Available Space: The sonic environments of Ry Cooder The Baffler (Anthony L)
Missing children found after more than a month in Amazon CNN (Kevin W)
The War on Dogs History Today (Anthony L)
Yea or Nay? Vertically Staggered Airplane Seats Core77. Resilc: “Did his dad invent waterboarding?”
All in Slow Motion: Dani Garavelli on the trials for the murder of Nikki Allan London Review of Books (Anthony L)
An Extremely Rare Mutation Landed a Woman in Prison For Murder Science Alert (Chuck L)
Study finds amino acid taurine slows aging in mice and monkeys STAT (furzy). Just wait, this will be used to argue that old people eating cat food is really not so bad.
Rings & Books The Raven (Anthony L). “Practically all the great European philosophers have been bachelors.”
Cheap Diabetes Drug Slashes Risk of Long COVID, Study Finds ScienceAlert (Chuck L)
200+ South African firefighters landed in Edmonton, Canada to assist in the fight against the raging wildfire. 🇿🇦🇨🇦pic.twitter.com/flXKqlvYxG
— Made In Canada (@MadelnCanada) June 8, 2023
A New Ultra-Adsorbent Material Can Suck Up 20 Times More Uranium Than Rival Methods Interesting Engineering (Chuck L)
Researchers demonstrate high natural radioactivity of manganese nodules PhysOrg (UserFriendly)
Battling Rain and Time, Henan Farmers Race to Salvage Wheat Crop SixthTone (resilc)
Did Pentagon Hardliners Leak The Report About A Planned Chinese Spy Base In Cuba? Andrew Korybko (Chuck L)
China Wakes Up to Danger From Illegal Lab Monkey Trade SixthTone (resilc)
High levels of drugs found in water pollution study of England’s south coast Guardian. Resilc: “If I lived in post Brexit UK I’d want to be high all the time to.”
Ex-UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Resigns as MP Bloomberg and Decrying ‘witch hunt’, Boris Johnson resigns from UK parliament Reuters (furzy). Oddly not on landing page of BBC.
UK firm given £430m green transition loan then expanded oil and gas business Guardian (Kevin W)
Big Agriculture Squeezing Argentina ConsortiumNews (Robin K)
New Not-So-Cold War
Kursk 2.0? Moon of Alabama (Kevin W) .
Anatomy of a NATO-Planned, Trained, and Armed Disaster Simplicius the Thinker. Super ouch.
Ukrainian Armored Columns Got SMASHED and AMBUSHED History Legends. Linked by MoA above. Very good presentation with maps (and names in large enough print to read!!!). Two important points not seen elsewhere: the troops in this first wave may have been mainly raw conscripts, aka canon fodder, so Ukraine may be able to up its game from this very poor start; Russia varying with prior tactics and holding the line may reflect desire to prevent Ukraine from recovering damaged equipment. But Simpicius above identifies one of the Leopard 2s killed as the most advanced in service, and the Bradleys used at least in the overnight attack 2 nights ago were top of the line, which seems inconsistent with untrained (or at least largely) untrained forces. He identifies one unit, the 47th Assault Brigade, as being one of Ukraine’s best
It is what it is. pic.twitter.com/pzT9IZsn9v
— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) June 9, 2023
Russian Spring | The Complete Defeat Of The Ukrainian-NATO Forces. Military Summary For 2023.06.09 Military Summary. Dima speculates Ukraine will pause because its Western backers won’t like the visible loss of so much equipment so early. Separately, serious rains are expected next week, IIRC on the 13th and 14th, which would have slowed any advance, assuming advance.
Ukrainian counter offensive shows that NATO doctrine doesn't work without upmost air superiority, it only works against guys with sandals and AK without any air superiority. Ukraine has adapted NATO doctrine but it doesn't work because Russia has pinned down the sky.
— UkraineMaps 🇺🇬 (@MapsUkraine) June 10, 2023
Some overnight intel:
All the information I have says the Ukrainians attacked in multiple waves overnight and still have not breached the Russian screening line.
— Big Serge ☦️🇺🇸🇷🇺 (@witte_sergei) June 10, 2023
#Counterattacking #Ukrainian forces have #advanced up to 1,400 metres at a number of sections of the front line near the eastern city of #Bakhmut in the past day, a military spokesman said on Saturday. https://t.co/IXSzaMdxVK
— ANews (@anews) June 10, 2023
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Industry specialists assess damage on Ukraine’s breached Nova Kakhovka dam New Civil Engineer (resilc)
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Big development in Ukraine? Asia Times (Kevin W)
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Central Bank considers exchange of assets frozen in Russia and EU possible – Nabiullina Interfax. The finance version of a prisoner exchange.
Blast at explosives factory in Ankara kills 5 workers Times of India
Saudi crown prince threatened ‘major’ economic pain on U.S. amid oil feud Washington Post (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Did Edward Snowden’s Revelations Change Anything? Atlantic (furzy)
🧵THREAD: Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to the United States
He is now closer than ever to spending 175 years in prison.
