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Monday, 27 October, 2014 – Canadian Headlines:

Monday, 27 October, 2014  -( 48˚F / 9˚C –  & sunny   @ 11:30 am near Ithaca )-  -( 45˚F / 7˚C –  Sunny with some clouds  @ 12:45 pm Closer to Halifax —jda—)-    { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— }

—New Week? Clean Slate?—

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Demonstration against internet tax

Tweeted by @ accessnow: -Ten thousand Hungarians take to the streets over planned “Internet Tax” – which they claim would curb fundamental rights and freedoms.

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 { 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:

John Baird endorses brain police.

Here come the thought police? -djo-

domonstration against oil sands

Re-Tweeted: DenisMcCready ‏@DenisMcCready 2h2 hours ago
Au final plus de 2500 personnes @ Sorel-Tracy contre le transport de pétrole sur le fleuve St-Laurent. Qc en marche!” = “@DenisMcCready –  In the end more than 2500 persons @ Sorel-Tracy against the transportation of oil on the St. Lawrence River. Quebec is marching!

{   “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 }

 

Banksters

Banksters?

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

French Cartoon.

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

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 the usual CBC News Headlines }

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

 

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Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?:

Cluster Boxes Suck

A Bedford, N.S., woman has questions for Canada Post after she discovered the keys for her new community mailbox open not only her own mailbox, but at least one of her neighbour’s as well.

-Live Blog- ‘Our lives are shattered,’ court hears in Justin Bourque hearing  { * – “A Moncton courtroom is hearing dramatic audio recordings from the night Justin Bourque went on a shooting spree that killed three RCMP officers and injured two others” – *  && But- there are a lot of people lately who are realizing that modern culture, especially when combinations of psychiatric drugs are combined with alienation and isolation, team up to convince vulnerable youth that they are the heroes in a dream-like video game. Kids who shoot up their high schools might actually expect their victims to stand up and congratulate them for playing a good game.  —djo—  }

Oil price will fall to $70 a barrel in 2015, Goldman Sachs says   { * –  “One of the world’s leading investment banks says the price of the North American oil benchmark is going to fall even further, to $70 a barrel by next spring. ” – *   —jim w— }

-New- Doctor to bill employers for sick notes, call them health-care burden   { * “Nova Scotia physician Ethel Cooper-Rosen is going to start charging employers $30 for sick notes, saying they put unnecessary pressure on the health-care system and expose other patients in her waiting room to viruses.” *  —djo— }

Bats nearly wiped out in Easterb Canada by deadly fungus   {  }

N.S. woman shocked new community mailbox key opens neighbour’s mailbox too   { See photo- }

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Crown honouring Cpl. Cirillo.

Hamilton, Ontario City Hall as Cpl. Cirillo’s body arrived.

Sunday: 25 October, 2014 – “Developing News” Flashing Headlines:  ?

Goldman Sachs predicts oil will fall to $70/barrel in 2015   {  }

South Africa to appeal Oscar Pistorius verdict, sentence   {  }

Jian Ghomeshi to sue CBC for $50 million   {  }

End PSA prostate screening: Canadian task force   {  }

Fire forces 192 from long-term care home in Whitby, Ont.   {  }

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-UPdated- Spurned affection for girl possible motive in Washington school shooting  { * Authorities are seeking a motive as to why a high school student in Washington shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. *  —djo—  *** yeah, yeah, if ya can’t find a radicalized jihadi, or a Canadian? – try to blame it on a woman? *** —jim w— }

& the special sub section today entitled: “Ontario Municipal Election” has replaced the “Ottawa shooting” Box.

 

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Santa's helpers in training

“Santa’s helpers in training.”

“Offbeat”

Do you have what it takes to get through ‘Santa School’?   {  }

Despicable Me minion makes birthday appearance at Sask. farm   {   }

Halloween dog parade in New York   {  }

Biological models: What aliens would look like and why   { *** Last week on Coast to Coast A.M. an expert on abduction cases etc. said that the only alien hybrids we see on this planet look exactly like you and me. They have almost no idea how we interact with each other or how to act in social situations. He also said most of them can control us using ‘mind control power’ from lobes in their brains that we don’t use, and we can’t control them- If this scares you, call on the arch-angels, especially Michael- or Jesus, or The Prophet -God bless him continuously with ever expanding bliss- Or a couple others that have direct lines to God- Or call on God yourself. The Divine hears every thought and whisper, and if you call out to the Divine, in whatever form you have your strongest faith, -unless your faith is in darkness- The Divine will answer. You are never alone. The bad guys can’t touch you unless you invite them to. *** —jim w— }

‘Organic genderless gingerbread figures’ might be the most politically correct cookies in esixtence   {   }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, not longer with CBC   {   }

Oil price will fall to $70 a barrel in 2015, Goldman Sachs says   {   }

Nova Scotia doctor to charge employers for sick notes   {   }

Justin Bourque’s sentencing in Moncton hears victim impact statements   {  }

PSA test should be abandoned as screen for prostate cancer, task force says  {   }

BAts nearly wiped out by white-nose syndrome in eastern Canada   {   }

Marcia Strassman of Welcome Back, Kotter fame dead at 66   {   }

Canadian telecom bundling deals should be easier to understand, watchdog says  {  }

1 dead, part of Hwy 17 closed after truck loses load of logs  {   }

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and Martin Couture-Roiuleau: Their shared traits   {   }

-21 photo slide show- Fighting the Ebola outbreak   {   }

Ebola CartoonBeer, burgers and cigarettes kill way more than Ebola.

