“This is one reason merchant seafaring is still, by some accounts, the world’s second-most-dangerous occupation, after commercial fishing. According to Imperial College London, 200 supertankers and container ships have sunk in the past two decades due to weather. Wolfgang Rosenthal, a scientist at the European Space Agency, which studies sea conditions via satellite, estimates that two “large ships” sink every week on average. Most of these, he says, “simply get put down to bad weather.’ “”


Later that afternoon, hoisted up in a man basket by a crane, Rich Austin got a better view of the devastation. “It looked almost like a landfill in some areas,” he remembers. Containers had split like dropped melons, spewing cargo: remote-control boats, golf clubs, frozen lobster tails, bicycles, thousands of plastic air fresheners. A few days into the salvage operation, the stink of rotting seafood got so foul that Austin swiped an air freshener, cracked it open, and rubbed the fragrance cartridge on his mustache.

Many photographs of the ravaged China were taken that week. Photos of Bay 1 show boxes stuffed with clothing labels yet to be stitched on. In Bay 36, you can see packages of thawing shrimp; in Bay 58, Kenwood bookshelf stereo systems. Most impressive are the photos of Bay 59, which show a smorgasbord of consumer goods metal pots, bouquets of plastic flowers, white sneakers, gray trousers from the Gap, all intermingled. “Whatever Americans were consuming at that time, there it was,” longshoreman Dan McKis­son told me. “There was Christmas laying on the deck.”


“The Crown Estate plays a major role in the development of the offshore wind energy industry in the UK. Other commercial activity managed by the Crown Estate on the seabed includes wave and tidal energy, carbon capture and storage, aggregates, submarine cables and pipelines and the mining of potash.”

Crown Estate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“The Crown Estate owns virtually all of the UK’s seabed from mean low water to the 12-nautical-mile (22 km) limit.[”

Crown Estate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“The case recognised a never-before discussed prerogative power; while creating prerogative powers violates precedent, it was found that this power had existed but had not been referenced. The court’s decision was criticised; academic Robert Ward writes in the Cambridge Law Journal that it has “Full marks for creative thinking, but the result looks distinctly like that constitutional solecism, the recognition of a new prerogative… the impact of the prerogative power to maintain the peace is potentially so far-reaching as to make the decision look rather like a Pandora’s box - from which a host of evils were loosed upon the world”.[8]”

R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Northumbria Police Authority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On July 5, three days after the Brazilian woman’s initial query, her consultation was sent to a doctor to review. Five physicians work for Women on Web part time; some of them also have jobs in abortion clinics doing surgical procedures. Gomperts wouldn’t tell me where the doctors were based, only that she consulted with a law professor to determine that “everyone is operating in a legal setting.” Despite her earlier defiance on the ship, she decided on this front not to court controversy. “We are trying to demedicalize abortion, but the reality is the doctors are liable,” she said.

At the Amsterdam office, Renata followed the Brazilian case. After reviewing and approving the woman’s consultation, the doctor wrote a prescription for mifepristone and misoprostol and sent it electronically to a drug exporter in India. The exporter would fill the prescription and send the medication to the woman, in a package with a tracking number, so she and the help desk could follow its progress. Renata sent the Brazilian woman an email telling her how to take the pills, once they were delivered, in a series of doses over 24 hours. The instructions explained what to expect when the medication takes effect — bleeding, cramping and discomfort. When taken together, the pills are 95 to 98 percent effective.

Gomperts designed her program — based on the radical idea of providing abortions without direct contact with a doctor — for women in countries where abortion clinics are nonexistent or highly restricted. But her model is invigorating abortion rights activists in the United States, where the procedure is simultaneously legal and increasingly hard to access. In their eyes, medical abortion, delivered through a known, if faraway, source, could be a transformative response: a means of access that remains open even when clinics shut.

The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion - NYTimes.com

“Ten women each gave Gomperts 10,000 Dutch guilders (about $5,500), part of the money needed to rent a boat and pay for a crew. But to comply with Dutch law, she also had to build a mobile abortion clinic. Tapping contacts she made a decade earlier, when she attended art school at night while studying medicine, she got in touch with Joep van Lieshout, a well-known Dutch artist, and persuaded him to design the clinic. They applied for funds from the national arts council and built it together inside the shipping container. When the transport ministry threatened to revoke the ship’s authorization because of the container on deck, van Lieshout faxed them a certificate decreeing the clinic a functional work of art, titled “a-portable.” The ship was allowed to sail, and van Lieshout later showed a mock-up of the clinic at the Venice Biennale.”

The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion - NYTimes.com

Police chiefs complained for years that Home Office changes to the way they were expected to record crime rendered their figures next to useless for anyone searching for trends. Earlier this year they suffered the humiliation of seeing the UK Statistics Authority withdraw the gold-standard status from crime data that the police record, after the Commons public administration select committee heard evidence that a number of forces had for years been under-recording crime, particularly sexual offences, in an attempt to meet national targets.

There are acknowledged problems with the CSEW too: it leaves out crimes committed against businesses, such as shoplifting, and does not question some of the most vulnerable people – such as the homeless – who may be victimised repeatedly. It has always recorded greater levels of crime than the police figures, however, and has long been regarded as more reliable.

Tough case to crack: the mystery of Britain’s falling crime rate

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  1. Secretly sideloading Android apps into users’ devices that are infected with malware. If the users gained through the first method are at least real users, those gained through this one are all fake. One compromised Android device must be very busy at night downloading all kinds of apps, opening them and then uninstall them before their masters wake up in the morning. Some go so far as to make purchases with users’ online banking accounts.

China’s Online Black Market — Part III: Underground Android App Distribution - TechNode

MSN Messenger heralded a new era: a time when chatting up a classmate no longer meant the terrifying prospect of actually having to say something to them.

It meant no longer would young teens have to endure the torture of ringing the landline number of their newest crush - knowing there was a high probability that dad would pick up.

But after all the “ASL?”s and “u there?”s, Messenger’s loyal subjects became less dependent. “I’ll brb”, people said… but they never did.

MSN Messenger to end after 15 years

“Unlike unauthorized charges to users’ phone bill, through which most illegal money was made in 2G era, today’s app distributors have found it’s way easier to make money from app developers than end-users, largely thanks to the fact that venture capital has been chasing mobile apps in recent years and relatively limited channels for app distribution and promotion.”

China’s Online Black Market — Part III: Underground Android App Distribution - TechNode

A decade traveling the continent for The Economist, reporting on everything from jihadis to the spread of cheap Nokia cell phones has convinced him that a technological paradox will permeate poor countries in the 21st century.

“A community will have access to a flying robot even though it will not have access to clean water, or security, or be able to keep its girls in school.”

The inside story of Google’s secret quest to deliver products with drones

“But there is also Andreas Raptopoulos and his company Matternet.”

The inside story of Google’s secret quest to deliver products with drones

“Roy’s team found it difficult to even trigger their sense-and-avoid systems when they tried to do so intentionally by flying remote-controlled planes at them.”

The inside story of Google’s secret quest to deliver products with drones

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