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Jordan Peterson’s Climate Expert is Science Denier Funded by Oil-Backed Think Tank

Posted January 28, 2022 by Anonymous

The source for author Jordan Peterson’s recent claim that climate change cannot be modelled was a climate science denier who received money from a libertarian think tank funded by oil companies.  The Canadian psychologist was widely criticised for spreading climate misinformation this week after telling the popular Joe Rogan podcast’s 11 million subscribers that climate […]

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New Reports Allege Texas Oil and Gas Regulator’s Lax Enforcement

Posted January 27, 2022 by Anonymous

When a Canadian company started drilling for oil and gas near Jim and Sue Franklin’s ranch in a small Permian Basin town called Verhalen, Texas, it didn’t bother the couple too much at first. But Sue suspects that it was the third well that started causing problems.  “They put up these big signs that said, […]

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While Exxon Touts Net-Zero Promise, its Huge Plastics Complex Goes Online in Texas

Posted January 27, 2022 by Julie Dermansky

The same day ExxonMobil announced its ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, word spread that its mammoth plastics manufacturing complex near Corpus Christi, Texas, had begun production.  “We are up and operating. We have been for a while,” Paul B. Fritsch, site manager for ExxonMobil’s joint venture with Saudi Basic Industries Corp, (SABIC), told the governing body of the Port […]

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EU Scientists and Politicians Clash Over Gas and Nuclear as ‘Sustainable’ Investments

Posted January 25, 2022 by Anonymous

The European Union’s scientific and political communities are locked in a battle over whether gas and nuclear can be considered green investments. The latest development in this years-long fight came on Monday, when the European Commission’s scientific expert group, the Platform on Sustainable Finance (PSF), pushed back against including gas and nuclear in the EU […]

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EU Investigating Agribusiness Lobby Group Copa-Cogeca Over Potential Transparency Breach

Posted January 25, 2022 by Anonymous

The European Union is investigating a powerful farming industry group which no longer officially declares its lobbying budget, DeSmog can reveal. Campaigners at transparency advocacy group Corporate Europe Observatory sparked the probe through a formal complaint to the EU last month, arguing that both parts of the European agricultural body Copa-Cogeca failed to provide accurate […]

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Earthquakes. Drought. Geysers. Permian Oilfield Water Woes Pile up in West Texas

Posted January 24, 2022 by Sharon Kelly

At 8:00 a.m. Eastern on January 21, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake shook Culberson County in West Texas midway between Odessa and El Paso, the U.S. Geological Society reported. That’s the kind of earthquake that’s generally strong enough to be felt, but not rattling enough to cause damage. Texas is not known for its seismic activity […]

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Saturday Stories: Treating the Unvaccinated, Will Omicron Hasten Immunity, And Airborne COVID

Posted January 22, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on why it’s a terrible idea not to treat the unvaccinated.
Katherine J. Wu, also in The Atlantic, on whether Omicron infections will translate into widespread immunity.
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Over 450 Climate Scientists Say Advertising Industry Must End ‘Complicity’ in Climate Crisis

Posted January 21, 2022 by Anonymous

On Wednesday, a group of more than 450 scientists called on advertising agencies to cut off their fossil fuel clients and to end their ties with an ongoing misinformation campaign that has time and again killed progress on addressing the climate crisis.  In a joint letter, the scientists say that they are “consistently faced with […]

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Why Words Matter in the Fight Against Climate Change

Posted January 19, 2022 by guest

By Tara Lohan, The Revelator. This story originally appeared in The Revelator and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Do we generate energy from windmills or wind turbines? Your answer could say a lot about your views on climate change, explains Genevieve Guenther. Guenther used to be an English […]

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How Exxon Is Using an Unusual Law to Intimidate Critics Over its Climate Denial

Posted January 18, 2022 by guest

By Chris McGreal, The Guardian. This story was originally published by The Guardian, and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate crisis. xxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long […]

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UK Oil Regulator Has ‘No Duty’ to Consider North Sea Tax Breaks or Indirect Emissions, Court Rules

Posted January 18, 2022 by Anonymous

The UK government is not legally required to consider tax breaks to oil and gas companies or emissions from burning fossil fuels when regulating the North Sea sector, a court has ruled today, rejecting a complaint by climate campaigners.  At a judicial review hearing in December at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, campaigners […]

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Saturday Stories: The Great Surrender, It’s Mild, It’s So Mild, With COVID

Posted January 15, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Chuck Wendig, in TerribleMinds, on our great surrender and how we let COVID win.Bruce Arthur, in The Toronto Star, on the myth of mild Omicron.Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, on how we’re long past the point of hoping ‘mild’ Omicron will spare us.Ed…

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Saturday Stories: America’s COVID Rules, COVID fatigue, And Omicron Healthcare

