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Gas Driller at Center of 2019 Pulitzer-Winning Book on Fracking Still Faces Legal Battles

Posted April 21, 2019 by Sharon Kelly

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Girl playing hopscotch at a playground near a fracking well pad in Pennsylvania

Eliza Griswold’s book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America examines the impacts of fracking in western Pennsylvania, and on Monday it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

Griswold’s book carefully refuses the birds-eye view of fracking’s impacts — readers will find few state or national statistics — and instead presents the detailed results of seven years of on-the-ground reporting. It traces the story of one extended family in western Pennsylvania, a small handful of neighbors, and eventually the two-person legal team that took on their case, now covered by a sealed settlement with natural gas driller, Range Resources, which still faces additional related legal battles today.

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Critics Say Louisiana ‘Highjacked’ Climate Resettlement Plan for Isle de Jean Charles Tribe

Posted April 20, 2019 by Julie Dermansky

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Pickup truck headed to Isle de Jean Charles on a flooded Island Road on April 13, 2019.

Albert Naquin, Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IDJC), often loses sleep over his tribe’s fate as its historic island homeland continues to lose land at an alarming rate. His dream to relocate the tribe from Isle de Jean Charles with a federal grant has turned into a nightmare.

After helping the Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD) win a $98 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Tribe no longer wants to be associated with the State’s project, which included $48 million earmarked to relocate the IDJC Tribe. 

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Heiress Clare Bronfman Pleads Guilty in NXIVM Case

Posted April 19, 2019 by Sarah Berman

The infamous self-help group’s founder Keith Raniere will stand trial alone on May 7.

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This ‘GoT’/’Sesame Street’ Crossover Would Be Way Better if Elmo Killed a Guy

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

Stake your claim to the Iron Throne, you trusting Muppet fool.

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Movement to Build National Support for Green New Deal Starts in Boston, ‘City of Revolutions’

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

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Reverend Mariama Hammond-White is joined by local Sunrise Movement activists on stage for a song at the Boston launch of the Road to a Green New Deal tour April 18, 2019.

The past two years, 2017 and 2018, brought the U.S. two major youth-led movements. The first was borne out of the March for Our Lives, which saw hundreds of thousands rallying for gun violence prevention in D.C. and across the country. The second was the Sunrise Movement. 

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What I Learned from Reading a Whole Bunch of Trump Tell-Alls

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

It’s not really selling out unless you cash in.

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Fireworks and Pipe Bombs: How Greek Towns Celebrate Easter

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

On the island of Chios, rival parishes launch makeshift rockets at each other, while on Andros, iron pipes filled with gunpowder blow up right next to the Easter procession.

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The Amount of Poop on San Francisco’s Streets Has Hit an All-Time High

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

The city had a whopping 28,084 reports of turds in 2018.

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An Easter Miracle

Posted April 19, 2019 by Balbulican

Miraculously recovered from the ashes of Notre Dame Cathedral: an actual, physical excerpt from King Henry’s Response to Cardinal Mueller’s Investigation of the murder of Thomas Becket….

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Erasure Poets Are Turning the Heavily Redacted Mueller Report into Art

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

Today is a goldmine for writers who craft poetry out of censored text.

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Listen to The Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Song

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

“Power is Power” is a ‘GoT’-inspired song about, what else? Sex!

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Donald Glover’s New Line of Pre-Distressed Adidas Claims ‘Rich is a Concept’

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

[Holds butterfly] But what is rich? What is a shoe?

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Comment: Judge in Peter Ridd Case Says Trial Was Not About Climate Science or Freedom of Speech

Posted April 19, 2019 by Graham Readfearn

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Peter Ridd speaking to the Institute of Public Affairs

Sacked Australian scientist and hero of climate science deniers everywhere — Dr. Peter Ridd — has won his case against former employer James Cook University (JCU).

Judge Salvatore Vasta, in Australia’s circuit court, said actions the university took to censure and ultimately fire Ridd were all “unlawful.”

In a long statement, JCU said it was “considering its options” and said it disagreed with the judgment, adding it “does not refer to any case law, nor any authority in Australia to support its position.”

