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Fish and wildlife in Alaska’s major watersheds are threatened by six British Columbia mines close to the Alaska border, according to a new petition that asks U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to investigate the threat of acid-mine drainage, heavy metals pollution and the possibility of catastrophic dam failure originating in the Canadian province.
The formal petition, organized by a coalition of Alaskan tribal governments and conservation groups, calls for the International Joint Commission to investigate threats from B.C. mines that will continue to hang over the watersheds for centuries after their closure.
“It’s a very urgent issue and it’s important to a lot of people and their families,” Kenta Tsuda of Earthjustice, a signatory of the petition, told DeSmog Canada. “Their communities are at risk.”
The Scottish government has said fracking is set to be permanently banned following “overwhelming” public support for outlawing the controversial process, it was announced today.
Unlike in England, fracking has been under a temporary halt in Scotland since 2015, and an extensive public consultation on its long-term future was carried out earlier this year.
Speaking to members of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, the Scottish environment minister Paul Wheelhouse said the ban should be extended “indefinitely” and that “the Scottish Government will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland”.
Read the whole thing, as always:Before the election, I kept pointing out that the mainstream media based in Manhattan, particularly The New York Times, was hopelessly off in the way it was simplistically viewing Trump as a classic troglodyte misogynist. I certainly saw in Trump the entire Playboy aesthetic, including the glitzy world of casinos […]
I’ve never been a fan.I always resented either his or his record company’s marketing of him as a “New Wave” singer/songwriter in the Elvis Costello mould, although I understand that at his (relatively advanced) age, they were all eager for him to finally break through after years of thankless slogging. And every label wanted a […]
By Henry StewartAlmost two years after construction of the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea (Hawaii’s tallest mountain) stalled when the Hawaiian State Supreme Court rescinded its construct…
It’s worth noting that the failure of the Federal government’s Space Advisory Board (SAB) to do any more than provide a generalized shopping list of concerns and possible options (under the amusing title of “Consultations on Canada’s future in space: What we heard,”) has at least left the door open for others to begin the real discussion.
|Will things improve now that the “grown-ups” have joined the conversation? As noted in the IRPP Wikipedia page, “the IRPP’s inception was sparked by a proposal by prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in 1968 for the establishment of an “independent and autonomous” institute for public policy research, whose work would be ‘available to all governments’” The IRPP “attempts to broker pertinent policy research between expert researchers, and policy makers and the ‘educated lay public.'” Here’s hoping the discussion will benefit from these new “independent and autonomous” participants. Screen shot c/o IRPP.|
One of the organizations attempting to take the lead in this discussion is Montreal, PQ based Policy Options, the flagship publication of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), one of Canada’s oldest nonpartisan public policy think tanks.
Let’s not just dance to the American tune. Instead, let’s base our space priorities on our national needs first and foremost, while continuing to be good partners with the US on initiatives that complement America’s needs and that will then continue to result in Canadian sales to the US.
For example, we have developed amazing space technologies in earth observation and navigation that play an increasingly important role in the monitoring of our vast coastal areas and northern regions, but that also suitably serve the needs of the US and many other nations.
It’s a business model that has worked well for us in the past.
|It’s worth noting that, if your potential partners are just as confused as you are, there are times when you might want to strike out on your own. As outlined in the September 15th, 2017 post, “Politico Revisits Kennedy’s Famous “We choose to go to the Moon” Speech,” the current US administration is revisiting many of the questions which concerned earlier administrations. Graphic c/o Politico.|
The article stands in contrast to the September 15th, 2017 Policy Options post, “Canada’s space policy and the U.S.’s gravitational pull,” which advocated for a closer alignment of Canada’s space interests with US objectives, even when those objectives were focused around military applications.
As outlined in that post:
… expanding Canada’s military role in space in partnership with the United States will be controversial: opposition to the “weaponization” of space has been significant since the 1980s.
As in the case of US-Canadian missile defence cooperation, there is the risk that moral arguments against Canadian participation will prevail and result in Canada’s space assets being protected by the United States by default, just as Canadian cities assume US missile defences will protect them in the event of an attack.
It would be far better for Canadians to partner with the United States in the protection of their space-based interests, thereby securing a role for Canada in international dialogue on the peaceful use of near-earth orbit and more distant zones.
