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Tories revive random roadside breath test

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

It’s another insanely oppressive attack on your section 8 charter rights to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, back from the dead. First floated last October and effectively quashed by the act of prorogation, these agenda items will keep coming back like the undead until Canadians capitulate or a regime more favourable to our natural rights is installed. But here’s the big picture. As this journal mentioned back in October, the reason why we’re seeing this, or continual reintroduction of DMCA or ACTA copyright legislation, is because it’s one tiny but important part of an agenda to ‘harmonize’ Canadian law with that of the EU as we drive towards a free trade pact. The HST tax (known in Europe as the VAT), restrictive copyright negotiations, industrial food advocacy and random roadside checkpoints are a part of EU law – not Canada’s. So why are the Tories forcing parts of that rulebook on Canadians – a sovereign nation with a Constitution that says this sort of thing just isn’t done – if not to grease the skids for economic and legal integration? We’ve all got the same body scanners now, the control grid is being manifest. So here’s a question to ponder, because it’s vital to the wider issue of whether it’s legitimate to be scanned and analyzed and prodded without reasonable suspicion you’ve already committed a crime – does the state grant its citizens rights, or does a state govern by the consent of its citizens? These are the two political worldviews typified by Machiavelli and Locke – choose wisely.

Related: Random breathalyzer tests considered for Canada | Secret juror background checks not illegal, prosecutor says | You Commit Three Felonies a Day | Police training to forcibly take blood in Texas, Idaho | US Supreme Court rules police can initiate suspect’s questioning if right to counsel waived | Cops can now ‘take all your stuff’ | Entrapment becoming standard procedure for police | UK: Government ‘using fear as a weapon to erode civil liberties’ | Ottawa moves to toughen anti-gang laws | Schools seek more police as crime drops | Ontario to place prosecutors in police stations | ‘Mens rea’ intention test questioned prior to Toronto 18 terror verdict | Tory ‘Guilty before proven innocent’ law to make debut in court | Perjury: Is it different for cops? | Police to demand blood, urine at roadside stops | Justice Critic Brands Street Racing Vehicle Seizure Law as “Police State-ism” | CBC Radio Broadcasts Expose of North American Police State | You Are a Suspect

Janice Tibbetts and Kenyon Wallace, National Post
March 11, 2010

Critics fear racial profiling

The Harper government appears ready to move ahead with imposing random roadside breath testing, which a new federal discussion paper says has produced “remarkable results” in catching drunk drivers in other countries.

The proposal has encountered skepticism, however, with civil liberties proponents warning that the new legislation could give police the power to detain drivers without reasonable grounds or suspicion.

“The reality is that it creates a bit of a police-state mentality in which an innocent person can be subjected to a whole host of testings,” said Edward Prutschi, a Toronto criminal lawyer.

“One’s going to have to put an awful lot of faith in the typical officer on the road because they are going to be given a dramatically expanded discretion — basically absolute carte blanche — to stop anyone, anywhere, anytime and demand breath alcohol testing.”

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Is China actually bankrupt?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Related: China rejects Barack Obama’s call to change yuan policy | Soros: China Will Lead New World Order | Fisk: Nations to hasten demise of dollar in new world order | US dollar set to be eclipsed, World Bank president predicts | Bilderberg Wants Global Currency Now | Dollar to fall under scrutiny at G20 summit | IMF approves $13bn gold sale to boost lending fund | UN wants new global currency to replace dollar | G20 agrees to continue economic stimulus measures; Geithner shops international reserve accord | China Set to Buy $50 Billion in IMF Notes | Timothy Geithner: travelling bond salesman | Medvedev Unveils “World Currency” Coin At G8 | China calls anew for super-sovereign currency | No one talking about dumping dollar: China minister | China explores buying $50bn in IMF bonds | Chinese economists deem huge holding of US bonds “risky” as Geithner visits

Jim Jubak, MSN Money
March 11, 2010

Is China broke?

It seems like a silly question, right? China’s foreign-exchange reserves stood at $2.4 trillion at the end of 2009. Yes, China announced that its proposed annual budget for 2010 would produce a record deficit, but the deficit is just $154 billion, or 2.8% of China’s gross domestic product. In contrast, the Congressional Budget Office projects the U.S. budget deficit for fiscal 2010 at $1.3 trillion. That’s equal to 9.2% of GDP.

But remember the theme of my column earlier this week: All governments lie about their finances. At worst, as in Greece and the United States, the lies are bold and transparent. Everybody knows the emperor has no clothes, but no one want to say so. At best, as in Canada and China, the lies are more subtle — more like a magician’s misdirection than a viking raider’s ax. Look at these great numbers, the lie goes, but don’t look at those up my sleeve.

