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On fictional user interface design for film and TV:

On Brexit's campaign against anti-corruption efforts (and yes, I wrote that as intended):
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SO this happened this past week:

What gets my attention is this detail as quoted:

"The British Columbia Supreme Court approved her suit, but the provincial Court of Appeal stayed the case, saying it should properly be pursued in California, where Facebook has its head office.

The appeal court said all potential users of Facebook must agree to its terms of use, which include a forum selection and choice-of-law clause requiring that disputes be resolved in California according to California law.

In its 4-3 split decision, however, the Supreme Court found the clause unenforceable."

From Michael Geist:
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Devyn Barrie for asks: When it comes to police (in Ottawa), whose jurisdiction is it anyway? And it took a beaver on a freeway to get them asking.

From CBC's Sunday Edition: Michael Enright on the Gumpians vs. the Trumpians.
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A report on SF&F in Nairobi.

From Regina: a story about the consequences of not properly funding the details of international justice...within Canada. (No, I did not make a mistake using "international". There is at least one treaty involved here.)

David Brin asks - and is not alone in asking - when did optimism become Uncool?

Pete Evans at CBC News gets to the heart of the dispute between Canada Post Corp. and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers: the need of workers to avoid starvation in retirement. Even if Evans doesn't frame it with that language.

Also, we note Jason Kenney's quest to save Alberta from civilization. (This is not Mr. Kenney's POV about his goals, to be sure. But as Stephen Colbert once noted, reality does have a certain bias about these matters.)

Congratulations to NASA's Juno team for getting their probe into Jovian orbit yesterday. I won't call what you did "conquering" Jupiter, mind you, because of colonial-mindedness in the undertones of that. But what you did is a positive achievement!
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It’s been not quite a full week since the Brexit vote happened. There’s a lot of wreckage to assess and understand the nature of here. To be fair, I am not certain that I do understand any of it just yet.

There’s the demographics of it. Scotland and Northern Ireland versus England and Wales. Old versus young. The splitting of the Conservatives’ ranks, along with UKIP versus everyone else.

There’s the murder of Jo Cox.

That last item doesn’t seem to get much attention since the results of the vote broke. Not from the commercial news services, or the publicly-owned ones either. And the sick joke of it is that her killer – judging by his reply when asked his name for the court’s records – may have gotten exactly what he wanted.

That makes me angry.

As a Canadian, I am one of those people across the planet indirectly affected by the Brexit vote. Most likely, the effect will be on what there are of my retirement savings. But since I’m not a citizen of any of the components of the United Kingdom, there are a number of people who will no doubt tell me that it’s not my knitting to worry about.

The problem with that is, as I have said, that I am affected by the choices of others regardless of that fact. The same applies to the American election process underway at the point when I wrote these words. I am going to be hit by consequences. I have a stake in the outcome of these things, despite not having a lawful vote in most of them.

As a Canadian, I cannot help but look back at the two referenda on Québec independence. As a non-Québecois, I had no legal voice in the outcome, but as a Canadian, my future was going to be impacted anyway. And there were those people who – some cheerfully, some in resentful anger over past offences against them by others – told the people in my situation that ours was to shut up and let it happen to us.

That too made me angry.

That anger couldn’t be allowed to overwhelm me. Others did allow it in their own hearts. Still more channeled that anger in more productive ways, or so I think looking back. That’s part of why there’s still a mostly united Canada.

Another part is the Clarity Act. Brought in during the Chrétien administration, it set up rules for how referenda on seccession from Canada should be held: with clear Questions and a clear majority percentage to trigger the beginning of any negotation process that results from the answers to such Questions. By contrast, the political parties of the UK seem to have made the error of going with a simple majority instead. Not unlike the “Fifty plus one” stance of the Québec separatistes and those who agreed with such rules elsewhere in Canada, whatever else they thought of the separatiste project to begin with.

That the Brexit referendum is officially non-binding seems to cut no ice at all with the winning side, nor with the leaders of the Remain forces. Certainly not with key figures of the European Union who insist that “leave means leave”. The call from such people now is to bind the whole of the UK to such results. No matter the narrowness of the Leave side’s win, no matter the breakdown of the vote’s demographics, no matter the misgivings of many who did vote Leave and now find themselves shocked at the reaction and consequences.

Simply bind and damn them all.

And that too makes me angry.

And I do not know where to put that anger yet.
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According to CTV's Atlantic News web service, today is National Superhero Day.

Speaking of celebrations: tomorrow will be a big day for independent bookstores in Canada and the USA.

The Intercept reports on...interventions in the communications of convicts' families on social media. The potential consequences for all involved seem Problematic at best to my eyes. That the examples under discussion are in Texas does not make the matter less relevant.

On mapping the now and the possible future, there is a book that I now want: Connectography.
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Listening to this profile/interview from Ideas at the moment.

Food for thought. Long-term thought.
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Having read the CBC coverage of the verdict against Mohamed Fahmy and his colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed...I find my anger and fear burning a bit brighter tonight.
Ranting after the cut. )

And I think I'll leave it at that. Hoping to get back to less important topics before I call it a night. Comics or space opera, or maybe the Saskatchewan Roughriders...
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I promised further comment in the wake of the previous posting. This one could take a while to work through, and for that I apologize in advance.Political rambling to follow... )
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He keeps it short and on point.

Can't say that I have a problem with the thinking behind it myself. But the current Prime Minister does, it seems.
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We were so busy watching the appointments to the Supreme Court. That was certainly a mistake. And I suspect that we will all pay as Canadian citizens over the next half-century. To what degree? It's still debatable.
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You might not think there's adventure to be had in learning another language. I would disagree with that.

Anyway, Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has put forward a challenge to the country. An intellectual, financial and logistical challenge.

We ought to rise to that challenge as best we can. It's going to take a few decades, yes. It'll be worth the effort.
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Let's keep building on this.

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...I vote "No" on Bill C-51 as presented by the current Prime Minister.

Tim Harper explains several of my reasons.


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