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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Establishment And Your Phone

In the good old days, Canada’s spy agencies were not supposed to spy on Canadians. Government departments are also supposed to benefit from their research into vulnerabilities in computer systems, because holes can be closed. CSE was, according to The CBC, and The Intercept, intentionally not filling holes it found in the Google App Store and a popular web browser, in order to infect targets of spying. The result is that hostile governments and hackers could also use these holes if they independently discovered them.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Something to live for: HBO and sex

John Klein:

Mike got to stay at the Surf Motel, one last first time. http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=574288&binId=1.1180928&playlistPageNum=1&fb_ref=Default

Originally posted on The Big Diseasey:

Believe me, I’m as surprised as you are.

My health, my energy and my spirits are so up-and-down I really don’t know how I’m doing anymore.

In the past month, I have peed blood, sat down mid-stairway, napped all day, puked and fought for each breath. Thanks to a lung tap, a blood transfusion and new drugs, I have also had days of mobility, hours of easy breathing and bursts of energy. On (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Henry Yu on #WhiteSupremacy in Canada

"Canada had a history of #WhiteSupremacy similar to South Africa-building its immigration policy around White Canada" pic.twitter.com/wcNdWGogqZ — Melissa Fong (@internationalmf) May 25, 2015 "Canada had a history of #WhiteSupremacy […]

Left Over: Adblock is Adhoc Answer to the Ugly Ad Dilemma

AdBlock Plus mobile browser could devastate publishers About 215 million people will use ad block services on their computers by June, company estimates

CBC News Posted: May 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 25, 2015 5:17 AM ET

Twenty-four hours after Ad Block Plus launched its Android browser with an ad blocker built in, it logged more than 200,000 downloads. (Bloomua/Shutterstock)

Online advertising is beyond obnoxious, but I do realize it is a necessary part of getting ‘free’ content…

Instead of my first inclination to think it is a right wing conspiracy to control media content to the (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Syriza’s Left Platform call not to pay next IMF tranche

Originally posted on The Greek Analyst:

Syriza’s Left Platform, spearheaded by Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, Panagiotis Lafazanis, issued a document during today’s meeting of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, which will come for a vote later in the day. The document calls – once again! – for the rupture with the lenders. Specifically, it asks from the government not to repay the upcoming tranche to the IMF in June, if the ‘institutions’ continue with the ‘same blackmailing tactic.’

You can find the original text in Greek here and here. Below, you can find my translated version of the (Read more…)

atypicalalbertan.ca: Rachel Notley’s Cabinet

Later today at a public celebration on the legislature grounds, Alberta’s new NDP government will be sworn in. With a large number of inexperienced MLAs elected, many are suggesting that the NDP doesn’t have a strong group for cabinet. The announcement earlier this week that the cabinet would only have 12 people, including Notley, served as proof to these people that the caucus was week.

I’ve been spending some time since May 5th looking at the makeup of the caucus and I didn’t find that to be the case at all. There may be a few holes, like in energy, (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Inexpensive Computer Comes With Expensive Shipping Option Only

When I read about the $9 computer on Crash Bang Labs’ Facebook page, I was ready to help kick start that CHIP. But I got to the payment screen when the shipping amount came up. How much could it cost I’d thought to ship a computer smaller than a couple of AA batteries? I braced myself for an exorbitant $5. If I was American, I’d have that somewhat greedy option. No, the over-popular CHIP computer (shipping next year) comes to Canada and most of the world for $20US (19% more than CAD right now)! It’s literally twice as expensive to (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CVAF Can Visualize Angry Flames

It was the Cathedral Village Arts Festival today, a crowded street fair down 13th Avenue in Regina. It was hot, and it didn’t rain (like it does many years). I saw tons of people I knew, and many stopped by to talk at the Regina Car Share Co-op booth where I was volunteering. One of the police officers who gave me CPR walked by, so I obviously introduced him to the person I was talking to, and they shook his hand and thanked him for his service.

