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The Leaker E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:28

Now that Trump is so concerned about who to arrest for leaking, we all get to submit our best guess.  There maybe should be a lottery.  Any way my guess would be "The Russians".   Maybe Trump should ask his good buddy Putin to cough up the leakers.

 
The Goldman Sachs Effect How a Bank Conquered Washington E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:53

By Nomi Prins

Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, "For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth."  Under Trump, an even smaller group will flourish -- in particular, a cadre of former Goldman Sachs executives. To put the matter bluntly, two of them (along with the Federal Reserve) are likely to control our economy and financial system in the years to come.

Infusing Washington with Goldman alums isn’t exactly an original idea. Three of the last four presidents, including The Donald, have handed the wheel of the U.S. economy to ex-Goldmanites. But in true Trumpian style, after attacking Hillary Clinton for her Goldman ties, he wasn’t satisfied to do just that.  He had to do it bigger and better.  Unlike Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, just a sole Goldman figure lording it over economic policy wasn’t enough for him. Only two would do.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:43
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What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:21

Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America 
By  William D. Hartung

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds.  If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers.  He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:31
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Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:55

Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity

Outgoing African Union Chair described the Muslim ban as a test for unity and solidarity. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

Outgoing African Union Chair described the Muslim ban as a test for unity and solidarity. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

NEW YORK / UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) - Outgoing African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has described the United States ban on refugees and immigrants from seven countries as “one of the greatest challenges and tests to our unity and solidarity.”

 

Speaking to African leaders on Monday Zuma asked why “the very country to whom our people were taken as slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, have now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries.”

On Friday 27 January United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily ceasing entry to the United States for nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order also suspended the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely blocked all refugees from Syria from entering the United States.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:58
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Enough Trump E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:28

It is time to call for the arrest of Donald Trump and the members of his team for instigating events causing the death of six people in a mosque in Quebec.


It is time to arrest any member of the Trump team and charge them with promoting racism against Muslims resulting in the death of six people.  Should any of them be stupid enough to show their faces in Canada we should arrest them the instant they set foot on Canadian soil.  

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:52
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What Now Canada E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:52

Now that we have a real live monster running the US who is intent on becoming a King who is answerable to no one and is being advised by the new grand wizard of our time.

 

It may be time for Canada to take a new direction.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 02:45
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This First Nation Just Banned Industrial Logging and Mining from Vancouver Island Territory E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:14

By Judith Lavoie - Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:03 Desmog
Connection to the land and ocean has guided the Ahousaht people throughout their history and that bond is now at the root of a new sustainable economic development plan for the First Nation whose territory spans the heart of the

Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Under the first phase of the plan, announced Thursday, there will be no mining or industrial logging in Ahousaht traditional territory and about 80 per cent of almost 171,000 hectares will be set aside as cultural and natural areas "to conserve biological diversity, natural landscapes and wilderness and to provide to Ahousaht continued spiritual, cultural and sustenance use."

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 23:53
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Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock Advances Toward Midnight e E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:43

Our organization, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is marking the 70th anniversary of its Doomsday Clock on Thursday by moving it 30 seconds closer to midnight. In 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come to grips with humanity’s most pressing threats: nuclear weapons and climate change.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:15
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Fake News and the Great Wall E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:33

Lets build a wall.  Just think of all the free advertising space.  We can advertise drugs on the wall on one side and autos on the other side.  Wonder which side to put the drug ads on?  

Maybe a booking.com ad beside a Trump Towers ad beside a drug ad.  How about making the wall wide enough to support a high speed train or super highway.  It could have on and off ramps in and out of the US and Mexico.

 Before we build the wall we should install lots of culverts under ground so we can drain that swamp that Trump is sitting on.  I hear that Trump has his people in negotiations with Egypt to buy the pyrimid stones to help build the wall.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:22
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Learning Alliances Help Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices Take Root E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:07

By Nteranya Sanginga Edidah Ampaire

Nteranya Sanginga is Director General of IITA, and Edidah Ampaire is an IITA Project Coordinator based in Kampala, Uganda.

Smallholders in developing countries all too often do not have the resources or incentives to commit to the transformation to sustainable agriculture that scientists know is needed. Credit: IITA

Smallholders in developing countries all too often do not have the resources or incentives to commit to the transformation to sustainable agriculture that scientists know is needed. Credit: IITA

 

IBADAN, Nigeria, Jan 24 2017 (IPS) - Development advocates and professionals are very keen on harnessing the power of agriculture to promote the cause of climate change these days. And rightly so, because agriculture is both a major emitter of greenhouse gases and so a potential force for mitigation, and because billions of people will need to eat, and so adaptation is an absolute necessity.

That said, it’s actually quite hard to achieve lasting consensus on the ground. For a plethora of reasons, smallholders in developing countries all too often do not have the resources or incentives to commit to the transformation to sustainable agriculture that scientists know is needed.

However, these challenges can be faced and overcome. Doing so requires that experts listen closely to what people are saying.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is highly engaged in promoting climate-sensitive farming practices and full-fledged Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). Our experience in the field has given us the opportunity to learn why some useful adaptive techniques struggle to take hold.
Some examples from our work in Northern Uganda are noteworthy.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2017 00:25
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Madonna Video Calling for Revolution E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:08

Madonna calls for revolution at Women's March in Washington on Jan 21, 2017.  The established media cut her speach when she swore at those who said thei march would mean nothing.

 

 
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