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Thursday, 3 August 2006
The Weather Changes In Brampton
Mood:  happy

Over the last week, temperatures have reached 36C with a humidex of 47C. These conditions have made it unpleasant and dangerous  to work and play outdoors. 

However, like everything in this world, the weather changes. Last night , we were hit with rain and thunderstorms that caused 100,000 Ontarians to lose power in their homes. Today, there was more precipitation with a temperature of 24C.

We prayed for rain and lower temperatures. Our prayers were answered.

However, the weather is a lot easier to change than the human heart. Hopefully, men of goodwill will meet and change the direction of the conflict in Lebanon.

There are spiritual stewards who help change things for the better. Sometimes, it takes a little longer to produce results with human beings.

http://www.weather.ca/weather/14day/pages/CAON0441.htm?CAON0441 (The 14 Day Trend In The Mississauga/Brampton Area)


Posted by qualteam at 10:34 PM EDT
Tuesday, 1 August 2006
An M.P. In Canada Writes About The War In Lebanon
Mood:  sad

Since Paul Martin(ex-Canadian PM)resigned as leader, there has come forward 10 candidates to replace him and perhaps become the next Canadian Prime Minister. One of the front runners had some interesting things to say about the Lebanon situation. His name is Michael Ignatieff and I liked what it is he had to say. He seems to be intelligent and well educated.

"For weeks now, Canadians have watched as innocent civilians on all sides have been killed in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

For Lebanese Canadians whose families have been fleeing the violence and for Jewish Canadians whose relatives may be hiding in bunkers, emotions are very raw. None of us can pretend the conflict is happening to someone else, far away. In a real sense, it is happening to Canadians. The conflict is sowing discord among us at a time when we should be standing together.

Canada can play a significant role in reducing the suffering, but first we need to agree together why this terrible conflict is so dangerous.

Hezbollah's strategy is to lure Israel into an escalation of violence that will radicalize the Arab world and cause Israel to lose its remaining international support. The terrible tragedy in Qana, which claimed more than 50 lives, is thus a victory for Hezbollah. But that is not all. Hezbollah then hopes to draw Israel into a wider conflict that would result in its ultimate destruction. In this terrible struggle, Israel cannot win, Hezbollah cannot lose and Lebanon perishes. Israel must not play Hezbollah's game. It must defend itself, but to persist in its military campaign would only give Hezbollah what it wants: continuing carnage in Lebanon and weakening world support for Israel. Canada should be saying to Israel that there are no further military options in Lebanon that do not risk destroying Lebanon and ultimately endangering its own security.

If Israel persists, there is a danger that it will lose control of the situation. Hezbollah cannot be wiped out militarily. They have support among Lebanese Shiites, because they provide social welfare and have the blessing of the mullahs. They also have political power, having won parliamentary seats in free elections. Further military action by Israel may only strengthen Hezbollah's political power in Lebanon.

Hezbollah's backers -- Iran and Syria -- are providing it with advanced military equipment. If Iran flashes a green light, Hezbollah could launch long-range, heavy payload weapons on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel has warned Iran that, if it encourages Hezbollah to escalate, what happened to Beirut will happen to Tehran. But Israel cannot be sure that Tehran will get the message. If anyone miscalculates, the struggle risks turning into a full-scale conflict between states with unforeseeable, yet devastating, consequences.

Who can stop this struggle before it gets out of control? In the 1990s, the Clinton administration managed to keep all parties focused on a peace process leading to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Such a solution remains the only long-term hope for peace.

The Bush administration has done little or nothing to keep the parties focused on peace, and it is bogged down in a grinding insurgency in Iraq. Worse still, the U.S. administration has still not called for an immediate ceasefire.

The Harper government's response has been inadequate. It has failed to address the damage that the conflict is doing to relations between communities in Canada; it has failed to grasp just how serious the situation could become; and it has failed to stake out the positive role that Canada could play in defusing the crisis.

It's time for Canada to do its part in stopping this march to the abyss.

It should call for an immediate ceasefire, authorized by the United Nations Security Council. It should line up with the Europeans and moderate Arab states issuing the same call. Under such a ceasefire deal, Israeli forces would withdraw, aerial bombardment would cease, and Hezbollah would stop rocket attacks and incursions into Israeli territory. Once a ceasefire has taken hold, Canada should propose the deployment of an international naval, air and land force to prevent the movement of missiles and other military technology into Lebanon. These weapons come by land through Syria and by sea through the Mediterranean. Such a force should be deployed at all Lebanese ports and land borders. An additional naval force should patrol Lebanese waters. The force should be authorized by the Security Council to seize any weapons destined for Hezbollah or any non-state actor in the region.