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#522 Dancing by yourself when you’re home alone

Posted April 19, 2019 by Anonymous

Get your groove on strong. Yes, lock that door, shutter those blinds, and crank that bumping thumping music, baby. Because it’s time to get down with the get down: • The Microphone. Wooden spoons are ideal but there are good substitutes like toothbrushes, combs, or even a bulky plastic hair dryer. Just don’t trip on […]

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Exclusive: Air Permit OK’d After New Evidence of Carcinogens at Enbridge’s Planned Gas Facility in Massachusetts Left out

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

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Billboard against the Weymouth gas compressor station in Massachusetts

In the Greater Boston area, Enbridge is planning to build a controversial natural gas facility at a densely populated site which already has elevated levels of previously unreported carcinogens, documents obtained by DeSmog suggest.

Despite receiving new information indicating the current presence of these pollutants in the air around Enbridge’s proposed gas compressor station in Weymouth, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) did not include the data in the project’s health impact assessment (HIA) which it oversaw. The assessment, which was published 10 days later, found that human health likely will not be affected by direct exposure to the station.

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Chevron and Exxon Say They Can Turn Around the Failed Finances of Fracking Industry

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

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Gas station sign reading 'Exxon' and 'On the Run'

After a decade of the American fracking industry burning through hundreds of billions of dollars more than it earned, this industry previously dominated by shale drilling specialists is entering a new phase. The oil majors — a group of multinational companies that typically have divisions throughout the oil supply chain — now are investing heavily in fracked oil and gas operations.

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A Guide to What’s Happening with Julian Assange

Posted April 18, 2019 by VICE Staff

Sifting through all the news surrounding the WikiLeaks founder’s recent arrest.

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How to Pronounce Names You’ve Never Seen Before

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

Just because someone’s name doesn’t conform to the norms of your culture doesn’t give you the right to ruin it.

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Pee-oneering archeology. A new technique uses urine to study the ancient past

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

10,000 year-old urine helps reveal the history of animal domestication

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Scientists have put a human brain gene into monkeys. Have they crossed the line?

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

They really did it. Scientists put human brain gene into monkeys

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How do insects like ants time their emergence so precisely?

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

Temperature play a key role in mating dances.

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Is there life ‘out there?’ How we’ll search for traces of life on nearby exoplanets

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

Life on exoplanets could be found within our lifetime, according to NASA scientists

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Sharks cope with levels of heavy metals in their blood that would kill other animals

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

Heavy metals in their blood would kill others, but not the great white shark

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Why the long face? Human faces evolved to reveal emotions and communicate

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

Our faces evolved to reveal and communicate our emotions

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#523 When you learn a new word and then start seeing it everywhere

Posted April 18, 2019 by Anonymous

Thanks, universe. Once in a while you send big blinking signs that everything’s unfolding according to plan. Yes, whether it’s a supersmooth drive home, some eerie deja vu, or a perfect time showing up on the clock, you drop buzzy little braintwists that always keep us guessing. Yes, it’s great when you learn a new […]

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Trump Order to Allow LNG by Rail Would Expand ‘Bomb Train’ Risks

Posted April 17, 2019 by Anonymous

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Fiery detonation of a propane train in Utah

On April 10, first responders in Durham, North Carolina, responded to a suspected natural gas leak. While they were evacuating people from the area, the gas exploded, killing one person and injuring at least 25.

The same day Durham was dealing with the aftermath of a deadly natural gas explosion, President Donald Trump was issuing an executive order directing federal regulators to create new rules allowing rail companies to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) by train in the next 13 months, or less.

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RDs! We’re Hiring! Looking To Fill A Full-Time Permanent And Possibly Some Part-Time Positions

Posted April 17, 2019 by Yoni Freedhoff

Will copy our job posting below, but the tl;dr version is we’re both growing (our digital distance tool is deep into development and should be ready for beta-testing come late spring or early summer) and one of our wonderful RDs will be heading off on maternity leave. Consequently, we’re looking for some great RDs!

Prior applicants are welcome by the way. In fact many of the RDs we’ve hired over the years had applied more than once.

Here’s the posting. Please send resume and letter of interest to jobs@bmimedical.ca

The Bariatric Medical Institute (BMI) in Ottawa, an inter-professional weight management office that includes medical doctors, personal trainers, registered dietitians, a social worker, a clinical psychologist, and a therapy dog, is looking for a permanent full time dietitian to join our professional and unique team.

We are looking for an individual who loves working with people and technology, is great at multi-tasking, is a team players, thrives off of challenges and responsibility, and wants to utilize his or her skills in making a dramatic positive difference in people’s lives.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Collaboration with interprofessional team members.
  • One-on-one counselling sessions to motivate and help patients live the healthiest they can.
  • One-on-one counselling sessions with parents of children struggling with weight to help them navigate a healthy eating environment.
  • One-on-one counselling sessions to help prepare patients for bariatric surgery as well as post-surgery sessions to help patients ensure that they succeed.
  • Design individualized nutrition plans based on each individuals’ unique lifestyles, metabolic rates and dietary likes and dislikes.
  • Write for BMI’s different social media outlets: Website, blog, vlog, and monthly newsletter.

