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Australians have been keeping the London-based climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) busy in recent weeks.
After former Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave the group’s annual lecture in October, it was the turn of one of Australia’s longest-serving deniers to empty another bucket of bunkum.
Professor Ian Plimer, an Australian director of multiple mining companies, is featured in a new interview with the GWPF to promote his latest subtly titled denial tome: Climate Change Delusion and the Great Energy Rip-off.
When it comes to climate change science, Plimer can be placed very firmly in the file marked “denial.”
Since the Trump administration announced last June its intended withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, attention — and hope — has turned to America’s cities and states.
Many local and regional governments actively voiced support for upholding the United States’ pledges under the Paris Agreement. Initiatives that represented those commitments, including the U.S. Climate Alliance, the We Are Still In declaration and America’s Pledge were all active participants at November’s UN climate conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
Who’s ready for an easy vegan holiday dessert? I know I am! I’ve had this one in my holiday recipe holster since first creating it this past summer, and have been dying for the right time to share it. A quick note about this recipe: The pictures make it look HUGE, but it’s actually a […]
A lovely tribute by the Dark Corners team:I have a theory that cult film fans are more loyal than others. I back it up by the number of cult actors who continued to find genre work as they grew older, being directed by those who had enjoyed their earlier films. That doesn’t really happen in […]
|Our family’s current week’s meal plan as laid out by our 10 year old on Sunday (it’s a magnetic whiteboard that lives on our fridge)|
Today’s guest post comes from my wonderful wife Stacey who has recently implemented a new challenge for us – she calls it #15by15 – where 15 is the minimum number of meals we want each of our kids to know how to make, entirely by themselves, by the age of 15.
“Fifteen by fifteen”. That’s what I told my kids when they recently helped to make our menu plan for the week, and this time were instructed to add in one meal each that they would cook from scratch, with or without my help.
I’m not going to lie, there was some whining. My three kids, now aged eight, ten and thirteen, have been helping to create menu plans that include breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner and even treats for several years now (ht stands for “Halloween Treat” – they generally last them an entire year), as well as cooking with me and/or my husband. The kids take turns doing this from week to week because they recognize that we all have different favourites, and they want to make sure that theirs are included.
Our kids also recognize that for a household to run well, and for their mom to yell less (because, well, life is stressful enough without having to worry about each meal and snack that comes next), we all need to pitch in and help. This includes other household chores, like doing the laundry, loading and unloading the dishwasher, setting and clearing the table, taking care of the cat’s food and litter, and taking out the trash, among others. My kids know that while these are not particularly fun activities, they are life skills, and that they aren’t likely to be taught how to do them anywhere but home.
In my mind, perhaps the most important of all of these life skills, is the skill of cooking.
From the time my kids were old enough to provide constructive criticism of mine or my husband’s cooking escapades, they have also been asking that we teach them how to make particular favourites before they move out. And so, with that, came our promise to them,
“When you leave home, you will leave with a cookbook of family favourite recipes, an Instapot (because they’re awesome), and a minimum of fifteen meals that you can make completely on your own from scratch.“
And while there may have been whining when first announced (and perhaps even a bit of trepidation from me as I thought about the mess that would be my kitchen on at least a tri-weekly basis (I’m not including the nights my husband cooks, god-bless his mess)), my kids have fully embraced this new goal, reminding us that it is their turn to cook, with my older two kicking us out of the kitchen when they’re up – which is beyond awesome, because they know that I have difficulty stepping back and allowing them to do their thing, and clearly they are more than capable.
While I can’t say that there hasn’t been an impact on the cleanliness of my kitchen, I can say that the mess has been worth making in reaching the goal of my kids becoming self-sufficient and capable of cooking with fresh, whole ingredients. They are well on their way to being able to cook fifteen meals by the time that they are fifteen years old, and, at least to date, they continue to be excited in finding and cooking new recipes, and full of pride as our family consumes them.
