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West Virginians struggle for answers in America’s worst touch opioid epidemic state

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Lack of opportunity and hopelessnes are widely regarded as a driving force behind the opioid epidemic in a state where most agree legislators arent doing enough

In the end, there were just too many identifies. The fee of the dead was to have been spoken on the steps of West Virginia’s capitol building, in the territory worst been struck by America’s opioid epidemic. Misty Hopkins, Ryan Brown and Jessie Grubb were among them.

But by the time overdose awareness period was held on Saturday, more than 1,000 figures of those killed by prescription sedatives, heroin or artificial opioids had been submitted.

” There was no way we are capable of read a thousand refers ,” said organiser Cece Brown, whose son Ryan expired of a heroin overdose. So the figures were covered on to purple remembrance canvas. On the phases of the capitol, families and friends lined up the shoes of the lost.

Kaylen Barker putting in place three pairs, for her friend, her sister and a sidekick of her wife. Barker, 29, weighed about 15 opioid death toll of her high school graduation year.

” There’s a lot of people who I graduated with that are addicted ,” she said.” High-pitched institution cheerleaders that have been picked up for prostitution to feed their drug habits. You’ll be hard pressed to find their own families in this state that hasn’t been directly impacted by craving .”

Barker said she was scared off hard drugs by other extinctions.” In high school there was a quadruple murder in Huntington on prom nighttime ,” she said.” They believed it was a drug-related issue. I knew three of the four people that succumbed. I went to high school with one of them. So that kind of took me in another direction .”

Stephanie Hopkins had two photographs of her younger sister, Misty, pinned to the front of her T-shirt above the year of her demise: 31 May 2015. Misty fell into addiction after a auto accident at persons below the age of 16. She was prescribed the potent anaesthetic OxyContin, which kickstarted the epidemic that are currently claiming around 50,000 lives a year. Misty became a nurse but the pills had released a power she could not shake.

” That dose took over their own lives ,” said Hopkins.” She couldn’t do anything without it. She matched this guy and he inserted her to the needle. She was on heroin about five years old. She lost her enterprise .”

Misty was killed at the age of 37 by an extremely powerful artificial opioid, fentanyl, laced into a batch of heroin. Overdoses from fentanyl have risen sharply in the town over the past two years, including the mass overdose of 27 people in four hours from a single batch of heroin last year.

For numerous pedigrees, with recollection comes annoyance at what they regard as the callousnes of politicians as the epidemic ballooned.

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Stephanie Hopkins wearing a T-shirt making her sister Misty’s picture. Misty was a nurse who died of a heroin overdose. On the back of the T-shirt are the names of eight people Stephanie knows who have died from opioid overdoses. Photograph: Chris McGreal for the Guardian

Even now, with Donald Trump and chairmen in Congress saying it is a priority, relatives of victims are sceptical. Republican want to cut Medicaid and scrap Obamacare, which have provided at least some access to treatment.

” I don’t think we have the support in Congress ,” said Brown.” Clearly not. If we had the support in Congress we wouldn’t be talking about cutting back on Medicaid. You don’t attract the carpet out from under these tribes who need help .”

In West Virginia, legislators continue to cut educational opportunities budget in a state where deficiency of possibilities and anguish are widely regarded as a driving force behind the opioid outbreak. The assembly passed laws for treatment cores but did not money them.

” There’s a lot of talking here missing smaller government and less coin but we’re in this mess and we need promotion ,” said Brown.” We merely have to have compassion and not turn our backs on beings .”

Brown invited the state’s elected legislators are in place to Saturday’s event, but only two turned up and no one from the governor’s office. David Grubb, a former senator in the West Virginia legislature who laid a duo of pink and purple running shoes to remember his daughter Jessie, said politicians shied away from taking the epidemic severely because of the stigma around addiction.

” I think it’s a really sad situation ,” he said.” But the crisis has to reach critical mass and all of a sudden “theyre saying”,’ Oh my God, why is this happening ?’ And “theyre starting to” paying attention .”

