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Infographic: The physics of slopestyle

Posted  February 9, 2018  by  Anonymous

Mark McMorris

A composite image showing Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris performing his signature jump, the backside triple cork 1440. Learn how he does it below. (Photo: Adam Moran)

At 17, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris became the first to complete a backside triple cork 1440 — a trick that sees him do three off-axis flips while spinning four times. Now 24, the Regina native is one of the favourites in the slopestyle event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This graphic explains the physics behind McMorris’s made-in-Canada signature move. 

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#930 Finally getting that tiny stuck piece of popcorn out of your teeth

Posted  February 9, 2018  by  Anonymous

You know when you can just feel that popcorn kernel stuck back there in swampy recesses of your mouth and it’s totally infuriating? Yes, your tongue slides past its smooth surface unsuccessfully, your toothbrush’s flimsy bristles just can’t shake it, and even your fingernail can’t quite unwedge it from the tight molar deathgrip it’s stuck […]

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EPA Chief Downplays Global Warming as Unexpected Climate Impacts Stack up

Posted  February 8, 2018  by  Anonymous
Cape Town, South Africa

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is well-known for his comments denying the established science of climate change, and this week he touted yet another talking point of the climate denial community.

“I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing,” Pruitt said in an interview with Nevada’s KSNV television and as reported by E&E News. But from Cape Town, South Africa’s water woes to mercury in melting permafrost, the decidedly negative impacts of global warming are already manifesting themselves, often in unexpected ways.

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That CBC Story About Canada’s Lack of a Rocket Program

Posted  February 8, 2018  by  Chuck Black

         By Henry StewartCommercial Space blog editor Chuck Black was in downtown Toronto on Wednesday morning, February 8th, 2018 with several other guests on the set of CBC Radio’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti to…

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What’s For Dinner? Turkey Noodle Soup Dinner Menu

Posted  February 8, 2018  by  Anonymous

This comforting soup dinner menu includes Turkey Noodle Soup, fresh bread and dessert!  Welcome back to What’s For Dinner!  This week it’s all about comforting soup, homemade bread, and a chocolatey dessert.  This is a perfect winter or rainy day meal!  And as a bonus, everything can be ready in about 1 hour…an hour an a half if you don’t feel like rushing 😉  I hope you enjoy this menu! Turkey Noodle Soup Dinner Menu Main Dish:  Turkey Noodle Soup Fresh Bread:  Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread Dessert:  Triple Chocolate Deep Dish Brownies with ice cream This Turkey Noodle Soup is a big […]

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Amis’ claim that he is through with “insulting people in print” is “a little disingenuous”

Posted  February 8, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Amis’ claim hat he is through with “insulting people in print” is “a little disingenuous”

A review of Martin Amis’ latest non-fiction collection:Amis can do a lot of things, but his genius has always been for vividness—“terrible compulsive vividness,” as his father, Kingsley, put it, not quite admiringly. The extreme case is other people’s bodies. One is reminded by Amis’s physical portraiture of what Norman Mailer said about Diane Arbus: […]

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Paradise, a poet and promised land

Posted  February 8, 2018  by  Anonymous

A view over the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

A view over Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. (Photo: Wesley Pitts/Can Geo Photo Club)

Editor’s note: This essay originally appeared in the January/February 2001 issue of Canadian Geographic.
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#931 Intergenerational dancing at weddings

Posted  February 8, 2018  by  Anonymous

Have you ever felt too old or too young on the dance floor? Maybe you and your husband signed up for a Saturday morning ballroom dancing class and noticed everyone else arriving on a shuttlebus from the old folk’s home. Or maybe you surprised your wife with a romantic date night on your ten-year wedding […]

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Motivated To Change Your Lifestyle And Have Diabetes? Virta (And Maybe #Keto) Could Be Right For You

Posted  February 7, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

A quick post regarding an exciting study that dropped today in the release of Virta Health’s one year data on the impact their intensive lifestyle counselling, coupled with their ketotic diet, had on patients with type 2 diabetes.

The results were impressive.

