18 septembre 2014

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

San Francisco Chronicle


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


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.

16 septembre 2014

La faillite du socialisme Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

Bloomberg BusinessWeek


Venezuelan Default Suggested by Harvard Economist
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

As Venezuela racks up billions of dollars of arrears with importers that are fueling the worst shortages on record, one of the nation’s top economists is questioning the government’s decision to keep servicing its foreign bonds.

A “massive default on the country’s import chain” is part of what has allowed the nation to keep paying its foreign bonds, Ricardo Hausmann, a former Venezuelan planning minister who is now director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said by phone from Boston. “I find the moral choice odd. Normally governments declare that they have an inability to pay way before this point.”

While Hausmann declined to say if he’s specifically recommending a default, he said he found “no moral grounds” for the government and state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to make $5.3 billion of bond payments due in October. With foreign reserves at an 11-year low and arrears to importers growing, Venezuelans are struggling to find everything from basic medicines to toilet paper. And prices are surging on the goods that they can buy, saddling the country with the world’s highest inflation rate.

Saluons au passage le NPD qui a toujours eu un faible pour les politiques d’Hugo Chavez

15 septembre 2014

Les inégalités, un faux problème Économie International Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph


Inequality isn’t a problem: it’s a driver of progress
The Daily Telegraph

Try this thought experiment. Suppose each of us lived on our own desert island, like Robinson Crusoe, with identical resources and skills – so we’re all perfectly equal – and get our food in the form of fish from the teeming oceans (there is no scarcity of fish). Then suppose one of us works out a way to fish better, so inequality increases. Is everyone else somehow worse off? Clearly the answer is that everyone else is not worse off unless the better fisherman makes fish scarcer for them. The one person’s riches do not come at others’ expense.

Obviously this is a rather abstract thought experiment, but it points at something simple and important: almost all inequality in developed economies does not arise by the wealth of almost anyone else declining. (That does happen in less socially and politically developed societies, in which wealth arises from political control of resources or access to corruption.) In modern developed economies inequality arises when someone – a Gates or Zuckerberg or Cowell or Ronaldo or Rowling or just an ordinary businessman or professional – finds some way (some skill or invention or investment) that adds considerable value, and that value is not then shared equally.

Un rappel qu’il vaut mieux vivre dans une société riche, mais inégalitaire que dans une société pauvre, mais égalitaire.

11 septembre 2014

Quand les socialistes privatisent ! Économie Revue de presse Venezuela

Chicago Tribune


PDVSA seeks bids for Citgo in potential $10 billion deal
Chicago Tribune

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is seeking preliminary offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum Corp [PDVSAC.UL] by the end of September, a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Venezuela is selling Citgo in part due to a cash crunch stemming from repaying debts to Beijing with oil, rather than selling the crude to generate revenue, analysts say. The government denies a cashflow problem exists.

Within President Nicolas Maduro’s government, the potential sale is controversial and seen as a privatization that would contradict years of socialist policies, including a nationalization of the oil industry in 2006 and 2007.

PDVSA also has a 50 percent stake in the Chalmette refinery in Louisiana alongside Exxon Mobil Corp, which owns the remainder. The Venezuelan oil company has tapped Deutsche Bank separately to explore a sale of its stake in that refinery. Citgo’s assets, the core of which are three refineries with combined capacity of 749,000 barrels per day (bpd), could fetch between $8 billion and $10 billion, three of the people said.

La PDVSA est la compagnie gouvernementale au Venezuela qui est responsable de l’exploitation pétrolière. Quand un pays de cul parle de privatiser sa compagnie pétrolière pour payer ses dettes, je pense que c’est un signal indiquant que le Québec peut lui aussi songer à la privatisation d’Hydro-Québec pour faire de même.

Imaginer la honte si les socialistes vénézuéliens comprenaient, avant les Québécois, les bienfaits de la privatisation…

10 septembre 2014

Infaillibilité climatique Environnement Revue de presse

The StarPhoenix


Snail believed extinct from climate change rediscovered
The StarPhoenix

A snail once thought to have been among the first species to go extinct because of climate change has reappeared in the wild.

The Aldabra banded snail, declared extinct seven years ago, was rediscovered on Aug. 23 in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles. The mollusk, which is endemic to the Aldabra coral atoll – a UNESCO World

Heritage Site – had not been seen on the islands since 1997, said the Seychelles Islands Foundation. A research team from the Seychelles Islands Foundation found seven of the purple-and-pink striped snails on Aldabra atoll’s Malabar Island last week.

The snail faces many pressures in Aldabra atoll. The coral islands grew atop an extinct volcano in the Indian Ocean. The isolated atoll, which also is home to the largest population of giant tortoises in the world, provides opportunities to study evolution and biodiversity. Conservationists are unsure how a terrestrial snail like the Aldabra banded snail initially reached these hot, dry islands surrounded by saltwater without drying out.

The snail’s apparent demise was linked to declining rainfall on Aldabra.

Une espèce supposément disparue il y a 7 ans à cause du réchauffement climatique réapparaît comme par magie…

Mais n’oubliez pas, tout, absolument tout ce que disent les réchauffistes doit être cru sur parole. Rien, absolument rien ne doit être remis en question. Si vous agissez autrement, si vous avez des doutes, on aura le droit de vous traiter d’imbécile puisque tout le monde sait que le débat est clos.

Pendant ce temps, une espèce disparue il y a 7 ans à cause du réchauffement climatique réapparaît comme par magie.

9 septembre 2014

L’exemple écossais Économie Europe Revue de presse

The Guardian


Billions of pounds wiped from value of Scottish firms after yes vote leads independence poll
The Guardian

The value of major Scottish companies has fallen by billions of pounds after the stock market was spooked by polling giving the yes vote a lead ahead of the referendum. As Scottish minsters played down the significance of the YouGov poll that found yes had a narrow lead in the independence campaign, Edinburgh-registered Lloyds Banking Group – which owns Bank of Scotland – was the worst hit, with shares falling by £1.7bn, or 3.3% by lunchtime.

Traders, meanwhile, reacted by sharply downgrading shares in major Scottish companies. Shares in RBS, also Edinburgh-based, fell by 2.8% – or £1.1bn – while the energy giant SSE’s shares lost 2.7%, or £400m. Currency market jitters over the impact of a yes vote on 18 September also intensified in the wake of the YouGov poll, with the value of the pound falling almost two cents against the US dollar to $1.614, a 10-month low. It has lost 6% since mid-July.

As traders braced themselves for further shifts towards yes in polls due within days, the Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said Scottish voters needed to « be very afraid » about the risks of independence.

Un simple sondage donnant une légère avance au camp du « oui » a fait perdre des milliards à l’économie écossaise… Une victoire des séparatistes écossais la semaine prochaine pourrait bien être la manière la plus efficace de tuer ce qui reste du mouvement indépendantiste au Québec, car tous seraient capables de constater le chaos économique associé aux projets indépendantistes.

8 septembre 2014

Le fond du baril… Coup de gueule France Revue de presse Terrorisme



Nouveaux ennuis judiciaires pour Dieudonné

Selon RTL, la procédure fait suite à l’une des dernières vidéos publiées par Dieudonné sur son compte YouTube. D’une durée de 19 minutes, elle revient notamment sur la décapitation du journaliste américain James Foley par les djihadistes de l’Etat islamique.

Une exécution prétexte à de nombreuses plaisanteries : «Apparemment, la décapitation en mondovision sur Internet, c’est pas leur truc», sourit Dieudonné. «Moi, ce que je trouve étrange, c’est que la décapitation ça symbolise avant tout le progrès, l’accès à la civilisation. En France on a quand même décapité [le roi] en place publique, devant le peuple. C’est pour ça que je suis étonné qu’on fasse tout ce foin.» Et l’«humoriste» d’appeler les parents de la victime à se «détendre».

Notant que «les cadres de la mafia des Rothschild sont montés au créneau», Dieudonné développe une lecture complotiste de l’événement : «J’en ai parlé à mon directeur de la publication [Germain Gaiffe, meurtrier détenu à Poissy, ndla], il m’a dit : ‘De toute façon cette histoire ça pue l’arnaque encore une fois, c’est pour justifier l’intervention [occidentale contre l’Etat islamique, ndla].’» Une théorie que diffusent aussi certains sympathisants de Dieudonné, tels que Noël Gérard, alias «Joe le Corbeau» : sur son site, on peut ainsi lire que «de nombreux internautes [sic] et des experts médico-légaux considèrent que la vidéo [de la décapitation] est un montage à base d’effets spéciaux».

L’occasion est bonne pour rappeler que Dieudonné a déjà été très fréquentable au Québec

4 septembre 2014

Le socialisme, une religion Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

The Daily Telegraph


‘Our Chavez who art in heaven': Venezuela’s Socialist party delegate rewrites the Lord’s Prayer
The Daily Telegraph

A member of Venezuela’s Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the « Lord’s Prayer » to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.

« Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates, » red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress. « Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere. Give us your light to guide us every day, » she said in front of an image of Chavez. « Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace and life forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez! » she exclaimed to applause.

Though Chavez died of cancer in March 2013, he remains omnipresent in Venezuela. His photo is plastered all over capital Caracas, state TV frequently airs excerpts of his famously lengthy speeches and supporters sometimes don earrings or pendants with an artistic black-and-white rendition of his eyes.

Pour être socialiste, il ne faut pas savoir compter, il faut simplement avoir la foi… Une dangereuse religion le socialisme…

3 septembre 2014

Médecins sans frontières Économie Europe Revue de presse

The Times of London


Most common last name for doctors is Khan
The Times of London

Khan is now the most common surname for doctors in Britain. It is followed by Patel, also from the Indian sub-continent, ahead of the plain English names Smith and Jones. Ahmed is in sixth place and Ali is ninth.

The figures, extracted from the General Medical Council’s register, reflect the depth of the contribution to Britain’s health from doctors whose families originated in the Commonwealth.

According to the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, there were only 1,000 Indian doctors in the National Health Service in 1948 when it was founded. Today there are 40,000 from the sub-continent.

