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* TODAY - Suspended Senators back at the trough; Full Moon / Blue Moon; Mulcair furious over sexism and racism against Olivia Chow; Cadets mistreated after CFB Valcartier grenade explosion; Foreign visitors to face electronic screening; Military comander facing 10 sex charges; Cecil the lion killed by American dentist; The NY Times -- An adventurous story: A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes with VIDEOS; more

* Previously - Margaret Atwood: It's not climate change,It's everything change & WOW! animations & photos; Norway goes greener with batteries; Olivia Chow is running again; Tasha Kheiriddin: Harper’s Senate stance is all about finding someone to blame; Monster tornado in Manitoba; Democracy Now & Vice News: around the world, Bill Cosby & 35 women; more

* Previously - Flora MacDonald has died at 89 yrs; Leading scientists say oceans could rise faster, higher, as much as 10 feet!; Peter March: One culture without bias; Russel Brand: Can we experience a different reality?; Harper adjusts Senate strategy; Eve Adams crashes; NATO calls emergency meeting over Turkey; Hillary pledges solar panels; Bobbi Kristina dies at 22, Ireland's young warriors; Stephen Hawking searches for aliens; more -- Check out amazing offer to sell website and domain portfolio and why YOU should buy this!


* Govt WANTED to scare us, demanded 3 stories a week! Supreme Court rules against Harper again but taxpayers pay again; NDP open to coalition, Liberals say no; UN shames Canada on human rights; Another shooting at US movie theatre ; Video -Ireland's youth training to liberate the North from England; Will Gitmo ever close? ; Cars can be hacked; Low loonie; Climate Change? 2015 warmest ever in recorded history; Fires in Kelowna; Alberta farmers complain about draught, lowest water in 50 years; Counting the seats, it's still Harper's election to lose; Government claws back big on child tax credit; Fire in Shelter Cove area of Kelowna causes evacuations; Search for ALIENS with Stephen Hawking: No bigger question; Gwynne Dyer: China: the Dead Cat Bounce; China plans supercity for 130 million people; Anonymous attacks RCMP website; Harper's election bribe: Universal Child Care Credit; Shark Attacks surfer; What Bill Gates wants you to read this summer; Russia mapped the world; Greek banks reopen; more


* Gwynne Dyer comments on the Iranian nuclear deal; the NDP is ahead in the polls; Conservative dingbat MP Wai Young retracts her nonsense; and after so much big news in the last couple of days there's not much happening today. So far. Stay close for more, as it happens.

* Peter March mourns his beloved Greece; Greek parliament votes on bail-out; Canada agrees to fast-track pipelines; -- Yesterday's BIG NEWS DAY -- Iran nuke deal reached; Tsipras agreed to bailout deal, faces criticism in Greece; Western fires still burning; more

* It's all good in small town Alberta @ $10/ building lot; Our embassy in Ukraine used as pawn: "We have been all mouth and no brain."; Greece reaches deal with EU; Gwynne Dyer: It's hard to say sorry for genocide; 4 horses die in Calgary Stampede; Pope says Mass in Paraguay field where 14 are bitten by snakes; Mexican druglord escapes again; Top psychologists aided US torture program; more

* Senators target Muslim radicalization; Fires still burning; Canada helping fund pro-Ukranian TV; THOMAS KING talks about Totalitarianism in Canada; PeterMarch: The Basis of Morality & Harper; Pope Francis in S.America; China bans shareholders from selling; Greeks keep trying; Eric Holder, Us Attorney General , cashes in; 4 Million refugees; and OMG, what they are doing to monkeys!; more


*Previously - Bad day - Western Canada burning; Greece & China money woes; New York Stock Exchange down; & problems at United Airlines


* Greece votes 'No' ; Fires in Western Canada; more


* Does Greek generosity to post-war Germany matter within the context of today's crisis? Why are they spying on Amnesty International? After collecting our meta data, they can't secure it and get hacked. Now who owns us?; WestJet pranked again; Why was Arthur Porter left to die in Panama? more

* World Gone Mad? Weapons grade uranium coming to Chalk River despite earthquake faults on both sides of Ottawa River; Who got the Greek bail-out money? The banks -- not the people, not the government; more

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Cadets mistreated after CFB Valcartier grenade explosion, says report
Six boys died and 30 were injured because a live grenade was mixed in with dummies used for training.   
DND says it will take 'immediate action' to get survivors help they need  /CBCNews



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Cowboy Junkies: Blue Moon Revistied

