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Former HBOS manager found guilty of corruption and fraud

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[The wheels of justice grind slowly on for the banksters - this story was first reported in 2008! *RON*]
Andy Verity & David Lewis, BBC, 30 January 2017

Six people, including two former HBOS bankers, have been found guilty of bribery and fraud that cost the bank's business customers and shareholders hundreds of millions of pounds.

Lynden Scourfield, a former manager with HBOS, pleaded guilty to six counts including corruption.

Five other defendants, including so-called turnaround consultants, were also convicted.

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More than 100 natural world heritage sites degraded by human activity, says report

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["The world would never accept the Acropolis being knocked down, nor a couple of pyramids being flattened for housing estates or roads, yet, right now, across our planet, we are letting many of our natural world heritage sites be fundamentally altered." Forest loss worst in North America and Australia, with 63% of sites under increased pressure from infrastructure, agriculture and settlements. *RON*]
Michael Slezak, The Guardian, 31 January 2017
More than 100 of the world’s most precious natural assets are being severely damaged by encroaching human activities, according to a study examining direct human footprints and forest losses.

Natural world heritage sites are are identified by Unesco and include 229 sites around the world that are considered to have “outstanding universal values” that transcend national boundaries.

Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser

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[Climate-change denier Myron Ebell says he expects Trump to withdraw the US from the global climate change agreement. And it spreads, see also: Judge in environmental activist's trial says climate change is matter of debate. *RON*]
Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 30 January 2017
The environmental movement is “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world”, according to an adviser to the US president Donald Trump’s administration.

Myron Ebell, who has denied the dangers of climate change for many years and led Trump’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) until the president’s recent inauguration, also said he fully expected Trump to keep his promise to withdraw the US from the global agreement to fight global warming.

Canadians' Internet Data Affected As Trump Cancels Privacy Rules

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[Could there not be a law that Canadian Internet traffic stays within Canada? "Given the close integration between U.S. and Canadian agencies — as well as the fact that Canadian Internet traffic frequently traverses into the U.S. — there are serious implications for Canadian privacy." *RON*]
Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post, 31 January 2017
Activists and academics are calling on Canada’s privacy commissioner to investigate after an executive order from President Donald Trump last week stripped Canadians and other foreigners of the limited digital privacy protections they had enjoyed previously in the U.S.

The move could affect up to 90 per cent of Internet traffic in Canada, which is commonly routed through the U.S.

Alexandre Bissonnette, Quebec Mosque Attack Suspect, Is A Fan Of Donald Trump

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[The Donald's twitter feed has been uncharacteristically silent about Alexandre Bissonnettte, the White, Christian, native Canadian, pro-Trump, pro-Marine Le Pen, anti-feminist, anti-immigration terrorist. See also: Bigotry doesn't follow borders, advocates say after U.S. travel ban, Quebec mosque attack. *RON*]
Colin Perkel, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 31 January 2017

A university student accused of carrying out the horrific massacre on a mosque in Quebec City was a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, a far right leader in France and the separatist Parti Quebecois as well as a bird and chess enthusiast, according to what appeared to be his Facebook account.

Saudi Aramco Said to Weigh Up to $5 Billion of Renewable Deals

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[Saudis and banksters hand in hand. Hey T&T (Trump & Trudeau)! Wake up and smell the coffee. World’s biggest oil producer planning solar investments. Advisers including HSBC, JPMorgan pitching to help find deals. *RON*]

Matthew Martin, Bloomberg, 29 January 2017


Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is considering as much as $5 billion of investments in renewable energy firms as part of plans to diversify from crude production, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Banks including HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Credit Suisse Group AG have been invited to pitch for a role helping Aramco identify potential acquisition targets and advising on deals, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. The energy company is seeking to bring foreign expertise in renewable energy into the kingdom, the people said, adding that first investments under the plan could occur this year.


