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#21 MovieCollectorOH

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:10 PM

Tesla workers are passing out on the factory floor, according to a report

Workers at Tesla's California car factory have been passing out and requiring rides in ambulances, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

The conditions at the factory suggest the lengths the company is going to in order to meet its extremely ambitious production goals, and the tension employees feel between their pride in being part of the company and the stress and exhaustion the company's goals are causing them, according to the report.

 

Fainting spells, dizziness, seizures and other symptoms have led to more than 100 calls to ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the publication in an interview that workers are "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but also said he cared deeply about their health and well-being.

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This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for workers in California by Elon Musk.

 

 

Sounds about like the Amazon shipping centers.  There was an article a couple years ago which actually wasn't whitewashed, written about an Amazon shipping center in UK.  The workers had only a very short break in their shift, and many of them spent most of that time just walking all the way across the facility to get to the the break center and back.  A very high turnover rate and the survivors are all kinds of old guys with back problems, orthopedic injuries, and too afraid to take time off to go see a doctor.  Also the first floor was unbearably hot in the Summer because they had to keep all the doors and windows locked due to theft.  They have been adding robots and automation though.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:07 PM

Tesla workers are passing out on the factory floor, according to a report

Workers at Tesla's California car factory have been passing out and requiring rides in ambulances, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

The conditions at the factory suggest the lengths the company is going to in order to meet its extremely ambitious production goals, and the tension employees feel between their pride in being part of the company and the stress and exhaustion the company's goals are causing them, according to the report.

 

Fainting spells, dizziness, seizures and other symptoms have led to more than 100 calls to ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the publication in an interview that workers are "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but also said he cared deeply about their health and well-being.

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This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for workers in California by Elon Musk.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:47 PM

‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

The seed bank designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants in the event of global disaster isn’t prepared to withstand the greatest global disaster facing our planet: global warming. Melting permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located, has seeped into the seed bank, raising questions of how the structure will be able to survive in the future as the Earth keeps warming.

The seed vault is built in an abandoned Arctic coal mine, deep inside a mountain. It contains about a million packets of seeds from almost every country in the world, representing “the most diverse collection of food crop seeds.” In 2015, the ongoing civil war in Syria prompted researchers in the Middle East to withdraw some seeds to replace those previously stored in a gene bank in war-torn Aleppo.

The structure was built underneath the permafrost so it could be “a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters,” as the seed bank’s website says.

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So this is suppose to be a doomsday seed vault and it can't even take a tiny amount of water by the door? These designers need to be promoted to work at NASA.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:31 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500

A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets.

San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a "memorial spaceflight" company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts. The business aims to "change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial."

Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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A San Francisco based company wants to send human remains into space, which is already cluttered with space junk. Then it burns up in our atmosphere and comes back down on us.

 

If I'm buried in space, I expect it to be done properly.

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:19 PM

I've heard of the old adage "If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you its yours," but this seems a bit extreme.

 

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:57 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500


Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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I've heard of the old adage "If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you its yours," but this seems a bit extreme.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:38 PM

Who is doing what, exactly? What's a "useless eater"? Someone who eats (most do) but isn't of any use...to you? Other people? Who's the judge on that? And they call you a r-neck for "calling out follies"? When did you do this? At work? At home? Not on here, that's I've noticed. "R-neck" seems like a misnomer for that kind of behavior, anyway, unless you're throwing in some racist epithets with your "calling out", and that doesn't seem like your character, from what can be gleaned from your posts. And "elitist gasbags"? Those would be people who bloviate about their perceived superiority? Kind of like what you did? Or is it different when you do it?

 

Or was your whole post a quote from something that I don't recall?  :lol:

 

Just trying to regurgitate the latest memes I have read in one synthesized blurb..  Not to worry though, I haven't quit my day job.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:28 PM

...and the useless eaters call me a redneck for calling out the elitist gasbags for their follies.

 

Who is doing what, exactly? What's a "useless eater"? Someone who eats (most do) but isn't of any use...to you? Other people? Who's the judge on that? And they call you a r-neck for "calling out follies"? When did you do this? At work? At home? Not on here, that I've noticed. "R-neck" seems like a misnomer for that kind of behavior, anyway, unless you're throwing in some racist epithets with your "calling out", and that doesn't seem like your character, from what can be gleaned from your posts. And "elitist gasbags"? Those would be people who bloviate about their perceived superiority? Kind of like what you did? Or is it different when you do it?

 

Or was your whole post a quote from something that I don't recall?  :lol:



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500

A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets.

San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a "memorial spaceflight" company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts. The business aims to "change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial."

Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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A San Francisco based company wants to send human remains into space, which is already cluttered with space junk. Then it burns up in our atmosphere and comes back down on us.

 

...and the useless eaters call me a redneck for calling out the elitist gasbags for their follies.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:05 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500

A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets.

San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a "memorial spaceflight" company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts. The business aims to "change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial."

Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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A San Francisco based company wants to send human remains into space, which is already cluttered with space junk. Then it burns up in our atmosphere and comes back down on us.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:58 PM

Trees in Eastern U.S. Head West as Climate Changes

Ecologists have long predicted that climate change will send plants and animals uphill and towards the poles in search of familiar temperatures. Such movements have increasingly been documented around the world. But a study now shows that changing rainfall patterns may be driving some tree species in the eastern United States west, not north.

 

Songlin Fei, a forest ecologist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and his colleagues tracked the shifting distributions of 86 types of trees using data collected by the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program during two periods: from 1980 to 1995 and between 2013 and 2015 for all states. They found more species heading west than north, probably partly because of changing precipitation patterns, the team reported on May 17 in Science Advances. “That was a huge surprise for us,” says Fei.

 

“If you think of these species as members of a family, the question is, will some families break apart, or will they travel together?” says Fei. “We might be talking about these families breaking apart.”

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It is amazing how dumb some of these global warming studies are, here is one claiming trees are already moving out West. I hope they are packing suitcases.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:22 PM

U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petunias

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that U.S. flower distributors have begun to destroy countless petunia plants after federal scientists confirmed that they were genetically engineered (GE) to produce vivid orange, red, and purple blooms. The agency says the flowers pose no risk to the environment or to human health, but GE organisms need special permits to be sold in the United States.

 

Distributors apparently imported or bred the flowers without realizing the plants had been GE. On 2 May, the Germany-based horticultural firm Selecta Klemm informed USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that it had moved a GE orange petunia into the United States, according to a statement issued by USDA.

 

“This led to testing by USDA of numerous petunia varieties, which confirmed this particular variety and several others are indeed GE and meet our regulatory definition of a regulated article under APHIS regulations,”

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The USDA is saving us from vivid orange, red and purple petunias, what a country we have. Next we will be going back to hand mowing lawns.

 

Yea right....USDA requires special permits for a damned genetically engineered Petunia,but it's A-OK to grow distribute AND SELL genetically engineered frankenfoods w/o the need for any pesky permits,even going so far as to make it illegal to mark such crops as genetically engineered so as to protect Monsanto(via the Monsanto Protection Act) and the Bio-Tech industry,and to fool an unsuspecting public who,by-and-large aren't even aware of the existence of GM foods nor are aware of the possible(probable) health dangers from eating Monsanto's crap.What a corrupt gov't we have!! :wacko:


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:09 PM

U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petunias

 

 


 

So much for the slogan "GE, we bring good things to life!"


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:08 PM


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I can't believe they put plaques on spacecraft that shows aliens how to find us.

Just show them a map of the southern border.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:02 AM

U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petunias

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that U.S. flower distributors have begun to destroy countless petunia plants after federal scientists confirmed that they were genetically engineered (GE) to produce vivid orange, red, and purple blooms. The agency says the flowers pose no risk to the environment or to human health, but GE organisms need special permits to be sold in the United States.

