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Today's Trumpery

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


Donald Trump continues his verbal assault on Canada, Daily Hive
PM Trudeau wants 'fact' based trade talk with U.S., CTV News
Mr. Trump, lovers of Iran would like to thank you for helping our cause, Public Radio International
Trump promises the White House’s tax plan is coming next week, Vox [Except it's not "broad principles and priorities"]
Scientists Are Marching Because Things Are Not Normal, The Nation [I'll post pics from the Vancouver march.]
Trump applauds Le Pen's strength, The Guardian [After congratulating Erdogan earlier this week.]

Site C: It’s not too late to hit pause

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[Falling demand, rising costs, not green, makes a mockery of reconciliation. New research suggests that Site C could incur hundreds of millions in unnecessary costs. Refer it to the BC Utilities Commission for a full review. *RON*]

Gordon Christie, Rick Hendriks, Philip Raphals, Karen Bakker, Policy Options, 19 April 2017

Site C is an $8.3-billion hydroelectric project in the early stages of construction by BC Hydro, the provincial power utility, on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. It is designed to produce 1,100 megawatts of capacity and 5,100 gigawatt-hours per year of energy, starting in 2024. Supporters of the project have promoted it as a “clean, renewable energy” project. They have also argued that Site C is the most cost-effective way of meeting forecast increases in electricity demand, while being the preferred way of contributing to meeting British Columbia’s and Canada’s climate change objectives.

Our research at the Un…

# 12 - BC Liberals Love Those Foreign Donations

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! A good series by Project Democracy. See also: #11 – Big Timber, Big Donations, Big Trouble, #10 Digging Up The Gold For The BC Liberals, #9 – Tinted Windows – Cash For Access To The BC Liberals. Check their web site for the rest in the series. *RON*]
Project Democracy, 13 April 2017


Today we kick off the BC Liberals’ Dirty Dozen Donations series, a recap of the worst ways in which big money interests buy influence and elections in BC in cahoots with the BC Liberal Party.

If there is one way BC is like a tin-pot dictatorship, look no further than the fact that foreign and out-of-province companies and individuals can make unlimited donations to our political parties to curry favour and to influence elections. And the BC Liberals really like it that way.

Most civilized countries, and most provinces ban all political donations from outside their jurisdiction. After all, democracy is supposed to be based on the principle of one …

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

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[The vanishing middle class. How did it happen? What can be done about it? *RON*]

Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking, 20 April 2017
You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.” But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place.

In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates.
Two roads diverged

In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the “FTE sector” (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the industries which largely support its growth). These are the 20 percent of Americans …

Rising sea to displace 500,000 New Orleans area residents, study says; see where they might go

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[A half million Louisiana climate migrants... *RON*]

Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune, 20 April 2017


Texas, brace yourself. Over the next 83 years, a half-million southeast Louisiana "climate migrants" might be headed your way.
A study published this week predicts that sea level rise will push hundreds of thousands of people out of U.S. coastal cities such as New Orleans. It says the population will boom in nearby inland cities such as Austin.
The University of Georgia study is considered the first detailed look at how inland cities might be affected by sea level rise. It estimates more than than 500,000 people will flee the seven-parish New Orleans area by 2100 due to sea level rise and the problems that come with it, including frequent flooding and greater exposure to storm surges. That's more than one third of metro New Orleans's current population.
Here's why La.'s coastal crisis is the worst in the U.S. Nowhe…

Age of sincerity

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[Beyond Good and Evil. In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong. *RON*]
Faisal Devji, Aeon, 17 April 2017
A generation ago, the philosopher Judith Shklar at Harvard argued that hypocrisy is one of the ordinary vices. By mimicking virtue, Shklar pointed out, the hypocrite tacitly acknowledges and helps to maintain the moral order in public, even as he betrays it privately. Indeed, the hypocrite can even be congratulated for refusing to tolerate any outright infractions of this order. Precisely because it is so commonplace, hypocrisy rarely assumes any real political importance.

On occasion, however, the problem of hypocrisy takes on a spectacular role in politics. Now is such a time; hypocrisy is making a lot of people very angry. Today, in the United States and in western Europe, anger over hypocrisy, especially that of liberals, is driving politics. Both the Left and Right …