Daily Archives: October 31st, 2014

Friday, 31 October, 2014 – Trick or Treat?

Friday, 31 October, 2014  -( 49˚F / 9˚C –  Grey & cloudy  @ 3:15 pm near Ithaca )-  -( 46˚F / 8˚C –  The weather applet says ‘scattered clouds’ but the sky is solid grey here  @ 4:15 pm Closer to Halifax —jda—)-  -( & Snow is still in the forecast for Sunday —jim w— }  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— }

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 { This is from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ : }

Montreal Anit Austerity Demonstrations

Loads of Montrealers came out to demonstrate against Austerity measures. Great costumes- Budgets ministers with chain saws – covered in blood. Above is one of the least gruesome.

Bloody Puppets

This one is titled “PLQ puppets at the anti-austerity demo”.  The puppet with the chainsaw is supposed to be Premier Couillard. & @davidrankin says, “Premier Couillard himself is here with the very chainsaw with which he slashes our public services. #31octobre. “

{ Tweets from Montreal include “19 cops protecting elite private club. Tells you pretty much everything you need to know about society.”   & >>—–>  }


“Conspiracy Watch” was busy yesterday. This is one of a dozen similar quotes they posted. I’m not sure whether this was the original word for word phrase that may have been edited since Ben Franklin uttered it, or not. Wouldnt it be weird if we learned that many nuggets of wisdom we cherish were uttered in a drunken stupor? -djo-

{ –Renewable energy may currently make up only a small percentage of U.S. energy generation capacity, but it’s one of the fastest growing sectors. – Renewable energy generation—primarily wind and solar power—provided more than 40 percent of the new energy capacity in the U.S. in the first three quarters of this year, according to the latest U.S. Federation Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) Energy Infrastructure Update. Oil, nuclear and especially coal provided little new capacity, with renewables outstripping them more than 35 times. Only natural gas, driven by the growth of fracking, showed more growth, and many industry observers think its growth potential is finite. – The new installed capacity of natural gas declined compared to the first three quarters of 2013, from 6,643 megawatt (MW) to 5,153. Wind was the big winner, upping its installed capacity from 965 MW to 1,614 in that period. In September, new wind capacity led the way with 367 MW, followed by natural gas with 114. Coal showed no increase in existing capacity so far this year. Overall, new capacity from all forms of energy declined from 11,452 in the first three quarters of last year to 8,860 this year. – Among FERC’s project updates is that Kern County, California’s Techachapi Wind Energy Storage project is now up and running. The South California Edison Project, FERC says, “consists of an 8 MW-four-hour (32 MWh) lithium-ion battery and a smart inverter system, [and] will help store energy from the existing 5,000 wind turbines and any future additions in the Techachapi Wind Resource Area. Housed inside a 6,300 square foot facility, it is the largest battery energy storage in North America.” Such projects bode well for the continued growth of wind power. – Natural gas still leads overall energy generation capacity in the U.S. by a long shot. It currently provides more than 42 percent of the total. But fracked natural gas and oil production is expected to fall off sharply, as extraction companies hit the most productive “sweet spots” first and then move on to areas with less accessible oil and gas that’s more expensive to reach. – Despite its precipitous decline, coal hangs onto the second place spot for now, generating more than 28 percent of U.S. installed capacity. Nuclear comes in next with 9.3 percent, followed by water at 8.4 percent and wind at 5.3 percent. All other forms of energy generation capacity are far behind. Solar currently provides less than one percent. But PV Magazine, which serves the photovoltaic industry, points out that FERC’s figures only include utility-scale solar, leaving out residential and business installations, which it says are among the fastest growing sources of renewable energy. – “The steady and rapid growth of renewable energy is unlikely to abate as prices continue to drop and the technologies continue to improve,” said Ken Bossong, executive director of  the nonprofit research group the SUN DAY Campaign. “The era of coal, oil and nuclear is drawing to a close; the age of renewable energy is now upon us.” –  —djo— }


