Saturday, 18 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Saturday, 18 October, 2014  -( 54˚F / 12˚C –  & cloudy  @ 12:15 pm near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington }

guy with camera at rocky shore

Tweeted: CPAC-TV crew filming @ the edge of Canada? –St. John’s Newfoundland & Labrador.

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }

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 Other Sources:

Snowden & Greenwald

Edward J Snowden being interviewed by Glenn Greenwald in the movie “Citizen 4” photo from the NY Times.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 –  would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday.

{ “-Snowden’s Film Tests Hollywood Obama Supporters: – LOS ANGELES — Early in Laura Poitras’s documentary “Citizenfour,”Edward J. Snowden, who exposed vast electronic surveillance by the United States government, tells what pushed him to go public. – “As I saw the promise of the Obama administration betrayed, and walked away from,” says Mr. Snowden, referring to drone strikes and invasive monitoring by the National Security Agency, “it really hardened me to action.”  – But do some of President Obama’s staunch Hollywood supporters share his sentiment? – Her provocative, and deeply admiring, look at Mr. Snowden — which had its premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 10 — arrived here this week amid high hopes, intense curiosity and more than a few raised eyebrows over its sharp critique of Mr. Obama, a president who has enjoyed strong support in the movie world. – The intrigue is especially pitched because several of the companies behind “Citizenfour” — which takes issue with Mr. Obama’s expansion of Bush-era surveillance, and his administration’s attempt to prosecute Mr. Snowden for espionage — are led by some of the president’s close political allies. – They include Harvey Weinstein, the Weinstein Company’s co-chairman, as well as Jeff Skoll, the founder of Participant Media, and Richard Plepler, the chief executive of HBO, who all have been major contributors to Mr. Obama’s political campaigns. – “Citizenfour” has already landed high on the handicappers’ lists of prospects for a documentary features Oscar. The film also promises to jolt the award season with a dose of real-world politics, as happened in 2012, when Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the year’s best picture, converged on Washington, with screenings, receptions and a Congressional uproar over the portrayal of torture by Americans in Ms. Bigelow’s film, which was about the hunting down of Osama bin Laden. – The role that Mr. Weinstein, whose Radius-TWC unit is backing the film (and distributed last year’s Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom”), will play in promoting “Citizenfour” remains unclear. In the past, he has not shied from using his association with Mr. Obama to promote issues-oriented movies. These include the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which had a much-publicized White House screening last year, and the documentary “Bully,” which was screened for Mr. Obama in 2012, just minutes after he announced his support for a pair of anti-bullying bills. – Also in 2012, Mr. Weinstein arranged a high-profile Washington showing of his “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” raising complaints that its flattering portrayal of Mr. Obama — who was edited into the film before its election-week premiere — amounted to a campaign stunt. – On Tuesday, it was the Radius-TWC co-presidents, Jason Janego and Tom Quinn, and not Mr. Weinstein, who played host as Ms. Poitras introduced “Citizenfour” to film buffs and some potential Oscar voters at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. – “The film is certainly about the danger of N.S.A. surveillance, but it’s also really about courage,” Ms. Poitras said. (The movie’s title comes from Mr. Snowden’s self-designated code name when he began communicating with Ms. Poitras.) – In a later phone interview, Mr. Quinn and Mr. Janego said they had exercised considerable autonomy in acquiring rights to “Citizenfour” after Mr. Quinn visited Ms. Poitras to discuss the unfinished film at her home in Berlin. Both stressed that Mr. Weinstein and his brother, Bob, co-chairmen of the parent company, were not a driving force in the decision to distribute the film, which is to open on Friday in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington. – “We did not see the actual film until very late in the process,” Mr. Quinn added. –  Promotional screenings and talks are likely among the tech crowd in San Francisco and among political types in Washington, but scheduling has been hampered by that late delivery, he said. – The potential power in “Citizenfour” lies less in its revelations — though its ending points to the existence of another, as yet unidentified, government-surveillance whistle-blower — than in its intimacy and attempt to make narrative sense of the disclosures by Mr. Snowden, a former N.S.A. contractor. – At the film’s core are startlingly close encounters with Mr. Snowden, shot during eight days in a Hong Kong hotel room in 2013, as he began revealing secrets of the N.S.A. to the journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, and wrestled with the implications of his leaks. At one point, in nearly silent pantomime, he reshapes his beard and restyles his hair, preparing to slip from the hotel and eventually seek refuge in Russia. – The footage of Mr. Snowden is framed against shots of Mr. Obama and members of his administration, first denying the existence of domestic surveillance, then promising a review of programs, and finally insisting on Mr. Snowden’s prosecution. – In the Oscar race for best documentary, “Citizenfour” is likely to find itself up against some less volatile documentaries. Among those are “Red Army,”about Soviet hockey stars; “Life Itself,” about the film critic Roger Ebert; and “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” about the predations of a serial killer in South Los Angeles. – But “Citizenfour” recalls a different political dynamic, in 2004, when Mr. Weinstein introduced Michael Moore’s anti-Bush “Fahrenheit 9/11” at the Beverly Hills headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a personal tribute to Mr. Moore. The two received a roaring ovation from like-minded Academy members. – But “Fahrenheit 9/11” won no Oscars. It was ruled out of the race when Mr. Moore chose to air it on pay-per-view television shortly before the presidential election. – This time around, though, some key voices are quieter. –  Mr. Plepler, whose top documentary executive, Sheila Nevins, is an executive producer of “Citizenfour,” has not yet seen the movie, an HBO spokesman said. Mr. Skoll, through a Participant Media spokeswoman, declined to comment when asked whether he had concerns about the film’s view of Mr. Obama. In an email, referring to Mr. Quinn and Mr. Janego, of Radius-TWC, Mr. Weinstein said: “This is Tom and Jason’s show. They have autonomy, and it’s all their call.” – Mr. Janego, on Wednesday, asserted that Ms. Poitras’s cinéma vérité approach leaves a comfort zone for both those who support Mr. Snowden and those who find his actions offensive. “You’re left to make up your own mind,” he said. -”  ———djo——— }

