Thursday, April 29, 2010
I am not a fan of Gordon Brown, especially when his predecessor Tony Blair took the Labour Party of Britain and turned it into a Thatcherite party. Then of course Blair became the famous poodle of George W. Bush and ultimately resigned because the poodle was not as popular with the Labour Party as he was with George W. Bush.
I am not sure how much Gordon Brown has succeeded to take Labour Party back to its roots of being a people's party. However, he refused to be Bush's poodle.
As the above video shows, he called this woman a "bigot". Maybe he should have said that right on her face and gotten over with it instead of back in his car and then not knowing the microphone was on. Why there is such a big deal? He apologized later on a radio show, and then he called Gillian Duffy herself to apologize. Was that not enough? Then he went to her home and had a 40 minute meeting with her. Is he not overdoing it? On and on it goes.
Politicians do make gaffes, why in his case it has become such a big deal. Remember Reagan said he has declared war on Russia and bombing will start in 10 minutes not knowing that the microphone was on. He did not lose the election over that. However, the Labour Party is not currently that popular in Britain and it was losing anyway. Up and coming star it looks is the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Nick Clegg. It is going to be an interesting election. Recommend this post
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sue Lowden is still at it. Colonel Sanders must be quite upset, as supply of chickens may become a problem for KFC if a major portion of chickens goes to doctors. No Spicy chicken wings for Ms. Lowden. Recommend this post
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A nightclub in Shanghai got the fever of Obamamania and named their nightclub Obama. Watch the video and see whether Obama should be flattered or be worried about it. Recommend this post
The above video shows the thrust of the questions by the Senators. Goldman Sachs had a “#%&**y deal. It was in an e-mail of the one of the staffers of Goldman Sachs. That is how they made enormous profits. Recommend this post
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
After an almost hour-long decision by the speaker, he has decided in favour of the opposition, that Parliament has the right to demand documents. He has asked the government and the opposition to find a way to make these documents available un-redacted without compromising national security. He has given them two weeks.
The suspense is still on.
Open and free-floating debate. Maybe Canada can use some of that. Discussion is so flat and boring in our Parliament. If nothing else but to promote the egg-farming. Imagine that guy in the white shirt in the above video being Harper or Iggy. Looks like a lot fun.
To read the story, click here.
Bad news is that according to Stephen Hawking if aliens ever reach earth they will eat us alive or treat as badly as Columbus did the natives. The good news is that if we get rid of all the ketchup on the globe we might be safe, as we taste pretty bland without ketchup. And there is no rush to start throwing away ketchup away as we have a few hundred million years before aliens visit us. By then we will be either extinct or gone to another planet anyway.
Also don't forget we can ask our politicians to deal with them. They will get them so utterly confused as to whom to vote for that they will forget to eat us. Moreover we will put our Wall Street guys/gals to work and they will sell them many ponzy schemes. The aliens will be so worried about themselves that they won't bother eating us.
Finally Teabaggers may be right that British healthcare is not as good as we thought. Hawking is not receiving proper treatment and it is messing up his judgement as a scientist. Maybe he should be sent to the US for better care – surely he should have a lot of money to pay for such a treatment as he has been such a prominent scientist for so long.
Monday, April 26, 2010
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Last night, April 25, 2010 there was a fascinating story by Lesley Stahl of 60 minutes on Islamic extremists and what makes them extremists. A former member of a Muslim extremist group in Britain told Stahl that the narrative used to lure people is that the US and the West invaded Afghanistan and Iraq to destroy Islam; and that this narrative works. In other words, these two wars provided all the fodder for feeding extremism and a fertile ground for such extremism.
I don't know about Bush because he has not evolved from a primate and stated once that God spoke to him to invade Iraq. However Cheney was the main architect of starting these wars and there is no doubt that the motive was oil and money - Cheney put a trance on Bush, using religion as his tool. We know quite well about the oil reserves in Iraq. In the case of Afghanistan it is strategically located for a natural gas pipline from the former neighbouring Soviet states, bringing that gas to the Persian Gulf, exporting to China, the US and other countries to make a lot of money.
We know that the Iraq invasion was justified by some imaginary WMDs. In the case of Afghanistan, the government at the time was willing to negotiate and put Osama Bin Laden on trial and maybe ultimately hand him over. But that was not Cheney's interest as it was about resources. As far as Taliban and women's rights is concerned, that is as big a bull as WMDs. Women are more oppressed today than they were before the invasion and there are a lot more cases of rape, molestation of little girls for sex and especially little boys. These are stories coming from Afghan women themselves including Malalai Joya. Karzai himself is a Taliban or not any different at all, so much for that baloney of Karzai "the reformer".
