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Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 – +27˚F / -3˚C & cloudy in the Ithaca, New York area @ 1:30 pm Eastern Time –

 

— It’s been a while since anyone’s posted anything new here –  and that isn’t because there is nothing newsworthy going on. Real Life has a way of interfering with our blogging / reporting aspirations.

cbc article

– The CRTC – Canada’s Telecommunications Regulater – { Kind of their version of the FCC } Has found deceptive practices and “misleading, high pressure tactics” are too common among Canadian Companies trying to sell you their telecommunications services. – It’s Official –

The CRTC says an inquiry has confirmed allegations Canada’s telecommunications industry used unacceptable sales practices that misled consumers and harmed vulnerable members of the public.

The commission says the misleading and aggressive practices exist in all types of sales channels, including in stores, online, over the telephone and at homes when companies conduct door-to-door sales campaigns.

But the report doesn’t identify which companies or areas of the country have had the worst track record.

The CRTC compiled the report after five days of testimony at public hearings in October and months of information gathering, including more than 1,000 comments from individual Canadians.

The regulator looked into the issue after CBC’s reporting into sales tactics at some of Canada’s biggest telecom companies.

The CRTC says it plans to follow up its report with measures to address the problems identified through the inquiry, but most of them will require additional regulatory proceedings.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is a semi-autonomous federal agency responsible for upholding the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, which are both under review by the federal government.

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— Donald J Trump Watch :
cbc news - DJ Trump and US Automakers.

– I was in Canada Yesterday – Spending as much quality time with my sweetie as I could and probably woke up the neighbours when I whooped loudly as I heard an FBI spokesperson tell the world that Donald J Trump is being investigated as a possible threat to US National Security. I haven’t been able to find the time after zooming home and getting ready to power nap before work to see it that was reported down here. But –

America’s auto industry is bracing for a potential escalation in U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff war with the world, one that could weaken the global auto industry and economy, inflate car prices and trigger a backlash in Congress.

Late Sunday, the Commerce Department sent the White House a report on the results of an investigation Trump had ordered of whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to U.S. national security. Commerce hasn’t made its recommendations public, and the White House has so far declined to comment. If Commerce did find that auto imports imperil national security, Trump would have 90 days to decide whether to impose those import taxes.

Trump has repeatedly invoked his duty as president to safeguard national security in justifying previous rounds of tariffs. An obscure provision in trade law authorizes a president to impose unlimited tariffs on particular imports if his Commerce Department concludes that those imports threaten America’s national security.

Whatever Commerce has concluded in this case, Trump has made clear his enthusiasm for tariffs in general and for auto tariffs in particular. Some analysts say they think Commerce has likely endorsed the tariffs, not least because the president has conveyed his preference for them.

Among Commerce’s recommendations “will certainly be tariffs because, hey, he’s a tariff man,” said William Reinsch, a former U.S. trade official and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, referring to a nickname that Trump gave himself.

Industry conference call to discuss what might happen

Industry officials took part in a conference call Tuesday to discuss the possible steps Trump could take. They include tariffs of up to 25 per cent on imported parts only; on assembled vehicles only; or on both vehicles and parts — including those from Mexico and Canada. The last option would be an especially unusual one given that the United States, Mexico and Canada reached a new North American trade deal late last year, and the legislatures of all
three nations must still ratify it.

In public hearings last year, the idea of imposing import taxes on autos drew almost no support. Even U.S. automakers, which ostensibly would benefit from a tax on their foreign competitors, opposed the potential tariffs. Among other concerns, the automakers worry about retaliatory tariffs that the affected nations would impose on U.S. vehicles. Many U.S. automakers also depend on imported parts that could be subject to Trump’s tariffs and could become more expensive.

A similar Commerce investigation last year resulted in the Trump administration imposing taxes on imported steel and aluminum in the name of national security. The administration has adopted an extraordinarily broad view of national security to include just about anything that might affect the economy.

In addition to steel and aluminum, Trump has imposed tariffs on dishwashers, solar panels and hundreds of Chinese products. Targeting autos would further raise the stakes. The United States imported $340 billion in cars, trucks and auto parts in 2017.

If this, then that

If the administration imposed 25 per cent tariffs on imported parts and vehicles including those from Canada and Mexico, the price of imported vehicles would jump more than 17 per cent, or an average of around $5,000 each, according to estimates by IHS Markit. Even the prices of vehicles made in the U.S. would rise by about 5 per cent, or $1,800, because all of them use some imported parts.

Luxury brands would absorb the sharpest increase: $5,800 on average, IHS concluded. Mass-market vehicle prices would rise an average of $3,300.

If the tariffs were fully assessed, IHS predicts that price increases would cause U.S. auto sales to fall by an average of 1.8 million vehicles a year through 2026. Auto industry officials say that if sales fall, there almost certainly will be U.S. layoffs. Dealers who sell German and some Japanese brands would be hurt the most by the tariffs.

