Revealed: ExxonMobil’s lobbying war on climate change legislation 4 News (dk). UK. “Keith McCoy is a senior ExxonMobil lobbyist on Capitol Hill and has represented the company in its liaison with the US Congress for the last eight years…. Mr McCoy names 11 senators who he says are ‘crucial’ to ExxonMobil: Senator Shelley Moore Capito [R], Senator Joe Manchin [D], Senator Kyrsten Sinema [D], Senator Jon Tester [D], Senator Maggie Hassan [D], Senator John Barrasso [R], Senator John Cornyn [R], Senator Steve Daines [R], Senator Chris Coons [D], Senator Mark Kelly [D,] and Senator Marco Rubio [R].” Six Ds, five Rs lol. Worth reading in full for the breath-taking arrogance.
Earth Is Trapping ‘Unprecedented’ Amount of Heat, Says NASA Treehugger (Re Silc).
Kolyma highway in Yakutia, also known as the Road of Bones, is on fire and temporarily shut Siberian Times (guurst).
Prevention and Attenuation of Covid-19 with the BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 Vaccines NEJM. From the Abstract: “We conducted a prospective cohort study involving 3975 health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers…. SARS-CoV-2 was detected in 204 participants (5%), of whom 5 were fully vaccinated (≥14 days after dose 2), 11 partially vaccinated (≥14 days after dose 1 and <14 days after dose 2), and 156 unvaccinated; the 32 participants with indeterminate vaccination status (<14 days after dose 1) were excluded.... (95% CI, 16 to 57) in partially or fully vaccinated participants than in unvaccinated participants.” The load is not zero, then.
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Inside the risky bat-virus engineering that links America to Wuhan MIT Technology Review (AB).
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Identification of SARS-CoV-2–induced pathways reveals drug repurposing strategies Science From the Abstract: “Here, we present the identification of 200 approved drugs, appropriate for repurposing against COVID-19. We constructed a SARS-CoV-2–induced protein network, based on disease signatures defined by COVID-19 multiomics datasets, and cross-examined these pathways against approved drugs. This analysis identified 200 drugs predicted to target SARS-CoV-2–induced pathways, 40 of which are already in COVID-19 clinical trials, testifying to the validity of the approach.” The platforms are gonna have to change their algorithms…
Structural basis for enhanced infectivity and immune evasion of SARS-CoV-2 variants Science. From the Discussion: “Transmissibility and immune evasion are independent selective forces driving emergence of viral genetic diversity. The changes of most concern in the SARS-CoV-2 S protein would be those that simultaneously enhance transmission, augment disease severity, and evade immune recognition in previously exposed hosts. Our data suggest that the most problematic combination of such mutations is not yet present in the existing variants examined here” (B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, but not B.1.617.2 (Delta)).
US and Japan conduct war games amid rising China-Taiwan tensions FT. Note that the FT is owned by Nikkei, Inc.
China Is Radically Expanding Its Nuclear Missile Silos Foreign Policy
‘Unstoppable storm’: rights take back seat under Hong Kong security law Agence France Presse
Deadly Myanmar mine disaster caused by poor planning, say data sleuths Nature. Blood jade.
Book Review: a Nuanced Look at North Korean Defectors The Blue Roof
Brexit and asset management – part three Charlotte Moore
Undocumented workers stage mass hunger strike in Belgium Channel News Asia
‘Not a healthy environment’: Kamala Harris’ office rife with dissent Politico (BC). Yikes.
Groves of Academe
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
So it’s all true, then?
I'm in no way ratifying or supporting the claim that NSA collected the communications of Carlson or any Fox host, simply because I don't know.
But what I know for sure is that this is NSA's non-denial denial, using the same false framework they always use to mislead the public.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 30, 2021
How Rumsfeld Deserves to Be Remembered George Packer, The Atlantic
Imperial Collapse Watch
Champlain Towers South Apartments Were Hot Commodities Before Collapse Commercial Observer
The Dream of Florida Is Dead Slate (Re Silc).
Monetary policy is not the solution to inequality Martin Wolf, FT
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.