News roundup for Fri, Jun 4, 2021

I don’t understand the need to suppress communication regarding damage done by earthquakes, but apparently this kind of information suppression is  happening in some parts of the globe:

Shell faced the Hague and the Hague proverbially smacked the company down. Shell has been ordered to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030.

New York City’s MTA was hacked in April. Data was not stolen, but multiple systems were breached. Transportation was not disrupted. Given concerns of future breaches, the transportation agency has since bolstered their cybersecurity.

Peter Turchin thinks civil unrest will continue in the US, and he bases this prediction on mathematical modelling of historical trends. He blames the overproduction of an elite class of workers (not enough jobs for all those lawyers, for example) on the subsequent societal turn towards anti-elite movements–and all the civil unrest that is necessarily tied to that kind of pivot. As we know with models, that data coming out is only as good as the data going in. Critics say his work is no more than pop science. It’s an interesting read nonetheless.

The world has over 172.8 million COVID cases. The world has gained over 3.2 million cases in a week. Global cases appear to be on a decline. There have been over 3.7 million deaths in total. The US has had nearly 34.2 million cases. Over 611,000 Americans have died. There have been 525 deaths in the last 24 hours in the US. The US gained over 14,000 new cases in the last day. India still leads the globe in daily deaths, with over 2,700 in the last day. India has gained over 131,000 new cases in the last day. Case growth and deaths in India are still on a downtrend. Brazil had over 1,600 deaths yesterday.

The poorest households in India are even poorer after the pandemic:

Our vaccination efforts are really paying off:

Vaccine efforts continue to pay off—literally. Some lucky Colorado teenagers who get vaccinated may be eligible for a $50K scholarship.

The White House says it’s going to donate 75% of its unused vaccines to nations around the world that need it. The US will be working with the UN’s COVAX program to help distribute the doses. The Administration adds that that is working towards this goal as altruistically and with as few strings attached as possible.

At least 1 billion have been vaccinated per BNO, but with cumulative doses now reaching two billion, I think it’s more accurate to say that ~1.5 billion have received at least one dose:

Here’s a way to track COVID vaccine incentives that might be applicable to you:

If those don’t work for folks, how about free beer?

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