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Gordon Lightfoot in 1968

He sang about the 1967 Detroit Race Riots:

Who will sing about Ferguson in 2014?

Americans have no idea where their oil comes from, in one chart

From a story on Vox: http://www.vox.com/2014/4/21/5636522/americans-oil-imports-chart-middle-east-canada

You can hardly blame Americans for believing that the vast majority of our oil imports come from the Middle East. Ever since the 1973 oil crisis, when Middle Eastern countries refused to sell oil to the United States as punishment for backing Israel in that year's Arab-Israeli war, the American political conversation has dominated by calls for "weening ourselves off of MidEast oil." What most Americans don't know is that we've mostly succeeded.

The University of Texas, as part of its annual energy poll, asked Americans where they think US oil comes from. A staggering 58 percent of Americans think that our top source of foreign oil is Saudi Arabia and another 15 percent say it's Iraq nearly three quarters of Americans. Meanwhile, only a tiny share 15 percent of Americans think we get most of our oil imports from Canada or Mexico. But the truth is almost the exact opposite: we get far more oil from our North American neighbors than we do from the Middle East:

Can we talk about a Maximum Wage?

As long as we talk about minimum wage which will never affect the rich CEOs and captains of industry, they'll be able to keep saying how bad of an idea it is. It'll never even touch them in any way. So, what we need to discuss then, is a Maximum Wage.

The CEO of a company can make no more than a certain multiple of the lowest paid employee. Including benefits, stock options, bonuses, etc... the top brass can only make a certain multiple of the lowest wage they're willing to pay.

I suspect that we'll see a couple of things happen. Either the CEOs will start wanting to raise minimum wage to maximize their own salaries, or we'll see companies starting to make bumper profits when they aren't being dragged down by onerous bonuses and CEO salaries.

Just spitballing, here. Until there is something that affects those with the money, nothing will change.

Tories torch and dump centuries of priceless, irreplaceable environmental archives

I'll x-post this to the environment group, too. And General Discussion if people think it's worthwhile.
From BoingBoing:

From the article:
Back in 2012, when Canada's Harper government announced that it would close down national archive sites around the country, they promised that anything that was discarded or sold would be digitized first. But only an insignificant fraction of the archives got scanned, and much of it was simply sent to landfill or burned.

Unsurprisingly, given the Canadian Conservatives' war on the environment, the worst-faring archives were those that related to climate research. The legendary environmental research resources of the St. Andrews Biological Station in St. Andrews, New Brunswick are gone. The Freshwater Institute library in Winnipeg and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland: gone. Both collections were world-class.

Honestly, this may be some of the worst news I've heard in a long time out of Ottawa. How did they decide that they could do this? How did committee discussion and group action lead to this information being irrevocably lost forever? It's baldly obviously why this is a good idea for the Harper gov't. Without the historical data to put the current environmental conditions in context, it's easy for them to continue to deny global climate change and continue to support the wealthy corporations whose best interests are served by loose and weak environmental regulations.

Time for Harper to leave the house. It would be great to see the Conservatives destroyed as they were in 1993.
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