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    Daily Digest 11/22 – Paris Climate March Canceled, Migrant Crisis ‘Only A Warm-Up’

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3:47 PM

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Obama Says He Won’t Relent in Fight Against ISIS Amid Questions About Intelligence Reports (jdargis)

In recent weeks, the Pentagon has expanded its investigation into the allegations and has seized a large trove of emails and documents as it examines the claims. The president said altering reports to make them more optimistic would be contrary to his wishes.

“One of the things I insisted on the day I walked into the Oval Office was that I don’t want intelligence shaded by politics. I don’t want it shaded by a desire to tell a feel-good story,” he said.

To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late (richcabot)

What remains to be seen is whether France, standing where the United States did 14 years ago, will follow in America’s footsteps as she grapples with the best way to shore up her defenses, where to draw the delicate line in balancing security with liberty, and what it means to secure justice for those whose lives were taken.

Here are some of the lessons we in the United States learned too late about allowing our freedoms to be eviscerated in exchange for the phantom promise of security.

ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape (jdargis)

When the uprising against the government of President Bashar al-Assad began rippling across Syria in 2011, it seemed distant from Raqqa. As news of fighting and massacres started filtering in, it was mostly from faraway cities in the country’s west, like Homs. Even as displaced people began appearing in Raqqa and the city’s young men started to sign up with anti-Assad groups in the area, including the Nusra Front and what is now the Islamic State, the fabric of life seemed intact.

Gwynne Dyer: This migrant crisis is only a warm-up for the main act (richcabot)

Hungary has been building a three-metre-high razor-wire fence along its southern frontier to keep asylum-seekers out, and it used considerable violence against the mostly Syrian refugees at first. But then Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, wearing her Lady Bountiful cloak, announced that Germany would accept as many as wanted to come.

Weekend Edition: Doug Casey on Education (Chris M.)

There was a book written a few years ago called something like All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I have to admit I never read the book, but the title resonated with me. I think there’s a lot of truth behind the notion. To me, it implies that a person should have absorbed basic ethical values and an understanding how to relate to other people, animals, and objects by the time he’s six years old. Those are the most important things anyone can learn and should be the first things one learns. But it doesn’t seem any institution, and fairly few parents, think to teach them.

Israeli Prime Minister pushes for control of Golan after oil discovery (richcabot)

And despite the Israeli government claim to the oil, and the licensing of ten experimental wells, analysts say the discovery of oil in Golan may re-ignite the conflict between Israel and Syria over the control of the Golan Heights.

In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined in Drought, While the Rich Soak (jdargis)

Four years into the worst drought in California’s recorded history, the contrast between the strict enforcement on Californians struggling to conserve and the unchecked profligacy in places like Bel Air has unleashed anger and indignation — among both the recipients of the fines, who feel helpless to avoid them, and other Californians who see the biggest water hogs getting off scot-free.

Paris Climate March Is Canceled Over Security Concerns (richcabot)

“The government can prohibit these demonstrations, but our voices will not be silenced,” Nicolas Haeringer, French campaigner for 350.org, said in a statement. “While this makes it difficult to go forward with our original plans, we will still find a way for people in Paris to make the call for climate justice heard, and we encourage everyone around the world to join a Global Climate March and raise their voices louder than ever. There’s never been a greater need.”

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  • Mon, Nov 23, 2015 - 2:18pm

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    LesPhelps

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    Obama's Nobel Prize

    Who remembers the 2009 Nobel prize for peace that was awarded to Obama?  I wonder how the panel who awarded the prize feels about their decision now?

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  • Mon, Nov 23, 2015 - 2:35pm

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    LesPhelps

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    Migrant Crisis caused by Global Warming?

    Jeeze, do you think the migrant crisis might have just a smidgen to do with overpopulation?  Do you suppose that one of the key reason that the planet is changing is due to overpopulation?

    The misguided tendency to list climate change as the key factor and primary driver for every problem the planet faces just gets old.

    Overpopulation is a likely root cause for a wide variety of environmental, social and economic problems.  Placing the blame directly where it belongs would be a refreshing change indeed.

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  • Mon, Nov 23, 2015 - 4:33pm

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    Pew: 65% say the news media has a 'negative effect' on America

    Pew: 65% say the news media has a 'negative effect' on America (Washington Examiner)

    [quote]But as bad as it is for the media, there are two groups that have an even worse rating in the Pew survey out Monday.

    • 67 percent said the federal government has a negative effect on the U.S.

