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C'est bcp plus compliqué que la qualité et quantité des aménagements ; il y a un…
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Communication is only one function of language. It also has an ex…
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11 days ago
Language, Thought, Culture: A Reassessment - Languages Of The World
what would be the evolutionary advantage of hiding rather than transmitting information between individuals and groups? Baker’s answer is that the sheer possibility of defining human groups on the basis of such easily recognizable factor as language has an evolutionary advantage. Linguistic groups (which we often think of in terms of ethnic or tribal groups) serve to define who one mates with and who one fights with. In other words, language is an easily identifiable marker of who is or is not “our people”.
language  culture  exclusion  dccomment 
11 days ago
Factcheck: How much power will UK electric vehicles need? | Carbon Brief
In one scenario, where 100% of cars go electric but smart charging and shared autonomous vehicles help manage the impact on the grid, peak demand could be limited to around 6 gigawatts (GW) in 2050. This is equivalent to 10% of the current 60GW peak demand on a cold winter’s day...
scenarios suggest that with 23-25m EVs in 2050, peak demand could be as high as 18GW, or as low as 6GW, depending how well managed the roll out is.
driving  energy  renewables 
12 days ago
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RT : My dad sent me this poem after Liu Xiaobo's death.

"You want to bury him / bury into the dirt / but you forget /…
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12 days ago
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Thanks, so important. Emphasis on 'leisure' and 'sport' cycling not useful to anyone or…
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12 days ago
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Acceleration/deceleration of brain tissue within the skull (imagine a jelly floating in milk in a…
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12 days ago
The Importance of Utility Cycling: FAQ | Outside Online
Bike loading: You may think you've mastered this after your successful bikepacking trip, but you got to plan everything meticulously beforehand, and while you may have taken precaution to keep your weed dry odds are none of the items you had to transport safely were eggs.

Also, at any point during your mini bike vacation did you receive a text that said, "Oh, and we need diapers"? I didn't think so.
cycling  transport  funny  quaxing 
12 days ago
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Mustn't encourage squatting, must we? Reminds me of the oranges dumped in the river while people starve in Steinbec…
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13 days ago
The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains - The Atlantic
Dr. Linda Birnbaum is the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Birnbaum oversees federal funding for research to discover how the environment influences health and disease, including Tox21.

“If you want to do the full battery of current tests that we have on a chemical, you’re looking at least five years and about $5 million,” Birnbaum told me. “We’re not going to be able to do that on large numbers of chemicals.” The robot is being trained to scan thousands of chemicals at a time and recognize threats inexpensively and quickly—before people get sick. It’s also using alternative testing models—looking at not just isolated cells, but also simple organisms like the roundworm C. elegans or zebrafish—to answer certain basic questions.
health  environment  organic  food  pollution 
13 days ago
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Indeed. Falls at home are common: everyone should put on a helmet first thing in the morning, though the…
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13 days ago
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The number is tiny, yes some do, and we'll stop and speak to them if we see it, but that no…
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13 days ago
Le pneumologue Michel Aubier fait appel de sa condamnation pour faux témoignage
la présidente de la 31e chambre, Evelyne Sire-Marin avait estimé que les peines étaient « motivées par la particulière gravité de ce faux témoignage de M.Aubier, fait en toute conscience devant la représentation nationale, alors que, comme l’a souligné à l’audience le sénateur Husson, les commissions d’enquêtes parlementaires travaillent pour éclairer le législateur dans l’intérêt général, en s’appuyant sur les auditions publiques de personnalités expertes, qu’elles choisissent en toute confiance ».
conflict_of_interest  france  politics  medicine 
13 days ago
airnef - testcams.com
This is the official homepage of Airnef, my open-source utility for downloading images and movies from your WiFi-equipped Nikon camera. Airnef runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It supports all Nikon cameras that have built-in WiFi interfaces, along with those using external Nikon WU-1a and WU-1b WiFi adapters. Airnef may also work with Nikon's WT-4A and WT-5A wireless adapters for the D3/D4/D8x, although I don't have any of these adapters on hand to test. Airnef supports Canon and Sony cameras as well, although Canon supplies its own excellent EOS Utility for wireless downloads. Airnef is licensed under GPL v3.
photography  wifi  tools 
13 days ago
Brewing Darjeeling Tea | The Art of Eating Magazine
Ceramic pots retain heat well, while metal pots tend to draw essential heat, lowering the temperature of the liquid during the important minutes of infusion. An easy, inexpensive option is one of the standard teapots sold in Chinese import shops, being products of several millennia of loose-leaf brewing. Unglazed Yi Xing style pots are good for white, green, and wulong teas, though, due to their porous interiors, it is best to have a different unglazed pot for each type of tea. Personally, I prefer a pot with interior glaze for the more intense chemistry of black tea; it significantly reduces the hints of flavor from previous brews....

by the time water reaches the boiling point, any dissolved oxygen has been released. Harold McGee, expert on food and science, points out that what in fact affects flavor is not the loss of oxygen but the gradual loss of carbonic acid when water is overboiled or re-boiled. Carbon dioxide, absorbed from air and earth, reacts in water to form carbonic acid. That increased acidity in the water enlivens the taste and benefits the delicate chemical balance between bitter caffeine and the astringent pigments of the infusion. Hot water from the tap has been bubbling away its carbonic acid in the boiler, so it is of no use. Alkaline water is similarly to be avoided.

We don’t want to stray too far from the simple pleasures of drinking tea, but the temperature of the liquid during both brewing and tasting has a surprisingly powerful effect on the taste. Tea is a solution of up to 500 chemical compounds. As the temperature falls, different compounds are thrown out of solution and, depending on their density, either float on the surface or sink as residue — thus, the white film and distinct lack of flavor of a brew made with water that is not quite hot enough. The increasing density of the water as it cools also makes the texture of the liquor more substantial. The best temperature for brewing, meaning the temperature of the water when you pour it onto the leaves, for most black teas is between 195 and 205 degrees F (90 and 95 degrees C). For fresh First Flush Darjeeling, 195 degrees F allows the brew to retain more of its aroma; after a few months, this can be increased to 205. Bring the water quickly to a boil and remove it from the stove. I take my kettle’s wide lid off and wait for 30 seconds to a minute, while I warm the pot and charge it with tea. That lets the water in the kettle cool just enough to make the difference.
food  cooking 
14 days ago
Thanks, Climate Change: Heat Waves Will Keep on Grounding Planes | WIRED
“A lot of airplanes at full capacity are ill-equipped to take off on some of the world’s runways when temperatures get really high.”

The scientists looked at five common commercial airplane models—the Boeing 737-800, Airbus A320, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 777-300, and Airbus A380—and calculated how their takeoffs would be affected at 19 airports around the world, based on projected temperatures from 27 different global climate models.
aviation  climatechange  aéroport 
14 days ago
1995: The Year the Future Began, or Multimedia as the Vanishing Point of the Net | transmediale
Returning to 1995 with a more nuanced perspective than that of Campbell, that year also marks a point in time that is very much defined by what Wendy M. Grossman called the “net.wars” in her 1997 book of the same name, which chronicled different struggles between control and freedom in the early days of (inter-)networked mass communication (concentrating on the early to mid-1990s). In those years, many of the digital culture debates that are taking place today on a global scale and in the wider public sphere, through mainstream politics and media outlets, were just being established. These concerned, for example, intellectual property, privacy, data collection, and online social behavior. Such topics were initially discussed mostly within a Euro-American discourse, with a bias toward the US euphoria about the endless transgressive possibilities of our virtual lives in cyberspace, as well as the promises of global entrepreneurial freedom on what the Clinton/Gore administra­tion famously referred to as the “information superhighway.” It would be all too easy, however, to present the 1990s as the years of digital euphoria and the dot-com bust that followed as a shift from utopia to dystopia. More reflective and critical voices on the topic were certainly also there in the mid 1990s
internet  theory  history  media 
14 days ago
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Excellent! Helmet issue interesting as victim-blaming a minority group. Medics oft impatient with sociol…
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For cyclists. But you might drop in the idea that it may be worthwhile for motorists
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14 days ago
Autoroutes : comment l’État français organise sa propre spoliation, par Philippe Descamps (Le Monde diplomatique, juillet 2012)
A l’entrée dans le XXIe siècle, l’équipement de la France semble arriver à maturité. Sur les 20 542 kilomètres constituant le réseau routier national en 2011, on compte 3 170 kilomètres d’autoroutes non concédées, qui restent financées par le budget de l’Etat, et 8 771 kilomètres d’autoroutes concédées. Les nouvelles constructions deviennent marginales. La charge des emprunts ne peut aller qu’en s’amenuisant. Devenu premier ministre, M. Jean-Pierre Raffarin (Union pour un mouvement populaire, UMP) prend l’engagement de conserver à l’Etat la responsabilité des autoroutes et de certaines grandes liaisons structurantes pour l’aménagement du territoire.
driving  france 
14 days ago
Bilan carbone d'une éolienne, c'est pas top! - bruno lalouette sur LePost.fr (13:15)
Le calcul du cout carbone d'une éolienne est cependant extrèmement variable en fonction de l'éolienne, notamment à cause de la distance que parcourt l'acier et le béton (les 20km pour le béton me semblent minimalistes, et l'acier parcours au final souvent des milliers de kilomètres), et du facteur de charge, qui a une très grande variabilité.

