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How Light and Noise Pollution Confound Animals’ Senses Atlantic (resilc)
The First Authoritarian: Popper’s Plato The Hedgehog Review (Anthony L)
Newest Omicron Covid-19 lineages gaining ground in United States STAT (Dr. Kevin)
📍DOUBLE REINFECTIONS—wow, both PM Justin Trudeau and Biden’s HHS Secretary Becerra got *reinfected* with #COVID19–from same conference—➡️when did Becerra last get infected? May 18th 2022—not even a full month ago! Trudeau in Jan 2022. I worry it’s reinfections due to #BA5/#BA4. https://t.co/8s3M3Bk0Fz
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) June 13, 2022
So now this MD says he is being careful again…
Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF’s chair of medicine, says his wife, Katie Hafner, is doing “not great” weeks after getting COVID and is suffering brain fog and other symptoms. https://t.co/fD1u2zGdxc
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) June 13, 2022
IM Doc flipped out when he saw this tweet. And GM confirmed that it’s not true, that more died under Biden even if you give him a one-month grace period after he was sworn in:
My approach has brought down COVID deaths by 90%.
It’s opened schools and businesses that were shuttered.
And it’s created the greatest jobs recovery in American history. 8.7 million new jobs in just 16 months – an all-time record.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 14, 2022
Mexico City. June, 2022.
If you're not worried, you're not paying attention. pic.twitter.com/eerXEvhh5s
— Eugenio Perea (@eperea) June 13, 2022
Intense helicopter footage shows why Yellowstone National Park just closed Mashable (David L)
Floods May Leave Yellowstone Landscape ‘Dramatically Changed’ Forever Bloomberg (David L)
Taiwan-US security talks to discuss weapons, strategies to defend island South China Morning Post
Entire Sydney suburbs plunged into darkness as more power outages loom 7News. I would have been spared in my old stomping grounds. But this is early winter down under. Daily highs in Sydney in mid-upper 60s and lows in mid 40s. What gives? I gather it has to do with price caps. But why are those being triggered now>?
Pleased to have a letter with Lord Anderson (@bricksilk) and Lord Pannick in today's Times on the unlawfulness of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill. https://t.co/bdzjqdFt2P pic.twitter.com/fGsmzUx7LS
— Mark Elliott (@ProfMarkElliott) June 15, 2022
‘Everywhere. Everything. Everyone’: Drugs are back in the EU Associated Press
Bolsonaro Asked Biden For Help Against Lula Who “Threatens US Interests” BrasilWire (Judith)
New Not-So-Cold War
Why the West Lusts After Ukraine Larry Johnson (Chuck L)
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Ukraine Shells Donetsk, Russia Demands Surrender in Severodonetsk, Economic Crises Ukraine, West Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Note his first section on non/mis reporting in the West.
Ukraine – Killing Surrendering Soldiers, Shelling Civilians Moon of Alabama. FWIW, the Russian Ministry of Defense tends to be conservative in what it says.
DC shifts to damage control as Ukraine defense fades Asia Times (resilc)
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Remember when everyone who warned this exact thing would happen was called a Putin apologist https://t.co/Ni6nj0f54S
— Paul Gottinger (@PaulGottinger) June 15, 2022
This is what Germany gets for stealing the German Gozprom assets (as in the infrastructure) and then not taking care of them: Gazprom to cut pumping via Nord Stream by 40% owing to Siemens delaying repairs and maintenance, gas prices exceed $1,000/1,000 cubic meters in EU Interfax (guurst) resulting in: Europe’s Gas Prices Surge 13% As Russia Reduces Nord Stream Flow OilPrice
EU looks to Israel as it battles Russian energy ‘blackmail’ Financial Times. Note:
While Israel says the field lies in an area recognised by the UN as its exclusive economic zone, Lebanon says the area is disputed…
Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hizbollah, said earlier this month that his group was ready to act if Israel began drilling before an agreement was reached.
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GT Investigates: Western freelance journalists expose NATO propaganda fomenting Ukraine crisis, suffer merciless attacks by ‘civilized’ West Global Times. Remember that Global Times is a China house organ.
— MapPorn (@MapPornTweet) June 14, 2022
— WayneMac🇵🇸🇨🇺✊🏼 (@CubaMac24) June 15, 2022
— Middle East Monitor (@MiddleEastMnt) June 15, 2022
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Hacking Tesla’s Remote Key Cards Bruce Schneier
GOP Clown Car
Trump-Backed State Rep. Russell Fry Defeats Rep. Tom Rice in South Carolina Race Wall Street Journal
Democrats en déshabillé
Do Democrats Already Have Their Own Trump That Could Win in 2024? Yahoo. Resilc: “OK, OK, Liz Chaney is starting to look better.”
Reps. Lee, Pocan want to exact the largest single-year budget cut in DoD history Responsible Statecraft. Resilc: “The few in Congre$$ worth a damn.”
U.S. Supreme Court insulates federal agents from accountability Reuters (Dr. Kevin)
Supply chains: DHL boss warns port congestion will remain in 2023 news.com.au (resilc)
Coinbase to cut almost a fifth of staff as crypto crunch worsens Financial Times
How Do We Get a Wage-Price Spiral When Wage Growth Is Slowing? CounterPunch (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Winter is coming, eventually:
And a bonus (guurst). My kind of cat!
Mr. Dracula is his name…🐈🐾🧛😅 pic.twitter.com/fnvnnZa88j
— 𝕐o̴g̴ (@Yoda4ever) June 13, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.