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Bill Gates: Five books worth reading this summer (2018)

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Zombie Alert; The Flying Machine; Earthquakes; Concealing child sex abuse

New York parents sue 30-year-old son who refuses to move out – BBC

They have a hard time accurately forecasting more than 4 days out, yet a weather forecaster calls for warmer-than-normal summer in Canada – CTV

City of Lake Worth, Florida sends out ‘zombie’ alert during power outage – Palm Beach Post

Humans account for just 0.01% of all life on Earth, but have destroyed 83% of wild mammalsThe Guardian

An Australian court convicted archbishop Philip Wilson for concealing child sex abuse. The offence dates back to the 1970s, when a teenager told Wilson he had been abused by another priest. – ABC Australia


May 22

1570: The first atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, is published.

1804: The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins from St. Charles, Missouri.

1906: Orville and Wilbur Wright are issued U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine“.

1927: An 8.3 magnitude earthquake near Xining, China causes 200,000 deaths in one of the world’s most destructive.

1960: The Great Chilean earthquake, measuring 9.5 magnitude, hits southern Chile, becoming the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.

1987: Rick Hansen completed his Man in Motion world tour in Vancouver in a wheelchair. The tour covered 40,000 Kim’s and raised $20 million for spinal research and outreach,

1992: Johnny Carson signs off for the last time as host of The Tonight Show.

Watch: How and why millennials became the selfie generation

From The New Yorker via YouTube

Happy Victoria Day Canada; Throw out your journal; A man who walked around the world for 9 years

Happy Victoria Day, a Canadian national public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix deal – Variety

Video: Malcolm Gladwell explains his writing style and where his ideas come from to David Remnick – The New Yorker via YouTube

Video: How a crooked cop framed dozens of people – The New Yorker via YouTube

A Japanese man caps off a 9-year walk around world in Tuktoyaktuk – CBC

Six ‘bad’ foods that deserve a place in your diet – Globe and Mail

The therapeutic benefits of keeping a journal – and then throwing it away – Quartz


May 21

1939: The Canadian National War Memorial is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa.

1988: The National Gallery of Canada, designed by Moshe Safdie, officially opened in Ottawa.

Sunbeam Tiger at the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally

How to disappear; Quebec & Cuba independence; Murders and suicides in Australia; Beer is not beneficial

German cities can immediately start banning diesel cars – Carscoops

College May Not Be Worth It Anymore – NY Times

Beer is not beneficial, German court rules – Reuters

How to disappear from the internet – The Guardian

Laurie, a new free Stephen King story – Stephen King

When Australia’s gun buyback program took in 650,000 guns, murder and suicide rates plummeted – VOX


May 20

1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim overalls.

1902Cuba gains independence from the United States.

1932Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

1980: – The population of Quebec rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada. The 1980 Quebec independence referendum was the first referendum on whether Quebec should pursue a path toward sovereignty. The referendum was called by Quebec’s Parti Québécois (PQ) government, which advocated secession from Canada.

Harry and Meghan; Time is really nothing but an illusion; Super Seniors; Circumnavigating the world

More than 100,000 well-wishers descended on the town of Windsor to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, where the couple tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel this morning.

A 2-year Stanford study shows the productivity boost of working from home – Inc.

Time is really nothing but an illusion, according to quantum physics – Quartz // Tell that to my aging body.

Could the DNA of these ‘super seniors’ hold the secret to healthy aging? – Globe and Mail

Vermont moves closer to creating a wholesaler program for importing drugs from CanadaStat

A Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine has arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Globe and Mail

The unplanned circumnavigated the world – Medium

Sadly, it happened again. And it’s happening at an alarming rate. Yesterday, at least 10 people were killed and another 10 were wounded in Texas school shooting. In the 93 days since a gunman killed 17 staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there have been 23 more gun incidents at American schools and universities.


May 19

1743: French physicist Jean-Pierre Christin published the design of a mercury thermometer with the centigrade scale, with 0 representing the freezing point of water and 100 its boiling point.

1845: Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition departed from Greenhithe, England. 129 men would die on the expedition.

1911: Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established.

Enjoy the long weekend.

GQ’s comedy cover; Tourism gets the red light in Amsterdam; Adjust your office chair; It’s a good day for bees;

How to adjust your office chairWirecutter

More than 4,500 people have been evacuated due to flooding in British Columbia. Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been called in to help.

It’s a good day to be a bee in the European Union: EU court upholds partial pesticide ban to protect bees – Irish Times

Tourism gets the red light in AmsterdamNew Zealand Herald

Bitcoin estimated to use .5% of the world’s electric energy by end of the year – EurekAlert

GQ’s comedy issue cover, featuring Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman, mocks Vanity Fair’s Photoshop fail – GQ


May 18

1785: Saint John, New Brunswick is incorporated, the first in Canada.

1804: The French Senate proclaims Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.

1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupts.

Happy Birthday Tessa Virtue; Britain declares war on France; Prime Minister is not happy with Israel

The Canada Pension Plan total assets increased by almost $40 Billion in past year – CBC

Taking a break is part of your job – Quartz

May 17: The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia raises awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is calling for an independent investigation into the use of ‘excessive force’ in Gaza shootings – CBC, Globe and Mail

Reported use of excessive force and live ammunition is inexcusable. It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza. Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation.
– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Gaza violence


May 17

1642: Ville Marie, the city of Montreal, was founded by Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve.

1756: Britain declared war on France. The Seven Years War results in the British conquest of most of New France in North America.

1906: Construction on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway began at Prince Rupert, B.C. with the construction of a tool shed and the erection of tents as accommodation. The 4800 km long GTPR main line ran from Winnipeg and Edmonton to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec City for the start of the first royal visit to Canada by a reigning British sovereign. The royal tour extended to June 15, covering every Canadian province, the Dominion of Newfoundland, and a few days in the United States.

1939First televised baseball game airs on NBC.

1989Tessa Virtue was born this day. Along with skating partner Scott Moir, she is the 2010 and 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion (2010, 2012, 2017). They are also 2014 Olympic silver medallists and 2018 Olympic gold medallists in the team event.

1999: The Saskatchewan government awarded David Milgaard $10 million in compensation for his wrongful murder conviction and 23 years of imprisonment. Milgaard was cleared by DNA evidence in 1997.

2006: Captain Nichola Goddard died near Kandahar, Afghanistan. She was the first Canadian female combat soldier killed in combat.

First woman to summit Everest; Waking up to a bear; Protected forest; Canadian doctor shot by an Israeli military sniper

How Hiroshima rose from the ashes – BBC

Warnings for Puerto Rico as already battered island faces new hurricane season. The Atlantic storm season begins in just two weeks, and the island has yet to fully recover from the ravages of last year’s Hurricane Maria – CBC

Ramadan begins.

A camper north of Dawson Creek, B.C. woke up to find a black bear sniffing him inside his tent. He chased it off. Twice. – CBC

Alberta now has the largest protected boreal forest in the world – CBC

  • Yesterday, more than 13,600 square kilometres of land, more than twice the size of Vancouver Island, was declared protected.

A Canadian doctor was shot by an Israeli military sniper near the Gaza border – Globe and Mail


May 16

1770: Austrian princess Marie Antoinette, 14, marries France’s Louis-Auguste, 15, who later became King Louis XVI.

1888Nikola Tesla describes the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.

1919: A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for the Azores, then onto mainland Portugal, on the first transatlantic flight.

1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.

1975: Japan’s Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She was the first woman to reach the Seven Summits.


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