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    Instead of starting a new thread every time, could you just have your own thread where you post a link, a short quote, and absolutely no individual comments or thoughts like some sort of RSS feed?
    A “KC - misc” thread!



    Just starting a misc stuff thread on the odd things I usually just send around to friends etc via e-mail or things that come up in conversations - or once in awhile post to c2e and/or start new threads on.








    Beaten-Down Prairie Looks Like a Gold Mine to This Calgary Real Estate Investor
    “a Calgary asset manager with about C$1.1 billion... is making a contrarian bet on the Canadian prairie.”
    https://www.bloombergquint.com/busin...perty-investor




    Three U of A researchers named national artificial intelligence chairs
    “Chairs will help lead Canadian AI research as part of $125-million national strategy.”
    https://www.folio.ca/three-u-of-a-re...igence-chairs/


    RBC Floats Oil-Sands Royalty Holiday to Ease Canadian Crude Pain
    “the average 5 percent royalty... could take 190,000 barrels of oil and 40,500 barrels of condensate a day off the market...greater than the current supply glut...would drain as much as 7.4 million barrels from storage over three-and-a-half months”
    https://www.bloombergquint.com/busin...ian-crude-pain


    The oil guy was wrong! Yes, they ARE too sometimes called Grasshoppers!
    Bill Nye Energy part 3
    https://www.mycompassacademy.com/app...ch.jsp?v=61930


    Raw facade hardware gets spotlit in this flagship in New York’s Meatpacking District
    By MATTHEW MARANI • October 25, 2018
    https://archpaper.com/2018/10/restor...lery-0-slide-0
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    A communist started it then it was used to criticize the Nazis...

    How ‘politically correct’ went from compliment to insult
    By Caitlin Gibson
    January 13, 2016

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...=.01c30211d6c0

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    'Sun in a box' would store renewable energy for the grid: Design for system that provides solar- or wind-generated power on demand should be cheaper than other leading options -- ScienceDaily

    “MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power a small city not just when the sun is up or the wind is high, but around the clock.”

    The new design stores heat generated by excess electricity from solar or wind power in large tanks of white-hot molten silicon, and then converts the light from the glowing metal back into electricity when it's needed. The researchers estimate that such a system would be vastly more affordable than lithium-ion batteries, which have been proposed as a viable, though expensive, method to store renewable energy. They also estimate that the system would cost about half as much as pumped hydroelectric storage -- the cheapest form of grid-scale energy storage to date.

    "Even if we wanted to run the grid on renewables right now we couldn't, because you'd need fossil-fueled turbines to make up for the fact that the renewable supply cannot be dispatched on demand," says Asegun Henry, the Robert N. Noyce Career Development Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. "We're developing a new technology that, if successful, would solve this most important and critical problem in energy and climate change, namely, the storage problem."

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1205171913.htm

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    Just posting a quote sent to me:

    The federal fantasy of 23,700 new Alberta jobs
    “The margin of error on the job number survey, in this case, is plus or minus 20,000 jobs.”
    That means “the range around that single point — 23,700 jobs — could be job gain as high as 43,700, or as low as 3,700.”
    https://calgaryherald.com/news/polit...w-alberta-jobs


    Also interesting:

    Drug users aren't choosing dangerous fentanyl - they don't know what's in their drugs | CBC Radio

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/dec-...rugs-1.4935107
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    “Canadians values” next for public schools?


    Edmonton Catholic teachers required to sign contracts agreeing to Catholic 'lifestyles'

    JANET FRENCH
    Updated: December 10, 2018
    https://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...lic-lifestyles

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    How Imports INCREASE GDP - Econlib
    Sep 2018

    “Even when domestic supplies of those inputs are available, the preferred foreign supplies result in higher employment and greater economic output in the United States by ...”

    https://www.econlib.org/how-imports-increase-gdp/

    Also sourced from comments:


    2018 External Sector Report: Tackling Global Imbalances amid Rising Trade Tensions
    July 2018


    HIGHLIGHTS
    The IMF’s 2018 ESR shows that global current account balances stand at about 3¼ percent of global GDP. Of this, 40-50 percent are now deemed excessive, i.e. some countries are saving too much, and others are borrowing too much. And while global imbalances remain broadly unchanged in recent years, they have become increasingly concentrated in advanced economies.

    From a global perspective, excess surpluses have been especially large and persistent in a small group of countries, most prominently in Germany and China, and to a lesser extent, in Korea, Netherlands, Sweden and Singapore. Excess deficits remain mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom, some euro area debtor countries, and a few vulnerable emerging market and developing economies (e.g. Argentina, Turkey).

    This finding matters because...
    https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/...-sector-report
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    The clock has run out on ‘midget’ hockey, say Little People advocates in Alberta | The Star

    https://www.thestar.com/calgary/2018...n-alberta.html


    Probably time to correct for usage of giants etc too.
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    "The clock has run out on ‘midget’ hockey..." Just happening now? Wow!

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    Harsher sentences proposed for certain crimes against indigenous women. Fascinating and maybe very practical way to approach one of the many inequality issues out there:



    The Current for December 11, 2018 | CBC Radio
    Listen to the full episode1:14:28
    Today on The Current:

    Senator Lillian Dyck is proposing harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes against Indigenous women, such as sexual assault, manslaughter or murder. But some advocates argue that Bill S-215 could have unintended consequences that actually harm those it seeks to protect.

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/...2018-1.4939816
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    Horrible idea.

    I thought we had figured out that harsher sentencing rarely works. No one who commits murder considers that 15 years is worth it but 25 isn't and acts accordingly.
    There can only be one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    Harsher sentences proposed for certain crimes against indigenous women. Fascinating and maybe very practical way to approach one of the many inequality issues out there:

    The Current for December 11, 2018 | CBC Radio
    Listen to the full episode1:14:28
    Today on The Current:

    Senator Lillian Dyck is proposing harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes against Indigenous women, such as sexual assault, manslaughter or murder. But some advocates argue that Bill S-215 could have unintended consequences that actually harm those it seeks to protect.

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/...2018-1.4939816
    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander II View Post
    Horrible idea.

    I thought we had figured out that harsher sentencing rarely works. No one who commits murder considers that 15 years is worth it but 25 isn't and acts accordingly.
    you may be right that 25 years vs 15 may not be a deterrent but on the relatively safe assumption that most people don't change a lot, 25 years vs 15 means another 10 years where that individual is not a danger to other innocent potential victims. it's like my own andy bruce theory of capital punishment. how many innocent people get to die as a result of someone else's principals before we consider other options?

    i'm also not sure that it really is a 25 years vs 15 issue as it is substantial time vs virtually none. ashton brian lafleche probably gave no thought to the length of the sentences he would have received for a series of convictions when he committed the acts for which he was convicted. so clearly you are correct in saying that longer sentences may not have been a deterrent. except that with longer sentences, there are two small girls that would have been alive today rather than having been stabbed to death.

    https://edmontonjournal.com/news/cri...f-two-children

    "Lafleche is also charged with breach of probation for contacting Petawaysin. Court records show he was recently released from jail after pleading guilty to breaching conditions of a recognizance."

