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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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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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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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Instagram Worthy

Posted May 15, 2018 by Anonymous

Arguably Instagram and Facebook could be simultaneously described as the ultimate source of both my inspiration and frustration. I regularly follow a “core group” of friends but the rest change…

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David Cole: “Adam Parfrey Saved My Life”

Posted May 15, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle
David Cole:  “Adam Parfrey Saved My Life”

David Cole writes:Now, you get that that’s Vice, right? “Current-year” Vice. SJW Vice. And they’re praising a guy who published white supremacists. Therein lies the Adam Parfrey mystique. Any one of Feral House’s books would be enough to get the average author or bookseller banned, shunned, kicked off social media, protested, picketed, and defamed. Yet […]

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Vegan Recipes and Snack Ideas for Camp and Travel

Posted May 15, 2018 by Anonymous

An OSG reader, Rebecca, asked me if I could recommend some cooler-friendly Oh She Glows recipes she could take on the road for an upcoming camping trip. This question has been a popular one over the years, so I thought the long weekend would be a great excuse  to brainstorm a list of camp- and […]

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The Ontario Science Centre Just Hosted Cheetos’ 3-Day, Immersive, Kid-Targeted, Advertisement

Posted May 15, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

From the WTF files comes Ontario’s Science Centre’s hosting of the Cheetos Museum this past Mother’s Day weekend.

What’s a Cheetos museum?

It’s a mobile, immersive, advertising experience for Cheetos.

Was there any science you ask?

Nope.

The “promotional activity” (that’s what it was called by the Ontario Science Centre in a now no longer hosted webpage online) involved hunting for Cheetos with identifiable shapes, swinging on a Cheetos branded swing, and taking pictures with Cheetos’ mascot Chester.

Checking out the Cheetos Museum at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. I found a parrot in my bag. Hilarious times! – #CheetosMuseum @OntScienceCtr pic.twitter.com/Q73dSQVbIf

— Toronto Guardian (@TORGuardian) May 11, 2018

So why would the Ontario Science Centre have hosted it?

Money?

I mean it’s difficult to imagine it was there for any other reason given there’s zero scientific content. The timing also seems to suggest money as the likelihood is that Mother’s Day weekend is one of the Science Centre’s busiest of the year – and that would command higher dollars.

All this to say, a live exhibit demonstrating the science of marketing junk foods to kids, by marketing junk food to kids, probably isn’t one I’d have recommended to the Ontario Science Centre.

(And I don’t think the Ontario Science Centre is all that proud of it either given there’s not a tweet or a Facebook post from them to be had about this particular promotional activity.)

[Thanks to Michelle Bernardo for sending my way]

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Why don’t humans get heartworm like our canine friends?

Posted May 11, 2018 by Anonymous

Our immune system is better prepared for this parasite than that of dogs, and cats

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Flood waters up in BC, down in NB – what health concerns do they leave behind?

Posted May 11, 2018 by Anonymous

Flood waters up in BC, down in NB – what health concerns do floods behind?

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Mars InSight lander will use seismology to see what’s shaking on Mars

Posted May 11, 2018 by Anonymous

The Mars InSight Lander will look deep into the Red Planet

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Listening for elephant earthquakes might help us save pachyderms from poachers

Posted May 11, 2018 by Anonymous

Monitoring elephants with seismology equipment could save them from poachers

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‘Third hand smoke’ can leap from clothes and surfaces into the air you breathe

Posted May 11, 2018 by Anonymous

First and second-hand smoke are bad – What about ‘third-hand smoke?’

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‘Father of global warming’ worries the climate young people inherit will be out of their control

Posted May 11, 2018 by Anonymous

Climate science pioneer James Hansen on the urgent need for action

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Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes!

Posted May 10, 2018 by Anonymous

Are you doing anything for Mother’s Day this weekend? I’m looking forward to a special Mother’s Day performance at Adriana’s school. Earlier this week Adriana said, “I made something for you Mommy, but IT’S A MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE! I can’t tell you!!” Then, two seconds later: “It’s a homemade oven mitt!” Toddlers’ lack of impulse […]

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Pro-Tip: Copying Food Industry Press Releases Is Neither Helpful, Nor Journalism

Posted May 10, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

So I saw this story published by Global News. It’s about grain consumption in Canada and the headline sure is strong,

“University of Saskatchewan study shows importance of grain to Canada’s diet”.

When I clicked through I read about researchers who by way of a cluster analysis of Canadians’ grain consumption patterns, concluded that 80% of Canadians aren’t eating enough grains and that as a consequence, they’re apparently at risk of deficiencies in folic acid, some B vitamins and iron.

