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Floating Human Foot at Yellowstone Is Grim Reminder of Hot Spring Dangers Agence France-Presse (Chuck L). Eeew.
Illuminated Cut Paper Landscapes Encapsulate Enchanting Worlds in Glass Vessels MyModernMet (David L)
Risk of volcano catastrophe ‘a roll of the dice’ ScienceDaily (Kevin W)
Why I Left Academia (Since You’re Wondering) Quilette (Anthony L). Important.
Regular physical activity may lessen Covid risks, study finds Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Note that there’s even more data suggesting that getting Covid also depletes T cells (Anthony Leonardi has been all over this, for instance). Nevertheless:
It looks like the theory of T cell damage from the jabs is being verified. 😞 pic.twitter.com/wtxjNYS9Ze
— Jinnia (@JinniaDivinia) August 21, 2022
Have not yet gotten Covid brain trust input, so take with a grain of salt:
“The potential for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be the catalyst of this patient’s cutaneous manifestations of his immune system responses is also hypothesized.”
I’m afraid that secondary syphilis might be a vaccine-associated comorbidity.https://t.co/5TXG1ABmCy
— Hiroshi Yasuda (保田浩志) (@Yash25571056) August 20, 2022
When u arrive at a hotel in Shanghai these days ur given a document with every high and medium risk area in China on it. You are told to check the list and confirm with signature that you have not been to one of these places recently pic.twitter.com/fMN4jYUzTT
— Don Weinland (@donweinland) August 22, 2022
Why the US Army electrifies this water YouTube (Steve D)
Has China’s show of force over Taiwan revealed a well-coordinated military? South China Morning Post
Ai Weiwei Unveils Thought-Provoking Cage Installation Commenting on Refugees in Europe My Modern Met (David L)
New Not-So-Cold War
A Deadly Glimpse of Russia’s Bombardment of Ukrainian troops Larry Johnson (Chuck L)
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Ukraine – Dugina Killer Identified – War Of Attrition Continues Moon of Alabama
From Politico’s European newsletter:
GAS PRICE JUMP: The sun may still be shining as Europeans soak up the final rays of the summer, but it looks like a long, tough winter ahead. Spot gas prices rose to a high of €292 per megawatt hour on Monday in intraday trading — a new record, as markets brace for gas shortages.
Details: The price surge was triggered by Russia’s state-owned Gazprom announcing it would stop supply through the Nord Stream pipeline — again — at the end of the month for three days of “maintenance.” But as our colleague America Hernandez reports, worries about gas supplies aren’t confined to the Russian-Germany pipe connection.
No-flow Norway: In Norway, gas export flows are down by about 34 million cubic meters per day, due to a series of gas field production outages this week. That’s roughly equal to all the gas currently flowing through Nord Stream. But Norway’s volumes are expected to ramp back up before the end of the month.
No respite: Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Monday that Europe could be facing “five to 10” difficult winters — an alarming reminder that there’s no quick fix to the energy crisis.
Another shocking day in European gas / power:
Dutch TTF nat gas jumps to €295 per MWh (that’s almost $500 per barrel of oil equivalent)
And record prices in the benchmark 1-year forward electricity market. France (chart) surges >€800 per MWh and Germany rises >€700 per MWh pic.twitter.com/I5NmmVyNy6
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) August 22, 2022
Neighbors warn Norway about dangerous solo show Energy Watch. More descriptive headline would be: “Sweden, Denmark and Finland plead with Norway not to cut electricity.”
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Discussing Ukraine. Glenn Diesen interviews Scott Ritter and Alexander Mercouris YouTube. A bit long but informative, particularly opening section on Russian adaptation and logistics..
What if the US took a more nuanced view of Iran? Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Google labels parents as sex offenders for photos of own naked toddlers – NYT RT (Kevin W). See what you get with Google as your new overlord.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 19, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
Military families’ housing benefits lag as rents explode Associated Press
Giant slide closed down hours after opening because of major design error LADBible (David L)
Mike Pence Owes the Country an Explanation Atlantic (David L)
Trump sues justice department over Mar-a-Lago search BBC (furzy). A lawyer in the readership thinks the 4th Amendment claims could stick (the warrant was arguably a verboten general warrant), but Trump has seldom had good representation in court.
Copied voting systems files were shared with Trump supporters, election deniers Washington Post (furzy)
Cheney to launch anti-Trump organization after primary defeat Politico (furzy)
Democrats en déshabillé
Democrats angling to defeat Stefanik look to donors nationwide Times Union, Albany and Similar platforms, different strategies: Castelli, Putorti vie for Democratic nomination to challenge Stefanik Adirondack Daily Enterprise bob:
This is a primary race to run against Stefanik, a well known trump sycophant.
If you can believe any of this shit, the current favoirte* is a CIA agent.
*NY primary polls are not very predictive, they usually show what the DNC wants to happen. In very recent times “the leader” 2 days before the election ended up losing by over 10points.
Now back to his resume- how would his former employer approach this situation? Bribe the locals and run some push pols.
The other frontrunner in the race is an Oxford grad.
Real men of the people.
And now fundraising!
CIA man launders money via election fund raising. I know, I know, how can anyone say where the laundering begins and the fund raising stops.
Ford Confirms Layoffs, Says It Is Cutting About 3,000 Jobs Wall Street Journal
Paywatch: Top Lifeguards are Making a Killing Statista (Dr. Kevin)
Bullshit. Canceling all student debt would improve the lives of 45 million Americans. Wanna pay for it? Tax the damn Wall Street speculators who made you obscenely rich, Larry, the same guys you helped bail out. And by doing that we could also make public colleges tuition free. https://t.co/6soOqJlq8O
— Warren Gunnels (@GunnelsWarren) August 22, 2022
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
Dove and black-breasted Phoenix red rooster palling around together beside the Kern River. You may not be able to use this one. It’s difficult to get a good photo of a white bird and a black bird, especially when back-lit, that does them both justice, and I’m not sure I did either of them justice—I was just eager to get a picture of them together.
And a bonus (Cliff H). A fan movie of sorts:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.