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IMF warns the US over high poverty

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[Class wars. Even the IMF knows that allowing the 0.1% to ride high on the backs of the poor only works for so long. *RON*]

BBC News, 22 June 2016
The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund's annual assessment of the economy.

The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently.

It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work.

The report also cut the country's growth forecast for 2016 to 2.2% from a previous prediction of 2.4%.

Slower global growth and weaker consumer spending were blamed.

US economic growth slowed to an annual pace of 0.5% during the first three months of the year, down sharply from 1.4% in the last three months of 2015.

100 + reasons the BC Liberals must go

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[No amount of information will change the minds of people who vote for Christy Clark. If you're on the fence for any reason, this information may help you make your mind up about the 2017 election. *RON*]
Laila Yule, No String Attached, updated regularly.

*** Stay tuned for the updated, all new version of this list ( with far more than 100 reasons, all documented) in October 2016. If you have suggestions, please add them to the comments, with a link to the news item, government link to substantiate the reason. ***
While the BC Liberals have always been very good at shouting their real and more often alleged wins, they are by far the masters of spin who smoothly deflect their failures into thin air.

The extent to which they will do this is quite phenomenal.

In the period of time since Christy Clark became premier,her skill as a political chameleon driven to garner votes has not gone un-noticed by the press, nor the voters of B.C.

Thankfully, Brit…

The Shockingly Simple, Surprisingly Cost-Effective Way to End Homelessness

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[There's a simple and cost-effective cure for homelessness - it's called housing. Vancouver has been running a Housing First program for people with both a mental illness and a substance use disorder for years now. *RON*]
Scott Carrier, Mother Jones, March/April 2016 Issue

IT'S EARLY DECEMBER, 10:30 in the morning, and Rene Zepeda is driving a Volunteers of America minivan around Salt Lake City, looking for reclusive homeless people, those camping out next to the railroad tracks or down by the river or up in the foothills. The winter has been unseasonably warm so far—it's 60 degrees today—but the cold weather is coming and the van is stacked with sleeping bags, warm coats, thermal underwear, socks, boots, hats, hand warmers, protein bars, nutrition drinks, canned goods. By the end of the day, Rene says, it will all be gone.

These supplies make life a little easier for people who live outside, but Rene's main goal is to develo…

Court chides KPMG, CRA for delay in Isle of Man tax dodge case

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[Plutocratic justice. Four YEARS ago, CBC handed a list of tax dodgers over to the Canada Revenue Agency. Foot-dragging, much? A deal between 2 sides to extend deadlines 'not acceptable,' Federal Court says. "Last year, lawyers for CRA and KPMG admitted they had been having out-of-court discussions. It was later revealed the agency had made a secret amnesty offer to KPMG's wealthy clients, which offered them a 'no penalties' deal to pay the back taxes owing and some modest interest." RON*]

By Harvey Cashore, Kimberly Ivany, Priscilla Hwang, CBC News, 15 June 2016
Related Stories
KPMG insiders warned offshore tax scheme could violate Canadian law
How Canada's richest were told to hide their money from their ex-spouses
Canadian law firm endorsed KPMG Isle of Man tax dodge
Gag order on KPMG-related testimony in Ottawa angers tax experts

External Links
Court's letter to KPMG, CRA
KPMG's letter to court
(Note: CBC doe…

Fully Loaded: Inside the World of America's 10 Biggest Gunmakers

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[Quite the subculture. They manage quite successfully to keep stories about themselves out of the news as a rule. *RON*]
Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, April 2016

They are all white, all middle-aged, and all men. A few live openly lavish lifestyles, but the majority fly under the radar. Rarely is there news about them in the mainstream media or even the trade press. Their obscurity would seem unremarkable if we were talking about the biggest manufacturers of auto accessories or heating systems. But these are America's top gunmakers—leaders of the nation's most controversial industry. They have kept their heads down and their fingerprints off regulations designed to protect their businesses—foremost a law that shields gun companies from liability for crimes committed with their products.

With this investigation, Mother Jones set out to break through the opacity surrounding the $8 billion firearms industry and the men who control it. While th…

Why Venezuela is a nightmare right now

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[The answer is pretty simple: betting the farm on oil production. A lesson here for Canada, one that typically falls on deaf ears. See also: 87% of Venezuelans say they don't have money to buy enough food. *RON*]

Linette Lopez, Business Insider, 21 June 2016

It's hard to say when things went from bad, to worse, to nightmarish in Venezuela.

But what we can say is that the nightmare is here.

Reports coming from state-controlled media don't tell half the story. These days, Venezuelans turn to Twitter to report and find seemingly endless instances of violence and looting. Last week, 400 people were arrested after 20 stores were looted in the city of Cumana, a Caribbean coastal town. Venezuelans called it "el Cumanazo."

The watch group Observatory for Violence says there could be as many as 10 lootings a day as desperate people search for everything from toilet paper to rice to detergent to beer. There is little water, and a lack…