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Jim Goad: Did you know one of Kori Ali Muhammad’s victims was a “punch Nazis!” white virtue-signaller?

Posted April 24, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

Jim Goad writes: Armed with a gun and roaming through Fresno looking for white men to slay, Muhammad reportedly chanced upon a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. truck. Seeing that the driver was Hispanic, he instead chose to shoot and kill the white passenger, Zack Randalls. Here’s what I know about Zack Randalls: He was […]

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Joe Bob Briggs: “Then Again, Maybe I’m a Black Man”

Posted April 24, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Joe Bob Briggs: “Then Again, Maybe I’m a Black Man”

Joe Bob Briggs returns: In the course of my talk at the Chattanooga Film Festival last week, I noted that almost every alleged white person in East Tennessee claims Cherokee blood. Far from being proud of their direct Indian-killing ancestors like Andrew Jackson, they instead claim lineage from the “Trail of Tears” side of the […]

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March for Science Organizer: ‘Titans’ Like Einstein, Galileo, Carson Engaged With Politics

Posted April 23, 2017 by Julie Dermansky
Scientists and supporters carry a banner leading the DC March for Science

On Earth Day, tens of thousands turned out for the March for Science in Washington, D.C., despite the rain, celebrating ideas, facts, and empirical data while chastising climate science deniers.

Celebrity science educator Bill Nye, honorary co-chair of the March for Science, told the crowd, “We are marching today to remind people everywhere, our lawmakers especially, of the significance of science for our health and our prosperity.” The crowd roared their approval when he said they “could change the world.” 

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Part 6: A History of the Canadian Space Program – Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Posted April 23, 2017 by Chuck Black

The 1980’s, A “National Space Agency,” Canadarm’s Rollout, The Second Three Year Space Plan & Canada’s First Astronauts


Scan c/o Globe and Mail.
By Graham Gibbs & W. M. (“Mac“) Evans

This paper, first presented at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, which was held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th – October 3rd, 2014, is a brief history of the Canadian space program, written by two of the major participants.

In late 1979 and early 1980 the Ministry of State for Science and Technology (MOSST) and the Air Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) independently analyzed the existing approach to space in Canada and both concluded that there were weaknesses that limited the scope and benefits of the program. 

Both also concluded that correction of these deficiencies was essential to the more efficient and effective use of the government’s space resources. The AIAC argued strongly for the formation of a national space agency. 
In response to these concerns, the Prime Minister in July 1980 assigned to MOSST “the leadership role with respect to space policy and development” and transferred responsibility for the Interdepartmental Committee on Space (ICS) from the Minister of Communications to the Minister of MOSST. Thus, in 1980, MOSST became the lead agency in the areas of space research and development, policy development, and coordination of space activities among government departments and agencies.
In April 1981, John Roberts, the Minister of State for Science and Technology announced a three-year space plan for Canada (1981/82 to 1983/84). This was the first time that a consolidated space plan had been considered by the government. The plan was aimed at building upon Canada’s strengths to use space for communications and science, while at the same time developing a major new thrust in the area of remote sensing. 
As outlined in the April 9th, 1981 United Press International (UPI) post, “Science Minister John Roberts Announced an Increase in Federal Funding for Space Research,” Canada’s first three year space plan was part of a proposal to centralize Federal space activities into a single agency, while also providing a funding increase for space and other areas of scientific research in order to assist with moving the plan forward. Roberts proposed a $64Mln CDN increase (to $260Mln CDN) for space research, along with a further increase of $200Mln CDN (to $1.5Bln) in all other areas of Federally funded scientific research and development. Screenshot c/o UPI archives.  
More than 60% of the new funding of $64Mln CDN was dedicated to remote sensing projects including a new basic R&D program to give Canada the technological and industrial competence to develop and establish a remote sensing satellite carrying a synthetic aperture radar (which eventually became known as RADARSAT). In making his announcement, Mr. Roberts indicated that it was the government’s intention to update the three year space plan every year.

