Independent Canadian News

Saturday, 30 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Saturday, 30 August, 2014  -( 64˚F / 18˚C & a few clouds over Ithaca @ 9:30 am ET )-

{ & 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. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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{ I’ve been doing this because I believe  that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND 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. }

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{ *** What’s not here: Yesterday a Newspaper headline said “Candidate debates cancelled due to lack of interest” ———Jim W—— }

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Lead Articles

Russian tanks flatten E. Ukrainian town: Ukraine military   {  }

Ebola test underway for Quebec child back from W. Africa   {  }

Petawawa standoff continues as Ont. police face armed man   {  }

Why the U.S. avoids calling Russia’s actions in Ukraine an ‘invasion’   {  }

Zero-giving teacher’s firing gets failing grade on appeal   { * An Edmonton Public School Physics teacher who was fired for giving zeros to students who failed to hand in homework or make up tests they missed – had his case vindicated by the Board of Reference, which ordered the school system to pay him two years of missed pay and top up his pension.  —djo— }

Gaza reconstruction could take 20 years, UN-backed construction authority says   {  }

Sunwing flight 656: 2nd woman charged, Melana Muzikante, released on bail   { * I had to read the article twice to understand that the 2nd woman charged was the one who was released on bail. The two women reportedly got into an argument over a reclined seat on a flight headed for Cuba. This ‘forced’ the plane to turn around and land in Toronto. —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Woman with amputated leg adopts 3-legged dog   {  }

Barack Obama’s tan suit sends tweeters into a tizzy   {  }

Flame war: Russia retorts to Canada’s ‘geography lesson’ tweet   {  }

Canada Post honours Canuck comedians with new stamp series   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

‘Sailing rocks’ mystery of Death Valley solved   {  }

Dennis Cheeseman, convicted in deaths of 4 Mounties in 2005, arrested   {  }

Ukraine crisis: EU prepared to level new round of sanctions against Russia   {  }

Lifetime Water Systems sales pitch after free test frustrates residents   { “The City of Toronto is warning residents to be cautious about private companies offering door-to-door free water testing.The test is free, but what residents aren’t told is that it is followed by a water filter sales pitch” }

B.C. teachers’ strike: talks continue under mediator Vince Ready   {  }

Fire at Tim Hortons Field causes $25k in damage   { Tim Hortons Field is a new football stadium in Hamilton. It is, or at least was, slated to host the CFL’s annual Labour Day classic football game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts on Monday. }

-Slide Show- Week in pictures, Aug. 24-30   { * 21 photos to click through —djo— }

 

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Other

-Audio- Why muzzling government scientists can be a good thing: Day 6   { * Links included: >>—->”For years now, Stephen Harper’s government has been accused of waging a “war on science”. And to some Canadians, the worst of it has been the so-called muzzling of government scientists. There have been protests and damning op-eds about this silencing, but this week, economist Andrew Leach wrote a piece for MacLean’s explaining why there can be good reasons for preventing government scientists from speaking freely. Brent speaks to him, along with Chris Turner, author of The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Willful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada.” —djo— }

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges Canada to boost defence spending   {  }

Ebola outbreak: Canadian scientists back home after being pulled from Sierra Leone   {  }

Coquihalla bus crash not caused by speeding, say RCMP   {  }

-Must Watch- Fan Expo 2014   { * Video: “CBC’s Eli Glasner checks out the annual nerdfest for fans of sci-fi, horror and comics” I know real Science Fiction and Fantasy writers who are offended by the term ‘Sci-fi’ & You will have to watch a couple commercial ads before you get to the feature. —djo— }

Premiers take ice bucket challenge   {  }

World:

UN peacemakers clash with Syrian rebels in Golan Heights   {  }

Ebola spreads to Senegal after student evades heath monitors   {  }

Analysis:

Disturbing trend in debate on inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women   {  }

Politics:

NATO chief needs resources to respond to recent ‘wake-up call’   {  }

Anti-radicalization program being developed by RCMP   {  }

Premiers agree to move forward with nation energy strategy   {  }

Iraq to receive $2.75M in Canadian aid as military supplies arrive   {  }

Business:

Tim Hortons hitched, Shomi born, Twitch adopted and NHL expecting: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP   {  }

Canada plans legislation to end pay-to-pay billing fees   { * “Pay-to-pay billing” refers to charging a fee to print off and mail a ‘hard-copy’ bill to anyone who hasn’t ‘opted-in’ to email only billing. —djo— }

Tesla Motors inks deal to build 400 charging stations in China   {  }

Health:

Privacy commissioner says Medicentres failed to protect health info   {  }

Arts & Entertainment:

Mint unveils four new Superman coins at Fan Expo 2014   {  }

Kai Ko, actor arrested with Jackie Chan’s son, released   {  }

Playboy model Brandi Brandt jailed for drug role   { * She was sentenced to up to 6 years in prison for being part of a drug smuggling ring that brought cocaine to Australia.  —djo— }

Technology & Science:

Asteroid smash-up captured by NASA telescope   {  }

Why science literacy matters: Bob McDonald   {  }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Irving rail terminal smell driving woman out of her home   { * She says she is selling her home because of doctors’ orders. —djo— }

PowerSchool program will show student progress online   {  }

911 system shortcomings cited in Dorchester death   (  )

Dominic Cardy says NDP will scrap corporate welfare   {  }

First Nations chiefs appeal forestry plan ruling   {  }

Arts funding needed despite financial crisis, ex-Lt.-Gov. says   {  }

 

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{ 12:00 noon = finished typing. 12:10 – “Publishing” —djo— }

Thursday, 28 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Thursday, 28 August, 2014  -( 59˚F / 15˚C & clear skies over Ithaca @ 8:45 am ET )-

{ & 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. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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{ I’ve been doing this because I believe  that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND 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. }

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Hurricane Path Map
Hurricane Cristobal’s projected path

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“Lead Articles”

