Cape Cod may have the highest density of great white sharks in the world National Geographic
Scientists choose site to mark the start of the Anthropocene Climate and Capitalism
Bird nests made from anti-bird spikes (PDF) DEINSEA. ” In the Anthropocene, now that , alternative nesting materials are increasingly being adopted by urban birds. With birds even using bird deterring materials like anti-bird spikes as nesting material, anything may become part of a bird’s nest.”
Scientists discover 36-million-year geological cycle that drives biodiversity (press release) University of Sydney
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Floods, Heat, Smoke: The Weather Will Never Be Normal Again David Wallace-Wells, NYT
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To Help Cool a Hot Planet, the Whitest of White Coats NYT. Supposedly a short-term mitigation, therefore to become permanently dysfunctional.
Carbon capture = carbon dumping. And where, do you think?
Did you know that the U.S. Forest Service is gearing up to allow permanent carbon waste dumping (from CCS projects) in National Forests ??
Buckle in, it's as bad as it sounds. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/XfJam9tnZU
— Victoria Bogdan Tejeda (@v_bogg) July 11, 2023
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Why American communities are suing Big Oil for climate damages Agence France Presse
The Waters Could Claim Nuclear Weapons Foreign Policy
It’s Not Learning Loss. It’s Brain Damage, and Schools Are Letting It Happen. Jessica Wildfire, OK Doomer
House Republicans Accidentally Released a Trove of Damning Covid Documents The Intercept. On “Proximal Origins.”
Intervention to shore up the yen will not work FT. Commentary:
This is the lesson that China must most urgently learn from Japan, but I am afraid that this isn't how Beijing is interpreting the Japanese experience. It is still responding the same way Tokyo did, with more borrowing to fund supply-side rather than demand-side support.
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) July 13, 2023
Myanmar’s ‘alternative’ exams a major test amid bombs, blackouts Al Jazeera. The deck: “As it scales up its administration, Myanmar’s parallel government is rolling out university entrance exams for thousands of students.” Interesting strategy!
As Myanmar crisis deepens, Five-Point Consensus should remain ASEAN’s focus: Indonesia foreign minister Channel News Asia. I don’t see how the junta can remain in place; they are not agreement-capable.
US-India fighter jet engine deal takes strategic ties to new heights South China Morning Post
Dear Old Blighty
Thames Water has worst year for sewage pollution in a decade Independent. The Economist: “A spell of temporary nationalisation may be needed.” Why “temporary”?
New Not-So-Cold War
NATO allies offer Ukraine security assurances as Biden hits out at ‘craven’ Putin Reuters. Red meat for the base, but does Biden really believe he can ride this pony through 2024?
Here’s What the Experts Say About Managing Putin Nicholas Kristof, NYT
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Biden open to sending Ukraine limited-supply missiles capable of striking Russia within a 190-mile range NY Post. And the warheads?
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The Ukraine Lobby’s Latest Targets The American Conservative
We shouldn’t turn disinformation into a constitutional right Brookings Institution. Commentary:
When they say a phrase like "security researchers studied intervention techniques to promote media literacy & build digital resilience, helping tech platforms identify violations of their terms of service."
Most people's eyes glaze over.
Decoded, it means "we're censoring you"
— Mike Benz (@MikeBenzCyber) July 13, 2023
AI Will Save the World Marc Andreessen, The Free Press. “It is owned by people and controlled by people, like any other technology.” A gross category error. AI owners are capitalists (also “people,” but not, say, selected by sortition), who “control” AI for
paperclipsprofit. Interesting read, but remember that fundamental mistake, and watch the sleight of hand where other dichotomies (e.g., “Baptists” and “Bootleggers”*) are introduced. NOTE * Really? Couldn’t Andreessen’s ghost-writer — or AI — come up with something better than that?
AI is an existential threat – just not the way you think The Conversation
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The New “Hybrid Work” is “AI + Humans” JSTOR. Until it isn’t.
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Police State Watch
Former NU football player details hazing allegations after coach suspension The Daily Northwestern. NSFW. Nasty, I hope exceptionally so. Student newspaper; Bowdlerized mainstream coverage here.
Shipbuilding Orders Down 15% So Far This Year Hellenic Shipping News. A sporty game.
$$Kudzu$$ The Baffler. Review of Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner, These Are the Plunderers: How Private Equity Runs—and Wrecks—America.
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Sex, Drugs and Spreadsheets: Dr. Glazer Treats Wall Street’s Addiction Surge WSJ. This are the people performing the valuable social function of capital allocation….
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon chides managers who work from home: ‘I don’t know how you can be a leader and not be completely accessible to your people’ Fortune. Maybe — work with me on this, Jamie — the whole “leader/people” paradigm is wrong?
Antidote du jour (via):
How to fold a fitted sheet.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/bOY9eQ31L0
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) July 11, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.