Oh, I also learned that

“there’s less research supporting the benefits of enriched grain foods, sometimes referred to as refined grains”

and that refined grains are,

“important food sources for delivering key nutrients in the Canadian diet”.

And that

“research suggests eliminating grain foods from diets is not associated with the body mass index (BMI).”

That the story reads like a press release is not a coincidence, because the same day the story ran, so too did this press release from the Healthy Grain Institute.

When I compared the two, it turns out that the Global News story was 49.5% identical to the Healthy Grains Institute press release.

Personally, I don’t think the information in the press release warranted any news coverage, but if you’re going to actually cover it, at the very least it’d be useful (and I think expected) to see:

  • That there actually isn’t a published study, but rather just a presentation at a conference that was being hyped by a press release. 
  • Anything at all about what confounders were considered (or not considered) in the cluster analysis.
  • The risks associated with increased intakes of refined grains. 
  • The funding of the “study” (not suggesting the research isn’t useful, but rather that there isn’t yet a published study to evaluate) by the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC), the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit funding agency supporting industry-academia collaborations
  • That Nutritional Strategies Inc. (the quoted co-researcher’s employer (he’s the VP)) provides food, nutrition and regulatory affairs consulting services for numerous food and beverage companies and food-related associations

Small wonder why people are confused about nutrition if food industry press releases about unpublished studies are copied and repackaged as news.

        
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“Trump’s self-aggrandizing way of talking about himself has its roots in New Thought, and it’s a type of magic thinking…”

Posted May 9, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle
“Trump’s self-aggrandizing way of talking about himself has its roots in New Thought, and it’s a type of magic thinking…”

Read the whole thing, by Charles Norman:Your words, thoughts, and beliefs are tools and powers unto themselves that can change reality. Trump, like hundreds of rappers (including the latest hitmaker Post Malone) and millions of Americans, believes in speaking things into existence. As the mystic scholar Manly P. Hall, who was read by Ronald Reagan, […]

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Sexual Harassment Survivor Brings Forward Complaint Against NDP MP Christine Moore …

Posted May 8, 2018 by leftdog

NDP MP Christine Moore, who alleged improper conduct by a fellow MP, is facing troubling accusations herself.-CTV -CBC

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David Cole on “Fatty Seatbuckle”: “Did you hear the one about the fat black woman on the plane?”

Posted May 8, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle
David Cole on “Fatty Seatbuckle”: “Did you hear the one about the fat black woman on the plane?”

David Cole writes:In a perfect world, planes would have special quarantine areas for small children and “petty social justice organizers”…although, to be fair, as much as I don’t care for children, I would never advocate being cruel to them, and such a coupling would certainly constitute child abuse. Immediately upon strapping in (with seat-belt extenders, […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Liberals nominate Lina Boivin as new Team Trudeau candidate for Chicoutimi-Le Fjord

Posted May 7, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, QC- Local Liberals in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord have nominated Lina Boivin, a devoted community leader and businesswoman, as the official Team Trudeau candidate in the upcoming federal by-election. “We are very proud to welcome Lina Boivin as our newest Team Trudeau candidate for this important by-election,” said Suzanne Cowan, President of the Liberal Party […]

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Does This Article Contain Hate Speech? “Facebook is a cancer…”

Posted May 7, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle
Does This Article Contain Hate Speech? “Facebook is a cancer…”

Jim Goad writes:Facebook allegedly “began to tackle hate speech” around 2005. According to former Facebook general counsel Chris Kelly, the alleged proliferation of “Holocaust denial” on the platform was a huge incentive to go on an anti-hate jihad. But in 2008, the company’s guidelines were still hopelessly vague. According to one employee, a one-page list […]

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Why Do We Report on Diet Studies As If Patients Adhered To Their Prescribed Diets?

Posted May 7, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

It happens all the time.

Researchers recruit participants for a diet study and randomize them to particular diets.

The participants don’t adhere to said diets particularly well (and this is putting aside the known and glaring inaccuracy of dietary recall), and the macronutrient breakdowns of what they report eating are nearly always different from the macronutrient breakdowns of what they were instructed to eat.

And yet the researchers write up their studies as if their prescribed diets were followed, and consequently so too do journalists.

So here are my two asks.

1. Unless you’re writing or reporting on diet studies conducted in metabolic wards, please treat their results with tempered enthusiasm.

2. And if the difference between two dietary outcome arms isn’t likely to be clinically meaningful (like say the difference between weight losses of 3.3 kg, 4.6 kg, and 5.5 kg at two years (and bonus points if you get this reference right out of the gate)), maybe hold off on declaring one diet to be the world’s best?

        
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A Message To Every Sitting Member Of The Federal NDP Caucus!

