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November 24, 2009

Mourning The Latest Philippine’s Democracy Deaths

Filed under: World News — cyberwanderer @ 8:43 pm
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It saddens me to see so many journalist, would be political candidate and their relatives killed in the Philippines as they accompany a convoy traveling to file an application to run for governor in a local provincial election. Women were reportedly raped also. Election violence have been a staples of Philippine democracy. Since the world renown People Power overthrew the Marcos dictatorship, Philippine’s road to democracy have been a tumultuous one. It has been mired in corruption, warlordism, election fraud and political killings – some of the same ingredients that lead to the failure of democracy in China, giving way to rise of Communism in that country.

The fact that this massacre is garnering international condemnation would help shone a spotlight on the violent political culture that exist in that country. Maintaining Democracy is hard work. Unfortunately Philippine have a long way to go to overcome all the hurdles a young democracy faces.  International condemnation would help pressure the Philippine government to do something and not treat this as business as usual.

News Source and Related Article : Christian Science Monitor Global News Blog

Associated press have a more graphic detail account of the massacre.

November 3, 2009

New ABC V Series Lizard Alien And Obama Health Care

Filed under: Entertainment,Politics,U.S. — cyberwanderer @ 9:16 pm
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ABC’s new V series is drawing controversy on its depiction of Alien promoting Hope, change and Universal Health Care and drawing brainwashed supporter caught in “Visitor” (V) mania. Blogs on the web are drawing parallel between the new series and Obama mania. But I am sure the series is not trying to suggest Obama is actually a Lizard bound on destroying humans. Because that would be so unoriginal and stealing a page from Fox News talking point.

October 19, 2009

AECL Privatization Does Not Add Up

Filed under: Canada,Politics — cyberwanderer @ 8:36 pm
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The government’s argument for privatizing AECL does not add up. They claimed they are trying to save Canada’s nuclear industry but refuse to put in a condition that the buyer, who could be AECL’s competitor, can’t decide to get rid of CANDU after buying it. They claim Canada is not competitive internationally while contracts are being signed in China, who is expected to be one of the world’s largest market for new reactor build. China already uses CANDU technology and was happy with the on time and on budget completion of the projects. This weekend, international news is talking about deal being work out by AECL and India’s 3 utilities. So imagine all this expected influx of profit in the near future from new nuclear plant going to foreign companies or whichever private firms buy AECL. A likely scenario is Areva or its major competitors buy it just to get rid of the competitor.

An AECL scientist said:

“Historically, whenever you sell a technology to a foreign country, you lose it,”

The government want to sell off the only division at AECL that has large potential to see huge profit in the near future (the Nuclear plant division) while retaining the research division. But that’s not the end of it. The research division will be contracted out. Based on past contract related scandal, contracting out the research division open up huge potential for corruption. Haliburton, Sponsorship Scandal, the “billion dollar with nothing to show for it” Ontario’s Health Contract are just few of the latest and most prominent scandal. Contracting out work especially when it involves research just does not make sense unless you are a lobbyist of contracting firm.

AECL would do better if they are left alone without constant political interference and constantly changing executive officials made up of political appointee of which ever political party happens to be ruling at that time. We can have the brightest scientist and engineers but if the upper management who are indebted to politicians, who are in turn indebted to their campaign contributor, is constantly reorganizing and restructuring the company, then it won’t matter. Politicians who constantly sell profitable or soon to be profitable division (like Mulroney selling off medical isotope division profit to Nordion) to private firms, then public funds will just continue to be wasted.

Harper’s government claim AECL need to be commercialized. But with Canada’s energy future at stake, can we just simply dumb down the value of scientific research to how much profit we can make right now? What’s more troubling is there’s enough evidence that the expected and inevitable nuclear renaissance, and the foothold AECL’s CANDU already have in China and India – two potentially biggest market in the near future, are about to provide AECL with influx of rich revenue. But the government is now rushing to privatize them? This same division is also where AECL get most of its profit right now with the continuous contract in refurbishment of Canada’s nuclear plant fleet.

Privatize the revenue generating division and contract out research division? Make sense for private company looking to make profit but does not make sense if you care about Canadian interest and its future international reputation in research and technology. So taxpayer would be left with a totally profitless crown corporation and paying more to contracting firm.

For now, Harper is keeping a tight lid on the privatization plan for AECL.

October 15, 2009

Fox’s Limbaugh Racist Remark Exposed

Filed under: Politics,U.S. — cyberwanderer @ 12:12 am
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Another disgusting Fox’s news conduct hit the spotlight. I think this is the third Fox’s related conduct that I have blog in about a month. h/t  “Dammit Janet” blog.

Fox notorious commentator Limbaugh claim he is not racist. But apparently CNN and some blog reviewed his past comments and revealed lots of racist comment being made. Some of the comments as enumerated by are:

Obama is “more African in his roots than he is American” and is “behaving like an African colonial despot.”

Latching onto LA Times op-ed, Limbaugh sings “Barack, The Magic Negro.” (and repeated it 27 times in one show).

Limbaugh suggests Obama would not have acted on Somali pirates if he’d known they were “actually young, black Muslim teenagers.”

Limbaugh called illegal immigrants an “invasive species.”

Limbaugh repeatedly calls Native Americans “Injuns.” (an offensive term / slur against Native American).

British Guardian gave a scathing criticism of Limbaugh’s racist comments. Including racist comment about NFL players (which have lots of black players). On another instance, Limbaugh claim there’s a media conspiracy to favor black quarterback. All of this is coming back to haunt him as NFL rejected his bid to buy the NFL team Ram.  The article indicated that NFL owners, players and administrator are now shunning Limbaugh. The Guardian sport blog refers to Limbaugh and American talk show as:

Suffice to say they are a wicked crew, given to the same level of self-doubt and basic decency as a fox in a chicken coup….. in a community of mean-spirited pygmies, no one is intellectually smaller than Rush Limbaugh.

October 14, 2009

$2 Billion Dollar For A Carbon-Capture Sideshow

Filed under: Canada,Politics — cyberwanderer @ 6:20 pm
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Harper awarded close to a billion dollar to Alberta to go toward the untested carbon-capture project. Up to $2 billion have been set aside with half of that going to Shell’s project. This is nothing but a sideshow that does not really address the environmental pollution issue. Instead it literally buried the pollution in the ground with no clear scientific study done on it. Guess what else is under ground that these pollutants could seep into. Our drinking water! While nuclear waste storage have to undergo very stringent regulation and scientific study to ensure the storage site won’t result in migration of the waste, the carbon-capture have no such study and research. It only helps keep the oil and coal industry alive and divert the much needed effort to push toward clean energy. In fact $343 million is being taken from the clean energy fund.

(Latest news on carbon-capture billion dollar handout: Feds Pledge another $779 million for Carbon-Capture)

This comes amid controversy over Harper’s continued use of taxpayer money to fund partisan advertisement and his MP have been caught by the opposition with handing out taxpayers fund to their constituent replacing the Government of Canada logo with Conservative logo. It’s good for Harper to keep his distant now. Whether he has prior knowledge or not, his past actions have made his MP think these actions are ok. Prior to this incident, the normally non partisan Government of Canada website were being plastered with Harper’s picture and the red color changed to Conservative blue. Pro-Conservative campaign style ad were paid for with taxpayers fund.

It’s so nice of them to waste taxpayer’s money at a time of deep economic difficulty.

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