If you have a young family, perhaps you can consider taking on the #15by15 challenge too.
North Battleford, SK – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will join candidate Larry Ingram in Battlefords—Lloydminster for a community meet and greet event on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Thursday, 7 December, 2017 7:30 PM – Meet and Greet – The Dekker Centre (event opens at 7:00 PM) 623 Carlton Trail North […]
Two notable events in Canadian history both occurred on December 6, 72 years apart.Thanks to Heritage Minutes, lots of us can recite the basic facts of the Halifax Harbour Explosion:2000 dead, 9000 injured, 25,000 homeless.“The loudest sound ever heard on Earth,” they used to say, “except for Krakatoa.”The blast shattered windows in Truro, 100 km away, […]
Starting on Thursday, December 7, the state of Virginia’s Water Control Board will convene for three key meetings to decide the fate of a number of contentious pipeline projects. On the agenda: whether or not to grant a water quality permit to the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a 550-mile long, multistate fracked gas project led by Dominion Energy.
Editor’s note: On or before Dec. 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to take action on a controversial proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that seeks to prevent noncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants from retiring prematurely. Depending on how such a rule is structured, analyses have estimated that it could cost ratepayers in affected regions up to several billion dollars yearly. Energy scholar Joshua Rhodes explains what FERC is and why it has so much power over energy markets and (indirectly) the prices consumers pay.
David Cole writes:Someone needs to ask Lena Dunham if she believes Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who accused Emmett Till of accosting her. Bryant’s Till accusation was certainly believed unquestioningly by the Mississippians who murdered him. She would later admit that she made the whole thing up. Would Dunham be willing to say, “Nevertheless, it […]
Today the Heart and Stroke Foundation published a report by Dr. Jean-Claude Moubarac that found Canada’s biggest consumers of ultra-processed food are our children. Canadian kids between the ages of 2-18 are consuming over half of their calories from ultra-processed foods, and kids aged 9-13, are closing in on 60%. When I read the report, one which clearly suggests that cooking is a lost art, it reminded me of this article which I first published in USNews and World Report in 2013 (and I’ll have more on this subject from my wife on Thursday)..
I’m a parent of three. I hold no illusions that I’m a uniquely dedicated parent or that my love for my kids is greater than anyone else’s. And like all parents, should the opportunity arise, I’d gladly, immediately and unquestioningly give my life for their’s. And it’s my firm belief in the incredible and powerful love of parents for their children that regularly leads me to scratch my head and wonder: Why it is that while most every parent would happily die for their children, it’s an increasingly rare parent who will cook for them?
I’ve heard all of the explanations—time, cost, after-school activities, lack of cooking skills, picky eaters, etc. But ultimately, I think the real reason parents who would die for their children are comfortable feeding them from boxes and drive-thrus isn’t due to a lack of love or concern. It’s because society has been so firmly and conclusively duped into believing that doing so is both safe and healthful that it has become our new normal.
Remember that the foods we feed our children are, quite literally, their building blocks. Consequently, we are building a nation of children constructed from the food industry’s deceptively and, at times, deceitfully marketed salt, sugar and fat offerings of convenience.
But more than that, the manner in which we feed our children is the model from which they’re likely to draw upon to feed their futures. If fast and processed food assembly make up the bulk of their childhood “cooking” experiences, where actual cooking is a grumbling rarity relegated to holiday dinners, do you think your children are likely to take the time to cook and look after their nutrition as young adults or as parents themselves?
The statistics are ugly. Nearly half of our food dollars are being spent on restaurant and out-of-the-home convenience foods. In our homes, the percentage of food dollars being spent on processed foods has doubled since just the early 1980s. But again, we’re not eating this way because we don’t value health or love our children. We’re eating this way because the food industry has festooned boxes of salt, sugar, fat and pulverized white flour with claims of added “nutrients” and health benefits; they’ve also convinced us that mixing, pouring, stirring and adding is “cooking.”
