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Émission de L'Autre Monde du 3 juillet 2008: Le Québec militaire, contrôles frontaliers canadiens et l'industrie des prisons US


Émission de L'Autre Monde du 3 juillet 2008: Le Québec militaire, contrôles frontaliers canadiens et l'industrie des prisons US

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L'Autre Monde 3 juillet 2008
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Cette semaine nous parlons du Québec et militaire; le plan de défence du Canada; des contrôles frontalier du Canada, du Moyen-Orient; des volcans sous l'Arctique et du reste du tour du monde avec LNI et finalement de l'industrie des prisons privées aux États-Unis: grosse business ou un nouvelle forme d'esclavagisme?

L'Autre Monde, pour la plus importante information de la semaine et ce, sans détour. Cette émission est documentée. Nous menons la guerre à la désinformation!

Soyez au rendez-vous le jeudi à 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM!

***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui:

Le Québec militaire

- par Jules Dufour - 2008-04-07

Un portrait du Québec militaire et sa participation au processus actuel de réarmement du Canada.

Le Québec militaire

par Jules Dufour

Mondialisation.ca, Le 7 avril 2008

Le plan de défense du Canada: Les États-Unis d'abord !

par Jules Dufour

Mondialisation.ca, Le 13 mai 2008

Canada: Contrôles frontaliers

par L'aut'journal

Mondialisation.ca, Le 20 juin 2008


Martian soil appears able to support life

"It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard, you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well. ... It is very exciting for us."

US nuclear weapons 'leave British soil at last' after half a century of controversy

PEACE campaigners last night welcomed reports that the United States has withdrawn all its nuclear weapons from Britain after more than 50 years.

US confidence plummets as house prices slump 23%

US house prices dropped 22.8 per cent over the last three months as American consumer confidence signalled the worst level of consumption since since 1974.

Oil Rises to Record on Concern Iran Supplies May Be Disrupted

Crude oil rose to a record above $143 a barrel on speculation the dispute over Iran's nuclear program may disrupt supply from OPEC's second-largest producer.

Soooooooo, Bush isn't really planning to attack Iran; this is just a giant scam to run up the price of Congress members' oil stock portfolios!!!!!!!

Oil crosses 140 dollars for first time

Oil prices crossed 140 dollars a barrel for the first time in New York and London Thursday amid a declining dollar and after OPEC warned prices could hit 170 dollars this year.

Oil climbs $3 on Libya, OPEC comments

Oil surged Thursday following reports that Libya may cut production and an OPEC official said crude could hit $170 a barrel this summer.

Meanwhile, the dollar's decline against the euro added further upward price pressure.

Raining hydrocarbons in the Gulf

Below the Gulf of Mexico, hydrocarbons flow upward through an intricate network of conduits and reservoirs. They start in thin layers of source rock and, from there, buoyantly rise to the surface. On their way up, the hydrocarbons collect in little rivulets, and create temporary pockets like rain filling a pond. Eventually most escape to the ocean. And, this is all happening now, not millions and millions of years ago, says Larry Cathles, a chemical geologist at Cornell University.

Are oil fields refilling from below?

Queen of Hawaii demands independence from 'US occupiers'

See Hawaii is not legally a state!

Mandatory In-Car Breathalyzers Coming?

If you're not a convicted drunk driver, should you still be required to have an in-car breathalyzer fitted (at your expense, 'natch) to your next new vehicle?

Advocates say the technology under development would be "less intrusive." Instead of making the driver blow into a little tube like they make you do at those roadside "sobriety checkpoints," a system of passive alcohol sensors would be fitted to the car that could take a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) reading via a person's skin -- as when your hand touches the shifter or steering wheel. This "quiet" approach is supposed to make us feel better about being pre-convicted and treated like known and duly processed irresponsible drunks every single time we get behind the wheel of a car.

This latest bit of ugliness burbling up from the stinkpot of government-corporate do-gooderism is merely a symptom of the underlying canker that is our ignorance -- and acquiescence.

This is a really bad example of "Code Napoleon Law" coming to haunt all us all, and that means, no matter if you absolutely would never drive intoxicated, you will be treated like a criminal who would, just the same.

