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One of the most venomous fish in the ocean also has switchblade eyes

Posted  April 20, 2018  by  Anonymous

The already dangerous stonefish now found to carry switchblades

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Trans Mountain spill ‘could have significant impacts’ says Canadian government scientist

Posted  April 20, 2018  by  Anonymous

What science has to say about the risks of a bitumen spill

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Kamikaze ants blow themselves up and cover their victims with killer slime

Posted  April 20, 2018  by  Anonymous

Explosive ant blows itself up for the good of the colony

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Deep-diving ‘sea nomads‘ have evolved an internal scuba tank

Posted  April 20, 2018  by  Anonymous

Human “Sea Nomads” have evolved to free-dive for long periods of time

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A scientific history of chemical weapons

Posted  April 20, 2018  by  Anonymous

Scientific chemical weapons context for Syria’s latest alleged attack

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Ask Angela: The spiralizer I use, make-ahead Superfood Porridge, Chocolate “Nutella” swaps, and more!

Posted  April 20, 2018  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

  Happy Friday, friends! Boy, did I love reading your comments on my Crazy Mug Lady post the other day. Sooo funny! Glad to hear I’m not alone. After last weekend’s ice storm, we’re really looking forward to getting outside to enjoy some moderately warm-ish spring weather tomorrow and Sunday. I hope you have a […]

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Excuse Our Dust…

Posted  April 19, 2018  by  James Bow

And now for an unscheduled message from Dr. Dawg’s webhost: Please excuse our dust. We are undertaking a switch of webhosts from Hostgator to GreenGeeks, and Dawg’s Blawg has a lot of stuff to move. However, when all is said…

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Doug Frump and the Power of No

Posted  April 19, 2018  by  Balbulican

Is Doug Ford “like” Donald Trump, as Kathleen Wynn suggested yesterday? I just listened to two pundits on CBC comparing similarities and differences between Ford and Trump’s policies. In the carefully “balanced” manner of all CBC political interviews, one “expert”…

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Crazy Mug Lady: A round-up of my fave mugs!

Posted  April 18, 2018  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

As a kid I was a self-proclaimed Pro Sticker Collector (oh, how that huge 3-ring binder was my pride and joy!), and at one confusing point in my youth I was also the proud owner of a miniature cow collection (the toy kind, that is). Totally normal.  Naturally, those childhood collections have led me to […]

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Were “Glass Men” the trannies of the Middle Ages?

Posted  April 17, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Were “Glass Men” the trannies of the Middle Ages?

Strangely, King Charles was far from alone in his glass delusion. He was only the most exalted representative of a rash of Glass Men that appeared throughout Europe between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Tales of people afflicted with glass bones, glass heads, glass arms, and glass hearts abound in the medical and literary texts […]

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Black ex-cop on “racist” Starbucks: “White liberals are making us look dumb”

Posted  April 17, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Black ex-cop on “racist” Starbucks: “White liberals are making us look dumb”

(To his “why is this happening?” I’d humbly suggest (for the 800th time) that, intentionally or not, the 1960s Civil Rights Movement valorized “disobedience,” and the elites have valorized the Civil Rights Movement.) More from my site‘It is time for a new Civil Rights Movement’Jim Goad provides another reason not to go to New YorkRose […]

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David Cole: Is Donald Trump the first Jewish President?

Posted  April 17, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Cole: Is Donald Trump the first Jewish President?

So David Cole had lunch with Ann Coulter at “one of Beverly Hills’ most revered Jewish delis,” and…Ann shared a theory about why Trump has elicited so much irrational hatred from one particularly influential U.S. demographic group. And what she said hit me right in the gut. She’s never publicly written about this theory, but […]

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Aspartame Doesn’t Increase Lean Adults’ Weights, Appetites, Or Blood Sugars, In 12 Week Randomized Controlled Trial

Posted  April 17, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

So what happens to healthy, lean, adults, if you randomly assign them to consume 0mg, 350mg or 1,050mg of aspartame daily for 12 weeks?

Nothing.

Well at least nothing if you’re measuring their weights, body fat percentages, appetites, blood sugars, insulins, incretins (GLP1), lipids, fasting leptin levels, or liver function tests. Those were in fact all the things that were looked at in this recent study.

Sorry chemophobes.

