Jerri-Lynn here. Some readers might be confused by the apparent contradiction between Sunday’s post announcing my impending retirement and the appearance of my by-line here today. The explanation: I am indeed retiring, but not ’til the end of this week. Before then, I’ll be posting a bit today and more on Thursday, and launching a farewell post as soon as I finish writing it.
Before then, I want to tell readers how much I appreciated the many kind comments they posted in response to Sunday’s announcement. There’s no better feeling a writer can have than to hear from her readers that they were touched by – or learned from her writing. And that’s especially so when the audience is the NC commentariat – the best commentariat. It’s been such a privilege to write for you.
Thank you so much!
Lambert and I, and many readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational environment ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of war — both real fog and stage fog — in comments. None of us need more cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers will be summarily whacked.
And for those who are new here, this is not a mere polite request. We have written site Policies and those who comment have accepted those terms. To prevent having to resort to the nuclear option of shutting comments down entirely until more sanity prevails, as we did during the 2015 Greek bailout negotiations and shortly after the 2020 election, we are going to be ruthless about moderating and blacklisting offenders.
P.S. Also, before further stressing our already stressed moderators, read our site policies:
Please do not write us to ask why a comment has not appeared. We do not have the bandwidth to investigate and reply. Using the comments section to complain about moderation decisions/tripwires earns that commenter troll points. Please don’t do it. Those comments will also be removed if we encounter them.
The 2022 Audubon Photography Awards Atlantic (David L)
All History Is Revisionist History Humanities
A First Year of Discovery Inference
New York city offers nuclear attack tutorial (VIDEO) RT (The Rev Kev)
When Coal First Arrived, Americans Said ‘No Thanks’ Smithsonian Magazine
Education Doesn’t Work 2.0 Freddie deBoer
Floridian attempting to escape sheriff on a John Deere tractor fails to get away, this time Boing Boing. re Šilc: “nothing runs like a deere” is false advertising then
COVID Brain Problems May Stem From Attack on Endothelial Cells Medpage Today (carla)
Is BA.5 the ‘Reinfection Wave’? The Atlantic (David L)
— The John Snow Project (@JohnSnowProject) July 10, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
India’s takeaways from Bali ministerial Indian Punchline
Joe Biden’s Oil Gamble Set to Backfire as Saudi Arabia Sticks With Russia Newsweek (re Šilc)
Russia shuts down Nord Stream gas pipeline for repairs Deutsche Welle
Lithuanian crowdfunding drive gets Ukraine an armed drone AP. re Šilc: “the wide world of stupidity knows no bounds”
Remembering the Crimean War Russian Dissent
RT’s “Cross Talk” is back on youtube.com Gilbert Doctorow
It appears that Sweden is saying it would be ready to host nuclear weapons on its territory. https://t.co/Wpx0FLo0DG
— Pavel Podvig (@russianforces) July 11, 2022
Ithaka Craig Murray
The life and career of baseball great Babe Ruth Daily News One of the highlights of Grandpa Scofield’s life was to have seen Babe Ruth play. That and being on a ship that sank. And passing through the Panama Canal.
Long Beach container backlog crosses red line as delays mount American Shipper
A Single Telecom Company Outage Sent Canadian Airports Into Havoc Jalopnik (The Rev Kev)
Need more power generation — ALL sources, particularly non-intermittent. https://t.co/HLVBLrxW5Z
— TexanObservator (@TexanObservator) July 11, 2022
Britain to have new PM by 5 September as Tory leadership rules announced Guardian (The Rev Kev)
Falling/failing at the first hurdle… https://t.co/FC6XVARg00
— Mark Seddon (@MarkSeddon1962) July 11, 2022
Congress showers the Pentagon with cash while Americans pinch pennies Responsible Statecraft
Today, in America, just three Wall Street firms – BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street – manage $22 trillion in assets. These three firms are major shareholders in more than 96 percent of S&P 500 companies. Obscene.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 11, 2022
The Importance of Competition for the American Economy The White House
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden could face prostitution charges for transporting hookers across state lines and disguising checks to them as payments for ‘medical services.’ First Son spent $30k in five months on ‘the girlfriend experience Daily Mail (BC)
The Iran hawks’ dangerous hubris Responsible Statecraft
Herschel Walker impresses crowd with incomprehensible word salad about air pollution Boing Boing. re Šilc: “has to be one of the greatest us senators if elected”
Democrats en déshabillé
RHODE ISLAND PROGRESSIVES PUSH FOR TAKEOVER OF STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY The Intercept (JZ)
The people Dems laugh at most are the liberals who think they’re going to “push them left” yet who, at the same time, pledge their unconditional loyalty to vote for Democrats no matter what they do. The pre-MSNBC @Lawrence explained how pathetic this is:pic.twitter.com/mkpL5LIl4Q
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 11, 2022
van ghosts The Smart Set
From Leonardo to Hepworth: the art of surgery The Spectator
Antidote du Jour (Tracie H):
I paid a visit to the local nursery, Roger’s Gardens, earlier this month and of course, even though I was there with a friend who was shopping for plants, I had brought my camera along. While she was busy looking something up on her phone, I had a chance to take a few shots of this strawberry tree. While I was busy framing the colorful fruit, this sweet Orange-crowned warbler popped in to feast on the abundant supply of aphids.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.