Au final, ces calculs amènent aux valeurs courantes de cout CO2 par KWh.
Le cout CO2 d'une éolienne est pour EDF entre 3 et 22g par KWh, plus que le cout CO2 d'une centrale nucléaire bien souvent (6 à 10g/KWh), mais effectivement moins que la moyenne globale francaise.
renewables  energy  nukes 
14 days ago
Rennes. Des cédez-le-passage pour mieux protéger les piétons
La ville de Rennes met en place cinq cédez-le-passage en amont de passages piétons pour inciter les automobilistes à s’arrêter et réduire le nombre d’accidents.

De gros pointillés ont été apposés au sol dans les deux sens de circulation au niveau du numéro 25 du mail François-Mitterrand. Deux panneaux jaunes indiquent qu’il s’agit d’une nouvelle forme de cédez-le-passage.

Placés 5 mètres en amont des passages piétons, ces marquages au sol sont expérimentés par la ville de Rennes pour limiter les risques d'accidents.
road_safety  france  rennes 
14 days ago
Who Gassed Whom in Syria? We don't Know. Please Don't be Rushed into War. - Mail Online - Peter Hitchens blog
Since the mandate of the FFM is confined to establishing only the fact of the use of chemical weapons, the security risks associated with a deployment to Khan Shaykhun far outweighed any additional corroboration of the facts that have already been established. The Director-General has therefore decided that the FFM will not undertake an on-site visit to Khan Shaykhun.’

I’d note here that modern analysts are able, given good samples of poison gas, to be extraordinarily precise about where it comes from and whose it is.
syria  war  agnotology 
14 days ago
Hate-filled abuse is poisoning Britain. I fought it, and ask you to do the same | Gina Miller | Opinion | The Guardian
Some of the worst threats I received were from Rhodri Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids. He posted on Facebook, “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant”.
driving  crime  uk 
14 days ago
Twitter
RT : Non-intervention, Obama-style (more discreet than Bush-style)
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14 days ago
VINCI Airports - 2017 Q2 traffic - NASDAQ.com
Sustained growth in French airports

Activity was also brisk in the French airports operated by VINCI Airports, with traffic up by 8.5%, supported by sharp growth in the Lyon-Saint Exupéry, Nantes Atlantique and Rennes Bretagne airports.
aéroport  nantes  business 
14 days ago
Airbus veut garder sa piste d’envol à Nantes
Selon nos informations, cet été, ce groupe de travail, qui rassemble Airbus, la Région, Nantes-Métropole et la Carene, ne travaille plus que sur une seule hypothèse : le maintien de la piste.

