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Saturday, November 1, 2014

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Today in the Ottawa Valley
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Moon is 368,268km away from us
ISS FRI, Nov 7 @ 6:26pm Visible <1 min
OCT 31 Last Day to enter Friends of AlgonquinParkGiveaway EnterHERE

Thursday Oct 30 Chicago 5 @ Ottawa 4 S/O
Thursday Oct 30 Montréal 2 @ Vancouver 3 OT
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Saturday Nov 1 Ottawa @ Boston @ 7:00 pm
Sunday Nov 2 Calgary @ Montréal 2 @ 7:00 pm

Opinions & Analysis

MichaelSpratt BlogPost

Here Come the Thought Police "We all accept that the state shouldn’t be allowed into the bedrooms of a nation. Why on earth would we invite it into our heads?"

Harper: Blurring Reality on Internet Spying

Canadian Police Militarization



Transportation Safety Board: Railways failing to report accidents " . . . 254 occurrences involving these railways had been unreported or reported late to the TSB over a 7-year period." "Reporting this information is mandatory . . ." ReportHERE

Gwynne Dyer

Drowning Refugees ReadHere

Three Elections: Brazil, Ukraine & Tunisia ReadHere

Glen Greenwald: Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers The Intercept

Conservatives table first CSIS legislation in 30 years

Vice News - Beyond the Headlines Oct.30

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* Special: You gotta watch the NFB Halloween video. Fabulous music ! and wacky vampires. Halloween advice from Pembroke OPP; Gwynne Dwyer: Drowning Refugees; Harper & Ghomeshi get in front of the message: Harper apologizes for hiding in the cubbyhole; Ghomeshi & the actress; IMPORTANT video on painkillers; Sweeden recognizes Palestine; my SMU gets a new telescope; Canadian Civil Liberties deeply troubled, urges restraint; Gwynne Dyer: 3 elections; Gordie Howe sick; NASA rocket explodes.

* Canadians mourn: Watch funeral for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

* Late Monday nite - Municipal Elections Results & Environment Canada - SPECIAL WEATHER statement for OttawaValley

* Aftermath of Ottawa shooting: Muslims decry attacks; Glen Greenwald: Canada shocked? Peter March: A contrary View; The Thought Police! EU banks fail stress test; Jian Ghomeshi fired for rough sex; Naked judge says not culpable.

* Thanks Wayne L. for connecting the dots between ISIS and the Crusades videos

* Saturday: Highlighs of motorcade to Hamilton; OPP confirm Cirillo's body to travel Highway of Heroes; Where did Zehaf-Bibeau get his gun? Canadian staff @ Consulate, Instanbul , evacuated but safe. Video of The Crusades is an historical background for events unfolding today.

Thursday: assorted coverage from the dailies, especially Macleans Magazine - and for a bit of levity amidst all this tragedy and heroism: The MPs in caucus, hearing gunshots in the Hall of Honour, fashioned spears with the flagpoles. They were determined to go down fighting. But they hid Harper in a cubbyhole.

* Harper calls the killing of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was standing on guard at our war memorial an "act of terror" and links Ottawa attack to the murder of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec on Monday. Investigation is ongoing. Canadians are grief-stricken and mad. Elizabeth May, offers a voice of reason? In case you missed them, we are re-running video series on Crusades / the wars between Muslims and Christians beginning in the 11th century.

* Quebec terrorist identified; Informative doc on migrants in Italy explains stresses on indigenous communities; What has Renee Z. done to her face?

*TERRORIST ATTACK IN QUEBEC; Pistorius gets 5 years; Gwynne Dyer: Oil: Blindsided By Technology; Oscar de la Renta dead @ 82; Yukon woman dead from bear attack; Rob Ford kicked out; Contestants win big; Listen to Leonard Cohen's "Come Healing" while youu read. ahhhh.

* Russian ship carrying tonnes of oil now docked safely in BC; Nigeria declared Ebola-free by WHO; Canadian response team begins training exercises in Nova Scotia; Turkey finally permitting Iraqi Kurds to cross their border; Prince William & Kate's second baby due in April.

* Breitbart News is carrying frightening piece about Ebola, citing credible sources who claim that it could become airborne.

* Michael Harris: The devil, the details and Stephen Harper; Brazeau gets rehab; Money & Power series: Why privacy matters; 1984, new chapter; Ebola- tested patients in Ottawa & Belleville OK; Calamari squid attack Greenpeace sub!

