Rescuing drowning children: How to know when someone is in trouble in the water

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Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you all right?” If they can answer at all—they probably are. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents—children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

Via Rescuing drowning children: How to know when someone is in trouble in the water. – Slate Magazine.

 

Please let this not be an April Fools joke…

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Seven federal departments and agencies, from Environment Canada to the National Research Council of Canada, have been told Suzanne Legault’s office plans to act on complaints about  “the systematic efforts by the Government of Canada to obstruct the right of the media – and through them, the Canadian public – to timely access to government scientists.”

Via Information commissioner to investigate ‘muzzling’ of federal scientists.

Democracy is increasingly becoming a hyperbole in Canada…

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The committee report represents a case of policy laundering with recommendations to ratify treaties that were not even discussed at committee. Yet should Canada reach agreement on CETA or the TPP, the committee report will presumably be used by the government to short-circuit further review on those treaties or to simply claim support for ratification on the basis on a committee recommendation that was secretly fabricated behind closed doors without any witness raising the issue during the public hearings.

Via Michael Geist – Industry Committee Report on Intellectual Property: A Case of Policy Laundering for CETA and TPP.

On life

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Death, it turns out, does not respect our plans for personal improvement. It does not rank us as human beings or decide who’s deserving of its favors and who isn’t.

Often it repulses those who flirt with it daily and who long—half or whole-heartedly—for its embrace. Often it rapes those who ignore it or spend years engaging its enemy, life. We must get away from the idea that there is justice. We must get away from the idea that the universe is benevolent—either to the good or to the “healthy.” The only person to whom the universe is benevolent is the person who squeezes all life into a chestnut in his palm and squeezes its juice—the one who grabs quality regardless of quantity.

Via Sudden death of a father, just when he was at the brink of new life.

This is why I live the way I do.

Keane logic

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Keane, my 10 year-old son, wrote this, for which I have zero context at the moment:

A dragon is cute. It farts fire and cats and rainbows.
A cat is dangerous. It breathes burning ninjas and purple velociraptors.
Dinos are funny because they fart prehistoric double rainbows.
Whales are enormous, but sadly they don’t fart. :( But they puke green gorillas and blue cavemen!