But what year is it, really?

So where do you stand on time being an artificial construct that gives us the illusion of moving forward rather than in circles?
Well, we are the only species – as far as we know – to understand the passage of time. So we have a history and a future. Although I’ve always thought elephants and dolphins might surprise us.

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Some perils of communication

Giving people room … to dance

Articles we’re discussing in this bloxt:

Miss Universe Canada finalist calling attention to gun violence
The Power of Proofreading
Oooooh, I like this – Miss Universe Canada raising awareness about a significant social issue … beauty pageant contestants showing their deeper side … people who are not customarily thought of as speaking up (like athletes) bringing issues to the attention of the public by using their media presence …

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The Allure of Utopia – Part the First

Articles we’re discussing in this bloxt:

A truly libertarian country
Utopia: Nine of the most miserable attempts to create idealised societies
Hey, just reading about Vit Jedlicka’s Liberland – if you were to create a Utopian society, what would be the founding principles?

One of mine would be that everyone has to have a personal commitment statement (a.k.a. a personal mission statement). 

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Wisdom of the Female Elk

Some thoughts on evolution …

Articles we’re discussing in this bloxt:

Female elk become gun shy as they age, U of A research shows
Sperm counts among western men have halved in last 40 years – study
I just did CBC’s   “Demographic dance floor”  to find out where my family fits in the latest census data. Someone with our sense of humour designed this. Check it out.

Besides the distractingly cute dancing “you” figure, they have links to songs you might want to play on YouTube, based on your stats. So this is me, and the song selection is Amy Winehouse, Tears Dry on their Own.


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Activewear versus Shorts

Bast here again.

Cooch is still somewhere on the road in Canada and with questionable Wifi access, so I thought I’d post one of our recent debates on the merits (or not) of activewear and shorts, with appropriate embedded videos.


I’ve just realized that very few women wear shorts anymore. It’s like a thousand degrees out and everyone’s in yoga pants.?

Or capris. It’s because our legs age too…cellulite etc…

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Cats as Canaries, and a call to action

The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats and how everyday chemicals affect our health and that of our pets.

The article behind the bloxt.

Wow. With all the testing supposedly done on chemicals before they are approved, how does something like this escape detection? Because the results of testing are not released transparently, that’s why. There have been so many warnings about fracking but they tend to be dismissed as testimonials that don’t hold any weight against the “economic benefits”. Maybe the general public would be stronger advocates against reckless development if stories like this about helpless animals were shared more widely. Sad.

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