Hurricane Cristobal to bring wind, rain to Atlantic Canada   {  }

Ukraine president says Russian troops have entered Ukraine   {  }

WHO says number of Ebola cases could exceed 20,000   {  }

2 women charged in Ontario after Sunwing disturbance   { -face charges for being ‘unruly’ on Cuba flight returned to Toronto – Another headline names the 2 women. }

Mediator agrees to meet B.C. teachers union, government    {   }

-Updated- Russian troops have been brought to Ukraine, says Ukrainian president   {  }

-Analysis- ‘It’s genuinely beloved’: Why Canadians continue to crush on Tim Hortons   { Jim W has a friend from Africa who thought they must be putting some kind of drugs in the stuff to make it so popular. }

 

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“Offbeat”

Beam me $10M: Ontario firm a finalist in contest to make Star Trek Tricorder   {  }

At-home cricket farms mean you can raise and eat your own batch of crickets   { *If the sound of thousands of crickets chirping at once doesn’t drive you out of your mind first?* }

Surf’s up in downtown Calgary thanks to 2013 flood   {  }

Spain’s tomato festival gets messy   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Husband dies, wife survives 8 days after canoe capsizes in northern Sask.   {  }

2 people shot, gunman barricades himself inside Gateneau building   {  }

Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston marathon bombing suspect, arrested for bomb threat   { Turn around, look at who is carrying guns and ready to use them on you –  Now who is the terrorist? }

Peter MacKay poses in pro-gun ‘No Compromise’ T-shirt   {  }

Arizona shooting range reviews policy after 9-year-old kills gun instructor   {  }

DIY luxury cars: Making your own is the thing to do   {  }

-Blog- CBC Readers debate pros and cons of possible NHL expansion   {  }

 

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“Other”

How to help kids cope with back-to-school stress   {  }

4 things to know about a national public inquiry for murdered aboriginal women   {  }

Hunger makes Quebec Inuit shorter than average: study   {  }

-Video- Newfoundland town in limbo as residents await word on relocation funds   {  }

From Ebola to Syria, UN says more than 100 million people need aid   {  }

Paleontologists use drones to map dinosaur beds in Alberta valley   {  }

Australia, Malaysia agree to split MH370 search costs   {  }

-Video- Mother’s plea to ISIS leader    {  }

-Video- Geyser in Kansas   { ‘A major waterline break creates a spectacular water show in Topeka’ }

2014 marked by ‘major surge’ in humanitarian crises   {  }

Sinai militants behead Egyptians, saying they spied for Israel   {  }

ISIS and Obama’s dilemma: Would he be helping Assad in Syria airstrikes?   {  }

Premiers, aboriginal leaders propose missing women roundtable as 1st step   {  }

Tom Mulcair vows aboriginal women inquiry within 100 days if NDP elected   {  Tom Mulcair is the ‘leader’ of the New Democratic Party  }

Paper billing fees add up to over $500M a year, study finds   {  }

Snapchat reportedly valued at $10B US   {  }

Back to school budgeting: What are your tips and tricks?   {  }

Walking fish may reveal how our ancestors emerged onto land   { * & I thought the traces of leg bones in whales made scientists think that whales once walked on land and went into the water and stayed- * }

Saskatchewan clarifies ban on drones used for hunting   {  }

Toronto zoo reveals hatching of Burmese star tortoise   {  }

Cops crew member among 2 killed by police   {  }

Breastfeeding ‘contract’ at B.C. hospitals alienating some moms   {  }

Healthcare quality as important as lowering heart disease risk: study   {  }

Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app is a hit among iPhone users   {  }

Knee defender controversy: Is it time for reclining airline seats to go?   { * You can’t legislate morality- what makes you think you should legislate – or dictate- ‘one size fits all’ seating on airlines? * }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Obesity ‘crisis will get worse without action, expert says   {  }

Saint John tied with Toronto for highest child poverty rates   {  }

Moncton RCMP Const. Dave Ross’s dog Danny prepares to go back to work   {  }

 

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{ 9:56 am  – Not many comments today –  I have a girl friend with a doctor’s appointment and her cat needs a visit to their vet.  Might add more later? One hour and fifteen minutes today? to type and colorize?   }

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014  -( 72˚F / 22˚C & clear skies over Ithaca @ 8:45 am ET )-

{ & 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. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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{ I’ve been doing this because I believe  that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND 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. }

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Photo of 'donut holes' in a hamburger bun
Chocolate glazed Tim Bits in a hamburger bun?

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“Lead Articles”

Premiers sit down with aboriginal leaders in P.E.I.   {  }

Veterans groups say Ottawa spends too much on remembrance   { Another headline pointing to the same article says Ottawa spends too much time remembering old wars. }

American who fought alongside extremists killed in Syria   {  }

Israel-Hamas ceasefire holding after 7 weeks of fighting   { 🙂 Yay! }

Canada pulls 3 Ebola lab workers pulled from Sierra Leone   {  }

B.C. education minister to meet with teachers’ union president   { “Last night’s crawl on CBC Network News said Striking B.C. teachers took out an ad offering day care services.”  —Jim W— }

Freed U.S. journalist thankful for efforts to release him   {  }

WHO scientist infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone moved to German as Canadian colleagues pulled   {  }

Big wave crashing during storm.
‘Enormous waves breaking’ in South Wales last January (AP News Photo-Ben Birchall Photographer)

-New- [Climate Change] likely already dangerous, may be irreversible, IPCC says   { “IPCC” = ‘Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’ The actual headline on the CBC page called it ‘Global warming’ The headline on the page with the article itself called it Climate change.  }

Learn which cities may get NHL expansion teams   {  }

Vancouver’s racist real estate titles reveal city’s dark history   {  }

-Analysis- The ‘10,000-hour’ rule revisited: Why practice may not make perfect   { “When author Malcolm Gladwell proposed that practicing a certain task for around 10,000 hours can lead to success, he gave hope [to] wannabe Bill Gateses and Tiger Woodses, and dashed the dreams of millions of slackers. But a new study might give the terminally lazy some hope.” }

 

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“Offbeat”

Thigh bone on Mars? Curiosity rover snaps strange photo   {  That strange photo has been around for a couple days. CBC must have wanted to check to make sure it wasn’t hoaxed by someone with a little bit of photo shop knowledge. }

Archeologists discover Labrador’s 1st snowmobile   { A Model T Ford was converted to ride through snow on skis for an expedition to Labrador and was abandoned in 1928. }

Old Photo of a converted Ford Model T
Modified Fort Model T. This may be the vehicle that was recovered by Archeologists.

