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Greenland Polar Bears Adapt to Life Without Sea Ice Wall Street Journal and A Secret Polar Bear Population Has Been Found in an ‘Impossible’ Location Science (Chuck L). Problem is not sea ice per se, but specialization of diet.
The Cracked Wisdom of Dril New Yorker (furzy)
Our Powerful, Shiny New Space Telescope Got Its First Upsetting Ding Atlantic (David L)
World’s Largest Computing Society Makes Thousands of Research Articles Freely Available; Opens First 50 Years Association for Computer Machinery Backfile (David L)
Exercising before or after a flu vaccine may make it work better New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)
Omicron wave: How big a covid-19 surge could the subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 cause? New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)
— Mrigank Shail, MD (@mrigankshail) June 14, 2022
“Cells & tissues that control blood flow are damaged & the blood’s tendency to clot is amplified. #MicroClots, leftover from the viral assault or fueled by its aftermath, might be gumming up the body’s circulation, to disastrous effect” #LongCovid https://t.co/YnmmFzvR11
— charlos (@loscharlos) June 16, 2022
I have no idea why the media continues to frame this person as some sort of “expert” in infectious disease at this point. She might as well just start telling people to take azithromycin for viral infections, give meropenem to everyone, and don’t bother with blood cultures.
— Graham Walker, MD (@grahamwalker) June 16, 2022
Which works better to handle a pandemic – democracy or autocracy? South China Morning Post
Powerful ‘smoke twister’ spotted in Arizona BBC (resilc)
Sauna-like heat dome is set to smother 50 MILLION Americans with tropical humidity this week: 110f weather could smash records set in 1925 – as Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina brace for highs Daily Mail. Erm, in NYC, oddly not much in the 2010 onward but nearly all the time before that, you’d have 2-3 days each year of >100 degree weather. We’re only forecast to get 2 here in Birmingham.
Record early heatwave hits France as fires flare in Spain France24 (resilc)
Japan battles flooding amid deepening climate crisis Financial Times (David L)
Sullivan reiterates ‘one-China policy’ as US in domestic chaos seeks to ‘stabilize ties’ with China Global Times. Clearly only a temporary de-escalation.
China launches third aircraft carrier, the Fujian Al Jazeera. Resilc: “As stupid as our navy.”
Why India must decouple from I2U2 Indian Punchline (Kevin W)
New Not-So-Cold War
St Petersburg International Economic Forum Plenary session Kremlin. Full text of Vladimir Putin’s speech. Important.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Interview on BBC YouTube. OMG see at 21:50.
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— Malinka🔸Tanya P (@Malinka1102) June 17, 2022
Biden tries to climb down from Ukraine ledge Asia Times (resilc)
The End of War Fatigue German-Foreign-Policy (Anthony L)
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SCOTT RITTER AND LARRY JOHNSON “DEBATE” UKRAINE Larry Johnson. Haven’t watched this yet but should be good.
Women who escaped from Azot spoke about foreign mercenaries at the plant RIA (via GoogleTranslate, original here)
For Ukrainian troops, a need arises: Javelin customer service Washington Post (resilc)
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Atom-Smashing CERN to ‘Terminate’ Work With Russia, Belarus Associated Press
Russia, Iran won’t endorse Turkish military operation in Syria Al-Monitor. So Erdogan wants to nibble some of Syria (“because Kurds!”) when Russia was presumably too busy with Ukraine and too much in Turkey’s debt to make a stink. Wellie, Russia is not standing pat.
Russian Escalations in Syria Risk Direct Conflict With U.S., Military Officials Warn Wall Street Journal. Notice how you have to look really hard to find a mention of the Kurds. And Russia did see this coming. On June 15, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said (hat tip John Helmer):
I would like to remind you that US forces are currently deployed in Syria. I suggest that you attend to what US troops are doing in Syria. Nobody has invited them there: neither individual regions of that country, nor the government in Damascus or civil society. But the American troops are there. Now, ask yourself if you are complying with international law. If you do, you have a right to demand an answer from other countries as well. Or do you regard international law as an instrument of your policy and think that you have a right to provide moral assessments of all others? There is only one answer to the question about what US troops are doing in Syria: they are trying to seize the resources which belong to the Syrian people and which the United States needs.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Costa Rica chaos a warning that ransomware threat remains Associated Press (David L)
I know we should want this for Assange but I would very much enjoy watching heads in the US explode:
Jean-Luc Mélenchon told press this morning: “If I’m prime minister by Monday, Julian Assange will be naturalised as French — and given a medal”. Rather than drop his principled positions, JLM has pushed them onto the agenda by building a base outside old media and party machines https://t.co/XyUpHJF5bR
— David Broder (@broderly) June 17, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
Last Tango in Washington? Consortium News (Chuck L)
Why Does the United States Have a Military Base in Ghana? CounterPunch (resilc)
Jesse Watters: Stephen Colbert employees arrested for breaching Capitol building Fox. Clip is overlong but does give the info known at the time of taping.
GOP Clown Car
How Republicans Can Win on Immigration Atlantic. Resilc: “We need labor. Healthcare aides, roofers, truckers, worker bees. Unlikely low skilled will make it anytime soon legally.”
Democrats en déshabillé
Gavin Newsom’s Case for a More Aggressive Democratic Party Atlantic. Resilc: “Not a deep DNC bench.”
Our No Longer Free Press
A tractor-trailer is on its way from Utah with 40,000 pounds of food for a Pittsfield food pantry Berkshire Eagle (resilc)
U.S. Mulls Over Fuel Export Limits OilPrice
I Tried Apple’s Self-Repair Program With My iPhone. Disaster Ensued. New York Times (resilc). From last month, still germane.
The U.S. Economy Is Confusing Everybody Atlantic. Resilc: “Let’s have a war against a major material supplier to the globe. That should work without a hitch.”
New York may partially ban cryptocurrency mining if Hochul doesn’t veto it Politico. A shot across Eric Adams’ bow.
Bitcoin’s Price Falls Below $20,000 Wall Street Journal
Hundreds of SpaceX employees signed letter denouncing Elon Musk’s behavior The Verge (Kevin W)
SpaceX reportedly fired employees behind letter criticizing Elon Musk engadget (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour (CV):
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— Animals🐾Nature🍀Pictures (@Animals_Humor) June 15, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.