Covid Curves

There for a while we heard a lot about “flattening the curve” and how important it was. Most of America managed to meet the goal and avoid swamping hospitals with patients and running out of ventilators. While the death toll is tragic, it’s not as bad as it could have been.

Now we watch the curve of overall cases. Hopefully these will peak, then decline. This is happening in many states, as shown by the graphs at EndCoronavirus.org

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The Time for Tap-to-Pay is Now!

Almost overnight the coronavirus pandemic has literally changed our world.

Things we touched a couple of weeks ago without a second thought are now scrutinized. A trip to the store has become a monumental endeavor. And don’t even think about paying with cash!

Smart Cards aren't really all that smart. At least not in the U.S.

If only there were a way to pay without touching anything.
Oh wait… there is!

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COVID Cruise

Living in this strange new world of COVID-19 has changed the daily routine. Telecommuting and #WFH (working from home) were mere concepts to most Americans just two weeks ago. Today we’re exchanging tips for using tools like Zoom and Skype. Grammarians cringe as “slack” becomes a verb. Work may never be the same again, let alone the workplace.

We’re also looking for ways to spend our time after hours. How can we get out of the house while avoiding interactions or large gatherings? Socializing without socializing. So yesterday we did something we hadn’t done in years—we went for a drive in the country.

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Drinking Your Oats

Chobani is jumping into the oat milk business with both feet.

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What does it take to make a liter of milk?
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Detractors complain that almonds require large amounts of irrigation water. But it’s nothing when compared to the resources required for making cow’s milk.
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As sales of cow milk decline the yogurt giant is plotting their move into the growing alt.milk market. More and more people are discovering their intolerance to dairy (about half the population worldwide) and searching for plant-based alternatives. This, plus to that the increased awareness of the impact agriculture has on the planet, has spawned a wide range of milk alternatives.

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