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My job, trying to change the world, is at least twice as hard as a conservative’s. I have to overcome others’ instinctual fear of change and new technology. Monday evening I proposed my condo board “investigate” using solar energy, if t ... [read more]
Top British Tories Slam Tony Abbott. Carol Goar Gnaws on Harper.
Who better to give Australian prime minister Tony Abbott a real hiding but a number of prominent Tories.  Real Tories, not what passes for conservative under the Harper regime.  Real Tories, as in the Brits. [read more]
Vice Asks, "Who's Afraid of the Surveillance State?"
Those who hold their freedom cheaply must surely lose it. [read more]
What Do We Do When the Warnings Stop?
It's hard to tell what's going on in our minds but the cognitive dissonance displayed by our political leaders on climate change has apparently taken hold among the rest of us as well. [read more]
Eight reasons children of the Seventies should all be dead
This is brilliant. It made me laugh so hard, I fell off my Earth Shoes, knocked over a stack of eight track tapes, and wrecked my Farrah Fawcett poster collection. Brilliant. [read more]
And here we thought LSD wasn’t readily available in China
‘Chick Chick’ (natch) by Chinese pop group Wang Rong Rollin. Wow. Just, wow. [read more]
The rich are different, Mr. Clark.
There is something irrepressible about TD Bank’s Ed Clark. He wants to give advice in areas beyond a banker’s experience. The other day, he handed in another seriously flawed report to the Ontario government and now he is giving advice ... [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Friday, November 21, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, November 21, 2014: Crowdsourcing Comes to the Booming World of 'Litigation Finance'Sick Kids breaks silence about cocaine hair tests  Calif. prosecutors try usin ... [read more]
Obama just ensured the next occupant of the White House is a Democrat
American conservatives, like some Canadian conservatives, are apparently unaware that the country is changing under their feet.Obama’s move is a masterstroke, and the following paragraphs demonstrate why: “Republicans are in a bind over ... [read more]
Panda Da Mao in the snow
Statutes may be considered even if not pleaded
Mason Homes Limited v. Woodford, 2014 ONCA 816: [read more]
Gruending On Mining
The CNCA [Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability]  brief also referred to a systematic pattern of Indigenous and human rights abuses that have accompanied increased Canadian mining activity. It cited a report presented to the IACH ... [read more]
Justin, Tommy - Please, Please Wake Up!
This Associated Press report from the Houston Chronicle, lays it out about as well as it could be said. [read more]
Making a Glass of Myself
Earl J. Woods is a professional writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. [read more]
Wearable tech
Forget the eye glasses, the arm band, the watch, the ring. What I want is a smartphone in a narrow stick about 18" long, and I want the controls to be based on gestures (moving the stick through the air) and voice commands. C'mon.... we ... [read more]
Buffalo's wall of snow
Here are some photos of the blizzard that rolled into Buffalo a couple of days ago dropping five feet of snow in one day. I've seen similar photos of snow squalls around here, but none that high. Gadzooks. [read more]
In Friday’s Sun: respect
Canada is more than “a confederation of shopping centres,” Pierre Trudeau once said, decrying the narrow agendas of provincial Premiers. It is more than that. It has to be more than that. In Trudeau’s view – and I believe he expressed i ... [read more]
Grandmas on Weed
Hilarious.  In Washington State, 3 grandmothers hit the bong for the very first time.  They're so precious.  Now, pass the chocolate chips. [read more]
Well, That's a Plan!
We don't need to let the Ukraine plunge us back into cold war.  There is a way out.  A duel. [read more]
Now This Is an Eye-Opener. Greenland Goes Black.
