The dark side of electronic waste recycling – The Verge

Electronics can be hazardous when disposed of improperly, and the Basel Action Network, or BAN, investigates the underground world of the e-waste trade. The nonprofit group secretly embeds trackers in discarded devices, then hands them to recyclers to see where they end up, exposing bad practices in the process. After dropping bugged LCD monitors in Oregon, they followed along as the trackers traced a circuitous route through the summer of 2015 and into the fall.

The dark side of electronic waste recycling – The Verge

Overlooked No More: Rose Mackenberg, Houdini’s Secret ‘Ghost-Buster’ – The New York Times

To expose fake psychics, Houdini employed a small army of undercover agents, calling them “my own secret service.” Rose Mackenberg, a private eye, was his foremost operative.

Overlooked No More: Rose Mackenberg, Houdini’s Secret ‘Ghost-Buster’ – The New York Times

You may need to register (free) to read this. A cool story about one of the people that help Harry Houdini uncovered frauds and fake psychics. She often went in disguise.

St. Paul By Bike: Winding My Way Down On Baker Street

Another fine edition of St. Paul By Bike. This isn’t a part of town that I know very well and enjoyed the tour.

Saint Paul By Bike-Every Block of Every Street

August 4, 2019

17.3 Miles

Macalester-Groveland, West Seventh, West Side

Explored the West Side on this ride. It’s a place I’ve been many times to eat, drink and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but sporadically on my bike. Therefore I’m familiar with many of the main roads on the West Side – Concord Street, Cesar Chavez Street, Smith Avenue, and of course Robert Street (with which I’m so well acquainted that I call it Bob Street.) But the bulk of the West Side is new to me and stocked with discoveries.

It takes some pedaling, and a stop or two, to get to the
West Side from my house. One pause of note was on Benhill Street, a
Mac-Groveland thoroughfare that curves down among the bluffs and has gorgeous
and large old homes.

An ode to A.A. Milne in the form of a intricate tree carving greets all who pass 15 Benhill Street.
An ode to A.A. Milne in the form of a intricate tree carving greets all who pass 15…

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