    "Lafleche has a previous criminal record that includes charges of violence against Petawaysin.
    "On multiple occasions, he had been ordered by a court to stay away from her.
    "Lafleche was due in court in Morinville on Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing on counts of robbery and breaching probation. He is accused of stealing $380 from Petawaysin on Dec. 26, 2017 and threatening violence.
    "On Nov. 30, 2018, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaching a recognizance. The records do not explain why he was already out, though it is possible he had accrued time while detained before sentencing.
    "On Oct. 31 he was handed a $100 fine and 12 months probation in Stony Plain provincial court after entering guilty pleas to assault and failing to comply with conditions. Charges of theft under $5,000 and two other counts of failing to comply with conditions were withdrawn.
    "In that case, he was accused of assaulting Petawaysin on Sept. 17, 2018 near Stony Plain. He had previously been ordered to have no contact with her, which led to the failing to comply charge.
    "On July 20, 2017, he was in court in Morinville, where he pleaded guilty to threatening another woman on the Alexander First Nation in October 2016. He was given 18 months probation and a $100 fine, the records show."

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    Another slow motion train wreck like the lead up to the last couple crises - which I prepared for but unfortunately this time around I’ll likely be tied to my seat on the train.

    IMF warns of looming financial crisis, says world is woefully unprepared to handle it | CBC News

    “It's worth noting, however, that precious few economists and analysts called the 2008 mortgage security crisis in advance, and even then no-one anticipated the failure of two giant Wall Street investment banks and all the downstream, worldwide consequences that followed.

    The central problem remains the same one identified this morning by the IMF's Lipton — it's awfully hard to get people interested in rainy day preparations when the weather remains so warm and pleasant.”


    https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/...ight-1.4939070

    Why is this not surpring in this day and age:


    Lance Armstrong says his investment in Uber 'saved our family'
    Lauren Feiner, 6 Dec 2018

    Lance Armstrong was an early investor in Uber. He invested $100,000 through venture capitalist Chris Sacca around 2009
    when the company was valued at only $3.7 million.

    Today, Uber could be worth as much as $120 billion, according to banks readying the company for its IPO next year.

    Armstrong did not disclose how much his investment is now worth, but in an interview with CNBC said the investment has "saved" his family after being forced to pay millions in settlements over his doping as an elite cyclist.

    ...”


    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/lanc...aboolainternal
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    Baby, Just GO Outside - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJB9GP5gyAw

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    The fuse has been lit on Canada’s debt bomb
    Gary Mason, NATIONAL AFFAIRS COLUMNIST, OCTOBER 2, 2018
    “...people yawn when you mention debt levels. It’s a problem for another day. “
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opin...das-debt-bomb/

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    New York Times London crime Twitter appeal backfires - BBC News

    “The unspoken laws of using the London Underground featured heavily among the responses.

    "Someone made eye contact with me on the tube once. The culprit is still at large, despite a massive police operation," wrote ralasdair.

    “Actor Stephen McGann went one step further, and said his antagonist had even smiled after meeting his gaze - a London Underground faux-pas of the highest magnitude.”
    ...
    “Hurried commuter ChazpLDN chipped in: "A charlatan didn't have his Oyster card ready this morning before getting to the front of the underground queue. Audible tutting ensued."

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-46557035

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    Tracey Ullman Hosts "Woke" Support Group on BBC Show

    Hilarious that we can laugh at ourselves...

    Comedian Tracey Ullman hosts a "support group" for people who are so "woke" that they are finding it impossible to have any fun at all.

    Watch the 2 minute comedy video

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/vi..._bbc_show.html
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    Smart ships using wind and air bubbles to save fuel - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-...s-to-save-fuel



    Reviving Italy's ghost towns with an unusual hotel - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-...-unusual-hotel
    More:
    Albergo Diffuso - Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albergo_Diffuso


    penny farthing:
    “The Payzants of Edmonton”

    by Allen Jess, May 2006

    In Edmonton’s river valley an antique ‘penny farthing’ is kept in the city’s Artifacts Centre and identified by Accession No. 67-505-191. The owner of this bicycle was John Madison Payzant; he was a direct descendant of ...”

    https://www.abgenealogy.ca/the-payza...monton?mid=794
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    Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to 100

    “Dan Buettner has studied five places around the world where residents are famed for their longevity: Okinawa in Japan, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Icaria in Greece, and Loma Linda in California and Sardinia in Italy.

    People living in these so-called “blue zones” have certain factors in common – social support networks, daily exercise habits and a plant-based diet, for starters. But they share another unexpected commonality. In each community, people are gardening well into old age – their 80s, 90s and beyond.


    “...It is well-known that an outdoor lifestyle with moderate physical activity is linked to longer life, and gardening is an easy way to accomplish both. “If you garden, ...

    “...there is evidence that gardeners live longer and are less stressed. A variety of studies confirm this, pointing to ...


    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/201...ou-live-to-100

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    Exxon Suspends Canadian WCC LNG Project | OilPrice.com
    By Tsvetana Paraskova - Dec 20, 2018

    Excerpt:

    “ExxonMobil has withdrawn its Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project WCC from an environmental impact review, effectively meaning that the plan has been shelved.

    The WCC LNG project, led by Exxon and also participated by Imperial Oil Resources Ltd, withdraws from the Environmental Assessment process in British Columbia, the WCC LNG website says in a notice, adding that the website will be available until the end of 2018.

    The project, which has been reviewed in Canada since 2015, proposed the development and operation of the WCC LNG Project in Tuck Inlet, within the city limits of Prince Rupert. The proposed Project was to include production, storage, transfer, and loading of LNG onto LNG vessels for marine transportation to international markets. “


    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...G-Project.html

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    The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about - BBC News

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46455844

    Cement concrete

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    ...and it’s time you gym freaks started to ease up, you are polluting the air. The average human exhales about 2.3 pounds of carbon dioxide on an average day. (The exact quantity depends on your activity level—a person engaged in vigorous exercise produces up to eight times as much CO2
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    Do hold your breath to save the planet.
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    I’ll try to take it easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about - BBC News

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46455844

    Cement concrete
    the amount of co2 emitted during concrete production can be reduced by using fly ash to replace some of the portland cement in the mix design.

    in addition to the reduced emissions, because of the life span of concrete the carbon in the fly ash is considered to be sequestered (to the point where using appropriate mix designs will qualify for leed points).

    lastly, it appears that concrete may over time actually be a co2 “sink”, attracting and sequestering it from the atmosphere such that it’s initial production impact may be much more balanced over its life.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...14509516300493
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    Guerrilla Tree Archivists Cloned Ancient Redwoods Using Their Dead Stumps - Motherboard

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...ir-dead-stumps

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    Interesting 1970s interview on the origin of bauhaus


    Revitalizing a Master’s Hidden Pottery Enclave, Deep in the Sonoma Redwoods | KQED News

    “She became Germany’s first female "Master Potter." Then the Nazis came along. Wildenhain, who was Jewish, fled to New York, and eventually moved to the West Coast.

