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James Laxer goes into some detail into where he thinks DT-45 is headed. His suspicions don't bode well for international law. Even assuming that he's right about said plans going beyond just blowing up the whole infrastructure with a definite goal in mind.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/02/21/the-trump-bannon-new-global-order-league-of-the-three-empires.html

Interesting that Prof. Laxer's got a blog of his own.
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I'm adding Ricochet Media to my "Canadian News/Opinions" bookmark list. Seems like a good choice alongside rabble.ca, iPolitics, and so on.

Books I'm working on reading: 100 Days of Cree by Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey, for indigenous language studies. The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D for psychological self-awareness and ability to get along with others.

Elizabeth May on an "Age of Consequences":

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At the bottom of the cover we have the following legend:

"Registered by the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Northern Ireland, the United States of America".

That text survives from Monica Fedrick's concept art as shown in in the "Art of the Film" book straight through to the finished movie.

If this was intended to be so despite what the real worlds' map of Earth looks like, this has some interesting implications for the state of the MCU's version of Europe. Yes?

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Saša Petricic's analysis for CBC News:
Forget the 'farce' bluster, China received the tribunal ruling it dreaded -
Hague tribunal's ruling could push China to be even more assertive in South China Sea, expert says


http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/south-china-sea-ruling-1.3675714

From The Guardian:
Beijing rejects tribunal's ruling in South China Sea case
Xi Jinping says China’s ‘territorial sovereignty and marine rights’ in the seas will not be affected


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/12/philippines-wins-south-china-sea-case-against-china

What else could the bosses in Beijing hope expect? Surrender from Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and so on?

That wasn't going to happen.
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No, I'm not a lawyer. But I can be messed up by other peoples' interpretations of the law either way.

Case for discussion: there's this opinion piece in The Tyee that got pointed out to me today.

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/03/02/Universal-Higher-Education-Canada/

Now I'm wondering about the effort I ploughed into taking work I didn't train for in order to pay down that student loan for my animation studies. Eight years of it.

And that loan scheme looks in retrospect as if it's in violation of this international covenant. Or am I misunderstanding the situation? I'm sure that someone from the Fraser Institute could try to talk me into believing as much.

I suspect that they should fail if they do.

How about the rest of you?
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Remembering the G-20 in Toronto from a couple of years ago, and thinking...that this latest imposition by our current Prime Minister upon my home city by choice is not a good thing. Maybe I'm under-reacting here?

You tell me.


http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/07/tpp-talks-ottawa-vancouver_n_5564683.html

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I disbelieve Vladimir Putin.

Я не верю Влади́мир Пу́тин.

Apologies for the consequences to LJ management for my having said so here.
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There's been lots of ink, bandwidth and blood spilled over the millennia on this question, but this video makes for an entertaining attempt at an answer, yes?



And as a watcher of several comic-book continuities for the last three decades, this question has perhaps more relevance than even your average watcher of international politics. ;-)
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So back in August, I wrote this:

http://dewline.livejournal.com/547158.html

Today on CBC Hamilton, I read this:

http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2012/12/11/hamilton-roma-community-dwindling.html

I'm getting more worried.
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Xuelong (Snow Dragon) by Adolfo Arranz
Xuelong (Snow Dragon), a photo by Adolfo Arranz on Flickr.

Interesting. And we get all cranky - except for the Prime Minister's Office, right? - when the US does this sort of thing in the Northwest Passage.

Or did the people behind the Xuelong expedition clear this with Moskva(and other affected nations) first?

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...may condemn the rest of us to helplessly watch it play out yet again.

So runs my concern about our federal government's...evolving(?)...position regarding the Roma in general and those from Hungary in particular. This CBC article may bring some needed clarity to what I'm worried about.

You may also want to cross-reference the following terms in your preferred search engine:

Joe Fiorito
thestar.com
Roma

Mr. Fiorito is a columnist of some note with the Toronto Star, for those just arriving at this LiveJournal for the first time. He has earned his reputation in my eyes. Some of his recent columns for that paper have covered related ground.

I suspect some reading this will be inclined to scold me for insufficient devotion to bigotry. Too damned bad, as I intend to go on in that way.
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Dwayne McDuffie's legacy continues to draw attention from comics fandom. This time, it's [livejournal.com profile] lawmultiverse with an article on lawsuits filed against other nations from within the United States.

Hoping my fellow Damage Control fen have eighteen-wheeler-loads of fun with this! 

More on other stuff as the day goes on...
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[livejournal.com profile] rfmcdpei just pointed out something that suggests I was in error about Russia's stance re: the UN Security Council Resolution re: the no-fly zone in Libya:

http://siberianlight.net/medvedev-rebukes-putin-over-libya/

No small attention-getter to see those two figures in Russian politics in particular have an open dispute over this of all things. The temptation to speculate over possible consequences is strong, although I admit to a lack of information that might help to shape those imaginings in a useful, constructive way.
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Some of you have likely heard of ITAR, the US rules for weapons/tech export.

In recent weeks, I've seen references to it pop up in places that turned out to be unexpectedly logical. First in [livejournal.com profile] lawmultiverse with reference to comic-book superheroes such as Iron Man and the Batman Incorporated operation. This proved entertaining, and still repays the occasional review with both humour and educational value.

Then tonight I spotted another reference at spaceref.ca, in an article on Canadian sovereignty and whether or not - and why - we need to develop our own spaceflight infrastructure. Referring to ITAR specifically as a probable stumbling block to Canada achieving its own objectives beyond the atmosphere.

It's more than likely to be coincidence, but an entertaining one.
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Go take a look at this posting by U of Ottawa law prof Michael Geist:

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4742/125/

I think we need to see ACTA opened up to humanity at large for review...

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