Sandra Finley

Jun 132017

Banksters: Index

Letter sent by Fiona McMurran:


To Senator Andre Pratte,

I would like to offer you my complete support for your motion to separate the Canadian Infrastructure Bank from Bill C-44 for the purposes of studying the bank separately.

Canadians have numerous concerns about the infrastructure bank as proposed by the federal Liberal government. The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) carries with it significant questions that require serious consideration and debate.

One significant concern is that a great deal of Canada’s infrastructure actually belongs to the provinces, several of which are already pursuing private-public-partnerships.  It is not clear what impact the CIB will have on the provinces and their jurisdiction.

In addition, CIB projects will need to be profitable in order to attract private investment.  This means that new user fees will be imposed on our infrastructure driving up costs.  These fees will affect everyone using this infrastructure, including those who can least afford to pay.

In addition, Canada is a country with large rural areas.  In these areas with smaller populations, infrastructure projects are likely to be less profitable.  The CIB may leave these communities, and therefore a significant number of Canadians, behind.

We must ask ourselves if inviting private for-profit investment is in the interests of the Canadian people.

Financially the CIB is going to increase costs for all Canadians.  The government will be investing in the projects (our tax dollars); the government will be borrowing from private investors at up to 9% (additional federal debt); and the private investors will be adding users fees.  This means that through the CIB Canadians will be paying for their infrastructure three times.

I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention the UK election last week.  The Labour Party made significant increases in that election by running on a platform that included returning former public assets to the public sector.  The UK has already attempted privatization of their infrastructure, including water systems and rail transit, and found it to be a costly failure and detrimental to the public.

Another example of failed privatization is in Paris. Paris privatized their water systems only to discover that they were paying $250 million more per year under privatized water systems than under public systems. Paris bought back its water systems.

I am certain you are aware of the trade agreement known as CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement).  Under this agreement, Canada can never return to the public sector any service or asset once it has been privatized.  This is known as CETA’s ratchet clause.  While the UK and France have the option to undo failed privatization, Canada will relinquish that right once CETA is implemented meaning that all privatization in Canada will be permanent even if it is detrimental to the Canadian people. This makes the CIB extremely dangerous and not to be adopted lightly.

Please follow the following link to an article about failed privatizations in the United States.  If you scroll down you will see a list of the top ten failed private-public-partnerships.

Especially troubling are the stories in which people are at risk of losing their homes because they can no longer afford to pay their water bills under a privatized water system, and in which people are under boil water advisories after their water systems were privatized.

Thank you for entertaining the notion that the CIB should be studied separately rather than passed as part of Bill C-44.

In addition it is my position that privatization of infrastructure will be detrimental to the Canadian people.  It is one thing to privatize while reserving the right to reverse the process if it fails.  Under CETA, Canada will never be able to correct a failed privatization.

As such, I oppose privatization of Canada’s infrastructure and hope that the senate will take such a position on behalf of the Canadian people.

Sincerely, Fiona McMurran

Chair, South Niagara Chapter, Council of Canadians

Jun 122017

Work in progress.   Bold, italicized, underlined text is a link.

Please use the “Comments” at the bottom.   I will be very happy to receive your suggestions!

General “News Reports” are  under one heading (News..).

A button is on top right corner of each linked posting, for ease of getting back to Banksters: Index.

What’s All the Fuss?   – – scroll down, you’ll get an idea.  At the simplest level,  to me,  it is this:

Canadians are to purchase from $180 to $188 BILLION DOLLARS worth of infrastructure, over 12 years.   The plan for how we are to raise the money to pay for it, involves a huge transfer of public assets and money over to “the banksters”.   We get to be the poor guys;  they get to keep on being the rich guys – – forever.  It is a tried and true recipe for violence and poverty.


Actions, listing – – to help inform and inspire us all!    (coming – incomplete)

2017-06-23   Big news on NAFTA    DEADLINE:  July 18, 2017,  register your dissent

Advisory Committee on Economic Growth  to Federal Govt, Canada

Dominic Barton appointed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, to head it up

Larry Summers confers with the Advisory Committee

Summers is covered separately in depth – – scroll down to “Summers”.

Barton – – scroll down to “Barton”   (re-branding, “Capitalism” becomes “Inclusive Capitalism”, in response to Occupy and to hostilities of the growing Anti-Capitalism movement after 2007-08).

See CIB (Canada Infrastructure Bank) under Beyond Banksters, the destruction and self-enrichment that “our”  “Advisors” and their cohorts created).

“Bail-in” of Banks,  (I’ll add an explanatory note re bail-ins, later)

Bail-out of Canada’s top six Banks, by Canadian citizens,  $108 to $114 billion between Sept 2008 and July 2010.

(The link takes you to the Beyond Banksters posting.  Once there, scroll down, you will find the bail-out info under Page 1 excerpts.

In my words:  Corporate Welfare Bums or Kings – or Robber Barons, your pick.)

Beyond Banksters:  Resisting the New Feudalism by Joyce Nelson

How to obtain copies –  (the above link)

Excerpts typed up –  (the above link)

Publisher – Watershed Sentinel Books, Comox, BC  (the above link)

Copies purchased 445,  Jerry:  every MP and Senator in Canada has received a copy

Copies purchased 55,  Sandra:  cover letter,  copy sent to some attendees of FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) Annual Conference, June 1 – 4, Ottawa.  And others.

I’ve received emails from friends who have ordered, for example, 5 copies to give as gifts to friends.

CIB (Canada Infrastructure Bank)

How will it work?  And how will we pay for $180 (upped to $188) billion in infrastructure spending over 12 years?    click on

Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism, 2016, by Joyce Nelson, Watershed Sentinel Books, Comox, BC

See also   Beyond Banksters, Ch 3,  A 21st Century Trojan Horse  (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, Larry Fink, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi.

Excerpts from the book to introduce you to names Canadians should know.   If you think the CIB is in trustworthy hands,  you are very wrong!

There’s the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, Larry Fink crew, ON TOP OF Larry Summers, Dominic Barton – –  brought to us by our  (?)discerning

Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi,  Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.  

Cripes!   Deliberate hiring of the people who’ve done the biggest heists in the history of humankind – – these people advise and help manage our financial affairs?!

Summers is covered in depth – – scroll down in this Index to “Summers”.

Barton, the same.    (co-founder of re-branding “capitalism” to “Inclusive Capitalism” in response to hostilities of Occupy and the growing Anti-Capitalism movement.  Millions of people lost their homes, there was a massive transfer of public wealth (bailouts) to Wall Street Robber Barons, that our “Advisors” and their cohorts created).

Scroll down to Trade Deals.   Trade Deals outlaw publicly-owned central banks, and

2017-06-13   Once we privatize public assets, under CETA rules, we cannot reverse the privatization if it turns out to be detrimental   (Letter sent by Fiona McMurran to Senator Andre Pratte)

Also,  Infrastructure Spending is closely linked to privatization of water, which includes diversion to the U.S.   See, for example,  information at the beginning of  2017-06-23   Big news on NAFTA


2017-05-03  Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Puts Pressure on California, Illinois, Connecticut, Breitbart News. Vulture capitalists.

2017-05-06   On greed, debt & the inevitable housing crisis, Michael Hudson, published in Common Ground (Vancouver).


Barton, Dominic

2017-04-28 Dominic Barton (McKinsey Co.): Federal Minister of Finance Morneau appointed him to head Economic Advisory Committee. EHMs.

