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A huge solar eruption may be headed toward the Earth Interesting Engineering. If this hits us, it would make electrical grids “collapse” and mess up other things we depend on. Due date June 28 (safely passed) or June 29. As dk kindly said, “In case this is the big one, just want to say how great it’s been to have had NC!! Yves/Susan💜, Lambert💜, Jerri-Lynn💜.”
Mesmerizing half-wheel bike shows two halves make a whole — and this applies to physics too ZMEScience (Dr. Kevin)
Early human ancestors one million years older than earlier thought Guardian (Kevin W)
201 of our 272 hospital admissions yesterday were triple vaxxed.
This is a direct result of dropping mask mandates.
Until it is acknowledged that #COVIDisAirborne and we focus on cleaning the air, NO INDOOR SPACE IS SAFE UNMASKED.
We need a #VaccinePLUS strategy yesterday.
— Lisa (@SeeLuluRun) June 28, 2022
1. I am hearing more and more stories of people catching COVID on a plane while wearing an N95 mask. There are numerous reasons for this and we'll go through them to help you avoid getting COVID https://t.co/RG571qI8gc
— Dr Satoshi Akima FRACP 『秋間聰』 (@ToshiAkima) June 29, 2022
6. Another part of the problem identified in that paper is that most crew and passengers have not been fit-tested for their N95 masks. Elastomerics have a much higher pass rate on fit testing. https://t.co/nmCh5k8Jw5 pic.twitter.com/kJxGKYkrSZ
— Dr Satoshi Akima FRACP 『秋間聰』 (@ToshiAkima) June 29, 2022
On my last flight, I wore a P100 (Darth Vader mask!) until I got to 10,000 feet. Your humble blogger just ordered a fancy CO2 monitor, so I can now check when it is safe to switch to an N95. But I am frustrated that the ones I have (3M 9205, Niosh L-288) aren’t on the list so I’m not sure how good they are. The P-100 I have pinches my face hard and is uncomfortable to wear (not to breathe through). So I guess I’ll use the ones I have now for not too scary local use (shopping at off hours, I can use the monitor to check C02 levels to be sure) and get some 3M 1870+ for higher-risk settings.
What causes long COVID? Canadian researchers think they’ve found a key clue Globalnews.ca (dk). Small sample but may be on to something.
Oxaloacetate Treatment For Mental And Physical Fatigue In Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Long-COVID fatigue patients: a non-randomized controlled clinical trial Journal of Translational Medicine
NYC COVID Data: BA.5 Fueling 6th Wave, Top Doc Suggests NBC New York (resilc)
U.S. Expands Plan for Monkeypox Vaccines in Effort to Curb Outbreak Wall Street Journal
Deal is close on recycling California’s plastic trash CalMatters (David L)
Natural Gas Samples Taken from Boston-Area Homes Contained Numerous Toxic Compounds, a New Harvard Study Finds Inside Climate News (GlennF)
The race is on to build the world’s biggest plant that sucks carbon straight from the sky—with tiny Iceland emerging as an unlikely superpower Fortune (David L) v. World’s largest direct air carbon capture facility will reduce CO2 by .0001% Electrek (Kevin W)
NATO to Label China ‘Systemic Challenge’ in Strategic Plan Bloomberg. NATO has to have enemies. It appears Russia is not sufficient for its ambitions.
New Not-So-Cold War
Turkey drops objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, removing major hurdle to two nations joining the alliance CNN. My guess is Erdogan is punishing Russia for not sitting on the sidelines as Turkey tried eating more of Syria.
NATO’S Meaningless Military Gestures Larry Johnson
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Russia gas halt could deal 12.7% hit to German H2 performance Reuters. I recall that Olaf Scholz was told (and doubted) that the worst downside Germany would face from the Russia sanctions was a 3% GDP contraction. 1/2 of 12.7% is bigger than that.
🇺🇸🇩🇪The main producer of aluminum for the US Army — Century Aluminum closes the plant.
The largest complex of BASF chemical enterprises in Germany and in the world may close.
Sanctions are working in reverse , time for the 7 th package of sanctions. pic.twitter.com/Qc3U9namv1
— Dagny Taggart (@DagnyTaggart369) June 27, 2022
Poles look to their forests to ease energy price pain Reuters. Lordie, how hard did Reuters have to work to come up with such an anodyne headline for such a bad development? Poles are cutting down trees (much more so than normal) in anticipation of not being able to afford other sources of fuel, worsening climate change via the high CO2 emissions and loss of forest.
