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March 2, 2009

PICTURES SAY IT ALL

 

DRUGS, SMOKING, ALCOHOL KILL – BEWARE

SO DO BAD COPS, BAD  DOCTORS, BAD NURSES, BAD HOSPITALS    http://picasaweb.google.com/anonconformer/Thenonconformer#

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“Mandatory prison sentences are appropriate for those who commit serious drug offences threatening our society,” said Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. The proposed legislation would impose one-year mandatory jail time for marijuana dealing, when it is linked to organized crime or a weapon is involved. The sentence would be increased to two years for dealing drugs such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines to young people, or pushing drugs near a school or other places frequented by youths. The bill also calls for a two-year mandatory prison terms for being caught growing at least 500 marijuana plants and increased maximum imprisonment to 14 years, from the current seven, for running grow operations. The government also proposes tougher penalties for trafficking in date-rape drugs.
 
I have to totally agree with the federal Justice minister here about the truth, fact that serious drug offences do now also require serious jail time, and jail next is a good place for a lot of people to think where they want to go next too.. I have done prison visitations and I know people in jail get a chance to think about their past crimes for sure..   My experience also  is that the police themselves will not and they do not arrest many drug users still..  There is another thing many people seem to forget.. that is how many of the drug users get the funding for their drug habits.. next eventually it means theft from others basically thus also hurting many others..  
 
BUT MEANWHILE WHY IS IT THE POLICE ALWAYS ASK FOR TOUGHER LAWS FOR THE CRIMINALS WHEN THEY THE RCMP CAN’T OR REFUSE TO CATCH THE BAD GUYS FIRSTLY?   
 
U.S. State Department says Canada the top source for ecstasy  Fri Feb 27, 6:27 PM WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department says Canada should do more to curb the production and trade in ecstasy and other illicit drugs. The 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, released Friday, highlights the growth of methamphetamine “super labs” throughout the country, particularly in British Columbia and Ontario. The report says Canada has become the No. 1 source of ecstasy south of the border.  
 
The report also quoted Canadian officials as saying Prime Minister Stephen Harper wanted to increase penalties for drug production and trafficking, but not for drug use. ( Typical  Harper Hypocrisy, false partiality)
 
THE POLITICIANS CAN LEGISLATE ALL THE LAWS THEY WANT, BUT YOU STILL CANNOT FORCE SOMEONE TO RESPECT THE BAD COPS, RESPECT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE EARNED, NOT LEGISLATED..  HISTORY ALWAYS SHOWS THAT THE PEOPLE STILL WILL NEVER RESPECT THE BAD COPS..
   
“Police is a public service, not a corporation, and the only PR they are supposed to do is through their work to make sure they earn public support and trust. People don’t want to see police officers doing PR to protect police’s interests a) in the media and b) during a major investigation.” 
  
More questions than answers in mountain rescue 660 News

RCMP in BC to speak about late search for Montreal ski couple  CBC.ca – The Montreal couple was lost in the backcountry near the Kicking Horse Resort for 10 days, according to RCMP. (CBC) The RCMP will hold a press conference Thursday in Golden, BC, to help explain why it took more than a week to begin a search for a …  Husband rescued after 9 days on BC mountain National Post

Many other incidents in the past few years have also raised serious questions about the ethics and competence of RCMP officers. Why was an 82-year-old man tasered while he lay in a Kamloops hospital bed? Why wasn’t a heavily armed tactical team called in to the incident in Mayerthorpe, Alta., which resulted in four Mounties being shot to death by a man known to be dangerous? Just recently, in northern Saskatchewan local residents found the frozen body of a teenager who had escaped from an RCMP car the night before after being arrested for drunkenness. It took them only half an hour to find him and they were left wondering why the Mounties didn’t call on them right away. The bigger scandals, such as the RCMP’s willingness to help the U.S. authorities who shipped Maher Arar to Syria for torture, and their bungling of the Air India investigation, have cast long shadows on our national police force. Relationships between police officers and the public are always fraught with tension. But it seems the RCMP has fallen so far from grace that it’s hard to imagine it will ever recover public confidence.
 
Full real, active  Vigilance by all persons here is still always required in reality. There are still too few cost, money controls — and too many opportunities for fraud and abuse — associated with the biggest outlay of federal money in our own government’s history. 
 
