Rahim Jaffer to be cast in Get Smart // Morning Read-up: July 18, 2012

18 Jul


If you want to get it done right, maybe you should just go look yourself. (via Wikipedia)

*Remember Rahim Jaffer? MP, married to Helen Guergis (also MP), went for expensive dinners with shady businessmen and Chinese investors with links to the Chinese government? Well, it seems he wasn’t exactly discrete in his efforts to suss out the status of rather sensitive Canadian space programs. But it wasn’t for his new Chinese friends, no it was for ‘constituents’.

Now, I’m no spy expert, but it seems to me that it should be pretty obvious that if you are looking into a file that has military links to it, that there are better ways to find things out than in an email. Generally, maybe it would be smarter to get someone who you can trust and knows where to look to do it for you. It’s also a good idea to not leave a paper trail.

And people say they have no faith in politicians…

** The Economist points us to the medical journal The Lancet, which has released data in advance of the Olympics on global levels of inactivity. About 30% of adults worldwide are described as ‘inactive’ (43% in the Americas, yikes).

And a second paper in The Lancet says that physical inactivity is as life-limiting as smoking!

*** An intriguing guest post at Fareed Zakaria’s CNN Global Public Square blog tells us that U.S. policy in Asia is not really to counter or contain China, instead it’s a recognition of how America’s focus is tilting eastward and also that a successful future American economy demands a positive relationship in Asia, not the opposite.

From Brad Glosserman:

China characterizes U.S. involvement in the South China Seas disputes – or any other regional problem in which it has a stake – as part of a strategy to contain China. The illogic of that claim, given tens of billions of dollars of U.S. investment and hundreds of billions of U.S. trade, doesn’t register.

Really, it’s about framing perception of the US in the region, he says.

American engagement is designed to counter a narrative of U.S. decline in the Asia Pacific. The U.S. strategy to “rebalance” to the region is based on Asia’s increasing relevance to the future of the United States and America’s determination to play its historical regional role as well. Little appreciated is the breadth of the strategy. U.S. engagement is seen as primarily military. In reality, “rebalancing” is first and foremost about “forward deployed diplomacy,” followed closely by economic and cultural engagement. The military dimension is important, but it’s simply the final pillar.

It’s about building markets for American trade.

**** So a hockey tough guy doesn’t think much of smart guys. Especially not college guys. Those guys should be pummeled down the IQ ladder, to a place where Scott Parker can understand them. Or something like that.

[Todd Bertuzzi’s] a good man. He, he is. I mean, he did get dealt some bad cards, and the thing is, [Steve Moore] always thought he was better than everybody else. He went to Harvard, you know what, blow me. College grad. I never went to college, but I can kick your ass. I’ll bring you right down to my IQ level if you want. I’ll hit you about four times in the skull, that’ll bring you right down.

Scott, I’ve been feeling too smart lately, would you care  to come by and beat me down a bit? Thanks.

***** Let’s finish with some fun. Harrison Mooney has done Canucks fans a service and assembled all four of Aaron Rome’s goals from 2011-12 into one nifty blog post. Enjoy!

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