Dear patient readers,
As of yesterday, all comments started going into moderation. This was after about a bizarre increase where half the comments were going into moderation (up from about 15%) and Lambert cleared the cache, which should never never never make this sort of problem worse. We are very very sorry and trust me, almost certainly more unhappy about this than you are. Our tech guru Dave is working on it. In the meantime, please be bear with us.
In addition, I am now in move crunch/freakout time, with all sorts of unexpected roadblocks, like the manager at the local post office not only refusing to provide the Forwarding Change of Address Order for for someone who had died but maintaining that the Post Office does not forward mail at all (!!!) and insisting we need to do legwork. If I could get her fired, I would. I have arranged for the trustworthy NC team to take up most of the posting load for the next 2 weeks. So please play nicely in the meantime! As Arnold said, I’ll be back.
Cultural dinosaurs and creative exhaustion Infidel753 (Angry Bear)
‘Biography of a Phantom’ Review: On Robert Johnson’s Trail Wall Street Journal (Anthony L)
Let People Collect Sperm From the Dead Wired (Dr. Kevin)
Exit Hector, Again and Again: How Different Translators Reveal the ‘Iliad’ Anew New York Times (Anthony L)
SARS-CoV-2 most definitely infects the bone marrow.
Not only in the acute infection.
But also chronically, the spike protein is found present in the bone marrow on autopsies of patients who died for other reasons.
I wish I could share more, but …
— Farid Jalali, MD (@farid__jalali) July 5, 2023
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 6, 2023
China curbs a ‘potential bargaining chip’ to counter US-led semiconductor ban, say experts South China Morning Post (Chuck L)
Financial sanctions may not deter China from invading Taiwan Economist (furzy)
Indonesia’s mineral export bans face hot global fire Asia Times (Kevin W)
Why the Rise of ‘Counter-Elites’ Spells Bad News for the UK Bloomberg (Li). Turchin is 16 minutes in.
Europe swings right — and reshapes the EU Politico. (Kevin W). As we said starting with the financial crisis, economic upheaval and low/no real wage growth results in voters favoring more right wing candidates.
La belle France
Communism has deserted the banlieues Unherd (djr)
New Not-So-Cold War
Wagner mercenary chief is still in Russia despite deal to end mutiny, leader of Belarus says NBC. Recall that the deal for Russia to drop the one criminal charge was contingent on Prigozhin leaving Russia. Is he daring Putin to arrest him?
Ukraine Changes War Tactic To One That Will Cause It More Losses Moon of Alabama. IMHO, the attritional war talk is to justify the fact that they are getting nowhere on their original goal, of taking territory back from Russia. Ukraine leadership keeps acting as if the war is all psy ops as its men are being slaughtered.
.@AKendallTaylor and Erica Frantz explain why, in Russia, political change will remain elusive as long as the war in Ukraine rages on—and how a Ukrainian victory could spark more substantive change in Russian politics.https://t.co/AMHaQF3UCc
— Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) July 6, 2023
International office probing Ukraine war opens in The Hague Bangkok Post (furzy)
Hospitals like this one in Makeevka in the Donetsk Republic are frequently attacked by Ukrainian forces using western-supplied weapons. Yet these war crimes, which take place on a daily, even hourly basis, are subjected to a blanket silence and ignored by the western media pic.twitter.com/jpxFiAQrvu
— Steve Sweeney (@SweeneySteve) July 5, 2023
Russia Says It Is In Touch Over Possible Prisoner Swap After U.S. Official Meets Evan Gershkovich New York Times (furzy). From yesterday, still germane.
Turkey: Erdogan says PKK protests threaten Sweden’s Nato aspirations Middle East Eye. Erdogan doubles down.
Vladimir Putin’s useful idiots Economist (furzy). The never give up…
Palestinian families return to rubble in Jenin BBC. Lead story.
Western allies drag Iran to UN court over downed jet Agence France-Presse (furzy)
US forces prevented Iran from seizing two tankers near Oman: Pentagon Agence France-Presse
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why the American people should push for peace Responsible Statecraft
In Trump case, Justice Dept. unseals previously blacked-out portions from search warrant application Associated Press (furzy). Document embedded here.
The DOJ Is Zeroing in on Trump’s Quack Election Lawyers in Jan. 6 Probe: Report Rolling Stone (furzy)
GOP Clown Car
Poll Workers’ Lawyers Bill Rudy Giuliani $89k for Missing Evidence Daily Beast (furzy)
Substance found in White House confirmed to be cocaine CBS. Lead story.
The Silencing of Kennedy’s Most Notable Critic Sam Husseini. UserFriendy: “Month old, still relevant.”
Man Gets Life Sentence in Rape of Child Who Traveled for Abortion New York Times (furzy)
Our No Longer Free Press
Take That, Internet Censors! Matt Taibbi
STATE OF MISSOURI, ET AL. VERSUS JUDGE TERRY A. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., ET AL. Lambert showcased key sections yesterday in Water Cooler. If you have time, see particularly pages 90 to 119.
The Fake News about Fake News Boston Review. Anthony L: “And of course The Guardian would love it! (‘Vaccinating’ against ‘misinformation’. Marx had a term for this kind of stuff).”
The world’s oil-price benchmark is being radically reformed Economist (Li)
The Share of Never Married 40-Year-OIds Hits a New Record High Michael Shedlock
AI tests into top 1% for original creative thinking PhysOrg (Chuck L)
NYC’s anti-bias law for hiring algorithms goes into effect TechCrunch (Kevin W)
Resurfaced footage shows Titan spinning after pilot loses control on mission Independent (furzy)
Mark Zuckerberg is sassing Elon Musk non-stop on Meta’s Threads, throwing out punch after punch about Twitter’s fails Business Insider. Given Facebook’s flagrant advertiser fraud by inflating user #s to patently impossible levels (like claiming subscribe totals in key age cohorts in the US way in excess of the actual population), one has to assume that most subscribers to Threads are bots and/or fabricated.
CRE Nightmare for CMBS Holders: Office Mortgage Delinquency Rate Has Biggest Six-Month Spike Ever. It’s just the Beginning Wolf Richter. Note these are less held by banks and more held by credit funds. But enough individual banks could have gorged so as to be in a world of hurt now.
DUBAI’S BIZARRE WONDERS: DISCOVER THE UNIQUELY STRANGE SIGHTS YOU CAN ONLY SEE HERE! SpicyThings. Starts with a gold plated Jeep.
Antidote du jour. One I missed in my inbox from Bob H: “Rainy day dog”:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Cow enjoying the music.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/S9bhZ0LJ28
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) July 5, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.