Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Russ Aegard, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Monday, September 24, 2007

Russ Aegard is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Scottish university to introduce comic studies degree

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

In the Central Lowlands of Scotland, the University of Dundee is to become the first university in the United Kingdom to provide degrees in comic studies. The university has said that courses for its comic studies subject within the English section will commence in September 2011.

The city of Dundee is known to be the headquarters for D. C. Thomson & Co., a publishing company whose works include various comic books, such as The Beano, The Broons, The Dandy and Oor Wullie. Dr. Chris Murray, a leading British authority on comic books, will be leading the comic studies programme. “This is a very exciting time for comics scholarship, and I am delighted to be able to offer this postgraduate course on comics,” he explained. “This is a unique opportunity to give this important medium the attention it deserves, and to allow those with an interest in comics to study it in detail.”

Those organising courses for the degree believe that comic books now appeal to adults as well as children due to their impact in the areas of politics, art and literature, as well as aspects of popular culture. Amongst the program will be the examinations of comics of an autobiographical nature and similarities with the culture of comic books on an international scale. Students who complete the Master of Letters learning program — running either full-time for a year and two-years if done part-time — will be eligible for a Doctor of Philosophy in comic studies.

Dr. Murray has also noted: “Employability is an important consideration for any postgraduate programme, and it lies at the heart of what we aim to do with this course. There will be practical advice on publishing and developing a career as a comics scholar, writer or artist, and we hope to arrange work placements for students. Comics and graphic novels are becoming an increasingly important form of literature, art and field of study, and it is our intention that our graduates are at the forefront either as researchers, writers, artists or filling other roles within the industry.”

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Considerations To Make Before Having Cosmetic Surgery

Submitted by: A. Nutt

Cosmetic surgery is growing in popularity. As more and more procedures are becoming available, many with a much lower cost than previously found, people are running to surgery centers to go under the knife in an attempt to attain the beauty they desire. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, you need to make some careful considerations before deciding to go for it.

Consider Your Motivation

The first thing you need to consider when looking at cosmetic surgery is your motivation. What is it that you want to accomplish from the surgery? Are you doing it for yourself, or someone else? Do you think that having cosmetic surgery will improve your life in some way? Remember, there are serious risks to any type of surgery, so you need to understand exactly why you want to have the procedure.

Remember, there may be other, less invasive ways to improve your appearance. Many people turn to cosmetic surgery to change their body shape. Sometimes a change in wardrobe of lifestyle is all that is necessary to make improve someone s appearance. This is far less risky and far more affordable option. On the other hand, you may be dealing with scars or excess skin after weight loss. In this case surgery may be your only option for dealing with your cosmetic issue.

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Understand the Risks Involved

Cosmetic surgery is sometimes seen as surgery that carries little risk. Some cosmetic procedures are relatively low risk, but any time you go under anesthetic and the surgeon s knife, there are risks involved. One risk is the risk of infection and blood loss. This can cause unexpected, sometimes life-threatening complications. Of course, this is rare, but it is a risk.

A far more realistic risk is that the surgery will not turn out as you expected. Cosmetic surgery can greatly improve your appearance, but it is a surgery and will leave scars. It cannot give you the body of a celebrity, no matter how skilled the physician is. Sometimes the surgery results are very different than you expected, and this can be discouraging after you have spent so much money on the procedure.

Have Realistic Expectations

You can avoid the risk of a poor result by having realistic expectations about your surgery. Talk to your doctor about exactly what you can expect to see after the surgery. Be sure you look at before and after pictures of the procedure you are considering. This will help you to see exactly what the results look like on real people.

Keep in mind that your results may not be immediate. Often the surgery will cause swelling and bruising. When you look in the mirror after the surgery, you may not like what you see. However, several weeks after the surgery, the swelling and bruising will be gone, and you will be able to see the results.

Learn How Long It Will Last

As you talk to your doctor and make the considerations necessary before having cosmetic surgery, make sure that you understand that not all procedures provide permanent results. Your body will continue to age, in spite of the procedure you have had done. Gravity can pull implants out of space, sun exposure can bring age spots back, and poor eating habits will pack on the pounds again. Find out how long you can expect the results to last, and learn what you will need to do to keep your body in its new shape longer after having cosmetic surgery.