Spat over reclining seat diverts U.S. airliner   { Security people at airports and aboard planes do not have any sense of humour when it comes to anything like this. }

Watch a Waterloo student solve a Rubik’s Cube in 12 seconds   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Royal baby law stands as court dismisses Catholic challenge   { Bryan Teskey of Ontario tried to ask the courts to strike down a rule prohibiting Catholics from ascending to the Throne, arguing that that law violates the charter of rights and privileges. Ontario’s top court told him he can’t challenge a royal succession law that he says discriminates against his religion. }

Arizona gun instructor dead after 9-year-old accidentally shoots him   { The 9-year-old is a girl and she was holding an Uzi. }

Cougar killed after attack on teen hiker in Waterton Park   {  }

Saint Mary’s University frosh chant: SMU changes to start school   { A more easily understood headline reads, “How the Saint Mary’s University chant video is changing frosh week“. }

Iceland volcano rocked by new quakes, stirring eruption fears   { I believe it was last week when there was a premature report that the eruption had started. }

‘Heavy’ pot smoker wins trafficking-related case on personal use defence   {  }

-Photo Slide Show- Gaza Conflict: Hamas-Israel ceasefire announced   { There are 21 photos you can click to browse through. }

-Blog- -New- Rogers, Shaw streaming service Shomi divides CBC readers   { “Rogers and Shaw [ Canadian Cable Providers ] announced the launch of a new video-on-demand streaming service called Shomi to rival Netflix, but many CBC readers wonder if it can compete.” }

 

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“Other”

-Analysis- Sex workers not invited to Peter MacKay’s justice roundtables   { The Supreme Court told the Parliament to write new laws governing prostitution. It is not illegal to be a ‘Sex worker’, but they’ve tried to make it illegal for anyone to employ the services of one. Peter MacKay has been criticized for the ‘sexist’ tone of his Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day messages to federal employees and also for his snarky remarks about an ex girlfriend. }

-New- 120 quakes rock Iceland’s rumbling volcano   { If I was there, I would take this a not at all subtle hint that it was time to ‘get out of Dodge’. }

Rebels enter key government-held Ukrainian town, mayor says   {  }

‘The worst thing we can do is stay idle’: Calls mount for missing women inquiry   { “Last night’s CBC Network News channel had two streaming crawl headlines: One was that the Premiers in Prince Edward Island for their conference were talking about this issue, ‘Missing and Murdered [especially First Nations’] Women] & the second crawl immediately following that first one was something to the effect that, ‘Police Chiefs reject Missing Women Inquiry as a Priority’-”  —Jim W— }

Tories tout ‘traditional family values’ in message to party members   { *Which brings me to the question, “How can you justify destroying those families’ quality of life through fracking, deforestation and the incredible freakin mess you’re making in the oil sands region as ‘sticking up for traditional family values’? <—-<< My Opinion  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Foam covers military base    { “Fire suppression foam covers Black Hawk helicopters after it was accidentally released during an alarm system test at an Army National Guard base in Oklahoma”  -they almost never include periods at the end of their sentences. }

-Must Watch- Super wooly sheep   { ‘A sheep in Australia named ‘Shaun’ is carrying an estimated 25 kg of wool’ -25 Kilograms is more than 55 pounds- }

How the Burger King deal could change Tim Hortons   { “The CEO of Tim Hortons believes this merger might help them ‘crack the U.S. Market and expand into the U.S.A.’ – On the CBC Network News last night the head of Tim Hortons said they would keep all their employees and not change their menu. A very nice woman who works at my nearest Tim Hortons is anxious about what may be coming anyway”  —Jim W—  }

Cameco issues lockout notices at 2 uranium facilities   { Labour-management negotiations are not going well, the Union gave a strike notice for Saturday night. So the company issued a lockout order for the same time, over ‘safety issues’ at a uranium mine and a mill, both in Saskatchewan.  }

Christine Lagarde, IMF chief, in French corruption probe   { Viva La France! }

National Bank profit up 10%   { National Bank is Canada’s 6th largest bank. *”Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies,” -Thomas Jefferson*. }

Stephen Harper raises spectre of Russian threat in Arctic speech to troops   { *& Loving parents everywhere should warn their children about creeps like Stephen Harper trying to tell them what to think and how to feel about anything during their lives.* —djo*** }

N.L. fossil shows earliest evidence ever of animals with muscles   {   }

Apple reportedly rolling out larger iPads amid sales slump   { Apple has been doing stuff like changing the adapter connections so old adapters don’t fit newer computers in order to boost their sales? I expected better from Apple. }

Neil Young files for divorce after 36 years of marriage  { *I feel sad for both Neil and his partner. 🙁  }

Miley Cyrus’s MTV VMA date wanted by police  { On one hand, I’m not surprised, on the other- it must be tough to be a ‘celebrity’ and never have any privacy at all. }