This technology would make everyone guilty until they were proven innocent, and that is the absolute antithesis of American justice.

Cuba Offers Vaccine Against Lung Cancer

Cimavas EGF, based on two proteins, triggers an immune response from the victim's body and has absolutely no side effects, as most anti-cancer therapy does. The vaccine only attacks cancer cells. The vaccine is meant to serve as a compliment to rather than a replacement for conventional methods such as chemotherapy and radiation. The vaccine also improves patients' breathing and decreases their pain.

Cuba trouve un vaccin contre le cancer du poumon

Des chercheurs du Centre d’immunologie moléculaire de La Havane ont conçu un vaccin luttant contre le cancer du poumon et promettent qu’il sera bientôt offert sur le marché mondial. Un long processus d’essais et de recherches s’étalant sur 15 années et qui porte maintenant ses fruits.

US issues health warning over mercury fillings

After years of insisting the fillings are safe, the US government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a health warning about them. It represents a landmark victory for campaigners, who say the fillings are responsible for a range of ailments, including heart conditions and Alzheimer's disease.

"Okay, you caught us, they really are bad for you." -- Official White Horse Souse

Government Permission Required For Parents To Kiss Children

Sweeping new policies set to be introduced in the UK will mandate parents to get government permission to kiss their children or take them to the swimming pool in public, measures that are "poisoning" relationships between the generations, according to respected sociologist Professor Frank Furedi.

A quarter of the entire adult population of the United Kingdom will be mandated to pass a state check operated by a newly formed government agency to have any physical contact with children under the age of 16 in public - including their own kids.

Ecstasy Is the Key to Treating PTSD

At last the incurably traumatized may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And controversially, the key to taming their demons is the 'killer' drug Ecstasy

Prior to Ecstasy (MDMA) being declared illegal, it was in common use among psychotherapists as a means to allow patients to look at themselves and their past with some degree of objectivity. Sadly, we live with a government that compensates for its own trafficking in illegal drugs by over-reaction to competing drugs, which includes some that are actually beneficial.

Oceans clearing greenhouse gases faster than expected

Greenhouse gases over the tropical Atlantic are disappearing faster than expected, according to the first comprehensive measurements taken in the region.

British scientists working at the Cape Verde Observatory on the volcanic island of São Vicente believe chemicals produced by sea spray and tiny marine organisms are speeding up natural processes that destroy the gases.

Detailed measurements taken over a year revealed that levels of one greenhouse gas were substantially lower than climate models predicted.

North Pole Could be Ice-Free This Summer

The potential landmark thaw - the first time in human history the pole would be ice-free - is a stark sign of global warming, according to an article Friday on the web site of the The Independent, a London newspaper.

... or ...

Maybe there is a volcano on the Arctic floor.

Volcanoes Erupt Beneath Arctic Ice

New evidence deep beneath the Arctic ice suggests a series of underwater volcanoes have erupted in violent explosions in the past decade.

Hidden 2.5 miles (4,000 meters) beneath the Arctic surface, the volcanoes are up to a mile (2,000 meters) in diameter and a few hundred yards tall. They formed along the Gakkel Ridge, a lengthy crack in the ocean crust where two rocky plates are spreading apart, pulling new melted rock to the surface.

Study finds Arctic seabed afire with lava-spewing volcanoes

So, it isn't your SUV that melted the polar ice cap. And by the way, even though the ice cap is supposed to be all but gone, New York City hasn't been flooded.

Global warming could increase terrorism

Al Gore says to pay your carbon tax or Osama's gonna GETCHA!

Oh, wait ... never mind.

Muslim Terrorists May Be Trying To Sink the Dollar

Mujahideen Muslim terrorists may be behind the sinking American dollar as part of a campaign to cripple the American economy, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported. The media watch group, which specializes in tracking Arabic language websites, said that postings on websites the past two years reflect a move toward waging an economic war against the United States.

Talk about desperation on the cusp of madness!

The only "terrorists" who have done their best (and so far, succeeded) in pushing the dollar off a cliff have been the makers of US monetary policy and the Federal Reserve!