— Richard Medhurst (@richimedhurst) June 9, 2023
At the same time as the UK announces it will not give #Assange his day in court to challenge their decision to hand him over to the US, American lawyers respond to the CIA's motion to dismiss efforts to prove foul play, with supporting evidence emerging via @elpais_espana. pic.twitter.com/76EnOP0xja
— Consortium News (@Consortiumnews) June 9, 2023
Imperial Collapse Watch
Longing for Crusades New Left Review (Anthony L)
USA USA has no teachers, MDs, nurses, healthcare, electricians, people in tents. But we can have a war over a fucking mermaid????? USA USA is hopeless shithole with crims running the show and morons below.
Governor Newsom Proposes Historic 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to End America’s Gun Violence Crisis gov.ca.gov (furzy). The provisions are not at all bad, but tactically, this guarantees another $100 million in funds raised on the R side if Newsom wins the Dem nomination. Rs will spend more to preserve gun rights than Dems will to restrict them. Plus the bar for a Constitutional amendment is high, so this is na ga happen.
Trump took nuclear secrets and stored files in shower, charges say BBC. Well, it’s a very nice bathroom. And FBI had said the security arrangements for the docs were fine while Trump and the FBI were arguing over them.
Trump Indicted on 7 Counts in Classified Docs Probe Judge Napolitano, YouTube. Remember Napolitano was a Federal judge. Posted before indictment released but still makes a lot of important points, nearly all not Trump favorable. The big one is this is not about classified docs but the Espionage Act, which criminalizes possession of defense-related material. A cynic would argue the FBI just strung him along on the classified docs/National Archives row just to better set this hook. Napolitano stresses that those found guilty of Espionage Act violations most assuredly go to prison.
The “Aha” Moment: The Trump Indictment Could Prove Revealing for Either Trump or the DOJ Jonathan Turley (Carolinian). One lawyer contact pointed out that if there’s no predicate crime, there’ no obstruction of justice, since there’s nothing to obstruct. But they can still get him on being dumb enough to talk to the FBI to without a lawyer, since lying to the FBI is a crime and as . Don’t Talk to the Police YouTube makes clear, even people who actually do care about being truthful often get caught looking like liars.
DOJ Declares War On 2024 With Trump Indictment Hours After Biden Bribery News The Federalist (Li). The right sharpens its talking points.
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It’s Past Time For Republicans To Impeach Biden And All His Top Officials The Federalist (Li)
Smith, Crapo, Neal, and Wyden Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Approve First Taiwan Trade Initiative Agreement
House Ways and Mean Committee. Lori Wallach of Public Citizen comments:
The bill would approve the first bit of the US-Taiwan deal signed last week. But it’s clear its underlying purpose, with important implications for IPEF, is to reassert that a president cannot enter a binding trade agreement without a vote of Congress and to require access to consolidated negotiating texts and require certain procedures and a vote before any additional agreement elements can go into effect. While the bill approves the agreement with Taiwan already signed, it conditions it going into effect on presidential certification of Taiwan’s compliance with agreement terms.
Our No Longer Free Press
This is very important. Zuckerberg says that many of the claims about COVID that the US Government and the Fauci Complex pressured FB to censor on the grounds that it was "disinformation" turned out, in fact, to be very debatable if not proven true.
Think how dangerous that is: https://t.co/XIAl7I7uC0
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 9, 2023
I’m not keen about the thesis, but I am appalled at the censorship and the bizarre Nazi charge:
Seriously, the Berlin State Prosecutor (@GStABerlin) is investigating me for “disseminating propaganda, the contents of which are intended to further the aims of a former National Socialist organization” for tweeting the cover art of my anti-Covid-totalitarianism book. pic.twitter.com/BfTsKw0Xaq
— CJ Hopkins (@CJHopkins_Z23) June 8, 2023
Lawyer Who Used ChatGPT Faces Penalty for Made Up Citations New York Times (resilc)
AI system devises first optimizations to sorting code in over a decade ars technica. David R: “I’m assuming this can be applied to any game. Including political games and war games.”
The Bizarre True Story of The Nightmare Woman Haunting The Internet Science Alert (Chuck L)
AI Can Make You Believe Russian Propaganda Washington Monthly. Resilc: “As opposed to merkin-made propaganda.”
UBS’s state aid is a disaster insurance policy Reuters (furzy)
The US Is Building Factories At a Wildly Fast Rate Business Insider
‘A watershed’: Meta ordered to offer mental health care to moderators in Kenya Guardian. Resilc: “Meta users need it too.”
The Supreme Court’s Latest Ruling Against Unions is Really Aimed at the New Deal Washington Monthly (resilc)
‘He made sure that she got nothing’: The sad story of Astrud Gilberto, the face of bossa nova Independent (Paul R). From 2022.
Rural Residents Search for Solutions after College Closures Daily Yonder (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour (martha r from Instagram):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Birds and sheep dancing together pic.twitter.com/RNhWMYT416
— That's Actually Very Cool (@thatsavcool) June 2, 2023
And a second bonus (Chuck L):
— ✍️ Leonardo D'Anchiano (@HdAnchiano) April 4, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.