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Bees may feel pain Science
How Do Fireflies Flash in Sync? Studies Suggest a New Answer Quanta. Interesting! This photo is so beautiful I must run it:
(Credit: Jason Gambone Photography)
How oil companies endlessly avoid cleanup costs High Country News
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Vultures Prevent Tens of Millions of Metric Tons of Carbon Emissions Each Year Scientific American
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Meanwhile, at the World Bank:
🌎🔥 Today I asked World Bank president @DavidMalpassWBG if he believed in the scientific consensus that the man made burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet.
“I’m not a scientist,” he said.
Here’s a thread about the remarkable exchange. 🧵 1/ pic.twitter.com/t0nQheybzi
— David Gelles (@dgelles) September 20, 2022
Three myths about COVID-19 — and the biggest challenge that lies ahead ABC. “As an immunologist with four decades of research on antibodies under my belt, I always felt like I had a pretty good handle on COVID-19. But when I caught the virus in May, my hubris quickly turned into humility.” Well worth a read.
China and United Arab Emirates agree on joint lunar rover mission South China Morning Post
The SCO’s Clumsy Push to Disrupt the World Order Walter Russell Mead, WSJ
The End of Kleptocracy in Malaysia? Center for International and Stategic Studies
And now our queue is ended:
i’ve been taking some notes pic.twitter.com/AHRF8OO8zf
— thomas 🍌 (@perfectsweeties) September 19, 2022
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Leicester shows Hindu nationalism is no longer confined to India The New Statesman
Putin’s Energy War Is Crushing Europe Foreign Policy. Makes you wonder “Why now?” on partial mobilization.
Szijjarto: Brussels position on Ukraine war not shared by most countries The Budapest Times
New Not So Cold War
Ukraine Live Updates: Putin Calls Up More Troops as His War Effort Falters NYT. I’m not seeing the level of aghastitude and hysteria I’d expect from the announcement of a Russian mobilization, even a partial one. Perhaps the press and the intelligence community — sorry for the redundancy — were wrong-footed in some way?
Putin calls up 300,000 reservists, makes nuclear threat Politico. The headline is deceptive; “all resources at our disposal” includes hypersonic weapons, which are not nuclear.
Vladimir Putin Mobilises More Troops for Ukraine, Says West Wants to Destroy Russia The Wire and Putin Escalates Ukraine War; Announces Partial Mobilization Before Pro-Russia Referendums Republic World. “This story is auto-generated from a syndicated feed; only the image & headline may have been reworked by www.republicworld.com.” Hmm.
On The Upcoming Putin Speech And Announcements Moon of Alabama. Pre-speech, but some interesting speculations.
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AMLO defends his peace proposal after Ukrainian criticism Mexico News Daily
Biden declared the pandemic ‘over.’ His Covid team says it’s more complicated. Politico. “When the White House reviewed a transcript of [Biden’s] comments after the interview, which was taped earlier in the week, it did not alert its Covid team — leaving the administration without a coordinated response for the immediate aftermath.” West Wing Brain Fog?
Stoller live-blogging Kahn’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Khan: “There has been a problem of companies taking FTC orders as suggestions.”
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) September 20, 2022
Judge signs off on UnitedHealth-Change deal, rejects DOJ challenge Becker’s Hospital Review (Otis B Driftwood). Commentary:
The United Healthcare-Change merger trial is little noticed, but it's critical to block it to protect independent pharmacies and rural health. Matt Seiler of the National Community Pharmacists Association and I wrote this piece on the threat. https://t.co/c7mnO2Uu4a
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) September 1, 2022
America’s Open Wound Ed Snowden, Continuing Ed. Well worth a read.
Big Brother Is Watching You
Tracked: How colleges use AI to monitor student protests Dallas Morning News
Shipping: liners swimming in money but supply chains sinking Hellenic Shipping News
Video: Two Massive Fires Hit Refinery Complex in Venezuela Maritime Executive. Odd.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Toward a Phenomenology of the U.S. Alliance System: Boon or a Scourge on America’s National Interest? Institute for Peace and Diplomacy
Deal averting railroad strike has potential to fall apart The HIll. Since there’s no contract, there’s nothing to vote on, hence no “deal.” Clearly, the Democrats, union administrators at the national level, and the railroads deem done a backroom deal between elite players, erasing the role of workers entirely, but that’s not how it works, even today.
Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison (reveiw) Rational Reflections. Hagiography for the inventor of Precision Scheduled Railroading. Note the role of private equity at Illinois Central.
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GEICO Tells Workers They Have ‘Right to Contact Police’ If Union Organizers Visit Their House Vice. Asking for somebody to get whacked, just like any 911 call.
The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Improbable Research
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.