Showing posts from August 28, 2016

No postings until next Wednesday!

[Tena and I are spending a few days with friends in a pretty rural spot that has no access to wifi - imagine! :-D *RON*]

German security plan tells citizens to stockpile goods in case of attack

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[A mixed bag where European refugees are concerned this week. Despite the precautions described here, Germany has agreed to take in additional migrants from Italy in an effort to revive the EU’s refugee relocation program. On the other hand, Germany has heightened security on the Swiss-German border in an effort to turn back illegal migrants en route from Switzerland. This article chronicles German efforts to create well-functioning ‘arrival cities’ for newcomers. German exports to Iran were also reported to soar in the first half of 2016 as international sanctions were lifted. The greater Paris region has lost an estimated 750 million euros in tourist revenue this year as a result of terror attacks in France. *RON*]
By Kristina Wong, The Hill, 22 August 2016

The German government will tell its citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe for the first time since the end of the Cold War, according to reports.

People wi…

Crimean Tatar Activist Confined in Psychiatric Hospital

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[Pre-1989 USSR = Post-1989 Russia. Human Rights Watch also calls on Russia to drop the criminal separatism charges against Umerov and provide him with necessary medical care. *RON*]

Human Rights Watch, 26 August 2016

(Berlin) – A Crimean Tatar activist has been involuntarily confined since August 18, 2016, in a psychiatric hospital, Human Rights Watch said today. The de-facto Russian authorities of Crimea should release the activist, Ilmi Umerov, drop criminal separatism charges against him, and ensure that he receives the medical care he requires.

Umerov, 59, is a former head of the Bakhchisaray district administration in Crimea and a former deputy chairman of Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ elected representative body. Since Russian forces occupied Crimea in February 2014, Umerov has been an outspoken critic of the occupation and the Russian administration’s persecution of Crimean Tatars, an ethnic minority who openly opposed Russia’s occupation of …

Site C dam opens up the floodgates for direct-award contracts

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[Election 2017. Another megaproject, another chance to dole out corruption goodies direct-award contracts. Christy "Oh-So-Transparent" Clark refuses to post these online like Alberta does. *RON*]

By Dermod Travis, Georgia Straight, 26 August 2016

Site C dam shaping up as a watershed moment in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's political career
More than 250 Canadian scientists and professors sign letter objecting to Site C dam approval
Wendy Holm: Why all the fuss over the Site C dam?
Trudeau government prepares to embrace UN declaration on indigenous peoples but hasn't revoked Site C permits

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct-award contracts signed during the first stages of Site C dam construction. The list provided to the News at the end of July covers the period from January 1, 2014, to Feb. 29, 2016, and is as interesting for what's in it, as for wha…

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood

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["Saudi Arabia is using billions in U.S. aid to fund their onslaught of innocent civilians in Yemen, but it's not too late for Congress to stop this madness." And "Sunny Ways" Trudeau is also guilty. *RON*]

By Medea BenjaminOtherWords / Foreign Policy in Focus, 24 August 2016.

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015, he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”

“Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money,” he solemnly concluded. “Money that is drenched in blood.”

In this case, it’s innocent Yemeni blood.

During his almost eight years in office, President Obama has approved a jaw-dropping, record-breaking $110 billion in weapons sales to the repressive Saudi regime, all with Congressional backing.

Stephen Harper quits his day job, sets up 'international' consultancy -- brace for trouble!

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[Excellent résumé of his crimes against average Canadians: "The self-righteous austerity talk accompanied by serial deficits, the hollowed out manufacturing sector, the constant climate-change denial, muzzled scientists and statisticians, falling exports, efforts to destroy unions snuck through as private-members' bills, contempt of Parliament, prorogations engineered to avoid democratic non-confidence votes, omnibus bills designed to hide and deceive, defamations of Supreme Court justices, desperately divisive wedge issues (who can forget the niqab, the 'barbaric cultural practices' snitch line?) and perpetual advocacy of war. All that plus a flat economy accompanied by utter failure to persuade anyone on either side of the Medicine Line to build so much as a metre of pipeline, despite making that File No. 1 throughout his tenure." *RON*]
By David J. Climenhaga,, 27 August 2016

Just what Canada and the world need…

How the super-rich are making their homes ‘invisible’

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["Privacy is perhaps the greatest luxury anyone can buy, hence the trend for properties hidden from prying eyes and online searches." Guillotine watch. *RON*]

Kate Allen, Financial Times, 25 August 2016

There is nothing remarkable about 23726 Long Valley Road — except that it does not appear to exist.

Estate agents’ advertisements show that the high-end Californian home — six bedrooms, pizza oven, pool — is situated in a gated community on the edge of Los Angeles. Yet prospective buyers searching online to check out the neighbourhood are wasting their time — none of the area’s 648 homes appear on Google Street View.
There are people who still want kerb appeal but many others don’t want anyone to know where they live All that online maps show of the area are street routes and names — what could perhaps be an outline plan for a future housing development. But anyone looking for a kerbside view of the property will find no evidence of it.