    She was in demand as a teacher. Droves of students came to study pottery at Pond Farm, where Wildenhain taught them to think beyond the mechanics of throwing pots.

    "I don't admire technique as such," she said in a documentary (see below) about her life and work shot at Pond Farm in the 1970s. "I admire if you ...”

    https://www.kqed.org/news/11712065/r...onoma-redwoods

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    A great idea having your own thread with interesting tidbits. Way better than starting a new thread for each item. Good one KC.

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    How Neanderthal are you? - BBC Reel
    https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p041b...rthal-are-you-


    Trump reportedly wants to fire the Fed chair, a move that could wreak havoc on the financial markets
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/22/trum...ir-powell.html



    How it’s quite possible that Canada has the world’s largest oil reserves | U.S. & International | JWN Energy

    “Alberta’s recoverable reserves of oil are, still conservatively, the largest on Earth by far, and are larger than those of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined, as shown in Table 4.”

    https://www.jwnenergy.com/article/20...-oil-reserves/




    Oil-based economy? Russia’s non-energy exports go boom — RT Business News

    “Boosting of Russia’s non-commodity exports is currently a key priority for the strategic development of the Russian economy. This year results are showing that we have chosen the right track for developing the export industry,”Slepnev said, stressing that the current export policy is making a significant contribution to the economic growth.”

    https://www.rt.com/business/447153-r...orts-billions/


    Russia seeks to ‘feed the whole planet’ – PM — RT Russia News

    “Our country is, as they say, destined by the heavens to feed the whole planet. And we’ll try and do that,”



    Back in 1990s, the agriculture was called a ‘black hole’, where one should not invest, we were told we should not feed ourselves since we can purchase everything elsewhere,” Medvedev said. “Now, it feeds our whole country. We’ve reached the main goals regarding food security and we’re exporting grains, other goods to the world market.”

    This year, Russia has enjoyed vast growth of its agricultural exports, becoming the world’s top exporter of wheat. From January through September of 2018, exports of Russia’s wheat and meslin flour expanded by 54.3 percent compared to the previous year.

    The amount of food which the county imports, in its turn, continued to shrink. Imports of grains to Russia dropped by 11.1 percent during the same period. Imports of barley have suffered an enormous decline, dropping a whopping 94 percent.



    https://www.rt.com/russia/445748-med...a-feed-planet/






    Russia planning aggressive expansion of value-added exports | IntraFish

    https://www.intrafish.com/marketplac...-added-exports






    Bolding mine.
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    New digital collection shares story of Banff through iconic postcards of Byron Harmon | UToday | University of Calgary

    “...learn more about the historic photographer’s visual record of mountain culture”

    By Rob Alexander, Libraries and Cultural Resources



    “The postcards, 688 of which are unique images, were scanned and catalogued. ...”


    “Byron Harmon is one of the main visual chroniclers of the Rocky Mountains, so I wanted to get as close to original Harmon sources as I could and the photo postcards have the most authenticity,” says Murray. “They just have that great connection to Harmon himself because they would have been produced during his lifetime.”




    “Harmon postcards aside, the Brian Mazza Mountain Studies collection also includes maps, literature, the accounts of explorers and mountaineers, and other ephemera such as brochures and personal photographs.


    Byron Harmon’s collection of photo postcards is one of the most important visual records of Banff and the Canadian Rockies.“


    https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue...s-byron-harmon
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    Gundam trashes Edmonton: how the city became worthy of being blown up | Cities | The Guardian
    2016

    Forget New York, let alone Tokyo: as reader Greg Whistance-Smith points out, the wildly popular Japanese anime show Mobile Suit Gundam has rather bizarrely chosen quiet Edmonton, Alberta as the backdrop for its two-part season finale

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...blown-up-anime




    There's no major city like it': Toronto's unique ravine system under threat
    21 Dec 2018
    “Without urgent action against environmental degradation, the forest ravines covering 20% of the city could be reduced to sterile valleys within decades”
    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...m-under-threat

    Calling for a master plan in urban living – archive, 1959

    19 December 1959: The report of the Royal Fine Art Commission strongly criticises the way in which our towns and cities are developing

    Strong criticism of the way in which our towns and cities are developing is made in the report of the Royal Fine Art Commission covering the period January, 1958, to August, 1959.

    Not only does the commission find that legislation to create green belts and to build new towns has failed to check the spread of the suburbs but in the centre of these cities development of office and commercial buildings has presented further serious problems. “All too often,” the commission says, “the dominant motive is to attain the largest amount of lettable floor space that planning legislation will allow in the most sought-after areas.”

    The commission thinks that not only does the design of new buildings suffer from this intense concentration, but traffic congestion is made worse by the increase of those who wish to drive into the city centres where they work. The provision for street widening in these new building schemes does not, in the commission’s view, compensate for the increasing number of people drawn into the centre. Moreover, the provision for car parking in central areas is usually quite inadequate.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...g-archive-1959
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    Maybe it’s like drinking when pregnant?

    Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says - CNN

    September 19, 2017
    https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/healt...udy/index.html



    IQ scores are falling and have been for decades - CNN

    June 13, 2018
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/healt...ntl/index.html

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    interesting on the iq scores but wonder as well isn’t some of that is because iq tests themselves are somewhat of a faulty measure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
    interesting on the iq scores but wonder as well isn’t some of that is because iq tests themselves are somewhat of a faulty measure...
    Yeah lack of research all around. So it’s just a heads up on a possibility. Hope thoughtless people don’t flip out and jump the gun on another unverified potential issue. Nonetheless because fouride is so good for dental health, questioning it or suggesting anything negative about has been a strong societal taboo (like mercury amalgam fillings).



    Speaking of which:

    Dental Amalgam Fillings Linked To Perinatal Death, Pregnancy Risks

    International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
    Dec 19, 2018

    “Two new studies associating dental amalgam fillings with pregnancy risks confirm action is urgently needed to protect babies from the known risks of mercury, according to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). A growing number of countries have taken measures to prevent the placement of dental amalgam "silver" fillings in women and children because it contains approximately 50% mercury. ”

    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...300768511.html

    Hmm, last I’d heard was official word that mercury amalgam fillings were totally safe and any suggestion otherwise was fear mongering.

