Thursday, 20 November, 2014 – News Headlines:

Thursday, 20 November, 2014  -( 31˚F / 0˚C –  with snow showers coming and going- and neat special effects with sun rays coming down around the edges of clouds @ 12:30  pm near Ithaca )-  -( 37˚F / +3˚C –  mostly sunny & cool @ 1:45 pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } 

{ Is today national anything day?  —djo— }

{ —jda—‘s blog disappeared from the list of NaBloPoMo blogs on the only official page he knows about — & Jim W went over 50,000 words at NaNOWriMo On Tuesday, November 11th — Now = 93,460 words and still typing away. & We really are trying to trim away stuff that maybe has been here too long. Trouble is, we think it may be important.  —djo— }

— “Other Media” :  —

Keystone XL is an act of War

A Sioux tribe calls the Keystone XL pipeline an act of war, so TransCanada hires PR propagandists to probe their critics?  >>—> Link <—<<

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

Road Block in Bahrain

Revolutinary Youth in Bahrain. -If I remember right, Bahrain was one of the places that somebody had forecast would be the next big place for the Arab Spring to hit. Was that forecast a little bit off? —jim w-

boycott GMO Hersheys

“Boycott Hershey’s for blocking GMO Labeling

Privacy Breakthrough?

-Polaris, “Let’s Encrypt” Will mean more ubiquitous Web Encryption and Privacy- Article below:

{ – The state of Internet security and infrastructure has been rapidly changing of late in response to concerns about online privacy and security (i.e., surveillance revelations and extensive security breaches), and a series of announcements over the past several days have put a lot of momentum behind possible solutions.

Most recently, Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced “Let’s Encrypt,” their collaboration with Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan in attempt to take the first big step towards a more universally secure Internet. One of the biggest weaknesses in the underlying architecture of the web as it exists currently is the highly bureaucratic and complex (not to mention costly) system required for websites to obtain and deploy the SSL/TSL certificates needed to protect your web surfing experience (these are the basic pieces of information that allow the little lock icon to work in your browser, signaling your session is private and secure). “Let’s Encrypt” will extend these digital certificates to all websites by starting an easy-to-use and free-of-charge certificate authority that issues them; this means that web encryption will not just be available to big players like banking services or email providers, but will set a much higher bar for Internet security across all websites, regardless of their ability to pay for a certificate or properly install it.

We are strong, adamant supporters of this initiative and are excitedly awaiting it’s unveiling in 2015 under a new nonprofit called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

In addition to this, Mozilla announced it’s own strategic privacy initiative in collaboration the Tor Project and CDT. We’ll be consulting “on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations” with the open-source browser to help it more effectively and appropriately bring privacy features into its products. “We want to accelerate pragmatic and user-focused advances in privacy technology for the Web, giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web experiences,” the company explained via its privacy blog.

We believe in the possibilities that privacy innovations could make possible, and are excited and honored to be a part of the process.

What do these changes mean for the short- and long- term future of the security of the Internet?

There will soon be no excuses for not baking encryption into web services, and in turn, consumer privacy and protection into the tools we use to navigate the digital highway.  – }

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tech & inclusion

“Part 3 in a series on Tech & Inclusion from the Center for Democratic Technology. > Link <

Camera Aricles

“Globe Technology” is a division of the Globe and Mail – a Canadian Newspaper chain. This is something like a Consumer Report article. > Link <

WikiLeaks

-Julian Assange’s Whistleblower Foundation has new members- Whistleblowers in general are peole who subscribe to higher standards of ethics and morality than their bosses or supervisors or government authoritarian types and are usually shocked to find out that lots of people do not back them up when they seek help because they’ve reported an injustice, or worse- and been ‘rewarded by being fired or even charged with crimes against corporations that the ‘justice system’, instead of locking up the bad guys, turns out to be protecting from the good guys, Constables got their start as enforcers for corrupt officials, corrupt ‘Nobles’ and ‘Royals’. When ‘serve and protect becomes law enforcement- that’s bad news for everybody.   —djo—

Links >>—-> The definitive ranking of ridiculous and misleading Conservative names for bills put before Canadian Parliament:

Note: ‘Http.com’ Hijacked the original links we put here for these two links.

