Showing posts from February 3, 2018

Today's Trumpery

[The perception is reality edition. Welcome to the monkey house. A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

The Full Text of the Nunes Memo, The Atlantic

Trump claims memo 'totally vindicates' him in Russia probe, CTV News

'That's it?' Fired FBI chief Comey scoffs at GOP memo, CTV News

THE SMOKING GUN: FISA Memo Shows 'RUSSIA DOSSIER' Used to SURVEIL Trump Campaign, Sean Hannity

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Already Happening, The Atlantic

Trump administration to take more aggressive nuclear approach to Russia, Global News [Because we should never forget what he sneaks through while these dog-and-pony acts are taking place]

New study details failure of Oilsands Big Five to control emissions

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[This, while they whine about the pipeline. Corporate welfare queens, regulatory capture, and environmental costs. This is what the Trudeau government's massive subsidies for the oil and gas industry buy us. "For the time being, presumably, the inclination of the industry will be to put beans in its ears and continue to call for growth -- abetted by the Alberta government's friendly emissions cap, which allows dramatic industry growth between now and 2030 despite the fact that would make it impossible for Canada to meet its Paris Agreement commitments." *RON*]

David J. Climenhaga,, 1 February 2018

Almost completely forgotten amid the brouhaha yesterday about Alberta's response to the B.C. government's plan to restrict the flow of diluted bitumen through its territory was the new report from the Parkland Institute that shows none of Canada's Big Five tarsands producers have even set targets to bring their emi…

Mining companies receive twice as much in tax credits as Australia spends on environment

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[Corporate welfare queens and austerity, revisited. Analysis shows federal and state environment spending cut while industry awarded $2.5bn in fuel tax credits. "Our elected representatives have made a clear decision to devalue our natural world and safe climate" Matt Rose, Australian Conservation Foundation economist. *RON*]

Adam Morton, The Guardian, 1 Feb 2018

Mining companies will receive more than twice as much in fuel tax credits as the Turnbull government will spend on environment and biodiversity programs this financial year, an analysis has found.

Coal mining companies alone are expected to get more back than the diminishing funding allocated to the federal environment department.

The analysis by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) found that, across Commonwealth, state and territory governments, investment in environment and biodiversity programs was cut by 9% – from $6.95bn to $6.32bn – in the three years to 2016-17.…

Almost four environmental defenders a week killed in 2017

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[Indigenous environmentalists are dying for the sins of the rest of the planet. 197 people were killed last year for defending the land, wildlife or natural resources, new Global Witness data reveals. "In recording every defender’s death, the Guardian hopes to raise awareness of the deadly struggle on the environmental frontline." *RON*]

Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, 2 Feb 2018

The slaughter of people defending their land or environment continued unabated in 2017, with new research showing almost four people a week were killed worldwide in struggles against mines, plantations, poachers and infrastructure projects.

The toll of 197 in 2017 – which has risen fourfold since it was first compiled in 2002 – underscores the violence on the frontiers of a global economy driven by expansion and consumption.

“The situation remains critical. Until communities are genuinely included in decisions around the use of their land and natural resources, …

Some veterans want more than Ottawa can afford, Trudeau tells town hall

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[Austerity is needed to feed the corporate welfare queens. Trudeau: another neoliberal with a nicer haircut. See also: Huge wasteful subsidies to corporations deplete funds for social programs; and Canada gives $3.3bn subsidies to fossil fuel producers despite climate pledge. *RON*]

Peter Zimonjic, CBC News 2 February 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is fighting some Canadian veterans in court because they are asking for more than the federal government can afford.

"Why are we still fighting certain veterans groups in court? Because they're asking for more than we are able to give right now," Trudeau said, answering a question from a veteran, who said he lost his leg to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, during a town hall meeting on Thursday evening in Edmonton.

Some people booed that answer, forcing Trudeau to calm the crowd.

"You are asking for honest answers," he said to the crowd …

'Outrageous, flamboyant, always very quotable': Former B.C. premier Dave Barrett dead at 87

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[Alzheimer's Disease. The Province's first-ever NDP premier, Barrett governed British Columbia from 1972 to 1975. See also: Dave Barrett: a B.C. premier for the ages. *RON*]

Deborah Wilson, CBC News, 2 February 2018

Former B.C. premier Dave Barrett, who led the province's first New Democratic Party government, died Friday at the age of 87 in Victoria.

His short-lived government from September 1972 to December 1975 carried out reforms at a blistering pace including the creation of the Agricultural Land Reserve, the public auto insurance corporation ICBC, a provincial ambulance system and Pharmacare. It also brought in full Hansard transcripts of proceedings in the legislature.

After just three years in government, Barrett called a snap election and the Social Credit party swept back into power.
Dan Burritt✔@DanBurrittFormer @bcndp Premier #DaveBarrett in full political form in the 1980s. @cbcnewsbc#bcpoli3:44 PM - Feb 2, 2018 22 Repl…