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In the Mind of a Whale Hakai Magazine
Fish fossils found in China shed light on human evolution: Researchers Daily Sabah (AL).
How a School’s ‘Bike Bus’ Won Over Students and Charmed the Internet Route Fifty (MR).
The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility Mohamed A. El-Erian, Project Syndicate
Swimming naked Ruffer
What is blue carbon, and why is it important? Soils Matter, Get the Scoop
Ford government buying 2M cloth masks for Ontario schools. Doctors say there are better options City News. A slap in the face to layered protection, besides being lethal.
Some officials now say monkeypox elimination unlikely in US AP. Flawless victory from the Centers for Disease.
Anatomy of a debunked China coup rumour South China Morning Post
Surfing on land gains ground among youth China Daily
MHI develops reactor with enhanced safety features World Nuclear News. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Uganda Ebola cases jump to 50, with 1 more death Center for Infectious Disease and Policy
Dear Old Blighty
King Charles Hired A Former Top Editor At The Tabloids That Published Critical Kate Middleton Columns And The Story That Was An Impetus For The Breakdown Of Meghan Markle’s Relationship With Her Father Buzzfeed
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine says it encircles Russian troops at Lyman stronghold Reuters. Unfortunately, I can’t find anything else on this that isn’t Ukrainian propaganda (often using the same photo). Readers?
Senior Defense and Military Officials Hold a Background Briefing US Department of Defense. Deathless quotation:
[R]elative to the Nord Stream Pipeline in the Baltic Sea, you know we, as is the case with the rest of the global community continue to monitor the situation and the circumstances. I think we’re as perplexed as anyone else and would — are very interested in knowing how this came about, whether it’s an accident or otherwise.
I’m imagining this clip from CIA-parody-but-not Burn After Reading rewritten for pipeline explosions:
“No biggie.” “Report back to me when, uh, I don’t know. When it makes sense.”
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Vladimir Putin speaks at the accession ceremony Gilbert Doctorow
Putin’s Roulette Foreign Affairs. The deck: “Sacrificing His Core Supporters in a Race Against Defeat.”
Tallinn postcard: Feels like a big war is coming Yasha Levine
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Shock and Awe: Who Attacked the Nord Stream Pipelines? Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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Zelensky and NATO plan to transform post-war Ukraine into ‘a big Israel’ The Grayzone. With nukes, presumably.
Russian oil exports are still booming and EU is still reliant on Russia Hellenic Shipping News
Biden is punting on COVID relief for the third time Speaking Security
Realignment and Legitimacy
A concrete vision of the liberal democratic future Noah Smith, Noahpinion. The deck: “The free societies must once again show what kind of world they want to build.” Have fun!
Imperial Collapse Watch
Zombie capitalism is unravelling Yanis Varoufakis, The New Statesman
Kill it with fire:
excited to be murdered by the advanced version of this in 11 years https://t.co/Gs8doWg8BC
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) October 1, 2022
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.