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David Harsanyi: “If you don’t believe political correctness is a threat to free speech, you haven’t been paying attention”

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Harsanyi: “If you don’t believe political correctness is a threat to free speech, you haven’t been paying attention”

David Harsanyi writes:She claims that hate speech should be banned because it has “been linked to cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and requires complex coping strategies.” Nearly every censor in the history of mankind has argued that speech should be curbed to balance out some harmful consequence. And nearly […]

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New Lobby Group Tied to Brexit Climate Science Deniers and Koch Industries Pushes for Deregulation in Europe

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Anonymous
Eu flag in front of statues

A new lobby group has appeared in Europe claiming to represent ‘consumers’. But a closer look reveals it is actually backed by some familiar groups known for their efforts to weaken climate and environmental regulations.

The Consumer Choice Centre (CCC) was set up in March 2017 and was promoted as “a grassroots-led movement” that “empowers consumers across the globe”.

But an investigation by Brussels think tank Corporate Europe Observatory suggests the CCC is actually working as a lobby group for a network pushing deregulation, while working closely with high-profile organisations including London-based think tank the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) and US oil billionaire Charles Koch.

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Agreed: “F for Fake” (1973) is a flawed but fun exploration of one of my favourite topics

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Agreed: “F for Fake” (1973) is a flawed but fun exploration of one of my favourite topics

At the time Welles met up with Elmyr in the early 70s, he was living in Ibiza and had already been the subject of Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time written by the notoriously fraudulent “biographer” Clifford Irving, who himself figures prominently in the film. During the […]

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James Fulford: “The SPLC Was NEVER A ‘Civil Rights Stalwart’—It Was ALWAYS A ‘Dangerous Joke’”

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

Like every sentient being of my generation, I grew up soaking in the Civil Rights Movement.Over the years, I’ve read everything from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to Negroes and the Gun, viewed Eyes on the Prize multiple times, and can assure you there wasn’t a single mention of the Southern Poverty Law Center…Anyway, from […]

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Ann Coulter: “How Delta Airlines Wrecked American Health Care”

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

Ann Coulter writes:In fact, the CBO merely estimates that—in the year 2026—22 million Americans who otherwise would have been forced by the Obamacare penalty to buy health insurance will choose not to buy insurance once the penalty is gone. By “people thrown off their health insurance,” liberals mean: “people who voluntarily decide not to have […]

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“The Diggers disdained the hippies and the radicals…”

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
“The Diggers disdained the hippies and the radicals…”

The radicals, exemplified by the self-styled cheerleaders of the movement Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, disdained the hippies for their abdication from ‘serious’ political work. The hippies just wanted everybody to love everybody else and thought the radicals were just the same old control-freaks in new costumes.(…)Ginsberg pointed out to Leary that while he might […]

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Trump’s Ignorance Reveals Why Exporting Crude Oil for ‘National Security’ Is a Myth

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Anonymous
Trump and Polish President Duda

During President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Poland, he got a lesson in the reality of the global oil and gas market from Polish President Andrzej Duda. In his prepared remarks, Trump addressed the issue of U.S. oil and gas exports, saying, “America stands ready to help Poland and other European nations diversify their energy supplies, so that you can never be held hostage to a single supplier.” 

In the question and answer session that followed, Trump exhibited some of his characteristic bravado when he offered to negotiate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) agreement right then and there. 

I think we can enter a contract for LNG within the next 15 minutes,” Trump said. “Do you have anybody available to negotiate? It will take about 15 minutes.”

Which put President Duda in the awkward position of having to explain to the American president how international energy deals actually happen. As The Hill reported, “Duda laughed in response, saying that it is up to private companies in both countries, not the presidents, to negotiate such a deal.”  

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Justin Trudeau makes remarks to supporters in Mississauga

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Liberal Party of Canada

Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Mississauga on July 20, 2017.