Such a force would not engage in direct confrontation with Hezbollah or with the Israelis, but patrol a buffer zone between them. Canada's commitments in Afghanistan preclude sending ground troops on this mission, but Canada could participate in the naval interdiction effort in the Mediterranean. Canada's navy has already played this role in the Persian Gulf and would be well-equipped to do so again.

The goal here is limited but vital: to create demilitarized zones between combatants and to bar the entry of the advanced weaponry that risks widening the local conflict into a regional conflagration.

Once a ceasefire is in place, and the interdiction force deployed, Canada could form a "friends of Lebanon" club, a group of states to work with the Lebanese government to reconstruct the country's shattered infrastructure. Germany played this role after the Afghanistan war of 2001, and Canada could play the same role in Lebanon.

We are a country of peace-makers, especially because we are also a country of immigrants, many of whom have come to Canada to escape the horrors of conflict. As a nation of immigrants from the zones of war, we have a special vocation for peace, and it is by exercising this vocation that we maintain our unity as a people.

We have a voice that other countries listen to. Let us use it."

Michael Ignatieff is the MP for Toronto's Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding and a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Party_of_Canada_leadership_convention,_2006 (The Liberal Leadership Race)


Posted by qualteam at 9:40 PM EDT
Monday, 31 July 2006
The Weather In Brampton
Mood:  on fire

Has been hot and humid over the last few days. Hot air was one of the more undesirable imports from the U.S.

The temperature should peak at 35C tomorrow. With the humidity factored in, it should feel like 45C.

Hot people and boiling, smoggy air are part of big city life where the heat is trapped in the asphast and the buildings.

"Turn me over. I'm well done on this side."

In Newfoundland, the temperature was moderate because of the Atlantic Ocean. It was around 20C. Few people need air conditioners in that province because the breezes off the bays are so nice.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/cities/can/Pages/CAON0080.htm (Brampton Weather)

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/cities/can/pages/CANF0253.htm (Weather In St. John's Newfoundland)

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Sunday, 30 July 2006
Who's Going To Pay For The Damage Done In Lebanon?
Mood:  sad

The collateral damage is in the billions of dollars and hundreds even thousands have lost their life already. Do the victims sue Israel and/or Hezbollah for starting the conflict? Are the U.S., Syria and Iran implicated because they supply arms to the antagonists.

Some international court would have to hear evidence and assess responsibilities for damages. Is this likely to happen? Probably not, because most parties are looking for a quick fix so they can brush it out of the media's view.

For justice, we often have to rely on the Supreme Court of God where all the issues can be dealt with fully.

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." by John Donne

http://www.incompetech.com/authors/donne/bell.html (John Donne)


Posted by qualteam at 10:44 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 30 July 2006 10:50 PM EDT
Saturday, 29 July 2006
Top Ten Anti-War Songs

The fight for peace continues. Here's the songs with some of the links.

1. One Tin Soldier(First Edition) 2. Blowin' In The Wind(Bob Dylan) 3. Eve Of Destruction(Barry McQuire) 4. Give Peace A Chance(John Lennon) 5. Travellin' Soldier(The Dixie Chicks)6. Stop! What's That Sound?(Buffalo Springfield)7. Where Have All The Flowers Gone?(The Kingston Trio) 8. Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town(Kenny Rogers) 9. Fortunate Son(CCR)10. Sky Pilot(Eric Burton And The Animals)

http://www.thecolefamily.com/onetinsoldier.htm (One Tin Soldier)

http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/blowin.html (Blowin' In The Wind)

http://www.john-lennon.com/songlyrics/songs/Give_Peace_a_Chance.htm (Give Peace A Chance)

http://www.brownielocks.com/eveofdestruction.html (Eve Of Destruction)

 


Posted by qualteam at 11:08 AM EDT
Thursday, 27 July 2006
Time To Use The French Foreign Legion

Since the Hezbollah is motivated to fight U.S. and Israeli forces, it would be a good move to put together a peacekeeping force of volunteers from many countries under the command of the something like "The French Foreign Legion".

A volunteer force would be ready and able to disarm the Hezbollah and enforce peace in Lebanon. Ideally, these troops would be highly trained specialists skilled in "house to house fighting and guerilla warfare". They would also be paid more than your ordinary soldier.

Green Berets and Navy Seals could fight under aliases with such a force.

Ordinary soldiers fight because they are ordered to. Professional soldiers/volunteers fight because they believe in a job well done.

http://www.foreignlegionlife.com/ (The French Foreign Legion)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Foreign_Legion (History Of The French Foreign Legion)


Posted by qualteam at 5:30 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 July 2006 10:37 PM EDT
Wednesday, 26 July 2006
Letter Of The Day On The Mideast Conflict

In order to bring peace to the Middle East, long term problems between the Palestinians and the Israelis have to be addressed. Here are a few below:

"In a recent opinion column, Ofer Eini, chairman of Israel's Histadrut General Federation of Labour Unions, challenged Canadian labour to assist Palestinians in developing "an authentic economy." He also acknowledged the important role trade unions play in international affairs. I was also pleased to hear Eini call upon Canada's trade unionists to assist in forming a "brotherhood and sisterhood of workers involving Israeli and Palestinian workers."