Exit les transports par barge sur la Loire pour rejoindre l’aéroport de Gron à Saint-Nazaire, exit le transport exclusivement par route. Si Airbus ne le déclare pas encore officiellement aujourd’hui, l’avionneur ne peut que redire « Il n’existe pas d’usine Airbus sans piste d’atterrissage. Nous avons effectivement étudié des alternatives possibles mais nous revenons toujours à la piste. » Sous-entendu, on arrête de tourner autour du pot et on travaille maintenant sur le maintien.
aéroport  nantes 
16 days ago
"How comfortable is your cycle path?" Meet the measuring bike | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
"It can be hard for local politicians to understand why a bumpy cycle path isn't liked and doesn't get used," Jiménez told me, "but when we show them a graph of the bumpiness, next to a graph of the smooth road next to it, it's a light-bulb moment for them. It then becomes easier to push for high-quality infrastructure."

Fietserbond of the Netherlands also has a measuring bike, but the Belgian one is more advanced, can measure a greater variety of parameters, and has been constantly improved since Jiménez joined Fietserbond in 2014. (He has an academic background in mobility sciences, and along with Bruno Coessens, is part of a two-man "vélo-mesureur" team at the Brussels-based organisation.)

Originally conceived as a tool for Fietserbond alone the meetsfiet is now hired in by municipalities – the dense data it can provide is used to improve not just the width of cycleways but also their surfaces.

"Comfort is a more important indicator of cycle-friendliness than many people imagine," said Jiménez.
pqpc  science  belgique  cycling 
16 days ago
Pinboard: bookmarks for juliusbeezer tagged 'twitter+education'
Voici mes marque-pages publiques sous les rubriques twitter + education :
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16 days ago
How Rich Would Bill Gates Be Without His Copyright On Windows? | HuffPost
And, there is a huge amount of money at stake here. The fortunes going to Bill Gates and other beneficiaries of intellectual property protection come out of the pockets of the rest of us. The clearest case is prescription drugs where we will spend over $440 billion this year for drugs that would likely sell for less than $80 billion in a free market.

The difference of $360 billion a year is a bit less than 2.0 percent of GDP. If we carry this out over the course of a decade we’re likely talking about more than $4 trillion. By comparison, the battle on repealing Obamacare largely boils down to a fight over $600 billion in tax cuts for the rich, an amount that is less than one-sixth this size.
software  economics  copyright  medicine 
16 days ago
Carte des temps de trajets à vélo à Chambray-lès-Tours - Collectif Cycliste 37 | Collectif Cycliste 37
Après La Riche en 2015, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps en 2016, Tours Métropole Val de Loire et le Collectif Cycliste 37 se sont associés pour réaliser une carte des temps de trajets à vélo à Chambray-lès-Tours. Cette carte est désormais disponible en libre téléchargement !
cycling  touraine  maps 
16 days ago
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RT : Helmet probably saved Fernando Alonso's life at the 2017 AUS…
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RT : Le bilan carbone du cycle d'un panneau est désastreux. Car la Chine est en tête de la R&D en ometta…
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16 days ago
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough...

There are now, trapped in Arctic ice, diseases that have not circulated in the air for millions of years — in some cases, since before humans were around to encounter them. Which means our immune systems would have no idea how to fight back when those prehistoric plagues emerge from the ice.

The Arctic also stores terrifying bugs from more recent times. In Alaska, already, researchers have discovered remnants of the 1918 flu that infected as many as 500 million and killed as many as 100 million — about 5 percent of the world’s population and almost six times as many as had died in the world war for which the pandemic served as a kind of gruesome capstone.
climatechange  disease 
16 days ago
Oslo just decided to get rid of its parking spaces | World Economic Forum
Oslo had hoped to be the first major European city to ban cars, but a furious backlash forced the council to think again.
driving  urban 
18 days ago
Open Science and its Discontents | Ronin Institute
Although there is a spectrum of responses, criticism of open-science tends to fall into one of two camps, that I will call “conservative” and “radical”. This terminology is not intended to imply an association with any conventional political labels, they are simply used for convenience to indicate the relative degree of comfort with the institutional status quo. Let’s look at these two groups of critiques.

The conservative response to regular timely release of pre-publication data could be best summarized by the phrase: “are you kidding me? why would I do that?” The apotheosis of this notion was appeared in an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicinewhich described with some horror the “emergence of a new class of research parasites”. They further concluded that some of these parasites might not only use that data for their own publications, but might seek to examine whether the original study was correct....

Arguments for open-science made in response to the conservative critique tend to assume that release of more data, code, papers is a pure good in and of itself, and downplay the political economy in which they are embedded.
openscience  openaccess  archiving  opendata  politics  business  sociology 
18 days ago
Tony Blair must be prosecuted over Iraq War, High Court hears | The Independent
Tony Blair must be prosecuted over the “unnecessary” and “unlawful” Iraq War, a court has heard.

General Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat alleges Mr Blair, then UK prime minister, committed “the crime of aggression” by invading Iraq in 2003.

The general wants to bring a private prosecution against Mr Blair and two other key ministers at the time – foreign secretary Jack Straw and the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith.
iraq  war  WarCrimes 
18 days ago
What does ‘Clean Coal’ CCS Failure in U.S. Mean for Meeting Our 2°C Climate Goals? | DeSmog UK
The concept of “clean coal” was dealt a significant blow as Southern Company announced last week that it was suspending its coal gasification project in Mississippi.

The project was meant to be America’s flagship example for commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. It was going to be a way to keep burning coal, except without the polluting carbon dioxide emissions.

The failure of this “clean coal” experiment has impacts beyond the US though as the world continues to wait for CCS technology to take off at scale.

CCS is the process of scrubbing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and other industrial sources and storing them deep underground. The Kemper plant was attempting to use CCS in the power generation process as it converted coal into natural gas.
energy  climatechange 
18 days ago
Twitter
RT : NOT A CHANCE. Do your homework before you speak about Frank Sinatra.
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18 days ago
Unicode strikethrough text tool for Twitter, Facebook, internationalized domain names, etc.
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text  text_tools  twitter 
18 days ago
« Spleen en Berry » – carfree.fr
Pour une raison inconnue, l’homme de 46 ans qui venait de Saint-Christophe-en-Boucherie, a vu son véhicule se déporter sur la file de gauche, dans une grande courbe. Il n’a pu éviter la collision avec un autre véhicule qui arrivait en face.
Le choc a été d’une extrême violence...
(On apprendra deux jours plus tard dans le même quotidien que le « conducteur décédé roulait à 160 km/h au lieu de 70 km/h. »)
crash_report  france  driving 
20 days ago
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/883022295861780481
RT : C'est ballot, ce que fait ce petit garçon dans votre campagne "ride your story" est interdit !
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20 days ago
BlackRock Busts $1 Billion Green Power Goal With Second Fund - Bloomberg
BlackRock Inc. exceeded a $1 billion fundraising target for wind and solar investments for its latest global clean energy fund, underscoring investor interest in renewable energy amid policy uncertainty in key markets.

The second Global Renewable Power Fund, or GRP II, managed by BlackRock’s Real Assets closed after it raised $1.6 billion from 67 pension funds, insurance companies and institutional investors, according to a statement on Wednesday.
climatechange  finance  renewables 
20 days ago
Marathon Monk and the Pointless Pole – Roger Hyam
I have one mundane theory I’d like to share.

We all self-talk all the time. I find it hard to believe the occasional person I meet who claims they don’t.

The problem with this is two fold. Firstly listening to the same person drone on can be become boring even if they are our favourite person and very few people are their own favourite person. Secondly to talk continuously requires a vast amount of material. That voice in your head soon runs out of things to say and loops back around on itself. This can reach a point of illness if the thoughts are particularly depressing or anxiety inducing.

There are strategies we use to deal with “the voice” and they can be used in combination. Distraction is good. Watching a movie or listening to the radio enables us to skip along on someone else’s voice for some relief light relief. Additionally we are blessed with context-dependent memory. This is the mental mechanism that partially wipes the mind as we move from one scene to another. It is useful when you don’t want to think about work at home but a pain when you forget what you came in a room for. We use context-dependent memory in combination with external triggers to repeat our self-talk narrative without getting too bored.

