BlogsCanada.ca
Top Canadian Blogs and News Sites


 
 

LATEST POSTS !

 

 
0
comments
General

Here’s the one thing scientists would like you to know about their work

Posted  November 10, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

What’s the one thing scientists want the world to know about their field in a single tweet.

Full Story »

 
0
comments
General

Meet the human guinea pig who hacked his own DNA

Posted  November 10, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

This doctor injected himself with DNA to hack his genes and increase muscle growth

Full Story »

 
0
comments
General

Commercial Space and Rocket Port Shenanigans

Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

There’s weird stuff going on behind the November 9th, 2017 announcement from Steve Matier, the CEO of Halifax, NS based based Maritime Launch Services (MLS), that his firm is targeting a May 1st, 2018 start date to begin construction on Canada’s first commercial spaceport.

The pitch and the people, including a new one. Since the last time this blog checked, as part the November 7th, 2017 post, “The Ukraine State Space Agency & Aerospace Industry Needs All the Help It Can Get,” MLS has added director Joseph Hasay (second from left) to it’s roster. According to his Linked-In profile, Hasay is President/CEO at Santa Maria, CA based United Paradyne Corporation, which provides operations and engineering support for the space launch industry. Others listed include CEO Matier (who currently lives in New Mexico and acts as an independent consultant), CTO Dave Walsh (the VP and chief technical officer at United Paradyne), program manager Alona Andriienko and VP of strategic development Yaroslav Pustivyi who, at least until noon today, was listed on the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) website at their “director and acting chair of the board.” Graphic c/o MLS

According to Matier, the space port will be funded through private financing (with “secured commitments” of nearly $400Mln CDN  and with “series A,” financing currently in “final closing,” whatever that might mean), but with “no funding coming either from the Canadian or Ukrainian governments.”

This information was passed along via the November 9th, 2017 SpaceQ post, “Maritime Launch Services Targets May 1 to Begin Construction at Nova Scotia Spaceport,” but has not been corroborated through any other source this blog has been able to access.

Forgive us if we’re missing something, but if true, this makes the project very, very unusual and quite confusing.

November 9th, 2017 screenshot of the SpaceQ website showing comments from MLS CEO Steve Mattier reflecting his statements that the MLS proposal to set up a commercial space port in Canso, NS is a “commercial project with no funding coming from either the Canadian or Ukrainian government.” As for the MDA promotional ad on the SpaceQ site, you’ll need to check out the November 10, 2017 post, “Even its Head Office Now Considers MDA, ‘a business unit of Maxar Technologies‘.” Graphic c/o SpaceQ

For example, Spaceport America, generally considered to be”the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport” is funded much like most other commercial airports and space launch facilities as a public private partnership (P3), in order to spread out risk and insure the participation of the appropriate legislators, who tend to have a lot of laws relating to this sort of thing.

The investors look to government as guarantors to confirm that the law will not stand in the way of the project and the government looks to the private sector to drive the project forward and insure funding.

MLS and their proposed Canso, NS rocket launch facility isn’t a P3, at least according to the announcement. Here’s what we know so far.

There is evidence, even within the SpaceQ website that MLS is absolutely hoping to line up government partnerships. The November 4th, 2017 SpaceQ post, “Canada and Ukraine Sign Space Agreement to Cooperate on Space Activities,” has made clear both the connections MLS currently enjoys with the Ukrainian government and the connections it hopes to develop in the near future with the Canadian government.

Oddly enough, SpaceQ has backtracked on this story.

A retraction, plus a clear statement of bias. From the November 9th, 2017 Short Cuts from SpaceQ post. 

As outlined in the November 9th, 2017 More Commercial Space News post, “Glad to see SpaceQ set record strait on erroneous Canada/ Ukrainian space story,” SpaceQ admitted that Canada and the Ukraine did not sign a “comprehensive memorandum (MOU) of understanding.

Instead SpaceQ said that, while “discussions leading up to the signing of the MOU were comprehensive,” the agreement itself was not. The SpaceQ post then went on to say:

While the CSA did not think it warranted a press release or informing the public though social media of the agreement, SpaceQ feels that was a mistake. As a government agency it has a responsibility in being transparent and providing the public with information pertaining to agreements it signs. After all, it is the public that funds the agency through their tax dollars. The CSA works for each and every one of us.

As outlined in the November 6th, 2017 post, “The Ukraine State Space Agency & Aerospace Industry Needs All the Help It Can Get,” MLS CEO Matier was invited to a signing ceremony between the Ukrainian and Canadian governments by the Ukrainian government at the Canadian-Ukrainian aerospace forum in Montreal, PQ last week.

There is certainly nothing wrong with that. It’s pretending that government participation hasn’t been solicited and isn’t required which is the problem.

