News You May Have Missed

Many of the Loop’s editors are news junkies–and we can’t cover it all for ourselves! We collect here interesting articles which received light coverage in mainstream USA media.

April 2024

We're not going to tabulate this many articles, but we thought you'd appreciate a summary of Boeing's recent issues:
    737max crashes
    Plug blow-out
    Missing bolts
        Missing footage of maintenance work
    Wheel fell off
    Capt. seat eject activated / downward dive
    Whistle blower apparently "suicides" after day 2 of 3-day testimony
    Maintenance panel blow out
    And not a part of their current problems, but a fun blast from the past:

USA debt above $34 trillion, going up another trillion every 100 days

No, wait, it jumped to a trillion every _90_ days?

Drugged fish in the wild

Am I flying on Boeing?

WA Studying EV Fires

Free Blockbuster, rather like a neighborhood library

March 2024

Heavier EVs may be a problem for safety rails and such

Catholic college focuses on education in "the trades"

Human trafficking & schools

Bumps in the road ahead for freelancers and contractors

Tucker Carlson interviews Vladimir Putin

Decades ago, legendary investor Peter Thiel started offering
$100k to college age students to start a business instead.
It's still going strong.

Russia historic military district stood up anew as balance to NATO expansion

College degrees all too often command high school jobs

Exporting your criminals?

Feeling pinched on all sides?

Countries pulling precious metal assets from USA

But wireless security devices sure are easy to install!

German man lives on the train for $10,000 a year

UK second least happy in the world

February 2024

Private Equity-run hospitals hurt the patients

Was your EV's MPG is to good to be true?

EV tires have a surprisingly short life

Musk Points at Boeing's DEI Priorities

Elevated risk of cancer in under-50 cohort

Hungary rejecting immigrations

Severe Civil Disruptions in Ecuador

Net savings went negative

Yale $100M lawsuit--destroying exculpatory evidence?

Covid heart ailments

Massachusetts Cuts College Degree Requirements For 90% Of State Jobs

WA Covid 19 funds went to immigrants--$340 million

McDonald's price hikes hitting a backlash

200' Radio Broadcast Tower Stolen

January 2024

News you probably didn't miss!  Our ferries are coming back... someday?

Inslee knew where gas prices were going

World's Largest Beaver Dam

Scotland faked wind generator output using fossil fuels

Cell Phones and Tinnitus

Who Wants a Used EV?

Hershey sued for not selling without decoration

NFL retroactively changed outcome of game (90 seconds after end)

China's New Rare Earth Policy Shakes Global Tech Industry

And China's dominance in battery manufacturing is worrying, too

'Nothing' Left In UK's Military Stockpiles After Arming Ukraine

The incredible geopolitical importance of the Strait of Hormuz

A Monk on a Pillar

Bend, Oregon provides safe parking for those living out of their cars

Hybrid ferry didn't work out

December 2023

Orcas attacking sailboats off of Spain

Apostrophe Protection Society has been rebooted

How Army Ants Build Bridges

Sports Illustrated and questions concerning AI-generated content

Restaurants gaming dating apps to drum up business

Washington's high gas prices predicted by its own economist

Bomb used for years as garden ornament

super rich more likely to be heirs

Scaffolding rises to rebuild Notre Dame's spire

Pope asks auditors to be "merciful"

November 2023

Japan Airlines needs extra plane for Sumo wrestlers

US Justice Dept recommends police hire former criminals

U.S. payments on debt spike to $659 billion, nearly doubling in two years

Follow-on: we've now broken $1 trillion

Suspicion surrounds ex-Iran envoy Rob Malley after Israel attack: 'Worst State Department scandal'

North Korea supplying shells to Russia

Homeschooling is trending

NYC Mayor, in DC to address migrant crisis, suddenly heads home as FBI raids his campaign advisor

Trucking industry warns of "fatal flaws" in Washington's electric vehicle plans

October 2023

Putin at annual Valdai conference, lays out vision of multipolar world, "civilizational states"

Feds spend $3.3 billion for office furniture--as employees continue to wor
from home

Continuing stress on the US dollar

California raises minimum wage for fast food workers, adds other protections

Automation pushes further into the labor market

Wall for southern border?  Maybe yes, maybe no.

How much does your job relate to your overdose risk?

