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"Chicago deserves its reputation as a segregated city. But it is also an extremely diverse city. And the difference between those terms — which are often misused and misunderstood — says a lot about how millions of American city dwellers live. " http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-most-diverse-cities-are-often-the-most-segregated/
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Wonder how long it'd take for these to become affordable.
 
Tesla introduces a battery system to store solar-wind energy to enable everyone to go off-grid. 

The cost of the Powerwall battery system for homes is $3500 for a 10kWh unit.  The system works in grid-connected, grid-interactive or off-grid scenarios.  Many people will go directly off-grid, without the ugly EMF pollution producing electricity lines. For utilities, they have the bigger scalable Powerpack.   One utility can use the Powerpack to create a 10 GW storage system.

With 1 billion Powerpacks we can move to 100% solar power for the planet.  With 2 billion Powerpacks all heating, electric transportation, power can be solar with battery storage.  Clean safe cheap solar energy for all. :)  All electric cars, ships, trains, airplanes, trucks.


some reasons for buying your next car electric, installing solar panels and supporting 100% renewable energy in all nations:

1.  help humanity since you no longer generate carcinogenic exhaust, otherwise known as smog, which kills millions of people each yearhttp://goo.gl/jDj0hI and leads to lower IQhttp://goo.gl/alNQIk and autism ► http://goo.gl/66nqwr. Also, note that  http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2007/08/pollution-causes-40-percent-deaths-worldwide-study-finds explains that 40% of deaths due to pollution.  Smog kills billions earlier than their normal time.  

2.  save lives since you reduce heart attacks caused by traffic noise ►  http://goo.gl/Fuhvn.   Electric cars are much quieter.

3.   save humanity from oil wars that destroy the environment and kill countless civilians.  Iraq war trillions could have powered all US with solar/wind ► http://goo.gl/ZqN47.  

4.  you no longer have to change oil (because there is no oil to change) or spark plugs; no more smog check either; electric cars have 60% less parts, so you will go for repairs much less.  Combustion engines are noisy and only 15% efficient;  electric motors are 90% efficient. 

5. reduce heat and AC costs, because electric cars produce 5 times less heat than combustion engine cars per mile, reducing the heat-island effect in citieshttp://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150319/srep09213/full/srep09213.html

6.  bring the end of gas stations that poison the water wells with MTBE or other compounds leading to billions of dollars wasted in cleaning up the well water (example:  $0.4 billion settlement ► http://goo.gl/eKasZD)

7.  save money as you spend 4-8 times less money on "fuel" depending what area of the globe at the current low prices of oil.  If you have enough solar panels,  you get free CLEAN fuel for life, since you charge at home and utilities pay you for energy you put on the grid.  Likewise, Tesla Motors offers free solar ☼ charging for lifehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgk5-eB9oTY?  

8.  save money for noble purposes because electric cars are cheaper than many oil cars after the federal and state rebates:  in Colorado, you can buy a Nissan Leaf for only 15, 000, while in most other states for 18-21, 000.  A Smart EV costs only $12, 000 in Colorado, see http://smartusa.com.  Mitsubishi i-MieV is only $13, 000 in California and $10, 000 in Colorado ► http://www.evworld.com/news.cfm?rssid=31881

9.  Save money since it is cheaper to buy solar panels over 5-12 years than to pay the electric bill without panels - so you save MONEY and the environment - just choose the best deal, they got 12 year loans for 2-3% interest rate - plus after 12 years you get free electricity for the next 30 years or longer if panels last 50 years.  

10.  Electric car batteries and solar panels are far greener than alternatives.  Battery recycling for today's oil car lead batteries is happening at a 97% rate globally. It will be even better for the far safer lithium car batteries.   Lithium Ion batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.  Lithium ion batteries are made from nontoxic lithium carbonate (used in ovenware), nontoxic cobalt oxide (in pottery glaze), nontoxic graphite (in pencils), and a polymer (plastic) membrane. The most toxic components are the electrolyte and lithium cobalt oxide, neither of which are persistent in the environment and both of which are increasingly being replaced by safer compounds.  Wang Chuan-Fu, CEO of BYD, demonstrated the safety of the electrolyte in their lithium ion batteries by drinking it. Zero Motorcycles founder Neal Saiki said that the Lithium Ion batteries they use are safe to eat

Solar is way better than coal, oil or natural gas which spew 100-1000 times more carcinogens in the environment per unit of energy produced, besides far more CO2.  How long does a solar panel system have to operate to recover the energy used for making the panel? Energy payback for rooftop panels is 1-4 years depending on type.   Assuming a life of 30 years for a panel, that means that most energy produced will be free from pollution of any sort ► http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35489.pdf.   

