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46 examples of Muslim outrage about Paris shooting that Fox News can’t seem to find

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[Apparently many people missed these stories entirely. Also, I don't know why, but it is impossible to reproduce Twitter feeds in Blogger. Grrr. Click on the above link to see the entire story in detail. See also Muslims Around The World Condemn Charlie Hebdo AttackIslamic Leaders Condemn Paris Attack, Some Warn on BacklashMuslim leaders worldwide condemn 'cowardly' attack on Charlie HebdoMuslim Leaders Speak Out Against Paris Attack. *RON*]
Katie Halper, Raw Story, 8 January 2015

Every time an extremist who is Muslim commits an act of terrorism, people ask where the moderate Muslim voices condemning violence are. (Interestingly, as a Jew, I don’t usually get asked to condemn extremism when it is perpetuated by Jewish fundamentalists like Baruch Goldstein, who shot 29 praying Muslims do death, and injured 125, at the Cave of the Patriarchs, or Yigal Amir, who killed Israeli Prime MinisterYitzhak Rabin.) And the same thing is hap…

This map shows every attack on French Muslims since Charlie Hebdo

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[Aspects of this story that I have been taking for granted have definitely gone unreported in the press and unnoticed by even some of my closest friends, so here are a couple more stories on Charlie Hebdo. *RON*]

By Max Fisher, Vox, 10 January 2015

Since the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the country's Muslim community, despite universally and repeatedly condemning the attack, has come under a wave of misguided "reprisal" attacks.

The attacks are being mapped by a respected British anti-Islamophobia group, Tell MAMA UK (MAMA stands for measuring anti-Muslim attacks). This map details the incidents since they began, mere hours after the Charlie Hebdo attack:
According to reports by AFP and others, the attacks have included:
Three training grenades thrown at a mosque in Le Man; a bullet hole was also found in one of the mosque windowsA bomb blast at a restaurant adjacent to and associated with a mosque in V…

Paris towards militarization, Europe to follow

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[Leaning into totalitarianism. From the blog site Failed Evolution. The important point is, that by casting this as a failure in security (requiring beefed up security to fix), this has become a military enforcement problem, not a political democratic problem. *RON*]

Failed Evolution, 13 January, 2015

The process already started

Another attack at the heart of Europe, another opportunity for the implementation of the new conditions. We are watching the radical transformation of the security orientation in Europe and the West. Years of wars and destruction in the Middle East caused by the military-industrial-security-financial complex, managed to bring "asymmetric wars" inside the US and the European soil.

From PressTV:
“France’s defense minister has announced that more than 10,000 troops will be stationed across the country to ensure security after the recent terrorist attacks in the country’s capital city of Paris. [...] France’s such use …

Even Republican Voters Support Regulating Carbon Pollution

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[Corporatocracy. A nice illustration of the fact that this has nothing to do with voters, and hence, nothing to do with democracy. *RON*]

—By Tim McDonnell, Mother Jones, 12 January 2015

If you look at the new Congress, conservative sentiment seems overwhelmingly united against climate action—72 percent of the Senate's Republican caucus reject the science on climate change. But among the voting population, the numbers are slightly more optimistic, according to Yale University polling data released today.

The data combines the results from six different polls conducted over the past three years, and it shows deep divisions within the Republican Party over belief in climate change and support for climate policies. Most interestingly, a majority of Republican voters support the government taking steps to curb carbon dioxide pollution. That's the very policy that GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Speaker J…

Ex-Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on muzzled scientists, secrecy and "broken" government

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[Excellent interview by OperationMaple with Kevin Page on the Harper government's persistent attempts to replace evidence (refutable, accountable) with ideology (irrefutable, unaccountable). *RON*]
Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, 13 January 2015

"There's no accountability. It's completely, completely broken," said former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who was hailed as a "national hero" for insisting that federal government be accountable for its spending.

Before he stepped down in 2013, Page exposed the federal government's overspending of billions of dollars on F-35 jets, the war in Afghanistan, and challenged Harper's claim that government couldn't afford to maintain Old Age Security for 65-year-olds. He took the federal government to court for refusing to provide details on its austerity budget, which earned him the wrath of the Prime Minister's Office.

Page spoke out about the lack o…

6 things you don't understand about feminism that you should probably learn before writing about feminism

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[A great, typical Meghan Murphy rant! :-) *RON*]
By Meghan Murphy, rabble.ca, 13 January 2015


I'm pre-apologizing for wasting everyone's time but I had to suffer through reading Bustle's moronic "6 Things That Don't Make You a Bad Feminist (No Matter What Anyone Says)" and am taking you all down with me.

Why oh why do so many American liberal media platforms insist on publishing articles about feminism by people who are totally clueless about feminism? There are so, so many feminists who know what feminism is, it seems unnecessary. There are also hundreds of books and resources that you could simply, you know, read if you were interested in writing about feminism with any accuracy whatsoever. But why bother learning about what you are writing about when you can just make it up as you go along! Especially when you know your fellow American liberals are eager to take in any and all ideas that support their lazy disinterest i…

Three ways to end poverty in Canada

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[A great start: Improve the educational system (especially for Aboriginals), implement a minimum income scheme while eliminating welfare, and reintroduce fair and progressive taxes. Something about promoting job creation and supporting unions would have been good, too. *RON*]

By: Art Eggleton, Toronto Star, 5 January 2015

“Time to end poverty in Canada” was the message from the Salvation Army coming across our TV screens this holiday season. A great idea from an organization that fights poverty every day in our country — but is it realistic?

Yes, it is.

Poverty doesn’t just cost the poor their dignity and a reasonable standard of living, it costs us all. A study guided by noted economists for the Ontario Association of Food Banks found that poverty costs the government about $30 billion a year, much of which is health care expenditures because being poor frequently means poor health.

Consider also the homeless. Numerous studies have found that it c…

2015: Year of reckoning for Canada’s fossil fuel economy

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[Damien Gillis is one of our top five local journalists, no doubt about it. *RON*]

Posted by Damien Gillis, Common Sense Canadian, 5 January 2015


On Monday, as Canadians got back to work following the holidays, the price for crude oil dipped below $50/barrel for the first time since 2009, offering a glimpse of the profound changes in store for the country in 2015. With some $60 Billion in oil/tar sands projects now in peril – harkening back to “dark days” of decades past – this federal election year promises to put the fossil fuel-dominant economic vision of Canada’s political leaders to the test.
Good news, bad news
If 2014 was the year of the pipeline protest, 2015 may advance the cause of environmentalists and First Nations even further, without a single placard being waved or arrest made. In a country where the economy increasingly drives political policy and media commentary, something as simple as the halving of oil prices will likely do more…

Five ways the government has put medicare on life support

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[Via my friend Mary Doug. Something to think about prior to the federal elections. *RON*]
By PressProgress, 12 January 2015
Months away from a federal election, no one's really talking about the elephant in the emergency room: medicare.

The diagnosis isn't good.

The Toronto Star's Linda McQuaig has weighed in, arguing that the Conservative government has quietly eroded our health care system, stacking the deck for failure and increased privatization. She argues that “two-tier medicine is a virtual certainty if the Conservatives are re-elected.”

Pundit Susan Delancourt recently argued that health care is a "sleeper issue," just waiting to wake up and grab the attention of voters -- and politicians.

Government critics believe that medicare as Canadians know it will face serious hurdles in the years ahead -- the direct result of a combination of government policy and funding cuts.

For a quick refresher, we've outlined five major…