Full Moon /Blue Moon /July 31 @ 6:42 am

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It's not climate change
It's everything change

Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do! Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mind. Story & Images & Animations  / Medium


NDP threatens to pull out of broadcasters' debates
Stephen Harper has already declined invitation from broadcast consortium /CBCNews


Federal election 2015: Stephen Harper to launch campaign as early as Sunday
Prime minister to kick off 2015 election campaign on most provinces' civic holiday  /CBCNews

Anonymous threatens to release text messages from John Baird that allegedly reveal ‘real reason’ he left politics - Hackers with Anonymous — who last week leaked a seemingly legitimate secret document on cyber-security at Canada’s spy agency   /NationalPost

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Supreme Court unfair to Harper government, new Ontario justice wrote - The court’s reasoning process is unfair, making it almost impossible for the federal government to defend its laws,

The centre-left’s divine right: The arrogance of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals
-- current leadership is just the latest to believe it is owed power  / Peter C. Newman / Macleans


Reunification of Cyprus? - It was not so much a straw in the wind as a cheese in the wind. It’s a chewy, salty cheese that is delicious grilled: halloumi, as they call it in the Greek-speaking Republic of Cyprus, or hellim, as it is known in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus./MoreHere

’’I’m Canadian – and I have a right to vote 
. . . That the beautiful, peace-pursuing dream that was Canada, the Canada you once knew and were so proud of, is no longer “Canada.”  /TheGlobeAndMail

What Would Harper Do? Anything he wants, mostly.
Just when I thought I’d seen everything … along comes ‘Jesus’ Harper./IPolitics

Mary Catherine Finn's Obituary Asks Canadians To Vote Out Harper, Save The CBC   /HuffingtonPost

There’s no way to spin yourself out of a recession, Mr. Harper - It didn’t look like a coincidence — and it wasn’t. Last week, only an hour before the parliamentary budget office forecast a $1 billion deficit for the current fiscal year, the Finance department scrambled to deliver a Fiscal Monitor report showing a $3.9 billion surplus in April and May. Ian MacDonald /IPolitics


Harper's neglect has put Canada's Navy in hot water
For months now, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been trying to portray himself as some sort of a warrior king.
. . . Undermining all of this brinkmanship by Canada’s dear leader comes a bucketload of bad news

‘Better than mediocre': How the economy could kill the Conservatives - Recession or not, Stephen Harper has lost the argument on the economy.
/AlanFreeman /IPolitics

One Culture, Without Bias
In anthropology if humans are living together then they have a culture.
They have their ways of doing things, their shared values, shared way of speaking . . . It wasn’t always this way./ MoreHere

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Canadian-made Ebola vaccine works, study finds

It appears the world finally has an effective Ebola vaccine. /CTVNews 


Suspended senators would get salaries back during election

Suspended senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau could all be back on the payroll come election time, the Star has learned. /TheStar


Canada Outed Medical Weed Users With Mail and Now a Court Has OK’d Their Class Action 

The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class action lawsuit against the country's health ministry, years after it mailed 41,514 letters that outed users of a government medical marijuana program, allegedly violating their privacy rights.   /ViceNews


Canada Just Bought Israel's Iron Dome Radar Technology

Canada's Armed Forces has purchased radar technology that is part of Israel's famous Iron Dome, the missile system tasked with shooting down Hamas and Hezbollah rockets — and it plans to deploy it within Canada. /ViceNews

RU-486 abortion pill approved by Health Canada

Doctor's prescription will be required to purchase drug /CBCNews


Porter passenger says she was asked to move for another passenger’s religious accommodation

Christine Flynn said she was asked by a Porter flight attendant to switch seats for a neighbouring passenger who refused to sit next to her because of her gender.  /TheStar

Foreign visitors to Canada to face electronic screening

Starting Saturday, Ottawa will start accepting applications for electronic travel authorization from foreign travellers who wish to visit Canada by air.  /TheTorontoStar

Conservative insider won huge contract to build Harper’s Arctic project

A hugely expensive public contract to build an Arctic research station —promoted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper —went to a joint venture that included a company run by a Conservative Party insider with close ties to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, the National Observer has confirmed./NationalObserver


Possible cat beating beating called worst case in 20 years by Outaouais SPCA

'They didn't want me to see her. I insisted,' owner says after his cat found badly beaten /CBCNews

NDP open to forming government with Liberals to topple Tories
Finance critic Nathan Cullen says the prime aim is to get rid of Stephen Harper’s government. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has previously rejected the idea of an NDP-Liberal coalition. /TheStar

Trudeau rebuffs NDP suggestion of potential coalition government
The NDP is in a cat-and-mouse game with the Liberals over a potential coalition government, as the New Democrats say they would consider joining forces, but Justin Trudeau still rejects the idea. /TheGlobeAndMailVideo

File breach at electronic spy agency prompts mandatory privacy training

Canada's electronic spy agency introduced mandatory privacy awareness training for all employees in March following an internal breach involving personal information.



