At all costs?

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It seems health care these days is costing individuals in the Western world more and more whether we pay for it through taxes that fund universal medicare or privately. And so often, much time and resources are devoted to what are ultimately losing battles against terminal illness.

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California wines cited in lawsuit

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Phew . . . My favourite Cupcake wine is not on the list of those from California cited in a lawsuit as having high arsenic levels. Though, one version of Cupcake is on the list: the Malbec.

Here is a link to a Washington Post article listing the wines in question:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/list-of-wines-cited-in-lawsuit-as-having-high-arsenic-levels/2015/03/20/8a3f4ace-cf62-11e4-8730-4f473416e759_story.html

Parti Québécois: An English wing?

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(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

It was an idea floated by veteran politician Jean-François Lisée when he was considering a run last year for the Parti Québécois leadership: if elected leader, he would start an English wing of the sovereignist party to welcome anglophones and people from other minorities in Quebec to join in the march to independence.

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Nudism/Naturism: Bathroom issues?

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As transgender people in Canada and some American states — including Kentucky, Florida, Minnesota, Texas — fight what they feel are transphobic “bathroom” legislation proposals that would force trans women to use some men’s sex-segregated facilities and trans men to use some women’s facilities, the nudism/naturism community may be wondering what the fuss is all about.

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Gimme shelter

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Praying Child Notecard, derivate work by S. Hnizdovsky from an original print by Jacques Hnizdovsky. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Praying Child Notecard, derivate work by S. Hnizdovsky from an original print by Jacques Hnizdovsky. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

“Now I lay me down to sleep/ I pray the Lord my soul to keep/ if I die before I wake/ I pray the Lord my soul to take . . . Amen”

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