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This Law Firm Is Both Representing Dakota Access Owner and Suing Its Security Firm

Posted  September 10, 2017  by  Steve Horn
A police officer stands near protesters with signs against Dakota Access blocking the entrance to an Army Corps building

Energy Transfer Partners, owner of the Dakota Access pipeline, has filed a federal lawsuit against Greenpeace and others for alleged racketeering in their anti-pipeline activism related to Standing Rock. The company’s legal support comes from the firm Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, whose attorneys also represent President Donald Trump in the ongoing Russia-U.S. election investigation.  

However, federal court rules require that, in addition to the New York-based team at Kasowitz, Energy Transfer Partners must retain local legal counsel in North Dakota, where the lawsuit was filed. The bottom of the 187-page legal complaint filed on August 22 reveals that the corporation chose Vogel Law Firm, with offices in both Minnesota and North Dakota, for that job.

However, by serving as local counsel for Energy Transfer Partners, Vogel may have a potential conflict of interest. That’s because, at the same time, the firm is representing the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board in its ongoing lawsuit against TigerSwan. This private security firm worked on behalf of Dakota Access during the months-long protest movement at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

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Streaming Movie Power Rangers (2017)

Posted  September 10, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
“There have been so many eye-gouging, weave-tugging brawls at Popeyes Chicken establishments…”

“one might be forgiven for suspecting that their recipe includes a secret ingredient that makes people violent. (…)“Why is the black community so angry with Popeyes? It seems to provide a much-desired service for them. And it’s not like Popeyes is trying to sterilize black America like Church’s Fried Chicken was accused of doing.”Conspiracy theories […]

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Why Jack Kerouac Loathed The Hippy Generation He Inspired

Posted  September 9, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Why Jack Kerouac Loathed The Hippy Generation He Inspired

Greg Sorrell on Catholic Kerouac’s cautionary tales:He was a deeply religious, lifelong Republican, and he loathed the counterculture that arose in response to his writing. But he was also a broken and remorseful alcoholic undeserving of his role as a moralist, and he freely admitted it (…)At least the mad ones Kerouac followed around early […]

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Stephen Schwarzman: Wall Street Investor, Trump Ally, Fracking Profiteer

Posted  September 9, 2017  by  guest
Stephen Schwarzman

This is a guest post by  and originally appeared on Eyes on the Ties.

By now, many people have heard of Stephen Schwarzman.

Some may know him as the billionaire founder and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a mammoth private equity firm that has its tentacles spread across numerous subsidiaries and companies.

Others may know Schwarzman as a close ally and advisor of Donald Trump, the chair the president’s recently disbanded Strategic and Policy Forum, who is set to profit handsomely from his relationship with the president.

Some may even know Schwarzman as the thrower of lavish, self-glorifying birthday parties — his last one included fireworks, acrobats, live camels, celebrity performers, and a slew of high-profile guests, from David Koch to Jared Kushner, as well as several Trump cabinet members.

But fewer people know about Schwarzman the fracking profiteer, with billions invested in the fossil fuel industry that is fueling the climate crisis.

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Damon Root: The Freakout Over Politically Incorrect Punk

Posted  September 9, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Damon Root: The Freakout Over Politically Incorrect Punk

Damon Root on Agnostic Front:Unlike some punk acts, Agnostic Front never offered any sort of coherent political message. But the band did sometimes express right-of-center views in their songs and interviews. Their 1986 track “Public Assistance,” for example, was a harsh attack on the welfare state. Sample lyric: “Uncle Sam takes half my pay so […]

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Saturday Stories: Flinging Feces, Undermining Health, And Science Sense

Posted  September 9, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

From the BBC comes a byline free story about feces flinging that though not even remotely deep, scientific, important, or fascinating, is just too golden not to share.

Rob Moodie, in The Conversation, covers what he refers to as the seven tactics unhealthy industries use to undermine public health policies.

