20 novembre 2014

La richesse américaine Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The Arizona Republic


Arizona State University to elevate hockey team to NCAA Division I
The Arizona Republic

Arizona State fired a slap shot at college athletics Tuesday by not only adding men’s hockey as an NCAA Division I sport but finding donors also willing to pay for an additional women’s sport.

The expansion is almost unprecedented in an era when men’s sports are in peril due to Title IX requirements. ASU alone since 1993 has dropped varsity men’s teams in gymnastics, archery, badminton, tennis, wrestling and swimming, although boosters raised enough funds for wrestling and swimming to be reinstated.

Anderson still is less than a full year into his tenure as ASU athletic director. He and a host of other athletic and university administrators jumped at the chance to have the Sun Devils become the 60th school in the country to offer Division I hockey once they realized boosters were willing to donate $32 million to make their dream into reality.

Don Mullett, CEO of Bradley Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that makes commercial plumbing products, is the prime donor behind what Anderson said is the largest donation in ASU athletic history. His son, Chris, is a former ASU hockey player.

Le hockey dans le désert, ça ne marchera jamais…

Blague à part, ce que je retiens surtout de cette nouvelle c’est le don de 32 millions de dollars par un type inconnu du Wisconsin qui vend de la plomberie… Ce don permettra à l’université de l’Arizona d’avoir un club de hockey féminin et masculin dans la division d’élite du circuit universitaire américain.

C’est quand on voit ce genre de chose qu’on réalise à quel point le Québec est pauvre…

19 novembre 2014

Obama ne fait plus partie de l’équation Économie Environnement États-Unis Hétu Watch Revue de presse

Bloomberg BusinessWeek


Poll: Americans Want GOP Congress, Not Obama, to Set National Agenda
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Times have changed. A new Gallup poll finds that a large majority of Americans would like the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than President Obama, to set the direction for the country in the coming year, a marked change from 2012, when a slim majority said they preferred for Obama to guide the agenda.

« Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year—Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress? » Gallup asked 828 U.S. adults.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they wanted Republicans in Congress to have the greater influence, 36 percent said Obama, and 8 percent, well, didn’t seem to care, answering « same/neither. » In 2012, by contrast, 46 percent of Americans said they wanted Obama to have more influence.

Lorsque les nouveaux sénateurs républicains, élus le 4 novembre dernier, seront assermentés le 20 janvier 2015 et que le sénat deviendra enfin républicain, j’espère que le président Obama en prendra bonne note, spécialement quand le vote pour le pipeline Keystone gagné par le nouveau parti au pouvoir.

18 novembre 2014

Un avertissement pour le Québec Économie International Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph


‘Godfather’ of Abenomics: Japan’s sales tax hike must be delayed
The Daily Telegraph

Japan must delay the second stage of its planned consumption tax hike or policymakers may derail the nascent recovery, the architect of Abenomics has warned.

Koichi Hamada, a special adviser to prime minister Shinzo Abe and one of his closest confidants, said the government’s decision to raise the tax to 8% from 5% in April had triggered a deep economic contraction and that the world’s third largest economy was too fragile to withstand the shock of another hike.

“The consumption tax hike is a great big turbulence to the Japanese economy. It may have erased almost two thirds of the benefits of Abenomics,” he told the Telegraph. “At the very least, a third of this great experiment is gone.

“I used to say that we should wait until the third quarter figures are out. However, by various economic indicators, the GDP figures cannot be very optimistic,” he added.

La perspective d’une hausse de taxe a suffit pour faire replonger le Japon dans une nouvelle récession qui pourrait être profonde…

J’espère que les 125 politicos de l’Assemblée nationale ont noté cette information…

13 novembre 2014

Mythe gauchiste Économie États-Unis Hétu Watch Revue de presse

Chicago Tribune


FBI: Violent crime drops, reaches 1970s level
Chicago Tribune

U.S. violent crimes including murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013 to their lowest number since the 1970s, continuing a decades-long downturn, the FBI said on Monday.

The law enforcement agency’s annual Crime in the United States report showed the country had an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes last year, the lowest number since 1.09 million were recorded in 1978.

All types of violent crimes were lower, with murder and non-negligent manslaughter off 4.4 percent to 14,196, the lowest figure since 1968. Rape was down 6.3 percent and robbery fell 2.8 percent, the Federal Bureau of Investigation data showed.