During this period, Canada also delivered the first of what would become multiple Canadarm’s to NASA. A post (unfortunately, now deleted) on the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) website described very eloquently the moment that Canadarm sprung into the consciousness of people everywhere in the world:

The morning of Friday, November 13, 1981, yielded a great emotional moment of pride for all Canadians. Shortly past 10:00 a.m. EST on that date, a majestic sight was broadcast on every television screen around the world. 

Through the aft window of shuttle Columbia, a video camera operated by the two STS-2 astronauts, Commander Joe Engle and Pilot Richard Truly had begun to transmit the first images of the deployed Canadarm. 

The arm, bent in an inverted V shape position, shined against the jet-black background of space, under a milky blue portion of the earth. The Canada wordmark with the red maple leaf flag prominently displayed on the upper arm boom of the Canadarm were a proud and clear statement about Canada’s official contribution to the Space Shuttle program. Canadarm quickly became the icon around the world for Canada’s high technology capabilities. 

The importance of the Canadarm to the Shuttle Program is indicated by the fact that this first flight of the arm took place on just the second Shuttle flight.

In December 1981, Mr. Roberts announced the government’s second three-year space plan (1982/83 to 1984/85) that in essence added one more year to the previously announced plan. This new plan increased the government’s expenditures on space for these three years by 38% and included Canadian participation in the L-SAT Communications Satellite Program of ESA (justified on the grounds that it would support the prime contractor policy) and project definition studies for a new communications satellite program (MSAT) to provide communications services to mobile users anywhere in Canada.

In 1982, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the flight of Alouette I, NASA extended an invitation for Canada to fly its own astronauts on the Shuttle. This offer was clearly seen as a “thank you“ to Canada for providing the Canadarm.

The government recognized immediately the significance of this offer and National Research Council (NRC), as the only organization in the government with human space flight experience, was assigned responsibility to establish the Canadian Astronaut Program Office.

The NASA offer was for two payload specialist flights, but NRC had ambitions to ensure Canada would be ready for additional flight opportunities, including flights to the space station that was on the drawing boards at NASA. In July, 1983 NRC placed an ad in Canadian newspapers seeking candidates.

A 1983 help wanted ad. Image c/o Ron Riesenbach’s Blog.

Canada’s first six astronauts were announced in December, after a country-wide competition involving more than 4400 applicants. Ten months later, in October 1984 Marc Garneau became the first Canadian to fly in space. A little over a year later, the Shuttle that had taken Marc into orbit exploded on launch killing all seven astronauts on board.

It is interesting to note that Canada entered the human space flight arena primarily to support the Canadian Space industry. There was no Canadian user need for either the Canadarm or the Astronauts, but the space industry needed a major program to follow-on to CTS.

But public reaction to the Canadarm and the astronaut programs was so positive and so strong that these one shot efforts created the policy imperative to make human space flight a permanent part of the Canadian Space Program and would lead eventually to the creation of the Canadian Space Agency.

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Graham Gibbs & Mac Evans. Photos c/o MyCanada & CSA.
Graham Gibbs represented the Canadian space program for twenty-two years, the final seven as Canada’s first counselor for (US) space affairs based at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. 

He is the author of “Five Ages of Canada – A HISTORY from Our First Peoples to Confederation.”

William McDonald “Mac” Evans served as the president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) from November 1991 to November 2001, where he led the development of the Canadian astronaut and RADARSAT programs, negotiated Canada’s role in the International Space Station (ISS) and contributed to various international agreements that serve as the foundation of Canada’s current international space partnerships.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Vancouver, BC based UrtheCast.

Last Week: Winding up the 1970’s, The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Spar Aerospace, MacDonald Dettwiler, a Seminal 1974 “Canadian Policy for Space” & the Canadarm,” in part five of “A History of the Canadian Space Program: Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets.”

Next Week: “More on the 1980’s” as part seven of “A History of the Canadian Space Program: Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets,” continues.

