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Conservatives Look To Family Benefit Cheques, Infrastructure Spending To Boost Economy

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[Only yesterday with one side of his face Harper said "In the face of a nationwide downturn,... he won't pour billions into stimulus spending and will opt to stay the course on the economy." Today with the other side of his face (Joe Oliver) he says "What people should understand is that some of the measures which the prime minister announced and which I announced in the budget will inject almost $10 billion in cash into the economy this year. The two primary sources of that cash input relate to the family benefits program and infrastructure spending." Plainly, if you don't like what this side of his face says, just listen to the other side! *RON*]
By Bruce Cheadle, CP / Huffington Post, 12 July 2015

OTTAWA - All but overlooked in the past week of troubling economic news was federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver's unexpected nod to government stimulus spending.

The run-up to an October general election is happening ami…

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

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[This is a prototypical totalitarian response on the part of the Chinese government. If the economy is going down the crapper it must be due to civil unrest, therefore the solution is to step up the disappearance of trouble-makers. *RON*]

Reuters / News 24, 12 July 2015

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Beijing - Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say.

Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping's administration has tightened government control over almost every aspect of civil society since 2012.

In recent years, the government has detained dozens of Chinese for dissent and Tibetans and Uighurs have complained of rights abuses, prompting criticism …

Unarmed Black Man On A Horse Allegedly Strangled To Death By White Cop In Mississippi

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[I'm sure such sites already exist but, as I read the news each day, I see that it would easily be possible to fill multiple web sites solely with stories of white American police officers killing black men. And it fills me with such confidence that "The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has stepped in to investigate the incident." *RON*]

By Esther Yu=Hsi Lee, Think Progress, 11 July 2015
One of the last things that Jonathan Sanders, an unarmed black man, reportedly said before he died was, “Let me go. I can’t breathe.” On Wednesday night, a white police officer in the small town of Stonewall, Mississippi allegedly strangled Sanders, a 39-year-old black horseman, with a flashlight before killing him in view of his family members.

Officer Kevin Herrington pulled Sanders off a horse and choked him with a flashlight, Sander’s attorney, Stewart Parrish, initially told an ABC affiliate. Parrish later clarified that those allegations cam…

Pope rails against unbridled capitalism, 'idolatry of money'

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[Notice how the mainstream media now employ editorialized terms like "rails against" as opposed to more neutral (i.e., more journalistic) phrases like "speaks out against" to describe his position on capitalism. *RON*]
By Philip Pullella and Daniela Desantis, Reuters, 11 July 2015

Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Saturday to seek a new economic model to help the poor, and to shun policies that "sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit."

It was the second time during his trip to South America that Francis, the first pope from the region, used a major speech to excoriate unbridled capitalism and champion the rights of the poor.

In Bolivia last Thursday, he urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labor, lodging and land.

"Putting …

Donald Trump Defiantly Rallies a New ‘Silent Majority’ in a Visit to Arizona

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["Silent majority" = those who would normally be ashamed to say what they believe in public with the same racist-populist coprolaliac glee as Trump. See also 'I'm, like, a really smart person': Donald Trump exults in outsider status and, for good measure, 21 Questions For Donald Trump*RON*]

By Nichoslas Fandos, New York Times, 11 July 2015

PHOENIX — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who has taken center stage in the race for the Republican presidential nomination this week, delivered a rambling monologue on Saturday, dismissing a long list of critics — including Jeb Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Macy’s — while rallying what he termed a new silent majority of voters.

Mr. Trump had less to say about immigration, the topic on which his comments have garnered so much attention, than about those who have criticized him. For more than an hour, he ticked through a list of businesses and candidate…

Harper support buckles in B.C.

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[His traditional attitude of "Let them eat cake" may not be working in the West. "Even in areas where the Conservatives are doing well, there’s this concern about the environment." — Mario Canseco, Insights West. *RON*]

Vancouver Observer, 11 July 2015

Results of polling in four key British Columbia ridings suggest support for the governing federal Conservatives may be buckling in the province as widespread unease with oil tankers takes hold, according to an Insights West poll published Friday.

The NDP surge seen in national polls is borne out by significant voter support for Tom Mulcair as prime minister, even in traditionally Conservative ridings where a full-throttle three-way race is complicated by strong support for the Green Party.

According to the poll commissioned by the citizens’ group Dogwood Initiative, Conservative candidates now trail their rivals in all four selected ridings, although the races are tight on the …

Busting the Myth of Russian Aid to Greece

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["Kremlin officials back away from any idea of aid package for Athens." I agree with what is said here. In my opinion, Tsipras' kissing up to Putin is merely a bargaining posture: one that isn't meant seriously, one that isn't taken seriously, and not even a good move for Greece. The cautionary tale of Cyprus speaks for itself. *RON*]

By Paul Sonne and Matina Stevis, Wall Street Journal, 12 July 2015

As Greece grapples with its European creditors over a third bailout in dramatic negotiations, one myth is being busted for good: That the beleaguered southern European country can count on Russia for help.

Religious affinity through the Orthodox Church, and recent high-profile visits by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow and St. Petersburg, have cultivated among many Greeks, from voters to some in government, the dream that their Russian brothers will come to the rescue should relations with Europe fall apart…

Harper rejects stimulus to deal with Canada's 'downturn'

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[The political equivalent of 'privatized profits, socialized losses' is upturn=my financial prowess, downturn=somebody else's fault. *RON*]

Richard Madan, CTV National News, 11 July 2015
In the face of a nationwide "downturn," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he won't pour billions into stimulus spending and will opt to stay the course on the economy.

The country has been mired in an economic slump, which caused four major banks to declare earlier this week that Canada is in a recession. A Statistics Canada report also showed that the economy shed 6,400 jobs in June.

However during an announcement in Pickering. Ont., on Saturday, Harper refuted the label of recession and blamed the decline on recent turmoil in the global economy and a drop in oil prices.