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Facebook

Nerd = me… I now have facebook in my life… Facebook is way better than myspace. The design is clean, the relationships between people networks and stuff are way clearer. The best thing though is that the thing sucks in posts from other sites, like this one, via RSS, letting people look at your facebook profile know when you update your blog, or whatever…

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Canada turns crucial corner

Note from me – best opening line in an editorial ever…. OTTAWA–Canada is on its way to becoming a civilized country again. The Supreme Court has ruled that if the government wants to lock up people indefinitely without charge, it has to at least let them muster a defence. In the post-9/11 world, this counts as progress. TheStar.com – News – Canada turns crucial corner

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Music & Culture

On the road, again

vkngs, a/v, the Stolen Minks, Jonny Stevens, Hip Club Groove, Scribbler, David Myles, Sleep to Dream, The Grass, The Superfantastics, Buck 65, Ruth Minnikin, Classified, and Windom Earle, Destroy Hope, Orchids Curse, The Switch, Cuban Assassins, The Establishment, Brent Randall, Their Majesties, Down With The Butterfly, Rebekah Higgs, Great Plains, Sleepless Nights, Jon McKiel, and Laura Peek. These bands are all bands from Halifax. They are all going on tour between now and July. They – read more –

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Radical voting proposal gains steam

Ontario citizens’ assembly endorses `mixed member proportional’ plan Feb 22, 2007 04:30 AM Ian Urquhart – Queen’s Park Columnist “Ontario is a step closer to a radical change in the way MPPs are elected to the Legislature. The citizens’ assembly on electoral reform, a randomly selected body of 103 ordinary Ontarians established by the provincial government, voted overwhelmingly last weekend for a system called “mixed member proportional,” or MMP.” Full Article Here

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Halifax

Sound and fury, signifying more of the same…

So this week I got a press release inviting me to come the launch of the Nova Scotia Culture Action Network or NS CAN. It made me sad. At this point, my proposal to create a cultural federation of federations and industry organizations, something that represents the whole sector but is member driven, is at a standstill. I am just not interested in continuing to work to convince people to do the obvious. It is – read more –

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Herald – Tories feel heat on judge selectors

Personal note: I would post this no matter what the party… this is the kind of thing that drives me mad. A lot of what the government is doing actually resonates with me, but this interference in the way judges are chosen, vetted and appointed is just awful. Fireman picked for ideology, opposition says By STEPHEN MAHER Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA — The Conservative government was under attack Monday in the House of Commons for a – read more –

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Of Interest

Target Iran: US able to strike in the spring | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

Despite denials, Pentagon plans for possible attack on nuclear sites are well advanced Ewen MacAskill in WashingtonSaturday February 10, 2007 The Guardian A second battle group has been ordered to the Gulf and extra missiles have already been sent out. Meanwhile oil is being stockpiled. Photograph: Reuters US preparations for an air strike against Iran are at an advanced stage, in spite of repeated public denials by the Bush administration, according to informed sources in – read more –

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Cape Breton Spaceport

I know that the Baikonur Cosmodrome is in the same latitude as the proposed site in Cape Breton. And I know that the International Space Station is in the orbit it is in to facilitate accessing the station from Baikonur. Despite this, the Russians have signed a supplier/joint use/joint development agreement with the European Space Agency to launch Soyuz rockets from French Guiana, which is located on the equator. Soyuz is a nice edition to – read more –

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Education

Education Minister ACTS with speed and decisiveness!

I just got interviewed by CBC. Paul Withers says that the Minister says that there will be no school closures until the Education Act is amended. This means that unless the Leg was called back today, there is no way that the rules will be in place to meet the April 1 yearly process deadline for 2007. In fact, even if it was called back there is pretty much no chance the budget would get – read more –

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Music & Culture

IGN: Steve Jobs Calls for End to DRM

Apple chief pledges support for open system, calls major labels to abandon losing battle. The RIAA and Norway respond. by Gerry Block February 7, 2007 – In an open letter titled “Thoughts on Music” published yesterday on Apple.com (link), Steve Jobs elucidated his, and as such, Apple’s perspective on the current landscape of digital music distribution and the role of DRM (Digital Rights Management) software that restricts how and where protected music is accessible. Addressing – read more –

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Web Geek

Halifax getting shortchanged

Property taxes wouldn’t need to be so high if governments paid more to city: mayor STÉPHANE MASSINON The Daily News Toronto gets $645. Montreal, $245. And Ottawa $426. Halifax doesn’t fare so well. When it comes to transfers from the provincial and federal governments, every other major Canadian city gets more money per capita than Halifax’s $27 per person. The Daily News: News | Halifax getting shortchanged

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Halifax

Trust Us

By AMY SMITH Provincial Reporter Nova Scotians should trust the Tory government to find the “right-sized” price tag for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, says the province’s minister of health promotion. “We’ve proven to them that we’ve been responsible with their tax dollars by balancing the budget five times in a row and we’re going to continue to do that,” Barry Barnet told reporters before a cabinet meeting Wednesday. The ChronicleHerald.ca

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Touch-screen voting is a failed experiment – Roanoke.com

Lawmakers prepare to replace insecure touch-screen machines with superior optical-scan technology. “It seems like only yesterday Virginia and the rest of the nation overhauled election technology after Florida’s contested 2000 results. Electronic, touch-screen devices were supposed to solve the problems and restore electoral faith. They failed. Justified skepticism about security and verifiability lingers Touch-screen voting is a failed experiment – Roanoke.com

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Education

Ecology Action Centre – ON SIDE…

Community vs. big-box schools ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE SCHOOL closures, and the building of new schools, is a hot topic in Nova Scotia. It’s a sore spot for parents whose kids face losing their local school in favour of a larger, consolidated one outside their community. Financial savings are often cited for this worrying trend of closing small, community schools and creating “big-box” schools. Money is a convincing argument. However, there are just as convincing arguments – read more –