There are nearly 270,000 doctors registered with the General Medical Council regulator. Its figures show more than one third gained their primary qualification outside the UK, with the biggest numbers from India, Pakistan, South Africa and Nigeria. Britain saw an influx of Asian doctors in the 1960s and 1970s when the government invited medics from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to solve an NHS staffing crisis.

Je doute que le « débat » sur la charte de Bernard Drainville ait attiré au Québec des médecins étrangers… Heureusement pour le Québec, le PQ n’existe plus.

2 septembre 2014

La gestion socialiste Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

El Universal


Venezuela considers importing crude oil from Algeria
El Universal

Venezuela is pondering the possibility of importing crude oil for the first time ever and could use light oil from its partner in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Algeria, to dilute its own heavy crude, according to a document of state-run oil giant Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

Despite holding the largest oil reserves in the world, in recent years Pdvsa has been buying increasing amounts of heavy naphtha for blending with heavy crude from the Orinoco Oil Belt, the largest oil producing region in the country.

These blends are made to convert extra-heavy oil into an exportable product. Local production of medium and light crude oils previously used as diluents has declined and the construction of new oil upgraders is lagging behind.

Pdvsa has been purchasing naphtha at high prices on the open market, which hits the company’s cash flow and undermines the main source of revenue for the government of Nicolás Maduro. Pdvsa recently told its foreign partners in Venezuela it was holding negotiations with Algerian state-run company Sonatrach to buy crude oil, said a source close to the companies.

La PDVSA, tout comme Hydro-Québec est une compagnie étatique qui, contrairement à la majorité des autres, n’est pas présente en bourse…

Au Québec on produit de l’électricité à perte avec des moulins à vent, au Venezuela on doit importer du pétrole pour pouvoir extraire du pétrole…

Voilà ce qui arrive quand le gouvernement a le monopole de l’exploitation des ressources naturelles. Confier la gestion du Sahara à un socialiste et en moins de 5 ans, il y aura des pénuries de sable…

28 août 2014

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

The Washington Times


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

Efficacité énergétique Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph


Wind farm ‘needs 700 times more land’ than fracking site to produce same energy
The Daily Telegraph

A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor.

Prof David MacKay, who stood down from the Government role at the end of July, published analysis putting shale gas extraction “in perspective”, showing it was far less intrusive on the landscape than wind or solar energy.

His intervention was welcomed by fracking groups, who are battling to win public support amid claims from green groups and other critics that shale gas extraction will require the “industrialisation” of the countryside. Prof MacKay said that a shale gas site uses less land and “creates the least visual intrusion”, compared with a wind farm or solar farm capable of producing the equivalent amount of energy over 25 years.

He rated each technology’s “footprint” against six criteria covering aspects of land use, height, visual impact and truck movements to and from the site. The shale gas site or “pad” was the “winning” technology on three measures, solar farms won on two, while wind farms did not win any. None was deemed to have “won” on truck movements as all types generated “lots” of traffic.

Au Québec, on a imposé un moratoire sur les gaz de schiste et on a dépensé sans compter pour construire des éoliennes… On est vraiment zozo…

26 août 2014

L’intérêt stratégique Canada Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse

Le Journal de Montreal


Réactions politiques négatives concernant l’achat de Tim Hortons par Burger King
Le Journal de Montréal

«Il semble assez clair que Burger King voudrait déménager son siège social au Canada, a déclaré par courriel à l’Agence QMI la porte-parole néo-démocrate en matière d’industrie, Peggy Nash. Ce qui est moins clair, c’est qu’est-ce que les Canadiens retirent de cette entente.»

«Comme tous les Canadiens, les néo-démocrates veulent des détails sur la prise de contrôle potentielle d’une entreprise qui emploie 100 000 personnes dans notre pays, a poursuivi Mme Nash. Toute prise de contrôle étrangère doit passer le test de l’avantage net et pas seulement une approbation d’office du gouvernement conservateur.»

Tout en disant ne pas vouloir commenter les décisions prises par le secteur privé, le ministre de l’Industrie, James Moore, a rappelé que «les charges fiscales totales au Canada sont maintenant moins élevées de 46 % par rapport aux États-Unis», selon la firme KPMG.

«En réduisant le taux d’imposition des entreprises, nous créons des emplois et nous stimulons les investissements, faisant ainsi du Canada l’un des meilleurs pays au monde pour faire des affaires», a vanté le ministre.

Burger King n’achète pas Tim Horton pour déménager des emplois aux États-Unis, mais pour se sauver du fisc américain. Le NDP se demande ce que les Canadiens pourraient retirer de cette entente. La réponse est assez simple: hier, Burger King payait zéro dollar en impôt au Canada et demain, Burger King pourrait payer plusieurs dizaines de millions de dollars en impôt au gouvernement canadien. Le test de l’avantage net me semble assez clair !

En fait, si le NPD chiale c’est parce que cette nouvelle confirme que la réduction d’impôts aux entreprises, consentis par le gouvernement conservateur, est profitable à l’économie canadienne.

25 août 2014

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

The Wall Street Journal


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 !