25 août 2009

Top 5 Qc/Ca Canada Québec Top Actualité

Le Top 5 de l'actualité québécoise et canadienne (18-24 août) selon Influence Communication:

Actualité Québec

Actualité Canada

Le top 5 des nouvelles de l'été 2009 (24 juin au 24 août):

Actualité Québécoise

Les individus qui ont fait la nouvelle:

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Stephen Harper
  3. Jean Charest
  4. Earl Jones
  5. Gérald Tremblay
  6. Régis Labeaume
  7. Arturo Gatti
  8. Bob Gainey
  9. Julie Payette
  10. Vincent Lacroix

Pauline Marois 14e, Gilles Duceppe  47e &  Michael Ignatieff 171e

Récapitulatif depuis le premier janvier dernier:

Actualité Québec

Avec un poids médias de 0,98 % depuis le premier janvier, l'environnement est nettement en chute libre comparativement à son volume moyen qui est de 3 % depuis 2001.  Une baisse constante a été remarquée depuis 2007.  Ce phénomène a aussi été identifié dans l'intérêt du public.

Influence Communication
Influence Communication

25 août 2009

Canadiens errants Canada Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

Detroit Free Press

Canadians visit U.S. to get health care
Detroit Free Press

Hospitals in border cities, including Detroit, are forging lucrative arrangements with Canadian health agencies to provide care not widely available across the border.

Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for heart, imaging tests, bariatric and other services provide access to some services not immediately available in the province, said ministry spokesman David Jensen.

Dany Mercado, a leukemia patient from Kitchener, Ontario, is cancer-free after getting a bone marrow transplant at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.

Three Windsor-area hospitals have arrangements with Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, to provide backup, after-hours angioplasty. Authorities will clear Detroit-Windsor Tunnel traffic for ambulances, if necessary. The Detroit Medical Center also provides Canadians complex trauma, cancer, neonatal and other care.

« In the last few years, we’ve seen more and more Canadian patients, » said Dr. J. Edson Pontes, senior vice president of international medicine at the DMC. They include Canadians such as Mercado, whose care is reimbursed by Canada’s health system, as well as people who pay out of pocket to avoid waiting in Canada.

24 août 2009
24 août 2009

Faire plus avec moins Économie En Chiffres Environnement International

Depuis 40 ans, le PIB de la planète a augmenté de 376% et la consommation de combustible fossile n'a augmenté que de 176%.  Conclusion, on fait plus avec moins:

Énergie fossile
1Pétrole, gaz & charbon (équivalence en tonnes de pétrole); 2Dollars US constants (1990, en PPA)

Dans une économie capitaliste, les industries ont intérêt à trouver des moyens pour réduire leur consommation d'énergie dans le but de maximiser leur profit. Une économie moins énergivore est synonyme d'une économie plus verte.  Encore une fois, le marché n'a pas eu besoin du gouvernement pour se faire dire quoi faire.

BP Energy & University of Groningen
Energy charting tool & Total Economy Database

24 août 2009

Une erreur de 2 000 000 000 000 $ Économie États-Unis Récession Revue de presse


White House hikes deficit estimate by $2 trillion

The White House is likely to dramatically increase its projected 10-year budget deficit estimate next week by nearly $2 trillion, senior administration officials said Friday.

Obama administration officials have concluded the economy was much worse last year — and tax revenues much lower — than they had initially assumed, which means that the estimated budget deficit will increase from $7 trillion to about $9 trillion over the coming decade.

The planned revision was first reported by Reuters, and White House officials confirmed that account for POLITICO.

There’s no doubt the revision will be interpreted as bad news for an administration whose deficit spending has emerged as a political Achilles’ heel.

Already, Republicans have been gaining political traction by accusing Obama of budget-busting spending.

23 août 2009

Le malheur des uns et le bonheur des autres Économie En Vidéos États-Unis Récession

Simple corrélation ou relation de cause à effet ?

Jim Cramer Obama

Voilà probablement pourquoi Rush Limbaugh a souhaité que la présidence d'Obama soit un échec.

23 août 2009

Émancipation Économie En Citations États-Unis Philosophie

Ronald Reagan

Extrait du premier discours inaugural de Ronald Reagan:

« In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people.

Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? »

23 août 2009

Toujours plus ridicule Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

The New York Times

Chávez Loyalists Push to Close Golf Courses
The New York Times

President Hugo Chávez’s political movement has found a new target: golf.

After a brief tirade against the sport by the president on national television last month, pro-Chávez officials have moved in recent weeks to shut down two of the country’s best-known golf courses, in Maracay, a city of military garrisons near here, and in the coastal city of Caraballeda.

