Showing posts from July 26, 2015

Why don’t natives get jobs just like everyone else in Canada?

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[No comment required. *RON*]
West Coast Native News, 26 July 2015

Idle No More: Dear Cindy

Via — Elyse Bruce

Two weeks ago, this message was sent to my blog by Cindy. Her comments were riddled with a number of incorrect comments and negative stereotypes that I felt needed to be addressed in a calm and rational way. Here’s an unedited screenshot of what Cindy wrote:

Rather than put it through on the messages, I thought I’d address the inaccurate claims made by Cindy in a blog article.

Oil groups have shelved $200bn in new projects as low prices bite

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[Hey Mister Harper, Hey Ms. Clark, are you paying attention? *RON*]

Christopher Adams, Financial Times, 26 July 2015

The world’s big energy groups have shelved $200bn of spending on new projects in an urgent round of cost-cutting aimed at protecting investors’ dividends as the oil price slumps for a second time this year.

The sell-off in oil has been matched by a broader slump in copper, gold and other raw materials, pushing the Bloomberg commodities index to a six-year low over concerns of weaker Chinese growth and rising supplies across the board.

The plunge in crude prices since last summer has resulted in the deferral of 46 big oil and gas projects with 20bn barrels of oil equivalent in reserves — more than Mexico’s entire proven holdings — according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

Among companies postponing big production plans while they wait for costs to come down are UK-listed BP, Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, US-based Chevron, Norway’s Stat…

America's Top Killing Machine

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["There are about 320 [million] people in the United States, and nearly as many civilian firearms." An older but a good piece I ran across for the first time today while reading another Atlantic article. Gun deaths are poised to surpass automobile deaths in the United States this year. It would be interesting to compile a list of how many countries there are where in the world this is true. *RON*]

Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic, 12 January 2015

For the better part of a century, the machine most likely to kill an American has been the automobile.

Car crashes killed 33,561 people in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Firearms killed 32,251 people in the United States in 2011, the most recent yearfor which the Centers for Disease Control has data.

But this year gun deaths are expected to surpass car deaths. That's according to a Center for American P…

There's No Stopping the Trump Show

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[The 20 percent of the party that loves Trump may be dumb or racist or angry or wrong, but the Republican Party cannot live without them. "The GOP is damned if Trump stays and damned if he goes, and no one knows how the show will end.... If he does not feel the GOP is treating him fairly, he is considering running as an independent instead. In that case, polls indicate he would take a chunk of votes from the Republican candidate, and Hillary Clinton would win by a large margin." See: Trump tops CNN poll of 2016 Republicans, says he leads 'movement'. *RON*]

Molly Ball, The Atlantic, 24 July 2015 LAREDO, Texas—You want the Trump show to be over. But it’s not over.

You want to ignore Donald Trump. You think maybe if you ignore him long enough, he will go away. Well, guess what? He’s not going away.

Trump is in Laredo, Texas, on Thursday, not because he wants to be, but because he is needed. “The border patrol—they’re the ones that …

How Right-Wing Groups Hope to Chip Away at Rules Allowing Us to Know Who Funds Campaign Ads

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[Stories about the burgeoning Dollarocracy abound, as they should - this is an incredibly pernicious influence on American, and indeed global, politics. Yet when you look at the track record of the entire American political enterprise, and of key Democratic players such as Obama and Clinton, it must be asked - how hard is the so-called progressive party working to stop America from becoming the best democracy that money can buy? *RON*]

By Candice Bernd, Truthout, 26 July 2015

It's bad enough that the infamous 2010 Citizens United ruling paved the way for dark money groups to mete out millions from corporate donors into federal elections, but now - even though the Supreme Court upheld disclosure mandates for sponsors of political advertisements in that same ruling - disclosure rules for political ads are under attack.
Emboldened by a series of Supreme Court cases granting First Amendment rights to corporations, corporate speech advocacy group…

What does Turkey’s new military action against ISIS mean?

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[Turkey has been, and continues to be, in a confused and ambivalent place in terms of their foreign policy. Turkey still claims to be an American ally, but is leaning rather sharply back toward Muslim fundamentalism and has refused to step into the fray in Syria until this week. The Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has fully cooperated with America in fighting ISIS in Syria, is considered to be a terrorist separatist organization by Turkey, which treats its members accordingly. *RON*]
Ayla Jean Yackley, Reuters PBS News Hour, 25 July 2015

For the first time, Turkey is joining United States-led airstrikes in Syria, targeting Islamic State extremists. The U.S. and NATO have pressured Turkey for months to join the military coalition against ISIS, and the country's prime minister says both military operations in Syria and Iraq will continue. 
Reuters reporter Ayla Jean Yackley joins Hari Sreenivasan from Istanbul to discuss Turkey's new m…

How the Nordic far-right has stolen the left’s ground on welfare

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[The last bastions of of social democracy and economics that work for the middle class are are being pushed out by anti-immigration politicians wearing swastika armbands. Far-right political parties are making huge gains across Nordic countries as new champions of a working class alienated by the cosmopolitan left. *RON*]
Julian Coman, The Guardian, 26 July 2015
“The basis of the home is commonality and mutuality. A good home is not aware of any privileged or slighted, no darlings and no stepchildren. You see no one despise the other, no one who tries to gain advantage of others… In the good home you find compassion, cooperation, helpfulness.” Per Albin Hansson, Swedish prime minister, 1932-1946 Every July, thousands of politicians, lobbyists and journalists desert Stockholm in a seasonal exodus of the well-connected. Their destination is Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, for a festival of politics that showcases the consensual virtues associated…

Hillary Clinton aides' Wall Street links raise economic policy doubts

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[Clinton is positively surrounded by banksters and corporatocrats. Tom Nides and Robert Hormats, once of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, are veterans of the revolving door between Washington and the financial sector. See also: Clinton Challenged to Break Up—and Break Up With—Wall Street Banks, and Wall Street is picking its candidates in the 2016 presidential race — and 2 are already standing out, and Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash for Hillary Clinton. *RON*]

Ben Jacobs, The Guardian, 26 July 2015 The Wall Street ties of two top aides of Hillary Clinton at the State Department are raising concerns among progressives about the composition of a future Clinton White House

The former aides, Tom Nides and Robert Hormats, have shuttled between government and Wall Street for years. Nides, who is frequently described as a Clinton confidant, is a longtime Morgan Stanley executive who served as deputy secretary of state for management and reso…