11.  save time, thus money, since you are allowed to use the carpool lanes to avoid traffic if you drive an electric car, in many countries, even if there is only 1 person in the car.  

12. Natural gas and Coal can be replaced with solar-wind immediately:) as a public health priority, especially since they are cheaper in many areas than fossil fuels and storage eliminates the need for sun-wind 24-7 ► http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjNKz8qXRmk.  In China's worst areas, smog makes people live only 4 decades ►  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1DNjJd2YfA.   Coal-fired plants lead to birth defects in China, see the 2 min video ► http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wImJC6xEoU.  In all nations, including USA, people near coal-fired plants often die of cancer at 45 or so, see the 10 min video ► http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZWAQ_3yoj8.  Coal pollution leads to cancer, asthma, autism (mercury), etc. Clean coal doesn't exist ► http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l0iqdfFyC0.

13.  Germany increased its solar capacity 16000 times between 1990 and 2012https://plus.google.com/110265788529286523789/posts/2K5Ln8zyrqH.  It's possible.   In 2014, Denmark generated 39% electricity from wind ► https://plus.google.com/110265788529286523789/posts/1FraSFPpWBv. For comparison, the current renewables percentage in the US is 17%, India & China 15%,   Germany 31%, Paraguay & Norway & Lesotho & Bhutan 100% (hydro), All Africa 32% (hydro), Japan 11%, Russia 15% (hydro), Mexico 26%, Indonesia & UK 19%, Canada 60% (hydro), Portugal 60% (hydro+wind), Brazil 90% (hydro), Iceland 100% (hydro+geothermal), Ghana 75% (hydro), Spain 45% (wind-solar-hydro),  New Zealand 80% (hydro+geoth+wind).
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India itself has been found wanting, earlier when such tragedy struck on its soil. But with a change in guard, things are looking up. Let's hope Nepal continues to get all the aid that is needed at this hour of crisis.

"But less than a week later, the efficiency of Modi’s response — part of a wider effort to improve ties with the region since he took office — is having an unintended consequence: It’s made clear just how underequipped and dysfunctional Nepal’s own government has been in the aftermath of the earthquake."
The quick response of countries like neighbouring India has put heat on Nepal’s own leaders, who admit the country’s government was grossly underprepared for last Saturday’s earthquake.
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Angry mother whacks son for rioting. #BaltimoreRiots
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+JJ Connally Like your race is so good!! Your race is the only race that burns and loots their own communities when they do not have their way and hurt people who have nothing to do with your bullshit!  Look at mike brown,,your race was telling the whole world and law enforcement that he had his hands up in the air and that he was shot in the back, Now, everybody knows that the witnesses lied and forensics have proven the truth! So why should any race believe what comes out of your mouths?
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Some discussion on the #BaltimoreRiots.
 
I've been struggling for days to figure out what to say about Baltimore, or about the endless sequence of news reports of innocent men and women being beaten, robbed, and murdered by police officers across the country: Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Henry Davis, Rekia Boyd, Sharmel Edwards, Eric Garner, a list which just seems to go on and on and never stop. (You can read http://goo.gl/T8AVu4http://goo.gl/5kfcjp, or http://goo.gl/eH4zSv for more; see http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/unarmed for unarmed victims in particular, or simply go to killedbypolice.net for a full list of news stories of police killings in the US, if you feel like being even more depressed at the state of the country)

I'm still not really ready to talk about this in depth. There is too much going on, there are too many layers to it, for me to write a short and simple post trying to make sense of such a profoundly broken world. It makes me painfully aware of how there are two different police worlds in this country: some places (including the one where I live now) where the police see themselves as part of the community, and they are liked, respected, and trusted; some places where the police see the community as a mass of perps to be forced down, where they are feared, distrusted, and hated. When you live in one of these worlds, it's almost impossible to imagine the other.

