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The Secret Life of Leftovers The New Atlantis (AL)
Line in the Sand, Head in the Clouds Slate (furzy)
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence MIT Technology Review (DL)
Today’s video that went viral on Chinese social media: Chinese pandemic control staffs in a coastal city doing Covid test for the fish and shrimps harvested by fishermen from the sea. Note how carefully they poked into the mouth of the fish.#ZeroCovid pic.twitter.com/tCTPXyJd1D
— Franka Lu (@FrankaLu) August 8, 2022
The Controversial Plan to Unleash the Mississippi Hakai (resilc)
Montana’s devastating wildfires are starting underground Popular Science (DL)
How Lyme Disease Became Unstoppable The Nation (KF)
BeiDou fully armed to guide China’s phones and missiles Asia Times (KW)
Corruption is sending shock waves through China’s chipmaking industry MIT Technology Review (resilc)
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China builds watchtowers inside India-claimed lines The Telegraph (India)
China’s Reaction To Pelosi’s Visit Reveals Its Taiwan Conflict Plans Moon of Alabama (KW)
‘Zombie government’: more than half of departments delay key decisions The Guardian (resilc)
New Not-So-Cold War
“Russian Propaganda” Just Means Disobedience Caitlin Johnstone (KW)
Ukraine’s Missing Tanks, Delayed Offensive New Atlas, YouTube
Yves here. The tweet below is in the “handle with suspicion” category. However, current reports on Military Summary, like the one on August 7 (starting at 2:30), indicate that the Ukraine army is in desperate shape. For instance, in one area near Bahmut, completely green men are being pressed into service to fight, as in die. However, if it is not from Ukraine official forces, it is either from Ukrainians opposed to the war (and there are some in addition to Russia-friendlies; there was a protest by mothers of dead and wounded soldiers a way back) or Russian propaganda. If Russian propaganda, the trick for a document like this to be taken as credible is for it to only somewhat exaggerate reality. It needs to be seen as at least dimly plausible to bite:
These documents have been leaked (deliberately?) by the Ukraine Armed Forces, and seem to be genuine. A huge number of Ukraine eyeballs have been on them via Telegram channels — but no one has seriously disputed their authenticity.
What they reveal is horrifying.
— Gonzalo Lira (@GonzaloLira1968) August 7, 2022
Afghanistan: assassination of al-Qaida chief reveals tensions at the top of the Taliban The Conversation (J-LS)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Hong Kong’s 1922 general strike: when the British empire struck back The Conversation (J-LS)
The Inflation Reduction Act is Not Designed to Reduce Inflation Benjamin Studebaker (RK)
A Very Dangerous Place to Be Pregnant Is Getting Even Scarier Bloomberg (guurst)
Tales from the Thrifts The Baffler (resilc)
EV tax credits could stall out on lack of US battery supply MIT Technology Review (resilc)
The end of the warehouse bubble Financial Times
Colombia’s first leftist president says ‘the war on drugs has failed’ Irish Independent
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus:
Our animal care teams provide our animals with plenty of enrichment to beat the heat. Here's a behind-the-scenes moment of Ava and Dara enjoying an ice block.
📷: Jenna Schmidt pic.twitter.com/jJYyAwUSNR
— Tulsa Zoo (@TulsaZoo) August 5, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.