Earth is currently traveling through multiple clouds of dusty comet debris, bringing a higher-than-usual amount of meteors to the night sky. When these fragments of rock and metal enter the atmosphere, the air around them heats up, creating a blazing glow visible from the ground. The Delta Aquariids coincide with a few other meteor showers, such as the famous Perseids, that promise to impress spectators for weeks to come.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Thursday, July 27, 2023
..."it comes down to the lack of a National Security (NS) culture in Canadian government, including around intelligence. Canadians just don’t take NS seriously, despite the dangerous security environment in which we find ourselves and all the events of the last two years (Afghanistan, Ukraine, the freedom convoy, foreign interference). Our major Allies seem to get it, but we don’t. Producing a strategy, creating a cabinet committee on NS, strengthening intelligence coordination at the centre, or being more transparent through public threat assessments and other similar measures, would put us on the same level as our allies. "...
The annual report from the National Security and intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians was tabled in Parliament on July 19. There was no one home to receive it. MPs and Senators are enjoying their summer recess and will not return to the Hill again until the end of September. A stealth release of this important committee’s report is in no one’s interest...
The RCMP have made some intriguing national security arrests recently. One involved terrorism offences. A second was based on charges laid under the Security of Information Act dealing with foreign interference. Both cases have unique features and are the product of long -run and, presumably, complex investigations.
For anyone interested in the government’s handling of national security issues, the biggest news coming out of today’s Cabinet shuffle is the replacement of the much besieged Marco Mendicino as Public Safety Minister by Dominic LeBlanc. Next in line as big news is the move of Bill Blair from a minor Cabinet post (Emergency Preparedness) to Defence, replacing Anita Anand. Melanie Joly stays as Foreign Minister. This is the big three trio of Ministers with responsibilities for security and intelligence.
As an addendum to news about the Cabinet shuffle, PMO is also announcing that the PM will create a National Security council-style Cabinet committee on national security and intelligence.
This is very much a welcome, and long overdue, reform to Canada's national security architecture. The current system is ad hoc and reactive; Cabinet will now finally be able to hold more focused, forward-looking debates on national security. https://t.co/iQnkWa8ng0— Thomas Juneau (@thomasjuneau) July 26, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Opinion column roundup: From Trudeau to Barbenheimer to masculinity to climate change polling to the King of Spain
...Poilievre might have gone too early – that he might have been better off from the position of doing well while in the leadership had he waited a decade – is very real, because right now, he’s not ready. Allowing his candidate in Portage Lisgar to use a photo of Max Bernier at Pride as an attack, posing for a photo with the Straight Pride Guy, going to the East Coast to talk about gun rights the weekend before a suburban byelection, accusing Justin Trudeau of conspiring with China to commit treason … at some point we have to face the reality of his fundamental unseriousness.[The Trudeau government] isn’t an unambiguously good government that is guaranteed a win on its merits, but that doesn’t matter if the opposition’s shit. Election are choices, not referendums, and Poilievre ... makes the electorate’s choice for them. ...At the end of the day, the Liberals are where they’ve often been in this country’s history – in office, and likely about to stay there, not on the merits of their term but because the Opposition has not hit the threshold at which this country overcomes its inertia against toppling Liberal governments. Unless we see a lot of people taking their chance to leave soon – and we won’t – then the idea that this Liberal government is dying should make its way to a graveyard, and usher in a proper understanding of reality.
It’s been interesting to watch as the same outrage merchants who led the unhinged attacks on Target and Bud Light for the *gasp* scandalous decision to… hire a trans woman (BL) and sell some super generic Pride merch, have struggled to land hits on Barbenheimer....Watching as professional crybabies like Ben Shapiro tried to get people to boycott “Barbie” because one of the actresses in the film (Hari Nef, who played Doctor Barbie) is trans, and seeing that has absolutely no effect on the film’s success demonstrates that the Bud Light and Target controversies and capitulations only became big deals because Bud Light and Target responded to the outrage as though it were genuine. It was not.Had Bud Light and Target told the outraged weirdos to pound sand, they’d have avoided the mess, but in the rush to appease the far right, they handed Shapiro and the rest of his Daily Wire goons wins they thought they could use to reshape culture around their own bigoted and exclusionary beliefs. ...Anyway, I hope that businesses around the country (and world, for that matter) realize that if you ignore these far-right goons or tell them to screw off, members of the Daily Wire’s hate machine will be the ones who come away looking foolish, as Shapiro has in his post-viewing tantrums.
