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Big Data Shows How Wall Street Profited From the Financial Crash

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[Banksters + politicians + mainstream media = The 1%. The evidence strongly suggests that insider information was passed along by regulators to Wall Street in advance of the announcement of the TARP program. "We looked at bank boards who had a director or officer who had work experience, current or past, at a bank regulatory agency, the Senate or the House, and we found that the boards of those banks that had those political connections traded more heavily during the financial crisis." Ask yourself why this isn't front page everywhere. *RON*]

By David Sirota & Avi Asher-Schapiro, Newsweek, 2 October 2016

This article originally appeared on the International Business Times.

Big Data—those sprawling algorithms that can track and predict patterns in human behavior—often conjures up fears of a big-brother police state. But those same data-sets could be harnessed to uncover and expose Wall Street excesses.

That’s the implication of two…

Make a Desert, Call It Peace

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[This smells like another covertly manipulated US coup. The failure of Colombia’s peace deal will only benefit the forces of violent right-wing repression and the US government, which actively desires the defeat of their socialist government. See also: Did Human Rights Watch Sabotage Colombia’s Peace Agreement? (HRW is very much a tool of US policy, much in the manner of a Radio Free Where-Have-You.) *RON*]

by Daniel Finn, Jacobin, 3 October 2016
The unexpected defeat of the referendum on the Colombian peace agreement, by a wafer-thin majority of sixty thousand votes, is a disaster for the people of Colombia; how great a disaster will only become clear over the weeks and months to come. There will no doubt be many articles written analyzing the result and its implications in detail; the points below are an immediate reaction to the vote that will be rapidly superseded by such analysis.
1. “No” won by slim margins.

Opinion polls had shown a clear…

Canada's Housing Crisis Is A Public Health Emergency

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["A recent report from British Columbia suggests life expectancy for people experiencing homelessness in that province is half that of other British Columbians." Notice how this report has not been in the news? The mainstream media are the 1% *RON*]

Dr Ryan Meili & Tim Richter, Huffington Post, 5 October 2016

In emergency rooms and frontline clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger. A high quality health system would connect these efforts to a larger plan to prevent illness and keep people healthy, but still make sure help is there in a hurry when things go wrong.

Unfortunately, in Canada, we aren't there yet.

One of the biggest factors that determines whether people will stay healthy or wind up needing emergency or chronic medical care is where they live. People without access to stable housing are at higher risk of illness, and t…

Canada’s Fishing Industry at Risk of Major Stock Collapse

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[Government resource management under the corporatocracy. Since this is a perfectly natural and predictable consequence of the way we live, this comes as a complete surprise to our leaders. Federal watchdog says 15 threatened stocks are still being fished; 12 of the 15 have no rebuilding plan in place. Guess who is the largest canner of salmon in Canada?


By Kelsey Johnson, iPolitics / The Tyee, 5 October 2016
Canada’s $6-billion fishing industry is at risk of suffering another major stock collapse, the country’s Environment and Sustainable Development commissioner warned Tuesday.

“We’re at potential risk for another stock to potentially collapse. It’s disconcerting that the department wasn’t aware of this, couldn’t wrap it up,” Julie Gelfand told reporters in Ottawa.

Stepping Over the Dead on a Migrant Boat

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[Images to ponder while wandering the mall wondering what you feel like buying today. What a photographer saw when a rescue vessel went into action off the Libyan coast. "I’ve seen a lot of death, but not this thing,” he said. “This is shocking and this is what makes you feel you are not living in a civilized world.” *RON*]

By Rick Gladstone, New York Times, 5 October 2016
It began with blips on a radar screen, 12 miles off the Libyan coast. As the rescuers approached, they found overloaded wooden vessels and rafts that evoked scenes of the slave trade.

Hundreds of African migrants were crammed into boats headed for Italy. More than two dozen people were dead in one boat alone, asphyxiated from the crush aboard. In other boats, bodies were splayed on the floorboards, forcing survivors to clamber over the corpses of their fellow voyagers.

Amid Media Blackout over Climate Change Links to Hurricane Matthew, Top Scientist Speaks Out

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[Anything that doesn't fit the narrative gets excluded by mainstream media. And, from the laughing to oblivion department: Rush Limbaugh Thinks Hurricanes Are a Liberal Plot. *RON*]

Amy Goodman with Michael Mann and Oliver Milman, Democracy Now!, 6 October 2016

States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the Southeast coastline. More than 2 million people have been urged to evacuate their homes. The record-breaking storm has already killed at least 26 people in Haiti and four in the Dominican Republic. The storm is soon expected to hit the Bahamas and then strengthen as it moves toward Florida. Meteorologists are predicting Matthew could be the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005. Many scientists are saying climate change has intensified Hurricane Matthew because warmer ocean waters help create stronger hurricanes. Matthew is already the longest-…