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Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday's Vehicle - 2013 Bentley


Canada - China FIPA agree makes no sense

 
 


 
 
Here's a current example of a U.S. company suing the Canadian federal government under NAFTA because of provincial legislation that was passed to protect the environment. Can you imagine what it'll be like under 31 years of the Canada-China FIPA?http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/ottawa-sued-over-quebec-fracking-ban-1.1140918\
 
Thanks Skeena
 

China Investment Treaty: Expert Sounds Alarms in Letter to Harper

Toronto-based authority urges PM to halt ratification, laying out numerous 'deep' concerns.
By Gus Van Harten, 16 Oct 2012, TheTyee.ca
 
[Editor's note: Gus Van Harten, a global authority on investment trade deals and international arbitration panels, has written a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging a full public review of a highly controversial investment and promotion treaty with China, the world's second largest economy. We publish that letter below.
 
The Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) has profound implications for Canadian labour law, environmental regulations and democratic standards. If enacted by Nov. 1, the trade promotion deal will give unprecedented powers to China's state owned enterprises (SOEs) that are now investing billions in Canada's natural resources. The 41-year-old Osgoode law professor not only teaches investment law but is also the author of Investment Treaty Arbitration and Public Law (Oxford University Press, 2007). Unlike most experts in the field of investment trade deals, Harten makes no income from the lucrative legal work of international trade arbitration. Investment trade lawyers typically make between $1,000 to $2,000 an hour.
 
Neither the prime minister nor anyone on his behalf had responded to Van Harten's letter as of 4:30 p.m. eastern time, Tuesday, Oct. 16.]

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/10/16/China-Investment-Treaty/

And Harper doesn't think China will sue Canada - He's out of his F#@%ing mind

China turns to courts in business disputes with western governments

SHAWN McCARTHY

The true cost of oil: Garth Lenz @ TEDxVictoria


18th century computer

Time out - look at this!
 
This definitely is worth five minutes of your time!! 

  AN INGENIOUS INVENTION, WAY BEFORE ITS TIME!
http://www.chonday.com/Videos/the-writer-automaton
 
Thanks Heidi
 

Two Hunters from Newfoundland

Having shot a deer, two boys from Newfoundland began dragging it by the tail to their pick-up..

On the way they were stopped by a game warden.
"Let me see your hunting licenses boys," he said.
When he saw that everything was in order he asked if he could give them some advice.
"Sure!" the hunters agreed.

"Well boys, I think that you would be finding it a lot easier to be draggin’ that buck by the antlers and not the tail."

"Aye, O.K. And thanks," said the lads.

After about five minutes one said to the other, "Boy, draggin’ by the antlers is sure some easier?"

"Yes, you're right," said his friend, "but have you noticed that we are getting further away from the truck?"
 
Thanks Norman

Claude the Hypnotist

It was entertainment night at the senior citizens' centre.
After the community sing song led by Cheryl at the piano it was time for
the Star of the Show- Claude the Hypnotist!

Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a
trance.

"Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time." said Claude.

The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from
his waistcoat pocket, a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain.

"I want you to keep your eyes on this watch" said Claude, holding the
watch high for all to see. "It is a very special and valuable watch that has
been in my family for six generations"

He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting
"Watch the watch --- Watch the watch ----Watch the watch"

The audience became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth.
The lights twinkling as they were reflected from it's gleaming surfaces.
A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently
swaying watch.   And then, suddenly, the chain broke!!!
The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact"

"SHIT" said Claude.

It took three days to clean the Senior Citizens' Centre and Claude was
never invited again.
 
Thanks Shirley

Welcome to Quebec


Thanks Norman

ROASTING A TURKEY VERY INTERRESTING XMAS IS COMING IT MAY HELP.

MUST SEE THIS....very interesting.
This URL takes you step by step in turkey preparation....It starts with turkey selection....to go any further, you have to choose a turkey to cook and click on it.... From there, the steps are geared to that particular size turkey !
Hope this is helpful :
                    
                         http://ourfamily23.zoomshare.com/files/Cooking_A_Turkey.swf              
 
Thanks Randy

Why we miss Rodney Dangerfield..

Because he said.
 