The fact the food industry has succeeded in doing this in part may have to do with our species-wide desire for convenience, because, at the end of the day, it’s simply not about time. Recent reports put the average American in front of a television for 34 hours a week and on the Internet for another eight–sure sounds like time’s something of which we actually have plenty.
Fixing this problem will require more than just trying to make parents feel guilty. At this point, many parents been led by lax front-of-package labeling and advertising laws to faithfully believe that the boxes they’re feeding their children do in fact conveniently and healthfully replace fresh, whole-ingredient cooking. Plus, they themselves may have grown up in homes where actual home cooking was anything but the norm and may not know how to cook.
So what should we do? Here’s a start:
• We need to take away the food industry’s upper hand in the supermarkets. We need to change labeling laws and hamstring the ability of the food industry to hoodwink harried parents into believing that a sometimes-comfort food like mac and cheese can ever be a smart choice. Why should the onus be on the consumer to turn boxes over to study the nutrition facts panel to ensure that the claims on the front of the package are supported by its actual contents? Moreover, are consumers actually equipped to do this from a nutrition-education perspective?
• We need to bring back home economics. Sadly, there are many families in which regular home cooking was last seen three generations ago. I think children shouldn’t be allowed to graduate high school without knowing how to cook 10 simple, healthful, fresh, whole-ingredient meals on their own. As well, we should consider using our schools’ abandoned kitchens after hours to help teach basic cooking skills to families as a whole.
• We need to denormalize the reliance on convenience when it comes to feeding our children. As a society, we need to prioritize our kitchens as the healthiest and most important rooms of our homes. And we’ll likely need hard-hitting public health campaigns that criticize the food and restaurant industry as well as nutrition education in schools.
The shift from regular home cooking to the mess we’re in now didn’t happen overnight, and it’s going to take time to reverse. We need to rise up and reclaim our kitchens and shift the balance of power from the food industry to loving moms and dads who no doubt would die for their children and, if empowered to do so, I’ve no doubt would cook for them, too.
We need to champion produce and not products, and we needed to have started yesterday.
It passed virtually unnoticed when it was first released in September 2017. But the 2015 State of the Canadian Space Sector Report, the latest in a series of annual Canadian Space Agency (CSA) assessments of our domestic space industry, is well worth revisiting to prepare for any new announcements the current Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might make between now and when the next Federal budget is released in March 2018.
|The front cover of the 2015 State of the Canadian Space Sector Report and it’s core finding. In essence, our domestic space industry has been in a state of stagnation for the last five years with growth at a “relatively flat” 0.4% annually. Graphics c/o CSA.|
As outlined in the executive summary, “In 2015, total revenues in the Canadian space sector totalled $5.3Bln CDN, representing a slight decrease overall of 1.6%, or $85Mln CDN, year-over-year. The average annual growth rate of the space sector over the last five years (2010–2015) is relatively flat at 0.4%.”
The global space industry grew in 2015, although currency fluctuations caused the appearance of a decline from $329Bln US ($418Bln CDN) in 2014 to $323Bln US ($410Bln CDN) in 2015.
Due to the strong US dollar and the ever-increasing levels of activity outside the United States, these fluctuations have a more noticeable impact than would have been the case in previous decades when the US share of the commercial space industry was larger.
|If nothing else, the west coast seems to have weathered the slump far better than the rest of the country. Although revenue dipped 9% in 2015, “between 2010 and 2015, BC’s total revenues increased by 59%, from $177Mln CDN to $281Mln CDN. This growth has been driven by domestic revenue sources, which have increased from $81Mln CDN to $174Mln CDN, while export revenues increased slightly from $95Mln CDN to $106Mln CDN, over the same period.” Richmond, BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (now San Francisco, CA based Maxar Technologies) was the largest Canadian space company in BC during this period. Graphic c/o CSA.|
In a surprise finding, the report concluded that university and research centre revenues amounted to only $125Mln CDN in 2015, or only 2.4% of the total revenue measured, although six universities were included in the list of Canada’s top 30 space organizations.
