Links 02.07.2022 | naked capitalism

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Lambert and I, and many readers, agree that Ukraine has created the worst information environment ever. We hope that readers will cooperate in softening the fog of war – both real fog and stage fog – in the comments. None of us need more support and repetition of unlinked memes; there are platforms for that. Pom-poms of little value without references will be destroyed without delay.

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Out of the Forest: We have thought of humans for a century or more as creatures of the savanna, shaped in every way by pastoral life. Not this way. Aeon

How to know that you are not sleeping? Ted-Ed

Finding out how neurons actually work Economist

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be killed by pom-pom molecules NewScientist

Lost in space: astronauts try to restore bone density France24. I thought astronauts used whole body vibration plates before and after for bone density and muscle strength…

# COVID-19

Science / Medicine

UK / Europe

Covid in Scotland: One in 18 had the virus last week BBC


California COVID levels seem as high as ever: ‘Wastewater never lies’ Sacramento B


Chinese air group simulates strike on aircraft carriers near Taiwan: J-16, J-11B, Su-30 and H-6 combat aircraft are involved Military watches

In the chip war, Korea spends heavily to get ahead of China Asia Times

Climate / Environment

The White House did not push for funding for a key energy-saving tool american avenue

Supreme Court environmental ruling is not the only legal attack on the environment Voice

Old Blighty

Queen’s Secret Influence on Laws Revealed in Scottish Government Memorandum The keeper

Beauty France

The revived left of France can stop Emmanuel Macron in his path Jacobin

Does Hungary offer a glimpse into our authoritarian future? New Yorker

The aristocratic failure of Ursula von der Leyen Foreign policy

New not-so-cold war


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Doomed to fail Western sanctions Critic

Anatomy of Germany’s dependence on Russian natural gas Mirror

Russia seizes control of Sakhalin gas project and raises stakes with the West Reuters and The Sakhalin-2 LNG project will be transferred from a Bermuda operator to a Russian operator Interfax

Why the US could be the real winner in the energy wars Financial Times

Russia demands rubles for grain exports RT. The boy hollowed out RT. Buyers can pay in their own currency, but they must open accounts with Gazprombank in order for Gazprom to exchange currency.

Fears grow that India is a back door to Europe for Russian oil The keeper

Exclusive: Ukraine asks Turkey to detain a Russian-flagged ship it says is carrying Ukrainian grain Reuters

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Exclusive: EU close to compromise deal to defuse standoff with Russia over Kaliningrad region Reuters


Yemen in purgatory Catalyst

Unholy Alliance: Hindutva and Zionism Cradle

“They won’t come with trucks to deport us, but the goal is the same” 972 Magazine

“Strengthening efforts to exclude women from public life in Afghanistan”: India at UNHRC The wire

Big Brother is watching you

The smart pet door uses AI-based facial recognition to only let your pets be indoors flipboard

Your Fitbit has stolen your soul Nestado

Google receives more privacy complaints over ‘deceptive’ registration process [Updated] Ars Technique

Imperial crumbling clock

Empire Burlesque: what will happen after the American century Harpers

Biden Announces Changes to US Force Deployment in Europe US Department of Defense

How the System Was Falsified: The Global Economic Order and the Myth of Sovereignty Foreign policy


Biden continues Trump’s privatization of Medicare. Here’s what you need to know. Wendell Potter

Clown GOP car

“It was all just a show”: confessions of a Republican hitman Politico


Court extension case until November LiberalCurrents

The Supreme Court decided to leave the administrative state alone – for now New republic

Confidence in US Supreme Court falls to new low Statistics

A Giant Pool of Money During the Pandemic: New book details the scammers extracting federal money during COVID and the disastrous budgetary decisions that enabled them american avenue

Proposal to Teach Slavery as “Involuntary Relocation” Submitted to Texas Board of Education NBC


The Fresh Hell of Depending on Your Employer for Access to Abortion In these times

Should companies be held accountable for the availability of abortion? Politico

U.S. Supreme Court White Spots on Abortion Financial Times

Feminism has made a Faustian deal with celebrity culture. Now it’s paying off. The newspaper “New York Times

We must not destroy what works in our economy Nation

The nearest forecast of the US economy Adam Ace

Adam Tooze answers your questions about inflation Foreign policy

Out with the Old: Is Neoliberalism Really Dying? New statesman

McKinsey, Consiglieri of the Opioid Crisis Pluralistic (Corey Doctorow)

The EU is trying to curb the “Wild West” of crypto assets with new rules The keeper

class war

Most Hospitals Ignore Federal Law Requiring Price Transparency Jacobin

Enemy inside? Not likely… Most people understand why we need unions ready to strike The keeper

I got fired for unionizing with Starbucks. And I would do it again. Jacobin

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