Prepare For The Storm No. 3

The farce that COP28 has become, pneumonia in China, protecting our water resources, and more.

Prepare For The Storm No. 3
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Good Sunday morning and welcome to this weekend's newsletter. It's packed this weekend! We got pneumonia spreading across China, children and parents leaving an environmental footprint that should be examined, corporate overlords wanting you to work in your sleep, and the farce that COP28 has become. Plus more!


Antibiotic-resistant pneumonia breaks out in China

There's a pneumonia bug going around in China and it's putting a lot of children in the hospital. Pneumonia is no joke, it almost killed my father once. That was before long COVID-19 killed him in 2021.

Chinese Hospitals Are Housing Another Deadly Outbreak
Authorities are covering up the spread of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia.
Fears of another novel respiratory pathogen emerging from China are understandable after the SARS and COVID-19 pandemics, both of which Beijing covered up. Concerns are amplified by Beijing’s ongoing obstruction of any independent investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19—whether it accidentally leaked from the Wuhan lab performing dangerous gain-of-function research or derived from the illegal trade in racoon dogs and other wildlife at the now-infamous Wuhan wet-market.

If you're traveling, please wear your masks and take precautions. Our societal response to the COVID-19 pandemic showed that a lot of people are heartless and don't give a shit about someone else's health.


Examining the Environmental Consequences of Parenthood

An interesting look into having children today and the environmental cost of raising them by writer Y.L. Wolfe. This one stirred up a bit of comment on social media because the prevailing pro-natal trend is that women should have as many babies as possible and how dare a woman not be pro-natal?

Examining the Environmental Consequences of Parenthood
Welcome to a world in which our carbon legacies matter as much as our family legacies
Perhaps we can at least admit that we’ve entered moral territory here. Should we bring children into this world? Do they deserve to be left with this mess we have made, one that will likely negatively impact their well-being and perhaps even shorten their lifespan? 

Working in your sleep? Hell no

This one is from the dystopian file. How would you like to work in your sleep? After all, time is money and you're just "goofing off" when you're sleeping. Why not be productive and make some money?

Lucid dream startup says you can work in your sleep
Prophetic is developing technology to induce lucid dreams, in which CEOs can practice for board meetings and architects can design buildings while asleep.
Prophetic, a venture-backed startup founded earlier this year, wants to help workers do just that. Using a headpiece the company calls the “Halo,” Prophetic says consumers can induce a lucid dream state, which occurs when the person having a dream is aware they are sleeping. The goal is to give people control over their dreams, so they can use that time productively.

COP28 has turned into a farce

The news coming out of the COP28 conference is disturbing. Yet, it's not a surprise considering its President, Sultan Al Jaber, is also the chief executive of the United Arab Emirates’ state oil company Adnoc.

Cop28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels
Exclusive: UAE’s Sultan Al Jaber says phase-out of coal, oil and gas would take world ‘back into caves’
Al Jaber said: “I accepted to come to this meeting to have a sober and mature conversation. I’m not in any way signing up to any discussion that is alarmist. There is no science out there, or no scenario out there, that says that the phase-out of fossil fuel is what’s going to achieve 1.5C.”

Population study: Is South Korea disappearing?

I'm all for a declining population. That's the only way we can cut back on the environmental damage we're visiting on our planet. I welcome a birth rate collapse and the reality is that we've exceeded our carrying capacity. South Korea appears to be at the forefront of Asian nations with a declining birth rate and I say good.

But South Korea is distinctive in that it slipped into below-replacement territory in the 1980s but lately has been falling even more — dropping below one child per woman in 2018 to 0.8 after the pandemic and now, in provisional data for the second and third quarters of 2023, to just 0.7 births per woman.

What's the cause for the declining birthrate? The blame might lie with the South Korean society and culture.

Another is the distinctive interaction between the country’s cultural conservatism and social and economic modernization. For a long time the sexual revolution in South Korea was partly blunted by traditional social mores — the nation has very low rates of out-of-wedlock births, for instance. But eventually this produced intertwining rebellions, a feminist revolt against conservative social expectations and a male anti-feminist reaction, driving a stark polarization between the sexes that’s reshaped the country’s politics even as it’s knocked the marriage rate to record lows.

Protecting Our Water Resources Before It's Too Late

My musings on protecting water resources at home and beyond. Climate change is changing weather patterns and making storms more intensive. Coupled with the fact that we consume billions and billions of gallons of water a day for industry, we need to pass common sense legislation to conserve this precious resource and keep it clean.

Protecting Our Water Resources Before It’s Too Late
The Engineer in me believes we can conserve our water resources.
We’re seeing the Great Salt Lake drying up because the natural runoff from the Rockies is being diverted. It’s not just the Great Lake but the Mississippi and Colorado Rivers are suffering too.
Our natural resources are being diverted and used up, leaving nothing for flora and fauna to survive on.

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