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Montreal Simon: Fraud Alert: The Harper Cons are Caught Cheating Again

Well as I'm sure you know, the Harper regime contains more Con artists than you can count.One moment they're lying like thieves, the next moment they're twisting the truth.One moment Lord Harp is a Great Strong Leader, the next moment he's cowering in a closet.But holy chicken this is embarrassing.Read more »

Sudbury Steve May: Electoral Reform & Lobbyist Registry: Sleeper Issues Arising from the Greater Sudbury Municipal Election

Now that the results of the municipal election have been made official, I’d like to take some time to explore a few of the “sleeper” issues which arose during the latter part of the campaign period, and discuss how I think some of those issues might have legs, moving forward over the next four year term of Council.

Most of my Sudbury-based readers will be familiar with the election issues largely covered in the mainstream media, but for the sake of those readers from other areas, let me provide a quick re-cap of what went on in “Greater Sudbury” over (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Jian Ghomeshi: A Brief Note

Yes the story is ugly but I sincerely hope that someone is making sure he’s ok. #JianGhomeshi— Mike Bendixen (@mikebendixen) October 31, 2014

Indeed.

OpenMedia.ca: How (and Why) We Did It: Crowdsourcing policy for the 21st Century

At OpenMedia, we’re pretty attached to the phrase “possibilities of the open Internet.” We know that, for better or for worse, technological changes are a huge factor in driving broader systems change (and vice versa). The advent of the Internet, and with it the much-hyped, much-maligned “Digital Age,” has brought with it new possibilities for huge changes in our political system. It makes possible a democracy that is more participatory, responsive, inclusive…i.e. much more truly democratic.

If the Internet creates the possibility for a more participatory system — at an extreme, for something like a daily referendum (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Photoworld: Visualizing Instagram data as space travel

Just how many pictures of your lunch does it take to reach the stratosphere?

Click image to open interactive version (via Photoworld).

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OpenMedia.ca: Reporters Without Borders: Is the press becoming more or less free?

Press freedom across the world: how does your country fare?

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OpenMedia.ca: Wired: How some insiders are fighting NSA abuses

“Intel leaders can no longer operate under the assumption that they can say pretty much whatever they want in public and it’s never going to come home to roost.”

Article by Kim Zetter for Wired

Senator Ron Wyden thought he knew what was going on.

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DeSmogBlog: Faces Of Fracking: A Farmer Seeks To Protect San Benito County, California From High-Intensity Petroleum Operations

This is a guest post by Tara Lohan that originally appeared on Faces Of Fracking, a project of the CEL Climate Lab in partnership with Grist that was launched to capture the stories of concerned residents who live on the front lines of fracking.

Of all the things that could threaten Paul Hain’s livelihood, squirrels are near the top of the list. And then there are the oil companies.

Last year, squirrels gorged themselves on 14 of Paul’s 20 acres of walnut trees. And oil companies have been eyeing his bucolic corner of California recently with a project in (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: EFF: Which companies will protect you from copyright and trademark bullies?

Who’s protecting your speech against false copyright or trademark complaints? EFF finds out which companies are willing to go to bat for you.

Report by EFF

When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. For many years, EFF has worked with people whose lawful speech has been unfairly targeted by these sorts of complaints. We’ve observed that some approaches tend to work better than others in preventing that sort of deliberate abuse, as well as the (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Social Media, Public Opinion, and Jian Ghomeshi

I doubt anyone in North America is unaware of the furor surrounding CBC’s recent firing of radio show Q’s host, Jian Ghomeshi last week. In case you were on the moon when it happened, you can read some of the many stories on the Star and other news sites (just Google it…). It’s a complex story; about […]

cartoon life: Pumpkin 2014

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Taking the law into her own hands after Lemon Creek jet-fuel spill

Friday, October 31, 2014

After months of pressing the province and the federal government to charge Executive Flight Services for spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek, killing fish and prompting an evacuation, Slocan Valley resident Marilyn Burgoon took the law into her own hands. She walked into a courthouse and filed an “information” – a court document alleging that Executive Flight Services and the Province of British Columbia should be charged for violating the Fisheries Act. The Lemon Creek spill, and the lack of action by our governments, raises questions about enforcement of the Fisheries Act. 

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Morton's Musings: Halloween in Nunavut

CuriosityCat: Ebola, the President, and Quarantines: Who will protect Americans, and how?

Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox

Today we saw an ebola nurse defy the order of the Governor of her state to remain in quarantine, after she returned from ebola-stricken Africa.

Kaci Hickox took to the streets to indicate her opposition, by riding her bicycle. And Governor Paul LePage of Maine was not amused: Kaci Hickox took her campaign against an Ebola quarantine out for a spin on Thursday. The Maine nurse, openly defying an order to stay home after she treated patients in West Africa, sped off on a bike ride on a sunny morning with her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur. She (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: USA Today: The Internet is updating a very old idea

Learn how artists are sidestepping old media empires and using the Internet to make a living off their work

Article by Marco della Cava for USA Today

“The pitch is simple,” says Conte, who despite being the company’s CEO doesn’t currently take a salary because he wants to be able to relate to his users. “People like my videos, some of which can cost me thousands to make. So I just ask, ‘How about giving me $1 to help me make my next one?’”

