Independent Canadian News

Sunday, 07 September, 2014 – CBC ews Headlines –

Sunday, 07 September, 2014  -( 53˚F / 12˚C & Mostly Clear in Ithaca @ 8:01 am )- {{ & Happy birthday to Chrissie Hynde -of The Pretenders & ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ fame and to a friend Joan Y. I grew up with —————Jim }}

{ 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. }

{ & 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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Large cat on floor.
“15 kilogram Cat” -that’s about 33 pounds- up for adoption in California. The people at the shelter are trying to get “Little Dude” the kitty to slim down first.

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Lead Articles:

-Updated- Civilian killed by shelling despite shaky Ukraine ceasefire   {  }

U.S. military launches strikes around Haditha dam in Iraq   { & “U.S. expands air campaign in Iraq as ISIS fights for key dam” }

Jim Prentice to lead Alberta after Tory leadership win   { Farther down in the lead stories range: “Jim Prentice wins Alberta PC leadership vote in landslide” }

Explosions heard near Donetsck airport in eastern Ukraine   {  }

B.C. schools to be closed for 2nd week as strike continues   {   }

Canadian team in Sierra Leone to diagnose  Ebola infections   {  }

Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer eliminated at U.S. Open   {  }

More dogs and cats doing the raw food diet – but is it safe?   {  }

 

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2 deer on the Golden Gate Bridge in Calilfornia.
“Deer stroll down Golden Gate Bridge” -and survived-

“Offbeat”

Rare albino lobsters caught days apart   {  }

Deer safe after crossing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge   {  }

& Repeats from yesterday

-& I added- Deer stroll down Golden Gate Bridge  { ‘Two deer trotted through rush hour in San Francisco on Friday, briefly stopping traffic” In the video they take off at high speed and later slow down while I guess motorists snapped their photos and shot the video on cell phones, —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers    {   }

Drew Carey offers $10K to find culprits in cruel ice bucket challenge prank   { Someone in small town Ohio talked a 14 year old with Autism into taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity and dumped a bucket of urine and feces over his head, shooting the video on a cell phone. Whattaya think? If they catch these guys should the do the same to them in public? —djo— }

Justin Trudeau may be the next big thing – but Steven Harper’s still Nickelback   { Sounds like the mean spirited anti-Liberal headline writer is back at work here. —djo— }

Ride the Rideau cyclist dead after crash on route of charity event   {  }

Boy, 9, steals Saskatoon city bus, hits 2 parked vehicles   {  }

-10 photo slide show- Monsoon season floods devastate India, Pakistan   {  }

 

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Other:

-New- U.K. promises Scots more power if they reject independence   {  }

ISIS propaganda material turns up in Pakistan, India   {  }

-Photos- TIFF 2014: Highlights from Day 3   {  }

B.C. Government rejects binding arbitration to settle teachers’ strike   {  }

How practice could make perfect for doctors’ bedside manner   {  }

Ebola virus precautions added to back-to-school advice on campus   {  }

-Point Of View- Youthful optimism in the face of a world gone mad: Michael Enright   {  }

How ISIS recruited a former B.C. university student to fight in Syria   {  }

-Must Watch- Fat cat up for adoption   { I put his photo up at the top of today’s list. —djo— }

-World- 9/11 museum displays memorablia from bin Laden assassination   { -And the Conspiracy community is still convinced that bin Laden was a U.S. agent who regularly went to U.S. military bases for Dialysis treatments, probably died from his kidney disease years ago, might have been played by several different actors – was the ‘goose who laid golden eggs’ for the lying-evil-maniplating-war-mongering-elitist-military-ice-holes who used him as the monster hiding under everybody’s beds in order to squeeze as much money as they could from the U.S. taxpayers to further their evil agenda. -My Point of View?- I don’t believe anybody- & since the Weekly World News ran the headline, “Dinosaurs honked like Buicks”- I don’t think I can be any more disillusioned about Mainstream or commercial news media. Some day I should post a list of what different groups believe are disinformation schemes and outright lies in mainstream media. —djo— }

-Politics- Philippe Couillard tells Stephen Harper he wants Quebec to sign Constitution   { I love Quebec. I love French Canadians & feel like I am richer for having been exposed to their culture and personalities. It tickles the cockles of my heart to hear four-year-olds speaking perfect French –  even if they speak way too fast for me to pick up more than a quarter of what they say. – Quebec, apparently, never signed the Canadian Constitution. A lot of French Canadians feel like they constantly got, and get, the short end of the stick. Philippe Couillard is the premier of the province of Quebec- He ‘took advantage of a meeting with Stephen Harper’ to re-state his opinion that Quebec should sign the Constitution. He said so at an event to commemorate the 200th birthday of Sir George-Etienne Cartier –  the French-Canadian statesman seen by many as the ‘Father of Confederation’. -Confederation is the term they used when the provinces got together to form a single identity as ‘the confederation of colonies’, which became the ‘Canadian Confederation’ on July 1st, 1867.- Wikipedia wants us to know that ‘confederation’ usually refers to an association of sovereign states. —djo— }

-Health- Deadly pathogens found in U.S. government labs   {  }

-Health- Ebola outbreak: Doctors Without Borders calls ‘lockdown’ a mistake   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Venice Film Festival: Sweden’s Andersson wins Golden Lion   { I learned something reading this article – more than one ‘something’. & one of the things I like most about doing this every day- Checking through and writing out the headlines – is that I keep learning things – and do not feel like my brain is turning to dried out seaweed at an accelerating rate – I had to read through most of this article to learn whether this Festival was in Venice, Italy or Venice, California. It is in Italy. I usually shy away from entertainment fluff, because, frankly- I don’t give a flying dang about what actress is wearing whose dress or which cute couple is breaking up and I am realllllly sick of hearing the phrase ‘baby bump’ while the television screen shows women who just spent thousands of dollars to look good in a million dollar dress that makes me want to hear Moon Unit Zappa reciting “Gag me with a spoon” over and over again.  —djo— }

Young Woman taking a 'selfie' of herself wearing a yellow tee shirt with big black letters that say 'Dress Code Violation!"
I’m guessing this is the ‘shame suit’ a young woman in Florida was forced to wear – she recently moved to Florida and might not have realized the school believed a skirt she could have worn in her old school was inappropriate in the fascist eyes of the Florida school’s administration.

