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Someone is spying on cellphones in the nation’s capital

A months-long CBC News/Radio-Canada investigation has revealed that someone is using devices that track and spy on cellphones in the area around Parliament Hill.

The devices are known as IMSI catchers and have been used by Canadian police and security authorities, foreign intelligence and even organized crime.

The devices, sometimes known by the brand name of one model, StingRay, work by mimicking a cellphone tower to interact with nearby phones and read the unique ID associated with the phone — the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, or IMSI.

That number can then be used to track the phone and by extension the phone’s user. In some instances, IMSI catchers can even be used to gain access to a phone’s text messages and listen in on calls.

Taxpayers Just Gave a Researcher $12k To Study ‘Climate Denial’

Think the left-wing dogma on global warming is a load of horse crap? Have a little trouble scrounging up spending money for vacation this year? If you’re one of millions of Americans who can safely say “yes” to both these questions, get ready to test your blood pressure.

Congratulations, American taxpayer – you just shelled out $12,000 to a couple of researchers over at the University of Kansas to fund their doctoral dissertation researching the causes — and solutions — for “socially organized denial” of climate change in rural communities.

Brain drain: Brexit and Trump have top-notch academics fleeing — and Canadian schools stand to gain

“The level of interest from outside of the country is probably unprecedented,” said Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto. “It is across many different disciplines and across the demographic spectrum: post-docs and junior faculty right through to mid-career, to truly established stars who want to move here.”

At the University of Waterloo, a number of high-level university scholars – mostly in the maths, engineering and science – contacted administrators shortly after the U.K. voted to leave the European Community last June.

The Russiagate Scam Will Blow Up In The Democrats’ Smug Faces

If you’re stressed out about this whole Russian nonsense, relax – Donald Trump didn’t do anything wrong, and he’s not going be impeached, arrested, or ritually disemboweled. When the truth comes out and it explodes in the Democrats’ soft, girlish hands, we’ll all be laughing and toasting their humiliation with Stoli shots.

How do I know this with utter certainty? Because it’s all so glaringly obvious, and it’s the only scenario that fits the facts. As Hugh Hewitt says, this scandal has three silos. The first silo is the question of whether the Russians somehow “hacked our election.” The second silo is whether any Trump people “colluded” with the Russians. The third silo, the one patriots care most about since it’s the one that isn’t a ridiculous fantasy, is whether anyone in Obama’s administration used our intelligence apparatus to spy on his and Hillary’s political opponents. The answers are “No,” “No,” and “Yes.” The end results are going to be a stronger Trump, weaker Democrats, and various Obama minions exploring new career opportunities in the exciting fields of license plate-making, large-to-small rock transformation, and artisanal pruno distilling.

Former Teacher: 7 Ways Schools are Creating ‘Empty’ Children

In the early 1990s, New York Teacher of the Year, John Taylor Gatto, threw in the towel on teaching with his famous I Quit, I Think letter to the Wall Street Journal.

Gatto’s reason for quitting was simple. He could no longer justify teaching “a curriculum of confusion, class position, arbitrary justice, vulgarity, rudeness, disrespect for privacy, indifference to quality, and utter dependency.” Such a system, Gatto opined, was turning our children into mindless robots.

Trump Spokeswoman: ‘Media Constantly Wants to Talk About Something That Doesn’t Exist’

Huckabee Sanders said, “The media constantly wants to talk about something that doesn’t exist instead of something that does. We’ve spent the last couple of months doing major policy initiatives and rollouts in the forms of executive orders, rolling back regulations, creating an environment where businesses are confident in hiring again. We have heard from CEO after CEO, small business owners that they are excited about this president they are excited about the economy. And yet, the media refuses to cover that. They’re more than happy to talk about a story, frankly, that is just fake and it’s time to move on.”

Anti-Trump Witchcraft to #Bind the President No Laughing Matter

A group of women dressed as witches gathered in a California park over the weekend: Their mission? To cast a hex that will force President Donald Trump from office.

They chanted “Trump is a fool, Trump is a clown, we are here to shut him down” as they marched with broomsticks around a cauldron.

KGTV reports the woman are from a local actors group, and they gathered on April Fool’s Day in Balboa Park in San Diego, calling their event “Fire the Fool” day.

Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is keen to see Police gather hate-crime statistics.

Prominent Kiwis pen open letter saying free speech is under threat in NZ universities

A group of 27 high-profile New Zealanders, including unlikely allies such as Don Brash and Dame Tariana Turia, have penned an open letter warning freedom of speech is under threat in the country’s universities.

It was the brainchild of Auckland University of Technology’s History Professor Paul Moon, and rejects “the forceful silencing of dissenting or unpopular views” on university campuses.

It also insists debate must not be suppressed because the ideas put forth “are thought by some or even by most people to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed”.

Trump donates first-quarter salary to National Park Service

“The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,” Spicer said at Monday’s briefing.

Spicer handed a check for $78,333.32 for the National Park Service to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Spicer said the paycheck starts from Jan. 20, when Trump took office, until now.

Article in Toronto-based newspaper accuses Israel of anti-Christian plot

The Mississauga-based Arabic newspaper Meshwar features ( March 31, 2017, Issue 179, p. 27) an article penned by the Lebanese journalist George Obeid and entitled “Israel is working to end the Christian existence in the Middle East.”