Of the 262 patients who started the year long study, 83% finished, and of those their metabolic biomarkers and weight improved dramatically. On average their hemoglobin A1C (a long term measure of blood sugar) dropped from 7.6 to 6.3, type 2 diabetes medications other than metfromin dropped from 56.9% to 29.7%, and insulin was reduced or eliminated in 94% of subjects who started out on insulin, while sulfonylureas were eliminated entirely. Weight dropped an average of 30lbs. Insulin resistance as measured by HOMA-IR dropped by 55%, hs-CRP by 39%, and triglycerides by 24%. Though LDL did rise by 10%, HDL rose by 18% and apolipoprotein B was unchanged.

All this to say that if you have type 2 diabetes, and you’re motivated to make lifestyle changes, Virta health’s program definitely appears to be worth considering.

But there are some caveats.

Firstly the study looked at individuals who self-identified as wanting to affect lifestyle change, and so their comparison with “usual care“, which consisted of individuals identified by their MDs as having diabetes and then being relegated to their local diabetes education program, may not be a fair one.

Secondly, the intervention was incredibly robust and intensive. That’s not a knock. I think it’s terrific. It included,

continuous care through intensive, digitally-enabled support including telemedicine access to a medical provider (physician or nurse practitioner), health coaching, nutrition and behavior change education and individualized care plans, biometric feedback, and peer support via an online community

And where behaviour change techniques taught included,

education of natural consequences, shaping knowledge, goal setting, self-monitoring, feedback, monitoring and reinforcement from health coach and medical provider, self-belief, social support, relapse prevention, associations, and repetition

Patients were provided a cellular connected body weight scare, a glucometer and ketometer, and a bp cuff. Patients were then given access to a web-based application to input data and where they received monitoring, education, and communication with their team.

Food wise participants reported daily hunger, cravings, energy, and mood by way of a Likert scale and health coaches worked with patients individually to adjust intake.

It is notable that daily protein intake was targeted to 1.5g/kg, and also that their weight losses had pretty much leveled off.

I bring up the robust intervention only in that I’m not aware of any prior interventions with other dietary strategies that would compare and therefore at this point it’s difficult to say divvy up what percentage of outcomes relate to the intensity and frequency of the intervention, and what percentage to their high protein, low-carb, ketotic diet.

The cost of Virta Health (if not covered by your insurer), is reported by them to be (I have no affiliation BTW) $400/month, but given the cost of diabetes medications and the outcomes reported herein, those costs may well be offset by your results.

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“Drag Queen Kids? Not Today, Satan!” Great video by Lucy Brown

Posted  February 7, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Drag Queen Kids? Not Today, Satan!” Great video by Lucy Brown

I’m surprised Lucy Brown left out England’s centuries-old drag tradition.For instance, in their family-friendly Christmas, “pantos”, the ugly sisters in Snow White are traditionally played by (mostly straight?) men — BUT there has NEVER been anything like this, er, dragging kids into it.Just the opposite:Except for pantos, English drag has always been a “naughty” but […]

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Sailer: “Why is it so bad to argue against ‘white monopoly capital’ in South Africa…”

Posted  February 7, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Sailer: “Why is it so bad to argue against ‘white monopoly capital’ in South Africa…”

Steve Sailer asks……but so admirable to excoriate “white privilege” in America?Well, for one thing, “white monopoly capital” is a reasonably accurate term, while “white privilege” is largely used to revile whites who aren’t terribly privileged, like Ferguson ex-policeman Darren Wilson, or who aren’t terribly white, like George Zimmerman, or who aren’t terribly existent, like Haven […]

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Vitamin Glow Warm Squash Salad

Posted  February 7, 2018  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

How’s your February chugging along so far? Mine is off to a solid start, and I’m already feeling a bit more positive now that the doldrums of January are past! As for things on the OSG front, we’re working away on our rebooted Friday FAQs and Things I’m Loving Lately series, as well as a […]

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Climate Science Deniers Defend New York’s American Museum of Natural History From Calls to Drop Trustee Rebekah Mercer

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Graham Readfearn
Dinosaur cast at the American Museum of Natural History

With friends like climate science deniers and alt-right megaphones like Breitbart, you have to wonder whether New York’s iconic American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) needs any enemies right now.

As the New York Times and others are reporting, the museum is facing calls from hundreds of scientists, its own curators, campaigners, and the public to drop rich benefactor and major Trump funder and ally Rebekah Mercer from its board of trustees.

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Spotlight on Kathleen Hartnett White

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Anonymous
Kathleen Hartnett White

For more than three months, the Trump administration tried to get climate science denier Kathleen Hartnett White confirmed for a top environmental post in the White House. But last week, the administration officially withdrew its nomination of Hartnett White, a clearly unqualified candidate who could have had dangerous implications for environmental and public health.

Trump was so committed to Hartnett White that he renominated her after the Senate failed to act on her nomination the first time. But in the end he couldn’t get this climate denier confirmed as the new chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which coordinates environmental policy across federal agencies.

Who is Kathleen Hartnett White and why did she represent such a danger?

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This Is Us took a beloved character, but how?

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning

If you have been following the TV show This Is Us, you’ve known from the start that a popular character, Jack Pearson, had died. But what the audience didn’t know until this past weekend was how Jack died. Now we know. (If you haven’t watched this epis…

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Bill Wehrum Once Denied California’s Right to Cut Auto Emissions, and Could Do It Again at EPA

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Ben Jervey

More than a decade ago, Bill Wehrum, then acting assistant administrator for air and radiation at the US Environmental Protection Agency, successfully fought to deny the state of California the right to set its own standards on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

He is now back in the same position at Trump’s EPA, and hoping to try once again to kill the California waiver.

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China Is Financing a Petrochemical Hub in Appalachia. Meet its Powerful Backers.

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Steve Horn
U.S. President Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and West Virginia Commerce Sec. Thrasher join in the Great Hall in Beijing for MOU signing for the Appalachian Development Hub  in November 2017

Over the past year, oil and gas industry plans to build a petrochemical refining and storage hub along the Ohio River have steadily gaining traction. Proponents hope this potential hub, which would straddle Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, could someday rival the industrial corridor found along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana.

Those plans center around creating what is known as the Appalachian Storage Hub, which received a major boost on November 9 during a trade mission to China attended by President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. At that trade mission, also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the China Energy Investment Corp. announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7 billion into the planned storage hub over 20 years. For comparison, West Virginia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 was $72.9 billion.

Though called the Appalachian Storage Hub as a broad-sweeping term, in practice the hub could encompass natural gas liquids storage, a market trading index center, a key pipeline feeding epicenter, and a petrochemical refinery row. Its prospective development has been spurred by the current construction of a $6 billion petrochemical refining facility in Pennsylvania owned by Shell Oil.

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There’s never an avalanche around when you need one… Trudeau’s “peoplekind” townhall meltdown (video)

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
There’s never an avalanche around when you need one… Trudeau’s “peoplekind” townhall meltdown (video)

  More from my siteGavin McInnes: A Future Letter From a Socialist to President TrumpShiny Pony! Justin Trudeau appears 33 times in 12-month calendar he sends to constituents (video)Ezra Levant: Time to halt Muslim immigration to Canada (#video)There’s never an avalanche around when you need one

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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“The JQ ‘infantilizes’ whites by casting them as gullible children…”

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“The JQ ‘infantilizes’ whites by casting them as gullible children…”

There is no “Jewish Question.” This b.s. reveals more about the “questioners” than it does about “the Jews.”If you can’t figure out why a group of people who have a 5000 year history and tradition that prioritizes learning, family and success are GENERALLY so learned, family-oriented and successful, then — you’re a moron.Do we need […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread-Feature

Make the dough for this Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread with your bread machine.  So easy, and delicious!  Sweet, gooey and full of cinnamon sugar deliciousness! Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread is the ultimate in sweet delicious breads.  Seriously.  This bread is the stuff dreams are made of.  It’s sweet, soft, gooey and full of delicious cinnamon flavour.  If I had my way, we’d have a loaf every Saturday morning…but that’s just not good for my pants, know what I mean?  But when you want a treat, you should make this bread.   And don’t worry, it’s much easier than it may look.  […]

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Nextologies Provides Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) station For Kepler Satellite

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Chuck Black
          By Brian Orlotti

On January 15th, Toronto, ON based satellite-maker Kepler Communications launched its first satellite into orbit aboard a Chinese Long March 11 rocket.

