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Yemen’s Appalling Cholera Epidemic Keeps Getting Worse

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[One of those humanitarian nightmares that goes on quietly in the background without ever gaining political or media traction as an issue in the West, because the Saudis are the evil ones here, with complete US backing, and the Americans and their supporters can't possibly acknowledge that they are helping to create crimes against humanity. "Public health disasters of this magnitude don’t simply happen, and that is especially true when the disease is a preventable and easily treatable one. It requires an ongoing, deliberate effort to wreck a poor country, and that is what the Saudis and their allies have been doing for the last thirty months with U.S. backing." *RON*]
Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, 18 September 2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there are now more than 680,000 suspected cases of cholera, an increase of 40,000 in just the last week:
In Yemen, the most explosive outbreak on record has c…

B.C. climate leadership team recommendations were revised, re-written in a Big Oil boardroom

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[I imagine we'll hear many such stories about the cozy relationship of government with corporate insiders now that the Liberals are out of power. Not that you will ever see them in the Province or Sun or on CTV or any of the other mainstream media. *RON*]
Shannon Daub & Zoë Yunker,, 19 September 2017

Newly uncovered documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests reveal the cozy relationship between the fossil fuel industry and the last B.C. government went even further than suspected -- all the way to inviting industry to directly craft the province's climate "leadership" plan.

Let's rewind for a second: back in the spring of 2015, then-premier Christy Clark announced the provincial government would create a new climate plan.

A 17-member climate leadership team was appointed and tasked with developing recommendations to meet B.C.'s greenhouse gas reduction targets. The government released the t…

It’s Already Time To Apply ‘Son Of Sam’ Doctrines To Equifax, If We Can

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["We object to Equifax using its own data breach as an opportunity to sell services to breach victims." A round-up of the legal action against Equifax, and what is NOT yet being done. See also: The Equifax Way (a very good piece from Jacobin), and Equifax Stock Sales Are the Focus of U.S. Criminal Probe. *RON*]

By Elie Mystal, Above The Law, 18 September 2017

A multitude of state attorneys general, led by Connecticut AG George Jepsen are asking Equifax to stop selling its online credit monitoring services to customers likely confused and afraid over Equifax’s own data breech. From Bloomberg: “We object to Equifax seemingly using its own data breach as an opportunity to sell services to breach victims,” the attorneys general said. “Equifax cannot reap benefits from confused consumers who are likely only visiting Equifax’s homepage because they are concerned about whether the breach affects them and their families.” The legal doctrine we’…

Indigenous Slur Appears 39 Times In Book Taught To B.C. High Schoolers

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[You can use this kind of thing in literature as a 'teachable moment' but this certainly wasn't the way to do it. This was like teaching them how to apply the slurs properly. Students were asked to match slurs with their definition, e.g., "Squaw <--> an Aboriginal woman" While we're at it, how about 19 Aboriginal Authors To Add To Your Reading List (Joseph Byden's The Orenda is fantastic!). *RON*]
Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 19 September 2017

VANCOUVER — A complaint from a parent about a classroom assignment to match the word "squaw'' to "Aboriginal woman'' has prompted a publisher to remove a book for review and is raising questions about how schools should teach controversial topics.

A Vancouver woman took to social media over the weekend to express her shock about educational material used at Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver related to the graphic novel "Susanna Mood…

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 200, topples buildings

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[Trump was quick to offer his condolences this time around. 22 bodies were found in the debris of a school, president says. Strong earthquake comes on anniversary of devastating 1985 quake. *RON*]

Nicole Chavez, Steve Almasy, Ray Sanchez and Darran Simon, CNN, 20 September 2017

Rescuers searched for survivors through the night after Tuesday's powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states, killing scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings.
At least 216 people died in Mexico City -- the country's capital -- and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said. Previously, authorities had said that as many as 248 people had died. The death toll was later revised.
The epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake was 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, in Puebla state, according to the US Geological Survey.

President Enriqu…