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Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

~The Advocate (Tasmania) January 9, 1934…

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#825 Overly complicated baby, playoffs, or Oscar pools

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

Six or seven years ago my friend Alec ran an Oscar Pool. You just filled in a little piece of scrap paper, paid Alec five bucks, and then whoever got the most picks right took home the big $25 pot. Then maybe they celebrated by buying a whole pizza or pre-paying the next five pools […]

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Opponents Ask Court to Stop Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction in Louisiana Community During Ongoing Legal Battle

Posted May 24, 2018 by Julie Dermansky
Protesters with banners stop construction at a Bayou Bridge pipeline site in Maurice, Louisiana

Today, residents of St. James, Louisiana, and groups opposing the Bayou Bridge pipeline petitioned a state court to halt construction on the oil pipeline along its final 18 miles. This segment falls in an area known as the coastal zone and requires a special state permit.

The court previously ruled against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for issuing a permit that did not follow state guidelines and consider if the project had adequate environmental and emergency response plans for the town of St. James in case of a pipeline failure.

Opponents thought the court’s order would bring a stop to construction but that hasn’t been the case. As a result, today’s petition asks for a pause in construction until all the permit’s conditions are met.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Sideline 100 Miles of Construction in Virginia and West Virginia

Posted May 24, 2018 by guest
Central Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

Builders of the controversial Atlantic Coast pipeline told federal authorities they will delay construction along 21 miles in West Virginia and 79 miles in Virginia until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issues a revised “incidental take statement,” which limits the number of threatened or endangered species that might be accidentally killed or harmed during development activities.

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Kudos (Maybe) To Calgary Police For Handing Out Recreation Passes For Kids’ Good Behaviour Rather than Sugar (Like Here In Ontario)

Posted May 24, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

So here’s the story.

Recently I saw a tweet highlighting a new Calgary Positive Ticket campaign whereby Angie Thiessen’s daughter received a coupon redeemable for free access to a Calgary recreation facility because she was “caught” learning to ride her bicycle with a bike helmet.

When the @CalgaryPolice pull over and write a ticket while you’re taking the kids for a bike ride. 😁 Such a great idea – Liv was thrilled! And it had the neighbours calling… #yyc pic.twitter.com/ECQSIRl2yf

— Angie Thiessen (@angie_thiessen) April 26, 2018

Fantastic, right? Here’s a longer piece discussing the program.

But then I saw this story about Calgary’s positive ticketing program having handed out 2,350 coupons redeemable for a Macs Milk hot chocolate or Frosty over the course of the past 18 months.

So if the program’s changed (and zero doubt that it should) from targeting kids with free advertising and emotional brand washing for sugar sweetened beverages, then kudos to Calgary.

Here’s hoping!

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#826 When you didn’t play the lottery and your numbers didn’t come up

Posted May 24, 2018 by Anonymous

I don’t play the lottery very often, but when I do I’m pretty sure I’m going to win. I take pains to ensure all my family members’ birthdays are evenly covered as I carefully color in all the bubbles and then hand my sheet to the convenience store cashier. Kicking cigarette butts and sucking on […]

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Koch-Backed and Anti-Renewable Energy Groups Wooing Interior Department Official

Posted May 23, 2018 by Anonymous
Vincent DeVito

Fossil fuel groups backed by the Koch brothers and lobbyists for anti-renewable energy entities have been courting an Interior Department official responsible for energy policy, according to internal documents. Vincent DeVito, a senior energy advisor to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has received considerable attention from these groups, accepting several invitations to closed meetings and conferences.

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One Year of Andrew Scheer

Posted May 23, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

Canadians don’t want a return to the Harper decade. But in one year as leader of the Conservatives, all Andrew Scheer has really done is show Canadians that he wants to do exactly that.

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Every turtle species in Canada is now at some level of risk

Posted May 23, 2018 by Anonymous

Three painted turtles sunning on a log

Groups of sunning painted turtles are a common sight around lakes and rivers in southern Ontario, but the species faces an uncertain future, according to biologists. (Photo: Alyx Luger/Can Geo Photo Club)

The midland painted turtle, a common sight on the shores of lakes and rivers across southern Ontario, has been designated a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), meaning every turtle species in Canada is now at risk in some part of its Canadian range. According to a leading reptile biologist, it will take a concerted effort to think in “turtle time” to bring them back from the brink.

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New fishing rules aim to protect Gulf of St. Lawrence right whales

Posted May 23, 2018 by Anonymous

Scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approach a young North Atlantic right whale entangled in fishing gear near Cape Canaveral. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library/flickr, CC BY-SA)

Not since the days of whaling had so m…

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#827 Saying the same thing a sports announcer says just before he says it

Posted May 23, 2018 by Anonymous

Because at that moment you go from a lazy potato chips ‘n’ naps fan laying on the couch in a crumb-covered pile of sweatpants, bedhead, and BO to an insightful sports critic with a sharp eye, quick tongue, and backup second career. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Facebook —

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How Enbridge Helped Write Minnesota Pipeline Laws Aiding its Line 3 Battle Today

Posted May 22, 2018 by guest
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announces Enbridge Line 3 replacement project

By Logan Carroll

The Minnesota section of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline accounts for nearly 300 miles of the longest crude oil transport system in the world, and it is failing. The multi-billion-dollar transnational corporation has applied for a permit to replace it. Opposition from tribes in the region and environmental groups is slowing the project, but the process at times appears so tilted in Enbridge’s favor that, watching the court battles and utility commission meetings, it almost feels like Enbridge wrote the rules.

At one point in its application to build the new Line 3, Enbridge listed all the federal and state laws that regulate the permitting and construction of pipelines. Nearly all the Minnesota laws originated in one 1987 Senate bill: S.F. 90.

This bill was accompanied by unprecedented pipeline industry lobbying — led in spending by Enbridge — and included subtle but major handouts to pipeline companies. One such provision imposes a sweeping limit on the public’s ability to oppose new pipelines, including the Line 3 replacement project.

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Columbia University Hires Trump Official and Fossil Fuel Defender as Climate Policy Expert

Posted May 22, 2018 by Anonymous
George David Banks

Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) is a hugely influential policy group filled with heavy hitters from politics and the oil industry. While the center’s home page describes it as “an independent, interdisciplinary, and nonpartisan platform,” its track record shows that CGEP consistently supports the same policies favored by the fossil fuel industry. 

And one of its latest moves — hiring former Trump energy advisor and fossil fuel defender George “David” Banks as an expert on “international climate policy” — shows that trend will continue.

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10 interesting discoveries from BioBlitz Canada 150

Posted May 22, 2018 by Anonymous

infographic of findings from BioBlitz Canada 150

An infographic showing a few key findings from BioBlitz Canada 150. (Infographic: Canadian Wildlife Federation)

Last year, citizen scientists donned their favourite khakis, polished their binoculars, and set out en masse into wild and urban green spaces to participate in BioBlitz Canada 150, a series of events to record and observe Canada’s species organized by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, BioBlitz Canada and other conservation partners.

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Meet the 2018 Can Geo Challenge National Finalists

Posted May 22, 2018 by Anonymous

Canadian Geographic national finalists

This coming weekend, youth from across the country will descend on Ottawa to take part in one of Canada’s biggest student competitions. From May 26 to 28, the 23rd annual Canadian Geographic Challenge will see the country’s brightest young geographers vie for the title of National Champion.

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B.C.’s glass sponges “cough” to unclog blocked pores

Posted May 22, 2018 by Anonymous

Glass sponge reef in B.C.'s Hecate Strait

A glass sponge reef in B.C.’s Hecate Strait. Researchers have found that these mysterious, ancient animals evolved defensive behaviours to protect themselves from suffocation by excess sediment. (Photo: Sally Leys/CSSF/DFO)

Glass sponges in reefs off the coast of British Columbia “cough” to keep sediment out of their pores, according to new research that is shedding light on these mysterious but ecologically important invertebrates.

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Five questions about “The Terror”

Posted May 22, 2018 by Anonymous

The crew of the The Terror at work on the ice in the series' first episode

The crew of the The Terror at work on the ice in the series’ first episode. (Photo courtesy AMC)

The tenth episode of AMC’s The Terror brought the outstanding series to a close Monday, but Russell Potter and Stephen Smith aren’t done yet yet.

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Metabolically Healthy With Obesity, But For How Long? And Does It Matter?

Posted May 22, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff
Image Courtesy of the Canadian Obesity Network

I faced the first question a few weeks ago when I was speaking with a group of medical residents. The latter I’m asking here.

I had presented the EOSS related data that showed the risk of dying with an EOSS score of zero (meaning a person had a BMI greater than 30, but had no physical, metabolic or quality of life related signs or symptoms related to obesity) over the course of 6 years, was no higher than a person without obesity.

The residents wanted to know what percentage of patients with an EOSS score of zero remained at an EOSS score of zero, and moreover wouldn’t there be benefits to trying to work on weight as a means to prevent progression even with an EOSS score of 0?

I pointed out that “working on weight” is fairly meaningless goal, but rather it would be exploring a patient’s lifestyle related to food and fitness and then providing them with guidance on how to improve both that clinicians ought to be doing. More importantly I pointed out that this exploration should be undertaken with each and every patient regardless of their weights.

But it’s a fair question, and there are a few studies looking at this including this one which was recently published in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology.

In it, the authors quantified what percentage of patients with metabolically healthy obesity (MHO) went on to develop metabolic syndrome over the course of the next dozen years.

The answer was of the 1,051 patients with MHO at the start of the study, 48% developed metabolic syndrome by the study’s end. Those who did develop metabolic syndrome, unsurprisingly, were shown to have a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease (but not of all cause mortality by the way).

All this to say, there’s little doubt that obesity increases the risks of developing various medical conditions, but in my opinion, and as I expressed to the medical residents, weight shouldn’t dictate whether or not a physician explores a particular patient’s lifestyle. Whether a person has an EOSS score of zero, or whether their weight is “normal“, shouldn’t preclude considering nutrition and fitness as important determinants of health.

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#828 Remembering what other movie that guy is from

Posted May 22, 2018 by Anonymous

Smack dab in the middle of the movie’s big scene, it always happens. Everything gets tense for the big courtroom finale or championship football game, and then all of a sudden the defense attorney or opposing coach turns out to be that guy from some other movie and you just can’t stop thinking about where […]

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Climate Science Deniers From Around Globe Rally Around Sacked Scientist Peter Ridd

Posted May 21, 2018 by Graham Readfearn
Peter Ridd

Climate science denial groups from the UK, U.S., and Australia have leapt to support a controversial marine scientist who was fired from his job at an Australian university.

Dr. Peter Ridd, formerly a professor at James Cook University (JCU), was sacked for repeated breaches of his employment’s code of conduct, according to a statement from the university.

Ridd claims that the Great Barrier Reef is “in great shape” and dismisses evidence that human activities including dredging and human-caused global warming have damaged the internationally iconic marine wonder. Back-to-back coral bleaching events linked to record-breaking sea surface temperatures have killed about one third of the reef’s corals.

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#829 Smiling in your heart and thinking of good friends who are gone

Posted May 21, 2018 by Anonymous

I met Chris Kim in September, 2005 in Boston. A tiny Korean guy with thin eyes hidden behind thick glasses under a well-worn and faded ball cap, he looked kind of mousy under awkwardly baggy clothes and behind a soft voice. And even though neither of us drank much, we met at a bar — […]

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Yes, this blog has been awfully quiet lately…

Posted May 20, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle

Come on: I’ve been at this since 2000 — I get bored with it sometimes…These days, you’re more likely to find me on Facebook. Yeah, I know…But frankly, thanks to browser “share” plug ins, it’s just that much easier for me to share stuff on Facebook and add a few comments there. And I’m busy with […]

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#830 Salty salt

Posted May 20, 2018 by Anonymous

You’re here because of salt. Honestly, according to our egghead pals at Wikipedia, salt’s ability to preserve food was a foundation of civilization. People figured out that they could take their food with them, and skipped town with a lunch bag to see what was over the hills. Salt affected where roads were built, cities […]

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Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction Proceeds in Louisiana Community Despite Invalid Permit Ruling

Posted May 19, 2018 by Julie Dermansky
Bayou Bridge pipeline workers in St. James, Louisiana

Construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline has continued in and around the Louisiana town of St. James despite a judge’s ruling that a state agency wrongly issued a permit allowing this oil pipeline to be built without an emergency and evacuation plan for the vulnerable town. A follow-up judgment formalizing the initial ruling came on May 15.

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Gaza jailbreak: death and champagne

Posted May 19, 2018 by Anonymous

The facts on the ground at the Gaza prison cage are not much in dispute. 60 Palestinians are now confirmed dead, mowed down in one day by live fire from Israeli Defence Forces, the latter situated at a comfortable…

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#831 When someone names their child after you

Posted May 19, 2018 by Anonymous

Well, they might not be named after you specifically. Maybe they just happen to have the same name. But then again, who knows really? I mean, all we know for sure is that your names match and you were born first. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Facebook —

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Is there a genetic marker for ethnicity?

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

A scientist suggests there is not a marker for ethnicity.

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Green-blooded reptiles are on the edge of poisoning themselves

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

It’s not easy being green – especially for green blooded lizards.

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Flesh eating bacteria stun the immune system into silence – with pain

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

How Flesh Eating Bacteria uses your pain to its advantage

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Flushing hippo toilets smother fish in African rivers

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

African fish are drowning in Hippo poop

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Kilauea’s lava has been flowing for 35 years – what’s science learning from the latest eruption?

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

It’s the longest continuously erupting volcano of our time, and now, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is revealing new insights into how volcanoes work

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Michael Pollan on the science of how psychedelics can ‘shake your snow globe’

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

Michael Pollan on the science of ‘shaking the snow globe’ psychedelics

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Scott Pruitt’s Approach to Pollution Control Will Make the Air Dirtier and Americans Less Healthy

Posted May 18, 2018 by guest
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By Robert Percival, University of Maryland

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical lapses and extravagant spending habits have distracted the public from what he is doing to roll back important environmental protections.

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Ontario election: self-deplatforming of the OPCP

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

Ottawa Centre is my riding, and I have attended two all-candidates meetings so far. The Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate failed to show for each, turning down an invitation to a debate hosted by a coalition of women interested in discussing…

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What 30 Years of Documents Show Shell Knew About Climate Science

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

There can be no mistake: as early as 1981, big oil company Shell was aware of the causes and dangers of climate change.

These documents show Shell walking backwards. In the 1980s it was acknowledging anthropogenic global warming. Then, as the scientific consensus became more and more clear, it started introducing doubt and giving weight to a “significant minority” of “alternative viewpoints” as the full implications for the company’s business model became clear.  

By trawling through a tranche of documents first uncovered by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent, published on Climate Files, DeSmog UK can chart 30 years of the company’s understanding of climate science.

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#832 Finally having your ears pop back to normal long after a really long flight

Posted May 18, 2018 by Anonymous

Do you sometimes forget your ears need a good popping? Maybe after the jet cabin decompresses, concert wraps up, or swimming lessons finish the volume in your ear dials down a notch and your head feels all plugged up. But you just get used to it. You pick up your baggage, clear customs, jump on […]

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FERC Allowed Chairman McIntyre to Participate in Decisions Concerning his Former Clients

Posted May 17, 2018 by Anonymous
FERC's McIntyre and Glick

Ethics officials at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — the agency responsible for approving energy infrastructure such as interstate oil and gas pipelines and overseeing utilities — recently gave the OK for its new chairman, Kevin McIntyre, to be involved in decisions concerning two of his former clients and previous firm, DeSmog has found.

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Meet five young scientists taking on major environmental issues

Posted May 17, 2018 by Anonymous

More than 10,000 people visit the Canada-Wide Science Fair each year.

More than 10,000 people visit the Canada-Wide Science Fair each year. This year, 450 young finalists from across Canada presented more than 400 projects on topics related to information technology, health, energy, the environment and more. (Photo: Katherine Lissitsa/Canadian Geographic)

Eager kids, proud parents and science fans filled the Fieldhouse at Ottawa’s Carleton University Wednesday to explore the projects created by some of Canada’s top young scientists as part of the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair.

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How Many Calories Your Meal Has May Depend On Which Tracker You’re Using

Posted May 17, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

First, let me get this out of the way.

The currency of weight is calories. True, not all calories have the same impact on health or satiety, and also true, people aren’t walking math formulas, but that doesn’t change the fact that you need a surplus of calories to gain and a deficit to lose, and that the false dichotomy suggesting it’s only worth caring about either quality or quantity of calories is just plain dumb.

But the story here isn’t about that. The story here stems from the fact that my office is currently in the development stage of a mobile app which in turn will include a food diary.

Right now we’re trying to figure out which calorie and food database to licence, and as part of that process one of our office’s terrific RDs, Lauren Lejasisaks, chose 4 online recipes and crunched numbers using myfitnesspal, calorieking, and another third party database that we’re considering licensing.

Turns out, they’re all different. And not by small margins! The very same ingredients entered into those 3 different databases yielded results that differed by as much as 40%.

As to which is right?

I have no idea.

And it probably doesn’t matter as much as you might think.

Though there’s certainly value in having an inkling of where you might be at calorie wise (or carb wise if you’re tracking that instead), probably the bigger value of record keeping is in the context of its service as a conscious reminder of the behaviours that you’re trying to change. And if you’re keeping a food diary regularly, you’ll be reminding yourself multiple times per day, and so long as you don’t use your food diary as a negative, blunt, tool of judgement, those reminders will help you to make more informed and thoughtful dietary decisions.

        
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