How Shorter Workweeks Could Save Earth

The Pentagon Is Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons ; Baldness Could Soon Be Cured ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “Somewhere in between commuting, making money and spending money, we are undeniably living unsustainably. And just last month, July 29 became the earliest ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ on record: the day on which humanity's demand for ecological resources exceeds what Earth can regenerate in a year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation. ... But there's a novel idea that could turn this around: we work less, thus slowing down the global economy and curbing our seemingly endless appetite to consume more stuff.” Photo credit: Billie Grace Ward / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Pentagon Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons Across the Midwest (Gerry)

The author writes, “Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons are being launched from rural South Dakota and drifting 250 miles through an area spanning portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois. Travelling in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 65,000ft, the balloons are intended to ‘provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats.’”

Montana Man Slams 13-Year-Old to Ground, Fracturing His Skull, for Not Removing Hat During Anthem (Chris)

The author writes, “The incident took place Saturday at the Mineral County Fair and Rodeo in western Montana. … Curt Brockway grabbed the teen, picked him up, and then slammed him headfirst to the ground. … Brockway said he slammed the boy to the ground because of his hat. ‘He said (the boy) was disrespecting the national anthem so he had every right to do that,’ eyewitness Taylor Hennick said.”

How the Trail of American White Supremacy Led to El Paso (Chris)

From the New Yorker: “This past Saturday, the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project held events across the city, including a bike tour and panel discussions, to memorialize the dead and to detail the legacy of that week of chaos and terror. The same day, fifteen hundred miles to the south, in El Paso, Texas, there was a different commemoration taking place, one more akin to a dramatic reënactment than a sombre reflection — the past climbing out from its shallow grave to place its claim on the present.”

Foreign Countries Are Warning Their Citizens About US Travel After Mass Shootings (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A statement Monday from Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry warned about ‘growing indiscriminate violence’ in the U.S. It urged Uruguayans traveling there to avoid ‘theme parks, shopping centers, festivals, religious events, gastronomic fairs and any kind of cultural or sporting events.’ U.S. authorities are unable to prevent mass shootings because of ‘indiscriminate’ gun ownership, the statement said.”

Baldness Could Soon Be Cured for Real — If You’re Rich (Mili)

The author writes, “A cure for baldness may be on the horizon — and all it takes is an extravagant combination of cloned stem cells and 3D-printed follicle molds. Scientists have been trying to clone hair to cure baldness for years, but now they’re close to solving a major problem facing the new follicles — they tend to lose their shape and stop working, reports The Atlantic. Though the likely-expensive treatments aren’t quite ready for your scalp yet, research on animals suggests that they’re on the way.”

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