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NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years The Register (KW)
Welfare Queens No Mercy/No Malice (resilc)
Controlling COVID-19: What Can We Learn From Previous Pandemics? Inside Precision Medicine (guurst)
14K estimated flu deaths in the 2021-2022 flu season.
42K automobile deaths in 2021.
49K gun deaths in 2021.
…10K COVID deaths in the first 19 days of this month.
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) August 21, 2022
Nuclear waste ravaged their land. The Yakama Nation is on a quest to rescue it The Guardian (furzy)
Cotton farmers farm themselves to poverty in Zimbabwe Anadolu Agency
The China Trap Foreign Affairs
What if China saved the world and nobody noticed? The Sydney Morning Herald
Critical minerals – the next front line in the China-US rivalry? South China Morning Post
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The Rise And Fall Of Chimerica Noema (resilc)
More reports about municipalities that are so squeezed by the combination of higher COVID-relate costs and lower revenues that to make ends meet they have to cut back on services and postpone or reduce the wages of municipal workers. https://t.co/GMj7jKha8L via @scmpnews
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) August 21, 2022
Labour surges as Tory fears grow over Truss’s tax cut agenda The Guardian (KW)
New Not-So-Cold War
Today, the Head of the Presidential Administration in Ukraine, Andrey Yermak, said that, "Our task is to make sure that not only the current generation of Russians, but their children and grandchildren will pay". Eight hours later, Alexander Dugin's daughter Darya was killed. pic.twitter.com/tSNhsxTR7A
— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) August 20, 2022
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Trump and I can agree: The US is a ‘third-world country’ Al Jazeera (resilc)
El Salvador extends state of exception; 50,000 arrested Associated Press (furzy)
GOP Clown Car
Even Trump Thinks Dr. Oz Will ‘F–king Lose,’ Sources Say Rolling Stone (furzy)
Democrats en déshabillé
DCCC Tests Ads Linking Republicans to High Gas Prices The Intercept (resilc)
Study: What Americans really think Axios (resilc)
Can We Expect Anything Other Than Biden vs. Trump In 2024? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Looking for Clarence Thomas Esquire (resilc)
Puerto Rico Has a Big-Pharma Problem The Nation
Hackers steal crypto from Bitcoin ATMs by exploiting zero-day bug Bleeping Computer
Facebook parent Meta lays off 60 workers ‘at random’ using algorithm: report New York Post (KW)
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Gentle giant.. 😊 pic.twitter.com/8WUgFnbL7r
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) August 18, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.