It’s cold in Markham in the winter. The Kepler TT&C rooftop station. Photo c/o Kepler Communications.

Now Kepler has credited the success of the mission to a partnership developed with Markham ON based Nextologies, a provider of fibre, IP and satellite transmission services which supplied the “much-needed” telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) station, used to establish and maintain contact with the Kepler satellite.
The January 29th, 2018 Kepler Communications press release, “A Shared Victory!” goes into more detail. According to the press release:

The rooftop space, including network and power access provided by Nextologies, has proven to be key in establishing communications with KIPP; our first satellite in orbit and the first commercial Ku-band nanosatellite ever launched in low earth orbit (LEO). 

Our TT&C station can do everything from tracking to controlling spacecraft through commands that prompt specific behaviors. This is especially crucial in the early days of spacecraft on-orbit, also known as “Launch and Early Operation” for commissioning all the subsystems on-board (e.g. a stable attitude control system).

The station was critical in the first week of the satellites orbit, where downloading of logs and analysis of on-board data allowed Kepler’s staff to verify the health of all on-board systems.

The satellite being tracked, named KIPP after the robot assistant in Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film “Interstellar” is a nano-satellite built for Kepler by Scottish firms Clyde Space and Bright Ascension. The satellite is the first of a planned constellation of 140 spacecraft which will serve as a high-speed communications backbone in low-earth orbit (LEO).

KIPP is the first commercial LEO spacecraft to operate in the Ku-band; a highly sought-after frequency band for satellite communications, including other planned constellations from SpaceX and others. Kepler’s first customers for its new service are expected to come from the Canadian maritime and mining sectors.

According to its website, Nextologies provides “fibre, IP and satellite transmission services for a wide range of clientele worldwide. It is a partner of the Ethnic Channels Group Limited.”

Two Canadian startups working together to build space infrastructure and stake a Canadian claim to the opening space frontier. Canadians’ pioneering spirit lives on.

Brian Orlotti.
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Brian Orlotti is a regular contributor to the Commercial Space blog.

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Falcon Heavy Ready for Launch, plus JAXA, ESA & UK/ Ukrainian Microsat Launcher Updates

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Chuck Black
         By Chuck Black

The first SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is currently scheduled for launch on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in order to take advantage of a launch window that opens between 1:30 pm EST and 4pm EST.

As outlined in the February 3rd, 2018 YouTube post, “Mars Mission Update: January 2018,” it’s an important mission for SpaceX and for the space industry in general. But it’s not the only noteworthy recent activity involving innovative rocket builders.

Here’s a few more:

  • Only a year after failing its first attempt, a small, experimental rocket funded by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has succeeded in launching an experimental micro-sat into orbit using a domestically produced launcher. 

As outlined in the February 3rd, 2018 The Verge post, “Japan’s space agency just launched the tiniest rocket to carry a satellite into orbit,” the Japanese built SS-520-5 sounding rocket (part of their S-series sounding rocket family) is the smallest rocket to ever deliver a satellite into orbit. 

The vehicle had been modified with the addition of a third stage, which helped push the payload, a TRICOM-1R cubeSat built by the University of Tokyo, into a 180 km × 1500 km orbit with 31° inclination. The rocket is manufactured by Tokyo, Japan based IHI Aerospace and operated by the Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS).

The JAXA mission follows close on the heals of the January 2018 launch of the Huntington CA based Rocket Lab Electron rocket which, as outlined in the January 22nd, 2018 post, “The Rocket Lab Electron Rocket Has Placed Three Satellites in Orbit,” placed three micro-sats into orbit and became the first operational micro-sat launcher earlier this year.

As outlined in the post: 

The microlauncher study, a part of the ESA’s Future Launcher Preparatory Programme, will refine the definition of the European small satellite launcher project proposed by PLD Space, named ARION 2. 

In this study, ESA has also tasked PLD Space with proposing and defining – both technically and economically – a new European spaceport, which will be dedicated to launching small satellites to polar and heliosynchronous orbits. 

The proposed spaceport would likely be located in Spain, which would allow the country to become the tenth country in the world with independent access to space. 

The ARION 2 rocket is expected to enter service in 2021 and will compete with the JAXA micro-sat launcher described above, along with companies like Rocket Lab and Long Beach, CA based Virgin Orbit

The market for small-sat rocket launcher services is expected to grow to over €5.5Bln Euros ($8.5Bln CDN) by 2020. 

Skyrora rocket. Graphic c/o Ukranian News UP.
  • Of course, Canada isn’t the only place where a Ukrainian rocket company has promised to build a launch facility.

As outlined in the February 1st, 2018 Space News post, “UK-Ukrainian launch vehicle developer Skyrora to establish smallsat launch site,” Edinburgh, UK based Skyrora has moved ahead with its plans to set up a facility to launch small-sats from Scotland using a combination of UK and Ukrainian based technology. 

According to the post, “the company is in the process of finalizing the suborbital build and will be testing its engine in the UK during the first quarter of 2018.” 

Unlike the situation in Canada, where as outlined in the November 9th, 2017 post, “Commercial Space and Rocket Port Shenanigans,” Canadian based Maritime Launch Services (MLS) plans to design and develop their launcher in the Ukraine and then transport the finished product to Canada for launch, Skyrora intends to take advantage of UK expertise:

Skyrora’s rockets run on hydrogen peroxide and kerosene. In this respect, the company is following in the steps of the U.K,’s Black Arrow, the program that allowed London to launch its first rocket in October 1971, orbiting the Prospero satellite. 

(… According to Daniel Smith, the UK based business development manager at Skyrora) the company is drawing from the experiences of the U.K. space industry and says he finds pride in the fact that “we’re using the same propellant as Black Arrow did and essentially combining their successfully proven, 50-year-old ideas with today’s most advanced technology.”

We expect to grow our U.K. team substantially in Q1 2018, particularly on the manufacturing side of the business,” Smith said.

For more, on rockets and on the other items, check out future issues of the Commercial Space blog. 

Chuck Black.

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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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This Vigilante Scientist Trekked Over 10,000 Kilometres to Reveal B.C.’s Leaking Gas Wells

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Anonymous
John Werring in the field

If you’d met John Werring four years ago, he wouldn’t have been able to tell you what an abandoned gas well looked like.

We had no idea whether they were even accessible,” said the registered professional biologist.

That was before the summer of 2014, when he headed up to Fort St. John, B.C., on a reconnaissance mission. At that time, much was known about leaking gas wells in the United States, but there was very little data on Canada.

All Werring had to work with was a map of abandoned wells provided by B.C.’s Oil and Gas Commission. Armed with a gas monitor and a metal detector, he headed into what the gas industry calls the “Montney formation,” one of the largest shale gas resources in the world. Shale gas is primarily accessed via hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Most of these places, there’s nobody in the field,” Werring said. “You won’t see anybody for miles and miles. Just well after well after well.”

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Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Anonymous

Make this Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey Dinner in less than 1 hour!  Sweet, tangy and so flavourful.  And one dish means dinner prep and clean up is easier than ever! – – – – – – I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious turkey sheet pan dinner recipe!  I was compensated for my time, but the recipe, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey. I love that sheet pan dinner recipes are so popular right now, because they are big time savers for those of us making dinner!  With everything […]

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MUST READ by Jim Goad about online anonymity

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
MUST READ by Jim Goad about online anonymity

One of my pet peeves. Gavin McInnes has been great on this too.Now here’s the inimitable Jim Goad:Whether or not you’d like to pretend otherwise, censoring your own name is an act of surrender. If you’ve been frightened into anonymity, you’re conceding power to people who don’t like you and who don’t like what you […]

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“…it’s worth working past the feeling that Kass is condemning half your life…”

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Someone said “Leon Kass” and the Bush Administration flashed before my eyes. Looks like he’s back……once he got back to Harvard, however, Kass began to think that his progressive, well-educated friends were vain and self-absorbed compared to the farmers he and his wife had lived with in Mississippi. This raised a troubling question: What if […]

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Right wing UK comic Geoff Norcott about representing the views of the majority of the country on the BBC

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Right wing UK comic Geoff Norcott about representing the views of the majority of the country on the BBC

Via the Spectator:As a child he disapproved of ill-disciplined neighbours. ‘I was quite judgey about the kids that didn’t go to school and weren’t trying to better themselves. I remember one day particularly I came home from school and my mum was still in her dressing-gown, and I said, “For God’s sake! Get dressed! Achieve […]

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Canada, Where Dr. Feelgood Beer Sales Are Banned, But Vitamin Water’s Are Allowed

Posted  February 5, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

What’s wrong with this picture?

