Sunday, 05 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

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

Mama and Baby polar bears.
“If Canadian polar bears, shown here in a Manitoba file photo, had an actor’s union, they might be miffed that a bear from China snagged a starring role in and upcoming Hollywood Movie.”
{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }

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Kenojuak Ashevak's "The Enchanted Owl"
Kenojuak Ashevak’s The Enchanted Owl, created in 1960, was featured on a Canadian stamp and has permeated Canadian culture. (West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd./National Gallery of Canada)

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

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Lead Articles:

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

Kei Nishikori beats Milos Raonic at Japan Open final   {  }

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

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

Hong Kong protesters agree to remove some barricades   {  }

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

Pope urges creative approach to family  at Vatican meeting    {  }

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

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

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

 

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“Offbeat”

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

Pilgrims snap selfies between prayers during Hajj   {  }

Canucks anthem singer takes spill during O Canada   {  }

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

 

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

“Most Viewed”

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

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

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

Igloolik RCMP officer shot by gunman on snowmobile   {  }

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

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

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

 

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Other:

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

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

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

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

Brazilians voting in nail-biter election for president   {  }

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

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

-Must Watch- Ebola fight on the frontlines   {  }

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

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

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

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

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

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

Saint John jail guard facing drug trafficking related charges   {  }

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

 

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

“First Nations”

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

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

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

 

 

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

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Saturday, 04 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

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

Green light inside red circle near reporter's head.
“Montreal ‘ball of light’ mystery deepens”
{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }

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Kenojuak Ashevak's "The Enchanted Owl"
Kenojuak Ashevak’s The Enchanted Owl, created in 1960, was featured on a Canadian stamp and has permeated Canadian culture. (West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd./National Gallery of Canada)

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Lead Articles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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“Offbeat”

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

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

Route 66’s singing road   {  }

Tumblr hosts ‘Mean Girls Day’ art show   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Ford calls debate audience ‘ignorant’   {  }

Granville Gardens seniors complex gutted by massive fire   {  }

Shooting in Consort leaves 3 dead    {  }

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

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

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

 

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Other:

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

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

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

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

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

Bad weather leaves 22 stranded on island in Nunavut   {  }

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Must Watch- Gone Girl: Film Review   {  }

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

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

Seniors’ prescription co-payments questioned   {  }

Armed robbery in Moncton investigated   {  }

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

 

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

“First Nations”

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

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

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

Métis president Robert Doucette threatens court action   {  }

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

Chief Tecumseh honoured with turtle shell sculpture   {  }

 

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

Thursday, 02 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

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

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }

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

Other Sources: The Toronto Star:

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

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

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

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Lead Articles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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“Offbeat”

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

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

 

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

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

 

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“Most Viewed”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Other:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

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

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

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

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

 

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“First Nations”

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

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

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

Former gang member turned rapper paralyzed in attack   {  }

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

 

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

Thursday, 25 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Thursday, 25 September, 2014  -( 46˚F /8˚C –  Sunny & clear here @ 9:30 am – One whole time zone east of Ithaca )-

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Tweets hinting that we may soon see if the truth sets us free.
Half Past Human Tweets- 25 September, 2014 Will the Truth set us Free?
Pig wearing Necklace?
“The oldest pig in the world lives in Calgary”

{ Today- again, this is -Jim W- filling in for Doug, who’s finally giving in and taking his flu case to bed and staying there for several more hours. }

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Lead Articles:

-Analysis- Stephen Harper more open with Americans, UN than with Parliament   {  }

Brampton man shot dead during police traffic stop   {  }

Canada considers U.S. request for more help in ISIS fight   {  }

Candlelight vigil held for Toronto student fatally stabbed   {  }

14 ISIS fighters killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in NE Syria   {  }

Air Canada alleged problems with ‘explicit’ material in cockpit   { This article is about Air Canada warning flight crews they could be fired or face criminal charges  if they place ‘inappropriate material’ in the flight deck. It goes on to explain that a female pilot has reported pornographic material taped up in the cockpit and left in other places.  —jim w—  }

Lice aren’t nice, and parents pay big to get rid of them   {   }

 

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Globe with S-O-S in orange letters stuck to in near the equator
Should have been offbeat? SOS from the world-

“Offbeat”

Oldest pig in the world lives in Calgary   {  }

St. John’s will host one of the most significant fossil discoveries made   { “An impression left by a life form, recently named Haootia Quadriformis, likely pushes back the start of animal life to 560 million years ago.”  —jim w— }

Tinder for cuddling: Cuddlr app finds you strangers to snuggle with   { A new app for smartphones calls itself a ‘no pressure’ ‘sex-free’ “location-based social-meeting app for cuddling.” — I don’t know that I’d trust anybody I met that way, and I’m a guy.  —jim w— }

