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The Proportion of Medical Procedures Unsupported by Evidence May be Nearly Half

December 31st, 2017

Via: Vox: The recent news that stents inserted in patients with heart disease to keep arteries open work no better than a placebo ought to be shocking. Each year, hundreds of thousands of American patients receive stents for the relief of chest pain, and the cost of the procedure ranges from $11,000 to $41,000 in […]

Australian Banks Reportedly Freeze Accounts of Bitcoin Users

December 31st, 2017

Disclosure: I hold cryptocurrencies. — At some point, the fiat outflows will cause liquidity problems. That’s my guess as to why they fear cryptos so much. At the link below, see the comments by user CPL that start out with: Means they are just about to rob the Australians of their savings and are cutting […]

America’s Worst Graveyard Shift Is Grinding Up Workers

December 30th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Cleanup at the slaughterhouse is as dangerous as it is repulsive, and the immigrants who do the work are under pressure to complete it faster than ever.

Hinkley Point: The ‘Dreadful Deal’ Behind the World’s Most Expensive Power Plant

December 25th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Guardian: Hinkley Point, on the Somerset coast, is the biggest building site in Europe. Here, on 430 acres of muddy fields scattered with towering cranes and bright yellow diggers, the first new nuclear power station in the UK since 1995 is slowly taking shape. […]

A Fight to the Death for the Elephants

December 22nd, 2017

Via: Los Angeles Times: Kambale Mate huddled beneath a tangle of grass, looking up at bright stars in a moonless sky, a tumble of chaotic events cascading through his mind. Where were the other wildlife rangers, Jean de Dieu Matongo and Joel Meriko Ari? Were they alive? He had been a ranger for only five […]

Plastic Found in Mussels from Arctic to China

December 20th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people’s dinner plates. Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any tested along the Norwegian coast, according to a study this month […]

Cities Face Growing Crisis as RVs Become Homes of Last Resort

December 18th, 2017

Via: East Bay Times: Bay Area cities are coming to realize what Ramirez already knows — parking tickets won’t solve the problem of finding a place to live. From Oakland to San Jose, officials are struggling to cope with a growing influx of RV dwellers seeking a safe, permanent place for the only homes they […]

Animal Shelter Tried to Use Security Robot to Scare Off Homeless People

December 14th, 2017

Via: The Verge: An animal shelter in San Francisco has been criticized for using a robot security guard to scare off homeless people. The San Francisco branch of the SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) hired a K5 robot built by Knightscope to patrol the sidewalks outside its facilities. According to […]

Food Insecurity in Silicon Valley

December 12th, 2017

Via: Guardian: In a region famed for its foodie culture, where the well-heeled can dine on gold-flecked steaks, $500 tasting menus and $29 loaves of bread, hunger is alarmingly widespread, according to a new study shared exclusively with the Guardian. One in four people in Silicon Valley are at risk of hunger, researchers at the […]

America’s Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers

December 8th, 2017

Via: Guardian: Last year, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people working in agriculture – including farmers, farm laborers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters – take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation. The data suggested that the suicide rate for agricultural workers in 17 […]

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