Showing posts from July 22, 2015

Terrorism 101: Occupy and Student Groups Labeled 'Extremist Threat' by London Police

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[In the corporatocratic police state, the truth about anti-'terrorism' policies is slowly coming to light: our democratic freedoms of thought and speech are going the way of the dodo. The conflation of liberal groups and civil protest with terrorism shows that they threaten "the capitalist establishment which the police are employed to protect". *RON*]

by Lauren McCauleyCommon Dreams, 21July 2015

Once again demonstrating how Western governments and law enforcement are actively working to conflate environmentalists and activists with al Qaeda and other so-called "terrorists," reports this week revealed that London police are including such domestic, liberal groups in a presentation identifying extremist threats.

The slideshow, obtained by the Guardian following a Freedom of Information request and reported on Sunday, is distributed to nursery and primary school staff to prepare them for a potential attack.

Why Liberals Have to Be Radicals

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[Democracy versus plutocracy: in Canada, it's hard to say how long it will take to reverse all the harm Harper has done to our country. "This is one of those moments when there is broad popular frustration, a moment when liberal goals require measures that seem radical by today’s standards. If progressives don’t articulate those frustrations and propose real solutions, right wing populists will propose crackpot ones. Muddle-through and token gestures won’t fool anybody." *RON*]

by Robert Kuttner, Moyers and Company, 22 July 2015

This post first appeared at The American Prospect.
Just about nothing being proposed in mainstream politics is radical enough to fix what ails the economy. Consider everything that is destroying the life chances of ordinary people:
Young adults are staggered by $1.3 trillion in student debt. Yet even those with college degrees are losing ground in terms of incomes.The economy of regular payroll jobs and career…

Five Years Later, the Unfulfilled Promise of Dodd-Frank

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[Dodd-Frank, signed into law five years ago Tuesday, "promised that America would never again be held hostage by banks that are too big to fail, but that promise remains unfulfilled," Public Citizen said in a statement. "Instead, industry-captured regulators and members of Congress hungry for campaign contributions from Wall Street continue to delay and dilute the law." For that matter, see Five Years Later, Dodd-Frank is on the Chopping Block*RON*]
Deirdre FultonCommon Dreams, 21 July 2015

With several key promises of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act still unfulfilled, "Americans cannot be comforted that Wall Street will not wreak havoc again," according to a new report from the watchdog group Public Citizen.

"Five years after President Barack Obama signed this legislation, Dodd-Frank remains largely incomplete," said Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen’s financial policy advoc…

MP Wai Young not unusual in bringing Tory politics into evangelical church

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[In contrast, environmental charities get thrown to the hounds at CRA for tax audits: see Harper team 'hypocrites' on charities and politics, charge critics. For more on the connection between Harper and evangelical Christianity, read The Armageddon Factor and this review: Political science prof. gives The Armageddon Factor an A++. For more on the successful Harper strategy for drawing the immigrant vote away from the Liberal Party, read The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future. *RON*]

Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, 17 July 2015

Vancouver South Conservative MP Wai Young’s contentious political remarks about Jesus and the Air India bombing are not out of the ordinary in some Canadian churches, says a specialist on evangelicals and Chinese Christians.

“They’re remarkably fascinating comments, but they’re not sensational,” said Justin Tse, a post-doctoral student at the Unive…

New study shows that inequality is growing most in the US and UK

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[It seems that, in international news, Donald Trump has become the universal poster boy for income inequality - his face now appears on most recent stories on the topic. See also Robert Reich's article, one of the few to point out the glaringly obvious fact that extreme income inequality in the US is a race problem: It’s ‘impossible’ to overcome income inequality without reversing legacy of racial injustice. *RON*]
By Barbara Tasch, Yahoo! News, 20 July 2015

With income inequality at its worst in the US since the 1920s and President Barack Obama calling widening income inequality the "defining challenge of our time," there has been an expansive push to address the issue.

In a new report, Causes and Consequences of Income Inequality: A Global Perspective, the IMF aims to show why policymakers need to focus more on the poor and the middle class. The report determined that income inequality and income distribution matter for growth a…

Deficit projected for federal government this year

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[This was predictable given Harper's "all eggs in one basket" economic approach (has Harper the economist ever heard of diversification?). The real problem is that you just know that "stay the course" Harper will make things go from bad to worse by insisting on slashing even more until things balance again. How long will it take before Oliver denies this is happening and Harper then acknowledges it, but only by blaming it on somebody else. *RON*]

By Laura Payton, CBC News, 22 July 2015
Related Stories
Ottawa posts $3.9B surplus to start 2015 fiscal year
Joe Oliver says quantitative easing 'not on the table' despite recession fears
Banks cut prime lending rates after Bank of Canada slashes benchmark rate to 0.5%

New projections by the parliamentary budget officer suggest the federal government's budget won't be balanced this year, despite the Conservatives' promise to have no deficit in 2015.

Conservation groups call for salmon protection in the face of extreme conditions

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[Over-heated rivers are killing salmon before they get the chance to spawn. In Alberni Inlet, where this has happened, the Harper government has not only not reduced the harvest, they've increased it! Would they go so far in their support of farmed salmon as to actively harm the wild fishery? *RON*]
Published by Raincoast, 21 July 2015 

Six conservation groups representing the Marine Conservation Caucus (MCC) are calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to act on their own acknowledgement that river conditions for spawning salmon are unprecedented and reduced mixed stock marine fisheries are needed to protect returning salmon. The record low flows and high temperatures expected in many BC rivers are difficult, if not lethal, for migrating salmon.

“DFO has acknowledged the extreme conditions spawning salmon face, but they are failing to act on the necessary protection salmon require,” said the MCC’s Greg Taylor. “While the BC gov…

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

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[This made so little splash when it came out that I missed it. This is the beginning of the end. A lot of this looks like it's due to the precipitous drop in coal production (Christy Clark, are you listening?). *RON*]
by Tom Randall, Bloomberg, 14 April 2015

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.

The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added.

"The electricity system is shifting to clean,'' Michael Liebreich, founder of BNEF, said in his keyno…