Showing posts from December 7, 2015

After a mass shooting: a survivor’s life

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["Another mass shooting was over. The country had moved on. But inside one house in Oregon, a family was discovering the unending extent of a wound." *RON*]

Story by Eli Saslow, Photos by Jabin Botsford, Washington Post, 5 December 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. — She approached her daughter just as the doctors and psychologists had suggested: calmly, deliberately, stepping on the carpet so the floorboards didn’t squeak, picking her way around the wheelchair, the walker, the sagging balloons and wilted flowers. She held her arms out in front where her daughter could see them. She announced her arrival so as not to surprise her. “It’s just me, your mom,” she said, and then she reached out to place a reassuring hand on her daughter’s back, making sure to touch below the bullet wound and away from the incision.

“I was thinking, if you’re ready for it, maybe I’d make a quick run to the store,” said Bonnie Schaan, 52.

“Wait. For how long?” asked Cheyeanne…

Monsanto on trial for crimes against nature and humanity

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["Monsanto promotes an agroindustrial model that contributes at least one third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. It is also responsible for depletion of soil and water resources, species extinction and declining biodiversity, and the displacement of millions of small farmers worldwide." *RON*]

Pavlos Georgiadis, The Ecologist, 6 December 2015
Monsanto was accused of 'crimes against humanity and the environment' at COP21 in Paris this week, writes Pavlos Georgiadis. And now the evidence against it is being gathered for presentation at a 'Monsanto Tribunal' taking place next October in The Hague.

The answer lies in scaling up regenerative agriculture, not extractive systems based on greed and ecological injustice. The most efficient way for taking carbon out of the atmosphere is to put it in the soil by building healthy farming systems.

Civil society groups are putting Monsanto on trial for alleged crimes ag…

Bill Bennett's austerity program has had long-lasting consequences

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[Thanks, Charlie Smith, I've been waiting for somebody to write this piece. *RON*]

by Charlie Smith on December 6th, 2015 at 12:07 PM
Former premier Bill Bennett has been the subject of glowing profiles in newspapers and on television since he died on Friday at the age of 83.

Premier Christy Clark has called the former Kelowna businessman "one of our greatest and most influential leaders". There's no denying that Bennett irrevocably changed B.C. by pushing for the development of the Coquihalla Highway, B.C. Place Stadium, SkyTrain, and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Bennet has most often been described as a "builder" over the past three days. But as a young man coming of age in Victoria during the Bennett era, I can unequivocally state that I never felt that the premier was ever on the side of my city's residents.

When he fired thousands of civil servants during his restraint program in the early 1980s, it had a cat…

Canadian dollar drops more than half a cent as oil trades below US$39 a barrel

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[How long will it take for Trudeau to undo all the economic dependencies and bad policies created by Harper, and can it be done soon enough to bail out the economy? *RON*]

Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, 7 December 2015

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was down more than half a U.S. cent Monday morning as crude oil futures traded below US$39 a barrel.

The loonie traded at 74.21 cents US, after falling 0.55 from Friday's close.

The Dow Jones index futures were down 32 points at 17,787.0, theS&P 500 futures fell 1.9 points to 2,086.5 and the Nasdaq futures gained one point to 4,714.3.

On the commodity markets, the February gold contract fell $4.10 to US$1,080.00 an ounce, the January crude contract was down $1.14 at US$38.83 per barrel and the January contract for natural gas was down six cents at US$2.13.

On Friday, Toronto's S&P/TSX composite index rose 34.10 points to close at 13,358.77, ending the week of trading at practically the same…

Wal-Mart Sues Puerto Rico Over ‘Astonishing’ Tax Increases

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[The island's biggest employer files suit in San Juan federal court as Puerto Rico copes with debt payments, largely induced by the banksters, that have pushed them to the edge of bankruptcy. *RON*]

Andrew M Harris, Bloomberg, 5 December 2015

The Puerto Rico unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sued the island’s government, seeking to overturn a new tax the retailer calls unfairly high.

Enacted in May, Puerto Rico’s Act 72-2015 increases to 6.5 percent from 2 percent the tax on goods imported from offshore affiliates to local companies with gross revenues of more than $2.75 billion.

The increase comes as the U.S. commonwealth struggles to restructure $70 billion in debt, more than every U.S. state but New York and California. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider reinstating a law that would let Puerto Rico’s debt-ridden public utilities restructure their obligations.

The new levy raised the estimated cumulative income tax on Wal-Mart Puer…

GunTV, America’s First 24-Hour Firearm Shopping Channel, Set for 2016

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[Corporatocratic terrorism. "The United States has an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents, according to a promotional video from GunTV... the channel could eventually become the 'Amazon of guns and accessories.'" *RON*]
By Michele Gorman, Newsweek, 3 December 2015
As the fractious debate over American gun laws continues, two people in California are preparing to launch the country’s first all-gun home shopping television channel.

Created by Doug Bornstein and Valerie Castle—both of whom previously worked for home shopping networks—the new channel, named GunTV, is scheduled to launch on January 20, during the gun industry’s annual multi-day SHOT Show in Las Vegas. It will go live via national satellite and cable TV providers and eventually air 24 hours a day.

Neither founder was able to provide comment in time for publication.

GunTV, also known as GTV Live Shopping, will broadcast gun-related programming and sell firearm…

GOP Candidates Jewsplain Jewing To Jewishes. Goes Well As You’d Expect, Only Worse

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[Republican presidential candidates "explored their bicurosity about The Judeos, to talk Jew Talk to Republican Jewishes (you can fit all of ’em in one room; they call themselves the Republican Jewish Coalition, LOL), and to beg for their famously good-with-money Jew dollars. It went … poorly." *RON*]
By Kaili Joy Gray, Wonkette, 4 December 2015

We all of us know Republican presidential candidates are far more comfortable addressing Jesus-Americans — what with our country being a Christian nation, for Christians only, especially in the Oval Office. But on Thursday, they explored their bicurosity about The Judeos, to talk Jew Talk to Republican Jewishes (you can fit all of ’em in one room; they call themselves the Republican Jewish Coalition, LOL), and to beg for their famously good-with-money Jew dollars. It went … poorly.
Donald Trump

Trump, who is practically a Jewish himself, what with his smokin’ hot daughter Ivanka having converted, …

What will not be addressed at the climate change conference in Paris

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[Things are not looking marvelous at COP-21. See also this piece specifically on the important issue of deforestation: REDD+ Handed in Paris*RON*]
Heiner Flassbeck, flassbeck-economics, 04. Dezember 2015.

Ein Gastbeitrag von Will Denayer (deutsche Version folgt)

This week, the governments of more than 190 nations meet in Paris in order to discuss a global agreement on climate change. According to Hollande, if equitable goals on the climate can be met, it will be a triumph for international cooperation, for our well-being and security and for faith in the future. But the top in Paris will not be a triumph. The most important factor is power relations, specifically those that are behind Article 3.5 of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change of Rio de Janeiro in 1992 (see here). This article states that there can be no question that ‚measures taken to fight climate change (…) constitute any means of imposing arbitrary or unjustifiable disc…