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Doug Anderson

Old people who were awake in their lives remember things. They remember the way the wheel of history turns, the way politicians just keep on being who they are, the way people forget wars, catastrophes, social injustice. They remember how much blood was spilled to, say,insure that African Americans can vote and they remember what the society was like before that. They remember what it took to insure that old people can have a pension that keeps them from penury and despair, or what it cost for women to have reproductive rights. Their short term memory is the subject of much humor, but their long term memory is a treasure. Our culture chews people up and spits them out when they're no longer able to make money for the corporation, or no are longer able to represent the bloom of youth this country has become so addicted to, and perhaps because after so many years their tolerance for bullshit lessens and they are unable to tolerate arrogance and fraud. Some cultures value their elders. This one doesn't.

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America tortures, Poland pays. - The Council of Europe today found the U.S. guilty of torture, illegal detention and administering unfair trials — and made Poland pay the penalty. - IPolitics
“If you really want to fuck Iran, let ’em have Iraq.” The Daily Beast
Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat - Lawrence Weschler TruthDig
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NEW > Edward Snowden speaks about life in Russia, the NSA culture, and the future of communications - The Guardian Video & Transcript
Some consequence of Harper / Baird policies and rhetoric on Israel / Gaza

* Canada thanked for its support of Israel in Jerusalem The National Post

* Canada adopts 'clarity' on Middle East: former ambassador - Canada’s unflinching support for Israel has provided a “clarity” on the Middle East conflict that makes this country distinctive in the world, says a former senior Canadian diplomat to the region.
The Ottawa Citizen


Israel's Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age The Daily Beast
What Would Jesus Do in Gaza? The Tears of Pope Francis Point the Way The Daily Beast
Harper government removes feminist icon’s name from honour Macleans

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* Harper / Baird - one-sided belligerent policy on Israel / Gaza results in Canada being labeled "distinct" in the world.

* Like the butcher in an abattoir , are we becoming de-sensitized to pain? STOP Killing children NOW.

* Where is Liberal policy on Israel/ Gaza conflict & killing children? Where's Justin? Photo-oping dilettante!

* Shameful stats on the kids @ US border. Where's Canada?

* PTSD Soldiers can't get treatment for months.

* Mountie sting on Mr. Big not OK .

* Rich Chief

* Corrupt Quebec

* Ebola & monkey meat video

* Gun-runners? Good old Irish stuff.

* How important can one get? Ex-Quebec Lt. Gov. expects ROYAL IMMUNITY in fraud charge.

* 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!”

* The story of Edward Hirsch and the death of his son is a masterpiece of sorrow.

* Harper's ego-driven agenda - removes woman's name from honour.

* VIDEO: John Oliver's exposé on US morons managing nukes.

* CNN sinking, sinking, sunk - Sarah Palin tv channel

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* Philosophy. If you too are wondering what life is all about, check out Jules Evans video, & page. It's a smart start on the enlightenment continuum.

* GAZA - There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead . . . read story of how GUARDIAN reporter witnesses the killing of children playing on a beach.

* $$$ & U. Feel like you're getting poorer? Yes? Read why .

* Another image that sticks to the gut - unaccompanied border children in wire cages while Canadian politicians - with all the resources of this vast land - do nothing to help. Shame.

* Harper & Baird move Canada away from independent peacekeepers. Urge world to side with Israel.

* Harper does not remain neutral in Middle East, urges world to side with Israel.

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The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.4% in the 12 months to June, following a 2.3% increase in May. StatCan


Ottawa prepares to share personal data with foreign governments The Globe And Mail



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Giant Hogweed - toxic weed causes boils and blindness discovered in Ottawa area

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BREAKING - A VIA Rail derailment has occurred between Toronto and Montreal . No one was injured but train service has been halted between Toronto -Montreal and Toronto - Ottawa . . . Service between Ottawa - Montreal is still on. . . following . . .