Grubb said West Virginia does not have the money to fund craving care on the scale necessitated, even with a lift from a $ 36 m legal accommodation with two main narcotic distributors this year.

” One of the states that’s richest in national resources is one of the poorest in matters of social services, public education, all of that ,” he said.” It’s a perversion that we have allowed the powers that be- which tend to be coal, oil and gas- to derive huge revenues from this territory and not put back enough to fully fund the infrastructure that we need.

” Right now we’re trying to build this medication core here in Charleston and it’s like gathering teeth obtaining money. Everybody’s very excited, thinks it’s a wonderful feeling. But nobody’s said,’ Here’s the money .'”

Grubb does seem set to claim one important victory.

His daughter, Jessie, became addicted to heroin after she was sexually assaulted in college.” Her intelligence became a different occasion when it was in the throes of addiction ,” he said.” She was unrecognisable. Stealing. Lying. Cheating. Who is this person ?”

Jessie strayed in and out of craving, but she was clean when she went into infirmary for a routine hip activity for a running injury. Her medical record mentioned she was retrieving from craving but it was buried amid other report. The exhausting physician didn’t see it and prescribed her 50 opioid anaesthetics.

Grubb anticipates Jessie should not have been prescribed them at all, and that 50 is lane above what any ordinary being would be required for. Medical doctors said it was more handy. Jessie began taking them and the thirst knocked back in. The pills killed her.

West Virginia senator Joe Manchin read about Jessie’s death and asked Grubb how he could help. The outcome was legislation , now wreaking its space through Congress, expecting medical records to prominently display if someone is a retrieving admirer in the same way they are marked if individual patients is allergic to penicillin. It has the backing of Trump’s opioid board.

” I was really surprised by that because I had not apprehended any support from the administration in that method ,” Grubb said.” So it does have some momentum. If it does pass, then I think we really will save lives .”

Kim Kardashian’s used Range Rover stirred a frenzy, sold first day

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Just ten hours after it was revealed that Kim Kardashian‘s customized 2015 Land Rover Range Rover V8 was on the market, Page Six has confirmed that the car has been sold.

The Rosso Corsa dealership in Laguna Hills, Calif., told us on Friday that the vehicle, which was going for $85,880, was purchased.

We’re told that hours after TMZ reported that the car was for sale, the owner of the dealership was flooded with calls and emails.

The car was priced in line with market, and was not increased based off the fact it used to belong to Kardashian, though an employee joked, “We should have charged more!”

We’re told the car was brought in last Friday and was cleaned and detailed before it hit the lot.

According to Rosso Corsa’s website, the car was originally sold for $151,000 and has over $20,000 of custom work. The car had 35,507 miles on it.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/08/03/kim-kardashians-used-range-rover-stirred-frenzy-sold-first-day.html

Semiautonomous Cars Have Flaws. That’s Why They Need Tests

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These days, modern cars come with sophisticated driver assistance tools, like adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, and active steering, which keeps a vehicle in its lane. They can also brake automatically if the driver doesn’t spot a stopped object ahead, and warn when there’s a motorbike hovering in a driver’s blind spot. These features are the start of the promise of our autonomous future, where cars will drive themselves and we will be but passengers in a self-driving world.

Automakers bundle these systems up with fancy names, like Tesla’s Autopilot, or Mercedes-Benz's Drive Pilot. But they're still being refined and developed—and are at different stages of capabilities. In a series of road tests with five high-end cars, including two Teslas, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that “some systems handled some situations better than others,” according to chief research officer David Zuby. And, more crucially, “today's systems aren't robust substitutes for human drivers.”

So until that moment comes—when fully autonomous cars are predictably safe—the IIHS wants to build a safety ranking system, just like how it rates cars for safety in crash tests. Car buyers can use that information to decide which features suit their driving needs, and they will become an increasingly important purchase factor as semiautonomous features make their way into more and more vehicles.

For instance, twenty automakers have pledged to include automatic emergency braking as standard by 2025, a feature that should help reduce rear-end collisions. But when the IIHS drove its group of cars towards a stationary target, they didn’t all stop. The Mercedes E-class, BMW 5 series, and Volvo S90 managed to brake to a halt from 31 mph. A Tesla Model S and Model 3 didn’t, but they did slow down to reduce the severity of the impact, which is the way Tesla claims its system is designed to work.

When adaptive cruise control was turned on, all the vehicles managed to brake for the stopped object, and the IIHS says the Teslas braked earlier and smoother, whereas the Volvo slammed on the brakes at the last second. All the vehicles also managed to stop when the car in front of them changed lane, revealing a stopped object. This is an important test as it’s something that all the owners manuals warn the systems may not respond properly to. The the cars computers are designed to ignore most stationary objects, to avoid slamming on the brakes for every overhead street sign or roadside bench. But that does mean they can miss obstacles that come out of nowhere, like when a Tesla hit a fire truck, parked on the freeway, in January. (The manuals all say the human has to stay aware and ready to take over.)

Having two Teslas in the test allows for some interesting comparisons between the company’s original and updated Autopilot: the Model S was from 2016, with older hardware and software; the Model 3 was new, with Tesla’s upgraded camera suite and latest operating system. When the researchers took the cars from the track to the street, they noticed instances in all of the cars where they didn’t brake properly for stopped cars ahead, except the Model 3 which did spot the cars and stop. But the flip side is the researchers noted 12 times the Model 3 unexpectedly slowed down for no reason, as if it spotted something in its path. When they reviewed video of the drives they worked out at least seven were probably because of tree shadows on the road.

In steering tests, the Tesla Model 3 and Model S stayed in their lanes well, whereas all the other cars needed the driver to grab the wheel to make it around curves on a track test. On the road, the BMW bounced between the lane lines, and Model S and Volvo S90 also struggled when the road got hilly, and lane markings disappeared over the brow. The Mercedes E-Class did better, and the Model 3 the best.

The IIHS says these tests are just the start, and they’ll expand on them as more cars with more features hit the market, and work with international safety bodies like the UK’s Thatcham. But they already highlight the balancing act that automakers are having to pull off. If their systems are too capable, then they risk the driver’s attention wandering, which is a criticism leveled against Tesla and may have led to a fatal collision in northern California in March.

But if they’re too simplistic, they’re just frustrating to use, and drivers won’t bother. And the basic safety systems, at least, do save lives. IIHS says preventing lane departure crashes alone would save 8000 lives per year. Tesla makes bold safety claims for its Autopilot suite, which are hard to check without data, but the company says it does plan to release regular safety statistics, starting later this quarter, as promised by Elon Musk. He also says his cars are going to get more capable with software updates, changing lane for themselves, for example.

And more advanced assistance tools, that really do allow a driver to switch off, or check their phone, are coming from more mainstream automakers. This round of tests didn’t include Cadillac's capable Super Cruise, which uses a camera to monitors a driver’s gaze. Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot will take total control of the car under 37 mph, but won’t be available in the US because of the difficulty of dealing with different state laws.

The ultimate reality is most drivers' first encounter with autonomy is going to be with a driver-assistance tool taking on part of the job. So being able to make an informed decision about which car is best, based on how they work, will make everyone feel like a better co-pilot.


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Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/semi-autonomous-cars-safety-tests/

The Shirk Report Volume 484

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Take that Kiki
This guy forgot to turn off his biking app before getting on his flight
What would you say?
Public Service Announcement | Friends don’t let friends..
Who did this?
The struggle is real
These two
The last line killed me
Circle of life
My camera roll is 94% waste
There’s a big ‘8’ between them diamonds
This poncho
When you’re stuck in the 2nd dimension
Cacio e pepe anyone?
Relationship goals
Want to start yoga?
Just gonna leave this here
This got me through some rough patches
Until next week

10 ARTICLES

Bo Burnham and the Illusion of Meritocracy
Underground Lake of Liquid Water Detected on Mars
Filter Failures: Are platforms sucking the joy out of the internet?
Universal Basic Income Is Not a Magic Bullet
Colombian sniffer dog moved after threats by drug gang
The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature
When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical for Health
Inside the 23-Dimensional World of Your Car’s Paint Job
Refinery29, Kylie Jenner, and the Denial Underlying Millennial Financial Resentment
You Should Actually Send That Thank You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write