    If correct, maybe this (or just mercury) is a bigger smoking gun for the supposed IQ declines - and not fluoride.

    Is mercury in the body from fillings or fish? - Futurity
    https://www.futurity.org/is-mercury-...lings-or-fish/
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    Big old trucks. (I wonder about school buses allowed to idle away while outside schools.)

    “Professor Greg Evans hopes these results gets city planners and residents thinking more about the density of trucks, rather than the concentration of vehicle traffic, outside their homes, schools and daycares.” Source: See below



    Large trucks are biggest culprits of near-road air pollution -- ScienceDaily

    “The difference between emission levels across the sites was more correlated with the number of large trucks on the road rather than number of cars.

    Researchers found that air pollution levels right beside a major trucking route within a city were close to levels seen beside Highway 401, despite the road carrying less than one-tenth of the vehicle traffic. "This was in part due to differences in wind and proximity to the road but, surprisingly, the number of vehicles didn't make that much of a difference," said Evans.

    The data also revealed a significant drop in emissions on the 401 on the weekends, when personal vehicle traffic is still very high, but the volume of large truck traffic is low. “

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0910111237.htm
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    And no one ever mentions the airplanes. 1200 to 1500 litres of jet fuel per hour each. Straight into the atmosphere where there are no trees to clean it. I think it’s because this is the strong environmentalists main transportation.

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    Solar shines in dead of winter – even in Edmonton, study finds - techlifetoday
    http://techlifetoday.ca/articles/201...en-in-edmonton



    Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s 5-year study on solar panels in winter - GreenBuildingAdvisor
    Scott Wilson | Posted in General Questions on December 20, 2018 09:23pm
    This article discusses whether snow has much effect on the performance of solar panels.

    SOLAR PANELS SHINE DESPITE WINTER'S BLAST, NAIT STUDY FINDS
    Five-year study by alternative energy experts shows snow has little impact on panels' effectiveness
    Posted: July 12, 2018
    http://www.nait.ca/44779_103955.htm
    https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com...nels-in-winter
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    The ‘cult’ of early retirement- BBC


    BBC - Capital - FIRE: The movement to live frugally and retire decades early

    Barney Whiter’s parents bought their home when he was starting secondary school in the UK in 1981. “They did the classic British thing,” he says, “big house, big mortgage.”

    Soon after, a major recession hit and interest rates rocketed to 17%.

    His parents had to cut back their spending to make the crippling mortgage payments:...”



    “For more than two decades, Whiter made sure to save at least half his salary every month for retirement, and any bonuses would be quickly squirreled away into savings. ...”


    “But it wasn’t until a year before he retired that he came across Mr Money Mustache, a blog written by 44-year-old Canadian Peter Adeney – a veritable celebrity among early retirees. Whiter realised he’d subconsciously been part of a movement growing in popularity with younger workers around the world: FIRE (financial independence, retire early).

    Starting a FIRE
    ...”

    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/201...-decades-early


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    Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

    Jason Gill, Carlos Celis-Morales, University of Glasgow
    April 20, 2017
    https://theconversation.com/cycling-...aggering-76292

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    Solar shines in dead of winter – even in Edmonton, study finds - techlifetoday
    http://techlifetoday.ca/articles/201...en-in-edmonton



    Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s 5-year study on solar panels in winter - GreenBuildingAdvisor
    Scott Wilson | Posted in General Questions on December 20, 2018 09:23pm
    This article discusses whether snow has much effect on the performance of solar panels.

    SOLAR PANELS SHINE DESPITE WINTER'S BLAST, NAIT STUDY FINDS
    Five-year study by alternative energy experts shows snow has little impact on panels' effectiveness
    Posted: July 12, 2018
    http://www.nait.ca/44779_103955.htm
    https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com...nels-in-winter
    New 5 year study? Funny that.

    I used to have wind & solar energy data and detailed study textbooks for Edmonton and Alberta from the 1970's that determined the best solar panel angle for best efficiency, when tilted to the equivalent of a city’s latitude.


    I guess there is good money found in redoing studies that determine that the sky is blue...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    Solar shines in dead of winter – even in Edmonton, study finds - techlifetoday
    http://techlifetoday.ca/articles/201...en-in-edmonton



    Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s 5-year study on solar panels in winter - GreenBuildingAdvisor
    Scott Wilson | Posted in General Questions on December 20, 2018 09:23pm
    This article discusses whether snow has much effect on the performance of solar panels.

    SOLAR PANELS SHINE DESPITE WINTER'S BLAST, NAIT STUDY FINDS
    Five-year study by alternative energy experts shows snow has little impact on panels' effectiveness
    Posted: July 12, 2018
    http://www.nait.ca/44779_103955.htm
    https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com...nels-in-winter
    New 5 year study? Funny that.

    I used to have wind & solar energy data and detailed study textbooks for Edmonton and Alberta from the 1970's that determined the best solar panel angle for best efficiency, when tilted to the equivalent of a city’s latitude.


    I guess there is good money found in redoing studies that determine that the sky is blue...
    I only skimmed a couple pages. I think this one added a whole lot more data. Maybe impact of snow cover, angle differences, continuous telemetry or some such info. I’m guessing that it’s more of interest to commercial/industrial developers than say solar hobbiests. Maybe it addresses deficiencies in the old data.

    Plus of course, good data you can take to the bank.



    I just went back to it and I see they actually said: “You can take this to the bank”


    says the results will improve modelling used to estimate solar energy production that determines return on investment. Ultimately, that means a win for consumers.
    “You can take this to the bank.”
    NAIT launched the reference array snow study in 2012 with the City of Edmonton and Solar Energy Society of Alberta. A system of 12 solar modules was installed atop the Shaw Theatre on Main Campus to not only measure the impact of snow on the system, but also how the tilt of each module affects energy production.

    “The rule of thumb throughout industry was to design a system as if it had no snow and then wipe 20% of energy production off the slate – we’re going to lose 20% because we’re in Canada,” says Matthews. “Everybody was terrified of underestimating the impact of snow and latitude [on energy production].”

    ...
    Myth busting too!



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    'Right to repair' gathers force - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46797396

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    “Everybody was terrified of underestimating the impact of snow and latitude [on energy production].”
    ^^
    I had several textbooks that I got from the Alberta government bookstore and the energy store that was on 118 ave and about 152nd street in 1977-78 that were written in 1974-76 on solar and wind energy data. I had built a few solar collector designs in the wake of the renewable energy interest of the 1970's. The textbooks included significant information and data on solar energy gain from various fixed installation angles vs sun tracking etc.

