Links 8/13/2022

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Guilty Dog Pictures and the Myth of Canine Shame Atlantic (furzy)

A 1,300-Pound Walrus Could Be Killed if She Endangers the Public New York Times

Watch this video to learn how to noodle for catfish Boing Boing. Oh, I thought of goose noodling! This is at least sort of fair fighting.

First of NASA’s SunRISE SmallSats Rolls Off Production Line Space Channel (furzy)

Salman Rushdie ‘On a Ventilator and Could Lose An Eye’ After New York Attack Bloomberg

The last American aristocrat UnHerd (Anthony L)

#COVID-19

Science/Medicine

Covid still packs a punch — and likely will for some time, experts say STAT (resilc)

US

Monkeypox

An alarming graph shows Monkeypox cases rising rapidly Boing Boing

Monkeypox: experts give virus variants new names WHO (Kevin W)

Climate/Environment

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops Associated Press (furzy) 🙁

EU countries rush to help France tackle ‘monstrous’ wildfires Guardian. Kevin W: “Logic dictates for a continent-wide EU firefighting force. Experience shows that the EU would fuck it up and turn it into a scam.”

Finns say yes to nuclear waste DW (resilc)

Mass crop failures expected in England as farmers demand hosepipe bans Guardian (Kevin W)

Climate change increases odds of cataclysmic California flood. NPR (Kevin W)

Mass Death of Sequoias Is the Harbinger of Earth Systems Collapse Truthout

China?

China-US decoupling gushes out Indian Punchline

China State-Owned Giants to Delist From US Amid Audit Spat Bloomberg (furzy)

India jumps in as China plays Scrooge with Sri Lanka South China Morning Post

Old Blighty

Liz Truss is easy to mock, but she could do more damage than Boris Johnson ever did Guardian. Resilc: “Like DeSantis after Trump, be careful what you ask for.”

New Not-So-Cold War

News Update: Russia Planning to Leave the ISS. What’s Next? Space Channel (furzy)

Russia Advances Deeper Into Bakhmut; China’s Xi Goes to Saudi Arabia, Discussing Alternatives to USD Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. See at 25:50. Mercouris cites a report which not only states that shelling will not harm the reactor, and the reactor can be shut down if the cooling systems are damaged, but more important, that shelling will not cause dirty bomb type contamination even if it hit the spent fuel storage areas. I assume in practice that means employees and Russian soldiers guarding the facilities would be at risk, not the general public.

Public buildings in Germany to be heated to 19° Celsius – econ minister Reuters

German nuclear operators push on with shutdowns despite rethink Financial Times

Syraqistan

US commits a perfect murder in Kabul Indian Punchline (Kevin W). Important.

Iranian Tanker Reloads Oil Confiscated in Greece, Embassy Says Bloomberg

What the U.S. Gets Wrong About Iran New York Times. Resilc: “I was born in 52, my entire life we supported the wrong side of the Persian Gulf.”

Afghan cleric killed by explosives in attacker’s artificial leg, say officials Guardian

Space Cooperation Between Russia, Iran Raises Western Concerns Informed Consent. I thought this was Juan Cole’s site but it looks like he has sold out. Resilc notes:

“Copyright (c)2020 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.”

I lived and travel around the world and never met anybody, American, US official or local, who ever listened to RFW/RL

Assange

Julian Assange Wins Right to Appeal His U.S. Extradition at Supreme Court Daily Beast

Trump Raid [the Financial Times called it a raid in a subhead with no quotes, so we can too]

FBI Recovered 11 Sets of Classified Documents in Trump Search Wall Street Journal

Trump search warrant: FBI took top secret documents from Mar-a-Lago BBC. Resilc:

In November 1980 I was a very junior foreign service officer in Jakarta. my first “duty week”, handling after hours and weekends at the AMNEB, covered the election. before going to bed I heard Reagan won on the BBC. Middle of the night I get a call from the embassy, we are sending a car…top secret immediate cable. action/action, a car will pick you up…….cable said Reagan wins basically…….top secret is a joke most of the time imo…

Trump spy chief on classified documents: ‘Virtually impossible to prosecute’ Washington Examiner

Ex-CIA Chief Michael Hayden Implies Trump Should Be Executed for Taking Classified Docs National Review

Anger at the Mar-a-Lago ‘Raid’ Can’t End Well Atlantic. Resilc: “The same FBI that killed Black Panthers, MLK, etc, is now the hero of the DNC/MSNBC crowd.”

