Standard Measures of Economy 2015 OCT 25
Angus Deaton ‘s Nobel prize for a new economics model has been a long time coming. Economy has largely been measured by the dollar which had no standard measure. It was variably worth $35. to the ounce of gold and later $1900.
Other related dollars may be worth 60 cents US or $1.05 cents US. It was strictly an imaginary convention unlike temperature measured at the boiling point of water, it didn’t matter whether that space was divided into 100 degrees or 212 degrees. But without a measure anything could be placed under the system at any value one wanted to put it. For example fish had no value but fishermen and boats had a value. Forests had no value but the logging equipment, sales staff and government foresters had a value.
One could say that a dollar is worth the average amount of oatmeal it took to keep an average person alive for 24 hours and one would have a hard standard. For Deaton to say economics’ foundation must be upon “evidence based measure” is quite the step. Secondly he said the “average is not good enough.” One must cost the item dealt with as a mass or value of rarity or because of its functional importance in a series I would presume. Third “any theory should tally with the data.” That would rule out a lot of foolishness and misguided harvest and sales we accept today.
For example a few years ago a Japanese trawler was hauling in its catch. The jelly fish in the net weighed so much the trawler swamped. Jelly fish are exploding in population band because the predators, sharks, have been over harvested for shark fin soup and because of supposed nuisance. Jelly fish also will do better in a higher acidified ocean with lower oxygen levels (Mitchell – Seasick and Roberts -Ocean of Life) as in the Precambrian seas. Who pays the costs?
Similarly the Atlantic cod were fished out because they had no value and therefore no reason to save them. It was presumed the cod would be in the way of oil drilling and now the oil, fossil fuels consumption has caused climate warming and extreme weather events that have caused $ trillions in damage. But the fossil fuel companies have not paid for costs of: storms, disease, floods, droughts and deaths they have caused because there is no requirement for “the theory to tally with data”, and there are no particular measures. Destruction and about one million deaths per year have raised costs up to about one trillion dollars. It is surprising that the cigarette companies had to pay for the cancers they caused, why not the fossil fuel companies? The statistical connections are similar.
We may still be able to save the planet in the Paris meeting in Dec. unless the oil companies impose a hate mail campaign which in Canada is illegal and which also falsely increases the value of fossil fuels.
SELECTING A MANAGEMENT TEAM 2015 october 21
In developing a management system for the country today it is critically important to understand how much context has changed. Without that knowledge of context a management system using the old guidance would be disastrous.
Today we live in a new context on the earth which humans have never before encountered. Because of that the structure of your closest advisory council must represent the new critical conditions which our country now faces. In the past we depended on a) history to guide us and b) the model of economy.
Today we have to look the future for guidance and we now realize that the economic model is just a human construct that does not at all include the physical and biological characteristics of the earth that are now tremendouslly impacting us because:
* partly with reducing liveable space and food supply, and
* with recognition that it is impossibility to have a continuous total growth economy in a closed ecological system,
* that there is a limit to increasing population, which we have already passed, since we know the earth has a constraint called carrying capacity.
* that we have totally in the economic system ,ignored the physcial characteristics of the earth for example climate system .
* We have totally ignored the biological and bio chemical systems: we need replacement of human monoculture: we know that diversity enriches productivity: that the sixth extinction we are now in can only be replaced by nature over millions of years.
* economy serves people.
The old view globally has increased climate warming deaths to about one million people a year and $ trillions in damages. Fossil fuels played the central role in the destruction.
So the cabinet and advisers must have in addition those that understand human settlement and industry also must recognize and in fact fundamentally management must be based upon the physical and bio chemical characteristics of the earth.This is the new recognition of advancing knowledge about the way the world works. The flat earth society of the 20 century is dead. We have to remember it was not the brakes that killed the people in Megantic, but it was the burning fossil fuel. It is not the time to be on the wrong side of history as Harper was.
Good luck on finding a highly competent biologist and physical scientist to be on your inner circle.
Ref: THERE ARE ONLY TWO PROBLEMS ON THE EARTH: LIVING WITH EACH OTHER AND LIVING WITH THE EARTH
FOSSIL FUEL CAUSED CLIMATE WARMING DEATHS – THE POLITICS 2015 Oct. 16
There is a murderous lack of detail of the impacts of fossil fuel caused climate warming upon death rates. This can only occur if there is an influence upon the media not to attach climate warming deaths to fossil fuels. This influence should now be an act subject to prosecution much like hate mail because there are unamed victims.