    Obviously there is new data being found today but most of the basics were known decades ago.

    Had to laugh that "Everybody was terrified". Really. There is a researcher that keep awake at night worrying about the energy wasted by alarm clocks.
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    Hilarious. CES, the very event invented to be all about the new, novel and never seen before products doesn’t have an award for the - new, novel and never seen before products. Bureaucracy Rules!


    Maker of sex toy banned from CES showcase calls out gender double standard in tech | CBC Radio

    “ "Unfortunately, [Osé] does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted for the Innovation Awards Program," it reads.”

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens...tech-1.4973199

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    The Simplest Explanation Of Global Warming Ever
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/startsw...-warming-ever/

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    Maybe we could stand our unused pipeline pipe on end and build solar power towers (solar power tower walls/stands) across the province.


    Here Are the Largest Solar Farms Across the World | Digital Trends
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-t...t-solar-farms/


    Or maybe fill up huge bundles of vertical pipes forming huge silos for energy storage:

    Swiss startup Energy Vault is stacking concrete blocks to store energy — Quartz

    https://qz.com/1355672/stacking-conc...-store-energy/

    This gravity-powered battery could be the future of energy storage - Archpaper.com

    https://archpaper.com/2018/11/energy...ncrete-blocks/




    Or roll big concrete wheels up shutes on mountain sides and valley walls then roll them down to generate electricity.
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    This is funny!!!
    DNA DISCOUNTS advertisement for "AeroMexico" airlines - YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sCeMTB5P6U



    As an aside, in Canada we had several hundred years* of fur traders (and explorers) mixing with the native/indigenous populations. I’ve read where the “mixed blood” french-native and probably much less english-native** population was considered to be around 50% of one territorial population at one point.

    This was likely before massive 1900s immigration came in to occupy the native lands.


    Found this. Interestingly the following old Wikipedia statement showing the massive overwhelming 6X (including Métis) “mixed blood” majority in 1870 Manitoba census has now been removed from the article:


    Métis in Canada - Wikipedia

    “An 1870 census of Manitoba classified the population as follows: 11,963 total people. Of this number 558 were defined as Indians (First Nations). There were 5,757 Métis and 4,083 English-speaking Mixed Bloods. The remaining 1,565 people were of predominately European, Canadian or American background.”


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Métis_in_Canada

    It’s probably just a novelty or trivial issue but it might be interesting to see the DNA results across Canada today and if it would show any significant legacy of early interactions. The older long established trading territories of upper and lower Canada might show very interesting results. However massive immigration since certainly would have overwhelmed any of these original indigenously connected “blood-lines”.

    *two to two-and-a-half centuries of explorers and for traders living amongst indigenous populations and “intermarrying” before the huge population influxes like that of the early 1900s.

    ** for years, English traders were not allowed to marry indigenous natives whereas French traders were allowed
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    Elise Stolte: Worst walk on my commute is city-owned. A winter city doesn’t have to be this painful | Edmonton Journal

    https://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...e-this-painful

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    Massive Edmonton Opera Centre opens in an unlikely spot | CBC News
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmon...pens-1.4984749

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    Massive Edmonton Opera Centre opens in an unlikely spot | CBC News
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmon...pens-1.4984749
    Fantastic! I think that repurposing an existing warehouse is a responsible and effective use of the space. I would rather see money spent on the staff, performers and costumes rather than a very expensive building while keeping the ticket prices reasonable, making opera more accessible to more people.
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    Nearly half of Albertans worry rising interest rates could lead to bankruptcy: Poll
    Nearly two-thirds of Albertans feeling effects of rising interest rates | Calgary Herald
    SAMMY HUDES
    Updated: January 21, 2019
    https://calgaryherald.com/news/local...ankruptcy-poll

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    Water instantly freezes when it is banged against a table | Metro Video

    https://metro.co.uk/video/water-inst...table-1846370/


    Temperature here will soon be about right to play around with freezing water bottles.

    Instant Freeze Water - Bottle Slam | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science
    https://www.stevespanglerscience.com...eeze-soda-ice/
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    https://www.google.ca/search?q=12+mi...&bih=553&dpr=2. This is that house the lady is giving away for the right letter. $25 and a touching letter about why you should get the house wins it. I have the mailing address and will be sending a letter. You never know. Sure a lot of fancy wood in this house. Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=12+mi...&bih=553&dpr=2. This is that house the lady is giving away for the right letter. $25 and a touching letter about why you should get the house wins it. I have the mailing address and will be sending a letter. You never know. Sure a lot of fancy wood in this house. Wow.
    I wonder who will read the sixty five thousand letters, or will she just pick one from the pile. Sixty five thousand x $25.00 gives her the asking price. I wouldn't want it, but good luck!

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    No chance that 65,000 letters would be looked at. Where's this 65,000 number coming from, anyway?
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    The whole thing sounds like a scam.

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    I don't know about scam, but she's certainly not "giving her house away" like every headline indicates. She's running a raffle for it, and could potentially even turn a profit if it went viral enough. However if she's not crossing her I's and dotting her T's, she could well end up in legal trouble.

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    Which is why it's an essay contest and not a straight raffle with $25 tickets. Other people have done it. Some successfully, some not.

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    Now part of Canadian history:

    Hitler book maps 'Final Solution in Canada,' Library and Archives Canada curator says | CBC News

    “When the book appeared on LAC's radar, Kent said curators struggled with the moral implications of purchasing it. Other institutions including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum refuse to buy items owned by Nazis.

    Ultimately, Kent said, LAC decided to purchase the book because of the prevalence of Holocaust denial and xenophobia.

    "While this is certainly a creepy item, the decision to acquire it was simple," he said. "The chance to acquire an item like this reminds us of ... the role we play in ensuring the memory of the Holocaust is preserved."


    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...nada-1.4989961

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    Green Politics and Global Instability - WSJ
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/green-p...ty-11548201074

    May contain errors. Eg the mention of falling house prices in Edmonton. An article on that which is posted was challenged as inaccurate or misleading. So not sure what else the author is getting wrong.

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    Archeological findings confirm oral history of Lake Babine First Nation in northern B.C. | CBC News

    Sprawling village, complex fish weirs around lake date back at least 1,300 years

    CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2019

    “Researchers are planning to head back to the region in the summer to focus on a man-made island engineered 1,000 years ago using stone tools.

    "As far as I know is might be the only one in the world," Rahemtulla said. “


    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...logy-1.4991792

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    “Heaven forbid, I tweet like a 24-year-old, because I am a 24-year-old."