2017-05-25   Larry Summers – Dominic Barton connection. “Inclusive Capitalism Initiative” as “re-branding”.   Summers bad news (corrupt), Canadian financial matters, advisor to Liberals.

2014-05-27   ‘Inclusive capitalism’ the big new thing?   from DW, German international broadcaster.  (Dominic Barton co-founder of ICI)


Barbarians of Wealth, Protecting Yourself from Today’s Financial Attilas,  Sandy Franks, Sara Nunnally. Taipan Publishing Group    (I know this is out of alpha sequence)

Thanks to Lou who writes:  two very interesting gals  (the authors)

Page 158,   “The weapons of mass financial destruction that the barbarians of wealth conjured up from their penthouse office suites on Wall Street computer screens have put the U.S. economy in dire jeopardy“.

We could add . . .  ‘have put the Canadian people, as well as the Americans, and other peoples of the world in dire jeopardy’…


Bill C-44, Omnibus Budget Bill, includes legislation to create the CIB (Canada Infrastructure Bank).

The Liberals want C-44 passed before summer recess starts (June 2017).

There is action to get the Senate to split the CIB legislation out of C-44.   Tax-payers are to put $35 billion into the CIB.  It needs to be discussed, citizens need to be informed.   The Infrastructure Bank legislation needs to return to the House of Commons and receive due discussion and consideration in the Fall Sitting.

The CIB is too important to be hidden and rammed through in an Omnibus Bill, in the last minutes of the current sessions.

Citizen Resistance via House of Commons and Senate  (See also Senate):

Wealth of Nations, letter to Prime Minister, Finance Minister & his MP    (well researched, written, and foot-noted.  Important.  By Adam Smith.)

Adam Smith, submission to Senators, Excerpt:

. . . . I implore the Senate to strike Division 18 of Part 4 from Bill C-44 in its entirety and influence the government to return the Bank of Canada to previous levels of monetary financing and economic activity, instead of creating new burdens of public debt, fees, and taxation.

(I will add more when I have time.)

Status of  C-44,  at June 14, as I understand:

  • C-44 passed 3rd reading in the House of Commons Monday, June 11.
  • Tuesday, June 13.   1st reading in the Senate.
  •  After 2nd reading, it will go to Senate Committee for hearing.
  • Then back to Senate, with possible amendments,  for 3rd reading.
  • After which it goes back to the House of Commons.
  • Which leads to Royal Assent part of process, with or without any amendments.

BlackRock    click on   Beyond Banksters, Ch 3: A 21st Century Trojan Horse. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, Larry Fink.


Capitalism re-branded in the wake of Anti-Capitalism,  see the ICI (Inclusive Capitalism Initiative)


CETA  (Canada European, Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement).   See Trade Deals.

Previous postings on this blog,  specific to CETA  – – use the search button, upper right corner.


CIB   (Canada Infrastructure Bank)  – –  see under Beyond Banksters

COMER  (Committee On Monetary and Economic Reform)

From the Court Appeal,   2013-12-10

COMER, on our behalf. Read the “Relevant Quotations”. “Once a nation parts with control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes that nation’s laws. . . .”

Beyond Banksters   (COMER is in Chapters 1 and 8).   Click on the link,  some Excerpts typed up.

Application for Leave to Appeal  to Supreme Court dismissed with costs, May 4, 2017

Quote from COMER lawsuit   (in posting Larry Summers – Dominic Barton connection. “Inclusive Capitalism Initiative”)

2015-06-02   AWARE   (COMER & their lawyer, Rocco Galati).  With Steve Jobs’ wisdom.

2015-02-05 Canadians Sued The Bank Of Canada & Won (didn’t!). Mainstream Media & Government Blacks Out Story


The China Connection

Corruption  (large infrastructure spending, Government partnerships)

That investigation has found an immigration company run by a man who was wanted by the Chinese government for fraud. That company, which is closely affiliated with Brightenview, has shattered dreams and torn apart families.  (Immigration fraud.)

Dundurn, SK,  a similar project in Chatham-Kent, Ont., Regina SK,  tentacles elsewhere in Canada. 

From: Sandra Finley  Sent: May 25, 2017  Subject:  the China Connection

That big mall that was supposed to be built at Dundurn, SK for Chinese manufacturers – –

What I heard was about all these guys in Alberta who want Brad Wall to be their premier.

I think that’s a good idea – – I don’t think the people of Sask can afford him? 

Reply, Hart:

what a story!!! 

While in SK I always thought it would be an interesting project to work on ‘white elephants’ and phony projects in Canada, specifically SK. Be it water, bio fuels or nuclear energy, all with government support. 

Reply, Elaine:  (and thanks to Elaine for sending the China Connection.)

If I do nothing else for the next 2 years, I will devote my energies to getting rid of (Premier) Wall next election 2 years from now – with a passion!

STC* runs out next Wed.  – nothing to do with my rage at that move and, of course, at all the health and education programs this moron is destroying.

*(March 22, 2017 News Release – “Government of Saskatchewan Ends Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) Subsidy – Company to be Wound-Down”)

(Sandra speaking:  surely, supporters will change their minds, see through things,  when they understand that the glory and the glitz is a mask behind which people are looting the public treasury – – hard to believe they get away with “partnering” – – the conflicts-of-interest are outrageous.  Recipe for corruption.  Has always been thus.)

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – – see Perkins, John


  • see under Perkins, John  (New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man)
  • see under Bankruptcy

Economics – – see  Voodoo Economics

Economic Hit Men (EHM)

  • see Perkins, John
  • see Voodoo Economics / Junk Economics
  • see Beyond Banksters


Federation of Canadian Municipalities  (FCM)   Targets for Infrastructure spending.  Some attendees received copies of Banksters prior to Annual Conference.

Would be great if you would talk with your local Municipal Government about Banksters, put information in their hands.   All hands on deck!  Get in touch (Comments at bottom) if you have questions.

Fink, Larry   see  Beyond Banksters, Ch 3: A 21st Century Trojan Horse. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, Larry Fink.

Freeland, Chrystia   Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs   (Trade Deals and friend of Larry Summers)

2017-05-25   Larry Summers – Dominic Barton connection. “Inclusive Capitalism Initiative” as “re-branding”.   Summers bad news (corrupt), Canadian financial matters, advisor to Liberals.

Hope?!    If not this article, then WE and citizens in other nations working with us, are our Hope!

2014-06-19   The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the one % – ex CIA spy; The Guardian


Hudson, Michael, Economist

2017-05-06   On greed, debt & the inevitable housing crisis, Michael Hudson, published in Common Ground (Vancouver).

Junk Economics (book he wrote)  – – see Voodoo Economics

ICI  (“inclusive capitalism initiative”)   A re-branding of capitalism in the wake of  Anti-Capitalism

2014-05-27   ‘Inclusive capitalism’ the big new thing?   from DW, German international broadcaster. (Dominic Barton)

2014-06-03   ICI (“inclusive capitalism initiative) Christine Lagarde, Mark Carney wouldn’t take a pay cut, so why talk up inequality?   Financial Post

2017-05-25   Larry Summers – Dominic Barton connection. “Inclusive Capitalism Initiative” as “re-branding”.   Summers bad news (corrupt), Canadian financial matters, advisor to Liberals.


Infrastructure Spending

2016-08-09  Turning off the Tap: Site C and Water Privatization in Canada, Global Research

See CIB (Canada Infrastructure Bank) under Beyond Banksters.

And beware Infrastructure spending on Water – –  see Water Privatization.

Inserts I placed in my copies of Beyond Banksters


Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)   – – –  see under Trade Deals

Beyond Banksters,   Chapter 10.

