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The kindness paradox: Why be generous?

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[This finding runs counter to the existing game theory modelling literature on altruism, in which psychopaths typically run all over altruists, eventually wipe them out and take over the population. I think the answer lies in this statement: "In the context of the Maasai, the things they’re most concerned with are livestock. It’s hard to hide them, so you can’t cheat." So at best this result applies when there is no population-wide disaster and in a situation where it is impossible to cheat. *RON*]

By Bob Holmes, New Scientist, 10 August 2016

Humans are one of the rare animals to be altruistic. An ancient form of giving holds secrets about why we help one another without any promise of reward

LIFE isn’t easy as a Maasai herder on the Serengeti plain in eastern Africa. At any moment, disease could sweep through your livestock, the source of almost all your wealth. Drought could parch your pastures, or bandits could steal the herd. No ma…

Upcoming consultations give the public last chance to speak out against Kinder Morgan pipeline

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[As usual, after the public fought hard to win this opportunity, the government has given everyone less than no time to participate. If you have the opportunity, please visit one of the sessions listed below and participate if you can. *RON*]
by Amanda Siebert, The Georgia Straight, 9 August 2016

This week and next, members of the public opposed to the construction of Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain oil pipeline will have the opportunity to have their voices heard by the government review panel studying the approval.

Public consultations with the panel have been underway since the beginning of July in communities along the pipeline route. In a previous story, the Straight learned that 80 percent of people who attended hearings elsewhere in B.C. last month were opposed to the project.

Mike Soron, climate organizer with advocacy group LeadNow, says that although this is the last formal opportunity to speak out against the exp…

Money laundering rule on prepaid cards stalled after industry pushback

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[The corporatocracy hard at work, while the US Treasury bends over and grins. "The rule isn't dead - Visa just hasn't told us what it's going to be yet." *RON*]

By Mica Rosenberg & Brett Wolf, 10 August 2016
In 2011, amid a crackdown on international money laundering, the U.S. Treasury Department tried to close a loophole that authorities said allows drug cartels to move bulk cash across borders on gift and other prepaid cards.

The department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed that money stored on these cards count toward a U.S. requirement to report cross-border movement of cash of $10,000 or more.

But FinCEN later withdrew its proposed rule after pushback from the prepaid card industry, according to law enforcement sources. The move has not been previously reported.

In response to questions from Reuters, FinCEN spokesman Stephen Hudak said the rule was being reworked and would be resubmitted, pos…

Russia Masses Troops on Crimea Border; Ukraine Warns Russian Invasion Possible “At Any Minute”

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["Scores of vehicles" = "massive invasion force." There's so much outright lying and pot-stirring on all sides that it's hard to know what to make of this. Shedlock's account sounds reasonable to me. For a good example of pot-stirring ("Ziiip. Ziiip. Ziiip. Each shot whizzes dangerously closer." Seriously?) see: Ukraine is on the verge of full-scale war, reprinted from none other than Radio Free Europe = CIA. A bit more detail here: Putin raises stakes over alleged Ukrainian terror plot in Crimea*RON*]

Posted by Mike Shedlock, FX Street, 8 August 2016

The situation in Ukraine is heating up again. In the past few days, numerous article discuss a Russian military buildup on the Crimea-Ukraine border.

The Irish Times offers this sensational headline: Ukraine Claims Russian Invasion Possible ‘At Any Minute’.
Ukraine has claimed that a Russian invasion is possible “at any minute”, amid reports that Moscow’s…

Of Course Clinton Will Be Very Hawkish as President

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[See also: Hillary Clinton’s Embrace of Kissinger Is Inexcusable (plus one recent example, in case you don't know why this matters: Kissinger hindered US effort to end mass killings in Argentina, according to files), and If Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are “Progressive,” Then the Word Has Lost All Meaning. And Hillary Clinton is the Dick Cheney of the leftBest of all, see: Hillary the Hawk: A History. *RON*]
By Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, 9 August 2016

Jeremy Shapiro and Richard Sokolsky think Clinton won’t be as hawkish as president as many expect her to be. Their argument isn’t persuasive, and this strikes me as its weakest part:

The most important reason that a President Hillary Clinton is unlikely to have a hawkish foreign policy is that she will no longer be a senator, or the secretary of state, or a presidential candidate. She will be president. And that means that her priorities will be very different.

American accuses Congo officials of unlawful arrest, torture

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[This article involves an "American security contractor" = mercenary. This is the biggest, deadliest, least reported war in the world. Referenced statements from Wikipedia: "...estimates of the number who have died from the long conflict range from 900,000 to 5,400,000. The death toll is due to widespread disease and famine; reports indicate that almost half of the individuals who have died are children under five years of age. There have been frequent reports of weapon bearers killing civilians, of the destruction of property, of widespread sexual violence, causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, and of other breaches of humanitarian and human rights law. One study found that more than 400,000 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo every year." *RON*]

By Richard Lardner, Associated Press / PBS News Hour, 5 August 2016
WASHINGTON — An American security contractor is accusing two top-ranking Co…