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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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#833 Pouring a drink where the bubbles go right to the top but not quite over

Posted  May 17, 2018  by  Anonymous

Pouring a cold soda or pitcher of beer into a glass sure can be a stressful job. Yes, all eyes are watching as you attempt a Hot Spotlight Pour late at night, surrounded by thirsty people, empty glasses, and focused, judging eyes. You could get sloppy and cause a Bubbly Volcano to erupt, staring in […]

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Pipeline Exec Refers to Activists Opposing Construction Near Bald Eagle Nest as ‘Awful Soulless People’

Posted  May 16, 2018  by  Anonymous
Bald eagle near Neversink River, New York

In a Twitter exchange that quickly devolved into a shouting match and the slinging of insults, an executive for a pipeline company called activists “awful soulless people.” Michelle Smith Hook, Director of Public Relations at Millennium Pipeline Company, was responding to heated tweets by activists in New York state who say the company is planning to construct a pipeline near a nesting bald eagle with eaglets, which are protected by federal law.

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Exhibition celebrates the beauty and intricacy of botanical art

Posted  May 16, 2018  by  Anonymous

Lady Slipper Orchids by Ann Love, one of 48 works of botanical art on display now at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Lady slipper orchids are a native perennial wildflower found across Canada.

Lady Slipper Orchids by Ann Love, one of 48 works of botanical art on display now at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Lady slipper orchids are a native perennial wildflower found across Canada. (Image courtesy the artist, Canadian Museum of Nature)

The tulips aren’t the only things in bloom in Ottawa right now.

Art of the Plant, a new exhibition on now at the Canadian Museum of Nature, aims to connect visitors to the beauty and intricacy of the plant world, not through cutting-edge displays but through the time-honoured tradition of botanical art.

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#834 Building an amazing couch cushion fort in your living room

Posted  May 16, 2018  by  Anonymous

Building a family room stronghold is no joke. No, it’s a kindergarten lesson in teamwork, trust, and the art of war. Follow these six steps to construct your domestic defense: Step 1: Clear and collect. Get the coffee table, throw rugs, and plastic toys out of the way, then begin hunting for materials. Couch cushions […]

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Friend of Mike Pence and a Coal-Funded Lawyer Form ‘Accountability’ Group to Attack Climate Lawsuits

Posted  May 15, 2018  by  Graham Readfearn
christopher horner

For a group apparently hooked on transparency, the latest organization to spring from the loins of the fossil fuel–funded climate science denial industry certainly manages to obscure one or two pertinent facts.

Government Accountability and Oversight (GAO) — the name of the group given public charity status on March 20, 2018 by the Internal Revenue Service — is promising to publish documents about the people and groups behind ongoing court cases against the energy industry and its impact on the global climate.

We’re not going to get into the science debate and other arguments. We’ll just show the public the documents, so you can decide,” lawyer Chris Horner told a sympathetic Daily Caller about GAO’s Climate Litigation Watch (CLW) project.

Behind the group are three lawyers — one a Republican-elected district attorney, another a former radio host and “longtime friend” of Vice President Mike Pence, and Horner, who has been paid by coal companies and works at the fossil fuel–funded Competitive Enterprise Institute.

While apparently not wanting to “get into the science debate,” Climate Litigation Watch says the science linking fossil fuel producers to climate change is “dubious” — a position at odds with every major scientific academy on the planet.

So, who are these characters behind the GAO and its sole project, Climate Litigation Watch?

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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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Brexit Pushing Ireland Towards US Fracked Gas, Putting Climate Commitments at Risk

Posted  May 15, 2018  by  Anonymous
LNG carrier

Environmental groups have united in opposing a massive new terminal that would receive fracked gas from the US in a protected area on Ireland’s west coast. They fear the plan runs counter to Ireland’s newly agreed climate commitments and is contrary to the country’s decision to ban fracking.

The public consultation on the proposal closed yesterday.

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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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Introducing Empire Oil: A DeSmog UK Special Investigation

Posted  May 14, 2018  by  Anonymous
African Oil Hub

The UK likes to brag about its credentials as a global climate leader. But a new DeSmog UK investigation reveals that beneath the green veneer lies some dirty business.

