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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Saturday Morning Confusion: Weekend at Bernies!

Folks, this is why I like Bernie Sanders, and why I will watch the political shows this weekend to see what he says next!

Cox: Do you think it’s fair that Hillary’s hair gets a lot more scrutiny than yours does?
Image for the news resultSanders: Hillary’s hair gets more scrutiny than my hair?
Cox: Yeah.
Sanders: Is that what you’re asking?
Cox: Yeah.
Sanders: O.K., Ana, I don’t mean to be rude here. I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?
Cox: I can defend that as a serious question. There is a gendered reason…...  (Here we go again with the feminist, politically correct, bullshit! -Ed.)
Sanders: When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem. We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we’re the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people.


“There’s bears in the pool! They took my floatie!,” a little girl says says in this hilarious video, obviously not keen on the idea of sharing.

The Basso family watched from their second-floor window looking in amazement at the bears taking their time getting their feet wet, crawling over the edge of the pool and enjoying a nice dip to cool off from the summer heat.

The YouTube video has more than 25,000 views since it was posted on Aug. 18.


Donald Trump on the course. It look like 2015 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, but Donald Trump still insists the Global Warming is a bunch of hooey!

Of course this is from the guy who still insists Obama is not an American!


SPEAKING OF CLIMATE CHANGE: A quick note from Ryan Cooper!

When you take historical emissions into account, America is by far the worst carbon culprit overall.
It's doubly damning when you consider that the science of climate change has been fairly clear for over 30 years. As the top emitter for most of that time and as the world's most powerful nation, they would have been ideally placed to negotiate a binding international climate treaty.
Instead, they dithered and procrastinated so long that the action required to keep warming under the internationally agreed limit of 2 degrees Celsius is looking all but impossible.
The United States has begun some limited action, but given that one of two political parties has decided the whole thing is a socialist conspiracy, the prospect of achieving the necessary vigor looks dim.
Why? Because, as the first President Bush said at the Earth Summit in 1992, "The American way of life is not negotiable."


Guest Post  By Andre Mayer, CBC News

 Vancouver is a perennial favourite on lists of the most livable cities in the world.

Many Canadians swell with pride over the fact that every year, one or more of our cities rank among the most livable places in the world.
This year is no different — Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary all finished in the top five in a list released this week by a research arm of The Economist magazine.
The rankings undoubtedly have a halo effect on the country as a whole, but city planning and branding experts say these surveys are inherently limited and unintentionally misleading.
"Being on a ranking like this is certainly a valuable marketing tool, but it doesn't mean that it's compatible with quality of life or even with being a great city," says Carolyn Ray, managing director at brand consultancy Interbrand Canada.
The ranking always makes for a great news story, but Ray says the measures of "livability" are insufficient, because they rely solely on quantitative information provided by international organizations.
To truly measure a city's merits, you need to get first-hand input from actual residents, says Mitchell Kosny, associate director of the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto.
"I think the real measure of livability needs to come from the people who live in those cities," says Kosny. "I think that's a piece that's missing."

The usual suspects

Kosny says the Global Liveability Ranking is also skewed in another way, in that many of the measures — including health care, education, even infrastructure — aren't actually the purview of cities, but are administered by the federal government or regional territories such as provinces.
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Melbourne, Australia has held the top spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Livability Ranking for five years running. (Courtesy Grocon)
The fact that Canadian and Australian cities are perennial favourites on the list owes a great deal to the generosity of higher levels of government in those countries, he says.
In its annual report, 2015 Global Liveability Ranking, the Economist Intelligence Unit compares 140 cities based on 30 factors across five categories — stability, infrastructure, education, health care and the environment. The data is provided by agencies such as the World Health Organization and the World Bank.
Melbourne finished first, followed by Vienna, Austria. Vancouver and Toronto were third and fourth, respectively, while Calgary tied for fifth with Adelaide, Australia. Perth, Australia, ranked seventh.
Melbourne has topped the list for five years running. Prior to that, Vancouver held the title for nearly a decade.
In its report, the EIU acknowledges that the most livable places are usually "mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density."
This accounts for why megacities such as New York, Paris and London don't crack the top 10.
Owing to their age, population size and world importance, cities such as Paris and Rome must balance infrastructure upgrades with historical preservation efforts, says Kosny.
"I don't think many of the [top-10] cities are saddled with inheriting some of the issues that come with scale and history."

Also, expensive

One of the most glaring ironies of these reports is that, in many cases, the most livable cities have become some of the most expensive cities to live in, observes David Amborski, president of the Association of Canadian Urban Planning Programs.
In May, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that the average price of a resale home in Canada had risen 9.5 per cent, and now stands at $448,862.
"One of the negative things that isn't addressed [in the EIU survey] is actually housing prices, which is something that is becoming more and more of a concern in our context," says Amborski.
Despite its shortcomings, the rankings do have their benefits, says Interbrand's Ray.

City of Condos
Toronto is another one of the usual suspects on lists of the most livable cities in the world.
Knowing that a city is safe, clean and agreeable to young families is important to companies wanting to move a main office or attract new employees.
"I think often [the rankings are] used as marketing tools to attract new business to the region and attract talent, investment and that kind of thing," she says.
But while livability is a popular metric for businesses, it's unlikely to translate into too much increased tourism, says Amborski.
And for all its prestige, the rankings don't generally change the course of municipal politics.
"Politicians might say, 'Look, we're one of the most livable cities, we've improved during my term,'" says Amborski.
"But I don't think cities are necessarily going to change their policy direction in an effort to improve their ranking."