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The Canadian ‘good banks’ myth

May 31, 2010

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Wrong. We are, according to the IMF, actually the third worst of the G7 countries, behind the US and Britain, in terms of financial stabilization costs. First, we put up $70 billion to buy up iffy mortgages from the big five banks, through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, taking them off the banks’ balance […]

Port Burwell not on the map?

May 29, 2010

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There are seaside communities with some of the finest white sand beaches, country inns, antique and specialty shops and numerous golf courses. You can sail and go boating, fishing, bird-watching, diving to explore dozens of shipwrecks from centuries ago, or catch a view of a sunset from a towering lighthouse. via Erie Coast packed with […]

End of Alaotra grebe is further evidence of Sixth Great Extinction

May 29, 2010

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But the rate at which species are now disappearing makes many biologists consider we are living in a sixth major extinction comparable in scale to the others – except that this one has been caused by humans. In essence, we are driving plants and animals over the abyss faster than new species can evolve. via […]

22-Mile Oil Plume Under Gulf Nears Rich Waters

May 29, 2010

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A thick, 22-mile plume of oil discovered by researchers off the BP spill site was nearing an underwater canyon, where it could poison the foodchain for sealife in the waters off Florida. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science’s Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume […]

UN publishes report on Colombia military killings Liberals say didn’t happen

May 29, 2010

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Colombian security forces committed “a significant number” of murders over the past decade, often for personal profit, and few of the perpetrators have been punished, according to a report published Thursday by an independent U.N. human rights expert. via UN publishes report on Colombia military killings – wtop.com.

Deepwater Horizon: This Is What the End of the Oil Age Looks Like

May 28, 2010

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But the following should be an even clearer conclusion from all that has happened, and that is still unfolding: This is what the end of the oil age looks like. The cheap, easy petroleum is gone; from now on, we will pay steadily more and more for what we put in our gas tanks—more not […]

Small miracle as atom-sized switch unveiled

May 27, 2010

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The seven-atom transistor, measuring four-billionths of a meter and embedded in a single silicone crystal, is the first step in a “quantum computer” which will make calculations millions of times faster than existing devices. Lead researcher Michelle Simmons said the technology has major implications for code-breaking, financial transactions and weather forecasting, which involve testing enormous […]