Hows Russian soldiers deal with militants when out of ammo – 🤣 Video

I have been told I am too serious, my uncovering of wrong doing with public advocacy is making me too negative so I am adding more humor to my blog 🙂

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U.S. court affirms verdict holding Monsanto weed-killers responsible for man’s cancer

This recent court case ruled the Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) RoundUp herbicide caused a man’s cancer. It got accidentally sprayed inside his suit and all over his skin. Bayer and their supporters will say it still safe to use on Round Up Ready GMO crops if following guidelines but the evidence proves it not and can have deadly cumulative effects from repeat exposure. Some crops have it applied right before harvesting to accelerate and speed up harvesting.

U.S. court affirms verdict holding Monsanto weed-killers responsible for man’s cancer

TINA BELLON -REUTERS
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 23, 2018
UPDATED OCTOBER 23, 2018

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Related

Jurors give $289 million to a man they say got cancer from Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller

Some Food Safety, Health, Environmental Protection and other regulations are benefiting special interests groups, putting the public at risk and have already caused harm

Freedom of Speech and Press just took another hit from corporate america and elitists

Why is our food being modified by the worlds largest herbicide producer

Why has Monsantos been banned in many countries but not in the US, Canada and else where?

 


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Concerns and impacts of a rapid rate of climate change

NASA graphic shows record global heat anomalies

Nov 16 2018 – Kevin Yaworski – Canadian and Global Citizen

Nearly everyone agrees the climate on planet earth has changed in a varying cycle of hot and cold periods over millions of years. The biggest concern is in the rate it has been changing and accelerating since the industrial revolution compared to the rates in the past determined from geological evidence spanning much farther than human history.

The vast majority of peer reviewed research by those experienced in climate studies agree it is changing at a much faster rate than it ever has. They basing this on ice core samples that trap CO2, glacial records that can be used to estimate global average temperatures and the thickness width, height, pace of retreat or expansion of glaciers and other geological evidence going back hundreds of thousands of years or more..

Peer reviewed research links rising average ocean surface temperatures with more frequency of intense tropical storms and the rate they can increase in severity.

Many storms and the heavy winds, rains, storm surge and flooding that come with them fueled by the warmer waters and this leads to more destruction and impacts to the people, places and infrastructure in their paths.

Since the 1950s, the world’s oceans have absorbed almost 20 times as much energy as the atmosphere. The result has been the warming of ocean waters, not just within the upper sunlit 100 ft (30 m) of the surface but at depths of up to 1,500 ft (460 m).

There have been individual studies that have been found to have used some flawed methods or focused on limited areas versus global averages and not considering trends but many more peer reviewed studies that have similar findings.

Ocean Temperature Changes – Washington Post, National Post and NOAA

The oceans cover the majority of our planet and are the biggest conveyer of heat transfers and storage. Predicting this is extremely difficult even with super computers. There is enough evidence of rapid climate change outside this.

Warming seas double snowfall around North America’s tallest peaks

Date: December 19, 2017
Source: Dartmouth College

Research finds dramatic increases in snowfall since the beginning of the Industrial Age and explains global climate connections linking northern mountains with tropical oceans.

Unprecedented findings strengthen connections between winter storms and tropical waters

Is this how ice ages started? Warmer tropics and global ocean temperatures lead to more accumulation of snow in some higher altitude northern regions.

There has also been evidence that melting ice creates surface water on Greenland and other massive glaciers or ice sheets. The water is darker and absorbs more solar heat. This accelerates melting and the water above glaciers creates gigantic holes and rivers in and under the ice. Some of this lubricates the bottom of the glaciers and accelerates the movement and deposits of ice and fresh water into the oceans.

The melting of the Arctic sea ice therefore has the potential to disrupt or slow down the Global OceanConveyor. Paradoxically, this ocean circulation interference caused by global warming could lead to a cooling in Western Europe and some other places on the globe. Currently the ocean currents carry warmth from the tropics up to the high latitudes. The UK is similar latitude to Manitoba in Canada but has much warmer weather on average.

Melting Arctic Sea Ice and Ocean Circulation | UCAR Center for …

There is speculation that this has occurred in the past and helped create ice ages. Like after several mega or one super volcanic eruption that puts large amounts of C02 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that lead to global average warming. Then the rapid melting of Greenland and other glaciers cooled and slowed down the oceans heat conveyer which reduced temperatures in the north. The warmer oceans around the equator created bigger tropical storms which carried more moisture that is deposited as heavy snow falls in northern regions. This built up to become glaciers, ice caps and sheets as part of an ice age.

The cycle has repeated many times but the geological evidence indicates it accelerating at a rate faster than ever before and likely with devastating consequences some of which is already being seen and felt.

Some of my personal experiences that are related.

Several large glaciers I have visited as a child and young adult in Canada, the US and NZ have since reduced in mass and geological evidence they retreating at a rate faster than they have in hundreds of thousands of years. Around the world glaciers that fed fresh water to communities down river since recorded time or longer have vanished or well on their way.

I have swam amoung Coral reefs in Australia, Tahitti, Cook Islands, Fiji and others reef types in Mexico. Many are dead or dying along with much of the ecosystems dependent on them after being bleached from warmer and more acidic waters. The oceans provide humans more protein food sources than any other means and in some areas it accounts for over 90%.

Although the following issues are not part of climate change it is reflective of what ignorance, unfeathered capitalism and influenced or corrupted elected and appointed officials, regulators and corporate executives can lead too.

We have islands of floating plastic and other garbage in our oceans that are larger than some countries. Hundreds of miles of petroleum based fishing nets left adrift with deadly consequences.

Hundreds of whales dieing after beaching themselves, being hit my large ship propellers or starving after their stomachs filled with plastic garbage. Killer whales moving into once ice covered and safe artic waters to feed on beluga and other whales and their calves. Thousands of polar bears drowning after longer and longer swims due to shorter ice covered periods and less time to hunt for seals on the ice to bulk up. Some that make it are so depleted and weak they cant hunt on land or become prey for other wildlife.

Ice sheets at the poles change all the time as well from year to year but the average rate globally they shrinking or disappearing also off the charts.

I have seen what the tar sands has done to vast areas of Alberta and how little reclamation has been done. Unrecognized landscape and lakes of toxic tailings as far as the eye can see.

Aboriginal Canadians on reserves downrstream of the Athabasca river where it cuts through the tar sands project area have much higher rates of rare cancers.

Some say it due yo bitumen entering the water naturally. Does this look natural or a safe way to protect the river from contamination?

Eamon Mac Mahon, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Syncrude upgrader facilities right on the Athabasca river near Fort McMurray Alberta

Short video only film that is a must see for any Canadian before forming an opinion on the tar sands operation or expansion.

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

https://www.nfb.ca/film/petropolis…

Financial issues from low oil prices and pressure from investors for profits leading to poor decisions affecting workers safety and the environment.

‘New problems continue to arise’ Syncrude woes are hitting Suncor, Imperial — and oil supply — hard

The release of methane and other gasses from oil and gas wells is enormous during drilling and continues until capped but leaks still continue after which get worse as wells age. Methane can trap 20 times as much heat in our atmosphere than CO2.

I have flown over the US near Denver and for hundreds of miles all you can see is wells old and new. Similar in North Dakota, parts of south western Manitoba and elsewhere.

More important facts about the oil and gas industry which Canada is divided on plus some tough questions.
One of the reasons tar sands oil is called dirty and has reduced value compared to US Brent, West Texas and others is they burn enormous amounts of natural gas or methane to heat water with chemicals and force it under high pressure into wells to make the heavy bitumen / tar based oil more fluid and pumpable. Once brought to the surface it must be separated which uses more resources and creates the massive tailings lakes.

Even than it is still thicker than other oil and has different and often more costly requirments for transport by pipeline or rail and when refining. It is also more toxic if spilled.

In tar sands extraction and fracking the toxic water reused until it no longer effective and is pumped back into old wells with little to no research done on the long term impacts or implications.

In Alberta there is often water rationing yet trillions of gallons used in the tar sands and then discarded after it too costly or toxic to clean.

Current environmental regulations require tailings and land reclamation and other costly cleanup when done properly. The industry has lobbied and influenced to have these limited and they often not being enforced in return for lucrative royalty payments to Provincial and Federal governments.