So what happens when we sit on the same cushion in the same room day after day to meditate? Same context, no distraction, same self-talk, nowhere to hide. At first there are the issues of getting to know and like the person who does the self-talk and that can take years but after a while we begin to see past it and deeper into the un-narrated self. Meditation is dropping our stories.
psychology 
21 days ago
Fiche n°25 : La consultation de juin 2016 n’a rien changé - ACIPA NDL
La consultation a été mise en place dans un délai court, sans aucune des conditions qui lui auraient donné une quelconque légitimité. Les craintes exprimées par le CéDpa étaient fondées :



Périmètre restreint aux seuls habitants de Loire Atlantique, il aurait fallu au minimum les deux régions Pays de la Loire et Bretagne puisqu’elles financent et qu’il s’agit d’un équipement pour le « grand ouest » (ce choix fait suite à un sondage donnant le « oui » gagnant sur ce département, perdant ailleurs, cf. graphique ci-contre) ;
Information incomplète : les études complémentaires demandées par les inspecteurs missionnés par Ségolène Royal (coût du réaménagement de l’aéroport actuel, évolution du bruit) n’ont pas été menées ; de l’information utile est toujours cachée comme le calcul du prétendu avantage économique pour NDL (EP 2006, voir fiche 09) ;
Question faussée : les alternatives ne sont pas mises en débat ;
aéroport  france  politics 
21 days ago
A Brief History of Mass Theft | Darren Allen
If you’re not familiar with classical economics and the ideas of Mr. K. Marx, the process by which communal land and resources are appropriated by private wealth (or capital), and people are robbed of their self-sufficiency and thereby forced into a position where they have to sell their labour in order to survive, is called Primitive Accumulation. Today we might call this Privatisation, or in plain-speaking, Mass-Theft.

The classic, and in some senses original, case of mass-theft was enclosure, the lawful practice, which began in the fifteenth century, of amalgamating common land into a single property
politics  history  marxism  scotland 
23 days ago
A New Problem for Keystone XL: Oil Companies Don’t Want It - WSJ
TransCanada has spent $3 billion to date on Keystone XL, much of it on steel pipe, land rights and lobbying. Completed, the pipeline would travel 1,700 miles from Alberta to Steele City, Neb., where it would link up with existing pipelines that run to the Gulf Coast.

The lack of interest has put the pipeline’s fate in jeopardy. The company, based in Calgary, Alberta, has said it wants enough customers to fill 90% of Keystone’s capacity before it proceeds...

Back then, the price of oil had surpassed $130 a barrel, producers were rushing to pump as much as possible and refiners were itching to secure steady supplies. Today, oil is trading around $45 amid a global supply glut caused in part by the emergence of American shale drillers.*

Refiners want the flexibility of being able to buy oil from wherever it is cheapest. In a world awash in low-price oil, Canadian crude doesn’t look as attractive as it once did. Many refiners thus far are unwilling to commit to long-term deals for Canadian crude, say people familiar with the matter.
energy  oil  us  climate  politics 
23 days ago
Will Corbyn’s Decision to back Hard Brexit in Parliament Hurt Labour at the Next Election?
Evidence suggests that the increase in Labour’s vote share at the last election was driven by disgruntled Remainers, that a large fraction of Labour supporters oppose hard Brexit, and that many of these people identify more with Remain than with Labour

The pro-Remain Labour MP Chuka Umunna tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech that called for Britain to remain in the Single Market and the Customs Union after Brexit. However, Jeremy Corbyn ordered Labour MPs to abstain on the motion by imposing a three-line whip, thereby effectively backing May’s hard Brexit agenda. The amendment was defeated by 322 votes to 101, despite 49 Labour MPs rebelling.

Several lines of evidence suggest that Corbyn’s decision to back hard Brexit in Parliament could hurt Labour at the next election.
Brexit  politics  uk  eu  dccomment 
23 days ago
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Évidemment les piétons et voyageurs ont besoin d'espace ici. Ni beso…
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23 days ago
'Flammable Ice' Harvesting Could Spell Trouble for the Climate
"Fundamentally, it [methane] is still a fossil fuel, and when you burn it for energy, you still produce CO2," Mann told Live Science in an email. "A fossil fuel, fundamentally, cannot be the solution to a problem that is caused by fossil fuels."

