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Saturday, 11 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

{  — Nancy A.’s Birthday ———jim w——— }

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Saturday, 11 October, 2014  -( 54˚F / 12˚C – & cloudy here @ 4:00 am near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Imagine Peace Memorial
John Lennon Memorial in Iceland : http://imaginepeacetower.com/
{ 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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Malala & Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India.

 

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

& Both Doug and Jim suffered weird computer problems today. But we got together and got this out inspite of that.

{ Thought of the Day: I just watched ‘GasLand II” the HBO documentary-movie, most of the way through, for about the tenth time. Why are governmental ‘mouthpieces’ still tring to say that Shale Gas is: (1) a good thing, and, (2) the best way to go?  The best scientific evidence reported on in that movie showed that there is more than enough wind power available to generate 5 times our needed electricity- virtually free- forever- & it is renewable, does not pollute, does not poison your water supply. -And if the wind slows down, solar photovoltaics can fill in the gaps. And then there’s always hydro-electric and maybe even tidal generation possible.  The only thing ‘wrong’ with these renewable technologies is the fact that no greedy corporation has found a way to control them enough with lies and propaganda to raise the price high enough to keep billions of people in low-wage-slavery for the foreseeable future.   —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

Malala Yousafzai shares Nobel Peace Prize with fellow children’s rights activist   { “Looking forward to learning about future recipients of the Malala Yousafzai Peace Prize.”  🙂  —djo— }

Manhunt for alleged gunman enters its third day near small Kootenay, B.C. town    {  }

ISIS fighters make inroads in Syrian city of Kobani    {  }

RCMP  has intervened against 28 people tied to militants  {  }

120 Canadian troops depart for Iraq mission next week    {  }

U.S. begins enhanced Ebola screening at JFK airport  {  }

Canadian support team for ISIS airstrike mission leaving for Kuwait next week   {  }

 -Thursday- Tories want to change copyright law to allow free use of news content in political ads   { Harper wants to include a provision that would allow political parties to use news footage without permission, without compensation, out of context etc. in political attack ads during campaigns- as an amendment inhis  next ‘omnibus’ bill. This would ignore copyright laws. News people call this an atrocity. I’d call it treason- a blatant attack on the rights and freedoms of the press, and therefore an attack on the rights and freedoms of all Canadians. If they get away with this, what will be their next atrocity? —djo— }

 

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black and white cubuicles
“Generic Office Roleplay” – facebook users roleplay working for a boring company & post fake updates about working for the fake company.

“Offbeat”

How’s this for fun? Pretending to be a boring office drone on Facebook   { See photo-  —djo—  }

Windsor to use cayenne pepper to deter hungry squirrels   { * After I complained to a friend in 1995 that my daughter was upset about squirrels chasing birds away from the bird feeder we set up close to our window, Jim W replied that mixing cayenne pepper in with the bird seed would send the squirrels away and they wouldn’t come back. We tried that. So then Rachel got upset, worrying that the squirrels would starve to death, so we set up a squirrel feeder a safe distance from the bird feeder and everybody was happy.  —djo— }

Detroit house swapped for an iPhone 6 { *** I heard the real estate guy interviewed on the radio a couple days ago. At that time somebody in Europe who hated his iPhone 6 and didn’t want the house was giving the seller his iPhone 6 for free. This house was listed for $5,000.00 U$ after tennants moved out and squatters moved in and the house suffered a fire. So a new owner would need to make repairs and pay off $6,000.00 in back taxes.  I did not hear that the house was actually sold for an iPhone. *** —jim w—  }

Pierre Karl Péladeau imposter offers up Québecor shares on Kijiji   {  }

Record setting bluefin tuna hauled in by Nova Scotia girl  {  }

Young woman congratulated for record breaking catch by another record holder.
A 12-year-old woman caught this fish, and according to the rules, could not be helped in any way by anyone, especially adults. She told in the radio interview how heavy the tuna was in pounds but the idiots give the weight in kilograms in this article.

 

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“Most Viewed”

Peter Degrooot sought by police in Kootenay manhunt  {  }

Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yousafzai, Kailish Satyarthi win 2014 award   {  }

Bethany Paquette won’t back down on human rights complaint against Amaruk Wilderness, lawyer says  {  }

Alaskan police sorry for telling wrong family their son died  {  }

Oil price at $85 costing provinces and economy billions  { ***Suggestion:  It’s time to round up all oil company executives and lock them up at hard labour for the rest of their lives for making sure all research in alternative energy disappeared on their shelves somewhere and lying to everybody about the availability and cost of getting their fossil fuel. Force the ice-holes to build gizmoes for wind generators, hydro-electric generators and photo-voltaic cells.*** —djo—  *****I’ll second that —jim w—*****  }

Same-sex marriage opponents in U.S. ‘aren’t waving a white flag’   { *** Cathi and I were sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room when a couple who looked slightly strange approached us and asked if we considered ourselves Christians. I said yes. The woman, who looked like she was slightly drunk or high, said, “Well then you know that the devil wins if gays are allowed to marry- but we have a friend. George W. Bush is going to save us all, we want you to write letters to support him.” We kind of nodded and tried to look like, ‘yeah, uh-huh-anything you say’ and they moved on to bother somebody else. If churches and political groups are brainwashing people until they look like mindless parrots, and try to scare them into believing that they will suffer eternal damnation if they don’t do everything they can to prevent the devil from winning this ‘war’- well, that’s why they can’t be reasoned with, and that’s why they believe they is a Christian Jihad they have to win.  —jim w— }

Finance Canada accidentally posted upcoming tax measures online  {  }

London mayor Boris Johnson warns of terror threat   { * under -World- ‘Thousands’ of potential ISIS militants in U.K. being monitored, says London’s mayor * If you push people hard enough and often enough, they will push back you moronic tool of the string pulling ice-hole self-proclaimed ‘puppet-masters’* && * If you’re terrorizing your citizens – then the entire population will look like potential terrorists to you. * && *** Here’s how this works: — First countries like the U.S.A. and Great Britain terrorize smaller, weaker foreign nations to the point where they’re so desperate they’ll do anything to protect themselves. Then the C.I.A., MI6, and dozens of alphabet soup agencies create ‘terrorist’ groups, train them, arm them, and turn them loose. Then they point their fingers at the terrorists that they created and scream, “Hey, we need to take away all your freedoms, rights and privileges because these terrorists are coming to rape your wives and children and cut your heads off.”  —djo— }

Ebola outbreak: Canadians in 3 West African countries advised to leave   {  }

-11 photo slide show- Tesla’s evolving electric vehicles   {  }

-Thursday’s Blog- Fracking company launches pink drill bits for breast cancer awareness  { *This bit of manipulation is pretty freakin low, even for these corporate ice-holes. Trying to link a program that is destroying people’s health, property values and quality of life, as well as putting their lives in actual danger- to a campaign to raise awareness of women’s health issues is worse than unethical, cynical, bold face lying: on a par with telling Africans with AIDs that raping a virgin would cure their disease.*  >>—-> Link to Huffington Post article on Gasland 2 * Fracking may be more hazardous to our health and quality of life than we have previously warned about. Find a copy of Gasland 2 and watch it. — To be fair,  Forbes has been trying to label the movie as ‘Luddite Slander of Fracking’ *** but too many people without a horse in this race have ‘scientifically remote viewed without prejudice’ a future in which the USA has been reduced to less than a third world nation caused in a large part by fracking.   —djo— }

 

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Other:

-Video- Cranberries: How this tangy treat gets to your Thanksgiving table   { * This coming Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada*  & Yesterday an article on cranberries said they fight cancer. —djo— }

Sakatchewan derailment reveals Canda’s broken-rail problems   {  }

Tesla Motors Electric cars.
The Tesla Model S, shown here,  was unveiled already, the P85D will go on sale in December with a $120,000 base price.

India cyclone Hudhud triggers half a million to evacuate coast   {  }

Did censoring a 9/11 report pave the way for ISIS?   {  }

Pop music a surprising weapon in the battle against Ebola   {  }

-Updated- $550M Job creation promise questioned in new PBO report   { “PBO” = Parliamentary Budget Office. — “It was touted as a job-creator in a tough job market, but new evidence suggests the Conservative plan to cut Employment Insurance premiums for small business won’t achieve its stated goal of making it easier for employers to hire new workers. – And the head of a key lobby group acknowledges the decision by the government may be linked to other political considerations. – In a new report, the parliamentary budget officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, says the small business job credit announced last month by Finance Minister Joe Oliver would generate only 800 new jobs over two years — 200 new full-time equivalent jobs in 2015 and 600 new jobs in 2016. – That would mean each new position will cost the government — and the taxpayer — $687,500. – The head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business called the PBO’s figures “puzzling.” – “That seems really really thin,” Dan Kelly told CBC News Wednesday. –  “Our own estimate at CFIB was that it would create 25,000 person years of employment. A different measure, but still an awful lot more than the PBO is estimating. And we’re trying to figure out why their estimate is so thin.” – CFIB lobbied for EI cut – But Kelly also said the government’s decision came only after his organization had lobbied heavily for a cut to EI premiums as a form of quid pro quo, to placate small business owners enraged over two new policies: new anti-spam legislation, and a drastic reduction in temporary foreign worker permits. – Kelly called those “dumb decisions” on the part of the government. –‘It’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy’– Liberal Finance Critic Scott Brison – In a separate interview with CBC Radio last month, Kelly recalled the message his organization took to the government in a lobbying session. – “As a result of (those decisions) we said to the government look, you guys have made some really boneheaded moves over the past number of months; we need to see a couple of positive things come forward. (We) suggested specifically, progress on Employment Insurance,” he said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Ontario Today Sept. 30. – “And the good news is the EI fund has returned into balance… and the government has decided to move ahead with it and we give them credit for that,” he told host Rita Celli. – Kelly also said small businesses are happy with the EI measure both as a job creation tool, and as a tax reduction measure. – Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison says the measure was a poorly-conceived attempt to placate one group for political purposes. –  “The Conservatives were looking for some bone to throw towards the small business community to make up for the aggravation,” he said.  – “They didn’t think this out, it’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy.” – Brison said the program contains a disincentive to hire by limiting the benefit to companies with 15 employees or less, and will simply cost too much. The Liberals have countered with a proposal to grant EI premium “holidays” for companies that first create jobs. – The job credit will cut EI premiums, starting in 2015, for businesses with an annual contribution of less than $15,000. – The government says 780,000 business in Canada are expected to benefit from the credit in 2015. – “This is real money that a small business can use to help defray the costs of hiring new workers and to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities,” said Finance department spokeswoman Stéphanie Rubec. – To make his calculations, the budget watchdog used the Finance Department’s own EI premium rate multiplier to estimate the increase in employment “as a result of higher after-tax business incomes.” – The small business job credit is not the only problem identified in the EI system by the PBO report. – “We’ve made a number of observations in the report that the way the program is governed now is creating a lot of problems. First of all, it’s not predictable…it’s not transparent. What we have suggested is the government should provide an estimate of the cost of the rates that they have put in place,” said Assistant PBO Mostafa Askari.”  —djo— }

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s condition still a mystery after no-sho on Friday   {  }

Kurds struggle to defend besieged Syrian town from ISIS  { * & Turkey’s armed forces would just as soon watch the Kurds get massacred before they lift a finger against ISIS. —djo— }

Hong Kong protest leaders write open letter to Chinese president   {  }

Typhoon Vongfong disrupts flights, knocks out power in Japan   { * look up “Weaponized Weather” on Google or better yet, “Startpage” search engine.   —djo— }

Sudden oil price drop a crude awakening for Canada’s economy   { *** “If it sends the current Conservative government packing, we’ll take it-” ***  —djo— }

-Exclusive- ‘Potentially catastrophic’ damage in Commons to be fixed   { * But can you repair the damage to Canada’s infrastructure and culture and economy that were perpetrated by the sitting government by patching up the structural damage in a building?   —djo— }

$1B Ponzi scheme leads to charges against ex-TD Bank executive   {  }

‘I thank my father for not clipping my wings’ Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize co-winner   {  }

Luka Magnotta’s defence questions pathologist’s expertise   {  }

-Must Watch- Circle of Light Festival dazzles Moscow   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- What to know about this year’s flu virus   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- The Amazing Cranberry   {

-Editor’s Pick- Thanksgiving dinner: how to eat as much as possible   { * “Eating competetition champion, all-you-can-eat buffet owner weigh in on strategy.”  —djo—  }

-Politics- Enbridge Line 9B pipeline delayed by NEB over major water body concerns  {  }

-Thursday –> -Canada-Council of Canadians going to court to fight election law changes   { * Why is this not up at the top in the Lead Articles section? —djo— }

-Business- Postmedia’s big bet, Clorox comes clean, & CRTC’s warning: Business Week Wrap   {  }

-Business- Climate change may create legal liability for Canadian energy firms   {  }

-Politics- Just don’t call it ‘sociology’: Tories seek bids for terrorism research.  { * Do they want to learn how to better use terrorism against their electorate? They’re doing quite well – controlling the news- invoking an atmosphere of constant anxiety and fear in a calculated effort to better control the hearts and minds of citizens kept in a state of constant fear-  —djo— }

-Politics- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice holds 1st meeting with prime minister   {  }

-Technology & Science- Bones of pre-Neanderthal found in France   { * Were they cone-heads?   —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Fish will move toward poles as temperatures rise, study says   { * I suppose they asked a couple goldfish what they thought about rising temperatures.  —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Hitting biodiversity targets will require more work: Bob McDonald   {  }

-Technology & Science- Mars rovers, orbiters will studay faraway comet’s flyby   {  }

-Community- Katy Perry’s Super bowl halftime show sparks excitement, cynicism from readers   {  }

-Community- Satya Nadella’s ‘karma’ advice to women comes back to haunt him   {  🙂 }

 

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2014-oct-11-canadian-money
Canadian Money – they no longer use pennies. New Brunswick currently has a minimum wage at $10 an hour.

“Local / New Bruswick”

Anti-poverty group pushes for higher minimum wage    {  }

Saint-Louis-de-Kent apartment oil leak forces 5 adults out   {  }

Fredericton police looking for man and woman who fled crash   {  }

RCMP group issues PTSD ‘call to action’ after Ron Francis’s suicide   {  }

-Updated- New Brunswick’s jobless rate jumps to 9.6% in September   {  }

-N.B.Page- -Recap- N.B. This Week   {  }

Fredericton couple takes on big insurance over Arthur repairs   {  }

Fredericton police mum on rumours of bang being behind attacks   {  }

Boil water orders continue in 3 New Brunswick communities   {  }

 

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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”

Stephen Harper, Jim Prentice hold 1st meeting in Calgary   {  }

Winnipeg women say being sexually harrased downtown the norm  {  }

More talks could break Peel land use planning stalemate   { “Yukon First Nations and their environmental allies say the court battle over the Peel watershed land use plan could be settled through ‘proper consultation.”  —djo— }

Polaris winner describes being followed, called ‘sexy little Indian’ on street   {  }

Marlene Bird says she had run-in with one of her attackers   { “The woman who lost both her legs in a vicious attack in Prince Albert, Sask., over the summer says she recently came across one of the people who attacked her on the street”  —djo— }

-Opinion- A First Nations take on Thanksgiving: ‘Your Welcome Weekend’  {  }

Mi’kmaq say Sydney Harbour talks back on track   {  }

Union slams ‘rushed’ facility for at-risk girls in Winnipeg   {  }

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

 

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{ 9:00 pm —Ready to Rock and Roll— Had to call for late help from Jim W — Thanks, Jim ———djo——— }

Friday, 10 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Friday, 10 October, 2014  -( 44˚F / 7˚C – & a little hazy here @ 8:30 am near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Imagine Peace Memorial
John Lennon Memorial in Iceland : http://imaginepeacetower.com/
{ 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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Malala & Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India.

