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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster Is Still Unfolding

quote [ On December 3, 1984, 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the factory and scorched the throats, eyes, and lives of thousands of people outside these walls. It was—still is—the world’s deadliest industrial disaster.

In the decades since, many other sites of industrial waste—in New Jersey, Missouri, Ohio—have been cleaned up. But this 70-acre site in Bhopal has, apart from the riotous jungle basil, remained mostly unchanged. ... (though) people continue to think of Bhopal’s tragedy as one horrific night in 1984, the site still hosts hundreds of tons of contaminated waste. The Bhopal disaster is, in fact, still unfolding. ]

Despite the fact that I have taught about the history of this disaster, i did not know how bad things continue to be for the people of Bohpal today.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Informative]
[by Space_1889@11:40pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

"This Place Is Crazy" - Prisons and Mental Health

quote [ Our mental-health-care system is broken. Ten of every eleven psychiatric patients housed by the government are incarcerated. Here’s what this crisis looks like from the inside—a series of lost lives and a few rare victories—as reported by a prisoner-journalist. ]

I was familiar with the relationship between mental illness and prison, but this article gave me a fresh perspective since it was written by a convicted murderer still in prison. Well worth reading, I think.
[SFW] [health] [+3 Underrated]
[by Space_1889@11:45pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

quote [ The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the first one, and then leave the room. Whether she’s patient enough to double her payout is supposedly indicative of a willpower that will pay dividends down the line, at school and eventually at work. Passing the test is, to many, a promising signal of future success.

But a new study, published last week, has cast the whole concept into doubt. ]

Economics wins out over character again. Darn.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+6]
[by Space_1889@11:50pmGMT] [13 comments]

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Curse of an Open Floor Plan

quote [ For some American families, one kitchen is apparently not enough. What is wrong with having just one kitchen? Well, people cook in kitchens, and when they cook in kitchens, they make messes...

That is why one company, Schumacher Homes of Akron, Ohio, has a fresh new design on offer: a house with an open floor plan, with its kitchen, dining area, and living room all flowing into one another. But then, behind the first kitchen, lies another. A “messy” kitchen. There, the preparation for or remainders from a meal or party can be deposited for later cleanup, out-of-sight, out-of-mind. ]

I've always liked Mid-Century Modern houses, but this article made me reconsider my preferences.
[SFW] [people] [+5 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@6:39amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

World’s First Total Penis and Scrotum Transplant Allows Patient to ‘Feel Whole Again’

quote [ A surgical team from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore performed a total penis and scrotum transplant, the first operation of its kind anywhere in the world. ]

One can only hope that this will lead to a sensible erection.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@5:39amGMT] [16 comments]

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Christmas Bullet Was The Worst Plane Ever Made

quote [ It was the worst military aircraft of all time. Developed by a man described as “the greatest charlatan ever to see his name associated with an airplane,” the Christmas Bullet was the rare kind of fighter which had a perfect kill ratio: it killed everyone who ever tried to fly it.

The Christmas Bullet is a product of a bygone age when a lone madman could get rich convincing a New York senator, an established aerospace firm, and the U.S. military all at once that he could develop the greatest aircraft the world had ever seen. ]

Fascinating to see just how far back the military-industrial complex goes.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 WTF]
[by Space_1889@9:41pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The Mobster Who Bought His Son a Hockey Team

quote [ “It happened at dinner. My father said, out of nowhere, ‘If I ever buy a hockey team, you’re going to run it.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ Then, two days later, he said, ‘Okay, I bought the team.’ ” True to his word, Galante made his son the team’s general manager. ]

Mobster buys hockey team for his teenage son, stocks the roster with goons who beat up the other teams on the ice, team goes to the playoffs - the movie script writes itself...
[SFW] [sports] [+5 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@4:48pmGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 30 March 2018

Speed Queen: The Life (and Death) of Internet Commenters’ Favorite Washing Machine

quote [ In my six years of reviewing washing machines, I’ve never once seriously considered recommending a Speed Queen top-loader. This shouldn’t be controversial: Every publication that tests appliances has years of controlled test results proving the superiority of front-loading washers. So why are most washer reviews’ comments sections filled with Speed Queen fans claiming otherwise? ]

The notion that anyone would care enough about washing machines to be part of a internet commenting community is fascinating to me. I guess it is the cyber group formation equivalent of Rule 34.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@4:53amGMT] [10 comments]

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]

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