The Canadian Leadership Debate:The Fight For 2nd Place
I watched the highlights and summaries of the leader's debate yesterday. I'm not a political masochist or blogger that has to sit through these boring talkathons. I know most of the issues and where the parties stand on various things.
Basically, I just wanted to know who made the best points or who got in the best shots.
The best point has to go to Prime Minister Harper for his assertion that a minority government would be at the mercy of the other political parties. Canadians could be facing another election in two years.
The best shot goes to N.D.P. leader Jack Layton for pointing out that the Opposition Liberal leader, Michael Ignatieff only turned up for one third of the votes in the House of Commons. He said "A person who doesn't do his job doesn't deserve a promotion".
Harper was the winner of the debate, because he stuck to his agenda about the ecomony and kept his cool. Jack Layton wacked Iggy because he stood by his policies and principles better.
I'm sure that Harper will win the election, but who will come in second? Jack, Michael or the other guy?
There's a TV show that I watch occasionally called "1000 Ways To Die". It focuses on unpleasant and stupid individuals who do themselves in by accidents that could have been prevented. There's dark humor about these deaths that are summed up in the last pictures of the victims.
Personally, I'd like to see a new reality show called "1000 Ways To Depose Dictators". With the financial problems of the U.S. and NATO, I can't see any nation providing the leadership and funds to make Earth "A Dictator Freezone".
This means that the heavy lifting on this project would go to powerful spirits who desire a world free from oppressive tryants and murderers. The volunteers would be members of "The Dictator Removal Team".
Out of the 1000 ways to get rid of dictators, here are my top ten:
A toilet seat falls from the sky onto the head of a dictator.
I've been disappointed in the U.S.A's and NATO's support of the Libyan rebels. These heroes are fighting for their lives against Gadhaffi. He's called the protester-rebels: cockroaches, rats and terrorists. He's not about to leave power until he crushes them.
The "No Fly Zone" is an act of war against Libya to protect Libyan civilians and, of course assist, the rebels. Unfortunately, they are outmanned and outgunned by a wide margin. Gadhaffi still has a big advantage in the ground war.
It obvious to me that the safety of the protesters, dissidents, civilians and rebels can only be guaranteed by the removal of Gadaffi and his family. "Necessary Means" to insure safety of the population would include "Regime Change".
Right now, air cover is supplied by NATO countries, but they should enpower the rebel ground troops with weapons and training. The Libyans have a right to protect themselves and their families against slaughter by an oppressive dictator who looks at them like cockroaches.
Eventually, the Libyans rebels could be reinforced by volunteers from the Middle East and the world like in Spain during the 1936 civil war.
Negotiating with the present Libyan Government should be done in a position of power with a large well armed military force on the ground and in the air.
The Arab Spring is beginning to bear fruit. We should be there to help it do so.
Minority governments are basically unstable and this one lasted only two and a half years. In a parliamentary system, a government and the Prime Minister only continue if the "House of Commons" gives them a "vote of confidence". If it's a vote of non-confidence as it was a couple of days ago, an election usually follows.
From left to right, here are the leaders: The Prime Minister (Conservative, Stephen Harper), the Leader of the Opposition, (Liberal, Michael Ignatieff), the Leader of the New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, the leader of The Green Party, Elizabeth May, last and least, the leader of the Bloc Quebecois (a separatist party) Gilles Duceppe.
The biggest knock against Michael Ignatieff is his inexperience. He only joined the Liberal Party five years ago. He spent considerable time out of the country teaching and writing books. The most recent poll has him running a distant third on the question: "Who would make the best Prime Minister?"
The Conservative's minority government was almost overthrown in 2008, by a coalition of N.D.Ps, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois. Harper is making a big thing out of that because he wants a majority government in 2011. A majority government could last four or even five years.
It is highly likely that Harper will win his majority because there's been been too many elections in this decade (4 in 7 years to be exact). Each election costs taxpapers about 300 million dollars.
I'm not enthusiastic about Harper, but the other party leaders have said nothing about Canada's increased debt burden coming out of the recent recession. What would they do about it?
I have a pretty good idea where Conservative Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty is going with his budget.
Lets admit it. Dictators of any stripe or political persuasion aren't in vogue anymore. With the development of the internet, more and more people are beginning to think for themselves. Pretty soon, these kind of leaders will become like dinosaurs and regulated to Earth's violent past.
Radiation: It's Something We All Have To Deal With
Over the last few days, there's been lots of expert opinion about radiation and just how much we can absorb. If there's one common denominator to all these opinions, it's the fear of radiation.