It’s amazing what can happen over lunch. As shown above, the CSCA website as recently as the morning of November  9th, 2017 included both MLS VP Pustivyi and Marc Boucher, the editor/ owner of SpaceQ.ca (which has acted in the past as a strong advocate for the MLS proposal), as part of their “Mission Team.” But by the afternoon on November 9th, both names had been removed, replaced by new set of directors. These included Alec Wenzowski (previously listed as the CSCA VP of development and partnerships), Randal Lilko (no bio, but likely Randall Lilko,  an engineer with Honeywell Aerospace in Toronto, ON who spells his name with two “L’s”), Tasha De Freitas (also with no bio, but likely a senior associate focused on intellectual property at the Tory’s law firm in Toronto, ON) and “Stuart Crane,” who could very well be the person previously known as “Baron Stewart Crane of Cluny.” Screenshot c/o CSCA website

And here’s where it gets really weird.

When the November 9th, 2017 More Commercial Space News post, “Glad to see SpaceQ set record strait on erroneous Canada/ Ukrainian space story,” suggested that now would be a good time to come clean on the connections between SpaceQ, MLS and the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA), an advocacy group pushing for more space engagement for the Canadian government, this blog received the most peculiar e-mail from SpaceQ editor Marc Boucher.

As stated in his first November 9th, 2017 e-mail correspondence to this blog, “FYI. The CSCA has yet to update their website since the last AGM but Yarko (MLS VP and CSCA director and acting chair Pustivyi, has) resigned. They have a new board.”

When asked a follow-up question on the composition of the new board, Boucher said, “Ask them. Also, I had resigned as an advisor. The CSCA website does not reflect that.”

The new CSCA board of directors as per the CSCA website at 6pm EST on November 9th, 2017. A quick search through the CSCA media release page shows no explanation for the changing board composition when compared to the day before. Graphic c/o CSCA website.

Inquiries to CSCA executive director Michelle Mendes and others have so far met with no response but this blog was prudent enough to record what the CSCA site looked like previous to today.

As outlined in the November 2nd, 2017 post, “Media Refused Entrance to Thursday’s CSCA Meeting at Denton’s Law Firm,” the CSCA has certainly not been forthcoming about its activities lately.

That’s not to say that any of the above information and list of activities make a whole lot of sense as it stands.

To see where does this story goes, you’ll have to stay tuned.

    Chuck Black.
    ___________________________________________________________

    Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Some stuff I wrote about Louis CK a few years ago…

    Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
    Some stuff I wrote about Louis CK a few years ago…

    2011:Louis CK has quickly become the Kevin Smith of non-obese beta males…In this interview, Louis CK goes from offering a truly insightful explanation of the fallout from Tracy Morgan’s controversial “homophobic” joke, to ending the interview with (and this is the actual transcript):“I think the opportunity that was lost was for the gay community to ask […]

    Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    National Academy Study Touts Oil-by-Rail Safety But Supports Weakening Regulations

    Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Anonymous
    national academy of sciences sign in Washington, D.C.

    A new study by the National Academy of Sciences concludes that the rail industry should do more to improve the safety of transporting oil and ethanol by rail, which includes addressing track safety and rail tank cars. Both of these are well-known safety issues.

    However, the study, “Safely Transporting Hazardous Liquids and Gases in a Changing U.S. Energy Landscape,” also says that after reviewing available data, the researchers were unable to “make a conclusive statement” on the safety technology known as electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes. This is where things get interesting.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    As I keep trying to tell you: “NFL, Attacked By Right And Left, A Symptom Of America’s Coming Crackup”

    Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
    As I keep trying to tell you: “NFL, Attacked By Right And Left, A Symptom Of America’s Coming Crackup”

    Football will be the death of America.Anyway, here’s “Paul Kersey”:Many white people have based their very identity on collegiate and professional sports teams, allowing a thrilling victory or demoralizing defeat to influence their moods for days. The National Anthem protests are a kind of shock therapy to break European-Americans away from the “opiate of America.” […]

    Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    The media mobbing of Julie Payette: Chapter 2

    Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Dr.Dawg

    Something must really be done about tall poppies, uppity women and scientists who speak their mind. Especially when they’re all rolled into one. So the White Male Tribe of “pundits” have been having another go at Governor General Julie Payette,…

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Dear Muslims: This is why people don’t like you. You’re welcome!

    Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

    Did you know thatThere is a pressing need to turn public spaces where Muslims have been traumatized into spaces where solidarity is strengthened.Well, good news!This workshop will help participants explore simple actions they can take based on their level of comfort and their circles of influence.And it’s being run by a Toronto “community organizer,” so […]

    Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    Exercise

    More Evidence That More Exercise Doesn’t Up Total Daily Calorie Burn

    Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

    Why is it that exercise doesn’t seem to help appreciably with weight loss (and for those who enjoy building strawmen out there, note I’m talking about weight loss, not fat loss, nor fitness, nor health)?

    One possible reason is that many people eat back their exercise in the form of a reward for doing it, or because they have been taught by savvy marketers that they need to refuel or recover something or other.

    Another possible reason is that upping intentional exercise may lead bodies to decrease unintentional calorie burn (decreased fidgeting/NEAT, decreased autonomic tone, etc.) and also by way of improved exercise efficiency.

    Overarchingly the latter theory is called constrained energy expenditure, and the evidence on all of this is early, and somewhat mixed.

    Well a few months ago another block was added to the pile (at least for older women without obesity) suggesting constrained energy expenditure is a real phenomenon. It was a study published in Physiological Reports and it detailed the impact that a 4 month long moderate-intensity walking program had on the total daily energy expenditures of older women without obesity.

    The study’s 87 included participants reported being physically inactive, and weren’t found to have any significant medical issues. The group was randomized into either receiving lower-intensity exercise or higher intensity exercise for 4 months. Importantly, the exercise itself was supervised. Before and after measurements included resting energy expenditure (via indirect calorimeter), total daily energy expenditure (via doubly labeled water), body composition (via DEXA), graded exercise test (via treadmill VO2 max), physical energy expenditure (TDEE*0.9-RMR (to account for thermic effect of food reduced by 10%), and NEAT (by subtracting exercise energy expenditure – physical activity energy expenditure).

    When it was all said and done, the lower intensity group added an average of 105 minutes of walking to their weeks, while the higher intensity group added 160 minutes to their weeks.

    There was a teeny tiny bit of weight lost in both groups (1.7lbs), and a tiny change to body fat percentage (-0.7%), but there were no between group differences. Expectedly, V02max improved more in the higher intensity exercise group.

    What didn’t change?

    Everything else.

    Despite marked increases in intentional exercise, and marked differences in adhered to doses of exercise, there were no differences found for participants’ total daily energy expenditures, resting metabolic rates, NEAT, non-exercise physical activity or even total physical activity.

    These results changed some when they further analyzed the data as they determined that those patients with higher baseline levels of physical activity showed lower levels of NEAT (important to note, difference did not reach statistical significance) post 4 months of exercise, whereas those with lower levels of baseline activity experienced decreases to resting metabolism with exercise (authors suggested latter might be due to weight loss, but given how small weight loss was, I find this confusing as the RMR drops were not small).

    All this to say when it comes to exercise and its impact on calories burned, it’s clearly far from a simple math formula. It’s also incredibly unfair to weight. But as always, when it comes to improving health, nothing beats it.

    [Thanks to Matt Woodward for sharing this study with me]

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    How to Create a New PST File in MS Outlook?

    Posted  November 9, 2017  by  Anonymous

    MS Outlook, while working as a desktop email client, stores its emails and other items in Outlook data files (PST). A PST file stores user emails, contacts, calendar, journals, and other items on the local disk. So the PST data is accessible only through the Outlook configured on the system where it is saved. However, … Continue reading How to Create a New PST File in MS Outlook?

    The post How to Create a New PST File in MS Outlook? appeared first on Data Recovery Blog.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    The polite fiction that the governor general is somehow “above politics” is what really lacks credibility today

    Posted  November 8, 2017  by  Randall White

    There seems at least some significant agreement within the Canadian federal punditocracy (which I admire a great deal) that our new former-astronaut Governor General Julie Payette badly blotted her copy book, when she gave spirited opening remarks at the recent 9th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. I nonetheless feel driven to confess that […]

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election

    Posted  November 8, 2017  by  guest

    By David Pomerantz, crossposted from Energy and Policy Institute

    Virginia’s top corporate political contributor, Dominion Energy, had a rough night last night, as at least 14 candidates who pledged not to accept money from the monopoly utility won seats in a surprise wave election for Democrats.

    Depending on official counts that may take days or weeks, Democrats will likely tie Republicans with a 50-50 split in Virginia’s House of Delegates, leading to a share of power, though they may still control the chamber outright depending on the results of recounts.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    How Climate Science Deniers Manufacture Quotes to Convince You the United Nations Is One Big Socialist Plot

    Posted  November 8, 2017  by  Graham Readfearn
    United Nations climate negotiators

    We’re at that time of year when delegations from countries around the world gather for the latest round of United Nations climate negotiations — this time in Bonn, Germany.

    For climate science deniers, this is also the time of year to polish up their dodgy climate science talking points and those mythical conspiracy theories about the UN, new world orders, secretive global government plans, and other such illuminati activities.

    One recurring feature of these efforts is what’s known as quote mining, where lines are taken out of context to try and discredit people associated with climate science or the UN. If that doesn’t work, then just make up words that people never said.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    5 Simple Tips to Avoid Windows Corruption & Data Loss

    Posted  November 8, 2017  by  Anonymous

    Data corruption in Windows refers to errors occurring while creating, modifying, or processing the information in a system file. Corruption either makes the file inaccessible or changes its data so that it become unusable. There are several reasons behind Windows corruption like virus attacks, increased file size, bad sectors on hard drive, abrupt exit from … Continue reading 5 Simple Tips to Avoid Windows Corruption & Data Loss

    The post 5 Simple Tips to Avoid Windows Corruption & Data Loss appeared first on Data Recovery Blog.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Launches Fracking Probe After Residents Call for Help

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  guest
    Mike Buckwalter holds a water sample collected in the creek where his cattle used to drink

    Cross-Posted from Public Herald

    By Melissa A. Troutman

    Over the past seven months, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has received an influx of phone calls from residents alleging that officials at the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have ignored or covered up drinking water contamination, illness, animal deaths, and other impacts they relate to oil and gas operations.

    According to agents within the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the calls began pouring in after a Public Herald report in February revealed over 100 cases of official misconduct were committed by DEP oil and gas staff during investigations of citizen water complaints since 2004.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Children File Suit Against Trump Administration for Ignoring Climate Dangers

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Farron Cousins
    Gavel

    This week the federal government is once again being sued for its decision to ignore the growing threat of climate change. And, just like an earlier lawsuit on this issue, it is being brought by the group that stands to suffer the most from climate inaction: Children.

    Two Pennsylvania youth are taking on the Trump administration for what they are calling a “reckless and deliberate indifference” to the issue of climate change. The environmental organization Clean Air Council is bringing the suit on behalf of the children in this case.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    South Surrey—White Rock Liberals nominate Gordie Hogg as new Team Trudeau candidate

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Liberal Party of Canada

    White Rock, BC – Gordie Hogg has been acclaimed to be nominated by South Surrey-White Rock Liberals as the official Team Trudeau candidate in the upcoming federal by-election. Gordie is an accomplished community leader with decades of dedicated public service both as a former Mayor of White Rock and as a Member of the BC […]

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    KOFFLER WAS A GRAND TORONTONIAN

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  John Downing

    HIS INFLUENCE IS ENDLESSThanks in part to Murray Koffler, the Toronto when he died is much nicer than the city when he started half a century ago making a difference in pharmacy, philanthropy and culture.I will leave it to others to detail his grand su…

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    This time last year, I wrote “Martin Luther King, Pussy Grabber” at Taki’s…

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

    Here’s the link.Seems like the perfect time to revisit that!Here’s Patrick Cleyburne, who includes helpful links of all the dirt on MLK that Vdare.com et al have been thanklessly (to say the least) publishing for many years.Zero Hedge took a novel tack:So 50 years ago The FBI was writing ‘analysis’ that included questioning an anti-establishment […]

    Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Sailer: “Or maybe Lenny Bruce, despite all we’ve heard about his genius over the last half century, just isn’t funny?”

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

    Yep.Anyway, here’s Steve Sailer:A running joke in director Bob Fosse’s autobiographical movie All That Jazz was what an ordeal it was to edit the Bruce monologues done by Dustin Hoffman in his biopic Lenny into something finally funny. And then the laughs are attributed by critics to the real life character’s natural hilariousness in contrast […]

    Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Another High Level Canadian Space Expert Relocates to the US

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Chuck Black

              By Henry StewartAlain Berinstain. Photo c/o Moon Express.Another high level Canadian space policy and science expert will relocate south after having been offered a better job in a US based space company being ru…

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Ex-Weinstein employee wonders if Warren Beatty is next

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
    Ex-Weinstein employee wonders if Warren Beatty is next

    David Ross Spielman writes:I can’t help but get my Alex Jones on and wonder if the entire fiasco surrounding Toback is a practice run (the chickens just came home to roost for Toback’s friend and publisher, Brett Ratner) for the agenda-driven new philistines in the elite media as they ramp up for what could be […]

    Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    David Cole: Actor Jeffrey “Wright personifies why the Democrat Party is hopelessly screwed”

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
    David Cole: Actor Jeffrey “Wright personifies why the Democrat Party is hopelessly screwed”

    David Cole writes:Let’s not forget that the bartender who refused service to Jeffrey Wright because of his snide comments and racist finger-pointing sacrificed her tip. She could have swallowed her pride and served him, and maybe made a few extra bucks, money she probably needed.But he pushed her too far, and she was willing to […]

    Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    Fix Outlook Send/Receive Error 0x8004010F

    Posted  November 7, 2017  by  Anonymous

    MS Outlook users frequently get different kinds of errors due to reasons like PST file corruption, relocation of the PST file, Outlook profile corruption, PST corruption, etc. And a very common error encounter by all Outlook users is error 0x8004010F. The 0x8004010F error occurs in Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 versions due to the corruption … Continue reading Fix Outlook Send/Receive Error 0x8004010F

    The post Fix Outlook Send/Receive Error 0x8004010F appeared first on Data Recovery Blog.

    Full Story »

     
    0
    comments
    General

    The Ukraine State Space Agency & Aerospace Industry Needs All the Help It Can Get

    Posted  November 6, 2017  by  Chuck Black
              By Chuck Black

    The signing of a “comprehensive” memo of understanding (MOU) for co-operation in space between the Ukrainian and Canadian governments at the Canadian-Ukrainian aerospace forum in Montreal, PQ last week, is only the latest twist in a longer story of the Ukrainian economy attempting to find new customers and suppliers to replace those lost as a result of the 2013 Ukrainian crisis.

    Ukrainian based and government owned Yuzhmash is the prime manufacturer for most Ukrainian designed and built rockets, including the Cyclone-4M rocket designed by the Ukrainian based Yuzhnoye Design Office which is currently being pitched by Nova Scotia based Maritime Launch Services (MLS) for use in their proposed Canso, Nova Scotia.launch facility, and has certainly seen better days. As outlined in the March 3rd, 2015 Space Pod post, “Is the Ukrainian Space Industry on the Verge of Collapse?,” the cause was the 2013 Ukrainian crisis, an unofficial war between the Ukraine and Russia, which began on November 21st, 2013 when then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych suspended preparations for the implementation of an association agreement with the European Union (EU). The crisis escalated as Russian annexed the Ukrainian governed Autonomous Republic of Crimea after the controversial 2014 Crimean status referendum, and the two governments have been going at it ever since. As outlined in the video, the Ukraine relied on Russian parts for the their Zenit (operated through Sea Launch), Sea Launch (purchased in October 2016 by Russian based S7 Group, the owner of S7 Airlines), Land Launch (a service project of the Sea Launch program), Rokot (currently operational as a Russian launch system) and Dniper (still operational) rockets. Yuzhomash was also involved with the orbital ATK Antares launcher, the Brazil Cyclone 4 rocket program (cancelled by the Brazilian government as outlined in the April 16th, 2015 Space News post, “Brazil Pulling Out of Ukrainian Launcher Project” but used as the basis for the MLS Canadian proposal) and the forth stage of the European Space Agency (ESA) Vega rocket. For a more recent view of the Ukrainian space industry, it’s also worth taking a look at the  June 7th, 2016 Space News post, “How Crimea fractured Ukraine’s space program” and the August 18th, 2017 Reuters post, “Ukraine plant sucked into North Korea missile row has fallen on hard times.” Screen shots c/o Space Pod.
    But it’s also a reminder that the Ukrainian aerospace and space industry needs Canada far more than Canada needs the Ukrainians.

    First of all, the Ukrainian delegation, as represented by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) chairman Pavlo Degtiarenko suggested a certain overkill among the Ukrainian delegation to come to some kind of agreement, at least when compared to the far more junior Canadian government delegation, as represented by Canadian ambassador to the Ukraine Roman Waschuck and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Sylvain Laporte.

    As outlined in the November 4th, 2017 SpaceQ post, “Canada and Ukraine Sign Space Agreement to Cooperate on Space Activities,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not in attendance to serve as a counterweight to the Ukrainian PM or to provide a baseline for the level of co-operation the two countries will likely engage in.

    And the Ukrainian/ Canadian agreement didn’t attract a lot of media coverage in Canada, except for the SpaceQ post. For its part, the Canadian delegation was well served to focus on the agreements mechanism for future interactions while downplaying any specifics which they might or might not have had the authority to approve.  
    However, the Ukrainian government issued a series of press released promoting the partnership through Ukrinform, the national state information and news agency of the Ukraine. The November 2nd, 2017 Ukrinform press release, “Ukraine, Canada to explore space,” even quoted Grovsman as stating that, “we are a space state possessing technologies and everything necessary for the implementation of successful projects in this area, and we want to act as reliable partners. I am deeply convinced that in our cooperation we will achieve joint success.

    But the November 6th, 2017 Ukrinform press release, “Canada should be involved in production of Ukrainian aircraft – ambassador,” quoted Ukrainian ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko as stating that the Ukrainian based state owned Antonov State Company, which is currently building An-132 aircraft in the Ukraine using Pratt & Whitney Canada built PW150 turboprop engines, will be the most likely to benefit from any agreements made between Canada and the Ukraine.

