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Physicists see electron whirlpools for the first time MIT News. Here they are:
How Antarctic Krill Coordinate the Biggest Swarms in the World Scientific American
Data Doesn’t Support US Recession (video) Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. About that tight labor market:
You know who had (has?) the highest covid rates? Not nurses or other healthcare workers (as one might assume), but *restaurant kitchen staff*. https://t.co/cj1dovHtpS
— Audley 'my brother in crêpes' Darke (@AudleyZDarke) July 6, 2022
We’re Not Already In a Recession Real Clear Markets
The Worst 6 Months Ever For Financial Markets A Weath of Common Sense
The Infamous 1972 Report That Warned of Civilization’s Collapse (interview) Wired. “Politically, at the level of corporations, at the official level, things are going pretty much in the wrong direction. Culturally, below the line, my bet is that a lot of things are happening in the good direction. The human revolution is already happening—it’s just that we don’t see it.” “Infamous” is really the wrong word. How about “prescient”?
‘In the mouth of dragons’: Melting glaciers threaten Pakistan’s north Agence France Presse
COVID-19 deaths tied to US life expectancy drop Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Everything’s going according to plan.
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The mysterious vanishing of MIS-C The Munro Report. Good news!
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Holidaymakers warned of rising coronavirus cases at European destinations Guardian (Re Silc). It’s highly unfortunate that international air travel is one ginormous superspreading event, but here we are.
New covid-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75 detected in countries like India: WHO The Tribune. The Covid train always leaves on time, and there’s always another train coming.
How China’s ‘Big Shot’ tycoon broke the nickel market and survived a US$1 billion loss South China Morning Post
Taiwan and the Making of an “Asian” NATO Black Agenda Report
Parsi: New Iran sanctions may spell death of the JCPOA Responsible Statecraft
Boris Johnson to resign as prime minister as government crumbles FT. Larry the Cat has views:
Conservatives under Boris Johnson, sowing: “This is brilliant! Yes!”
Conservatives under Boris Johnson, reaping: “We don’t care for this at all.”
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) July 7, 2022
Johnson, His Fall London Review of Books
New Not-So-Cold War
How to Equip Ukraine to Break the Black Sea Blockade Foreign Policy. From the Hudson Institute.
Democrats Schumer and Manchin strike deal to cut drug costs for seniors ABC News. Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.
The Dark Truth Behind the SCOTUS Ruling Puck. “The conservative justices angling to overturn Roe are also the embodiment of a ruthless fifty-year political campaign.” Something the Democrat Party can’t even conceive of, let alone execute.
Reining In the Fourth Branch of Government RealClearPolitics
History, the Supreme Court, and Dobbs v. Jackson: Joint Statement from the AHA and the OAH (July 2022) American Historical Association
Police State Watch
‘God, Hwang and Archegos’: Insider Details of Collapsed Firm Revealed in Lawsuit Bloomberg. Family office shenanigans.
Trade restrictions are inflaming the worst food crisis in a decade World Bank Blogs
A Global Famine Is Still an Avoidable Disaster Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Shareholder Power and the Decline of Labor NBER. From the Abstract: “Consistent with theory of the firm based on conflicts of interests between shareholders and stakeholders, we find that establishments of firms that experience an increase in ownership by larger and more concentrated institutional shareholders have lower employment and wages.”
Walking Venice Craig Mod
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