Links 6/30/2023

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How to Remove a Tick Field & Stream

Google accused of ripping off advertisers with video ads no one saw. Now, the expert view The Register

U.S. Economy Shows Surprising Vigor in First Half of 2023 WSJ


Wildfire smoke may have contributed to thousands of extra COVID-19 cases and deaths in western U.S. in 2020 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Real-Time Air Quality Map PurpleAir (Bsn). A lot of red:

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Fire and Smoke Map AirNow (Screwball). More red:

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World’s Largest Gas Station Is a New Buc-ee’s With 120 Pumps The Drive. Sounds like T.R. Schmidt’s McHooligan’s.


Sriracha prices soar amid ongoing supply shortage linked to droughts The Hill


Wastewater sampling in Canada suggests COVID case rate 19 times higher than reported Center for Disease Research and Policy

Top NIH Official Advised Covid Scientists That He Uses Personal Email to Evade FOIA The Intercept

Uruguay to close schools as paediatric care nears ‘collapse’ Nate Bear. Why? ‘Tis a mystery!

We Just Learned Something Important about Bird Flu Jessica Wildfire


Xi’s Plan for China’s Economy Is Doomed to Fail Foreign Affairs. Commentary:

Weak China manufacturing data adds to pressure on economy FT

China’s foreign ministry, customs, central bank among top agencies in audit net over 1 billion yuan ‘misconduct’ South China Morning Post


The Mirage of the ‘United Front’ in Myanmar The Irrawaddy. Important.

Myanmar and Russia push ahead with nuclear energy cooperation World Nuclear News (tevhatch).

Commentary: Can China help bring peace to Myanmar? Channel News Asia

The Koreas

South Korea’s Per Capita GNI Plummets, Falls Behind Taiwan’s. Blue Roof

South Koreans become younger overnight after country scraps ‘Korean age‘ CNN


In a first, India gifts active warship to Vietnam Channel News Asia

European Disunion

Protests rock France after police shooting of teenager CNN. Handy maps:

France descends into anarchy as violence explodes across country while Emmanuel Macron parties with Elton John GBN

Protests erupt in Belgium over killing of teen delivery driver in France by police Anadolu Agency

Migration mutiny: EU summit deadlocks Politico

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine aims to wear down and outsmart a Russian army distracted by infighting AP. The new theory, I suppose, now that “the Russians will panic” is all used up.

Anatomy of Storm Shadow Interception Simplicius the Thinker(s)

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IAEA saw no evidence Moscow planning attack on Zaporizhia nuclear plant, but ‘anything can happen’ France24

Russian forces begin to flee Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – Ukrainian Defence Intelligence Ukrainska Pravda

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Prigozhin’s Folly Seymour Hersh

Understanding the Wagner Private Military Company Larry Johnson, A Son of the New American Revolution

The Supremes

Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action programs in college admissions SCOTUSblog. Commentary:

Anathema to liberal Democrats, of course. Not that it would ever happen.

Supreme Court Decision (press release) Harvard. “The Court also ruled that colleges and universities may consider in admissions decisions “an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise.” We will certainly comply with the Court’s decision.”

The Mysterious Case of the Fake Gay Marriage Website, the Real Straight Man, and the Supreme Court The New Republic. 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis.

One Year on From Dobbs: The Dangers of Radicalizing Minority Rule Thomas Zimmer, Democracy Americana

AI? Brain manipulation? WHO’s new chief scientist aims to anticipate global challenges Science

Digital Watch

Congress pushes aggressive use of AI in the federal government, says AI ‘under-utilized’ in agencies FOX. Maybe there could be a “Red Team v. Blue Team” concept, where an AI and a government agency (say, the CDC) compete to see who can emit the most bullshit, fastest.

People Hire Phone Bots to Torture Telemarketers WSJ

Reddit is running out of patience with protesting moderators Quartz

Sports Desk

Yankees’ Domingo Germán Throws 1st Perfect Game Since Félix Hernández in 2012 vs. A’s Bleacher Report

Lessons in Freedom: Agroecology, Localization and Food Sovereignty Internationalist 360º


How Often Do Health Insurers Say No to Patients? No One Knows. ProPublica

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Military Recruiting Crisis: Even Veterans Don’t Want Their Children to Join WSJ

Class Warfare

Billionaires want to save the world. What’s so wrong with that? FT

Has Anyone Seen Pierre Omidyar? (excerpt) Puck. Omidyar’s blog post: “Collaboration can take many forms. For some [The Omidyar Group (TOG)] teams this will mean partnering with new funders to support mission critical work.”

Worldwide survey kills the myth of ‘Man the Hunter’ Science

Gay Mass Consumption Before Stonewall JSTOR Daily. Physique magazines.

Body and Soul New Left Review

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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