The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: The great KGB punk conspiracy

You may be aware of a podcast that came out in the spring of 2020 that sought to get to the bottom of a certain musical mystery. Wind of Change explores the possibility that a metal power ballad was a contributing factor to the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 90s. https://youtu.be/XjFsZj1aHow !– wp:paragraph –> Estimates are that the single sold 14 million copies. It’s the best-selling single by any German artist. And because it was such a big hit in the USSR, the band presented Mikhail Gorbachev a gold record. Even today, the song is a massive hit among several generations of fans in Eastern Europe.

Rumours swirled about this song for years. It is said that it was a product of a CIA operation designed to destabilize Soviet society with its messages of change and revolution. The theory goes that it worked so well that the Soviet Union crumbled by the end of 1991. Did the CIA commission someone to write “Wind of Change,” get the Scorpions to record it, leading to the end of the USSR from within?

If you want to know more, you’ll have to listen to that podcast. But I can tell you that this wasn’t the first tie rock music was used by a foreign intelligence operation to drive a wedge into a specific society. The popular music of the West–especially that of the USA–was feared by Soviet bloc authorities. But at the same time, the Soviets knew that music could be used as a weapon against the West.

Here’s another theory. Could it be that punk rock was actually a KGB plot against us? Here’s what we know–or at least what we think we know.

Songs heard on this show

  • Viletones, KGB
  • Talking Heads, Life During Wartime
  • Aquarium, Ashes
  • Kino feat. Tsio/Peremen!
  • Vibrators, Disco in Moscow
  • Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the UK
  • Clash, I’m So Board with the USA
  • Crass, Bloody Revolution
  • The KGB, Back in the USSR

Need a playlist? Here you go from Eric Wilhite. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0kLcQfYZayaNtjE4QTIcHB  

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Shooter entered Texas school unobstructed, police say as questions rise over response

WATCH ABOVE: Texas school shooting: Authorities speak on criticism surrounding police response to rampage

Law enforcement officials described in chilling detail Thursday the time it took for tactical officers to finally gun down an 18-year-old attacker after he shot and killed 19 students and two teachers inside a fourth-grade classroom in small-town Texas.

Victor Escalon, the south Texas regional director for the state’s Department of Public Safety, stood before a backdrop of stone-faced police officers, investigators and officials _ a news conference that appeared aimed at deflecting mounting concerns about what took so long.

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The gunman entered the school at about 11:40 a.m. local time through an apparently unlocked door, and contrary to initial reports, encountered no resistance, Escalon said _ the armed school safety officer, normally a fixture at educational facilities around the U.S., was not there.

“He was not confronted by anybody,” he said. “Four minutes later, law enforcement are coming in to solve this problem step by step.”

Those officers who initially arrived on the scene pursued the gunman into the school, but soon after had to take cover when the shooter began opening fire on them, he continued. It would be a full hour before Border Patrol officers wearing tactical gear found their target.

“They don’t make entry initially because of the gunfire they’re receiving,” Escalon said of the officers who arrived on the scene first.

“But we have officers calling for additional resources _ everybody that’s in the area, tactical teams. We need equipment _ we need specialty equipment. We need body armour; we need precision riflemen; negotiators.”

Students and teachers were also being evacuated from the building at the same time, he added.

Escalon also suggested that even if tactical officers had been able to breach the classroom sooner, it might have already been too late for the children and teachers inside.

“According to the information we have, the majority of the gunfire was in the beginning _ in the beginning,” he said. “I say numerous, more than 25 (rounds) _ I repeat, it was a lot of gunfire in the beginning.”

Media reports Thursday, coupled with cellphone video of the civilian pandemonium outside, detailed how parents and bystanders, well aware of the imminent threat inside the building, were frantically trying to get officers to go into the school to confront the gunman.

A Wall Street Journal report detailed how one of the parents on the scene was handcuffed by federal marshals who accused her of interfering with a police investigation. After local officers convinced their colleagues to set her free, she ran into the school and emerged with her two kids, the paper reported.

Escalon did not directly answer questions about why it took so long for tactical officers to get into the classroom, but promised more details would be forthcoming.

U.S. President Joe Biden will travel to Uvalde on Sunday to “offer comfort” to the families of the victims and meet with community leaders, said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as she urged Congress to take meaningful steps toward tougher gun restrictions.

“We need the help of Congress? we cannot do this alone,” she said. “We need them to step in and to deal with this gun violence that we’re seeing, that’s tearing up not just families but communities across the country.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he’s asked Texas Sen. John Cornyn to meet with Democrats to talk about legislation, but offered no details about what he hopes to see, beyond “an outcome that can actually pass and become law.”

That’s a tall order: Congress remains in a state of gridlock, in part because the Senate is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, but also because so many U.S. lawmakers support the rights of gun owners and enjoy the generous financial backing of the National Rifle Association.