5 VIDEOS + who is it?

HERE’S TO A SNEAKY WEEKEND

Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2018/07/the-shirk-report-volume-484/

Father blames ‘stand your ground’ in son’s parking-lot death

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Michael McGlockton is convinced that two things killed his son in a Florida parking lot last month: The man who pulled the trigger and the state’s polarizing “stand your ground” self-defense law.

Markeis McGlockton, 28, died a few yards from his children and girlfriend at a store in Clearwater after a confrontation over a parking spot that reignited the debate over the law. The local sheriff said that under “stand your ground,” Michael Drejka was justified in the killing.

In an interview with The Associated Press — his first one-on-one with a news outlet since the shooting — Michael McGlockton said that if the law didn’t exist, his son might have gone home the night of July 19, or Drejka might have been arrested. Instead, McGlockton said, he buried his firstborn while the killer walked free.

“No law should be able to protect somebody to the point that they kill somebody on the street and they can lay in the bed the same night,” McGlockton said. “To me and my family, that’s a slap in the face. (Drejka) would’ve thought twice before he pulled the trigger. With the law, he knew that he could hide behind that.”

The law received international attention in 2012 when black teenager Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman. In the end, Zimmerman did not argue a “stand your ground” defense and was acquitted anyway. Critics say the law unfairly allows young black men to be victimized by gun violence.

The dispute with Drejka started when he yelled at McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs — who was in a car with two of the couple’s small children — outside a store for parking in a handicapped space. McGlockton, who was black and unarmed, pushed Drejka, a white man, to the ground. Drejka pulled out his handgun and killed him.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has declined to press charges. State prosecutors are considering whether to charge Drejka, 47.

“I didn’t make the law, and I do not do what people want because of outrage,” Gualtieri said. “If you’re outraged by the law and don’t like the law, then change it.”

The case drew hundreds to a rally last weekend in Clearwater.

Instead of scrapping the law, Florida lawmakers have strengthened it to force prosecutors to prove the shooting doesn’t fall under a “stand your ground” defense. Previously, defendants had to prove why that defense applied.

A 2015 American Bar Association task force report on “stand your ground laws” found the statute is unpredictable, results in racial disparities, and undermines victims’ rights. Additionally, the report said there was widespread confusion among law enforcement as to when shootings were justified.

Georgetown University law professor Paul Butler said the law does have a racially disparate effect that devalues black life. Because the law is predicated on the belief that an imminent threat exists, shootings are more likely to be considered justified by a judge or jury when white people shoot blacks, he said.

“White fear is seen as more reasonable than black fear,” Butler said.

Markeis McGlockton was 23 when Martin was killed in 2012. It was the first time Michael McGlockton, a lifelong Florida resident, had heard of “stand your ground.” He said he thought the “messed-up” should be changed but never imagined it would strike so personally.

McGlockton said it is his son who was defending himself and his family against a threat.

“Every man raises his kid to be that ultimate man for his family,” McGlockton said. “That’s exactly what he was doing, standing up for his family. I’m so proud of him because he did exactly what I taught him to do.”

Nearly 30 years ago, McGlockton was sitting in Spanish class as a high school junior when he got the call that his girlfriend was in labor.

He rushed to the hospital, but by the time he arrived, Markeis had already entered the world. It was the best day of Michael’s life.

“I stayed with him all night, crying,” Michael McGlockton, now 46, recalled. “I was just happy.”

Father and son were close. He chided his father for babying him, even as an adult. Warning him away from the mistakes he had made was simply McGlockton’s way of showing love — a word he began using with his son only a few years ago.

“A lot of grown men don’t really say that to their sons,” McGlockton said.

Their hometown, Clearwater, known for its beaches and sunshine, bills itself as “a progressive city committed to enhancing residents’ lives.” McGlockton wouldn’t disagree, and seldom thought of Markeis’ safety as the father of a black son.