We worry when a child is abducted and killed. The IPCC 5th report says climate warming is attributed to human caused, fossil fuels by 95% statistical certainty. But the media do not discuss the burning of fossil fuels and CO2 GHG causing climate warming and thus the death rates from extreme storms caused by build up of heat and energy in the oceans – all part of the same story. It is a story of cause and effect. Not to report this connection is paramount to giving the RCMP killer in Alberta the rifle thast killed the RCMP.
Death rates have been rising. A typhoon Naga in Burma about 2009 killed 128,000 people conservatively speaking, and the annual global death rate stats have gone from UNEP 250,000 deaths per year reported in Time April 2010 to figures running the gamut from 400,000 Dana Group insurance companies, to a China document now reporting 1.6 million die per year from pollution. With coal particulate matter in the air (coal fired electric plants) and generally emissions from fossil fuels being a conservative half of this pollution (I was there the acid burned my nose and throat) in China alone, there is no doubt that the death rates are above one million a year. Should politicians not address this? I can understand Harper not discussing these figures because he does not care about democracy or freedom of speech in Canada. But the NDP, Liberals and Green party should have the conscience to report on this and suggest appropriate ameliorating policy. Ask the young who will bear the brunt. Regrettably oceanographers say the oceans are in a much worse state than the atmosphere. C. Robert’s book Ocean of Life and A. Mitchell’s book Seasick state the problems. We are near a cascade of climate overturns and many deaths that Dr. Suzuki alludes to.
Now we have to act and that does not mean building another pipeline and thus more CO2 to kill more people but subsidizing BC and Quebec electric vehicles as well as Tesla cars and the Toyota hydrogen fuel cells as long as the hydrogen production does not cause more CO2. Hydrogen could be produced at the hydro dams in low demand time scheduling.
We need some sanity in politics, not false stories to get votes causing more deaths, a process that should now be prosecuted. For those on the campaign trail to play politics with a million deaths and children’s futures is worse than the genocide of Rawanda and those who pay no heed must be called out.
THE WORLD IS OUR MODEL. 2015 AUG 26
If we take a little boy called Jack who has a rich imagination and he sees a picture in his mind. It is perhaps Tom Thumb or Thimblelena or an old story time character or any fairy tale hero. He loves this little story, this little myth, but it is strictly in the world of imagination. It has no real world presence. But it has a big impact on the little boys feelings. So when John comes along and says will Jack trade his lunch for a little mannikin toy, that looks like it could be the creature of Jack’s dream, then Jack being a little boy is too ready to accept. So for very many days the other little boy John brings along a toy that Jack perceives as part of his hero’s life, and John keeps bringing to the believer things he says are an extension of Jack’s little dream. The dreamer, Jack thus gives away his lunch for many days and weeks and he is beginning to feel not so energetic at school and can’t remember so well. Now the dream has a real world impact. It is no longer just imaginary.
Now in the real world it some times happens that the death of a child is part of a process that gave large benefits to a business, someone with power. The system does not see connections, it only sees a harmless business entity that will now earn profits. The system with all its regulations, monitoring, policing and jurisprudence does not research into the interdependence in the matter. When there is no motivation and the child cannot represent himself the winners are the people with power. The system only sees the actions of the the people in power because the child has not designed a personal system to protect himself, he does not yet have that capacity. The child is not part of the supposed success building process of the person with power. What is the outcome?
Now some times the benefits of killing children happen indiscriminately but it may be deemed that some other segments of society benefit. It may also be accepted that in the dream there is a forgiveness for killing a child. But then the perceived need is so large that the event reoccurs and another child is killed. Is this second event still forgivable? It would seem that it is. So we develop a system of what seems to be great benefits for some but always is connected to the killing of children. The man with power has an encapsulated system that does not see the other impacts let alone try to encompass the impacts into his own model. The child’s system is isolated simply because there is no avenue to have an impact upon the other power brokers model.
This means the power broker’s system is always willing to forgive the killing of children. Is this an acceptable format to operate under today. This is a system we use. What is wrong with the system .
1. Nothing so long as some benefit.
2. A lot and the design must be changed.
Which world do you live in ?
Now we clearly have had about 2009, a climate warming event a typhoon called Naga in Burma that killed 128,000 people. About one third were children. It was a human caused event for which humans are to blame. By any ethics and morality but certainly Christian morality it was criminal – “ suffer little children, and thou shalt not kill”. As well in the Popes Encyclical Laudato Si items 3 and 8, we have no right to kill other species off – It is a sin. Even BP felt they had a large responsibility so they paid off humans but neglected nature as addressed in the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si.
