Category Archives: Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with disabilities on the Senate floor in a wheelchair

US Senate Blocks Disability Treaty

Republicans block treaty citing abortion and home schooling as issues, despite veteran Bob Dole on floor

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with disabilities on the Senate floor in a wheelchair

Live Leak- Republican Senators on Tuesday voted to block a United Nations treaty that would have helped to protect disabled Americans — including veterans — while they are in foreign countries.

Thirty-eight Republicans voted no, giving them five votes more than necessary to defeat the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty, 61 to 38.  Continue reading

Bob Dylan, Missoula MT (photo Ann Althouse Flickr Creative Commons)

Bob Dylan updates his Facebook page – a first

The Times Really Are A Changin’ when Bob Dylan is talking directly to us on Facebook

Bob Dylan, Missoula MT (photo Ann Althouse Flickr Creative Commons)

“Here’s pretty close to what I said last night in Madison,” Bob Dylan wrote on his Facebook page.

“I said from the stage that we had to play better than good tonight, that the president was here today and he’s a hard act to follow.”

“Also, that we’re not fooled by the media and we think it’s going to be a landslide. That’s pretty much all of it. – Bob Dylan”

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Melissa MacEachern, former PEI Deputy Minister of Tourism in alleged conflict of interest over contracts (photo - CBC)

PEI Opposition calls for AG investigation of troubled Tourism Department

Contracts worth $4.2 million were handled improperly and the Deputy is tied to a rumored police investigation

Melissa MacEachern, former PEI Deputy Minister of Tourism in alleged conflict of interest over contracts (photo – CBC)

Updated 8 PM -Opposition Leader, Olive Crane has asked the Auditor Genera to make public all copies of contracts and letters involving the PEI government and the Tourism Research Centre, to determine if the former Deputy Minister of Tourism Melissa MacEachern was in conflict of interest.

“The Auditor General confirmed Tuesday that the former Deputy had signed many of the $4.2 million in contracts that had violated treasury board policies and the Financial Administration Act. Some of these saw large amounts of money paid up front without the work having been started and in some cases, not completed. Some of those contracts were verbal, some did not have the required signatures and many of the invoices for cheques had no explanation for the money paid out.”  Continue reading

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Bing will have to work harder to beat Google

Windows 8 comes embedded with Internet Explorer 10 with the Bing search engine

Bing search for former Nova Scotia Premier G.I. Smith draws a blank

This is my second day of using Windows 8 all the time for work.

Today the thing that sticks in my craw is how bad Bing is at finding topics.

Google beats Bing as a search engine no matter how bullish I feel towards Microsoft and Windows 8.  Continue reading

Yahoo and Microsoft selling data to political parties

Microsoft and Yahoo Are Selling Politicians Access to You

Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads

Yahoo and Microsoft selling data to political parties

by Lois Beckett ProPublica – Yahoo and Microsoft are using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services.

The Web giants provide users no notification that their information is being used for political targeting.  Continue reading

Sean-Hennessey

Is UPEI professor Sean Hennessey being charged by RCMP?

Charges of fraud and income tax evasion expected this week against professor with connections to PEI Department Tourism

UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey, working for Tourism Research Centre at UPEI or himself?

Mild ripples of scandal permeated the spring 2011 Legislature sitting when MLA Jim Bagnall went public with fraud allegations against Sean Hennessey, a UPEI business professor.

RCMP have not confirmed this week that charges will be laid against Mr. Hennessey, after a year-long investigation. After the allegations were made in the Legislature, Dr. Roberta MacDonald who held the UPEI Dean of Business position since 2002 stepped down. MacDonald is Hennessey’s wife.

Former UPEI President Wade McLaughlin was criticized at the time for not investigating and disciplining Hennessey before his retirement in June 2011.

Several sources have told NJN the RCMP are getting ready to move on Hennessey.  Continue reading

Premier Ghiz of PEI worried about EI changes that affect 78% of Islanders (Photo CBC News)

EI Reform and the Folly of PEI

PEI Premier Ghiz let $500 million in development money slip away with no industrial development

Premier Ghiz of PEI worried about EI changes that affect 78% of Islanders (Photo CBC News)

Did Premier Ghiz see the shifting sands of Canada coming to hit him with the triple threat of reduction in Employment Insurance benefits, Federal transfer payments and massive layoffs of public servants?

If he had, perhaps some of the $500 million PNP money would have been spent on industrial development and not buying luxury homes and cars, propping up bankrupt businesses and essentially squandered on anything that had a pulse with a partisan connection.  Continue reading