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August 22 2013

In Nunavut, Harper pledges $100M for geomapping | NunatsiaqOnline

In Nunavut, Harper pledges $100M for geomapping | NunatsiaqOnline
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674in_nunavut_harper_announced_more_support_for_geo-mapping_of_the

While in Rankin Inlet Aug. 22, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced what a government news release called “significant new support for geo-mapping in Canada’s North, which will promote resource exploration in the region”

#mines #cartographie #canada via @visionscarto

August 20 2013

Jewish Agency plans most exorbitant ‘pro-Israel' campaign ever

Jewish Agency plans most exorbitant ‘pro-Israel’ campaign ever
http://972mag.com/jewish-agency-plans-most-exorbitant-pro-israel-campaign-ever/77516

The Jewish Agency is reportedly developing its priciest campaign ever to connect Jews and Israel and it’s going to cost a lot of money. The budget is expected to reach $300 million per year in the next five years, The Forward reported. The massive operation is expected to launch in 2014 and concentrate on four main elements: “Israel Education,” “Israel Experiences,” “Israel Engagement on College Campus” and “Aliyah (immigration) of Young Adults” (all these have already being pursued heavily by “pro-Israel” groups for decades).

Ottawa testing $620K stealth snowmobile for Arctic - North - CBC News

Ottawa testing $620K stealth snowmobile for Arctic - North - CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/08/18/north-arctic-snowmobile.html

The Canadian military has been secretly test-driving a $620,000 stealth snowmobile in its quest to quietly whisk troops on clandestine operations in the Arctic.

The Canadian Press has learned that soldiers have taken the new hybrid-electric snowmobile prototype on trial runs to evaluate features such as speed, noise level, battery endurance and acceleration.

The Department of National Defence even has a nickname for its cutting-edge, covert tool: “Loki,” after the “mythological Norse shape-shifting god.”

#arctique #canada

Egypt's Rulers Have a New Friend in DC : The Israel Lobby | The Cable

Egypt’s Rulers Have a New Friend in DC: The Israel Lobby | The Cable

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/19/egypts_rulers_have_a_new_friend_in_dc_the_israel_lobby

As pressure mounts on Washington to cut off U.S. military aid to Egypt, Cairo has found an awkward ally in the form of AIPAC, the influential pro-Israel lobby firm that is actively pushing for continued U.S. aid to Egypt.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/files/140650757.jpg

Long considered an incentive for Cairo to maintain peaceful ties with Israel, America’s $1.3 billion package in annual U.S. military assistance to Egypt has come under global criticism as Egypt’s military continues its bloody crackdown against anti-government protesters with U.S.-funded tanks and tear gas.

#egypte #israel

August 19 2013

Drastic growth in “extreme poverty” in US - World Socialist Web Site

Drastic growth in “extreme poverty” in US - World Socialist Web Site

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/19/extr-a19.html

Drastic growth in “extreme poverty” in US
By Debra Watson
19 August 2013

A report this summer from the National Poverty Center (NPC) reveals that the number of people in the US living on less than $2 a day per person, termed “extreme poverty,” increased by 160 percent from 1996 to mid-2011, rising from 636,000 households to some 1.65 million households. The findings throw light on the terrible plight of children in America. Concentrating on non-elderly households with children, the report found that 4.3 percent of these households were in extreme poverty, with 3.55 million children living in them.

#états-unis #pauvreté #extrême_pauvreté #santé

August 17 2013

Here are the top 10 American corporations profiting from Egypt's military

Here are the top 10 American corporations profiting from Egypt’s military

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130816/top-10-american-corporations-egypt-military-us-aid

The irony is thick: Obama calls on Egypt’s interim government to stop its bloody crackdown on protesters, but continues to give it $1.3 billion a year in military aid.


For decades, Egypt has been one of the largest recipients of US foreign military aid, receiving everything from F-16s to teargas grenades.