Curiously enough, both viewpoints have their champions even within this blog.
|It’s also worth noting that these day, the best laid plans for exploring space come from the private sector. As outlined in the September 11th, 2017 Start-up division video, “Elon Musk – When “EXPERTS” Were Against SpaceX – MUST WATCH,” the experts are normally a cautious bunch. Video screen shot c/o Start-Up Division.|
The twelve part series on “A History of the Canadian Space Program – Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets,” which finished up in June 2017 and was written by Graham Gibbs & W. M. (“Mac“) Evans, argued forcefully that the Canadian space program, “because it is and always has been a modestly budgeted program, has learned that leveraging international cooperation is a necessity, not a luxury.”
And the sixteen part series on “150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History,” which finished up in July 2017 and was written by Robert Godwin, made the argument that, “Canada’s aerospace raison d’être” always derived from its uniqueness, “its immense size, its location in the far north as a vast, barely-tracked wilderness of incalculable resources and the logical requirements relating to defence, communications, utilization and exploration which naturally follow from its size and location.”
Who will end up defining Canada’s future in space. Maybe the answer is that both approaches have their usefulness.
Canada should partner with others when that partnership makes sense for Canada and go it alone when we’re able and when it makes sense to do so. In essence, and as outlined beginning with the December 27th, 2010 post, “Canada’s Military Space Policy: Part 1, The Axworthy Doctrine,” it’s pretty much what we’ve always done.
Either way, at least the grown-ups are finally taking note and coming to the table to discuss the issues. This is a good thing.
Sean Spicer might be among the least trusted public figures in the U.S.
After he lost his job as White House press secretary, all five major TV news networks — including both Fox News and CNN, as well as CBS News, ABC News, and NBC News — declined to hire Spicer as a paid contributor, with network insiders reportedly telling NBC News, Spicer had a “lack of credibility.”
His attempt to rehabilitate his reputation with a September 17 Emmys appearance earned him a massive backlash.
Less than two weeks later, Spicer made another, somewhat less-reported public appearance — as the keynote for the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s 2017 Shale Insight conference.
Last week I received an email from a long time reader who recounted her experiences seeking help following her heart attack (at age 43!). I want to share her story as it speaks to just how poor a job our medical education system is doing in providing physicians with training in lifestyle modification (including diet, fitness, sleep, stress, etc.). The tl;dr version is that despite her incredible willingness and interest in affecting change, none of the physicians she saw were able to provide her with any specific and actionable advice. Clearly if this is the norm, we need not wonder why our patients are turning to quacks for help at times. For my take on the physician’s role in lifestyle, here’s a brief op-ed I wrote for the CMAJ, and as far as this reader goes, I steered her to these 8 big ticket items as her first line priorities. While she wanted to remain anonymous, she did agree to allow me to share her letter
On March 12, 2015, I had a heart attack. I had a heart attack. I had a heart attack. Sometimes I feel like I have to say it again and again because it doesn’t seem real to me. I was 43 years old and what I thought was relatively healthy.
The events of how my day started were mundane. I woke, made coffee, had a shower, poured coffee and sat on my bed to drink my coffee and decide what to wear that day. What began as an uncomfortable feeling in my chest, that I thought would pass, increased in discomfort to a point where I began to feel like I was suffocating. My mind was racing, I wondered if I had any aspirin, I wondered if I should go to the hospital, I wondered if I should call the ambulance. I decided to wake my son and have him drive me to the hospital.
When I arrived at the hospital, my son dropped me off. He had to go home to drive my other kids to school. I walked into the hospital. I believe that arriving at the hospital myself and walking in myself led the people working in triage to believe that whatever was going on with me was not serious. She asked me to have a seat, she asked me to move to a different seat, she called other people in ahead of me. I waited about 20 minutes before being called in to see a doctor. I get it, I probably didn’t fit the ‘profile’.
When I was finally hooked up with an EKG, I believe that they could see the irregularities in my heart rhythm, I was offered two aspirin to chew and they took blood. The blood work confirmed that I was having a heart attack and I was given the antithrombotic injection. By 11:00 I was heading to St. John, NB to have a dye test.
In St. John, I saw plenty of doctors. They set me up with a cardiac catheter that day. During the procedure, the doctor stopped and asked if I was experiencing any stress in my life, that there were no blockages and he didn’t have to complete the procedure because he could see there were no blockages. He asked about stress, because usually there is residue after a blockage is broken down by the antithrombotic and I had no residue.
I left St. John the next day. As I was leaving, I asked if there was anything I needed to know. I was on a battery of medication, but no one talked to me about lifestyle. Whether I should take it easy, whether I should avoid activities, how I should get back into my daily life. I asked and I was told to just do what I could.
I went home without seeing a dietitian. No one spoke to me at all about nutrition, activity, or managing stress. I do have family history, and it seemed that that family history completely defined my experience. No one was curious about why I had a heart attack, because I have family history. Family history was as deep as they looked.