Do-si-do and meet the oldest square dancer on the continent   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Teacher Daniel Mark Ogloff suspended for slapping ‘I’m gay’ sticker on student   { A Langley, B.C. metal and machine shop teacher with a history of inappropriate behaviour wrote “I’m gay” on a piece of masking tape and stuck that on the back of a male student’s jacket. The teacher has been suspended without pay for two weeks. }

Cold case: Woman digs for answers after alleged killings of 3 boys   { A woman who saw her father murder 3 First Nations boy who were later buried on their family farm spoke to police, who told her there were no missing persons reports and no bodies to back up her story. }

Jordan Subban not holding a grudge over Vancouver Sun ‘dark guy’ caption   {  }

Even Democrats seem unsure of Obama’s ISIS strategy for Iraq, Syria   {  }

Jason Kenney faces foreign-worker fallout in own backyard   { “Employment Minister Jason Kenney has faced growing pressure from businesses who say they need workers since he announced a crackdown on low-wage temporary foreign workers in June. Nowhere has that pressure been more vocal than in his home province of Alberta.” —jimw— }

BlackBerry Passport: Why it represents the ‘crux’ of CEO John Chen’s strategy   {  }

-13 photo slide show- India puts satellite into orbit around Mars   {  }

-Blog- NYPD, pregnant woman altercation video raises use of force questions   {  }

 

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Other:

‘Drop the knife’: Witness account of what police said before deadly traffic stop shooting   {  }

-New- Ex-Scouts Canada leader to be sentenced on child luring charges today   {  }

Violence in schools can’t be solved with ‘knee-jerk reactions’   {  }

U.S. -led airstrikes hit ISIS-held oil sites in Syria   {  }

Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone now has 5 districts under quarantine   {  }

Conservatives take flak in Alberta for foreign worker changes   {  }

Canada adds ISIS name to list of terrorist entities   {  }

-Video- Greenland’s ‘dark snow’ climate threat worse than thought   {  }

American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea says he’s in good health   {  }

-Must Watch- Japan’s air force anniversary   {  }

-Must Watch- Students react to school stabbing   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- UN Climate Summit: A ‘game-changer’ for global warming?   {  }

-Technology & Science- Ancient Alaska volcano spewed ash across continents   { An eruption 1,150 years ago on the Alaska-Yukon border sent ashes 7,000 km away- as far as Europe. 6,000 km farther than scientist previously thought. They are warning airlines that other volcanic eruptions might be able to interfere with air travel in a wider area around volcanos than they previously believed. }

-Community- iPhone 6 plus bends in tight pants, say Apple fans   { They’re saying that it is not a good idea to keep one of these phones in tight pants. Bending isn’t good.  —jim w— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Irving Oil turfs Gordon Dalzell, clean air activist, from group   { Gordon Dalzell is an award-winning environmental advocate who was part of Irving Oil’s community Liaison committee- He was told they no longer want him on their committee because he released proprietary information to the media. * This may be a case where a corporation believes it can over-rule a citizen’s constitutional rights. —jim w— }

Brian Gallant’s hydro-fracking moratorium is risky, expert says   { In another case where corporations believe they can dictate around or above the laws of a sovereign nation some businesses are suing various provincial, state, and federal governments. After Quebec banned hydro-fracking the U.S.-based Lone Pine Resources sued the federal government of Canada for $250 million in compensation. Andrea Bjorklund, a professor of international commercial law at McGill University in Montreal, said the Liberals have to be careful about how the moratorium will be instituted. -Bjorklund, who was a part of the U.S. State Department’s NAFTA arbitration team, said provinces have the right to change laws under NAFTA, especially to protect people or the environment. – But Bjorklund said they also have to respect the rights of investors. ** And the guys at “Half Past Human dot com” have seen a time when the ‘Banksters’ will try to take down sovereign governments and while this will not be pleasant for anybody- the Banksters will not emerge victorious.  -When it’s us vs them in a fight for our lives, there are a hell of a lot more of us than there are of them.- Bjorklund was interviewed on local CBC early morning news this morning and said a bunch of times that fracking is safe and they have science to prove it. She was really good at trying to deflect her way around questions the interviewer asked, but he was better and I think you didn’t have to be psychic to see through her. After she was gone from the program someone sent email in to the host of the morning news and he read that on the air. The email ripped her arguments apart and accused her of believing that the general public was stupid and got their information by carrier pigeon. —jim w— }