Cornelia Dean, in Undark, with a terrific excerpt from her book, Making Sense of Science

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PRAISING…..ATTACKING…..TTC…BYFORD

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  John Downing

TTC CONSTRUCTION LASTS LONGER THAN PYRAMIDSThere I was with my right arm and cane seized inside the subway door when the train left the Bloor/Yonge station with me still on the platform wondering what jerk was running the train and whether I would be a…

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New Study Links Greenhouse Gas Emissions Directly to Fossil Fuel Companies

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  Farron Cousins
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Less than two years ago, documents surfaced showing that in the 1970s ExxonMobil knew about the damage that fossil fuel emissions were causing to the environment and how they were contributing to global warming. Just a few weeks ago, these reports surfaced again when a recent study led by Harvard researcher Naomi Oreskes showed how the global oil giant had engaged in a decades-long misinformation campaign to cover up the damage that it and other fossil fuel companies were inflicting on the planet.

One of the immediate questions asked by climate-concerned citizens was whether or not this cover-up could result in lawsuits against the oil giant. However, due to the amount of unknown variables in the legal equation, any lawsuit filed against the company appears to be a long shot, at best.

Still, a new peer-reviewed study from the Union of Concerned Scientists and its collaborators may give us some of the missing variables in the legal equation.

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From Homes to Refineries, Finding Pollution and Loss in Harvey’s Path

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  Julie Dermansky
Mobil station with floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey

When Harvey’s rain, for the most part, stopped falling on August 30, I started making my way from Louisiana to Texas to document the pollution inevitably left in the storm’s path. That day I got as far as Vidor, a small town in southeast Texas where the floodwaters were still rising. 

Getting there was no easy matter. I was forced to drive west in the eastbound lane of the interstate because the lanes I should have been driving in were flooded up to the top of the highway divider. All the while, I tried not to worry about the water rushing through cracks in the cement divider, which had the potential to give way.

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CATA Rage, Liberal Strategy, Space Advisory Board Tactics & Yuzhnoye Can’t Manufacture Some Cyclone 4M Parts

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  Chuck Black
          By Henry Stewart

For the week of September 4th, 2017, amidst the growing realization that a top down, centralized Federal strategy mandating and defining the future path of our space industry via large government programs might not be the right way to proceed, here are a few of the stories we’re currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog:

Federal finance minister Bill Morneau outlines the Liberal’s new tax strategy during a briefing in Ottawa on December 7th, 2015. As outlined in the December 7th, 2015 MacLeans post, “Bill Morneau on tax cuts and fiscal realities,” the current Liberal government has promised to balance the Federal budget in 2019. Photo c/o Canadian Press/ Adrian Wyld.



  • New federal tax legislation, currently aimed at closing loopholes exploited by the richest Canadians could end up penalizing the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) owners and entrepreneurs who serve as the backbone of Canada’s innovation economy. At least that’s the story outlined in the August 30th, 2017 IT Business post, “New tax legislation would penalize entrepreneurs, stifle innovation, CATA says.” 

The article quoted Paul Labarge, a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Innovation Leadership Council and co-founder and partner of Ottawa law firm Labarge Weinstein, as stating that the changes “would functionally see the CRA treating entrepreneur and employee earnings exactly the same way every tax season, with no accounting for either the increased risk experienced by business owners, or the greater resources enjoyed by enterprise and government employees.”

As announced in July, 2016 by Federal finance minister Bill Morneau (with feedback expected on October 2nd), the proposed tax code changes have been framed by the Liberal government as a simple amendment to existing rules to prevent the richest Canadians from “unfairly exploiting” rules designed to help businesses grow and ensure that people of similar income levels pay similar amounts of taxes.

It’s an interesting debate just so long as we remember that taxes and tax “loopholes” almost always effect small business more than large, multinational corporations or the very rich, no matter what the experts might think. 

It’s also a useful reminder that private efforts, not multi-year centralized, externally imposed long-term business plans, are the real innovation drivers in Canada. 


Graham Gibbs. Photo c/o My Canada.

Our space industry and Federal government should take note. 

  • Of course, not every public policy maker is willing to dismiss the subtle esteem and influence they inherit through their position.

An example of this would be Canada’s recently retired space agency representative in Washington DC, Graham Gibbs who, as outlined in the September 7th, 2017 SpaceQ post, “Rationale and Framework for a Canadian National Space Policy,” has taken it upon himself to critique the August 2017 Space Advisory Board (SAB) report “Consultations on Canada’s Future in Space: What We Heard.” 

That report, as outlined in the August 25th, 2017 post, “Space Advisory Board Report: “Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing” Except that Board Members Want to Keep their Jobs’,” was mostly about SAB members coming clean and admitting they weren’t done yet, but wanted a chance to complete their report and retain their positions. 

But Gibbs, while mostly focused on what to clarify and who to include when writing the final report, also noted some useful and until now mostly unacknowledged context.

Chief is the fact that the SAB had been tasked only to “inform a national space policy” which is all about offering suggestions regarding procedures and generating public support for existing policies; but doesn’t include defining or creating any new ones. 

Unfortunately, the development of new policies was kinda what most of the participants were really looking for.

However, and as mentioned in this blog numerous times in the past, “space policies” are highly political discussions which often demand new ideas, new funding and additional incentives to bring aboard longstanding government stakeholders and/or contractors. 

Our current domestic space industry, hasn’t really ever been able to lead the government towards crafting one, although there have been several recent attempts.

A scanned copy of the lower section of page three of the September 13th, 2015 Toronto Star. As outlined in the article, both the federal NDP and the federal Liberal party committed to developing a long-term space plan (LTSP) during the October 2015 Federal election. As reported in the January 19th, 2013 post, “Praising Steve MacLean,” the last LTSP, developed in secrecy by then CSA president Steve MacLean in 2009, was rejected by the federal government because of its high cost, and finally superseded by the David Emerson led aerospace review in 2012. LTSP’s  Scan c/o the Toronto Star

Most notable were the 2012 David Emerson led Aerospace Review and the 2015 election promises from both the Federal Liberal and NDP parties to craft a new “long-term space plan” if elected.

Initially, the new SAB, announced in spring 2016, was considered to be the Liberal fulfillment of this political promise. 

Now its not, although Gibbs is perhaps the first to acknowledge this publicly.

Gibbs also noted that the last Federal government space policy document was a 1974 document issued by the then Ministry of State for Science and Technology (MOSST). All the rest, including the various long-term space plans (but with the notable exception of the 2012 David Emerson led Aerospace Review, which he called “a good start“) were simply documents designed to “inform” but not alter.

Now that the most current SAB report has been publicly denounced as being as dead as the parrot in the Python sketch, the stage is now set for SAB conclusions to be disavowed by the Federal government, no matter what they might eventually end up looking like.

And now we also know why the original SAB, as announced in the November 19th, 2014 post, “Industry Minister Moore Announces Space Advisory Board Members,” never published a final report.

They were just too smart. 

A cluster of three two-chamber RD-250 (8D518) engines formed a six-chamber RD-251 (8D723) propulsion system of the R-36 rocket. Image c/o RussianSpaceWeb.

  • Speaking of smart asses, a well respected journalist focused on Russian space activities doesn’t think the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau is capable of building any complete models of the Cyclone 4M rockets which it has promised to beginning launching out of Canso, Nova Scotia, starting in 2018.

As outlined in the September 5th, 2017 Russian Space Web post, “The RD-250 engine at the center of an international storm,” journalist Anatoly Zak, as part of a larger article on the history of the Soviet era rocket engines and their modern day derivatives, has concluded that there are multiple components on various models of the rocket, which are only available through Russia.

Since Russia and the Ukraine have been on the outs lately, this has obvious consequences for the building of any Canadian launch facility. According to the article:

The newly proposed Tsyklon-4M aimed to fly from a new spaceport of Canso in Canada, would rely on a newly developed Ukrainian engine — the RD-870 — burning non-toxic cryogenic oxidizer (which also makes the engine largely useless for military purposes). 

The RD-870 will employ all the key components of the Soviet-era RD-120 engine (the genesis of most current Yuzhnoye rocket designs, including the  Tsyklon-4 and its Canadian derivative, the Tsyklon/Cyclone-4M), which was also mass-produced in Ukraine, for the exception of its combustion chamber made in Russia. 

