- Then and Now: France 70 Years After the Normandy Invasion
- How Jurgen Klinsmann overhauled the US World Cup team without Landon Donovan.
- The World Cup makes endless money for FIFA while bankrupting the host country.
- FOX News hires man who created an anti-Hillary Clinton group titled C.U.N.T.
- Inside the world of New York Cityâ€™s impoverished and understudied can collectors.
- China bulldozes mountains to create new business zones, wreaking environmental havoc.
- Germany remains the most positively viewed country, while Russia trails Israel, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea in negative perceptions.
- The after-rain smell, which scientists call â€œpetrichor,â€ comes from soil-dwelling bacteria and plant oils.
- More than 50% of American pets are obese.
- NDP spending to be condemned in blistering new report
- Federal government suffering from too much power vested in one man
- Speaking from experience: Margaret Trudeau on mental illness
- Michael Sam knows he needs to step up hisÂ game
- Huskies Athletics cuts the Huskies Cheerleaders :: Cheerleaders pulled a bush league stunt and got what they deserved. I canâ€™t say I will miss them.
- How much did it cost to distribute all of those Aol. disks in the 1990s?
- Corruption is worth than imagined in Quebec. The head of Quebecâ€™s anti-collusion unit says heâ€™s confident his report on corruption in the construction industry will be taken seriously by the government. Jacques Duchesneauâ€™s report says that crooked civil servants, construction companies and criminal groups such as the Mafia conspire to drive up the price of public-works projects in the province.
- Mike Silver writes about quarterbacks playing through injuries while Boomer Esiason thinks Roger Goodell should investigate the Dallas Cowboys training staff for allowing Tony Romo to play with a collapsed lung. I side with Boomer in this debate.
- As you can see, Brad Wall is making appearances everywhere, especially on Yahoo! Sports and ProFootballTalk. I like Premier Wall but I would like to point out that I am reading sports pages so I donâ€™t have to think about politics. GET OUT OF MY ESCAPE!
- Putin to be for president with Medvedev stepping asideâ€”decade of consolidating power will secure him to 2024. Of course itâ€™s already been established that Putin may already be The Most Interesting Man In The World.
- Sale of bunker-busting bombs to Israel may have been perceived as greenlighting Iran attack. Yes, I would concur with this. What else does Israel need these bombs for. While we are on the topic, does anyone notice the incredible similarities between Obamaâ€™s foreign policy and the Bush foreign policy?
- Need free art? You can steal it from the Government of Canada. More than $80,000 worth of art has gone missing over the years. 201 works of art have been stolen since the art bank opened in 1972. Crooks struck CBC buildings most. The public broadcaster has been hit 16 times at its bureaus across the country. Public Works has been robbed nine times at its Vancouver, Montreal, Gatineau, Que., Halifax and St. John’s, N.L., offices. Thieves struck the Finance Department six times and the offices of the taxman five times.
- While Republicans attack green energy, China massively invests to dominate the crucial sector. Letâ€™s be honest about this, the future belongs to China. Canada will just get the crumbs.
- Texas ends special last meal requests for death row inmates. This is really, really funny to me and a couple of co-workers for reasons I canâ€™t reveal.
- David Miller takes a series of pot shots at Rob Ford at TEXxToronto :: I like this line from Miller, Mr. Ford has also repeatedly said that he listens to taxpayers, but Mr. Miller says that term can be â€œderogatory.â€ Taxpayers, Mr. Miller says, implied consumers of government. Instead he encouraged Torontonians to consider themselves as â€œcitizensâ€ and â€œresidentsâ€ of the city, and to continue to voice their opinions.
I know what you are thinking, when did the Contextless Links return? Well, right now. I am going to be using them again as a place to empty out my notebook every day as a way to give some life to the site. If I post them here, I can also find them again when I need them. Still undecided if I will use Windows Live Writer or have delicious dump them here once a day.
- My wife endorsed Cam Broten for Saskatoon Massey Place. Camâ€™s election website is here. Personally on our block, NDP MLA Frank Quennell is running even harder than Cam so I may endorse him (our street is on the border for both ridings and Canada Post has issues with boundaries). Perhaps the ultimate endorsement for Cam is from the Saskatchewan Party who does not look to be running a serious campaign in the riding.
- 27.4% of US renters & 15% of those with mortgages spend more than HALF their income on housing
- Brian Toppâ€™s emphasis on political strategy makes him sound a lot like the political back room strategist he is. Of course Brian Toppâ€™s campaign makes we wonder how long it will be until we see Warren Kinsella declare for the federal Liberal leadership. If this happens, I wonder if Stephen Harper will be joining SFH on stage for the Liberal caucus Christmas party.
