Anti-Oil Activists named as National Security Threats

Anti-Oil Activists named as National Security Threats

As the RCMP's report invents "violent aboriginal extremists" with "anti-petroleum ideology" as key national enemies, the government is forcing oil and gas projects onto diverse aboriginal nations that have never surrendered their lands to the Canadian state in any meaningful way. … Bill C-51, which affords the same legal rights to jihadists and anti-pipeline activists, gives law enforcement new powers to detain suspects who they think "may" rather than "will" commit a violent crime, and to "preventatively" detain suspects for up to seven days without charges. Canada's spy agency, CSIS, will be able to interfere with the travel and finances of suspects, while courts will be able to incarcerate those who promote terroristic action "in general" and to remove what …more» 

RCMP: ‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat The RCMP has labelled the “anti-petroleum…

RCMP: ‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat

The RCMP has labelled the “anti-petroleum...

RCMP: ‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat The RCMP has labelled the “anti-petroleum” movement as a growing and violent threat to Canada’s security, raising fears among environmentalists that they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse, under the Harper government’s new terrorism legislation. … “There is a growing, highly organized and well-financed anti-Canada petroleum movement that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are opposed to society’s reliance on fossil fuels,” concludes the report which is stamped “protected/Canadian eyes only” and is dated Jan. 24, 2014. The report was obtained by Greenpeace. … “This document identifies anyone who is concerned about climate change as a [potential] ‘anti-petroleum extremist’ looking to advance their ‘anti-petroleum ideology,’” said Keith Stewart, a climate …more» 

Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions

Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions

This is an article about a cool DARPA project my friend +Steve Myers has been working on. Apparently, satellite positions and orbit trajectories are considered secret information. (I thought one just had to observe them. /shrug) Following a U.S.-Russian satellite collision in 2009, this project was undertaken to provide for the secure sharing of some positional information that allows a trusted third party to compute the probability of a collision. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cryptographers-could-prevent-satellite-collisions/#_10978 Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions This is an article about a cool DARPA project my friend +Steve Myers has been working on. Apparently, satellite positions and orbit trajectories are considered secret information. (I thought one just had to observe them. /shrug) Following a U.S.-Russian satellite collision in 2009, this project was undertaken …more» 

For a Sustainable Future, look to the Global Indigenous Uprising

For a Sustainable Future, look to the Global Indigenous Uprising

To outsiders, it might seem that Idle No More materialized spontaneously, that it sprang into being fully formed. It builds, however, on a long history of resistance to colonialism that began when Europeans first washed up on these shores. Now, armed with Twitter and Facebook, once-isolated movements from Canada to South America are exchanging knowledge, resources, and support like never before. … “We’re a land-based people, but it goes further than that. It’s a worldview. When you destroy the earth, you destroy yourself,” says Melina Laboucan-Massimo. This is “the common thread in indigenous people all over the world.” The climate crisis is spinning out of control, and the gap between the rich and poor continues grow unabated. It’s time to …more» 

Parliament must reject the anti-terror bill

Parliament must reject the anti-terror bill

The general tenor of the bill is to expand the definition of threats to national security and add to the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Any interference with financial or economic stability could now be considered to violate national security. Such activities are a daily occurrence and in truth could include just about anything. Other new national security offences include influencing any government in Canada by unlawful means or “interfering with infrastructure.” Neither of these is a rare practice. Neither is necessarily connected to terrorism. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/parliament-must-reject-the-anti-terror-bill/article22932072/ The Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings is shown through the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Nearly a century of parliamentary tradition is coming to …more» 

Harper may have just turned Indigenous activists into terrorists

Harper may have just turned Indigenous activists into terrorists

The media reports that the Liberals and NDP have all but acquiesced to [Bill C-51] and will only offer mild resistance in the form of suggested amendments. They may even call for some oversight, but will not challenge the massive violations of Canadian rights, liberties and freedoms which are enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and constitutionally protected. And this is how it happens. Dictators throughout history have only been able to do what they did to their citizenry because they were permitted to do so. No single man has the power to destroy a country governed by the people for the people — unless the powerful people around the dictator allow it to happen. … The …more» 

Yes, we really can feed the world

Yes, we really can feed the world

'A popular misconception is that providing the developing countries with more food will serve to increase populations; in other words, it is a self-defeating policy. The more food women have, the more children they will have and the greater will be their children’s survival, leading to population growth, so goes the argument. However, the experience of the demographic transition described above suggests the opposite. As people become more prosperous, which includes being better fed and having lower child mortality, the fewer children women want. Providing they then have access to family planning methods, the fertility rates will drop and the population will cease to grow.' To control our impact on the environment, we have to stop growing. A measure of …more»