There’s a good argument to be made that if you look at all the numbers, instead of just the ones the budget magicians want you to see, China is indeed broke.

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Canada ‘regrets’ Israeli settlements

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Sending mixed messages here ensures that other parties to the ‘peace process’ – which by all appearances seems more a decades-long stalling tactic – enter from a position of weakness, wherein the debate’s already been set around how many new settlements Israel is going to build. It’s an effective misdirection, an additional bargaining chip to ensure territorial gains rather than losses.

Flashback: Israel denies Gaza war crimes in report to UN | Chomsky says Israel, ‘US military base’ | Israel rules out Gaza probe | UN body endorses Gaza war crimes report | UN body debates Gaza war crimes report | UN condemns ‘war crimes’ in Gaza | Israeli soldiers allege abuses against Palestinians | Israeli troops kill apartheid wall protester | Israeli military whistleblowers: troops fired on children | Israel pulls land forces from Gaza, gunboats continue shelling coast | Israel admits troops used phosphorus shells in Gaza | Israel steps up Gaza withdrawal after ceasefire | Hamas joins fragile Israeli ceasefire | Israel declares ceasefire | Unusually Large U.S. Weapons Shipment to Israel | Video shows proof of phosphorous bombs in Gaza | Aid destroyed as UN’s Gaza HQ hit by Israeli fire | Protests over Israel’s Gaza offensive held in Canadian, world cities | Israel ignores ceasefire plea, pounds Gaza | UN relief agency halts aid to Gaza, citing Israeli attacks on staff | Rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel | Israel is on its way to reoccupying all of the Gaza Strip | Israeli shelling kills dozens at UN school in Gaza | Tanks, rockets, death and terror: Gazan civilian catastrophe unfolding | They hate us for our bombs | Israeli army set for invasion | Food, medicine, fuel needed in Gaza, agencies warn | Gaza relief boat carrying former Congresswoman rammed by Israelis | Worldwide protests urge end to attacks on Gaza

CBC News
March 11, 2010

Canada voiced muted criticism Thursday over the planned expansion of 1,600 new Israeli housing units in disputed East Jerusalem.

In a statement released in Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Canada “regrets” Israel’s settlement decision, because it undermines the pursuit of peace in the region.

The statement echoes Washington’s strong condemnation of the move, which cast a pall over U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel this week to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.

Biden was there to mediate indirect peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Israelis and Palestinians must build an atmosphere to support negotiations, not complicate them, he said.

The Interior Ministry announced the construction plans just as Biden was wrapping up a series of meetings with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A spokesman for Netanyahu said he was unaware of the construction plan just announced by the Interior Ministry.

Efrat Orbach, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman, said the new homes are to be built in Ramat Shlomo, a neighbourhood for ultra-Orthodox Jews in east Jerusalem.

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General strike cripples Greece as protesters clash with police

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Flashback: Athens erupts as Greek austerity plan passes | Greece unveils radical austerity package | Athen’s coffers to run dry in two weeks, more cracks appear in Eurozone | Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, ‘at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro’ | Goldman role in Greek crisis probed | Greek workers stage general strike | How EU Countries Cooked Books Using Derivatives | Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Obscure Debt Through Currency Swaps | Collapse of the euro is ‘inevitable’: Bailing out the Greek economy futile, says French banking chief | Euro currency union shows strains | Stimulating our way into debt crises | EU leaders reach secret Greek bailout deal | Will Greece set off ‘global debt bomb’? | EU cautions Greece about its deficit | Could Greece drag down Europe? | ‘Significant chance’ of second financial crisis, warns World Economic Forum | A world awash in debt

The Associated Press
March 11, 2010

ATHENS-Serious street clashes erupted between rioting youths and police in central Athens Thursday as some 30,000 people demonstrated during a nationwide strike against the cash-strapped government’s austerity measures.

Hundreds of masked and hooded youths punched and kicked motorcycle police, knocking several off their bikes, as riot police responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades.

The violence spread after the end of the march to a nearby square, where police faced off with stone-throwing anarchists and suffocating clouds of tear gas sent patrons scurrying from open-air cafes.

Police say 12 suspected rioters were detained and two officers were injured.

Rioters used sledge hammers to smash the glass fronts of more than a dozen shops, banks, jewelers and a cinema. Youths also set fire to rubbish bins and a car, smashed bus stops, and chopped blocks off marble balustrades and building facades to use as projectiles.