That was 2.5 years ago
I continue to ask….and no one refers me to anyone who can help me with my diet, managing stress, or incorporating activity into my life. I search out this information myself. Always looking for what I should be doing. I see a nutritionist weekly, one that I sought out and pay for out of pocket. I see a trainer at the gym. I google search reputable sites on lowering LDL and improving heart health.
Most recently, I saw my heart doctor. My LDL was higher than it should be. I am not taking medication. I asked if there’s anything he can tell me about my diet or activity…anything at all. I practically begged for a referral, an insight, an idea…..what I got were to handouts. One distributed by Becel and one from the egg Farmers of Canada. I left mad and frustrated.
The next day my family doctor’s nurse called to see if my heart doctor had gone over the results of my blood work. I said that I had seen him and that he “sort of” went over the blood work. I was leaving an opening for her to suggest an appointment to go over my blood work. Her reply was “OK, I was just wondering if you knew”.
The health system has continually left me feeling unimportant and let down through this experience. I am so willing to make the changes I need to but there is no one in the health care system making suggestions.
So I am writing to you, partly to assuage my frustration in being offered healthy diet handouts from Becel and egg farmers by my heart doctor, partly to feel some support, and partly for advise or information or insights.
NEVER USE A FULL COLUMN WHEN A QUIP WILL DOI went from sharing a battered desk and ancient typewriter, if I was early to work, then to offices shared with assorted characters, finally to what was supposed to be elite space.Along the way, I shared glori…
TORONTO, ON – The following statement on today’s NDP leadership vote was issued by Azam Ishmael, National Director for the Liberal Party of Canada: “Liberals across Canada offer our congratulations to Jagmeet Singh on his election as Leader of the New Democratic Party. The Liberal team looks forward to a constructive debate on how we […]
A new government report finds that only 9 percent of all the rail tank cars transporting flammable liquids last year met the stricter safety requirements of regulations set in 2015, which were meant to reduce oil train explosions and accidents. This confirms what DeSmog reported last year showing that the oil and rail industries were not moving to aggressively upgrade the fleet to the higher safety standards. Of course, the regulations gave them over a decade to make the upgrades and provided little incentive for industry to move faster.
I’ve said for a while that we need to retire:People on the right think that most people on the left are wrong; people on the left think that most people on the right are evil.This guy in Bloomberg View has a similar take, from the left:The trajectories that the two counties have followed are different, […]
For those who aren’t Jewish, today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Consequently, here’s an all Jewish Saturday Stories lineup.
Yair Rosenberg in Tablet unpacks the BBC interview with Ken Loach that perfectly illustrates Britain’s left-wing problem with anti-Semitism.
Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian, with his take on British Labour’s denial of anti-Semitism.
Brett Stephens in The New York Times on the many beliefs that are required if you want to deny the existence of the global scourge of anti-Semitism.
Here’s Maajid Nawaz discussing the institutionalized anti-Semitism of the British Labour party and Britain as a whole.
And lastly a video from an LBC British radio host who reports he now “gets it” regarding we Jews.
Like others, no doubt, I haven’t looked at a copy of Playboy magazine for a great many years. And I never subscribed or otherwise read the articles (or looked at the photos) regularly. But for a time in the late 1950s and 1960s, it was something young men my age were expected to know about […]
ENDLESS OUTRAGE ABOUT EVERYTHINGI believe in standing at precise attention for O Canada.I believe in kneeling.I believe in nudes.I believed in Playboy.My beliefs have been jostled by a lot of jerks spouting off a lot of crap which demonstrates to…
I haven’t written as much about Hugh Hefner as I thought I had… (and below, I got assists from John Robson, quoted above, and Colby Cosh)…the “gauche, twitchy” Hefner was only able to pull off his “Most Interesting Man in the World” pose because we collectively, for whatever reason, went along — a sort of […]
According to the post:
NASA’s first human mission to Mars is expected about a decade later.
Musk had previously planned to use a suite of space vehicles to support the colonization of Mars, beginning with an unmanned capsule called Red Dragon in 2018, but he (Musk) said SpaceX is now focused on a single, slimmer and shorter rocket instead…
In a presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Musk outlined a revised version of his original scheme.
To pay for that rocket, Musk suggested using it to deliver satellites into orbit and to service the International Space Station (ISS). He also suggested that the rocket could be used to transport people between any two points on Earth in less than an hour— or perhaps help build an outpost on the moon.
The complete presentation is available online.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.
