Germany Added A Lot Of Wind And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable – [thinkprogress.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
To hear its critics tell it, Germany’s ambitious push to switch over to renewable energy has delivered an electrical grid that’s capricious, unreliable, and prone to blackouts. But according to data highlighted by ECO Report last week, the reality…
Robin Williams and Hollywood’s illness stigma – [latimes.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Medical illness is a strange thing when it comes to Hollywood. Addiction is a subject people will talk about often and freely; there’s hardly a week that goes by without a celebrity “opening up” about their struggles.
That’s far from the case wit…
The World Bank summed up the entire global economy in one chart – [vox.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
The World Bank summed up the entire global economy in one chart – Vox.
Filed under: Economy Tagged: economy, world, World Economy
The surprising democratizing power of McDonald’s Wi-Fi | Things I grab, motley collection
Originally posted on Quartz:
On Wednesday, two reporters covering the protests surrounding the fatal police shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, were arrested—in a McDonald’s. Why were they there? One of the…
How A Dissolvable ‘Tampon’ Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV – NPR.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
When it comes to protecting themselves from HIV, women need more options.
About 84 percent of all women diagnosed with HIV contract the virus through heterosexual sex. And right now, the female condom is the only contraception available that stop…
What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: — [medium.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.
But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering.
It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract i…
23 Million Bike Share Rides in America: Zero Fatalities [alternet.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
As another summer winds down, Reuters brings us some encouraging news about America’s growing fleet of bike share systems: They continue to be popular, environmentally friendly and not even the least bit deadly.
It’s the best albeit still anecd…
Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco’s Housing Problems [npr.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
Online rental brokers like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey in San Francisco may be finding some success renting to visitors on a nightly basis, but people concerned about a shrinking rental market have turned to legal action and protests.
In the city’s …
BBC News – Great Art? The graffiti of the New York subway – [bbc.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Forty years ago author Norman Mailer published an essay in which he declared the graffiti of the New York subway to be “The Great Art of the 70s”. But what happened to the artists and why is there no subway graffiti any more?
“It started with som…
A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth. Here’s Why It Matters. – [NYTimes.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Is income inequality holding back the United States economy? A new report argues that it is, that an unequal distribution in incomes is making it harder for the nation to recover from the recession and achieve the kind of growth that was commonpla…
Getting Orwell Wrong | Things I grab, motley collection
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our disc…