    MLS management team as of November 6th, 2017. Graphic c/o MLS.

    Perhaps not surprisingly given the strong push for space cooperation from the Ukrainian team, Maritime Launch Services (MLS) CEO Steve Matier was invited to attend the Canadian-Ukrainian aerospace forum in Montreal, “by way of an invitation from the Ukrainian delegation,” according to the SpaceQ post.

    MLS has been lobbying multiple levels of government to build a spaceport in Nova Scotia to launch payloads to orbit using a Ukrainian built Cyclone 4M launch vehicle.

    As outlined in the September 8th, 2017 post, “CATA Rage, Liberal Strategy, Space Advisory Board Tactics & Yuzhnoye Can’t Manufacture Some Cyclone 4M Parts,” MLS rocket supplier Yuzhnoye has been having a difficult time sourcing and reproducing Russian built parts for their rockets, although more recent reports (such as the November 3rd, 2017 More Space News post, “Ukraine resumes testing of the RD-861K engine“) indicate that testing continues on the Cyclone 4M

    It’s also worth noting that the newest member of the MLS executive team, current Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) director & acting chair of the board Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi was once selected by Ukraine to be a member its first astronaut group.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As outlined in the November 2nd, 2017, “Media Refused Entrance to Thursday’s CSCA Meeting at Denton’s Law Firm,” the CSCA has indicated that it will not look kindly on bad publicity generated through this blog.

    And while there is certainly nothing wrong with working out a deal between the Canadian and Ukrainian space and aerospace industries to encourage cooperation, the implied suggestion that the devastated Ukrainian aerospace industry will serve as a panacea for it’s struggling Canadian equivalent is currently not supported by any available evidence.

    The Ukrainians need Canada far more than Canada needs the Ukraine. 

      Chuck Black.
      ___________________________________________________________

      Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Oil Money Pours into Washington State Port Election Ahead of Major Decision on Crude-by-Rail Terminal

      Posted  November 6, 2017  by  guest
      Vancouver, Washington railroad

      By Stephen Quirke

      An election in southern Washington could decide the fate of the country’s largest proposed crude-by-rail terminal, and has recently come under heavy scrutiny as a rush of oil money has flowed into the campaign treasury of Port of Vancouver candidate Kris Greene. Greene’s campaign has ties to a GOP lobbying and PR firm that did crisis communications for the Dakota Access pipeline and created fake grassroots groups supporting the tobacco industry.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Heartland’s America First Energy Conference Stacked With Climate Change Deniers

      Posted  November 6, 2017  by  guest

      By Kert Davies, crossposted from Climate Investivations Center

      On November 9th, the climate change denying Heartland Institute is holding an energy conference in Houston to applaud the Trump Administration’s repeal of environmental protections and clean energy policy. According to its website, the conference will celebrate “this remarkable moment in history” referring to the statement that “Trump has already turned back years of Obama’s anti-energy policies”.

      According to Heartland, the “country’s best energy policy experts” will be speaking at the event. In reality, there are rather few “energy policy experts” on the agenda. The lineup includes career climate change deniers such as Myron Ebell, Steve MilloyH. Sterling Burnett, Paul DriessenCraig Idso, and Fred Palmer.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      “Janny Wenner, Janny Wenner/Rolling Stone’s most fearless leader”

      Posted  November 6, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
      “Janny Wenner Janny Wenner/Rolling Stone’s most fearless leader”

      Gave the boys what they deserve But with the girls he lost his nerveBio reviewed:Sticky Fingers may sell on the basis of its ample and sometimes ridiculous rock-world lore—Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney eagerly avail themselves for score-settling—but this is all incidental to the book’s grander purposes. Hagan’s most enviable feat is that he makes […]

      Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Toby Guise: “…the catalyst for the current round of scandal was, in fact, a Labour MP”

      Posted  November 6, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
      Toby Guise: “…the catalyst for the current round of scandal was, in fact, a Labour MP”

      Toby Guise writes:The most serious accusation by far—an actual rape at a party event—also belongs to Labour. Party apparatchiks told the victim to shut up for the sake of her career, without so much as a cup of tea to calm her nerves. At least one more such event is apparently known about. A climate […]

      Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Jim Goad: Trolling the Fash-Basher

      Posted  November 6, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
      Jim Goad: Trolling the Fash-Basher

      Jim Goad writes:For years I’ve been making the argument that leftism is little more than cowardly sadism thinly cloaked under a bullshit veneer of tolerance and compassion.Fifteen years ago I was attacked three different times on Portland’s streets by a group of anti-racist skinheads who are documented police informants and are given carte blanche by […]

      Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Guest Post: Special K Nourish Ad Perpetuates Supermom Nonsense

      Posted  November 6, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

      I’ve never been a fan of Kellogg’s Special K’s pretending to give a crap advertising, and so when I received an email from longtime reader Rosemary, who was unimpressed to say the least with one of their latest ads (embedded at the end of this post), I asked her if I could share her thoughts. She kindly agreed. Raw to say the least, and though I don’t fully agree with every sentiment expressed herein, I’m betting they’ll resonate with many.

