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When Canada wants to bring down a government, we go about it a little bit differently than some other countries. When we wanted to throw off the shackles of English rule, we asked politely. The Queen was nice enough to give us the right to change our Constitution without having to go and ask the Queen again. I suspect she just wanted us to finally leave her alone.
Now, after disappointing election and a go-nowhere session of Parliament, Canada's left wing parties have finally grown some balls and decided they've had enough. They've banded together to ask the Queen's representative, the Governor General, to allow them to take over.
For those of you who don't obsessively follow Canadian politics (ie: 99% of you), here's the rundown of what has happened so far.....When Canada wants to bring down a government, we go about it a little bit differently... more
A coalition of North American environmental groups says the development of Canada-s oil sands region threatens to kill as many as 166 million birds over the next five decades and is calling for a moratorium on new projects in the region.
The coalition-s groups, which include the Natural Resources Defence Council, the Boreal Songbirds Initiative and the Pembina Institute, say petroleum-extraction projects in the oil-rich region of northern Alberta are a threat to migratory birds and the boreal forest they rely on.
Their study concluded that development of the oil sands, would be fatal for 6 million to 166 million birds because of habitat loss, shrinking wetlands, accumulation of toxins and other causes.
The solution, the groups say, is to halt new projects in the oil sands and to clean up existing facilities. They are also calling for strengthened regulations to protect Canada-s vast boreal, or northern, forest and for Alberta, whose government has backed oil sands developments, to prove the resource can be exploited without serious environmental harm.
People need to take a hard look at whether this can be mitigated or if tar sands development is just incompatible with conservation of bird habitat said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defence Council.
The report estimates about half of North America-s migratory birds nest in the boreal forest and between 22 million and 170 million birds breed in areas that could be subject to oil sands development.
The oil sands contain the biggest oil reserves outside the Middle East but the crude is expensive and difficult to extract. Mining projects strip large areas of land to access the oil-laden soils below the surface.
While the report has not yet been made public, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which represents the country-s big oil firms, said the oil sands industry complies with environmental regulations and dismissed calls for a moratorium.
We need a balanced conversation, supported like a stool with three legs, environment, economy and energy, David Collyer, the association-s president, said in a statement. Calls for a moratorium that consider only one leg of the stool, in a vacuum, are not constructive.
Developments in the region have been criticized for pumping large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, using too much water and being harmful to wildlife.
Indeed, the death of about 500 ducks earlier this year after they landed on a toxic tailings pond operated by Syncrude Canada Ltd, the biggest oil sands producer, brought international attention to the region.
The environmental groups' forecast is based on a big expansion of oil production from the region. The oil sands currently produce more than 1 million barrels a day, but the report is based on an eventual output of 5 million barrels a day, in line with industry forecasts of production in two decades or more.A coalition of North American environmental groups says the development of Canada-s... more
Millionaire farmers continue to pluck crop subsidies they don't deserve, federal investigators say.
At least 2,702 farmers nationwide received subsidies between 2003 and 2006 even through they were making more than the $2.5 million gross income cutoff. The unwarranted payments totaled $49 million and exposed enduring Agriculture Department management problems, investigators concluded.
"USDA cannot be assured that millions of dollars in farm program payments it made are proper," the Government Accountability Office investigators noted in the report issued Monday.
In one case, investigators noted, "an individual with ownership interest in a professional sports franchise received a total of more than $200,000 in farm program payments for 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006."Millionaire farmers continue to pluck crop subsidies they don't deserve, federal... more
While much has changed, it's good to know Bill O'Reilly is still a total douchebag. This profile of San Francisco is so ridiculous. Apparently little old Bill is scared of the Presido at night. And the city is full of packs of aggressive homeless people.
I'm sure I could go to any big city in the world and find a bunch of loonies. Good to know they only showed those people.While much has changed, it's good to know Bill O'Reilly is still a total... more
Does Funky Fingers care? Nope. Thanks to Ro_Lew for another great upload.
Picasso knew about the yin and the yang. Thanks to Joydejavu17 for sending us this great quote – everyone keep sending us your favorites and we'll get more of your contributions on air!
Picasso knew about the yin and the yang. Thanks to Joydejavu17 for sending us this... more
''The U.N. has passed more than 17 resolutions concerning DARFUR, unless these resolutions are implemented and sanctions against Sudanese officials are enforced, the violence and destruction will continue.
The African Union remains without authority to protect civilians and Sudan continues to oppose sending U.N. troops into Darfur.
While Violence spreads into CHAD and the Central African Republic , humanitarian groups are pulling out of DARFUR.
Since 2003, it is estimated that 400,000 have died and 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes.