The problem is that both are badly botched wars and both countries have been destroyed and engulfed in civil wars. You cannot win the hearts and minds of local people in that kind of environment. Afghanistan is an un-winnable war and is a real quagmire and graveyard for empires. As long as these botched up wars continue and looting of local resources continues, these areas will be prime breeding grounds for extremism. The only way out is to end these wars through negotiations or the US will have no choice but to leave in a manner not much different than Vietnam.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sarkozy wants to ban the burqa in France. He thinks it is too repressive. Okay, maybe he has a point.
Then there is his wife Carla Bruni. She has bared it all and her nude photos are available all over the Internet. (It is my blog policy to not show completely nude photos, that is why I have covered it up appropriately) Is that not the other extreme? Okay, Ms. Bruni will say it is her body and she can do with it whatever she wishes including being nude. Give her that right. By the same token should not the Muslim women not be given their right to cover their bodies? This is their belief system and it is their right. It is not hurting anyone? Why not give them their freedom of expression? Why the double standard? Is this not repression by Sarkozy government if such legislation is implemented?
I will include Sarkozy's shenanigans as another one among human follies.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption resulted in airplanes stuck at airports and no flying. That was not all. Try to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull and your tongue will get stuck. Good thing is that the smoke is coming out of Eyjafjallajokull volcano only. Imagine with all that effort of pronouncing it your tongue may get fiery and smokey. Recommend this post
Friday, April 23, 2010
Who says Republicans don't have a healthcare plan? It has not been fully hatched yet but it is there. Ask Sue Lowden of Nevada who is running for a Senate seat. She says that when you go to a doctor give him/her a chicken instead of money. Problem solved. Good old and effective barter system. Worked for ages.
Healthcare reform is so simple and dumb Democrats just don't get it. Hey Obama, start promoting chicken farms to resolve the healthcare problem and you must not chicken out.
By the same token if you're seeking help from a politician, congressman, give him/her a pig. Politicians prefer pork over chicken, you know.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
What was Rahim Jaffer thinking when he appeared with his business partner Patrick Glemaud before a Commons Committee? He dug a bigger hole for himself. He was asked if he had on his website a statement indicating that he can get support from the government for businesses who used his services. He denied existence of such a statement. Then the Committee produced a copy of the content from his now defunct web page which included the statement "the business expertise in industry financing in order to help them secure support from the Canadian government..." Not only that, but he also had a CPC logo on his personal website.
He and his business partner looked pathetic because they had no answers to a lot of questions from the Committee and constantly contradicted themselves. This is a perfect example of one shooting his/her own foot.
You know who Jon Stewart is. Bernie Goldberg I believe is a commentator for the Faux News. Jon Stewart does quite a number on Goldberg. Watch the video and have fun.
From Countdown of MSNBC.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
According to Jon Stewart. Watch out because government can break your nuts, you know. :)
Jon Stewart gets hold of speaker’s gavel and has some fun with it. Representative John Dingell and Jon Stewart discuss Healthcare Reform. It is worth the watch.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Maureen Dowd has a great Op-ed in the New York Times "Worlds without women".
She points out that we rush to judge women's right in countries like Saudi Arabia but things are not much different in the Catholic Church. It is a very revealing article about what is wrong with the Catholic Church and what made it go so wrong. By now we all know that Pope Benedict XVI himself is under the spotlight and it does not look good for him. Maureen Dowd provides some additional insight. I should point out that Dowd herself is Catholic. You can read her op-ed here.
You may also consider watching this video, "The Passionate Eye" documentary on CBC.
Everyday it seems to be going from bad to worse for the Catholic Church as more revelations come to light.
This happened in Winnipeg and made it to CNN. Way to go Canucks. Quite an example to set for their students. The administration has now fired the teachers. This was a freedom of expression gone wild.
Click here to read the story.
Monday, April 19, 2010
These CONS have truly gone crazy. I am afraid to travel to the US. There is a real danger of violence in that country. Video is from Chris Matthews's Hardball on MSNBC.Recommend this post
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Once in a while Andy Rooney provides a great commentary towards the end of CBS's 60 Minutes program. Last night, April 18, 2010, was one of those commentaries. He talked about out of control human desire and a need for an anti-desire pill or kill-the-desire pill. It could be one of the great advances in modern medicine.
Imagine what it can do. A desire kill pill can control the likes of Tiger Woods, John Edwards, and Eric Massa. It can be a miracle pill for many political leaders and leaders of all kinds.
