jim longo

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20 April 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Russia changes the rules of warfare, perfecting 'hybrid war'‎; 15:27:57, 20 Apr 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I think what many of the commenters miss here is the change in targets. Of course we know that the Cold War was full of proxy wars, but the major players never attacked each other. What we have in the last 2 years is the willingness of the Russian government to direct attacks openly against other superpowers. I don't think I need to point out the risks if this were to be escalated in kind. Especially in the field of cyber attacks. )

16 April 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Overseer of 'Russian Probe' Rod Rosenstein prepares to be fired by Trump‎; 16:28:19, 16 Apr 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> The link about Rosenstein "expressed acceptance . . ." links to an article which doesn't seem to have anything to do with this story https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/12/media/interview-don-graham-defends-zuckerberg-rejects-regulating-facebook/63143/ )

07 April 2018

• (view) . . Comment: jim longo‎; 20:39:30, 07 Apr 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> The perception is that whoever won the PC Convention was assured to be the next premier. The current Liberals have been in power for 15 years, they've survived a few scandals, but the current premier Kathleen Wynne is pretty unpopular, I think there's a feeling I think that the government is wasteful. The election of Ford didn't change the existing polling. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/grenier-ontario-poll-tracker-1.4603291 " According to the Poll Tracker, the Ontario PCs currently stand at 42.1 per cent support, putting them well ahead of their rivals. Kathleen Wynne's Liberals trail with 27.2 per cent, followed by the New Democrats at 23.4 per cent and the Greens at 5.7 per cent." The Parliamentary form of government all but assures that with those kind of numbers you're looking at a sizable Conservative majority. And of course most of the PC seats will be from outside Toronto which, hence the use of words like "elites" by a wealthy white guy. I think Ford is pretty determined to keep his mouth shut until the election is done, but his past slim political and otherwise slimy history does not leave anyone feeling very comfortable. The last PC government in Ontario (Mike Harris) was pretty destructive, feeling is we're possibly in for it again. All that to say that I'm not sure that the people of Ontario support him, Ontario is generally a slightly left of center locale, I suspect Trump would have an approval in the 20s here. It's Ford's election to lose, which is why he's dodging the press as much as possible. https://globalnews.ca/news/4124780/doug-ford-media-bus-campaign-trail/ )

03 April 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Tesla Inc. has a rocky road ahead‎; 15:24:41, 03 Apr 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Just a note on something to watch in Ontario. Coinciding with the launch of the Model 3, the automobile which was all along thought to be eligible for a government rebate (up to $14k on a car under $75k) is in limbo since the paperwork wasn't submitted to regulators in time. So all those people who are now being asked to configure their automobile for delivery are not sure if the rebate will be approved. This puts many in the position of not feeling very comfortable committing a large sum, not knowing of the eventual rebates being applied to the purchase. Tesla continues to state that they are "pretty confident" the rebates will be approved while at the same time making no commitments as to deposit refunds in the case where the rebates are not available. )

28 March 2018

27 March 2018

16:23:20, 27 Mar 2018 ( diff | hist). . jim longo (Updated → updated)
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• (view) . . Comment: jim longo‎; 16:20:08, 27 Mar 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Hi Charles, I think the biggest stories in my world at the moment are: 1. The imminent legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, due this summer. Although the Senate is intent on slowing things down a bit, it is coming very rapidly and most if not all provincial governments have plans in place regarding retailing, marketing, and consuming. These range from government monopolies in Ontario (just like Liquor retailing), or gov't wholesale/private retail in British Columbia, to public consumption in Alberta vs. only allowed in personal residences in Ontario. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_laws_of_Canada_by_province_or_territory There are many unknowns and public worries about things as diverse as penalties for sales to minors to 2nd hand smoke concerns in apartments and condos. This story also has relations to others, the most obvious being how this will affect Canada-US relations, border controls, and trade. Especially considering the current US federal stance on cannabis, the ongoing deliberations into NAFTA, and the general "reefer madness" fears amongst parts of the general population. There are also connections here to other countries in the hemisphere which have made halting half steps towards legalization, or decriminalization. 2. The other big story, although a bit more local, is how Doug Ford (brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford) managed, not without some controversial convention election shenanigans, to capture the leadership of the Ontario Provincial Conservative party. This puts him as odds on favorite to win the leadership in the upcoming election since the public seems tired after 15 years of liberal rule. Could be viewed as another Brexit, Trump, etc., reaction against the status quo . . . but there's probably plenty of those stories already. Thanks, and keep up the good work. Jim Longo )

