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Endangered birds experience ‘virgin birth,’ a first for the species National Geographic
About 0.4pp of Q2’s 2.4% real GDP growth came from construction of manufacturing structures such as factories. The last time factory construction contributed so much to quarterly growth was 1981 Q1. https://t.co/m6EJAOIRSd
— Ernie Tedeschi (@ernietedeschi) July 27, 2023
UN chief says Earth in ‘era of global boiling’, calls for radical action. Al Jazeera. Commentary:
PM Update: Excessive heat warning Friday for heat index around 110 degrees https://t.co/HPRz2zyuFp
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) July 27, 2023
Why we need more venture capital funding for impact-led start-ups now World Economic Forum
COVID-19 Metrics See First Increase Since January: CDC US News. As NC readers have known for some weeks.
ICAN FOIA: Moderna Data Shows Alarming Lot Specific Data on mRNA Shots UncoverDC. The data’s not very clean, though. And the captcha for subscribing is “45th President of the United States? (last name)”. Still worth watching!
Chinese anti-corruption investigators target top PLA Rocket Force generals, sources say South China Morning Post
LONG VIEW: China’s Meat Consumption Has Plateaued China Charts
The Star-Spangled Kangaroo Caitlin Johnstone
How the coup in Niger could expand the reach of Islamic extremism, and Wagner, in West Africa AP. “More than 1,000 U.S. service personnel are in Niger.” Oh.
Biden Is Weighing a Big Middle East Deal Thomas Friedman, NYT
Dear Old Blighty
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine Brings the Pain Foreign Policy. The deck: “Kyiv’s forces are finally starting to breach the dragon’s teeth.” The “dragon’s teeth” are anti-tank fortifications on Russia’s second line of defense. Aerial photographs with dragon’s teeth or it didn’t happen.
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A Winnable War RAND
The War That Defied Expectations Foreign Affairs
Opera Buffa in Ukraine Seymour Hersh
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News not fit to print Gilbert Doctorow
The US Press, Spooks & the Church Committee Consortium News
“Hunter Biden’s art career is back in the headlines. It turns out one of his collectors is a Democratic donor—a Los Angeles philanthropist and real estate investor named Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali who gave $13,414 to President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and was later named to his Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad…. The other known Hunter Biden collector is Kevin Morris, a Los Angeles lawyer who has also helped the artist financially, lending him some $2 million to pay off his taxes. (Biden pleaded guilty in June to two tax misdemeanors.)
Leave it to Hunter — dear Hunter! — to invent the most obvious payola scheme imaginable.
Donald Trump accused of asking staffer to delete camera footage in classified documents case Chicago Tribune. A superseding indictment.
Almost every big streaming service is getting more expensive Axios. Enshittification proceeds apace.
Inside Adobe, some staff worry their AI tech will kill graphic designer jobs and undermine the company’s business model: ‘Is this what we want?’ Insider. Management: “But what about quarterly results and our bonuses?”
These New Alzheimer’s Drugs Are a Travesty The Nation
Imperial Collapse Watch
Has the Pentagon Learned from the F-35 Debacle? POGO. From June, still germane. I’m so old I remember when “You start coding, I’ll go find out what the requirements are” was a joke, not standard operating procedure.
Blood of Young Mice Extends Life in the Old NYT. So we don’t need to worry about youth unemployment….
Shorter life expectancy gives UK pensions an unexpected windfall FT. Silver lining!
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How to Invest Like the 1% A Wealth of Common Sense
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Activists denounce violence against essential workers after UPS driver shot in Humboldt Park Chicago Tribune. Framing we rarely see.
Censorship of the Black Left Black Agenda Report
Are You a Lucid Dreamer? Scientific American
The big idea: Why the laws of physics will never explain the universe Guardian. The deck: “We should think of the cosmos as more like an animal than a machine.”
Antidote du jour (via):
Friendly Geese Enjoying the Harmonica in Taiwanpic.twitter.com/6XyuK5vjpg
— Epoch Animal Lovers (@EP_AnimalLovers) July 27, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.