The little story of Jack and John gets played out in the real world on a larger scale today. But this dream and reality get mixed together in the way we behave today. In John Kay’s book Other people’s Money he says, “A country can only be prosperous if it has a well functioning financial system.” By this he means
“extend credit and capital, manage savings, deal with economic risks.” (p.69 The Economist, Aug 22, 2015.) There are a few principles that are a problem
1. He says high risk stock trading “pursuing short term profits which may cause losses” while the “costs of their mistakes will be borne by taxpayers,” which in Jack’s real world is his loss of food.
2. He says referring to the 07-09 financial collapse “people who traded mortgage backed securities knew about securities but little about mortgages” p. 69 (sometimes intentionally) and the problem is inadequate scope of context. For instance the stock traders profiting on oil company trades know nothing of the natural environment that suffered so greatly during the BP spill. This is because business uses a very narrow self serving model. It is the same as John does not take Jack’s circumstances into account. John knows a good deal.
3. Then Kay says those “who handle other peoples money should be held to high standards of customer care …. subject to criminal penalties … which should fall on individuals, not corporations, which tend to pass on the costs”.
So it is that our so called economic model destroys the natural environment because it is living in the dream world and does not look at the real world: where the resources came from, how they were acquired and habitat and ecosystem costs in taking those resources.
Those that mishandle and impact other peoples lifestyles should be subject to criminal penalty.
Harper of course repealed all Canada’s environmental protection laws, which on top of an unrealistic economic model made things worse. Those who damage the environment through economic greed must pay the penalty. Climate warming and 128,000 dead is part of the cost for which they are responsible.
When the system does not allow John to take away Jack’s sustenance in order for John to make money it will become a better system.
In terms of litigation we know that an Indo-Canadian couple that killed their daughter in India were subjected to Canadian law and penalty. Canadian law was imposed and the parents were jailed. Recently it was accepted that a central American country could try a multinational company in Canadian courts. Events carried out for economic purposes in Canada that have consequences elsewhere can be prosecuted. Climate warming is partly caused by Canadian fossil fuels. Those companies should be held partly responsible for the 38,000 children that died in Burma. It is just that the media and our educational systems never report on the connections between fossil fuels, climate warming and the death rates in the same article. It is time to start to prosecute and to change our energy systems fast before we have total earth systems collapse. The ignorance of the media and of education is not acceptable. Their criminal culpability is real.
Migration 2015 Sept 9
Population distribution and migration has easy answers but when it becomes an emotional game it goes off the rails.
I am confident that those people that go on about the children dying during the mass exodus from Syria are not as heartfelt as they think. Yes we should help them but it is the shape of that help that counts so it does not precipitate more of the same problem. It seems it is time to take a broader and deeper view about migration than the few minute clips in a so called newsworthy event on the broadcast media. They are woefully short on information.
There was a discussion on Ideas about the worry of historical past cataclysmic events and it was related to dire circumstances and end of world worries today. It is some of these that cause migration with no less harm and hurt to many who are in these circumstance and feel they must migrate. Wars, floods, dictatorships, fires, depletion of resources, plagues as in the bla ck death, and much more can cause small or large migrations from an area. There is something about the discussion on Ideas CBC about end of world worries and how they may relate. Many of these are religious and based upon a religious mythology and do not bear out as being sane, as is the case for many religious fringe groups in California and their abysmal beliefs. The Jones Town mass murder disaster was the result of one of these misguided events. Killers are killers hence a simple view for Syria is to assassinate the leaders of ISIS and Syria, perhaps under UN direction. The UN can do good. Of course one has to ask what is Russia’s role and goal in Syria.
But in fact we do have a convergence of negative events that today rival the black death in terms of its probable century long impacts.
Closer to our understanding is a set of rules we call economy . Economy is a set of rules for behaviors started as soon as societies started to get together. In fact food doled out to a family may be said to follow a pattern we could call family economy. But these rules are only controls, they are not the food itself.
So to this point we manage a lot of our behaviors around rules we have set up . One set of rules is called economy. Economy is not real material things. Economy is just a set of designed rules to control and manage behavior around things such as; definition of money, trade, value of goods, acquisition of capital and control over resources no matter where they are. There are diverse formulas but they are just numbers – ephemera. We can change ephemera, we can change the numbers and try to shift behavior one way or another. But unlike numbers people are real. Along with people come all other animals, their numbers decline and the health condition of the habitats they live in decline. But we don’t put numbers on them. To a very large extent the diversity and health of the animals is a measure of the health of conditions for the human animal. All animals are animals are a part of the real world, not ephemera.