President Barack Obama told officials at all levels of government the he would hold them accountable for how they spend federal stimulus money, pledging to “call them out” if the funding is wasted on projects that do not generate jobs for the struggling economy.   He a  warned the nation’s mayors   that he would use the “full power” of the presidency to expose and crack down on them if they misuse the stimulus dollars meant to boost the sagging economy.  If a federal agency or a local government,  Municipality proposes a project that will waste that money, he  will not hesitate to call them out on it  and use the full power of his office and his administration to stop it. “And I want everybody here to be on notice “.  He also said a White House team will track how the funding is spent. A report by his budget director laid out specific guidelines that states and cities must adopt for reporting activities financed with the money. “What I will need from all of you is unprecedented responsibility and accountability on all of our parts,” Obama said. “The American people are watching.”  

 

Council wants Canadians to express views on health-care system

Many persons they also urged the US president to make sure the money does not get caught up in the kind of bureaucratic delays that often slow the flow of funding from the federal government to cities. “It took 2 1/2 years before any money really hit the city of New Orleans after Katrina,”
 
Obama’s warning confirms his role too as a guardian of the public purse, which could help inoculate him when inevitable controversies erupt over how the money is being spent by some municipalities.  Too  many persons rightfully also do  worries that too much money will be abused, stolen but spent recklessly on end projects that have no long-term job, economic  benefits. It is the  constituents themselves who are paying for it all now still with their tax money
 
This is a very sad commentary that such abuses do often still occur in both the US and Canada now too.  There is always the obligations to spend the taxpayer’s money  money wisely, free from politics and free from personal agendas. That now still applies to   anybody that   takes part in any amount of this funding.  On this there is no compromise or  shortcuts. Full, real, active  Vigilance by all persons here is still always required in reality. There are still too few cost, money controls — and too many opportunities for fraud and abuse — associated with the biggest outlay of federal money in our own government’s history.  

 

” Back in late 1995, the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien was close to panic after the federalist side came within a whisker of losing the Quebec referendum. The Liberals did what governments do when they don’t know what else to do – they threw money at the problem. They took a little-known program created to promote Canadian identity, which in the year before the referendum had spent a relatively minuscule $2 million, and pumped money into it, turning it into a huge patronage slush fund. By the time it was over, the Sponsorship Program, for that’s what it was, had burned through $322 million in taxpayer’s money. Some of the money was wasted, some was stolen, some found its way into the pockets of Liberals operatives in Quebec, some into the coffers of the party, and some simply disappeared. No one knows how much money went astray, but it could have been as much as $100 million. It was an outrage, but it was inevitable. In its wisdom – or desperation – the Liberals took the sponsorship program out of the hands of the public servants who handle government contracts, and turned it over to the political fixers in the Prime Minister’s Office. They shoveled money out the door. There was no oversight, no accountability to Parliament, no competition for contracts, and in some instances no reports of how the money had been spent. Anyone with connections in the Liberal party had a chance to get on the sponsorship teat. Fast forward to 2009. The Conservatives are in office and there is another national crisis.  The Conservatives, like governments everywhere, are desperate to stimulate the economy, get credit flowing again, save failing enterprises and create jobs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is asking Parliament to authorize his government to spend $3 billion by the end of June in short-term stimulus. He wants to operate without oversight by circumventing the normal approval process that is designed to weed out schemes that can’t pass the smell test. The $3 billion would be in a special Treasury Board fund that the politicians – the cabinet – would disperse among departments. Parliament would not be told where the money was going until after it was spent. Doesn’t this sound like the sponsorship program, magnified 10 times – from $322 million to $3 billion? Once again, we have a government that is so eager to spend money to address a crisis that it is not going to lose any sleep if some of the money is wasted or goes astray. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said as much the other day when he warned that the Tories’ fast-track disbursement was bound to produce some foul-ups in the allocation of funds. He’s right, of course. The Liberals call the stimulus fund a “blank cheque” and the New Democrats label it a “slush fund.” They claim that 70 per cent of the infrastructure grants currently being disbursed under another program, the Building Canada fund, are going to Conservative ridings. Prime Minister Harper is not taking any of this nonsense from mere opposition politicians. He went out to Vancouver the other day to rattle his sabres. The man never seems to learn. “We are not going to mess around with this,” Harper said, “. . . If the opposition doesn’t like it, they will find themselves in an election.” Let’s get real. The Conservatives have dropped in popular support since last October’s election; today they are in a statistical tie with Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals – and Ignatieff is not a man who can be bullied the way Harper bullied his predecessor, Stéphane Dion. If the Conservatives are defeated when their $3 billion package comes to a parliamentary vote on March 26, Harper will have himself and his foolish hardball tactics to blame.”  geoffstevens@sympatico.ca. http://news.guelphmercury.com/Opinions/article/447184   