The violent crime rate last year was 367.9 for each 100,000 in population, down 5.1 percent from 2012. The rate has fallen every year since at least 1994, the earliest year for readily accessible FBI data, and the 2013 figure was about half the 1994 rate.

Property crimes fell 4.1 percent to an estimated 8.63 million last year, the 11th straight yearly decline. Losses from property crimes excluding arson were calculated at $16.6 billion, the FBI said.

Aux États-Unis, les inégalités augmentent sans cesse et la vente d’armes à feu bat des records. Inégalité et arme à feu, selon le gospel gauchiste, c’est la tempête parfaite pour faire exploser la criminalité.

Pourtant, la criminalité aux États-Unis ne cesse de diminuer pour rejoindre des niveaux qui n’avaient pas été vus depuis au moins 40 ans. Encore une fois, la gauche était complètement dans l’erreur avec ses raisonnements tordus.

12 novembre 2014

La Chine et le hockey Canada Chine Économie Mondialisation Revue de presse

The StarPhoenix


Leafs tap into massive Chinese market for NHL
The StarPhoenix

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address millions of Chinese sports fans during a Toronto Maple Leafs game that will be shown across China by the state broadcaster.

Hockey is not a major sport in China but with more than 1.3 billion citizens it still posts some impressive numbers. For example, Leafs games attract a bigger television audience in China than Canada, Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment Ltd.’s chief commercial officer, Dave Hopkinson, said Sunday.

« When the NHL wants a game here, we will be the first to put up our hands, » said Hopkinson, who has already been to China six times to drum up business for MLSE, which also owns the AHL Toronto Marlies, the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and MLS franchise Toronto FC.

As many as 20 Leafs games are to be shown live this winter on CCTV as part of a 119-game NHL package. MLSE brought four executives to China over the weekend on a visit that was timed to coincide with the presence of Harper and dozens of business leaders from Canada. « Prime Minister Harper likes the idea of using sports as a bridge to China, » said Bo Hu, the Beijing-born manager for MLSE’s international business development. « Being here first is a big advantage. » Some have assumed that the Leafs were trying to emulate the global marketing sensation that Manchester United has become.

Big money may eventually be involved, too. It has not escaped the NHL’s notice that the average ticket price for an NBA pre-season game in China has been $500 US. China already contributes $2.5 million a year to MLSE’s coffers through sponsorships and Mandarin-language advertising on the boards at the Air Canada Centre.

Cette nouvelle est intéressante, car elle montre le formidable potentiel de la mondialisation. En Chine, même si le hockey est très marginal, l’énorme bassin de population fait en sorte que ce sport est plus regarder qu’au Canada !

Il est aussi remarquable de voir des publicités en mandarin sur les bandes du Air Canada Center de Toronto (on a pu les voir samedi dernier). Notons que les Canadiens de Montréal semblent avoir laissé passer ce bateau…

P.-S. On verra les Maple Leafs jouer en Chine avant de voir les Nordiques jouer dans le nouvel aréna de Québec.

11 novembre 2014

Un grand québécois Canada Économie Québec Revue de presse

Canadian Business


CEO of the Year 2014: Louis Vachon of National Bank
New York Magazine

In the past 12 months, National Bank’s shares have outperformed those of its five main competitors, returning 23%. There are external factors to explain the bank’s stellar performance, such as a stable provincial government in Quebec. But, more important, investors are recognizing that Vachon’s strategy, which he’s dubbed “one client, one bank,” is paying off. “Looking at the growth over the past few years, not only with revenue but how he and his team have made the company into a solid leader in Canada, I’m impressed,” says Isabelle Hudon, president of Sun Life Financial in Quebec and a member of the Canadian Business CEO of the Year judging panel. One bank analyst, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record, put it more bluntly: “Louis is considered to be a very astute business person, and he will make money.”

Vachon’s hallmark “one client, one bank” initiative involves breaking down silos to ultimately improve client services. Analysts have been impressed with the effort to cross-sell products too, as well as Vachon’s progress in turning National Bank into a one-stop shop for all its clients’ financial needs. That might mean referring a small-business owner to the bank’s wealth management division in order to provide both business and personal banking services. The strategy is more profitable on a per product basis, and the more things clients rely on an institution for, the more likely they are to stick with it.