August 16 2013

Verizon : Get Exposed for Spying, Win $1 Billion ! | emptywheel

Verizon : Get Exposed for Spying, Win $1 Billion ! | emptywheel
http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/08/16/verizon-get-exposed-for-spying-win-1-billion

#Verizon récompensée par le gouvernement étasunien pour ses bons et déloyaux services.

Congratulations to Verizon!

Just a few months after being exposed for providing all its American customer records to the government, it just won part of a $10 billion contract to provide cloud storage for the Department of Interior that may be worth as much as $1 billion.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has selected Verizon to participate in a $10 billion, 10-year contract to provide cloud and hosting services. This is potentially one of Verizon’s largest federal cloud contracts to date.

Verizon is one of 10 companies that will compete to offer cloud-based storage, secure file transfer, virtual machine, and database, Web, and development and test environment hosting services. The company is also one of four selected to offer SAP application hosting services.

Each of the 10 agreements awarded under the Foundation Cloud Hosting Services contract has a potential maximum value of $1 billion.

Don’t worry. I’m sure the spying had nothing to do with Verizon winning this huge contract.

But I’m sure it will make Verizon much less interested in pushing the government to roll back the spying.

#surveillance #bras_d'honneur

August 14 2013

Half of Egypt's youth are « poor » : CAPMAS

Half of Egypt’s youth are “poor” : CAPMAS

http://www.egypt-business.com/News/details/1333-Half-of-Egypt’s-youth-are-“poor”-CAPMAS/7725

CAPMAS announced in 2010/2011 that 25.5% of Egypt’s population is poor, whereas the World Bank has an even more shocking statistic, claiming that more than 40% of Egypt’s population lives under the poverty line of $1 a day.

#economy

Les publicitaires accusent Mozilla de détourner le net - Numerama

Les publicitaires accusent Mozilla de détourner le net - Numerama
http://www.numerama.com/magazine/26736-les-publicitaires-accusent-mozilla-de-detourner-le-net.html

« L’accusation est surprenante, mais illustre sans aucun doute les immenses craintes des professionnels de la publicité en ligne devant l’initiative de Mozilla, à savoir le blocage automatique des #cookies tiers. Comme l’a remarqué The Inquirer vendredi dernier, les annonceurs ont lancé une campagne pour dénoncer le détournement d’Internet qu’opérerait la fondation avec ses projets. » Tags : internetactu fing (...)

#publicite #marketing #neutralitedunet

August 06 2013

Le patron d'Amazon rachète le « Washington Post »

Le patron d’Amazon rachète le "Washington Post"
http://www.lemonde.fr/actualite-medias/article/2013/08/05/le-patron-d-amazon-rachete-le-washington-post_3457822_3236.html

Le groupe #Washington_Post a annoncé, lundi 5 août, la cession de ses activités d’édition, dont le quotidien portant son nom, au patron-fondateur du groupe de distribution en ligne #Amazon, #Jeff_Bezos, pour 250 millions de dollars. « L’acheteur est une entité qui appartient à M. Bezos en tant qu’individu, et pas Amazon Inc », précise le communiqué du groupe.

Et pas que le quotidien : http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/08/05/bezos_bought_a_bit_more_than_the_post.html

Quel #management va s’imposer dans ce groupe de #presse ? Des hypothèses là : #disruption
http://qz.com/112073/how-things-are-about-to-change-at-the-washington-post-now-that-jeff-bezos-is-in-
http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/e-ink-mobius.jpg

Jeff le #libertarien se veut rassurant :
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/jeff-bezos-on-post-purchase/2013/08/05/e5b293de-fe0d-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story.html

I won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day.

Je m’attendais pas à celle-là ce matin... http://seenthis.net/messages/162928

L’occasion de lire :

En Amazonie. Infiltré dans le « meilleur des mondes »
http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2013/08/RIMBERT/49581

En plus je viens de voir Le capital de Costa-Gavras (oui le truc avec Gad Elmaleh) où ça cause de #hft et de grands enfants qui jouent qui jouent jusqu’à ce que ça pète... alors je vous dis pas l’état dans lequel ça me met.