“Yeah- It’s like the flu kills more people every year than the ‘pandemics’ the fear mongers are trying to terrorize us with-” —djo— // seconded by ———jim w——

-Blog- Readers concerned, confused by N.S. woman’s mailbox key  {  }

 

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Other:

Public visitation for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo being held in Hamilton  {   }

Self-radicalized and adrift: The shared traits of of the ‘lone wolf’ killers   {  }

5 things to watch for today in 4 Alberta byelections   {  }

How Canada keeps track of homegrown radicals    {  }

-Go Public- Are those internet, cable and phone bundles really the deal they seem to be?    {  }

5 things to know going into Toronto’s election    {  }

U.S. school shooting has now claimed 3 lives with the death of a 14-year-old    {  }

-Analysis- The other player in the midterm elections, the U.S. Supreme Court: Keith Boag    {  }

TV, film actress Marcia Strassman dead at 66    {  }

Age of the public apology: How How saying sorry has gone pro    {  }

Omnibus budget bill restricts refugee access to social assistance     {  }

Police say Ottawa gunman had political motives, made video   {  }

New concerns raised over Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling risks   {  }

-Must Watch- Hawaii volcano lava flows advance    {   }

-Must Watch-  Cirillo’s son drops puck at Hamilton hockey game    {   }

-Must Watch-  Thailand lantern festival    {   }

 

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“Local / New Bruswick”

Justin Bourque’s sentencing in Moncton hears victim impact statements   {  }

Flu shot now available in N.B. after national supply delay   {  }

Enterovirus D68 confirmed in Fredericton child   {  }

Bats nearly wiped out by white-nose syndrome in Eastern Canada   {  }

 

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seattle totem

“Seattle Totem”

“First Nations”

Tulita grandfather says custom adoption not being recognized   { *A Tulita, N.W.T., man says he’s still fighting to see his granddaughter desipite having an aboriginal custom adoption declarationg  —jim w— }

-Photos- Hunting for whale and votes in Barrow, Alaska { * Republicans need to pick up six seats in the November 4 election to win control of the U.S. Senate. They like their chances in Alaska. So, too, do Democrats, who are investing in an unprecedented effort in rural Alaska to get out the vote. *   —djo— }

Nunavut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq expelled from legislative assembly  { The MLA has a history of alcohol addiction and seeking help for that.  —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—  }

imagineNA TIVE’s Shane Belcourt on directing, dance and #MMIW  {  }

Nunavut justice system ‘failing children and youth’: Inuit group  {  }

-Point Of View- Defeathering Halloween: 3 things to keep in mind about headdresses  {  }

-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— }

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 { Editorial? :  This from ———jda——— :

– “Thursday, 23 October, 2014 – Ack! We live in a violent culture. Nobody under the age of responsibility planned it this way, at least not in this lifetime. – When the television programmes you plunk your kids down in front of are violent— When their sports are violent— When somebody out there has decided that your games and distractions should all be violent—- Why didn’t you see this coming? – Good, honest young men and women are being duped into taking up arms to support one lie against another. Embrace the love of life. Embrace the love of love. Embrace the preciousness of every life on this planet. Support each other. – To hell with the ideas that kill. To hell with philosophies that say it’s okay to kill for king and country. – We were not told, “Thou shalt not kill unless your government tells you to-” — We were not told, “Thou shalt not kill unless the controlling, obsessive men who took over and subverted your religions tell you to.” — Do not pray for vengeance. – Pray for guidance. Pray for protection from the lies that too many of our contemporaries allow to control their lives. – Pray we call come together and dismiss the governments and (small r) religions that allow darkness to smirk and laugh themselves silly because they’ve been pulling the strings and spitting out the words that convince you that you are working God’s Will when you believe you have the right to destroy the lives of any of God’s Children. – Get thee behind us, thou dupes of the dark side. – Unzip the uniforms and find there are Children of God inside. Burn down the deceptions and realize that any true Religion nurtures your body, mind, soul and spirit, and tells you that we are all one spirit. We are all children of the same divine intelligence. – Smash your delusions and realize we are all One. Before it’s too late. ———jda——— 

// Response from Cathi Harris: “Beautiful!”  —jim w— }

 

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{ Almost 1:45 pm EDT —Ready to Rock and Roll— & Thankful for help from Jim W again, & especially since he is working today with a bruised rib, ouch!  —And also from “—jda—“ again this time —   ———djo——— }

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Friday, 17 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Friday, 17 October, 2014  -( 66˚F / 19˚C –  & raining  @ 10:30 am one time zone East of 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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Map

Gonzalo’s Path, updated at about 10:30 am today, Friday, 17 October, 2014

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

{ Both Jim W and I have had really weird stuff happening with our computers yesterday and today. Unwanted pop ups, unwanted new browser pages telling us we have an outdated version of firfox with serious security issues  and need to download the fix without telling us what that fix is or should be- And we both coincidentally downloaded and updated those browsers to version 33 yesterday. Whattaya think? are we under attack here? Tune in later folks, maybe we’ll know in a couple hours.  ———djo——— // Next  Morning: A ‘Java update’ tried to load an ‘Ask Toolbar’ with two updaters in the folder. I told it I did not want that on my computer and told it to cancel the update. It installed it anyway, and deactivated my Security stuff- I could not delete the ask updater, but I did reactivate the security stuff. And now, 12 hours later, it looks like the b.s. has stopped >>—-> —————Jim W }

{  This from Variety: “No amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. government’s wholesale spying on its own citizens can prepare one for the impact of Laura Poitras’ extraordinary documentary “Citizenfour.” Far from reconstructing or analyzing a fait accompli, the film tersely records the deed in real time, as Poitras and fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald meet Snowden over an eight-day period in a Hong Kong hotel room to plot how and when they will unleash the bombshell that shook the world. Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways. (Read the full review)” —djo— }

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People gassing up

New Brunswick Gas Prices dropped below $1.20 per litre – lowest price in 20 months.

