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  • Very interesting old article on media opportunism through jingoism:

    Gotcha! How the Sun reaped spoils of war | Business | The Guardian

    “...the Sun roared ahead for the rest of the decade, creating vast profits which became the cornerstone of Murdoch's international media empire.

    War is hell. But there's always a winner.”



    Potential irony (Note the strangeness of this blog and its lack of authorship):

    “The First Casualty is now widely considered to be the true version of the Falklands Invasion“

    https://www.theguardian.com/business...blishing.media


    And media failure:

    “Lured Onto the Punch” – How the Falklands War Really Started

    “When the Royal Marines returned home, they were treated to newspaper headlines of “Shamed” and “Surrender,” and one article suggested that they had given in “with barely a shot fired.” Their own story had been buried and replaced with junta propaganda of an almost bloodless victory, ...”

    https://www.warhistoryonline.com/gue...y-started.html


    “The First Casualty – The Untold Story of the Falklands War”
    By Ricky D. Phillips
    https://thefirstcasualtyblog.wordpre...ary-historian/


    Ricky D. Phillips is not a historian – George Ganitis

    “I am not the first one to call Ricky’s qualifications into question, either. In 2017, under the alias ‘Real History Man’ (yes, really), he made repeated attempts to edit the Wikipedia article for the 1982 Invasion of the Falkland Islands, citing his own book and making grandiose claims about himself in the process. Or, rather, he was pretending to be...”

    ...

    “This is pretty much the theme with Ricky D. Phillips. Every single claim about his fame and importance stems from himself, with there being little to no evidence beyond his own word. ”...
    https://georgeganitis.com/2018/12/23...t-a-historian/
    Last edited by KC; 14-07-2019, 07:23 AM.

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    • Calgary Central Library - Wood Design & Building

      Wood takes center stage in this dramatic new monument for books

      Calgary, AB

      One of Architectural Digest’s 12 most anticipated buildings of 2018, the Snøhetta-designed Calgary Central Library is a showcase for wood, featuring western red cedar, western hemlock and white oak in a variety of interior and exterior applications. Although the exterior cladding is a geometric interplay between glass and aluminum, as visitors approach the entryway they are greeted by a sweeping roof of unfinished, fire-treated cedar slats; about 170 panels that range in weight from 227 to 907 kilograms comprise one of the largest freeform timber soffit structures in the world, using 21,850 sq.ft. of wood. The fabricator, ...”

      http://www.wooddesignandbuilding.com...ntral-library/

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      • Stronger than aluminum, a heavily altered wood cools passively | Ars Technica

        “There are myriad ways to measure toughness: resistance to bending, stretching, impacts, etc. The researchers measured a number of these, and the modified wood came out ahead of untreated wood by large margins—anywhere from three to 10 times wood's value. Strikingly, for at least one of these measures (tensile strength), it edged out some types of steel and titanium. All of which means that it should be possible to use this material in places where wood wouldn't normally be considered.”
        https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...heat-to-space/

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        • Airlines Told to Reboot Old A350s Weekly Due to Software Bug

          "Depending on the affected aeroplane systems or equipment, different consequences have been observed and reported by operators, from redundancy loss to complete loss on a specific function hosted on common remote data concentrator and core processing input/output modules.

          This condition, if not corrected, could lead to partial or total loss of some avionics systems or functions, possibly resulting in an unsafe condition."

          https://interestingengineering.com/a...ftware-bug-fix

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          • Originally posted by KC View Post
            Airlines Told to Reboot Old A350s Weekly Due to Software Bug

            "Depending on the affected aeroplane systems or equipment, different consequences have been observed and reported by operators, from redundancy loss to complete loss on a specific function hosted on common remote data concentrator and core processing input/output modules.

            This condition, if not corrected, could lead to partial or total loss of some avionics systems or functions, possibly resulting in an unsafe condition."

            https://interestingengineering.com/a...ftware-bug-fix

            "This condition, if not corrected" is the key. There is a software fix but it requires taking the plane out of service.

            The bug can be fixed with a software update that Airbus has included with the newer 1350-941s, and which can be retroactively installed into older models.


            The issue?


            Installing the update requires the plane to be taken out of service for maintenance and quality testing, something that would take considerably longer to perform than a simple power reboot. Not every airline wants their old models to be out of commission for so long — it really does sound like the conundrum countless people face when they have a niggling problem with their smartphones or laptops.

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            • “when I first bought my house, if I had realized that it was in my yard I probably wouldn't have bought it”

              “Don’t bother spraying ‘Kill-Ex’ on it. Creeping Bellflower is immune to 2,4-D (the active ingredient). ‘Round-Up’, containing glyphosphate, will slow it down but,”


              Creeping bellflower: How to fight the noxious weed spreading in Calgary yards


              “...when I first bought my house, if I had realized that it was in my yard I probably wouldn't have bought it...


