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“I love the poorly educated”—Read Donald Trump’s full Nevada victory speech

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[Winning winning winning. Unbelievable. "This is the way the world ends..." *RON*]

Quartz, 24 February 2016

Presidential candidate Donald Trump easily won the Republican Nevada primary with over 44% of the votes in early counting, in a election marked by complaints of fraud and chaos. He made a victory speech in front of a rowdy crowd dressed in “Make America Great Again” hats and t-shirts at his Las Vegas hotel, and expressed his love for everyone from casino mogul Steve Wynn to the “poorly educated.” He also offered up some more information about his plans should he be elected president,including keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention facility open and loading it up with “bad dudes.” Quartz has transcribed his entire victory speech.

Oh boy. We love Nevada. We love Nevada. Thank you. Thank you. Oh this is a great place.Thank you very much. Great evening. We will be celebrating for a long time tonight. Have a good time. Have a good time.

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Calgary Fluoride Missing From Tap Water Is Likely Why Kids There Have More Tooth Decay

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[I suppose the no-taxes-here-pal precious bodily fluids conspiracy theorists will now need a boost in their welfare payments from the rest of us Canadian socialists to pay for their childrens' dental work. *RON*]
By Jessica Chin, Huffington Post, 17 February 2016

Kids in Calgary have more cavities than children in Edmonton, and a new study suggestions the difference could be blamed on a lack of fluoride in tap water.

Researchers at the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services compared teeth from 5,000 Grade 2 children who usually drank tap water in the province's two largest cities. Calgary eliminated fluoride from its water supply in 2011, but Edmonton has not.

In a study published Wednesday, researchers compared samples from 2004-2005 and 2013-2014, and found that it's likely the lack of fluoride that left kids in Calgary with more tooth decay.

Why NATO Expected to Lose Most of Europe to Russia

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[Sad and scary but likely inevitable that games theory dweebs and their computers are now hard at work in some Pentagon sub-basement modelling a new war with Russia. If you want to see some real psychosis, check out the reader comments to the original article. *RON*]
Robert Farley, The National Interest, 20 February 2016
A recent RAND wargame on a potential Russian offensive into the Baltics brought talk of a “new Cold War” into sharp focus. The game made clear that NATO would struggle to prevent Russian forces from occupying the Baltics if it relied on the conventional forces now available.

These wargames have great value in demonstrating tactical and operational reality, which then informs broader strategic thinking. In this case, however,the headlines generated by the game have obscured more about the NATO-Russian relationship than they have revealed. In short, the NATO deterrent promise has never revolved around a commitment to defeat Soviet/R…

Site C Dam Permits Were Quietly Issued During The Federal Election

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[This is a real test of Trudeau's promises to start a new era of negotiation with First Nations. "They saw that they were unlikely to form government again so they began making appointments and decisions during the election," Elizabeth May told DeSmog Canada. "Usually during the writ period the government operates as a care-taker government, doing what's absolutely necessary." *RON*]
By Emma Gilchrist, DeSmog Canada / Huffington Post, 23 February 2016

Former prime minister Stephen Harper's government issued 14 permits for work on the $9-billion Site C dam during the writ period of the last election -- a move that was offside according to people familiar with the project and the workings of the federal government.

"By convention, only routine matters are dealt with after the writ is dropped," said Harry Swain, the chair of the Joint Review Panel that reviewed the Site C dam. "Permits and licences are on…

Satellite Images Show China May Be Building Powerful Radar On Disputed Islands

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[Scary enough for you? Construction of the facilities at Cuarteron Reef appear to be nearly complete. See also how US Admiral Harry Harris tells armed services committee China is militarizing South China Sea: ‘You have to believe in a flat Earth to think otherwise.’ Then see: China condemns U.S. for sending warship near island. *RON*]
David Brunnstrom, Reuters / Huffington Post, 22 February 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Recent satellite images show China may be installing a high-frequency radar system in the Spratly Islands that could significantly boost its ability control the disputed South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported on Monday.

The Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies said the images showed that construction of facilities at Cuarteron Reef appeared nearly complete and that the artificial island now covered an area of about 52 acres.

"Two probable radar towers have b…

Alberta To Receive $250 Million In Aid From Federal Government

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[The province that wouldn't tax big oil enough to put money aside for its own peoples' expenses and for the inevitable cyclical rainy day now shoves out its fist for the tax dollars (aka welfare) of all the other Canadians it sneered at as 'socialists' for taxing so high. *RON*]
By The Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 23 February 2016


OTTAWA — The federal government has confirmed plans to provide $251.4 million to Alberta under a program designed to help provinces hit by sudden revenue downturns.

Alberta has been sideswiped by collapsing oil prices and the little-known fiscal stabilization program provides help when provincial revenues fall by more than five per cent from one year to the next.

Money from the program is allocated on a per capita basis, at $60 a person.

The possibility of Alberta qualifying for the money was first reported last month by The Canadian Press.

Newfoundland and Labrador, which has also been hit by sagging oil…

We Asked an Expert What the 'Ceasefire' Between the US and Russia in Syria Really Means

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[Omar Lamrani says "The United States perspective is, Things are going really badly on the ground. Let's get the ceasefire. Let's get this conversation moving towards a political transition." But another story today lets the other shoe drop: John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‘plan B’ if peace talks fail. Syria and the Syrians are plainly just pawns to be played. *RON*]

By Mike Pearl, Vice, 23 February 2016

On Monday, news outlets including the Associated Press reported that Russian and US officials had agreed on a ceasefire in Syria, slated to go into effect on Saturday. This is being framed as a big deal, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying in a statementthat "We are finally seeing a real chance to bring an end to the long-standing bloodshed and violence." Casual observers, though, might be confused by the headlines: The US and Russia certainly aren't friendly, but they weren't shoot…

Stop Paying Executives for Performance

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["Following the global economic crisis of 2008, large bonuses and stock options have been held responsible for overly risky behavior and short-term strategies." These authors argue that "contingent pay only works for routine tasks; for creative tasks, a results focus is ineffective at best, and can in some circumstances actually impede performance; extrinsic motivation crowds out intrinsic motivation; contingent pay too often results in fraud; and measuring performance is notoriously fraught."]

Dan Cable & Freek Vermeulen, Harvard Business Review, 23 February 2016


For chief executives and other senior leaders, it is not unusual for 60-80% of their pay to be tied to performance – whether performance is measured by quarterly earnings, stock prices, or something else. And yet from a review of the research on incentives and motivation, it is wholly unclear why such a large proportion of these executives’ compensation packages w…