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Christina Greer
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Unbelievable! What a waste.
 
A teenager caught peeing into a reservoir has prompted Portland officials to order the drainage of 38 million gallons of drinking water. 
Peeved Portland, Ore., officials plan to drain millions of gallons of treated drinking water from a city reservoir after a teenager was caught on surveillanc...
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Seems stupid on two accounts, the idiot that pissed in the reservoir and second, don't they run it through filters or something, you know to get the animal piss out and other stuff that can get into it like when it rains?
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Man I've always wondered what the deal with those crazy shacks all over the place was. :-(
 
Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.

Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?

A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.

Q: And what's that? 

A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.

Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?

A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.

Q: That's... double horrible.

A: Yeeeeeeah.
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When NASA shares a pic that looks like this, it's always a huge let down when it's not aliens.
 
Microgravity research is helping scientists understand the fungi within us! You may not recognize it by name, but if you have ever had a child with a diaper rash, that child was likely a host to Candida albicans (C. albicans). This unwelcome “guest” can be hard to control, as it can potentially lead to serious illness in humans with weakened immune systems.  These prevalent fungi become more aggressive in microgravity, helping scientists see what mechanisms control the behavior of these types of organisms, with the potential to develop ways to influence their behavior both in space and on Earth. More: http://go.nasa.gov/Q6slni 
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Why UPS Trucks Don't Turn Left ... Pricenomics -- "In 2004, UPS announced a new policy for its drivers: the right way to get to any destination was to avoid left-hand turns. Even if that means following this route that a UPS driver described to an incredulous press member:

"We're gonna make a right turn onto 135th to Western. We'll make another right on Western down to 139th. Righ turn on 139th and go down to the end of the block and we'll make another right turn."

When better tracking systems emerged in 2001, the package delivery service took a closer look at how trucks performed when delivering packages. As a logistics company with some 96,000 trucks and several hundred aircraft, much of UPS's business can be distilled to a series of optimization problems around reducing the amount of fuel used, saving time, and using space more efficiently. (Trucks in UPS facilities park just a few inches apart with their side mirrors overlapping to save space.)

UPS engineers found that left-hand turns were a major drag on efficiency. Turning against traffic resulted in long waits in left-hand turn lanes that wasted time and fuel, and it also led to a disproportionate number of accidents. By mapping out routes that involved "a series of right-hand loops," UPS improved profits and safety while touting their catchy, environmentally friendly policy. As of 2012, the right turn rule combined with other improvements -- for the wow factor, UPS doesn't separate them out -- saved around 10 million gallons of gas and reduced emissions by the equivalent of taking 5,300 cars of the road for a year. ..."

full article: http://priceonomics.com/why-ups-trucks-dont-turn-left/
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I've learned that avoiding left turns gets more miles in the saddle when all I can free up is two hours of riding time... 
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One of my favorite authors has passed away. :(
Mr. García Márquez, a Colombian who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation.
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Only plussing because you have good taste in authors.  Sorry to hear he has passed.
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Hmmm I might need to head down to Monterey soon.
 
Tentacles opens Saturday for the general public (today for members)! Where else could you see amazing species like this rare, deep-sea  flapjack octopus? If it looks familiar, that's because it was the inspiration for the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo. Ours was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Learn more: http://mbayaq.co/1iEnYbo
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When I was pregnant with my son, I had a couple of scary days where I felt no movement at all, only to be told by the doctors that he was moving like crazy in there. I never questioned the logic of the kick counts but it is interesting that they don't improve outcomes.
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Fascinating story about the birth of a new language.
A linguist has concluded that a new language, with unique grammatical rules, has come into existence, created by children in a remote area of Australia.
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Before the Internet, I wasted less time... 
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Gorgeous photos of one of my favorite parts of a Monterey Bay Aquarium visit.
 
Art? Ocean animals? Or both? Check out these amazing photos of our South American sea nettles, from staff photographer Randy Wilder. We grew them behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae (babies), and are the first aquarium ever to display them! Now in the Jellies Experience. http://mbayaq.co/1jfE6oO
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