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Nato raises fears of Russian invasion under ‘pretext of humanitarian or peace-keeping mission’

The Independent reports that Russia’s military buildup on the Ukraine border could turn into an invasion on thin pretexts. There are plenty of Russian troops already inside Ukraine (without even counting Crimea). I wouldn’t be surprised if their massive troop buildup is just cover for men and materiel to flow into the occupied zones. It’s […]

Why Google Glass Is So Bad and Hated and Will Never Work

I love this article and agree completely. Why Google Glass Is So Bad and Hated and Will Never Work. “People pay thousands of dollars to have lasers shot at their eyes so they don’t have to wear glasses. People put little pieces of plastic right on their eyes so they don’t have to wear glasses. […]

Extraction is in the works

After two years of research and planning, Theatre Conspiracy is digging into the creation of the documentary-style play Extraction. Our international cast and team of theatre artists are in residence at The Cultch in Vancouver for the next couple of weeks to experiment before a work-in-progress presentation at Your Kontinent: Richmond International Film & Media […]

Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother – CBC News

Terry Milewski Politics Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother – Politics – CBC News. “Essentially, [this law] says that government agents may enter an ISP when they wish, without a warrant, and demand to see absolutely everything — including all data anywhere on the network — and to copy it all. If that […]

Conservatives mix up their con-job on new internet snooping bill

Fast-moving news today about the new internet surveillance law, bill C-30. Vic Toews, Canadian Public Safety Minister, has pulled the GW Bush card in the war against privacy: “You either stand with us, or you stand with the child pornographers.” He denies saying this, but here’s the video: In response, the anonymous Twitter user Vikileaks30 […]

Stop Online Spying!

Stop Online Spying | OpenMedia.ca. Please circulate and sign this petition. The government is about to push through a set of electronic surveillance laws that will invade your privacy and cost you money. The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to allow “authorities” to collect the private information of any Canadian, at […]

Hébert: Radio-Canada’s days as talent incubator may be over

“…While talent is an undeniable part of the mix, nurturing has a lot to do with the result. And the Quebec film industry’s success is due in no small part to Radio-Canada’s role as an incubator.” Hébert is one of Canada’s most astute political writers.  Today she does a really good analysis of how arts […]

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | Truthout

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | Truthout. “It should have been evident to clear-eyed observers that the Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian […]

Software of the Spectacle

Final Cut Pro X means Apple has abandoned professional artists by Flick Harrison Guy Debord said that the main function of our society is now the production of spectacle. The spectacle alienates us from life and each other. Facebook, for instance, transforms our relationships into images of those relationships, mediated by Facebook’s own hidden desires. […]

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