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       Who Did I Miss?

by RJF

The wind blows
The snow flies
Winter follows
As autumn dies

The air spiced with frenzy
Lights glisten in celebration
Shopping, people so busy
Burring their consternation

While some hunger and shiver
Under a bridge, a stairway
Dreams have tuned so bitter
A bottle for a hideaway



Has time stood still?
Since Joseph and Mary
Found all lodging filled
To their apparent poverty

These thoughts haunt me
As I search my list
And count my loonies
Who did I miss?



Opinions & Analysis

The Implications of the Torture Report

Russia's central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 to 17 percent. Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed

Trudeau Turns to TD and BlackBerry for Economic Advice - Bloomberg

Peter March


A Defence of Torture ReadHere

Ugly Truth ReadHere

Is God Talking To Us? ReadHere

Fixing Feminism ReadHere

Peter March: Einstein, Relativity, and Mind
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Gwynne Dyer

The Danish Santa ReadHere

Climate Change: The Impossible Deal ReadHere

Torture and the CIA: Time to Move On? ReadHere

Artificial Intelligence Threat ReadHere

Gwynne Dyer's books >>BuyOnAmazonHere

Michael Harris

There are lies, damn lies, and Stephen Harper IPolitics

The media, the message and the money IPolitics

Review of Michael Harris' book “Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover” ReadHere

Michael Harris' books >>BuyOnAmazonHere

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* U.S. ambassador to Canada wants us to share info with CIA; Preston Manning behind Wildrose defection; QC woman gets 90 days for ducks.

* The Vatican has again brokered peace: USA & Cuba normalize relations; Gwynne Dyer: The Danish Santa; Alberta's Wildrose MLAs defect to Torries; UBC scientists discover secret to wrinkles; Taliban slaughtered school kids for revenge.

* It's too maddening to listen to Mike Morell explain to Charlie Rose why members of the CIA should not be prosecuted for war crimes, but that's what's out there. . . . Yup! Medical weed ruled OK to grow @ home; Peter March joins Gwynne Dyer's debate on torture; Gwynne discusses climate deals; Michael Harris nails Harper; Trudeau sets up an economic advisory board for himself; Ottawa Valley's JRF composes a poem for us; PLUS wicked sadistic story on CIA's rectal feeding of prisoners - Note face masks, ear mufflers, eye goggles & sensory deprivation and nobody yet prosecuted for war crimes.

* Peter March: 2 new thought-provoking articles; Review of Michael Harris' book; Harper's drummer charged with sexual assault; Asbestos, Blackberry, arctic housing; CIA'S use of sadistic rectal feeding torture ; Cheney, Jeb Bush; Germany's extremism and France's fears. Financially strapped EU builds ghost airports for Poland. Freud's objects of desire and sexy lumberjacks.

* The CIA report on torture - Extended coverage and opinions.

* Gwynne Dyer is a brilliant journalist. His article illustrates the depth and breadth of his stories: Amazing Grace of Zimbabwe.

* Ominous Signs: Bad day for the US as CIA report on torture is made public; Ralph Goodale: Harper & the Vets; John Maguire - from Kemptville to Bad; California drought, food prices up, oil stocks down, currency wars. Who was Clement Clarke Moore? Philosophy: Dr. Peter March explains primal freedom and asks, "Is God Talking To Us?" Will Polar bears become extinct?

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Vice News - Beyond the Headlines Dec. 18


Ready to Confront the Greatest Mass Migrations in History?

Pulled by money, pushed by climate, a quarter-billion people now leave home every year. TheTyee


Isis: the inside story– right under the noses of their American jailers. TheGuardian


Mind - Boggling Box -- People, animals, ideas, and things that boggle the mind.

Money & Power

POWER - Thomas Cahill on the People's Pope from

Reminder: The Vatican brokered 'perestroika' deal with Gorbachev in 1989. TheCaholicNewsService

The National Security Archive - Secret documents released in 2009 - President H.W. Bush & Gorbachev at Malta ReadHere


O Holy Night - The King's Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Local - National - World - $$ - Features


U.S. ambassador wants Canada to still share info in wake of CIA report

Hackers posing as Syrian-Canadians may be tied to ISIS - Malware aims to expose location of attacker's target CBCNews

Valley Heritage Radio raises $20K in 4 hours for suicide prevention CBCNews

How Preston Manning convinced Wildrose MLAs to join mass defection TheNationalPost

Quebec woman gets 90 days jail for causing deadly crash while helping duck family on the highway TheNationalPost


Elizabeth the second: Man finds woman with ex-girlfriend’s name for round-the-world trip TheGlobeAndMail

Victory for Prentice as nine Alberta Wildrose MLAs defect to Tories

Growing number of legal experts encouraging provinces not to enforce new prostitution law TheNationalPost

U.S. Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony TheNewYorkTimes

Capital Pride festival's interim board votes to declare bankruptcy

Dalhousie dentistry students to decide together justice for Facebook posts


Peter March: Einstein, Relativity, and Mind [Kindle Edition]
>> Buy this book on Amazon

Julius & Ethel Rosenberg
USA - The National Security Archive was petitioned for Grand Jury records on the Rosenbergs who were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and executed in 1953. More on their trial and conviction here: National Security Archive