Lead Articles:

-Analysis- Markets go you down? Here are 8 ways to weather the storm: Don Pittis   { * I remember several years ago, a ‘sensitive’/ ‘psychic’ friend in Ontario was going through some unpleasant changes, said she couldn’t wait for whatever is to happen to done and over with. Then she grew a big wide smile and added, “I can’t wait until the promised ‘The money grubbers go out of style big time’ event happens- oh there will be some suffering, but in the end we will be much better off with a whole new economic system that will be a whole lot more ‘human friendly’ *   —jim w—  }

Rob Ford medical record wrongly accessed by hospital staff    {  }

Canada’s inflation rate dips to 2% in September: StatsCan   {  }

MIlitary watchdog criticizes frozen housing allowance   {  }

B.C. nurse identified among 4 Canadians killed in Nepal     {  }

UN says it urgently needs more money to fight Ebola   {  }

-Updated- Ebola worker quarantined on Caribbean cruise ship  { * & Clif at “Half Past Human dot dom” posted on October 15th that a cruise ship would be contaminated in the next few days, and that the ship and tourists would be incarcerated/quarantined at a South American port for eight or nine months?  —jim w— }

First Nations actress Misty Upham presumed dead   { * Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained. *  —jim w— }

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— }

 

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Habs Goaly Practicing.

Montreal Canadiens -aka: the ‘Habs’- have a new commercial in which their star goaly wakes up to find a stalker in his room who says, “I love watching you sleep”. -Yup, that’s creepy-

“Offbeat”

 

Habs’ Carey Price stars in creepy commercial   {  }

‘It was right here:’ Yukon cabin vanishes without a trace   {   }

Clown association slams American Horror Story for perpetuating ‘scary clown’ stereotype   {  }

-Yesterday- Puck the Bunny predicts Habs win over Bruins at home opener   { * And I saw a bit of a news flash about that coming true while I was watching the thriller in San Francisco last night- The Giants beat St Louis with a three run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning. *  —jim w— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Yukon Cabin Vanishes

Yukon Cabin Vanishes

‘It was right here:’ Yukon cabin vanishes without a trace  { * Josie-Anne Pilotte says she was building a cabin on a friend’s mining claim near Fish Lake Road just outside of Whitehorse. – The cabin was on pallets and ready to move, but when Pilotte arrived last month, she found someone else had already beat her to it. – “We found a pair of gloves, a crowbar, and they left the windows behind,” she says. – Pilotte says whoever took the cabin took everything she had inside and left it outside. – She doesn’t know what happened. Snowfall covered any tracks. – “I went berserk,” Pilotte says. “I lost it. I left, and yes I went to the police and I reported it.”  – It’s been two weeks since the theft and there are still few clues. – Pilotte says the cabin was supposed to be a hideaway. – “Just a place to sleep, to hide in, to get away,” she says. “A place to be, my little home.” – Police in Whitehorse are investigating the unusual crime. *  —jim w—   —djo— }

Ebola worker on Caribbean cruise ship quarantined as Obama mulls naming czar   {  }

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

harper sux donkey dicks

The above photo says it all.

Canada Post court challenge launched to save home mail delivery  { *”The union representing Canada’s postal workers is hoping the courts will reverse Canada Post’s decision to stop delivering mail door-to-door in urban centres. – With termination notices rolling out across the country, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, along with groups representing seniors and the disabled, are launching a Federal Court challenge. – “The reaction was immediate from every part of this country,” said Denis Lemelin, the union’s national president, at a press conference in Ottawa Thursday. – ​”Today we want to thank the people of this country, because people care about the postal service,” he said. – “Postal service is here to stay,” he said, vowing to maintain a “public post office” as well as home delivery. – Lemelin said the December 2013 decision, which was supported by the Harper government, was announced without prior consultation with the public or postal workers. – Court injunction possible – The challenge has been finalized and could be filed in Federal Court “within the week,” constitutional lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo told the press conference.  Other applicants are still deciding whether to join the case. – After the challenge has been filed, an injunction could stop service reductions until the court rules. >>—->

The case will argue:

  • The elimination of mail delivery violates Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees equality rights for groups like disabled citizens.
  • The decision violates the federal Human Rights Act because of its effects on employees and vulnerable citizens without prior consultation.
  • Canada Post did not have the authority to declare it will no longer perform a public service that’s defined as part of the statutory monopoly it enjoys. Only the Parliament of Canada can take this decision.
  • Canada has contravened its international law obligations, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which requires all states to provide accessible public services, and the Universal Postal Union obligations, which require all states to provide affordable and accessible service.

