Showing posts from March 21, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

In Shocker, FBI and NSA Testify That Trump Is Full of Shit, Mother Jones

Bad news for the bad-news agency, Politico [Science proves bad stuff about plutocrats, must be stopped]

Trump Administration removes LGBTQ seniors from federal care surveys, GLAAD [Trump's way to solve social problems: stop measuring them.]

Ivanka Trump has West Wing office and will get access to classified information, Guardian [Has no job title, doesn't work for government.]

Trump to spend 7th consecutive weekend at Trump-branded property, at enormous cost to taxpayers, Think Progress

A White House Without Rules, Moyers & Company

Award-winning Ojibway author Richard Wagamese dies at age 61

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[No new tales to come. I'll have to re-read some of his books now. Sad. *RON*]

Amy Smart, Gemma Karstens-Smtih, Times Colonist / Canadian Press, 11 March 2017

The room was buzzing in a way it normally doesn’t, when Richard Wagamese stepped in front of a crowd at the University of Victoria six years ago.

The acclaimed Ojibway writer, who died Friday at the age of 61, was about to deliver the 2011 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecture — a piece of storytelling about storytelling — that remains vivid in the memories of those who saw it.

“I witnessed maybe the best session of storytelling I’ve ever seen in my life. He was so skillful. He was athletic, the way he moved across the stage. It’s a cliche, but he had everyone in the palm of his hand,” said Bill Gaston, who was chairman of the writing department at the time.

“He had so much to say. His heart was so evident. I was an instant fan.”

Wagamese, who was the 2011 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer, is b…

Trudeau and Bay Street are on a collision course over income inequality

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[Most of this article is reflex greed-driven whining from corporate welfare queens, with two seconds of reality in the third-to-last paragraph. I don't know what to think of Trudeau. Here he is doing good, following solid empirical advice on the economy, and he should be supported and congratulated for it. *RON*]
Kevin Carmichael, Canadian Business, 20 March 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau certainly has Bay Street in a tizzy. David Rosenberg, a famous economist who works for high-end wealth manager Gluskin Sheff + Associates, this week advised readers of his $1,000-a-year newsletter to sell Canadian stocks and convert their loonies to other currencies before the March 22 budget ruins them. “This promises to be a tax-grab budget that would have made the likes of Herb Gray very proud if he was still alive,” Rosenberg wrote on March 13, according to a subscribers-only report in the Globe and Mail.
Rosenberg, known for prescient forecasts base…

Study: Natural Gas Power Plants Emit up to 120 Times More Methane Than Previously Estimated

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[I don't suppose mere facts would change Christy's mind in any case. She must be voted out. *RON*]

Steve Horn, Desmog Blog, 20 March 2017
Researchers at Purdue University and the Environmental Defense Fund have concluded in a recent study that natural gas power plants release 21–120 times more methane than earlier estimates.

Published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, the study also found that for oil refineries, emission rates were 11–90 times more than initial estimates. Natural gas, long touted as a cleaner and more climate-friendly alternative to burning coal, is obtained in the U.S. mostly via the controversial horizontal drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

The scientists measured air emissions at three natural gas-fired power plants and three refineries in Utah, Indiana, and Illinois using Purdue's flying chemistry lab, the Airborne Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (ALAR). They compa…

BC Hydro’s real debt has grown 1337% under Liberals…Shouldn’t someone call the cops?

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[BC ELECTION 2017!!! "Ms. Anton, if you don’t order a full enquiry forthwith on the evidence before you, in light of the statutory requirement of the Attorney General Act and your sworn oath to 'see that the administration of public affairs is in accordance with law', it would be open to fair conjecture that this inaction is to protect your political colleagues." *RON*]
Rafe Mair, Commonsense Canadian, 20 March 2017
I start this exercise with a couple of general comments.

The detailed information available on the “progress” of BC Hydro since the Liberals took over in 2001 would be very difficult to pull together if we were left to government confessions of error or sleuthing by the NDP opposition. In fact, in this regard, the public are greatly indebted to Norman Farrell, Arthur Caldicott, Erik Andersen, Tom Rankin, John Calvert, author of Liquid Gold, Damien Gillis, myself and, on the question of Site C, people like Harry Swai…

These Cities Are Pulling Billions From the Banks That Support the Dakota Access Pipeline

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[From Seattle to San Francisco, Albuquerque to Raleigh, cities are joining the fight to defund the controversial pipeline. So, the political resonse is: Republican Legislators Push for Cities to Be Treated as "Tenants of the State". *RON*]

Jimmy Tobias, The Nation, 20 March 2017

Last September, as water protectors faced down militarized police in North Dakota’s rural riverlands, activists in Seattle set out to withdraw municipal money from banks backing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Above all, they sought to cut their city’s ties to Wells Fargo, the Wall Street leviathan that has generously financed and serviced the pipeline’s parent companies.

From the start, the Seattle agitators saw their effort as the spark that might ignite a nationwide divestment drive. They meant to be a model.

“We knew if we succeeded here we could create ripple effects in other communities around the country,” says Matt Remle, a member of the Standing Roc…

Global brands shun Google

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[Hundreds of companies suspend advertising in row over extremist content
Alexi Mostrous, The Times, 21 March 2017

Global brands including Volkswagen, Toyota and Tesco last night joined the more than 250 companies that have suspended advertising deals with Google as the internet giant apologised for failing to crack down on extremism.

ITV, Aviva and Heinz also pulled advertising from YouTube, Google’s video platform, after an investigation by The Times found the companies promoted on videos posted by hate preachers, rape apologists and homophobic extremists banned from entering Britain.