Posted January 8, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in the Atlantic, on the dumpster fire that is America’s COVID rules (and for Canadian readers, much overlap with ours).
Gregg Gonsalves, in The Nation, on the impact of COVID fatigue on our morality. 
Ed Yong, in The Atlanti…

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Saturday Stories: Omicron’s Teaching, COVID’s Teaching, And Teaching LeBron

Posted January 1, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Andrew Joseph and Helen Branswell, in STAT, on the lessons we’re learning from Omicron.
More Helen Branswell, in STAT, on 10 lessons she’s learned covering the pandemic.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his Substack, helps LeBron James understand the differenc…

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Christmas fun

Posted December 25, 2021 by Anonymous

Glenn Miller, with the Modernaires, Dorothy Dandridge and the Nicholas Brothers. Nominated for the Oscar:    And more Nicholas Brothers, with Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires. Another Oscar nominee:  The silent monks:&n…

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Saturday Story: Again Just One And Again It’s Omicron

Posted December 25, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, Ed Yong, and Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on how our response to Omicron to date represents all of our past mistakes on fast forward.
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Festivus, and other great Christmas moments

Posted December 24, 2021 by Anonymous

“Stop crying and fight your father”

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Saturday Story: Ed Yong on Omicron

Posted December 18, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, the best science journalist of this pandemic, in the Atlantic, discusses Omicron and how we’re definitely not ready for it. It’s so good it’s the only story I’m posting this week. 
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Twas the night before a Covid Christmas!

Posted December 17, 2021 by Anonymous

 As seen on Facebook:A Covid ChristmasTwas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here,So we all had to stay extra cautious this year.Our masks were all hung by the chimney with careIn case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.With Covid, we cou…

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Saturday Stories: Treating The Unvaccinated, Omicron, And Mildness

Posted December 11, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Steven Novella, in Science Based Medicine, on why we cannot and should not withhold medical care from the unvaccinated. 
Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on why Omicron’s explosive growth is so concerning. 
Andrew Pekosz, in The New York Times,…

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Today’s news: random funny stuff

Posted December 6, 2021 by Anonymous

COVID has convinced us of this truth: I’m wearing this when I teach evolutionary medicine next week. pic.twitter.com/E2wCQyTs1u— Daniel Bolnick (@DanielBolnick) November 22, 2021 😂 True! 🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦 https://t.co/xgdoYTtc2n— Jacinthe Payant – Jane G…

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Saturday Stories: Fitness and Health Aren’t Enough, 3 Cheers For Our Immune Systems, And Omicron

Posted December 4, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

By Soupvector – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=112983798
Sirin Kale, in The Guardian, with the life and death story of 42 year old triathlete, body builder, and anti-vaxxer John Eyers
Katherine J. Wu, in The Atl…

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In Yet Another Win, Bariatric Surgery Reduces Cancer Risk In Long Term Study

Posted December 2, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Before you read any further know that I’m NOT a surgeon.
I think it could be fairly argued that as far as surgical impact and benefits go, there are few that rival bariatric surgery.
Shown to prolong life, regularly push many chronic diseases includin…

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Saturday Stories: Testing, Health Professional Long-haulers, And The Holocaust

Posted November 27, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, with everything you really should know about the various modalities of COVID testing.
Ed Yong, also in The Atlantic, on health professionals who themselves are now facing the challenges of long-haul COVID.
Talia Brach…

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Every Diet Works For Someone, No Diet Works For Everyone, Diets Are Difficult – IF 2021 Edition

Posted November 24, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Joining an ever increasing cavalcade of studies of different diets that demonstrate they all work as well or as poorly as one another comes this week’s A randomised controlled trial of the 5:2 diet published in PLoS. In it researchers randomly as…

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Today’s News: peek-a-boo!

Posted November 21, 2021 by Anonymous

The parrot is making fun of him! 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/98HUbWrkdP— Figen (@TheFigen) November 19, 2021 They used to laugh and call him names.Not anymore. pic.twitter.com/sYEGmlGKqb— Cory Papineau (@Iam_Canadian) November 15, 2021 This one was fascinating…

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Saturday Stories: The Health-Care Workers, The Fight To Call It Aerosol, And Narratives, Counter-Narratives, And Social Drama

Posted November 20, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, covers the devastating impact managing patients with COVID has had on the world’s health-care workers many of who are calling it quits.
Megan Molteni, in Wired, on the teensy tiny error that helped COVID kill by creating a fi…

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The World Health Organization, For #WorldDiabetesDay, Chose Fat Shaming And Stigmatization

Posted November 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Where to start with this?

First off there are more than 2 types of diabetes (I mean even the tweet lists 3), but really, recognizing World Diabetes Day with an infographic of a person with obesity in bare feet on a Lazy-Boy eating a giant bag of chips? 

