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Yikes.... Not for the squeamish. And I had laser eye surgery.

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Canadian man grosses out world with first eyeball tattoo - Posted

Oh good. Maybe we can pick away at the smoldering debris and learn how U.S. spy satellites are made. Oh, and get cancer. We can also get cancer.

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Satellite Shoot-Down Set: Intercept Near Hawaii; Debris Cloud Over Canada (Updated) | Danger Room from Wired.com

As you probably know by now, the U.S. military is going to try to shoot down a dying satellite on Thursday, around 10:30 pm eastern time, before it plummets into the atmosphere. Satellite-watchers have figured out where the Navy cruiser will take its shot -- and where the debris cloud is likely to go afterwards.

This is stupid. I didn't even know people were required to pray in council meetings... They should be stopping this behaviour for secular taxpayer-funded jobs.

Ontario councils refuse to drop prayer

Municipal councils across Ontario are defying a call for them to stop reciting the Lord's Prayer before their meetings.

An advocacy group called Secular Ontario sent letters to 18 municipal councils in November claiming the recitation of the prayer violated a 1999 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling. Since then, only Middlesex County has abolished the prayer. Meanwhile, many others -- including Durham Region, Oshawa, Peterborough and Grey County -- have either ignored Secular Ontario's warning or voted to maintain their current practice.

"I'm really quite surprised we stirred up such a hornet's nest," said Secular Ontario president Henry Beissel. "I thought that once government officials discovered they were breaking the law they would hasten to correct it -- but that doesn't seem to be the case."

A guy carrying a tripod or easel around in an arts college? Alert the media. Ok, I know it's happened here before, but it sounds like we're overdoing it a little in the fear and panic department.

globeandmail.com: Sheridan locked down after report of gunman

When Halton police received a call about a man possibly clutching a long-barrelled gun while walking through the halls of Sheridan College yesterday, officers immediately switched into crisis mode.

Nearly three hours later, the campus was deemed safe and all buildings had been cleared, police said. No one was injured, and no arrests were made. School and police officials reviewing video surveillance footage late yesterday afternoon spotted the man, whom a teacher and several students had seen carrying what looked like a gun and wearing a green camouflage jacket in two different buildings on campus. He had not been located last night.

"We could not determine that it was not a gun, so it certainly hasn't been ruled out," Sheridan president Robert Turner said in an interview.

I heard about this, but didn't blog about it (despite living only about 3km from campus). The LFA's club application letter was a little rough, and needed to be re-written. Besides, WLU's done a lot of boneheaded things in the past, so this wasn't the least bit surprising. Remember the thing in 2006, when a number of students decided to dress up in blackface for the winter carnival, with upside-down KFC buckets on their heads?

As far as universities go in Waterloo, WLU's considered "the other university".

Ah, I kid, Laurier's a fine institution.

Laurier Freethought Alliance to receive full Campus Clubs recognition by weekâ..s end - The Frame Problem

After a firestorm of freethought blogging, a barrage of angry emails, a stirred up Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union (WLUSU) executive board and university administration, and the clarification of some miscommunications between the Laurier Freethought Alliance (LFA) and the WLUSU, the WLUSU has agreed to grant the LFA campus club status pending the addition of statements to the LFA club description indicating that the club will be tolerant and inclusive of all groups on campus. Recall that late last week the LFA application for club status had been denied (though with invitation for application modification and resubmission). Congratulations to Tyler Handley, Anatoly Venovcev, and the LFA for becoming the first recognized freethought/nontheist student group at WLU!

Aw come on, Neil ... sure you can. Just need more of that great political stuff you used to do, and run a star chamber.

CBC.ca Arts - Naive to think music can change the world: Neil Young

Canadian rocker Neil Young, in Berlin with his new concert movie, says music cannot change the world.

"I think that the time when music could change the world is past," the 62-year-old musician told a news conference on Friday.
Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, in Berlin to promote his concert movie 'CSNY Déjà vu,' says the goal of the film 'was to stimulate debate among people.'
(Markus Schreiber/Associated Press)

"I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age."

Well, that's just stupid. What are we? Americans?