-Community- School forces 15-year-old girl to wear ‘shame suit’ after violating dress code   { “How far should school administrators be able to go when it comes to enforcing dress codes? -In recent years, high profile student-teacher conflicts over items like visible bra straps and short demin shorts have prompted many Canadian parents to speak out on the issue — and the perceived “shaming” of female students, in particular. -Now, with another school year underway, tales of aggressive dress code enforcement are making waves once again. -The mother of a 15-year-old Florida girl is threatening to file a complaint against her local school board this week, alleging that her daughter was “publicly humiliated” for wearing a skirt that was deemed too short. – Miranda Larkin recently started attending the Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Fla., after moving to the area from Seattle. – On the third day at her new school, Miranda says she was informed by a teacher that her skirt (which school policy indicates must be “knee-length or longer”) was too short. The teen says that she was unaware of this rule.” — Don’t get me started. Today’s schools are aberrations to begin with. Kids who love to learn are forced into a culture where they make learning as boring and painful as possible. Not only are intelligent, sensitive kids forced into situations that breed bullies and penalize intelligence and sensitivity- they have to deal with idiots for administration types who are there, not to educate, but to whip kids into ‘shape’ to become good little zombie consuming units who never question authority and submit to the bullies who call themselves ‘leaders of their communities’ Gaaaa!  —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

NB Liquor enters the growler game, brewing doubt   {  A ‘growler’ is a 64 ounce bottle of beer. Small “Craft” brewers were told last year that they could not sell growlers at their breweries any longer unless they had already sold a ridiculously high volume of beer at a provincial liquor store –  which might have put many small craft brewers out of business.  So now three provincially operated liquor stores in New Brunswick are testing a pilot program to see how well Growlers from small and huge breweries do when sold in their official provincial liquor outlets. – Like maybe – if they can’t make a million dollars on your stuff, then you should give up, go home and strongly consider suicide? grumble grumble-  —djo— }

Brian Gallant vows to expand international lobster markets   { And Brian Gallant knows how to get his name positively mentioned in the news every day as he runs for premier as the leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party.  —djo— }

“New Brunswick” page:

 Atholville anxious for medical marijuana plant to be approved   {  }

Severe thunderstorm expected to rain down on New Brunswick   { This was expected to happen yesterday –  Jim W said he saw some interesting clouds, but after a spattering of rain drops that- “felt like they’d been blown way off course from a storm somewhere else- those clouds kind of smiled like they were embarrassed and ran away.” —djo— }

N.B. this week  { Link >>—-> http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/thisweek/ This is an interesting page, with a lot of eye candy and a little bit of substance to go with it.  —djo— }

 

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{ 10:19 am – Why does this feel so much easier and less hurried on a Sunday?   10:45 am  Almost ready to push the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }

Saturday, 06 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Saturday, 06 September, 2014  -( 72˚F / 22˚C & Mostly Cloudy in Ithaca @ 8:41 am )-

{ 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. }

{ & 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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Pipeline through boreal forest 120 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta
Canada Leads The World in degrading Pristine, Intact Forests. This pipleine carries steam to well heads and heavy oil back to a processing plant. This section cuts through boreal forest 120 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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Lead Articles:

B.C. cool to idea of arbitration to end teachers’ strike { -More like, The B.C. government and the Minister of Education are cool on the idea of allowing an impartial 3rd party decide how this should be worked out. —djo— }

Results of Alberta Tory leadership vote due later today   {  }

Sierra Leone to ‘lockdown’ areas infected with Ebola   {  }

Fighting in Ukraine subsides as ceasefire takes hold   {  }

Donetsk residents doubt truce would create lasting peace   {   }

Hispanic Mother & Child bonding on a bed or sofa.
“U.S. President Barack Obama vowed in June that he would act without Congress to reform the immigration system. But a debate appears to be underway at the White House over the timing of any immigration announcements. Will he or won’t he act before the midterm elections?”

-Analysis- Obama’s immigration dilemma: Act now or after midterms?   {   }

NATO faces 1st test, as Estonia accuses Russia of abduction   { According to the Estonian government, Russian agents crossed the border of Estonia and detained a police officer. Estonia and Canada are calling this a provocation.   —djo— }

3 circles, top two are black, bottom has a big smile and strange eyes.
Disney thinks this image is too much like Mickey Mouse Ears.

David vs. Goliath trademark battles: Giants don’t always win   { The electronic DJ known as Deadmau5, is being sued by Disney for incorporating giant ears as part of his costume. }

-Photos- Bad weather soaks stars, fans on second night of TIFF   { It was Bill Murray Day at the Toronto International Film Festival. }

 

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“Offbeat”

Robot milkers gaining in popularity at dairy farms in N.B.   {  }

Strange looking fish.
An Ocean Sunfish, like the one in this photo , washed up on the beach at Cape Disappointment, near the mouth of the Columbia River in Washington state, USA. The fish was 6 feet long and weight almost 300 pounds.

‘It’s really an odd-looking fish’:  Rare 2-metre sunfish washes ashore   { Some West Coast friends of mine are very worried that radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant disaster -after the earthquake and Tsunami- might poison vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean and make living on the west coast of North America not so pleasant in the near future- We get updates from Coast to Coast am (<—-<< Link-) every so often that are not encouraging. —djo— }

Tim Hortons coffee cups: XL claims put to the test   { Somebody tested the capacities of Timmy’s large and Extra-Large paper cups- & contrary to the Conspiracy Theory that both cups hold the same amount of coffee- found that when filled to the line that Tim Hortons  Employees fill these cups to- There are 4 more ounces in the Extra-Large cup than the Large one.  —djo— }

Toronto Festival goers — and the world — celebrate #BillMurrayDay   { I heard an interview yesterday with the producer behind some of Bill Murray’s more memorable movies – Bill does his homework and deserves the accolades he received.  —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Pictures of storm clouds, downed trees as storm passes through   { This article includes several ‘tweeted’ photos taken in the Ottawa-Gatineau Ontario-Quebec area yesterday- The storm was quite impressive.  —djo—  }

Alex Stone arrested after U.S. teen wrote about shooting pet dinosaur   { Link This one really is worth reading. A 16-year-old student in South Carolina had an assignment to write about himself as if he was updating his status on facebook. He wrote that he shot his neighbor’s pet dinosaur with a gun he’d bought. His teacher notified the authorities and the police were called in. The student had his book bag and locker searched – and, when he objected to the way he was being treated was called, ‘irate’ and taken out of school in handcuffs. The school did not inform his mother. She is quoted as having said, ‘I mean first of all, we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he’s not even old enough to buy a gun.’  – And I would add that if the teacher believed that everything any teenaged kid would write as a status update on facebook was politically correct – that teacher is not connected to anything like ‘Reality’.   —djo— }

Busting Bill Murray: 10 believe-it-or-not stories   {  }

[Dutch dentist] Jacobus van Nierop’s patient: ‘Everything was infected’   { The Dutch dentist, arrested in New Brunswick and wanted by interpol on warrants from France claiming he mutilated patients- allegedly told somebody in an immigrations hearing/interview that he’d killed his wife in the Netherlands in 2006. A woman who lives in France said the dentist insisted she have all her fillings replaced even though she was unaware of any problems with them. After the dentists did the oral surgery she did have problems. She says he used dirty, infected instruments when he operated on her. The woman said her eldest child was also a victim of this dentist. —djo— }