    • 75 percent said Congress has a negative effect.

    On the media, conservatives were the harshest with 82 percent grading the media poorly.[/quote]

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  • Mon, Nov 23, 2015 - 4:34pm

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    DP

    DP

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  • Mon, Nov 23, 2015 - 5:22pm

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    Europe recession 'could be permanent'

     

    Europe recession 'could be permanent'

    BBC News16 hours ago
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    Switerland's Alternative Bank Schweiz world's first bank to apply negative

    City A.M. – ‎6 hours ago‎
    A small Swiss bank has caused a stir, after becoming the world's first financial institution to apply negative interest rates to individual clients. While a number central banks around the world have taken benchmark interest rates below the zero mark

    Euro Area's Negative-Yielding Debt Tops $2 Trillion on Draghi

    Bloomberg8 hours ago
    Investor expectations of expanded monetary easing from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi have pushed the amount of euro-area government …

    Central Bank in Brazil Forcasts 2016 Inflation Above Target Ceiling

    The Rio Times3 hours ago
    The Focus Report, released by the Central Bank on Friday shows that forecasts for the 2015 inflation increased for the 10th consecutive time, going from 10.04 …

    Italy Approves Resolution Plans For Four Troubled Lenders

    Bloomberg7 hours ago
    Aggressive interest rate increases in the U.S. could make it more difficult for companies in developing countries to pay back their $1.4 trillion of dollar debt.

    Italy prepares to sell up to 40 per cent of state railways

    Europe Online Magazine3 hours ago
    Italy is under pressure to sell state assets to reduce public debt, which stands at around 2.2 trillion euros, although critics say proceeds from the process are …

    Shanshui Default Woes Hit China as More Bond Sales Scrapped

    Bloomberg14 hours ago
    Hua Chuang Securities Co. estimated the total amount of new debt being used to cover interest will be a record this year at 7.6 trillion yuan, up 5 percent from …

    Unemployment Debt Weighs on U.S. States 6 Years After Recession

    Bloomberg6 hours ago
    U.S. states are still repaying federal loans for unemployment benefits more than six years after the recession, costing businesses from mighty Apple Inc. to Ohio's …

    Poverty at record high in Venezuela

    Latin Correspondent4 hours ago
    However, they have risen more recently as the country struggles with raging inflation levels, a worsening recession and sickly oil prices — the country's main …

    Japan government plans to raise minimum wage in stimulus

    Reuters11 hours ago
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    Audit report shows government debt up by RM43 billion

    The Malaysian Insider9 hours ago
    The latest Auditor-General's Report says government debt went up by as much as RM42.97 billion last year compared to 2013. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, …

    Detroit Public Schools Bankruptcy Could Cost the State $3.4 Billion

    Michigan Capitol Confidential5 hours ago
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    Oil companies brace for big wave of debt defaults

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    Treasuries Fall as Week's Sales to Tally More Than $100 Billion

    Bloomberg – ‎2 hours ago‎
    Longer-term U.S. government debt gained the past two weeks as Federal Reserve officials signaled they'll proceed cautiously in raising interest rates after boosting the overnight target from near zero. San Francisco Fed President John Williams said Nov.

    RPT-UPDATE 1-LPC-Banks brace for losses as US$14bn US LBO

    Reuters1 hour ago
    With billions of dollars of Veritas debt to sell and the $14 billion LBO pipeline looming as low secondary prices continue to pose a threat to new issues, investors …

    Dabrowski: Illinois' time bomb growing, ticking louder

    Dubuque Telegraph Herald7 hours ago
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    Survey: More patients avoiding healthcare due to rising prices

    KFVS13 hours ago
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    The Accounting Rules That Bankrupt Cities

    The Atlantic6 hours ago
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    Pensions' Private-Equity Mystery: The Full Cost

    Wall Street Journal – ‎17 hours ago‎
    When pension funds did the math as political scrutiny of these expenses intensified amid a broader debate on the costs of nontraditional investments, they said private-equity firms didn't make the expenses easy to calculate. No standard existed for how

    Oil Workers Brace For Fresh Layoffs, As Industry Wrestles With 'Lower For

    Houston Public Media – ‎5 hours ago‎
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    Global debt defaults near milestone

    Financial Times6 hours ago
    Global debt markets are on the cusp of an unwelcome development with the number of companies defaulting on their obligations set to reach the century mark, …

     

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  • Mon, Nov 23, 2015 - 6:02pm

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    No soup for you

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