 { 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——— }


 Other Sources:

Comcast Horror Stories

Comcast Horror Stories

{  Um, most of the people I know would have told you to ignore Comcast if they were trying to double bill you. Don’t cave in to ice holes – when you do, they win, when they win they come down harder on their next victim. You aided and abetted their extortion operations.  —djo— }

War Is Terrorism

War Is Terrorism

{   “Anyone who would give up a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” —Benjamin Franklin   }

{ “Any politician, police, military, or would be authoritarian of any stripe, who would capitalize on an event like yesterday’s in Ottawa: clearly does not deserve any respect at all, let alone the authority they demand.” — douglas j otterson }

 { Here’s a quote for you, not about yesterday and Ottawa but the philosophy applies: “The critical studies about #Ferguson in a decade will be fascinating. Because we are building this plane as we fly.” —deray mckesson }




{ “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies” —Thomas Jefferson }

French Cartoon.

“What can one do to reduce the fear of terrorism?” / “Click!”

{ “On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

2nd verse of  “Defence of Fort M’Henry” By Francis Scott Key }

70,000 dead fish in Ohio.

Tweeted, “It is the legeslators who should go to Jail for this-” 70,000 dead fish in Ohio? —Frack Halliburton?—


{ & Below this begins our usual CBC News Headlines }




Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: Life’s little surprises explode on the launchpad?


“The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any potentially hazardous wreckage.” -djo-  Thursday: Will this set back the commercialization of space?

-Updated- Justin Bourque gets 75 years with no chance of parole for Mountie murders  { * “Justin Bourque has been sentenced to 75 years in prison with no chance of parole for killing three RCMP officers and wounding two others, a New Brunswick judge has ruled.” *  —djo—  }

-Updated- 1 dead after Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes   { * “One person is dead and one is injured after Virgin Galactic’s suborbital passenger spaceship crashed during a test flight on Friday in California.” *  —djo— }

-Breaking- Canada won’t issue travel visas to residents of Ebola outbreak countries   { * “Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of the West African countries battling Ebola.” *  —djo— }

-Updated- Future of Trinity Western law school in doubt after law society ratifies rejection   { *  “The president of Trinity Western University says he is uncertain if the new law school will open as scheduled in 2016 following a vote by the B.C. Law Society to reject the faith-based institution.” –  *  —djo— }

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“Radio-Canada meteorologist Bill Bourque says up to 30 cm of snow may hit New Brunswick this coming Sunday.” —jimw–

Friday: 31 October, 2014 – “Developing News” Flashing Headlines:

MP Dean Del Mastro guilty of campaign overspending in 2008   {  }

Canada’s CF-18s complete 1st operational flights over Iraq    {  }

Canadian Milos Raonic notches 1st career win over Federer    {  }

Mountie killer Justin Bourque gets life; can seek parole in 2089    {  }

Public visitation today for soldier slain near Montreal   {  }

Cda suspends visa bids from residents of Ebola-hit nations   {  }

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kids with' smart phones'

University Of Pennsylvania’s course is entitled “Wasting Time On The Internet”


Dentist offers to by back Halloween candy, but will kids bite   {   }

Esprit de corpse? Canadian puts French village through Halloween bootcamp   {   }

Vine star Jerome Jarre detained at airport after making speedo video mid-flight   {   }

Record breaking unicyclist wheels into B.C.   {   }

-Yeserday- Ivy League school offers ‘wasting time on the internet’ course   { * I kept this one up, even if the CBC didn’t.  —djo—  “UPenn is certainly generating a lot of buzz this week with its new English department course “Wasting time on the Internet,” but it’s not the title of the class that has academics excited — it’s the content of the syllabus, and the views of its professor (world-renowned poetKenneth Goldsmith.) – “We spend our lives in front of screens, mostly wasting time: checking social media, watching cat videos, chatting, and shopping,” wrote Goldsmith in the course’s syllabus, which is live on UPenn’s website. “What if these activities — clicking, SMSing, status-updating, and random surfing — were used as raw material for creating compelling and emotional works of literature?” –  “Could we reconstruct our autobiography using only Facebook? Could we write a great novella by plundering our Twitter feed? Could we reframe the internet as the greatest poem ever written?” the syllabus continues. “Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory.” * & maybe they shouldn’t forget to eat GMO food and drink GMO soft drinks and reak havoc on their brains w sugar. && make sur haf th wrds r sp3lld rong.  —djo— }