According to the report:
Academic organizations contribute 20% of the total space sector workforce with 1,997 full-time equivalents, of which 55% are highly qualified personnel (HQP) such as engineers, scientists and technicians.
An additional 40% of the university and research centre workforce is comprised of students, mostly at the graduate level, who are in receipt of wages or a stipend from their university for work as research assistants, teaching assistants, or other employee-type situations.
The general consensus until now has been that Canadian academics (with funding from government through the CSA, the National Research Council and from a few of the bigger space companies) essentially drive the space industry.
Now that this longstanding perception has been disproved, it will be interesting to see if the new knowledge ends up making any real difference.
|Revenue growth and proportion by activity sector during the period 2010 – 2015. It’s worth noting that, while satellite communication is the largest sector by revenue ($4.5Bln CDN for 2015), the Earth observation (EO) market segment is the fastest growing. As outlined in the report, “Over the past five years, EO revenues have increased by 65%, from $256M in 2010 to $423M in 2015, growing on average 11% annually.” Graphic c/o CSA.|
As well, the total Canadian space workforce (excluding government workers) “totaled 9,927 space-related full-time equivalents (FTEs) in 2015. This represents a very slight decrease (less than 1% change) from the figure reported last year, 10,012 FTEs.”
According to the report:
In 2015, engineers and scientists comprised the largest category of employment with 2,953 FTEs, representing 30% of the total space workforce.
Employees in the administration category made up the second largest group with 2,911 FTEs and 29% of the total workforce.
Technicians came third with 1,311 FTEs and 13% of the total workforce.
Management, marketing and sales, and other employees made up the remainder.
|A chart showing Canadian space industry revenue growth from 2007 – 2011 with a slump in growth after 2011. Graphic c/o CSA.|
It’s also useful to note the amount of private sector money going into research and development. As outlined in the report:
In 2015, there were 67 companies engaged in R&D activities. Total spending was $256Mln CDN, a significant increase over R&D spending reported in 2014 ($146Mln CDN). Upstream organizations were more R&D intensive, spending 55% of total space sector BERD (business enterprise research and development).
R&D spending was financed through internal sources (e.g. company profits reinvested in R&D) or through external funding sources (e.g. government grants and contributions).
Internally company-funded R&D represented the larger portion of spending at $139M or 54% of BERD in 2015. Externally funded R&D represented 46%, or $117M, of BERD in 2015.
The $256Mln CDN spent by corporations in 2015 was twice the $125Mln CDN revenue spent at University and research centre. According to the report:
Universities and research centres received $115.6Mln CDN in domestic funds, mostly from government: $91.6Mln CDN from the federal government and $14.7Mln CDN from provincial governments. The remainder came from private foundations or companies (or foreign sources of funding).
|Domestic vs export revenue for the Canadian space industry in 2015. Graphic c/o CSA.|
Taken together the data collected in the report suggests a space industry driven by industry, not academia or government.
To be fair to the other two, it so far looks like industry hasn’t yet made it clear where it wants to go and maybe each individual business just wants the ability to go its own way.
However, and as outlined in the February 15th, 2010 post, “Ottawa Citizen: ‘Where did that Long Term Space Plan Go?‘,” this blog once suggested that, “if Canada does not define a long term space plan, private business and academia will soon go about creating their own.”
That day has arrived. Welcome to the future.
The Colorado School of Mines (CSM), a renowned science and engineering institution, has announced it will launch a graduate program in Space Resources in 2018. The first of its kind, this interdisciplinary program will train the next generation of scientists and engineers in extracting the natural resources found in space in order to spur space exploration.