Posted May 6, 2018 by leftdog

Shame on you for how MP Erin Weir has been treated.You consider yourselves the Party of Tommy Douglas and Jack Layton??!!!! Shame!!!

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Will the Earth ever have a ‘dark side’

Posted May 4, 2018 by Anonymous

Can the orbit of the Earth ever become locked to the Sun?

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The first bird beak came with teeth as well

Posted May 4, 2018 by Anonymous

Early bird skull still had many dinosaur features

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Could this Pentagon-developed ‘ray gun’ have stopped the Toronto van attack?

Posted May 4, 2018 by Anonymous

New Pentagon developed tech can stop threatening vehicles in their tracks

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Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children by tearing their hearts out

Posted May 4, 2018 by Anonymous

Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children to appease ‘El Nino’ gods

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The Great Barrier Reef sounds sick, so baby fish aren’t attracted to it

Posted May 4, 2018 by Anonymous

Climate change is silencing coral reefs, which is killing them even further

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Preserving your brain might kill you, but it could it help you live forever

Posted May 4, 2018 by Anonymous

Forget cryogenics – scientists are working on a new way to immortalize your brain

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May The Fourth

Posted May 4, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

#MayTheFourthBeWithYou

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I Have Been A Member Of The Federal NDP Since 1981 … Until Today

Posted May 4, 2018 by leftdog

Since February 1, 2018 Mr. Singh has conducted the worst possible investigatory process imaginable concluding in a character assassination of my elected NDP Member of Parliament, Erin Weir. As of today, with 37 years of Party membership under my belt, …

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Ask Angela: Shelf-stable work lunch ideas, swapping chickpea miso, Scottsdale restaurant tips, and more!

Posted May 4, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

What awesome weather we’ve had in Southern Ontario this week! I finally found myself thinking yep, we made it through that long winter…we’re on the other side! Things are a-bloomin’! Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate more relaxation practices into my days as I’ve been struggling with some ongoing allergic/immune reactions and just feeling totally […]

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Why It Was So Easy to Nuke the White House Media Stuffed-Shirt Dinner

Posted May 3, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle

A slightly contradictory (Joe, was it Wolfe’s “fault” or wasn’t it?) but still worthwhile assessment by Joe Bob Briggs:(Don’t call it a roast, as some of Michelle’s defenders did. At a roast, the roastee speaks last. This was a comedy execution.) (…)There’s nothing wrong with bringing in a professional comedian or an outsider journalist to […]

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If You Need Proof The Food Industry Doesn’t Care About You, Look No Further Than Smucker’s “No Sugar Added” Jam

Posted May 3, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

So I was shopping the other day.

We were making a dish that included apricot jam in a sauce and I was having a peek at the various offerings on the shelves.

I grabbed Smucker’s Apricot Jam and noted that the front of its package highlighted the “fact” that it had “no sugar added“.

The label of course told a different story.

It told me that the second ingredient was “white grape juice concentrate“, which is likely on the order of 60% sugar by weight.

So yes, sugar was added.

I expressed my indignation on Twitter and Smucker’s responded to tell me that they appreciated my feedback, that the concentrated white grape juice was meant to add “fruit flavor” as well as serve as a sweetener, and that according to the letter of the law, it was legal for them to state that their product contained no added sugar.

We appreciate your feedback. White grape juice concentrate provides added fruit flavor, and acts as a sweetener as well. Please know, we follow all CFIA labeling guidelines, including full disclosure of the total grams of sugar in each product, as listed on the Nutrition Facts.

— Smucker’s (@smuckers) May 1, 2018

Now the good news is that at least in Canada, the addition of white grape juice concentrate, which of course is just the addition of sugar, will soon preclude Smucker’s front-of-package “No Sugar Added” claim.

But of course if Smucker’s actually wanted to do right by its customers it wouldn’t be waiting for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s regulations to change.

But that’s not what Smucker’s is about. Smucker’s, like pretty much all publicly traded food industry players, is about profit, and their “No Sugar Added” jams are great case studies in how we shouldn’t wait for the food industry to do the right thing, because unless the right thing aligns with profits, they’re not going to do it.

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The #Lib2018 Rewind

Posted May 2, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

This was truly the most open and inclusive convention in our history, and we’ll be carrying this momentum forward into 2019.

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Jonah “Goldberg is frustratingly short on specifics. He seems more concerned with tone”

Posted May 2, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle
Jonah “Goldberg is frustratingly short on specifics. He seems more concerned with tone”

A MUST-READ by Deion Kathawa at American Greatness, on what Kurt Schlichter calls “the new rules”:That speaks to the deeper problem. Goldberg knows perfectly well that politics is nothing like a youth basketball game. In such a game, there are referees whose job it is to regulate the flow of play and punish those who […]

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