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Scientists Have Found a Way to Save Energy And Boil Water More Efficiently Science Alert (KW). Now comes the scaling up part.
The Slow Erosion of Amazon’s Power Matt Stoller, BIG
We need to draw down carbon—not just stop emitting it MIT Technology Review
United Kingdom issues first Red Extreme heat warning The Watchers
Global warming started 150 years ago, the Strait between Baffin Island and Greenland used to freeze over, Inuit from both islands used to cross the ice and there were intermarriages.
Living relatives today still keep in contact but cannot cross the strait on ice anymore.
— angusandersen900 (@AndersenAngus) July 15, 2022
Most of U.S. Population Now in Areas With High Covid-19 Levels as BA.5 Subvariant Spreads WSJ. The story is based on CDC’s infamous “Community Levels” metric, which means that masking is even being considered at least two weeks too late. Of course, Los Angeles is considering imposing mask protection on July 29, so make that two weeks a month.
The BA.5 Wave Is What COVID Normal Looks Like The Atlantic (DL). Joe, Tony, Rochelle, good job.
Vaccines for shingles, measles may protect against severe COVID-19, new research suggests Cleveland.com. Big if true.
Future of intranasal vaccine: What should we know? Times of India. Authors believe nasal vaccines may not be sterilizing; BBV154 still in trials.
‘Too easy to borrow’: debt plagues young people despite China’s scrutiny of fintech microloans South China Morning Post
China growth hopes rest on troubled local government financing vehicles FT. On the Henan bank riots:
He continues: “Instead of compensating the depositors, who are entitled to up to 500,000 yuan, according to government regulations, officials in Henan have done everything imaginable to silence them.”
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) July 17, 2022
China Maritime Report No. 22: Logistics Support for a Cross-Strait Invasion: The View from Beijing (PDF) China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College
Guangdong launches the world’s first wearable air conditioner What China Reads
BREAKING: All hospitals in England told to take “immediate steps” to find extra space for patients so that no ambulance waits longer than 30mins. This must be done despite the extra burden on hospital staff, say NHS chiefs. pic.twitter.com/Jb71x4PC3w
— Shaun Lintern (@ShaunLintern) July 15, 2022
Gut the system and then charge the staff with managing the “risk” your own actions created.
Is Paul Mason’s parliamentary run a Trojan Horse for British intelligence? The Grayzone. As opposed to Parliamentary Labor and the press?
Ripping BoJo another new one:
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) July 16, 2022
And yet BoJo, with awesone tenacity, remains at the top of the greasy pole.
New Not-So-Cold War
Russia Shows Shoigu Awarding Troops For Ukraine Fighting Radio Free Europe
Ukraine peace talks in the cards? Indian Punchline. Straws in the wind.
“There Is No Good Historical Example” for War in Ukraine Der Spiegel. On territory: Kissinger: “At no point did I say that Ukraine should give up any territory. I said the logical dividing line for a ceasefire is the status quo ante.” What Kissinger said at Davos: “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante.” “Ideally” is doing rather a lot of work there, which most coverage seemed to recognize.
Russia’s Gazprom says no sign of Nord Steam 1 turbine Deutsche Welle. Maybe President Manchin could give Trudeau a call?
Speaking of Harpoons Andrei Martyanov, Reminiscences of the Future
Tucker Carlson claims that witness from 2020 campaign says Biden took ‘pills’ under wife Jill’s supervision before every public appearance and was ‘like a child’ without the medication Daily Mail. Big if true; it would also seem that Hunter comes by his tendency to self-medicate honestly….
Democrats en Déshabillé
As president, I will:
– Implement nationwide mask mandates
– Ensure access to regular, reliable, and free testing
– Accelerate the development of treatments and vaccines
I won’t waste any time getting this virus under control.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 7, 2020
Game On Eschaton.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Realignment and Legitimacy
Episode 257: Not Yet A Statistic (podcast) Trillbilly Worker’s Party. Former NGO staffers share their woes…..
Poll: Many red-state Trump voters say they’d be ‘better off’ if their state seceded from U.S. Yahoo News. Yahoo News/YouGov poll.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The West is Experiencing a Contraction of its Power Internationalist 360°
The Hidden Fees Making Your Bananas, and Everything Else, Cost More Pro Publica (Re Silc).
How Uber won access to world leaders, deceived investigators and exploited violence against its drivers in battle for global dominance The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
On Joe Burn’s “Class Struggle Unionism” Industrial Worker
Games People Play: The Revolutionary 1964 Model of Human Relationships That Changed How We (Mis)Understand Ourselves and Each Other The Marginalian. Note that there are good games: Happy to Help, Busman’s Holiday, They’ll Be Glad They Knew Me, Homely Sage
Antidote du jour (via):
Introverts, unite! Separately! 😅 Watch what happened when a meetup of shy pups took place in Sweden pic.twitter.com/TLPp3oxfGT
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 15, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.