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Wideleft last won the day on May 13 2019

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  1. When the Pallister government isn't busy breaking something, they're doing ..... not much. Tories slow to tap federal cash Three years in, Manitoba has accessed nine per cent of carbon-tax funds OTTAWA — Manitoba has only tapped a tenth of its federal carbon-retrofit cash, leaving two approved projects unannounced for eight months. The Low Carbon Economy Fund is meant to help provinces and companies reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, but it’s also been a flashpoint between Ottawa and Broadway. The $1.4-billion "leadership" portion of the fund is meant to reward provinces and territories for adhering to a 2016 set of policies on climate change, and to help pay for those commitments. In December 2017, officials leaked a letter showing that Manitoba would lose out on its LCEF cash if it didn’t endorse the deal. The Pallister government signed on two months later, after it secured a guarantee the funding didn’t require adhering to the federal carbon tax. The Liberals hinted at changing their minds in October 2018, when Premier Brian Pallister cancelled his own carbon tax, but have since guaranteed the funding will flow to Manitoba. A month later, former Environment Minister Catherine McKenna bemoaned the province’s delay in submitting LCEF funding proposals. According to a June 2019 briefing note, McKenna approved three projects for Manitoba. The details and amounts involved are censored under access-to-information laws. In the eight months since that sign-off, only one of the three Manitoba projects has been announced, a $5.9-million efficient-trucking program that amounts to nine per cent of the province’s $66.7-million allocation. Three provinces and territories have not accessed their LCEF funding. Among the 10 who have, Manitoba has picked up the least of its share. Those jurisdictions on average have accessed 73 per cent of their funding. The office of Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard declined an interview request last week, and would not explain the hold-up. Instead, a spokeswoman said Manitoba has submitted five project applications to Ottawa so far. "A number of projects are being negotiated, or finalized," wrote Olivia Billson. "It would not be appropriate to comment further on ongoing negotiations until the projects and the funding agreements are finalized." A federal cabinet sign-off is generally the last step for funding programs, as bureaucrats have already assessed projects and confirmed provincial cost-sharing by the time it reaches that point. Guillemard’s predecessor, Rochelle Squires, said in November 2018 that her government plans to use the LCEF cash for electrifying vehicles, diverting organic waste from landfills and displacing propane as a heating source in the northern town of Churchill. The Pallister government has bristled at suggestions it’s been slow to access federal cash on everything from gang prevention to infrastructure projects. Before repealing his own carbon tax, Pallister called for a higher levy than the federal benchmark, in order to bring down emissions faster. The Manitoba Climate and Green Plan also calls for expediting funding applications for industries the LCEF is meant to support. The Pallister and Trudeau governments have exchanged accusations that the other is playing politics with climate change, instead of focusing on measures to reduce carbon. The premier has argued Manitoba is among the greenest provinces in Canada, and pledged this past week that his spring budget will focus on environmental initiatives. The LCEF funding could be used to boost those spending numbers. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/tories-slow-to-tap-federal-cash-568129702.html
  2. He'll be back just in time for the next Grey Cup!
  3. Teck had telegraphed this awhile ago. It's definitely due to oil's market value not being high enough to justify the expense.
  4. Wideleft

    Curling

    That has to do with the new brushes, doesn't it? I hate it. Goes against every curling instinct I have.
  5. Especially in the Mario days. At least the small guys get a shot now.
  6. A buddy of mine got into a Pittsburgh Penguins camp one year (years ago) as a walk-on and outscored every prospect, FA and other walk-ons in camp. He was older than 25, 5-9-ish and never got a sniff. His friend (who played 900 games in the NHL) always told my buddy that he was a way better hockey player than he ever was. Good players don't always get the breaks they need.
