Birds of Paradise BELT Magazine
We Need to Rewrite Our Scripts for an Alien Visit to Earth World Politics Review
Meet the new ‘Dune’ monster, an ancient bladed sea worm Interesting Engineering
Toxic Train Bombs
7 days ago UK health officials spotted a new variant — EG.5, dubbed “Eris”. And it’s already soaring as #COVID19 case rates rise. Eris is also sweeping across East Asia and has turned up in the USA. #SARSCoV2 is still evolving: it’s not “gone.”https://t.co/LNcl7FpU7B
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) August 6, 2023
A fungal disease is rapidly spreading across the U.S. Scientists are alarmed Fast Company. Lambert: “No mention of immune dysregulation from SARS-CoV-2. Naturally.”
2) Rendini et al. demonstrated that many cases reported in eastern United States, including Georgia and central Florida, lacked zoonotic exposure or recent residence outside of the US. https://t.co/bRcB4aJ91L
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) August 6, 2023
Inside Tony Blair Inc. Unherd
La belle France
US/France threaten intervention in resource-rich Niger: Fears of war in West Africa Geopolitical Economy
The Senate of Nigeria joins the nations of Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea and Algeria in opposing a western-backed ECOWAS intervention in Niger. https://t.co/tQOFN2FkbE
— Eugene Puryear (@EugenePuryear) August 5, 2023
Putting the recent coups in the Sahel in broader perspective Ken Opalo, An Africanist Perspective
Remembering China’s Indie Rock Glory Days The Diplomat
Wow, exceptionally strong words from a key South Korean lawmaker, who chaired a ruling party committee on South Korea’s semiconductor competitiveness until early this year:
“If [Washington] continues to try to punish other nations and to pass bills and implement ‘America First’… pic.twitter.com/1IVAdVArtY
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) August 6, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
NEWSFLASH: Reports from Russian sources state Poland may now be allowing its military airfields to be used by Ukrainian attack aircraft to bomb bridges in Crimea. If these reports are correct, then NATO itself has allowed this explosive escalation.
— John Moran (@RueDaungier) August 6, 2023
Sometimes the west is honest by accident and they reveal the truth that I have been saying for nearly two years now. I have widely said that Russia has been fighting Ukraine with a handicap on. Many uninformed people or liars in the west claim Ukraine can beat Russia, that Russia… pic.twitter.com/ydbZXIn9wr
— Noctis Draven (@DravenNoctis) August 6, 2023
Empty Think Tank Gordon Hahn, Russian and Eurasian Politics. A fine takedown of Russia historian Stephen Kotkin
South of the Border
Why Canada Is Criminalizing Dissent Compact Mag
The First Big Antitrust Trial of the Century Is About to Start BIG by Matt Stoller
GOP Clown Car
The truth about Iowa’s book ban Along the Mississippi
Our Famously Free Press
🚨Mitch McConnell gets drowned out by chants of “RETIRE” from his own constituents during a speech in Kentucky.
It’s over for him.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 7, 2023
“AI” Hurts Consumers and Workers — and Isn’t Intelligent Tech Policy Press
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Zoom terms of service now require you to allow AI to train on ALL your data—audio, facial recognition, private conversations—unconditionally and irrevocably, with no opt out.
Don’t try to negotiate with our new overlords. pic.twitter.com/Ri2VE59RYr
— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) August 6, 2023
Groves of Academe
California’s Teacher Shortage Is Dire Governing
Imperial Collapse Watch
DELIVERING THE ARMY OF 2030 War on the Rocks
Why is the city paying to evict tenants from supportive housing? 48 Hills. San Francisco.
How a mobile-home park saved its community from a corporate buyout High Country News
UNSPEAKABLE WONDER The Lamp. Shohei Ohtani.
Haven’t stopped thinking about this since @jordan_castro2 posted it earlier this week.
I’m fascinated by the idea that you could somehow WALK your way out of consciousness and into enlightenment. pic.twitter.com/dc6X39hJXq
— Aaron Gwyn (@AmericanGwyn) August 4, 2023
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.