Well, I hope that our technical problems have finally come to an end. Problems Wednesday were about changing our domain registration to a new ISP (internet service provider), which required time for “prorogation”. I myself didn’t have access until Thursday morning. Then the normal Brock traffic simply overwhelmed our shared server service which was promoted by the ISP but turned out to be thoroughly inadequate for our needs. That’s when we started getting the account suspended message–and no, that wasn’t because you put some bad language in a comment. So we had to change to a new platform which is more robust and will hopefully carry us into the next year.
For those naysayers of Isaac Brock–and boy do we ever have them, I have a message. Take for example Kim Moody, who wrote:
In today’s day and age, anyone with a microphone and access to the Internet can provide their opinion, and while free and open democracies need freedom of speech in order to function, sometimes the loudest opinions are inaccurate, incomplete and, in the FATCA world, inflammatory.
Who could she mean but the Isaac Brock Society? Have we not used our free speech to say that people like Kim Moody have no business in Canada collecting taxes in our sovereign nation on behalf of the serial rights abuser called the United States of America? Is she not paid handsomely to enforce IRS compliance on innocent Canadian citizens? So isn’t that act itself inaccurate, incomplete, and inflammatory.
I have this to say to the Kim Moodys and to the Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his merry band of thugs: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” Our new platform is now sufficiently powerful to handle the traffic that you folks are going to force our way.
In the meantime, I had a number of messages from loyal Brockers. One said, “I am going through IBS withdrawal. It is worse than being an alcoholic.” Another claimed to be happy it was down because reading posts here destroys optimism. Another, who works in a psychiatric hospital, said that their emergency room was quite overwhelmed with Brockers who were beside themselves. I am so relieved that we can provide once again the only treatment that seems to work against the disease of clinging US nationality. Welcome home.
And while I was very slowly mulling over my comment to The_Animal, Canadian Cop found the tombstone. Good.
“What scares me is that Canada is being absorbed by the USA, concession by concession by concession, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care, nobody is standing on guard. Canadians are just mindlessly mouthing the words to our national anthem.”
Yep. exactly and that has me absolutely disgusted. More and more as I get older; this “stand on guard for thee” resonates much more strongly. The simple fact that so many Canadians are willing to “sell-out” their country because they feel that the United States “is their friend and why would friends do anything bad to us” makes me wonder if we’re anything more than simpering toadies cozying up to the slaughter. Anybody who allows any foreign nation to get a foothold in Canada should be considered a traitor.
Since this has a Star Wars Title: I find that this “slanderous” (at least to Democrats and PC’rs) is pretty apt.
em, I don’t think people really notice what is going on beyond the boundaries of their daily lives. Before the whole over reach thing, how many of us were really paying attention?
animal, being an immigrant, the line in the anthem “stand on guard for thee” is one I have meditated upon frequently since my daughter first asked me to explain to her what it meant when she was back in grade one and really learning the song in school rather than simply mouthing along as she did as a kindee. Although I am not happy about the circumstances that surround my giving up American citizenship, I think I am fortunate to have been prodded – cattle car like as it may be – to the depths I have been in terms of learning about my chosen home/nationality. Don’t despair. Canadians have a history of being complacent about the US but they also have a history of fighting back when they have to. They will realize they have to. Maybe not by July 1st but soon enough.
Those are interesting / valid points. Thanks for sharing
Re the discussion about how to get the word out to our fellow Canadians: I believe we need to use the political process for our own ends. So far the political process has been used against us. But I believe that the NDP is in the mood to make this an election issue. Let’s encourage Mr. Mulcair to do just that. A political party has the resources to get this before the cameras and onto the front pages.
I agree with MuzzledNoMore. I say we let the NDP run with it and give them all the support they need. They have a very intelligent approach and will reach the general population better than we can. Sometimes hysteria can cause your message to get lost. The NDP can drive the message home to Canadians without being overly emotional about it. I have been VERY impressed with everything I’ve heard coming from the NDP on FATCA.
Imagine if the US was claiming that a large Canadian city was shared territory between Canada and the US what outrage there would be. What’s the difference between that and what they are doing by way of so called US persons. They are claiming a right to a segment of our territory through a segment of our population.
CBT is a violation of the territorial integrity of every nation on Earth. It needs to come to a FULL STOP. Canada may be the country God has chosen to stand up to the bully because we have the largest US tainted population and because the world does not view Canada as a tax haven. If the US tries to paint Canadians as tax evaders they will only end up making themselves look bad.
The US is behind on so many human rights issues: gay marriage, racism, privacy, CBT. It’s like the so called greatest country on Earth is still living in the dark ages.
Good comment. It’s like everywhere a US tainted person in Canada stands the USA believes that land belongs to them so their laws apply and they have the “right” to seize any assets they wish. We have to ask ourselves whose land is this and are we willing to tell the USA to FATCA off? I know how Sir Isaac would have answered those questions. I know I’m disgusted at how Stephen Harper has handled those questions.
We’ll said…a city with over a million inhabitants.
And what also is so mind-boggling are these huge penalties that are actually for a stash of money overseas- not EVERYTHING a person owns. If they grab somebody in Florida who has hidden something in the Cayman Islands- and they want 30%-that will be a fraction of what somebody has. And that is such a far cry from wanting 30% of everything somebody has.
That’s what’s so pathetic about the Cons on the Standing Committee on Finance rejecting the amendment that would exempt Canadians and PR’s in Canada from the FATCA IGA. In the end, the US would look like complete idiots treating Canada like a tax haven, but by our government accepting the IGA, Canada is allowing itself to be categorized as such, and every US citizen within its borders a potential US tax evader. Very lame.
“Canada may be the country God has chosen to stand up to the bully because we have the largest US tainted population and because the world does not view Canada as a tax haven. If the US tries to paint Canadians as tax evaders they will only end up making themselves look bad.” Well said, OMG!
RELATED: Daniel Therrien to be vetted as privacy watchdog Tuesday — Chantal Bernier will not appear as an expert witness on Bill C-13, the cyberbullying bill.
Calgary: THAT answers a whole lot of questions, doesn’t it!
from USCitizenAbroad: http://renounceuscitizenship.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/canadian-data-u-s-laws-and-privacy-rights/
My comment at G&M:
Playing fast and loose with our privacy — Stephen Maher, Calgary Herald, May 31, 2014
A Brocker asked me to post this on his/her behalf:
What do you think of making posters for any July 1st event?
More on Harper’s Privacy Commissioner from CBC, The Current
More on the subject of SNOWBIRDS — sent to me from a fellow Brocker:
And, more information for Canadian snowbirds to consider, pursuant to the most recent ‘new and improved streamline compliance’ program — from a Roy Berg (Moodys) comment at http://federaltaxcrimes.blogspot.ca/2014/06/irs-issues-more-liberal-streamlined.html?showComment=1403125850459