Thursday, May 31, 2007

That sure was "ballsy" MMF leadership!

Be Proud Be Metis!
By Don Marks
Grassroots News
May 29, 2007
Page 6

With an eloquent and impassioned message of unity and working together, Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand, MMF Board of Directors, the Local Executive, citizens and friends celebrated the very first unveiling of a Local Metis Government sign in Ste. Rita, Manitoba on Saturday, May 26th - the first of 130 signs that will be placed in cities, towns and villages throughout the province to inform the public they are entering a territory with a Local Metis government.

"Our Locals are the foundation upon which we build our Nation," said President Chartrand. The signs are part of our ongoing effort to remind the general population of our Metis nationhood that founded this province, that we are not going away and we are not going to be forgotten. Our governments will work positively with all other provincial groups to enhance the economic and social strength for the betterment of all. This is the essence of Canada which is a multiculteral country based on mutual respect, friendship and unity."

The sign reads, "Our Local Metis Government welcomes you to Ste. Rita" and is adorned with a section of Metis sach, the MMF logo and the familiar blue and white Metis insignia of unity.

But President Chartrand's appeal for unity contrasted sharply with the views of a couple local citizens who chose to remain anonymous threatening to us the informative yet artistic signs for "target practice" or cut them down with saws.

"If anything happens to this sign, another one will go up the very next day. All 130 signs will continue to go up until they ran out of gas for their chain saws." President Chartrand replied. "This is a historic provincial initiative which enhances the profile of Metis people and our Metis government which is enshrined in the Canadian constitution. The signs showcase our strong Metis pride, cuilture and heritage."

People are coming forth everyday to re-claim their birthright and their citzenship to our Metis Nation," Chartrand continued. "These signs recognize this fact and introduce our willingness to work in co-operation with our fellow citizens.

Cold, rainy weather did not deter the good sized crowd form showing up at Highway 15 and Ducharme Road where the sign was unveiled. The ceremony was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Ste. Rita and was attended by dignitaries including the Honourable Raymond Simard, Member of Parliament for St. Boniface (, Mr. Gerald Hawranik, MLA for Lac Du Bonnet, Local Chair Garland and Vice Chair Jeanette Garand and Vice-Chair Dan Benoit and Bob Monkman on behalf of Manitoba Hydro.

The ceremony was followed by a gathering at the Ste. Rita Community Centre where some folks danced the jig to fiddle music played by Oliver Boulette, sipped on coffee, tea, donuts and bannock and then joined in supporting a military parade for a plaque dedication honouring veterans from Craig Siding (incredibly, there are 57 veterans from this single, small area of Manitoba!).

And it's reasonable to assume the veterans would be very honoured to know that Highway 15 is now beautified and signified by a tasteful and informative pronouncement of the Metis fact the veterans served and preserved goes on and will go on in 130 locations throughout Manitoba.
"With an eloquent ....." Isn't that an oxymoron? Wonder where the next sign will suddenly appear?

Clare L. Pieuk

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This should be good!

Thank you for your email letter of May 14, 2007.

During the course of the recent provincial election, all constituency offices throughout the province were closed, pursuant to the Elections Act of Manitoba.

As a result, we are just now reviewing your correspondence and will forward a more detailed response in the near future.


Nicole Washington
Constituency Assistant
Hugh McFadyen, MLA
Phone: 488-3560

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Why CyberSmokeBlog doesn't endorse Hugh McFadyen!

Tansi?Good Day Folks:

Are we ever choked! Read on.

Ricky - Trailor Park Boys

Mr. Hugh McFadyen
Official Leader of the Opposition
Room 172 Legislative Building
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Telephone: (204) 945-3593
Facsimile: (204) 945-1299

Dear Mr. McFadyen:

So he's been busted for his grow op a few times and "re-marketing" goods. BIG friggin' deal! At least he went back to school and got his grade ten - barely, 52%.

Have you ever smoked pot Mr. McFadyen? Where does your Party stand on the issue of liberaising marijuna laws? Why must you have someone physically resembling Ricky seen entering Winnipeg's Provincial Law Courts Building (yet again) in one of your Party's recent television commercials calling for tougher anti-crime laws?

Funny, real freakin' funny!We're thinking of approaching our former so-called "lawyer(?)" Lionel R. R. Chartrand to inquire as to whether there are sufficient grounds for a defamation lawsuit against the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba on behalf of The Society for the Preservation of Ricky's Image (SPRI).

What say you candidates Gerrard, Doer and Selinger? Ever smoked weed? Think we've got a case? Let's make this boring election more interesting!

A confident, smiling Hugh McFadyen on the hustings!

Clare L. Pieuk

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

What is a Metis community?

Tansi/Good Day Folks:

We've been following the debate in Metisland about the MMF's recent announcement to spend $500,000 worth of public funds to erect 130 signs designating certain communities as Metis. Fellow blogger and dear friend Derryl Sanderson has been leading the charge ( To date there have been some interesting comments - our favourite:

Anonymous said...

"What constitutes a 'Metis Community' - 51% of the population? Check out this Google search:

The Rural Municipality of Reynolds, consisting of 1,333 sections of land is situated in the eastern corner of the Province. The population of 1,298 is comprised of small hamlets namely Richer East, Ste. Rita, Molson, Rennie, Hadashville, Prawda, McMunn and East Braintree.

Let's do the math. Assume the eight 'small hamlets' mentioned have approximately the same population. Therefore, Ste. Rita's share should be 162.25 citizens. Now divide that by 51% which yields 82.75 people of Metis heritage.The signs. Each cost $500,000 divided by 130 or $3,846.15. Finally, divide $3,846.15 by 82.75 Metis citizens and the MMF paid $46.48 for each living in Ste. Rita.

Wouldn't it be cheaper to simply name all 130 locations "David Chartrandville" to appeal to his ego."

Metis Accountant

What Anonymous has neglected to factor into the equation is the cost of people like Ray St. Germain plus President Chartrand and his traveling entourage at the 130 dedications throughout the province. That could push the cost per sign per Metis in these communities well into the $100 range.

Perhaps there's another reason for this. Didn't Canada's Supreme Court rule in the Powley case extended gathering rights would only apply to those areas where it could be clearly established a historical Metis community existed. In fact, haven't there been past negotiations with the Doer government attempting to agree on how many and where? Wasn't the original number bandied about in the 10-15 range. So why not hang these signs everywhere as a bargaining ploy?

