Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
A three-month investigation by VICE Colombia revealed glaring patterns in how sexual harassment and assault are addressed at colleges in the country.
Let us see, shall we?
At the annual VENUS International Erotic Trade Fair, female performers are the real stars, while their male counterparts awkwardly stand aside.
His lawyers wouldn’t tell anyone because of attorney-client privilege. Meanwhile, I kept a homemade metal shank with me at all times.
Returning guest Charlamagne checks back in with the hosts exactly one year after first gracing the show.
The European Space Agency (CSA) ignored Inuit concerns by launching a hydrazine loaded rocket last week, using a second stage which fell to Earth in the waters between Nunavut and Greenland after launch with up to a tonne of its unburned toxic fuel still onboard.
|The Sentinal 5P being launched on a Russian rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia on October 13th, 2017. As outlined in the October 15th, 2017 Spaceflight Now post, “ESA details construction of Sentinel-5P satellite and Tropomi instrument,” the satellite carried the Dutch/ UK built TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (Tropomi), a spectrometer that measures ultraviolet, visible, near visible, and short-wavelength infrared to monitor trace gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Photo c/o ESA.|
As outlined in the October 13th, 2017 APTN News post, “European Space Agency ignores Inuit concerns, launches hydrazine loaded rocket,” the Sentinel 5P satellite was launched from a site in northern Russia on October 13th, 2017.
“We condemn Russia’s actions and demand that this launch be halted,” said Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna. “Our people rely on the marine ecosystem to support our families, communities, and livelihoods.” The Inuit Circumpolar Conference, an organization that represents Inuit around the world, also protested the satellite launch.
The Canadian Federal government in Ottawa also protested the launch as did Kuupik Kleist, the former Prime Minister of Greenland. According to the article:
Hydrazine is so toxic that almost every space program in the world, including Russia’s, has moved away from it.
That area falls within Canada’s exclusive economic zone and is within the jurisdiction of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.
The second stage of the rocket, containing up to a tonne of unburned hydrazine, splashed down in water between Greenland and Baffin Island.
According to the March 2017 Cambridge University Press paper, “Toxic splash: Russian rocket stages dropped in Arctic waters raise health, environmental and legal concerns,” at least 10 similar launches have discarded rocket stages in Pikialasorsuaq or in the Barents Sea, off the northern coasts of Norway and Russia, since 2002.
More modern launchers, typically don’t use hydrazine or other hypergolic and highly carcinogenic fuels to power their rocket launchers.
Tami Thomas-Pinkney’s house in Port Arthur, Texas, was not damaged when Hurricane Harvey soaked the city with up to 28 inches of rain on August 29. But now, a month and a half after the storm, she is preparing to move. Across the street from her family’s home is a temporary dumpsite for storm debris, which she says is endangering her family’s health and making her home unlivable.
Countless trucks haul the debris —ruined building material ripped from storm-damaged homes and household belongings previously submerged in floodwater but now covered with mold — past her house. Each day they rattle down the streets around Thomas-Pinkney, dumping their loads about a hundred feet from her front porch.
|Chief scientist Nemer. Photo c/o Alex Tétreault.|
It’s worth noting that Mona Nemer, Canada’s new chief scientist, works out of an office suite in the CD Howe Building in Ottawa which “used to house Canadian Space Agency (CSA) personnel,” according to staff members.
But she’s not immediately going to champion the cause of the scientists at the CSA. That’s not trendy or politically astute.
Nemer’s main focus as she settles into her new position is the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research program (CCAR), which supports seven independent projects in climate science and is due to run out of funds at the end of the year.
At least that’s the story in the October 19th, 2017 National Observer Post. “Top scientist teases ‘solution‘ to climate funding crisis,” which quoted Nemer as stating that, “My understanding is that a solution (for funding both the CCAR and one of the projects it supports, the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory) is actually in the works, and things are on track and the community will be pleased.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with coming to that conclusion, especially if the evidence supports it. But the major impetus to revisit funding for the CCAR, at least according to the article, doesn’t come from academics or those curious about the research and data being collected by CCAR.