 

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Lead Articles:

Disabled Russian Cargo ship.

Fuel-laden Russian cargo ship under tow off B.C. coast. -cbc-

Fuel-laden Russian cargo ship under tow off B.C. coast  { * A disabled Russian cargo ship carrying lots of fuel, became dead in the water yesterday in a series of events that saw the ship’s captain knocked unconscious during a storm with intense 6 meter-high waves. Today this ship, which could not be safely approaced yesterday, is being towed to be sure it does not crash and spill tonnes of its cargo and fuel off the shore of B.C.’s Haida Gwaii. *   —djo—  }

Pro-democracy demonstrators reclaim city streets in Hong Kong    {  }

Coast Guard vessel tows disabled Russian ship off BC coast   {  }

Massive power outage as Gonzalo pummels through Bermuda   {  }

Remnants of Gonzalo to hit off Grand Banks, N.L.     {  }

Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse   {  }

Canada’s Dumbest Charge: The 5 most frustrating fees  { * CBC’s Marketplace asked viewers to rant about add-on charges, and more than 700 complaints about fees came from across the country. Marketplace narrowed the submissions down to five fees and viewers can vote on the one that annoys them most. The choices for most frustrating fee include:  Bank machine fees / Airline seat selection fees / Bell telephone touch-tone fees / Paper bill and statement fees / Ticketmaster fees-    —djo— }

-Video- Machine guns and a rooftop watch: Front-line Kurdish forcer in tough fight against ISIS   {  }

Chrétien defends Trudeau’s Iraq position, calls CF-18 mission ‘marginal’ response   { * Former prime minister Jean Chrétien says he supports Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s decision to oppose Canada’s air combat mission in Iraq. *  —jim w— }

-Updated- N.L braces for high winds, waves, intense rain in wake of Hurricane Gonzalo  {  }

 

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Deflated Sculpture.

In Paris, France. A controversial inflatable green sculpture was attacked and deflated.”

“Offbeat”

 

Paris ‘sex toy’ sculpture deflated by angry locals   {  }

Canadian Pacific accentaly bulldozes Montreal park   {   }

Identity theft? Barack Obama’s under-used credit card declined in New York restaurant   {  }

Saskatoon family wants to keep raccoon as pet   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Canada’s Dumbest Charge: The 5 most frustrating fees  { * & I can think of a couple more Like income tax and utility bills and local municipal taxes. If what Walter Burien says is true at CFR1 dot com then they’re extorting from all of us and don’t need a penny of it, the lying ice-holes *  —djo— }

Simushir, fuel-laden Russian cargo ship, under tow off  Haida Graii   {  }

Loonie oil prices could fall much further: Don Pittis  {    }

harper sux donkey dicks

The above photo says it all.

Halifax scientist hopes 1.2-m trout bodes well for Arctic conservation  { * }

Justin Trudeau: My father said ‘I should never feel compelled to run for office’  {  }

Tanger outlets Ottawa opening causes Highway 417 traffic issues   {  }

Ottawa dentist Khaled Hashem banned after botched procedures   {  }

Mars one plan has potentially deadly flaws, scientists say  {  }

‘We’re prepared’ for Ebola patients: Hamilton Health Sciences  {  }

-17 photo slide show- Syria-Turkey border town under siege by ISIS fighters   {  }

-Blog- Ebola-themed TV series one of many attempts to capitalize on deadly virus  {  }

 

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Other:

-New- Catholic Church poised to approve ‘open’ approach to gays  {  }

‘We can’t give in to hysteria’: Obama pushes back against calls for West Africa travel ban   {  }

Ocean Lady migrants from Sri Lanka still struggling 5 years later   {  }

Federal government still mum onhow to spend surplus    {  }

-Analysis- Could ISIS fears mute criticism of expanded anti-terror laws?   {  }

Death toll rises to 39 after avalanches, blizzard hit Nepal   {  }

Rachel McAdams, Hayley Wickenheiser get stars on Canada’s walk of fame   {  }

Power out for thousands in Bemuda as hurricane moves away  {  }

Fentanyl abuse an increasing threat for drug addicts  {  }

Air Canada [ pilot ] refuses to transport blood sample for Ebola test, delaying diagnosis   { * The pilot inspected the protective packaging that was supposed to insure that nothing could go wrong with the shipment, thought he found irregularities and refused to let it aboard the aircraft he was responsible for.  —jim— }

