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motherjones:

Detroit: Don’t Drive While Using Your Gadgets—Use Our Gadgets Instead!
Distracted driving caused 5,474 deaths in 2009—with 995 linked to cell phones. So why is Big Auto packing new models with blinky-screen “infotainmentsystems” that let you Facebook, Tweet, etc. while driving?
Top Ford exec: “The biggest  turnoff to a twentysomething consumer is to put their life on hold when  they sit in a car.” Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

motherjones:

Detroit: Don’t Drive While Using Your Gadgets—Use Our Gadgets Instead!

Distracted driving caused 5,474 deaths in 2009—with 995 linked to cell phones. So why is Big Auto packing new models with blinky-screen “infotainmentsystems” that let you Facebook, Tweet, etc. while driving?

Top Ford exec: “The biggest turnoff to a twentysomething consumer is to put their life on hold when they sit in a car.” Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

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thedailyfeed:

More Americans lived in poverty in 2010 than in any other time that records have been collected, according to US Census data released yesterday. Median household income fell, too, and a growing number of people are without health insurance. 

An additional 2.6 million people became officially poor last year, raising the poverty rate from 14.3 percent in 2009 to 15.1 percent. It was the fourth year in a row that the ranks of the poor grew, and Sawhill predicts poverty rates will rise to 16 percent by 2014.

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Posted on September/23/2011 with 1,339 notes
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motherjones:

washingtonpoststyle:

We just received a press release suggesting we might like to write an article about this new painting entitled “One Nation Under God” by an artist named Jon McNaughton.
We shall not be writing an article, but we place an image of the painting here for your consideration.

Wow. We’d just note that this is not actually a new painting, since we remember seeing it last year and, honestly, it’s not the kind of thing you can unsee.

motherjones:

washingtonpoststyle:

We just received a press release suggesting we might like to write an article about this new painting entitled “One Nation Under God” by an artist named Jon McNaughton.

We shall not be writing an article, but we place an image of the painting here for your consideration.

Wow. We’d just note that this is not actually a new painting, since we remember seeing it last year and, honestly, it’s not the kind of thing you can unsee.


whyareyoumadatlaxbrah:

Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race

This Lamborghini was among 13 high-end cars impounded by Canadian police.

This could be the plot for a movie, “Fast and Furious Canada,” or maybe “Fast and Furious, the Young and the Rich”

Police in British Columbia say they impounded $2 million worth of high-end vehicles this week after witnesses reported the 13 cars racing on a metro Vancouver highway at speeds of 125 mph (200 kph).

The high-end race cars included a Ferrari, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, an Audi, an Aston Martin, Nissans and a Mercedes, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police press release.

 Two of the racers would run side-by-side to block other traffic going in their direction on the highway while the others cars would take off in a race, witnesses told the RCMP.

“These drivers seemed to be looking for attention. Well, they definitely got the attention of police,” Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service, said in the press release.

What the racers, who police said are all under age 21, won’t get is harsh punishment.

“Each driver will be charged with Driving without Reasonable Consideration and receive a violation ticket with a specified penalty of $196. Additionally, these drivers will be responsible for all associated towing and storage charges,” according to the RCMP press release.

That’s because police didn’t actually catch them in the act and acted only on witness accounts. They weren’t caught on radar, video or seen by a police officer, Superintendent Norm Gaumont, RCMP officer in charge of traffic enforcement for the Lower Mainland, told the Surrey Now newspaper.

“I know there’s a lot of disappointment, wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196. They fact of the matter is, we have to look at all the evidence we have and what we’re able to prove,” Surrey Now quoted Gaumont as saying. “That’s why we’ve charged them with driving without due consideration for the public.”

If police were able to charge the 13 drivers with more severe offenses, they could have faced forfeiture of their vehicles, according to a Vancouver Sun report.

The RCMP said most of the drivers were operating their vehicles on “N” class licenses, which means they had not yet attained full driving privileges. Only one of the drivers was the registered owner of the car they were driving, Gaumont told Surrey Now.

The drivers included 12 men and one woman, according to Surrey Now. Gaumont told the paper they were on their way to have a meal when they decided to race.

According to the Sun, the vehicles were:

  • 2007 Ferrari 599
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Audi R8
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2011 Mercedes SL63
  • 2011 Mercedes SLS
  • 2005 Aston Martin DB9
 


discoverynews:

Space Junk Problem Reaches Tipping Point

It’s bad news for all you aspiring space tourists out there. Soon, the only ticket into space may be of the suborbital variety and nothing more ambitious, like actually flying into orbit.
Earth is now surrounded by so much space junk that a leading expert  on the issue has declared that we are at a “tipping point” — it may  soon become too dangerous to venture into low-Earth orbit (LEO) through  fear of having a manned spaceship punctured or a communications  satellite trashed.

Ian O’Neill on the nightmare scenario of the Space Age.
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discoverynews:

Space Junk Problem Reaches Tipping Point

It’s bad news for all you aspiring space tourists out there. Soon, the only ticket into space may be of the suborbital variety and nothing more ambitious, like actually flying into orbit.

Earth is now surrounded by so much space junk that a leading expert on the issue has declared that we are at a “tipping point” — it may soon become too dangerous to venture into low-Earth orbit (LEO) through fear of having a manned spaceship punctured or a communications satellite trashed.

Ian O’Neill on the nightmare scenario of the Space Age.

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Posted on September/2/2011 with 546 notes


pantslessprogressive:

Chile. September 2. Students participate in the World Kiss Marathon for Education in Santiago. Students in Chile are demanding education reform; they have demonstrated for affordable education and better education opportunities since the beginning of August. [Photos: Felipe Trueba/EPA]


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futurejournalismproject:

Maps + Mashups + Conflicts + History = Conflict History
Part amazing, part depressing, Conflict History is a Google Maps timeline mashup that lets you browse from past to present to learn about the world’s conflicts.
The screenshot above shows 2001-2010. Selecting the Info icon on the left gives background information on the conflict with additional links to related materials. The slider on the bottom brings you forward and back in time.
For example, we just learned about the Sicilian Wars of 600 to 264 BCE.
Most of the content is pulled from Wikipedia and Freebase, a Creative Commons licensed data source.

futurejournalismproject:

Maps + Mashups + Conflicts + History = Conflict History

Part amazing, part depressing, Conflict History is a Google Maps timeline mashup that lets you browse from past to present to learn about the world’s conflicts.

The screenshot above shows 2001-2010. Selecting the Info icon on the left gives background information on the conflict with additional links to related materials. The slider on the bottom brings you forward and back in time.

For example, we just learned about the Sicilian Wars of 600 to 264 BCE.

Most of the content is pulled from Wikipedia and Freebase, a Creative Commons licensed data source.


thedailyfeed:

If you’re hitting the road for the holiday weekend, you may want to drive west. Allstate released its annual report on the country’s best and worst drivers, and eight of the top 10 best cities are west of the Mississippi River. 

thedailyfeed:

If you’re hitting the road for the holiday weekend, you may want to drive west. Allstate released its annual report on the country’s best and worst drivers, and eight of the top 10 best cities are west of the Mississippi River. 

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I feel like I am reading some old pre-civil war trial.

We are now basing our conclusions for death row on statistics.

Bravo Texas, Bra-fucking-vo….idiots.

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Posted on September/2/2011 with 30 notes