Let Us Know if any other links have been effed with, thank you >>——> J.Z.N McCauley’s NaNo Novel

{ -jda-‘s NaBloPoMo entry disappeared from the list. & Jim’s NaNoWriMo Novel hads gone over90,000 words as of November 19th. }

{ Don’t know how many new tweets since late last night. We crashed.  Medium but poignant Traffic? in the ‘Tweet-us-sphere’  —djo— }

Recent earthquakes in Alberta linked to fracking: study  {  }

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If you really want to see all of today’s CBC headlines go to their website, listed as a link below this line:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: Air Tindi: No major injuries after plane lands on Great Slave Lake; Kinder Moran pipeline protesters arrested by RCMP; RSnow continues to pound Buffala, western New York ; & Obesity could be costing the world $2 trillion a year-‘

Today’s 3rd lead article on the CBC /news/ page = “Snow continues to pound Buffalo, western New York ” – & I heard an interview on BBC radio where a man who lives in North Buffalo has 3 inches of snow while his parents who live in the southern center of town had over five and a half feet of snow- Lake effect snow. Should we wait to see if Doug has anything to add about weaponized weather control technology?  —jim w—  { * Uh, Doug says he doesn’t know enough about such a technology, which, if it does exist, would explain a lot, wouldn’t it? * —djo— }

– 4th lead article – “Obesity could be costing the world $2 trillion a year.” { * Um, how many hundreds of trillions of $s a month are being stolen from everyone on this planet by ‘banksters’? *  —djo— }

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

imagine peace tower

“Imagine Peace Tower” Thank you, -John Lennon- —djo—

Anti-Spyware Software released free.

“Free software program Detekt can find spyuware on your PC.”

{ – A free tool released Thursday allows users to scan their computers for surveillance malware that has been used to spy on journalists and activists. – The open source tool Detekt is being released in partnership with human rights group Amnesty International, German digital rights group Digitale Gesellschaft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy International.

– “Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry out their legitimate work without fear of surveillance, harassment, intimidation, arrest or torture,” Amnesty International said in an online posting introducing Detekt. – Whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government surveillance on activists and citizens. Amnesty said it is concerned about a chill on human rights activists and journalists, especially those in repressive countries, because of such surveillance.

– Detekt scans Windows-based computers for common surveillance tools used in spying on activists. Those who detect a threat on their computer can then take steps to remove it. – The software developers warn that there is no guarantee that Detekt will find every bit of spyware, as new technology is continually being developed. – “Beware that it is possible that Detekt may not successfully detect the most recent versions of those malware families,” the developers wrote on the site resistsurveillance.org, which introduces Detekt. – “Indeed, some of them will likely be updated in response to this release in order to remove or change the patterns that we identified. In addition, there may be existing versions of malware, from these families or from other providers, which are not detected by this tool. If Detekt does not find anything, this unfortunately cannot be considered a clean bill of health.” – Commercial entities have developed and sold surveillance tools that read emails and instant messaging conversations, listen in on Skype calls and remotely control a computer’s camera and microphone and sold them around the world. – There is no regulation against these technologies being used by repressive governments, Amnesty says, estimating the market for surveillance software at $5 billion US a year. – “European and American companies have been quietly selling surveillance equipment and software to countries across the world that persistently commit serious human rights violations,” it said. – Amnesty is urging governments to take action to stop the spread of spyware and calls on industry to consider the human rights records of countries where it sells such software. – Targeted surveillance is only legitimate when it is based on suspicion of criminal activity and backed up by a legal order, the group said.  –  —djo— }

 

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white deer

White Deer? We were accused of trying to pass a goat off as a deer in New Brunswick.

martin short & look alike

Martin Short & Look alike

“Offbeat”

Martin Short meets CBC ‘doppleganger’ Shane Foxman   {  }

Watch Lexi the rescue dog wow David Letterman’s audience   {   }

Rare white deet spotted in northwestern Ontario   {   }

Meet Frida, San Francisco’s chihuahua mayor   {   }

===== Greatest recent ‘Offbeat’ hits ===== >>——>

Microsoft fixes 19-year old Windows bug  { * – Microsoft Corp issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years. – The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer.

