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Alberta Politics: There’s nothing ‘independent’ or ‘blue-ribbon’ about the Wildrose Party’s ‘Equalization Fairness Panel’

PHOTOS: How the Frontier Centre views Canada’s Equalization Program. Oh! Wait! That’s a 19th Century temperance poster. Same difference, basically. Below: The Wildrose Party’s four Frontier-Centre-associated “equalization fairness” panelists:… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: There’s nothing ‘independent’ or ‘blue-ribbon’ about the Wildrose Party’s ‘Equalization Fairness Panel’

Things Are Good: Watch Streets Evolve From Car-Focused to People-Focused

Streets were for people, then cars took over and ruined cities. For the last hundred years cities transformed themselves from walkable places to sprawling buildings which were designed for heavy car use. Now, cities have seen how that’s a mistake.

A design firm, Urb-i, has used Google street view to catalog how cities are . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Watch Streets Evolve From Car-Focused to People-Focused

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Google ordered to remove ‘right to be forgotten’ stories after ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

The new EU ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling conflicts with our right to knowledge and free expression. Why should people like web companies, politicians, or governments force search engines and other aggregators to remove links to articles about their activities without a judicial process? Learn more below and check out our growing . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Google ordered to remove ‘right to be forgotten’ stories after ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

Alberta Diary: There’s no better time than right now for non-union employees of the City of St. Albert to look for union protection

St. Albert’s 2013 civic election campaign was pretty dirty, as the illustration above, grabbed from an anonymous blog during the campaign, illustrates. Since those kind of tactics seemed to work, the next one, in October 2017, is likely to be dirtier still. Below: St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, Spruce Grove-St. Albert MLA Doug . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: There’s no better time than right now for non-union employees of the City of St. Albert to look for union protection

somecanuckchick dot com: Nyms win Google+ Nymwar

3 years ago, I deleted my Google+ account in protest of its real name only policy.

At the time, I stated that if Google+ were to reverse its real name only policy, I would re-consider the deletion of my Google+ account, as well as my Google profile…

Today, Google+ has announced what amounts to a . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Nyms win Google+ Nymwar

Things Are Good: Ecosia: A Search Engine That Plants Trees

Ecosia is a search engine that is trying to make the world better. Every time you search the net on their site a good percentage of ad revenue is used to pay for planting trees in Brazil. Their goal is one million new trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest by August 2014 (as of posting . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Ecosia: A Search Engine That Plants Trees

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Microsoft corrects past mistakes

In a world where tech companies are forced to make difficult decisions between mutually exclusive business models, it can be hard to know whether they decided correctly. For instance, did Google make the correct choice to release Android on a less-than-free model (which has been obviously successful), or did they make one of the biggest . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Microsoft corrects past mistakes

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Business Models vs Capabilities

One of the most fascinating aspect of following technology is not just the speed at which the technologies themselves change. It is that the shifts are so large and so fast that business models need to get changed on the fly. Many of the biggest battles in tech are not battles between products, as . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Business Models vs Capabilities

Things Are Good: Google Launches Deforestation Watch

Global Forest Watch is a new project from Google to highlight the deforestation that has been happening around the planet since the year 2000. Google is working with a lot of organizations to bring this information to light (including the World Resources Institute).

Global Forest Watch’s most valuable feature, developers say, is that it . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Google Launches Deforestation Watch

Politics and its Discontents: It Always Seems Like A Good Idea At The Time

…but who can forget the Borg and the Cylons?

Will Google eventually forget its motto, “Don’t be evil”?

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Canadian Political Viewpoints: On the Road Again, For the First Time.

Source:  Huffington Post: Self Driving Cars are Coming to Canada

Despite previously alluding to some of the topics we might talk about this week, I decided to go to a different route talk about something a little more abstract.

There was news today that Canadian roads can expect to see driverless vehicles within the . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: On the Road Again, For the First Time.

Canadian Political Viewpoints: On the Road Again, For the First Time.

*Note of correction: After further reading Paul Godsmark’s blog with regards to the public transit impact of a self-driving car, I have corrected the post. My initial comment that his thoughts were off base was highly incorrect, due to a lack of inform… . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: On the Road Again, For the First Time.

Cowichan Conversations: PM Harper has set up a sophisticated program to read our email and monitor our online activities.

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Good morning folks. I was looking to do some tidying up and editing posts on the left side under News & Opinion from Home and Abroad.

These are items from across the internet that I include because of their interest and relevance.

This story regarding surveillance caught my eye . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: PM Harper has set up a sophisticated program to read our email and monitor our online activities.

