The idea of “holobionts” represents a paradigm shift in biology The Economist (Rev Kev). Fascinating. As is if the unit of analysis were not the plant, but the companion planting.
France’s Global Warming Predicament Counterpunch
Anthropogenic climate change impacts exacerbate summer forest fires in California PNAS. From the Abstract: “Using the latest simulations for climate change attribution and detection studies and accounting for the uncertainties arising from the data-driven climate-fire model and climate models, we quantify the influence of anthropogenic climate change on recent changes in [summer forest burned area (BA)]. We show that nearly all of the observed increase in BA over the past half-century is attributable to anthropogenic climate change.”
Evidence for Large Increases in Clear-Air Turbulence Over the Past Four Decades Geophysical Research Letters. “Turbulence is unpleasant to fly through in an aircraft. Strong turbulence can even injure air passengers and flight attendants. An invisible form called clear-air turbulence (CAT) is predicted to become more frequent because of climate change. Here we analyze modern atmospheric data based on four decades of observations (1979–2020) to investigate whether CAT has already started to increase…. We find clear evidence of large CAT increases in various places around the world at aircraft cruising altitudes since satellites began observing the atmosphere. For example, at a typical point over the North Atlantic, the upward trend is such that the strongest category of CAT was 55% more frequent in 2020 than 1979. Our study represents the best evidence yet that CAT has increased over the past four decades, consistent with the expected effects of climate change.”
How Arizona squeezes tribes for water High Country News
Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Vaccine Durability in Preventing COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization and Critical Illness Among Adults with and Without Immunocompromising Conditions — VISION Network, September 2022–April 2023 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC. From the Abstract: “Among adults aged ≥18 years without immunocompromising conditions, bivalent booster vaccine effectiveness (VE) against COVID-19–associated hospitalization declined from 62% at 7–59 days postvaccination to 24% at 120–179 days compared with VE among unvaccinated adults. Among immunocompromised adults, lower bivalent booster VE was observed. However, bivalent booster VE was sustained against critical COVID-19–associated outcomes, including intensive care unit admission or death.” 120–179 days is pretty fast. But it’s a good business model: The now “endemic” disease is the razor, and the vaccines are the blades. Say, how are those sterilizing vaccines coming?
Chinese miners try livestream sales to shift coal glut Channel News Asia
Stridulations New Left Review. On silk workers.
Another 33 Political Scientists Ask NCERT to Remove Their Names From Textbooks The Wire. These are the textbooks from which evolution and the periodic table were removed.
Iran’s SEPAM to replace SWIFT in trade transactions: ACU chief (press release) Islamic Republic News Agency. ACU = Asian Clearing Union (the central banks of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). The sourcing on this is dreadful; the press release gives no link to where ACU chief Farhad Morsali said whatever he said. This seems to be the story:
Asian Clearing Union (ACU) Introduces Yuan, Ruble & Rupee for Electronic Transactions, Ditching Dollar and Swift Association.
In an interview with Iran’s Jam Jam, ACU Secretary General Farhad Morsley pointed out that the ACU meeting in Tehran recently made 12 decisions as… pic.twitter.com/5uPjwoLiUF
— dana (@dana916) June 13, 2023
The switch to SEPAM is apparently temporary until the new “Iseomer” (spelling?) platform is ready. Meanwhile:
I like charts.
— Matt Williams (@mattlikesintel) June 14, 2023
US welcomes decision by Canada, Netherlands to take Syria to ICJ over torture allegations Anadolu Agency. As if ***cough*** Abu Ghraib ***cough*** Gitmo ***cough*** we had standing.
Dear Old Blighty
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine’s forces are advancing but appear to be miles from Russia’s main defensive line. A much tougher fight lies ahead. Insider (sorry; best headline). They don’t “appear to be.” They are.
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A Drawn-Out Ukraine War Should Not Change U.S. Strategy Foreign Policy. The deck: “It’s in Washington’s interest to make the best possible use of Moscow’s barbaric folly.”
The US plan for Ukraine: short-term carnage, frozen conflict Aaron Maté. So in terms of outcomes, Maté and Foreign Policy are on the same page…
Why Blockading Rather Than Retaking Crimea Might Be Kyiv’s Best Option The Moscow Times (via RAND).
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Fiscal policy in the rich world is mind-bogglingly reckless The Economist. The deck: “High inflation and low unemployment requires tighter budgets not looser ones.” Also purging and bleeding.
Biden Administration Tells Car Manufacturers to Ignore Right-to-Repair Law Gizmodo (Rev Kev).
Congress Is Still Heading Toward a Shutdown Despite the Budget Deal, Democrats Say Government Executive
Trump Indictments Subvert the Legal and Political System Margaret Kimberly, Black Agenda Report
The Rape of Lady Justice Patrick Lawrence, Counterpunch
Trump rejected lawyers’ efforts to avoid classified documents indictment WaPo. Hmm. I’ve always wondered about this exchange from Smith’s indictment:
So “totally wins my case” how, exactly? I can find some aghastitude on Trump’s quote (here, here, here) but not even speculation as to what Trump’s theory of the case might be. Could be puffery, could be “winning the case before the American people.” If there is a there here — not a given! — Trump doesn’t seem to have told his lawyers about it (understandable, given the level of leaking and snitching that goes on).
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Inside the GOP’s Latest Desperate Attempt to Smear Joe Biden Michael Tomasky, The New Republic
Paranoid Posting The Baffler. Blobfluencers.
The Denver Nuggets Were Built to Last The Ringer
Global inequality at lowest level in nearly 150 years Felix Salmon, Axios
Massive strike pits African fishers against ‘superprofitable’ EU firms Guardian (Re Silc).
Artificial intelligence may change labor market but doesn’t need to cause long-term harm FOX. Unless that’s the goal, of course. As it was, with Uber.
Could You Decode a Message From Aliens? Smithsonian
Antidote du jour (via):
LMAOOOO only in Turkey will bystanders break up a cat fight like this 🤣 pic.twitter.com/02M1EdWu00
— Ash (@theashrb) June 11, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.