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Do These Heat Waves Mean Climate Change is Happening Faster Than Expected? MIT Technology Review
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Paul Krugman – Wonking Out: What’s the Matter With Italy? New York Times
La Stampa asked @GiorgiaMeloni about my piece, and she blamed it on ‘prompting by think tanks’ (?). Then she just reiterates that because of her line on Ukraine there is no reason to worry about her, which is exactly the marketing strategy my article says she has…. pic.twitter.com/O26Ue0Otmy
— David Broder (@broderly) July 23, 2022
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Antidote du Jour (Tracie H):
I followed this little bird around for a good 20 minutes trying to get a picture where he was reasonably sharp and unhidden by foliage. He didn’t seem to care that after a while one’s arms and eyes get exhausted holding a camera up and squinting through its eyepiece.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.