Friday, April 07, 2017

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Reasonable Apprehension of Bias
Miracle v. Maracle III, 2017 ONCA 195: [2] The test for reasonable apprehension of bias laid down and consistently endorsed by the Supreme Court of Canada is: what would an informed person, viewing the matter realistically and practically—and having thought the matter through—conclude. Would he think that it is more likely than not that [the decision-maker], whether consciously or unconsciously, w
How to Adopt a Child in Nunavut
R.A v. S.K. and D.K. 2017 NUCJ 5: [12] In Nunavut there are two ways of adopting a child. One way is in accordance with Inuit custom. This does not involve the Courts or any government agencies. If a child has been adopted in accordance with Inuit custom, an adoptive parent may apply for a certificate recognizing the adoption. This is done pursuant to the ACARA , by providing certain information
Confession Rule does not apply to Charter Voir Dire
R. v. Paterson, 2017 SCC 15: T he confessions rule should not be expanded to apply to statements tendered in the context of a voir dire under the Charter . The Crown must prove the voluntariness of an accused's statement before it can rely upon that statement at trial as supporting a finding of guilt. T he purpose of the judicial inquiry in a Charter voir dire is distinct from the purpose of a cr

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How to Do Hogs for the Cause Like a Boss Hog ~GONOLA
How to Do Hogs for the Cause Like a Boss Hog ~GONOLA

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St. Petersburg Metro Explosion: Why False Flag Terror Attacks Accelerate?
St Petersburg Metro Explosion! At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured in a suspected suicide explosion on Monday (April 3, 2017) in a crowded metro train on the St Petersburg subway system. Following the blast, a second explosive device was found and defused at another station. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the … St. Petersburg Metro Explosion: Why False Flag Terror
Who is Behind Pak-Afghan Durand Line Issue?
Although Druand Line is internationally recognized border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, yet some foreign powers which are also in connivance with the Afghan rulers are manipulating it to obtain their selfish interests. From time to time, controversy arises between Afghanistan and Pakistan when Afghan officials refused to recognize the Durand Line which is the 2640 … Who is Behind Pak-Afghan D
Kashmir: The Enemies within the Islamic Countries
Since the martyrdom of the Kashmiri leaders Burhan Wani by the Indian securit forces on July 8, 2016, a new wave of brutalities have begin in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK). Despite intermittent curfews and brutal tactics of Indian police and other security forces, demonstrations have continued. To suppress the protestors, Indian Forces started playing havoc … Kashmir: The Enemies within the Islamic C
Distortion of History: BSNs Observe Black Day
In order to pollute the minds of the patriot people of the Baluchistan province against the federation of Pakistan, every year Baloch Sub Nationalists (BSNs) observe March 27 as a black day on alleged annexation of Kallat state with Pakistan in 1948. During this very day, shutter down strikes in small and far-flung areas of … Distortion of History: BSNs Observe Black Day is a post from News Cente
Analysis: London Attacks, The Epicenter of Terrorism Detected
At least five people were killed and approximately 40 were injured, including policemen in simultaneous terror attacks in London on Wednesday (March 22, 2017). According to the BBC, “The attacker, whose identity police believe they know, stabbed the unarmed officer before being shot dead. After the car crashed into the railings of the Houses of … Analysis: London Attacks, The Epicenter of Terrori
Pakistan Day Demands National Unity
Although the Pakistan day is being celebrated every year on March 23, yet this time, this very day has come at a time when Pakistan stands at the crossroads of its destiny, facing internal and external challenges and threats to the national security of the country, which demands selfless national unity among all the segments … Pakistan Day Demands National Unity is a post from News Center Pk .

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Save the date! Symposium on Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research, November 15-16, 2017
Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research, symposium in Gothenburg, November 15-16, 2017. Save the date! The World Health Organization identifies antibiotic resistance as a global challenge so serious that it threatens the fundamental achievement of modern medicine. Ethics and value conflicts are at the centre of this challenge: understanding its nature

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Trump Says It's Okay For Federal Contractors To Break Employment Laws
Another week, another prediction sadly fulfilled. On December 2, I did a list of executive orders protecting employees of federal contractors that I predicted would be rescinded under Trump. A very important one just bit the dust. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule provided two important protections for employees that are now gone: Blacklisting for employment/labor law violations : Anyone apply
New Bills In Florida That Will Impact #Employees If Passed
The Florida legislature is in session through May. They may or may not pass some legislation that will affect employees and employment law. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Here are some of the bills to watch: SB 160 - Minimum Wage : Revising the formula for the adjusted state minimum wage, etc. See HB 945. This is an attempt to slowly bring Florida's minimum wage up to a living wage by adjusting an ex
Climate Change Denial To Be New Protected #Emplaw Category?
Yes, I've been absent for a bit. I was caught up in an arbitration (results unknown at this point) so had a good excuse. Anyhow, I saw this tidbit and had to share it. A Maine lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make an employee's opinions about climate change a legally protected category. To his credit (or maybe he just didn't think it through), although the stated purpose of the bill is to p

