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Crows Are Self-Aware and ‘Know What They Know,’ Just Like Humans Popular Mechanics (resilc)

The angry Australian animal Australians are actually scared of Mashable (David L)

Indonesia Plans ‘Jurassic Park’-Style Attraction for Komodo Dragon Tourism Vice. Resilc: “I used to go to Kupang Indonesia to meet with the provincial government in the 80s. The governor kept some in a cage outside his office and would feed live chickens to amuse the visitors.”

Could ‘mussel-bola’ explain the mass die-offs of freshwater mussels? Independent

The passport of Ramesses II Heritage Daily (vlade)

The evidence is compelling on human activity as the principal cause of global warming Yale Climate Connections

‘Zeugma of Black Sea’ 3,500 years older than previously thought  Daily Sabah (Chuck L)

A judge just dismissed efforts to stop pesticides and GMO crops from being used in wildlife refuges Salon (David L)

Sharing language with the world Indian Country (Chuck L)

Ann Arbor decriminalizes magic mushrooms, psychedelic plants Associated Press (David L)

#COVID-19

Covid deaths cross ‘agonising’ 1m milestone BBC

A Modest Proposal: We Should Hibernate Through the Rest of the Pandemic Vice (resilc)

Dreading a dark winter lockdown? Think like a Norwegian Guardian

Science/Medicine

‘Super Healthy’ College Student Dies of Rare Covid-19 Complications New York Times

Vitamin D sufficiency, a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D at least 30 ng/mL reduced risk for adverse clinical outcomes in patients with COVID-19 infection PLOS

Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans won’t take Trump’s word on vaccine Axios (resilc)

US

N.Y.C. Reports Large Uptick in Virus Cases New York Times (J-LS)

Two NFL teams close facilities after league’s first COVID-19 outbreak ESPN (resilc)

UK/Europe

Britain Will Seek Coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ Covertly or by Default, Thanks to an Inability to Get anything Done CounterPunch (resilc)

Sweden Lifts Audience Cap for Restaurant Events 10-Fold to 500 Bloomberg

Finance/Economy

Austerity is coming for New York City. It doesn’t have to. Slate

Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as coronavirus slams theme park business CNBC

Inside the airline industry’s meltdown Guardian (Dr. Kevin)

“Why are we pretending it’s all over?” Miami restaurants wrestle with new COVID rules Miami Herald (resilc)

China?

Does this US military uniform suggest it is preparing for war with China? South China Morning Post

India

Road safety pays: If India cuts accidents by half, it could add 14% to GDP per capita by 2038 The Scroll (J-LS)

Brexit

Internal market bill passed by Commons despite Tory concerns Guardian (Kevin W). Hoo boy.

Brexit: slow progress Richard North. Note the bullish story comes from The Times, which has the worst record of overhyping Brexit “progress” of any major UK pub.

A TERRIBLE BORDER IS REBORN? IRELAND AND A NO-DEAL BREXIT Centre for European Reform (guurst)

New Cold War

Caucasus conflict heralds clash of the titans Asia Times (Kevin W)

Armenia Says Warplane Downed; Azerbaijan and Turkey Deny It Military.com

Syraqistan

No wonder Pompey and his friend Jeffries won’t give up on Syria! No wonder. Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Brussels drafts rules to force Big Tech to share data Financial Times

Hacking a Coffee Maker Bruce Schneier

Imperial Collapse Watch

Elite Quality Report 2020: 32 Country Scores and Global Rank SSRN (resilc)

For ‘Ike,’ A Monument Unlike Any Other: Eisenhower Memorial Is Dedicated In D.C. NPR (Chuck L)

Trump Transition

These are the countries with the biggest immigration gains and losses under Trump Quartz (resilc)

Trump’s FCC Is Using Junk Data to Downplay Broadband Woes Wired (resilc)

Trump Authorizes $22 Billion Alaska-Alberta Railway Construction Sputnik (Kevin W)

Supreme Court nominee gives no clues in GOP meeting The Hill

2020

Tensions and insults in the battle for Florida lay bare America’s divisions Guardian

Meet a Secret Trump Voter New York Times (resilc)

Our Tax Code Is Designed To Create Donald Trump HuffPost (UserFriendly)

Judge Scrutinizes Justice Dept. Request to Drop Michael Flynn Case New York Times (Kevin W)

Debate Post Mortems. More from Lambert in Water Cooler, but some starter grist…

From TBellT with the caveat: “I try to view anything Luntz with a skeptical eye but this is the most rational reaction to me.”

Borat Congratulates ‘Premier Trump’ on Great Debate Victory Daily Beast (David L)

The worst presidential debate of all time The Week

Voting

In Brooklyn, Many Absentee Ballots Have Errors, Voters Say New York Times (resilc)

Voters Across Brooklyn Get Absentee Ballot Return Envelopes With Wrong Name and Address Brownstoner (J-LS)

How democracies can claim back power in the digital world MIT Technology Review

Should the United States Stay United? Nation

Swarm of small earthquakes rattles Bay Area SF Chronicle (David L). So when do the locusts arrive?

ProPublica: Ohio Just Ordered GM to Repay $28 Million in Tax Breaks for Closing the Lordstown Auto Plant

Uber driver accused of killing passenger returns to jail; bond payment not lawful, judge rules Tulsa World (Chuck C)

911 System Down? After Widespread Outage, Authorities Plead For People to Avoid Test Calls Newsweek (BC)

The July Trade Release Menzie Chinn

Powered by Stimulus & Rent/Mortgage Payments “Not Made,” US Trade Deficit Hits Record Worst Terrible Level Ever Wolf Richter

From Kevin S:

Did you know that Nassim Taleb has something in common with Spider-Man? The Black Swan Man comic stars Nassim as a protagonist thatdeadlifts with Arnold Schwarzenegger, saves Erik Schatzker on Christmas morning and protects a grandmother from investing too heavily in stocks.

They also take aim at Alan Greenspan, Ray Dalio and ousted CalPERS CIO Ben Meng. This is certainly a unique approach for providing insights and criticism.

The comic also features Black Swan Man’s colleague Mark Spitznagel of Universa Investments, and I thought it was out of the box approach to highlight relevant investing news and current events.

Antidote du jour (CV):

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