Many oil and gas corporations have gone out of business after mismanagement and or sharp drop in oil prices and the tax payers now on the hook for the cleanup. No one knows where the money will come from as no rainy day funds created or left after oil prices dropped and rate of spending by governments maintained or increased. Most of the taxpayers are already scrapping by or saddled with large debt.

Yet apparently we have a better record of cleanup than many countries.

On top of this the industry has lobbied and influenced successfully for enormous tax breaks to operate, explore and expand. The world bank peggedathus at over $35 Billion in 2013.

Can we leave it in the ground were it took millions of years to be created, invest in more sustainable energy sources and industries to minimize the economic impact of this?

Should we reduce what we are buying and using with better choices as consumers. Should we buy more oil or refined petroleum and related products from the US? Much of Canada’s oil is sold and shipped by pipeline or rail to huge and costly to build and maintain refineries in Texas already. Then we buy back refined products. We also buying oil or petroleum from the middle east and countries with known or questionable human rights violations and other issues.

Should we leave it in the ground were it took millions of years to be created and invest in more sustainable energy sources and industries to minimize the economic impact of this?
Canada is leading in some of these areas but has falling behind in many of them as other countries have invested more heavily in them and rainy day or trust funds when oil prices were high.
Or should we extract it while it still worth something even if we can’t due to the proper cleanup and not subsidize it and still be competitive and make a profit?
Do we have the will to reduce or change what we are buying or using with better choices as consumers?
Should we buy more oil or refined petroleum and related products from the US instead of the middle east and countries with known or questionable human rights violations and other issues?
Is the oil sands extraction and fracking in Canada and the US with environmental, health and related issues the lesser of two evils?
Much of Canada’s heavy oil is sold and shipped by pipeline or rail to huge and costly to build, maintain and retool refineries in the southern US already. Then we buy back refined products. The jobs and profits are created there but we dont have the funds or will to build these massive refineries here.
How can we answer these questions when so much misleading and misinformation allowed, our governments and regulators proven to be incompetent, self and special interest serving and influenced?

I hope I am wrong and there is more good in the picture than I am not seeing. Can we risk not erroring on the side of caution?

These are only a tiny fraction of what harm humans are doing to our planet that sustains us.

Respected Financial and Economic experts have called for divesting from fossil fuels and taking drastic measures to reduce the risks of rapid climate change.

Yes climate has changed for millions of years but never at this rate except from mega volcanic or meteorite events. There is no doubt in my mind that it being accelerated by humans.

Part of the issue is incompetent or corrupted officials and corporate execs and boards that care only about themselves and special interests.

There has also been think tanks that claim to be independent, oil and gas industry lobby groups that are well funded and some activists or environmental groups that use false or misleading information and tactics to try and prove their point.

Canada as a country absorbs more carbon than it emits. This is due to its large land mass (through Photosynthesis, calcium carbonate fixation). Canada produces about 1.5% of the world’s emissions and is responsible for absorbing about 12% of the world’s total emissions. The carbon tax is seen as non-nonsensical by many Canadian scientists. Some feel that only by tariffs/taxes on the polluting countries will planetary change be enacted.

Do we want to lead by example or just blame others?

It proven if a carbon emmissions reduction plan or tax done properly it can reduce emissions and minimize economic impact. The current Liberal plan and many provincial plans leave too many grey areas that can lead to failure of both goals.

India and many other countries have a carbon reduction plan or tax and some have proposed them. Some in place have helped reduce CO2 emissions and some have failed. Can we learn from those?

Related

Carbon Emissions Reduction Pland or Taxes – Wikipedia

Canada divided on climate and not leading by example

The costs of climate change are rising

Rising seas and climate change: Everything you need to know

97% of “active” climate experts agree on man made climate change but more research needed on the risks and impacts

Wind and other renewables vs. fossil fuels and is climate change happening faster than ever?

Canada & other countries should listen to Mark Carney’s warnings on costs of climate change

There is a some information from those supporting expsnding the oil, gas and tar sands and for curbing it.

What we don’t know about US energy and climate change priorities and we need to accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels.

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Ocean Temperature Changes – Washington Post, National Post and NOAA

Here is one study on ocean temperature changes that may have had flaws in calculations . There has been others that have stood up to peer review.

