Thursday, June 24, 2021

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/24/2021

~ Today’s Water Cooler ~

Can The Fate Of Dolphins and Louisiana’s Fishing Industry Stop A $50 Billion Mississippi River Diversion Plan?

Questions about Louisiana’s plans to reroute the mighty Mississppi to save its eroding coast rattle the agency spearheading them

Links 6/24/2021

Will Tether Bring All The Cryptocurrencies Way Down?

The more you look at the cryptocurrency Tether, the less there is to like.

A Report from Sierra Leone: Covid-19 Has Helped People Understand the Vital Connection Between Energy and Health

Sierra Leone so far has had some Covid success despite low vaccination rates, and it illustrates the challenges poor countries face.

Update on Surgery and Mother’s Hospitalization

Thanks for your concern and kind notes about my surgery and how my mother is faring. A recap of the last nearly two weeks.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/23/2021

~ Today’s Water Cooler: Open thread ~

Supreme Court Rules 9-0 Against NCAA, Opening Door to Further Antitrust Challenges of Student-Athlete Compensation Bans

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday NCAA antitrust decision opens the door to further more sweeping challenges of the organization’s business model.

Links 6/23/2021

Nassim Nicholas Taleb Shellacks Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why Bitcoin is not good for much except enriching early adopters and intermediaries.

How Energy Transition Models Go Wrong

Gail Tvergberg explains why oil prices are likely to remain be lower than full costs, and how that undermines the move to cleaner energy.

The Politics of ‘Follow the Science’

How the ralllying cry of “Follow the science” is looking more and more like sloganeernig as opposed to best practice.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/22/2021

~ Today’s Water Cooler ~

‘Managed Retreat’ from Climate Disasters Can Reinvent Cities So They’re Better for Everyone – and Avoid More Flooding, Heat and Fires

Managed retreat is a promising way to deal with rising seas…except it requires things we’re bad at, like planning and cooperation.

Links 6/22/2021