Daily Archives: November 2nd, 2014

Sunday, 02 November, 2014 – Snow in New Brunswick, Snow Jobs from Ottawa?

Sunday, 02 November, 2014  -( 36˚F / +2˚C –  cloudy, with the sun coming and going  @ 11:15 am near Ithaca )-  -( 34˚F / +1˚C –  snow on the ground, but not much, mixed precipitation in the air, hard to see at times, easy to see others, here  @ 12:30 pm Closer to Halifax —jda—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— }

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

Grave Marker for Scientific Freedom

“Scientific Freedom – Rest In Peace” This is what happens when you endorse conservatism and get Fascism in its place.

{ This is what greeted me this morning when I fired up my Twitter pages.  ———djo——— }

Vlad & Stephen

“What do Vladimir Putin and Stepeh Harper have in common?”

Ack 11-01-2014

“Income Splitting” = “We take what’s yours, good luck living on what’s left.” The Soundtrack should include Thunderclap Newman. “Because the Rev O Lution’s Now!”

Orwell on war

“George Orwell Quote” = “If you draw your sword, you’ve been bought and sold by the dark side.” -djo-



“Conspiracy Watch” was busy last week. 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-

{ – “Oh, Dang! There’s just too many good and topical tweets this morning. If we post them all here, we’ll never get to our Daily Schnarr-Fest.” –  —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?—


{ Everything above this line should probably be on a separate page – Or a Separate ‘Sticky Post’ –  & Below this begins our usual CBC News Headlines }




Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: Wars and rumours of wars? / November’s Here. NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo anyone?

Becky Big Canoe

First Nations seek justice.

Radical rest homes: Old people should live everywhere  { * “Is there a way to come up with alternatives to the profit-driven, regimented seniors’ residences springing up all over the country. Montrealer Janet Torge wants to start us talking about new ways to grow old.” *  —djo—  }

First Nations seek justice in cold case killings of 3 aboriginal boys   { * “Ceremony and further action planned by First Nations living near the Ontario farm where Glenna Mae Breckenridge alleges her father murdered three aboriginal teenage boys.” *  —djo— }

-Updated- Pakistan bomb blast kills 45 near border crossing    {  }

‘Time is not on our side’: UN Climate change panel urges deep emission cuts    {  }

Income splitting would not benefit low-income single parents, minister says   { * “Income splitting would not benefit single parents because the majority are considered low income, says Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen.” *  —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–

Sunday: 02 November, 2014 – “Developing News” Flashing Headlines:

Iranian-British woman gets  year in jail for watching game   {  }

Hello Kitty turns 40 with 1st ever fan convention in L.A.    {  }

UN Climate change report offers stark warnings and hope    {  }

PM Harper to welcome French President Hollande in Calgary     {  }

Nearly 45 dead in bombing in Pakistan near Indian border    {  }

Residents in rebel-held areas of Ukraine vote in elections    {  }

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Hello Kitty

“Hello Kitty” —Offbeat?


Hello Kitty turns 40 with 1st ever fan convention  {  }

Your Halloween photos   {   }

-Repeat- Dentist offers cash to buy back Halloween candy, but will kids bite?   {   }

-Repeat- Nothing spooky about Winnipeg bat lab   {   }

-Last Week’s Most Notable?- 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”

Radical rest homes: Old people should live everywhere   {  }

‘Spookland’ Halloween party leads to 3 sexual assault allegations  {  }

Shuswap chief Paul Sam and ex-wife making more than 200K each   {  }

Fatal rollover in ORR kills female driver   {   }

Iranian-British woman sentenced to 1 year in prison, lawyer says   {  }

Jian Ghomeshi investigators hear from 3rd woman   {  }

UN climate change report offers stark warnings, hope   {  }

Snow for most of New Brunswick, high winds expected in N.S. and P.E.I.   {   }

Victoria police responding to 911 call shoot and kill man   {  }

Man, 25, shot in Valleyfield   {   }

-22 photo slide show- The week in pictures, Oct. 26-31   {   }

-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.