“Harper’s $3 billion fund needs oversight    Feb 28, 2009 04:30 A M   James  Travers OTTAWA Stephen Harper says he’s ready to fight an election over a Conservative  slush fund. Michael Ignatieff should call the bluff. What the Prime Minister is proposing would create irresistible political  temptations, won’t effectively stimulate the economy and is dangerous to  democracy. Apart from stirring sponsorship scandal memories, the plan for  cabinet to distribute $3 billion behind closed doors is an acid test for  public accountability. If Harper has his way, Parliament’s defining  responsibility to control public spending will be further diminished even as  executive powers again expand. “Trust me” is not a credible proposition from a prime minister who broke his  word and law to force the fall election. Suspending fiscal oversight is not  a reassuring response to a leader who ignored available evidence to campaign  on the assurance that Canada would escape recession and as recently as  November forecast surpluses. It’s no more prudent for taxpayers to leave politicians alone with buckets  of cash than it’s wise for parents to leave children alone with the cookie  jar. One leads as predictably to abuse as the other to sugar fits.  So why run the risk? Urgency is the answer. A government that resisted  boosting the economy three months ago is now so determined to flush money  out the door it’s ready to short-circuit safeguards. Mad-rush spending is suddenly so essential that Harper is threatening the  fifth election in just nine years – if he isn’t given extraordinary freedom.  The logic is bizarre. In this crisis, $3 billion is chump change and won’t provide instant relief  for a $1.5 trillion economy. If the justification is a stretch, the election  bravado is a leap. Another campaign would delay the economic rescue package  by many months and almost certainly for too long to ease the financial pain. At least Harper, unlike Jean Chrétien, is announcing the fund while  confirming the obvious: mistakes will be made. Even if pre-emptive damage  control, that’s a step forward. Still, the national comfort level should be  pegged on skeptical. Conservatives have a shoddy record of spreading infrastructure millions  where they will have most impact on party fortunes. Just as worrying, this  government is quietly kneecapping the independent office it noisily created  to “bring truth to budgeting” and now want off Ottawa’s twisted money trail. Revealing in itself, the ugly fight with budget officer Kevin Page is rich   with implications for accountability and the slush fund. Twice Page has  embarrassed the government in the year since his position was created. First  he revealed the rising costs of the Afghanistan mission at a sensitive  moment in the last campaign. Then he projected deficits just days before  Finance Minister Jim Flaherty wrongly predicted surpluses. No surprise, the  government wants no repeats. It will try to control information about the $3  billion fund, leaving the bad news to some future, post-election auditor  general report. If the Prime Minister has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear.   http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/594542 

“It is an excellent idea for the public to have access to follow the money  trail of Government spending. All levels of Government should have this  accounting practice in place. I believe it was Obama who first mentioned the  idea of a websight.  “
 
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF.. BECAUSE JUDGE NOT OTHERS SO THAT YOU  BE NOT JUDGED NEXT FOR DOING THE SAME THING STILL APPLIES ..  THE CONSERVATIVES HAD SAID PUT US INTO POWER AND WE WILL SHOW YOU A DIFFERENT, CLEAN, HONEST, TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT AND SADLY NEXT WE ALL CAN KNOW THIS WAS A BIG LIE.. THE SAME CONSERVATIVES LIED JUST THE REST AND DID, DO MANY OF THE SAME  BAD THINGS TOO. THEY WERE, ARE NOT ANY BETTER. 
 
Tories drop the gloves on Ignatieff, prepare attack ads  The Canadian Press –  Stephen Harper speculated last week about a possible election if the opposition blocks Conservative efforts to speed up infrastructure spending. The Conservative research group started poring through Ignatieff’s work – including more than a dozen books and countless academic papers – This means another political WAR!!!   More taxpayer’s money wasted again too

 

Doctors call for weight loss industry regulation CBC.ca –  Many weight loss products like pills, herbs and some private clinics fail to deliver on their promises and governments should be regulating scientifically unproven therapies, obesity doctors say.
Two pounds a week beats any magic bullet Globe and Mail
Regulate weight-loss clinics that make unproven claims, obesity … The Canadian Press
CTV.ca – CityNews – Vancouver Sun – Calgary CTV
all 52 news articles »