Nail polish that detects date rape drugs proves controversial   { A group of male undergraduate engineering students developed a nail polish that will change colours when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. A woman can discretely stir a drink with her finger and if the nail polish changes colour, she can know better than to drink the stuff. Some anti rape activists think that this actually reinforces the date rape culture and other measures would be a better idea. They believe that the idea that it is okay to take advantage of somebody who is drunk needs to be removed from our cultures. Statistics say that 1 in 5 women going to University or College will be the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault during her time there. 1 in 17 Canadian women will be attacked sexually at some time in their lives – & there’s a 70% chance the attacker will be someone the woman knows.- —In the 1970’s a study said that 4 out of 5 women in the U.S. Armed Forces were attacked sexually while there. The attitude back then was ‘If they don’t want it rough- why did they join?’ Let’s hope this gets a lot better. }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant defends stance on natural resource jobs   { Brian Gallant is the ‘leader’ of the Liberal Party on the provincial level in New Brunswick. The Liberals want a moratorium on shale gas development [*good*] but do support the Energy East Pipeline, a proposed conversion of the existing 3,000 kilometer natural gas pipeline and adding 1,400 more kilometres to the pipeline to carry crude oil from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick. Estimated cost would be $12-billion, and has not yet received regulatory approval. The sitting Premier, Progressive Conservative David Alward, has been mocking Brian Gallant’s stance on the pipeline, saying, “You can’t support the pipeline if you don’t support what’s in it.” *** Perspective: In his book ‘The Energy Non-Crisisby Lindsey Williams -the Baptist Missionary and ‘Honorary Officer’ of the Exxon Corporation reported that, in a speech in Alaska, a top Exxon official told all the corporate supervisors and managers, who were required to be at this top level meeting, and who made sure that  Pastor Williams came along to this meeting because they were told “All Supervisors and Managers must be there” -“There is no oil shortage, there never has been any oil shortage, and with what we know now, there never will be an oil shortage – We are pumping enough Natural gas back into the ground up here [in Alaska] to power the whole East Coast for Free for at least 3 years.” After Pastor Williams began telling people what he’d heard, upper management had the manager who made sure that Pastor Williams was at that speech fired – and he was so happy to be fired that he helped supply Pastor Williams with details for his book. -Read it!- And tell David [bleeping] Alward we don’t need his [bleeping] fracking! *** <—-<< That was my opinion. —djo— }

Dieppe family from Tunisia facing deportation   {  }

Role of hospitals must be reviewed, health expert says   {  }

Moncton family’s anti-PC flyers don’t break election rules   { There is a photo with this article on the page devoted to this article. The flyer shows three senior citizens and says “Vote NO to DAVID ALWARD’S Senior Care Policy” the flyer was distributed to 90,000 households last week. According to Elections New Brunswick, it did not violate any campaign finance rules. The photo is credited to “BeingBlocked.com”. }

 

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{ 12:46 pm – First Typing Done – Ready to colorize and check for typos –     1:55 pm After a couple distractions, finally finished and ready to hit the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 24 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Sunday, 24 August, 2014  -( 64˚F / 18˚C with scattered clouds in Ithaca @ 9:30 am ET )-

{ & 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. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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People in a city look at rubble in the street before dawn.
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake centered north of San Francisco ‘shook thousands awake’ this morning. “Thousands without power.”

 

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“Lead Stories”

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocks San Francisco Bay area   {  }

Ukraine’s president vows to boost military spending by $3B   {  }

2 quakes rattle Iceland volcano  day after red alert issued   {  }

Winnie, the bear behind Winnie the Poo turns 100   { Another  headline indicates ‘The story’ turns 100 years old. }

Parliament has not properly debated assisted suicide: Tory MP   {  }

Harper ‘on wrong side of history’ with aboriginal women comments, Trudeau says   { In the ‘Most Viewed’ section, “Trudeau calls Harper ‘out of touch‘ -over comments we reported on yesterday. This is the first day I haven’t seen Justin Trudeau mentioned in a headline that didn’t look biased to me.  —djo— }

-Photos- Bao Bao, rare captive-bred panda, gets 1st birthday cake at National Zoo   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

-Bao Bao story made it to the top in the offbeat section-

Peeing in the ocean is good for the environment, scientists say   { This headline was actually under the “Technology & Science”  heading. }

-other stories are repeats from yesterday-

 

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“Most Viewed”

[Orca] pod rallies around orca trapped in fisherman’s net   { I replaced “Killer Whale” with [Orca]  —djo— }

-Blog- Indian Status: 5 things you need to know   { “Filmmaker dispels myths and misconceptions about [First Nations] status in new film” }

Run-down Labrador highway destroyed motorhome, says couple   { * If politicians, after being sued over issues such as fraudulent tax assessments, overcharging for municipality services, such as water if the town or city ‘owns’ the water supply, not being completely honest about where their money comes from -& how much money they’ve hidden from the public, allowing infrastructure decay, -and other things I don’t have time to list here- -& if they lose the court case – had to pay out of their own pockets and could not raise taxes to cover their losses, would this keep the not-so-public-minded from running for office? * }

3D printers widely accessible at libraries, makerspaces   {  “Makerspaces” might be internet cafés with 3D printers available for public use. }

Diner en Blanc pops up in Halifax courtyard   { ‘Diner en Blanc’ appears to be a kind of ‘happening’ where, in this case, nearly 1,000 participants found out where the event would take place ‘moments before the event’. Diners are asked to wear only white and bring their own food, chairs and dishes. Looks like everybody brought white folding chairs. This took place in the quad at the University of King’s College.  }

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga eruption begins   { I’ve seen no pictures yet, they said the eruption began beneath the ice of Iceland’s largest glacier. }

 

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“Other”

‘This is something we shouldn’t forget,’ Ferguson protesters say   {  }

Lev Tahor sect quietly moves from Chatham, Ontario, to Guatemala   { Members of Lev Tahor have been accused of abusing their children and been threatened with having children removed from their custody by Child Protective Services. They’ve also been accused of moving away from more than one area to avoid prosecution, or, from their perspective, to escape persecution. If I had absolute proof that they systematically abuse their children I bet I would feel differently —djo— }

2 days of deadly attacks in Iraq threaten fragile government transition   {  }

Israeli airstrike slams Gaza high-rise, resumption of truce talks unlikely   {  }

Montreal photographer calls report on journalist’s kidnapping ‘personal attack’   { “Photographer Yves Choquette says he did not compromise the safety of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria last year and also appeared in a recent jihadist video in which fellow U.S. journalist James Foley was executed.” }