Transition to Liberal Brian Gallant government begins   { “New Brunswick’s new Liberal government is expected to be sworn in within two weeks. – The first step toward the transition took place on Wednesday, with a meeting between Premier-designate Brian Gallant and outgoing Premier David Alward in Fredericton. – Gallant says he’s confident the process will go well, but a firm date has not yet been set. – “The premier’s been very co-operative, his team has been very co-operative, and committed to us that he would do everything he possibly can to make this the smoothest transition it can be,” Gallant told reporters after the meeting.” —jim w— }

Threats against police must stop, Moncton judge says   { I wonder if the judge thought of applying that to threats made by police as well. —jim w— }

 

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“Aboriginal”

McMaster wants aboriginal child taken from family for chemotherapy   { Somebody should spirit the ice-holes who made that decision away and give them chemotherapy. Feed them lots of Genetically modified corn sweetener until their intestines burst and/or hold the idjits down and force feed them flouride five or six times a day, a whole tube of toothpaste at a time. How long do you think they’d survive? Doctors have known for years that there are better, almost free cures for cancer that they will not endorse because the big phamaceutical companies can’t get rich if everybody knows they can cure themselves for free.  Would that be cruel or unusual punishment? —jim w— }

John Amagoalik, ‘Father of Nunavut’, to receive Order of Nunavut   {  }

Attawapiskat band members want vote on future of Chief Spence   { According to a group of Attawapiskat band members, Chief Spence “should resign as chief, considering her romantic partner and former band manager Clayton Kennedy has been charged with defrauding the First Nation. ” —jim w—  }

Atikamekw say they won’t allow forestry work on their land without approval   { -Without the First Nation tribe’s approval-  —jim w— }

B.C. Mounties look for suspect after First Nations mask was stolen   {  }

Site C or L.N.G: pick one, say B.C. First Nations   {  B.C. First Nations are telling Ottawa they will approve either a dam at ‘Site C’ or Liquified Natural Gas development, but not both  —jim w— }

Women comb riverbank for clues in missing, murdered women cases   {  }

 

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{ 11:38 am – Chopping wood and carrying – no wait – checking 4 typos and coloring headlines.   ———Jim W——— }

Wednesday, 24 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Wednesday, 24 September, 2014  -( 46˚F /8˚C –  Sunny & clear here @ 10:30 am One whole time zone east of Ithaca )-

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Students
“Students, somewhere in Canada-“

{Today, This is -Jim W- filling in for Doug, who’s finally giving in and taking his flu case to bed and staying there for several hours. }

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Lead Articles:

Free Money for all could jumpstart the economy: Don Pittis   { This one is so intriguing I moved it up to the top of the list of Lead articles, Here: judge for yourself: >>—-> Free Money Article Page <—-<< Link to full article on its own page at CBC / news. ——–jim }

Justin Trudeau boycotts Sun Media after rant against family   { & Last night, amid an overload of tweets, I saw something about three people involved with a Sun News channel- which might be in the planning or already out there- 3 top people were tied directly to the Prime Minister’s Office. —jim—  }

Arthur Porter denies $22.5 M was kickback re: Mtl hospital   {  }

T.O. youth charged with murder in student’s stabbing death   { T.O. = Toronto, Ontario.  }

-Updated- Toronto high school stabbing victim, 19, was trying to break up confrontation   { “Hamid Aminsada ID’d as student killed in North Albion Collegiante Institute stabbing  —jim— }

-Live- BlackBerry’s new Passport aims to woo corporate users   { I heard a lot of good things about BlackBerries – almost all of those good things seemed especially good for no- nonsense business people who liked data security.  —jim— }

Should we be able to delete bad memories?   { -Elsewhere on the cbc main page: Would it be ethical to delete bad memories, or any memories?  }

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House with Tim Hortons sign on garage roof.
“This ordinary neighbourhood home became a Tim Hortons for several hours as a publicity stunt that seemed quite well accepted”

Offbeat”

No child’s play: Hospital planners use Lego to design new building   {   }

Lunenburg Hercules’s record-setting lift finally recognized 21 years later   {  }

Double, double take? Calgary house turns into Tim Hortons   { “The house in Calgary was transformed into a Tim Hortons for one morning as a publicity stunt meant to draw attention to the chain’s hiring campaign” —jim— }

And the most Pampered Pets award goes to…. Windsor Ontario   { I’m afraid to go look at this one, images of pets wearing doggy tuxedoes and especially weiner dogs wearing phoney hot dog buns will probably fill a lot of pages very soon.  —jim— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

BlackBerry Passport: Enterprise users will be the real test   {  }

Phil Spector startles in newly released prison photos   { African American Friends at the Radio Station I was mixed up with in the states called it the “Prison Industrail Complex”- A way around the anti slavery laws and another brick in the fascist wall going up around the USA and through the hearts of too many good friends still living there.  —jim—}

