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Well, I might as well raise some more shit!

(Chris Alexander, citizenship and immigration minister, holds a Canadian flag at a citizenship ceremony in Dartmouth, N.S. on Tuesday, October 14.) Since this blog (meaning ME) is being branded as a shit disturber anyway ……………………, I might as well do a little more of it! Folks, a bunch of goody-two-shoes lawyers are causing trouble in […]

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Ted is still O.K. folks!

Dear Readers: With all the bad stuff going on in the world we thought you might like a little happy news! You might remember the voice of a once-homeless man named Ted Williams. He hit the media spotlight three years ago and became known as the man with the golden voice. ‘When you’re listening to […]

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Asshole of the Day # 86

OK folks, here’s our “Asshole of the Day,” and a tip for would-be home invaders! You might want to consider attempting to break in via a window or a door … instead of, say, the chimney. Authorities say that’s the route Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa decided to take early yesterday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and things went […]

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Ya had to be there!

Apparently there are some lines even I wouldn’t cross! I saw an article about a spider in the news today! (And it did NOT look like this one!) This thing was in the rain-forest of South America, and was at least a foot across, and it wasn’t one of those skinny things that are all […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies # 77

Late last fall, the Indians on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation reservation in Grand Bend asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Censorship!

Dear Readers: As you know, your often maligned reporter goes on rants and raves about stuff that seems grossly unfair, unjust, or just plain ridiculous. I have campaigned against the far left, far right, feminists, (especially the femi-nazi’s) special interest groups, animals lovers and vegetarians, bigots, racists, survivalists, cops, minorities, immigrants, liberals and conservatives, lobbyists, […]

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Earth’s magnetic field could flip at any time!

Ladies and Gentlemen, according to the Perspective Research Department scientists have discovered that Earth’s magnetic field could flip from north to south at any time! Estimates range from next week, to more than a hundred years from now ………………, but rest assured it will flip soon! BUT! A magnetic field shift is old news. Around […]

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Ya had to be there!

Two hillbillies walked into a restaurant. While having a bite to eat, they talked about their moonshine operation. Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table who is eating a sandwich, began to cough. After a minute or so, it became apparent that she was in real distress. One of the hillbillies looked at her and […]

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Some days ya shouldn’t get out of bed!

Boy, oh boy, have we got a “Loser of the Day” for ya today folks! Bad enough that this guy was attacked by a bear, but then his partner attempted to shoot the animal ….., and put a couple of rounds in him instead!http://www.theprovince.com/news/fights+life+after+being+mauled+grizzly+bear+shot+hunting+partner/10285561/story.html ——————————————— A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when […]

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I will NOT be censored or silenced!

Ladies and Gentlemen, this article was originally called “We got trouble in River City,” and for good reason! The politically correct crowd has taken over the asylum and woe to anyone who gets in their way! Your often maligned reporter wrote an article a few months ago about the injustices and inequities in this world, […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies About Religion!

Ladies and Gentlemen, one of the great distinctions between Christianity and Islam is that you can tell Jesus jokes in one, but don’t dare try Mohammed jokes on the other! Q: Why doesn’t Jesus play hockey? A: He kept getting nailed to the boards. Q: What’s the difference between Jesus and a picture of Jesus? […]

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Saturday Morning Computer Confusion!

Dear Readers: How does anyone manage to get by in this world if they are NOT computer wizards? I’m in a quandary and conundrum here that I don’t know how to escape from! As you no doubt know, “BlogsCanada.ca,” (Aside from my own posts under the heading “Allan’s Perspective”) is an aggregator of some of […]

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Is this site really that nasty?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t know if it’s because I speak negatively about Muslim extremism on this site, or complain about cops abusing their authority, or worry that the United States of America is going to hell in a hand basket, or that some feminists are out to castrate men, [;>)] or that immigrants abuse […]

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Verily, I say!