Derailed CN freight car hits Via Rail train near Gananoque - CBC News

4100 passengers affected by crash

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Burlington Skyway closed all weekend as engineers assess damage - Holiday weekend traffic must be diverted around crash-damaged bridge CBCNews

Hospital employee fired for comment about Mike Duffy heart treatment

“When Duffy was a patient at UOHI last year, he was nothing short of being pompous and arrogant with my staff,” Crowder’s message read. The Ottawa Citizen

Robert Campbell of Ottawa faces international cyberbullying charges

Charges against Robert Campbell, 42, include identity fraud, libel, criminal harassment CBCNews


Soldiers with PTSD waiting up to 6 months for help CBCNews

Mountie who played 'Mr. Big' upset with Nelson Hart decision

Elaborate sting involving fake crime boss criticized by Supreme Court of Canada CBCNews

Harper government outraged

B.C. chief of tiny Coquitlam first nation received $900K+ in latest fiscal year The Vancouver Sun

Chief of 80 member First Nation paid $914K tax free because he has two jobs, band says The National Post

Corruption in Quebec: RCMP had hands full with Clemenza

Investigation into Mafia, which ran from 2010 to 2012 and led to 30 arrests, crossed over into other police probesThe Montreal Gazette

Buy (almost) nothing year comes to an end for pair of Calgarians, who say they saved upwards of $40K each
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BC - Azaria Marthyman, Ebola doctor, returns home to Victoria, CBCNews


Mars Rover - NASA's next Martian rover will attempt to make oxygen on the surface of the red planet when it lands there in 2021. BBCNews

Video - John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares - It's not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about: it's America -- America has over 4,800 nuclear weapons, and we don’t take terrific care of them. It’s terrifying, basically.

Comment by D Koeker - "Take a moment to consider the run of poor decisions that are required before you're being told you can't play guitar with a Beatles cover band when you're drunk at a Mexican restaurant in Russia. Just add all that up together and then consider this man had access to our deadliest nuclear warheads."



Good Read - FINDING THE WORDS -- In a book-length elegy, the poet Edward Hirsch confronts the loss of his son.

In October, 1988, my friends Janet Landay and Edward Hirsch flew to New Orleans to adopt a boy who was six days old. He was collected from the hospital by their lawyer, who brought him to the house where they were staying. Waiting for her, they stood in the street in front of the house. For several days, they worried that the mother, overcome by love or by guilt, might want the child back, but she didn’t . . .

>more - The New Yorker


Humour - A Guy Walks Into A Bar and . . . The New Yorker


How Western Civilization Ended, Circa 2014 - Two historians turn to science fiction to scare the hell out of you about climate change.Mother Jones

Jules Evans - Philosophy for Life

Everything I once believed and valued seemed to be lies and the world felt hollow. . . . I then began looking for the truth.> More - Jules Evans here

New York Times
This Week's Movie Reviews
The New York Times film critics review “Lucy,” “Magic in the Moonlight” and “A Most Wanted Man.”

Irish History

Gun Running

One of the least known but most important gunrunning operations in Irish history took place in Kilcoole, County Wicklow on 1 August 1914. An Phoblacht


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Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats Metro News
Video Lord Nelson, wheelchair-accessible tall ship, sails into Halifax CBCNews

Alberta - Redford air travel claims lead to calls for police investigation, ouster from PC caucus The Calgary Herald
Alberta - Stoney Nakoda First Nation signs 'huge' oil deal with Chinese firmCBCNews
Canada struggles to bring Navy into 21st century The National Post
Ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Thibault loses bid to have fraud trial quashed -- no immunity TheMontrealGazette
Courts can’t settle the Churchill Falls dispute between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador - Facts & Figures & History The Montreal Gazette
PEI - Beaver ‘still at large’ after tree falls on tourist’s car Metro News
Accused in Scotty Toppers 'sextortion' case faces 30 charges - Accused allegedly threatened to reveal personal information online CBCNews
Ottawa - Ethics committee hears from embattled Conservative senator The Ottawa Citizen