Two dead, eight injured after moose collision on Highway 11   {   }

-Blog- Spirit Airlines slips up by trying to cash in on nude celebrity photo leak   { The Airline sent email ads to customers saying “Our Bare Fare was Hacked!” and featured a line drawing of a woman covering her chest with her arm.  —djo— }

 

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Other:

Fragile Ukraine ceasefire seems to be holding   {  }

-Audio- The celebrity nude selfie leak and why we care   {  }

5 memorable marketing blunders   {  }

Education Minister cool to arbitration to end B.C. teachers’ strike    { If the Education Minister is afraid than an impartial arbitrator would find against the government and in favor of the teachers- that should tell you something. —djo— }

Indigenous women ask, ‘Am I next/’ in push for inquiry into deaths   {  }

-Photos- 4th biennial Stand Up To Cancer live benefit   {  }

Unresponsive plane crashes of Jamaica killing U.S. couple   {  }

Adopted brothers reunited in Ottawa after decades apart   { There is also a video. “Two brothers who didn’t know they were related have reunited in Ottawa” }

-Must Watch- ‘Stories of our lives’: being gay in Kenya { “Kenyan filmmakers risk everything to tell the story of what it’s like to be gay in Africa”  —djo— }

-World- Pakistan, India flooding kills more than 200   {  }

-World- Nicholas Henin, French journalist, says Brussels museum shooter tortured him in Syria   {  }

-Politics- Brian Mulroney says Supreme Court criticism ‘sends the wrong signal’   { “Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney says it was “unhelpful” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to publicly criticize Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin. Mulroney is credited with winning the biggest landslide victory in Canadian election history – then turning the government over to Kim Campbell -the 1st and only woman Prime Minister of Canada so far- The people I’ve talked to in Canada blame Mulroney for the biggest loss the Conservatives ever suffered. He came in with the biggest pro-conservative vote ever and after he left, the conservatives only won 2 seats – out of 295 —djo— }

-Politics- Canadian special ops soldiers to be part of anti-ISIS team in Iraq   {  }

-Politics- ISIS recruits in Canada spark Liberal call for parliamentary probe   {  }

-Business- Apple’s not talking but tech lovers anticipate iWatch release   {  }

-Business- Canada loses 11,000 jobs in August   {   }

-Technology & Science- House sized asteroid flies near Earth this Sunday   { A newly discovered asteroid – 20 meters wide -that’s about 65 feet & change-  will pass a ‘safe’  40,000 kilometers / 25,000 miles above New Zealand – The article goes on to say that the asteroid will be farther from Earth than any of our communications or weather satellites.  —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

-Opinion- Michael Camp: Campaigns marked by political allegations  { Michael Camp is a journalism professor at St Thomas University  in Fredericton. “Two allegations against David Alward’s Progressive Conservatives caught my attention this week. – One was colourful and direct. The other was by innuendo, one of the darker arts in the world of political persuasion. – The first came on Thursday when Dominic Cardy laid out the NDP’s platform. – Cardy is doing his best to shake off the perception that the NDP is a party devoted to taxing, spending and racking up big deficits. – He said he didn’t buy the idea that there was anything left wing about driving New Brunswick into bankruptcy. – So before the bank arrives to repossess the car and the furniture, we better straighten things out. – That’s the ‘new’ NDP message. – But I think Cardy’s attack on patronage should connect with a lot of voters — if he can get them to listen. – Who would disagree with this little gem from the party platform? – “Whether it’s a Conservative minister getting the road to a friend’s fishing camp paved while your car bangs over potholes that never seem to get fixed, or your neighbour, a prominent Liberal supporter, who always finds a summer job grant for his children — too often knowing the right people seems to matter more than working hard.” – Cardy didn’t name names. His examples were generic rather than specific. But every voter knows it’s the way things have always worked in this province. – If you want a nice job, start by making friends with a politician in power ”  && “The other notable allegation, if you can call it that, was made by Liberal Brian Gallant. – On the same day Cardy was unveiling his platform, Gallant took a little time off from his usual campaign routines to offer some comfort and support to Andy Harvey. – Gallant suspended Harvey as the Liberal candidate for Carleton-Victoria when it was revealed that he was facing fraud charges. – We don’t know much about the case, other than it involves the Harvey family business and the sale of some wood. – Harvey says he’s innocent. Fair enough. The courts will decide. – But in the meantime, Harvey and the Liberal leader are raising questions about the timing of the charges. – With the cameras rolling, Gallant told reporters they should ask the attorney general of New Brunswick why a Liberal candidate would be charged in July, three years after an alleged offence took place, just as the election campaign was getting into gear. – And if voters hadn’t given this much thought, Gallant apparently thought a little nudge would be in order. – “You’d have to ask the Attorney General as to why it’s been done now,” Gallant said. – “And I’ll certainly allow New Brunswickers to come to their own conclusions as to why it would have popped up now.” – ”  —djo— }

David Alward unveils full ‘Say ‘Yes’ platform for PCs   { Jim W’s assessment of television commercials for this ‘Say “Yes” to jobs etc.’ campaign: >>—-> “David Alward comes across as a mean-spirited high school bully looking down from behind a political pulpit, sneering at voters with a message that feels like “Only a god -bleeped- idiot would vote for [the opposition] – He’s got that smug “my-daddy-could-afford-to send-me-to-the-most-expensive-educational-institutions. So I clearly know better than you do-” look. He claims that fracking is safe and will provide loads of magic jobs for everybody- And that is just not true. Scientists whose jobs depend on money from the fracking industry are the only ones I’ve heard claim that fracking is safe. When the protective layer of stone that keeps natural gas down -and keeps the gas from seeping into well water- is shattered- there is no way they can protect the water supply from gas and other harmful chemicals. Their suggested band-aid solutions are laughable- metal pipes rust- concrete slabs crumble and crack. There is no safe way to repair an area that has been fracked. & Hey, run the poster again-“—Jim Wellington. — Okay, I’ll do that. —djo— }

sign comparing jobs per million bucks invested.
Jobs Per Million Dollars invested. Oil & Gas = 2 jobs. Building Efficiency = 14 jobs. Clean Energy = 15 jobs. “Do The Math!”

Liberals request judicial ruling over campaign transparency law   {  }

& There’s more New Brunswick news at (Link >>—->)  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick  — or, if you want to see local news from any other province, you can find it  at the cbc.ca/news/ site.