If there was such a pill Osama Bin Laden could have been given it to kill his desire to conquer the US. It would have controlled the desire of Bush to be a great conqueror of Afghanistan and Iraq. Imagine how many lives could have been saved and how many billions of dollars could have been saved. Today we would have no economic crisis especially if Wall Street bigwigs had been given the same pill.
Imagine the desires of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and many of their ilk; their desire to talk bull could have been controlled just by a desire killing pill.
We could have saved the world of a lot of unnecessary wars and tragedies.
Maybe Obama should amend his healthcare plan and include the desire-killing pill when it becomes available. Instead of death panels, which Sarah Palin talks about non-stop, there could be desire killing panels.
Imagine how kids could have been saved from predator priests and bishops. Maybe Cardinal Ratzinger would have not needed to change his identity to Pope Benedict XVI. Look at the Catholic Church and the mess it is in. All because of the uninhibited sexual desires of some predators. You may watch on Catholic Church misdeeds here and judge for yourself.
Yes the world needs that magic pill called anti-desire or desire killing pill. Hurry up medical profession.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010
President Obama had to spend an hour shaking hands and making small-talk with all the leaders in attendance (including Stephen Harper); this compilation video of these greetings is great... it's not an easy job to be US President, he probably needs a band-aid for his hand after all that hand-shaking!Recommend this post
Photo is from the CBC.
What is it with certain characters (see earlier post on Peter Nygard), they run to the Bahamas when they have problems at home? Derrick Snowdy is primarily saying that he was not investigating Guergis or Jaffer. It was Nazim Gillani he was after. Why did Harper rushed to fire Guergis and kicked her out of caucus? It all sounds very shadowy.
To read the transcripts of his interview with the CBC from his "hideout" in Nassau, Bahamas, click here. To read the story on this, you can click here. Recommend this post
Saturday, April 17, 2010
C. Moffat left a comment on my earlier post about Peter Nygard. Moffat has a good blog post on this issue. It includes a link to a facebook group set up to encourage people to boycott Peter Nygard's businesses because of his unfair labour practices and harassment of employees.
The above picture is from Moffat's blog post.
Ahmadshah Malgarai (aka Pasha) is an Afghani translator for the Canadian military who currently lives in Canada. More recently he testified before a Parliamentary Committee and gave details of the torture of Afghan detainees stating that Canadian officials and military brass had the full knowledge of it and if the generals say they did not know about it then they are lying. If Peter Mackay says he did not know about it then he is lying.
He also said that an innocent young Afghan man was shot in the head by Canadian soldiers and then efforts were made to cover up this incident. Maybe Pasha will be next on Harper's hit list as he is embarrassing to his government. Will Harper deport him? Pasha also said that his family has been threatened by Taliban and government officials are not helping him to bring his family to Canada.
Read the full story of Pash here.
Friday, April 16, 2010
According to Jon Stewart. From Chris Matthews of Hardball, MSNBC. Video: Faux news logo story and other good stuff. Recommend this post
It is not my policy to advertise any product on my blog, but this one is so crucial for our Prime Minister. He claims to love cats but can he tell the difference between a cat and a racoon? Also, can he tell the difference between fact and fiction? He needs better sight!
One day he was praising his Minister Helena Guergis and the next day she was thrown under the dump truck on the basis of information gathered by a Harper staffer from a Derrick Snowdy, who the media is now identifying. Harper's vision is very fogged up, therefore he needs help. Mr. Harper, pay a visit to an optical expert.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Yesterday in Parliament, during question period, Mr. Jack Layton of the NDP pointed out that perhaps Mr. Harper received a phone call from Magnum P.I. about Ms. Guergis and that is why she was fired and kicked out of caucus. Mr. Harper was very evasive in his answer.
We did some search and that turned out to be the case. The whole conversation is in the above picture. Now you know for sure what happened.
You would think now that there is majority rule in South Africa and there is an African president that the problem of racism is overcome. No. It is very much still there. This incidence, in the above video, happened in a TV studio when a white old man is being interviewed. He loses his temper with a black female host. It is scary. Teabaggers are not far behind in the US. It is getting there.
The South African video was also aired on MSNBC. Recommend this post
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Is Israel a rogue state?
I do admire Obama for organizing an unprecedented Nuclear Security conference of 48 countries, including the US. He gave a great speech at the conclusion of the conference and answered questions from the media. However, it was very disappointing when a question was asked about Israel. Obama was mum, dodged the question and started talking about what the US was going to do with its own nuclear stockpile.
