Showing posts from January 13, 2017

B.C. saw 73,000 new jobs created in 2016, but this is not a good news story

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[ELECTION BC 2017!! Aside from regional job disparities, the jobs themselves have been crapified: temporary, part-time, low-wage, non-union, insecure, no benefits. Also -- when you look at the regional charts -- who votes for this ditz? The very ones who are caught at the short end of her so-called 'jobs plan'! Shades of Donald Trump. *RON*]
Seth Klein & Iglika Ivanova, / B.C. CCPA Policy Note, 12 January 2017
We hear a lot about B.C.'s strong jobs performance -- it's mentioned in every speech and media appearance by our Premier and members of her government. On the surface, it sounds like a good news story with over 73,000 new jobs created in 2016 while many provinces actually lost jobs. But what the Premier doesn't say is that most of these jobs were created in Metro Vancouver and Victoria, and our longer-term track record on job creation is much less rosy.

The BC election no one can win

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[ELECTION BC 2017!! A wee bit bleak, yet true enough. The one has no idea what he's talking about, the other knows exactly, and is lying through her teeth. *RON*]

Rafe Mair, Commonsense Canadian, 11 January 2017
The election is sufficiently near to develop a few axioms to carry us through the sea of a largely imponderable mass of horse buns that we’ll have to face. I suggest that the following are good starts to our defence mechanisms as our eyes and ears become mercilessly assaulted by heaps of political bullshit, endemic to all campaigns, this one having a master, or should I say mistress, of it?

We can assume the following:

Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! Good to see some coverage in a place like the New York Times. *RON*]

Dan Levin, New York Times, 10 December 2016

BEAR FLAT, British Columbia — Rugged, remote and prized for its rare microclimate, the Peace River Valley in northeastern British Columbia is an agricultural oasis in northern Canada. Alfalfa, watermelon and barley fields sprawl across a landscape flecked by caribou tracks and seasonal trappers’ huts, which reflect the role indigenous peoples have played in this fertile land for more than 10,000 years.

But little of this abundance will be around much longer.

After the ‘End of History’: The Age of Great Expectations and the great void.

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[Read one that's outside your bubble. On the struggle of traditional conservatives to make sense of Donald Trump. *RON*]
Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative / TomDispatch, 9 January 2017
The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the interval between those two watershed moments? Answering that question is essential to understanding how Donald Trump became president and where his ascendency leaves us.

Hardly had this period commenced before observers fell into the habit of referring to it as the “post-Cold War” era. Now that it’s over, a more descriptive name might be in order. My suggestion: America’s Age of Great Expectations.

Russia isn't the bad guy you've been led to believe it is

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[On pots and kettles. "There is nothing peculiar or pathological in Russia's behaviour: it is protecting legitimate security interests in the Baltics and the Middle East and its objectives are limited. Any Western politician or propagandist who claims otherwise is either ignorant or suffering from Russiaphobia." And in what way does the US act better? *RON*]

Tom Switzer, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 January 2017
What is it about Russia that winds everyone up so much? Why all the anger, the endless barrage of alarmist rhetoric and ruthless drive to isolate a great power with a vast arsenal of nuclear weapons?

US Senators weigh in on Russia sanctions

Big Pharma-Backed Dems Join GOP to Block Sanders Effort to End Drug Price Gouging

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[Bloody marvelous that the 'progressive' party is making Donald Trump's populist point for him. "Seventy-two percent of Americans support such a rule, according to Sanders" *RON*]

Lauren McCauleyCommon Dreams, 12 January 2017

While the Republican Party is publicly dismantling millions of Americans' health safety net, more than a dozen Democrats late Wednesday quietly threw their weight behind Big Pharma and voted down an amendment that would have allowed pharmacists to import identical—but much less expensive—drugs from Canada and other countries.