Showing posts from March 3, 2016

The Devastating Opportunity Costs Of B.C.'s 'Balanced Budget'

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[The same story as the Harper government just before they went down. "It's understandable that most people who watch the nightly news would have no idea that having so many people living in poverty costs more money than it would cost to ensure people were not stuck in a poverty cycle. The latest B.C. Liberal government ads are right about one thing. B.C. does have an opportunity to create a more prosperous future. All it will cost is the election of a new government." See also: Even When Austerity Works, It Doesn't Work*RON*]

Lizanne Foster, Huffington Post, 25 February 2016

When Premier Clark decided that pets living in B.C. were vulnerable and needed protection, did anyone in her cabinet mention her "families first" promise during her last election campaign?

I have a friend who is so poor that sometimes he will buy one can of tuna so that both he and his cat can eat. He's not the only B.C. citizen trying to mak…

For The First Time, Solar Will Be The Top New Source Of Energy This Year

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["Solar projects will generate about 9.5 gigawatts of new energy. Natural gas, meanwhile, will add 8 gigawatts while wind is poised to create 6.8 gigawatts. One gigawatt is enough energy to power about 700,000 average homes." Solar, gas and wind energy will make up 93% of new US energy in 2016. See also: US agency says it has beaten Elon Musk and Gates to holy grail of battery storage, and Canadian Natural profit plunges 89% on weak oil. *RON*]
By Alejandro Davila Fragoso, Think Progress, 2 March 2016
For the first time ever utility-scale solar projects will add more new capacity to the nation’s grid than any other industry this year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Tuesday.

Natural gas and wind energy follow somewhat closely, according to the EIA’s monthly report, which notes that solar, gas and wind energy will make up 93 percent of all new energy. Solar projects will generate about 9.5 gigawatts of new energy. Na…

More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet – report

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[New research shows global warming’s effect on the quality of food available could kill more than 500,000 people a year around the world by 2050. E.g., "failure of the rice crop in southern China due to heatwaves could change from a one-in-a-100-year event to a one-in-four-year event in 2100." *RON*]

Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 3 March 2016

Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet.

The research is the first to assess how the impacts of global warming could affect the quality of the diets available to people and found fewer fruit and vegetables would be available as a result of climatic changes. These are vital in curbing heart disease, strokes and diet-related cancers, leading the study to conclude that the health risks of climate change are far greater than thought.

Climate change is already judged by doctors as …

Donald Trump Is a Big Fat Liar

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[There is, of course, an endless stream of this kind of thing. For today, see also: Donald Trump Jr grants radio interview to prominent white supremacist, and Anti-Trump Republicans Call for a Third-Party Option (not a bad idea - part of the problem in the extremism encouraged by two-party systems). And, of course, that perennial US Presidential election favourite: ‘How Can I Move to Canada’ Was Top Google Search Following Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday Wins. *RON*]

By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, 2 March 2016

I'm not sure why I bother, but here's a non-exhaustive list of Donald Trump's big lies. I'm not talking about all the little stuff that automatically dribbles out of his mouth whenever his lips are moving. I'm talking about the big, policy-level lies that he repeats over and over at rallies and on TV. Here's a sample:
The real unemployment rate is 42 percent. No it's not. Depending on how you measure, the unemployment…

Iowa Lawmakers Passed a Bill Letting Children Own Handguns

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[The bill allows kids under 14 to own and use handguns, with parental supervision. There is already no restriction on children using long guns and shotguns under parental supervision in that state. *RON*]

By Robin ScherAlterNet, 2 March 2016

Yesterday in the country’s ensuing saga of misplaced constitutionalism, the Iowa House of Representatives sought to extend Second Amendment rights to children, passing a bill that would allow “a person under 14 years of age to possess a pistol or revolver” with parental supervision.

Technically, Iowa’s current law has no restriction on children using long guns or shotguns under parental supervision. The new bill would add handguns to the mix. According to the law, “direct supervision” constitutes an adult maintaining “visual and verbal contact at all times” with their armed minor.

Iowa’s Republican State Rep. Jake Highfill offered his two cents on the bill in an interview with the Washington Post. “Allowi…

Monsanto Is Suing California for Trying to Inform People That Roundup Causes Cancer

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[The biotech giant would prefer it if people didn’t know that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its bestselling weedkiller Roundup, is a probable carcinogen. A key point here is that Proposition 65 makes it illegal to discharge their product into a source of drinking water. *RON*]

By Rebecca SpectorCenter for Food Safety / AlterNet, 2 March 2016

Once again, Monsanto is trying to take away our right to know, this time about carcinogenic chemicals used in household products and places all around us. In January, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the state of California for its intent to list glyphosate, the main chemical used in Monsanto’s flagship Roundup herbicide, under California's Proposition 65, a law that mandates notification and labeling of all chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and prohibits their discharge into drinking waters of the state.

Enacted by California voters via ballot initiative i…