 

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{ 12:12 pm  —> Had one nasty browser crash and suffered the kind of lag lag lag I haven’t seen in years – >>—> but, ready to check for typos and paint the headlines pretty colours   >>—-> Pushing the “Publish” Button @ 12:55 pm     ———djo———  }

Friday, 05 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Friday, 05 September, 2014  -( 68˚F / 20˚C & Clear skies in Ithaca @ 7:41 am )-

{ & 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——— }

{ 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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Ballons being inflated to take to the sky-
Balloons getting ready to fly somewhere in New Brunswick this morning – Tweeted-

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Lead Articles:

-Analysis- NATO agrees to cheer for Ukraine, but not much more: Terry Milewski   {  }

NATO, Ukraine optimistic about potential ceasefire Friday   {  }

Vancouver School Bo.  pays $1.7M over student heart attack   {  }

Canada among 10-nation core coalition to battle ISIS   {  }

Canada preparing to send military advisers to Iraq: CBC   {  }

-Photos- TIFF 2014: Red carpet highlights from the opening gala for The Judge   {  }

-Analysis- Desperately seeking economic health in the era of free money: Don Pittis   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

Biggest dinosaur ever? Scientists unveil ‘Dreadnoughtus’   {  }

Microbiome: Unique bacterial cloud follows you everywhere   {  }

Not ready for this jelly? New mushroom-shaped deep-sea animal baffles scientists   {  }

Deadmau5, Disney face off over ‘mouse ears’ logo   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Joan Rivers dead in New York at 81   {  That’s stark- }

Joan Rivers: 5 of the comedian’s top zingers   { Might be a video? }

Police investigating Jackson Square security guard brawl   { “Police in Hamilton, Ontario, are searching for a group of people they say assaulted two security guards at Jackson Square mall on Monday.”  }

Canadian universities tackle campus rape culture after Frosh Week   {  }

Don’t blame us for that WestJet scam, airline says   { -WestJet says its brand is being used as part of a phone scam because of the company’s high profile.-   —djo— }

Caffeine in coffee a genetic quirk unrelated to chocolate or tea   {  }

-12 photo slide show- 2014 NATO summit in Wales   {   }

-Blog- Univeristy’s ‘Black Twitter’ study generates controversy   { “Described by Wikipedia as “a cultural identity on the Twitter social network focused on issues of interest to the black community, particularly in the United States,” the Black Twitter community is often credited with the creation of viral memes, trending hashtags, and most importantly, mobilizing attention around powerful sociopolitical issues.” <—-<< Link. }

 

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Other:

Why Canada must approach Ebola outbreak like a natural disaster   { That “must” puts my b.s. detector on high alert. }

Apple CEO says users will get more alerts to beef up security after photo scandal   {   }

‘A question of cost’: Why boys are less likely to get HPV vaccine   { Conservative MP Peter Kent wants to ‘rally’ for governments -I think he means provincial governments- to fund HPV vaccinations for boys. Alberta and P.E.I. already do that. The Member of Parliament was treated for nine months for tongue and throat cancer and says doctors convinced him that the vaccinations would be a good thing while they were treating him.   —djo— }

-Updated- Ukraine crisis:NATO preps rapid response force to ease Eastern Europe anxiety   {  }

Ageless Federer fights off 2 match points to reach U.S. Open semis   {  }

Legroom wars: “Knee defender” controversy ignites war of words online   { Here’s my volley: Regulate the airlines to make sure passengers are not crammed so tightly together that this kind of b.s. flares into an issue – This is nonsense – You (dear reader) should not be herded around by big business- They’re already manipulating you into believing that you’re not worth a living wage, don’t deserve the job you love doing, and should pay through the nose for stuff you don’t really want or need. —djo— }

Some parents donate $40-a-day compensation to B.C. teachers union.   { Bravo! Parents already deserve halos for taking on that job without any “How To-” manuals – and now they’re sensitive and generous enough to realize the teachers are fighting for their kids & are not the greedy monsters the government and media are trying to paint them as-  —djo— }

Oklahoma to hold off on executions until report’s recommendations met   {  }

Memorial held for missing Calgary boy presumed dead by police   {   🙁  }

-Editor’s Pick- TIFF 2014: 10 movies about music you should see   { I don’t like being told I ‘should’ or ‘must’ do, say, see or have anything.  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- Are NFL cheerleaders being exploited?   { I like the re-write on this headline. “Cheerleaders work for rich sports teams for free or less than minimum wage.”  —djo— }

Specialty TV channels more likely to fail amid CRTC-led shakeup   { “Every spring, the CRTC releases its report on the profits of Canadian specialty channels and television analysts pore over it to see who is making how much. – For years, the profits have been consistent and healthy. If you are lucky enough to run a Category A specialty station, meaning you were licensed before the rules changed in 2000, you’re doing pretty well. For example, in 2013, FoodTV had a profit margin of 53 per cent, HGTV’s profit margin was 58 per cent. Both Fashion Television and BookTV made $2.7 million in pre-tax profit, with less than one staff member assigned to each channel. – Life is sweet. But that’s about to change. – Specialty channels in Canada are facing a shakeup in their industry that will likely result in the death of at least a few of them and reduced profit margins for many others. Two issues are at play as the CRTC moves to reset television regulation in Canada: pick and pay and genre protection. – While, it’s not yet clear exactly how pick and pay will evolve, the CRTC has suggested a small basic package of local and educational channels, with everything else available à la carte. Bundles will still exist, but consumers will also have the option to buy one channel at a time. – Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy says it will be a different world.” }

-World- Fast-food workers across U.S. walk off the job in minimum wage protests   {  }

-Politics- What if Quebec had voted ‘Yes’ in the 1995 referendum?   {  }

-Politics- Former PMs, aboriginal leaders vow to fix ‘broken relationship’ in new pact   {  }

-Business- Northern Gateway pipeline unlikely to start up by 2018   {  }

-Business- Flu vaccine supplier GSK says it can’t fill all of its supply order   {  }

-Business- Home Depot offers credit monitoring amid card breach worries   {  }

-Health- Eating disorders cause more Canadian girls to be hospitalized   {   }

-Arts & Entertainment- 5 things you need to know about TIFF on Friday   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Education reform needs to adopt new technology, approaches   {  }

French immersion reform: Stop playing political football   {  }

Fugitive dentist from France arrested in Nackawic   {  }

Riverview house fire displaces 8 people   {  }

Education reform needs to shoot for the moon   {  }

Dominic Cardy vows leaner, less partisan government with NDP   {  }

 

Pretty good statue of a moose-
The chainsaw artist, Joel Palmer, wants his moose back. It was stolen from his display at the New Brunswick Exhibition in Fredericton.