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Lawsuit Alleges Fox News Bosses Forced Black Employees to Arm Wrestle White Co-Workers

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

“Forcing a black woman employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying.”

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Comics

‘Daisy,’ Today’s Comic by Magdalena Rzepecka

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

Who knew fairies had so many feelings?

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I Talked to Four Humanoid Robots and They’re Mostly Dumb as Doornails

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

“Human relationships can be hard to define.”

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Conspiracies

Alex Jones’s Career Is in Trouble During a Dark Week for Internet Hoaxes

Posted April 23, 2017 by Mike Pearl

America’s foremost conspiracy theorist is going through an acrimonious divorce, and the spillage might jeopardize his career. Elsewhere on the hoax-net, things are similarly dark.

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ICMN’s Cierra Fields Receives $10,000 Make Sense Foundation Scholarship

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

$10,000 Make Sense scholarship winner, Cierra Fields (Oklahoma Cherokee) is a Champion for Change, anti-rape advocate and correspondent for ICMN

The post ICMN’s Cierra Fields Receives $10,000 Make Sense Foundation Scholarship appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Russia’s Fake News Machine is Targeting the French Elections

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

Russian state media has a clear preference: Stop Emmanuel Macron by any means necessary.

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You Want Our Native Identity? Take It

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

The subject of Native identity has created a divide among us, oftentimes being used for posturing, while the indigenous always lose.

The post You Want Our Native Identity? Take It appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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What’s For Dinner? Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

Recipe ideas for an Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu, including a side dish, vegetable option and dessert! – – – – – – – Last week I kicked off a new weekly blog series where I share a full dinner menu each Sunday, which includes a main dish, side dishes and a dessert.  My hope is that these menus will help to make meal planning just a little bit easier for you. This week I have put together an Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu with two side dishes and a dessert recipe.  Truth be told, meatloaf night is one of my most favourite kinds of dinner nights!  I love how easy meatloaves are to assemble, but what I like most is that that my family also really enjoys meatloaf…especially with mashed potatoes.  I hope you enjoy this menu! Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu Main Dish:  Classic Meatloaf Side Dish:  Champ Mashed Potatoes Vegetable Side Dish:  Sauteed Green Beans with Basil & Fresh Tomatoes Dessert:  Lemon Raspberry Snack Cake This Classic Meatloaf is delicious!  You can have this hearty and delicious meatloaf ready for dinner in just over 1 hour.  I like to bake mine with a tangy ketchup and mustard sauce. Mashed potatoes are a perfect […]

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Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

The indigenous Colombian territories are bracing for a new fight against fracking, a process that many would like to see banned within the country.

The post Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Celebrities

Patrick Swayze’s Old G-String Is Up for Auction

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

Along with a bunch of other strange items from the actor’s estate.

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Fast-Food Delivery Is the Strangest New Fad in Kuwait

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

People in the Arabian Peninsula are super-sizing their fast-food intake, and health concerns are following close behind.

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Trump Is the Wild Card Who Could Force a Government Shutdown Next Week

Posted April 23, 2017 by Mark Hay

Republicans have incentives to cut a deal with Democrats, but Donald Trump doesn’t mind fomenting chaos in DC.

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This Food Scientist Can Hack Your Dinner

Posted April 23, 2017 by Anonymous

Experimental psychology professor Charles Spence’s new book, Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating, explores how music, plateware, and theatrics influence the taste of food.

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Call for Submissions: Indian National Finals Rodeo Indian Cowboy and Cowgirl Art Show

Posted April 23, 2017 by Lee Allen

The 2017 Indian National Finals Rodeo will feature a 2nd annual Indian Cowboy and Cowgirl Art Show and new INFR Hall of Fame Inductees.