McGill hospital’s Arthur Porter denies kickbacks, details SNC millions   {  }

Abdul Numan Haider named as man shot dead after Australian Police stabbed   {  }

Doug Ford and John Tory trade barbs at raucous Toronto mayoral debate  { Yup, Torontonians might die of shame a long time before they’re bored to death.   —jim— }

India puts satellite into orbit around Mars   {  }

Ralph Atkinson speaks out about strip search at Capital Health   { Ralph Atkinson is trying to sue the Capital District Health authority after a mass strip search at the East Coast Forensic Hospital two years ago left him feeling “raped” – The CBC, researching this case and others was told that no documents exist to support or deny this practice.  —jim— }

-13 photo slide show- 13 celebrity ambassadors who make a difference.   {  }

-Blog- ISIS inserts disturbing images into N.L.vote twitter chatter   {  }

 

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“Other”

-Coming Up Live- Obama to take on ISIS, Ebola, and Ukraine in speech to UN   {  }

UN Climate Summit: A ‘Game-changer’ for global warming?   {  }

Election 2015: Will Harper spring forward or fall back on fixed date   { Will Harper have a choice? Or will one more scandal or leak bring him down sooner?   —jim— }

Paulina Gretzky says she’s pregnant   { Only the unborn grandchild of Wayne Gretzky or a hockey player with his kind of reputation could make headlines like this in Canada }

Worst criminals shouldn’t be freed, MacKay says reacting to Surrey slaying  { Politicians should not be allowed to speak in public as if their opinions have any merit, says —jimw— }

CBC News readers side with Netflix in spat with CRTC  { This should probably be under the -Blog- heading }

-Must Watch- Hawaii lava flow   { “Officials say the lava flow from Kilauea volcano is slowing down” }

-Must Watch- Strongman’s record hidden for 21 years   { Guiness book of records category dropped after Gregg Ernst backlifted 2,422 kg to set the record in 1993 – 2,422 kg= 5,339 pounds }

-Politics- Tempers flare in the House over Iraq mission non-answers   {  }

-Business- Younger workers poorer than parents’ generation, research says   { I think Doug has a category =  “Well -duh-!” }

-Health- PTSD and the ethics of erasing bad memories   {  }

-Health- ‘My face was oozing liquid’  { I believe this goes with a creepy photo of somebody’s face all puffed up due to a bad reaction to a steroid prescribed for a dentist’s mis-diagnosed skin condition. }

-Health- Coke, Pepsi, pledge to shring can and bottle sizes to cut calories   { Okay, but are they cutting out genetically modified corn sweetener to stop causing nasty conditions to too many people’s intestinal tracts? }

-Technology & Science- Earliest sign of human habitation in Canada may have been found   { But there are some who believe the human race has been around for several million years longer than most scientists have been able to find fossils for. }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant holds firm on hydro-fracking moratorium promise   {  }

Smaller parties flex electoral muscle in New Brunswick campaign   {  }

New Brunswick election result delays caused by software glitch, not tabulators   { I heard an Elections New Brunswick official say that he did not know where 35 of the chips containing the numbers for the official count were for half an hour or more Monday evening. Can anybody assure me that there were no chain of custody problems and nobody could have switched chips or modified the data they contained? }

Dalhousie fights to keep 4 palliative care beds   {  }

& the New Brunswick Votes box is gone from their pages

 

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“Aboriginal”

Family says RCMP elbowed 71-year-old woman in the face   { & there’s a photo that is hard to look at showing the results of that. }

Alberta First Nations sign historic ‘Buffalo Treaty’ with Montana Tribes   { About time I saw some good news anywhere today-  }

-Don’t Miss- Upcycling: old fur coats become fodder for Inuit seastresses   {  }

Judge rules no mistrail in Douglas Hales case   { This is a case in which somebody was tricked into bragging about alleged criminal activities to cops posing as crime bosses – like nobody would stretch the truth when bragging about their bravado to a crime boss. }

Manitoba students to learn of role of treaties in province’s history   { If it’s anything like the US, a course in treaties that were honoured and not broken wouldn’t last very long. }

Indian status card confusion arises from Home Hardware incident   {  }

Faith Patience, missing Winnipeg teen, found safe  { Yay! }

 

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{ 12:44 & I’m covering for Doug, who’s been doing this while suffering with the flu for the last week or so and didn’t complain to anybody or ask for help. Checking typos and coloring the headlines.   ———jimw———}

Monday, 22 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Monday, 22 September, 2014  -( 49˚F / 9˚C –  & raining @ 8:30 am in Ithaca )-

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Quote of the day? Song lyrics from the flower child days: “Love is but a song we sing – /Fear- a way we die / You can make the mountains ring / -Hear the angels cry” – by Dino Valenti – It was performed by the old Kingston Trio, by Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, HP LoveCraft, The Youngbloods, and Jefferson Airplane and then I lost count. It was called “Let’s Get Together” before the Youngbloods released it as “Get Together” And the Dave Clark 5 released a version as “Everybody Get Together”

 

5 political leaders in a row.
Leaders of the five political parties involved in today’s provincial elections in New Brunswick. Left to right: David Coon – Green Party, Dominic Cardy – NDP, David Alward – PC party, Brian Gallant – Liberal, Kris Austin – People’s Alliance party.

