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Nature: Visit to bald eagle nest reveals a different kind of ‘family’ Columbus Dispatch (furzy)
‘An Immense World’ Review: Where Beasts Have Us Beat Wall Street Journal (Anthony L)
Nepal to move Everest base camp from melting glacier BBC. Micael T: “‘For instance, we found that people urinate around 4,000 litres at the base camp every day,’ he said.”
Nonsense on Stilts: No, LaMDA is not sentient. Not even slightly Gary Marcus (Anthony L)
Google Insider Claims Company’s “Sentient” AI Has Hired an Attorney Futurism (Dr. Kevin)
Antibiotic resistant Gonorrhea 'super clap' found to be in Europe (with cases already reported in the UK)—US CDC considers this bacteria to be an 'urgent risk' of antibiotics resistance. https://t.co/zDu4emE2Ll
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) June 17, 2022
No #COVID-19 today! First time since early 2020! Not because not warranted but because I got my nose in too deep in geopolitics to forage for Covid stories. So please feel free to make up for this omission in comments.
L.A. needs 90,000 trees to battle extreme heat. Will residents step up to plant them? Los Angeles Times (David L)
Vietnam Imprisons Leading Environmentalist on Tax Evasion Charges The Diplomat (dk)
China’s comprehensive, systematic and elaborate response to Secretary Antony Blinken’s China policy speech —— Reality Check: Falsehoods in US Perceptions of China Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States (Chuck L). Important, although it does go on a bit much, but this can be regarded as the master talking points document from which Chinese officials can hoist key facts and arguments. It’s very strong on some points, like various aspects of US trying to dress up its imperialism as protection of democracy, not so much on China’s actions vis a vis Hong Kong.
‘Very troubling’: Emails reveal US alarm over China-Solomons pact Al Jazeera (resilc)
Commission president calls to end unanimity in EU foreign policy decisions Politico (Kevin W). Mind you, this is to facilitate the entry of Ukraine and Moldova and Lord only knows who else….
The deafening silence over Brexit’s economic fallout Financial Times (David L)
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) June 20, 2022
1/ We cannot underestimate the fact that for the first time Colombia will have a president who is regarded as a Left. Others have been killed before for daring to defy the oligarchy (Gaitán, Jaramillo, etc). This is also a defeat for US imperialism.
— Jorge Martin (@marxistJorge) June 19, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
When The Lies Come Home Douglas MacGregor, American Conservative
UKRAINE UPDATE (June 18, 2022) – with Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern Garland Nixon, YouTube. Good discussion of China and Iran as well.
Some hard thoughts about post Ukraine Graham Fuller (Moon of Alabama)
Ukraine minister Kuleba accuses critics of being ‘enablers of Putin’ Responsible Statecraft. Resilc flags this part:
There is a great desire to help the Ukrainian people defend themselves from the illegal and brutal invasion. But the President of the United States is elected by American citizens, and has sworn an oath to defend them and their interests, too. That includes protecting the U.S. economy and keeping America out of conflicts that are not in the vital security interests of the United States, or confrontations that will lead to senseless devastation and killing overseas.
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Russia reveals number of victims from drilling rig strikes RT. Kevin W: “I think that this story is important. If nothing else, it will convince the Russians that they cannot leave the Ukrainians with any coastline at all.”
Arestovich is a Ukraine spokescritter:
🚨⚠️ 🇷🇺 The Russian fleet has lined up for a massive strike, the Russian Federation is preparing an attack "on decision-making centers in Kiev" in response to a strike on gas drilling rigs, – Arestovich⚠️🚨
— AZ OSINT (@AZmilitary1) June 20, 2022
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EU warns against fossil fuel ‘backsliding’ as coal replaces Russian gas Financial Times. Empty exhortations as an attempt to cover for lack of planning.
Netherlands To Burn More Coal To Conserve Gas OilPrice (Kevin W)
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Right between the eyes: Putin to the West at the St Petersburg Economic forum Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
Dmitry Medvedev on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty pic.twitter.com/DaxLjqgRBu
— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) June 20, 2022
Key Points From DPR Leader Denis Pushilin’s Speech St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2022 YouTube. Remarkable that this has gotten little notice. Watch at 1.25x
MONEY & DEATH IN UKRAINE – POLES LEAD IN TOTAL MERCENARY COUNT (26%),THEN CANADIANS (9%)– AMERICANS, AUSTRALIANS. LITHUANIANS, KOSOVARS LEAD IN DEATH RATES (41,43,39,39%)– AMERICANS, GERMANS LEAD RUNAWAYS (43%, 34%). https://t.co/qGmGV9lR4G pic.twitter.com/OAca9hbI3D
— Dances_with_Bears (@bears_with) June 21, 2022
Ukrainian Students Are Taking Haunting Grad Photos in Rubble Created by the War MyModernMet (David L)
The Insane ‘Option’ of Attacking Iran Daniel Larison (resilc). Is it just me, or do most of the US geopolitics pieces of late seem to be written by people with brain worms?
Israel heading to elections, Knesset to disband, Yair Lapid to become PM Jerusalem Post (resilc)
Later: Early election poll shows: No 61-seat majority for either side Jerusalem Post (resilc)
This 13 year old girl, accused of having a knife, says she doesn't have anything so the soldier says "you're coming with me". She tells him "no get lost" and he smugly calls for her to be zip-tied. Big men harassing children. https://t.co/JFSkAAcsw9
— Dana El Kurd دانا الكرد (@danaelkurd) June 20, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Return of Industrial Warfare Royal United Services Institute. PlutoniumKun: “Short version – the west has destroyed its own ability to wage war.”
Exclusive: Trump’s Team Setting Up Eastman to Take Blame for Jan. 6 Rolling Stone (David L)
‘We Were Felons’ The Tyee (Dr. Kevin)
Our No Longer Free Press
“Terminated” Susie Bright (Paul R). If you weren’t concerned about Google, this might change your mind.
The Rich Get Richer Jed S. Rakoff, New York Review of Books (J-LS)
Elon Musk Has Gone Off The Rails, Will He Take Tesla & SpaceX With Him? CleanTechnica (Paul R)
Larry Summers Says US Needs 5% Jobless Rate for Five Years to Ease Inflation Yahoo. BC: “Larry Summers, Man Of The People….NOT”
Tesla sued by former employees over ‘mass layoff’ Reuters (resilc)
Antidote du jour (Stephen T):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.