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Friday, 19 July 2019

The Way the Census Counts Prison Populations Seriously Distorts Redistricting

quote [ Less noticed [...] was a galvanic blow delivered to democracy by the Census Bureau just last year—when the bureau declined to change long-standing policy and count incarcerated persons where they previously lived, rather than in the place of their imprisonment. Because prisons tend to be located in white, rural districts, counting prison populations by prison location artificially inflates these districts’ political power and diminishes political representation for urban and suburban areas. ]

This isn't insignificant when you consider how much of our population is incarcerated. I am also in favor of letting the incarcerated vote.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3 Informative]
[by snowfox@5:47pmGMT] [3 comments]

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Too Many Tote Bags? Stuff You Can Do With Them!

quote [ Tote bags, like Sephora samples, are irresistible and insidious in equal measure. They are quite useful! They hold such promise for an imagined future! So many of them are free! And almost all of them are impossibly filthy.

There is a reasonable limit to how many tote bags you need in your life, and it’s quite likely that if you’re reading this article, you have a tote bag problem. Does the term “bag of bags” mean anything to you? If you answered yes, please know that you are among friends, and that help is here. ]

Because NYT, full article in extended. I personally thing the best answer is just textile recycling. Using them as gift bags, unless they're high quality, is just pushing the problem onto someone else.

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Informative]
[by snowfox@5:06pmGMT] [30 comments]

Monday, 10 June 2019

Ladybugs Detected on Radar and LOTS More About Ladybugs!

quote [ About 10 years ago, [the NOAA] upgraded the system with what it calls Super Resolution, which allows vastly more detailed imagery. The imagery is so detailed, in fact, that it frequently picks up so-called non-weather targets like the ladybug swarm on Tuesday.

In addition to insects, NOAA technical documents say NEXRAD can pick up buildings, wind farms, migrating birds, road traffic and even sunrise and sunset, which will "show up on National Weather Service radar screens as a spike in the direction of the sun." ]

You probably heard about this on the news, but here's the story for anyone who hasn't. In the extended, lots of research I did about ladybugs while I was drowning in them! Everything you wanted to know or never cared to ask about ladybugs!

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+7 Interesting]
[by snowfox@8:06pmGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 9 June 2019

The Most Shocking Statistic About Poverty in America Was Probably Wrong All Along

quote [ "The debate has gone on for years in the pages of academic journals and white papers, with Edin and Shaefer countering detractors and refining their findings along the way. This week, though, a group of rival researchers released the most serious challenge to their work yet. Their paper uses newly available data to essentially double check and correct the government survey results Edin and Shaefer relied on. And, after all of their adjustments, $2-a-day poverty nearly disappears." ]

Seemed relevant to recent posts. This doesn't mean poverty isn't a problem, or that there isn't a gap between qualifying for welfare and no longer needing welfare that keeps people on welfare. It just means our understanding of our system has been incomplete.
[SFW] [people] [+2 Interesting]
[by snowfox@10:22pmGMT] [11 comments]

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Help! Should I Tell My Co-Workers I Saw Their Son on a Porn Site?

quote [ "A few months ago, I found the stream of an 18-year-old guy whose routine I liked a lot. “Cam” quickly became one of my favorites, and I always tipped generously whenever I saw his show. [...] his bio mentioned that he’s a high school senior who lives in the same metropolitan area as me and likes daddies. [...]

This is where it gets weird. Cam’s voice sounded familiar, but I couldn’t place it. He talked about wanting to show his face on camera, and one night he did. I was shocked when I realized he was the son of my co-workers.


Should I tell Cam’s mom and dad? ]

ASK SE TIME! I couldn't think of anyone more qualified to answer this question. I normally wouldn't post a Dead Prudence on here, but this was just too relevant and topical to the site not to.
[SFW] [ask SE] [+3 WTF]
[by snowfox@3:55pmGMT] [25 comments]

Friday, 3 May 2019

Hives Burned in Texas, Killing Half a Million Bees

quote [ Police want to know who burned dozens of beehives in a town just south of Houston.

One of the beekeepers said the losses are truly staggering.
"We're looking at 500,000 to 600,000 (bees) that have been destroyed out of that environment," Steve Brackmann, who sells beekeeping supplies and queen bees, told CNN affiliate KTRK. ]

This happened not too far from where I live.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Sad]
[by snowfox@10:36amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Yangtze giant softshell, world's rarest turtle, dies in China zoo leaving only 3 known alive

quote [ The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday. The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their genders are unknown. ]

Even if this one had not died and the other two in Vietnam were both female, this turtle is extinct from a practical standpoint.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4 Sad]
[by snowfox@6:06amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

We Are Not Alone

quote [ Biologists reporting in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology have documented for the first time the swimming and diving behavior in apes. ]

Remember to wear your face shield at all times! This is not a drill. Chimps will eat your face.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Original]
[by snowfox@7:12amGMT] [4 comments]

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Can Bernie Sanders Finally Start Acting Like the One Thing He’s Never Been: the Favorite?

I saw this and thought, "...It's been a while since we had a riot."

[SFW] [politics] [+3 Hot Pr0n]
[by snowfox@2:11amGMT] [9 comments]

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Chase No Face Is Just Like Any Other Kitty -- Except With No Face

quote [ She was hit by a car when just a few weeks old, but she overcame her injuries and now thrives as an Internet star. ]

Nice story. Photos kinda hard to look at. But good for this cat? I guess? o_O If you squint you can convince yourself it's a sock puppet.
[NSFW] [environment & nature] [+6 Good]
[by snowfox@9:10amGMT] [8 comments]

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