Folks, your sometimes naive reporter just had a revelation of sorts. OF COURSE the bible thumpers believe the world was created 6000 years ago ………….., and evolution is a myth. After all, they also believe that Jesus spoke in 16th century English! (Verily) ———————————————- Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a […]

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What Would Jesus say?

Strange news out of “Snoops.com” this morning! American Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood released a single titled “Something in the Water,” and soon after, rumors began to circulate that atheists were trying to ban the track due to its Christian themes.Fortunately, that’s all this rumour is………………., a rumour! I say fortunately because it’s […]

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Maybe there is a conspiracy after all!

Folks, I have been a conspiracy de-bunker for many years now, but there is one thing that just might be true! I’m not talking about the bullshit concerning 9/11, or aliens and UFO’s, or who killed JFK, or the moon landings! NO! What I’m talking about is 100% proof-positive, boys and girls. I’m talking about […]

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And a banana for your monkey!

Now here’s a case straight out of “Planet of the Apes,” or perhaps a poster child for the group “people for the ethical treatment of animals!” (PETA) The case of Tommy the pet chimpanzee goes back to court this week, and a group of judges could decide whether he should be recognized as a “person” […]

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Car 54, someone stole a balloon!

A balloon lifts off over the crowd in the early morning during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Organizers have equipped all 550 pilots with tablet computers capable of running a mapping application that will enable them to steer clear of the many restricted areas or prohibited zones […]

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If I Ruled the World #63

Dear Readers: We have mentioned on these pages that the United States of America is a truly schizophrenic society because on the one hand it’s the greatest country in the world, and on the other it has things that go on there that scare the shit out of me, and a whole bunch of other […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 88

“Some men just want to watch the world burn!” Folks, I don’t know if it’s just me and I’m missing something, or perhaps there is an agenda I’m not aware of, or maybe even a point about human psychology that is foreign to me, but I’m really confused about these Islamic radicals and what they’re […]


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Malicious ads on major websites held users’ files to ransom

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Anonymous

A widespread attack has exposed millions to malware that holds files to ransom. The campaign, which was first detected a month ago, placed fake adverts on websites such as Yahoo, AOL and The Atlantic that installed so-called “ransomware” onto a…

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Equity futures shaken by ebola’s arrival in New York City

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Anonymous

Your top financial and economic news for Oct. 24

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Olivia Chow shows grit in life and a tough election

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Linda Diebel - Canada, Politics

In many ways, Olivia Chow’s life has been a testament to unheralded courage.

That doesn’t mean she hasn’t made her share of mistakes in a mayoral race in which she was once frontrunner and now trails John Tory and Doug Ford (open Doug Ford’s policard). Over the past few months, the most prevalent questions on the political circuit have been “Whatever happened to Olivia?” and “What went wrong with the Chow campaign?”

We’ll return to that later. First, though, there are many ways in which she has shown grit without complaint.

The first and most obvious is how she bore the death of her beloved husband, friend and colleague, Jack Layton, three months after he led the NDP to Opposition status in the May 2011 federal election.

The couple spent only one night at Stornoway, home of the Official Opposition leader in Ottawa, because of Layton’s illness.

We never learned the type of cancer that killed him on Aug. 22 at 61, but the country grieved openly with Chow. Slight, her dark hair shining, she stood without tears by his coffin at the state funeral at Roy Thomson Hall.

Then came the private torment. She went back to work as MP for Trinity Spadina and became very sick over that fall. In her autobiography, My Journey, she writes that she woke up at night wheezing, thinking she was hearing Layton’s laboured breath.

She pushed on, one event after another, until she was finally diagnosed with pneumonia.

A year later, in late 2012, she woke up one morning and the left side of her face was paralyzed. She had Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a viral infection of the facial nerve from the same family that causes chickenpox and shingles. It was very painful, destroying her tear duct and distorting her face.

She cried so little in public, and then her face became immobile. Was this an illustration of Norman Mailer’s statement that “disease is the speech of the psyche?”

