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Edmonton Metro Line LRT Extension Opens Sept. 6

The Metro Line LRT extension will open to public service on Sept. 6.

The Metro Line is the first spur line from Edmonton’s existing LRT. It provides a new LRT connection between Churchill Station downtown and many neighbourhoods, educational institutions, commercial centres and health care facilities including NAIT, MacEwan University, Kingsway Mall and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The Metro Line is expected to bring more than 13,000 new passengers to Edmonton’s LRT network every weekday.

“On behalf of the City, I’d like to thank the people of Edmonton for their patience, and welcome everyone aboard the Metro Line,” said Transportation Services General Manager Dorian Wandzura. “While this project has faced many challenges we are opening Edmonton’s new LRT extension to public service in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.”

The $755 million Metro Line came in approximately $90 million under budget, for a total project cost of $665 million. ..........(more)


Clearly Bristol Palin gets her brains from her mom......

Bristol Palin criticized President Barack Obama's decision to restore Mt. McKinley's name to Denali, arguing he should instead be "worrying about the radical jihadists in ISIS."

The president is wrapping up a three-day trip to Alaska to shine the national spotlight on climate change. Palin, however, wrote in a blog post that Obama should instead spend time "check(ing) out our oil fields" or opening "our pipeline" to reduce dependency on oil from the Middle East.

"The President should be worrying about the radical jihadists in ISIS who are gaining land and power everyday as they enslave, rape, and murder their way through the Middle East," Palin wrote Tuesday. "But instead he worries about renaming a mountain."

She continued, "By the way, no one is buying the 'Denali is what the Alaskans have called it for years' line. I’ve never called the mountain Denali .. and neither does anyone I know ... It's Mt. Mckinley (sic) … It always has been and always will be to most of us."

However, at least one person Palin knows has used the native name for North America's highest peak: her mother, former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. ..............(more)


Drone crashes at Louis Armstrong stadium, interrupts US Open tennis match

NEW YORK -- A drone buzzed over the court during a US Open match in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday night and crashed into an empty section of seats.

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said no one was injured and that the New York Police Department was "conducting an ongoing investigation."

The black device flew diagonally through the arena during the next-to-last game of a second-round match that 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy won 6-1, 6-4 over Monica Niculescu of Romania.

Pennetta said she heard the drone fly by and was not sure what it was. ...............(more)


Keiser Report: ‘Frack now, pay later’

Published on Sep 3, 2015

In this special episode of the Keiser Report from New York City, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the ‘frack now, pay later’ economics of a desperate energy sector.

Corpse in closet while men partied

Two Ohio men partied while the body of a mother of four that one of them beat to death lay in a closet for up to several days, a prosecutor says.

Kyle Starkey, 25, of Ashtabula, Ohio, beat his live-in girlfriend Mandy Gottschalk, 36, to death while Ryan McBride, 20, of North Kingsville witnessed this, and they both partied elsewhere while Gottschalk’s lay hidden in the closet “for as long as a few days,” Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said in a statement.

A grand jury indicted Starkey for murder, felonious assault, evidence tampering, gross abuse of a corpse and domestic violence, according to the statement. The panel indicted McBride for evidence tampering and gross abuse of a corpse, Iarocci’s statement said.

When the two men returned to the home in this Lake Erie community 60 miles northeast of Cleveland, they removed the body from the closet and Starkey buried it in a shallow grave near the home, Iarocci said. ..................(more)


Liquidity Stress Spikes to Worst Level since Financial Crisis

Liquidity Stress Spikes to Worst Level since Financial Crisis
by Wolf Richter • September 2, 2015

Moody’s blamed oil and the collapse of commodity prices. Earlier in August, it blamed the financial turmoil around the globe and the implosion of the stock market bubble in China. Earlier, it blamed the debt crisis in Greece. Because month after month, it has been getting worse.

But it should have blamed investors and banks. They’re licking their wounds from hefty losses on these deals. More losses are on the horizon. Folks began to look at these deals more closely. And now they don’t want them anymore, not at these low yields.

