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The Daily

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This week's launch of Rupert Murdoch's iPad "newspaper," The Daily, is a milestone: It's the first significant attempt, since the Web conquered the digital world in 1995, to create a major new media product that embraces technology yet spurns the Web -- and the public Internet, too. Chris Anderson's Wired "Web is Dead" package was the warning shot for this phenomenon, but The Daily's introduction puts it in front of us in palpable touch-screen form. It boldly declares: We're digital people but we're not Web people.

Why do I say that The Daily spurns the Web and the Net? I mean, beyond the obvious reason that there is no Web site that offers its contents in a convenient form each day. It's not just that. The Daily also contains no links.

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Stop The Meter - National Day of Action

Feb 26, 2011
Various
Canada
37° 59' 12.9624" N, 122° 35' 23.3484" W
CA
Internet Service Providers are about to impose usage-based billing on you -- take part in the National Day of Action to Stop the Meter!
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An evening with Amy Goodman

Feb 26, 2011 to Feb 27, 2011
University of Alberta
Education North Building 2115
Edmonton , AB
Canada
53° 31' 25.7664" N, 113° 31' 23.142" W
Alberta CA
Join Amy Goodman for a discussion about the role of independent media in promoting social justice.
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Speaking Truth to Power: Wikileaks and what they reveal about the contemporary mainstream political news media in Canada.

Speaking Truth to Power:
Wikileaks and what they reveal about the contemporary mainstream political news media in Canada.

One of the more interesting questions which might be posed with respect to the recent Wikileaks disclosures is, if, by chance, a large quantity of secret documents pertaining to our government secret activities were leaked here in Canada, how likely is it that any of them would ever be released to the public? If, as in the USA, these secret documents were made assessable to Canadian newspapers, the answer would probably be "no" and, if it were to the TV and Radio media, it would be even less likely they would ever see the light of day.

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Social Economy Centre 2010-2011 Workshop Series

Jan 28, 2011
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West Room 5-240
Toronto
Canada
43° 40' 4.854" N, 79° 23' 54.0816" W
CA
A session on marketing and practical application in non-profit organizations
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Ottawa Citizen's Islamophobia

This article is definitely worth reading. A perfect illustration of the mendacious propganda directed against Muslims by the establishment press.

 

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/blame+West/4050815/story.html 

My personal favourite: "Unlike Christianity, which eventually found a way to balance the claims of Athens and Jerusalem, leaving it open to the scientific reasoning that re-emerged in the Renaissance and Enlightenment, Islam has never reconciled reason and revelation. This unwillingness to reconcile the human and the divine fosters the kind of spiritual pathologies that give birth to terrorism."

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The O in Opinion

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2010/12/31/oprah-network-launch.html#soc...

Oprah Winfrey's new cable television channel will make its debut at noon ET on Saturday in 85 million homes across the U.S.

Running the Oprah Winfrey Network — OWN — is a challenge the 56-year-old media powerhouse relishes as her syndicated talk show nears its finale on Sept. 9, 2011, after an influential 25-year-run.

But other challenges she'll take on will not include pursuing a career in politics.

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'two Splats and a Splash'...

I was listening to jerry agar, the rightwing stooge on CFRB Friday Dec 17- the piece called 'touchdowns and fumbles' and heard stooge agar and a goon named 'karen gorden' gloat over the amazing ability of the Kennedy Family to put Teddy on a pedestal despite... Someone said '2 splats and a splash' which is the rightwing joke about the Kennedys (Robert and John were shot by assassins and older brother Joe died in WW2 when warplane shot down in English Channel-ie the 'splash') and you shoulda heard the chuckles!

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Lobbyists with conservative ties nixed new cigarette warnings.

Saw this article about how "shocking" it is that the tobacco lobby may have had something to do with the governments recent decision to drop the expanded warning labels on cigarette packages.  Apparently the lobbyists had ties to the conservatives.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/12/08/tobacco-conservatives-lobbying...

 

Is it just me, or is this not exactly how it works for EVERYTHING?  That lobbyists with ties to the government managed to get their way and stop some measure that might harm their profits, should not surprise anyone.  Have they been following the process with labeling GM foods?  How about oil companies and the tar sands, drilling in the arctic, pipelines etc?  

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Conservatives Move to End All CBC Funding

Though the CBC is far from perfect, I have heard news, deeply alarming, that the Harper government is looking at cutting all funding to the CBC.  This was floated by MP Dean Del Mastro on November 23rd.  He's the Heritage Minister's parliamentary secretary.  James Moore, the Heritage Minister, then failed to deny that these plans are in the works.

