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Meltdown - Part 2/4

The Men Who Crashed the World

Meltdown is a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that brought down the financial world. The show begins with the 2008 crash that pushed 30 million people into unemployment, brought countries to the edge of insolvency and turned the clock back to 1929.

But how did it all go so wrong? Lack of government regulation; easy lending in the US housing market meant anyone could qualify for a home loan with no government regulations in place. Also, London was competing with New York as the banking capital of the world. Gordon Brown, the British finance minister at the time, introduced "light touch regulation" - giving bankers a free hand in the marketplace.

Meltdown moves on to examine the epidemic of fear that caused the world's banks to stop lending and how the people began their fight back. Finally, it asks how the world can prepare for the next crisis even as it recognises that this one is far from over.

We hear about the sheikh who says the crash never happened; a Wall Street king charged with fraud; a congresswoman who wants to jail the bankers; and the world leaders who want a re-think of capitalism.




Opinions & Analysis

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household

In the chamber where Officer Darren Wilson received a commendation six months before killing Michael Brown, a minor court generates major money from the city’s poor and working people.
The Daily Beast

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (HBO) (Ferguson & the Militarized Police)


Here's the story

Stephen Harper linked to Nazi intellectuals and Christian fundamentalists suggests Trevor Harrison's book >Read Story HERE - The Canadian National Newspaper

Here's the Author

- A Professor of Sociology @ University of Lethbridge

>Read author Trevor Harrison's bio HERE

Dancing with the one that brung ya ?
For Harper government, bad policy is great politics
Trevor Harrison / The Parkland Institute

World News

IcelandVolcano Updates - National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police follows up on Bárðarbunga volcano status here

The Ferguson Riots
The Islamic State -a 5-part documentary series
Israel / Gaza Conflict
Lac Megantic -- Report & video animation
LISTEN to soundcloud - Recordings reveal that engineer Tom Harding did not initially know his train had derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic

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* Was HARPER a Northern Foundation member / Neo Nazi / White Supremacist?

* Gatineau boob job benefit, Harper against aboriginal women inquiry, RCMP might outsource sex offender list (offshore?) Military to stockpile in Arctic, another animal cruelty farm in QC, LIFE on the ISS? Are we mostly part-timers? ISS converts Yazidis.

* Ferguson quiet, Baird has the language cops after him, reporter beheaded by Islamist State, ebola spreading. WHY DO WE KISS?

* When will the other shoe drop on aviation as they too police themselves? -- TSB Report on Lac Megantic - one tragic mistake after another, incompetence everywhere. Good animation tho.

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* USA - The Ferguson riots - from cops to commandos.

*John Oliver discusses Ferguson with humour & facts & ooh, does he get mad.

* Academic Rankings - Canada's low.

* If there's any Irish in you, listen to Irish Society's "Mufferaw Joe" yee haaaw

* The Islamic State explained in 5 mini docs.

* Know anyone with an addiction? Ricky hasn't always been a good boy but now he saves lives!

* USA - race riots over police/kid shooting, the WORLD pitches in to help countries in the Middle East: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Tunesia, and Russian convoys stalled to Ukraine. Who's minding the CHILDREN?

* COMING SOON - Research on consequences of war.

* Pope Francis: "Never war, never war,” he said. “I am thinking, above all, of children who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, a future. Dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who don't know how to smile.” This was the moment when the tears came. “Please stop,” said Francis. “I ask you with all my heart, it's time to stop. Stop, please!”

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Daily Quote -Benjamin Franklin: Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
Peter March - Well, recent research on happiness clearly indicates that the wealthy are, on the whole, happier than average middle-class persons. Research on happiness is a huge area of academic interest precisely because popular ideas about happiness are not evidence based. Maybe money should not make people happy, maybe the idea is repugnant, but money does make people happy.

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Canada-U.S. price gap measures coming in the fall
Legislation to regulate price differences, 'unjustified' discrimination in consumer goods CBCNews

Canadian economy added 42,000 jobs in July, not 200 as Statistics Canada originally said The Financial Post

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The average Canadian family spends more on taxes than necessities of life

>Get the facts here & video


Giant Hogweed - toxic weed causes boils and blindness discovered in Ottawa area

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Bestiality, child pornography charges laid against Gatineau couple CBCNews


Ottawa - Suspects from a Break and Enter at Rideau Centre identified.
The Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit has identified the two suspects involved in this matter.

The two individuals turned themselves in last night.
Eric WILLMETS, 21 years old of Ottawa, has been charged with two counts of break & enter.
Lucas RUSSELL, 22 years old of Ottawa, has been charged with three counts of break & enter.
They are scheduled to appear in court on September 11th, 2014.

Police laid over 500 charges against road users during July - The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) focused on cycling safety and red light running during the month of July, resulting in 503 charges being laid against road users.