– IBM Corp’s cybersecurity research team discovered the bug in May, describing it as a “significant vulnerability” in the operating system. – “The buggy code is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years,” IBM X-Force research team said in its blog on Tuesday. – *

*** The bugs were not “undiscovered”, Government Hackers spoke about this on Coast to Coast A.M. before the summer of 2002. Art Bell was the host. This program is not listed in the current Coast to Coast A.M. archives, at least I could not find it by searching ‘hackers’. 3 men who were quite ‘enthusiastic’ and talkative about their experience working for hackers for US Government agencies that ‘officially do not exist’ -one of them told us he has an ashtray with one of those officially non-existent agency’s official logo on it- told us that microsoft was fully aware of holes in their operating system but were not going to do anything about it because the government of the US liked it the way it was. They said it was simple for any hacker to get into your computer if you were ‘running windows’ -“Especially if you have printer sharing turned on.” && They also said they liked Apple Computers back then because it was possible to tell a Mac to do only one thing at a time, not like windows computers which could have all sorts of nonsense going on undetected in the background.  – AND Another Coast to Coast A.M. guest, much more recently, related talking to a computer pioneer a long time ago, when dial ups were the latest thing, and when the computer guy finished showing him something, he would not leave the room without shutting off his computer, and disconnecting the phone line from his computer. When the C2C guest asked the computer guy what that was all about, the computer guy said that he, as in insider, knew that the US Government could already get into anyone’s computer that was connected to Delphi or GEnie or AOL, even if the computer had been turned off. — And, now that almost every computer in the world has WiFi capabilities- you can never fully disconnect yourself from the possibility that they can turn your computer on and gather any information you have, or were ever connected to- any time they want to do that- With the possible exception that you might be ‘safe’ if you live inside a Faraday cage, a hundred feet or more beneath the surface of this planet. Welcome to the future, it sucks.  —jim w—   }

 

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Electric Vehicle at charging station

New Electric Vehicle at a charging station

“Most Viewed”

Air Tindi: No major injuries after plane lands on Great Slave Lake   {   }

Saskatchewan winter too much for one CBC radio listener   {  }

Buffalo, western New York being hit by another blast of snow  {   }

Glass ceilings caused by partners and work culture, Harvard study suggests  {  }

Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters arrested by RCMP  {   }

Hackers post webcam, security camera, baby monitor video online   {   }

202,000 Graco strollers recalled in Canada due to amputation risk   {   }

Obesity’s global cost hits $2 trillion a year, report suggests    { * Monsanto’s GMO food is probably the leading cause of the ‘obesity epidemic’ Don’t make me repeat the idea that public evisceration would probably not be a cruel or unusual punishment for all Monsanto’s executives, considering what they have unleashed on the population of this planet. Monsanto execs on one side of a very long street and Oil company execs on the other, and Fracking advocates down the middle? *  —djo—  }

How to navigate the risky world of travel insurance  {   }

Martin Short meets ‘doppleganger’ Shane Foxman   {   }

-23 photo slide show- Snowstorm hits New York, buries Buffalo in snow   {   }

-Blog-  To Uber? Or not to Uber? That is the question   {    }

-Archived?:-

-Blog-  ‘Terrifying new app Beam Messengers lets users see text messages as they’re being typed {   }

Tory anti-pot ad mocked and condemned by YouTube viewers  {  * Link *  }

 

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squirrel

Arctic Ground Squirrel

Other:

Graco recalls strollers over finger amputation risk  {  }

Hackers may be streaming video of your home live online  {   }

-Special Report- Would you know what to do if someone told you they were raped?   { *  Link  * } }

-Analysis- Gobal corruption a bigger scourge than than terrorism: Brian Stewart  { *  Link to the CBC article.  * *** And The whole idea behind our ‘modern’ system of ‘banking’ is probably the most corrupt ‘system’ in this world. ***  —djo—  }