China’s toxic soil   { “A once-secret government study says that nearly 20% of all farmland is polluted, causing danger to people working on the fields and those buying its products.” }

Where’s the fire pole?   { “A more than 100-year-old tradition is slowly fading into history, as the fire pole is being phased out from fire halls across the country.” }

Alberta’s proposed tuition hikes could see increases of almost 60% in some [institutions]   { Their headline said “-in some falculties’. ] }

Painkillers prescribed chronically to many Americans on disability   {  }

How bad news effects your brain: Day 6   { There are live links in the following Copied and Pasted feature: >>—-> “Awful, emotionally wrenching stories are dominating the summer news cycle – from violence in Iraq, protests in Ferguson, Ebola in West Africa and mounting deaths in Israel and Gaza. Though most of us are watching these stories unfold at a safe distance, that doesn’t mean we’re not affected. Brent speaks to Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a psychology professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, about the relationship between bad news and stress.” *** There are more interesting details on the page with the above, Link >>—->  “How to keep bad news from bringing you down” }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Firefighter hurt in Rothesay house fire   {  }

Human remains found in Sheffield   {  }

&&&&& From an ad type box on the side: Links included: >>—->

New Brunswick Votes 2014 »

Tories reverse decision, agree to CBC election debate
Liberals pledge a family doctor for every New Brunswicker
[What] voters say [-] are top priority

{ Bad me- I edited the line that led people to believe ‘Many’ voters want [the PC Party’s priorities] }

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{  10:54 am : finished typing – Onward and upward through colorization and typo search and purge – 11:21 am -ready to rock and roll  ———djo——— }

Thursday, 21 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Thursday, 21 August, 2014  -( 77˚F / 25˚C & thunderstorming in Ithaca @ 12:50 pm ET )-

{ & 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. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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{ I’ve been really busy tracking down leads and ‘tweets’ about journalists being, at least, threatened by police and other officials. Sorry I’m later than usual with this. }

 

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The Lead Story has a photo of James Foley staring at me. a related story reports: “James Foley profile: A ‘committed and brave journalist’ Aug 20” { There  may be video with this. }

 

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“Lead Stories”

Ontario police say motorcycle deaths could hit 7-year high   {  }

New rules on mechanically tenderized beef take effect   { Because there may be an increased risk of bacteria resulting from this form of ‘tenderizing’ – the packaging must contain a warning that the beef must be properly cooked to a certain temperature that I couldn’t find while reading the article. }

RCMP investigate double homicide near Montaque , PEI   {  }

American doctor infected with Ebola recovers in Atlanta   {  }

Interpol says co-ordinated effort needed against ISIS   { A couple years ago, remote viewers told us the U.S. would become involved in a war with Syria. Maybe just ‘in’ Syria. I’d rather see a war against disinformation and government manipulation of the truth in order to manipulate the population. Remember- Governments killed more of their own people in the last century than all those horrific wars we went through- combined. }

Fighters traveling to conflict zones pose terror threat   { Buzz word = terror- Be careful- They’re trying to pull something over our eyes. }

U.S. says troops tried to rescue James Foley in Syria   { See above comment.  }

Hamas says 3 military leaders killed in Israeli airstrikes   {  }

U.S. AG tells Missouri he understands mistrust of police   { ‘AG’ = Attorney General }

Protests in Ferguson smaller with no tear gas fired   {  }

-Analysis- A ‘great training tool’ for police chiefs: How Ferguson botched crowd control   { Before Ian Punnet had to leave Coast to Coast am because of the ringing in his ears, he interviewed a retired police officer who believes that part of the problem with people seeing what they believe is inappropriate use of force by police officers- is that the officers have been trained to believe that they must ‘maintain control of the situation’. That advice sometimes leads to the officers going a bit too far. We need to rethink this. }

How Ottawa’s $24M ad campaign to sell Keystone in the U.S. fell flat   {  }

B.C. woman with dementia leaves final right-to-die plea   { I found out she died while I was reading another headline farther down the web site.  }

 

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“Offbeat”

Tooth fairy pays premium for teeth in Atlantic Canada   { This report estimates that kids in Atlantic Canada receive an average of $3.46 per tooth? Kids in Ontario receive an average of $2.80? }

Historic Thunder Bay buildings rendered in Lego   {  }

Killer whale tosses ‘sea lion’ 6 metres into the air   { There is a video. I have issues – #1- They’re Orcas- stop calling them ‘killer whales’. #2- I don’t want to see anything being tortured or killed. #3- If we showed video of beef cattle being slaughtered, do you think we’d all become vegetarians? }

Giant Rubber Duck sails into L.A. port   { Okay, now this one I’d probably like to see. }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Jacinda and Janika Hodder get mystery illness diagnosed in U.S.   { It took 20 years and $50,000.00 in donations for 2 sisters from Newfoundland to learn the diagnosis for a ‘brain disorder’ they’ve been suffering from all this time. Their disorder is called ‘Cerebellar Ataxia’ – ‘damage, degeneration, or loss of nerve cells in the cerebellum- the part of the brain that controls muscle co-ordination. They were hoping they’d find out it was something there might be a cure for. }

Liberals edge back from the brink under Justin Trudeau   { For the last couple days, I’ve been seeing headlines that seem to be aimed at undermining the electorate’s confidence in Justine Trudeau’s chances of being elected Prime Minister. Okay, Canadians do not elect a Prime Minister directly. They elect Members of Parliament, and the ‘Leader’ of the party with the most Members of Parliament gets to be Prime Minister. If no party has more than half the members elected to Parliament under its banner, The one with the most members elected will still get to ‘form the government’ and their ‘Leader’ is then the Prime Minister, they call this a ‘minority government’. Under a minority government a lot of compromises have to be made, and if a ‘confidence vote’ is called for and the minority government does not win that vote- it will be time to have a new federal election.  To say that Liberals were almost at the ‘brink’ -you’d have to forget that in the 1993 election the ‘Progressive Conservative’ only party ‘won’ only 2 seats. }