If after making the necessary decisions, you have chosen to have cosmetic surgery, make sure that you choose your doctor carefully. Choose a skilled surgeon with a good reputation for the procedure you have chosen. This is not the time to go with the most affordable option. Cosmetic surgery can greatly improve your appearance and, in some cases, quality of life, but you need a skilled doctor to ensure the best possible result.

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Canada’s Don Valley East (Ward 33) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley East (Ward 33). One candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Zane Caplan, Shelley Carroll (incumbent), Jim Conlon, Sarah Tsang-Fahey, and Anderson Tung.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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Harvard’s Berkman Center blog group develops blogging tutorials

Sunday, March 27, 2005

A discussion group about weblogs, or blogs for short, that meets at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society last week began releasing video tutorials about how to blog using various web and software tools.

Harvard University‘s Berkman Center hosts the blogging discussion group, which has met weekly for the past two years.

After months of discussion and collaboration on the new tutorials, at Friday’s evening meeting presenters showed off some of their early video tutorials, which stream recorded audio, and previously-captured video of a computer screen, along with simultaneous live audio from a microphone.

Participants learned how similar tutorials can be constructed using free software tools such as CamStudio. Audio of the session was made available on the World Wide Web.

Shimon Rura, a local software developer, presented a recent screen-capture + voiceover flash file he had made, demonstrating how to use a bookmarklet in the Frassle blogging package. Other participants discussed video demonstrations of how to podcast, and how to use specific blogging tools such as WordPress.

There was also disussion of a recent initiative to set up a Blogging101 site for distributing and translating these instructional materials. Rebecca MacKinnon, a noted blogger and Berkman Fellow, spoke about the BloggerCorps initiative to connect non-profits who want broader exposure with local blogging enthusiasts.

The meeting was held inside the main conference room in the Berkman Center’s Cambridge offices on Massachusetts Avenue.

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Saturn moon Enceladus may have salty ocean

Thursday, June 23, 2011

NASA’s Cassini–Huygens spacecraft has discovered evidence for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The data came from the spacecraft’s direct analysis of salt-rich ice grains close to the jets ejected from the moon. The study has been published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature.

Data from Cassini’s cosmic dust analyzer show the grains expelled from fissures, known as tiger stripes, are relatively small and usually low in salt far away from the moon. Closer to the moon’s surface, Cassini found that relatively large grains rich with sodium and potassium dominate the plumes. The salt-rich particles have an “ocean-like” composition and indicate that most, if not all, of the expelled ice and water vapor comes from the evaporation of liquid salt-water. When water freezes, the salt is squeezed out, leaving pure water ice behind.

Cassini’s ultraviolet imaging spectrograph also recently obtained complementary results that support the presence of a subsurface ocean. A team of Cassini researchers led by Candice Hansen of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, measured gas shooting out of distinct jets originating in the moon’s south polar region at five to eight times the speed of sound, several times faster than previously measured. These observations of distinct jets, from a 2010 flyby, are consistent with results showing a difference in composition of ice grains close to the moon’s surface and those that made it out to the E ring, the outermost ring that gets its material primarily from Enceladean jets. If the plumes emanated from ice, they should have very little salt in them.

“There currently is no plausible way to produce a steady outflow of salt-rich grains from solid ice across all the tiger stripes other than salt water under Enceladus’s icy surface,” said Frank Postberg, a Cassini team scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

The data suggests a layer of water between the moon’s rocky core and its icy mantle, possibly as deep as about 50 miles (80 kilometers) beneath the surface. As this water washes against the rocks, it dissolves salt compounds and rises through fractures in the overlying ice to form reserves nearer the surface. If the outermost layer cracks open, the decrease in pressure from these reserves to space causes a plume to shoot out. Roughly 400 pounds (200 kilograms) of water vapor is lost every second in the plumes, with smaller amounts being lost as ice grains. The team calculates the water reserves must have large evaporating surfaces, or they would freeze easily and stop the plumes.

“We imagine that between the ice and the ice core there is an ocean of depth and this is somehow connected to the surface reservoir,” added Postberg.