I'm not going to offer the usual platitude of "rioting is bad, but." Everyone seems to want to offer this as a way of bolstering their "I'm not really supporting this frightening thing" credentials, often along with asking why the protests in Baltimore, in Ferguson, in anywhere else couldn't be "more like MLK." But this is a profound misunderstanding of King's work, as well: his peaceful protests happened in the context of pervasive violence, and were often the targets of unchecked violence. In fact, he gave a speech in 1968 which feels like it could have been given yesterday: (The full text being at http://goo.gl/l7Lq8N, and it's all quite relevant)

It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

And fortunately, on a day where I don't know what to say, several others have spoken, and said things worth hearing. One is Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the best journalistic voices of our day, with the short article linked below. Another is John Angelos, COO of the Baltimore Orioles, who responded memorably and passionately to people who were upset that a game had been cancelled: you can read what he said at

http://www.businessinsider.com/orioles-executive-defends-freddie-gray-protesters-in-baltimore-2015-4

And third is the President, whose words today I'll leave you with: (https://youtu.be/ZmJlAxB5obg?t=3646)

This is not new. This has been going on for decades. And without making any excuses for criminal activities that take place in these communities, we also know if you have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity — where children are born into abject poverty, they've got parents, often because of substance abuse problems or incarceration or lack of education, and themselves can't do right by their kids, if it's more likely that those kids end up in jail or dead than that they go to college, and communities where there are no fathers who can provide guidance to young men, communities where there’s no investment, and manufacturing's been stripped away, and drugs have flooded the community and the drug industry ends up being the primary employer for a lot of folks — in those environments, if we think that we're just going to send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise there without, as a nation, and as a society saying what can we do to change those communities to help lift up those communities and give those kids opportunity, then we're not going to solve this problem, and we'll go through this same cycles of periodic conflicts between the police and communities, and the occasional riots in the streets and everybody will feign concern until it goes away and we just go about our business as usual.
When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.
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In the summer of 2014 an unusual bank robber shocked, mystified and captivated the US. The Bombshell Bandit tells Jeff Maysh her story.
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Communication, no doubt, is an important aspect of governance - optics matter. And the current NDA government is way too aware of this, having been witness to Atal Bihari Vajpayee's defeat in 2004. In 2019, the electorate will judge the Modi Government not just on what the government had promised and delivered, but also, how much the change the government has brought in, compared to the pilferage of taxpayer money during the decade-long Manmohan Singh Government.

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It is unfortunately true that optics matter more than substance. Else NDA wouldn't have lost in 2004 and the Conservatives would have been cruising towards a substantial majority today. 
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If what happened in Baltimore and other cities in the United States happened in a foreign country, this is how the West would respond.
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Jokes Only “Game Of Thrones” Fans Will Understand - The pains of having a crush on a bad boy.
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I think homeowners in seismically active regions should consider this.
Check your existing insurance to find out whether you are really covered for earthquake damage. Property –buyers should ask for earthquake cover and pay additional premium
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Targets are usually good place to shop, and cost effective especially if you have the Red Card handy. But, this store needs to step up. Most glaring is the need for more working checkout counter. Also why are the self checkouts never active?
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This has been a pleasant experience out here in the Apartment Complex, the 5 months that I have stayed here. Pros: 1. Very spacious with ample parking space 2. Near to Route 59, I-88, and Route 59 BNSF Metra station 3. 24/7 fitness center 4. Very quick on any maintenance requests 5. The common grilling area by the pool is a nice addition for summers if you have guests visiting. ... I will try to think and add more. Cons: 1. The fitness center could do better 2. Some of the interior woodwork (at least in my apartment) needs a bit of an overhaul. Edit - The Fitness Center has been rejigged recently with new equipments.
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They have ramen! :-) Been here once, and hence the room for another star, in the next edit. Good aesthetics of the place. Courteous staff. Delicious Sushi made fresh. A bit costly though, but at par with other sushi places in the area. Definitely good value for the money. Will keep visiting until I find any place better.
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Been my regular go-to place for lunch these past few months I have been working at the Michigan Plaza. Courteous bunch of people running the place. Good food. I usually go for the chicken shawarma in a pita, and prefer my garlic sauce and tahini on the side. Would be nice to see few more items on the menu. Also, calorie count for the food would be a good addition. Keep up the good work folks.
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Quite a lot of food joints here - good for the winters. The building is conveniently connected to the Pedway system. It is at 25 minutes walk to the Union station, but, you also have shuttles plying to the Metra stations.
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Just an average Sushi joint. Not the best value for money. The quality is what I have come to expect from a place catering to the busy office-goers at lunch hours, at this part of the town.
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Great place for your good food needs. Quite the choice of meat, poultry and seafood. Also a wide variety of pre-cooked food items. They have a Grill too as well as a coffee/tea shop for your morning fill of caffeine.
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