(but conspiracists can still rest easy knowing that funding was provided in part by aspartame producer Ajinomoto, and of course it would be nice to see this study repeated with study participants with obesity)

(And if you’re interested here’s a recent review that looked at both observational studies on non-nutritive sweeteners and randomized trials looking at non-nutritive sweeteners which found that while observational studies suggest risk to weight, to date, randomized trials, now including this one it would seem, don’t).

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Daniel J. Flynn on Art Bell: ‘Late night listeners lose an American original and storyteller’

Posted  April 16, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Daniel J. Flynn on Art Bell: ‘Late night listeners lose an American original and storyteller’

Flynn writes:Boasting three names — Linda Moulton Howe, David John Oates, Tom Van Flandern, etc. — seemed a prerequisite for landing an appearance as a guest. A fellow listener pondered aloud to me about this shared characteristic with serial killers; methinks ridiculed people take themselves super seriously when nobody else does, hence the three-name defense […]

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Ontario Schools Inviting Pizza Nova To Teach Nutrition To Kindergarteners Is Apparently A Thing Now

Posted  April 16, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Thanks to a colleague that probably should remain nameless for sending me this story about his 7 year old’s recent nutrition lesson.

Here’s the letter and photos he sent.

Hi Dr. Freedhoff,

Hope you are well, I got into a heated debate with my stubborn 7yr old son (who is starting to test the theory that I am the smarter person he knows) and I thought of you because I have seen you blog about this before.

Monday he came home with homework from a special nutrition lesson they got today from a rep from Pizza Nova. The Pizza Nova came in and fed them pizza (unknown to us), taught them to make pizza dough, and continued to teach these young impressionable minds that pizza is one of the healthiest foods there is because it has all of the food groups.

The homework included an activity book and once complete they receive a coupon for a free pizza.

This is a tipping point for me, the school already has pizza day every 2 weeks, theme food days all the time, bake sales, freeze sales regularly, food fundraisers and the list goes on, now we have food companies advertising to children false info about nutrition.

When he questioned his 7 year old’s teacher, the one who invited Pizza Nova to teach her students about nutrition, about the wisdom of the guest teachers, she saw nothing wrong with it and explained to him how it is nice to have community partners come in to break up the regular school day.

As part of writing this story, I did some Googling. Apparently this isn’t a one-of, and that rather this is a common event at Kindergartens across Ontario including Oakville, Hamilton, Toronto, Whitby, and Bowmanville (that’s where the letter writer’s son goes to school).

In fact, according to Pizza Nova, last year,

over 120 schools, participated in over 600 workshops, entertaining more than 27,000 children.

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think schools should be providing the food industry, or any industry for that matter, with access to our children. let alone inviting a fast food company to teach nutrition to Kindergarteners.

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Saturday Stories: American Army Morale, Nuclear Power Fears, And Vitamins

Posted  April 14, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Phil Klay, in The Atlantic, on the plunging morale of the American Army.

Nathanael Johnson, in Grist, on nuclear power and nuclear fears.

Liz Szabo, in The New York Times, on whether you should be taking multi-vitamins and supplements.

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Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

Posted  April 13, 2018  by  Anonymous

This week’s question – Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

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Catch-22: polluting aerosols cool the Earth, removing them warms it

Posted  April 13, 2018  by  Anonymous

A classic no-win situation – cleaning up polluting aerosols increases global warming

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Hummingbirds ‘sing’ with their tail feathers to impress the females

Posted  April 13, 2018  by  Anonymous

Costa’s hummingbird males play a ‘birdsong’ with his feathers to impress females

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Chasing Captain America explores the science behind the ‘super soldier serum’

Posted  April 13, 2018  by  Anonymous

A plausible scientific explanation for Captain America’s ‘super soldier serum’

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Why humans ditched the mono brow, for two eyebrows

Posted  April 13, 2018  by  Anonymous

Eyebrows played a key role in how we evolved social communication

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Newly discovered subglacial lakes is perfect analogue for exploring Jupiter’s moons

Posted  April 13, 2018  by  Anonymous

Salt water lake systems discovered under Devon Ice Cap

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Ask Angela: Favourite uses for hemp hearts, make-ahead lentil loaf tips, my go-to wrap, and more!