>>—-> “I don’t think taking away home delivery has anything to do with universality or accessibility,” Cavalluzzo said. – “If you look at their accommodation program [for vulnerable groups], it’s really a program that Canada Post is making on the fly,” he said. “It’s totally inadequate and doesn’t make any of the requisites of our human rights law.” –  The lawyer also noted that a massive review of Canada Post operations done for the Harper government in 2008 made no mention of ending delivery. – “Did you have any studies of the impact of the decision on seniors and disabled before you took the decision?” he said he wants to ask Canada Post. “Our view is that this came out of the blue.” >>—->

Businesses still served

>>—-> Cavalluzzo pointed out that businesses will continue to receive mail delivery, making them entitled to a fundamental service that individual Canadians no longer have. – “At the present time the government is hiding behind the decision of Canada Post Corporation.  They shouldn’t be let off so easily,” he said. -Seniors groups and organizations for people with disabilities are joining the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in a legal challenge to preserve home mail delivery. – The National Pensioners Federation, which says it represents 350 seniors groups and over a million Canadians, has joined the challenge because it wants to reverse what it says is a trend of erosion of services. Mail delivery, it says, is important to help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible. – Carmela Hutchison from the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada told the press conference that community mail boxes can put personal safety at risk when vulnerable women get their mail in public, while increasing the risk of theft if they ask someone else to get their mail on their behalf. – Mail carriers can sometimes spot people in distress, she said. She’s skeptical about Canada Post’s pledges to accommodate the women she represents. – “Do we put a big handicapped sign on the door? Who approves it? The Canadian Medical Association wisely indicated it would not,” she said, adding that paying for doctor’s letters to prove special services are required can be an economic barrier. – If things proceed, Canada will be the only G8 country without home mail delivery, the union says. – The union also says 110 municipalities oppose ending home mail delivery and do not want the burden of maintaining community mailboxes along streets and sidewalks. – The labour movement and the NDP have been canvassing door-to-door with petitions to maintain the service. – Canada Post ‘confident’ – In a statement, Canada Post said it is “confident” that its plan “will withstand any and all legal scrutiny.” – “Digital alternatives are rapidly replacing traditional mail and that trend will accelerate,” the statement said. Two-thirds of Canadian households already do not receive mail delivery at their door, and the decision to discontinue the remainder was “difficult.”  – Canada Post’s accommodations program is “robust” and it spent “months” talking to human rights experts and organizations, the Crown corporation said. – “The changes being made are necessary to secure the future of postal service in Canada and avoid becoming a burden on the taxpayers.” <—-<< *** My Response to the management of Canada Post? “BULL SHIT!” *** Go read the definition of Fascism again. *** —djo— } { Go Read>>—->  CAFR1.Com }

Revenue Canada targets birdwatchers for political activity  {  }

Stephen Harper’s gone fishing for votes in very particular ponds   {  }

Hurricane Gonzalo: 50/50 chance it will hit Newfoundland  {  }

Ebola outbreak: Will Canada avoid the mistakes of Dallas  {  }

Paper bill and statement fees continue to frustrate Canadians  {  }

-12 photo slide show- Hong Kong pro-democracy protests   {  }

-Blog- Clown association slams American Horror Story for perpetuating ‘scary clown’ stereotype  {  }

 

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Other:

-New- Nepal avalanche: Survivors say storm caught them off guard  {  }

1/3 of soldiers fear seeking help for mental health would hurt career   {  }

-Coming Up Live- Gonzalo update from Canadian Hurricane Centre   {  }

Watching birdwatchers? Tax auditors warn naturalist club over political web posts    {  }

-Losing It- Lucic taunts Habs crowd as Bruins lose in Montreal   {  }

Michael Sona could find out today whether he’ll go to jail for robocalls   {  }

-New- Iraqis flee homes in fear of ISIS   {  }

Canada’s new anti-terror measures to boost spy agency powers  {  }

Pistorius should serve at least 10 years for killing girlfriend, prosecutor says  { * Well that’s what a prosecutor does, he tries to make the people he prosecutes look as evil as he can paint them, because if he wins, it’s a feather in his career-minded cap. Tough sentences make him look good *  —jim w— }

Toronto Mayoral candidates spar over money, civility at CBC debate   {  }

Hunter Biden, US VP’s son, left Navy after positive drug test   {  }

-Must Watch- Ebola: NUrses union wants stricter protocols    {  }

-Must Watch- Wingsuit World Flying Contest   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- 5 outrageous fees consumers are being charged   { * Scroll down if you missed this in yesterday’s coverage and really want to read it.*  —jim w— }

-Editor’s Pick- The two faces of justice in modern-day America   { * How the law ‘follows’ the wealth gap  —jim w— }

-Editor’s Pick- Ebola Outbreak: Why it may be time to ‘take the brakes off’ producing a vaccine   {   }

-World- Minnesota man convicted of encouraging suicides gets short jail stint  {  }

-Canada- ‘No one wants to die if living is better’ Supreme Court told   {  }

-Business- TSX, Dow continue slide on weak economic news   { * & The guys at half past human dot com forecast this to the day it began happening. *  —djo— }

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

-Business- Canada’s inflation rate drops to 2% in September  { * But- can we believe anything the government tells us about jobless rates and inflation rates?  Don’t count on it. *  —jim w—   }

