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Better'n dynamite

This is an old video but new to me, an ungainly looking but incredibly creative way to douse oil well blowout fires and probably a lot safer and more predictable than blowing them out with high explosives.

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Facebook Plans to End Hands-Off Approach to Politicians' Posts

Source: New York Times

une 3, 2021Updated 9:27 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook plans to announce on Friday that it will no longer keep posts by politicians up on its site by default if their speech breaks its rules, said two people with knowledge of the company’s plans, reversing how it has allowed posts from political figures to remain untouched on the social network.

The change, which is tied to Facebook’s decision to bar former President Donald J. Trump from its site, is a retreat from a policy introduced less than two years ago, when the company said speech from politicians was newsworthy and should not be policed.

Under the change, politicians’ posts will no longer be presumed newsworthy, said the people with knowledge of the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Politicians will be subject to Facebook’s content guidelines that prohibit harassment, discrimination or other harmful speech, they said.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/technology/facebook-politicians-posts.html



Baby steps, baby steps, but this is certainly progress. There's a lot more cleaning up that needs to be done.

Martha Argerich is about to turn 80. Here is part of her story



She is under recorded, one reason I came fairly late to the party, but she does have a large You Tube presence:

This was recorded when she was a weel lass of 71. She's still got her chops.

Glenn Kirschner on Dumdum's "reinstatement"



Oh, yeah, he needs a Federal solution and I think there will be one, it will just take a while. Building a case takes a very long time, especially those against former leaders. It took 30 years to get Pinochet. The little fishies get swallowed first.

I also think Dumdum's going to be grifting until he is dead, at which point his idiot children will try to take over.

Innocent-Looking Jar From 2,300 Years Ago Holds 'Curse' Against 55 People in Athens

(Or what disgruntled workers did in the good old days before guns)

A 2,300-year-old ceramic jar filled with the bones of a dismembered chicken was likely part of an ancient curse to paralyze and kill 55 people in ancient Athens, archaeologists say. The finding reveals new evidence for how people tried to use "magic" in the city.

They discovered the jar, along with a coin, beneath the floor of the Agora's Classical Commercial Building, which was used by ancient craftspeople.

"The pot contained the dismembered head and lower limbs of a young chicken," Jessica Lamont, a classics professor at Yale University, wrote in an article published in the journal Hesperia.

At the time, around 300 BC, the people who made the curse also gouged a large iron nail through the vessel.


https://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-find-2-300-year-old-magic-jar-holding-a-dismembered-chicken

This says it all about antiabortionists

The Global Death Toll From Working Too Much Has Been Calculated, And It's Awful

Long hours and overwork are likely to be causing hundreds of thousands of deaths a year around the globe, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO) – and the problem is getting worse.

In 2016, researchers estimate that around 745,000 people died worldwide from strokes and ischemic heart disease linked to working more than 55 hours a week, an increase of 29 percent over the same figure from 2000.

https://www.sciencealert.com/working-long-hours-is-killing-hundreds-of-thousands-of-people-who-study-finds

This has been well known in Japan for a very long time, "overwork" being a valid COD. Most of Europe mitigates it by mandating generous vacations and offer no reward for working through them, they rather insist employees take the time off.

The US has fallen so far behind the rest of the world, I wonder if we'll ever catch up, and it's killing us.

Dump is losing the blog wars

Or why deplatforming him from major sites was essential:



Even his fan club doesn't want to take the time and trouble to go looking for infusions of crazy. Once he was more difficult to find, instead of the one click a lot of browsers feature for social media, people stopped looking.

I sincerely hope FB and Twitter keep it up. He's toxic. He needs to be quarantined permanently.

Progress of wall to block lava in Iceland



The main thing they want to preserve is the fiber optic infrastructure. I think its lifespan will be measured in days. Lava is hot and heavy as hell and will just snowplow that rubble "wall" ahead of it.

There is an alternate highway that just about triples the trip from Gri9ndavik, the main town, to Reykjavik that is currently in no danger.

Well, until one of the systems to the west becomes active, and it will, although most seismic activity has been to the northeast of the current eruption.

Stonehenge and standing stone construction duplcated

This is a little old and I don't know if it's been posted before, but it bears repeating if it has. I think this guy is onto something. Using no metal at all beyond a tractor as a stationary object, he's transported and erected huge blocks of stone all by himself.



If this is how it was done, it would have taken far fewer people over a shorter period of time to do this stuff. Some of it, especially the 19 stone circles, were probably observatories. Other stone monuments, like Men an Tol in Cornwall, look like sporting sites, I agree with Robert Soskin about that one. Likely some of the single standing stones had practical purposes, marking boundaries or just providing landmarks for traveling traders.

I think this guy has a handle on how they did it. Tipping these things into a hole to stand them up was a given. Moving them to the sites and raising them high enough to tip were the mysteries.
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