The Shy Girl’s Guide to the Naked German Sauna
The original can be found here: The Shy Girl’s Guide to the Naked German Sauna. Please read the original.
I’ll admit it. I’m a prude when it comes to being naked! That might be fine in Canada where I’m from, but in Germany where I now live? It’s a little bit odd! My German husband first introduced me to the naked German sauna, when I was visiting him from Canada. Here, it’s not clothing […]
Posted on 28 April 2015 | 8:22 pm
Killing Season For Enviros: Death Threats Still Coming to Goldman Prize Winner
Winning an international environmental award highlighted Berta Cáceres’ efforts to block a dam in her people’s homeland...
Posted on 1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
10 Political Villains Who Have Never Faced Justice
Martin Luther King Jr. famously proclaimed that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Of course, that long arc means that tyrants, dictators, and war criminals often manage to escape punishment for their crimes. It might be frustrating, but many of the most notorious figures in recent history will […]
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Posted on 3 May 2015 | 7:00 am
Film review: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
Joss Whedon probably never wanted it to turn out like this. Maybe he even regrets getting on board for the whole Marvel experience. I don't know. All I do know is that there's very little of what we've come to expect from him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I doubt he's all that happy with what ended up on the big screen in his latest superhero smash-up.
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 2:23 am
This week in labour: May Day madness
I don't want to chide you for reading rabble.ca but this is International Workers Day, so you should really be in the streets, doing some rabble rousing there. Oh wait, you're on your phone reading? Well, keep on marching, then!
Since the 1880s May 1 has been a day to celebrate the rites of spring and the spirit of revolution. So read about what the labour movement has been up to this week and then go take part in the revolution, please.
Posted on 1 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
Easy Chicken Shawarma Kebobs
Posted on 10 July 2014 | 3:45 pm
Octopus killing a seagull - THE KRAKEN WAKES
|Octopus killing a seagull off Ogden Point breakwater|
These are the first ever photos of a Giant Pacific Octopus catching and killing a Glaucous-winged seagull.
And they provide two important lessons: One, always carry a camera with you because you may happen upon a scientifically important event. And two, keep an eye out for the unusual.
I loved finding and booking this story for my local CBC morning show, On The Island.
Take a listen to Ginger Morneau, the woman who took these photos.
Here she is speaking with CBC On The Island host, Gregor Craigie.
And this is where I found this story.
Posted on 3 May 2012 | 6:21 pm
North Tower and Rebuilt Subway Connection Coming to E Condos
It was just a couple of weeks ago when we last visited the site of Bazis, Metropia and RioCan's E Condos, a two-tower Rosario Varacalli-designed condominium development now in its early construction stages at the northeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton. At the time of our last visit, excavation was pressing on at the south end of the site, while demolition prep work had begun at 31 Roehampton, located at the northeast corner of the site. The three-storey walkup apartment building, which was added to the development site last year, has since been largely demolished.
Since successfully acquiring 31 Roehampton, the developers applied for increases to the development's total number of units and floor area for the development, which was approved by City of Toronto's Committee of Adjustment in November 2014. To address these changes to the plan, the north tower of the development - which is expected to rise 112 metres and contain approximately 450 units - is currently being redesigned.
UrbanToronto Forum contributor Roundabout stopped by the site earlier this week, and captured this video showing the demolition process well under way.
Even more changes are in the works for the E Condos plan, including plans to rebuild the existing pedestrian tunnel that links the development site with Eglinton Station, located on the intersection's opposite corner. This new connection will include a replacement entrance from E Condos containing two escalators, as well as an elevator that will provide barrier-free access between the subway concourse and street level.
The TTC is working with the City of Toronto Community Planning and Urban Design staff on plans for the new pedestrian connection, and the developers of E Condos have entered into a construction agreement with the TTC, allowing for construction on the connection when work reaches that stage.
The proposed new entrance is part of the larger reconfiguration of Eglinton Station, which will be shifted north of the existing subway platforms into where the tail tracks are now. This relocation will centre the platform and its mezzanine level around the future platform for the Crosstown LRT line's Yonge Station, below the subway platform.
Additional information and renderings can be found in our E Condos dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.
Posted on 1 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
Six 'Revolting' Lessons from Prankster Pros (in Culture)
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 7:40 am
The lucky guy
Posted on 3 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
The Truth Can Be Googled: The X-Files Returns to a New Era
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What are they looking at? You know it's creepy because the smoke machine is on. Promotional photo
The X-Files is coming back! Fox has greenlit a mini-series, bringing back Mulder, Scully, and series creator Chris Carter. I am so freaking pumped. When I was a kid, my family and I would watch new episodes together every week. My favourite episodes were always the monster-of-the-week ones. The creepy LA goth vampire episode, the one where insectoids took human form and only Mulder could see them, the redneck incest episode that only aired once but everyone knows is the scariest one. The show illuminated my brain with tantalizing, scary possibilities. All of a sudden, every news article held a deeper mystery and every shadow hid unspeakable terror.
