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Run, Elizabeth, Run! Why an Elizabeth Warren presidential bid would be good for all Americans.

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[This is SO true! Elizabeth Warren might not have a snowball's chance of winning the presidential nomination, but here mere presence would so elevate the debate process that it would be fantastically worthwhile to include her. *RON*]
By John Dickerson, Salon, 17 July 2014

Imagine there were a political movement that was against pablum in the public square, that promoted tough debates on pressing issues, that was suspicious of coronations, and cared about a presidential candidate’s qualities as much as the ideas she would bring to office? This proud movement would engage all the right-thinking members of the citizenry, liberal and conservative. It would enliven the daily discourse and it would push Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
At the moment, the Democratic contest looks like it will be a foggy, repetitive march toward Hillary Clinton. It will have all the safety, risk aversion, and lack of impact of Clinton’s recent book, Hard C…

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

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[One unforgivable thing for a US mainstream news reporter to do is to cover Israel in a remotely even-handed manner. *RON*]
By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 17 Jul 2014

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic).

Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American with extensive exp…

Better use of world’s existing cropland could feed 3 billion more people: study

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[Research reveals large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger. Here in BC, the Site C dam would forever flood Class A farm land capable of feeding more than one million people. See also Improved food systems could feed 3 billion more people - study. *RON*]

Fiona Harveytheguardian.com, 17 July 2014
The world’s existing cropland could feed at least 3 billion extra people if it were used more efficiently, a new study has found, showing that the large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger.

More than half of the fertiliser currently poured on to crops in many countries is wasted, according to the study. About 60% of the nitrogen applied to crops worldwide is not needed, as well as about half of the phosphorus, an element whose readily available sources are dwindling.

Cutting waste even by modest amounts would also feed millions, the au…

What's wrong with the pursuit of a debt-free B.C.?

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["The sensible public policy is to be guided by a principle of leaving future generations better off. And that is very unlikely to mean without debt.... The policy problem is that we are incurring debt for things we don't need, that arguably don't offer benefits in excess of their cost or at best are low in priority relative to other pressing demands (think Cadillac upgrade to the Sea-to-Sky highway, Smart Meters, the NW Transmission line and the retractable roof over BC Place). And at the same time we are failing to make the ones we should, for example in early education and high-quality child care, flood control and other preparation for extreme climate events, and a host of other areas. *RON*]
By Marvin Shaffer, rabble.ca, 18 July 2014

One can only presume that the promise of a debt-free B.C. was never meant to be taken seriously.

Christy Clark's very cynical, albeit effective election slogan was based on two highly qualified …