Nos bons médias ont été tellement occupés à nous dire que Philippe Couillard aurait dû parler français en Islande, qu’ils n’ont pas eu le temps de nous dire que Louis Vachon avait gagné le titre du meilleur PDG de l’année. Chacun ses priorités…

10 novembre 2014

Acheter une élection Environnement États-Unis Hétu Watch Revue de presse

Los Angeles Times


Tom Steyer gets little payoff for millions spent on green issues
Los Angeles Times

Environmentalists had something in their arsenal for Tuesday’s election they never did before: a billionaire benefactor willing to empty his pockets of tens of millions of dollars to bring climate change to the forefront of political debate and elect candidates committed to fighting global warming.

But California hedge fund titan Tom Steyer’s $74-million bet — most of it from his own wallet — yielded little payoff. On Tuesday, voters elected the most hostile Congress environmentalists have faced in years.

The Republicans who won control are already making plans to roll back President Obama’s signature emission reduction efforts, green-light the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would transport Canadian tar sands oil to the U.S. Gulf Coast, and cancel subsidies for renewable energy.

Even Steyer’s strategists acknowledge that climate change is not a top-tier issue now. The question is whether it ever will be. Advocates such as Freed say the push seems to be futile, and well-funded green political groups should shift their strategy to more narrowly focused efforts with bipartisan appeal. They might start, he said, by being more open to such GOP-favored options as nuclear energy.

Avez-vous remarqué que lorsqu’il est question d’argent en politique américaine, nos bons médias font immédiatement référence au parti républicain, surtout aux méchants frères Koch

Pourtant, lors des dernières élections de mi-mandat aux États-Unis, ce sont les réchauffistes qui ont dépensé des dizaines de millions pour changer le cours de l’élection. Notez que tous ces millions ont été complètement inutiles puisque les candidats réchauffistes ont mordu la poussière presque partout. Voilà qui confirme ce que j’ai toujours dit, l’argent à lui seul ne fera jamais gagner une élection.

Terminons en disant qu’il est rassurant que les écolos aient été tassés du pouvoir lors de la dernière élection, une excellente nouvelle pour l’économie canadienne.

6 novembre 2014

Les femmes, les noirs et le parti républicain États-Unis Hétu Watch Revue de presse

New York Magazine


Big Firsts From the 2014 Midterm Elections
New York Magazine

Mia Love, first black Republican woman elected to Congress. The former Saratoga Springs mayor, a Mormon convert, lost her first congressional bid in 2012, but made a strong comeback this time around, winning her race against Doug Owens in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. Joni Ernst, first female veteran in the U.S. Senate. The Republican is also the first woman to represent Iowa in congress. Shelley Moore Capito, first female senator from West Virginia. Capito, Ernst, and others are helping the GOP combat the assumption that it is a party of white men. Carl DeMaio, first openly gay Republican in Congress. The final tally is still being counted in California’s 52nd Congressional District, but DeMaio is leading despite numerous sexual harassment allegations. Tim Scott, first black senator elected from the south since reconstruction. The South Carolina Republican won Tuesday’s election after serving out the last two years of Jim DeMint’s term. Elise Stefanik, first 30-year-old woman in Congress. Stefanik is the youngest woman ever to serve in congress, and the first Republican to win in New York’s 21st Congressional District. Congress will have 100 female members for the first time ever. This is thanks, in part, to the many successes of Republican women in the midterm elections.

Grâce à la vague républicaine, il n’y a jamais eu autant de femmes au Congrès américain.

Mais ne compter pas sur Richard Hétu pour vous en parler, il est trop occupé à consoler sa peine…

5 novembre 2014

L’éternel dernier de classe Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

The Globe And Mail


Marathon’s pipeline reversal would reduce need for Keystone XL
The Globe And Mail

Marathon Petroleum Corp. is considering a potential reversal of a major U.S. pipeline that could dramatically boost exports of Alberta’s heavy oil to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, as the energy industry moves beyond the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project.

Marathon, BP PLC and Plains All American LP are assessing “potential commercial opportunities” for their Capline pipeline system from Louisiana to the U.S. Midwest that could see the line repurposed to ship fast-growing production from North Dakota’s shale patch and the Alberta oil sands to the eastern Gulf Coast region..

It’s the latest sign that market players are moving past TransCanada Corp.’s $10-billion (U.S.) Keystone XL project, which has been sidelined for years by environmental opposition and U.S. politics.