Saturday, July 22, 2023
...It’s a movement of people who have been radicalized for various reasons – the importation of American culture wars, the general fact that the right has been losing the war for hearts and mind in recent decades, and COVID, which was a deeply traumatic event for a lot of people. We’ve never reckoned with the damage done, and even if you think draconian measures were required, there was a price for it. And it’s a movement that Poilievre has gone to great lengths to endure himself to.It's an angry movement because for a lot of people, the world makes less sense now than it ever has before....Poilievre has positioned himself as the leader of this movement, a movement that has overinflated the responsibility that the Prime Minister has on this country and therefore has pinned all their grievances, real or imagined, on him. It’s a movement that’s diffuse on specific grievances but united on their contempt for the one man...
This is frightening & sickening. People with Trump signs shouting antisemitic slurs at the Prime Minister. This is what happens when antisemitism & hate become normalized and it can happen anywhere. In Canada too. Every political leader needs to speak out against this. https://t.co/grOG7Yj9Oy— Anthony Housefather (@AHousefather) July 21, 2023
Obnoxious, yelling man attempting to threaten our PM.— Wendy Jackman (@WenJackwoman) July 21, 2023
What does Trudeau do? Notices the child in the crush and squats down to talk to them, face to face.
THAT is a leader. https://t.co/O7dDbTo3on
Thursday, July 20, 2023
At Garbage Day, Ryan Broderick writes: The New Culture War Issue Will Literally Just Be Ignoring How Hot It Is
In the last 48 hours:— Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) July 18, 2023
Rome beat its all time temperature record by a whole two degrees Celsius.
China beat its all time temperature record by almost two degrees Celsius.
Death Valley narrowly missed the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
And there's more to come... pic.twitter.com/0F7nYHvQWE
I suppose it shouldn’t shock me that right-wing influencers are acting like extreme heat isn’t actually that extreme. It’s sort of the entire philosophy behind climate change denial.But I guess I just assumed that if the weather became extreme enough, at the very least, we could all agree that it was, in fact, extreme.About three years ago, Atlantic writer Charlie Warzel tweeted something that has always stuck with me. In regards to the then still-emerging coronavirus outbreak, Warzel wrote, “The coronavirus scenario I can’t stop thinking about is the one where we simply get used to all the dying. There’s a national precedent: America’s response to gun violence.” He was, of course, right about that.But I think he inadvertently summed up America’s national response to pretty much every large-scale systemic crisis we’re bound to face going forward. The weather’s going to keep getting worse and the right-wing media ecosystem will downplay or outright deny it, and, more often than not, they’ll find ways to tie the acknowledgement of it to definitions of masculinity.And just like the folks who thought they could ride out the pandemic without a vaccine or masks because they were tough, only to end up on ventilators, so too will a lot of folks get hurt trying to man up and ignore the rising temperatures.
🚨NEWS: Amid record-breaking heat, Republicans are introducing legislation to block any president from declaring a climate emergency.— David Sirota (@davidsirota) July 19, 2023
Fossil fuel donors funneled more than $5 million to the bill sponsors — and some of the lawmakers are oil/gas investors. https://t.co/l5p4GblIS0
Monday, July 17, 2023
Trudeau gets hammered day after day, across Canada, for everything from Port of Vancouver trucker policies (which were actually introduced by Harper) to Lac-Mégantic land expropriation.
A lot of people don't know as well that the young man makes a pair with Trudeau on them. With Justin's permission. Liberals need to start talking about these things. If Justin won't brag, we should.— Lonney Butler (@ButlerLonney) July 16, 2023
"Its not a buffet...we will stand up for everybody's rights."
Watch Trudeau’s mind at work here. It’s not just his message. It’s his courage of his convictions. Of OUR convictions. Canadian convictions… in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The best in the free world. #Cdnpoli #HumanRights #CharterOfRights #Ableg https://t.co/lwCt4Zk5zJ— Paul Stewart II (@PaulStewartII) July 14, 2023
Saturday, July 15, 2023
At Defector, Ray Ratto writes The Slow Hemorrhage of the American Sports Desk:
Between this and the LA Times eliminating agate and box scores etc. what’s the point anymore? Those are two places we always pointed to as the top of the mountain in the industry and they’re husks now. Don’t be a sportswriter, kids. Do literally anything else with your life. https://t.co/Y3wMmPXOHJ— Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) July 10, 2023
Across the country, papers are cutting back their last deadlines to pre-dinner hours so that the annoyance of night sporting events and their coverage can be eliminated, and the new enemy of profitability is the people who used to fill those pages.If reducing drag is the heart of efficiency, the Times is the first to give in to the logical extension of this philosophy. If one could be sure The Athletic would actually broaden the Times' coverage, then this move might be defensible journalistically, but The Athletic has never been about reimagining anything. It just tried to out-newspaper newspapers, making writers hope their beats wouldn't suck so that they might get enough clicks to sell enough subscriptions to imagine themselves central to the business. And making the talent worry about the business is always a dangerous strategy, because it allows the business people to fail and blame it on someone other than themselves.....nobody will remember the business thugs who did today's deed because they thrive in the anonymity of the best hitmen. They might remember some of the people they read and enjoyed and learned from, but that's not what a newspaper is anymore. It's just another way to explain late-stage capitalism: eating the people who do the work and replacing them with fewer and cheaper ones.
This is why I love sports:
Pictured: LA Times Sports editors takes their 'new layout highlights (and) best, most ambitious sports journalism' out for a spin. pic.twitter.com/H23VFEBjkU— gprowler (@gprowler) July 10, 2023
Monday, July 10, 2023
Absolutely brilliant. Person approaches flood in little Red car, sees identical little red car floating, driver continues believing this will not affect them. Sums up people's views on climate change perfectly. https://t.co/flmhAIPQZm— Jon (@Jontafkasi) July 9, 2023
Friday, July 07, 2023
A bunch of people took her seriously at first -- of course, she's talking about the Argument Clinic in Monty Python - but then everyone caught on and started posting this kind of stuff:
Folks, listen, this has been bothering me all day. I’m trying to remember a sketch and I can’t figure out who did it.— Gail Simone 💙💛 (@GailSimone) July 3, 2023
Here’s the set-up: a guy walks into an office and asks for an argument, which he pays the pretty lady for, then he argues with a guy. Funny!
Anyone seen this?
That wasn't a "sketch." It was an episode of the Twilight Zone. The argument ended up being over a cookbook or something.— Michael G. @firstname.lastname@example.org Bazemore (@deepwatermike) July 3, 2023
It was at a poker game, with guys arguing over the lyrics to Blinded By the Light. It was performed by The Bert Fershners on their show, The State, with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. It aired on HBO.— John Dortmunder (@prolly_knott) July 3, 2023
Can't finish without posting the real sketch:
Pretty sure it’s the opening sketch for ‘The West Wing’— PersephoneC 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 (@PersephoneC) July 3, 2023
Tuesday, July 04, 2023
As you can see, not only am I not wearing my prescription glasses anymore, but like many of the common people do, I am also sporting a very casual blazer over a T-shirt look along with this brand new pair of Joe Fresh sunnies. I am down to be common. Bring home the chill. Yo. pic.twitter.com/WFPv1E4Q84— Barney Panofsky's Best Intentions (@mynamesnotgordy) July 1, 2023
What's interesting about Pierre Poilievre's makeover is that he's managed to make himself look older than he looked before.— Ann Bibby (@anniegirl1138) June 30, 2023
Isn’t the Poilievre makeover just an admission he’s an odious asshole? @CPC_HQ is telling us all how unlikeable this guy is and their desperation to change his drag on their electoral chances. They will hide him during the campaign too, just watch. #cdnpoli— Steve V 🍁 IAMCANADIAN 🍁 (@FarAndWide) June 30, 2023
I recall when the CPC Party photoshopped pictures of Erin O'Toole to make him appear "fit" when he was in freefall. Now they have given Pierre Poilievre a makeover and voice change. They are not a serious political party and do not have anything to offer.— Tom Whittaker (@whittakertp) June 30, 2023
The problem with Poilievre's makeover is that it's not addressing his main deficit.— James Christian Parsons (@Dred_Tory) June 30, 2023
Justin isn't conventionally handsome, nor was his father. He has charisma, as his father had. Different thing entirely.
Diefenbaker, though no matinée idol, also had it. Poilievre never will.
Saturday, July 01, 2023
Dear America. Send us your 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. All of them. We will send you our Conservatives. All of them.— @JohnBeggs (@dbeggs13) July 1, 2023
It’s not every day I get emails from a Canadian International Ambassador asking if they can play my video at their Canada Day celebrations… but it is today. https://t.co/prWwmkwKaa— Brittlestar (@brittlestar) June 29, 2023