Links 6/30/2022

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NASA scientists say images from the Webb telescope nearly brought them to tears Ars Technica (Furzy Mouse).

Donkeys are livestock guardians in up north battle with gray wolves MLive Michigan

Markets Are Signaling a Pyrrhic Inflation Victory John Authers, Bloomberg. What.

Revisiting Peak Inflation The Big Picture

Too Clever By Half Epsilon Theory


Deaths, Costs of Climate-Linked Disasters May Be Grossly Undercounted Bloomberg

World’s Biggest Ever Issue of Carbon Credits Planned in Gabon Bloomberg

Surveying the corporate-controlled EPR landscape in 2022 Waste Dive. EPR = Extended Producer Responsibility.


BioNTech, Pfizer to start testing universal vaccine for coronaviruses Reuters

How better pandemic and epidemic intelligence will prepare the world for future threats Nature. “Working together to build a stronger global trust architecture is critical: promoting transparency and sharing is more important than ever in a global context with growing challenges to data openness, reliability and trustworthiness.” I dunno. Sounds like something Davos Man would be all gung-ho for. Readers?

How Japan Achieved One of The World’s Lowest Covid Death Rates Bloomberg. “If the US had Japan’s death rate, only 82,000 people would have died. Not 1 million+.”

China v. US on Covid risk analysis:

Covid. One Big Sigh Roden


Monkeypox: What We Do and Don’t Know About Recent Outbreaks American Society for Microbiology

We learn nothing:

Overly restrictive testing criteria, as with Covid, means all our numbers are bad:


China to press on with ‘zero Covid’, despite economic risks, Xi Jinping says South China Morning Post

China’s Xi Declares Hong Kong Is ‘Reborn’ After Overcoming Risks Bloomberg

Hong Kong resistance will live on SupChina

Chas Freeman, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense:


The machine that went rogue Himal Magazine

This is an extremely bad idea:

First, the situation on the ground, militarily and politically, has advanced in a direction Aung San Suu Kyi is not equipped to handle. Second, returning A.S.K. to power is a slap in the face to the Rohingya — hence to Federalism — since their slaughter took place on her watch. All that A.S.K. has going for her is name-recognition in the West, and the trust of the NGOs. Come to think of it, that’s my third point.


Why Does Israel Keep Assassinating Iranian Officials? Because It Works. Foreign Policy

US President Biden backs African Development Bank’s plan to feed Africa Maravi Post


UK extends steel tariffs, breaching WTO obligations Agence France Presse

Union Boss Becomes U.K.’s Surprise Media Star WSJ

Poll: Just 5 percent of Northern Ireland voters trust UK to manage trade dispute Politico

Scottish independence: Majority of Scots against Nicola Sturgeon’s October 2023 referendum date The Scotsman

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine drives Russian forces from Snake Island, a setback for Moscow. NYT. Of course, I’ll want confirmation and interpretation from a reliable source.

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Syria to recognize Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions AP

Biden Administration Throws Support Behind F-16 Sale To Turkey (Re Silc).

Ships going dark: Russia’s grain smuggling in the Black Sea FT

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This entire thread (starts here) is a must-read. A few salient points:



“It may be dangerous to be America’s enemy, but to be America’s friend is fatal.” –Henry Kissinger

Ukraine Is The Latest Neocon Disaster Jeffrey Sachs, Tikkun. Good summary.

Delusion Nicolo Soldo, Fisted by Foucault. The deck: “The US Government’s Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) holds a briefing on the “moral and strategic” necessity of partitioning Russia.” Handy map:

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Handing the Eastern bits to China on a platter, good job.

Military briefing: Nato brings back cold war doctrine to counter Russian threat FT

Colombia’s Historic Pact The Baffler

Biden Administration

Biden unlikely to meet bold Democrat demands after abortion ruling, sources say Reuters. “Biden and officials are concerned that more radical moves would be politically polarizing ahead of November’s midterm elections, undermine public trust in institutions like the Supreme Court or lack strong legal footing, sources inside and outside the White House say.”


Overturning Roe could change how digital advertisers use location data. Can they regulate themselves? Protocol

Americans United for Life Is Offering States Model Bills to Restrict Abortion Teen Vogue


Major Aluminum Manufacturer Shuts Down Manufacturing Business Technology

Russian Gas Cuts Threaten World’s Largest Chemicals Hub WSJ

Medical contrast dye shortage forces delays in diagnostic and surgical procedures WSWS

Infant formula plant remains closed for flood cleanup; no word on how long it will take Food Safety News

Geographies in Transition Phenomenal World

Supply Chain

Rice Is Saving Asia as Ukraine War Drives Up Food Prices WSJ

Traders shift to China-Europe freight trains as European port congestion intensifies Hellenic Shipping News

Black Injustice Tipping Point

1955 warrant in Emmett Till case found; family seeks arrest Politico

Guillotine Watch

Climate damage caused by growing space tourism needs urgent mitigation (press release) University College London (dk). Original.

Samaritan’s Purse Amasses Over a Billion Dollars in Assets, Raising Red Flags The Roys Report

Class Warfare

Policy Strategies for Addressing Current Threats to the U.S. Nursing Workforce NEJM. “We contend that there isn’t a shortage of nurses, but a shortage of hospitals that provide nurses with safe work environments and adequate pay and benefits. ”

BREAKING: Pfizer has hired an army of union-busters Labor Lab

Controversy Continues Over Whether Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold Quanta. Fascinating!

Antidote du jour (via):

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Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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