  7. You think that's a joke? Wait for the pardon. (I do agree with you, though)
  8. I'm guessing most people have read this article already, but a couple of interesting things: Awe first came to the CFL with the B.C. Lions in 2017 after being recommended by current Bombers Director of College Scouting, Ryan Rigmaiden. “I’m a computer nerd,” began Awe with a chuckle, during a conversation with bluebombers.com from his offseason base in Chicago. “When I was hurt last year in Toronto I couldn’t just sit there and not do anything, so I ended up creating what is basically a prediction app for football. Now I use that technology to predict plays even faster, even more efficiently than ever.“It’s very simple… the great linebackers always seem to know what the next play is based on any number of factors, like down and distance, personnel packages… it’s any variable. If it’s happened before it will tell you, ‘Last time they were in this, this, this and this, this is what they usually do.’ It’s just providing more information and it’s been beneficial to me personally.” “Essentially, I took what I knew and made an artificial intelligence app that confirms what you are already thinking. You always hear coaches say, ‘Don’t think, don’t think…’ Now if you have the facts about a team when they are second and eight on their own 40-yard line, for example, and you combine on top of that your own instincts… it’s almost like cheating.” https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/02/18/im-thinking-dynasty-point-awe-bringing-brains-physicality-bombers/
  9. How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything February 18, 202012:00 PM ET "Winters are warming faster than other seasons across much of the United States. While that may sound like a welcome change for those bundled in scarves and hats, it's causing a cascade of unpredictable impacts in communities across the country." CALIFORNIA According to one study, cold temperatures that many orchard crops need could decrease by as much as 60% in California's Central Valley by 2100. Apples, cherries and pears, which require the longest period of cold weather, could be hit the hardest. SOUTHEAST For decades, the Southeast actually got cooler while the rest of the country warmed. But now it's warming too, and that includes winters, with the length of the freeze-free season increasing in some places by as much as a week and a half. That's a problem for farmers, who need cold temperatures for their plants to set fruit. The winter of 2016-2017 was too warm for Georgia peaches, for instance, and about 80% of the crop failed. NORTHEAST Deer ticks transmit several diseases, including Lyme, which has grown from a few hundred cases in Maine more than a decade ago to a high last year of more than 2,100. Cases of another tick-borne disease, anaplasmosis, have also surged in the state to more than 680, up from just single cases in the early 2000s. MIDWEST Warm winters are even worse for certain fruit and nut trees, which require chill hours during the winter. If they don't get enough of those, they won't produce the following season. Michigan's cherry trees have struggled with erratic winter weather. And the repeated freeze-thaw cycles of the 2018-2019 winter, among other weather anomalies, destroyed Iowa's chestnut crop last year. MOUNTAIN WEST Warmer temperatures and record-low precipitation can also make trees more susceptible to infestation. The most damaged areas are in and around Rocky Mountain National Park and parts of the San Juan Mountains, the West Elk Mountains and the Sawatch Range. "Forty to 50 percent of the mature spruce in the state has been killed during the epidemic," says Seth Davis, an assistant professor of forestry at Colorado State University. Davis' recent study found that warmer winter temperatures meant slightly bigger spruce beetles that emerged earlier and flew around longer. TEXAS Researchers are seeing more mismatches as a result of climate change, says Norma Fowler, a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin. "You can get plants that bloom before the pollinators are available," she says. "You can get birds that come north before the insects are out for them to eat." ALASKA Poor ice formation is also making it riskier for Alaskans who rely on ice roads, built on some of the state's rural rivers during winter, to move freight and other goods. In recent years, residents have blamed warm temperatures for the deaths of a number of people whose snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles fell through thin ice. The state's oil industry needs hundreds of miles of ice roads over land for its operations, which are specially designed for freezing conditions. Companies are investing in technology to help them cope with steadily shrinking winters. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/18/803125282/how-warming-winters-are-affecting-everything
  10. 'Dark Towers' Chases Scandal-Ridden Deutsche Bank's Mysterious Ties To Donald Trump February 18, 202011:52 AM ET "Some of the world's largest and most powerful banks spent the past decade mired in scandal, but none descended as far into ignominy as Germany's Deutsche Bank. Its rap sheet includes a staggering array of ethical and legal lapses, including money laundering, tax fraud and sanctions violations — not to mention mysterious ties to President Trump that federal investigators are even now looking into." .......... "Just how disconnected the bank became can be seen in its ongoing relationship with a then New York real estate developer named Donald Trump, whose multiple bankruptcies had made him a pariah in the banking world. One part of Deutsche Bank turned down Trump's request for a loan. But the private banking division, which catered to the rich and famous, arranged the loan anyway — and then, when Trump stopped making payments, arranged another one." https://www.npr.org/2020/02/18/806984703/dark-towers-is-a-cautionary-tale-of-pursuing-profits-at-any-cost?utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR1unqZL6uAUO0xc8FfoZF9miKhHJKm7yVioZjDF8o6iZqtMK1sgAVFlVGk
  11. I felt the same, but the people who sent in money were being taken advantage of and I didn't like that. And then I realized that these are the exact same kind of people who vote for Trump so I'm back where I began.
