Big Brother Is Here: Facebook Reveals Its Master Plan – Control All News Flow

Is this the next step in Net Neutrality non-compliance? Is it finally time to dump Facebook, for good? -LW


In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.

And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.

From the New York Times article: Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content

 

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Tsunami warning issued for parts of Pacific after earthquake

Light Worker 29501:

Will this be an active year for tropical storms? It seems the Pacific is getting ready…

Originally posted on Global News:

SYDNEY — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning for vast swathes of the Pacific and as far north as Russia.

The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves could hit coasts located within 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of Kokopo, with waves between 1 to 3 meters (3 to 10 feet) possible for Papua New Guinea.

Farther afield, tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters (1 foot) could hit other Pacific island nations, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Antarctica later Monday, the tsunami warning center said. The Japan…

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Heave Steve – Prince Albert Riding 2015

Local musicians, including NDP Candidate Lon Borgerson, join in to create the Heave Steve video, created in the Federal riding of Prince Albert – March 2015.

 

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It’s time for me to hang out the sign, Gone Fishin’, from ~Jean

Light Worker 29501:

A lot of us feel the same way, Jean. My blog has morphed a couple of times since 2012. Take comfort in knowing that this is part of the Pluto/Uranus square in Capricorn, which just completed its three-year transit two weeks ago. It’s finally time to start rebuilding…

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

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For longer than I like to recall, I have been looking for a way to continue my blog, but I have not found one. I kept hoping that come mid-April the situation would change and I could proceed in a different, more positive direction, but I have just realized in the last couple days that is not going to happen. What I do see is that my blog is no longer serving the purpose I originally had in mind, because it is no longer a record of discovery, but, instead, has simply become a record of the sick, totally insane demise of the cabal and their deadly, brutal struggle to inflict as much damage as possible on humanity while on their way out the door.

I have always felt everything was about the money, and it has now become very clear to me that the collapse of the financial system is…

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Overview: How Seeing the Earth from Space Affects Astronauts

I’ve read that once astronauts escape the pull of gravity, they experience a real expansion of consciousness. This is an impressive short film, -LW


On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

 

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​China to invest $15bn in Ukraine housing

So, who are the good guys and the bad guys in the whole Ukraine saga? -LW


RIA Novosti / Alexandr Kryazhev

China is going to provide Ukraine with $15 billion in loans over 15 years to support construction of affordable housing, said Ukraine’s Ministry of Regional Development. The interest rate will be minimal and the loan could be extended.

“The Chinese CITIC Construction Co., Ltd is ready to invest $15 billion in Ukraine’s construction market, which will help solve the problem of affordable housing in the country…” the ministry said Thursday in a statement.

The project is aimed at meeting the country’s public housing policy, of forming a social housing fund and building affordable homes and improving the infrastructure.

Ukraine will implement a pilot $1 billion project to build affordable housing where CITIC will act as the general contractor.

READ MORE: Ukraine gets $8bn investment from China

Earlier in March head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Regional Development Gennady Zubko said the country was in talks with China over attracting investment to implement a program of renting real estate with an option of further acquisition. The amount of investment and the terms wasn’t specified.

Financial arrangements with China traditionally require the fulfillment of a number of conditions, such as involving a workforce and technology from China.

In spring 2011 Ukraine and the Export-Import Bank of China signed an agreement to build a high-speed railway line between Kiev and Borispol International Airport, as well as the $2 billion of infrastructure projects in the Kiev region. Construction hasn’t begun, as not all the terms of the financing have been agreed.

 

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WikiLeaks Exposes TPP Secrecy and Big Business Agenda

Our governments and the large corporations who corrupted them have been trying to keep the Trans-Pacific Partership (TPP) agreement a secret until four years after it is implemented, but the New York Time and WikiLeaks have joined forces to make it public. This trade deal has been dubbed, “NAFTA on steroids” and places corporate profits above the rights and welfare of people and their communities. It must exposed and destroyed. -LW


The New York Times reports: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations. …

“The chapter in the draft of the trade deal, dated Jan. 20, 2015, and obtained by The New York Times in collaboration with the group WikiLeaks, is certain to kindle opposition from both the political left and the right.”

WikiLeaks notes in the group’s analysis of the TPP investment chapter: “The document is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations.”

PATRICK WOODALL, pwoodall at fwwatch.org, @foodandwater
Research director and senior policy advocate for Food & Water Watch, Woodall said today:

“The leaked Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) investment provisions provide a new and powerful avenue for foreign corporations to attack commonsense public health, environmental and consumer safeguards. They are designed to provide special rights for corporations at the expense of the public interest, letting foreign companies demand financial compensation in response to federal, state and local laws and regulations they feel harm their investments.

“The TPP would empower companies from New Zealand, Australia and Japan with new rights to attack our federal and local laws. For example, one natural gas company has already challenged a fracking moratorium in the Canadian province of Quebec under NAFTA’s investment provisions. These corporate lawsuits have a chilling effect on communities that want to protect their citizenry but lack the resources to defend against a colossal corporate lawsuit, including the more than 250 localities (including New York state) that have banned or imposed moratoriums on fracking.

“The leaked investment text highlights the lack of TPP transparency. It includes a provision that keeps the investment chapter confidential until four years after the TPP goes into effect. If these special rights for corporate interests are so beneficial, why must it be classified?”

SEAN FLYNN, sflynn at wcl.american.edu
Flynn is associate director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the Washington College of Law at American University. He just wrote the piece “Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions,” which states:

“Today’s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership [PDF] agreement would give new rights to private companies to challenge limitations and exceptions to copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights inunaccountable international arbitration forums. The text contains the same provisions that are being used by Eli Lilly to challenge Canada’s invalidation of patent extensions for new uses of two medicines originally developed in the 1970s. The same language is also being used by Philip Morris to challenge Uruguay’s regulation of advertising on cigarette packages as an ‘expropriation’ of their trademarks. But the TPP language goes farther. It includes a new footnote, not previously released as part of any other investment chapter and not included in the U.S. model investment text — clarifying that private expropriation actions can be brought to challenge ‘the cancellation or nullification of such [intellectual property] rights,’ as well as ‘exceptions to such rights.’

“Instead of combating the ability to bring cases such as Eli Lilly’s, it invites them. Any time a national court — including in the U.S. — invalidates a wrongfully granted patent or other intellectual property right, the affected company could appeal that revocation to foreign arbitrators.”

ILANA SOLOMON, via Dan Byrnes, daniel.byrnes at sierraclub.org
Solomon is director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program. She said today:

“It is outrageous that we have to continue to rely on leaked texts to expose the details of this trade pact — and that every leak confirms the threats of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to clean air and water.

“If the Trans-Pacific Partnership locks in this flawed text, the trade deal would expand a system of investor privileges provided in NAFTA that threatens new safeguards on our air, water, and climate — from fracking moratoriums to carbon-pollution reductions to anything in between.

“Trade negotiators must release the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership so that the public and our policy makers can have a real conversation about its impacts on communities, our environment, and the climate. Members of Congress must be able to take a fine-toothed comb to trade deals and reject fast track, which would eliminate their ability to ensure that the rules of this and other trade deals actually put people before polluter profits.”

 

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