Gradually, the virus waned, but its effects were still noticeable by the time she resigned her federal seat in March 2014 for the gruelling Toronto race for mayor.

She tries to make light of her predicament with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, half-laughing as she tells me. “I look mean,” she says. “I can’t smile properly and I look so stern, disapproving. Look at my face and it seems like I’m mad at you.”

It’s the last thing a politician needs, especially — sadly — a female one. Maybe you’re no longer expected to be smiling all the time, but it’s not good to look sour — cold.

She doesn’t want to think about trying to lift the left side of her mouth when she’s talking about better child care in Toronto or putting more buses on the roads immediately. It can be distracting.

“I think it does affect how voters see me,” she says. When she does television interviews she prefers to sit with the right side of her face to the camera.


When I sit down for an interview with her on a recent Sunday morning, Chow is warm and engaged. Asked if she’s OK, she replies, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Really, I’m fine. Not very much bothers me.”

Besides, she adds, “I love campaigning. Getting ideas. Having ideas on how to create a better city matters, whereas Mr. Tory and Mr. Ford want to attack each other in a more personal way.”

Our conversation takes place in her large bedroom/sitting room at the top floor of the house off Spadina Ave. she shares with her mother. It looks out over a roof garden, and the sun is shining.

Both Chow, 57, and Ho Tze Chow, 89, have a green thumb. There’s a fish pond with water lilies in the back garden; Olivia brings the koi inside every winter.

This election has been problematic, she says, although with hindsight it might have been expected.

For much of the summer, she was drowned out by John Tory and (then) Rob Ford (open Rob Ford’s policard) in debates. “I had options,” she says. “I could either talk on top of them, which I can do, or let them bicker and then get my points out.”

She didn’t try to outshout them and finally realized her mistake at a Board of Trade debate after Labour Day. “If you look at TV, it’s fine, I come across. But if you’re there, all you see is those two talking. I changed after that because people who were there said I should have jumped in more. So that’s what I’m doing now.”

Councillor Jon Filion, who has endorsed Tory, believes that “Olivia just got overtaken in the campaign. It turned into ‘Who could beat the Fords,’ and there’s a general consensus John Tory is best able to do that.”

That’s a common theme among people interviewed in the street. Often, they say they like Chow and her policies best but will vote for Tory to thwart Ford. It’s called strategic voting, and it drives staunch Chow supporters crazy.

Even the Star, in an editorial which endorses Tory, makes the point: “Either Olivia Chow or John Tory would make a fine mayor for Toronto, But at this time, with the challenges the city faces now, we believe Tory is the clear choice to bring Toronto together, make progress on the key issues and put the chaos of the past four years behind us.”

The Star calls Chow “Toronto’s political conscience.”

“Olivia works as hard as they come,” says Councillor Joe Mihevc (open Joe Mihevc’s policard), who supports her. “She’s a fine leader . . . a consensus-builder. You should have seen her effective work on council during the (mayor) Mel Lastman years . . . We need a healer on City Council.”

She has “a great sense of humour,” he adds.

There’s another issue in this campaign, one that seems more pronounced than in the past: her gender and ethnicity.

About a year ago, I began to phone around to get the early lay of the land. I talked to a few political stalwarts (nobody running in this race) and was surprised by the venom against Chow.

A normally mild-mannered conservative described her as a radical communist who had to be stopped or she would destroy Toronto. There was an uncomfortable backbeat in his words that hinted being a Chinese woman was some kind of insurmountable problem. Frankly, I was surprised at his tone because it had never come up in our conversations about Chow — and especially not after such a public period of mourning for her husband three years earlier.

She has lived it before. Who can forget the 2006 federal election campaign in which a Liberal party executive compared her to a chow chow dog on his blog.

But the negative tone from a political operative in the late summer of 2013 should have been my wake-up call. And Chow was reminded of it disturbingly as soon as she announced her candidacy.

“I got a huge number of emails that were racist, sexist rants,” she says, opening her laptop.

She scrolls down and shows me a few. They’re not printable and are the kind that make women go, “Oh, YUCK!” and try to physically shake off the effects of such slurs.

At a debate on Sept 23 at York Memorial Collegiate in Weston, it got nasty.

Hecklers shouted: “She’s Chinese. She’s not Canadian.” And: “Go home. Go back to China.”

Chow, born in what was then British-ruled Hong Kong, bristles: “I’m not even from China.”

She continues: “Here I am running for the top job of the city and some people feel threatened. Maybe because I don’t look like them.”

It’s that sentiment that “you’re not one of us, you’re a foreigner,” she adds. “How dare you? . . . Sometimes I get angry and call them out on it.”

She did, raising her voice and telling the crowd: “I-am-a-Canadian. I-am-a-proud-Torontonian.” There were loud cheers.

At home on this Sunday, Chow says of John Tory and Doug Ford (who replaced his ailing brother): “They said nothing on stage, which was surprising to me.”

Both men later denounced the slurs from the crowd to the media.


It’s been 44 years since Chow immigrated to Canada at 13 with her mother and her father, Wilson Wai Sun Chow. Her stepbrother André was already at university in the United States. In her book, she describes leaving her family, her friends, her dog Ah Woo and her “comfortable, middle-class life on Blue Pool Road in Happy Valley.”

She missed her dog terribly and lost his trail after he was passed from one set of relatives to another. She became, she writes, “Woo-less.”

The family settled eventually in the massive housing complex of St. James Town, and she praises Jarvis Collegiate for taking a “little immigrant girl and making her feel loved.”

The hard part for Chow was life at home. Her mother found low-paying work as a seamstress in a sweatshop and then as a hotel maid and laundress. Her father, a teacher in Hong Kong, found it hard to keep jobs as a substitute teacher, cab driver or Chinese food delivery man.

She was frightened by the beatings her mother suffered at the hands of her father, now in a nursing home and suffering from Alzheimer’s. As a teenager she had an abusive relationship with a boyfriend.

Education and talent saved her. She excelled at school, graduating from the Ontario College of Art and from Guelph University with a fine arts degree (she also took religion and philosophy courses at the University of Toronto). Some of her powerful sculptures in cement hang on the walls in the home she shared with Jack.


Chow continues to keep the biggest heartache, the loss of Jack, for private moments.

She recently heard K.D. Lang sing “Hallelujah” and thought she was going to break down. “It’s so beautiful and Steven Page sang it at Jack’s funeral,” she says. “But I didn’t cry.”

They met in 1985 and married on the Toronto Islands in July 1988. They served on council together, supported causes together, canoed in the Arctic — did everything together. Chow even cut Layton’s meat for him at restaurants.

Through Layton, Chow got another family in his son, Mike, a Toronto city councillor, his daughter, Sarah Layton, her husband, Hugh Campbell, and their children Beatrice, 5, and Solace, 2.

She finds she has more happy memories now than sad ones, and that’s a big step into a bright future. But ask if she might marry again and she shakes her head.

“My husband died, he died already.”

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What propelled Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on path to radicalization?

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Anonymous

MONTREAL—On the first day of summer, 1995, Susan Bibeau and her husband, Bulgasem Zehaf, walked into a Laval, Que., courthouse determined to right a wrong in the name of their 12-year-old son.

Joseph Paul Michael Bibeau came into the world in October 1982 but the couple, who had met less than a year before, split up before the birth. Bibeau, a bureaucrat, had withheld Zehaf’s name from their son’s birth certificate, according to a legal application to change his name. A short while later, they resolved their differences, then married.

On that day in 1995, the couple decided to give back to their young boy one half of his heritage.

The boy’s decidedly Christian name was legally changed to Joseph Paul Michael Abdallah Bulgasem Zehaf-Bibeau with the following statement:

“The applicants, one as much as the other, watch over the security and education of the young child.”

On Thursday, more than 14 years later, Bibeau issued a different sort of statement after her son, identified by the RCMP as a 32-year-old man who had been “radicalized” and was seeking a passport to travel to Syria, died in a hail of bullets after killing a Canadian soldier and storming Parliament Hill.

“We . . . wish to apologize for all the pain, fright and chaos he created. We have no explanation to offer. I am mad at our son, I don’t understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time,” she wrote in a brief message released to The Associated Press.

As the country grapples with the second attack on soldiers on Canadian soil in a week — both carried out by young men raised in this country — RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson gave some indication of the path that led Zehaf-Bibeau to the seat of Canadian democracy with a rifle and the blood of Hamilton’s Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on his hands.

That appears to have started with petty crime and drugs in the Montreal suburb of Laval between 2001 and 2006.

But the next time Zehaf-Bibeau resurfaced on police radar was in 2011 in Vancouver’s skid row, where he is arrested for robbery and uttering threats. The address Zehaf-Bibeau gives is a world away from the suburban comfort in which he was raised: a Salvation Army emergency shelter, a magnet for transients, drug and alcohol abusers and the homeless.

On its website, the Salvation Army calls itself “an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.”

A spokesman, Lauren Chan, said the shelter “is not at liberty to disclose” what services Zehaf-Bibeau accessed while staying there.

Dave Bathurst, a friend of the gunman while he was living in B.C., said he never saw signs of an Islamic fundamentalist, but rather possible mental illness, according to reports. He spoke about being haunted by the devil. Last seen in a Burnaby, B.C., mosque in September, Zehaf-Bibeau spoke of wanting to travel to the Middle East for language and religious studies, Bathurst told The Globe and Mail.

A spokesperson for the B.C. Muslim Association said it had been contacted by the RCMP and CSIS shortly after Wednesday’s attack.

Aasim Rashid, a spokesman for the association, said the investigators told him Zehaf-Bibeau had substance abuse problems, moved around a lot and belonged to “online extremist forums.”

By the summer of 2013, Zehaf-Bibeau had moved again.

Back then, Montreal resident Bari Malki peaked out of his suburban home across the road from the one that he says Zehaf-Bibeau’s parents, although legally divorced in 1999, still share.

Parked on the street was a dark-coloured Hummer. Scurrying around the luxury vehicle was a man with long dark hair, a white skullcap and wearing what he described as a typical Arab wardrobe.

Malki learned the man’s identity only when he turned on the news Wednesday and saw the photograph of a gun-toting Zehaf-Bibeau. He recalled the booming voice of the shooter’s father, Bulgasem Zehaf, urging his son to stop cleaning the vehicle because it wasn’t even dirty.

Calgary Police Chief Rick Hansen said his force is investigating after a driving violation this summer was issued to the owner of the car Zehaf-Bibeau used to storm Parliament Hill. The beige Toyota was registered to a local Islamic centre. The ticket was issued long before Wednesday’s shooting.

In the RCMP’s accounting of the man’s movements since he arrived in Ottawa on Oct. 2, it appears Zehaf-Bibeau had fallen on hard times once again.

Rather than stay with his mother, Susan Bibeau, in the Ottawa area where she works as the head of the immigration section for the Immigration Refugee Board, he checked into another shelter, this time on Waller Avenue, a short walk from Parliament Hill.

Residents said he had been staying there for about two weeks prior to Wednesday’s shooting.

His behaviour at the shelter was bizarre. He often bragged about having used crack cocaine and heroin, but was overtly religious.

“He’d be kneeling on a towel in the stairway and you’d have to step around him,” said one man who would identify himself only as Dave.

“There’s a lot of people around here with issues that seem creepy sometimes, so he kind of blended in,” Dave said.

In fact, the RCMP say the dual Libyan-Canadian citizen was actually in town looking for a Canadian passport. His application had been flagged because of his long criminal record, and national security investigators were conducting a background check.