    MSP brands Churchill a 'white supremacist' - BBC News

    “ But the MSP replied: “Heaven forbid, I tweet like a 24-year-old, because I am a 24-year-old." “

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-polit...urchill-legacy


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    How 'Vasectomy Zoning' Makes Childless Cities
    Municipalities shouldn’t block or raise the cost of things young parents need, like day-care centers and two-bedroom houses or apartments.

    JAN 28, 2019

    Cities: Don't Use Zoning to Exclude Families With Kids - CityLab

    https://www.citylab.com/perspective/...ildren/580279/




    Does Upzoning Boost the Housing Supply and Lower Prices? Maybe Not.

    RICHARD FLORIDA JAN 31, 2019

    “...
    A growing chorus of market urbanists and YIMBYs make the case: Restrict supply, and demand and therefore prices go up. So, it follows, liberalizing codes to make it easier to build—and to permit taller, denser structures—will increase supply and cause prices to fall, which will then make housing (and expensive cities) more affordable.

    But a new study published in the journal Urban Affairs Review throws a bit of a proverbial wrench into the works. Its author, Yonah Freemark, a doctoral student in urban planning at MIT, has analyzed the effects of upzonings...”

    “His study takes the form of a natural experiment (the “gold standard” of social-science research) ...”

    “Freemark reaches two startling conclusions that should at least temper our enthusiasm about the potential of zoning reform to solve the housing crisis—conclusions that, interestingly enough, he has said he did not set out to find. First, he finds ...”

    https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/01...cation/581677/

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    Regarding the ref. below: Not to ALL readers? I’d suggest it’s time CBC abandon the single generic warning. Maybe add: Details of this story will be extremely disturbing to all but a few readers.

    “WARNING: Details of this story may be extremely disturbing to some readers”

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...ents-1.5000870

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    The Investor Seth Klarman, in a Rare Interview, Offers a Warning. Davos Should Listen | The New Yorker

    “...But, in a speech at Harvard Business School last fall, Klarman argued that American capitalism has been damaged by the obsession with short-term stock prices. “Does anyone really believe that shareholders are the only constituency that matters: not customers, not employees, not the community or the country or Planet Earth?” he asked.
    In those remarks, Klarman challenged C.E.O.s and fellow-investors to accept greater responsibility for the consequences of their actions. “It’s a choice to do things that ‘maximize profits,’ to pay people as little as you can, or work them as hard as you can,” he said. “It’s a choice to maintain pleasant working conditions or, alternatively, particularly harsh ones, to offer good benefits or paltry ones.” Also, without naming specific cases, he criticized the kind of buyouts in which private-equity investors saddled a troubled company with so much debt that it helped push the company into bankruptcy. (The collapse of Toys R Us is a recent example.) He said, “It’s a choice to leverage up your company to the hilt, to pile on non-recourse debt to pay special dividends to the owners, and then walk away if the business falters and the debt comes due. Just because you can do something definitely doesn’t mean that you should.”

    ...”

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily...-should-listen

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    The Investor Seth Klarman, in a Rare Interview, Offers a Warning. Davos Should Listen | The New Yorker

    “...But, in a speech at Harvard Business School last fall, Klarman argued that American capitalism has been damaged by the obsession with short-term stock prices. “Does anyone really believe that shareholders are the only constituency that matters: not customers, not employees, not the community or the country or Planet Earth?” he asked.
    In those remarks, Klarman challenged C.E.O.s and fellow-investors to accept greater responsibility for the consequences of their actions. “It’s a choice to do things that ‘maximize profits,’ to pay people as little as you can, or work them as hard as you can,” he said. “It’s a choice to maintain pleasant working conditions or, alternatively, particularly harsh ones, to offer good benefits or paltry ones.” Also, without naming specific cases, he criticized the kind of buyouts in which private-equity investors saddled a troubled company with so much debt that it helped push the company into bankruptcy. (The collapse of Toys R Us is a recent example.) He said, “It’s a choice to leverage up your company to the hilt, to pile on non-recourse debt to pay special dividends to the owners, and then walk away if the business falters and the debt comes due. Just because you can do something definitely doesn’t mean that you should.”

    ...”

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily...-should-listen
    I would add to this list of concerns, offshore outsourcing of work and profits and automation. I think its becoming clearer to a lot of people in the US and in other western countries that the interests of large global corporations are not really the same as theirs. First there was the 1% movement, then the election of Trump. The first sort of fizzled and in some ways Trump is very friendly to big corporations and the well off, although not very globalist in approach. I think the third shoe will drop in the next US election and there will be a government more inclined to rein in corporate excess. Even if they somehow start to lose their resolve like some governments in the past did, there will be much more public pressure on them this time to follow through.

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    Electric cars - Preheating!

    Wow. Not like we never had the TORCAN interior car warmers (could even get a combined one with battery charging too! ...and put it on a timer!)

    Have they re-discovered battery blankets yet?




    Hilarious!

    Uses: “grid power”.

    Why Electric Vehicles Are Great Winter Cars | CleanTechnica

    “Another rocking feature is the preheating. These cars have a preheating function that we have set up so that when my wife walks to our cold garage at 7:20 in the morning her car is waiting with a warm interior, hot seat, and even a hot steering wheel. It is a nice way to start the commute to work. Naturally I don’t recommend trying this inside a garage with an internal combustion vehicle, because the exhaust gas emissions could be lethal. This feature also mitigates the effects of cold on the range, since the bulk of the heating was done using grid power. ”

    https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/13...t-winter-cars/





    Progress is fine, but it's gone on for too long.: We used to make things in this country. #163: The Rotor Electric Company and Torcan fans, Toronto, Ontario

    http://progress-is-fine.blogspot.com...ountry_20.html
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    You might get a kick out of this as well, then: https://electrek.co/2019/02/13/tesla-dog-mode-2/

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    Aerial farm photographs provide unique link to the past
    Matthew Liebenberg Oct 13, 2018

    Excerpts:

    “The owners of a large archival library of aerial farm photographs dating back to 1953 have been visiting communities across southern Saskatchewan since early October to sell reprints to anyone with a connection to a farm in the area.

    Kim Bessette and Eileen Deringer of Calgary based Homestead Aerial Photo set up their display in the Swift Current Mall on Oct. 3 and 4.”

    ...“This is only a small portion of the entire collection. In total there are about 1.5 million aerial farm photographs that were taken across western Canada from 1953 to 2001. The dates vary between provinces, for example 1953 to 2001 for Alberta, but 1954 to 2000 for Saskatchewan and 1956 to 1994 for Manitoba.

    The photographs for the Peace River district in British Columbia cover the period 1955 to 2000 and for the rest of that province there are images taken from 1970 to 1999, but there are no photographs for Vancouver Island.