Quant à Gorge Profonde, on attend encore sa réaction.

C’est quand même marrant que le parangon du #journalisme d’#investigation soit racheté par un des maîtres des #bigdata marchandes. En ces temps de persécution des #whistleblowers. Vivement la fusion Publicis / Omnicom !

How low-paid workers at 'click farms' create appearance of online popularity | Technology | The…

How low-paid workers at ’click farms’ create appearance of online popularity | Technology | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/02/click-farms-appearance-online-popularity

How much do you like courgettes? According to one Facebook page devoted to them, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the “like” button – even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from.

There’s just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand “likes” at his “click farm”. Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year.

The importance of likes is considerable with consumers: 31% will check ratings and reviews, including likes and Twitter followers, before they choose to buy something, research suggests. That means click farms could play a significant role in potentially misleading consumers.

#arnaque #exploitation #consommation #publicité

August 05 2013

Not 'If' But 'When' | Common Dreams

Not ’If’ But ’When’ | Common Dreams
https://www.commondreams.org/further/2013/08/01-3

Using data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the visualization shows the 8,000 “significant” incidents that caused 500 deaths, 2,300 injuries and almost $7 billion in damages.

These “incidents” have spilled the equivalent of 200 barrels every day. And it’s not just oil. Natural gas, propane, diesel and other noxious substances have all been part of this ongoing fossil fuel contamination.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rxqUXqPzog

#pétrole #hydrocarbure #pollution

August 04 2013

Fleeing Syria, Palestinians find little support from their brethren in Lebanon - CSMonitor.com

Fleeing Syria, Palestinians find little support from their brethren in Lebanon - CSMonitor.com
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/0803/Fleeing-Syria-Palestinians-find-little-support-from-their-brethren-in-Leb

Peu de soutien car peu de moyens.

Upon arrival at the Lebanese border, Syrian nationals are granted free six-month visas with one renewal, effectively granting them legal residency for one year. But Palestinians must purchase a five-day visa that costs $17 and can’t be extended more than 10 days, although UNRWA says that recent lobbying has prompted the government to waive this fee, at least temporarily.

After that, they must purchase renewable three-month visas for up to a year for $33 each. After one year, both the Syrian and Palestinian refugees must pay $200 for a renewable six-month visa.

Despite the many challenges their arrival poses, Richards notes that there are no reports of Palestinians either being sent back or arrested for failing to maintain the frequent visa renewals required to maintain legal status.

But stories abound of refugees, particularly Palestinians, being refused entry elsewhere – at Syria’s border with Jordan.

“It’s clear that the number of refugees is having an impact [in Lebanon], but they’re still letting them in,” she says. “Sometimes, we need to also acknowledge the positives, the small victories.”

#Palestiniens

Extrait d'une tribune d'une responsable de l'Institut japonais pour la santé dans le monde pour une…

Extrait d’une tribune d’une responsable de l’Institut japonais pour la #santé dans le monde pour une hausse de l’aide publique au développement — #APD — pour la santé :

Chaque année, quelque 150 milliards de dollars sont dépensés en aide publique au développement. Ce chiffre atteint 28,3 milliards de dollars pour les seuls États-Unis, qui sont le premier pays donateur. Quant au Japon, son budget annuel d’APD avoisine les 15,6 milliards de dollars(*1). Mais ce montant ne représente que 1 % du budget total du gouvernement et les dépenses japonaises d’APD (prélevées sur le compte général du budget) ont diminué de moitié par rapport à 1997, année de leur plus haut niveau.