“The economic fallout would be significant, with auto tariffs hurting the global economy by distorting prices and creating inefficiencies, and the impact would reverberate across global supply chains,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a report. “The already weakening pace of global expansion would magnify global growth pressures, causing a broader hit to business and consumer confidence amid tightening financial conditions.”

Congress could resist the auto tariffs. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., have introduced legislation to reassert congressional control over trade. Their bill would give Congress 60 days to approve any tariffs imposed on national security grounds. It would also shift responsibility for such investigations away from Commerce to the Pentagon.

Using tariffs as leverage

Some analysts say they suspect that Trump intends to use the tariffs as leverage to pressure Japan and Europe to limit their auto exports to the United States and to prod Japanese and European automakers to build more vehicles at their U.S. plants.

Reinsch notes that Trump’s top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, worked in the Reagan administration, which coerced Japan into accepting “voluntary” limits on its auto exports.

“This is the way Lighthizer thinks,” Reinsch said.

Even if the tariff threat resulted in negotiations, Europe and Japan would have demands of their own. A likely one: Compelling the U.S. to drop its longstanding 25 per cent tax on imported light trucks.

Trump is “pursuing something that, as near as I can tell, the domestic (auto) industry doesn’t want,” Reinsch said. “Once he pursues it, he is going to be under pressure to give up the one thing the auto industry really does want” — the U.S. tariff on imported light trucks.

For now, many in the industry are upset that the Commerce Department report remains secret, feeding uncertainty.

“The 137,000 people who work for Toyota across America deserve to know whether they are considered a national security threat,” Toyota said in a statement Tuesday. “And the American consumer needs to know whether the cost of every vehicle sold in the U.S. may increase.”

The American International Automobile Dealers Association this week called the Commerce Department’s investigation “bogus.”

“Now, dealerships must continue to operate under a cloud of uncertainty, not knowing if at any moment their products will be slapped with 25 per cent tariffs, raising vehicle and repair costs by thousands of dollars and slashing sales,” the association’s CEO, Cody Lusk, said in a statement.

{ Canadian Auto makers’ Unions have a campaign they’re paying television broadcasters to air – asking everyone up there to boycott any GM products made in Mexico – and/or not to buy any General Motors vehicles unless they have been manufactured in Canada. GM is closing down a long-time auto plant a bit to the east of Toronto in favour of shifting production to Mexico where they can get away with under-paying their workers in factories that do not have to follow as strict safety regulations as Canadian factories need to abide by. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t been on twitter lately to see what Michael Moore has to say about this. -djo- }
— And I should also be ashamed to admit that I need a little bit of sleep before I have to get up and remain reasonably alert on the night shift down here.
— Above news articles ‘lifted’ / copied and pasted from the CBC News Web Site : <– That is a link
— Hang in there, America – We need you –
— djo —

We’re Still Here

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Saturday, 01 August, 2015 -( 18˚C /64˚F & clearing after this afternoon’s brief but intense thunderstorm in our neck of New Brunswick, Canada, North America, Earth…. where it is 8:05 pm )-

We’ve just spent two days updating web sites and deleting spam ‘comments’ and have more to do, but we’re still here and still insanely dedicated to trying to get quality news to anyone who wants to read it- Thank you for being there.

If you really have something to say you can get email to me @ jimdaerendel@aerendel.org

Thanks again-,

— jda —

Saskatchewan Government Orders SaskPower to remove Smart Meters = Fire Hazard

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
{ I’m copying and pasting this from Jim- & it certainly has been a strange day for News ———Doug—— }

July 30, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014. -(24˚C / 75˚F @ 5:40 pm Where I’m at.)-

((( Sounds like a busy night for Coast to Coast am News Watchers.)))

Scrolling headlines in the ‘Crawl’ on the CBC News Channel here has a couple interesting items. One is the blurb about the Province Of Saskatchwan’s  Government Ordering their power company to end its Smart Meter Programme.  The first couple times I saw the message it said “Sask Power to remove Smart Meters over Fire Hazard”. Somebody changed the Message to read, “Saskatchewan Gov’t Orders SaskPower to End Smart Meter Program”

Another Message of Note: “Excessive drinking of Soda Impairs Teenagers’ Brains”

& ‘Let’s die at least defending our land,’ says Ontario’s First Nations Chief’

‘Gas company sues tiny village for $1.5M – 5 times its annual budget’  ((I have to link this one)) —> Town of 168 People in Quebec <— Because the village passed a by-law establishing a no-drill zone near its potable water sources. (Radio-Canada)

Couple gets threatening letter for flying gay pride flag.