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Century Foundation Roundtable on Syria
by Aron Lund A lot of Syria writing tends to be focused on current events, veering toward the very small, the very recent, and the very local. We’re all breathlessly racing to keep up with the latest developments in a stunningly complicated conflict, and only rarely do journalists and researchers get a chance to step back and look at the bigger picture. Instead, we find ourselves debating questio
Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State
Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State By Joshua Landis For Syria Comment – March 18, 2017 The problem with letting the Turks take Raqqa and presumably the entire Euphrates Valley that is now held by ISIS is that the Turks are endeavoring to hem in the Kurds. To do this, Turkey hopes to establish its Arab proxies in a new “Euphrates sta
Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban – By Sam Farah
Sam Farah Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban By Sam Farah For Syria Comment – March 16, 2017 The Travel Ban of Syrian Refugees Fleeing the War in Syria is Inhumane The situation in Syria is “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” That’s according to António Guterres , the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Syrian civilians are caught in a regional a
Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi: Syrian IRGC Militia
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi. Flanked by the flags of Syria and Iran, the top reads: “Fawj Qamr Bani Hashim.” The centre consists of a flag with the inscription: “Labbayk ya Hussein.” At the bottom is the name Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi. The rise of ‘Syrian Hezbollah’ is by now a well-established aspect of the conflict, as multiple Syrian militias have arisen that
Revenge Being Meted Out on ISIS linked Sunni Tribes of Iraq – FrontLine “Iraq Uncovered”
This Front Line documentary — “ Iraq Uncovered ‘ — on Iraqi Sunni tribes & the revenge that is being meted out on them by Shia militias that follow behind US and Iraqi regular military is a cautionary tail for Syria. The same thing is likely to take place in Syria at the hands of both the YPG (Kurds) and Syrian Arab Army. For all that the US claims to be trying to contain Iran, it is clear that t

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The Science Is Not Just Not Settled; It Is False
The American Thinker site has an article, "The Science Is Settled, So Shut Up", referring to the climate alarmism on the political Left, and its tyrannous consequences, but also bringing in other political debates over science. My response: False dogma is generally ascendant over true reason now. That is why we see evolution and sexual orientation aguments intruding into the debate over climate s

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The role of silicon in health and disease - is this the whole grain deficiency syndrome?
You can say what you like about whole grains, but their bran provides an excellent means of concentrating the element silicon from the soil in an absorbable form. Silicon is required for the cross-linking of proteoglycans, the heavily glycosylated protein structures that give tissues as diverse as hair, nails, cartilage, bones, and aortas their resilience. "The major biological function of proteo

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Christy Clark's LNG Sham Turns To Pixie Dust--2017 B.C. Election Edition
Written by Grant G It's time for a B.C. LNG update...what's going on with LNG in British Columbia....The answer is nothing but meaningless staged photo-ops and gobbly goop press releases churned out by Christy Clark's 220 member gang of public affairs propagandists...Christy Clark is still trying to sell a promise of untold riches deriving from technologies of the past....The riches from LNG will
My formal complaint against Christy Clark being filed with Elections BC and BC,s Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser
Mr. Fraser.....I am filing a preemptive conflict of interest complaint against premier Christy Clark. In 2015 Christy Clark and the BC Government appointed Brad Bennett to the position of Chair of BC Hydro...The term is for three years and runs into 2018. _______________ Premier Christy Clark today announced the appointment of Brad Bennett to th
Premier Christy Clark's Legacy of Corruption-Real Estate Edition
( Pictured above, from left to right....Bob Rennie..Pamela Martin(Trillion dollars LNG tweeter) Cynical Christy Clark and the now disgraced and resigned Harry Bloy..) Written by Grant G (and friends) Graft, corruption, thy name is Christy Clark, leader of the scofflaw gang known as BC Liberals ... That's not an actual quote by Christy Clark, but it should be...... Cynical and IMO corrupt....Chris

