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Old 12-04-2011, 08:40 PM   #421 (permalink)
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Van Loan’s defence of dirty tricks debases Tories and degrades democracy - The Globe and Mail

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For a while now, there’s been a dirty-trick rumour in circulation: that organized callers have been phoning Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s constituents, leaving the false impression he is leaving politics and they would need a new MP soon.

Eventually, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan admitted that this was being done on an organized basis by the Conservatives. A sad, cynical enough moment in Canadian politics. Then he took cynicism to a new, jaw dropping level.

No mumbling the normal apologies about “overzealous workers, blah, blah, blah, won’t happen again, etc.” Instead, Canadians were told that this kind of grime should be considered vital free speech – and must be protected, not prevented, by our laws. Efforts to rein it in would have worse consequences than letting it continue. This was the sound of a politician who had left home without an ethical or moral compass that morning.

That this episode risks disappearing under the waves of the next 50 news stories is not surprising. But the story deserves more oxygen, more time in the spotlight.
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And this is wrong. Not clever, not amusing, not evidence of a more sophisticated political machine that works all the angles while others are asleep at the switch. Just wrong on every level.

That it might work is not an explanation of why it should be allowed – it's a great argument for why it shouldn’t. Mr. Van Loan’s position is the same as saying one shouldn’t outlaw lying because the next thing you know, someone will be trying to outlaw truth-telling. It’s insulting, it’s beneath this government, and I'm sure it is an embarrassment to many good people in the Conservative Party.
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Canada’s wage gap at record high: OECD

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The Text Message turns 19 years old today

December-03-11 3:50 PM GMT


According to Wikipedia, the first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992, from a man named Neil Papworth using a personal computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone using an Orbitel 901 handset.

The text of the message was “Merry Christmas”.

The technology behind the SMS text is 27-years old, having first been developed in the Franco-German GSM cooperation in 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert. It was then, six years later, that the “Merry Christmas” text was sent.

Since then, SMS technology has come a long way to dominant the current mobile messaging scene. In 2010, SMS texts generated $114.6 billion in revenues worldwide, but many believe it’s just the beginning. Experts estimate that mobile networks will earn $726 billion from SMS text messaging over the next five years. So while smartphone applications like GroupMe and services like Apple’s iMessage start to make up larger slices of the text messaging field, SMS is not giving up its mobile messaging throne anytime soon.

Now, it’s time to send a happy birthday text!
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Guns N’ Roses induction to Rock Hall raises hopes for reunion; War, Donna Summer denied

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New U.S.-Canada border deal aims to cut bottlenecks, but at a price

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Algonquins prepare to launch giant land claim

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Canadian health care can’t keep up with body modifications

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Criticism mounts over Ottawa’s decision to abandon Kyoto

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interesting selections today shadowfax. i liked the scott-amundsen piece.

as an addendum to the ttc article about scrambling to find $5 million... :

Cost of cancelling Transit City could hit $65-million - The Globe and Mail
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haha. i hope he gets to pick the contestants too...
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haha. i hope he gets to pick the contestants too...
This could make it worth watching.
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Headlines for Dec 19th...

WiFi foes fight to rid schools of wireless Internet

Heavy-handed crackdown leaves 3 dead in Tahrir Square

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A Mississippi mayor has been forced to come out of the closet after charging taxpayers for a purchase made at a gay sex store in Toronto.

Greg Davis, the Republican mayor of Southaven, Miss., is embroiled in a spending scandal after state auditors requested receipts for $170,000 (U.S.) in improper charges he made to the city.

According to The Commercial Appeal, a newspaper in Memphis, Tenn., the receipts include thousands of dollars in liquor and lavish dinners, as well as a $67 charge at a store called Priape, which bills itself as “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.”

Mr. Davis ran as a conservative, family values candidate in an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2008. He has a wife of 19 years, Suzann, and three young daughters, who are all active members of Heartland Baptist Church, according to the city’s website.

“At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case,” Mr. Davis told the newspaper in an interview on Thursday afternoon from his Southaven home. “While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual – and still continue to be a very conservative individual – I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay.”
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Shortage of paramedics leaves ORNGE helicopter idle

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