Apple strikes deal to produce new ‘Peanuts’ content

LOS ANGELES — Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the “Peanuts” crew will have a new home on Apple’s streaming service.

Apple has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce new “Peanuts” content. The global children’s content and brands company will develop and produce original programs for Apple including new series, specials and shorts based on the beloved characters.

“Peanuts” was created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950.

DHX will produce original short-form STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content that will be exclusive to Apple, including astronaut Snoopy.

Peanuts Worldwide and NASA recently signed a Space Act Agreement, designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students.

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Larry Green: In our post-modern age, truth is no longer ‘static or eternal’

The terms “fake news” and “alternate facts” entered our common vocabulary during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. More recently, Rudy Giuliani countered the suggestion by NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that Trump had nothing to worry about if he told the truth to Mueller. “It’s somebody’s version of truth. Not the truth,” replied Giuliani. When Todd responded, “Truth is truth,” Giuliani answered, “Truth isn’t truth.”

Giuliani’s kind of blatant denial provides ample evidence that the concept of truth is under attack. How did this come to pass? I suggest that it is the culmination of a process that began with post-modernism’s attack on the truth claims of modernity. Jean-François Lyotard, the French philosopher and literary theorist, was the first to name our era as post-modern. He described it as the mistrust of the grand narratives — progress, enlightenment, emancipation, Marxism — that had shaped modernity.

These master narratives purported to explain everything. For example, Marxism claimed that revolution was inevitable — until the Berlin wall fell. Instead, Lyotard argues for a multiplicity of theoretical standpoints — not common ground but rather, multiple points of view. This is close to the Giuliani quote mentioned earlier — each version or standpoint can only be a partial version of the truth.

However, the intelligentsia, who bought into this philosophical program, cry foul when conservative politicians employ the same approach to undermine liberal interpretations. When a conservative claims that truth isn’t truth, progressives enact some kind of moral outrage. Not an outcome they anticipated when they began practicing their methodology of suspicion and doubt — their own methods adopted to serve a conservative, possibly regressive, agenda.

In the foregoing, I’ve telescoped the beginnings and endings of a process that has been playing out over the past 50 years. The radical undermining of meaning practiced in philosophy departments …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Editorial: Meng mess highlights China’s lack of regard for rule of law

Canada’s diplomatic crisis with China over the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou has illuminated a fundamental difference between that nation and the West: the existence and understanding of — and respect for — the rule of law.

The legal systems of the Western democracies operate on the principles of equality before the law, with legislation enacted by elected representatives and adjudicated by independent, impartial judiciaries. None of that exists in China, which uses its court system as another arm of its totalitarian government.

It should be noted, that despite the seriousness of her case, Meng was granted bail under Canada’s legal system, something one likely would not expect were a similar case before a Chinese court.

Beijing’s claims that Meng’s arrest — related to allegations of breaking U.S. sanctions on Iran — is an outrage or insult to China is ridiculous. It is not, no matter how senior she is within the leadership of one of China’s most important multinational companies, nor how connected the Chinese government is to that firm. Having avoided travel to the U.S. since April 2017 after becoming aware of the U.S. investigation, Meng was arrested at Vancouver airport earlier this month under Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. while travelling to Mexico.

Beijing’s bullying threats of undefined “serious consequences” if Canada doesn’t “free” Meng demonstrate that the Communist leadership has no respect for the rule of law nor how inappropriate it is to politically interfere with legal proceedings. China’s Foreign Ministry described Meng’s arrest as “lawless” and “extremely vicious,” both terms not only untrue but also better suited to describe China’s actions and party dominated legal system.

Beijing’s sudden arrest of two Canadians on what appear to be trumped-up spying charges — Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat to China, and Michael Spavor, who runs a non-governmental …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Dan George: Some chiefs support B.C. gas pipeline

Reaction to the Coastal GasLink application for a court injunction to lift the blockade of a public bridge in Wet’suwet’en territory highlights two major issues that First Nations must resolve.

The first is, “who speaks for Indigenous people?” The other is, “how will we close the gap between our low standard of living and that of most non-Indigenous Canadians?”

The first question reflects a tension between our traditional governing systems and more contemporary democratic systems.

The traditional government of the Wet’suwet’en people includes 13 hereditary chiefs publicly represented by a board of seven hereditary chiefs. This central “Office of the Wet’suwet’en” claimed in recent statements that the hereditary chiefs “condemn ongoing attempts by the governments of British Columbia and Canada to force unwanted industrial projects onto Wet’suwet’en traditional territories (Yin’tah) by ignoring the jurisdiction and title of the Wet’suwet’en people as represented by the Hereditary Chiefs.”

This plays nicely into the stereotypes, but it is misleading.

In fact, there are hereditary chiefs who support the CGL natural-gas pipeline and the benefits it will bring to First Nations people. One of these is Helen Michelle, who is also an elected band councillor of the Skin Tyee band, a small First Nation that is a member of the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation.

She supports the pipeline development and rejects the notion that the hereditary chiefs are the only representatives of the Wet’suwet’en people.

In her capacity as an elected representative, she and the other band councillors negotiated an agreement with CGL after working carefully through the issues with the Skin Tyee band members and the hereditary chiefs.

In her words: “It was difficult for us, but we supported CGL. We discussed it thoroughly and we struggled with it. We agreed upon it for our future generations. No other chiefs speak for us or our territory. We speak for ourselves. We speak …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun