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  1. One of the fastest shrinking Greenland glaciers is growing again, NASA says A natural cyclical cooling of North Atlantic waters likely caused the glacier to reverse course A fishing boat navigates past icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier on July 23, 2013 in Ilulissat, Greenland.Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Associated Press By Seth Borenstein. WASHINGTON — A major Greenland glacier that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on Earth is growing again, a new NASA study finds. The Jakobshavn (YA-cob-shawv-en) glacier around 2012 was retreating about 1.8 miles (3 kilometres) and thinning nearly 130 feet (almost 40 metres) annually. But it started growing again at about the same rate in the past two years, according to a study in Monday’s Nature Geoscience . Study authors and outside scientists think this is temporary. “That was kind of a surprise. We kind of got used to a runaway system,” said Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland ice and climate scientist Jason Box. “The good news is that it’s a reminder that it’s not necessarily going that fast. But it is going.” Box, who wasn’t part of the study, said Jakobshavn is “arguably the most important Greenland glacier because it discharges the most ice in the northern hemisphere. For all of Greenland, it is king.” A natural cyclical cooling of North Atlantic waters likely caused the glacier to reverse course, said study lead author Ala Khazendar, a NASA glaciologist on the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project. Khazendar and colleagues say this coincides with a flip of the North Atlantic Oscillation — a natural and temporary cooling and warming of parts of the ocean that is like a distant cousin to El Nino in the Pacific. https://nationalpost.com/news/big-u-turn-key-melting-greenland-glacier-is-growing-again
  2. Reality check: Did the Liberals create 60% more full-time jobs than the Tories? Hoping to beat back Conservative claims that their environment-friendly agenda is a costly jobs killer, the Liberal government has been burnishing its economic record lately, insisting that it has done better at creating jobs than its Tory predecessor. Since we formed government, the Canadian economy has created over 60 per cent more full-time jobs than the Conservatives did over the same time period,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Aug. 14. READ MORE: Canada adds nearly 32K jobs in June, raising the odds of a July 11 rate hike It’s an important exercise in spin for a government whose central brand is about convincing Canadians that “the environment and the economy go hand in-hand” – that fighting climate change, in other words, needn’t come at the expense of economic growth. Hence the recent message from Trudeau and other cabinet ministers that since being elected in 2015, the Liberal government has created 60 per cent more jobs in Canada than the Conservatives did during the same time period. Are they telling the truth? Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below). This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why. THE FACTS Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office pointed to Employment Minister Patty Hajdu’s office to provide a breakdown of how Trudeau came up with that 60 per cent figure. Veronique Simard, a spokeswoman for Hajdu, said the Liberal government created 542,500 full-time jobs in the 33 months since winning the 2015 election, while the Conservatives under former prime minister Stephen Harper “created just 322,300 full-time jobs in its last 33 months in office.” Trudeau wasn’t the only one spreading the message: in a response to Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre deriding the Liberal carbon plan as a “job killer,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna tweeted, “Our government has created 60 per cent more jobs than the Harper Conservatives did in the same time period.” “The Canadian economy is humming,” she wrote. “Our emissions are dropping. We have a plan and it’s working.” THE NUMBERS To calculate the number of jobs created over a specific period, The Canadian Press relied on figures from Statistics Canada for full-time jobs each month. The agency reports the total number of people employed monthly, which stood at 15.1 million full-time workers in July. Calculations by CP confirmed the data provided by Hajdu’s office: 542,500 new full-time jobs between October 2015 and July 2018, and just 322,300 new jobs between January 2013 and October 2015 – a difference, for the record, of 59.4 per cent. But there’s more to the claim than just the numbers. THE EXPERTS For one thing, there’s the familiar political convention of taking credit for economic growth – a practice that brings to mind the old saw about “lies, damned lies and statistics.” Any suggestion that the Liberals are “somehow responsible” for those numbers confuses the sequence of events with causality, said Stephen Gordon, an economics professor at Laval University. “The fact that this is done so often doesn’t make it any less wrong,” said Gordon – no fan, he said, of using such statistics to suggest that the arrival of any new government results in more jobs. But for the sake of argument, the Liberals should be comparing their first 33 months not with the end of the Harper era, but the beginning – a period that saw 635,400 new jobs between January 2006 and October 2008. READ MORE: Half of Canadian jobs will be impacted by automation in next 10 years “If you’re going to argue that the arrival of a Liberal government leads to increased employment, you might as well argue that the arrival of a Conservative government has an even stronger effect on employment,” Gordon said. “It’s a stupid game to be playing, and I wish politicians would stop playing it.” Governments often “claim credit for – and take blame for – economic performance for which they often have little control,” added Emmett Macfarlane, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo. “Stephen Harper was no more responsible for the 2008 global recession than Justin Trudeau was for job growth in the month he was elected.” Using month-by-month statistics to measure performance in the job market can be unreliable, since the story can change dramatically, depending on which months are chosen as reference points, said Sheila Block, senior economist from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. During the Conservative government’s first 33 months in office, the economy was booming, while their last 33 months included a collapse in oil prices, she noted. THE VERDICT In truth, governments of all stripes take credit for short-term and medium-term economic indicators that are actually beyond their control. And they are selective about the data they choose to promote, as well as the time frames, to ensure it supports their narrative. Indeed, by contrasting their first 33 months with the Conservative government’s last 33 months, they are effectively comparing apples and oranges. METHODOLOGY The Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale: No baloney – the statement is completely accurate. A little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required. Some baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing. A lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth. Full of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurate. https://globalnews.ca/news/4405586/canada-job-creation-liberals/
  3. The Russians Have Landed Planes Full Of Troops, Military Advisers In Venezuela When Russia starts building up a military presence a mere stones throw to the States, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out nothing good can come of this. “ Two Russian Air Force planes carrying around 100 members of the Russian military and a handful of strategic advisers landed in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, in a shockingly overt demonstration of support from Vladimir Putin's government for embattled socialist president Nicolas Maduro.” https://www.dailywire.com/news/45083/russians-have-landed-planes-full-troops-military-emily-zanotti
  4. Trudeau afraid of following Trump's lead The big difference between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau is that the U.S. president allowed himself to be investigated, while the prime minister has actually used all his powers to stop himself from suffering the same fate. Over the weekend, the Mueller report was handed over the Department of Justice in Washington. There was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and no charges on obstruction of justice. Over 22 months, the investigation lead by former FBI head Robert Mueller issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants and heard from 500 witnesses. Even with the 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents working full-time on this file, they could not prove the central narratives of collusion or obstruction of justice. Yes, 34 people have been indicted, including 25 Russian nationals and several former Trump advisors, but not on collusion or obstruction. Paul Manafort, the most high-profile case is mostly facing tax charges not related to the Trump campaign. Here in Canada, we don’t even have anything close to an investigation that we know of because Trudeau won’t let anything move forward in the House of Commons. Yes, Trump complained about Mueller. He called the whole thing a witch hunt based on fake news, but he allowed the investigation to conclude and in the end. It was a big nothing burger on questions of collusion and obstruction. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-trudeau-afraid-of-following-trumps-lead
