Antagoniste


25 septembre 2014

Réchauffement naturel et sécheresse californienne Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

Los Angeles Times

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West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes
Los Angeles Times

Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

If global warming had been the most powerful influence on land and sea temperatures, those temperatures would have been different, the study’s authors said. Most of the warming in the region occurred before 1940, when greenhouse gas concentrations were lower and winds were weaker, the study found. In contrast, winds have strengthened since 1980 and coastal ocean cooled, even as the rise in greenhouse gases has accelerated.

Tous les réchauffistes qui blâment le réchauffement climatique pour la sécheresse en Californie étaient dans l’erreur !!!

Le Los Angeles Times parle des recherches qui contredisent les théories des réchauffistes, dans les médias québécois c’est le silence radio, la pensée unique règne en maître


23 septembre 2014

Go-schiste ! Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

Calgary Herald

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Federal study of Pennsylvania well site finds fracking didn’t ruin nearby water supplies
Calgary Herald

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.

The fracking process uses millions of gallons of high-pressure water mixed with sand and chemicals to break apart rocks rich in oil and gas. That has led to a national boom in production, but also concerns about possible groundwater contamination.

Une autre preuve que l’exploitation des gaz de schiste peut se faire sans danger. Mais au Québec, on a décidé de se faire croire que le gaz de schiste c’était dangereux, parce qu’au Québec, on aime ça être pauvre…


18 septembre 2014

La science et les artistes Coup de gueule États-Unis Revue de presse

San Francisco Chronicle

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Wealthy Hollywood parents aren’t vaccinating their children
San Francisco Chronicle

A Hollywood Reporter article reveals that vaccination rates at Los Angeles daycares, preschools and kindergartens are dropping dramatically as the number of whooping cough cases in the county reaches alarming highs.

Taking a close look at school immunization records submitted to the state, the publication finds that ritzier schools favored by the entertainment-industry elite have the highest numbers of families opting to exempt their kids from shots. It seems those Hollywood stars who freely inject themselves with Botox are refusing to poke their children with life-saving vaccines that are vital to the overall health of a community.

Instead of turning in completed vaccine records to schools, these parents are handing over forms called personal belief exemptions (PBE). U.S. law states that children be properly immunized before attending school, but many states, such as California, allow exemptions for children whose parents have personal belief objections to vaccines. For example, some parents worry that vaccines cause autism so they opt out, even though research shows no connection.

When vaccination rates decline, disease starts to spread and that’s exactly what’s happening among the palm tree-shaded enclaves of West L.A. The United States is experiencing its worst measles outbreak in 20 years with 288 cases being reported in the first five months of the year, and more than half of the cases in California involve unvaccinated children.

Donc, des vedettes qui ont comme passe-temps de sermonner toute personne qui ose émettre le moindre petit doute sur le réchauffement climatique ne font pas vacciner leurs enfants pour des raisons idiotes et viscéralement anti-scientifiques…

Remarquer, la chose ne devrait guère surprendre. Les vedettes sont contre les vaccins, car ceux-ci sont produits par de grosses entreprises pharmaceutiques capitalistes. Nos bonnes vedettes gauchistes détestent le capitalisme (et les vaccins qui viennent avec). D’un autre côté, les vedettes aiment les théories sur le réchauffement, car celles-ci permettent de faire la promotion du dogme socialiste. Nos bonnes vedettes gauchistes aiment le socialisme.


17 septembre 2014

Capitalisme sans frontières Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

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Boeing and SpaceX Share $6.8 Billion in NASA Space Taxi Contracts
The Wall Street Journal

NASA has awarded Boeing Co. a contract worth as much as $4.2 billion and rival Space Exploration Technologies Corp. a separate pact valued at up to $2.6 billion to develop, test and fly space taxis to carry U.S. astronauts into orbit.

The American-built rockets and spacecraft would replace the Russian systems that currently provide the only access to the international space station. The space taxi is slated to transport its first astronaut to the orbiting laboratory by 2017.

Tuesday’s long-awaited announcement by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration marks a milestone for commercial space ventures, partly because both companies will own and operate the equipment while experiencing significantly less day-to-day federal oversight than previous manned space programs.

If the programs are successful, NASA officials believe some of the hardware eventually could be used to offer rides to space tourists. Other technology could be adapted in separate NASA efforts to develop a deep-space rocket and more-capable capsules intended to take astronauts to Mars in coming decades.

Il y a quelques années, on pensait que l’exploration spatiale devait obligatoirement être pilotée par le gouvernement. Aujourd’hui, c’est au secteur privé que l’on confie la mission de mettre au point les technologies de demain.


10 septembre 2014

Le racisme des démocrates Économie En Chiffres États-Unis Hétu Watch

Quelques chiffres qui bousculent certaines idées reçues sur le salaire du personnel politique qui sont à l’emploi des deux grands partis aux États-Unis:

Racisme Démocrate

Au premier coup d’oeil, on peut constater que le parti républicain paye beaucoup mieux son personnel que le parti démocrate et ce peu importe l’ethnicité. Par exemple, chez les républicains, un Afro-Américain a un salaire 64% plus élevé que chez les démocrates.

Mais les gens plus attentifs auront aussi constatés un autre élément capital: chez les républicains, il y a moins d’iniquités salariales que chez les démocrates:

Racisme Démocrate

La plus grande équité salariale est retrouvée du côté républicain, les Afro-Américains et les Hispaniques ont un salaire presque équivalent aux personnels blancs: 0,88$ et 0,89$ respectivement pour chaque 1$ gagné par un blanc. Du côté démocrate, un Afro-Américain gagne 0,70$ pour chaque dollar gagné par un blanc et un Hispanique doit se contenter de 0,68$.

Bref, même si personne n’en parle, les républicains payent mieux que les démocrates et sont plus équitables avec leurs employés.  Si la situation était inversée, les médias auraient vite fait d’accuser les républicains d’être avares et racistes…

Source:
New Organizing Institute
What We Learned Trying to Find Out Who the Campaigners Were in America


4 septembre 2014

Le feu et la glace… En Chiffres Environnement États-Unis

Cet été, puisqu’il n’y a pas eu de canicules pour nous rappeler l’existence d’un possible réchauffement climatique, notre bon gouvernement a décidé de nous faire peur en nous parlant de vagues de chaleur meurtrières… Après tout, si on veut que les Québécois restent dociles quand le gouvernement les vole avec des éoliennes et des taxes sur l’essence, il est impératif de les maintenir dans la peur d’un possible réchauffement…

Savoir que la chaleur peut tuer c’est intéressant, mais il est encore plus intéressant de savoir lequel du chaud ou du froid est le plus dangereux.

Cet été, le Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a aussi publié une étude sur la mortalité associée au climat/météo aux États-Unis.  De 2006 à 2010, le CDC a recensé toutes les mortalités climatiques pour en déterminer les causes: vague de chaleur, vague de froid, inondation, ouragan, foudre, etc.  Voici les résultats de leur analyse:

Réchauffement Climatique

Le froid est une menace à la santé publique bien plus grande que la chaleur.  Au Québec, un possible réchauffement climatique pourrait sauver de nombreuses vies, mais ne compter pas sur les lobbys écologistes pour en parler d’un avantage associé à un possible réchauffement.

Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deaths Attributed to Heat, Cold, and Other Weather Events in the United States, 2006–2010


28 août 2014

Un ministre et un chandail Canada États-Unis Revue de presse

The Washington Times

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Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge
The Washington Times

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.

“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “The police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these incredible numbers.”

As of July 29 the state had 83,183 applications for concealed carry and had issued 68,549 licenses. By the end of the year, Mr. Pearson estimates, 100,000 Illinois citizens will be packing. When Illinois began processing requests in January, gun training and shooting classes — which are required for the application — were filling up before the rifle association was able to schedule them, Mr. Pearson said.

