Showing posts from August 7, 2015

German TV presenter sparks debate and hatred with her support for refugees

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[White Germans über alles? Anja Reschke, on "racist little nobodies," uses regular slot on evening news to lambast hate-filled commentators whose language she says incites arson attacks on refugee homes. Click here for the German-only video. *RON*]

Kate Connolly, The Guardian, 7 August 2015

A television presenter in Germany has triggered a huge online debate after calling for a public stand against the growth of racist attacks on refugees.
Anja Reschke used a commentary slot on Tagesthemen, the nationwide news bulletin of German public broadcaster ARD,to lambast hate-filled commentators whose language she said had helped incite arson attacks on refugee homes.

She said she was shocked at how socially acceptable it had become to publish racist rants under real names.

The Conservatives won't deliver pharmacare. Is there a party that will?

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[Good point. Why are the opposition parties ignoring this so completely? "91 per cent of Canadians support a national pharmacare program. Forum Research conducted a poll in June asking voters which issues would actually persuade them to alter their voting intentions. Tied for first place with increasing Canada Pension Plan benefits and reducing the eligibility age for Old Age Security back to 65 from 67, was the establishment of a national pharmacare plan, 'with 42% of voters very likely to alter their voting intention for a party that promised to create such a plan.'" *RON*]

By Murray Dobbin,, 7 August 2015

One way of looking at the current election is to see it as a massive civic literacy test, not just for those who actually intend to vote but for those who mistake cynicism for sophistication and stay glued to their iPads instead. As David Akin of the Toronto Sun once sai…

Harper to economy: 'You're a liar!'

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[Funny - and bang-on! *RON*]
By James Bunting,, 7 August 2015

This piece originally appeared on The Beaverton and is reprinted with permission.

TORONTO -- Canada's system of production and consumption of goods and services was put on the defensive at the Maclean's National Leaders Debate when Prime Minister Stephen Harper accused it of misleading Canadians.

"The economy keeps changing its mind," Harper said confronting his invisible opponent. "First, the economy said that the price of oil was $100 a barrel in 2014 and now it's suddenly $45 a barrel. Then, when GDP is expected to grow, it shrinks. The economy should stop playing politics with the Canadian people and admit that it is hiding the truth that everything is fine."

"The economy's blatantly untrue facts are clearly designed to undermine Canadian faith in the economy, which thanks to the Conservati…

Election debate: How did each leader perform?

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[I could only stand to watch one hour of the leaders' debate; I'll watch the rest today. I'd say Mulcair was strongest overall in the first half. Trudeau was okay, but criticizes more often than he offers strong alternatives, and tends to slip into content-free talking points. Harper is one big string of easily falsified talking points, and constantly cherry-picks his data. May was well informed and straight-talking, but doesn't stand a snowball's chance. All of them except May made me queasy on energy policy. And I wonder: why not even one question about Quebec? Or the military and foreign policy? Or the Senate, except incidentally and almost by accident? *RON*]
Josh Elliott,, 7 August 2015
Thursday night’s election debate was lively and largely on-script, with each of the party leaders stealing the spotlight at one point or another, and no clear winner emerging from their first election showdown.

Conservative Leade…

South Texas Pipline Explosion Injures 2

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[Kinder Morgan - "world class," "state of the art" - screws up again, injuring two people. Don't let them get away with it here in BC. World class, my ass. RON*]

AP, ABC 13 Eyewitness News (Texas), 4 August 2015
FALFURRIAS, TX --Authorities say the explosion of a natural gas pipeline near the small South Texas town of Falfurrias injured two people and prompted the evacuation about 150 homes.

An official with the Brooks County sheriff's office said the explosion occurred Monday night near Falfurrias, a town of about 5,000 located about 80 miles southwest of Corpus Christi. The families were allowed to return home about five hours after the explosion.

Chief Deputy Urbino "Benny" Martinez tells Harlingen television station KGBT a husband and wife were injured. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Kinder Morgan said in a statement Tuesday that they're investigating the incident on its pipeline. The compan…

Site C Dam ‘Devastating’ for British Columbians, Says Former CEO of BC Hydro

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[This issue was stated plainly and loudly at the outset of proposals for Site C. In a nutshell, this energy is not needed by the public, it will be sucked up for mines and fracking, but the public is paying for it. The BC Liberals kiboshed the BC Utilities Commission just so it could not point these obvious effects out to the public. Like all realities that are inconvenient to corporatocrats it was drowned as a pup. It now seems to be making a come-back but the mainstream media is still ignoring this story like crazy. *RON*]

By Emma Gilchrist • Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 09:27

In an exclusive interview with DeSmog Canada, former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says ratepayers will face a “devastating” increase in their electricity bills if the Site C dam is built and emphasizes there is no rush to build new sources of power generation in B.C.

“With Site C, BC Hydro ratepayers will be facing a devastating increase of anywhere between 30 and 40 per cent o…

Cry me a tailings pond, Canada

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[No one believes a word Harper says about the environment. Canada used to follow the US targets, but when the US started to make progress, Harper quit this. Then they said, "Let's just follow the US in oil and gas emission," ignoring coal, which they know to be the worst source of our emissions. This is game-playing so you can lyingly say "we're working on it!" Now they clearly have one less excuse for action. If the past is any predictor of the future, Harper will find a new excuse, prefaced with "Look!" and "Let me be clear..." and "We have always said..." *RON*]

By Charles Mandel, National Observer, 4 August 2015
The United States has its Clean Power Plan. Canada has the tar sands.

That sums up the difference between the two countries when it comes to dealing with climate change.

The Clean Power Plan that U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled on Monday puts the Americans on track to reduci…