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G-20 meeting on finance ends without communiqué, but progress on food Bloomberg

Scientists have found a way to save energy and boil water more efficiently Scientific Alert (KW). Now comes the scaling part.

Long queues are back at US food banks as inflation reaches high levels AP

Car seizures on the rise – a wake-up call for the used car market CBS

Slow erosion of Amazon’s power Matt Stoller, BIG

Nearly half of Gen Zers use TikTok and Instagram for search instead of Google, according to Google’s own data. business insider

Climate

We need to sequester carbon, not just stop emitting it MIT Technology Overview

Climate change poses a far greater threat to the global economy than the Covid-19 pandemic, amid rising intensity of heatwaves and floods, Swiss Re notes. South China Morning Post

UK issues first red extreme heat warning Observers

Ice is melting:

# COVID-19

Most of the US population currently lives in areas with high levels of Covid-19 due to the spread of sub-variant BA.5 WSJ. The story is based on the infamous “Community levels“A metric that means disguises are even considered at least two weeks late. Of course, Los Angeles is considering introducing the mask on July 29th, so do it two weeks a month.

Wave BA.5 is what normal COVID looks like Atlantic (DL). Joe, Tony, Rochelle, well done.

The traditional vaccine Novavax for COVID-19 may soon appear in the US. Most unvaccinated adults won’t hesitate morning consultation

A new study suggests shingles and measles vaccines may protect against severe COVID-19. Cleveland.com. Big if true.

The future of the intranasal vaccine: what do we need to know? Times of India. The authors believe that nasal vaccines may not sterilize; BBV154 Still in trials.

China?

‘Too easy to borrow’: Debt haunts youth despite China’s focus on fintech microcredit South China Morning Post

Growth hopes in China rest on troubled local government financing mechanisms FT. About the riots on the coast of Henan:

China Marine Report No. Figure 22: Logistical Support for the Cross-Strait Invasion: A View from Beijing (PDF) China Institute of Marine Research, US Naval War College

Guangdong releases the world’s first wearable air conditioner What is China Reading?

Myanmar

Myanmar orders companies and banks to suspend payments on foreign loans – media Reuters

China-supported illegal rare earth mining on the rise in northern Myanmar Irrawaddy

Malaysian assets are at global risk as the Sultan’s heirs, who are Philippine citizens, are seeking US$15 billion in damages. South China Morning Post

India

RBI creates a settlement system in rupees Hindu

UK / EU

Amazing letter:

Gut the system and then have staff manage the “risk” created by your own actions.

Is Paul Mason’s parliamentary activity a Trojan horse for British intelligence? Gray zone. Unlike Parliamentary Labor and the press?

Ripping BoJo is another new one:

Yet BoJo, with terrifying tenacity, remains at the top of the fat pole.

New not-so-cold war

Ukraine: Can Russia still win the war? FT

Russia showed how Shoigu rewards troops for fighting in Ukraine Radio Free Europe

Ukraine peace talks in the cards? Indian highlight. Straws in the wind.

“There is no good historical example” for the war in Ukraine Mirror. On territory: Kissinger: “I never once said that Ukraine should give up any territory. I said that 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 old status quo.” “Ideally” does quite a lot of work there, which greatest coverage seems to know.

Gazprom stated that there is no Nord Steam 1 turbine. German wave. Maybe President Manchin could call Trudeau?

Speaking of harpoons Andrey Martyanov, Memories of the Future

Biden administration

Tucker Carlson claims a 2020 campaign witness says Biden took “pills” under the supervision of wife Jill before every public appearance and was “like a baby” without medication. Daily mail. Big if it’s true; it would also seem that Hunter comes from his penchant for self-medication, to be honest….

Biden fails to secure security and oil commitments at Arab summit Reuters

IRS refuses to fix controversial ‘math error’ notices that baffle millions of taxpayers fast company

democrats in Deshabil

Promises, promises:

The game has begun Eschaton.

abortion

Op/Ed: dr. Caitlin Bernard has the right to protect the privacy of a 10-year-old rape victim Indianapolis Star

a lack of

We should worry about food prices more than gas prices, BlackRock’s Fink warns. FT

Bezl

Musk said that no self-driving Tesla has ever crashed. By that time, regulators were already aware of 8 Los Angeles Times

A wide range of routers are being attacked by new and unusually sophisticated malware. Ars Technique

Capitol Capitol

The Ministry of Justice is activated in January. 6. Investigation of those in Trump’s orbit WSJ

DOJ Wants Longer Term for Capitol Riot They Called a Domestic Terrorist NBC

Big Brother is watching you

Here are the Orwellian details of the US patent approved by JPMorgan for its extensive employee spying system Wall Street on parade

Perestroika and legitimacy

Episode 257: Not Yet Statistics (podcast) Trilbilly Labor Party. Former NGO employees share their sorrows…..

Growing support for political violence is alarming Hill

Poll: Many Trump voters in red state say they would be ‘better off’ if their state seceded from the US Yahoo News. Yahoo News / YouGov poll.

Imperial crumbling clock

The West is experiencing a reduction in its power Internationalist 360°

class war

Hidden fees that make your bananas and everything else cost more Pro Publica (Resilc).

How Uber gained access to world leaders, deceived investigators and used violence against its drivers in the fight for world domination International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

On Joe Byrne’s “Class Struggle Unionism” industrial worker

Games People Play: The Revolutionary 1964 Human Relations Model That Changed How We (Mis) Understand Ourselves and Each Other Marginal. Please note that there is good games: Happy to Help, Bus Vacation, They’ll Be Glad They Know Me, House Wise Man.

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