The U.S. empire of bases that spans some 80 countries — about 40% of nations — is now part of the growing American Covid-19 disaster

From LA Progressive and TomDispatch, Aug 2020 A Navy Spouse’s Take on Why We’re Not Getting Better American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. As The New York Times reported in a piece buried in the back pages of its July 21st edition, “The infection rate in the services has tripled over the past six …

Stability v. Earthquake – who stays in power according to Allan Lichtman

Right now, polls say Joe Biden has a healthy lead over President Trump. But we’ve been here before (cue 2016), and the polls were, frankly, wrong. One man, however, was not. The historian Allan Lichtman was the lonely forecaster who predicted Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 — and also prophesied the president would be impeached. That’s two for two. But Professor Lichtman’s record goes …

Nimble transit planning needed during the pandemic, says Transit Center analysis

By Michael Brenneis, SSTI, Nimble transit planning needed during the pandemic, says Transit Center analysis Posted on July 30th, 2020 in Multimodal, News Transit agencies have experienced steep bus ridership declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bus ridership in greater Boston dropped about 80 percent, for example. But the drop wasn’t uniform: Essential workers still needed to get to work, and many relied …

Electric cars What the million-mile battery means for electric cars

The Economist It is mainly about greater reliability Science & technology Aug 1st 2020 edition As every mobile-phone owner knows, after a year or so the battery starts to fade and the beast needs recharging more frequently. That is a nuisance, but a phone’s batteries can be replaced fairly cheaply—or the whole handset traded in for the latest model. An electric car, …

Gardening helps people live longer

(Photo: Getty | Carlo107) Twelve years ago, Dan Buettner visited communities around the world known for having many centenarians (people who live to be 100 or older), including Okinawa in Japan, the Barbagia region of Sardinia and the Seventh Day Adventist enclave in California. Buettner, an author and longevity expert, called these areas “Blue Zones.” He and his team of researchers wanted to find similarities …

Significant effects of exposure to relatively low level ozone on daily mortality

Science Direct, August 2020, Wei-HengHuanga1Bing-YuChenabc1HoKimdYasushiHondaeYue LeonGuoac https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.09.017 Increased mortality with elevated ozone, and the significant mortality effects of ozone exposure were observed at level higher than 40, 50, and 40 ppb for Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, respectively. These associations are unaffected by co-pollutant of particulate matter in Taiwan and Japan Non-linear ozone-mortality associations were observed in three East Asian countries (Taiwan, Korea, …

Nearly all of Colorado is under some drought status – 20 years into megadrought in the West

Also see: https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/04/16/climate-driven-megadrought-emerging-western-u-s/ – April 20th, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com Colorado currently is one of the drier parts of the country, and although conditions have improved in recent weeks, the long-term outlook for the state is relatively grim.  Much of Colorado continues to suffer through extreme drought, and nearly all of the state is experiencing drought, according to the …

Solar-Power Costs Falling Even Faster Than Expected

By Brian Eckhouse June 24, 2020  U.S. residential-system prices will fall 17%: Wood Mackenzie  Demand waning amid pandemic, creating oversupply of panels The cost of U.S. solar power is dropping faster than expected as the coronavirus stifles demand, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie. Residential-system prices will fall 17% over the next five years, the research company said Wednesday. That’s steeper than …

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

Compiled by Ekaterina Walter 1. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden 2. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  – Jack Canfield 3. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel 4. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert …