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If people no longer expect objectivity from their political and legal systems, then all justice will be reduced to a power struggle between conflicting and irreconcilable perspectives, a struggle in which the most dominant and pervasive bias will replace fair and impartial process as the character of justice. But if objectivity in law and politics is everywhere supplanted by conflict between subjective interests, then the side of economic privilege and established authority will always retain dominance. A society in which people no longer expect representatives of its major institutions even to attempt to render objectivity in their professional demeanours is a society whose major institutions are in a crisis of ethical legitimacy. In such a society, there is wide spread cynicism regarding the possibility of fair political process because it seems impossible that impartial, unbiased dispositions could exist to enact such processes.

Robert Nicholls

Language and Logic

Sunday, February 17, 2013

‪Chinagate: Who's Minding the Resource Store?‬

Harper lets communist China have free rein over Canadian telecommunications

‪Chinagate: Who's Minding the Resource Store?‬

Tibet's 100th self-immolation takes place in protest against Chinese rule

Tibetan monks protest

Harper: Don't Sell Nexen out to China, Stand up for Tibet

Tenzin Lobsang's message to Prime Minister Harper


Colonization. You saw Tibet, don't let it happen to you.

A personal message to Prime Minister Harper of Canada from Rinchen Dolma

Harper China pipeline

Canada's environmental activists seen as 'threat to national security'

" increasingly conflating terrorism and extremism with peaceful citizens exercising their democratic rights to organise petitions, protest and question government policies, said Jeffrey Monaghan of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. "

" In 2011 a Montreal, Quebec man who wrote letters opposing shale gas fracking was charged under Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act. "

" He said there was real anger among Canadians about the degradation of the natural environment by oil, gas and other extractive industries and governments working for those industries and not in the public interest. Security forces should see Greenpeace as a "plus", a non-violent outlet for this anger, he argued. "It is governments and fossil fuel industry who are the extremists, threatening the prosperity of future generations." "

Gordon Wilson speaking on the Canada-China Treaty

Idle No More

‪NO to FIPPA Christy Clark's Office‬

Pt2 NO to FIPPA Christy's Office

Online groups back electoral co-operation, boost Liberal hopeful Murray

" Murray is proposing that Liberals, New Democrats and Greens hold run-off nominations to choose a single candidate to run in ridings won by the Conservatives last time with less than 50 per cent of the vote.

Her proposal is for one-time co-operation in the 2015 election, after which she is promising reform of the electoral system so that each party's share of the popular vote would be more accurately reflected in the House of Commons in future. "

Delta port expansion plans opposed

" "The watering down of the environmental assessment process, the consultation process that is a manipulative coverup of their intentions — it's a desire to use fine, fine land for industrial purposes," Huntington said. "

Company to sue B.C. government over Morrison Lake gold mine rejection

Theft of Public Resources.

Bloated bills prompt review of carbon trust

" So far, almost all of the sales have been from private corporations, including TimberWest and the energy giant Encana. Most of the purchases have been made by public agencies, which are forced by government regulation to buy enough offsets at the fixed price of $25 a tonne to counter their emissions.
Reaction to the spectre of schools being forced to turn over scarce dollars to the likes of Encana forced the government to provide extra funding last year, but otherwise, Pacific Carbon Trust has operated largely unchecked. "
" Dubious benefits. High costs. Loose oversight. The “next administration” may be well advised to let the sun set on the Pacific Carbon Trust. "

Report: Canada Should Toughen Rules for Foreign Firms

" The 88-page report, “Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities,” is aimed at addressing growing frustration among Canadian defense firms who complain they have seen little quality work from the billions of dollars of military contracts awarded in the past several years by Canada’s ruling Conservative Party. Those include the purchases of tanks, helicopters and transport aircraft.

The report from special procurement adviser Tom Jenkins noted that the Canadian government intends to invest 240 billion Canadian dollars ($232 billion) on new defense equipment in the next 20 years.

It recommended developing, at least initially, key industrial capabilities in six areas: Arctic and maritime security, soldier protection, command and support, cybersecurity, training systems and in-service support. "

Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning

" “Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and convictions wavered,” Mr. Xi said, according to a summary of his comments that has circulated among officials but has not been published by the state-run news media.

“Finally, all it took was one quiet word from Gorbachev to declare the dissolution of the Soviet Communist Party, and a great party was gone,” the summary quoted Mr. Xi as saying. “In the end nobody was a real man, nobody came out to resist.” "

China muscles US in Pacific

"Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, at the People's Liberation Army's National Defence University, told Fairfax Media this week that American strategic influence would be confined ''east of the Pacific midline'' as it is displaced by Chinese power throughout east Asia, including Australia."

" It clashes with comments days earlier by his university colleague, General Zhu Chenghu, who told a conference in the US: ''We have no intention of driving the US out of east Asia or the western Pacific.'' "

Why America Is Losing the War Against China's Hacker Spies

" In the last 10 months, Chinese hackers have doubled their forces, with 10 teams deploying 300 malware groups. "There is a tremendous amount of manpower being thrown at this from their side," Stewart, the face of our anti-malware campaign. told Businessweek. Meanwhile, most American businesses and agencies are "outmatched by an enemy with vast resources and a long head-start," Lawrence and Riley write.

There is one slightly encouraging tid-bit in the Bloomberg piece, however. At least some of our important national security organizations have enough resources to combat the hackers. Lawrence and Riley list the Pentagon and a "handful of three letter organizations" as "possibly" having enough manpower to combat the vast Chinese effort. "

Russia tests U.S. air defenses with nuclear-armed bombers over Guam

" Even as President Obama advocates reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal and transitioning the military to enhanced emphasis on commandos and drone aircraft for active use in hotspots around the world, Russia’s defense model revolves around heavy strategic and conventional deterrence models which American policymakers have long since abandoned as being “outdated Cold War thinking.” "

" Both Russia and China have taken seriously the need to invest in strategic weapons platforms, while the United States’ strategy of calculated nuclear ambiguity and minimal deterrence has placed the defense of the United States behind words rather than weapons. "

" When was the last time the Pentagon actually calculated or assessed how many of our bombers, tankers and ships would be caught on the ground or in port during a nuclear first strike? Is this even a consideration these days? Or is Iran and third world dictators who abuse their people the only enemies of the United States our leaders have the imagination – or political agenda – to prepare against? "

Report: Iranians at N. Korea nuclear test

Wall Street's Derivative Shell Game