Better yet, what about a $500,000 mega Jumbotron on the corner of Portage and Main with the flashing message:


Leaving aside for a moment the contentious issue of who's a Metis, in the end it really does reduce to what is a Metis community?

Clare L. Pieuk

P.S. Typical accountant - can't see the forest for the trees!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Please don't make us grovel!

Ms Paula Todd
The Verdict with Paula Todd

Hi Paula,

Hope you're keeping well. We'd like to request your Producers and you consider linking CyberSmokeBlog with www.theverdict/ Of course we'd be prepared to reciprocate.

Clare L. Pieuk

P.S. GOD we hate grovelling!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Does the Manitoba Metis Federation headquarters have one of these? But first you have to know how to turn on a computer!

Desk With Treadmill Can Help Cut Pounds
By Sheryl Ubelacker
The Winnipeg Free Press
Tuesday May 15, 2007
Page A11

TORONTO - There's no doubt that sitting on one's butt all day at a desk or in front of a computer is hardly conducive to weight loss. But what if employees could exercise while they work?

That's the aim of a specially designed vertical workstation that can be locked in place over a treadmill, allowing employees to work at a computer while simultaneously walking on the spot at a speed of their own choosing.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who designed the standup "walk-and-work" desk, suggest it could help overweight worker shed pounds as thy perform what are traditionally sit-down tasks.

"Along with obesity, the sedentary nature of work is increasing because of the common use of desktop computers," he authors write. "By 2010, it is estimated that more than half of the workforce from developoed countries will be working at computers."

"We are therefore interested in devising and validating approaches that promote physical activity in an obese person in the workplace without sacrificing work time."

In a small study, published online yesterday ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the researchers had 15 obese volunteers use the treadmill-cum-desk and measured how many calories they burned compared to sitting at a conventional desk. All of the participants had sedentary jobs and none did regular exercise.

The scientists measured the energy expended by the 14 women and one man with an average body mass index of 32 (a BMI of 25-plus is considered overweight) while they worked and walked for 35 minutes out of an hour, compared to the number of calories used working seated at a normal desk.

Participants burned an average of 191 kilocalories an hour while at the vertical workstation, walking the equivalent of 1.6 kilometres an hour, compared to 72 kilocalories per hour while working sitting down.

Principal researcher Dr. James Levine said that by using the vertical workstation a couple of hours per day - and boosting energy expenditure by 100 kilocalories an hour - an obese employee could shed 45 to 65 pounds over the course of a year.

Commenting on the study, obesity expert Dr. Arya Sharma of McMaster University said the vertical workstation is one idea for incorporating physical activity into the workplace.

"I would love to have a desk like that," Sharma, Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network, said yesterday from Hamilton.

But he cautioned that the study results shouldn't be misinterpreted. Because exercising increases appetite, employees using the device would have to guard against eating more," which would being them back to zero," Sharma said.

As well, a person would not keep on losing weight at the same rate by keeping to the same level of exercise, he said.

"For the first 10 pounds, you might have to do two miles (3.2 kilometres) a day, and once you've lost 15 pounds you might have to do three miles (five kilometres) a day... etcetera, because your body as it gets lighter uses less energy (calories)."

"If you think this is the solution to making all fat employees thin, you're wrong," Sharma said.

The vertical workstation, designed by Levine and his team, costs about US$1,600 and is available for purchase.

"Walking work was well tolerated by these obese individuals who used the computer in their normal fashion," say the authors, noting that participants experienced no injuries, falls, or unsteadiness while using the device.

- Canadian Press

Monday, May 14, 2007

Don't pump gas on May 15th!

CyberSmokeBlog was on a lengthy distribution list to which the following was sent.
Spread the word! .... I'm doing it! .... The oil companies should not get away with raping the public like they are .... Canada and the United States are the only 2 country’s affected buy huge gas hikes.

Why is it that no other country is experiencing this? NO GAS on May 15th 2007 .... and mark your calendar so you do not forget this important date. Don't pump gas on May 15th!

In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a litre overnight. On May 15th 2007, all internet users are not to go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $1.29 a litre in Canada or $3.00 a gallon in the United States.

There are 73,000,000+ American and Canadian members currently on the internet network and the average car takes about 50 to 70 dollars to fill up. If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000 (that's almost $3 billion) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day. If you agree (which I can’t see why you wouldn't) resend this to your contact list with the title, "Don't pump gas on May 15th."

Sunday, May 13, 2007

What will they think of next?

Critics Bash Sneaky "BYOB" Trinkets
By Renee Nadeau
The Boston Herald
Sunday, May 6, 2007

Anti-teen drinking advocates are speaking out this prom season against cunning new products they charge are designed to help teens hide alcohol.

Since January, Anheuser-Busch has been selling fruity-flavored, brightly hued Spykes malt liquor, which comes in two-ounce vials that resemble nail polish bottles.

The caffeine- and ginseng-infused shots, which can also be mixed in beer, come in flavors including spicy mango and hot chocolate.

“It’s hard to read into their marketing strategy,” said Stephen Wallace, national chairman of Students Against Destructive Decisions and a former school psychologist. “Regardless of their intentions, if they see that it’s appealing to kids . . . they need to do something about it.”

West Bridgewater recently banned the sale of the concoctions, as have several towns in other states, Wallace said.

“Rather than banning products, perhaps the city would be better served focusing on preventing youth access to alcohol by training retailers to properly check IDs, supporting law enforcement officials in enforcing underage-drinking laws, and encouraging parents to set rules and consequences for their sons and daughters,” Anheuser-Busch Vice President for Communications and Consumer Affairs Francine I. Katz said in an e-mailed statement to the Herald yesterday.

“We are adamantly opposed to underage drinking, and no company has done more to demonstrate its commitment to proactively fighting this problem than Anheuser-Busch,” Katz stated.

Beverages can be secreted in other new products as well. Surfwear company Reef makes a sandal called “BYOB” with a hidden canteen in the heel. According to the company Web site, it comes with a “church key to open your ‘soda bottle.’ ”

“We watch for odd behavior, like someone doing something with a shoe,” said Sharon Hansen, principal of Avon Middle High School, where students must take a Breathalyzer test to enter all dances.

Nevada-based Under Development Inc. manufactures the “Beer Belly,” a pouch that is strapped over the shoulders under a shirt, giving the wearer a portly appearance.

