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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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As Rest of World Moves Towards Renewables, US Keeps Offering Exclusive Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels

Posted  May 6, 2018  by  Sharon Kelly
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About a half decade ago, as the shale drilling rush was sweeping across the U.S., drillers needed upfront cash — and quick — to let them snap up acreage, drill and frack exploratory wells, and hone their skills at the horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that fueled an oil and gas boom.

Bankers and financiers began attending shale industry conferences, marketing a clever idea. By dusting off an obscure part of the tax code, drillers and pipeline builders could attract a different class of investor than would usually look at a boom-and-bust prone industry, an investor hunting for stability and predictability. Form a Master Limited Partnership, or MLP, shale drillers and pipeline builders were advised, and you’ll be able to access that capital.

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Scott Pruitt’s Secret Science Plan Was Developed to Defend Tobacco and It Could Be Coming for Clean Air Rules

Posted  May 5, 2018  by  Graham Readfearn
Powell Tate Secret Science action plan

In early 1998, lobbying and PR company Powell Tate was busy with a strategy to protect its tobacco industry clients from health and safety regulations.

Costing roughly $200,000, the plan was called “Secret Science” and would be a public affairs campaign “mounted in three phases” to influence the public, scientists, corporations, and policymakers. 

After “laying the groundwork,” the plan was to build “a critical mass of outrage” and then offer a solution to all the outrage and division the campaign had whipped up.

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Saturday Stories: Stolen Torahs, Yonah Krakowsky, and Cudjo Lewis

Posted  May 5, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff
Erik Overbey Collection, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama. Colorization by Gluekit

Daniel Estrin, in NPR, with an incredible whodunnit covering good (and bad) Samaritans, ancient torahs, and theft (replete with just gorgeous photos)

Yonah Krakowsky, in Toronto Life, on his life as both an Orthodox Jew, and as a gender-reassignment surgeon.

Zora Neale Hurston, posthumously in Vulture, with the story of of Cudjo Lewis, the final slave-ship survivor.

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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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How Wall Street Enabled the Fracking ‘Revolution’ That’s Losing Billions

Posted  May 4, 2018  by  Anonymous
Oil pumpjack in Nevada

The U.S. shale oil industry hailed as a “revolution” has burned through a quarter trillion dollars more than it has brought in over the last decade. It has been a money-losing endeavor of epic proportions.

In September 2016, the financial ratings service Moody’s released a report on U.S. oil companies, many of which were hurting from the massive drop in oil prices. Moody’s found that “the financial toll from the oil bust can only be described as catastrophic,” particularly for small companies that took on huge debt to finance fracking shale formations when oil prices were high.

And even though shale companies still aren’t turning a profit, Wall Street continues to lend the industry more money while touting these companies as good investments. Why would investors do that?

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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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Things I’m Loving Lately: May 2, 2018

Posted  May 2, 2018  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

It’s May, it’s May! One of my favourite months. I guess I kind of have to love it—May is my birthday month after all (any fellow Taureans out there?!)—but it’s also the month when spring finally reveals itself here in Southern Ontario. Everything has a special glow and newness this time of the year and […]

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“Ironically, because of this history of distortion, the statue actually does represent the lynching memorial perfectly”

Posted  May 2, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Ironically, because of this history of distortion, the statue actually does represent the lynching memorial perfectly”

David Cole writes:The whole thing plays out like a game of telephone. A photo of South African miners at a medical exam became a sculpture of South African miners with their hands raised in surrender, which became a sculpture of inner-city American black men asking cops not to shoot, which became a monument to the […]

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“Joseph McCarthy died 60 years ago today”

Posted  May 2, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Dan Flynn writes:By the time McCarthy gave his initial speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1950, the Cold War already boasted its primary villain. His name was Joe, too. It is to the discredit of so many on the Left that they imagine his last name as McCarthy. More from my siteBy all means, let’s […]

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Jim Goad: Revolt of the Involuntary Celibates

Posted  April 30, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jim Goad: Revolt of the Involuntary Celibates

Jim Goad writes:The most compelling evidence for this is not only the 4chan lingo, but the fact that the timestamp on the post was alleged to be 1:27PM EST. But surveillance footage shows that Minassian’s rampage began a few minutes before that, and it’s hard to believe he’d be able to type a Facebook message […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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What Is It About Diets That Make Some MDs Believe There Can Be Only One?

