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The cultural divide over guns between Americans and Canadians was illustrated so vividly in these declarations by two prominent hosts of two Canadian public broadcasters.

From the January 9, 2013 episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TVO, Steve Paikin said (at 11:41):

In the United States, where, as we know, they’re gun crazy… I shouldn’t have put it that way, but you know what I mean.

From the December 16, 2012 episode of the Sunday Edition with Michael Enright on Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, Michael Enright said:

The thing we must remember about the slaughter of the children on Friday is that it will have little or no impact on the crazed world of American firearms. The pattern is always the same.

and later:

The gun lobby in the US is impervious to public mourning and public heartbreak.

The ghouls who preside over the National Rifle Association couldn’t care less about the pile of tiny bodies in the Newtown school.

Or in Columbine. Or in Aurora. Or in Portland. Or anywhere.

They are in the death business and must protect the franchise.

I got into the difference in mindset on guns between Canadians and Americans on my January 9 appearance on Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry (at 52:30).

As for what really happened with the Sandy Hook shooting, see Charles Giuliani’s December 17 and 18 episodes of Truth Hertz.

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On the July 1, 2012 episode of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, David Rothkopf, Council on Foreign Relations member and former managing director of Kissinger and Associates, said (at 12:08):

The fundamental right of a state is to print its own money.

Yet he previously said that only about 15 countries have the power to exercise the powers of a true state, and he downplayed the ability of a state to issue its own currency by pointing to the existence of (trillions of dollars of) derivatives.

That is a clear red herring, as Iceland is a tiny country that has turned things around economically since their currency lost 80% of its value in only four months back in 2008, and whose residents have voted twice in referenda to not be saddled with the derivative liabilities incurred by their private banks.

Not only do states have the power to print their own currency, but more importantly, they have the power to issue their currency debt and interest-free, which is something globalist David Rothkopf isn’t in the business of advocating.

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Map flag of Iran

Some interesting points came out from the April 20, 2012 episode of TVO’s, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Iran: A Path to War?

It was stated that Iran only needs 3.5% uranium enrichment for the medical isotopes they say they need their enrichment for, despite enriching up to 20%.

20% was said to be the threshold beyond which it is relatively easy to weaponize the uranium by enriching it up to 95%, with one panelist saying it could be done “within weeks.”

One panelist said Israel could attack before the 2012 presidential election, with another disagreeing.

It was mentioned that the U.S. has a 30,000 pound bunker-busting bomb while Israel’s biggest bomb is only 5000 pounds, and, therefore, only the U.S. would have the capacity to mount an attack within the weeks it was said Iran could make the decision to weaponize.

Khomeini’s fatwa against nuclear weapons was mentioned, with the panelists saying the decision to weaponize will be based on secular concerns, and one panelist arguing that the fatwa was essentially useless in the current context, while another panelist said it was very important and would be used as a face-saving measure if the Iranians choose not to weaponize.

What wasn’t discussed, unfortunately, though predictably, was the terrorism likely perpetrated by Israel, like the Stuxnet virus, the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, and India bombings.

Predictions about when Iran will be attacked are a dime a dozen, like this bogus prediction by Alex Jones’ “insider” sources about an imminent Israeli-U.S. attack on Iran in 2011.

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Douglas Macgregor

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor was on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin on March 1, 2012 and said (starting at 7:58):

Because we’ve had now for 10, 11, almost 12 years, a number of people in positions of high authority who tend to see the world through this lens of unending enemies and dangers to the United States, when in fact the United States has never been safer and more secure in its entire history than it is today.

He’s referring, of course, to the “neocon crazies” that were kept in check under the George H.W. Bush administration and who have run wild since September 11, 2001.

So much, then, for the need to take out the non-existent threat of Iran, which Israel’s former spy agency head admitted wouldn’t have the capability of a nuclear device until 2018, presuming they are feverishly working toward one now, when there is no so evidence whatsoever.

On the failures of U.S. military operations that are kept hidden from the American people (starting at 11:05):

Some of these things have gone south. You simply haven’t heard about them. We don’t discuss failures or near-failures. We don’t talk about operations that we’ve conducted in Afghanistan particularly in 2001 and 2002 that didn’t come off well at all. We were very fortunate in most of these that large numbers of people were not killed.

On the expectation of hearing about such failures after hearing about alleged successes (starting at 11:35);

The danger of publicizing something like the bin Laden raid is that there’s an expectation that you are also gonna publicize your failures — we’re not going to do that. And I was one of those people that didn’t think we should talk at all about the details surrounding the bin Laden raid. We should simply announce that the man is gone and be done with it. I like the British model with the SAS much — SAS much better than the one that we’re pursuing here in the United States.

For more on the bin Laden killing, see my article, The Osama bin Laden killing: where was the kidney dialysis equipment or the DNA results of his kidneys?

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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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Robert C. Gallo, US biomedical researcher, co-...

Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, hosted a panel on the topic of scientific misconduct, particularly discussing Andrew Wakefield, and not mentioning Robert Gallo’s scientific misconduct and still unretracted fraudulent papers, showing how out to lunch even a relatively independent public broadcaster is.

One panelist 10 minutes in even compared drawing a link to illnesses and deaths after the swine flu vaccinations in the 1970s to those who question the moon landing.

Maybe he’s reading out of the same playbook as well-paid federal government agent, Seth Kalichman of the University of Connecticut, who has employed the same tactics in his book and on his blog, in a desperate attempt to squelch honest scientific inquiry into the serious and complex medical and social issue of AIDS.

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