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Adventurous Couple Travels the World With Their Three Cats MyModernMet (David L)
A tiny town in regional Queensland is being overrun by aggressive kangaroos news.com.au (resilc). First orcas, now ‘roos….
We are building a “species-level brain” with big data and ubiquitous sensors BigThink (David L)
New book co-written by philosopher claims AI will ‘never’ rule the world TechXplore (David L)
Shorter and shorter incubation periods with each new variant. This means controlling outbreaks is getting harder because individuals become infectious earlier. https://t.co/Y5ItUUKbr1 pic.twitter.com/yAcF0vpLeI
— Diego Bassani, PhD (@DGBassani) August 23, 2022
Is There Enough Metal to Replace Oil? CounterPunch (Alex C)
Flash Floods: What to Know and How to Stay Safe Wall Street Journal (David L)
Risk of volcano catastrophe ‘a roll of the dice’ ScienceDaily (Chuck L)
China’s heatwave/drought is not fully appreciated, esp re: macro and ag implications. Here’s a thread on the latter, taken from analysis by the brilliant @Even_Pay. Hope she doesn’t mind; everyone should follow her.
Bottom line: A big test for China’s food security push 1/17
— andrew polk (@andrewpolk81) August 23, 2022
With electricity cut in Chengdu, many EV owners getting stranded pic.twitter.com/7m4WEgIhVP
— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) August 23, 2022
With Abe gone, Japan-Russia in a new deep freeze Asia Times (Kevin W)
Thai court suspends PM Prayuth pending term limit review Reuters (furzy)
In Europe: Recession, 500-Year Drought Heisenberg Report. Resilc: “Winter inflation and heat riots ahead.”
Europe’s Corn Crop Will Plummet By Almost a Fifth as Drought Bites Bloomberg (resilc). I’m surprised it’s not worse.
Britain Is Rewriting the Rules of Social Collapse umair haque (resilc). Important.
How Prince Charles Sought Revenge Against Princess Diana and the Palace Vanity Fair (furzy)
New Not-So-Cold War
Reinforcing Failure in Ukraine Douglas MacGregor, American Conservative. Important.
Finland Braces For Rolling Blackouts This Winter OilPrice. Resilc” “Party time is ovah.”
Finland was dismayed by Norway’s planned electricity regulation, which would raise prices even more – “A selfish act from Norway, which has become rich with peak prices” YLE via machine translation. Original: Suomessa tyrmistyttiin Norjan kaavailemasta sähkösäännöstelystä, nostaisi hintoja entisestään – “Huippuhinnoilla rikastuneelta Norjalta itsekäs teko”
Sending Canadian LNG to Germany is ‘doable,’ Trudeau says Politico (Kevin W) versus CBC the same day: Trudeau, Germany’s Scholz cool to the idea of exporting Canadian natural gas to Europe: Trudeau said there isn’t a clear business case yet for the development of a natural gas export terminal
Europe’s Natural-Gas Crunch Sparks Global Battle for Tankers Wall Street Journal
Kyiv vows to restore Ukrainian rule over Crimea to re-establish ‘world law and order’ ABC Australia (Kevin W)
Erdogan repairs Syria ties with eye on Eurasianism Indian Punchline
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Amazon’s Dangerous New Acquisition Atlantic (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The west’s false narrative about Russia and China Jeffrey Sachs (Charles S)
The Idea That Letting Trump Walk Will Heal America Is Ridiculous New York Times. Um, Trump’s presidency came out of the fact that bank executives walked after two bailouts: the highly visible one in 2008-9, and the less widely acknowledged chain of title/foreclosure crisis, accompanied by 10 million foreclosures, most of which should have been prevented.
GOP Clown Car
Does Dr. Oz’s Team Hate Him or Are They Just Bad at Their Jobs? Daily Beast (resilc)
Democrats en déshabillé’
Daniel Goldman, Ex-Trump Prosecutor, Tops Crowded Field in N.Y. Primary New York Times (furzy). bob from Syracuse is disgusted: “NY dems for the nat sec state….Conole, 44, an Iraq War veteran from Syracuse, had been the frontrunner…”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Ex-Louisville detective admits to providing false information for Breonna Taylor search warrant Business Insider (Kevin W). Hoo boy.
‘So, We Raised Interest Rates’ Heisenberger Report. Resilc:
We have high inflation because:
not enough skilled labor
how is the Fed going to fix this with rate rises?????
The 30-Year-Old Spending $1 Billion to Save Crypto Wall Street Journal
Investors Bought a Quarter of Homes Sold Last Year, Driving Up Rents Pew Charitable Trusts (Randy K)
Here’s How Much Student Debt Forgiveness Will Cost Heisenberger Report. Resilc: “DoD pisses that away in 4 mo.”
Columbus, Ohio Teachers’ Strike Mike Elk, TikTok
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “This handsome Billy Goat lives at the Orange County Zoo in the Irvine Regional Park (Irvine, California).”
And a bonus (guurst):
🔥An armadillo girdled lizard (Ouroborus cataphractus) pic.twitter.com/hsKNo6XK4a
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) August 23, 2022