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Non-Violent Logic
Here's a video of women in India beating up a couple of rapists: ... Strange how you can access some videos on YouTube but not via the "blogger" video upload system. Oh well. Basically, I've seen a few videos of different instances where a large group of Indian women have one or two men, caught in the act of attempted rape, and are beating the men with sticks and any other objects that came to ha
George W. Bush & Rob Ford
Recently, there's been efforts to rehabilitate the war criminal (and moron) George W. Bush. Supposedly he respected the news media (when he wasn't lying to them about WMDs) and he isn't as obnoxious as Donald J. Trump. Yes, and for this thin gruel we forgive him his criminal war of aggression against Iraq; his vicious racism, his corruption. This lazy, stupid, ignorant man is now an "elder states
Trudeau Killed Electoral Reform
Just a reminder Liberal partisans: Hero boy has a solid majority. harpercon obstruction and NDP lately deciding they'd agree to a referendum were irrelevant in the face of this majority. Like harper with his omnibus bills, the Liberals could have passed anything they had a mind to. But this same solid majority reminded Trudeau and his Liberals why they liked "first past the post." Electoral refor
What's Going To Happen To Chris Alexander?
I've loathed Chris Alexander since I'd first heard of his existence, back in 2011. That was when he was first running for office as a Conservative candidate in the riding of Ajax-Pickering. He was saying that torture in Afghanistan wasn't a big issue, even though Afghanistan's entire justice/legal system was rife with abuses from top to bottom. But, aside from my own misgivings, the meme about hi

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St. Patrick's Day 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I've used these two before, but they wrok quite well as a pair.

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Live longer in Bolivia
A New York Post article by Johnny Oleksienki in yesterday's paper (19 March 2017) , titled " 'Jungle diet' heart boost" tells people they live longer in Bolivia: "The secret to a stronger heart could be moving to Bolivia. Researchers have found that the Tsimane people who live in the forests of that country have the healthiest hearts in the world. According to a study in the Lancet, few Tsimane pe

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Restoring the Greatness of Civilizations in Decline? (Four Corners of American Politics: Delusional Dems, Feckless Repubs, Deep State Handmaidens & the Golem-King) The Dick Dr. Speaks: Let's Make War On Everyone for the Good of US (And Shut Up About It or We'll Send in the Troops) Neoliberalism Brings On Civilization-Ending Disaster or Just Self-Serving Nihilism? (Green New Deal? NO WAY!)
Well, it's okay. No one else knew about it. Except for everyone. Look at the election results (not just the large-state results). It was no mystery in North Carolina. With the decline of manufacturing jobs in the rust belt having become a significant issue in this turbulent election year, the arrival of the play in New York, where it opened on Thursday at the Public Theater after
Our Hero W: The Boy King's Golden Return (Hardly a Harmless Jackass - A No-Lose Proposition) U.S. Health Care Catastrophe? Let the Wealthy Decide - They Always Do (But for God's Sake Don't Hit the Streets!) Max and Tracy Hit the Dirt (Streets) & Lee Camps Out As Usual
Get a drink. Now. This refugee crisis is an American creation, a parting gift from George W. Bush. We forget what he was, we forget the aftermath of what he did, but how? Whence comes this shallow grave of memory? The corporate "news" media, for their part, are all too happy to help us forget, because in that forgetting they are absolved of any culpability for their harrowing judgment

New in What Is Sustainable

One day in 1991, a strange letter arrived at the Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco, where Joe Kane was working. It was from members of the Huaorani tribe of Ecuador, wild folks who have lived in the Amazon rainforest for thousands of years. Their jungle home had fantastic biodiversity, including many species that live nowhere else on Earth. The letter said that DuPont-Conoco was planning
Right Relationship to Reality
Reverend Michael Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow are nomadic evolutionary evangelists who have been on the road since 2002, speaking to more than 2,000 audiences. In their reality, evolution and religion are not in conflict; both can happily sit next to each other on the same pew. A primary goal of their mission is teaching folks about sustainability. For them, right relationship to reality is wh
Last Child in the Woods
Richard Louv was born in 1949, a card-carrying member of the baby boomer generation. He has been a newspaper reporter, syndicated columnist, and author of nine books. The father of two sons, his writing often covered issues of family life. Over the years, he interviewed thousands of parents, children, and social science experts. Working on the front lines of American culture, he became increasing
Nature Connection
Stalking Wolf was a tracker raised in a wild, free Apache community. His people never surrendered to the barbarian invaders, and some still continue living in freedom, as undocumented Americans, in remote desert regions. Later in life, he spent time with his son in New Jersey, where he happened to meet an 8-year old boy named Tom Brown. He mentored Tom and his buddy Rick for nine years, giving th

