Silvio Berlusconi’s death draws tributes, even from critics, in Italy and beyond Associated Press (Kevin W)
Protect Grassland Birds by Mowing Later iBerkshires. Resilc: “I mow late for my lighting bugs, who put on a great show June 21-25.” Moi: “Very very sad here, crash in lightning bugs last year to this year.”
These horseshoe crabs are living, sentient critters. One day in Napeague, on Long Island, a windy day with a stiff surf hitting the shore, I came across a horseshoe crab that had been flipped upside down by the waves, and unable to turn over. So I gently flipped him up, and carried the beastie into deeper water. To my utter amazement, the crab turned around and looked at me, despite the heavy surf! I felt a thank you, of sorts….
UK hobbyist stuns math world with ‘amazing’ new shapes PhysOrg (Chuck L)
A tale of two cities: Paris proves that you don’t need skyscrapers to thrive Guardian (Kevin W)
The Great Grift: How billions in COVID-19 relief aid was stolen or wasted Associated Press (resilc). A feature, not a bug.
Why the U.S. Electric Grid Isn’t Ready for the Energy Transition New York Times (resilc)
The Climate Crisis Will Be the Mother of All Financial Crises Common Dreams (furzy)
Ten statistics on global plastic addiction and its consequences France24 (resilc)
Wow, this is big. Taiwan and South Korea are “allowed” indefinitely to maintain and expand their current semiconductor operations in China “without US reprisals”.
Beyond insane that they need to get US permission for this in the first place but that’s another matter…
I wonder… https://t.co/3DafNY0bOn
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) June 12, 2023
An earlier tweet via guurst we managed to miss:
Crazy: the Canadian special rapporteur appointed to investigate Chinese election “meddling” – and who concluded it was largely a case of “media organizations misconstruing intelligence” – is so fed up by Canada’s sinophobia-induced madness that he resigns. https://t.co/x39UstXdnW
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) June 10, 2023
Britain’s post-Brexit policy drift alarms world’s executives Japan Times (Kevin W)
New Not-So-Cold War
#Germany may be forced to wind down or even switch off industrial capacity if Ukraine’s #gas transit pact with #Russia isn’t extended, according to the economy minister https://t.co/E9eg8FXmlD via @bpolitics
— Olga Tanas (@olyatanas) June 12, 2023
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Despite the big Ukraine offensive being on, so far aside from embarrassing wunderwaffen casulaties, so far all it has produced is some not big and generally short-lived penetration of the line of contact, a good 18 km or so in front of the first fortified line, as in in an intended-to-be-a-buffer-for-opportunistic-use. Russian officials warning not to get cocky, Ukraine still has a lot of men and materiel yet to be deployed.
Fresh overnight report, yet more Russian strikes across Ukraine: More Troops At The Vremevka Tactical Bridgehead | Massive Strike. Military Summary 2023.06.13 YouTube
In the coming days and weeks, many of the settlements north of the proper Russian defensive line will change hands several times – many of them are in hard to impossible to defend locations, on low ground, thus making entrenchment unlikely & staying in these places just a big… https://t.co/pwkbA0TCqs pic.twitter.com/HlZHiSLrH4
— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) June 13, 2023
It makes sense that Ukraine wants to find a new axis to push on after how badly things went for them around Orikhiv, but this advance is operationally sterile in a very fundamental way. https://t.co/JjCv6UGXld
— Big Serge ☦️🇺🇸🇷🇺 (@witte_sergei) June 12, 2023
Ukraine SitRep: Destruction Of Its Third Army – Issues To Negotiate Moon of Alabama (Kevin W). Unwittingly shows lack of bargaining overlap even if talks were commence. Russia would need to change far more facts on the ground before the West will accept Ukraine ceding more land. I can’t see the West swallowing letting Russia have what it has already taken, let alone agree to give up territory not yet won by Russia.
WHAT COULD RUSSIA DEMAND TO END UKRAINE WAR – Larry Johnson Judge Napoltano, YouTube. See particularly at 14:50, Zelensky whinging about Western failure to put humanitarian boots on the ground re the Kakkovka
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Testing Russia’s red lines could become a fatal experiment Responsible Statecraft. Brian Berletic recently reminded viewers that Russia was extremely patient in Syria. The West seems to think Russia not reacting immediately to provocations is a sign of weakness, as opposed to discipline.
After LIV Golf-PGA merger, what sports are next for Saudis? New York Post (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
BREAKING: Undercover video of Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Alexandra discussing J6 where they discuss how:
-J6ers can’t get fair trial in DC
-Media overhyped it
-Need a new war to distract Americans
-J6 had “no guns, no plans…just people taking selfies”
-No actual insurrection… pic.twitter.com/gaQXVFKMuy
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) June 6, 2023
According to Twitter-land, Tucker Carlson will have a show on the Trump indictment later today. How many views it gets will be a proxy for how many are at least willing to hear a Dem-critical slant (yes, some Dems will wind up watching just to get their blood pressure up, but it’s not crazy to assume >85% of the views would be from Trump fans + Trump ambivalents). As of wee AM, Tucker’s views on his first show were 115 million and his second, 56 million.
Trump drew one of his favorite judges. Here’s how she could help his case. Politico. Lead story.
Or the corporate journalists who every day have their friends in the FBI and CIA call them and pass them classified information, now acting aghast that someone would carelessly handle classified information.
Everything in DC is classified. They play leaking games with it daily. https://t.co/5Fgxv3IJuY
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 11, 2023
Why Biden, Clinton classified documents cases differ from Trump’s Washington Post (furzy)
PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Rape of Lady Justice ConsortiumNews (Carolinian). A fierce piece.
The impossible challenge of telling Trump fans the truth Washington Post (furzy). As Hillary Clinton learned, deplorables-contempt and blaming is not a winning strategy.
Grassley: Burisma executive who allegedly paid Biden has audio recordings of conversations with Joe, Hunter Fox News (Chuck L) and Republican Senator says foreign national at center of Biden bribery allegations has recordings of 17 phone calls with Joe and Hunter that he has kept as ‘insurance policy’ Daily Mail
Tara Reade: US Will IMPRISON ME If I Leave Russia | Exclusive Interview With Biden Accuser Rising, YouTube. From a few days ago, still germane. Sealed indictment? An Interpol red notice?!?! FFS, that would be enough to get her seized when she crossed most borders.
GOP Clown Car
DeSantis supporters wave Nazi flags outside Walt Disney World Boing Boing (resilc)
NYC Will Charge Drivers Going Downtown CNN. The latest increase in taxi fares and charges put them in nosebleed area. The only people who will be able to afford taxis will be 1%ers and/or on expense account.
Our No Longer Free Press
Censorship and the Twitter Files with Matt Taibbi RFK Jr Podcast Spotify
I applied to McDonald’s and other fast food jobs but chatbots made it impossible Business Insider (Paul R)
Can a chatbot preach a good sermon? Hundreds attend church service generated by ChatGPT to find out Associated Press (furzy)
Plagiarism Engine: Google’s Content-Swiping AI Could Break the Internet Tom’s Hardware (Paul R)
Surging stockmarkets are powered by artificial intelligence Economist (Paul R)
SEC lawsuits against cryptocurrency companies raise questions about industry’s future Associated Press (resilc)
What’s Killing Productivity? Some Think It’s the Banks Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Octopus moonwalk.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/9YEN8dbinV
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) June 12, 2023
And a second bonus (Chuck L):
So casually brushing the teeth of one of the most dangerous animals on the planet pic.twitter.com/znDlXXW28R
— B&S (@_B___S) June 10, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.