Yves here. Lotta eldercare time sinks this week. Some get into regulatory issues so you may hear about them once I get things under control.
Russia’s famous corgi cop calls it a career Asia Times (J-LS)
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE INTERRUPTS SEX PARTY INVOLVING MIDGETS, EMUS AND A FOUNTAIN OF SPERM, 71 ARRESTS World Daily News Report. Looks inspired by the late great Weekly World News.
Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colours of Ancient Insects Gizmodo (Kevin W)
An oarfish in Hong Kong is a bad omen for Japan’s earthquake watchers South China Morning Post (J-LS)
Chuck L: “Where is FDR when you need him?”
I had no idea Carl Reiner was on a path to being a sewing machine repairman until his brother told him about a free New Deal acting class. What a different country we could have if we wanted to spend our money on stuff like that instead of death machines. https://t.co/5lrfja80Lq pic.twitter.com/XyZf8YoOFz
— Jon Schwarz (@schwarz) June 30, 2020
A Decade of Sun YouTube. Dan K: “Holy crap — NASA compressed 10 years of solar observations into a one-hour long, buttery smooth time lapse.”
Did protests drive more Covid-19 cases? New research reveals a surprising answer Inverse. See the paper: BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND COVID-19 NBER (David L)
ShieldPod (resilc). I think I want one.
US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir Guardian (Kevin W)
GOP-Trump fractures on masks open up The Hill
Per allan, important tweetstorm:
— William Yang (@WilliamYang120) June 30, 2020
China draws condemnation for new Hong Kong security law Financial Times
I love the logic of this. A country that currently has no deal with the EU, the UK, (remember it Brexited on January 31 last) threatens the EU that it will exit transition with no deal if the EU does not give it a deal in 3 months. https://t.co/vqT7KLfGaU
— Tom Hayes (@BEERG) June 30, 2020
From Politico’s AM European newsletter:
Odds of a deal? “Either the EU will succeed in negotiating a treaty that will shape relations with the U.K. in a good way, or we will have a rough landing on January 1, 2021, which would be very similar to hard Brexit. But it always takes two to tango … We’ll know in a few weeks’ time whether we can make progress at the negotiating table — or whether ideology will triumph over pragmatism.”
Berlin still wants London to agree to a level playing field, right? That is “a sine qua non for us. The 27 won’t accept anything that would bring unfair competition into our house,” [Michael] Clauß [Berlin’s EU minister] said. “Our task is to keep the 27 together. Michel Barnier is negotiating, his mandate allows for sufficient flexibility.” Barnier has requested a “more realistic approach” from London, Clauß said.
No time for these talks now: “At the end of July, we will take stock again and see where we stand,” Clauß said. “Our expectation was that these negotiations would not really start before the beginning of September.” A deal has to be ready within a few weeks though, or “by the European Council in mid-October, at the end of October at the latest. We can’t negotiate longer, as an agreement would still have to be ratified.”
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) July 1, 2020
What happened to the RUC? London Review of Books (Olivier L)
New Cold War
Mexico’s demolition derby picks up speed Asia Times (Kevin W)
The State of Argentina’s Debt Restructuring… Council of Public Relations (chuck roast)
Legal battle over Venezuela’s looted billions heats up Univisionnews
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘Space Force’: What could have been ‘Dr. Strangelove’ is instead ‘McHale’s Navy’ People’s World (Dennis B)
Lauren Boebert beats Rep. Scott Tipton in Republican primary in Colorado Washington Post (furzy)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Private donors are buying body armor, tech, and weapons for the police without public oversight. Check out our recent reports:
Corporate backers of the blue: https://t.co/8fUutXNB61
— LittleSis.org (@twittlesis) June 30, 2020
Remember when a Nixon/Reagan advisor warned in 1970 that free college was producing the dangerously explosive “dynamite” of an “educated proletariat”? https://t.co/IT4sEOtHD8 pic.twitter.com/FOVN9bpUvK
— Jon Schwarz (@schwarz) February 20, 2018
Artificial intelligence’s great impact on low and middle-skilled jobs Bruegel. Kill me now.
Antidote du jour. Jerri and Lambert normally get the bird pix, but Dave H sent a raft of particularly nice shots and I don’t believe that this one has yet been featured:
A bonus from PJ-H: This is a video (unfortunately only on Facebook), which has gathered many views in Finland: a train machinist saving swan chicks and talking to them about helping them etc.
The text with the video says: ”I got information from the traffic director that 10km ahead there is possibily a swan on the rails (thanks for the information!) I approached carefully and what did I find! At this spot, passenger trains go a at 170km/h, and in this phase I already called the traffic director to tell that not a single train can pass this spot and traffic has to be stopped until all chicks have been helped to safety.”
And another bonus. When I had two cats, their occasional dustups were big on sound but not on set-breaking.
Pets of chaos. pic.twitter.com/e9aMVX19ww
— Life on Earth (@planetpng) July 1, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.