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Cultural dinosaurs and creative exhaustion Unfaithful753 (angry bear)
“Biography of a Ghost” Review: In the Footsteps of Robert Johnson Wall Street Journal (Anthony L)
The horrors of Pompeii infinite time
Let people collect semen from the dead Wired (Dr. Kevin)
Exit Hector, Again and Again: How Different Translators Re-Reveal the Iliad New York Times (Anthony L)
SARS-CoV-2 most certainly infects the bone marrow.
Not only in acute infection.
But also chronically, the spike protein is found present in the bone marrow during autopsies of patients who died for other reasons.
I wish I could share more, but…
— Farid Jalali, MD (@farid__jalali) July 5, 2023
Antidepressant prescription associated with lower risk of testing positive for COVID-19 EurekaAlert (furious)
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 6, 2023
China limits ‘potential bargaining chip’ to counter US-led semiconductor ban, experts say South China Morning Post (Chuck L)
Financial sanctions may not deter China from invading Taiwan Economist (furious)
Indonesia’s mineral export bans face global fire Asia Times (Kevin W)
Why the rise of ‘counter-elite’ is bad news for the UK Bloomberg (Li). Turchin is 16 minutes away.
Europe swings right – and reshapes the EU Policy. (Kevin W). As we said from the financial crisis, economic dislocation and little or no growth in real wages make voters more favoring right-wing candidates.
The beautiful France
Communism has deserted the suburbs Unherd (djr)
New not so cold war
Wagner mercenary leader still in Russia despite deal to end mutiny, Belarus chief says NBC. Recall that the agreement for Russia to drop the only criminal charge was conditional on Prigozhin’s departure from Russia. Does Putin dare to arrest him?
Ukraine changes its war tactic to one that will cause it more casualties Alabama Moon. IMHO, the attritional war talk is meant to justify the fact that they are nowhere advancing their original goal, to retake territory from Russia. The Ukrainian leadership continues to act as if the war is just psychological operations while its men are being slaughtered.
.@AKendallTaylor and Erica Frantz explain why political change in Russia will remain elusive as long as the war in Ukraine rages and how a Ukrainian victory could trigger more substantial change in Russian politics.https://t.co/AMHaQF3UCc
— Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) July 6, 2023
Opening of an international office to investigate the war in Ukraine in The Hague Bangkok Post (furious)
Hospitals like this one in Makeevka in the Donetsk Republic are frequently attacked by Ukrainian forces using weapons supplied by the West. Yet these war crimes, which take place daily, even hourly, are silenced and ignored by Western media. pic.twitter.com/jpxFiAQrvu
—Steve Sweeney (@SweeneySteve) July 5, 2023
Russia says it is in touch with possible prisoner swap after US official meets with Evan Gershkovich New York Times (furious). Since yesterday, still relevant.
Türkiye. Erdogan says PKK protests threaten Sweden’s NATO aspirations Middle Eastern eye. Erdogan doubles.
Vladimir Putin’s Useful Idiots Economist (furious). Never give up…
Palestinian families return to rubble in Jenin BBC. Main story.
Western allies drag Iran to UN tribunal over downed plane Agence France-Presse (furious)
US forces blocked Iran from seizing two oil tankers near Oman: Pentagon France Media Agency
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why the American People Should Push for Peace Responsible mindset
In Trump case, Justice Department unseals previously blacked-out portions of search warrant request Associated Press (furious). Embedded Document here.
DOJ zeroes in on Trump January 6 quack election lawyers Probe: report Rolling Stone (furious)
GOP clown car
Poll Labor lawyers Bill Rudy Giuliani $89,000 for missing evidence Daily Beast (Furious)
Substance found in White House confirmed to be cocaine CBS. Main story.
The silence of Kennedy’s most notable critic Sam Hussini. UserFriendy: “A month old, still relevant.”
Man sentenced to life for raping child who traveled for abortion New York Times (furious)
Our press is no longer free
Take that, internet censors! Matt Taibi
STATE OF MISSOURI, ET AL. VERSUS JUDGE TERRY A. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., ET AL. Lambert featured key sections yesterday in Water Cooler. If you have time, see pages 90 to 119 in particular.
Fake news about fake news Boston Review. Anthony L: “And of course The Guardian would love that!”
The global oil price benchmark is undergoing radical reform Economist (Li)
Share of never-married 40-year-olds hits new high Michael Shedlock
AI ranks in the top 1% for original creative thinking PhysOrg (Chuck L)
NYC Anti-Bias Law for Hiring Algorithms Goes into Effect TechCrunch (Kevin W)
Redone footage shows Titan spinning after pilot loses control on mission Independent (furious)
Mark Zuckerberg harasses Elon Musk relentlessly on Meta’s Threads, throwing blow after blow at Twitter failures Business Insider. Given Facebook’s advertisers’ blatant fraud by inflating user numbers to patently impossible levels (such as claiming that subscription totals in key age cohorts in the US exceed the actual population), one must assuming that most Threads subscribers are robots and/or fabricated.
CRE Nightmare for CMBS holders: Office mortgage default rate has biggest six-month spike on record. It’s just the beginning Wolf Richter. Note that these are less held by banks and more held by credit funds. But enough individual banks could have binged to now find themselves in a world of pain.
THE WEIRD WONDERS OF DUBAI: DISCOVER THE ONLY WEIRD SITES YOU CAN ONLY SEE HERE! Spicy things. Starts with a gold-plated Jeep.
Antidote of the day. One I missed in my Bob H inbox: “Rainy day dog”:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Cow enjoying the music.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/S9bhZ0LJ28
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) July 5, 2023
See Yesterday’s Links and Today’s Antidote here.