-Business- U.S. jobless claims drop to 14-year low   { * But the actual jobless rate is still way above the b.s. numbers they report. Last estimate puts it well above 24% }

-Politics- Canada Post court challenge launched to save home mail delivery  {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Women filmmakers call for gender equity in male-dominated industry   {  }

-Technology & Science- New Poodle security bug found in web encryption technology   {   }

-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— }

New Brunswick gas prices hit 20-month low    {  }

Pension perk for deputy ministers should be cut, ex-MLA says  { * Talk to me about government spending cuts after they allow Walter Burien and a crew of loudmouth squawkers examine all their books, especially the ones they believe we don’t know about, and dig into all their income streams and report their findings live on every media outlet, commercial and otherwise *  —djo— }

Fredericton veteran thinks he has a piece of Franklin Expedition ship    {  }

Brian Gallant plans Alberta tour to back Energy East project   { * What would a whole new system of government look and feel like where thieving, lying, power abuseing politicians and authority abusing law enforcement officials and personnel wake up on an island, at the mercy of mother nature, with no weapons, very little food, very little shelter, no wood to build a raft, no bottles to fill with messages and cast into the currents, all surrounded by starving sharks and polar bears?  —djo—   }

 

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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”

-Updated- First Nations family’ss refusal of chemo a precedent-setting case, expert says    {  }

Winnipeg mayoral hopefuls square off at chamber of commerce debate   {  }

First Nations Bank opens branch in Yellowknife   {  }

Family says body found in North Saskatchewan river was Beatrice Adam, 36   {  }

Three big ‘whoppers’ told about the Ring of Fire   { *This ‘Ring of Fire’ is a mining operation in northern Ontario. A mining expert says the promise of its mineral development area has been overstated.  —jim w— }

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

Hunt quotas cut for southern population of polar bears   {  }

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

 

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{ 1:15 pm —Ready to Rock and Roll— Filling in for Doug today —  ———jim w——— }  { Doug Copying & Pasting  —Thank You, Jim!    ———djo———  }

Thursday, 16 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Thursday, 16 October, 2014  -( 70˚F / 21˚C –  & cloudy  @ 12:00 pm near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington }

Harper promised 125,000 new childcare spaces. He has delivered none.

Tweet On Harper’s Record, RE: Childcare Promised vs Delivered.

{ 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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Weather cam from up the road a piece.

I hope that’s a bug n the camera- of a weather cam up the road a piece- —djo—

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

Both Jim W and I have had really weird stuff happening with our computers yesterday and today. Unwanted pop ups, unwanted new browser pages telling us we have an outdated version of firfox with serious security issues  and need to download the fix without telling us what that fix is or should be- And we both coincidentally downloaded and updated those browsers to version 33 yesterday. Whattaya think? are we under attack here? Tune in later folks, maybe we’ll know in a couple hours.  ———djo———

{  This from Variety: “No amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. government’s wholesale spying on its own citizens can prepare one for the impact of Laura Poitras’ extraordinary documentary “Citizenfour.” Far from reconstructing or analyzing a fait accompli, the film tersely records the deed in real time, as Poitras and fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald meet Snowden over an eight-day period in a Hong Kong hotel room to plot how and when they will unleash the bombshell that shook the world. Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways. (Read the full review)” —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

-Live- CDC head grilled by U.S. Congress on Dallas Ebola response   { * One of my favorited watchdogs told us last week that the federal government knew they would have someone with Ebola coming to the US and directly to Dallas. They basically knew the whole story from beginning to end six months before it happened and did nothing. I have no contacts on the ‘inside’ there to check on this, but, after listening to Remote Viewers and other scientific future checker out-ers like ‘half past human dot com’ — and others— I don’t need to take stuff like this on blind faith. If it isn’t true that somebody in government or close to government is ‘psychic’ enough to hone in on future events, then maybe somebody in a dark ops office is sitting there planning how and when to release ‘information’ or ‘disinformation’ with believable photos and ‘eyewitnesses’ ahead of time and have everything in place and ready to fly up and bite us when they believe the time is right? Remember the quote from the movie ‘The President’s Analyst’ – “I’m not paranoid! Somebody is really trying to get me!” —djo—  }

CSIS bill allows tracking suspected Canadian terrorists abroad    {  }

3 Canadians rescued, 4 among 27 dead in Nepal avalanche   {  }

25 people tested for Ebola in Canada so far; all negative   {  }

Canada to contribute $30 million more to Ebola fight: CBC     {  }

Nurse with Ebola was cleared to fly before diagnosis: CDC   {  }

-Analysis- Alberta’s hurting, but industrial Canada could benefit from oil shock  {  }

-Updated- Canada’s new anti-terror measures to boost spy agency powers   {  }

-Analysis- How the law follows the wealth gap in modern-day America: Neil Macdonald   {  }

 

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Nasty Graffiti in stone.

“Lululemon store taunts Buffalo Bills and Sabres fans with reminders of past near-victory flubbs.”

“Offbeat”

 

Puck the Bunny predicts Habs win over Bruins at home opener   {  }

Fan interrupts Florida gubernatorial debate — and electric fan {   }

Lulelemon’s Buffalo sports tribure a sheer misfire   {  }

‘Turnip for what?’: Michele Obama dances with a vegetable on Vine   {  }

-Yesterday- Squid swarm attacks research sub in Greenpeace video  { * “These squid are used to being able to eat pretty much anything they see.” * —djo—  }

Squid.