But “this law does not work in favor of black people,” he said.

Like Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Michael McGlockton and Monica Moore-Robinson want justice for their son’s killing. He no longer wants or expects an apology from sheriff Gualtieri and regrets voting for him.

McGlockton hopes for a different outcome from prosecutors.

“Everybody in America can see that tape,” McGlockton said, referring to the video of the confrontation. “I’m hoping the state’s attorney can see the exact same thing.”

McGlockton’s family is focused on pushing for Drejka’s arrest, prosecution and conviction. Then, he said, he’ll focus on pushing to change the law.

“He didn’t have to pull that trigger,” McGlockton said. “But because of ‘stand your ground,’ this is what happens.”

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Whack is The Associated Press’ national writer on race and ethnicity. Follow her work on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emarvelous.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/08/father-blames-stand-your-ground-in-sons-parking-lot-death.html

We’ve been expecting you: fugitive tries to hide in French agent HQ

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Driver absconding accident proportions barricade to territory in one of “the worlds largest” high-security discerns in Paris

A man who fled the situation of a car crash in Paris took the eventual incorrect turn, take refuge in the headquarters of France’s spy agency.

The driver, who reportedly did not have a driving licence, was involved in a clang on the capital’s Peripherique ring road on Friday, scaling a barrier several metres high to get off the busy artery.

He was apparently unaware he had clambered into the grounds of the General Directorate of External Security( DGSE ), in accordance with the Parisien newspaper which first reported the tale.

He was instantly picked up and arrested.

The site, on Boulevard Mortier in north-eastern Paris, is one of the most closely monitored spots in Paris- images of it on Google Street View are blurred. It featured in acclaimed French Tv agent thriller Le Bureau des Legendes- starring performers Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Pierre Darroussin- which triumphed international acclaim under the English title The Bureau.

The suspect’s fence-scaling skills would have acted Florida doubt Jennifer Anne Kaufman shaft on Sunday. She was cornered against a fence by kine after she absconded her auto and ran away across a subject while being pursued by police. Aiming gangs on the soil, an officer in a police helicopter said:” If you visualize the great group of kine there, they’re literally following her, chasing her .” Kaufman was later arrested.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this article

Former world 400 m overcomes endorse Nicholas Bett dies in auto gate-crash aged 28

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Nicholas Bett died in a car accident two days after returning from the African championships in Nigeria

The Kenyan former world 400 m impediments endorse Nicholas Bett has died in a car accident at the age of 28.

Bett, the 2015 world-wide champ, was killed in an early-morning disintegrate on Wednesday in the country’s high-altitude prepare part. Bett had returned from the African championships in Nigeria on Monday.

Bett died along the road between Eldoret and Kapsabet, two of Kenya’s famed distance-running training towns in the Rift Valley.

Bett’s Toyota Prado SUV punched lumps in the road and reeled, his manager, Vincent Mumo, said. Mumo said the accident happened around 6am.

Bett became the first Kenyan to triumph a amber honour in great distances shorter than 800 m when he triumphed in the 400 m overcomes at the world championships in Beijing in 2015. He too won copper awards at the African championships in 2014 in the 400 obstacles and 4x400m relay.

Bett’s twin brother, Aron, was a member of the Kenya 4x400m communicate unit who triumphed gold at the African championships.

Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killings of 21 -year-old woman

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Genevive Dawes was shot and killed in January when police officer Christopher Hess fired into her moving vehicle

A grandiose jury has indicted a Dallas police officer on service charges of aggravated assault for firing into a moving car and killing a 21 -year-old woman.

Christopher Hess, a 10 -year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into the death of Genevive Dawes, Dallas police said in a statement on Friday.

The female mother, Mary Dawes, has registered a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, police government ministries and two officers, alleging undue power against the mother of two.

Shortly before 5am on 18 January, Hess, 39, and a fellow policeman who was not indicted, Jason Kimpel, responded to a suspicious person call at an address about two miles east of downtown Dallas. They noted Dawes and Virgilio Rosales, her partner, sleeping in a Dodge SUV she had bought a month earlier, according to the lawsuit.

