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‘It’s a Proud Day’: Oregon Landowners Celebrate Demise of LNG project, Even as Legal Questions Go Unanswered

Posted December 6, 2021 by Anonymous

Oregon’s 15-year battle against the Jordan Cove LNG project quietly came to an end on December 1, bringing relief to dozens of landowners that live in the path of the proposed project.  It was an anti-climactic end to one of the most controversial fossil fuel projects ever proposed in the Pacific Northwest. Pembina, the backer […]

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Today’s news: random funny stuff

Posted December 6, 2021 by Anonymous

COVID has convinced us of this truth: I’m wearing this when I teach evolutionary medicine next week. pic.twitter.com/E2wCQyTs1u— Daniel Bolnick (@DanielBolnick) November 22, 2021 😂 True! 🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦 https://t.co/xgdoYTtc2n— Jacinthe Payant – Jane G…

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Saturday Stories: Fitness and Health Aren’t Enough, 3 Cheers For Our Immune Systems, And Omicron

Posted December 4, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

By Soupvector – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=112983798
Sirin Kale, in The Guardian, with the life and death story of 42 year old triathlete, body builder, and anti-vaxxer John Eyers
Katherine J. Wu, in The Atl…

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If You Fund the Research, You Can Shape the World

Posted December 3, 2021 by guest

By Amy Westervelt, The Nation Much has been made, and rightly so, of the Koch network’s impact on universities. Entire campus projects exist to ferret out Koch cash, which is powering everything from the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University to the Center for Growth and […]

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Since Congress Lifted Crude Export Ban in 2015, US has Dropped ‘Climate Bomb’ on the World

Posted December 2, 2021 by guest

By Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams After Congress lifted a ban on crude exports in late 2015, oil and gas production in the Permian Basin soared while domestic consumption remained flat—leading to a massive build-out of pipelines and other infrastructure that culminated in the U.S. “flooding global markets” with fossil fuels at the expense of humanity, […]

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In Yet Another Win, Bariatric Surgery Reduces Cancer Risk In Long Term Study

Posted December 2, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Before you read any further know that I’m NOT a surgeon.
I think it could be fairly argued that as far as surgical impact and benefits go, there are few that rival bariatric surgery.
Shown to prolong life, regularly push many chronic diseases includin…

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The PR Industry Has Been a ‘Major’ But ‘Overlooked’ Influence in Climate Politics for Decades, Says Study

Posted November 30, 2021 by Anonymous

From coining “clean coal” to “carbon footprint,” public relations firms have been instrumental in shaping the public discourse around climate and energy policy, and as a new study underlines, their powerful efforts have flown under the radar for too long. PR firms have played a key role in obstructing action on climate change over the […]

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Why the Oil Industry’s Pivot to Carbon Capture and Storage – While It Keeps on Drilling – Isn’t a Climate Change Solution

Posted November 27, 2021 by guest

By June Sekera, The New School and Neva Goodwin, Tufts University After decades of sowing doubt about climate change and its causes, the fossil fuel industry is now shifting to a new strategy: presenting itself as the source of solutions. This repositioning includes rebranding itself as a “carbon management industry.” This strategic pivot was on […]

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Saturday Stories: Testing, Health Professional Long-haulers, And The Holocaust

Posted November 27, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, with everything you really should know about the various modalities of COVID testing.
Ed Yong, also in The Atlantic, on health professionals who themselves are now facing the challenges of long-haul COVID.
Talia Brach…

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Tory MP Who Criticised Climate Action For Impact on World’s Poor Has Stakes in 18 Extractive Companies

Posted November 26, 2021 by Anonymous

A Tory MP who suggested it is “morally wrong” to discourage poor countries from pursuing high-carbon growth on climate change grounds has a financial interest in numerous fossil fuel and mining companies. Among the 18 extractive companies listed under the MP’s entry in the parliamentary register of interests are Shell and the world’s largest oilfield […]