“The squid in the video belong to a species known as opalescent squid, or ‘market squid,’ as the species often winds up in dishes such as calamari.” Do you blame them for fighting back?

 

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piggy bank

5 Outrageous fees consumers are being charged—

“Most Viewed”

5 Outrageous fees consumers are being charged  { * – Watch Marketplace’s season premiere, Canada’s Dumbest Charge, Friday Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador). Join the discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #dumbcharge – From paying to receive a paper bill to getting charged for checking airline luggage, if there’s one thing that bothers many of us, it’s beingnickel-and-dimed with add-on fees and dumb charges. – CBC Marketplace is on the hunt for the country’s dumbest fee. Canadians submitted more than 700 complaints about fees from across the country, expressing outrage at a huge variety of charges big and small. – Marketplace narrowed the submissions down to five fees that affect most Canadians. The five finalists will be announced on the season premiere, Canada’s Dumbest Charge, and viewers can vote for which fee takes the (dubious) top honour. (The special one-hour premiere airs on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador. Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #dumbcharge.) – While Marketplace was poring through the submissions, it came across some shocking fees that seemed especially outrageous. While these didn’t make the final five, here are some of the most ridiculous fees that Canadians are paying: – The fee you didn’t expect: Charged for takeout – Want those leftovers? One submission pointed to a local restaurant’s doggy-bag fee, charging people who want to get their uneaten food wrapped up to go. – “It’s only $2, but [the restaurant] charges that much to take leftover food (not very good food) home,” the submission from Vancouver read. – The fee for doing (almost) nothing: Salad set-up fee – A woman  from Edmonton called out a catering company that charged a “salad set-up fee” of $7.50. – “When I accompanied the catering staff to the room where we were setting up for a meeting, I watched the young man with the salad – he took the plastic wrap off the bowl, and walked away. I asked him if there was anything left to do for the salad “set-up” and he said “Nope.” That was it. $7.50 to take the plastic wrap off a bowl of salad… hmmm…” – The fee that feels cruel: Permission fee to watch dog euthanization – Many people were especially upset when they were charged fees that seemed inappropriate or insulting. One man complained that when he took his dog to the vet to be euthanized, he was charged a fee because he wanted to be in the room for his pet’s last moments. That fee? $50. – The fee for absolutely every small cost: Staple and paperclip fee – One of the most ridiculous submissions takes nickel-and-diming to a new level. One man complained of being charged precise amounts for every office supply his lawyer used. – “[I was] charged separately for staples ($0.07 each) and paperclips ($0.12 each) on my legal bill for doing up a will.” – The simply unfair fee: Wheelchair taxi fee – One submission called out a cab company for charging extra to take his mobility equipment in the car. – “Taxis that charge $5.00 extra per trip because I use a wheelchair.” – (The special one-hour premiere of Marketplace, featuring Canada’s Dumbest Charge, airs on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador. Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #dumbcharge.) –   —djo— }

Ebola symptoms: What are they?   {  }

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

harper sux donkey dicks

The above photo says it all.

Canada Post court challenge launched to save home mail delivery  { *”The union representing Canada’s postal workers is hoping the courts will reverse Canada Post’s decision to stop delivering mail door-to-door in urban centres. – With termination notices rolling out across the country, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, along with groups representing seniors and the disabled, are launching a Federal Court challenge. – “The reaction was immediate from every part of this country,” said Denis Lemelin, the union’s national president, at a press conference in Ottawa Thursday. – ​”Today we want to thank the people of this country, because people care about the postal service,” he said. – “Postal service is here to stay,” he said, vowing to maintain a “public post office” as well as home delivery. – Lemelin said the December 2013 decision, which was supported by the Harper government, was announced without prior consultation with the public or postal workers. – Court injunction possible – The challenge has been finalized and could be filed in Federal Court “within the week,” constitutional lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo told the press conference.  Other applicants are still deciding whether to join the case. – After the challenge has been filed, an injunction could stop service reductions until the court rules. >>—->

The case will argue:

  • The elimination of mail delivery violates Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees equality rights for groups like disabled citizens.
  • The decision violates the federal Human Rights Act because of its effects on employees and vulnerable citizens without prior consultation.
  • Canada Post did not have the authority to declare it will no longer perform a public service that’s defined as part of the statutory monopoly it enjoys. Only the Parliament of Canada can take this decision.
  • Canada has contravened its international law obligations, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which requires all states to provide accessible public services, and the Universal Postal Union obligations, which require all states to provide affordable and accessible service.

