Goodwin: A toxic president (5)

“X stands for trust.”

Chalk it up to karma, fate or bad luck. Whatever you call it, the Ebola scare is proof that Bad Things Happen to Bad Presidents.

The morphing of what is a single case into near panic is, according to medical experts, unwarranted. They point out that, so far, one person from Liberia died in a Texas hospital and two nurses who treated him got sick. Period, end of panic.

In rational and medical terms, they may be right. But their calculations omit another factor. It’s the X factor.

In this case, X stands for trust.

President Obama has spent six years squandering it, and the administration’s confusion, contradictions and mistakes on Ebola fit the pattern. This is how he rolls.

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See Also:

#1 — The ‘Bam Who Fell To Earth

#2 — Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Lawyers of War

#3 — The Virus of Cynicism

#4 — The Travel Ban and the New Czar

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Afternoon Update October 21st, 2014 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Man mourns ‘soulmate’ wife killed by grizzly

She was the love of his life — and until Saturday, when a predatory grizzly bear invaded their Yukon cabin and fatally mauled his wife, Matthias Liniger says the home he shared with Claudia Huber in the Canadian wilderness was their personal paradise.

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#2 — CTV | B.C. cop charged with second-degree murder in fatal standoff

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A Vancouver-area police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal standoff outside a casino two years ago.

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#3 — Globe | Sponsorship a factor in awarding Pan Am Games security contract

A company’s willingness to become a sponsor of the 2015 Pan American/Parapan Games will be considered in the awarding of a new security contract, according to a request for proposals (RFP) document issued by the TO2015 organizing committee.

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#4 — Postmedia | Voters’ list numbers don’t match StatsCan data in 100 ridings

In nearly one-third of all federal ridings, the number of people on the voters list maintained by Elections Canada exceeds Statistics Canada’s calculations of the number of people who should be eligible to vote, suggesting potential problems with the accuracy of the data used on election day.

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#5 — Sun | Ontario teacher loses licence for bullying colleagues and students

OWEN SOUND, Ont. – The Ontario College of Teachers has stripped a former Bluewater District School Board elementary teacher of her licence after hearing she bullied colleagues and abused students, calling some “retards.”

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Mexican federal police deployed to Guerrero towns

Mexican federal police have taken control of 12 towns in Guerrero state, where 43 students disappeared after clashing with the municipal police.

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#7 — CNN | Ferguson turns into tinderbox once again after new details leaked

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — This is the new normal in Ferguson: Protests, day and night, for more than 70 days now.

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#8 — Fox | GAO report finds thousands of government workers on paid leave, costing taxpayers millions

WASHINGTON – Thousands of federal workers who have been put on administrative leave for more than a month have been allowed to collect a paycheck, accrue vacation days and pensions benefits while taxpayers were forced to foot the $775 million bill, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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#9 — DM | Every two minutes someone in Britain loses their savings to a new breed of conman

Every two minutes of every day, someone in the UK is ripped off by a fraudster or loses money to an online crime.

Households are falling prey to investment conmen, cold callers who petrify their victims into thinking they’ve been robbed, fake websites, pension crooks and online bandits who dupe people into giving away their personal details.

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#10 — WT | Afghanistan anti-corruption task force shuttered amid U.S. troop drawdown

The Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combating corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama’s target force of 9,800 U.S. troops in the country — adding to concerns about oversight and accountability in a government rife with waste, fraud and abuse.

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McInstry: Regaining control of our borders is key to our future (10)

Growing in support and confidence, Nigel Farage’s party now represents a formidable threat to Conservative fortunes.

Only yesterday, an opinion poll gave UKIP 24 per cent, just five points behind the Conservatives.

That is why the Tories are becoming so desperate to shore up their base.

Everything they have tried so far, from smears about racism to the promise of a referendum on EU membership, has failed to stem the flow of former Tory voters towards UKIP.

Now, recognising that immigration will be the key issue at the next general election, Cameron has indicated that he wants to go even further.

Over the weekend the Downing Street spin machine explained that, in an imminent major speech, he will set out plans to impose an annual cap on the number of immigrants from the European Union, perhaps at a figure of 100,000-a-year.

This will be achieved, it is said, by imposing a strict limit on the number of National Insurance (NI) registrations.

In a concerted attempt to display robust ministerial determination, Cameron was backed up by the Home Secretary Theresa May, who declared that the Government is considering how to restrict the access of immigrants to tax credits.

She is absolutely right to address this problem, for migrants’ tax credits cost the taxpayer no less than £5 billion-a-year.

This colossal bill not only means that the British public is effectively subsidising the import of cheap labour at the expense of our own workers, but it also makes a mockery of the propaganda from the pro-immigration brigade that the vast influx of foreigners is not a burden on the state.

But this pose of resolution is unconvincing.

