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Crispy Airfryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Posted June 4, 2018 by Anonymous

Crispy Airfryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

This recipe for Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings is made with the Philips Turbostar Analog Airfryer, and makes the most crispy and delicious chicken wings.  Only 3 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes!  Perfect for game day parties! – – – – – Disclosure: I am working with Philips and I am excited to share Philips products and delicious recipes I have made with them!  I have been compensated, but as always, all pictures, views and opinions are my own. I might be the only person I know that doesn’t have a deep fryer…it just wasn’t something I ever wanted.  And […]

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UK Worst of G7 Countries for ‘Hiding’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies — Report

Posted June 4, 2018 by Anonymous
Oil rig

The UK has been accused of trying to “fudge” how much money it spends on subsidising coal mining and fossil fuel use despite its pledge to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies by 2020. 

The country ranked first on its commitment to end fossil fuel subsidies but last on transparency in a new study led by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) which ranks each G7 country on ending support for the production and use of oil, gas and coal ahead of a group meeting which starts in Canada on Friday.

The UK does not provide national reports on its fiscal support for fossil fuel production and consumption and the government has repeatedly denied providing fossil fuel subsidies. However, the report states that the UK is providing subsidies in the form of tax breaks for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea and the decommissioning of oil. 

Researchers also argue that the UK is using public finance through the UK Export Finance, a government agency which underwrites loans to boost British companies’ exports, to support fossil fuel projects abroad – a finance stream they say the government should be counting as a subsidy.

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Trump Has Damaged the Paris Agreement, Say its Architects

Posted June 4, 2018 by guest
Trump announces the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

By , Climate Home News

One year on from Donald Trump’s announcement he would withdraw the U.S. from the UN climate pact, leading figures assess the “dire consequences”

On the first day of June last year, Trump ended months of speculation by siding with conservative aides who had urged him to remove the U.S. from the Paris deal.

That “reprehensible decision” has had “dire consequences,” Laurent Fabius, the former French prime minister who presided over the Paris talks in 2015, wrote on the Profiles of Paris website last week.

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Rick Perry Resorts to Subsidizing Coal With Measures Used in Wartime and Natural Disasters

Posted June 1, 2018 by Anonymous
Rick Perry and Ryan Zinke at 2018 CPAC

Under the purported banner of national security, Energy Secretary Rick Perry appears again to have heeded the self-described “desperate” calls of coal baron Robert Murray in order to prop up dying coal and nuclear plants. This time, Perry is planning to resort to federal emergency measures typically employed during wartime or natural disasters, according to Bloomberg.

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Animals vocalize 100 times louder than humans – it’s a matter of survival

Posted June 1, 2018 by Anonymous

Why are animals so loud – and why are we so quiet?

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The first Americans ‘island hopped’ down the west coast past the glaciers

Posted June 1, 2018 by Anonymous

Tracking the first people in North America – how they got here, and what the did

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A gene for our big brains was rescued from the DNA garbage bin

Posted June 1, 2018 by Anonymous

Discovering a gene that give us big brains

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Kids and concussions – the latest science on risks and long term effects

Posted June 1, 2018 by Anonymous

What the latest science says about the risk of multiple head injuries in youth

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11+ Delicious Salads for a Summer BBQ or Picnic!

Posted June 1, 2018 by Anonymous

Tis the time of year for BBQ’s and picnics with family and friends!  If you need some ideas on what to make and take, here are 11+ Delicious Salads for a Summer BBQ or Picnic. With summer right on our doorstep, this means that there will be plenty of patio BBQs, picnics and gatherings with friends and family.  Whether you are hosting, or have been asked to bring something, it’s always nice to have a few easy, go-to recipe ideas in your kitchen arsenal.  I’m sharing 11+ tasty salad recipes to keep in mind for your next summer soiree!  Make […]

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Life In Scarborough: Gulls Before A Storm

Posted May 31, 2018 by bigcitylib

So the wife and I spent our evening  on the balcony of our condo unit drinking a bottle of wine.  We noticed a flock of  gulls in the air, surfing the turbulence in advance of a line of storm clouds.  These were  the same gulls…

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Will Washington Post’s Hiring of Former WSJ Opinion Editor Bring Climate Deniers to its Pages?

Posted May 31, 2018 by guest
Washington Post offices

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

On Tuesday evening, The Washington Post announced that it has hired Mark Lasswell to be the paper’s associate op-ed editor. According to the post, Lasswell oversaw The Wall Street Journal’s opinion page from 2012 through 2016.