Last month the Liquor Control Board of Ontario banned the sale of Dr. Feelgood IPA on the basis that the snake encircling the hops paddle, coupled with the prescriptive looking ℞ in the D℞., would implicitly lead consumers to believe that the beer was a health food.

Yet Vitamin Water’s liquid candy sales are just dandy (including of course in stores frequented by children). And so too are the hundreds, if not thousands, of packaged foods that explicitly purport to confer health benefits, not to mention an entire industry of supplements that promise health miracles.

It is so disappointing that Canada continues to allow the food industry to dupe consumers with impunity.

(And for the record, and not just because I enjoy IPAs, I think the LCBO is overreaching here, while Health Canada and the CFIA don’t bother lifting any fingers at all)

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Is the flu as scary as media stories make it out to be?

Posted  February 4, 2018  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning

The seasonal flu, influenza, is front page news across North America. Every day we are reading or hearing of someone who has died – and often it is someone young and healthy, the last person you would expect to die from the flu.So is the flu as scary a…

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Empowering the Powerless: Here’s How To End Energy Poverty

Posted  February 4, 2018  by  guest

By Jatin Nathwani, University of Waterloo

Millions of people die prematurely of indoor pollution and other consequences of energy poverty. But there is a way to empower the powerless: with renewable energy microgrids and decentralized technologies.

Power to the people,” the activists chanted in the 1960s.

The revolutionaries of yesteryear never dreamed of the scientific and technological innovations that could light up distant shelters and communities in the darkest corners of Earth. We are on the cusp of an energy revolution that has the potential to improve the quality of life for the world’s most disadvantaged and poor.

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“It was hard work, all that hiding”

Posted  February 4, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“It was hard work, all that hiding”

Hayley Webster writes:That’s what shyness felt like, a shift in who I felt I was, from pride, self-knowledge to something else. Shame. Shame in happily inhabiting as much space as I did, like the first time you see yourself in a photo and you don’t look the way you thought you did, and you have […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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The Pocahontas Effect

Posted  February 3, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
The Pocahontas Effect

I found this video so compelling:SJWs seem to have a peculiar talent for pattern recognition that is being employed for trivial causes and ultimately dangerous ones.I mean, who the hell would notice that blue necklace?Well, clearly the same SJWs who “see” Trump’s hair in the new Firefox logo.The same SJWs who I believe may have legitimate […]

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“Pulp Fiction” always gave off a bad smell — On the Uma Thurman thing

Posted  February 3, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Pulp Fiction” always gave off a bad smell — On the Uma Thurman thing

Yes, we’ve been over this before. I have always just loathed Tarantino generally, for what some could say were “irrational” reasons:He looks so weird, he gives off “a bad vibe.” Too many idiots think he’s a “genius.”But, perhaps because I’m female, and a poet of some sort, I find “the rational” rather overrated.Leaning on intuition has […]

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Saturday Stories: Dutch Famine, Cooking Classes, And “Clean” Labels

Posted  February 3, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Carl Zimmer, in The New York Times, on the lasting effects of World War II famine on Dutch genes and health.

Lela Nargi, in NPR, on cooking classes as heart failure medicine.

Nadia Berenstein, in The New Food Economy, on “clean” food labels.

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Obama Alums Are Pushing Fracked Gas Exports. That’s Exactly What Trump Wants

Posted  February 2, 2018  by  Steve Horn
Obama speaking in front of pipeline parts in Cushing, Oklahoma

During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump exclaimed that the “war on American Energy” had ended and that “we are now an exporter of energy to the world.”

What Trump did not say, though, is that several former senior energy officials from the Obama administration — the one Trump said had declared a “war on American Energy” — now either lobby or work as executives for companies making his “energy dominance” agenda possible. At least five of these Obama officials now work for natural gas export companies, four of them for Cheniere and another for Tellurian.

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Posted  February 2, 2018  by  Anonymous

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