Showing posts from July 31, 2015

“Ted Cruz gives me the willies”: Camille Paglia analyzes the GOP field — and takes on Hillary Clinton

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[Excellent interview. Paglia dismisses Rubio, Jeb and Rand in part three of this Salon interview, but warns Dems not to overlook Scott Walker. On Hillary: "Oh, I don’t see Hillary as even getting as far as the debates!... I don’t think Hillary wants to be defeated, so what I’ve been predicting all along is that there will be a 'health crisis,' and she will withdraw.... Hillary has accomplished nothing substantial in her life. She’s been pushed along, coasting on her husband’s coattails, and every job she’s been given fizzled out into time-serving or overt disaster." *RON*]

David Daley, Salon, 30 July 2015

In the first two parts of Salon’s conversation with Camille Paglia, we covered Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton, the return of the ’90s sensibility, and then the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

Today Paglia trains her devastating insight and wit on the rest of the GOP field — look out Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. She …

Officers at Sam DuBose scene involved in death of another unarmed black man

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[Black injustice tipping point. Five years before University of Cincinnati officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd corroborated the seemingly false account of an officer now charged with murder, they helped as Kelly Brinson was shocked and shackled. See also: 5 Black Women Have Been Found Dead in Jail in the Last Month. *RON*]

Ryan Felton and Oliver Laughland, The Guardian, 31 July 2015
Two police officers who corroborated a seemingly false account of the fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati were previously implicated in the death of an unarmed, hospitalised and mentally ill black man who died after he was “rushed” by a group of seven University of Cincinnati police officers.

Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mental health patient at Cincinnati’s University hospital, suffered a psychotic episode on 20 January 2010 and was placed inside a seclusion room at the hospital by UC officers. He was then shocked with a Taser three times by an officer an…

New vaccine could be the 'beginning of the end' for Ebola

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[Excellent news! *RON*]

AFP, Business Insider, 31 July 2015

Paris (AFP) — An Ebola vaccine provided 100% protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said Friday, mooting "the beginning of the end" of the killer West African outbreak.

The world is "on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine," the World Health Organization (WHO) said, hailing the results from the first efficacy test of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine among people living in a high-danger zone.

"This is an extremely promising development," added WHO chief Margaret Chan.

"An effective vaccine will be another very important tool for both current and future Ebola outbreaks."

US wage growth at slowest pace since 1982

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[This may put the kibosh on Yellen's plans to raise US interest rates, but witness the weasel words: "Instead of raising rates only when it had seen 'further improvement' in jobs, the central bank said on Wednesday it would do so when it had seen 'some further improvement'." (emphasis added) Also, for those who still deny there is an issue concerning the gap between productivity increases and workers' wages, just check out the graph below. *RON*]

Kadhim Shubber and Eric Platt, Financial Times, 31 July 2015

Expectations of a Federal Reserve rate rise in September took a knock on Friday when data showed quarterly US wage growth at its lowest level for more than three decades.

Wages and salaries for US workers rose by the smallest amount for a quarter since 1982, potentially clouding hopes of policymakers that the recovery is set to shift into a higher gear.

The numbers from the Department of Labor, which showed a 0.2…

Donald Trump: 'I think I'd get along very well with Vladimir Putin' – video

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[See also Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin ordered spy's London murder, UK inquiry told.At his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland for the first day of the Women's Open, Donald Trump delivered comments on the United States' relations around the world. A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released shows nearly a quarter of Republicans surveyed said he would be their choice as the party's presidential nominee in 2016. *RON*]

Canadians Need to Know the Truth About the TPP

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["...three-quarters of Canadians hadn't even heard of the TPP.... There's a good reason for that: the TPP has been negotiated completely in secret." Talk to your friends, and their friends, and their friends! See also: TPP Trade Deal Proposal Would See CBC, Canada Post Exist Solely For Profit and (in case you still believe it has stalled out), Trade Negotiators Reach Environmental Accord. *RON*]
Maude Barlow and Sunjanta Dey, Huffington Post, 30 July 2015

This week, ministers from 12 countries representing 40 per cent of the world's economy will meet to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest trade agreements ever. As talks are rushed to conclusion, Canada is still fighting to have its supply management system excluded from the deal.

We wish the government well in its quest to protect supply management, but we wish it would go to bat for other core Canadian values and industries.

Unlike our European and eve…

‘The quarter is looking ugly': What economists are saying about Canada’s shrinking economy

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[Can you already hear Joe Oliver's denials and Stephen ("I'm an economist, you know") Harper saying "It's not my fault!"? See also: Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone: As PM, Stephen Harper's economic performance is a bust!. *RON*]

Financial Post Staff, Financial Post, 31 July 2015

The Canadian economy shrank for the fifth consecutive month in May, by 0.2 per cent from April, strengthening the probability that the country was in recession in the first half of the year, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday.

Economists had said that even if there had been no change in gross domestic product for May, which is what they had forecast, it would have required extraordinarily strong growth in June to avoid a second quarterly fall in GDP.

Here’s what they are saying after the surprise decline:

Douglas Porter, chief economist BMO
“Bottom Line: Yet another downside surprise for the Canadian economy, which al…

Alaskans to Commemorate Anniversary of Mount Polley Mine Disaster as Similar Accidents Predicted to Increase

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["...half of the serious tailings dam failures in the last 70 years occurred between 1990 and 2009.... Alaskan groups and local politicians are now pushing for the matter to be referred to the International Joint Commission for a ruling under the Boundary Waters Treaty.... There have been no fines, no criminal charges, no approved long-term water treatment and management plan and the company still gets permitted to operate. It’s a disgrace." See also: B.C. Approves Partial Reopening of Mount Polley Mine Despite Major Unanswered Questions About Tailings Spill. *RON*]

By Judith Lavoie, DeSmog Blog, 30 July 2015

One year after 24 million cubic metres of mine sludge and water swept into rivers and lakes below Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley mine in B.C., Southeast Alaskans will gather to commemorate the tailings pond breach and bless the Stikine River.

Those at the Aug. 2 gathering in Wr…