Links 6/18/2022 | naked capitalism

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Greenland Polar Bears Adapt to Life Without Sea Ice Wall Street Journal and A Secret Polar Bear Population Has Been Found in an ‘Impossible’ Location Science (Chuck L). Problem is not sea ice per se, but specialization of diet.

The Cracked Wisdom of Dril New Yorker (furzy)

Our Powerful, Shiny New Space Telescope Got Its First Upsetting Ding Atlantic (David L)

World’s Largest Computing Society Makes Thousands of Research Articles Freely Available; Opens First 50 Years Association for Computer Machinery Backfile (David L)

Exercising before or after a flu vaccine may make it work better New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)

#COVID-19

Science/Medicine

Epidemiological characterization of SARS-CoV-2 variants in children over the four COVID-19 waves and correlation with clinical presentation Nature (Kevin W)

Omicron wave: How big a covid-19 surge could the subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 cause? New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)

UK/Europe

German health minister hints at stricter winter COVID rules DW (resilc)

Asia

Another Mystery Disease Is Spreading Amid North Korea’s COVID Outbreak Vice (resilc)

Which works better to handle a pandemic – democracy or autocracy? South China Morning Post

US

Gov. Ron DeSantis clashes with Biden White House over decision that Florida won’t order vaccines for children under 5 Business Insider (Kevin W)

Climate/Environment

Under federal pressure, Colorado River water managers face unprecedented call for conservation KUNC (David L)

Powerful ‘smoke twister’ spotted in Arizona BBC (resilc)

Sauna-like heat dome is set to smother 50 MILLION Americans with tropical humidity this week: 110f weather could smash records set in 1925 – as Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina brace for highs Daily Mail. Erm, in NYC, oddly not much in the 2010 onward but nearly all the time before that, you’d have 2-3 days each year of >100 degree weather. We’re only forecast to get 2 here in Birmingham.

Record early heatwave hits France as fires flare in Spain France24 (resilc)

Japan battles flooding amid deepening climate crisis Financial Times (David L)

Climate change: New Zealand’s plan to tax cow and sheep burps BBC (furzy)

China?

Sullivan reiterates ‘one-China policy’ as US in domestic chaos seeks to ‘stabilize ties’ with China Global Times. Clearly only a temporary de-escalation.

China launches third aircraft carrier, the Fujian Al Jazeera. Resilc: “As stupid as our navy.”

India

Why India must decouple from I2U2 Indian Punchline (Kevin W)

New Not-So-Cold War

St Petersburg International Economic Forum Plenary session Kremlin. Full text of Vladimir Putin’s speech. Important.

The old world is over: Key takeaways from Putin’s first major speech since Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine RT (Kevin W)

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Interview on BBC YouTube. OMG see at 21:50.

Russian Defense Ministry sees as insufficient US explanations on biolabs in Ukraine TASS (guurst)

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Biden tries to climb down from Ukraine ledge Asia Times (resilc)

Boris Johnson promises Ukraine UK-led troop training scheme on Kyiv visit Guardian

The End of War Fatigue German-Foreign-Policy (Anthony L)

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Italy may declare state of alert on gas next week – sources Reuters

French Nuclear Outages Risk Making Europe’s Gas Crisis Worse Bloomberg

Latest Finland reactor delay raises winter power supply concerns Reuters

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SCOTT RITTER AND LARRY JOHNSON “DEBATE” UKRAINE Larry Johnson. Haven’t watched this yet but should be good.

Women who escaped from Azot spoke about foreign mercenaries at the plant RIA (via GoogleTranslate, original here)

For Ukrainian troops, a need arises: Javelin customer service Washington Post (resilc)

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Atom-Smashing CERN to ‘Terminate’ Work With Russia, Belarus Associated Press

The ‘craziest thing’ about seizing Russian superyachts is the US has to pay for them, Biden’s national security advisor says on hot mic Business Insider (resilc)

Syraqistan

Syrian farmers in NE province struggling under U.S. ban on wheat sales, severe draught Xinhua (resilc)

Russia, Iran won’t endorse Turkish military operation in Syria Al-Monitor. So Erdogan wants to nibble some of Syria (“because Kurds!”) when Russia was presumably too busy with Ukraine and too much in Turkey’s debt to make a stink. Wellie, Russia is not standing pat.

Russian Escalations in Syria Risk Direct Conflict With U.S., Military Officials Warn Wall Street Journal. Notice how you have to look really hard to find a mention of the Kurds. And Russia did see this coming. On June 15, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said (hat tip John Helmer):

I would like to remind you that US forces are currently deployed in Syria. I suggest that you attend to what US troops are doing in Syria. Nobody has invited them there: neither individual regions of that country, nor the government in Damascus or civil society. But the American troops are there. Now, ask yourself if you are complying with international law. If you do, you have a right to demand an answer from other countries as well. Or do you regard international law as an instrument of your policy and think that you have a right to provide moral assessments of all others? There is only one answer to the question about what US troops are doing in Syria: they are trying to seize the resources which belong to the Syrian people and which the United States needs.

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Conti’s Attack Against Costa Rica Sparks a New Ransomware Era Wired

Costa Rica chaos a warning that ransomware threat remains Associated Press (David L)

Assange

Global condemnations of Assange extradition order as Australian government refuses to defend persecuted journalist WSWS

I know we should want this for Assange but I would very much enjoy watching heads in the US explode:

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Hinges of History Creak: The future will develop not necessarily to the West’s advantage. Aurelien

Last Tango in Washington? Consortium News (Chuck L)

Why Does the United States Have a Military Base in Ghana? CounterPunch (resilc)

1/6

Jesse Watters: Stephen Colbert employees arrested for breaching Capitol building Fox. Clip is overlong but does give the info known at the time of taping.

GOP Clown Car

How Republicans Can Win on Immigration Atlantic. Resilc: “We need labor. Healthcare aides, roofers, truckers, worker bees. Unlikely low skilled will make it anytime soon legally.”

Democrats en déshabillé

Gavin Newsom’s Case for a More Aggressive Democratic Party Atlantic. Resilc: “Not a deep DNC bench.”

Our No Longer Free Press

Remains of UK journalist Phillips identified in Brazil BBC

Woke Watch

Kamala Harris announces launch of White House ‘task force’ to stop online ‘gendered disinformation,’ abuse Fox News (Kevin W)

Supply Chain/Inflation

A tractor-trailer is on its way from Utah with 40,000 pounds of food for a Pittsfield food pantry Berkshire Eagle (resilc)

Tesla (TSLA) significantly increases its electric car prices across its lineup Electrek (resilc)

U.S. Mulls Over Fuel Export Limits OilPrice

I Tried Apple’s Self-Repair Program With My iPhone. Disaster Ensued. New York Times (resilc). From last month, still germane.

The U.S. Economy Is Confusing Everybody Atlantic. Resilc: “Let’s have a war against a major material supplier to the globe. That should work without a hitch.”

New York may partially ban cryptocurrency mining if Hochul doesn’t veto it Politico. A shot across Eric Adams’ bow.

Bitcoin’s Price Falls Below $20,000 Wall Street Journal

Guillotine Watch

Hundreds of SpaceX employees signed letter denouncing Elon Musk’s behavior The Verge (Kevin W)

SpaceX reportedly fired employees behind letter criticizing Elon Musk engadget (Kevin W)

Tesla is sending untrained employees to work on cars as service becomes problematic Electrek (jr)

Antidote du jour (CV):

And a bonus:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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