The company describes the product as “fun-based” and says its creator designed the device to help athletes stay hydrated. In a statement on its Web site, the firm says: “UDI does not encourage or condone excessive drinking, breaking the law or public nudity.”

But teens have long hidden alcohol in gadgets, including the “beernoculars,” a double-barrel flask.

And Wallace warns that low-tech methods are still common, including planting booze on the premises to be retrieved on the big night.

"No matter what you do, students can circumvent your supervision,” Hanson said.

As posted by Terry Belhumeur on!

May 13/07

I received no reply from anyone so now its time to see what hurts the most. Since I do not wish to leave myself open to more ridiculous actions from a defunct corporation, which claims to represent me, I will now be starting a campaign from the inside. The two things a non-profit corporation needs are political goodwill to keep the money flowing and public donations to offset any shortcomings in those dollars. The tens of thousands spent harassing me will be peanuts compared to what will transpire. Tracktenberg, through the MMF CEO (now who is that?) will see this as a threat. It is not a threat. That part is over and now we commence with action.

Only those on the gravy train will know since it is their gravy which may run a little watery in the near future.

Terrence Paul Belhumeur


Murray Norman ("$Billable Hours$!") Trachtenberg

Saturday, May 12, 2007

A case of malicious prosecution?

Ms Paula Todd
The Verdict with Paula Todd

Hi Paula,

The following article appears in the current issue of Thundervoice News ( a Winnipeg based monthly newsletter (35,000 circulation) distributed throughout First Nation and Metis communities in Manitoba/Northern Ontario. It has also been reproduced on the internet ( TN is owned and published by Dennis Spence.

It raises several issues your show's Producers might wish to consider for a future segment of The Verdict:

(1) What does Canadian law say about malicious prosecution? Is it true they're long, costly and hard to prove cases? Should the Crown push forward to trial especially after initiating plea bargain negotiations on the eve of opening arguments?

(2) Do the acquitted have any legal recourse such as wrongful dismissal, defamation, slander or libel litigation?

Best Wishes,
Clare L. Pieuk
Former IMFC Executive Director Cleared Of All Charges

By Mark Watson
News Editor
Thundervoice News
May 2007 Issue

High profile Aboriginal leader Jeff Richard, the former Executive Director of the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg, was completely cleared of a sexual assault charge when the Honourable Judge Howard Collerman cast a verdict of Not Guilty at the outcome of a provincial court trial on May 9, 2007.

The sexual assault charge stemmed from an allegation of an incident that had occurred on September 9, 2005, when Jeff Richard and Gwen Pylatuik were sharing a hotel room in Brandon as they attended the Annual General Meeting of Manitoba Friendship Centres.

The initial complaint was made on September 23, 2005 via a written statement to the Winnipeg Police by Gwen Pylatiuk under the direction of Ella Mayer, the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres who was also in attendance on one of the afternoons of the three day trial which began on May 7, 2007. Mr. Richard was contacted by the Winnipeg Police and asked to make a video statement which he did with full cooperation and without the benefit, at that time, of an attorney. Having considered himself completely innocent of the allegation, Mr. Richard hadn't felt that legal representation was required.

"I was completely flabbergasted," says Richard, speaking of his response to being informed of the charge by Constable Pennell of the Winnipeg Police Services. "I was in a state of shock throughout the entire video statement and didn't represent myself as well as I would have liked during the bombardment of questions.

"This nearly became Richard's undoing as his video statement, made impromptu and under considerable duress, lacked certain specific details which were essential to proving his innocence. In an endeavor to amend this fundamental flaw in his defense case, Jeff Richard took the stand on the second day of his trial to flesh out the particulars of the incident which would consequently reinforce his position of innocence. The prosecuting attorney, during the cross examination of Richard's testimony, adamantly pointed out that the additional information provided in the testimony was incongruent with the initial video statement that Richard had given in September of 2005.

The cross examination amounted to little more than an exercise in spurious semantics, however, as none of the new information was in discordance with Richard's video statement, although some of it refuted both the testimony and prepared written statements of the complainant, Pylatiuk, who also had some glaring discrepancies between her initial statement to the police and her testimony on the stand. The defense attorney reminded the court that Richard's video statement had been made on the spur of the moment, without his client having a clear picture of which details would be significant to his case.

It should be noted that, in the key points where the testimonies of Pylatiuk and Richard merged in reluctant harmony, they appeared to support Richard's steadfast claim of innocence which he'd held firm to from the very onset. In fact, when the crown offered a deal just prior to the trial which would have essentially amounted to a slap on the wrist if Jeff Richard would agree to plead guilty, Richard vehemently refused."I'm not going to plead guilty to something I didn't do," he declared emphatically to his attorney when told of the deal.

Throughout the trial it became increasingly clear that the Crown had a tissue thin case built upon the crumbling foundation of a testimony from a complainant who admitted to a flawed recollection of the events and, in fact, stated on the stand that she had been trying to forget about it. Additionally, the testimony of Constable Pennell actually supported a portion of the defense's case by affirming that Richard appeared "genuinely stunned" by the allegation and by admitting, under cross examination, that the video interview wasn't all that it could have been due to the premise that there simply wasn't enough evidence for the police to lay charges and that the case would be sent, as a matter of protocol, to the crown for review.

In the end, The Honourable Judge Howard Collerman, following procedure in such cases where the onus of proof is placed upon the complainant and the benefit of doubt is granted to the accused, ultimately acquitted Mr. Richard who was supported throughout the proceedings by friends and family, including his mother Ursula, his sister Simone, his brother Rick, his wife Magda, his good and loyal friend Victor Colonval, Thundervoice News Editor Mark Watson and Thundervoice News Publisher Dennis Spence.

There are many who believe that these sexual assault allegations were orchestrated by Ella Mayer of MAFC in an attempt to discredit Jeff Richard's name and have him removed as Executive Director from the IMFC of Winnipeg. "It's all part of an insidious plot," says Victor Colonval.

"Ella knew that implicating Jeff in a sex scandal would pave her way into getting the Friendship Centre. It's what she's been wanting to do for years and she jumped on this opportunity right off the bat."It does seem very compelling, to say the least, that Ella Mayer attached herself with such eagerness to this case. Before these allegations had arisen, Mayer did not know the complainant.