Wooden Moose stolen from NBEX, says chainsaw artist   { “A chainsaw artist at the New Brunswick Exhibition in Fredericton is appealing for the return of one of his sculptures. – Joel Palmer, who is also known as “Swamp Bear,” says someone stole his wooden carving of a moose from his display area at the annual exhibition overnight on Sept. 1. – “Oh man, I’m devastated,” said Palmer. “I mean we put a lot of work into what we do here as artists. – “All of us are doing our best to put on a good show here for the community and for everybody. It’s sad that someone thinks it’s all fun and games to go steal something like that.” – The bull moose sculpture is about four feet high and four feet wide (1.2 m x 1.2 m) with detachable antlers.” }

 

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{ 9:45 am – Ready to check for Typos and do the colorization  10:10 am Pushing the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }

Thursday, 04 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Thursday, 04 September, 2014  -( 58˚F / 14˚C & Grey out there in Ithaca @ 7:30 am )-

{ & 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——— }

{ 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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Cartoon complaining about jobs in canada
-Couple days late- But it’s the thought that counts- Not from the CBC –

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Lead Articles:

-Updated- Ukraine crisis sets the stage for toughest NATO summit since Cold war ended   { “NATO’s top official accused Moscow outright on Thursday of attacking Ukraine as allied leaders gathered for a summit to buttress support for Kyiv and bolster defences against a Russia they now see as hostile for the first time since the Cold War.” – “We are faced with a dramatically changed security environment,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on arrival at the summit. “To the east, Russia is attacking Ukraine.” }

Russia warns NATO against offering Ukraine membership   {   }

BC teachers’ union rejects gov’t demand to suspend strike   { Another link to the same article replaced “gov’t” with “premier’s” }

Manulife buys Standard Life Canadian assets for $4B   {  }

-Updated- Canada sending 13 soldiers to Ukraine peacekeeping exercise   {  }

-Analysis- Why Barack Obama’s disengagement abroad may not be such a bad thing: Neil Macdonald   {  }

Happy Endings: 5 tips to keep TIFF from hurting your tush   {  “TIFF” = Toronto International Film Festival. This article flirts with becoming, “How to sit through 400 films without breaking your back” }

 

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“Offbeat”

Miserable, retching Great Dane binged on 43 & 1/2 socks   {  *Jim & Cathi- don’t let Jassper read this.* But, I’m wondering who had to count the socks and how did they come up with that 1/2 a sock? —djo— }

Albino cobra on the loose in California suburb   { I remember hearing that Alice Cooper’s pet snake escaped from its cage while Alice was doing a gig in Las Vegas, NV and got into the plumbing and came up out of a sink in the bar. The news guy who read that wondered how many people in the bar that night rad to their nearest AA meeting house. }

Huge hippo sculpture inhabits London’s Thames river   { Yesterday’s ‘Must Watch’ video moved to ‘offbeat’ section & given a ‘more fun’ headline. }

Colour-blind artist hears colours with skull implant   { * Unrelated*: The artist who has a lot to do with the Television Series “Heroes”-the guy who came up with all the wild paintings and the comic book- is color-blind- I think he might just ‘ink’ the cells and has somebody else do the fill-in? & completely unrelated to this article here today –  We hear that ‘Heroes’ is going back into production with a new cast of characters and possible cameos or more from original cast members. }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Pro sports cheerleaders: Are some modern-day slaves?   { Another link to the same story: “Cheerleaders complain of poor or no pay from multi-million-dollar employers.” }

Regina teacher accused in student sex case guilty of misconduct   { Not enough details in this article I don’t know if the teacher was found guilty on the strength of a student’s accusations or if there was any kind of due process type hearing or what?  }

‘Knee defender’ passenger ‘ashamed’ but won’t stop using airline seat gadget   { “Knee Defender” is a pair of clips that attach to a tray table and prevent the person in front of you from reclining into your face. The devices are ‘prohibited’ by some airlines, but are not illegal. If the greedy idjits who run the airlines made sure there was enough room for everybody, this would not be a problem. }

ISIS: How to to ‘degrade and destroy’ the militant group   {   }

Toronto mayor’s race: Who has the best plan to fix the city?   {  }

Library time and book access limited for federal prisoners, advocates say   {  }

2 Nova Scotia daycares failed to report suspected child abuse   {  }

-15 Photo Slideshow- Venice Film Festival 2014   {  }

-Blog- Teen boy sues DMV after being forced to take off his makeup   { – South Carolina – “According to the Associated Press, the gender non-conforming teen (who identifies as male) has filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for forcing him to remove his makeup in order to obtain a license.” – “It’s not likely that 16-year-old Chase Culpepper expected to have the time of his life when he went to a South Carolina DMV for his first driver’s license photo in March — but he didn’t expected to leave feeling humiliated, either.” }

 

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Other:

‘It’ll take a number of years’: The challenges of destroying ISIS   { Some of my favourite people are conspiracy theorists, or fans of conspiracy theories- But suppose for a minute that they might be right- and ISIS is the product of a C.I.A. training program. -If not the C.I.A., then another ‘intelligence’ operation with a ‘black ops’ budget. They find people who are a little bit over the edge already, and encourage them to become stark raving fanatics, kind of like: wind ’em up and let ’em go- But their wind up toys never know who it was, exactly, that wound them up / encouraged them to let their natural frustration and anger fester and become a solid force to be manipulated by puppet masters ( or idiots who believe they are puppet masters ) Give an angry, brainwashed person a gun, show him how to use it, convince him that he can go to heaven and pick and choose his 72 virgins because he’ll be killing creatures that his understanding of ‘god’ didn’t make, no, the infidels were created by the devil, by false gods… and blah blah blah- and then sit back, tenting your fingers together, smug as all get-out, and see what happens. Al-Qaeda means ‘The List’ – this was the C.I.A.’s list of ‘friendly’ nationalistic / religious partisans who wanted the Russians out of their country and would be happy to take C.I.A. money and guns and training and run around creating havoc –  and then remember everything they learned and use it against the U.S.A. when they invaded their country / territory.  So, if Al-Qaeda were originally C.I.A. assets or puppets who cut their strings and went after the puppet-masters, then went out and trained a whole new crop of wilder and crazier fanatics and called them ISIS or whatever they call themselves, and remember- if you mispronounce a name in their neck of the woods, or desert- that’s an insult- But anyway, the point of this whole silly rant is- if the C.I.A. or some similar group trained these guys or at least trained their trainers, ya’d think they had some kind of fail-safe – like for instance, a shipment of nerve gas bombs programmed to leak and kill the fanatics who were about to use them on innocents- But wait a minute- either these puppeteers are lousy at their ‘craft’ – or they don’t want to take down their golden egg laying gooses / scary Islamic fanatics –  hey- while most of the people in this world are scared out of their minds that they might walk around the corner in Main Street, USA and see a wild eyed fanatic dressed like an Arab with an AK-47 in one hand and a grenade in the other- heck- while Mr and Ms USA are checking under their beds for wild eyed fanatics, they won’t be watching the puppet masters, who are robbing them blind, fitting them with strings and getting ready to play their funeral march. What was Alfred Hitchcock’s theme music again? Funeral March of the Marionettes? – Who’s pulling YOUR strings? —djo— }

