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The tweet of the year

Posted November 24, 2020 by Anonymous

This is from September: Aliens: “Take us to your leader.”Me: “I would wait.”— Jesse Lifson (@DoYouEvenLif) September 12, 2020 Turned out to be pretty good advice.

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Living With Natural Gas Pipelines: Appalachian Landowners Describe Fear, Anxiety and Loss

Posted February 5, 2021 by guest

Read time: 7 minsBy Erin Brock Carlson, West Virginia University and Martina Angela Caretta, Lund University

More than 2 million miles of natural gas pipelines run throughout the United States. In Appalachia, they spread like spaghetti across the regi…

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UK Climate Diplomacy Staff Cut Again as Post-Brexit Links to Trump and US Deniers Strengthen

Posted November 24, 2016 by Anonymous

Read time: 3 minsWith Donald Trump set to become the President of the United States, the international climate change political scenery has shifted.

The president-elect’s stance on “quitting” the Paris Agreement seems to have softened in recent day…

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I think Trump will try to declare Martial Law

Posted January 4, 2021 by Anonymous

When Trump doesn’t succeed on Wednesday to get Pence to “do something” about winning the election, I believe he is going to try to declare Martial Law, thinking that will stop Biden from being sworn in. It’s going to be a nightmare. We’re alr…

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Fire at Oil and Gas Waste Site Raises Safety Concerns Around Possible Radioactive Accidents

Posted February 18, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsOn the evening of February 1, a fire erupted at a West Virginia facility that processes radioactive oilfield waste generated from nearby fracking operations, injuring two workers. A video of the fire captured by local news station WTR…

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Of course its a matter of confidence

Posted October 20, 2020 by Anonymous

Promoting the conceit that setting up a “corruption committee” to harass the Trudeau government isn’t really an issue of confidence in the government is just silly. Of course it is. The Tories had initially billed the committee as one focused on “…

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Alberta Inquiry Steps into a Past Era’s Dark Denial

Posted January 27, 2021 by David Suzuki

Read time: 4 minsThat anyone today could deny the overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence for human-caused climate disruption is shocking. You don’t even need a science background to see its worsening effects occurring worldwide, from record-high te…

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I love this!

Posted March 3, 2021 by Anonymous

And this happened here, in Saskatoon: Meanwhile in Canada:A 10-year old boy wanted to do something nice for the dogs in his neighborhood.So he built them a stick library.He now has two locations and is already expanding to more.🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/fzC4p…

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My #Movember Alex Trebek Tribute Moustache And Why I Almost Didn’t Bother

Posted November 24, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Plainly, 2020 has been an awful year.And I know that I haven’t been blogging, but it just feels wrong to be writing about nutrition, medicine, or weight management in the face of our tragic new realities.I do hope this post finds you and yours healthy…

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Saturday Stories: The Australian Response, The Brazilian Variant, And The Russian Vaccine

Posted February 6, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Damien Cave, in The New York Times, on how Australia is maintaining near normalcy of life in the time of COVID19
James Hamblin, in the Atlantic, on the Brazilian variant that’s currently rampaging through a city that had been thought to be immune due …

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Dumkirk

Posted September 7, 2020 by Anonymous

Yes, I know in the overall scheme of things, the sinking of some of the boats in Trump’s boating parade this weekend is pretty trivial. 

But there’s nothing like trivial to make Twitter come alive. 
The hashtag of the event is #Dumkirk:

Over the weekend, five boats sank at an event put on by Trump supporters near Austin, Texas. The traffic created choppy waters that submerged several boats. https://t.co/BUX5nDp1sK

— NPR (@NPR) September 7, 2020

This is the worst defeat the Confederacy has suffered in 155 years. https://t.co/VrpmNB0Zxq

— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) September 6, 2020

pic.twitter.com/0rwbo8a7Uh

— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 7, 2020

“Cascading failure through unintended consequences is a perfect metaphor for the Trump presidency.” https://t.co/9NuEzs8tjW

— Jacqueline Keeler (@jfkeeler) September 6, 2020

Boater fraud? https://t.co/yJZXlZGWkF

— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 6, 2020

The new Trump ad needs work.#Dumkirk #TrumpBoatParade #BoatersForTrump #LakeTravis #BoatParade #sink #Texas #MAGA #laketravisboatparade #MAGAts pic.twitter.com/cWMlHiDGyZ

— John Óg (@johnogpdx) September 6, 2020

FUNNY ALERT

DEVONS ( MY SON) DAD IS MAGA , HE TOLD DEVON TO START GOFUNDME FOR SURGERY , HE’D HELP , HE DIDNT !!!

