From Dee Nicholson
Today’s question-of-the-day on www.cbc.ca/politics is asking us to vote on the following:
Will Canada lose too much sovereignty if it creates a coordinated security perimeter with the U.S.?
Please take this opportunity to let your voice be heard.
It takes only a second. I have copied the link below to save you the time hunting for it..
So far 72% of those who have voted have said that Canada would be surrendering too much sovereignty.
Harper rarely listens to anyone - but at least we can register our opposition to his selling Canada down the drain, into the North American Union, to be then followed by the New World Order - the one world government financial/corporate/military/Elite Dictatorship.
Thanks for taking the time to vote today - Thursday May 26.
Please encourage your contact list to do the same
CDSAPI - Citizens Demand Scientific, Academic and Political Integrity
From Dee Nicholson
> OTTAWA - Canada has again been singled out for failing to enforce anti-bribery rules abroad by an international report that points the finger at Prime Minister Stephen Harper's lack of commitment. "Canada is the only G7 country in the little or no enforcement category, and has been in this category since the first edition of this report in 2005," Transparency International said Tuesday. The watchdog group ranks Canada with other laggards such as Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece and Slovenia, but also Australia, New Zealand and Israel.
> Take Care,
From Dee Nicholson
As a health activist who has long been aware of the major conflicts of interest within Health Canada and its cohort agencies, I am very gratified at this initiative but want it to go farther into the mess to expose what is really going on. And I'd like to see CBC tell the WHOLE story, not this teensy little piece of it, which is clearly an attempt to make CBC look good.
Health Canada routinely hires professionals out of the pharmaceutical industry. A couple of years ago Bernard Prigent, ex of Pfizer's executive ranks, was hired to head up the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the granting agency of Health Canada... in other words, he's the guy who decides where the grant money goes. When challenged, Minister Aglukkaq said she couldn't see any conflict of interest; within the health freedom community could be heard a common response of "Whaaaaaaaaat?!!!"
Meanwhile, thousands of effective natural health products have been blacklisted by a bunch of Health Canada "scientists" who have no experience whatever with natural health products and seem to think these things need regulation, despite traditional, harm-free use of these substances, in some cases for thousands of years.
No dead bodies have ever resulted from natural health products, while hundreds of thousands die annually around the world from properly prescribed and used prescription pharmaceutical products. Natural cures for nasty diseases like cancer are ignored, despite research showing their efficacy. Why? Simply because these substances are not patentable, and therefore cannot make the sort of profits the drug companies demand of their investments.
Nothing to do with benefits to Canadians. Nothing to do with anything but money.
After all, a patient cured is a customer lost.
From Dee Nicholson
Now Underway, An Outrageous International Land Grab
A massive international land grab is now underway as investors and national governments buy up millions of acres of farmlands in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It amounts to an unprecedented and novel set of enclosures of worldwide land, much of it customary land that rural communities use and manage collectively. Hundreds of millions of rural poor people rely upon the land for their families' food, water and material -- but they don't have formal property rights in the land. Those rights typically belong to the government, which is authorizing the sale of “unowned” lands or "wastelands" to investors, who will then use the land for market-based farming or biofuels production.
The implications for global hunger and poverty are enormous. Instead of commoners having local authority to grow and harvest their own food, they are being thrown off the land so that large multinational corporations and investors can feed their own countries or make a speculative killing on the world land market. A commons is converted into a market, with all the attendant pathologies.
The 2008 financial crisis and the recent round of rising food prices on world markets have spurred much of the interest in buying up arable lands in poor countries. Food-insecure countries figure they should take care of their own future even if it means depriving commoners in poor nations thousands of miles away. So Saudi Arabia is spending $1 billion for 700,000 hectares of land in Africa for rice cultivation. South Korea is buying up 700,000 hectares of African land as well. India is assembling investment pools to buy up farmlands.
These are some of the disturbing facts to be found in Liz Alden Wily’s remarkable report, “The Tragedy of Public Lands: The Fate of the Commons Under Global Commercial Pressure,” released by the International Land Coalition in January 2011.
I met Wily at the International Association for the Study of Commons conference in India shortly after her report was published. She is a political economist from New Zealand who has lived in Africa for years – currently, in Nairobi, Kenya – and studies land tenure systems and governance as an independent consultant.
Wily told me that the current land grab has the markings of an invidious neo-colonialism. This time it is not imperial nations asserting direct military control and exploitation of people and resources; rather, the process now consists of international investors acting in consort with friendly governments via liberalized trade regimes. The state, as the lawful owner of the lands, is often quite willing to help implement the enclosures, expediently seizing “unowned” lands on behalf of the buyers. Governments and well-connected elites can make out quite nicely by brokering the deals and legalizing title to the land.
The whole problem stems from the law's presumptions about what is to be considered property. Under European law, land must be registered and there must be a formal title, among other formalities. But in poor rural regions of Africa, such civil formalities are expensive and difficult to transact. Customary use rights in land are the norm. Conveniently for foreign investors, this facilitates the acquisition of legal title and cheaper prices.
What’s missing is a law protecting the commons – a recognition of rights of community-based governance that can stand up to private or state enclosures.
Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the regions most affected by the international land grab; the problem is especially bad in Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Sudan, Ethiopia and Madagascar. It is estimated that some 90 percent of the people in sub-Saharan Africa, or some 500 million people, use their lands as a matter of custom, and do not have statutory title to them.
All told, some 2 billion people around the world are estimated to be similarly vulnerable. Some 8.54 billion hectares (or 21.1 billion acres) of rural lands are presumed to be used under customary norms.
While champions of the free market like to tout the efficiency gains that will supposedly come from putting “unused” lands into production, such familiar narratives are self-serving propaganda. As one account on the website Farm Land Grab puts it:
It’s a one-dimensional stereotype that…. ignores [farmers’] intricate knowledge of local resources, the crop varieties they have developed to cope with a wide range of soil and climatic conditions, their complex and resilient agro-ecological family farming systems. It misses the bigger picture, the myriad other crops that the woman [framer] cultivates on a very agro-biodiverse family farm, the valuable trees that she and her family depend on for income, food, fibre, medicine, wood and that the soils depend on for fertility and protection. It perpetuates the false notion that Africa’s family farms are inefficient and non-productive.
The real story here is not about free-market productivity, but rather about dispossession, displacement and the loss of food sovereignty. Much of the investment in land is purely speculative, the result of too much capital roaming the world looking for lucrative returns. As a result, the people who have for decades used common forests, rangelands and farmlands as sources of food and household supplies, are exiled from their own lands: a modern-day enclosure of colossal proportions.
“In light of the fact that most allocations to investors are in the form of renewable medium-term leases of up to 99 years, it may be expected that loss of common properties will remove these lands from meaningful access, use and livelihood benefit for at least one generation and potentially up to four generations,” writes Wily. This is a recipe for decades of famine, poverty and political turmoil.
The whole, sordid trend eerily echoes the English enclosure movement of the 15th to 18th centuries: Investors and national governments collude in the sale of lands, “legally” expelling commoners from lands they have used for generations. International human rights law, indigenous people’s law and simple moral decency may regard the new land enclosures as outrageous offenses. But poor rural communities are not very well equipped to assert their rights before national or international tribunals.
A copy of Liz Alden Wily’s report can be downloaded here as a pdf file. Farm Land Grab is also closely monitoring this odious, little-known enclosure of the commons. Finally, see a report by GRAIN, a small international NGO concerned about farmers’ control over biodiversity and local knowledge: “Seized: The 2008 Land Grab for Food and Security.”
Here are the 3 links:
https://www.ibcperu.org/doc/isis/13585.pdf Liz Alden Wily's report
From Dee Nicholson
Here is your "second coming", people.... it is more a BEcoming, than a coming... we are to recapture God's Law and live by HIS way, HIS truth, and HIS life.... not to worship religious icons. We cannot follow without knowing where we are going so that if all else fails we will continue on that path, so the real second coming is entirely up to us. It is God within. And it is the true new world order that WE are to impose on this earth.
Take note, too... it has always been the order of the Old Ways... the Red Road... the Ancient Ones... and it is we who strayed from that path, the path did not stray from us.
Anglican Land Mines and the Refugee Jesus:
More Notes from an English Sojourn
By Kevin D. Annett
Two centuries ago, Percy Shelley wrote, “Hell is a place much like London”.
Charlie McVeigh put it another way last week, when I stumbled over the old guy reclined outside Westminster Abbey, undetected somehow by three million closed-circuit TV cameras and marauding bands of cops.
The bedraggled Irish face looked up at me and declared,
“Livin’ here feels like I’m washin’ in shit every day.”