Slightly related to the sunny day… my solar panels have had near perfect (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Syriza’s Communist Faction call for rupture

Originally posted on The Greek Analyst:

The Communist Faction of SYRIZA has initiated a signature-collecting campaign among the many members of the party. In a text to be submitted in the Central Committee of the party on the upcoming weekend (23-24 May) – in the form of a referendum – the Communist Faction is asking from the SYRIZA-led government to “stop paying the lenders-blackmailers” and to “implement the true popular mandate” on which SYRIZA campaigned, and eventually got elected.

Below, you can find a translated version of the text, that has been already signed by 150 members of SYRIZA. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: With Millions To Spare, Here’s How to Save Thousands of Lives

This rich couple is doing good with their money.

Regina caught sight of a jacket in the water during the cruise, and when she asked about it, she was told it might belong to a dead migrant who was trying to find safety in Europe.

While some Europeans criticize the rescue operation, saying it draws more migrants to the sea, Xuereb says that’s just not true. People are desperate, undertaking the journey to find a better life. They deserve to live, he says.

Last year, about 218,000 people made this journey — a record. Some 3,500 people drowned. And the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: This Isn’t Going To Work #skpoli

.@laurengolosky Why isn't the Environment Minister up to speed on #climatechange? It's basic knowledge for Environment portfolio. #skpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) May 21, 2015

It’s 2015, and the entire effing cabinet should understand perfectly that climate change is a serious economic and environmental problem that’s overdue to be tackled.

New SK environment minister Herb Cox takes his oath of office. #skpoli pic.twitter.com/gpjtYlY5GA

— Karen Briere (@kjbriere) May 21, 2015

I honestly didn’t know who the Environment Minister was before this shuffle, and from Cox’s early comment it sounds like I needn’t bother still.

Yay, MLA Herb (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Documentary Rolling Across Canada #RoboCon

Peter is making a film about the RoboCon election fraud. His tour gets started tomorrow in Guelph, where the most famous incident in hundreds of ridings took place.

. @edayfilm Road Trip launches cross-Canada tour in 2 days starting in Guelph May 20, 21, 23 #cdnpoli #robocalls https://t.co/iC9yhRqV75

— @EDayFilm (@edayfilm) May 19, 2015

— Hat tip to TGB

Blevkog: Polievre and the election wrinkle

It’s not exactly news that Stephen Harper and his merry band are willing to cut a few corners when it comes to getting democratically elected. It’s also probably not news that the party that has been found guilty on several occasions of major financial shenanigans when it comes to advertisements and campaigning has also found […]

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: In absence of political leadership, public and First Nations stepping up

Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky)

Dr. David Suzuki, in a recent column well worth reading, talks about a change in attitude across the country – changes with First Nations, increasing environmentalism, a new government in Alberta. Big changes are happening everywhere.

I wonder how many British Columbians have thought about the disgraceful attitude of industry and government towards our environment and the contempt they show for those who disagree with them?

Dr. Suzuki covers a number of these areas and I’ll just deal with one or two of my (Read more…)

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Re: How a change of heart led to a backlash from the ‘Church of Nasty’

How a change of heart led to a backlash from the church of nasty Dear Mr.Coren, I have been a follower, if not always an admirer, for many years. Your change of heart, more quantifiable with each successive column I read from or about you, has touched me a great deal. Suffice to say I […]

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 18: PCs put up the ‘closed’ sign; candidate kerfuffle II; Dave departs

Election fallout continues. On Friday, the formerly unbeatable PCs essentially threw in the towel. In a stunning housecleaning, the ex-dynasty fired all staffers except one and announced plans to close their Calgary and Edmonton offices. Remember, this is a party that raised $825,000 in the first quarter of 2015 (more than the Wildrose and NDP combined), and $5.6 million in 2014. Now, with one bad election, they have virtually shut down. Seriously, how can a party that raised about $6.5 million in less-than 18 months have no money in the bank to run the operation? One can only (Read more…)

Valerie Burns: The Mad Men FInale

I’ve seen every episode, and here is what I predict:

1. Sally finally gets laid; 2. Don kills himself, but that’s not related to Sally getting laid; 3. Roger proposes to Red; 4. Peter goes back to Trudy; 5. Peggy goes to McCann; and 6. Betty does nothing, because that’s all she ever does.