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Every Diet Works For Someone, No Diet Works For Everyone, Diets Are Difficult – IF 2021 Edition

Posted November 24, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Joining an ever increasing cavalcade of studies of different diets that demonstrate they all work as well or as poorly as one another comes this week’s A randomised controlled trial of the 5:2 diet published in PLoS. In it researchers randomly as…

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Right-Wing Group Uses ‘B.S.’ Environmental Justice Argument in Effort to Keep an Oil Pipeline Alive

Posted November 23, 2021 by Anonymous

A right-wing group that has a history of receiving funding from conservative foundations and ExxonMobil is trying to frame the state of Michigan’s attempts to shut down the aging Line 5 oil pipeline as an assault on the Black community.  That industry-backed spin has not gone down well with Michigan activists. “I think that’s B.S. […]

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Chamber of Commerce Lobbying on Climate Investing ‘At Odds’ With Member Stances, Says Report

Posted November 23, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

As the impacts of a changing climate rapidly intensify worldwide, the climate crisis is also hitting businesses and the financial sector where it hurts: the wallet. That’s part of the reason that so-called ESG funds, which promise to emphasize environmental, social, and governance issues in making investment decisions, have become one of the fastest growing […]

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Canadian Police Arrest Indigenous Opponents of Gas Pipeline and 2 Journalists Covering It

Posted November 22, 2021 by Anonymous

Starting on November 18, Canada’s RCMP violently cracked down on a group of Indigenous land defenders who had sought to block the construction of a major natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, arresting roughly 15 people over a two-day period. The RCMP also detained two journalists covering the events. The Coastal GasLink pipeline, under […]

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Today’s News: peek-a-boo!

Posted November 21, 2021 by Anonymous

The parrot is making fun of him! 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/98HUbWrkdP— Figen (@TheFigen) November 19, 2021 They used to laugh and call him names.Not anymore. pic.twitter.com/sYEGmlGKqb— Cory Papineau (@Iam_Canadian) November 15, 2021 This one was fascinating…

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Saturday Stories: The Health-Care Workers, The Fight To Call It Aerosol, And Narratives, Counter-Narratives, And Social Drama

Posted November 20, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, covers the devastating impact managing patients with COVID has had on the world’s health-care workers many of who are calling it quits.
Megan Molteni, in Wired, on the teensy tiny error that helped COVID kill by creating a fi…

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Louisiana Cancer Alley Community Leaders Praise EPA Administrator Regan During Visit as He Wraps ‘Journey to Justice’ Tour

Posted November 19, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

After long feeling ignored by Washington, D.C., this week Louisiana Cancer Alley community leaders were elated following a visit from the federal government’s highest ranking environmental regulator, Michael Regan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator met with environmental advocates in New Orleans, Reserve and St. James on November 16, as part of his “Journey […]

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The World Health Organization, For #WorldDiabetesDay, Chose Fat Shaming And Stigmatization

Posted November 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Where to start with this?

First off there are more than 2 types of diabetes (I mean even the tweet lists 3), but really, recognizing World Diabetes Day with an infographic of a person with obesity in bare feet on a Lazy-Boy eating a giant bag of chips? 

That’s certainly the gluttonous sloth narrative that much of society subscribes to, but the WHO? 
And yes, weight, diet, and physical activity correlate with diabetes risk, but for the WHO to dumb things down to people with type 2 diabetes are fat, lazy, gluttons? The mind boggles.
Never mind genetics, social determinants of health (including poverty, education, caregiving requirements, etc), co-morbid medical conditions, and more, the actual World Health Organization on World Diabetes Day, is stating if you have type 2 diabetes, it’s your fault.
This of course also ignores the fact that there is just a staggering amount of privilege required to intentionally and permanently prioritize behaviour change around food and fitness in the name of health, and of course denies the reality of the thousands of genes and hormones known to be involved in the regulation of weight and dietary choices. 
Perhaps this will serve as an opportunity for the WHO to take a closer look at weight and diabetes bias and stigma and focus some resources to help educate the world on the dangers and risks therein. For over 24 hours, they’d simply added a tweet to their offensive, misguided, and erroneous thread stating they’ll take into account the feedback they’ve received in future messaging, then yesterday afternoon, they finally took it down. Here’s hoping we see a thread about implicit and explicit bias from the WHO down the road

[Also, it’s that time of year again, and should any of you want to donate to my Movember fundraising (am just over halfway to goal!), here’s the link]

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Today’s news: when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!

Posted November 13, 2021 by Anonymous

John Cleese seems to have morphed into the angry establishment figure of ridicule he played in sketches.— Chris Kehoe (@MrKehoe79) November 13, 2021 John Cleese, Morrissey and JK Rowling walk into a bar.And the bartender says “the home for aging disap…

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Saturday Stories: Aaron Rodgers, Vaccine Passports, And Doctors’ Vaccinations

Posted November 13, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his substack, on the damage Aaron Rodgers has wrought on professional sports as a whole. Arthur Shaffer, interviewed in Healthy Debates, on the ethics and legalities of vaccine passports. Andrew McRae and Andreas Laup…

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2021’s Dumbest Scientifically Published Exercise Recommendation For The Treatment Of Obesity

Posted November 11, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

[First written blog post since March 2020. What an awful 20 months. Though the pandemic is certainly not over yet, it feels like it’s time to start writing again. Not sure what the frequency of posts will be, but it’s nice to be back]I wouldn’t have be…

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US Land Border Opens to Canadians

Posted November 8, 2021 by Ben

After being closed for nearly 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 8th 2021 the United States land border officially opened to all fully vaccinated Canadians. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they will be staffing their border at pre-pandemic levels, but warns that wait times may be longer than in […]

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Saturday Stories: Hygiene Theatre, The Lost Plot, Caving To Antivaxxers, And a Brief Announcement From Me

Posted November 6, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Justin Ling, in Macleans, on the persistence of hygiene theatreSarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on how we’ve lost the plot on COVID.Andre Picard, in The Globe and Mail, on how now is the worst time for governments to be catering to antivaxxersAnnouncement…

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Halloween’s Best

Posted October 31, 2021 by Anonymous

Gurdeep is a true Canadian treasure:

The Pulp Librarian offers the top 20 halloween-inspired pulp magazine covers:

Every year, somebody takes it just a little too far:

And of course, the greatest music video ever made:

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Saturday Stories: Bad Studies, 5-12s’ Vaccinations, And Childism

Posted October 30, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

James Heathers, in The Atlantic, on how the house of cards upon which ivermectin studies were built likely underpins much of science. 
Katherine Wu, in The Atlantic, with a Q&A with pediatrician and vaccine researcher Sallie Permar about the …

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Horses, fish, elephants, dogs …

Posted October 24, 2021 by Anonymous
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Saturday Stories: Wellness Conspiracies, Libel Chill, And The Air We Breath

Posted October 23, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Eva Wiseman, in The Guardian, on the overlap between wellness/spirituality and conspiracy theories.
Stephanie Lee, in Buzzfeed, on how the world’s most prominent hydroxychloroquine researcher/crusader is trying to punish one of the world’s foremost sc…

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Today’s News: truth

Posted October 18, 2021 by Anonymous

There is such truth here:

And truth here too:

And Halloween is coming up!

Meanwhile, here in Saskatchewan, our COVID situation is so bad – I cannotimagine the chaos and death in Saskatchewan hospitals right now — and our premier Scott Moe is leading us by naming some guy in North Battleford as the director of Covid response, and immitating a deer in the headlights:

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Saturday Stories: Nazi Analogies, They’re Not Just Numbers, And Who Are The Unvaccinated

Posted October 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Arthur Caplan, in The Cancer Letter, on how Nazi analogies (and more specifically Vinay Prasad’s) regarding COVID are imbecilic, ignorant, and dangerous.Marie-Danielle Smith, in MacLeans, with the story of a family of 3 who like all of those we’ve los…

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Time for some funny stuff!

Posted October 13, 2021 by Anonymous

I loved these:

And this one was so sweet it broke twitter – it got 700K likes:

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Why we need to hear The Story Of January 6

Posted October 10, 2021 by Anonymous

Here in a nutshell is The Story Of January 6 — an impressive summary by Huff Post White House correspondent S.V. Date describing what happened in the Trump Insurrection:This is what Americans need to be told about, every day, every speech, from B…

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Saturday Stories: Kareem Abdul-Jabber Edition

Posted October 9, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his own substack Kareem.Substack.com with two stories about vaccination and the NBA.
The first on why LeBron is wrong to support hesitancy
And the second on Andrew Wiggins’ whining about getting vaccinated.
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Zoom meetings

Posted October 6, 2021 by Anonymous

So I just started a short-term job and one of the things I am going to be learning about is how to host Zoom meetings. Not, like this guy, I hope: We are all in this video pic.twitter.com/ZebenP2Aid— Washington Post TikTok Guy 🪑 (@davejorgenson)…

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Today’s News: Next year country

Posted October 4, 2021 by Anonymous

Well, the boys gave it a good try, but couldn’t quite get into the post-season this year:

Now that Trudeau has apologized to Chief Rosanne Casimir in Kamloops about not attending their ceremony on Sept 30, I think the Canadian media will stop talking about Tofino-gate or whatever we are calling it. Embarrassment is what I call it

Some of today’s funnier stuff too:

Watch until the end:

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Saturday Stories: Airborne Silence, The Next Pandemic, And Fertility

Posted October 2, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Joe Vipond, Kashif Pirzada, and Danielle Cane, in The Toronto Star, on how Canada’s culture of silence around airborne transmission has led to confusion and undoubtedly, to avoidable illness and death.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the lessons we shoul…

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Today’s news: So maybe next year our TRC Day will actually be about Truth & Reconciliation?

Posted October 2, 2021 by Anonymous

Does anyone else find it rather odd that the Trudeau in Tofino story is now on its second day? Ridiculous. 

But the pearl-clutching sure did help Canadian media find an easy story hook for their TRC Day coverage  — otherwise, hey, they might have had to talk to some Indigenous leaders and do some research and think about truth and reconciliation, and maybe, you know, even write news stories about all that uncomfortable stuff.  But then Trudeau flew to Tofino and the media butterflies fluttered – or should I say, flitted – right after him and this solved all their TRC Day news problems. 
Maybe by TRC Day 2022 we will actually focus on truth and reconciliation itself — though I’m not holding my breath.  

There are many other important things that Canadians to talk about:

Go Jays! Here’s the Blue Jays logo done by an Indigenous artist Kory Parkin who has other wonderful artworks as well.

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Today’s news: Truth and Reconciliation

Posted September 30, 2021 by Anonymous

 Excerpt from the poem Forgiving Our Fathers,from one of the best movies ever made, Smoke Signals. Residential School Survivor offers advice on how to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation https://t.co/tdtjpVZxu2— The Globe and Ma…

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Today’s news: Soothing the savage b(r)east

Posted September 29, 2021 by Anonymous

What is it with these guys? Today we learned that White House staff were soothing Trump’s rages by playing show tunes he liked: Trump’s handlers designated a White House official known as the “Music Man” to play him his favorite show tunes, includ…

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Today’s news: maybe the Jan 6 insurrection actually messed up the plan?

Posted September 27, 2021 by Anonymous
 Here’s an important new story about what was supposed to happen on Jan 6:

I have been saying for months that the FBI and the Justice Department should have been holding regular briefings to explain to the American people what happened on Jan 6. 