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See Also:

#1 — Eclipse of the solar farms

#2 — War over immigration

#3 — The EU’s Resolve Wavers Ahead of Climate Change Deal

#4 — Rip up five-year parliaments act, Cameron told by MPs

#5 — Why Moody’s Cut Russia to Two Notches above Junk

Afternoon Update:

#6 — Those implicated in economic collapse will pay, says AG

#7 — Head of oil company Total dies in Moscow plane crash

#8 — At loggerheads over role of the IMF

#9 — Britain’s Farage saves EU Parliament group

#10 — EU’s fire-walking commissioner clears path for Juncker

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Zimmer: Mindsuckers

It is as astonishing as it is sad to watch a ladybug turn into a zombie. Normally ladybugs are sophisticated and voracious predators. A single individual may devour several thousand aphids in a lifetime. To find a victim, it first waves its antennae to detect chemicals that plants release when they’re under attack by herbivorous insects. Once it has homed in on these signals, the ladybug switches its sensory scan to search for molecules released only by aphids. Then it creeps up and strikes, ripping the aphid apart with barbed mandibles.

Ladybugs are also well protected against most of their enemies. Their red-and-black dome, so adorable to the human eye, is actually a warning to would-be predators: You will regret this. When a bird or some other animal tries to attack, the ladybug bleeds poison from its leg joints. The attacker tastes the bitter blood and spits the ladybug out. Predators learn to read the red-and-black wing covers as a message to stay away.

A predator protected from other predators, the ladybug would seem to have the perfect insect life—were it not for wasps that lay their eggs inside its living body.

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Both sides in Hong Kong warn of crisis as clashes continue

After a flare-up of violence between Hong Kong police and pro-democracy demonstrators Saturday, government officials and protest leaders alike warned that the situation was heading toward a breaking point.

Demonstrators remained encamped around government headquarters in the Admiralty district and had reoccupied streets in the dense commercial Mong Kok area. Police had cleared the Mong Kok sit-in early Friday, but demonstrators returned later in the day and took back control of several key streets, clashing with officers throughout the night.

Speaking out after 26 people were arrested and dozens injured in Mong Kok early Saturday, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung said police had been “extremely tolerant” and that protesters’ increasingly “illegal acts are undermining the rule of law.”

“These violations are … destroying Hong Kong,” he said, adding that schools, businesses and hospitals had been disrupted. If police fail to “uphold the law … who is there to benefit? What is there to gain?” Tsang said. If police fail to carry out their duties, he added, the entire society would suffer.

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Canadians to be on Iraq bombing runs early next month

OTTAWA – Canadian fighter pilots are expected to start bombing terrorists in Iraq early next month, Canada’s top military man told reporters Friday.

Gen. Tom Lawson, the chief of Canada’s defence staff, said the process of moving six CF-18 fighter jets, a CC-150 Polaris refuelling jet, two CC-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, as well as the 600 or so personnel needed to fly and maintain the planes, is already well underway.

The bad guys Canada and a coalition of other “like-minded nations” will face are the terrorists known as the Islamic State, ISIL or ISIS. They control a big chunk of eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq and are pushing south towards Baghdad.

“These airstrikes are forcing ISIL to change its tactics and have blunted its advances,” Lawson said.

Islamic State fighters possess the “full range of conventional weapons” that most battlefield armies have, said Lt.-Gen Jonathan Vance, who is responsible for the operations of what has been dubbed Operation Impact.

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OPA extends 40-year contract to Delhi power generator

DELHI, ON – A Delhi company has become a player in Ontario’s market for renewable energy.

Last week, the Ontario Power Authority offered Green Bug Energy a 40-year contract to supply renewable electricity to the provincial grid.

Green Bug will do so in partnership with Norfolk County with a unique installation at the Quance Dam in Delhi. At the heart of the dynamo is an Archimedes screw about three metres in diameter. The 60-kilowatt facility will generate enough electricity to supply 39 households.

This is the second project of its kind for Green Bug and the first in North America to generate electricity for general distribution. Green Bug CEO Tony Bouk said the OPA approval is a harbinger of bigger things to come.

“This is probably the first of many,” he said. “Norfolk has really stepped up to the plate, which is good to see. There are a number of these coming down the line, and some of them are big ones.”

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Lynn Gehl challenges Indian status denial in Ontario court

An Algonquin-Anishinaabe woman from eastern Ontario is challenging the federal government in court on Monday after she was denied Indian status more than a decade ago.

Lynn Gehl said her application for status was denied in 1995 because she doesn’t know the identity of one of her grandfathers.

“They made the assumption that this unknown grandfather was a non-Indian man, and through the process of that assumption I was denied Indian status registration,” Gehl said.

Without status, Gehl cannot live on reserve or vote in important decisions of her community, such as the current land claim negotiations between the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the federal government.

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Fernandez: The Return of the Face

A few days ago Peggy Noonan demanded of the political class in the Wall Street Journal to answer the question “who do they think we are?” Our leaders she said, were treating the public like moronic children on the subject of Ebola.

It is my impression that everyone who speaks for the government on this issue has been instructed to imagine his audience as anxious children. It feels like how the pediatrician talks to the child, not the parents. It’s as if they’ve been told: “Talk, talk, talk, but don’t say anything. Clarity is the enemy.”

And why not? For altogether too long the political elites have thrived on the strategy of treating the public like “low information voters” and being rewarded for it. But that act is seemingly losing its appeal. Sheryl Stolberg of the New York Times writes that the “Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate.”

WASHINGTON — The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls….

Yet the one politician guaranteed to generate enthusiasm among African Americans is the same man many Democratic candidates want to avoid: Mr. Obama.

Not even the Clinton show can put gas in the old tank any more.

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