Power to the people.
Before I get into the misery stories I’m going to start with something more positive. California has become the first state in the U.S. to mandate solar power on new homes and apartment buildings built after January 1, 2020. There will be some leeway on developments in shady areas and there is already a rebate system for existing buildings. Yes, it will likely push build costs up around US$12,000 but homeowners are estimated to save around US$80 a month on power. California has already said 50 per cent of electricity must come from non-carbon sources by 2030. Which is OK I guess as long as there is not job loss human collateral damage.
U.S. President Trump has lived up to his promise and ditched the Iran nuclear deal much to the dismay of U.S. friends and allies. I don’t see how France, Germany and the UK can keep the deal alive with the U.S. working against it. To me this looks like a win-win for Russia as the U.S. drives a wedge between its allies and sets Iran in a rage enough to drive it to get the bomb. Not that I trust Iran one jot, but the deal was the best hand from a bad deck. Trump looks to be going out of his way to undo everything that Obama did and looks like taking America First to America alone, not I think, a good way to go.
Iran has been operating in Syria for a while and now is butting heads with Israel. Trump ripping up the no-nuclear deal has in my opinion, made the world a much more dangerous place today.
Trump has attacked the media again despite his own fake record seeming to be far from great. The trouble is that his supporters believe it. Repetition sells so I’ve been told.
Aside from more revelations from Stormy Daniel’s lawyer stating that Trump’s former attorney Cohen received a lot of money from a Russian billionaire with links to the Kremlin, the official investigation seems to have gone quiet. Trump’s new lawyer Giuliani looks to be already struggling up from under the bus after his revelation on TV about the Daniel’s payment by Cohen were rebuffed by Trump.
It looks like Trump may meet North Korea’s leader. I would like to think that everything will work out, but North Korea has done this before.
In Australia doctors are ringing the alarm bells over a debilitating HTLV-1 virus. I’ve read adult infection rates are around the 40 per cent rate in remote parts of Central Australia. The disease was discovered around 40 years ago but looks to be much, much older, DNA of the disease has been found in 1,500 mummies. Of course, there is no vaccine, little or no research either from what I can gather. Another case of pharmaceutical economics I guess, like Ebola was.
Now to your coffee. Apparently, a robot barista by start-up Café X can make up to 120 cups of coffee an hour. The robot is already in use in two San Francisco locations and there are plans to expand. The robot costs US25,000, there will be corporations working on the math I have no doubt.