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Of meat and men: why the American barbecue is about friendship not food The Economist (KS)
The misconception that there is no sound in space originates because most space is a ~vacuum, providing no way for sound waves to travel. A galaxy cluster has so much gas that we've picked up actual sound. Here it's amplified, and mixed with other data, to hear a black hole! pic.twitter.com/RobcZs7F9e
— NASA Exoplanets (@NASAExoplanets) August 21, 2022
Docs Not Talking About Anal Sex May Put Women at Risk Medscape (KS)
Antibody “master key” discovery could neutralize all COVID variants New Atlas (DL) FWIW the Covid brain trust does not buy this. Among other things, the underlying work was done pre Omicron and they’ve tried to force fit Omicron into their thesis, not very convincingly.
GPs could prescribe money off energy bills under Treasury plan The Guardian (KW)
New Not-So-Cold War
US taunts Russia to escalate in Ukraine Indian Punchline (KW)
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Ukraine calls on Canada to cancel gas turbine sanctions waiver as German chancellor set to visit CBC. Yves adds: “And here you thought Russia was silly to insist on getting it in writing.”
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Dept. of hhhm:
Two days ago, 1+1, one of Ukraine's largest TV channels, showed a story about Alexander Dugin, titled "He controls Putin", calling him "Putin's brain" and "ideologue of the Russian civilization". pic.twitter.com/UmRqaQKA9X
— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) August 21, 2022
GOP drops scathing review of Afghanistan withdrawal, White House reacts Responsible Statecraft
Trump Wants Concentration Camps and Presidential Control of Domestic Troops Defense One (KW). Trump: “The next president needs to send the National Guard to the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago until safety can be restored.”
The Complete Guide to All the Ways Donald Trump Is Legally Screwed Vanity Fair (furzy). To see how many times we’ve been there before, cue Jimmy Dore, starting at 1:50 if you must skip ahead.
GOP Clown Car
The Sins of the High Court’s Supreme Catholics The New Yorker (furzy)
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And a bonus:
Watch a drama_queen cat fake injury in hopes of coming inside pic.twitter.com/WszrXejB2F
— Gabriele Corno (@Gabriele_Corno) August 21, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.