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The Utterly Engrossing Search for the Origin of Eels Smithsonian Magazine
Chasing Steel LRB (J-LS)
"…several studies have shown that SARS-CoV-2 can attack the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, which could lead to development of type 1 diabetes. It’s also possible that inflammation caused by the virus may lead to exacerbation of already existing autoimmunity.”" https://t.co/Oqrz3YPLxi
— Dr David Berger, aBsuRdiSTe cROnickLeR (@YouAreLobbyLud) September 24, 2022
The End of Senior Politics in China The Diplomat
Why Bangladesh shouldn’t fall into trap of war with Myanmar Independent Australia
Seoul says North Korea, China reopen freight train traffic Hellenic Shipping News
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US to relax restrictions for tech companies in Iran The Register
Al-Aqsa: Israeli settlers storm the compound on Jewish New Year Middle East Eye
It cannot get anymore dystopian that this.
The Israeli army is now using an AI-powered automatic weapon, called Smart Shooter, at a military checkpoint in the old city of Hebron.
— Marwa Fatafta مروة فطافطة (@marwasf) September 24, 2022
Kahanists consistently poll at double digits so within weeks Israel’s parliament will include #7 on its Knesset slate, Almog Cohen, who’s openly called to carry out pogroms against the country’s non-Jews, or in his own words: “Kristallnacht, Negev version” https://t.co/3CTArrBPdA
— David Sheen (@davidsheen) September 23, 2022
Türkiye denounces foreign military buildups in Greece Anadolu Agency
Fascism returns to Europe’s centerstage Indian Punchline (KW)
New Not-So-Cold War
What If Russia Uses Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine? The Atlantic (KS)
NATO, EU chiefs hold talk on war in Ukraine Anadolu Agency
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The U.S. Is Winning Its War On Europe’s Industries And People Moon of Alabama
Thousands of people in Gera in Germany against Olaf Scholz's policy and the explosion of energy and gas prices. They demand an end to sanctions on Russia and the reopening of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Demonstrations also in other German cities but EU media censors them. pic.twitter.com/dmTMLY11jn
— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) September 26, 2022
Girls Who Code book series banned in some US classrooms The Register (CL)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Navy bribery fugitive ‘Fat Leonard’ seeks asylum in Venezuela Stars and Stripes
Billionaire Monopolist Jeff Bezos Is Buying Up Single-Family Homes to Rent-Trap Humanity Forever Surviving Tomorrow (DL)
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