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21 juillet 2014

Un pays civilisé Israël Palestine Revue de presse Terrorisme

Libération

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Israël va inculper trois extrémistes juifs pour le meurtre d’un jeune Palestinien
Libération

Le parquet israélien va inculper trois juifs pour l’enlèvement et le meurtre d’un jeune Palestinien brûlé vif au début du mois à Jérusalem, a-t-on appris lundi de sources officielles.

Selon un communiqué de la police, les trois suspects arrêtés – un homme de 29 ans et deux mineurs membres de sa famille selon la presse – seront mis en examen pour homicide, enlèvement avec intention de tuer et incendie criminel.

La mort de l’adolescent palestinien avait suivi l’enlèvement et le meurtre de trois étudiants israéliens en Cisjordanie, attribué par Israël au Hamas islamiste palestinien. Ces deux drames ont suscité une vague d’émotion, d’abord en Israël puis dans les Territoires palestiniens.

Le Shin Bet, le service de sécurité intérieure israélien, a par ailleurs divulgué les aveux détaillés des suspects pendant leur interrogatoire

Quand des islamistes du Hamas ont enlevé et tué 3 adolescents israéliens, il n’y a eu ni enquête, ni arrestation, ni procès… Il est fort probable que les responsables de cet acte barbare aient reçu les félicitations du gouvernement.

Du côté d’Israël, ceux qui ont tué un jeune Palestinien en guise de représailles, ont été arrêtés et seront jugés.

C’est la différence entre la Palestine et Israël. En Palestine, les extrémistes sont des héros. En Israël, les extrémistes sont des criminels.


16 juillet 2014

L’échec sur deux roues… Coup de gueule Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

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City Bike-Sharing Programs Hit Speed Bumps
The Wall Street Journal

At offices, parks, intersections and a pedestrian bridge across the Tennessee River, people here can rent bicycles from solar-powered stations to zip around, using extra-low gears on steep streets. But it has been a tough road since the Bike Chattanooga program began two summers ago. The initial funding of $2.1 million has been spent, revenue has fallen short, and the number of yearly memberships sold to frequent riders is about 90% smaller than projected.

Bike-sharing programs are spreading across the U.S., with more than 21,000 shared bikes in at least 36 urban areas from Boston to Fort Worth, Texas, to Denver, up from just six programs in 2010, according to researchers.

More than half of the programs have stumbled, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal. Several had to delay their launch because of technical snafus or trouble securing funding from government or the private sector.

In several other places, supplier woes have thwarted plans to add bikes and stations needed to rev up rider revenue. And some bike-share systems are scrambling for money needed to keep them rolling or help them expand.

« The only macro trend is chaos, » says Ryan Rzepecki, chief executive of Social Bicycles Inc., of New York, which supplies bikes and other equipment to the 16-month-old program in Buffalo. « The industry is kind of a mess. »

Le verdict est sans appel: les Bixi c’était une idée de cabochon…

Pour citer P. J. O’Rourke: « Political activists of a certain ideological stripe want citizens to have a child-like dependence on government. And it’s impossible to feel like a grown-up when you’re on a bicycle if you aren’t in the Tour de France. »


15 juillet 2014

Le travail d’activiste Coup de gueule Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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Faux Activism: Recruiting Anti-Chevron Protesters for $85 a Head
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

In March, a federal judge in New York ruled that the 20-year-long legal campaign against Chevron over oil pollution in Ecuador was actually a bribe-fueled fraud. This week in Texas, anti-Chevron activists recruited phony paid protesters to picket the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

Several dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland to condemn Chevron, which held its annual meeting on Wednesday at the historic site in the west Texas oil patch. Humberto Piaguaje, one of the indigenous Ecuadorian leaders involved in a massive lawsuit against the oil company, helped lead the sign-waving, slogan-chanting cohort. To fill out the ranks of the demonstration, a Los Angeles-based production company offered local residents $85 apiece to serve as what the firm described in a recruiting e-mail as “extras/background people.”

Julieta Gilbert, executive producer of DFLA Films, said in the e-mail that the company “need to get a group of people to help us document this event. … We will pay each one of them $85. They will be there for a couple of hours (8am to 12 pm). We need ethically [sic] diverse people.” She obviously meant “ethnically diverse,” but the typo seems illuminating in a Freudian sense.

