Showing posts from November 17, 2015

How Bernie Sanders has already won

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[Bernie never stood a snowball's chance of either being nominated or elected. But his simple presence has forced the crypto-conservative Hillary to swing to actually progressive policies on topics like inequality, the need to lift the middle class, and championing gun safety. *RON*]

By David Axelrod, CNN, 14 November 2015

(CNN) Bernie Sanders has won.

Not the nomination, of course. That is almost certainly not going to happen. Barring an unforeseen development, Hillary Clinton's grasp on the party's nomination is strong and getting stronger.

Her triumphant October — a strong performance in the highly watched first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, a tour de force before the hapless House Benghazi panel, and Vice President Joe Biden's decision not to run -- have quieted Democratic bed-wetters and put Clinton firmly in the driver's seat.

She leads nationally by a wide margin, and folks in Iowa, home of the first-in-the-nation con…

Seven Charts Reveal October Global Temperatures Were Off-The-Charts

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[The real end of the world, any way you look at it... *RON*]

By Joe Romm, Think Progress, 17 November 2015
How hot was October globally? It was not merely the hottest October — by far — in the 135-year temperature record of NASA (see chart above). Or the hottest October — by far — in the 125-year temperature record of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA):

The Project's Waleed Aly hits out at Isis over Paris attacks in viral video

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[A powerful video of Waleed Aly outlining strategies to stop Isis after the Paris attacks has drawn more than 13 million views on Facebook. Aly, one of the hosts on Australian Channel 10’s The Project, has become renowned for his editorials at the end of the show. On Monday’s program he focused on the aftermath of the attacks in France that left 129 people dead. Aly says Isis is weaker than it seems but politicians who preach hate and division are only helping 'these bastards' prosper. See also Nicolas Hénin's I was held hostage by Isis. They fear our unity more than our airstrikes. *RON*]

Trudeau to take fighter jets out of anti-ISIL coalition, but will boost troops training Iraqi forces

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[This is absurd. Psychological research shows that people say they will throw a switch to move a train to a new track that will result in killing one person to save three lives. But they will refuse to push a man on to the track in front of the track to save three lives. This is the same thing. Rather than staying focused on humanitarian support, Trudeau is saying it is somehow better to train people to kill people rather than to kill them ourselves. *RON*]

Mike Blanchfield, Canadian Press / National Post, 17 November 2015

MANILA, Philippines — Canada will increase the number of ground troops it has in Iraq to train local forces as a way of making a bigger military contribution to the coalition fighting Islamic militants, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

Trudeau said the increase, from the current number of 69 special forces trainers, is one of the scenarios being worked on as the government prepares to end the air combat mission of its CF-18 …

2,000% Price Hike For Infant Seizure Drug Called 'Absurd'

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[Your health and the corporatocracy: they're still at it. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau actively supports trade agreements that will cause the prices of a great many pharmaceutical products to skyrocket for Canadians. *RON*]
CBC, Huffington Post, 16 November 2015

The price of drug prescribed to infants in Canada with a rare and potentially dangerous form of epilepsy has jumped by 2,000 per cent practically overnight, upsetting specialists and parents.

Infantile spasms, also called West syndrome, is a catastrophic and rare form of epilepsy. It's diagnosed in babies with seizures that show abnormal bursts in the brain's electrical activity on an electroencephalogram or EEG.

Mia Brooks of Salmon Arm, B.C., noticed the seizures in her son more than a month ago.

"When he woke up he started to startle reflex," Brooks recalled. "You see babies do this all the time. Their hands and legs shake. I thought it was odd because he was doing…

The TPP is 'free trade' in appearance only

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[I have a feeling/fear that, with Paris terrorism absorbing all the public's attention, TPP will slide right on past the Canadian consciousness. Realistically, there is no worse blow to national sovereignty than TPP. Worse, this is something that Trudeau seems to be cheerily supportive of. *RON*]
By Yves Engler,, 16 November 2015

The hypocrisy of "free market" advocates is astounding. While they trumpet increased competition and the elimination of state imposed barriers as a means of spurring economic advancement, they ignore how the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other "free trade" accords increase monopolistic intellectual property provisions.

In a recent CTV interview on the TPP, Carleton business professor Ian Lee began by saying we've known for three centuries that "free trade" increases wealth while a Maclean's editorial "celebrating" the accord noted "as with most things

Paris isn't a test of Trudeau's character — it's a test of ours

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[" matter how we now define ourselves as Canadians – we are and always will be the children of immigrants and refugees who were perceived when they arrived here to be every bit as alien and threatening as any displaced Syrian." Any way you look at the statistics it's our own citizens with legal guns that we need to watch out for. See also: Trudeau vows to ‘keep Canadians safe’ as he rebuffs concerns over plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees, and Christy Clark, B.C. Premier, Says Canadian Security Is Priority When Welcoming Refugees. *RON*]
James Mennie, Montreal Gazette, 17 November 2015

It isn’t overstating things to say that a little over two months ago a single photograph changed the course of Canadian history.

Up until the first week of September the vast majority of Canadians had never heard of Alan Kurdi any more than they had of the Syrian refugee crisis that led to the drowned three-year-old’s being washed up on a Turk…

750,000 refugees, not one domestic terrorism charge

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[Via my friend Mary-Doug. From The Economist Facebook page. *RON*]