Burning Man 2023: Hilary Rains Cause Chaos on the Playa, Delays Build The San Francisco Standard
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As the Gulf of Maine warms, where are the mussels? Boston Globe
Uncovering Death by Fire Wildfire Today
US reports another BA.2.86 COVID-19 sequence Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Why a highly mutated coronavirus variant has scientists on alert Nature. Fortunately, our sophisticated test-and-track system…. Oh, what’s the use….
6.5% Covid patients died within a year of hospital discharge: study Indian Express. That seems like rather a lot.
Xi Jinping hails ‘golden era’ in China-South Africa relations amid Brics summit South China Morning Post
Unpaid workers, silent sites: China’s property woes hit Country Garden Channel News Asia
Korean Wave (Hallyu): Arduous journey of K-pop idols Anadolu Agency
Costly Propositions New Left Review. Kenya.
French health minister urges mask wearing in case of small symptom of COVID-19 Anadolu Agency. The deck: “France records slight increase in COVID-19 cases recently, mandatory use of face mask is not yet in sight, says Aurelien Roussea.” The mandate, naturally, will only come too late.
New Not-So-Cold War
Zelensky holds court with Ukraine’s most notorious neo-Nazi The Grayzone. Round up the usual fascists….
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Russia’s Illegal Bridges Have Ukrainian Crosshairs on Them Foreign Policy
US says it does not support Ukrainian strikes inside Russia Reuters. Yet somehow it keeps happening. ‘Tis a mystery!
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STOLYPIN: The limits of Russian mobilisation BNE Intellinews
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s Article for South Africa’s Ubuntu Magazine, August 21, 2023 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
What are they saying about the war in Italy this August? Gilbert Doctorow
If AI becomes conscious, how will we know? Science. I don’t know. Are we conscious?
Europe spent €600 million to recreate the human brain in a computer. How did it go? Nature. Evolution spent a lot more than that…
A study on “”honesty pledges”” became famous. Its data was fake The Big Think. I wonder how many AI training sets need to be corrected. And how many will be.
Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried complains to court that vegan prison diet of ‘bread, water and peanut butter’ is ‘outrageous’ – and says he ‘can’t prepare for trial’ without access to computers and medication Daily Mail
A Systematic Background Check of TRICARE Provider Names (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “TRICARE’s provider directories are only 80% accurate. Although the DHA’s 9.6 million beneficiaries need expanded access to care, they also require protection from misleading information, medical fraud, patient abuse, and identity theft. Since 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General has excluded 17,706 physicians from federal health programs due to misconduct. Patients who receive care from excluded providers experience worse medical outcomes. To determine if any excluded provider names were found on TRICARE’s website, we performed background checks on TRICARE West’s healthcare provider directory between January 1 and March 2023. Out of 39,463 provider names sampled from 22 states, there were 2,398 matches (6.08%) with individuals and businesses found in the OIG List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (OIG-LEIE), the GSA-SAM, the HHS HIPAA Breach Report, the International Trade Administration’s Consolidated Screening List, the OIG-HHS Fugitive List, the FBI’s January 6th Capitol Violence List of Charged Defendants, State Medicaid Exclusion Lists, and FDA Debarment Lists.”
Our Famously Free Press
Dangerous threats to local press freedom Columbia Journalism Review
Realignment and Legitimacy
US businessman is wannabe ‘warlord’ of secretive far-right men’s network Guardian. Elevator pitch: “Airplane, but in warlord’s bunker.”
Survey: Prosperity Gospel Beliefs on the Rise Among Churchgoers The Roys Report. “Churchgoers,” as opposed to “Christians,” shows a deft touch.
Ecology Councils: Grassroots Climate Strategies from Mesopotamia Grassroots Economic Organizing
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Navy Was Freaked Out: How A Submarine Sunk A Nuclear Aircraft Carrier ‘Undetected’ In A Drill 1945. Will Admiral Van Riper please pick up the white courtesy phone?
Evening Wrap News from The States. Worker shortages.
Humanity is going to shrink (excerpt) Noah Smith, Noahpinion. Everything’s going according to plan.
Dead by 30: DNA reveals the hard life of a shepherding family 3,800 years ago El Pais. “Back to the land” has a downside.
Antidote du jour (via):
That was Manul. Here is Manu:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2023/08/links-8-20-2023.html“>here.