The post Call for Submissions: Indian National Finals Rodeo Indian Cowboy and Cowgirl Art Show appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Newspaper Owned By Fracking Billionaire Leaks Memo Calling Pipeline Opponents Potential “Terrorists”

Posted April 23, 2017 by Steve Horn
Homeland Security report calling pipeline activists potential terrorists

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a report titled, “Potential Domestic Terrorist Threats to Multi-State Diamond Pipeline Construction Project,” dated April 7 and first published by The Washington Examiner

The DHS field analysis report points to lessons from policing the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they can be applied to the ongoing controversy over the Diamond pipeline, which, when complete, will stretch from Cushing, Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee. While lacking “credible information” of such a potential threat, DHS concluded that “the most likely potential domestic terrorist threat to the Diamond Pipeline … is from environmental rights extremists motivated by resentment over perceived environmental destruction.”

The Washington Examiner is owned by conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz, a former American Petroleum Institute board member. His company, Anschutz Exploration Corporation, is a major oil and gas driller involved in the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in states such as Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

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TRUMP BENEFITS 99% OF CANADIANS ON DAIRY

Posted April 22, 2017 by John Downing

SUPPLY MANAGEMENT IS AN EVIL CONEven a jackass can be right, as Donald Trump has just proved through his stupidity. When he goes after Canadian agricultural producers, showboating for dairy states, all Canadians who buy dairy products, eggs, chicken an…

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Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock: Premieres Today, Earth Day, Tribeca Film Festival

Posted April 22, 2017 by Anonymous

Today, Earth Day, Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock, is premiering at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival as part of the festival’s N.O.W. special screening section. AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock will also be available for a limited time online at awakethefilm.org and interested viewers will be able to stream for a donation of $1 or more from April 22nd to May 6th.

The post Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock: Premieres Today, Earth Day, Tribeca Film Festival appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Crime

Native History: Land Rush for Oklahoma Indian Territory Begins

Posted April 22, 2017 by Alysa Landry

A cannon sounded at high noon on April 22, 1889, signaling the beginning of a frantic land rush into newly opened Indian lands in Oklahoma Territory.

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Land Defenders In War and Peace Hold the Line Against Historical Extinction

Posted April 22, 2017 by Charles Kader

Indigenous nations maintain a constant battle as land defenders on the frontlines or in the court room, that oftentimes comes down to who wants it more.

The post Land Defenders In War and Peace Hold the Line Against Historical Extinction appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Business

Indian Gaming Saw Record Revenues in 2015 to Become Top Casino Sector

Posted April 22, 2017 by Anonymous

American Indian gaming revenue zoomed in 2015, growing at a rate more than double that seen in 2014 and surpassing all other segments of the casino industry

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Blogging resumes Monday morning…

Posted April 22, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Blogging resumes Monday morning…

More from my siteBlogging resumes Monday morning…Blogging resumes Monday morning…Blogging resumes Monday morning…So busy (again)! Sorry… Blogging resumes Monday morning…

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Chief Beau Dick: Carver, Artist, Advocate, Mentor, Storyteller, Walks On

Posted April 22, 2017 by Alex Jacobs

Hereditary Chief Beau Dick, full of medicine and magic, walked on March 27, 2017 at the age of 61. He was a renowned carver and artist.

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US Business Schools Failing on Climate Change

Posted April 22, 2017 by guest
Laptop computer on a tree stump

By Nancy E. Landrum, Loyola University Chicago

Coca-Cola and Nestlé have recently closed facilities, and Starbucks is bracing for a global shortage of coffee — all due to effects from climate change. Climate change impacts every resource used by businesses: from agriculture, water, land and energy to workers and the economy. No business will be untouched. The Conversation

As a researcher and professor of business management, I have found that sustainable business courses across the U.S. do not align with the scientific consensus that we need radical change to avert disastrous consequences of climate change.

These future business leaders are not being prepared for the climate change challenges their companies are certain to face.

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Indigenous Scholars Endorse D.C. March for Science

Posted April 22, 2017 by Anonymous

The March for Science in Washington DC on Earth Day has the backing of 1,200 indigenous scientists and their traditional scientific knowledge.

