Showing posts from November 29, 2016

'Holocaust on ice' dance by wife of Putin official causes uproar

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[Unimaginable gall. Tatiana Navka and Andrei Burkovsky dance in striped uniform with yellow six-pointed star for dance routine on Russian TV show Ice Age. *RON*]
Alec Luhn, The Guardian, 28 November 2016
The wife of Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has caused controversy by dressing in a concentration camp uniform for a televised ice dance routine that some have called the “Holocaust on ice”.

With 500,000 children living under siege in Syria, UNICEF calls for humanitarian access

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[Syria continues to be a nightmare beyond words. Imagine if anything remotely similar was happening in a Western Christian nation. *RON*]
UN News Centre, 28 November 2016
As the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year to nearly 500,000 amid escalating violence across Syria, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for lifting sieges and allowing immediate humanitarian access.

‘After the beating’: Moroccan TV airs makeup tips for hiding domestic violence

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[Horrible. *RON*]

Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 28 November 2016
The smiling woman on the daily Moroccan television show spoke to viewers as if it were any other makeup tutorial, comparing brands and hues of face foundation and demonstrating how to apply it.
#aworldadrift Morocco TV. Makeup tutorial show how abused women can hide bruises. 🇼️🇹️🇫️ 😒 — CaLi (@CurioGorilla) November 26, 2016 Seated next to her was a woman with what appeared to be a black eye and bruises on her cheekbones.

“After the beating, this part is still sensitive, so don’t press,” the host said in Arabic as she applied makeup on the woman’s face, eventually concealing the woman’s bruises.

Kinder Morgan: Trudeau government poised to decide on pipeline

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[See also: Canada's highest court to hear landmark cases on Indigenous rights and Enbridge pipeline; and, from Janus' other face Government of Canada to develop clean fuel standard. Also: Scholarship winners urge TD to pull pipeline funding. Finally: Trudeau’s Six Unanswered Questions on Kinder Morgan Expansion. His own ministerial panel reviewed the evidence, and posed these queries. *RON*]

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun / Victoria Times-Colonist, 29 November 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is poised to make a decision on Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, perhaps as early as today at a weekly cabinet meeting.

There have been several hints recently indicating that the federal Liberals will approve the controversial project, including notice that Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has a meeting booked at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday to give an update on market access for Cana…

Cost of poverty in Toronto pegged at $5.5 billion a year

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[Low-income residents pay less tax, are more likely to be unemployed or under-employed and have higher health costs and interactions with the justice system, according to new report. But the non-tax-paying corporatocratic Trumpians get to keep all their money, which is what matters, right? *RON*]
By Laurie Monsebraaten, The Star, 28 November 2016

Poverty in Toronto costs between $4.4 billion and $5.5 billion a year, according to a groundbreaking report on what we all pay in added health care, policing and depressed economic productivity for the city’s 265,000 families living on low incomes.

Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—and His Family

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[A classic illustration of where doing the right thing gets you nowadays. Not only was this young man repeatedly threatened, bullied and attacked by Theranos, but his family had to consider selling their house to pay for the legal bills. His relationship with his grandfather—who sits on the Theranos board—is strained and perhaps irreparable. The Wall Street Journal reported that his parents have spent more than $400,000 dollars defending their son in the matter. *RON*]

By John Carreyrou, Wall Street Journal, 16 November 2016

Tyler Shultz says he wanted to shield reputation of former Secretary of State George Shultz, a Theranos director and his grandfather; $400,000 in legal fees

After working at Theranos Inc. for eight months, Tyler Shultz decided he had seen enough. On April 11, 2014, he emailed company founder Elizabeth Holmes to complain that Theranos had doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks.