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Wednesday November 26, 2014

22:16 P.E.I. snowplows ready, garages busy »The Guardian - Local News
More than 220 pieces of snow-clearing equipment ready for forecast storm; auto shops busy putting winter tires on vehicles
22:04 World Junior Tickets - Toronto (130 Words) » | New Topics
I'm selling my tickets to this years World Junior Tournament in Toronto.

The price includes 4 tickets to all 19 games being played in Toronto. All games will be held at the Air Canada Centre.

The tournament starts on December 26th, 2014, with the Gold Medal game closing out the tournament on January 05th, 2015.

Price includes 4 tickets seated together in Section 304, Row 06 of the Air Canada Centre.

Package includes 19 games - 4 tickets to each game.

Games consisting of: •1 Team Canada pre-tournament game •10 preliminary round games •2 Quarterfinals games •2 Semifinals games •2 Relegation Round games •Bronze Medal game •Gold Medal game

Hard Ticket packages will be delivered to the buyer....
22:04 World Junior Tickets - Toronto (130 Words) » | New Topics
I'm selling my tickets to this years World Junior Tournament in Toronto.

The price includes 4 tickets to all 19 games being played in Toronto. All games will be held at the Air Canada Centre.

The tournament starts on December 26th, 2014, with the Gold Medal game closing out the tournament on January 05th, 2015.

Price includes 4 tickets seated together in Section 304, Row 06 of the Air Canada Centre.

Package includes 19 games - 4 tickets to each game.

Games consisting of: •1 Team Canada pre-tournament game •10 preliminary round games •2 Quarterfinals games •2 Semifinals games •2 Relegation Round games •Bronze Medal game •Gold Medal game

Hard Ticket packages will be delivered to the buyer....
22:00 Just Like Honey »justpictureit
photo - Just Like Honey

Last one till maybe deep winter when I need to look at images of the woods to get through the white season. Here's some sublime music to accompany this photo. Gives me the chills:

19:42 Teen committed to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder »The Guardian - Local News
A 17-year-old Charlottetown youth has been committed to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of a city man last July.The accused, who cannot be identified because of her age, was committed to stand trial at the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry ...
19:36 [LINK] "Faced With Invasive Snails, a Bird Learns to Use Tools" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Yet another example of tool-using birds, these birds being Brazilian antshrikes dealing with an infestation of giant snails. Wired's Mary Bates reports.

Many birds use tools for diverse reasons, such as extracting and capturing food. It may look cognitively sophisticated, but some of this tool-use behavior is stereotyped, built into the species’ genetic inheritance. An example of this is ‘anting’ — some birds rub live ants on their feathers, apparently to spread the insects’ formic acid over their bodies as an antibacterial or insecticide. There is no indication that the birds are engaging in this behavior, in which case the ants are the tools, intentionally or with a conscious understanding of what they are doing.

However, there are also more cognitively flexible examples of tool use, which could indicate more complex underlying thinking. Scientists recently described the use of tools in birds called great antshrikes. The birds were observed using stone anvils to break open the shells of land snails. The behavior is almost certainly of recent origin, as there were no previous reports of these birds using tools and the land snail was introduced to the birds’ habitat very recently, in the 1980s.

In northern Brazil, Richard Ladle and colleagues observed a male great antshrike catching juvenile land snails, bringing them repeatedly to the same oval-shaped stone, and breaking their shells by striking them against the anvil. They watched this same bird engage in this behavior four times over several days.

The researchers found evidence that the tool-use was not limited to the one male. They discovered two other large piles of broken shells, both next to hard objects that could serve as anvils. Ladle also says that the antshrikes make a loud “thock thock thock” noise as they batter the snails against the stone, and the team often heard snails being smashed simultaneously.

Ladle and his colleagues say it is very likely that this is an example of flexible tool use. The land snails were accidentally introduced to Brazil in the 1980s, and there are no reports of great antshrikes using tools previous to this.
19:34 [LINK] "The World’s Tiniest Countries and the Eccentrics Who Rule Them" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Wired's Jordan G. Teicher profiles an interesting new book looking at micronations around the world. I will have to pick this up.