      I know soooo many women (and men!) that eat these products – thinking they are a whole / healthy choice.

      This ad is so much ugh. Of course they had to throw in the shot of the well-endowed woman in the bra. “Casually getting dressed” … while literally stuffing her face. Geneen Roth would not approve! Lol.

      The whole “I am woman hear me roar – I can do anything – I am fierce – around food / being in charge of the food / feeding the kids – this media trope is so such nonsense. I dont know any women that work / live / eat the way this ad depicts.

      Just perpetuating that myth -women- no, we don’t deserve time carved aside to eat calmly – we are just too damn busy being everything to everyone. Just perpetuates this super mom woman role nonsense.

      Most women I know / especially those with young school age children LOATHE grocery shopping / planning meals / making lunches / cleaning up (cuz let’s face it, cooking proper whole foods is more work) / and just generally feeling the societal pressure to excel to be creative (and inspired! (Oh shut up Jamie Oliver))- about feeding their families. (And isn’t this just code for “if you love your family you should be obsessing about this too like every other delusional Martha Stewart wannbe? Most of us are just so exhausted from overwork / we lose the motivation. In secret, we all admit how much we hate it and what drudgery it is.)

      And there Kellogg’s is trying dutifully to hit all their “diversity notes” – woman motorcycle mechanic / buzzcut lgbt-ish rainbow wristband girl – / It is all so contrived.

      They are depicting the overworked woman – and they are the solution, when in fact, eating their crap that masquerades as “breakfast” and “food” probably actually contributes to feeling exhausted – re unstable blood sugar – carby weight gain – making one less energized to shop and prepare. It’s a cycle.

      I know when I eat next to no processed food – my energy levels are great. After about 4 days of not eating any crap.

      The cereal is 10g’s of sugar per 3/4 cup serving. That would maybe cover the bottom of the cereal bowl. No one eats only 3/4 cup of cereal when they pour a bowl.

      And the granola bars are even worse – palm oil – and many different forms of sugar. Cane in the chocolate and corn syrup.

      No reply necessary – yer bizzy – just wanted to pass it along.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      3 Ways to View Corrupted OST File

      Posted  November 6, 2017  by  Anonymous

      OST files are the offline storage folders provided by Microsoft to save users information and email data on offline mode. An OST file carries the actual copy of mailbox data that exists on Exchange server. When you are not connected with Exchange server you can access that offline files if you have saved them as … Continue reading 3 Ways to View Corrupted OST File

      The post 3 Ways to View Corrupted OST File appeared first on Data Recovery Blog.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      How Has the US Fracking Boom Affected Air Pollution in Shale Areas?

      Posted  November 5, 2017  by  guest
      Trucks in front of a flare at a fracking site

      By Gunnar W. Schade, Texas A&M University

      Urban air pollution in the U.S. has been decreasing near continuously since the 1970s.

      Federal regulations, notably the Clean Air Act passed by President Nixon, to reduce toxic air pollutants such as benzene, a hydrocarbon, and ozone, a strong oxidant, effectively lowered their abundance in ambient air with steady progress.

      But about 10 years ago, the picture on air pollutants in the U.S. started to change. The “fracking boom” in several different parts of the nation led to a new source of hydrocarbons to the atmosphere, affecting abundances of both toxic benzene and ozone, including in areas that were not previously affected much by such air pollution.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Fossil Fuel Dollars Flow into Local Elections Threatening Development in the West

      Posted  November 4, 2017  by  Anonymous
      A child holds a hand-drawn sign protesting fracking near his school in Colorado

      This election season, cities in Colorado and Washington are proving to be battlegrounds for community groups pushing to locally restrict oil, gas, and coal development. And in both places, the fossil fuel industry has been pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into making sure that doesn’t happen.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Theodore Dalrymple on Le Corbusier: “Liar, Cheat, Thief, and Plagiarist”

      Posted  November 4, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
      Theodore Dalrymple on Le Corbusier: “Liar, Cheat, Thief, and Plagiarist”

      Theodore Dalrymple writes:To commission a building from Jeanneret was to tie a ball and chain around one’s own ankle, committing oneself to endless, Sisyphean bills for alteration and maintenance, as well as to a dishonest estimate of what the building would cost to build in the first place. A house by Jeanneret was not so […]

      Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Saturday Stories: Global Trolling, Pain Empires, and Fake News Towns

      Posted  November 4, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

      A non-bylined piece (at least not that I could see) in The Economist explaining how the world has been trolled and why social media is to blame.