Glaciologist Jason Box of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland is trying to wake up the world to just what's actually happening to the Greenland ice sheet.  He's crowd-sourced a venture to bring these photos to the public. The ... [read more]
Privacy rights continue even in information or items lawfully seized by the State
Wakeling v. United States of America, 2014 SCC 72: [read more]
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
RIP Jimmy Ruffin who died yesterday in Las Vegas at the age of 78. Comment: One of my favourite songs by one of Motown’s Greatest! Be at peace brother man. :-) I’ve Passed This Way Before   You can cage the … Continue reading → [read more]
The Royal Canadian Rent-a-Navy
Protecteur Being Towed Home Mr. Harper.  It's probably not a brilliant idea to get into Vlad Putin's face when you've left Canada with as navy so neglected that it can't defend one coast much less three.  Our essential supply ships bea ... [read more]
You May Know a Man By the Company He Keeps
There's much to be learned by exploring the type of persons our prime minister seeks out; the gaggle of fixers, hustlers, punks, pocket liners, bullies, thieves, pimps and reprobates who surround him. [read more]
Mike Nichols, RIP
As my Calgary high co-conspirators Lee G. Hill and Dan Nearing would tell you, The Graduate was always my favourite.  RIP, a great visionary. [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, November 20, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, November 20, 2014: Garry Wise's Post Today @SlawTips; Apple Broke My IPad (But Now They Fixed It, So I’m Not Mad Anymore)Ontario looking at e-signatures for r ... [read more]
The dubious diplomacy of the Hair.
Was there a sign at the Brisbane Airport last week barring diplomacy or diplomats entry to Australia? The way Vladimir Putin was treated at the G20 conference there was a disgrace. He is the leader of the Russian people and as their rep ... [read more]
DSM5 ASD Criterion D: No Clinically Signifcant Impairment in Current Functioning = No Autism
The DSM5 is certainly open to criticism; particularly in its combining of the pervasive developmental disorders into one Autism Spectrum Disorder ignoring the very large numbers of persons with DSM-IV Autistic Disorder who also suffer f ... [read more]
I Never Claimed to be Cresswell
In the future, critics will look back on a ten to fifteen year period in the late 21st century as the era of Film Blanc, a genre marked by overweening optimism in a period of real-world strife. Critics will point to the overabundance of ... [read more]
The Fraudulent Harper Government
Michael Sona Sentence: Ex-Tory Staffer Gets 9 Months Behind Bars In Robocalls Scandal Michael Sona sentence Facebook Commenter We have a government that gained power through fraud, a terrorist act in itself, designed to subversively usu ... [read more]
Dennis Mills in the Globe, on that rumour thing
Mr. Kinsella said in an email Wednesday that a number of senior Liberal party members have urged him to seek a nomination and to run in the 2015 election. Among them, he said, is Dennis Mills ,who held Toronto-Danforth for the Liberals ... [read more]
Good faith in contract
Bhasin v. Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71: [read more]
Sona Bags Nine Months for RoboCalls
I hope Michael Sona gets a frail, elderly cellmate.  He's not the sort who would do well sharing with some guy named "Bubba." [read more]
Are By-Elections a Sign of Things to Come in a General Election?
A couple days ago, the Conservatives held on to two of their seats in Yellowhead and Whitby-Oshawa by fairly strong margins (42.6% in Yellowhead and 8.5% in Whitby-Oshawa). At least to me, this was not unexpected; Yellowhead did not fea ... [read more]
About that rumour: three questions
1. Have some folks suggested I offer myself up as a Liberal candidate in the next federal dust-up? Yep. 2. Am I a candidate for anything yet? Nope. 3. Should I become a candidate? Well, there’s a few strongly-held opinions on that.  Me, ... [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Wednesday, November 19, 2014:  California: If We Empty The Prisons, We Lose Our Cheap LaborNew rule of civil procedure tool to deal with vexatious litigants Telus compla ... [read more]
Liar, liar, pants on fire.
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa might not have been born a banker. He probably decided on that profession when the other kids picked on him in the school yard. He determined to get even. In a strange new ritual called the Fall Ec ... [read more]
Constitutional Challenge By Anti-Wind NIMBYS Is A Desperate Hail Mary
All they can point to in regards to negative health effects is "annoyance": some folks find the presence of wind farms annoying.  And being annoyed all the time is, generally speaking, detrimental to your health. The problem is people c ... [read more]
God Save Justin Trudeau: the fight
I haven’t seen the film, but Ashley Csanady (I love her name, it’s like a Pynchon character’s name) and she has a hilarious review of it, here. Personally, I think the Trudeau-Brazeau match was really, really important.  Inspired by Csa ... [read more]
Green Eye Flames, Why?
