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‘Catboy Cheers Up a Friend,’ Today’s Comic by Benji Nate

Posted August 20, 2017 by Anonymous

Although he’s not sure what it is, Henry tries his best to help Olive out of her depressed slump.

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Trump’s Border Wall Would Literally Split This Town in Two

Posted August 20, 2017 by Anonymous

Residents of Mission, Texas, are uniting in opposition to a wall that would physically divide them.

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Thousands Gather on Las Ramblas to Honour Victims of Barcelona’s Terrorist Attack

Posted August 20, 2017 by Anonymous

Fourteen people were killed and hundreds injured in separate attacks in Barcelona and Cabrils.

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Disgruntled Farmer Allegedly Sprayed ‘Wave of Manure’ at Border Patrol Car

Posted August 20, 2017 by Anonymous

The Vermont man apparently grew angry when the officer refused to track down immigrants working on a nearby farm.

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Julie Burchill: “The right is now more colourblind than the left”

Posted August 20, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Julie Burchill: “The right is now more colourblind than the left”

Julie Burchill writes:As a tot growing up in a provincial proletarian Communist household in the 1960s, I’d been led to believe that socialism was colour-blind. But when I moved to That London in the 1970s, I quickly became aware that the non-working-class Left operated what was best described as Paint-Chart Politics – the further from […]

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Japanese Adult Swaddling Therapy Put Me Back in the Womb

Posted August 19, 2017 by Anonymous

Otonamaki is a Japanese physical therapy trend that’s half-hammock, half-horror movie.

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Ohio Cop Filmed Repeatedly Punching Black Man Placed on Paid Leave

Posted August 19, 2017 by Anonymous

The violent arrest was recorded by a witness and uploaded to Facebook, prompting protesters to march on Euclid’s City Hall twice since it was posted.

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Mark Steyn: “If the Confederacy is Satanic, the church… of Satan is the Democratic Party”

Posted August 19, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn: “If the Confederacy is Satanic, the church… of Satan is the Democratic Party”

More from my siteMark Steyn wishes Courtney Love a happy 50th birthday, tooMark Steyn: ‘A year and a half ago I bumped into Democrat pollster and longtime Clinton aide Doug Schoen…’Mark Steyn: ‘President Obama always sinks to the occasion’Mark Steyn: ‘When it comes to laying pipe all over the planet, leave that to Rajendra Pachauri’

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Old and tired? Old white man yells at cloud.

Posted August 19, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

New hotness? Young black chick yells at sun.Every day I thank God for making Canada too cold for cotton. More from my siteOld and tired? Offended, crazy man yelling at clouds.Every day I thank God for making Canada too cold for cottonNot satire: NAACP leader exposed as white after faking hate crimeEvery day I thank […]

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Curbing Climate Change: Why It’s so Hard to Act in Time

Posted August 19, 2017 by guest
Climate change action sign in front of Capitol at March for Science

By Timothy H. Dixon, University of South Florida

This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting and its contribution to Greenland’s accelerating ice losses. By virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the potential to cause large and rapid increases to sea level as it melts.

When I returned, a nonscientist friend asked me what the research showed about future sea level rise. He was disappointed that I couldn’t say anything definite, since it will take several years to analyze the data. This kind of time lag is common in science, but it can make communicating the issues difficult. That’s especially true for climate change, where decades of data collection may be required to see trends.

A recent draft report on climate change by federal scientists exploits data captured over many decades to assess recent changes, and warns of a dire future if we don’t change our ways. Yet few countries are aggressively reducing their emissions in a way scientists say are needed to avoid the dangers of climate change.

While this lack of progress dismays people, it’s actually understandable.

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Posted August 19, 2017 by Anonymous

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What It’s Like to Come Out After 50

Posted August 19, 2017 by Anonymous

For older people, reaching out to the youth-obsessed LGBTQ community for the first time is rarely an ideal experience.

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Saturday Stories: Charlottesville, Charlottesville, and Charlottesville

Posted August 19, 2017 by Yoni Freedhoff
United States of America, 2017

Emma Green in The Atlantic, on why Charlottesville marchers were obsessed with Jews.

Alan Zimmerman, president of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, in Reform Judaism, recounts his experiences during the march.

And if you haven’t yet spent the time to watch VICE’s short Charlottesville documentary, please do.

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A Dog Dug Up $85,000 of Black Tar Heroin in His Backyard

Posted August 18, 2017 by Anonymous

Police named him an honorary narcotics K9 after the find, which is the closest you can get to the official designation of Very, Very Good Boy.

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11 Photos of a Very Angry Steve Bannon

Posted August 18, 2017 by Anonymous

Bannon is out of the Trump White House, and “fully unchained.”

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Fentanyl Is Being Sold At Canadian Music Festivals, Tests Confirm

Posted August 18, 2017 by Manisha Krishnan

The opioid was found in cocaine, MDMA, and ketamine.

