Odds and Ends — 3 January 2022
I’m a relative noob playing Splinterlands, only having played since October. And there’s a lot I don’t know about the game. Due to my inept play, I’ve been struggling in Bronze. So I fell back on the duffer’s ploy of peace through superior firepower and decided to beef up a splinter. I bought 14 Obsidian summoners and leveled up to Level 3. Then found out the hard way that, in Bronze, nothing higher than Level 2 is effective for Obsidian.
Oh well, no great loss. It’ll still be at Level 3 if/when I make it to Silver and, for now, if I level up any other summoners while in Bronze, I’ll just go to Level 2.
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China put up barriers to studying the origins of Covid-19, leading to a conflict that means less scientific collaboration and more mistrust among global powers that must work together to head off the next disaster
What exactly is ZeroHedge’s point? Their glee that a vaccinated person contracted Covid is odd. It’s not as if any competent person has suggested that vaccination is 100% effective at preventing infection. It simply reduces the chance of infection and, if one does contract the disease, tends to reduce severity. Everybody understands that there can be breakthrough cases.
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Russia is “very likely” to invade Ukraine and might only be deterred by “enormous sanctions”, the chair of the US House intelligence committee said on Sunday.
An invasion, Schiff said, would see “more Nato assets closer to Russia … the opposite impact of what Putin is trying to achieve”.
A century after the Dust Bowl, another environmental catastrophe is coming to the High Plains of western Kansas. The signs are subtle but unequivocal: dry riverbeds, fields of sand, the sound of irrigation motors straining to pump from dwindling aquifers.
“We face a fundamental choice,” Connie Owen, the director of the Kansas Water Office, said to a group of state legislators, lobbyists, groundwater managers, and experts who assembled here last summer to debate the future of the region’s groundwater, now in steep decline due to overuse by industrial agriculture. “What hangs in the balance is even more than the loss of livelihoods, communities, or an entire region’s economy—it is the character of who we want to be as a people.”