The Weekly Flail — February 16, 2024

Mike Meyer
5 min readFeb 16, 2024

Winnowing the media

The War on Gaza Tracker, Israel’s genocide intensifies, Russian opposition leader dies suddenly, the Atlantic Ocean at a tipping point, new beef-rice as protean, Plasma proteomic profiles predict future dementia, Public Pharma for Europe, Bioluminescent houseplant

Weekly Note: The disintegration of the modern world and Western civilization escalates while a new world appears to be pushing through the cracks. Will the potential planetary rebirth save us from ourselves? The forces for authoritarian regression will need to be stopped, and they seem to be winning. There is some technical hope below.

War — Gaza

The current Israel invasion will destroy the last area of refuge in Gaza. The last hospital in Gaza is now under attack. There are no words to describe this atrocity.

The confusion in America’s Congress is now requiring the Ukrainian soldiers to severely limit ammunition. Meanwhile, Putin has had his major political rival killed in prison.

Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, dies in prison, officials say

(Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

He reportedly fell ill and died while taking a walk. Apparently, the prison where he has been since 2021 was not tall enough to have adequately high windows for him to stumble through.

Environment-Gulf Stream

One of the great fears of the climate disaster is the loss of the Gulf Stream that brings warm water to the North Atlantic, Europe and North America. The rising sea temperatures are slowing the Gulf Stream, and improved modeling suggests this tipping point is close. Extreme weather, more extreme than the current climate disaster, would become normal. This could happen as quickly as ten years after the Gulf Stream slows, and it is slowing now. [Source: The Conversation]



Mike Meyer

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