strange letters to the editor this time
people park everywhere
I have some theories about why the Panamanians like to park their
cars almost anywhere:
They are too lazy to walk
They are scared to death a thug will
rob them or even kill them, or because of vandalism.
They don't want to pay for public
parking fees or meters.
They don't want to be late for work
since it is common in Panama.
They just don't care since they have
"padrinos" in the government who can write off their fines for traffic
charming note from someone just out of prison
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ordination raises tensions with Vatican
can't bargain with the devil! This should be clearly understood by
Vatican officials who persist in establishing, at all costs, improved
relations with communist China. The Chinese government will never
openly accept the Catholic Church. It will never recognize anything
other than state-back churches with bishops sympathetic to the
communist regime. Essentially, the true Catholic Church must remain
an underground institution in China.
Catholics have been recently encouraged by some Vatican officials to
seek government recognition as members of the "official" or
"open" church, a step that would require them to join the
government-run Catholic Patriotic Association. This has emboldened
authorities in Beijing to appoint bishops without papal approval, and
has managed to sway many Chinese Catholics to the government's side.
This strategy of compromise is of a piece with the old "Ostpolitik"
--- Pope Paul VI's controversial policy of accommodating Communist
governments in an attempt to obtain better conditions for Catholics
behind the Iron Curtain during the 1960s and 70s. This policy of
compromise failed in Russia just as it is failing today in China.
church is called to evangelize and so it must try to work with the
world's governments and with various peoples and those of different
faiths. Nonetheless, Pope John Paul II reminds us that "In
matters of faith, compromise is in contradiction with God who is
Truth" (Ut Unum Sint 18). In the Gospel of Life (82) he further
states: In the proclamation of this Gospel, we must not fear
hostility or unpopularity, and we must refuse any compromise or
ambiguity which might conform us to the world's way of thinking (cf.
health professionals support Flotilla 2
undersigned Canadian health professionals join with people from
across Canada in support of Flotilla II, the fleet of boats carrying
over one thousand courageous people aiming to break the Israeli
blockade of Gaza. This year, the generosity of the Canadian public
has made it possible for the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, to
join this international convoy. The international civilian initiative
is undertaken in the face of intractable political impasse.
sailing of Flotilla II could not be more timely. The level of abject
poverty among the Palestinians of Gaza has tripled since the
imposition of the blockade in 2007 on an already impoverished and
traumatized civilian population. At present, 61% of households do not
have enough food and the allocation of potable water is far below the
World Health Organization minimum standard of 100 liters/day. The
World Food Program, the Food and Agricultural Organization, and UN
Development Program all report dire conditions of malnutrition and
untreated health problems. Children who comprise over 50 percent of
the population suffer from micronutrient malnutrition, lack of access
to health service and education, death and disability from war and
ongoing psychological trauma. Many have known no other life.
is ample will to help, so ending the blockade is crucial. We call on
our government to do its part: to stand up for the boats' safe
passage to Gaza, and to demand the immediate end of this punishing,
Abdul Qadir, M.S.W.
Baltman, M.D. General Practitioner, Psychotherapist
Bayoumi, M.D., MSc FRCPC
Birkett, M.D. Physicians for Global Survival
Bloch, M.D., CCFP Toronto
Burman, DDS, Ph.D.
Carmon, Social Service Worker
Daniel, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus Pharmacology, University of
Deutsch, M.D., Ph.D. FRCPC
Deutsch, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Dozzi, R.N., Primary Care Nurse
A. Dworkind, M.D., FCFP
Goel, MD, CCFP
Hamel, Ph.D. Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Hardill, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
L. Heiberg, M.B., B.Ch. (family physician, retired)
Albagli Iruretagoyena, Clinical Psychologist, MPH candidate
Johnstone Registered Nurse
Khazzam, M.A., Dipl. Cand. International School of Analytical
Lexchin MD Emergency Department,University Health Network.Toronto
Loubani, MD, CCFP (EM), London, Ontario
McCaskell, nurse and health and safety researcher
Rai, M.P.H., M.D. candidate
Santa Barbara, M.D, Physicians for Global Survival
Sterken, nutritionist, MSc, Dt.
