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Spills happening at a rate of about 2 per day in Saskatchewan: researcher

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[Two per day; hard to grasp. And this, in the province that is even more rapaciously tied to oil than Alberta. "While Eaton questions whether a spill can ever effectively be cleaned up, in the case of many of the spills in this province, industry fails to even go through the motions." And, now that the story has finally hit the national news: Canadian premier 'not satisfied' with Husky spill response. *RON*]

By Danny Kerslake, CBC News, 27 July 2016

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A researcher says spills are happening at a rate of about two per day in Saskatchewan's oil industry.

University of Regina researcher Emily Eaton runs an independent website that tracks oil impact. Eaton said that there have been 8,000 spills in Saskatchewan since 2006 (about 17 per cent involved Hu…

How to Hack an Election

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[An older but interesting story I just came across. I suppose it isn't surprising election rigging keeps up with IT advances. *RON*]
By Jordan Robertson, Michael Riley & Andrew Willis, Bloomberg, 31 March 2016

Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.

It was just before midnight when Enrique Peña Nieto declared victory as the newly elected president of Mexico. Peña Nieto was a lawyer and a millionaire, from a family of mayors and governors. His wife was a telenovela star. He beamed as he was showered with red, green, and white confetti at the Mexico City headquarters of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which had ruled for more than 70 years before being forced out in 2000. Returning the party to power on that night in July 2012, Peña Nieto vowed to tame drug violence, fight corruption, and open a more transparent era in Mexican politics.

Two thousa…

A Political Turning Point for Native Americans

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[An interesting pair of articles on Aboriginal people running for US public office. "Who will be Indian Country’s Obama? Look to the states. Her name will be Paulette, Peggy, or Denise." See also: Native Candidates Make a Historic Push for Congress. *RON*]
Mark Trahant, Yes! Magazine, 26 July 2016

This is the first of a two-part series on this political turning point for Native Americans. Read Part 2 here.

Joe Garry was president of the National Congress of American Indians in an era when tribal rights were under assault from Congress. House Concurrent Resolution 108, passed in August 1953, declared that the federal government should “terminate” its responsibilities toward Native Americans, essentially breaking promises made through solemn treaties.

The threat was real. In a period of 30 years, more than a hundred tribes were disbanded and the tribal governments dissolved. The result was huge losses of land and natural resources in Oregon,…

Highest-paid CEOs run worst-performing companies, research finds

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[Research firm finds businesses led by lower-paid CEOs earn greater shareholder return. "The highest paid had the worst performance by a significant margin. It just argues for the equity portion of CEO pay to be more conservative." *RON*]
Peter Yeung, The Independent, 27 July 2016

The highest-paid CEOs tend to run some of the worst-performing companies, according to new research.

The study, carried out by corporate research firm MSCI, found that for every $100 (£76) invested in companies with the highest-paid CEOs would have grown to $265 (£202) over 10 years.

But the same amount invested in the companies with the lowest-paid CEOs would have grown to $367 (£279) over a decade.

Titled 'Are CEOs paid for performance? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Equity Incentives', the report looked at the salaries of 800 CEOs at 429 large and medium-sized US companies between 2005 and 2014 and compared it with the total shareholder return of the …

CMHC says list of housing markets deemed overvalued is growing

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[Hamilton joins Vancouver, Toronto and others on market assessment list released Wednesday. This graphic was from a similar news story:

See also: Top Vancouver realtor rapped for trying to avoid new 15% property transfer tax. *RON*]
CBC News, 27 July 2016
Hamilton has joined Vancouver, Toronto, Saskatoon and Quebec City on Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s list of markets it considers to be strongly overvalued.

The findings are included in CMHC's market assessment released Wednesday.

Mass Killings May Have Created Contagion, Feeding on Itself

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[The idea of the pseudo-terrorist, whose motives remain unclear even to himself, strikes me as probably true. Contagion, likewise, is certainly true in the case of suicide clusters. *RON*]

By Benedict Carey, New York Times, 26 July 2016

The horrifying rash of massacres during this violent summer suggests that public, widely covered rampage killings have led to a kind of contagion, prompting a small number of people with strong personal grievances and scant political ideology to mine previous attacks for both methods and potential targets to express their lethal anger and despair.

The Iranian-German who killed nine people at a Munich mall was reportedly obsessed with mass killings, particularly the attack by a Norwegian that killed 77 people in 2011. The Tunisian who killed 84 people at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, also researched previous attacks, including the mass killing in Orlando, Fla. The Orlando gunman had reportedly resear…