It instead comes from organizations like Evidence for Democracy, which describes itself and an organization “standing up for science and smart decision-making in Canada.”
Their “issue-based campaigns tackle emerging issues affecting science and evidence-based public policy in Canada” and they work with “national and local partners to organize events, raise awareness, and engage the public directly with policy-makers.”
Many of their members are even scientists, but they’re not performing scientific experiments or political advocacy on behalf of science. Instead they’re engaging national and local partners to organize events, raise awareness and engage the public directly with policy makers.
In essence, they’re telling the politicians what they feel is important and needs to be addressed.
And again, it’s not that there is anything wrong with that. It’s just that political advocacy is something the Canadian space community doesn’t really know how to do.
If we did, there would be far fewer empty CSA offices for the newer and trendier political appointees to move into.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.
Here’s to Lulu, who—unlike so many of us grinding away at our soul-crushing jobs—somehow managed to escape.
The former president denounced the current commander in chief, but we shouldn’t ignore his own bloodstained record.
The film might be the first to put polyamory center stage without vilifying it.
Lac-Saint-Jean, QC – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will join candidate Richard Hébert in Lac-Saint-Jean and candidate Brian Gold in Sturgeon River-Parkland for events on Friday, October 20, 2017. Friday, 20 October 2017 10:45 AM – Tour – Resolute Forest Products 1100 rue Melançon O Alma, QC G8B 4B1 Notes […]
Over this past weekend, with no announcement or notice, the website for Fueling U.S. Forward went dark. The Koch-funded campaign that had set out to promote the “positives” of fossil fuels has seemingly shut down, having wiped the website from the internet and deleting all traces on Facebook and all of its videos off of Youtube.
The abrupt end of the campaign, barely a year old, comes after a summer in which the group’s messaging clearly pivoted from celebrating fossil fuels to attacking clean energy and electric vehicles.
Upon its launch in August 2016, Fueling U.S. Forward CEO and President Charles Drevna told a crowd at the Red State Gathering that the campaign would set out to promote the “positives” of fossil fuels, which he described as “reliable, abundant, efficient and sustainable.”
“We’ve got to take this to the emotional and personal level,” said Drevna.
In one of their first major decisions on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), President Trump’s newly appointed commissioners Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson approved the controversial NEXUS natural gas pipeline.
Yet DeSmog has found that in the months leading up to the appointment of the new commissioners, the companies behind the pipeline engaged in a lobbying blitz to support their nomination and confirmation.
Several months ago, my publishing team let me know about an exciting idea that Indigo had proposed for my two cookbooks. They’ve been so thrilled with your response to the books (as have I!) that they’ve created a special-edition OSG boxed set, available just before the holiday season kicks off. When they asked me I […]
Chad Felix Greene writes:My behavior grew more and more reckless. I even made plans with a stranger I met online who lived in California. He was supposed to rescue me from my small town on the day I graduated from high school. He actually flew into town to attend my graduation, and I discovered he […]
During the First World War, Canadian soldier George Cantlie sent letters home to his young daughter in Montreal and enclosed in each a flower plucked from the battle-scarred fields of Europe — daisies and lavender, lilies and roses.
A century later, Cantlie’s touching notes to his “Wee Celia” have provided the inspiration for War Flowers, a new multi-sensory exhibition on now through January 2018 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
Joe Bob Briggs writes:It started in the ’90s, I think, with the whole “Go Black” movement. I remember going to an audition for the role of a police captain in a TV movie, and when I got to the waiting room, the receptionist said, “Oh, I’m sorry, you didn’t hear? Somebody should have called you. […]
In what is perhaps the world’s most biased and blame based health policy, Britain’s NHS just banned patients with obesity or who smoke from receiving elective surgeries in a bid presumably to
inspire encourage help whip and prod people into losing weight (or quitting smoking – but I’m not going to touch on smoking in this piece, not because I agree with the policy, but rather because it’s not my area of expertise).
The policy’s two primary presumptions are ignorant and misguided.
