Showing posts from June 7, 2014

Oil-spill cleanup is a myth

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["Let’s hope for truly world-class leadership and a clear ‘no’ from Harper and Clark on Northern Gateway... If politicians can’t muster the world-class leadership necessary to protect B.C.’s coastal waters and marine resources, we will." *RON*]

By Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations, Vancouver Sun, June 4, 2014
A recent Bloomberg-Nanos poll shows a majority of British Columbians want Prime Minister Stephen Harper to either delay or kill the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Their No. 1 concern is oil spills, and for good reason: no technology is capable of cleaning up more than 10 per cent of diluted bitumen from an ocean spill, much less in the treacherous waters of B.C.’s North Coast.

This should be a wakeup call for Premier Christy Clark. One of her five conditions for approving the construction of heavy oil pipelines and tanker projects in B.C. is “world-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and rec…

The good news: We’re back to 2008 job levels. That’s also the bad news.

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[Five and a half years after the recession the economy has just made it back to where it was in 2008, a slower "recovery" than any other since World War II. Yet unemployment is still high, wages are depressed, crummy jobs have pushed out good middle class jobs, and people with lower education are suffering greatly. *RON*]
By Matt O'Brien, Washington Post, June 6, 2014
Well, it only took five and a half years, but we did it. The U.S. economy finally got back all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But don't break out the bubbly just yet: With all the population growth there's been between then and now, that still leaves millions of people waiting for the recovery to reach them.

First, though, the good news. The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, and the previous two months' reports were only revised down by 6,000. That was enough to keep the unemployment rate flat at 6.3 percent, which, as Phil Izzo points out, is…

Low-wage jobs drive gains in U.S. employment

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[The economic "recovery", so-called, is simply driving the wedge deeper between plutocrats and the 99%. The 1% and 0.1% have reaped the gains of such recovery as has occurred, while people in the lowest income brackets have lost ground. And, as this article shows, unionized careers that paid a living wage have been replaced with crummy MacJobs in the process. *RON*]
June 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM EDT

American employment now exceeds pre-recession levels, but most of the jobs created have lower wages. That's according to May’s government labor data, which shows that despite gains of 200,000 jobs, the unemployment rate hasn't budged. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to MIT labor economist Paul Osterman for his take on the numbers.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The latest government jobs report shows the American labor market moving into its strongest hiring pace in years. Employers added 217,000 job…

Anticipating rebellion: citizens vow to “stop the bulldozers” if Enbridge pipeline approved

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[“Is there anyone here who is an uncover police officer?” B.C. Civil Liberties Assoc. is giving seminars to pipeline and tanker affected communities on how to keep protests legal. *RON*]

Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Jun 6th, 2014
It was a provocative way to open his seminar in Kitimat on keeping a protest “legal.”

“Is there anyone here who is an uncover police officer?” asked Josh Paterson, a lawyer with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, to the crowd of thirty at a community hall in early April.

Citizens in their chairs glanced at each other awkwardly. No one responded.

“Police are welcome – this is a public event and it’s just good to know,” he added.

Study Dismisses Geoengineering Quick Fix For Global Warming

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[New academic study concludes that "The only solution to global warming is a massive rejection of toxic fossil fuels, vastly improved energy efficiency and substantially altered human behavior." *RON*]
 Chris Rose, DeSmogBlog, 7 June 2014

Politicians should not look to science and engineering for a relatively quick fix to effectively deal with climate change caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions, a new academic study has determined.

The only solution to global warming is a massive rejection of toxic fossil fuels, vastly improved energy efficiency and substantially altered human behavior, found the recently released study — An interdisciplinary assessment of climate engineering strategies.

“In light of their limitations and risks, climate engineering approaches would best serve as a complement to — rather than replacement for — abatement, and the latter should remain a focus of climate-change policy for the foreseeable future,” said the…

USDA and Submachine Guns: Latest Example of Mission Creep as Federal Policing Expands

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[More on the militarization of civil society. Local police forces and even campus cops are buying up things like military armoured vehicles and assault weapons. Now the US Department of Agriculture wants its people armed with submachine guns. The US Postal Service and the Social Security Administration also want to arm themselves against....? Whom, exactly? *RON*]
By Candice BerndTruthout, 07 June 2014
Why does the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) need submachine guns?

The agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is seeking .40 Caliber semiautomatic submachine guns. But while many may wonder why USDA agents need semiautomatic weapons, the OIG's request is not unusual for other similar and seemingly unlikely federal agencies that are rapidly becoming armed and equipped with police units of their very own.

USDA OIG spokespeople explained its procurement request to Truthout by citing a 1978 law that authorizes OIG Special Agents to make…