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May 27, 2013

Border states to Congress: Don’t toll the Canadians!

  • the idea In the 2014 budget proposal, the Department of Homeland Security asked to commission a study to consider charging a fee to drivers crossing between the United States and Canada, with the potential fee paying for the maintenance of border crossings. People who fly between the two countries, or take a boat, already face charges of $2, but travelers don’t really feel it because it’s included in the price of the ticket.
  • the problem For border towns in particular, the close range between the U.S. and Canada have proven to be hugely helpful for the economy, leading to many complaints from politicians in border states, as well as businesses that benefit from the economic disparities between the two countries, such as gas stations. Did you know that gas is $1.30 per gallon less in the U.S. than it is in Canada? Seriously, it is. source
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May 23, 2013
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April 22, 2013

Possible terror attack thwarted by Canadian police on Monday

  • 2 people were arrested by Canadian police on Monday in connection with an an alleged plot to attack a passenger train, which U.S. officials say connects Toronto and New York. The alleged attackers, neither of whom is a Canadian citizen, are accused of planning to derail the train. Authorities currently believe that the duo was receiving support from al-Qaeda, but have revealed few other details at this time. (Updated with new information, h/t JoeyLucas — Scott @ SFB) source
16:23 // 1 year ago
April 6, 2013
nationalpost:

Montreal woman arrested for posting photo of anti-police graffiti to InstagramA Montreal woman is facing a criminal charge after posting a photo online of graffiti showing a senior police officer with a bullet in his head.Jennifer Pawluck was placed under arrest on Wednesday, released under conditions and ordered to appear before a judge at a later date to face a charge of criminal harassment.The picture she snapped is of a graffiti drawing of Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere, a longtime Montreal police spokesman and one of the most visible faces of the force.Police defended the decision to proceed with charges. Spokeswoman Anie Lemieux says it’s zero tolerance when lawyers, judges or police officers are believed to be targeted. (Instagram)

The endless struggle between free speech and security concern, it seems — what does everybody think about this?

nationalpost:

Montreal woman arrested for posting photo of anti-police graffiti to Instagram
A Montreal woman is facing a criminal charge after posting a photo online of graffiti showing a senior police officer with a bullet in his head.

Jennifer Pawluck was placed under arrest on Wednesday, released under conditions and ordered to appear before a judge at a later date to face a charge of criminal harassment.

The picture she snapped is of a graffiti drawing of Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere, a longtime Montreal police spokesman and one of the most visible faces of the force.

Police defended the decision to proceed with charges. Spokeswoman Anie Lemieux says it’s zero tolerance when lawyers, judges or police officers are believed to be targeted. (Instagram)

The endless struggle between free speech and security concern, it seems — what does everybody think about this?

16:08 // 1 year ago
April 3, 2013
nationalpost:

Homophobic insults force gay restaurant owners in small Manitoba town to close up shopA pair of gay restaurateurs is closing up shop in Morris, Man., saying they are sick of being the target of anti-gay slurs. Pots N Hands, which advertises “home cooked meals,” opened in the community of 1,700 70 kilometres south of Winnipeg just four months ago.Ever since, alleges owner Dave Claringbould, he and his partner have been assailed by homophobic slurs, such as a customer asking if his plate of food was diseased.“They should get the hell out of here. I don’t really like them — the service and who they are,” resident Aaron Kleinsasse told the Winnipeg Free Press this week.Since word of the verbal attacks first became public, other locals have tried to bolster the new business by eating there or sending messages of support. But Claringbould says he has experienced homophobia in a small town before and knows some people will never change their attitudes. (Trevor Hagan / The Canadian Press)

Most disturbing part bolded, italicized above.

nationalpost:

Homophobic insults force gay restaurant owners in small Manitoba town to close up shop
A pair of gay restaurateurs is closing up shop in Morris, Man., saying they are sick of being the target of anti-gay slurs. Pots N Hands, which advertises “home cooked meals,” opened in the community of 1,700 70 kilometres south of Winnipeg just four months ago.

Ever since, alleges owner Dave Claringbould, he and his partner have been assailed by homophobic slurs, such as a customer asking if his plate of food was diseased.

“They should get the hell out of here. I don’t really like them — the service and who they are,” resident Aaron Kleinsasse told the Winnipeg Free Press this week.

Since word of the verbal attacks first became public, other locals have tried to bolster the new business by eating there or sending messages of support. But Claringbould says he has experienced homophobia in a small town before and knows some people will never change their attitudes. (Trevor Hagan / The Canadian Press)

Most disturbing part bolded, italicized above.

16:27 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2013
nationalpost:

Alberta man may be first to sell house for bitcoin virtual currency
Like countless young men across North America, Taylor More likes sports and hanging out with friends. And if his latest project pans out he’ll be unique — the first person to sell a house for bitcoins.Mr. More’s two-bedroom bungalow “with beautiful mountain views” is priced at the equivalent of $405,000 in bitcoins.A so-called crypto-currency that exists only electronically, bitcoin was created in 2009 and has grown in popularity, the darling of digital enthusiasts and, increasingly, doubtful types who value the anonymity and ease of doing business it provides.

If Bitcoins are worth so much, why are they, based on the graphic above, designed to look like shoddy Ducktails derivatives that Scrooge McDuck would’ve thrown out of his money pit? Someone get these cryptographic techies a designer.

nationalpost:

Alberta man may be first to sell house for bitcoin virtual currency

Like countless young men across North America, Taylor More likes sports and hanging out with friends. And if his latest project pans out he’ll be unique — the first person to sell a house for bitcoins.

Mr. More’s two-bedroom bungalow “with beautiful mountain views” is priced at the equivalent of $405,000 in bitcoins.

A so-called crypto-currency that exists only electronically, bitcoin was created in 2009 and has grown in popularity, the darling of digital enthusiasts and, increasingly, doubtful types who value the anonymity and ease of doing business it provides.

If Bitcoins are worth so much, why are they, based on the graphic above, designed to look like shoddy Ducktails derivatives that Scrooge McDuck would’ve thrown out of his money pit? Someone get these cryptographic techies a designer.

13:20 // 1 year ago
October 17, 2012
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September 20, 2012
Can’t say we were expecting this headline when we went to Politico this morning.

Can’t say we were expecting this headline when we went to Politico this morning.

2:36 // 1 year ago
August 16, 2012

thisisandres:

Highway sign dances in the wind. If I had been driving, I would have pulled over and waited for the signs to fall because I’m not a fan of being crushed or decapitated.

(Love the Bhangra music.)

Watch this with your speakers turned all the way up.

13:29 // 1 year ago