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Lead Articles:

-Updated- Suspect in Clinton businessman shooting arrested, charged with 1st-degree murder   {  }

Storm leaves 23,000 cusomers without power across N.S.   {  }

Ebola death toll now at 2,792 in 5 African nations: WHO   {  }

Male teen charged in death of Surrey, B.C., teenager    {  }

Canadian in Syria blocked from bringing husband home to safety   { Another headline to the same article: “Ottawa blocks Canadian from getting Syrian husband out of danger.”  —djo—  }

-Analysis- People are drinking the drugs we take   { * This one’s scary: “What happens when the excreted drugs get into drinking water?”  —djo— }

-New- Downsizing: When hitting the road hurts like hell   { * This is a series about a large reporter trying to lose weight.   —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

No new offbeat news?  😦

 

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“Most Viewed”

ISIS audio urges attacks on ‘unbelievers’ in Canada   {  }

High winds in Nova Scotia leave 50,000 in the dark   {  }

Nude celebrity photo leak: More images posted to online forums   { Repeat? or are there more since yesterday? & Why should we care?  —djo— }

Rockefellers to join in divesting $50B of oil fortune to fight global warming   { They’re probably buying up gold and silver in the belief that their manipulations are about to hit the fan and drive down the economies of everyone in the ‘free world’.  —djo— }

Justin Trudeau’s abortion policy keeps people talking   {  }

-17 photo slide show- People’s Climate Marches around the world   { Yesterday I got email and told you about the Conservative sector of the ‘Main Stream Press’ getting snarky and trying to undermine the sincerity of marchers around the world.  —djo— }

 

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Other:

5 Things to watch for in New Brunswick’s provincial election   { 1. Does election coverage interfere with the season premier of ‘The Black List’? 2. Does it interfere with the season premier of ‘Sleepy Hollow’? * My turn to get snarky– —djo—  }

The story behind Justin Trudeau’s abortion strategy   { * How about the story behind headlines that try to make a political strategy look like cold hearted manipulation?  —djo— }

Unpaid academic internships ‘taking advantage’ of students, critics say   { And over the weekend an article in the Huffington Post suggested that banks were changing their strategies to make it harder for middle class people to get mortgages etc, while making it easier for the top small percentage of the richest segment of the population to cash in on everybody else’s difficulties.   —djo— }

No word on when Mayor Rob Ford will exit hospital   {  }

Cost of policing continues to climb despite reduced cri, study finds   { * Well, heck, somebody has to pay for all those shiny new military weapons and vehicles every police force in the world wants to show off –   —djo— }

Government’s plan to revoke passports raises human rights concern   { ‘A new passport order gives Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander the power to deny passports on the grounds of national security, – “revoking and refusing passports to those going abroad to take part in terrorist activities.”- ‘  * The trouble is, there have been too many cases of people who have been thought to be terrorists because they have a Muslim name. The man who used to be Cat Stevens was denied entry into the USA a couple years back because the Muslim name he took with his new religion also belonged to someone they believed was a terrorist. At least one Canadian citizen was taken from a plane in the USA and shipped off to a country where nobody questions their torture methods and tortured for a couple years. I think he sued the Canadian Government for a lot of money when he released. And if I remember right, there were three or four more cases that were almost identical in their legal system. ** So the kids I went to school with, who used to blurt out, ‘In the Future, the US will be more like Russia and Russia will be more like the USA-‘ -whatever their sources were, were right? And Canada is following the USA down the road to totalitarianism?  —djo— }

Pioneer of mixed-race prom seeks funds for Museum of Human Rights visit   { A teenager “from southern Georgia who planned her high school’s first mixed-race prom last year is raising money to visit Winnipeg after being honoured by the newly opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights.” * And what has me worried is: – Aren’t Museums places where you go to look at things that have gone extinct or out of style? Would the Museum of Human Rights be a place where we might go to celebrate the idea that we once had Human Rights?  —djo— }

Student suspended for selling banned Pepsi takes business to sidewalk   { * Well, heck, the kids who have been addicted to intestine-rotting GMO ‘modified corn sweetener’ in popular soft drinks have to get their suicidal fixes somewhere- * Me being snarky again.  —djo— }

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft reaches orbit around Mars   {  }

-Must Watch- Worldwide climate change rallies   { ‘Climate change’ is probably more accurate than the ‘global warming’ headline I saw somewhere else. —djo— }

& The Editor’s Picks are left over from yesterday.