Media, Authorities Hype "Blonde Haired Terrorist" Threat

Following in the footsteps of Fox News, and almost word for word repeating unsubstantiated claims by the head of the CIA, ABC News ran a piece earlier this week alleging that white westerners are being trained in Al Qaeda terror camps in Pakistan with the intention of carrying out attacks in Europe and the USA.

This is a pathetic piece of propaganda intended to explain why the government harasses and spies on obvious non-Arabic people.

Live from the North Pole!

Live webcam from the North Pole. Not looking too ice free to me.


Biofuel Plants Go Bankrupt on Feedstock Costs

Soaring corn and soy prices on top of rising construction costs and tight credit markets have pushed about a dozen U.S. biofuel plants to file for bankruptcy protection, experts said.

Sarkozy lays out plan for Internet tax

France will ban prime-time advertising on public television as of Jan. 1 and plans to tax Internet, phone and commercial broadcasting companies to replace the lost funding, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday.

Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet

Next, Clarke called for more government oversight of the net. According to his rough calculations, 75 per cent of all U.S. citizens are against government regulation of any kind. But he thinks they're being silly too. "You don't want government regulation? Then just let your kids eat all that lead off their toys."

Sure, let's let the government that already reads our email, taps our phones, and lies us into wars take over the internet.

Associated Press expects you to pay to license 5-word quotations (and reserves the right to terminate your license)

In the name of "defin[ing] clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt" the Associated Press is now selling "quotation licenses" that allow bloggers, journallers, and people who forward quotations from articles to co-workers to quote their articles.

June bloodiest month for troops

Militants killed more U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan in June than in Iraq for the second straight month, a grim milestone capping a run of headline-grabbing insurgent attacks that analysts say underscore the Taliban's growing strength.

Last week, a Pentagon report forecast the Taliban would maintain or increase its pace of attacks, which are already up 40 percent this year from 2007 where U.S. troops operate along the Pakistan border.

This combat theater will continue to be a literal "meat-grinder" for US and NATO troops until and unless one of the following things happens:

1. The Karzai government includes the Taliban in the political process (as likely to happen as pigs flying).

2. The actual troop commitment from all sides tops the 400,000 boots on the ground the US military has stated they need to do the job (also as likely to happen as pigs flying)

3. The US and NATO declare victory and go home (also as likely to happen as pigs flying).

The bottom line is that the US and NATO are mired in a war they cannot win in the current set of circumstances.

Yes, we can continue to bomb the hell out of the country (with UK using thermobaric bombs, which literally sucks the air out of the lungs of the enemy), but what we will accomplish by that is making the Taliban look like the good guys.

And of course this is all courtesy of the US's pathologically, geopolitically blind, "never saw this coming" policy-mongers.

Iraq fails to sign contracts with global oil majors

Iraq said on Monday it has failed to sign technical support agreements with global oil majors which were aimed at helping boost the war-torn country's oil production.

Iraq is negotiating with Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total, and a consortium of other smaller oil companies, Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani said at press briefing.

"We did not finalise any agreement with them because they refused to offer consultancy based on fees, as they wanted a share of the oil," he said.

"Iraq failed to sign contracts on their oil?!?

Well, DANG, let's invade!!

Oops, we already did that! Hell, what next?!?" - Official white horse souse.


That headline should have read, "Iraq refuses to sign contracts with global oil majors"

Operation Horse's Head: U.S. Raid Sends Message on Iraq "Agreement"

As Kurdish legislator Mahmoud Othman noted, the raid was a "big embarrassment" for al-Maliki, "because he was in that area two days before the incident, telling his people that we are the masters in our country and the decisions were ours to make." Clearly, the attack on al-Maliki's hometown and the killing of his kinsman were intended to send a double message. First, that any notion of Iraqi "sovereignty" is and always will be a joke, whatever pious verbiage gets spouted for the rubes back home. And second -- well, it goes something like this: "Hey, Nouri, see Cousin Ali here? You're next, pal, if you don't play ball!"

Is White House Blocking Search for Bin Laden?