 
My wife only has sex with me for a purpose. Last night she used me to time an egg.
 
 
It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass!

Last night my wife met me at the front door. She was wearing a sexy negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming home.


A girl phoned me and said, 'Come on over. There's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home!


A hooker once told me she had a headache.


I went to a massage parlor. It was self-service.


If it weren't for pickpockets, I'd have no sex life at all.


I was making love to this girl and she started crying I said, 'Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?' She said, 'No, I hate myself now.'


I knew a girl so ugly that she was known as a two-bagger. That's when you put a bag over your head in case the bag over her head comes off.


I knew a girl so ugly... they use her in prisons to cure sex offenders.


My wife is such a bad cook, if we leave dental floss in the kitchen the roaches hang themselves.


I'm so ugly I stuck my head out the window and got arrested for mooning.


The other day I came home and a guy was jogging, naked. I asked him, 'Why?' He said, 'Because you came home early.'


My wife's such a bad cook, the dog begs for Alka-Seltzer.


I know I'm not sexy. When I put my underwear on I can hear the Fruit-of-the-Loom guys giggling.


My wife is such a bad cook, in my house we pray after the meal.


My wife likes to talk on the phone during sex. She called me from Chicago last night.


My family was so poor that if I hadn't been born a boy, I wouldn't have had anything to play with.

Blood transfusion alert

MEDICAL  UPDATE
Remember this the next time you have major surgery and need a blood  transfusion! It is good to know
.

MEDICAL  ALERT

 

Canada Medical Association researchers have found that patients needing blood transfusions may benefit from receiving chicken blood rather than human blood.

It tends to make the men cocky and the women lay better..

Thanks Richard

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday's Vehicle - 1935 Rolls Royce


Harper government becoming a joke Worldwide LOL

Washington Post columnist takes aim at Tories’ War of 1812 campaign

The Conservative government is spending $30 million to tell Canadians how important the War of 1812 was to the formation of the country.

That's probably more than it cost to prosecute the war itself, if you account for inflation. But there's little evidence the TV spots, banners, commemorative coins and ceremonies have done much to spark interest in what the Tories consider a pivotal chapter in the Canadian narrative. Had the American invasion not been repulsed, there'd be no Canada, they say.
 
Yet a poll done last winter, after the government's year-long awareness blitz peaked  suggested only residents of Ontario, where most of the fighting took place, felt more patriotic because of the government's efforts, the Globe and Mail reported.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/washington-post-columnist-takes-aim-tories-war-1812-183329837.html

Wondering why the Conservatives refused to sign the ban on arms trading to third world countries

With Stephen Harper and his party of liars there is always an agenda.....

Canada holds off on arms trade treaty even after U.S. signs

The Harper government faced sharp criticism Wednesday for its continued refusal to sign a landmark treaty to regulate the global arms trade.

A group of non-governmental agencies, called the Control Arms Coalition, said it was frustrated and disappointed that the government did not follow the United States and more than 90 other countries in signing the Arms Trade Treaty.

Meanwhile, the federal NDP accused the government of indulging in conspiracy theories because it continues to express concern that the treaty might have an impact on lawful gun owners within Canada.

The criticism was unleashed after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty on behalf of the U.S. on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Kerry called it a "significant step" in keeping the world safe.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-holds-off-on-arms-trade-treaty-even-after-u-s-signs-1.1868230?cmp=rss

Conservative government looking to bolster Canada’s arms trade with developing countries

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is looking to ease restrictions on the sale of weapons and military equipment to Brazil, Chile, Peru and South Korea in what is believed to be the latest effort to bolster Canada’s arms exports.

While the defence industry will applaud the move and say it will lead to more jobs and economic prosperity for Canadians, others are questioning whether selling guns to developing countries is the wisest and best way for Canada to make a buck.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development quietly launched consultations Wednesday asking for feedback on its plan to add those four countries to what is called the Automatic Firearms Country Control List.

The list was established more than 20 years ago and currently contains 34 countries, which represent the only states to which Canadian defence companies and others can export prohibited weapons and military equipment.

We already know that weapons from these countries are already being smuggled back into the US and Canada and used in the commission of crimes here.