Then there is the earth The physical properties of the earth include: place in the universe and its influences external to our planet. The universe has a balance of conditions that support our lives says The Economist Aug. 15, 2015 p72-3, the Goldilocks zone. As well the physical characteristic include: the sun, plate tectonics, rotation and revolution, erosion , deposition, day nite, climate. We must live within these characteristics of earth. If we deny them, or if we can create a way to deny them we more likely create stress or die. Current economic models do this, create a way to ignore earth characteristics.
From its physical conditions our planet evolved a series of biological processes upon which every living thing depends. All plants and animals, even bacterias and virus. Out of improving conditions more species evolved. Species did not create the conditions, initially but it was conditions that allowed nurtured evolution of species.
ur understanding of these conditions and animals living within them has lead to pasteurization, immunization and growth of food that has vastly multiplied the advantages for humans and increased population out of all proportion to the populations of the worlds other species.
These are the events and processes that influenced real conditions that in turn influence animals and human kind. There is a is threatening convergence that changes evolutionary adaptation. Migration is a response to this convergence.
It includes :
1. War of course. People hope to escape the horrible impacts of war.
2. Dr. Callum Roberts and Alana Mitchell have studied the oceans and are deeply concerned that the acidification and warming will lead to a turnover in ecosystem thus leaving the oceans much less able to support animal life. This is a measurable change and a very dangerous one.
3. There has been intermittent drought in California that results in closing farms. aquifer sources of water have been raped from the earth not managed and , snow pack is melting away faster leaving reservoirs deeply drawn down, leaving (Nevada , Arizona New Mexico, Texas) California populations vulnerable. In fact NASA forecasts state by 2050 there will begin massive droughts that will last 20 to 40 years long. These droughts will of course be world wide. Drought has impacted Australia, the Mediterranean area, Parts of Asia, Africa, as well as the USA SW.
This will get much worse.
4. Dalhousie University stated several years ago that there would be a collapse in ocean fisheries by 2050. Dragging or trawling has already depleted many species and has destroyed bottom habitat. Many ocean side populations depend upon fisheries. Without clear preventive management this will become a full blown disaster.
5. The loss of glaciers and snow pack impacts California , China where many rivers have dried up, and any population depending upon glaciers to feed local river water supply. Western Canada is another such location. The glacier at Glacier House, Jasper Park once occurred up to roadside and now has melted kilometers back.
6. Continental glaciers are melting on Greenland and Antarctica. Scientists are finding lakes under the ice are expanding and creating slippage. For this reason events once thought to have taken thousands of years may occur in weeks. A part of the Antarctic glacier is at risk, but even melting Greenlands glacier alone could raise sea levels by a meter. This would be disastrous for many ocean side cities such as Miami, Shanghai, Netherlands and even London which has built a sea surge gate.
7. Much of the above can of course be attributed to fossil fuel caused climate warming. So the answer is stopping the relentless demand for energy and transferring to green energies rapidly. We mobilized for the second world war in a year so we can solve this fast if we want. The problem is there is a conspiracy of silence. The mass media do not report on the death rates from climate change. Deatyh rates were reported by UNEP in Time April 2010 at 250,000 per year, The Dana group – insurance companies,said 400,000 dead per year from climate change. Later a f igure of 700,000 was published. A few weeks ago a China report said 1.6 million die per year in China from pollution . About one half could be said to be from coal particles and emissions from burning fossil fuels. This is very much “THE MISSING NEWS” . Climate warming is not even included in the Education curriculum guidelines. Death rates from climate warming are not mentioned in the UN and have not been talked of in the Canadian election. Of course it is the young who will suffer most, but it is the corporate control of government policies that deny the opportunity for change, hence the death rates will increase.
8. In addition to the new migrants coming into Canada the current jobless rate in Canada is around 7 % . Also the computer industries prognosis is that computer use is going to wipe out a very substantial number of jobs over the next few decades. It appears we could use less labor not more. Countries have to plan clearly for the future about all the stresses that are in motion and how to deal with them. It appears that adding people to this country is a negative.
But the real measure of whether to add migranst to a particular landscape is via the
measure of collapsing ecosystems. If Lake Erie and Lake Winnipeg ecosystems are collapsing we have too many people living this way. When the oil spills are creating more dead zones in the oceans, we have had too much of that. When fracking is contaminating the ground water or aquifers, and when the fracking is allowing methane to leak to surface speeding global warming and when all old oil wells are measured and 100% leak methane we had better start plugging them rather than drilling more and creating more global demand. We do not need more people burning fossil fuels but need a change to green energy.
