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Things Are Good: No Need to Shower so Much

Showering is something that a lot of North Americans do everyday: and if you’re one of them then you should stop. Showering daily can actually do more harm to your health than good. So relax about your daily urge to cleanse and just roll with your micro biome! As we learn more about the relationship […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

One of the big problems with climate change, is even if Europe and Asia manage to create low carbon infrastructure and societies, it’s like a non-smoking section of a restaurant. Remember those? Saskatchewan banned smoking in restaurants by about 2005, so we got out of the habit of asking, “Non-smoking table for two, please.” We […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

Cowichan Conversations: Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

Independent film maker Gary McNutt captured this exchange at the Sidney LNG meeting a couple of weeks ago. Tsartlip Elder Fraser Smith was not taking any bullshit from Premier Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

Things Are Good: Eat Whole Grains for a Whole Lifetime

A simple change to your diet can make a whole lot of difference on your heart. Instead of reaching for the white bread go for the bread with the whole grains. It’s a pretty easy modification you can make to your diet. Just by switching to whole grains over bleached grains you can improve your […]

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Things Are Good: Marathons Aren’t as Impressive as Running a 5K

Running a marathon is seen as the big goal for committed runners – and it’s quite the triumph since running for so far and long is a big challenge no matter how healthy one is. I’ve never run a marathon and I just found out that there’s no reason to (phew!). It turns out that […]

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Cowichan Conversations: The shine on the B.C. Liberals’ liquefied natural gas dream has dulled considerably

It was a comfort to read this Times Colonist editorial driven in part by the appalling behaviour and economy with accuracy of Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson. The former leader of the BC Liberal’s, Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The shine on the B.C. Liberals’ liquefied natural gas dream has dulled considerably

Things Are Good: Easy HPV Testing From Eve Kit

HPV is a virus that can lead to cancer, but is generally easy to test for and prevent. It can be an awkward experience getting tested though, and that is where a new crowd sourced intuitive, the Eve Kit, comes into play. It’s a simple to use STI and HPV testing kit that women can […]

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Cowichan Conversations: No part of the word ‘clean’ should be used in association with LNG

One thing that folks living in and around Howe Sound and those of us on the Islands is that we are both facing LNG developments that fly in the face of need, economic benefits, threaten Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: No part of the word ‘clean’ should be used in association with LNG

Things Are Good: What’s The Best Sunscreen To Use?

In the northern half of the planet summer has started and people are feeling the burn. There’s no need to feel the burn if you practice good sun safety though. Umbrellas are an option to shade your skin as are other fashion accessories. Although sunscreen is perhaps the most convent form of sun protection when […]

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Things Are Good: Food Good For You Is Good For The Planet

Producing food takes a lot of energy regardless of where it comes from, but some foods require a lot more input than others. In general it takes way more energy to feed people meat than it does a plant based diet because the animals need to be fed before they are slaughtered. A meat diet […]

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Cowichan Conversations: SAANICH INLET NETWORK UPDATE-Public LNG Meetings In Central and North Saanich

The Pennisula communities are actively investigating the impacts of the proposed Steelhead LNG facility at Bamberton. As neigbouring comunities they would face many negative impacts and they are actually acting on their residents behalf. Not Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: SAANICH INLET NETWORK UPDATE-Public LNG Meetings In Central and North Saanich

Cowichan Conversations: Most CVRD Directors Have Abdicated Their Responsibilities Over LNG Project Planned For South Cowichan

What a great time of year if you live on Vancouver Island, a time that has many of us are gardening up a storm. Potatoes in, check. Tomatoes in check. Lettuce, onions, tomatillos, peppers and Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Most CVRD Directors Have Abdicated Their Responsibilities Over LNG Project Planned For South Cowichan

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Robert Reich discusses how our economy is rigged so that the self-proclaimed risk-takers actually can’t lose:I don’t want to pick on Ms. Mayer or the managers of the funds that invest in Yahoo. They… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Things Are Good: Don’t Exercise To Lose Weight

There are many people who are struggling with their weight, in fact there are now more obese people than underweight people. The good news is that there are fewer malnourished people now than in previous years. In the developed world obesity rates are high because of the surplus of calories available to people. Now people […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Pacemakers and Piracy: The Unintended Consequences of the DMCA for Medical Implantshttps://t.co/uGz68CtR7V pic.twitter.com/ZXFrZgRCBd — Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) April 25, 2016 “Today there are well over 3 million pacemakers and over 1.7 million ICD’s in use.” What should you do to close potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in your wireless implantable design? For one, make device security an […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Cowichan Conversations: Honey Bees Down 50 Percent In The Cowichan Valley

  I just came across this CTV story about the shortage of bees. This is not good news and we should all be doing something to help. For those of us who garden it Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Honey Bees Down 50 Percent In The Cowichan Valley

Things Are Good: Why Walking In The Woods Is Good For You

Exercise is good for you and nature is good for you too, so it’s only logical that combining both of them is really good for you. Over at CSGlobe they have an article that explore many of the ways that our lives can be improved by a simple walk in the woods. They outline the […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Aww, Poor Police

“That continuous accountability, continuously being in the public eye, and that having to be infallible … it puts a lot of pressure on our police officers, and contributes to their mental health.” Did he mean “poor mental health”? Imagine being watched all of the time. What kind of stress would that cause? Sorry for the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Aww, Poor Police

Cowichan Conversations: This Changes Everything-Naomi Klein

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- The Star makes the case for a new crackdown on Canadian tax cheats to not only merely recover money withheld, but also to name and shame the people who have thus far refused to pay their fair share:(I)f the Trud… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Deeply Moving Message From Bernie Sanders

We are inextricably linked and affected by what does or does not happen in the USA. During this primary run up to the selection of candidates to represent the Republican and Democratic parties one candidate Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Deeply Moving Message From Bernie Sanders

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Greens Looking For A Leg Up Over The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Fiasco’- BC Liberals Delighted.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes There has for years been the illusion that the Greens, BC flavour or federal are somehow left, sorta like the NDP with a green tinge. The common ground is that neither Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The BC Greens Looking For A Leg Up Over The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Fiasco’- BC Liberals Delighted.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why The Drug War Is Inherently Racist and Pro-War

Richard Nixon was not a good man. The people around him weren’t good either. They intentionally lied about the harm of hard drugs (and ‘soft’ drugs too), in order to concoct a reason for law enforcement officers to harass and jail African Americans and anti-war protesters. “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Why The Drug War Is Inherently Racist and Pro-War

Cowichan Conversations: Woodfibre LNG gets environmental stamp of approval from Ottawa

By Elizabeth McSheffrey in the National Observer The federal department, Environment and Climate Change Canada, has given the green light to the controversial Woodfibre LNG project, ruling on Friday that the proposal is Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Woodfibre LNG gets environmental stamp of approval from Ottawa

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- The Star-Phoenix calls for Saskatchewan’s election campaign to focus on the future rather than the past. And Paul Orlowski reminds us of the continued callous corporatism that’s in store if Brad Wall holds on… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links