  5. Canadian sports “experts” embrace misogynist practices to please trans activists­ “ Months ago, I tweeted that sports would be “where the rubber hits the road” on deference to trans ideology, because affirmation in sport of biological males who identify as women cannot co-exist in harmony with a level playing field for women. That burning smell? Rubber is hitting the road—hard. The latest incident in women’s medal erasure comes from Connecticut, where two transwomen sprinters took gold and silver at a girls’ track championship. Sport is one area where the community­ will resist “social justice” initiatives if they conflict with sport’s bedrock principles of a level playing field and zero tolerance for cheating. Up until about five minutes ago in the long history of sport, that meant women competed against women and men competed against men in all sports where advantage lies in size, power and/or speed. When a biologically male runner or cyclist who ranks as middle of the pack in men’s races becomes the gold medallist in a Women’s race, he cheats the silver and bronze women athletes beside him on the podium, and especially the woman who came in fourth. But he also cheats people who came out to see a clean race. Joe and Jane Public know unfairness and reality denial when they see it, and it sucks all the joy out of the word “competition” for them. “Inclusion” has become an obsession in our culture. But normally there are logical limits to inclusivity that nobody objects to. Only citizens can vote. Only people with a certain level of health and fitness can join the Armed Forces. But sport associations that used to accept limitations and categories based in principles of reason and fairness are now prepared to sacrifice both on the altar of trans reverence.” Gender Studies and Sociology, including Sport Sociology, are currently marinated in theories of gender fluidity and social construction. The PhDs in these specialties are then hired as “gender identity experts” by sport associations in order to help formulate policies on “inclusion.” They invite LGBT advocacy groups as consultants as well. Nobody involved in these working groups even pretends to bring objectivity to their task. Back in the day, they were activists for women’s interests. Now they are activists for trans interests. But in sport, inclusion for trans cannot help but result in exclusion for women. These advocacy groups will go to extraordinary lengths to make their point. We saw that last week when 62-year old, 18-time Grand Slam tennis singles champion Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest athletes of all time—and an icon for leadership in gay acceptance—was unceremoniously thrown under the juggernaut of trans activism. Navratilova’s “crime” was to publish an op ed in London’s Sunday Times decrying the penetration by transwomen of women’s sports, asserting that it was “cheating and unfair” for biological males to compete against women. Martina, for all her celebrity and stature, is spitting into the zeitgeist. She is part of Sport’s unwoke binary past. Athlete Ally, a U.S. non-profit LGBT-supportive organization, for whom Martina was an ambassador, stripped her of her title and turfed her from their editorial board. They accused Martina of transphobia, alleging her comments were “based on a false understanding of science and data.” (The irony of the charge is pretty rich, coming from an organization whose assumptions can only be sustained by a rigorous rejection of “science and data.”) https://www.thepostmillennial.com/canadian-sports-experts-embrace-misogynist-practices-to-please-trans-activists/
  6. Must Watch...Kelly-Anne Conway pulls no punches !
  7. The States is in a heap of trouble. U.S. public’s reaction to Mueller report summary displays country’s deep divide https://globalnews.ca/news/5091689/mueller-report-summary-public-reaction/ Canada is having the same divide with Trudeau plotting his Social agenda above all else. ( Budgets balance themselves ) Numerous countries in Europe in turmoil over political issues, mainly unfettered immigration. In a nut shell the future is looking bleak to put it mildly. Worse than a game or roulette..... Around and around and around she goes, where she stops nobody knows. Wherever she stops it isn’t going to look pretty. Just my $.02
  8. LARA LOGAN’S RESPONSE TO MUELLER REPORT IS AN INDICTMENT OF AMERICAN MEDIA Journalist Lara Logan said Saturday that the response to the Mueller report was striking because of what was not happening: there were no blaring headlines boldly proclaiming the vindication of President Donald Trump. WATCH: Logan, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Saturday, argued that if the Mueller reporthad resulted in indictments or charges of any kind, that would most certainly be the top story in every paper. (RELATED: Former CBS Reporter Lara Logan Hits Media For Becoming ‘Propagandists’) The former CBS correspondent also argued that she found coverage of the whole investigation to be problematic, noting how often it was mentioned that Mueller had indicted people close to Trump — but only adding as an afterthought that the indictments had nothing to do with the president or ties to Russia. Logan explained that, as a journalist, there was “a very simple fix.” She explained, “You can say six people were charged, but none of those charges had anything to do with conspiring with Russia. That gives — that doesn’t mislead the reader or the viewer, right? Because it’s very clear what people were charged with and that it’s not related to conspiracy or to the central focus of the Mueller investigation.” As a journalist, I find it disappointing that people will create one impression with their reporting, correct it later and then claim that they have been honest and objective,” Logan concluded. https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/23/lara-logan-mueller-indictment-media/