 

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

{ Thought of the Day: I just watched ‘GasLand II” the HBO documentary-movie, most of the way through, for about the tenth time. Why are governmental ‘mouthpieces’ still tring to say that Shale Gas is: (1) a good thing, and, (2) the best way to go?  The best scientific evidence reported on in that movie showed that there is more than enough wind power available to generate 5 times our needed electricity- virtually free- forever- & it is renewable, does not pollute, does not poison your water supply. -And if the wind slows down, solar photovoltaics can fill in the gaps. And then there’s always hydro-electric and maybe even tidal generation possible.  The only thing ‘wrong’ with these renewable technologies is the fact that no greedy corporation has found a way to control them enough with lies and propaganda to raise the price high enough to keep billions of people in low-wage-slavery for the foreseeable future.   —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

Malala Yousafzai shares Nobel Peace Prize with fellow children’s rights activist   { “Looking forward to learning about future recipients of the Malala Yousafzai Peace Prize.”  🙂  —djo— }

N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un misses major anniversary event    {  }

ISIS fighters push further into Syrian town of  Kobani   {  }

B.C. police in manhunt for armed suspect near Slocan lake    {  }

74K jobs created in Sept. nearly all full time: StatsCan    {  }

-Analysis- The ‘unknown unknowns’ of confronting ISIS in Iraq: Brian Stewart   {  }

B.C. RCMP officer investigated after violent arrest caught on tape   {  }

-Video- Cranberries: They fight cancer and put the zing in Thanksgiving   {  }

 -Yesterday- Tories want to change copyright law to allow free use of news content in political ads   { Harper wants to include a provision that would allow political parties to use news footage without permission, without compensation, out of context etc. in political attack ads during campaigns- as an amendment inhis  next ‘omnibus’ bill. This would ignore copyright laws. News people call this an atrocity. I’d call it treason- a blatant attack on the rights and freedoms of the press, and therefore an attack on the rights and freedoms of all Canadians. If they get away with this, what will be their next atrocity? —djo— }

 

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Camel on sand dune with camera rig on its back.
“Google Street View uses camel to map Arabian desert”

“Offbeat”

B.C. woman nurtures her 294-kg pumpkin baby   { 294 kg = 648 lbs, 2.5457 ounces  —djo—  }

Windsor to use cayenne pepper to deter hungry squirrels   { * After I complained to a friend in 1995 that my daughter was upset about squirrels chasing birds away from the bird feeder we set up close to our window, Jim W replied that mixing cayenne pepper in with the bird seed would send the squirrels away and they wouldn’t come back. We tried that. So then Rachel got upset, worrying that the squirrels would starve to death, so we set up a squirrel feeder a safe distance from the bird feeder and everybody was happy.  —djo— }

Calgary art piece removed after sun burns hole in onlooker’s jacket  {  }

-Repeat- Google Street View uses camel to map Arabian desert   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Tesla P85D: Dual motor, all-wheel drive electric car unveiled   {  }

Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yousafzai, Kailish Satyarthi win 2014 award   {  }

‘Huge explosion’ flattens house, garage in Greely, Ont.   {  }

Jan Hooks, Saturday Night Live star, dies at 57   {  }

Amaruk Wilderness: questions raised about company at centre of anti-Christian attack   {  }

Slocan, B.C. remains locked down as police search for gunman   {  }

Canada’s economy adds 74,000 jobs, jobless rate drops to 6 year low  {  }

Where are the girls? Youngster asks of Dick’s Sporting Goods catalogue   {  }

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologizes for comment on women, pay   {  }

-12 photo slide show- 12 views of October lunar eclipse   {  }

-Yesterday’s Blog- Fracking company launches pink drill bits for breast cancer awareness  { *This bit of manipulation is pretty freakin low, even for these corporate ice-holes. Trying to link a program that is destroying people’s health, property values and quality of life, as well as putting their lives in actual danger- to a campaign to raise awareness of women’s health issues is worse than unethical, cynical, bold face lying: on a par with telling Africans with AIDs that raping a virgin would cure their disease.*  >>—-> Link to Huffington Post article on Gasland 2 * Fracking may be more hazardous to our health and quality of life than we have previously warned about. Find a copy of Gasland 2 and watch it. — To be fair,  Forbes has been trying to label the movie as ‘Luddite Slander of Fracking’ *** but too many people without a horse in this race have ‘scientifically remote viewed without prejudice’ a future in which the USA has been reduced to less than a third world nation caused in a large part by fracking.   —djo— }

 

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Other:

Questions raised about company [ Amurak Wilderness ] at centre of anti-Christian attack   { “No evidence that wilderness company actually operates in Norway” & “As more women who received bizarre and inappropriate responses to their job applications to wilderness company Amaruk come forward, efforts to reach the company’s CEO have left CBC News questioning whether the business and its jobs even exist. – Amaruk Wilderness Corp. hit headlines this week after CBC News reported on a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal complaint, in which a Trinity Western University graduate — Bethany Paquette — claims her application to work for the company was rejected because she’s Christian.

“-Since Paquette’s complaint was reported, CBC News has heard from other applicants, including Lucie Clermont, who applied to Amaruk last year for a job listed as the executive assistant to the CEO, which promised a $120,000 salary and world travel. – Job too good to be true? – Clermont’s application was met with a number of emails asking awkward questions — some of them sexual — followed by more that became insulting. – Questions are being raised about Amaruk, the company at the centre of an alleged anti-Christian attack, and a number of associated businesses. – “We are very un-Canadian in the sense that we do not embrace mediocrity,” one of the emails reads, apparently from Eric Teheiura, vice president South Pacific. “We are not about to hire just anybody to assist a CEO, consular official, and member of one of Europe’s wealthiest families.” – Sophie Waterman applied for the same job, but soon believed it sounded too good to be true. She withdrew her application after a friend in the tourism industry warned her Amaruk might not be all that it seems. – “When I cancelled the interview, I received about 15 emails in quick succession,” she says. “All pretending to be from different people involved with the company, and all very litigious, accusing me and my friend of slander. My feeling is that it’s all one person.” -”  —djo— }

Microsoft boss apologizes for telling women not to ask for raise   {  }

Tesla Motors Electric cars.
The Tesla Model S, shown here,  was unveiled already, the P85D will go on sale in December with a $120,000 base price.

This ain’t your grandpa’s sedan: Tesla unveils sleek, new electric car   {  }

Airport fever checks for Ebola ‘mostly a waste of time’   {  }

-New- Initial Ebola tests on dead Briton in Macedonia discount likelihood of virus   {  }

-Updated- $550M Job creation promise questioned in new PBO report   { “PBO” = Parliamentary Budget Office. — “It was touted as a job-creator in a tough job market, but new evidence suggests the Conservative plan to cut Employment Insurance premiums for small business won’t achieve its stated goal of making it easier for employers to hire new workers. – And the head of a key lobby group acknowledges the decision by the government may be linked to other political considerations. – In a new report, the parliamentary budget officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, says the small business job credit announced last month by Finance Minister Joe Oliver would generate only 800 new jobs over two years — 200 new full-time equivalent jobs in 2015 and 600 new jobs in 2016. – That would mean each new position will cost the government — and the taxpayer — $687,500. – The head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business called the PBO’s figures “puzzling.” – “That seems really really thin,” Dan Kelly told CBC News Wednesday. –  “Our own estimate at CFIB was that it would create 25,000 person years of employment. A different measure, but still an awful lot more than the PBO is estimating. And we’re trying to figure out why their estimate is so thin.” – CFIB lobbied for EI cut – But Kelly also said the government’s decision came only after his organization had lobbied heavily for a cut to EI premiums as a form of quid pro quo, to placate small business owners enraged over two new policies: new anti-spam legislation, and a drastic reduction in temporary foreign worker permits. – Kelly called those “dumb decisions” on the part of the government. –‘It’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy’– Liberal Finance Critic Scott Brison – In a separate interview with CBC Radio last month, Kelly recalled the message his organization took to the government in a lobbying session. – “As a result of (those decisions) we said to the government look, you guys have made some really boneheaded moves over the past number of months; we need to see a couple of positive things come forward. (We) suggested specifically, progress on Employment Insurance,” he said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Ontario Today Sept. 30. – “And the good news is the EI fund has returned into balance… and the government has decided to move ahead with it and we give them credit for that,” he told host Rita Celli. – Kelly also said small businesses are happy with the EI measure both as a job creation tool, and as a tax reduction measure. – Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison says the measure was a poorly-conceived attempt to placate one group for political purposes. –  “The Conservatives were looking for some bone to throw towards the small business community to make up for the aggravation,” he said.  – “They didn’t think this out, it’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy.” – Brison said the program contains a disincentive to hire by limiting the benefit to companies with 15 employees or less, and will simply cost too much. The Liberals have countered with a proposal to grant EI premium “holidays” for companies that first create jobs. – The job credit will cut EI premiums, starting in 2015, for businesses with an annual contribution of less than $15,000. – The government says 780,000 business in Canada are expected to benefit from the credit in 2015. – “This is real money that a small business can use to help defray the costs of hiring new workers and to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities,” said Finance department spokeswoman Stéphanie Rubec. – To make his calculations, the budget watchdog used the Finance Department’s own EI premium rate multiplier to estimate the increase in employment “as a result of higher after-tax business incomes.” – The small business job credit is not the only problem identified in the EI system by the PBO report. – “We’ve made a number of observations in the report that the way the program is governed now is creating a lot of problems. First of all, it’s not predictable…it’s not transparent. What we have suggested is the government should provide an estimate of the cost of the rates that they have put in place,” said Assistant PBO Mostafa Askari.”  —djo— }

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s condition still a mystery after no-sho on Friday   {  }

North and South Korea trade machine gun fire  {  }

-Analysis- After the oilsands ‘victory’ will Europe buy the oil?   {  }

Top court to rule whether Zahra Kazemi’s son can sue Iran   { *-Update- The court ruled that, under the current law, he could not sue a government, but referred the case to Parliament, suggesting they change the law.   —djo— }

Conservatives to double child fitness tax credit this year   { * Sounds like a ‘transparent’ cynical bid to buy votes before ‘lowering the boom’ after the next election?*  —djo— }

Future First Lady of Oregon tearful over marriage she concealed   {  }

-Must Watch- Arrest of youth, recorded on video, sparks investigation -Graphic Violence-   {  }

-Must Watch- Man helps out feathered fisher   { “Vancouver Island fisherman gives an exhausted and sick bald eagle a life to shore after finding the bird struggling in the ocean”  }

-Must Watch- 2nd night of St. Louis shooting protest   {  }

Marijuana legalization needs strict controls, Canadian addiction centre says   {  }

-Must Watch- St. Louis police shooting protest   { “An angry crowd confronts police after an 18-year-old was shot and killed in St. Louis, Mo.”  * We heard that the man who was killed was brandishing a sandwich, not a gun, after an off duty police officer claimed he was shot at and fired 17 rounds at the victim – we now have conflicting stories coming at us from all sides.  —djo— }

-Must Watch- At Issue Panel: Polls, polls, polls   { From last night’s ‘National’ CBC news.   —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- What to know about this year’s flu virus   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Time capsule from 1901 found inside Boston statue opened   {  }

-Politics- Enbridge Line 9B pipeline delayed by NEB over major water body concerns  {  }

-Yesterday –> -Canada-Council of Canadians going to court to fight election law changes   { * Why is this not up at the top in the Lead Articles section? —djo— }

-Business- Evangelist-turned-CEO now ‘a vagabond’ as mining dreams evaporate   {  }

-Politics- Just don’t call it ‘sociology’: Tories seek bids for terrorism research.  { * Do they want to learn how to better use terrorism against their electorate? They’re doing quite well – controlling the news- invoking an atmosphere of constant anxiety and fear in a calculated effort to better control the hearts and minds of citizens kept in a state of constant fear-  —djo— }

-Business- Climate change may create legal liability for Canadian energy firms   {  }

 

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“Local / New Bruswick”

‘There was nothing we could do’ firefighter sys of crash that killed 2 teens    {  }

Fredericton hospital lab evacuated after chemical spill   {  }

Saint John Regional Hospital photos show dirty rooms   {  }

RCMP group issues PTSD ‘call to action’ after Ron Francis’s suicide   {  }

-Updated- New Brunswick’s jobless rate jumps to 9.6% in September   {  }

 

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First Nations demonstrators.
Demonstrators celebrate B.C. Supreme court decision not to grant permanent injunction.

“First Nations”

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

Winnipeg women say being sexually harrased downtown the norm  {  }

More talks could break Peel land use planning stalemate   { “Yukon First Nations and their environmental allies say the court battle over the Peel watershed land use plan could be settled through ‘proper consultation.”  —djo— }

Polaris winner describes being followed, called ‘sexy little Indian’ on street   {  }

-Audio- Walking With Our Sisters installation ‘more than beautiful artwork’   {  }

Roberta Joseph new chief of Dawson’s Tr’ondek Wech’in  {  }

Yukon Judge wrong to ignore Truth in Sentencing law: Appeal court   {  }

Union slams ‘rushed’ facility for at-risk girls in Winnipeg   {  }

First Nations, Second Class Care   {  }

 

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{ 11:30 am —Ready to Rock and Roll— ———djo——— }

Thursday, 09 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Thursday, 09 October, 2014  -( 60˚F / 16˚C – & cloudy  @ 3:30 pm near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Cartoon man in yellow space suit amid blue crowd.
>>—->   Link to  “Scientisits Hunting for Time Travelers
{ 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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Boy and Northern Lights
“9-year-old boy fulfils wish to see Northern LIghts before going blind”

October 9, 2014 – Today would have been John Lennon’s birthday.

{ Thought of the Day: I just watched ‘GasLand II” the HBO documentary-movie, most of the way through, for about the tenth time. Why are governmental ‘mouthpieces’ still tring to say that Shale Gas is: (1) a good thing, and, (2) the best way to go?  The best scientific evidence reported on in that movie showed that there is more than enough wind power available to generate 5 times our needed electricity- virtually free- forever- & it is renewable, does not pollute, does not poison your water supply. -And if the wind slows down, solar photovoltaics can fill in the gaps. And then there’s always hydro-electric and maybe even tidal generation possible.  The only thing ‘wrong’ with these renewable technologies is the fact that no greedy corporation has found a way to control them enough with lies and propaganda to raise the price high enough to keep billions of people in low-wage-slavery for the foreseeable future.   —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

‘Skypalace’ ordered by former Alberta premier could have cost millions   { “Change orders detailed in documents obtained by CBC News through a freedom of information request show the luxury penthouse “premier’s suite” would have potentially cost several hundred thousand dollars, if not millions.”  —djo— }

U.S. led forces step up strikes against ISIS to in Syria town   {  }

B.C. Mountie not guilty in jail-in-sex case in Kamloops   {  }

Toronto addiction centre calls for pot to be legalized   {  }

3 in Quebec helicopter jailbreak convicted on drug charges   {  }

3 injured in Burns Lake, B.C. wood pellet mill explosion   {  }

Minister confirms jets fighting ISIS to fly out of Kuwait   {  }

-Updated- Macedonia hotel sealed off after Briton with Ebola dies   {  }

 Tories want to change copyright law to allow free use of news content in political ads   { Harper wants to include a provision that would allow political parties to use news footage without permission, without compensation, out of context etc. in political attack ads during campaigns- as an amendment inhis  next ‘omnibus’ bill. This would ignore copyright laws. News people call this an atrocity. I’d call it treason- a blatant attack on the rights and freedoms of the press, and therefore an attack on the rights and freedoms of all Canadians. If they get away with this, what will be their next atrocity? —djo— }

What you need to know about this year’s flu virus   {  }

 

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Camel on sand dune with camera rig on its back.
“Google Street View uses camel to map Arabian desert”

“Offbeat”

Google Street View uses camel to map Arabian desert   {  }

Who you gonna call? For Ghostbusters 3, some ‘hilarious women’   {  }

Detroit home-seller offers to trade house for iPhone 6  {  }

-Repeat- Bull moose battle on Alberta highway caught on video   {  }

 

 

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“Most Viewed”

