Showing posts from August 3, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[Welcome to the monkey house. A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

Comey signs book deal, release set for spring, The Hill
Trump Blames Congress for Poor U.S. Relations With Russia, New York Times [everyone except him is the problem]
Why Trump Ending Support to Syrian Rebels Might Actually be a Good Thing, Political Violence at a Glance [I think there can be no happy ending at this point.]
The Trump Administration Is Breaking Out in a Mafia-Style Civil War, AlterNet [The Bannon and McMaster factions have reportedly "gone to the mattresses."]
Trump’s Call for Police Brutality Is No Joke, TruthDig
Pro-Trump Trolls Silent After 'Alt-Right' Ship Detained in Mediterranean for Apparent Human Trafficking. AlterNet

Record Number Of Canadian Youth Living With Parents As House Prices Rise

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[My physician still rents; he says it's too expensive for him to buy a home. Nearly half of Toronto's young adults are living at home with the folks. *RON*]
Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post, 2 August 2017
The soaring cost of housing is one reason Canada's young adults are increasingly living at home with their parents.

More than one in three Canadians aged 20 to 34 now live with their parents, Statistics Canada said in a release of 2016 census data on Wednesday, the highest level on record.

The share of young adults living at home has been increasing since the 2001 census, StatsCan said. At that time, 30.6 per cent of young adults lived with their parents; by 2016, that had risen to 34.7 per cent.

Looking at the breakdown by city, two regions — Greater Toronto and surrounding areas, and Greater Vancouver and its surrounding areas — dominate the list of places with the highest share of youth living at home.

In Toronto and nearby Oshawa, near…

NASA help wanted: 'Planetary protection officer' to defend Earth from aliens

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[ The job pays between US$124,406 and $187,000 a year on an initial three-year term. It also comes with secret security clearance. *RON*]
Josh K. Elliott,, 3 August 2017 7:54AM EDT How’s your shot with a ray gun? Can you pilot a spaceship? Do you speak Klingon, Kree, Kryptonian or heptapod as a second language?

Don’t worry if you don’t have the right answer to any of those questions. You still might be just the person NASA is looking for to protect the planet from extraterrestrial threats – if you’re an American citizen. And you could make a six-figure salary while doing it.

The U.S. space agency has posted a job opening for a new “planetary protection officer” to replace outgoing Earth defender Catharine Conley. It’s unclear why Conley is vacating the post, but the possibility that she’s joining the Guardians of the Galaxy is remote at best.
The incoming planetary protection officer will be expected to assume some hefty responsibilit…

Experts hoping for more measures to prevent further right whale deaths

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[Ten found dead in recent weeks from a population of just 500 that has only had 3 births this year. The deaths were mainly caused by collisions with ships and entanglement in fishing gear, it is believed. *RON*]
Canadian Press, National Post, 3 August 2017

MONCTON, N.B. — Marine mammal experts are hoping the federal Fisheries minister will take immediate steps to prevent further deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is holding a briefing this morning in Moncton, N.B., to address the deaths that have been occurring in the Gulf of St. Lawrence since early June.

It comes after another whale carcass was found this week on Newfoundland’s west coast — making it the 10th right whale to be found dead in the region in recent weeks.

Fisheries has said the number of right whale deaths is concerning considering there is an estimated population of about 500.

Jerry Conway of the Canadian Whale Institute says there is a…

More Canadians living alone and without children, census figures show

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[Lonely Canadians bowl alone. This is mainly attributed to a combination of an aging population, especially elderly women living alone, and to younger generations who are delaying the age at which they marry and have children. *RON*]
CBC, 2 August 2017

Canadians are living increasingly alone and without children, according to the latest census figures released by Statistics Canada.

The number of Canadians living alone increased to its greatest share since Confederation and was the most common type of household in the country in 2016, representing 28.2 per cent of all households in Canada.

That is an increase from 25.7 per cent in 2001. Fully 13.9 per cent of the Canadian adult population now live alone. That figure stood at just 1.8 per cent in 1951.

According to Statistics Canada, this puts Canada well in line with the United Kingdom and the United States, though countries like France and Germany have more single-person households.

The single-perso…

With spike in asylum seekers, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to be used as shelter

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[Eventually we will figure out that both asylum seeking and radicalization are a result of the long-term effects of stigmatization, humiliation, and insidious forms of rejection and and exclusion directed at disadvantaged populations, both locally and internationally. *RON*]
Canadian Press, Global News, 2 August 2017
Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will be housing asylum seekers after a spike in the number of people crossing at the United States border in recent months.

The stadium is being transformed into a refugee housing centre to deal with the influx.

READ MORE: ‘Illegal entry is illegal entry’: Quebec premier responds to U.S. asylum seekers

According to recent federal government data, including preliminary figures for June, there was a “pronounced shift” in the number of people crossing at the Quebec-U.S. border.

Montreal declares itself ‘sanctuary city’ as influx of asylum seekers arrives

Francine Dupuis, who oversees a government-funded program t…