The question was asked by the Washington Post reporter regarding Israel's role as it is a nuclear power, and the need for Israel to reveal to the world how much nuclear stockpile it has, how it secures it, and why it has not signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty. Obama was dumbfounded. It is amazing that 48 countries with the most powerful countries like China, Russia, and the US present and no definitive answer was there when it came to Israel.
Obama basically implied that Israel can speak for itself and did not want to talk about it, yet he liberally talked about India, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. THe US talks about sanctions against Iran, but would China whole-heartedly support such sanctions when it is fully aware of the US's duplicity when it comes to Israel.
Israel is truly a rogue state when it comes to nuclear stockpile. According to some estimates it has 250 nuclear warheads. For a relatively very small countries, less than half the size of the Province of Nova Scotia area wise (Nova Scotia: 20,599 sq miles and Israel 8,019 sq miles) with a population slightly more than Metro Toronto, Ontario, this is a very large number of warheads. It is a terrible unbalance of power in the Middle East especially when the US and Israel want that all the countries surrounding Israel to disarm and it states that it will invade Iran if it tries to develop nuclear weapons. Does the US or Israel have the moral authority to tell the rest of the Middle East to disarm and remain nuclear free when Israel continues to increase its stockpile of nuclear arsenal?
It is a dangerous situation in the Middle East and for the world. As long as Israel continues to build up its nuclear weaponry some Middle Eastern country is bound to get a nuclear arsenal to bring some balance to the region. In case of a war break out it will be a catastrophe simply because the US continues to ignore Israeli policy and looks the other way. Israel is the true rogue state and a powder keg for peace in the Middle East and the world.
China has strong trade ties with Iran and may never fully support US sanction especially given American hypocrisy on Israel. If world needs peace then Israel must be made accountable. It has to shed its nuclear arsenal in order to earn the trust of its neighbours and secure much needed peace in that region.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Stephen Harper is hearing from the world beyond, like Tiger Woods. He can get a new ad for his Conservative Party like Tiger Woods for Nike. What is amazing is that in the case of Bernier the situation seems much more serious. Bernier, when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs, had left some very sensitive papers related to defence at his then girlfriend Julie Couillard's apartment. Not only that, Couillard was involved with a biker gang who were known for illegal activities. You would think his case was very serious. But he was only fired from the cabinet but not from the caucus. Also, there have been rumours about him rejoining cabinet.
In case of Helena Guergis, it did not look that serious yet she was not only fired from the cabinet but also was kicked out from caucus. It did not stop there. Harper contacted the RCMP and Commissioner of Ethics for further investigations. Yet the public does not know why. The only excuse given so far is that some third party has made serious allegations. It happened on a Thursday night and Harper took those extraordinary measures within 24 hours on a Friday. It is baffling. Why would he not reveal the allegations? The plot thickens.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Ronald Reagan said that he aimed for a World without nuclear weapons and negotiated an arms reduction treaty with the Soviet Union that reduced America's nuclear arsenal by one-third.
Now, Barack Obama is proposing something very similar vis a vis Russia... and the tea partiers, Sarah Palin, and Glenn Beck (and other Faux News acolytes) are yelling at the top of their lungs that Obama is disarming America.
So when Reagan does it, it's okay, but when Obama does it...
Nuclear weapons are horrific, while I do not think we will see their elimination in our lifetimes, to reduce stockpiles is a step in the right direction - plus it sends a strong message to nuclear wannabees such as Iran and North Korea that America is willing to practice what it preaches in the way of reducing the spread of nuclear weapons.
In an age of terrorism, nuclear weapons are not an effective deterrant. They potentially wreak great destruction. That is why we must strive for their reduction and ultimately their elimination. Obama's Nuclear Security Summit is also a step in the right direction in this regard.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Last night, February 10, 2010, CBC's the Fifth Estate had a fascinating documentary on Peter Nygard. Nygard is known as a very successful business in women's clothing and designing, a multibillionaire and a philanthropist. CBC however exposed the predatory side of Nygard, especially when it came to women and his employees. One has to admire the courage of CBC because Nygard is known to sue often when someone challenges him.
