Why Runa Indigenous people find ‘natural parenting’ troubling aeon (Anthony L)
Study: “A greater reduction in global brain size in the Covid positive cases. Those who were infected with Covid also showed on average a greater cognitive decline”
This was known in March 2022: https://t.co/BUHbkUIy2E
— Palliative Doc (@PrognosticChats) June 21, 2023
Rampant groundwater pumping has changed the tilt of Earth’s axis Nature (guurst)
Blinken offers lessons on how not to handle China Asia Times (Kevin W)
And Then Biden Blew It … Moon of Alabama (Kevin W). Nice shout out at the end!
Patrick Lawrence: US Still Nowhere with the Chinese ConsortiumNews (Chuck L)
‘We can de-risk but not decouple’ from China, says Raytheon chief Financial Times (Li)
New Not-So-Cold War
The Chongar Bridge between Crimea and Kherson is still intact and to my amateur eye, its road is less badly damaged than the Kerch Bridge was due to the truck bomb. However, even if the road is less severely harmed, that may not translate into any faster repair time. Resilc quips: “Looks like a typical daily used bridge in New England to me.”
General Shoigu just promised that if Ukraine hit Russian territory, they’d strike decision centers in Ukraine. The fact that this was Western munitions, allegedly Storm Shadows, means Ukraine can’t pretend this was an “oh not under our control” terrorist group.
📹 #Ukrainian forces fired #StormShadow missiles at a bridge located on the administrative border between the #Kherson Region and Crimea, a Sputnik correspondent reports.#RussiaUkraineWar #RussianArmy #ukrainecounteroffensive #UkraineRussiaWar #Russian pic.twitter.com/U98sIBkVKe
— Sputnik India (@Sputnik_India) June 22, 2023
SITREP 6/21/23: Russia Re-Orients to Kupyansk in Surprise Advance Simplicius the Thinker(s) (Chuck L)
Pentagon orders AMRAAM missiles worth over $1 billion for Ukraine Yahoo!News Kevin W:
The Ukraine does not have that many fighters left to fire these missiles. Unless they will be for those F-16s to be one day delivered. Doesn’t matter as it will take a very long time to manufacture those missiles in any case.
Biden 2022: F-16s for Ukraine would mean "World War III"
Biden 2023: F-16s for Ukraine are on the way
— The Grayzone (@TheGrayzoneNews) June 22, 2023
Per the tweet above, the change may be due to seeing Russian air defense in action. Scott Ritter said that even under perfect conditions (US pilot, AWACS, etc), a F-16 that went into a Russian theater would be shot down 8 times out of 10. The belief now is that F-16s would not be used to support offensive operations but in air defense….likely well behind the line of contact.
Can The U.S. Wean Itself Off Russian Uranium? OilPrice. Resilc: “Like dumping Whole Foods when it’s the only store within 100 miles.”
Why the US sought secret talks with Iran The Cradle (Micael T)
THREAD: Israel humiliated this morning in Jenin Richard Medhurst (guurst)
West Bank: Palestinian shot dead as Israeli settlers storm another town Middle East Eye (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How Your New Car Tracks You Wired (Li)
Imperial Collapse Watch
BREAKING: @BlackRock Recruiter Who “Decides People’s Fate” Spills Info on Company’s World Impact
“It’s not who the president is- it’s who’s controlling the wallet of the president”
“You got $10K? You can buy a senator"
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 20, 2023
No ‘golden hour’? How Army medicine is changing for the next war Task and Purpose (resilc). WTF??? I recall reading early in the Ukraine war one of the Russian military leaders reporting to Putin on how they were doing on average time in getting a wounded soldier to surgery. The officer went on in detail how Russia had been getting that number down and it now averaged way under an hour. Here the US is proposing to treat backtracking as inevitable and therefore reasonable.
The Dollar at the End of History Philip Pilkington, American Conservative (guurst)
The Pentagon’s $52,000 trash can Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
The dream of deregulation – the grid part III Construction Physics (resilc)
House GOP votes to censure Schiff over role in Trump investigations Politico (Kevin W)
Rep. @mattgaetz spends five minutes destroying Durham for not going after Andy McCabe, investigating the Mueller team and why they smashed phones, or who honeypotted George Papadopoulos, or putting anyone in jail, comparing him to the Washington Generals who get "paid to lose." pic.twitter.com/8OzrCR3q0d
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 21, 2023
“They can compel these guys. They can go to fucking trial. That’s why they can have a fucking grand jury."
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) June 21, 2023
GOP Clown Car
MTG Is So Pissed at Lauren Boebert She Called Her a Bitch on the House Floor New Republic (furzy)
Democrats en déshabille
It's not just polls that show this. Democrats really do believe that the CIA is a benevolent and selfless organization that only interferes in other countries' elections because they care deeply about safeguarding democracy for others.
It's like talking to a 6th grader: https://t.co/r32k5eFiCj
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 21, 2023
Our No Longer Free Press
Can We Stop Runaway A.I.? New Yorker (furzy)
AI disproportionally affects women in labor market CNN (Paul R)
Will Biden’s Industrial Policy Create a Lot More Moderna Billionaires? CounterPunch (resilc)
Runaway Horses American Conservative (resilc)
Amazon ‘tricked’ customers into paying for Prime, new FTC suit alleges Washington Post (Kevin W). I find this odd (admittedly not having yet read filing). I have repeatedly availed myself of Amazon Prime initial freebie offers (yes, I am confessing to using the evil Amazon) and had no difficulty canceling before the fees kicked in.
Lost sub’s company OceanGate was warned about safety and possible “catastrophic”outcomes back in 2018 Boing Boing (resilc). Many stories like this. Could be classified as Darwin Award. Passengers, and even worse, the pilot/owner really did not work out that this was risky and maybe they should do some due diligence. Lordie, there are enough popular movies of sub actual and near disasters that they should have worked that out.
I hate to link reddit any more, but this thread is brutal:
From a comment: “Reminds me of an old joke. Three libertarians walk into a bar and each order a drink. They finish their drinks, and promptly die from tainted alcohol because this is a libertarian paradise so there are no regulations or inspections.”
Deep-sea robot Victor 6000 to be deployed in Titanic rescue mission New York Post (furzy). If they have not been saved by the time Links launched, you can assume they’ve perished.
The Media Cares More About the Titanic Sub Than Drowned Migrants New Republic. Resilc: “Save the billionaire whalezzzzzzzz.”
Return to Office Enters the Desperation Phase New York Times (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour. John N: “Moose in CT Berkshires”:
A bonus of sorts (Chuck L, furzy):
Drone show at the Dragon Boat Festival in Shenzhen, China pic.twitter.com/YahlAaFlrd
— Figen (@TheFigen_) June 20, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.