Ebola outbreak: Man with Ebola symptoms dies in Macedonia   {  }

‘Jail sec video’ trial delivers not guilty decision for Kenneth Brown   {  }

Pinnacle wood pellet plant explosion injures 3 in B.C.   {  }

Canadian Tire out to woo younger shoppers   {  }

Man killed by off-duty St. Louis officer was unarmed, mother says   { * & in a totally unrelated article <—-<< linked by a tweet, reports how a man proved he was unjustly handcuffed and detained by St.Louis Metropolitan police, who tried to bully him into giving them a name of somebody they could frame, by planting an illegal handgun on them, threatened to plant an illegal handgun on him and come up with a body they could connect to that gun. The accused managed to record that theatening conversation with his cell phone.   —djo— }

Gatineau man charged in 3 historic sexual assaults   {  }

Nobel Prize in Literature won by French writer Patrick Modiano  {  }

Bethany Paquette, Trinity Western grad, has prejudice claim rebuffed by tourism company   {  }

Olivia Chow underperforming in Toronto’s race for mayor   {  }

-12 photo slide show- 12 views of October lunar eclipse   {  }

-Blog- Fracking company launches pink drill bits for breast cancer awareness  { *This bit of manipulation is pretty freakin low, even for these corporate ice-holes. Trying to link a program that is destroying people’s health, property values and quality of life, as well as putting their lives in actual danger- to a campaign to raise awareness of women’s health issues is worse than unethical, cynical, bold face lying: on a par with telling Africans with AIDs that raping a virgin would cure their disease.*  >>—-> Link to Huffington Post article on Gasland 2 * Fracking may be more hazardous to our health and quality of life than we have previously warned about. Find a copy of Gasland 2 and watch it. — To be fair,  Forbes has been trying to label the movie as ‘Luddite Slander of Fracking’ *** but too many people without a horse in this race have ‘scientifically remote viewed without prejudice’ a future in which the USA has been reduced to less than a third world nation caused in a large part by fracking.   —djo— }

 

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Other:

-Updated- Freed after 4 years in jail, Travis Vader saysRCMP ‘destroyed my life’   {  }

Scientists muzzled by federal media policies, report suggests   {  }

Ebola screenings to take place at airports in 6 Canadian cities  {  }

Artificial hand that can really feel gets nearer   {  }

47 Lac-Mégantic train wreck deaths were ‘violent’ and ‘avoidable,’ coroner says   {  }

-Updated- $550M Job creation promise questioned in new PBO report   { “PBO” = Parliamentary Budget Office. — “It was touted as a job-creator in a tough job market, but new evidence suggests the Conservative plan to cut Employment Insurance premiums for small business won’t achieve its stated goal of making it easier for employers to hire new workers. – And the head of a key lobby group acknowledges the decision by the government may be linked to other political considerations. – In a new report, the parliamentary budget officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, says the small business job credit announced last month by Finance Minister Joe Oliver would generate only 800 new jobs over two years — 200 new full-time equivalent jobs in 2015 and 600 new jobs in 2016. – That would mean each new position will cost the government — and the taxpayer — $687,500. – The head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business called the PBO’s figures “puzzling.” – “That seems really really thin,” Dan Kelly told CBC News Wednesday. –  “Our own estimate at CFIB was that it would create 25,000 person years of employment. A different measure, but still an awful lot more than the PBO is estimating. And we’re trying to figure out why their estimate is so thin.” – CFIB lobbied for EI cut – But Kelly also said the government’s decision came only after his organization had lobbied heavily for a cut to EI premiums as a form of quid pro quo, to placate small business owners enraged over two new policies: new anti-spam legislation, and a drastic reduction in temporary foreign worker permits. – Kelly called those “dumb decisions” on the part of the government. –‘It’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy’– Liberal Finance Critic Scott Brison – In a separate interview with CBC Radio last month, Kelly recalled the message his organization took to the government in a lobbying session. – “As a result of (those decisions) we said to the government look, you guys have made some really boneheaded moves over the past number of months; we need to see a couple of positive things come forward. (We) suggested specifically, progress on Employment Insurance,” he said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Ontario Today Sept. 30. – “And the good news is the EI fund has returned into balance… and the government has decided to move ahead with it and we give them credit for that,” he told host Rita Celli. – Kelly also said small businesses are happy with the EI measure both as a job creation tool, and as a tax reduction measure. – Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison says the measure was a poorly-conceived attempt to placate one group for political purposes. –  “The Conservatives were looking for some bone to throw towards the small business community to make up for the aggravation,” he said.  – “They didn’t think this out, it’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy.” – Brison said the program contains a disincentive to hire by limiting the benefit to companies with 15 employees or less, and will simply cost too much. The Liberals have countered with a proposal to grant EI premium “holidays” for companies that first create jobs. – The job credit will cut EI premiums, starting in 2015, for businesses with an annual contribution of less than $15,000. – The government says 780,000 business in Canada are expected to benefit from the credit in 2015. – “This is real money that a small business can use to help defray the costs of hiring new workers and to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities,” said Finance department spokeswoman Stéphanie Rubec. – To make his calculations, the budget watchdog used the Finance Department’s own EI premium rate multiplier to estimate the increase in employment “as a result of higher after-tax business incomes.” – The small business job credit is not the only problem identified in the EI system by the PBO report. – “We’ve made a number of observations in the report that the way the program is governed now is creating a lot of problems. First of all, it’s not predictable…it’s not transparent. What we have suggested is the government should provide an estimate of the cost of the rates that they have put in place,” said Assistant PBO Mostafa Askari.”  —djo— }

 -Analysis- Has Ottawa been too slow to take on radicalized Canadians?  { *Has Canada been too slow slow to run the current Conservative government out of town on a rail? Before they legislate all your rights and freedoms away?  —djo— }

‘I could see my body’: Researchers probe near death and out-of-body experiences   {  }

‘I felt violated’ says B.C. woman whose nude photos were leaked online   {  }

-Must Watch- Riots in Turkey   { “Groups of protesters with opposing views on Turkey’s handling of the situaltion in Kobani, the Syrian town under siege by ISIS, clash in cities across Turkey. ”  —djo— }

Drink Red Bull? The company may owe you $10    { Red Bull was sued for false advertising in a class action suit brought by customers who did not quite sprout wings and fly above their fatigue.  —djo— }

Lego to scrap Shell deal after Arctic protest   {  }

Rejected Christian job applicant was unqualified, tourism company says   {  }

Why peanut butter substitutes are still banned in schools    {  }

Marijuana legalization needs strict controls, Canadian addiction centre says   {  }

-Must Watch- St. Louis police shooting protest   { “An angry crowd confronts police after an 18-year-old was shot and killed in St. Louis, Mo.”  * After we heard that the man who was killed was brandishing a sandwich, not a gun, after an off duty police officer claimed he was shot at and fired 17 rounds at the victim – we have conflicting stories coming at us from all sides.  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Choking haze in northern China   { Pollution worse than what California used to suffer from?   —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick-  What would you want to see?   { Texan boy, 9, fulfils wish to watch Northern Lights before going blind.  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- McCann disappearance   { “Key developments in the investigation”  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- ‘Make My Mayor’ – Mix, match and create your dream candidate   {  }

-Canada- HMCS Athabaskan seizes 820 kg of cocaine in Carribbean bust   { * 820 kilograms = 1,807 lbs, + 651 ounces  —djo— }

-Canada-Council of Canadians going to court to fight election law changes   { * Why is this not up at the top in the Lead Articles section? —djo— }

-Canada- Why is Olivia Chow lagging in Toronto’s race for mayor?   {  }

-Politics- Just don’t call it ‘sociology’: Tories seek bids for terrorism research.  { * Do they want to learn how to better use terrorism against their electorate? They’re doing quite well – controlling the news- invoking an atmosphere of constant anxiety and fear in a calculated effort to better control the hearts and minds of citizens kept in a state of constant fear-  —djo— }

Small camera looks like a periscope.
“This camera, HTC’s ‘Re’ camera is about the size of a small candy bar, has no screen or viewfinder and is to hit stores in the U.S., Europe and Asia in about a month.”

-Business- TSX sinks as oil hits 18-month low   { “TSX” = Toronto Stock Exchange.  —djo— }

-Business- Climate change may create legal liability for Canadian energy firms   {  }

-Technology & Science- Fruit flies may give clues to how underground work affects health   {  }

-Technology & Science- This is HTC’s strange new Re camera    { “Everywhere you look, people are using smartphones and tablets to snap pictures and record video of concerts, speeches or even their kids’ ballet recitals — and instantly share the experiences with friends and family. At many events, people aren’t even looking at the stage; they are watching through their screens. – HTC thinks there’s a better way — and they’re betting you won’t mind carrying around an extra device about the size of a small candy bar. With the new Re camera gripped discreetly in your hands, you can take stills and video while still experiencing the event directly — not through a screen or viewfinder. – No more annoying people behind you by blocking their views with your phone or tablet. (In fact, no one may realize you’re recording at all. Hmm.HTC says the Re will at least make a sound when you take a picture or start recording.) – Many analysts are suggesting the new camera is a competitor to popular devices made by GoPro, which are designed to capture personal experiences ranging from cycling to diving. – The Re marks HTC’s effort to expand beyond smartphones. Its flagship HTC One smartphone earns high praise from users and tech reviewers but the company’s global market share is tiny compared with Apple’s and Samsung’s. According to IDC, HTC’s market share was less than 2 per cent in the second quarter, the latest period available.”  —djo— }

-Arts & Entertainment- Tanya Taaq says she was sexually targetted by a man in Winnipeg   {  }

 

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“Local / New Bruswick”

Anglophone West DEC will raise school closures at next meeting   {  }

Chipman accident kills 14-year old girl   {  }

Ebola ruled out in patient at Moncton’s Dumont hospital   {  }

Drug plan may impose financial burdens on low-income earners   {  }

‘Eat New Brunswick’ aims to put more local food into restaurants   {  }

 

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First Nations demonstrators.
Demonstrators celebrate B.C. Supreme court decision not to grant permanent injunction.

“First Nations”

Auditor General of Canada investigates health services on reserves   {  }

Catholic church in Saskatoon court over residential school payments   { “The federal government is taking the Catholic church to court over residential school money it claims is unpaid.”  —djo— }

Imperial Metals granted interim injuction, REd Chris protesters celebrate   { The photo, left or above, was with this article’s headline. The mining company was not granted a permanent injuction against the group of First Nations demonstrators who have been blocking access to a mining project south of Dease Lake, B.C. }

Polaris winner describes being followed, called ‘sexy little Indian’ on street   {  }

Cape Breton mayor, Mi’kmaq leader spar over Sydney Harbour   {  }

Successful Cree negotiator find the French-Canadian father he never knew   {  }

 

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{ Gaaaa :  6:36 pm —Again— ———djo——— }

Wednesday, 08 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Wednesday, 08 October, 2014  -( 60˚F / 16˚C – & cloudy  @ 4:30 pm near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Moose Fight.
“Moose fight on Alberta Highway.”
{ 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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Moon In Shadow?
“Shot of the Moon from an article on today’s eclipse.”

{ Thought of the Day: I just watched ‘GasLand II” the HBO documentary-movie, most of the way through, for about the tenth time. Why are governmental ‘mouthpieces’ still tring to say that Shale Gas is: (1) a good thing, and, (2) the best way to go?  The best scientific evidence reported on in that movie showed that there is more than enough wind power available to generate 5 times our needed electricity- virtually free- forever- & it is renewable, does not pollute, does not poison your water supply. -And if the wind slows down, solar photovoltaics can fill in the gaps. And then there’s always hydro-electric and maybe even tidal generation possible.  The only thing ‘wrong’ with these renewable technologies is the fact that no greedy corporation has found a way to control them enough with lies and propaganda to raise the price high enough to keep billions of people in low-wage-slavery for the foreseeable future.   —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

Search underway relating to 1985 disappearance of Nicole Morin   { “Nicole Morin was abducted in 1985- Springwater Township Police are ‘seeking new clues’.    —djo— }

Canada will screen some visitors for Ebola signs: Ambrose   {  }

BC court  orders campers to leave Vancouver park by Oct. 15   {  }

Canada faces ‘serious’ threats due to extremists: minister   {  }

About 80 back in Canada  after fighting for terror abroad   {  }

CF-18s is ISIS mission to leave from Cold Lake, Alta.: PM    {  }

Man diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in Dallas  hospital   {  }

Bent out of shape about carry-on bag rules? You’re not alone   {  }

-Analysis- Behind closed doors, Pope Francis turns up the heat on church’s future   {  }

 

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Indonesian Cave Art
Indonesian cave art may be over 40,000 years old.

“Offbeat”

Bull moose battle caught on tape on Alberta highway   {  }

Cave art in Indonesia may be oldest in world   {  }

Want to try crodocile wrangling? Then watch this   {  }

Man launches crowdfunding activity to keep Nickleback out of his city   {  }

 

 

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“Most Viewed”

Trinity Western grad ‘attacked’ for being Christian in job rejection   {  }

Thomas Eric Duncan, Ebola patient, dies in Dallas hospital   {  }

Air Canada carry-on crackdown blindsides passengers   {  }

Sarah Goldberg, 7th Heaven actress, dead at 40   {  }

Luka Magnotta trial: Berlin man met accused through dating service   {  }

U.S. TV networks may abandon unbundled Canadian cable for online   {  }

Steven Blaney says no exit controls planned for Canadian border   {  }

-12 photo slide show- 12 views of October lunar eclipse   {  }

-Blog- Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old cancer patient, explains her coice to die with dignity   { She’s chosen November 1st to end her life.  —djo— }

 

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Other:

Environment Canada confirms tornado hit Ontario town   {  }

Scientists muzzled by federal media policies, report suggests   {  }

Hillary Clinton will run and win in 2016 — Warren Buffett’s betting on it   {  }

84% of Canadians support doctor-assisted suicide in new poll    {  }

47 Lac-Mégantic train wreck deaths were ‘violent’ and ‘avoidable,’ coroner says   {  }

 Canadians cross-border shop till they drop, to tune of $8B in U.S.   {  }

 -Analysis- Hong Kong protests: A clash of two very different cultures   {  }

Do replica firearms look too real?   {  }

-Analysis- ‘Dirty Oil’ label would have hurt Europe more than Canada: Don Pittis   {  }

-Must Watch- Riots in Turkey   { “Groups of protesters with opposing views on Turkey’s handling of the situaltion in Kobani, the Syrian town under siege by ISIS, clash in cities across Turkey. ”  —djo— }

-Must Watch- White House comments on Ebola    {  }

-Must Watch- China earthquake aftermath drone flyover   {  }

-Editor’s Pick-  Lunar eclipse timelapse replay and photos   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Enterovirus D68: What we know about the virus   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Joining the ISIS mission   {  }

-World- ISIS forces pushed back from Kobani as airstrikes have effect   {  }

-Canada- Lori Douglas no longer faces allegations of sexual harassment   {  }

-Politics- Peter Kent wants Joe Oliver to fund HPV vaccine for boys   {  }

-Business- Stock markets climb after Fed minutes show no rush to raise rates   {  }

 

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“Local / New Bruswick”

Small business tax cut will create jobs, Brian Gallant says   {  }

RCMP with PTSD falling through cracks, says advocate   {  }

Photos of Moncton armed robber suspects released    {  }

Drug plan may impose financial burdens on low-income earners   {  }

-NB Page- Featured Video- Gas Guru: Oct. 7   {  }

 

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“First Nations”

-Updated- Some Phoenix Sinclair recommendations could take years, Manitoba says   {  }

Toddler in provincial care dies at Calgary hospital   {  }

Macpherson College: New university residence honours WWI veterans   {  }

Severely assaulted woman haunted by ‘those guys that abused me,’ she tells CBC   {  }

Cape Breton mayor, Mi’kmaq leader spar over Sydney Harbour   {  }

Daniel Levac memorial draws hundreds of mourners   {  }

 

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{ Gaaaa :  6:36 pm   ———djo——— }

