Why you want bats in your yard — and how to attract them WaPo. For the same reason you want humming birds, beneficial insects, pollinator-attracting plants, etc. “The augmentation of the complexity and intensity of the field of intelligent life.”
How unpredictable are economic conditions? The FRED Blog
Banks could hold the key to an equitable climate transition World Economic Forum
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The new Fauci: NIH names pro-masker, COVID alarmist UAB’s Marrazzo as National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director 1819 News. Good. (I found the most hysterical headline I could. Maybe Marrazzo can give Mandy a good talking to….)
CDC recommends RSV monoclonal antibody for infants, high-risk young children STAT. Filing this CDC story next to NIH.
China eases entry visa and hukou rules in all-out push to save the economy South China Morning Post
Righting wrongs in Myanmar requires justice – not retribution Frontier Myanmar
France condemns Niger for suspending media operations of France 24, RFI Anadolu Agency. No doubt!
US ready to deploy military personnel to safeguard Hormuz transits Splash 247. I hope they have enough ammo!
New Not-So-Cold War
U.S. Troops Should be Sent to Ukraine, Third of Americans Say Newsweek. We’ll need some real — by which I mean “seeming extremely real” — atrocity to get the “Responsibility to Protect” juices going. But Biden doesn’t want to peak too early for 2024. Quite a dilemma!
Ukraine Has a Breakthrough Problem Foreign Policy
Ukraine’s Zelenskiy decries ‘revolting’ practices at recruitment centres Reuturs. Scraping the bottom of the barrel is always an ugly matter.
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Backdoor Negotiations Over Ukraine Would Be a Disaster Foreign Policy
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Imperfect Unity New Left Review. On the Vilnius conference.
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Donald Trump Is Fuelling Another Civil War In America Madras Courier. Musical interlude (lyrics). X, as prescient in their way as Talking Heads. Worth a read.
Mattel’s Barbie Playbook Is What Legacy Brands Should Follow Morning Consult. Joe?
Democrats en Déshabillé
Dianne Feinstein, 90, cedes power of attorney to daughter — but still serves in Congress NY Post vs. For an Ailing Feinstein, a Fight Over the Family Fortune NYT vs. Feinstein says late husband’s trust not paying her medical bills, asks court for more control LA Times.
New Definition of ‘Fraud’ Wipes Out High-Profile Prosecutions WSJ. The deck: “Scandals in auditing, college admissions and a hedge fund are all hit by Supreme Court ruling.” So with these oxen ungored, maybe the PMC will back off on this “ethics” thing?
Truth Decay and National Security RAND. The Censorship Industrial Complex creates a self-licking ice cream cone.
How the Kids Online Safety Act puts us all at risk Platformer. It’s always about “the children.” Until it isn’t.
X will never be the “”Everything App”” but Uber might The Reformed Broker
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New superconductor frenzy seems too super to be true FT. There is now a Wikipedia page tracking LK-99 replication efforts.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Eagle Has Landed: America Meets the Wehrmacht Big Serge Thought. World War II and Operation Torch.
The World’s Largest Landowners Madison Trust
Can Psychopathic Tendencies Help You Achieve Success? Smithsonian. The deck: “New research is reframing this often sensationalized and maligned set of traits and finding some positive twists”. No doubt!
Sinead O’ Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U – Isolated vocals (video) YouTube:
Antidote du jour (via):
Nature’s greatest artist🌟🐟 pic.twitter.com/2BWqMlyI9z
— Tansu YEĞEN (@TansuYegen) August 3, 2023
Double bonus antidote from RM:
RM writes: “I got photo from friends down in Missouri. It’s my friend Gregg feeding Tilford the Turtle and it just makes me feel that I am missing the good things in life. I just got to pay more attention to the real life stories?” Il faut cultiver notre jardin….
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.