September 2023

Exploding watermelons blamed on climate change

Health impacts of microplastics

Pirates are back!  In Oakland, California

Federal deficit balloons again

San Francisco so bad, federal workers told to stay away

Proposed: King County minimum wage of $19/hour

August 2023

Notre Dame's golden dome is coming back

Solid tumor cancer treatment breakthrough AOH1966 patent granted, Phase 1 trial starts

Has The Room-Temperature Ambient-Pressure Superconductor Been Replicated?
(With history as a guide, assume this is a material with exotic properties while not actually being a superconductor at room temperatures.)

Facial recognition and false arrests

AI Banned from Future Dungeons and Dragons books

Leprosy in Florda?  Yes, but...

A deep dive into antioxidants, and why cows and pigs are immune to SARS-CoV-2

July 2023

CDC in 2020, based on evidence of CO2 buildup, recommended workers
wear N95 respirators for no longer than 1 hour

Total aid to Ukraine so far

The largest Lego fan convention in the Pacific NW comes to Bellevue

They are watching and listening--via "your" Device

Worked with US Special Forces in Afghanistan, even survived
taking the last flight out.  Loses his life to DC criminals.

BRICS trade bloc looking at gold-backed currency

Bees are still not doing well at all

Nevada license plate telling Californians to "go back" is pulled

Maine woman punches bear to protect her dog

June 2023

Are annual physicals a good idea?

WA's first Director of Equity fired

Contamination in mRNA production

A popular sweetener is harmful?

It's getting harder and harder to buy home insurance in California
(Note that getting a home loan requires getting insurance. This could become a problem.)

May 2023

Military recruiting woes

Bed Bath & Beyond declares bankruptcy

UK trying losing companies from its stock market exchange

New York City mayor breaks ranks on border crisis

Inslee leaving, Ferguson steps up

Rivian R1T fender bender--$42k in repair costs

April 2023

USA cancels hypersonic missile program

A trend to watch: "de-dollarization"

Germany slows EV transition

WHO accuses China of hiding data relevant to Covid origins

RESTRICT act is a lot more than a TikTok ban

Actor with major roles in John Wick, Bosch TV series, The Wire, Lost, Oz dies suddenly

March 2023

The kids are not alright:

Petition calling on DoJ to cease prosecution of Julian Assange

Taylor Swift has a surprising fan

California loses both people and tax base

Religion popping up in surprising places

Viet Nam as a lens for Ukraine

Hidden passage in Great Pyramid of Giza

February 2023

Ichtyiosaur maternity ward?

Critical to solar power and EVs are the many mined materials from Africa. The impact of such mining was the focus of recent meeting

UnitedHealthcare and the question of how cost affects their decisions

CNET starts using AI to write their articles, faces a backlash, and "pauses" it

Big Tech layoffs, and the NSA swoops in

The UK military is precariously depleted

January 2023

Congress passes bill forcing railroad compromise

Government banning TikTok back in the news

Russia launches a variety of new warships

...and orders more advanced anti-ship missiles

Unintended consequences of bad faith behind Minsk accords

President of European Commission cites Ukraine KIA number, this part of her
speech is subsequently trimmed from all media.

Twitter, now owned by Musk, provides new transparency into
past decisions via "The Twitter Files"

Did the CIA kill John F. Kennedy?  A generation-spanning question
receives new life

DEA announces record Fentanyl seizures in 2022

Mysterious cell tower-like devices popping up around Salt Lake City
Many guesses are that these are nodes in the decentralized Helium network.

Progress with the Notre Dame reconstruction

December 2022

Who’s buying all this gold?

The tripledemic may not be as dangerous as feared

Stanford president under investigation for academic fraud

GE buys out NY Times’ entire advertising for a day–print, digital, even a custom wrapper for the paper

TSMC hedging against possible China action?

November 2022

Stripe cutting 14% of its workforce in preparation for “leaner times”.

Egypt is a choke point for Internet cables.

Turkey experiencing hyperinflation.

USA fading influence over Saudi Arabia.

October 2022

Notre Dame’s restoration is drawing on ancient and lost skills.

China is having their own mini-2008, and their citizens protest when they aren’t allowed to withdraw money from their own bank accounts. The government sends out police and… tanks?

Rural hospitals are doing so badly, some are almost being given away.

The UK approval document for Pfizer mRNA does not recommend it for the pregnant and nursing. (Scan down to the Toxicology section.)

Researchers are using “AI” to scan and integrate data sets of voter rolls, address changes, and property tax records to detect out of date voter registrations. This is an early article; the technology has evolved considerably.

Key Alzheimers origin of disease theory that has been the center of clinical research and funding for nearly 2 decades is probably a fraud.