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Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: Caesarean Awareness Month

Apparently April is not only National Poetry Month, but also Caesarean Awareness Month and blog posts (like this one) are popping up all over talking about why people believe in “non-intervention.” One thing I’ve noticed is that some of these posts refer to the idea that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 15% c-section rate. The problem is, the World Health Organization doesn’t actually have any reason for that rate.

The introduction to this article in the WHO medical journal states:

There is no consensus on the “optimal” rate of caesarean delivery at the population level. (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: What Climate Change?

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We probably didn’t notice, during the years George W. Bush and his Flat Earth gang tried to rule the world from the Washington, D.C., beltway, how we slowly accepted their denigration of anything intellectual or scientific.

Then came Stephen Harper. In a veiled way during his minority government and then like a deluge after he turned a 37-percent popular vote into a Parliamentary majority.

Day after day he discontinued scientific research projects, permanently shut down highly regarded laboratories, threw libraries into trash containers, fired scientists and technicians by the hundreds, until the unheard of happened when (Read more…)

Boreal Citizen: Can reason and secularism protect kids from anti-science rhetoric (and build a better society)?

When it comes to teaching my kids about the world, I never assumed science would be a top priority. Yet these days I find myself spending little time focusing on language, instead opting for discussions about things like gravity, the solar system and human evolution.

This is partly due to my children’s natural curiosity about such topics. But one might also argue that our future as a species depends on our ability to think critically, and base our decisions on evidence and reason. (Climate change denial, and its potentially dire consequences, might be the ultimate example of our collective failure

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Canadian Progressive: Cry Wolf: A Canadian Unethical Oil Story

Cry Wolf: An Unethical Oil Story (via Desmogblog) Over the last several years, Alberta has killed more than 500 wolves using aerial sharpshooters and poisoned bait in order to conceal the impact of rapid industrial development on Canada’s iconic woodland caribou. Independent scientists say that declining caribou health stems chiefly from habitat…

DeSmogBlog: Cry Wolf: An Unethical Oil Story

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Over the last several months, Alberta has killed more than 500 wolves using aerial sharpshooters and poisoned bait in order to conceal the impact of rapid industrial development on Canada’s iconic woodland caribou. 

Independent scientists say that declining caribou health stems chiefly from habitat destruction caused by the encroachment of the tar sands and timber industries. But in a perverse attempt to cover industry’s tracks, the Alberta government is ignoring the science and shifting the blame to a hapless scapegoat: the wolf. 

As DeSmogBlog reported earlier this year, the Alberta Caribou Committee, tasked with the recovery . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Cry Wolf: An Unethical Oil Story

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Payments to University of Victoria Professor Susan Crockford Probed

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University of Victory adjunct professor Susan Crockford doesn't seem interested in discussing the monthly payments she appears to receive from the climate denying Heartland Spinstitute.

"Crockford would not respond to emails, and refused to speak with the Martlet," reports a UVic student newspaper attempting to probe the payments.

The Heartland Institute's Denialgate documents indicate that the spinstitute gives Crockford $750 per month. She is one of three Canadian university professors on the denier dole at Heartland, along with Madhav Knandekar and Mitch Taylor.

Greenpeace contacted the University of Victoria to raise conflict of interest questions relating

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350 or bust: I’m A Climate Scientist

After the last week’s revelations and counter-revelations regarding the Heartland Institute’s campaign against climate science and climate scientists, here’s an appropriate reminder (language warning!) * Don’t forget to go to the “I Heart Climate Scientists” Facebook page and show these folks some love, for all the work they are doing for us and for our [...]