Showing posts from April 15, 2017

Today's Trumpery

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

This video is truly something else ("Oh, right, Syria..."):

Immediately followed by a contradictory statement from China. BRICS Envoy on Middle East meet in India, assess situation of chemical weapons used in Syria, The Economic Times

Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms, The Intercept [Guess he suddenly forgot that he used Wikileaks to pillory Hillary!]

The White House Easter Egg Roll is like health care: Nobody knew it could be so complicated!, Think Progress

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Slapped With Over a Dozen Food Violations - Just as Congress Threatens Food Safety Protections, AlterNet

Ivanka Trump's Tweet About Libraries Somehow Managed to Stir Backlash, attn:

China fears North Korea-US conflict 'at any moment'

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BBC World News, 14 April 2017 China has warned that "conflict could break out at any moment" as tension over North Korea increases.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said if war occurred there could be no winner.

Mr Wang's comments come as the US voices increasing concern at North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and deploys a Navy carrier group off the Korean peninsula.

China, North Korea's only backer, fears conflict could cause the regime to collapse and problems on its border.

Mr Wang said: "One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment.

"I think that all relevant parties should be highly vigilant with regards to this situation."

"We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage."
Adding to Chinese unease, President Donald Trump said on Thursday that…

Trudeau Blames RCMP For Breaking Laws During His Bahamas Vacation

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[A lying politician - say it ain't so! "There was no other flight." "But your staff took a commercial flight." "In that case, the RCMP made me do it for security reasons. Yeah... that's it! Security reasons." "The RCMP made you do something illegal?" "I'm cooperating fully with the ethics investigator!" *RON*]
Ashley Harris, Debate Post, 14 April 2017

Justin Trudeau has come under fire for blatantly misleading Canadians when he flew to the Bahamas in Aga Khan’s helicopter, since that was the only mode of transportation to the private island of the Billionaire. This has given the opposition all the fuel they needed, and have launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, and demanded to know why arriving by helicopter was the only way to get to the island as a government employee had got there through a seaplane.

Rona Ambrose, the opposition leader demanded to know why the Prime Mini…

The Gig Economy’s False Promise

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[The crapification of labour. "...without the legal protections and ethical norms that once were widely accepted, workers will find the economy of the future an even more inhospitable place." *RON*]

By The Editorial Board, New York Times, 10 April 2017

The promises Silicon Valley makes about the gig economy can sound appealing. Its digital technology lets workers become entrepreneurs, we are told, freed from the drudgery of 9-to-5 jobs. Students, parents and others can make extra cash in their free time while pursuing their passions, maybe starting a thriving small business.

In reality, there is no utopia at companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Handy, whose workers are often manipulated into working long hours for low wages while continually chasing the next ride or task. These companies have discovered they can harness advances in software and behavioral sciences to old-fashioned worker exploitation, according to a growing body of e…

The cause of death that dare not speak its name: austerity

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[The reasons for knife crime are complex, but it’s wrong to ignore the impact of cuts to youth funding. *RON*]

Gary Younge, The Guardian, 15 April 2017

On Monday Cedric Anderson, the estranged husband of a special education teacher, Karen Smith, walked into her primary school classroom in San Bernardino, California, and shot dead both her and eight-year-old Jonathan Martinez; injured two other children; and then fatally shot himself. Martinez was the 67th child under the age of 11 to be shot dead in America this year. (Four more have been killed since then.) Smith, who had married Anderson just a few months earlier, was just one of the estimated 50 women in the US to be shot dead by a current or former partner each month. Of the 91 mass shootings so far this year, almost one a day, all of those where the identity of the shooter is known were committed by men.

Every day in America, on average, seven children and teens are shot dead. While writing a…

Better Government for British Columbia

[I don't know who this group consists of, but ELECTION BC 2017!! See also: # 12 - BC Liberals Love Those Foreign Donations. *RON*]

To quote from their web site:

Dear British Columbian,

Do you want a better BC government elected in the May 9, 2017 provincial election?

I’m sure your answer is yes.

So do we!

The Better Government BC Society was formed because it’s time to elect a new type of government, a government with integrity. And a government that takes big money out of politics once and for all!

Please, take a look at our video and share it widely. You can do so amongst your friends through email, Facebook and other social media.

However, if you spend any money to promote this video and website after the BC election officially begins on April 11 you need to register as a 3rd Party Advertiser with Elections BC. Before April 11 there is no requirement to register or disclose spending on advertising.

To emphasize: there is no restriction on individuals sharing the video or websit…