9. So where do you put the displaced in Germany in such a case?
Burgeoning economies will increase consumption and make conditions generally worse. We have to develop economies that meet needs, not the advertisers definition of
“need to buy”.
How people live is a fight between wants and needs. We should emphasize needs and stop the plunder of the earth.
FIRST WE MUST STOP FOSSIL FUEL USE AND PUMP CO2 AND METHANE OUT OF THE ATMOSPHERE.
SECOND WE MUST BE PREPARED FOR HELPING TO REDUCE THE HUMAN POPULATION TO BE MORE IN KEEPING WITH THE EARTH’S CAPABILITY TO PROVIDE.
We aways need environmental impact statements to measure allowable development. We must use full cost accounting, not economic models that are a product of corporations focussing on greed for profit. Greed is definitely bad. Corporations have insisted that they be treated as people in the Carter of Rights. Now we must treat them as individuals that have caused many deaths and ensure the board and executive are prosecuted for these deaths. Corporations are people or not . They cannot have it both ways.
So today we need to return to the UN and ask them can they impose serious sanctions including penalties of death on people responsible for the out migrations from Syria. We must also remember that people who choose to have more than one child must take care
of their own families and not depend upon others to care for their decision to produce more than their habitat can support. In historic times of stress birth controls methods were widely used. They are needed today.
Our model for development to day must be real,with the bio-physical characteristics of the earth as its foundation.
THE WORLD IS OUR MODEL. 2015 AUG 26
If we take a little boy called Jack who has a rich imagination and he sees a picture in his mind. It is perhaps Tom Thumb or Thimblelena or an old story time character or any fairy tale hero. He loves this little story, this little myth, but it is strictly in the world of imagination. It has no real world presence. But it has a big impact on the little boys feelings. So when Harry comes along and says will Jack trade his lunch for a little mannikin toy, that looks like it could be the creature of Jack’s dream, then Jack being a little boy is too ready to accept. So for very many days the other little boy John brings along a toy that Jack perceives as part of his hero’s life, and Harry keeps bringing to the believer things he says are an extension of this little dream. The dreamer Jack thus gives away his lunch for many days and weeks and he is beginning to feel not so energetic at school and can’t remember so well. Now the dream has a real world impact. It is no longer just imaginary.
Now in the real world it some times happens that the death of a child is part of a process that gave large benefits to someone with power. The system does not see connections, it only sees just a harmless entity that will now earn profits. The system with all its regulations, monitoring, policing and jurisprudence does not research into the interdependence in the matter. When there is no motivation and the child cannot represent himself the winners are the people with power. The system only sees the actions of the the people in power because the child has not designed a personal system to protect himself, he does not yet have that capacity. The child is not part of the supposed success building process of the person with power. What is the outcome?
Now some times the benefits of killing children happen indiscriminately but it may be deemed that some segments of society benefit. It may also be accepted that in the dream there is a forgiveness for killing a child. But then the perceived need is so large that the event reoccurs and another child is killed. Is this second event still forgivable? It would seem that it is. So we develop a system of what seems to be great benefits for some but always is connected to the killing of children. The man with power has an encapsulated system that does not see the other let alone try to encompass it in his own model. The child’s system is encapsulated simply because there is no avenue to have an impact upon the other power brokers model.
This means the power broker’s system is always willing to forgive the killing of children. Is this an acceptable format to operate under today. This is a system we use. What is wrong with the system .
1. Nothing so long as some benefit.
2. A lot and the design must be changed.
Which world do you live in ?
Now we clearly have had about 2009, a climate warming event in Naga in Burma that killed 128,000 people. About one third were children. It was a human caused event for which humans are to blame. By any ethics and morality but certainly Christian it was criminal – “ suffer little children, and thou shalt not kill”. As well in the Popes Encyclical Laudato Si items 3 and 8, we have no right to kill other species off – It is a sin. Even BP felt they had a large responsibility so they paid off humans but neglected nature as addressed in the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si.
The little story of John and Harry gets played out in the real world on larger scale today. But this dream and reality get mixed together in the way we behave today. In John Kay’s book Other people’s Money he says, ” A country can only be prosperous if it has a well functioning financial system.” By this he means
“extend credit and capital, manage savings, deal with economic risks.” (p69 The Economist, Aug 22, 2015.) There are a few principles that are a problem
1. He says high risk stock trading “persuing short term profits which may cause losses” while the “costs of their mistakes will be borne by taxpayers,” which in Jack’s real world is John’s loss of food.