Previous postings on this blog,  use the search button, upper right corner (“ISDS”).

The Council of Canadians website is an excellent resource.

Junk Economics – – see Voodoo Economics

Morneau, Bill   Canada’s Finance Minister appoints Dominic Barton to head up the Advisory Committee on Economic Growth  – –  see  Advisory Committee on Economic Growth.

Mulroney, Brian (Conservative PM, NAFTA, advisor to Liberal PM J. Trudeau on re-negotiation)   – – see under Trade Deals.

NAFTA / FTA  – – see Trade Deals

also,  Beyond Banksters,   Chapter 10.

Previous postings on this blog,  use the search button, upper right corner (“NAFTA”).

See also, the Council of Canadians website.

Nelson, Joyce, author- – see Beyond Banksters 

News Reports,  from most recent

2017-06-13   Trudeau Senate appointees move to split infrastructure bank from budget bill, CBC News

2017-06-07   Why Trump’s So-Called Infrastructure Plan Is Good for Wall Street But Bad for America, by Bernie Sanders  

This is a description, with 10 actual examples – – Sanders describes exactly, the financing proposed for the $188 billion (up from $180 billion) in Infrastructure spending in Canada.   It is what Joyce Nelson describes in Beyond Banksters.   For the love of god and allah and all deities, please let Canadians know.   If  Canadians become serfs to the banksters and fraudsters,  it will only be because we did not spread the word and discuss – – simple as talk with each other.   It’s actually a fun thing to do!

2017-06-02  The Liberals have ended up with an infrastructure bank that offers Canadians only downsides and risk, National Post

2017-05-05 Documents expose dangers of Liberal privatization bank, G&M

2017-04-17  BMO bundles uninsured mortgages in a Canadian bond first, Bloomberg News

This is a repeat of what contributed to the 2007-08 meltdown.  The take-away lesson for the banks, obviously:   you can do whatever you like.   You will not be stopped (regulated) and you will not go to jail.

Perkins, John  – –  author of  The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, 2016, paperback

Chapter 34,  Excerpts

Ch. 38, Your Friendly Banker as EHM     (Excerpts)

Ch. 40, Istanbul: Tools of Modern Empire   (Excerpts)

In the posting  Beyond Banksters,  scroll down to Page 19, The Debt Trap.

2016-07-26   Mary Manning Cleveland: John Perkins’ Economic Hit Man; her father’s career in the U.S. Foreign Service.   (This is an excellent overview for understanding the $180,000,000,000  in infrastructure spending Canadians are to embark upon.)

See also  Voodoo Economics

Privatization of Infrastructure – – see CIB (Canada Infrastructure Bank) under Beyond Banksters

– see also  Water, Privatization

Reisman, Simon (Chief Negotiator, NAFTA, under Conservative PM Mulroney- – see under Trade Deals

Resources  (will add links when I have time)

COMER  – –   (Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform)


Sanders, Bernie – – see under News Reports,  2017-06-07   Why Trump’s So-Called Infrastructure Plan  . . .


SENATE OF CANADA, at June 2017

Action (June 2017):  an effort to get the Senate to split the part of Bill C-44 that establishes the CIB, split out and considered separately.   (See also, Bill C-44)  Citizens are contacting their Senators.    We need a majority to vote in favour of giving due discussion and consideration to the idea of establishing a CIB.   ONE of the citizens is  . . .

Adam Smith (bless him!), submission to Senators, Excerpt:

. . . . I implore the Senate to strike Division 18 of Part 4 from Bill C-44 in its entirety and influence the government to return the Bank of Canada to previous levels of monetary financing and economic activity, instead of creating new burdens of public debt, fees, and taxation.


There are 105 seats, 7 vacant, a Speaker and a Speaker Pro Tempore.

Majority, with everyone present, would be 49 or 50 votes.

(The pro tempore speaker would be one of the 105 seats.   105 seats minus 7 vacant is 98.   Minus Speaker who only votes in a tie would be 97 potential votes.  Half of 97 is 48.5

I don’t know how Half plus 1 (majority) is calculated in this instance.  You can’t cut humans in half.   Is  Half plus 1  (48 + 1 = 49).   Or, do you round up?  Half plus 1 would then be (49 + 1 = 50).

Site C Dam  – – see  Water, Privatization

Summers, Larry

2017-05-25   Larry Summers – Dominic Barton connection. “Inclusive Capitalism Initiative” as “re-branding”.   Summers bad news (corrupt), Canadian financial matters, advisor to Liberals.

See also Voodoo Economics

Trade Deals

Beyond Banksters,   Chapter 10.    Publicly-owned, central banks will be outlawed under Trade Deals.

2017-06-23   Big news on NAFTA

2017-06-13   Once we privatize public assets, under CETA rules, we cannot reverse the privatization if it turns out to be detrimental

2017-06-10   How can you ask questions about trade deals and NOT query Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapters?  Question to CBC.   (revised June 17th.  Hopefully it is no longer so confusing!)

2017-05-21   RE: NAFTA re-negotiation. Where does the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) stand?

2017-06-26   What attempts will be made to import clauses from other trade deals into the re-negotiated NAFTA?

2017-06-16  Mulroney’s advice (advisor) to Trudeau on NAFTA: head down and mouth shut, Globe&Mail.

Mulroney’s role in the original NAFTA  2017-06-23   Big news on NAFTA, scroll down to Not familiar #2?     a nasty tale.   Water and the FTA.

Reisman, Simon (Chief Negotiator, NAFTA, under Conservative PM Mulroney) – –  see 2017-06-23   Big news on NAFTA, scroll down to Not familiar #2?     a nasty tale.   Water and the FTA.

2017-06-26   Global Affairs Canada   is where Trade Deals are handled.  Who is the Director General and Chief Economist at Global Affairs Canada?   What are his views?

On this blog, under the Category  Corporatocracy or Democracy?   (right hand side bar), click on Trade Deals, PPPs, Integration Canada-U.S.

See also,   The Council of Canadians website.  Maude Barlow and Council members are our best warriors.

Voodoo Economics / Junk Economics

John Perkins,  New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2016)  describes very well how “economics” (voodoo, junk, manipulated, but glossy)  are used to sell infrastructure – – taking victims down the garden path, ultimately to a place of darkness and corruption.    See “Perkins”.

2017-05-06   On greed, debt & the inevitable housing crisis, Michael Hudson, published in Common Ground (Vancouver).    See also

J is For Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception

Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC).

A follow-on to his successful Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy (2015),  J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception is an A-to-Z guide that explains how the world economy really works – and who are the winners and losers.

In more than 400 concise and acerbic entries, several essays, and a full topic index, the book covers contemporary terms that are misleading or poorly understood as well as many important concepts that have been abandoned – many on purpose – from the official economics …

Water Privatization through “Infrastructure Spending” and other means

2017-06-23   Big news on NAFTA

2016-08-09  Turning off the Tap: Site C and Water Privatization in Canada, Global Research

2009-06-17   Water. Western Energy Corridor. Citizen ownership and what happens under NAFTA. Infrastructure spending. Privatization.  Site C Dam, BC.

2017-05-22   Water: “Limited Edition Bottled Water” at Harrod’s, $100. Melted Arctic ice. Letter-to-Ed, Leo Kurtenbach.

2017-04-30   Agriculture Canada promotes bottled water exports to China

2006-04-27   Water.  Proposed Meridian Dam, wrap-up statement.  Battle won.   (Later, we came to understand that an infrastructure project which made no sense, DID make sense in the scheme of water privatization and diversion to the U.S..  Explained in another posting.)