Still, the worst-case possibility — of vast methane leaks going straight into the atmosphere — may not be as likely as people have assumed, Ruppel said.

"Even after the Deepwater Horizon incident, which released a lot of methane in the ocean, studies showed a lot of the methane was consumed by microbes, and turned into CO2," Ruppel told Live Science, referring to the 2010 disaster involving a huge oil spill. "It's not like this methane is on a freight train to the atmosphere."

However, even if there's a safe way to extract methane from the ocean, methane is a natural gas, so it warms the climate, several experts said.
clathrates  climatechange 
24 days ago
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Moving left to take the full lane would've been more effective & safer than blasting the horn. Motorist was signall…
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26 days ago
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I am no doubt having many faults, but this is not being one of them (if it's not immodest of me to make such a clai…
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27 days ago
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It's curious how the junction designs that go with such cycle lanes are never illustrated. But most…
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27 days ago
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RT : Ni las multas ni la prision resucita a las victimas.

El urbanismo fascista que privilegia al 🚗=🔫 🚬 es la causa pri…
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27 days ago
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Just got my 10-year Trump insurance:
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28 days ago
No. 161 Traffic-law enforcement & its relationship with risk of death from crashes - Travelwest
Before the crashes, the lifetime driving-conviction history of the entire group of licensed drivers accounted for 21,501 convictions, most commonly for speeding without penalty points (6682 convictions) or speeding with penalty points (6493 convictions). More than 10 million people were studied for longer than a decade. Conviction of drivers for traffic offences reduced the rate of fatal crashes. Each conviction led to a 35% decrease in the relative risk of death over the next month for drivers and other road users; conversely, each conviction not issued led to a corresponding increase in risk. The findings also imply that increasing the frequency of traffic enforcement might further reduce total deaths, and that emphasis of moderate penalties (around three points) is useful as a deterrent to traffic violations.
road_safety  law 
29 days ago
Technique: The calculus of translation | The translation business
In mathematics, the reverse process of differentiation, anti-differentiation, is called integration. When you integrate acceleration you get velocity and when you integrate velocity you get position. But integration is not as easy as differentiation because you have to restore the lost information.

This was the approach taken by the French translator in the Mercedes book. He recognised that “connection” was a derivative of “phone” and “functions” was a derivative of “rings” and so he integrated the phrase, restoring the original missing information.

The English translator didn’t recognise that “the connection functions” was a derivative and he rendered the surface, literal meaning in his translation. There is no way that “The link is OK” can be interpreted in English as “The phone rings”.
translation  language  mathematics 
29 days ago
Loftus and Palmer | Simply Psychology
7 films of traffic accidents, ranging in duration from 5 to 30 seconds, were presented in a random order to each group.

After watching the film participants were asked to describe what had happened as if they were eyewitnesses. They were then asked specific questions, including the question “About how fast were the cars going when they (smashed / collided / bumped / hit / contacted) each other?”

Thus, the IV was the wording of the question and the DV was the speed reported by the participants.

Findings: The estimated speed was affected by the verb used.
road_safety  crash_report  language  psychology 
29 days ago
‘A Nasty Name for a Nasty Thing’: A History of Cunt - Whores of Yore
Let’s turn to the etymology first. Cunt is old. It’s so old that its exact origins are lost in the folds of time and etymologists continue to debate where in the cunt cunt comes from. It’s several thousand years old at least, and can be traced to the old Norse ‘kunta’ and Proto-Germanic ‘kuntō’; but before that cunt proves quite elusive. There are medieval cunty cognates in most Germanic languages; kutte, kotze and kott all appear in German. The Swedish have kunta; the Dutch have conte, kut and kont, and the English once has Cot (which I quite like and think is due a revival). Here’s where the debate comes in; no one is quite sure what it actually means. Some etymologists have argued cunt has a root in the Proto-Indo-European sound ‘gen/gon’, which means to "create, become".
language  english 
4 weeks ago
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RT : British schoolboys wear skirts to protest school's shorts ban during heatwave
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4 weeks ago
British heat wave: Schoolboys don skirts to protest shorts ban - CNN.com
RT : British schoolboys wear skirts to protest school's shorts ban during heatwave
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4 weeks ago
Operation Close Pass in Gloucestershire – Blog | Gloucestershire Road Safety
The majority of us feel that, in current conditions, it’s just too scary to mix with motor traffic on a bike. That perception is greater for women and older people so the conditions are effectively discriminating against them making those choices.
cycling  police  law  uk  psychology 
4 weeks ago
May unveils offer on EU citizens - BBC News
EU citizens who have lived in the UK for five years could get equal rights to UK nationals for good, under proposals unveiled by PM Theresa May.

