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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The Not-So-Chill History of Hawai‘i’s Breeziest Shirt

quote [ The aloha shirt has many possible inventors and a long, fraught cultural history. ]

Aloha shirts be the formal dress standard
[SFW] [history]
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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

How the US has hidden its empire

quote [ The attack on Pearl Harbor was just that – an attack. Japan’s bombers struck, retreated and never returned. Not so in the Philippines. There, the initial air raids were followed by more raids, then by invasion and conquest. Sixteen million Filipinos – US nationals who saluted the stars and stripes and looked to FDR as their commander in chief – fell under a foreign power.

Contrary to popular memory, the event familiarly known as “Pearl Harbor” was in fact an all-out lightning strike on US and British holdings throughout the Pacific. On a single day, the Japanese attacked the US territories of Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island and Wake Island. They also attacked the British colonies of Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong, and they invaded Thailand. ]

Article has a lot of good points, probably be adding the book to my list.

Grandpa Bernie sends pizza to miners blocking coal train - they're still there!
[SFW] [history] [+3 Good]
[by steele@5:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wow: Backstory Of Cathay Pacific CEO's Resignation | One Mile at a Time

quote [ Apparently this is also what led to Hogg’s resignation. According to media reports, China’s Civil Aviation Administration asked Hogg to hand over a list of Cathay Pacific employees who had participated in the protests.

According to these media sources, he did provide that report… but he put only put his own name on the list. ]

We all know what happens when good men do nothing.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+1 Interesting]
[by foobar@7:58amGMT] [1 comment]

Beatus of Facundus : A Vivid Illustrated Guide to the Apocalypse (1047)

quote [ A monk's vivid illustrations of the The Revelation of John ]

What's John a-writin'? About the revelation?
[SFW] [art]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 19 August 2019

Heatwave: think it's hot in Europe? The human body is already close to thermal limits elsewhere

quote [ Once this wetbulb temperature threshold is crossed, the air is so full of water vapour that sweat no longer evaporates. Without the means to dissipate heat, our core temperature rises, irrespective of how much water we drink, how much shade we seek, or how much rest we take. ]

Some scary humidity! In hindsight, it seems logical that physics dictate a wet heat more dangerous than a dry one.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Sad]
[by Paracetamol@7:51pmGMT] [2 comments]

How the West Got China's Social Credit System Wrong

quote [ It occupies a spot next to 'Black Mirror' and Big Brother in popular imagination, but China’s social credit project is far more complicated than a single, all-powerful numerical score. ]

A month or so back, while trying to find out wtf is actually going on with Venezuela, I started doing Spanish lessons on Duolingo because US Media's coverage of South America is so shit. Clearly, I'm going to need to expand my studies.
[SFW] [Big Brother]
[by steele@6:13pmGMT] [4 comments]

The Radioactive Energy Drink That Kills

quote [ Ebenezer Byers was a well known American socialite, son of industrialist Alexander Byers. In his youth Eben showed promising talent at sports, finishing runner-up at the US Amateur Golf Tournament in 1902 and 1903, before becoming champion in 1906. Eben eventually became the chairman at his father’s steel and wrought iron company, while continuing to pursue sports into his late forties. ]

And a man walks up to me and hands me the latest energy drink

[SFW] [food & drink]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [1 comment]

The three words that can save your life

quote [ Police want everyone to download a smartphone app they say has already saved several lives. ]

Pretty clever, wouldn't be surprised to see this become ubiquitous.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by hellboy@2:43amGMT] [10 comments]

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Vomiting Vultures Completely Take Over Couple’s Luxury Vacation Home

quote [ Dozens of the large black birds are reportedly defecating and vomiting all over a New York couple’s pricy Florida house. ]

Pay your respects to the vultures
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:58amGMT] [7 comments]

Saturday, 17 August 2019

The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent

quote [ In sum: a $10 million per year anchor for a Comcast subsidiary brings on employees of Bezos and Rupert Murdoch to ask if the press has a problem covering billionaires – and concludes it does not. They confirm the point using a tweet as the modern equivalent of a “man on the street” quote, itself an easily-manipulated device (you can keep asking “men on the street” questions until you get the answer you want), but at least it requires human interaction. That’s circling wagons, not testing hypotheses. ]

Here’s the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders | FAIR

Citations Needed News Brief: Meltdown Over Sanders' Suggestion Billionaire Media Owners May Influence Media They Own

This stuff always reminds me of the Daily Show clip where they covered Nerd Prom as the Hunger Game's District 1 when the Baltimore riots were going on.
Supperbad & Guardians of the Gala - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Video Clip) | Comedy Central
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Underrated]
[by steele@9:11pmGMT] [3 comments]

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