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The Netherlands Is Building an Ark for Its Bees Reasons to be Cheerful
Tough economic times lie ahead Martin Wolf, FT.
This Is The ‘100-Trillion Dollar Question’ The Heisenberg Report
Is this chart going up or down? The Reformed Broker
Reversing the Freight Train: The Case for Degrowth London Review of Books
Underwriting decarbonisation: Financing key to steer shipping towards a green future Hellenic Shipping News’
‘Do Not Drink The Water’: Jackson Water System Failing For 180,000 People Mississippi Free Press
The curious case of the 471-day coronavirus infection Science Direct. Plenty of time for mutations.
Strategies Adopted by Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men to Prevent Monkeypox virus Transmission — United States, August 2022 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC
China’s zero-Covid rules spark social media storm as article recalls ‘isolationist’ Ming, Qing era South China Morning Post. See at “the past is not dead“, Links 8/27
No, Iranians aren’t negotiating from a weak economic position Responsible Statecraft (Re Silc).
A Very Quiet Bombing Jesse Ventura, Die First then Quit. Somalia.
New Not-So-Cold War
Senior Defense Official and Senior Military Official Hold a Background Briefing U.S. Department of Defense. Odd body language on the Ukraine offensive.
Russia Claims Ukraine’s Kherson Counteroffensive Defeated After Ukraine Troops Suffered Heavy Losses (video) Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Shoutout to NC. Not seeing any Ukrainian flags waving over Kherson, for sure.
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The West’s False Narrative about Russia and China Jeffrey Sachs. “The relentless Western narrative that the West is noble while Russia and China are evil is simple-minded and extraordinarily dangerous. It is an attempt to manipulate public opinion, not to deal with very real and pressing diplomacy.” This is, to some, apparently not a truism.
The Moscow-Berlin Line Policy Tensor
Inflation Reduction Act’s Real Climate Impact Is a Decade Away and First Solar to Invest $1.2 Billion in U.S. Plants, Spurred by Climate Law WSJ. I don’t play the ponies, so my opinion should carry no weight, but I think any firm with “First” in its name is like a restaurant called “Mom’s.”
Feds cite efforts to ‘obstruct’ probe of classified documents found at Trump’s Florida estate AP. From the DOJ filing:
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 31, 2022
That rug really ties the room together.
Realignment and Legitimacy
The Accelerating Threat of the Political Assassination War on the Rocks
Biden’s Disinformation Dependables: Bash Joins A Line of Biden Officials Who Pushed False “Russian Disinformation” Claims Jonathan Turley. The story continues.
Big Brother Is Watching You
Micky Dolenz Sues FBI to Get Full File on The Monkees Billboard (Re Silc).
A US Freight Rail Crisis Threatens More Supply Chain Chaos Wired. The deck: “Federal regulators and the White House have been scrambling to prevent poor service and a possible strike from jamming up a vital but often overlooked network.” Mayor Pete’s busy or out of the office?
Crypto’s Real Value Was Never $3 Trillion Bloomberg. The deck: “The true value of the crypto market isn’t what its believers suggest, but it’s nothing to sneer at, either.” I would never sneer at zero. It’s a very important number.
Groves of Academe
Worried about Student-Loan Debt? Start Firing Administrators National Review
Neronian Ruling Class Fiddles While West Burns The American Conservative
Graduates of Elite Universities Dominate the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Study Finds The Intercept. That’s why reporting should be a trade, not a profession.
Chomsky’s puzzling PR strategy Carl Beijer
Cryptic 4,000-year-old writing system may finally be deciphered LiveScience. Linear Elamite stans rejoice!
The AI Researcher Giving Her Field Its Bitter Medicine Quanta. Tenser, said the Tensor.
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus antidote. Time for Maru again:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.