The Post’s hire continues the worrying trend of legitimate media bending over backwards to accommodate conservative opinions, like The New York Times’ hiring of the Journal’s climate bullshitter Bret Stephens. Or Bari Weiss, who formerly worked with Lasswell at The Wall Street Journal and now writes for The Times where she pens puff pieces for hate speechmisunderstands cultural appropriation, and criticizes the #MeToo movement.

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“Everything In Moderation” Does Not Apply To Giving Candy To Other People’s Kids

Posted May 31, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

I heard it most recently from a teacher explaining why it’s no big deal that she gave her 8 and 12 year old students Smarties (Canadian M&Ms), Lucky Charms Bars, Smart Food, Goldfish Crackers and Freezies for various reasons including most recently, writing a standardized test.

It’s just a variant of the, “but it’s just one” cop out.

Both suggest that the indulgence is small, therefore the questionable offering is no biggie.

And for individuals, it’s true. I don’t think that there should be any forbidden foods. We should all be consuming the smallest amount of indulgences that we need to like our lives (my four food kryptonites are Sour Patch Kids, Ruffles, dark chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and scotch).

But it’s not true when referring to teachers choosing to give Smarties to 8 year olds because they were writing a standardized test.

Because firstly, it’s not just one, and consequently it’s not a moderate amount, because as anyone with children today knows, it’s “just one” for other people giving kids junk food virtually every day, and some times multiple times a day.

And yes, while I have zero issue with children eating Smarties (mine just came back from Manhattan where one of their favourite stores was the M&Ms store), teachers teaching their 8 year old students that there’s no occasion or effort too small to not warrant candy or junk food does not fit into my definition of a message that’s healthy even in moderation.

With very rare exceptions (like another kid’s birthday party, or Halloween), parents, and parents alone, should be the arbiters of how much candy or junk food their 8 year olds are offered, not teachers, who instead could/should serve as role models as to how to reward and inspire without messages like the one that same teacher who wanted me to know it was ok because “everything in moderation” posted to Twitter,

Nothing says #inspirationaltreat like @Nestle #Smarties!

Really?

Not an end of test dance party? An extra period of recess? Painting a celebratory class mural?

Though it’s harsher than might be fair, and clearly written in exasperation, there was a comment left on my Facebook page by Robin Nelson VanDyke that I have a difficult time disagreeing with,

Honestly, and as I’ve been saying over and over again, it’s not that teachers don’t care, they do, it’s that junk food for everything is so entrenched and normalized that when challenged people get defensive rather than reflective.

[If you’re a teacher looking for non-junk food ideas, here’s a great list and backgrounder to peek at]

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A tale of two countries

Posted May 30, 2018 by Anonymous

France v. England, the land of my birth. I loathe what that third-rate, dingy, squalid, crumbling, racist little country has become….

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Troubled Gas Firm Drops Request to Dodge Drilling Limits Near New Mexico’s Methane Hot Spot

Posted May 30, 2018 by Sharon Kelly
New Mexico resident Don Schreiber on his ranch next to oil and gas equipment

Today, one of New Mexico’s largest oil and gas producers, Hilcorp Energy, dropped its recently filed request to increase the number of wells it can drill or frack in the San Juan Basin, already home to tens of thousands of gas wells. Hilcorp’s proposal also would have shut the public out of the decision-making process by establishing an “administrative approval” process.

Back in 2014, this corner of northern New Mexico made international headlines when NASA researchers discovered a persistent methane plume the size of Delaware. Two years later, they pinned one of the main sources of this methane “hot spot” to natural gas wells, pipelines, storage tanks, and processing plants in the San Juan Basin. A second peer-reviewed study last year confirmed those findings.

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Justin Trudeau delivers remarks to supporters in Wolfville, NS

Posted May 30, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

Ottawa, ON – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Wolfville on May 31, 2018. The Liberal Party of Canada has committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for openness and transparency, and is challenging other parties to do the same. […]

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Justin Trudeau’s Risky Gamble on the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Posted May 30, 2018 by guest
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

By David Tindall, University of British Columbia

In the lead-up to the last federal election [in Canada], Justin Trudeau said: “Governments might grant permits, but only communities can grant permission.”

Vancouver and Burnaby did not grant permission to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. Neither did a number of smaller Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Nevertheless, Trudeau’s Liberal government approved the expansion. Then, this week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the government was taking over the project from Kinder Morgan.

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Simple Early Summer Mantel…Flowers Everywhere!

