Thursday, March 7, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Well, which would you choose if you could have an ounze (troy) - I picked the Keiser but my wife picked the Maple.
Assassination of U.S. citizens: "President Obama has claimed, as President George W. Bush did before him, the right to order the killing of any citizen considered a terrorist or an abettor of terrorism."
"Under the law signed last month, terrorism suspects are to be held by
the military; the president also has the authority to indefinitely
detain citizens accused of terrorism."
"The president now decides whether a person will receive a trial in the
federal courts or in a military tribunal, a system that has been
ridiculed around the world for lacking basic due process protections.
Bush claimed this authority in 2001, and Obama has continued the
"The president may now order warrantless surveillance, including a new
capability to force companies and organizations to turn over information
on citizens' finances, communications, and associations. Bush acquired
this sweeping power under the Patriot Act in 2001, and in 2011, Obama
extended the power, including searches of everything from business
documents to library records."
"The government now routinely uses secret evidence to detain
individuals and employs secret evidence in federal and military courts.
It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by
simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government
reveal classified information that would harm national security… "
"The world clamored for prosecutions of those responsible for
waterboarding terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, but the
Obama administration said in 2009 that it would not allow CIA employees
to be investigated or prosecuted for such actions. This gutted not just
treaty obligations but the Nuremberg principles of international law."
"The government has increased its use of the secret Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has expanded its secret warrants
to include individuals deemed to be aiding or abetting hostile foreign
governments or organizations. In 2011, Obama renewed these powers,
including allowing secret searches of individuals who are not part of an
identifiable terrorist group."
Immunity from judicial review:
"Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration has
successfully pushed for immunity for companies that assist in
warrantless surveillance of citizens, blocking the ability of citizens
to challenge the violation of privacy."
Continual monitoring of citizens:
"The Obama administration has successfully defended its claim that it
can use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without
securing any court order or review."
"The government now has the ability to transfer both citizens and
noncitizens to another country under a system known as extraordinary
rendition, which has been denounced as using other countries, such as
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, to torture suspects."
... " The trend is going hyperbolic."
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Tabaret is a Bad Idea
The best thing paddlers can do to help the cause of the Kipawa:
1. attend the rally and bring others including non paddlers to attend and buy beer and have fun
2. write your MP /MNA and raise the issue and post your objections -1 letter = 200 who didn't write
3. Write Thierry Vandal the CEO of Hydro Quebec strongly opposing the 132 MW standard decrying the use of "diversion" as the most environmentally inappropriate method of power production
4. Write Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec protesting that either the algonquin or the tabaret project will eliminate all other values on the Kipawa River by turning it into a dry gulch.
5. See if you can get other allied groups interested by showing your own interest, ie the Sierra Defense Fund, Earthwild, MEC, and so on.
6. Demand further consultation
7. Currently we are at the point where we need to sway public opinion and raise awareness.
However, if all else fails, don't get mad, simply disrupt, foment, and protest . The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Have you read Edward Abbey?
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Tabaret is a Bad Idea (Part Two)
In the now gutted Navigable Waters Protection Act lay the means by which the Minister of Transport could keep the public right of passage down our great Canadian Heritage, our rivers and streams which are threatened especially by resource corporations and power brokers such as Hydro Quebec.
These powerful entities continue to petition that 'this' river or 'that' stream is not navigable and therefore not protectable.
I don't say that dams and bridges should not be built, only that if they are, historical navigation rights should be considered and preserved by making reasonable accommodations for recreational boaters.
It is the Minister of Transport, in exercising the right to allow or disallow work on or over a navigable waterway is what keeps boats and recreational boaters plying our waterways.
To many recent cases launched in the Federal Court concerning the Navigable Waters Protection Act, most recently the case of the Humber Environment Group of Cornerbrook Newfoundland versus the Cornerbrook Pulp and Paper Company indicates that the important oversight is not being faithfully performed. Have we really come to the point now where we must say "such and such a stream is one foot deep, possessing so many cubic feet per second flow and so on?" The answer to this is... YES!
The honourable Mr. Justice John A. O'Keefe, ruled that it had not been shown that the river was navigable. How convenient was that to the Minister? But either the Minister of Transport acts to protect our rivers and streams as a public right or he does not and that means rivers and streams currently enjoyed by kayakers and canoists.
Enough of the cheating, and double-talk. Canadians! our rivers and streams are our own, lets urge the Minister of Transport and the our government to protect them.
Tabaret is a Bad Idea (Part Three)
Problems on a local River?
- There is more to do as well but you have to do your research and above all, don't give up.
- 4. contact the ministry of natural resources officials and do the same thing.
- 3. contact the ministry of the environment and determine if they approved the project
- 2. determine if the dam was a legal dam, approved under the navigable waters protection act.
- 1. research the decision and timing of it to determine if an environmental assessment was done.