-World- 130,000 Syrians flee to Turkey in 4 days to escape ISIS advance   { * Up 30,000 from yesterday? Ever wonder who might want to stay up all night dreaming up new ways to make sure you’re nervously believing the world might explode into terror attacks and war exploding everywhere at once?  —djo— }

-World- Australia seeks broad anti-terror powers after foiled beheading plot   { * When I was a kid in the late sixties, early 70’s we had an exchange student from Australia come talk to us in school and while people in the USA were starting to doubt the war in Vietnam was us trying to make the world safe for everybody else, Australians seemed to be genuinely concerned that the Red Menace -Communists- who had replaced the -Yellow menace- -Japanese soldiers during WWII- might just swoop down and take over and rape all those nice pure white girls. Australia might be a little more susceptible to propaganda scare tactics than areas more removed from international hot spots. ** Um, anybody got any ideas on how we can reverse the barage of fear mongering b.s. scare tactics that are aimed at out hearts and minds? —djo— }

-World- Visiting Afghan soldiers go missing from Cape Cod military base   {  }

-Politics- Korean president to talk trade during Parliament Hill visit   {  }

-Politics- Tories revive union bill that provoked Senate rebellion, move to limit debate   { * Quick, somebody move to limit the Tories grasp on power-   —djo— }

-Health- Why Winnipeg? How a Canadian lab became an Ebola research powerhouse   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- 2014 CBC Poetry Prize winner announced   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Happy Birthday Leonard Cohen: Q opens the vault   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

5 cropped photos from a debate.
The five party leaders in today’s election.

5 things to watch for in New Brunswick’s provincial election   { Here’s their list :  1. Alward’s shale gas strategy – * Can conservative party lies that fracking is safe and necessary for the economy blind enough voters to give the unholy [ censored ]’s another win? * 2. Can Brian Gallant hold lead? * Can the Liberals pull in enough votes to win this one – after they pointed out that, all the time the Conservatives were telling everybody that Fracking meant jobs and prosperity, 3,000 actual jobs disappeared and campaign promises met half their goals- 3. Possible NDP breakthrough – Dominic Cardy did well in the debates after having moved his party a little closer to the centre of the political spectrum, recruiting ex-Liberals and ex-PC members to switch to the NDP banner and ‘pitching the party as the one that takes fiscal matters seriously’.  4. Green Party Leader David Coon – There was a tweet yesterday that Jim W sent me – A poster that was seen in University campus windows that said, “99% Less Bullshit”, showed David Coon’s smiling face- and listed web sites, twitter accounts, and facebook pages-  5. New riding map creates tight races – 55 voting districts were reduced to 49 – They don’t mention People’s Alliance candidate Kris Austin under #5 but his photo is there – *** Okay, I’ve probably done enough damage here- let’s move on to another headline.  —djo— }

New Brunswick: A different kind of election night   { ‘Elections New Brunswick is using vote tabulators to quickly count the votes in Monday’s provincial elections.’ & Link >>—-> http://indigostarcrystalradio.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/how-could-anyone-hijack-a-us-presidential-election <—-<< Jim W has a link to a recorded interview from the aftermath of the 2004 US Federal elections where-in a lawyer has explained how the Republicans stole the election to fraudulently put G.W. Bush in the White House for a second term – the second time he did not win an election legally, but found his butt in the seat of power. —djo— }

8 ridings to watch in the New Brunswick election   { ” 1. Fredericton South- “could be the closest race in the province on election night.” Green Party leader David Coon is running against Progressive Conservatives’ Craig Leonard, NDP’s Kelly Lamrock, Liberal Roy Wiggins and Independent candidate Courtney Mills.  “2. Saint John Lancaster” where former Liberal MLS Abel LeBlanc bolted from the Liberal Party in favour of the NDP. “3. Miramichi” Where ridings/districts were rearranged so sitting MLAs are running against each other. And a former PC MLA is also running in this riding as an Independent. “4. Memramcook-Tantramar ” is another riding in which two sitting MLAs are running against each other.  “5. Carleton-Victoria” Where the Liberal candidate was first charged with fraud in connection with a business he was a partner with, and then the charges were dropped. “6. Saint John Harbour” Where Tory Carl Killen won his race in 2010 by either 7 or 8 votes, depending on which paragraph you read here.  “7. Moncton Centre” The change in ridings/districts here has pitted two MLAs against each other who were famous for launching blistering partisan attacks at one another in New Brunswick’s ‘Question Period’ “8.  Fredericton West-Hanwell” where NDP leader Dominic Cardy is trying to win a seat that could be the NDP’s first seat in the legislature since 2005. ”  —djo— }

