Boom and bust are known entities in Alberta’s economy as is the maverick swagger of oilmen. The 2008 crash has given a new meaning to bust and the swagger has been replaced with a cautious saunter.

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In Al Gore’s speech at the Web 2.0 Summit, he claimed change in areas such as, politics, the ongoing fight to save our planet and the need to democratize mass media, cannot take place until we reevaluate and rethink World 2.0 where social change takes place. He compared and contrasted Web 2.0 technologies to the electric dynamo, where their the power and the potential of remained encumbered by backward thinking. Gore calls for a rethinking of Web 2.0 as a means to contribute to a higher level of consciousness about our relationship with this planet, a World 2.0 ontology and axiology.

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ReadWriteWeb speculated that Google might use Chrome to index the password protected Web crawling even deeper into the Deep Web. Users seem pleased with Chrome’s speed but some miss the popular Firefox’s Zotero.

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There has been a lot of discussion recently about the changing face of the blogging landscape. On one hand many bloggers have turned to the likes of FriendFeed and Twitter to express themselves, instead of their blogs. On the other hand we have a group of professional blogs that are becoming more and more like ‘old media’.

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University of Alberta’s Debra Davidson, a lead author of the Alberta Environment report reveals disturbing trends for the province.

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The king of Canada, Thomas D’Aquino notes our trading partners, including the U. S. already have a price on carbon or are about to do so and we could be penalized if we do not follow suit. GHG 30% above the current Kyoto protocol target embarrass Canadians. Even Albertans worry that carbon emissions contribute to pine beetle speedy growth in AB.

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Standard tools for measuring prosperity of nation-states need to reconfigure relationship between population growth and production.

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