Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scribbled on a piece of paper was: "Yes, we are requesting asylum from Hollywood star-whackers."


Note: I had to find an excuse to re-post the Yahoo News mainstream news article below about actor Randy Quaid and his wife getting arrested in Vancouver, it was published late on a Friday (22/Oct/10) like many stories are, likely so it would be ignored or forgotten. They basically say people in Hollywood are trying to kill them and have killed a bunch of other actors, so they want refugee status in Canada. It sounds crazy, but not if you learn about the corrupt history of the music industry from Adorno to Laurel Canyon to today. or are good places to start on this, or get to Googling key terms of interest.

There's also a neat clip of Latoya Jackson in red on a Euro talk show saying "it always happens in threes" (0.58 secs), so she wondered who was next after she heard Michael died, it was actress Farah Fawcett and someone else on the same day. Anyway, have fun on YouTube if you'd like, I'll be the first to admit that it's become a "trend" to make these videos and there's a lot of B.S. where people exaggerate what things mean and take lyrics out of context, but there's a lot of truth out there as well, we just have to use our heads. I even put up posters this summer saying "Can We Save Our Celebrities?" based on this stuff and more control - pEACe, bk

Caveat Emperor:

Lots of people say we have to like or hate someone based on their association with different groups, but that's a mistake. I still like artists who sold out, I just understand the deals they make and adjust my affections accordingly. Even if they've sold out, it doesn't mean they're always selling for them. Individual artists might still make music for fans or loved ones that we can enjoy while fulfilling other obligations. Frankly, all trade unions are corrupt, so you can trust your doctor or lawyer, but you should know the bar and medical associations are corrupt as hell, so you'd better think for yourself about what's said too.





La Toya Jackson: 'They murdered my brother'


La Toya Jackson talks about Jacko's death on GMTV


Yahoo News

Actor Randy Quaid, wife arrested in Vancouver

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By Sunny Dhillon, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Former Oscar nominee Randy Quaid and his wife appeared Friday at an immigration hearing in Vancouver that was highlighted by claims of refugee status, health problems, and a secret plot to kill Hollywood celebrities.

The Quaids were taken into custody in an affluent Vancouver neighbourhood on Thursday.

A California judge had issued warrants for their arrest a few days earlier after the couple failed to show up for a court hearing on felony vandalism charges.

Their first appearance before the Immigration and Refugee Board turned into a bizarre spectacle, complete with outrageous claims, solemn promises, and their eventual release from custody.

Evi Quaid said friends such as actors David Carradine and Heath Ledger have been "murdered" under mysterious circumstances and she and her husband fear they're next on the hit list.

"We feel our lives are in danger," she said, dressed in a black sleeveless shirt and skirt.

"Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners ... We feel that we're next."

Ledger was nominated for an Oscar for his lead role in the movie "Brokeback Mountain." He died in January, 2008 from an accidental overdose.

Carradine was star of the hit 1970s television series "Kung Fu" and also had a movie career before he hanged himself in Thailand last year. He was 72.

At one point, Brian Tsuji, lawyer for the Quaids, held up a statement written by his clients. Scribbled on a piece of paper was: "Yes, we are requesting asylum from Hollywood star-whackers."

Tsuji started the proceedings by saying his clients had made refugee claims.

Randy Quaid, sporting a blue buttoned shirt, grey pants, and black-rimmed glasses, said he loves Canada and had hoped to further his career in the Great White North.

"It's been a very welcoming nation to me. I would not do anything to besmirch my reputation," he told refugee board adjudicator Daphne Shaw-Dyck.

Evi Quaid, who at times had her own counsel trying to silence her, said she and her husband needed to be released for a number of reasons.

First, she said her blood pressure had reached such a level that one nurse told her she might have a stroke.

Next, she said the news of their arrests had led to Randy Quaid's mother being hospitalized.

She went on to say that she was distressed her puppy, who had been travelling with the couple, was being held in a shelter.

Evi Quaid teared up at times during the proceedings.

She also suggested on multiple occasions the U.S. arrest warrant had been recalled. A Santa Barbara County official said bail for the Quaids was actually increased Friday to $500,000 each.

Randy Quaid, 60, was more restrained than his wife in his comments to Shaw-Dyck.

He said it was an honest mistake that the couple left the U.S. the day before the arrest warrants were issued, adding they travelled to British Columbia to pick up a Vancouver critics award he won last year.

Randy Quaid said he met Tsuji earlier this week to discuss the legalities of moving to Canada. He said that meeting shifted course when the Quaids learned of the arrest warrants.

Randy Quaid said there has been a faction persecuting him for 20 years, though he didn't provide further details.

He said the property the vandalism charges stem from is actually owned by he and his wife. Shaw-Dyck then reminded the actor he wasn't at the hearing to defend himself in the U.S. case. He chuckled in response.