- Dave Hutton says that both Pat Atkinson and Henry Dayday are thinking of running for Saskatoon mayor in 2012. He also has this, â€œThe 2012 election, which is 13 months away, is shaping up to be interesting. There are rumours some prominent members of the business community are discussing running a slate of candidates. Former candidates Mike Bzowey, Ainsley Robertson, Mark Horseman,and Sean Shaw, all indicated theyâ€™re running for council seats.â€ I have heard the rumors of a business slate being run and I wonder if my sources are the same as Daveâ€™s. Of course the Mayor has alluded to the same thing as well.
- Putin says that Arctic shipping will soon rival the Suez Canal. In anticipation of this move, both England and France are preparing an invasion force.
- Hamas is pissed off that the U.N. is going to teach Palestinian children about the Holocaust
- Four New York Times journalists outline captivity in Libya
- Costs in Libya: $100 million for one day of missiles; $1 billion will easily be passed
- Der Spiegel publishes photos of U.S. â€œkill teamâ€ posing with dead Afghans they murdered
- Arab League hedges bets, criticizes no-fly zone it requested; African Union condemns the whole thing
- Pictures from American shopping malls in 1990
- The Cost of Urban Water | The amount of people living in cities is constantly rising. This asks for good solutions in terms of water supply and management. This visualization looks at the cost of water in major cities and their development over the past 3 years. Related
- Wendy and I watched Season 1 of Everest: Beyond the Limit last week. I was so inspired that I am going to climb Tunnel Mountain this summerâ€¦ without oxygen. Although it wonâ€™t be this side of the mountainâ€¦ way to steep. Iâ€™ll be taking the other side, the one littered with wagons and tricycles of kids heading to the top.
- Daniel Miller takes About.Me to a new level (hosted on his own domain name). He is also blogging in a new location.
- Pilgrimage with Andrew Jones in 2011
- Moveable Type, RIP?
- Big Picture creator Alan Taylor moves to The Atlanticâ€”it now gets 8M pageviews monthl
- Death Wears A Snuggie â€” first-person account of manning a Wyoming nuclear missile silo
- No technology is neutral. Itâ€™s both constructive and destructive.
- So what is Fox up to in Denver? His staff picks say a lot.
- How Dell listens to customers. Itâ€™s a lot more complex than it sounds.
- A year in stats. Check out this great info graphic about MetaFilter in 2010.
In some ways he is right. The schools make millions off of these kids and don't even give them money for laundry. If you come from poor parents, what do you do? It's not that big a problem to fix (pay the kids a stipend) but the NCAA refuses to do it.
Despite the millions of dollars and the Super Bowl ring, it's nice to know that Chucky's can make himself look like an idiot like the rest of us
I love the Saskatchewan Roughriders but if the federal gov't is going into the sports infrastructure business, it needs a plan that makes sense. My personal preference is that they don't.
Scientists, aboriginals concerned after fish taken from Lake Athabasca have tumours and lack snouts, spines. I predict 100 years from now people are going to still be trying to clean up the mess from the oil sands.
Some interesting ideas but nothing that is going to happen quickly.
Josh McDaniels and the Broncos get the chance to learn from George Karl
Not to be flippant but how do we think that drugs get into all of our prisons?
What a fun decor idea for the old school gamer.
A good article by Danah Boyd on the internet and human trafficking.
Martin E. Marty takes on Frankin Graham and some of his wrong headed views on Islam.
Multinationals and hedge funds trying to lock up the world's food supply. This isn't going to end well. Even the World Bank has questions about it, "The Bank implicitly questions whether it is wise to divert half of the world's increased output of maize and wheat over the next decade into biofuels to meet government â€œmandates". It will be another decade before the stalks and other inedible parts of plants can be used in bulk."
Apparently the book is so embarrassing, the Pentagon doesn't want anyone to read it. Does anyone think this is going to work? Anyone?
Chronicle of the rise of Foxconn, Chinaâ€™s billion-dollar tech company, and the suicides that brought it down
Top one percent now captures 18 percent of the national income, with no more skills than workers beneath them.
Pete Bethune is allowed to go back to New Zealand
J.K. Rowlings isn't even in the top ten.
There is a suggestion of the feds tossing in some money for a new arena. So will they chip in for new rinks in Calgary, Edmonton, what about Moose Jaw?
Also soon to be made into a book by John Maxwell.
After we lost the gazebo to a horrible wind storm, we have been wondering what to do with our back deck at the cabin. This is what we are thinking about…
It's been an agonizing two year decision but we finally transferred Mark from Mayfair School to Caswell School. Wendy has the reasons on her blog.
Our two year old is a diva. I am not impressed.
