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How hot is too hot for the human body? These Penn State experts explain Penn Capital (Re Silc).
How China’s COVID-zero policy is giving economy a long-term boost Sydney Morning Herald
China’s rural bank scandal has $300 bln tail risk Reuters. Commentary:
Bank runs aimed at regional small banks in China is one of the underreported news. Right at the intersection of corruption, covid and real estate crisis. https://t.co/VjLN2Ehg4n
— Brij Singh (@brij) July 10, 2022
China has a ways to go on that socialism thing, I guess:
Here's his life since Jan. 1. Jan. 1 23:30- Jan. 2 4:43 working at Qiaolizhi Hotel; Jan. 2 23:30 -Jan.3 3:00 working at a construction site at Mu'ou theater; Jan. 3 21:00-Jan. 4 1:37 working at Sunshine 100 community and then to Tongzhou Taihu waste processing center; /2 pic.twitter.com/zUEH3vhIhk
— Yang Liu (@yangliuxh) January 20, 2022
The rule of nihilists Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality. Xi on the crack-up of the USSR.
Myanmar Military’s Culture of Atrocities The Irrawaddy
India’s coal imports hit record high in June Hellenic Shipping News
How the ‘Permanent Government’ Turned on Boris Johnson Declassified UK. But some keep faith:
"Our helper angel"https://t.co/vIPuroAb0J
— 38Parrots (@Parrots38) July 13, 2022
Heathrow asks airlines to stop selling tickets MarketWatch
Can You Speak To a War Criminal? Der Spiegel (Re Silc). Re Silc writes: “Like Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, Biden?” Not to mention Johnson, Blair….
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine Situation Report: More Russian Ammo Dumps Blown Up The Drive. Big if true.
Gas crisis: heating halls for emergencies in the district of Ludwigsburg (original) SWR Aktuell. The deck: “If the gas crisis worsens, the district of Ludwigsburg wants to keep heating halls ready. Up to 5,000 people should be able to warm up in fire brigade and sports halls.”
Will Republicans Cut Off Ukraine? Defense One (Re Silc). Like this Republican?
The only Ukraine-born member of Congress, Rep. Spartz, airing out very familiar sounding Ukraine corruption scandals in Zelensky’s administration of the sort that have been hushed up since Russia’s invasion. https://t.co/1Ez1el4wYp
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) July 12, 2022
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Photo of ‘Obese Russian General’ in Putin’s Army Prompts Speculation Newsweek. From the Daily Star. However:
Remember this "exclusive" story in the Daily Star about "general Pavel", who was supposedly "dragged out of retirement" by Putin and sent to Ukraine?
So yeah, turns out that's total bullshit.@Lotte_Lambrecht and I found out who's _actually_ in this photo. Follow along!
— Rien Emmery (@ArbiterOfTweets) July 9, 2022
12-part thread, as they track the “General” down. Just more symbol manipulation.
Biden’s Bad Judges Matt Stoller, BIG. Yet more auto-kinbaku-bi
Does Anyone Actually Show Up To Work Eschaton
Bolton looks at Trump’s putative “coup” planning with the cool eye of a professional:
Jake Tapper: "One doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup."
John Bolton: "I disagree with that. As somebody who has helped plan coup d’etat, not here, but other places, it takes a lot of work." pic.twitter.com/REyqh3KtHi
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 12, 2022
And naturally the story becomes “Bolton admitted we do coups!!!” Oh, the aghastitude!
Police State Watch
Exclusive: Watch Uvalde school shooting video obtained by Statesman showing police response Austin American-Statesman. There’s a full story; you don’t have to watch the videos.
Boeing Might Lose Billions if it Cancels 737 Max 10 Manufacturing.net
No antibiotics worked, so this woman turned to a natural enemy of bacteria to save her husband’s life CNN. Medically interesting yet heart-warming story of PMC networking at its finest (the clickbaity “this woman” is a associate dean of global health sciences at the University of California, San Diego). Worth a read anyhow.
Our Famously Free Press
The New Kremlinology: Reading the New York Times Matt Taibbi, TK News
Groves of Academe
The Fall Of History as a Major — And as a Part of the Humanities The Scholar’s Stage. The frightening part is the “fourth hypothesis.”
Realignment and Legitimacy
Rotterdam Won’t Dismantle Historic Bridge to Let Jeff Bezos’ $500 Million Superyacht Pass Jalopnik. That’s a damn shame.
A Roadmap For High-Trust Communities Grassroots Economic Organizing
For Argument’s Sake The Yale Review. The deck: “In praise of high school debate.”
Antidote du Jour (via):
Duck vs tiger.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/yVkRxYkcju
— why you should have a duck 🦆 (@shouldhaveaduck) July 6, 2022