Can ANYTHING other than a full-scale public inquiry end the massive, routine corruption & fraud at OLG (the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp.)?

By Henry McRandall WRISEUP.COM Over the past couple of years, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has implemented a variety of strategies to discourage retailer fraud; and it routinely conducts intensive investigations of consumers winning significant prizes. But the simple reality is that most of the lottery fraud in Ontario is occurring at the…

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Who the hell will Harper send to prison?

Does Canada really need space for 250,000 more prisoners?
Does Canada really need space for 250,000 more prisoners?
By Henry McRandall
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In recent weeks there have been repeated bleatings from key cabint ministers in the minority Conservative federal government of Stephen Harper about the need to build more prisons in Canada.
Several weeks ago, Treasury Board President Stockwell Day (yes, he the laughing stock) declared that Ottawa plans to spend $9.5 billion on the construction of new federal prisons because of the “unacceptably high rate of unreported crime.”
And, just a few days ago, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews reiterated the theme in announcing the approval of several federal prison expansions.
But who the hell are they planning to imprison?
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American exceptionalism is taking its toll

Whatever makes America "exceptional"?By Henry McRandall
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There is a uniquely American construct
in international affairs that is taking its toll on humanity, even American humanity, and that is American exceptionalism.
Based on the preposterous assumption that Americans are better and purer than anyone else in the world, it profers that America must be exempt from global norms and standards that America itself demands.
A case in point would be that of a certain Mr. al-Nashiri, an Arab Muslim who was detained and severely tortured in Poland – at America’s behest – before being sent to languish at Guantanamo Bay nine years ago.

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Firefighters watched as house went up in flames

Forgetting to pay a fire-fighting fee cost the man his home.By Henry McRandall
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A Texas homeowner has learned the very hard way not to trifle with his regressive tax burden.
In recent years, federal, provincial or state, and local governments across North America have been on an orgy of tax redistribution as tax cut after tax cut after tax cut for corporations and the very wealthy have been partly offset by a slew of regressive taxes – such as user fees and co-payments for health, education and social programs.
These regressive taxes serve a single purpose – to deny to the very neediest any access
to a wide range of government subsidies generally available to the less needy and the very greedy.

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How and why Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke got me illegally blacklisted – Part 7

Michael Cooke's questionnable skills made him paranoid of rivals.
Michael Cooke's questionnable skills made him paranoid of rivals.
torontostarlogoBy Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It quickly became evident after my second illegal firing by the (Montreal) Gazette in late 1981, that neither future Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke nor Mel Morris nor the Gazette nor Southam Inc. nor the Brit-dominated power clique at the Toronto Star would be satisfied simply with my departure from the Gazette.
Cooke inspired his co-conspirators both with his false allegations about me as a political hazard and with his false tawdry tales about my personal character to help him destroy my professional career and my livelihood.
The day after my second dismissal, I began calling other Canadian newspapers in quest of a new job. And the response I got was astounding.
I had never before had difficulty finding employment in my chosen profession. Now, suddenly, nobody would even talk to me.
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The billionaire Queen begs for charity

Multi-billionaire Betty Windsor no longer wants to pay to heat her own lavish digs.
Multi-billionaire Betty Windsor no longer wants to pay to heat her own lavish digs.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

While millions of cash-strapped Britons are wondering how they will pay for heating fuel this winter, the multi-billionairess queen of England – Queen Elizabeth – has applied for winter heating assistance for her many palaces from a United Kingdom government fund set up to help the truly needy to just survive.
It should come as no surprise that the richest woman in the world – with a net worth of over $2 billion U.S., at last count – is queuing up at the public trough.
Right-wing demagogues like to attack low-income Britons, Americans and Canadians for feeling they have some sort of entitlement from government when the struggling global economy leaves them behind.
But it’s always the billionaires and the mega-millionaires – or their loyal lackeys – who are standing at the head of the line-up for public largesse.
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How low would the Vatican dare to stoop?

After centuries of unbridled corruption, the Vatican has become a veritable den of iniquity.By Henry McRandall
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As if the worldwide priestly child-abuse scandal weren’t enough, the Roman Catholic Church appears to be stooping to another new low as the Vatican Bank and its top executives come under investigation in Italy for money laundering.
That the Vatican bank should choose to get involved in money laundering should come as no surprise however.
In fact, it is merely a further extension of the church’s centuries-old practice of peddling “indulgences.” With these so-called “indulgences,” the church was in fact encouraging sin and criminality by the wealthy by implicitly advising them that they could be as evil as they wanted in their day-to-day lives and still buy themselves a seat in heaven by giving money to the church.

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The Pope ‘feels’ the Belgian victims’ pain

Does Benedict have the balls to bite the bullet on female ordination, the vow of celibacy and sexual orientation?
Does Benedict have the balls to bite the bullet on female ordination, the vow of celibacy and sexual orientation?
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

How apt it is that numerous groups plan to protest when Pope Benedict arrives tomorrow for a visit to Jolly Olde England.
In recent days, news squibs have crawled across the bottom of my screen on various all-news channels reporting first that Belgian authorities are currently dealing with more than 300 cases of alleged child sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests and second that Pope Benedict has stated that he “feels the victims’ pain.”
It is only the latest in a string of instances over the past couple of years when the pope has had to “feel the pain” of victims of clerical child abuse suffered just about all over the world. In fact, he must be feeling the pain of so many people right now that one might think he is carrying the weight of the whole world on his shoulders.
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It’s time to give Ireland back to the Irish

Could Belfast soon be part of a reunited Ireland?
Could Belfast soon be part of a reunited Ireland?
By Henry McRandall
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The time has come for Great Britain to implement a final solution to the Irish-English problem by giving Ulster or Northern Ireland – the six counties on the northeast of the Irish island that are now part of the United Kingdom – back to the Republic of Ireland.
Although Ulster or Northern Ireland has been largely at peace with itself – and with both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland – for a number of years now, for many who have suffered under the legacy of 800 years of English-Irish “troubles,” the wounds still fester.
My own process in arriving at this conclusion a good many years ago was very difficult and required an enormous amount of meditation.
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Why America’s Democrats deserve to lose

After foregoing "Change," Barack Obama's Democrats are cruisin' for a bruisin'.By Henry McRandall
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A wide range of opinion polls suggest that the Democratic regime of United States President Barack Obama is headed for a bloodbath in November’s mid-term elections.
And as fearsome as the “alternative” is, the Democrats most assuredly deserve to get their asses kicked.
Barack Obama led the Democrats to a smashing victory in America’s national elections of November, 2008 on a promise of providing “Change We Need” and “Change We Can Count On.” They won the White House. They won a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. And they won an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives.

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