>>—-> “I don’t think taking away home delivery has anything to do with universality or accessibility,” Cavalluzzo said. – “If you look at their accommodation program [for vulnerable groups], it’s really a program that Canada Post is making on the fly,” he said. “It’s totally inadequate and doesn’t make any of the requisites of our human rights law.” –  The lawyer also noted that a massive review of Canada Post operations done for the Harper government in 2008 made no mention of ending delivery. – “Did you have any studies of the impact of the decision on seniors and disabled before you took the decision?” he said he wants to ask Canada Post. “Our view is that this came out of the blue.” >>—->

Businesses still served

>>—-> Cavalluzzo pointed out that businesses will continue to receive mail delivery, making them entitled to a fundamental service that individual Canadians no longer have. – “At the present time the government is hiding behind the decision of Canada Post Corporation.  They shouldn’t be let off so easily,” he said. -Seniors groups and organizations for people with disabilities are joining the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in a legal challenge to preserve home mail delivery. – The National Pensioners Federation, which says it represents 350 seniors groups and over a million Canadians, has joined the challenge because it wants to reverse what it says is a trend of erosion of services. Mail delivery, it says, is important to help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible. – Carmela Hutchison from the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada told the press conference that community mail boxes can put personal safety at risk when vulnerable women get their mail in public, while increasing the risk of theft if they ask someone else to get their mail on their behalf. – Mail carriers can sometimes spot people in distress, she said. She’s skeptical about Canada Post’s pledges to accommodate the women she represents. – “Do we put a big handicapped sign on the door? Who approves it? The Canadian Medical Association wisely indicated it would not,” she said, adding that paying for doctor’s letters to prove special services are required can be an economic barrier. – If things proceed, Canada will be the only G8 country without home mail delivery, the union says. – The union also says 110 municipalities oppose ending home mail delivery and do not want the burden of maintaining community mailboxes along streets and sidewalks. – The labour movement and the NDP have been canvassing door-to-door with petitions to maintain the service. – Canada Post ‘confident’ – In a statement, Canada Post said it is “confident” that its plan “will withstand any and all legal scrutiny.” – “Digital alternatives are rapidly replacing traditional mail and that trend will accelerate,” the statement said. Two-thirds of Canadian households already do not receive mail delivery at their door, and the decision to discontinue the remainder was “difficult.”  – Canada Post’s accommodations program is “robust” and it spent “months” talking to human rights experts and organizations, the Crown corporation said. – “The changes being made are necessary to secure the future of postal service in Canada and avoid becoming a burden on the taxpayers.” <—-<< *** My Response to the management of Canada Post? “BULL SHIT!” *** Go read the definition of Fascism again. *** —djo— } { Go Read>>—->  CAFR1.Com }

Ebola outbreak: Priority is stopping it at the source, CDC says  {  }

Apple iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 pics leaked ahead of event   {  }

Nepal avalanche: Quebec woman says she was lucky to escape deadly slide  {  }

Mata Hari and Edith Clavell: Women, intrigue and WWI propaganda  {  }

McDonald’s coffee cup contained dead mouse, Fredericton man says  {  }

-12 photo slide show- Hong Kong pro-democracy protests   {  }

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

 

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Other:

-New- 5 reasons Neil Patrick Harris will shine at the Oscars  {  }

-New- Dropbox passwords posted online   { * “Anyone who would give up a little liberty in favour of a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” Benjamin Franklin —djo— }

-Updated- Assisted suicide ‘a last resort’ for some, Supreme Court told   {  }

Why it m ay be time to ‘take the brakes off’ producing an Ebola vaccine    {  }

Brawl causing drone from Serbia-Albania soccer match found by police   {  }

Switching to natural gas won’t slow climate change   {  }

Panic, bloodshed in Eaton Centre shooting video shown in court   {  }

Falling oil prices could delay tax cuts, economists say  {  }

Oscar Pistorius’s apology to family called insincere by cousin  {  }

Secret murder in Saskatchewan: RCMP say woman’s homicide is a private matter   {  }

-Updated- Telus misleads by picking and choosing wireless speed data, critics say   {  }

