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Invasive Green Crabs Turned Into Whiskey By Tamworth Distilling Forbes (Re Silc).
Post-Lehman Path Makes a Case for Buying the Rout John Authers, Bloomberg
Ever Given insurance claims could exceed US$2 billion Container News
Musk offers billion-user vision but few details to Twitter staff Agence France Presse
Climate Change Threatening Industrial Facilities Along Lake Michigan Indiana Environmental Reporter
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Tesla Won’t Stop Catching Fire Weeks After Crash Manufacturing. The deck: “They decided to drown it.”
New WTO Text Wouldn’t Improve COVID Vaccine Access, Excludes Treatments, and Even Adds New Limits to Existing WTO Flexibilities Allowing Production of Drugs Without Patent Holder Permission Rethink Trade. Lori Wallach, now at American Economic Liberties (which speaks well of them).
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Immune boosting by B.1.1.529 (Omicron) depends on previous SARS-CoV-2 exposure Science. At the end of the Discussion: “In summary, these studies have shown that the high global prevalence of B.1.1.529 (Omicron) infections and reinfections likely reflects considerable subversion of immune recognition at both the B, T cell, antibody binding and nAb level, although with considerable differential modulation through immune imprinting. Some imprinted combinations, such as infection during the Wuhan Hu-1 and Omicron waves, confer particularly impaired responses.” Well, so much for herd immunity. Natural immunity, too.
COVID and smell loss: answers begin to emerge Nature. “Unlike COVID-19 vaccines, which were tested at unprecedented speed because of tremendous government support, treatments for post-COVID chemosensory dysfunction are plodding along.” Well, it’s only brain damage. Nature cites to this study, among others–
SARS-CoV-2 is associated with changes in brain structure in UK Biobank Nature (belated hat tip, LawnDart). n = 975. From the Abstract: “The participants who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 also showed on average a greater cognitive decline between the two time points [(two brain imaging tests 141 days apart). Importantly, these imaging and cognitive longitudinal effects were still observed after excluding the 15 patients who had been hospitalised. These mainly limbic brain imaging results may be the in vivo hallmarks of a degenerative spread of the disease through olfactory pathways, of neuroinflammatory events, or of the loss of sensory input due to anosmia. Whether this deleterious effect can be partially reversed, or whether these effects will persist in the long term, remains to be investigated with additional follow-up.”
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Hawaii and Maine have scored highest on health care during pandemic Bangor Daily News
China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Shows Xi Jinping Catching Up With US Bloomberg. Having bought the piano, China must learn to play it.
Lord Geidt quits as Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser BBC. BoJo does seem to go through ethics advisors rather rapidly:
Here is that strongly worded letter:
— Aubrey Allegretti (@breeallegretti) June 16, 2022
“This request has placed me in an impossible and odious position.”
UK to Kill ‘Irritating’ Cookie Pop-Ups in Brexit Data Plan Bloomberg. Sunlit uplands.
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Something Extraordinary Is Happening in France NYT. Perhaps our readers in France will share their views.
Eurogroup green-lights Greek exit from enhanced surveillance Ekathimerini. Commentary:
Today, the EU celebrates the end of ‘enhanced surveillance’ for Greece. Behind the propaganda lurks the stark reality – a version of JAWS keeping the people of Greece in debtors prison. A sure sign of the permanent divorce between EU reality & EU narrative… pic.twitter.com/yXLTg6Br3Q
— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) June 17, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
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Two US Vets Reportedly Captured by Russian Troops in Ukraine as Families Scramble to Learn More Military.com. “Drueke was a ‘chemical operations specialist’ with a deployment to Iraq and one to Kuwait.” Oh.
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Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging Foreign Policy. Personally, I think Merkel was right. Is integrating Russia and Europe commercially through Nordstream such a bad idea? Especially when the alternative is being a satrapy of the United States, and worse, a United States run by lunatic, agreement-incapable Atlanticist goons?
Pentagon official says Beijing ‘act of aggression’ against Taiwan will draw response like Russia has seen South China Morning Post. Don’t encourage them.
Argentina’s wheat export quota cut by 31% for 2022/23 marketing year Hellenic Shipping News
The Irreplaceable London Review of Books. Palm oil.
In Defense of Polonius JSTOR
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