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There is a full page ad in today’s paper and it reads like this:  “When it comes to keeping contraband tobacco away from our kids, the Canadian government has serious work to do.  Tomorrow on World No Tobacco Day, let’s work together to protect kids from illegal cigarettes.”  The sponsors of this asinine ad are various agencies like “Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers’ Council”, “Retail Council of Canada”, “Frontier Duty Free Association” to name a few.  Nothing about protecting kids from cigarettes period, but from illegal cigarettes.  So these groups, all with a vested interest in the sale of tobacco products will have us believe that it is the Canadian governments responsibility to “protect” kids from “illegal” tobacco.  Does that mean that as long as kids are buying  cigarettes manufactured by companies in the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers’ Council it is OK?  And the Canadian government should leave alone the kids who are buying cigarettes in convenience stores or the Duty Free?  This group of companies calls itself the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco.  Talk about a completely silly and self serving organization!  How about a National Coalition Against Tobacco?  It would be far more intelligent for such a group to petition the government.  Anybody else see the irony of this ad?  Or is it the stupidity?

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So the shuttle astronauts just installed a $2 billion cosmic ray detector on the space shuttle.  Cosmic ray detector?  Didn’t we all have those as kids?  I recall playing with a “cosmic ray detector” and it sure as hell did not cost $2 billion!  Yeah, yeah I see the value in space exploration and searching for the origins of the universe and looking for extra terrestrial life etc etc.  But don’t you think $2 billion would have been better allocated to some “earth” projects?  Like maybe buying mosquito nets at $10 a piece for everybody on the African and Asian continents!  At ten bucks a pop that’s 200 million mosquito nets.  Or maybe allocate some of that money to building/digging clean wells so kids all over the world can drink fresh and clean water without fear of dysentry and cholera and numerous other dirty water borne diseases.  Instead, our tax dollars (well not mine thankfully since its the US sending up the cosmic ray detector) go to funding space research at a time when the world is in chaos.  Or maybe the scientificos at NASA figure if they find life in outer space then the solutions to earth’s problems will be handed to them by little green men in flying saucers.  $2 billion space ray!

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The fascist rulers of Bahrain, where the population has been engaged in freedom and democracy protests like much of the Arab world, are prosecuting doctors and nurses who treated injured protesters.  Some of the charges against these humanitarians include “promoting efforts to bring down the government” and “harming the public by spreading false news”.   To bring charges against people coming to the aid of the injured is an abomination of power and an insult to the world.   What will the United Nations have to say about this?  Probably nothing.  It is a sad indictment of our western world if we are to allow the Bahraini  ruler(s) to stay in power while they continue to terrorize and eliminate dissent.  If we can strike against Khadaffi in Libya, then tell me how the situation in Bahrain is any different?  Can you imagine living in a society where the medical community is persecuted and prosecuted for upholding their pledge to heal and assist the injured?  Of course you cannot, nor can the people of Bahrain.  We must support them with more than words.

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CBC calls Greens Gray


Did you catch the subtle jab CBC took at the Green Party?  In posting results of the federal election, CBC news listed the Greens as “Other” with a gray background tag.  The entire country knew the only independent with a chance at winning a seat was Elizabeth May, yet CBC insisted on showing the Green Party under the all encompassing gray tag.  Even CTV had it right, at least giving the Greens their due.  I don’t bleed green, didn’t even vote for them, but it behooves our national network to show some class.

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