Posted  April 13, 2018  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

  First of all, holy moly…thank you all for your support for our Webby Awards People’s Voice Award nomination! I can’t even convey how much it means to us. We’re so nervous/excited to hear the results on April 24th! Voting is open until April 19th if you’d like to give us one final push. 🙂 […]

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Doug Ford Shouldn’t Let Andrew Lawton Run For PCPO Nomination in London

Posted  April 11, 2018  by  bigcitylib

Andrew Lawton is running for  the Ontario PC party’s nomination in London West.  Doug Ford should not let him.

For many reasons, but this one is my favorite.  Back in 2010 Andrew and some buddies wanted to bring alt-right notable Mark Steyn to London (Ontario).  First to the  University of Western Ontario and then, when that fell through, to the London  Convention Center.  But it all went South on them at the LCC as well, and they blamed Islam.  From Andrew’s old blog, which doesn’t appear to exist anymore:

“The reason offered by the LCC [in a Tuesday morning phone call] was that they had received pressure from local Islamic groups, and they didn’t want to alienate their Muslim clients. It’s interesting to note that the LCC is owned by the City of London, and is therefore a government operation,” wrote Strictly Right’s Andrew Lawton at the website.

But as I argue here, Andrew’s explanation doesn’t work.  Basically, the site for Steyn’s speech had already changed once, and it would have been impossible for any of these “Islamic groups” to have known which new potential venue to threaten.

Andrew actually responded to my argument in the comments, and pretty much admitted the major points of it.  As I wrote at the time:

Andrew,

So will you acknowledge that, whatever you might have been told by the LCC, it would have been impossible for local “Islamic Groups” to have had any real influence on their decision. This is not to say anything about the LCCs decision making processes, which may well have involved considerations about what how their Muslim clients might have reacted to Steyn’s appearance.

So, in short, Andrew Lawton tried to arrange to have an alt-right lunatic speak at the LCC, bunged it up, and blamed Muslims.  If Doug Ford wants to convince Ontarians he isn’t a Trump clone, one way to do it  would be to kibosh this nomination run.

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David Cole: ‘The little-person way is the polar opposite of the tranny way’

Posted  April 10, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Cole: ‘The little-person way is the polar opposite of the tranny way’

David Cole writes:The tranny demands that we alter our vocabulary. The tranny demands that we change our sexual and aesthetic preferences. The tranny demands that we lower our standards for things like military service. The tranny wants to stop us from using words or phrases that are “exclusionary” (I’ve never seen a campaign mounted by […]

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Free expression, journalists, and the CJFE

Posted  April 9, 2018  by  Anonymous

Stupid, stupid Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. It dared to stand up for journalists shot by Israeli snipers at the Gaza border. Didn’t the CJFE know that criticizing Israel is off-limits? Now the statement expressing concern has been deep-sixed, the…

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Jim Goad on the YouTube shooting: ‘Most hardcore vegetarians are far crazier than most hardcore ‘racists.”

Posted  April 9, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jim Goad on the YouTube shooting: ‘Most hardcore vegetarians are far crazier than most hardcore ‘racists.”

Jim Goad writes:I don’t recall any European traditionalists stalking and terrorizing the pig-haulers in England whose trucks get attacked and whose children are threatened with abduction and torture. I’ve never met a WWII obsessive who howls about the “billions murdered” by “carnists.” I don’t recall hearing about any reader of The Bell Curve sending letter […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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‘If the women in Dean’s book are incorrectly linked under the category of sharp…’

Posted  April 9, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

…they might be better understood via a phrase coined by Hannah Arendt: “conscious pariah.” The women in this book were many things—brilliant, difficult, successful, frequently wrong—but they were all outsiders. (Often literally: Arendt, Adler, and Malcolm were all immigrants.) “A conscious pariah knows she is different,” Dean writes, “and knows she may never, at least […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Tony Robbins, With Estimated Net Worth of $500 Million, Not Rich Enough, Peddles Expensive Nutritional Bullshit

Posted  April 9, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Thanks to my friend and colleague Brant Slomovic who alerted me to the fact that self-help guru Tony Robbins has apparently got himself into the nutritional nonsense business.

There’s his $79/month BioEnergy Greens,

packed with superfoods, this powder nourishes your body at a cellular level giving you more energy, quicker recovery from exercise, mental clarity and overall increased well-being.

Oh, and then there’s $69/month Energy Now which

will help boost your energy, focus and strength all vital elements of staying sharp and keeping your body at its peak.

Or how does strengthening and supporting your immune system to prevent illness sound? If good then maybe you need $39/month ImmunoBoost-C which apparently Tony takes,

to prevent falling sick during his rigorous, nonstop travel and 16-hour workdays.

And how can you resist Vital Energy? At $189 per month it’s a steal given Tony says it’ll

prevent illness, eliminate brain fog and experience lasting endurance all day, every day.

But if you’re serious about your health, clearly you’ll need to pony up another $219 to buy Tony’s 10 day Pure Body Cleanse, because as Tony points out,

Toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. And they are hurting every part of our body.

Toxic buildup in our body can contribute to chronic fatigue, body odor, insomnia, skin problems, bloating, headaches and our mood.

Your body is a machine, and when you fail to take care of it, it breaks down. Even when you make healthy choices, detoxing is a crucial step in maintaining lasting peak health.

And hey, if you’re struggling to lose weight and keep it off, Ultimate Weight Loss has you covered, where you can,

achieve and maintain successful, healthy weight loss in 14 days with Ultimate Weight Loss.

No really, just 14 days, I mean it even says, in big letters,

Hit your weight loss goal in just 14 days – and keep it off for good.

And just $189 for lifetime weight loss, who could say no?

Of course, there is this disclaimer on each and every page. I wonder if it’d be worth paying attention to?

Oh, and Tony, if you’re reading this, though of course I knew you were a salesman, somehow I didn’t think you’d stoop this low. My mistake.

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Saturday Stories: Awfulness Edition

Posted  April 7, 2018  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Sarah Boesveld, in Chatelaine, describing the horrific world of teen girls and social media.

Michael J. Koplow, in Israel Policy Forum, discusses some hard truths about Gaza sure to upset pretty much everyone who reads it regardless of with whom their sympathies lie.

Emily Shire, in The Forward, on the thriving rise of left wing anti-Semitism.

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Do trees radiate heat?

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

This week’s question, and the answer is yes, trees radiate heat.

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Nature retracts CRISPR ‘bull in a China shop’ paper about gene editing

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

CRISPR ‘bull in a China shop’ paper about off-target effects is retracted

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How you can use the science of luck to change your fortunes

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

How Luck Happens is the title of a new book by Janice Kaplan

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Wake ‘n’ bake – what coffee and cannabis have in common

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

Coffee and cannabis pull neurotransmitters in different directions

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A strange new kind of galaxy has no dark matter, and we don’t know why

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

Why is this galaxy missing its dark matter?

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Why a lizard from 49 million years ago had four eyes

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

Two extra eyes helped this lizard with navigation and seasonal cycles

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Scientists worry microplastics found on farmers’ fields could end up in our food

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Anonymous

Microplastic contamination found in compost destined for farmers fields

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Ask Angela: Our go-to vegan sunscreen, freezing vegan taco “meat,” a reader poll, and more!

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

Happy Friday, friends! Before diving in, I want to share some fun news in case you missed our newsletter yesterday…The Oh She Glows Plant-Based Recipe App has been nominated for a WEBBY AWARD! It felt like such a long shot when I applied a few months ago (apparently they had over 13,000 applications come in […]

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‘And yet, we can see that American youth do have a desire for accomplishment unapologetically pursued’

Posted  April 6, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
‘And yet, we can see that American youth do have a desire for accomplishment unapologetically pursued’

Christopher DeGroot writes:Such exuberant pride finds a parallel in hip-hop culture, wherein men “battle” and “dis” one another with pleasure. Why is it that we hear rap everywhere we go these days, from Walgreens to the breaks at sporting events? What is the special appeal? It is that, like rock and roll, rap contains an […]

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Mark Steyn: ‘The San Bruno attack also underlines a point I’ve been making for over a decade…’

Posted  April 5, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn: ‘The San Bruno attack also underlines a point I’ve been making for over a decade…’

…ever since my troubles with Canada’s “human rights” commissions:“Hate speech” doesn’t lead to violence so much as restraints on so-called “hate speech” do – because, when you tell someone you can’t say that, there’s nothing left for him to do but open fire or plant his bomb. Restricting speech – or even being perceived to […]

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