Quotes From The Documentary ''The Devil Came On Horse-Back''
here's the link to the movie
click on the 5 minute preview and then click on the VEOH link (Yellow Tab) to watch the whole film, you may have to register, butthe 5 minutes it may take to register, is worth a lifetime of compassion, and the membership is completely free.''The U.N. has passed more than 17 resolutions concerning DARFUR, unless... more
Inspired by a recent report aired on Channel Nine news 2/25/08
Asians seem to have overtime adopted the habits of European culture, So much so that they now seem to want to have a European identity, are Asians not proud of the way they look? or rather have Asians become so deluded by the European image so relentlessly promoted via the media that they no longer appreciate their own identity? The strange effort to adopt the Caucasian accent, the effort to look Caucasian? what's the problem? More and more Asian women seem to be wedding Caucasian men, why? I live in New York, and I feel like I'm living in the Twilight Zone, I'm seeing this awful trend with my own eyes. Speak up for your selves and let me know what you think.Inspired by a recent report aired on Channel Nine news 2/25/08 Asians seem to have... more
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience....
- Pierre Teilhard de ChardinWe are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having... more
From the lede: Adopt 10 good habits that improve your UNIX® command line efficiency -- and break away from bad usage patterns in the process. This article takes you step-by-step through several good, but too often neglected, techniques for command-line operations. Learn about common errors and how to overcome them, so you can learn exactly why these UNIX habits are worth picking up.
From the lede: Adopt 10 good habits that improve your UNIX® command line... more
Well it took Canada long enough but America is now on its list of "countries that torture". The funny thing is that the US has enough gaul to complain and insist that we be removed from the list. I have taken to calling them the "Ribbentrop Brigade".Well it took Canada long enough but America is now on its list of "countries that... more
Four major announcements from Steve Jobs' keynote at MacWorld this morning, broken into the top 6 stories at the link:
1. Apple TV is cheaper and better, and you can now buy movies from iTunes (you have 30 days to start watching and 24 hours to finish, $2.99 for old movies, $3.99 for new, $1 more for each if you want HD) to watch on tv, computer, iPod, whatever!
2. Nifty software updates for both the iPhone and the iPod touch, including customizing your screen, improved maps, and of course (see #1) movie watching!
3. Wireless backup of your Mac laptops that works with Time Machine (which is pretty amazing if you haven't played with it already).
4. And...an uber skinny (0.16 - 0.76 thick - yes, it's not one width all the way), uber light (3 pounds), uber cool (full keyboard, iPhone like touch pad mouse (squeeze to shrink, open fingers to expand etc.), iSight webcam etc.) laptop, the MacBook Air.
Apple is so dang cool.Four major announcements from Steve Jobs' keynote at MacWorld this morning,... more
And the keynote at this year's MacWorld is going on right NOW! Steve Jobs began speaking just after 9 am PST on 1/15/08 and Gizmodo is there, giving us up to the minute updates of the talk and all the new offerings from Apple.And the keynote at this year's MacWorld is going on right NOW! Steve Jobs began... more
not in my lifetime can I remember when our economy was weakened to the point of our dollar being worth less than the canadian Loonie. This is ridiculous!not in my lifetime can I remember when our economy was weakened to the point of our... more
And no, it isn't a new breakfast cereal.;-). To me it is a breakthrough that could bring solar energy to the level it should have been at twenty years ago. This is the part of the climate crisis that is exciting and gives me hope...the innovations, the ingenuity, and the vision that shows us that we can do this. We can make a better future and make amends for the past.And no, it isn't a new breakfast cereal.;-). To me it is a breakthrough that... more
Wired Magazine has compiled their top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2007. Those making the list include: Scientists cloning rhesus monkey to produce stem cells, a transparent material as strong as steel, and researchers turning skin cells to stem cells.
But my personal favorite? Hands down chimpanzees making spears for hunting. You know what that means. We're one step closer to a real life "Planet of the Apes!"Wired Magazine has compiled their top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2007. Those... more
Using info I gleaned from Wired's howto wiki, I made my own iPhone ring tones last night. Super cinchy (as I used to say in school). Tools I used (and possible substitutes):
GarageBand (QuickTime Pro)
How I did it:
1) Open GarageBand
2) Delete the default Grand Piano track GarageBand throws up there by selecting the track and hitting CMD-delete.
3) Click on the little film/video/music button in the bottom right corner
4) Drag in a good ring tone candidate. Songs/audio with lots of bass or drum beats only aren't so good. Try acoustic instruments or techno w/ a good mid frequency melody.
5) Select the portion of the song you'd like to make into a ring tone by getting rid of everything else. Try to make a nice loop out of it. That's the hard part. Getting the loop juuuuuuust right. One little tip is to turn off snapping by selecting to Control/Snap To Grid. This will give you much more control over the edits.
6) Select Share/Export song to disk... and choose a reasonable destination (like your desktop).
7) Change the extension of the file from .m4a to .4r
8) Drag into iTunes. It will automatically be added to the Ringtones folder.
9) In iTunes, if Ringtone sync isn't already checked, turn it on.
10) Sync with your iPhone.
11) Set your new ring tone as the ringer.
12) Sit back and impress your friends the next time your phone rings.Using info I gleaned from Wired's howto wiki, I made my own iPhone ring tones... more
everybody gives charity today for the sake of being seen as charitableand not for God's sake. so nobody is really commited to doing good deeds. this is the state of society as well as the state of the muslim community in america.everybody gives charity today for the sake of being seen as charitableand not for... more