Posts Tagged ‘France’

British flagFrom the April 29, 2013 CBC article, Neil Macdonald: The ‘monarchs of money’ and the war on savers, there is this surprising claim:

There is more money in British pension funds than in the rest of Europe combined, and now that money is just sitting, “dead,” as some call it, not working for its owners.

Surprising, since the rest of Europe is a huge entity, even considering Germany, France and Italy.

I like the way book authors are supposed to cite their sources but not, apparently, Canada’s public broadcaster, as I would like to see the source for this claim, since it is quite significant, illustrating a major cultural difference, if true.

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English: the AIDS ribbon

An AIDS rethinker conference will be taking place in France from June 21-22, 2012.

A good place for a vacation, but also to brainstorm about how to finish off the HIV=AIDS paradigm. Is it possible? Coordinators Martin Barnes and Georg von Wintzerode think so. The dates are June 21-22 and the location is a small stone village not far from the historic Pont du Gard, built by the Romans 2000 years ago. Will we have to wait that long? Honorary Conference Chair Etienne de Harven, MD will offer his opinions, as will Joan Shenton after showing her new film, Positively False. Dr. Nancy Banks will be there and representatives from Russia, Italy, and Gernany are among the early enrollers. The conference cost is free.

I arranged a live post-conference summary interview with Joan Shenton on the Robert Scott Bell Show, on Sunday, June 24.

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English: Canadian Flag

Reporters without Borders has released their 2011/2012 Press Freedom Index, and Canada came in 10th place, while its only neighbour, the United States, came in 47th place.

Now, certainly, there is an element of subjectivity to the ratings, and they can even be politically motivated, but the gap between the two suggests that it’s outside the bounds of those two explanations alone.

It’s no surprise to me that France came ahead of the United States, as a friend once told me: if you really want to know what’s going on in American politics, read the French newspapers.

The fact that a former Soviet republic — Lithuania — came out ahead of the U.S. is very telling.

Canada can thank Quebecers for some of their better press freedom than the United States, since French-language media are by their very nature, not completely establishment, and some are sufficiently anti-establishment.

Ironically, Canadians can also thank their strong public broadcaster, the CBC, and Ontario provincial broadcaster, TVO, for increasing press freedom, since they allow for discussion you won’t find to the same degree in the private sector.

But, so that Canadians don’t get full of themselves with feelings of moral superiority, the fact is that Canada’s media is less of an attractive target for control than the American media, and that factor has contributed to Canada’s press being more free.

While the First Amendment was intended to only apply to Congress not being permitted to abridge an individual’s natural right to freedom of speech, it was later applied to the States, and the courts imposed restrictions on speech, such as understandably not being allowed to cry “fire!” in a crowded theatre.

But it was the unqualified First Amendment right to freedom of speech vis-a-vis Congressional interference that Canada itself never embraced, with no explicit recognition of the freedom of speech outside of the interference from either the federal or provincial governments in its original Constitution of 1867.

When an explicit recognition was made with Canada’s patrioted Constitution of 1982, it was made subject to limitations by the judiciary and a complete suppression by a simple majority vote in Parliament or any of the provincial assemblies, through the “notwithstanding” clause.

Those who continue to wax on about how superior the American form of government is to all others, without tempering it with talk of the current reality, are definitely missing the mark.

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The conservative Heritage Foundation, no friend of socialism, has ranked Canada ahead of the United States in economic freedom, at 7th and 8th place, respectively.

From their 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, the top 10 countries with the most economic freedom in descending order are:

  • Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Denmark, and Chile.

Ranked by Business Freedom, Trade Freedom, Fiscal Freedom, Government Spending, Monetary Freedom, Investment Freedom, Financial Freedom, Property Rights, Freedom from Corruption, and Labor Freedom, Canada beats the U.S. on 6 out of 10, ties on Investment Freedom, and falls behind only on Government Spending, Monetary Spending, and Labor Freedom.

Particularly embarrassing to the U.S. should be Canada’s ranking of 90% for Property Rights versus 85% for the U.S., given that the U.S. Constitution explicitly provides for just compensation for the taking of property, and the Canadian Constitution does not. Instead, it leaves property rights to the jurisdiction of the provincial legislatures. Even the Chinese Constitution provides for compensation for the taking of property, whereas Canada’s doesn’t.

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