A return of The X-Files is very appropriate for the world we live in today. The late '90s were a time of optimism, while the early goings of the Aughts were a time of cynicism. Today, we assume that our institutions are lying to us, that official stories aren't revealing the whole truth, and that the "truth" is indeed "out there," probably on 4chan. On top of that, conspiracy theories have never been more mainstream. The rise of Google has made it possible for everyone to find a government cover-up that suits them, whether techno-geek or soccer mom. Conspiracy theories are not just for people with newspaper clippings on their apartment walls anymore, and the new season of The X-Files will likely reflect our present state. That certainly seems the case from the leaked episode synopsis list that "Frank" (certainly not his or her real name, if we knew who "Frank" was) gave us while we were drinking Colt 45s in that abandoned parking garage last week.
Episode One: "Reunited"
Owing to an increase in strange events, Skinner reforms the X-Files. Returning to the FBI from a sabbatical spent attempting to be a writer, Fox Mulder, along with his partner Dana Scully, head to Alaska where mysterious explosions have been heard by locals. Scientists tell Mulder that these explosions come with the released methane gas caused by a warming climate—but Mulder thinks something else is going on. Those weird lights in the sky can't just be a coincidence... can they? Scientists tell Mulder they can. But can they, really?
Episode Two: "2Canines"
There have been strange animal attacks around the FBI headquarters in Virginia. The official explanation is black bears. Mulder is not convinced, especially after he is bit by a dog in the park. Scully thinks he was antagonizing the dog, but only Mulder knows the truth. He was antagonizing that dog. But he was only doing it for the purpose of finding out the dog's true intentions. There's something bigger going on here. Scully is just happy to have the Agency's dental plan back.
Episode Three: "Roots"
Trying to contact Mark Zuckerberg to find out the truth about Facebook, Mulder accidentally clicks on a friend's Facebook link and is introduced to the troubling world of GMOs. Hoping to avoid the mind control of pesticides, Mulder starts a community garden on top of his apartment building. After a disappointing first harvest, he is convinced that shadowy forces are ensuring his cucumbers will not grow. Scully thinks cucumbers are just out of season. Mulder knows there's something bigger than the weather at work here, but what?
Episode Four: "11-13-33"
Mulder's walkman finally breaks, causing him to give in and sign up for a music streaming service. While investigating his options, Mulder becomes convinced that Jay Z is a member of the Illuminati, especially after seeing a YouTube video where someone overlayed a dollar bill over Jay Z's hands. Is Tidal his mind control plot, allowing him access into the mind through the ear canal? Mulder knew that was always the best way into someone's mind, and now it seems that Jay Z knew it too. Something bigger is going on, and someone needs to do something before it's too late. Scully, meanwhile, prefers Spotify's interface, and thinks that it's nice that all famous people are friends with each other.
Episode Five: "Vaxx'd"
Scully's sister is having a baby, and she is overjoyed to be an aunt. Mulder is happy for her, until one afternoon he watches an episode of The View. When he finds out Scully's niece is being vaccinated, Mulder warns Scully of the potential side effects. It's obvious to Mulder that autism, which he knows is caused by vaccines, is actually a dangerous mutation in humanity's evolutionary chain. Scully continues to cite statistics and facts proving Mulder wrong, but she doesn't see that there's something bigger at work.
Episode Six: "Reptilian"
While flipping around his satellite radio in search of what the voice in his head calls "the signal," Mulder stumbles on an interview with David Icke. Confirming his suspicion that the world is run by a secret elite of reptilian humanoids, Mulder doesn't know who to trust. After Scully starts complaining about constantly dry skin, Mulder knows that there's something bigger at play. Going straight to the top, Mulder asks friends in the Secret Service about the President's moisturizing habits, only to learn that the POTUS uses baby powder. Just like Mulder knew he would.
Episode Seven: "Bitconned"
While trying to buy a bluetooth betablocker pill on the Silk Road, Mulder stumbles onto the existence of Bitcoins. It's not long until he realizes that this currency was created by the Federal Reserve, which used this imaginary money as a vehicle for government control. To escape its grasp, he must invest in the only currency with real value: gold. Not having enough money due to some outrageous data charges as a result of his feelings on Wi-Fi (doesn't trust it), Mulder tries to convince his friends to go in on a pile of gold bullion. Skinner and Scully refuse, citing how "fucking stupid" the request sounds, but Mulder knows that something bigger is going on.
Episode Eight: "The Truther Is Out There"
Mulder eats what he assumes are the bluetooth beta blockers he ordered on the internet, only to have them turn out to be meth. After staying up for a week in his newly constructed blanket and cutlery fort while watching Loose Change and Zeitgeist, Mulder comes to the FBI headquarters fixated on finding out what really happened on that fateful day in September. He opens the computer, his yellowish brown fingernails prying apart the laptop as his soul screams for more meth. He browses his emails, scrolling back to several unopened ones from the CIA in August 2001. He sees one email in particular titled "Fwd: Suspicious Flight Schools." He opens it. He eats a little more meth. He knew it would end like this, he always knew. Scully contemplates retirement.
*These plots are a work of satire. Any resemblance to actual plotlines is a very unfortunate coincidence.
With additional reporting from Slava Pastuk
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Posted on 4 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
Study Reports Big Drop in Spam Following Canadian Anti-Spam Law Implementation
The launch of Canada's anti-spam law generated considerable criticism suggesting that the law was unenforceable and would not have a discernible impact on spam. Recent enforcement actions by the CRTC and the Competition Bureau, which led to millions on fines, demonstrates that the law can be used to target businesses that run afoul of the law. Now a new study from Cloudmark, a network security firm, concludes that there was a significant drop in spam originating from Canada once the law took effect. Moreover, Canadians received considerably less email after CASL was implemented. Cloudmark states:
The post Study Reports Big Drop in Spam Following Canadian Anti-Spam Law Implementation appeared first on Michael Geist.
Posted on 30 April 2015 | 12:24 pm
Six 'Revolting' Lessons from Prankster Pros (in Culture)
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 7:40 am
These are nobody's memories: PFLAG Canada for legalizing same-sex marriage everywhere
Posted on 30 April 2015 | 9:02 pm
Posted on 22 December 2013 | 2:24 pm
Chores are getting done!
Posted on 3 May 2015 | 11:36 am
Steve Paikin: My weekend with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (Part 2)
Every Sunday that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, he attends his local Baptist church and “teaches.”
The first time I heard the 39th President do that, I asked the church official for a clarification.
“Don’t you mean he preaches?” I asked.
“No,” I was told. “He teaches, not preaches.”
It’s a subtle difference but one that’s important to the former President. He’s not telling the audience what to think. He’s offering the wisdom of a man who’s lived for 90 years and done some remarkable things. He has something to share, something that’s worth listening to.
For his latest lesson, he speaks for almost an hour, non-stop, standing and pacing at the front of the Maranatha Baptist Church, prompting parishioners with questions and urging them to shout out answers. His voice is strong. And, of course, he frequently flashes that iconic toothy smile.
One of the first things he says put him at odds with the evangelical base of the Republican Party.
“The Bible is not a science book or a history book or a sociology book,” he says. “It’s about who we are and what our relationship should be with God. It tells us how we should act to take advantage of the blessings he offers, and best of all, it’s free of charge!”
As a trained nuclear scientist and former Navy man, Carter says there’s absolutely no incompatibility between religion and science.
“Either there are no miracles, or everything is a miracle,” he says. “The tree. The butterfly. The bird. Those are God’s miracles. So there’s no incompatibility there.”
“How do we accumulate wisdom?” the former president continues. “We study. We make mistakes. God gives us the freedom to do so. He doesn’t say, ‘I made you, now I’m going to control you. Act as you want to. Shun me or be ungrateful if you want to. Lie and cheat if you want to.’ We have the freedom to take precious life and waste it by not enhancing God’s kingdom.”
Carter then does something I haven’t seen him do before. He reveals a significant character flaw from his past, hoping his example encourages others to take a different path.
He tells the crowd he started his life with great success, attending four universities, joining the naval academy, becoming an officer, then a submarine officer, then the first officer on the first ship the U.S. Navy built after the Second World War. Then he became a successful business man.
“I got proud of myself,” Carter confesses. “I figured I couldn’t fail, and so I ran for governor.”
Carter’s first campaign was against a racist named Lester Maddox, whom Carter describes as “a man who stood outside his chicken restaurant and threatened to club on the head any black person who wanted to go into that restaurant."
“I shook hands with 600,000 Georgians and gave them a pamphlet telling them what a nice person I was,” he continues. “And I lost.”
The confession continues. Carter says he lost confidence in himself and turned against God.
What saved him was a visit from his evangelist sister Ruth Carter Stapleton, who urged him to look inside himself, to be critical of what he saw, and to forget about money or politics for a while.