2nd grade class photo

I think I found your 2nd grade class photo....  I'm 99% sure that's you in the back row\


Thanks Randy.... you could be right but I don't see my birthmark

Blond in church

An Alabama pastor said to his congregation, "Someone in this congregation has spread a rumor that I belong to the Ku Klux Klan. This is a horrible lie and one which a Christian community cannot tolerate. I am embarrassed and do not intend to accept this. Now, I want the party who said this to stand and ask forgiveness from God and this Christian family."

No one moved.

The preacher continued, "Do you have the nerve to face me and admit this is a falsehood? Remember, you will be forgiven and in your heart you will feel glory. Now stand and confess your transgression."

Again, all was quiet.

Then, slowly, a drop-dead gorgeous blonde with a body that would stop a runaway train rose from the third pew. Her head was bowed and her voice quivered as she spoke, "Reverend there has been a terrible misunderstanding.






 I never said you were a member of the Ku Klux Klan. I simply told a couple
of my friends that you were a wizard under the sheets."

The preacher fell to his knees, his wife fainted, and the congregation roared.

Life is Short. Smile while you still have Teeth.      

Give me an Amen Brothers & Sista’s

Thanks Norman

Best golf shots of the season!

Best golf shots of the season
She was only a whiskey  maker, but he loved her still.

Thanks Norman

The Pearly Gates

The Pearly Gates
 
St. Peter was sitting at the Pearly Gates when two guys wearing dark hoodies, and sagging pants, arrived.
 
St. Peter looked out through the Gates and said, "Wait here, I'll be right back."  He went over to God's chambers and told him who was waiting for entrance.
 
God said to St. Peter: "How many times do I have to tell you?  You can't be judgmental here. This is heaven. All are loved. All are brothers. Go back and let them in!"
 
St. Peter went back to the Gates, looked around, and let out a heavy sigh.
 
He returned to God's chambers and said, “Well, they're gone."

“The guys wearing hoodies?" asked God.
 
"No. The Pearly Gates."
 
Thanks Ellen

SAP

The South African Police Service have been rated the MOST effective police service in the world.
In 85% of all instances where a crime had been committed, they were already on the scene......
 
Thanks Heidi

ONLY the Japanese!!


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturdays Vehicle - 1950 Studebaker


Win Dinner with Justin - Donate now!


Elections Canada Charges Dean Del Mastro with Elections Fraud

 

Commissioner of Canada Elections Announces
the Laying of Canada Elections Act Charges

Ottawa, September 26, 2013

  • Pursuant to a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Mr. Yves Côté, has announced his office has laid four charges under the Canada Elections Act, a federal statute.
  • The charges were filed on September 26, 2013 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough.
  • Dean Del Mastro and Richard McCarthy are charged with:
    • incurring election expenses in an amount more than the election expenses limit, contrary to subsection 443(1) of the Act, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(p) and 500(5) of the Act;
    • providing the Chief Electoral Officer an electoral campaign return that omitted to report a contribution of $21,000.00, omitted to report an election expense of $21,000.00 and instead reported an election expense of $1,575.00, and in so doing provided a document referred to in subsection 451(1) of the Act that each knew or ought reasonably to have known contained a material statement that was false or misleading, contrary to paragraph 463(1)(a) of the Act, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(v) and 500(5) of the Act;
    • providing to the Chief Electoral Officer an electoral campaign return that omitted to report a contribution of $21,000.00, omitted to report an election expense of $21,000.00 and instead reported an election expense of $1,575.00, and in so doing knowingly provided a document referred to in subsection 451(1) of the Act that did not substantially set out the information required by subsection 451(2), contrary to paragraph 463(1)(b) of the Act, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(v) and 500(5) of the Act.
  • Dean Del Mastro is also charged with:
    • wilfully exceeding the contribution limit for a candidate in his own election campaign, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(f.13) and 500(5) of the Act.
  • The Commissioner of Canada Elections is responsible for ensuring that the Canada Elections Act and Referendum Act are complied with and enforced. The Chief Electoral Officer appoints the Commissioner under the Canada Elections Act.
"In our electoral system, it is fundamentally important that the spending and contribution limits enacted by Parliament be respected.  It is also essential that the reports and information provided to Elections Canada be accurate and truthful," said Mr. Côté. "The level-playing field principle and the requirement for transparency call for nothing less.  We will continue to be vigilant to ensure that these rules are observed."

http://elections.ca/content.aspx?section=com&document=sep2613&dir=pre-com&lang=e

Corner Gas prophetic Pamela Wallin scene.


