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Scotland’s Rare Seaweed-Eating Sheep BBC (furzy)
Smart Thermostat Swarms are Straining the US Grid The Register (Kevin S)
Mario Draghi Resignation
Adieu Boris, Adieu New Left Review – Sidecar
Fortress Greece New Left Review – Sidecar
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Meet the Ex-CIA Agents Deciding Facebook’s Content Policy Mint Press News (ctlieee)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Netanyahu and Biden hold talk on Iran Jerusalem Post
Is This a New Taliban? Afghanistan After the Exit London Review of Books
Sri Lanka in Crisis: What, Why and How? Al Jazeera
House to Vote on Bill Boosting Defense Spending, With Inflation Help for Troops Wall Street Journal
Public Transport Should Be Free Tribune
Antidote du Jour (Tracie H):
A lot of folks think of squirrels as pests, but this one isn’t in someone’s backyard eating their favorite daisies. This Belding’s Squirrel can be found minding his own business along the banks of the Kern River (California).
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.