WELL .. YESTERDAY , HIS FECKING BOAT SANK IN LAKE TRAVIS ! 🤭🤭😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
TALK ABOUT GOOD KARMA
😂😂😂😂😂😂🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂💞!

— CeCeResistance (@gumboqueen3030) September 6, 2020

I have never loved a picture more. pic.twitter.com/hrcZsuUJM6

— Lauren Hough (@laurenthehough) September 7, 2020

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Saturday Stories: Vaccination, Variants, and Lockdowns

Posted January 9, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Daniela J. Lamas, in The New York Times, reflects as a front line physician on her vaccination.
Julia Belluz in Vox, on the new COVID variants and their implications for vaccinations

Alex Crozier, in The Guardian, on how lockdowns can’t work without …

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Why the US Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord Matters at Home and Abroad — 5 Scholars Explain

Posted February 20, 2021 by guest

Read time: 7 minsBy Morgan Bazilian, Colorado School of Mines; Deb Niemeier, University of Maryland; Edward R. Carr, Clark University; Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, and Walt Meier, NASA

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RDs! We’re Hiring! Looking To Fill A Full-Time Permanent Position With My New Venture Constant Health (Telecommuters Welcome!)

Posted October 22, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Since 2004, Constant Health’s expert team has been at the forefront behavioural weight management, and now, by leveraging the best that technology has to offer, the goal is to share that expertise while eliminating geographic boundaries. Our headquart…

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How U.S. Crude Oil Exports Are Hastening the Demise of the Oil Industry

Posted January 28, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsWhen Congress lifted the export ban on U.S. crude oil in December of 2015 to allow for exports beginning in 2016, the oil industry celebrated. However, looking back at the impact of lifting the 40-year-old ban, it appears the move has…

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Pennsylvania Families Exposed to Unusually High Levels of Oil and Gas Industry Chemicals, Report Finds

Posted March 3, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 13 minsA groundbreaking four-part report by Environmental Health News (EHN) offers new scientific evidence that living near oil and gas development can expose people to a wide array of hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals — not just those li…

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Saturday Stories: Rapid Home Testing Could Save The Day, Pandemic Winter Rules To Rule Them All, And Yes, Kids Transmit COVID19

Posted November 28, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Michael Mina, in TIME, on why he thinks cheap, rapid, testing could dig us out of our holes long before vaccines start going into arms. James Hamblin, in The Atlantic, with the most important rule to follow to protect yourself from COVID thi…

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Fossil Fuel Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 5 Deaths Globally, New Study Reveals

Posted February 9, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 5 minsFossil fuel air pollution is responsible for roughly one in five deaths worldwide, a much higher death toll than previously thought, according to a new study published Tuesday.

Poor air quality from burning fossil fuels such as coal …

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Voting for delusion

Posted September 12, 2020 by Anonymous

 

As I read this short piece at No More Mister Nice Guy, I felt increasingly horrified: 

It’s often said that Trump’s approach to everything is “transactional.” I think Trump’s approach to reality is transactional. The truth is the truth when it serves his purposes. In those moments, Trump believes in reality. But in other moments, not only does he walk out to a podium and contradict reality, he does so without necessarily believing that he’s lying. As I’ve said in the past, Trump doesn’t believe in truth. There are (as we see them) facts, lies, and true and false interpretations of reality, but to Trump they’re all equally valid. He’ll use any of them to shape reality, and he’ll believe whatever he’s saying at the time, even if it contradicts what he said six hours ago. In part this is because, as Yastreblyansky says, he believes in the Power of Positive Thinking and therefore thinks confidence can shape reality. In part it’s because it’s important to him to be his audience’s daddy, someone who dominates us the way his father dominated him.

This is the man that millions of Americans voted for. And will vote for again. 

