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Blogging Issues & News / Huffington Post boycott
« on: August 19, 2011, 02:48:06 PM »
Starting this rather than taking another one off-topic. In another thread, jrootham wrote this:
Toe, you know about the Huffington Post boycott, don't you?

with a link that goes to a post at Lawyers, Gun$ and Money that includes this:
I refuse to read anything at HuffPo or to link there. Ultimately, HuffPo is surviving on the adjunct model. Like higher education with its hordes of PhDs with no job prospects, there is a huge supply of writers who want to make a living in journalism. HuffPo offers the promise of gaining valuable experience and readership so that someday, maybe, you can make it big.

Firstly, I wanted to add that whatever HuffPo is doing, they're doing it consciously. When they opened their Canadian branch recently, I got an email invitation to blog there as did at least one of my co-bloggers. I think I treated it like spam because I can't find it now. But somebody did enough homework to build a mailing list and try and do a little recruiting. I have no intention of blogging for them. I was aware of the union actions but hadn't realized there was a concerted campaign to avoid reading or linking.

In the same vein, it was interesting to see the cattle call from the Toronto Star for "community correspondents" for the duration of the official provincial election campaign. I wrote about that and had my post linked from everywhere in sight and that's exactly the angle people wanted to talk about - they want free content but they're in business to make money.

News / OSPCA and the Ontario Government
« on: November 12, 2010, 10:14:27 AM »
Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees has been circulating a petition calling for the OSPCA to be brought under the control of the provincial government -- specifically the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. There is a resolution to be debated in the provincial legislature on Nov. 18th. All I know about this at the moment is what I've gleaned from this article.

It sounded like something some of you would want to know about and I didn't find much in a search of the board so I figured it would be news.

Cause we're all in this together / An important message from skdadl
« on: August 01, 2009, 04:34:39 PM »
I have been authorized to pass on a very important message from skdadl:  :bath

I'm told y'all will know what it means. Skdadl herself will be along in a week or so thanks to the incredible organizational skill of a certain Internet Service Provider who appears to have transferred the internet service to ... well, we're not sure exactly what they did with it but it isn't where it's supposed to be. But her computer fired up okay so I'm off the hook.

Feminist News / Women in Parliaments
« on: August 07, 2008, 08:14:54 AM »
I ran across this chart yesterday which rates 188 countries according to the presence of women in their legislatures. It was linked to from a story which lamented the fact that the United States stood 68th on the list which isn't very good. Canada comes in at 52nd which ain't a whole lot better.

Blogging Issues & News / Adventures with Internet Explorer
« on: August 02, 2008, 11:29:57 AM »
Users of Internet Explorer may find their browsers crashing if they attempt to access sites that use Sitemeter to track visitors. See Wired. That can apply to a lot of blogs but don't blame Blogger for this one. It's affected Flu Wiki, the FW discussion forum and another forum I'm aware of and all of those use different software platforms. This is strictly between Sitemeter, who revised their code early this week, and Microsoft, who apparently quietly pushed out an update to IE yesterday.

That is all.

Hopefully. What else can break?

I probably shouldn't have asked that question.

Health / New WHO chief says women's health is a priority
« on: January 05, 2007, 06:48:50 PM »
I followed the link 'cos the headline referred to bird flu, but I thought this was interesting:

"I want my leadership to be judged by the impact of our work on the health of two populations: women and the people of Africa," Dr Chan said on Thursday.

So who is this person? I got this link through a pandefense email list. Most of the focus in this piece is bird flu as well and it's entirely possible that it will be the issue that consumes most of her time.

She was nominated by the People's Republic of China to be chief of the World Health Organization and has been repeatedly dubbed "the Chinese candidate." But there is little in terms of style or history that links Dr. Margaret Chan, who took office this week as the agency's new director general, to the country she still calls "mainland China."

