Showing posts from November 7, 2016

The Coming Plague of Poverty Among the Elderly: Clinton’s Plan For Gutting Social Security

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[Progressive politics, Clinton-style. "The day before his appointment as co-chair, Simpson said in an interview with the Washington Post: 'How did we get to a point in America where you get to a certain age in life, regardless of net worth or income, and you’re 'entitled'? The word itself is killing us.' (Feb. 17, 2010) In a later e-mail he described Social Security as 'a milk cow with 310 million teats,' and had characterized its beneficiaries as 'greedy geezers.'" *RON*]

Alan Nasser, Counterpunch, 4 November 2016

In the recent Wikileaks revelations confirming Hillary Clinton’s duplicity, one of the clearest disclosures of her policy plans concerns her intention regarding Social Security. She stated that she would return to the position of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, charged with producing recommendations for reducing the deficit, i.e. cutting government social spending.

Chelsea Manning made second suicide attempt, attorneys say

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[Manning 'tried to kill herself' last month at Fort Leavenworth prison. Former army intelligence analyst is serving 40 years for leaking secrets. Canary in a coal mine for modern society. *RON*]
Associated Press, The Guardian, 5 November 2016
Chelsea Manning attempted suicide for the second time in recent months while in prison in Kansas for leaking classified information, two of her attorneys said on Friday.

Attorneys Vincent Ward and Chase Strangio declined to divulge details of Manning’s suicide attempt last month at a military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Wayne Hall, an army spokesman, said medical privacy laws barred him from discussing the matter.

But Manning’s attorneys cited her prison conditions – including the solitary confinement that her legal team says she received as punishment for her July suicide attempt – as contributing to their client’s fragile mental state.

Smog drives Delhi’s middle-class exodus

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[Brain drain and a plunge in property prices are among the economic costs of pollution. See also: Delhi smog: 'Children are prisoners behind their masks'. *RON*]

by: Kiran Stacey, Financial Post, 6 November 2016

After another night of illness and lack of sleep last winter, Sangita Vyas had reached her limit. Ms Vyas, who runs an economic research institute, decided to abandon Delhi and its cloud of toxic pollution.

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Ms Vyas is at the forefront of a movement away from India’s smog-bound capital by an increasing number of middle-class professionals and expatriates. And after the most polluted Diwali holiday of the past five years, experts are warning that the outward migration could soon start causing serious damage to the economy of the world’s third-largest city.

“I was sick all the time and I wasn’t able to sleep for the…

US admits air strikes 'likely' killed Afghan civilians

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[Two days after the killing of 32 in Kunduz, US army does a 180 degree turn-around and concedes its raids "likely" resulted in the loss of innocent lives. *RON*]

Source: Al Jazeera News And News Agencies, 6 November 2016

US forces in Afghanistan conceded on Saturday that their air strikes in the northern province of Kunduz had "very likely" resulted in civilian killings.

At least 32 people, including babies, children and women, were killed and dozens wounded on Thursday when their houses on the outskirts of Kunduz city were bombed as they slept.

The killings sparked angry protests in the village of Boze Qandahari calling to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The strikes were in support of US and Afghan forces during an attack targeting senior Taliban commanders, according to local officials.

US military spokesman Charles Cleveland said an initial probe showed the attack "very likely resulted in civilian casualties".

Ontario Basic Income Should Be $1,320 Per Month, Adviser Says

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[I realize the idea is to not make free money so appealing that a person has no motivation to work, but I didn't know they would set the rate at 25% below the poverty level. Actually even this is not right, if the numbers in the article are correct: (1320*12)/22000 = .72, which is not "at least 75 per cent of the LIM" as they say. See also: Basic income: the world’s simplest plan to end poverty, explained. *RON*]

By Jesse Ferreras, Huffington Post, 4 November 2016

Ontarians are slowly seeing a clearer picture of what a basic income would look like in their province.
The province should pay $1,320 per month to individuals as part of a Basic Income Pilot Project that could be applied in a number of communities around Ontario, said a discussion paper released Thursday by ex-senator Hugh Segal, who is working with the province to design the project.

The government is holding public consultations on the project from November 2016 to Jan…

Breaking News: B.C. lays out West Coast spill response needs ahead of expected federal plan

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[Interesting spin; I hadn't seen this coming. According to Christy, BC's "world class oil spill response" has nothing to do with the responsibilities of either the oil companies or Christy herself. It is entirely the problem of Justin Trudeau. *RON*]

Dirk Meissner, Canadian Press / Brandon Sun, 6 November 2016

VICTORIA - British Columbia's demands for a world-leading marine oil spill response has a long list of requirements, including a coast guard base at Prince Rupert and a multimillion-dollar price tag for the federal government.

The B.C. and federal governments have been in talks for months to develop a West Coast spill response system, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is expected to announce its plans on Monday. Trudeau is in Vancouver Monday where he has scheduled a news conference.

A provincial Environment Ministry official said in advance of the expected announcement there are 11 gaps in marine…