Yves here. Burned hand with coffee spill. Not terrible but hurts enough to require frequent icing and impair output, so no original post from me today. :-(
Chinese zoo forced to deny bear is a human in costume New York Post (furzy). I can’t even….
The Origins of ‘Y’All’ May Not Be in the American South Atlas Obscura (Dr. Kevin)
Have you ever seen a 9-gigapixel map of the Milky Way galaxy? This jaw-dropping zoomable image by ESO contains ~84 million stars and it's unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 29, 2023
Photos: Take A Walk Through The Abandoned Psychiatric Ward At Creedmoor Hospital Gothamist and Tent Shelter for 1000 Migrant Men Slated to Open at Creedmoor in August THE CITY. furzy: “I often passed this foreboding hulk while living in Queens….now mostly abandoned….”
Disposable Patriot: Contra War Mercenary Turned Whistleblower Our Hidden History (guurst)
South America is topping 100 degrees, even though it’s winter Washington Post (furzy). !!!!!
Disturbing discovery at bottom of huge ocean hole News.com.au (Kevin W)
Most cars still cost more to charge than to fill up with gas Business Insider (bob in Syracuse)
Problems at two CCS “success stories” cast fresh doubt on the technology Renew Economy (guurst). CCS = carbon capture and storage. From June, still germane.
China is suddenly dealing with another public health crisis: mpox MIT Technology Review (Dr. Kevin)
Wheel has come full circle in Myanmar Indian Punchline (Kevin W)
New Not-So-Cold War
^ I can further affirm that @GonzaloLira1968
was stopped on the Ukrainian side of the border from crossing and has since disappeared, now for more than 24 hours. That is the last that anyone has heard from him.
— Mark Sleboda (@MarkSleboda1) August 2, 2023
I fear this is accurate. Consider who's saying this. Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, a volunteer fighter in Ukraine and apparent spokesperson for the Zelensky regime.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 2, 2023
Ukraine’s plan if Russia assassinates Zelenskyy Politico (Micael T)
Russia Pushes Ukr Back from Klescheyevka; US DoD Admit Ukr Offensive Failure, Seek Restart Autumn Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Important discussion starting at 39:15 on estimates of Ukraine amputees. Horrible.
Baltic states set to decouple from Russian power grid in early 2025 Reuters. From last month, and we missed it. PJH reports that this plans is getting a lot of coverage in the Netherlands and Germany.
Nervous NATO nations are beefing up security due to Wagner fighters across their borders in Belarus Associated Press (furzy). Too funny. All of 100 guys has them scared, and that with all Wagnerites disarmed before sent to Belarus.
Wagner Mercenaries Train Belarus Troops, Putin’s Grip Slipping Business Insider (furzy). Lordie, this was the plan!
Unless the US has made some sort of deal behind the scenes this likely means more leverage for Russia via its energy exports and trade surplus. Later this month Putin is visiting Ankara. pic.twitter.com/aZcIiqNH5t
— Philip Pilkington (@philippilk) August 3, 2023
On the Russian home front do you feel that the country is at war? Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
How Saudi Arabia is buying the world New Statesman (furzy). I am old enough to remember when this was a regular trope, in the 1970s.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NYPD is monitoring Telegram amid concerns racially motivated extremists are plotting to use new hacking device called Flipper Zero to attack energy grids Daily Mail. Note contrast with entry below, focus on domestic v. foreign baddies.
Private infrastructure complicates US warfare plans Asia Times (Kevin W). Wonder if readers could opine as to how much of this vulnerneability is due to (endemic) sloppy coding, overly frequent “upgrades” for the purpose of feature bloat and planned obsolescence…and perhaps also back doors that our nasty adversaries can exploit? In other words, to what degree have greed and expediency created this problem?
New SEC Rules around Cybersecurity Incident Disclosures Bruce Schneier
Imperial Collapse Watch
Reality Would Like A Word Aurelien. Important.
Notes on Stormtrooper Syndrome Ecosophia (UserFriendly)
Abu Ghraib Contractor Torture Case Likely Heading to Trial After US Judge’s Order Common Dreams. While good news, cases this old favor the defense because memories are so old they can easily be discredited. However, there is hard evidence like the infamous photos and likely contemporaneous e-mails.
SITREP 8/1/23: The Hegemon Begins To Unravel Simplicius the Thinker
Messages Point to Identity of Co-Conspirator 6 in Trump Indictment New York Times (Kevin W)
Team Trump Suspects Mark Meadows Is a ‘Rat’ in Federal Investigation Rolling Stone (furzy)
There is no "clash" between "Lies" and "Free Speech." The First Amendment has no sub-clause requiring a fact-check to determine if speech is permissible. Funny that they're trying to suggest politicians who make false statements are now in breach of the Constitution, though pic.twitter.com/AoUzaTla4M
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 3, 2023
Trump’s New Lawyer Calls DOJ’s Case a Shocking Abuse of Power Wall Street Journal. That may be true but does not amount to a legal argument. But then again, smart defense often hide their responses as long as possible so as to reduce the time for their opponents to muster a solid reply. But a problem is Lauro plans to serve as a major spokescritter, and that will cut into the time he can spend on legal work.
Wowsers, lots of damaging admissions. It seems highly unlikely he would be more forthcoming with Tucker than with the Congressional committee (they could charge him with contempt of Congress for incomplete, inaccurate, or obfuscatory responses):
Ep. 12 Part 1. Devon Archer pic.twitter.com/ElEzAZtBcA
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) August 2, 2023
This timeline is actually incredible. I mean come on.
3/17 – Hunter admits laptop
3/18 – Trump indictment news
6/8 – FBI doc alleges Biden bribe
6/9 – Trump indicted
7/26 – Hunter plea deal collapses
7/27 – Trump indicted
7/31 – Devon Archer testifies
8/1 – Trump indicted pic.twitter.com/9wxuSSYkCG
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 2, 2023
Patrick Lawrence: Reading the Mess the Democrats Have Made ScheerPost. The setup is that this is about Team Dem, but quickly turns to the party’s disastrous decision to lash itself to the Biden mast
GOP Clown Car
Ron DeSantis Invites Nation’s First Black VP to Florida for Roundtable Discussion on the Upsides of Being Enslaved Vanity Fair. furzy: “In a shock move, she declined.”
Vivek Ramaswamy Wants a Second American Revolution Free Press (furzy)
Fitch Downgrade Falllout
Ratings downgrade on US government debt is as ridiculous as it is meaningless Bill Mitchell. The MMT view.
About that Treasury ‘tsunami’ Financial Times (Kevin W)
Why This AI Moment May Be the Real Deal New Atlantis (Dr. Kevin)
Tesla has said on many occasions that its China production is not comparable to anywhere else due to the ready made supply chain. The idea that Tesla can make model 2 cheaply outside of China is just laughable. There is a reason Tesla is working hard to bring its Chinese… https://t.co/A3LtcqbZjI
— tphuang (@tphuang) July 29, 2023
Notes on X Doomberg
NYC Confronts Homelessness Crisis as Shelters are Overwhelmed New York Times (furzy)
Workers to Employers: We’re Just Not That Into You Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour. William B: “Three gulls and a duck do Sheboygan.”
From AL, a different sort of antidote:
I was at the Met today, and took photos of a gorgeous bronze sculpture of a panther with cubs (attached). Perhaps you’ve seen it there. I have been in NYC for a week – flight here was canceled due to severe thunderstorms, and I had to rebook – got a flight the next day. I cannot imagine being young and broke and ambitious here now – it would be difficult to survive.
And a bonus:
Ninja dog.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/ql1w7PmDfq
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) August 1, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.