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The world spends $65 billion a year on insecticides! Which persist for decades!
https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/12/20/hive-mentalities/
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A very big story, and I don't think climate change is the major reason. It isn't just crowded countries. The loss of insects on the windshield is very noticeable in Australia to us old folk. Also I remember the problem with frog decline. That was attributed to infections, but infections take over when weak, and this story could explain why frogs are going hungry. Like all city folk, I'm inclined to suspect farming practices.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html
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Dear Google, Now that you aren't trying to move everyone to Google+, howabout: (a) bring back Google Reader; (b) Including the invaluable "website changed" feed; (c) and put some effort into Blogger. Let's all get blogging what we know to make the WWW great again.
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It's hard not to believe that the loony left are keen for the climate change disaster to happen, so they can tut-tut and say "we told you growth was bad". And yes I know that growth must stop sometime, but currently stopping it is a political impossibility. And it would be premature with so many people still in poverty. Brian Wang does the sums on some immediate alternatives. Medium term we need to make advanced nuclear energy cheap and deploy it.
https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/10/is-the-big-insane-ask-easier.html
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How about we have two times: UTC (GMT) allows worldwide coordination and coopration. In local time, sunrise is always 6am. Well maybe we adjust local time so that 6am is the closest UTC hour change to sunrise.
https://xkcd.com/2050/
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It defies belief that they controlled for diabetes, when avoiding diabetes is the major claimed health benefit of low carb. Indeed my sister-in-law has lost her subsidy on diabetes test stuff since she no longer shows any signs of diabetes after 10 years of low carb. Lumping fruit and vegetables in with grains and processed food is also weird. My diet (for what it's worth) is nearly all vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish and aims to be moderately low carb.
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The sane left often needs to make common cause with the non-loony right to get things done. This is a great story.
“The Forgotten Prime Minister” @garius https://medium.com/lapsed-historian/the-forgotten-prime-minister-148c64ffb5b6
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Who knew? “Yet there was a hidden ethnic dimension that undermined U.S. efforts to prop up the South. South Vietnam, like the Philippines and many other Southeast Asian countries, had a private economy dominated by a tiny Chinese minority called the Hoa. This was a source of great resentment for ethnic Vietnamese, whose own national identity had been defined by centuries of resistance to Chinese imperialism. To many Vietnamese, ‘capitalism’ was code for exploitation at the hands of the Hoa, and ‘communism’ a dog-whistle for Vietnamese ethnic nationalism; predictably, the latter proved more popular” https://medium.com/new-york-magazine/can-americas-two-tribes-learn-to-live-together-6333637e44be
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