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Joseph Stiglitz To Canada: Stay Away From Flawed, Pro-Big Business TPP

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[I emailed this to Justin Trudeau, whose email address is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca. *RON*]
By Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 1 April 2016


OTTAWA — Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says Canada should reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal because it is a flawed trade agreement that benefits big business at the expense of working people.

The Columbia University professor is delivering that message in a speech at a University of Ottawa conference on the Pacific Rim trade agreement that includes the United States and Japan and covers 40 per cent of the world economy.

The House of Commons trade committee is studying the TPP, a process which International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has said could take up to nine months.

After that, she has promised that only a vote in Parliament would ratify the deal, which was negotiated under the former Conservative government.

Canada signed the sweeping, 12-country treaty in February, something Freela…

How Propaganda (Actually) Works

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[Propaganda is 'common sense' under the corporatocracy, and reason is radical and untrustworthy. "It sometimes involves outright lies, but the bigger problem is that 'sincere, well-meaning people under the grip of flawed ideology unknowingly produce and consume propaganda.' The worry is that when we can’t spot propaganda or don’t understand how it works, its detriment to democracy will grow to a point where it can’t be reversed." *RON*]

By James Hoggan, DeSmog Blog, 31 March 2016

Political Propaganda employs the ideals of liberal democracy to undermine those very ideals, the dangers of which, not even its architects fully understand.

In the early years of DeSmog’s research into environmental propaganda, I thought of industry PR campaigns like “junk science,” “clean coal,” and “ethical oil” as misinformation strategies designed to dupe the public about the real issues.

Although there is obvious truth to that view, I now unde…

Gaius Publius: The Rebellion Will Not Go Away

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[With a dawning awareness that their needs are not being served by either of the major political parties, voters are shifting support toward two outliers: Bernie Sanders (who actually has their interests at heart) and Benito Mussolini Donald Trump (who simply wants you to put him on a pedestal and bow down to him). *RON*]
By Gaius PubliusDown With Tyranny, posted Naked Capitalism by Yves Smith31 March 2016

By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter@Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. Originally published at Down With Tyranny. article archive here.

The Sanders- and Trump-led (for now) political rebellion is not going to go away. There are only two questions going forward:
Will it remain a political rebellion, one that expresses itself through the electoral process, or will it abandon the electoral p…

How to Work for a Narcissistic Boss

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[The author does include a "know when to give up" section, but still... It's astounding that, when faced with abusive bosses who, arguably, have a mental illness, we assume it is our job to adapt to them as workers and maybe even learn a thing or two about how to do things from them. Someone out there, please, read Erich Fromm's Escape From Freedom and/or The Sane Society. *RON*]

Rebecca Knight, Harvard Business Review, 1 April 2016


Research shows there are a large number of narcissists who become leaders. If you’re unlucky enough to have one of these people as a manager, it may be no consolation that you’re in good company. So how do you stay sane? What’s the best way to reduce the impact of your boss’s self-centered behavior?

What the Experts Say

It’s easy to be fooled by a narcissist—at least at first, says Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, the CEO of Hogan Assessment Systems, a professor of business psychology at University College Lo…

Scientists nearly double sea level rise projections for 2100, because of Antarctica

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[Scientists are thinking the Western Antarctic Ridge may go bye-bye, and sooner rather than later. *RON*]

By Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney, Washington Post, 30 March 2016
This story has been updated.

Sea levels could rise nearly twice as much as previously predicted by the end of this century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, an outcome that could devastate coastal communities around the globe, according to new research published Wednesday.

The main reason? Antarctica.

Scientists behind a new study published in the journal Nature used sophisticated computer models to decipher a longstanding riddle about how the massive, mostly uninhabited continent surrendered so much ice during previous warm periods on Earth. They found that similar conditions in the future could lead to monumental and irreversible increases in sea levels. If high levels of greenhouse gas emissions continue, they concluded, oceans could rise by close to two meters in …

The Rise of the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge

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[I'd never heard of this before. It's interesting, and you can see that the effect plainly sits as strongly over British Columbia if not more so than California, which is the focus of the article. I edited the article slightly, putting the Key Points at the beginning rather than the end. *RON*]
By Daniel Swain, The California Weather Blog / Weather West, 1 April 2016

Please note that this blog post summarizes peer-reviewed research that has been published in Science Advances. This means that findings presented in the following article are the product of a formal investigation by a team of scientists, which contrasts with more typical California Weather Blog posts that are primarily based upon my own informal thoughts and analysis. I would like to thank my co-authors in this work—Daniel Horton, Deepti Singh, and Noah Diffenbaugh—for their invaluable support in bringing this project to completion.

The full paper is freely available to all (v…