Ancient Skull Found in China Is Unlike Any Human Seen Before ScienceAlert (Kevin W)
Sweet smell of success: Simple fragrance method produces major memory boost ScienceDaily (Kevin W)
The Hidden Harms of CPR New Yorker (Dr. Kevin). KLG:
Not a clinician, but I think it is a reasonable article. CPR really is for people who are not “seriously ill” when their heart stops for whatever reason: electrocution, infarct that is not a killer all by itself, drowning, blows to the chest at just the right moment (possibly like the NFL player last year). I also think that while it has been valorized on TV, the little presses used in a TV show are not anything like the real thing. The actor’s compressions would make no difference, and I don’t think people understand that. The responder to the emergency will have to push hard to make it work, both hands using the heel of your lower hand to the stenum, 125 beats a minute while you really play “Stayin’ Alive” in your head. Sometimes while straddling the body. The sternum will crack as you push down 2 inches and ribs do break. And this would be a team event. I have seen it once, and it was scary as hell. People get tired quickly doing CPR in real life.
Experiment Reveals Human Genes Can Be Controlled With Electricity ScienceAlert. Chuck L: “What could go wrong?”
Is this First Lady Also the First Female Presidential Assassin? Covert Action (Chuck L)
The Virus is Learning New Tricks and We Humans Keep Falling Behind Eric Topol (Dr. Kevin)
This is from the Mendenhall River Floods in Alaska.
This happened over a span of six hours. 😧
Can you imagine watching that happen to your home knowing there’s nothing that can save it? pic.twitter.com/VGxXMFlWqI
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) August 6, 2023
Offshore Wind Runs Into Rising Costs and Delays New York Times (Kevin W)
She's doing her very best to become the personnification of what's worst with American politicis: looking for an external ennemy, blaming foreigners for America's problems, appalling racism, etc. https://t.co/31NAy1E9OT
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) August 5, 2023
China’s exports tumble by 14.5 per cent in July, underscoring economic slowdown South China Morning Post
Niger coup: US envoy holds ‘difficult’ talks with junta BBC (Kevin W). ZOMG, the envoy is Victoria Nuland, who seems to have only one message: “The US way or the highway.”
Yes, I know, Jason Hinkle:
🇺🇸🇳🇪 Victoria Nuland is in Niger’s capital and requested to see the detained former President Bazoum. Her request was denied by the military junta. pic.twitter.com/tgemqzuF6t
— Jackson Hinkle 🇺🇸 (@jacksonhinklle) August 7, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
Timofey Bordachev: Here’s why building a new world order to break Western hegemony won’t be an easy task RT (Chuck L). Important. Readers in Russia are encouraged to pipe up and opine as to whether this piece is getting traction and/or encapsulates a school of thought in the Russia policy-making circles. Bordachev was hewing to the space constraints of an op-ed here; perhaps he has produced a longer-form version in Russian. But I found several bits to be striking. The first is that many of the elements of “Western” thinking and ideology go back to the Greeks and Romans (this is a key point of Michael Hudson, in a negative way, the rigidity over creditor rights that he sees as a Greco-Roman holdover), so the roots go even deeper. The second is what could be usefully preserved from Western systems and ideas. I would think at a minimum that of an independent judiciary and clear legal codes (one can argue that the codification of law dates back even further; one can also argue in the US that the judiciary is not independent and is heavily subject both to political influence and very strong class bias). The third is the odd omission of communism and socialism as alternative models…is this a verboten idea in Russia? Or because Marx and Engels, they are seen as Western?
The ‘monumental consequences’ of Ukraine joining the EU Financial Times (Kevin W)
Imran Khan’s lawyer, Salman Safdar’s interview to BBC is brilliant. the west must be applauding the fact how Dilawar wrote 30 pages in 30 minutes, mid trial; denying the chance for Imran Khan to present any witness in his defence. peak justice in Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/G07RXNw1tS
— Dexie (@dexiewrites) August 7, 2023
Pakistan’s Bol News network erstwhile a bastion of support for the now bonafide Imran Khan adopts a new editorial line against the incarcerated former prime minister after ownership is handed to financial criminal PPPs Sharjeel Memon pic.twitter.com/QUm314sGdz
— علی مصطفی | Ali Mustafa (@Ali_Mustafa) August 8, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
California privacy regulator’s first case: Probing internet-connected car Washington Post (Chuck L). !!!!
Imperial Collapse Watch
Then and now.
I get a bit of flak occasionally from people saying I`m romanticizing the past when I laud the skills of WW2 engineers.
I`m really not, as a professional engineer, who has spent years researching my own field, I actually have wartime reports which do all the… pic.twitter.com/7o3B0wawI5
— Calum E. Douglas (@CalumDouglas1) July 31, 2023
The new ‘tanker war’ and US military escalation in the Persian Gulf Responsible Statecraft
Republicans blast Biden response to Russia, China naval patrol The Hill (Kevin W). The stoopid, it burns
If you thought the weaponisation of the financial system by the Biden administration was stupid, you should see what they’re doing with their diplomacy in key regions of CEE. Woke triumphs over national security. Utterly clownish. https://t.co/YHNjDaNJeK
— Philip Pilkington (@philippilk) August 7, 2023
IT And The Other Things American Conservative
“Happy Indictment Day!” Naomi Wolf (Chuck L). From last week, still germane.
How Nancy Pelosi’s Long Game Led to Trump’s Indictment New York Magazine (furzy)
Our No Longer Free Press
This is why I continue to study the past. It's the ONLY way to save our future. https://t.co/5h5FyZnKUg
— Lisa Pease (@lisapease) August 5, 2023
G.O.P. Contenders Feed Voter Distrust in Courts, Schools and Military New York Times (furzy). This story line looks to be a pretext for more censorship
Open access is inevitable – only the ‘how’ remains up for discussion Times Higher Education (Dr. Kevin)
Kill me now. Why have a dog? Plus fat Americans will get fatter due to reduced physical activity (hat tip Chuck L):
AI robots will walk dogs. The idea could become a reality sooner than we expect.
Created by: Wonder Studio pic.twitter.com/oxu1urPBJw
— Tansu YEĞEN (@TansuYegen) August 4, 2023
Google Search Can Now Critique Your Grammar The Verge. Why doesn’t Google instead worry about having less dreadful search?
I have received an overpressure notice for a potential Booster 9 static fire attempt tomorrow! 🔥🔥🔥🚀
— Mary (@BocaChicaGal) August 6, 2023
PayPal Launches Dollar-Backed Stablecoin, Boosting Shares Reuters. PayPal is a payments system that also offers some consumer credit products. That is a long way from having the trading skills to manage these risks. A stablecoin is not an attractive offereing unless it is less than fullly backed by dollars.
How Misreading Adam Smith Helped Spawn Deaths of Despair Boston Review (Anthony L). Important.
The Wealthy Are Not Like You and Me–Our Terminally Stratified Society Charles Hugh Smith (Anthony L)
Railroaded: Bring Back Thatcher and Reagan Steve Keen (Chuck L)
The Era of Ultracheap Stuff Is Under Threat Wall Street Journal. Important because “cheap stuff” served to offset stagnant real wages.
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (Robin K):
Sorry, I laughed.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/jcF2LxmXql
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) August 6, 2023
A second bonus (Chuck L):
This is me with my team 😂 https://t.co/117ehR2Usg
— Russ Baker (@RealRussBaker) August 4, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.