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April 13th, 2011
08:41 pm

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ProjectDemocracy.ca
A sequel to my VoteForEnvironment.ca post ( http://earthfur.livejournal.com/31993.html )

"More than 60 percent of Canadians do not support Harper and his government's contempt for democracy. Yet, he could win a majority with as little as 35 percent of the popular vote."

"By using a riding by riding election prediction model"
at http://www.projectdemocracy.ca/
"we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding."

"In the last election voteforenvironment.ca was the go-to site for nearly half a million unique visitors who clicked in time and again to determine how they could mark their ballot to get an acceptable electoral outcome. If you were one of those 440,000 – congratulations, it worked! On the last day that public opinion polls were available, the VFE website model showed that the Conservatives were on track to win 152 seats, but on Monday, they were elected in 143."

electoral district: Richmond
http://www.projectdemocracy.ca/richmond
http://www.elections.ca/scripts/pss/InfovoteMain.aspx?L=e&ED=59023&EV=34&EV_TYPE=1&PC=&Prov=BC&ProvID=59&MapID=&QID=-1&PageID=21&TPageID=

electoral district: New Westminster--Coquitlam
http://www.projectdemocracy.ca/new-westminster-coquitlam
http://www.elections.ca/scripts/pss/InfovoteMain.aspx?L=e&ED=59017&EV=34&EV_TYPE=1&PC=&Prov=BC&ProvID=59&MapID=&QID=-1&PageID=21&TPageID=

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March 7th, 2011
06:54 pm

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Globe and Mail of 2011Mar7: British Columbia section
Mostly interested in one article in the BC section.

print-version title: Life has trickled back to a ‘lonely, dead river’
online-version title: How the Coho returned to the Tsolum River

"a $4.5-million project to seal an old mine on Mount Washington that was generating acid rock drainage.
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The Mt. Washington Copper Mining Co. only operated from 1964 through 1966, excavating copper ore on a small 13 hectare site, near Courtenay, on Vancouver Island. But when the bankrupt company abandoned the mine, it left behind 940,000 tonnes of waste rock – and a toxic legacy that for the next 44 years brewed sulphuric acid ...
Mr. Minard said. “The Romans mined on the Thames River and that site is still generating acid rock drainage, 3,000 years later.” ..."

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April 6th, 2010
02:13 pm

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good comeback to being called a zero
"Actually, zero is the cardinal number of the empty set ... without it ... there would be practically no modern mathematics and physics."

Full version at http://www.gocomics.com/poochcafe/2010/04/02/

Although I'm fairly sure i've never been called a "zero", at least not in person.

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January 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

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semi-random thought: Glass War
A few minutes ago I was imagining that there was a service going around and gathering up all the broken glass I see around town  (I notice it mostly when bicycling), and thought a good name for a such a business would be...
Glass War.

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November 14th, 2009
11:14 pm

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ask VPL (and other BC libraries) to get Spirit of the North magazine
Saw a British Columbian magazine in a shop and thought would be good if the magazine was in one (or more) libraries in BC.

Suggested to Vancouver library that they subscribe to Spirit of the North magazine.

The first issue is in stores now.

Title * : Spirit of the North
Author * : various
Format: Other *
Describe "other format": magazine
Publisher: Spirit of the North Publications
Publication date: 2009 September to present

Intended audience: Adult
How did you hear about this title? : Saw the first issue in the magazine section of a shop.

Why should this title be in the library ?: Is a new local magazine (based in South Hazelton, BC). First issue apparently got into shops in 2 months ago in September.
Hoping VPL will get the first issue of the magazine so I can read their article about Haida Gwaii islands (in British Columbia).
Description of latest issue at http://spiritnorthmag.ca/index.php/in-this-issue

"Your email has been sent!
Thank you. Your suggestion has been received, and will be forwarded to the appropriate Subject Division staff for consideration."

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September 4th, 2009
08:28 pm

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media ignores suicide of Skhumbuzo Douglas Mhlongo
Just learned about the death of Skhumbuzo Douglas Mhlongo. He apparently commited suicide a week ago Friday August 28, but most of the media seem to be ignoring his death. (only 3 matches via Google News)

(edit: stuck in my mind because of all the media coverage of Brandon Huntley, the white South African who  applied for refugee status in Canada because he claimed he would be persecuted in South Africa.)

Learned of his death via The Globe http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/two-men-two-countries-two-minorities/article1273775/
He was a part-time workers. He was offered a full-time position, but he needed an identify document for that job. "In South Africa, you don't exist without this document." "Poor people struggle to obtain IDs and the costs incurred to get them are prohibitively expensive .... Mr. Mhlongo reportedly killed himself after an official tore up his application because he was not convinced that he was indeed South African"

From www.sowetan.co.za "SA needs new social pact to address its ills"
"On Friday 22-year-old Skhumbuzo Douglas Mhlongo committed suicide out of frustration because he was so arrogantly, contemptuously treated by officials from Home Affairs, when he tried to apply for an Identity Document."

Another bit from that
sowetan piece stays with me: "... Between 2000 and 2005, more than R250billion was transferred to fewer than a handful of recipients of black economic empowerment. Cabinet ministers buy cars worth R1,5million, and then tell ordinary poor South Africans to tighten their belts because of the global financial crisis. "

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August 30th, 2009
12:05 pm

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sent correction to booksforcomfort
Asked booksforcomfort to make a correction:

Correction for
http://www.booksforcomfort.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18774
which says "With the assistance of noted scholar Dr Egil Dvaergen, the author traces the epic migration of the dwarfs ..."

I ask booksforcomfort description of the book be modified slightly (add "fictional" so
says something like "assistance of FICTIONAL scholar Dr Egil Dvaergen").

I ask this because
a) today I did Google search for "Egil Dvaergen" and only results were in association with the book.
b) get same results when searching for "Royal Academy of Archaeological Sciences" (the Academy is major source of "info" in the book).
I suspect Egil and that Royal Academy do not exist and that the book is NOT a non-fiction book.

"Your message has been successfully sent."

update: received reply from booksforcomfort "I think the whole book is a parody from what you describe. Just don't purchase the book if it upsets you."

The book doesn't upset me. But the book is represented as a work of non-fiction, and i think websites selling the book should note that it is a work of fiction.

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