WaterAid presents


Thanks Sylvia

Smiles for the day

Lemon Squeeze

There once was a religious young woman who went to Confession. Upon entering the confessional, she said, 'Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.' 
The priest said, 'Confess your sins and be forgiven.' 
  
The young woman said, 'Last night my boyfriend made mad passionate love to me seven times.' 
  
The priest thought long and hard and then said, 'Squeeze seven lemons into a glass and then drink the juice.' 
  
The young woman asked, 'Will this cleanse me of my sins?' 
  
The priest said, 'No, but it will wipe that smile off of your face.' 

  
Catholic Dog

Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, 'Father, my dog is dead. Could ya' be saying' a mass for the poor creature?' 
  
Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.' 
  
Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?' 
  
Father Patrick exclaimed, 'Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic? 

Donation

Father O'Malley answers the phone. 'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?' 
'It is!' 
'This is the IRS. Can you help us?' 
'I can!' 
'Do you know a Ted Houlihan?' 
'I do!' 
'Is he a member of your congregation?' 
'He is!' 
'Did he donate $10,000 to the church?' 
'He will.' 
  
  
Confession

An elderly man walks into a confessional. The following conversation ensues: 
Man: 'I am 92 years old, have a wonderful wife of 70 years, many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Yesterday, I picked up two college girls, hitch-hiking. We went to a motel, where I had sex with each of them three times.' 
Priest: 'Are you sorry for your sins?' 
Man: 'What sins?' 
Priest: 'What kind of a Catholic are you?' 

Man: 'I'm Jewish.' 
Priest: 'Why are you telling me all this?' 
Man: 'I'm 92 years old . . . . I'm telling everybody!' 
  

Brothel Trip 
An elderly man goes into a brothel and tells the madam he would like a young girl for the night. Surprised, she looks at the ancient man and asks how old he is. 
'I'm 90 years old,' he says. 
'90?' replies the woman. 'Don't you realize you've had it?' 
'Oh, sorry,' says the old man. 'How much do I owe you?' 

Senility

An elderly man went to his doctor and said, 'Doc, I think I'm getting senile. Several times lately, I have forgotten to zip up.' 'That's not senility,' replied the doctor. 'Senility is when you forget to zip down.' 
PestControl

A woman was having a passionate affair with an Irish inspector from a pest-control company. One afternoon they were carrying on in the bedroom together when her husband arrived home unexpectedly. 
'Quick,' said the woman to the lover, 'into the closet!' and she pushed him in the closet, stark naked. 
The husband, however, became suspicious and after a search of the bedroom discovered the man in the closet. 'Who are you?' he asked him. 
'I'm an inspector from Bugs-B-Gone,' said the exterminator. 
'What are you doing in there?' the husband asked. 
'I'm investigating a complaint about an infestation of moths,' the man replied. 
'And where are your clothes?' asked the husband. 
The man looked down at himself and said, 'Those little bastards! ' 
  

Marriage Humor 

Wife: 'What are you doing?' 

Husband: Nothing. 
  
Wife: 'Nothing . . . ? You've been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.' 
  
Husband: 'I was looking for the expiration date.' 
  
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Wife : 'Do you want dinner?' 
  
Husband: 'Sure! What are my choices?' 
  
Wife: 'Yes or no.' 
  
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Stress Reliever

Girl: 'When we get married, I want to share all your worries, troubles and lighten your burden.' 
  
Boy: 'It's very kind of you, darling, but I don't have any worries or troubles.' 
  
Girl: 'Well that's because we aren't married yet.' 
  
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Son: 'Mum, when I was on the bus with Dad this morning, he told me to give up my seat to a lady.' 
  
Mom: 'Well, you have done the right thing.' 
  
Son: 'But mum, I was sitting on daddy's lap.' 
  
________________________________ 
  
A newly married man asked his wife, 'Would you have married me if my father hadn't left me a fortune?' 
  
