US Won't Provide Flu Vaccine at Migrant Detention Camps ; Long Live Microbiomes! ; and More Picks 8/21

How China Used Social Media to Spread Disinformation About the Hong Kong Protests (DonkeyHotey)

From Vox: “There have long been concerns about China’s social media disinformation capabilities, but we haven’t really seen them put them into action until now.”

The US Won’t Provide Flu Vaccines to Migrant Families at Border Detention Camps (Mili)

The author writes, “At least three children held in detention centers at the Mexican border have died, in part, from the flu, a group of doctors say.”

Smoke Has Blotted Out the Sun in Sao Paulo as the Amazon Burns (Chris)

The author writes, “The Brazilian state of Pará saw a huge burst of fire activity last week after farmers called for a ‘day of fire’ on August 10 … a practice often used to clear land to put in mono crops like soybeans or open land for pastures and cattle farming. The fires have also sent carbon dioxide emissions spiraling well above normal, according to data from the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.”

Hackers Cripple 22 Texas Government Agencies, Just as New Cybersecurity Law Is Enacted (Reader Steve)

From the Houston Chronicle: “Texas, the FBI and Homeland Security are investigating the cyberattack on Texas agencies.” 

Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes! (Gerry)

The author writes, “Why are nutrients in our food declining? Well, for one, we are killing the soil it grows in. Prodigious use of biocides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, as well as synthetic chemical fertilizers and antibiotics) kill or disrupt soil microorganisms that allow plants to absorb nutrients. Also, increased atmospheric CO2 is accelerating photosynthesis; plants grow faster but contain fewer nutrients, which is expected to lead to worldwide nutrient deficiencies.”