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga volcano remains poised to erupt   { Last night on teevee news somebody said that there have been earthquakes related to the volcano, but no lava was seen as coming near the surface, yet. }

{ The rest of the reports here are repeats from “Lead Stories” above. }

 

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“Other”

-Analysis- Justin Trudeau fulfilling Liberal hopes ahead of 2015 election  { Okay- I don’t see any ‘loaded’ words in this headline. -I am not a Liberal- I am not a Conservative -I am an independent (small i) Nobody floats my boat. I used to have a bumper sticker, “Don’t Vote – It only encourages them.” My boss made me get rid of it because he was afraid somebody might see me get out of my car in uniform and associate the uniform with the bumper sticker. I would really like to see a politician appear from anywhere that I could believe in. Maybe not in this life. The Conservative party of Canada has already run commercials featuring unflattering photos and video of Justin Trudeau. They are trying to portray him as an irresponsible youngster who couldn’t be trusted to head a government. I thought these commercials were remarkably mean spirited. But, apparently-  the Conservative Party of Canada is still afraid that Justin might be popular enough to unseat them. The people I trust to look ahead have told me they’re confident the Canadian electorate will see through the Conservative Party, will see the ‘Leaders’ of this party for what they are and hand them their walking papers. I don’t know- but for now, I can only hope that the campaign, and the pre- campaign shenanigans, do not paint either party as junior high school bullies who never grew up, pointing their finger at their opponents and making faces and sticking their tongues out and acting like barely pubescent boys (and girls?) I mean, jeeze- acting like a twelve year old while accusing your opponent of not being mature enough to take your job away from you is just plain silly. }

Transport Canada’s lax safety practices go beyond rail   { Transport Canada is the victim of the current government’s attempt to make it impossible for Transport Canada to enforce its regulations because the current government is in bed with big business and wants to take all oversight away- period. They want to convince us that Big Business will be able to ‘police themselves’ better than any government regulatory body. We saw how well that worked last year in Lac-Mégantic. And then, at the press conference, yesterday, they tried to make it look like Transport Canada was at least as guilty as the MM&R railroad. If the government won’t allow Transport Canada the funds it would need to hire enough qualified inspectors, how in hell could they expect TC to do their job effectively? It’s the conservative agenda: un-fund programs, then tell the world those programs aren’t working, try to disband those agencies that protect the population from unscrupulous corporations and other businesses- and then what? Hide in your bunker while the world falls apart? -Hold the bloody government responsible. They’re lying to you. Investigate what they’re really up to and do not believe their argument that they can’t tell you the truth because national security is at stake. Their security is at stake. If you knew what your government is up to, you’d go nuts and try to rip their heads from their shoulders (without any form of pain killers being offered them). Oops, somebody help me down from this soap box?  }

5 Ukrainian troops, 2 civilians killed as fierce battles reported   {  }

-New- Have Alward’s Torries been ‘proven through fire’? N.B. voters will decide Sept. 22   { Alward’s Conservative government is banking on the belief that they can convince a lot of people that ‘Fracking means jobs for you’ and ‘We should let Big Business cut down any tree they want to, because they have our best interest at heart’ and ‘You really don’t want to protect the water you drink from being poisoned, because we need to ‘Frack’ for jobs, and let mining waste ooze into your drinking, cleaning and recreation waters because those nice people who are fleecing you of your natural resources shouldn’t have to be careful about the toxic sludge they leave behind in their quest to frack you where it hurts’- -Anybody remember the newest incarnation of ‘Battlestar Gallactica’? remember what they meant when they used the word ‘Frack’? -Don’t bend over in front of a mother fracker- I saw video that Jim W took in which a First Nations elder said that the elemental beings -like leprachauns- that we’ve been sharing this planet with allalong started the fires that burned several old police vehicles while the police were arresting protesters at anti-fracking roadblocks last year. -I saw the vehicles and was ready to believe that the police set their own aging vehicles on fire to both get new vehicles and make the protesters look bad. I wasn’t there, I didn’t see who did or did not set any fires. Jim did nothing with his video because one of the First Nations people in the background looked up and said he did not want to be in any video. Fracking is dangerous to your health. It really looks like fracking is part of a plot to destroy your ability to live anywhere that has been fracked. Somebody has an agenda.  }

‘This country is capable of change,’ U.S. Attorney General says in Ferguson   { Can I quote a folk rocker? “Nothing is quite as sure as change-‘ John Phillips, -of the Mamas & Papas }

Neanderthals, humans may have coexisted for thousands of years   { Maybe we interbred to the point where we’ve become one race? Maybe they’re hiding somewhere, waiting for the humans to self-destruct? }

Air Canada accused of discriminating against Muslim man   {  }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

New Brunswick election: Voters challenged to choose on resources, jobs   { They want you to choose between having safe drinking water, clean water to swim in and wash yourself and your clothes in — and allowing big energy companies to frack for natural gas, ruin your environment to make a couple fat cats richer than they already are? Do Not Believe that fracking will do anything but make your life more miserable. }

Government cancels First Nation tax and gaming deals    { Brilliant- Looks like the current N.B. government doesn’t believe they need the votes of any First Nations People. }

McCains Pizza sale leaves Grand Falls wondering about jobs   { ‘McCain sold their pizza plant to Dr Oetker- the new owners say they will keep all the current employees, operate under the McCain name for two years and then switch to the ‘Dr Oetker’ name on their packaging’  –  Jim W -in his email message asking if I was sick and needed him to do this today. }

Blogger feud continues with Fredericton City Hall   {Chris MacPherson, Fredericton’s chief administration officer, asked Google to shut down a blog because thate blog contained ‘inaccurate and hurtful content about Fredericton police.’ Charles LeBlanc, the blogger, says he never accused the Fredericton police of being pedophiles, merely asked a question and said, ‘somebody is’. & “I’m just shooting back what they did to me. They’re the one that started this, not me.” He said that if he had received an apology from the police department he would have removed the posts that upset the police and the local government. – In 2012, officers seized computer equipment from Charles LeBlanc’s home. An independent review later found that police misused a request form for that raid, used a form reserved for child exploitation offenses. No charges were ever laid against Charles LeBlanc. }

