New podcast explores how ‘Satanic Panic’ overtook a Saskatchewan town and elsewhere across North America

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/uncover/new-podcast-explores-how-satanic-panic-overtook-a-saskatchewan-town-1.5449917

These events in the early eighties show what can happen when moral righteousness outweighs fact, and how our best intentions can lead to tragic consequences. Similar is happening today with many adults with strong beliefs in conspiracy theories without any facts or evidence.

In these cases hundreds of children across north america were influenced by false information from parents and others they trusted. This hysteria and panic led to many convictions and decades of prison time for many innocent people and many of the children being traumatized for life by things that never actually happened.

There was a few cases where there was actual evidence of abuse but it was not satanic and the majority of cases were rooted in hysteria.

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An 8 year old shot and killed in Atlanta while in a car with her mother when parking in an area that has had protests

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1232945

An 8 year old shot and killed in Atlanta while in a car with her mother when parking in an area that has had protests after another police officer killed an african american man and now faces charges. I feel for the mother and family. I am sure she regrets going anywhere near where there had been violent protests especially with her child.

These protests and related violence in the US is causing more people to puchase guns to protect themselves and their families. Would one have helped in this case? My guess it not likely and many stats say more guns leads to more gun related deaths.

I feel for our neighbors to the south that are struggling with so many things right now and hope they can find a way through this before many more innocent people die.

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Police seizure of Chinese scholar and critic raises new fear of academic repression in Hong Kong

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-police-seizure-of-chinese-scholar-and-critic-raises-new-fear-of/

Can the international community do anything more than condemn this?
They can start by reducing their dependency on imports from and exports to China. Build new and better trading relationships with countries that follow and support international law and norms. Support and encourage local and trusted trading partner producers for goods that can currently only be sourced from China or other untrustworthy countries.

Consumers can help by looking for alternatives when a product they considering is made in China.

I hope this reminds those in Canada and similar countries of how much better things are for freedoms and they work to improve things rather than just complain.

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New Hong Kong security law allows Beijing to go after critics well beyond China’s borders

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-new-hong-kong-security-law-allows-beijing-to-go-after-critics-well/

Related
Canada halts extraditions, military exports with Hong Kong over China’s national security law
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-canada-takes-action-over-chinas-national-security-law-for-hong-kong/

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Photo or Image Resize, Reduce, Batch

Here is and easy way to batch resize photos and share on at least android.

Some people prefer to avoid social misledia which is probably a good idea or want to reduce bandwidth or online storage use. Some mobile photo sharing apps or storage services will resize automatically but the gmail app does not.

I had several photos on my phone that I needed to email but they totaled about 21 MB even after I had cropped them so it got rejected by gmail. They didn’t need the full resolution so I was able to easily batch reduce by 75% and share. This resolution still allowed zooming in with decent clarity.

The app has other features as well. If you don’t need it to take photos you can deny permission to use camera and it will still allow resizing existing photos etc…

The first one I tried had been downloaded more times but didn’t support resizing more than one at a time.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplemobilephotoresizer

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As electric vehicles gain popularity, questions arise over how to recycle growing number of used batteries

As electric vehicles gain popularity, questions arise over how to recycle growing number of used batteries
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/drive/technology/article-as-electric-vehicles-gain-popularity-questions-arise-over-how-to/

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AI Bot Experiments

Here is some stories about AI bot experiments. The first three are from 2016 or 2017 but you may still find them interesting.

I like many fell for misinformation about the first one that spread by word of mouth or online.

Did Facebook Shut Down an AI Experiment Because Chatbots Developed Their Own Language?

Here is an earlier story but in this case what I heard was mostly accurate.

The Saga of Twitter Bot Tay

This one demonstrated aggressive behavior from competing bots when they had not intentionally programmed them to act this way.
https://www.sciencealert.com/google-deep-mind-has-learned-to-become-highly-aggressive-in-stressful-situations

More recent news about AI.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/computers_math/artificial_intelligence/

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Vegetable upstart in Norway House beginning to sprout | Winnipeg Sun

https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/vegetable-upstart-in-norway-house-beginning-to-sprout

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EU Antitrust: Commission opens investigations into Apple’s App Store rules

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1073

Last week, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager opened a formal investigation into whether the App Store was harming competition by acting as a “gatekeeper” for third-party apps, some of which rival Apple’s own services.