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i have found the way to make perfect hardboiled eggs (or, in which buzzfeed improves my life)
In Egypt, breakfast almost always includes a hardboiled egg. Even the breakfast cart parked near our bus to Petra had a bowl of hardboiled eggs. And the eggs are always perfect . The shell slides right off, leaving a smooth, perfect white, and a bright yellow yolk. How do they do it? Way back, I posted my method for making hardboiled eggs , which at the time, I thought was perfect. Alas, it was n
should we give up our voip phone and only have cell phones? help me decide.
The ancient technology I grew up with, including the colour. We still have a bit of antiquated technology called a home phone. We use a VoIP phone -- have done since 2002 -- which is why I say "home phone" rather than "landline". Our home phone is not a landline. I've blogged about VoIP in the past: it's reliable, very inexpensive, and easier to use than Skype.* I also like the flat-rate monthly
ontario librarians: should the ola support staffless libraries?
This week, the Toronto Public Library announced plans to open libraries with no staff. Not just no librarians -- we've seen that in many places -- but no staff whatsoever. This was bad enough, but we were further horrified to see that the Ontario Library Association, a membership-based organization that is supposed to further the interests of libraries and librarians, seems to support this idea. O
hail hail rock 'n' roll: rip chuck berry
To mark the death of rock legend Chuck Berry, everyone should watch "Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll," Taylor Hackford's movie chronicling two concerts that celebrated Berry's 60th birthday. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, if you need historical context to understand what Chuck Berry meant to all of rock, see this movie. Here is Berry and " his band " performing my favourite version of my
what i'm reading: a mother's reckoning by sue klebold
On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two teenagers from Littleton, Colorado, marched into Columbine High School with explosives and automatic weapons. Their plan to blow up the entire school failed -- only because their homemade bombs did not explode -- so they walked around the school shooting people. They killed 12 students and one teacher, wounded 24 others, and unleashed untold m
mighty leaf tea: green tea and greenwashing
I recently tried a new brand of tea. I'm always looking for almond tea, which is difficult or impossible to find (more on that below), and noticed Mighty Leaf had an Almond Spice . It's green tea, and I prefer black, but I thought for the almond, I'd take a chance. The Mighty Leaf Tea box is covered in stories about how carefully they care for the tea, the quality of their tea leaves, and how gree

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Climate action shines bright as record number of countries and territories join Earth Hour's tenth anniversary
SINGAPORE, 26 March 2017 - An unprecedented 187 countries and territories came together for WWF's Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March to take a stand for climate action. More than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change. Online, #EarthHour and related terms generated over 1.1 b
WWF's One Planet City Challenge will recognize cities scaling new heights on climate action
Gland, Switzerland – WWF is inviting cities around the globe to join the One Planet City Challenge and show the world how sustainable cities can be a hub for creativity, ambition and innovation in climate action. Cities generate 70 per cent of the world's carbon emissions. WWF's One Planet City Challenge is a biennial competition that recognizes and rewards cities for developing infrastructure, h
Three arrested for trafficking 159 ivory tusks
The tusks were stocked in a metallic seal and concealed in the back booth of a car. Said to have been transited from the town of Djoum in the South Region of Cameroon, the suspects disclosed they were taking the tusks to the north of the country. The tusks could have been probably smuggled out of the country into neighbouring Nigeria. They have been kept under seal in the regional service of Came
Celebrating a decade of Earth Hour for a future of climate action
SINGAPORE/GLAND - Ten years after the world's first Earth Hour in Sydney put climate change in the spotlight, WWF's landmark movement is set to once again unite millions of people around the globe to shine a light on climate action. As the planet continues to witness climate records being broken and the need for greater ambition and commitment accelerates, the world's largest grassroots movement
Back-to-back mass coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef confirmed, as WWF releases dramatic new video
Gland/Sydney, 10 March 2017 – The Australian Government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority confirmed today that one of the world's greatest natural icons is experiencing back-to-back mass bleaching for the first time. This came as WWF released a dramatic new video showing the Great Barrier Reef suffering mass bleaching for an unprecedented second year in a row. The Great Barrier Reef has