      Patrick Radden Keefe in The New Yorker on the Sackler family and their empire of pain.

      Caitlin Dickerson in the New York Times on what fake news did to Twin Falls, Idaho

      [If you find this blog entertaining, interesting, and/or valuable, know I’ll never ask you for money to read it, nor will I subject you to ads, but I will, once a year, ask you for donations to support my #Movember efforts. Please to report I’m nearly halfway to my $3,500 fundraising goal! Click here to give. No amount is too small, you’ll get a tax receipt, and if you don’t want it known by my or anyone else that you hang out here from time to time, you can give wholly anonymously as well.]

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Congress Works with Big Oil on Letter Suggesting Anti-Pipeline Activists Face Terrorism Charges

      Posted  November 3, 2017  by  Steve Horn
      Five anti-tar sands activists who shut down tar sands pipelines into the U.S.

      On October 23, 84 Congressional representatives made a splash when they published a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking if those engaged in activism disrupting or damaging pipeline operations should face criminal prosecution as an act of terrorism under the USA PATRIOT ACT

      Spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and co-signed by dozens of other, primarily Republican, representatives, the letter pays homage to the First Amendment, while also noting that “violence toward individuals and destruction of property are both illegal and potentially fatal.” The letter, covered by several media outlets, was championed by the industry lobbying and trade association, the American Petroleum Institute (API), which said it “welcomed” the letter.

      But according to a DeSmog review, API and other industry groups were a key part of bolstering the letter itself. API, along with the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), is listed as among the “supporting groups” on the website DearColleague.us, which tracks congressional letters and their backers.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      TORONTO SUN GHOULIES AND GHOSTIES

      Posted  November 3, 2017  by  John Downing

      NO ONE LIKES THE BUMPS IN THE NIGHTThe “last man standing” ordered another glass of the house red and talked passionately about some insult from four decades ago while I egged him on as an appreciative audienceThe rest of the actors in the insult are d…

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Telesat Reviewing US Proposal for C-band Satellite Spectrum Use

      Posted  November 3, 2017  by  Chuck Black
                By Henry Stewart

      Ottawa, ON based Telesat is reviewing a plan first proposed last month to the US Federal Aviation Commission (FCC) by Virginia based satellite provider Intelsat and Santa Clara, CA based  semiconductor manufacturing company Intel, which would allow terrestrial 5G networks use C-band satellite spectrum in the United States.

      Telesat CEO Goldberg. As outlined in the November 2nd, 2017 Telesat press release, “Telesat Reports Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2017,” the company reported consolidated revenues of $214 million, a decline of 4% ($10 million) from the same period in 2016. Photo c/o SpaceNews/Kate Patterson.
      As outlined in the November 2nd, 2017 Space News post, “Telesat undecided on Intelsat, Intel C-band proposal,” Telesat is one “of a handful of satellite operators with meaningful C-band capacity over the US, having less than Intelsat and SES, but more than Eutelsat.” 
      The article quoted Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s president and CEO, who said his firm is well aware that the FCC “is looking hard at candidate frequency bands to accommodate more terrestrial wireless growth, particularly for 5G,” and that C-band from 3.7 to 4.2 GHz is a popular candidate. C-band stretches from 3.4 to 4.2 GHz, but in the U.S., 3.7 to 4.2 is allocated to satellite operators and predominantly used for television broadcasts.”
      According to Goldberg, Telesat has yet to make a decision for or against the proposal.
      Satellite overcapacity and the effects of newer technology, especially proposals for large constellations of low cost, low and medium Earth orbit communications satellites have disrupted the legacy players in the satellite industry. Satellite providers have struggled to adapt to the changes using a variety of technological, business and legal methods.

      Last month, as outlined in the October 3rd, 2017 Space News post, “Intelsat, with Intel, proposes way for 5G to use satellite’s C-band spectrum,” Intelsat and Intel made a proposal to “allow incumbent satellite operators to collaborate with terrestrial networks on ways to clear swaths of C-band from 3,700 to 4,200 MHz based on 5G needs and the presence of existing fixed satellite service (FSS) systems. Satellite operators would retain ownership of the spectrum, and auction the right for joint use of frequencies with terrestrial companies in cleared areas.”

      _______________________________________________________________________

      Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.

      Full Story »

       
      0
      comments
      General

      Can sound be used to predict earthquakes?

      Posted  November 3, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

      Sound can be used to predict earthquakes, but it is still challenging despite new machine learning technology.

      Full Story »