Showing posts from January 31, 2014

Foreign Worker Crackdown Driving Companies Out Of Canada: Poll

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[More from the Preppy Grapes of Wrath front. Nothing suspicious about the sound of "a non-profit association that promotes labour mobility" right? Real grassroots. *RON*]
CP | By The Canadian Press

Posted: 01/31/2014 10:45 am EST | Updated: 01/31/2014 11:59 am EST

OTTAWA - A new survey says some businesses have been forced to move projects out of Canada because of the federal government's crackdown on temporary foreign workers.

One Map That Shows The Dangerous Consequences Of Anti-Vaccine Propaganda

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[In my experience the people who believe the conspiracy theories concerning vaccinations are totally impervious to evidence or logic and simply get angry if their views are challenged. By the way, this map should have included Afghanistan and Pakistan, where volunteers who are attempting to administer vaccinations in the villages are being attacked and murdered. *RON*]
Over the past year, federal officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have repeatedly warned that anti-vaccine beliefs are undermining public health efforts across the country. Even very small pockets of unvaccinated people can have dangerous consequences, allowing contagious diseases like measles — which we once believed was totally eradicated in the U.S. — a chance to start spreading again. And other diseases that can be prevented with a vaccine, like some types of cervical cancers, remain a serious problem in areas where people tend to be skeptical about shots.

Hit ’Em Where It Hurts

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[On the decay of the higher education system. *RON*]
The solution to the higher-ed adjunct crisis lies in the U.S. News rankings. By Rebecca Schuman

Courtesy U.S. News Best Colleges
Changes are afoot among us part-time adjuncts who shoulder a hefty majority of college instruction in the United States. We have, for now, the attention of Congress. We’ve got our own snappyhashtags! And we’re methodically organizing ourselves into unions, in my town and yours. Administrations are noticing, and are none too pleased. Sometimes, they go to impressive lengths to prevent a vote. Other times, they just issue veiled threats, saying they’re “concerned” about faculty “ceding their individual right[s]” to the Service Employees International Union, an “outside organization” unfamiliar, “in all frankness,” with “the enterprise of higher education.”

Introducing the World's First Empathy Library!

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[How a library with no books could change the way we read (and bring us closer together). The Empathy Library is a new digital archive where people can point to the books, movies, and other media that help us learn to understand one another. *RON*]

Books, movies, and other media to help you put yourself in someone else's shoes

By Roman Krznaric, a founding faculty member of The School of Life. His latest books are The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live and How to Find Fulfilling Work. Follow him on Twitter @romankrznaric.

January 27, 2014

We’ve all read books and watched films that have transported us and changed us, that have catapulted our imaginations into lives vastly different from our own. Think of a movie like City of God, which reveals the violent world of two boys growing up in the shantytowns of Rio. Or the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, with its classic line “You never really understand another person until you consider things from his…

The Realms of Impunity

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[“If ministers are prepared to allow GCHQ staffers to be potential accessories to murder, they must be very clear that they are responsible for allowing it.” *RON*]
Counterpunch, Weekend Edition Jan 31-Feb 02, 2014

GCHQ, Privacy and Murder

It will only get worse, but the last few days have been interesting in the accumulating annals of massive surveillance. Britain’s equivalent of the National Security Agency, GCHQ, has been placed under the legal microscope, and found wanting.

The legal briefs who have been advising 46 members of the all-party parliamentary group on drones has handed down a sobering assessment of the GCHQ mass surveillance program: It is, for the most part, illegal. In some cases, it may well patently criminal.

Canada: Violence Against Indigenous Women

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[New Human Rights Watch report on Indigenous Women. Of course, Harper has said that a special investigation is not needed. His answer to the charges that the police are ignoring this issue and have engaged in positive misconduct is to say that if there is a problem, the Aboriginal women involved should report it to the police. *RON*]

Set National Inquiry, Investigate Police Misconduct

JANUARY 31, 2014

(Ottawa) – The Canadian government should set up an independent national inquiry into the violence experienced by indigenous women and girls and create a system for greater accountability for police misconduct, Human Rights Watch said today. Representatives from Human Rights Watch testified on January 30, 2014, before the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Canadian House of Commons. They also urged officials to hold police responsible for misconduct.

Spy agency reportedly kept tabs on passengers at a major Canadian airport: CBC

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[Another Snowden revelation: "Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian told the CBC it's 'unbelievable' CSEC would engage in that kind of surveillance of Canadians saying it 'resembles the activities of a totalitarian state.'" *RON*]

CP | By The Canadian PressPosted: 01/30/2014 10:22 pm EST | Updated: 01/31/2014 9:59 am EST

OTTAWA - Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency reportedly tracked the wireless devices of thousands of travellers by using information gleaned from free internet service at a major Canadian airport.

The CBC is reporting the revelation is contained in a top secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The network says the document indicates the Communications Security Establishment Canada was given information taken from wireless devices using the airport's free Wi-Fi system over a two-week period.

It's not clear which airport was involved.