Costco is limiting purchases again as shortages cause shelving scarcity:
"Costco limits purchases on paper items, water & key items amid supply chain delays" via FOX BIZ https://t.co/DBy3cRefTG Costco is attempting to mitigate a perfect storm of port delays, higher labor and freight costs, and shortages on everything from containers, trucks and driv…
— BackBoneFinancial (@FinancialBack) September 23, 2021
China has banned all cryptocurrency-related transactions. China has also banned its citizens from engaging in foreign/overseas crypto transactions or exchanges.
On September 23rd a spokesman for Britain’s PM assured the public that there was no petrol shortage in the UK. Videos of runs on gas stations said otherwise. The UK has put its army on standby as the fuel crisis continues:
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) September 27, 2021
There are electricity shortages in China. Rising coal prices and diminished hydropower are the causes:
CHINA ENERGY CRUNCH: The electricity shortages in China are worsening, and widening geographically. It's getting so bad Beijing is now asking some food processors (like soybean crushing plants) to shut down | #OATT #China #EnergyCrunch with @cangsizhi More on @TheTerminal
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) September 24, 2021
Big box stores are losing billions of dollars to crime sprees and organized theft rings. Operation Proof of Purchase aims to curtail these kinds of losses. A lot of the ill-gotten loot is resold on Amazon. Millions are being spent on investigations into these crimes.
Here’s an interesting time-lapse of drought conditions in the US over the last 20 or so years:
The world has over 233 million COVID cases. The world has gained 3.3 million cases in the last week. There have been nearly 4.8 million deaths in total. The US has a cumulative 43.9 million cases. The US gained over 900,000 cases in the last seven days. Over 707,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. The US gained over 55,000 new cases on Sunday, and over 48,000 by late afternoon Monday. 1,600 people are dying per day in the US based on a 7-day average. The US, India, UK, and Turkey have the largest case gains over the last week. Hospitalizations from COVID continue to decrease in the US.
The Director of the CDC heard ACIP’s recommendations but ultimately chose to go with the previous, broader recommendations of the FDA when it comes to 3rd dosing for Americans. Americans over age 65 and those with risk of occupational exposure to COVID may be eligible for a 3rd Pfizer booster if they were previously immunized with Pfizer vaccines. More work has to be done to determine 3rd dose need and schedules for those who received Moderna or J&J vaccines. Those recommendations are being prioritized along with recommendations for children under 12, and should be forthcoming.
Reduced brain volume is a notable finding in people who have had COVID, and it mimics the kind of brain atrophy so commonly seen in the aged. The article goes on to say: “it’s not that clear how long [atrophy] lasts…” I’m here to tell you that in my experience, brain atrophy is not reversible. There is some plasticity in the brain, but not enough to reverse loss of tissue serious enough to be broadly detectable by brain imaging. We can add this article to the proverbial “get your dang vaccine, people!” list.
Shelf-stable insulin would be an absolute game-changer for the preparedness community and for humanity in general. It’s been done, reportedly—but can it be done to scale?
Masks in class reduce COVID outbreaks by at least a factor of three. It’s ludicrous to pack unvaccinated or partially vaccinated kids together in a classroom setting without masks. Those counties with school mask mandates have a much lower incidence of cases.
New York is calling in the National Guard to help with its nursing shortage:
NOW – New York to deploy National Guard to fill expected staff shortages as unvaccinated nurses and hospital workers will be fired effective tonight.pic.twitter.com/NIYAIPbccQ
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 27, 2021