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Portland Adopts Surcharge on C.E.O. Pay in Move vs. Income Inequality

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[From one of the last bi-coastal big city bastions of progressive politics. It should be closer to 20 times, not 100 times, and much depends on how things get measured, but it's a great step and way better than anything we're likely to see in the rest of the US now. Now, let's see this get passed in New York and San Francisco! *RON*]

Gretchen Morenson, NY Times, 7 December 2016
Moving to address income inequality on a local level, the City Council in Portland, Ore., voted on Wednesday to impose a surtax on companies whose chief executives earn more than 100 times the median pay of their rank-and-file workers.

Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy

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[For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph. *RON*]
Moira Weigel, The Guardian, 30 November 2016

Three weeks ago, around a quarter of the American population elected a demagogue with no prior experience in public service to the presidency. In the eyes of many of his supporters, this lack of preparation was not a liability, but a strength. Donald Trump had run as a candidate whose primary qualification was that he was not “a politician”. Depicting yourself as a “maverick” or an “outsider” crusading against a corrupt Washington establishment is the oldest trick in American politics – but Trump took things further. He broke countless unspoken rules regarding what public figures can or cannot do and say.

Today's Trumpery

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Aleppo’s people are being slaughtered. Did we learn nothing from Srebrenica?

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["...the worst of humanity has become the new normal... I somehow survived the Srebrenica genocide. It’s heartbreaking to see the international community turn the other way while atrocities occur in Syria." See also: Children trapped in building under attack in Aleppo, doctor tells UN; and ‘A Complete Meltdown of Humanity’: Civilians Die in Fight for Eastern Aleppo; and Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot. *RON*]

Nedžad Avdić, The Guardian, 13 December 2016

Nedžad Avdić is a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide, during which he was tortured and shot three times before escaping

I was a teenager when I faced the worst of humanity. I remember our house burning to the ground and my family fleeing Srebrenica, hoping against hope for a chance to live. I remember the torture, and the smell of blood. I didn’t know it yet, but I was living through the worst genocide in Europe since the second world war. And afterwards, I remembe…

Ezra Levant ejects elderly women singing 'O Canada' from Rebel Media rally

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[The state of public politics continues to sink lower and lower. *RON*]
PressProgress, 12 December 2016

Levant ejects elderly women singing 'O Canada' from rally
Looks like Ezra Levant's staged rallies aren't as glorious and free as he'd lead you to believe.

One week ago, the alt-right Rebel Media website owner threw a Twitter temper tantrum claiming "freedom of speech" was at stake after his followers were criticized for directing chants of "lock her up" at Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

Levant's chanting followers were denounced by Wildrose leader Brian Jean and called "ridiculous" by PC leadership hopeful Jason Kenney – interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose even called them "idiots."