Monday, March 31, 2014

North Korea, South Korea Exchange Fire

This guy is crazy and a threat to world peace.

Kim Jong Un

Fire exchange

More than 100 North Korean shells out of 500 or so fired landed in South Korean waters, prompting marines from the South to fire back with more than 300 rounds in the North's waters, defense officials in Seoul said.

Seoul also scrambled F-15s on its side of the maritime border, they said.

"We believe the North's maritime firing is a planned provocation and an attempt to test our military's determination to defend the Northern Limit Line and to get an upper hand in South-North relations," South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.

Read more here and watch the video.

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UN Scientific Panel Releases Report on Climate Change

In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 photo, a flock of Geese fly past the 
smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as 
the suns sets near Emmett, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) | AP

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that issued the 32-volume, 2,610-page report here early Monday, told The Associated Press: "it is a call for action." Without reductions in emissions, he said, impacts from warming "could get out of control.".........

Twenty-first century disasters such as killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in Australia and deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan highlight how vulnerable humanity is to extreme weather, according to the report from the Nobel Prize-winning group of scientists. The dangers are going to worsen as the climate changes even more, the report's authors said.

"We're now in an era where climate change isn't some kind of future hypothetical," said the overall lead author of the report, Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science in California. "We live in an area where impacts from climate change are already widespread and consequential."

Read more here.

Update: I posted following picture a while ago suggesting that earth may become a barren globe.

Now I see that The Huffington Post has posted the barren land globe on its front page under the UN Report on Climate Change. Interesting! I am not the only one who thinks that earth may become barren someday.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Climate change is having impact across the globe

Residents walk across the frozen Songhua River in front of smoke stacks at Jiamusi,
 in China's northeast Heilongjiang province Sunday Dec. 4, 2005.
 (AP Photo/Greg Baker) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

This story first appeared on The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Climate change has already left its mark "on all continents and across the oceans", damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday.
Read more here.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

UN panel warns about climate change

A Polar Bear walks on the frozen tundra next to Hudson Bay ahead of 
the freeze-over 12 November 2007 outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. 
| PAUL J. RICHARDS via Getty Images

If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.

In fact, they will say, the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and very human.

"The polar bear is us," says Patricia Romero Lankao of the federally financed National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., referring to the first species to be listed as threatened by global warming due to melting sea ice.

Read more here.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Stephen Harper got a swift response from Vladimir Putin

OTTAWA - Russia on Monday slapped an entry ban on 13 Canadian lawmakers and officials, including Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer and government House leader Peter Van Loan, in retaliation for Canadian sanctions over Ukraine.

Read more here.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Harper Meets With Ukrainian PM

Great photo-op for Harper. He seems to give the impression that he is the leader to solve the world problems. First G7 leader to visit Ukraine.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Rob Ford's stunts and odd explanations

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he was imitating a retired professional wrestler (Hulk Hogan) in a video in which he threatens to kill someone, denying that the target of his rant was his sister's ex-boyfriend.

To watch the video and read the story click here.

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Rep. John Lewis's dance

Clapping and swinging his hips, civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis danced to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" in a recent YouTube post.
“This is my song!” the 74-year-old Georgia Democrat exclaimed...

Mr. Lewis hopes that good days are ahead as the civil rights movement has made a lot of progress and the U.S has its first black president, Barack Obama. Mr. Lewis was a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr. and fought along side him for civil rights.

Read more here. 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

His Highness Stephen Harper does not answer questions

Inconsiderate reporters waste the time of His Majesty Stephen Harper. Following video speaks volumes about Harper's attitude. He is accountable to no one. It is a shame. Who would have thought that we will have dictatorship in Canada.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mike Duffy: The Rise and Fall - CBC Fifth Estate

                     Fitting caricature given his ego    

It was a comedy, for real. Mike Duffy, the ultimate Ottawa insider, a cartoonish character who has become the leading symbol of Senate corruption, claiming living expenses for a cottage in Prince Edward Island he hardly occupied. The ultimate oversized sense of entitlement. He is a schmoozer who likes access to power, and has a giant ego to boot. A highschool dropout who made it big.

The documentary showed how Mike Duffy had been lobbying for a Senate seat since the Mulroney era. He had no principles or party preference, he did the same sucking up to Jean Chretien. Finally, Duffy got his break, when during the 2008 federal election he replayed the tape of St├ęphane Dion's false start during an interview with CTV Atlantic, leaving out the rest of the interview, focusing on that one stumble. A serious breach of journalistic ethics. Though Harper rewarded him with a seat in the Senate after the election.

Maybe Harper is regretting that decision now... given the embarrassment Duffy has caused him.

You can watch the documentary at this link.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Harper's South Korea Trip

 I am not against free trade per se, it has its benefits in expanding markets and bringing our world together. When people are trading with each other and making money, they are much less likely to wage war on each other. However, we should not uncritically accept free trade deals. We must be cognizant of national sovereignty and jobs.

Harper is travelling to South Korea to seal a free trade deal with them, it would be Canada's first free trade deal with an Asia-Pacific country. There are some potential benefits to this deal - in particular for Canada's agricultural exports - however there are serious concerns about the impact on our auto-sector, in particular the flooding of Canadian markets with cheap South Korean imports. This could endanger jobs in the automobile manufacturing sector in our country.

Can Harper be critical minded and act in Canada's best interests? I think there is reason to be skeptical.

