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Never Bathe or Shower in a Thunderstorm

Date: 2017-06-15 11:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] doug
That's a US article, and doesn't apply so clearly in the UK.

In the UK, we have strict regulations about earthed equipotential bonding: basically, anything metal anywhere near anything water-y or pipe-that-goes-in-the-ground has thick, thick conducting wires between it, and to earth. (Have a look under your kitchen sink and you should see the green-and-yellow wires connecting the pipes, if your pipes are not entirely plastic at that point.) That's mainly there to protect against wiring faults, but it also provides some protection against lightning strikes. It means that there is always a better conducting path between anything metal and the ground, or between anything watery and the ground, than via an unfortunate person touching or near both. I'd be surprised if we have any similar deaths in the UK - and not just because we get less lightning.

(The US doesn't have the same need for earthed equipotential bonding for protection, since their domestic mains supply comes off either side of a transformer, so isn't (supposed to be) more than 55 V above ground - to get the 110 V supply you need both ends wired up. Our system is 230 V above earth potential, which needs a different approach.)

Date: 2017-06-15 01:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naath
Poverty - so the world is in general getting better, but not Africa. What went wrong there ?

Date: 2017-06-15 03:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam

I think part of what went wrong with Africa is that Africa's population doubled over the period of the visualisation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Africa

So the same absolute number of people in poverty but a significant decrease in the proportion in poverty.

What really strikes me is how China has reduced the number of impoverished people in China.

Date: 2017-06-15 05:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Now why did I just know that May would attempt to make a sad attempt at at joke at my expense and those who share my history?

Way to deperson someone Mrs May! It's as well I'm used to it, isn't it?

Not a critique, just an observation

Date: 2017-06-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
That's not a translation, but a paraphrase.

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