The Cassini mission discovered Enceladus’ water-vapor and ice jets in 2005. In 2009, scientists working with the cosmic dust analyzer examined some sodium salts found in ice grains of Saturn’s E ring but the link to subsurface salt water was not definitive. The new paper analyzes three Enceladus flybys in 2008 and 2009 with the same instrument, focusing on the composition of freshly ejected plume grains. In 2008, Cassini discovered a high “density of volatile gases, water vapor, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, as well as organic materials, some 20 times denser than expected” in geysers erupting from the moon. The icy particles hit the detector target at speeds between 15,000 and 39,000 MPH (23,000 and 63,000 KPH), vaporizing instantly. Electrical fields inside the cosmic dust analyzer separated the various constituents of the impact cloud.

“Enceladus has got warmth, water and organic chemicals, some of the essential building blocks needed for life,” said Dennis Matson in 2008, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“This finding is a crucial new piece of evidence showing that environmental conditions favorable to the emergence of life can be sustained on icy bodies orbiting gas giant planets,” said Nicolas Altobelli, the European Space Agency’s project scientist for Cassini.

“If there is water in such an unexpected place, it leaves possibility for the rest of the universe,” said Postberg.

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The Juice Cleanse Diet: The New Trend In Health And Fitness

By Ryan Paulin

The New Year brings new and exciting opportunities, and of course it brings resolutions. One of the most common of these is weight loss. People have a renewed interest in their bodies and health after all of the holiday bustle is over. One way to get rid of all that has been put into your body over the holidays and start fresh is with weight loss cleansing diets. And of these, one of the most popular is the juice cleanse.

A cleanse diet is a short-term method of taking in only certain foods or drinks that will help your body clear itself of all of the toxins and other harmful things that it has taken in through ingestion and even air. Weight loss is often another major part of most of these diets because the materials that you substitute your normal diet for are often very healthy and very low in calories. There are many different types of weight loss cleansing diets out there for people, so the right one can always be found to have the best results for you.

One of the most popular of these new cleansing diets out there is the juice cleanse diet. This diet is popular because it is a diet that tastes great and clears your body of all the toxins that you have been exposed to. And, it helps you to lose weight as well. The best part about it is that it is very short term as well, so you don’t even have to stay on it that long to experience the cleansing effects of it.

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All you have to do with this popular cleansing diet is replace your current diet with fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 3 to 10 days. The only requirement is that the juice has to be fresh and organic, with no additives at all. There are many different juice recipes and types of juices you can use. You can squeeze your own juice or you can buy natural juices from your local grocery or health food store.

The only downfall of the diet is that you will have to take a fiber supplement for the period of the diet and you will have to ease off of it lightly. This diet gives you energy and helps you lose weight. You can even modify this particular diet to aid your complexion as well. You can modify the diet for types of juices that you like to get the most nutrients.

If you want a quick, easy cleansing diet to take part in, then the juice cleanse is a great way to do this. You will enjoy the diet and it will actually have the great cleansing and weight loss effects that you want. You can go through the cleanse in a short amount of time and even alter it to fit your tastes and your needs. If you want to improve your collection ,then you can even do that with the new juice cleanse that is storming the health scene.

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Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.

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Blizzard Entertainment’s victory over bnetd sealed in Appeals Court

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Blizzard Entertainment has won a federal ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals against the programmers of bnetd, a software package that emulates Blizzard’s Battle.net service. The court reaffirmed the original judgement, given in October, that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and click-through EULA’s prohibited the reverse engineering of Blizzard’s software in order to improve their playability. This was the first real test of the DMCA’s applicability.

Bnetd, released under the GNU General Public License, was created to enable users to play multiplayer games, bypassing Blizzard’s freely accessible Battle.net servers, which have sometimes been unreliable or slow for gamers. The software also disabled the CD-Key check which is present in Battle.net to prevent users of pirated copies from being able to connect to Blizzard’s servers. Offers by bnetd developers to incorporate Blizzard’s CD-Check system were declined.

The CD-Check system itself has faced controversy, with some users complaining it borders on breaching privacy in the same way as adware and other malevolent software. This is not confined to Blizzard: controversy occurred when Sony Online Entertainment’s EverQuest had a similar system which was later disabled due to complaints. Other games designed for network play are also known to have similar systems in place, the most prominent perhaps being Valve Software’s Steam system developed for Half-Life 2.

Blizzard has produced many popular titles such as Starcraft, World of Warcraft and the Diablo series.

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