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The new Omicron strain of COVID-19 could be really bad, and we may not know how bad for weeks

A new COVID-19 variant has been identified with some very concerning features. Dubbed Omicron, it’s rapidly spreading in the southern region of Africa and an increasing number of countries around the world, and the news has rocked government policy and financial markets over the last two days. Despite the drama, however, we don’t yet know […]

News roundup for Fri, Nov 26, 2021

There’s a new concerning COVID variant out there, also coming out of South Africa. This one, first dubbed Nu (now Omicron per the WHO) has over 30 mutations to its spike protein. These mutations could lead to immune evasion, meaning neither vaccines nor previous infection would be very protective. There are only about 1,200 cases […]

News roundup for Tue, Nov 23, 2021

Justin Trudeau has sent the military into British Columbia to help flood recovery efforts. Residents are being limited to the purchase of 30 liters or less of gas per gas station visit, and travel along washed out routes is restricted. 14,000 residents are still displaced. Russia and China are performing joint military air exercises and […]

News roundup for Fri, Nov 19, 2021

The port in Los Angeles is still clogged despite the move to 24/7 operations. As I said before, you can make an operation go 24/7, but you can’t produce trained personnel overnight. Amid tension on the Ukraine border and a Middle East migrant crisis on the Belarus/Poland border, Belarus is playing hardball and cutting off […]

News roundup for Tue, Nov 16, 2021

The US and European allies warn that Russia could be planning a push into Ukraine. In response, France and the UK have vowed to help Ukraine defend itself. Some in the UK’s parliamentary defense committee fear that Russia could be setting its sights on more than just Ukraine—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania could also be at […]

News roundup for Fri, Nov 12, 2021

The internet went down briefly across wide swathes of the US this week but was restored relatively quickly: If your Internet is down this morning, it’s not just you. #Xfinity is currently experiencing a major nationwide outage. pic.twitter.com/4EdwuRTZYN — 𝚊𝚝𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 (@atCommLLC) November 9, 2021 The FDA has announced hundreds of drug shortages—everything from insulin to […]

News roundup for Tue, Nov 9, 2021

A self-driving farm vehicle called the Carbon Robotics Autonomous Laserweeder lasers away weeds and eliminates the need for chemical herbicides. It can work during the day or night. It’s very cool technology. Meat packing plants are still having trouble finding workers. This does not bode well for meat prices. Cod may disappear entirely from British […]