IT administrators sometimes will have to import email files (of their employees) to the organization’s email servers – Exchange Server, IBM Domino, Novell GroupWise, or Office 365. This situation usually arises when employees work from home on their own systems. It is easy to import the files of the email clients supported by the email … Continue reading Migrate MBOX emails to Exchange Server, IBM Domino, Novell GroupWise & Office 365
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Office 365 is getting popular day by day. Organizations are switching over to Office 365 from their on-premises email systems to benefit from its cost efficiency and other advantages like zero-maintenance and universal accessibility. Users of IBM Lotus Notes are not an exception. IBM Lotus Notes to Office 365 migration Lotus Notes is quite difficult … Continue reading How to migrate IBM Lotus Notes emails to office 365?
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There is no sound in space, what you are hearing from space is data represented as sound.
A jazz musician moonlighting as an amateur scientist discovered cosmic dust falls all around us
Living marine organisms hitch a ride to North America on Japanese tsunami debris
New giant rat species lives like a monkey and eats coconuts
After all, even scientists have families and gotta eat. Given that, it’s useful to note the context of some of the important government focused science and space stories which broke this week.
As outlined in the September 26th, 2017 Canadian Press post, “Mona Nemer, heart researcher, appointed Canada’s new chief scientist,” the new chief scientist begins with a staff of two “to help with transition” and a $2Mln CDN annual budget. Her job will be to advise the government on ways to keep “government science accessible and public” and protect “federal scientists from being muzzled.”
Dr. Nemer. Photo c/o Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press.
Many remain cautious over the new appointment.
As outlined in the September 25th, 2017 Macleans post, “Commander Spock, report to the PMO,” the real purpose of the 2015 Liberal campaign promise, and the subsequent appointment, might have been simply to “remind people that Stephen Harper had fired the previous science advisor, Arthur Carty, in 2008.”
But the announcement does provide Trudeau, Duncan and the Liberal government a little extra time and goodwill to deal with their Federal review of science, released back in April 2017 and officially ignored ever since.
As outlined in the April 17th, 2017 post, “‘Massive‘ Review of Federal Science Funding Finally Released; Will Likely Soon ‘Drop Down the Memory Hole,’” no one in government really wants to tackle the reports key recommendation, which is an increase in “core” Federal science funding from $3.5Bln CDN per year to $4.8Bln CDN. Canada currently spends more than $10Bln CDN annually on science research and development.
Here’s hoping the new chief scientist has enough time and funding to cover her new beat.
As outlined in the September 28th, 2017 Popular Mechanics post, “NASA is teaming up with Russia to put a new space station near the moon. Here’s why,” the main thrust of this new proposal, first unleashed publicly at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC2017), which is being held in Adelaide, Australia from September 25th – 29th, is to build a way-point to anywhere we might want to go in the solar system.
|Politically incorrect. Graphic c/o Quote Addicts.|
The International Space Station (ISS) in Earth orbit was once considered to be a way-point to anywhere we wanted to go in the solar system, but evidently that was wrong.
The new station has been pitched as an “enabler” for an “affordable” and “sustainable” exploration architecture and far better than the aging ISS, at least according to the article.
But the new station is only affordable because its just “half way” to any potential destination and nothing important has so far been defined.
As outlined in the article, “speculation on the cost of the station is not available yet.”
It could certainly end up as a gateway to nowhere, in much the same way as the NASA Space Launch System (SLS), which currently has no real mission to justify its ongoing existence.
Of course, if the Deep Space Gateway is build then the SLS has at least one destination. It could go to the Deep Space Gateway. As outlined in the article, “These plans are all based around the Space Launch System and Orion capsule, NASA’s next-generation system that it hopes will have its first crewed launch in 2023.”
In addition to Russia and the United States, Canada, Japan, and the European Space Agency (ESA) are all interested in the project. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has already issued several small proposals (and pitched at least one idea for the Gateway to use a solar sail) to generate potential contributions.
And that’s the real problem with this proposal. Nothing is yet defined and the funding does not yet exist. The Deep Space Gateway is simply a paper study awaiting funding from whichever government or private concern sees fit to salute the proposal, now that its been hoisted up its public flagpole.
Will the proposal move forward? Stay tuned.
As outlined in the September 28th, 2017 Ars Technica post, “The oft-delayed James Webb Space Telescope gets delayed again,” the latest delays will push out the next-generation space telescope expected launch in October 2018 into 2019. According to the article, the integration of the various subsystems into a complete satellite is simply taking longer than expected.