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DeSmogBlog: DeSmogCAST Episode 1 Drilling Down: Fracking, Lobbying and the U.S. Midterm Elections

This week DeSmog is launching its inaugural episode of DeSmogCAST, a weekly newscast featuring our writers, experts and invited guests. Each week we’ll discuss breaking stories and engage in analysis of politics, energy and environment issues in the U.S., Canada and around the world.

In this episode, hosted by DeSmog contributor Farron Cousins, our team discusses Steve Horn’s recent story on the new Post Carbon Institute report that calls into question the viability of forecasts for oil and gas production via fracking.

A Horn explains, “if you look at this report it second guesses a lot of the (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: DeSmogCAST Episode 1 Drilling Down: Fracking, Lobbying and the U.S. Midterm Elections

This week DeSmog is launching its inaugural episode of DeSmogCAST, a weekly newscast featuring our writers, experts and invited guests. Each week we’ll discuss breaking stories and engage in analysis of politics, energy and environment issues in the U.S., Canada and around the world.

In this episode, hosted by DeSmog contributor Farron Cousins, our team discusses Steve Horn’s recent story on the new Post Carbon Institute report that calls into question the viability of forecasts for oil and gas production via fracking.

A Horn explains, “if you look at this report it second guesses a lot of the (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry’s "Endless War" on Fracking Critics Revealed by Rick Berman

Leave it to Washington’s top attack-dog lobbyist Richard Berman to verify what many always suspected: that the oil and gas industry uses dirty tricks to undermine science, vilify its critics and discredit journalists who cast doubt on the prudence of fossil fuels.

In a speech at an industry conference in June, surreptitiously recorded by an energy executive, Rick Berman, the foremost go-to guy for Republican smear campaigns, gave unusually candid advice to a meeting of drilling companies.

“Think of this as an endless war,” he told executives in a speech, which was leaked to The New York Times by an attendee (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Downfall of Dean Del Mastro

Uh oh. Beat a drum slowly. Or if you're in the Harper PMO beat a gong furiously.The Deaner is DOWN !!!! A judge has found Peterborough, Ont., MP Dean Del Mastro guilty of spending too much in the 2008 federal election and falsifying a document to cover it up. Del Mastro now faces the prospect of losing his seat in the House of Commons and possibly being sentenced to up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: Island Savings President Rod Dewar is Panicking-Trying to buy votes with our money.

 

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I would expect that Island Savings Credit Union President and CEO Rod Dewar will get a handsome bonus and retirement package if he can pull off this merger with Langley BC based First West Credit Union.

In spite of the blatant ‘YES” campaign being waged in a one-sided manner Dewar appears to be panicking over what could become a solid turn down of this sellout attempt of our local credit union.

They are trying to buy votes with our own money. Quick! Somebody call the cops!

This stinks and so does the so called merger (Read more…)

ffibs: Harper to hand out halloween treats

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The Disaffected Lib: What’s Your Little Jihadi Doing for Halloween?

Apparently WalMart has that covered.  $39.95 gets little Johnny a full Pashtun costume complete with beard.  IED not included.

DeSmogBlog: The Strait of Georgia is Turning to Acid, Spelling Doom for Shellfish, New Research Shows

“Some people call it the elephant in the room. I like to call it the blue whale in the pool,” scientist Brian Kingzett told a room of naturalists this week. He was talking about the dramatic rise in ocean acidity along the B.C. coast.

As the Oceanside Star reports, Kingzett, field station manager for the Vancouver Island University Centre for Shellfish Research, met the Arrowsmith Naturalists at the Knox United Church to deliver a talk, Climate Change and Ocean Acidification.

“It’s going to sound a little doom and gloom,” he told the room. When it comes to (Read more…)

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Researcher explores the truths  behind myths of ancient  Amazons 

Hippolyta, Antiope and Penthesilea. These are the names of Amazonian women warriors made famous in folklore, thanks in large part to male Greek storytellers like Homer and Herodotus. In some archaeological digs in Eurasia, as many as thirty-seven per cent of the graves  contain the bones and weapons of horsewomen who fought alongside men  [Credit Erich Lessing/Art Resource] They were huntresses, founders of cities, rivals and lovers of adventurous men. They battled the Greek hero Heracles and fought alongside the Trojans in the final hours of Troy. And yet, they (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: If It’s Cold War You Want, It’s Cold War You’ll Get

Wasn’t one enough?  Really?

For almost a half century we, the West, and the Russians/Soviets poured mountains of money down the drain preparing for a war none of us would have survived had it come to that.

Underground missile batteries, fleets of nuclear missile submarines, strategic (nuclear) bombers, nuclear-capable strike fighters, mobile battlefield (tactical) nuclear missiles, massive tank armies ready to mix it up in the Fulda Gap on short notice.  An ocean of gasoline just looking for a match.

How many trillions of dollars were squandered on this global, nuclear make-work project?

Make no mistake, that money was squandered. (Read more…)