New in A Very Public Sociologist

On the New Statesman Protest
I once attended a demonstration called by the local PCS branch that attracted a mammoth 14 people. Not great, but it was enough to get a hack from the local rag to run a story about their grievances. But have you seen this nonsense about the protest outside the New Statesman offices this evening? Sparsely attended and completely messed up, this just makes Corbyn supporters look mad and brittle. B
Gerard Coyne: Another Reason to Vote Len McCluskey
Got nothing against Gerard Coyne, but in 20-plus years associating with the labour movement I have never seen a candidate run such a desperate and rubbish General Secretary election campaign. Kicking off his Unite leadership bid, Gerard criticised Len McCluskey for spending more time talking about and fiddling with the Labour Party than looking after the welfare of the members. And since then, al
Ken Livingstone and Anti-Semitism, Again
"Ken Livingstone is a massive dickhead. It's high time he acted like a member of the Labour Party, not the Ken Livingstone Party. I and many thousands of activists, including plenty on the left, are fed up with his frequent foot-in-mouth moments that damage his own reputation, that of Labour's new leadership, and the standing of the party as a whole." That was me, just shy of a year ago and nothi
Postcapitalism - A Belated Review
Is capitalism coming to an end? Perhaps not its end, but it is facing a number of difficulties. These aren't episodic issues that can simply be reformed away by enlightened politicians or ironed out by a spot of Keynesian demand management here and there. They are structural, fundamental, and would require a political struggle and defeat of whole sections of capital for them to be sorted out. Thi
Air - All I Need
A spring day redolent of the summer to come, lovely. And a long blog post is in the works, so here's a lazy sunshiney tune to settle you down before bed.
Shining in the Darkness for the MegaDrive/Genesis
I got into table top role playing games before my trusty MegaDrive came along, and so was attracted to them as RPGs drip-dripped onto the system in the early part of its life. The problem was as larger games with battery back up, they tended to weigh in with a heftier asking price. Seeing the second and third installments of the Phantasy Star series come with £60 and £50 price tags respectively (

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Behold the anti-Trumpers in all their glory...
and weep for our country. This display of disgusting behavior is brought to you by the anti-Trumpers as they marched to Ivanka Trump's neighborhood to hold a gay dance protest about something or another. The irony of the "Protect Our Common Home" sign is surely lost on these writhing denizens of the deep. How about the disruption to an entire neighborhood - most of whom are likely libtards? There
Tucker Carlson to Charles Murray critic George Ciccariello-Maher: "Your writing is crap"...
that wasn't the only thing Tucker said, but it's the one that jumped out at me. I had planned to write a positive and happy review of a book I just read. Instead, I was waylaid by this video (look, a squirrel.) How Do You Spell Crap Weasel? I'm amazed that parents are willing to shell out close to 50K in tuition to send their spawn to Drexel University where they will be subjected to crap weasels
Is the lunatic left looking for a civil war?...
they need to remember that we own all the guns. Ace of Spades had a very good article How to Survive In the Age of Rage Just in case people don't get this: I'm not being rhetorical when I say that a large fraction of the country, on both the left and the nevertrumper/GOPe side of things, has gone insane. The world feels like a Twilight Zone episode to them -- the world they went to sleep in on No
There's snow falling in New York on March 14th...
and we should care, why? This snow storm even has a name. Why is New York snow more important than, say, Odie The Woodsterman snow? Every time he gets his driveway and sidewalks shoveled he gets another two feet of unnamed snow. Does naming a snow storm make it more important? Hey, Odie - next time it snows run out, smack a berm with a shovel and cry out, "I dub you Snow Charlotte", or any name o
Bobble head Chuckie Schumer attacked unsuspecting couple with an outrageous anti-Trump rant?...
doubtful. But that doesn't stop the echo chamber from declaring it so. Their confirmation bias is on full display. I don't like Chuck Schumer. Many of us on the right don't like Chuck Schumer. Is Chuck Schumer a jerk? Yes. However, everyone is reporting today that he confronted Joseph Califano, former US secretary of health, education and welfare under President Jimmy Carter and domestic policy a
FBI Director James Comey nominated for best tap dancer in a government agency...
I predict he will win. Director Comey is being grilled today at an open hearing on the Russian active measures investigation. You can watch the dancing live below if you have absolutely nothing of any interest to do today. I want to make sure I completely understand what is going on: It appears that while a fat little freak in North Korea is threatening to nuke us, the libtards are trying to prov

