…I could not find anyone during my trip who felt that deeper integration could spur the economic growth that crisis-stricken countries desperately need. On this subject, the opinions of Italians and Spaniards are consistent with those of their fellow Europeans. According to the Eurobarometer, a survey of 27 EU member countries, half of all citizens are pessimistic about the future of the European Union as an institution. Two-thirds feel as if their voice is meaningless in the decisions taken by the EU.
“When I used to be on ESPN, very often. That I looked tired was a common refrain, or that I have a fat face, what I was wearing, etc. … Sometimes it was about how hot I am and will I accept their marriage proposal? And then, of course, the more vile comments, which are always plus-plus. I’ve been called a c—- more times than I can count, had myriad death threats, and been told that the only reason I have my job is because I’m either a.) sleeping with all the athletes, or b.) sleeping with my (presumed) male bosses. I once had someone threaten to mace me outside my apartment building in New York City. ESPN security (which is rarely heralded but so invaluable to its employees and especially its talent) worked with me at the time, and hearing some of the stuff they had to protect against was awful. I’m just a white woman who hears it, but that’s nothing compared to the black women in our business. From what I’ve been told and have seen anecdotally, the misogyny plus the racism they endure is awful. Easy from my privileged perch to say this, but I’ve got it easy.”—Amy K. Nelson, How often do you get tweets related to your appearance, gender or race (or all of the above) and what impact do they have? (via seriouslyamerica)
Unless significant, steady reductions in the emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels begin extremely soon, the Earth might be much closer to potentially catastrophic warming than is widely believed. So argues climatologist James Hansen of the Columbia University Earth Institute and an international team of colleagues in a new analysis published today in the journal PLOS One. Their paper further underscores other recent studies showing that even small delays in shrinking the industrial output of carbon dioxide (CO2) could steeply complicate not only attempts to temper climate change but also any attempts by future generations to adapt to it.
In May of this year a tug boat working off the coast of Nigeria suddenly sank in foul weather in about 100-feet of water. There were twelve crew members aboard, and it was assumed that all the men had perished. Shortly after the incident ten bodies were recovered. A few days later, salvage divers were inspecting the vessel, when they discovered the cook, clinging to life in a small pocket of air in the inverted tug. Miraculously, the man had survived in complete darkness, trapped in the upside-down tug on the bottom of the ocean for days.
The diver who discovered the man was wearing a helmet camera, and the footage of the man’s discovery has just been posted online. Truly amazing to see. Made my heart stopped when the survivor’s hand appeared out of the darkness, and you can hear the dive tender say “okay, so you found one [a body]…he’s alive, he’s alive!”
As a professional tugboater, this incredible story reminds me: NEVER SAY DIE WHEN THERE’S A SHOT IN THE HAWSE!