Scientists lament closing of key advisory office

Members of Canada's scientific community praised the contributions of the national science adviser and expressed regret over the government's decision to phase out the position at the end of March.

On Wednesday, Industry Canada confirmed that national science adviser Arthur Carty would be retiring on March 31, and that the position and office would be phased out.

John Smol, a leading ecology professor and researcher with Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., said he found the news "troubling and worrisome."

Umm. I'm just wondering if he would have fared better if he hadn't eaten the rotten meat. I mean, it was only 4 days. Keeping hydrated is much more important, and easier to do if you're not throwing up constantly.

But good for him. Glad he's ok.

Man trapped under car survived on rotten meat - Telegraph

A Canadian paramedic trapped under his all-terrain vehicle ate rotten meat and fended off snarling animals to survive for four days in Alberta bush country before he was discovered.

Ken Hildebrand of Fort McMurray was collecting animal traps about 50 miles southwest of Calgary on Jan 8 when his vehicle hit a rock and rolled over, trapping him underneath.

Mr Hildebrand kept himself alive, if sick, by eating the rotting meat of the animals he had collected and using a beaver carcass to keep himself warm.

Nominated for an Academy Award. Some kid from Toronto gets an audio tape interview with John Lennon.

YouTube - I met the Walrus. Trailer

Weird when this kind of stuff happens to you. I live and work within this 10km strip of disputed land.

Luckily, no one's been by to collect any money ... except the usual people.

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Natives demand royalties for land

In a Canadian precedent, a First Nations has created its own bureaucracy to collect royalties, approve plans and set environmental standards for any development on its traditional lands -- a swath of prime Southern Ontario real estate.

The four-month-old Haudenosaunee Development Institute set up by the Six Nations in Ontario has sent letters to municipalities and is also approaching developers privately to hammer out deals, with the implied alternative being the kind of economic disruption that has blocked highways, rail lines and housing developments in the province.

"This is a first in Canada for a [First Nation] to say we are going to take this matter into our own hands, because historical evidence would suggest the governments of Canada and Ontario are either unwilling or incapable of finding creative solutions," said Aaron Detlor, the administrator of the HDI, which was created by the Six Nations Confederacy Council.

But the province has said the HDI has no authority, municipalities up and down the Grand River are ignoring it and at least one home builder has likened its demands to a mob-style shakedown.

Alan Thicke plays Ethan's dad. Trippy.

TheStar.com | Columnist | CBC has a winner in jPod

Based on the bestselling novel by Douglas Coupland, the drama flits around five co-workers stationed inside the subterranean colony (the eponymous jPod) of Neotronic Arts, a Vancouver-based video game company.

The five â.. Ethan Jarlewski (David W. Kopp), Bree (Steph Song), Cowboy (Ben Ayres), Kaitlin Joyce (Emilie Ullerup) and John Doe (Torrance Coombs) â.. are working on a new surfboard game.

They also spend a considerable amount of company time playing with remote-controlled cars, solving crossword puzzles, shopping online and, generally speaking, waxing ironically in the angst-coated, culturally savvy, vaguely nihilistic lingua franca popularized by previous Coupland characters.

The Podsters live at a time when work is a lifestyle, when cynicism trumps idealism and your darkest secret is only a Google search away.

  Quebec's 400th birthday

Huh, do blogs count?

Poll: Canadian book readers fall behind U.S.

In this, the month of resolutions, Canadians wanting to turn a new page might find the best - and most literal - place to start is with a book.

According to a new Ipsos Reid survey, which was commissioned by CanWest News Service and Global Television, nearly a third of adults (31 per cent) across the country didn't read a single book for pleasure in all of 2007. The discouraging figure puts Canadians four points behind the U.S., where an identical poll last August showed 27 per cent of Americans hadn't picked up a book in the previous 12 months.

The good news is that the 69 per cent of Canadians who were reading in 2007 did so voraciously, with the average person in that group having dug into 20 books over the course of the year. The same number was true for Americans who had read at least one title in the previous 12 months.

Or maybe it's not as old as all that.