There was little to suggest he was an imminent terror threat. Authorities did not even know that he was in the nation’s capital, and he was not placed on the list of the 93 so-called “high-risk travellers” that the RCMP and CSIS have under investigation.

The RCMP commissioner said, however, that there was evidence that “he was an individual who may have had extremist beliefs.”

Paulson said Zehaf-Bibeau wanted to travel to Syria, where the terrorist group Islamic State, or ISIS, has declared an Islamic Caliphate across a wide swath of the Middle East, and committed atrocities that have provoked the international community’s armed retaliation.

His difficulty obtaining that travel document was likely “central to his motives,” Paulson said.

“I think it was central to what was driving him. Clearly it’s linked to his radicalization.”

A more difficult question to answer is where this embrace of extremism came from, or why two parents who wished a bright future for their son now hear him spoken of in the darkest of terms.

Suspect. Shooter. Terrorist.

“I, his mother, spoke with him last week over lunch. I had not seen him for over five years before that, so I have very little insight to offer.”

With files from Paul Watson in Vancouver, Tim Alamenciak in Ottawa and Katrina Clarke in Toronto

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Record everything with this dive-friendly 360-degree action cam

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Steve Dent

Remember 360fly? The panoramic camera from EyeSee360, which built the panoramic GoPano iPhone lens, has been on the scene since early this year at NAB. Now, the WiFi- and Bluetooth-equipped 360fly camera has been given the nod by the FCC, and an…

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Sweden calls off weeklong search for suspected submarine

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  The Associated Press

Sweden’s military launched the biggest operation since the end of the USSR after reports of a sub in the archipelago near Stockholm.

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China, 21 other Asian countries to launch bank opposed by US

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  The Associated Press

Agreement to launch bank signed Friday in Beijing, while US sees bank as undermining established lenders like the World Bank.

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Doctor who returned to New York City from Guinea has Ebola

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  The Associated Press

The man, who had been treating ebola patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, is the city’s first case.

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Morton’s Musings: In a tree

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  James C Morton
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Morton’s Musings: Agreed facts on a plea may be admissible as KGB statements in other proceedings

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  James C Morton

R. v. Kanagalingam, 2014 ONCA 727:

[28]       As I have said, a new trial is necessary based on the Vetrovecground of appeal.  Strictly speaking, therefore, it is not necessary to deal with the admissibility of the K.G.B.statements.  In the event of a new trial, however, it may be useful to do so.

[29]       The appellant attacks the trial judge’s decision to admit three of the agreed statements of fact for purposes of threshold reliability – those of Selvaraj, Indrakumaran and Ravindran.[2]  In my view, she did not err in doing (Read more…)

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Can You Name the Horror Movies Depicted In These Minimalist Posters?

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Katharine Trendacosta

Just in time for Halloween, here are ten beautiful minimalist posters for you to both decorate and confound your less-knowledgeable friends with. It’s a double-win!Read more…

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You can soon watch a doc about virtual reality on Oculus Rift

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Timothy J. Seppala

If you’d rather that your non-game Oculus Rift experiences be nonfiction, it looks like that wish is coming your way rather soon. Next week, Zero Point hits Steam and it offers full 360 degree views of a Department of Defense military training camp,…

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A Greek Tragedy #nlpoli

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Anonymous

While you are busily mulling over the possible implications the drop in oil prices might have on the provincial government’s budgets,  distract yourself by pondering some of the other implications of low oil prices on the provincial economy.

The Paris-based International Energy Agency thinks that about 25% of Canadian energy projects would be in jeopardy if oil goes below US$80 a barrel and stays there for any length of time.  As the Financial Post noted in its report last week on the IEA opinion,  that would put a number of newer more expensive projects in Alberta and maybe in Saskatchewan in doubt.  Norway’s Statoil has already shelved an oil sands project.

