Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Drew Brown discusses how the Libs’ claim to represent – or even understand – the interests of Canada’s middle class is disappearing. And Steven Chase and Robert Fife expose Bill Morneau’s broken promise to set up a blind trust for his assets while he makes decisions which will ...

Scripturient: The dogshit dilemma

We have a problem with dogshit. Well, all municipalities do, of course, but ours is increasingly evident: it’s everywhere. And with the growing popularity of pets and our growing population, it’s becoming worse.* How do we deal with it? We pick it up, of course, as we dispose of it in our own garbage bins ...

Things Are Good: A Heavy Blanket Helps People with Anxiety and Insomnia

A good nights sleep can make a world of difference to one’s health, getting that sleep can be hard though. A simple solution can help those who need more slumber: a heavy blanket. Sleeping under a weighted blanket kind of acts like a hug for your whole body – and everybody likes a good hug. ...

Things Are Good: A Little Bit of Exercise Goes a Long Way

You don’t have to go to a gym to live a healthy lifestyle, you can work out while you vacuum. Recent research has concluded that even a mild amount of effort can improve one’s health and add years to one’s life. All you need as a minimum is 2.5 hours a week of being active. ...

Things Are Good: Parkinson’s Research Using Massive Data Collected from 23andMe

23andMe hopes to find a cure for Parkinson’s through data mining. Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects millions of people, and a cure is hard to find. The company collects gene samples from people who want to know their genetic lineage, which it then stores and uses for research. Along with submitting their ...

Things Are Good: Trans Fats Ban in Canada Starting in 2018

Trans fats are really bad for you and governments around the world are starting to ban them. Canada just announced that they too will be banning trans fats alongside the United States next year. The ban is expected to improve the health of the nation, the Heart & Stroke foundation claims that 12,000 heart attacks ...

Things Are Good: Helping Addicted Loved Ones

The opioid crisis in North America damages countless lives every year, and we may be making it worse in the way we talk about addiction. FiveThirtyEight decided to look into the best ways of helping addicts using a scientific approach, they conclude that love and compassion is the best approach. Addiction is a problem for ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Plastic Is Out of Hand

Plastic almost always ends up as waste within a year or two of its production. We’re making too much of it also, at an increasing pace. “Of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of virgin plastics ever made, half was made just in the last 13 years,” Geyer said. “Between 2004 and 2015 we made as ...

Things Are Good: Doctors Love Bike Lanes

The new Canadian organization, Doctors for Safe Cycling, clearly loves bicycles. Based on their name alone you would think that they advocate for better bicycling infrastructure for cyclists, but they argue that bike lanes are good for everyone. Indeed, regular readers of good news already know that bike lanes make cities better, healthier, places. Maybe ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Moose Jaw Reunion

I was in Moose Jaw for a family reunion on Sunday. My Dad was in hospital fighting off another infection, while his immunity is compromised by chemo. The rest of the Kleins who could make it were in Wakamow Valley Park. Some other family had taken over the pavilion we’d booked, but we easily found ...

Things Are Good: These Plants Clean Your Household Air According to NASA

A few years ago we looked at a TED talk on how to grow fresh air inside. The information was based largely on NASA’s research done in the 1980s called Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement, which looked into which plants are best for cleaning interior working spaces. They first looked at what ...

Things Are Good: An Online Forum is Saving Addicts from Bad Drugs

The opioid crisis in North America continues unabated. Local organizations are pushing for reform of policies and in Canada the call for safe injection sites is growing. The number of deaths from opiate addiction is too high and users have started to share information to curb the rising death count. The subreddit community r/opiates has ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: You Are a Dunce, Go Soak Your Head

Look at which anti-healthcare, and pro-wealthcare GOP politicians participated in preventing their inspiration from having healthcare provided by the state. The Dad Who Inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Can't Afford His Own Treatment https://t.co/MMddEcem5t — Esquire (@esquire) July 8, 2017 — The title is in reference to a Wayne and Shuster comedy sketch.

Things Are Good: Yoga Might be Better Than Medication for Back Pain

Yoga can be an effective treatment for back pain according to new research. Before you sign up to any random yoga class for your back be sure to check what poses are actually good for you. The research team involved yoga instructors who specifically identified yoga poses and routines that are gentle on the back ...

Things Are Good: Americans Eating Beans Instead of Beef Will Help Save the World

If Americans started eating beans in place of beef the country would be able to meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals by 2020. The report, title, “Substituting beans for beef as a contribution towards U.S. climate change targets,” builds off of previous work. The new report that makes this conclusion is similar to the ...

Things Are Good: Prototype Parkinson’s Bracelet Stabilizes Hands

Parkinson’s negatively impacts millions of people around the world by making their muscles harder to control. Basically, in people with Parkinson’s the brain fires extra signals which can cause involuntary muscle movements like shaking. Think of it as your brain stuck in a feedback loop of excitement which it can’t escape – no matter how ...

Things Are Good: Exercising a lot Increases Lifespan

Everybody already knows that exercising is good for your health, this isn’t new. What is new is associating the amount of exercise to telomere length. Telomeres are plentiful in young humans and over one’s lifespan the telomeres start to disappear, which has led researchers to think that more is better for staying biologically young. This ...

Things Are Good: Lower Your Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease by Cycling to Work

We all know that encouraging bicycles as daily transportation is good for cities, economies, and traffic flow. Cycling is really good for you too and the evidence that you should bike more is more prevalent than ever. The most recent contribution to why riding a bike to work is good for you comes from Glasgow. ...

Things Are Good: Cancer Survival Rates Higher Thanks to Years of Progress

Science is awesome! Over the last few decades survival rates of leukemia have increased thanks to research into how cancer functions and how to stop it. Cancer is incredibly hard to control and taking a moment to reflect on the success we’ve had is worth it. Thanks to ongoing research we’ve now got survival rates ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Racist Killing In Progress, in Canada

A man with a group of people went looking to injure First Nations people, from their truck. "Barbara Kentner was the victim of a drive by assault on Jan 28th by a caucasian man who shouted “I got one” after throwing a trailer hitch" — Terrill Tailfeathers (@Terrilltf) March 29, 2017 Doctors tell #ThunderBay woman ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Carol Linnitt notes that British Columbia’s provincial pipeline spill map has been conspicuously disappeared by the Clark Libs in the lead up to an election where environmental protection is a major issue. And Kathy Tomlinson is the latest to highlight both the glaring lack of reasonable fund-raising ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Carol Linnitt notes that British Columbia’s provincial pipeline spill map has been conspicuously disappeared by the Clark Libs in the lead up to an election where environmental protection is a major issue. And Kathy Tomlinson is the latest to highlight both the glaring lack of reasonable fund-raising ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: 2017 Tobacco Company Ad-buy For YouTube

I would take the plain packaging ad circulating more seriously, if it wasn't funded by Japan Tobacco International. #canpoli — Lucas Kuffner (@lucaskuffner) February 27, 2017 My YouTube viewing on TV was interrupted by an ad. I uncharacteristically watched it because it seemed political. It was an astroturf ad by what looked like JTI-Macdonald Corp. in ...

Things Are Good: The Salt for the People

via GIPHY For the region of Uttar Pradesh anemia is a big problem and the solution is to be salted. At the University of Toronto they have developed a new kind of salt that has been proven to reduce amen rates and improve the health of the population. Called double-fortified salt the new kind of ...

Things Are Good: A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way

At the start of the year people tend to make resolutions that they don’t hold – like regularly going to the gym. The good news is that you can break your resolutions and be OK, as long as you do something. Instead of trying to go to the gym and workout just go for a ...