US honeybees suffer second deadliest season on record Guardian (resilc)
Baklava tastes great, but where does it originate from? Anadolu Agency. Another Turkiye v. Greece slugfest!
Flamin’ hot addictions: why is America so hooked on ultra-processed foods? Guardian (resilc). Plenty of ultra processed foods are sold as healthy, such as high end meal replacement drinks, soy burgers, and powdered superfood blender drink additives.
University of Minnesota achieves milestone in freezing organs before transplant Star/Tribune (Chuck L)
The Sounds Of Invisible Worlds NOEMA (Antony L)
Long COVID: The impact on language and cognition Science (martha r)
Yours truly has long regarded acetaminophen as evil. Moar confirmation:
When we were censored, 11 studies showed that vitamin D reduces risk for COVID-19 (p<0.001).
Now there are 111 (p<0.0000000001).
Here is a timeline of the clinical evidence for vitamin D and acetaminophen / paracetamol. pic.twitter.com/SpRgq6xZ6B
— Covid Analysis (@CovidAnalysis) June 22, 2023
Very interesting nugget in this conversation with former NSC China Director Dennis Wilder, confirming that the bombshell stories leaked right before Blinken's trips (i.e. the Cuba facility and the "spy balloon") are probably planted by factions in the US government in order to… https://t.co/50GkZwHujI
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) June 23, 2023
US rule of law crumbles as Chinese purchase of farmland is banned Global Times (guurst). Oddly does not mention the planned (but with good odds of not working out) attempt to heist Ukraine farmland via BlackRock.
NGOs Sue U.S. Navy Over Water Quality Permit for Weapons Testing Maritime Executive
EPA is Putting Together a Youth Council The Verge. Kill me now.
US combat ship to make rare port call in Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions Reuters (resilc). Confirming China’s open skepticism that Blinken would live up to his word.
The Greater Eurasia project: Building bridges and breaking barriers The Cradle. The EU is a cautionary tale.
🇧🇪⚡️ Remarkable intervention by Raoul Hedebouw from the PTB (Workers' Party of Belgium) in the Belgian parliament regarding the sabotage of Nordstream.
The entire parliament, supposed to represent the Belgian people, is terrified at the mere thought of questioning the interests… pic.twitter.com/22SYIaSUrn
— hem_day (@hem_day) June 21, 2023
Eurozone economy has slowed sharply, business survey shows Financial Times
New Not-So-Cold War
See our post, but a few items on the Prigozhin melodrama.
Russia’s Putin addresses nation after Wagner ‘mutiny’ DW. Note the headline uses the correct nomenclature. Prigozhin is not trying to oust Putin. He is trying to get officials like defense minister Shoigu ousted because Prigozhin claims he and some other military big dogs are betraying Putin and Russia and the rank and file. Putin does not agree. You might call it a civil war in the military except if every single Wagnerite follow Prigozhin, he’d have 25,000 men, limited munitions, no supply lines or resupply, versus at least 600,000 in the Russian armed forces. The Russian military pays very well and has lots of men signing up to join, so there’s no reason to think there is a lot of unhappiness in the rank and file to exploit.
The bigger risk IMHO is any and all Ukraine sleeper cells in Russia will try to use this opportunity.
Locals in Rostov surround Wagner armored vehicles to try to convince the Wagner fighters to stand down peacefully.pic.twitter.com/9lbhEA9sp4
— Hassan Mafi (@thatdayin1992) June 24, 2023
what is happening right now regarding Wagner is a major embarrassment for Russia, but also a lesson for everyone else about what happens when you give too much power to a paramilitary group
— Bosni (@Bosni_94) June 24, 2023
Note still true despite the current intramural struggle. Russia still has an insurmountable advantage in production capacity, unless the West were to embark on a war-level mobilization, and there is zero willingness to do that:
A 50-seconds summary of the conflict btw. Russia and the collective west: pic.twitter.com/wDrtyB1wkS
— Alex (Sasha) Krainer (@NakedHedgie) June 22, 2023
Ukraine Blocks Journalists From Front Lines With Escalating Censorship Intercept (resilc)
Here are the Zelensky ‘treason’ quotes the Washington Post deleted RT. From May. First section from WaPo involves Prigozhin
Israel’s Minister of National Security speaking in support of settler colonial expansion and killing “thousands” of Palestinians today pic.twitter.com/GUD6ifKj3O
— Nicola Perugini (@PeruginiNic) June 23, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
As recruiting crisis worsens, military finds competition around every corner Washington Times (resilc)
NATO’s Article 5 does not override Congress’s war powers Rand Paul, Responsible Statecraft
How America’s Wars Become ‘Invisible’ Norman Soloman, Current Affairs
Chaos ensues in the White House briefing room after @JamesRosenTV asks Biden spokesman John Kirby about the explosive whistleblower allegations in the Hunter Biden criminal investigation.
Kirby refuses to comment and walks out of the room. pic.twitter.com/YTXU8saNLi
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 23, 2023
See how the press corps is not taking no for an answer:
"I'm just not going to get into family discussion, personal family discussion. As you know, Hunter is his son."
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre fields several questions from reporters regarding Hunter Biden. pic.twitter.com/pprsUNObbl
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 23, 2023
GOP Clown Car
Our No Longer Free Press
The Elite War on Free Thought Matt Taibbi
Gays are killing Christianity Washington Times (resilc). I would correct to say “organized Christianity” and ask if that is such a loss?
Libertarian Squillionaire Titanic Submersible Darwin Award Winner
Catastrophic Implosion of a submersible explained:
When a submarine hull collapses, it moves inward at about 1,500 miles per hour – that’s 2,200 feet per second.
The time required for complete collapse is 20 / 2,200 seconds = about 1 millisecond.
A human brain responds… pic.twitter.com/bFoZP7uDlK
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 22, 2023
Wimbledon to introduce AI-powered commentary to coverage this year Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
FDIC accidentally reveals bailout recipients – Bloomberg RT (Kevin W). Oopsie!
Harry and Meghan Produce a Hollywood Flop: Themselves Wall Street Journal. Recall we were early critics.
Tesla Is Taking Over America’s Charging Stations New Republic (resilc)
EV Makers Confront the ‘Nickel Pickle’ Wall Street Journal (resilc)
Doctor Walmart Will See You Now Economist
Americans are hungry to be part of unions. So why is US labor so timid? Guardian (resilc)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
A bonus (guurst):
🔥 Polar bear with her adorable cub pic.twitter.com/tqUxvaE1DD
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) June 19, 2023
And a second bonus (Chuck L):
This beaver was orphaned and rescued as a newborn.
Watch the incredible instinct to build a dam, even though it’s never seen its parents build one.. pic.twitter.com/XoySrcycSy
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) June 22, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.