American ban on refugees is a crisis Canada must help solve

Dear Minister Goodale:

Please help refugees stranded by the illegal and immoral Republican ban on Muslim people going to the United States. You could grant access to Canada for any family that had already been granted an American Visa which was subsequently cancelled yesterday by the Republicans. This is an international humanitarian crisis, and I want Canada to be a leader in the rescue. Perhaps Air Canada could also assist with this important task.



John Klein

Regina, SK



“Just hearing from my Syrian refugee friends: There are Syrians who were at the airport, visa and ticket in hand. They sold everything, were ready to come over here after the most intense vetting process in US history. And now they can’t. They’re doubly stuck. They did everything we asked of them, jumped through every ridiculous hoop, and with one stroke, DJT condemned them to a life of nothing.”


“You light your hair on fire, I guess that’s one way to attract attention,” said Mr. Clement about Mulcair’s denunciation of the Republicans’ fascism.


For a Decade It was Harper Horror

Now, it may be Trump’s turn to make everything worse. I’m not planning on blogging about Trump very much, however. The man gets far too much attention, and that’s one of the things that brought him to power in the United States. While Harper was wrecking Canada, I couldn’t help but write about his lying, cheating, and bad governance. I think I can help writing about Trump. Today is an exception. Sorry.

Many of his supporters are fully delusional. The example below says “Only dopes use snopes,” referring to the meme/fact-checking website with an excellent reputation for explaining the root of misinformation circulating online. To attack Snopes, Stefan cites Breitbart, a racist “news” site which backs Trump.trump-supporter-delusional

What brought up this shameful incident again?

CIA Tortured For Bad Info

Canada is implicated.


PRISM: Obama Didn’t End Illegal Spying, He Extended It

“There are no checks and balances here, and we’ve got to restore them.” Sensenbrenner, Republican who drafted the Patriot Act II.

Sensenbrenner pointed out the government administration can monitor who journalists are in contact with, in order to avoid criticism. They’ve done the same with protesters, such as those participating in Occupy Wall Street.

Obama could have ended the Patriot Act in 2011, or at the very least exposed the illegal spying on all Americans’ electronic communications, but he signed the bill with an autopen instead. There were not 2/3rds of the House and Senate voting in favour of the Act, so he could have vetoed it. He didn’t, and he’ll wear that mistake, because he re-authorized an out-of-control NSA.

“The Senate voted 72-23 for the legislation to renew three terrorism-fighting authorities. The House passed the measure 250-153 on an evening vote.”

He’s been lying about it:
“Obama said that a second program collecting global internet traffic only applies to foreigners. “This does not apply to US citizens and it does not apply to people in the United States,” he said.”

If you need to read a Republican’s take on the Patriot Act, here’s McConnell. It’s very hard to stomach, with all the gloating and scaremongering.

It’s difficult to believe this story is a month old, and no one in the US Government has been charged with a crime. Assange is correct in saying the Rule of Law has collapsed in America. Continue reading

PRISM: NSA Watching the Innocent

Technology and civil liberty experts knew PRISM was a very real possibility. I knew, and wrote about it last August. The National Security Agency (NSA) (star bad guy org. in the Will Smith movie Enemy of the State) has been collecting domestic Americans’ phone and Internet records since at least 2007. This activity is a clear violation of the American Constitution, and was overseen by Bush II, Obama, Al Franken, and other high level leaders who’ve betrayed the trust of Americans and broken the law.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Bloomberg that the “[the] idea that a 29-year-old individual with so little experience” had access to the material Snowden did is “absolutely shocking.”

What’s shocking is Senator Collins, who is ignorant as sin. Seven years younger, and a year from a computer science degree, I had similar security clearance to Snowden (in Canada). Of course, I never saw the sort of gross violations of law observed by Snowden, and Canada at that time had an effective Commissioner designed to protect Canadians from secretive surveillance programs that ended up collecting intel from out-of-bounds citizens.

So what can you and I do? Give up Facebook and Skype? Don’t use a Verizon phone at either end of a conversation? Vote Republican? Vote Democrat? Vote Liberal? None of those options will protect you or enhance your life, so what can we do? The party system in the US, and Canada, is not protecting citizens from overbearing governments. The US surveillance state convinced supposed good-guys like Obama and Franken that the illegal spy scheme they inherited wasn’t worth exposing or even shutting down.

We first of all have to defend the people who leak evidence of crimes to responsible media like Glenn Greenwald who helped break this story into the international press.

People like Bradley Manning, and Ed Snowden are people who’ve done heroic things to uphold the highest laws of their country, while people more powerful than them try to use lesser laws to punish their actions.
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ConCalls: Kinsella in 2011 guessed #RoboCon

I don’t normally link to Sun, or Kinsella, but it’s worth taking a look this time, I promise.

While researching the cut brake lines that Elections Canada never found a culprit for, I stumbled across Kinsella’s 2011 correct prediction that there was widespread and elaborate voter suppression in the May 2011 vote.

ConCalls: Whose Strategy was on Your Front Porch?

We can’t keep letting Pierre Poutine get the credit for masterminding a national vote suppression conspiracy. Poutine is a side dish, not a main course. There’s no evidence that Poutine’s idea was the first, or the best, in an apparent illegal effort last year to benefit the Conservatives electoral chances at a majority government. As Terry Milewski pointed out on The House last weekend, the idea of widespread voter suppression schemes appears to have spread like “a virus” through different campaigns. Some ridings were robocalled, and others live-called. Some of the calls pretended to be Liberals, Elections Canada, and others admitted their Conservative origin. How are those local riding campaigns connected so that an idea-virus could spread amongst more than 90 of the 308? What people are the common links between the impacted ridings with obvious electoral fraud efforts (for which we have recorded audio evidence, affidavits, and newspaper/TV interviews)? It was reported as widespread robocalls, by CTV and CBC on election day last year.

It could be as Milewski speculated, that each campaign shared information with others directly. Or there could have been a national campaign strategy, which the Conservative national campaign team denies. They didn’t yet deny that there wasn’t another national campaign team, one targeting specific ridings, but if they did confirm this, they’d certainly deny knowing about anything unseemly happening. Has the media or Elections Canada questioned these other national campaigners, through which an idea-virus may have been spread?

There seems to be further rumbling [from Conservatives] that any calls that went out from ridings were the work of riding workers and there was no central effort.

So why then, do you need this [TSMU]?

On a somewhat related topic:

Why didn’t Elections Canada notice or care that an Ohio company, Front Porch Strategies, was being billed for elections work? Canada’s Elections Act may need updating for the 21st Century, where it’s darn hard to avoid electronic involvement of the United States in our elections, but it could certainly have something still to say about Americans phone canvassing, and door knocking for Conservative MPs.

ADDED: What about a Spaniard doing an hour of work for an Edmonton CPC campaign, according to RackNine?

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