- The US to brace for a “tripledemic” of respiratory illnesses.
- Canada’s nationwide handgun sales ban went into effect.
- Colorado will recycle wastewater for drinking.
Next US GDP report expected to show growth; Eurozone’s fear of recession accelerating; Global growth forecast to slow in 2023
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, payrolls rose by 263,000, and industrial production rose 0.4% in September. The latest GDP report is due to come out Thursday and is expected to have risen roughly 2.9% between Jul-Sep, according to a tracker from the Atlanta Fed. But inflation will keep weighing on household budgets and businesses.
Flash PMI data suggest US consumer inflation should eventually cool in the coming months, according to S&P Global. Goldman Sachs has put the risk of a recession at 35% in the next 12 months (way below recent predictions), but “[the US economy] does not appear to be on the brink of recession at the moment.” GS warns that shelter and health care inflation will remain “uncomfortably high throughout 2023,” and that might cause the Fed to keep hiking interest rates, eventually causing an unintended recession.
The Eurozone’s business activity slowed faster than expected, and the fear of a severe recession is surging. The manufacturing sector led the losses, but services output also fell for a third consecutive month. The European Central Bank is expected to raise rates by another 0.75 % on Thursday.
The IMF’s World Economic Outlook predicts one-third of the world economy will likely contract this year or next:
Bird flu killed 7.3 million US turkeys (almost 4% of total birds) this year. Most producers, retailers, and market analysts don’t think meat cases will be empty this Thanksgiving, but prices will be higher, and options might be limited. More than 85,000 birds were euthanized over avian flu concerns in Quebec.
1 in 10 California households is falling behind on their water bill. Drought restrictions and the replacement and upgrade of aging infrastructure are making water more expensive. The average debt is about $500 per household.
According to a recent study, US food insufficiency spiked by 25% after monthly Child Tax Credits expired.
90% of English schools will run out of money by next year, according to a survey by the National Association of Head Teachers. Higher energy bills and salary raises are cited as the main causes.
The US to brace for a “tripledemic” of respiratory illnesses; Drones started delivering medicines in Utah
Drones started delivering medicines in Salt Lake City’s area. The drone company will start servicing communities within a few miles of its distribution center located in South Jordan and promises deliveries within 15 minutes. Interested customers within the Intermountain Healthcare network can start signing up to use the service.
East Australia facing floods for three weeks in a row; Tropical Storm Roslyn killed two in Mexico; Florida swamped with mosquitoes
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) October 24, 2022
Cat 3 Hurricane Roslyn made landfall near Puerto Vallarta and killed two people after being downgraded to a tropical storm.
The flood crisis in Australia has entered its third week as heavy rains keep lashing the southeast.
After Hurricane Ian, Florida is dealing with a surge in mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile virus and other diseases. The state, alongside local officials, is spending millions to curb the spread of disease. DeSantis has announced $5 million toward local housing partners to help those impacted by Ian pay down their deductibles. The article also has a list of disaster relief resources. And here’s a FEMA representative explaining why FEMA might reject applications.
Rats fitted with tiny backpacks are being trained to help rescue earthquake survivors. They must first locate the target person, pull a switch on their vest that triggers a beeper, and then return to base, where they are rewarded with a treat. The backpack can allow communication with the victim. HeroRATs will soon be deployed to Turkey.
Russia accusing Ukraine of false flag “dirty bomb” operation; A dozen people charged in spying schemes from China
Russia claims Ukraine is preparing to use a “dirty bomb” in Ukraine — the West sees this as a pretext for possible escalation. The DoD is monitoring the situation but sees nothing to indicate that the Russians have made a decision to employ nuclear weapons. A “dirt bomb” is a conventional explosive wrapped around radioactive material. When the bomb explodes, it is not a nuclear detonation but only the normal explosion of something like TNT or other munitions. The difference is that this explosion spreads around a lot of radioactive material, poisoning anyone nearby and rendering the area highly dangerous—perhaps even impassable. The Institute for the Study of War concluded that Russia was “unlikely to be preparing an imminent false-flag dirty bomb attack.” Instead, it might be trying to “slow or suspend Western military aid to Ukraine and possibly weaken the NATO alliance.” Ukraine invited IAEA to check that they were not building a dirty bomb:
In my call with @RafaelMGrossi I officially invited IAEA to urgently send experts to peaceful facilities in Ukraine which Russia deceitfully claims to be developing a dirty bomb. He agreed. Unlike Russia, Ukraine has always been and remains transparent. We have nothing to hide.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) October 24, 2022
Two have been arrested, and a dozen have been charged with spying schemes on behalf of China. Charges include conspiracy to forcibly repatriate PRC nationals, attempted obstruction of criminal prosecution (likely against Huawei), and conspiracy to act as an illegal agent of a foreign country. The UK had recently warned that China was trying to poach ex-RAF jet pilots to train its air force.
Colorado approved a preliminary plan to reuse wastewater for drinking. Brewing beer, cooking food, and refilling water bottles with recycled wastewater could soon become standard practice in Colorado. Colorado’s water quality agency gave preliminary approval to regulate direct potable reuse. The process typically entails disinfecting wastewater with ozone gas or ultraviolet light to remove viruses and bacteria.
Canada’s nationwide handgun sales ban went into effect. The ban will bar anyone from buying, selling or transferring handguns within Canada, and it will stop people from bringing new handguns into the country.
Brown = lay down. Black = fight back: A woman walking her dog survived a bear attack by punching its nose. You usually want to try and scare away a black bear before it comes too close, but in this case, the attack came as a surprise.
Robots are helping pick strawberries in California amid drought and labor shortage. California produces about 90% of the nation’s strawberries.