              Q: The City of Calgary deals with weeds like this, don't they?

              A: If someone actually tattles on you,_b] they will give you a certain amount of time and otherwise they will come in and fine — and you'll have to pay for them to remove it from your garden.[/b]

              Q: How do you dispose of it?

              A: You want to garbage it. You don't want to compost it…It will survive in the compost bin.

              https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...ncan-1.4158440



              Creeping Bellflower: The Zombie Weed

              “For the first couple years, it will be pretty and deceivingly well-behaved. But 8″ beneath the surface it’s building a rhizomal substructure that is shuffling under flower beds, lawn, and garden alike.

              By the time you notice it’s a problem,
              zombies are sprouting over your yard. The heart shaped leaves appear en masse in perennial beds and lawns and quickly choke out any resident plants.

              Creeping bellflower thrives in dry or wet soils, full sun or full shade. It can lay dormant for years and, if there are no insects to pollinate, it will pollinate itself to make seeds.

              It spreads by both rhizome and seed, and any shred of rhizome is enough to create a new, single-minded army of weeds. Each can produce 3,000 seeds and each comes equipped with wings for drifting across fences to quickly plague entire blocks and neighbourhoods.

              Creeping Bellflower has recently been listed as a noxious weed and bylaw officers are out in force this year, issuing thousands of citations to clean up infested yards. If cited, home-owners have 10 days to clean up or a contractor will do it...”


              Don’t bother spraying ‘Kill-Ex’ on it. Creeping Bellflower is immune to 2,4-D (the active ingredient). ‘Round-Up’, containing glyphosphate, will slow it down but,...


              https://www.salisburygreenhouse.com/...ng-bellflower/





              https://salisburygreenhouse.com/wp-c...ellflower1.jpg




              Creeping Bellflower Eradication - How To Get Rid Of Creeping Bellflower

              “Pulling is generally ineffective, although you may prevent reseeding. You may get the shallow, thread-like roots, but the plant will quickly rebound and send out new growth from the deeper roots. Mow or deadhead creeping bellflower consistently to prevent reseeding. If all else fails, creeping bellflower in gardens may warrant careful application of herbicides.

              Don’t waste your money on 2,4-D ...”

              https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/orn...bellflower.htm
              Last edited by KC; 09-08-2019, 07:09 AM.

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              • A good article:

                Mayor Don Iveson: Investing in Edmonton enriches all of Alberta | Edmonton Journal

                https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/...all-of-alberta

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                • This is what 10 years of reforestation can do - BBC Reel
                  https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07kw...station-can-do

                  The future of food: Why farming is moving indoors
                  https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49052317
                  Last edited by KC; 24-08-2019, 09:41 AM.

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                  • Why logs are twice as dirty as diesel

                    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...pollutionwatch

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                    • Rapid transit rail lines are serving Canada's airports, now and in the future | Urbanized

                      https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/cana...public-transit

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                      • Paris's Gare du Nord Plan Hits French Resistance - CityLab
                        “There’s a clear precedent elsewhere in the world of mass transit here: The station sounds like it’s going to be a lot more more like an airport.

                        Nothing should be more like an airport. Even airports should be less like airports. Contemporary flight terminals are purgatorial by design—and with an increasing trend for ...”


                        https://www.citylab.com/design/2019/...y-mall/597667/

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                        • Scooters have beat them to it:

                          The future of AV public transportation - Curbed
                          Excerpts:

                          “Woessner envisions a transit system where connections between more conventional bus, rail, and ride-hailing networks are served by self-driving shuttles rather than individual cars. Need to get to a building on campus? Hop on the Olli. Going from the airport to the nearest Metro station? Olli. Staying at a hotel in National Harbor and want to try your luck on the roulette wheel at the MGM Grand a short drive away? Take the Olli.”


                          ...
                          ““There are no autonomous systems available, zero on the road today,” Krafcik said.

                          He must not have been thinking about buses.

                          In just the last two years, a movement toward driverless, electric shuttle services in America’s cities has quietly bubbled up. In Detroit, Las Vegas, Columbus, even Lincoln, Nebraska, autonomous mini-buses have completed successful shuttle trials or are currently ferrying passengers.”...

                          https://www.curbed.com/2019/4/17/184...a-may-mobility
                          Last edited by KC; 15-09-2019, 02:05 AM.

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                          • Stanford Researchers Discover a New Route to Carbon-Neutral Fuels From Carbon Dioxide

                            https://scitechdaily.com/stanford-re...arbon-dioxide/

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                            • Solar and Wind Power So Cheap They’re Outgrowing Subsidies - Bloomberg

                              https://www.bloomberg.com/news/featu...wing-subsidies

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                              • The truth behind the plastic bag
                                18 OCTOBER 2019|ENVIRONMENT

                                The surprising history of an item invented to save the environment, not destroy it

                                https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07r7...ave-the-planet

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