    The collection includes photographs taken on Prince Edward from the 1960s to 1975 and others are from some areas of Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

    ...”

    https://www.prairiepost.com/business...94ec5e043.html

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    For Alberta at least, aerial photographs are available for viewing and copy at the Air Photo Library http://aep.alberta.ca/forms-maps-ser...s/default.aspx at

    2nd floor East, Muriel Stanley Venne Provincial Centre
    12360 142 Street NW

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    Watch: Complete time lapse of Calgary’s new library’s construction | Edmonton Sun

    https://calgaryherald.com/news/local...s-construction

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    Alberta company harnesses nanotech to create solar-powered windows - constructconnect.com

    https://canada.constructconnect.com/...owered-windows

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    "I’m Committing Professional Suicide": CBS Star Reporter Admits "Mostly Liberal" Journalists Are Now "Political Activists" | Zero Hedge

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...alists-are-now

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    2 hours into the podcast, where she uses expletives multiple times, Lara Logan states that the media is 85% card carrying members of the Democratic party and the other 14% are too lazy to get their membership. She purports that Fox news is the only right wing media but then admits that they lie too.

    "The media everywhere is mostly liberal. Not just in the U.S. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact, right?... So the facts are on the side of what you just stated. Most journalists are left or liberal or Democrat or whatever word you want to give it. I always joke about the other 14 percent were too lazy to register. And there’s maybe one percent that’s on the right."

    "There’s one Fox. And there’s many, many, many more organizations on the left," she said. "Both sides do terrible things. Both sides lie. Both sides manipulate. Both sides push their point of view. But the problem is the weight of all of these organizations on one side of the political spectrum.
    This is demonstrably false. There are lots of people working for right wing media outlets so to state that 99% are Democrats is just hyperbole, something she rails against but does herself.


    The whole thing sounded like a video interview to get a job with Fox. How many days do you think will pass before she get hired?

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/vi...standards.html
    Some of her questionable journalist history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Logan
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    I like how everyone uses the word “admit” instead of just saying that she “says”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    I like how everyone uses the word “admit” instead of just saying that she “says”.
    What are you talking about? Everyone???

    I call BS on your statement

    I word checked the Real Clear Politics report for example and found zero use of the word "admit".

    The reporters at Zerohedge used that trigger word as part of their bias against main steam media. As if Zerohedge is a proper media source. It is a Bulgarian based Conspiracy-Pseudoscience media outlet with extremely low, if any journalism standards.
    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/

    Where is YOUR proof that; "everyone uses the word “admit” instead of just saying that she “says”".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    I like how everyone uses the word “admit” instead of just saying that she “says”.
    What are you talking about? Everyone??? I call BS on your statement

    I word checked the Real Clear Politics report for example and found zero use of the word "admit".

    The reporters at Zerohedge used that trigger word as part of their bias against main steam media. As if Zerohedge is a proper media source. It is a Bulgarian based Conspiracy-Pseudoscience media outlet with extremely low, if any journalism standards.
    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/

    Where is YOUR proof that; "everyone uses the word “admit” instead of just saying that she “says”".
    Ok not everyone. You did in post #73 and they did:

    “2 hours into the podcast, where she uses expletives multiple times, Lara Logan states that the media is 85% card carrying members of the Democratic party and the other 14% are too lazy to get their membership. She purports that Fox news is the only right wing media but then admits that they lie too.”

    “ "I’m Committing Professional Suicide": CBS Star Reporter Admits "Mostly Liberal" Journalists Are Now "Political Activists" | Zero Hedge”




    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    2 hours into the podcast, where she uses expletives multiple times, Lara Logan states that the media is 85% card carrying members of the Democratic party and the other 14% are too lazy to get their membership. She purports that Fox news is the only right wing media but then admits that they lie too.

    "The media everywhere is mostly liberal. Not just in the U.S. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact, right?... So the facts are on the side of what you just stated. Most journalists are left or liberal or Democrat or whatever word you want to give it. I always joke about the other 14 percent were too lazy to register. And there’s maybe one percent that’s on the right."

    "There’s one Fox. And there’s many, many, many more organizations on the left," she said. "Both sides do terrible things. Both sides lie. Both sides manipulate. Both sides push their point of view. But the problem is the weight of all of these organizations on one side of the political spectrum.
    This is demonstrably false. There are lots of people working for right wing media outlets so to state that 99% are Democrats is just hyperbole, something she rails against but does herself.


    The whole thing sounded like a video interview to get a job with Fox. How many days do you think will pass before she get hired?

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/vi...standards.html
    Some of her questionable journalist history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Logan
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    No, you posted the word first. Not that 'admit' is some sort of bad word.

    You deliberately state that "everyone" is using that word. Trump uses that tactic to characterize an event or issue and falsely state that "everyone" or "everybody" believes the same thing. As you know, you can't get "everyone" to agree that the world is round ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/...-science-video ) so statements like yours are a hasty generalization to falsely slew the argument.

    You are being intellectually dishonest. I am disappointed with you, KC, you are better than this. Everyone agrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    No, you posted the word first. Not that 'admit' is some sort of bad word.

    You deliberately state that "everyone" is using that word. Trump uses that tactic to characterize an event or issue and falsely state that "everyone" or "everybody" believes the same thing. As you know, you can't get "everyone" to agree that the world is round ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/...-science-video ) so statements like yours are a hasty generalization to falsely slew the argument.

    You are being intellectually dishonest. I am disappointed with you, KC, you are better than this. Everyone agrees.
    Do you admit that you want me to admit that I’m intellectually dishonest?

    I only posted it first because it was a quotation in the news article title.

    My use of “everyone” was clearly a gross inaccuracy. My bad.

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    Forgiven and forgotten
    Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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    I’ll never admit to ever having used the word admit.

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    Australians spent $9.3bn on drugs in 2018, wastewater shows | Australia news | The Guardian


    “It is astounding that Australians waste over $9.3bn a year on drugs,” the commission chief executive, Michael Phelan, said on Wednesday. “This is money people could be spending on legitimate goods for themselves and their families.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...stewater-shows




    Lara Logan and CBS News Have Parted Ways – Variety
    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lar...ws-1203142584/

    Lara Logan Defends Liberal Media Bias on ‘Hannity’ – Variety

    “She accused her critics of engaging in smear tactics as opposed to attacking “the substance of what you’re saying.”

    “They can’t go after the things that matter, so they smear you personally, they go after your integrity, they go after your reputation as a person and as a professional and they’ll stop at nothing,” she claimed.