The first has to do with the value of BMI as a clinical tool. While it’s true that the risks of medical complications and morbidities rise with weight, BMI is a measure of bigness, not health. Half of the NFL have been reported to have BMIs greater than 30, as did my friend and colleague Dr. Spencer Nadolsky pictured below in his wrestling days when he sported a BMI of 32.
The second presumption is that obesity is a disease of personal responsibility and choice. While no doubt weight can be dumbed down to eat less, move more, I still find it shocking that public health professionals and policy makers exist who believe that somehow people with obesity simply haven’t absorbed enough societal guilt, shame, and discrimination to finally lose weight.
Of course, even if you do want to embrace personal responsibility as the sole cause of obesity, medicine isn’t about blame. We patch up drunk drivers and folks who don’t wear seat belts. We treat people with asthma who don’t bother keeping up with their puffers, pneumonias exacerbated by the early discontinuation of antibiotics, and the psychotic breaks of folks who stop their antipsychotics.
Oh, you want surgical examples?
How about liver transplants in patients who once suffered with alcoholism; or how about one that doesn’t involve a so-called vice at all – heart bypasses on folks who simply didn’t bother to take their blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes medications?
We operate on them all in a timely manner, and so we should, but yet here the NHS feels comfortable discriminating against people with obesity, because they apparently still feel justified discussing obesity on the basis of blame based causation.
But putting those two erroneous presumptions aside, the notion that blame based medicine is something that the UK wants to adopt is plainly repugnant. Medicine’s not about blaming and shaming. Life is complicated. And even if a person has the time and personal health to allow a run at intentional behavior change, how high on the list of priorities do you think healthy living lies for someone whose children struggle with substance abuse, or whose debts are staggering, or whose spouse is hobbled with post-traumatic stress disorder? Or someone with any of those same issues who is also unemployed?
Clinically useless truisms aside, obesity is complicated, and moreover we have yet to discover a non-surgical, reproducible, and uniformly effective plan for the management of obesity. And while there’s no argument about the fact that in a ideal world everyone would take it upon themselves to live the healthiest lives possible, there’s two problems with that argument. Firstly, not everyone is interested in changing their lifestyle, and secondly, statistically speaking, the majority of even those who are interested and successful with lifestyle change will ultimately regress. Meanwhile the burden of suffering that the elective surgery those with obesity are being denied may add to absenteeism, presenteeism, pain, depression, and more.
If someone from the NHS’ clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire (who thought up this loathsome, biased, and backwards policy) is reading this, I want to remind you of the NHS Constitutions first guiding principle:
“The NHS provides a comprehensive service, available to all
It is available to all irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity or marital or civil partnership status.”
Either you’re going to have to reverse this idiotic policy, or amend that statement above to explicitly exclude those with obesity.
(In rushing this post through, I utilized paragraphs from a number of previous stories I’ve written about obesity, blame, and bias)
Todd Wynn, former Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)‘s Energy Environmental and Agriculture Task Force, was recently hired by President Donald Trump to work as a senior-ranking official in the U.S. Department of the Interior.
DeSmog discovered the hire via LinkedIn, and Wynn says on his profile page that he began at Interior in October.
Wynn worked at ALEC from 2011 to 2013 and then became Director of External Affairs for Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade association representing electric utility companies nationwide. Prior to his position at ALEC, Wynn served as Vice President of the Cascade Policy Institute, a part of the State Policy Network (SPN), a national chain of state-level conservative and corporate-funded think-tanks which was started as an ALEC offshoot.
ALEC‘s critics have described the organization, a national consortium of mostly Republican Party state legislators and corporate lobbyists, as a “corporate bill mill.” That’s because its lobbyist members convene several times a year with legislators to produce what it calls “model bills” which have ended up as actual legislation thousands of times since the organization’s founding in 1973.