-Updated- Supreme Court to hear landmark case for Métis and non-status Indians  {  }

-Must Watch- Buffalo continues to cope with snow aftermath   {   }

-Must Watch- Martin Chort vs. Shane Foxman   {   }

-Must Watch- London eagle camera   { * “Darchan, an eagle with a camera attached to its head, has flown across London and offered a new perspective of the capital’s best-known landmarks. The footage was recorded over a week by The Freedom Project to mark the 50th anniversary of a list that compiles the world’s most threatened species.” *  —djo—  }

-Editor’s Pick- Russians scorn Harper’s ‘shirt-fronting’ of Putin   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- How Barack Obama’s presidency has come undone    { * I think Mark Twain’s quote might work here, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” *  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- ISIS unmasked: Why the new beheading video is different    {   }

===== Keep around for a while? : ===== 

-djo’s Editor’s Pick- Questionable cancer ‘cures’    { * From Friday – Doctors and researchers know and have known since 1925 that sugar feeds cancer cells. Starve the Cells – kill the cancer. Effective herbs and naturally occurring ingredients in some plants also shrink and eliminate most cancerous growths but this information is supressed by Big Pharmaceutical companies who do not care if theire stuff kills you, they want to make a profit on your suffering. The really questionable stuff comes from ‘Big Pharma’ and the the Doctors they pay to spread their lies.    —djo—   }

-Editor’s Pick- Pornography, kids and sex education: what to do?   { * The article says, “Porn industry is the main sex educator of kids, says child advocate” * What do you think? Maybe somebody with the backing of Medical, Psychological, Ethical, Moral and Legal sensitivity and sensibilities should make a video that shows kids how it’s done, what to look out for and how to avoid problems? -and parents should leave it somewhere where they know the kids will find it and write, “Don’t you dare watch this!” on a sticky note? That might work.  —djo— }

 

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school bus hits pole

“School Bus Hits Pole”

“Local / New Brunswick”

Slippery roads cause accidents across southern New Brunswick    {   }

Unconditional grant formula is ‘not fair’ to Fredericton  {   }

NB Power warns of longer outages due to severe weather  {   }

Dress code fight triggers flashback to 1970 FHS protest   { * – Linda Morehouse of Keswick Ridge says the controversy over the dress code at Fredericton High School is transporting her back in time.

Fredericton High School students

-Caption- Some Fredericton High School students are getting ready to meet with Anglophone West School District administrators about the school’s dress code.

– She was part of a group of young female students who first challenged the school’s dress code back in 1970. – Back then the fight over the dress code was all about whether girls should be allowed to wear pants to school. – “I can’t believe that we’re still at this after so many years, “Morehouse said. – “It’s been like 44 years since I was involved with the issue at Fredericton High School.”

– In 1970, Morehouse joined a group of girls who took on the administration over its rule that said girls could only wear skirts and dresses to school and never pants.

‘I can’t believe we’re still doing this 44 years later, we’re still dictating to women what is appropriate and what is inappropriate to wear to school, I can’t believe it.’– Linda Morehouse

– No matter what the temperature outside they were expected to follow the dress code, which could lead to bizarre situations. – “You were allowed to wear a mini-skirt but you weren’t allowed to wear pants, I’m talking about anything that would cover your legs fully,” she said. – Morehouse said she joined a group of girls that was hatching a plan to fight the dress code. Between 20 and 30 of them met secretly in a classroom to decide on day of action. – “So we had the meeting and we had the date set and what we were going to do at that point is that, ‘OK, as a unified group, we were going to wear pants that day,'” Morehouse recalls. – “Now, at that time pants meant maybe a pant suit, a matching top bottom kind of thing, not jeans. We were told we could possibly be sent home. We just said, ‘You know what, we’re just going to do this anyway, and let’s see what happens.’” – Protest was a turning point – Morehouse said she considers that day a turning point in her life and the lives of many young women who wanted to be treated equally.

The video features young women talking about the dress code.