* Peter March: Can we put an end to ISIS? Gwynne Dyer: Bolivia & Brazil, John Oliver: Are we done with the pumpkins? Vice: Beyond the Headlines.

* Scary! Canadian officials fear random beheadings in public places, Ebola screenings @ airports, Calls for pot legalization, US airplanes not enough to save Kobane

* The "Money & Power" series will present fringe & conspiracy theories & controversial opinions, not always main stream. Where does the truth lie?

* New series on Money & Power - Thanks Wayne L. for suggestions and research.

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* Pope Francis: "Never war, never war,” he said. “I am thinking, above all, of children who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, a future. Dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who don't know how to smile.” This was the moment when the tears came. “Please stop,” said Francis. “I ask you with all my heart, it's time to stop. Stop, please!”

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Government Crackdown on Marijuana in the Netherlands


Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes, killing co-pilot CBCNews

Cop-killer Justin Bourque given 75 years before chance for parole TheSackvilleTribunePost

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

Money & Power


Project Prophecy 2.0 Fearmongering OR is this is true?


LISTEN - Live - Guest Radio Show - The Andy Cahill show from WIOX in New York's Catskills Mountains. Saturday. Noon - 2:00p.m.

Nothing says Halloween like a good ol’-fashioned vampire. Our blood-sucking nocturnal friends are probably the most lasting and universal symbol of Halloween. Let’s explore what they’ve been up to.

In Land of the Heads, we meet an undeniably adorable yet creepy little vampire whose job it is to go out at night and separate children from their heads. The Tim Burton-esque imagery is intricate, lively, and quite funny, and the opening song sounds more than a little like that master of the macabre, Tom Waits.

Local - National - World - $$ - Features

Terror jitters won't stop Halloween at Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex TheOttawaCitizen

Harper boosts monthly child benefit, unveils income splitting plan

RCMP investigate Redford administration

TransCanada formally applies to NEB for Energy East pipeline approval
$12B project would take crude oil from Alberta across 6 provinces to processing on East Coast CBCNews

Ottawa shooting: Stephen Harper tells MPs he's sorry he left during attack

Q producer who alleges Ghomeshi threatened to ‘hate f—‘ her says she complained to boss in 2010 TheNationalPost

Jian Ghomeshi allegedly choked, beat N.B. woman with belt - Ex-CBC host says all rough sexual acts were consensual, vows to meet allegations from recent days 'directly' CBCNews

The Ghomeshi question: The law and consent TheGlobeAndMail

Scott Stanley, ex-Scouts leader, sentenced to 5 years for sex assaults - Former Scouts leader pleaded guilty to luring, repeatedly molesting 4 boys CBCNews



1 of 3 stolen Outaouais horses has been found, police say - 3 horses disappeared sometime between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 CBCNews

Supreme Court rejects payout for couple who wanted to order 7Up in French TheOttawaCitizen

Gordie Howe resting after suffering 'serious' stroke - NHL legend said to be having trouble speaking CBCNews

Justin Bourque, Moncton Mountie killer, says 'I am sorry' CBCNews

Moncton shooter faces possibility of harshest sentence since death penalty TheStar

From soldier to champion for mental health TheMontrealGazette

Halifax - Saint Mary’s University unveils new telescope that can see 2.5 billion light years away TheChronicleHerald

BC. Saltspring Island man was retired MI5 spy who outed Nazi sympathizers - TheTimesColonist

Sabari's Halloween Surprise - The Calgary Zoo's new rhino Sabari found a Halloween pumpkin surprise when he entered his indoor enclosure TheCalgaryHerald



Psychology: The truth about the paranormal -- In the 21st Century, why do so many people still believe in the paranormal? David Robson digs into the psychology of ghouls, and discovers that superstitions have surprising benefits. BBCNews



Ottawa Municipal Election Results HERE

Renfrew County Results HERE

Eastern Ontario Results Here

October 27th, 2014 - Canadian Civil Liberties Association Urges Restraint in Responding to Recent Tragedies: An Open Letter to Members of Parliament . . . The tragic events of last week have led to discussions about new powers for police and intelligence agencies. CCLA is troubled by this narrative and has written to Members of Parliament urging them to consider what is at stake as new laws and policies are considered in the weeks and months that follow. ReadLetterHERE




Meet the tarsier: The world's oldest primate

To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate NewYorkTimes

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Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector


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Happy Halloween

Samhain - Happy New Year

[ . . .] Once Samhain came, all fruit still left upon the trees was considered taboo for humans, as it now belonged to the spirit world.