Left Over: Why Would the Opposition Take Debate?

Federal election 2015: Conservative move on election debates raises questions Forget philosophical battles over free-market democracy – how, exactly, is this going to work?

By Kady O’Malley, Janyce McGregor, CBC News Posted: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET

 

Big whoop..no one watches anyway, and Harper is so paranoid that he’s not gonna deal with anything real..the other leaders will, and should, refuse to ‘join’ his march to the bottom, and that leaves him all kinds of time to spew his rhetoric, undaunted by any actual debate..and few if any (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s hardly like winning the daily double.

Back in March Babel-on-the-Bay commented on how sad it would be if Pierre-Karl Pèladeau won the Parti Quèbècois leadership in Quebec and Patrick Brown won the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership in Ontario. We need be more careful in what we do not wish for.

Both these men are giants only in their own minds. They won their respective prizes by an average of about 60 per cent of the votes. Both are in their party’s driver seat on sufferance. Neither has ever shown any skills in leadership or in political policy direction. And neither of them has ever shown any (Read more…)

Left Over: Have You Come a Long Way, Baby..?

Was Hydro One right to fire heckler involved in the FHRITP incident? Vancouver lawyer says Hydro was well within their rights to fire heckler

By BC Almanac, CBC News Posted: May 13, 2015 10:30 PM PT Last Updated: May 13, 2015 10:30 PM PT

This creep is all too representative of a corporate mindset that some businesses are trying to discourage, well, at least in public..let’s be honest here, if the mouthy jerk had not been wearing the corporate logo, can you honestly say that you think he would have been fired?

He didn’t lose his career for being misogynist (Read more…)

In This Corner: How to build a cabinet using mismatched pieces: pointers for Rachel Notley

Now that the euphoria of the election has worn off, I wonder if Rachel Notley is waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, wondering, “What the hell do I do now?”

If she isn’t, she should. She has a big, big job ahead of her, and the first thing she has to do is put a cabinet together. Compared to that job, winning the election was a snap. Forming a cabinet from mismatched pieces is like trying to, well, put together a real cabinet with mismatched pieces.

How do you build a cabinet with (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Take Their Debate Ball and Hide In A Closet

After so much effort from the Greens to ensure all Canadians can hear an inclusive debate, what the Conservatives are doing now is absurd and frustrating. So the Cons are behaving typically. Will the media let them get off? Yes, history shows.

Of course, the less the Prime Minister says, the less he gets in trouble.

By doing this, the Prime Minister’s Office is sending a clear signal to legacy media platforms that their old way of doing debates is done. By proactively taking that initiative, it looks like Team Harper is attuned to the times – and voter interests.

(Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ontario Made $226.00 on Diamond Royalty

And I thought Saskatchewan/Alberta’s oil royalties were too low. I wonder how much we make on salt, compared to Ontario.

Valerie Burns: Terrific Debate News

I like this move. I don’t support Mr. Harper, but I support this decision.

Now, for our next debate change, can we please skip the part where we get “ordinary Canadians” (read: “moronic Canadians”) to come in and ask the “real questions” (read: “moronic questions”) especially since the questions is the same every time. It goes like this”

HOST: “And now, a question for an ordinary Canadian in Halifax, Nova Scotia…”

OC: “Hi. I’m angry, and I’d like to know what these leaders are proposing to create jobs in Halifax.”

LEADERS: “blah blah blah…”

HOST” And (Read more…)

Sketchy Thoughts: Autonomedia Books via Leftwingbooks.NET

Autonomedia described itself as “an autonomous zone for arts radicals in both old and new media. We publish books on radical media, politics and the arts that seek to transcend party lines, bottom lines and straight lines.” For years a wonderful source of books at the intersection of autonomous Marxism, feminism, and anarchism, perhaps most notable Silvia Federici’s groundbreaking Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation.

Via Leftwingbooks.NET, Kersplebedeb distributes a selection of books from Autonomedia. We just managed to replenish our stock (including getting more copies of Caliban and the Witch, at last!) — here (Read more…)