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Nova Scotia Newspaper in Hot Water Over Cartoon Comparing Harper to Nazis

Harper is a horrible prime minister, he does not care about democracy or science. He has tarnished Canada's image on the world stage by promoting the tarsands and by supporting George W. Bush style militarism. Canada was denied a seat on the UN Security Council because of how Harper has damaged the country's international reputation. No longer peacekeepers.

I have no use for Harper, he is a bully with authoritarian tendencies promoting destructive policies, but calling is Nazi is a little too much.

The cartoon (pictured above) appeared in the Pictou Advocate - a weekly Nova Scotia newspaper. It was inappropriate. The overuse of Nazi analogies to slander political opponents - this has been done by the lunatic Tea Party in the United States with Obama - trivializes the horrors of Hitler's regime, the bloodshed of WWII, and the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Please, let's criticize and call out Harper for his abominable government, but do not resort to tactics comparing him or his policies to Nazism, trivializing a 20th century tragedy.

You can read more on this and watch the story from CTV Atlantic here.

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Harper's 'Fair' Elections Act

 Has Harper gone crazy? Does he care about democracy? He seems more and more a dictator. Harper's Conservatives even shortened debate in the House of Commons over this bill.

The Chief Electoral Officer was not involved in the drafting process, he only saw it after the media did. Usually, for a bill of this nature, the Chief Electoral Officer would be involved. This bill limits the ability of the Chief Electoral Officer to communicate with the public, he stated that he is barred from talking about democracy.

It was quite something watching Harper's Minister of State for Undemocratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre, spin this in the above video. British Columbia's former Chief Electoral Officer has expressed concerns about central polling supervisors being appointed by the incumbent candidate or their party, something that increases the potential for abuse. He stated that this was "completely inappropriate in a democracy." These are nonpartisan voices - experts in electoral law and process - being ignored.

Do the CONS have any sense of decency or respect for the democratic process? You can read more on the Unfair Elections Act here.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Rob Ford on Jimmy Kimmel

Part of Jimmy Kimmel's interview of Rob Ford:

 A lot of people on twitter were saying that Jimmy Kimmel, a comedian, asked the questions Peter Mansbridge wouldn't, that it was one of the most hard-hitting interviews of Ford. Kimmel directly confronted Ford on his domestic abuse charges and drug use. Ford in all this seemed out of it, was cringe-worthy to watch. It can't have been a good night for Ford, with a headline like "Rob Ford Ridiculed on Jimmy Kimmel Live" on the CBC. After, just to show what a joke Ford is, Gonzo the Great - who followed him (for real) - said he felt like Rob Ford when asked about his chicken fetish, and then noticed the puddle of Rob Ford's sweat that was left behind from the previous interview (it was nice of Kimmel, earlier, to dab Rob Ford's sweaty brow).

 Update: Here is the complete interview. It is quite funny:


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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine - A New Cold War?

 Is there a new Cold War? The situation in Ukraine is escalating with Russian troops invading the Crimea, and with concerns about Russian soldiers potentially advancing further. There has been a dip in world markets in response to this news. The United States has halted trade and investment talks with Russia and the planned G8 summit in Sochi looks to be in trouble.

In the 21st century, an era of globalization and trade, a post-Cold War era, this talk is shocking, and really does sound like another Cold War could be upon us. Hopefully not, hopefully this situation will de-escalate soon and Putin will come to his senses. Though Putin seems mad with power - with Czarist delusions - and seems determined to recreate the Russian Empire. Thankfully the United States is more cautious, and does not have a desire for military confrontation.

The timing is ironic, soon after the over-priced $50+billion Sochi Olympics, an overpriced Olympics rife with corruption and mismanagement. Many in Sochi were displaced as Putin embarked on the absurd project of hosting a Winter Olympics in a subtropical climate.

Though not everyone in the West is off the hook, John Baird used shockingly provocative language - in a situation that should call for diplomacy - by saying Putin's invasion of Ukraine was like Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia. Over-using the Hitler analogy - as Baird did - marginalizes the suffering of the Holocaust, the brutality of WWII.

In all this, de-escalation is needed. Let's hope this situation calms down soon, that we are not pulled into another Cold War.

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Rob Ford dancing and having fun

He is somewhere in Hollywood. :)

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Rob Ford Goes to Hollywood

 Rob Ford is gone Hollywood and is also going to the Oscars, he is quite the actor and his performance deserves an Oscar. He has been a train-wreck as a  mayor but very entertaining. Ford does love the attention - even if it is for drug use and crass behaviour. He must have enjoyed the limo ride he got from late night host Jimmy Kimmel. It will be worth watching him on Jimmy Kimmel's show tonight.

It looks he is more well-known in U.S than Canada.

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

New Movie: Son of God

A new trend in Hollywood? Could be given the popularity of the movie Son of God, a bible-themed movie about the life of Jesus. Mega-churches are helping to spread the word and there is a strong demand it seems. What other bible-themed movies could be coming? What is Hollywood trying to do, make everyone religious, or are they just in it for money?

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Fate of the Earth

Is it possible that the Planet Earth can become a totally barren planet in the not too distant future? In particular if the CO2 emissions and pollution continue at the current or accelerated rate?

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Russian Parliament approves use of armed forces in Ukraine

Ukraine situation has taken a turn for the worst.

What next?

Read more here


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