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Red Team-Blue Team? Debating Climate Science Should Not Be a Cage Match

Posted August 18, 2017 by guest
Boxing match

By Richard B. Rood, University of Michigan

Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has called for a “red team-blue team” review to challenge the science behind climate change. “The American people deserve an honest, open, transparent discussion about this supposed threat to this country,” he said on a radio show, adding he hoped to hold the exercise in the fall.

Most commonly, red team-blue team reviews are used as a mechanism to improve security of information systems or military defenses. The blue team is associated with an institution, the owner of an asset or a plan. The red team is charged with attacking the blue team, with the goal of revealing vulnerabilities.

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Animator Patrick Smith vents his frustrations in “Punch Everyone”

Posted August 18, 2017 by John Lucas

The Georgia Straight does not recommend that you start punching people indiscriminately.

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65 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, August 19

Posted August 18, 2017 by Jennie Ramstad

Get busy with these events.

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Ann Coulter goes bonkers on Twitter over Trump’s firing of Steve Bannon

Posted August 18, 2017 by Charlie Smith

The author of Adios, America is blaming the media.

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Try Quidditch for free this Saturday (August 19)

Posted August 18, 2017 by Anonymous

If you’re anything like us, your letter for Hogwarts never arrived.

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Twitter’s Pres. Supervillain takes the words right out of Donald Trump’s mouth

Posted August 18, 2017 by John Lucas

Trump has been compared to a comic-book villain by more than one observer.

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“Take oxytocin and you too can be a liberal halfwit”

Posted August 18, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

Rod Liddle writes:Psychologists ran a series of studies in which Germans were asked how much money they would like to give to, say, Tariq and Mohammed, who have just arrived here from Syria. ‘Nothing at all, unless they intend to spend it on a ticket home’ is of course the correct response, and indeed many […]

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Ann Coulter On Charlottesville: “When Liberals Club People, It’s With Love In Their Hearts”

Posted August 18, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

Ann Coulter writes:With any luck, we’ll unravel Fields’ motives faster than it took the Obama administration to discern the motives of a Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar!” while gunning down soldiers at Fort Hood. (Six years.)But so far, all we know is that Fields said he was “upset about black people” and wanted to kill as […]

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Homeless in Vancouver: Looking forward to the PNE, the rain, and an end to a record wildfire season

Posted August 18, 2017 by Charlie Smith

Evenings are getting perceptibly cooler now in Vancouver; summer is winding down.

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Charlotte Gray on rafting the wild Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers

Posted August 18, 2017 by Anonymous

Eleven days without internet or hot showers. Ten nights sleeping on the ground. The risk of endless cold rain and constant damp clothes. That itchy feeling under your tuque when your hair is limp and dirty. Hardship shared with total strangers, who we…

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Mark Steyn: “It was his widow Priscilla who turned Elvis into a brand name”

Posted August 18, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn: “It was his widow Priscilla who turned Elvis into a brand name”

Mark Steyn writes:To secure Lisa-Marie’s inheritance, Priscilla set about the belated professionalization of her husband’s career. He was posthumously all shook up. She opened Graceland, so that fans could make their pilgrimage to his home and his grave, which now attracts more annual visitors than President Kennedy’s. Before Elvis, it was an established legal concept […]

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“The influential historian Richard Hofstadter, fortified by the highly questionable social science of Theodor Adorno and others…”

Posted August 18, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“The influential historian Richard Hofstadter, fortified by the highly questionable social science of Theodor Adorno and others…”

…saw authoritarian personalities and anti-intellectual tendencies bristling nearly everywhere in the America west of the Hudson River, tendencies that were the expression, not of a genuinely aggrieved outlook that deserved a hearing, but of social resentment (“status anxiety”) or even psychological disorder (“the paranoid style”).This was too dismissive, and Hofstadter’s good friend, the great Southern […]

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The Beach Boys: “An Arcadian theme in the California pastoral”

Posted August 18, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
The Beach Boys: “An Arcadian theme in the California pastoral”

Even within the harmonies, there is a strange tension, an off-kilter wobbling as in a machine whose gears are all just a bit off-center. Instruments and voices go in and out of key, tempos slow and quicken. The vocal harmonies are angelic, but troubled, uncertain, maudlin, and underlined with unexpected intensity given the innocuousness of […]

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“10 Movies So Awful They Were Pulled From Cinemas”

Posted August 18, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“10 Movies So Awful They Were Pulled From Cinemas”

More from my sitePaper pulls Julie Burchill column about transsexual bullies — after transsexual bullies complain’10 Awful Realities Behind The Lobotomy Craze’Dying…“We love Harrison Ford even when he’s causing real life havoc. Here’s why”

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“Hollywood Boulevard” (1976) was made on a bet

Posted August 18, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“Hollywood Boulevard” (1976) was made on a bet

More from my siteNicholas Pell’s obit for LemmyIn fairness, I expect the ‘music from Afrofest’ WAS ‘annoying’ — How could it be otherwise? But that said… ? Hilarious.TrailersFromHell: ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ (1976)‘Another striking phenomenon is the massive drop in the percentage of black people among those killed by cops’

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Three Academics With a Paper on Canada’s Future in Space

Posted August 18, 2017 by Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

A trio of authors from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Western University have publicly released “A Vision for Canadian Space Exploration,” a proposal originally submitted to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains in response to the Space Advisory Board consultation on the creation of a new space strategy, which was announced earlier this year.