Tuesday, 07 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Tuesday, 07 October, 2014  -( 65˚F / 18˚C – & cloudy  @ 1:45 pm near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

puppies on a blanket.
“The Battlefords Humane Society said Monday they could use some volunteer help looking after the 20 puppies”
{ 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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"Facebook Apologizes for unethical practices.
“Fight for the Future” tweeted this one: “Facebook Apologizes for Unethical Tests”

{ Thought of the Day: I just watched ‘GasLand II” the HBO documentary-movie, most of the way through, for about the tenth time. Why are governmental ‘mouthpieces’ still tring to say that Shale Gas is: (1) a good thing, and, (2) the best way to go?  The best scientific evidence reported on in that movie showed that there is more than enough wind power available to generate 5 times our needed electricity- virtually free- forever- & it is renewable, does not pollute, does not poison your water supply. -And if the wind slows down, solar photovoltaics can fill in the gaps. And then there’s always hydro-electric and maybe even tidal generation possible.  The only thing ‘wrong’ with these renewable technologies is the fact that no greedy corporation has found a way to control them enough with lies and propaganda to raise the price high enough to keep billions of people in low-wage-slavery for the foreseeable future.   —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

Freight train operators report falling asleep on the job   {  }

3 researchers win Nobel for physics for LED breakthrough   {  }

Federal gov’t certain to miss 2020 emissions target: audit   { * I listened to an online interview on CBC Radio One, in which an environmentalist told the reporter that he’s learned that the current Prime Minister’s micro-managed government has been ‘closely consulting with gas and oil companies’ about enforcing regulations and then not enforcing regulations that bother big corporate interests.   —djo— }

EU drops plan to put ‘dirty’ label on oilsands crude   {  }

Turkey says Syrian town under ISIS seige about to fall   {  }

Spain quarantines Ebola patient’s husband and co-worker   {  }

‘Marijuana was a red herring’: Lawyer says Mountie in suicide wanted focus on PTSD   {  The Mountie who was asked to turn in his uniform after smoking medical marijuana in uniform was found dead yesterday. He would have been sentenced in assault case in November.  —djo— }

-Analysis- Divided, uncertain Canada edges gingerly into Iraq   {  }

Daughter slams ‘inhuman’ way dad, 82, died in hospital supply room   { “The family of Marcel Roy is relieved to learn an investigation has been launched into the death of the 82-year-old man after he was placed in the supply room at a Drummondville, Que., hospital.”  —djo— }

 

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Woman photographing friend who is lying on Eiffel Tower's new glass floor.
“Eiffel Tower’s new glass floor thrills tourists”

“Offbeat”

This 5-year-old basketball player will make you smile   {  }

Look down, waaaaaaay down… Eiffel Tower gets glass floor   {  }

Shipwreck isn’t Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria after all   {  }

Bermuda-bound runner in floating ‘hamster wheel’ bubble rescued at sea  {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Ron Francis’s lawyer makes plea for PTSD help after Mountie’s suicide   {  }

Drummondville hospital investigates death of Marcel Roy, man put in supply room   {  }

Jennifer Lawrence calls nude photo hack a ‘sex crime’ in Vanity Fair   {  }

Sarah Leung sentenced to 5 years for killing her 2 babies   {  }

Lunar eclipse tonight may highlight Draconid meteor shower   {  }

Brian Gallant unveils his 13-person Liberal cabinet   {  }

RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who smoked marijuana on job, found dead   {  }

Canada, U.S. leap ahead as world growth slows: IMF   {  }

Arctic mapping problems ‘significant’ worry, Elizabeth May warns   {  }

J.K. Rowling teases Harry Potter fans with cryptic tweets   {  }

-11 photo slide show- Syria-Turkey border town under seige by ISIS fighters   {  }

-Blog- Teen arrested for harassing teacher with ‘cyberbullying app’ Streetchat   { “A 14-year-old student from Norwalk, Connecticut has been charged with harassment after allegedly posting “inappropriate photos” of a Spanish teacher online with what police call “sexually charged captions.”   —djo— }

 

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Other:

European Union drops plan to label oilsands crude ‘dirty’   { * Somebody must have paid somebody off here-  —djo— }

Lunar eclipse tonight may see hunter’s moon turn blood red   {  }

-Updated- Inadequate maps hamper Arctic exploration and protection, MPs say   {  }

How city planners could help women feel safer   {  }

Clorox lauded for listing all incredients amid labelling loophole   {  }

Toronto shooting victims were high school students   {  }

Bear cub found dead in New York City’s Central Park   {  }

-Live- Astronauts resume routine spacewalks after 2013 near-drowning   {  }

Talking to your car? Chances are you’re a dangerous driver   {  }

Tories introduce changes ‘for law-abiding gun owners’ in Canada   {  }

Spain quarantines 3 after nurse assistant infected with Ebola   {  }

‘My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense’: J.K. Rowling tweets puzzle Harry Potter fans   {  }

Syrian border town about to fall to ISIS, Turkish leader says   {  }

-Updated- A bird? A plane? No, it’s a grounded helicopter blocking traffic    { A ‘Sea King’ helicopter made an emergency landing in a field and was then loaded on a trailer and driven to the nearest appropriate air-base.  —djo— }

-Mujst Watch- Japan volcano search continues   {  }

-Must Watch- Massive pumpkin largest in Europe this year   {  }

-Must Watch- Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday reprospect   {  * & his ‘Fan Club’ gave him a series of paintings based on the legend of Hercules with Putin beating up on Canada, the US, and other monsters.  —djo— }

Cute puppy being held.
“Cuter photo of a puppy”

-Editor’s Pick- Puppy love  { “Help pours in for 20 puppies abandoned in Saskatchewan field” – —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- Hong Kong protesters ‘love their country’ says Tianmen veteran   { “Twenty-five years ago, a slight 20-year-old Beijing University history student with enormous glasses and a heartbreakingly sincere demeanour became one of the memorable faces of the Tiananmen Square student movement, which sought to bring reform to the Communist Party in China. – As we all know, that was not to be. After Chinese government troops opened fire in the square, massacring hundreds of students and other citizens on June 4, 1989, Wang Dan was hunted down. – So began his odyssey of almost a decade in Chinese prison, and eventual exile to the United States, where, in 2008, he earned a PhD at Harvard University. – He is now a professor of Chinese history in Taiwan, where he has been observing the protests in Hong Kong, which he believes are influenced by “the spirit of 1989.” – How do you feel as you watch the Hong Kong students and their historic demonstration? – I feel a lot of sympathy for the people of Hong Kong, because they are losing the powers they had. And I encourage them to do whatever they can to get their rights back. – In terms of aspirations and worldview, how does this generation of students in Hong Kong compare with those who gathered in Tiananmen Square? – There are a lot of similarities between what was happening in Tiananmen Square back then and what is happening in Hong Kong today. The people’s demand for democracy, for example. And we share a common opponent: the Chinese Communist Party. So when I see the birth of a very similar protest movement twenty-five years later, I naturally give it my full attention. Our opposition to the Communist Party in those days influenced the whole next generation of young people. On this point alone, I feel that we have been successful. – This young generation, they really love their country. And they are also looking for freedom. So these are similarities. Many students in Hong Kong know what happened in 1989, and they are inspired by the spirit of 1989. – What do you feel were important lessons learned from the experience of Tiananmen? – The most trying times during a street protest is at the mid-point. This is when protest movements are most prone to internal strife. I want to remind my friends in Hong Kong that within any mass movement, there are bound to be differences – differences in direction and strategy. – Everyone must try to be patient and consult with each other, even taking a vote to resolve any differences. There certainly cannot be any infighting because of internal differences. When it comes to a difference of opinion or direction, you cannot treat the other side like an enemy or allow acrimony. There is a common enemy facing us, and only by being united can we maintain our overall objective. So please, be careful.”  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- Post and Sun merger a doubtful pursuit of size and synergy: Don Pittis   {  }

-Business- Ebola-killing robot deployed in U.S. hospitals   {  }

-Health- Coffee tastes influenced by DNA   {  }

 -Technology & Science- Microsoft is developing next stage in Virtual Gaming   { “Microsoft is developing a six-projector, six computer, six microsoft camera gaming system called “Room Alive” that projects a 3-D game world into your living room without a television or computer monitor.”   —djo— }

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant unveils his 13-person Liberal cabinet   { * Many Ministers in this smallest cabinet since 1965 have double, even triple duties:

The new cabinet:

  • Premier Brian Gallant
  • Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman, minister of Public Safety, Solicitor General, Minister of Justice
  • Denis Landry, minister of Natural Resources
  • Donald Arseneault, minister of Energy and Mines
  • Rick Doucet, minister of Economic Development, Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Victor Boudreau, minister of Health
  • Ed Doherty, Minister of Government Services, Aboriginal Affairs
  • Brian Kenny, minister of Environment and Local Government
  • Bill Fraser, minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
  • Roger Melanson, minister of Finance and Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Francine Landry, minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
  • Cathy Rogers, minister of Social Development and Healthy and Inclusive Communities
  • Serge Rouselle, minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Attorney General

}

Sackville man says mandatory drug plan too expensive   { “Jon McKiel, who works as a cook in Sackville, says the mandatory prescription drug plan will be unaffordable for his young family at $1,600 per year. – “Last year we spent $15 on prescriptions,” he said.” & “Jon McKiel of Sackville is worried many people don’t know they won’t be able to opt out of the prescription drug plan that takes effect on Apr. 1, 2015. – The mandatory plan was introduced by the Alward government in Dec. 2010 as a way to ensure that anyone without insurance through their employer would have coverage for prescribed drugs.” —djo—  }

 -NB Page- Abortion clinics in Maine see ‘spike’ in New Brunswick clients   {  }

– NB page- Saint John woman raising awareness about substandard housing   {  }

 

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seattle totem
“Seattle Totem”

“First Nations”

Seattle City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day   {  }

No aboriginal people in jury pool delays fatal LRT beating trial   {  }

Deep racial division exists in Winnipeg, poll finds   {  }

Federal government falling further behind on emissions reductions, audit finds    {  }

Deadline nears for residential school students’ $3K education credits   {  }

3 Nova Scotians in running for Governor General’s Awards   {  }

 

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{Ack = 3:56 pm checking for typos and using the crayons —  4:15 pm = “Publish”     ———djo——— }

Monday, 06 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Monday, 06 October, 2014  -( 66˚F / 19˚C – & Clear in Ithaca, Hazy where I was  @ 2:45 pm near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Mother and child Rhinos
“Want to buy a white Rhino? South Africa’s government is selling-“
{ 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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Bermuda-bound runner Reza Baluchi in floating 'hamster wheel' rescued at sea. - A statement on Baluchi's website said the Iranian exile had planned to make the 1,662-kilometre trip in his self-designed bubble to raise money "for children in need" and "to … inspire those that have lost hope for a better future."
Bermuda-bound runner Reza Baluchi in floating ‘hamster wheel’ rescued at sea. – A statement on Baluchi’s website said the Iranian exile had planned to make the 1,662-kilometre trip in his self-designed bubble to raise money “for children in need” and “to … inspire those that have lost hope for a better future.”

{ Question of the Day: If the Harper Government is trying so damned hard to de-fang the CBC, whose news coverage has not buckled under his thumb and reported only what he approved of: Why does nobody up there see this a treason? }

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Lead Articles:

Parliament to vote Tuesday evening on mission to Iraq   {   }

Quebecor to sell English newspapers to PostMedia for $316M   {  }

Canadian Forces advance team already headed to Mideast   {  }

McGill grad among 3 researchers awarded Nobel for medicine   {  }

Iraq aid announced as MPs debate 6-month ISIS combat mission   {  }

-GO PUBLIC- Pharmacists miss drug warnings, leading to mom’s ‘horrible’ death   {  }

Would you pay $20 a month to get mail delivered to your door?   { * Ronny Ray-Gun tried to privatize the mail in the U.S.A. in the 1980s –  and Conservatives/Republicans have been trying to sabotage the service ever since. Now the Ice-Hole Prime Minister in Canada and his party shills are trying real hard to do that in Canada. If I wanted to write a horror story about how Neo-Fascists took over North America, I don’t think I could have come up with a better plot.   —djo—  }

In Hong Kong protest, China’s ‘Goliath’ hasn’t blinked yet: Patrick Brown   {  }

 

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Quonset hut.
“Andy Thomson is building a tiny home community in Mansfield, Quebec, This is the common building that houses the bathrooms and kitchen.”

“Offbeat”

Ottawa couple’s tiny dream home is the size of a living room   { “People searching for an alternative lifestyle are downsizing to the extreme and building from the ground up with a tiny home philosophy. –

  • WATCH | Ashley Burke shows you tiny home ideas tonight on CBC News Ottawa TV at 5 p.m.

– Robert and Leanne Leonardo of Ottawa are a prime example. They’re selling their 900-square-foot condo unit in favour of building their own 207-square-foot home. – To put that in perspective, the new home is smaller than their current living room. It will cost about $50,000 to build the home, not including the cost of purchasing land. – The couple hopes to live on their friend’s property in nearby Rockland for free and they are quite excited for this radical life change as they prioritize paying off their debt. – “I projected that in four to five years I would be mortgage free and debt free,” Robert said. – “My projection shows I’ll be able to recover 40 per cent of my disposable income. So I mean that offers a lot of choices in life.” –   — djo— }

Hunter finds 20 abandoned puppies in field, gives them clothes off his back   { This is repeated from yesterday, and I don’t think it’s offbeat- I think leaving those puppies out in the cold to die is inhuman and cruel.  —djo— }

Spain’s human tower competition   {  }

Homegrown polar bear talent passed up for foreign cub in Hollywood movie   { * Hey, I get to use the tag about polar bears forming unions for a second day in a row. * 🙂 —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Stranded man cuts power poles to draw attention   {  }

Battlefords Humane Society busy after hunter finds 20 puppies in field near Glaslyn   { 🙁   Repeat  🙁  }

You Have Mail a for-profit alternative to Canada Post home delivery   {  🙁   }

Pharmacists’ failure to check drug risks leads to ‘horrible’ death   {  }

Rob Ford’s controversial remarks derail mayoral debate   { * In another link to the same article some of those controversial remarks were called ‘bigoted’.*  —djo— }

Tiny, living-room-sized home attracts Ottawa couple   {   }

Quebecor sells Sun Media English newspapers to Postmedia in $316M deal   {   }

Blake Lively pregnant with Ryan Reynolds’s baby   { * Hey, nobody made headlines when I found out I was to be a father- Why do we care? *  —djo— }

Iraq aid announced as MPs debate 6-month ISIS combat mission   {   }

Bermuda-bound runner Reza Baluchi in floating ‘hamster wheel’ rescued at sea   { * Photo up at or near the top today. *  —djo—  }

-15 photo slide show- Hong Kong: Protesters in tense stalemate with police   {   }

 

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Other:

Sun Media’s English newspapers sold to Postmedia   {   }

The limitation of Ebola airport screening: ‘We do rely on people to be honest’   { * And a lot of us relied on the ‘Free Press’ being honest, and look where that got us — “Help! — Amen-”  —djo— }

Polls suggest broad support for Canadian role in fight against ISIS   {  See above comment on honesty. Here’s a sample poll: “Do you support your wonderful humanitarian governments’ plan to send your son to Syria to fight for the lives of innocent men women and children? or are you a $%#$#$%$!! Communist brainless ice-hole who should be taken into the nearest town square and shot for being a traitor?” ***  <—<< Thinks have not quite gotten that bad, not yet—   —djo— }

Want to buy a white rhino? South Africa’s government is selling   {  }

Rob Ford’s past use of anti-Semitic slur derails mayoral debate  {  }

Ebola update: Centers for Disease Control news conference   {  }

2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist revealed   { Okay, part of the Fascist agenda. Major banks and corporations get to put their name on buildings and contests that used to be open, democratic and free.  Like the MegaMoneyCorp’s Stadium in Anytown, USA, or the BackStabbers Bank and Trusts Free Money if we like you contest. Please don’t look toward the midwest where we just foreclosed on every family farm so they can’t compete with our plot to poison all of you with Monsanto’s poisoned GMO body rotting and mind control ingredients now the exclusive products of our Corporate Farming Conglomerate —  —djo— }