 

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{ Ack! This isn’t supposed to take me all day- it’s 3:45 pm, I had to get up and answer the phone several times, get my night-time ‘day job’ stuff done and here we are-  double ‘Ack’ I finished checking for typos and colorizing the headlines and now it’s 4:24 pm.  ———djo——— }

 

Tuesday, 19 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Tuesday, 19 August, 2014  -(49˚F / 9˚C & clear in Ithaca @ 6:30 am ET )- -( Happy Birthday Bill Clinton (?) )-

{ & 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. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Police in riot gear in Ferguson, MO
The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where police clashed again protesters, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where an 18-year-old was fatally shot by a police officer. 5:55 AM ET

-New- 2 shot, 31 arrested in Ferguson during clashes with police   { Last night I watched television interviews with interested parties on both sides of this issue. African Americans don’t trust the police, and believe the police will kill them without reason and get their friends to back up their ‘self-defense’ stories. The police are afraid for their lives, those police officers who were brought up bigoted believe they are trying to protect themselves from a drug crazed mob of sub human animals who might have been stirred up by enemies of the state. Not a nice friendly way to spend a Monday night in Middle America. The question to ask is: “Who benefits from a situation like this?” And if everybody suddenly realized that their strings were being pulled, that their buttons were being pushed- by evil men with an agenda hiding behind a curtain somewhere, could both sides wake up and give each other bear hugs and turn around, hunt down and eliminated the ice-holes who get their jollies by planning this divide-and-conquer b.s.? And, if there are no evil manipulating enemies of freedom and all things wonderful in the U.S.A.- Is it something in the food we’ve been fed since Monsanto began to poison us that is putting us into a constant state of fear? Werner Von Braun warned his friends that things like this can happen. Anti-Social control freaks will plot and plan to keep everybody in a state of fear because people in that state of fear will surrender their hard won rights and freedoms for the promise of safety and security. Only the ice-holes who want total control will never give anybody any safety of security. The founding fathers of the U.S. of A. warned us with advice to the effect that “Freedom has to be earned in every generation.” Reaching for the nearest weapon and going on a rampage probably isn’t going to bring that freedom, or equality- ya think? Maybe the hardest way to fight for Freedom, Peace of Mind, Equality, and all those things we really want and need, is to know when to step back, take a breath and say- “What the bleep is going on here, and how can we fix this?” }

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“Lead Stories”

Body of 15-year-old girl found in bag in Red River   {  }

Obama urges Ferguson, Mo., protesters to remain peaceful   {  }

Winnipeg’s ‘homeless hero’ found dead in river   { This time I’m giving you a link: >>—->  Homeless Hero found dead in Red River in Winnipeg. This guy was given an award for saving a teen-ager from drowning in 2011 and later beaten up by people who recognized him from the media attention he got. There must have been a monetary award with the ‘Mayor’s Medal of Valor’ because he donated $1,000.00 to a Winnipeg homeless shelter. }

Health minister says anti-drug campaign is not political   { Sunday’s headline was, ‘Canada’s doctors refuse to join anti-marijuana campaign’. *Let me blow your mind with this one: I don’t like marijuana. When I grew up it was impossible not to be exposed to it and I don’t know anybody who didn’t try it at least once. Some people should never go near the stuff. Not because they will instantly become homicidal maniacs or loose all touch with the consensus reality and run around indiscriminately raping underage boys and girls anywhere he or she sees one, but because they may become dependent on the stuff too easily and spend all their time and effort getting ‘high’- to the point where they may resort to stealing and other unethical and dangerous practices in order to get the stuff. Unscrupulous people will recruit vulnerable people who believe they need marijuana and get them to sell it for them and then force them to sell and use much more dangerous chemicals, we know that. Let me quote a friend from high school,”Every single alcoholic I know started out on milk. You don’t see anybody trying to make milk illegal do you?”  & One of my favourite people on this planet tells me she could not have survived her dysfunctional/abused childhood without it (and she doesn’t smoke any now) There is medical evidence that the stuff helps many people. Autism Spectrum Disorder people can often find relaxation and relief they can’t get through normal channels by ‘toking up’ now and then. There are more serious medical conditions that have been treated with marijuana with remarkably good results.  I’m just not one of those people who needs it. With the epidemic of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual conditions that are prevalent these days, I see marijuana as the least of way too many evils. Genetically Modified Organisms in your food cause a whole lot more problems than marijuana does. The drugs that medical doctors have been conned into believing are needed for quite a few conditions and ailments do much more harm that the weed does. Go check out >>>—-> Dr Peter Breggin’s web site if you don’t want to take my word for any of this. Seeing medical professionals argue like this – one group says they will not be suckered into taking sides against something that has not been thoroughly and properly researched and the other side stamping their feet and turning red in the face and calling people names- in public- makes me feel like I fell through a black hole and woke up in a cosmic luney bin -where the keepers might be crazier than their patients. 😉 }

Taking dam from from ISIS a ‘major step forward’, says Obama   {  }

Tattoo removal business booming a inked teens grow up   {  }

-New- ‘Who is going to pay for it?’ Federal party leaders and security   { After somebody broke into the home of Justin Trudeau, the head of the Liberal Party of Canada- The dialog was opened, “Should public officials have more security?” Some voices were heard to say, “We like not being a police state where cops in kevlar are not standing around on every street corner with the latest high tech machine guns at the ready.” One head of security said, -when he took that head of security for Parliament position, he looked at the lawn in front of the Parliament Building and saw peaceful people tossing a frisbee around. He wanted to continue seeing that sort of thing as long as he was in that office.- A loaded line like “Who is going to pay for it?” is a trademark of corrupt politicians who do not need tax money, but ant it all for themselves anyway. Governments could stop collecting taxes right now this minute and see to it that the citizens of Canada and the U.S.A. and every other ‘free’ country on this planet got more and better services than they do now. Everybody! Wake up and take back your governments. They are not serving you. Do you feel like the people you elect to office are there to make your life more comfortable? Or do you feel like those ‘elected officials’ believe that you are here to serve them? }

 

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Hitch-hiking robot.
HitchBot. Looks like this might be the most positive story line I’ve seen lately.

