Saturday, January 20, 2018

Trains can kill

A new train company, Brightline, began service in Florida a week or so ago. Things have not gone well. Three people have been hit by a train, two fatally. They tried to cross the tracks before the train came. It appears as though the accidents were caused by people not realizing how fast the trains were moving. Prvious trains went at 30 to 40 miles per hour, Brightline can reach speeds of up to 79 mph south of West Palm Beach and up to 110 mph through the Treasure and Space coasts.

From our Florida correspondent

Friday, January 19, 2018

It's only a half degree

From CarbonBrief

Combating Loneliness

England is trying to do so based on a recent study that showed that more than nine million adults in the country often or always feel lonely. This is more than the population of London. Government research has found that about 200,000 older people in Britain had not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month. 

The country has take three steps to begin to address the problem. The Prime Minister appointed a minister for loneliness. A government agency will establish a method of measuring loneliness. A fund will be set up to help the government and charities to develop a wider strategy to identify opportunities to tackle the problem.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Poor design?

Here's a shot of the menu used in the Hawaii 'warning' on Saturday.



As you can see, it is not crystal clear. Particularly when the top line (False Alarm) was added after Saturday. Few of the lines are in plain English. For example, PACOM refers to the United States Pacific Command based in Hawaii.

Tulips were worth a heck of a lot



From Visual Capitalist

Sunday, January 14, 2018

He flies through the air


The car clipped a median and flew about 60 feet before slamming into the second floor of a building in Santa Ana, Ca. The driver had taken drugs.

Mistakes?

What were the odds of the Hawaii error resulting in a war?


Culture of animals?

One view of the War on Drugs

The State Dept. is shrinking

60 percent of the State Departments’ top-ranking career diplomats have left and new applications to join the foreign service have fallen by half, according to recent data from the American Foreign Service Association, the professional organization of the U.S. diplomatic corps. Last week the Ambassador to Panama resigned because he was not able to work under President Donald Trump. He was considered a rising star and a potential future assistant secretary. 

Does this bode well for us? Is the chance of another war on the increase?