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/scientists-acknowledge-key-errors-in-study-of-how-fast-the-oceans-are-warming

Here is data from NOAA as of 2016

https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-sea-surface-temperature

Other articles in the same papers
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/energy-environment/2018/10/08/world-has-only-years-get-climate-change-under-control-un-scientists-say/

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/a-very-ambitious-target-scientists-set-to-call-for-much-deeper-cuts-to-coal-pollution

Media bias ratings
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-post/
Center-Right Bias
Factual Reporting: HIGH

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/washington-post/
Center-Left bias
Factual Reporting: HIGH

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Facebook hired a conservative lobbying firm with an ‘in-house fake news shop’ to combat PR crisis

Facebook hired a conservative lobbying firm with an ‘in-house fake news shop’ to combat PR crisis

Nov 15 2018 – Media Bias / Fact Check

The conservative lobbying firm that Facebook hired in the midst of an October 2017 public relations crisis about Russian disinformation included what one former employee told NBC News was an “in-house fake news shop” as part of its operations. Facebook’s ties to the lobbying firm, Definers Public Affairs, were first reported by us on Wednesday here […]

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Nov 14 2018 – The New York Times
Facebook has gone on the attack as one scandal after another — Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — has led to a congressional and consumer backlash.
Credit Tom Brenner for The New York Times
A Facebook logo reflected on an advertisement board outside the United States Capitol in Washington in October. Facebook had initially hired Definers Public Affairs, a consulting firm, to monitor news about the social network.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York Times
Nov 14 2018 – The New York Times
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Related articles on Facebook, Analytics, Data Harvesting, Privacy Breaches, Manipulation of the public etc…
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Facebook hired firm with ‘in-house fake news shop’ to combat PR crisis

NBC News
Facebook’s ties to Definers Public Affairs, first reported on Wednesday in The New York Times, sparked widespread criticism and accusations of hypocrisy.
The entrance to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California

The entrance to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters file

By Michael Cappetta, Ben Collins and Jo Ling Kent

The conservative lobbying firm that Facebook hired in the midst of an October 2017 public relations crisis about Russian disinformation included what one former employee told NBC News was an “in-house fake news shop” as part of its operations.

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Facebook’s ties to the lobbying firm, Definers Public Affairs, were first reported on Wednesday in The New York Times, which detailed how the group aimed to “discredit activist protesters [of Facebook], in part by linking them to liberal financier George Soros,” who has become the subject of widespread right-wing conspiracy theories for his philanthropy work.

The report resulted in widespread criticism and accusations of hypocrisy by Facebook for its use of a lobbying firm that pushed narratives on behalf of its clients disguised as news articles. And some of the firm’s more inflammatory political ads for other clients were removed by Facebook itself for violating its advertising policies.

Definers runs a website called NTK Network, which has a verified page on Facebook with more than 120,000 followers that publishes and promotes articles about the firm’s clients as well as their competitors.

A former employee of Definers, who asked not to be identified in order to protect professional relationships, told NBC News that NTK Network was “our in-house fake news shop.” Some clients would actively pay for NTK Network’s positive coverage, which the ex-employee said would then be pushed out through Facebook in the hopes of being picked up by larger conservative media outlets such as Breitbart.

One article currently being promoted on Facebook through NTK Network’s page promotes the page as having “the latest stories without the liberal bias,” according to Facebook’s publicly available ad index.

The former employee told NBC News the company would run positive stories about clients “at the end of the day” simply to “fill up space” on NTK Network’s website and feed, even if they didn’t specifically pay for NTK’s suite of services through Definers.

A NTK Network ad on Facebook.
A NTK Network ad on Facebook.Facebook

NTK is currently running an ad to promote a story published on Tuesday headlined “Conservatives Blast ITC Judge’s Ruling on Apple,” which refers to a patent dispute between Apple and Qualcomm. The former employee claimed Qualcomm had a relationship with Definers.

Qualcomm and Apple declined to comment.

The revelation highlights how public relations firms like Definers have been able to move beyond efforts to seed stories in the press on behalf of their clients and can now promote their own articles on Facebook in the guise of news, just as Russia promoted misinformation and divisive political rhetoric through disguised media publications. And now it turns out that Facebook was not just the platform for this kind of opposition work, but had actually hired a practitioner to do so on its behalf.

