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Trump Keeps Spreading a Very Weird Lie About Insurance Costs

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Mike Pearl

He says insurance pays out when you’re old, like a 401-K. But the good news is, he says it’s only $12 per year for life!

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Koch Front Group, Fueling US Forward, Bashes Electric Car Tax Credits in Latest Misleading Video

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Ben Jervey
screenshot of electric car in Fueling US Forward video

Hot on the heels of its deceptive “Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars” video (which we debunked thoroughly, and others did too), the Koch-funded front group Fueling U.S. Forward has released a new video criticizing electric vehicle (EV) tax credits as a “massive wealth transfer from poor to rich.” It’s time for another debunking!

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From our bulging “Everything old is old again” file…

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

“These paintings are very often abstract,” she said. “You have people like Pollock splattering a bunch of shit and then saying it’s art.”Without a shred of self-awareness, a young white leftist woman artist in 2017 evidently believes it is the height of daring sophistication to sound exactly like… an old white conservative male philistine circa […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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“Once 1950s prosperity kicks in, noir dies”

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

…the outsider who sticks up two fingers at authority can’t quite count on the sympathies of his white audience any more – everyone is doing too well, and what they suffer from isn’t quite the failure of society to provide a decent life for them. Even Bogart had to adapt, and was replaced first by […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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“Tip: Bragging about how determined you are to remain ignorant isn’t a great look.”

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

This chick wrote an article.I posted a comment.She replied.So did I. More from my sitePaper pulls Julie Burchill column about transsexual bullies — after transsexual bullies complainDuh. ‘Die Hard.’I wish I’d known about this when I wrote my Johnny Cash/fandom/brain damage post…How I Doubled My Freelance Income in Two Years: My NEW PJMedia post

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Saturday Stories: Sham Surgeries, Plastic Mice Penises, and Gooplandia

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Christie Aschwanden in Five Thirty Eight discusses the powers of sham surgery.

Ed Yong in The Atlantic with a story that begins with a plastic mouse penis.

Beth Skwarecki in Lifehacker details her strange trip to Gooplandia.

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Think the US Healthcare Fight Was a Mess? Wait for Tax Reform

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Mark Hay

Obamacare repeal isn’t 100 percent dead, but Republicans are turning to their next big project: cutting taxes for the rich, big time. Only problem is they can’t agree how.

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‘Balloon Ride,’ Today’s Comic by Scott Lenhardt

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Anonymous

Things take an unexpected turn for the Twenty-Four Hour Woman when she gets swept away with balloons in hand.

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A Drunk Guy Livestreamed His Police Chase on a Florida Beach

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Anonymous

Ryan Stiles broadcast the chase from his jeep as he took swigs from a bottle of whisky and plowed through beach chairs, swearing at the cops trailing him.

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Homeless in Vancouver: Rats! The restaurant wouldn’t serve him

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Charlie Smith

Whatever the reason, Cleo and her owner had to leave McDonald’s empty-handed.

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70 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, July 22

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Steve Newton

Keep busy with these events.

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NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert to celebrate Pride season with West End Pride Brunch

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Craig Takeuchi

Here’s a Pride season event to be held by a well-known local LGBT politician.

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Goodnight Sweet Prince

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Anonymous

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned. Say goodbye to a legend.

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Vancouver Pride Run and Walk 2017, plus Pride Sports Day with Canucks, BC Lions, Whitecaps FC

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Craig Takeuchi

Tomorrow (July 22) will be a day filled with sports activities, with the backing of some local professional sports teams to boot.

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Sean Spicer Suddenly Resigns as White House Press Secretary

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Anonymous

Spicer resigned Friday morning shortly after Trump offered the communications director job to Anthony Scaramucci.

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How Abandoned Queer Kids Find the Strength to Love Their Families

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Anonymous

I’ve heard enough stories of rejected queer children to last a lifetime. No two are alike, and none are as cut and dry as you’d think.

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Meet the Trans Chinese Community Fighting for Gender Equality

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Anonymous

We revisit the trans community in China to hear how one trans woman is recovering after her gender reassignment surgery, and meet an advocacy group dedicated to educating people about transgender issues.

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Canadian rock singer Kenny Shields of Streetheart fame dies at 69

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Steve Newton

Shields had been been dealing with serious heart issues.

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This Banished Newfoundlander Isn’t Welcome in Fort McMurray, Either

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Josh Visser

Nobody wants him/he just stares at the world [absolutely devastating sludge riff]

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Woman Wanted in ‘Brutal’ Calgary Quadruple Murder Case

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Anonymous

Three people were found in a burned-out car, while another was found in a ditch.

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17 Vancouver concerts this weekend, July 21 to 23

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Steve Newton

Blues, punk, metal, psych-rock, indie-folk: take your pick.