-Must Watch- Wingsuit World Fying Contest    {  }

-Must Watch- Avalanche victims and survivors   {  }

-Must Watch- Canadian soldiers depart   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Mata Hari and Edith Cavell: Women and WWI propaganda   { * Elsewhere described as “The sexpot and the saint: Women and WWI propaganda” “Iconic women of era were used in campaigns to bolster war effort” “- Scholars commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War are turning their attention to female icons of the era — two of whom were used in propaganda campaigns after their deaths to bolster the war effort, albeit in very different ways. – One was notorious exotic dancer and courtesan Mata Hari. – The other was revered British nurse Edith Cavell. – Both of these iconic women were convicted of treason. – Both were executed by firing squads. – And both were mythologized after their deaths in ways that neither one of them would have sanctioned. – The ‘Bad Girl’ – There is a photo of Mata Hari wearing one of her famed diaphanous outfits in Paris, 1906. – At the crack of dawn on Oct. 15, 1917, 41-year-old Mata Hari (nee Margaret Zelle) was brought to a military firing range after being convicted of espionage for the Germans. – “Mata Hari was a woman of courage,” says biographer Julie Wheelwright, author of The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage. – The notorious femme fatale Mata Hari was elegantly dressed and refused to be tied to the stake. She also refused to be blindfolded, staring down the 12 soldiers assigned to the firing squad. – The soldiers were given the signal to fire. – “And then Mata Hari fell into what one witness described as nothing more than a heap of petticoats,” says Wheelwright. “And I find that description really poignant because it brings back to earth the fact that she really was harmless and it was really an unnecessary death.” – Julie Wheelwright, author of The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women In Espionage, says the propaganda machinery at work during WWI perpetuated fears of women who were autonomous sexual beings breaking social conventions. – Convicted on flimsy and fabricated evidence, she went from being the most sought-after exotic dancer and courtesan in Europe to the most vilified spy. – “Mata Hari was quite open about the fact that she had all these lovers. She was quite open about the fact that she enjoyed sex, and that she moved around and took her clothes off on stage. All of those things make her all wrong.” – Wheelwright argues that the execution sent a clear message at the time – especially to women. – “It was a message of ‘stay in your place,’” says Wheelwright, who points out that the propaganda machinery at work during World War One perpetuated fears of women who were autonomous sexual beings breaking social conventions. – “And certainly in France during the war, the images of women are images of caretakers, not of voluptuous women out to be artisans or courtesans.” – The ‘Good Girl’ – British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad as a spy on Oct. 12, 1915. – Just a couple of years prior to Mata Hari’s execution, another woman was executed by firing squad – this time in German-occupied Belgium. British nurse Edith Cavell was 49 years old when she was convicted of treason for helping Allied soldiers escape the country. – Her death on Oct. 12, 1915, was quickly turned into a rallying point to recruit British soldiers to avenge her. In the 10 weeks following her execution, recruitment to the British military doubled from 5,000 a week to 10,000. – And the war propaganda around her death took liberties with her story to suit the needs of the state at the time. – “She’s often shown to be quite young and vulnerable-looking,” says historian Tammy Proctor, author of Female Intelligence: Women, Espionage and Propaganda in the First World War. “A lot of the tributes to her emphasize her purity because she was unmarried. She embodies this notion of what women should be – nurturer and nurse who suffered for her country. That’s why her image becomes so important.” – Edith Cavell’s image was used to draw volunteers to fight shortly after her execution in 1915. – But there is a profound misinterpretation of what motivated Edith Cavell during her lifetime, argues biographer Diana Souhami. “She didn’t want any young men to die in the trenches.” – Cavell was a devout Christian who eschewed war, and as part of her nursing creed she believed it was her duty to help anyone who was sick or suffering, regardless of nationality. – “She was not motivated by patriotism. It wasn’t a flag-waving thing,” Souhami says. – The night before Cavell’s execution an English pastor met with her in her cell and said she would be remembered as a martyr. According to the pastor’s account, Cavell responded: “Don’t think of me like that. Think of me as a nurse who tried to do her duty.” – Yet there are more monuments to Edith Cavell than any other female figure from the first world war – including a 10-foot white marble statue just off Trafalgar Square in London. When her body was repatriated to England after the war her coffin was paraded through the streets of London on a gun carriage escorted by 100 soldiers. It was draped in the Union Jack for the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. – “People want symbols,” says Souhami. “To say that here was the spirit of good as opposed to the spirit of evil.” -”  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- Parents could be liable for what their kids post on Facebook, Georgia court rules   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- What’s happened to the 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls?   { * ‘Hope is now fading fast,’ leader of parents group says. *  —djo—  }

-World- Fighter jets roar over Kobani, Syria, as ISIS battle ramps up  {  }

-World- EU will be hard pressed to deal with turmoil in Greek stock, bond markets  {  }

-Canada- ‘No one wants to die if living is better’ Supreme Court told   {  }

-Canada- Canada’s new anti-terror measures to boost spy agency powers  {  }

-Canada- Polar bears push Halloween activities indoors in Arviat, Nunavut   {  }

-Business- TSX, Dow continue slide on weak economic news   { * & The guys at half past human dot com forecast this to the day it began happening. *  —djo— }

-Business- Ottawa complains to WTO about Chinese duties on Canadian wood pulp   {  }

-Business- AbbVie board backs away from Shire deal over new tax rules   {  }

-Business- U.S. jobless claims drop to 14-year low   { * But the actual jobless rate is still way above the b.s. numbers they report. Last estimate puts it well above 24% }

-Politics- Canada Post court challenge launched to save home mail delivery  {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Women filmmakers call for gender equity in male-dominated industry   {  }

-Technology & Science- New Poodle security bug found in web encryption technology   {   }

-Technology & Science- Facebook creates ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters   {   }

-Technology & Science- First-ever spacecraft to land on a comet next month   { * And what happens if they find a million year old space craft sitting there waiting for them? *  —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Google unveils new Nexus tablet, smartphone, streaming device   {   }

-Technology & Science- 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- Vatican sparks controversy by saying gay couples have ‘gifts and qualities’   {  }

-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— }

Horizon Health is refusing to fill housekeeping jobs, CUPE says    {  }

RCMP watchdog reviews police handling of shale gas protests  { *Now, this one could become quite interesting.*  —djo— }

Mentor program hopes to help intellectually disabled teens find work   {  }

McDonald’s coffee cup contained dead mouse, Fredericton man says   {   }

Community group gives natural resource lessons for N.B from Tanzania   {   }

 

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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”

Tina Fontaine’s family weeps as men who killed father apologize    {  }

Mary Johnny inquest: ‘Something weird and unusual happened,’ Dr. says {  }

First Nations Bank opens branch in Yellowknife   {  }

Federal court to review Jackpine Mine expansion today   {  }

Three big ‘whoppers’ told about the Ring of Fire   { *This ‘Ring of Fire’ is a mining operation in northern Ontario. A mining expert says the promise of its mineral development area has been overstated.  —jim w— }

[First Nations] voters gear up to cast ballots in Winnipeg’s civic election  {  }

Discrimination not a factor in Mary Johnny’s death: son   {  }

HUnt quotas cut for southern population of polar bears   {  }

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

 

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{ 4:15 pm —Ready to Rock and Roll— Had help again from Jim W one more time — Thanks, Jim   ———djo——— }