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Golden eagle rescued after colliding with powerline in the Heights Billings Gazette. Sent by proud relative. Paywalled but the gist:
Josh Thometz found big hawk on ground which got electrocuted on power line, got him to the right people, bird rehydrated and survived. He put bird in shade of a chair. Sprayed him with water mister, kept it alive until Fish and Wildlife people rehydrated it with IVs and kept it alive.
Artist Celebrates the Perfection of Nature Through Meticulous Geometric Drawings My Modern Met (David L)
Host anti-viral factors and pathways regulating SARS-CoV-2 infection News-medical.net (Kevin W)
Sick days double the normal winter rate in July, ABS data shows Guardian (resilc)
My tweets today will focus on substantive reforms needed at the CDC.
But first, can someone help me understand why Walensky and CDC employees continue to work remotely when CDC guidance says workers can go back to work sick?
— Virginia Buysse, PhD (@VirginiaBuysse) August 18, 2022
Europe is seriously considering a major investment in space-based solar power ars technica (David L)
Farm pesticides and medicines are ‘silent killer’ wiping out life in rivers, study says Independent (David L)
Climate change creates ‘serious, long-term problem’ for China’s energy security, carbon neutral goal South China Morning Post.
No easy middle way for Japan on Taiwan Asia Times
China’s heatwave closes factories that supply parts to Tesla, Intel, and Toyota The Verge (Kevin W)
Liz Truss’ Global Britain Agenda Tries to Reverse Time Matthew Ehret (Chuck L)
New Not So Cold War
By the numbers: Keeping track of the single largest arms transfer in US history Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
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U.S. approves of Ukraine striking Russian-occupied Crimea Politico. From Wed., still germane.
Col. MacGregor – Ukraine & Russia Latest Judge Napolitano, YouTube. This seems to be where MacGregor is a guest most often. Napolitano is a right winger but not extreme. Useful on Crimea.
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More Boogaloo Bois Are Heading to Ukraine to Fight Vice. Resilc flags and adds “Good luck”:
“Some right-wing extremists have viewed the war in Ukraine as an opportunity to gain critical combat experience which would otherwise be unavailable to them,” said Fisher-Birch, pointing out that war experience can also help boost their cachet within the movement at home. “Combat experience not only serves the purpose of increasing their own capabilities but passing those skill sets along to others in their movement.”
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2/5 EU sanctions failed to destabilise Russia; world has not lined up behind US — “A large part of the world demonstratively does not stand behind them: the Chinese, the Indians, the Brazilians, South Africa, the Arab world, Africa”;
— M. K. Bhadrakumar (@BhadraPunchline) August 18, 2022
Address to participants and guests of the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security Kremlin. Important. Defense Minister Shoigu also apparently made a formidable speech.
Second European smelter to halt production as energy costs bite Financial Times. From mid-week, still germane.
import aluminum from Russia and China.
The circle has closed.
— multipolar world order !!🇳🇬🇷🇺🇳🇬🇷🇺 (@TobiAyodele) August 17, 2022
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NATO-backed network of Syria dirty war propagandists identified The Grayzone. Resilc: “US troops in Syria still never an issue…… USA USA.”
Saudi Arabia’s Enablers Condemned as Woman Sentenced to 34 Years for Tweets Antiwar.com. Resilc: “If Israel can openly kill UScits, why can’t the Saudis kill/prison their own? USA USA.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Indonesia’s Jokowi confirms Xi, Putin to attend G20 summit in Bali South China Morning Post. This will be fun! US wants Putin out when China now regularly says Ukraine was America’s fault.
Military’s search for tech zen goes transnational Responsible Statecraft. Resilc: “Endless fucking waste that never workzzzzzzzz and is always over budget.”
A Eurasian jigsaw: BRI and INSTC interconnectivity will complete the puzzle Pepe Escobar, The Cradle (Chuck L)
Putin has always been one step ahead of the Americans 😁 pic.twitter.com/v1CU6oiPnK
— 💤 UNCLE ABOU ALI 💤 (@DrunkleZOV) August 17, 2022
FBI Unit Leading Mar-a-Lago Probe Earlier Ran Discredited Trump-Russia Investigation RealClearInvestigations (fresno dan)
FBI Sought Documents Trump Hoarded for Years, Including about Russiagate Newsweek (Tom H). If this is correct, Trump has a case. The problem for him is getting decent lawyers to argue it. From an Obama executive order still in effect, via Larry Johnson:
Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations. (a) In no case shall
information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail
to be declassified in order to:
(1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;
(2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;
(3) restrain competition; or
(4) prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security.
The Senate Can Stop Trump’s Plan to Gut the Civil Service Washington Monthly (resilc)
Biden’s Climate Law Is Ending 40 Years of Hands-off Government Atlantic (David L)
Can Biden Wake Up the Youth Vote? New Republic. Resilc: “Shit lite vs shit = shit….It is not youth inspiring.”
GOP Clown Car
Democrats switched party registration in Wyoming. It couldn’t save Cheney. Politico. Kevin W: “Here is who she is https://twitter.com/abdallah_fayyad/status/1559737266053996546” IM Doc reports that at least some Democrats changed party to vote against her.
My Abortion at 11 Wasn’t a Choice. It Was My Life. New York Times (Dr. Kevin)
Big Ten Gets More Than $1 Billion a Year in Record TV Deal New York Times (resilc)
Strippers bid to unionize in Los Angeles Agence France-Presse (resilc)
And a bonus (CV):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Stay hydrated.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/zBUD1fDsce
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) August 10, 2022
And a second bonus (guurst):
— cctv ediots 📷 (@cctv_videos) June 21, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.