2008-02-17    Water: Highgate Dam in context of water shortages in the U.S., response to Maggie. Includes water under Free Trade Agreement, etc. (Successful battle – stopped the Highgate Dam)

2008-02-13  Water: Urgent Update, Proposed Highgate Dam, North Saskatchewan River

2007-01-05    Proposed Highgate Dam, North Saskatchewan River.   Process,  Letter to persons responsible. Water diversion to U.S. 


Jun 122017

In follow-up to:

2017-03-09   Science Teacher in Ontario May Be Disciplined for Urging Students Be Informed of Vaccination Risks (National Vaccine Information Centre, U.S.)

Note:   Hashtag  #ReadTheInserts.

Pills come with “inserts”, information about the drug.   Good pharmacists ensure that the client knows the risks, side effects of a prescription drug, before they use the drug.

Informed consent is a process for getting permission BEFORE conducting a healthcare intervention on a person. 

People will listen to, and consider, the doctor or pharmacist’s view.   “Informed consent” is listening, but also reading and assessing for yourself.

In the end, we are each responsible for making the decisions about our own body.

Vaccines come with “inserts” but the person being vaccinated seldom sees the insert.   As Janet notes below, at vaccination clinics, the nurses seldom supply the information.   You have to ask for the insert.

There is zero Informed consent if you do not have access to information.  

Hence the importance of the hashtag, the call-out to people to   #ReadTheInserts.

With thanks to Janet M:


Tim S. really stuck his neck out

I can tell you that I attended part of his hearing & heard the public health nurse admit they do not read out all the possible risks & side effects of vaccines at these school vaccination clinics.

Pls support Ted’s fundraiser for Tim if you feel so inclined!

(even if you don’t feel like donating, good to know this is happening)

(& people also need to know what’s going on w. these clinics.  Article links below)

There’s far too much intimidation involved. . . .   They’ve passed the legislation.

There will be more things to come in the days ahead.

it ain’t over ’till it’s over, as the saying goes.

& btw, one of the simplest & most powerful things we can repeat to people is this:

Read the inserts!!!!!!!!

It’s not a bad hashtag if one is twitter-inclined,  #ReadTheInserts

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: [Vaccine Choice] Ted’s fundraiser for teacher Tim Sullivan
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:09:03 -0400



Ted has set up a fundraiser to replace lost wages for Tim Sullivan, the teacher who was recently suspended for one month by the Ontario College of Teachers.  He also has to complete remedial coursework at his expense for professional boundaries, professional ethics and selfregulation .

Here is a link to the fundraiser:   If you choose to donate, YouCaring uses a donation instead of a percentage to use their site.   You can change the donation amount to any amount including $0.

Unfortunately, the OCT (Ontario College of Teachers) has not published Tim’s decision on their website.

These articles will give you further information about Tim’s situation:

Hearing set for teacher who says he was trying to inform students of vaccine risks

Teacher found guilty of misconduct in anti-vaccination case

Students back teacher found guilty of misconduct (video)

School Vaccination Clinics and Informed Consent

Thanks, Rita

Jun 102017

Banksters: Index

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was interviewed on CBC Radio, The House (June 10).   (The interview starts at 3:05, ends at 16:30)

Host Chris Hall asked some hard questions of Freeland re use of “hard power” in foreign policy.

BUT re NAFTA, Nothing re ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) –  also referred to as “Chapter 11”.    To me  ISDS is a metaphor for Big Government cooperating with Big Business.

(Ironically, Freeland refers to the G-7 “Club”.   And the G-20 being an expansion (of that Club). The mind-bent is telling!)


I do not know how you can ask questions about trade deals and NOT query the Investor State Dispute Settlement chapters in them.

Canadians have paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to corporations under ISDS.  Governments learn their lesson;  it puts a chill on legislation & regulation to protect environment and citizens.

I don’t pay taxes in order to undermine our system of Government, or to enrich the wrong people.

If the CBC is afraid to ask the tough questions, in today’s world, the population will inform itself.  Which widens the gap between the governed and the collaborators with Big Business.

~~~  End of Submission  ~~~


CBC Radio, The House,

– – – – – –  – – – – – – – – – – –


This YouTube posting shows how the public in Germany is informed about ISDS.  German Public Broadcast makes an information film.  I don’t think you can call a citizenry “informed” about their nations’ trade / foreign policy if the media and Government do not explain the ISDS clauses in the Deals:

A.     2015-11-16   YouTube: German Public TV showing Europeans re ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlements).   Canada?  U.S.?  What are we seeing?

In this second posting, there is a picture of the hundreds of thousands of Germans that, just on one day, in one location,  protested the Trade deals:

B.      2015-10-10   Hundreds of thousands shut down Berlin to protest “Trojan Horse” – – Monsanto’s dream trade deal. The Guardian


I don’t think it’s possible to have B (hundreds of thousands of citizens taking to the streets in protest)  without A (an informed citizenry).

These two specific events are not sequential, B happened before A.

But “B” (public uprising, hundreds of thousands) happened in a context of longer term, fearless, public broadcast.  

A”  (the Public TV YouTube re ISDS) is a continuation of journalists doing their job – – the creation of  Context out of which things happen, or, do not happen.

My interpretation is reinforced, for example:

Prior to a decision regarding the moratorium on GMO crops in Germany,  a documentary filmmaker from German Public Television came to Saskatchewan where there had been early, extensive adoption of GMO crops.

Might I add:  “biotech” had received bounteous support from the Federal Government (then Fed Finance Minister Ralph Goodale), the Provincial Government (NDP Premier Roy Romanow) and the University of Saskatchewan.  Monsanto  led the way to the bonanza (U of S, College of Agriculture), later followed by the other biotech-chemical corporations moving into the University, too.

It was observed (in Germany) that the (material) coming into Europe, in advance of review of the GMO moratorium, was all industry-generated.   In fearless fashion, Public Television sent a documentary-maker to Canada to see what the story was “on the ground”.

Here today, in Canada, the CBC interviewer may not have had time to ask Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland the hard questions about ISDS.   That does not matter.  I  submitted my feedback because if I don’t, I help give our public broadcaster license to never address ISDS.

Jun 092017

Two very good videos in this coverage.

By Josh Gay

You have probably seen that The Ring of Fire and Mike Papantonio of America’s Lawyer have covered Monsanto extensively lately for newly exposed court documents detailing the chemical giant’s dastardly efforts to deceive the public about their deadly products, especially Roundup, the best-selling weed-killer in the world. While Monsanto continues to face harsh allegations, their products continue to fly off the shelves. However, Roundup is hardly the first time Monsanto has come under fire for their products. The company has a long history of churning deadly chemicals out to the masses and has gone to extreme lengths to cover up their misdeeds.

In February, San Francisco’s Northern District Court ruled that Monsanto had to unseal embarrassing communications related to the cancer-causing chemical glyphosate. Plaintiffs are coming forward in a class action lawsuit claiming that using the popular weed-killer Roundup, which contains glyphosate, has had carcinogenic effects. Gardeners, nursery workers, landscapers, farmers, and agricultural workers have seen a rise in both Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, as well as Hairy-Cell Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, and Multiple Myeloma.

The State of California has already ordered Monsanto to place labels on Roundup, telling consumers that using the product may cause cancer. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that glyphosate likely caused cancer. In the wake of these revelations, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Monstanto.

During one lawsuit, it came to light that Monsanto conducted “ghost-written” studies which painted their products in a favorable light. The company would then pay researchers to sign their names to the research to dupe the public. Papantonio describes these bought-and-paid-for scientists as “biostitutes.”


Monsanto then hired armies of internet trolls to spread the fake research on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. Social media users even started to intentionally misspell the company’s name as “Monsant0” to thwart the provocateurs, when discussing the cancer-causing chemicals.

Monsanto even went as far as to cozy up to federal regulators to influence the outcome of investigations. In April 2015, Jess Rowland of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bragged in a phone conversation that he deserved recognition if he could halt an investigation that was being conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rowland told a Monsanto executive, “If I can kill this I should get a medal.” Judge Vince Chhabria, who is overseeing the case, said that he may call Rowland for questioning in the cancer suit. Petitions are now circulating calling for a wider investigation into Monsanto’s collusion with the EPA.

Mike Papantonio is ready to take on the chemical giant, saying:

“Monsanto has hidden behind lies for too long. I’m going to devote the next few years to uncovering those lies.”

Papantonio has set up a website for those that have been hurt by Monsanto’s deceptive measures. You can find out more information on the legal fight against Roundup at the following link: ROUNDUP Lawsuit

Of course, this is hardly the first-time Monsanto has had to answer for its deadly chemicals. In 1984, Monsanto paid the bulk of a $180 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit that linked Agent Orange to Vietnam veterans’ medical problems. In 2013, the company had to pay $93 million to the town of Nitro, West Virginia for contamination resulting from an Agent Orange manufacturing plant in the town.

The company, along with their corporate spin-off Solutia, has also paid out hundreds of millions of dollars for health issues related to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which also has been shown to cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A trial in West Anniston, Alabama, found that Monsanto and Solutia were liable for “negligence, nuisance, wantonness, and suppression of the truth.” The resulting settlement cost Monsanto and Solutia over $700 million.

Additionally, Monsanto was found guilty in a French court for the chemical poisoning of a farmer that used the very popular herbicide, alachlor, which is marketed as Lasso. The farmer complained of headaches, memory loss, and stammering after using and inhaling the weed-killer.

Monsanto has also spent millions of dollars fighting legislation that would require genetically modified foods to be overtly labeled. The company has bought plenty of support for their genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within the government.

It is important to note that Monsanto has also been forced to pull many advertising campaigns for spreading false information in them. New York’s Attorney General, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), and the French Supreme Court all have ruled the Monsanto’s marketing of Roundup as safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable has been misleading. Additionally, a Brazilian Regional Federal Court and the South African Advertising Standards Authority have ruled that Monsanto made “unsubstantiated” claims about genetically modified crops.

Their campaigns to sell the public on their deadly chemicals have been utterly shameless. A scientist, Dr. Patrick Moore, even went as far as to claim that Roundup was perfectly safe to drink. But refused to drink the herbicide when a French TV host challenged him to do so.

After losing out on a bid to acquire the controversial company Syngenta, Monsanto now has its sights set on a $66 billion merger with the chemical company Bayer. The companies are hoping that the Trump administration will help push through the complex merger. Farmers are fearful that the merger will raise seed and pesticide prices while also halting innovation. Small to medium farms will be squeezed to the brink of survival. Meanwhile, newer and safer products will have a hard time coming to market.

It is obvious that Monsanto cares only about profits. It doesn’t matter that their products are known to cause cancer. It doesn’t matter that they lie to the public. It doesn’t matter that they are going to constrict the market so fiercely that it will cripple the agriculture industry in our country. To Monsanto, as long as the money continues to roll in, nothing else matters.



Jun 092017

Joanna Kempner’s work:  

  • how social relations shape the production of knowledge
  • research investigating  how the social world shapes what we do not know 

I stated this way:

  • the pharmaceutical companies have a great impact on what gets researched, and on
  • what gets reported.

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Joanna Kempner   was one of three women interviewed on CBC regarding migraines,   Not just a headache.

 Thoughts took me to Linguistics:  headaches, migraines, pain in head.

I emailed Joanna Kempner about the pharma industry (medications and vaccines).

I am interested in her work,  her posts on,

But truthfully,  it’s subversion:  I wrote to Joanna Kempner because I was concerned that the other two researchers may have links to the pharmaceutical industry, be “under the influence”.  And therefore would not want to hear what I propose.

It’s a long shot that anything will come from my input, sent also to CBC Radio,  The Current,  host Anna Maria Tremonti.

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The production of knowledge  is fundamental to democracy and to health.   I am a “sapper”  – – obstacles such as the corruption of research have to be addressed, or we are thwarted from ever making the progress we need to make.



Subject: re CBC Interview, June 7th.  Not just a headache.  Thank you.

Hello Joanna,

  . . .     I suspect that you have an interest in finding underlying causes, so that if possible, more people will not be afflicted with the debilitating effects of migraines, headaches and pain in the head.

