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Stealin’ All My Dreams!

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Canada’s Blue Rodeo throws a heaping of well deserved reality at Harper and his sole sucking, dream crushing Conservatives with their new song Stealin’ All My Dreams which is a catalog of all the horrors of the Harper regime, from stifling scientists to strip-mining the CBC to doubling down on tar-sand oil.

Canada’s youth needs to get out and vote. Don’t let your grandfather’s political party continue to sell Canada to the highest bidder.

#nomorecons

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Written by mattliving

October 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA.

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If these agreements were purely about “FREE TRADE” they would NOT be SECRET?

Written by mattliving

August 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

Ron Paul Warned of the Coming Tyranny

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Ideals are very important to the shaping of society.
In fact, that are more important than bombings or armies or guns.
And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit.
They are behind all the choices we make.
They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies can not.
Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than
fighting with guns or politics or political power.
With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.
– Ron Paul

Written by mattliving

March 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

Proposed Canadian Terrorism Bill Called a Privacy Disaster

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Stephen Harper - No Privacy Shits Given!

CBC: CSIS oversight urged by ex-PMs as Conservatives rush Bill C-51 debate

“Protecting human rights and protecting public safety are complementary objectives, but experience has shown that serious human rights abuses can occur in the name of maintaining national security,” the statement says.

“Given the secrecy around national security activities, abuses can go undetected and without remedy.

“This results not only in devastating personal consequences for the individuals, but a profoundly negative impact on Canada’s reputation as a rights-respecting nation.”

The letter is signed by Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Joe Clark, John Turner and 18 others involved in security matters between 1968 and 2014, including:

  • five former Supreme Court justices.
  • seven former Liberal solicitors general and ministers of justice.
  • three past members of the intelligence review committee.
  • two former privacy commissioners.
  • a retired RCMP watchdog.

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Dr. Michael Geist (Professor of Law Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law Faculty of Law):
“Total Information Awareness”: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Bill C-51

Roach and Forcese dig further into this issue, concluding that the information sharing provisions are excessive and unbalanced. There is much to digest, but the privacy concerns largely come down to three linked issues:

  • First, the bill permits information sharing across government for an incredibly wide range of purposes, most of which have nothing to do with terrorism (“It is, quite simply, the broadest concept of security that we have ever seen codified into law in Canada.”).
  • Second, the scope of sharing is remarkably broad: 17 government institutions with the prospect of cabinet expansion as well as further disclosure “to any person, for any purpose.”
  • Third, the oversight over public sector privacy has long been viewed as inadequate. In fact, calls for Privacy Act reform date back over three decades. The notion that the law is equipped to deal with this massive expansion in sharing personal information is simply not credible.

Written by mattliving

February 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a Full-Frontal Assault on Democracy

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TPP Equals

The Guardian: The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections. Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing.

The mechanism through which this is achieved is known as investor-state dispute settlement. It’s already being used in many parts of the world to kill regulations protecting people and the living planet.

Written by mattliving

December 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Listening For The Future

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“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore.
Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.”

― Philip K. Dick

Written by mattliving

September 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

Canadian Telcos ILLEGALLY Disclosed Subscriber Data Every 27 Seconds!

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Stephen Harper - No Privacy Shits Given!

Figures released Tuesday by Canada’s privacy watchdog indicate authorities requested that access from nine companies more than 1.19 million times a year, meaning authorities spend in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars to quietly access Canadians’ personal data.

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) alone paid $24,211 for data requests between April 2012 and March 31 2013.

The fees are paid to companies that voluntarily co-operate with authorities’ access requests, not for judicially authorized requests for information. ~ Toronto Star

It should be clear to every single Canadian that the Harper Conservative government cares very little if at all about your privacy.

Mr. Harper has implemented parts of his failed C-13 bill and even outlined in the House of Commons at the time the original bill was introduced that his government had already begun discussions with telcos about  possible revenue models (ways they would pay the telcos for your private information).

The BIG problem is, the legislation died on the order desk as a result of massive public push back. But that didn’t stop Mr. Harper, his government officials simply ignored Canadian laws and crafted a very comfortable relationship with telcos only too anxious to create a new stream to pad their already bloated profits while giving Mr. Harper’s Conservatives exclusive and possibly ILLEGAL access to Canadians’ private information.

Written by mattliving

May 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm