Showing posts from April 13, 2017

Today's Trumpery

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

Trump reverses on NATO, China, Russia and other campaign promises, CTV News
Inside Bannon’s struggle: From ‘shadow president’ to Trump’s marked man, Washington Post [=bad for the Trump family's bottom line]
Out of 47 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting [=The Echo Chamber]
Why the Hell Did the New York Times Just Hire a Climate Denier?, In These Times
Scott Pruitt Faces Anger From Right Over E.P.A. Finding He Won’t Fight, New York Times [They're angry that he's not dismantling EPA quickly enough]
Undercooled meat. Dangerous fish. Health inspectors zing Trump’s Mar-a-Lago kitchen. Miama Herald. [Hey Shinzo Abe; avoid the seafood! :-)]

Rich Americans live up to 15 years longer than poor peers, studies find

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[Class wars, market failure, and mortality. The starkest possible demonstration of what happens when everything is for sale; when everything is defined as a market. The health insurance system – the most expensive in the world – is killing us, researchers find, arguing healthcare should be treated as human right. *RON*]
Jessica Glenza, The Guardian, 6 April 2017
You can’t buy time – except, it seems, in America.

Increasing inequality means wealthy Americans can now expect to live up to 15 years longer than their poor counterparts, reports in the British medical journal the Lancet have found.

Researchers said these disparities appear to be worsened by the American health system itself, which relies on for-profit insurance companies, and is the most expensive in the world.

Their conclusion? Treat healthcare as a human right.
“Healthcare is not a commodity,” wrote US Senator Bernie Sanders in an opinion article introducing the issue of the journal, whi…

Rafe: Christy Clark must go!

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! Amen, Rafe, Amen! "This woman is not only vain and incompetent beyond description, she’s incapable of telling the truth as she makes us look like fools to the rest of the country and beyond." *RON*]
Rafe Mair, Commonsense Canadian, 6 April 2017
The Christy Clark government and Clark herself must go!

I am not a socialist but neither are the NDP. Of course, we must have a thriving economy that supports our necessities and has room for earned luxuries. What we can no longer do, if we wish to have a British Columbia useful for enjoyment of life, is let entrepreneurial ambitions and corporate influence on government trump all other values.

Even if you do place the economy above all else, you have to examine the Clark Keystone Kops’ self-proclaimed business acumen, which, even in these good economic times, has doubled the provincial debt and ruined our former crown jewel, BC Hydro, and, having bankrupted it in all but name,…

Archeological find affirms Heiltsuk Nation's oral history

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[An older story but I just came across it; it didn't get much coverage. It's quite a remarkable find. This settlement on B.C.'s Central Coast dated back to 14,000 years. *RON*]

Roshini Nair, CBC News, 30 March 2017
An ancient archeological find on Triquet Island on B.C.'s Central Coast is adding credence to the oral histories of the Heiltsuk Nation.

"Heiltsuk oral history talks of a strip of land in that area where the excavation took place. It was a place that never froze during the ice age and it was a place where our ancestors flocked to for survival," said William Housty, a member of Heiltsuk Nation. 
B.C. archaeologists have excavated a settlement in the area — in traditional Heiltsuk Nation territory — and dated it to 14,000 years ago, during the last ice age where glaciers covered much of North America.

"This find is very important because it reaffirms a lot of the history that our people have been talking ab…

Trans Fat Ban Saved Lives in New York, Study Shows

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[The industrial treatment that keeps transfats from spoiling also causes them to congeal in your arteries. Such regulations have been resisted tooth and nail by the commercial food industry. *RON*]

Maggie Fox, NBC News, 12 April 2017

Heart attacks and strokes fell by more than 6 percent three years after some New York counties banned trans fats, researchers reported Wednesday.

A national ban on trans fats starts in 2018 and the study by a team at Yale University shows it may not only cut deaths, but non-fatal heart attacks and strokes as well.

Trans fats, found in oils used to make cookies, crackers, microwave popcorn and to fry fast food, stay fresh longer than liquid fats. But the chemical process used to make them solid like butter also makes them clog arteries just like butter or lard does.
New York cities and counties were among the first to start banning them in restaurants and fast-food outlets. "New York City was the first large metrop…

Britain’s reliance on EU workers laid bare in official trade figures

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[This is very obvious when you visit there; every hotel and shop has someone from Eastern Europe behind the counter. *RON*]

Richard Ford, The Times, 13 April 2017
More than half a million EU citizens were employed in Britain’s retail, hotel and restaurant industries last year, according to a government study published yesterday — highlighting the country’s reliance on migrant labour.

A further 400,000 EU citizens worked in the financial and business services sector, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It reported that migrants from eastern Europe were likely to work more hours and earn lower wages than other workers, including Britons. It found a split between migrants from western EU states and those from the poorer, eastern European countries that have joined the union since 2004.

Migrants from states such as France and Germany were more likely to have a university degree, to be higher paid and to work in a job that matched the…