So Moody’s reported today that its Liquidity Stress Index, which rises when corporate liquidity weakens, spiked to 5.1% in August, from 4.1% in July. The worst level since December 2010.

The biggest contributor? The energy LSI. It spiked to 12.7% in August, from 10.5% in July, the worst level since January 2010, at the depth of the Great Recession.

More oil-and-gas companies fell into liquidity purgatory, as Moody’s downgraded them to its lowest liquidity rating, SGL-4. Energy companies account for a little over half of the denizens of SGL-4 purgatory. ....................(more)


UK’s Fake Housing Market Makes Fake Millionaires

UK’s Fake Housing Market Makes Fake Millionaires
by Graham Vanbergen • September 3, 2015

Even banks are fretting about record high household debt.

By Graham Vanbergen, United Kingdom, TruePublica:

“One in 65 people is now worth seven-figures after surge in the price of property and stock markets” the newspapers have been crowing. “The number of British millionaires has shot up by 40 per cent in the past five years”.

We are all being led to believe that a “Surge in property prices and stock markets means there are now 715,000 millionaires in the UK alone”. Not only does this make the other 63,385,000 feel left out of this boom in inequality, it is also inaccurate, misleading and bathed in exaggeration.

The truth is that this is a UK mainstream media campaign instigated by a government with no new policy ideas to get the British economy working hard for everyone. To fill the void, an illusion of greater prosperity is constructed.

UK house prices may have risen 3% over the last year. But the UK-wide rate is utterly meaningless, thanks to an already immense and ever expanding North/South divide. Property prices in The City of London and inside the M25 massively increase the average property price not just in England but the UK more widely. The numbers for these areas also distort the time taken the sell, cash sales, mortgage numbers and general availability.

Contrary to belief, the volume of actual sales has crashed by about 35 per cent in just 4 years and 40 per cent in 8 years and that number is quite likely to increase over the next year or two to 50 per cent. .................(more)


Walmart and (Scott) Walker: Always Low Wages

Walmart and Walker: Always Low Wages

Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:42
By Mary Bottari, PR Watch | Report

What do Governor Scott Walker and Walmart have in common? They talk pay raises in public while cheating their workers of pay.

When Walmart announced with great fanfare that it was boosting pay for frontline workers, CMD questioned the spin. After all, Walmart is regularly forced to pay back wages between 2007-2012 amounting to an astonishing $30 million according to a US Senate report. This week, Bloomberg reported that Walmart is cutting hours for its workers, robbing many of the benefit of the recent pay hike.

In July, Scott Walker raised eyebrows when he signed a contract with a big pay boost for the state troopers who provide his security detail. The troopers did not get the 17 percent he proposed, but a more modest $4 an hour raise. Now the US Department of Labor has found that Team Walker violated the law by failing to pay overtime for state troopers who provide round-the-clock security as Walker jets around the country seeking the presidency. The troopers' pay raise has been rescinded and the security detail is being cut. Taxpayers could be on the hook for as much as $1 million. Perhaps "always low wages" should be the slogan for the candidate who recently called the minimum wage a "lame" idea.


Deez Nuts admires the Canadian political system

(CBC News) After more than a month of dodging cameras while his name rose in the polls, 15-year-old independent U.S. presidential candidate Deez Nuts has finally given his first television interview.

Iowa-based NBC affiliate KTIV published an exclusive interview with Brady Olson, the teen behind the now-viral "joke" campaign, at his home in Wallingford.

Olson discussed everything from illegal immigration to how he chose his unusual name during the four-minute-long news clip (it was inspired by the Vine meme, by the way — not the 1992 Dr. Dre track.)

What caught our attention the most, however, were his comments about Canadian politics.

"Canada, they had a debate for their Prime Minister elections and they used a four-party debate," said Olson to reporter Sam Curtiss, noting that he'd originally filed his paperwork out of frustration with U.S. politics and to "hopefully pave the way for more like than just a two-party system." ....................(more)


TYT on Faux's attempt to paint BLM as a "hate group"

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