They haven’t been doing it, and now Americans are either forgetting what happened, or thinking it was really no big deal, yada yada yada. 
But today’s news from Sydney Powell really does help explain for the first time what I always found to be the most inexplicable thing about that day: why was Trump trying so hard to delay the certification for a few hours or a day? What on earth was the point?
Remember all the stories about Rudy phoning Senator Tommy Tuberville to plead with him to throw up roadblocks to Senate certification?  Remember the goofy idea of getting the House and Senate reps from six states to demand the House and Senate each have 2-hour debates on each state certification, which would have turned the process into an all day marathon and might well have adjourned it until the next day? 
I could never understand why they were trying to play these games with the certification – what was the sense anyway?. 
In the end, it didn’t work. Yes, the House and Senate members for Arizona and Pennsylvania did force the extra debates for these states. But then, before the assembly could consider Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nevada, the insurrectionists had invaded the Capitol buildings and everyone ran for their lives.  After that, when Pence and Pelosi reconvened later that evening, the mood had changed – lawmakers were spooked and no longer had any appetite for games and delays. So only the two states were debated and each vote was handled as quickly as they could. Everybody stayed until 3 am and finally Biden was declared president. 
And after it was all over, I did wonder: What on earth was the point of the game-playing? Why were they trying so hard just to delay the inevitable for a day or two? 
Now we find out why – Trump thought if they could delay the Biden certification until Jan 7, then Supreme Court Justice Alito would have time to overturn the problematic state certifications and then Republican state legislatures could throw the election to Trump.
 ….Powell’s interview “suggests that the purpose of the insurrection was to DELAY the electoral college certification to give [Justice Samuel Alito] time to intervene on this legal challenge. But, Powell says they didn’t anticipate Pelosi reconvening Congress that day.” 
 Powell said that while then-President Donald Trump was inciting a riot at the Capitol, her team was filing a “12th Amendment constitutional challenge to the process the Congress was about to use.”
 “Justice Alito was our circuit justice for that,” she recalled. “And we were suing the vice president to follow the 12th Amendment as opposed to the Electoral College Act.” 
 Powell alleged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned of the lawsuit and rushed to have Congress certify the election despite the ongoing attack on the U.S. Capitol. 
 “Everything broke loose and she really had to speed up reconvening Congress to get the vote going before Justice Alito might have issued an injunction to stop it all, which is what should have happened,” the attorney said
So that makes it much easier to understand why Trump wanted the delay.
 And it makes me realize again, how close the US government came to being overthrown by a failed president. 
And in the end, maybe Trump did it to himself — if Trump’s insurrection hadn’t been so successful, invading the Capitol and terrifying the House and Senate members, then maybe the Senate and House wouldn’t have worked so hard on that critical night to get Biden confirmed then and there!

In other news today, I guess nobody told Post Media that the election is over.

COVID news keeps getting worse every day – more than a thousand new cases in Saskatchewan just this weekend. This is absolutely nuts – the anti-vaxxers are terrified of COVID but they’re now trying to demonize doctors and nurses, and they’re putting together “protocols” to breathe hydrogen peroxide and gargle iodine.

My brother was at the Saskatoon Symphony performance this weekend, and there was one anti-vax cellist playing out front for spare change, because she refused to get vaccinated – so now she is losing her career and all her friends, just because of anti-vax ignorant stubbornness. 

And it makes me absolutely furious that so many innocent people are being hurt by the anti-vax intransigence. I see more and more doctors speaking out:

I agree with this too:

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Saturday Stories: Our Biggest Failing, Anti-Vaxxers’ Ongoing Radicalization, And Breakthrough Infectiousness

Posted September 25, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

James Heathers, with a rare must read recommendation, in Medium, on how our biggest failing of the pandemic has been keeping it invisible. Ben Collins, in NBC News, on the rapid continuing radicalization of the anti-vaxxer movementCraig Spencer, …

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