{Also = not direct quotes:

The G20 handling of riots by Toronto Police – Plus the Toronto Police handling of the Mayor Rob Ford Alleged Crack Cocaine smoking Video – led to the Toronto Police Board Not appointing Chief Of Police Bill Blair to a third term.  }

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((((( I could not find all of the above stories on my local cbc.ca/news page here. )))))

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This is from a Friend on Facebook:

“Steam Injection Fracking Caused Major Alberta Bitumen Leak | The Tyee
thetyee.ca
Review finds fractures spread like cracks on a frozen lake, resulting in uncontrolled seepage.”
From Linked Page:
A new independent technical review on the cause of a large and costly 2013 bitumen leak in northern Alberta found a form of hydraulic fracturing that injects steam into the ground to be the main culprit.
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Should I include the headline, “Devoted octopus mom holds her eggs for 4.5 years”?
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-Let’s hope the good stuff (above) isn’t just a weird leak of positive news from a parallel dimension.
 —————Jim

Changes, and hopefully, Improvements—

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Is today Mick Jagger’s Birthday?)

Front Page of Independent Canadian News Blog

This is a cropped screen shot of the finished project.

—We stayed up all last night, soaking our feet and listening to Coast to Coast a.m. — and knocking ourselves out to improve the looks and ‘feel’ of a News Blog begun in 2009.

—I think it came out well, but then we were thinking (and you know, thinking can be dangerous) that all our back pages and postings etc were on a WordPress Server somewhere, and if the fit hits the shan with a cosmic event or Solar Flare inspired EMP, or something equally heartbreaking, we’re dead in the water. (( Jim had a website hosted by Crosswinds, a Canadian company with servers in New York City… And that web site evaporated on 2001/09/11… Eek?)) So we decided to try to put together another WordPress Blog, Self-Hosted on a server we pay for, where we can periodically download everything and try to keep it safely tucked away inside a Faraday cage somewhere friendly.  You’re looking at it. And I’m using the (above) Screen Shot to see how the Theme we’re looking at likes graphics, and what sizes and how well they display and whether or not this Theme gives you the whole story or just a teaser.

—We’re about to publish this first article and see what we’ve got here.

———thank you for your patience——

————— the Editor

 

From Independent Canadian News: A “Must Read” Review -by ‘Aerendel-Jim’

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Saturday, 26 July, 2014. (( I will pre-date this article from the “Independent Canadian News” to see if the graphic with its Formatting works and see if the Calendar knows about days that have already happened. -djo-))

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A ‘Must Read’ I should have added before

Thursday, 24 July, 2014.

Book Cover

Nothing In This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are” by Bob Frissell. Is a book with quite a title. (I think Amazon dot CA {Canada} has the kindle version for something like $8.34 Canadian$)

The first time I discovered the Radio Programme “Coast to Coast A.M.” (With Art Bell in those days) Bob Frissell was being interviewed on the subject of this book. I was immediately hooked— on both the talk radio late night programme and the book. It’s been a while since I first tried to absorb and understand what was in that book…

The author explained that beings in a civilization on Mars realized their planet was in danger of being completely wiped out, they looked around and built a time machine, jumped a million years into their future and landed on Earth. They immediately tried to conquer the locals, who happened to be the inhabitants of what we now call Atlantis. The Atlantians kicked their butts, and let them live. The aliens (which may be the greys that are famously abducting people these days?) waited a while and tried to conquer the Atlantians again. The Atlantians kicked their butts a second time and sort of confined them to a reservation somewhere around what is now the Yucatan area of Mexico. When these aliens came to the conclusion that a comet was going to collide with the Earth, they went to the Atlantians and said they could take care of the comet for them. But the Atlantians told them that the Comet was God’s Will and wouldn’t endorse their plan. The aliens then tried to rebuild their time machine but got something wrong and when they tried to use it, they tore the fabric of whatever maintained the inter-dimensional integrity around here and instantaneously knocked the planet from ‘Golden Age’ status way down ‘Everybody on the planet got real stupid real fast’ status, and other dimensional creatures that should not be, don’t like it here, don’t want to be here — were released and began to mess with our peace of mind.

I came away thinking that if this was not the literal Truth of our pre-recorded History (Or history that had been recorded and then lost when idiots burned down the Great Library in Alexandria)- Then it might be sort of Poetically True, like a parable, or something the author could get away with saying because the forces of darkness and evil would have torn him apart and burned his manuscripts if he tried to tell the actual truth.

There’s a whole lot more to this book, and to the author. And I am desperate to get my hands on another copy of this and see if I can absorb and digest any more than I did last time ((Now that my ego believes I might have more wisdom and the ability to see through b.s. a little more clearly than I could twenty years ago?)) — Something like that.

I think somebody has a kindle version of the book available for some weird price like $5.88. Check it out of the Startpage https search engine. Go find the startpage search engine first. The link above this might help. (But look out, it looks like a state sponsored malware program/virus has been launched to discredit the anti spyware advocates who created the startpage search engine).

———thanks——,

—————-Jim