Pylatiuk stated under oath that she had approached the Director of her school following the Brandon incident due to her own personal (and unfounded) concerns that Jeff Richard might interfere with her education funding. The Director (who was not named) of the complainant's school forwarded the information to Michelle Boivin who, in turn, passed the grievance on to Ella Mayer. Ella Mayer, according to court records (which I have in my possession), then told Pylatiuk that she would "take care of everything."

After a brief examination of certain aspects to the chronology of events leading up to the MAFC take-over of the IMFC of Winnipeg, it is difficult to dismiss Mayer's interest in this case as being merely supportive of a 'maiden in distress' so to speak. That Mayer had a keenly vested interest in charges of a sexual nature being posed against Jeff Richard is clearly evident and reasonably follows, considering that allegations of sexual misconduct played a significant role in the removal of Jeff Richard as Executive Director of the IMFC of Winnipeg and the ultimate take over of the Centre by an Interim Governance Committee appointed by the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres.

The entire episode smacks of 'dirty politics', however, as this reporter was unable to reach Ella Mayer for comment by press time, this is a matter of conjecture. In light of the complete acquittal of the sexual assault charge, the rumor mill which has been working over-time in regards to Mr. Richard's conduct can now, hopefully, be put to rest. Two such rumors were that Richard had used his position of authority in an attempt to seduce Pylatiuk and that he had openly groped her at the annual meeting in Brandon. Jeff Richard clearly did not abuse his authority in an endeavor to seduce a subordinate, nor did he openly grope Pylatiuk in a public arena. Neither of these presumptions were addressed in any way by either side during the trial.

Jeff Richard is extremely pleased to put this sordid affair behind him and focus on repairing his relationship with his wife, Magda which has understandably endured much strain as a result of the fiasco. Immediately following the acquittal, he expressed deep gratitude to all those who stood by him in his darkest hour. We at Thundervoice News wish him and his family all the best with the sincerest hope that there are nothing but brighter days ahead.

Jeff Richard

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Why CyberSmokeBlog doesn't endorse Hugh McFadyen!

Tansi?Good Day Folks:

Are we ever choked! Read on.

Ricky - Trailor Park Boys

Mr. Hugh McFadyen
Official Leader of the Opposition
Room 172 Legislative Building
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Telephone: (204) 945-3593
Facsimile: (204) 945-1299

Dear Mr. McFadyen:

So he's been busted for his grow op a few times and "re-marketing" goods. BIG friggin' deal! At least he went back to school and got his grade ten - barely, 52%. Have you ever smoked weed Mr. McFadyen? Where does your Party stand on the issue of liberaising marijuna laws? Why must you have someone physically resembling Ricky seen entering Winnipeg's Provincial Law Courts Building (yet again) in one of your Party's recent television commercials calling for tougher anti-crime laws? Funny, real friggin' funny!

We're thinking of approaching our former so-called "lawyer(?)" Lionel R. R. Chartrand to inquire as to whether there are sufficient grounds for a defamation lawsuit against the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba on behalf of The Society for the Preservation of Ricky's Image (SPRI).

What say you candidates Gerrard and Doer? Ever smoked weed? Think we've got a case? Let's make this boring election more interesting!

Clare L. Pieuk

A confident, smiling Hugh McFadyen on the hustings!

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

CyberSmokeBlog going to the Czech Republic?

Tansi/Good Day Readers:

Exchanged e-mails (offline) recently with a lady (Monica Ricci) who has set up a new website recently to promote tourism in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). She has asked to link with us - not a problem Monica go ahead and do the electronic wiring from your end.

Prague and the Czech Republic have been touted in the media recently as one of today's hot tourist destinations. Here's some links Monica sent you may wish to "check" out:

Good luck with your sites Monica.

Clare L. Pieuk
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the Vltava river in central Bohemia, it has been the political, cultural and economic center of the Czech state for over 1000 years. The city proper is home to nearly 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million.
Prague is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and frequently visited tourist destinations in Europe and on the continent. Since 1992, the historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Nicknames for Prague have included "the mother of cities (Praga mater urbium)," and "city of a hundred spires" and "the golden city." (
Prague Castle Over The River Vltava

Cameras in our courtrooms - why not?

Ms Paula Todd
The Verdict with Paula Todd

Hi Paula,

We have an issue our readers hope your Producers will consider for a future segment of The Verdict. But first a couple questions we're hoping your guests can answer:

(1) Why is there no live courtroom coverage in the Chicago trial of Conrad Black yet it's permitted in other American jurisdictions?

(2) Cameras are banned in Canadian courtrooms. Why and who makes the determination?

As a pilot project, during the recently concluded Ontario Court of Appeal hearing of the Steven Truscott case (successfully prosecuted for the June 11, 1959 Clinton, Ontario murder of 14 year old Lynne Harper), cameras were allowed to film (live) as Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted lawyer James Lockyer argued for a new trial or acquital on behalf of his client. Manitoba's Premier is already on the public record as favouring such an initiative.

For particularly heinous crimes, such as murder or violent rapes, a Justice/Judge would have the prerogative to clear the courtroom of all cameras and/or spectators during particularly graphic testimony.

Could you please discuss this issue on The Verdict. Thank you!

Best Wishes,
Clare L. Pieuk

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Found it - great idea!

