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Two nuns admit embezzling $500,000 for Las Vegas gambling trips

I'll be amazed if this never becomes the plot to a movie. It's like a spin on the Sister Act films.

The reported figure they embezzled is just what investigators have been able to uncover from the last six years, meaning the total theft may be exceed half a million dollars.

Posted 12th Dec 2018 @ 08:22

Go inside the Middle East's ultramodern city of extravagance

It's been close to two decades since I visited Dubai but I have many friends and family who frequent it's shores regularly. There's plenty of appeal for tourists and it appears to be one of the more accommodating nations from the region. It's even the scene for a number of the beautiful 4K flyover screensavers on the Apple TV.

Perhaps it's the man made beauty that makes it easy to forget that even areas of the world that have seemingly escape weather based natural disasters, it's still at the mercy of climate change.

Here, too, Dubai has gone too far. The city and its neighbors find themselves on the front lines of climate damage. Rising summer temperatures threaten to render the Gulf uninhabitable, perhaps within the current century.

A country built on excess and trying to forge a path without relying on oil anymore is at the mercy of the damage caused from burning oil. Ouch.

Posted 11th Dec 2018 @ 08:42

BMW can now produce petrol, hybrids and EVs on a single production line

Framed as BMW torpedoing Tesla, I'd say that this is more like BMW have got their act together. Why wouldn't they want this to be the way it worked when it comes to assembly?

I'd already covered Volvo's Polestar brand a few weeks ago, but hadn't mentioned their stance in LA where they proclaimed that we shouldn't buy their cars.

The electric vehicle market is certainly gaining steam, just hope it both becomes the norm and that they don't become victims when they inevitably come under scrutiny for their green credentials.

Posted 10th Dec 2018 @ 18:43

Winner of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

Update: The Atlantic have a piece on the various entries for the 2018 competition for some of the categories.

Posted 10th Dec 2018 @ 15:43

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