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Chicago police expanding Taser use

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

So basically, the cops in Chicago accept there’s going to be some collateral damage when using TASERs – but they keep you safe. By euthanizing cokeheads? TASER International makes this huge announcement by acknowledging the moving the target area of the TASER away from the heart is a good thing, it gets spun as being all we can really do, you know, and then the TASER rollout continues.

Flashback: RCMP to test Taser cameras | RCMP plans dramatic changes to Taser policy | RCMP plans dramatic changes to Taser policy | Canadian police adopt new TASER directive | US: Ruling allowing Taser use to get DNA may be nation’s first | RCMP halts use of malfunctioning Tasers after B.C. decision | RCMP still uses Tasers too often, watchdog finds | RCMP softened Taser-use restrictions | Ban Tasers if RCMP doesn’t curb use by year’s end: Commons committee | U.S. jury shocks Taser, investors, with rare loss in court

Annie Sweeney, Kristen Schorsc, Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2010

Announcement comes as man dies in suburbs after police use stun gun

The Chicago Police Department is dramatically expanding its use of Tasers, adding several hundred more and putting them in the hands of patrol officers for the first time, officials said Wednesday.

The “stun guns” will go in every squad car to give front-line beat officers a more effective way to protect themselves and calm a disturbance.

But the electrical devices have caused controversy nationwide, with debates about their safety and lawsuits filed on behalf of dozens of people, some in the Chicago area, who have died after being “Tased.”

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French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

By who, Dr. No? It’s difficult to believe that any state agency would do this sort of thing to its citizens – and yet there are plenty of examples of it. Wartime germ spraying tests in England. The MKULTRA brainwashing program. Yet here, truth is not only stranger than fiction – it literally trips you out. Ergot (the bread mould), has long resulted in psychedelic experiences for ancient Europeans who dubbed it St. Anthony’s Fire. Sandoz, the CIA, Timothy Leary, Huxley and others synthesized the drug from this mould and/or popularized its use in popular psychiatry , on unsuspecting psychiatric patients and in grotesque mind control experiments on soldiers. It was thought to create a ‘model psychosis’. In the controlled experiment undertaken in a small French village outlined below, a psychological false flag event has been staged. It’s a simple misdirection trick, like the street performer’s shell game, only in this case undertaken by the state. The bread, here, stands in for the more usual ‘terrorism’. The side effects of the drug have to be blamed on something (usually someone in the ordinary wartime false flag) . The desired outcome is to gather data on the social effects of mass drugging, undertaken without consent. And if it has a traumatizing, pacifying effect as well then so much the better. Just like torture.

Flashback: Report: France ‘deliberately’ used soldiers as ‘nuclear guinea pigs’ | ‘They were looking for the ideal Manchurian Candidate’ | Government Experiments on U.S. Soldiers: Shocking Claims Come to Light in New Court Case | Psychologists Helped Guide CIA Interrogations | Vets Sue CIA Over Mind Control Tests | Atomic-testing veterans to receive whopping $24,000 each in compensation | Remembering Brainwashing | Chinese Torture Techniques Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo | Canadian MKULTRA project mind control victim to tell of pills, shocks, brainwashing | Much of Britain sprayed in secret germ warfare tests

Henry Samuel, The Telegraph
March 11, 2010

French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment

Heads, made out of bread by this Thai artist. Seemed appropriate somehow.

In 1951, a quiet, picturesque village in southern France was suddenly and mysteriously struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people died, dozens were interned in asylums and hundreds afflicted.

For decades it was assumed that the local bread had been unwittingly poisoned with a psychedelic mould. Now, however, an American investigative journalist has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA peppered local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD as part of a mind control experiment at the height of the Cold War.

The mystery of Le Pain Maudit (Cursed Bread) still haunts the inhabitants of Pont-Saint-Esprit, in the Gard, southeast France.

On August 16, 1951, the inhabitants were suddenly racked with frightful hallucinations of terrifying beasts and fire.

One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old tried to strangle his grandmother. Another man shouted: “I am a plane”, before jumping out of a second-floor window, breaking his legs. He then got up and carried on for 50 yards. Another saw his heart escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to put it back. Many were taken to the local asylum in strait jackets.

Time magazine wrote at the time: “Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to molten lead.”

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UK Government Ad: Use Cash And Enjoy Privacy? You’re A Terrorist

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

People are being taught this new religion by the media – that it’s tough and cool to have the army doing checkpoints domestically, to have police now carry submachine guns around in London, UK, on the New York subway, etc. They’ve even launched these little pilot projects in Britain where your kids watch a ‘Spy Kids’ video, (same brand as the film) and are taught how to file reports to the police like the Young Spies in 1984. It’s as though Britain is just implementing Orwell’s visions in 1984 one after the other. And what did he learn, working at the BBC? He learned a lot about how powerful a tool propaganda can be when a state amps it up to engineer cultural mores.

