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Rebuilding collective intelligence Red Pepper
Youth-Led Climate Change Lawsuits Are a Tactic to Hold Governments Responsible Teen Vogue. Held v. State of Montana. A similar case, Juliana v. United States, is hung up on standing. NOTE Climate Case Chart looks like a useful resource.
River Cruise Ship Evacuated After Possible Battery Explosion Maritime Executive
As I keep saying: “Democidal elites” is a parsimonious explanation.”
Biden’s infection and the horrific reality of “forever COVID” WSWS. Should be “horrific, constructed” reality.
COVID Is Evolving Fast. Why Isn’t Our Response to It? (interview) Eric Topol, New York Magazine
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An immunoPET probe to SARS-CoV-2 reveals early infection of the male genital tract in rhesus macaques (preprint) bioRxuv. Press release. From the Abstract: “Remarkably, a robust signal was seen in the male genital tract (MGT) of all three animals studied. Infection of the MGT was validated by immunofluorescence imaging of infected cells in the and severe pathology was observed in the testes of one animal at 2-weeks post-infection…. We provide direct evidence for SARS-CoV-2 infection of the MGT in rhesus macaques revealing the possible pathologic outcomes of viral replication at these sites.” I’m sure the Biden Administration’s crack Anti-Covid marketing team will hop right on this.
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Monkeypox Virus Infection in Humans across 16 Countries — April–June 2022 NEJM. From the Discussion: “Transmission of monkeypox virus occurs through large respiratory droplets, close or direct contact with skin lesions, and possibly through contaminated fomites.”
No mention of Taiwan on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia tour list South China Morning Post.
China announces military drills in Taiwan Strait Deutsche Welle
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South China Sea claims:
— MapPorn (@MapPornTweet) July 30, 2022
China’s claim — modulo issues of raw power — is loony tunes. As is Vietnam’s. Interesting to see, however, how hemmed in China is by Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and to the north, the Korean Peninsula and, of course, Japan. Perhaps the Taiwan flap is more about China’s access to the great waters of the Pacific than anything else. (Yes, of course there are tiny islands in China’s way too, which we seem, not unsurprisingly, to be being stupid about.)
A Shrinking China Can’t Overtake America Foreign Policy
Iran can export car parts, gas turbines to Russia Tass. Turbines like this?
⚙️ 🇮🇷🇩🇪🇷🇺 Ultramodern Iranian turbines are replacing German Siemens turbines in Russia.
Germany cedes its place to Iran as a supplier of power plant parts pic.twitter.com/EphPXbmlWQ
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZmilitary1) July 30, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
Volodymyr Zelensky calls for evacuation of Donetsk region to escape “Russian terror” Le Monde. “Ukrainian deputy prime minister Iryna Verechtchuk had previously announced the evacuation of the entire population of the Donetsk region.” Operation questions: How many people are left, how many will be willing to leave, how they will be evacuated, and where they will go. One thing we can be sure of: Ukraine will be quite happy to mix evacuating civilians with retreating soldiers (and perhaps that is the real point of the order).
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Regime Instability In Kiev? Gordon Hahn
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Ukraine Needs Solutions, Not Endless War The National Interest
Russian Offensive, Ukraine Inflation Crisis, Blinken Talks to Lavrov, Pelosi Flies to Taiwan (video) Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Shout-out to NC at 5:00.
Democrats hope DOJ holds Trump accountable after Mueller disappointment The Hill. Any stick to beat a dog.
Ex-Gov. Phil Bryant Subpoenaed In Welfare Fraud Case Involving Brett Favre, USM Mississippi Free Press (DCBlogger).
Think Your Street Needs a Redesign? Ask an AI Bloomberg. Don’t ask it anything. Kill it with fire. (I must note, however, that the DALL-E rollout has been very effective as marketing.)
Imperial Collapse Watch
What Presidents Say Does Not Matter. It Is The Execution Of Policies That Counts. Moon of Alabama. With shout-out to NC.
We blitzed it London Review of Books. Oil geopolitics. Well worth a read.
Most US F-35s temporarily grounded as ejection seat issue threatens jets worldwide Air Force Times (Re Silc). You’ll need an ejection seat when the F-35 catches on fire, so this is bad.
Intel Cuts Fab Buildout by $4B To Pay Billions In Dividends Semianalysis (MP). “It’s a disgrace that Intel has decided to cut fab buildouts while begging the US government for subsidies through the chips act and committing to growing their dividend.”
Eddie Dempsey talking pure sense (video) PoliticsJOE, YouTube (MarkT).
Please tell me this is a parody:
this is so good pic.twitter.com/ZHg9U2oXjG
— ST (∞, ∞) (@seyitaylor) July 30, 2022
Artemis is with us London Review of Books
How a near-death experience could change the way you live NPR. News you can use!
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.