If you've been able to steel yourself to actually read any of the recent articles on fiscal federalism, you'll have noticed how repeatedly it's argued that Ottawa must be especially generous to Quebec.
The reason always given is that Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who is a strong federalist, will soon be facing a provincial election against a reinvigorated, pro-separatist Parti Québécois.
A victory handed to Charest, in the form of more money and a say in international affairs, will enable him to win the election, thereby saving Canada from the trauma of yet another referendum.
A good argument. But with an obvious flaw. Its logical consequence is that before every Quebec provincial election, Ottawa must hand over more money and power. That's no way to run a country.
It's also a Machiavellian argument. The deal will produce another big winner. This will be Harper himself.
Harper's best chance of achieving his real Number 1 priority of a majority in the next election, probably in two years' time, is by winning more seats in Quebec.
Those actually paying for those votes will be Ontarians and Albertans. But the payback — claimed — to them will be that they'll be helping to save Canada.
Even Machiavelli would have been impressed.
Citoyens, vous pouvez maintenant mieux dormir. Morrissey, ex-chanteur des Smiths a été arrêté à la fois par le FBI et les autorités britanniques pour vérifier s'il n'était pas lié à de dangeureux groupes terroristes.
Même chose pour Henry Rollins, qui fut, pour sa part, arrêté par les autorités australiennes parce qu'il lisait un livre sur l'Islam.
La réponse de Rollins:
"Please tell your government and everyone in your office to go fuck themselves. Tell them twice. If your boss is looking for something to do, you can tell him I suggest he go fuck himself. Baghdad's safer than my hometown and your PM is a sissy," Rollins responded.
WOLF BLITZER: Terry, is Iraq falling apart right now?
TERRY JEFFERY: Well, I certainly hope not, Wolf. But I think actually these attacks on Shia shrines can be attributed to the potential success of the Bush strategy.
Question for Mr. Jeffery: What, exactly, would be evidence that Bush’s strategy in Iraq isn’t working?
Extrait (via C&L):
DOBBS: President Bush's family and members of the Bush administration have long-standing business connections with the United Arab Emirates, and those connections are raising new concerns and questions tonight in some quarters about why the president is defying his very own party leadership and his party in defending the Dubai port deal.
CHRISTINE ROMANS: The oil-rich United Arab Emirates is a major investor in The Carlyle Group, the private equity investment firm where President Bush's father once served as senior adviser and is a who's who of former high-level government officials. Just last year, Dubai International Capital, a government-backed buyout firm, invested in an $8 billion Carlyle fund.
Another family connection, the president's brother, Neil Bush, has reportedly received funding for his educational software company from the UAE investors. A call to his company was not returned.
Then there is the cabinet connection. Treasury Secretary John Snow was chairman of railroad company CSX/. After he left the company for the White House, CSX sold its international port operations to Dubai Ports World for more than a billion dollars.
In Connecticut today, Snow told reporters he had no knowledge of that CSX sale. "I learned of this transaction probably the same way members of the Senate did, by reading about it in the newspapers."
Another administration connection, President Bush chose a Dubai Ports World executive to head the U.S. Maritime Administration. David Sanborn, the former director of Dubai Ports' European and Latin American operations, he was tapped just last month to lead the agency that oversees U.S. port operations.
Tous les commentateurs ont salué l'habileté politique de la réponse du ministre Couillard au jugement Chaoulli. Mais on a moins noté que la question la plus fondamentale de toutes, comme d'habitude, a été pelletée vers l'avant.
Je n'ai pas souvenir d'avoir déjà vu un petit vingt millions de dollars permettre de faire autant de chemin politique. Il faut effectivement que la crédibilité du ministre Couillard soit forte pour que les gens s'imaginent que cette goutte d'eau accomplira ce que les milliards engloutis depuis des années n'ont pas réussi. Remarquez qu'il y a aussi des tas de gens qui pensent qu'Elvis Presley est vivant.
La saga juridique n'est pas terminée non plus. Tôt ou tard, il se trouvera quelqu'un pour aller soutenir devant les tribunaux que ce droit à la vie que la Cour suprême disait compromis par les délais n'est pas assuré par une ouverture à de l'assurance privée ne couvrant que les interventions aux genoux, aux hanches et aux yeux. Mais les élections seront passées à ce moment.
AACS, AES, HDCP, etc. : la liste des acronymes représentant les diverses mesures de protection imposées par Hollywood pour protéger ses droits d'auteur sur les nouveaux formats a de quoi donner le vertige.
Je salive déjà à l'idée d'acheter à gros prix des disques et des lecteurs qui seront bourrés de rootkits, spyware, ou signatures hardware qui viseront désespérément à m'empêcher de jouir du fruit de mes achats. Quoique.
AACS, like CSS, will be a success. Not at preventing piracy. That’s not the primary objective of any DRM system. Anyone who has read the CSS license agreement knows that the primary objective is to control the market for players. Don’t you just love when your DVD player tells you “This operation is prohibited” when you try to skip the intro?
6 years ago I didn’t think of registering decss.com. Not intending to make the same mistake twice, a while ago I registered deaacs.com.
Now if only products that implement AACS would come to market…
- Jon Lech Johansen
Le réseau, comptant plus de 3 millions d’utilisateurs, a été désactivé suite à un raid de la police fédérale belge. Les serveurs de Razorback2 et un individu soupçonné de les administrer ont quitté les lieux dans des paniers à salade. Par ailleurs, les autorités suisses ont procédé à l’arrestation du responsable du site à son domicile.
Razorback2 était un important serveur d’indexation pour eDonkey2000 et n’était accessible que par le biais d’un client eDonkey2000 comme eMule. Il n’hébergeait pas de fichiers ou de matériel comme tel, mais il aidait à accéder à un vaste éventail de matériel protégé par des droits d’auteur en indexant les fichiers réseau de eDonkey2000.
Il sera intéressant de connaître les mises en accusation des autorités belges au terme de cette affaire.
En effet, puisque qu'on devra arrêter les dirigeants de Google si les accusations reposent sur l'indexation. M'enfin, plus que 100 serveurs emule/edonkey qui restent. Bravo!
Via C&L et News Hounds.
After the break, Hannity harped on Baldwin again. Huffington, without losing her composure responded, “How many times are you going to say that? Would you like to go through a litany of the toxic statements made by your other guest, Ann Coulter, with which I’m sure you don’t agree? You know what? For you to be suddenly so, so, so hypersensitive about what Alec Baldwin said when you’ve allowed Ann Coulter to be on your show and say things that are so unbelievably toxic... Sending liberals to Guantanamo, having televised torture, sending Daisy Cutters to the Middle East… And I have not seen you distancing yourself from these toxic and (unintelligible) statements.”
Coulter giggled like a schoolgirl at the attention.
Hannity, another conservative more adept at bullying than debate, launched into another attack on the “unhinged” Democrats – Gore, Pelosi, Dean, etc.
Huffington gave it right back to him. She rattled off a list of Republicans distancing themselves from the Bush Administration – Walter Jones, Chuck Hagel, Pat Buchanan, etc. “This is, unfortunately, the kind of friendly fire that this administration is getting while at the same time being defended by the likes of Ann Coulter and the horror show of Mary Matalin on Meet The Press yesterday which clearly could not have done the Vice President any good.”
Then Alan Colmes confronted Coulter, too. He asked how her comments such as “Democrats are sympathetic to terrorists” are any different “in the level of extremism than what you’re criticizing?... That’s as extreme and as wrong-headed as what you’re accusing Alec Baldwin of doing.”
Coulter was obviously nonplused by the question. Finally, she mustered up a lame response. “Because I can back mine up.”
“You haven’t backed it up,” Colmes told her.
“Wh, wha, what the New York Times is promoting here.” She rattled off something incomprehensible about “Muslim’s bi-polar rage over some cartoons.” Then, complaining that she thought she was supposed to be discussing Osama Bin Laden, she treated the audience to some of her clever remarks that she had obviously prepared in advance. “He’s tougher on Sadaam Hussein than liberals are! …Liberals haven’t gotten to that stage yet.” Then the same woman who recently bought a house in Democratic-majority Palm Beach County for $1.8 million, tried to pass herself as a heartlander. “I will say the one great thing about the Dick Cheney accident is it’s so adorable watching Democrats pretend they know something about hunting. THAT’S been a hoot.”
Colmes said, “I thought the great thing about the hunting accident is that Dick Cheney finally got some combat experience.”
Alan Colmes sort de son mutisme habituel? Ça va vraiment mal aux USA.
Yahoo!Mail bans Allah and Dirty Harry handles
By John Oates
Published Monday 20th February 2006 16:27 GMT
Yahoo! is banning the use of allah in email names - even if the letters are included within another name.