Never heard of the Imperial Kingdom of Calsahara? The Conch Republic? The Principality of Sealand? You’re not alone.​ Léo Delafontaine hadn’t either until 2012, when he visited the Republic of Saugeais, a self-proclaimed micronation in eastern France. He’s since become fascinated with “countries” unrecognized by world governments and organizations. His book Micronations​ documents independent states that are just as varied and interesting as their official counterparts.

“Humankind likes discoveries and challenges. One solution is the creation of new countries, but not in order to persecute people or for religious reasons. The idea, rather, is to create new countries and territories for fun, to make people think, to re-enchant the world in a way,” he says via email.

French writer and historian Bruno Fuligni, who wrote the introduction to Micronations, estimates there are more than 400 of these self-proclaimed entities.

Delfontaine visited 12 locations throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. They included monarchies, republics, “funny dictatorships,” and some with no government at all. He earned citizenship in three—the Principality of Sealand, the Principality of Seborga, and the Conch Republic.

The Principality of Hutt River in Australia draws thousands of visitors annually, which is one reason it exists at all. Others serve as political satire. Conch Republic, for example, was created in 1982 after Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow “symbolically began the Conch Republic’s Civil Rebellion by breaking a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a U.S. Navy uniform” according to the Conch Republic’s website. Some micronations are easily accessible while others are difficult to get to. In Copenhagen, tourists can enter Christiania on foot, while visitors to the Principality of Sealand, a WWII island fortress six miles off the eastern shores of Britain, have to shell out over $2,000 for transport and a visa.
19:32 [LINK] "Kim Jong Un Sends Special Envoy to Russia Amid Cooler China Ties" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Sam Kim notes North Korea's latest approach to Russia, something that has occurred after ties with China have cooled down.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a special envoy to Russia as he tries to boost ties with President Vladimir Putin’s government amid cooler relations with traditional ally China.

Choe Ryong Hae, a secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, left Pyongyang for Russia on a special airplane yesterday, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency reported. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said last week Choe would visit Moscow as part of trip to Russia that will last until Nov. 24.

Choe is a member of Kim’s inner circle and his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last year helped ease months of tension after North Korea’s third nuclear test in February. He also visited South Korea last month as part of a high-level delegation seeking to repair ties. It was unclear whether Choe will meet Putin.

“North Korea will place its top priority on arranging a high-level summit with Russia through this visit,” Cheong Seong Chang, a senior analyst at the Sejong Institute near Seoul, said by e-mail. “It could ease its sense of diplomatic isolation and increase its influence over the Korean peninsula through a summit with Russia.”

Kim hasn’t met a foreign head of state since taking power in December 2011. Xi met South Korean President Park Geun Hye in July without first traveling to Pyongyang, the first time a Chinese leader had bypassed the North Korean capital before a meeting with the South. At the summit, the two leaders said they won’t tolerate the development of nuclear arms on the Korean peninsula. </blcokquote>
19:30 [LINK] "The Sahel-Sahara between 'Arab spring' and 'black spring'" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Open Democracy's Richard Reeve writes about increasing political instability in the Sahel, something he associates with--among other things--foreign interventions like the one three years ago in Libya.

While the world’s attention has been focused on the US-led military interventions in Iraq and Syria, a quieter build-up of military assets has been continuing along the newer, western front of the 'war on terror'. The security crises in Libya and north-eastern Nigeria escalate and the conflict in northern Mali is far from over. And, amid revolutionary change in Burkina Faso, the efforts of outsiders to enforce an authoritarian and exclusionary status quo across the Sahel-Sahara look increasingly fragile and misdirected.

In early August, coinciding with the restructuring of French military operations in the Sahel and the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Oxford Research Group and the Remote Control Project published a comprehensive assessment of counter-terrorist operations targeting jihadist groups in the Sahel-Sahara region of north-west Africa. That report found extensive and growing evidence of combat, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), training and equipment, abduction and rendition programmes on this new frontier. While France and the US were easily the most active foreign actors, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands and several other NATO states were also found to be increasingly involved in special forces and ISR operations.

The launch coincided with the onset of air attacks on Islamic State targets, initially by the US in northern Iraq and latterly by a broad coalition of Western and Arab states in Iraq and Syria. In a context of worsening security crises in Libya, Nigeria and northern Mali and Niger since, US and UK ISR activity is increasing, French deployments in Mali have been reinforced, a new configuration of Arab states has provided impetus for foreign intervention in Libya’s civil war and a “black spring” backlash is emerging against the west’s authoritarian allies in the region.

Libya is at the core of the security crisis in the Sahel-Sahara. Since the NATO-led military intervention which overthrew the Qaddafi regime in 2011, Libya has become a security and political vacuum and a major exporter of weapons and insecurity in the region. This has included the return home to the Sahel of hundreds of combatants formerly given refuge or employment by the Libyan state.
19:28 [URBAN NOTE] "At a Gay-Specific Bookstore, Just Books on a Shelf Won’t Do" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The New York Times' Brian Sloan has a cheering article about New York City's GLBT-themed bookstore, The Bureau for General Services-Queer Division. The emphasis on zines is interesting.

An independent bookstore opened last month with a performance by Gio Black Peter, a downtown artist. Wearing only black boxers, he stood on a translucent plastic tarp and read a poem entitled, “The Morning Star,” flanked by two beer-drinking men.

The crowd, a mix of young bearded men in button-down shirts and their equally hirsute but graying elders, applauded heartily at the end of the reading, their introduction to the Bureau for General Services – Queer Division, a gay bookstore that relocated last month to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Greenwich Village.

[. . .]

“That was a nice christening, wasn’t it?” said Greg Newton, who owns the store with his partner, Donnie Jochum. To succeed, they plan to do things differently. “The Bureau needs to be a very lively, active space where people come to hang out, kind of like a salon. We can’t just put books on a shelf and wait for people to buy them.”

Tucked into the back of the community center’s second floor, the bookstore’s airy, high-ceilinged home carries a diverse selection, including classic novels like James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Room” and contemporary nonfiction by Sarah Schulman. But what truly sets it apart from Barnes & Noble is its selection of zines.

L.G.B.T.-themed zines have experienced a resurgence in recent years, inspired by the defunct Butt Magazine and the ease of digital printing. The bookstore actually got its start as a booth at the 2012 NY Art Book Fair, selling a selection of zines with racy names like Spunk, Spank, Dirty and Headmaster.

“They’re generally cheaper, starting at $3 or $5,” Mr. Newton said. “So it’s something that most people can afford.”
18:50 Brudenell fire considered suspicious »The Guardian - Local News
Co-operators Insurance in Brudenell erupts into flames early this morning.
18:29 Hockey games victim of weather »The Guardian - Sports
Weather postponed games in the Island Junior Hockey League and the P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League on Wednesday. The season's first winter storm cancelled the IJHL game between the Sherwood AS Scrap Metal Falcons and the Arsenault's Fish Mart Western Red Wings at Cody Banks Arena and the midget ...
18:13 She got to say ‘thanks’ »Journal-Pioneer Local
Lois Campbell recently met up with her mysterious benefactors
18:09 Exploring Washington State » - Need peace? Go East!
18 Working our way down the Washington coast with a bit of backtracking
18:01 Kengington Heritage Library »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
ADS Celebration scheduled for Thursday, November 27th has been postponed. New date TBA at a later date....
17:59 Signing the social contract »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
What do Canadians owe the people who protect us?
17:41 WP hospitals benefit from Veterans’ Mem. Charity Fund »Journal-Pioneer Local
O’LEARY -- The O’Leary Community Health Foundation and Western Hospital Foundation in Alberton are 2014 beneficiaries of the Veterans’ Memorial Charity Fund. The foundations received $4,000 each in support of the hospitals they help equip.
17:35 WP Hospice prepare for Let their Light Shine campaign »Journal-Pioneer Local
ALBERTON -- Hospice volunteers in West Prince have been fluffing up their artificial Christmas trees as they prepare for their annual Let Their Light Shine remembrance tree event.
16:58 Olive Crane's big news ... she's co-hosting the Hoedown »The Guardian - Local News
When independent MLA Olive Crane rose in the house today it was supposed to be for a big, exciting announcement. A Facebook post led to speculation she might be taking another run at the PC Party leadership or even crossing the floor to the Liberals. Instead Crane said she will be working with ...
16:56 Portion of Water Street closed early Friday to prepare for parade »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE —A portion of Water Street will be closed by midday Friday in preparation for that evening’s Santa Claus Parade.
16:38 Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper, Kettle and Be An Angel campaigns underway »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE —Calling all angels — the Salvation Army needs your help.
16:35 Free HotSpot Parking in Charlottetown for Black Friday »City of Charlottetown
2014-11-26 HotSpot Parking Inc., in partnership with the City of Charlottetown, is offering free
16:35 Summerside has competition in bid for Atlanticade »Journal-Pioneer Local
Organizer of event to make closed-door presentation to council on Tuesday
16:34 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO noted yesterday that Jian Ghomeshi dropped his ill-judged suit against the CBC, then observed today that he had been arrested.

  • Centauri Dreams reflects on Europa, starting with the latest high-definitin photo of that world.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper noting ways to use seismology to study giant exoplanets.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes a crowdfunded effort to send a rover from Africa to the Moon.

  • Language Hat shares the work of an early linguist, George Grey, who argued in the mid-19th century that Australian languages belonged to a single family.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that a successful tour does not necessarily result in a band's financial success.

  • Marginal Revolution argues that putting cameras on police can backfire.

  • Spacing Toronto shares stories of the giant prehistoric beavers of the Don River.

  • Bruce Sterling shares an academic definition of cyberpunk.

  • Torontoist reflects on the life of late hockey player and coach Pat Quinn.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues that people on both sides see ferguson through a narrow lens.

  • Window on Eurasia claims (perhaps dubiously) that Russian soldiers are injuring themselves to stay out of Ukraine, reports on suggestions that Crimean Tatars and Circassians are allying against Russia, and shares an intriguing alternate-history scenario for a Russian-Ukrainian war in the early 1990s.

16:02 Evangeline Credit Union AGM postponed to Wednesday, Dec 3rd »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
16:02 Girl Guides Meeting »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
Scheduled for the BIS on North River Road cancelled for this evening...
16:02 PEI Cattle Producers and PEI Culinary Alliance »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
Cancelled for this evening, Wednesday, November 26th...
16:02 Sport PEI's 'Making Ethical Decisions' cancelled for tonight »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
15:48 Thunder named PEISA team of the year »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Summerside under-12 team only had one returnee in 2014
15:47 Murphy, Hood named top senior athletes »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Aung, Connell junior players of the year
15:25 B.C. urban planner to give lecture tonight »The Guardian - Local News
Ken Kelly, with Victoria, B.C., downtown business association, to deliver talk, A Tale of Two Cities, at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre


14:02 [PHOTO] Third-generation Lusophonia at Dufferin and Dupont »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Third-generation Lusophonia at Dufferin and Dupont

