While the horror-days of March and April are behind us, pollution continues to be a massive concern. As the PM2.5 pollution levels drop from the dizzyingly dangerous highs of nearly 500 to a still definitely hazardous 170 last week, we mustn’t become complacent. Especially as we know that it will come back again next year, and the year after, and again after that. Those who can afford to leave, have left. The rest of us sit here feeling helpless, redundant, frustrated, aggrieved and fearful for our health and those of our loved ones. I have heard tales of dozens upon dozens of expat families packing up and leaving, vowing never to return. This is happening every single day. International schools are certainly feeling the loss. A half a billion baht investor in a retirement home also pulled the plug last month, deciding to put their money, and retirees, in cleaner climes. The rich – Thai and foreign– have all made pledges to evacuate to fresher air for two to four … [Read more...] about Enough is enough: Northerners must demand the right to breathe
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The idea of holding digital elections is picking up steam following reports that dozens of election workers died of reported extreme fatigue during and after organizing the nation’s first-ever concurrent elections, billed by many as “the world’s most complex”. While it is hard to determine if the April 17 general elections directly caused the deaths, a consensus has been reached that the current election system — in which five different paper-based elections are held on a single day — has to be changed. One of the proposed changes is for Indonesia to apply e-voting to make elections less complicated. The proposal, however, remains controversial, with lawmakers saying that even after so many election-related deaths, e-voting still seems like a distant dream. The controversy revolves around the question of whether Indonesia — an archipelago with a population of more than 250 million people — is ready for … [Read more...] about Can e-voting solve Indonesia’s election woes?
caption No matter what you do, your phone’s battery capacity — which translates to its lifespan — will degrade as you use it. source Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider All smartphone batteries have a limited lifespan, but the common habit of charging phones overnight could actually be shortening that lifespan, according to a battery-technology expert. Smartphone companies like Apple, Samsung, and LG aren’t too bothered about whether you charge your phone overnight, and Google says most phones have systems in place to protect your phone’s battery from overcharging. But at the end of the day, smartphone batteries still don’t like being at 100% for too long. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you might be reducing your phone battery’s lifespan with certain charging behaviors. Specifically, if you often charge your phone overnight or keep it plugged … [Read more...] about You’ve been charging your smartphone all wrong
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg The New York Times Mon., April 29, 2019 WASHINGTON—The powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee threatened on Sunday to subpoena Attorney General William P. Barr if he refuses to testify this week, a move that could lead to a major escalation of the long-running feud between the White House and congressional Democrats over testimony and access to documents. The threat by the chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, came on the eve of Democrats’ return to Washington after a two-week congressional recess that has been dominated by questions about the special counsel’s report. Barr is scheduled to come before Nadler’s committee on Thursday to testify about it. But Barr and Democrats are at loggerheads over the Democrats’ proposed format for questioning him, and now the much-anticipated hearing is in doubt. The dispute spilled out into the open on Sunday when Democrats revealed that Barr … [Read more...] about Barr threatens not to testify before house, but Democrats may subpoena him