Jeremy Heyl. Photo c/o UBC.

According to UBC astronomy professor Professor Jeremy Heyl, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has no money for international cooperation and needs a space policy able to offer up long-term consistent funding with which academics, policymakers and corporations can use to plan government activities and assess proposals.

Ilaria Caiazzo. Photo c/o J. Heyl.

Heyl, in a phone conversation with this blog on Thursday, called current CSA funding “uninspiring” and suggested that “Canada is no longer a reliable partner for international aerospace proposals.”

The 26 page document, created by Heyl and two other authors, Western University associate professor of astronomy Sarah Gallagher and UBC doctoral student Ilaria Caiazzo, proposed “a sustained and balanced program in space exploration to fuel innovation in the space sector, ​support Canada’s world-leading space researchers, inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators, and create thousands of highly skilled, well-paying jobs for Canadians.”

Sarah Gallagher. Photo c/o J. Heyl.

To support those goals, the document requested a “total investment of approximately $1Bln CDN, increasing to $1.3Bln CDN in each decade that follows,” for a variety of academically led space missions “including a regular flagship mission that Canada would lead and a constellation of smaller missions, either led by Canada or in collaboration with international partners…

According to Heyl, the additional funding will allow the CSA to again contribute to international programs like the upcoming James Web Space Telescope (JWST), allow Canada to lead a variety of “flagship” missions and smaller projects and allow for the creation of a consistent process around CSA decision making.

According to the paper:

While Canada has had a track record of impressive contributions to international space exploration missions, we have failed to join several key recent NASA mission opportunities, including the Mars 2020 rover and the MoonRise lunar sample return mission. The window is closing fast for a Canadian contribution to NASA’s dark-energy flagship mission WFIRST and for the ESA X-ray flagship mission Athena…

The document also referenced “Canada’s Fundamental Science Review,” the independent review of federal science funding led by former University of Toronto president David Naylor, which was released in the spring.

As outlined in the April 17th, 2017 post, “”Massive” Review of Federal Science Funding Finally Released; Will Likely Soon ‘Drop Down the Memory Hole,‘” that review also requested large sums of new funding and is not likely to be implemented any time soon.

The latest paper is not the only document independently released to the public while the Space Advisory Board continues its private deliberations on Canada’s future in space. For other perspectives, check out the April 20th, 2017 post, “Space Advisory Committee Members Announced: Various Stakeholders Release Independent Assessments, Just in Case.”

Editors Note: Looks like the Space Advisory Board has just released their preliminary assessment.

As outlined in the August 18th, 2017 Government of Canada post, “Consultations on Canada’s future in space: What we heard, Space Advisory Board, August 2017,” the board’s recommendations include the following:

  • Designating space as a National Strategic Asset.
  • Strengthen world-class Canadian capabilities
  • Adopting new policies and regulations to capitalize on technological advances.
  • Continuity of policies and sustainable funding
  • Outreach and educational activities to inspire and prepare Canadians
  • An urgent call to action

On the other hand, there seems to be very little concrete statements or recommendations, in the way of funding or specific regulatory changes, which would help pave this highway to the future. It’s also amusing to note that the board explicitly recommended that it remain in existence so that it’s members can continue “building upon the contacts established” by its activities.

This blog will take a look at that document and those recommendations and provide a proper, informed assessment over the next few days. Stay tuned.

Chuck Black.
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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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The simple agricultural kit improving life for Nepal’s terrace farmers

Posted August 18, 2017 by Anonymous

Photo: Dr. Tejendra Chapagain, University of Guelph

New agricultural practices and a few cheap, simple tools are making life much easier for those who work on Central Nepal’s terrace farms.  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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Whooping crane fledglings hit new record

Posted August 18, 2017 by Anonymous

whooping crane twins and their parents

The endangered whooping crane population is on the rebound, as Wood Buffalo National Park reported a record high number of fledglings this year. At 63 new birds, this number beats the previous record set in 2006 of 49 birds.

“We were hoping for big numbers after we counted 98 nests this spring,” says Sharon Irwin, a resource conservation manager at the park. “It’s quite a jump from last year.”

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Photos: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Posted August 18, 2017 by Charlie Smith

This performance comes early four decades after the band’s first appearance in our town.

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More bad news for bees from neonicotinoid pesticides

Posted August 18, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Neonics compromise the queens’ ability to start hives and lay eggs for the next generation

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Bob McDonald is on the road to the total eclipse

Posted August 18, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Bob McDonald’s watching the eclipse – here’s what he’ll see

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Skeletons say arthritis isn’t about aging – it’s about activity

Posted August 18, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence in recent times due to lack of physical activity.

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Can whales smell through their blowholes? Quirks Question

Posted August 18, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

This week a scientist answers a question about whales capacity to smell through their blowhole.

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Eclipse experiment draws in ham radio buffs

Posted August 18, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Scientist and ham radio operator Nathaniell Frissell will probe changes in the Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse.

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