Weight loss over 50: Why you won’t lose much weight with exercise alone
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 5:02 am
These Shorts Are Pretty Much The Best Thing Disney Ever Made
Chip and Dale are kind of jerks…hilarious jerks.
Chip an' Dale, 1947
The Walt Disney Company / Via youtube.com
Throughout the middle of the 20th century, Walt Disney was putting out hundreds of animated shorts featuring many of his core characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald and Daisy Duck, Pluto and even Scrooge McDuck and other secondary characters.
The best of these shorts are the ones featuring Donald Duck facing off against Chip and Dale. These 16 films together make up some of the best, funniest and most awesome bits of animation ever created.
Three For Breakfast, 1948
The Walt Disney Company / Via youtube.com
In each piece, the two chipmunks are usually minding their own business when Donald shows up.
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 9:38 pm
How To Survive A Water Park–Typhoon Lagoon
Posted on 7 March 2014 | 12:01 pm
Barbara Kay: ‘Rape culture’ fanatics don’t know what a culture is
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 4:11 pm
Montreal Simon: Will Vic Toews Be Appointed to the Supreme Court?
Oh boy. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions eh?Yesterday I wrote a post about Vic Toews being appointed as a judge in Manitoba's top trial court. And although it's a horrible story, about an appalling choice, I had a little fun with it…
Because I like to mock the Cons as well as criticize them. And because politically speaking, Vic Toews does exist somewhere in the dead zone between neanderthal and right-wing zombie.So you can imagine how stunned I was to see this story. Read more »
Posted on 9 March 2014 | 10:52 am
And another thing (or "Not a bilingual city, mon cul")
A post-Olympic love-in for the gold medal-winning Canadian men's and women's hockey teams was capped by a thunderous a capella version of O Canada, sung loud and proud and in both official languages by a capacity crowd who made a mockery of PQ language minister Diane DeCourcy's ludicrous claim that Montreal is not a bilingual city. It was also a symbolic rebuke of Premier Marois's congratulatory message to the men's team, in which she deliberately snubbed Canada, and only specifically mentioned the four Quebec-born players on the team.
It would be wishful thinking to hope that what transpired at the Bell Center last night was a watershed moment in Quebec society. The government of the day pursues a divisive agenda and is ably assisted by sympathetic collaborators in media, academia and the union movement. If nothing else, though, the game that unfailingly unites Quebecers of all backgrounds reminded us that day to day and at street level, we share common values and celebrate the same things.
We now return to the politics of hate and division, already in progress.
Posted on 27 February 2014 | 11:49 am
If Peter Mansbridge or Jian Ghomeshi…
Posted on 19 February 2014 | 1:05 pm
More thoughts on response to Ukraine
Posted on 4 March 2014 | 9:14 am
Industry Canada Says "Modernizing Privacy Regime" Planned for 2014-15
In 2014â€“15, Industry Canada will deliver the telecommunications consumer commitments included in the 2013 Speech from the Throne. These include taking legislative action to amend the Telecommunications Act to reduce roaming costs and prevent wireless providers from charging other companies more than they charge their own customers for mobile services. The Department will also protect consumer interests by encouraging compliance and adopting more effective remedies, including administrative monetary penalties, when violations occur. Industry Canada will continue to promote investment in high-speed broadband networks for rural Canadians.
These priorities are an important part of a robust digital economy. Other elements will include: modernizing the privacy regime to better protect consumer privacy online; monitoring the implementation of Canada's anti-spam legislation; and deepening analysis of Canada's communications infrastructure.
While the telecom actions were expected, the commitment to modernizing Canadian privacy laws is new (albeit long overdue). Previous privacy reform bills died on last year, leaving the government years behind in addressing PIPEDA reform. The Industry Canada report suggests that some legislative action may finally be on the way.
Posted on 7 March 2014 | 3:58 am
Pierre Poilievre and the Slow Destruction of the Fair Elections Act
Uh oh. It looks as if Pierre Poilievre's demagogic defence of the foul Fair Elections Act, also known as the Voter Suppression Bill, is going down in flames.
Because now that sinister Con fanatic is batting ZERO for FOUR.
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Posted on 8 March 2014 | 2:53 pm
Here's the Deal
Another is to pursue some writing opportunities that I've been skirting around for some time. Trust me, I can write far better than the fare that's been dished up on this blog, most of which never gets proofread.
I want to become directly involved in the effort to stop the Northern Gateway and, if possible, Kinder Morgan also. Writing about it isn't going to make a meaningful difference. That much has become clear to me over the past three years. Elizabeth May alone stands against these pipelines and she isn't going to be able to convince the NDP or the Liberals to place Canada ahead of their partisan political pursuits.