    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lar...as-1203144645/
    Irony alert: Lara Logan bashes ‘liberal’ media - The Washington Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...liberal-media/


    Hannity Invites Fox News to Hire Lara Logan: ‘I Hope My Bosses Find a Place for You’
    https://www.thewrap.com/hannity-invi...place-for-you/

    “impartial“:
    Lara Logan discusses the partisan media and collusion with Fusion GPS
    https://www.commdiginews.com/politic...on-gps-114105/
    Last edited by KC; 23-02-2019 at 07:56 AM.

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    'Unreliable' LRT trains can't handle Ottawa winters, internal reports reveal
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...port-1.5038832

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    2014 article: Benghazi and the Bombshell
    Is Lara Logan too toxic to return to 60 Minutes?
    By Joe Hagan, May 4, 2014

    “Relentlessly hyped in the days leading up to the broadcast, the story fit broadly into the narrative the right had been trying for months to build of a White House and State Department oblivious to...”

    “...it was a stunning error, of a sort that can quickly corrode the brand of a show like 60 Minutes. And the scandal was an oddly precise echo of “Rathergate,” when Dan Rather, at the Wednesday edition of 60 Minutes in 2004, used memos of dubious provenance in a report on George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service.”

    “...The night of the broadcast, October 27, former State Department officials under Hillary Clinton were watching the program with antennae up and exchanged emails. “I think he’s lying his head off about where he was and what he did,” wrote one former official about the man calling himself ...”

    http://nymag.com/news/features/lara-...s-news-2014-5/
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    Canada 150 Cabin Renovation 1 – Northern Alberta Pioneers & Descendants Association

    http://northernalbertapioneers.com/g...novation-work/

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    The history of Edmonton's Keillor Cabin revealed - YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTAmZ4Qe4_8

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    Here Be Sturgeons: Fishing in Edmonton | Vue Weekly
    https://www.vueweekly.com/here-be-st...g-in-edmonton/

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    Saskatoon seminar showcases forgotten steamboat history | Saskatoon StarPhoenix
    2016
    Excerpt:
    “They were huge ships. The Northwest was 200 feet long and had two major boilers. The S.S. City of Medicine Hat was only 140 feet long but its boiler weighed 17 tons,” Amundson said.

    “These were huge pieces of really impressive machinery and it’s hard for a farm boy, which I am, not to get excited about it.”

    https://thestarphoenix.com/news/loca...amboat-history



    Researchers hope to start search for Poundmaker weapons thrown in North Sask. River | CBC News

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saska...acts-1.4902248

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    480 not 5,000 but still interesting: New "refillable" battery tech could allow electric cars over 5000km range | The Driven
    https://thedriven.io/2019/02/18/refi...ue-university/
    Last edited by KC; 06-03-2019 at 08:47 PM.

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    Skiplagging: The travel trick that airlines hate
    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/201...-airlines-hate

    Some site off the Internet via googling: skiplagging Edmonton
    https://skiplagged.com/flights/YEG/2019-03-11

    The Dangers of Hidden City Ticketing: My Skiplagged Review - Jen on a Jet Plane
    https://jenonajetplane.com/hidden-ci...lagged-review/


    Airlines hate 'hidden city ticketing' — but it's still one of the best ways to save a ton on your flights if you know how to do it - AOL Finance
    http://www.businessinsider.com/find-...cketing-2018-1
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    A Builders’ Guide from British Columbia - GreenBuildingAdvisor
    The city of Vancouver has published a guide to high-R walls
    “But if you live in Zone 6, 7, or 8, this type of wall no longer complies with the code. Similarly, builders in British Columbia, Canada, need walls that exceed R-20 — they now need to hit at least R-22.”
    https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com...itish-columbia

    Comment section’s posts on flashing etc are interesting.

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    About time.
    Canada set to begin collecting data on travellers leaving country
    By NICHOLAS KEUNG IMMIGRATION REPORTER
    Tues., March 19, 2019

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/...g-country.html

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    Spate of business closures hits Calgary’s most popular districts | Calgary Herald
    In the span of two months this winter, Calgary's 17th Avenue SW lost 29 businesses.

    AMANDA STEPHENSON, CALGARY HERALD
    Updated: March 29, 2019


    “Annabel Tully — the owner of Kismet, a women’s clothing store in Kensington — said her property taxes have gone up 95 per cent since 2015. She said she considers herself fortunate...”

    https://calgaryherald.com/business/l...ular-districts

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    Tristin Hopper: How environmentalists killed Rachel Notley’s government | National Post

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/tri...eys-government

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    Tristin Hopper: How environmentalists killed Rachel Notley’s government | National Post

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/tri...eys-government
    Its an interesting article but a very debatable point, particularly when the writer of the article concedes "she probably would have lost anyways".

    I rarely read the National Post, iy has a slant in its coverage and sometimes I think it is aspiring to be the Fox News of Canada - unfair and unbalanced. I am not sure if it is doing any service to inform its readers other than perhaps pandering to their preconceptions. It has basically been on an anti liberal crusade ever since Chretien tried to block its owner at the time Conrad Black from getting a seat in the House of Lords in the UK in the early 2000's. Black ended up later going to prison in the US, so perhaps Chretien was on to something.

    If you think the environmentalists were harsh on Notley, wait to see how they react to Kenney. Also, Notley has gained a lot of public support and goodwill outside of Alberta, I don't think Kenney will

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    And after Black got out of prison, Harper made sure he could return to Canada very quickly even though Black had renounced his Canadian citizenship to take his seat in the House of Lords.

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    US police test lasso gun that wraps suspects in Kevlar cord - SlashGear

    https://www.slashgear.com/us-police-...cord-19574196/

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    Electric vehicles emit more CO2 than diesel ones, German study shows

    http://www.brusselstimes.com/busines...an-study-shows

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    Good video
    This sustainable 'rammed earth' home is a sparkling example of earth-friendly living | CBC Life

    https://www.cbc.ca/life/video/this-s...ving-1.5103612

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    Yes, if you have 4 acres of land, a southern exposure, and a million dollars plus to build. No solar panels or energy efficiency features were mentioned.

    No mention of the earth unfriendly design of a 3,000ft2+ home in a low density rural community (Density 30.1/km2) where they cleared all the trees and now have a massive home to heat.

    If everyone in Edmonton (​Density 1,800/km2) had such a place, the city would have to have at least 10 times the area to build and increase the distance everyone would have to commute.

    I highly doubt that the home is anymore friendly than a high density condo building where 300 people can live on 4 acres of land and walk to work or take transit compared to 2 people and a dog with a huge SUV that have to travel kilometers just to pick up milk and eggs.
    Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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    Yeah the whole sustainability thing is BS. Same BS in trying to say efficiently housing an ever bigger population in little boxes stacked ever higher is sustainable. They still suck the life out of all the surrounding environment. And add another million bucket lists all involving environmental degradation.
    Last edited by KC; 26-04-2019 at 08:04 AM.

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