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Richard A. Chance

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North Korea might be hiding a pig catastrophe. African swine fever has reportedly spread across the country. If left unchecked, the epidemic may spill over into South Korean and Chinese farms. (Bloomberg)

Kim Jong Un May Be Hiding a Hog Apocalypse From the World

I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune

I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune of millions - trying to curb the epidemic. With raising pigs as one of the few ways North Korean’s can feed themselves or earn money, it makes a devastating problem worse.

China is suffering from this on a catastrophic level as well, with China accounting for the vast lion share of total pork consumption world wide. Despite the aforementioned efforts to halt the epidemic, it presses forward.

Not to change the general tone of the story, however if you’ve ever dealt with pigs first hand, they’re clearly very intelligent and emotionally complex animals. They’re smarter and more cagey than most often realize. “Because China” did an excellent documentary short speaking with a large Chinese pig rancher operating in mainland China. When speaking about his having to kill his pigs en mass for this reason, it brought him to tears, and it definitely wasn’t just because of his investment losses in that otherwise very lucrative domestic Chinese pork market.

This could actually be an opportunity for the US to bring DPRK to the negotiating table. With such crippling food shortages, the hermit kingdom could maybe for one last time arm twisted into pulling back its nuclear rhetoric in response for food aid.

But from a food security standpoint, this disease

This could actually be an opportunity for the US to bring DPRK to the negotiating table. With such crippling food shortages, the hermit kingdom could maybe for one last time arm twisted into pulling back its nuclear rhetoric in response for food aid.

But from a food security standpoint, this disease could affect the entire Pacific eastern seaboard (Japan, ROK, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam) where Pork forms a major chunk of the diet if sufficient quarantine measures are not put in place.

Fortnite has ended—or so it seems. After an elaborate stunt in which the game's universe appeared to collapse into a singularity, Fortnite is no longer playable and its livestreams have gone dead. (CNET)

Fortnite season 11 event ends with a cosmic explosion and is now gone

So the theory I’ve seen out there is that the new map requires the servers to go down and they turned it into a brilliant marketing move. Might even be down for a whole day or two.

The screams OMG OMG OMG in our house were hilarious. I saw the final moments and then blackness. Then my son went outside to ride his bike with his friends so thanks, Fortnite.

The universal thought for millions of players after the shock of the singularity wore off: “Wow, feels good to blink.”

A gutsy and creative move. For an already ravenous base of players, it only raises the appetite and desire for the next iteration. Not many can get away with a play like that, but Fortnite can.

Marathon records shattered

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier. But it took a team of 42 other runners and one electric car to keep the 34-year-old Kenyan on pace to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

It took 43 of the world’s fastest runners to break the 2-hour marathon barrier

Most people will only remember Kipchoge, but there was a dream team of world class runners surrounding him yesterday. Perhaps the event should also be remembered for the massive collection of talent that put their egos to the side to help him do the seemingly impossible.

Amazing effort by all involved. Kipchoge is a phenomenal athlete, one of the best runners of all time. This was a great use of strategy and technology, as well as his sheer will to achieve the impossible, to push him past the limit.

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

The US is rethinking its Turkish nuclear weapons stash. As Turkey coordinates with Russia to plan its push into northern Syria, replacing and sometimes firing on American troops, the US military is questioning the wisdom of trusting its erstwhile ally with 50 thermonuclear bombs.

The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting their diplomatic status for material gain while actively working against American interests and forging ever-stronger ties with Putin’s Russia.

Obviously we also should not in any way support their atrocities in Syria, but apparently it’s already too late for that.

Brexit fatigue

Brexit negotiators make a last-ditch effort to cut a deal. Discussions are in overdrive ahead of Thursday and Friday's European Council summit. But the continent is tired of reading about it, and the media has moved on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Brexit negotiations are heating up for real, but the continent is tired of reading about it

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Plastic pollution

Microfibers are the new plastic menace. The tiny synthetic threads shed from our cheap, fast fashion clothes and work their way into every nook and cranny of the environment, WIRED reports.

Microfibers Are the New Microbeads. Grab Your Pitchforks

It seems crazy that all washing machines and sinks do not have a filter to catch micro plastics. Companies should see how great the ROI would be if they brought to market a washing machine that filtered micro-plastics, I would have been willing to pay more for that in an instant and I am sure many other

It seems crazy that all washing machines and sinks do not have a filter to catch micro plastics. Companies should see how great the ROI would be if they brought to market a washing machine that filtered micro-plastics, I would have been willing to pay more for that in an instant and I am sure many other would too.

This is a massive issue.

Free Willy

Power restored in California

Fashion follows feeds

"Aspirational realness" is the new Instagram cool-girl look. Brands are adopting the messy, candid, and unfiltered aesthetic of regular users to give their products a veneer of authenticity.

“Aspirational realness,” the Instagram cool-girl look, disguises advertising as authenticity

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable clothes made with defined values.

Outdoor voices made activewear nice enough to be worn on the regular, quality and cut being equally as important as marketing.

Glossier broke ground with celebrating beauty in all women rather than the singular ‘ideal’ of the past.

The writer has a narrow perspective on why these companies have succeeded and exactly what they tapped into.

Handbags are out. The pricey accessory is losing its once-exalted place in women's wardrobes as Instagram has eclipsed its role as a status symbol.

The handbag is losing its once-exalted place in a woman’s wardrobe

Sneakers are clearly now serving the (status / collectibles) purpose of handbags for the next generation, eating up that share of disposable income. The sales overall numbers show it as does the rise of the marketplaces like GOAT and Flight Club (as well as a walk around the streets).

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