-New- Shepherds guide 2,000 sheep through downtown Madrid to protest  {   }

Attending men’s volleyball game means prison term for Iranian-British woman   {   }

‘E-commerce esplosion coming for 2014 holiday shopping: Dianne Buckner   {  }

-Analysis- Looking for economic recovery that speaks English: Don Pittis    {  }

B.C. First Nations chief and ex-wife making more money than B.C. Premier   {  }

3 girls allege sexual assault at Quebec Halloween party    {  }

-Updated- Snow hitting New Brunswick, heaviest amounts expected this afternoon   {  }

Pilot killed in Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crash ‘could do it all,’ colleague says    {  }

Man charged with 2nd-degree murder of Kelowna, B.C. bus passenger    {   }

Ukraine’s seperatist regions hold criticized elections   {  }

-Photos- Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupts   {  }

Creator of Operation board game couldn’t afford own surgery, gets online help   {  }

Inclome splitting would not benefit low-income single parents, minister says    { * I left this article from yesterday’s ‘Editor’s Pick’ below. *  —djo—  }

Canada accused of ‘boasting’ with doctored photos of Canadarm2   {  }

-Must Watch-  Fall back to standard time   {   }

-Must Watch-  Patrice Vincent honoured    {   }

-Must Watch-  Aurora Borealis lights up Sweden   {   }

-Editor’s Pick- Christmas music in stores: When is it too early?    {   }

-Editor’s Pick- Time change can cause symptoms similar to jet lag    {   }

-Editor’s Pick-  Income splitting: What it is and who benefits   { * “-During the 2011 election campaign, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that if he was re-elected his government would allow families with young children to be able to shrink their tax burden by splitting parents’ incomes for tax purposes. – On Thursday, he announced “the family tax cut,” which, when passed, would apply to the current tax year. It is a non-refundable credit of up to $2,000 for couples with children under 18 years.

What did Harper promise in 2011 on income splitting? -In 2011, the plan was to allow families with children under 18 to split a household income of up to $50,000, once the federal budget was balanced. That means, for example, that in a family with a stay-at-home spouse or someone working part-time, the partner with the larger income could assign up to $50,000 of income to the lower earner for tax purposes. – Harper argued that Canada’s income tax system “treats families the same as roommates living under the same roof with no financial attachment. That is not realistic. That is not fair.” – The 2011 Conservative Party platform says income-splitting will provide “significant tax relief for approximately 1.8 million Canadian families — each of them saving, on average, $1,300 per year.” – What is the federal government now proposing? – The only major change to the new promise is that there is now a $2,000 cap on the maximum benefit a family can earn from income splitting. – That means the average saving will be less than the $1,300 average the party promised. But, along with income splitting, the government will also increase the universal child-care benefit and the child-care expense deduction, which means families with children will save an average of $1,140 per year in taxes, the government says. – How much will it cost? – The Department of Finance says this income-splitting proposal will cost the treasury about $2.4 billion in foregone revenues in the current fiscal year, and an average of about $2 billion per year over the next five years. – Who benefits from the family tax cut proposal? – Only families with children under 18 with two parents in different tax brackets would benefit. – The C.D. Howe Institute reports that 85 per cent of all households will receive nothing from new measure, as they don’t fit the criteria. – As for families, the Conservative Party estimates that 1.8 million families will benefit from income splitting, a figure that the Broadbent Institute agrees with. – The institute, however, estimates that 543,000 families would have received a benefit of $2,000 or more under the 2011 proposal. Under the new family tax cut, those families will receive $2,000, the maximum benefit. – The average benefit for the nearly four million families with children under 18 will be $524 in 2015 under the family tax cut, which can be calculated by using data provided in the Broadbent Institute report. – Shortly before he died earlier this year, former Conservative finance minister JimFlaherty was asked about his party’s income-splitting proposal. –  “I’m not sure that overall it benefits our society,” he said. – How do benefits vary from province to province? – Sixty-one per cent of Quebec families with children under 18 would see no benefit at all, compared to 44 per cent in Alberta, according to the Broadbent Institute. That is primarily because of the different family makeups and income levels in the two provinces. – Capping the benefit at $2,000 affects 23 per cent of Alberta families with children under 18, compared to seven per cent in Quebec, according to the institute’s data. – What are the arguments for income-splitting? – Under Canada’s progressive income tax rates, if two families have the same total income, a family with two parents earning around the same amount will pay less tax than a family with two parents earning very different amounts. – “The main reason to implement income splitting is to establish tax fairness,” the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada’s chief executive Andrea Mrozek told Parliament’s standing committee on finance earlier this month. – Mrozek argues that “fixing this inequity can be done either through income splitting or by flattening the tax brackets.” – For Lawrence Solomon, executive director of Energy Probe, one reason to support income splitting is for its social impact. “Because incentives do matter, many of those now involuntarily stuck in that single household demographic would migrate to married status.” – Proponents often point out that income splitting has been available to couples in the U.S. since 1948. Uncle Sam allows married couples to file jointly or individually — the choice is theirs, depending on which way will save them the most tax. The vast majority of couples elect to file jointly. – What are the criticisms of the family tax cut? – For the Boadbent Institute, the proposal is “fundamentally unequal.” Rick Smith, the executive director, says “the greatest benefits would still go to the highest income earners with stay-at-home spouses, but would do little for low-income families” or single-parent families. – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said income splitting “doesn’t make sense,” and he will reverse the tax cut if elected. After Harper’s announcement he said the proposal “would give a tax break to families like mine or Mr. Harper’s. That’s not good enough.” – Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair didn’t answer directly on Thursday whether he would roll it back if elected prime minister. But he did say, “It will only help a very small minority of people at a time when inequality is increasing in our society after years and years of Liberal and Conservative rule.” – How does pension income splitting compare to the family tax cut? – For pensioners, it’s the actual income that’s split. That income can be from life annuity payments, from a company pension plan, annuity payments from an RRSP or deferred profit-sharing plan, RRIF payments and even the Canada Pension Plan. – For example, with the CPP, if a couple opts for income splitting and one receives $700 a month and the other receives $200, they can both receive a $450 monthly cheque. They must both be at least 60 years old. – The split can sometimes reduce or eliminate the clawback on Old Age Security payments or the age credit for the higher-income spouse. Further tax savings appear if both partners can claim the $2,000 pension income credit. -” * *** & If what we’re hearing from Walter Burien of CAFR1.com is true All Taxation is extortion.***   –djo—  } { ***** & Is it me? or does Harper look like a demented con-artist while pointing to the young blond girl with the red maple leaf in the background in the photo that tops this article? In the thumbnail, the girl looked terrified, like she thought Harper might turn and attack her.*****  —jda— }