The Pentagon has drafted a secret plan that would send U.S. special forces into the wild tribal regions of Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, but the White House has balked at giving the mission a green light, The New York Times reported today.

If Bin Laden is officially killed ("Honest, we just shot him yesterday!") then Americans would demand an immediate end to the war on terror.

U.S. escalating covert operations against Iran

U.S. congressional leaders agreed late last year to President George W. Bush's funding request for a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing its leadership, according to a report in The New Yorker magazine published online on Sunday.

"But remember, they only hate us because we are free!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Preparing the Battlefield

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

Petraeus Promoted to Mideast Chief

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to promote Gen. David Petraeus to become the top commander in the Middle East.

Petraeus would replace Navy Adm. William J. Fallon as chief of U.S. Central Command. Fallon resigned last month following news reports that he was at odds with the White House over Iran policy.

With Petraeus in position, the administration almost all the pieces of the puzzle in place for some kind of military strike against Iran.

A New Kind of Wage Slave

So when you call directory assistance using, say, Excel Telecommunications, chances are good your inquiry might be answered by a federal prisoner. At Carswell, a fifth of the prison workforce -- most from the camp but a few from the hospital as well -- get to sit in cubicles in an air-conditioned building, start at almost double the pay of the regular prison jobs, and, if they behave and don't make mistakes, get regular raises until they reach the maximum pay of -- hold onto your hat -- $1.45 an hour. Of course, they have to work seven and a half years to reach that maximum. And since this center hasn't been open long enough for anyone to make the maximum, the highest pay at Carswell is $1.15 an hour.

Slave-labor camps. Just like the Nazis used to have!

Concentration Camp Money

Far from being the "death camps" as you have heard so often, places like Auschwitz, Dachau and Buchenwald were not in the business of extermination. They were work camps, critical to the German war effort. But did you know that the Jewish workers were compensated for their labor with scrip printed specifically for their use in stores, canteens and even brothels?

Sent in by a reader in response to my comment about Nazi slave labor camps.

Look, even if they WERE paid, it was still slave labor.

The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery?

Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million - mostly Black and Hispanic - are working for various industries for a pittance.

During the post-Civil War period, Jim Crow racial segregation laws were imposed on every state, with legal segregation in schools, housing, marriages and many other aspects of daily life. "Today, a new set of markedly racist laws is imposing slave labor and sweatshops on the criminal justice system, now known as the prison industry complex," comments the Left Business Observer.

Who is investing? At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom's, Revlon, Macy's, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more. All of these businesses are excited about the economic boom generation by prison labor. Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries generally receive the minimum wage for their work, but not all; in Colorado, they get about $2 per hour, well under the minimum. And in privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is CCA in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour for what they call "highly skilled positions." At those rates, it is no surprise that inmates find the pay in federal prisons to be very generous. There, they can earn $1.25 an hour and work eight hours a day, and sometimes overtime. They can send home $200-$300 per month.

Thanks to prison labor, the United States is once again an attractive location for investment in work that was designed for Third World labor markets.

Just like the Nazis used to do.

Poll: 44% of Americans favor torture for terrorist suspects

A new poll of citizens' attitudes about torture in 19 nations finds Americans among the most accepting of the practice. Although a slight majority say torture should be universally prohibited, 44 percent think torture of terrorist suspects should be allowed, and more than one in 10 think torture should generally be allowed.

The poll found 53 percent of Americans believed all torture should be prohibited; the average in all 19 countries polled was 57 percent

Who were they polling, the criminally insane to get that high a number?!?!?

Apparently, there are a lot of folks in this country who have no concept of the Bill of Rights or the Constitution.

Additionally, many of the folks who have been tortured at Gitmo or at other "black sites" were simply innocent people who got caught at the wrong place and time, and literally got "sold" to the Americans for a bounty.

If we, as a nation, continue to back the use of torture (which, we have known from the time of the Inquisition gets the torturers what they want to hear, rather than the truth), those values of human rights, human dignity, and democracy which used to be the bedrock of our legal system, get thrown under a bus, not just for suspected "terrorists", but for all of us.

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