Independent Canadian News

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——— }

Sunday, 31 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Sunday, 31 August, 2014  -( 76˚F / 24˚C & Mostly Cloudy over Ithaca @ 5:30 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 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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Teachers with picket signs
Teachers In British Columbia on the picket lines with signs that highlight their issues.

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Lead Articles

Strike by teachers to keep B.C. schools closed on Tuesday   {  }

Putin calls for talks on ‘statehood’ in southeast Ukraine   {  }

WHO says equipment needed to contain Ebola in Senegal   {  }

Germany to send Iraqi Kurds  weapons for 4,000 fighters   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

Greedy thief caught by waiting police in Happy Valley-Goose Bay   { Goose Bay is in Labrador. A ’19-year-old thief’ returned to a house he had allegedly broken into to get stuff he had allegedly left behind and the RCMP grabbed him. }

An enormous enchilada   { An enchilada more than 84 meters long and weighing one ton did not break the world’s record. 84 meters = 275 feet +7 &3/32nds inches. }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Health Canada pulling last of citronella-based bug sprays   { * Health Canada says there is an absence of adequate safety data. People who know there are issues with DEET based insect repellent and scientists who had tested citronella and found it ‘basically safe’ are ‘confused’ by Health Canada’s decision. There is a video “How to make a non-DEET bug spray with essential oils” with the article at >>—-> Link to Health Canada Article Page  —djo— }

B.C. teachers strike:$40-a-day parent pay registration opens    {*  The premier of B.C. says he will not interfere with the strike by legislating back-to-work orders. The Mediator who volunteered to help gave up and walked away. There were signs that teachers were carrying that called this a ‘lock out’. I don’t know any more than that.  —djo— }

Girl, 7, dies after falling off farming tractor in Tweed, Ontario   {  🙁 }

Shania Twain on P.E.I. concert: ‘I just feel at home here’   {  }

British boy with tumor found in Spain getting treatment   {  }

D.A.D.’s Bagels owner Kashmir Randhawa heartbroken over closure   { * The bagel shop was credited with reviving a neighborhood that most people had given up on. After 20 years of being there and attracting the kinds of residents who cleaned up the neighborhood and brought up property values- the shop’s landlord evicted them in favor of getting some higher rent tenants. —djo—  }

Bardarbunga volcano: Iceland lowers aviation warning after no ash detected   { * This almost sounds like a stupid  plot from a “B” movie about  black ops idiots trying to use a volcanic eruption to cover their shenanigans and the volcano refused to co-operate. —djo— }

 

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Other

China rejects open nominations for Hong Kong leadership   {  }

4 killed in likely gas leak explosion in Paris suburb   {  }

Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza   {  }

Bolivian bus crash kills 10, injures 1 Canadian   {  }

NATO pushes for bigger crisis response brigade as Canada mulls opportunity   {  }

Iraqi and militia forces break 6-week siege of Shia town   {  }

While ISIS destroys, University of Toronto team battles to preserves historic texts   { Sounds suspiciously like a headline written by a propaganda agency- but maybe there’s a University professor or two who deserve a pat on the back. —djo— }

Texas abortion rules unconstitutional, judge rules   { * “Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.”   —djo— }

-Must Watch- Sand-Diego’s amazing sculptures   {  }

CN train cars derail near Edmonton   {  }

Drones and dinosaurs   { Scientists are using drones to map ‘one of the world’s most important fossil sites’  —djo— }

Conservative fund raising runs into roadblock in Quebec   { 30 out of 75 ‘Conservative riding associations’ reported no donations at all to the Conservative party in 2013. – ‘Riding’ = voting district – Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has sent his ‘Quebec lieutenant’, Denis Lebel, around the province on a whirlwind end of summer tour to generate interest and dollars. —djo—  }

EPA says smog rules should be up to 20% stronger   { * This is the U.S. EPA that’s being reported on here. —djo— }

 

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“Local / “New Brunswick”

Trinity Western approval causes N.B. lawyers to speak out   { Trinity Western University is a ‘faith-based university’. The Law Society of New Brunswick voted in June to accredit the law program of that school while other Provinces in Canada do not accept lawyers into their bar associations if they graduated from that school’s program. Some lawyers are worried that law school graduates from that university might have a very slanted view of human rights that might be “Un-Canadian”.  —djo—  }