Microplastics found in supermarket fish, shellfish

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["Corporate stooges Researchers say it's too soon to say what impact this has on food safety." No one dares to talk about the carcinogenic effect of hormone disrupter chemicals. See also: Uncharted waters: researchers tag 3,000 shellfish to study microplastics in B.C. and Microplastics at 'alarming levels' in Canadian lakes and rivers and Researchers sound alarm over millions of tonnes of plastic dumped into oceans. Note also: Coca Cola and the "Fight Back" Against Plans to Tackle Plastic Waste. *RON*]

Brandie Weikle, CBC News, 28 January 2017

Tiny pieces of plastic are making their way into fish and shellfish found at the supermarket, a new study has shown.

The findings are part of a report prepared for the International Maritime Organization, the UN agency responsible for preventing marine pollution.

Iraqi MPs call for reciprocal ban on US citizens

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[Bigotry, hatred, isolation, fear - Trump's global politics. What a lovely mess! Members of parliament call on government to reply in kind to President Donald Trump's ban on Iraqis entering the US. See also Six Other Times the US has Banned Immigrants. *RON*]

News agencies, Al Jazeera, 30 January 2017

Iraqi members of parliament have voted to call on the government to enact a reciprocal travel ban on US citizens, if Washington does not withdraw its decision to prohibit the entry of Iraqis.

The move is a response to US President Donald Trump's executive order barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen - from entering the United States for at least 90 days.

Scientists Baffled by McConnell and Ryan's Ability to Stand Upright Without Spines

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[The Borowitz Report. Andy Borowitz hits full stride this morning! *RON*]

Andy Borowitz, New Yorker, 30 January 2017

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “medical mystery of the first order,” scientists are baffled by the ability of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to stand upright without the benefit of spines.

Doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical School, who have been studying the skeletal structures of both Republicans for months, believe that their ability to stand, walk, and even break into a brisk trot when confronted by reporters’ questions is “virtually inexplicable.”

Anti-Trump petition to stop UK state visit passes 1 million signatures

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[As online campaign gathers support, Downing Street confirms PM will not be withdrawing invitation to US president. See also: This Trump petition shows UK citizens will not bend a knee to hate. *RON*]
Nicola Slawson, The Guardian, 30 January 2017
An online petition calling for Donald Trump to be prevented from making an official state visit to the UK has passed 1m signatures.

The petition, on the government’s official petitions site, which at one point was being signed by more than a thousand people a minute, quickly reached the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered for a debate in parliament.

Deadly Shooting At Quebec City Mosque Erupts After Evening Prayers

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[White terrorist murderers in Canada. No more expressing shocked indignation at "those Americans" or "those Trump followers." *RON*]
Andree Lau, Huffington Post, 30 January 2017
Six people were killed and eight others injured when attackers opened fire in a Quebec City mosque, shortly after Sunday evening prayers.

“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement.

A joint terrorism task force that includes provincial police, the RCMP and Montreal police has been deployed.

Weekly Links

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[The blog Political Violence at a Glance always has a pretty, sedate piece of Impressionist art accompany its collection of weekly links! *RON*]
Patrick Pierson, Political Violence at a Glance, 29 January 2017

A man was arrested in Germany this week on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. An Austrian teenager with connections to the German suspect was also arrested for planning an attack in Vienna. Authorities in each country executed a number of raids this week, with German officials targeting far-right extremists and Austrian authorities arresting fourteen people with connections to Islamic State. The hunt continues for dozens of far-right extremists in Germany, with outstanding warrants for 27 individuals. Italian police busted a drug ring that was planning a shipment of eight tons of cocaine from Colombia to Europe.

Waste Not, Want Not: Right to Repair Laws on Agenda in Some States

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[Sustainable societies vs the corporatocracy. Have you tried to get anything repaired nowadays - a complete waste of time. Reject the throwaway culture! Corporations should be forced to make replacement parts available and full and useful manuals. *RON*]
Jerri-Lynn Scofield, Naked Capitalism, 29 January 2017

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She now spends most of her time in Asia researching a book about textile artisans. She also writes regularly about legal, political economy, and regulatory topics for various consulting clients and publications, as well as writes occasional travel pieces for The National.

