Showing posts from December 5, 2016

Poor protection of waterways paved the path for Trudeau's pipeline approvals

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[If you care about the environment, you can neither vote for Trudeau, who simply advances Harper's old corporatocratic policies with a smiling selfie-face, nor the Conservatives, where we still find Conservative leadership candidate says 'man-made climate change is a lot of hooey'. *RON*]
By Brent Patterson,, 1 December 2016

Transport minister Marc Garneau was among the cabinet ministers standing behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he announced his government's approval of two major tar sands pipelines -- the 890,000-barrel Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and the 760,000-barrel per day Line 3 pipeline.

Austria rejects far-right candidate Norbert Hofer in presidential election

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[On the bright side: Pro-European Alexander Van der Bellen increases his lead after narrow win in May election was annulled. In the last day or so we also saw the Italian Prime Minister step down - largely the result of his own ego - as well as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. *RON*]

Philip Oltermann, The Guardian, 4 December 2016

Austria has decisively rejected the possibility of the EU getting its first far-right head of state, instead electing a former leader of the Green party who said he would be an “open-minded, liberal-minded and above all a pro-European president”.

Colombia Congress approves deal with FARC

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[Some weird under-cover politics going on here. In any case, having just narrowly defeated an almost identical deal, Colombia has now formally ended a half century of internal, largely US-funded, conflict. *RON*]

By Natalie Gallón, CNN, 1 December 2016

Colombia, FARC rebels sign revised peace deal 03:35 Source: CNN. Colombia's lower house of Congress unanimously approved peace accordDeal marks end of more than five decades of conflict, giving FARC 150 days to lay down weapons (CNN) Colombia's Congress has approved a historic peace agreement that will lead to the disarming of rebels in the 52-year conflict.
The lower house Wednesday approved the revised deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The vote was 130-0 and came after about 11 hours of debate.

Amazon Worker Jumps off Building After Being Put on Big-Brother-Like 'Performance Improvement Plan'

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[Two words: Jeff Bezos. Amazon employees live in terror of these performance plans. Neoliberal HR. *RON*]
By Michael ArriaAlterNet, 29 November 2016

An Amazon worker was injured in a suicide attempt after jumping off a 12-story company building in Seattle, reports Bloomberg.

Authorities did not release the identity of the man, but the story indicates he wrote an email before he tried to kill himself. The email was visible to hundreds of other Amazon workers, and to company CEO Jeff Bezos. The man had recently requested a move to a different department, but was put on a deceptively harmless-sounding "performance improvement plan" or PIP.

Two-wheel takeover: bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen

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[Denmark’s capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city – there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow? Good to hear! Oh, to live in such a nice, flat city! *RON*]
Athlyn Cathcart-Keays, The Guardian, 30 November 2016
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Bicycle sensors in Copenhagen clocked a new record this month: there are now more bikes than cars in the heart of the city. In the last year, 35,080 more bikes have joined the daily roll, bringing the total number to 265,700, compared with 252,600 cars.

Standing Rock protesters celebrate 'big victory' as pipeline construction halted

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[Feds block Dakota Access Pipeline's route, company slams decision as politically motivated. Unfortunately I think DAPL will just twiddle their thumbs until Trump gets inaugurated. And the protesters will just be warming their toes until then. Here in Canada: 'I think we are going to see a Standing Rock': Local opponents react to approval of 2 pipelines. *RON*]
CBC News, 4 December 2016
Standing Rock protesters celebrated Sunday as news broke that construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near their territory has been halted.