Animals not kept as breeding stock were slaughtered as sacrifices and then made into food to sustain the clans through the dark period of the year.

It was a time for taking stock of the past year, honoring the great cycle of life that sustained the race, and welcoming in the New Year. . . . MoreHere

Irish Canadians Settlers

1.2 million Irish immigrants arrived, 1825 to 1970, at least half of those in the period from 1831–1850. By 1867, they were the second largest ethnic group (after the French), and comprised 24% of Canada's population. The 1931 national census counted 1,230,000 Canadians of Irish descent, half of whom lived in Ontario. About one-third were Catholic in 1931 and two-thirds Protestants. > More

Irish Society - Big Joe Mufferaw


World News Digest

Sweden recognises state of Palestine - Sweden becomes first EU member to recognise Palestinian struggle for independent state drawing Israeli anger.

Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the recognition "confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination" AlJazeera


World Series celebration turns violent in some areas of San Francisco - 2 shootings, 1 stabbing among the violence after Giants win World Series CBCNews

Unmanned NASA rocket explodes on launch - Antares rocket on mission to supply the International Space Station explodes seconds after lift-off. AlJazeeraVideo

Missing Mexico students: New 'mass grave' probed

Nurse Who Spoke Out About Quarantine Felt a Calling for Health Care - NewYorkTimes

The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45’ NewYorkTimes

The Wars

NEW Qatar officials dismiss IS funding claims BBCNews

Turkey helping Iraqi Kurds join Kobane battle - Foreign minister says Iraqi Peshmerga forces being "facilitated" to cross Turkey's border with Syria. AlJazeera

Kobane: US drops arms and aid to Kurds battling IS BBCNews

ISIS capable of making dirty bombs with chemical weapons cache in Iraq, former British colonel warns National Post

Kobani refugees describe headless corpses in the street and victims with eyes 'cut out'
The Independent


Special Features

Iraq divided: The fight against ISIL


What's the appeal of a caliphate?BBCNews



LISTEN The Idea of the Caliphate

What is a caliphate? What ideals does such an Islamic state embody - and how could or should it be implemented? Analysis consults a range of voices to explore how the concept has evolved and has been expressed over the centuries. Edward Stourton talks to historians, religious scholars and political thinkers who offer their perspectives on caliphates of the past, the revivalist rhetoric of the present and the beliefs shared by many Muslims about its future return. LISTEN

The Crusades

Crescent and the Cross

Muslims and Christians

Part 1 of 2 WatchHere

Part 2 of 2 WatchHere

Opioid wars
An investigation of the battle over the most popular and controversial drugs in the US, opioid painkillers.

(Ed/ Careful. Playback issue: Might not be able to return from Full Screen but NEED TO KNOW video.)




EBOLA Infographic - images, stats, facts AljazeeraInfoGraphic

Estimated now 14,000 cases

NEW - Maine to Seek Court Order to Force Ebola Quarantine on Nurse Kaci Hickox NBCNews

Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS: Tests reveal certain strains survive for weeks when stored at low temperatures TheDailyMail

NY doctor positive for Ebola had no symptoms until Thursday, officials say. . . Spencer went for a jog, may have gone to a restaurant, traveled the city's vast subway system and went bowling before feeling ill but authorities stressed that the likelihood of him spreading the virus was low. CNN -

Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients Reuters

Cuba has become one of the greatest contributors of health care workers to West Africa, now topping 256 people. Speaking at the an Ebola summit in Havana, Cuban President Raúl Castro offered to work with the WHO and United States. He said:

"We believe that any the politicization of this grave problem should be avoided. It diverts us from the fundamental objective, which is the help to face this epidemic in Africa and prevention in other regions. Following from what the secretary-general of the United Nations said last September 5, we have advised our representatives who participate in events held at the World Health Organization and the United Nations, confirming that Cuba is willing to work closely with all countries, including the United States."

Ebola has already killed 239 health workers. Cuba is noted for its excellent health care system.

Nigeria declared Ebola-free with no new cases in 42 days, Canadian response team begins dry run in Nova Scotia.

Ebola crisis: Spanish nurse tests negative for virus BBCNews

Ebola outbreak killing 70 percent of victims - WHO official says infection levels could reach 10,000 new cases a week by December, up from the current rate of 1,000. ALJazeera

Ebola epidemic 'could lead to failed states', warns WHO BBCNews




Faces of War
Home Front
After the War
Memory Project


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

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