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Exclusive release: Tanya Tagaq's latest video

Posted April 22, 2017 by Anonymous

Tanya Tagaq, throat singing, Inuk, Inuit, Cambridge Bay

Tanya Tagaq is an experimental throat singer, avant-garde composer and improvisational performer who recently received the Order of Canada. Her work is political, often tackling themes of environmentalism and Indigenous rights. For Earth Day 2017, Canadian Geographic is pleased to exclusively present the new video for “Nacreous,” a song from Tagaq’s most recent album Retributionreleased in October 2016.

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Oregon County Faces Gas Industry Funding, Lobbyists in Battle to Halt Jordan Cove LNG Project

Posted April 21, 2017 by Anonymous
Rally against Jordan Cove LNG in Oregon in 2016

Scattered throughout Coos County, situated on Oregon’s southern coast, are signs reading “Save Coos Jobs, Vote No on County Measure 6-162.” The signs were put there by Save Coos Jobs, a political action committee (PAC) with more than $358,500 in funding from Canadian-based energy company Veresen’s Jordan Cove Energy Project and other natural gas interests. 

Measure 6-162 will go to vote in a May 16 special election. If passed, it would block what could become Oregon’s top greenhouse gas emitter: Canadian energy company Veresen’s proposed multi-billion dollar Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility and its associated 232 mile Pacific Connector gas pipeline.

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I hear banjos

Posted April 21, 2017 by Dr.Dawg

“Paddle faster!”…

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Faith

on faith

Posted April 21, 2017 by Anonymous

© Joseph Barrientos I was gifted with this life, vulnerable in tender hands.  This intention and love was my blessing to receive, fortunate were we who could count on an unsophisticated love,…

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Alternative fuel sources get put to the test at Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Posted April 21, 2017 by Anonymous

Next week, university and high school students will take over the streets of downtown Detroit, Michigan for the 2017 Shell Eco-marathon Americas (SEMA). Teams will compete to see whose custom-built vehicles are the most fuel-efficient.

Although combustion engines are the popular propulsion system of choice, SEMA encourages students to experiment with alternative power sources by including categories for battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cells. The number of teams competing in these categories is smaller, but interest in clean energy is growing.

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A versatile, easy-to-use action camera for capturing your adventures

Posted April 21, 2017 by Anonymous

Still image taken with the Nikon KeyMission 170

I’ll be totally honest, my first reaction upon unboxing the Nikon KeyMission 170 was, “Where’s the case?” 

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Why Canada needs an Environmental Bill of Rights

Posted April 21, 2017 by Anonymous

I know what it’s like to be deprived of rights.

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Is there a Paragraph of the Year Award (Canada’s Genetic Lottery Winner division)? Because Justin Dallaire needs to win.

Posted April 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

Profile of Jonathan Kay in Ryerson j-school mag: “As a writer, he will pitch some stories, such as a profile of Kevin O’Leary, based on conversations with upper-middle-class friends and interactions at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, a private tennis club in a tony Toronto neighbourhood, where he’s a member of the board. His non-journalist […]

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Mark Vandermaas: Will free speechers miss Berkeley’s golden opportunity?

Posted April 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

Mark Vandermaas writes: I’ve read posts from patriots excusing police: ‘They were just following orders to stand down.’ That argument went out of fashion at the Nuremberg trials. I’m a former member of the Canadian Forces who went to jail 5 times for trying to walk down a Caledonia road with a Canadian flag. Our […]

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Mark Steyn quotes Laura Rosen Cohen on Tucker Carlson!

Posted April 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn quotes Laura Rosen Cohen on Tucker Carlson!

More from my siteMark Steyn and Tucker Carlson: Need we say more?Mark Steyn AND Tucker Carlson?!?Mark Steyn: ‘I would once have agreed that, in a land of legalisms, ‘safety’ is a euphemism for ‘liability”‘Laura Rosen Cohen had the best response to Cooke, and I urge you to read it’

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