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Pharmaceutical Ads in the U.S.

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From Harper’s Index for January:

Amount the US pharmaceutical industry spent in 2016 on ads for prescription drugs: $6,400,000,000

Number of countries in which direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical ads are legal: 2

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macjustice
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satadru
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Yup. THIS is why American healthcare costs are so high. Prescription drug pricing for the insured is targeted to be about $400/month/medication/person. (It doesn't matter what the dosage is. A month supply of 10mg pills costs the same as a month supply of 5mg pills for major medications.)
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Decentralized water, food stores, secret hideaways: how Switzerland has prepared itself for the end of the world.

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Decentralized water, food stores, secret hideaways: how Switzerland has prepared itself for the end of the world.

↩︎ Marginal Revolution

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SECRET UNDERGROUND HYDROELECTRIC DAMS!!
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Leafy Neckdowns: Cornstarch, Water & Leaves Reshape Unsafe Intersection [ARTICLE]

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In winter months, urban activists and designers have been known to observe where people drive and walk through snow, then use that information to redraw streets and sidewalks. But this year, one Toronto resident didn’t wait for “snowy neckdowns” (or: sneckdowns) to see if he and his neighbors could test safety measures at a local intersection.

The current state of the intersection

So David Meslin gathered a group to create a set of temporary curb extensions. The main ingredients: a one-to-one ratio of cornstarch and water for the solid white lines plus leaves from area yards. The guidelines helped direct cars while leaf piles visually reinforced them, encouraging vehicles to follow a modified path. This soft “leafy neckdown” redesign didn’t prevent anyone from driving over the lines or through the leaves, but reshaped traffic behavior nonetheless.

Temporary state after intervention

“Last week I got together with some neighbors,” Meslin explained in a social media post, “and we temporarily re-designed a dangerous intersection near our homes. Using only chalk and leaves (and maintaining all existing road widths at 28 feet) we revealed a surplus surface area of 2,000 square feet which could be transformed into a parkette, new sidewalks, and much shorter/safer crossings.”

Proposed state for the intersection

The idea behind these kinds of changes is relatively simple: if cars don’t need the space, why give it to them? Narrower roads (that are still sufficiently wide for vehicles) tend to slow cars down and reduce crossing times, making things less dangerous for pedestrians. And, of course, that freed-up space can be put to better use, too.

Guerrilla interventions like this may be impermanent, but they can help highlight areas for potential improvement and illustrate how easily cars can adapt to small changes on city streets. Of course, not all municipalities will take kindly to this type of citizen action — stay safe!

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A fact often omitted from its origin story: Google began through a CIA/NSA grant to track and identify web users.

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A fact often omitted from its origin story: Google began through a CIA/NSA grant to track and identify web users.

↩︎ Quartz

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Net neutrality needs to be fought upstream—by increasing people’s choice of ISPs or offering it publicly.

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In 2005, the company Telus, which is the second largest telecommunications company in Canada, began blocking access to a server that hosted a website that supported a labor strike against Telus.

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AfroArt: fantastic portraits of African American kids with “unique natural hairstyles”

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Husband and wife photographers Regis & Kahran Bethencourt have been working on a project called AfroArt “to showcase the beauty and versatility of afro hair”. It features African American kids and young adults photographed in different settings (futuristic, Baroque, etc.) with natural hairstyles.

We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media. Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not “good enough” and often forces kids to have low self-esteem. We try to combat these stereotypes in our photography by showing diverse imagery of kids who love the skin they’re in, their own natural curls and their culture. Stories like this are important to show so that we can shatter the current standards of beauty.

It was really tough to pick just three four five of these portraits…go check out the lot. Oh, and prints are available in their online store.

Tags: Kahran Bethencourt   photography   Regis Bethencourt
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