Lac-Saint-Jean, QC — Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will join candidate Richard Hébert for events in Lac-Saint-Jean on Thursday, October 19, 2017: Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:25 AM – Community visit with Seniors – Résidence l’Émeraude 1515 rue des Roses Roberval, QC G8H 3K5 Notes for Media: Photo opportunity only – Media should […]
Here are some Halloween Decorating Ideas to inspire you this spooky season! I really love to decorate inside our home for Halloween. I love the transition from a simply decorated fall home, to a spooky but fun Halloween house. But I especially love that the kids love it. For them, it adds to the excitement that Halloween is coming! This year I changed things up in the Halloween decor department. I try very hard not to over complicate things, and use a lot of the same decorations from past years. But this year I was in Michaels in August, and their shelves were FULL of amazing Halloween decorations. I try not to get tempted, but I saw these fuzzy black and white skull pillows, and decided right then and there, that I had to have them. And then one thing led to another, and the next thing I knew I had a cart full of pumpkins, pillows, string art, candle holders…and on and on. But I can use it all again next year. Decorating our home for the seasons, is just what I like to do, so I gave in to a little temptation this year, and I love how […]
Rick McGinnis writes:The idea of some sort of vaguely defined creative class as a benign invasion, reviving run-down areas once home to workers or industry with their peculiar and mysterious social, cultural and economic alchemy, had a lot of appeal to the sorts of people who run cities – politicians, developers and realtors, mostly.(…)The major […]
Fall in Vancouver came swiftly this year. Overnight, leaves changed colour, the temperature dropped and flora and fauna that thrive in the warm summer sun beat a hasty retreat.
A week ago, the Westin Bayshore’s gardens would have been alive with guests lounging by the pool or making their way out to run or bike the seawall, but today everyone is sheltering from the wind and rain, including the hotel’s resident bees — more on them in a moment.
For the first time since 2013, a group of activists in Youngstown, Ohio, has been told it cannot place an anti-fracking initiative on local ballots, due in part to a misinformation campaign from the fossil fuel industry.
On October 6, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that two proposed ballot initiatives — one to outlaw fracking and fracking waste injections and another to regulate political campaign contributions within city limits — would not be up for a vote this November. In previous years, voters weighed in on similar initiatives, which were ultimately defeated.
Costa Rica’s construction industry has traditionally been dominated by men, but with the help of the WEConnect International program, Madelaine Artavia Sotela has blazed a trail that’s helping change the culture of the business. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.
So there’s that…Steve Sailer writes now:Podhoretz is no fan of Weinstein’s Democratic politics, but for an outsider to joke about Harvey’s history of suckering Oscar voters with sanctimony was just not done. (…)Second, the Weinstein scandal is a good time to bring up a potential reform I’ve been mentioning for about a half decade: We […]
“You’re a real target,” my husband chuckles after someone dressed like a character from The Purge franchise lunges at me, stopping just inches from my face. This is about the twentieth time a character has purposely tried to scare me since we entered Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights event, and though I should expect it, I can’t help but jump and let out a little shriek. Every. Single. Time. What can I say? I’m a good audience.
This post is not an indictment of PepsiCo.
In fact I’ve picked on PepsiCo far less than I have on Coca-Cola over the years because for the most part, PepsiCo hasn’t cynically pretended that health mattered to them as vocally as has Coca-Cola.
For PepsiCo, health was always about sales. They simply wanted to make money selling less awful junk food.
Well, that hasn’t worked out so well, and so PepsiCo, in a 3rd quarter investors meeting a few weeks ago, did as companies do when faced with disappointing sales figures – they pledged to increase their marketing of their flagship sugary beverages (Pepsi and Mountain Dew).
This shouldn’t surprise anyone.
PepsiCo’s job is to maximize their profits, and while there may be times when profits and public health collide, if they don’t, PepsiCo will protect their interests, not yours and mine.
And this post comes with a serving of especially delicious irony in that just one day after PepsiCo’s announcement that they were going to pump their sugary fare, PepsiCo’s VP of marketing Gary So published this piece on Medium about how great PepsiCo’s commitment is to reducing the consumption of calories and sugar from beverages.
As I’ve said before, the food industry is neither friend, nor foe, nor partner.
[Thanks to Consumerist Community Editor Laura Northrup for pointing me to the AP piece]
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As a shark biologist and science communicator, I love to talk with my friends and neighbours about my work. I recently moved from Miami to Vancouver to start a research project investigating Canadian shark fisheries. In addition to getting used to life in a different country, I’ve had to significantly adjust my public outreach strategy.
