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January 15, 2013

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Middle aged white, Anglo-Saxon, protestant, semi retired, semi-sane, semi-serious male. An endangered species who is not going quietly.




 
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The 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge – December Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)

 
 

What Would We Do Without Peer Review?

Restoring science to its rightful place... The GOP study researched the federal government's peer review process for 13 different endangered species listings made by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) since July 2013 an...
by kate@smalldeadanimals.com
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How Complex Systems Fail

Engineer porn (pdf) with valuable insights for anyone involved in the production of anything....
by kate@smalldeadanimals.com
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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Hidden Story of the Anti-Gay Judge

The other day I wrote about how appalled I was to see that Stephen Harper, and his ghastly stooge Peter MacKay, had appointed an anti-gay judge. A law professor named an Ontario judge this week wrote two years ago fo...

by Simon
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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Wishing all a wonderful Solstice. Here comes the light!
by Christine
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Bitcoin exec to spend two years behind bars for Silk Road transactions

Charlie Shrem, former Bitcoin Foundation board member and CEO of the now-defunct exchange BitInstant, has been sentenced to two years in prison for helping Silk Road users anonymously swap cash for digital currency. Silk Road, ...
by Mariella Moon
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Christmas gifting at Casa Fishbowl

This is where my brain has been these past couple of weeks: This is where my brain has been as I walked and up down Westboro and West Wellington/Hintonburg (two of my favourite shopping districts in Ottawa!), and this is where ...
by andrea tomkins
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Oxford Undergraduate Discovers Dickensian Injustice

"Coats," she informs us, "are especially essential on nights out, because alcohol, although it makes you feel warmer, makes you more vulnerable to hypothermia." From this, she concludes, "If local councils are looking for a wa...
by Anonymous
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Even Capitalists Are Starting to See the Zombies in the Tarsands!

[Shhh, it’s the Solstice today, but don’t tell the carbon energy sector!] Extracting and burning oil, gas and coal [the carbon criminals destroying our climate] is a bad move. Capitalists, zombies themselves seeking...
by Stephen Elliott-Buckley
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Politics, Re-Spun: Even Capitalists Are Starting to See the Zombies in the Tarsands!

What kind of oil investments become zombies with cheap oil?

[Shhh, it’s the Solstice today, but don’t tell the carbon energy sector!]

Extracting and burning oil, gas and coal [the carbo...

by Stephen Elliott-Buckley
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Those Moderate Muslims!

Gearing up for Folkfest: Two car bombs in Malmo...
by kate@smalldeadanimals.com
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Dish Network’s latest squabble turns off Fox News, Business channels

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Dish Network is without a couple of channels tonight because it couldn't reach a deal with major media company. After Turner and CBS, this time it's Fox. The dispute between the two is o...
by Richard Lawler
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Montreal Simon: The War on Christmas is Over Somebody Tell Nina Grewal

Well I know it may be hard to believe, but it seems like that old Con favourite, the imaginary War on Christmas, is finally over.The Fox News nutbar Bill O'Reilly has declared victory. Again."I won the 'War on Christ...

by Simon
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Alberta Diary: Blogger Brian Mason explains why Jim Prentice, ‘Alberta’s first Wildrose premier,’ is preparing to call a snap election

Former NDP leader Brian Mason in a couple of typical poses, above and below. I’ll bet you didn’t know he was a terrific political blogger too!

Jim Prentice is Alberta’s first Wildrose premier and he ...

by David Climenhaga
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Chris Tanev’s OT goal over Flames ends Canucks losing streak

With both the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames heading south in the NHL standings, it seemed only a matter of which team would find a way to lose Saturday.
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Father may face charges after toddler found alone at Surrey bus stop

Police in Surrey are investigating after a toddler was found alone at a bus stop Saturday morning. The young boy, aged about three, was taken into the custody of the Ministry of Children and Family Development after being found...
by The Province - News
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POLL: Take the Brewed Awakening craft beer poll, win a dinner for six and other great prizes

Take the Brewed Awakening craft beer poll and win either a dinner for six at Craft Beer Market, a $25 brewery voucher or a copy of the World Bottled Beers guide.
by The Province - News
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Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn't mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge Will...
by Jon Fingas
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Jannik Hansen leaves game after collapsing on Canucks’ bench