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Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton play the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on December 7

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Jennie Ramstad

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

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8-Minute Pantry Dal: Two Ways

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

I know, I know, just what you’re craving in the middle of summer…a dish that brings the heat! Did I nail it on the head or what? Well, maybe you can entertain this as an idea for a rainy, cool-ish summer evening. We enjoyed it on a night like that just recently! We’ve had a […]

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“Free Charlie Manson!” The Yippies failed takeover of Disneyland (1970)

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Free Charlie Manson!” The Yippies failed takeover of Disneyland (1970)

At the time, Disneyland had recently relaxed its policy toward long-haired guests. The park maintained a strict dress code for employees that barred men from sporting mustaches, beards, or long hair. Unofficially, it applied similar standards to visitors. That’s why shaggy-haired Roger McGuinn, the founder of rock band The Byrds, was turned away in 1964. […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Some of the best writing around is at perfume site The Dry Down…

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Some of the best writing around is at this perfume site…

This tween anxiety — the melodramatic fear of making a bad choice, a choice that would change your course forever — seemed particularly acute when it came to picking out a fragrance. Because — and I would challenge you to ask anyone who was young in suburban 90s America to tell you otherwise — picking […]

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Hytera Communications Expelled From China Based Trade Association Over "Disputed Bidding"

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

Canada’s Globe and Mail is reporting a new ripple in the ongoing takeover of Vancouver-based Norsat International, the Canadian high technology satellite communications company acquired in June 2017 by Chinese based Hytera Communications.

Hytera chairman, and principal shareholder, Chen Qingzhou.  Photo c/o Hytera.

As outlined in the July 21st, 2017 Globe and Mail post, “Chinese firm expelled from trade association days before takeover of Canadian high-tech company,” Hytera was expelled from a mobile-technology trade association run by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security for its involvement in the disputed bidding on a Chinese police contract, “just days before it closed a deal to buy Vancouver-based Norsat International.

According to the article, “the expulsion is unrelated to the takeover of the Canadian satellite communications company, but critics say Hytera’s past connections to Chinese security authorities and its questionable business dealings should have raised red flags in Ottawa.”

As of publication, the details of Hytera’s expulsion from China’s Professional Digital Trunking (PDT) alliance remains shrouded in mystery. According to the Globe and Mail account, “it is unknown whether Mr. Chen, (Hytera chairman, and principal shareholder Chen Quinzhou) who has traveled on trade missions with the Chinese President, has run into trouble with the Communist Party, which has recently detained several billionaire businessmen and top party officials over alleged corruption and bribery.”

This blog will be updated as new information becomes available.

The Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Norsat sale to Hytera in June 2017 without conducting a full-scale national security review.

However, and as outlined in the July 6th, 2017 post, “Avoiding “Norsat Like Uncertainty” by Allowing the Chinese to More Easily Buy Advanced Canadian Companies,” the US government has announced a review of the purchase. The US military has contracts to buy satellite communications equipment from Norsat and that technology will now be transferred to China.

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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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Your dog’s mutant superpower is… love

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

A new study has discovered a genetic link between a unusual human super-sociability, why your dog loves pleasing you and why wolves don’t.

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Plants avoid sunburn by shivering away extra heat

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

MIT chemists now understand how plants, mosses and algae can photosynthesize without getting burnt by the sun.

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Scientists unlock the key to why cancer spreads

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

By targeting the molecular signal that causes tumours to mestastasize, researchers think they can slow the spread.

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Looking for aliens in all the right places

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Bob McDonald interview Dr. Jon Willis about his book ‘All These Worlds Are Yours – The Scientific Search For Alien Life’

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Why do our bodies make us hot? Quirks question

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Dr. Chris Hyne explains how our bodies generate heat

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Chocolate plants get fungus armour from their parents

Posted  July 21, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Cacao plants pass on good microbes to “baby” plants through their leaf litter.

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2017 NewSpace Global SmallSat Report is Now Available

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Chuck Black

          By Henry StewartThere are a lot of space reports on the market. These include the annual Space Report Online (with “eleven years of data, resources and information on the worldwide space industry” collected by the&nbs…

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Homeless in Vancouver: South Granville’s second mural of 2017 is for the birds

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Charlie Smith

Created by James Knight, it takes up the entire west side of the building and part of the south side as well.

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East Vancouver’s Canuck the Crow stars in his second documentary

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Charlie Smith

Now that he’s a celebrity, will he be given more latitude for his naughty behaviour?

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Francesco’s Ristorante Italia shutters in Vancouver’s downtown core

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Craig Takeuchi

Downtown Vancouver has lost one of its Italian restaurants.

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Donald Trump’s 6-month approval rating isn’t that much lower than Bill Clinton’s

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Randall White

“This may be the hottest day we’ve had this summer,” someone said in the parking lot. I don’t know myself. In any case that’s just up here — north of the lakes. Contemplating the more southerly climate of la démocratie en Amérique, I’m still thinking about two world-wide web reports from this past Monday : […]

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Emails Show Iraq War PR Alums Led Attempt to Discredit Dakota Access Protesters

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Steve Horn

By Steve Horn and Curtis Waltman, MuckRock

Behind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters.

Emails show that the firms Delve and Off the Record Strategies, apparently working on contract with the National Sheriffs’ Association, worked in secret on talking points, media outreach, and communications training for law enforcement dealing with Dakota Access opponents mobilized at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. This revelation comes from documents obtained via an open records request from the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department in Wyoming.

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The media mobbing of Julie Payette

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Dr.Dawg

Not long ago, veteran journalist and editor-at-liberty Jonathan Kay wrote an article about social media “mobbing.” It turned out, in fact, to be mostly a tendentious attack on the Left—there was scant mention of the routine mob action of the…

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Pro-fossil Fuel Group’s Video, ‘The Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars,’ Debunked Again and Again

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Ben Jervey
Screenshot from video debunking anti-electric vehicle video

Just last week, we fact-checked and debunked every line of “The Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars,” a video produced by Fueling U.S. Forward (FUSF), a Koch-funded campaign to push fossil fuels. That video represents the group’s first public pivot from fossil fuel boosterism to electric vehicle (EV) attacks. More electric vehicle experts are also picking the video apart.

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