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“I have wave sickness.”
My five-year-old son Zev announces this with a big smile on his face while standing in the wave pool at the end of a day spent splashing through the circuit of water features at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Thankfully, he’s more waterlogged than seasick from the hours of watersports, and months after our visit, my wife and I are still redeeming the brownie points we earned with Zev, his sister Savannah, 9, and older brother Finn, 10.
As it often does, Stein’s latest Taki’s column includes something to offend everyone.But here’s the thing:He really, truly has worked in Hollywood for a long time…Now, don’t take that as a defense of Hollywood. This is a truly terrible place filled with ambition, vanity, greed, jealousy, backbiting, and bullying. It’s a horrible town, just not […]
Clovelly Oil is not quite a household name, as far as oil and natural gas companies go, though it recently gained attention when its oil and natural gas storage rig exploded on October 15 in Louisiana.
Located on Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, Clovelly’s storage facility erupted at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, injuring seven. Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, remains missing. The search for him has been suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard.
What do we know about this company and its history in the state? Clovelly previously made headlines in 2013 when the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority sued it along with over 100 other companies for their role in eroding and degrading the Louisiana coast.
With the looming passage of Bill 62, Quebec is poised, in the name of “secularism,” to ban Muslim niqabi (women wearing face veils) from boarding city transit. In its first incarnation, as Bill 94, then federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff…
Until today, those information barriers (originally erected around business verticals to prevent exchanges that could lead to conflicts of interest with the Federal government) separated not just Canadian aerospace military and civilian providers, but also the aeronautical and space focused providers which traditionally populated the Canadian aerospace industry.
But not anymore. Airbus, a European multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells civil and military products for both the aerospace and space sectors, is poised to buy a majority stake in the Bombardier C Series program.
As outlined in the October 16th, 2017 Globe and Mail post, “Bombardier teams up with Airbus to secure C Series future,” Bombardier Inc. has struck an agreement “to sell control of its marquee C Series airliner program to Europe’s Airbus Group SE, a bet that handing the keys to a better-financed global giant will ensure the Canadian plane maker’s future in the face of relentless competition and punishingly high tariffs imposed by the United States.”
As outlined most recently in the October 8th, 2017 post, “Au Revoir, Bombardier,” the C Series program has been at the centre of major political and investor drama in Canada since its inception, and has driven Bombardier to the brink of bankruptcy.
According to the Globe and Mail article, the Quebec government supports the transaction with Airbus, as does the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a major Bombardier shareholder. Ottawa has also offered a preliminary endorsement of the transaction, saying “it would require review under federal investment law.”
As outlined in the article:
Although Bombardier itself has not been sold, the deal is an acknowledgment that the company could not go it alone in the global market for passenger airlines.
Under the agreement, Airbus will take a 50.01-per-cent interest in the C Series limited partnership for no cash consideration.
In exchange, it will offer Bombardier’s 100- to 150-seat plane its global procurement, sales, marketing and customer support expertise. Bombardier’s stake will be 31% and Quebec will own about 19% when the deal is finalized.
Of course, Airbus is comprised of both military and civilian subsidiaries, as well as aerospace and space components and possesses an aggressive Canadian subsidiary which would surely like to expand its list of successful contracts. Boeing’s fight with Bombardier over the C Series has already influenced the Canadian military procurement of new Boeing F-18’s.
This is certainly a novel situation for Canadian industry to be in. As outlined in the October 12th, 2017 post, “Osborne Steps Down at Canadian MDA as it Responds to Questions About its US Based “Maxar” Future,” US based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) president Howard Lance even called Airbus the only company able to compete with MDA/ MAXAR across the various business verticals.
And now both companies are well entrenched in the Great White North and able to use a wide variety of both domestic and international business resources to influence procurement decisions. Will the Federal government be strong enough to control the power these two behemoths bring to the table?
Time to queue up the explosions and stand by for action. Anything can happen now.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.