Fusion reactors still 10 years out as Lockheed Martin announces breakthrough   {  }

-Must Watch- Burying blue whale bones    { * Crews from the ROM [Royal Ottawa Museum] were burying blue whale bones this week, reports Havard Gould —djo— }

-Must Watch- Iraqi ghost town   { * CBC reporter Margaret Evans finds an eerie silence in this desolate Iraqui town  }

-Editor’s Pick- 8 ways to protect yourself from market madness   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Will Canada avoid the mistakes of Dallas   {  }

-World- Boko Haram militants could release Nigerian schoolgirls next week  {  }

-Business- TSX, Dow sharply higher Friday   {  }

-Business- Average cable, internet & phone bill was $191 a month last year: CRTC   {  }

-Politics- Canada’s combat mission inIraq could last beyond 6 months  { * How can you tell when a politician is lying? His mouth moves.*  —djo— }

-Arts & Entertainment- Misty Upham, actress, confirmed dead   { * Of apparent suicide. * —djo— }

-Arts & Entertainment- Bono says trademark sunglasses are because of glaucoma, not attitude   {  }

-Technology & Science- Project to save wild Atlantic salmon in Bay of Fundy begins   {   }

-Technology & Science- What’s new in OS X Yosemite   { * Sorry- I’m not going to jump into this one. I don’t care if every freaking browser I have squawks and balks and tells me it will no longer be supported. Unless Apple gets a whole lot less greedy they can go perform unnatural acts with themselves. * We expected better from Apple.  —jim w—  }

-Community- Parents could be liable for what their kids post on Facebook, Georgia court rules   {  }

"cuties killing video games'

Photo posted with GamerGate article

-Community- The internet has had enough of GamerGate   { * “- For months now, members of the the embattled gaming community have been at war with each other over everything from accusations of biased video game journalism to reports of widespread online harassment against women within the industry. – The web has come to know this ongoing saga as — a term that is as difficult to define as it is to keep track of. – First used by actor Adam Baldwin on Twitter in August of 2014, the#GamerGate hashtag was initially used to organize a heated online conversation about ethics in gaming journalism. – That conversation was sparked by one man’s claims that his ex-girlfriend, a noted game designer named Zoe Quinn, had cheated on him with several men in the gaming industry — one of them a writer for the Gawker media-owned blog Kotaku. – Quinn’s ex-boyfriend appeared to imply within his post that her relationship with a Kotaku writer earned her game, Depression Quest, favourable coverage on the popular video game-themed blog — an implication that many online ran with. – “Quinn turned into the victim of an aggressive attack on her personal life, which included threats of rape, hacking attempts, at least one death threat and doxxing, or the Internet-based practice of publishing private information about an individual,” explained Abigail Elise of the IBTimes. “Those who attempted to defend Quinn from the attacks were given the label ‘social justice warriors,’ quickly escalating into a virulent attack against Quinn and the ethics of video game journalism. Journalists who refused to cover what seemed to be a very public examination of a woman’s private life were labeled gaming journalism conspirators, and a black list was even circulated by gamergate supporters.-”  —djo—}

-Community- Kissing protesters flood British grocery store to protest treatment of lesbian couple   {  }

 

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Fibrepotic Cable

Fibreoptic Cable.

“Local / New Bruswick”

Moncton the hub of a fibreoptic superhighway  { Let’s hope that corporations don’t decide they can arbitrarily slow down fibreoptic connections just because they can.  —djo— }

Gassing and dashing sends Moncton man to jail    { He skipped out without paying after filling his tank 3 times. They have cameras, they caught him.  }

Saint John East byelection set for November  { * That’s as soon as they schedule one for.  *  —djo— }

Saint John man missing$6K in cheque scam    { * He says, check your bank statements guys, somebody has been cashing cheques he wrote once- multiple times over.  —djo—   }

Rexton shale gas protests remembered one year later   {  * I talked to a First Nations man who believes that elemental beings set fire to police cars. Hey, if leprechauns and ‘others’ from that world are on our side, we should encourage them. Thank them and honour them for fighting for us. *  —jim w—   }

Residential electricity customers underpaying, NB power says  {* All power companies are way over charging- Jim W says. *  —jim w—  }

 

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Google Enchanted Owl Doodle

Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak was honoured by Google with this doodle on what would have beeh her 87th birthday.

“First Nations”

-Analysis- Indigenous perspectives from Winnipeg to Sydney    {  }

-Opinion- Indigenous care options and solutions for indigenous people   {  }

MIsty Upham to be remembered at Winnipeg aboriginal film fest   {  }

Manitoba Hydro evicted from northern dam station   {  }

University of Regina said the number of First Nations students is up by 50 per cent over the past 5 years  {  }

-Video- N.W.T. child services to work to support families   {  }

Watchdog says B.C. government ignoring recommendations to help children   {  }

 

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{ 2:30 pm —Ready to Rock and Roll— Filling in for myself today —   ———djo——— }

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