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August 30, 2021

Heading to CA

I'm going to the Bay Area in California for September and a few days into October.
It will be interesting since it has been 2 years since I was there last. Having lived in Munich for the past 6 years I don't think I can really call it home now. It will be a different experience. Between the ravages of Covid, the fires, and the life pressures people living in the area experience it will feel strange.

We are trying to get my daughter packed up so we can have her join us in Munich.
Not looking forward to driving around our area and with the air quality from the fires not sure I want to spend time getting around on my bike. Not to mention the drivers attitudes in the Bay Area versus around Munich. Plus I have a lot of purging of stuff left behind.
I have to find out if I can afford to ship a few things to Munich. Doesn't look cheap.

Fun stuff.

August 30, 2021

This is how to prevent another 100,000 Covid deaths by December, Fauci says

Source: CNN

(CNN)With nearly 100,000 Americans hospitalized with Covid-19 and infections surging among the unvaccinated population, it's possible another 100,000 people could die from the virus by December, according to a recent University of Washington model.

"What is going on now is both entirely predictable, but entirely preventable," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday, saying the outcome of the model is possible. "We know we have the wherewithal with vaccines to turn this around."

But will enough listen. Really sad and discouraging.

Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/30/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

But will enough listen. Really sad and discouraging.
August 12, 2021

First water cuts in US West supply to hammer Arizona farmers

Source: Associated Press

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — A harvester rumbles through the fields in the early morning light, mowing down rows of corn and chopping up ears, husks and stalks into mulch for feed at a local dairy.

The cows won’t get their salad next year, at least not from this farm. There won’t be enough water to plant the corn crop.

Climate change, drought and high demand are expected to force the first-ever mandatory cuts to a water supply that 40 million people across the American West depend on — the Colorado River. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s projection next week will spare cities and tribes but hit Arizona farmers hard.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/business-science-environment-and-nature-arizona-climate-change-7cf4c472fa64fe57be4b8823c5423fc0

Things will get worse. Expect higher food prices.
August 11, 2021

This year's summer of climate extremes hits wealthier places

Source: Independent UK, via AP

Chickens coming home to roost.....

As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021?s onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming’s wrath in the past.

Wealthy countries such as the United States Canada Germany and Belgium are joining poorer and more vulnerable nations on a growing list of extreme weather events that scientists say have some connection to human-caused climate change.

“It is not only a poor country problem, it's now very obviously a rich county problem,” said Debby Guha-Sapir, founder of the international disaster database at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters at Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. “They (the rich) are getting whacked.”



Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/climate-crisis-extreme-summer-weather-b1896838.html

August 8, 2021

UK tells its nationals to leave Afghanistan immediately

Source: DW news

Afghanistan is falling apart faster than I thought. I was giving them a year but they might not make the new year.


The British foreign ministry warned of a high risk of terror attacks and "a worsening security situation" as the Taliban continued their offensive across Afghanistan.
The British government has told all UK nationals to leave Afghanistan immediately as fighting intensifies between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces.

The announcement came just hours after the Taliban ambushed and killed the director of Afghanistan's government media center in Kabul on Friday.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/uk-tells-its-nationals-to-leave-afghanistan-immediately/a-58789804

August 8, 2021

Fall out from the Olympics

There is likely to be some fall out from the Modern Pentathlon at the Olympics.
The German trainer was sent home and will not be training in Germany again.
They may change that part of the competition.

"Bucking horses urged on with a riding crop although they clearly don't feel like jumping over obstacles or even entering the course. Howling riders who have completely lost their nerve.

Numerous falls by riders that just about walk away without serious injuries.

Sweating animals with wide eyes who, even after several throw-offs, have to ride on until the finish line is finally reached and the agony is over.

No one needs to see scenes like these. The show jumping portion of the modern pentathlon on Friday was anything but good advertising for equestrian. What occurred in Tokyo's Baji Koen Equestrian Park was far from normal show jumping and should instead be described as animal cruelty.

No show jumper would force his or her animal over obstacles if it clearly did not want to or had already refused several obstacles. Even at major events, it is common for riders to prefer to end the round and drop out of the competition rather than continue to force their horses. The welfare of the animals takes precedence over sporting success.."



August 3, 2021

Tennesse values cows over people

Evidently They have paid half a million to vaccinate cows while cutting vaccines and vaccine education in the state. What in the world.


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About Old Crank

Currently living in Germany, enjoying the culture, enjoying the food, enjoying the travel. Not enjoying the winters, or the Deutsches lernen... Born in Canada. Parents moved to Arizona in 1965. Spent 5 years in the USAF and 2 of those on Crete. Lived in Fresno, Las vegas, Sunnyvale, CA.

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