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Forever young: Many cold-blooded creatures don’t age, studies show Agence France Presse
World’s rarest sea turtle lays eggs on Texas beach Houston Chonicle
Markets Are Losing the Anchor of a Generation Bloomberg. The deck: “Inflation has undermined the credibility of central banks. That explains how bond yields can be rising even as recession fears mount.”
1% of invested global GDP could help slash emissions, but how? World Economic Forum
Utopia in the age of climate crisis The New Statesman
Endemicity is not a victory: the unmitigated downside risks of widespread SARS-CoV-2 transmission (preprint) medRxiv. Model study. From the Abstract: “An expectation exists, both in the lay public and in the scientific community, that future waves of the virus will exhibit decreased [infection fatality rate (IFR)], either due to viral attenuation or the progressive buildup of immunity. In this work, we examine the basis for that expectation, assessing the impact of virulence on transmission. Our findings suggest that large increases in virulence for SARS-CoV-2 would result in minimal loss of transmission, implying that the IFR may be free to increase or decrease under neutral evolutionary drift. We further examine the effect of changes in the IFR on the steady-state death toll under conditions of endemic COVID-19. Our modeling suggests that endemic SARS-CoV-2 implies vast transmission resulting in yearly US COVID-19 death tolls numbering in the hundreds of thousands under many plausible scenarios, with even modest increases in the IFR leading to an unsustainable mortality burden. Our findings thus highlight the critical importance of enacting a concerted strategy (involving for example global access to vaccines, therapeutics, prophylactics and nonpharmaceutical interventions) to suppress SARS-CoV-2 transmission, thereby reducing the risk of catastrophic outcomes.”
Five COVID Numbers That Don’t Make Sense Anymore The Atlantic (Re Silc). All CDC-invented or signal boosted….
Chinese security official calls for crackdown on gangs following Tangshan attack South China Morning Post
The UK’s (new) Bill of Rights Public Law for Everyone
BRICS basket-based international reserve currency under consideration — Putin TASS and As BRICS summit kicks off, calls grow for parallel payment system to counter US hegemony Global Times. At the BRICS Business Forum.
Internationalization of the Currencies of BRICS Countries Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2021, still germane.
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukrainian troops to withdraw from Severodonetsk, local leader says Axios. Escaping a cauldron….
The Carlyle Lectures 2022 – The Cold War and the Canon of Liberalism Faculty of History, University of Oxford. Many videos.
In 6-3 ruling, court strikes down New York’s concealed-carry law SCOTUSBlog. So, “no shirt, no shoes, no service,” but if you’re strapped? No problem! Commentary:
#BREAKING Following spate of traditional mass shootings that claimed dozens of lives in troubled, violence-prone, gun-strewn, Far Northwestern banana-exporting republic of US, Supreme Court in coastal capital of Washington DC strikes down gun laws as undermining American culture.
— gathara (@gathara) June 23, 2022
Biden sides with pork industry in fight over California law setting standards for animal cages San Francisco Chronicle
Biden administration preparing to compensate some ‘Havana syndrome’ victims up to $200,000 CNN. Not a bad deal for a case of mass hysteria. Maybe the entire Blob could cash in?
Strong rouble, lack of vessels to hamper start of new export season for Russian wheat Hellenic Shipping News
Daily Harvest recalls a lentil dish after customers report food poisoning online NPR (dk). Commentary:
When you look at DTC food business models, frankly, a lot of them are about entrepreneurs who wanna sell food but don't wanna be assed to deal with all the hygiene & QA safeguards that grocery stores require. Why? Bc grocery stores got tired of getting caught spreading outbreaks.
— Dr Sarah Taber (@SarahTaber_bww) June 23, 2022
(DTC = Direct To Consumer.) Another regulatory arbitrage play.
PYMNTS Data: 23% of Americans Owned Crypto in 2021 as Processors Stepped up Support PYMNTS.com. Yikes. That’s a lot of scope for fraud and loss.
Don’t Believe the Obits for Bitcoin WSJ. There will always be a place for fraud in our financial system.
We Can’t Let Monkeypox Turn into a Repeat of COVID Scientific American
US allows commercial labs to test for monkeypox Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Let Debt Be Thy Medicine… Jesse Ventura’s Die First Then Quit
Alexa to add voices of your deceased loved ones The Hill. Quite a market for that now, I would say.
Tax excess margins Interfluidity
Episode 187 – The Boy Who Cried Wolff (w/ Prof. Richard Wolff) (podcast) Bad Faith. “Marxist economist Richard Wolff returns to the podcast to answer all of your inflation questions.” Fun stuff; Wolff is a hoot.
Power Causes Brain Damage The Atlantic (Re Silc). From 2017, still germane.
Music Direct’s Jim Davis and Partners to Open Vinyl Pressing Plant Next Year Billboard. More manufacturing, please.
More Japanese carpentry, please:
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