“Try to do something pleasing to Jesus,” she said.
The brother listened to the sister. He has been a believer ever since.
“Christians have the wisdom of God available to us,” he says. “Modern rulers don’t have it. If you look at the world, you can see God’s wisdom does not prevail. Does anyone want to disagree with that?”
The line elicits laughs and no disagreement.
“We’re always at war,” he says, then takes a shot at his own country. “All the weapons used by people fighting in Syria and Yemen were bought from the United States. The world has departed from the basic principles espoused by the Prince of Peace.”
The lesson continues.
“The key to a good, successful life, to joy, to peace, is to adopt God’s wisdom,” Carter says. “We value things that are not worth anything in God’s eyes. Money in the bank; how nice our house is; university diplomas; how many people we can boss around. How many of those things did Christ have? None!”
And then comes the final message.
“How well do I measure up against a perfect example set by Jesus Christ?” Carter asks. “He gives us a glimpse of a life of peace, joy, happiness, security, humility, compassion, and love.”
The former President then gives his biggest smile of the morning.
“That’s what all of us should want. Now, did any of you feel inadequately instructed?”
The church explodes in laughter. Thus endeth the lesson.
Jimmy Carter was a one-term president. No one has ever called him one of America’s great presidents. But he may be America’s greatest ex-president. And surely, he’s the best president ever to teach Sunday school.
Posted on 23 April 2015 | 5:37 pm
Saturday Stories: Beans, Radioactive Water, and Pap Tests
Alex Hutchinson in the New Yorker wonders whether or not we should be worried about radioactive Fukushima water?
Tara Haelle in NPR on the fascinating and challenging nuances of cervical cancer screening.
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 9:30 am
Childless? Whose business is it anyway?
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
HIATUS: LaurenOutLoud.com re-launching January 2015
Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:54 pm
Turkey & Ham Croissants Plus Watermelon Pizza #Recipe and Shopping at Loblaws Brand Stores #cbias
Posted on 30 April 2015 | 8:37 pm
An Odd Way to Conduct an Opinion Poll
Posted on 29 April 2015 | 3:16 pm
Kensington Market Mona Lisa
Kensington Market is starting to come alive again as the choking snow has given way to leaves that are beginning to bring green back to the trees. Pedestrian Sundays begin at the end of May and cafe and fruit markets are always inviting year round. The Toronto School of Burlesque is even on Augusta Avenue.
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 11:57 am
McMaster University to increase female faculty’s pay after review
An analysis found that women faculty members earned on average $3,515 less than their male counterparts in 2012 and 2013
The post McMaster University to increase female faculty’s pay after review appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Posted on 29 April 2015 | 9:35 am
Photo of the day: Trout Lilies
Posted on 3 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
When progressives line up behind one party, the right better watch out…
Posted on 30 April 2015 | 8:17 pm
© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for dutchblitz.net as SOLD.
Posted on 29 April 2015 | 2:55 am
Game of Thrones 5.4: Sons of the Harpy
This week saw the arrival of the Sand Snakes (YES!) and King's Landing and Meereen have something in common — the people rising up against the monarchy, daring to raise their fists and voices to them.
You're probably still reeling from the horrifying ending of this episode, so let's go back to the beginning and ease our way up to that incredible battle scene. Christopher, the floor is yours...
|I can't be the only one who thinks Mace Tyrell looks like the Mayor|
of Munchkinland, right?
Posted on 4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
The Weirdest Book…
What would you write for the #DearDiary hashtag on Twitter? This was especially clever, I thought.
Posted on 29 April 2015 | 9:29 am
Emulating Independence I Tool Makers
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Photo Credits: Screen Captures from Above&Beyond
Posted on 4 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
Trudeau set to reveal Liberal policy agenda focused on middle class
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 12:12 am
Date Night Ready In 30 Minutes? Impossible!
Posted on 4 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
Moment of bliss #020
Posted on 2 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 5:39 pm
Fetus Freaks: They're Slow But They're Stupid
Let's hop into the Way Back Machine. On November 8 last year, we reported that the Trillium Foundation, the granting agency for Ontario's gaming proceeds, rescinded the second year of a two-year $84K grant to a fake clinic.
There was some squealing from the predictable sources, who amusingly decided collectively that this blog was to be unnamed as the culprit.
On November 25, SUZY ALLCAPS linked to Our Number One Fan (Bertha Wilson Motion, now sadly defunct, aww) who had uncovered the shocking fact that the CEO of the Trillium Foundation, Andrea Cohen Barrack, also serves as volunteer Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Western Hemisphere Region.