He and Evi Quaid also asked for an adjournment to the proceedings so they could adequately prepare their case.

The Quaids were ordered released from custody, but must each post a $10,000 bond on a promise to attend their next hearing on Thursday.

The atmosphere inside the downtown Vancouver building was circus-like.

Photographers and camera operators jockeyed for position within a narrow hallway, outside the room where the proceedings were being held.

When the Quaids walked out and headed for the elevator, they were surrounded. Evi Quaid repeated her claims that Hollywood was killing stars, while Randy Quaid again professed his desire for Canada.

Evi Quaid was also asked by reporters if she suffers from drug or alcohol problems. She said no.

There were initial concerns reporters might be barred from the proceedings, but the Quaids agreed to let media in.

During the hearing, Evi Quaid said multiple times her father was a "Canadian FBI agent." Shaw-Dyck asked her to stop making the claim, since the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't have Canadian agents.

Evi Quaid then explained her father was a Canadian who moved to the U.S. and then joined law enforcement.

Vancouver police say they encountered the Quaids after responding to a call for assistance and a check revealed the couple was wanted on outstanding U.S. warrants.

Police would not elaborate on exactly how they came to be in contact with the Quaids. The pair are not wanted for any crimes in Canada, but were taken into custody by the Canada Border Services Agency on Thursday afternoon.

Friday's hearing was mandatory to determine if their detention should continue. Authorities argued they posed a flight risk and should remain in jail.

Quaid and his wife face felony vandalism charges after more than $5,000 in damage was done to a guest house of a Montecito, Calif. home they previously owned.

The Quaids frequently missed court appearances in an earlier case involving charges they defrauded an innkeeper. That case was resolved in April with Evi Quaid pleading no contest to a misdemeanour count. The charges against her husband were dropped.

On Friday, the Quaids promised to appear for their next hearing. Evi Quaid also said she'd be willing to wear an ankle bracelet while staying at a posh Vancouver hotel.

Shaw-Dyck didn't order the anklets, but in addition to the bond, she ordered the couple to confirm their departure with border officials if they plan to leave Canada.

"I believe these terms are sufficiently stringent," she said.

At one point during the hearing, the Quaids held hands. Randy Quaid put his arm around his wife's shoulder while Shaw-Dyck read her decision.

Shaw-Dyck said it was obvious the Quaids were under great stress during their time in custody, which factored into her decision.

Randy Quaid is best-known for supporting roles in films such as "Independence Day,'' "National Lampoon's Vacation'' and "Brokeback Mountain." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in "The Last Detail."

He is the older brother of Dennis Quaid.

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Thanks everyone, I'm honestly getting burned out over this stuff after asking people to get active mostly by myself for a year and now feeling isolated for it.

It's mostly my fault, I can get all worked up and figure out how to beat the NWO (see my Platform on my website), but I'm not sure how to think differently and help us move when I often get more credit for thinking (or drinking) the same as everyone else. I feel sad about seeing all of us slipping, including myself, or knowing most of us could have a 20 min convo about this stuff a couple of years ago, but now often struggle to have a 2 min convo.

I don't want to "chill out" for the masses or "re-explain" this stuff again to people who know it, I just hope we can get inspired by our fave people in history, then calmly, consistently and creatively inform our neighbours, then pressure our elected officials to handle specific requests on a regular basis. I think men should take leadership roles in this to protect women, children and the elderly, we'd all feel better and respect each other more, plus we're bigger and built for this.

If most people can't handle it, we can go underground like Freejasonry, or groups of guys get together once a week to talk freely and long enough to figure out local solutions. It's not "secret", just "polite" here in Communist Canada. If your spouse sees celebs on TV and wants to run marathons to raise money for big banks and big pharma, you can make up for it by stopping them from making us sicker and broker. People say why should we care if stuff is bad for us?

I say the big charities say 40% of us will get cancer, that's why. We have enough dirt on them to improve everyone's lives, bury the idea of "globalization" in a grave forever and re-take control over where we live. We just have to avoid getting used to what's happening and to get used to getting us to fight back instead. The good news is that people don't mind us asking, so I'm happy for that. Toronto is a Great Place To Tell The Truth, we've proved it, now we just have to improve it and go for the win

- Peace, Vij


Guide to the mayoral election

The Toronto Star

Published 20 minutes ago

The mayoral election is Monday. Still haven't made up your mind? Our guide to the platforms of the three candidates can help:


Personal Vehicle Tax (worth $49.5 million in 2010)

Ford: Abolish starting sometime in 2011.

Pantalone: Phase out over four years.

Smitherman: Reduce by one third to $40 a year.

Land Transfer Tax (worth $204 million in 2010)

Ford: Abolish as of Jan. 1, 2012. Part of his campaign against tax, tax, tax, spend, spend spend.