Flashback: DHS Video Portrays Average Americans As Terrorists | US Homeland Security: Terror fight needs public’s vigilance | DoD Training Manual Describes Protest As “Low-Level Terrorism” | UK schoolkids trained to inform on ‘extremist’ classmates by police DVD | ‘AmeriCorps’ Domestic Paramilitary Propaganda Ad | Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More | Secret Homeland Security Threat Assessment Labels Gun Owners Potential Terrorists | UK Home Secretary unveils civilian anti-terrorism security force | Pre-Olympic transit ads encourage citizen surveillance | US Urban Warfare Drills Linked To Coming Economic Rage | UK Terror Law To Make Photographing Police Illegal | Army ‘Strategic Shock’ Report Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell U.S. Civil Unrest | US Counterinsurgency Manual Leaked, Calls for False Flag Operations, Suspension of Human Rights | CBC Radio Broadcasts Expose of North American Police State | Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com
March 11, 2010

Government ad running on British radio station tells public to report people who close their curtains as potential suicide bombers

A new government commercial currently running on one of Britain’s most popular radio stations is selling one thing — fear — by encouraging Londoners to report their neighbors as terrorists if they use cash, enjoy their privacy, or even close their curtains.

The advertisement, produced in conjunction with national radio outlet TallkSport, promotes the “anti-terrorist hotline” and encourages people to report individuals who don’t talk to their neighbors much, people who like to keep themselves to themselves, people who close their curtains, and people who don’t use credit cards.

“This may mean nothing, but together it could all add up to you having suspicions,” states the voice on the ad, before continuing “We all have a role to play in combating terrorism” (we’re all indentured stasi informants for the government).

“If you see anything suspicious, call the confidential anti-terrorist hotline….if you suspect it, report it,” concludes the commercial.

Listen to the ad below.

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PM turns to YouTube — and takes questions

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Is this a response to CanadaParticipates.ca, the website launched by the group that staged the anti-prorogation rallies? Or simple a belated nod to the thousands of Canadians that got out to those protests. Either way, this is what leaders and their staffers should be doing in the Internet age. But like a fuzzy sweater, the image of a consensus-driven leader doesn’t really work on Harper. That suit is an ill-fitting one. To wait so long, and to have done so many things to centralize power in the PMO, this small consultative effort is of course going to draw fire. Let’s assume he knew that. It will be interesting to see how he handles the response interview on Tuesday. Now, go post some comments on the TalkCanada channel. It can’t get any easier, you’ve got a direct line to Harper’s staff until Sunday 1PM EST.

Related: Cabinet ministers’ offices regularly interfere in access to information requests, says Tory staffer | Conservatives accused of hiding information | Ottawa won’t budge on secrecy laws | McGuinty won’t deny political interference with Freedom of Information requests | Information commissioner quits, Ottawa chided for lacking ‘guts’ | Canadian Parliament Threatens People For Posting Video Of Proceedings Online | Government secrecy ‘grim,’ watchdog says | Watchdog alarmed by Harper’s information clampdown | Listeria files withheld due to ’systemic’ problems with access to information | Public access vs. government secrecy the issue in Supreme Court of Canada case | Radical change needed in privacy protection, Ont. watchdog says | Files tagged as `sensitive’ cause unfair delays, watchdog says | Tentacles of Secrecy Grip Tightly | Parliament losing power, author says | Over 100 complaints about access to govt. info on Afghan mission: report | Information lockdown: How Harper Controls the Spin | Tories kill access to information database | Harper to create government-run media centre: report

Richard J Brennan, Toronto Star
March 11, 2010

OTTAWA —— Prime Minister Stephen Harper draped himself in Olympic gold medals Thursday as he boasted — in the House of Commons and via YouTube — that his Conservative government almost single handedly pulled Canada back from the precipice of financial ruin.

“Bad choices now — unaffordable long-term spending commitments, ill-advised tax hikes, dithering on deficits and difficult decisions — will doom those countries who choose them to years of debt, stagnation and joblessness. A country of 33 million people that can win the most gold medals ever at an Olympic Games does not deserve that. And, on our watch, Canada will not get it,” Harper concluded at the end of a 30-minute speech.

Giving his official response to last week’s throne speech, Harper went beyond the television sets of Canadians and had his speech livestreamed on YouTube.com, where viewers were also invited to submit questions. Harper will make a return visit next Tuesday at 7 p.m. to answer a selection of questions.