The vehicle had been reported stolen, though Dawes did not know this and believed “shes had” obtained it legitimately, the court registering regimes. It adds that when the officers approached the SUV with flashlights, Dawes was startled and is seeking to turn the car. A police vehicle drove into her route, causing a minor collision.

The lawsuit countries: Dawes still unaware of “whats going on” or who was blocking her path, attracted her vehicle forward so she could have a clear course to back up. As Dawes backed up her vehicle at a very slow proportion of rate, accuseds Hess and Kimpel fired at least 13 shots through the passenger surface opening, striking Dawes four times in the neck, her right tricep, left forearm, upper left chest and right forearm.

Dawess right earlobe was also partially amputated. Dawes was transported to Baylor Hospital where she subsequently expired as a result of her injuries.

Police said Rosales was arrested for wrongful property of a handgun by a offender. The litigation contends that no weapon was visible to patrol at the time of the incident. Body camera footage has not been publicly released.

A few hours after the shooting, Thomas Castro, a Dallas police spokesman, told reporters Dawes and Rosales ignored thunderous oral dictations then started the stolen vehicle and turned a short distance striking a marked police vehicle.

The suspect then drove forward impressing a wooden lattice fencing. When the barricade did not give way the believe altered the vehicle a second hour. At this level two uniformed policemen exhausted their pistols striking the suspect.

Daryl Washington, an attorney for the Dawes household, said the case was scandalous. The car was moving at less than 5mph and not accelerating and the evidence shows the officers were not in immediate jeopardy, he said.

We are joyous that there may be some justice in such cases because the death of Genevive was clearly preventable, he said, adding that although service charges against Officer Hess is not murder, it carries a prison sentence of between five and 99 years.

Recent, high-profile judgments in police shootings across the country demonstrate that juries are highly reluctant to criminal officers of assassinate or manslaughter. Washington said he was hopeful the weigh of exasperated assault by a public servant a first-degree misdemeanour would result in a conviction.

Thats the style I look at it, he said. In the past youve appreciated where those ought to have harder commissions to get, so the facts of the case that the time is going to be the same, it attains it much easier perhaps to substantiate the elements.

A 2015 Guardian investigation found that about four beings a month were killed when police burnt into moving vehicles. A same figure were killed in 2016.

Federal advice, and the policy of numerous departments, is that officers should not shoot at moving vehicles because they are hard targets to stumbled accurately and a auto crash is the consequence. Dallas police are prohibited from doing so unless it is necessary to prevent imminent demise or serious bodily injury to the patrolman or another person.

Another Dallas-area resident was killed in April by an officer who exploited a rifle to fire into a moving vehicle. Jordan Edwards was a 15 -year-old unarmed passenger in a auto leaving “states parties ” in the town of Balch Springs when he was shot dead by Roy Oliver.

Oliver was sacked by the Balch Springs department and charged with murder after police changed their storey from initially saying the vehicle aggressively backed towards police to stating that it was moving away.

A splendid jury has not yet heard that case. But the coming week, Oliver was indicted on counts of aggravated assault for an apparent road rage incident that has just taken place two weeks before the teens death, in which he is alleged to have attracted his artillery on a woman who drove into his truck while he was off duty.

Why Diesel Cars Are Spoiling Your Summer

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Europeans aren’t just sweating through the long, hot summer. City dwellers may be coughing and wheezing more, too.

Diesel vehicles, which still command nearly half the market for new cars, are left with barely any pollution controls when temperatures soar above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), according to France’s Petroleum and New Energies Research Institute. That means smog-inducing nitrogen oxide emissions that were at the center of the Volkswagen AG scandal spew into the environment unchecked.

“There are higher emissions of nitrogen oxides because the setups don’t work as well when it’s very hot,” said Gaetan Monnier, who heads the unit that led random government probes of cars after the VW scandal. “The atmosphere is also more reactive during a heatwave, making the level of cars’ emissions even more of an issue.”