 

Distributors apparently imported or bred the flowers without realizing the plants had been GE. On 2 May, the Germany-based horticultural firm Selecta Klemm informed USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that it had moved a GE orange petunia into the United States, according to a statement issued by USDA.

 

“This led to testing by USDA of numerous petunia varieties, which confirmed this particular variety and several others are indeed GE and meet our regulatory definition of a regulated article under APHIS regulations,”

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The USDA is saving us from vivid orange, red and purple petunias, what a country we have. Next we will be going back to hand mowing lawns.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:57 AM

Earth's forests grew 9% in a new satellite survey

The Age of Exploration may be long past, but even in the 21st century, our maps can still get a major update. Using satellite imagery, a new study has found hidden forests all over the world—almost enough for a second Amazon—in areas with little moisture known as drylands.

 

Past estimates of how much of the world’s drylands are covered in forests have run into lots of problems: For instance, the satellite images used to measure them are often so low-resolution that it’s hard to figure out the difference between a tree, a shadow, or even a patch of dirt. To correct for that, an international team of researchers performed the first global study using a new set of ultra–high-resolution Google Earth images—in which each pixel represents a patch of ground less than a meter wide, as opposed to tens of meters.

 

Hundreds of scientists and students then combed through 210,000 images and found that the world’s drylands host 40% more forests than thought, the team writes today in Science. That’s more than a 9% bump in total global forest coverage, or two-thirds the size of the Amazon.

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How embarrassing is this, the experts were all wrong about how much forest coverage there is on Earth. And they expect us to believe them on world temperatures when they were off here by about 9 percent?


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:41 PM

Physicist debunks key Bermuda Triangle theory

A British scientist claims to have disproven one of the many theories that surround the Bermuda Triangle and its mysterious ship-sinking tendencies.

For decades, sailors have been terrified of the infamous area, where ships and aircrafts have been known to simply vanish.

Some have gone as far as to claim the area is plagued by evil, supernatural forces, dubbing it the 'Devil's triangle.'

A popular theory often floated to explain these disappearances is that ships in the Bermuda Triangle may get pulled under the water by methane bubbles resulting from undersea gas explosions.

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They should put the global warming scientists on this mystery, I am sure they could make something up to solve it.

 

 

Talk about timing....

 

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:45 PM

Dying Guatemala lake underlines climate change threat

Atescatempa (Guatemala) (AFP) - The dried-out oyster shells lie on a landscape parched and cracked by the sun.

 

This is what is left of Lake Atescatempa, once a vast blue-green body of water in southwestern Guatemala.

 

Now the lake is dying, a conspicuous victim of the climate change that is projected to profoundly and irreversibly affect Central America.

 

A prolonged drought descended on the region last year, shriveling two rivers that feed into Lake Atescatempa, and with it the flow of tourists to the area and the livelihood of residents.

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Now that there is almost no drought in the U.S. the global warming crowd will be picking on poor Guatemala instead.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:40 PM

California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities

California's smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA's 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new report.

 

Bakersfield, Calif., again holds the dubious distinction of having the USA's most days of highly polluted air, based on data from 2013-2015, the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report released Wednesday found.

 

In addition to the worst spikes of short-term pollution — led by Bakersfield — the report also lists the cities with the worst overall year-round pollution — led by Visala/Hanford, Calif.— and the worst ozone pollution, led by the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.

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California is completely run by Democrats so they can't blame anyone else for this pollution. If only they practiced what they preached to the rest of the country.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:54 AM

Physicist debunks key Bermuda Triangle theory

A British scientist claims to have disproven one of the many theories that surround the Bermuda Triangle and its mysterious ship-sinking tendencies.

For decades, sailors have been terrified of the infamous area, where ships and aircrafts have been known to simply vanish.

Some have gone as far as to claim the area is plagued by evil, supernatural forces, dubbing it the 'Devil's triangle.'

A popular theory often floated to explain these disappearances is that ships in the Bermuda Triangle may get pulled under the water by methane bubbles resulting from undersea gas explosions.

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They should put the global warming scientists on this mystery, I am sure they could make something up to solve it.


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