The original JWST contract, as described by the September 11th, 2002 New York Times (NYT) article “Next Generation Space Telescope Chosen to Peer into Past” was expected to cost $824.8Mln USD ($1.1Bln CDN) and launch in 2010.
The current budget is estimated at $8.8Bln USD ($11Bln CDN) and the launch is currently scheduled for 2019, but only if everything goes well, which is kinda like hoping for a miracle based on the history of the program.
For a sense of the cost overruns and delays which have dogged the program since the beginning, its worth checking out the July 12th, 2011 post, “Tracking Costs for the James Webb Telescope.”
Here’s hoping everyone in government funded space and science programs a bit more luck next week.
By sheer coincidence, this look back at the 1973 novel Other Men’s Daughters appears in the latest issue of BookForum. More from my siteA Centerfold’s Guide to Suicide: My NEW Taki’s columnMad Men Creator: Nothing To Laugh At By The Time You’re In The Late ‘60sStan Getz: ‘I think what we did was in spite […]
Joe Bob Briggs writes:But then that brings up the question of what to do if the person who’s actually singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” wants to take a knee. This is especially hard for women since they’re already trying to walk across deep grass in high heels, and getting up and down from the take-a-knee position […]
More from my site‘A Clockwork Orange County’Cheney, Schwerner and Goodman: Not dead enoughThe Science of Cool: My NEW Taki’s columnClive James warns: When a house of cards has “finished collapsing, all the cards are still there”
People read meanings that aren’t there into photographs, because they are looking for “evidence” to advance a cause, and/or metaphors to illustrate their (sometimes delusional, sometimes just too pat) world views.The photographer behind a “metaphor for America right now” turns out to be a middle aged lady amateur, who guilelessly responds to all the fuss, […]
No biggie… More from my siteLeonardo DiCaprio’s lies just won’t quit: First the Chinook, now the Chicanos…Tommy Robinson: Today, “Mohammed would rack up a pretty impressive list of criminal convictions — just like m’self” (video)Tommy Robinson: Help school worker suspended for going to his rally (video)Ezra Levant interviews Tommy Robinson
Football will be the death of America.Steve Sailer writes:White spectators like to conceive of their team’s black players as defending the homeland. The ability of black football players to play as a team on Saturday and Sunday inclines whites to be more optimistic about blacks’ potential for pro–social order than might be warranted by what […]
When businesses struggle to reestablish their email communication after Exchange crashes and EDB corruption, Kernel for OST to PST is there to help them restore individual mailboxes from offline Outlook Data Files. Since its inception a decade back, it has helped many Exchange organizations in restoring their email communication after Exchange disasters. Let’s rewind the … Continue reading The evolution of Kernel for OST to PST Converter – a brief time line
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Inaccessibility issues related to offline Outlook Data Files is a major concern for organizations working in the Exchange environment. Though there are some Microsoft recommended ways to deal with some of these issues, many issues can be solved only through OST to PST conversion. Tools like Kernel for OST to PST performs such a conversion … Continue reading Let’s see what clients say about Kernel for OST to PST Converter
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Sparked by the death of Edgar Smith, who was “adopted” by William F. Buckley (as I wrote about here.)A.W. Morgan writes:As for Buckley, my guess on his support for Smith is this: Buckley enjoyed the role the contrarian, and reveled in shocking his audiences, like the bad boy in the classroom. That’s how he got […]
And allow him to (possibly) introduce you to “Serenade in Blue”… More from my siteMark Steyn on ‘The Man Who Sold the World’Mark Steyn: ‘If you’re in DeWayne Wickham’s class at Morgan State and you’d like to get an A, why not threaten to kill him?’Mark Steyn: ‘Rat’s-ass-wise, I’m with Kathy’Oh.
Yes, this is REALLY long, but just get a coffee then…Sometime before the Toronto G20 while we were in San Francisco I began to see something wrong. Motherfuckers were just breaking shit and stealing shit because they felt like it, not any justifiable anti-capitalist reasons. Soap made by independent stores that literally did everything they […]
David Cole writes:Maybe the best way to counter this new vernichtungskrieg is through the courts. See, companies like Cloudflare, PayPal, Squarespace, and GoDaddy have the right to exercise a certain amount of what’s known as “viewpoint discrimination.” They absolutely can have a “no hate speech” policy. But they can’t discriminate based on race or religion. […]
Two major email clients prevalent in organizations are IBM/Lotus Notes and MS Outlook. However, under certain situations, many users need to switch their email client to Outlook from Lotus Notes. But accessing NSF file directly in Outlook is not possible. Let us go through the necessities, and the procedure one has to follow to access … Continue reading Two methods to convert NSF files into PST files