This was uncovered by Reg reader Ed Callahan whose mother Linda Callahan was trying to sign up for a Verizon email address. She could not get it to accept her surname.
Enquiries to Verizon revealed that a partnership with Yahoo! was to blame. Yahoo! will not accept any identies which include the letters "allah".
Nor will Yahoo! accept yahoo, osama or binladen. But it will accept god, messiah, jesus, jehova, buddah, satan and both priest and pedophile.
Ed Callahan told us: "On one level this is just silliness. But we have a war on terrorism and it's migrating to be a war on Muslims - this just shows the confusion there is between the two and how pervasive this is."
The Callahans are still waiting to hear back from Yahoo!
A spokesman for Yahoo! UK said: "This sounds like a glitch. But we will get back to Ed and Lindy Callahan with a full answer as soon as possible." .
More from the blogosphere here. (http://quickwired.com/kallahar/stories/2005-Yahoo/yahoo.php)
By Susannah Meadows
Feb. 27, 2006 issue - The 5,000-acre tomato field in southwestern Florida sure doesn't look like heaven. Bulldozers scrape the land flat while clusters of Porta Pottis signal an undeniable earthiness. But soon a massive cathedral will rise from this barren spot. Reaching 100 feet in the air behind a 65-foot crucifix, the Oratory will anchor Ave Maria, a whole new town and Roman Catholic university 30 miles east of Naples. Ground was officially broken last week, and the plan is to build 11,000 homes—likely drawing families who already hold the church at the center of their lives.
For Tom Monaghan, the devout Catholic who founded Domino's Pizza and is now bankrolling most of the initial $400 million cost of the project, Ave Maria is the culmination of a lifetime devoted to spreading his own strict interpretation of Catholicism. Though he says nonbelievers are welcome, Monaghan clearly wants the community to embody his conservative values. He controls all the commercial real estate in town (along with his developing partner, Barron Collier Cos.) and is asking pharmacies not to carry contraceptives. If forced to choose between two otherwise comparable drugstores, Barron Collier would favor the one that honored that request, says its president and CEO, Paul Marinelli. Discussing his life as a millionaire Catholic who puts his money where his faith is, Monaghan says: "I believe all of history is just one big battle between good and evil. I don't want to be on the sidelines."
The ACLU of Florida is worried about how he's playing the game. "It is completely naive to think this first attempt [to restrict access to contraception] will be their last," says executive director Howard Simon. Armed with a 1946 Supreme Court opinion that "ownership [of a town] does not always mean absolute dominion," Simon will be watching Ave Maria for any signs of Monaghan's request's becoming a demand. Planned Parenthood is similarly alarmed. So far, Naples Community Hospital, which plans to open a clinic in Ave Maria Town, says it will not prescribe any birth control to students. Will others be able to get the pill? "For the general public, the answer is probably yes, but not definitely yes," says hospital point man Edgardo Tenreiro. The Florida attorney general's office says the issue of limiting access will likely have to be worked out in court. Barron Collier and Monaghan say they're following Florida law.
Tant qu'on ne planifie pas vivre selon les préceptes de la charia...
Judge dismisses Canadian deportation suit
By TOM HAYS
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
NEW YORK -- A federal judge has tossed out a civil rights lawsuit filed by a Syrian-born Canadian man who claimed U.S. counterterrorism officials deported him so he could be tortured in Syria.
Maher Arar had sued the officials in 2004 in what was believed to be the first case challenging extraordinary rendition - the policy of transferring foreign terror suspects to third countries without court approval.
U.S. District Judge David G. Trager rejected arguments that Arar was protected by the Torture Victim Prevention Act, which allows U.S. courts to assess damages for human rights abuses committed abroad.
Trager said that as a non-citizen, Arar couldn't demonstrate that he has a viable cause of action under that statute.
Citing "the national security and foreign policy considerations at stake," the judge said Arar had no grounds in a U.S. court to claim his constitutional right to due process was violated.
Arar, 35, holds dual Syrian-Canadian citizenship and was traveling on a Canadian passport when he was stopped in New York during a layover while returning to Canada from Tunisia. He was held for 12 days before being sent to Syria on suspicion of being a member of al-Qaida, an allegation he denies.
Arar maintains that once imprisoned in Damascus, he was tortured into making false confessions of terrorist activity. Arar said he was held for more than a year in a dark, damp cell, then was released without ever being charged.
The U.S. Justice Department has insisted that it had information linking Arar to al-Qaida, that Syria promised he would be treated humanely and that shipping him there was "in the best interest of the security of the United States." Syria has denied he was tortured.