Globally,  the low prices would also make about three percent of all energy projects dodgy propositions.  Some of those are deep water projects like those in the Orphan Basin offshore Newfoundland. The Orphan isn’t turning up in any of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A Greek Tragedy #nlpoli

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Microsoft is finally dropping the ‘Nokia’ from Lumia

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Anonymous

Over a year after the acquisition was first announced, Microsoft is officially replacing the Nokia Lumia brand. In a blog post today, the software giant revealed its upcoming smartphones will now be known as Microsoft Lumia. The new Microsoft…

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Posted  October 24, 2014  by  eugene plawiuk

ANARCHISM A HISTORY OF LIBERTARIAN IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS

GEORGE WOODCOCK1962, Postscript 1975 Contents PROLOGUE 7

 PART ONE  THE IDEA THE FAMILY TREE 35 THE MAN OF REASON 56 THE EGOIST 87 THE MAN OF PARADOX 98 THE DESTRUCTIVE URGE 134 THE EXPLORER 171 THE PROPHET 207

 PART TWO  THE MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL ENDEAVOURS 223 ANARCHISM IN FRANCE 257 ANARCHISM IN ITALY 307 ANARCHISM IN SPAIN 335 ANARCHISM IN RUSSIA 376 VARIOUS TRADITIONS: ANARCHISM IN LATIN AMERICA,NORTHERN EUROPE, BRITAIN, AND THE UNITED STATES 401 EPILOGUE 443

POSTSCRIPT 452SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 465INDEX 477

The first book I ever read on Anarchism. By a Canadian author formerly from the UK who was part of the Anarchist movement during WWII there. My articles on Woodcock can be found by clicking on his name. 

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iHeartRadio and Rdio are ready for CarPlay, but your car isn’t

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Mariella Moon

Online radio streaming app iHeartRadio has just made good on its promise to add support for CarPlay, Apple’s new car infotainment system. But, it’s not the only app joining Spotify on CarPlay today — Rdio, a free music streaming service with offline…

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China launches experimental moon orbiter

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Staff

BEIJING, China – China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program is a test run for a … Continue Reading

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Detroit Mass Mob fills pews in struggling churches

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Anonymous

DETROIT – Detroit has seen half of its residents skip town over the past 50 years, and the fallout has been felt in every corner of the city, including its religious communities. A number of Roman Catholic churches built to … Continue Reading

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NHL roundup: Isles defeat Bruins to snap two-game skid

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - Sports

Former Boston backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the New York Islanders snap a two-game NHL losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

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Foley fired up over slights

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - Sports

There is a virtual chip on Ricky Foley’s shoulder.

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A 12-day British special for prolific Princess

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Phil Reimer

I don’t know if it’s the Commonwealth in me but one of my favourite cruises is the one around British Isles cruise. Quite a few lines operate these cruises but Princess is probably the most prolific. I’ve been to most of […]

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Manning throws 3 TD passes to Sanders, Broncos beat Chargers 35-21

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - Sports

DENVER – Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of […]

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Johnson: Johnny Hockey’s parents enjoying week in Calgary

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - Sports

There’s nothing remotely capable of replacing a mom’s peace of mind. “It’s amazing,” Jane Gaudreau is saying between first and second periods Thursday night, “how many people have come up to us since we’ve been here and said ‘We really like your son. We’re really glad he’s here.’ Which, as parents, make you feel so much better because we’re so far away and we’re not going to get to many games.

