Darwin and McCallum, LFL and pipelines?

Darwin famously mused that life began in some warm pond. Scientists have found evidence over the last two hundred years that these first biotics were formed about 3.7 billion years ago. The genius who created the National Research Council, Dr. Archibald McCallum, framed the ultimate origin of life question in the 1920s, noting that life continues to mimic the conditions under which it was first able to exist and most importantly, that cells have a concentration of potassium over sodium. Oceans under any models we can construct have always had a higher concentration of sodium over potassium. And so it would seem that life must have started in ponds with a high concentration of potassium. Biochemists have also pointed to the need for energy that is also mimiced in the cell. Some theories point to lightning, others to thermovolcanic vents as the most likely source of energy affecting the ponds as the chemicals were jumpstarted. Studies today have restarted the debate and come to the same conclusions as McCallum who in some way was showing that Darwin had the right idea.
The Lingerie Football League Canada franchise is playing with fire. They are planning to put two teams into Saskatchewan this year. I predict someone is going to die from mosquito distraction or chemical poisoning. The Edmonton Eskimos have had to cancel practices due to overwhelming mosquito attacks. How much worse will it be in Saskatchewan? as environmental forces become more militant about bug control? where the players are wearing modified bikinis? Saskatoon and Regina are listed as possible sites for this season’s schedule whch already includes Vancouver’s BC Angels and the Toronto Triumph. It may lead to someone cornering the market on DEET. But perhaps it will catch on. In 2011, eleven American cities fielded 7 0n 7 LFL teams in a 12 game season and they called it fantasy football.
Pipelines form an important part of many water-cooler conversations in Canada. There are three major initiatives at some stage of development. The Trans Mountain pipeline is currently providing oil to Vancouver ports but at a low capacity. In fact, 2012 saw the first sale of bitumen to China through the Trans Mountain pipeline. Plan are in the works to expand the capacity of the line. A larger pipeline is in the works for the Kitimat harbour, the Northern Gateway pipeline project. Much of the planning has taken place and public consultation is underway in the approval process. The Keystone pipeline approval process has been delayed until after the 2012 presidential debate. All three pipelines are expected to feed American refineries across California and Texas. As alternative energy projects continue, these pipelines are seen as essential to the transition of North American consumers to more fuel efficiency and smaller ecological footprints. The pipelines will also assist the growing BRICK economies.