Wise Law Blog: Goodbye Google Reader: Survival Tips for July 1 and Beyond

Today at SlawTips, I look at the world after Google Reader, which is to be closed down on July 1st, and offer a few promising alternatives for legal power-users who just can’t do without their daily RSS reader fixes:

So where shall we go on July 1 to find our vital law blog updates, breaking . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Goodbye Google Reader: Survival Tips for July 1 and Beyond

The Canadian Progressive: Shareholders and users ask Google to disclose political spending, leave U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By: Public Citizen | Press Release

WASHINGTON, June 5 – What: Press conference on Thursday, the day of Google Inc.’s annual shareholder meeting, led by consumer groups and shareholders, who will call on Google to institute a policy to disclose its political spending and end its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Groups of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Shareholders and users ask Google to disclose political spending, leave U.S. Chamber of Commerce

drive-by planet: Google upgrades to ‘Palestine’: on another note – Schmidty sings Israel’s praises oh and Jerusalem Israel’s ‘capital’ according to GoogleMaps

Google has changed the tagline on its homepage in the occupied territories from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.” A Google spokesperson informed BBC that the company had consulted sources and authorities and was “…following the lead of the UN, Icann [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Google upgrades to ‘Palestine’: on another note – Schmidty sings Israel’s praises oh and Jerusalem Israel’s ‘capital’ according to GoogleMaps

drive-by planet: Eric Schmidt’s privacy concerns about drones more than a little ironic

Executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt,  recently went public with his concerns about ‘everyman’ drones getting into the wrong hands. Thinks they should be banned… might be a privacy threat. Guess Schmidt should know being a top exec of a company that some regard as one of the biggest privacy threats on the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Eric Schmidt’s privacy concerns about drones more than a little ironic

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The New Blackberry 10 – Time to ditch Apple and Google both

The Blackberry 10 has just been unveiled, and the question returns: Blackberry, iPhone or Google-based Android smart phone? Here are some thoughts, techno-weenie talk aside. We’re talking pure functionality and ethics here, not who has the best gizmo-gadgetry whiz-bang for the buck. Google is a partner in evil, willingly collaborating with the super-creepy NSA’s deeply . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The New Blackberry 10 – Time to ditch Apple and Google both

cartoon life: Aaaargh. Is this another commercial?

I’m trying a Google+ Page for samu press, at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/112300258731317304941/112300258731317304941/posts

Aside from the samu press blog, http://samupress.blogspot.ca at which I repost items from the Zazzle store: http://www.zazzle.ca/samupress and the Facebook samu press page, ( which really is a pain) and this cartoon life blog and my own Facebook page…and an array of others… sheeeesh. What . . . → Read More: cartoon life: Aaaargh. Is this another commercial?

Trashy's World: Most super awesome…

Google doodle today! But maybe I’m just being a nerd. (7) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Progressive World: This year, Ramadan has a serious Google twist

Today, over a billion Muslims around the world begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan, fasting from dawn to sunset. This year, Google is in on the action. In a serious way. The search engine behemoth will stream Islamic prayers live from Mecca via a dedicated YouTube channel. That means millions around the world . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: This year, Ramadan has a serious Google twist

Things Are Good: Google to Catalog Languages

The Endangered Languages Project is a new initiative run by Google to catalog languages that are threatened because of globalization. As nice as it is that the people on the planet are finding more languages in common, we still need to encourage people to embrace languages that aren’t as popular.

“We have so many . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Google to Catalog Languages

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Google Exposes Harper Government’s Growing Internet Censorship Appetites

In a report released late Sunday, Google tells us Canada has joined the ranks of countries aggressively stepping up efforts to censor online political dissent through “censorship requests” to the giant search engine. Passport Canada authorities asked Google to block public access to “a YouTube video of a Canadian citizen urinating on his passport and . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Google Exposes Harper Government’s Growing Internet Censorship Appetites

Wise Law Blog: "CourtBerry Syndrome" and Why Some Jurors Can’t Resist Tweeting

Trial judges routinely warn jurors to avoid  using social media and the internet to research or comment on matters before the court during trials.  Nonetheless, news reports of jurors who disregard these instructions seem to be increasingly frequent.

Such juror misconduct has potentially disastrous consequences for the administration of justice.  A December 2011 Arkansas appeal provides . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: "CourtBerry Syndrome" and Why Some Jurors Can’t Resist Tweeting

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Has YouTube Killed “Related Videos”?

Google moves in mysterious ways… Whatever happened to “related videos” on YouTube that were at least in someway tangentially similar to the previous video watched?

Suddenly, it seems that there are only four options presented – none of which are remotely connected to the preceding video. Like the ubiquitous promo for the “Invisible . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Has YouTube Killed “Related Videos”?