Complying with CASL: CRTC Releases Information Bulletin - January 30, 2015 by zeldalegacy

Just in time for the coming into force of Canada’s new anti-spam legislation (“CASL”) on July 1st, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) has published a set of guidelines to help businesses develop corporate compliance programs. Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin 2014-326 sets out general guidance and best practices to help ensure businesses and 
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What’s Backing The Ringgit In Your Pocket - January 29, 2015 by zeldalegacy

This article is an adaptation from a section of Sharif Rahman’s latest book which concluded his detailed explanation on gold’s multitude of failures.  His latest book is titled, “Kegagalan Emas Sebagai Matawang” and is sure an exciting read because he also took the time to […]

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A Note To My Readers - January 29, 2015 by zeldalegacy


One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble onto something actually interesting. But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future.

Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen.

The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.

I want to spend some real time with my parents, while I still have them, with my husband, who is too often a ‘blog-widow’, my sister and brother, my niece and nephews, and rekindle the friendships that I have simply had to let wither because I’m always tied to the blog. And I want to stay healthy. I’ve had increasing health challenges these past few years. They’re not HIV-related; my doctor tells me they’re simply a result of fifteen years of daily, hourly, always-on-deadline stress. These past few weeks were particularly rough – and finally forced me to get real.

We’ll have more to say – and we’re sure you will as well – in due course. I particularly want to take some time to thank my indispensable, amazing colleagues in a subsequent post. For the time being, auto-renewals have been suspended and the pay-meter has been disabled. While we’re in this strange, animated suspension, I just wanted to take one post to thank you personally, the readers, founding members and subscribers to the Dish.

It’s been a strange relationship, hasn’t it? Some of you – the original white-on-navy ones – went through the 2000 election and recount with me, when I had to explain the word “blog” to anyone I met; we experienced 9/11 together in real time – and all the fraught months and years after; and then the Iraq War; and the gay marriage struggles of the last fifteen historic years. We endured the Bush re-election together and then championed – before almost anyone else – the Obama candidacy together. Remember that first night of those Iowa caucuses? Remember the titanic fight with the Clintons? And then the entire arc of the Obama presidency.

You were there when it was just me and a tip jar for six years, and at Time, and at The Atlantic, and the Daily Beast, and then as an independent company. When we asked you two years ago to catch us as we jumped into independence, you came through and then some. In just two years, you built a million dollar revenue company, with 30,000 subscribers, a million monthly readers, and revenue growth of 17 percent over the first year. You made us unique in this media world – and we were able to avoid the sirens of clickbait and sponsored content. We will never forget it.

You were there when I couldn’t believe Palin’s fantasies; and when we live-blogged the entire Green Revolution around the clock for nearly a month in 2009. You were there when I freaked out over Obama’s first debate against Romney; and you were with me as I came to realize just how deeply wrong I had been on Iraq. But we also fought for marriage equality together (and won!), and for a new post-Iraq foreign policy (getting there), and for legalizing weed (fuck you, Hickenlooper!). We faced the brutal reality of a Catholic church engaged in the rape of children, and the bleak truth about the United States and torture. And I think we made our contribution to all those struggles. The Dish made the case for Obama in a way that actually mattered when it mattered. I think we made the case for gay equality in a way no other publication did. And we lived through history with the raw intensity of this new medium, and through a media landscape of bewildering change.

I want to thank you, personally, for the honesty and wisdom of so many of your threads and conversations and intimacies, from late-term abortions and the cannabis closet to eggcorns and new poems, from the death of pets, and the meaning of bathroom walls to the views from your windows from all over the world. You became not just readers of the Dish, but active participants, writers, contributors. You trusted us with your own stories; you took no credit for them; and we slowly gathered and built a readership I wouldn’t trade for anyone’s.

You were there before I met my husband; you were there when I actually got married; and when I finally got my green card; and when Dusty – who still adorns the masthead – died. I can’t describe this relationship outside the rather crude term of “mass intimacy” but as I write this, believe me, my eyes are swimming with tears.

How do I say goodbye? How do I walk away from the best daily, hourly, readership a writer could ever have? It’s tough. In fact, it’s brutal. But I know you will understand. Because after all these years, I feel I have come to know you, even as you have come to see me, flaws and all. Some things are worth cherishing precisely because they are finite. Things cannot go on for ever. I learned this in my younger days: it isn’t how long you live that matters. What matters is what you do when you’re alive. And, man, is this place alive.

