Located below is an article about the politics of the placement of waste transfer stations. Residents of Boston may also be familiar with this issues as one of the smallest poor neighborhoods, Roxbury, is home to a few of the largest waste transfer stations in the area. Surrounding, more affluent neighborhoods largely have none. Anyway, read on.
A great read from Motherboard on the politics of garbage placement:
In New York, as everywhere else, one neighborhood’s trash is often another neighborhood’s terror. And that other neighborhood tends be poorer. Garbage from the well-to-do Upper East Side, for instance, now ends up being sent to mostly poor neighborhoods in outer boroughs. At these places, of course, its easier for other trucks, or train cars or barges, to take it even farther away, to points south (In 2001, Mayor Giuliani closed Fresh Kills, once the world"s largest landfill, on Staten Island, a predominantly white community). And these places also make it easier to build garbage stations without the hassle of the legal battles or political campaigns often wielded by wealthier neighborhoods. [...continue reading...]
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You must have seen talking cars only in cartoon films or must have read about them in fictions. This technology can help in reducing the number of road collisions in a big way. Very soon such cars will become a reality, without the condition for human-like facial features, if scientists from the University of Bologna in Italy are to be believed. These scientists have formulated a software that allows cars to "communicate" with one another on the road. Similar technology may have been applied previously, but scientists claim that this time the car would be able to know what had happened kilometres ahead.
No government, no problem?
Attempt pure no-government on the ground and you get Somalia. But blend small government practices with healthy social services and strong federal support and you can semi-successful state governments within the US. (Source)
Some people are planning today to buy a house 10 years in the future. And other people are planning today to sell a house 10 years in the future. But there is no market open today to ensure that the number currently planning to buy a house 10 years in the future equals the number currently planning to sell a house 10 years in the future. Planned future excess demands are almost always non-zero, even in a world of perfectly flexible prices. Our planned future trades are "false trades", at disequilibrium expected future prices. It is impossible for us all to realise our current plans for future trades.
Well, you guys might wanna think twice about nose-grinding them rails, as my man Gates would say. Sometimes it is better to just fire up the lung rockets. I mean… FLESH EATING COCAINE? Yikes! My Ninjas, PLEASE!
It’s no secret that cocaine can be dangerous, but drug dealers might be making it more harmful than ever. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently reported that 82 percent of the cocaine it seizes has been cut with a veterinary drug that can rot away the skin on users’ noses, cheeks, and ears. "It’s probably quite a big problem," says dermatologist Dr. Noah Craft with the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Insitute. "We just don’t know how big." Here, a brief guide:
How does levamisole end up in cocaine?
Drug dealers typically add fillers to cocaine to boost their profits. Cheaper cocaine may be upwards of 90 percent filler. Sometimes, the added powder is just baking soda or some other innocuous substance. But drug cartels in South America increasingly prefer to use levamisole, a veterinary antibiotic normally used to deworm cattle, sheep, and pigs. It’s not clear why dealers don’t just use baking soda all the time, although studies in rats suggest that levamisole might tingle brain receptors in the same way cocaine does. If that’s the case, adding it to the supply might be a way to enhance the effects of cocaine on the cheap. (continue reading @ The Week…)
This guy, on the other hand, will eat the flesh off of cocaine, so cocaine better watch out for HIM. But this article does explain a lot about that thing down there. Uh.. yeah.