I think our children and theirs are in for a very bumpy ride over the next several decades. Change is setting in far faster than anyone had envisioned just a few years ago. Democracy is no longer safe in my country and I can't see that improving in the future. Hard and uncertain times lie ahead. On the world scene we may be lapsing into another Cold War, this one focused on the South China Sea instead of the Fulda Gap. We don't seem to have the will - or the goodwill - to prevent this from happening.
See you all later.
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 8:16 am
Saturday night blues blogging
Posted on 9 March 2014 | 1:03 am
Energy Industry Leaders and Government Officials Rub Elbows at CERAWeek 2014
This week was the 33rd Annual CERAweek conference, described as “the energy industry’s preeminent gathering of industry leaders and government officials, offering new ideas, insight, and discussions on major strategic issues facing the global energy industry.”
So what happens when you get the industry leaders together with government officials at an event where tickets costs as much as $7,500?
Well, it’s always good to warm up the crowd with a joke, as Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy did in her remarks to the energy executives. She noted how they were preferable to the environmentalists because “They dress better, less flip-flops.”
And then she got down to business, reassuring industry attendees:
“Let me be clear about one thing: Conventional fuels like coal and natural gas are going to play a critical role in a diverse energy mix for years to come.”
McCarthy also reassured the industry that new power plant regulations would “not put the brakes on business.”
Not to be outdone, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, was giving the industry advice on how they can get the ban on exporting domestically produced oil lifted.
The matter will ultimately lie with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Moniz said. But he indicated that in order to achieve a lifting of the ban the oil industry’s lobbying arms have a ways to go yet.
“To be honest I don’t think the industry has done a very good job of clearly and concisely stating their case,” he said.
Moniz also had advice for the fracking industry. The secretary reiterated advice he has previously given to U.S. energy companies involved in U.S. shale plays — that industry needs to “get out in front” and do more to address concerns over the environmental impacts of unconventional exploration and production.
“It’s evident that environmental issues related to unconventional production have in fact slowed development of resources in certain parts of the U.S. but not others,” Moniz said
From the industry side, Chevron CEO chimed in with his concern about rising income inequality in the US and his ideas on how to fix it.
But Chevron CEO John Watson argued Tuesday that U.S. energy policy is increasing income inequality, pointing to renewable fuel standards and pollution controls as raising energy costs on those who can “least afford it.”
“The relatively wealthy can afford to pay for energy,” he said at the IHS CERAweek energy conference in Houston. “Many of the energy policies we have in place promote income inequality.
Additional deep thoughts from the industry:
Eni's (E) Paolo Scaroni noting that Europe is realizing that renewables are "more a problem than a solution”; Siemens (SI) CEO Joe Kaeser says “using solar panels in Germany is like growing pineapples in Alaska."
I’ve yet to have an Alaskan pineapple but perhaps in a few decades, thanks to the work of the people who attend CERAweek, they will be available.
Meanwhile, on a sunny day last May, Germany produced 22 gigawatts of energy from the sun—half of the world's total and the equivalent of 20 nuclear power plants.
How do you like them pineapples?
Image credit: Offshore flaring via Shutterstock.
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 11:00 pm
The Wire Troll: Marcus Thornton Supplying Buckets in Brooklyn
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 8:18 pm
New Video: Kashka – Bloodlines
Posted on 4 March 2014 | 11:28 pm
30 simple storage solutions for your home
Posted on 7 March 2014 | 12:00 am
“It’s not her problem, it’s your child”
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 4:42 pm
College and university women sign open letter in support of Anne-Marie Roy: 'rape culture is pervasive'
March 8, 2014
International Women’s Day
We stand with Anne-Marie Roy. We’ve been there too.
As women who have held elected positions at our college or university students’ union, we write in solidarity with Anne-Marie Roy, the President of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Anne-Marie was recently the target of sexually violent comments made by several men who held elected positions at the University of Ottawa. Several of these men initially threatened to sue Anne-Marie if she was not quiet about the disgusting comments.
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 3:58 pm
The Collections: Miu Miu Fall 2014
The Miu Miu Fall 2014 Collection, presented during Paris Fashion Week on March 5, 2014.
Watch the Miu Miu Fall 2014 Collection presentation:
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Posted on 6 March 2014 | 12:16 pm
Thoughts on Liking Women: International Women's Day
I had begun to work with people with intellectual disabilities and, once, when talking about my work, he noticed that most of my co-workers had women's names. I smiled and said that I worked in a profession that was peopled primarily with women. Most of my coworkers were women, my supervisor was a woman and my supervisor's supervisor was a woman. I expected him to say that my working closely with women was an experience wasted on me, as a gay man, but instead he said something strange.