The skills you’ll need:

  • Exceptionally strong motivational counselling skills.
  • Must have excellent listening skills, empathetic and sensitive to patient’s needs. We do not ever utilize negative reinforcement in our counselling.
  • Able to adapt nutrition advice to recent scientific research with thoughtful critical appraisal.
  • Must be innovative and give patients realistic and helpful nutrition advice.
  • Positive and non-restrictive approach to weight management.
  • Comfortable giving presentations.
  • Possess sound professional judgment, initiative and enthusiasm.
  • Good time management skills and ability to organize.
  • Excellent computer skills, and comfort with social media
  • Strong cooking skills.

The requirements we’re looking for:

  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario and in good standing (or willingness and ability to join).
  • Master level clinicians are preferred, although not required.
  • Previous experience working in weight management and childhood obesity is an asset.
  • Working with us you will have access to a full gym facility as well as shower and change rooms. Physical activity and healthy living are the primary focus of our work and therefore we view your active lifestyle as a great asset.

Because we are looking for the best candidate our wages are highly competitive with those in the community and after the 3 month probation period, medical and dental benefits are part of our package.

We look forward to hearing from and meeting with you.

        
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Are You Successfully Maintaining A Weight Loss OR Have You Recently Quit A Diet? If Yes To Either Question, Please Spare 2 Minutes For Our Research (Shares Welcome!)

Posted April 17, 2019 by Yoni Freedhoff

Back in 2012 I first posted my wish for there to be a questionnaire that would serve to help individuals and researchers determine how easy or difficult a particular diet would be to follow.

I called it the Diet Index Enjoyability Total or DIET score, and my hope was that by using a series of simple Likert scales (descriptive scales from 1-10), researchers could set out to evaluate a particular weight loss approach’s DIET score where high scores would identify diets that could actually be enjoyed, and where low scores would identify under-eating, highly restrictive, quality of life degrading, dieting misery. This would be useful both to individuals who could use the DIET score to evaluate whatever approach they were considering, but might also serve as a surrogate for shorter term diet studies to give a sense as to whether or not there’s a low or high likelihood of long term adherence to a particular study’s strategy.

I’m happy to report that thanks to the hard work of Michelle Jospe and Jill Haszard of the University of Otago, along with your responses, we have completed the DIET score’s qualitative review and this survey is meant as a simple pilot to test the hypothesis that higher scores associate with longer term success, and we hope, that once collected, these results will be compiled along with our qualitative review for the DIET Score’s first published preliminary study!

So again, if you’re currently following a diet, or if you’ve recently quit a diet, we would greatly appreciate it if you were able to take just a few minutes of your time to fill out our quick survey by clicking here.

Thank you in advance!

Yoni

[Today’s survey is the final one (hopefully) before we submit our paper on the DIET SCORE. Consequent to our first two surveys we tweaked our questions to make them more relevant and representative by way our your comments and expert feedback. Even if you filled our survey out last time, if you’ve been successful on your diet (any dietary strategy or approach, we’re not picky) OR if you’ve recently quit your diet, we’d dearly love to hear from you and we promise, it will barely take 2 minutes to complete]

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#524 When there are a couple hidden onion rings at the bottom of your fries

Posted April 17, 2019 by Anonymous

Dive in. Scoring some sweet and salty rings hidden in your fries is the fast food equivalent to finding a treasure chest at the bottom of the sea. Suddenly you’re an explorer stumbling upon a lost shipwreck way, way down in the darkness. While your friends linger above, you plunge deeper and deeper … eventually spotting […]

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MEPs Decide not to Punish Exxon for Failure to Show at Climate Denial Hearing

Posted April 16, 2019 by Anonymous

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European Parliament

ExxonMobil will retain its ability to lobby the European Parliament after MEPs refused to take away their badges.

The ability of the oil major to meet with Brussels decisionmakers was under question after the company refused to attend a hearing on their history of climate denial, citing ongoing litigation in the US.

Party presidents within the European Parliament decided against banning ExxonMobil in a meeting last week. Instead, they pushed the decision to a smaller group of MEPs, known as ‘quaestors’, and to Klaus Welle, the Secretary General of the European Parliament.

