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Thu, Jul 24th - 3:51PM

Female suicide bomber kills 8 in Iraq

Police in Iraq say at least eight people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a checkpoint manned by U.S.-allied Sunni guards northeast of Baghdad.

A police officer says the woman bomber blew herself up about 8:30 p.m. Thursday near a checkpoint in central Baqouba. The officer says at least eight guards were killed and 24 other people were wounded.

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Thu, Jul 24th - 10:40AM

Canadian Election looming
Canada's minority Conservative government is about to topple and in order to boost support in Ontario (Canada's most populated province with just over one third of the population) the Conservatives are giving Ontario $10 billion in infrastructure cash, to be spent on subways, public transit, fixing old bridges and highways.

The cash comes after years of foot dragging (and now pending lawsuits due to collapsing bridges) by the Conservatives, and is an obvious ploy to curry Ontario's favour in the coming election.

My best guess is that the Liberal Party of Canada will topple the minority government in September or October, just in time for a November election that will coincide with the American election. With election buzz south of the border we Canadians tend to get jealous of all the media attention and want our own election.

Stephane Dion's carbon tax doesn't sound so bad. Its only $10 per tonne. One tonne is 2204.6 pounds, so that is 10 cents for every 22 pounds of greenhouse gases. It doesn't really sound like a lot does it, but if it encourages companies to choose a greener method than burning coal then that sounds fine by me. The $10/tonne is just the starting rate. The rate will rise to $40/tonne over a 4 year period.

The carbon tax will be accompanied by income tax incentives and tax cuts, basically shifting the tax burden from the poor and middleclassed to the heavy polluters.

We could skip the carbon tax and just tax coal, but that is unfairly targeting a single industry when the oil and gas industry also has its share of the burden. The coal industry accounts for approx. 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

At the very least the Liberals want to do something to combat greenhouse gases. The Conservatives are basically working for the oil industry and have been following a do-nothing approach to almost everything they do (or rather don't do).

The environment is currently the biggest issue in Canadian politics, followed by the economy which is being slowed a bit by the American recession, but continues to perform strongly thanks to Canada's exports to Asia.

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Thu, Jul 24th - 10:04AM








The Apotheosis of Cute

How fluffy bunnies, bouncy kittens, and the Clinton era brought cuteness to an awful climax.


"We are living in what a friend of mine calls "the cuteocracy," where the cutest person, place, or thing wins. Realism is out – unless it's the hyperconstructed reality of Survivor – and the supernaturally ugly aesthetic of the X-Files has gone the way of presidential candidate Ross Perot. Perhaps it's unsurprising that, as the United States takes a dark political turn with its unceasing war on terrorism, people are hungry for sweetness and light."

Read more: Cuteocracy


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