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My 14-Year-Old Cousin Taught Me How to Be a Cool Teen

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

My cousin is infinitely cooler than I am. Who better to teach me how to be a wavy teen?

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Ex-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg: ‘Clean Coal’ Is BS, but Feds Should ‘Stay Out of the Way’ on Climate

Posted April 28, 2017 by Sharon Kelly
Center, former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg

At a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) summit in New York City this week, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was blunt about the prospects for so-called “clean coal.”

“Carbon capture is total bullshit,” he told the crowd of several hundred top energy industry executives and financiers. “This is a figment of imagination.”

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Milo Yiannopoulos Got $12M to Start a Touring Company for Trolls

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Milo Inc. sounds less like a right-wing media company and more like a Live Nation for vloggers who shout about globalism.

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Trump’s Next 100 Days Won’t Be Any Better

Posted April 28, 2017 by Mark Hay

Can he grow into the presidency? Probably not.

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Facebook

Facebook admits governments used it to spread propaganda

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Social media giant claims they’ve been exploited.

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Once Again: President Donald Trump Calls Senator Warren Pocahontas at NRA Rally

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

President Donald Trump continues his history of calling Senator Warren Pocahontas in public. This time at the annual NRA meeting in Atlanta.

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Books

‘Sympathy’ Is the Debut Novel From Olivia Sudjic About Instagram and Intimacy

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

The 28-year-old British author has written the book of the summer.

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Film

‘Casting JonBenét’ Is the Weirdest Movie on Netflix

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

We spoke with Australian director Kitty Green about making a movie that explores the hybrid space between documentary and narrative.

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Montana Passes Bill to Allow Tribal Regalia at Graduations

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Native American students in Montana can no longer be prohibited from wearing regalia or eagle feathers at graduation ceremonies.

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Fight Over Whiteclay Alcohol Sales Still Going

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

On April 19, the Whiteclay fight over liquor sales took a roller coaster ride, with a district judge overturning the ruling, before an appeal halting sales.

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HDIMT: Deity Smites Cherokee Stickball Field? Plus, Comanche Flea Dip

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

The Cherokee Nation, like the Muscogee Creek Nation where I was born and raised, is situated in what weather reporters call “tornado alley.” The thunderstorms that often birth tornados have been active this year, and Cherokees were recently reminded that those storms can cause damage without throwing off funnel clouds.

One of the poles on a stickball ground in Tahlequah sustained a direct hit by lightning leaving just a few splinters standing.

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Scientists Found Cancer-Causing DNA in Stem Cells Given to Patients

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

These unlucky people were enrolled in clinical trials, not clients at shady clinics.

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Events

Afterword

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

The idea that American Indians are a unity, or one people, is a Western concept. Terms such as American Indian, Native American, Amerind, are Western terms. The people who have inhabited the Americas never understood themselves in this way, but rather referred to themselves by their nation, whether it be Dené or Hnahñu, and they maintained separate identities with very different cultures and languages. Even genetically they are different from one another, although unfortunately most genetic studies tend to lump them all together,

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Culture

Actually, ‘The Great Gatsby’ Is Trash

Posted April 28, 2017 by Blake Butler

Contrary to popular belief, the book isn’t so great or novel, although it sure is American.

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Pow Wow Planner Apr. 28-30, 2017 – Featured Weekly Pow Wow: Harvard U. 22nd Annual

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

This Indian Country Media Network weekly pow wow planner for Apr. 28-30 includes the Harvard U. 22nd Annual Pow Wow.

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Ja Rule’s ‘Fyre Festival’ Is a Google Search You Won’t Regret

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Attendees seem to have paid up to $12,000 per head to be stranded in the Bahamas.

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Supreme Court on Tribal Sovereign Immunity: a Smelly Pot of Fish Head Stew

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

The SCOTUS opinion in Lewis v. Clarke is a narrow decision that could end up having a large effect on the full vitality of tribal sovereign immunity.

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From Australia to Standing Rock: Videos From the Indigenous Artist You Need to Know, Nahko Bear

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Nahko Bear: Millions of YouTube hits, Sold-Out Shows from Australia to Standing Rock: Here are Videos From the Indigenous Artist You Need to Know,

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Jason Momoa Serves Indigenous Justice by Slitting British Army Throats in Netflix Series, ‘Frontier’

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

A TV show about colonial North America that opens with Jason Momoa dispassionately serving up Indigenous justice by slitting British Army throats in disputed territory can’t be bad. And in the first season of the Netflix historical epic drama, Frontier, the star power of Jason Momoa continues to rise and 2017 is set to be his best year yet.

Jason Momoa serves up Indigenous justice by slitting British Army throats in disputed territories in the Netflix series, ‘Frontier.’ Courtesy CNW Group/Discovery

Courtesy CNW Group/Discovery

Jason Momoa serves up Indigenous justice by slitting British Army throats in disputed territories in the Netflix series,

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Keep the Warriors Alive: Native Veterans Gather for VA Info

Posted April 28, 2017 by Lee Allen

The 10th annual Gathering of American Indian Veterans at the end of March provided a place for fellow Native veterans to network and get assistance.

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The Simpsons Takes on Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

Posted April 28, 2017 by Yoni Freedhoff

Today’s Funny Friday….it’s funny all right, and yet at the same time, not so much.

Have a great weekend!

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What Outlook for Mac Users can do when their Exchange mailbox is full?

Posted April 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Outlook for Mac accounts connected to Exchange may sometimes get error messages stating that their Exchange mailbox is full. And IT support team may have to ask the email client users to delete unnecessary emails and attachments or to archive their mailbox data. Here, we will go through the causes of this issue and ways … Continue reading What Outlook for Mac Users can do when their Exchange mailbox is full?

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Ministers Bains & Garneau Provide Motivational Speeches, But No New Money, For the Canadian Space Agency

Posted April 27, 2017 by Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

Back in the day, if someone received a press release titled, “New funding to be announced for Canada’s space program,” which promoted an upcoming announcement from two senior members of the Federal cabinet, there would be a reasonable expectation that the announcement would include “new funding.

Minister Bains at CSA headquarters in Longueuil, Quebec on April 27th, 2017. As outlined in his presentation, the technologies developed through Canada’s space program “can be applied to the everyday lives of Canadian’s” and “point to new ways of fighting climate change, The complete, twenty-five minute press conference is available online by clicking on the screenshot above. Graphic c/o CSA.

Of course, that not exactly the way things happened on Thursday in Longueuil, Quebec, when Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains got together with Transport Minister Marc Garneau, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation David Lametti and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Sylvain Laporte to “celebrate” existing CSA funding relating to quantum encryption and future missions to Mars, plus provide a “dedication to the Canadian space program.

But they mostly forgot to announce anything new.

As outlined originally in the April 25th, 2017 Government of Canada press release, “New funding to be announced for Canada’s space program,” the original intent of the April 27th, 2017 press conference seemed to have been to announce “new funding.”

But by the day of the event, and as outlined in the April 27th, 2017 follow-up press release, “Ministers Bains and Garneau celebrate $80.9 million for the Canadian Space Agency,” the focus had definitely changed from “announcing” to “celebrating.”

One item that hadn’t previously received wide publicity before today’s press conference, but was referenced there by Minister Bains and is well worth taking a look at is the Canadian CubeSat project, a CSA challenge to post-secondary educational facilities to “Build and fly your own satellite.” As outlined on the April 27th, 2017 update to the CSA’s “Canadian Cubesat Project website,” the CSA “will award up to 13 grants (of up to $200K each) to fund selected proposals to build a miniature satellite called a CubeSat. Teachers and students from every province and territory are encouraged to participate in this innovative project.” But even this program can’t exactly be called cutting edge or innovative given that several Canadian post secondary facilities have already embarked upon their own space programs. The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Lab (SFL) has launched more satellites into orbit than the CSA over the last decade. As outlined in the March 27th, 2017 post, “UrtheCast, 3D Printing for Space, AlbertaSat & More on Reusable Rockets,” the University of Alberta’s AlbertaSat-1 is already safely in orbit on-board the International Space Station (ISS) being prepared for release and, as outlined in the April 3rd, 2017 post, “UofT Undergraduate Satellite Builders Raise Almost $500K to Build & Launch a Microsatellite in 2019,” even small university based clubs are now capable of raising substantial sums of money for space projects, even without CSA assistance. Graphic c/o CSA. 