That’s certainly the gluttonous sloth narrative that much of society subscribes to, but the WHO? 
And yes, weight, diet, and physical activity correlate with diabetes risk, but for the WHO to dumb things down to people with type 2 diabetes are fat, lazy, gluttons? The mind boggles.
Never mind genetics, social determinants of health (including poverty, education, caregiving requirements, etc), co-morbid medical conditions, and more, the actual World Health Organization on World Diabetes Day, is stating if you have type 2 diabetes, it’s your fault.
This of course also ignores the fact that there is just a staggering amount of privilege required to intentionally and permanently prioritize behaviour change around food and fitness in the name of health, and of course denies the reality of the thousands of genes and hormones known to be involved in the regulation of weight and dietary choices. 
Perhaps this will serve as an opportunity for the WHO to take a closer look at weight and diabetes bias and stigma and focus some resources to help educate the world on the dangers and risks therein. For over 24 hours, they’d simply added a tweet to their offensive, misguided, and erroneous thread stating they’ll take into account the feedback they’ve received in future messaging, then yesterday afternoon, they finally took it down. Here’s hoping we see a thread about implicit and explicit bias from the WHO down the road

[Also, it’s that time of year again, and should any of you want to donate to my Movember fundraising (am just over halfway to goal!), here’s the link]

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Today’s news: when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!

Posted November 13, 2021 by Anonymous

John Cleese seems to have morphed into the angry establishment figure of ridicule he played in sketches.— Chris Kehoe (@MrKehoe79) November 13, 2021 John Cleese, Morrissey and JK Rowling walk into a bar.And the bartender says “the home for aging disap…

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Saturday Stories: Aaron Rodgers, Vaccine Passports, And Doctors’ Vaccinations

Posted November 13, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his substack, on the damage Aaron Rodgers has wrought on professional sports as a whole. Arthur Shaffer, interviewed in Healthy Debates, on the ethics and legalities of vaccine passports. Andrew McRae and Andreas Laup…

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2021’s Dumbest Scientifically Published Exercise Recommendation For The Treatment Of Obesity

Posted November 11, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

[First written blog post since March 2020. What an awful 20 months. Though the pandemic is certainly not over yet, it feels like it’s time to start writing again. Not sure what the frequency of posts will be, but it’s nice to be back]I wouldn’t have be…

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Saturday Stories: Hygiene Theatre, The Lost Plot, Caving To Antivaxxers, And a Brief Announcement From Me

Posted November 6, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Justin Ling, in Macleans, on the persistence of hygiene theatreSarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on how we’ve lost the plot on COVID.Andre Picard, in The Globe and Mail, on how now is the worst time for governments to be catering to antivaxxersAnnouncement…

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Halloween’s Best

Posted October 31, 2021 by Anonymous

Gurdeep is a true Canadian treasure:

The Pulp Librarian offers the top 20 halloween-inspired pulp magazine covers:

Every year, somebody takes it just a little too far:

And of course, the greatest music video ever made:

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Saturday Stories: Bad Studies, 5-12s’ Vaccinations, And Childism

Posted October 30, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

James Heathers, in The Atlantic, on how the house of cards upon which ivermectin studies were built likely underpins much of science. 
Katherine Wu, in The Atlantic, with a Q&A with pediatrician and vaccine researcher Sallie Permar about the …

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Horses, fish, elephants, dogs …

Posted October 24, 2021 by Anonymous
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Saturday Stories: Wellness Conspiracies, Libel Chill, And The Air We Breath

Posted October 23, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Eva Wiseman, in The Guardian, on the overlap between wellness/spirituality and conspiracy theories.
Stephanie Lee, in Buzzfeed, on how the world’s most prominent hydroxychloroquine researcher/crusader is trying to punish one of the world’s foremost sc…

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Today’s News: truth

Posted October 18, 2021 by Anonymous

There is such truth here:

And truth here too:

And Halloween is coming up!

Meanwhile, here in Saskatchewan, our COVID situation is so bad – I cannotimagine the chaos and death in Saskatchewan hospitals right now — and our premier Scott Moe is leading us by naming some guy in North Battleford as the director of Covid response, and immitating a deer in the headlights:

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Saturday Stories: Nazi Analogies, They’re Not Just Numbers, And Who Are The Unvaccinated

Posted October 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Arthur Caplan, in The Cancer Letter, on how Nazi analogies (and more specifically Vinay Prasad’s) regarding COVID are imbecilic, ignorant, and dangerous.Marie-Danielle Smith, in MacLeans, with the story of a family of 3 who like all of those we’ve los…

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Time for some funny stuff!

Posted October 13, 2021 by Anonymous

I loved these:

And this one was so sweet it broke twitter – it got 700K likes:

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Why we need to hear The Story Of January 6

Posted October 10, 2021 by Anonymous

Here in a nutshell is The Story Of January 6 — an impressive summary by Huff Post White House correspondent S.V. Date describing what happened in the Trump Insurrection:This is what Americans need to be told about, every day, every speech, from B…

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