Justice Department officials were pleased with the judge's ruling, spokesman Charles Miller said.
Pas de manifestations s.v.p., on va penser que vous êtes des extrémistes.
Un employé de VIA Rail a acheté un billet de train sous le nom d'Oussama ben Laden, le 11 septembre 2003.
Benoit Dulong, qui travaillait à Montréal à l'époque, avait posé ce geste pour faire comprendre à son employeur qu'il devait améliorer les mesures de sécurité chez VIA Rail.
Aux francs-tireurs, Stéphane affirmait:
" La télévision ça donne le cancer du cerveau… au sens imagé. Un moment donné, tu deviens obnubilé par la télé, tu rentres dans ton monde, et après on se demande comment ça se fait que le monde est détraqué mental, qu'il y a des meurtres aux 5 secondes, que les gens voient du sexe partout! "
Une thérapie pour Steph? Le bouton "off", ça sert à quelque chose.
" Les intérêts de ma population c'est pas négociable. Il n'y a pas un crisse sur la Terre qui va rire de nous autres! Jamais, tant que je vais être vivant! "
Deux gars d'Huntingdon partent en forêt pour couper un sapin de Noël. Après 4 heures, ils reviennent tout déçus. Un des gars d'Huntingdon dit :
- On aurait peut-être dû chercher un sapin qui n'était pas décoré !
Deux gars d'Huntingdon se promènent en auto. Soudain, un oiseau fait un tas sur le pare-brise de l'auto. Le conducteur demande à son copain:
- Tu ne l'essuies pas ?
Et le passager prend un papier-mouchoir, baisse la vitre et s'exclame :
- L'oiseau est rendu trop loin !
Deux gars d'Huntingdon dans une auto descendent une côte raide.
L'un dit : « On a plus de freins ! »
L'autre répond : « Calme-toi, y'a un stop en bas. »
Trois gars d'Huntingdon se promènent sur le toit du stade olympique. Un des trois dit :
- Regardez, il y a une pièce d'un dollar en bas !
Tous se jettent en bas du toit pour la ramasser.
Le lendemain, la première page du journal titre : Trois gars d'Huntingdon sont morts pour un couvercle de poubelle !
Merci à Louis-Paul Allard et à Wikipedia.
Normand Lester, dans un article tellement ridicule qu'il faut en rire, a mis à jour un autre scandale INNACEPTABLE à McGill!
Nouvel élément au dossier des frasques libidineuses des fraternités de l’Université McGill. Le Journal Mir a obtenu d’une source anonyme plusieurs photos d’une jeune femme nue au Mont Royal Cemetary adoptant des poses pornographiques devant le monument dédié par l’Université McGill à la mémoire des personnes qui lui ont légué leur corps à des fins de recherche scientifique. Les photos circuleraient à la faculté de médecine de l’institution et sur Internet.
Où est PKP? Il dort au gaz?
So jump all you want on the bandwagon of a crusade against floor-crossing. But keep in mind that, when it comes to achieving a system that produces governments that reflect the complexities of Canadian society, that bandwagon is on a side trip to nowhere.
Le problème avec cette position? Imaginez que vous avez le cancer du colon et que vous avez aussi (vous n'êtes décidément pas chanceux) mal à la tête. Vous voulez de l'aspirine pour votre mal de tête? Too bad, faudrait plutôt vous traiter à la chimio. Chantal semble mal comprendre que soigner un problème ne vous empêche pas de soigner l'autre, ni même de considérer que le deuxième problème est plus important que le premier.
Stewart à propos de l'accident de chasse de Cheney.
Corrdry: "Jon, tonight the Vice President is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Whittington. Now according to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time-there-were-quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be the 78 year old man. Even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists-he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face.
There have been numerous problems prosecuting those believed responsible for this heinous treatment. However, the defense seems to have struck upon a novel theory that's working....basically, how can troops know what the rules are when their leaders don't. So, the ineptness of Bush and Rumsfeld are actually working to the benefit of the accused:
Although the administration issued a general order that detainees should be treated humanely, internal military files on the case show that officers and soldiers at Bagram differed over what specific guidelines, if any, applied. That ambiguity confounded the Army's criminal investigators for months and left the prosecutors vacillating over strategy. It also gave the accused soldiers a defense that has seemed to resonate with some military judges and jurors.
