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Admit It, Squirrels are Just Tree Rats The Atlantic (David L)
Can Computers Be Mathematicians? Quanta Magazine (David L)
There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch QuoteInvestigator (re Šilc)
Why Are We Still Talking About Black Mountain College? New York Times (Don G)
Physician-Assisted Death for Patients With Dementia JAMA Psychiatry (Kevin S)
Whatever Happened to the Satirical Novel? Counterpunch (Anis S)
Anti-Moonies being fingered. I have asked contacts who are fluent in Japanese for their take: Abe shooter says his mother bankrupted by donating to religious group Kyodo News
The Legacy of Shinzo Abe Adam Tooze
‘Forever Plague’: Nikiforuk Responds to Critics The Tyree (Basil Pesto)
Australian medical authorities order Zero-COVID activist Dr David Berger to undertake “education” program or be deregistered and Scientists and anti-COVID activists defend Australian physician Dr. David Berger WSWS (Basil Pesto)
Dead Solar Panels are About to Become a Lot More Valuable The Verge (David L)
Yosemite wildfire explodes, burns into famed Mariposa Grove SFGate(resilc)
New Zealand to Embark on World’s Largest Feral Predator Eradication The Guardian (furzy)
US, China Top Diplomats Voice Cautious Hope In Rare Talks Agence-France Presse
US, China in a diplomatic tug-of-war for Marcos Asia Times (resilc)
Next Conservative Leader. Who’s backing whom. Our working list. Conservative Home
Good Riddance Boris Johnson Tribune
La belle France
France to Nationalize Debt-Laden EDF as Energy Crisis Mounts Bloomberg. From earlier in the week, still germane.
New Not-So-Cold War
Germany’s Largest Landlord to Restrict Heating at Night The Local (Brian C) and ‘The Situation is More than Dramatic’: Germany is Rationing Hot Water and Turning off the Lights to Reduce Natural Gas Consumption Fortune (David L). Rationing so soon?
It's over for nuclear in Germany. The SDP-Green coalition has won a vote in the Bundestag backing more coal burning so that the three remaining nuclear plants can be switched off as planned this year. Climate targets may have to be abandoned as a result.https://t.co/OAmexhAuUR
— Mark Lynas (@mark_lynas) July 8, 2022
NOW – Protesters storm the presidential palace in Sri Lanka's capital.pic.twitter.com/Wv6oQ10kBQ
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) July 9, 2022
Violent Carjackings Increase Amid Poverty and Unemployment in Iran France24 (re Šilc)
Rojava’s State of Emergency Progressive International
Haifa’s New port – a Chinese Automatic Machine for Shipping Jerusalem Post
📌A $1 billion LNG purchase tender for July-Sept. didn't receive ANY offers.
📌That's the 4th canceled tender in a row amid a global supply crunch. pic.twitter.com/JJfPnJ6uMB
— Africa Energy Insights (@EnergyInsights) July 7, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
What Happens When Americans Don’t Trust Institutions? FiveThirtyEight (re Šilc)
New Video Shows Fuel Leak at Navy Facility that Poisoned Base Water Supply Task & Purpose (Brian C)
Democrats en déshabillé
Rhode Island Progressives Push for Takeover of State Democratic Party The Intercept (re Šilc)
GOP Clown Car
What Happened to Michael Flynn? The Atlantic
Pregnant Texas woman driving in HOV lane told police her unborn child counted as a passenger Houston Chronicle (Dr. Kevin)
Crypto Has Entered the Next Phase of Its Crisis New York Magazine
Speech by Vice Chair Brainard on crypto-assets and decentralized finance through a financial stability lens Bank of England Conference, London, United Kingdom. I must confess I have not read this, but Fed officials are in thrall of what they’ve been conned into thinking is innovation. Paul Volcker, for all his other faults, knew and even said that innovation in finance was a bad idea.
Boeing CEO Threatens to Cancel 737 MAX 10 Unless Congress Acts Jerusalem Post (re Šilc)
Don’t Trust the Federal Reserve on Inflation In These Times
Buckraking: Did A Medical Monopolist Buy Off CNN? Matt Stoller (ctlieee)
Full Employment Reduces Labor Market Discrimination Matt Darling
Antidote du Jour (Tracie H):
This juvenile Mourning Dove, a few feet from its nest, is still working out how to fly. The nest sits in our backyard a-top a ladder that rests beneath the eves of our house, near enough to a couple of our windows to enable us, throughout the spring and summer, to hear the gentle music of cooing.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.