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Monday, 12 September 2022

The reality of legal weed in California: Huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and deaths

quote [ Illegal cannabis farms are engulfing parts of California and exploiting farmworkers who labor in squalid, deadly conditions, a Times investigation finds. ]

Legalization expanded illegal activities and human trafficking (exploited laborers brought in from overseas with no pay and their visas withheld). It's the same way with the increase in demand for guacamole all year round put avocado farmers in Central and South America in danger from Cartel and local gangs, stealing/selling the crops for themselves.

Used archive to bypass paywall of LA Time article.

[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+1 Informative]
[by damnit@9:13pmGMT] [9 comments]

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

The Strange Mystery Of Who Made Kale Famous ... And Why

quote [ Though after weeks of investigation later, the mystery of the American Kale Association still plagued me. Oberon and I had another call, and I asked, "Are you behind the American Kale Association?"

"Yes," she said simply. ]

Article is from 2015, but a recent tiktok had me scouring the internet for this topic.

[SFW] [health] [+4 Interesting]
[by damnit@2:58pmGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 11 February 2022

Nuclear scientists just got one step closer to saving us from climate catastrophe

quote [ ... scientists generated 59 megajoules of sustained fusion energy. How much energy is that, exactly? Well, it’s equivalent to about 16.4 kilowatt hours — which is kind of like answering a question with another question. “Okay, so how much energy is 16.4 kilowatt hours, then?” It’s about how much energy you’d need to power one home for half a day.

That’s not exactly going to blow anyone away, but it’s an important benchmark. It’s the most energy ever produced through sustained fusion, and it was generated in just five seconds. ]

It's the next big step after tripping over nuclear energy with atom bombs.

Full article in extended.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by damnit@1:28amGMT] [6 comments]

Saturday, 22 January 2022

CEOs are hugely expensive – why not automate them?

quote [ If a single role is as expensive as thousands of workers, it is surely the prime candidate for robot-induced redundancy. ]

You’ve activated my trap card. Full article in extended.

[SFW] [business] [+8 Insightful]
[by damnit@1:03amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Can Data Die? Tracking the Lenna Image

quote [ Why one of the Internet’s oldest images lives on without its subject’s consent.

In 2021, sharing content is easier than ever. Our lingua franca is visual: memes, infographics, TikToks. Our references cross borders and platforms, shared and remixed a hundred different ways in minutes. Digital culture is collective by default and has us 😂, 😭, and 😍 together all around the world.

But as the internet reaches its “dirty 30s,” what happens when pieces of digital culture that have been saved, screenshotted, and reposted for years need to retire? Let’s dig into the story of one of these artifacts: The Lenna image. ]

It really makes you think about how much control we have with our data once it's published online.
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by damnit@6:11pmGMT] [11 comments]

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

The Fans Who Refuse to Let PlayStation Home Die - IGN Inside Stories

quote [ Hardcore PlayStation Home fans are using unique methods to resurrect the divisive social space six years after its death. This is the Inside Story of the fan... ]

“Fans... finds a way.”

In addition to Sony shutting down the store for platforms from 2 generations ago.

[SFW] [games]
[by damnit@2:08pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Comcast to impose home internet data cap of 1.2TB in more than a dozen US states next year

quote [ In January and February [2021], Comcast will give its Xfinity customers not on an unlimited plan a “credit” for any data usage charges over 1.2TB during those months to ease them into the new limits. Then, starting in March, non-unlimited customers who exceed 1.2TB in a month will be charged $10 per 50GB of data, for a maximum of $100. ]

So we had that article proposing they charge a tax, equal to $10 per day for telecommuters.
It’s not about who would dare implement these COVID fees. It’s “Who will be next?”

When people were still vocal about saving Net Neutrality, Comcast said they would never cap your data or throttle your speed. FCC voted out those rules in 2017.
[SFW] [business] [+3 Sad]
[by damnit@8:28pmGMT] [11 comments]

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Trump boasts of pushing low-income housing out of suburbs

quote [ President Donald Trump is pining for support in the suburbs, and pushing out low-income housing is playing a part in his bid to get it.

In a set of tweets and in remarks in Texas on Wednesday, Trump bragged about his administration’s rescinding an Obama-era fair housing rule that was meant to combat housing discrimination. He characterized low-income housing as a detriment to the suburbs and claimed that Democrats were out to uproot and destroy suburbia — a cultural sphere that he equated to the American dream. ]

Incredibly racist and classist.

[SFW] [politics] [+2 WTF]
[by damnit@12:12amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Grant Imahara, Host of 'MythBusters' and 'White Rabbit Project,' Dies at 49

quote [ Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer and roboticist who hosted the popular science show MythBusters and Netflix's White Rabbit Project, has died. He was 49.

Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family," a representative for Discovery said in a statement on Monday. ]

Brain aneurysms are scary :(
[SFW] [obituaries] [+6 Sad]
[by damnit@5:58amGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Kobe, daughter die in helicopter crash

quote [ Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have died in a helicopter crash in California, sources confirmed to ESPN. ]

Distraught for the family. Hug your love ones :(

[SFW] [obituaries] [+1 Informative]
[by damnit@10:07pmGMT] [3 comments]

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