2. He says referring to the 07-09 financial collapse “people who traded mortgage backed securities new about securities but little about mortgages” p 69 (sometimes intentionally) and the problem is inadequate scope of context. The traders knew nothing of the natural environment that suffered so greatly. Because of this inadequate narrow model. Harry does not take Jack’s circumstances into account. Harry just knows a good deal.
3. Then he says those “who handle other peoples money should be held to high standards of customer care ,…. subject to criminal penalties … which should fall on individuals, not corporations, which tend to pass on the costs”.
So it is that our so called economic model destroys the natural environment because it is living in the dream world and does not look at the real world: where the resources came from, how they were acquired and habitat and ecosystem costs in taking those resources. Harper of course repealed all Canada’s environmental protection laws, which on top of an unrealistic economic model made things worse. Those who damage the environment through economic greed must pay the penalty. Climate warming and 128,000 dead is part of the cost.
When the system does not allow Harry to take away John’s sustenance for Harry to make money it will become a better system.
In terms of litigation we know that an Indo-Canadian couple that killed their daughter in India were subjected to Canadian law and penalty. Canadian law was imposed and the parents were jailed. Events carried out for economic purposes in Canada that have consequences elsewhere can be prosecuted. Climate warming is partly caused by Canadian fossil fuels. Those companies should be held partly responsible for the 38,000 children that died in Burma. It is just that the media and our educational systems never report on the connections between fossil fuels, climate warming and the death rates in the same article. It is time to start to prosecute and to change our energy systems fast before we have total earth systems collapse. The ignorance of the media and of education is not acceptable. Their criminal culpablity is real.
The Closing of the Canadian Mind
By STEPHEN MARCHEAUG. 14, 2015
Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada, is creating a legacy of secrecy and ignorance. Credit Mark Blinch/Reuters
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THE prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has called an election for Oct. 19, but he doesn’t want anyone to talk about it.
He has chosen not to participate in the traditional series of debates on national television, confronting his opponents in quieter, less public venues, like the scholarly Munk Debates and CPAC, Canada’s equivalent of CSPAN. His own campaign events were subject to gag orders until a public outcry forced him to rescind the forced silence of his supporters.
Mr. Harper’s campaign for re-election has so far been utterly consistent with the personality trait that has defined his tenure as prime minister: his peculiar hatred for sharing information.
Americans have traditionally looked to Canada as a liberal haven, with gun control, universal health care and good public education.
But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance.
His relationship to the press is one of outright hostility. At his notoriously brief news conferences, his handlers vet every journalist, picking and choosing who can ask questions. In the usual give-and-take between press and politicians, the hurly-burly of any healthy democracy, he has simply removed the give.
Mr. Harper’s war against science has been even more damaging to the capacity of Canadians to know what their government is doing. The prime minister’s base of support is Alberta, a western province financially dependent on the oil industry, and he has been dedicated to protecting petrochemical companies from having their feelings hurt by any inconvenient research.
In 2012, he tried to defund government research centers in the High Arctic, and placed Canadian environmental scientists under gag orders. That year, National Research Council members were barred from discussing their work on snowfall with the media. Scientists for the governmental agency Environment Canada, under threat of losing their jobs, have been banned from discussing their research without political approval. Mentions of federal climate change research in the Canadian press have dropped 80 percent. The union that represents federal scientists and other professionals has, for the first time in its history, abandoned neutrality to campaign against Mr. Harper.
His active promotion of ignorance extends into the functions of government itself. Most shockingly, he ended the mandatory long-form census, a decision protested by nearly 500 organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Catholic Council of Bishops. In the age of information, he has stripped Canada of its capacity to gather information about itself. The Harper years have seen a subtle darkening of Canadian life.
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The darkness has resulted, organically, in one of the most scandal-plagued administrations in Canadian history. Mr. Harper’s tenure coincided with the scandal of Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto who admitted to smoking crack while in office and whose secret life came to light only when Gawker, an American website, broke the story. In a famous video at a Ford family barbecue, Mr. Harper praised the Fords as a “Conservative political dynasty.”
Mr. Harper’s appointments to the Senate — which in Canada is a mercifully impotent body employed strictly for political payoffs — have proved greedier than the norm. Mr. Harper’s chief of staff was forced out for paying off a senator who fudged his expenses. The Mounties have pressed criminal charges.
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After the 2011 election, a Conservative staffer, Michael Sona, was convicted of using robocalls to send voters to the wrong polling places in Guelph, Ontario. In the words of the judge, he was guilty of “callous and blatant disregard for the right of people to vote.” In advance of this election, instead of such petty ploys, the Canadian Conservatives have passed the Fair Elections Act, a law with a classically Orwellian title, which not only needlessly tightens the requirements for voting but also has restricted the chief executive of Elections Canada from promoting the act of voting. Mr. Harper seems to think that his job is to prevent democracy.