UK plans to cut pipelines to EU if Russia gas crisis intensifies Financial Times. BoJo is the most hawkish Western leader, but he’s more than willing to let the EU take his bullets.
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They Ran From Lysichansk… Andrei Martyanov
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Russia Advances on Lysychansk, G7 Dreams of Russian Oil Price Cap, Lithuania Vetoes EU Kaliningrad Alexander Mercouris. The G7 meeting was (deservedly) so poorly covered (and yours truly had major production issues yesterday) that because it wasn’t one of the formal decisions taken, the stories I checked didn’t cover the additional discussions, and I mistakenly assumed the idea had died. But Mercouris reviewed more detailed coverage, and the hare-brained oil price cap scheme is not dead. But it won’t go anywhere, for reasons we and here Mercouris lays out. This level of delusion indicated that G7 leaders know they have a problem and have no way out, save the exit they refuse to consider, rolling back the Russia sanctions.
See also: G7 to consider comprehensive prohibition of services enabling Russian oil transportation globally until price agreed upon – communique and G7 intention to set maximum prices for Russian gas is subject for talks – Peskov Interfax. Russia is treating this attempt at a diktat as subject to negotiation…when the West is prepared to give nothing in return for this big waiver. And in the event of a contract breach, were things to go that far, Russia would be under no obligation to provide oil.
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Ukraine’s new (and probably fake) war hero is a goddamn goat Task and Purpose (Kevin W). Zelensky’s propaganda machine is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Another Zelensky Lie Debunked – White House Says Ukraine Must Give Up Territory Moon of Alabama. Not only does MoA do a fine job of debunking the claim that the one-time shopping mall was still in use, see the further proof via the first comment by IronForge. As Lambert says, where is the press?
Just half a functioning brain will suffice to see through propaganda Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
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Note we’ve linked to articles discussing this piece but were remiss in failing to flag the underlying story: Commando Network Coordinates Flow of Weapons in Ukraine, Officials Say New York Times. Turns out it isn’t paywalled. This leak is either from a faction that is unhappy about this, perhaps the Pentagon, which is regularly engaged in turf wars with the CIA, or else the officialdom is having to admit to this because too many CIA guys are coming home from Ukraine in body bags to hide. A key bit comes almost at the end of this long piece:
The Ukrainian military’s most acute training problem right now is that it is losing its most battle-hardened and well-trained forces, according to former American officials who have worked with the Ukrainians.
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Boost for luxury London property prices as Russians locked in Reuters (resilc)
Russia’s Middle East Footprint Expands With New Iran-Iraq Plan OilPrice (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
When Security Locks You Out of Everything Bruce Schneier (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Belgium busts drug lab on air base housing US nukes Agence France-Presse
The well-traveled road from member of Congress to foreign agent Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Catalytic converter thefts shut down a county’s buses Associated Press
The roots of Trumpism Robert Reich (resilc)
‘Magnetometer’ Spikes from Jan. 6th Testimony Merriam-Webster (David L)
Of all the issues CBS News asked about in new polling, “investigating January 6th” was the LEAST important issues to voters. pic.twitter.com/LqratypclL
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 28, 2022
The Political Survival Plan That Biden Needs Atlantic. Resilc: “DeSantis vs Youngkin will be the election.” Moi: I’ve been predicting for some time that Youngkin will be the pick of the non-Trump Rs.
Democrats en déshabillé
The whispers of Hillary Clinton 2024 have started CNN. Resilc: “If Hitler runs for the GOP I will vote for him.” Moi: It’s clear she’s making a bid. She just had a major facelift and has a new hairstyle too.
Overturning Roe v. Wade will hurt the US economy Quartz (Dr. Kevin)
Tech companies may surrender abortion-related data Vox (resilc)
Facebook removed posts on abortion pills even when they didn’t break any rules ars technica (Paul R)
Dems’ Rocky Mountain MAGA bet Axios (resilc)
Indictments in Flint Water Crisis Are Invalid, Michigan Supreme Court Finds New York Times (Kevin W)
Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years for aiding Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse Financial Times (Kevin W)
When Private Equity Becomes Your Landlord ProPublica (dk)
Alexander Zevin, Gradualism’s Prophet, NLR 135, May–June 2022 New Left Review. Anthony L:”JS Mill, Socialist.”
Ready or not, here they come: Tiny homes in SJ’s future, but lawmakers can’t agree where Local Matters (David L)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus. This horse knows it belongs in a shampoo commercial:
Majestuoso animal !
— JuanLuka (@JuanLukaAnielk2) June 20, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.