World News Digest

‘Lamestream Media’ Execs Are Running Palin TV - Who helped set up her new online TV channel? Just two former bosses at CNN and NBC, the type of networks she professes to despise. The Daily Beast




Islamic State destroys ancient Mosul mosque, the third in a week - The Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine, dating to the 14th century, join list of mosques blown up by militants in Iraq The Guardian

French Catholics Demonstrate in Support of Christians in Mosul. In spite of attacks against Paris synagogues, protestors show solidarity. Aleteia

Isis orders all women and girls in Mosul to undergo Female Genital Mutilation - UN says 'fatwa' issued by militant group in and around Iraqi city could affect 4 million The Guardian


Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan The Independent





US - Flood of Child Migrants Spurs Local Backlash - Preparing for 90,000 children

Stats on the kids - Children 12 and under are fastest growing group of unaccompanied minors at U.S. border. PawResearch

Obama Presses Central American Leaders to Slow a Wave of Child Migrants The New York Times

Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers "You have to be careful with the {Guatemalan} Zetas. They cut you in pieces and videotape it," The Big Story

Child Migrants Are Refugees the US Helped Create Truth Out

Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced
“We were the forgotten children of our country when our parents left us.. ." TruthDig

What's driving migrant children to cross the U.S. border? > Watch PBS Video

US border sees influx of child migrants >Al Jazeera

USA - More than 50,000 unaccompanied children have been caught crossing illegally between October and June -- Obama supports Texas governor on US border fixes BBC News

Report: SMALL LIFELESS, DEAD CHILDREN Found “Washed Up Along Riverbank” of Rio Grande

> More here Gateway Pundit



Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Ongoing coverage: BBC News &Video & Blog

Rebels lay mines along route to MH17 crash site, forcing investigators to turn back, Ukraine official says The National Post

Downing of MH17 jet in Ukraine 'may be war crime' - UN - BBCNews

UK investigators to examine MH17 flight data BBC News

Solemn ceremony at Eindhoven for victims BBC News & Videos

U.S. wants Ukraine ceasefire for crash probe - UN calls for 'full, thorough and independent international investigation' into crash CBC News

Malaysian Airlines MH17 reported crashed just after rebel leader boasted of shooting down plane: ‘We warned them not to fly in our skies’ The National Post

Israel / Gaza War

Death toll now over 1000


UPDATE - VIDEO - AlJazeera - more dead children - universal shame.


At least 19 people have been killed in dawn shelling on a UN school in a Gaza overnight where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from a bombardment of strikes, a UN official has said. The Independent

Israeli air strikes hit Gaza City hospital, Palestinian officials say
Camera crews were unable to film area of impact at Shifa hospital but health officials say several people were hurt TheGuardian

Gaza crisis: UN calls for immediate ceasefire BBC News

Shelling 'kills 15 in Gaza shelter' - At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says.- BBC News

FAA lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv CBC News Hamas rejects Gaza truce unless blockade ends - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says there can be no ceasefire unless Israel ends its eight-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. ALJazeera Video

Gaza: How Hamas tunnel network grew BBC News

Innocents in the Crossfire: Shocking Photographs From Gaza Time Magazine

Gaza Blog Live >>For live updates on the clashes breaking out in the Gaza Strip and across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. AlJazeera

Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port. There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead. Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel TheGuardian

Sderot Cinema - Israelis watch bombs drop on Gaza from front-row seats, clapping when blasts are heard. - >The New York Times

> More Israel / Gaza war here

Palestinians leave Gaza in donkey carts as cease-fire fails & Israel restarts air strikes amid rocket fire BBC News

Harper urges world leaders to side with Israel > Macleans

> More Israel / Gaza war here

Monkey Meat and the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia

Canada’s public health agency issues advisory on Ebola, says no need for travel ban The Montreal Gazette

Inside the Winnipeg clinic working with one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man — ebola
The National Post

Aid urgently needed for deadly Ebola outbreak: Canadian doctor The National Post

The World Health Organization says the outbreak is the largest ever recorded — more than 670 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have died since it began this year


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