I note:  the pharmaceutical companies have a great impact on what gets researched, and on what gets reported.

The industry interest is, of course, oriented toward “cure”, or false “prevention”.   (True prevention is removal of cause, as in lead in gasoline, cigarettes, harmful substances.)


Both my kids suffer or suffered from migraines.  They were born in 1980 and 1982, a girl and a boy; today they are in their mid-thirties.

Onset was age 12 for my daughter and a bit older for my son.

The first experience:  a call from a very worried elementary school teacher.  My daughter had become suddenly incoherent and confused.

I picked her up;  she was unable to formulate sentences.   She could answer “yes” or “no” to basic questions.   I was alarmed.

At emergency she was diagnosed with a migraine and put on a drip.

A neurologist was consulted.

After one migraine event, and on the first visit, he wrote a prescription for a drug that would “prevent” migraines.

He said she would be on the medication for the rest of her life.

I did not fill the prescription and it was a long time before she had another migraine.

Three weeks after that first episode, I saw in the newspaper, notice of an event at a hospital to help migraine sufferers.  I attended.

The presentation was put on by a drug company to my surprise.   The featured doctor who was assisting, in ways investing in the company, was the neurologist who saw my daughter for 10 minutes and prescribed life-long drugs for a 12-year-old, following a single incident.

It is accepted that migraines are sometimes the consequence of allergies, both food and environmental.  MSG is a known trigger for headaches/migraines.

This past spring,  just before her 37th birthday,  after 3 years of living in B.C. (a change in environment),  and after recording the circumstances around onset of migraine attacks,  it became apparent that one trigger for my daughter is pollen from alder trees.   The piecing together is below, see APPENDED.

The interviews for Not just a headache set me to puzzling.   Please follow these thoughts:

My daughter avoids some foods, and she has a definite allergy to alder tree pollen.   Over and over again, what you hear from parents of children who have suffered from deleterious effects of larger numbers of vaccinations now given to children:   they have serious food and other allergies and sensitivities.

I searched the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) list of vaccines, that shows associated side effects.  I searched for the word “headache”.       

16 matches for “headache”.  I did a quick skim.

headaches —  1 in 3 people who are injected with some vaccines  (roughly speaking) get “headache”.

MSG is used as a stabilizer in a few vaccines.   It’s a known cause of migraines/headaches, as mentioned.

I don’t think anyone would dispute, it’s well documented:

mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum are also ingredients in various vaccines.  Borax, too.


My experience with educational (research) institutions, and Government agencies is:   yes, there is manipulated research and scientific papers.  BUT maybe more importantly,  the research that NEEDS to be done, is not – –  because it threatens financial interests.   It is as large a problem in Canada as in the U.S.   But back to the immediate point:

By observation of my kids and others, there is a  headachemigraine continuum.

The spectrum goes from

  • those people who have zero headaches and migraines, to
  • those who have headaches but not migraines, to
  • those who have some of both,
  • to those who have severe and chronic migraines/headaches  . . .  to . . .
  • those who have pain in the head?  (maybe a matter of linguistics?)

I know the URL, but do not know the source / credibility of this SURVEY which says there is a marked increase in migraines among children, that is NOT associated with larger numbers of vaccines administered.

Migraine in vaccinated children

1-3 vaccinations               9.70%

4-6 vaccinations             10.98%

7-9 vaccinations             70.99%

10-15 vaccinations             12.84%

16-20 vaccinations             22.52%

21-30 vaccinations             21.61%

31-40 vaccinations             22.41%

41-50 vaccinations             50.00%


Which I would say is plausible:  migraines often bring severe pain in the brain.  Kids who have suffered vaccine injury suffer neurologically, sometimes becoming non-verbal,  hands over both ears, clasping their heads.  Banging their heads against walls and so on.  They are in pain?

LINGUISTICS:   That would not get reported as “migraine” or “headache”;  it gets reported as head banging,  but it may be along the same continuum of pain in the brain as headaches and migraine?

I did a bit of nosing around on-line.  There is plausibility for research (with integrity) between vaccines and migraines.

But the CDC whistleblower,  Dr. William Thompson, has revealed the corruption in the CDC vaccines department,  which makes their research unreliable.

Not only that – – there will be large obstacles placed in the path of anyone who thinks a plausible migraine – vaccine relationship is worthy of study.

Another problem is that as with many toxins, mercury for example,  the effects on health may not be immediately experienced.   Health outcomes can be experienced years, even decades later;  accumulations and interactions of toxins (stresses) are at play.  “Triggers” or “tipping points” come into play.

Females suffer migraines at a much higher rate than males.  Males suffer serious adverse reactions from vaccines (e.g. head banging) at a much higher rate than females.

(And I remind you that over $3 billion dollars has been paid out by the Vaccine Injury Court in the U.S. for vaccine injury, another verboten topic until recently, with awareness accelerated by the whistle-blowing of Dr. Thompson.)

From the internet:

Posted by: deleted_user 07/02/2008 Mood: Ok

Does anyone else believe that they started having migraines, or thier migraines got worse, after receiving the MMR vaccine as an adult?

My doctors says it is not related but it is the only change in my life that I can pinpoint.

Thanks in advance for your comments!!


So there you go:

  • The CDC website says that “headaches” are experienced by about 1 in 3 of persons who are injected with some vaccines.
  • The survey  Migraine in vaccinated children shows a significant peak at 7-9 vaccinations  (70.99%)
  • It is possible that clasping your head between your hands, and head banging are related to pain in the head of a non-verbal child
  • Allergies (food, environmental, synthetic chemicals in scents (perfumes)), are known to trigger migraines and headaches.
  • Children who have been diagnosed with vaccine damage are (almost without exception?) known to suffer from food and environmental allergies)
  • MSG is a known cause of migraines and headaches.  MSG is added to some vaccines as a stabilizer.
  • Mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, borax are also injected as part of various vaccines.


Off-gassing of mother’s mercury fillings crosses the placental barrier + mercury in mother’s body accumulates in fatty tissue (same happens in fish) means in utero + breastfeeding exposure to mercury.  Now add mercury and/or other poisons in the heavy vaccination schedule.  Substances that are highly toxic to the brain, injected directly (don’t even go through the gastro-intestinal tract)  – – headaches, migraines sooner or later, pain in the head  – –  anybody surprised?


I noticed re MigraineCanada – it receives funding from Tribute Pharmaceuticals.

Maybe some brave soul or team, somewhere, will research a possible connection between vaccines and migraines.    Conditions become normalized – –  current disease conditions are not normal, even if they make large contributions to “GDP”.

It is stated that there is a connection, for some people, between onset of puberty and beginning of migraines.  A reasonable question:  what was age when the last childhood vaccinations were administered?

Both my children were religiously vaccinated (not with the number of vaccines that are administered today).  I had no idea of the ingredients in vaccines.   Informed consent was non-existent.     But I don’t know whether their migraines are associated with vaccines.

Or whether their children will be subject to migraines:  damage done to our genetic material can be transmitted inter-generationally.  We typically refer to it as “inherited” or “congenital” or “in our genes”.   Another soothing offered by Linguistics.   It is damaged genetic material that gets passed down from one generation to the next.

/Best wishes,

Sandra Finley

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March 31, 2017


Today, someone there told Kelly that the alder tree is likely triggering the migraines.


Kelly and I worked through things, see below  (Experience  and research on internet).

We agree.  It seems clear that Kelly is allergic to alder tree pollen.   The allergy causes migraines that Kelly has in spring.   Could be birch tree allergy, too.


Kelly knows some of the things to do  (keep windows shut,  daily dose of feverfew, magnesium, as recommended by Daisey (naturopathic doctor).  – –  Should have focused on that starting in October.  – –    Kelly – don’t use your fan for the time being,  at risk of drawing more airborne pollen into your room.)


Walking outside?  – – are there alders all around, or not?


Tie a bandana over your nose, or,  you will find it easier to just buy a package of good dust masks and use them for the short remaining time of pollination  (see below – – “the season” for when the alders are flowering).  I think another important thing is to rinse your sinuses with warm salt water to reduce any inflammation caused by the pollen you breathe in.  I’ll give you a hand when I’m down.

Hope this is helpful.


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When Kelly told me about today’s migraine:

  • I remember, the previous 2 episodes in the last couple of weeks – –   she was walking outside along the road, Layla was with her
  • Compared with today,  she had just walked from the Main House to Hudsons.  The migraine hit shortly after arrival.
  • So:    3 events, one after the other, all occurring ON OR after being on the road
  • Which points to something in the environment, along the road.
  • Springtime, which means pollens.
  • Reinforced by recollection that last spring Kelly had a bad time with migraines

With Kelly on the phone, doing google searches:


Trees that make you sneeze

Birch, elm, maple, oak and poplar are some of the most allergenic trees across Canada and the northern United States. But where you are, the month and the weather all influence the onset of symptoms.

West Coast

On the foliage-rich west coast, red alder is public enemy number one. Robert Guy, head of forest sciences at the University of British Columbia, says much of the forest surrounding coastal towns and cities is full of red alder. Depending on the weather, these trees can pollinate as early as mid-February, or as late as the end of March, and they spread pollen for about three weeks.

Vancouver allergist Dr. Donald Stark says red alder is particularly insidious because it produces a ton of pollen; it often has the highest pollen count of any plant on the coast. People allergic to it may also react to birch trees, which pollinate about a month after alders, prolonging the misery.

Stark identifies the Garry oak as another culprit on the west coast. In most of Canada, ragweed is the worst offender for triggering hay fever, followed by grass, then trees. Stark says the west coast is the exception: here, trees pack the hardest punch.



Migraines can be triggered by food or environmental allergies.

Painful migraine headaches can have many triggers, among them environmental and food allergies. The precise mechanism for how allergens trigger migraines is still unknown, but these are the most common theories:

  • Sinusitis. “The most common cause of a migraine is allergic sinusitis,” explains Jonathan Field, MD, Director, Allergy and Asthma Clinic, New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Medical Center in New York City. “When an allergic person is exposed to an allergen — dust, mold, pollen, animal hair, or skin — the sinuses become swollen. This swelling might cause migraines by triggering the nerves in the brain to react to the change in pressure. The nerves then send signals to the brain that trigger the various symptoms of migraine, like the headache, intolerance of light or sound, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.”
  • Allergic rhinitis (seasonal and indoor nasal allergies) . According to Clifford W. Bassett, MD, Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, studies have found that the odds of having migraine headaches are significantly higher in people with allergic rhinitis compared with those without allergies.
  • Food allergies.  . . .
Jun 082017

Related to the pharmaceutical companies have a great impactand decades-long battles by Canadians for proper regulation (uncorrupted research and regulation) (as in the case with vaccines in the U.S.)  note the following re Accutane and Thalidomide:

ACCUTANE:   According to the list, Accutane, on the market for 27 years (1982 to June 2009)  was withdrawn in the U.S. (2009).

35 FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs Later Pulled from the Market    (includes Accutane)

Accutane has not been withdrawn in Canada.

2016-04-25   Acne drug Accutane’s harm to fetus a worry despite prevention efforts, CBC 

and   Canadian women still getting pregnant while on Accutane, despite risks of birth defects, National Post, Apr 25, 2016 (same date).   (More strongly worded than the CBC report, I think)

(Birth defects are far from the only “side effects” of Accutane.)


There are approximately 5,000 survivors alive today, around the world. Never counted and never to be known, are the numbers of babies miscarried, or stillborn, let alone the number of family members and parents who have suffered over the years.

Around the world, in the late 1960’s and into the early 1970’s, the victims of the drug thalidomide and their families entered into class action legal suits, or threatened actions, against the various drug companies who manufactured and/or distributed the drug, and they were eventually awarded settlements. In most countries, these settlements included monthly or annual payments based on the level of disability of the individual.

In Canada, the story was quite different. Canadian victims of the drug were forced to go it alone, family by family. No case ever reached a trial verdict. Rather, families were forced to settle out-of-court with gag orders imposed on them not to discuss the amounts of their settlements. This resulted in wide disparity in the compensation amounts, with settlements for individuals with the same levels of disability varying by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In 1987, the War Amputations of Canada established The Thalidomide Task Force to seek compensation for Canadian-born thalidomide victims from the government of Canada. As Canada had allowed the drug onto the Canadian market when many warnings were already available about side effects associated with thalidomide, and as Canada left the drug on the market a full three months after the majority of the world had withdrawn the drug, it was felt and argued that the government of Canada had a moral responsibility to ensure that thalidomide victims were properly compensated.

I think of those examples when I think:  Ontario passed Bill 87 making it very difficult for parents to exercise choice over what vaccines are injected into their children.

Canadians are complacent and/or disempowered.  In the cases of Accutane, Thalidomide, Vaccines, and other issues, I worry that we are not protecting our children as robustly as we need to.

Jun 072017

Banksters: Index

With many thanks to Common Dreams (U.S.).

This is an extremely helpful article for Canadians, by Bernie Sanders.


NOTE:  scroll down below to:   TOP 10 FAILED PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (USA).  This is important documentation.

These kind of projects are being proposed for Canada, under the $188 billion (up from $180 billion) in infrastructure spending we are to embark on over 12 years.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has to be stopped!   Please find some friends who will talk to their local, provincial, or federal representative – expand our numbers.   We should be on the warpath.

More info:  Banksters: Index

Why Trump’s So-Called Infrastructure Plan Is Good for Wall Street But Bad for America,
by Bernie Sanders

Donald Trump’s so-called infrastructure plan is a huge giveaway to Wall Street that fails to create the millions of jobs we need to modernize our roads, bridges, water systems, rail, airports, levees and dams.

At a time when the American Society of Civil Engineers says we need to spend $2 trillion above current spending levels just to get our infrastructure back to a state of good repair, Trump actually cuts direct federal spending on our crumbling infrastructure by nearly $145 billion over the next decade. This would force state and local governments to shoulder more of the financial burden for our infrastructure needs at a time when they can least afford it.

Just like Trump’s “health care” bill is actually a $231 billion tax cut for the top 2 percent, his infrastructure plan would create $200 billion in new tax loopholes and other giveaways for wealthy investors, and it would reward corporations that have stashed their profits overseas with huge tax cuts.

Under Trump’s proposal, billionaires on Wall Street, wealthy campaign contributors and even foreign governments would receive hundreds of billions in tax breaks to purchase our highways, airports, and water treatment plants. They would then be allowed to impose huge new tolls and fees on the backs of American commuters and homeowners.

The reality is that Trump’s plan to sell off our nation’s highways, bridges, and other vital infrastructure to Wall Street, private investors, and foreign governments is an old idea that does not work.

Trump’s plan to rebuild America relies heavily on the use of public-private partnerships to finance infrastructure projects with private equity capital. Such financing, whether through private equity or traditional tax-exempt municipal bonds, is repaid by ordinary citizens through a combination of taxes and user fees. Private equity financing is markedly more expensive than traditional government financing, however — by as much as three to six times. Considering the scale of infrastructure development under consideration, that difference could be enormous. For example: the charge for a $100 million-dollar investment using traditional government bond financing (at 3 percent, over 30 years) is about $90 million. For private equity capital, at a 15 percent return, the total skyrockets to $450 million.

For example, in Chicago, a private investor group led by Morgan Stanley will collect $11 billion as part of its 75-year contract to run the city’s parking meters. Not only have they raised parking prices by as much as 800 percent in some neighborhoods but incredibly, the city has been forced to pay $31 million and counting to cover lost revenue whenever a street is temporarily closed for maintenance. Chicago is already struggling with high crime and unfunded teachers’ pensions, yet it is diverting resources to pad the bottom line of these investors.

In Indiana, tolls on a privatized road more than doubled this month as commuters wait in long lines and visit unsanitary rest stops. In Bayonne, New Jersey, many homeowners are at risk of foreclosure because they cannot afford water bills that have spiked dramatically after the water system was taken over by a private equity firm. In Atlanta, after taking over the water system in 1999, the new private operators fired 400 workers and cut training for those who remained. The result? More water main failures, and water quality declined.

In California, Texas, and South Carolina, privately-owned toll roads went bankrupt or were foreclosed because of exaggerated projections from investors. Time and again, these private companies who take over public infrastructure showed they do not represent the public’s best interests.

In addition to the obvious siphoning of public resources that Trump’s tax breaks and private equity financing entail, his Administration has been pushing “asset recycling,” i.e., selling off existing assets, like airports, bridges, and highway rest stops, to private investors and using the revenue (“recycling” it) to fund new facilities.

It is important to note, moreover, that weak investment in America’s infrastructure is not due to lack of access to financing, but because of constraints associated with insufficient state and local government revenue. Trump’s public-private partnership model does not address this problem, and in fact, exacerbates it by increasing overall costs to taxpayers. And because smaller-scale projects, like those in rural areas, may not be profitable enough to attract private equity investors, his model risks leaving many parts of the country behind.

