Category Archives: Science & Society

Even in areas scorched by California wildfires, mail delivery continues

One of the eeriest images of the recent fires in Northern California is this drone footage of a USPS mail truck making deliveries to a series of burned-out houses:

Creepy? You said it. But apparently the postal service was honoring requests from customers who would be returning to their former residences to claim their mail.

Personally, I’m impressed that in spite of everything, mail delivery continues. It seems rather in keeping with the unofficial post office motto:

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

Happy Labor Day, Everyone!

Labor Day 2

ILGWU Local 62 marches in a Labor Day parade.

Photo courtesy of The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives

Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

San Francisco Shatters All-Time Heat Record at 106 Degrees

In a city where residential air conditioning is all but unheard of, San Franciscans spent Friday, September 1st sweltering in 106-degree heat, shattering the city’s all-time heat record. The Death Valley-like triple-digit temperatures have been recorded in many locales around the state, leading to excessive heat warnings and the opening of potentially life-saving “cooling centers” for those without air conditioning.

“It’s very hot,” one profound observer noted:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/san-francisco-hits-106-degrees-%e2%80%94-shatters-all-time-record/ar-AAr5v1f?li=BBnbfcL

 

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Houston Sports Retailer Becomes Home Base for First Responders

Found this touching story about Academy Sports + Outdoors, a sports retailer in Texas that has opened its stores and donated rescue equipment to first responders in the Houston area: read it here.

In the wake of stories about people like famed pastor Joel Osteen, who closed the doors of his Houston megachurch that seats 17,000 during Hurricane Harvey, it’s nice to see that some businesses have stepped up to assist the community in its time of need.

 

 

Perhaps they should have elected Lord Buckethead…

In the wake of the recent decision by Great Britain to leave the European Union, one has to wonder whether voters were fully informed as to the cost and complexity of making a “Brexit.”

I will say that I think American politics would be vastly improved if we adopted the UK policy of having all of the candidates – even the joke ones – appear on one stage during the announcement of the vote tally. All hail Lord Buckethead!