CrassostreaVirginica OP t1_j6nr5af wrote

Sorry for the second post on this topic, after this one from a day or two ago, but this article contains some details the previous one didn't, including some statements by Councilwoman Lynch (whose district covers VCU) and a look at the overall trend, and IMO this conversation is worth continuing.


CrassostreaVirginica OP t1_j6ewr11 wrote

We should design our streets so that driving slower comes naturally. I'm no traffic engineer, but I've read good things about roundabouts, regular speed bumps, lower speed limits, and deliberately inducing more congestion. None of which are popular with drivers, but fuck popularity; lives are at stake.

Plus we need a decent network of protected bike lanes that folks will actually use because it's actually useful.

And universal sidewalk coverage.


CrassostreaVirginica t1_j431dzr wrote

Hi, and thanks for this AMA.

For Mr. Davenport: Do you (or might you in the future) ever cover the US Space Force, in addition to NASA and the space industry, or does something like that typically fall under the purview of the Post's defense-focused journalists?

For Mr. Reisman: What sorts of things does a 'mission specialist' do, and can that vary a lot from specialist to specialist?


CrassostreaVirginica t1_j2ghexk wrote

Is there a name for this aesthetic?

If not, I suggest 'possumcore'.

Edit: there's a Facebook meme page with 320k likes called "possumcore" that has pics in the style of this one. So I guess I'm not as original as I thought... in any event, Happy New Year, everyone!


CrassostreaVirginica OP t1_iz9rijd wrote

For those paywalled, this article preview from VPAP:

>Richmond's first wish from the General Assembly is another opportunity for voters to approve a casino, even if the city has to share regional gaming revenues with a potential rival operation in Petersburg. Most of Richmond's legislative priorities for the coming assembly session center on promoting affordable housing and protecting existing homeowners from being taxed out of their homes by an overheated housing market. The city also wants, as its second highest priority, to prevent any state effort to accelerate the required completion of a $1.3 billion combined-sewer cleanup of the James River before 2035.


CrassostreaVirginica OP t1_itloa7x wrote


>To measure the level of teachers leaving the profession in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch sent public records requests to each of the state’s 132 public school systems regarding teacher resignations submitted in the month of June from 2018 to 2022 and analyzed personnel items from school board meeting documents.

>Those records paint a picture of public school systems across the state struggling with teacher retention.

>Chesterfield County had the most resignations in the Richmond area, with 538 teachers leaving their positions in the past five Junes, followed by 363 in Henrico County, 333 in Richmond and 131 in Hanover County.


CrassostreaVirginica t1_iqwrfuf wrote

Hello, and thanks for this AMA.

I had read a few years ago that there was an ongoing debate about how stable evolutionary change is. I.e. does it mostly occur at a constant rate (outside of special circumstances like human-caused selective breeding) or are species largely stable most of the time and undergo periods of more rapid change.

This may be too broad a question, but is there a consensus about which, if either, is more accurate?

Also, is there any sort of consensus view among mathematical biologists about any aspect of the Jurassic Park character Ian Malcolm?