NBC cameraman with Ebola returns to U.S.   { There’s a damning cartoon making its way around the Twitt-Us-Sphere – Maybe 20 black near corpses being ignored in hospital beds while the only doctors in the cartoon are standing beside the only white patient, telling him, “We’ll do everything we can- You’re in good hands now.”  —djo— }

Canada’s free flight for European leaders ruffles German feathers   { * Yay! Somebody else out there is awake and notices these things.  Yes, Germany is a country that already saw what happens when you let Fascists take over. Busloads of prisoners heading to concentration camps had their windows painted with happy smiling faces beaming out at the countryside while they were bringing ‘undesireables’ to “Work Makes Free” camps to be worked to death, starved to death, gassed to death, or worse. —djo—  }

Downsizing: Your body can’t lose weight without your mind on board   {  }

-COMING UP LIVE- Ontario hockey league launching league-wide mental health plan   {  }

Alberta town votes to lift 109-year-old booze ban   {  }

Rock Machine biker gang boss arrested near Montreal   {  }

Search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 resumes with new underwater equipment   {  }

Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for brain GPS research   {  }

-Must Watch- Hong Kong protest time-lapse   {  }

-Must Watch- Rough Engagement   { * Couple gets engaged while floating over San Diego in a balloon. Balloon has trouble and crash lands. *  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Typhoon Phantone hits Japan   { * I don’t like being told I ‘must’ anything- My first impression here: I’ve seen hurricanes. I’ve seen weather channel footage of every nasty storm to hit this country since 1980- something. Why would I want to see another storm hit another coastline? *  “God- help anybody in the path of a storm- be it weather or political- Amen” — If you’re an athiest or agnostic, figure I’m trying to tap into my ‘higher’ power to activate some kind of cosmic power that we might just have been brainwashed out of knowing we all have—  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- The symols of Hong Kong’s ‘umbrella revolution’   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Chemical explosion injures 2 at UNB’s Fredericton campus   {  }

Brian Gallant’s 13-member cabinet will be smallest in 50 years   {  }

Storm Arthur tree cleanup costs in Fredericton reach $1.2M   {  }

Garbage sorting going downhill says Recycle SENB official  { * Sorting garbage down-hill, that’s an idea –  stand at the top of a hill, with your nearest politician’s house at the bottom of that hill – and dump all your garbage.  Oh- and make sure there’s nothing in that garbage that can lead the ‘authorities’ to you.  —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”

CFS is ‘new residential school system’ says former CFS investigator   {  }

Cold, mud ending Winnipeg drag of Red River   {  }

-Audio- Clifford Kokopenance jury roll case goes to Supreme Court   {  }

 

 

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{ Ack!    It’s 3:45  pm –  I’m late because my visiting daughter was sick today and none of my back up editors answered their telephones.   ———djo———  }

Sunday, 05 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Sunday, 05 October, 2014  -( 54˚F / 12˚C – Grey & cloudy right now  @ 12:45 pm in Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Mama and Baby polar bears.
“If Canadian polar bears, shown here in a Manitoba file photo, had an actor’s union, they might be miffed that a bear from China snagged a starring role in and upcoming Hollywood Movie.”
{ 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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Kenojuak Ashevak's "The Enchanted Owl"
Kenojuak Ashevak’s The Enchanted Owl, created in 1960, was featured on a Canadian stamp and has permeated Canadian culture. (West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd./National Gallery of Canada)

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Lead Articles:

-Analysis- China’s ‘anaconda strategy’ for choking off the Hong Kong protests: Patrick Brown   { “In Hong Kong, Patrick Brown observes how Beijing has, among other measures, been quietly halting the flow of Chinese tourists, an important source of income, to Hong Kong in the hopes of pitting residents against the blockading students.  —djo— }

Kei Nishikori beats Milos Raonic at Japan Open final   {  }

Texas seeks ‘low risk’ homeless man linked to Ebola case   {  }

Man in Dallas with Ebola ‘fighting for his life’: official   {  }

Hong Kong protesters agree to remove some barricades   {  }

Typhoon Phanfone heads to Tokyo after killing  U.S. airman   {  }

Pope urges creative approach to family  at Vatican meeting    {  }

Churches, mosques  offer prayers for Briton killed by ISIS   {  }

Doctors still befuddled about prescribing medical marijuana   { “Some Canadian doctors continue to have concerns about prescribing medical marijuana after new guidelines were released for family physicians.  – MDs say they have little scientific data to guide their authorizations for medical cannabis – Earlier this week, the College of Family Physicians of Canada released preliminary guidance to its 30,000 members on prescribing dried cannabis.

The college said there’s no research evidence supporting use of medical marijuana for low-back pain or fibromyalgia. Its use can be considered for neuropathic pain, such as nerve-damage pain resulting from multiple sclerosis, from metastatic cancer or from diabetic neuropathy, when those conditions don’t respond to standard treatments, the guidelines state. -Who should be able to legally access medical cannabis is a contentious issue, even within the medical profession. – In April, Health Canada changed its regulations and put the power to authorize medical marijuana use in the hands of doctors. Supplies of the herb are now provided by licensed growers and patients with proven medical needs are no longer allowed to grow it for personal use. – “We have little scientific data to guide us,” the college’s Dr. Sharon Circone said. “We have extremely little guidance from Health Canada. This was sprung on us.” – The Arthritis Society is also calling for more research on medical cannabis so people living with arthritis can make informed choices about their treatment and doctors have evidence-based information before authorizing use. – *** & Our Editor/Reporter, Jim W, reported earlier this year than a New Brunswick farmer with a medical condition reported to the CBC that he had been told that it would be illegal for him to continue growing his own, and was told that he would now have to pay $20,000.00 a year through approved channels to receive what he was basically growing himself for free. He can’t afford that. & We also commented that it looks like the greedy hands of government figured out they could extort tons of money from suffering medical patients before they decided that it might be a good idea to legalize medical marijuana.  *** At last notice, law officials and government ‘authorities’ were backing off and not enforcing the “Thou Shalt Not Grow Thine Own!” provisions until further notice.   —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Homegrown polar bear talent passed up for foreign cub in Hollywood movie   { * Well, then, we’ll just have to boycott that Hollywood movie, won’t we?   —djo— }

Pilgrims snap selfies between prayers during Hajj   {  }

Canucks anthem singer takes spill during O Canada   {  }

Montreal ‘ball of light’ mystery deepens   {  * Another one of our reporters, Cathi Harris, sent me email saying that credible authorities narrowed it down to ‘Most likely not intelligent alien sources’ =’ most likely a satellite burning out’ – they cause green or yellow fireballs.  —djo— }

 

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Puppies in a pickup.
Some of the 20 puppies found in a field by a hunter scoping out areas to hunt for moose.

“Most Viewed”

Battlefords Human society busy after hunter finds 20 puppies in field near Glaslyn   { *See Photo * – On Friday, Greg Zubiak was having a look around the field near Glaslyn where he plans to hunt moose this year when he saw some movement in the distance. – “As I walked up, they all just kind of looked at me and I guess my moose hunt was over. I just said, ‘OK, come on,’ and as soon as I said that, they all come running to me,” he said. – He counted 20 puppies left in the field. – “I saw two puppy heads sticking out and the rest of them had their heads buried in each other,” he said. – Zubiak says he knew some of the 20 puppies, who range in age from approximately 3 to 6 weeks old, apparently needed some extra warmth after being left out in the field, apparently left with just a blanket. *** So he took off his jacket and made them a nest in the front of the box of his truck.    —djo— }

Consort shooting: Victim died protecting his family, say parents   {  }

Mexican police discover mass grave amid search for missing students   {  }

Igloolik RCMP officer shot by gunman on snowmobile   {  }

Keurig’s coffee supremacy challenged by Canadian firm   { “A Canadian company is leading a pack of challengers that intend to knock off the exclusive features of the Keurig 2.0 single-serve coffee-maker. – Keurig released its 2.0 model in August, with a feature that initially prevented consumers from using other brands of coffee pods. –

“- “We cracked the code,” a smiling John Pigott, CEO of Club Coffee, told CBC News. The Toronto company made news this week with its $600-million lawsuit against Vermont-based Keurig, which alleges anti-competitive behaviour. – “And we’ve pointed other companies in the right direction on how to do it,” he added. – Some consumers had expressed anger and even launched lawsuits over Keurig’s plan to ensure that only its licensed K-cups would work in the new model. Less expensive off-licence coffee pods have been available for two years, but would be locked out from the wildly popular 2.0 model. – Now a number of companies say their pods will function in the 2.0 model. ”  —djo— }

-21 photo slide show- Hong Kong police clash with protesters in historic standoff   {  }

 

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Other:

Search for Malaysian Airlines MH370 to resume with new underwater equipment   {  }

Manjusha’s Match chronicles mom’s search for stem cell donor   {  }

-Point Of View- How to fix Question Period: Michael Enright   {  }

Cost to rebuild Gaza estimated at $4B   {  * How much would it cost to rebuild America’s pristine wilderness if some legal authority found us guilty of stealing our country from the sovereign people who were here before us and ordered us to return this continent to its natural state? *** Or, imagine that the state of New York invaded New Jersey and bombed the heck out of the place, and the rest of the U.S.A. came to New Jersey’s aid and soundly beat the New Yorkers- then demanded they pay to rebuild all the infrastructure they’d obliterated. How much would that cost? —djo— }

Brazilians voting in nail-biter election for president   {  }

Police officer nearly killed in 2012 crash runs 76 kilometers   {  }

Fords used City of Toronto resources for campaign, says ex-mayoral candidate   {  }

-Must Watch- Ebola fight on the frontlines   {  }

-Must Watch- A sick father’s plea to ISIS   { * This may be an honest and sincere report- but I’m remembering the impassioned ‘eye witness account’ of Saudi Arabian babies being removed from incubators and placed on the floor to die by Iraqi soldiers – that turned out to be a cold hearted lie and the ‘eye witness’ was the daughter of a Saudi ambassador who had been nowhere near the hospital. You pull stuff like that once too often and you have lost your credibility, guys-   —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- U.S. beer industry hit by brewing debate over water regulation   {  }

-Canada- No justice for victims of ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, say Haitians in Montreal   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

J.D. Irving Ltd. trust Liberals won’t change forestry plan   {  }

Recounts in New Brunswick confirm election night results   { “With just two days to go before the swearing in of the Liberal government in New Brunswick, the final recount in the province is done. – The hand counts were ordered after questions were raised about the accuracy of the electronic tabulation system. – Seven ridings in total were given a second count. – Elections New Brunswick says judges from the Court of Queen’s Bench have confirmed the wins by Liberal candidates in the ridings of Carleton-Victoria, Shippagan-Lameque-Miscou, Saint John Harbour, Saint John East, Charlotte-Campobello and Fredericton North. – The Progressive Conservatives were confirmed as winning the riding of Fredericton-Grand Lake. – Friday night votes – Two seats were recounted in Saint John on Friday. – Judges upheld the wins by Ed Doherty, in Saint John Harbour, and Gary Keating, in Saint John East. – On election night, the use of an untested software by Elections New Brunswick to transmit results recorded through the automated vote-counting tabulator system saw vote counts stall and then appear to drop before finally concluding. – The resulting confusion and delays meant it was about five hours after the polls closed before Elections New Brunswick could declare Brian Gallant’s Liberals had won a majority government. – After the confusion, the Progressive Conservatives applied for recounts in six ridings and the People’s Alliance asked for one. ” — * And yesterday it was reported that in one ‘riding’ five votes had been miscounted by the electronic tabulator.  —djo— }

Saint John jail guard facing drug trafficking related charges   {  }

Gas Guru: Weekly prices and predictions for gas and diesel   { *On the http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick  page —djo— }

 

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First Nations women marching.
March to honour missing and murdered First Nations women in Saskatoon.

“First Nations”

-New- Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured at St. John’s vigil   {  }

Hundreds march in Saskatoon to honour missing and murdered women   {  }

*** & we ask anybody so moved to pray for the health of First Nations people, children included, who do not want to suffer through chemotherapy ***

 

 

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{ 2:55 pm, I’m late again…  3:00 pm – “Publish”-ing 😉  ———djo——— }

Saturday, 04 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Saturday, 04 October, 2014  -( 57˚F / 14˚C – & cloudy right now  @ 12:45 pm in Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Green light inside red circle near reporter's head.
“Montreal ‘ball of light’ mystery deepens”
{ 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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Kenojuak Ashevak's "The Enchanted Owl"
Kenojuak Ashevak’s The Enchanted Owl, created in 1960, was featured on a Canadian stamp and has permeated Canadian culture. (West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd./National Gallery of Canada)

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Lead Articles:

Canada sends 2nd mobile Ebola lab to Sierra Leone   {  }

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies at 63   { *”Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies” in a second headline a couple lines down —djo—  }

Canada to send 2nd mobile Ebola lab to  Sierra Leone   {  -Redundant R Us- today.   —djo— }

Hong Kong police arrest gang members as protests turn ugly   { * I wouldn’t doubt that some of the uglies were planted there by anti-democracy government agents. —djo— }

U.K. PM  says will use ‘all assets we have’ against ISIS   { * & Earlier this morning, Jim W sent me email saying that last night on the radio he heard ‘credible sources’ explain that the “Khorsan group” that our President Obama announced was targeted and bombed for issuing threats against U.S. citizens inside the U.S.A. was a made-up name for a group that was protecting Syrians from both ISIS and Syrian Government troops, might have been good guys that bad guys in the U.S. government or shadow government took out as a favour to Bad Guy Syrian President Assad in order to secure permission to bomb alleged ISIS hot spots inside Syria. This gets stranger all the time. We may be bombing good guys that Syrian intelligence tells us are ISIS guys- Doing other bad guys a favor while they laugh at us.  —djo— }

Canada commits to 6-month combat mission against ISIS  {  }

-Almost Redundant?- Standoffs get ugly at Hong Kong democracy protests   { *Why don’t we call them ‘demonstrations’? Does anybody in the main stream know whether these Hong Kong people are there demonstrating for or against anything? We’ve heard rumours about both, including the one that this whole ‘umbrella revolution’ might actually be a rent strike. Does the TRUTH stand a chance in today’s messed up world of lies, deceit, propaganda and media manipulation?  —djo— }

-Analysis- Markets move both ways, so don’t poke the bear: Don Pittis   { * I think I like Don Pittis. Judgement still reserved- There’s a bear in a tightly cropped photo on the main CBC news page. -But not on the page where the actual full length article lives. Dang- I would have liked to have that bear in one of our copied and pasted graphics today.  —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Montreal ‘ball of light’ mystery deepens   {  See photo up at the top  —djo— }

‘Incredible Hulk’ star sworn in as honorary constable in Hamilton   { Lou Ferrigno – Yeah, cops would like to turn green and grow about twice their size and hope to get away with busting heads of anyone who looks at the funny.  Sound like junior high school b.s. to you?   —djo— }

Route 66’s singing road   {  }

Tumblr hosts ‘Mean Girls Day’ art show   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Iconic ‘Wait For Me, Daddy’ WWII photo unveiled as sculpture today   { The statue will have been unveiled at 11:00 am pacific time in New Westminster, BC – Don’t know if I will be finished by then  —djo—  }

Moose-killing winter tick population growing in Quebec   { Ticks that can kill mooses? That doesn’t sound good, Bullwinkle- stay out of Quebec!  —djo— }

-Bear Market bit  and Montreal ball of the light repeated here.-

Dallas Ebola case: Family moves from apartment where patient stayed   { * & I read a tweet that said that U.S. officials got word from ‘remote viewers’ that this would happen In Dallas with the correct date – they got the intelligence 6 months ago and let it happen anyway.  They want you to be anxious, and therefore highly manipulate-able  —djo— }