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Atmosphere Detected around Super-Earth GJ 1132b
There’s interesting news this morning about planets around M-dwarfs. A team of astronomers led by John Southworth (Keele University, UK) has detected an atmosphere around the transiting super-Earth GJ 1132b. While we’ve examined the atmospheres of gas giants and have detected atmospheres on the super-Earths 55 Cancri e and GJ 3470 b, GJ 1132b is the smallest world yet where we’ve detected one. 39
Building the Tools for Icy Moons
With my own memories of the July 4, 1997 landing of Mars Pathfinder at Chryse Planitia as fresh as yesterday, it’s hard to believe that we are looking at the 20th anniversary of rover operations on the planet. But as the Curiosity rover continues its travels and we look toward the Mars 2020 rover mission, we’re also taking a much longer look ahead at the worlds where life may be more likely to be
‘Blue Binaries’ Argue for Smooth Neptune Migration
We’re getting a few clues about the nature of planet migration in the early Solar System thanks to a class of objects being described as ‘blue binaries.’ Cold Classical Kuiper Belt Objects (CCKBOs) are generally reddish, but a population of widely separated binaries has now been identified that is thought to have originated in the inner edges of the Kuiper Belt. The paper reporting on this work a
New Options for Locating Fast Radio Bursts
Our catalog of distant, highly energetic events continues to grow. On the Fast Radio Burst (FRB) front, we have the welcome news that the Molonglo radio telescope some 40 kilometers from Canberra, Australia has undergone extensive re-engineering, a project that is paying off with the detection of three new FRBs. The telescope’s collecting area of 18,000 square meters and an eight square degree fi
New Horizons: Star Fields Beyond
The attitude you bring to a star field changes everything. When I was a kid trying to figure out how to use a small telescope, I scanned the usual suspects — the Moon, Saturn and its rings, the Galilean satellites of Jupiter — all the while planning to branch out into major wonders like M31 or the Ring Nebula in Lyra. But when I turned to deep sky objects, what I discovered was that I could see l
Fast Radio Bursts: Signature of Distant Technology?
We have a lot to learn about Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), a reminder that the first of these, the so-called Lorimer Burst (FRB 010724) was detected only a decade ago. Since then we’ve found 16 others, all thought to be at cosmological distances. The 2015 detection of FRB 150418, at first thought to have left an afterglow, has now been traced to an active galactic nucleus powered by a supermassive bl

New in David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary

Alberta’s first woman premier calls for more than talk about the deplorable treatment of women in politics
PHOTOS: Former Progressive Conservative Premier Alison Redford smiles sadly as she leaves Government House in Edmonton on March 13, 2015, the day her Progressive Conservative caucus made the first steps toward firing her. Below: NDP Premier Rachel Notley, CBC morning show host Mark Connelly and NDP Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean. Alison Redford was […] The post Alberta’s first woman pr
‘My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell.’ by Arthur Bear Chief tops Audreys Books non-fiction bestseller list
Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended April 2, 2017, compiled on April 4, 2017, by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Believing is not the same as Being Saved (Poetry) – Lisa Martin*† […] The post ‘My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell.’ by Arthur Bear Chief tops
Two by-elections, three probes, and plenty more: All the Alberta political news that’s fit to print
PHOTO: The decision desk at calls it for Conservative candidates Bob Benzen and Stephanie Kusie in two Calgary by-elections yesterday. Actual Alberta political bloggers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Benzen and Ms. Kusie, former Conservative premier Alison Redford, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean. Conservatives motor t
Jason Kenney and the GSA reverse-tip-line brouhaha: Is this conservative turning into the Anita Bryant of Canada?
PHOTOS: Is Jason Kenney turning into Canada’s Anita Bryant? Actual Canadian politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Below: The real Jason Kenney, and singer-songwriters k.d. lang and Boy George. Is Jason Kenney turning into the Anita Bryant of Canada? If you’re of a certain age, you won’t be able to forget […] The post Jason Kenney and the GSA reverse-tip-li
Guest Post: The time has come for a sober conversation about Jason Kenney … and his implied platform
ILLUSTRATIONS: Jason Kenney, the victor in the PC leadership campaign now trying to create a narrative of invincibility about his ambition to lead Alberta. Below: Author Barret Weber. Charts shown are based on the Royal Bank of Canada fiscal tables, updated as of March 22, 2017, that show Alberta’s debt situation under the Alberta NDP […] The post Guest Post: The time has come for a sober convers
Something for the NDP to think about: How about bringing Alberta’s labour laws into the 20th Century? (Never mind the 21st)
PHOTOS: Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. Below: Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, Athabasca University Labour Studies Professor Bob Barnetson and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. The CBC says the province’s businesses are “spooked.” The Chamber of Commerce is deeply worried by the prospect of “sweeping reforms.” Naturally, the Chamber also says they’re […] The post


