2 CHILE HIT BY THREE AFTERSHOCKS The country is in shambles after an Armageddon-class 8.8 magnitude earthquake smote it on Saturday. Sounds like there’s been a wise decision to recognize the difference between looters and quake victims just trying to find urgently-needed provisions, so that’s good. Our thoughts go to the nation’s people. Read more by clicking on this link. (New York Times)
3 ROGUE OVER The Olympics are done and parliament is back Wednesday for the throne speech. There’s a lot to talk about. One really ominous quote in that Toronto Star article is from Ralph Goodale. who says the Conservatives “”want to cripple the fiscal framework. That is a deliberate strategy.” Well, he’s a politician playing politics but he’s also 100 per cent right. Taxes have been cut to a level that doesn’t support spending. It’s called a structural deficit–and the nice thing about structural deficits for government-hating politicians is they give you an excuse to trash spending. bad bad bad stuff. One thing that’s different from a few months ago: it’s not likely we’ll have an election anytime soon. (Toronto Star)
4 SASK GOVERNMENT REACHES TENTATIVE DEAL WITH GOVERNMENT WORKER’S UNION Well, good! (Leader-Post)
5 EBERT SPEAKS?!? Apparently some software wizards have built a program that will let Roger Ebert “talk”using a “voice” rebuilt from samples of his own, pre-cancer surgery voice. I love this! This is news from a world I actually want to live in. (Associated Press/CBC)
6 MEANWHILE IN U.S. HEALTH CARE Wondering where that’s all at? Here’s a ginormous article you can read. I got three graphs in myself, I’ll have to come back to it later. Dudes! I’m busy here! (TPM)
FOOTNOTE: This Six In The Morning was written while I was blowing out my ears with the New Pornographers. The superstar mostly-Canadian band (prominent players are Carl Newman, Dan Bejar and honourary Canadian Neko Case) has a new disc coming out this spring, too. Yeehaw!
Your daily Dog Blog a.m. news round up. Today’s episode is brought to you by the letters J, X and the number seven.
1 WE WERE JUST SAYING, YOU GUYS After 55 EA contracts were not renewed, there were reports that Saskatchewan’s government was planning massive cuts to educational assistant jobs–from over 3,000 to around 800. Nope, says Minister Ken Krawetz. Just the regular government doing its job and exploring options thing. (CBC)
2 THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR TEAM AND THEIR TEAM When UN climate experts make mistakes there’s an independent review. When climate liars get facts wrong and take money from oil-funded think tanks, uhhh, wait. Does anything happen to them? (Guardian)
3 MEANWHILE IN CANADA Maxime Bernier, who you may remember as the the guy who leaves secret documents at his biker-moll girlfriend’s house, says climate change worries are over-rated (Globe And Mail). A (translated) quote from the letter Bernier sent to La Presse newspaper: “It would certainly be irresponsible to spend billions of dollars and impose exaggeratedly severe regulations to solve a problem whose gravity we’re still far from discerning.” This is of course factually wrong (Guardian) and I can’t see how he’s not either 1.) an idiot and a dangerous fool or 2.) a sleazy, lying energy industry stooge. But anyway. He’s way off message here. But the Tory bloggers apparently love him for saying this. And that means trouble for Stephen Harper. (Globe And Mail)