Métis Group Calls For National Voters List
Last Updated: Monday, May 7, 2007 4:46 PM CT
CBC News (
A group of Métis people worried about political interference in Métis elections wants one voters list for the whole country.
Right now, provincial organizations decide who can vote in Métis elections.As a result, says Bryan Lee of Christopher Lake, Sask., spokesman for Métis for Unity, he's had four Métis identification cards in his life.
After he lived outside the country for a while, he lost his right to vote in Métis elections completely.
That's why Lee and others would like to see one national ID card that all Métis could use.
He would also like to see the voters list administered by the federal government, with strict membership rules determined by the Métis National Council.
The change would eliminate political interference from the registration process, Lee said. "If you left Saskatchewan and went to British Columbia and you wanted to become involved in the local politics in British Columbia, you'd present your card again," he said. "You'd never be questioned ever again. And that's been a lot of the problem."
Having a national list might help avoid problems such as those that plagued the spring 2004 Saskatchewan Métis election. The results were later declared invalid. Plans are now underway for a new set of elections to be held later this year.
Lee said he's talked to Métis leaders in other provinces and they've been receptive to the idea of a national voters list. However, Ray Laliberte, the acting secretary treasurer with the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, says the idea would need to be studied further.
He's worried that a national list would take power away from the provincial councils.
"We want to ensure that to have some value as citizens within Western Canada, that we would continue to have and basically run our own affairs at the provincial level," he said.
Despite Laliberte's misgivings, Lee said his group will take the proposal to the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan later this year.
Mr. Lee makes several good points. After Yvon Dumont lost his bid (20 votes - March 26, 2003 election) for the Presidency of the Manitoba Metis Federation, he challenged the results in Court of Queen's Bench and won. Unfortunately, the Manitoba Court of Appeal subsequently reversed the decision.
If you read the Appeal Court case management file it's replete with documentation regarding the reliability and accuracy of MMF "official" voters lists. After every election the Chief Electorial Officer is required to prepare a written post-mortem report for the Provincial Board of Directors. There you will find those of former provincial judge and CEO Alvin Hamilton in which he repeatedly raises this very issue. Matter of fact in 2000 he threatened not to participate if his recommendations were not acted upon.
What about C-31s - Metis who have acquired First Nations status but remain on Manitoba Metis Federation voters lists?
Then there's the question of election expense accountability. Candidates are not required to publicly disclose how much their campaign cost and from where the funds came as is the case with provincial and federal general votes. Elections Manitoba is powerless to intervene unless requested by the Federation. Bottom line: Last year's "example" was better than the wild, wild west at it's very best. The system is in need of a massive overhaul.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Be sure to watch The Verdict tonight!

Tansi/Good Day Folks:

For those following Conrad Black's trial (Chicago) there should be some fascinating discussion on The Verdict. Former business associate, confidant and friend of 30 years David Radler took the stand today. The problem for Lord Black of Crossharbour is Mr. Radler knows where all the bones are buried. He has cut a deal with the Prosecutor in return for his testimony.

Found the following article which we're sending to The Verdict in hope the Producers will devote a future segment to the subject of legal self-representation.

Clare L. Pieuk

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By Jeffrey Niederhoffer
Community Legal Education Association Newsletter Fall 2006
Page 3

It may be because lawyers are expensive. It may be because cut backs have resulted in Legal Aid no longer appointing lawyers for certain matters. It may be because lawyers are seen to be unnecessary. Or, it may be because lawyers are seen in certain quarters to be part of a distrusted 'system.' Whatever the reason, the courts are witnessing an explosion in the number of litigants who either choose to be unrepresented or have no choice but to represent themselves. It is becoming increasingly common for litigants in family and civil cases, and accused in criminal courts, to appear without counsel, or where allowed, to have 'agents' without legal training appear on their behalf.

In the fall of 2005, The Law Society of Manitoba held a seminar dealing with the issue of unrepresented and self-represented litigants. This article summarizes the information provided by the many excellent presenters at this seminar.

Section 63(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada (the Code) provides that "an accused is entitled ... to make full answer and defence personally ..." which courts have interpreted as meaning the accused have the right to represent themselves without counsel (R. v. Samra). In summary-conviction proceedings [sections 800(2) and 802(2) of the Code], and possibly indictable matters (R. v. Gouchie), accused may also opt to be represented by a non-legal 'agent.' Judges can reject the accused's choice of agent in certain cases, for example, if the accused does not understand that a particular agent lacks professional legal training or accreditation. Judges may also disqualify agents in cases where a particular agent faces a conflict of interest, or has in the past demonstrated dishonesty or disrespect for the law (R. versus Romanowicz).

In criminal cases, in order to ensure a fair hearing, the courts have held that the unrepresented accused must fully understand the obligation of the Crown to disclose relevant evidence (R. v. Payton). Where disclosure comes in the form of videotape and CD-Rom and the accused does no have the equipment to access this evidence, the courts have held that the Crown must provide the accused with appropriate aids, for example, electronic equipment, to access and review the disclosure (R. v. Grant). However, the Crown is also required to carefully control the disclosure of evidence to unrepresented accused in order to protect the security and privacy interests of any person, for example, a case in which there are allegations of sexual offences. In such cases, the unrepresented accused would only be permitted to access disclosure materials in a controlled environment (r. v. Papageorgiou).

The courts have held that, when unrepresneted litigants appear before the Court, a trial judge has a duty to offer assistance as appropriate (R. v. McGibbon, Barett v. Layton). The judge must tailor the assistance offered to an unrepresented litigant according to what is reasonable in the circumstances of each case taking into account the complexity of the case and the sophisticatuion of the litigant (R. v. Tran, R. v. McPhillips). Nevertheless, with respect to criminal trials, courts have held that judges have certain duties to assist unrepresneted accused:

  • a duty to advise the accused of the right to counsel and of the disadvantage in proceeding to trial without the assistance of counsel (R. v. McGibbon)
  • a duty to assist the accused in the examination of witnesses (R. v. Huebschwerlen), and
  • a duty to raise possible defences for the accused if there is evidence the accused's rights under the Charter of Rights and Freeoms have been violated (r. v. Arbour)

The Code gives the trial judge the discretion to stop the acccused from personally cross-examining certain witnesses, for example, witnesses under eighteen years of age and victims in criminal harassment cases. In all cases in which the judge exercises this discretion, the judge must appoint counsel to conduct the cross-examination on behalf of the accused. In addition, judges are under a general duty to stop abuse of the trial process by an unrepresented accused. Judges have a duty to likit the persentation of irrelevant or redundant evidence (r. v. Fabrikant, R. v. Smith). In cases in whichthe accused "misconducts himself by interrupting the prceedigns so that to continue the proceedings in his presence would not be feasible," section 650(2)(a) of the Code gives the judge the discretion toremove the accused from the courtroom.

Jeffrey J. Niederhoffer

Mr. Niederhoffer is a lawyer practicing in Winnipeg. Many may recall over last year's holiday season he offered notarial services at no charge to low income citizens.

Now that's service - thank you CBC Radio Winnipeg!

Tansi/Good Day Folks:

Received a call this morning (CBC Radio Winnipeg) regarding an earlier voice mail message. The story about a, for lack of a better term "universal," Metis membership card originated in Saskatchewan and was subsequently picked up locally. Was advised to monitor - hopefully, there will be something posted by noon today. Please stay tuned.

Clare L. Pieuk

MMF voting lists and membership cards need to be overhauled!

