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‘World’s biggest cat’ stands as tall as two-year-old child – but is a ‘gentle giant’ Daily Star (Re Silc).
Curb Your Enthusiasm on the Good Inflation News John Authers, Bloomberg
Flooding in the Sacrifice Zone Tarrance Ray, The Baffler. A must-read.
Impact of Lifting School Masking Requirements on Incidence of COVID-19 among Staff and Students in Greater-Boston Area School Districts: A Difference-in-Differences Analysis medRxiv. A natural experiment. “Before the statewide school masking policy was lifted, there was no statistically significant difference in case rate trajectories between school districts. However, weekly and cumulative case rates were significantly higher in students and staff in school districts that removed masking requirements, compared to districts that had not yet lifted requirements. We estimate that lifting of school masking requirements was associated with an additional 44.9 (95% CI: 32.6, 57.1) COVID-19 cases per 1,000 students and staff over the 15 weeks since the lifting of the statewide school masking requirement, representing nearly 30% of all cases observed in schools during that time.”
The Myanmar Military’s Roadmap to Survival The Diplomat
Myanmar’s poisoned mountains Global Witness. Rare earths.
The Indian labor market, a thread:
Based on UN population statistics (2020 version), India has 928.3 million working wage people in 2020 (working age = 15 to 64 years old).
China has 1bn in 2020. So they are roughly the same.
In 2040, India will have 1.09bn working age, while China shrinks to 989millions. pic.twitter.com/SJfUpq376s
— Trinh (@Trinhnomics) August 10, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine says 9 Russian warplanes destroyed in Crimea blasts AP. Includes satellite photos.
Crimea airfield blast was work of Ukrainian special forces, official says WaPo. Single-sourced in the lead to a “Ukrainian government official.” The headline implies to me the blast was not the work of Ukrainian special forces; Ukrainian officials, after all, have form. That could mean a strike from the air*, or special forces, just not Ukrainian. Or, as the Russians have said, an accident. Anyhow, that’s Pravda on the Potomac. From Izvestia on the Hudson–
Explosions Rip Through Russian Base on Crimea NYT. Single-sourced: “The senior Ukrainian official said the attack involved partisan resistance forces loyal to the government in Kyiv.” Could even be the same “official” who fed WaPo the same story. But maybe not! “Special forces” and “partisans” aren’t really the same thing.
NOTE * Although apparently the locals didn’t spot anything.
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Blast Effects London Review of Books
What ever happened to the ‘rules-based international order?’ Responsible Statecraft
They Did It Stephanie Kelton, The Lens. Modified rapture.
Congress Just Passed a Big Climate Bill. No, Not That One The Atlantic (DL). The CHIPS Act.
The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago ‘Raid’: It’s about the Capitol Riot, Not the Mishandling of Classified Information Andrew McCarthy, National Review. “As long as agents are conducting a legitimate search, they are authorized to seize any obviously incriminating evidence they come across.” I won’t use the word “fishing expedition,” but feel free to think it.
Exclusive: An Informer Told the FBI What Docs Trump Was Hiding, and Where Newsweek. Source in lead: “two senior government officials.” Tossing the apple of discord into the Trump camp?
Did Donald Trump Bait the FBI? Larry Johnson, A Son of the American Revolution
U.S. joins other democracies in investigating former leaders WaPo. Remember when Pelosi impeached Bush after the Democrats took both houses in 2006? Good times.
Enlightened Trump Takes Vow Of Silence Babylon Bee
California DMV accuses Tesla of falsely advertising Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features LA Times (dk). From April, still germane.
Workers Strike at Medicare, ACA Call Centers MegPage Today
Earth’s Aunties Noema
Antidote du jour (via):
“Bibi and her—as yet unnamed—baby hippo are respectively the mother and brother of world famous hippo, Fiona.”
Leave no one behind.. 😊 pic.twitter.com/mQkKJ45vNl
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) August 6, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.