Les dépenses liées à la santé ne représentent que 2,1 % du montant total de l’APD fournie par le #Japon, un chiffre extrêmement faible si on le compare aux 15,5 % affichés par les vingt-deux membres du Comité d’aide au développement de l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (#OCDE). Le Japon résiste aussi à la tendance générale, observée depuis quelques années, en faveur de l’augmentation des dépenses d’APD liées à la santé : alors que, au niveau international, ces dépenses ont été multipliées par cinq au cours des vingt dernières années, elles n’ont pratiquement pas progressé au Japon depuis la fin des années 1990. L’Archipel risque de ce fait de délaisser une longue tradition de leadership mondial dans le domaine de la santé et d’adopter en matières d’APD des priorités qui ne sont pas conformes aux vœux de sa population.

http://www.nippon.com/fr/column/g00104

August 02 2013

En RDC, le plus ancien parc naturel d'Afrique menacé par l'exploitation pétrolière

En #RDC, le plus ancien parc naturel d’Afrique menacé par l’exploitation pétrolière
http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2013/08/02/en-rdc-le-plus-ancien-parc-naturel-d-afrique-menace-par-l-exploitation-petro

C’est le plus ancien parc naturel d’Afrique, celui qui recèle, aussi, la plus grande #biodiversité : le parc national des Virunga, situé dans le nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), est aujourd’hui menacé par des projets d’exploitation pétrolière, alerte le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) dans une campagne de mobilisation lancée jeudi 1er août.

Et là les arguments sont é-co-no-mi-ques ! C’est fou comment, pour défendre un bout de nature, certains comme WWF épousent de plus en plus souvent des arguments économiques et les institutionnalisent. Pour le pire !

Alors que le gouvernement congolais a accordé des permis d’exploration couvrant 85 % de sa surface, le WWF estime que la RDC ferait mieux d’y investir dans la production d’énergie hydraulique, la pêche et l’écotourisme. Selon un rapport, en anglais, du cabinet Dalbeerg Global Development Advisors, la RDC pourrait ainsi gagner 1,1 milliard de dollars par an, et créer 45 000 emplois permanents.

Outre les revenus du #pétrole, le #tourisme pourrait #rapporter 235 millions de dollars, la #pêche, 90 millions, l’#énergie_hydraulique, 10 millions, tandis que, plus indirectement, les services rendus par les #écosystèmes (séquestration du carbone, fourniture d’eau et prévention de l’érosion des sols) rapporteraient près de 64 millions de dollars. Enfin, le fait de préserver les ressources naturelles pour les générations futures représenterait une valeur de 700 millions de dollars par an.

De tels chiffres ne sont toutefois réalisables qu’en temps de paix, précise le WWF. Une condition loin d’être acquise, dans cette zone du Nord-Kivu gangrénée par les combats entre l’armée congolaise et différents groupes rebelles, notamment le M23. Dans ce contexte, la valeur annuelle du parc est pour l’instant estimée à 49 millions de dollars.

#crétins_abyssaux #capitalisme #pétropathe #environnement #ça_me_troue_le_cul

July 29 2013

Online education can be good or cheap, but not both | Reihan Salam

Online education can be good or cheap, but not both | Reihan Salam
http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/07/26/online-education-can-be-good-or-cheap-but-not-both

Outsourcing this kind of teaching [basic introductory material] could in theory be an enormous boon to the bottom line of colleges and universities, as the most effective providers could spread their online courses across the country, sparing the need for large numbers of expensive faculty members. Indeed, Udacity’s entry-level courses were offered for $150 each, far less than the $620 San Jose State charges for traditional classroom-based courses.

The problem, however, is that between 56 percent and 76 percent of students who took the final exams ultimately failed them.

(...)

True MOOCs that make almost no use of faculty labor will be very cheap to deliver, but one can easily imagine that they will be plagued by an attrition rate at least as high as what we see in today’s for-profit colleges. Blended online courses that stream lectures while also making use of face-to-face teaching assistants might have a success rate closer to land grant public institutions, where interaction with senior faculty is limited but there is a human support system for students. It should go without saying that the latter are going to be much more expensive than the former.