So I just signed up for Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop and Lightroom) to play with some of the new features. And like a child playing with fire, I've made a hash of things. Using the pen tool and the new Flame render, you can create aw ... [read more]
Forget Mount Rushmore: Richard Nixon’s last laugh
Richard Nixon laid backRichard Nixon resigned in disgrace, after his Watergate tapes had shown the public just what kind of a man he was. Despite his claim that I am not a crook!, most believed he lied to the Congress, to the public, an ... [read more]
Why didn’t the NDP’s Craig Scott, a lawyer, report a crime?
Quote: “Craig Scott, a New Democrat MP and former law professor, said to the Liberals that what he was told happened to one of his female colleagues could be defined as an alleged sexual assault, multiple sources have told The Canadian ... [read more]
ConCalls: “Clean and Ethical Campaign” #RoboCon #elxnfraud
Because the Guelph Liberal campaign was fined for not self-identifying in a robocall about their opponent’s position on abortion, the Conservatives ran a “clean and ethical campaign”. The crime of another party washes them clean. It’s v ... [read more]
Is America About to be Stabbed in the Back by Its Own Defence Contractors?
It's one thing when an outfit like RubberMaid gets bought out, packed up and moved overseas.  It's another thing when what have been considered "strategic industries" go the same route. [read more]
AB Legislature: Peasants must now use back door
The decision to close the front entrance and instead send visitors to an obscure back entrance on the west side chips away at the legislature’s core purpose as a welcoming public space that embodies our democratic traditions. Editorial: ... [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Tuesdsay, November 18, 2014: Virginia cop sues lawyer for alleged defamation over comments about penis search warrantLawyer is disbarred for ‘inexplicable incompetence’ ... [read more]
Key factoids about Whitby-Oshawa, plus a handy chart
Conservative folks are sounding pretty cocky, this morning, but they shouldn’t be.  They are, after all, the folks who: Saw a two-term Whitby mayor in a tough fight with a total newcomer to politics Were in a pitched battle in a Con str ... [read more]
Le Dauphin, with two speeches ready.
It is a tough job. When you have to have two speeches ready, you are likely to have to use the losing one. Writers hate them and politicians hate them. Your first one tells all about how you knew you were going to win. Your second one a ... [read more]
Remoteness of damages in contract
1298417Ontario Ltd. v. Lakeshore (Town), 2014 ONCA 802: [read more]
Lone Star Mod for Fallout: New Vegas Coming?
As a huge fan of Fallout: New Vegas, I hope this fan project comes to fruition. Since it seems like it'll be quite some time before we see Fallout 4, a total conversion mod with all-new content would be great to tide fans over.  Earl J ... [read more]
New Leger Federal Poll
Because there hasn't been much federal polling lately: [read more]
Will We Get It Right This Time? Do We Dare Get It Wrong?
David Cameron is adding his voice to the chorus warning that we're nearing the brink of another global economic meltdown.  The British prime minister, whose failed austerity programmes have done so much to bring Britain low, penned a la ... [read more]
You’re Richer Than Your Stink
If you like to know how banks screw everyone, you’ll want to read Alison’s latest. Between September 2008 and August 2010, Scotiabank received a $25 billion bailout amounting to 100% of the bank’s value – or as Steve and Jim preferred t ... [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Monday, November 17, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Monday, November 17, 2014: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes Judge explains disturbing reason almost everyone ... [read more]
Dangers of Expert Evidence
R. v. Singh, 2014 ONCA 791: [read more]
Does the NDP know where it’s going?
Wow, it says here that 77 per cent at the Ontario New Democrat convention in Toronto this past weekend liked Leader Andrea Horwath. Were they given a choice? Did they have someone else in mind? It seems silly to read anything into these ... [read more]
AHRC legal counsel Arman Chak, a frequent target of Sun News TV personality Ezra Levant over the years, has been elected to the BOD of the Alberta Law Society.  Ezra's encounters with the Society have been of another kind altogether.  S ... [read more]
The Shocking Truth
Earl J. Woods is a professional writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. [read more]
Arms Race Update - US to Spend a Trillion Dollars on Upgrading Nukes
US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, put it bluntly.  "No other mission we have is more important." [read more]
The Humiliation of Tony Abbott
Hosting a G20 summit is supposed to be prestigious.  You get the leaders of the world's largest economies to come to your country, to gather in your town, to discuss the great problems of the day.   As host you even get to set the agend ... [read more]
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