Showing posts from March 14, 2015

Rudy Giuliani blames Obama for shooting of police officers in Ferguson

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[Rudy Guiliani should not even be allowed to speak in public. See also Rudy Giuliani, The Crazy Uncle Face Of The New Republican Party, 5 Absurd, Deeply Racist Things Rudy Giuliani Said This WeekRudy Giuliani, once revered, now ridiculous. Actually there's no end to what you could link to. *RON*]

Nicky Woolf, The Guardian, 12 March 2015

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Thursday morning that Barack Obama should be more like embattled comedian Bill Cosby, and blamed the president for the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson on Wednesday.

In a wide-ranging interview with AM970 radio’s John Gambling – which included the revelation that for a while Giuliani’s best friend was “a dog named Goalie” – the former mayor said that blame for Wednesday’s attack “starts at the top”.

“It’s the tone that’s set by the president,” Giuliani said, adding that it was “the obligation of the president of the United States to explain to the Americ…

California only has about year of water left

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[BC imports more than half of its food, and 60 per cent of that is from the United States, mainly California. Gosh, it's a good thing we're not about flood a gazillion acres of Class A farm land for an unnecessary hydroelectric dam project.... Oh, wait a minute. *RON*] 
Shane Ferro, Business Insider, 13 March 2015

There was an op-ed published Friday in the Los Angeles Times about the complete calamity that is California's water supply.

The state is in its fourth year of drought conditions. California's official drought site notes that this January was "considered the driest January since meteorological records have been kept." Reservoir levels remain way below average.

Resevoir levels are so low that the LA Times op-ed says this:

Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a …

"Without getting into history..." :-)

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[Re: Venezuela. Completely ludicrous.

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki: “As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by nonconstitutional means….”

AP journalist Matt Lee: “Sorry. The U.S. has—whoa, whoa, whoa—the U.S. has a long-standing practice of not promoting—what did you say?…”

Psaki: “Well, my point here, Matt, without getting into history—”


Wolf Richter: The US Oil Bust Just Got Worse

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[Because they have no understanding of simple supply and demand, we are now waiting for the US oil industry to go 'ka-blooey.' Despite the fact that oil and gas rigs have been closing left and right, production has been steadily rising, even beyond demand. The excess product is simply being stored. Eventually this will knock the bottom out of prices even further and... ka-blooey. *RON*]
By Wolf Richter, posted on Naked Capitalism on 14 March 2015 by Yves Smith

Yves here. Wolf was early to point out the disconnect between declining rig counts, which the mainstream media has touted as proof that the oil glut was about to end, and rising production. That pattern has not abated.

By Wolf Richter, a San Francisco based executive, entrepreneur, start up specialist, and author, with extensive international work experience. Originally published at Wolf Street.

The price of oil did today what it has been doing for a while: it waits for a trigger and …

Tory Claim Niqab Ban Needed To Prove Citizenship Applicant's ID Is 'Full Of Baloney'

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[Canadian realpolitik: "playing to the base" at election time in order to distract attention from the real political, economic and social issues. It also promotes fear and hatred and helps to destroy the kind of Canada we worked hard to be proud of. *RON*]
By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 13 March 2015

OTTAWA - "I think for the citizenship ceremony, someone needs to identify themselves. We need to know who they are." — Conservative MP Costas Menegakis, parliamentary secretary to the minister of citizenship and immigration.

Debate has been raging on Parliament Hill over the niqab worn by some Muslim women ever since Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared last month that it's "offensive" to cover one's face while taking the oath of Canadian citizenship.

Since Jason Kenney, then immigration minister, first issued a policy directive on the subject in December 2011, the government has variou…

RCMP investigate SFU prof for tank farm pics

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[A tinpot dictatorship? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck... Surveillance by the police state is but an armed wing of the corporatocracy. *RON*]

Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now, 12 March 2015

An SFU professor is wondering why police are investigating him for taking pictures near the Burnaby Mountain tank farm.

According to Tim Takaro, a New Westminster resident and health sciences professor at SFU, was having lunch with his family yesterday, when his daughter's cell phone rang, and the man on the other end was looking for Takaro.

"He identifies himself as the Burnaby RCMP and he asked me if I was involved in any incidents," he said. "I didn't know anything he was talking about."

The office told Takaro there would be no criminal charges, but Takaro had no idea he was under investigation in the first place.