"The president of the United States doesn't know what the rules are!" said Capt. Joseph Owens, a lawyer for one of the accused interrogators, Pfc. Damien M. Corsetti, who is one of two former Bagram soldiers still facing court-martial. "The secretary of defense doesn't know what the rules are. But the government expects this Pfc. to know what the rules are?"
On Friday, February 10, the rock star of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was none other than Ann Coulter. Before an overflow crowd of at least 1000 young right-wing activists, Coulter took her brand of performance art to new heights. Afterwards, I caught up with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to ask him about Coulter's characterization of Muslims as "ragheads." Before I reveal his indignant response, here is a sampling of Coulter's most memorable lines.
Coulter on Muslims:
"I think our motto should be post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'" (This declaration prompted a boisterous ovation.)
Même si Ann Coulter voulait sans doute faire une raillerie ici (ho, ho, ho), rien ne m'indique qu'il ne s'agit pas là de la réalité. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. (Boisterous ovation)
MSNBC senior producer Mike Tirone is speaking on a $279 per listener conference call on Feburary 16. The title of the call is "How to Reach Masses of Conservative Voters with Your Cause, Policy or Political Message." Kind of transparent on its face what that call's about.
But there's more on the Web site of the group hosting the call.
Millions of conservative voters — and the media that serve them — wield enormous influence in America’s public debate. Learn how you can reach this powerful political block with your agenda by listening and talking to editors at top moderate-to-conservative media. These influential decision-makers will explain which kinds of stories you need to tell to grab their attention and how you can develop long-term relationships with them.
And things get particularly interesting in the next paragraph on the site:
Conservatism — from the Christian right and traditional business interests to the ascendant “neo-con” political movement — has emerged as one of the most powerful forces in American life. Likewise, the media that serve this growing segment can deliver your perspective with awesome credibility and power to millions of passionate voters. To gain incomparable insight into the mindset of the conservative voter — as well as find out how to pitch their favorite media — plan to attend this exclusive panel discussion. These editors will tell you how to be more successful in breaking into their media, as well as how to more effectively communicate with their audience.
Mais c'est bien de MSNBC dont on parle. Donc, on présuppose que l'auditoire est conservateur, pas qu'il faut simplement rejoindre les conservateurs parmi eux. Tant qu'à y être.
The Liberals had the template of a deal with the U.S. on the softwood lumber dispute, but put it on hold during the election that saw the party's defeat, a Toronto newspaper reported today.
Objections to the terms were led by David Emerson, the Liberal minister from B.C. under fire for defecting to the Conservatives, the newspaper said today.
Un reportage de l'émission Fifth Estate du réseau anglais Radio-Canada diffusé mercredi révèle que l'homme d'affaires germano-canadien Karlheinz Schreiber a utilisé des fonds provenant de commissions secrètes pour remettre 300 000 $ à l'ancien premier ministre Brian Mulroney en 1993, peu après qu'il se fut retiré du pouvoir.
2. Charge 50$ (a year) to fix them;
3. Rinse, repeat.
Case 1: The WaPo features the tale of House of Refuge in Salt Lake City. An alleged rehabilitation program at a church, the entity is facing allegations that it forced people to work as telemarketers for 28 cents an hour under the threat they could go back to jail. Oh, and the church withheld even those pitiful wages and pocketed it all.
ROBERTSON: Studies that I have read indicate that having babies is a sign of a faith in the future. You know, unless you believe in the future, you're not going to take the trouble of raising a child, educating a child, doing something. If there is no future, why do it? Well, unless you believe in God, there's really no future. And when you go back to the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre, the whole idea of this desperate nightmare we are in -- you know, that we are in this prison, and it has no hope, no exit. That kind of philosophy has permeated the intellectual thinking of Europe, and hopefully it doesn't come here. But nevertheless, ladies and gentlemen, Europe is right now in the midst of racial suicide because of the declining birth rate. And they just can't get it together. Why? There's no hope.
