Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ineqality Chart of the Day

From Jared Bernstein:

Planting Lull Links

Yeah, I should have posted these over the weekend, but I was feeling lazy.  Here are a few good stories I came across:

The Rise and Fall of Ultimate Fighter Conor McGregor - The Atlantic

GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises, Scientists Say - The Salt.  That's because making money off of lazy farmers is much more of a motivator than actually helping humanity.  See Roundup Ready soybeans.

Why Did the FSA Damage These Incredible Depression-Era Photos? - Slate

Inside the Country's Most Controversial Company - Mother Jones.  Tom Philpott inside the belly of the beast, Monsanto.

Quality Farms to establish firstSoutheast presence in Marion County - South Carolina Department of Commerce.  Old, but what a weird and interesting business.  The mention was in this story about a beer distributorship in Indianapolis.

How Bad Biology is Killing the Economy - Evonomics

How Typography Can Save Your Life - ProPublica

America's Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas - Pew Research Center

How Do You Put Out A Subterranean Fire Beneath a Mountain of Trash? - FiveThirtyEight.  A friend's dad was a landfill fire extinguishing expert, but I think that was the near surface fires.

From belief to outrage: The decline of the middle class reaches the next American town - Washington Post

Unnecessariat - More Crows Than Eagles

Portland gave its minimum wage workers a raise.  Here's what happened next - Christian Science Monitor

Austin, Indiana: the HIV Capital of small-town America - Mosaic

Burying the White Working Class - Jacobin

The alt-right's demographic nightmare - Scott Sumner.  Kind of funny, but my idea of a dystopian future IS the United States being like Texas.  Not because of the Hispanics, mind you.

Editorial: Lessons from West explosion, forgotten so soon - Dallas Morning News.  Honestly, I think urea would work just fine.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

NASA Photo of the Day

May 13:

ISS and Mercury Too
Image Credit & Copyright: Thierry Legault
Explanation: Transits of Mercury are relatively rare. Monday's leisurely 7.5 hour long event was only the 2nd of 14 Mercury transits in the 21st century. If you're willing to travel, transits of the International Space Station can be more frequent though, and much quicker. This sharp video frame composite was taken from a well-chosen location in Philadelphia, USA. It follows the space station, moving from upper right to lower left, as it crossed the Sun's disk in 0.6 seconds. Mercury too is included as the small, round, almost stationary silhouette just below center. In apparent size, the International Space Station looms larger from low Earth orbit, about 450 kilometers from Philadelphia. Mercury was about 84 million kilometers away. (Editor's note: The stunning video includes another double transit, Mercury and a Pilatus PC12 aircraft. Even quicker than the ISS to cross the Sun, the aircraft was about 1 kilometer away.)