In turning to the popular video-sharing website to get his message out to Canadians and others “unfiltered” by the national media, Harper opened up a social media can of worms.

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China rejects Barack Obama’s call to change yuan policy

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

That’s a pretty direct request. And to have it turned down is a slap, isn’t it? Geithner’s been over there trying to sell bonds and now we have this speech. It’s hard not to take it as a sign of monetary desperation on the part of the administration – how much American debt does China hold, again? But it’s just emerged that China is likely in debt up to its eyeballs as well, at up to 100% of its GDP. That’s not good.

Flashback: Soros: China Will Lead New World Order | Fisk: Nations to hasten demise of dollar in new world order | US dollar set to be eclipsed, World Bank president predicts | Bilderberg Wants Global Currency Now | Dollar to fall under scrutiny at G20 summit | IMF approves $13bn gold sale to boost lending fund | UN wants new global currency to replace dollar | G20 agrees to continue economic stimulus measures; Geithner shops international reserve accord | China Set to Buy $50 Billion in IMF Notes | Timothy Geithner: travelling bond salesman | Medvedev Unveils “World Currency” Coin At G8 | China calls anew for super-sovereign currency | No one talking about dumping dollar: China minister | China explores buying $50bn in IMF bonds | Chinese economists deem huge holding of US bonds “risky” as Geithner visits | A Bigger, Bolder Role Is Imagined For the IMF | UK PM reveals G20 plan to boost IMF by $1 trillion, hails new world order (again) | UN & IMF Back Agenda For Global Financial Dictatorship | US backing for world currency stuns markets | U.N. panel says world should ditch dollar | IMF poised to print billions of dollars in ‘global quantitative easing’ | Gordon Brown seeks sweeping reforms to give IMF global ’surveillance role’ | IMF may need to “print money”, act as “world’s central bank” as crisis spreads | Globalists Exploit Financial Meltdown In Move Towards One World Currency | World needs new Bretton Woods, says Brown | IMF prescribes state regulation of ‘global financial order’ | Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda | Banks face “new world order,” consolidation: report

BBC News
March 11, 2010

China has hit back at comments by US President Barack Obama that Beijing should change its currency strategy.

On Thursday, he urged China to adopt a “market-oriented” exchange rate policy, increasing the pressure on Beijing to allow the yuan to appreciate.

But Su Ning, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China, accused Mr Obama of “politicising” the yuan issue.

According to news reports from Beijing, Mr Ning said that Mr Obama wants China to solve America’s problems.

“We don’t agree with politicising the renminbi [yuan] exchange rate issue,” Mr Su said on the sidelines of China’s annual session of parliament.

“We also don’t agree with a country taking its own problems and having another country solve them,” he said. China has always regarded currency issues as an internal matter.

Mr Obama had urged China to change its currency strategy to help re-balance the global economy.

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Mind-reading experiment uses brain scans to eavesdrop on thoughts

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Flashback: Nose picked by military research for next-gen face scanning, mood analysis | Mind-reading systems could change air security | UK: New biometric security checks could include brain scans, heart rhythm fingerprinting | Homeland Security seeks Bladerunner-style lie detector | Erasing traumatic memory possible, researchers say | Researchers use brain scans to read people’s memories | Halifax thinks again about subjecting applicants to lie-detector tests | ‘Pre-crime’ detector shows promise | India’s use of brain scans in courts dismays critics | Brain will be battlefield of future, warns US intelligence report | US Homeland Security Keen on ‘Novel’ Israeli Airport Security Technology | Israel startup uses behavioral science to identify terrorists

Ian Sample, The Guardian
March 11, 2010

Brain scans revealed with reasonable accuracy which short film clip volunteers were thinking about

Scientists have used brain scans to delve into people’s minds and predict what films they are thinking about from one moment to the next.

This is the first time brain imaging has been used to decipher such complex thoughts, which take place in the base of the brain in a region known as the medial temporal lobe.

The work follows an earlier study in which neuroscientists at University College London showed they could read a person’s thoughts about where they were standing in a virtual reality simulation.

“In the previous experiment we were able to predict where someone was in a simple, stark virtual reality environment. What we wanted to know is can we look at ‘episodic’ memories that are much more naturalistic,” said Eleanor Maguire, who led the study at the university’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. “The kinds of memories we form day-to-day are far more complex — they involve people and buildings and all kinds of actions.”

The scientists recruited six women and four men, with an average age of 21, to watch three film clips, each lasting seven seconds. All three films were similar, and showed an actress performing a particular activity in a street. In one film, for example, a woman drank a coffee before binning the cup, while in another, a different woman posted a letter.

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