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News roundup for Fri, May 14, 2021

Operation has been restored to most of the Colonial gas pipeline, but hundreds to thousands of gas stations are still out of gas in the 17 states that rely on the pipeline. Colonial Pipeline ultimately paid $5 million in ransom to regain control of their systems. In a bizarre twist, the hackers claim they didn’t mean to make so much trouble—they just wanted money. Meanwhile, folks are still fighting (sometimes literally) to find gas: [embed]

News roundup for Tue, May 11, 2021

There’s been a large ransomware attack on the Colonial gas pipeline that runs from Texas to New Jersey--one of the largest gas pipelines in the US. People from multiple states are reporting gas shortages at the pump. The cyber-attack is extremely serious and is preventing use of the pipeline. President Biden has declared an emergency in 17 states. These states will need gas shipments from other nearby states, and potentially from overseas as well. States that are not landlocked may be able to

News roundup for Fri, May 7, 2021

A Federal Judge has vacated the eviction moratorium. The DOJ is planning to appeal the ruling: Montana plans to stop some federally funded unemployment benefits, citing a workforce shortage. It seems odd to do this considering its unemployment rate is currently 3.8%--the unemployment rate peaked at nearly 12% last year. The military is working on wound gel treatments that can help seal arterial wounds in the field. Previous

News roundup for Tue, May 4, 2021

The Senate has passed a large, bipartisan clean water act. The $35 billion dollar infrastructure bill aims to ensure that Americans consistently have access to clean, untainted water. There’s a chlorine shortage. Some pool supply stores are imposing purchasing caps. Higher demand for pool activities mixed with a devastating chemical plant fire have created these conditions. Homes in flood zones are terribly overvalued (by over $40 billion in the US) and are dangerous for residents. Marke

News roundup for Fri, Apr 30, 2021

The deadline to obtain a Real ID has been extended to 2023: [embed][/embed] California tells Nestlé to stop stripping the state of water during serious drought conditions. The order requires approval from the Water Resources Control Board. The company is accused of taking tens of millions of gallons per year more than it is purportedly entitled to take. Texas plans to ratchet up its scaling of solar power, with a plan to ad


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