First Nation slams cover-up of mercury poisoning report

First Nation slams cover-up of mercury poisoning report

A northern Ontario First Nation says it has obtained an unreleased report that shows the federal and provincial governments failed to properly address widespread mercury poisoning among its members. Water around the Grassy Narrows First Nation near Kenora, Ont., has been contaminated with mercury since a local paper mill dumped an estimated 10 tonnes of neurotoxins into the system between 1962 and 1970. … Grassy Narrows says it has now obtained a report commissioned by the board in 2009, but never publicly released, that found the government played down the scope of mercury poisoning and failed to provide adequate treatment for those affected. http://commonsensecanadian.ca/first-nation-slams-coverup-mercury-poisoning-report/ The report concludes, "There is no doubt that there was high mercury exposure in these two …more» 

On a White Horse

Based on a poem by +Mike Galsworthy  about apocalyptic climate change and how it will affect us all — even the wealthy, whose money will be of no value if society collapses. http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/on-a-white-horse-poemartwork-collaboration-about-climate-change-and-societal-collapse/ Google+: View post on Google+

Who owns the robots?

Who owns the robots?

This is a "great response to Marc Andreesen's dismissal of technological unemployment", as +James Hughes notes. [1] You seem to think everyone’s worried about robots. But what everyone’s worried about is you, Marc. Not just you, but people like you. Robots aren’t at the levers of financial and political influence today, but folks like you sure are. People are scared of so much wealth and control being in so few hands. Consequently, wherever you and other gatekeepers of capital direct your attention – towards robots, 3D printers, biotech, whatever – you’re going to detect a fearful response as people scramble to determine the impact of your decisions and whims. … While I didn’t jibe with your take on recent macroeconomic history, I …more» 

First Nations shaming ceremony challenges federal government

First Nations shaming ceremony challenges federal government

A traditional shaming ceremony being held on the steps of Parliament is meant to challenge the federal government to renew its troubled relationship with First Nations, says a prominent West Coast artist. Beau Dick, 59, a master carver and hereditary chief from the Namgis First Nation, says today's ceremony involves cutting or breaking a large copper shield. “Breaking copper is a challenge, it is also a shaming, and it is also about banishment,” Dick explained. … Once practised throughout the Pacific Northwest, when copper shields were a measure of wealth and power, the shaming rite had all but disappeared until Dick revived it with a ceremony in front of the B.C. legislature in 2013. http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/first-nations-shaming-ceremony-aims-to-challenge-federal-government-1.2719175 See also:http://www.straight.com/news/679476/first-nations-copper-cutting-ceremony-ottawa-will-be-challenge-all-canadians First Nations shaming …more» 

The Conservatives are a ‘cruel and unusual’ government

The Conservatives are a ‘cruel and unusual’ government

When Justice Anne Mactavish of the Federal Court struck down the Harper government’s policy to slash medical care for refugees earlier this month, she described it as “cruel and unusual treatment” that “shocks the conscience and outrages our standards of decency.” Both phrases were telling. … These exact words – “cruel and unusual punishment” – resonate in history. … These are not words used loosely. The concept of decency also plays a signal role in American history, though whether the judge was aware of this is not known. It was the very word that launched the final fall of Senator Joe McCarthy and the shameful “Communist” witch hunts known as McCarthyism, when lawyer Joseph Welch attacked McCarthy for his latest smear of …more» 

Entrance of the RoFo

Entrance of the RoFo

I don't usually indulge in such trifles but this Chrome extension has brought no end of joy since I installed it weeks ago. ;-) This extension will play 'Entrance of the Gladiators' whenever it detects that you're reading an article about Rob Ford. Musical accompaniment for reading articles about Toronto mayor Rob Ford. This extension will play 'Entrance of the Gladiators' whenever it detects that you're reading an article about the esteemed mayor. The song became popular in the 20th century as a screamer march for circuses, often used to introduce the clowns. This is a silly and prankish plugin, all meant in good fun. Please remember that clowns aren't bad people, and they only perform so long as they …more» 

Monsanto ordered to pay reparations to small town

Monsanto ordered to pay reparations to small town

Just how were Nitro citizens exposed to dioxin? Monsanto was producing the toxic herbicide Agent Orange in Nitro, and dioxin is a chemical byproduct of the substance. It is known to cause serious health conditions. The factory which produced Agent Orange was opened in Nitro in 1948 and remained in operation until 2004, even though usage of this herbicide in the past (in Vietnam and other Asian countries) was fatal to millions of citizens and the war veterans who were exposed to it. “There is no doubt that during and after the war, many Vietnamese absorbed this very toxic material [dioxin]. It is our belief from toxicological research and epidemiological studies from many countries that this dioxin probably resulted in …more» 

Factory farming destroying the American landscape

Factory farming destroying the American landscape

The images, discovered by Henner while researching satellite photographs of oil fields, look more like post-apocalyptic wastelands than acreage in America’s heartland. … The aerial shots of factory farming feedlots are open source satellite imagery, so Henner doesn’t have to worry about the legal risk of publishing them. In recent years, the commercial agriculture industry has sought to hide its disgraceful practices from the public’s view, and journalists found photographing feedlots have faced arrest and criminal charges under bogus “Ag Gag” laws. It’s not hard to see why they’d rather no one know what they’re up to. “Massive waste lagoons, which waft up dangerous hydrogen sulfide fumes and can contaminate groundwater with nitrates and antibiotics, first resemble open, infected wounds,” …more» 

Ford suffers from a limited capacity for abstract thought

Ford suffers from a limited capacity for abstract thought

I think the best line came from our former mayor Mel Lastman, who said “this guy makes me look like a genius,” before adding, with the characteristic Lastman touch, “and I’m not a genius.” … Stanovich coined a special term, dysrationalia, to describe this syndrome. He defines it as an “inability to think or behave rationally despite adequate general intelligence.” George W. Bush serves as exhibit A … Ford is not like that. He has more serious problems. On the one hand, he is clearly irrational. … But he also has more serious, underlying cognitive deficits — problems with the hardware, as it were. … When asked about “waste,” all he could think of were the things that he had …more»