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Julie Burchill: “The Princess generation needs to grow up” (and don’t blame Disney)

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Julie Burchill: “The Princess generation needs to grow up” (and don’t blame Disney)

Julie Burchill writes:They’ll have long nails, ostensibly to show that they’re ladies of leisure, but signalling to the rest of us that they’re very likely parasites with low sex-drives. They like big weddings – and as a liking for big weddings often goes hand in hand with humourlessness, they often have very short marriages. (…)Once […]

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“There never was a Northern Hemisphere Ozone Hole…”

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

…and the one over Antarctica has not changed in size since the CFC ban was implemented.”  More from my siteTold you so. (UPDATE)Hicksploitation double bill tonight on TCM‘Predictions that the 1964 World’s Fair got right… and what it got very wrong’Hey, who’s up for a 4 and a half hour conversation about ‘The Thing’ (1982)?!

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Coastal Macrame Hanging Planter DIY

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Anonymous

One of the photos on my Vision Board shows a home decorated with Macrame Hanging Planters While I may not be able to move into the home I am envisioning today I do try to incorporate some of those…

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7 Craziest Film Fan Theories (That Actually Make Total Sense) (video)

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
7 Craziest Film Fan Theories (That Actually Make Total Sense) (video)

More from my siteFilm Theory: Why Pewdiepie’s Fiverr Joke BackfiredFilm Theory: Why The Star Trek Federation is Fascist (video)(Video) Film Theory: Blair Witch’s SECRET KILLERS!Film Theory: “Creator of The Walking Dead PROVES ME WRONG!” (video)

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TrailersFromHell: “Martin” (1978) — Is George Romero to blame for Ann Rice?

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
TrailersFromHell: “Martin” (1978) — Is George Romero to blame for Ann Rice?

More from my sitePeter Thiel: Just another gay man obsessed with and terrified of getting oldOn this day in 1978, ‘progressive’ Democrat Jim Jones killed more black people than any rightwing ‘redneck’ you can nameToday in Selma! ‘It happened near historic Brown Chapel AME Church on Martin Luther King Jr. St…’The wait is over: Ann […]

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Sailer: “A little-known survey revealed the single most decisive reason Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton…”

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Sailer: “A little-known survey revealed the single most decisive reason Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton…”

White Democrats have drifted into ideological extremism over not regulating immigration.”Steve Sailer writes:Because I have a better-than-average historical sense, I’ve been pointing out for the past few years that American elites are mindlessly floating toward an unspoken belief in the sacredness of what I call the Zeroth Amendment: that American citizens should get no say […]

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Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Anonymous

These Tipsy Cheese & Cherry Crostinis are a perfect summer appetizer!  Made with fresh seasonal cherries and a flavourful Swiss like cheese. – – – – – – – It’s Cheese of the Month time!  I hope you look forward to this cheesy goodness each month, as much as I do!  I’m really enjoying discovering new Canadian cheeses.  Canada has an amazing range of award-winning cheeses from different regions all across the country, so it’s exciting to be able find new ones and share them with you each month.  Canadian cheese really is the best cheese. So far through this partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature ‘Heidi’ in a Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam, ‘Dragon’s Breath Blue’ in a Dessert Cheese Plate and ‘Comfort Cream’ in a Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote.  And this month I’m sharing Gunn’s Hill Tipsy Cheese in these Tispy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis!  Dee. Licious. Tipsy comes from Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese out of Woodstock, Ontario. All of their cheeses are made with milk right from the family dairy farm.  When I first tasted Tipsy Cheese I knew right away this was my favourite thus far.  It’s a mild and creamy cheese with a subtle Merlot flavour.  The Merlot […]

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On Respecting Reality And Moving Forward

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

As anyone who has ever suddenly lost a loved one will tell you, there’s a great deal of processing to be had to comprehend what’s happened.

Having just come back from a hiking trip with my father in Italy’s breathtaking Dolomites (we’d booked long before my mother’s death and yes, that’s a photo from our trip up above), and having had now 5 weeks to try to wrap my head around what seems still at times an impossibility, I’m feeling like it’s time to get back at things.

Not sure I’ll be fully up to speed for a while, but I’m at the point where I feel that I have enough mental real-estate to start writing again.

I didn’t before. Our realities often precludes our best intentions, and it’s important to respect that.

My newly darker reality before was such that my best efforts in life excluded all sorts of behaviours. From more regular exercising, to healthier eating, to more moderated drinking, to being more engaged with my loved ones, to writing this blog, and to so much more.

Spending time kicking yourself because you’ve fallen down will not likely accelerate your ability to get back up, and no doubt life ensures that at times, we all fall down.

The most important question to ask yourself when life isn’t going according to plan or when your deck of cards is ugly is, “what can I do today that will help even a little“?

Truthfully, some days the answer may be little to nothing at all.

One day though, there’ll be something more formative to do. And today (well yesterday really), mine was to type this out.

Our best efforts in life are dynamic, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not our bests, and the fact that our bests during difficult times might not be all that impressive when measured against our bests during easy times, doesn’t make them any less worthy of pride.

        
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Rethinking El Salvador’s public transit trouble

Posted  July 19, 2017  by  Anonymous

Dirty, chaotic and unsafe, El Salvador’s network of public transit buses and shelters has long been a serious problem. Now, a group of Salvadoran researchers has identified solutions that could help make using that system safer for everyone in the nation. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.

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Ottawa Police violence against women: one swallow doesn’t make a summer

Posted  July 18, 2017  by  Dr.Dawg

Of course it’s gratifying to see that Roxanne Carr has wrung damages from the Ottawa Police—nine years after she was brutalized by several Ottawa cops. But let’s not break out the champagne just yet, OK? Does the name “Stephanie Cayer”…

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Bear hair research reveals importance of grizzlies' salmon diet

Posted  July 18, 2017  by  Anonymous

bear naps next to salmon kill

Deep within the Great Bear Rainforest, the trap is set: a 50-centimetre-high wire criss-crosses between the trees and a mock kill left near the wire is doused in fish oil. It’s an elaborate set-up, and one with a very specific goal – to collect bear fur.

“[The bears] often get quite angry when they find out it’s not actually food and smash the pile, covering themselves in the oil,” admits Megan Adams with a laugh, “but it’s a priority for us that it’s not invasive. We get to let them tell their story with minimal interactions.”

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David Cole’s (not surprising) inside dirt on Bobcat Goldthwait

Posted  July 18, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Cole’s (not surprising) inside dirt on Bobcat Goldthwait

On Gilbert Gottfried’s latest podcast, Goldthwait was quite pleasant.But I’ve been low-volume pissed at him ever since God Bless America (2011), so this David Cole was fun to read — and do read the whole thing, because it’s wide ranging and insightful:“Bobcat” Goldthwait is a failed 1980s “scream comedian” whose act became stale right around […]

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Selling CDN Space Companies to the US & China, Luxembourg’s Evolving Space Mining Policy & NORsat 1 & 2

Posted  July 18, 2017  by  Chuck Black
          By Henry Stewart

While many gainfully employed, academically inclined or politically motivated Canadian space geeks are soaking up the sun at one of  the many beaches accessible via train, plane and automobile, that’s not necessarily true for all, especially if you’re working in Washington, DC and intent on negotiating a new free trade agreement between Canada, the US and Mexico.

