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Rob Ford takes leave as new drug video emerges – The Globe and Mail

“A second video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what has been described as crack-cocaine by a self-professed drug dealer was secretly filmed in his sister’s basement early Saturday morning.”

Mayor Rob Ford 'ready to take a break'

After being caught in an audio recording saying he’d “like to fucking jam” Karen Stintz.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams held over Jean McConville murder

Ottawa man named ‘Popadick’ arrested for indecent exposure

Headline of the day. Thanks y!

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced

“John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga”

Wages for Facebook

Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering thinks so…

Ray Kurzweil is at Google?! And working on “a Manhattan project of AI”. Is that supposed to sound good? It sounds scary.

Why Are Native People Who Use Community Clinics In Toronto Dying by Age 37?

Rob from Etobicoke, the drug-dealing camp counsellor from the 80s?

Entertaining yet vague Rob Ford rumour of the week. (via)

Report: Google to end forced G+ integration, drastically cut division resources

Good riddance.

It’s Adventure Time

“The bizarre magic of the world’s greatest kid’s—is it for kids?—television show.” I shoulda linked to this when it was first published, but I just finished reading it now.

CRTC announces public hearing on the future of the Canadian television system

On the table are a bunch of measures that could potentially shake up the system here: a mandated slimmed-down basic cable package, pick-and-play for all non-basic channels, and – most dangerous to the current business model – the elimination of simultaneous substitution.

HBO will stream its shows to cord cutters for the first time on Amazon Instant Video

Old shows (nothing newer than three years old, it seems), but it’s a step.

Interview: Martin Blaser, Author Of 'Missing Microbes'

Damn crazy gut flora at it again. Not only antibiotics but also c-sections could be to blame for a host of issues:

Since World War II, we’ve seen big rises in a number of diseases: asthma, allergies, food allergies, wheat allergy, juvenile diabetes, obesity. … These are all diseases that have gone up dramatically in the last 50 or 70 years. One of the questions is: Why are they going up? Are they going up for 10 different reasons, or perhaps there is one reason that is fueling all of them.


Joss Whedon wrote and exec produced this film that has gone right from Tribeca to Vimeo On Demand. Doesn’t sound that great though? Joss is dropping the ball lately.

The Dadliest Decade

“Why were the nineties so preoccupied with fatherhood?” – via


“What does it mean to capture a multi-millennial lifespan in 1/60th of a second? Or for that matter, to be an organism in my 30s bearing witness to organisms that precede human history and will hopefully survive us well into future generations?”

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

Canada now has the world’s highest median income?! Sure doesn’t feel like that.

The Party of Trudeau, the Party of Vaughan

Great look at Adam Vaughan, following the fascinating news that he will run for the federal Liberals in the seat Olivia Chow vacated to run for mayor of Toronto.

Interactive Game of Thrones Map with Spoilers Control

This is quite a piece of work. (thanks Karim)

Vinyl's great, but it's not better than CDs

Science blasphemes again.

Why America's favorite anarchist thinks most American workers are slaves

There’s a pretty good news segment on the guaranteed basic income hidden below the sensationalist headline.

America’s Urban Future

More on the return to cities

U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis

Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay

More evidence for “the great inversion” mentioned in the previous link.