SpaceShip Wreckage in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

“Most Viewed”

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crashes, killing 1   {   }

Justin Bourque gets 75 years with no chance of parole for Mountie murders   {   }

Luka Magnotta trial: Father says Magnotta grew up isolated   {   }

Jian Ghomeshi allegedly choked, beat N.B. woman with belt   {  }

Dean Del Mastro found guilty in election spending case  {   }

Air Canada service agents call carry-on crackdown too unpleasant  {   }

Edmonton’s homeless piano man reveals rough life behind his music   {   }

Stephen Colbert praises Kevin Vickers: ‘To hell with Bruce Willis’  {  }

Brockville murder-suicide suspected after woman, child found dead   {   }

John Forzani, ex-Stampeder and business tycoon, dead at 67    {   }

-13 photo slide show- Burkina Faso protesters force president to step down   {   }

-Blog- Send us your stories of racism  {  }



photo of man changing clocks

Daylight saving time 2014 ends this weekend. Clocks fall back at 2 a.m. on Sunday in most of the country.


-Updated- MP Dean Del Mastro guilty in election spending case, could lose seat  {   }

Public says goodbye to Patrice Vincent, slain warrant officer   {   }

To legalize pot or not? More states hold marijuana midterms   {  }

Double-gloving, better face protection added in new guidance on Ebola    {  }

Football star and business tycoon John Forzani dead at 67    {  }

Foreign caregiver reforms impose cap, make live-in requirement optional    {  }

Milos Raonic beats Roger Federer for 1st time   {  }

Jian Ghomeshi allegedly choked, beat N.B, woman with belt    {  }

-Analysis- Was Ottawa attacker Michael Zehaf-Bibeau a terrorist?    {   }

Some Air Canada staff hate the new carry-on bag policy as much as you do   {  }

2 rounds of chemfail to shring Rob Ford’s tumour   {  }

-Photos- Halloween celebrations around the world   {  }

NHL star Vanek linked to gambling, money laundering case: report   {  }

-Must Watch- Veteran pays respects at Ottawa war memorial    { * “Canadian Viet Nam War veteran attends the National War Memorial to pay respects to fallen soldier Nathan Cirillo.” *  —djo— }

-Must Watch-  CF-18 refueling videos   {   }

-Must Watch-  Edmonton’s piano man performs again    { * “After a three-day search, a CBC News crew finally caught up with Ryan Arcand, whose beautiful music has turned the homeless man into a viral star.” *   —djo—  }

-Editor’s Pick-  Daylight Saing Time 2014 ends this weekenn    {   }

-Editor’s Pick-  Antares rocket explosion: will it set back the commercialization of space?   { * The Antares Rocket exploded a couple days ago  & today the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two –  it hasn’t been a good week for privatization of outer space. *  –djo—  }

-Editor’s Pick-  In Tunisia, democracy triumphs but troubles remain    { * “Poster child for Arab democracy, Tunisia is also big source of recuits for ISIS. *  —djo—  }



“Local / New Bruswick”

Brace for up to 30 cm of snow on Sunday, meteorologist says  { * That’s about twelve U.S. inches. *  —djo— }

