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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

Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC … Continue reading No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

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Cowichan Conversations: All you need to know about LNG: Wade Davis, Dr. Eoin Finn, Damien Gillis panel discussion-VIDEO

Fractured Land LNG panel discussion feat. Wade Davis, Dr. Aion Finn and Damien Gillis from Fractured Land on Vimeo. . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: All you need to know about LNG: Wade Davis, Dr. Eoin Finn, Damien Gillis panel discussion-VIDEO

Cowichan Conversations: Alistair McGregor NDP MP Introduces A Bill To Help Protect Shawnigan Lake

Our recently elected MP Alistair McGregor for Cowichan-Langford has been up to the mountain and seen the long lines of trucks with pups loaded with contaminants destined for the Shawnigan Watershed. As a rookie MP Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Alistair McGregor NDP MP Introduces A Bill To Help Protect Shawnigan Lake

Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Shouldn’t Be Cowed Into Keeping Mum on Saanich LNG Project, Says Eminent Lawyer

Damien Gillis has stepped up and posted this article in the Commonsense Canadian. Our Cowichan Valley challenge to turn back the slick promoters from Steelhead LNG who want to build a massive floating LNG facility Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Shouldn’t Be Cowed Into Keeping Mum on Saanich LNG Project, Says Eminent Lawyer

Cowichan Conversations: Watercliff Farm-Gabriola Island–Lisa Butler Heath

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Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Senior Staff Hire Lawyer To Impede Independent Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo

Peter Rusland’s story on the Bamberton LNG contoversy was originally published in the South Cowichan Echo. Peter Rusland Unanimous opposition by Cowichan’s regional directors to Steelhead LNG’s proposed floating facility off Bamberton is caus… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Senior Staff Hire Lawyer To Impede Independent Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo

Things Are Good: Healthy People Don’t Diet, They Listen

Diet fads come and go, but there is one diet that will always work: listen to your body. If you feel like you’ve had enough then stop eating, and if you feel like you should have more lettuce then go get some! New research confirms old knowledge that people with a healthy weight do monitor […]

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Things Are Good: To Save Bees, Humans Need to Learn From the Past

Bees are having a hard time in the 21st century everything from radio waves to pesticides are messing with their honey creation. The poor creatures are also suffering from a massive colony collapse disorder. What’s more native species need to compete with colonies that are shipped around for farmers. Fortunately there are still ways to […]

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, pointing out that the Global Transportation Hub land flipping scandal highlights Brad Wall’s consistent willingness to hand out free money to business cronies – contrasted against his fight to avoid funding basic services like health and educatio… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Cowichan Conversations: Dr. Eion Finn’s LNG Video-As Presented To An Overflow Crowd In Mill Bay

The Saanich Inlet Network’s Adam Olsen joined Dr. Eion Finn for this LNG presentation to an overflow crowd in Mill Bay last night. This is a must see for those living on Southern Vancouver Island Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Dr. Eion Finn’s LNG Video-As Presented To An Overflow Crowd In Mill Bay

Things Are Good: Abstinence Only Sex Education Loses Funding in the USA

President Obama has cut funding for abstinence only sex education in the 2017 federal budget. The lack of adequate sex education has led to health crises and too many unwanted pregnancies (which is made worse by places lacking proper rights for women) in the USA. It’s so bad in some of the states that documentaries […]

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Things Are Good: The Future of Hospitals Will be Robotic

We like to think that people who work at hospitals do everything they can to save patients – and they do. The problem is that humans make mistakes. In fact, mistakes are so common in hospitals that a simple checklist can increase the care a patient receives. Robots, and computers, on the other hand easily […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ban Microbeads Now

Send an email to: ec.produits-products.ec@canada.ca Dear Minister McKenna: There is no need to give pollution a chance to overwhelm our water and enter our food chain. Plastic microbeads are considered a toxin by your own scientists, and there is no need for them to be in personal care products like face cream and toothpaste. If […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Ban Microbeads Now