Alcohol is the cause of many problems in society and yet it doesn't attract the same level of attention as cigarette smoking. The only credible study I know of occured in New Zealand where they endeavored to show the effects of second hand alcohol use, the assaults, damage to property etc, along with associated medical and other costs. I can't recall what the outcome of the study was though.
Certainly here in Australia's Northern Territory, the advers effects of alcohol are so well known that certain controls are being put in place. Bush communities have been able to declare themselves dry communities in the past, making it an offence to possess, supply, consume alcohol in the town area. This has recently been extended to include making it an offence to be intoxicated in the town area as well. (this also extends police powers to search houses, people and buildings where alcohol is suspected).
More recently, larger towns have been declaring themselves dry as well. This means that it becomes an offence to consume alcohol in any public areas around the town. People are still able to drink alcohol in bars and at home, but not in parks or recreational areas.
All this has come about in an attempt to curb the growing trend of alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour in the community. If the majority of people had been drinking responsibly and not getting drunk and becoming a rabble, these changes may not have occured.
Step inside the unlikely friendship of a former ACLU president and an ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice.
- Former president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia were unlikely friends. They debated each other at events all over the world, and because of that developed a deep and rewarding friendship – despite their immense differences.
- Scalia, a famous conservative, was invited to circles that were not his "home territory", such as the ACLU, to debate his views. Here, Strossen expresses her gratitude and respect for his commitment to the exchange of ideas.
- "It's really sad that people seem to think that if you disagree with somebody on some issues you can't be mutually respectful, you can't enjoy each other's company, you can't learn from each other and grow in yourself," says Strossen.
- The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
Learn how to redesign your job for maximum reward.
- Broaching the question "What is my purpose?" is daunting – it's a grandiose idea, but research can make it a little more approachable if work is where you find your meaning. It turns out you can redesign your job to have maximum purpose.
- There are 3 ways people find meaning at work, what Aaron Hurst calls the three elevations of impact. About a third of the population finds meaning at an individual level, from seeing the direct impact of their work on other people. Another third of people find their purpose at an organizational level. And the last third of people find meaning at a social level.
- "What's interesting about these three elevations of impact is they enable us to find meaning in any job if we approach it the right way. And it shows how accessible purpose can be when we take responsibility for it in our work," says Hurst.
Erik Verlinde has been compared to Einstein for completely rethinking the nature of gravity.
- The Dutch physicist Erik Verlinde's hypothesis describes gravity as an "emergent" force not fundamental.
- The scientist thinks his ideas describe the universe better than existing models, without resorting to "dark matter".
- While some question his previous papers, Verlinde is reworking his ideas as a full-fledged theory.
TuSimple, an autonomous trucking company, has also engaged in test programs with the United States Postal Service and Amazon.
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- This week, UPS announced that it's working with autonomous trucking startup TuSimple on a pilot project to deliver cargo in Arizona using self-driving trucks.
- UPS has also acquired a minority stake in TuSimple.
- TuSimple hopes its trucks will be fully autonomous — without a human driver — by late 2020, though regulatory questions remain.