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Further to that story about China Looking For Aliens

8,000 people were displaced from their homes to make room for a new ET seeking dish in China. Given China’s track record with forcibly removing people for the Beijing Olympics, one can only wonder about the reliability of official reports saying the common people will be justly compensated.

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I’m trying out a new web browser extension that allows you to highlight text and then post a link to the highlight. So hopefully the above link will take you right to the highlighted material in the original story. Here’s the original tweet:


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Trump / Clinton Debate – The Optics of Optics

tc-opticsWas it just me or was Clinton’s head larger than Trump’s on the CNN cameras? It almost seemed as if CNN corrected the difference in subsequent internet stories about the debate, making the two candidates’ heads look the same size, with the background text all nicely lined up.

But in the actual televised debate, I’m not so sure.

Take a look at the above screenshot from a post-debate CNN stream, in which various commentators talk about and show clips from the debate.

Hillary’s circle is clearly larger than Donald’s.

Is this fair? Or was it a case of subtly making Trump look “alone at the microphone” as Neil Young once put it.

Again, I can’t say for certain but at the beginning, especially, I felt that Clinton’s head was bigger. There were times when she loomed large on the TV screen while Trump seemed to hang like a lonely puppet dangling from strings.

CNN commentators analyzed every detail… except for this—surprising, considering how sharp those folks usually are.

What do you think? Was Hillary’s head bigger on screen? Or did they balance out over time?


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Obama is a great speaker and mythmaker but…

Tower of Freedom Underground Railroad Monument on June 17, 2016 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

US President Obama is a great speaker and mythmaker but I think a little mention of Canada’s role in the emancipation of black people would have been appropriate today at the Smithsonian. Obama and many Americans love to paint this myth that the USA is unique and “the greatest.” Some Americans say this so many times that sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to convince themselves. I mean, if you are really secure about something you don’t have to continually brag, do you?

Aside from that, it was a great speech today. I think Obama would have made a superlative first President of the World. But we’re not there yet. And with American exclusivism, it clearly will take some kind of shakeup before most Americans come on board with that idea. I suppose the same could be said for Canadians and for people of many other countries. Each for our own reasons, we remain an assortment of separate states, provinces, territories and jurisdictions.

A quick look at history, however, tells a different story. For the most part, countries are becoming larger, geographically speaking. Is it only a matter of time before we have a centralized government for Planet Earth? I think so. But as I said, we’re not quite there yet.

—MC, Toronto 9/24/16


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Fluoride and sketchy science – Dental chemical in drinking water may have serious negative side effects

Many so-called developed countries make the choice for us. We drink fluoride in our tap water whether we like it or not. The scientific evidence of any benefit is sketchy at best, junk science at worst. Also, there are possible long term negative effects due to drinking fluoride every day, all our lives. Read more:

And a slightly more media friendly article:

If you think that buying bottled water will save solve the problem, think again. Many companies around the world have been called out for merely rebranding or for selling water that is less safe than tap water.

So what can we do? Big Brother and more recently Big Sister might have been putting our health at risk based on scientific claims that even a high school student should be able to recognize as invalid.


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Hey Hillary: From Us ‘Deplorables’

I live in Canada and watch the US electoral hype with a sense of bemusement. Sometimes it seems that the endless commentary at CNN is mostly about media personalities jockeying to advance their careers and, of course, more advertising revenues for CNN. But I also know it’s not quite that simple. The guy who does that amazing podcast at Spotify about the Romans likens the USA to the Roman Empire. In some ways I agree with him. Both fun to study. —MC

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Is Psychiatry Overdoing It With The Diagnoses?

MRT scan of human head

MRT scan of human head (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I go through tons and tons of news stories every day and, not being a computer, cannot read each one fully. I admittedly scan a lot of stuff, looking for good content and also to avoid contentious material that might unduly offend readers or go too far against my own standards.

Back in high school we were taught that speed reading and skimming would be an increasingly important skill as we entered the “new information age.” This was the late 70s, early 80s. And boy oh boy, were they ever right!

So here are two articles that I skimmed earlier today. They differ from extreme anti-psychiatry polemics because they are not anti-psychiatry, but rather, written by someone who was in medical school and yet can still think for themselves (his or her gender is not specified at the web site).

I think anyone who blindly accepts all the latest psychiatric labels should have a quick scan too.


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We tweet! And have been doing it since 2008!

Baby Bird 08 by Jayme Frye

Baby Bird 08 by Jayme Frye via Flickr

Updates for all things earthpages.org and earthpages.ca at Twitter!

Also, I recently rediscovered a whole bunch of alternative and progressive news categories that I formerly used back in the ill-fated days of RSS. And today I added even more.

Every morning the best stories around the web are hand-picked—sometimes in the evening too. So check out our Twitter account. The feed at right only shows the latest 4 or 5 stories. There are TONS more!

MC