Mike Philbin art - Introversions and Dichotomies 2017 - metallic paint gold and silver series
my gold/silver metallic paints eventually arrived direct from the paint manufacturer and, while the sun was out, I did some more pair paintings on stretched canvas. The first one's a repaint with a lovely textured underpainting, as you can see... 2 x 100 cm by 30cm The second one's a new paint on virgin canvas... 2 x 50 cm by 50 cm
Pen art - Helena Hauss - Paris, France
yes, there are more-photorealist ball point pen artists out there, I've seen a lot of them, but this one really caught my attention. witness the AMAZING penmanship of biro artist Helena Hauss from Paris, France. I mean, just stunning work.
9/11 - Sydney White - Studies in Propaganda i.e. nothing just happens
in her 'seventeenth year' delivering such material to her captive audience, investigative journalist Sydney White talks 9/11 Studies in Propaganda @ Truth Decay. Proper eye-opener...
Gordon Keirle-Smith - Genesis Antarctica - The Secret Origins of Humanity
In 1974-5, artist and copywriter Gordon Keirle-Smith wrote a treatment for a trinity of novels called Genesis Antarctica: The Secret Origins of Humanity and submitted it (unsuccessfully) to a publisher. In 1962 a cache of ancient urns was discovered in Antarctica dating back tens of thousands of years. They contained writings proving our ancestral myths and lore are actually rooted in the history
Ridley Scott - Covenant poster - Aliens vs Engineers
"You want aliens, I'll give you aliens," that's what Ridley Scott said in response to the dirth of alien material in his so-called prequel to his classic Alien (1979). And boy has he given us aliens (vs engineers) in this new Alien Covenant poster from Fox.
Scarlett Johannsen - Ghost in the Shell - first five minutes clip
MovieLad crop'd I'm not sure if this is chronologically the 'first five minutes' of the new live-action Scar-Jo vehicle i.e. Ghost in the Shell, but I still want to see this movie for myself ... I want to make up my own mind about a celluloid/digital creation or re-creation/re-imagining of a classic slice of Manga-land ... and not listen to a load of politically-motivated whitewash-naysayers just

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From Jenna Orkin Russia warns it will shoot down alliance jets over Syria if US launches air strikes against Assad Hung...
From Jenna Orkin Russia warns it will shoot down alliance jets over Syria if US launches air strikes against Assad Hungary is cooperating with Iran in a joint mini nuclear plant project Somalia's new president just declared the country a war zone Greenland’s Coastal Ice Caps Have Melted Past The Point Of No Return China is building a brand-new city twice the size of New York City Rodrigo Duterte
From Jenna Orkin Bannon Taken Off Trump National Security Council in Shake-Up Peter Dale Scott explaining COG as lynchp...
From Jenna Orkin Bannon Taken Off Trump National Security Council in Shake-Up Peter Dale Scott explaining COG as lynchpin between Dallas in '63, 9/11, Iran Contra (archive) WSJ: Susan Rice Was Not Alone In "Unmasking" Team Trump The sudden resignation of a Federal Reserve president came with a huge hint that there's more to come Amateur astronomers just found objects in space that could lead to t
From Jenna Orkin St. Petersburg subway bomber identified as a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan The hottest story abou...
From Jenna Orkin St. Petersburg subway bomber identified as a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan The hottest story about Trump and Russia you never heard Trump signs repeal of US broadband privacy rules Global debt has hit an eye-watering $215 trillion Virtually every single Brexit outcome is going to damage British trade Confirmed: Susan Rice "Unmasked" Trump Team China Starts 2017 With Highest
From Jenna Orkin Trump Considering Resigning Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin...
From Jenna Orkin Trump Considering Resigning Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel A guy who made tools to catch terrorists is now using bomb-sensing technology to grow food This turbine can harvest green energy in water currents as slow as 2 mph Dubai police say they arrested hackers who were targeting White House staff REPORT: Mike Cernovich Rev
From Jenna Orkin The Guardian addresses change of economic system (july) Betsy DeVos backs a technique claiming to cure...
From Jenna Orkin The Guardian addresses change of economic system (july) Betsy DeVos backs a technique claiming to cure ADHD without medication — but the science is questionable Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade Super SEALs? "Promising Signs" From Navy SpecOps' "Brain-Stimulating Technologies" Does Size Matter? Visualizing The Population Of
From Jenna Orkin McCaskill To Oppose Gorsuch, Virtually Assuring Use Of "Nuclear Option" The Big Contraction - An Inter...
From Jenna Orkin McCaskill To Oppose Gorsuch, Virtually Assuring Use Of "Nuclear Option" The Big Contraction - An Interview With James Howard Kunstler NBC Confirms Obama Administration Officials Saved Trump-Russia Probe Docs Connecticut Considering Use of Drones Outfitted with Deadly Weapons for Police Urban Farm video . They’re Finally Going To Close Rikers Island, America’s Monument To Jail Cru