Not my best photo at all, this 2010 picture of the door of the Casa do Alentejo Portuguese Canadian cultural centre at Dufferin and Dupont shows that, whatever the wounds of the war of independence, by 2010 wounds healed enough for Guinea-Bissauans to celebrate their independence there.
14:01 Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
Brain Fitness Sessions cancelled for Morell, St. Margarets and Georgetown for Thursday, November 27th.  Sessions will resume December 4th as scheduled...
14:01 Cinema Politica's 'Last Call at the Oasis' cancelled »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
Cancelled for this evening at the Farm Centre...
14:01 Healing Mass at St. Dunstan's Bascillica »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
Mass postponed until next Wednesday, December 3rd....
13:19 Jian Ghomeshi charged with four counts of sexual assault: Toronto police »The Guardian - Living
Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault. Toronto police say he also faces another charge, which they called “overcome resistance - choking.” Police say Ghomeshi, 47, has surrendered and is scheduled to appear in court early this ...
12:58 McInnes Cooper Professional Fees Bonanza, PEI Gaming Initiative Under Mi’kmaq »
The Gaming file was said to have over 1.3 million dollars invested, most of it seems to have gone to open chequebook type “Professional Fees”, charged to Prince Edward Island by McInnes Cooper LLP. While we learn more day by … Continue reading
12:55 Celebrate National Jersey Day on Friday, November 28 »City of Charlottetown
2014-11-26 Don a sports jersey this Friday, November 28 with the City of Charlottetown in support
12:52 Charlottetown man caught on video with pipe bombs sentenced to 60 days in jail »The Guardian - Local News
Arlo William Callaghan, 35, will serve sentence on weekends after pleading guilty under the Explosives Act
12:46 Hard not to notice »Island Musings
Media attention given to the kind and generous souls who raised $250,000 for the QEH and at the same time notice that our Liberal overlords are spending our tax money to figure out ways to skin us at the casinos. I wonder how the Sheeple feel about that.  I wonder if they even noticed.  Baaaaaa
12:44 Collister’s hat trick sparks Mid-Isle offence »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CORNWALL – Daniel Collister scored three goals and assisted on another to ignite the Mid-Isle Matrix’s offence on Tuesday night.
12:40 Done deal? »Island Musings
Speak up, Sheeple? “I believe we can carefully expand the current level of irrigation and I will be promoting that position,” said Webster. via Agriculture Minister says P.E.I. should entertain deep-water wells – Local – The Journal Pioneer.
12:37 Hunter River blaze claims lives of two dogs, five cats »Journal-Pioneer Local
HUNTER RIVER – Firefighters are on the scene of a dramatic fire in Hunter River at this hour that has claimed the life of two dogs and at least five cats.
12:33 PEI Mi’kmaq Confederacy As Represented By Who, Don MacKenzie “Start Talking” »
The attempts by PEI Finance Minister Wes Sheridan to answer questions oman illusive “Gaming Initiative”, have been futile, it seems Sheridan has misled the Legislature in these matters and the entire file has been dumped into the Mi’kmaq Confederacy lap. … Continue reading
12:22 Hunter River woman grieves loss of pets in house fire »The Guardian - Local News
Diana Smith, the owner of the home, rescued stray animals. Smith wasn't home at the time of this morning's fire.