Unfortunately, in Israel and the Occupied Territories, not all workers feel they are being treated fairly or equally.

A report by the Director General of the International Labour Office titled The Situation of Workers of the Occupied Arab Territories shows that 57 per cent of all wage earners in the Occupied Territories earned monthly salaries below the official poverty line. Eini calls upon Canadian labour to assist in developing an "authentic economy" for Palestinians.

With all due respect, how does he envision this happening when Palestinians are prevented from having control over their air space and prohibited from building airports or seaports so as to import raw materials or export finished goods? Palestinians in the West Bank are prohibited from visiting friends and relatives in Gaza and, by extension, they are prohibited from trading their goods and services with fellow citizens.

Making matters worse, Israel has a blockade of Gaza providing only a few crossing points that are increasingly locked down completely. Agricultural produce sits in boxes rotting, while Israeli soldiers inflict collective punishment and humiliation on thousands of workers and farmers trying to get through checkpoints on a daily basis.

In the West Bank, Israel has built a wall that cuts through some of the best Palestinian farmland, destroying crops and orchards in the process. A series of checkpoints, roadblocks and the wall make it impossible to conduct commerce.

If Eini is serious about setting up a climate of "brotherhood and sisterhood" in order to address some of the above-mentioned problems, then he will have an ally in CUPE Ontario."

Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario

If the Palestinians want more respect, they should recogize the validity of the Israelian State and work towards peaceful co-existence with it. DB

 


Posted by qualteam at 7:00 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 July 2006 7:09 PM EDT
Monday, 24 July 2006
Long Term Solutions On The Current Mideast Crisis

In Canada, we don't like weapons falling into the hands of the wrong people. The first step should be the creation of an International Police Force that takes weapons out of everyone's hands except authorized military or police forces.

  1. As stated above.
  2. After a ceasefire is called, there should be an amnesty for six months in order for civilians and paramilitary armies to voluntarily give up their arms.
  3. Amnesty International should look into human rights abuses in Israeli prisons.
  4. David and Goliath Games: Instead of hiding behind weapons, the Israeli and Arabs could compete against each other in head to head or team to team competition. The games could cover many different sports that challenge one physically and mentally(e.g wrestling, rugby, video war games, paint ball, etc.)
  5. Anger management: There's good therapy available for excessive anger. Both the Israelis and the Arabs should take advantage of it.
  6. There should be legislation in Israel and Arab countries (similar to that in Canada) that makes it a crime to promote hatred against a group because of race, culture or religion.
  7. Mideast countries should study how Canada handles different cultures like Native Canadians and French-Canadians.

If you have any suggestions, as to how you'd like to handle these problems, please give me your suggestions at qualteam@yahoo.com .

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/24/AR2006072400262.html (The Viewpoint of the Hezbollah)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2227386 (Arab Countries Seeking A Solution)


Posted by qualteam at 8:21 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 25 July 2006 11:01 PM EDT
Sunday, 23 July 2006
File Sharing Software Of The Week

I tried downloading a movie with "Bit Comet" and, needless to say, the download went on for two days with no final result. When I had 70% of the film, the download froze and wouldn't give me anymore bits and bytes.

However, the sucker was good at uploading, but that didn't help me any. 

I started using Morpheus, yesterday and the download appeared fast for a lite internet connection(20 to 30 KBs per minute). At 12 last night, everyone on the peer to peer network went to bed, so the session ended without the movie.

I started it up after I came home from work today and I'm up to 80% after three hours Saturday and three hours Sunday.

For music, my P2P favourite channel is "Limewire." For downloads of 700 MBs or more, I'll go with the recycled and refurbished, Morpheus.

http://www.download.com/Morpheus/3003-2166_4-10559420.html?tag=tab_rev  (Morpheus Unchained)

http://www.download.com/BitComet/3000-2196_4-10552986.html?tag=pop  (A Bit Of Comet Is Better Than No Comet)


Posted by qualteam at 8:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 23 July 2006 8:12 PM EDT
Saturday, 22 July 2006
Changes To The Barron Blog

Everything needs a change now and then, so I've given the "Barron Blog" a facelift.

I've also changed the links a bit. They used to be on the left side. Now they're on the right side. I've also tried to make the links more relevant to blog surfing or link jumping.

Hopefully, the changes will improve your visit to my blog and other websites.

 

 


Posted by qualteam at 11:32 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006 11:40 PM EDT

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