A reversed Capline would open a significant new route for Canadian oil to the key Gulf Coast processing hub, experts say, adding as much as 1.2-million barrels a day (b/d) of new transport capacity to a market already buoyed by increased crude-by-rail shipments and major additions along established pipeline corridors. Capline currently ships crude north about 1,020 kilometres from St. James, La., to Patoka, Ill. Keystone XL, by contrast, plans to ship 830,000 bpd.

The expanded export routes have contributed to reduced discounts for Western Canada select (WCS) heavy oil, analysts say, helping to offset the steep decline in world and U.S. crude prices to two-year lows.

Le projet de construction de pipeline au Québec par TransCanada est uniquement sur la table parce que le pipeline Keystone XL n’a pas encore été construit.

J’ai l’impression que TransCanada va faire comme d’autres avant eux et quitter le Québec tout simplement parce que dans cette province de débile, il est impossible de faire du développement économique; le pétrole de l’Alberta va tout simplement se trouver un autre chemin.

En quittant le Québec, ce sont des milliards de dollars et des milliers d’emplois qui ne seront pas créés par TransCanada. Et pendant ce temps, un politicien qui nous a déjà été vendu comme étant un brillant homme d’affaires s’imagine que l’on peut gérer le St-Laurent comme le canal de Panama

4 novembre 2014

Histoire de peur Économie Environnement Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph


Lloyd’s of London profits jump despite airline disaster payouts
The Daily Telegraph

The Lloyd’s of London insurance market has posted a leap in profits despite warning of a sudden escalation in airline disaster costs.

During one of the quietest periods in its history for natural catastrophes, a string of airline tragedies including the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine is expected to make this year the most expensive for aviation insurers since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Lloyds said.

Losses in the aviation segment are estimated at $600m in the first six months of the year, according to Lloyd’s. However, thanks to a dearth of large natural disasters/span>, total claims were down 12% and pre-tax profit rose 21pc to £1.67bn during the period, Lloyd’s said.

“It’s been a relatively benign period for natural catastrophes so we have a lot of capital stored up coming into the US storm season,” Nelson said.

Après Warren Buffett, c’est au tour de la Lloyd’s de dire que les catastrophes naturelles n’ont pas affecté les profits des compagnies d’assurance. Pourtant, tous les réchauffistes nous annoncent la fin du monde depuis plusieurs années… Une autre de leur prédiction qui ne s’est pas matérialisée…

3 novembre 2014

Le pétrole ne suffit pas Économie Revue de presse Venezuela

The New York Times


Venezuela Seizes Warehouses Packed With Medical Goods, Food
The New York Times

President Nicolas Maduro’s government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that « bourgeois criminals » were hoarding for speculation and contraband.

The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia.

Critics say 15 years of failed policies of state intervention are to blame for the OPEC nation’s widespread shortages, high inflation and apparently recessionary economy. They accuse nouveau riche officials and military officers of illegal business practices.

Pressure has been growing on the government over shortages of medical products, with huge queues at some pharmacies and the problem exacerbated by severe outbreaks of mosquito-borne fevers.

In a two-hour appearance, Maduro also announced he would use decree powers to increase the maximum jail sentence for smugglers to 14 years, set new « fair price » controls for basic goods from Nov. 1, and curtail informal reselling of food and medical essentials on the street.

Au Québec, certaines personnes aiment bien dire que si l’Alberta est riche, c’est uniquement à cause du pétrole. L’exemple du Venezuela est une démonstration éloquente que le pétrole n’est pas suffisant pour qu’un pays ou une province connaissent la prospérité, la taille du gouvernement est un facteur beaucoup plus déterminant.

30 octobre 2014

Quand le vert vire au noir Économie Environnement Europe France Revue de presse

Science & Vie


La France risque le black-out électrique dès l’année prochaine
Science & Vie

Deux rapports mettent en garde certains pays européens, dont la France, contre le risque de black-out électrique durant les prochains hivers. Concrètement, si l’hiver 2015-2016 est rude, il n’y aura peut-être pas assez d’électricité pour tout le monde en France (et dans d’autres pays européens).