Ottawa Valley & National News



Porn star's breast-implant fundraiser criticized TheOttawaCitizen

Harper rejects calls for aboriginal women inquiry The Globe And Mail

RCMP considers outsourcing creation of Harper government’s planned public sex offender registry TheNationalPost

Canadian Forces to stockpile military equipment in Arctic ‘hubs’ for faster response in case of emergency

Ontario’s Wynne, Quebec’s Couillard forge central Canadian alliance TheGlobe And Mail

Hundreds of minks set free at farm accused of animal cruelty TheMontrealGazette

Microbial life found living on the exterior of the International Space Station, say reports TheIndependent


Video - Is Canada becoming a nation of part-time employees?

Baird's tweets investigated after language complaint TheOttawaCitizen

Group calls on sports organizations to do more to prevent concussions TheOttawaCitizen

‘We call it a rescue vehicle': Growing number of Canadian police forces bulking up with armoured vehicles


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TED TALKS - Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming.

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ... and prevent a revolution.


House Works: Masking tape makes caulking joints a breeze The Ottawa Citizen

Poachers Kill Up To 40,000 African Elephants A Year -

Researchers have quantified the contribution of poaching to elephant decline for the first time, and they found that illegal killing is enough to endanger the survival of the species. Across the African continent, poachers have driven an average reduction of 2 to 3 percent a year between 2010 and 2012 -- that’s 100,000 elephants in just three years. The work was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week.

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Where do Pete Doherty and Tim Arnold go for drug addiction detox?

In Pictures: Thailand's Buddhist detox centre
The Wat Tham Krabok monastery is Thailand's largest free drug rehabilitation facility. ALJazeera Story & Pictures here

Listen on YOUTUBE _ - A song about the eviction of Irish tenants by British landowners.

Following the Penal Laws, Irish were not permitted to own land or a horse or attend their churches or schools.

The Celtic Connection is a Newfoundland band.

Irish Society - Big Joe Mufferaw


Tuberculosis Is Newer Than Thought - New research indicates that some seal species carried tuberculosis across the Atlantic Ocean.



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. . . the paradox of rejection . . . stress, including the mental stress of uncertainty is an ingredient in attachment or love and that perhaps even manifestation of hatred (its polar opposite) somehow enhance love . . .

Did you know? The scientific study of kissing is "philematology".


World News Digest

Protecting fair skin with China's 'face-kini'
BBC News
Julian Assange 'to leave' Ecuador embassy
Second World War sex slaves seek comfort from Pope decades after they were forced into brothels The National Post
Dubai officials deny entry to world's most pierced man who also wears horn implants, says airport authorities gave him no reason for the decision The Guardian

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times
NY Times





The Ferguson Riots



Bill Moyers : All Eyes Are on Ferguson After the Police Shooting of an Unarmed Teen

A roundup of some key articles about Ferguson, and the militarization of American policing.

>Here’s Bill Moyers' Essential Reader


National Guard begins pullout from riot-weary Ferguson, Missouri

Peaceful protests, smallest crowd on quiet night in Ferguson StLouisPostDispatch

Ferguson protest violence subsides BBC News & Video

St. Louis police shoot knife-wielding man near Ferguson CBCNews

Violence Flares Anew in Ferguson
The deployment of the National Guard and the lifting of a curfew failed to prevent another night of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., late Monday night, as a day of almost eerie calm soon gave way to a night of mayhem and chaos TimeMagazine

The Islamist State - A 5-part series

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Play Video - Islamist State converts Yazidis to Islam


James Foley: Islamic State militants 'behead reporter' - BBC News & Video

ISIS Pressed for Ransom Before Killing Journalist NYTimes

ISIS demanded $100-million for James Foley’s life but U.S. refused to pay - TheNational Post

US military tried but failed to free Foley BBCNews

Iraq crisis

Conflicting reports -Military claims control of Mosul dam BBC News

Kurdish, Iraqi forces in control of Mosul dam: spokesman Reuters

FRONTLINE - VIDEO investigates what went wrong in Iraq


Canada to fly weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIS CBCNews

US air strike on Islamic State militants in Iraq
>videos & background & maps - BBCNews

Israel / Gaza War


UPDATE Gaza gunmen execute 18 'collaborators' in Gaza; Israel pursues air strikes Reuters

Video - Hamas buries commanders killed by Israel
Funerals held for three Qassam Brigades leaders in Rafah, as Israel calls up fresh troops for extended Gaza campaign. AlJazeera

Hamas buries commanders killed by Israel
Funerals held for three Qassam Brigades leaders in Rafah, as Israel calls up fresh troops for extended Gaza campaign. AlJazeera

Gaza: What does the future hold for the children? BBCNews

Israel launches Gaza strikes following rocket fire --
Israel's military says it has carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to fresh rocket fire, hours before a ceasefire was set to expire. BBCNews

Ebola Outbreak

UPDATE - US Ebola patient Kent Brantly 'thrilled to be alive'
One of the US aid workers who recovered from an Ebola infection is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital. BBCNews

Liberia police fire on protesters as West Africa's Ebola toll hits 1,350 - Reuters

Plague Village - Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter Reuters

Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg is headed for Africa
Canada is donating 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine, which was developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory The WinnipegFreePress

WHO: Ebola 'an international emergency' BBCNews

Canada’s public health agency issues advisory on Ebola, says no need for travel ban The Montreal Gazette


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