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Edits to a cholesterol gene could stop the biggest killer on earth MIT Technology Review
Why Write? The Paris Review
The World as a Game Liberties
How to Read English in India Los Angeles Review of Books
Webb’s First Images GALLERY (guurst) I know we’ve featured Webb images more than once over the last few days, not to mention Lambert’s cool post of yesterday, but I cannot get enough of them – and I suspect at least some readers feel the same way I do. With the world in such a parlous state, I take my pleasures where I find them.They make my jaw drop in awe and amazement. At the wonder of the universe. As well as the tremendous technical achievement getting the images represents. Imagine if we financed more similar projects, instead of shoveling money into the maw of the MIC.
ADVENTURES IN WRITING TIME TRAVEL Crime Reads. Forgive the doubling up of links from Crime Reads. I just finished reading an excellent time travel mystery: Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair, the first novel in his Tuesday Next series. Find yourself a copy, particularly if you’re an aficionado of classic English literature. A fun and unique read.
Ready to watch gov health agencies and the nobility of child wellbeing to declare 3-4 weeks of isolation are not really necessary because unsafe subsidized childcare (a.k.a. schools) are still the economy’s salvation, and see this blow-up in 3, 2, 1…. https://t.co/zvtemd8TXM
— Diego Bassani, PhD (@DGBassani) July 13, 2022
Ukraine, Russia near deal on grain exports, says UN Deutsche Welle. Good news if true.
PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Imaginary War Consortium News
The Energy Crisis Will Deepen Project Syndicate. Daniel Yergin.
Whether one agrees or not with this position, it is clearly well within the realm of reasoned discourse and analysis. Yet after every last Dem – from AOC to Bernie – voted for Biden’s $40b war package, you have to go to the GOP caucus to hear this in Congress. Why? Read it:👇 pic.twitter.com/eETluzIaLk
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 13, 2022
Most of those US billions “for Ukraine” are pocketed by North Virginia mansion-dwellers.https://t.co/JfKxOYsnVY
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) July 13, 2022
Here is an English translation of Rybar’s report vis-a-vis the purchased HIMARS system + ammo.
Price: $800k for the system; $330k for an unspecified number of rockets.https://t.co/9LveMusKqN
— Will Schryver (@imetatronink) July 12, 2022
The words of George Kennan, William Cohen, William Burns and Jack Matlock are suppressed, but @McFaul — to whom the English language is a major challenge and the Cyrillic alphabet is the moon — is quoted everywhere as an authority. https://t.co/BkejN0lD9z
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) July 12, 2022
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Police State Watch
Two male candidates eliminated, the next British PM will be in their 40s Sydney Morning Herald (The Rev Kev)
Amazing scenes of pandemonium in the Commons yesterday:
Very proud of my friends Kenny Macaskill MP and Neale Hanvey MP for disrupting PMQ’s and getting thrown out of the House of Commons.
Scottish MPs should be sabotaging the union, not helping to run it. https://t.co/5DiPzR9OE3
— Craig Murray – (@CraigMurrayOrg) July 13, 2022
All boxed in, with no where to go. Kenneth Clarke famously told us at Tribune that he couldn’t believe it when Gordon Brown made a similar commitment & actually stuck to it. https://t.co/AIXjqPCpQ2
— Mark Seddon (@MarkSeddon1962) July 13, 2022
How Climate Change is Making Flooding Worse Counterpunch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Harpers Declares It’s Over – The ‘American Century’ Is Gone Moon of Alabama
The Empire Is Showing More And More Of Its True Face Caitlin Johnstone
Can Permaculture Alleviate Poverty & Ensure Food Security? Madras Courier
Pentagon diverted small business fund to defense industry giants Responsible Statecraft
Incredible quote on why the court may not order Elon to go through with the deal: “it’s unclear whether the order of the court will be obeyed, and courts in Delaware are very concerned about issuing a decision that that then is ignored, flouted. It reflects poorly on the court” https://t.co/PNSU2pZpL9
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) July 13, 2022
Donald Trump slams Elon Musk’s Twitter ‘mess’ The National
The Biden administration’s weasel words on press freedom Columbia Journalism Review
Ioe Biden is deeply unpopular. But can Democrats find an alternative for 2024?Guardian. re Šilc: “dnc has been totally uninterested in state and local elections, which is the minor league to develop their future bench playerzzzzzz………”
Bad Will Hunting American Conservative
The road to Iran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ passes through a revived JCPOA Responsible Statecraft
How the U.S. Keeps Getting Played By Its Bad Clients Eunomia. Daniel Larison. re Šilc: “blinken continues the secstate stinkin trend”
THE ANGRY ARAB: Biden in Arabia Consortium News
1/6 Shocking: UN chief @antonioguterres has sent a message to Israeli forces that as long as they kill and injure fewer than 1,000 children a year, they can escape his rebuke. A thread to explain: pic.twitter.com/NINvUZdD4R
— Jo Becker (@jobeckerhrw) July 12, 2022
VINGEGAARD TURNS THE RACE UPSIDE DOWN Tour de France official site. Watch the video, distilling the stage down to a video of under 9 minutes. An amazing performance, and they haven’t even reached the Alps d’Huez stage yet – which is next. My husband is a serious cyclist and keenly watches hours of TV coverage of each day’s stage. (I usually show up for the last couple of minutes and the race’s highlights.) Stephen’s not alone in thinking the stage they just finished is the more difficult.
Study Shows U.S. 4th Graders Now Gay At A 12th-Grade Level The Babylon Bee
Vegetable trade on the Dal: in troubled waters People’s Archive of Rural India. From April, still germane.
Centre may widen roles of cooperatives to boost jobs Hindustan Times
US Consulate Tells Mumbai Port To Block Russian Ships; India Gives Scathing Response Republic World. They are desperate, aren’t they?
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.