The newly proposed Ukrainian version of the engine would use an available cache of 50 combustion chambers still retained at the KB Yuzhnoe design bureau. These combustion chambers were intended for Soviet-era ballistic missiles, but their production line was dismantled after the end of the Cold War… 

Even with available combustion chambers, Ukrainian engineers are still facing an uphill battle in manufacturing the RD-870, especially after a complete breakdown of cooperation with Moscow during the Crimean crisis in 2014. Without a supply of key construction materials from Russia, the RD-870 program has huge challenges to transition from paper to metal and the problem has remained unresolved until now. 

Anatoly Zak. Photo c/o RussianSpaceWeb.

The article also noted that the development of the Tsyklon/Cyclone-4M rocket and its supporting facilities has turned out to be a substantially more intensive program than originally anticipated.

According to the article, “the Tsyklon-4M program would be the first significant step in the process of building a fully Ukrainian space launcher, resembling the Russian effort in the 1990s to develop the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle.” 

Zak also provided a far higher cost for the aborted Ukrainian-Brazilian Cyclone-4 rocket facility which predated the Canadian rocket program and used much of the same technology:

The total price tag for the fruitless Tsyklon-4 (Ukrainian Brazilian) project was estimated at more than $900Mln US, with as much as $400Mln US spent by Ukraine. 

However, KB Yuzhnoe (Yuznoye) hoped to re-use much of the engineering experience gained in the failed enterprise in the newly proposed Tsyklon-4M (Canadian) rocket…

As first reported in the September 11th, 2016 post, “Ukranian Based Yuzhnoye Design Office Eyeing a Canadian Spaceport for its Cyclone-4 Rocket,” Yuzhnoye has been authorized by the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) to establish a launch base for its Cyclone-4M rocket in North America. 

Early this year, the company pledged to set up a Canadian launch facility in Nova Scotia.

For more, check out upcoming stories in the Commercial Space blog.

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Download and Watch Full Movie To the Bone (2017)

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

People did fabricate suffering, but mainly for financial gain, because you received a war pension. But what there was far more of was fake heroism. And this, I think, marks a huge cultural shift. The faking in the First and Second World War, centred on being a hero, whereas the focus now is on being […]

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Tommy Robinson: How many really died in Grenfell Tower Fire?

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Tommy Robinson: How many really died in Grenfell Tower Fire?

More from my siteGavin McInnes: God Bless the Right-Wing Social Justice WarriorsEzra Levant interviews Tommy RobinsonJames Delingpole: Tommy Robinson, the most hated man in Britain, isn’t that hatefulTommy Robinson: Help school worker suspended for going to his rally (video)

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Why don’t dogs that bark so much get laryngitis?

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Dogs do not get laryngitis from barking, but can get the inflammation from strain, infection and even tumours.

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Cassini’s Grand Finale – ‘like a Jules Verne adventure come true.’

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Cassini in the conclusion of the most comprehensive exploration of a remote planetary system ever undertaken.

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Will you have to become a cyborg for your job?

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Technology may literally become a part of us in the future working world.

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Voyager at 40: Space exploration that just keeps on going

Posted  September 8, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

After 40 years, the Voyager spacecraft still sends daily updates to NASA.

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Liberals nominate Richard Hébert as the new Team Trudeau candidate for Lac-Saint-Jean

Posted  September 7, 2017  by  Liberal Party of Canada

Richard Hébert, mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini and a leading community advocate, has been nominated as the official Team Trudeau candidate for Lac-Saint-Jean in its upcoming federal by-election, after an open vote on Thursday by local Liberals.

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Hurricane Irma Satellite Images Flooding the Internet

Posted  September 7, 2017  by  Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

It’s bigger and expected to be badder. But it’s also terribly photogenic, newsworthy and tracked using space based assets.

As outlined in the September 7th, 2017 Washington Post article, “What’s in the path of Hurricane Irma,” the storm could reach the Florida coast this weekend. For more satellite images of Hurricane Irma, check out this Google image search. Graphic c/o Washington Post
Satellite images of Hurricane Irma, currently considered to be the largest tropical cyclone ever tracked using modern methodologies, have dominated the internet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the Texas coast last week.

Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, which makes Irma’s almost immediate follow-on storm unexpected, at least to meteorologists and weather experts.

But Wilma was also the climax of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which included three of the top ten most intense Atlantic hurricanes ever. At the time, Wilma was considered the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin (its now second), Hurricane Rita was considered fourth, and Hurricane Katrina was considered seventh (even after earning notoriety as the “costliest” natural disaster in the history of the United States).

And now it looks like two more tropical storms are are forming close behind Irma. As outlined in the September 6th, 2017 Fortune Tech post, “Satellite Image Shows Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Katia in One Powerful Portrait,” the latest satellite imagery shows the unusual sight of “three hurricanes spiraling in the Atlantic at the same time.”

All three storms are currently being tracked by the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system operated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The system provides atmospheric and surface measurements of the Earth’s western hemisphere for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, space weather monitoring and meteorological research.

Three GOES satellites are currently available for operational use:

  • GOES-14, launched in June 2009 and currently parked in orbit awaiting orders from the ground. The satellite will be reactivated should one of the other GOES satellites be damaged or if extra capacity is required. 
  • GOES 15, launched in March, 2010.
GOES-16, launched in November 2016, is currently undergoing acceptance testing and is expected to be declared fully operational in November 2017.



As outlined on the August 12th, 2017 update of the Government of Canada “Satellite Images and Animation,” web page, the Canadian government makes substantial use of the GOES satellites and a variety of other NOAA capabilities for weather forecasting and and other uses.

Here’s hoping we never need to use those satellites to plan an evacuation and avoid a natural disaster.  That’s what the American’s in Texas and Florida are dealing with right now.

Until then, NOAA satellites and the other space and terrestrial based assets being used by the various weather and disaster preparedness agencies, are helping to give us a leg up on the current situation.

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Trump Admin Quietly Pushing ‘Small Scale’ LNG Exports That Avoid Environmental Reviews

Posted  September 7, 2017  by  Steve Horn
LNG tanker

By Steve Horn and Joshua Frank

The Trump administration proposed regulations to expedite the permitting process for natural gas exports from “small-scale” facilities on the Friday before Labor Day.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had proposed an alteration of the rules for the export of “small-scale” liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Natural Gas Act. The proposal will now be open to a public commenting period set to end October 16.

The Trump Administration is focused on finding ways to unleash American energy and providing a reliable and environmentally friendly fuel to our trading partners who face unique energy infrastructure challenges. The Department of Energy and this Administration are wholeheartedly committed to strengthening the energy security of the United States and our allies,” Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy, said in a press release.

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Koch-funded ‘Expert’ Attacks Electric Cars in PragerU’s ‘War on Cars’ Video

Posted  September 7, 2017  by  Ben Jervey
War on Cars video screen shot of stick figure holding a stop sign for people in cars

According to a recent video hosted by automotive expert and media personality Lauren Fix, there’s a “war on cars” raging in this country that is threatening the chief of all American values — our very freedom. No, this isn’t the war on electric vehicles that the fossil fuel billionaire Koch brothers have been waging (and which we’ve been tracking on Koch vs. Clean). Rather, says Fix, “there’s been a concerted push by government bureaucrats and environmentalists to transform car ownership from a source of pride to a source of guilt.”

What Fix doesn’t mention in this video is her ties to funding from the Koch brothers. In addition, the organization behind the video she hosted, Prager University (PragerU), is a not a university but rather a non-profit founded by conservative talk show host Dennis Prager, with a stated mission to spread “Americanism” through five minute internet videos. Videos, which include such titles as “Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy” and “Why You Should Love Fossil Fuel.”

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WATCH: Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn talk about Hillary Clinton’s book

Posted  September 7, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
WATCH: Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn talk about Hillary Clinton’s book

More from my siteMark Steyn tells Tucker Carlson: “If you want to do The Jim Acosta Show…”Mark Steyn and Tucker Carlson: Need we say more?Mark Steyn to Tucker Carlson: “We don’t actually need unity. We need robust, civilized disunity”Mark Steyn quotes Laura Rosen Cohen on Tucker Carlson!