* 1906 - Atlanta Riots, (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
* 1907 - Bellingham riots, (Bellingham, Washington, USA)
* 1908 - Springfield Race Riot, (Springfield, Illinois, USA)
* 1917 - East St. Louis Riot, (St. Louis, Missouri & East St. Louis, Illinois, USA)
* 1917 - Conscription Crisis of 1917, (Quebec, Canada)
* 1918 - Rice Riots, (Japan)
* 1919 - May Day Riots, (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
* 1919 - Red Summer, (USA)
* 1919 - Chicago Race Riot, (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
* 1919 - Elaine Race Riot, (Elaine, Arkansas, USA)
* 1919 - Longview Race Riot, (Longview, Texas, USA)
* 1919 - Washington, DC Riot 1919, (Washington, D.C., USA)
* 1921 - Tulsa Race Riot, (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
* 1937 - Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage, (USA)
* 1943 - Zoot Suit Riots, (Los Angeles, California, USA)
* 1943 - Detroit Race Riot, (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
* 1946 - Euclid Beach Park Riot August 23, Cleveland, OH
* 1946 - Nylon Riots
* 1947 - Jerusalem Riots of 1947, (Jerusalem)
* 1948 - Accra Riots, (Ghana)
* 1949 - Peekskill Riot (Peekskill, New York, USA)
* 1950 - Maria Hertogh riots 11 December-13 December, Singapore
* 1955 - Hock Lee bus riots 12 May, (Singapore)
* 1956 - Chinese Middle School riots 24 October-28 October, (Singapore)
* 1959 - Tibetan riots against Chinese government, (Tibet, China)
* 1964 - New York City 1964 race riot July 18-23
* 1964 - Rochester 1964 race riot July 24-25
* 1964 - Jersey City 1964 race riot August 2-4
* 1964 - Paterson 1964 race riot August 11-13
* 1964 - Elizabeth 1964 race riot August 11-13
* 1964 - Chicago (Dixmoor) 1964 race riot August 16-17
* 1964 - Philadelphia 1964 race riot August 28-30
* reference for these 1964 events: 
* 1965 - Watts Riot, Aug. 1965, (Los Angeles, California, USA)
* 1966 - Hough Riots, July 1966, Cleveland, OH
* 1966 - Hunter's Point Riot, (San Francisco, California, USA)
* 1967 - 1967 Newark riots, July 1967, (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
* 1967 - 1967 Plainfield riots, July 1967,(Plainfield, New Jersey, USA)
* 1967 - Cambridge, MD Riot 1967, July 1967,(Cambridge, Maryland, USA)
* 1967 - 12th Street Riot, July 1967, (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
* 1967 - Hong Kong 1967 riots, (Hong Kong )
* 1968 - 1968 Washington, DC riots, April 1968, (Washington, D.C., USA)
* 1968 - Baltimore Riot 1968, (April 1968, Baltimore, MD, USA)
* 1968 - May 1968 popular uprising (France)
* 1968 - Glenville Shootout, Cleveland, OH
* 1968 - 1968 Democratic National Convention riot, Aug. 1968, (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
* 1968 - Rodney Riots, (Kingston, Jamaica)
* 1969 - Stonewall Riots, June 1969, (New York City, New York, USA)
* 1969 - York Race Riot, July 1969, (York, Pennsylvania, USA)
* 1969 - May 13th race riots, (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
* 1969 - Days of Rage, Oct. 1969, (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
* 1970 - Kent State Riots/Shootings, May 1970, (Kent, Ohio, USA)
* 1970 - Hard Hat riot, Wall Street, May 8, 1970, (New York City, New York, USA)
* 1971 - May Day Protests 1971, May 1971, (Washington, D.C., USA)
* 1971 - Camden Riots, August 1971, (Camden, New Jersey, USA)
* 1971 - Attica Prison uprising, (Attica, New York, USA)
* 1973 and 1974 - Greek student riots and revolution at Polytechnio, military junta overthrown, (Greece)
* 1975 - Livernois-Fenkell riot (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
* 1976 - Notting Hill Carnival Riot (London, England)
* 1977 - New York City Blackout Riot, July 1977, (New York City, New York, USA)
* 1979 - White Night gay riots, May 1979 (San Francisco, California)
* 1979 - Greensboro Riot/Shootings, Nov. 1979, (Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)
* 1980 - New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot, (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
* 1980 - Chattanooga Riot of 1980, (Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA)
* 1980 - Miami Riot 1980, May 1980, (Miami, Florida, USA)
* 1981 - 1981 Springbok Tour protests and riots, (New Zealand)
* 1981 - Brixton riot of 1981, (London, England)
* 1981 - Toxteth riots (Liverpool, England)
* 1981 - First Handsworth Riot, (Birmingham, England)
* 1982 - Washington Anti-Klan protest 1982, Nov. 1982, (Washington, D.C., USA)
* 1982 - Miami Riot 1982, Overtown Riot, Dec. 1982, (Miami, Florida, USA)
* 1984 - Anti-Sikh riots, (Delhi, Kanpur, India)