A new "settled EU" immigration status would grant them rights to stay in the UK and access health, education and other benefits after Brexit.

But Theresa May said proposals would be adopted only if the same rights were granted to UK citizens in EU states...
But Downing Street has not yet specified what "cut off" date will be for new residents, after which the guarantee would no longer apply. It will be no earlier than March 2017, when the UK formally began leaving the EU by issuing the Article 50 notification, and no later than the British departure in March 2019.

Those arriving after the cut-off date but before March 2019 would have a "grace period" - expected to be two years - to regularise their immigration status, with a view to later seeking settled status.
eu  politics  uk  Brexit 
4 weeks ago
Facebook Wants to Nudge You Into 'Meaningful' Online Groups | Business News | US News
Facebook groups are ad hoc collections of people united by a single interest; they offer ways to chat and organize events. Originally conceived as a way for friends and family to communicate privately, groups have evolved to encompass hobbies, medical conditions, military service, pets, parenthood and just about anything else you could think of...
Data-driven to its core, Facebook has quantified "meaning" so it can be sure people are getting more of it. And what Facebook aims to maximize is the time people spend in its online groups. Whenever someone spends at least 30 minutes a week in a group, Facebook classifies it as "meaningful." The company estimates that 130 million of its users are in such groups; it aims to boost that to over a billion by 2022.
facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
4 weeks ago
Biocarburants : controverses autour du projet de Total à La Mède
Total se prépare à rouler avec les biocarburants : càd on va brûler la nourriture alors que les gens crèvent de faim
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5 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Except when cyclists are forced to ride on cycle lanes as in Copenhagen. Then it's cy…
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5 weeks ago
Exploiting crowdsourced geographic information and GIS for assessment of air pollution exposure during active travel
In this study, to explore the potential of crowdsourced geographic information in research of active travel and health, we used Strava Metro data and GIS technologies to assess air pollution exposure in Glasgow, UK. Particularly, we incorporated time of the trip to assess average inhaled dose of pollutant during a single cycling or pedestrian trip. Empirical results demonstrate that Strava Metro data provides an opportunity to an assessment of average air pollution exposure during active travel. Additionally, to demonstrate the potential of Strava Metro data in policy-making, we explored the spatial association of air pollution concentration and active travel.
cycling  airpollution  science 
5 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Initiative simple qui affirme & conforte la place des cyclistes dans les rues étroites encombrées de bagnoles...
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5 weeks ago
Twitter
Rare, indeed. Been using for years, and this is the first time I've ever experienced an issue.
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5 weeks ago
Small Engine, Big Tank: 2013 London - Edinburgh - London 1418km Randonnee
randonesia: when the satisfaction of having completed a randonnée obliterates the memory of its arduousness
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5 weeks ago
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La vie cycliste à Groningen n'est pas aussi heureux que la propagande des fordistes se vante :…
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La difficulté serait que la voirie s'agit aussi d'un système sémiotique ; on ne peut…
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5 weeks ago
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RT : Le mensonge d'état c'est de parler de vote mais refuser le vote du Grand Ouest (, )
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5 weeks ago
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RT : OK l'infrastructure est merdique, mais tant pis : on prend sur nous, on laisse les piétons traverser e…
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5 weeks ago
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Good luck banning cars from the D75! (Would be nice). But I'll tak…
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