Moncton RCMP fund gets boost from Confederation Bridge fundraiser   { }

Drone captures bird’s-eye-view of Bathurst   { * Drones video-capturing images of people in their own homes and interfering with commercial airlines’ flights have been controversial lately. —djo— }

Halibut-tracking test hopes to prove quota increase needed   {  }

NDP’s Dominic Cardy proposes local government overhaul   {  }

Brian Gallant struggles to articulate campaign message   { * Now this sounds extraordinarily slanted to me- —djo— }

Arts funding needed despite financial crisis, ex-Lt-Gov. says  { A couple days ago the ex-Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick was quoted as saying that Artists fuel innovation —djo— }

 

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{ 7:47 pm -after dealing with one barking dog, ready to check for typos and colorize this thing.      ———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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Monday, 25 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Monday, 25 August, 2014  -( 77˚F / 25˚C with a couple  clouds in Ithaca @ 11:30 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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Coffee, donuts, hamburgers and fries.
Tim Hortons and Burger King are talking about a merger.

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-Live- Michael Brown funeral gets underway in St. Louis   { This is today’s lead story, but I didn’t want to post a big picture of someone who may have been murdered by police for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The most damning – and unverified – tweet I saw on Michael Brown’s death was a comparison of the video from the convenience store compared with the photo of Michael Brown dead on the ground & the tweeter said something along these lines: – Okay, right, he changed his shoes and went from having his head shaved bald to sporting a full head of hair in two minutes – So of course he needed to be shot dead in the streets. }

Thousands attend funeral for Michael Brown in Missouri   {  }

Tim Horton, Burger King shares rise on merger talks   { The headquarters would be in Canada }

B.C. teachers resume picketing 1 week before Labour Day   {  }

Napa residents pick up pieces after California quake   {  }

U.S. strikes on Syrian ISIS targets need permission: Syria   {  }

French president dissolves government as cabinet feuds   {  }

-New- ‘I feel you all especially when I pray’: Read James Foley’s last letter to family   { Looks like the manipulators want to keep you in a high level of stress by repeating something from  these stories every day.  }

 

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“Offbeat”

LobsterCam in Halifax is live once again   {  }

400 garden gnomes missing in Austria   { On one visit to the outskirts of Ottawa, a friend told me that kids had stolen hundreds of gnomes from people’s front yards in that suburban Ontario town, and had been caught. The police were keeping the gnomes under surveillance at police headquarters until they were claimed by people who owned them }

& Two repeat articles from the weekend

 

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“Most Viewed”

Ronald Stan, Ontario man missing since 1977, found in U.S.   { He disappeared after a fire in 1977. He is now 69 years old and living under an assumed named in the states. }

Decker Glacier at Whistler a sign of melt to come   { Photos down a couple lines. }

Michael Lumahang called a hero after drowning trying to save boy   { The boy was in the Ottawa River }

Ebola outbreak: Why Liberia’s quarantine in West Point slum will fail   {  }

Tories keep 4 Challenger jets airborne due to VIP scheduling conflicts   { P.M. Harper had promised to decommission the jets, but it looks like he also promised rides to ‘important people’. }

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga remains quiet   { Yesterday they reported an eruption beneath a glacier. Last night they reported 2 more quakes around the volcano. }

 

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“Other”

‘He needs me to fight for him’: Woman stabbed by son says legal system [is] failing him  { Alberta: The mother of a man with a psychotic illness is frustrated [because] her son, who has been charged with attempted murder after she was stabbed more than a year ago, is in jail with dangerous criminals instead of receiving treatment at an Alberta hospital. }

2 photos. 2006 on left 2014 on right.
“Before & After”

‘Quite scary’ before and after melt of Whistler, B.C.’s Decker Glacier   { “What was cold white in 2006 is now a stunning blue.” }

Mexican woman in Montreal may be deported without her 2 children   {  }

Why it’s hard to stop a peeping drone   {  }

Comedy is the new drama: Orange is the New Black takes on Modern Family at the Emmys   {  }

-Photos- Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus wins Video of the year   {  }

-Must Watch- Hotel’s colourful implosion    { “A demolition company in New York sets off fireworks and colourful smoke to signal hotel’s demise in Albany.” }

-Must Watch- SUV runs over boy in China   { The 6-year-old survived. }

Gaza airstrikes resume with no end in sight   {  }

Harassment, bullying continues in national police force: Liberal MP   {  }

Sony PlayStation Network back online after weekend cyberattack   {  }

Ancient Mayan cities uncovered in Mexican jungle   {  }

Mayan ruins in Mexican Jungle
Mayan ruins that were found and lost have been found again.

