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Russia has an “approved” COVID-19 vaccine, but that doesn’t mean much

News recently broke that the Russian government had approved a COVID-19 vaccine, appearing to give it bragging rights over the USA and other countries developing vaccines. They’ve even announced that members of President Putin’s family have been inoculated with the new vaccine. However, this Sputnik V vaccine is, like its namesake space probe, more a

Lessons from the California wildfires: get ready early and leave before you have to

When a wildfire is close, the best thing you can do is gather your family, pets, and go-bag and get out. But how long does that take? And how do you know when it’s time to go? With much of California still burning after last week’s lightning storms, CalFire’s fire tracker says over 1 million

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Cancers going undiagnosed during COVID: a reminder to prioritize routine checks

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, fewer people have been diagnosed with cancer. Good news? Nope. The lack of cancer diagnoses just means that many cancers are going undiagnosed. Those cancers are still there. They just haven’t yet been discovered. Now, they’ll pop up at a more advanced stage. They’ll start to cause noticeable problems and

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Recipe review: pinto bean fudge

Last week on the internet, I came across an interesting use for my extra stores of pinto beans: pinto bean fudge. At first, I was a bit grossed out. Fudge with beans? But then I slowly grew intrigued. Beans by themselves are rather bland and starchy, so maybe the earthy flavor of pinto beans could

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Gardening during COVID: feeding a family is a bigger challenge than you’d think

A lot of people have the idea that in an emergency, they can break out a can of emergency seeds, toss them on the ground, and quickly produce enough food to feed their entire family. Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually work that way. While gardening is great for self-sufficiency and preparedness, I’d like to share some

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How a Three Gorges Dam collapse (or more flooding) could impact supply chains

For a few weeks now, we’ve had our eye on the Three Gorges Dam, a true feat of human engineering, and the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. The Three Gorges Dam generates 2% of China’s electricity, and that’s remarkable, but it’s not why we’ve been watching the dam. China has experienced a lot of

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Thinking about buying a car? There’s a shortage of those, too

Because of the numerous supply chain problems with everything from food to consumer goods, many of us have been carefully planning our purchases ahead of time in a multistep process that involves budgeting, prioritization, checking inventories for in-stock notices, and using upgraded shipping options to avoid USPS delays. Well, now we can add cars to