At the centre of it all is the City of London and its junior stock exchange, the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

DeSmog UK’s new three-part investigative series Empire Oil: London’s Dirty Secret, lifts the veil on a “boys’ club” that generates wealth for The City from environmentally damaging activities in politically unstable regions.

Through detailed analysis of company activity and market data, it exposes how AIM’s “light touch” regulation and complex offshore company structures create an opaque corporate environment in which conflicts of interest have been shown to thrive.

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On Rollbacks, Automakers Tell Trump ‘Not So Fast,’ Kochs Say ‘Burn More Gas’

Posted  May 14, 2018  by  Ben Jervey
Trump and Pence meet with automaker industry leaders

It’s a classic case of be careful what you wish for. Automakers asked the Trump administration to weaken emissions and efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, and are now anxious about just how much the Trump administration actually plans to weaken the standards.

On Friday, May 12, heads of car companies visited the White House, to make the awkward request that Trump not actually give them what they asked for.

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Announcing The Narwhal, Canada’s Independent Media Solution

Posted  May 14, 2018  by  Brendan DeMelle
The Narwhal

Congratulations to our long-time colleagues Emma Gilchrist and Carol Linnitt, who are launching The Narwhal today to continue to advance more constructive conversations about energy and environment issues that are critical to Canada’s future.

Check out their new website at thenarwhal.ca for top-quality independent news and analysis, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you don’t already.

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Saturday Stories: Blue Blood, Obesity, and “Silencing”

Posted  May 12, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff
© Hans Hillewaert / 

Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on the last days of the blue blood harvest.

Harmony Cox, in Narratively, on her life as a public health crisis.

Nathan Robinson, in Current Affairs, on being loud despite being “silenced”.

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At UN Talks, Rich World Faces Questions on Who Will Replace US Climate Cash

Posted  May 12, 2018  by  guest
US Climate Action Center at COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn 2017

By Climate Home News

The rich world has a question to answer, according the chair of a powerful bloc of developing countries: what are they going to do about the cash promises reneged on by Donald Trump’s U.S.?

The withdrawal of U.S. climate finance by the Trump administration has left other developed countries with a dilemma. The commitment they made — to move $100 billion every year to poor countries to help them cope with climate change — was collective.

The U.S. is withholding $2 billion pledged to the UN’s Green Climate Fund and across the wider climate finance sphere, its retreat leaves a bigger hole.

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PR Company Tries to Hide Links to New Pro-Fossil Fuel Investment Group

Posted  May 11, 2018  by  guest
The Institute for Pension Fund Integrity (IPFI) cover

By Andy Rowell, crossposted with permission from Oil Change International

Last month, Oil Change International and DeSmog reported on the formation of a new organization, The Institute for Pension Fund Integrity (IPFI), which had published its first “white paper” on “getting politics out of pensions.”

The white paper pushed back against the growing global movement to end investment in fossil fuels. As we reported, the headline on the Institutional Investor website summed up the main finding of the report: “New Pensions Group Says Forget About Climate Change.”

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How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections

Posted  May 11, 2018  by  Sharon Kelly
Scott Pruitt

Back in 2008, residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas received a notice in the mail advising them to drink bottled water instead of tap water — a move that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) internal memos at the time described as “one of the largest failures in U.S. history to supply clean drinking water to the public.”

The culprit: wastewater from oil and gas drilling and coal mines. This included fracking wastewater that state officials had allowed to be dumped at local sewer plants — facilities incapable of removing the complex mix of chemicals, corrosive salts, and radioactive materials from that kind of industrial waste before they piped the “treated” water back into Pennsylvania’s rivers.

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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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This Federal Policy Enabled the Fracking Industry’s $280 Billion Loss

Posted  May 11, 2018  by  Anonymous
Stock market numbers over oil drill pumpjack

Most people probably aren’t familiar with the acronym ZIRP. It stands for zero interest rate policy and is the policy that unintentionally created the American fracking bubble — just one of its many consequences.

And while most people may not know much (if anything) about ZIRP or the Federal Reserve (Fed), it is likely that they are aware of the impact this policy has on their own lives.

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Company Behind Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant in New Orleans Tied to Astroturfing Campaign

Posted  May 10, 2018  by  Julie Dermansky
Protesting Entergy's New Orleans natural gas power plant

Entergy New Orleans, the company that recently won approval to build a controversial $210 million natural gas power plant in the city, confirmed that actors were paid to show support for this project at public meetings. Though Entergy claims it was unaware of the situation, a public relations firm it hired had paid freelance actors to testify in favor of the project at public meetings. 

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EPA’s Scott Pruitt Dined With Fellow Climate Science Denier and Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell, Documents Show

Posted  May 10, 2018  by  Graham Readfearn
Scott Pruitt

One of the Catholic church’s most powerful figures, Australian climate science denier Cardinal George Pell, dined with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt and discussed a plan to set up a two-sided “debate” about human-caused climate change, it has been revealed.

According to documents collated by The New York Times, administrator Pruitt joined Pell and others for a $240-per-head dinner in June 2017, an engagement that was left off official schedules of Pruitt’s Vatican visit.

In an email sent during the dinner, one EPA staff member said that Pell and Pruitt had discussed a Wall Street Journal article reporting on proposals for a military-style “red team/blue team” debate on climate science.

Climate science denial groups, including the Heartland Institute, have been pushing the idea of such a debate for years.  The proposal from Pruitt for the debate appears to be on hold.

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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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Pennsylvania Lawmaker Advancing Pro-Fracking Legislation Profits from Leasing his Land to Drillers

Posted  May 9, 2018  by  Anonymous
Eugene Yaw

A Pennsylvania state senator, who is responsible for a slew of legislation favoring the oil and gas industry, leases his own land to fracking companies, recent disclosure documents show. Last year, veteran lawmaker Gene Yaw of Lycoming County profited from royalties he received from several different drillers.  

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My Love Affair with My New Velvet Article Living Room Furniture

Posted  May 9, 2018  by  Anonymous

Disclosure:  I am working with Article, and I am excited to share my gorgeous new velvet Article living room furniture!  As always, all pictures, views and opinions are my own.  I’m completely and madly in love with my new furniture. So much so, I bought the matching loveseat!  I mean really…it’s velvet! I don’t know how it happened, I wasn’t even looking, but one day my living room got a furniture makeover and I’ve had a smile on my face ever since.  I have added 3 pieces of velvet furniture to my life, and I couldn’t be more happy.  Yes, […]

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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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Climate Science Denial Group GWPF Rejected by Scandal-Hit EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

Posted  May 8, 2018  by  Anonymous
Scott Pruitt

Even Scott Pruitt — the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief known rarely to turn down a freebie — doesn’t want to have anything to do with the UK’s premier climate science denial group.

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) invited Pruitt to give its annual lecture in 2017. Pruitt either rejected or ignored the invite, as it was ultimately former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that took to the stage.

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Louisiana Court Says State Wrongly Issued Permit for Bayou Bridge Pipeline Through Vulnerable Town

Posted  May 8, 2018  by  Julie Dermansky
Tank farms and a railroad terminal surrounding neighborhood in St. James, Louisiana where the Bayou Bridge pipeline is proposed to end.

A Louisiana judge ruled that state regulators violated guidelines when they issued a coastal use permit to build the Bayou Bridge pipeline in the town of St. James. The judge’s decision, made on April 30, could halt construction of the final 18 miles of the pipeline, which is part of a network carrying fracked oil that begins with the Dakota Access pipeline.

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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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Fossil Fuel Interests ‘Coached’ Conservatives to Reject Climate Science in US and Australia, Study Finds

Posted  May 7, 2018  by  Graham Readfearn
Rick Perry, Ryan Zinke at CPAC

There’s a widely held belief that when it comes to human-caused climate change, you’re far less likely to accept the science if you lean toward the right of the political spectrum.

But a new study just published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that this link between conservative values and climate “skepticism” holds strongest in the U.S. and Australia, and less so in Canada, where fossil fuel vested interests are high.

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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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