12:22 Two dogs, five cats die in Hunter River fire »The Guardian - Local News
Diana Smith, the owner of the home, rescued stray animals. Smith wasn't home at the time of this morning's fire.
12:10 Morrissey resurrects his career »The Guardian - Opinion
Egmont Liberals opt for most prudent course; pick candidate with best chance to beat Shea
12:07 You are fine with super community mailboxes? »The Guardian - Opinion
By Susan Frellick-Perry (guest opinion)
12:04 Other contenders must stay vigilant »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I have always believed that when one accidentally burns oneself on a hot stove you learn a lesson and attempt to never repeat that mistake. Obviously, the Liberal supporters in the Egmont district feel they have never been burned and nominated Robert Morrissey as their candidate in the ...
12:04 Liberal candidate to face challenges »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The newly chosen Liberal candidate is facing some challenges.First of all, he will have to explain to Islanders living in the new rural EI zone why the Liberal Party will reverse changes that increase their benefits.
12:03 To move or not to move (284 Words) » | New Topics
My family is originally from PEI and we go down almost every year for vacation. My husband and I and our two kids are considering a move to PEI from Ontario. I will provide a little background: my grandfather and grandmother (originally from summerside and wellington) lived with us for 6 years until they passed away. This past summer my grandfather came to PEI with us and told us he regretted leaving the Island and would love us to live there and raise our family. Since he passed in October, we have had so many bad things happen to us that we want to pack up and leave. The only thing stopping us is the job situation. We both have full time jobs here and although we make decent wages we are struggling from pay cheque to pay cheque. My husband hasn't had a raise in six years and now they want him to work every weekend for the next two years minimum. Our kids are 2 and 9 and are only home on weekends from school and daycare. We would make enough profit on our house to live for a year if need be however we would hope that within 6 months we would be employed allowing us enough from the sale of our house here to make a down payment there on a house. I am a law clerk and he works in security for the Ontario Government. I would like any and all opinions as to the pros and cons. By the way my mother who is my only family here is moving to PEI in June. Please help!...
12:03 Other subjects more important »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Seriously? Yes, I agree. The commercial (lying to your children) is totally inane and really juvenile. But if one was to listen very closely, one would discover that in actual fact, and technically speaking, the only people lying in the commercial, are actually the children. Here is how ...
12:02 Protections needed at school board »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor, Recently there were reports that a former superintendent is now applying to be a trustee on the French Language School Board. How can a former superintendent, that either left for was forced out of his position, become eligible to now become the “boss” of the newly hired ...
12:01 'Jake's Gift' cancelled at King's Playhouse for this evening »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
Jake's Gift scheduled for 7:30pm November 26th cancelled at King's Playhouse, Georgetown, PE...
12:01 'Taste of the Season' Cooking Class »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
Cooking class cancelled for this evening at the Tyne Valley Fire Hall originally scheduled for 6pm...
12:01 4-H Club in Kensington, PEI »CBC Storm Centre - PEI
West Prince 4-H Leader Screening Session is postponed this evening, rescheduled for next Wednesday, December 3rd.Summerside 4-H Leadership Screening Session is postponed this evening, rescheduled for next Thursday, December 4th...
11:53 Honesty lacking in Conservative fundraising efforts »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
It’s always interesting when the federal Conservatives send you mail — especially when it’s one of their fundraising efforts. The things are such great reading.
11:52 Another form of discrimination »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I read with interest the headline in Monday’s paper re: HST review — possible tax cuts on key items — maybe fitness memberships. Really — fitness memberships — imagine that.What about us people who have been discriminated against since your government implemented HST in April of 2013? I ...
11:50 Another option for skills testing »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: For many years employers used high school graduation as a measure when hiring new employees. Now, however, employers tell me that a graduation diploma doesn’t provide the assurance it once did, especially as a measure of basic communication and math skills; perhaps it never actually ...
11:39 New Brunswick to scrap regulation that restricts access to abortion »The Guardian - Local News
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says he will scrap a contentious regulation that restricts access to abortion in the province.Gallant made the surprise announcement Wednesday in Fredericton, saying the planned amendments mean women will no longer have to get the approval of two doctors ...
11:33 Nuts, seeds packed with top nutrients »The Guardian - Living
Nutrition is a science. This means that researchers often make new discoveries, and learn that previous beliefs were based on incomplete information, mistaken interpretations, or inaccurate assumptions. As we learn more, advice about healthy eating can change. People sometimes find it ...
11:16 Province of Prince Edward Island tables pesticide legislation »The Guardian - Local News
P.E.I.’s municipalities will soon be able to pass bylaws regulating cosmetic pesticides after the Liberals tabled legislation giving them that power.But Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan said the provincial government will maintain the authority to regulate pesticides for other uses, such ...
11:09 Let Their Light Shine Campaign brightens up Prince County »Journal-Pioneer Living
SUMMERSIDE –For the past 20 years, Islanders have been lighting up Christmas Trees across the province in remembrance of loved ones and to support the work of the Hospice P.E.I., as part of the “Let Their Light Shine” Campaign.
10:11 Did PEI Premier Robert Ghiz Chief of Staff Commit Securities Fraud? Looks Like It »
Questions are piling up, answers are slow to appear in PEI while a Securities Investigation is dragged into review by the Public. Finance Minister Wes Sheridan and Premier Robert Ghiz are at the heart of a complex smoke and mirrors … Continue reading
10:04 First real taste of winter (294 Words) » | New Topics
Queens and Kings county is under a snowfall warning.
Prince County is now under a winter storm warning.

'Prince County P.E.I.'

Prince County will see up to 40cm of snow.

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements. Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through your local radio and television stations or Weatheradio.

'Queens and Kings:'

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected.

A low pressure system will develop near Cape Hatteras today and move north to lie south of Nova Scotia tonight. Precipitation from this system will begin over southen Nova Scotia as rain this afternoon and will change to snow over northwestern Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Iles de la Madeleine this evening. Snow will change to ice pellets after midnight and continue until morning. Most regions under the snowfall warning will change to rain Thursday morning, except for Iles de la Madeleine which will continue accumulating snow until Thursday afternoon. Total snow and ice pellet amounts of up to 25 cm are forecast.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Stay up to date with Weatheradio or your local media. Email reports of severe weather to or call 1-877-815-9900. You may tweet reports using the hashtag ?#?PEStorm?.
09:57 "Honey, it would take a Bradley Fighting Vehicle to move me to mad from my current level of furious, so turn off the fucking light, go to sleep, and we'll try this again tomorrow..." » from peter rukavina

Couples never kiss in Aaron Sorkin television dramas.

The argue.

They argue epically, eloquently, passionately.

In Aaron Sorkin’s made-up world, argument is the currency of love.

Lt. Daniel Kaffee argues with Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway. President Andrew Shepherd argues with Sydney Ellen Wade. CJ Cregg argues with Danny Concannon. Danny Tripp argues with Jordan McDeere. Will McAvoy argues with MacKenzie McHale.

And, in this week’s episode of Sorkin’s The Newroom, Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.) argues with Hallie Shea (Grace Gummer). The entire scene runs just over four minutes; here’s the last 38 seconds:

Surely this must rank as one of the most compelling couple-arguments in modern television.

09:34 Reitmans shutting down Smart Set stores »Journal-Pioneer Business
Reitmans Canada Ltd. (TSX:RET.A) is closing its Smart Set clothing stores.
09:28 Doug Currie satisfied with apology from Health P.E.I. CEO »The Guardian - Local News
The official Opposition is calling for Health Minister Doug Currie to remove Health P.E.I.’s CEO from his position after recent comments he made in the media, including about suicide. Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie raised the issue during Tuesday’s question period when he said Health P.E.I. CEO ...
09:20 A New Outdoor Christmas Market on Victoria Row »City of Charlottetown
2014-11-26 The public is invited to attend a new Christmas market, one of many events that make
09:08 I am thankful for the Pioneers… »Doug Hall's Innovation Engineering Leadership blog
This Thanksgiving in the USA I am thankful for the Pioneers that have created and sustain the Innovation Engineering Movement. These Pioneers have come together from around Planet Earth.  They believe that  they can and will Change their World. They are driven by a basic desire to make a difference.   They see the transformation of the […]
08:49 Winter storm expected to impact PEI later today.. »peistormchaser
Wednesday November 26th 8:45am.. A low pressure system has developed off North Carolina this morning and will intensify is it tracks NE towards the Maritimes. The system is expected to track along eastern coast of NS early Thursday then into … Continue reading
08:46 Up to 25 centimetres of snow possible Thursday »Journal-Pioneer Local
A snowfall warning is now in place across Prince Edward Island.
08:40 Life of P.E.I.’s longest-serving premier Alex B. Campbell worth long listen »The Guardian - Local News
Audio-book version of H. Wade MacLauchlan’s biography now available
08:39 Something's afoot for independent MLA Olive Crane »Journal-Pioneer Local
Independent MLA Olive Crane says she has a big announcement to make, but what it will be is anyone’s guess.
08:27 Former UPEI student union employee sentenced for fraud »The Guardian - Local News
A former employee of the UPEI student union was sentenced Tuesday in provincial court to serve three months in the provincial correctional centre for defrauding that organization of thousands of dollars by unauthorized use of a credit card.Nicole Lee Gallant of Mill River will serve her ...
07:32 P.E.I. first responders are burning out, says Opposition »The Guardian - Local News
Colin LaVie says many are quitting due to heavy workload, lack of ambulances
07:27 Montague class launches Order of Good Cheer »The Guardian - Local News
Students in Grade 5-6 class fighting child poverty through initiatve
07:18 Daily Specials for Wednesday, November 26, 2014 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Wednesday, November 26, 2014 are:

  • Cream of Vegetable Soup...$4.99
  • Spanish Style Pork Quesadilla...$11.99 A whole wheat tortilla stuffed with seasoned, shredded pork, rice, black beans, green onions and grated cheddar cheese...grilled until golden...served with sour cream, Pico de Gallo and house salad OR fries...

