Showing posts from August 24, 2016

Critical Services Suffering in BC’s So-Called Great Economy

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[Rule of the Pattison, for the Pattison, by the Pattison. Election 2017. BC Liberal spin hides less-than-stellar performance on health, education, and more. Horrible, regressive MSP premiums are the first thing that must go! *RON*]

By Bill Tieleman,, 23 August 2017

“No government in BC history has invested more in health care, education, and other front-line services than Today’s BC Liberals.” – BC Liberal Party website If British Columbia’s economy is doing so well – as Premier Christy Clark constantly claims – then why are health care, education and other services suffering?

B.C. lags behind the Canadian national average and most provinces on wait times for several key surgical procedures.

For hip replacement, knee replacement, cataract surgery and radiation therapy, B.C. is behind the average across Canada.

And for the first three, B.C. does not meet the national benchmark established by the Canadian Institute for Health Information…

Man-made “wind trees” will finally make it possible to power homes using turbines

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[Simply very cool; I had to post this! :-) *RON*]

By Melody Schreiber, Quartz, 23 August 2016
Picture a steady breeze blowing through the leaves of a tree. Now imagine these leaves could do more than simply churn in the current of air—what if they could capture the wind and transform it into renewable energy?

Energy from wind is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the world, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental and social research institution. This development of wind power has mostly taken place on a large scale, usually by utility companies providing power to a grid of millions of customers. That’s because wind energy is most efficient when it’s capturing very strong winds, more common in remote areas and at heights greater than 50 feet off the ground. Those turbines need to be as tall as a five-story building, and they take up a lot of horizontal room, too—several hundred feet per turbine, in many cases. The…

Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’

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[Half the price of coal! See also: Europe leads growing market in offshore wind power. Christy Clark, are you paying the slightest attention? Apparently not: Malaysia's Petronas sees gloomy industry outlook as second quarter profit slumps. *RON*]
Joe Romm, Think Progress, 23 August 2016

Chile has just contracted for the cheapest unsubsidized power plant in the world, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports.

In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.

“Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidised electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology,” BNEF Chair Michael Liebreich said on Twitter

Trickle Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races

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[This is terrific! Cutting out the middle man, Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout calls for a debate with her real opponent, hedge fund manager Paul Singer, who heavily funded her ostensible political opponent. *RON*]
By Sarah Jaffe, Moyers & Company, posted on Naked Capitalism by Yves Smith23 August 2016

Yves here. Be sure to check out the video of Zephyr Teachout calling for a debate with her stealth opponent, Paul Singer (yes, that Paul Singer).

By Sarah Jaffe, a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and the co-host of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast. Her book, Necessary Trouble: America’s New Radicals, is due out from Nation Books in August 2016. Follow her on Twitter: @sarahljaffe. Originally published at Moyers & Company

At a press event in Kingston, New York, a Hudson Valley community about 90 miles north of Manhattan, the local Democratic congressional candidate, Zephyr Teachout, earlier this month called for a debate. Bu…

Philippines police chief: 1,900 killed in anti-drug war

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[1900 murdered in seven weeks by President Duterte of the Philippines. The UN and the US have both expressed concern over the 'extrajudicial killings' of alleged drug dealers. He's not out of his mind though. That's why he's also cleverly implemented a Nose-picking ban for Philippines police. *RON*]

Source: Agencies, Al Jazeera, 23 August 2016

The Philippines has recorded about 1,900 drug-related killings since President Rodrigo Duterte took office seven weeks ago and launched a war on narcotics, far higher than previously believed, according to police figures.

National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa told a Senate committee on Tuesday that about 750 suspected drug traffickers and users had been killed in police operations since July 1.

Police were also investigating around 1,100 other drug-related killings, Dela Rosa said, adding that there was no declared policy to kill drug users and pushers.

"We are not butchers" …

Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline

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[Note that this is Enbridge! The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others are protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, which they say threatens water supplies and sacred lands. "Sheriff Kirchmeier told reporters that the demonstration had become an 'unlawful protest,' and Gov. Jack Dalrymple, citing 'public safety risks,' declared a state of emergency on Friday." See also: Native Activist Winona LaDuke: Pipeline Company Enbridge Has No Right to Destroy Our Future. *RON*]

By Jack Healy, New York Times, 23 August 2016

American Indians vs. Dakota Pipeline
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Horseback riders, their faces streaked in yellow and black paint, led the procession out of their tepee-dotted camp. Two hundred people followed, making their daily walk a mile up a rural highway to a patch of prairie grass and excavated dirt that has become a new kind of battlefield, between a pipeline and American Indians who say it will threaten water…