Carmakers have been under scrutiny since the 2015 scandal that revealed VW had rigged the emissions setup in some 11 million diesel cars globally, the main emitters of nitrogen oxides. While sales have dropped as consumers fret over driving bans, diesels still made up 45 percent of new vehicle sales in Western Europe last year. Excessive emissions of the pollutant linked to premature deaths and respiratory problems have prompted the European Union to sue France, Germany, U.K., Romania and Hungary in May after failing for years to comply.

On-road tests have shown emissions clean-up systems start to reduce their effectiveness in cold temperatures as well as above 30 degrees.

Scorchers

Paris, London and Berlin are having one of their hottest summers

Source: The Weather Channel

Paris, which plans to banish all petrol and diesel cars from the city center by 2030, stopped older cars from driving during five days because of heat-related air pollution this summer. The municipality also limited speeds and discounted the price of public transport. The cities of Strasbourg and Lyon restricted the most polluting cars from town centers as well.

The French capital cooled off on Thursday, after reaching 36 degrees this week, while the heat endures in Berlin and Munich, home of BMW AG, with highs of 35 degrees forecast, according to the Weather Channel. London, which is extending its ultra-low emissions zone, has seen top temperatures of 33 degrees this summer.

Carmakers downplayed the concerns. While some diesel antipollution systems don’t perform as well in extreme temperature conditions, they still have an effect, a spokesman for Renault said. Since the VW scandal, automakers have faced criticism on their broad interpretation of rules that allow them reduce or turn off emissions systems to protect the engine.

Diesel Fixes

To improve vehicles on the road and stave off growing public backlash, carmakers like Daimler AG and Ford Motor Co. have agreed to recalls for fixes to improve emissions levels. Investigations into practices continue.

As of September, the EU is switching to a new testing procedure to close the gap between emissions readings in test labs and real-world driving.

High temperatures, strong sunlight and air pollutants lead to the generation of ozone, a corrosive gas that is a component of smog, said Charlotte Songeur, a spokeswoman for the agency that monitors air quality in the Paris region. “Nitrogen oxides in the air mainly come from road traffic,” she said. “And a big portion of these come from diesel cars.”

    Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-09/dirty-diesel-fumes-add-to-europe-s-sizzling-summer-woes

    Rob& Chyna: the saddest appearance on Tv

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    The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to other persons of the Kardashian empire: wearisome stages of beings sitting in kitchens not gobbling cheese plates

    Is there a less qualified reality substantiate ace than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the casting register of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing tv series around, would you ever pick him unless people know his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more disturbed?

    Sunday nights premiere of the brand-new E! succession Rob& Chyna distinguishes the return of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes expended years of their own lives unwilling to leave his room, which generated him to addition( his texts) a grasp of weight. He searches less cozy realizing see linked with other human being than the little orphan girlfriend Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poor guys thin, unkempt mane. His wardrobe consists of T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other texts, when I watch this astoundingly depressing planned, I envision myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).

    The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to build us empathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an aside, isnt it a little bit grisly that Blac Chyna goes almost entirely by the epithet Chyna in the first escapade now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like ransacking through people jewelry after a funeral.

    Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual idol of this testify, even if her figure is second on the pavilion. She came up from the world-famous airstrip squads of Atlanta and grew something of an entrepreneur, at least in the way that we characterize that message in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid infamy through a faith of identity social media ubiquity, labelled produces, and now, the final part of the baffle, an E! reality franchise. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna unite pushes with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her paying potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this TV show is good. Its not.

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    Rob& Chyna: disappeared with the wind. Photo: E!

    If your litmus test for staying with a programme designed is answering the question does someone fart within the first 10 minutes with a yes, then Rob& Chyna is for you. Spoiler alert, Chyna farts in the car. If you prefer a little bit of drama, then maybe flip over to another path. Or throw your cable casket or streaming device into the nearest open body of water and wander into the town square. Either one is fine with me.

