Dec 212016
 

This Act to Amend the Stats Act has been in the works: 2016-09-26 Statistics Canada eyes end to short-form census, CBC 2016-07-26 StatsCan looking for powers to make all surveys mandatory, compel data from companies Statistics Canada makes a shrewd power grab – while it can.  National Post, Kevin Libin  (copy and paste the title  into […]

Dec 212016
 
2016-09-26   Statistics Canada eyes end to short-form census,  CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/statistics-canada-census-1.3778820 NOTE:  Wayne Smith “resigned in protest” as Canada’s Chief Statistician on September 16th. Digital register of population could replace manual survey by 2026 By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press The mandatory long-form census returned this year, a decade after it was last seen. If things go as planned, a decade from now the short-form census won’t […]

Dec 082016
 
2016-12-05  George Bush, War Criminal:  California Court confirms judges who will hear argument on legality of Iraq War December 12

Background:  2016-09-04   Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit Against George W Bush, Truthout Note:  the link at the bottom of this article to the Oct 24th decision by the Court:  the application to enable use of the Chilcot Report was denied. The United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit today […]

Oct 272016
 
2016-10-27   First Nations & Conservation Groups Sue to Block Massive LNG Project in BC

  ‘They couldn’t have chosen a worse place for an industrial facility’ by Nika Knight, staff writer (NOTE:  Search this blog on “Skeena”.  We joined others as long ago as 2007 to protect this River.) The Skeena River, where Canada’s second largest salmon run occurs each year, is to be the site of a liquefied […]

Oct 272016
 
2016-10-27  Armed With Riot Gear, Militarized Police Begin Forcibly Clearing DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) Protest Camp. (Common Dreams)

Media Blackout as Militarized Police Begin Clearing DAPL Protest Camp by Deirdre Fulton ‘We will be peaceful, we will be prayerful, we will not retreat’   There are a number of videos for viewing at the above link (Media Blackout).   The text of the article appears below. There are 2,000 people in solidarity, now at the […]

Oct 202016
 

The Police Officer will do a good job.  But at the root?   it’s not actually his job.   The growth of gangs is a symptom that tells us we are failing.  So how do we get a passing grade? A fundamental responsibility of our communities is to provide the stew to nourish our individual toddlers into […]

Oct 162016
 
2016-10-14   This is a chiller.  Journalists Amy Goodman, Deia Schlosberg and actor Shailene Woodley face criminal charges over filming of Dakota Access Pipeline protests

I’ve followed developments in North Dakota starting back when oil spills did a number on the water that these people are dependent upon.   They came together to try and stop events that make their homes uninhabitable.   Excellent and dedicated people doing what you or I might do under similar circumstances. The story is a repeated one.  The oil and gas […]

Oct 062016
 

“Things Fall Apart”, a novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe given to me 35 years ago. Chinua Achebe died in 2013, in Boston. I hate to offer only two insights from his impressive legacy.   Maybe the links will compensate. On the subject of violence in our communities,  wherever in the world they may be: from   […]

Oct 032016
 
2016-10-02   Excerpt from interview with winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize, Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen. his book "The Sympathizer".

The interview by Eleanor Wachtel is far-ranging and informative. I transcribed the short portion (appears below) in which Vietnamese-American author,  Viet Thanh Nguyen,  discusses a perception of American wars that is not universal.   I think this other perception with its variations is spreading.  (Ref  2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA […]