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Lobsters Are Not Immortal but the Myth That They Are Seems to Be McGill (re Šilc)
A 4-Billion-Year-Old Piece of Earth’s Crust Has Been Identified Beneath Australia Science Alert (Kevin W)
Friendly Relations London Review of Books. An old piece, but worth revisiting at the moment.
Researchers May Have Found Biomarker for Long COVID Boston Globe
NEW—It is time for the global public health community to recognize a growing reality: #Monkeypox is now a pandemic—unless we declare an emergency & act quickly to combat it, we risk repeating the same mistakes we made with covid.🧵@kavitapmd @yaneerbaryam https://t.co/D2a7y0PaUD
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) July 7, 2022
The Suburban Lawn Will Never Be the Same Bloomberg
Wild Species Support Half of World’s Population, Report Finds Guardian (re Šilc)
How Boris Destroyed Boris UnHerd
New Not-So-Cold War
US Announces New $400 Million Weapons Package for Ukraine antiwar.com (re Šilc)
Europe’s Big And Expensive Energy Mistake OilPrice.com (re Šilc)
UK Energy Bills ‘Could Hit More Than £3,300 a Year this Winter’ Guardian (Kevin W)
Oil Minister Says Iraq to Act to Annul Kurdish Oil Deals ABC News (re Šilc)
Chile’s Resurgent Left Catalyst
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Americans Aren’t Very Happy about Biden’s Middle East Visit: Poll Responsible Statecraft
Three-Star General who Mocked Jill Biden is Suspended Washington Post
Democrats en déshabillé
There Is No Constitutional Right to Eat Dinner The New Republic
Police State Watch
Read Elon Musk’s Letter to Twitter Calling off His $44 Billion Takeover Deal Business Insider (Kevin W)
Elon Musk, Baloney King The Atlantic
As Musk moves to abandon deal, Twitter faces ‘worst case scenario’ Washington Post (furzy)
Peak Inflation? Why Some Prices are Tumbling Fast Globe and Mail
The Financial Bubble Era Comes Full Circle Matt Taibbi (ctlieee)
Crypto Rout Deflates Some Web3 Startups Buoyed by Push Into Digital Tokens Wall Street Journal
Has this led to better care? More cost effective care? More access to care?
— James D. Geiger (@JamesDGeiger) July 8, 2022
Antidote du Jour (Tracie H):
This is Mr. Allen’s Hummingbird, who was with his wife, flitting around this bush at the South Coast Botanic Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (4/18/2022).
And a bonus (dk):
Bear dug a sitting pit to watch the ducks.. pic.twitter.com/UvIgNHc0cR
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) July 1, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.