#mooc #université

me rappelle fortement
http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2000/04/NOBLE/13691

July 25 2013

Don't buy the right-wing myth about Detroit-

Don’t buy the right-wing myth about #Detroit- http://www.salon.com/2013/07/23/dont_buy_the_right_wing_myth_about_detroit

Conservatives want you to think high taxes drove people away. The real truth is much worse for their radical agenda

Detroit isn’t just any old city — it happens to be the biggest population center in the state hit the hardest by the right’s corporate-written trade agenda. Indeed, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the state lost more jobs than any other from NAFTA (43,600, or 1 percent of its total job base) and lost another 79,500 jobs thanks to the China PNTR deal. And that’s just two of many such #trade_pacts. Add to this the city’s disproportionate reliance on American auto companies which made a series of horrific business decisions, and Detroit is a microcosmic cautionary tale about what happens when large corporations are allowed to write macro economic policy and dictate the economic future of an entire city.

If told, this cautionary tale would likely spark a discussion about revising current trade deals, regulations, public investment and industrial policy in general. That is, it would spark precisely the discussion that the conservative movement and the corporations that fund politicians don’t want America to have. So the right works to make sure that discussion is short circuited by a narrative that focuses the Detroit story primarily on taxes and public pensions.

...

That brings us to how this all plays into the right’s push to enact ever more regressive tax cuts, protect endless corporate welfare and legislate new reductions in workers’ guaranteed pensions.

These latter objectives may seem unrelated, but they all complement each other when presented in the most politically opportunistic way. It’s a straightforward conservative formula: the right blames state and municipal budget problems exclusively on public employees’ retirement benefits, often underfunding those public pensions for years. The money raided from those pension funds is then used to enact expensive tax cuts and corporate welfare programs. After years of robbing those pension funds to pay for such giveaways, a crisis inevitably hits, and workers’ pension benefits are blamed — and then slashed. Meanwhile, the massive #tax_cuts and #corporate_subsidies are preserved, because we are led to believe they had nothing to do with the crisis. Ultimately, the extra monies taken from retirees are then often plowed into even more tax cuts and more corporate subsidies.

We’ve seen this trick in states all over America lately. In Rhode Island, for instance, the state underfunded its public pensions for years, while giving away $356 million in a year in corporate subsidies (including an epically embarrassing $75 million to Curt Schilling). It then converted the pension system into a Wall Street boondoggle), all while preserving the subsidies.

Similarly, in Kentucky, the state raided its public pension funds to finance $1.4 billion a year in tax subsidies, and then when the crisis hit, lawmakers there slashed pension benefits — not the corporate subsidies.

The list of states and cities following this path goes on — but you get the point. In the conservative narrative about budgets in general, the focus is on the aggregate annual $333 million worth of state and local pension shortfalls — and left out of the story is the fact that, according to the New York Times, “states, counties and cities are giving up more than $80 billion each year to companies” in the form of #tax_loopholes and subsidies.”

The mythology around Detroit, then, is just another version of this propaganda.

Reposted bykrekk krekk

Au paradis du capitalisme, il y a désormais plus de bénéficiaires de l'aide alimentaire que de…

Au paradis du capitalisme, il y a désormais plus de bénéficiaires de l’aide alimentaire que de travailleurs à plein temps :

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that 101,000,000 Americans are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the domestic US at a cost of $114 billion annually as of 2012.

For perspective, the number of US citizens receiving food stamps surpasses the number of employed workers in the private sector.

The Bureau of Labor (BoL) statistical data shows that in 2012 an estimated 97,180,000 full – time workers were accounted for.

http://www.occupycorporatism.com/usda-101-million-americans-receive-food-stamps

Point intéressant à noter : ce programme semble coûter moins de mille euros par an par personne.

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