-Analysis- Toronto mayor’s race: Are there any free rides out of city’s traffic jams?   { & Where are those hover cars that everybody who went to the 1939 world’s fair believed we’d be flying around in by now? I saw television specials in black and white about that world’s fair. Unless I’m reincarnate from then, I wasn’t around to see it myself in person. }

‘I did my best’: Steven Sotloff’s fixer recalls effort to have U.S. journalist freed.   {   }

-New- Former PMs, aboriginal leaders announce new partnership today   {  }

Kashmir floods: 70 missing as bus swept away in stream   {  }

Rob Ford campaign staffer assaulted, police say   {  }

Tesla taps Nevada for $5B battery ‘gigafactory’   { Tesla, the car company, not Tesla the genius engineer. The engineer died penniless and had all his papers stolen by bad guys who are now using his technology against all of us. }

-Must Watch- Iceland eruption   {  Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano is spitting out lava but experts say it’s not a threat to air traffic, yet }

-Must Watch- Heavy rain, landslides in China   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer, Syngenta over neonicotiniod pesticides   { Bayer did so much for Hitler’s guys in World War II that they were calling their US enterprises ‘Miles Labs’ until they figured it was safe to come out of that closet. Who would believe that a fascist organization secretly took over the U.S.A. a long time ago? Bet you didn’t know that Henry Ford send Adolf Hitler the equivalent of $40,000.oo U$ dollars every year on his birthday. }

-Editor’s Pick- How the Iraqi jihadist group has grown   {  }

-Politics- Stephen Harper and the obsession with Franklin   { On his photo-op trip to the ‘way up north’, Prime Minister Stephen Harper toasted the search for Sir John Franklin’s ships, the Erebus and Terror. They were lost in a 19th century quest to find the Northwest Passage. }

-Business- Ontario chambers of commerce fight ‘aggressive’ U.S. incentives   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Where are the women? Why there are so few female movie roles? { -Um, because all the best parts for female actors are in “The Game of Thrones”?   —djo— }

-Technology & Science- The race to capture solar energy at U of T   { Researchers at the University of Toronto are re-imagining the solar cell as scientists and engineers around the world are racing to find alternatives to ‘fossil fuels’. They should look in the smoky back rooms of oil industry manipulations to find all the advances the ice holes have ‘buried’ to keep their strangle hold on your wallets. There is no gas or oil shortage. They’re lying to us. But there are cleaner ways to get our energy, and the Amish have the right idea in refusing to be at the ‘mercy’ of utility companies.   —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

How can New Brunswick improve the way students learn math?   { Have them count the lashes when we whip the evil manipulating politicians who want to keep them stupid? Learning is fun. All kids start out loving to learn. Almost every school system on this planet makes learning a drudgery- and exposes wonderful, bright kids to bullies and teaches them that they should expect to spend their lives at the mercy of manipulating ice-holes }

Dr. Eilish Cleary heading to Nigeria to fight Ebola virus   {  }

Brian Gallant suspends Liberal candidate after fraud charges arise   { The accused candidate says the charges are ‘baseless’ and questions the timing of the accusations. }

CRA seeks public apology from David Alward   { The Corporate Research Associates want New Brunswick premier David Alward to apologize in public for his quip that the group that does scientific polling was ‘playing games’ when it released its latest findings that revealed that the premier is doing badly in his bid to impress the voters. Unless the PC Party in New Brunswick can buy an election the way G.W. Bush did here in the states, Alward will be looking for a job in a couple weeks.  * & This “CRA” is not the Canada Revenue Agency, which Canadians love to hate as much as we hate the I.R.S. –   but they don’t have the possible ‘out’ of learning that their federal tax agency never was legally adopted by the prerequisite number of states. The I.R.S. only has legal status because the congress passed laws to put Al Capone in Alcatraz for ‘tax evasion’. If you live or work in the United Snakes of Amerika, the U.S. Government is committing fraud every time it demands that you pay income tax.  }

David Coon pledges to cancel forestry deals, hike corporate tax   { David Coon is the ‘leader’ of the New Brunswick Green Party.  }

Deportation order for Dieppe family from Tunisia lifted   { Yay! }

Saint John movie extras still waiting to get paid   { The producer of the movie ‘Dominion’ – about the final days of Dylan Thomas the poet – blames a clerical error for the 2 month delay in paying extras who were hired for the film. There is a photo of half a dozen actresses who played ‘swooning groupies’ who would flock to Dylan Thomas’ public poetry readings- & ‘The cheques should be in the mail within 2 weeks’. }

Voting machines erode secrecy of spoiled ballots   {  Apparently, spoiling one’s ballot was a person’s right – that can’t very well be practiced when voting on a machine. Best guess, it’s a way of saying ‘none of these candidates are worth voting for’. (?)  —djo— }

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{ 10:45 am – after several distractions – Checking typos and colorizing –   It’s 11:45 am and I’m going blind here-       ———djo——— }

Wednesday, 03 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Wednesday, 03 September, 2014  -(69˚F / 20˚C &  Cloudy in Ithaca @ 10:10 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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US President Obama and some other guy.
President Obama was in Talinn, Estonia ahead of Thursday’s NATO summit. Their caption doesn’t say who the other guy is.

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Lead Articles

Obama reiterates support for Ukraine ahead of NATO summit   {  }

Steven Sotloff beheading video authentic, white house says   { -Obama vows to ‘degrade’ ISIS as video deemed authentic.  }

Omar Khadr tries again in $20M suit against federal gov’t   {  }

Bank of Canada  holds key rate at 1%, as expected   {  }

Que. dad who killed 2 kids seeks release pending new trial   { * If he’s getting a new trial, shouldn’t the headline read ‘who allegedly killed-‘?  —djo— }

[Dr.] Arthur Porters’s wife surrenders to Montreal police   { -calls herself a ‘pawn’ in fraud case. }

 

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“Offbeat”

Billboard message lands job seeker a Google interview   {   }

– & that’s the only new offbeat news today? –

 

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“Most Viewed”

Jennifer Lawrence photo hack: The phenomenon of the naked selfie   {  }

Why the type of diet you are on doesn’t matter   {  }

Henry McCollum, Leon Brown declared innocent after 30 years in prison   { This happened in North Carolina, U.S.A. The two half-brothers were 15 and 19 years-old, intellectually disabled, and barely able to read when police handed them pieces of paper after long, intense interrogations and told that if they signed the papers they could go home. Those papers were confessions, stating that they raped and murdered an 11-year-old girl. DNA evidence linked another man, now serving a life sentence for raping and murdering an 18 year-old [woman]. —djo— }

How to keep your private photos from running wild on the web  { * How about- “Don’t put them there!” ? —djo— }

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 expected at Unpacked event   {  }

B.C. teachers’ strike: After a wasted summer, stalemate rules   { *And nobody’s cleared up the “Is it a strike or a lock out?” question for me. —djo— }

Justin Bieber charged in latest ‘bad boy’ incident   { -Assault and dangerous driving in Ontario? And the photo they posted with this one gives me the creeps  —djo— }

-Blog- #LeakforJlaw: 4Chan pranksters encourage women to tweet nude photos in support of Jennifer Lawrence   { * Might be more interesting if everybody photoshops & tweets variations of Gahan Wilson monster appendages inside a flasher’s type london fog raincoat —djo— }

 

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Other

-Live- Samsung announces new Galaxy Note smartphones, VR headset   { * ‘Smart meters’ set your house on fire, ‘smart appliances’ fill your home with weird radiation. ‘Smart’ phones can make you sterile- & earbuds connected to smart phones put high levels of nasty microwaves inside your skull—> “Smart” anything is probably not a good thing-  ———djo——— }

John Baird arrives in Iraq with NDP, Liberal MPs to urge ethnic tolerance   { * Now, if only John Baird and the rest of his Conservative Party colleagues practiced any kind of tolerance back home—  —djo— }

-New- Ex-Quebec construction boss starts 2nd day of testimony at corruption inquiry   {  }

What Canada could offer if West opts to attack ISIS   { * How about a voice of sanity? And a nice, friendly, “Don’t do anything stupid!” }

U.S. missionary infected with Ebola to speak about her fight with deadly disease   {  }

-Video- Reg Sherren: Are polar bears a threatened species or political pawns?   {  }

Man arrested in abduction and sex attack on 9-year-old girl   {   }

Cartoonish hippo sculpture in Thames River, London, England
Giant hippo sculpture towed in the Thames River in London, England

-Must Watch- Giant hippo sculpture in London   { “A 21-metre-long hippo sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, known for his Rubber Duck installation, is towed up the Thames to London’s South Bank” }

-Must Watch- Gold rush hits U.K. beach   { “Hundreds of homegrown prospectors descend on Kent beach to hunt for nearly $20K in gold buried as part of Folkestone Digs art project” }

-Editors Picks- NATO vs Putin: Ukraine crisis redefining much more than borders   {  }

-Editors Picks- Meat prices expected to soar, writes Don Pittis   {  }

-World- Horror over ISIS could distract NATO leaders from Ukraine crisis   {  }

-Politics- Harper defends defence budget against NATO criticism   {  }

-Politics- Government now open to roundtable on missing and murdered aboriginal women   {  }

-Business- Canada falls to 15th in global competitiveness ranking   {  }

-Business- Average Canadian spends $954 a year online: study   {  }

-Health- ‘Win at all costs’ violence giving kids concussions called a public health issue   {  }

-Health- Burning wood indoors to cook raises health risks for billions   {  }

-Health- Too much screen time creates health risk for children   {  }

-Health- Flu shot policy for health workers reviewed   {  }

-Technology & Science- Could a Google Glass app that detects human emotion help those with autism?  {  }

-Community- Quebec ‘no homework’ experiment splits CBC news audience   {   }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

New Brunswick’s education system is too centralized, expert says   {  }

New Moncton downtown centre may get indirect federal funding   {  }

Pot-smoking Mountie Ron Francis begins trial on 3 charges   {  }

David Alward accuses CRA of ‘playing games’ in past polls   {   }

Moncton survivalist store linked to Justin Bourque closes   {  }

Bay of Fundy FORCE study looking at tidal power turbine potential   {  }

ATM stolen from Moncton restaurant   {  }

 

“New Brunswick Votes 2014”

>>—-> http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick <—-<<

Brian Gallant’s Liberals hold wide lead in CRA poll   {  }

Education reform: Beware of ‘policy talk’ from politicians   {  }

PCs, Liberals vow to remove politics from education   {  }

New Brunswick early French immersion issue hits campaign trail   {  }

 

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{  11:58 am —> searching for typos and colorizing  12:34 pm >>—-> Publish!   ———djo———  }

 

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— }

Friday, 29 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Friday, 29 August, 2014  -( 65˚F / 18˚C & a few clouds over Ithaca @ 9:45 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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{ *** BBC RADIO- British Prime Minister, David Cameron, reports that the British are raising their Security Levels to ‘Severe’ because of news from Iraq and Syria. They are saying that Islamic Terrorists are more likely to attack Britain than ever before.  – Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Ukrainian action in Eastern Ukraine is reminiscent of Nazi actions during World War II. Ukrainians say the same things about Russian actions near their borders. NATO is saying that,  if Ukraine asks to join NATO, they will almost certainly accept.  *** Lots of alarms are going off in my head —djo— }

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A lot of smoke over a town in Iceland.
Photo of an Icelandic Volcano Eruption – from April of 2010

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Lead Articles

Calgary brothers join ranks of Canadians fighting for ISIS   {  }

Tour bus with  56 on board crashes near Merritt, B.C.   {  }

Canada’s economy grows at 3.1% in Q2: Stats Can   {  }

Number of Syrian refugees up to 3M, up by 1M [from] a year ago: UN  {  }

Bouchard, Raonic advance to 3rd round at U.S. Open   {  }

-Updated- Pro-Russian rebels in control of key Ukrainian coastal town   { * When the love of my life saw footage of Russian tanks entering Ukraine on television news last night, along with a headline scrawling across the bottom of the screen, “1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, 20,000 more near border.” She said, “I knew this was coming, but I don’t want to watch this.” ———Jim W——— }

-Updated- Iceland aviation warning raised to ‘red’ after small volcanic eruption   { * They’ve been trying to brace us for this for at least a week. I think I’d want to have somebody I can trust beyond a doubt tell me whether there actually is anything going on in Iceland. It’s not good when you can’t trust that the news you’re being fed isn’t pure b.s. being flashed in front of your eyes so the bad guys can herd you around like sheep being led to the slaughter. —djo— }

Is it time for higher speed limits?   {  }

-New- Telecom giants to exclude seniors, veterans from paper bills fees   { * So yesterday’s numbers about the high cost of paper billing was step one and this is step two? —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Canada’s premiers pose like it’s 1864 in Charlottetown   {  }

