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7/25/2005

Market Busting in Africa

Why do we get these mountains of clothes? No one is freezing here. Instead, our tailors lose their livlihoods. They're in the same position as our farmers. No one in the low-wage world of Africa can be cost-efficient enough to keep pace with donated products. In 1997, 137,000 workers were employed in Nigeria's textile industry. By 2003, the figure had dropped to 57,000. The results are the same in all other areas where overwhelming helpfulness and fragile African markets collide.
spiegel online via free advice
An interview with economics expert James Shikwati. Read the whole thing.

A friend indeed!

In my mail this morning came a note from a chap named Brian Mertens. He has a blog, called, appropriately enought, Free Advice. In his email he allowed as how he knew a bit about PHP and if I needed any help...I wrote back with a number of the issues at The Canadian Bullet. This afternoon I check my email and there is a full on stylesheet fixed!

Thank you Brian!

canada.info-syn.com Update

Great feedback, links and support for my little aggregator. There are any number of issues, the worst being the rather random nature of the truncation. This is my number one priority to fix because without it long posts take way too much space.

Traffic is beginning to build with links from Let it Bleed, Anonalogue and Crawl Across the Ocean adding to the stream.

One of the reasons I wanted to launch in high summer was that the level of activity in the blogging community is low this time of year. It will be interesting to see how many posts a dog day weekday produces.

On the Next Plane

A controversial Toronto imam warned Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan at a closed-door meeting to stop "terrorizing" Canadian Muslims.

"If you try to cross the line I can't guarantee what is going to happen. Our young people, we can't control," Aly Hindy, the head of Scarborough's Salaheddin Islamic Centre, recalls telling the minister at the May meeting she held in Toronto with dozens of Muslim leaders....

"We believe CSIS should stop terrorizing us," he says in a flyer he is circulating to mosques. "CSIS is powerless. CSIS has no authority over you. If CSIS agents come to your door, do not open [it] for them."
globe and mail
A brief bit of Googling does not disclose whether Aly Hindy is, in fact, a Canadian citizen. But he is the Khadrs' imam and there are serious suggestions that the Salaheddin Islamic Centre where he preaches may have been funded with Wahabbi money.

Better safe than sorry. The statements quoted in the Globe suggest an indirect bit of incitement. Bung him on a plane if he is not Canadian. If he is then it is time to put legislation in place which deals with incitement. The English are just doing this now - a bit late.

Plumbing new depths of dumb

Conservative MP Vic Toews (Provencher, Man.), his party's high-profile justice critic and a former Manitoba justice minister, told The Hill Times that the Conservatives will definitely make it an election issue out on the hustings and said if the federal Conservatives win the next election they will attempt to repeal the law.

"The Conservative government will bring forward an alternative; that's what political parties and governments do," Mr. Toews said in an interview last week with The Hill Times in regards to whether it's worth repealing the new law. "They offer alternatives and this is a commitment that we've made as an alternative to what the Liberals have forced on the Canadian people. I can't see how one can avoid it being an election issue. There's a very clear distinction between the Conservatives and all the other parties on that issue."
hill times via bound by gravity
55% of Canadians don't want the SSM legislation repealed. It is probably impossible to do so without having the legislation overturned on Constitutional grounds. Harper claims he will not use the scary notwithstanding clause so failure in the Courts would be an end of it.

What are these idiots thinking? Do they really want to go into a campaign promising to take rights away from Canadians?

Dumber and dumber as the days go by.

Blogger fix

Yipee! If you have been coming to this blog using certain flavours of FireFox you may have noticed a gap, a big, honking, gap. Blogger has finally fixed it....Thank you for your patience.

7/24/2005

Flu...

I ran across this excellent Avian Flu site while getting the dirt from the Zerb.

Canada, like many other countries, has failed to stockpile sufficient anti-viral drugs like Tamiflu in preparation for a (bird) flu pandemic. The government simply has not been paying attention until recently, and it is too late now: the sole manufacturer of Tamiflu has worldwide orders for at least 40 million doses, and nowhere near the capacity to make them anytime soon.

The federal authorities responsible have neglected to do the jobs they were hired for. Canada has Tamiflu in stock for maybe 7% of its population, the US less than 1%. European countries like Britain and France are reported to be close to 40%.
epidemica
How serious is this, well, if you want to be scared out of your wits go read Ian Welsh's piece on what the survivors can expect. Normally I childe Ian for being alarmist; but not with this.

Canada.Info-Syn.Com Update

I am still fighting with the code to try and get the posts to truncate. Two reasons: first because I want The Canadian Bullet, which is the "brand" for the blog aggregator as in, "Have you seen the Bullet?, to be a quick skim. Hit it, read what's up in the Canadian political blogosphere, hit an ad, and off. Second, because I think people, once their are interested in a post, should go to the blogger's own site to "read the rest".

So far it has been hit and miss on the truncation front. It may be the feeds or just my total lack of PHP knowledge.

Very kind words and links from Andrew over at CanConv, Robert Mcclelland at MyBlahg and Section 15.

If you would like to link The Canadian Bullet (and I would be grateful if you did) please point the link to http://canada.info-syn.com.

It has been really interesting to see how the Canadian blogosphere works from an eagle's eye perspective. One of the reasons I wanted to do the aggregator was that I always felt I was missing interesting posts. I was right, even on a sultry July weekend there are lots of interesting posts, brush wars, photographs and fun.

It still has a way to go; but all of the issues are now capable of solution.

Meanwhile, just to avoid narrowness, the beta of the first of the topical aggregators is up. Food!. Sex cannot be far behind.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Stephen Harper talked tough on security and not at all on same-sex marriage on Saturday as the Conservative leader's 10-day tour of Ontario drew to a close. Harper said Friday's deadly bombings in Egypt should serve as a warning to Canada.
cp
Good for Harper...It has finally dawned on the brainiacs in the CPC that SSM is a non-issue outside North Armpit Alberta. But if you are riding the subway in Toronto or the Skytrain in Vancouver you damn well care about security.

Time for the CPC to do itself, and the rest of us, a big favour and let go of SSM.