Les deux rapports, la 16e édition annuelle de l’Observatoire européen des marchés de l’énergie publiée le 27 octobre par la société Capgemini, l’un des leaders mondiaux du conseil, et le Bilan 2014 publié en septembre par le Réseau de transport d’électricité (RTE, filiale d’EDF), parviennent en effet aux mêmes conclusions alarmistes. Notamment, dès l’hiver 2016-2017, en cas de pic de consommation, il pourrait manquer à la France environ 2000 méga-watts (MW), soit l’équivalent de la production de deux réacteurs nucléaires comme ceux de la centrale de Tricastin. Des coupures sont donc à craindre dont l’étendue et la durée dépendraient du manque net d’électricité mais aussi de son effet déstabilisateur sur l’ensemble de réseaux électriques interconnectés.

Mais peut-être les facteurs les plus importants du manque à venir sont la crise économique et, paradoxalement, l’exigence européenne de monter la part des énergies renouvelables à 20 % dans la production d’électricité en 2020 (et 27% en 2030).

Montrez-moi un politicien qui soutient les énergies vertes et je vais montrer un politicien qui ne sait pas compter…

29 octobre 2014

Les pyromanes Coup de gueule États-Unis Hétu Watch Revue de presse

The Washington Post


Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson
The Washington Post

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which casts Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.

Experts told the newspaper that Brown was first shot at close range and may have been reaching for Wilson’s weapon while the officer was still in his vehicle and Brown was standing at the driver’s side window. The autopsy found material “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm” in a wound on Brown’s thumb, the autopsy says.

Au moment de l’incident, même si très peu d’information était disponible, les médias ont fait croire à la population que la mort de Michael Brown était un geste raciste. Ces allégations avaient incité les casseurs à se livrer à des émeutes et aux pillages.

Quelques semaines plus tard, on apprend que l’incident n’avait rien de raciste et que le policier a probablement agi en légitime défense. Par contre, ce nouveau développement n’a pas fait couler beaucoup d’encre dans les médias…

28 octobre 2014

Se tourner la langue 7 fois Canada Coup de gueule Revue de presse

The Globe And Mail


Justin Bourque faces sentencing hearing for killing Mounties
The Globe And Mail

Justin Bourque was frustrated with his job and wanted to do harm to the oil industry but chose instead to target police officers because of the badge they wore when he killed three Mounties and wounded two others in Moncton, N.B., a sentencing hearing heard Monday.

Crown lawyer Cameron Gunn began laying out his case that Bourque, 24, should have his parole ineligibility set at 75 years while serving a life sentence for three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Bourque gave a statement to police after his arrest in which he expresses dissatisfaction with his job at a distribution warehouse and also wanted to harm the oil industry. A recording of that statement was played in court in which he refers to setting some gas stations on fire but dumped that plan.

“I decided to wing it from there,” Bourque says.

Gunn said Bourque, dressed in camouflage and carrying the semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun, walked along a road passing neighbours.

“It appeared he was on a mission,” Gunn said.

Dans la foulée des événements qui se sont déroulés en juin, on a pu entendre sur les ondes de RDI un analyste dire que Justin Bourque était probablement un milicien de droite tout en s’empressant d’ajouter qu’il devait aussi faire partie de ceux qui nient l’existence du réchauffement climatique…

Finalement, on apprend que Justin Bourque détestait les pétrolières et la police… C’est de droite détester le pétrole et la police ?

22 octobre 2014

La racine du mal Économie Europe Gauchistan Revue de presse

The Economist


Anti-Semitism: Another cost of bigotry
The Economist

The assertion that Jews “control” finance is commonplace among anti-Semites. A new academic study* finds that people who live in areas of Germany where persecution of Jews was most intense are less likely to invest in the stockmarket, even today.

The relationship has very strong historical roots. People who live in districts from which Jews were likeliest to be sent to concentration camps under the Nazis are 7.5% less likely to invest in stocks than other Germans; those who live in districts where pogroms occurred during the Black Death (back in the 14th century) are 12% less likely to do so. Surveys also show residents of such districts are less likely to trust the financial sector.

The effect of this distrust is that German savers in such districts earn lower returns, because they have lower exposure to the stockmarket. “The legacy of Jewish persecution—distrust of finance—has hindered generations of Germans from accumulating financial wealth,” the authors argue. In other words, “Persecution of minorities reduces not only the long-term wealth of the persecuted, but of the persecutors as well.”

Un rappel que l’antisémitisme et l’anticapitalisme s’abreuvent aux mêmes sources. L’anticapitalisme des Québécois explique probablement aussi pourquoi autant de Québécois détestent Israël.