Many weight loss products like pills, herbs and some private clinics fail to deliver on their promises and governments should be regulating scientifically unproven therapies, obesity doctors say.  I said the same thing in writing to the federal government, health ministers the last 2 decades too. In reality even Ten Nurses  cannot replace a decent doctor, never mind the health food quacks, liars now as well… nor can the internet if you are serious ill.. I had 4  separate major illness that no one was able to diagnose without a proper medical test. A friend of mine who ran a health food store totally misdiagnosed the ailments as well to prescribe tones of expensive unneeded  products.. nurses ate the emergency clinics were at to diagnose my problems as well.. My problems included gland problems, diabetes, blocked arteries, kidney stones. 

In addition to a doctor the second best thing I discovered was a dietician.. Many Hospital  delays are unessential, they are mere bureaucratic ploys, blackmail  to get more money, raises, funding.. they are still very poorly managed. The Health Council now claims that contrary to popular belief, aging and population growth are not the major causes of increased health care spending. Instead, Canadians are using the system more than ever. PART OF THE REASONS IS THAT THE TOO OFTEN CHARGE CARD HAPPY DOCTORS ARE NOT DOING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.. when many patients have to have repeat visits even visits to other doctors to get a second opinion this clearly show we can we improve the system without cutbacks or service reductions. Just cause a Doctor has a medicinal degree it still even does not mean all doctors are similarly competent now as well. “We can account for how money is spent, but not, in any precise way, for what it achieves,” We must figure out a way to make our money go further without compromising the quality of care Canadians have come to expect and need. To do that we for sure do need to have better Hospital, medical  supervisors for a start.  About the political Health Council of Canada. It was created by the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal, The Health Council of Canada is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of health care renewal in Canada. The Councillors were appointed by the participating provinces, territories and the Government of Canada which does not honestly disclose it’s full agenda..
 
 Hospitals play waiting game Toronto Sun –    QUEEN’S PARK BUREAU CHIEF Hospital statistics released by the province yesterday confirm what patients have long claimed: They’re spending far too long in emergency rooms.
City ER patients wait longer London Free Press
ER waits longer than average Peterborough Examiner
Windsor Star – Globe and Mail – Metro Canada – Ottawa – LondonTopic.ca
all 79 news articles »
  
 
 

 

CBC.ca –  A new website is asking Canadians for their input on how to get more bang from the bucks spent on the health-care system. Are services used well when cataract surgery is done on people with little loss of vision?
Can you believe it that the already rich doctors as well complain they are underpaid, demand more money, and yet these very same doctors only  work 9 to 5, have the holidays and weekend off, even though people get sick all the time now too..
THE DOCTORS AND NURSES NEED TO GET BACK TO CARING AFTER THE SICK PEOPLE.

The government’s own bad management,  past false savings by getting rid of middle managers, supervisor has firstly led to the increase of the Health costs.  

I  KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THE RCMP HAD LIED TO THE US PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH WHEN IT HAD TOLD HIM THAT THE ONLY THING THAT WAS WRONG WITH THE RCMP POLICE FORCE WAS BASICALLY NOTHING THAT MORE MONEY WOULD NOT FIX.. AS WE KNOW IN FACT THIS THERE WAS A LOT OF BAD, UNACCEPTABLE THINGS STILL TODAY WITH THE RCMP. A LOT.

