Archive for May 3rd, 2022

May 3rd, 2022 - 11:27 pm § in Misc.

Repurposing Concrete’s cement silos into a climbing wall

The town of Concrete, Washington, is a gateway to the North Cascades. The cement plant, which supplied cement for the Grand Coulee Dam and projects in Seattle, was built in 1908 and has stood abandoned since 1967. The site is currently owned by the town. Now the 100-foot high cement silo, with walls[...]

May 3rd, 2022 - 10:54 pm § in Law and Courts

Is the Supreme Court’s reputation irretrievably ruined?

I doubt it. First of all, the Alito draft isn’t necessarily the court’s decision. Most people assume it is, but we’ll have to wait and see. Second, the Supreme Court doesn’t have much of a reputation to begin with, and you can’t lose something you don’t have. Occa[...]

May 3rd, 2022 - 9:38 pm § in Health, Law and Courts

How to make sure we don’t have enough nurses

Overwork them, underpay them. Deny them lunch and rest breaks, time off, and family leave. Stress them out, burn them out, then throw them in prison if they make a mistake. “Diana Campion, a nurse practitioner who lives in Florida, recently contemplated going back to bedside nursing part-time,[...]

May 3rd, 2022 - 4:49 pm § in Health, Politics

California nurses’ strike bears fruit

A couple weeks ago I wrote here that nurses at Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto were threatening to strike over pay and working conditions. They did walk out, and after spending a week on picket lines, they appear to have won. The union president called the [...]

May 3rd, 2022 - 4:14 pm § in Racism, Russia

Don’t judge all Russians by Putin’s behavior

Most of the badness is the handiwork of just one of them, and he doesn’t dance. In Italy this week, Russian and Ukrainian ballerinas danced together in a benefit show to raise money for the Red Cross (read story here; watch video below). A lot of the awful stuff that happens in the world resul[...]

May 3rd, 2022 - 3:27 pm § in Russia

Don’t kid yourself about nuclear war

The handwringing has begun. Michael Christ, writing for CNN, says (here): “The Pentagon response [to Putin’s latest nuclear saber-rattling] appears to be an ‘extra urgency in developing a new generation of doomsday weapons that could maintain deterrence,’ according to David I[...]