I romanced my girlfriend both ways. It made her cry into the pillow
Monday, 19 August 2019

Heatwave: think it's hot in Europe? The human body is already close to thermal limits elsewhere

quote [ Once this wetbulb temperature threshold is crossed, the air is so full of water vapour that sweat no longer evaporates. Without the means to dissipate heat, our core temperature rises, irrespective of how much water we drink, how much shade we seek, or how much rest we take. ]

Some scary humidity! In hindsight, it seems logical that physics dictate a wet heat more dangerous than a dry one.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Sad]
[by Paracetamol@7:51pmGMT] [1 comment]

How the West Got China's Social Credit System Wrong

quote [ It occupies a spot next to 'Black Mirror' and Big Brother in popular imagination, but China’s social credit project is far more complicated than a single, all-powerful numerical score. ]

A month or so back, while trying to find out wtf is actually going on with Venezuela, I started doing Spanish lessons on Duolingo because US Media's coverage of South America is so shit. Clearly, I'm going to need to expand my studies.
[SFW] [Big Brother]
[by steele@6:13pmGMT] [3 comments]

The Radioactive Energy Drink That Kills

quote [ Ebenezer Byers was a well known American socialite, son of industrialist Alexander Byers. In his youth Eben showed promising talent at sports, finishing runner-up at the US Amateur Golf Tournament in 1902 and 1903, before becoming champion in 1906. Eben eventually became the chairman at his father’s steel and wrought iron company, while continuing to pursue sports into his late forties. ]

And a man walks up to me and hands me the latest energy drink

[SFW] [food & drink]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [1 comment]

The three words that can save your life

quote [ Police want everyone to download a smartphone app they say has already saved several lives. ]

Pretty clever, wouldn't be surprised to see this become ubiquitous.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by hellboy@2:43amGMT] [9 comments]

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Vomiting Vultures Completely Take Over Couple’s Luxury Vacation Home

quote [ Dozens of the large black birds are reportedly defecating and vomiting all over a New York couple’s pricy Florida house. ]

Pay your respects to the vultures
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:58amGMT] [6 comments]

Saturday, 17 August 2019

The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent

quote [ In sum: a $10 million per year anchor for a Comcast subsidiary brings on employees of Bezos and Rupert Murdoch to ask if the press has a problem covering billionaires – and concludes it does not. They confirm the point using a tweet as the modern equivalent of a “man on the street” quote, itself an easily-manipulated device (you can keep asking “men on the street” questions until you get the answer you want), but at least it requires human interaction. That’s circling wagons, not testing hypotheses. ]

Here’s the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders | FAIR

Citations Needed News Brief: Meltdown Over Sanders' Suggestion Billionaire Media Owners May Influence Media They Own

This stuff always reminds me of the Daily Show clip where they covered Nerd Prom as the Hunger Game's District 1 when the Baltimore riots were going on.
Supperbad & Guardians of the Gala - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Video Clip) | Comedy Central
[SFW] [politics]
[by steele@9:11pmGMT] [1 comment]

Move over regular shorts, exoshorts are the hip, new way to reduce the metabolic rate of walking and running

quote [ A pair of fitted shorts may not look much like the high-tech robotic exoskeletons of Hollywood films. But this seemingly simple device, which tugs on the wearer’s legs with each step, probably represents the first exosuit capable of significantly assisting humans in both walking and running. ]

They went from exoleg-warmers in 2017 to exoshorts. Expect exospeedos next.

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+1 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@5:47pmGMT] [12 comments]

A French Chateau Hoarding the World's Largest Private Collection of Fighter Jets

quote [ At no other chateau in all of France will you find a Soviet helicopter parked on the back lawn. Or a 1970s hovercraft. Or a record-breaking collection of World War II fighter jets for that matter. Not to mention a warehouse full of vintage firetrucks, 200 antiques motorbikes, 36 racing cars – and the list goes on – all sitting comfortably in retirement amongst the vineyards of Burgundy. ]

Got a fighter jet, I don't get to fly it, though
[SFW] [travel] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:16amGMT] [0 comments]

A Walk In Hong Kong (Idle Words)

quote [ That is the Hong Kong I saw last weekend. I don’t know - I suspect no one knows - what will happen tomorrow. The only sure thing is that people will march. There are many Hong Kongers and other smart people writing online who can explain the political context of the protests, the likelihood of intervention, and what this means in a deeper way. I am just a visitor who perhaps thinks too much about fish cakes when being tear gassed. ]

Very close account of the Hongkong protests, obviously a little subjective.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@5:13amGMT] [6 comments]

Friday, 16 August 2019

Peter Fonda, 'Easy Rider' Architect and Counter-Cultural Icon, Dies at 79

quote [ Fonda, the son of acting legend Henry Fonda, the younger brother of Jane Fonda and the father of Bridget Fonda, died Friday morning. ]

Og et outfit som Peter Fonda
[SFW] [obituaries] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:36pmGMT] [1 comment]

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