I’m reading more stories now about Americans who don’t believe COVID is actually real – they think its all a Democratic plot, and that millions of Americans are just getting the flu, and hundreds of thousands are dying of something they already had like heart disease. 
I don’t know what they think people are getting sick from in other countries around the world, but probably they aren’t even aware that other countries actually exist.
And I’m reading stories now about how people in small towns in Oregon and Washington and California think that Antifa, not campers or lightning, is the cause of the fires that are destroying their homes.

I hear from friends in Oregon that, per local media, some claims ‘antifa is starting forest fires’ have been traced to magabros hearing ‘blm’ on radio scanners and not realizing it means Bureau of Land Management

— David Burbach (@dburbach) September 11, 2020

Its absolutely crazy.

Anyone else make this mistake recently? 😳#climatechange #wildfires #apocalypse2020 #motordumb #yycbike pic.twitter.com/Gn1TljmSgu

— REWORKS (@ReWorksYYC) September 12, 2020

Apparently AP style now says you can use “less” even when “fewer” is correct and so 2020 continues to plumb new depths.

— Jonathan Gitlin (@drgitlin) September 11, 2020

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How close was that?

Posted January 9, 2021 by Anonymous

What an awful week. I’m still processing the horror of what happened, and what almost happened, in Washington.  It seems pretty clear now that Trump and his grotesque family wanted the mob to invade Congress and lynch them if they would…

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Saturday Stories: Which Vaccine Should You Get, And Summertime

Posted February 20, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in The Guardian, discusses which vaccine you should get.James Hamblin, in The Atlantic, on what summer might look like (in the US mind you, here in Canada, given our exceedingly slow pace of vaccination, this might not apply)

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Saturday Stories: Respecting Uncertainty, Rapid Home Testing, And Herd Immunity

Posted October 24, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

George Davey Smith, Michael Blastland, and Marcus Munafò, in the BMJ, on how when it comes to COVID, certainty is a red flag.Amy McDermott, in PNAS, on how it’ll likely be rapid home COVID testing that brings back some sense of normalcy – it can’t com…

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Evidence Shows Oil Industry Flaring in Texas Being Done Without Permits

Posted January 29, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsIn 2019 and 2020, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) conducted three helicopter surveys over the oil fields of West Texas. Flying over flare stacks at more than three hundred oil and gas drilling sites, EDF staff used infrared camera…

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UN Human Rights Experts Condemn Expanding Petrochemical Industry in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley as ‘Environmental Racism’

Posted March 3, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 8 minsHuman rights experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a statement on March 2 raising concerns about the further industrialization of Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley.” This largely Black-populated stretch of the Mis…

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Dogs! Lots of dogs!

Posted November 29, 2020 by Anonymous

For a delightful change of pace, here’s some of the best dog videos now on the web:

Crazy agility by Pink the border collie..

Come for the speed – stay for flying hug…pic.twitter.com/ReL9buvhyi

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 27, 2020

Gm tweeties, happy hump day! Enjoy your day everyone.
pic.twitter.com/QdlH6vwcNn

— ༺🦋༻ᗰᗩƳᖇᗩ༺🦋༻ (@LepapillonBlu) November 25, 2020

His favorite toy pic.twitter.com/gFO2N7Q5tp

— The Feel Good Page ❤️ (@akkitwts) November 23, 2020

ok it is time to remember when three dogs thought it was just another day and it turned out to be a great day they are so happy tbh pic.twitter.com/UlhK5MJZbu

— darth™ (@darth) November 11, 2016

These two are Branch Managers.. pic.twitter.com/m23hJhf5QL

— Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 27, 2020

Don’t mind him. He’s just trying to fit in.. pic.twitter.com/k2MRNq7gDz

— Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 27, 2020

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Shell’s ‘Delusional’ Net Zero Strategy Commits $8 Billion to Fossil Fuels

Posted February 11, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 4 minsShell’s new net zero strategy is “grotesque” and includes an “impossible” reliance on tree-planting, campaigners have claimed.