When I write again, it will be for you, I hope – just in a different form. I need to decompress and get healthy for a while; but I won’t disappear as a writer.

But this much I know: nothing will ever be like this again, which is why it has been so precious; and why it will always be a part of me, wherever I go; and why it is so hard to finish this sentence and publish this post.

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Loblaws and Shoppers Divestitures Approved - January 28, 2015 by zeldalegacy

The Competition Bureau has approved plans by Canadian grocery giant Loblaw Companies Limited to divest nine  in-store pharmacies to Remedy’s Rx, two grocery stores to Metro Inc., and two Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies to the Jean Coutu Group. The divestitures are pursuant to a March 2014 Consent Agreement between Loblaw and the Commissioner of Competition 
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Internists Applaud HHS Historic Step to Move Medicare Reimbursement From Fee-for-Service to Quality - January 28, 2015 by zeldalegacy

Support for changes to Medicare … but make sure you read the “critical steps” below

Technology and Democracy in Burma - January 27, 2015 by zeldalegacy

Burma’s upcoming elections will be a major test for its fledgling democratic reform process. Technology, more specifically mobile phones, will have a large role to play for both citizens and candidates. READ MORE

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Reliance scalded by $5 million penalty - January 27, 2015 by zeldalegacy

Hot water heater rental supplier Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership has agreed to pay a million fine and to change policies that made it difficult for customers to switch to a competitor, in a settlement reached with the Commissioner of Competition on November 5, 2014. EnerCare Inc, another heater rental supplier that has acquired Direct 
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Canadian businessman extradited to US on fraud and bid rigging charges - January 26, 2015 by zeldalegacy

Canadian businessman John Bennett appeared in a US court last week after his extradition to the US to face bid-rigging, fraud, conspiracy, and kick-back charges. The charges stem from a bid by the company he founded, Bennett Environmental Inc., to work on an environmental cleanup project in New Jersey. Bennett Environmental was an environmental soil 
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Study Finds Local Taxes Hit Lower Wage Earners Harder – on the other hand - January 25, 2015 by zeldalegacy

Clearly the following conclusion is true. In fact it seems rather intuitive, but what is missing is the other side of the story; the fact that the poorest fifth receive much of this state discrepancy back at the federal level in the form of tax credits and for the lowest income SNAP and other benefits. Obamacare adds more subsidies for lower-income Americans.

Nevertheless, sales and property taxes which do not generally figure income in the mix do hurt lower-income people. (Some states do provide relief on property taxes for lower-income).  Federal payroll taxes don’t help when they are taken on 100% of earnings for lower-income, but at retirement they receive a higher income replacement from Social Security than higher income individuals.

So what’s the point? The point is you can’t simply look in isolation at what may be perceived as a problem. The report below says “Unfair tax systems not only exacerbate widening income inequality…”

Aside from the irrelevance of “inequality” in this context, you must look at the total picture of income, taxes, and benefits to draw any conclusion about fairness. 

Lower income people are going to be lower-income even if they pay no taxes of any kind. The problem is not lowering their taxes, or transferring more benefits to them. The problem to solve is how to help them no longer be low-income and in that effort they must be decidedly unequal partners with government. That is the toughest problem to solve.

When it comes to the taxes closest to home, the less you earn, the harder you’re hit.

That is the conclusion of an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy that evaluates the local tax burden in every state, from Washington, labeled the most regressive, to Delaware, ranked as the fairest of them all.

According to the study, in 2015 the poorest fifth of Americans will pay on average 10.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the middle fifth will pay 9.4 percent and the top 1 percent will average 5.4 percent.

“Virtually every state’s tax system is fundamentally unfair,” the report concludes. “Unfair tax systems not only exacerbate widening income inequality in the short term, but they also will leave states struggling to raise enough revenue to meet their basic needs in the long term.”

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Outcry Against Corruption Helps Drive a Change of Leadership in Sri Lanka - January 24, 2015 by zeldalegacy

While it is hard to identify all of the issues that drove Sri Lankans during the country’s recent – and for many observers, surprising – elections, a cry for change was evident. Voters had clearly grown tired of corruption, cronyism, and authoritarianism, and there have been widespread calls for investigations into a range of alleged human rights abuses. READ MORE

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