  12. There are lies and then there are people who peddle in and weaponize lies. Their names sometimes begin with "Z".
  13. Bernie Madoff, Jeff Epstein and Peter Nygaard also made tons of money - "achievers" in your mind, I guess. As long as you're an achiever, it's all good! What you call his greatest contribution is actually the beginning of a fact-free/post-truth world where the right-wing base has given up any effort to critically think in favour of owning the libs to their own detriment. Rush , Hannity, Carlson are all modern-day snake-oil salesmen who still haven't realized they could make all their money tax-free if they just started their own churches. The same ignorant, slobbering , bible-thumping hicks would still tune in and as a bonus - send them a portion of their opiod-addiction settlement. If you find ignorance, lies, racism, misogyny, intolerance and anger as positive, I guess Rush really is your kind of guy.
  14. So you can not tell the difference between someone's opinion and an outright lie. Maher's commentary was an opinion. Rush's lesbian farmer conspiracy was a lie.
  15. The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election. Story by McKay Coppins Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET on February 10, 2020. One day last fall, I sat down to create a new Facebook account. I picked a forgettable name, snapped a profile pic with my face obscured, and clicked “Like” on the official pages of Donald Trump and his reelection campaign. Facebook’s algorithm prodded me to follow Ann Coulter, Fox Business, and a variety of fan pages with names like “In Trump We Trust.” I complied. I also gave my cellphone number to the Trump campaign, and joined a handful of private Facebook groups for MAGA diehards, one of which required an application that seemed designed to screen out interlopers. ........ The story that unfurled in my Facebook feed over the next several weeks was, at times, disorienting. There were days when I would watch, live on TV, an impeachment hearing filled with damning testimony about the president’s conduct, only to look at my phone later and find a slickly edited video—served up by the Trump campaign—that used out-of-context clips to recast the same testimony as an exoneration. Wait, I caught myself wondering more than once, is that what happened today? ......... What I was seeing was a strategy that has been deployed by illiberal political leaders around the world. Rather than shutting down dissenting voices, these leaders have learned to harness the democratizing power of social media for their own purposes—jamming the signals, sowing confusion. They no longer need to silence the dissident shouting in the streets; they can use a megaphone to drown him out. Scholars have a name for this: censorship through noise. ........... The campaign is run from the 14th floor of a gleaming, modern office tower in Rosslyn, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Glass-walled conference rooms look out on the Potomac River. Rows of sleek monitors line the main office space. Unlike the bootstrap operation that first got Trump elected—with its motley band of B-teamers toiling in an unfinished space in Trump Tower—his 2020 enterprise is heavily funded, technologically sophisticated, and staffed with dozens of experienced operatives. One Republican strategist referred to it, admiringly, as “the Death Star.” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-2020-disinformation-war/605530/
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