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'A horror story': history of Chernobyl nuclear disaster wins Baillie Gifford prize | Books | The Guardian
Ukrainian author Serhii Plokhy, who grew up downstream from the damaged reactor, wins £30,000 prize for Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy
A Harvard history professor’s “haunting” account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which delves into the “heartbreaking stories of heroism” from the people who helped to prevent the whole of Europe from becoming uninhabitable, has won the £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction.
Serhii Plokhy’s Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy opens as a radiation alarm goes off in a power plant in Sweden, and as staff begin to suspect a Soviet accident. It goes on to lay out what led to the worst nuclear disaster in history, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, soldiers, engineers and policemen who worked to extinguish the nuclear inferno in Chernobyl on 26 April 1986. One of more than 200 books submitted for the Baillie Gifford prize, it beat a shortlist that also featured Carl Zimmer’s look at the science of inheritance, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh; Stephen R Platt’s history of the first opium war, Imperial Twilight; and Hannah Fry’s exploration of what it means to be human in the age of the machine, Hello World.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of | Ars Technica
The failure of an air safety system is exceedingly rare but not unheard of for new aircraft. This accident shows the inherent risk of taking control of critical systems away from humans without their knowledge, and the unforeseen consequences of increasingly complex systems.
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4 days ago by pozorvlak
Eight Days
"Geithner told me, 'It seems unjust. But look what happened to the global economy after Lehman failed. Unemployment in the U.S. went to 9.5 per cent. It’s not Wall Street that suffers when you "teach people a lesson." The tragedy of financial populism is that you do terrible things to innocent people.' Barney Frank used the analogy of de-Baathification, pointing out that U.S. efforts to purge Iraq of supporters of Saddam Hussein were a disaster. 'You can’t go out and shoot the bankers,' he said. 'You can’t have an economy without a functioning credit system. People are angry. They’re furious. But you have no option but to live with these people.'"
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5 days ago by bankbryan
Scott8586 comments on So my home town of Paradise CA burnt down today.
"Most of this is predicated on having insurance:

1). Get your insurance claim started. They can usually immediately front you some money to get started with replacing clothes and such.

2) find a place to rent pronto, like tomorrow. Get yourself and your family settled so you can get back to work/school/life. Insurance will cover what is called alternative living expenses (ALE). This means short term paying for the roof over your head, don’t mistake it for a free ride, you will still have to pay for utilities, food, like you did before the fire. ALE lasts for usually a year, if this turns into a federal disaster zone, perhaps two years. Usually until you take a settlement, or until you have relocated or rebuilt.

3). If you lost your papers (license, passport). Get the replacement process started.

4). Make a list of valuables you might want to try to find in the ashes, jewelry, other heirlooms. If your house was left to burn (no fire response) it may have gotten pretty hot, things in a safe won’t have survived, Gold might have melted, gunstocks are likely gone. Now might also be a good time to start making lists of the personal property you had. The insurance co will be asking for this for the property part of the claim.

5) animals, man they are still reuniting pets with their owners 13 months after the tubbs fire don’t lose hope for your pets.

6) after about a week after the fire is out you’ll start to find out how the county/city will be managing debris removal etc

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Good luck!"
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9 days ago by daguti

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