A July study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans have permits to carry concealed weapons, a 147 percent increase from 4.5 million seven years ago. Meanwhile, homicide and other violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.

Je dédie ce billet à Peter MacKay et l’Association canadienne pour les armes à feu. Dans les jours à venir, ils seront sans doute les victimes de l’intolérance et de la haine de bien des Québécois (d’ailleurs, c’est déjà commencé dans le cas de la demoiselle que l’on voit sur la photo)…


27 août 2014

Les pompiers et la pyramide Économie En Chiffres États-Unis Québec

Quelques chiffres intéressants, et surprenants, sur le nombre de pompiers temps plein et le nombre d’incendies aux États-Unis depuis 25 ans:

Syndicat Pompiers

Nul besoin d’être un prix Nobel pour voir que depuis 1987, même si le nombre d’incendies a chuté drastiquement (-41,0%), le nombre de pompiers n’a cessé de croître (+42,2%)…

J’ai voulu faire le même exercice pour le Québec, mais impossible de trouver des chiffres sur une période aussi longue. Par contre, on sait qu’en 2013 il y avait 2 430 pompiers qui ont combattu 1 272 incendies. En 2008, il y avait 2 300 pompiers pour combattre 1 459 incendies. Pour résumer, depuis 5 ans le nombre de pompiers a augmenté de 5,6% même si le nombre d’incendies a été réduit de 12,8%.

La question qui brûle les lèvres: pourquoi embaucher toujours plus de pompiers si le nombre d’incendies diminue constamment ?  Tentative de réponse…

Aux États-Unis comme au Québec, les pompiers ont des régimes de retraite chromés.  Et si ces régimes de retraite étaient devenus des pyramides de ponzi à cause de leur trop grande générosité ?  Dans un système de ponzi, pour que les gens au sommet de la pyramide soient payés, on doit faire constamment entrer de nouvelles personnes à la base de la pyramide i.e. c’est les nouveaux arrivants qui payent les gens au sommet.

Se peut-il que les pompiers retraités soient au sommet de la pyramide et que pour s’assurer de garder la caisse de retraite à flot, on doive constamment embaucher de nouveaux pompiers pour engraisser cette caisse de retraite ?  Autrement dit, les contribuables payent-ils pour l’embauche injustifiée* de pompier simplement pour payer les pompiers qui sont à la retraite ?  La question se pose, car il se pourrait qu’on fasse déjà payer les contribuables en catimini pour sauver certains régimes de retraite.

*on occupe maintenant les pompiers à jouer le rôle de premier répondant au lieu d’éteindre des feux.

Sources:
National Fire Protection Association
Reports and Statistics

Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal.
Rapport des activités


25 août 2014

Bienvenue au Canada ! Canada Économie États-Unis Mondialisation Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

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Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons in Canada Tax Deal
The Wall Street Journal

Burger King Worldwide Inc. is in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., a deal that would be structured as a so-called tax inversion and move the hamburger seller’s base to Canada. The two sides are working on a deal that would create a new company, the companies said. The takeover would create the third-largest quick-service restaurant provider in the world, they said.

Inversion deals have been on the rise lately, and are facing stiff opposition in Washington given that they threaten to deplete U.S. government coffers. A move by Burger King to seal one is sure to intensify criticism of them, since it is such a well-known and distinctly American brand.

By moving to a lower-tax jurisdiction, inversion deals enable companies to save money on foreign earnings and cash stowed abroad, and in some cases lower their overall corporate rate. Even though many of the headline-grabbing inversion deals of late have involved European companies, Canada has also been the focal point for a number of them, given its proximity and similarity to the U.S. Canada’s federal corporate tax rate was lowered to 15% in 2012.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., which had been based in California, combined with Canada’s Biovail Corp. in 2010 and redomiciled in Canada. The company now has a tax rate less than 5%

Au Canada, Stephen Harper a baissé l’impôt des corporations de manière importante. Aux États-Unis, l’impôt des corporations est parmi les plus élevés des pays industrialisés et Barack Obama refuse de les baisser. Résultat, des compagnies, et des emplois, déménagent des États-Unis vers le Canada !