It isn’t just the layers of grime that I have to try cleansing from myself here in London, but some other filth that doesn’t come off.
Martin Luther King’s statute stares down at Charlie McVeigh on those nights he’s allowed to sleep near the Cathedral, ever since the Anglican Church made King a saint of sorts. Ironically, the black man refused to preach in Westminster Abbey during his brief stopover in 1964 to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm. When asked why by incredulous reporters, King said that the church reaped the profits off the torture of millions of colonized people and slaves, and he’d dishonour their memory by stepping foot in a place like Westminster.
I guess the Anglicans forgave King for the slap in their face. He’s dead now, anyway: just like Jesus.
But Christianity aside, business is still good for the Church of England, Incorporated. In 2005 alone, the value of its property and corporate investments jumped by over 800 million pounds: that's well over a billion dollars. But its zest to store up riches on earth received a rather unpleasant jolt the following year, when it was revealed that the Church owned 38% interest in a Belgian company that manufactures anti-personnel land mines.
Church potentates said all the right words, naturally, when their shit came to light. The blood soaked foundations of Westminster, and every other church property, are supposed to be washed clean now by politically correct “corporate divestments”, just like an “apology” is a solution to church-sponsored genocide that spanned centuries. All crimes can be absolved, apparently, by the perpetrators themselves.
I don’t think anybody really believes this, including those who profit from the deception. The first thing that confronts you upon entering Westminster Abbey is a huge money collection box. Christians know the score; they just can’t admit that they do. The booming church bells, the soaring, uplifting organ music, the sanctimonious words and incense, somehow are meant to make it all clean and good – and even necessary.
What they still don’t get, I suppose, is that the lie isn’t necessary at all.
I arrived yesterday in the rural peace of Nottinghamshire, and for a time I wandered joyously near a thousand year old village set among flowering fields and smiling oak trees. The filth and mental fog of London evaporated as I leaned against an ancient wall and suddenly knew the secret that Charlie McVeigh and Jesus whispered to me amidst Empire’s clatter: that the earth, like our soul, is unbounded, and that religion is another false wall built across the unbroken landscape of our soul.
I looked across a perfect valley not marred by fences, and saw in the distance a cluttered town with church spires hovering over sad, cluttered little houses, and a voice spoke to me:
Jesus the Free Man was murdered by Christianity the Corporation, whose symbol, the cross, is actually a property designation of the Roman corporate state: the contained square that carves up and walls off creation from its children.
“Property is a mad illusion erected by selfish imagination on the common treasury given to all men” declared Gerrard Winstanley in 1649, when he and a few friends called the Diggers broke down the fences that rich landlords had illegally erected around the ancient common land of Surrey, England which nobody owned.
“No other creature starves its own kind but man, and in that evil is the fall, for every man is Adam, yet he is Christ as well when the sin of property is extirpated by all things placed in common, thereby honouring the Creator.”
The fences of Corporation and Church have made most of us refugees in a world given equally to every child born. True faith, said Winstanley, is when we knock down all the fences and reclaim the earth for the poorest of the poor, and recover a lost innocence.
For the last to be made first, it’s required that the first become last. Thus says the Bible, and common sense: the knowledge shared by all of us, innately. But we aren’t speaking of class warfare: rather, of reclaiming the common identity that has been stolen from all of us, rich and poor alike.
We are to recover the earth, and our lives, and the law itself, from the corporate oligarchy that have stolen it from us. And to first see clearly, we are to first reclaim our faith, which has also fallen into the hands of the few. And that requires that church corporate institutions be legally and actively dis-established so that the lie can begin to end.
I know this to be true whenever I speak to small groups of Christians, like I did today in Nottingham: men and women who love the words of Jesus and who hate what the church has done to them.
This week, the global corporate media are howling over the failure of a prediction that the world would end on May 21, and of the apparent gullibility of millions of people who expected and even longed for that termination.
As usual, the suits miss the point. For the hope of the end of worlders is strangely reminiscent of what the snug and propertied Christians used to be: people living on the margins who were enemies of Empire and Church, ambassadors from a different reality, looking past a world at war with itself to a far better place.
It all reminds me of something that was said to me once by a man much like Charlie McVeigh: a garbage dump dweller in Mexico City, who refused my offer to him and his family of a few pesos.
The man looked at me simply and said,
“The only thing that will help us is a new world.”
Blessed are the refugees from insanity, for they have become the way.