The oil major today revealed an “accelerated” strategy to reduce oil production and decarbonise its product…

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Farewell to the United States

Posted September 19, 2020 by Anonymous

Its difficult to realize that a governmental system that seemed to be so strong and healthy is actually so weak and brittle that the election of one man and the death of one woman could destroy it.  But that’s the way I feel right now about t…

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Some stuff to enjoy while we wait for the apocalypse

Posted January 11, 2021 by Anonymous

 Here’s some stuff I collected from Twitter – enjoy! My goal was to lose 10 lbs by the end of 2020. Only 24 lbs to go!— Jordan (@FoxyDocKnoxy) December 28, 2020 Okay, who did this? pic.twitter.com/Ezmgd3p441— jamie (@gnuman1979) December 28, 2020…

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‘No Safe Amount’: Environmentalists Sound Alarm Over Texas Refineries’ Release of Hundreds of Thousands of Pounds of Pollutants During Storm

Posted February 23, 2021 by guest

Read time: 3 minsBy Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams

Texas oil refineries released hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants including benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide into the air as they scrambled to shut down during la…

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Saturday Stories: The Election, The World Series, And The Expectations

Posted October 31, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, predicts what the future of COVID in America will look like following a Biden or a Trump election win.Jeff Passan, in ESPN, discusses how this year’s World Series was a metaphor for 2020 America.Helen Branswell, in STAT, on h…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccines Alone Aren’t Enough, Women And Vaccines, Why Every Country Should Be Aiming At #COVIDZero, J&J And Novavax

Posted January 30, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Angela Rasmussen, in Slate, on how we can’t rely on vaccines alone to end this pandemic (this is especially true right now in Canada where our vaccination program is barely off the ground)
Alice Lu-Culligan and Akiko Iwasaki, in the New York Times, on…

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Patsy Cline: She holds you in her heart when she sings

Posted March 5, 2021 by Anonymous

On March 5, 1963, 30-year-old singer Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash – one of the first musical losses I can remember, though far from the last. Here is a pretty good documentary about Patsy Cline and her music:

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Saturday Stories: What We Should Be Doing While Awaiting Vaccines, How To Make The Best Of Vaccines, And Our Shameful Failure With Our Racialized Neighbourhoods

Posted December 5, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Zain Chagla, Sumon Chakrabarti, Isaac Bogoch and Lynora Saxinger, in The National Post, on what we should be doing with vaccines on the horizon.Helen Branswell, in STAT, on how we might make best use of the vaccines once they arrive.Jennifer Yang, Kat…

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Appalachian Fracking Boom Was a Jobs Bust, Finds New Report

Posted February 11, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsThe decade-long fracking boom in Appalachia has not led to significant job growth, and despite the region’s extraordinary levels of natural gas production, the industry’s promise of prosperity has “turned into almost nothing,” accordin…

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An Outstanding UN Speech from Trudeau

Posted September 26, 2020 by Anonymous

Trudeau addressed the United Nations today and his speech was simply outstanding: Other people have posted, but ICYMI10 minutes worth watching. Headline Politics: PM Trudeau Addresses UN General Assembly – September 25, 2020 | CPAChttps://t.co/M4CO0c9q…

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What happened on 1/6, and what will happen next

Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

Here’s a map I found that illustrates the Jan 6 Trump Insurrection: The New York Times has an excellent interactive article which describes how the attack on the US Capital building went, and here’s an article from the Washington Post describing what W…

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From Capture to Culture: Aquaculture in the US

Posted February 24, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsAs the Biden administration turns to environmental concerns, one of its top priorities will be how to better protect the world’s oceans. With more than 80 percent of the world’s fish stocks at or near collapse, some marine conservation…

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Saturday Stories: Complacency’s Price, and Minks

Posted November 7, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Andre Picard, in The Globe and Mail, on the price we’re paying for complacency with COVID.Helen Branswell, in STAT, with some reassurance on Danish COVID minks. Yes minks.
       Related StoriesSaturday Stories: The E…

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Exclusive: Whistleblower Accuses Exxon of ‘Fraudulent’ Behavior for Overvaluing Fracking Assets For Years

Posted February 2, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsExxonMobil announced a $19.3 billion write-down on Tuesday, a big hit to a company reeling from depressed oil and gas prices and a rapidly changing global energy market.

The write-down reduces the value of the assets on Exxon’s books…

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Saturday Stories: How Pfizer’s Vaccine Works, School Closures And Life Expectancies, And Your Place In The Vaccination Line

Posted December 12, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer, in The New York Times, explain how the Pfizer vaccine will work inside of your body.Melissa Davey, in The Guardian, digs past the alarmist headlines and breathless tweets and speaks with epidemiologist Gid MK to explore…

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