Aux États-Unis, les activistes qui embauchent les manifestants. Au Québec, c’est le gouvernement qui embauche les activistes… Steven Guilbeault a été nommé coprésident du Comité-conseil sur les changements climatiques du gouvernement du Québec (on retrouvera aussi un membre de la fondation David Suzuki)…


14 juillet 2014

Le prix de l’hystérie Économie Environnement États-Unis France Revue de presse

Les Echos

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Chimie : le gaz de schiste américain menace 10.000 emplois en France
Les Echos

Les industriels de la chimie le disent depuis de nombreux mois, la révolution des gaz de schiste aux Etats-Unis constitue une grave menace pour leurs sites en Europe. Ce cri d’alarme peut désormais s’appuyer sur des données chiffrées : rien qu’en France, si rien n’est fait, 10.000 emplois directs et 32 sites industriels sont directement menacés d’ici à 2018, selon l’étude réalisée à la demande de l’Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC) par le cabinet Carbone 4.

« L’énergie est l’un des grands facteurs de compétitivité de notre industrie », a rappelé Philippe Goebel, président de l’UIC, en présentant le rapport de Carbone 4, rappelant que la chimie représente 20 % de l’électricité et 40 % du gaz consommés en France. Or l’écart constaté entre l’Europe et les Etats-Unis, où le prix du gaz naturel a été divisé par quatre suite au boom des gaz de schiste, conduit déjà à un écart de compétitivité que Carbone 4 chiffre à 800 millions d’euros par an dans la production de polyéthylène (la matière première de nombreux plastiques), ou de 450 millions pour le PVC.

Au total, 117 milliards de dollars d’investissements ont été annoncés, selon l’American Chemistry Council, qui menacent de nombreuses usines en France et en Europe. La filière éthylène, où 11 millions de tonnes supplémentaires (un tiers de la capacité actuelle) pourraient être produits aux Etats-Unis en 2017-2018, mais aussi les segments de l’ammoniac et de la chlore-soude, sont particulièrement concernées. « Des pans entiers de l’industrie chimique française sont en danger », insiste Philippe Goebel.

On savait déjà que le refus irrationnel d’exploiter des gaz de schiste avait eu comme conséquence de ne pas créer des emplois. Maintenant, on apprend que cette hystérie pourrait aussi nous coûter des emplois qui existaient déjà !

Il y a un prix à écouter les écolos…


10 juillet 2014

La marijuana soviétique Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

U.S.News & World Report

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Washington Pot Stores Open, But Some Activists Aren’t Celebrating
U.S.News & World Report

Douglas Hiatt says he knows where to find good pot. But the pro-legalization activist and defense attorney says you probably won’t find it at Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores opening Tuesday.

“You’re going to have people selling grams of pot for $25? What, are you kidding me?” Hiatt says. “You can get the best pot you have ever smoked for 10 bucks a gram at a [medical marijuana] dispensary or from someone else who’s going to give you a better deal than the state.”

Nearly two years after the measure passed, the Washington State Liquor Control Board issued 24 retail store licenses Monday. There will eventually be 334 licensed stores. Growers were licensed beginning in March, but only 80 licenses have been issued to a pool of 2,600 applicants. Several marijuana shops plan to open this week in Washington, but supplies are tight and only one store in Seattle will open Tuesday.

“There’s no way they are going to eliminate the black market with something that’s totally unresponsive to a market at all,” Hiatt says. « You’re going to see very quickly the problems when you try to do things Soviet style. When you’re using universally rejected planning economy theory, you’re going to reap disaster. »

Message è Léo Bureau-Blouin: légaliser la marijuana pour en faire un « monopole d’État » est voué à l’échec.


9 juillet 2014

Une autre erreur des réchauffistes Environnement Revue de presse

Energy Policy

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Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the literature: A re-analysis
Energy Policy

A claim has been that 97% of the scientific literature endorses anthropogenic climate change (Cook et al., 2013. Environ. Res. Lett. 8, 024024). This claim, frequently repeated in debates about climate policy, does not stand. A trend in composition is mistaken for a trend in endorsement. Reported results are inconsistent and biased. The sample is not representative and contains many irrelevant papers. Overall, data quality is low. Cook?s validation test shows that the data are invalid. Data disclosure is incomplete so that key results cannot be reproduced or tested.

