How to Remove a Tick Field & Stream
Wildfire smoke may have contributed to thousands of extra COVID-19 cases and deaths in western U.S. in 2020 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Real-Time Air Quality Map PurpleAir (Bsn). A lot of red:
Fire and Smoke Map AirNow (Screwball). More red:
World’s Largest Gas Station Is a New Buc-ee’s With 120 Pumps The Drive. Sounds like T.R. Schmidt’s McHooligan’s.
Wastewater sampling in Canada suggests COVID case rate 19 times higher than reported Center for Disease Research and Policy
Uruguay to close schools as paediatric care nears ‘collapse’ Nate Bear. Why? ‘Tis a mystery!
We Just Learned Something Important about Bird Flu Jessica Wildfire
Xi’s Plan for China’s Economy Is Doomed to Fail Foreign Affairs. Commentary:
China Beige Book says credit easing isn't expanding demand. If the problem for businesses was scarce credit, easing credit would be the right way to boost business investment. But if credit is ample and demand is weak, easing credit can't help.https://t.co/Vfq3042G93
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) June 30, 2023
The Mirage of the ‘United Front’ in Myanmar The Irrawaddy. Important.
Myanmar and Russia push ahead with nuclear energy cooperation World Nuclear News (tevhatch).
Commentary: Can China help bring peace to Myanmar? Channel News Asia
In a first, India gifts active warship to Vietnam Channel News Asia
Protests rock France after police shooting of teenager CNN. Handy maps:
— Fdesouche.com est une revue de presse (@F_Desouche) June 29, 2023
(If readers have alternative sources to recommend on the riots, or the rebellion, or whatever it is, please leave them in comments; this one is apparently on the far right. There are a ton of videos floating around, and some maps, but the provenance on them all is miserably inadequate.)
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine aims to wear down and outsmart a Russian army distracted by infighting AP. The new theory, I suppose, now that “the Russians will panic” is all used up.
Anatomy of Storm Shadow Interception Simplicius the Thinker(s)
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Prigozhin’s Folly Seymour Hersh
Understanding the Wagner Private Military Company Larry Johnson, A Son of the New American Revolution
Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action programs in college admissions SCOTUSblog. Commentary:
"The remaining legal way to make diverse campuses is to do it by class," David Brooks writes. "And it just seems to me that this moment when the Supreme Court has shaken up the admissions process, this is the time to do it." https://t.co/r7jfVyoB7X
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 29, 2023
Anathema to liberal Democrats, of course. Not that it would ever happen.
Supreme Court Decision (press release) Harvard. “The Court also ruled that colleges and universities may consider in admissions decisions “an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise.” We will certainly comply with the Court’s decision.”
The Mysterious Case of the Fake Gay Marriage Website, the Real Straight Man, and the Supreme Court The New Republic. 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis.
One Year on From Dobbs: The Dangers of Radicalizing Minority Rule Thomas Zimmer, Democracy Americana
Congress pushes aggressive use of AI in the federal government, says AI ‘under-utilized’ in agencies FOX. Maybe there could be a “Red Team v. Blue Team” concept, where an AI and a government agency (say, the CDC) compete to see who can emit the most bullshit, fastest.
Lessons in Freedom: Agroecology, Localization and Food Sovereignty Internationalist 360º
Imperial Collapse Watch
Has Anyone Seen Pierre Omidyar? (excerpt) Puck. Omidyar’s blog post: “Collaboration can take many forms. For some [The Omidyar Group (TOG)] teams this will mean partnering with new funders to support mission critical work.”
Gay Mass Consumption Before Stonewall JSTOR Daily. Physique magazines.
Body and Soul New Left Review
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