News & Commentary (often Radical & Censored) for Wednesday, June 22, 2022


Dog breeds, insurance, and science: Various insurance companies ban coverage of certain breeds. There are many people who claim doing that is wrong. However, insurance companies look at claims statistics and determine which dog breeds are too risky. Many people claim that its training or the lack thereof and not the breed that matters. Regardless, insurance companies can't enforce proper training and consistent owner-provided environments even if those are the issues and not the breed. Landlords are often encouraged to simply trust the self-reporting of dog owners concerning the breeds most likely to be band for coverage. Self-reporting is not as scientific as the kinds of studies one ought to use in deciding dog-breed policies and practices.


What Is the Second Amendment for, Exactly?


They said it would happen, and, of course, it has. Weapons Shipped To Ukraine Being Sold In Black Markets. Where was Biden? He was championing sending the weapons with no strings attached.


Fascinating: Scientists develop antimicrobial, plant-based food wrap designed to replace plastic. I need to know more about it. Exactly how toxic is it? Hopefully, it isn't.


Housing Market Slows Retreat from Rising Seas, Bigger Storms


Most other nations will have nothing to do with the American-imposed sanctions against Russia. From the non-compliant group of nations, Volodin proposes the formation of a “New Group of Eight” as counterweight to the G7.

He selects Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Iran and Turkey as members of NG8. Volodin reasons that this group of eight countries with a combined GDP (measured in purchasing power parity – PPP) is 24.4% larger than that of the G7 nations.

Furthermore, the NG8 contains about half of the world’s population and is much more representative of world opinion and interests. (asiatimes.com)


Inflation: Study Shows Excess Corporate Profits in the US Have Become 'Widespread'


“Growing perennial grasses on marginal land not only can reduce soil erosion, restore carbon stocks, and provide feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts,” Liang said, “but also can be an effective mitigation strategy to contain regional climate change, preventing the U.S. agricultural heartland from the warming-and-drying trend currently projected.”

A perennial grass could mitigate climate change in the Midwest

Instead of being dependent on external fossil-fuel intensive fertiliser or pesticide inputs, organic farming relies on establishing closed nutrient cycles and minimising nitrogen losses, reducing global agricultural GHG emissions by around 20%;

Refraining from synthetic fertiliser use reduces nitrous oxide emissions from soil by 40% per hectare in organic systems;

Animals in organic systems have access to free range areas, allowed to graze as much as possible and 60% of the feed has to come from the farm or the same region. The reduced number of animals and grassland-based systems reduce emissions and improve carbon stocks in soil;

Organic agriculture often uses improved manure management such as manure composting which can reduce nitrous oxide and methane emissions from manure by 50% and 70% respectively;

Organic agriculture has a higher energy efficiency and a lower energy use per hectare. It consumes around 15% less energy per unit produced compared to conventional agriculture.

Organic carbon farming

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