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It's a habit they established with the swastika itself, after all.

So why wouldn't their would-be heirs try to pervert the flags their enemies fought under? That report of the "Proud Boys" disrupting the indigenous ceremony at that statue in Halifax was a clue, going by the flags *they* carried:

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/former-canadian-flag-the-red-ensign-gets-new-darker-life-as-far-right-symbol/wcm/80778f2c-6c23-4000-9917-85176a40e684

I am remembering there's a superhero created by Scott Chantler called the Red Ensign for the True Patriot anthology comic now being carried with new stories by Chapterhouse comics. Before he officially attached his name and design to that copyright inevitability, a few others played with similar thoughts over the decades. I can't imagine he'll be any more thrilled than the Royal Canadian Legion's membership...and the latter are not thrilled at all by this attempt at grand theft symbology.
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[personal profile] ffutures was asking if linking like this was doable. Just grab the desired image-size linkage from within the Flickr-hosted image of your choosing - and make sure you've got permission to do so, unless it's from your own account there, in which case go to town! - and plunk it down via HTML editing here at Dreamwidth.

(Backstory: this image is from the Ottawa Science Rally on Parliament Hill a few months ago.)


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As a past courtroom artist, I find this article on Poynter.org more than a tad intriguing. I know that journalism in general is facing some challenging times (in positive and negative ways) and yet - perhaps because of several of my favourite fictional characters - I've long felt an affinity to that profession, whatever I'm actually doing to pay my bills at the time...
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SO this happened this past week:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/supreme-court-facebook-bc-douez-1.4174804

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:

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2017/06/supreme-court-rules-facebook-cant-contract-b-c-privacy-law/
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So this happened today at the CRTC:

http://www.tv-eh.com/2017/06/19/minister-joly-appoints-acting-chair-of-the-canadian-radio-television-and-telecommunications-commission/

Is this a decision Canadian viewers, readers and listeners need to worry about? If so, why?
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As far as the Qatar blockade goes, I think we all know the real target: Al Jazeera.

Tony Burman lays out that case:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/06/17/gulf-blockade-target-isnt-qatar-its-al-jazeera-burman.html
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1. I just finished reading Babylon's Ashes from The Expanse series of novels, so I'm mostly caught up on the prose version. Excepting the various short stories, of course. Yet to start watching the first season DVD set, though, and would like to watch at least the first two episodes before the weekend's over.

2. The plan today includes finally watching Wonder Woman at a movie theatre.

3. Coping with assorted aches and pains in a low-volume continuing way. Welcome to normal human aging, Dwight.

4. Stuff you might want to listen to:

Alan Alda on Q

Josh Freed on The Current about queues

Clifford V. Johnson, Ph. D. on science depictions in movies and TV, which I particularly recommend for the interview's Agent Carter connection...
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So this is growing ever more horrific. I say again: we should not have to endure living in a world where Global Evil Conspiracy Theories are actual facts proven/provable by credible journalists.

And there's a Canadian connection, in Victoria, BC. AggregateIQ by corporate name.

The people who try to organize such conspiracies ought to be serving time. Though, for what and under whose jail system...?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

A further note: I would count the Guardian's people uncovering this info as a good thing. It's now out in the public realm, where we can figure out what useful things can be done about it.
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Some articles that you might want to look at.

First, the redoubt-building going on here in Canada (buried in a long profile on Murdoch's sons...and why would any sane Canadian government want this family setting up a doomsday retreat here?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/business/media/murdoch-family-21st-century-fox.html

Then two items from NPR that speak to motive:

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/24/525337958/beyond-sexual-harassment-lesser-known-scandals-could-cost-the-murdochs-a-14b-dea

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/24/525421649/ailes-accuser-says-fox-news-execs-ordered-eavesdropping-on-her-digital-devices
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I was listening to Q the other day whilst doing the work at the day-job, and they had host Tom Power interviewing this big-name opera singer, Michael Fabiano. As they do. I'd strongly recommend listening to the interview, whether you care about opera one way or the other.

One of the things Mr. Fabiano mentioned in passing was how a lot of people in the audience got up to all manner of hijinks back in the 19th century, up to and including "fornicating". Naturally, this got me thinking of opera as being the 19th Century equivalent of the drive-in movie theatres of the 20th. Because some things - like human behaviours - only change venues over the centuries.

Which led to me thinking of some of the stuff [profile] diane_duane included as a sidebar plot in her Star Trek novel Dark Mirror, involving Will Riker and wo'rIv puqloD mogh (AKA Worf, son of Mogh) exploring violence in opera...up to and including riots that occasionally brought down governments.

And then Mr. Fabiano also went on to invoke Hans Zimmer in passing as part of a way of linking certain genres modern cinema to their operatic forbears. Not a bad choice. I'd add John Williams - the composer, not my father - and Bear McCreary...particularly the latter's work on Battlestar Galactica. Orchestrations that threw in everything from taiko drums to bagpipes, sometimes in the same anthem, and made them work together. Both in support of the drama on the screen and as stand-alone music.

And I'm not sure where I'm going with all of this.
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What I originally had here was a facetious, detail-obsessed comment on the title of this article. Because I live in Canada, though not in Cape Breton...

What I want to say now that I've read it in full? That's something else.

I have friends who want to stand and fight, friends who feel a need to get ready to flee, friends who are uncertain of what to do next, and I know a few people who think the new management in Washington is Just Fine with them, too.

My government at present views the new management as a complication they have to try to cope with in order to get to better days for everyone on both sides of the border. At least that how it looks to me right now. I don't know that they understand what they're dealing with yet. They were ready to work with just about anyone else *but* the people now in the White House...

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