NYT: Birds Are Vanishing From North America


Via NYT:

The skies are emptying out.

The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago.

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science at its finest


Hurricanes schmuricans. This guy’s beating out science and technology in a few sage seconds ….

D’uh. Why didn’t anyone else think of dumping ice in hurricanes? Or flying planes the opposite way of the storm to slow it down?

Dropping the kids off in the forest …


From a story about a Dutch tradition called, “Dropping.”

The Dutch — it is fair to say — do childhood differently. Children are taught not to depend too much on adults; adults are taught to allow children to solve their own problems. Droppings distill these principles into extreme form, banking on the idea that even for children who are tired, hungry and disoriented, there is a compensatory thrill to being in charge.

Via TYWKIWDBI

 

Vox: What the US gets wrong about minimum wage


Vox took the time to explain minimum wage in very clear terms. Take a look.

The American federal minimum wage hasn’t gone up in a decade. That’s the longest wait since the US first set a minimum wage in 1938. Today, Congress is debating whether they should raise it again. But the fact that Congress has to debate it at all is… kind of weird. In the US, unlike in other developed countries, the minimum wage is a political issue. That means it gets raised irregularly and unpredictably. And that causes a bunch of problems for American workers and businesses. But it doesn’t have to be that way.