The NRA, easily one of the most powerful political groups in the U.S., is meanwhile pressing ahead with its annual meeting in Houston despite the tragedy that unfolded Tuesday just a four-hour drive away.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime,” the association said in a statement that described the gunman as a “lone, deranged criminal.”

“As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools secure.”

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Texas Republicans Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz have come under withering criticism for their planned appearances at the convention, which begins Friday. Former president Donald Trump has already confirmed he’ll be there to deliver a speech.

“They are contributing to the problem of gun violence, not trying to solve it,” Jean-Pierre said of the NRA.

“They don’t represent gun owners who know that we need to take action. And it’s shameful that the NRA and their allies have stood in the way of every attempt to advance measures that we all know will save lives.”

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Ottawa unveils new CRTC rules aimed at lowering phone, internet prices

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The federal government is proposing new rules it says will help make internet more affordable and lower phone bills.

Ottawa will require the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to allow smaller internet service providers to access the big telecom companies’ networks and says it “must take action to have more timely and improved wholesale rates available.”

But it will not overturn a controversial CRTC ruling made last year that reversed the regulatory agency’s own 2019 decision to reduce fees big telecoms would be able to charge smaller internet service providers for access to their broadband networks.

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The government is also directing the CRTC to improve its hybrid mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model and says it is prepared to move to a full MVNO model to support competition if necessary.

MVNOs are wireless providers that buy cell phone network service from the big carriers at a wholesale rate and then sell access to customers at a more affordable rate.

Ottawa is also calling on the CRTC to address what it calls unacceptable sales practices and lay out new measures to improve clarity around service pricing and the ability for customers to cancel or change services.

It also wants to see service providers implement mandatory broadband testing so Canadians will understand what they’re paying for.

Smaller internet service providers (ISPs) said they are cautiously optimistic about the new telecom policy directives.

But Brad Fisher, chief revenue officer at an independent telecom company Distributel, says he is “disappointed” in Ottawa’s decision not to overturn last year’s ruling.

“It’s a missed opportunity to put money back in the pockets of Canadians,” he said.

After assessing petitions from smaller ISPs on the issue, Ottawa says it concluded that the 2019 rates included a series of errors and that it would be “irresponsible” to implement them. The government says the rates implemented in 2016 will remain in place.

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Fisher adds that the decision will make the market a difficult one for smaller ISPs to operate in, although the government has provided a “clear set” of directives that are “pro-competition longer term.”

Meanwhile, telecom researcher Ben Klass says that the measures don’t do enough to support competition.

“This direction appears primarily to be an effort by the government to deflect attention from its refusal to address the CRTC’s failure to support competition through fair rate regulation for internet providers,” he said.

Ottawa’s telecom policy proposal lands as concerns increase about Rogers Communications Inc.’s $26 billion acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc.

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COVID-19: Saskatchewan reports 12 new deaths, 376 cases; 52% of residents had 1 booster

Saskatchewan officials reported 376 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday for the week of May 15-21. The total number of new cases is lower than the count reported last week, which was 465 new cases.

The province is also reporting 12 new COVID-19 deaths (down from 22 in the previous week).

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The Omicron BA.2 sub lineage accounted for 100 per cent of variants of concern for 344 new lineage results reported this week.

The majority of confirmed cases this week were among people aged 50 years and older (53.5 per cent).

There are 258 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, a decrease of 12 patients from the previous week.

There are currently 10 people in ICU due to COVID-19, a decrease of four from last week.

There are currently five confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes, three of which are in Saskatoon.

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As of May 21, of those aged 18 years and older, 52.4 per cent have received at least one COVID-19 booster vaccination.

Currently, all residents aged 12 years and older can receive a third dose (first booster) four months after their second dose.

All residents aged 50 and older can receive a fourth dose (second booster) four months after their last dose.

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Kelowna RCMP investigate 2-vehicle collision on Glenmore Road North

A motor vehicle collision in Kelowna on Thursday in which two people were taken to hospital is being investigated by police.

According to the Kelowna RCMP, the crash happened along the 3500 block of Glenmore Road North and involved two compact vehicles.

Police say their preliminary investigation indicates that a grey Nissan Versa was travelling southbound on Glenmore Road when it passed a water truck.

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But after making the pass, the Versa driver lost control and crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Subaru Crosstrek.

“The lone drivers, both adult women, have been transported to hospital with unknown injuries,” said Kelowna RCMP. “There is extensive damage to both vehicles.”

Police say a traffic unit was on scene, and that the RCMP’s southeast collision analysis and reconstruction service will be assisting with the investigation.

Kelowna RCMP also asked that if anyone witnessed the collision, has dashcam video or saw the Nissan Versa prior to the collision, contact them at 250-762-3300.

 

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Power outage: What to include in an emergency preparedness kit

After a deadly derecho storm swept through parts of Ontario and Quebec on the long weekend, many were left without power and without a plan. Caley Bedore has more on this edition of Out & About on how to create an emergency preparedness kit.

After a deadly storm swept through the province on May 21, Hydro One said more than 600,000 people were without power in southern, central and eastern Ontario.

No power, no cell service and, in some cases, no idea what to do next. David Fraser, an emergency management volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross, said now is the time to prepare for future emergencies.

“This is a perfect time to think about being prepared, particularly if you weren’t prepared for this storm,” said Fraser. “It is always a good indicator that maybe I could be doing a few other things that could help me in the future.

“Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, but it is likely we could have more situations like this in the future.”

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Fraser said the first thing to do is recognize that emergencies — and, in this case, severe weather events — can happen to anyone. Next, he said to create a plan and gather items that will get you through at least 72 hours in the event of a power outage.

“There are three main areas that you should have covered, particularly if the power goes out. The first thing you need to have is food and water.”

He said to have non-perishable food items, a can opener and bottled water. He also said if you think you might lose power, and have access, fill a bathtub or bucket with water just in case.

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“That’s number one. Number two is a means for communicating, so a transistor radio, a crank radio, to make sure that you can keep in touch with first responders, or Global News, for example, to stay aware of what’s going on and what you should be doing in the future,” said Fraser.

Third, Fraser said you need a means of managing yourself in the dark.

“Lots of flashlights and extra batteries,” he said. “We do discourage the use of candles (for fire hazard reasons) but if you do need to use them, make sure you don’t leave them unattended.”

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Jon Moreno, chief camping organizer at Wild Rock Outfitters in Peterborough, Ont., said they have a number of products typically meant for camping that can be used if you lose power.

“We’ve got a solar panel from BioLite, which can hold a charge, but also uses the sun to charge,” he said. “Then we have some battery packs that will hold a charge for you; you will need some power, whether it’s from a solar panel or a friend with power to charge this and then take it home.”

He said coolers, camp stoves and solar lights have also been popular in the wake of Saturday’s storm.

“The string lights are super popular. You have 18 feet of LED lights that you can string up in the house or outside and this is solar-powered and as a backup, you can also use it for your phone,” said Moreno.

For more information and a detailed list of what to include in an emergency preparedness kit, you can visit the Canadian Red Cross Website.

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16-year-old charged in connection with Vaughan, Ont. stabbing: police

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a stabbing in Vaughan, Ont., police say.

In a press release, York Regional police said on May 9, at around 1:10 p.m., officers received report of a stabbing in the Yonge Street and Royal Orchard Boulevard area.

Police said when officers arrived, a man was located who was “suffering from stab wound injuries.”

According to police, he was transported to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the incident happened outside of a Viva bus.

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“The victim, along with the second male suspect, were waiting at a bus stop in a southbound lane on Yonge Street,” the release reads.

Police said the first male suspect exited the bus when it came to a stop and allegedly stabbed the victim “multiple times” while the second suspect recorded the incident on his phone.

According to police, the suspects fled the scene on foot before officers arrived.

Police said after investigating, officers have identified and charged one suspect, a 16-year-old boy from Markham.

He has been charged with attempting to commit murder, possession of a weapon, aggravated assault and two counts of breaching his Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) probation.

The accused cannot be identified under provisions of the YCJA

Police are still looking for the second suspect. Officers said he is tall with a thin build, dark hair and is clean shaven.

He was seen wearing a dark jacket and pants, a red and white multi-coloured hoodie and sunglasses. He was carrying a red backpack.

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11 newborn babies killed in Senegal hospital fire, president says

Police were on guard and nearby residents and parents stood mourning outside a hospital in Senegal where a fire in the neonatal unit killed 11 newborns. Only three infants could be saved, President Macky Sall said before calling on Thursday for three days of mourning for the young lives lost.

Mamadou Mbaye, who witnessed the fire Wednesday at the Abdoul Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in Tivaouane, a town 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of the capital, Dakar, told The Associated Press that conditions inside the hospital were “atrocious.”

“It was hot and smoky inside with a suffocating heat, and there was a power outage,” Mbaye said.

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Grieving parents were still in shock.

“I baptized my child on Wednesday and he was baptized here in the hospital. To my great shock, I got a call to tell me that the neonatal section had been destroyed by a fire,” said Badara Faye, who lost his son.

Moustapha Cisse, who also lost a newborn, said they are still awaiting answers on how such a tragic fire could take the lives of their children.

The fire was blamed on an electrical short circuit, according to Mayor Demba Diop.

Interior Minister Antoine Diome announced that authorities would be opening an investigation into the condition of the hospital’s facilities as well as other health care centers, Senegalese media reported.

President Sall called for three days of mourning.

“To their mothers and families, I express my deepest sympathy,” Sall had tweeted upon hearing the news of the fire.

His chief of staff, minister Augustin Tine, visited the remains of the hospital Thursday.

“We have come to be close to the people, in particular the parents,” he said. We have come to share the suffering, he added, “to share our condolences and to say again it is a misfortune that has hit our country, but we keep our faith.”

The deadly fire comes a year after four other newborns died in a hospital fire in Linguere in northern Senegal.

A series of other deaths also have raised concerns about maternal and infant health in the West African nation known for having some of the best hospitals in the region.

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Earlier this month, authorities discovered a baby that had been declared dead by a nurse’s aide was still alive in a morgue. The infant later died.

Last year a pregnant woman died in Louga, in the north of the country, after waiting in vain for a cesarean section. Three midwives were given six-month suspended sentences for not giving help to a person in danger.

Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who was attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, cut short his trip to return to Senegal.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Missing Alberta woman's cellphone tracked to Cultus Lake, B.C.

A woman missing from the Alexander First Nation, northwest of Edmonton, may have travelled to B.C.

Morinville RCMP said 26-year-old Samantha Auigbelle was last seen on May 21 at approximately 11 p.m. leaving her home on foot.

Police said her cellphone was tracked to an area near Cultus Lake, B.C.

Auigbelle is described as 26 years old with black hair and brown eyes. She is about five-feet-nine-inches tall and weighs about 210 pounds.

She was last seen wearing black pants, a black ¾ length black shirt, wearing black glasses, and having an orange purse with different colour stripes on it.

Samantha Auigbelle

Samantha Auigbelle was last seen May 21.

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Samantha Auigbelle was last seen on May 21.

Samantha Auigbelle was last seen on May 21.

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Morinville RCMP and Auigbelle’s family are concerned for her safety.

If anyone has any information on Auigbelle’s whereabouts, they are asked to contact the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520 or local police.

For anyone wishing to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

 

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Family hopes to show appreciation for random act of kindness, 18 years later

It was August, 2004 and the Bruce family from Seattle was visiting Edmonton for a wedding, when a group of strangers bestowed a random act of kindness upon them.

With some time to kill, the couple saw a sign advertising the Women’s Baseball World Cup at the old Telus Field.

“My husband played baseball, I played softball, so we went to watch a ball game,” Sharon Bruce recalled.

The Bruces and their baby boy, Leo, quickly made friends with a group of fellow ball fans in their 50s or 60s.

“There was a half dozen of them, just sitting behind us. Sadly we never took a picture, but they loved Leo with his little chubby cheeks. We tossed him back there and they played with him and whatnot,” Sharon explained. “They were very fun, lovely people.”

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When someone came around selling 50/50 tickets, the strangers bought quite a few — including one for five-month-old Leo.

“‘We’re giving you this ticket and if you win, it’s for his education,'” Sharon remembered them saying.

“They were very, very specific about that,” she laughed.

As luck would have it, Leo’s ticket ended up being the winner. But due to a poorly timed stop at the washroom, Sharon had no idea until she returned to the seats.

“Matt, my husband, is just standing – jumping up and down and I’m like ‘What’s going on?’ So he told us that Leo’s ticket won, they had just announced it!”

That ticket was worth more than $700. They tried to give it back to the group above them.

“‘You guys take this money, enjoy it, it’s yours,'” Sharon said they told the group. “And they were adamant: ‘No no no.’

“I tried to stick money in their pockets and they wouldn’t take it. They wouldn’t take a dime!”

Eighteen years later, Leo is all grown up. He just got accepted to the University of British Columbia, to study kinesiology.

“I hope to be a chiropractor — that’s the main goal. Maybe physiotherapy,” he said.

Leo Bruce is off to university in the fall, with a $1,000 scholarship of sorts, thanks to the generosity of strangers.

Leo Bruce is off to university in the fall, with a $1,000 scholarship of sorts, thanks to the generosity of strangers.

Courtesy: Sharon Bruce

As for those 50/50 winnings? They were set aside in a special Canadian savings account, where they’ve since grown to more than $1,000.

“Hopefully, if they’re watching it, we’re thankful for them. It’s cool to have it used towards my education,” Leo explained.

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Over the years, the story of the 50/50 was often shared by the Bruces, a fond memory repeated time and time again.

Recently, they decided to try and find the kind strangers — but haven’t had any luck thus far.

“We just wanted to thank them for their extreme generosity,” Sharon said.

“We haven’t forgotten about them. We kept the money, we’re going to use it for his education. We held true to our word, put it to good use and he’s turned into a fine young man, too.”

The family only knows one name from that group – Lorraine Stevenson.

If you know her or any of her friends that were at the ballpark that afternoon, get in touch with reporter Sarah Ryan at sarah.ryan@globalnews.ca to make the connection.

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