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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Emails Show Monsanto Orchestrated GOP Effort to Intimidate Cancer Researchers

quote [ In one email sent by Todd Rands, a former Monsanto attorney working with FTI, sent a draft of a letter ostensibly written by Rep. Rob Aderholt, R-Ala., a senior lawmaker on the House Appropriations Committee, addressed to Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes for Health. NIH is the government agency responsible for most federal public health research and is the largest funder to the IARC. The letter, in fact, had been written by FTI consultants, along with Rands’s edits, according to his deposition testimony. ]

Bolivia Orders World's Largest Air Tanker to Combat Amazon Fires

Bernie's Green New Deal announced a few days ago.

Pia Klemp, the German ship captain who rescued migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, refused a medal from the Mayor of Paris and called them out in extended.

[SFW] [politics]
[by steele@5:09pmGMT] [6 comments]

Say No to the “Cashless Future” — and to Cashless Stores

quote [ The issue goes beyond restaurants and retail stores; other services that are built around electronic payments should also offer cash options (or cash-like anonymous stored value cards). ]

While I can relate to this, it has often been brought up that using cash efficiently needs a stable financial infrastructure. I'm sure though, that corruption won't be quenched by simply abolishing paper money.
[SFW] [business]
[by Paracetamol@7:34amGMT] [3 comments]

Harris’s List: The 18th Century Guide Book to London’s Prostitutes

quote [ For nearly four decades, from 1757 to 1795, an anonymous publisher in Covent Garden printed and published a small pocketbook-sized annual directory of prostitutes working in Georgian London. The crudely printed little booklet, which originally cost two shillings and sixpence each, carried a description of each lady, including her appearance, her personality, her sexual specialties and the price she charged. ]

Come talk freely in the garden of my lady
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [5 comments]

Friday, 23 August 2019

David Koch, billionaire and piece of shit, dies at 79

quote [ He and his brother, Charles Koch, helped to build a massive conservative network of donors to support libertarian-leaning economic policies. ]

Ding dong, motherfuckers.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+10 Good]
[by steele@1:03pmGMT] [16 comments]

Tokyo subway’s humble duct-tape typographer

quote [ With a few rolls of of duct tape and a craft knife, security guard Shuetsu Sato elevates the humble worksite sign to an art form. ]

Ooh, that's some fancy tape art.
[SFW] [art] [+10 Good]
[by Paracetamol@5:42amGMT] [3 comments]

50-Year-Old Time Capsule Improved by Being Completely and Inexplicably Empty

quote [ A time capsule sealed in 1969 that was set to reveal its secrets this year has mysteriously—albeit hilariously—wound up containing absolutely nothing, a puzzle that has stumped the township of Derry, New Hampshire. ]

A time capsule the future will not find.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [4 comments]

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Why you won’t see much news about the devastating Amazon rainforest fires on Google News

quote [ The Amazon rainforest is burning—but Google News just wants to tell you about’s tablet. ]

The planet is on fucking fire

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by slaytanik@3:41pmGMT] [8 comments]

Smartphones, Except Landlocked

quote [ Before the smartphone fit in your pocket, it sat on your desk—and sometimes, it was even called an iPhone. Let’s check out a few landline smartphones. ]

Und richte mir über mein Smartphone einen Hotspot ein
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The Not-So-Chill History of Hawai‘i’s Breeziest Shirt

quote [ The aloha shirt has many possible inventors and a long, fraught cultural history. ]

Aloha shirts be the formal dress standard
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

How the US has hidden its empire

quote [ The attack on Pearl Harbor was just that – an attack. Japan’s bombers struck, retreated and never returned. Not so in the Philippines. There, the initial air raids were followed by more raids, then by invasion and conquest. Sixteen million Filipinos – US nationals who saluted the stars and stripes and looked to FDR as their commander in chief – fell under a foreign power.

Contrary to popular memory, the event familiarly known as “Pearl Harbor” was in fact an all-out lightning strike on US and British holdings throughout the Pacific. On a single day, the Japanese attacked the US territories of Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island and Wake Island. They also attacked the British colonies of Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong, and they invaded Thailand. ]

Article has a lot of good points, probably be adding the book to my list.

Grandpa Bernie sends pizza to miners blocking coal train - they're still there!
[SFW] [history] [+3 Good]
[by steele@5:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

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