Posted  April 30, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

It seems like it’s a growing phenomenon.

MDs, enamoured by a particular diet, strongly recommend it to all of their patients, their colleagues, and even write op-eds in the media about why the entire country ought to be following it.

It’s such an odd thing.

In part it’s odd because there’s no doubt that the evidence on “best” diets, whether for weight management, or overall health, is far from conclusive, is fraught with confounding, and is built, regardless of what diet we’re talking about, on evidence buttressed by the inherent flaws of food frequency questionnaires and dietary recall.

It’s also odd because doctors, more than most, ought to know that different treatments work differently for different people, and that adverse effects are both real and unpredictable.

Whether it’s depression, hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, etc. – there are a myriad of treatment options and patient considerations. What works well for one patient may not work for another, and what is well tolerated by one patient, may drive intolerable side effects in another.

Yet here some MDs seem intent on promoting the notion that when it comes to diet, there can be only one.

If you do come across an MD who’s doing that, maybe best to move on to another MD.

        
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Saturday Stories: Pulitzers, Crippled Flights, and Deep Brain Stimulation

Posted  April 28, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Kelsey Ables, in Columbia Journalism Review, on Mariel Padilla, the journalism student and how she found out in class that she’d won a Pulitzer.

Clive Irving, in Daily Beast, on veteran fighter pilot Tammie Jo Shults, and how she landed crippled Southwest flight 1380.

David Dobbs, in The Atlantic, on the failure, and promise, of deep brain stimulation on depression.

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How do tiny songbirds sing so loud, for so long?

Posted  April 27, 2018  by  Anonymous

How do tiny birds such as the Pacific Wren, produce loud and long songs?

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Study after study has shown that corporate anti-bias training doesn’t work

Posted  April 27, 2018  by  Anonymous

Sorry Starbucks – your day of diversity training won’t work

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An ancient giant sloth hunt, frozen in time

Posted  April 27, 2018  by  Anonymous

10,000 year old sloth hunt frozen in time in fossil footprints

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Right stuff, wrong gender – the true story of the women who almost went to the moon

Posted  April 27, 2018  by  Anonymous

Meet the women who almost went to the moon in the new Netflix Doc “Mercury 13”

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Doctor’s group wants to scrap Canada’s medical cannabis program

Posted  April 27, 2018  by  Anonymous

If marijuana is legal for all, do doctors still need to be prescribing it?

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Ask Angela: High-protein vegan entrées, turning muffins into doughnuts, how I soak seeds/nuts, and more!

Posted  April 27, 2018  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

Photo credit: Ashley McLaughlin Hello, I’m back with another Ask Angela on this glorious spring Friday…keep those questions coming! Also, be sure to check out this week’s latest Glow Getter post featuring a fun interview with Fresh Restaurants founder Ruth Tal. Q1. Hi Angela! I’m wondering if you can share your highest-protein dishes, especially main […]

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Glow Getter: Fresh Restaurants and Juice Bars Founder Ruth Tal

Posted  April 25, 2018  by  Anonymous

Eric and I first visited Fresh Restaurants in Toronto way back in 2009, when Oh She Glows was just a year old, and I was beginning my own journey to plant-based eating. To say this is a full circle moment would be an understatement! Ruth has always been an inspiration to me, and I hope […]

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Please Don’t Encourage Your Kids To Diet

Posted  April 25, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff
Image Source: The Los Angeles Loyolan

I wish it went without saying, but it doesn’t, so I’ll say it again, please don’t encourage your kids to diet.

The worry is that by doing so, you may inadvertently have a negative affect on their self esteem, their body image, and/or their relationship with food, and given they’re likely not the ones doing the shopping, cooking the meals, or deciding how frequently to eat out, drive-thru, or take-out, even if there wasn’t risk to encouraging them to diet, their dietary landscape is primarily in your hands.

And that risk may not just be theoretical.

A study published in last month’s issue of Pediatrics found that parents encouraging their adolescents to diet was associated with,

a higher risk of overweight or obesity, dieting, binge eating, engaging in unhealthy weight control behaviors, and lower body satisfaction 15 years later as a parent, after adjusting for sociodemographics and baseline measures of the outcomes

It also demonstrated an inter-generational effect whereby kids who were encouraged to diet, 15 years later, were more likely to encourage their children to do so as well.

If you’re worried about your child’s weight, rather than suggest that they go on a diet, I’d encourage you to explore your home’s food environment. Look for ways to reduce liquid calories and energy dense food availability within the home, purchase fewer meals, make it a point to help your kids learn to cook (this recent study found those reporting cooking skills at 18 were more likely to have healthful diets a decade later), and improve your family’s health by looking for ways to be active together. And while there’s not likely to be any quick fixes, working towards living the life you want your children to live may go a long way.

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David Cole: “…here’s what should haunt Josh Howard, and here’s what makes his festival wins so ironic”

Posted  April 24, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Cole: “…here’s what should haunt Josh Howard, and here’s what makes his festival wins so ironic”

By the way, Cole is right about Breitbart: He smeared Shirley Sherrod. It’s why I can’t get fully onboard with the “Andrew!” worship.He also sounded and acted like an unrecovered alcoholic/addict and/or untreated manic depressive, and owed a duty to his wife and children to take better care of himself.Yes, Breitbart’s death was a shocking […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Shots and preyers

Posted  April 23, 2018  by  Anonymous

Another day, another mass shooting in the US. Nothing will be done. The American empire is in its decadence. Comparisons with the Roman one have been duly noted. Headed by an Id-creature whose prototype was surely Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roy,…

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“How the New Corporate Elite Sold Same-Sex Marriage to the American Public”

Posted  April 23, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Scott Yenor reviews a new book on that topic, but I’m not entirely convinced on its main point:Paul contradicts this liberal narrative. Personal acquaintance with homosexuals, for instance, is more an effect of political opinions than a cause: people have contact with homosexuals because they first admire them. Furthermore, liberals do not consistently tolerate or […]

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Writing and booze: What’s the deal, anyhow?

Posted  April 23, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Clancy Martin reviews The Recovering:If there is one book that rises above all others in The Recovering, it is Wallace’s masterpiece Infinite Jest, with its depictions of the modest heroism of the recovering addict. I loved Jamison’s smart insights and frank reverence for Infinite Jest—her discussion of it is one of the most comforting pieces […]

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“And cracking down on male-painted female nudes as a means to this end seems pointless…”

Posted  April 23, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

…at least to Marilyn Minter, a #MeToo supporter who nonetheless says she’s seen a version of this before, when her “Porn Grids” ran afoul of anti-pornography feminists in the late ’80s and early ’90s. “I was a traitor to feminism, but my side won,” she says. “Now it’s the return of all that.” Her larger […]

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Jim Goad: “…gay civil-rights lawyer David Buckel’s life went up in a little gay puff of smoke”

Posted  April 23, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jim Goad: “…gay civil-rights lawyer David Buckel’s life went up in a little gay puff of smoke”

Jim Goad writes:Two years later in an apparent copycat suicide, a 31-year-old Quaker named Norman Morrison poured kerosene on himself outside the Pentagon and left his family fatherless because he apparently cared more about suffering Vietnamese children than he cared about his own children. He had mailed a letter to his wife that stated, “Know […]

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Why doesn’t life continue to spontaneously occur around hydrothermal vents in the ocean?

Posted  April 20, 2018  by  Anonymous

One evolution of life is underway, it is impossible to re-evolve life.

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