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The true size of things on world maps



The standard Mercator map that Americans are most familiar with is useful in many ways, but it distorts the size of many areas. The True Size Map lets you drag areas on top of other areas to compare their sizes, says Jason Kottke at kottke.org.
One of the most popular map projections of the world is the Mercator projection: It's useful but misleading in important ways
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How heroin became an American epidemic – again



The Planet Money podcast looks at how heroin returned to the US:

When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career—it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

Bone's addiction is so fierce that he was looking for his next fix almost as soon as he left the hospital. In Bone's world, death isn't a deterrent. Death is an obsession, even an attraction. It means a higher high if you can get close to death.

And that is easy for Bone, because heroin is very cheap right now.

America is facing a heroin epidemic. Deaths from overdoses are about three times what they were a decade ago. Part of what is driving this is price. Part of it is newer, stronger heroin. Neither of those two factors are an accident.
Scoring a fix is cheap and today's heroin is strong. But that's just part of the reason why America got hooked. Today on the show, we trace the roots of America's heroin epidemic.
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Always wondered what was in that special sauce. 



David Pescovitz on Boing Boing is loving it:

McDonald's will not be making burgers called "Ron's Creamy Surprise" or "Rektal Prolapse"
McDonald's will not be making burgers called "Ron's Creamy Surprise" or "Rektal Prolapse"
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"Why Lady Elaine Fairchilde Was My First Feminist Role Model"



Elizabeth Yuko praises the Mister Rogers character on The Establishment:


There were a lot of things I admired about Lady Elaine, but the thing I got the biggest kick out of as a wee feminist was her unwavering confidence and ability to challenge authority. While the rest of the residents of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe were obedient of King Friday, Lady Elaine had no problem standing up to him, or just casually calling him “Friday.”

Even as a child I appreciated Lady Elaine’s independence; she wasn’t constantly trying to find a husband, as she was too busy having her own host of adventures—like traveling to space and discovering Planet Purple. Not only that, but she got to live in the Museum Go-Round—which frankly, still sounds appealing to me today—and had the Boomerang-Toomerang-Zoomerang at her disposal, which enabled her to turn the neighborhood upside-down.

I also loved Lady Elaine’s signature style: She looked great in red, knew how to rock a cardigan, and didn’t let a bit of rosacea (heavy drinking?)—and what is more-than-likely a DIY haircut—stand in her way. Better yet, she played the accordion, which I related to not only because my hometown of Cleveland is America’s Polka Capital, but also because my father played the instrument to calm me down when I had colic as a baby.

Noisy and inventive, Lady Elaine was everything I wanted to be as a child.
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"Nobody wants to sit with their teenage son while they’re imagining Alexander Skarsgard diving into their lady parts."
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And turn down the volume on that "hop hip" music

https://twitter.com/ChaseMit/status/756681810457878529
First VP pick who's slogan is "You kids have fun I'll be upstairs." Embedded image. 7:46 PM - 22 Jul 2016. 57 Retweets330 Likes. Reply to @ChaseMit. Replies. Chase Mitchell. 4h4 hours ago. Chase Mitchell @ChaseMit. @ChaseMit misspelled "whose" in this and it is killing me.
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Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey endorsed proposal to attack Sanders' religion.

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey reaches different conclusions here than I do -- most notably, whether the Democrats proposed to attack Sanders for his Jewish heritage. The way I read it, DNC CFO Brad Marshall is saying his West Virginia and Kentucky "peeps" might not have a problem with Sanders' Judaism, but would have a problem with an atheist.

Either way, it's wrong. And it suggests that Marshall might have been fine using anti-Semitism against Sanders if it would work.

And it's even more wrong that somebody higher up than Marshall, the organization CEO, thought the whole thing was a jim-dandy idea, even though there is no evidence the DNC ever followed through on this idea or any other attacks on Sanders.

Sanders did well in both West Virginia and Kentucky.

 
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Monkey at a keyboard, Light Reading West Coast Bureau Chief
Introduction

I’m a technology journalist, editor, blogger, writer, husband, dissatisfied Democrat, American, nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan.

I live in San Diego with my wife, three cats and a dog. We did not intend to get quite so many pets. We’re a little confused how it happened precisely.

I grew up on Long Island, and I’ve lived in New Jersey, Boston, and San Francisco.

I’m West Coast Bureau Chief for Light Reading, a news and community site for the telecom industry — the companies formerly known as phone companies.

I blog occasionally at Like I Was Saying. I’m also active on Google+TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr.

That keeps me busy.

I e-published a short story. It’s called “The Biggest Man in Lilliput.” Then I published another, “Mr. Shaddo.” They’re both comedy science fiction adventures. You want to buy them and read them. 

I've finished a novel and am nearly finished with another, as well as a 41,000-word novelette. 

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I lost 90 pounds between 2009 and early 2011, and kept it off, which is kind of a big deal. Also, I can wiggle both ears together or each ear independently.
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Telco Transformation - Virtual Reality Distortion
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Despite major investments by Facebook and other vendors, screens you strap to your face are destined to be niche products.

End of the Bouygues Affair for Orange | Light Reading
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Orange's failure to seal a takeover deal for Bouygues Telecom may force the company to accelerate other strategic initiatives.

GoDaddy Looks to Cloud to Shake Sleazy Image | Light Reading
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GoDaddy hopes its new cloud service will woo 30 million small developers. But first it's got a bad reputation to shake off.

Open Source Is Killing Us | Light Reading
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Open source overwhelms service providers, and crushes vendor profits.

How the US ends up in a real Civil War this Fall
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The US election could get worse. It could be a prelude to a civil war. How so? Here's a simple scenario. It's November 8th and the choice is

Technology Won't Save the Telcos | Light Reading
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New network technologies will not help telcos to reinvent themselves.

GSMA Catches Flack for MWC Babygate | Light Reading
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Should trade shows be accommodating of parents with infants? The GSMA is grappling with that question after one mom was denied entrance to M

App-Layer Security Still Sorely Lacking | Light Reading
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App-layer security is rarely employed, leaving just about the entire Internet of Things vulnerable, not to mention creating specific securit

Telefonica CTO: It's Time for Unica Phase II | Light Reading
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After a year of tough lessons, the Tier 1 operator is moving forward with its SDN and NFV plans and has earmarked Germany as the first marke

Cisco Rewrites Enterprise Networking DNA in 'Monumental Shift' | Light R...
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Cisco is transitioning from closed, hardware-based networks to open, software-based connectivity. But don't worry -- it's still selling hard

Cisco Storms the Hyperconverged Data Center | Light Reading
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Cisco introduces the HyperFlex data center server, combining compute, storage and networking to challenge a market dominated by high-flying

Cisco Plans $320M Network Chip Acquisition | Light Reading
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The stealthy Leaba, based in Israel, is reportedly a talent acquisition to help Cisco develop infrastructure.

Andreessen Facepalms on Facebook Free Basics | Light Reading
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His criticisms of India's decision to block the free Internet program went too far.

Google, Apple Aim To Kill Passwords - InformationWeek
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Apple, Yahoo, and Google are making inroads into enabling smartphones to become a replacement for entering passwords -- a move that may not

Curing America's China Syndrome | Light Reading
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It's time for our industry to call BS on the US government's position on Chinese telco manufacturers.

Amazon Soars but Investors Sulk | Light Reading
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Despite growing profits and revenue both overall and in in its AWS business, Amazon failed to hit analyst results and Wall Street punished i

BT, DT Tie-Up Holds All-IP, Cloud Promise | Light Reading
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With Deutsche Telkom set to become BT's biggest shareholder, strategic opportunities in the all-IP and cloud services areas could beckon.

Finding the Right Home for Cloud Apps | Light Reading
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Finding a place to run your apps is like shopping for real estate.

T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop | Light Reading
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John Legere says he will go after those customers that abuse unlimited data plans by exploiting loopholes in tethering, kicking them off unl