CopyrightWatch.ca - Blog Archive - The same â..oldâ. line

The original 1921 Act contained 9,434 words. The current Copyright Act, as consolidated after those forty-one sets of amendments, is more than triple the size of the original statute, at 31,223 words. (In both cases, the preamble, marginal notes, and schedules are excluded from the word counts.)

And, after all those amendments, whatâ..s left of the 1924 legislation?

Not much, it turns out. A side-by-side comparison reveals that there are just 573 words in the current Act which have descended, unaltered in form and context, from the 1921.

About 6% of the 1921 Act survives to this day. Or, flipping the comparison around, less than 2% of the current Copyright Act derives directly from the 1921 statute.

Hopefully we can all make a difference.

globeandmail.com: Ingram 2.0 - New copyright law starts Web storm

Update:

The new copyright legislation, which was expected to arrive in Parliament this week, has been delayed -- although it's not clear whether the delay is a result of the criticisms and public outcry described below.

Original post:

The federal government is expected to release the latest version of a new copyright law this week, but it has already whipped up a storm of negative publicity on the Internet â.. a blogosphere and Facebook tsunami with Industry Minister Jim Prentice at the centre.

One of the architects of this storm is Dr. Michael Geist, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa and an expert in copyright and the Internet, who says he is afraid that the new law will copy the worst aspects of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Among other things, Geist says, the legislation will likely "mirror the DMCA with strong anti-circumvention legislation - far beyond what is needed to comply with the WIPO Internet treaties," and will likely contain no protection for "flexible fair dealing. No parody exception. No time shifting exception. No device shifting exception. No expanded backup provision. Nothing."

Dr. Geist has posted a YouTube video that lists 30 ways in which people can protest the legislation, and has set up a Facebook group as a central rallying point for those opposed to the new legislation.

I feel so sad right now. This guy really got me into loving food.

globeandmail.com: James Barber, 84

James Barber, the charming host of television cooking shows and the author of several best-selling cookbooks, has died at his farm on Vancouver Island.

Mr. Barber, 84, died at his home on Thursday of natural causes. He was found at the dining room table, where he had been reading a cookbook.

A pot of chicken soup was simmering on the stove.

As a self-proclaimed "urban peasant," Mr. Barber championed rustic dishes made with ingredients at hand. A show of the same name aired on CBC television for 10 years and later appeared in syndication on Food Network Canada. The Urban Peasant became a staple in more than 80 countries.

CN Tower dethroned by Dubai building

The CN Tower is no longer the world's tallest building or free-standing structure.

For years, Torontonians have known that the tower's claim to fame was at risk, as planned towers around the world threatened to break its 30-year-old record.

Finally on Wednesday, a structure under construction in the Arabian Desert succeeded in passing the Toronto tower's 553.33-metre height.

Burj Dubai â.. a glitzy hotel, residential and commercial building being built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a price tag of $4.1 billion US â.. will be more than 150 stories tall when it reaches its final height of 800 metres.

Yeah, right. Canadians with *nano-bots*...

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Hamilton Spectator - Search

Call it Canada's contribution to the 21st century Cold War.

This country's poppy quarter sent the intelligence community into fits last year after the U.S. issued a warning about radio transmitters concealed in a coin. That alert had Canadian intelligence officials scratching their heads. Which Canuck coin was the U.S. talking about?

Just declassified information obtained by The Associated Press now indicates that it was Canada's commemorative quarter -- the world's first coloured coin -- that set alarm bells ringing in Washington.

Paul Landry travelled for 47 days from the tip of Antarctica to reach the most remote point of its geographic interior, the Pole of Inaccessibility. When he finally arrived he was greeted by a surprising sight - a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin sticking out two metres above the snow.

"He basically welcomed us here," said Landry. "Lenin was actually placed on this chimney above the base."

The statue of the former Soviet leader was placed there by Russian explorers who built a shelter when they travelled there in 1958. A second Russian team returned there in 1967, but no one had returned to the site since.

"The base is buried under about five metres or more of snow," said Landry, from his camp yesterday. "It's impossible for us to get into the base."

edmontonsun.com - Canada - Lenin statue greets explorers


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