Richard Attenborough dead at 90   {  }

Germany outlasts Nigeria to win U-20 Women’s World Cup   { “U-20” = ‘under-20-years-old’ }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant’s abortion stance offers opportunity and risk   { Abortion-rights activists say the Liberal provincial leader hasn’t gone far enough to win their support, Unlike Justin Trudeau, Brian Gallant has not said that pro-abortion candidates cannot run for office under the Liberal Party of New Brunswick banner. }

Swarm of bees from Moncton hotel rooftop create a buzz   {  }

Decision on Moncton’s surplus military homes delayed   {  }

Politicians challenged for straight answers on finances   { They should be challenged for straight answers on anything. }

“New Brunswick Votes 2014”

Campaign slogans hinder real debate about fiscal crisis   {  }

+ Plus 2 repeat articles from above +

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& “What’s Not Here”   { I heard there was a 7.0 earthquake in South America last night }

 

 

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{ 12:50 pm : Beginning colorization and typo search. 1:30 ready to rock and roll.  ———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——— }

Saturday, 23 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Saturday, 23 August, 2014  -( 67˚F / 19˚C & hazy/overcast in Ithaca @ 12:00 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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Icelandic volcano photo
Iceland raised its aviation alert to the highest level today believing the Bardabunga volcano is about to blow.

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“Lead Stories”

Iceland issues volcano red alert, eruption imminent   { Iceland raised its aviation alert for the volcano to the highest level of red on Saturday, indicating an eruption that could cause “significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.” Red is the highest alert warning on a five-point scale. 11:08 AM ET }

Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine   {  }

Boat with 200 migrants sinks off  coast of Libya: official  {  }

Suicide attacks on Iraqi gov’t buildings leave 17 dead   {  }

Family prepares for slain Manitoba teen’s funeral on Saturday   {  }

Beyond condemnation: How has Canada joined the fight in Iraq?   { There’s a photo of P.M. Harper pointing his finger.  [ caption:  >>—-> “Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has used strong words to condemn ISIS atrocities in Iraq. But the actions to date have been limited. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)”  ] Followed by the next quote:  >>—-> “What I think Canada needs to do, most important in terms of changing the dynamics, is to provide humanitarian aid now, because it’s needed now — not weeks from now or months from now — it’s needed right now for people who are suffering and have been the victims of barbaric acts,” New Democrat Peter Julian said Thursday on CBC News Network’s Power and Politics. “I think Canada could do much more,” he said. }

Ivory Coast closes western borders over Ebola threat   { *Holy Cow! I think we went all of yesterday without a single new headline featuring the word ‘Ebola’- Looks like that couldn’t last – }

 

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“Offbeat”

'Certain U.S. states call them 'juneberries' Canucks call them 'Saskatoon berries'.
‘Certain U.S. states call them ‘juneberries’ Canucks call them ‘Saskatoon berries’.

Saskatoon berry gets name change in U.S.   { “In Michigan and Minnesota, the delicious berry is known as the juneberry, which is what the variety found in the northeast U.S. is called. – Researchers at Cornell University found that Americans loved the taste of Saskatoon berries, but the name didn’t resonate as well as juneberry. To capitalize on their thirst for the small purple berries, some U.S. marketers are asking Canadian growers to change their labelling.” – * Now, personally, there are a couple of us who would like citizens of the U.S.of A. to stop calling themselves ‘Americans’, as if they were the only ones on both continents that mattered, and maybe opt for something like ‘USAtians’ *But of course, that’s off topic. 😉 }

Watermelon warriors vs ‘tame and childish’, designer pans CFL jerseys   { ‘CFL’= Canadian Football League. Besides a poll on what you might think of the Blue Bomber’s new uniforms, there’s a ‘click-to-change-photo slide show. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are criticized for having wimpy looking uniforms. While the Saskatchewan Rough Riders’ ‘Watermelon Warrior’ Jerseys win approval – If you’re really interested, the slide show on their page might just be worth looking at. }

Smart grizzly bears can use tools to solve problems   { Yes, but why don’t more ‘smart’ humans learn to remain cool and use their higher minds to solve their problems? }

Rendering of a football uniform
“Rough Riders’ Watermelon Warrior” uniform design.