VANCOUVER — Canucks forward Jannik Hansen appeared to collapse on the bench after taking a hit during the second period of Vancouver’s game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. The Canucks announced that Ha...
by Vancouver Sun - News
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A new reality for Toronto’s bathhouses


Come New Year’s Eve, 250 men will gather for a hot meal and celebrati...

by Anonymous
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Reader Tips

In tonight's Christmas music selection en route to the tips the Wells Cathedral Choir, which first convened in the county of Somerset in southwest England in 909 AD, performs a lovely version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Th...
by cittern9@gmail.com
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Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Accused in Home Invasion and Attempted Murder of WWII Veteran Not What Boneheads Expected

Yesterday our newest friend Jonathan Kotyk posted the following on Stormfront: Thankfully, the victim Ernest Côté is still tough as nails and was able to free himself from his bonds once the suspect had left; Mr. C...
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Fraser Valley poultry farmers having a cautious Christmas as bird cull continues

It will be a cautious Christmas for avian farmers in the Fraser Valley, with “bio-security” precautions taking precedence over traditional festive gatherings. Nearly 250,000 chickens and turkeys are either dead or s...
by The Province - News
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Leafs hear boos in 2014 home finale: Feschuk


We hadn’t heard the familiar sound in some time. But there it was, rumbl...

by Dave Feschuk - Sports Columnist
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AJHL Player Gets One Year Suspension



The Fort McMurray Oil Barons will be without forward Danton Ayotte for the foreseeable future.



After being ejected from the first perio...
by Mitchell Blair
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AP sources: Killer of 2 NYC cops posted online that he would shoot ‘pigs’ over chokehold death

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight...
by The Province - News
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Mother ‘devastated’ that daughter hit by TTC bus died ‘alone on the ground’


Crystal Diljohn was supposed to take her daughter, Amari...

by Anonymous
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The future of VR, how the NFL uses the Surface Pro 2 and other stories you might’ve missed this week

It's been a busy week, folks: We spoke with Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson about how the NFL uses the Surface Pro 2, interviewed RuPaul about "gaymers," learned that North Korea was the source of the Sony Pictures hack, and...
by Andy Bowen
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Woman charged with eight counts of murder in Cairns, Australia


An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths...

by The Associated Press
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Honey, I Finished The Internet

Strange and beautiful calculators. (h/t Paul)...
by cittern9@gmail.com
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Social enterprise shopping a great idea for last-minute Christmas gifts

There’s few perks to leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute. But if you still have names uncrossed on your list, you may be able to triple your “gift-giving impact” by buying from a social enterprise.
by The Province - News
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Police commissioner: Killer of 2 NYC cops made Instagram posts that were very anti-police

New York City’s police commissioner says the gunman who ambushed and killed two police officers had made online posts that were “very anti-police.”
by Vancouver Sun - News
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The Moncton Times@Transcript – Good and Bad: Dec. 20: child soldiers and other memorabilia….

####Since over half of the readers of this blog are from outside Canada, and so surely cannot be interested in New Brunwick’s local affairs, I’m experimenting with a new format. Foreign news will be treated separate...
by Graeme Decarie
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Christmas is the great reminder

Christmas is a mere few days away. The ultimate gesture of God’s trust and love for us, his creatures.
by Anonymous
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The US wants China’s help blocking North Korean hackers

The enemy of my enemy is my friend -- at least, it is for the US. Sources for both the Associated Press and the New York Times claim that American officials have asked China to implement a block that would "cripple" North Korea...
by Jon Fingas
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Much of Canada Line down as SkyTrain catches fire

TransLink released a statement around 3:30 p.m., advising there was no train service between Richmond-Brighouse Station and Aberdeen Station
by The Province - News
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Kenya to US: Our terror laws are better than yours, which lack checks and balances

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Kenya is criticizing the United States for raising concerns about a new Kenyan law aimed at fighting terrorism.
by Vancouver Sun - News
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Luka Magnotta jury fails to come to a verdict on Day 5

MONTREAL — Jurors deciding the fate of Luka Rocco Magnotta ended Day 5 of their deliberations on Saturday without reaching a verdict.
by Vancouver Sun - News
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