I argue that the paper by Cook et al. may strengthen the belief that all is not well in climate research. Data are hidden, the conducted survey did not follow best practice, there are signs of bias in the data, there is no trend in endorsement, and the sample is not representative.

Vous savez l’étude qui a été abondamment médiatisée au printemps 2013 qui affirmait que 97% des scientifiques croyaient au réchauffement climatique… Un an plus tard, on apprend que cette étude ne valait strictement rien…

Par contre, bien peu de médias ont parlé de cette nouvelle erreur des réchauffiste… Qu’importe, quand une personne vous parlera du fameux/fumeux 97%, vous saurez quoi lui répondre.


8 juillet 2014

Schiste: la deuxième révolution ! Économie Environnement International Revue de presse

The Economist

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Flaming rocks
The Economist

A second shale revolution is in prospect, in which cleaner and more efficient ways are being found to squeeze the oil and gas out of the stone. The Jordanian government said on June 12th that it had reached agreement with Enefit, an Estonian company, and its partners on a $2.1 billion contract to build a 540MW shale-fuelled power station. Frustratingly for Jordan, as it eyes its rich, oil-drenched Gulf neighbours, the country sits on the world’s fifth-largest oil-shale reserves but has to import 97% of its energy needs.

In Australia, Queensland Energy Resources, another oil-shale company, has just applied for permission to upgrade its demonstration plant to a commercial scale. Production is expected to start in 2018. Questerre Energy, a Canadian company, also said recently that it would start work on a commercial demonstration project, in Utah in the United States.

In all these projects, the shale is “cooked” cheaply, cleanly and productively in oxygen-free retorts to separate much of the oil and gas. In Enefit’s process the remaining solid is burned to raise steam, which drives a generator. So the process produces electricity, natural gas (a big plus in Estonia, a country otherwise dependent on Russian supplies) and synthetic crude, which can be used to make diesel and aviation fuel. The leftover ash can be used to make cement.

L’exploitation du pétrole et du gaz de schiste a révolutionné l’économie des pays qui ont fait le pari de l’exploitation, notamment les États-Unis. Mais cette révolution n’était qu’un début puisqu’on entre maintenant dans une période où les évolutions technologiques permettront d’aller encore plus loin !

Pendant ce temps au Québec… on restera pauvre…


7 juillet 2014

Le confort… Économie Europe Revue de presse

The New York Times

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Despite High Unemployment, Portugal Looks Far Afield for Workers
The New York Times

Portugal may have 15 percent unemployment, but that does not mean that Reiter Affiliated Companies, an American fruit producer, can find local people to pick berries on its 76-hectare farm here.

Last year, the company, also known as RAC, began a nationwide recruitment campaign and hired 40 Portuguese. Half quit after the first day. By the end of the week, not a single one was left.

“They wanted a job, but this wasn’t what they were looking for, because it was basically too hard for too little money,” said Arnulfo Murillo, the farm’s production manager. “Farming here isn’t harder than in America, but the big difference is that being unemployed in the U.S. is a lot harder and in no way an attractive alternative.”

Instead, the farm has imported a third of its labor force all the way from Thailand — 160 of 450 employees — a more expensive alternative, but one that has filled its ranks.

The reasons the farm work does not appeal to the Portuguese are complex, but they boil down to one simple fact: It makes little economic sense. That predicament says a lot about the challenges facing the country, and much of the rest of Europe, as it struggles to gain economic traction and foster opportunities, especially for its younger generation.

On voit le même phénomène au Québec, malgré le taux de chômage élevé, on fait venir des Mexicains pour travailler dans les champs.

Quand un État omnipotent transforme le filet de sécurité sociale en confortable hamac, il est plus avantageux pour les gens de se faire vivre par les autres que de contribuer à la société… Jusqu’au jour où il ne reste plus assez de gens pour payer le confortable hamac…


3 juillet 2014

L’arnaque du carbone Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

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California’s Cap-and-Trade Revolt
The Wall Street Journal

President Obama has mocked Republicans who oppose his climate agenda as flat-earthers. Perhaps he’ll be more charitable to Democrats who are protesting California’s cap-and-trade program as an undue burden on the poor.