Given that, and for the week of July 17th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we’re currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog:

Then Industry Minister James More announcing the first Space Advisory Board (SAB) in 2014.  As outlined in the November 19th, 2014 post, “Industry Minister Moore Announces Space Advisory Board Members,” the original members of the SAB included Colonel Chris Hadfield, retired general and former CSA president Walt Natynczyk and a number of other, very memorable participants in the Canadian space community. But they came up with nothing, and it looks like the present membership of the SAB, is well on its way to similar success. Photo c/o Chuck Black

  • It’s just gotta be a damn shame for the Canadian space industry if the only real question which comes out of the recent Space Advisory Board (SAB) series of meeting, held across Canada from April 19th to May 20th, 2017 and including over 130+ participants from all regions and space industry specialties, is whether we should sell our small Canadian based companies only to the Americans or if we can also sell them to the Europeans and the Chinese. 

But that seems to be the core take away if one focuses only on current media accounts. For example:

The article also compares the Canadian initiatives with China to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which, as outlined in the January 31th, 2017 post, “Satellite Servicing, Orbital ATK, MDA, “Security Control Agreements,” CETA, Minister Duncan’s Science Adviser & Nova Scotia Spaceports,” the Trudeau government signed off on earlier this year.   

Given that the SpaceQ website, once known as SpaceRef.ca, has been both an important, ongoing advocate for Federal Liberal Party policies in this area and also a strong advocate for the SAB, the current article suggests a growing rank and file impatience with official Liberal policy under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

For an overview of those issues, check out the July 6th, 2017 post, “Avoiding “Norsat Like Uncertainty” by Allowing the Chinese to More Easily Buy Advanced Canadian Companies.” 

  • Other media outlets, including this blog, which have objected to some of the machinations employed by Richmond, BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) in order to gain access to lucrative US government and military contracts. 

For the most recent update on those activities, it’s worth checking out the July 17th, 2017 post, “Orbital ATK, DARPA, MacDonald Dettwiler, DigitalGlobe & Unleashing the Lobbyists.”

It’s not that the Canadian space industry should avoid the sensible discussion of logical places for hard working founders to cash out their investments.

But we certainly shouldn’t focus exclusively on selling off small innovative companies to foreign firms if we can instead build the infrastructure needed to support them as growing Canadian owned companies.

An English translation of the July 13th, 2017 Space Resources LU “Draft Law on the Exploration and Use of Space Resources.” Graphic c/o Space Resources LU.

  • Speaking of space advisory boards, the Luxembourg Parliament has released a draft law on the exploration and use of space resources.

As outlined in the July 13th, 2017 Space Resources LU post, “Luxembourg is the First Nation to Offer a Legal Framework for Space Resources Utilization,”  the new document “is a key action of an overall strategy to be implemented by the Luxembourg government within the SpaceResources.lu initiative whose goal is to support the long-term economic development of new, innovative activities in the space industry.” 

The post also quotes Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Étienne Schneider as stating that, “Luxembourg is the first adopter in Europe of a legal and regulatory framework recognizing that space resources are capable of being owned by private companies.” 

According to Schneider, “the Grand Duchy thus reinforces its position as a European hub for the exploration and use of space resources. The legal framework is part of the expertise ecosystem and the business-friendly, innovation-nurturing environment that Luxembourg is offering to space industry companies. By adopting almost unanimously the respective draft law, the Luxembourg Parliament confirmed the strong political cross-party and national commitment to the SpaceResources.lu initiative.” 

Luxembourg also continues to promote international cooperation in order to progress on a future governance scheme and a global regulatory framework of space resources utilization. Examples include “a joint statement on future activities concerning missions to the asteroids, related technologies and space resources exploration and utilization with the European Space Agency (ESA).”

Is the Canadian Space Advisory Board listening and willing to learn? If so, there is much they could learn from Luxembourg.

Norsat-1 graphic showing major components. Both Norsat-1 and 2 utilize the UTIAS SFL “Nemo” next generation satellite bus, which offers fine attitude control, high power generation, and high down-link rates. The satellite are approximately 15 kilograms with main body dimensions of 20x30x40cm, but vary slightly in specific configuration due to payload. Graphic c/o UTIAS-SFL.