{ I found a full photograph of HitchBot on the Coast to Coast am web site and snitched it from there, no, I didn’t say that- I mean- an image of the HitchBot got a ride to this web site. Jee – He just showed up, hmmm- How cool is that? }

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“Offbeat”

Alabama hunters haul in 459-kilogram alligator   { 459 kg = 1,011 pounds }

Miss Texas new contender for worst opening pitch   { At a baseball game, I bet- }

repeat- Rolf Buchholz, German man with horn implants and 400 piercings, denied entry to Dubai   { I might think twice about letting that guy into my house if his car broke down within sight, I might let him use a cell phone- }

Montreal resident a magnet for Russian mail   { Along with a postcard addressed to the Montreal resident, Canada Post delivered a whole bundle of mail -maybe with a rubber band around it? Mail in that bundle was addressed to other destinations all across Canada. }

-Blog- Mom’s ‘ignore no more’ app forces kids to call back.  { I think somebody has created an app that removes  the ‘ignore’ button from cell phones- or disables it. }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Justin Trudeau’s home break-in: Do party leaders need more security?   { In my tirade, above, I neglected to mention that Justin Trudeau was away on party business and his wife and children were in the home at the time of the break-in. Nobody claiming to be a plumber in a ‘Land-Shark’ suit knocked on the door first. }

Ice Bucket Challenge: Charlie Sheen dumps cold, hard cash -instead of ice water-   { Ya know? That’s the nicest thing I’ve heard him say or do in a while. }

Pope Francis urges peace in South Korea trip   { This one is slide show with 8 photos, you can either see of hide the captions. I think I like this Pope. -and isn’t that the height of egotism? }

 

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“Other”

Mars 2020 rover’s RIMFAX radar will ‘see’ deep underground   {  }

Analysis- Why London Mayor Boris Johnson could be on way to No. 10   { London, England. London’s  mayor -who may be nicknamed ‘BoJo’- is apparently quite a character, with quite a sense of humour, I bet Toronto would swap for this guy in a second, but I doubt that the British Londoners would accept that- }

New- Ebola outbreak: Africans understandably wary about promised cures  { Hey- Since we’ve learned that a well respected doctor in U.S. America’s southwest held a press conference to show how safe polio vaccine was by injecting his grandchildren in public –  and within 48 hours one child was dead and the other had full blown polio- Do you blame them? ‘Big Pharma’ puts profit ahead of people, puts profit ahead of health, puts profit ahead of everything. -Charging thousands of dollars for pills that cost them less than a penny apiece to produce- squashing therapies that work against some cancers because their poisonous chemicals bring them such nice big bucks, for a much longer time than an easy cure would? When these Big Pharma crooks are brought to justice, what punishment do you believe would fit their crimes? }

Israel-Gaza conflict: Talks resume on Gaza deal   { The last I heard on this the ceasefire had been extended. }

NEW- Lac-Mégantic derailment investigation findings released today {  }

Khurram Sher terror trial verdict expected today   { “Khurram Sher should find out in an Ottawa courtroom today whether he has been found guilty of planning al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist activities. -The former London, Ont., pathologist was arrested Aug. 6, 2010 and charged with conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity. He was charged about two weeks after a wiretapped meeting at the centre of the trial. }

How the defensive shift and big data are changing baseball   {  }

PC leadership candidates face off over free memberships   { ‘PC’ = ‘Progressive Conservatives’ -sound like an oxymoron to you?- I have long believed that if a politician opens his or her mouth and the word ‘leadership’ dribbles out, they are robotically repeating some b.s. line they’ve been taught to recite and it would be a total waste of your time to listen any further. }

Ukraine crisis: 15 bodies recovered from refugee convoy attack   {  }

Intruding 10-foot snake tries to hide under a couch   { It took two big guys from ‘Animal Control’ and a camera crew to capture the Burmese Python and get it into a crate that looked like an oversized cat taxi. A boy in his teens discovered the snake when he came home and thought he saw or heard something behind the couch. }

Solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead   { The people who run that plant will have to reincarnate as birds and incinerated themselves a whole lot of times to make up for this. }

Facebook’s new ‘satire’ tag identifies fake news articles   { If they come up with a ‘stupid’ or ‘why bother?’ tag they would be in danger of discovering what people think of their ‘social media’ site. effbook is one ‘Stupid’ waste of time and energy! }

Alberta dinosaur egg excavation could yield rare fossilized babies   { 🙁 }

Calgary family celebrates after starring in Emmy-winning Apple ad  { Now, if only Apple lived up to its earlier reputation and dropped the planned obsolescence and ‘change everything you can as often as you can so they have to buy new adapters etc all the time” b.s.- I might think about liking them again. }

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Provincial ombudsman calls piece of waterway legislation useless   { Conservationists and First Nations groups have voiced concerns about such things as mines’ toxic wastes and fracking’s disastrous consequences possibly ruining drinking water, as well as water used for recreation and by wildlife. The Provincial Ombudsman says the current regulations protecting New Brunswick’s waterways are worse than useless. He compared that legislation as requiring smoke detectors in every house without batteries. Political appointees can ignore the regulations any time they feel like it. }

Judge reserves decision on forestry plan challenge by First Nations chiefs   { The deepest issue here may be that First Nations legally own the land, with all resource and mineral -and other- rights that federal, provincial, and local politicians believe they can sell off the rights to, or just plain sell off. }

Grand Manan air ambulance service restored after fatal crash   {  }

UNB professors upset by president’s contract   {  }

 

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{ 9:40 am –  I usually type and edit this in “Radio Free Earth News” first and then copy and paste to a couple other blogs. But today, I started here. -Time to colorize and edit for typos  ———djo———  }