La prochaine fois qu’un gauchiste critiquera les baisses d’impôts de Stephen Harper, vous lui parlerez des emplois qui sont déménagés au Canada !


21 août 2014

Le racisme États-Unis Europe Hétu Watch Revue de presse Terrorisme

The Guardian

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Antisemitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis’
The Guardian

In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France’s Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob. A kosher supermarket and pharmacy were smashed and looted; the crowd’s chants and banners included « Death to Jews » and « Slit Jews’ throats ». That same weekend, in the Barbes neighbourhood of the capital, stone-throwing protesters burned Israeli flags: « Israhell », read one banner.

In Germany last month, molotov cocktails were lobbed into the Bergische synagogue in Wuppertal – previously destroyed on Kristallnacht – and a Berlin imam, Abu Bilal Ismail, called on Allah to « destroy the Zionist Jews … Count them and kill them, to the very last one. » Bottles were thrown through the window of an antisemitism campaigner in Frankfurt; an elderly Jewish man was beaten up at a pro-Israel rally in Hamburg; an Orthodox Jewish teenager punched in the face in Berlin. In several cities, chants at pro-Palestinian protests compared Israel’s actions to the Holocaust; other notable slogans included: « Jew, coward pig, come out and fight alone, » and « Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas. »

Across Europe, the conflict in Gaza is breathing new life into some very old, and very ugly, demons. But according to academics and Jewish leaders, this time it is different. More than simply a reaction to the conflict, they say, the threats, hate speech and violent attacks feel like the expression of a much deeper and more widespread antisemitism

Au lieu d’inventer des histoires de racisme aux États-Unis, nos bons médias devraient nous parler du vrai racisme qui déferle en ce moment en Europe…


20 août 2014

Le modèle syndical Économie En Vidéos États-Unis Québec

C’est en anglais et l’auditoire ciblé est américain, n’en reste pas moins que ça décrit parfaitement la situation des syndicats du secteur public au Québec, notamment sur l’enjeu épineux des fonds de pension:


20 août 2014

Un problème universel Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The Seattle Times

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Court: State can nix public pension increases
The Seattle Times

The Legislature had the right to eliminate state employee pension increases that were approved during the stock market boom of the 1990s, the Washington Supreme Court said unanimously Thursday in two decisions that save the state billions of dollars but leave many public employees feeling cheated.

In twin rulings, the court found lawmakers were within their rights in 2007 when they repealed a « gain-sharing » benefit that paid employees more when investment returns on pension trust funds exceeded expectations, and in 2011 when they repealed automatic cost-of-living adjustments for certain retirees.

In each case, the Legislature had reserved the right to eliminate the benefits in the future, the court said, reversing two lower-court rulings.

« I don’t think having to take away these benefits was something anyone enjoyed, » said Sen. Barbara Bailey, an Oak Harbor Republican who chairs the Legislature’s Select Committee on Pension Policy. « But had we not done this, or had it not been upheld, the cost to the state would have been in the billions. »

The cost-of-living adjustment at issue was approved in 1995. It provided for 3 percent annual increases in retirees’ monthly retirement payments.

Un petit rappel aux syndicats québécois que les problèmes de fonds de pension sont universels et que partout les politiciens sont obligés de revoir les promesses qui ont été faites pour ne pas saigner les contribuables.