As outlined in the November 30th, 2017 Wired post, “Want to Learn How to Mine in Space? There’s a School for You,” the new program would not only examine the technical aspects of space resource extraction but also its economic, policy and legal aspects. Instructors will be drawn from experts in academia, space agencies and the private sector. The first course, Space Resources Fundamentals, was first offered this fall as a pilot program.
CSM officials hope to follow it with a space systems engineering course, design project class and seminar series in spring 2018. Further out, post-baccalaureate certificates, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees will be offered in fall 2018.
CSM is well suited for such a program, being a recognized centre of research in mining, geomechanics, remote sensing, metallurgy, robotics, advanced manufacturing, electrochemistry, resource economics and solar and nuclear energy.
The space resources program is centred around the concept of in situ resource utilization (ISRU), the practice of leveraging the resources (water, gases, minerals and metals) found on various astronomical objects (the Moon, Mars, asteroids, etc.) to enable/enhance the capabilities of space missions.
Examples of ISRU include:
ISRU, essentially a “live off the land” approach, makes space exploration safer and more affordable by eliminating the need to bring everything into space from Earth. Long rejected by NASA as too risky, ISRU has been embraced by the Newspace industry and, in recent years, by NASA itself.
Jim Goad writes:In the 1930s, when the German American Bund were holding fascist rallies across the US, perhaps the main person who nipped them in the bud was none other than Meyer Lansky, AKA “The Mob’s Accountant” and in many eyes the most powerful organized-crime figure in American history. Lansky claimed that influential rabbis and […]
GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. DECEMBER 4, 2017. Who can doubt that we are now living in challenging times — especially in those realms of fake and other news where “Canada’s top party school” also qualifies as one of the “10 Wildest Party Schools in North America”? (Even as “Sex assault allegations place NS university’s party culture under […]
Bruce Hutchison’s The Incredible Canadian — A candid portrait of Mackenzie King : his works, his times, and his nation was first published in 1952, only two years after the death of the man who is still Canada’s longest-serving prime minister (1921-1926, 1926-1930, 1935-1948). The first few sentences of the book’s first chapter nonetheless remain […]
By Karen Savage. Crossposted from Climate Liability News.
Exxon’s quest to convince a federal judge that two state attorneys general are stifling their right to free speech is proving to be no easy task.
In a hearing Thursday in New York, U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni said the oil giant’s rationale involved “wild leaps of logic” in claiming New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey are infringing on the company’s First Amendment rights by pursuing climate fraud investigations.
As I predicted, the subject of a recent Wilfrid Laurier University inquisition, a 22-year-old teaching assistant named Lindsay Shepherd, had been quickly adopted as a mascot by the Right, and has been—as we “cultural Marxists” might put it—interpellated into their…
In their efforts to discredit renewable energy and support continued fossil fuel burning, many anti-environmentalists have circulated a dual image purporting to compare a lithium mine with an oilsands operation. It illustrates the level of dishonesty to which some will stoop to keep us on our current polluting, climate-disrupting path (although in some cases it could be ignorance).
The image is a poor attempt to prove that lithium batteries and renewable energy are worse for the environment than energy from oilsands bitumen. The first problem is that the “lithium mine” is actually BHP Billiton’s Escondida copper mine in Chile (the world’s largest). The bottom image is of an Alberta oilsands operation, but it’s an in situ underground facility and doesn’t represent the enormous open-pit mining operations used to extract most bitumen.
|By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brock A. Taylor [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
Ira Wells, in The Walrus, with a story more for we Canadians on Jordan Peterson, the Professor of Piffle.
Admiral James Winnefeld, in The Atlantic, on how no family is safe from the opioid epidemic.
Alex Hutchinson, with his new gig in Outside, on how if you want to delay death, you should probably be lifting weights.
[And thanks to the great generosity of friends, family, and readers, this year’s Movember fundraising amounted to $4,553. If you’d like to watch my kids shave off my moustache, here’s that video]
A high-ranking Virginia state official was listed as participating in a gas industry-sponsored panel that discussed strategies for confronting public opposition to new infrastructure projects, including the Atlantic Coast pipeline. Yet Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration has refused to provide any explanation or even confirm the official’s appearance on the panel.