-Hong Kong standoffs getting ugly repeated here-  { Gaaaa! }

Doug Ford calls debate audience ‘ignorant’   {  }

Granville Gardens seniors complex gutted by massive fire   {  }

Shooting in Consort leaves 3 dead    {  }

Low dollar could hurt high-flying Albertans, economist says    {  }

-19 photo slide show- Hong Kong police clash with protesters in historic standoff    { *Why call them ‘protesters’? Because that raises a nastier image than ‘demonstrators’? Is the CBC as slanted and controlled as U.S. media?   —djo— }

-Blog- Mean Girls Day gets its own art show on Tumblr   {  }

 

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Other:

The quest for E.T.? Canada helps in search for signs of life beyond Earth    { * Maybe we should look for intelligent life here first?   —djo—  }

-New- 12 pro-Russian rebels killed in fight for Ukrainian airport   {   }

5 things Stephen Harper told us about Canada’s ISIS fight   { * How do we know if anything he says is true? —djo— }

U.K. hostage’s beheading ‘completely unforgivable’ Cameron says   {  }

Brewing debate over water regulation hits U.S. been industry   {  }

Bad weather leaves 22 stranded on island in Nunavut   {  }

-Photos- Week in pictures, Sept. 28 – Oct. 3   { * Like we asked last weekend: Don’t the weekends count?  —djo— }

Canada should speak out on Hong Kong protests, ex-ambassador says   { * I’m speaking out- is there anyone we can trust to tell us what is going on? Who is behind it and who is opposed and what is their opposition doing? Are the demonstrators demonstrating pro-democracy or anti-high rent prices? Who is pulling our strings and what are they trying to get us to do?   —djo— }

Bees, birds may suffer long-term consequences from common pesticides   { * Does anybody remember “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson? And is  some evil ice-hole deliberately trying to kill off the birds and bees? Public dismemberment might be too soft a punishment for somebody like that – IF it is true.   —djo— }

Other First Nation girl who refused chemo relapsed, doctor says   { * Everybody: Pray -or send out the intention- that everybody who refuses chemo be cured by healing angels- okay? Please? -Amen  —djo— }

Canadian man caught trying to smuggle 1,007 turtles to China  { * And, recently we thought it was weird when somebody taped 51 turtles to his body and tried to smuggle them into Canada?  ***Today’s theme: “It gets weirder all the time.” Or is that ‘more weird’?  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Combative Doug Ford on CBC’s Metro Morning   {  }

-Must Watch- Route 66’s singing road   { “Albuquerque highway has new rumble strips, paid for by National Geographic, whose vibrations play America the Beautiful when driven over at 70 km/h”  * 70 km/h = 43 miles + 87s.93 yards per hour *  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Gone Girl: Film Review   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Ebola outbreak: What you need to know { *** Or what ‘They’ want you to believe you ‘need’ to know?  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- /Repeat/ Brazil presidential election: Suddenly too-close-to-call   {   }

-Analysis- /Repeat/ Why China might be willing to sacrifice Hong Kong’s economy: Don Pittis   {  }

-Politics- Environmentalists shit focus from Ottawa to the grassroots   {  }

-Business- SpaceX, cellphone prices, and Netflix: Business Week Wrap   {  }

-Business- Loonie drops below 89 cents US   { * Re: “Loonie” = Canadian dollar. — No, you can’t rent your very own lunatic for 89 cents an hour in Canada. 😉  —djo— }

-Business- Marriot rapped by FCC for jamming guests’ Wi-Fi    {  }

-Health- Ebola test on patient at Toronto hospital comes back negative   {  }

-Health- Sausage, chicken burger recall in Alberta linked to 4 illnesses   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Xavier Dolan calls Orson Welles ‘a late bloomer’   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Maroon 5’s ‘Animals’ condemned by sex assault group   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Q&A: Cara Gee plays “dream role” as gun-toting Métis cowgirl   {  }

-Technology & Science- How hackers are breaking through the Great Firewall of China   {  }

-Technology & Science- Physical labels no longer required for smartphones, wearable devices   { “Under new rules, high-tech devices with a non-removable screen, like Google Glass, can carry required information such as serial numbers on an e-label instead of a physical label.” * But how about the warning labels, like ‘Warning, wearing these glasses may blast way too much deadly radiation into your eye-bulbs and fry your brain!’ & um, not just the glasses. Cell phones might cause health problems. L.E.D. screens on ‘smart’ phones might be blinding anyone who uses them. Heck, My eyesight has gotten really bad since I started buying L.E.D. backlit monitors. —> I’m writing this on a good old LCD screen whose colours looked strange when I went back to it last month<—  —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Water on earth found to be older than the Sun    { * So I guess the big bang might be in question, or maybe -not everything began with the same big bang? Somebody’s going to have fun investigating this one.   —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Apple iPad event expected Oct. 16    { * Should I worry about what they mean by ‘event’? Will a Steve Jobs clone turn on an iPad in front of half a zillion cameras and cause the extinction of a thousand star systems?   —djo— }

-Community- #FeelingNuts campaign tries to mirror success of ice bucket challenge   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Liberal Andrew Harvey’s win confirmed in Carleton-Victoria   { “Recounts are underway today in New Brunswick after questions were raised about the accuracy of the electronic tabulation system election night. – So far, the manual counting has confirmed the Liberal win in Carleton-Victoria. The winner remains Andrew Harvey, who gained two votes. – Runner-up, Colin Lockhart, gained three votes, but the result is unchanged. – Recounts are also taking place in Woodstock, Bathurst, St. Andrews and Fredericton-Grand Lake. – On election night, the use of an untested software by Elections New Brunswick to transmit results recorded through the automated vote-counting tabulator system saw vote counts stall and then appear to drop before finally concluding.” * I believe Andrew Harvey was the candidate who was charged with fraud over an investigation of a firm that he was a board member for – and then after a couple “Hey, now, the timing on this sounds suspicious” articles, the charges were dropped. *** I’d still like to know the results from recounting all the questioned ‘ridings’s results’   —djo— }

Seniors’ prescription co-payments questioned   {  }

Armed robbery in Moncton investigated   {  }

What should Atlantic Canada’s universities be in the future?   { * ‘Above Water’ would be nice, -if any of the climate change forecasts are right and the polar ice caps melt and the seas rise several meters—   —djo— }

 

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Red and yellow flag
This flag was carried by First Nations people demonstrating for action on the issue of missing and murdered First Nations women.

“First Nations”

Protests over missing, murdered women close stretches of 2 Ontario highways   {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top pick for the week, sneak peek of Unreserved   {  * Okay, a couple days ago we read that a number of tribes objected to the term ‘Aboriginals’ – Why are we still seeing you use that?   —djo— }

Nuit Blanche exhibit captures spirit of Northern Ontario First Nations   { “A Scottish born photographer will have photographs of the James Bay Coast featured in the Toronto art show, Nuit Blanche, this weekend.” —djo— }

Métis president Robert Doucette threatens court action   {  }

Simon Awa Nunavut’s new chief negotiator for devolution   {  }

Chief Tecumseh honoured with turtle shell sculpture   {  }

 

{  3:30 pm, Guys- I’m late with this. I’ll publish now and come back later, check for typos and use the crayons  ———djo——— }

Friday, 03 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Friday, 03 October, 2014  -( 58˚F / 14˚C – & cloudy right now  @ 8:45 am in Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Wild Pig?
A wild pig in Australia is credited with stealing 18 beers from campers, got drunk and picked a fight with a cow? >>—-> From Twitter
{ 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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Kenojuak Ashevak's "The Enchanted Owl"
Kenojuak Ashevak’s The Enchanted Owl, created in 1960, was featured on a Canadian stamp and has permeated Canadian culture. (West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd./National Gallery of Canada)

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Lead Articles:

-Analysis- How ISIS and Syria drove a stake through the Arab Spring: Nahlah Ayed   {  }

Clashes break out between Hong Kong protesters, residents  {  }

Commons to vote on combat mission against ISIS Monday: PM   {  }

Patient being tested for Ebola in Toronto hospital   { “As a precaution” it says elsewhere.   —djo— }

Ebola vaccine doses promised to Africa remain in Canada   {  }

Could Ebola vaccine delay be due to an intellectual property spat?   { -Wouldn’t it be a son of a gun if badly needed vaccine was withheld because some corporation was afraid it might lose a couple dollars over ‘intellectual property’ issues?- If that’s really what’s going on here.  —djo— }

-Analysis- Brazil’s suddenly too-close-to-call presidential election   {  }

-Live Chat- The Ebola crisis in Africa   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

‘Your breath smells like a fart’: Mean toddler video goes viral   { Yesterday they said it went ‘ultra-viral’ —djo— }

Orphaned polar bear cubs settling in at Winnipeg zoo   {  }

Converted ambulance to take couple to South America   {  }

-Repeat- Sabre discovery linked to decades-old murder mystery   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Gang rape warning issued for St. John’s sex workers   {  }

Gone Girl: Film Review   { }

Doug Ford talks taxes, transit on CBC’s Metro Morning   {  }

Ebola test on patient in Toronto hospital a ‘precaution’   {  }

Justin Trudeau says PM ‘hasn’t even tried’ to make case for expanded Iraq role   {  }

[U.S.] teens accused of killing more than 900 chickens with a golf club   {  }

Nelson Hart’s Mr. Big appeals legal bills topped $553K   {  }

-14 photo slide show- The symbols of Hong Kong’s ‘umbrella revolution’   {  }

-Blog- Caffeinated underwear won’t help you lose weight, U.S. government confirms   {  }

 

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Bansky Mural
The mural by graffiti artist Bansky featured pigeons holding up signs directed at a more colourful bird. One banner reads ‘migrants not welcome’, while another reads ‘keep off our worms’. (Banksy.co.uk/AP Photo)

Other:

-Updated- Doug Ford talks race for mayor with CBC Toronto   {  }

NBC News cameraman diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia   {  }

Trudeau: Canada can’t just ‘whip out our CF-18’s’ for Iraq mission   {  }

Harper to reveal ISIS mission plan today ahead of Monday debate   {  }

Australia expected to join anti-ISIS airstrikes   {  }

Rob Ford cites 50/50 survival rate for his cancer, but stays optimistic   {  }

Celebrities in nude photo hack threaten Google with $100M lawsuit   {  }

Magnotta trial sees security footage showing Jun Lin’s final hours   {  }

Guilty: Red Scorpion gangsters convicted in Surrey 6 murders   {  }

-Video- Liberia’s health workers battled ‘unknown enemy’ in Ebola, president says   {  }

Eugenie Bouchard qualifies for WTA Finals later this month   {  }

-Must Watch- Rob Ford on cancer, the election   {  }

-Must Watch- How the U.S. man got Ebola   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- New pictures of Franklin expedition’s HMS Erebus   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Meet the teen mastermind of Hong Kong’s ‘umbrella revolution’   {  }

-Repeat-Editor’s Pick- Kroger grocery chain allows guns   {  }

-Politics- Jason Kenney says no to easing new temporary foreign worker rules   {  }

-Politics- Delay in Iraq mission debate raises ire of Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau   {  }

-Politics- Quebec minister talks about possibly re-opening Constitution   {  }

-Business- Hard-hit loonie getting vote of confidence from central banks   { “The Loonie” is the Canadians’ own nickname for their one dollar coin, which features a loon, usually casually floating in place, on an implied lake. In at least one year’s special edition the loon taking off into flight.  }

-Business- Falling oil prices drive down TSX again   {  }

-Business- U.S. Sears dumps stake in Sears Canada   {  }

-Business- U.S. energy giant NRG buys Toronto-based solar firm   {  }

-Business- 23andme genetic testing service raises ethical questions   { Some people fear that governments might some day reveal that their dna is copyrighted or somehow become the ‘property’ of that government and then either tell its citizens that they cannot legally reproduce or dictate who they can and cannot reproduce with.  —djo }

-Health- Canadarm robotics technology performs breast cancer biopsies   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Bansky mural removed by embarrassed UK council   { The Mural is copied and pasted above this section.  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Imagine Dragons announced as Grey Cup headliners   {  }

-Technology & Science- Hong Kong protests: China may be spying with smartphone apps   { I mentioned yesterday that smartphone apps that the demonstrators were using were described as having apotential security problem. Looks like I might have been correct.  }

-Technology & Science- Pluto and beyond: Widening views of what makes a planet   {  }

-Technology & Science- Google announces project to get Canadian kids coding   { Google, after Wikileaks leaked information that the company is spying on everybody and turning information over to agencies like the NSA etc, wants to train your kids to be good little cyber spies? }

-Community- Facebook apologizes to drag queens over ‘real name’ policy   { *Facebook’s chief product officer has apologized to drag queens, transgender people and others in the LGBTQ community because its real-name policy caused their accounts to be shut down. -In a post on the social networking site, chief product officer Chris Cox extends his apology to “members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we’ve put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.” – Last month, Facebook announced that its users would be mandated to use their legal names on profiles and suspended the accounts of userswho didn’t comply.  -Many of the drag performers and others whose accounts were disabled pledged to leave Facebook and join an emerging social media site called Ello.* —djo—}

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

David Alward’s Tory deputy ministers face unclear future   {  }

NB Power eues cheaper refurbishment plan for Mactaquac dam   {  }

Moncton rooming house shut down by fire marshal   {  }

FIFA Moncton visit overshadowed by turf war   {  }

 

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“First Nations”

Google Enchanted Owl Doodle
Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak was honoured by Google with this doodle on what would have beeh her 87th birthday.

-New- Kenojuak Ashevak gets posthumous birthday Google doodle   { “Google’s doodle pays tribute to Kenojuak Ashevak. The late Inuk artist, best known for her Enchanted Owl, would have turned 87 on Friday.”   —djo— }

Kellie Leitch announces $1.1M to prevent cyberviolence against women, girls   { “The federal government is spending $1.1 million to fund eight new projects to combat cyberbullying against women and girls, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch announced today.” —djo—  }

McMaster Hospital defends court action to treat aboriginal girl   { “McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton is defending its plan to separate an aboriginal girl with cancer from her family so she can resume chemotherapy.”  —djo— }

Federal government to stop funding payments to Sask. Metis    { “The federal government says it is going to stop funding Metis Nation-Saskatchewan. – A letter dated Wednesday from Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said the group failed to hold an assembly by the end of September “due to ongoing internal governance issues.” – He said the group was required to do so under its funding agreement. – All payments are to be halted Nov. 1. – “It is my hope that Metis Nation-Saskatchewan finds a way to effectively and efficiently give the Metis people of Saskatchewan the governance that they deserve — one which is transparent, accountable and democratic,” Valcourt wrote in the letter addressed to the Metis group’s president, Robert Doucette. – “I also firmly believe that taxpayer dollars are to be used wisely and for the benefit of all Canadians.” – Calls to the Saskatoon office of Metis Nation-Saskatchewan were not answered. – Protesters picketed last year outside the office calling for Doucette’s resignation. At the time, the group’s vice-president said several council members were concerned about an overhaul of the group’s governance structure and that Doucette was acting secretive.”  —djo— }

N.W.T. Tlicho cancel fall caribou hunt, unable to find any   {  }

Ottawa committee approves rezoning on sacred aboriginal site   { “Dozens of people crowded into Ottawa’s planning committee meeting to weigh in on the future of a former industrial site on the Ottawa River in an area considered sacred to First Nations people.” & [*] Ottawa’s Planning Committee unanimously approved a rezoning request for the massive redevelopment of a former industrial site on the Ottawa River considered sacred to First Nations people.