Justin Bourque gets 75 years with no chance of parole for Mountie murders   {  }

Stephen Colbert praises Kevin Vickers: ‘To hell with Bruce Willis’   {  }

New Brunswick donates medical supplies to Ebola fight in West Africa   {  }

Snow still heading for New Brunswick, Bill Bourque says   { * – “New Brunswickers should brace for a significant amount of rain or snow on Sunday, according to Radio-Canada meteorologist Bill Bourque. – Environment Canada has already issued a special weather statement across New Brunswick as a low pressure system heads toward the province. – Bourque, who had warned earlier this week that as much as 30 centimetres of snow could blanket the province on Sunday, said people should be prepared for the first winter blast of the season. – “It is likely to produce the first significant snowfall,” he said. – “Significant, well we don’t start talking about significant snowfalls until we see about 15 cm of snow. Could it be more? Easily, it could be more. Could it be less? Well yes, it could be rain as well.” – There will likely be flurries on Saturday, Bourque said, but the larger amounts of precipitation will be coming on Sunday. – The meteorologist said he expects people living in eastern New Brunswick will need an umbrella, while those in central and western parts of the province will need snow shovels. – He said the exact amount of snow or rain will depend on how the low pressure system moves through the province. – “Certainly there is going to be some snow fall there in central and western New Brunswick. Now of course it is difficult to put values on snowfall amounts with this type of system because it could be mixed with rain,” he said. – Bourque said the flurries could hang around until Monday.” – *  —djo— }



seattle totem

“Seattle Totem”

“First Nations”

Onigaming First Nation suicides prompt state of emergency   { * “Onigaming First Nation has declared a state of emergency following the community’s fourth suicide in a year.” *  —djo— }

Truth is hard but residential school reconciliation harder: Murray Sinclair   { * “Justice Murray Sinclair, head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, says reconciliation for survivors of residential school abuse starts in today’s school system.” *  —djo— }

Feds negotiating residential school credits extension   { * “Today’s the deadline to apply for the $3,000 residential school personal education credits, but the federal government is considering an extension, and Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus is encouraging people who still want to apply to do so” *  —djo— }

$100 million Alton gas project delayed over Mi’kmaq concerns    { * “The Nova Scotia government has halted part of the construction work on the $100-million Alton Natural Gas Storage Project until Calgary-based AltaGas carries out further consultation with the Mi’kmaq, CBC News has learned.” *  —djo— }

Paranormal team investigates Saskatoon’s Park Town Hotel   {  }

Shawn Atleo defends his actions over the aboriginal education bill   {  }

Hockey Night in Peguis returns with opening of new arena  {  }

Prentice to reopen land claim negotiations with Lubicon First Nation   {  }

Nunavut actor, Natar Ungalaaq, begins work on feature film   {  }

Shawn Atleo appointed to lead new round of talks with B.C. First Nations   {  }

-Photos- Whitehorse man caught up in ’60s Scoop seeks peace  { *  “David Moroz and his twin brother were just babies when they were caught up in the so-called 60s Scoop, which saw aboriginal children placed in non-aboriginal homes in the 1960s. Now, Moroz is trying to seek peace for him and his mother in Whitehorse.” *  —djo— }

Edmund Metatawabin visits Winnipeg to discuss his life, book   { * Residential school survivor Edmund Metatawabin’s Governor General’s Literary Award-nominated book Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History is a horrific account of residential school life but it includes a call for action and a hopeful message. *   —djo—  }

-Photos- Rescue dog with Behchoko RCMP breaks down barriers  {  }

-7 Photos- Arviat youth use art workshops to discuss difficult topics  {  }


{ The ‘First Nations Page’ is actually called ‘Aboriginal’ on the CBC web site, but some First Nations object to that title, so we renamed it here.  —djo— }


{ Almost 5:45 pm EDT —Ready to Rock and Roll— & Thanks for your help again, Jim W, & especially since he is working today with a bruised rib, ouch!  — And also thanks for help from “—jda—“    ———djo——— }  { & We’ve had to slow down as cute little goblins and zombies and princesses and frogs came trick-or-treating here- and there, in two time zones already —jim w— }