-Caption- The Fredericton Youth Feminists recently released a video that takes aim at FHS’s dress code. The group says the dress code promotes a rape culture by blaming female victims for attracting male aggression.

– “The motivation was, I think, that we as a group, were looking at the fact that we were being dictated to as a group of women, young women, how to dress, what we could and could not do, what was appropriate and what was inappropriate for us,” said the retired social worker. – “I remember changing classes and seeing other women with the pants on, it was so empowering to me and I thought, ‘Yes, we can make these changes and you know what? The world is not going to crumble around us because of that.’” – She’s been cheering on the young feminists this month at Fredericton High School for their efforts against what they perceive as sexist attitudes in the dress code. – Many of them claim they’re being sent home or to the principal’s office for such violations as visible bra straps or tops that are deemed too sheer. – “I can’t believe we’re still doing this 44 years later, we’re still dictating to women what is appropriate and what is inappropriate to wear to school, I can’t believe it,” she said.

No teacher stopped the protest

David McTimoney

-Caption- David McTimoney, the superintendent of the Anglophone West School District, said he will listen to what the dress code opponents have to say at their meeting next week. (CBC)

​- Morehouse said she doesn’t remember many punishments being handed out back in 1970 and despite her fears, no teacher ever came to her to tell her what she was wearing was inappropriate. – “Shortly after that we were allowed to wear pants. Now it had to be something coordinating, it couldn’t be jeans but we could see that we were starting to make little gains along the way,” Morehouse said. – She laughs now at the memory of radicals wearing matching polyester pant suits. The next barriers to fall were jeans for girls and workboots. – Fast forward to 2014 and Morehouse said she’s pleased that Anglophone West School District superintendent David McTimoney is offering to meet the young women asking for a more relaxed, individualistic dress code at FHS. – “I think they need to listen to what these women are saying. I was listening to the school supervisor and it seems to me that he is prepared to listen. When you go into negotiation with that kind of attitude – ‘I need to hear what you have to say and you need to listen to what I have to say,  then you can come to some type of middle ground’ and I think that’s really important,” she said. – “And I really want the feminists that are leading this at FHS, who I’m very proud of by the  way, I want them to do the same thing. Go into this and listen to what other people have to say and then come to some type of agreement, then it’s a win-win for everybody, then it’s empowering for everybody.” – }

 

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AFN Candidates

Assembly of First Nations candidates.

“First Nations”

Three candidates for AFN National Chief   { * “Ghislain Picard, Perry Bellegarde and Leon Jourdaine are the three official candidates in the running to become the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, a position which Shawn Atleo resigned from in May amid some conflict.” *  —djo— }

>>——> Most Recent Articles Below this line <——<< 

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Supreme Court to hear landmark case for off-reserve aboriginal people  {  }

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===== From Earlier This Week: =====

Man in custody after shot fired, lockdown in Attawapiskat  {  }

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Hockey season on ice as Elsipogtog arena awaits funding  {  }

Yukon NDP pushes for united front against Bill S-6  {  }

Buffalo Gals member disturbed by church ban on smudging  {  }

Lawrence Martin’s municipal experience ‘will serve him well’  {  }

Labrador residential school claimants in court today  {  }

-Opinion- In defence of Immanuel Pentecostal Church’s stance on smudging  {  }

First Nations students in Ontario and Alberta failing in literacy, math  {  }

-Opinion- ‘Oh, we are all racists’  {  }

-Photos- Petition to put women on Canadian banknotes draws nearly 50K signatures  {  }

Métis educator Bryanna Scott seeks to build bridges  {  }

Rinelle Harper only one part of Winnipeg’s race divide  {  }

-Analysis- Mirror, mirror on Winnipeg’s wall  {  }

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Lawrence Martin elected Mushkegowuk Grand Chief  {  }

No bodies found under barn where Glenna Mae Breckenridge says her dad buried boys  {  }