As outlined in the July 14th, 2017 UTIAS SFL press release, “Norway Successfully Launches Microsatellites built by Toronto’s Space Flight Laboratory,” the two Norwegian micro-satellites, NORsat-1 (which carries a state-of-the-art automatic identification system (AIS) receiver to track maritime vessels, a set of langmuir probes to study space plasma characteristics, and a compact lightweight absolute radiometer (CLARA) to measure total solar irradiation and variations over time) and NORsat-2 (with a second AIS receiver and a VHF data exchange (VDE) payload to enable higher bandwidth two-way communication with ships.) , were “developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway, and the European Space Agency (ESA)” 

The payloads were provided by Kongsberg Seatex, the University of Oslo and the Physikalisch-Meterologisches Observatorium Davos World Radiation Center.

As outlined in the July 14th, 2017 ESA post, “Norway Launches Advanced Satellite-AIS Payloads to Improve Maritime Shipping Coverage,” the new satellites are expected to be able to detect 90% of all vessels in Barents Sea and Svalbard in a single pass.

Perhaps the Great White North still retains at least some expertise in space. At least our universities remain able to contribute effectively to international projects.

For more, check out upcoming stories in the Commercial Space blog.

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The All Night Show: “Night of the Living Dead” Technical Difficulties (10/1980)

Posted  July 18, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
The All Night Show: “Night of the Living Dead” Technical Difficulties (10/1980)

(I’ve turned down lots of money for my The All Night Show t-shirt…) More from my siteSiouxsie Sioux turns 59 today (please kill me)I’ve been offered $100 for my ‘All-Night Show’ t-shirtBe back shortly – down due to temporary technical difficultyYep, someone else’s Ping.Fm stuff is showing up in my Twitter feed

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DarkCorners: “Blood of the Vampire” (1958)

Posted  July 18, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
DarkCorners: “Blood of the Vampire” (1958)

More from my siteJames Delingpole: “Beneath the kaftan of every other hippie beats the heart of a fascist”#SpiritCooking: Black folks generally don’t go in for hoodoo voodoo shit like thisDark Corners looks at ‘Mark of the Vampire’ (1935)Remembering ‘the Godfather of Makeup,’ Dick Smith (1922-2014)

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Orbital ATK, DARPA, MacDonald Dettwiler, DigitalGlobe & Unleashing the Lobbyists

Posted  July 17, 2017  by  Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

Those of us who need a reminder that our space industry is heavily dependent on the largesse of our political class need look no further than the recent adventures of Richmond, BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) as it seeks to gain access to US government and military markets.

Want an overview of the DARPA RSGS program? Check out the March 25th, 2016 DARPA post, “Program Aims to Facilitate Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites.” Graphic c/o DARPA.

To begin, Dulles, Virginia based Orbital ATK has failed in a legal bid to halt a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract for robotic satellite maintenance devices awarded under the DARPA Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program in February 2017. That award, originally made to MDA subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL), will now be able to move forward.

But plaintiff Orbital ATK hasn’t given up on its claims and will instead go to the next level and lobby the political arena to see “if the White House can help it to bring the work to the private sector.

As outlined in the July 17th, 2017 The Register post, “DARPA’s robot sat-fixing program survives sueball strike,” the core of the Orbital ATK suit rested with a claim that the RSGS program violated America’s 2010 National Space Policy, because the policy “forbids government space research from competing with the private sector.”

As outlined in the July 12th, 2017 ruling handed down by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, US District Judge Leonie Brinkema dismissed Orbital ATK’s complaint “on the basis that the 2010 National Space Policy doesn’t have the force of law, meaning there was no basis for the lawsuit to proceed.”

Leaving aside for the moment the question of “why” a US government agency would formulate a space policy document they didn’t expect to be used as policy, it’s worth noting that plaintiff Orbital ATK was also “miffed that DARPA had awarded the robosat contract to a competitor, Space Systems Loral (SSL) which, although based in California, is owned by Canadian outfit MacDonald Dettwiler. The suit suggested that at the contract’s conclusion, SSL would then have the technology for its ‘sole commercial use’.”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, unless you’re an MDA competitor. In which case you can argue that the US government provided an unfair advantage to your competition and “distorted the market.