* 1985 - Broadwater Farm Riot, (London, England)
* 1985 - Brixton riot of 1985, (London, England)
* 1985 - Second Handsworth Riot, (Birmingham, England)
* 1987 - Tampa Riot 1987, Feb. 1987, (Tampa, Florida, USA)
* 1987 - Iranian pilgrim riot, (Mecca, Saudi Arabia)
* 1988 - Tompkins Square Park riot, August 1988 (East Village, Manhattan, New York City)
* 1988-1989 - Nanjing Anti-African protests, (Nanjing, China)
* 1989 - Miami Riot 1989, Jan. 1989, (Miami, Florida, USA)
* 1989 - Tampa Riot 1989, Feb. 1989, (Tampa, Florida, USA)
* 1989 - Caracas Riots of February 1989, Feb. 1989, (Caracas, Venezuela)
* 1989 - Aftermath of Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, (Beijing China)
* 1989 - Romanian Revolution of 1989, (Romania)
* 1990 - Poll Tax Riots, (London)
* 1991 - 1991 Washington, DC riot in D.C.'s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, May 1991, (Washington, D.C., USA)
* 1991 - 1991 Moscow August Putsch , GKChP (ГКЧП) riot, or August Coup Attempt, or August Putsch, 19-21 August 1991, (Moscow, Russia)
* 1991 - Crown Heights Riot, Aug. 1991, (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
* 1992 - L.A. riot/Rodney King riot, April-May (Los Angeles, California, USA)
* 1992 - Bombay Riots - Riots in the Indian City of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) after the demolition of Babri Masjid, Ayodhya.
* 1995 - Water Riots The Landsdowne Road Riots of Feb. 1995, (Dublin, Ireland). Occurred during a soccer game
* 1995 - Brixton riot of 1995, (London, England)
* 1996 - St. Petersburg, FL Riot 1996, Oct. 1996, (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)
* 1998 - Jakarta Riots of May 1998, (Jakarta, Indonesia)
* 1999 - WTO Meeting of 1999, Nov. 1999, (Seattle, Washington, USA)
* 1999 - Michigan State University student riot, April 1999, (East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
* 2000 - Cochabamba protests of 2000, (Cochabamba, Bolivia)
* 2000 - October Riots, (Israel)
* 2001 - Quebec City Summit of the Americas, April 2001, (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada)
* 2001 - Bradford Muslim/BNP riot, July 2001, (Bradford , West Yorkshire, UK)
* 2001 - Genoa Group of Eight Summit protest, July 2001, (Genoa, Italy)
* 2001 - Gothenburg Riots, June 2001, (Gothenburg, Sweden)
* 2001 - 2001 Cincinnati Riots, April 2001, (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
* 2001 - Banja Luka Riots, May 2001, (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
* 2001 - December 2001 Riots, (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
* 2001 - Seattle Mardi Gras Riots, Feb. 2001, (Seattle, WA, USA)
* 2002 - Gujarat Communal Riots, Feb 2002 (Gujarat, India)
* 2003 - Benton Harbor, Mich. Riot, June 2003, (Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA)
* 2003 - Maldives civil unrest, September 2003, (Malé, Maldives)
* 2004 - 2004 Kosovo riots
* 2004 - Redfern riots, (Sydney, Australia)
* 2005 - Belize unrest, January 2005, (Belmopan, Belize)
* 2005 - Macquarie Fields riots, February 2005, southeastern suburb of Sydney, Australia
* 2005 - Anti-Japanese riots, April 2005, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China
* 2005 - Maldives civil unrest, August 2005, (Malé, Maldives)
* 2005 - 2005 Toledo Riot, October 2005, (Toledo, Ohio, USA)
* 2005 - 2005 Birmingham riots, October 2005, (Birmingham, England)
* 2005 - 2005 French urban violence, October-November 2005, outer banlieues of major French cities, and copy-cat disturbances in most Western European countries, like Belgium and Germany
* 2005 - Mar del Plata Summit of the Americas, November 2005, (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
* 2005 - 2005 Sydney race riots, December 2005, (Sydney, Australia)
* 2006 - Cartoon riots
Alberto: President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.
LolOMG111 I pwned the cherry tree!
1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.
2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.
4. More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.
5. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!
6. Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low incidence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis.
7. Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days.
8. Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter, and even cold cuts.
9. Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.
10. Newborn babies can choke on bread.
11. Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.
12. Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.