But the worst of the Harper years is that all this secrecy and informational control have been at the service of no larger vision for the country. The policies that he has undertaken have been negligible — more irritating distractions than substantial changes. He is “tough on crime,” and so he has built more prisons at great expense at the exact moment when even American conservatives have realized that over-incarceration causes more problems than it solves. Then there is a new law that allows the government to revoke citizenship for dual citizens convicted of terrorism or high treason — effectively creating levels of Canadianness and problems where none existed.
For a man who insists on such intense control, the prime minister has not managed to control much that matters. The argument for all this secrecy was a technocratic impulse — he imagined Canada as a kind of Singapore, only more polite and rule abiding.
The major foreign policy goal of his tenure was the Keystone Pipeline, which Mr. Harper ultimately failed to deliver. The Canadian dollar has returned to the low levels that once earned it the title of the northern peso. Despite being left in a luxurious position of strength after the global recession, he coasted on what he knew: oil. In the run-up to the election, the Bank of Canada has announced that Canada just had two straight quarters of contraction — the technical definition of a recession. He has been a poor manager by any metric.
The early polls show Mr. Harper trailing, but he’s beaten bad polls before. He has been prime minister for nearly a decade for a reason: He promised a steady and quiet life, undisturbed by painful facts. The Harper years have not been terrible; they’ve just been bland and purposeless. Mr. Harper represents the politics of willful ignorance. It has its attractions.
Whether or not he loses, he will leave Canada more ignorant than he found it. The real question for the coming election is a simple but grand one: Do Canadians like their country like that?
WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO? HARPER’S ACTIONS HAVE A DESIGN
Everyone does things for a reason. Because they like the thing they are acting for. Perhaps for spite, for other emotional reasons, love, hate, for food and sustenance, for joy, or to achieve an end, that may be for mankind’s good or for personal reasons. In the case of our Prime Minister we have to ask , “Why did he do certain things?” You be the judge.
1. In the “air bus” affair in writing his terms of reference for an inquiry why did Harper separate or – why did he insist on not allowing the money in the paper bag (HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS) from being associated with the air bus affair?
2. Why has he decided to kill medicare when the people want it? Why has he reduced federal financial support from 50% to 10%
3. Why has he prepared omnibus bills to hide a lot of issues that he did not want debated in Parliament? What is his purpose?
4. Why did he prorogue parliament twice?
5. Why does the PMO give speaking notes to elected members thereby stopping freedom of speech that the electorate depend upon and deserve?
6. Why did he not totally investigate the Robo calls affair but end it when a scapegoat was found?
7. Why does he not want to debate all proposed bills thoroughly?
8. Why does he not let elected members speak for those who elected them?
9. Why has he never talked about his membership in an extreme religious organization and how it influences his action
10. Why did he take the Chief Supreme Court Justice to task when she was doing her job?
11. Why did he make the electoral commissioner, whose duties are to investigate cheating in the electoral process, responsible to himself?
13 Why has he stopped a birth control program in Africa when the poor there do not have the means to support another child. This does not sound humane.
14. Why has he funded and supported the fossil fuel industry while stopping green energy since it is the fossil fuels that are causing the death rates over 400,000 per year?
15. When the Bible says , “Thou shalt not kill” why does he support fossil fuels that have now killed millions? This sounds Satanic.
16. He sold the Canadian Wheat Board to the Saudis against the wishes of farmers and gave the Saudi purchasing power. Will his religious community benefit?
17. Why has Harper given his Minister of Justice the power to review penalties levied by the Supreme court?
18. He has disallowed many the right to vote such as natives and those living abroad?
19. Why has he stopped funding science research projects that would be creating jobs for tomorrows youths? Science provides knowlede, provides freedom of speech , provides democracy.
20. Why has he financially starved the CBC to get rid of it while one CBC program “IDEAS” provides more intelligent diverse information than the whole offerings of most stations. Does he revel in ignorance? 23. Why has he made access to information so difficult to achieve?
24. Why does he not accept dissenting voices if we have freedom of speech?
In many ways Harper wields power like an Ayatollah with parallels to ISIS and Iran in his religious totalitarianism and reduced access to education. Will he grab power over education next and insist women are limited to certain kinds of knowledge?
