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'Funk fungus' is a funny phrase and scientists now know why
Researchers at the National University of Singapore studied reactions to more than 55,000 word pairs to determine why some pairs of words ("randy bowels," "polka hooker") are funny but others ("conserve health," "life friend") remain humourless.
The 'cannamoms' parenting with cannabis
An increasing number of mothers are using cannabis to help them parent. As they come out of the 'green closet', they're hoping to shift the stigma and widen the understanding of low-dose cannabis as a potential parenting resource.
More Than 500 Tons Destroyed: Canadian LPs In ‘Blissfully Ignorant Denial’ About Oversupply
The news that Canadian licensed cannabis producers destroyed more product than they sold on the recreational market was a shock to some, but not industry analysts and growers who began warning of this outcome as early as five years ago. I spoke to two cannabis insiders whose worst predictions have come to pass about how the industry might respond to the news of 500 tons of destroyed product.
Val-d’Or allegations throw Quebec into a crisis
Twenty five years ago this month, a 17-year-old Cree man named Neil Stonechild was picked up by Saskatoon police, driven out to the edge of the city, and left there. Temperatures were below minus 25ºC, and Stonechild’s frozen body, wearing a light jacket and one shoe, was later found in a field.
His was one of five deaths between 1990 and 2000 allegedly connected with the Saskatoon Police Service practice of “starlight tours” – picking up Aboriginal people who were drunk and/or disorderly, dr...
How easy would it be to rig the next election?
On May 25, 2014, Russian state broadcaster Channel One reported the winner of the day’s presidential election in Ukraine: with a surprising 37 percent plurality, Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the extreme-right paramilitary group Right Sector, would be the new Ukrainian president. According to Channel One, previous favorite Petro Poroshenko received only 29 percent of the vote.
These numbers were particularly unexpected because only 0.7 percent of voters had voted for Yarosh.
Shannon Cason Gets Honest
Profile of Detroit writer, storyteller, and podcaster Shannon Cason, who draws on an array of literary influences ranging from Chekhov and Whitman to Raymond Carver and Walter Mosely to J. Dilla and hip-hop. His defiantly unique podcast Homemade Stories takes a measured, literary approach to telling the smallest of stories in a manner designed to immediately grab and carry the listener with it.
Should we re-brand virginity?
Is the term 'virginity' outdated – or even obsolete? Some experts argue we need a workable alternative to discuss our early sexual experiences.
Cannabis in a Distinct Society: Quebec’s Idiosyncratic Grapple With Legalization
Quebec does things differently, for better or for worse. As everyone knows who has moved to Quebec from another province only to discover they now have to file two sets of taxes, this is a province that prefers to maintain control of its affairs. As Quebec approaches cannabis legalization, that habit is once more evident.
In spite of its late-night joie-de-vivre image, Quebec has significantly less enthusiasm toward legal cannabis than anywhere else in Canada.
Health Concerns Behind Raw Water
Companies selling untreated water from spring sources are charging a surplus for what they call "raw water." Food-safety experts, however, argue that "raw water" presents a serious public health risk.
Analyze This! - SC Magazine E-Book
Security Brief: Analytics for the Mid-Range Enterprise
Broken Into Gallop Too – Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage sings softer songs solo
Profile of singer/guitarist/painter Andrew Savage, best known for his work with the Parquet Courts, as he debuts an album of solo work.
What It Sounds Like When People Connect
Pick an episode of Erica Heilman’s independent podcast Rumble Strip. Odds are, one of the first things you’ll notice is the intimacy of the conversations. Rumble Strip is usually composed of one-on-one interviews, but even in group interviews or solo monologues, Heilman leads her discussions about questions of serious human import with an existential bluntness. She reaches early for serious, searching questions, often revealing much of herself in the process.
“Everybody can teach me something...
Forget what you've seen on TV. This is what being on the inside is really like.
Are Indigenous communities in Quebec unfairly targeted for shipping fees? - APTN National News
A battle over the value of a postal code heats up in Northern Quebec
Canada Finally Legalized, But A Big Question Remains: What About Edibles?
Edible cannabis products will remain illegal for another year after Canada legalizes dried cannabis and oils. The reason is an overlapping set of concerns about packaging, dosing, and food safety, all of which need to be painstakingly resolved out in regulations.