Links 9/4/2022

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A Prole’s Guide to Drinking: What Beer to Quaff on Labor Day Slate

Telescope searching for space treasure unearths giant planet The Times

A New Study Confirms That Gravity has Remained Constant for the Entire age of the Universe Universe Today Universe Today (Furzy)

Leak ruins NASA moon rocket launch bid; next try weeks away AP. Resilc: “F-35 quality control comes to NASA”

The Epidemic Facing Ash Trees McGill (Resilc)


Help from kelp: how Maine lobstermen are holding back the tide of warming oceans The National

Zimbabwe moves 2,500 wild animals because of climate change NBC News

Radioactive Waste ‘Everywhere’ at Ohio Oilfield Facility, Says Former Worker DeSmog (Furzy)


Urgent aid appeal launched as satellite images show a third of Pakistan underwater The Guardian

Rising heat and drought fuel unequal access to safe drinking water LA Times


The benefits of an Omicron specific COVID-19 booster, explained by an epidemiologist CBC

Cutting COVID isolation and mask mandates will mean more damage to business and health in the long run The Conversation

The growing evidence that Covid-19 is leaving people sicker FT (Anthony L)

Information Note – Cases of pneumonia due to unknown cause under investigation in Tucuman, Argentina Pan American Health Organization


WHO: Declining monkeypox cases prove outbreak can be stopped or even eliminated The Hill

Map of Monkeypox Cases by US State Data Herald. Based on CDC data.


US approves $1.1bn Taiwan arms sale, angering China BBC

China Banks See Bad Property Loans Piling Up  Nikkei


‘Friendly ties’: Myanmar’s top general to visit Russia Al Jazeera

Blinken Denounces New 3-Year Prison Term for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi VOA


To Be a Vulture in India Is Still To Be Constantly Threatened The Wire Science (Jerri-Lynn)


Karish gas field: Are Lebanon and Israel preparing for war? Middle East Eye

To Renew or Not to Renew the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement, That is the Question Counterpunch

Iran equips its cities with civil defense systems amid Israel, US tensions Jerusalem Post

Cost-of-living crisis in Middle East likely to mean further ‘repression’ Middle East Eye

Old Blighty

Fresh round of strikes in the UK affects freight RailFreight

New Not-So-Cold War

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant loses main powerline again, UN nuclear watchdog says ABC Australia

ACURA Viewpoint: David C. Speedie: Book Review: ‘How the West Brought War to Ukraine’ American Committee for US-Russia Accord (Resilc)

Death of Russian oil exec highlights suspicious ends met by those who crossed the Kremlin NBC News (Furzy)

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Dead of Winter Doomberg

European Commission Calls For Price Cap On Russian Natural Gas

Russia says it will stop selling oil to countries that set price caps Reuters

Europe’s Energy Crisis Deepens After Russia Keeps Pipeline Shut Bloomberg

New Fertilizer Production Cuts Heighten Concerns for Global Food Supplies GRO Intelligence

United States and Europe Shoot Themselves In the Head and Blame Russia Larry Johnson

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On top of the $44.5 billion already sent this year and billions more since the 2014 US-backed coup

Biden Administration

Biden’s goal to end hunger by 2030 and his new food conference, explained NPR. $2.5 million. To host a conference.

Biden speech denouncing Trump, ‘MAGA ideology’ sparks threats, calls for violence Yahoo News

GOP Clown Car

Republicans Have Only Themselves to Blame for Their Alaskan Defeat Atlantic (Furzy)

Democrats en déshabillé

John Podesta to Oversee $370 Billion in U.S. Climate Spending New York Times.

Obama Legacy

Why Obama-Era Economists Are So Mad About Student Debt Relief The American Prospect

Groves of Academe

Guillotine Watch

Everyone pays the cost as the rich keep spending FT

Class Warfare

Ohio School Hiring Ex-Military for “Strike Security” – 6,000 Seattle Teachers Move to Strike – Univ of Minnesota Strike Could be Next Payday Report

Labor Day is May 1 Jacobin

The US has a ruling class – and Americans must stand up to it Bernie Sanders. The Guardian (Furzy)

Zeitgeist Watch

Hun Sen challenged by ‘doomsday cult’ Bangkok Post. Furzy: “Too weird!”

‘Honor Her Memory… by Fighting Like Hell’: Barbara Ehrenreich Dies at 81 Common Dreams

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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