This bird can predict the intensity of a hurricane season. Here’s how. National Geographic
Is Cheap Gas Worth Our Children’s Health? The Brockovich Report
Discovering a Green Marx: Kohei Saito’s Marx in the Anthropocene Protean Magazine
Drought-hit Panama Canal to restrict access for one year Agence France Presse
Eugenics, straight up (1):
— Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) August 25, 2023
Not one single mention of airborne transmisson, ventilation, or masking. Not one. Cohen does, of course, mention “common sense strategies like washing your hands.”
Eugenics, straight up (2):
Covid and countless other threats to human health will always be with us. If you avoid having fun because of covid, you will never again have fun.
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) August 26, 2023
What kind of Propagandaministerium are they running over there at the Stanford School of Medicine, anyhow?
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Patients asked a CDC advisory panel to be more transparent. Then their comments disappeared. Source NM. The deck: “CDC re-posts YouTube recording of public meeting after taking it down.”
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Excess All-Cause Mortality in China After Ending the Zero COVID Policy JAMA. From the Abstract: “[A]n estimated 1.87 million excess deaths occurred among individuals 30 years and older during the first 2 months after the end of China’s zero COVID policy. Excess deaths predominantly occurred among older individuals and were observed across all provinces in mainland China, with the exception of Tibet.” Life is cheap in the Orient. As opposed to the West, where every life matters.
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As schools resume, CDC reports new rise in COVID emergency room visits from adolescents CBS. NC readers know that ER Covid visits have been increasing for weeks.
BRICS is fake Noah Smith, Noahpinion. If Biden wants to call BRICS, who picks up the phone on the other end?
How China’s economic crisis serves as unparalleled trial by fire for Premier Li Qiang South China Morning Post
Non-Events New Left Review. Chinese painting.
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine’s army has broken through the first line of Russian defense in ‘bloody, long, and slow’ counteroffensive, US Gen. Milley says Business Insider. I’m not seeing aerial photos or videos with dragons’ teeth.
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The Ukrainian counteroffensive has already failed. The West could limit the damage by opening negotiations with Moscow. Exclusive interview with Professor Geoffrey Roberts (Google translate) Strumenti Politici
How Russia’s War In Ukraine Could ‘Collapse’ 1945. This pearl of wisdom:
Moltke lays out the logic succinctly: “”The tactical defense is the stronger [form of war], the strategic offensive the more effective form—and the only one that leads to the goal.”” In other words, the contender that seizes or occupies some object or parcel of territory, then defends it tactically, primes itself for strategic and ultimately political success. In colloquial terms: grab something and hold it, and dare your enemy to come and take it back while fighting at a daunting disadvantage. For the German sage, in short, waging offense through defense blazes a path to triumph.
Hmm. Maybe if the Confederacy had tried that….
Time and Logistics are Working Against Ukraine National Interest
Ukraine’s Vain Search for Wonder Weapons The American Conservative
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SITREP 8/26/23: Wagner Denouement and BRICS Rebirth Simplicius the Thinkers(s)
Who killed Yevgeny Prigozhin? Gilbert Doctorow
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Trump’s Prosecution Is America’s Last Hope Wired. The deck: “Social norms—not laws—are the underlying fabric of democracy. The Georgia indictment against Donald Trump is the last tool remaining to repair that which he’s torn apart.” So we’re prosecuting Trump because the Norms Fairy is having a sad? Really?
A Trump Victory Would Create a Constitutional Crisis David Atkins, Washington Monthly. Personally, I think normalizing the concept that one party’s election officials can take another party’s candidates off the ballot in “self-executing” fashion is already a Constitutional crisis (albeit a crisis in our unwritten Constitution, since political parties are not Constitutional entities. I say this, in full multitude-containing mode, having just slagged “norms” above).
Trump co-defendant denied bond, held in jail The Hill. “Harrison Floyd, the leader of Black Voices for Trump.”
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Open challenges in LLM research Chip Huyen
The Myth of Global Grain Shortages Business & Finance
The polycrisis Aeon
Overcoming fear Funding the Future. “Fire and fear, good servants, bad lords.” –Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness
The Vicious, Multibillion-Dollar War Over Sports Trading Cards The New Republic
How Musk, Thiel, Zuckerberg, and Andreessen—Four Billionaire Techno-Oligarchs—Are Creating an Alternate, Autocratic Reality Vanity Fair. They are the oligarchs who currently get the most press. But there are others, just as “effective.”
Antidote du jour (via):
very beautiful noble animalpic.twitter.com/BA9yGLL4vz
— Enezator (@Enezator) August 24, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.