Motherboard reports that five states have resurrected legislation that would mandate a right to repair consumer electronics. These states are Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York. The bills would require companies to make replacement parts available to independent repai…

Torture Produces Fake News—and That’s How We Got Into Iraq

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[Trump is proudly promoting ineffective crimes against humanity. *RON*]

Juan ColeInformed Comment / TruthDig, 27 January 2017

I told this story back in 2005 but it is a good story, has held up, and bears repeating now that President Trump is again promoting torture as “effective.” Torture is a good way to get people to tell you what they think you want to hear so that you will stop torturing them. That is, torture may occasionally turn up some good information if it is applied to someone not very clever or not very committed. But it is an excellent way to be trolled by a seasoned operative, with potentially disastrous consequences.

Before the Iraq War, the U.S. government had captured a handful of important al-Qaeda figures and applied torture to them.

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Canadian scientists offer support to muzzled US counterparts

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[For nine years under Harper, science suffered harsh restrictions. Now US scientists may be facing a similar fate. *RON*]
Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, 27 January 2017
Canadian scientists – who were muzzled for nearly a decade by the country’s previous Conservative government – have been making contact with their counterparts in the US to offer their support and solidarity amid mounting fears that Donald Trump’s presidency will seek to suppress climate science.

For nine years, scientists with Canada’s federal government grappled with what many described as an all out assault on science.

'How I'm still alive': Surviving Assad's prison cells

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["The food was always mixed with blood in Sednaya prison. At least the blood had some salt in it." Omar al-Shogre, former Syrian prisoner, describes his horrific ordeal in Syrian regime prisons, which taught him to treasure his humanity. See also: 'It was hell' - Syrian refugees share stories of torture. *RON*]
Lizzie Porter, Al Jazeera, 29 January 2017
Omar al-Shogre spent three years in 10 Syrian government prisons, where he was tortured and starved - and yet he describes his imprisonment as "the most beautiful days of my life".

On June 11, 2015, Shogre saw light for the first time in nearly three years. He weighed only 35kg and had no hair left. When he said hello to people on a bus near Damascus, no one replied; they were too busy looking at the wretched figure in front of them.

The West’s Largest Coal Plant May Close. It’s a Big Deal.

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[I've passed by this factory; it is a weird sight in the middle of nowhere in the Southwest. "...low natural gas prices and the rising costs of generating electricity using coal make it too expensive to operate the plant." See also: Number of U.S. Coal Mines Falls to Lowest on Record and U.S. Coal Production Dropped to 30-Year Low in 2015. *RON*]

Bobby Magill, Climate Central, 27 January 2017
The largest coal-fired power plant in the West — one of the biggest climate polluters in the nation — could close later this year, a major symbolic blow to the future of coal as the backbone of America’s electric power grid.

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Trudeau Tells Refugees: 'Canadians Will Welcome You'

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[Proud to be Canadian! *RON*]
Emma Paling, Huffington Post, 28 January 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed Canada's commitment to welcoming refugees amid U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown. 
Canada resettled about 39,000 refugees from Syria between December 2015 and December 2016.

Premier Christy Clark criticized for holding $5,000 a plate dinner

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[BC ELECTION 2017. More on the best government money can buy. See also: Trudeau government to tackle cash-for-access fundraisers with new law: source. *RON*]
Amy Judd, Global News, 27 January 2017

Critics are slamming Premier Christy Clark for holding a private fundraiser in Kelowna at $5,000 a plate. The event was held at Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna.

Critics say the premier should be listening to all voters, not just those who can afford to pay for access. Some say the practice should be banned.

“When politicians are selling access to themselves for cash it’s like having a referee for a sports game taking money from one of the team’s players,” Duff Conacher from Democracy Watch told Global News. “Politicians are referees in the public’s interest so it’s very dangerous for them to be bought off behind closed doors by players on one of the teams.”

Amazon is now worth more than America's 8 largest retailers combined

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[The golden age for oligopolies. *RON*]

JP MangalindanYahoo Finance, 25 January 2017


Sometimes, the mighty fall. In the case of Amazon (AMZN), they simply grow even bigger and more formidable.

With a current market cap of $390 billion, the Seattle-based retail giant is now worth more than the top eight traditional brick-and-mortar retailers combined, as Credit Suisse analysts led by Eugene Klerk mentioned in a recent note.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark defends cash-for-access events

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[BC ELECTION 2017. Says, "After all, we stopped having people kneel and kiss my ring after the last election!" Plutocracy, BC style. *RON*]

Ian Bailey & Justine Hunter, Globe & Mail, 27 January 2017
B.C. Premier Christy Clark, facing sustained criticism over a lack of political-fundraising limits in the province, says her government is watching the “interesting” federal move to restrict cash-for-access events. But she made no commitment to change the controversial status quo in her province.
Ms. Clark addressed the issue on Friday in Kelowna, the day after she was at a $5,000-per-plate party fundraiser at Mission Hill Winery attended, according to the BC Liberals, by 12 contributing guests. Donors were whisked past the media and into the venue to avoid scrutiny.

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France prosecuting citizens for 'crimes of solidarity'

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[French citizens are facing prosecution and even jail time for helping refugees and migrants. "Their strategy is to exhaust us. And it's working." *RON*]
Kyle G Brown, Al Jazeera, 25 January 2017
Paris, France - Trying to ward off the overnight cold with a blanket donated by volunteers, Muktar Ali was sleeping rough in the north of Paris when at about 4:30am, the police returned. He and several other Eritreans say they were pushed, prodded and kicked by police clearing the area.

Stanford historian uncovers a grim correlation between violence and inequality over the millennia

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["It is almost universally true that violence has been necessary to ensure the redistribution of wealth at any point in time." Professor Walter Scheidel examines the history of peace and economic inequality over the past 10,000 years. *RON*]

Elena Dancu, Stanford News, 24 January 2017


What price do we pay for civilization? For Walter Scheidel, a professor of history and classics at Stanford, civilization has come at the cost of glaring economic inequality since the Stone Age. The sole exception, in his account, is widespread violence – wars, pandemics, civil unrest; only violent shocks like these have substantially reduced inequality over the millennia.

San Francisco is launching an experiment to give families free money

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[Much easier to implement and study on a local level. *RON*]

Chris Weller, Business Insider, 26 January 2017

A basic income experiment is coming to San Francisco, California.

Announced at a January 23 forum hosted by the city's Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), a subsection of the Office of the Treasurer, the experiment will reportedly be a pilot program focused on families and children, Hoodline first reported.

Basic income is a wealth-distribution system that involves giving every citizen a fixed amount of money each month to cover basic living expenses. Advocate argue that by strengthening the social safety net, fewer people will be able to slip into poverty, ultimately creating healthier and happier societies.

Solar-energy jobs are growing 12 times as fast as the US economy

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[While Donald Trump signs off on Keystone XL, shouting "Jobs, jobs, jobs!" See also: President Trump’s inflated estimate for Keystone XL construction jobs. *RON*]

Dana Varinsky, Business Insider, 26 January 2017

If you're looking to switch careers, you may want to listen to the wind.

A new report says wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing profession in the US.

The growth in wind power is just one example of the rising employment numbers associated with the clean energy and sustainability sector. According to the report, published by the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program, the industry now has at least 4 million jobs, up from 3.4 million in 2011.

The Polluted Brain: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia

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["I think [air pollution] will turn out to be just the same as tobacco—there’s no safe threshold." Air pollution, particularly in major cities such as Los Angeles, California, may promote brain inflammation and disease. *RON*]

Emily Underwood, Science, 26 January 2017

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—In a barbed wire–enclosed parking lot 100 meters downwind of the Route 110 freeway, an aluminum hose sticks out of a white trailer, its nozzle aimed at an overpass. Every minute, the hose sucks up hundreds of liters of air mixed with exhaust from the roughly 300,000 cars and diesel-burning freight trucks that rumble by each day.

Crouched inside the trailer, a young chemical engineer named Arian Saffari lifts the lid off a sooty cylinder attached to the hose, part of a sophisticated filtration system that captures and sorts pollutants by size. Inside is a scientific payload: particles of sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, black carbon, and heavy metal at lea…

Does torture work – and is it worth the cost?

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[It is difficult to gather useful information through torture, and attempting to do so can have far-reaching consequences. *RON*]
Jason Burke, The Guardian, 26 January 2017
Does torture work? Donald Trump believes so. If constant use over thousands of years of human history indicates efficacy then he might seem to be right.

The use of coercion, including the inflicting of pain and extreme discomfort, to extract information has been attractive to those charged with protecting the public – as well as to criminals, psychopaths, warlords, dictators and sadists, for as long as any have existed.

The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used torture. The adjective “medieval” prompts a mental image – in part due to the film Pulp Fiction – of barbarous implements used to force people to divulge something they would rather keep silent about.

Meet Two Aspiring Canadian Trumps

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[They've made it to Slate! "Think brash nationalism could never succeed in our progressive neighbor to the north? Two party-leader candidates are betting otherwise." *RON*]
By Chris Berube, Slate, 26 January 2017

Since the election of Justin Trudeau, many Americans have started depicting Canada as a cuddly, progressive utopia. The prime minister welcomes refugees at the airport! There are women in the Cabinet! Just reading American news, it seems like Canada is a left-wing sanctuary whose reasonable temperament makes it immune to the march of global conservative populism.

Shoring up the civic function of journalism in Canada

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[Good article! A major study by the Public Policy Forum recommends creative policy measures to help ensure citizens have access to quality journalism. *RON*]
Edward Greenspon, Policy Options, 26 January 2017
In the winter of 1989, about 10 months before the Berlin Wall fell, Poland’s weak Communist government entered into power-sharing talks with Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement. As one of two members of the Globe and Mail’s European bureau, I travelled to Poland to report on this geopolitical supernova.

As my translator and I hopped between several parishes one Sunday, intent on hearing what Poland’s long-repressed clergy had to say, we came upon a young man peddling old Commodore 64 computers. He spoke some English. He told me the units had been smuggled in from Germany. I asked, would he get into trouble with the authorities?

A New Report Finds America Is No Longer a "Full Democracy"

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[And Donald Trump isn't to blame. See also: Canada's right doubtless dismayed as The Economist boots the U.S.A. off its list of 'full democracies'. *RON*]

Inae Oh, Mother Jones, 26 January 2017


For the first time, the United States has been downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy" by the Economic Intelligence Unit, a group that annually measures the strength of democracies across the world. According to the EIU, the country's decline as a liberal democracy can be attributed to the "further erosion of trust in government and elected officials"—the same factors that led to the election of President Donald Trump.

Judge refuses to allow court review of conflict commissioner's rulings on Christy Clark

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[They wrote the crooked law and are following it to the letter! "...members of the public who complain to the commissioner about the premier's conflicts of interest 'are not entitled to a remedy, and are not even entitled to any assurance that the Commissioner himself has not been compromised by his own conflict of interest'... 'It is dangerously undemocratic for B.C. to have an ethics law that politicians can ignore, and an ethics commissioner who is an unaccountable czar.'" *RON*]

Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight, 25 January 2017

B.C.'s conflict of interest commissioner, Paul Fraser, has succeeded in thwarting a judicial review of his decision to clear Premier Christy Clark.

RELATED STORIES
Democracy Watch and conflict commissioner in court over complaint about Christy Clark
B.C.'s conflict of interest commissioner clears Premier Christy Clark


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The US in Sri Lanka:- when does ‘Aid’ become Espionage?

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[Wait a minute, this can't be correct! Only Putin interferes with democracy, right? *RON*]
Lasanda Kurukulasuriya, Defend Democracy Press, 24 January 2017


Recent media reports in Sri Lanka reveal that a $13.7 million USAID-funded program for ‘democracy and accountability’ is to be implemented by a private US company alleged to have links to the CIA. This has raised questions regarding the nature of the government’s relationship with the US.

BP warns of price pressures from long-term oil glut

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["The surplus should spur increasing competition between companies and producer nations to ensure their assets are not left stranded as demand gradually shifts from oil to cleaner forms of energy. The result is likely to be quite significant pressures to dampen long-run prices." So, I know what to do - let's build lots more pipelines! *RON*]
Andrew Ward, Financial Times, 25 January 2017
The world is facing a long-term oil glut as producers scramble to exploit reserves before fossil fuel demand goes into decline, according to BP assessment that suggests oil companies should brace for prolonged pressure from low prices.
The UK oil and gas group said there is twice as much technically recoverable oil available as the world is expected to need between now and 2050, making it likely that some oil reserves will never be extracted.

Plan approved for 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank

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[Building plan for occupied West Bank came two days after more than 500 settlement homes were approved in East Jerusalem. No surprise here; see also: Trump pledges to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital and Palestine threatens to withdraw recognition of Israel. *RON*]

Israel has approved a plan to construct 2,500 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, two days after the country accepted building permits for more than 500 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement on Tuesday that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on the approval "in response to housing needs".

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Trudeau Says He 'Misspoke' When He Said Alberta Oilsands Must Be Phased Out

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["I misspoke... But..." *RON*]

Althia Raj, Huffington Post, 24 January 2017

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “misspoke” when told an Ontario audience earlier this month that the oilsands need to be phased out.

“I misspoke. I said something the way I shouldn’t have said it,” Trudeau told journalists Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Calgary. But then, the prime minister offered a long defence for why he believes the oilsands will be phased out some day.

Rick Bell from the Calgary Sun told the prime minister there was “quite a little bit of anger in Alberta” about his comments and he offered the PM the opportunity to set the record straight.

Open letter to Premier Christy Clark: Weighing the risks vs. benefits of the Trans Mountain pipeline

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["As our Premier, you have the obligation to back up your decisions and show transparency in your evaluations, particularly when they involve very large and risky projects." Concerned Professional Engineers (CPE) *RON*]

Brian Gunn, P.Eng, Vancouver Observer, 24 January 2017

Dear Premier Christy Clark,

You were once opposed to Kinder Morgan’s (KM) -Transmountain Expansion (TMX), and then approved the project on January 11 2017. You stated that the five conditions for approval imposed by British Columbia were met.

Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land

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[Seven months after a big Husky leak in northern Saskatchewan. This one is near Stoughton, Sask. on Ocean Man First Nation land. They still haven't discovered where the leak is coming from. *RON*]

Ethan Lou & Alastair Sharp, Reuters, 23 January 2017


A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday.

The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 liters have since been recovered, said Doug McKnight, assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan.

3 staggering charts show how big the gap between rich and poor is growing in British Columbia

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[BC ELECTION 2017!!! Most interesting is the inter-Provincial comparison in the second chart. But I wonder what would have happened if they dis-aggregated Alberta from the other Prairie provinces? *RON*]
Press Progress, 23 January 2017

Something isn't right in Christy Clark's British Columbia.

While a small handful of British Columbians have grown wealthy in recent years, low wages and rising costs of living have caused the gap between rich and poor to increase dramatically – so much so, BC is now the most unequal province in Canada.


Sticking to carefully scripted talking points on jobs and balanced budgets, you won't find BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark with much to say about the extreme wealth and poverty increasingly polarizing the province.

President Trump To Approve Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

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[So, we need to start moving on that "impeach" part! *RON*]
Julie Pace, Associated Press / Huffington Post, 24 January 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will sign orders Tuesday to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, a pair of projects that were blocked by the Obama administration due in part to environmental concerns.

Trump is to sign the orders Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The move is expected to be cheered by Republicans and some union groups who backed the projects.

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Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

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[Guillotine watch at the Trumpocalypse. Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization. "As Americans withdraw into smaller circles of experience, we jeopardize the 'larger circle of empathy,' he said, the search for solutions to shared problems. 'The easy question is, How do I protect me and mine? The more interesting question is, what do we do if it just keeps chugging along?'" *RON*]

By Evan Osnos, New Yorkers, 30 January 2017 Issue