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Animal senses and animal dreaming: Ed Yong’s An Immense World, reviewed. Slate (Anthony L)
Mexico’s President Plans to End Daylight Saving Time Associated Press
Natural selection may be making society more unequal PhysOrg (Dr. Kevin)
Van Ghosts The Smart Set (Anthony L)
Portugal deploys 3,000 firefighters to battle heatwave blazes Al Jazeera (Kevin W)
Reader sanity checks appreciated! I am always leery when I see caveats like “Those numbers are rarely achieved in practise.”
Hydrogen efficiency will beat expectations🥊
After spending the last six months looking at cutting edge hydrogen tech I believe that the prevailing view that hydrogen is inefficient needs an update.
There’s much innovation to be excited about on the horizon. pic.twitter.com/Wp5LrWDcLo
— Gniewomir Flis (@gnievchenko) July 8, 2022
Problem is we need fewer people on the planet, so I am bothered by the “We must have population groaf” posture:
Wow the South Korean population pyramid is insane (>3x as many 50 year olds as 1 year olds):
— Alexander Berger (@albrgr) July 7, 2022
I find the best way to understand what happened in Xinjiang is to contrast it with Afghanistan.
Why? Because they're neighboring regions that faced very similar problems to which very different solutions were applied, with ultimately very different outcomes. pic.twitter.com/uf5mg9p7Zb
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) December 1, 2021
‘We will stand up for Australia’: Albanese rejects China’s 4 ‘demands’ South China Morning Post
Sixty years after Algeria’s independence, will surging prices bolster its dependence on oil? France24. Resilc: “Of course, what kind of a q is this????????”
Tories seek to narrow leadership field quickly as rancour grows Financial Times
Things Fall Apart The Debatable Land (resilc)
Johnson’s Resignation and the Consequences for Europe: We Can’t Do Without Britain Der Spiegel. Resilc: “The Tories will serve up another war monger, nooooooo problem.”
Misinformation About the Dutch Farm Crisis Atlantic Sentinel (PlutoniumKun)
New Not-So-Cold War
Remember that Corriere della Sera also profiled a dozen “Putin lovers,” which backfired, with many Italians assuming it was based on state-collected dossiers and seeing it as McCarthyism and proscription. Italy-based reader DLG has been keeping Lambert and me updated on even more signs of fracture in Italy over Ukraine:
Germany blocks EU aid to Ukraine in the amount of $9 billion.
Tensions are growing between Kiev and Berlin over Germany's attempts to circumvent anti-Russian sanctions to obtain gas, the Corriere della Sera newspaper writes, citing sources in Brussels and Kiev.
— Chebureki Vibes (@PelmeniPusha) July 10, 2022
Canada to return repaired Nord Stream turbine to Germany TASS (guurst). So now it’s official.
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Meeting with State Duma leaders and party faction heads Kremlin. From a few days ago. Remiss for not having linked to it sooner. Needless to say, Putin’s address has been very much cherry-picked in Western reporting.
Briefing on the results of analysing documents related to the military-biological activity of the USA in Ukraine The Saker (Micael T). Readers have speculated that it was this post that led to the DDoS attack on the site.
Guerre en Ukraine : Lech Walesa suggère de «ramener» la Russie à «moins de 50 millions d’habitants» Le Figaro. Translation: War in Ukraine: Lech Walesa suggests “reducing” Russia to “less than 50 million inhabitants”
The woman's winner is… Elena Rybakina, a Russian woman born and raised in Moscow, still lives in Moscow, allowed to play at Wimbledon only because she switched in 2018 to play for oil-rich Kazakhstan solely for financial reasons.
Just get her trophy with Princess Kate.🇬🇧🇷🇺
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 9, 2022
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25-Year-Old Girl Without Any Experience Appointed Deputy Minister Of European Integration In Ukraine SouthFront (JTM). Yes, I know, SouthFront, but even the recitation of facts about her and other recent Ukraine appointments suggests they have a lot of experience…
— MilitaryLand.net (@Militarylandnet) July 9, 2022
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Private security groups regularly sent Minnesota police misinformation about protestors MIT Technology Review (resilc)
Defense Firm Said U.S. Spies Backed Its Bid for Pegasus Spyware Maker New York Times (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Stephen Bannon Agrees to Testify to Jan. 6 Panel New York Times (Kevin W)
Joe Biden: Why I’m Going to Saudi Arabia Asharq AL-awsat (furzy). A recap of Biden’s Washington Post op-ed. Presupposes readers have no knowledge of facts.
Most Democrats Don’t Want Biden in 2024, New Poll Shows New York Times. Overall approval down to 33%
Medicare could save $3 billion by buying drugs like Mark Cuban Washington Post (resilc)
Judges as Party Animals: Retirement Timing by Federal Judges and Party Control of Judicial Appointments American Sociological Review (Dr. Kevin)
John Turturro: An Illegal Abortion Killed My Grandmother Rolling Stone (furzy)
Episode 180 – The End of Dollar Diplomacy? with Steve Keen and Michael Hudson Real Progressive (Chuck L)
Investors pull $50bn from emerging market bond funds in 2022 Financial Times
Stuart Kirk (Frmr HSBC) Resignation letter LinkedIn (BC). Former head of “responsible investing”. Of interest because aside from effectively saying most ESG investing is a con, it’s consistent with the trajectory of the Jackpot in The Peripheral. Gibson has “only” 80% of all people dying in a 40 year period of everything going to shit (including rampant infections diseases) was because science “popped”.
Some Surprising Good News: Bookstores Are Booming and Becoming More Diverse New York Times (Kevin W)
Uber leak: Company used violence against its drivers to win favor over taxis Washington Post (furzy). Surprising to see that the Post has the most pointed headline. Running this story in triplicate to show it is getting traction.
Max Alvarez: The Chronic Understaffing Running Workers INTO THE GROUND Breaking Points (margaret r, Glen)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
This smiley Western Fence Lizard lounging in the petals and leaves lives at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. When I was a wee one, I saw a lot of these in our backyard that backed up to the Santa Ana Riverbed, and was always amazed by that deep blue throat.
And a bonus (dk):
— Channa Prakash (@AgBioWorld) March 23, 2022
And another from dk. I’ve never seen a grey skinned Rex before. Admittedly these are flattering angles, but it looks less space-alien-like than the pink ones:
— m. vilà (@mitrebcn) July 1, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.