A Proto-Pizza Emerges from a Fresco on a Pompeii Wall New York Times (furzy)
Nuclear fusion reactor in Korea reaches 100 million degrees Celsius Interesting Engineering (Chuck L)
How Over Is Covid? Ian Welsh (Randy K)
EU to consider blocking out Sun – Bloomberg RT (Kevin W). The capitalization first lead me to think this was about the UK tabloid The Sun…
World’s first carbon-eating concrete blocks are weeks away for commercial use Interesting Engineering (Chuck L)
‘Mr. X’ would not approve of China containment Responsible Statecraft
Chinese military conjures world war Z scenario of all-out conflict to test and evaluate new navy weapons South China of Morning Post
US considering new restrictions on AI chip exports to China – WSJ Yahoo! Finance (Kevin W)
Comparing Narendra Modi to Deng Xiaoping is absurd. Deng's reforms came after China had a revolution and implemented comprehensive agrarian and land reform – something India desperately needs.
China's incredible development was only possible because of that foundational step,… https://t.co/Uw3pGfP1XK
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) June 23, 2023
From a few days ago, still germane:
Harvard's legendary professor @GrahamTAllison is probably the closest thing the world of International Relations has to an oracle.
Here he predicts India will not emulate China's rise, because of "4 inconvenient truths".
Let's have a look 🧵https://t.co/nI4nveNDLq
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) June 26, 2023
E.U. Border Agency Considers Pulling Out of Greece Over Migrant Abuses New York Times (furzy)
I genuinely thought/believed the ECB could achieve a softish landing, and that the data would offer it to them. Now, however, real M1 (best leading indicator) is plunging to new depths, while the ECB is getting more hawkish, focusing on unit labour costs (most long-lagging…
— Claus Vistesen (@ClausVistesen) June 28, 2023
UK government convenes emergency talks over Thames Water https://t.co/JaA71whyWf
— FT UK Politics (@ftukpolitics) June 28, 2023
The UK government could temporarily nationalize Britain’s biggest water supplier Thames Water as concerns grow over its more than £13 billion debt pile https://t.co/nXSgMFre5d
— Bloomberg (@business) June 28, 2023
Here's my copy of Sun Yat-Sen's THE VITAL PROBLEM OF CHINA (1917). I recently discovered that the mere possession of this book will get you on the British blacklist of suspected Russian agents. To see why, read the highlighted text. pic.twitter.com/pm98fKx4Fi
— Richard Poe 🇺🇸 (@RealRichardPoe) June 27, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
How To Plant Propaganda: “Putin has been weakened. Russia is crumbling.” Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Lukashenko Says That During Revolt, Putin Suggested Killing Mercenary Chief New York Times (furzy)
Address to citizens of Russia President of Russia.
Vladimir Putin says Wagner paramilitaries paid billions by Russian state Financial Times. Looks like Wagner and the catering biz will be subjected to a big audit, and Prigozhin is also being investigated. Expect an effort to claw back funds and possibly other charges, since the amnesty was only for the original charge of armed insurrection.
Russian General Knew About Mercenary Chief’s Rebellion Plans, U.S. Officials Say New York Times. Another “anonymous US officials” story, designed to achieve a twofer: put some meat on the thin “Putin is weak” claims and try to foment suspicion of Surovkin, the man behind some of the most important war measures, such as the building of massive layered defenses in the South and the relentless air strikes which have denuded Ukraine’s air defenses and also destroyed a lot of ammo depots and missile and howitzer platforms. Surovikin had been assigned to be Prigozhin’s babysitter, so easy to smear him by virtue of being in communication.
Countdown has begun to end of Putin, say Kyiv officials BBC. Lead story. Given that just about all the bad stuff Ukraine says about Russia is projection, does this new spin mean we should start a betting scheme on how many days Zelensky has left as head of state? Of course, we have to define what that means, as in being downgraded to mayor of the Free City of Kiev would be included in an official end to him.
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Ukraine updates: Kramatorsk attack death toll rises DW. Note the last Kramatorsk shelling that killed civilians was by Ukraine and Ukraine aggressively pushed the line that Russia done it….until a photo of one of shells in an Italian publication showed serial number that established it was Ukraine materiel. So I’d wait to see the receipts.
Seymour Hersh: The Ukraine Refugee Question Sheerpost (Kevin W). Some sour notes again due to spook dependence.
All aboard the gravy train: an independent audit of US funding for Ukraine The Grayzone (Kevin W)
Russian liberalism’s false dawn Canadian Dimension (Chuck L). ZOMG:
The war in Ukraine has horrified liberal intellectuals, writes Bogomolov, but not because they dislike the bloodshed. What really bothers them, he claims, is that it has deprived them of the opportunity to get subsidies from the state to produce works saying how terrible the state is.
The War Between My Two Words Between Two Worlds (Anthony L). A fine site and I keep neglecting to check it.
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I missed that Tucker had a clip on RFJ, Jr. that has gotten nearly 30 million views. Good for Tucker here! He takes up Gonzalo Lira’s case.
Ep. 7 Irony Alert: the war for democracy enables dictatorship. pic.twitter.com/tk7aOZ4H6n
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 28, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
America’s Suez moment? Almayadeen. A must read.
A Wild, Conspiratorial, Fantastical View of World Politics: Might It Be True? Richard Cook, Scheerpost.
Moving Past Neoliberalism Is a Policy Project American Prospect (Kevin W)
Remembering Pompeo’s Cruel Foreign Policy Record Daniel Larison
Harris on the hot seat: Veep has critical stretch ahead as campaign heats up Politico. Another warmed-over corpse.
Hunter Biden privately SETTLES with baby mama over child support payments for their four-year-old daughter: President’s son’s contributions drop from $20K to $5K a month and daughter cannot use family name Daily Mail. How tacky.
Supreme Court Rejects Theory That Would Have Transformed American Elections New York Times (Kevin W)
L’affarire Jeffrey Epstein
How Jeffrey Epstein’s island politics helped elect Stacey Plaskett Business Insider (Kevin W)
Landmark Study Shows Higher Suicide Risk for Transgender People New York Times (furzy)
Libertarian Squillionaire Titanic Submersible Darwin Award Winner
What I Learned on a Titanic Submarine Expedition New York Magazine (furzy)
Why the RFK Jr., Rogan, Musk Outrage Machine Doesn’t Bother Big Pharma Dean Baker, Counterpunch
Fed Fails To Cool US Services Sector, Risking Prolonged Inflation Battle Heisenberg Report (resilc). From last week, still germane.
Antidote du jour. mgl:
Female common merganser & 6 chicks in stream in Seward, Alaska 26 JUN 2023. The youngsters like to ride on the female’s back. I don’t know if they take turns.
A bonus (guurst, Chuck L):
A crane operator saves a calf….incredible timing.
— Figen (@TheFigen_) June 26, 2023
And a second bonus (Chuck L):
Am I the only one who has never seen a baby kangaroo?! pic.twitter.com/COuQPAEyKg
— B&S (@_B___S) June 25, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.