Rotting On Remand

Innocent until proven guilty?I have to repeat myself here because I’m absolutely flabbergasted by the concept.  According to Stats Can, there are far more people incarcerated in Canada “on remand” i.e., guilty of nothing, than those who have been committed of accusing a crime.  “On remand” means we hold you in jail until we get around to trying you or releasing you.  It could be traffic tickets or swearing at a cop.  And the “incarceration” is virtually indefinite.  It could be nothing.  The wealthy,of course, get bail.  The rest of us don’t.

I got put in remand for trespassing, being in a shopping centre somewhat shortly after closing hours.  (I was admittedly somewhat protective of my charter rights … gotta stop doing that).  They took me to jail and released me at 4 in the am, while the buses weren’t running and and it was -32 below zero.  They seem to do this for kicks.

Your average John and Jane have no idea this goes on all the time.  It’s time we told them.  P.S. never tell a cop what you think of him.

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I started this years ago, then lost my nerve.  Wasn’t sure I knew enough to tell tell truth.  Thinks have changed … and they keep changing for the worse.

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 “There is no better trade show for defense equipment than a military mission.”

~ Marc Whittingham, CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, the crown corporation that acts as Canada’s global military sales agency.

But just in case demonstrations of Canadian military equipment against the 90% civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq are insufficiently compelling, the publicly funded CCC also rents a trailer with Export Development Canada at the big yearly CANSEC arms dealer trade show, which is where Embassy Mag caught up with its enthusiastically entrepreneurial CEO.

CCC sees ‘untapped market’ for Canadian arms

“You wouldn’t know it from the lack of news coverage, but the Canadian Commercial Corporation has been transformed from a low-profile Canadian intermediary agency to a major player in promoting Canadian global arms sales.”

There will be more as my sources reveal more.  There’s a major arms dealing consortium that Harper’s government is supporting to fake a balanced budget with bribes.  Unless the NDP wins the next election and we can sigh a breathe of relief.

“Too many guns in this damn town.
Baby flak jackets on the merry-go-round …”

Read the rest @: Creekside: CCC : a Crown corporation arms dealer.

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Senior Toronto police officer found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrest at the G20 summit in 2010

A police disciplinary hearing ruled that Superintendent Mark Fenton’s “decision to order mass arrests demonstrated a lack of understanding of the right to protest.”

Source: Senior Toronto police officer found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrest at the G20 summit in 2010

To tired and lazy to rewrite.  All kudos to Krystalline Kraus from Rabble …. read it! Thanks Krys. The farther it spreads to more important it gets.

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Justice Delayed: Bus Shelter Killers Get Life

Sometimes it takes a high-profile act of violence against a homeless person to bring the problem back into the minds of those who have become so desensitized to seeing people living on the streets every day, the head of a national advocacy group says.

“We want to always keep these issues front and centre, and it`s unfortunate that sometimes it takes such tragedy … to really raise awareness of homelessness,” says Carolann Barr, executive director at Raising the Roof.

“In a country like Canada, that really should be shocking to us.”

Barr’s comments came after two men were sentenced to life in prison last week for killing a homeless man in Nova Scotia, Harley Lawrence, by dousing him in gasoline and setting him on fire.

It was one of a spate of recent incidents that highlighted the plight of the estimated 235,000 homeless in Canadian cities.

On the same day a 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to attempted murder following an attack on Marlene Bird, a homeless woman living in Saskatchewan, who was cut and burned so badly that both her lower legs had to be amputated.

See my previous post on this subject and/or read the rest at

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I broke the windows at the logging company, just to get a little release

These girls from Van have  a courage and a sensitivity I truly admire.  They understand the lowlives  and can only wish them the best in their future careers.

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Courage … it couldn’t come at a worst time!

We have the numbers,  And enough tech savvy and courageous people to see that they don’t get fudged the way Dick Cheney’s minions tried so disparately to to.  The way Stephen Harper ran a campaign based on deceit, hidden money,  and outright voter fraud.

What we don’t have is the wealth, the means of production, the traditional prejudice, the guns, or the ammo.

The real question is, do we have the courage to risk losing what little we have now for the sake of our granddaughters and great-great grandsons.  If we don’t, perhaps we deserve our fate.   But do they?

John (Drakakis) Peterson

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My baby I m so proud I think I ll name her Jen She - 1784826670518I think one of the reasons I write this blog is because I see the middle-class and the working-class, disappearing so  quickly — more quickly than at any  time in  human history — and in a century or two, there will only be US and Them.  A new feudal society.

We outnumber them, but they have the money, the stockpiles, the control of the food supply, the tech, the capital,  the weapons, and absolutely no empathy or even any concept of  what that means.

I pray things will change, but I don’t believe in prayer,  so I’ll  have to fight back while I still can.  I’m not a pessimist, I’m just a pacifist willing to fight as hard as I he can.  This is all the stuff you figure out while you’re lying half awake in bed, but never have the guts to actually say.

I actually say some of this stuff, but it mostly it gets me in trouble which why I live in  poverty and am somewhat despised by the bureaucracy,

How can you stand the silence
That pervades when we all cry?
How can you watch the violence
That erupts before your eyes?
How can you tell us something
Just to keep us hangin' on?
Something that just don't mean nothing
When we see it you are gone
Clinging to some other rainbow
While we're standing, waiting in the cold
Telling us the same old story
Knowing time is growing old. 

That was a wonderful remark
I had my eyes closed in the dark
I sighed a million sighs
I told a million lies, to myself, to myself 

How can we listen to you
When we know your talk is cheap?
How can we ever question
Why we give more and you keep?
How can your empty laughter
Fill a room like ours with joy
When you're only playing with us
Like a child does with a toy?
How can we ever feel the freedom
Or the flame lit by the spark
How can we ever come out even
When reality is stark? 

That was a wonderful remark
I had my eyes closed in the dark, yeah
I sighed a million sighs
I told a million lies, to myself, to myself
Baby to myse - e - e - elf
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