Sounds like something out of a Saw movie. "The boxing glove is superglued to your hand. You must go to the school and beat up a child or it will explode.""Riddle was wearing a boxing glove when she arrived at the school and had told officials it was superglued to her wrist and that she couldn’t remove it."
Crazy. I remember shmenguin posted that graph (or commented on it) of the average age by country. So in the West, which needs more younger people to support retiring folks, we don't have enough. In Africa, which is resource/infrastructure poor, they have way too many young people (the average age was under 18 in a bunch of sub Saharan countries).Holy hell
Demographic stuff fascinates me, although a lot of it is grim (like the Italy story).
A Communist magazine decides to write an article about how bad Walmart and Walton family is, comes up with the detailed description of all the free goodies and thus the perfect advertisement for why people SHOULD move to Bentonville.
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Crazy (to me) how something like that can just shut down a huge amount of the world economy.
Yup. 10% of world trade flows through the Suez.Crazy (to me) how something like that can just shut down a huge amount of the world economy.
I went down a fun Wiki rabbit hole the other day, never knew this lay in the middle of the canal:
When the Suez Canal was closed for eight years, beginning during the Six-Day War in 1967, the salinity of the lake increased substantially. The salinity of the lake depends on how much seawater flows into it from the Red and the Mediterranean seas. Even when the canal is open, the Great Bitter Lake has a salinity level "more than twice" the level of the sea. While this makes it difficult for plant life to exist there, many species (of crabs, for example) migrate from the Red Sea through the area.
As the canal has no locks, sea water flows freely into the lake from the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. In general, north of the lakes the current reverses seasonally, being north-going in winter and south-going in summer. South of the lakes, the current is tidal, reversing with the tides in the Red Sea. Fish can migrate, generally in a northerly direction, through the canal and lakes in what is known as a Lessepsian migration. This means that some Red Sea species have come to colonize the eastern Mediterranean.