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440

06:51 Crunch time for Panthers »The Guardian - Sports
Beukeboom back, Parks also possible for tonight’s matchup with Moncton
06:23 Politicians Lie More Now Than Ever, No Incentive To Tell The Truth »
Examples of lies from politicians are everywhere in PEI and across Canada, read Andrew Coyne in the National Post……. No incentive to tell the truth?  
03:38 Traccitto back to earn his degree, help lead Panthers »The Guardian - Sports
Reggie Traccitto wants to play professional hockey at the highest level possible — next season.This year, he has other things on his mind.The 25-year-old UPEI Panthers defenceman said there were offers to go to Europe or the ECHL during the off-season. “I’m one year away from graduating. There ...
01:00 [LINK] "NASA Aims To Slash Space Shipping Costs With Shiny 3-D Printer" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Universe Today's Elizabeth Howell notes the advent of 3-D printing in space.

Need a part on the International Space Station? You’re going to have to wait for that. That is, wait for the next spaceship to arrive with the critical tool to make a repair, or replace something that broke. You can imagine how that slows down NASA’s desire for science on the orbiting laboratory.

Enter the first orbiting “machine shop”: a 3-D printer that was just installed in the station’s Columbus laboratory this week. If the printer works as planned, astronauts will be able to make simple things based on instructions from the ground. Over time, the agency hopes this will save time and money, and reduce the need to rely on shipments from Earth. And keep an eye out in 2015: two other 3-D printers are scheduled to join it.

As NASA aims to send astronauts to an asteroid and perhaps to Mars, the need to manufacture parts on site is critical. Sending a valve to Phobos isn’t an easy proposition. Much better that future crews will make stuff on the spot, and NASA says the space station will be a good spot to test this kind of stuff out. Adding motivation is a National Research Council report from this summer urging NASA to start 3-D printing testing as soon as possible, since the station (as of yet) is only funded by all partners through 2020. Negotiations are ongoing to extend that to 2024.

Tuesday November 25, 2014

23:19 [LINK] "New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Wired shared Sarah DeWeerdt's fascinating article which uses the latest researches in genetics to argue that "autism" is not a single condition but rather a vast and diverse clade of superficially similar genetic conditions. This understood diversity has obvious implications for treatment.

Rather than recruiting people with autism based on outward characteristics, some researchers are turning this flood of genetic information into an advantage: They are classifying children with autism based on their genetics, and thoroughly characterizing each subgroup to map autism’s landscape as a whole. These ‘genetics-first’ studies, including the one in which Waylon and Geoffrey participate, may help researchers to construct a meaningful taxonomy of autism and understand the source of its diversity. Eventually, such studies may even lead to treatments that address the root cause of a child’s autism, rather than just the symptoms.

Researchers have known for a couple of decades from genetic disorders closely related to autism, such as Rett syndrome and fragile X syndrome, that people with a disruption in the same gene often have similar symptoms. In the past ten years or so, advances in technologies for sequencing and analyzing DNA have provided hints that the same is often true for people with so-called idiopathic autism, or autism of unknown cause.

Beginning in the mid-2000s, microarray technology revealed that people with autism tend to carry many copy number variations, deletions or duplications of large stretches of DNA that encompass multiple genes. Researchers soon saw that people who harbor the same copy number variants often share other characteristics and symptoms as well.

To investigate these commonalities, some teams began to look into subgroups of people with a common chromosomal alteration. The most comprehensive of these projects so far is the Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP), which is characterizing about 200 people with variations of a chromosomal region called 16p11.2. (The Simons VIP is funded by the Simons Foundation,’s parent organization.) About 20 percent of individuals with deletions in this region and 10 percent with duplications have autism.

In the past couple of years, it has become feasible to look more closely at the DNA of people with autism by analyzing all of the protein-coding sequences in their genomes — about 1 percent of the roughly 3 billion base pairs that make up each genome. This approach has revealed that many people with autism have mutations that aren’t found in people without the disorder, but few people with autism share the same mutation. Despite analyzing genetic material from more than 2,500 people with autism, “We almost never saw the same gene hit twice,” says Evan Eichler, professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington and a leader of one of the first of these studies.


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