I don’t know if it bugs you as it does now bugs me, that when something is defective with my car the auto motive dealer issues a recall and fixes it freely, but now with MICROSOFT  it sadly is the other way around. For when something is defective with one of their computer operating systems, they finally, eventually do  issue the supposed corrections, but they also mainly do call it a new package and even next charge me more for it..  wow, what a rip off, a real high way robbery… and 5 times now at least too. How many times can we get ripped off and be silent about it now too?  Secondly I am really getting tired of all that false really big let downs due to the false, misleading MS  advertising system on how their  newer operating system will be even be much better than the old one.  And what ever happened to all of the past great expectations for MS Dos, OS2, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, all of them now too it seems next gone the way of the dinosaurs.  In reality also I know that millions of computer users still using Windows 98, and and are still happy to continue to use Windows XP as well,  especially when you have had to seriously upgrade firstly your computer system to be able to firstly even use the new Windows Vista. While Windows Vista was improved after SP1 was released, but what still plagues the software–is it’s bloat and resource-intensiveness, to just name a few issues–is present even after Service Pack 1. Many persons thus  would rather use XP than Vista, since it’s more reliable, it doesn’t require a new, powerful computer to run, and forgoes the beauty for usability. Vista clearly too rightfully hasn’t performed nearly as well as Microsoft has advertised to us all and thus many businesses are loath to switch to it, for sure adding to the  strained MS relationships with businesses.  Many people now do need a new computer. Badly  too. But they are seriously willing to wait? and wait for what? More reasonable pricing and a reasonably effective Windows operating system.  They thus now are  unwilling to buy a new computer today. And now for certainty  there’s a single major factor that’s forcing them to to wait: and it is  the advertised Windows 7. Now while Macs, iMac and the  MacBook are trusty companions many persons still do  want to get into the real world of Windows, computer usage.   And some now  they say that Windows 7 isn’t just an outstanding operating system that provides an ideal positive experience, but it’s also a great alternative to Mac OS X. WOW? And  Windows 7, on the other hand, also finally blends beauty with usability and that makes it even supposedly superior over Windows Vista, that is  until they find some new undiscovered bugs and MS again have to issue a new service package  too? Anyway for now why buy something like Windows Vista that really now doesn’t offer both when next its successor Windows 7 will? And it looks like  Windows 7 will be released even in 2009. So  how much sense would it really make for anyone  to buy Vista? Sure, many persons, businesses   they  do need a new faster computer now and it would be nice to have one soon, so  I too don’t see any reason to buy one packed with an operating system that will be made also  obsolete in a matter of months. It doesn’t make any sense. Some persons also do say Windows 7 will be remembered as one of the greatest operating systems Microsoft has ever released. But they said that about many of the previous operating system now as well.. So do not get rid of your XP yet… I too will have no problem holding off from getting Windows 7 .  I’m willing to wait.  As per others  Moving beyond Vista,  Microsoft says it aims to make a much different first impression with Windows 7 than it did with Vista, its oft-maligned predecessor.    And the  Windows 7 buzz may thus severely stall Windows Vista sales for all that now supposedly happy Windows 7 talk has made it harder to convince many, many  businesses to move to Windows Vista.  A tour through the beta of Windows 7 might  makes a favorable impression. But that too isn’t’ good enough.. We need to fully test it as well..   Let’s also now next hope Microsoft does right by its existing Vista customers on pricing something Microsoft botched up on Windows Vista as well. But that is unlikely too.. 

Distasteful drinks, repulsive photos and unfair financial treatment all evoked the same primitive response in their experiments — the unmistakable grimace of disgust. “People feel it very strongly and viscerally,” says Hanah Chapman, lead author of the study published today in the journal Science. It suggests revulsion to unfair financial dealings — be it overpayment of executives or brokers peddling toxic mortgages (or crooked cops, bad doctors, crooked realtors, lying accountants, bad pastors or priests, bad RCMP too, bad politicians , bad civil and public servants, child molesters, lawyers) — taps into powerful and primitive emotions more commonly associated with cockroaches, filth and disease.  The idea that immoral behaviour “leaves a bad taste in your mouth” is more than just a metaphor, say psychologists at the University of Toronto, who have shown that immorality triggers the same primitive reactions that helped early humans avoid poison and infection Http://www.canada.com/life/behaviour+leaves+taste/1336270/story.html      

I admit it for years, rather decades  I  have been really rightfully upset at the RCMP because they have not being doing a good job in catching and prosecuting the much too many tax payer’s money abusers that we have, had in the federal , provincial, municipal governments.. Likely they the RCMP did not catch the bad guys cause they often do the same bad things it REALLY seems so. TOO many managers had  admitted to me personally how they robbed the taxpayers, by taking home computers and accessories that had been  charged to the corporate budget and yet now when I told the RCMP about it  the very bad  RCMP did not get one bad guy there to date.. or in another  crown corporation where I know firsthand price fixing, restrictive computer trade practices had been undertaken. Wow.  The RCMP are also not good at catching car thieves or drug users, distributors too as  I also do know..  for only traffic tickets is what they are best suited for it seems..  and for sure they are undeniably too costly for that kind of work in the first place. As we all can agree.
 

 Microsoft Corp announced that it had wrapped up work on Windows Vista Service Pack 2 but said it could be months before users get their hands on the upgrade to the problem-plagued operating  system.

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