14 août 2014

L’aide du gouvernement Économie En Citations États-Unis Philosophie

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan n’est pas devenu le président préféré des Américains pour rien… Voici comment il voyait l’intervention gouvernementale:

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are « I’m from the government, and I’m here to help. »"


14 août 2014

Quand le gouvernement s’en mêle Économie États-Unis Gauchistan Hétu Watch Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

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Stimulus for Clunkers
The Wall Street Journal

The annals of failed government programs always yield new surprises, and the latest is one for the ages. The White House can’t even pay people to buy new cars without harming car makers. In a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper this month, economists at Texas A&M return to Cash for Clunkers, the 2009 stimulus fillip that dispensed vouchers worth as much as $4,500 if people turned in their old cars for destruction and bought a new set of wheels. Mark Hoekstra, Steven Puller and Jeremy West report their « striking » finding that the $3 billion program’s two-month run subtracted between $2.6 billion and $4 billion from the auto industry.

The A&M economists had the elegant idea of comparing the buying behavior of Texas drivers who owned cars that barely qualified for cash (those that got 18 miles per gallon of gas or less) and those that barely did not (19 mph). Using state DMV sales records, this counterfactual allowed them to isolate the effects of the Cash for Clunkers incentives and show what would have happened without the program. The two groups were equally likely to purchase a new vehicle over the nine month period that started with Cash for Clunkers, so the subsidy did not create any extra auto business. But in order to meet the fuel efficiency mandate, consumers who got the subsidy were induced to purchase smaller vehicle models with less horsepower that cost on average $2,500 to $3,000 less than those bought by their ineligible peers. The clunkers bought more Corollas, and everybody else more Chevys.

Extrapolated nationally, auto revenues may have plunged by more than what the government spent. And any environmental benefits cannot be justified under the federal social cost of carbon estimate of $33 a ton. Prior research from 2009 and 2013 has shown that the program cost between $237 and $288 a carbon ton.

Le programme Cash for Clunkers a coûté aux contribuables américains 3 milliards de dollars et sa seule réalisation aura été d’appauvrir les constructeurs automobiles de 2,6 à 4 milliards de dollars. C’est fou quand on y pense, dépenser de l’argent des payeurs de taxes pour ralentir l’économie ! La stupidité gouvernementale/keynésienne dans sa plus simple expression. Quand le gouvernement voit une personne se noyer, il ne lui lance pas un gilet de sauvetage, mais un sac de brique !

À l’époque, on avait traité d’idéologue le Tea Party pour avoir critiqué ce programme. L’histoire leur donne raison.


12 août 2014

La richesse d’une nation Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

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Colorado’s Anti-Fracking Retreat
The Wall Street Journal

How worried are Democrats about the November election? Look no further than Colorado, where this week they leaned on their green supporters to mute their anti-natural gas drilling agenda that is proving to be unpopular even in a liberal-trending state.

Democratic Congressman and environmental activist Jared Polis on Monday announced—through gritted teeth—that he is withdrawing his support for two ballot initiatives that would have effectively halted the drilling technique known as hydraulic oil- and gas fracturing in the state. Mr. Polis has poured millions of dollars of his own cash to promote the measures, which the anti-fracking left has advertised as a national showdown over natural gas.

Colorado Democrats were desperate to kill the ballot measures lest they contribute to the defeat of Governor John Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall. Colorado sits atop one of the richest shale plays in North America and is already among the top natural-gas producing states. One industry study found that in 2012 oil and gas contributed some $30 billion to the Colorado economy, and the industry supports thousands of jobs. A Quinnipiac poll in November showed that most Coloradans support fracking and a mere 34% oppose it. Independents back it 51% to 32%.

Fracking has become a new fault line in the Democratic Party, with rich greens squaring off against workers who want the well-paying jobs that fracking provides.

Aux États-Unis, pour se faire élire, les politiciens doivent supporter l’exploitation du gaz de schiste. Au Québec, pour se faire élire, les politiciens doivent dénoncer l’exploitation des gaz de schiste.

Ce n’est pas un hasard si le Québec est devenu un îlot de pauvreté en Amérique…