My education book is keepin it real
How are Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and King George V of Great Britain related?
Aside from being twins?
Even though it looks like they could be twins or at least brothers, Nicholas and George were first cousins.
Their mothers were sisters.
This George is not to be confused with Nicholas’ brother George.
I hate when people make fun of people who work at McDonalds/Subway/wherever, shut the fuck up, they’ve got a job, they’re doing honest work for honest pay, do you know how hard it is to get a job nowadays, leave them the fuck alone
Fuck Churchill. Fucking prick.
He also said:
"Externally your movement has rendered a service to the whole world…Italy has shown that there is a way of fighting the subversive forces which can rally the masses of the people, properly led, to value and wish to defend the honor and stability of civilized society." - Winston Churchill (speaking about Italian Fascism pre-WWII)
SANER en Oax.
how the hell am i supposed to get ‘references’ when i’ve defeated all the bosses in my previous jobs and thats why im looking for a new job in the first place
|—||Noah Smith, in What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline (via theweekmagazine)|
Agriculture as we know it today will have to change in the face of population growth and climate change. Here’s a look at technologies that can help, without also messing up the environment.
"How do we achieve food security in a world of growing scarcity?" That’s the question posed in a new report, which explores how technology can help feed 9 billion people, without destroying the environment to do it.
The question is of growing urgency: Global population is set to bulge by 2050, food prices are already rising, soil and water are damaged by high-input farming, and climate change is set to exacerbate all of this. The report, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, estimates that yields for crops like maize, rice, and wheat are all set to drop if nothing is done. Wheat output could fall 18% to 36% by the middle of the century, for example.
Breeding heat-tolerant plants could boost maize by 31% and wheat by 17%.
The report looks at how 11 technologies could boost production, modeling their contribution to calorie availability, food prices, and trade flows. It focuses in particular on developing countries, where populations are rising fastest and where agriculture is less advanced. The technologies include no-till farming, precision agriculture, water harvesting, and heat- and drought-resistant plant breeding, among others.
No-till farming, which increases water retention and organic matter in the soil and reduces erosion, has greatest potential to raise yields, according to IFPRI. It could increase maize yields 20% and wheat by 22%. Precision agriculture, in which farmers use GPS surveys to pinpoint how and where to use water and fertilizer, improves rice levels 10% and wheat by 23%. In another example, breeding heat tolerant plants could boost maize by 31% and wheat by 17%.
In the end, however, irrigation may be what matters most—in all cases, the yields grow bigger still with better water systems. “Continued investment in irrigation (subject to cost considerations) should go hand in hand with technology rollout,” the report says.
IFPRI also estimates how many fewer people will be at risk of hunger with each technology. Improve the plant’s “nitrogen use efficiency” comes out best (12%), followed by no-till farming (9%), and more heat resistant crops (8%).
Of course, predicting anything for 2050 is impossible, and in fact, the report doesn’t claim its numbers will pan out exactly. The point is to assess relative effectiveness: which technologies are likely to produce the best results for the money. Unsurprisingly, the report calls for more investment in agricultural research, more use of techniques like no-till and precision agriculture, and more money for irrigation.
The World Resources Institute also has some ideas for feeding the planet sustainably, as we wrote here.
In July 2005, investigators from Guatemala’s Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office stumbled upon a vast quantity of old papers while conducting an unrelated inspection of police property….