Norway pumps up ‘green battery’ plan for Europe

By Paul Brown

Hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from wind and sun to cut the need for fossil fuel plants to boost European electricity supplies.

LONDON, 26 July, 2015 − Norway is hoping to become the “green battery of Europe” by using its hydropower plants to provide instant extra electricity if production from wind and solar power sources in other countries fade.

Without building any new power stations, engineers believe they could use the existing network to instantly boost European supplies and avoid other countries having to switch on fossil fuel plants to make up shortfalls.

Norway has 937 hydropower plants, which provide 96% of its electricity, making it the sixth largest hydropower producer in the world − despite having a population of only five million.

Europe already has 400 million people in 24 countries connected to a single grid, with power surpluses from one country being exported to neighbours or imported as national needs change.

Supply and demand

As more and more renewables are installed across the continent, the problem of balancing supply and demand gets more difficult.

Because supply from wind and sun sources fluctuates, the grid needs back-up plants to keep the power constant. At present, this means that many countries have to keep gas and coal plants on standby to make up any shortage.

However, the Hydraulic Laboratory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim believes it can engineer the country’s vast power plants so that they can themselves be a giant standby battery that can be turned on and off.

When there is surplus wind or solar power in Europe, the electricity it generates can be imported to pump water uphill to keep re-filling the Norwegian reservoirs. This is, in effect, electricity that is stored, because when energy is needed again the generators can be turned back on to produce hydropower.

“Norwegian mountains are full of water tunnels. It’s like an anthill.”

The problem at the moment is that even hydropower is not instant. This is because water takes time to flow through the vast network of pipes and the turbines to reach the correct speed to provide stable power to the grid at the correct frequency of alternating current.

Norway currently has more kilometres of pipes carrying water to its hydroelectricity plants than it has miles of road, so controlling the flow is the key.

But Kaspar Vereide, a doctoral student in the department of hydraulic and environmental engineering at NTNU, has designed a model solution, with funding from the Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy.

By creating a sealed surge chamber in rock close to the turbines, engineers can feed electricity, at the right frequency, into the grid immediately. The empty chamber contains air that is compressed as the space is filled with water. So, when the valves are open, the water can instantly turn turbines at the correct speed.

Vereide says: “Norwegian mountains are full of water tunnels. It’s like an anthill.”

The length of the waterway, he says, can be many kilometres, though this will require the engineers to accelerate the water to reach the turbines.

His solution involves blowing out a cavern inside the water tunnel near the turbine where the electricity is to be generated, creating a surge chamber where water at the correct velocity can reach the turbines immediately.

Fluctuations in power

He admits that his design is still at the early stages of development. The surge chambers have to be designed to avoid fluctuations in power needs, which can cause uncontrolled blowouts of air into the power plants, risking damage.

“We have to be able to control these load fluctuations that occur,” he says. “Among other things, it’s important to determine how big surge chambers need to be to function best. My task is to figure out the optimal design for the chambers.”

Vereide says that plants have traditionally been run very smoothly and quietly, with few stops and starts to create these fluctuations. But to become the green battery of Europe, the power plants would need to be started and stopped much more often − and then the problem of load fluctuations would increase significantly.

“We’ll benefit a lot from developing these new technologies, both in order to keep electrical frequency stable and to run power plants more aggressively to serve a large market,” he says. /Climate News Network



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What kind of force for global peace does the NDP want Canada to be?

The NDP sees itself as a party built on international justice and human rights. So on the war against Islamic State, why isn’t it standing up for its values?
“This is not Canada’s fight.”   /Macleans

Harper adjusts his Senate strategy
He didn’t emerge in support of abolishing the Senate—but the Prime Minister’s plans are still worthy of scrutiny. John Geddes explains /MacleansMagazine

After appointing 56 senators, Stephen Harper is done
The Prime Minister declares a moratorium on Senate appointments and the countdown to a constitutional crisis is on /MacleansMagazine


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Charts show Stephen Harper has the worst economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II  /PressProgress

Real gross domestic product fell 0.2% in May, the fifth consecutive monthly decrease. The decline in May was mostly a result of contractions in manufacturing, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction as well as wholesale trade.
Released: 2015-07-31/ Statistics Canada


How low can Loonie go?