It is a very interesting story and exceptionally well narrated. You can watch the video here and draw your own conclusions.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
For Helena Guergis, it was a black Friday. First there were rumours that she was going to resign which was understandable given her tumultuous time in Cabinet. Then came the PM's press conference. It was like dropping a bomb. She was not only asked to resign but Stephen Harper said that he has asked the RCMP and Ethic's Commissioner for an investigation. It did not stop there. Then he announced that she has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus. Wow wee. However he did not explain why all these extraordinary steps were taken. That leaves a lot to speculation. Maybe Monday should put more light on the Parliament Hill earthquake where there is one known causality and there may be more.Recommend this post
Friday, April 09, 2010
Stephen Harper held a news conference where he not only announced her resignation, but also said that she will no longer sit with the Conservative caucus. Quite a turn of events. Rona Ambrose will temporarily take over the Status of Women portfolio until a replacement is named.Recommend this post
Rahim Jaffer is abandoning politics altogether and is going to learn golf in order to join forces with Tiger Woods. It is a match made in heaven. According to media reports Jaffer likes buxom women and so does Wood. They both love to make money. So there you go, new partnership.Recommend this post
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Karzai said he would join Taliban if too much pressure were put on him by the West.
Maybe Harper should capture Karzai and torture him now that he may join Taliban.
Read the story about Harper's displeasure here.
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Very chilling video; people on the ground are clearly ordinary citizens, two of them were journalists. A van pulled up to help an injured man and was shot at too. A human tragedy.
UPDATE: Correction, the incident occurred on July 12, 2007, not June 6th; about a dozen people were killed and two children were wounded.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
We brag about what we do in Africa and other poor countries to help people there and reprimand other nations for violating the rights of their citizens. Helping people is good and necessary but this violation of human rights is in our own backyard. A Japanese doctor is helping these folks here. This is a prime example of business and industry gone wild in order to make money – especially there is the underlying theme that natives' lives don't matter. One commentator in the CBC story said that this comes closest to genocide in recent years in Canada. People who preach deregulation and unbridled capitalism may learn something from this tragedy. It is totally heart wrenching.
The following video and music is relevant. It is entitled "The Rape of the World". Some businesses and industries are indeed raping the world. And if profiteering at the cost of the environment continues and global warming continues at the current rates, they will succeed to murder the world too.
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Monday, April 05, 2010
Poor man, he was on Celebrity Apprentice and the first time he was given the job of managing the group he failed pretty badly. So he heard the famous line from Donald Trump, "You're Fired." Part of his problem was that he did not know how to use a computer or even a cell-phone. I suppose there are many drawbacks to being a Governor, as too many assistants do things for them. I feel a little sorry for the guy.Recommend this post
This video from 60 Minutes shows why healthcare in private hands and for profit is utterly dangerous. Myriad, a private corporation, obtained patents on the genes of some women patients who had breast cancer. These women now cannot go to another company or doctor to get a second opinion, as Myriad owns the patent rights on their cancer genes. No one else can handle those genes now. In other words they own these women's bodies - a new kind of slavery in the making. This case is before the courts and it is hoped that Myriad and other such companies lose.
After watching the video above you will get the picture.
The minute the profit motive enters the healthcare system, forget about healthcare itself, it is no longer about the patient, it is all about profit. Healthcare must not be in private hands. The rich benefit from such healthcare and the rest of the public just subsides as the general public is denied treatment on all kinds of grounds.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
These are the headlines in the media today:
"Dead rat in Calgary scars Alberta's 'rat-free' reputation"
"Rat found dead in alley in rat-free Alberta"
Really? Alberta is rat-free, except for one rat? Here are few more examples:
Prentice, Jim -Calgary Centre-North
Harper, Stephen- Calgary Southwest
Kenney, Jason -Calgary Southeast
Coulter, Ann –unknown address
Click here to read more.
Update: Then there are a lot of rats who profit off the Tar Sands. I forgot to mention that. Recommend this post
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Sarah Palin had her first show "Real American Stories" on Faux News. It can be described by one word, "BORING". Or it was a "Big Yawn"? Huffington Post has a good review of Palin's debut show.
Other than the die-hard fans, I don't think people will tune in for Sarah Palin in future. She proved how boring she can be.
P.S. It was also a "Big Yawn" in the ratings, with people tuning out over the course of the show.
Friday, April 02, 2010
The Harper government was having too many problems with Ms. Helena Guergis. Such as her blow up at a P.E.I airport. More recently her staff got caught writing letters to the editor in the media profusely praising Ms. Guergis without telling the media that they were working for Ms. Guergis. Cabinet discussed the issue and consulted with her husband Rahim Jaffer and came up with a solution that from now on Ms. Guergis will wear veil/burqa. Less the opposition sees her fewer the questions; and she can do things in public without being identified. Instead of veil, cabinet decided to call it redaction.
You see, the Harper government has a lot of experience doing redactions. Remember all those documents about detainees and torture in Afghanistan?
Video from Hardball of MSNBC. Phone-sex lines and more good stuff.
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Thursday, April 01, 2010
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The following video describes the GOP situation quit well “Pants on the ground”. Maybe this song was written with the GOP in mind.
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