Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Unbearable Being of Lightness

And such...

Sunny Ways, indeed:

Dozens of government web pages related to former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s time in office have been removed from all Google search results at the new Liberal government’s request.

In fact, the requests on behalf of the Privy Council Office to remove sites such as Harper’s site and the former PMO’s 24seven video website from search results began Nov. 4, 2015 – the day Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government was sworn into office.

A few days later, on Nov. 9, 2015, the government asked Google to clear the index for the prime ministerial website for any page published prior to Nov. 4, 2015. The request was unsuccessful, however, because Google did not offer that option, according to documents tabled by the government in the House of Commons.

On Jan. 27, 2016, the government asked Google to remove dozens of sites containing Harper’s news releases in English and in French from search results.

Cameron Ahmad, spokesman for Trudeau, insisted the prime minister’s office did not make the request to have the websites related to Harper removed from Google search results and was not aware it had happened.

Christiane Fox, assistant secretary for communications in the Privy Council, said the requests to Google were part of the Privy Council’s standard transition from the Harper government to Trudeau’s. She said the content of Harper’s prime ministerial website was transferred to Library and Archives Canada but did not know whether it was online and available to the public.

Library and Archives has not yet responded to a request from iPolitics but Thursday, Jeremy Wiebe, a PhD history candidate at the University of Waterloo, located some of the archived webpages on the Library and Archives website.

Thursday morning, the Privy Council updated its website to include a link a partial record of Harper’s prime ministerial websites.

Remember, Eurasians have always been our friends. We have never been at war with Eurasia...

(Merci beaucoup)

What is even more terrible is that the mother will be out of jail by Christmas, free to kill again:

An autopsy on the body of a baby found in a dumpster in London, Ont., will help determine the facts around the infant's death, police say.

The body was found about 11:35 a.m. Thursday in a dumpster near Richmond and Mill Street in the central part of the city. 

"A 911 call was received from a citizen ... they were in the area of the dumpsters here and located what they believed to be a deceased infant in the dumpster," said Staff Sgt. Blair Harvey, who is with the London Police Service.

Officers confirmed that it was a baby when they arrived, he said. 

Hey! Remember when people said that this wouldn't lead to a slippery slope?

The Senate has sent the federal government's controversial bill on assisted dying back to the House of Commons with a major amendment that guts the central premise of the proposed law: that only those who are near death should qualify for medical help to end their lives.

The bill, as amended over the past two weeks of lengthy debate in the upper house, passed late Wednesday by a vote of 64-12 with one abstention.

Note: Soylent Green is people.

Canada used to have a national anthem.

Used to.

EgyptAir Flight 804's black box has been recovered:

Searchers recovered the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir Flight 804, Egyptian officials said Thursday, putting investigators closer to figuring out why the plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month.


What the hell are Chinese passengers playing at?

Chinese police have detained a man over an attack on an airline check-in clerk that left her lying in a pool of blood and arrested two others who charged the cockpit as their flight was taxiing for takeoff, the latest in a growing tally of dangerous acts involving Chinese airline travellers.

A statement from the Civil Aviation Administration of China said two men aboard a Hainan Airlines flight Sunday from the northern city of Datong to Chongqing demanded to be upgraded to business class as their flight was taxiing.

When told to remain seated, they fought with a member of the cabin crew and a passenger who tried to help, then pounded on the cockpit door. They continued to kick and punch after police boarded the flight and had to be removed in handcuffs, the CAAC said. They now face criminal charges for obstruction, it said.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday a passenger at the airport in the southern city of Shenzhen smashed the head of a Juneyao Airlines clerk with a brass plaque. Photos on Chinese websites showed the woman lying on the floor behind the counter, blood from the head wound pooling beneath her.

The man had apparently been enraged after the clerk told him she couldn't print out his friend's travel itinerary without the man's ID card — an example of the often trivial matters to provoke violence. 

Perceived slights, flight delays, seating arrangements and even bad food have also sparked arguments, while other bizarre incidents include the opening of emergency exits on planes sitting on the tarmac.

Despite the apparent severity of the injury, the man was only ordered detained for 10 days, fined 500 yuan ($76) and ordered to pay 4,900 yuan ($745) in compensation, described by CAAC as the standard punishment for "interfering with the normal order of civil aviation transport."

Well, that will show him! 

A series of recently discovered paleolithic cave drawings have the archaeology world in a tilly after they were found almost 1,000 feet underground in a cave in Spain.

The images depicting bison, goats, deer and horses were found scrawled on the walls of the Atxurra cave, alongside charcoal and flint tools.

Diego Garate, who lead the dig that uncovered the series of about 70 paintings, believes the discovery is the most important of his career.

“It is an exceptional find, the equivalent of discovering a lost Picasso,” Garate told The Local.
“Discoveries of this caliber are not made every year, at most, once a decade.” 

Experts say the artwork tells an important part of human history and culture. Some of the paintings, for example, depict hunting scenes, including a bison with over 20 spear markings. 

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