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Nothing Will Stop the Dollar From Getting Stronger John Authers, Bloomberg
Humanity was stagnant for millennia — then something big changed 150 years ago Vox. A review of Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century, DeLong’s new book. Worth a read.
Hydrogen production from the air Nature. “This so-called direct air electrolysis (DAE) module can work under a bone-dry environment with a relative humidity of 4%, overcoming water supply issues and producing green hydrogen sustainably with minimal impact to the environment. The DAE modules can be easily scaled to provide hydrogen to remote, (semi-) arid, and scattered areas.”
A Text Alert May Have Saved California From Power Blackouts Bloomberg (J-LS).
“At what price?”
"Yes, China has kept COVID under control for 2.5 years, but at what price in terms of freedoms?"
Fair enough. Now flip it around, though.
"Yes, the West only implemented half-ass measures in the name of maintaining freedoms and for the sake of the economy, but at what price?" pic.twitter.com/qBPD7dDPoV
— T. Ryan Gregory (@TRyanGregory) September 7, 2022
china passes united states in life expectancy
should be a headline in every us newspaper pic.twitter.com/SSo2IBL0vQ
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 7, 2022
Note the source.
Examination of SARS-CoV-2 In-Class Transmission at a Large Urban University With Public Health Mandates Using Epidemiological and Genomic Methodology JAMA. The Conclusions: “With the ongoing concern of safety for students, faculty, and staff as universities return to fully functioning, an effective model for overall disease transmission safety in the classroom setting is necessary. Our data support the hypothesis that a combination of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and risk mitigation measures including indoor masking, regular surveillance testing, and enhanced air filtration can be highly effective at limiting disease spread within a large university academic environment to the extent that classroom transmission risk is negligible.” Now they tell us….
Hochul drops mask mandates on mass transit Spectrum News. I think the headline needs fixing: “Democrats Openly Sabotage Protective Mask-Wearing for New Yorkers”:
Starting today, masks will be optional in some places where they had previously been required, including on mass transit. pic.twitter.com/5zTT4uRB6h
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 7, 2022
“You do you” my Sweet Aunt Fanny. Of course, since Cuomo culled of thousands of nursing home residents, New York Democrats have form.
Downward monkeypox trends continue in Europe, Americas Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
China’s August coal imports rise as heatwave stokes cooling demand Hellenic Shipping News
‘Beggars in a car park’: couple in China ditch high rents to live in camper van, but some people are freaking out South China Morning Post. Not just the US, then.
Why You Should Choose an Online Casino Over Another One Maravi Post. Hmm.
BoE says Truss plans could slow inflation, too soon to talk about rates International Business Times
Caught in a Cycle of Despair and Exploitation Craig Murray. “So the UK today gets its fourth successive Tory Prime Minister, despite the fact the previous three all crashed in failure, even in their own terms.”
New Not-So-Cold War
Live news: Zelenskyy claims ‘good news’ after reports of gains around Kharkiv FT. For some definition of good. See the next story–
Wounded Ukrainian soldiers reveal steep toll of Kherson offensive WaPo. Well worth a read; heavily excerpted at Moon of Alabama.
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Ukraine military chief says ‘limited’ nuclear war cannot be ruled out WaPo. Projecting, no doubt, as usual. “He called the Crimean strikes a ‘convincing example’ of Kyiv’s calls for allies to send longer-range weapons for its outgunned soldiers. Moscow, he said, can hit 20 times farther.”
When they tell you who they are….
You guys really buried the lede here. This statue is of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, an 18 year old girl and anti-Nazi partisan, who was tortured and then hanged by Nazis. Ukrainian soldiers removed the statue by tying a noose around its neck. https://t.co/vYr5ZeTFmi
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) September 7, 2022
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US’s gas rescue plan for Europe threatens domestic backlash FT. So far, no:
US VOTERS THINK BIDEN’S WAR AGAINST RUSSIA IS UNCONNECTED TO PRICE INFLATION — APPROVAL FOR UKRAINE POLICY HIGHER THAN FOR ANY OTHER ISSUE, SO ZELENSKY PROPAGANDA IS WORKING. https://t.co/i7tvP8T3K1 pic.twitter.com/fB6cXJuHZJ
— Dances_with_Bears (@bears_with) September 8, 2022
Scholz Accuses Russia of ‘Blackmail’ Over Pipeline Shutdown Bloomberg. Not clear to me how countries maintain normal commercial relations and fight a proxy wars at the same time. How does that work?
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Six months into war, Russian goods still flowing to US AP. Fortune passes everywhere….
Chilean voters resoundingly reject a new ‘ecological’ constitution Science. Here is the very first sentence from WaPo’s Editorial Board, urging rejection. “Lithium is a key input in batteries that run millions of laptops and upon which the United States is basing its electrified automotive future.” Clarifying!
Our Famously Free Press
Should We Save Newspapers from Google? Matt Stoller, BIG. Today’s must-read.
Internet Archive Opposes Publishers in Federal Lawsuit Internet Archive
Police arrest county official in reporter’s stabbing death Las Vegas Review-Journal
World’s Largest Cruise Ship to Be Scrapped Before First Voyage Jalopnik (Re Silc). S.S. Petri Dish to the knacker’s yard….
Imperial Collapse Watch
HMS Prince of Wales has “Significant Damage” Likely Requiring Dry Dock Maritime Executive
Explainer: How did big fish in Navy bribery case get away? AP. Fat Leonard.
You Should Join a Union. Yes, You Kim Kelly, The.Ink
Your attention span is being robbed! Unstructed.tech
One Data Point Can Beat Big Data Behavioral Scientist
Antidote du jour (via):
Baby stoat discovers a trampoline.
Credit: Robert E Fullerpic.twitter.com/Z6UJ01Q6ic
— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) September 7, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.