But Donald Trump wants to hand over more critical public infrastructure to private investors who will squeeze profits from the American people by putting up new tolls and exorbitant users’ fees. That would be unacceptable. We shouldn’t be selling off public assets to billionaires to make huge profits on the backs of working people.

Trump’s plan is the exact opposite of what we should be doing as a nation. Instead of creating more tax giveaways to corporate America and Wall Street, we should be eliminating tax loopholes that allow profitable corporations to stash their cash in offshore tax havens around the world. And we should be using this revenue to directly invest $1 trillion to modernize our nation’s infrastructure — a plan that would put 15 million Americans back to work in good-paying jobs.

Today, the United States spends less on infrastructure, as a percent of GDP, than at any time in the past twenty years. The reality is that every day, Americans drive to work on potholed roads and rundown bridges. They ride in overcrowded buses and subways, and journey through shabby airports. Children struggle to concentrate in dark, overcrowded classrooms; and in some parts of the country, their schools lack adequate heat and basic cleanliness. The structures that most Americans don’t see are also in disrepair — from spotty broadband and an outdated electric grid, to toxic drinking water and dilapidated levees and dams. This is what happens when a nation underfunds the physical infrastructure on which its people and economy depend. We need to be spending more on infrastructure, not less. And we should not be providing more tax breaks to fund risky privatization schemes. 

The failure of privatization plans — transferring control of public infrastructure to private interests — that Trump would double down on can be seen across the country.



1. Chicago Parking Meters


 In 2008, the city of Chicago sold the right to manage the city’s parking meters for 75 years to Morgan Stanley and its financial partners for $1.15 billion.

From 2009 to 2013, parking rates in Chicago increased by as much as 800 percent.

While working people in Chicago are paying more for parking, the Wall Street and foreign investors that own the parking meters are making enormous profits. Morgan Stanley and its investors will likely collect $11 billion from Chicago as part of this deal, all on the backs of its residents.

Even as Chicago runs yearly budget deficits over $100 million, they have been forced to pay Morgan Stanley $31 million to cover their lost revenue every time streets are closed in the city.

Because of this public-private partnership, not only are Chicagoans paying more to get to work, but taxpayers are on the hook for a bad deal that Wall Street will profit off of for decades.


2. Indiana Toll Road


In 2006, Indiana signed a 75-year lease for a 175-mile highway for $3.8 billion with investors from Spain and Australia.

That company went bankrupt in 2014 partly because its risky financial deals left investors debt-ridden. That lease was then sold to Australian investors after the original investors went bankrupt in 2014.

While the debt held by this project increased by $2 billion before the bankruptcy, the Australian parent company is doing extraordinarily well. They reported record profits for the last fiscal year, and their CEO is among the highest paid in Australia.

This month, E-Z Pass drivers on the toll road saw their rates double when a state rebate program from the privatization deal expired. Since the road was privatized in 2006, all drivers of two-axle vehicles have seen the maximum toll rise from $4.65 to $9.70.

Today, the toll road is deteriorating, and travelers often wait in long lines at toll plazas, and use rest stops that are unsanitary.

 (INSERT:  please go to the URL at top if you wish links to more of the source docs below.  I have not copied them.)

3. Bayonne, NJ Water Deal


In 2012, Bayonne, NJ leased its municipal system to a multinational corporation and private equity firm in exchange for an up-front payment of $150 million.

For the residents of Bayonne, this deal has come with a significant cost. Water rates have skyrocketed nearly 28 percent since the system was leased to private interests. This is after the city told residents when negotiating the deal that rates would stay frozen for four years.

Bayonne residents are not able to afford these high rate increases, and the amount of government liens against properties increased from 200 in 2012 to 465 in 2015. People should not be at risk of losing their homes because a private company’s profits were more important than the needs of consumers.


4. Norfolk, Virginia Midtown Tunnel


In 2011, Virginia signed a contact with a private consortium to expand and extend the Norfolk, Virginia Midtown Tunnel. In exchange, they allowed the private investors to receive toll profits from the tunnel for 58 years.

In addition to instituting new tolls on a road that had been free to use since the 1980s, the private operator created a predatory pricing scheme that caused some low-income drivers to rack up debts as high as $18,000 from the tolls. The pricing scheme charges higher rates and fees to non-E-Z Pass drivers, who are more likely to be low-income people who cannot afford to fill an E-Z Pass account.

Like similar P3 agreements, Virginia’s contains *a non-compete clause that will make it more difficult for the state to improve the tunnel and freeway, and ensures that the private investors make a healthy profit at the expense of working families.

* (INSERT:  The Hazards of Non-Compete Clauses in Public-Private Partnerships    

5. Atlanta Water


In 1998 the city of Atlanta signed an agreement for United Water, part of a French conglomerate, to operate their water system for twenty years.

After taking control of the system, United Water fired nearly 400 workers and dramatically reduced job training for its remaining employees tasked with keeping water safe for the people of Atlanta.

Water service in Atlanta suffered as United Water could not keep up with the system’s maintenance needs. After United Water took over water-main breaks increased and the city needed to issue occasional “boil only” alerts when water wasn’t drinkable out of the tap.

United Water is another example of a company that poorly managed our critical infrastructure, harming both taxpayers and workers in the process.


6. Chicago Skyway


A Spanish and Australian investment consortium paid Chicago $1.83 billion to operated and collect tolls on the Chicago Skyway.

To cut costs, the private entity cut wages for its Skyway jobs from at least $20 an hour to as low as $12 an hour.

The agreement to operate the Skyway included ballooning interest rates, like many of the risky mortgages that caused the great recession.

After cutting ages for working people, these investors cashed out to another private entity less than 10 years into the 99-year lease, showing yet again that private entities running public infrastructure projects are only interested in their profits, not serving the public and treating their workers fairly. The majority owners of the Skyway project, the Spanish company Ferrovial, pocketed $269 million from the sale.


7. State Highway 130


Texas contracted out the construction and operations of toll road State Highway 130 to a private company for $245 million in toll revenue.

During their ownership of the road, the private company was cited by the Texas Department of Transportation for poor road maintenance. In addition to problems resulting from the deteriorating road, the area around the toll road began to flood following its construction.

The private consortium that owned the project declared bankruptcy last year, while still owing the federal government $430 million from an infrastructure loan program. The toll road was taking in much lower revenue than expected because traffic was 70 percent lower than expected.


8. SR-91 Express Lanes in Orange County


In 1995 California built express lanes on SR-91 in Orange County through mostly private dollars from three corporations.

Because of a non-compete clause in the agreement, California was unable to expand the roads to better serve commuters. Instead of looking out in the best interest of Orange Country residents, this deal made sure these corporations profited at their expense.


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In 2003, a toll road owned by an Australian investment firm opened in Southern California. The project was touted as a successful TIFIA loan that demonstrated the benefit of public private partnerships.

However, seven years later the firm went bankrupt and imposed a 42% loss on the taxpayers from the TIFIA loan. Taxpayer dollars should not be put at risk so that private investment firms have a chance to profit on public infrastructure.


10. Capital Beltway Hot Lanes


In Virginia, a private consortium constructed new High Occupancy Traffic lanes on Interstate 495 in exchange for toll revenue for the next 80 years

While reducing congestion and encouraging carpooling are worthy goals for this project, under the partnership Virginia taxpayers could pay this private consortium millions of dollars anytime carpoolers are over a quarter of the drivers on the road. This deal values the bottom line of its investors over the environment and the commute times of Virginia workers.

© 2017 Bernie Sanders


Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Elected Mayor of Burlington, Vt., by 10 votes in 1981, he served four terms. Before his 1990 election as Vermont’s at-large member in Congress, Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York. Read more at his website. Follow him on Twitter: @SenSanders or @BernieSanders


Jun 062017

With thanks to Janet M: 

++++++  another very helpful (& short) item on the science being “settled.” 

Jun 052017


‘She Let Go’ a Poem by Rev. Safire Rose

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‘She Let Go’  

She let go

Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.

She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go.

She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word.

She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort.

There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

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“Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds

your desire to hold on.”  ~ Alan H. Cohen