Here's SUZY's plain-text URL: http://www.bigbluewave.ca/2014/11/todays-link-dump-abortion-catholic.html#idc-container
And my reaction, dated November 26.
That's about as far as that went, until last week when Patricia Maloney, who is "Canada's pro-life investigator" according to Focus on the Family's Astroturf blog, finally twigged to Ms Cohen Barrack's dedication to public service. (More on Canada's pro-life investigator in a future post.)
As is the custom in the antichoice echo chamber, LifeShite picked up the SCOOP on April 23.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has denied that CEO Andrea Cohen Barrack is in a conflict of interest after alert bloggers noted that while she is a member of International Planned Parenthood Federation’s governing council, her foundation recently cut funding to a pro-life pregnancy center and approved a grant for Planned Parenthood Toronto.
The fetus freaks are trying hard -- if ridiculously late -- to spin some shit out of this, even contacting Ontario's Conflict of Interest Commissioner, whose lawyer Heather Popliger said:
Popliger told LifeSiteNews in an email the following day that “our understanding is that the President & CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation plays no role regarding grant decisions. There is a process for evaluating which entities receive grants, and the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trillium Foundation makes all decisions regarding grants. The President & CEO has no involvement.”Ominously, LifeShite ends with:
When questioned about Cohen Barrack’s involvement with IPPF creating the appearance of preferential treatment, Popliger only reiterated that, “the President & CEO has no involvement in the grant process at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Accordingly, she is not in a position to, nor is she in fact, providing one entity with preferential treatment.”
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport did not respond to enquiries from LifeSiteNews by deadline.
Oooh, I bet the Ministry is peeing its pants.
When you've got your Outrage-O-Meter cranked to MASSIVE allatime, I guess it's hard to remember that you've already hit a particularly dipshit note previously.
Posted on 24 April 2015 | 6:27 pm
Mother's Day Block
In my current residency I have been working on these mixed media blocks for Mother's Day.
We used Model Magic to add a nice 3D element to them. On my sample I wrapped the painting around the sides and back. At school we only had time for the sides.
Here is some student work.
- wood block, I had standard 2"x6" lumber cut into square pieces
- Model Magic, I buy white and in the large bin. (use your Michael's 40% off coupon). One bin (4pkgs) was more than enough for 2 classes.
- acrylic paint
- heart gems, I stock up at the Dollar Store during Valentines
- tacky glue
- printed text from the computer
- Mod Podge for sealing
- scrapbooking paper, optional
I handed out the wood blocks so the kids could figure out the right size to make the clothing.
Each student got a plum sized piece of Model Magic.
We pressed them flat on a piece of wax paper.
I also gave each student a napkin with their name on it.
Using a plastic knife they cut out the clothing.
Using some assorted tools we added texture to the Model Magic.
Those green tools are from the Dollar Store. I bought several sets of them. They are for decorating cupcakes but work great as tools for clay.
Place on napkin/paper towel and set aside to dry. About 24hrs.
While the Model Magic is drying you can paint the block. Make sure to do the sides and top for a nice finished look.
I gave the kids a few ideas, a nature scene like my sample.
- standing by your house, the house is cut from scrapbooking paper
- shopping in the city, shopping bag is paper
- just a simple background with a few flowers, the flowers are out of paper
Or whatever scene they wished.
We painted the Model Magic after it set. It's still fragile at this point so i asked the kids to be careful.
Once it's mounted on the block and seal with podge it's firms up and is more durable.
I gave each student a piece of paper and they sketch out the head, arms, and feet of their moms.
We added some outlining and colour and cut our body parts out.
We glued everything into place with some tacky glue.
We added a small heart gem and sealed them with some Mod Podge.
That's it, a great Mother's day gift that will be treasured.
Posted on 1 May 2015 | 2:44 am
Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub & More Mother’s Day Ideas!
Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub is a great gift idea that is so easy to make! All you need are 3 simple ingredients to make this gentle sugar scrub. And make sure to keep reading for many more great handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas! - – – – – – – – - Hello friends! There […]
The post Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub & More Mother’s Day Ideas! appeared first on A Pretty Life In The Suburbs.
Posted on 1 May 2015 | 11:00 am
8 Lessons Learned as Slow Traveling Nomads
The beach has never been too far away - not for the past few months, at least. Since moving to Krabi (southern Thailand) in October, but (I'll use the term nomad as well, since they both imply a person who moves frequently or as they desire.) Plan the big things out ahead and let the small things [...]
Posted on 29 April 2015 | 9:00 am
5 Great Podcasts You Should Listen to Now
Posted on 1 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
WW#366 - Selfie: Impossible
Posted on 29 April 2015 | 9:22 am