Showing posts from October 31, 2015

Rachel Notley Sympathetic, But Can't Offer Relief To Energy Industry

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[The oil and gas industry fishing around for welfare. *RON*]
By Bill Graveland, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 30 October 2015
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she sympathizes with the plight of energy companies and their employees due to low oil prices, but her government isn't in a position to offer any short-term lifelines.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has estimated 36,000 jobs in the oil and gas sectors have been shed so far this year.

"We know of course that where these jobs disappear that it's very hard for families. It's very hard for communities. It's very hard ... for the people who have lost their jobs," Notley said in Calgary on Friday.

"Quite frankly the energy industry is addressing and succumbing to pressures that are international in scale.

The Okinawa missiles of October

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[Via my friend Harry. Similar horrifying stories abound, even though it takes more than fifty years before the armed forces will allow some information about some of them to be made public. It's amazing that we're all still here. *RON*]

Aaron Tovish, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 25 October 2015

Since 2003, Aaron Tovish has been the Director of the 2020 Vision Campaign of Mayors for Peace, a network of more than 6,800 cities worldwide. From 1984 to 1996, he worked as the Peace and...More

John Bordne, a resident of Blakeslee, Penn., had to keep a personal history to himself for more than five decades. Only recently has the US Air Force given him permission to tell the tale, which, if borne out as true, would constitute a terrifying addition to the lengthy and already frightening list of mistakes and malfunctions that have nearly plunged the world into nuclear war.
The story begins just after midnight, in the wee hours of October 28, 196…

Austerity comes to B.C.'s health care system

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[The problem is not that the healthcare system cannot function with less money; it can. A great deal is known about how to make healthcare more economically sustainable. The problem is when the government simply cuts the budget without trying to change how the system operates. The real block to change is physicians, who are: a) wealthy and powerful lobbyists, b) the most expensive component of the system, c) what needs to be changed (they provide too little, too late, for too much money) and d) politically conservative. *RON*]
By Marc Lee,, 30 October 2015

For many years, B.C.'s health care system escaped the austerity imposed on other parts of the public sector. No longer. While total dollars allocated to health care are still increasing somewhat, those increases are not sufficient to keep up with cost drivers in the system, leading to a real reduction in health care services. This needs to be rectified in February's budget.