,528,000 vs. 5,208,000 if we include voters for the Bloc as well. In total, 8,466,000 Canadians voted against neo-conservative ideology just two months ago. Get the numbers straight.

There is also a tremendous amount of anti-Quebec language coming from Conservatives. First they say that the Bloc (and therefore all its supporters) are un-Canadian, then they say that this deal was put together exclusively by a Quebec conspiracy. And they wonder why some Quebecers want to separate from Canada… Harpercons, if you don’t like the Bloc–why don’t you beat them in the next election, instead of sleeping with biker chicks? = O

And why do you Alberta Reformers and northern Republicans call yourself “Tories” anyways? Tories are supposed to protect our parliamentary democracy, our constitution, and federalism–not destroy them.