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Politics / It's "The New Canadian Government," peon!
« on: February 13, 2008, 01:06:57 PM »
After heavy recruitment so far only 50 lawyers have signed on to become these special advocates.

They worried.

USA / Feudal Fascism
« on: February 10, 2008, 05:49:02 PM »
Gosh I just read this Blogpost

and wondered what anyone knew of this chap. The sidelinks to all matters of SPP are wonderful. The blog post is dam scary and I wonder if there are now movements afoot to make sure that scenario does not come to pass.

Adventures / travels near, far or in your head...
« on: February 10, 2008, 05:45:38 PM »
The Colours are absolutely divine. And makes me wistful.

Politics / Federal Election '08?
« on: February 10, 2008, 03:03:43 PM »
Exactly and a Great Point, one which will need to be made over and over again. Thanks for pointing that out.

U.S. Elections / 2008 Presidential Race
« on: February 10, 2008, 03:00:53 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the correct thread, perhaps in Disabilities?
I don't know. I was very uplifted to read what Obama said here.

Page 3 - And when I am President, we’ll pass universal health care not in twenty years, not in ten years, but by the end of my first term in office. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Senator Ted Kennedy recently said that he wouldn’t have endorsed me if he didn’t believe passionately that I will fight for universal health care as President. And if there’s someone who knows something about health care, it’s Ted Kennedy.

My plan would bring down premiums for the typical family by $2500 a year. We’d ban insurance companies from denying you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. We’d allow every American to get the same kind of health care that members of Congress get for themselves. And the one difference between my plan and Senator Clinton’s plan is that she said she’d ‘go after’ your wages if you don’t buy health care. Well I believe the reason people don’t have health care isn’t because no one’s forced them to buy it, it’s because no one’s made it affordable – and that’s why we bring down the cost of health care more than any other plan in this race.

Bolded will drive insurance co's crazy, because they rely on that as a cost-saving measure. An activist doctor friend here who works at Urban Core believes the Ins. Co's should be dragged before the Senate (or is Congress?) regarding that issue. ... tSheet.pdf

Politics / Federal Election '08?
« on: February 10, 2008, 02:51:14 PM »
Your probably right skdadl. I guess if I lived on the left coast and I saw what was coming down the pike (is it pipe or pike? I never know) I would be inclined to vote strategically to SOS. But as you say the voting hours are staggered now.

Adventures / travels near, far or in your head...
« on: February 10, 2008, 02:28:17 PM »
I'm a sucker for grottoes, architecture, tunnels, cliff dwelling, graveyards, ancient statues, civilizations.

There are two places I've always wanted to explore. Budapest. I'd like to stay long enough to easily understand both sides of the Danube, the charm of the old empires, classical architecture and it's hidden treasures. I want to run my hand down the outside of the oldest most baroque buildings, the castles, and following whatever labyrinths I find. From there to an ancient hotel that overlooks the Aegean sea, probably something Turkish.

Khmer Temples of Cambodia, Laos and northeast Thailand. Most especially I want to walk through the cliff top temples. Then back to the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

Not sure if I can swing it in this lifetime.

Politics / Federal Election '08?
« on: February 10, 2008, 01:06:54 PM »
I don't know the particulars of that Lagatta, I just know there is some desperation involved, a battle for the people against this present ideology, a decimation of our issues,  repression and subjugation. Do the ends justify the means? I don't know, but good question.

Politics / Federal Election '08?
« on: February 10, 2008, 12:47:40 PM »
Quote from: scott
Reading that makes me want to do it just to see what will happen. :)

Exactly my thoughts scott. A mass break-out of bloggers, what can possibly go wrong?  :D

Activism / CALL OUT! One body. One person. One count. Oppose Bill C-484
« on: February 09, 2008, 07:04:35 PM »
Done Done and Done, thanks fern, joyce and ALL

Politics / Federal Election '08?
« on: February 09, 2008, 06:37:32 PM »
Reading the blogs, the newspapers, the magazines, the pundits, the journos/reporters, Stevie is chomping at the bit for an election. He's put out 3 confidence motion issues. Afghanistan/Budget/Crime Bill, so far........and of course they've been in election mode spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads and whatnot.  This is going to be a battle, a big awful ugly battle, especially since Canadians don't even want an election. But as usual, as if that matters, we're always forced to do what politicos want anyway.

Some things to think about:

The Cons- lying to income trust investors, lying to Atlantic Canadians, ripping up the Kyoto Accord, reneging on the Kelowna Accord to First Nations, welching on a promise to create 125,000 child care spaces a year, doing nothing about climate change, firing our nuclear regulator, declaring the Quebec people a nation and presiding over the gutting of the manufacturing sector in southern Ontario. And the latest of course is the War on Terra, he said, “Either you are with us, or you are with the enemy.”   :roll: And also of course a total economic meltdown is upon us and going to get much worse. The surplus is about spent and women/children/natives didn't so much as get a dime.

The dream we once dreamed was PR, gone. Strategic voting will no doubt be upon us before we can remember what our dream once was. Even strategic voting gives us the status quo so that sux. Hope or fear, inclusion or exclusion.

I don't for a minute think the NDP is going to deliver us from the incredible complexities of life as we know it anymore. I don't think the Liberals will either.

So what you gonna do?

Oh yeah eta -I just wanted to know - does anybody know the rules about blogging election results from east to west before polls close? And does speaking on the phone also break those rules?

USA / Leprosy outbreak in Arkansas
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:08:39 PM »
Continuing on with my recent linterest of immigration news and open borders

SPRINGDALE - The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon.

Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career, so they say something must be done soon, in order to stop leprosy's spread.

Springdale MD Jennifer Bingham says, "my initial response was: I am shocked. I am shocked we are seeing this. It's a true reason to be very worried."

Medical specialists say the Marshall Islands have the most cases of leprosy, in the world. And the city with the largest number of Marshallese people, outside the Marshall islands, is Springdale. And Bingham says, it makes sense, then, that leprosy is spreading to the city. "It's from the Marshall islands; that's why we're seeing it."

Bingham says she is all for Marshallese people entering the United States, after proper medical tests. But whether they're immigrants or not, she says people must stick to treatment, when infected. And she says, when she treats those from the Marshall Islands, this doesn't happen. "We're not getting the compliance that is absolutely essential to take care of this process."

Bingham says without cooperation, leprosy, which has no vaccine, and is transmitted through the air, will spread, and could easily become an epidemic. "People absolutely should be concerned. What I'm afraid of, is when people start thinking about it enough, it will already be out of control."

I'm not sure how long this story will stay up, considering I clicked onto original story and it says Sorry, so to google to find it elsewhere. This is very bad since it is spread in the air. Shit now I have to look up more stuff.

Banter / What are you doing?
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:31:32 PM »
Oh lordy I just found this thread kitteh. NO your wrong, you do not have Imposters Syndrome (btw, I really like that, that's kewl caissa/skdadl)
You don't. Your as smart as the day is fucking long. You just process stuff differently. And I got to say your process is beyond cute, it's dam endearing. Which means you'll have da boss eating out of your hand just to get an audience with you.  :hug:

Sleep well.

Canada / Peacekeeper's widow calls for answers from Israel, Canada
« on: February 08, 2008, 06:51:10 PM »
Mandos, can you just remove the one I started?

Thanks for the links Holly. I read a blog letter to the widow from an Agent Orange victim down east.  I'll go find it to add.

OpenLetterTo,  Ms. Hess von Kruedener

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