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Failed Deities: Priesthood Flees Free Market Dogma

The God That Failed: The 30-Year Lie of the Market Cult
by Chris Floyd
Perhaps the most striking fact revealed by the global financial crash -- or rather, by the reaction to it -- is the staggering, astonishing, gargantuan amount of money that the governments of the world have at their command.

In just a matter of days, we have seen literally trillions of dollars offered to the financial services sector by national treasuries and central banks across the globe. Britain alone has put $1 trillion at the disposal of the bankers, traders, lenders and speculators; and this has been surpassed by the total package of public money that Washington is shoveling into the financial furnaces of Wall Street and the banks. These radical efforts are being replicated on a slightly smaller scale in France, Germany, Italy, Russia and many other countries.

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Do Canadian Jews Support Boycotting Aid to Palestinians?

 
Liberals Want to Know: "Do Canadian Jews Support Boycotting Aid to Palestinians?"
by C. L. Cook
A few weeks ago, Liberal York Centre riding incumbent Ken Dryden channeled Tory foreign affairs minister, Peter McKay, telling the crowd gathered at the Beth Emeth synagogue Canada should completely cut off aid to Gaza.

In his article, 'Israel's Party Mixer,' NOW Magazine's Paul Weinberg quotes the former Montreal Canadiens star goal-tender saying;

"Stop all aid that flows into Gaza. While that may seem a harsh measure that will hurt Palestinian civilians; it is the right thing to do at this time."
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Bulking up Pentagon North

Stephen Harper: Bulking up Pentagon North
by Linda McQuaig
Canadian "consumers" and their choices pale before the projected Conservative budget for a war economy.

With the prospect of a Harper majority hanging menacingly over the country, the mind inevitably turns to the question: Just what is the "secret agenda" lurking behind the friendly sweater?

Actually, I don't believe there is one. The truth is that Stephen Harper has already laid out an agenda that would fundamentally change this country - in ways most Canadians would oppose.
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Support Local Farmers Event Oct 18th 12:00 noon

Support Local Farmers Event Oct 18th 12:00 noon   
by Friends of Farmers 
Where: at Moss Street Market
Why?  To support one of Moss Street Market's founding members caught in a change of policy. Farmer Mary Alice Johnson of ALM Farms has had farm tax assessment on her property for the past 18 years. Suddenly this year BC Assessment changed its policy and began to apply a split assessment causing any unused portion of a farm to be taxed at a residential rate.
 
After a huge public outcry the Minister of Small Business and Revenue called a review to the tax policy and after much pressure finally agreed to put a freeze on any further farm assessments until the review is complete in 2009. However he refused to apply this freeze to the first wave of farmers caught up in this.
 
This applies to Saanich and a few farmers in Sooke.
 
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Palin: The Talent Scout

Palin's Talent Scout
by Scott Horton
No wonder Bill Kristol has remained so positive about her while other neocons have fled. He helped push her to the veep ticket-and won out against Karl Rove.

In June 2007, a cruise liner sponsored by the political journal The Weekly Standard set anchor in Ju neau, Alaska. Editors and guests of the publication were then treated to a reception with Governor Sarah Palin. It was a moment of discovery to equal Hernando Cortez's landing at Veracruz. A writer for London's Daily Telegraph interviewed one of the participants in the Juneau junket about the meeting with Palin:

"She's bright and she's a blank page. She's going places and it's worth going there with her." Asked if he sees her as a "project," the former official said: "Your word, not mine, but I wouldn't disagree with the sentiment."

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PBS: Torturing Democracy

Torturing Democracy: Fabulous new film showing on Public Television
by Stephen Soldz
Starting tonight, Public Television will be viewing the new documentary Torturing Democracy, which is a new film relaying the history of U.S. torture in the war on terror. Topics cover the Yoo-Bybee legal memos, the removal of Geneva protections, torture at the CIA black sites, the  development of Guantanamo, and the torture of many of the detainees whose names we have sadly come to know.

Along the way, the film explains the CIA KUBARK interrogation manual and the role of the military’sSERE [Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape] program. The reverse-engineering of SERE techniques into U.S. torture techniques is described.



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Algonquin Blockade: Urgent Call for Support

Algonquin Blockade: Urgent Call for Support
by Collectif de Solidarité Lac Barrière
Starting at 6am this morning, families from the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake have blockaded highway 117 in northern Quebec.
 
 
They are demanding that the Federal and Quebec governments uphold the agreements they signed with the  community, and stop imposing illegitimate leadership on the community in order to avoid their responsibilities.

As of 12:30pm on Monday, the police are saying that the Montreal police have been called in to clear the highway, and arrest those who resist. There are currently 50 community members and 20 non-native supporters peacefully blockading the highway.
 
The community needs  members of the broader public to make it clear right now that this is unacceptable, that they have suffered enough division at the hands of the government, and that the agreements need to be honoured.
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The Smokeless Gun of Flagrant Election Fixing

Without a Trace: The Smokeless Gun of Flagrant Election Fixing
by Chris Floyd     
The idea of "victimless crimes" has been around for a long time, but the ultra-modern 21st century has given us a bold new concept: perpetratorless crimes.

This is by now a familiar dynamic: Outright, undeniable crimes are committed, often very heinous ones -- mass murder, military aggression, torture, vast financial corruption and fraud, warrantless spying, egregious violations of the Constitution -- but somehow, no one is actually responsible for them. They just sort of, you know, happened, all by themselves.

The most we can possibly do about these crimes is to conduct a non-binding "investigation" -- preferably by a committee of "serious" Establishment figures -- who will then offer suggestions on how to avoid such unseemly situations in the future. 
 
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Stephen Harper Wants Your Vote (enough to try steal it?)

Stephen Harper Wants Your Vote (enough to try steal it?)
by C. L. Cook
In 2006, Stephen Harper's Conservatives brought in Bill C-31, an instrument designed, among other things, to making democracy more safe for...Stephen Harper's Conservatives.
 
Taking a page from Karl Rove's electioneering playbook, the Conservatives adopted provisions of the notorious Help America Vote Act (HAVA) that make voting more difficult for people not generally found among the conservative voting base of either America or Canada: the poor, indigent, seniors living in care facilities, immigrants, and young, first-time voters.
 
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Harper Fiddles While Canadian Pension Plan Bleeds Billions

CPP Loss at $25 Billion
by David Schreck
It will be February before we know how much the Canada Pension Plan recently lost on the stock market, but a fair guess is $25 billion disappeared between the end of the first quarter on June 30th and October 8th.
 
Canadian Prime Minister and Calgary School-trained economist advises: "Buy stock."
 
On June 30th the CPP had $127.7 billion in assets, $79.2 billion of which was in equities. On June 30th the TSX composite index was 14,467; on October 8th it was 10,056, a drop of 30.5%.
 
Of course, CPP's third quarter doesn't end until December 31st, so it will be February before we see a report to the end of the third quarter. We can all hope that the index is above 10,056 by then, but it could be even lower.
 
What is happening to the CPP is also happening to pension plans, RRSPs, RRIPs and investment accounts. That is why it is irresponsible for Prime Minister Harper to dismiss the stock market as something that always goes up and down, and to say that it probably presents good buying opportunities today. Mr. Harper isn't showing the kind of empathy that Canadians expect and deserve.
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The Temper Mental Mr. McCain

The Temper Mental Mr. McCain 
by Brave New Films 
 
 
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