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There Is Now A Coloring Book For Children Called ‘Ted Cruz Saves America’

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[Indicative of the mental age of Cruz supporters? *RON*]

By Ian Millhiser, Think Progress, 12 November 2014
The makers of the “Ted Cruz To The Future Comic Coloring Activity Book” have announced a new supplement to their original effort to teach the wonder that is Ted Cruz to children, entitled “Ted Cruz Saves America.” The original Ted Cruz coloring book claimed to offer a “non-partisan, fact-driven view” of Senator Cruz. It claims that Cruz is a “passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution,” and that Cruz’s failed effort to halt the Affordable Care Act “was so important because millions of citizens believe Obama Care is worse than any war. At least American soldiers have weapons with which to defend themselves.”

The new coloring book, which features Cruz in a superhero-like pose on the cover, appears to be even less subtle in its messaging:
According to a statement from the book’s publisher, “[t]he supplement…

Over 600,000 Litres spilled and not one Mainstream media outlet reports it

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[This is in Alberta alone. Mainstream media ARE the 1%. The corporatocracy, Oil and Gas Division, makes a huge mess and the corporatocracy, Media Division, ignores it completely. Democracy goes on vacation. *RON*]
Derrick, West Coast Native News, 12 November 2014
Over the past year WCNN has reported on many Crude oil and Toxic produced water spills all over Alberta, in fact we have reported over 600,000 Litres of toxic crap that has been spilled just last month and yet not one mainstream media outlet has picked up the incidents. So lets take a look back at just the last month (October) and see just what the mainstream is not telling you.

Oct 3, 2014 – Canadian Natural Resources Limited – 11Km East of Delia – 10,000 litres of Crude oil

Oct 5, 2014 – Nexen Energy ULC – 2.5Km SouthWest of Kinosis – 5,800 litres of Toxic water

Oct 5, 2014 – Cenovus Energy Inc – 56Km East of Brooks – 9,800 litres of Toxic water

Oct 5, 2014 – Nexen Energy ULC – 41Km SouthE…

U.S.-China Climate Pact Leaves Prime Minister Harper With Few Excuses Left Not to Act

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[As though Stephen Harper needs an excuse for climate inaction. *RON*]
 Kevin Grandia, DeSmog Blog, 12 November 2014

While on a visit to Bejing, U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday announced with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping a new bilateral agreement on hard reduction targets for climate change pollution in those two countries.

The United States agrees to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent from 2005 levels by the year 2025 and China commits to levelling off its carbon emissions by 2030.

When China or the United States act on any major global political issue, other countries take notice. And when China and the U.S. work in partnership on a major global issue, other countries definitely take notice. Looking at early analysis of what these announced targets represent in terms of the impact on our climate, it is clear they don't go far enough. However, it is a grand gesture by two powerhouse countries and that will ha…

Harper Government's Budget Cuts Killed 37,000 Jobs, Holding Back Recovery: Economists

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[The rush to balance the budget is undermining a return to normal economic conditions. Austerity cuts have happened faster than expected, and will continue for another two years, even though the budget is balanced. That sort of decline in government spending won’t be offset by tax cuts (in fact these will arguably make things worse), which throttles back the economy. And, to see how Harper's pals in the Australian government are handling matters, read Austerity drive wipes out one in 11 federal government jobs in Canberra*RON*]
By Daniel Tencer, The Huffington Post Canada, 13 November 2014

As Finance Minister Joe Oliver this week touts Canada’s imminent return to balanced budgets, and sells the government’s pre-election tax cuts, some economists argue the Conservatives’ agenda of spending cuts and tax cuts are in part to blame for the country’s slow economic recovery.

The “rush to balance the budget” is “undermining” a return to normal eco…

The Sad State Of American Inequality In 12 Charts

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[Speaks for itself. *RON*]
Andy Kiersz, Business Insider, 12 November 2014

Income and wealth inequality continue to be a major political issue in the US and around the world. The World Economic Forum just surveyed its list of Global Agenda Council Members on the biggest issues facing the world, and rising inequality came in at number one.

On a number of measures, inequality in the US has been rising for the last few decades.

We put together a dozen charts and maps that show some of the core issues of inequality.

Income inequality in the US has gone up over the last 40 years:
The Gini index is a standard measure of inequality, ranging from 0 to 1. The index measures how far away the income distribution in a population is from a completely egalitarian distribution. An index of 0 corresponds to a completely equal distribution, in which everyone has the same income, and and index of 1 is a completely unequal distribution, in which one person gets all th…

Net Neutrality Isn't Doom For The Cable Companies

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["...even without prioritizing certain traffic the cable companies aren't exactly hurting for revenue. So cable companies will continue to make as much money as they had before, just maybe not a ton more." *RON*]
Shane Ferro, Business Insider, 12 November 2014

Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he would like the FCC to reclassify internet service providers as “common carriers,” which would make them much more like a utility provider under the eyes of the law.

Currently, they're classified as “information service” providers, which means they are not held to the high standards for providing access of what's known as a common carrier (like a gas or electric company). For more, see The Oatmeal's cartoon explaining the idea.

Here are the main ideas in President Obama's proposal: 1) no blocking as long as the site is legal; 2) no throttling, or intentionally slowing down or speeding up specific content; 3) inc…

Economists: 'The World Will Soon Be Awash With Oil'

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[$70 a barrel. Just about the time when all the major Canadian oil projects are supposed to come to fruition, and British Columbia will ascend to economic heaven on a wave of petrochemicals. *RON*]
Mike Bird, Business Insider, 13 November 2014

That's according to the guys over at Capital Economics — they had been expecting a drop in the oil price, but they didn't think it would fall to $80 per barrel (as it did Wednesday and Thursday) until 2016.

So they're accelerating their forecasts and suggesting the world will "soon be awash with oil," cutting the per-barrel Brent Crude price to just $70 (£44.4) by the end of 2016, four years earlier than they previously anticipated.

Here's the basis of their bullish case:
Less risk from the Middle East. The turmoil and wars around the Arab Spring have kept prices elevated, but the outlook isn't quite as dramatic anymore.Saudi and the other Gulf states aren't particularly unh…

Judge rules Alberta can be sued over fracking allegations, province may appeal

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[Heaven forfend that they should be held responsible for their own mess. There are surprisingly few things that you are allowed to sue the government for. *RON*]
By Staff, Canadian Press / Global News, 12 November 2014

ROSEBUD, Alta. – A judge has ruled an Alberta woman who says her well is so contaminated with methane that the water can be set on fire can sue the province over hydraulic fracturing on her property.

Jessica Ernst filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Alberta Environment and energy company Encana in 2007.

She alleges fracking on her land northeast of Calgary released hazardous amounts of chemicals into her well and that her concerns were not properly investigated.

The government asked the court to strike it from the lawsuit, arguing the province is immune from prosecutions under its environment and water legislation.

Chief Justice Neil Wittmann of Court of Queen’s Bench has dismissed the government’s application, and ordered the…