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Saturday Stories: Year Two And The New Strain

Posted  January 2, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, with a typically phenomenal piece (and sadly the last he’ll be writing for a while as he finishes up a book) where he discusses the pandemic’s year two.Kai Kupferschmidt, in Science, with what you need to know, and why people…

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Saturday Stories: Bill Gates’ Hopeful Thoughts, COVID Mythbusting, And #COVIDZero

Posted  December 26, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Bill Gates, in his blog GatesNotes, explains the science of why 2021 promises many more advances in the treatment and prevention of COVID and science as a whole.
Gid MK, in Medium, busting 20 myths about COVID
Devi Sridhar, in The Guardian, on how the…

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My favorite Christmas videos

Posted  December 23, 2020  by  Anonymous

Here are some of my favorite “Christmas” videos, the ones I listen to every year around this time:  This one is from one of the oddest Christmas specials ever:  Here’s my husband’s favorite – it reminds him of his own trips home at Chris…

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Saturday Stories: Caring For Patients With COVID, Side Effects, And Science

Posted  December 19, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Olivia Veira and Joshua M. Sharfstein, in JAMA, with a roundup of healthcare workers’ candid thoughts on caring for patients with COVID.
Maryn McKenna, in Wired, on the importance of talking about the vaccines’ side effects.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, …

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Christmas commercials

Posted  December 13, 2020  by  Anonymous

Yeah, I know, but I just wasted an hour of my life watching a TV show that supposedly had the greatest Christmas commercials this year and they were all pretty awful. Here’s some better ones. My new favorite: This one is worth watching until the end: …

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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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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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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…

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

Gm tweeties, happy hump day! Enjoy your day everyone.

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

His favorite toy

— 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

— darth™ (@darth) November 11, 2016

These two are Branch Managers..

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

Don’t mind him. He’s just trying to fit in..

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

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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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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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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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Saturday Stories: Antarctically Cold Vaccines, Cancelling Thanksgiving, And How Vermont Succeeded

Posted  November 21, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Selinia Simmons-Duffin, in NPR Shots, on why Pfizer’s vaccine needs to be kept at temperatures lower than an Antarctic winter.James Hamblin, in The Atlantic, on honouring the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday by cancelling it this year.Julia Belluz,…

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Funny stuff

Posted  November 16, 2020  by  Anonymous

You know how when you’re going through an intersection and someone runs the red but luckily they just click your bumper on the way past, and you are shaken but OK and you just drive on?
That’s how I feel about Trump’s defeat.
America has avoided fascism by the merest click.

— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) November 8, 2020

Everyone needs to chill out please. They still have to count all of Hunter Biden’s laptops, Greenland, the lost city of Antifa and the hidden suburbs behind the revolving ObamaGate.

— Jesse Lifson (@DoYouEvenLif) November 13, 2020

Johnny Cash spent decades trying to warn us about this.

— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) November 11, 2020

From the ‘Crap wildlife photography’ group on Facebook #womensart

— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) November 11, 2020

When you see your ex and try to play it cool.

📹: Imgur user anlyin

— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) November 15, 2020

Ever since the owners got this trampoline, the dog spends more time on it than the kids

— ༺❆ᗙ Martin 🏳️‍🌈 ᗛ❆༻ Party time🍷 (@KlatuBaradaNiko) November 10, 2020

Obstacle course skills…

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 9, 2020

This good boy thinks the guys throwing darts on the TV are playing fetch with him…

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 15, 2020

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Can You Go to Canada if You Have a DUI?

Posted  November 16, 2020  by  Ben

Many Americans are surprised to learn that entering Canada with a DUI can be extremely difficult. This is because a DUI is a felony north of the border, and can consequently result in a visitor being considered “criminally inadmissible” and denied entry at the Canadian border. In December 2018, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Government of […]

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Saturday Stories: We Know How To Control The Virus, There Is No Casedemic, And There Won’t Be Natural Herd Immunity

Posted  November 14, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Tomas Pueyo, in Medium, explains what could be done by countries like Canada and the US to control the virus if they actually wanted to do so as evidenced by the successes of Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Austra…

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Oh happy day

Posted  November 8, 2020  by  Anonymous


— Brittlestar (@brittlestar) November 7, 2020


— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 7, 2020

You may want to mute this account for a while because I feel I may have to individually insult every member of the outgoing administration in crude and personal ways

— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) November 7, 2020

I drew this thinking of Georgia and Arizona. #Election2020 #TrumpIsLosing #TrumpMeltdown

— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) November 7, 2020

People were ecstatic when Obama won too, but the energy was really different. That was like we were all on the cusp of a bright new future. This is more like we just beat the Nazis.

— Jan in the Pan (@mswhatsit) November 8, 2020

No joke: I’m in rural Mexico and cheers just erupted throughout the town

— Justin C. Cohen (@juscohen) November 7, 2020

From church bells in Paris to fireworks in London, Europe & beyond, America’s allies across the world are celebrating Donald Trump’s defeat and the election of President Biden and VP Harris! ❤️🎉🍾

— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) November 7, 2020

And finally, this:

Reminder: Hillary Clinton gets to cast one of the electoral votes that throws him out of office. 🙃

— Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) November 7, 2020

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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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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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Posted  October 13, 2020  by  Anonymous

This is the best public health messaging I’ve seen all year. #Covid19— Gerald Butts 🇨🇦 😷🖐🧼🤚 (@gmbutts) October 9, 2020 Well, as a matter of fact I DO know what to do with a pencil and a cassette tape. But we survived our…

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just look on the sunny side of life

Posted  October 5, 2020  by  Anonymous

You have to be creative to stay in business during a pandemic.— You Had One Job! (@_youhadonejob1) October 5, 2020 Lincolnshire Wildlife Park has recently been forced to remove five African grey parrots from the main p…

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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 | CPAC…

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