Last week 16 Democratic Assembly Members—about 30% of their caucus—signed a letter urging California Air Resources Board chairwoman Mary Nichols to delay or redesign the state’s cap-and-trade program. « We are concerned about the impact of the AB 32 cap-and-trade program on our constituents, » they write, adding that « many of the areas we represent are still struggling with double digit unemployment. »

Large manufacturers and power plants must now either purchase permits or cut their emissions to comply with a state-mandated cap, which over time will be ratcheted down. Starting next year, transportation fuel suppliers will also have to pony up for permits.

Assembly Democrats fear that applying cap and trade to fuels « will cause an immediate jump in prices at the pump. » While estimates vary, « an increase of about fifteen cents per gallon is likely and a much larger jump is possible. » Senate President Darrell Steinberg has warned that gas prices could shoot up by 40 cents per gallon..

These Democrats are now echoing an argument that the California Chamber of Commerce makes in its lawsuit against the state’s Air Resources Board. To wit, cap-and-trade revenues constitute an illegal tax.

La Californie est le seul État américain qui s’est joint au Québec dans cette stupide aventure de bourse du carbone. Aujourd’hui, même la gauche californienne commence à émettre des doutes sur la validité de ce programme.

Cette semaine, la CAQ a fait valoir que la participation québécoise à la bourse du carbone pourrait faire augmenter le prix du litre d’essence de manière substantielle.

Le climat, une astuce de plus des politiciens pour vider les poches des contribuables…


2 juillet 2014

Le prix de la verdoyance Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph

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Green energy cost hits record high as expensive turbines built at sea
The Daily Telegraph

But new figures show that the average cost for each unit of green electricity has also increased, hitting a record high of £66.97 (122$ Cdn) per MWh in 2012-13, the most recent period for which figures are available. The figure was a rise from £54.26 the year before, despite pledges from ministers to bear down on the costs of green energy.

Dr John Constable, director of Renewable Energy Foundation, a UK charity that has long been critical of the costs of the renewables targets, said: “DECC is subsidising renewables to meet arbitrary and over-ambitious EU targets, so it was inevitable that we would move rapidly up the cost curve once the ‘cheaper' opportunities had either been fully developed like landfill gas or exceeded the limits of public acceptability like onshore wind.”

He added: “Subsidy costs are now spiralling out of control - the annual burn is about £3bn a year and rising fast. There still is a good case for experimenting with renewables, but building so much capacity when the whole sector is still fundamentally uneconomic is bound to end in tears.”

On voit la même chose au Québec. Les surplus d’électricité, conséquence, entre autres, de la multiplication des parcs éoliens, signifient que les prix de l’électricité au Québec vont augmenter de 10% sur 3 ans.

Un jour, la population devra réaliser que constamment dire « oui » aux lobbys écolos a un prix…


30 juin 2014

Le modèle espagnol Économie Europe Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

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Spain Unveils Sweeping Cuts on Income, Corporate Taxes
The Wall Street Journal

Spanish leaders who broke their no-new-taxes pledge after taking office 2½ years ago announced sweeping tax cuts on Friday, saying it was time to compensate a recession-battered populace for its sacrifices and boost a nascent recovery.

Budget Minister Cristóbal Montoro, announcing the government’s main economic initiative of the year, said the planned reductions of income and corporate taxes will stimulate investment, creating jobs and making Spanish companies more competitive abroad.

They will also put more money in the pockets of consumers as the ruling, conservative Popular Party moves toward elections, which are expected as early as the end of next year.

Spain’s corporate tax rate would drop from 30% to 25% by 2016. People earning more than €300,000 ($408,000) a year would see their personal income-tax rate fall from 52%, one of the highest in Europe, to 45% in 2016.

Those earning less than €12,450 a year would pay 19% in 2016, compared with 24.75% now.

Les Espagnols ont fini par comprendre. Peut-être que le Québec sera un jour assez allumé pour faire de même…


26 juin 2014

Vladimir Poutine et les écologistes Économie Environnement Gauchistan International Revue de presse

Financial Times

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Nato claims Moscow funding anti-fracking groups
Financial Times

Russian intelligence agencies are covertly funding and working with European environmental groups to campaign against fracking and maintain EU dependence on Russian gas, the head of Nato has claimed.

Answering questions after a speech in London, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato secretary-general, said improving European energy security was of the “utmost importance” and accused Moscow of “blackmail” in its dealings with Europe.

