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Leonard Cohen would have been 84 years old today

September 19

1893: New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote.

2014: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens in Winnipeg.

Ticketmaster is recruiting professional scalpers to squeeze more money out of fans

CBC News and the Toronto Star went undercover this past summer, posing as scalpers at an industry convention called Ticket Summit 2018 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The reporters found that Ticketmaster encourages scalpers to flout ticket-buying limits and resell tickets on the site at inflated prices that include extra fees for Ticketmaster.

More at CBC


EU to stop changing the clocks in 2019

 European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc on Friday announced that the EU will stop the twice-yearly changing of clocks across the continent in October 2019.

The practice, which was used as a means to conserve energy during the World Wars as well as the oil crises of the 1970s, became law across the bloc in 1996.

All EU countries are required to move forward by an hour on the last Sunday of March and back by an hour on the final Sunday in October.

Read more at DW

Denise Mueller-Korenek rides bicycle to 183.9 MPH — A new world record

A 45 year old woman has become the fastest person to ride a bike.

The fastest human to ride a bicycle over open ground is named Denise Mueller-Korenek, who rode a custom bike at an average of 183.932 miles per hour – shattering a world record that had stood since 1995.

Mueller-Korenek, 45, set the new record for fastest speed riding in a slipstream, teaming up with Shea Holbrook, a professional race car driver who piloted a dragster that led the cyclist across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Read more at NPR

September 13 – Happy Birthday Skye

1503: In Florence, Michelangelo begins work on David.

1759: Battle of the Plains of Abraham: the British defeat the French near Quebec City in the Seven Years’ War.

1899Henry Bliss is the first person in the USA to be killed in an automobile accident.

1962: An appeals court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university.

1993: Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization sign the Oslo Accords granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

2001: U.S. officials name Osama bin Laden as “suspect No. 1” in the September 11 attacks. Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the US.

2004: The first same-sex divorce is granted in Canada.

2007: The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is adopted by the UN General Assembly.

2016: Skye, my scruffy, spunky, intensely tenacious, wilfully stubborn, adventurous Cairn Terrier was born in Kansas. Yes Kansas.

The Economist’s annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities for 2018

Each year, the Economist Intelligence Unit release its annual Global Livability Index which measuring the most livable large cities in the world. In this year’s report, Vienna, Austria has succeeded in displacing Melbourne, Australia from the stop spot, which it previously held for a record seven consecutive years.

The Economist says:

The concept of liveability is simple: it assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide. Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of Stability, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education and Infrastructure.

The 20 top rankings are populated with cities in Europe (9), Australia (4), Japan (2), New Zealand (1), and Canada (4).

Honolulu was the highest U.S. city at number 23. The next highest American city was Pittsburgh in 32nd position. Manchester was the highest ranked in the UK at number 35.

Here are the top 50:

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia Continue reading

Going to the office might be bad for your health. A shocking number of killers murder their co-workers

In the US, homicide is the third most prevalent cause of workplace death, after falls and roadway collisions. And it might be for other reasons than you think.

This sobering data point comes courtesy of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics study on fatal occupational injuries. What’s behind all this shooting (the leading m.o. of workplace murderers, according to the study) and “stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing” (the runner-up category)? News reports point to doomed love triangles and disgruntled co-workers. Another cause, however, has been largely overlooked: fraud. Imagine a boss who kills his assistant to keep a Ponzi scheme afloat, or a crooked accountant who poisons an especially thorough auditor. In the world of CFEs (certified fraud examiners), these offenses have their own, pulpy label: red-collar crime.

Read more in The Atlantic

Watch: Isaac Asimov on The David Letterman Show, 1980

How Paul Dewar is living and dying with love and community

Look for the beauty that exists all around us and share it with each other. Smile. Laugh. Give. Knock on your neighbour’s door and say, ‘Hi’.”

More at the Ottawa Citizen

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