Ask your elected members how they will cure this destruction of freedom of speech and democracy. WATCHDOGS should ensure senior people can be prosecuted for crime. Will they repeal Harper’s omnibus bills? Will they reverse the power of the minister of justice? Will they replace grants to science? Will they assure elected members can speak for those who elected them? Reverse changes to the office of the electoral commissioners office? Will they repeal the Harper omnibus bills? Ensure the repeal of Bill C51? Will they prevent dictatorship from being imposed again?
WHAT ARE YOU VOTING FOR?
BAD JUDGEMENT, FANATICIST OR TRAITOR 2015 Aug 16
FOLLOW THE MONEY AND WHERE IT CAME FROM
Costs and causes. What money is being set aside for special uses and where did it come from?
* cut the money to veterans programs
* cut grants to hundreds of science programs
* cut the post office budget
* cut the CBC budget
* electoral commissioner scope reduced
* cut military budget
All the while claiming that he is improving many of these prgarams. A strategy that says lie about what you are doing and you will fool the public who will think you are doing a good job, meanwhile work towards your own religious objectives meanwhile increasing the debt.
SO WHERE IS ALL THIS MONEY GOING?
Look to the omnibus bills and I believe one will find some of the answers. Examine the activities of the extremist evangelical organizations and there may be more answers.
Therefore the public needs to see what has been passed and hidden in Harpers omnibus bills.
The Liberal and NDP parties can cooperate to examine the Parliamentary Gazette and determine what was hidden in these omnibus bills that was not debated adequately and was hidden form the public. These hidden pieces need to be shown to the public. This may be the key to the election . Fortunately there is time to do this.
Examine the behavior of religious extremist groups and anti Canadian activity or traitorism and perhaps terrorism. Some groups erode from within. The behavior of Scientology recorded in documentaries demonstrates how this can happen.
When does behavior approach extremism or traitorism?
We are legally bound by our constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms , the Supreme Court decisions and the Governor General’s right to issue an election writ and to dissolve parliament.
DEMOCRATIC PROCESS REQUIRES RULE OF LAW
It seems most likely that Harper breaks the law of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We know that Harper made the electoral commissioner responsible to the conservative minister so that conservatives could no longer be charged with illegal behavior during elections..
Found guilty of robo calls attempting to stop people from voting.
Stopped justice in the Mulroney/air bus affair by writing terms of reference for the commission of inquiry that disallowed the money in the paper bag (hundreds of thousands) from being associated with the airbus affair.
He made the Supreme Courts decisions susceptible to review by the conservative minister of justice so the supreme courts decisions can be overturned.
Appointing a badly biased judge provide the catalyst for this damaging process.
DAMAGED THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.
Democratic Process is every citizen has the right to vote.
Place burden on natives and travelers to reduce their voting efforts.
Used fallacious mud raking in their adds to stop their opponents form winning meanwhile Dionne would have taken Canada forward instead of backward.
STOPPED FREEDOM OF SPEECH .
Scientists can no longer talk about their work or loose their grants.
Conservatives Members elected by the public no longer speak for the public but speak according to the notes from the PMO.
Elected remembers no longer represent the public voice but speak only for the PMO.
Stopped scientific grants and research which produces jobs for tomorrows young people. In opposition to Canada’s interests and needs.
ANTI CANADIAN POLICIES
Stopped scientific grants and research which produces jobs for tomorrows young people in opposition to Canada’s interests and needs.
Signed a free trade agreement with China that allows prosecution by China not reciprocated and causes loss of sovereignty.
Stopped a great deal (hundreds of science grants ) of scientific research that would provide jobs for tomorrows youth.
Strongly supports and subsidizes the fossil fuel industry at a time when fossil fuel use caused CO2 and climate warming thus killing millions. (UINEP 2010 Time APRIL, “250,000 die per year from climate change”). This is tantamount to death from terrorism but totally supported by this government.
Pearson started the Peace keeping military program for which he received a Nobel prize, but Harper has made our military an offensive force on his own . The USA UN diplomat stated that she thought Canada should be taking a peacemaking role, apparently suggested by Obama. Since everyone says these battles will not be won by the military but rather by negotiation, it seems this peacemaking role should be one Canada again pursues. There has to be a believable middleman. Harper’s strategy for using war as it redirects everyone’s thinking away from what Harper is really trying to do, and that is create a religious dictatorship. In fact one evangelical member said only evangelists should be allowed to hold seats in parliament. Harper is establishing a religious dictatorship much after the model of IRAN and ISIS. We must remember that the fossil fuel death rates are much higher than the ISIS death rates.
The Supreme Court and the Governor General have a duty to Canadians to ensure the Constitiution and Charter work. They may have to take severe action.