That investigation was launched a little more than a year after music-streaming service Spotify filed a complaint with Ms. Vestager’s office, arguing that Apple engaged in anti-competitive behaviour by charging developers fees as high as 30 per cent for selling digital goods and services through the App Store. E-reader company Kobo, which is headquartered in Toronto but owned by Japanese firm Rakuten, filed a similar complaint.

Developers have argued that Apple’s fees allow the smartphone giant to undercut rivals by charging less for its own, competing services.

The dispute between developers and the smartphone behemoth has also caught the attention of regulators in Apple’s home market. In the U.S., David Cicilline, a Democrat who chairs the House judiciary committee, has said he is preparing to ask the heads of major tech firms, including Apple chief executive Tim Cook, to testify at a hearing on competition. Microsoft president Brad Smith told a Politico conference last week that antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe needed to take a closer look at app stores.

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Which side of the political fence?

Here is another example of some of the antics on social misleadia.

This is like stats, where some people spin them how ever they want to suit their needs even if it is misleading and divisive.

It is followerd by other versions and there is many other examples out there that are divisive. How about instead someones creates a list of what the public agree on and build from there.

If you ever wondered which sideĺ of the fence you sit on, here is a test!

If a Liberal is opposed to abortion, she doesn’t have one.
If a Conservative is opposed to abortion, he tries to ban them for everyone except his mistress.
If a Liberal is a vegetarian, it’s because they want better treatment for animals.
If a Conservative is a vegetarian, it’s because they work for Monsanto.
If a Liberal is homosexual, they support equality for other homosexuals.
If a Conservative is homosexual, they lead a gay life in secret while hypocritically condemning that lifestyle in public.
If a Liberal is down-and-out, they think about how to better their situation.
If a Conservative is down-and-out, they blame their situation on Liberals.
If a Liberal doesn’t like a television show, they switche channels.
If a Conservative doesn’t like a television show, they launche a boycott to get the program cancelled so that no one else can watch it.
If a Liberal is religious, they quietly pray in private, as Jesus said one should.
If a Conservative is religious, they demand that everyone be forced to pray along with them.
If a Liberal needs health care, they seeks to ensure that health care is accessible to all.
A Conservative buys stock in an HMO and then campaigns against affordable health care.
If a Liberal reads this, they’ll forward it so their friends can have a good laugh.
A Conservative will attempt to have the sender arrested.

Here is a Right leaning version

If a Conservative doesn’t like guns, they don’t buy one.
If a Liberal doesn’t like guns, they want all guns outlawed.
If a Conservative is a vegetarian, they don’t eat meat.
If a Liberal is a vegetarian, they want all meat products banned for everyone.
If a Conservative is homosexual, they quietly lead their life.
If a Liberal is homosexual, they demand legislated respect.
If a Conservative is down-and-out, they think about how to better their situation.
A Liberal wonders who is going to take care of them.
If a Conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, they switch channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a Conservative is a non-believer, they don’t go to church.
A Liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
If a Conservative decides they need health care, they go about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A Liberal demands that the rest of us pay for theirs.
If a Conservative reads this, they’ll forward it so their friends can have a good laugh.
A Liberal will delete it because their “offended”.
Well, I forwarded it.

This has the tired old Liberal stereotypes — we’ve seen those all before – there is a number of falsehoods that have been concocted about the Conservatives as well.

“We should not stand for subjecting our friends on the Right to such blatant lies and distortions. In the interest of fairness and bipartisanship, let’s set the record straight.”

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If a Conservative doesn’t like guns, they are not a Conservative. They are a wuss.

If a Conservative is a vegetarian, they will never tell anyone for fear of having their Conservative friends laugh at them, especially if they don’t like guns either.

If a Conservative is homosexual, they will remain in the closet, and loudly and piously condemn all other homosexuals to make absolutely sure no one suspects.
If a Conservative is down-and-out, they will lay off employees until their balance sheet temporarily improves. Then when their business fails, they will write the loss off on their taxes.

If a Conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, they send the host vicious, obscenity-laden, misspelled, hate-ridden e-mail messages. Anonymously.

If a Conservative is a non-believer, they go to church anyway, because people will talk.

If a Conservative decides he needs health care, they gets an insurance plan that provides all the Cialis he wants for free, while uninsured people go bankrupt trying to pay for their heart medication.

If a Conservative reads this, they will share it with their friends, who will all enjoy a good laugh. Then they will try to find out who wrote this and get them fired.

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