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Win for 'Rightful Stewards of the Land': Canadian Court Sides With First Nations

Win for 'Rightful Stewards of the Land': Canadian Court Sides With First Nations
Ruling marks first time Canadian Supreme Court grants aboriginal land title


In a landmark ruling on Thursday with potential implications for the planned Northern Gateway pipeline, Canada's Supreme Court unanimously granted an aboriginal land title to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, giving them claim to more than 1,700 square kilometers in British Columbia.

"British Columbia breached its duty to consult owed to the Tsilhqot'in through its land use planning and forestry authorizations," the 81-page decision (pdf) states.

"I didn't think it would be so definitive," said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. "I was actually prepared for something much less."

The decision rejected the narrow view of what qualified for protection under aboriginal rights from a 2012 ruling by the B.C. Court of Appeal. While the lower court had said aboriginal groups must be able to prove intensive historical use of a specific site, Thursday's decision accepts a broader set of criteria particularly important for the Tsilhqot'in, a historically "semi-nomadic" people. Indigenous groups must now prove a looser definition of occupation, continuity of habitation on the land, and exclusivity in an area in order to be granted a title.




http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/26-5

I see pitchforks...

I see pitchforks...

But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.
And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last.

If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when....

It’s the long-overdue rebuttal to the trickle-down economics worldview that has become economic orthodoxy across party lines—and has so screwed the American middle class and our economy generally. Middle-out economics rejects the old misconception that an economy is a perfectly efficient, mechanistic system and embraces the much more accurate idea of an economy as a complex ecosystem made up of real people who are dependent on one another.

Which is why the fundamental law of capitalism must be: If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around....

The thing about us businesspeople is that we love our customers rich and our employees poor. So for as long as there has been capitalism, capitalists have said the same thing about any effort to raise wages. We’ve had 75 years of complaints from big business—when the minimum wage was instituted, when women had to be paid equitable amounts, when child labor laws were created. Every time the capitalists said exactly the same thing in the same way: We’re all going to go bankrupt. I’ll have to close. I’ll have to lay everyone off. It hasn’t happened. In fact, the data show that when workers are better treated, business gets better. The naysayers are just wrong.




MORE:
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#.U60lUfldV_k
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/just-go-read-hanauer-today-by.html

More In Sorrow Than In Anger...

Grover Norquist: - nothing is more pro family than shooting your old lady

Degenerate Gandhi
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@GroverNorquist What is your favorite song by Janis Joplin and Jimi?
https://twitter.com/Bro_Pair/status/481894144529276930

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@Bro_Pair Hendrix: "Hey joe..where you going with that gun in your hand." pro-family, pro-2nd amendment. Janis: anything. Everything.
5:53 PM - 25 Jun 2014
https://twitter.com/GroverNorquist/statuses/481963335231889408

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/06/26/im-going-way-down-south-way-down-where-i-can-be-free/
https://twitter.com/constantvelocit

Liz Cheney couldn’t get elected in Wyoming, but w 10th Circuit decision, now Mary can get married

Dana Houle @DanaHoule
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Liz Cheney couldn’t get elected in Wyoming, but w 10th Circuit decision, now Mary Cheney can get married there
10:57 AM - 25 Jun 2014


https://twitter.com/DanaHoule/statuses/481858807232880640

Virginia's Republican legislators broke into Governor's office to block ACA coverage for poor

WED JUN 25, 2014 AT 03:00 PM PDT
Virginia's Republican legislators broke into Governor's office to block ACA coverage for poor
by Horace Boothroyd III for The Fourth Estate


In their fervor to ensure that the least amongst their citizens keep getting kicked in the teeth, the Republicans of Virginia have stooped to breaking and entering an executive office in order to block Medicaid expansion.

There is a time limit between delivery of documents and the Governor's need to authorize them. So the Republican House Speaker William J. Howell authorized security to illegally enter the Governor's office during a holiday break to ensure the clock started ticking before the Governor even knew the bill was delivered.

Is there anything the Republicans won't do to harm the 47%?

“This letter is to inform you that under no circumstances are you or any of your officers authorized to allow employees of the General Assembly to enter the secure areas of the governor’s office without my express permission, or the express permission of Suzette Denslow, the governor’s deputy chief of staff,” Reagan wrote in the letter to Pike, dated June 18.

“What occurred here Sunday is unacceptable,” the letter continues. “Two employees of the speaker of the House of Delegates were given access to an area of the governor’s office where sensitive files and materials are kept."

Howell’s office says the two employees work for the House clerk’s office and not directly for the speaker.

Reagan’s letter adds: “For good reason, it is an area that is surrounded by three security perimeters. Even on a normal business day, very few people — including members of the governor’s Cabinet — can gain access to this suite of offices. We certainly do not expect to have agents and employees of the General Assembly roaming through these offices on weekends.”


http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/what-occurred-here-sunday-is-unacceptable/article_bf0d759e-fbde-11e3-932b-001a4bcf6878.html
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/25/1309586/-Virginia-s-Republican-legislators-broke-into-Governor-s-office-to-block-ACA-coverage-for-poor

Army Clears Bergdahl of Any Misconduct During Captivity

Source: The Wire



As the Army continues to investigate whether Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is guilty of deserting his unit, this afternoon they said there is no reason to believe that Bergdahl engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity.

In fact, that's all that the Army said:


We have no reason to believe that he engaged in any misconduct."


Bergdahl electrified the national discourse last month after he was freed in a prisoner swap involving five members of the Taliban held at Guantanamo Bay. As charges against his character emerged, the narrative quickly shifted from Bergdahl as POW to Bergdahl as despicable deserter, unworthy bargaining chip, unwitting endangerer of America, and worse.

Here's what else we're learning about Bergdahl:

-- For now, he's on full Army pay, including $200,000 during his time in captivity, all of which he may ultimately have to return.

-- Military investigators have not read Bergdahl his rights.

-- Bergdahl has not yet spoken to his parents.

Read more: http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/06/army-clears-bergdahl-of-any-misconduct-during-captivity/373485/



http://online.wsj.com/articles/no-evidence-of-misconduct-by-bergdahl-while-captive-army-says-1403719847

PALIN: "If Republicans are going to act like Democrats, what's the use in getting all gung ho...?"

"If Republicans are going to act like Democrats, what's the use in getting all gung ho about getting other Republicans in there?"

-- Sarah Palin, in an interview on Fox News.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3640594018001/sarah-palin-talks-primary-elections-across-the-us/#sp=show-clips
http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/06/25/extra_bonus_quote_of_the_day.html

Dare You Peer Into the Secret Files of Dick Cheney?

Dare You Peer Into the Secret Files of Dick Cheney?

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH former Vice President Dick Cheney assumes human form in order to taunt and enrage actual humans.


http://boingboing.net/2014/06/25/tom-the-dancing-bug-dare-you.html

What is a Republican These Days? (from an inside source)

What is a Republican These Days?

Erick Erickson:

“At some point there will be more people with knives out to cut the strings than there will be puppeteers with checkbooks.”

"
The problem for those who call themselves Republicans is that it is harder and harder to say exactly what a Republican is these days. The great lesson from Mississippi is that Republican means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just different than the Democrats' major donors. Policy differences are about different donors, not an actual agenda to shift the country in a different direction."


"I continue to oppose a third party. I'm just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes. That's not much of a platform.




http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/06/25/what_is_a_republican_these_days.html
http://www.redstate.com/2014/06/25/the-marionettes-remain-uncut/
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