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Help! Help!

It's -17. The wind is blowing at 40k/h and is gusting to 50. There's about five cm of snow on my stairs. Does anyone have the army's phone number? Bill Doskoch Trying to deal with nature's wrath in Toronto

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Canada's Kyoto shuffle

The Toronto Star's Peter Calamai looks at the federal government's disarray with respects to its Kyoto strategy: An excerpt: Critics who complain that Canada doesn't have a national plan to meet its Kyoto greenhouse gas commitments have recently been proven spectacularly wrong. The federal government actually has four Kyoto plans, all ostensibly intended to reduce […]

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What Bush meant by 'freedom'

This is an excellent column by Harvard prof Orlando Patterson on Bush's definition of freedom. Essentially, Patterson says there are two types: The freedom from (civil liberties and whatnot) and the freedom to, what he calls a more privatized view of freedom. An excerpt: The genius of President Bush is that he has acquired an exquisite […]

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More to fear from Mad Cow than first thought?

This NYT story reports that some scientists have found the protein that causes BSE, or mad cow disease, may migrate to other organs and that no part of an infected cow may be safe to eat. But the experiments are only mouse-based at this time, and one scientist argued the U.S. food supply is safe […]

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Viva resiliency, or Why more Dems didn't move to Canada

This column by Harvard psych prof Daniel Gilbert explains why even Democrats can find a reason to be happy despite the fact that Dubya's got the keys to the White House for four more years. An excerpt: Our ability to spin gold from the dross of our experience means that we often find ourselves flourishing […]

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A well-written bit of Bush/Republican apologia

NYT columnist David Brooks tells us to forget about the drunken, privileged plutocrats-in-training who misbehaved at Inaugurathon parties — the ideals behind Dubya's speech were real. An excerpt: f you want to understand America, I hope you were in Washington on Thursday. I hope you heard the high ideals of President Bush's inaugural address, and […]

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Zhao references zapped in chatrooms by Chinese censors

A report by the CBC's Patrick Brown on how Chinese authorities are making sure the non-person status of former premier Zhao Ziyang follows him into the grave — in both the real and virtual worlds. An excerpt: China's blogs face the censor CBC News Online | January 21, 2005 From The National January 20, 2005Reporter: […]

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Kenya drops archaic criminal libel charge

Score a victory for freedom of the press in Africa. Kenya has dropped the colonial-era law of criminal libel. An excerpt from the BBC story: Kenya drops archaic libel charges President Kibaki has promised to fight corruption Charges of criminal libel have been dropped against a Kenyan journalist, after the government was taken to the […]

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