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MUST READ: Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” is lame. Embrace your inner “Roof Korean” instead.

Posted  September 7, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
MUST READ: Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” is lame. Embrace your inner “Roof Korean” instead.

During Hurricane Harvey, we’ve witnessed a revival of The Walking Dead meme: “Everybody makes fun of the redneck until the zombie apocalypse.”But during the L.A. riots, even the redneck — that is, truck driver Reginald Deny — was no match for the ravening hoards.Who triumphed?Well, if TWD has taught us anything, it’s that if you can’t get […]

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Posted  September 7, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff
An example of a Kompan ‘Supernova’

Saw a recent study in the International Journal of Obesity. The study, The effect of increasing risk and challenge in the school playground on physical activity and weight in children: a cluster randomised controlled trial (PLAY), set to measure the impact of school playground redesigns aimed at encouraging “imaginative and independent free play” on Grade 1-8 students’ weight, waist circumferences, BMI z-scores, and their accelerometer measured activity intensity and duration.

All the schools involved in the intervention arm made substantial changes to their playgrounds which sound so fantastic that here’s the paper’s description,

“All eight intervention schools made substantial changes to their school play spaces, which promoted greater risk and challenge through building new areas (hills and tunnels), adding more dynamic equipment (for example, a Kompan ‘Supernova’ that requires co-ordination and teamwork to use), or via relaxing the rules (letting children ride their bicycles or scooters on school grounds, allowing children to climb trees or play outside in the rain). Children were able to engage more with natural elements, create imaginative play opportunities with loose parts (carrying tree stumps around to form a spaceship or a jumping game where the ground cannot be touched) or long grass (places to hide, roll around in, throw mown grass at each other). Some schools also ensured greater equity in access for all ages, or made different aspects of the playground more attractive”

The results weren’t shocking.

The installation of awesome sounding playgrounds and relaxing playground rules wasn’t shown to have any effect on kids’ weights, waists, or BMI z-scores.

I say the results aren’t surprising because why would anyone expect, even with a best case scenario, that an increase in schoolyard imaginative or challenging play could change kids’ weights or waists? How many minutes messing around on a Koman Supernova would it take a young child to burn 100 calories more than they would lazily moving and resting in a plain lot? If I were a betting man, my vote would be in the neighbourhood 2-3 hours, or more than a week’s worth of recess. But that’s not a fair way to consider those calories given that those 100 calories aren’t likely to be above and beyond the calories those same kids would have burned if they were engaged in less imaginative or challenging play.

As to activity, at least according to the kids’ accelerometers, there wasn’t an increase, though I’m fairly sure that they’re unable to measure imagination.

What didn’t the study measure? Physical literacy, fun, or happiness.

Honestly I can’t understand why this study was conducted, at least in the context of the kids’ weights and such. There’s no mechanism by which anyone could reasonably expect fancier playground equipment to lead to significant weight change, but now that the study’s out there, I wonder if it’ll serve to discourage schools from undertaking awesome playground remodels of their own? I sure hope not. They sound great.

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Streaming Movie American Assassin (2017) Online

Posted  September 6, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn: “I’m in favor of deporting every single Dreamer just because of the stupid name ‘Dreamer’”

Mark Steyn writes:So we have gone from “illegal aliens” to “undocumented workers” to “Dreamers”. And Republican voters wonder why they never win anything. Sixty years ago, the US Government was happy to call its “comprehensive immigration reform” plans “Operation Wetback”, and President Eisenhower was willing to use the term in public. Now we expect jelly-spined […]

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Steve Sailer: “No justification for Diamond’s hypothesis has emerged in the two decades since Guns, Germs, and Steel was published”

Posted  September 6, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Steve Sailer: “No justification for Diamond’s hypothesis has emerged in the two decades since Guns, Germs, and Steel was published”

Steve Sailer writes, on the 20th anniversary of a somewhat unlikely bestseller — only “somewhat” because, however dry the book’s contents, liberals who don’t believe in “race” love to read and think about it almost as much as “Nazis”…Diamond marketed Guns, Germs, and Steel as the definitive politically correct answer to the query that must […]

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Hurricane Harvey Hits Home for Texas Environmental Hero Hilton Kelley

Posted  September 6, 2017  by  Julie Dermansky
Hilton Kelley in front of his flooded home in Nederland, Texas

Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters were still receding from Port Arthur, Texas, on September 4, when Hilton Kelley and his wife Marie returned to their home and business for the first time since evacuating. 

