Showing posts from October 12, 2016

There's an Arrest for Drug Possession Every 25 Seconds—And Marijuana Arrests Exceed Those for All Violent Crimes

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[There's got to be a better way, and Human Rights Watch and the ACLU call for it: drug decriminalization. *RON*]
By Phillip SmithAlterNet, 12 October 2016

Nearly a half century after Richard Nixon inaugurated the modern war on drugs, to criticize it as a failure as so common as to be banal. Yet even as marijuana prohibition falls in some states, the drug war rolls on, an assembly line of criminalization and incarceration, dealing devastating blows to the lives of its victims that linger far beyond the jail or prison cell.

And most of its victims are not capos or kingpins, but simple drug users. According to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), drug possession is the single offense for which the largest number of arrests are made in the U.S., totaling more than 1.25 million last year, and accounting for more than three-fourths of all drug arrests. Nearly half of those (more than 574,000) we…

Yemen war: 'My children are starving to death'

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[Trudeau supports this through Canadian arm sales to the Saudis. As malnutrition spreads in sparsely populated areas of al-Tohaita, international aid has grown scarce, residents say. *RON*]

Nasser Al-Sakkaf, Al Jazeera, 12 October 2016

Al-Tohaita, Yemen - In a shantytown in a deserted area of Yemen's al-Tohaita district, six-year-old Ahmed Abdullah Ali and his 13 siblings often go to sleep hungry.

The effects of malnutrition have been the most dramatic on young Ahmed, whose small, frail body looks much younger than his age.

"I get 500 Yemeni rials [$2] per day, and I have 14 children, so I can hardly provide them with bread, tea and goat's milk to drink," the boy's father, Abdullah Ali, told Al Jazeera.

"They are suffering from malnutrition. Always, they need food."

Many residents of this sparsely populated area, located in the western Hodeidah province, earn some income by breeding animals, but it is not enough to mak…

Here's how we can repeal Bill C-51 and win strong privacy rules to keep us safe

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[ has created a web tool to help you both learn about Bill C-51 and convey your concerns and preferences directly to the federal government. Please do so! *RON*]
By David Christopher,, 12 October 2016

It's here! We've just launched a powerful, one-of-a-kind tool to get your voices on the public record opposing Bill C-51, and in favour of strong privacy rules for Canadians, as part of the government's national security consultation.

You can check out our tool right now at

It's really important that we get as many people as humanly possible to make their voices heard on this. Over recent years, we've all been witness to an unending stream of revelations about how the privacy of law-abiding Canadians is being eroded by the government.

Whether it's Bill C-51, CSE spying, Stingray surveillance, or the RCMP demanding our device passwords, we've been travelling in the wrong direction for fa…

Over 45,000 Canadians Went Abroad For Medical Treatment In 2015: Study

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[The only reason the Fraser Institute gives a hoot about this is because the rich must wait 9.8 weeks right alongside the poor. It things were privatized and the 1% could jump the queue they would be perfectly content to let the poor wait forever. *RON*]

By The Associated Press, Huffington Post, 12 October 2016
VANCOUVER — A new study released today by the Fraser Institute suggests 45,619 Canadians went outside the country for non-emergency medical treatment in 2015. The study from the Vancouver-based think tank comes out days after U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump took a swipe at the Canadian health care system during a town-hall debate with Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

Trump said when Canadians need a big operation, they go to the United States because of what he said was a "catastrophic'' Canadian system in certain ways. The Fraser Institute study did not indicate how many Canadians went to the U.S. for medical tr…

Green: Death of the Forests

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[I saw this one; it is heart-breaking. A visual essay about the impact of deforestation in Indonesia as seen through the eyes of a dying orangutan. See also: Filmmaker Q&A: Patrick Rouxel. "As a species we are the biggest criminals on the planet. Every day we rape the planet, shed blood and cause suffering." *RON*]

Al Jazeera, 12 Oct 2016
Filmmaker: Patrick Rouxel

Stunning images of the natural world and its biodiversity are counter-pointed with scenes of their destruction and the resulting cruelty to animals.This extraordinary visual essay, told with no human commentary at all, explores the impact of deforestation and the exploitation of natural resources in Indonesia from the point of view of a dying orangutan called Green.

The film takes viewers on an emotional journey, following Green's final days and revealing the devastating impact of logging, land-clearing and palm oil plantations.

NOTE: This film, which can be viewed throug…

RED ALERT — Get ready for a 'severe fall' in the stock market, HSBC says

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[Goodness knows the stock market is rife with Henny-Pennyism. But market prices have been artificially jacked up by free money and buy-backs ever since the recession. Since this has absolutely nothing to do with market fundamentals there must be a correction; it's a matter of how big and when. *RON*]

Bob Bryan, Business Insider, 12 October 2016

HSBC's technical-analysis team has thrown up the ultimate warning signal.

In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for HSBC, said he had become on "RED ALERT" for an imminent sell-off in stocks given the price action over the past few weeks.

Gunn uses a type of technical analysis called the Elliott Wave Principle, which tracks alternating patterns in the stock market to discern investors' behavior and possible next moves.