Prehistoric bird once thought extinct returns to New Zealand wild Guardian (Kevin W)
At This Movie, Their Phones Won’t Bother You. Their Barking Might. New York Times (furzy)
The Hidden Brain Connections Between Our Hands and Tongues Quanta (David L)
97 years ago, my great grandmother walked by a new mother’s open window in a cold winter morning and saw that she was trying to freeze her baby to death.
Turned out, the pregnant woman came to Beijing from far away to look for her husband. But he was already sent to war, and… pic.twitter.com/UQN5XdAw9l
— Zed Zha, MD is writing (@DrZedZha) August 26, 2023
Trying a Pop Art look for a @DentecSafety NxMD. Try 1 didn't look the way I wanted no matter how long I struggled so I let it stew a bit, then came up with a different painting process on Try 2 that I think looks smoother + with a more detailed design closer to the sketch pic.twitter.com/AqZoLPDyii
— nic (@nickelpin) August 26, 2023
This Fall’s Covid Variant Might Really Be Different Wall Street Journal (David L)
ma per the tweet below: “I can’t make up my mind about this guy, but assuming his vaccine is legit, AND already updated, why is it not available?” Note Novavax, which was approved, I am told is pretty much impossible to get. And GM responded:
Somehow I had missed that they already jacked up the prices to “market rates”…
But anyway, $130 are better invested in a large quantity of N95 masks. That will protect you much better.
It’s so tragic we delay boosting the American people because Moderna/Pfizer is charging $130/dose when our updated @TexasChildrens XBB booster for global health is at $2 or $3/dose. But so far no or minimal interest from White House or US Congress https://t.co/byJUEWPit4
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) August 27, 2023
Eugenicism sighting courtesy the BBC:
“All it takes is for just one species to become intelligent. Because when this one species ceases to have any predators, the eventual destruction of the entire ecosystem is only a matter of time” #necrocapitalism #quoteoftheday #anthropology #ecology #ClimateActionNow pic.twitter.com/5icmfkdkAs
— George Tsakraklides (@99blackbaloons) August 26, 2023
More than half of European ski resorts facing ‘very high risk’ from climate change, study finds ABC Australia (Kevin W)
Why China is reluctant to launch a massive economic bailout South China Morning Post
The French Ambassador to Niger, Sylvain Itté, is hiding at the French military base & refuses to leave after being considered persona non grata because, if he complies, al of the French military will have to follow afterwards. It will be the end of #France uranium and oil & gas. pic.twitter.com/mZXSY0fqem
— Elijah J. Magnier 🇪🇺 (@ejmalrai) August 29, 2023
Can’t confirm extent of this action, nevertheless:
🚨🇳🇪 Meanwhile in Niger, Africa
Civilians are storming French embassies & military bases around the country.
Africa is standing up, rejecting the West & the colonised plundering of their resources. pic.twitter.com/4tT0AF7xNX
— Concerned Citizen (@BGatesIsaPyscho) August 29, 2023
EU’s €86bn budget battle casts shadow over Ukraine funding Financial Times
New Not-So-Cold War. All of this “We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes” increasingly echoes Croesus’ famed misinterpretation the oracle’s advice of the consequences of his invading Persia. The realistic limits of “as long as it takes” is not the defeat or destruction of Russia but the destruction of Ukraine as a functioning nation.
‘Dying by the dozens every day’ – Ukraine losses climb BBC. More admissions against interest.
Something I called on Telegram back on August 8th but which has been fully borne out by now:
Ukraine appears to be out of Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles, or at least very close to out of them, after a Russian strike in Khmelnitsky three weeks ago targeted what was likely the… pic.twitter.com/Q1mXwmw9Jx
— Armchair Warlord (@ArmchairW) August 28, 2023
The Armed Forces of Ukraine ran short on ammunitions and are now sawing American M483A1 cluster shell to make use of the bomblets in their drones.
One wrong move and they all go💥. It was reported on Aug 19 a similar event happened and it didn't turn out great for those involved pic.twitter.com/Q5RowBW3gE
— Spetsnaℤ 007 🇷🇺 (@Alex_Oloyede2) August 28, 2023
Lost in translation: Germany’s challenges training Ukrainian soldiers Financial Times (furzy)
“The risk of getting hurt is probably greater in Rinkeby than in Kharkiv” Aftonbladet via machine translation. Micael T:
Rinkeby = an area Stockholm with a lot of immigrants and used to be plagued by ghetto problems. The word “Rinkeby” is still used as a symbol for violence, poverty and immigrant ghetto in general even though they have done quite some work to improve the area.
HOW TO INTERPRET MEDIA LEAKS REGARDING THE UKRAINE OFFENSIVE Larry Johnson (Chuck L)
Zelensky demands Western money to hold elections RT. In case you missed it. Apparently one of Zelensky’s spin-doctors got wind of increasing bad press in the West about Ukraine’s fake democracy, as in the cancellation of elections until the war was over and the outlawing of all opposition parties and found a way to try to turn it to their advantage.
Best in Hell: Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Quintessentially Modern Russian Hero Scott
Liberia to concede territory to UAE firm in carbon offset deal Middle East Eye
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Dialectic of the Draft Consortium News (Kevin W)
India, the reluctant BRICS traveller Indian Punchline. A sour note in invoking the bogus “petrodollar” notion but otherwise useful.
The area known as BRICS can be defined, so far, as the zone outside of which
1) the upper class prefers to send their children to study
2) the educated middle class prefers to send theirs to seek financial opportunity and/or a better life.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) August 28, 2023
It’s one thing for Taleb to be sniping but I am very surprised to see this: BRICS Expansion: Remember the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact? Counterpunch
Mr. #Trump is going to be mighty busy over the next 20 months. Perhaps he should find a Doppelganger to be fake Donald so that he can be two places at once. Would anyone notice the difference? pic.twitter.com/khDJuW4UB4
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) August 29, 2023
GOP Moves to Oust Georgia Prosecutor Who Indicted Trump Intercept (furzy). From a few days ago, still germane. Some of the writing is less than ideal. A group filed for a preliminary injunction v. this effort. I don’t see anything suggesting it has yet been granted. Plus as I read Wikipedia, the Georgia Supreme court consists of Republican appointees….
Note the logs would just establish contact but that would then prove grounds for the Republicans to call the visitors as witnesses, assuming an impeachment inquiry, which seems likely:
BOMBSHELL: New White House visitor logs may prove Joe Biden is directly behind Trump Mar-a-Lago raid, indictments:
"Joe Biden is PERSONALLY running the prosecution of Donald Trump." pic.twitter.com/PTwV2Va8mm
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 29, 2023
Biden became Ukraine’s hostage, Russian Security Council deputy chairman says TASS (Chuck L). Note I had trouble getting to TASS with my proxy server set to the US….maybe just a fluke…
James Hemings, brother to Sally Hemings was the first American to train as a chef in France. He was enslaved by Thomas Jefferson at 8.
The Chef de cuisine is the reason macaroni and cheese made it to America.
A THREAD! pic.twitter.com/STr1naJ5Tx
— AFRICAN & BLACK HISTORY (@AfricanArchives) August 26, 2023
GOP Clown Car
Behind the AI boom, an army of overseas workers in ‘digital sweatshops’ Detroit News (ma)
Closed to OpenAI CNN Newsletters CNN Newsletters (furzy)
Medicare Patients May Soon See Their Costs Come Down Bloomberg (furzy)
US consumer bust shrinks world trade Asia Times (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour. gsl: “Second family of birds that we have had in our entryway alcove this year. One of the little guys.”
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Man greeted by Otter Pup in the water pic.twitter.com/mb37pPrqRf
— B&S (@_B___S) August 27, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.