Tucker Carlson Tonight 8/12/22 FULL Fox. Tulsi Gabbard guest hosted! No more Team Dem for her! Is her play to be The Donald’s veep? The problem with the commentary is that the Trump supporters miss the fact that Trump was not supposed to take any presidential records. But the flip side is not a crime since the Presidential Records Act lacks an enforcement mechanism, which includes criminal penalties. Admittedly, pretty much every president in the last few decades has taken records, and it seems as if partly by design, partly by accident. The normal process is the National Archives say they think stuff is missing and sometimes there is a wrangle. But the contention here is that Trump’s conduct was outside the pale, of the “differences in degree is a difference in kind.” So this is why the classified document angle becomes important, since merely foot-dragging on returning records isn’t a crime, so non-compliance there can’t be obstruction of justice.

Clarifying the System and Authorities to Classify Information–Trump Followed the Law Larry Johnson. Making some assumptions…but worth keeping the issues he raises in mind.

Rudy Giuliani Promises Revenge Raid of Biden’s House If Trump Wins in 2024 Vice. Somebody needs to put Giuliani in a Hannibal Lecter mask. He seemed to be Doing Something in his first term as NYC mayor, but most of that was due to hiring William Bratton as police chief. All downhill after that.

Other Trump

What’s up with the investigations of and lawsuits against Donald Trump CNN (furzy)

Judge Denies Trump Executive’s Request to Dismiss Manhattan Tax Case New York Times (furzy)

Biden

Biden Plots a 2024 Presidential Run — and a Trump Rematch Bloomberg. Resilc: “The best we can do for USA USA?

GOP Clown Car

Dick Cheney set Liz Cheney’s demise in motion decades ago Washington Post (furzy)

Democrats en deshabillé

Federal Appeals Court denies Democrats’ bid to block Green Party from N.C. ballot Carolina Journal (resilc)

Eli LillyCharity Finances Groups Opposing Insulin Price Controls Intercept (Dr. Kevin)

Abortion

Waiting Rooms With Bulletproof Windows FiveThirtyEight (resilc)

Anti-Abortion Utah Councilman Knows Placenta Facts. You Think You Know Placenta Facts? Wrong. Wonkette. Furzy: “Too funny!” Moi” I hope he knows more about sex than he knows about fetuses, otherwise he’s never getting laid.

Southern Baptist Convention Says It Faces Federal Investigation for Sexual Abuse New York Times (furzy). Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

Supply Chain/Inflation

How Bad Is Inflation? Mysterious Price of Mayonnaise Holds All the Answers Bloomberg

This was a good week for inflation numbers, but whether it can last is the big question CNBC

Is America’s Job Market “Too Good”? Matthew C. Klein. Resilc:

there is no supply of:
teachers
nurses
MDs
tradesmen
mechanics
to keep up with demand
roger my 50 year old tractor mechanic has a heart condition. now, so do i…

California proposes to extend life of last nuclear plant at cost of $1.4 billion Politico. Kevin W: “Cheaper to keep running than to close?”

The Bezzle

Crypto Plunge: Pharma Bro Shkreli’s Coin Drops More Than 90% Bloomberg (furzy)

Guillotine Watch

New £20m superyacht destroyed by fire weeks after delivery to owner Guardian

Class Warfare

In Wealthy City, a Marxist Mayor Wins Over Voters New York Times (resilc)

U.S. Housing Affordability in June Was the Worst Since 1989 Wall Street Journal

In Chile, Even Water Is Privatized. The New Constitution Would Change That. Intercept (resilc)

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