“I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas,” Mr Rasmussen, former Danish prime minister, told an audience at Chatham House, the international affairs think-tank.

The 28-nation EU bloc depends on Russia for about a third of its oil and gas needs but has significant shale gas reserves that could permanently curb its high dependence on imports.

A Nato official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Financial Times that the alliance believed Russia was engaged in “a campaign of disinformation on many issues, including energy”.

Qui finance les lobbys écolos au Québec et au Canada ?


25 juin 2014

Dites merci au pétrole de schiste Économie États-Unis Moyen-Orient Revue de presse

The Desert Sun

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US Shale Oil Boom Calms Global Oil Prices, Retains Availability
The Desert Sun

What the Obama Administration either fails to understand, or is oblivious to, is that the world is increasingly dependent on America’s three year-old “fracking” boom that has lifted U.S. oil production by about three million barrels per day to more than eight million barrels currently. Simultaneously, Canada has added another one million BPD, almost exclusively from the “tar sands” of Alberta Province’s Athabasca region. Building the Trans-Canada XL oil pipeline would obviously accelerate Canadian crude shipments to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, building America’s daily crude oil availability to over 10 million barrels per day, likely topping today’s leaders, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

This is of particular importance, as the Middle East and North African oil fields have retracted by an estimated 3.5 million BPD, due to civil wars in Libya, disturbances in Iraq, civil war in Syria, ideological tribal strife in Nigeria, and sanctions imposed against Iran. Also, with Europe depending on Russia’s oil and natural gas pipelines relying on 30% of their crude oil, sanctions or other economic punitive actions against Russia, would wreak turmoil on the European economy, already teetering on the edge of a new recession.

According to reliable energy experts, the breakdown in oil supplies previously indicated would rise from the current $106 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate, and approximately $115 for Brent crude to an estimated $150 to accommodate universal crude oil needs, were it not for America’s “fracking surge.”

Vous avez bien lu, sans le pétrole de schiste américain, on estime que le prix du baril de pétrole passerait ~110$ à ~150$. Si pareille chose devait se produire, c’est la récession assurée.

Heureusement pour nous, au sud de la frontière des gens ont été assez brillants pour dire « oui » au pétrole de schiste !


23 juin 2014

Commerce équitable égale pauvreté inéquitable Économie International Mondialisation Revue de presse

The Economist

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Not so fair trade
The Economist

After four years of fieldwork in the coffee, tea and flower sectors in Ethiopia and Uganda, where they gathered 1,700 survey responses and conducted more than 100 interviews, the SOAS researchers found people living in ordinary rural communities enjoyed a higher standard of living than seasonal and casual agricultural workers who received an apparently subsidised wage for producing Fair Trade exports. Women’s wages were especially low among producers selling into Fair Trade markets, according to the researchers.

Comparing areas where the same crops were produced by similar, though not Fair Trade-certified employers, they found that workers received higher wages and benefited from better conditions. This was not because the Fair Trade cooperatives were based in areas with higher or particular disadvantages. The rationale of Fair Trade is that producers of commodities subject to price volatility should be protected through payment of a minimum price to cover living and production costs, a price which adjusts whenever the market shifts above the minimum threshold. In addition to this, traders should pay workers a “social premium” of around 5-10% for development and technical assistance.

The SOAS research suggests that Fair Trade has failed to make a positive difference.

Le commerce équitable est une babiole inventée par les gauchistes. C’est donc sans surprise qu’on réalise, quelques années plus tard, que le commerce équitable rend les gens pauvres. La gauche aime les pauvres, c’est leur base électorale.


18 juin 2014

Gratuité scolaire Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The New York Times

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Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers
The New York Times

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.

The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”

The president of Arizona State, Michael M. Crow, something of an evangelist for online education. Arizona State has one of the largest online degree programs in the United States, with 11,000 students and 40 undergraduate majors, and one of the most highly regarded.

La gratuité scolaire, tant désirée par nos carrés rouges, sera rendue possible aux États-Unis par une grosse méchante corporation… Notez que la chose est possible grâce à l’éducation en ligne, un phénomène qui n’existe pas vraiment dans les universités québécoises.

Le monde de l’éducation connaît en ce moment une véritable révolution, sauf au Québec…