Watergate

Watergate, once an office complex burglarized by Republicans spying on their Democrat opponents and covered up by President Nixon, has become a metonymy for spying on ones political adversaries.

Ellipsis/Ellipses

“An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as ellipsis points ( . . . ) used to indicate where words have been omitted from quoted text, or (informally) to represent a pause, hesitation, or trailing-off in thought or speech.”

Recently the internet has latched on to this very old element … used in quoted texts to indicate omitted words not pertinent to the idea contained in the quote that a writer wishes to highlight.

But online this horizontally written symbol has come to be 3 vertical dots joined to 3 linked program functions.

And to me it seems obvious that references to the ellipses in Mr. Trump’s impeachable transcript have got into the minds of writers who in learning recent computer programs, have learned that three vertical dots linking 3 functions are ellipses, originally 3 horizontal dots symbolizing textual omissions. And they have spotted theses ellipses or omissions like pink elephants through out the president’s purported transcript of his July phone call to the Ukraine.

Reaction to an Online Retailer Buying a Newspaper

When newspapers first appeared about the age of Victoria the literate wrote that papers would dilute literacy. Marshall McLuhan mid twentieth century media critic foresaw newspapers extending the technological reach of advertisers who would eventually pay people to buy papers to extend their reach . Today newspapers have Online circulation, but frequently some of those Online reports seem identical regardless of the newspaper publisher’s name. And too often those identical reports on world events bear the Reuters & Associated Press labels nullifying any chance that these old newspaper publications are providing varied opinions of these important happenings. And in order to read these globally diluted opinions we must persevere through the blitz of advertising that might have been dismissed in papers by turning a page or looking askance. Online news also demands much greater reader awareness of what one needs to know  and eliminates the possibility that important, less reported events might turn up hidden in the centre of a paper fold. Even paid subscriptions for Online news requires resisting distractions of advertising imagery and: the, where did it go ? I thought I saw it earlier, maybe yesterday, or was it last week  electronic confusion.

“Without Evidence”

“…In an op-ed in the Washington Post in May, former FBI director James Comey referred to Mifsud as a “Russian agent”, although he did not say why he believed that to be the case. Mueller’s report does not directly make the same allegation. For his part, Papadopoulos has repeatedly suggested, without presenting any evidence, that Mifsud was working for Western intelligence agencies in an effort to tarnish Trump…”Reuters October 9,2019/7:33AM/19 DAYS AGO October 9, 2019 / 7:33 AM / 19 days ago

This paragraph copied from a Reuters article about the mysterious Mr Mifsud, perhaps the most important figure in the Russia Trump concerns, illustrates media use of the phrase “without evidence”.

*James Comey referred to Mifsud as a “Russian agent, although he did not say why he believed that to be the case.

*Papadopoulos has repeatedly suggested, without presenting any evidence, that Mifsud was working for Western intelligence agencies in an effort to tarnish Trump.

 

The May 2, 2011 Canadian Federal Election And Bilingualism

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The May 2, 2011 Federal election in Canada made the New Democrat Party Canada’s federal opposition for the first time and gave Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives their first majority government. Although the Conservative’s desired majority seemed possible, it is difficult to remember anyone confidently predicting the NDP’s rise to official opposition status; only as the election date approached did polling begin to show the NDP closing in on the first party position, a great surprise that never materialized but that did anticipate their extraordinary rise to the position of official opposition with 103 seats, a feat never seriously anticipated before the May 2, 2011 election. The way the NDP achieved its largest number of Federal parliamentary seats was also significant because their 2008 election seat total had been just a 3’rd place 37, but rose to their 2’nd place 103 with the help of 66 seats from Quebec. The…

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