A Grim Year for California's Homeless ; The Coming Food Crisis ; and More Picks 1/3

‘They’ve Turned Their Backs on Us’ (Reader Jim)

The author writes, “In a state with the world’s fifth largest economy, physical assaults and criminalization efforts have made 2019 a particularly grim year for the homeless.”

The Coming Food Crisis (Chris)

The author writes, “A spate of new scientific research released through 2019 has thrown light on nearer-term risks of a global food crisis in coming decades … due not just to climate change, but a combination of factors including population growth, industrial soil degradation, rising energy costs, groundwater depletion, among other trends. Taken in context with a number of climate change models produced over the last decade, the heightened risk of droughts in the 2020s means that a global food crisis could be imminent. Over 1,700 published climate models examined by the University of Leeds point to the risk of a global food crisis after 2030; and 12 models point to this risk emerging and amplifying in just three years.”

The Evangelical Mind (Chris)

From N+1: “I lived through the inner contradictions of evangelicalism in a particularly intense way, and I believe that I ultimately found an evangelical way out of evangelicalism, through the habit of relentless self-examination that we were encouraged to cultivate — albeit not quite in the way they intended. I am not alone. Growing numbers of young evangelicals raised in the church are also finding their own paths out of the movement.”

How the US Giving Up Control of the Panama Canal Boosted the Houston Economy (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The U.S. transferred operation of the Panama Canal to the Panamanians 20 years ago this week, a move that ultimately fueled the canal’s expansion and opened Houston for larger container ships bringing in consumer goods and outgoing tankers laden with products including liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.”

A Pilot Passed Out While Flying an F-15 Over Oregon. Here’s What Happened Next. (Mili)

From Popular Science: “A fighter jet doesn’t need to crash to suffer millions of dollars of damage.”

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