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The global economy could be heading towards the “mother of all supply chain stumbles”. That’s the warning from some economists who warn that if the omicron variant that is already overwhelming much of the global economy spreads across Asia, especially China, more disruption in manufacturing will be inevitable.

While economic gurus hope it will be temporary (their definition of “temporary” is several months), in the meantime it will be “extremely disruptive” because “China is the world’s largest trading nation and its ability to to keep its factories running during the pandemic has been crucial for global supply chains.China has already locked down three major cities, including one crucial for shipping containers, many bound for the United States, full of its goods .

In other supply chain news, army conscripts in Norway have been ordered to turn in their underwear, bras and socks after completing their military service so the next batch of recruits can use them. The Norwegian army said it was “fighting against dwindling supplies, partly due to the pandemic which is causing a difficult storage situation”.

Streaming is how most Americans fill their musical ears. However, for the first time since tracking began in 1991, vinyl record sales exceeded CD sales. From 2020 to 2021, CD sales have increased from 40.2 million to 40.6 million, but over the same period, vinyl sales have exploded by 51% to 41.7 million, for a total of 620 million. dollars. That’s why some of us kept our vinyl – we knew it would come back.

Rats can be our friends. Magawa, a demining rat tasked with sniffing out more than a hundred landmines and explosives in Cambodia and clearing 141,000 square meters of land, over five years, died aged 8 after a pleasant retirement. Magawa was the most successful of all the rats trained by Apopo, a Belgian charity that trains them to smell chemical compounds in the nearly 6 million landmines in Cambodia and alert human handlers who are then able to clear them. .

You are probably aware that the U.S. Mint began shipping the new quarter Maya Angelou last Monday.

You may not know that Angelou is just the first of 20 quarterly models to be released over the next four years featuring women. Four more will be released this year, including Sally Ride, the first female astronaut; Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; Nina Otero-Warren, New Mexican suffragist and politician; and Anna May Wong, a Chinese-American actress.

Two other women appeared earlier on the US currency. A painting of Martha Washington featured on the silver dollar bill in the 1880s and 1890s. Pocahontas featured in a painting of her baptism, which allegedly took place while she was being held hostage by settlers, featured on the twenty-dollar bill in the 1860s. Lucy Pickens, an ardent supporter of slavery, was also featured on several Confederate bills.

Americans read an average of 12.6 books last year, fewer than in any Gallup survey dating back to 1990. Gallop asked Americans how many books they had read, in whole or in part, during the year in all forms of books, including print, electronic and audio. . Interestingly, the decline is not fewer people reading, but regular readers (10 or more books per year) reading less.

The most pronounced decline is among college-educated readers. The percentage of non-readers remains about the same since 2017 at around 17% of adults. The reasons for the decline in book reading are unclear.

It makes me wonder how many print and electronic readers read my columns.

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