Showing posts from April 25, 2016

Duffy judgment shines light on Harper’s PMO, state of Canadian governance

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[The CPC has learned absolutely nothing. While top former cabinet ministers scuttle out the back door of parliament to avoid the press, Bergen, former minister of state for social development, says, "He wasn't talking with all of you (news media) folks as much as you probably would have wanted. The narrative then was he's controlling, he's a dictator. It wasn't true. He was a strong, strong leader." Now read: Canadian Press Freedom Suffered Through 'Dark Age' During Harper Era. See also: Some senators regretful of actions, now that Duffy found not guilty, where, unbelievably, a Senator who helped to crucified Duffy blames the media for this. *RON*]
By Bruce Cheadle — Apr 22 2016

OTTAWA — There were no apologies from Conservatives on Friday following a scathing court judgment that exonerated Sen. Mike Duffy of 31 expense-related criminal charges while indicting his former political masters in the Prime Minister&#…

BUSTED: Pro-Clinton Super PAC Caught Spending $1 Million on Social Media Trolls

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[Paid Internet trolls, just like Putin! If we all go out of our way to argue with Clinton trolls online, her campaign will burn through that $1 million in no time at all! ;-) See also: Correcting Correct The Record’s Record. See also: 
Charles Koch: 'It's possible' Clinton is preferable to a Republican for president . *RON*]

Tom Cahill, U.S. Uncut, 21 April 2016

A Super PAC headed by a longtime Clinton operative is spending $1 million to hire online trolls to “correct” Bernie Sanders’ supporters on social media.

Correct The Record (CTR), which is operated by Clinton attack dog and new owner of Blue Nation Review David Brock, launched a new initiative this week called “Barrier Breakers 2016” for the purpose of debating supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders — or “Bernie Bros,” as they’re referred to in Correct the Record’s press official release — on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and other social media platforms.

The “Barrier Breakers” will a…

Federal Court Tells Lawmakers To Shut Up And Deal With Trans People In Bathrooms

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[Happily, the backlash continues... *RON*]

By Ian Millhiser, Think Progress, 19 April 2016
A federal appeals court just dropped a bomb on Southern lawmakers who think it is up to them to decide where trans people pee.

In G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a divided panel of the United States for the Fourth Circuit held that schools risk their federal funding if they do not permit trans people to use bathrooms that align with the person’s gender identity.

Though the court stopped just shy of immediately ordering a Virginia school district to abandon its anti-trans bathroom policy, the opinion is likely to have sweeping consequences for schools that engage in such discrimination within the states overseen by the Fourth Circuit. Notably, one of those states is North Carolina, the home of a sweeping anti-LGBT law preventing trans individuals from using the appropriate bathroom in many facilities.

Under federal law, “[n]o person . . . shall, on the …

Bitcoin, Schmitcoin. The Real Breakthrough is the Blockchain Behind It.

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[I put in a Google News alert for 'blockchain' - I think this will potentially be huge in future. This article gives a bit of an overview, and here are a few more: It’s not just for banks: The coming blockchain revolution is going to have dramatic ramifications for all of usBlockchain Disruption Will Affect Every Aspect of Daily LifeHow the Blockchain Can Unshackle the World. *RON*]
By Robby Berman, Big Think, 24 April 2016
Lots of us are struggling to wrap our minds around that word “bitcoin.” We’re not quite sure what it is and why it’s a big deal, or if it’s just a scam. It’s not a scam, but it is still evolving, and probably not quite ready for primetime. That’s because it’s still volatile—there’s so little of it in use that it doesn’t take much to jerk the value of each bitcoin up and down—and because using bitcoin requires more effort right now than most people want to bother with. But if you still want want a simple explanation…

Should trade trump human rights when jobs are at stake?

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[See the original article to watch the studied evasions of a former Harper cabinet minister on video. Yet in this matter the Trudeau government fares no better. When it comes to business and jobs it seems you can cross your fingers behind your back when it comes to claiming 'transparency,' nice smiles and Sunny Ways notwithstanding. *RON*]
By Janet Silver Global News, 24 April 2016

“Isolationism is not the answer” if you want to encourage change and promote Canadian values when dealing with countries that violate human rights, former Conservative cabinet minister Ed Holder said as he prepares to lead a group of business leaders to Saudi Arabia Monday.

Holder, the newly-appointed chair of the Canada Saudi Business Council joined Tom Clark on The West Block Sunday to discuss his trade mission to the Middle Eastern country.

Holder said as chair of the council, his job is to promote the Canadian economy and jobs here at home.

When pressed o…

Woman in leading Flint water crisis lawsuit slain in twin killing

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[This is now the second person connected with the Flint water crisis lawsuit to die. Tell me this is just a coincidence. See also: Flint water plant continues to reel with sudden death of foreman. *RON*]

By Gary Ridley, Michigan Live, 25 April 2016

UPDATE: A suspect has been charged for the killings

FLINT, MI – A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week.

Sasha Avonna Bell was one of the first of a growing number of people to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis after she claimed that her child had been lead poisoned.

Bell was found dead April 19 in the 2600 block of Ridgecrest Drive at the Ridgecrest Village Townhouses. Sacorya Renee Reed was also found shot to death in the home.

An unharmed 1-year-old child was also found inside of the Ridgecrest home when Bell's body was discovered and was taken into custody by child prote…