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Onwards to Issue 44. Enjoy.
Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns.
In our last podcast we tried to tease out whether food deserts are a symptom or a cause in conjunction with poverty. Katie F. shared a related link about the role of dollar stores in either exploiting or exasperating these poorer areas that don't have access to high quality food and grocery options. Some towns are even using zoning and ordinances to try to keep the dollar stores out, in order to promote better nutrition. -Brian
Captain Of His Destiny: The Man Who Has Lived On A Cruise Ship For 13 Years
A friend recently placed his mother in an upscale assisted living center for the low low price of $300+ per DAY (that's well over $100K per year). What if you could live on a cruise ship year round for a lot less than that? Sounds pretty great to me! -Brian
We all know cats and dogs are pretty much the highlight of the Internet. This may be the pinnacle of Internet cat-dom...a YouTube channel of a sweet wittle puddy tat who travels around in the cab of his owner's big rig. I dare you not to watch and be relaxed! mowr! -Brian
The 15 Most Expensive Vacation Spots in the World
Number 11 is my new life goal...-Brian
Bruh, you may as well have written "Number 11 will shock you!" Click-baiter! -Calvin
You Fancy, Huh
2018 FREIGHTLINER CASCADIA 125 SLEEPER
OK new plan...need to get one of these sweet sleeper trucks (check out the interior!) and a cat and a YouTube channel. -Brian
The godfather of fake news - From Joe D.
Before everyone's favorite–and least favorite–pols were bleating about fake news, an actual industry of fake news developed. It's not who you think and they aren't doing it for the reasons you think. -Brian
I love technology (and science)
Former NASA Engineer Creates "Bait" Package That Sprays Porch Thieves with Glitter and Farts
This is a video, but I put it in the science section because this is most over-engineered prank that has probably ever been executed. Tip o' the cap to my Dad for the link. - Calvin
Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from.
From Steve S.; a fascinating look at how humans think robots should solve this classic ethical problem.
One thought I had while reading this: currently, humans design the robots and write some of the code, so the robot's developer or designer's cultural background probably influences the decisions that that robot will make. Wut. - Calvin