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Talking Heads Locking Step For Future Attack on WikiLeak's Founder

The US media is lining up for a united chorus of attacks on Wikileaks and its founder Julien Assange. This morning on The View, liberal social fascists Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar were attaching the terrorist label to Assange. Last week Jimmy Kimmel had a joke that used the pressumption of Assange's guilt in those sexual assault charges as its premise.

Although I would usually advise against releasing anymore stuff before New Year's to avoid minimizing its impact during the Xmas shopping season, Assange may need to release it all before he too become collateral damage from an aerial attack.

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Newby..

 I try to be interested in everything. (If you don't take an interest, it may come back to bite you in the ass!)

 I'm currently wondering if Feminism, Unions, & the Left in general can survive the towering current of ignorance flowing through all aspects of our lives these days.

 The near total lack of interesting thoughtful media really distresses me. The pandering of news media to the lowest common denominator & the change to 'Opinion Journalism' in the U.S. is frightening!

 O.K.... In my day to day life, I spend a lot of time with my adult daughter, & my Mom. My hubby passed away 6 years ago this month. My Mom is handicapped & 96 years old.

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wikileaks - too good to be true?

Am I the only one wondering if there isn't something a bit fishy with this Wikileaks stuff? There is nothing, at least so far, really damaging to anyone, in the sense that it might spark a mass uprising and popular revolt against the US Hegemony - but there do seem to be a few things that are actually possibly going to help them, at least in terms of pushing "public opinion" in a direction they want it pushed - i.e. the Arab countries (apparently) against Iran???? my my, that certainly hinders the US attempt to vilify the country prior to some kind of attack.... and CSIS and others think Canadians are living in wonderland and need to get serious about 'terrorism' ??? Again - this is detrimental to US interests in what way?

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Rabble Policy regarding links on Babble posts.

At the top of the Babble page is the following description.

babble is rabble.ca's discussion board but it's much more than that: it's an online community for folks who just won't shut up. It's a place to tell each other — and the world — what's up with our work and campaigns.

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Project Censored 2011 censored for talking about 911

Hmm, seem to have missed the Project Censored story earlier on Rabble. Good interview with the guys who do the book - they speak quite a bit about how the entire 911 official conspiracy theory is more and more becoming understood by 'serious people' as being a lot of things, but 'believable' is not one of those things. OFCers will one day (ever getting closer) be recognized as the new 'flat earthers', would be my bet. You really believed that, gramps? geez. Too much mainstream medida, huh???

http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/63991

(Project Censored 2011 911 chapter here

http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/14-increased-tension...

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CBC the Current Documentary "Crossing the line' is suspect...

The Current had a documentary about the '40 thousand 'Canadians who served in Vietnam. The docu.  featured a guy named "Geordie Haslam' who claims he wanted join Canadian Navy but too young so he went into US Marines under fake name. The reason the story sounds suspicious is Geordie's guilt trip, as if the anti war era wasn't in fact a tooth pulling like effort by vast numbers of dedicated people who, for one thing, never spat upon any veterans of any war, esp. Vietnam, where the troops were overwhelmingly working/poor class-and the antiwar movement largely middle class, and therefore somewhat feeling guilt also for refusing to fight in what was by 1970 known to be an illegal, pointless war. I remember reading years ago on Dem.

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Learn how to livestream video with rabble.ca

Nov 15, 2010
W2 Woodwards
151 West Cordova
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 17' 0.1104" N, 123° 6' 28.1268" W
British Columbia CA
Join us in Vancouver for a free workshop in learning how to broadcast video live over the Internet, also known as livestreaming.
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The Real News: Reporting reality

Nov 11, 2010 to Nov 12, 2010
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
Join Lia Tarachansky, The Real News Middle East correspondent, for a look at independent media in the region and on the net.
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Crash course in blogging: Reserved for women of colour

Nov 10, 2010 to Nov 11, 2010
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
This workshop will provide you with a quick and dirty overview of blogging and show you how to start your very own blog.
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Crash Course in Blogging

Nov 3, 2010 to Nov 4, 2010
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
This workshop will provide you with a quick and dirty overview of blogging and show you how to start your very own blog.
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Fresh Media's Remixology 3

Nov 6, 2010
W2 Storyeum
151 Cordova Street
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 16' 56.3484" N, 123° 6' 1.1844" W
British Columbia CA
Remixology 3 will feature a talk from Steve Pratt, director of CBC Radio 3 and CBC Radio Digital Programming, amazing local music, and an opportunity to socialize with Vancouver's leading innovators.

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