The largest portion of the press conference focused on March 2017 Canadian budget announcement that $80.9Mln CDN would be allocated over five years, starting in 2017 – 2018. As outlined in the March 27th, 2017 post, “Canada’s Latest Space Budget; $81Mln for “New Projects” over Five Years Including a Contribution to NASA’s Mars Orbiter,” these funds were initially announced in March 2017 as part of the 2017 Federal budget and were widely known in the industry.

As outlined in March 2017:

… Budget 2017 proposes to provide $80.9 million on a cash basis over five years, starting in 2017–18, for new projects through the Canadian Space Agency that will demonstrate and utilize Canadian innovations in space, including in the field of quantum technology as well as for Mars surface observation. The latter project will enable Canada to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) next Mars Orbiter Mission…

Minister Garneau,  looking memorable, but not saying much. Photo c/o CSA.

Much the same was announced in the later, April 17th, 2017 press release:

… Budget 2017 proposes to provide $80.9 million over five years, starting in 2017-18, to the Canadian Space Agency. These investments will be used to develop emerging technologies, will create more well-paying jobs, will support scientific breakthroughs and will make Canada a world-leading centre for innovation…

The more recent press release went on to state that, “the funding will support new projects that will demonstrate and utilize Canadian innovations in space.” 

Those projects would include:

  • A radar instrument that will be developed for a future orbiter mission to Mars. This instrument would be used to study the surface and subsurface of the red planet. It could contribute to developing a high-resolution map of the surface of Mars and could help identify water resources at shallow depths, which would provide critical geological information for the landing site of future spacecraft to Mars. 
  • A demonstration of the applications of quantum technology in space involving the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. This project will position Canada as a leader in quantum encryption, which uses highly advanced computing technology to create virtually unbreakable security codes. This technology could lead to more secure communications, safer and more reliable government services, and greater protection of Canadians’ privacy.

It’s worth noting that announcements from Federal ministers almost always come with context and antecedents which supersede and sometimes influence the base political process. Seen here is one of the antecedent studies which led to the decision to fund an “instrument” to be “used to study the surface and subsurface of the red planet.” To view the complete presentation, simply click on the graphic above. Graphic c/o MIT.
The press conference also referenced the ongoing search for Canada’s next astronauts as described in the April 24th, 2017 post, “More on Canada’s “Next Top Astronauts,” Canada’s “Failure To Scale” & Is Our Space Agency “Muzzling” its Contractors?” and the ongoing work of the new space advisory board as outlined in the April 20th, 2017 post, “Space Advisory Committee Members Announced: Various Stakeholders Release Independent Assessments, Just in Case.”
But there wasn’t a lot of anything new going on during the press conference.
It’s not that there is anything wrong about our current government using the CSA and the majesty of science for political gain or re-announcing the same news a second time and pretending that the announcement is a new story. 
On second thought, it does sort of leave a bad taste in the mouth. Here’s hoping that the governing Liberal party recovers quickly from this misstep. 
Chuck Black.
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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan delights fans during Vancouver visit for TED talk

Posted April 27, 2017 by Craig Takeuchi

One of the planet’s most famous and highest-paid movie stars arrived in Vancouver—and he’s not from Hollywood.

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The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors La Tarara

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jennie Ramstad

On May 4 and 5, La Tarara takes over the Norman Rothstein Theatre.

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Climate Scientists Cancelling Their New York Times Subscription Over Hiring of Climate Denialist Bret Stephens

Posted April 27, 2017 by Graham Readfearn

A New York Times defence of its hiring of a climate science denialist as a leading columnist is pushing high-profile climate scientists to cancel their subscriptions.

Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research in Germany, is the latest scientist to write publicly to the New York Times detailing his reasons for cancelling their subscriptions. 

The NYT has hired former Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens as a writer and deputy editorial page editor.

