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Brewery growth trend seems to be reversing in OR

Brewery growth trend seems to be reversing in OR

While Oregon has been one of the microbrewery hotspots over the last 20 years or so, and that run was fun to drink along with, but we’re seeing more and more sales / closures of local breweries and pubs based on signs and locked doors – alarmingly BEFORE C-19. While beer drinkers may be in for some changes that this chart does not forecast, this chart shows the danger in rearview data analysis … it looks really good backwards, but…

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US allies kill activists – surprised?

US allies kill activists – surprised?

Really? Only 1 of the top killers of environmental activists is NOT a US ally. Does this mean that some of US tax dollars are going to fund the murder / execution of environmental activists? Maybe, maybe not; but we, as a country and as individuals, say very little and our silence encourages further deaths.

Working from home (WFH) & education levels

Working from home (WFH) & education levels

Seems like the higher your education level, the more flexibility and options you have for working locations – or WFH basically. Source This is not surprising, but there is a terrible social construct inference that hurts my soul. The lesser educated are expendable and the right people to put on front lines in a ‘war’ – sound familiar? Knights and foot soldiers (peasants) anyone?

So much to think about …

So much to think about …

This recent post by Dr H has my head spinning; mostly around topics that have been forefront and already twirling, but this is worth the read. The structrual changes C-19 may bring are broad and wide – socially, economically, poltitically foremost. But, there seems two questions that I spiral down to: a) what changes in my own personal behavior should I make to help move my community to a more positive space (safe space – health and economic), and b)…

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Could US do this? – NO!

Could US do this? – NO!

Quote: “The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Wednesday, 119 new infection have been traced back to the 29-year-old and that 5,517 fellow clubgoers have been contacted in the process. This has led to 7,272 additional tests being administered on Tuesday (on top of the baseline of 4,000 to 5,000 tests carried out daily in the country) to patrons and their families/immediate contacts. Authorities said they had identified a total of more than 11,000 people…

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c-19 deaths in US

c-19 deaths in US

A good picture is worth so, so many words … Source: https://heisenbergreport.com/2020/05/12/nobody-has-prevailed-over-coronavirus-this-is-now-a-war-of-attrition/

Not surprising, but stupid and misleading – Ag exports

Not surprising, but stupid and misleading – Ag exports

Dr H put out a great post this morning on the continued exporting of US meat products during a time where companies / officials are claiming broken supply chain and farm goods / animals being destroyed … Something just does not reconcile based on this post. The original content came from Reuters, and from their piece, quote, “While pork supplies tightened as the number of pigs slaughtered each day plunged by about 40% since mid-March, shipments of American pork to…

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Thinking of other countries and the need for food

Thinking of other countries and the need for food

Some data behind the recent statement from UN fearing famine, quote: “The head of the UN’s relief agency issued a warning in April that the coronavirus pandemic could produce “famines of biblical proportions.” In an article on the UN’s news website, this troubling forecast was explained and expanded on as follows: “As the virus plunges more and more people into poverty, and governments respond to the crisis with protectionist policies that restrict food exports, as many as 265 million people…

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Pay attention! State bankruptcy

Pay attention! State bankruptcy

The Atlantic published an article this week that I think is a very important read on what could be possible objectives for Republicans to desire state bankruptcy – especially large voting blocks of “blue” voters. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/why-mitch-mcconnell-wants-states-go-bankrupt/610714/ Quote: “Since 2010, American fiscal federalism has been defined by three overwhelming facts. First, the country’s wealthiest and most productive states are overwhelmingly blue. Of the 15 states least reliant on federal transfers, 11 are led by Democratic governors. Of the 15 states most…

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Why is US not ‘good situation’ for free press?

Why is US not ‘good situation’ for free press?

A rhetorical question, as the answer is pretty simple … sadly. If that question does not get you, then what about the rest of the world … freedom and freedom of the press seems to be slip-sliding away Source: https://www.statista.com/chart/13640/press-freedom-index/

Jobs or no jobs … but people!

Jobs or no jobs … but people!

Heisenberg posted today on the job numbers which were a continuation of terrible. Two points struck me. First, Heisenberg did a fabulous job (consistently over the last few weeks) of making sure we remember that behind those numbers are real people. I was often reminded when i managed teams and was required to redeploy human resources that there is a curse of dehumanizing it all due to the simplicity of spreadsheets and numbers – there are humans represented by those…

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Cool tech to keep streets safe for non-car people (like me)

Cool tech to keep streets safe for non-car people (like me)

I almost never drive … and if I do, there must be multiple destinations or something to do that is worth the carbon guilt … However, as I walk, run, bike everywhere, I am constantly ‘on alert’ due to people driving cars who seem to just want to make it hard for non-car people Grist published a spot on a company that is coming up with some help for us … Quote: “Tara Pham’s company, Numina, generates the granular data…

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This SHOULD make you mad!

This SHOULD make you mad!

Source: https://seekingalpha.com/premium-news Publicly-traded companies raided the PPP pantry Even with the U.S. Senate set to vote later today on passing an additional relief bill for small businesses in the U.S., there is a bright spotlight being thrown on where the funds from the original Paycheck Protection Program designed for small business went. The first-come, first-serve U.S. government aid program saw at least $243M of the total $349M funneled to publicly traded companies, including 15 with market caps of over $100M….

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