My Saturday News Dump

It is a Saturday so……News no one could possibly use.

Good news!  Sue is home from the hospital and doing really good….this weekend will be a slow posting for me for I want to spend time with her and help her recovery.

I will start with my local news…..

As of yesterday Word Press tells me that I have 280 day posting streak going….but here is a problem… see in 2012 WP issued a challenge for bloggers to post a writing every day….I jumped on it an have had at least one post a day for 9+ years….so the stats from WP is off by about 3200 posts…so thanx WP for letting me know that my blog is not that important for you to keep up.

Enough bitchin’

01 August to end of October is peak hurricane season….since I live on the Gulf Coast we have prepared for the inevitable.

As of yesterday Mississippi has had 100 new cases of Covid-19……and the state is at about 40% vaccinated……most of our hospitals are reaching capacity with no end insight.

When did athletes start wearing sport bras?

Some are predicting a global collapse before the end of the century…….

Human society is on the verge of collapsing in the next two decades unless there is a major shift in global objectives, according to a recent review of a 1970s research.

A stunning new analysis by a director at one of the world’s largest accounting companies has concluded that a renowned, decades-old warning from Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) about the likelihood of industrial civilisation collapsing looks to be accurate.

Let’s say all that doom and gloom is there anywhere that will survive?

In a recent development, a new study has revealed that New Zealand, Iceland, the UK, Tasmania and Ireland are the places best suited to survive a global collapse of society.

As per the researchers, human civilisation was “in a perilous state” because of the highly interconnected and energy-intensive society and the environmental damage that has been caused.

Not to worry we can replenish the diminishing population….well maybe not so fast…..

In the U.S., nearly 1 in 8 couples struggles with infertility. Unfortunately, physicians like me who specialize in reproductive medicine are unable to determine the cause of male infertility around 30% to 50% of the time. There is almost nothing more disheartening than telling a couple “I don’t know” or “There’s nothing I can do to help.”

Upon getting this news, couple after couple asks me questions that all follow a similar line of thinking. “What about his work, his cellphone, our laptops, all these plastics? Do you think they could have contributed to this?”

What my patients are really asking me is a big question in male reproductive health: Does environmental toxicity contribute to male infertility?

In closing some disturbing news…..about the weather…..

An ocean current that is effectively the engine that drives weather patterns is in danger, a new study suggests. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation is a current that moves surface water north from the tropics, warming seawater and adding salt, bringing warm water to the East Coast and Europe, then sinking and bringing cool water back to the tropics under the surface. It’s been reliable and predictable, probably since the last Ice Age. Scientists, however, say it is now destabilizing. David Thornalley, a paleoceanographer at University College London, has shown that the AMOC is at its weakest point in 1,600 years, the Guardian reports. Without it, what we think of as normal seasons could go away. Researchers published an analysis of more than a hundred years of ocean data in the journal Nature Climate Change Thursday.

That analysis shows major changes in markers that indicate ocean movement and salinity. If the current is weakening, it could mean freakishly cold winters in Europe and parts of the US, plus rising sea levels on the East coast, the Washington Post reports. That could mean catastrophic weather and disruptions of agriculture. Niklas Boers of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany wrote the analysis. “The signs of destabilization being visible already is something that I wouldn’t have expected and that I find scary,” Boers said. Events such as the melting of Greenland’s ice sheets, are speeding the change and slowing the current. Levke Caesar, also a member of the Potsam Institute, said, “We might be closer to an AMOC tipping than we think.”

Maybe I should have lead with that.

Have a good Saturday

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

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