Port Arthur is located about 100 miles east of Houston on the Gulf Coast. The heavily industrialized area rivals Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, with an even greater concentration of hazardous waste and petrochemical facilities.

Kelley is intimately familiar with the town’s refineries. He spent the last 17 years fighting for clean air and water in the Port Arthur community adjacent to those refineries. His work earned him the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, which is awarded to “grassroots environmental heroes” ― something of a Nobel Prize for environmentalists. 

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Hurricane Harvey, Climate Denial, Fake News and ExxonMobil

Posted  September 5, 2017  by  guest

By Kert Davies, crossposted from Climate Investigations Center

For well over twenty years, climate deniers have tried to stymie discussion of extreme weather events and climate change. Why? Because extreme weather kills people, destroys property, trashes things and costs billions of dollars.  And that’s when people start searching for accountability and looking for who to blame.

Hurricane Harvey’s damage is breaking records. Who will pay, remains an unanswered question.  What we do know is that a concerted campaign of climate denial, over the past three decades, has measurably slowed down society’s reaction to the climate crisis and has wasted valuable time and money.

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David Cole: “ProPublica has been using its ‘moral force’ to get “hate sites” dropped by the tech companies…”

Posted  September 5, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Cole: “ProPublica has been using its ‘moral force’ to get “hate sites” dropped by the tech companies…”

Now, I don’t have a ton of time for Holocaust “revisionism,” which is what the grandly named Institute for Historical Review trades in.David Cole writes that the IHR has “been around for almost forty years.” So, for that matter, has AIDS.And calling the IHR an “educational nonprofit publishing house” reminds me of those Valachi Papers […]

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UK Gov’s ParkLives Kids’ Exercise Partnership Markets Coca-Cola

Posted  September 5, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

ParkLives is a joint project between Coca-Cola and the British government that aims to promote free physical fitness activities at local UK parks.

At least that’s what’s in it for the British government.

What’s in it for Coca-Cola?

Well of course they can spin it as strong corporate social responsibility which helps their claim that they’re on team health and in so doing provide themselves with ammunition to possibly forestall or block industry unfriendly legislation.

But there’s more.

There’s marketing.

A recent study set out to look at the ParkLives project through the lens of advertising.

The study analyzed two weeks worth of #ParkLives tweets during two separate weeks. The first week was during a week of school vacation (where the marketing might be expected to be thicker and the events more frequent), while the second was during the school year, but spanning National Fitness Day.

Every identified tweet was then coded for category of content (marketing or otherwise)

Over the two weeks of collection, 318 tweets containing 216 images were identified, and of those, 57% included a Coca-Cola logo (usually on banners or staff shirts).

The authors note that the exposure to Coca-Cola branding is perhaps more powerful here in that with ParkLives, Coca-Cola is associated with fun, healthy, family activities.

The authors’ take on all of this?

ParkLives is indicative of a CSR project that aims to create a health halo around a brand and influence wider socio-ecological factors by guiding public discourse and directing opinion on the determinants of public health issues away from corporate influence and toward individual responsibility

Partnerships, by definition, benefit both involved parties. Perhaps governments shouldn’t be helping out in the business of marketing the world’s largest liquid candy brand.

