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30 Aug, 2021
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Monday, August 30th Edition

Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief of Valet.

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Hurricane Ida Slams the South

Knocking out New Orleans’ power and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River

Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the United States—16 years to the day when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans.

Authorities are reporting “catastrophic” damage in parts of southeast Louisiana where the hurricane made a direct hit and the governor is describing Ida as “one of the strongest storms to make landfall here in modern times.”

A climate scientist called it a worst-case scenario. The storm was able to intensify so quickly because it had all the ingredients a hurricane needs to grow. Warm waters below the storm and plenty of moisture in the atmosphere provided fuel, while winds in the upper atmosphere allowed it to keep developing and prevented it from weakening before landfall.

According to NBC News, all of New Orleans is currently without power Sunday night, the city’s electric utility said. The sewer and water board said the power loss could affect a “very significant” number of its 84 sewer pumping stations, many of which it said were without backup power.

At landfall, the storm’s winds were just short of 157 mph, the level considered a Category 5 hurricane—only four storms have made landfall in America as Category 5 hurricanes in the last century.

Just how strong was it? The hurricane has been blamed for significant damage and at least one death so far. Not to mention, the winds temporarily reversed the course of the mighty Mississippi River—physical proof of how powerful that surge has been.


Flu Season Is Gonna Be Weird This Year

And the Delta surge makes getting your flu shot more important than ever


As we round the corner on the last days of summer, autumn brings the promise of tailgating and sweater weather. But it should also mark the arrival of the annual flu shot or spray. Getting vaccinated against the flu remains one of the simplest and best things you can do for your health, especially in a world where COVID-19 is unfortunately still around.

According to Gizmodo, it’s probably best to get an influenza vaccine sooner than later. Why? The flu was virtually non-existent last winter, aided by both a higher vaccine uptake as well as the measures people took to limit the spread of COVID (avoiding gatherings and wearing masks).

That likely means there is reduced flu immunity in the community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned.

Flu season usually runs from October to May, with experts suggesting that the best time to get vaccinated is from early September to the end of October—although some major retail pharmacies have already begun advertising this year’s supply. The bonus is that some will be able to get their flu vaccine during the same appointment as their COVID booster shot.



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Is It Time to Rethink Air Conditioning?

One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century is killing the 21st

Air Conditioning

What if the most American symbol of unsustainable consumption wasn’t the automobile, but the air conditioner? Vox raises the quesiton of whether it’s time to rethink AC because it’s worsening the warming that it’s supposed to protect us from. 

Ten air conditioners will be sold every second for the next 30 years, according to a United Nations estimate. This is not exactly a bad thing, considering it can mean the diffence between life and death for the young, elderly, and those with medical conditions such as compromised immune systems.

But the rise of ACs has an enormous cost: Over time, chemicals known as refrigerants leak out of AC units and accelerate climate change. According to TechCrunch, our pursuit of comfort ironically begets us more insecurity and ultimately, less comfort.

They speak with Eric Dean Wilson, who in his just published book, After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort, dives deep into the history of (and alternatives for) indoor climate control.


Kanye West Finally Releases ‘Donda’

His 10th studio album drops after several delays and controversies


After a month of teased release dates, stadium-filling listening parties, problematic guest-artist appearances, and somehow turning into both the Joker and the Phantom of the Opera, the album named after his late mother, Donda West, has arrived on streaming.

According to Variety, West claimed that Universal Music Group released the album “without [his] approval” and also originally “blocked ‘Jail, Pt. 2’ (which features DaBaby) from being on the album.” Not surprisingly, sources at the label called West’s claim “preposterous.” 

The album arrives amid huge changes in the rapper’s private life. He recently officially filed to have his name legally changed to a single word: Ye. The name change petition came months after the news that he and Kim Kardashian West are divorcing. Kardashian West appeared in the crowd for both Donda events in Atlanta with their children. At the Chicago event, she and West reenacted their wedding. TMZ has also reported that West and Kardashian West are “working on rebuilding the foundation of their relationship.”

Suddenly, your Monday doesn’t feel so messy, right?


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