“After a year of increasingly worrying revelations about the scourge of misinformation on Facebook, it is still shocking to learn that Facebook itself employed the same tactics that bad actors have used to exploit its platform,” Justin Hendrix, executive director at NYC Media Lab, a university consortium focused on media technology, said.

“How can we ever trust this company?” Hendrix said. “It is apparently more willing to use misinformation tactics than to seriously police them.”

NTK Network declined to comment.

The ex-employee said that Facebook hired the firm to research opponents of Facebook following its problems with Russian disinformation. A current employee at Definers, who asked not to be named as they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the company, confirmed that Facebook began its working relationship with the firm in October of 2017.

The site’s positive coverage of Facebook, with no discernible negative content, continued for months, including a story headlined: “Facebook VP: Russian Goal Was to Divide, Not to Swing Election.”

Last month, while the social media giant was still working with Definers, Facebook removed some of NTK Network’s political ads for violating Facebook’s advertising policies, including one with the headline: “Are These Liberal Billionaires the Biggest Threat to Americans’ Second Amendment Rights?”

Other NTK Network ads attacking Democrats from earlier in 2018 were removed for “running without a ‘Paid For By’ label,” according to Facebook’s ad database.

Image: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appears before a Senate hearing
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appears before a Senate hearing about privacy and election meddling on Capitol Hill on April 11, 2018.David Butow / for NBC News file

Patrick Gaspard, president of the Open Society Foundations, the nonprofit group funded by Soros, called for Facebook to explain its actions.

“Your methods threaten the very values underpinning our democracy,” Gaspard wrote in a letter addressed to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer. “I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this matter with you in person, and to hear what steps you might take to help remediate the damage done by this deeply misguided — and dangerous — effort carried out at Facebook’s behest.”

When asked about NTK’s working relationship with the social media company, Facebook directed NBC News to a company blog posted late Wednesday night, saying it had ended its relationship with the consulting firm.

“The New York Times is wrong to suggest that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook’s behalf — or to spread misinformation,” Facebook wrote in its statement.

“Definers did encourage members of the press to look into the funding of ‘Freedom from Facebook,’ an anti-Facebook organization,” the company statement said. “The intention was to demonstrate that it was not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as it claimed, but supported by a well-known critic of our company. To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.”

Definers received a $3.3 million contract in the first quarter of 2018 from Facebook, according to government documents.

Facebook did not respond when asked if the company was aware of NTK Network’s existence, or its role in seeding news coverage that attacked clients’ enemies and pushed client narratives on its platform, while the companies worked together.

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Not Impaired by Cannabis Court Decision

Interesting decision from 2011 in Saskatchewan. I think there will be many on both sides that agree or disagree with it.

This after accused being pulled over by a police Checkstop. These are funded by MPI in MB and usually give out hundreds of fines instead of warnings that turn into fine if not corrected for low tread, tail light burnt out, head lights pointed too high, light bars, tinted windows and other customizations etc…

At least no demerits for non moving violations. They should be warnings unless repeat or not corrected and proof provided to MPI with in x period. The drunks reported outside bars often ignored by police, diverting of funds and pensionable OT for at least WPS plus less focus on serious crime are the bigger issues.

Some have said “clearly this person related to someone”

“Hmmm, a judge with common sense, he would not last a week on the bench in Winnipeg.”

Good possibility but not all Judicuaries are as biased as Manitobas. Even in Manitoba we have had several public interest decisions among a trend of opposite.

CBC News · Posted: Aug 31, 2012 7:35 AM CT | Last Updated: August 31, 2012

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/pot-smoking-driver-in-saskatoon-deemed-not-impaired-1.1209370

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Rememberence day and WWII in realtime tweets

WW2 Tweets from 1940
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” Please be silent for two minutes.
Good day by day history about WWII if you are interested. Start with earlier tweets if you looking for something to read. Some 3rd party Twitter clients make it easier to scroll back in time.
Appears to be fairly accurate. Not sure how unbiased it is but appears to not be obviously one sided other than being mostly articles and stories in English which will obviously be mostly pro Allied.

WW2 Tweets from 1940

@RealTimeWWII

I livetweet the Second World War as it happened on this day in 1940 & for 5 years to come (2nd time around). Created by Alwyn Collinson, realtimewwii@gmail.com

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