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Leafs describe surreal day in Ottawa

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - Sports

By Michael Traikos TORONTO — Surreal was the word that kept coming up again and again. The Toronto Maple Leafs had come to Ottawa two days ago to play a hockey game. But on Wednesday, some awoke to the sounds […]

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Sweden calls off search for submarine

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Staff

STOCKHOLM – Swedish authorities say they have called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Military authorities said Friday that they have ordered naval and amphibious forces to end their hunt for the submarine, though … Continue Reading

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Cat Commits Property Destruction to Avoid Having to Walk Around a Wall

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Katharine Trendacosta

This cat is the most determined cat ever. It’s going to keep pulling until that damn pipe isn’t in the wall anymore. There are so many reasons cats like this are scary: the determination, the use of paws like hands, the problem solving…Read more…

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Honda’s pedestrian-detecting technology is coming to cars this year

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Mariella Moon

Loyal Honda fans, crisis averted. You don’t have to switch to Subaru, Volvo or Ford if you want their anti-collision technology, now that the Japanese automaker has officially announced its own. The company has just launched a new and enhanced…

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Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Was Forced to Hide in a Closet

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Simon

It was a remarkable scene in the House of Commons. Stephen Harper hugging Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau. And I must admit I was impressed, because I’ve never seen Harper look so human.But then there’s nothing like having to cower in a broom closet, while the Con caucus prepares to defend you with spears.Stephen Harper spent about 15 minutes hidden in a Parliament Hill closet after a gunman stormed Centre Block where he and the rest of the Conservative caucus were guarded by MPs who’d fashioned sharp spears from flagpoles, sources say.To make a Great Warrior Leader more humble…Read more »

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We are mostly ignorant of climate policy, but it probably doesn’t matter

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - News

British Columbians are largely unaware of government climate policies and a new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University says that’s probably just fine. An online survey of 475 people found only one in four people could name a single climate policy and among those who could, nearly all of them named the Carbon Tax applied to fossil fuels in B.C.

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Movie review: John Wick burns with dark intensity (with video)

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Katherine Monk

John Wick 3 stars out of 5 Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki Directed by: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski Running time: 101 minutes Were executioners considered sexy back in the days of black hoods and […]

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More Pavilions At Folkfest

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  kate@smalldeadanimals.com

Mark Steyn: “…the price of welcoming and incubating and growing Islam in the west is, ultimately, the loss of everything else.”…

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University graduates in B.C. defy urban myth, find jobs

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - News

In a province banking its economic future on the proposed liquefied natural gas industry and other resource projects, it is not just welders and pipefitters who are finding jobs. A report released today finds people who graduated five years ago from B….

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It’s Probably Nothing

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  kate@smalldeadanimals.com

Don’t panic. It’s really, really hard to catch: A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a…

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Johnson: Kerry Joseph had his cake and got to eat it, too

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - Sports

The Oct. 4th celebrations for Kerry Joseph’s 41st were well underway back at home in Slidell, La. Family, a few friends, were busy tucking into their dinner. Then the phone rang.

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This conversation doesn’t make me feel safe

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  kate@smalldeadanimals.com

The 2015 Social Justice Kittens Calendar….

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Somehow the internet hasn’t killed off ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Timothy J. Seppala

The internet’s been blamed for making a lot of things redundant, and you’d be justified in assuming that that extended to America’s Funniest Home Videos too. Except, surprisingly, the wealth of cat videos and stripper-pole-fail clips online hasn’t…

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Hold On to Your Fez, Doctor Who: AMC Is Going to Run BBC America

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Katharine Trendacosta

In the slow march to television consolidation, AMC has bought a massive stake in BBC America. The result is that they’ll be running the BBC show here in the United States. Read more…

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Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was a dog’s best friend

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Perhaps he was born to be a soldier.

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Ryan Miller makes 31 saves, Canucks rally late to beat Blues

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Canada.com

By Nate Latsch ST. LOUIS – Ryan Miller was looking forward to his return to St. Louis with his new team, and the former Sabres and Blues goaltender made the most of it. Miller made 15 of his season-high 31 […]

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Controlled plan, or total chaos? Security review under way for Parliament Hill

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Staff

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper was hustled into a small anteroom of the grand Reading Room as gunfire erupted in the hallway outside. He waited up to 15 agonizingly long minutes to be extracted from the deadly scene unfolding metres away. … Continue Reading

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