Since the ruling avoided the question of whether the DARPA RSGS program was duplicating civilian programs, Orbital ATK will try other avenues to promote its views. They’ll most likely try to gain an exception to the law for their specific case but it’s possible that they might even attempt to change the law.
In either case, there is no doubt, that both sides in the court case will now unleash their lobbyists on the US government. 

As outlined in the February 4th, 2017 DennisWingo post, “On Orbit Servicing Controversy; DARPA VS Commercial,” on-orbit satellite servicing has a long history, with commercial proposals going back to the 1950’s and operational technology first being rolled out for the 1980’s space shuttle missions, which utilized Canadian designed and built Canadarm technology. As outlined in the  December 16th, 2016 post, “MDA says No Sale of Canadarm Technology to the US Government in NASA RESTORE-L, DARPA RSGS or ‘Any Other” Project,’” MDA insists that no Canadarm derived technology is being used in any of its current satellite servicing plans. Graphic c/o Dennis Wingo

Speaking of MDA and lobbyists, the company seems to be slowly working through its paperwork to finalize the acquisition of Westminster, CO based DigitalGlobe, and become the contractor of choice for various US military and civilian programs relating to Earth imaging and on-orbit satellite servicing.

Unfortunately for MDA, it’s not all smooth sailing.

As outlined in the July 13th, 2017 Space Intel Report post “MDA, DigitalGlobe withdraw, resubmit acquisition documents for US national security review,” the two companies have both “withdrawn and then re-filed documents about their planned merger with the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to give the committee additional time to assess the transaction for US national security implications.”

Normally, the need to refile documents would indicate issues needing resolution before the merger is able to move forward. But the specifics of this refiling were not discussed in the public documentation, so we don’t know what those issues are.

Here’s what we do know. The CFIUS review is required under US law because MDA is a Canadian based company which has committed to operate DigitalGlobe as “a stand-alone division under SSL MDA Holdings Inc., which is MDA’s U.S. operating subsidiary,” in order to comply with US laws and regulations governing Federal government subcontractors.

In essence, US military contractors normally need to be US owned and operated, which MDA isn’t, at least so far. The official portion of MDA’s US access plan to gain compliance with, or at least develop a workaround to the CFIUS requirements, is on the public record, but it likely isn’t sufficient on it’s own to obtain compliance.

So it’s being rewritten and updated.

For more on the strategy as it stands today, check out the February 27th, 2017 post, “MacDonald Dettwiler & DigitalGlobe, the Worldview Legion Constellation, Canada’s RADARSATs & America’s “Deep State.” For an MDA specific take, check out the July 12th, 2017 MDA/ DigitalGlobe joint press release, “MDA and DigitalGlobe Provide Update on Merger.”
It’s worth noting that, at least some of the strategies being used by MDA are either trade secrets (information not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customer), or else heavily dependent on the political arena to facilitate. 
In which case, expect MDA/DigitalGlobe/SSL to begin unleashing a second set of lobbyist’s, focused around gaining support for the DigitalGlobe acquisition.

As Daffy Duck once said, “Yike’s and away!

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Environmental Defense Fund Action Launches Ad Campaign to Protect EPA Budget

Posted  July 17, 2017  by  Farron Cousins
A 3-D pie chart made of dollar bills

Fearing that President Donald Trump will make good on his promise to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) political arm, EDF Action, has announced a million dollar ad buy to raise awareness about how these budget cuts will affect the lives of American citizens.

The ad campaign’s goal is to target local television, radio, and online outlets with information about the EPA’s local impact on public health and the environment.