'Honey,' the woman replied sweetly, 'I'd have married you, NO MATTER WHO LEFT YOU A FORTUNE!' 
  
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A wife asked her husband: 'What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my sexy body?' 
  
He looked at her from head to toe and replied: 'I like your sense of humor!' 
  

Husbands are husbands 


A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan. 
'What was that for?' the man asked. 
The wife replied , 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket. 
The man then said 'When I was at the races last week, Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on.' 
The wife apologized and went on with the housework. Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious. 
Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit again. 
Wife replied. 'Your horse phoned' 

Thanks Ellen

Jim



Thanks Penny

Unbelievable

... A COUPLE MORE DECADES WITHOUT EXPANSION, AND THIS WILL BE THE TTC AT RUSH HOUR! ...
 
 
End of Ramadan rush-hour in Bangladesh

The parrot



A woman walks into a pet shop and immediately spots a large, beautiful
parrot. The price tag on the cage read $50.00.
"Why so cheap" she asked the pet store owner.
The owner replied, " Look, I should tell you before you consider buying
this parrot, that this bird lived in a house of prostitution, and sometimes
it says some pretty vulgar stuff"
The woman thought about it briefly, but had to have the bird anyway.
She bought the bird and took it home. She set the bird cage up in the
living room and waited for the bird to say something.
The bird looked around the room, then at her and said, "new house,
new madam"
The woman was a bit shocked at the implication, but then thought
"that's really not so bad"
When her two teenage daughters arrived home from school, the
parrot saw them and said, " new house, new Madam, new girls"
The girls and the Mother were a bit offended but then began to
laugh about the situation considering how the parrot was
probably raised.
Moments later, the woman's Husband came home from work.
The bird looked at him and said, Hi Rick"

Thanks Joe Y

Roasting a turkey

 
 
MUST SEE THIS....very interesting.
This URL takes you step by step in turkey preparation....It starts with turkey selection....to go any further, you have to choose a turkey to cook and click on it.... From there, the steps are geared to that particular size turkey !
Hope this is helpful :
                     
 
Thanks Ralph            
                         http://ourfamily23.zoomshare.com/files/Cooking_A_Turkey.swf 
 

AMAZING DISCOVERY OF GERMAN BUNKERS

Three Nazi bunkers on a beach have been uncovered by violent storms off the Danish coast, providing a store of material for history buffs and military archaeologists. The bunkers were found in practically the same condition as they were on the day the last Nazi soldiers left them, down to the tobacco in one trooper's pipe and a half-finished bottle of Schnapps. This bunker was entombed under the sand dunes until a violent storm swept away the sands three months ago.
The bunkers had not been touched since the war.

The bunkers were three of 7,000 built by the Germans as part of Hitler's 'Atlantic Wall' from Norway to the south of France . But while the vast majority were almost immediately looted or destroyed, these three were entombed under the sand dunes of a remote beach near the town of Houvig since 1945. They were uncovered only because recent storms sent giant waves cascading over them, sweeping away the sand and exposing glimpses of the cement and iron structures.

Kim Clausen, curator of the Ringkoebing-Skjern museum views a heater retrieved from the bunker.

Stamps of the German Eagle of Adolf Hitler and the Swastika were also retrieved.
They were located by two 9-year-old boys on holiday with their parents, who then informed the authorities. Archaeologists were able to carefully force a way in, and were astounded at what they found. 'What's so fantastic is that we found them completely furnished with beds, chairs, tables, communication systems and the personal effects of the soldiers who lived inside,' says Jens Andersen, the curator of the Hanstholm museum.

And a third expert, Tommy Cassoe, enthused: 'It was like entering the heart of a pyramid with mummies all around. What I saw blew me away: it was as if the German soldiers had left only yesterday.' The team working with Cassoe emptied the structures within a few days of boots, undergarments, socks, military stripes, mustard and aquavit bottles, books, inkpots, stamps featuring Hitler, medicines, soda bottles, keys, hammers and other objects. All of the objects from the shelters have been taken to the conservation centre at Oelgod museum, some 20 miles from the beach to be examined.

