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  1. Nope, not this forum. To date I have received exactly zero dollars in ad revenue. The ads you might see are a legacy of the previous management and, sometime soon, I will get around having them removed.
  2. I agree with Wolfhunter - this (real name only posting) would/will be a very dangerous turn for the worse. Just take a look at what's happening on Twitter where even fair and rational comments are latched upon by the extreme fringes and used to cancel people who can be found or identified. If someone was to post something under their real name such as; "we should screen refugees for possible criminal background before accepting them as citizens". I would fully expect real-world blowback. It sounds completely rational and fair to me and includes nothing that could bigoted, except by
  3. These are products I am personally familiar with that I recommend based on my experience with them. Signing up through the link provided will financially support the site. Brim Mastercard - Brim Affiliate link This is a Canadian Credit Card. (of course, using the link does not allow me any access or information about who used it) Standard credit card features; insurance, points, etc. A long list to review on their site including secondary cards and free global wifi. The one thing that's different and the reason I got the card is that it does not charge an extra charge for foreig
  4. Good guess - I make it 0.35 seconds in actual consumption. When you add in cooking, washing and waste I'd bet you're right there.
  5. Is Brad a hand-puppet? The indigenous communities had plans to invest up to 1 billion dollars in the project which would have, essentially, provided a revenue stream which could have lasted generations along with 600 million dollars in Indigenous supplier contracts and employment. As far as the concern for safe drinking water Brad may wish to visit this site (scroll down to the map): Note: the green dots are completed projects and the red are currently being worked on. Click through some of those and tell me that we aren't w
  6. Unfortunately it's even worse than transgender women invading women's sport: A transwoman who raped a female in an horrific attack has been jailed for 15 years – but could still end up in a women’s prison I dare anyone to read that article and try to argue that society hasn't gone too far down this path.
  7. Now we are talking my language And not ONE tax $$$ required ! Well, we don't know that. Seems like an interesting idea but what does it cost? They're going to have a tough time completing against standard concrete blocks which, in my part of the country, cost 3 bucks each. I realize there are significant costs aside from the cost of each block and I think most people would even be willing to pay a little more for the "Byblocks". How much more is the question. (That's where the tax dollars come in).
  8. Seems like you should be buying an electric car then?
  9. In response to your link I'll say this; Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.
  10. The media still doesn't have their narrative staked out and I don't know what to think - am I supposed to be happy that we are rid of the toxic Payette (except for the gazillion in pension she will collect for the rest of her life) or mad about Trudeau and his band of idiots for putting her there in the first place? Someone please help me in case I get asked for my opinion at the Tim's tomorrow.
  11. Hours into his presidency, Biden has already ousted three of his predecessors’ most unqualified and corrupt appointees. Good stuff - wouldn't want to have grossly unqualified, incompetent and self-serving people in positions of power. Maybe Biden has something to teach us after all and "by us" I mean Canadians.
  12. I do not recommend looking for a Oneplus One. This phone is 7 years old (I looked it up). When I bought it it was in particularly good physical shape and therefore made a good candidate for the operating system replacement described above. The odds of you finding a similar phone are low. I gave my story as what is possible not what's probable. This is not a procedure that an average person would be able to handle. As an iPhone user I definitely do not recommend it for you. An Android user who is familiar with sideloading an apk from a non-google app store - that's the person w
  13. boestar; I think my opinion on Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft can be easily discerned from observing my efforts to avoid them but I do realize there are some people who find some or all of their products and services to add value - I'm not judging, just discussing options. A lot of people will say; "I wish I could reduce my reliance/exposure to these large corporations but don't know how." My purpose is simply to provide a place to discuss the "how" for those who are interested. You are quite right about the irony of posting a Youtube video while complaining about Google. U
  14. Hi Eddy; I'll expand on this tomorrow but just a few comments now. I'm no expert on iPhones but from what I've read the Apple ecosystem is very secure but not private - Apple has access to much of what you do (not your data but your meta-data) but, if you follow the best protocols available (for Apple) you're pretty safe from outsiders accessing your stuff. The Oneplus1 is an old phone - probably coming up on 10 years old. I bought it for a hundred bucks and it runs virtually like a new phone. The reason for this is that the operating system (Lineage) has no connection to Google and t
  15. Jaydee; I'm not commenting on the choices you make. Some people find facebook to be a valuable addition to their life and that's fine. My purpose in starting this thread is to discuss security and privacy - from that POV, there is no way to make Facebook private or secure. Closing some of the blockers is like catching "most" of the mice in your basement or patching "most" of the holes in your boat. Again - make your choices as you see fit - I'm not criticizing.