    The format of this painfully dulls show is identical to the other outposts of the Kardashian empire: wearisome scenes of people driving indulgence autoes on featureless roadways, be standing kitchens not dining cheese sheets, or folding robes for a business trip that may or may not ever happen. During these scenes, mush-mouthed pod beings debate some ill-defined conflict. Someone needs to go to rehab for a vague trouble. Person must be free to textbook person back about a situation that happened off camera. Person feels disrespected. A party invite is lost in the mail. Watching these presents is like reading the most banal email thread at 3am. Plug sad-eyed agoraphobe Rob Kardashian into this format and you have a medicine for insomnia so potent, the Food and Drug Administration should govern it.

    The ostensible plot of this occurrence is organized around Rob accusing Chyna of texting people behind his back. He says this to be the case because he discovers that Chyna has changed the passcode on her iPhone. He even insinuates that shes securing up with her ex, Tyga. All of this takes lieu with Rob spread out comfortably on a couch. Chyna disavows any misbehavior, then alleges Rob of contacting females behind her back. He apparently declares it, which I vaguely recollect before my eyelids glued slam for the night. It must be the case, because the very next stage is Chyna in another expensive car screaming at Rob to stop texting bitches.

    These are the moments one watches reality TV for hostility, incoherent yell and profanity. This is why I favor the Andy Cohen Bravo model for reality over the ponderous Ryan Seacrest/ Kris Jenner indulgence gabfests. Contrast Rob& Chyna with Bravos Below Deck, currently on its fourth season and with one spinoff under its belt. Below Decks premise is simple: set a knot of attractive deckhands on a mega-yacht, ply them with booze, and encourages them to melt down every chapter. Would you instead watch that or a testify starring parties too famous to clear proper morons of themselves for your delight? The react is, neither, Im a grownup who is too busy contributing importance to the culture to demean myself with such frivolities, but dont fret, I picked the show about yachties drunkenly securing up too.

    I said here today that the producers of Rob& Chyna( which include the titular Rob and Chyna among their grades) do try to spice situations up. Scott Disick appears in the role of Robs only friend in the entire world and his chauffeur, schlepping him around Los Angeles like a pasty grey Morgan Freeman from Driving Miss Daisy. Theres a memorable stage where Rob marches into Chynas home in full Eeyore mode, carrying blooms to apologize for texting bitches. Chyna isnt having it, grabs the flowers, chows them in a reserve, then kicks Rob out of her live. This is the turning point of the alleged legend, as the rest of the escapade concerns Chyna trying to get Rob to text her back, as she has seemingly forget that she screamed at him to leave her alone while pissing all over his romantic gesticulate. Im sure Rob Kardashian, AKA Calabasas Morrissey, really took that well.

    Finally, Kris Jenner, matriarch of the extended Kardashian family and former nemesis of Blac Chyna, appears to counsel Chyna on how handled with Rob. Jenner is shown to be so wise that I half expected her to have grown a beard, picked up a large rod, and hurled on a pointy hat off-screen. Much has been made of how Blac Chyna is so clever and took down the Kardashians by getting engaged to Rob. Thats a nifty little underdog narrative, but if you think that Kris Jenner isnt cunning enough to use this to her advantage and will be the ultimate win of this dim-witted tournament, then you arent paying attention to the display. Thats fine, since it probably realise you pass out from apathy, but the fact remains that one of the last faces you see in this first episode is Kris Jenner. The whole absurd endeavour is hers and hers alone. Chyna can have a piece, as long as she compensates her taxes to her feudal lord.

    And there was Rob. At last, they found a method to monetize his mopey face and wrinkled invests. Instead of a Shrek-like person they stop locked up in a cellar, he has his own present, which exclusively furthers the aims of their own families. In exchange, this guy who possibly has real clinical depression has to pretend to be a Tv superstar. By collision, E! has stumbled upon the saddest prove on television, so filled with existential desperation that youd premise it was drummed up by a government-funded writer in some mushy Scandinavian country over a bottle of cheap scotch. If you watch more than one of these occurrences, youll perhaps find yourself not leaving the house for years, just like Rob Kardashian.