Released 08/06/2022 | naked capitalism

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Meet the richest dog in the world who sells a mansion for 114 billion shillings, travels in a private jet and owns a yacht. Republic of Matuke (Dr. Kevin)

AI is not smart. Why do people say it is? New York Times (David L.)



The study identified broad-spectrum antibodies that neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern. (Kevin W.)

First Global COVID Animal Tracker Has Gaps, But Still Useful NPR (David L.)

Study shows long-term Covid symptoms affect one in eight Agence France-Presse (resilc). Less number than other accounts.

North America


After repeating early mistakes related to COVID, the world’s largest monkeypox outbreak has occurred in the US. USA Today (rerun)

Mysterious virus that protects against monkeypox BBC (Dr. Kevin)


Europe and the UK fill cars with 17,000 tons of vegetable oil per day Guardian (reworked)

The Promise and Danger of the Scottish Moor BBC (David L.)

Unprecedented rain and flooding closed Death Valley National Park Los Angeles Times (furry)


Code Red: The Human Cost of China’s Rural Bank Crisis Sixth Tone (resilc)

The aftermath of Pelosi

Explanation: How are Chinese military exercises affecting key shipping lanes near Taiwan? Republic of the World (J-LS)

Calls from Pentagon leaders to China go unanswered amid Taiwan crisis Politico. Vash sincerely hoped that Xi would turn down Biden’s request for a call. This would be the strongest signal that China was not interested in Pelosi’s visit.

China ends dialogue with US on military and climate issues and Pelosi’s SANCTIONS due to trip to Taiwan Daily mail (resilc)

Report: White House disagrees with lawmakers over Taiwan Policy Law (Kevin W.)

On the Japanese island of Yonaguni, they fear to be at the forefront of the Taiwan conflict NPR (David L.)

Old Blighty

NHS 111 awaits delays after cyberattack caused system to crash The keeper. Kevin W.: “Now they’re back to pen and paper.”

New not-so-cold war

Ukraine SitRep – Casualty Leaked – Ukraine Recognizes Russian Breakthrough – Southern Front Paralysis Alabama Moon (Chuck L.)

Note that Torygraph posted this story:

Mozart Group: Western ex-military trains Ukrainian recruits Guardian (reworked)

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The EU Council adopted a resolution to reduce the use of gas by 15% Interfax. Notes are voluntary.

Germany must cut gas consumption more than any other EU country: analysis economic times

Norway considers limiting electricity exports to avert internal crisis OilPrice (Kevin W.)

Notes to self… Andrey Martyanov. Watch the embedded video for Spain.

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Report on a three-week visit to St. Petersburg, July 2022 Gilbert Doctorow

Russia Allows Parallel Imports of Some L’Oreal Brands Interfax

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I don’t write these stories… and I wonder why this is now the subject of discussion:

Orban at CPAC draws attention to ‘far-right internationalists’ Washington Post (revised)


Client states rejoice as arms tap reopens for Saudi Arabia and UAE Responsible public administration (resilc)

On the legality of the strike that resulted in the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri Lawfare (David L.)

Al-Qaeda Zawahiri could be a great American pundit Interception (resilc)

Big Brother is watching you

Amazon buys iRobot to look inside your home Edge (Paul R.)

The AA chief advises keeping the keyless fob in a bag, box, or microwave after thieves steal his car. Daily mail (resilc)

Imperial crumbling clock

The Rise and Fall of Empires in the Industrial Age: A History of Reversal of Comparative Advantage NBER (reconversion)

New York City Department of Health says hundreds of people could be infected with polio virus CBS (GM)

US lawmakers demand federal review of how US technology got into Turkish drones Juan Cole (resilc)

Details of FBI investigation into Kavanaugh draw criticism from Democrats New York Times (furry)


Indiana passed a near total ban on abortion, the first to do so since Rowe. Washington Post (embarrassed). Eee. Not Deep South…

democrats and disabled

Do Democrats really settle for Joe Biden? Atlantic (fluffy)

Democrats add stock repurchase tax, scrap earns interest to win over Sinema Hill

Prescription drug prices are high. Could a new Senate bill lower them? Grid. Resilc: “100 billion in ten years zzzzzzzz? Tell jokes. Angry at the Ministry of Defense in a month.”

How the battle over the Democrats’ climate, tax and health care bill will play out Hill

Clown GOP car

Trump rally in Wisconsin where Republicans fight Hill

In the new ad, Dick Cheney called Trump a liar and a “coward.” MSNBC (indistinct). Resilc: “Hi, I’m war criminal Dick Cheney, vote for my kid.”

Greg Abbott says Texas is now bringing migrants to New York. Texas Tribune (furry)

Musk accused Twitter of intentionally miscounting spam users in a counterclaim Guardian (reworked)

Supreme Court upholds life sentence for Mississippi man convicted of marijuana possession KLPC (revised)

Counterfeits, fraud and theft: why Silca changed the return policy CyclingTips (Randy K.)

Alex Jones ordered to pay $42.5 million in punitive damages to Sandy Hook’s parents Wall Street Journal

Guillotine clock

Trouble flying with a dog? Princess Private Jet Rental Wall Street Journal (Dr. Kevin)

class war

17,000 Costco workers strike – 4,500 Columbus teachers union members issue 10-day strike notice – police unions return armed patrol to Washington University Mike Elk

Amazon shipments “hit delays” as the strikes spread to FOUR sites, including Coventry and Bristol. Daily mail (resilc)

UPS installs surveillance cameras in our trucks, but not air conditioners Jacobin (furry)

How Elites Use Identity Politics to Wage Class Warfare CounterPunch (remastered)

Synthetic drugs will spark a new wave of illicit drug use STAT (Dr. Kevin)

Antidote of the day. ChetG:

Since you kindly used one or two of my snowberry photos, I thought you might like the addition of the snowberry’s larger cousin: the hummingbird clear-winged moth.

I’m sorry I don’t have either of them around (which happens, but these photos aren’t sharp enough yet), but usually to tell them apart: Snowberry has dark legs and a black belt. ; The hummingbird has a red belt and light-colored legs.

And bonus:

And the second bonus:

See yesterday’s links and Antidote du Jour gentlemen.

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