Calgary man fights off coyote in living room with vacuum   { * I’ve seen our reporter, Jim W, scare his oversized Labrador Retriever into running for cover with his tail between his legs just by turning on his vacuum cleaner-   —djo— }

Hello Kitty is not a cat, according to Sanrio   {  }

Canada’s NATO delegation mocks Russia on Twitter with cheeky ‘geography lesson’   { * Since when is acting like a junior high school bully “offbeat news”? —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

{ The top three articles in this category are already listed above —djo— }

B.C. tour bus crashes on Coquihalla Highway: 43 injured, 5 critically   {  }

Sunwing Flight 656: Why passengers are unlikely to win damages due to unruly fliers   {  }

Joan Rivers ‘resting comfortably’ says comedian’s daughter   { Joan Rivers’ heart was restarted after it stopped during a medical procedure. —djo— }

2 men fighting for their lives after 2 overnight stabbings   { These stabbings took place outside of two different bars in Ottawa.   —djo— }

People under umbrellas walking in a street.
Canada’s provincial premiers and historic re-enactors walk to their morning meeting during the Council of the Federation summit in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Premiers’ meeting: When the premiers gather, it’s all family dynamics   { * Calling the Prime Minister of Canada a ‘Father Figure’ might be a stretch- but the provincial premiers are not happy that Stephen Harper is off in the north enjoying photo ops and not coming to their table. “Why isn’t the Parent coming to the table to talk to us? The Parent owes us money. He’s not the boss of me!” <—-<< That’s a quote, but they don’t give anyone credit for it. —djo— }

-Photo slide show- 11 photos- Hurricane Marie brings big surf to Pacific coast   {  }

-Blog- B.C. hospital’s breastfeeding plan troubles CBC readers   {  }

 

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Other

Household spending drives Canada’s economic growth in 2nd quarter   {  }

How to reset kids’ sleep schedules for back-to-school   {  }

Researchers aim to solve ‘mystery’ of Canada’s starving gannets   { Gannets are seabirds. Along the coast of Southern Newfoundland, many chicks are starving to death while their parents struggle to find food. Scientists are worried.   —djo— }

-Analysis- Beijing’s warning to Hong Kong’s democracy movement: Patrick Brown   {  }

Canada sends plane to rescue Ebola scientists from Sierra Leone   {  }

Malaysia Airlines cuts 30% of workforce after 2 air disasters   {  }

-Audio- Baby giant South American river turtles talk to each other from inside eggs   {  }

-Must Watch- Japanese artist projects expressions on human face   {  }

-Must Watch- Eagle high-tails it after rescue   { “With a parting swipe at her friendly jailer-doctor and without so much as a ‘by-your-leave,’ bird flies out on her hospital bill” * The part that worries me is the idea that somebody might think of charging the eagle for her medical attention.  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Waves from above  { * They’ve posted an aerial view of a surfer in Malibu, California taking advantage of big swells churned up by Hurricane Marie. * I don’t remember hearing about a single hurricane effecting the West Coast of the U.S. when I was growing up. Is this something that just started happening? Or did they not call them hurricanes until recently?  —djo— }

Wine, spirits to move more easily between B.C., Saskatchewan   { * There were a couple headlines during the past week that told us it is easier for beer, wine and whiskey to be sold in other countries than across provincial borders.  —djo— }

Premiers want more funds for health, infrastructure from Ottawa   {  }

NB premier David Alward says Justin Trudeau is wrong about fracking   { * But I’m telling you that scientists who studied fracking say there is no way to make the process safe. Alward says Justin Trudeau is ten years behind the times when he says that there should be a moratorium on fracking until a proper scientific study has been conducted. Alward says the studies have already been conducted. But he is lying to your face when he says scientists say it’s safe. “No safeguards currently tested can protect our water supplies after an area has been fracked.”   —djo— }

Regulator battles telecom companies over ‘pay-to-pay’ billing fees   { * So yesterday, somebody said that paper billing is a waste that costs $500M too much a year. Today there’s an article saying that telecom companies want to exclude seniors and veterans from being charged extra fees for ‘paper billing’. & ” Canada’s big telecom companies say they will keep charging customers additional fees for producing and mailing paper bills, with some exceptions. – The announcement came after executives from nearly a dozen major telecom companies — including Bell, Rogers and Telus — met with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for an all-day meeting in Gatineau, Que. – The companies said they would exempt these groups from paper billing (pay-to-pay) fees:

  • Seniors.
  • Individuals with disabilities.
  • Military veterans.
  • Customers with no internet connections.

man with cellphone at his ear in front of a sing that says "Rogers"
Rogers cable is one of the companies charging extra fees for printing and mailing bills to their customers.

– But in a statement released after the meeting, regulators say that doesn’t go far enough. – CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais said “many Canadians who will not benefit from the exemptions will be disappointed with the outcome so far.”- A consumer advocacy group says Canadians are paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year in paper bills from telecom companies. This week, telecom giants said they would exclude seniors, veterans and certain other groups from such fees, but the CRTC says that’s not good enough. (CBC)  – Blais also praised the four companies — Cogeco Cable, MTS Allstream, SaskTel and Shaw Communications — that have opted not to charge for paper fees, saying “Canadians should keep this in mind when they select service providers.”  —djo— }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

 Air quality problems dog Irving’s oil-by-rail terminal   { * Sounds like they’re trying to promote the Energy East Pipeline by saying the current system is worse and harms the air quality around the terminal. Last night somebody tweeted and re-tweeted a poster that says Canadians will not be processing any oil sent from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick, but will export it in huge tankers to other countries where they will do the processing and they will see their people employed. —djo—  }

 3 New Brunswickers in Alaskan plane crash expected to fully recover   { * And Alaskan Health Care ‘Professionals’ expect to cash in on the Canadians’ emergency health care.  —djo— }

Education needed to break child poverty cycle, says Saint John mother   {  }

-Opinion- Doctors offer prescription for health-care reform   {  }

Herménégilde Chiasson: Artists must be supported   { *** Herménégilde Chiasson is the province of New Brunswick’s  former lieutenant governor and a prominent Acadian poet and playwright. He calls arts a ‘centre of innovation’. Meanwhile, last night on television news they covered an event in which quite a few artists donated paintings, statues and other objects d’art to an auction that is supporting a couple anti-fracking groups’ legal funds. I don’t think the sitting conservative provincial government will be very happy about that.  ———Jim W—– }

 -New- Cap-Pelé residents have mail stolen   { “RCMP are investigating after someone stole a community mailbox in Cap-Pelé and all of the residential mail that was inside”  —djo— }

Research links clam behaviour to climate change   {  }

Saint John police search for missing 15-year-old boy   {  }

 

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{  12:19 pm typing done.  Another super busy day ahead, I’ll post this colorized at 12:30 pm and check back later for updates ———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——— }