Patient readers: The surgery went well, Yves is in the recovery room, and now the rehabilitation phase begins. More to come, I am sure. Thanks for all your kind thoughts yesterday. –lambert
Timeline: Trail of migrating elephants in SW China (video) CGTN. Here they are, sleeping, baby in the center:
Shhhh, the elephants are sleeping. This herd of wild Asian elephants was spotted taking a group nap as they migrated across southwest China. Scientists have been tracking them for hundreds of miles as a recent population boom resulted in the animals expanding their territory 🐘 pic.twitter.com/kkQtKUbXmI
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 9, 2021
A Commodities Crunch Caused by Stingy Capital Spending Has No Quick Fix WSJ. Anecdotal evidence from alert reader P:
I ordered special [pipette] tips for one person this morning and happened upon this note. Polypropylene price has gone up 75% in the past year.
And my mother said today she had to order a new cart for her garden tractor (she’s 74 and does a lot of outside stuff and has poultry) and she said she could only get the one size as that’s the only one they had in stock because the company can’t get sheet metal to make new ones and she’d have to wait until 2022. I think it’s John Deere. She is also having a hard time finding canned cat food because they can’t get the metal tins to put the cat food into.
Catfood shortage?! That should get people’s attention….
Battered And Bruised, Bitcoin Ponders IRS, FBI Scrutiny The Heisenberg Report
Central bank digital currency: the quest for minimally invasive technology (PDF) Bank of International Settlements
I Spy an Opportunistic Infection? MedPage Today
Why we petitioned the FDA to refrain from fully approving any covid-19 vaccine this year British Medical Journal
China factory gate inflation threatens to push up consumer prices Nikkei Asian Review
China blocks cryptocurrency Weibo accounts in ‘judgment day’ for bitcoin Guardian (Vlade). That’s a damn shame.
Mapping China’s Tech Giants Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Why China’s youth are ‘lying flat’ in protest of their bleak economic prospects South China Morning Post
From workers to capitalists in less than two generations: A study of Chinese urban top group transformation between 1988 and 2013 British Journal of Sociology. Abstract only.
Myanmar: The mysterious deaths of the NLD party officials BBC. And tit for tat?
Political assassinations like this are happening every day and the army doesn't seem to know how to deal with it. Almost all the assassinations are targeted at GAD officers whose only purpose is to serve as dalans or informants for the military. https://t.co/faaIRfPD5o
— Aung Kaung Myat (@Aung_Kaung_Myat) June 8, 2021
The fadeout of the Pax Americana in the Middle East Responsible Statecraft (Re Silc).
The Minister of Chaos The Atlantic. The deck: “Boris Johnson knows exactly what he’s doing.”
Protester slaps French President Emmanuel Macron in face Deutsche Welle
The High Stakes of Brazil’s 2022 Presidential Election McGill International Review
Indigenous communities in Mexico say ‘no’ to political parties and demand self-rule Phoenix Media Co-op. From London.
‘Embarking on new era,’ Mexico and US sign cooperation agreement Mexico News Daily
White House Releases US Critical Supply Chain Review Industry Week
Pentagon Faces Tense Fight Over Pacific Pivot Foreign Policy
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Elizabeth Heyrick’s Consumer Campaign to Abolish Slavery Grassroots Economic Organizing
Race and Taxes The Intercept
Realignment and Legitimacy
How America Fractured Into Four Parts George Packer, The Atlantic
A New Constitution for The United States Democracy Journal. “All humans are social and political beings who can flourish only under conditions of advanced democracy.”
Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility Columbus Dispatch
New York State to Revolutionize Antitrust Matt Stoller, BIG. Big, if true.
Hiding The Union Busters The Daily Poster
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.