Terry MacLeod
Host, CBC Radio One 990 Morning Show (Winnipeg)
Telehpone (204) 788-3222
Dear Mr. MacLeod:
From your website bio you certainly have had a lot of very interesting jobs. We're big fans of your show because of the quality of the local and national news coverage. The Urban Myths series initially applied to Winnipeg neighbourhoods then expanded to Manitoba businesses was outstanding and, in our view, worthy of a radio industry award!
On this morning's 5:30 local news segment, a gentleman was interviewed about the need for a universal Metis identity card which would be honoured throughout Canada and universally should an individual move from Canada. This, for example, would enable such people to participate in Manitoba Metis Federation elections should they so choose.
We checked but could find no reference to the aformentioned discussion. Do you know if there will be press/internet coverage of this story? Failing that, could you provide us with the gentleman's particulars offline ( - voice mail available) so we can contact him regarding an article for this blogsite?

Clare L. Pieuk

Sunday, May 06, 2007

What took you so long federal government?

Indian Status Card Fraud Is Costing Millions
But Replacing Old Paper Document Could Cost $30 M
By Paul Samyn
Winnipeg Free Press
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Page A3

OTTAWA - Fraud and misuse of Indian status cards that entitle natives to everything from free drug care to tax-free purchases to jobs in the United States have been costing taxpayers an estimated $33 million a year.

Federal documents show the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada has been working on a plan to stem the previously undisclosed problem that has allowed non-natives to not only tap into a number of government benefits but also forgo paying federal and provincial taxes.

But fixing the problem won't come cheap. The department estimates it will cost $30 million over five years to come up with a new high-tech form of native identification to replace the roughly 763,000 easily forged paper cards now in use.

"The old card is basically 1960s technology and as we found out people can easily replicate it," said Ray Hatfield, a senior official at Indian Affairs.

Hatfield said the department has been aware since the mid-1990s that rights and benefits such as on-reserve housing, education and federal and provinjcial tax ememptions were being accessed by non-natives.

"We became aware of fraud and misuse through cards that would be turned in and there would be individuals trying to claim benefits they were not entitled to," Hatfield said.

"Once we realized that and it was brought to our attention that this was occurring, we looked at a way of improving the security of the card and the system as well."

The department does not have a breakdown of how much money was lost to fraud and what portion was due to misuse.

The push for a secure form of identification for Canada's natives has the backing of the Assembly of First Nations which wants to ensure Indians can continue to pass freely across the border and even work in the United States as part of a long-standing treaty.

"We as First Nation people value our rights to cross the border so we don't want anyone to misuse our rights," said John Beaucage, and AFN grand chief from Ontario.

Beaucage said the AFN has been working with Indian and Northern Affairs to develop a card that might include features such as biometrics that it hopes will be made freely available to status Indians.

"I have heard of some fairly large numbers of cards stolen or being forged by non-native people getting tax benefits as well as using the cards for (free) pharmaceuticals," he said.

"Once obtained, they could also be used for illegal crossing of the border."

The AFN also wants the new status cards to meet the requirements the United States is imposing for entry into the country and has had discussions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials on whether it could allow natives to cross the border without a passport.

NDP native affairs critic Jean Crowder who obtained the federal documents under the Access to Information Act said she is worried the department has been dragging its feet on fixing the problem with the cards.

"It shouldn't have taken them this long," she said.

Hatfield said a pilot project underway with Alberta bands on a new secure card is proceeding well and that a new card could be officially rolled out in 2008. The department says the redesigned and modernized card will meet federal and international standards for identification cards and will incorporate the latest security features.

Speaking hypothetically, of course, if a Metis outdoorsman married to a Treaty Indian lady shot a moose out of season and was subsequently set upon by a Manitoba Conservation game warden, could he not claim his wife did it? What about fishing quotas and purchasing pharmaceuticals? Interesting to speculate.

As posted on!

May 5/07

I was totally satisfied with letting sleeping !!!! lie but that is not to be the case from the MMF's side. Since they have resurrected there rediculous lawsuit against me for nothing other than owning a website, I might as well start using the site again. Mr trachtenberg is calling for a discovery hearing. Does he not understand that for all your money he will be wasting, I do not and was not involved in the posting of any malisious material. I am simply the owner of a website and as such I took precautions to try and minimize my liability by having a noted Metis Lawyer oversee what was posted on my site.




Murray Norman ("$Billable Hours$!") Trachtenberg

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Is there a labour lawyer in the house?

stuk ON the 3rd.fl. has left a new comment on your post, "Careful what you ask!"

Just curious. What are your thoughts about drug testing employees who work with children?
Dear Stuk,

Thank you for writing. Sorry but we had to heavily edit your e-mail because you specifically identified a particular organization and group within. Suffice it to say it's a publicly funded Manitoba based corporation with a propensity for using taxpayer dollars to sue those who dare to criticize.

Regardless, you've raised a very interesting question. How and who decides if there should be random drug testing in the workplace? By natural extension, what about the use of cameras for on the job employee surveillance? What do our privacy laws say?

Some of you may recall an incident a couple years ago at CN in Winnipeg where the union found a concealed camera in the workplace. The company countered by arguing some of its property had been damaged hence the need for electronic surveillance. Any labour lawyer(s) out there who'd like to weigh in on the debate?

As you can see we're sending a copy of this posting to Ms Paula Todd who hosts an excellent new nightly show on CTV (The Verdict with Paula Todd). Perhaps the Producers will consider this topic for discussion on a future segment. We're also forwarding it to Mr. Garth H. Smorang, Q.C. (Myers Weinberg LLP) one of Winnipeg's foremost labour lawyers. Many of you may recall his recent precedent setting case involving clothing manufacturer Nygard Internation. Mr. Smorang successfully argued (pro bono) his client who had signed an employment contract, nevertheless, was entitled to overtime financial compensation.

Clare L. Pieuk

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Stuck in a dysfunctional job? Have we got a solution for you!

Anonymous said ...

If you don't know this site, it collects all the weird news stories from around the world. I've been reading them during lunch break at my dysfunctional job. Keep it bookmarked.
Dear Anonymous:

Thank you for writing. Since you read CyberSmokeBlog obviously you're a person of superior intellect, culture and breeding. However, remember dysfunctional jobs produce dysfunctional workers. Are you sure you are only doing this during your lunch break?

Clare L. Pieuk

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Careful what you ask!