Pantalone: Keep.

Smitherman: Keep.


Property taxes

Ford: Increase in line with inflation, currently running less than 2 per cent.

Pantalone: Increase tax on homeowners by 2.5 per cent; hike commercial properties by 0.833 per cent.

Smitherman: Freeze for one year. He has vowed to make himself budget chair, conduct a 100-day line-by-line review of the budget and go from there.


Light rail transit

Ford: Negotiate with province to put its Transit City funding into subways instead.

Pantalone: Build Transit City.

Smitherman: Grow Transit City by, extending the proposed Finch line to Humber College; tunneling Eglinton to Black Creek; adding a waterfront line to the West Donlands.


Bike lanes

Ford: Build ravine and trail-based cycling network.

Pantalone: Continue city’s program of testing dedicated bike lanes on major arteries. Promised to complete 1,000 kilometres of cycles routes by 2012

Smitherman: Expand bike routes through hydro corridors and ravines.


Contracting out

Ford: Contract out all garbage collection and recycling.

Pantalone: No further contracting out.

Smitherman: Consider contracting out all garbage pickup, some bus routes and the two city-owned ski hills.


Debt reduction

Ford: Use budget savings and asset sales, mostly land, to cut debt by $1.58 billion over four years.

Pantalone: Comfortable with current debt burden of about $3 billion.

Smitherman: Use money from asset sales, including land plus selling for $100 million the city’s 47 per cent interest in heating and cooling company Enwave. But instead of paying off debt, he would create a transit fund.


Hiring freeze

Ford: Replace only half the staff that leave/retire each year. In 2011, that means lopping off 1,500 jobs and saving $67 million, with increasing savings in following years.

Pantalone: Continue Mayor David Miller’s “hiring slowdown” where a second look is required before a vacancy is filled.

Smitherman: Fill only four out of every six vacancies, meaning city would shed 1,300 jobs in 2011, saving $61 million.


Size of council

There are currently 44 councillors and the mayor. In Toronto, there are 22 federal and provincial ridings each covering the same area. The ridings have been split into two parts to create 44 city wards. Ford argues if those hardworking MPs and MPPs can represent the larger area, why can’t councillors? The counter-argument is each city ward has about 60,000 people, more than North Bay.

Ford: Cut council in half to 22 councillors for the next term which begins Dec. 1, 2014.

Pantalone: Keep current council, noting there were 106 municipal politicians running Toronto in the days before amalgamation in 1998

Smitherman: Keep current size while setting up panel for advice on making city hall more responsive to citizens.


Cost of council

Ford: Cut councillors’ annual expense budgets to $30,000 from $50,445, saving $900,000 in total, and trim the mayor’s office budget by $512,000. As well, pare back councillor budgets to hire staff by $1.4 million.

Pantalone: No cuts.

Smitherman: Freeze politicians’ pay for four years and cut $2 million from mayor and councillor budgets.



Ford: Didn’t respond to candidate questionnaire from Toronto Environmental Alliance.

Pantalone: Granted an A+ for answering yes to all 20 questions on issues like building transit, diverting waste, buying local food, providing bike lanes, saving energy and fighting pollution.

Smitherman: Also won an A+. Answered yes to 18 of 20 questions. He wouldn’t rule out incineration of garbage and wouldn’t commit to implementing the bike network, including on arterial roads, by 2012.

Compiled by Paul Moloney



Are we medicating a disorder or treating boyhood as a disease?

Carolyn Abraham

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 10:53PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 1:19PM EDT

Last year, more than two million prescriptions for Ritalin and other ADHD drugs were written specifically for children under 17, and at least 75 per cent of them were for young males. Part 3 of a 6-part series.

For school children across the country – most of them boys – taking a drug for attention deficit disorder each morning has become as commonplace as downing a vitamin. But the daily ritual has been quietly growing in Canada, year after year – a trend that's dwarfing rates in other countries and raising disturbing questions about the forces driving it.

Figures compiled for The Globe and Mail by IMS Health, an independent firm that tracks pharmaceutical sales, show prescriptions for Ritalin and other amphetamine-like drugs for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder shot up to 2.9 million in 2009, a jump of more than 55 per cent in four years.

More than two million were written specifically for children under 17 – a leap of 43 per cent since 2005 – and at least 75 per cent of them were for young males – a ratio some see as evidence that society is making a malady of boyhood itself. ...

... Our penchant for the pills has pegged Canada – after Iceland and the U.S. – as one of the world's top three consumers of methylphenidate, including Ritalin and similar drugs, according to the 2009 Annual Report of the UN International Narcotic Control Board, which based rankings on per capita consumption. A 2007 U.S. report on global use of ADHD drugs also singled out Canada for “higher than expected” consumption, and suggested our exposure to American advertising and “cultural norms” play a role.