As you can see from the chart above, radiation is a common occurrence on planet Earth. It's interesting to see that "Radon" is the most natural radiation source.
As well as nuclear reactors and the sun, we get radiation from all kinds of sources like marble, granite and bananas.
We can't avoid radiation and we shouldn't go paranoid about it.
Any kind of radiation is a toxin like PCB,DDT and some food preservatives. The body has to get rid of these poisons just like it gets rid of wastes and diseases. Toxins can cause cancer and other bad conditions.
It's important to have a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to fight toxins. Added to this is a regimen of vigorous exercise and hot saunas.
Overcoming Tsunamis, Earthquakes and Negative Thinking
On occasion, I've seen documentaries on "The Inevitability of Catastrophes Hitting Earth". It's so depressing that sometimes I think: Why try to make the world a better place when it's all going to be destroyed anyway"? Then I give myself a reality check. I believe in God and "The Power Of The Supreme Being".
Mankind has went through many catastrophes (plagues, wars, famines, enviromental disasters, etc.) and come out the better for it. Why? Because through those bad times, some had a vision of a better world or a "Kingdom of God".
During the 1950s and 60s, many preached about the inevitability of nuclear war. "It was going to happen because there was nobody around to stop it". "Mutual Assured Destruction" was the order of the day. Do you remember "The Cuban Missile Crisis"? This was the closest the world ever came to nuclear war.
The U.S. and Soviet Union had the power to destroy the world four times over, but it didn't happen. The arms race came to end when the Soviet Union broke up.
I believe that the prayers of Christians were answered by the break up of the U.S.S.R. We sought divine protection from the arms race and the Lord responded to us.
I am now deeply troubled by enviromental menaces like the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. I asked the Lord to spare us from those catastrophes for a long time:
"I pray for more weather/earthquake/tsumani control over planet Earth. I know that the powers that cause those catastrophes can be bound and I ask you (God) to bind them for a long time. In the name of Jesus Christ, I ask this. Amen.
I request that more spiritual beings in the Kingdom of God get advanced training in weather and enviromental control on Earth.
On a spiritual and physical level, we are here to serve and protect".
I don't like going through life as a helpless victum of destructive forces and negative thinking. There is a way to plug into a positive power greater than oneself.
The Suffragette Movement started in the 19th century and was propelled by the strong arm tactics of Emmeline Pankhurst. You might call her the proponent of the doctrine that freedom and rights are won from the oppressors. They are not given. She definitely would support populist movements in the Middle East today.
Women won the right to vote after the first World War, but they still had to crack male establishments in politics and medicine to win equality rights. Nellie McClung in politics and Elizabeth Bagshaw in medicine were two of the pioneers.
This was just the beginning in Canada, because women had to win "The Right For Equal Pay For Equal Work". Laura Sabia and Doris Anderson were two fighters for those causes.
Because of the work of those who came before, Roberta Bondar (pictured above) became, perhaps, the biggest success of earlier feminist movements. She was an astronaut, doctor and scientist rolled into one.
As an astronaut, she got a bigger view on life. "When I looked out and saw Earth....something comes to life for you, an incredible emotion. You realize we need all the resources of every culture."
As a baby boomer living in Canada, I lived a privileged life. My family was reasonably well off and my main concern was finishing school and getting a good job. This was accomplished with relative ease.
My knowledge of oppressive dictators was very shallow. My father fought against the Nazis in World World Two, but he said very little about his experiences.
During the 1950s and 60s, I worried about crazy communist leaders who wanted to nuke us.
My ideas about that changed when I saw "Doctor Strangelove". There might be crazy people anywhere (especially in the US) who would enjoy nuking anyone.
During this time, I thought that dictators were like disposable diapers. As soon as one was disposed, another would replace him. This happened in South Vietnam many times.
Supposedly, the CIA was creating dictators in 3rd World countries who were against communism. I wasn't worried about that. I was worried about "nuclear winter" and accidental nuclear war.
I was overjoyed by the collapse of the Soviet Union. I felt that this was a divine answer to Christian prayers about nuclear war.
The dictators (Mugabe, Noriega, Hussein,Pinochet, etc.) were still out there oppressing their peoples, but Christians were isolated from the brutal tyranny in other countries (out of sight and out of mind).
Then the genocides in Darfur, Rwanda and Serbia/Bosnia started to make headlines. I became aware how destructive dictators can be to their populations. I wanted this to stop.
When Egypt overthrew its president, I knew there was a way to solve this brutal dictatorhip problem. Oppressed peoples who desire freedom and democracy could be assisted by Western Governments and The Brotherhood of Christ.