“Let’s leave this clear,” Mr. Chávez said during a live broadcast of his Sunday television program. “Golf is a bourgeois sport,” he said, repeating the word “bourgeois” as if he were swallowing castor oil. Then he went on, mocking the use of golf carts as a practice illustrating the sport’s laziness.

Critics of the antigolf campaign point out that Venezuela’s top ally, Cuba, is going in the opposite direction. Canadian and European investors are seeking to build as many as 10 new courses in Cuba as part of the Cuban government’s bid to raise tourist revenues.

“China has more than 300 golf courses, and look what’s happening here,” said Mr. Torres, the director of the Venezuelan Golf Federation, invoking another Communist country with which Venezuela has warm ties. “We’re going from 28 courses to 18.”

22 août 2009

La gauche et le racisme États-Unis Gauchistan Hétu Watch

"Remember that progressives wanted an interventionist government with sweeping powers to regulate all walks of life, an approach that fit nicely with Jim Crow's bullying assault on economic liberty and freedom of association."

Reason Magazine
A History of Violence

Do the noisy protests directed at President Barack Obama's health care plan reveal something uniquely sinister about the American right? A surprising number of liberal pundits seem to think so. "Let's be honest with ourselves," progressive blogger Josh Marshall declared, "the American right has a deep-seated problem with political violence….The ideological pattern is clear going back at least thirty years and arguably far longer."

Chip Berlet, a senior researcher at the liberal think tank Political Research Associates, went even further than that, telling New America Media: "For over 100 years—more like 150, you've had these movements, and they came out of the Civil War. It is a backlash against social liberalism and it's rooted in libertarian support for unregulated capitalism and white people holding onto power, and, if they see themselves losing it, trying to get it back."

Now, it's certainly true that the United States has seen some brutal right-wing thugs over the years, particularly during the Cold War and the Civil Rights struggle of the mid-20th century. But Berlet's ridiculous claim that "libertarian support for unregulated capitalism" created a racist backlash stretching back "over 100 years—more like 150," reveals nothing more than Berlet's own profound ignorance about what actually happened over the past century and a half.

Perhaps Berlet should consider the career of South Carolina's Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman (1847-1914), a leading progressive who railed against the sins of "unregulated capitalism" while preaching the salvation of white supremacy. An ally of the agrarian populist William Jennings Bryan, Tillman supported antitrust laws, railroad regulations, the free coinage of silver, and a host of other progressive panaceas. He first entered politics as a member of the Red Shirts, a Klan-like terror group that "came out of the Civil War" to menace African Americans during the early years of Reconstruction. When President Theodore Roosevelt entertained the black leader Booker T. Washington at the White House in 1901, Tillman served as a de facto spokesman for the Southern opposition, declaring: "The action of President Roosevelt in entertaining that nigger will necessitate our killing a thousand niggers in the South before they will learn their place again." It's hard to imagine a nastier threat of political violence than that—and Tillman is obviously nobody's idea of a libertarian.

In fact, as the historian David Southern has documented, the worst evils of the South's Jim Crow regime, including segregation, disfranchisement, mob violence, and lynching, all "went hand-in-hand with the most advanced forms of southern progressivism." Remember that progressives wanted an interventionist government with sweeping powers to regulate all walks of life, an approach that fit nicely with Jim Crow's bullying assault on economic liberty and freedom of association.

As for "white people holding onto power, and, if they see themselves losing it, trying to get it back," let's not forget the racist history of the American labor movement, particularly the powerful American Federation of Labor (AFL). Since most AFL unions banned African Americans outright until federal anti-discrimination laws appeared in the 1960s, blacks often had to take drastic measures to break into union-dominated fields. This led many African Americans to accept dangerous work as strikebreakers—"scabs"—while the lily-white AFL walked the picket line.

In response to this unwelcome competition, AFL chief Samuel Gompers thundered: "If the colored man continues to lend himself to the work of tearing down what the white man has built up, a race hatred worse than any ever known before will result. Caucasian civilization will serve notice that its uplifting process is not to be interfered with in any such way." Along those lines, during the infamous 1892 Homestead strike against Carnegie Steel, black strikebreakers were beaten and dynamited by members of the picketing Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. Once again, racist political violence coming from the left.

Have some ugly views cropped up at the recent health care protests? Sure. But to take that as evidence of a century-long battle between enlightened liberal reformers and knuckle-dragging laissez-faire racist goons is to believe in a self-serving fairy tale. It's time for any pundit who thinks that way to grow up.