21 March 2018

14:21:08, 21 Mar 2018 ( diff | hist). . List of key reforms of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General (Updated → formatting remove nested bullets in secs 3 and 4, to match section 1 and 2)

20 March 2018

16:38:44, 20 Mar 2018 ( diff | hist). . List of key reforms of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General (Updated → add to Drug War > Why it Matters)
• (view) . . Comment: List of key reforms of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General‎; 14:56:21, 20 Mar 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Sure I'll look at it. )
• (view) . . Comment: List of key reforms of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General‎; 14:45:01, 20 Mar 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Hi Charles, Could use a section to cover Sessions reversal of policy concerning states that are decriminalizing cannabis. AG who as a former supporter of "states rights" now declares that Federal Law should apply in those states. Some background here, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/opinion/jeff-sessionss-war-marijuana.html )

15 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Earlier: Diplomatic crisis sparked by nerve agent attack on former Russian spy‎; 14:04:55, 15 Mar 2018 . . jim longo (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I've seen the picture many times, Skripal being manhandled by "security forces". Do we know who those guards are working for? )

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  1. Hi Charles, I think the biggest stories in my world at the moment are:

    1. The imminent legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, due this summer. Although the Senate is intent on slowing things down a bit, it is coming very rapidly and most if not all provincial governments have plans in place regarding retailing, marketing, and consuming. These range from government monopolies in Ontario (just like Liquor retailing), or gov’t wholesale/private retail in British Columbia, to public consumption in Alberta vs. only allowed in personal residences in Ontario. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_laws_of_Canada_by_province_or_territory

    There are many unknowns and public worries about things as diverse as penalties for sales to minors to 2nd hand smoke concerns in apartments and condos.

    This story also has relations to others, the most obvious being how this will affect Canada-US relations, border controls, and trade. Especially considering the current US federal stance on cannabis, the ongoing deliberations into NAFTA, and the general “reefer madness” fears amongst parts of the general population.

    There are also connections here to other countries in the hemisphere which have made halting half steps towards legalization, or decriminalization.

    2. The other big story, although a bit more local, is how Doug Ford (brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford) managed, not without some controversial convention election shenanigans, to capture the leadership of the Ontario Provincial Conservative party. This puts him as odds on favorite to win the leadership in the upcoming election since the public seems tired after 15 years of liberal rule.

    Could be viewed as another Brexit, Trump, etc., reaction against the status quo . . . but there’s probably plenty of those stories already.

    Thanks, and keep up the good work.
    Jim Longo

    1. Hi Jim,

      I’ve been thinking about your suggestion regarding Doug Ford. Are there any public opinion studies on why people in Ontario support him?

      Perhaps WikiTribune could do a community piece on the rise of the ‘tells it how it is’ politician…

      1. The perception is that whoever won the PC Convention was assured to be the next premier.

        The current Liberals have been in power for 15 years, they’ve survived a few scandals, but the current premier Kathleen Wynne is pretty unpopular, I think there’s a feeling I think that the government is wasteful.

        The election of Ford didn’t change the existing polling.
        http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/grenier-ontario-poll-tracker-1.4603291
        ” According to the Poll Tracker, the Ontario PCs currently stand at 42.1 per cent support, putting them well ahead of their rivals. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals trail with 27.2 per cent, followed by the New Democrats at 23.4 per cent and the Greens at 5.7 per cent.”

        The Parliamentary form of government all but assures that with those kind of numbers you’re looking at a sizable Conservative majority. And of course most of the PC seats will be from outside Toronto which, hence the use of words like “elites” by a wealthy white guy.

        I think Ford is pretty determined to keep his mouth shut until the election is done, but his past slim political and otherwise slimy history does not leave anyone feeling very comfortable. The last PC government in Ontario (Mike Harris) was pretty destructive, feeling is we’re possibly in for it again.

        All that to say that I’m not sure that the people of Ontario support him, Ontario is generally a slightly left of center locale, I suspect Trump would have an approval in the 20s here.

        It’s Ford’s election to lose, which is why he’s dodging the press as much as possible. https://globalnews.ca/news/4124780/doug-ford-media-bus-campaign-trail/

  2. Hi Jim,

    Thank you for adding to the Jeff Sessions story. He’s been an active Attorney General, and as you point out, one with views out of step with the majority of Americans…. especially younger folks. My hope is that this story can be an up-to-date rundown of his office.

    Do you have any ideas/questions for a possible story? I’d love to hear them and maybe start something.

    Best,
    Charlie

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