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Stretching Isn’t Bullshit

Posted  July 17, 2017  by  deansomerset

Todays post comes from Jasper De Coninck, a Belgian physio who also has experience with strength training. Enjoy. ***** [Disclaimer: For the laymen, who are just interested in the essence of the article and whether to stretch or not to stretch, short summaries are in the underlined centered sentences.] Stretching is quite the controversial term…… Read More

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Taki: “The left romanticizes street thugs, but I learned to love the fuzz early on.”

Posted  July 17, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

I was around 7 when I saw policemen, whose salary hardly fed them and their families, die right in our doorstep defending us from commie guerrillas bent on cutting our throats. Yes, men who ate bread and a little cheese as a main meal gave their lives defending a couple of spoiled little rich kids. […]

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Jim Goad: “Should It Be a Crime to Hurt Allah’s Feelings?”

Posted  July 17, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jim Goad: “Should It Be a Crime to Hurt Allah’s Feelings?”

Jim Goad writes: If Allah gets upset, that means he feels vulnerable, which means he’s not perfect, which means he’s not God, which means I will blaspheme him until I draw my last breath. I ain’t scared. There ain’t no virgins where I’m going, anyway.  More from my sitePaper pulls Julie Burchill column about transsexual bullies […]

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5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

Posted  July 17, 2017  by  Anonymous

Getting together with friends and family over food, has never been easier!  Here are 5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ! – – – – – – I think it’s obvious that I love to cook and bake, but at the same time I’m the first person to admit that there are times when it’s just nice to buy things that are ready to go.  This is especially true for last minute gatherings with friends and family…impromptu BBQ’s on summer nights are the best.  So I gathered some friends together for a BBQ and we tried out some of President’s Choice new Canadiana themed food from the PC Insider’s Collection! Here are 5 tips to make these last minute get togethers fun and stress free! 1.  Buy everything that you can Sometimes it’s just nice, and necessary, to buy everything that you need to host a BBQ with friends.  It takes the load off and means that you don’t have to spend the day in the kitchen preparing dinner!  We bought premade burgers, smokies, chips, buns, drinks dessert and Maple Marshmallow s’more ingredients!  I did make a pasta salad, but only because I wanted to! For this BBQ we tried […]

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Science Minister Kirsty Duncan to make first official visit to the Canadian High Arctic

Posted  July 17, 2017  by  Anonymous

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Federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan will meet with climate change researchers in the field this week as she makes her first official visit to the Canadian Arctic since being appointed to the role in November 2015. 

The five-day trip through Nunavut, which begins July 17, will see Duncan meet with community leaders in Resolute, as well as researchers working on climate change-related projects around Lake Hazen in Quttinirpaaq National Park on northern Ellesmere Island. 

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New Film “Little Warriors” Features Youth Climate Fight in Unlikely Place: Indiana

Posted  July 16, 2017  by  Steve Horn

Climate change will impact future generations and the current youth more than anyone else, so perhaps it’s no surprise that kids have increasingly become the face of the modern U.S. climate movement.

At the center of that movement is the ongoing lawsuit filed by the group Our Children’s Trust against the federal government for failing to act on climate change despite its intense study for decades by climate scientists, many of them on the payroll of the U.S. government. That case, barring any pretrial negotiations between the two parties, will head to trial in February. Further, 13 “Youth Climate Intervenors” all under the age of 25 were allowed in as legal Intervenors in an ongoing lawsuit filed by environmental groups against the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for its green-lighting of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

Flying under the radar, though, has been the seemingly unlikely ascendancy of a youth-led movement in Indiana led by the group Earth Charter Indiana. Indiana is hardly a state known for its deep green consciousness and was formerly a major natural extraction hub and is still a major coal extraction state.