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Polly Higgins — Meet the Lawyer Taking on Big Oil’s ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

Posted April 16, 2019 by Anonymous

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Polly Higgins

Polly Higgins is a woman on the hunt. And you get the sense that, after decades of working towards holding powerful polluters to account, her prey may finally be in sight.

When you’re looking at any crime, you’re looking at who are your suspects,” she tells me in a soft Scottish accent that belies the hard truths she regularly delivers. “Within a corporate context, you’re looking at CEOs and directors. Within a state context, it is ministers and Heads of State.”

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#525 That one teacher

Posted April 16, 2019 by Anonymous

Put your hand up if you ran from doorbells, hid behind pant legs, and avoided eye contact with grownups as a shy little kid. Brothers and sisters, if your hand is up right now, you are not alone. Yes, mute as a mouse, quiet as a cat, I was a short, snotty, bedhead-smeared ghost of […]

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Utah’s Coal-ash Pollution: A Toxic Example of a National Problem

Posted April 15, 2019 by guest

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Hunter coal plant in Utah

By Daria Bachmann, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator under a CC BYNCSA license.

The three smokestacks of PacifiCorp’s coal-fired Hunter Power Plant loom in the skies on a 1,000-acre site just south of Castle Dale, Utah.

Commissioned in 1978, the Hunter plant burns millions of tons of coal a year and generates more than 1,500 megawatts of electricity for use in nearby communities.

But it also generates something else: greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants, including coal ash.

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Coca-Cola Claims It Doesn’t Market Soft Drinks To Kids, Announces New Star Wars Themed Bottles For Disneyland And Disney World

Posted April 15, 2019 by Yoni Freedhoff

Coca-Cola has gone on record to state,

“Parents tell us they prefer to be the ones teaching their children about beverage choices. That’s why for over 50 years we’ve adhered to a company policy that prohibits advertising soft drinks to children”

So clearly their newly announced plans to sell Star Wars themed bottles at Disneyland and Disneyworld must be targeting adults.

Nothing wrong with a liquid candy company trying to sell liquid candy (that’s their literal job after all), but don’t lie and pretend you don’t target children with your marketing or that you care about anything other than profit.

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#526 When dreams actually come true

Posted April 15, 2019 by Anonymous

I was a bad baby. From the time I was zero minutes old I was wide-eyed, wide-awake, crying and cranky. Bedtime meant nothing and my parents say I’d often stand in my crib staring around the room rattling the bars all night. Sleeplessness stuck as the years rolled on and I’d lie in the dark […]

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World Bank Criticized for Coal, Oil and Gas Funding

Posted April 14, 2019 by guest

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Protesters hold sign reading 'Stop financing fossil fuels' outside COP23

By , Climate Home News. This article originally appeared on Climate Home News.

The World Bank Group faces criticism for continuing to back fossil fuel development, despite moves to clean up its portfolio.

It has earned green credentials for ending direct lending to coal-fired power plants, promising to axe support for oil and gas exploration and increasing its clean energy budget.

Yet over the last five years, the group’s support to oil and gas actually increased, while coal benefitted from indirect subsidies, according to analysis from German NGO Urgewald.

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The Problematic White Supremacy Roots of This Supposed Green New Deal Satire

Posted April 13, 2019 by guest

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Ant-Nazi sign at a Charlottesville vigil

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

On Wednesday, the Daily Caller published an opinion piece by Heartland Institute policy analyst Timothy Benson that we can only assume is satire. Benson argues in the piece that when it comes to addressing the existential threat of climate change, “if we can’t persuade” the current-top-emitters of China, Russia and India to cut their emissions, then the U.S. “will have to invade and occupy these countries” and force the emission reductions.

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‘Virtually No Risk of Drilling Restrictions,’ West Virginia Official Tells Fracking-Reliant Petrochemical Industry

Posted April 12, 2019 by Sharon Kelly

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A slide from a presentation by West Virginia official Michael Graney, who listed "virtually no risk of drilling restrictions" as a reason to bring fracked-gas reliant petrochemical development to the region.

This week, at an industry conference focused on wooing petrochemical producers to West Virginia, officials from the state and federal government made clear their support for continuing fracked shale gas extraction and petrochemical industry development near the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale.

Why should petrochemical companies build in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio? For one thing, don’t expect regulation of shale gas drilling, Michael Graney, executive director of the West Virginia Development Office, predicted in his presentation.

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