Showing posts from February 19, 2017

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable

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[Trump’s top adviser thinks we’re in "the great Fourth Turning in American history." See: William Strauss & Neil Howe. The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny. *RON*]
Paul Blumenthal, JM Rieger, Huffington Post, 18 February 2017

WASHINGTON ― In 2009, the historian David Kaiser, then a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, got a call from a guy named Steve Bannon.
Bannon wanted to interview Kaiser for a documentary he was making based on the work of the generational theorists William Strauss and Neil Howe. Kaiser, an expert on Strauss and Howe, didn’t know Bannon from Adam, but he agreed to participate. He went to the Washington headquarters of the conservative activist group Citizens United, where Bannon was then based, for a chat.

I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

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["If a police officer were to stop you on the street of America and ask you to unlock your phone and give it to them, [the Constitution] would give you strong legal ground for refusing to do so. But unfortunately, the US border isn’t technically the US, and you don’t have either of these rights at the border." *RON*]

Quincy Larson, Medium, 14 February 2017

A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password.

Average Vancouver one-bedroom rent reaches record high

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[Vancouverites, on average, pay $1,900: PadMapper. Depressing! ELECTION 2017!! *RON*]

Emma Crawford Hampel, Business in Vancouver / Vancouver Courier, 16 February 2017

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver remains the highest in the country, and it increased another 1.6 per cent in February, reaching the highest level on record.

Vancouverites are, on average, paying $1,900 for a one-bedroom unit, according to PadMapper. The increase comes in spite of a drop in average home prices across the city; the British Columbia Real Estate Association February 15 announced home prices fell 19 per cent year-over-year in January.

Toronto came in second with an average price of $1,620 for this home type, which was a 4.5 per cent month-over-month jump.

Enbridge pipeline leaks 200,000 litres of oil condensate in Strathcona County

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[I doubt Edmontonians care much. "Nothing to see here... All taken care of... World-class blah-dee-blah..." See also: Federal cabinet to make a decision on Line 3 this week, Enbridge's largest pipeline project everEnbridge mulls drilling under Mackenzie River to replace pipeline section. *RON*]

Andrea Ross, CBC News 18 February 2017

Cleanup efforts are underway after an Enbridge pipeline leaked 200,000 litres of oil condensate at an industrial site in Strathcona County.

The Line 2A pipeline was damaged by a third-party line strike involving Ledcor and TransCanada, who were doing construction in the area on Friday afternoon, Enbridge said in a media release.
Paying for pipelines: How consumers can end up footing some of the bill
Pipeline progress means crude-by-rail slowdown could be much more long-term

Enbridge immediately shut down five other pipelines in the area as a precaution. Crews are now working to clean up the spill, whic…

John McCain Humiliates Trump In Front Of The Entire World – Meltdown Coming

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[Baloney - they're using him as a front. Click here to see that McCain, in reality, voted with Trump 94.4% of the time! In fact this is largely true of all of them, Republicans and Democrats included! *RON*]
Gloria Christie, Bipartisan Report, 17 February 2017

Senator John McCain is not a person to irritate, and now he is as mad as hell. The senator withstood five and one-half years of torture in Viet Nam, owing to his formidable strength of character and unflappable patriotism. Then, he spent decades honing his political skills. Now, he is taking Donald Trump apart one lie at a time.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked about 45’s affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the man is a killer. Trump’s response was startling:

‘There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?’

Christy Clark raises expectations for a big tax cut. Will she deliver?

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[ELECTION 2017!! "When we have a surplus, it means that we are taking too much money from people in their taxes," Clark said. No, it means you've stolen too many supports and services away from poor and helpless British Columbians. *RON*]

Mike Smyth, The Province, 18 February 2017

There’s a tried-and-true strategy in politics that works like a charm almost every time: the old under-promise/over-deliver trick.

It works this way: First you lower the public’s expectations by pretending times are tough and maybe some bad news is coming. Then you knock their socks off by delivering some great news they didn’t expect.