2 men stabbed at Esgenoôpetitj First Nation   {  }

New Brunswick election 2014: Voters head to the polls today   { Redundancy R Us? —djo— }

 

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“Aboriginal”

RCMP investigate claim officer made derogatory Facebook post   {  }

Assembly of First Nations says its proposals on missing women ‘tossed aside’ by Ottawa   {  }

NDP forces Commons debate on murdered, missing indigenous women   {  }

Only 3 First Nations candidates running in New Brunswick election   {  }

’60s Scoop adoptees find ‘some kind of belonging’ at national gathering   {  }

-Sadly it looks like every article on this page is a repeat-

 

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{ 11:14 am – Checking for typos and colorizing the headlines.    11:45 am— Almost ready to hit the ‘Publish’ button ———djo——— }

Sunday, 21 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Sunday, 21 September, 2014  -( 79˚F /26˚C –  & ‘mostly cloudy’ @ 2:30 pm in Ithaca )-

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Weather radar
This is the storm that Atlantic Canadian residents are being warned about.
Thick pollution obscures city.
“A Bad Air Day” in Beijing. Reminds people of Los Angeles before the really strict automobile pollution controls kicked in.

 

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Lead Articles:

UN Climate Summit to lay groundwork for global plan to curb emissions   {  }

Thousands take part in climate change march in Manhattan   { & Marches around the world are under verbal attack by conservative propaganda machines and ‘mainstream journalists’ who have been bought and sold by them. }

Oliver urges weaker G20 countries to use stimulus programs   { *Elsewhere, this link says, “Oliver urges weaker G20 economies to follow Canada’s stimulus model” }

N.B. election campaign winding down; election Monday   {  }

Pope Francis praises Albania’s religious harmony   {  }

U.S. senator asks Obama to oppose Ontario nuclear waste plan   {  }

Canadian actress, playwright Linda Griffiths dead: family   {  }

4 children killed in crash weren’t wearing seatbealts   { There’s a photo of a messed up quad cab pickup and an explanation that, in a northeastern Pennsylvania crash the 4 children were not in booster seats or wearing seatbelts when the car in which they were traveling caused a high-speed multi-vehicle crash.   😦  But, as horrible as that is, I wonder why this story would make a sort of front page on the CBC News web site. Is it time for Alex Jones or somebody to speak up and ask, “What are they trying to deflect us away from?”   —djo— }

-New- Rising BC Ferries fares drive some to abandon island life   { Yesterday a BC minister of transportation and infrastructure [ almost typed ‘infra-struction’ ] responded with snarky attitude to a claim by BC Municipalites that the failure of the BC Government to continue subsidising the Ferries was costing municipalities more than $2 billion dollars in lost tourist income. But after I saw how quickly they tore up the railroad tracks when a huge section of railroad west of Ottawa could not find a buyer, I had a sick-to-my-stomach feeling that if anybody wanted to dis-empower whole sections of the population they could isolate them by removing their ability to get around and communicate with each other, let’s hope this is not step “B” in a carefully crafted plan to institute political slavery in Canada. —djo— }

China’s witches’ brew of pollutions goes around the world    { I’m worried about the choice of subliminal verbal images here. Using any group, including witches, as a scapegoat image bothers me.   —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Nothing new in ‘Offbeat’ today 😦

 

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“Most Viewed”

Nude celebrity photo-leak: More images posted to online forums    { “Most likely connected to iCloud hack leak online” * “Gag” —djo— }

Alex Salmond says Scotland’s voters ‘tricked’ out of independence   {  “Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) after failing to persuade Scots to leave the United Kingdom, accused Britain’s three main political parties of winning last Thursday’s referendum by 55-45 percent by making a false promise of new powers. – “I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realizes that,” said Salmond, referring to a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron and other leaders before the vote to rapidly expand Scottish autonomy in the event of a “No”. – “It is the people who were persuaded to vote no who were misled, who were gulled, who were tricked effectively,” Salmond told BBC TV, saying he thought the last-minute promise had swayed the referendum’s outcome. – ‘I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realizes that.’- Alex Salmond – If Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum pledged by Cameron in 2017, Salmond suggested that independence-minded Scots might push for another breakaway vote.”  —djo— }

Wind, rainfall warnings blanket Atlantic coastline   {  }

ISIS drives thousands of Syrians across border to Turkey   {  }

Calgary snow cleanup moves to curbsides, back lanes   {  }

-10 photo slide show- Philippines floods displace thousands   {  }

 

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Other:

-New- Calgary cougar shooting to get full review, justice minister says   { A four legged cougar, not a woman prowling for younger men as potential lovers, was shot outside a Calgary hospital.  —djo— }

-In Depth- Battle for your breakfast buck: Fast food attacks cereal’s supremacy   {  }

N.W.T. man spends $100K in search for Franklin’s grave   { “N.W.T.” = North West Territories.  —djo— }

Fire that destroyed 140-year-old church deemed ‘suspicious’   {  }

Corporate sponsors treading carefully in NFL’s domestic violence scandal   {  }

St. John’s woman learns how infant sister became victim of Nazi extermination   {  “Brunhild Stobbe was one of thousands of German children murdered by decree for being ‘unworthy’. In this case the 18 day old baby was found to have the ‘Rh negative’ blood condition, which was considered to be an impurity that moved the infant into the ‘incurably insane’ category. Therefore she was terminated by doctors. – All medical practitioners in Germany were under orders to report any children with developmental issues. Especially targeted were cases of Down syndrome, abnormal brain development, malformed spines and cerebral palsy. – ‘It was horrible for me to see that word “murdered.” And I cried. I looked at the other little stones, and they said murdered, murdered, murdered. And it really shocked me’—Gudrun Williams, Brunhild’s sister.  –
The files were passed on to a special ministry that decided whether the cases warranted further attention. – If they did, the parents were contacted and promised special treatment for their children, who were then admitted to special wards in hospitals across the country. – Like Brunhild, most of them never made it home. The standard procedure was to inject them with phenobarbital, which caused a slow death with symptoms resembling routine illnesses like pneumonia, tuberculosis and typhus.” *The cause of death on this baby’s death certificate read, “Pneumonia, idiocy” &  *This one warrants more than a sad face here.  —djo— }

‘I felt a bit bereft’: National newspapers no longer sold in Yellowkinfe   {  }

GM, Chrysler recalling hundreds of thousands of vehicles   { “General Motors and Chrysler are both recalling hundreds of thousands of vehicles with faulty parts that can cause injury. The impacted models include the Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala sedans, the Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. – General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they’re not needed, increasing the risk of a fire. – Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.”  —djo— }

100,000 Syrians fleeing ISIS have entered Turkey in past 24 hours   {   }

-Must Watch- Friends Central Perk Cafe in Beijing   { “Exact replica of cafe from hit sitcom allows fans to enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the show”   —djo— }

-Must Watch- Vladimir Putin’s Polish Doppelganger   { “Mr Slawomir was invited to the U.K. for a photo session as the Russian president’s double”   —djo— }

-Must Watch- 542 Batmen set world record   { “Nexen employees in Calgary set Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people dressed as the caped crusader”  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- NFL sponsors pulling back, but not out, over domestic violence scandal   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

New Brunswick election campaign in its final day   {  }

Why does New Brunswick elect so many young premiers?   {  }

Atlantic coastline to be pounded by wind, rain   { That’s the big photo up top, which I inserted a long time after I started this today.  —djo— }

Climate change rallies held across Maritimes   {  }

Man arrested afte Saint John cab driver assault, bar fight   {  }

-East Coast Music- The Wilderness of Manitoba taking over New Brunswick   { *I did a double take at this headline. But, in the words of Bob Mersereau, “The Wilderness Of Manitoba has always had a rich sound, but it started out with lots of harmonies and a decided folk leaning. Quite beautiful actually. That beauty is still here on the group’s latest, but the music has moved over to a stronger pop-rock base. If it was a supermarket product, the album could be labelled, “Now with more drums! And extra-catchy too!” Indeed, for a band that was nominated for the Best Folk/Roots album at the last Juno’s, this album has lots of moments that Lyndsey Buckingham would covet. Heck, Christine McVie might want to rejoin this band.” In case you’re too young to understand the connection between Lyndsey Buckingham and Christine McVie- He’s comparing the group to Fleetwood Mac in the 80’s —djo— }

 

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“Aboriginal”

First Nations MP addressing Commons.
NDP MP Romeo Saganash talks about learning how a family member died after years of his family not knowing what happened or how it happened.

NDP forces Commons debate on murdered, missing indigenous women   {  }

Climate action rally at Peace Arch draws busloads of people  {  }

Frog Lake First Nations grandmothers march against substance abuse   {  }

Everything else on the Aboriginal page is a repeat from yesterday-

 

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{ 7:00 pm — After unexpected visits from family members and a couple happy distractions, I’m back on track here, ready to check for typos and use the crayons.   🙂   7:30 pm eastern time, ready to push the “Publish” button   ———djo——— }