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Leak ruins NASA moon rocket launch bid; next try weeks away AP. Resilc: “F-35 quality control comes to NASA”
The Epidemic Facing Ash Trees McGill (Resilc)
The growing evidence that Covid-19 is leaving people sicker FT (Anthony L)
Information Note – Cases of pneumonia due to unknown cause under investigation in Tucuman, Argentina Pan American Health Organization
⚠️UNKNOWN PNEUMONIA—Very worrisome—3 people have died, 9 people infected, of which 8 medical workers, are in hospital after developing a “pneumonia of unknown origin”—Argentinian authorities announced. Not COVID or flu. #ArgentinaPneumonia
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 1, 2022
As of August 16, 2022 the monkeypox outbreak doubling time is approximately 25 days up from 8 days in July. The black line in this log scale graph shows an exponential growth model fit to the adjusted case data, with a single rate changepoint and weekend effect adjustment. pic.twitter.com/GZN9aUMQJ8
— Roland Baker 2.0 (@RolandBakerIII) September 2, 2022
Peru identified the first South American lineage of Monkeypox called B.1.6.
The impact of the new mutation is still under study. https://t.co/ecD5AzBfZ4
— Monkeypoxtally (@Monkeypoxtally) September 1, 2022
Map of Monkeypox Cases by US State Data Herald. Based on CDC data.
To Be a Vulture in India Is Still To Be Constantly Threatened The Wire Science (Jerri-Lynn)
Karish gas field: Are Lebanon and Israel preparing for war? Middle East Eye
#BREAKING Ethnic tensions rise in reclusive, oil-rich, tribally-divided, flavour-starved island kingdom of Britain as whitewing ruling party members elect country’s next authoritarian ruler, with nearly 200,000 voting since August to defenestrate current strongman Boris Johnson.
— gathara (@gathara) September 3, 2022
Fresh round of strikes in the UK affects freight RailFreight
New Not-So-Cold War
Proxy war: “This partisan campaign… is a product of U.S. planning and training of Ukrainian forces. Since 2014, U.S. Special Operations forces have been teaching the Ukrainians how to fight an occupying army — using special units…” #Ukraine 1/ https://t.co/uLW4AGe0tz
— Ivan Katchanovski (@I_Katchanovski) September 2, 2022
ACURA Viewpoint: David C. Speedie: Book Review: ‘How the West Brought War to Ukraine’ American Committee for US-Russia Accord (Resilc)
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Dead of Winter Doomberg
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BREAKING: President Biden is asking Congress for $13.7 billion for Ukraine as U.S. aid to the war-torn country is running out. It’s part of a $47.1 billion emergency spending request that includes money for the COVID-19 response and the monkeypox outbreak. https://t.co/1lSyQkFx2K
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 2, 2022
Biden’s goal to end hunger by 2030 and his new food conference, explained NPR. $2.5 million. To host a conference.
GOP Clown Car
Republicans Have Only Themselves to Blame for Their Alaskan Defeat Atlantic (Furzy)
Democrats en déshabillé
John Podesta to Oversee $370 Billion in U.S. Climate Spending New York Times.
Why Obama-Era Economists Are So Mad About Student Debt Relief The American Prospect
Groves of Academe
I feel like the bio of almost every university founder in the early 1800s reads like:
Pastor. Philanthropist. Patent medicine salesman. Publisher of influential pamphlets advocating for throwing Irish children into factory furnaces as fuel. State Representative.
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) September 3, 2022
Labor Day is May 1 Jacobin
The US has a ruling class – and Americans must stand up to it Bernie Sanders. The Guardian (Furzy)
Why do we have so many homeless people? Why is there a housing crisis?
— Gwen Calavera🏴 (@GwenCalavera) August 31, 2022
Hun Sen challenged by ‘doomsday cult’ Bangkok Post. Furzy: “Too weird!”
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