Climate change is the likeliest reason that China embraced wheat flour

woman carries sheaf of wheat

In ancient China, millet was the common grain crop grown for flour. But dry farming technology discovered in the Sui Dynasty (A.D. 581-618) made wheat a viable crop and by the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), wheat had replaced millet as China’s largest crop. There was enough time in the growing cycle to harvest wheat if millet crops failed and experimentation with wheat flour when it became available, proved it to be an almost endlessly versatile cooking ingredient. It is used in China to make noodles, breads, desserts and dumplings, which became foundational staples of the Chinese diet. read more

The Masuo women in China are their community’s leaders

mosuo woman

In China’s Himalayan region is a tribe run by women, where all of the major rules and transactions are handled by women. Children are cared for communally and may not know their true fathers. They are raised in homes with grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jump to The Guardian’s article The kingdom of women: the society where a man is never the boss.

Hat tip to Leen De-Weerd Mosley for the fun share.

Tianjin warehouse blasts kill dozens, injure 100s in a mile+ radius

Tianjin blasts2 massive blasts apparently measuring 2.3, then 2.9, in magnitude on the earthquake scale, hit Tianjin a few hours ago at 11:30 pm Wednesday (US Time). Apparently, they originated in a port warehouse where explosive materials were stored and the blasts traveled through city sewers to wreak damage in a wide radius.

CNN Video of the blasts
Vine of blasts by SkyNews

The New York Times reports that a truck driver living a mile away, said, “The air pressure from the blast was so strong it just knocked me down in one fell swoop.”

A storefront disappears … hundreds are injured from flying glass and debris and upon release from the hospital discover that tbey are not allowed to return home … rows of volkswagen beetles awaiting delivery are burnt to a crisp … hundreds turn out to donate blood.

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