Ms Paula Todd
The Verdict with Paula Todd

Hi Paula,

Sorry to be such a pest but you did say you read all your e-mail plus post the show's electronic address on the screen at the end.

Couple quick points:

(1) Regarding last night's segment, THE NEED FOR WEED

(i) We're not Philadelphia lawyers at CyberSmokeBlog but when you asked one of your guests whether she smoked marijuana are you prepared on live television for a reciprocal query? Invoking the Bill Clinton defence might work best

Your Producers might wish to reference the April 16, 2007 Winnipeg Free Press article, "Health Canada Marks Up Medical Marijuana 1,500%" available from our ARCHIVES under "Economics 101 - "How Monopolies work!"


(i) Your guest neglected to mention The Departed for which Director Martin Scorsese finally won a long overdue Academy Award was based on the life of James J. "Whitey" Bulger played by Jack Nicholson

James J. Bulger

Wanted for his role in numerous murders (18 counts) committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He has a violent temper and is known to carry a knife at all times. He was once the boss of Boston's Winter Hill Gang before he went into hiding. (


(i) Reverend Al Sharpton yesterday lead a demonstration past New York's four largest record companies urging Rap/Hip Hop artists to tone down their songs' lyrics

Reverend Al Sharpton

Don Imus

Finally, Wednesday's (May 2, 2007) version of The Verdict was outstanding! On the subject of DNA, a debate is currently raging in the United States between police agencies and the judicial system which many legal observers are already predicting will eventually end on the doorstep of The Supreme Court. It involves "near" genetic matches. More about it shortly. The expanding Dr. Charles Smith story also raised several very troubling issues.

Forensic Child Pathologist Dr. Charles Smith

Best Wishes,
Clare L. Pieuk

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OEY VEH - only in America!

JUDGE: CLEANER OWES ME $65 MILLION FOR PANTS - 2 years of litigation x 1 pair of trousers = headaches for family business

Jin Nam Chung and Ki Chung stand in their dry cleaning business, Custom Cleaners, in Washington on Wednesday. The Chungs are being sued for $65 million over a lost pair of pants belonging to a contentious local judge, and for displaying signs that the judge claims were deceptive.

AP Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Chungs, immigrants from South Korea, realized their American dream when they opened their dry-cleaning business seven years ago in the nation's capital.

For the past two years, however, they've been dealing with the nightmare of litigation: a $65 million lawsuit over a pair of missing pants.

Jin Nam Chung, Ki Chung and their son, Soo Chung, are so disheartened that they're considering moving back to Seoul, said their attorney, Chris Manning, who spoke on their behalf.

"They're out a lot of money, but more importantly, incredibly disenchanted with the system," Manning said. "This has destroyed their lives."

The lawsuit was filed by a District of Columbia administrative hearings judge, Roy Pearson, who has been representing himself in the case.

Pearson said he could not comment on the case.

According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alteration to Custom Cleaners in Northeast Washington, a place he patronized regularly despite previous disagreements with the Chungs. A pair of pants from one suit was not ready when he requested it two days later, and was deemed to be missing.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. That's when Pearson decided to sue.

Three Settlement Offers

Manning said the cleaners made three settlement offers to Pearson. First they offered $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson wasn't satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants.

Because Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, part of his lawsuit calls for $15,000 — the price to rent a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business.

"He's somehow purporting that he has a constitutional right to a dry cleaner within four blocks of his apartment," Manning said.

But the bulk of the $65 million comes from Pearson's strict interpretation of D.C.'s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per violation, per day. According to court papers, Pearson added up 12 violations over 1,200 days, and then multiplied that by three defendants.

Much of Pearson's case rests on two signs that Custom Cleaners once had on its walls: "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service."

Judge Alleges Fraud

Based on Pearson's dissatisfaction and the delay in getting back the pants, he claims the signs amount to fraud.

Pearson has appointed himself to represent all customers affected by such signs, though D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz, who will hear the June 11 trial, has said that this is a case about one plaintiff, and one pair of pants.

Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Association, has written a letter to the group of men who will decide this week whether to renew Pearson's 10-year appointment. Joyce is asking them to reconsider.

Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone Butler had no comment regarding Pearson's reappointment.

The association, which tries to police the kind of abusive lawsuits that hurt small businesses, also has offered to buy Pearson the suit of his choice.

Support For The Defendants

And former National Labor Relations Board chief administrative law judge Melvin Welles wrote to The Washington Post to urge "any bar to which Mr. Pearson belongs to immediately disbar him and the District to remove him from his position as an administrative law judge."

"There has been a significant groundswell of support for the Chungs," said Manning, adding that plans for a defense fund Web site are in the works.

To the Chungs and their attorney, one of the most frustrating aspects of the case is their claim that Pearson's gray pants were found a week after Pearson dropped them off in 2005. They've been hanging in Manning's office for more than a year.

Pearson claims in court documents that his pants had blue and red pinstripes.

"They match his inseam measurements. The ticket on the pants match his receipt," Manning said.

Live Vote: Does this suit have a leg to stand on?

Yes. While $65 million might be a bit much, the judge makes a point about taking care of your customers and delivering what you promise.

No. You must be kidding. The judge should be forced to trade his business suit for another one ... something in horizontal stripes.


CyberSmokeBlog: At times like this we're reminded of that old joke, "What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 43? A judge!"

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Why work you dummies?

Anonymous said ...

Stumbled across this on a website and thought it made a few good points. The article was called, "Ten reasons you should never get a job"..... been dragging my heels this morning ever since reading it! Numbers 3, 5 and 6 are my favourites ..... enjoy.
Neither of us have had jobs since the ’90s (my only job was in 1992), so we’ve been self-employed for quite a while. In our household it’s a running joke for one of us to say to the other, “Maybe you should get a job, derelict!”

It’s like the scene in The Three Stooges where Moe tells Curly to get a job, and Curly backs away, saying, “No, please … not that! Anything but that!”

It’s funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assume it’s time to go out and get a job. But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In fact, if you’re reasonably intelligent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can do to support yourself.

There are far better ways to make a living than selling yourself into indentured servitude.

Here are some reasons you should do everything in your power to avoid getting a job:

1. Income For Dummies

Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. There’s only one problem with it. It’s stupid! It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income! This is truly income for dummies.

Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when you’re working. Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working? Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?

Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too? Why not get paid 24/7? Get paid whether you work or not. Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them? Why not your bank account?

Who cares how many hours you work? Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office. Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60. But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it. We don’t care about your time — we only care enough to pay for the value we receive. Do you really care how long it took me to write this article? Would you pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours versus only 3?

Non-dummies often start out on the traditional income for dummies path. So don’t feel bad if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suckered. Non-dummies eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way. And of course there is a better way. The key is to de-couple your value from your time.

Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work. The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not. From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income.

This web site is an example of such a system. At the time of this writing, it generates about $9,000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isn’t my only income stream either. I write each article just once (fixed time investment), and people can extract value from them year after year. The web server delivers the value, and other systems (most of which I didn’t even build and don’t even understand) collect income and deposit it automatically into my bank account. It’s not perfectly passive, but I love writing and would do it for free anyway. But of course it cost me a lot of money to launch this business, right? Um, yeah, $9 is an awful lot these days (to register the domain name). Everything after that was profit.

Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own income-generating systems. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs. Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money? If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead. If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free. As long as your system continues delivering value to others, you’ll keep getting paid whether you’re working or not.

Your local bookstore is filled with books containing workable systems others have already designed, tested, and debugged. Nobody is born knowing how to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it. How long it takes you to figure it out is irrelevant because the time is going to pass anyway. You might as well emerge at some future point as the owner of income-generating systems as opposed to a lifelong wage slave. This isn’t all or nothing. If your system only generates a few hundred dollars a month, that’s a significant step in the right direction.

2. Limited Experience

You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience. But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf. You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not. A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain ”experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all. Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.

The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate. This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable. And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat. In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years. Will your job even exist then?

Consider this. Which experience would you rather gain? The knowledge of how to do a specific job really well — one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money – or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again? Now I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the latter experience. That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldn’t you say?

3. Lifelong Domestication

Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program. You learn how to be a good pet.

Look around you. Really look. What do you see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals? Have you fallen in love with the color beige?

How’s your obedience training coming along? Does your master reward your good behavior? Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands?

Is there any spark of free will left inside you? Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life? Humans are not meant to be raised in cages. You poor thing…

4. Too Many Mouths To Feed

Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is. In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes. The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheeque. But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits. Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it. You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it.

Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors. That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income. After all, who has more control over the tax system? Business owners and investors or employees?

You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate. Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see. It goes straight into other people’s pockets.

What a generous person you are!

5. Way Too Risky

Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves. Morons.

Social conditioning is amazing. It’s so good it can even make people believe the exact opposite of the truth.
Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (”You’re fired!”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you? Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?

The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.

6. Having An Evil Bovine Master

When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way. When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.”

Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master? Another meaning of the word boss is “a cow or bovine.” And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level.

So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you? Nothing but a turd in the herd.
Who’s your daddy?

7. Begging For Money

When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?

Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?

If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”

8. An Inbred Social Life

Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Such incestuous relations are social dead ends. An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens. Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers. Ooooh… scary! Better stay inside where it’s safe.

If one of your co-slaves gets sold to another master, do you lose a friend? If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist? Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your master decide for you? Believe it or not, there are locations on this planet where free people congregate. Just be wary of those jobless folk — they’re a crazy bunch!

9. Loss Of Freedom

It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee. The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will. A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with non-sensical rules and regulations. This leads the new employee to become more obedient, fearing that s/he could be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible. Thus, the employee will likely conclude it’s safest to simply obey the master’s commands without question. Stir in some office politics for good measure, and we’ve got a freshly minted mind slave.

As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on. We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we? That would ruin everything.

God forbid you should put a plant on your desk when it’s against the company policy. Oh no, it’s the end of the world! Cindy has a plant on her desk! Summon the enforcers! Send Cindy back for another round of sterility training!

Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course. The only policy they need is: “Be smart. Be nice. Do what you love. Have fun.”

10. Becoming A Coward

Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies? But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault. It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards. If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free.

You’ve become your master’s property.

When you work around cowards all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you? Of course it will. It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear: first courage… then honesty… then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will. You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion. And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ve become.

I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down. It is never too late to regain your courage. Never!

Still want a job?

If you’re currently a well-conditioned, well-behaved employee, your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness. It’s all part of the conditioning. But consider that if the above didn’t have a grain of truth to it, you wouldn’t have an emotional reaction at all. This is only a reminder of what you already know. You can deny your cage all you want, but the cage is still there. Perhaps this all happened so gradually that you never noticed it until now… like a lobster enjoying a nice warm bath.

If any of this makes you mad, that’s a step in the right direction. Anger is a higher level of consciousness than apathy, so it’s a lot better than being numb all the time. Any emotion — even confusion — is better than apathy. If you work through your feelings instead of repressing them, you’ll soon emerge on the doorstep of courage. And when that happens, you’ll have the will to actually do something about your situation and start living like the powerful human being you were meant to be instead of the domesticated pet you’ve been trained to be. Happily jobless.

What’s the alternative to getting a job? The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means. Realize that you earn income by providing value — not time – so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it. One of the simplest and most accessible ways is to start your own business. Whatever work you’d otherwise do via employment, find a way to provide that same value directly to those who will benefit most from it. It takes a bit more time to get going, but your freedom is easily worth the initial investment of time and energy. Then you can buy your own Scooby Snacks for a change.

And of course everything you learn along the way, you can share with others to generate even more value. So even your mistakes can be monetized.

One of the greatest fears you’ll confront is that you may not have any real value to offer others. Maybe being an employee and getting paid by the hour is the best you can do. Maybe you just aren’t worth that much. That line of thinking is all just part of your conditioning. It’s absolute nonsense. As you begin to dump such brainwashing, you’ll soon recognize that you have the ability to provide enormous value to others and that people will gladly pay you for it. There’s only one thing that prevents you from seeing this truth — fear.

All you really need is the courage to be yourself. Your real value is rooted in who you are, not what you do. The only thing you need actually do is express your real self to the world. You’ve been told all sort of lies as to why you can’t do that. But you’ll never know true happiness and fulfillment until you summon the courage to do it anyway.

The next time someone says to you, “Get a job,” I suggest you reply as Curly did: ”No, please… not that! Anything but that!” Then poke him right in the eyes.

You already know deep down that getting a job isn’t what you want. So don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Learn to trust your inner wisdom, even if the whole world says you’re wrong and foolish for doing so. Years from now you’ll look back and realize it was one of the best decisions you ever made.