Patient readers, Yves apologizes for the lack of original posts. Simultaneous debacles with both her mother’s new hospital bed and a new wheelchair are occupying more of her bandwidth than she would wish. –lambert
Elusive glass octopus spotted in the remote Pacific Ocean Live Science. “Glass octopus” is a metaphor with potential.
Thousands of firefighters battle big blazes across the West AP. Handy map of “current large incidents“:
Why Nauru Is Pushing the World Toward Deep-Sea Mining Hakai Magazine
Neutralisation of SARS-CoV-2 lineage P.1 by antibodies elicited through natural SARS-CoV-2 infection or vaccination with an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine: an immunological study The Lancet. The Interpretation: “SARS-CoV-2 lineage P.1 might escape neutralisation by antibodies generated in response to polyclonal stimulation against previously circulating variants of SARS-CoV-2. Continuous genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 combined with antibody neutralisation assays could help to guide national immunisation programmes.” ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished….
WHO says ‘catastrophic waves’ of new delta variant cases are driven by greed The Hill. So WHO finally got something right.
Soldiers open fire, disperse crowds refilling oxygen Coconuts Yangon
Myanmar army rulers’ lobbyist in U.S. ceases efforts for lack of pay Reuters. That’s a damn shame. Meanwhile:
— soe zeya tun (@soezeya) July 15, 2021
(I do try to sort out the photos from NGOs and influencers, those with English signs and American cultural signifiers, etc.)
Reader commentary from people on the ground most welcome!
S2 Episode 2 – “Lo Hicimos” (podcast) Blowback. “A long short history of Cuba’s relationship with the United States, climaxing with the Cuban revolutionaries’ war to liberate the island from the dictator Batista and his backers in the United States.”
Cuba and Haiti upheaval could mean twin migration crises WaPo. Better install some strongmen fast, then!
Reader commentary from people on the ground most welcome here as well.
South Africa seeks to deploy 25,000 troops to curb ongoing unrest France24. For context (1):
AmaZulu King MisuZulu kaZwelithini says the ongoing violence and looting has brought shame to the AmaZulu nation. Factories, malls and warehouses have been looted and destroyed. Trucks and other vehicles have also been torched. #DStv403 #eNCA #SouthAfricaTonight pic.twitter.com/Z2K9A8muI4
— eNCA (@eNCA) July 14, 2021
For context (2):
Inequality in South Africa is not only the highest in the world but is higher now then three decades ago, at the end of the apartheid.
Just to see how enormous it is, here is a comparison with the US, no slouch in inequality matters either.@lisdata pic.twitter.com/pnNb8IPCFd
— Branko Milanovic (@BrankoMilan) July 14, 2021
For context (3):
— ArchDaily (@ArchDaily) July 15, 2021
Under investigation: Twelve masterminds planned and executed insurrection on social media, then lost control after looting spree Daily Maverick. Something like what I’ve been watching for, except I expected militias… Daily Maverick has been around a long time, so I give this some credibility (i.e., this is most likely reporting, not CT).
The Long Climate Fight Bloomberg
Shipping industry seeks to combat dark oil transfers at sea Hellenic Shipping News
China weighs risk and reward in a Taliban-led Afghanistan Agence France Presse
‘They’re not going to f**king succeed’: Top generals feared Trump would attempt a coup after election, according to new book CNN. So, even though Trump did seize the Winter Palace and the radio station, with what army?
As Congress Wrestles With Plans to Expand Medicare, Becerra Says Any One Will Do KHN. Just as long as #MedicareForAll is “off the table!”
Becerra, who has been on the job since late March, said his top priority as secretary is to work on health equity issues. “I love that President Biden has said he wants everyone to feel treated equally,” he said. “There are a whole bunch of Black and brown communities that have never had the kind of access to care that others have. And when they come to the doctor, they come with the kind of conditions that show they didn’t have health care before.”
But present liberal Democrats with a universal plan that would actually treat everybody equally, they’re all “Oh, no, we can’t have that because” ***mumble*** politically not feasible ***cough*** donors ***cough*** ***cough*** ***cough***….
Biden Could Have Taken the War on Drugs Down a Notch. He Didn’t. The Marshall Project
Why autoimmunity is most common in women Nature. “Evidence has accumulated to reveal that, although some autoimmune diseases are more common in men, women are generally more susceptible, sometimes by a factor of 16 or more. As researchers dig into the reasons why, their insights offer promising avenues towards treatments that could benefit all genders.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
American exceptionalism – an interview with Professor Andrew Bacevich Phoenix Media Co-op
Realignment and Legitimacy
Author of the Mega-Viral Thread on MAGA Voters, Darryl Cooper, Explains His Thinking Darryl Cooper (MartyrMade), Glenn Grteenwald. I think this is the key sentence: “[RussiaGate] is where people whose political identities have for decades been largely defined by a naive belief in what they learned in civics class began to see the outline of a Regime that crossed not only partisan, but all institutional boundaries.” There could be plenty of discussion about “naive belief,” but isn’t involving the DNC in censoring SMS conversations a contemporary example of crossing “all institutional boundaries”? One of those union of corporations and [para]-state-style-of-thing?
Robin DiAngelo Wants White Progressives to Look Inward The New Yorker. Don’t we all!
How To Have Difficult Conversations Galaxy Brain
The real separation of powers in modern America FT. Comment by Michael Pettis: “Call me old fashioned, but I liked it better when the left cared more about the working classes than about culture.” To repeat, if you don’t put the working class first, you’re not on the left. You’re working on the rainbow of flavors to put in your freezer, just like Nancy Pelosi, ka-ching.
The Art of the Romanian Haystack (photo essay) Kuriositas
Is the Universe Open-Ended? Nautilus
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.