"I don't know how you can stand to be surrounded by women all day."
I said, "I thought that as a guy into women, this would be your dream job."
Then he said, jokingly, "I wouldn't mind being in a roomful of naked women, but to have to work with women all day, to report to a woman, that would drive me crazy."
So women were to be objects of lust and longing, of touch and access, of submission and nakedness but not people to be respected, to be colleagues, to be leaders, to be decision makers. He saw the strange look on my face and asked, "What?"
I said, "I thought you liked women? When I told you I liked men, you made it clear that you liked women."
He said, and I remember this clearly, "I LIKE women but I don't like women. There's a difference."
I explained to him that I enjoyed working with women, that I'd always been comfortable with women in my life. I didn't think that came from being gay, that just came from having met and been influenced by some astonishing women in my life. A teacher at school, Miss Bunting, had changed my life. Dr. Pam Duncan, a professor at university had inspired me with her passion for psychology. Miss Jean MacQueen my landlady who had carved away a life for herself as a single working woman. These were just a few women who I had known to be people of deep talent and integrity.
He was having none of that. "I couldn't cope with all that emotion and all that silliness."
I remember thinking at the time, "Liking women should mean liking women."
It wasn't long after that when I pulled up stakes to move out east to meet up with Joe who had taken a job in Quebec right out of school. I continued to work in the field, continued to work with and for remarkable women. And over the years I have had a few similar conversations with men who don't understand how I can work with women and not 'pull my hair out' in frustration, or bristle at corrective supervision as given by a woman.
What's even odder is that there are women who have remarked to me about how difficult it is to work with women, saying 'women are petty' or 'women are mean' or 'women can't handle power.' These are women talking about women. I said to one woman that I was surprised because I have found that working for and with women has been one of the things that I most like about my job. The women I have had the privilege to meet! The women I have had the honour to work for! The women whose leadership and courage have made a difference. Winifred Kemption cut a path for us to follow, I was lucky enough to have met her, to have spoken with her, and to tell her how much I admired the work she had undertaken. Manuela Dalla Nora, Susan Tough and Marsha Forest were women of vision and passion, all gone now, who are remembered, not as people who lived in the past, but as people whose lives continue to affect the future. These are the names of only a very few of the women who's work has informed me, inspired me and motivated me.
I continue to work closely with remarkable women now. I work on a leadership team headed by a woman and primarily composed of women, these are people who give me guidance and support and directioni. These are women who make my work possible. The five women who work with me in the clinical department are amazing people. Not just gifted clinicians, which they are, but to a one, they are also passionate, caring, powerful, women. They are compassionate and wise and all have independent minds, and while the structure says they report to me, we really just work together with leadership flowing back and forth between people's strengths and interests.
Every day at work I meet with women who work throughout Vita Community Living Services. Women who work within all parts of the agency. They bring into my office such an array of talent but to a one they also bring in passion and caring and deep commitment to the work that they do. These women make the world different and better every day. That's EVERY DAY. Throughout the world, women, like these women, make EVERY DAY DIFFERENT. Every day.
So, on International Women's Day I want to acknowledge that my heterosexual friend was quite wrong, so too were the women who sang soprano in the sexist chorus.
Working with women, taking leadership from women, being in active partnerships with women has enriched me.
To my friend from all those years ago ... a twitter update from Dave:
I may love men but I tell you I really like women.
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 11:50 am
Pava Sredic Lugonja: February 15 1939 – February 4, 2014 Pava and Petar Lugonja’s home in Bijeljina Bosna where they relocated after the Bosnian War (1991-1995). Always waiting at the gate for us to arrive, was Pava. Arms wide open with a huge smile swallowing her face. “Kako si, moj Vanja i moja Valerie. Dosli […]
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Posted on 25 February 2014 | 10:30 am
Single Leg Training: “Offloading” For Success
I just landed in London, UK to get ready to teach a whole new continent of trainers in the Post Rehab Essentials stuff I do once in a while, but in spite of that I have an awesome guest post for you today from James Cerbie. I think you’ll enjoy it a lot. I hate…… Read More
Posted on 6 March 2014 | 1:26 pm
Such sad news
Duncan Donut, the Glorious Dogcat, the big old Puddin’head, the best cat ever…Duncan died on Thursday afternoon. I know some of you were very fond of Duncan, and I’m so sorry.
He was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease a couple of [...]
Posted on 23 February 2014 | 3:34 pm