Stephens wrote several columns while at the WSJ disparaging climate science and climate scientists, which he has collectively described as a “religion” while claiming rising temeperatures may be natural.

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Ex-Trump Adviser Myron Ebell’s Climate Denial Earns Open Laughs at Energy Investment Summit

Posted April 27, 2017 by Sharon Kelly
Myron Ebell talks to moderator at Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit

Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent skeptic of climate science, found himself on the receiving end of pronounced skepticism at a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit on Monday as he denounced a broad array of targets.

“My views on climate science are that I have a very profound respect for science, so I don’t have much respect for a lot of what passes as climate science,” Ebell said, prompting murmurs from a room packed with several hundred energy financiers and industry executives.

Ebell, who rocketed to national prominence when he was tapped to run Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team, faced laughter and some quiet jeering as he conveyed his ideas about climate change and the economy to investors gathered at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.

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The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Ballet BC, Program 3

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jennie Ramstad

From May 11 to 13, Ballet BC, Program 3 takes over the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors A Little Night Music

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jennie Ramstad

From May 11 to 21, A Little Night Music takes the stage at the Anvil Centre Theatre.

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Got Craft: Veespoke’s locally made scarves add sparkle to ensembles

Posted April 27, 2017 by Anonymous

Get to know one of the many makers appearing at this year’s Got Craft? spring market.

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53 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, April 28

Posted April 27, 2017 by Steve Newton

Keep busy with these events.

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In Heat of Dakota Access Protests, National Sheriffs’ Association Lobbied for More Military Gear

Posted April 27, 2017 by Steve Horn
SWAT team

By Steve Horn and Curtis Waldman

At the end of 2016, as a mix of sheriffs, police, and private security forces were clashing with those protesting the Dakota Access pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, the National Sheriffs’ Association was lobbying Congress for surplus military gear and on undisclosed issues related to the now-operating oil pipeline. This information comes from federal lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by DeSmog.

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The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Ships to Shore: King of the Sea

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jennie Ramstad

From May 5 to 7, Ships to Shore: King of the Sea takes over Garry Point Park.

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The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2017: Justice Forum

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jennie Ramstad

From May 4 to 14, the DOXA Documentary Film Festival hits various Vancouver venues.

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The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Home

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jennie Ramstad

From May 3 to 6, Home takes over the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

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How To Clean Up Your Netflix Account

Posted April 27, 2017 by Anonymous

Learn how to use Netflix’s great new feature!  How To Clean Up Your Netflix Account with the Thumbs Up/Down Rating System! – – – – – – One of my biggest pet peeves about my Netflix account is when my kids and husband use my profile to search for their shows to watch.  If you are a regular user of Netflix, you KNOW how annoying this is.  Immersed in between all my picks are their shows.  It looks something like this: This is not what I want to see.  The only show I actually watch here is Outlander.  Paw Patrol?  Um no.  Paul Blart Mall Cop?  Definitely no.  No no no no no.  It’s like an invasion of privacy.  Toys and their stuff in my bed.  I don’t want them there…this should be my happy little Netflix space.  What I should be seeing is actually something more like this: Ahhhh, that’s much better.  So how do we fix this little problem?  Let me tell you! See that little Thumbs Up image that says Rate?  That there is your friend. How To Clean Up Your Netflix Account Netflix has recently launched a new feature that will help you tidy up your […]

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Tweets about #BCDebate2017

Posted April 27, 2017 by Charlie Smith

Control of the B.C. legislature is still up for grabs after last night’s televised leaders’ debate.

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Giving Up Doesn’t Make You Weak

Posted April 27, 2017 by deansomerset

The advice medical professionals will give to someone who is suffering from any overuse injury is to avoid the activity or movement that causes the pain or discomfort. The old quack addage of “Doc, it hurts when I do this,” “Well then don’t do that” is actually founded in a fair bit of science in…… Read More

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Ottawa abortion fight

Posted April 27, 2017 by Dr.Dawg

I was privileged to attend a several-hundred-strong gathering at the Human Rights monument in Ottawa last evening. The demonstrators were there to protest the benign neglect of the Ottawa Police Service and City Hall as women are consistently bullied, yelled…

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