The panel took place during the American Gas Association’s (AGA) State Affairs Meeting, held in early October this year in Scottsdale, Arizona. Also presenting on the panel was a Dominion Energy executive, Bruce McKay, who shared his company’s experience in countering protests and engaging in what he called a political “campaign to elect a pipeline.”
Surrey, BC – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will join candidate Gordie Hogg in South Surrey—White Rock on Saturday, December 2, 2017. “I’m looking forward to welcoming Justin Trudeau to South Surrey-White Rock again as we work together to ensure this community has its strongest possible voice in Parliament,” said Gordie […]
In an era of #fakenews, it can sometimes be tricky to work out what is legitimate scientific reporting, and what is, well, fake. New research suggests there’s a handy rule of thumb for spotting the work of climate science deniers, however: look for the polar bears.
One of the most glaring differences between legitimate science-based blogs and those that deny the science on anthropogenic climate change is how they write about polar bears and Arctic sea ice.
So Clark, like Liberty, is segregated. It’s not segregated by race, or religion, it’s segregated by a belief in the fallenness of all mankind—excuse me, humankind—in the form of ingrained bias and prejudice. If you don’t believe this—if you’re a member of the Young Republicans and don’t see color or gender as legitimate ways of […]
Christopher DeGroot writes:…the stuff of late-night television liberals like Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and others.Such comedians are in fact conformists. They provide what is expected. They do not take chances, because they are cowards. But high comedy, again, requires not just imagination, but the willingness to offend, in which there is exalted relief from our […]
you’d have noticed that “Monty Python sketches” are becoming more “true to life” all the time…Because we’ve since learned that “jokes CAN kill”… More from my siteFilm Theory: Why Pewdiepie’s Fiverr Joke BackfiredVaudeville’s ‘words with a ‘k’ are funny,’* 2015 versionThe worst dirty job Mike Rowe ever did — and the one he won’t do, […]
Space News is reporting that the “Deep Space Gateway,” a crew-tended cis-lunar space station concept proposed for possible partnership between NASA, Roscosmos and other international space agencies, will serve as the core of an updated Global Exploration Roadmap being drafted by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).
|Artist representation of proposed DSG, including the solar sail and small next generation Canadarm proposed by the Canadian Space Agency. As outlined in the September 25th, 2017 Planetary Society post, “NASA, international partners consider solar sail for Deep Space Gateway,” Canadian specialists believe “a solar sail could play a secondary role in orienting the DSG, saving fuel for traditional rocket thrusters designed to maintain the outpost’s position.” Graphic c/o Anatoly Zak / RussianSpaceWeb.|
As outlined in the November 30th, 2017 Space News post, “Deep Space Gateway key part of updated exploration roadmap,” the ISECG is a forum of international space agencies (including Canada) where members “share non-binding plans and objectives” for international co-operation in space.
Since NASA’s first flight of its heavy-lift Space Launch System with an Orion capsule is scheduled for as soon as late 2019, it’s time to decide “what we are going to do with these vehicles,” Kathy Laurini, NASA senior adviser for exploration and space operations, said during a Global Exploration Roadmap community workshop at the NASA Ames Research Center Nov. 29.
“We’ve been engaged with our international partners on how we’ll use these to explore together.”
The post acknowledges that basing the entire plan around an unfunded NASA proposal could be problematic without the acknowledged support of the Trump administration. According to the post, “future exploration plans will become clearer when the Trump Administration and Congress weigh in on the agency’s (NASA’s) budget.”
The ISECG published its last Global Exploration Roadmap in 2013. ISECG members will use the new roadmap as a sales aid to lobby domestic policymakers for funding to implement the proposed programs.
The new plan is expected to be released in January 2018.
