You may know Bobby Jindal from such backwards political moves like advocating the teaching of Intelligent Design in science classrooms and turning down $300 million of job-creating stimulus funds for high speed rail. Now, in a purely symbolic move, he has chosen to use his executive power as any good demagogue would.
To cut down on construction costs, Russia will force prisoners to create cheaper building materials in factories. Maybe FIFA will step in, because that’s totally like them to care about human rights.
It turns out that rip currents and Memorial Day weekend are a deadly combination. The Orlando Sentinel reported that on Monday alone, 235 rescues were made by Volusia County lifeguards. If the fact that New Smyrna Beach is the sharkbite capital of the world didn’t give you pause about swimming here, surely this news will.
In Barcelona, Ada Colau won the mayoral election by a slim margin. She ran on a platform of “honest government and housing rights” according to the Wall Street Journal. Though the Spanish Prime Minister’s Popular Party received the most total votes in municipal elections, its share dropped 10 percent since elections in 2011.
Arash Derambarsh has a cool name. His idea about ending food waste in France is making waves and will become law tomorrow. Now, he plans to bring the idea before the United Nations when they reconsider an update to the Millennium Development Goals in September.
The “explain the news” site’s article features interesting statistics: the United States’ employs more people in biofuels than in solar and wind combined. Meanwhile, 80 percent of of the jobs in China related to solar photovoltaics is in manufacturing.
ISIS sucks for many reasons, one among them being the fact they destroy irreplaceable, thousand-year old art. “Morehshin Allahyari, an Iranian born artist, educator, and activist, wants to apply that duplicability to the artifacts that ISIS has destroyed.” He is using design software to remodel objects that ISIS has destroyed so they can be remembered forever, if only digitally.
The 350.org founder and divestment leader will put his weight behind the only Presidential candidate that has made combating climate change and making the renewable energy transition part of his campaign.
Berkeley comes in at 3rd, which I can agree with only if you don’t have a single speed bike like I did when I visited there (so many damn hills). The list seems to include almost exclusively college towns: Cambridge, Mass., Davis, Berkeley, Santa Monica, Calif., and Boulder, Col. make up the top 6. Surprisingly omitted from higher rankings are San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.
One of the people killed was a high school senior from Devine, Texas. She was driving home from her prom when overtaken by floodwaters. Texas’s governor added 24 counties to the list of those in a state of disaster.
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