Saskatoon girls go to school of rock   { “Some new Joan Jetts and Lady Gagas could be in the making.”& “During the week-long summer program girls age 7 to 13 learn to play an instrument, form a band and write a song to be showcased at the end of the week.”  }

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-13 year-old girls leanring to play like rock stars.
Summer School for future rock stars?

 

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“Most Viewed”

ISIS atrocities in Iraq: What’s Canada’s next move?   {  }

Wynne slams Harper over missing, murdered aboriginal women comments   { P.M. Harper said, ‘We should not view this as sociological phenomenon.’  – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says ‘it’s outrageous’ for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to say there’s not a systemic aspect to crimes involving missing and murdered aboriginal women. }

Man dead after Elgin street stabbing outside bars   {  }

Alberta’s cloud-seeding pilots see 2nd busiest year in 20 years    { Another wording of this was ‘Hail-busting pilots in Alberta see 2nd busiest season in 20 years‘ }

Adrienne Sweat angry after autistic son’s head caught in bus   { *I’m not sure why they named her, but: ‘Adrienne Sweat and her five-year-old son Liam live near Grandview Park on Commercial Drive. The two were headed home yesterday when they decided to take a bus instead of walking 12 blocks.’ – The Vancouver mother is angry and frustrated with Translink after she says her autistic son’s head was caught in the door of a bus. She says the bus driver’s actions should be investigated because it’s important drivers are “watching out” and “paying attention.” }

-blog- Clothing line for people with Down Syndrome finds success on Kickstarter   { For those who never heard of Kickstarter, it’s a on-line service where people who believe they have a marketable idea can go and see if they can interest investors in supporting the development of those products or projects. }

 

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“Other”

-Photos- The week in pictures, Aug. 16-23   {  }

Egypt calls for open-ended ceasefire to stop Gaza violence   {  }

James Moore ‘impatient’ with provincial trade barriers   { “Industry Minister James Moore says the provinces haven’t done enough to remove barriers blocking inter-Canadian trade.” / Jim W’s comment: >>—> ‘A televised report a couple days ago said it’s easier for people from some provinces to get their products exported to other countries than to have those same products shipped to some other provinces within Canada.’ }

Andrew Wiggins trade nearly official, Canadian will be rare top pick traded   { -Basketball?- Canadian Andrew Wiggins, reportedly has been traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Minnesota. ‘He would become just the second No. 1 overall draft pick to be traded without playing a game for the team that drafted him since the ABA, NBA merged in 1976.’ }

‘My big Jewish nose’ essay by Calgary woman sparks controversy   {  }

Saskatchewan might have followed Quebec sovereignty’s lead   { – If Quebec went independent from Canada Sakatchewan might have followed.- }

Elevated selenium levels found in fish near Mount Polley mine spill   { And the New Brunswick government wants New Brunswickers to believe something like that can’t happen in New Brunswick? }

Monarch butterfly population set to rise this year    {  }

Possible Ebola patient quarantined at Montreal hospital   {  }

New PTSD diagnosis could tax resources, CF member says   { “CF” = Canadian Forces, the Canadian Military. Several recent suicides and the news that Canadian Veterans face a six month wait to get any help when diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have a lot of people demanding better care for Veterans who put their lives on the line for Canada and the world. Sounds like the government doesn’t want to spend enough money to make sure their vets get the care they need. }

Roaming rates, liveable Canadian cities & tattoo regrets: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP   {  }

Retailers beware: Homeland security says cash registers susceptible to data theft   {  }

Janet Yellen tells Jackson Hole job numbers are harder to decipher   {  }

Luka Magnotta film pulled from Montreal film festival   { Luka Magnotta is accused of killing and dismembering Jun Lin, a Chinese student living in Montreal, in 2012. – The film, Sex, Fame and Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story, was created by Canal D Investigation and, according to a Marble Media press release, promised to take an ‘up close and personal look into the life of this fame-hungry individual.” – According to film distribution company Marble Media, the documentary features analysis from journalists, attorneys, police and an FBI criminal profiler. The company also said it would focus on Magnotta’s past as an adult film entertainer and his online presence. – The film has been pulled from Montreal’s World Film Festival just weeks before his murder trial is set to begin. }

Burning Man Festival suffers ‘capitalist creep’: Day 6   { *I copied and pasted the following, their links are still there: >>—-> —If your perception of the Burning Man Festival is hippies doing drugs, making art, and dancing barefoot in the sand, you’re not totally wrong. Traditionally, Burners live in tents and come to Black Rock City, Nevada, with their own food and water. They participate in a “gifting economy” and money is not allowed. But sold-out tickets over the past couple of years has led to higher prices and given birth to new participants with more money to spend and a different idea of what it means to be a Burner. Day 6 looked into Burning Man’s “Capitalist Creep.”— }

Leonardo DiCaprio visits Alberta’s oilsands   { Should we go there and take pictures and see if we make the news? }

Jann Arden admits to ‘low shots’ in fight with radio station   { A Calgary, Alberta, radio station truncated -shortened-many ‘pop’ songs to give their listeners ‘Twice the music’. Calgarian singer-songwriter/personality, Jann Arden -who is a much bigger star in Canada than she is in the states- Was not impressed. She launched a ‘days-long and profane’ twitter campaign’ against the idea. She’s not the only person, Artist or Listener- who didn’t like the idea. *I mean, think of it- which part of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ would you chop off to improve your ‘bottom line’? I’d never listen to a station that had a policy of doing that. But I guess they wouldn’t focus their money making campaigns on people like me. }

Daniel Radcliffe on fixing The F Word for Americans   {  }

Ottawa food bank’s no junk food stance receives cheers and jeers online   {  }

Scottish independence debate heats up on social media ahead of vote   {  }

The internet wants a Canadian flag emoji   { Many people want a Canadian Flag symbol they can include in text messages on smart phones. Currently, the Unicode Standard includes national flag emojis for 10 countries: China, Germany, Spain, France, U.K., Italy, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the U.S. – But not Canada? “Vhat about us Lower Slobovians?” Boris Badenov and Natasha ‘Vant to Know!’   }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Funeral today for pilot Klaus Sonnenberg in N.B.   {  }

Hartland tenants face another week with power   {  }

N.B. should adopt Maine’s water protection program, says scientist   { ” A scientist who helped develop Maine’s water protection program says New Brunswick should adopt a similar program. On Friday, and for the first time, New Brunswick’s environment minister gave an explanation as to why, he says, implementation of the 2002 Water Classification Regulation is being held up. His explanation comes just days after New Brunswick’s Ombudsman Charles Murray slammed the government for failing to adopt the 12-year-old regulation.” }

Liberals pledge a family doctor for every New Brunswicker   { The campaigns for September 22nd’s Provincial elections are underway. }

 

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{ 1:04 pm : Headlines colorized, fleshing out comments & checking for typos- 2:30 pm, almost ready to click “Publish”   ———djo——— }

Utah School fires language blogger, believing “homophones” = “Gay Agenda”

Saturday, 02 August, 2014.

( This is from the CBC )( <— and that’s  link to CBC.ca/news )

Timothy Torkildson was recently ‘let go’ from his position as a social media  specialist at the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo, Utah after writing an educational blog post called “Help with Homophones”. (( Homophones, in case you forgot your grammar, are words that sound alike but mean different things, like flew and flu, red and read, see and sea, mail and male… )) He was fired by a school administrator for allegedly promoting “some kind of gay agenda”. }

So, do you think that things like this might be the reason that most Canadians I know have the cautious view that most people in the ‘lower 48’ have the: “I have my mind made up, don’t try to confuse me with facts!” attitude?

———djo———