Canadian dollar heading for 75 cents, Bank of Montreal says /Financial Post

Never mind the budget, here’s a happy family with a tax credit
There will be no hearings of the finance committee on the state of the federal budget  /Macleans

Tories On Track To Run A $1-Billion Deficit

BLOG: The Conservatives Have Steered Canada Into A Preventable Recession /HuffingtonPost



IT'S GOING TO BE OK..  Joe Oliver Tries To Ease Recession Fears
'Quantitative Easing Is Not On The Table'  /HuffingtonPost

Canadian inflation inches up to 1% in June - Higher cost of food pushes inflation up despite low energy prices /CBCNews





Bank Of Canada Lowers Key Lending Rate To 0.5%, Suggests Recession Underway

The Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate Wednesday as it slashed its outlook for the economy and predicted a pullback in the second quarter due to the impact of lower oil prices and weaker-than-expected exports.
The central bank cut its target for the overnight rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.5 per cent.  /MoreHere/HuffingtonPost


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World News

MH370 search: Number stamped on debris 'confirms part of Boeing 777' -

live updates  /Independent

A Malaysian official has said the number stamped on the debris found on the island of Réunion confirms it is from a Boeing 777 wing.

Related - MH370 'debris' is not the biggest story on the island of Réunion - this volcanic eruption is  /TheIndependent


It's 'England or death' now for the desperate Calais migrants who brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains travelling at up to 90mph
This is their dubious prize for having successfully parted with some £3,000 each for a journey across the Sahara to the chance of a new life /TheIndependent

Priest performs exorcism from a helicopter to banish evil from Italian town where several churches have been robbed and defiled

Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples, is said to be beset with social and moral decay



This American Trophy Hunter Allegedly Beheaded Zimbabwe's Most Beloved Lion

A Minnesota dentist has been identified as the big game hunter who allegedly paid $50,000 to kill Cecil the Lion, one of Zimbabwe's most beloved animals, and a main tourist attraction for the Hwange National Park.   /MotherJones

Related - Zimbabwean pair due in court over Cecil the lion killing - The two Zimbabwean men, who accompanied him on the hunt, will appear in court in Victoria Falls, and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. /BBCNews


UPDATE - US and Turkey agree to create 'ISIL-free zone' in Syria - News of agreement comes ahead of NATO meeting in Brussels amid reports Turkey is targeting Kurds in Syria.

NATO calls emergency meeting after Turkey's request - Council comprising diplomats from 28 NATO allies to meet amid Turkish security operations against Kurdish PKK and ISIL. /AlJazeera

Turkish air strikes 'changing regional game', says PM - Turkey's air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants and Kurdish PKK separatists could "change the regional game", the prime minister has said.   / BBCNews


‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen

. . . they were met, mostly, with skepticism, threats, and attacks on their character. / NYMag


Hillary Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels for US if she wins office

Democratic presidential frontrunner also says she wants America to generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home within 10 years  /TheGuardian


The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

We cling to our belief that barbarism will never outlast the power of the righteous


Sweden submarine: Investigation underway into wreck of unidentified warship found off coast

A Swedish ocean exploring company has found the wreck of an unidentified submarine off the coast of the country, with some experts speculating that it sunk recently and is the result of a secret mission gone wrong.



Police Remove Greenpeace Activists from Portland Bridge After They Forced Shell Ship Back to Port


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VICE News Daily: Israel Authorizes Force-Feeding Prisoners

Published on Jul 31, 2015 - The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: New Israeli measures to stop hunger-striking Palestinians, Nepal has an increased risk of landslides, Myanmar opens its prisons, and why Argentina's bus drivers are blocking a major highway.


ABOARD THE BOB BARKER, in the South Atlantic — As the Thunder, a trawler considered the world’s most notorious fish poacher, began sliding under the sea a couple of hundred miles south of Nigeria, three men scrambled aboard to gather evidence of its crimes.  

>>The Thunder, a trawler wanted for illegal fishing, was chased for 110 days and more than 10,000 nautical miles across two seas and three oceans, until it sank in April.  /NewYorkTimes& Videos <<


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