UC Davis, Pepper spray and Linda Katehi.

So. The story is that UC Davis has spent $175,000 buckaroos on attempting to scrub the internet of bad press.

UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.

I think they should have spoken to Ms Streisand. Cause sure as hell, this kinda just makes the internet go boom. Now we also know how wasteful they can be on a pretty worthless attempt at revisionist history. :)

This is just going to be another hit on the google for 'em. Always so happy to do my part. 

Rachel Notley is just another selfish Albertan Premier.

"To be clear, this document has not been adopted. It's simply going to be discussed," Notley said. "And we will engage in that discussion and we will make darn sure that the points I made at convention are heard from Nanaimo to Cape Breton and everywhere in between."

I think that Notley is under some sort of delusion that we have not heard the side of Alberta, and the Oil industry. Of course we have. For many years now the country has been living under the rules set out by big oil and asshats elected from Alberta.

We have to leave much of the tar sands exactly where they are if we are to survive as a species. By building more pipelines, we are not really working on any realistic goal. Just taking more risks instead of being more intelligent and moving along to something more sustainable that also creates jobs all over the country. 

But yanno......Alberta. Its the center of the fucking universe and all that. 

The Leap Manifesto is simply a working document that lays out what we actually need to do to survive. 

Alberta's short term oil sales over the survival of Humanity. Geeze. I know what side I am on. 

"They are naive, they are ill-informed, and they are tone-deaf."

Holy shit what condescending projectionist bullshit. 

 

 

Did anyone think the cable companies were gonna play fair?

Last year, there was an announcement to great hoopla from the CRTC that they had mandated "skinny" cable packages for Canadian consumers.

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A cable company employee explaining their new packages......

Here in Canada we pay a lot of money every month for things like Cell phones, Internet and cable tee vee, more than many other countries as a matter of fact.

Could be the fact that everything is controlled by VERY few companies, and competition is highly discouraged. If by saying discouraged, you mean squashed like a bug.

Anyway, as many of us predicted, the skinny basic packages look rather amusing? I looked this morning simply because the article on CBC gave me such a great chuckle? And a groan.

Eastlink, the company I pay my pound of flesh to every month has a new "entry level" package, it includes three pay per view channels, (um. ya. I know!, you pay, and then pay AGAIN to watch em) Their own channel where they sell ads usually along with the channel guides, and a lot of french only channels. SEVEN!
In BC. Oh hell ya. You have to know that is a massive smack upside the head from the Cable companies.
In all there are only about 5 channels, that have actual content that we can understand.

The BC legislature channel is part of this package, the BC Legislature channel used to be on the air for about an hour a month it seems, since the BC legislature doesn't actually meet too often between golf games and dinners with companies that want to do biz with Christie Clark and her merry band 'o' corporate lackeys.

Yes, the cable companies are not going to play fair or nice. They give no fucks really.

The CRTC has received 600 complaints since March first with the new mandate. Now, what is their response?
Wait for it........

Despite receiving hundreds of complaints , spokeswoman Valladao says the CRTC is taking a wait-and-see approach while it monitors the situation.

And for those cable customers not happy with the new packages? Valladao advises them to seek out something better.

"We encourage Canadians if they're not satisfied to shop around, to try to negotiate a deal," she said.

That is in itself an amazingly dense and horrifically uninformed comment....NEGOTIATE with the cable companies. The same ones that crush small start ups, and consolidate on a regular basis so there are like 4 in the whole country now? In the boonies, we have two companies that provide tee vee/internet/phone services, and they are two of the behemoths. Do you really think they will negotiate anything?

Here in the batcave, we had the tee vee cut off three years back and went to a package deal a year or so back on the internet and phone. Yup, there are still a hell of a lot of adding ons and we somehow lost a lot before the data cap kicks in.

The only way for the companies to listen, will be to totally cut off the cable tee vee, if enough of us did that, it may persuade. Or, it may just allow them to jack up the fees on the other items so they can recoup their "losses".
Since no one is actually in charge of this stuff, as the CRTC is asleep in time in 1990, this will only get more expensive.

"We encourage Canadians if they're not satisfied to shop around, to try to negotiate a deal,"

Um. Ya. I have a set of rabbit ears. It gives me three channels I can actually watch for free, which is way better than the 25 dollar pack offered by Eastlink.
The cable companies are having a good giggle about this.
Consumers will simply have to keep bending over, or go without.

Thanks CRTC! Go back to your Parker Lewis Can't Lose episodes. Parker also thought nothing was impossible! He wasn't dealing with Canadian cable companies.

A pledge of allegiance to Mein Trump.....

Scary shite be happening south o' the' border.

We watch it like a trainwreck, or a reality tee vee show here in the great white north.

This however, is bizarre and weird. The visuals are kinda chilling:

I have a secret wish that this is all a huge joke being perpetrated on the people of the US, and that those who are supporting Drumph will have some sort of reckoning when they realize the joke is on them.....
But then reality sets in; I know people are just this racist, self involved and willing to follow evil.

The rabbit hole.

Hell's bells! We is back on the air.

First off, someone got into the databases for ACR here, and deleted some stuff. Yup. That hole has hopefully been plugged. Its an odd thing because there are several sites running under one account and this was the only one they decided to delete.

The backup that finally worked was from 2014, so the rest is poof for the moment. But, hey. You cannot kill an idea anyway. ACR is all made up of ideas with supporting data and facts. :)

And swearing.

It took a while longer to get back up because my bad streak with ACR was indeed part of three bad things. This was actually the least of my problems. It is insignificant compared to the other stuff that has happened.

My Mika, my pretty gurl, friend, confidant, and wearer of silly hats, passed away. Mika was sick for about a week, and left us on December 29, 2015. It is impossible to express how hard it has been for all of us here in the Batcave. She leaves behind four kids who thought she was always going to be here to meet and greet us, offer solace, and be our rock.

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It is a hole that cannot be filled. The cat is also bereft beyond imagining.

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Kinda guilty. Always cute. :)
But, I am not done yet.

My Father passed on January the 2, 2016.
It was always complicated for both of us. So many things happened over the course of our relationship. I spoke to him last on Boxing day, and when it got entirely too sad, he told me he and my stepmom would come see us all this summer. I totally got that it was bullshit, but it seemed so fitting and so......Dad. Bs'ing until the very end, if only to make me feel a little better.
I will always remember that last time we talked with a smile as well as some tears.

His cancer was advancing very fast, and he went to sleep soon after for a few days and then he was gone.

So. Back on the air. Back on the internetz. The swearing shall resume shortly.

I wish my Mika was under my desk gently snoring.
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Itteh Bitteh wishes it was so too.

Canadian Progressives Aggregator....New home....!!!

So, every spring, the flowers start to bloom, the grass grows, the trees bud, and the host for the Canadian progressives Aggregator demands a massive sum of money to host us. (to me its massive, I'm thrift girl.)

This year, we had a whole swath of amazing contributions from the usual suspects, and some new ones! to allow me to pay the massive sum of money for the hosting.

But yanno.....When they also demanded a completely out of whack exchange rate for the Canadian dollars I have to offer, I said.....Naaaaaaaaaaaah. pale no play dat!

So after some investimagation ™, I found hosting at a much more reasonable rate, that is also pretty reliable.
We are now good to go for three years, instead of one year. There will be no shows in the barn to raise funds, and no one will have to sell a kidney. YAY! Crowdfunding in ACTION!

Thanks to all those who added to the pot to make this possible. You know who you are and will be getting a pvt mail as well.

Rock on! Stop HARPER!

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