-Video- Chemotherapy ruling  {  }

‘Little affinity between native spirituality and Christianity’, says pastor  { * Rumours from the spiritual community of Truth Seekers who look beyond dogma believe that ‘Saint Paul’ was a false prophet maneuvered into power by Romans who wanted to control the new ‘Christian’ church, and succeeded. Therefore ‘Little affinity exists between “Modern Christianity” and what Jesus taught us.’ *  —djo— }

-8 Photos- Kinder Morgan pipeline: First Nations fight back with fish  {  }

>>>———> { —jda— has kindly ‘built us’ an archives page for “First Nations/Indigenous” headlines we thought were important to keep around, maybe too long.  —djo— }<———<<<

{ We have moved a lot of headlines related to First Nations / Indigenous issues to a Page >>>———>  http://www.aerendel.org/wp03/?page_id=340  <———<<< on —jda—‘s blog   —djo— }

 

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{ This is what still grabs me – from Twitter – We’re trying to trim this down, I wanted to delete these below and start fresh, but they seem a little too important to me right now.  ———djo——— }

11 steps to fascism

“11 steps to Fascism” I forgot where this came from. bad me.  —djo—

Orwell on war

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

 

quote

“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-

 

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{   “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!”

 

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Fracking linked to Alberta earthquakes, study indicates  { * – Carmen Langer had just left his bed to grab a drink of water when he felt his house northeast of Peace River, Alta., begin to shake. – “At first I thought I wasn’t feeling very good that day… and it was just my blood sugar, but no, it shook pretty good,” Langer said about the Nov. 2 incident.

– Moments after the shaking stopped, his neighbours were calling, asking if he had felt what they just felt. – “After a few minutes, I realized it was an earthquake,” Langer said. – There was a small earthquake on Nov. 2 in Peace River, just northeast of Peace River. The recently published study involving Alberta researcher Jeff Gu indicates fracking may trigger earthquakes in the province.  – Natural Resources Canada (NRC) registered a small, 3.0-magnitude earthquake that was “lightly felt” from Three Creeks to St. Isidor in northern Alberta at 11:14 p.m. MT. NRC said on its website there were no reports of damage, and that “none would be expected.” – Jeff Gu, a seismologist at the University of Alberta, said the earthquake could have been caused by shifting rock formations in the region — but added there could be another possible explanation. – “Certainly that region is not immune to earthquake faulting, but I would say having actual earthquakes in that area is relatively recent, relatively new,” he said. – Gu is one of three authors of a recently published study in the Journal of Geophysical Research, a peer-reviewed publication that looked at four years of earthquake data around Rocky Mountain House. The study concludes that waste-water injection into the ground is highly correlated with spikes in earthquake activity in the area. – It is the first study of its kind conducted in Canada that links industrial activity to induced earthquakes. – “The conclusion was that the industrial activities could, in some cases, potentially trigger or facilitate earthquake occurrences,” Gu said. – Alberta earthquakes increasing – Since 1985, fewer than 15 earthquakes above a 3.0 magnitude have been recorded anywhere in Alberta, according to the Alberta Geological Survey’s website. There has been an increase in earthquake activity since the 1960s, the organization says. – The Peace River earthquake is not the only one that has shaken the province in the past few months:

  • In October, a 2.7-magnitude quake was recorded about four kilometres southwest of Banff.
  • In August, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake was registered near Rocky Mountain House, causing about 500 customers in the area to lose power for several hours.

– Gu said the research into whether waste-water induction and fracking are related to earthquakes is still “really a work in progress.” –  “There has been more and more evidence, increasing evidence, in the last few years in particular — in Arkansas, in Texas and actually more recently here,” Gu said. – But he said there is nothing to fear right now. – “I’m not worried until we get a conclusive answer on whether these are caused by industry or not, whether they are naturally occurring,” Gu said. – Langer, however, is worried. – “With all the stuff that’s going on in my community, I’m feeling quite concerned about it,” he said. “We’re having all kinds of environmental problems in the community… Something has to give here.” – *  —djo—   }

Vancouver voters elect largest Green caucus in Canadian History  {  }

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{ 6:45 pm EST — We are Ready to Rock and Roll —  — & Thanks again for your help again, Jim W, and  “—jda—“     ———djo——— }

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