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“The Fountainhead” (1949) is the anti-“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

Posted  July 16, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
“The Fountainhead” (1949) is the anti-“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

Why watch a movie about a failed architect surrounded by losers (#UncleBillyMustDie)  when you can watch this cool looking Ayn Rand adaptation instead?Of course, THESE people hate it:The Fountainhead begins in a universe that does not, nor ever has, existed. It’s a universe where people constantly tell you they hate you because you’re original. You […]

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It’s not “racist” if it’s true: Malcolm Gladwell once again rips off Vdare.com 15 years later

Posted  July 15, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

Evil white supremacist Sam Francis, toiling in obscurity, in 2004:The social science invoked by Brown was equally fraudulent. The Court relied on a psychology experiment that supposedly proved that segregation gave black children feelings of inferiority. The experiment involved all of 16 children in South Carolina. But the psychologist who conducted it, Kenneth Clark, never […]

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Inoculation Theory: Using Misinformation to Fight Misinformation

Posted  July 15, 2017  by  Anonymous
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By John Cook, George Mason University

As a psychologist researching misinformation, I focus on reducing its influence. Essentially, my goal is to put myself out of a job.

Recent developments indicate that I haven’t been doing a very good job of it. Misinformation, fake news and “alternative facts” are more prominent than ever. The Oxford Dictionary named “post-truth” as the 2016 word of the year. Science and scientific evidence have been under assault.

Fortunately, science does have a means to protect itself, and it comes from a branch of psychological research known as inoculation theory. This borrows from the logic of vaccines: A little bit of something bad helps you resist a full-blown case. In my newly published research, I’ve tried exposing people to a weak form of misinformation in order to inoculate them against the real thing — with promising results.

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Joe Bob Briggs: “I have a close friend, a lawyer, who worked dozens of sexual harassment cases in the ’90s.”

Posted  July 15, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Joe Bob Briggs: “I have a close friend, a lawyer, who worked dozens of sexual harassment cases in the ’90s.”

At that time the standard settlement payoff was $5,000, but that was only if the woman was lying. That was about half the cases, the ones with the typical scenario: Woman gets fired, woman makes sexual harassment claim, company settles to avoid publicity. In the cases where the guys were guilty, the payoff could go […]

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Theodore Dalrymple: “I first thought about this during the early years of the AIDS epidemic…”

Posted  July 15, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

…when it was demanded of us that we should believe incompatible things simultaneously, for example that it was simply a disease like any other and that it was a disease of unprecedented importance and unique significance; that it could strike anybody but that certain group were martyrs to it; that it must be normalized and […]

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Memories of Gerry Mulligan and other time travelers in the strange North American summer of 2017

Posted  July 15, 2017  by  Anonymous

At last we have summer in the city 2017 up here on the northwest shore of the most easterly great lake (well, sort of …). Back from a short communion with early July mosquitoes further north, I somehow bumped into a YouTube clip called “Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan — Stardust.” As happens in the […]

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"Product of Israel"

Posted  July 14, 2017  by  Dr.Dawg

A junior employee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency finds himself in hot water for sending a letter to the Ontario Liquor Commission of Ontario stating that wine produced in the occupied territories of Palestine is not to be labelled…

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How we chose the cover: Fall 2017 Canadian Geographic Travel

Posted  July 14, 2017  by  Anonymous

Cover options Can Geo Fall Travel 2017

I just caught myself Googling “Flight + hotel deals, Honolulu.”

For the moment that’s just wishful thinking, but it’s easy to figure out what inspired me to spend lunch staring at Hawaiian travel packages. Here at Canadian Geographic Travel, we’ve been working hard on an international fall issue — our annual collection of places Canadians love to go.

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John McWhorter: “Stop Obsessing Over Race and IQ”

Posted  July 14, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
John McWhorter: “Stop Obsessing Over Race and IQ”

But how? It’s fascinating.Anyway, this piece is also fascinating if somewhat wrongheaded.Telling people to “just stop talking about” subject X is a terrific way to provoke them to do the opposite.Black American culture, for example, grew from implacably oppressive slavery followed by a Jim Crow hegemony that recapitulated slavery in essence. These were people living […]

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