[*] Windmill Development has plans to build condos, shops and offices on the former Domtar lands — a 37-acre property that include Chaudière and Albert Islands, as well as a large piece of shoreline on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River. – Dozens of people crowded the planning committee meeting to weigh in on how to use the land. – Christopher Wong, a board member of the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, has his own vision, which includes returning the Chaudière Falls to their natural state. – “It would be nice to see the space and to see the falls freed — that would be the ultimate dream, to turn it into a green space, back to its original nature. That would be plan A,” he said. – “But plan B would be to work in partnership with Ottawa and the rest of Canada to make a mutual vision happen together.” – The president of the Fairlea Community Association echoed the need to restore the former industrial site to nature. – “We need a central park for Ottawa and Gatineau,” said Peter Stockdale,. “We’re losing an opportunity just by filling it up with some condos. We’re missing the possibility of restoring the number one tourist destination that the Chaudière Falls used to be.” – The matter will go to city council next week, and to Gatineau City Council later in October.” [* = quoted/copied & pasted. ] —djo— }

 

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{ 10:00 am = tried something different, held off most comments until typo check & coloring expedition — 10:45 am = Looks like I’m done >>—-> “Publish” <—-<<  ———djo——— }

Thursday, 02 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Thursday, 02 October, 2014  -( 52˚F / 11˚C – & ‘clear’ right now  @ 9:15 am in Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

{ 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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Walrus on beach.
Walrus Herd On Alaska Beach. This may be a stock photo. A screen capture from the actual video came out too blurry.

Other Sources: The Toronto Star:

CETA a much-announced trade pact of dubious value:   { –By: National Affairs, Published on Tue Sep 30 2014 –Free trade with Europe is the centerpiece of Stephen Harper’s time in government. It is so crucial that the prime minister announces it over and over again. -The latest re-announcement came Friday. This time, it was to celebrate the almost final text of what is officially known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the 28-member European Union. -That followed celebrations last year on an agreement in principle. There will undoubtedly be another gala when, after a “legal review” the final, final CETA text is released. – And there may be to 30 more over the next few years if the agreement is successfully ratified by the European Council, the European Parliament and the 28 member nations of the EU, – In ancient times, political rulers marked such victories with human sacrifice and lavish excess. Harper made do by spending a mere $338,000 to fly a gaggle of visiting European bureaucrats back to Brussels on a Canadian government jet. – The pact is far from a done deal. In Europe, the politics of CETA have become enmeshed in the debate over a similar accord being negotiated between the EU and Washington. – Critics fear that a section in CETA allowing companies to override domestic laws could set a precedent for the Americans to exploit. – There is also dispute within the EU over whether such trade and investment deals need to be ratified by all 28 member states. – But let us assume for a moment that the Canada-Europe deal eventually comes into effect. What can we expect?  – At first glance, the answer is not much. The government promises 80,000 new net jobs. But as Jim Stanford, an economist with the labour union Unifor has pointed out, this is a bogus number based on the assumption that no one can ever be unemployed. – Expect the price of European luxuries to fall as tariffs are removed. But don’t expect a big job uptick here. – Ottawa says Canadian beef and pork producers will gain better access to European markets thanks to CETA. And perhaps they will. – Yet as a recent analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives points out, the European Union is already a net exporter of pork and beef. – This doesn’t mean there is no appetite in Europe for, say, Canadian pork chops. But unless European farmers are singularly inefficient, it does suggest the market would be limited. – Conversely, a deal with Europe promises to be less disruptive than earlier free trade pacts. – The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1989 and the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1993 virtually wiped out entire domestic industries. – This time, it seems that job losses would be more limited. – With significant exceptions (particularly in Ontario), the new pact would make it near impossible for governments or government agencies to favour locally owned firms. That could affect businesses ranging from school bus operators to caterers. – Canadian cheese makers would be hurt as would domestic automakers. But neither is likely to be destroyed. – The application of European drug patent rules would result in Canadians paying more for their pharmaceuticals. Provincial governments, all of which operate public drug plans, were particularly grumpy about this. But Ottawa has appeased them by offering subsidies. – Trade analyst Scott Sinclair says he expects the provinces will quietly pass laws implementing their CETA obligations. – The real danger in this deal has nothing to do with trade. Rather it is a provision, similar to one enshrined in NAFTA, that would permit corporations to overturn domestic laws.  – In effect, CETA includes an investors’ bill of rights aimed at penalizing government actions that interfere with profitability. – European businesses would be able to challenge such actions before a special dispute-settlement board. Irish banks, for instance, could challenge regulations designed to safeguard the Canadian financial system. – European firms could also challenge government regulations that “unduly” complicate or delay business activities. – Theoretically, Canadian companies would have reciprocal rights in Europe. But we don’t have good track record. – Under NAFTA, several U.S. companies have managed to overturn Canadian laws. No Canadian company has ever successfully used that trade pact to override a U.S. law. – Thomas Walkom’s column appears Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  / —***** I asked friends in Canada about the Toronto Star – One friend, who has been helpful in the past, commented that Toronto has a “Sun” newspaper and a “Star” but no “Moon” — Here’s the message: “I used to subscribe to The Star. It’s central/left. Right wingnuts read The Sun. There is no Moon paper, lol. There should be though. It would be nice to have a  totally apolitical non-censored newspaper out there.” C.M. Harris. *****  —djo— }

Hong Kong demonstration
The Demonstrations continue in Hong Kong. Many Protesters are downloading and using “Fire Chat” an app that can connect chatters without an internet or cellular connection. It may have security issues, but it may work if the government shuts down their networks.

{ Is today international anything day? —> Doug, who appreciated international coffee day . }

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Lead Articles:

-New- Liberian Ebola orphan a ‘miracle child’ facing uncertain future   { * Scorecard: “News articles designed to make you feel anxious / Total Articles” = ” 1 / 1 ” * —djo— }

10 U.S. disease experts now in Texas to probe  Ebola case   { * 2 / 2 *   }

First Nations join Vancouver land deal valued at  $302M   { *  2 / 3  * }

Hong Kong police warn protesters not to charge buildings   { * 3 / 4 * }

PM to announce Canada’s combat role in ISIS fight   { * 4 / 5 * }

-Analysis- Harper readying groundwork for Canada’s turn in Iraq: Chris Hall   { * 5 / 6 * = *** “You must believe that your government is sending your children off to die in b.s. made up touble spots [ caused by C.I.A. and other covert agencies stirring up hatred, playing ‘divide and conquer’ to manipulate you ] because you must believe that without your government and its military, you are helpless and vulnerable” <—> fascist agenda ***  —djo— }

Kid with unwelcome ice cream cone, guy with welcom openly carried rifle.
“Guess which of these two is not welcome in Kroger’s Stores” The guy with a scary looking rifle almost ready to fire or the kid with the ice cream cone. = Propaganda campaign designed to prey on your anxieties.

Guns and grocery stores: U.S. supermarket chain draws fire from moms group   { I’m willing to bet that the group “Moms Demand Action”, an anti-gun lobby in the U.S.A. is funded by, advised by, manipulated by, or is a front for a group that wants to disarm U.S. Citizens.  I should have our reporter / editor Jim W weigh in on this. He was living in Ithaca when I met him. He had a rifle that he’d only used for target shooting. We went to a range together and he was a better shot in those days than I was. He was engaged to a woman from California who was a student at Cornell University up the hill there- And she was terrified of guns. I saw her look like she wanted to crawl backward out of her skin just knowing he owned a rifle that he kept securely locked up in a safe in a spot that almost no one would think to look for it. He decided to sell the rifle, saying he was making the jump to believing that prayer and meditation might be a better defence than keeping a rifle locked up where he probably couldn’t get it in time if there was a real danger anyway. I almost bought it. But he went with a licensed dealer instead. On the way home he admitted that he had been nervous about buying the rifle in the first place. His father had been an abusive, violent alcoholic who was over six feet tall and weighed between two hundred and three hundred pounds all his adult life. Jim said that he worried that, if he’d had a firearm within reach when his father went ballistic and began slapping his mother around, or beat up physically on his younger brother, he may have been extremely tempted to use deadly force. But, as an adult, when he was a good two hundred and fifty miles from his father, who had become disabled, and was confined to a wheel chair for a number of years, Jim told me that when he had the opportunity to buy the rifle, and thought that since he was trying to buy property in the woods where wolves, bears and an occasional big cat might be a real problem, he thought about it hard and long, and realized that he had grown up and was now responsible, and the fact that he examined his issues, and especially since he had not completely lost it when a bully was attacking a woman and he could have swung a metal baseball bat and probably crippled or killed the attacker, but gave the guy a warning and scared him off instead— He said he had realized he had matured and had the self control he needed to accept that he was a responsible adult and would not do anything stupid in the heat of the moment- “Moments don’t get any hotter than when you see some ice-hole who just might kill somebody you know and care about-” Jim left one of his targets from the shooting range, with an impressive cluster near the bulls eye, in the back of his hatch back Newspaper delivery car where anybody could look inside and guess it probably wasn’t a good idea to mess with this guy- And later, after his fiacée broke off the engagement, admitted that wished he hadn’t sold the rifle. But- Okay, I got rambling here- *** Several of my friends, people who do not wear aluminum foil hats to keep evil aliens from controlling their thoughts, believe that the U.S. second ammendment was intended to give the ‘sovereign citizens’ of the U.S.A. the right to defend themselves from all enemies, foreign and domestic, including a government that might lose its way and declare that freedom and free citizenry were enemies of the state. I also know quite a few people who believe that an armed ‘bad guy’ would not pick on a victim who might have a gun or be protected by somebody in a store who might have one. I never want to shoot anybody. I don’t care how dangerous a situation might seem. I mean, if somebody had a knife at my daughter’s throat and I was sure I could kill him with one shot and not miss and hit Rachel- I’d probably do it. But I don’t know how I’d live with that afterward- I could probably give myself PTSD just thinking about it. But I do not want to see the government and police forces become the only people in this country who can legally own fire arms. What’s the first thing an evil totalitatarian regime does when they come to power? They disarm the public. And then programs like the holocaust can happen. Gaaaa- Let’s hope it never comes close to that. *** / long winded again… —djo— } { Anxiety Meter: * 6 / 7 * }

Cold Case: Christine Jessop’s adbuction and death still unsolved 30 years later    { * See? You, too, could be abducted and murdered by some random crazy person, even on your way home from school. Anxiety Meter: * 7 / 8 * }

 

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“Offbeat”

Former Winnipegger’s ‘mean toddler’ video goes ultra-viral   { * 7 / 9 * — Unless you become afraid that a toddler might pick up a kitchen knife and do you in while you’re sleeping, or the word ‘viral’ sets off subliminal triggers.  —djo— }

Sabre discovery may solve decades-old murder mystery    {  * 8 / 10 * Under “Most Viewed”  this article’s headline is “Sabre from American Revolution found in Guysborough wall” The sabre belonged to a loyalist who fought with a loyalist cavalry in the Carolinas during the Revolution. As an officer he was allowed to keep his sabre. In 1829, a ‘local doctor’ with a bad reputation —who may have stolen property from people he treated— in the Guysborough, Nova Scotia area, was found dead, stabbed multiple times by what was believed to be a sword. One of the original officer’s sons was among those who were charged in the doctor’s death, but charges were dropped? The sabre was found inside the wall of a house which was originally built by a retired sheriff, who may have found the sabre and hidden it inside his wall as a souvenir. *** Hey, somebody in your neighbourhood might secretly own some nasty old murder weapon. Maybe he’ll want to use it on you in the middle of some dark and scary night?*** —djo— }

 

Snoop Dogg, Jared Leto become Reddit co-owners   { Reddit raised $50M in vewnture capital to improve its operations >>—-> * “Things are about to change at Reddit, thanks in part to a large investment from none other than one of the social news site’s biggest fans: Snoop Dogg. -The company announced Tuesday that it has successfully raised $50 million dollars in venture capital funding to improve its operations from investors such as Y Combinator president Sam Altman, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, American angel investor Ron Conway, and yes, the Big Boss Dogg. – “We’re planning to use this money to hire more staff for product development, expand our community management team, build out better moderation and community tools, work more closely with third party developers to expand our mobile offerings (try our new AMA app), improve our self-serve ad product, build out redditgifts marketplace, pay for our growing technical infrastructure, and all the many other things it takes to support a huge and growing global internet community,” wrote the company in a blog post Tuesday morning. – “We have been entrusted with capital by patient, long-term investors who support our views on difficult issues,” the post continues.”We believe in free speech, self-governing communities, and the power of voting. We find that this freedom yields more good than bad, and we have chosen investors based on this belief.” – Other investors who participated in the funding round include American investor Josh Kushner, entrepreneur Paul Buchheit, Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston, Eventbrite’s Kevin and Julia Hartz, Minted CEO Mariam Naficy, Reddit CEO Yishan Wong and actor Jared Leto. – As the Daily Dot notes, Leto had previously invested in several other tech companies — one of them being a free stock trading app called Robinhood which also secured funding from Snoop Dogg earlier this month. – Snoop, born Calvin Broadus Jr., has backed many business ventures throughout the course of his career, though they have predominantly been in the charity, entertainment, apparel and mobile gaming industries. – Some online have expressed surprise over the news that Snoop had bought a chunk of Reddit, but to those familiar with the acclaimed rapper’s affinity for the social news site, his investment makes perfect sense.” * Anxiety Meter= 8/11 – unless you have an unreasonable fear that Snoop Dogg might be an evil space-alien agent in disguise or something.  —djo— }

China frisks 10,000 pigeons for butt bombs   { * 9 / 12 *    China released 10,000 doves as part of a ceremony to celebrate their  National Day – But first they had the doves searched, intimately checked out –  because they’re afraid some anti-government group just might have stuck explosive devices up the birds’ butts. *** Hey, the next pigeon you see may be carrying an atomice bomb up its butt-  Ya think?***  —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Housing market a bubble set to burst, investment expert says   { * 10 / 13 *  You might wake up tomorrow and owe half a zillion worthless dollars on a house that isn’t worth a dime? Gee- the bank might kick you out into sub-freezing weather because you don’t have a real old fashion silver dime to buy your worthless home from the evil ice-holes at the bank? —djo— }

White woman sues sperm bank after insemination from black donor   {  * 11 / 14 *  What if your mother was artificially injected with sperm from a psychotic axe murderer? Or evil abducting space aliens who know how to breed psychotic killers? Gee, maybe they can send you a secret message in your dream state and turn you into a zombie assassin who will kill somebody you care about and have you captured on video in the act, so you end up facing the death penalty? And you will have no memory or any of this? But your dna will be all over the murder weapon. ***Sounds like a very early Halloween nightmare plot day here at the old blogging station. ***  —djo— }

Harper readying groundwork for Canada’s turn in Iraq   { This is the third time this headline has been listed, so maybe this would make it * 13 / 16 * Anxiety-inspiring headlines today. What do you think?  —djo— }

U of T is Canada’s only top 20 entry in world university rankings   { “U of T” = University of Toronto – Okay, this might be a stretch, but if thinking you may have gotten a sub-standard education makes you feel anxious, this might be * 14 / 17 * }

Judy Manning.
“Judy Manning, the new minister of Public Safety and Attorney General, says her political connections have nothing to do with her appointment.” Hint – if she tries to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, don’t buy it.