Posted May 30, 2018 by Anonymous

Simple Early Summer Mantel

Create a beautiful early summer mantel with simple decor and loads of fresh flowers! Today I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers, and we are sharing our simple and beautiful summer mantel {or summer vignette} ideas with you! Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing.  Make sure to check out all of the mantels and vignettes in the links at the bottom of this post!  xo This time of year I so look forward to lilacs blooming…there is something SO immensely beautiful about these flowers.  The nostalgia, the soft and frothy look of the flowers, and the scent…oh my the […]

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Emails Reveal Pruitt and EPA Coordinating with Climate-Denying Heartland Institute

Posted May 29, 2018 by Anonymous
Scott Pruitt

A lawsuit filed in March by the Southern Environmental Law Center and Environmental Defense Fund has revealed new levels of coordination between Scott Pruitt‘s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the climate science-denying think tank the Heartland Institute.

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Ask Angela: OSG recipes with 5 to 7 ingredients, my favourite popsicle molds, freezer-friendly summer recipes, and more!

Posted May 29, 2018 by Anonymous

Happy Tuesday! Before we dive into our Ask Angela Q&As, I’d like to share this short Oh She Glows Reader Survey. I’m really curious to hear what you would love to see more (or less) of to help guide the future of the blog. Your feedback and input mean the WORLD to me, and I’d be […]

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David Cole’s new column at Taki’s…

Posted May 29, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle

A thousand never-forgetters crawled out of the woodwork to wail, “Oy, once you compare humans to animals, once you dehumanize them, you make it easy to kill them.”Bullshit. Once you demonize a people, then you make it easy to kill them.The average human is far more easily moved to murder if he believes he is […]

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A School Principal Blocked Me On Twitter Because I Suggested That 8 Year Olds Need Not Be Rewarded With Oreos For Writing A Test

Posted May 29, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

In Grade 3 in Canada, many students write a standardized test for the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

At one school, the kids’ Principal tweeted out her note of encouragement, along with a photo of the test packages that the school had prepared for the 8 year olds. Included with each was a package of Oreo cookies.

My response was to point this out as a great example of how there is no longer any occasion too small to not use junk food to reward, pacify, or entertain children.

She blocked me.

Next the chief psychologist of a school board weighed in to state,

I’m missing the reason for concern. I hope it isn’t unusual for children to be celebrated in schools for all sorts of achievements, activities, or just building a positive school culture.

Call me a dreamer, but I don’t think positive school culture needs to be built out of Oreos.

That a principal, and the chief psychologist of a school board, both of who I have zero doubt care tremendously about their students, see no problem with schools teaching 8 year olds that junk food rewards effort and/or relieves stress really speaks to just how entrenched and normalized our unhealthy relationship with junk food has become.

How about an extra 15 minutes of recess in between test blocks if stress is a concern? Or stickers for a job well done, or a come in your PJs to write day if reward is the issue?

And taking a step even further back, should we really be teaching 8 year olds that the simple expectation of their writing tests in life is an event worthy of anything other than being proud that they did their best in writing and/or studying for it?

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Ontario Election Leadership Debate Analysis

Posted May 27, 2018 by bigcitylib

I didn’t watch it.  I was eating wings in my favorite wings place watching a hockey game.  But I was checking my twitter feed occasionally, and this is what I gleaned from it.1) Kathleen Wynne’s opening pitch speech was good.  Something …

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Why doesn’t lightning travel in a straight line?

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

Why doesn’t lightning travel in a straight line?

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The sleep deficit puzzle – is it not enough sleep or too much being awake?

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

Not getting enough sleep? Your brain isn’t working as well

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Cancer researcher uses medical nanotech to deliver nutrients to hungry crops

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

Nano-nutrients might be a solution to increasing crop yields

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Great athletes have high performance brains, as well as bodies

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

How neuroscience can help identify the million dollar sports brain

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Dino killing asteroid also took out the trees – and the birds that lived in them

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

The dinosaur killing space rock almost took out the birds as well

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Scientists discover secret polluters may be eroding the ozone layer

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

Scientists discover someone may cheating on the ozone hole treaty

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Mini Cookie Dough Fudge Pops

Posted May 25, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

Oh boy did I spend a lot of time getting this popsicle recipe just right. I’m picky about my popsicles (okay, really, I’m super picky about every recipe I share), and I’m SO happy with how these finally turned out—I have to say, eating dozens of fudge pops has really paid off…hah! As much as […]

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Resonances

Posted May 25, 2018 by Anonymous

~The Advocate (Tasmania) January 9, 1934…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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