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(video) Insane Clown Posse: “We’re First Amendment Warriors” for Juggalo Nation

Posted  September 4, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
(video) Insane Clown Posse: “We’re First Amendment Warriors” for Juggalo Nation

I wrote about Insane Clown Posse’s harassment by the FBI and other authorities here in 2011.More proof that class warfare, against lower-class writes, is very real:PS:“On September 16, 2017, horror-core rap group Insane Clown Posse will lead the Juggalos in a march on the National Mall in Washington D.C.”But it gets better:It took Nazis to get […]

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Dark Corners: “Giant from the Unknown” (1958)

Posted  September 4, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Dark Corners: “Giant from the Unknown” (1958)

More from my siteDark Corners looks at ‘Reptilicus’ (1961) (VIDEO)Dark Corners Review: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) (video)Dark Corners: “From Hell It Came” (1957)Dark Corners: “Teenage Caveman” (1958)

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Keep calm and carry on making stuff up

Posted  September 4, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Keep calm and carry on making stuff up

I’ve long nursed the heretical notion that maybe “Londoners’ bravery during the Blitz” might have been half-way b.s.Here’s more:A sea of destruction awaited Morley the next morning. Working for Fox Photos, he knew that if he took the pictures of the destroyed homes, his photos would not be published. A lot of his earlier work […]

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Not A Good Thing

Posted  September 4, 2017  by  bigcitylib

The short version:  at this year’s stampede Calgary Blood & Honour Member (“Leader”?) Kyle McKee got close enough to PM Justin Trudeau to have him autograph what turned out to be a Nazi flag.  The long version can be found here. &nbs…

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Jim Goad: “The Great Hate Flood of 2017”

Posted  September 4, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jim Goad: “The Great Hate Flood of 2017”

Jim Goad writes:Our grieving nation breathed a sigh of relief when the Associated Press broke the news that Hurricane Harvey was not a racist.“Black, white, rich, poor: Storm Harvey didn’t discriminate,” read the headline, because the important thing to remember is that even though people were drowning by the dozens and disease was spreading rapidly […]

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Saul Alinsky & the dangers of Antifa (+ happy 100 CP & walking away from NAFTA could be good for Canada too?)

Posted  September 3, 2017  by  Randall White

Yesterday down at the beach it almost seemed that the great storms down south were making  some of their way to the northern woods. I had in any case already started this past Friday before Labour Day 2017 with brief notices from the east and west coasts of the impressive “too much geography” that is […]

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Unto the generations

Posted  September 3, 2017  by  Mandos

There’s a minor thing that has frequently mystified me, particularly in comment threads about US politics, but it keeps happening and no one ever remarks on it. Someone points out that the Republican Party in the USA has had…

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“Klute” (1970): “Her time is composed of tense rotations:…”

Posted  September 3, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Klute” (1970): “Her time is composed of tense rotations:…”

…telephone receivers, surveillance tapes, the watch on her wrist accompanying her on a circuit from model calls to hotel rooms to her flat, where a private detective named John Klute has moved in downstairs. He is recording her calls. She is not his prey; she is a listening device.  More from my siteAnn Coulter: Trump’s […]

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While searching for something else, I found a speech I gave 8 years ago…

Posted  September 3, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

over at Arnie’s blog. I almost didn’t give it; Warren Kinsella and Bernie Farber tried to stop it.Anyhow, what strikes me is that I could give it again today and it would still be relevant (particularly my observation that the “speech police” and “anti-racists” are engaged in class warfare).And that’s not a good thing. More from […]

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Lest We Forget

Posted  September 2, 2017  by  Dr.Dawg

Everyone knows the phrase: it’s a staple of Remembrance Day ceremonies. But what does it mean? Lest we forget people we never knew? No. Lest we forget the cause the fallen of WWII fought for (let’s put WWI in parentheses)?…

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Invisible Horseman: An Interview with Photographer Troy Moth

Posted  September 2, 2017  by  Carol Linnitt
Invisible Horseman. Troy Moth

Troy Moth is an artist and photographer living on Vancouver Island. Moth’s iconic images are featured on art gallery walls and trendy t-shirts alike, famed for their stark, smoky portrayals of landscapes and creatures, of both the human and non-human variety.

Moth recently published a provocative photo of a wild bear slouched in the smouldering landfill of a remote Canadian community. We asked him if he’d speak to us about the image, why it elicits such strong reaction in its viewers and what the apocalypse has got to do with it.

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