In light of these frightening statistics, it has been proposed that the following bread restrictions be made:
1. No sale of bread to minors.
2. A nationwide "Just Say No To Toast" campaign, complete celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.
3. A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
4. No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
5. The establishment of "Bread-free" zones around schools.
Merci à B.S. Wheatberry.
Charest veut contrôler le message qu'il envoie à la population
En panne de popularité depuis maintenant deux ans, Jean Charest se lance dans de grandes manoeuvres pour contrôler les renseignements émanant du gouvernement. Les agents d'information de tous les ministères relèveront sous peu du Conseil exécutif - le ministère du premier ministre.
Selon les informations obtenues par La Presse, une cohorte de 200 à 300 agents d'information dans l'ensemble des ministères prendront désormais leurs instructions du Secrétariat à la communication gouvernementale.
Les directeurs des communications des ministères seront désormais choisis par ce secrétariat, proche des décideurs politiques, a confirmé hier Marie-Claire Ouellet, sous-ministre responsable du Secrétariat à la communication.
«Les communications gouvernementales sont une fonction de gestion, et tout le monde s'entend pour dire qu'il y aurait place à amélioration. Il faut davantage de coordination, les ministères travaillent en silo», a-t-elle expliqué.
Ironiquement, lorsqu'ils étaient dans l'opposition, les libéraux avaient vertement dénoncé une stratégie similaire, quoique moins audacieuse. Il s'agissait alors de centraliser les décisions touchant les campagnes de publicité gouvernementales, une mesure adoptée à l'automne 2001 et que le gouvernement Charest a maintenue après les élections de 2003.
Jean-Marc Fournier, alors simple député de Châteauguay, affirmait alors que la décision du gouvernement Landry de créer un poste de Secrétaire aux communications gouvernementales montrait l'usure du gouvernement. «La centralisation de l'information entre les mains de Bernard Landry et de son petit groupe d'amis, c'est la signature d'un gouvernement de fin de régime.»
L'actuel ministre de l'Éducation soutenait que la nécessité de contrôler le message était l'illustration d'un gouvernement ayant «perdu le contact avec la population».
«Quand le message passe mal, la tendance est souvent de trouver un autre moyen pour le diffuser. De contrôler l'information pour faire en sorte que la population finisse par comprendre le message. Si le message du gouvernement ne passe pas, c'est tout simplement parce que ses politiques ne passent pas la rampe», avait, incisif, lancé M. Fournier en 2001.
Le timing de l'étude est, par contre, assez intéressant, puisque Stephen Harper parlait justement durant la campagne de réviser l'accord conclu avec les provinces en matière de services de garde. On prépare le terrain?
Les vrais résultats? L'élection de Harper n'a eu aucun effet sur la popularité de Jean Charest. Nice try though.
Conscients de l'importance que le public, les médias et la classe politique accordent aux sondages, nous regrettons sincèrement qu'une analyse rapide des résultats de ce sondage nous ait conduit à une interprétation exagérée de l'impact des dernières élections fédérales sur la scène politique québécoise.
Voir aussi l'article de la Tribu du verbe.
..Et les réactions de la plusse grosse armée au monde...
Using the likeness of a service member who has lost his arms and legs in war as the central theme of a cartoon was beyond tasteless. Editorial cartoons are often designed to exaggerate issues, and The Post is obviously free to address any topic, including the state of readiness of the armed forces. However, The Post and Mr. Toles have done a disservice to readers and to The Post's reputation by using such a callous depiction of those who volunteered to defend this nation and, as a result, suffered traumatic and life-altering wounds.
Texas' Bill of Rights Section 4:
" RELIGIOUS TESTS: No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."
Last fall, the PQ's consuming thirst for a fresh face led it straight to the untested André Boisclair. It was a choice based, in no small part, on magic thinking and pie-in-the-sky demographics.
The notion that a winning referendum was just around the corner of the next Quebec election was treated as a mantra.
With that in mind, Boisclair's presumed power of attraction on younger voters was deemed more important than the many reservations he inspired.
After the wake-up call of last week's federal election, Quebec sovereignists may be poised to pay a steep price for having preferred to listen to what they wanted to hear.
Malgré le fait que je pense qu'il s'agissait quand même là d'un bon choix, la récente ressurgence d'un certain vote réactionnaire au Québec pourrait bien priver Boisclair, qui sera sans doute perçu comme étant trop "plateauisant" pour les amateurs de Jeff Fillion de ce monde, d'une part du vote qui pourrait s'avérer importante. Mmmmh.