-Editor’s Pick-  Send us your stories of racism: #MyExperienceWithRacism    { * “We’re on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @CBCNews” <—-<< Caption. *  —djo—  }




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

“Local / New Bruswick”

Snow for most of New Brunswick, high winds expected in N.S. and P.E.I.   {  }

Ambulance and car collide in Fredericton at intersection   {  }

Happy Halloween Maritimes, share a picture of your costumes   {  }

Heavy rain and snow expected in Maritimes this weekend   {  }

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

-Earlier- 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”

First Nations take action in alleged killings of 3 aboriginal boys, 50 years ago  {  }

Shuswap chief Paul Sam and ex-wife making more than 200K each  {  }

Heather Bear celebrates new vice-chief role at powwow  {  }

-Photos- Stories of identity and belonging on Unreserved  {  }

Retired judge called in to help in Jenpeg dam dispute talks  {  }

Inuit must be part of Plan Nord discussion: Nunavik group  {  }

Dozens gather to protest Gary Moostoos’s ousting from City Centre Mall   { * Four days after an aboriginal outreach worker was kicked out of Edmonton’s City Centre mall, about 70 people gathered in Churchill Square then marched into the mall to protest the move by security guards.  * —djo— }

‘Walking With Our Sisters’ exhibit comes to Saskatoon   { * “Almost 2,000 moccasin tops are on display in Saskatoon to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.” *  —djo— }

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— }

Indigenous physician brings unique perspective to her practice  {  }

Paranormal team investigates Saskatoon’s Park Town Hotel   {  }

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

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— }


{  1:11 pm EST — We are Ready to Rock and Roll —  — & Thanks again for your help, Jim W,  ( especially since he is working today with a bruised rib, ouch! )   — And  thanks to “—jda—“     ———djo——— }