Why eating insects to combat climate change is inevitable South China Morning Post (Re Silc). Not for everybody.
Pennsylvania Pension Furor Widens With Push to Oust Leaders Bloomberg, Do better, California!
Deflation, Punctuated by Spasms of Inflation Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture
CBDCs beyond borders: results from a survey of central banks (PDF) Bank of International Settlements. Central Bank Digital Currency.
What actually happens to the clothes you donate depends on where you live Popular Science (Re Silc).
China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin AP. If I wanted a clean shot at China, I’m not sure these would be the shots I’d take.
China Urges US and Russia to Reduce Their Nuclear Arsenals Antiwar.com. Flagged as “sensitive content” by Twitter.
Congestion at south China ports worsens on anti-COVID-19 measures Hellenic Shipping News
Top Banking Watchdog Warns of China’s Growing Financial Risks Caixin (via Michael Pettis).
Myanmar’s Coming Revolution Foreign Affairs
What’s the Point of the G-7? Foreign Policy
The Regulatory Capture Of The FDA The American Conservative
Biden administration will return $2 billion to military projects that had been set aside for border wall construction CNN. Friends, there’s good news tonight!
Embracing a Pandemic-Centered Foreign Policy Center for Strategic and International Studies
Our Famously Free Press
2021 Pulitzer Prizes The Pulitzer Prizes. Ed Yong is a mensch:
I’ll be splitting the prize money between everyone who worked on my pieces last year—every editor, copy editor, fact checker, artist, and more. Even when individuals win Pulitzers, their work depends on a community. I want to honor mine.
— Ed Yong (@edyong209) June 11, 2021
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Black Injustice Tipping Point
What Do Conservatives Fear About Critical Race Theory? Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker
The misogyny at Moog Asheville Blade
American workers are quitting at the highest rate in decades Quartz (Re Silc).
The Rent’s Too Damned High Cory Doctorow, Gen
The Man Who Put Out Fires with Music Culture Notes of an Honest Broker
Slow Blues The American Scholar (dk).
Antidote du jour:
What Has Four Legs, a Trunk and a Behavioral Database? NYT. Points to Elephant Voices, which includes the Elephant Ethogram, something like the Macauley Library, but for elephants (and without the citizen science). For example:
A Mother Protecting And Reassuring Her Calf
Qoral has a newborn male who is lagging behind, discovering the nature of soil. An allomother named Qaskasi tries to shepherd him along, but Qoral doesn’t like her intervention and comes back to see her off and retrieve him. She pulls him gently along with her trunk and gives a coo-rumble to him. Once he is moving in the correct direction she turns and walks on. The infant pauses again and his older brother, Qenkey, pushes him gently forward. This short video from Amboseli National Park, Kenya, is part of The Elephant Ethogram: A Library of African Elephant Behavior. Visit elephantvoices.org/elephant-ethogram/introduction.html to learn more.
And a bonus video (ctlieee):
Up close and personal with No-name, and an oddly very shy Reginald pic.twitter.com/8wz9DUNPNU
— Chris Arnade 🐢 (@Chris_arnade) June 12, 2021