As outlined in the October 26th, 2017 post, “A Quick Overview of the Next Few Expected Federal Announcements Concerning the Canadian Space Industry,” the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is likely already on board with the Deep Space Gateway and the upcoming ISECG proposal.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.
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Concerns over fracking are “not as bad as people may think”, but suggesting the technology is safe is “ridiculous”, according to a leading shale gas expert.
Professor Richard Davies, a petroleum geologist at Newcastle University, is used to engaging in difficult debates. He has repeatedly come under fire from both sides of the fracking debate for trying to shed light on the environmental and social impacts of shale gas exploration.
Today, it has been announced that he is to receive commendation for the John Maddox Prize. The prize, handed out by campaign group Sense About Science, aims to recognise the work of individuals who promote science and evidence on matters of public interest despite facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.
After Donald Trump won the US election, analysts, researchers and journalists got to work to track how this apparent political outsider would suddenly gather a team.
Despite promising to “drain the swamp” of vested interests and lobbyists, it became clear Trump was intent on refilling it with figures and ideas from the well-established network of conservative and neoliberal think-tanks.
Last month, Trump thanked one of those groups personally, with an address to the Heritage Foundation’s annual meeting.
But those think tanks, and the people who lead and run them, have strong links to another influential group that has been trying to bend governments around the world to a particular ideology for almost 70 years.
The Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) was established in 1947 by economist and philosopher Friedrich von Hayek — a man considered by many to be the godfather of modern free market thinking.
In another major blow to the West Coast oil-by-rail industry, a Washington state agency voted unanimously to recommend Governor Jay Inslee reject the Vancouver Energy oil terminal. Proposed for construction in Vancouver, Washington, along the Columbia River, it would be the largest oil-by-rail facility in the country.
Washington State’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) has been reviewing the project since 2013 — reportedly the longest review period ever for the council. However, its November 28 meeting and vote on the final recommendation for the Tesoro Savage–backed project only took 10 minutes.
…who are excoriating rival pop diva Taylor Swift for her “silence” on partisan politics: In other words, Swift hasn’t gifted us with her denunciation of the president like most of our other moral role models in the entertainment industry. (…)For example, not many middle school girls in these days of obesity and “the changing face […]
A patient brought in this picture book.
It’s apparently from a series of picture books about “Pot Bellied Buddies“
It’s about a bunny who as a consequence of eating too many carrots, no longer fits in his bunny hole.
And so what did the bunny do?
Well he decided to “cut back a little, and exercise“
Another patient brought in a Thomas and Friends book.
In it, kids are introduced to, “The Fat Controller“
And when exploring other Thomas and Friends characters I learned there’s also a “Thin Controller“. There are no other body based descriptors of any other characters. Weight is apparently an important distinction.
In the past I’ve noted weight biased messaging in:
A beloved and award winning children’s author’s book
The Princess Bride
A kid’s movie whose entire premise rides on the suggestion that being fat is horrific
The Muppets reboot
Max and Ruby
That weight hate and stereotyping is so prevalent in children’s books and movies speaks to how deeply ingrained weight bias is in society today. Parents, please be on the lookout for this sort of messaging, and when (not if) you come across it, use it as an opportunity to have a thoughtful discussion with your kids about why it’s wrong.
Toronto residents, some would say, have two particular reasons to thank the Golden State of California in late November 2017 : (1) Ricky Ray from Happy Camp, CA: To start with, Ricky Ray, the quarterback who has just led the fabled Toronto Argonauts to their 17th Grey Cup (venerable prize of the Canadian Football League), […]
David Cole writes:Richard Wolstencroft is a friend of mine. He’s appeared on my podcast, and I’ve appeared with him on other people’s podcasts. He’s a typical Aussie—gregarious, boisterous, and cheerful. No question, he’s “alt-right”-friendly, but his dedication to free speech and shit-stirring is such that he would in a millisecond defend and champion a left-of-center […]