  16. Jaydee - I hope you realize the "correct" answer is to burn any device that you've ever used for Facebook and never sign in again, right? Any change you make to your facebook settings is superficial and does not affect the underlying issue. Changing your facebook settings is like painting flames on your Chevette - looks good but has no real effect.
  17. For those who care about free and open technology that's not tracked, monitored or manipulated. Here's my current choices. I use a Macbook running (via USB drive) Elementary OS. This is a fork of Ubuntu Linux. No Windows, no Apple services., no Google. A Oneplus1 phone running Lineage OS. Lineage OS is a de-googlfied Android clone - not a single google service on the phone. Duckduckgo as search engine (obviously). Signal messenger. Protonmail as a secure, off-shore, encrypted email service Protondrive as a secure, encrypted, off-shore cloud service
  18. Well, it all makes sense now:
  19. Deicer; I'm commenting on one thing - one thing only. The claim that banning Trump from Twitter resulted in less misinformation because there was less discussion of election fraud. The findings, from Jan. 9 through Friday, highlight how falsehoods flow across social media sites — reinforcing and amplifying each other — and offer an early indication of how concerted actions against misinformation can make a difference. This conclusion is completely unfounded without a measurement of how much discussion there was on other platforms and how much discussion there was about other t
  20. Did you even read what you wrote? Less fiery divisive lies (your words) about election fraud but no measurement taken of how much or what is being said about censorship. That's my point - they ban Trump from Twitter and then say it was a good thing because people aren't talking about the same things as last week - there's a gaping hole in the data that needs to be looked at before you can call the response to the banning a "good" thing. What if the fiery, divisive lies about censorship went up by 1000% as a result of the banning? What if fiery, divisive lies about censorship turn o
  21. No, you're missing the point. Both sides have the same facts. Rempel (and Scheer) say what was happening was a crisis (provincial governments running out of money, no beds in shelters, refugees being housed in hotels), the UN Commissioner says it's not a crisis because other countries have it worse and the CP and CBC calling Rempel full of baloney and inaccurate. The facts are not in dispute. The rhetoric of characterizing the situation as a crisis makes more sense than saying it wasn't because some other country managed fine. "I lost my job, can't pay my bills and am going to los
  22. Isn't that kind of like saying; "Complaints in Japan about the price of gas dropped dramatically in the week following the tsunami." D'uh! Twitter bans Trump and fewer people are talking about election fraud - it's because people are talking about the ban instead. Morons.
  23. Sprawl Calgary using a CBC article that uses a Canadian Press article that quotes a UN Commissioner of Refugees is the definition of a house-of-cards. And all of them criticize Rempel for criticizing the media. So - who's the more trustworthy, Rempel or the media?
  24. The problem with this is that if you don't trust the source, you won't trust the content. I have no idea if "Sprawl Calgary" is reliable, has an agenda, a bias, etc. (Don't bother trying to find the info and/or convince me either - don't care). There are many problems with the article you linked to; One of the hot-linked references takes the reader to a Huffington Post article as if that's proof of anything. Another goes to a CBC article. This one: Why? Because a CP reporter dared fact-check Rempel’s and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s oft-repeated “border crisis” c