The centre's German curator, Gert Nebrich, judged the find 'very interesting because it is so rare. We don't expect contemporary objects like these to be so well preserved. Maybe it's because they were kept for 60 years in the cold and dark like in a big vacuum,' he says, carefully showing four stamps featuring Hitler's image and the German eagle, found in one bunker. The Germans left the bunkers in May, 1945 after the Nazi surrender.

Historical records show that Gerhard Saalfed was a 17-year-old soldier with the German army when he arrived at the bunker in January 1945. Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945, but it wasn't until two days later that he and his fellow soldiers left their remote station. They shut the steel doors of the bunker behind them on their remote beach and went to the nearest town 10 miles away to surrender.
'The remote location of the bunkers and the drifting sands that covered them saved them from being ransacked," said Cassoe.              
 




 
Thanks Millie

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday's Vehicle - 1954 MG TF


Stephen Harper, said, “You won't recognize Canada when I get through with it."...Sadly, I dont recognize it now.


Fascism

Dr. Britt, a political scientist, wrote an article about fascism that appeared in Free Inquiry magazine -- a journal of humanist thought. Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism.
I bet we can list clear examples of each for the Harper government formerly known as Canada. The 14 characteristics are:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism -- Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights -- Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to 'look the other way' or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause -- The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic, or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military -- Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism -- The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

6. Controlled Mass Media -- Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or through sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in wartime, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security -- Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined -- Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected -- The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed -- Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts -- Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free-expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment -- Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses, and even forego civil liberties, in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption -- Fascist regimes are almost always governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions, and who use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections -- Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against (or even the assassination of) opposition candidates, the use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and the manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.


Thanks Robin C

New York Times Editorial Board: Harper Conservatives Aim To 'Guarantee Public Ignorance'

The New York Times editorial board has accused the Harper government of seeking to "guarantee public ignorance" by muzzling federal scientists.

In a scathing piece published Sunday, the newspaper argues Harper Conservatives have tried to restrict publicly financed scientists from sharing information with the public, particularly research into climate change and "anything to do with Alberta tar sands — source of the diluted bitumen that would flow through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline."

The Times suggests Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to ensure the controversial Keystone project proceeds with no red flags from federal scientists.

"This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.
"It is also designed to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the northern resource rush — the feverish effort to mine the earth and the ocean with little regard for environmental consequences. The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists. To all the other kinds of pollution the tar sands will yield, we must now add another: the degradation of vital streams of research and information."

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/23/new-york-times-harper-conservatives-science_n_3975521.html

He has failed to convince 60.6% of voters..... the other 39.4% were already ignorant.

Words of wisdom from Stephen Harpers cat


Shadow dance

This is an amazing performance presented at the UK got talent show,
it left one of the judges speechless.  Even Simon said it was one of the best performances he has ever seen.
Hope you enjoy it too.
 
 
Thanks Ellen

Newfie Girl


A young Newfie wanted to purchase a gift for his new sweetheart's birthday, and as they had not been dating very long, after careful consideration he decided a pair of gloves would strike just the right note: romantic, but not too personal.
Accompanied by his sweetheart's younger sister, he went to Bowring's and bought a pair of white gloves.
The sister purchased a pair of panties for herself.
 
During the wrapping the clerk mixed up the items and the sister got the gloves and the sweetheart got the panties

Without checking the contents, the Newfie sealed the package and sent it to his sweetheart along with this note:
"Dear Sweetheart,
 
I chose dese cause I knows that you are not in the habit of wearing any when we goes out in the evening.

If'n it had not been fer yar sister I would have chose longuns with the buttons, but she wears shortuns, easier to remove.

Dese are a delicate shade, but the lady I bought em from showed me the pair she been wearin' for tree weeks and dey were hardly soiled.

I had her try yours on n' she looked real smart.

I wish I 'se there to put em on for you the first time.
 
No doubt other hands will come in contact wi'em before I has a chance to see you agin.

When you takes em off, remember t' blow in em before putting them away as they will naturally be a little damp from wearing.

Just tink how many times I will kiss dem during the coming year.

I hopes you will wear em fer me Friday night.
 
All me love,

Garge
 
P.S. The latest style is to wear them folded down with a little fur showing.
 
Thanks Randy