From the BBC.
During the pandemic, and as a big part of this blog in the early days, I had regular posts of my lunchtime ramens. I still am making ramen, but maybe not as often. Anyway it seems like a pandemic thing (not that the COVID-19 pandemic is over). Anyway, a few recent ramens.
from Slow Boring.
I ran across this a while back, but I tend to ignore Twitter. These folks on Digg pick out the best (worst?) of Twitter on a daily basis.
From Mississippi Today.
There seem to be three “1000-year floods” in as many weeks here in the US. This is happening in July and early August, a time not known for heavy rainfall, especially in the places it is falling, like Death Valley. Here in Texas we are in an extreme drought. Somehow, it is humid here every day, so it is an odd sort of drought. To this amateur meteorologist it seems like southern gulf breezes push lots of moisture right past Texas, then it ends up being unleashed somewhere of the edges of the drought area.
When I was in college, Mexico announced it’s discovery of massive oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time, I had a neighbor who happened to be a professor of Latin American studies. I asked him what he thought of this, and I offered that Mexico would be a very wealthy country soon. He disagreed. He cited one reason: corruption. I’m not sure he was correct, but Mexico’s oil wealth didn’t turn out the way I had expected. A good read on our neighbor to the south. The comments are also worth reading.
I knew it was pretty bad here in Texas and much of the west, but I didnt realize the extent of this summer 2022 drought. Similar in lots of other places around the world. And the places that aren’t in a drought are mostly flooding. From US Drought Monitor.
The data has been out there for a long time. Fracking was a money pit for investors. I heard $500 billion in capital lost. Everyone should read this. From the New York Times:. Hardly Anyone Talks About How Fracking Was an Extraordinary Boondoggle
From 2006 to 2014, fracking companies lost $80 billion; in 2014, with oil at $100 a barrel, a level that seemed to promise a great cash-out, they lost $20 billion. These losses were mammoth and consistent, adding up to a total that “dwarfs anything in tech/V.C. in that time frame,”
From The Guardian. Have to go the the UK press to get this sort of investigative journalism these days.