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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis

quote [ “I’ll be honest with you,” said Gary Michael Hunt. “You never know when you go in there and turn on the faucet if you have water, or if you ain’t going to have no water.” Hunt, a former coal miner who lives in Martin County, Kentucky, said he has had reliability and safety issues with his drinking water for about 25 years—including water permeated by excessive amounts of disinfectant chemicals. ]

Had a hard time deciding what category this fit in - a sign of just how important access to clean water is to all of us.

The images above are of tap water samples from Martin County, Kentucky - to me they look more like something you'd see on a degenerate thread on 4chan.
[SFW] [health] [+10 WTF]
[by Space_1889@6:43amGMT] [16 comments]

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The House That Spied On Me

quote [ In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.

“Our bed?” asked my husband, aghast. “What can it tell us?”

“Our breathing rate, heart rate, how often we toss and turn, and then it will give us a sleep report each morning,” I explained.

“Sounds creepy,” he said, as he plopped down on that bed, not bothered enough to relax instead on our non-internet-connected couch. ]

I had no idea my tv knew so much about me and was sharing that information with other people...
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+4 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@10:51pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Pro Wrestler Who Fought Segregation in 1950s Memphis

quote [ Shortly after Memphis city judge Beverly Boushe handed down a $26 fine to the 235-pound man with a streak of white hair running down the middle of his grimacing head, Boushe told reporters that it was the first time he could ever recall seeing a white defendant being represented by a “negro attorney.” ]

I always thought of wrestling as a redneck sport - this article made me reconsider my views.

[SFW] [history] [+8 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@5:36amGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

How Goodyear Hid Evidence Of 'The Worst Tire Made In History' Linked To At Least 9 Deaths

quote [ “The underlying story is what tragedies are made of,” said Rick Morrison, an attorney who represented the Woods family in a lawsuit—just one lawsuit of many in a decades-long web of cases that accuse Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of aggressively covering up a deadly defect that’s responsible for at least nine deaths.

The tire that burst was a Goodyear G159. It was a tire that was designed for lower-speed delivery vehicles and, according to the suits, shouldn’t have been equipped on RVs at all; a tire that lawyers and victims say is responsible for scores of crashes over the past two decades. ]

Is it really the worst tire in history? I'm not sure, but this is a long and detailed examination of what seems to be a major cover up by Goodyear and a failure by Federal regulators.
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by Space_1889@6:21pmGMT] [7 comments]

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Congress Never Stopped Making Pork

quote [ Although there are fewer earmarks since Congress adopted the earmark moratorium, far more money has been spent on average for each earmark, with no detailed information provided. In years past, individual locations (e.g., a bike path in a certain city) would appear next to the funding amount. The current trend sees members earmarking funding for an account that is responsible for that sort of spending (in this case, the Heritage Partnership Program), with the funding distributed later, without transparency or accountability. ]

An interesting look at how members of Congress have gotten around the earmarks ban by following the letter of the law while violating the intent. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...
[SFW] [politics]
[by Space_1889@5:34pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 19 January 2018

This climate pioneer has a crazy solution for keeping the Arctic frozen

quote [ It’s one of the most striking — and worrisome — signs of global warming in the Arctic: The permafrost is beginning to thaw, and it’s releasing greenhouse gases that could actually accelerate climate change and threaten future generations.

If this continues unchecked, “You will die,” said Russian ecologist Sergey Zimov, who runs a research outpost called the Northeast Science Station, “Maybe not you, but there is no chance for your grandchildren.” ]

Both unnerving and inspirational - a very interesting short video worth watching to the end.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by Space_1889@4:05amGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

High-Rise Greens - High Tech Urban Farming

quote [ Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light. ]

It has been a long time since I read an article that made me so optimistic about the future of our food supply. Vertical farming has the potential to replace conventional farming methods that have severe adverse impacts on the environment, and free up large amounts of open space that can be returned to its original ecology.

Of particular interest is the extensive use of computer-based sensing and data analysis to optimize plant growth, and the vastly reduced need for fresh water. It is still expensive, but it seems like vertical farming is where wind and PV power were a few decades ago, and the same growth potential is there for the future.

Article text included in extended.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@12:42amGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Cost of War

quote [ The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war. The 15-minute data visualization uses cinematic storytelling techniques to provide viewers with a fresh and dramatic perspective of a pivotal moment in history.

The film follows a linear narration, but it allows viewers to pause during key moments to interact with the charts and dig deeper into the numbers. ]

This short video contains an impressive visualization of deaths due to conflict, first and in the most detail for WWII, and then for conflicts throughout history. Well worth the time to watch the whole thing. No image as I'm not clever enough to do a video image capture on my Chromebook.
[SFW] [history] [+5 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@1:49amGMT] [3 comments]

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