UBC scientists may have accidentally discovered the secret to wrinkle-free skin
Scientists say by blocking an enzyme related to aging, damaging effects of UV light are reduced TheVancouverSun&Audio




‘A Great Moment’: Rover Finds Clue That Mars May Harbor Life NewYorkTimes

Arctic sea ice volume holds up in 2014 - BBCNews

Put a Jingle on That: Why the Worst People Make the Best Christmas Movie Heroes TheTyee

Lumber sexuality and Its Discontents - One hundred years ago, a crisis in urban masculinity created the lumberjack aesthetic. Now it's making a comeback. TheAtlantic

Marco Polo, Netflix - review: A sweeping, 13th-century epic

The Humane Interrogation Technique That Works Much Better Than Torture

John Bryson House for Seniors

Live in the grand style of days gone by.


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Stocks & Money

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FP 500Canada's biggest companies by 2013 revenueTheFinancial Post

Ottawa - Ashbury teachers appeal professional reprimand in misconduct case TheOttawaCitizen

Petawawa - the home of champions TheDailyObserver

NDP slams Glenn Thibeault as ‘turncoat MP’ who was drawn to Ontario Liberals by ‘allure of power’ TheNationalPost

Federal government loses appeal to stop medical marijuana patients from growing pot at home - Federal Court of Appeal upholds an injunction CBCNews

Two Ottawa Valley locals, each on different sides in the Middle East TheGlobeAndMail

Photos: Christmas dinner at the Ottawa Mission

Phillip Nolan, drummer in Stephen Harper's band, charged with sexual assault

Canadian military personnel took part in ceremony at Sikh temple that glorified terrorists

‘They need another hit': BlackBerry Ltd seeks return to its roots with upcoming Classic smartphone launch


Data reveal asbestos is Canada’s top source of workplace death TheGlobeAndMail

Dario Bartoli, 15, killed in group assault in Surrey

Arctic green homes can be built in 5 days CBCNews

Quebec to axe Fête Nationale budget TheMontrealGazette


World News Digest

Taliban: We Slaughtered 100+ Kids Because Their Parents Helped America TheDailyBeast

The Pakistani city of Peshawar is burying its dead after a Taliban attack at a school killed at least 132 children and nine staff. BBCNews&Video




Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work - TheDailyBeast

Vatican Brokered Secret U.S.-Cuba Talks TheDailyBeast


The basics of the major new US-Cuba deal VOXNews

Cuba more libre VOX NEWS

  • Cuba gets: a US embassy in Havana, three Cuban spies freed from US prisons, eased travel and banking restrictions, and more remittances from Cuban-Americans.
  • The US gets: the release of American Alan Gross, who was imprisoned in Cuba, the release of 53 political prisoners, and increased internet access for Cubans. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp]
  • Pope Francis and the Canadian government played key roles behind the scenes in making the deal happen. [Vox / Max Fisher]
  • Travel restrictions are eased, but most Americans still won't be able to vacation there.
    [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • One possible motive for the deal: Venezuela, Cuba's biggest ally, is struggling economically due to low oil prices. [Bloomberg / Ezra Fieser]
  • A counter-argument: "Tempting as it may be, I'd caution against seeing Cuba news in context of Venezuela decline. This is the deal Raul has offered for years."
    [Nick Miroff]
  • Obama can't formally lift the embargo on Cuba without Congress, but he can severely limit it. [Vox / Amanda Taub]
  • Sen. Robert Menendez, the chair of the Foreign Relations committee, who's Cuban-American and a Democrat: the deal rewards "brutal behavior."
    [The Hill / Peter Sullivan]
  • But most Cuban-Americans disagree with Rubio, Cruz, and Menendez, and want the embargo to end. [Vox / Dara Lind]


CIA torture report: how the world's media reacted TheGuardian

Dalai Lama concedes he may be the last BBCNews&Video

Ruble crisis could shake Putin's grip on power Reuters

Man Haron Monis - What is known about the man identified as the hostage-taker in Sydney Macleans

A new cold war: Denmark gets aggressive, stakes huge claim in Race for the Arctic TheNationalPost


Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’: Marine Le Pen appoints Sébastien Chenu as cultural adviser

Cheney says CIA interrogators were heroes
Ex-US vice-president insists CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques worked and says 'I'll do it again.'

Abe coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout

Germany 'sees rise in far-right extremism'
Police note a significant rise in far-right extremism, as anti-Islam marches in Dresden draw high numbers.

Jeb Bush’s move to release book, e-mails stokes expectations of White House bid TheWashintonPost

Sony’s International Incident: Making Kim Jong-un’s Head Explode NYTimes

US Senate passes spending bill, ends government shutdown threat

EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports Reuters

Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire


Special Feature

Rectal Feeding: The Antiquated Medical Practice the CIA Used for Torture - >>Motherboard






Faces of War
Home Front
After the War
Memory Project

The Keystone XL Pipeline debate explained in detail. VOX here

The U.N.’s latest report on climate change is terrifying

A Reminder - The Difference Between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and Why It Mattersr-
TheHistory Network

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