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Saturday, January 25, 2020

The motor rickshaw was invented by an American missionary in Japan, a million years ago, who needed to take his sick wife to the hospital every so often. Pakistan made them electric. 170-km on a 5 hour charge. Read more


HOLY MOTHER OF GOD - the new coronavirus is a 3.8!!! How bad is that reproductive R0 value? It is thermonuclear pandemic level bad - never seen an actual virality coefficient outside of Twitter in my entire career. I'm not exaggerating Read more


Friday, January 24, 2020

The World Crime Index 2020 is out and the Islamabad has improved significantly in terms of safety and crime prevention. The index issued by an international organization, "Numbeo," has ranked the capital city 301 out of 374, which means that its vulnerability level has decreased by 69 placed from the previous years ranking of 232. Note that a higher number rank on the index means lower crime. Read more


Compromises include letting young people see their devices from afar or hold them in a locked pouch. Before class each day, a high-school teacher in Indianapolis grabs a clear plastic bag and fastens it to her waist with a ribbon. The homemade pouch is a repository for phones that are either confiscated or handed over voluntarily by students who don't want to be tempted to tap or swipe during class. She calls it the "phoney pack," and the magic of the makeshift vault isn't that it keeps devices out of reach. It's that it lowers students' anxiety by keeping their phones in view.


"He was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine. He asked, 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' He used the F word in that sentence, and many others," she said. "He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map I said, 'Yes,' he called out for his aides to bring him a map of the world with no writing, no countries marked. I pointed to Ukraine he put the map away, he said, people will hear about this, and then he turned and said he had things to do, and I thanked him again for his time and left."


Is resistance still futile? The infamous "Star Trek" alien species, which assimilates all beings it comes across into its collective consciousness, will return in the new series "Star Trek: Picard" with two of its most famous members: Seven of Nine and Hugh (aka Third of Five). Read more


We Found 132 More Posts by Him on a Neo-Nazi Site. The captain of a privately-run ICE detention center in Nevada has been fired after VICE News exposed his ties to white nationalism earlier this month. Private prison company CoreCivic, which runs the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump, said Friday that Travis Frey, 31, is no longer employed by them.


Friday morning, CBS News reported that the Trump administration is warning Republican senators, "Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike." Maybe that accounts for their increasing desperation and hypocrisy. On Thursday night, CNN reported on a new set of GOP talking points: Because Trump will likely block subpoenas of witnesses or evidence in the Senate trial, they would have to go to court, which could take a long time. But that's exactly the argument for which they've trashed House Democrats. In fact, in his masterful opening on Tuesday, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff hit back at Trump's attorneys after they mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for saying "we cannot be at the mercy of the courts" in the impeachment process after the Trump administration ignored multiple subpoenas as well as court rulings against it. Unfortunately, journalists occasionally parrot that line, too.


President Donald Trump apparently told his associates at a 2018 dinner to "get rid" of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to an ABC News review of a recording of that dinner.

"Get rid of her!" a voice that appears to be Trump can be heard saying on the recording, ABC reported on Friday. "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it."


While the concept of storing water in a copper water bottle or other copper vessel arose centuries ago and has its origins in Ayurvedic principles, the practice is gaining increasing attention from the scientific community.

In fact, several recent studies have substantiated that drinking water stored in a copper vessel is a safe and beneficial health practice. In this blog post, we'll summarize the results of three recent scientific studies concerning the use of copper water vessels as well as a report from the World Health Organization. Read more


I don't blame President Trump for his angst and bitterness over his impeachment by the House of Representatives. In his mind, he has done "nothing wrong" and not acted outside the constitutional powers vested in him and so his impeachment should not have come to pass. He believes that the president can legally extract personal concessions from the recipients of foreign aid, and he also believes that he can legally order his subordinates to ignore congressional subpoenas. Hence, his public denunciations of his Senate trial as a charade, a joke and a hoax. His trial is not a charade or a joke or a hoax. It is deadly serious business based on well-established constitutional norms. What is required for removal of the president? A demonstration of presidential commission of high crimes and misdemeanors, of which in Trump's case the evidence is ample and uncontradicted.


Scientists warned in 2017 that a SARS-like virus could escape a lab set up that year in Wuhan, China, to study some of the most dangerous pathogens in the world. Read more


A Massachusetts woman was busted for allegedly turning a store parking lot into her own personal potty " pooping there a staggering eight times in roughly a month. Dubbed the "Parking Lot Pooper," Andrea Grocer, 51, of Ashland was allegedly caught dropping trou near the Natick Outdoor Store on Wednesday morning, according to metrowestdailynews.com. Police said they had been investigating since the fecal matter began showing up last month. "At first, [workers] thought it was an animal but then they noticed toilet paper and other wipes " items animals would not have access to," said police spokeswoman Lt. Cara Rossi, who said the first feces was found in early December. After staking out the site, a cop allegedly spotted Grocer letting her bowels loose out of the door of her 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV just before 7 a.m.


Ortiz faced criticism for identifying as a black man on lieutenant and captain exams for quicker promotions, and he came to the commission last Friday to defend his actions.

"I'm a black male," he told commissioners to sneers from the crowd. "Yes I am."

Ortiz appears white, but he argued race isn't about appearances. "That's how I feel." Chairman Keon Hardemon pressed for answers.


It's also not particularly sad. It's dangerous. He is just one very privileged man, and as a result of said privilege, has been given a platform. And he has used that platform to legitimise a bigger backlash against diversity and progress which is unfolding every single day in less public corners of the internet. Not wanting to date "woke" women, far from being laughable, is actually one of the more insidious aspects of it. Spend an afternoon on any major dating app and you'll come across (generally white) men saying openly sexist and misogynistic things. They might say "no psychos" or that they "fucking hate big eyebrows" in their bios. And, by and large, they also tend to hold extremely right-wing views and see themselves as victims of liberal thinking. Read more


First, the Detroiter sued his employer alleging racial discrimination in a lawsuit that settled confidentially. Then he went to the bank this week to cash his settlement checks, but the Livonia bank refused to cash or deposit his checks. Instead, they called the cops and initiated a fraud investigation " actions that dumbfounded Thomas and his lawyer, triggering another lawsuit. On Wednesday, Thomas sued TCF Bank for alleged race discrimination, saying the Livonia branch mistreated and humiliated him by calling four police officers when all he was trying to do was deposit legitimate checks. According to police, the bank's computer system read the checks as fraudulent.


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