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BWorld 119, Seven myths in the mining debate
* This is my article in BusinessWorld on March 15, 2017. The endless debate in mining is largely fueled by endless myths and disinformation that fan more emotionalism than reason. Below are some of these myths and the realities behind these half-truths. 1 Mining provides a small contribution to GDP, only P70 billion a year in gross value added (GVA). Wrong. Mining GVA is P85 billion a year, avera
Energy 92, Asia retains big coal use
Why Is Asia Returning to Coal? The fossil fuel is undergoing an unexpected renaissance in the region. By Grace Guo February 17, 2017 "For Japan, coal has emerged as the best alternative to replacing its 54 nuclear reactors, which are deeply unpopular with the population and seen as symbols of devastation after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster six years ago... But why did Abe go with coal an
BWorld 118, Regulate this, prohibit that: bureaucracies in transportation
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last March 14, 2017. Traffic congestion is an engineering problem with engineering solutions, not bureaucratic solutions involving increased prohibitions. The recent plan of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to extend the car ban on EDSA to certain hours five days a week is very idiotic and arbitrary. Its plan is (a) the existing one day a week, 7
Climate Tricks 61, Obama's $1B transfer to the UN climate fund
This is a delayed post. I gathered these news reports in mid-January 2017, about 1-2 weeks before Donald Trump would be officially inaugurated as the next US President. There was a debate in the US then, whether the US' commitment to the Paris Agreement in 2015 was a treaty (would necessitate Senate ratification) or an Executive agreement. The White House under the previous administration argued
BWorld 117, Energy bureaucracy, electric cooperatives and NEA
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last March 08, 2017. The Philippines experienced a seemingly energy revival in 2016 and 2017 with plenty of new power plants commissioned and running. Mindanao experienced an energy surplus after many years of frequent involuntary “Earth hours” or almost daily blackouts lasting for many hours. So it is ironic that while new power capacity were added into the
Drugs War 4, The NYT documentary
There is a new NYT documentary , I watched it but was not able to finish it, I stopped. More than the sights of so many dead bodies on the streets (zero trial, zero investigation, zero hearing of the other side, just shoot-kill-obosen), it's the pain and crying of the family members that struck me. Even if I'm not exactly a fan of the NYT. When my Mama died 1 1/2 years ago and my Papa died 3 week

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Copycat Mickey Mouse Beignets
If you love Disney as much as we do, then you have probably had a Mickey Mouse Beignet. These delicious treats from New Orleans Square in Disneyland are a family favorite and one that we have made at home for years. Here is our fun and easy recipe that will take you back to the Happiest Place on Earth! You will need: 1.5 cups lukewarm water 1/2 C. sugar 1 envelop yeast 2 eggs, beaten slightly 1 1
Chillin' With My Peeps Shirt and how to use Cricut Design Space
My kids love holiday themed shirts. Each year they beg me to make them a fun shirt for each upcoming holiday. With Easter just around the corner, we made these cute and glittery Peeps shirts. I absolutely love how they turned out and they are so easy to make. I pulled both shirts together in less than 20 minutes. How's that for fast? Are you new to Cricut Design Space? No worries! I walked you th
8 Amazing Mother's Day Gifts for Avid Readers
What do you buy for an avid reader? An obvious answer would be a book. But what if you want to think outside of the box? Uncommon Goods is the perfect place to find the perfect gift. This incredible site brings artisan gifts to you. Every thing on this this list comes from Uncommon Goods and this list contains everything from wearables to decor that bibliophile's are bound to love! Banned Book So
Dragonwatch Blog Tour
Fablehaven fans rejoice! Your favorite characters are back! Dragonwatch features Kendra, Seth and many more in this long hoped for sequel series. In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies.... In the hidden dragon sanctuary of W
Unlimited LDS Audiobooks with Deseret Bookshelf Plus and 6 Book Series for YA LDS Readers
Every year right around Easter, I start to feel drawn to religious topics. I don't often write about religion here, but I try to keep my eyes and ears open to questions and things my readers want to know. More than once I have been asked by readers who are the members of my same faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints what I recommend for their teenagers to read. Easter, combined w
Resurrection Eggs: A Memorable Easter Activity for Kids
This post is sponsored by Mormon.Org My mom has been in pain my entire life. Arthritis has been my mom's constant companion for more than 30 years. When I was a child I prayed over and over again to the Lord, begging him to take away my mom's illness. Even in pain, my mom is an absolutely amazing mom. She would read to us every night, hilarious books that made all of us roll on the floor with lau

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