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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

Shovel-ready Wednesday marked a momentous day in the history of Sydney port development: two First Nations Chiefs and a Montreal property developer came together to shovel…something. Part of me is ashamed at my inability to grasp the importance of Wednesday’s event, but part of me thinks that since neither BarryRead...

Donkin mine. (Photo via Morien Resources Inc image gallery http://morienres.com/photo-gallery/)

Nova Scotia Power Plans 2nd Round of Donkin Coal Tests

September 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

It may be dark as a dungeon way down in most mines, but the sun always seems to be shining on Donkin — at least, that’s the impression you’d get from the coverage of the coal mine in the Cape Breton Post. Take the latest front-page ode to the mine’sRead...

Albert Barbusci Really Doesn’t Get the Interwebs

Albert Barbusci Really Doesn’t Get the Interwebs

September 13, 2017 at 11:42 am

To be a marketer in 2017 in North America is to be social media savvy: to think about things like interactive media, influencer content, mobile video, chatbots and augmented reality, to name just a few of the 2017 marketing trends I cribbed from this Forbes article. So when a guyRead...

Kim Jong-un briefed by generals. (Image released by North Korean state news agency)

High Noon on the Korean Peninsular?

September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

At noon local time, September 3, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, an estimated 100-120 kiloton detonation – seven or eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima – of what it claimed was a two-stage (fission-fusion) thermonuclear hydrogen warhead small enough to fit in the coneRead...

Large Roman Missal with inlaid gold. (Photo by Ad Meskens, own work, GFDL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html, via Wikimedia Commons)

In the Vatican, a Victory for the Vernacular

September 13, 2017 at 11:36 am

Catholics, especially those of us who’d like to see changes to much accepted as “Gospel” over the centuries, have always been informed that if changes in church doctrine or practice happened at all, they would not happen “in our lifetimes.” Of course, many changes followed Vatican II – altar railsRead...

The icebreaker Snow Dragon was the first Chinese vessel to sail the Northern Sea Route. (Photo: Sinoshipnews.com)

Shanghai to New York via Northwest Passage?

September 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

Xinhua, the official Chinese state news agency, says a recently completed voyage through the Northwest Passage by a Chinese scientific icebreaker was actually a fact-gathering mission on behalf of its commercial shipping industry. As reported in the Globe and Mail, the news agency said the Xuelong (or Snow Dragon), whichRead...

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 36

September 13, 2017 at 11:32 am

What to do this week It must be green tomato season, unless you have been as lucky as I have been and are enjoying ripe tomatoes too. Local tomatoes had a bit of a slow start this year. It was cool, and then it was dry, so the plants didn’tRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

DNA Fail I grew interested in the subject of DNA evidence after a number of men convicted during the “John-Be-Gone” sting operation in Sydney were ordered to supply samples to the National DNA Data Bank. I wrote about some of the issues surrounding the collection and retention of DNA evidenceRead More

Workin’ on the Railroad

Workin’ on the Railroad

September 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

When governments and public bodies are proud of the deals they’ve brokered or the progress they’ve made on sticky issues or the money they’re allocating for studies and reports, they climb onto the roof of the tallest building they can find and sing their triumphs to an admiring world. WhenRead More

North Korea and the Bankruptcy of Brinksmanship

North Korea and the Bankruptcy of Brinksmanship

September 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of fast-moving developments, notably North Korea’s apparent hydrogen-bomb test on September 3, an update to this analysis will be provided shortly.   On Nagasaki Day 2017, hours after the city’s mayor, Tomihasa Taue, stated that “a strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe thatRead More