Ever heard of ‘evil architecture’? 👿 Take for example benches that cannot be slept on, pins to prevent skateboarding or anti-homeless spikes. Here we talk about the avian equivalent: anti-bird spikes. Nasty metal spikes to stop birds from perching or nesting. pic.twitter.com/VfJNXMRTgE
— Auke-Florian (@AukeFlorian) July 11, 2023
Beautiful. Full paper here.
Canada’s Political Elites Are Climate Criminals in the Pocket of Big Oil Socialist Project
US Has a Power Disconnection Crisis Consortium News
A heat wave will cook your electric car battery, if you let it The Mercury News
Another Hidden Covid Risk: Lingering Kidney Problems New York Times. From Sept. 2021, still germane.
Humoral vaccine response and breakthrough infections in kidney transplant recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic: a nationwide cohort study The Lancet. “Kidney transplant recipients experienced reduced SARS-CoV-2 vaccine response and were at increased risk of severe COVID-19.”
De-Risking as Viewed from China Sinification
New Not-So-Cold War
We value our allies. We value our shared security. And we always appreciate an open conversation.
Ukraine will be represented at the NATO summit in Vilnius. Because it is about respect.
But Ukraine also deserves respect. Now, on the way to Vilnius, we received signals that…
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) July 11, 2023
‼️ Russian MoD reported today that, just since the beginning of the AFU “offensive” (June 4th), Russian air defenses have shot down 176 HIMARS rockets and 27 Storm Shadow cruise missiles.
No other military on the planet has this capability.
— Will Schryver (@imetatronink) July 11, 2023
📢New Update of our Ukraine Support Tracker. Due to Ukraine’s counteroffensive, I had expected to see a big new wave of support. Once data collection was done, I was surprised how small total new commitments were March-May 👇 Plus: only ~50% of promised weapons have arrived. A 🧵 pic.twitter.com/3WthWVB1Do
— Christoph Trebesch (@Ch_Trebesch) July 6, 2023
No, Ukraine Hawks Aren’t Strengthening America The American Conservative
NATO Isn’t What It Says It Is Grey Anderson and Thomas Meaney, New York Times
NEW: Biden admin is offering to provide Greece some tactical weaponry amid concerns in Congress that Turkey — longtime rival but fellow NATO member — will get too many concessions as U.S. seeks support for Sweden’s bid to join alliance, source tells me. https://t.co/TLHP9CrF0L
— Farnoush Amiri (@FarnoushAmiri) July 11, 2023
Red Army Rising: Kursk and Beyond Big Serge Thought
GCC countries, Russia keen to enhance cooperation Arab News. Russian FM Lavrov: “We have a unified position with the Gulf states towards Syria’s unity and sovereignty over its lands.”
Judge Rules for Microsoft: Mergers Are Good BIG by Matt Stoller
Let us not be deceived: NATO is an expanding instrument of U.S. global power that provoked Russia into a criminal invasion and occupation of Ukraine. This proxy war between the American Empire and the Russian Federation could lead to World War III. We must stop the war and war…
— Cornel West (@CornelWest) July 10, 2023
Realignment and Legitimacy
Activism, Uncensored: A History of Flag-Burning Matt Taibbi, Racket News
GOP Clown Car
‘Woke or KKK’: NYU Hosts Whites-Only ‘Antiracism’ Workshop for Public School Parents Washington Free Beacon
— sam (@halaljew) February 6, 2021
In defense of Deliverism Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic. The deck: “The radical idea that people vote for politicians who make their lives better.” Would it have been different if the mobilization refused to stand down after Obama’s victory?
Obama and his podcast partner are going to have to do a duet “Nebraska” album:
Nebraska Mom Pleads Guilty to Giving Abortion Pills to Her Teen Daughter Jezebel. “…cops obtained a warrant for Facebook messages between her and her mother. Facebook parent company Meta complied and provided the messages, in which the pair allegedly discussed ending Celeste’s pregnancy with pills.”
Antibiotic Shortage Could Worsen Syphilis Epidemic New York Times
America Has Shortage of Key Lead-Poisoning Drug Wall Street Journal
Our Famously Free Press
Konrad Wolf Prize 2023 goes to Julian Assange Akademie der Künste
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.