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‘Fur shortage’: San Francisco costume shop does big Burning Man business SFGate. Resilc: “I was there in 2007. The art is something, but not worth it overall. Like living in the dust bowl.”
Enormous Solar Storm May Create Auroras Across Northern U.S. States Newsweek (Dr. Kevin)
The Sheep human Contest in France. This is the festival I need right now.
— Emi 🌠 (@emikusano) August 21, 2022
Meanwhile, inside the box, Schrödinger's cat plans its revenge. pic.twitter.com/am4Sf1uRU7
— Prof. Feynman (@ProfFeynman) August 13, 2022
Education and Indoctrination Point Magazine (Anthony L)
Ok, now everyone think for 2 seconds about whether it's a good idea to have many, many, many people infected with a virus that may persist in the body and damage immune system function. https://t.co/agwYhh8ddf
— T. Ryan Gregory (@TRyanGregory) September 1, 2022
No Clear Evidence That COVID-19 Was Transmitted From Bats Eurasia Review. Note it took over a decade to establish pretty firmly that SARS-Cov-1 went through an intermediary species.
Smallpox vaccine proves to be dead end in monkeypox fight Bankgkok Post (furzy)
The Amazon rainforest has already reached a crucial tipping point New Scientist (David L)
The energy historian who says rapid decarbonization is a fantasy Los Angeles Times (guurst)
California Ratchets Up Grid Emergency as Blackouts Loom Bloomberg (Kevin W)
How to Green Our Parched Farmlands and Finance Critical Infrastructure CounterPunch. Resilc: “Who will build all this?”
Want To Win the Climate Fight? Tackle Inequality, Among Others. The Wire (J-LS)
3D-printed living soil walls by University of Virginia can grow plants YankoDesign (David L)
China slams US over alleged Trojan horse attack on university servers South China Morning Post
US-China in a war for tech standard supremacy Asia Times (Kevin W)
China’s Foreign Investment Data Distorted by Hong Kong Flows Bloomberg (furzy)
When S Jaishankar had tutored UK PM-elect Liz Truss FirstPost (J-LS)
Diplomacy Watch: Did Boris Johnson help stop a peace deal in Ukraine? Responsible Statecraft (resilc). Pretty well known but now officially confirmed.
Chile votes overwhelmingly to reject new, progressive constitution Guardian (Kevin W)
New Not-So-Cold War
OPEC+ agrees on oil output cut Indian Punchline (Kevin W)
As Russia Chokes Europe’s Gas, France Enters Era of Energy ‘Sobriety’ New York Times (Kevin W)
End of an era Eurointelligence. Resilc: “We have no doubt that France and Germany will be among the first to seek normalisation with Russia.”
With EDF’s announcement today, French power prices for 2023 are trading €900/MWH with winter prices above €1.500/MWH (or an eye-popping 30X the 5-yr average price). I’m surprised this isn’t front-page news all over the west. #France @SullyCNBC @SquawkCNBC pic.twitter.com/hwSyOSRcDB
— 🇺🇸Kyle Bass🇺🇦 (@Jkylebass) August 25, 2022
In Prague, It Begins American Conservative (resilc)
Slovak government loses majority as ministers quit Reuters. Kevin W: “Another EU/NATO friendly government falls.” Moi: Sort of falls. Article notes no easy path to snap elections.
Why Europe’s Dependence On U.S. LNG Is Risky OilPrice (resilc)
According to NYT, Russia lies when it says U.S. "trained birds to carry pathogens into Russia." Can't speak to recently, but back in 1950, US biowar program dusted birds w/ bioagents & released them to test their use against Russiahttps://t.co/lLvgjLrw8ghttps://t.co/S3eYvmEDyh pic.twitter.com/1UxRSOiRAf
— Jeffrey Kaye (@jeff_kaye) September 4, 2022
Meta Platforms Exempted Russian War Crimes From Graphic Content Takedowns Intercept. Resilc: ” How about merikin war crimes????”
US Sets Up Third Base in NE Syria Antiwar (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Tech tool offers police ‘mass surveillance on a budget’ Associated Press (resilc)
Google’s Project Nimbus is the future of evil Android Central (David L, Paul R)
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘These Kids Are Dying’ — Inside the Overdose Crisis Sweeping Fort Bragg Rolling Stone (J-LS)
And this is why I only go to the fair for funnel cakes & vibes. No rides. pic.twitter.com/itTJaYIj7D
— DeMoe 😤 (@DeMoeRoberson) September 4, 2022
Democrats en déshabillé
The Rise of the Liberal Hawks Atlantic (resilc)
Can you drown government in an empty bathtub? The Berkshire Eagle
What happened to CNN?
I worked there for 18 years.
This is what happened.
Everyone wants to know why CNN is shifting.
Let me explain why.
What Fox News gets that MSNBC and CNN don’t get…
Each quarter, the Cable Operators release their subscriber base.
— YS (@ReallyActivist) September 3, 2022
Amazon Closes, Abandons Plans for Dozens of Warehouses Across the US Bloomberg (furzy)
Labor Day Was Established After a Deadly Railroad Strike Jalopnik (resilc)
Mississippi’s Dry Run for Eco-Apartheid New Republic (resilc). Longstanding issue and conveniently not noticed. See this Sanders campaign video from Lowndes County, Alabama of a woman living next to a septic field. She has since died of Covid. BTW Lowndes County also has had the highest Covid case and death rate in Alabama.
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (guurst):
الفهود عندها قدرة رائعة و مبهرة على التسلق، و غالبا بيستخدموه علشان يعرفوا محيطهم بشكل أحسن و يصنعوا خطط للقبض على فريستهم.
الصورة بقى تم التقاطها في تانزانيا لفهدة بتتسلق شجرة ضخمة pic.twitter.com/JZtTCYnEw1
— The Supreme Frank (@FrankGamal) September 1, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.