The plan is to be finished by mid November.
As Krugman writes, "The economic moral is clear: when the economy is deeply depressed, the usual rules donâ€™t apply. Austerity is self-defeating: when everyone tries to pay down debt at the same time, the result is depression and deflation, and debt problems grow even worse. And conversely, it is possible â€” indeed, necessary â€” for the nation as a whole to spend its way out of debt: a temporary surge of deficit spending, on a sufficient scale, can cure problems brought on by past excesses."
Where Soviet airplanes go to die. What's scary is that I knew which planes these were by taking a quick glance. I should be working for Jane's Defense Weekly.
Remnants of the Cold War. After the Soviet Union collapsed and Russian army left Ukraine it was partly abandoned and some of its parts was converted into a museum later.
Yahoo! Sports has a CFL blog now. Nice.
Despite that, I hope a copy finds it's way into possession. It does look like an interesting book to read
Maybe a Plan B should be in order.
Now if only their crops were worth something.
Wendy tracked down an old favorite recipe from my university days and posted it on The Cooking Blog.
"If we donâ€™t think all Muslims are implicated in the attack, then of course they should be allowed to build a mosque or community centre or whatever the heck they want to build wherever the zoning and funding will allowâ€”just like any other citizens."
John Stackhouse on "screw you" evangelism.
Photographs of the area around Ground Zero that are the same way away from the site as the proposed "Ground Zero Mosque."
Good tips for driving in any urban environment
The long term problem in Pakistan is not too much water but too little and it could lead to war.
Twenty-five percent of wrongful convictions involve false confessions.
Your must read article of the week.
- James Fallows wonders how one can save the news and Googleâ€™s role in it :: The problem Google is aware of involves the disruption still ahead. Ten years from now, a robust and better-funded news business will be thriving. What next year means is harder to say. I asked everyone I interviewed to predict which organizations would be providing news a decade from now. Most people replied that many of tomorrowâ€™s influential news brands will be todayâ€™s: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the public and private TV and radio networks, the Associated Press. Others would be names we donâ€™t yet know. But this is consistent with the way the news has always worked, rather than a threatening change. Fifteen years ago, Fox News did not exist. A decade ago, Jon Stewart was not known for political commentary. The news business has continually been reinvented by people in their 20s and early 30sâ€”Henry Luce when he and Briton Hadden founded Time magazine soon after they left college, John Hersey when he wrote Hiroshima at age 32. Bloggers and videographers are their counterparts now. If the prospect is continued transition rather than mass extinction of news organizations, that is better than many had assumed. It requires an openness to the constant experimentation that Google preaches and that is journalismâ€™s real heritage.
- Shift Developments is moving into the old location of Joeâ€™s Cycle on 20th Street :: He plans to turn it into his company’s head office and the location of several like-minded small businesses involved in everything from graphic and website design to furniture design to engineering. "I’m going to be kind of bringing together a lot of these forward-thinking businesses, people who are concerned about how our city is growing and developing in the coming years, into one facility,” said Olson.
- The Globalist tackles Europeâ€™s long term debt crisis :: According to most long-term projections, by 2050, the worldâ€™s largest economies will include China, India and the United States. What is receiving far less attention is that Europeâ€™s share of G20 GDP will be more than halved from 25% in 2009 to about 10% in 2050. Such a vital decline of economic power will inevitably result in a concomitant decrease of political power. :: Speaking of debt, the Americans have some debt issues themselves.
- The impact of wiki-ized constitutions on Latin America
- Ben Johnson while admitting to doping, is still trying to clear his name because he tested positive for a different drug back in 1988 :: Stanozolol wasn’t part of his doping regime, he said. Johnson took a designer steroid called Furazobol, a staple of the old East German program.
- The Sheaf is using one of my images for a news story. Not sure if it made it into the print edition though.
- The Salvation Army in Regina is filled to capacity as well.
- Paul Krugman sees a lost decade for America on the horizon :: So what we should really be asking right now isnâ€™t whether weâ€™re about to turn into Greece. We should, instead, be asking what weâ€™re doing to avoid turning Japanese. And the answer is, nothing.
- Wendy has posted a May Long Weekend Cooking Guide over at The Cooking Blog.
- The Atlanta Falcons want a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome which was built in 1992. This backs up my statements that dome stadiums donâ€™t age well. That being said, Atlanta and other NFL cities need to start letting teams walk. If the Falcons want a new stadium, build it themselves. There is a difference when a stadium is old and decrepit but replacing stadiums every 25 years gets a little insane. NFL owners are starting to act more and more like NFL players (we are looking at you Andre Johnson). The Dallas Cowboys have a shiny new stadium, now I want one too.