News roundup for Tue, Oct 12, 2021

Are Romans protesting Covid mandates

Xi says China is going to unify with Taiwan, adding that he wants a peaceful reunification. Taiwan is not on board with this sentiment.

Solar prices are still dropping and solar utilization continues to grow. Some good news among the pounding of the scarcity drums. California and Texas are leading the solar charge in the US. Solar-powered desalination technology is also a reality now, though very small in scale. That technology is also likely to grow in demand and use over time.

As California’s aquifers run low, farms are feeling the squeeze. New laws are restricting access to the increasingly limited water supply.

You might have seen the Augason Farms supply chain letter floating around social media. Check out our forum threat on the issue: the letter is real, but their “shutdown” is just for wholesale distributors.

Lebanon, the entire country, was without power for about 24 hours due to lack of fuel for the country’s power plants:

A staggering amount of shoplifting is contributing to bare store shelves.

CNN has arrived at the same conclusion we have about scarcity—it’s going to persist for a while:

Southwest Airlines is struggling to get its planes where they need to go amid a vaccine-related staffing shortage:

An M-class solar flare has arrived, but it’s pretty mild. There will be some radio interference and it will impact high elevations more than lower elevations:

A lot of the nation’s critical infrastructure is subject to serious flood risk from climate change: roads, hospitals, water-treatment plants, fire stations, government buildings, etc.

The world has over 239 million COVID cases. The world has gained 3 million cases in the last week. There have been nearly 4.9 million deaths in total. The US has a cumulative 45.3 million cases. The US gained over 605,000 cases in the last seven days. Over 734,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. The US gained over 40,000 new cases on Sunday, and over 33,000 by late afternoon Monday. 1,400 people are dying per day in the US based on a 7-day average. The US, UK, Turkey, and Russia have had the largest case gains over the last week. Most COVID metrics remain on a downtrend in the US.

92% of active-duty military personnel have been vaccinated against COVID. Vaccine mandates appear to be making a difference.

Moderna is going to build a plant in Africa. Although it will take a few years to get up and running, it will (eventually) help address disparities in vaccine access once running:

Lots more companies are mandating vaccines:

Violent protests over COVID vaccines are still taking place around the globe:

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