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Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More

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[The public interest vs the corporatocracy. A rapid flurry of deregulation. With many photos of happy, smiling creeps. It's not about being pro-market; it's about being pro-plutocrats. *RON*]

Eric Lipton & Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times, 5 March 2017

WASHINGTON — Giants in telecommunications, like Verizon and AT&T, will not have to take “reasonable measures” to ensure that their customers’ Social Security numbers, web browsing history and other personal information are not stolen or accidentally released.

Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase will not be punished, at least for now, for not collecting extra money from customers to cover potential losses from certain kinds of high-risk trades that helped unleash the 2008 financial crisis.

Russian politician Igor Lebedev proposes legalising football hooliganism

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[In case you're thinking "Fake news": A Russian politician wants to turn football hooliganism into a 'sport' ahead of the 2018 World CupRussian politician calls for 'legalisation' of football hooliganism'Make football hooliganism a sport: Lebedev. Small wonder his name is practically an anagram for "bedevil"! *RON*]

BBC World News, 5 March 2017

A Russian politician has proposed legalising football hooliganism and turning it into a sport.

Igor Lebedev has drawn up rules for "draka" - the Russian word for fight - which he said would involve 20 unarmed competitors on each side in an organised brawl.

Groups of Russia fans were deported from France after repeated scenes of violence at Euro 2016.

Russia will host the next World Cup in summer 2018.

Libby Davies: Next NDP leader must present principled alternative to right-wing populism

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[Hold the presses! Evidently this is just occurring to them. *RON*]
Libby Davies, rabble.ca, 3 March 2017

Like many, I have been giving thought to the NDP leadership race and sorting through what it is I'm looking for in a new leader. New Democrats and friends have also asked me who I might support amongst the declared and yet-to-be-potentially-declared candidates. I decided to share some of my thoughts in the hopes it contributes to the great debate that invariably happens when New Democrats elect a new leader.

We live in challenging times and any new leader of the NDP will face significant decisions about the direction we take as a party. I believe the new leader will need to demonstrate their ability to position the NDP as the clear choice of progressive Canadians and the strongest opposition and alternative to right-wing populism.

If we want a real alternative to the centrism of Justin Trudeau, the NDP leader must present substance and prin…

Rectal Marijuana Is More Effective Than Smoking Joints: Doctor

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[The title was plainly selected mainly for purposes of titillation. However, of the people who I know who use medical marijuana, none of them smoke it, or rarely. Smoking marijuana is passé since there are now so many alternative methods for taking it. *RON*]
Geordon Omand, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 5 March 2017
VANCOUVER - Not all medicinal marijuana is created equal. That's what some experts are saying as they warn about the health risks and curtailed effectiveness associated with smoking medicine.

As medical pot becomes increasingly mainstream and Canada moves toward legalizing the substance, health experts are emphasizing the need for doctors and patients to consider the sometimes serious side effects linked to the various ways of consuming the drug.

Today's Trumpery

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How Economists Killed Your Conscience

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["far from being rare and quirky, unselfish prosocial behavior is not only common, but highly predictable" Cultivating conscience: how good laws can make good people. *RON*]
Lynn Stout, Evonomics, not dated.

What’s the best way to get people to behave themselves? Legal and policy experts often assume people are basically selfish creatures who respond only to punishments and rewards, and who can’t be trusted to do a good job or refrain from lying, cheating and stealing unless given the right “incentives.” Are CEOs neglecting their firms? Tie their pay to share price with stock grants and options. Are America’s children failing to learn their ABCs? Give teachers bonus pay if they raise test scores, and fire them if they don’t. Are Medicare expenses increasing too quickly? Use “pay for performance” schemes that give doctors and hospitals a direct financial motive for keeping health care costs down.

This emphasis on “incentives” and “account…