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Conservatives continue hard sell on Keystone as minister heads to DC

Originally posted on Global News:

 Above: Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford discusses his strategy ahead of his trilateral meeting in Washington with his U.S. and Mexican counterparts.

OTTAWA — It’s a hard sell, but the Conservative government is not backing down on the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Natural Resources Minster Greg Rickford on Monday is heading to Washington — his third official visit to the U.S. capital while heading the resources portfolio — for a trilateral meeting with his American and Mexican counterparts.

This will mark Rickford’s fourth face-to-face meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and his first with Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell.

READ MORE: Obama appears to take swipe at Keystone XL and Canada on ‘Colbert’ show

While the agenda will cover energy data and Mexico’s regulatory reforms for its oil and energy sector, the three will surely discuss energy infrastructure as it pertains to the long-delayed Keystone project, Rickford said.

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I’m a college kid who hates Christmas break, here’s why:

Originally posted on sheunplugged:

Okay so most college kids are beyond ecstatic to go home for Christmas. You finally can do your laundry for free, scarf down some real food, lay in your bed consecutively without feeling guilty, revert to the spoiled brat you may have been during the holidays and maybe even earn some extra cash at your old job. Sounds grand and all fluffy (cue down fall of fairy dust and rainbows) BUT for others it can slowly morph into a living hell here’s why:

1. If you are a spring chicken in the working world hoping to make a quick buck over the X-mas break, you are most likely S.O.L. No one’s really looking to hire someone for only a month….

2. You may find yourself realizing your hometown is really located in some dark hole where time stands still. Everyone is always doing the EXACT SAME THING THEY WERE DOING WHEN…

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UN Climate Change Talks Reach Agreement to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally posted on Alex Pashley:

Published by VICE News Dec 14

Sleep-deprived negotiators from nearly 200 nations agreed early Sunday morning on the framework for an international climate change pact, salvaging UN talks which went 30 hours into overtime and at moments seemed on the precipice of collapse.

Under the deal, governments will unveil national plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions by next March, as part an agreement to be signed in Paris at the end of 2015.

Diplomats left Lima on a “fresh wave of positivity towards Paris with a range of key decisions agreed and action-agendas launched,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN’s climate change organization.

But critics said the the outcome was weak and woefully inadequate in averting a two degrees Celsius rise in temperature compared to the pre-Industrial Age — a level of warming that many scientists say could bring about dangerous levels of sea-level rise and more frequent…

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Things You Need To Do After College

Originally posted on The Trial Phase:

1. Rest. Because you want to and because you have to. Your parents will probably tell you to work immediately, but don’t feel compelled to do as they say. Take your time and take it wisely. The years ahead of you will be long and stressful, and it’s just right that you enjoy at least a month without worries. Right after college is the perfect time to do just that. You’re free to do whatever it is that you desire.

2. Believe. Because you want to and because you have to. People will tell you that you’re not good enough, and you will lose your faith in yourself. That’s just normal. But at the end of the day, just believe. That everything will be okay. That everything will fall perfectly into its place. Just believe.

3. Wait. Because you want to and because you have to. Because the right time…

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My Almost Quarter-Life Breakthrough

Originally posted on Dresses with Pockets:

 “Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself—be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is.”

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Approximately six months after college graduation, I find myself at a new crossroad, a new search for meaning, but with a different perspective than I had back then. Six months ago I felt stuck, almost aimlessly applying to jobs, getting ready to move home once the lease on my college apartment ran out, not knowing where I would end up in relation to my family and friends once I got a job.

After about two months at home I got a job and moved back to DC. I was ready to learn and ready to put that…

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The Pursuit of Your Passion Requires Momentum

Originally posted on TrentHope.com:

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If there is one thing I have noticed about my generation, it is that many of us have our heads in books, podcasts, and videos on growth, self-help, and leadership. I am guilty of being one of those people. There was a time that I was reading book after book on self-improvement and how to be a better leader and listener. However, it was not until I took by head out of the books and put the words into motion that I started to grow in the areas that I was most passionate about.

I have learned in the past year that there is nothing to fear about trying what you love doing the most. Whatever it may be, playing guitar, public speaking, writing, singing, leading and more. I decided to put myself out there and risk humiliation and failure. I tried at spoken word, sermons, soccer (where everyone in…

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Society RP: Technology and Stress

Originally posted on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

Society Resource Proposal

There is an increase in reliance and obsession with technology seen in the millennial generation. For many individuals in this generation there has never been a point in their life that technology wasn’t present and as they mature it only becomes more prevalent.

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Executing Disabled People Is Acceptable In These States

Originally posted on Social Action:


“Last night, two men with intellectual disabilities were put to death.

In Georgia, Robert Wayne Holsey (pictured) was executed after the Supreme Court refused his final appeal. Holsey, who had an IQ of “around 70,” was not found to meet the state of Georgia’s stringent legal standard for intellectual disability. The fact that Holsey’s lawyer admitted to drinking a quart of vodka per day during his trial was not enough to win Holsey a new trial.

In Missouri, convicted murderer Paul Goodwin was also put to death last night. Goodwin’s IQ was said to be around 73. His appeals on the grounds of mental competency were denied. Goodwin is the tenth person executed by the state of Missouri this year.”

Read more from Gawker here: http://gawker.com/two-intellectually-…

Ana Kasparian (http://www.twitter.com/anakasparian), Gina Grad (http://www.twitter.com/ginagrad), and Jimmy Dore (http://www.twitter.com/anakasprian) of The Young Turks discuss. Are you for or against the…

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The Media’s Pro-Torture Cheerleaders

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

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The Daily Beast

The American people didn’t demand that we torture detainees and embark on permanent war after 9/11. Our politicians and pundits did.

“The American people were demanding that the government do anything necessary to keep the country safe.”  That has become a talking point exonerating American torture after 9/11, which a Congressional investigation has recently recently detailed.  It is a convenient story: the government was faithfully obeying the people, and the people were shocked by events, freshly aware that the world is a dangerous place.  Understandably, mistakes were made.

This story is almost criminally wrong.  The 9/11 attacks were shocking and frightening, of course.  They did just what terrorism aims to do: shattered the unthinking, complacent security of a peaceful country, and revealed the fragility of things.

It was also a hugely open, uncertain moment.  People were scared but, just as much, confused.  We…

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