Extra, Extra

Coast Toast: “Early last year, a house crumbled into the sea in this small Outer Banks community, home to some of the most rapid rates of erosion and sea level rise on the East Coast. Not long after, another house fell. And then another.” WaPo: Retreat in Rodanthe. “Along three blocks in a North Carolina beach town, severe erosion is upending life, forcing hard choices and offering a glimpse of the dilemmas other coastal communities will face.”

+ Drone Be Down: “The incident, which raised tensions over Moscow’s war in Ukraine, appeared to mark the first time since the height of the Cold War that a U.S. aircraft was brought down after being hit by a Russian warplane.” US says Russian warplane hits American drone over Black Sea.

+ Bakenfreude: There’s been no more stupid take on the Silicon Valley Bank collapse (or any other topic) than the notion that it was caused by wokeness. But there are plenty of other ridiculous takes including the weird glee some people seemed feel. Bank collapses are not good. And they don’t just impact people with a lot of money. SVB Didn’t Just Lend to Startups. It Was Key Partner for Affordable Housing.

+ Sub Plot: “President Joe Biden was flanked on Monday by a 377-foot submarine – the USS Missouri – as he announced an accelerated timeline for Australia to receive its own nuclear-powered submarines early next decade. But looming much larger was the increasingly tense US relationship with China.”

+ Meta-morphosis: “Meta will lay off 10,000 more workers and incur restructuring costs ranging from $3 billion to $5 billion, the company announced Tuesday, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg warning that economic instability could continue for ‘many years.'” (The layoffs have nothing to do with the fact that the company over-bet on the metaverse or that they wildly over-hired during the pandemic.)

+ Choc Full of Nuts: “The anger was prompted by a February proposal from the USDA aimed at making school meals healthier by limiting the amount of added sugar and sodium in breakfasts and lunches.” Leave the chocolate milk out of this. (I guess everyone needs to be outraged about something…)

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