Judy Manning ‘surprised’ by questions about PC party connections   { * “Judy Manning, who was appointed to [ the Newfoundland and Labrador ] cabinet this week with little political experience, is taking exception to questions about her close connections to the Progressive Conservative party. – During an interview with CBC News, Judy Manning, the new minister of public safety and attorney-general, bristled when asked if her unconventional and surprising appointment was influenced by the fact she is the partner of longtime PC supporter Leo Power. – “I’m a little surprised that has come up. Quite frankly, in terms of my predecessors, I don’t recall the media ever approaching any of our previous cabinet ministers or our previous premiers about with whom they were sleeping,” she stated in reply to a question from CBC reporter Chris O’Neill-Yates. – Power started attending PC conventions in the late 1970s, was an aide to former federal Tory minister John Crosbie, and has played senior roles in managing provincial PC election campaigns. While he has never sought office, he’s well-known among party members. –Judy Manning to wait until next election to run for seat – Manning is also the niece of Senator Fabian Manning, a former high profile MHA. –‘Quite frankly, in terms of my predecessors, I don’t recall the media ever approaching any of our previous cabinet ministers or our previous premiers about with whom they were sleeping’– Judy Manning – Manning is also the minister responsible for the status of women, and said such questions “reaffirm for me that I have a significant role also to play under the banner of the status of women.” –  She said she was a spirited supporter of Premier Paul Davis in the lead-up to last month’s compelling PC leadership convention, and believes the new premier selected her because he thought she was best for the job, not because of her connections.” * Um, lets see, ** 15 / 18 ** people receiving powerful political appointments, who might be in charge of your public safety, or assuring that the justice department only prosecutes people who deserve to be prosecuted, may have no idea what they’re doing, how this system is supposed to work, or what needs to be done to insure that your rights and freedoms are properly protected. She may have her position because she slept with the right political insider? This might qualify as anxiety-encouraging, *  I’m saying the article raises those insinuations, I have no idea what she is like and I wouldn’t accuse her of anything. I’m commenting on the tone of the article. * *** And the CBC is a lot more careful about this kind of thing, like I say in the heading every day, they are probably a lot more honest than most U.S. Media, which are controlled by people you proably would not want to let your sister, or daughter, go out on a date with. *** —djo— }

Lotto 6/49 winning ticket sold in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia   { * 16 / 19 * Somebody just won $13.8-million tax free dollars and you can’t afford to buy the premium cat food your favourite pet is used to? —djo— }

-22 photo slide show- Hong Kong police clase with protesters in historic standoff  { * 17 / 20 * You might suffer PTSD flashbacks next time you turn on your television for the evening news and watch thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators being butchered by machine gun fire from Chinese military personnel trying to ‘maintain order’ – I hope you haven’t listened to any of the fear mongering talk show hosts who have tried to tell you that the yellow peril Chinese Commies might parachute into your nice peaceful neighbourhood any minute now- ***sigh*** —djo— }

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Other:

-Live- Hong Kong police warn protesters not to charge buildings   { Repeat- but this makes * 18 / 21 * Anxiety inspiring headlines }

Be warned: Housing bubble set to burst   { * 19 / 22 * -Repeat- }

-Video- Lena Dunham of Girls: Secrecy is ‘kind of destructive’   { * 20 / 23 * ***Lena Dunham is no stranger to using her own life as fodder for her creative endeavours, most notably in her wildly successful HBO seriesGirls.

– But the 28-year-old TV creator, actor and director can now add another accomplishment to her lengthy, and frequently candid, body of work:  She’s now an author. – Dunham’s highly anticipated new book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” launched Tuesday in Canada. Like her hit television show, the collection of essays includes Dunham’s outlook on what it’s like to be young and female—including revelations of sexual assault, eating disorders and personal struggles with body image. – In a Canadian radio exclusive interview with Q host Jian Ghomeshi, the outspoken star described the moment she became an open book: – “Probably, like, the minute I started talking,” Dunham said. – “I just never had a comfort with the idea of things that are supposed to be kept secret, and I think from an early age, I found the concept of secrecy kind of destructive.” *** One more reminder that you may be vulnerable to sexual assault, eating disorders or personal struggles with body image.  —djo— }

Is China willing to sacrifice Hong Kong’s booming economy?   { * 21 / 24 * Is your government willing to pull the financial rug out from under you in order to control you more completely?  —djo— }

Khorsan group shows why al-Qaeda us still a force to be reckoned with   { * 22 / 25 *  Never mind that the C.I.A. is on record for having set up “the List” — The literal translation of ‘al-Qaeda’ is ‘the List’ — of ‘friendly’ jihadist rebels in Afghanistan – that the C.I.A. supplied with money and guns and bombs and stuff to help get the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. — There might be a terrorist / jihadist under you bed with a bomb wired to his chest. Jeeze, how can you sleep knowing that your son or daughter may be about to be seduced into joining a terrorist organization? Or might be blown up in your own home town by terrorists driven crazy by propaganda and insane promises from lying manipulators who use their anxiety to control them? Wait a minute, people in a high state of anxiety are easy to control — and how many articles in this ‘much-better-than-average’ CBC News Headlines page appear to be designed to increase your level of anxiety?  —djo— }

Ebola patient in the U.S. told hospital he was from Liberia — then was sent home   { * 23 / 26 * If the terrorists don’t get you, some weaponized disease might? — Weaponized or naturally occuring — here’s another threat –  you or your children might catch some incredibly nasty disease and die in agony because your government allows people from ‘certain countries’ to come into your country, your area, your city? Well, heck, we should give our wonderful, caring government the power to lock us all up in our homes and keep those nasty diseases from taking away our quality of life — hey wait a minute, they want us to surrender our quality of life, our freedoms and security in order to feel more secure? What??? Where’s the reset button? What’s going on here? Who is in control? Why are they doing this? —djo— }

4 children with paralysis monitored for Enterovirus D68   { * 24 / 27 — I’m not kidding, am I? Here’s a disease that targets the young, can kill your sweet, innocent little daughter – Is your anxiety level through the roof yet? There’s more— —djo— }

Repeat of the U of T article. I won’t call this anxiety raising this time   { * 24 / 28 * }

-New- Australian Parliament restricts veil wearers   { * 25 / 29 * A whole ethnic group is targetted for suspicion because there are a couple religious fanatics out of hundreds of millions of Muslims. The Prophet, God Bless Him, did not require that women hide their faces and hair. Human men who want complete control over everybody, especially women, put that in place. Now that thousands, maybe hundreds of millions of women have been convinced that they are safe and loved,  and ‘Loved by God’ if they keep themselves hidden — are being forced by governments in places they’ve probably moved to in this generation – to rip their protective clothing off and expose themselves to the eyes of people who hate them. Sound like rape to you?   —djo— }

-Repeat- White woman sues sperm bank after insemination from black donor   { I think I should let this slide this time. – even if the idea that you might not really know who your parents are might raise your anxiety level- It might not send you over the edge into sheer panic.   * 25 / 30 *  —djo— }

First Nations acquire huge swath of Vancouver land   { * 26 / 31 * —I actually believe that First Nations / Native Americans / Aboriginals everywhere – were robbed of their property and should be able to get at least some of it back, should not be herded onto unwanted land and forced into poverty while unethical ice-holes from across the ocean steal their resources and make themselves rich and make the lives of those they stole from even more miserable by parading around with lots of shiny toys and gadgets- and have a history of genocidal policies — who tried to forcefully strip the rich Aboriginal culture from them, made it a crime to speak their languages and practice their religions – Canada’s in a weird situation from U.S. standards. ‘The Crown’ owns all mineral rights to property bought and paid for by its citizens. People can take a walk around their property and find huge gaping holes where prospectors have dug for gold, iron, aluminum, nickle- whatever- and there is nothing they can do about it. In the U.S. if you catch somebody raping your property, you can shoot them. I think you still kill anybody you find in your home in at least most of the U.S.A. I mean, I heard cops say, “If you shoot an intruder, make sure he falls inside your house.” In Canada if you shoot a maniac charging at you with a machine gun, you might end up in jail for unsafe storage of a fire arm or discharging deadly weapons within city limits or any one of a dozen other thought crimes against the crown. BUT— Hey look at this. What if your government decides that the property you worked yourself half to death for isn’t yours any more- “opps, so sad, too bad, get out now! And you better not take anything with you that we don’t approve of!” ? — Some of these anxiety raising headlines should get a higher score than others. I mean, anxiety that somebody might kick your dog isn’t quite as bad as anxiety that your local government’s law enforcement people might decide tomorrow to set you on fire and lie and tell your neighbours you were a know terrorist on their watch list and probably set yourself on fire making a high tech bomb – because some crooked cop wants your property so he can stalk the cute young newly wed next door? Or they might just decide to force you out of property you spent forty years paying for- “because they can”?  —djo— }

Jun Lin hid homosexuality from his family, ex-boyfriend tells court    { * 27 / 32 * Jun Lin was the Chinese student killed and butchered by Luka Magnotta in a case that’s being tried in court right now in Montreal. Magnotta admitted to that, but says he’s not criminally responsible because he’s nuts, his brain isn’t wired correctly. Just knowing that people who kill and butcher others for no apparent reason, right in the middle of a supposedly civilized town or city- is enough to elevate your adrenaline levels. But what if there’s a sexual angle? What if the potential serial killer next door hates you because you remind him of someone who humiliated him as a child? What if the guy next door wants to kill you and rape your wife? your daughter? your mother? your husband? your son? your dog? your corpse? Well heck — you’re just not safe anywhere, are you? “Dear God! Send Help! Now, Please? -Amen-   —djo— }

FireChat lets protesters chat without Wi-Fi, cell service    { * um * Okay, the evil bad guys who control the internet connections can’t shut the net down and stop you from calling for help if you have ‘FireChat’ — but wait — The article itself hinted that there might be possible security problems with FireChat – What if the evil empire can hack you when your’re not plugged into the internet, not on a Wi-Fi network, not within range of any cellular towers, get your GPS co-ordinates and swoop in with their black ops super soldiers and either snuff you out like stomping on an ant, or drag you off to a secret black ops prison and torture you through incredible amounts of pain for the rest of your short, and getting shorter, life? *28 / 33 * }

Franklin expedition ship found in Arctic ID’d as HMS Erebus   { * um * The background on this story is worrisome. Prime Minister Stephen Harper really wanted to find evidence that Canadians had explored the far north because he’s worried about Russian claims that they ‘own the north pole’ and may have their eyes and greedy little fingers poised to try to steal chunks of Canada and keep them for their own. Are we to believe that there may be problems just over the horizon? Russia might find oil in Canada and declare war after a murderous attack with no warning? Is that what we’re heading toward? Is that what your government wants you to believe might happen? So if you do not surrender all your rights and freedoms right now this instant you might wake up tomorrow morning with a foreign flag flying over your nearest courthouse and dozens of your closest friends hanging dead in the town square? *  29 / 34 *   —djo— }

Health Canada bans drug ingredients from 3 factories in India   { * 30/35 *  “OMG” the Hindu type Indians are trying to poison us now? Or is this a government plot to keep you from having access to drugs that might cure you of diseases that fascist pharmaceutical companies would rather see you die slowly from while paying more than you can afford into their officially approved coffers for pills that might make you a little more comfortable, or not- but surely won’t cure you?  —djo— }

U.S. Secret Service chief Julia Peirson resigns amid controversy   { * 31 / 36 *  Jeeze! If the best equiped, most highly trained security force in the free world can’t properly protect the U.S. President and his home – Can it possibly be safe for anyone anywhere?   “Gaaaa!, says djo. —djo— }

-Must Watch- Brazil favela fire   { * 32 / 37 * “A massive fire destroys around 100 homes in a Sao Paulo slum on Wednesday”  What if your neighbour’s barbecue blows up and starts a fire that destroys your whole neighbourhood?  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Walrus herd on Alaska beach   { * um * “Thousands of walruses swim ashore near Point Lay, Alaska” But in the video they explain that this is due to ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ and if the ice all melts, your nearest shoreline might rise and you might wake up under water. -Or not wake up at all?  * 33 / 38 * }

-Editor’s Pick- 4 new things we’re learning about Ebola   { * 34 / 39 * “North America knows how to contain it, but as Ebola spreads, the political risk grows.” —And millions of Africans who already don’t trust a lot of us, and often with good reason – don’t want to know that North Americans might be keeping their best technology at home, to save their own people, while letting too many Africans die from this disease.   —djo—  }

-Editor’s Pick- 10 top places to grow old    { *35 / 40 *  Hey, you, yeah you, reading this. You’re going to grow old and die. I think we might want to raise your anxiety level by reminding you of that, even in an article disguised as a fluff piece that tells you that Canada and Northern Europe are among the ‘top’ places to live while you grow old and die.   —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- WWF’s Living Planet  not all doom and gloom   { “6 solutions for a planet ‘in decline'” – what? is the planet falling apart?   * 36 /41 * —djo— }

-Blog- Wisconsin Human Society goes viral with creative cat names   { Oh, how cute, but wait a minute, the word ‘viral’ is in there- oh no- oh no! *36 / 42 * }

***** Okay, enough pointing my finger at fear mongering headlines for today? This is taking way too much time. *****

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

‘Deadbeats’ in New Brunswick owe $44M in support   { But how much has the government extorted in the form of taxes?  Taxation without what? If you pay for something and the seller doesn’t deliver, that’s fraud – and the seller can go to jail and is often still obliged to pay you back or deliver goods for payment. right? What do governments promise when they take your tax dollars? Security? They’re delivering anxiety, demand your money back! Services? Garbage removal? A lot of municipalities now charge you for every bag or can of garbage they pick up –  some will take two or three before they charge you for everything over that. & This is AFTER you’ve already paid more than enough to cover their expenses. — Jim W told me that while he was broadcasting a local town council meeting in Ontario, he learned that the provincial government threatened to with-hold money it owed the municipality if that municipality did not add new fees and charges that it had never charged its citizens before that, and got along perfectly well without charging them- —djo— }

Traveling memorial to fallen Afghan soldiers arrives in Fredericton   { Hey- we have a huge problem with PTSD, there’s an epidemic of veterans committing suicide. I have an idea, lets trigger some more PTSD episodes, remind everybody of the guilt they feel for surviving when their friends didn’t- yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket! — —djo— }

Saint John movie payroll problems continue   { Locals who worked as extras in a movie shot last summer in Saint John, New Brunswick, are still awaiting payment – We reported on their last “It’s in the mail” promise, which happened several weeks ago.   —djo— }

Recounts granted in 7 ridings   { Any way the recounts to September 22nd’s Provincial elections turn out, well >>—->  if you can’t trust your government — ???  —djo— }

 

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“First Nations”

Marlene Bird attends court in wheelchair to see alleged attacker   { At least they used the word “alleged” here – “A woman whose legs had to be amputated following a horrific assault came out to a Prince Albert, Sask., courtroom yesterday to see her alleged attacker.”   —djo— }

-Opinion- What’s in a name: Indian, native, aboriginal or indigenous?   { “The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs ha​s​ been joined by Anishinabek of Ontario, representing 42 First Nations, in rejecting the name ‘aboriginal.’ But that term and several others have not been easy to shed, writes Don Marks.”  —djo— }

‘Caribou Legs’ to go back and complete final stretch   { “The Gwich’in runner, known as ‘Caribou Legs,’ will go back and complete the last leg of his run from Vancouver to Whitehorse, after an unexpected snowfall stopped him in his tracks earlier this week.”  —djo— }

Former gang member turned rapper paralyzed in attack   {  }

Tlicho Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus gets $166K a year   {  This is a case of the tribe deciding how much their chiefs should get: “Of the salaries made public so far, the highest paid chiefs in the Northwest Territories are those in the only region with self-government. –  Because they are self-governed, the Tlicho are not required to release the salaries of their leaders under the First Nations Financial Accountability Act. – But their rates of pay are set out in laws they’ve passed, which are publicly available. – Tlicho Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus will collect about $166,000 in pay this year. – Each of the four chiefs will be paid about $130,000, whether it’s Chief Johnny Arrowmaker of Wekweti, population 141, or Clifford Daniels, leader of the more than 2,200 people in Behchoko. – The Tlicho government set the rates of pay for chiefs and other elected members in 2005. – Just four months later, it passed a new law that increased the salaries of the chiefs and the grand chief by more than $40,000 a year. – Then in 2009, the Tlicho government passed a law that made chiefs’ and councillors’ salaries rise with the cost of living, starting four years earlier. – Under the First Nations financial transparency Act, all N.W.T. First Nations without self-government agreements must make the salaries of their chiefs public. –  Only seven have done so. – The highest paid chief among them is Dettah Chief Eddie Sangris, who earned $116,000 last year. *** Um, I’m under the impression that reservations in the U.S.A. are treated as sovereign nations within whatever state they’re in. Reservations can sell cigarettes without charging the taxes, including federal taxes, that everybody else has to charge. -maybe it’s a plot to kill native Americans off by letting them smoke too much?- But where, in this so called free world, does one government have the right to demand that money earned by officials of another government be made public? Does claiming that ‘big brother’ is protecting our neighbours from being exploited by possibly crooked officials make it okay?   —djo— }

 

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{ 1:45 pm –  told you it took me longer this way —  2:30 pm finally clicking on “Publish” ———djo——— }