Raised in the British colony of Hong Kong and trained as a doctor in Canada, Chan was Hong Kong's chief public health official from 1994 to 2003, an extraordinary decade that spanned not only the territory's return to China, but also two public health crises: the first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, or bird flu, in 1997, and the 2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, which killed 800 people worldwide, nearly a third of them in Hong Kong.

Weathering each crisis with a direct, outspoken approach, Chan proved to be more of a no-nonsense British civil servant than a Chinese Communist Party bureaucrat.

All you get on women's health in this one is this.

To promote women's health, she will have to champion improved access to contraception and abortion, said Horton, moves that are opposed by the U.S. government.

USA / GOP Congressman resigns in disgrace. And then some.
« on: September 30, 2006, 01:04:43 AM »
Rep. Foley Quits In Page Scandal

Six-term Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned yesterday amid reports that he had sent sexually explicit e-mails to at least one underage male former page.

Foley, who was considered likely to win reelection this fall, said in a three-sentence letter of resignation: "I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent."
With the mid term elections less than six weeks away this isn't exactly good news for the GOP. But it gets worse. Foley was the chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children. He may get to face prosecution under laws he helped pass.

And it gets worse still.
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him "we're taking care of it."

It was not immediately clear what actions Hastert took. His spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged e-mails between Foley and the boy.

House Minority Leader Pelosi moved that the matter be turned over to the House Ethics Committee. The motion passed 410 to 0.

So obviously Foley's toast. And Hastert, too?

News / Arar inquiry
« on: September 18, 2006, 04:06:13 PM »
I didn't see a likely thread for this so I'll start one.

Public inquiry absolves Arar of terror suspicions

There is no evidence to indicate that Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar committed any crimes, the federal inquiry into the purported torture case concluded in a report released Monday.

The report by Justice Dennis O'Connor absolved Arar of all suspicion of terrorist activity, CTV's Roger Smith reported from Ottawa.

I didn't think there was any doubt about that. No credible evidence to the contrary has ever been offered and no charges have ever been laid.

The inquiry also found that no Canadian official was complicit in the U.S. extradition of Arar to Syria, where he claims he was tortured while detained.

However, the RCMP were targeted in the report for passed misleading, erroneous and unfair information to U.S. authorities that "very likely" led Arar's arrest and deportation, the report concludes.

It was also established during the inquiry that the RCMP violated its own policies in passing that information on so this isn't news either.

The commission website hasn't been updated yet but I expect the full report (less the redacted portions) will be made available.

Perpetual Threads / The Plame Thread
« on: July 11, 2006, 07:01:32 PM »
We don't seem to have a Plame thread and I think that ought to be remedied. Especially since

Syndicated columnist Robert Novak acknowledged for the first time today that he identified three confidential administration sources during testimony in the CIA leak investigation, saying he did so because they had granted him legal waivers to testify and because special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald already knew of their role.

In a column to be published on Thursday, Novak said he told Fitzgerald in early 2004 that White House senior adviser Karl Rove and then-CIA spokesman Bill Harlow had confirmed for him, at his request, information about CIA operative Valerie Plame. Novak said he also told Fitzgerald about another senior administration official who originally provided him with the information about Plame, and whose identity he says he cannot reveal even now.

"I'm still constrained as a reporter," Novak said in an interview. "It was not on the record, and he has never revealed himself as being the source, and until he does I don't feel I should."

It's long been speculated that Novak revealed his sources to the grand jury because he wasn't jailed along with Little Miss Run Amok (aka Judith Miller). Now we know.

Europe / Berlusconi to be tried for fraud
« on: July 07, 2006, 06:28:17 PM »
An Italian judge has ruled that former PM Silvio Berlusconi should stand trial over alleged fraud concerning his family's media company Mediaset.

He is one of 14 people sent for trial by Judge Fabio Paparella in the northern city of Milan.

It follows an investigation into claims of embezzlement, false accounting, tax fraud and money laundering in TV rights deals between 1994 and 1999.

The trial is set to begin in November. Mr Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing.

Paging lagatta.

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