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Photographer Captures the Vast Beauty of Alaska Through Breathtaking Mountainscapes My Modern Met (David L)
The Nemo Personal Submarine is Beautiful Core77. Resilc: “No water in Mississippi, no heat in EU, but plenty of war and rich toys.”
#LongCovid is an expensive disease to investigate and treat, as we have been pointing out since 2020. Healthcare-led studies are now finding out, obviously, the same.
If you get a multi-system, prolonged disease like covid — well, that's expensive https://t.co/kyNZeVAhGZ
— Dr Elisa Perego (@elisaperego78) September 12, 2022
EU regulator backs Pfizer/BioNTech BA.4/5-adapted COVID booster Reuters (furzy)
👏👏👏 Denmark🇩🇰, One of the first countries to let COVID rip, is starting to change its tune.
The Deputy Director of DK's health authority is pointing out that long COVID can happen even with vaccines and on reinfection. Preventing infection is advised.
— Megan Ben Dor Ruthven (@_mbdr_) September 13, 2022
2020-2021 Excess Deaths in the U.S. General Population by Age and Sex: Updated August 2022 Society of Actuaries (JS)
New paper out on US workforce absences caused by COVID infections. They’re significant and they’re continuing.
We need to base our political decisions on science and medical evidence.
We can’t just wish COVID away. pic.twitter.com/LwFuSRDLIW
— Dr Monique Ryan MP (@Mon4Kooyong) September 12, 2022
Climate Change Is Making People Angrier Online Bloomberg. As if that’s a very important outcome.
China’s Covid Lockdowns Are The Single Biggest Threat To Oil Markets OilPrice. As we’ve been saying…
Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats celebrate election gains Financial Times (Kevin W)
Craig Murray: That’s Enough Monarchy for Now, Thank You Consortium News (J-LS)
Former royal insider reveals how Queen’s death unfolded, what happens now 9 News Australia. Has photos of her in her last meeting, with Liz Truss. You can see how she deteriorated since her husband’s death.
Massacre at the Munich Olympics, five decades on Revisited (furzy)
New Not-So-Cold War
DIANA JOHNSTONE: The Specter of Germany Is Rising Consortium News (GramSci)
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Russia ‘takes off the gloves’ Gilbert Doctorow. I differ with Doctorow’s revised take that Putin got Xi’s backing. First, if Putin is obsessed with anything, it is Russian sovereignity. Second, even though it does look like Russia prepared for the worst (allegedly 3 years of artillery stockpiled for a full on war, which this is not, plus most troops held back for the case that NATO does something stoopid), Russia still looks to have been blindsided by speed and ferocity of the initial sanctions, which were imposed AFTER Russia recognized the DPR and LPR but BEFORE Russia attacked. Third, Russia’s military is much better than China’s, particularly in ground operations, and Russia makes a point of keeping weapons design as consistent as possible over time to reduce training and simplify logistics. So the points of cooperation/support are going to be important mainly in the economic sphere, for import substitution…and Putin would not have anticipated how important that would be at the start of February.
Russian regrouping in Kharkov will speed up Battle of Donbass Indian Punchline (Kevin W)
Ukraine’s Offensives: Tactical Victories Can Contribute to Strategic Defeat New Atlas. Goes through the math of Ukraine losses per Western sources (at 15:00). Also notes less than meets the eye in much ballyhooed NATO package: lotta training, few weapons.
Russia Attacks Ukraine Energy Infrastructure Inflicts Heavy Losses; Kiev Seeks to Maintain Offensive Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Note at 8:00 Mercouris describes, per a contact, that since the war had started, Ukraine had built up new reserves equal to ten brigades. Per Berletic above, this is still less than what Western sources say Ukraine has lost.
Conservative Groups Urging Lawmakers To Vote ‘No’ On More Ukraine Aid Defense One (resilc)
SCOTT RITTER: Why Russia Will Still Win, Despite Ukraine’s Gains Consortium News (signet). Yes, he has priors. That does not mean his argument is unsound.
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First local utilities in Germany struggle due to high power and gas prices – media Handelsblatt via Clean Energy Wire
Record U.S. LNG Exports To Europe May Not Last OilPrice (resilc)
Olena Zelenska′s Vogue cover sparks backlash DW (resilc) “‘I don’t remember Saddam Hussein’s wife being on the cover of Vogue when Iraq was illegally invaded,’ stated another tweet.”
The faceless mass Times of Israel (guurst)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NEWS: Years ago, I FOIA'd @fbi files on Aretha Franklin. Today, I received the files. While incomplete, they show repeated and disgusting suspicion of the famed Black singer, her work, and activists around her. 🧵: pic.twitter.com/okQjywnrKq
— Jenn Dize 👩🏻💻 Follow @Courage_News! (@jennelizabethj) September 7, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
A modest proposal: Fire all of the post 9/11 generals Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Justice Dept. Issues 40 Subpoenas in a Week, Expanding Its Jan. 6 Inquiry New York Times (furzy)
Commentary: Time to Scrap the Espionage Act of 1917 Ohio Star (Li). Note that this originated with a conservative wire service but is getting picked up.
Justice Dept. Says It’s Open to Trump Pick for Special Master New York Times (furzy)
Biden hopes ending cancer can be a ‘national purpose’ for US Associated Press. Kevin W: “I am positive that he did this before about a year or two ago.”
Our No Longer Free Press
Patrick Lawrence: Unmaking History Scheerpost. From last week, still very much germane.
‘Wildfire of disinformation’: how Chevron exploits a news desert Guardian (furzy)
Fire outside Miami Dolphins game destroys 11 cars WESH (resilc)
Roundup Litigation at Turning Point as Bayer Rejects “Global Resolution Plan” Organic Consumers (furzy)
Judge Allows McFlurry Machine Repair Lawsuit to Proceed Vice (resilc)
After Blue Origin’s rocket explodes, its spacecraft makes a dramatic escape ars technica (furzy)
Blue Origin Mission Aborted After Fiery ‘Anomaly’ Vice. Resilc: “Abort Jeff.”
I hate to sound like the snob I can sometimes be, but instinctively I knew this was wrong. Even allowing for Harvard having gone to hell, no way was Columbia #2. Perhaps #5….:
Columbia University was demoted from 16 spots in the influential U.S. News & World Report college rankings, about eight months after a Columbia math professor accused the university of fudging some key statistics used in the rankings. https://t.co/jU5HFdPB1o
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 12, 2022
Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes makes a SECOND bid for a new trial claiming prosecutors in ex-lover Sunny Balwani’s case painted him as holding ‘strong influence’ over her – but told jurors in her trial he was an ‘equal’ Daily Mail
Uber Eats ditches delivery drivers as it rolls out self-driving cars in weeks in 2 states – is it coming to your city? The Sun. Resilc: “Uber going down the toober…….they will be robbed or kill people.”
Antidote du jour (Chet G):
And a bonus (guurst):
🔥How cool is this creature! Venezuelan Poodle Moth. 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ef3kVtn6Wj
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) September 10, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.