Sutherland, RN, Hartington, Ontario
Binder Wall, therapist
Weiner, B.A. Health Sciences (Hon)
Weinstein, R.N. Nurse
DeLisle, Diaconal Minister, United Church of Canada
Desmond Jagger-Parsons BA, LLB, MDiv
Brian McIntosh Diaconal Minister, United Church of Canada
Rainey, Diaconal Minister, United Church of Canada
Barry Rieder Community Minister
Rev. Dr. Mervyn Russell and Mrs. Patricia Russell
Stewart, Diaconal Minister, United Church of Canada
following are not health professionals but have asked to sign this
Brown, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Ghuneim, President Palestinian Association of Hamilton
Kubursi, Emeritus Professor of Economics, McMaster University
Lippman, Ph.D., Professor Emerita McGill University
Lowi, *LL.B. (TAU), J.D. (UWO)*
Borshay Lee, Professor Emeritus University of Toronto
MacKay, Professor Mohawk College
S. Mirza Project Manager – Engaged Youth in Motion
Misgeld, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor University of Toronto
Rice, Certified General Accountant
Roth, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor University of Minnesota
Stone, Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)
Westra, Ph.D. (Professor Emerita University of Windsor)
Wolkow, B.A. Philosophy
do you make abortion laws?
is it possible that, with such evidence as there is, there are still
people who say that human life can be undone in the womb? Is it
possible that there are governments in the XXI century, that support
such aberration and tyranny?
Nathanson, in his book "The Hand of God" published by
Palabra, makes a review of his life. It is an impressive testimony of
a man who has gone from being one of the fiercest abortion doctors in
the world, after his conversion to Catholicism; he becomes a hard
defender of human life.
said that to make abortion legal in the United States was crucial
manipulate of the media, all coming together in a historic moment as
the convulsive decades of the 60s and 70s. For that is necessary to
have a figure or institution about to be downloaded on the wrath of
those people who sought to deny any order established in nature, and
that institution was the Catholic Church. Manipulating the history of
the Church and its true message of salvation was the perfect
scapegoat. The maximum to be acted was Machiavelli: "Nothing is
more difficult to control, more dangerous to carry or more uncertain
of success, to take the lead in introducing a new order of things."
there's more: Maurice Caillet, in his autobiography "I was a
Mason," describes his tenure in the French Masonry. As
Nathanson, also a doctor, and has been threatened with death for his
"former brethren of the lodges." Well, as everyone knows,
Freemasonry seeks to destroy human beings, so its objective is going
directly to the institution that defends the human being: the
Catholic Church. So, as said Caillet, abortion laws in France were
made in the Masonic lodges, as many of the French political leaders
we have established the reason for this diabolical plot: You can only
explain this atrocity taking into account the existence of the demon,
who is a murderer from the beginning. Nathanson says it all: his
abortion clinic was a gang of professional criminals.
we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian
"conspiracy theory" no longer means an event explained by a
conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact,
that is out of step with the government's explanation and that of its
note: In the Anglo-American Common Law, "conspiracy" is an
agreement among two or more persons to do an illegal act, with the
crime consummated by any tangible action to carry out the agreement.
It can be a government provocateur getting a bunch of folks with
addled brains to talk about illegal things, with some innocuous act
that falls well short of putting the people who are the targets
actually carrying out the proposed illegal act. A conspiracy can be
the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, wherein a group
of religious fanatics loyal to Osama bin Laden carefully prepared a
series of suicide attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, mostly
civilians, some of them even devout Muslims.
is a lot of crime in the world, much of it carried out by groups of
people according to some common agreement. However, the notion of an
overarching, long-running plot that would require many people to be
in on it and none of them to reveal it is generally an example of
is, of course, the true exception. For millennia the world has been
run by an oligarchy of incompetents, the Negligentsia. They are
forever messing up. But the world would muddle through anyway, were
there not a secret cabal within the Negligentsia, the Obliterati.
It's hard to call the Obliterati "evil" --- they're just
blasted out of their gourds on one substance or another all of the time
and with the reins of state power in their hands they are far more
dangerous than any drunk driver.
the above sound ridiculous? Not as ridiculous as the stuff about the
Jewish conspiracy behind 9/11, or freemasonry's purpose to "destroy
human beings," or the Illuminati. People who make these sorts of
extraordinary claims need to show some proof to be credible, but what
they usually do is connect random facts, often with a few bits of
fiction in the chain, to come up with conclusions that don't
logically follow. Those who report the news can't be so cavalier with
there are people with individual and group interests that are not
always disclosed, who act to further these interests. Sometimes they
use underhanded tactics. Sometimes they dominate governments. If they
are of any significance, they can rarely keep their games secret for
what if powerful people seek to do evil things and keep them hidden
from the public? That describes a pathology that crops up from time
to time in every sort of government, and forms the basis of one of
the best arguments for freedom of the press.
the problem with "the media?" First, remember proper
English: one medium, several media. Second, understand that due to economic forces the major
news organizations are concentrated in ever fewer hands, which generally belong
to people of a narrow social segment of the very wealthy, and which
are subject to pressures from wealthy advertisers.
a person who wants to know what's going on in the world to do? First,
don't rely on one news source or one narrow segment of sources. Read,
watch and listen to things by people with whom you disagree, and
things by people with whom you tend to agree with a critical mind.
Don't let some company, or some celebrity, do your thinking for you.
you do all this and still feel uneasy about powerful forces working
behind the scenes against your interests, don't aggravate the
situation by numbing your mind to the point that it doesn't matter.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they're not out to get