Economy · August 6, 2022

Connections 06/08/2022 | naked capitalism

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Meet the richest dog in the world who sells a Shs 114 billion mansion, travels by private jet and owns a Matooke Republic yacht (Dr. Kevin)

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


Science / Medicine

Study identifies broad-spectrum antibody that neutralizes variants of concern SARS-CoV-2 (Kevin W)

The first global tracker of animals that contracted COVID has gaps, but NPR is still useful (David L)

Long-term symptoms of Covid affect one in eight, the study suggests Agence France-Presse (resilc). Lower number than other accounts.

North America


After repeating early COVID mistakes, the United States now has the largest monkeypox outbreak in the world USA Today (resilc)

The mysterious virus that protects from monkeypox BBC (Dr. Kevin)

Climate / Environment

Europe and UK pour 17,000 tonnes of cooking oil into vehicles per day Guardian (resilc)

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

Unprecedented rain, floods shut down Death Valley National Park Los Angeles Times (furzy)


Code Red: the human cost of China’s rural banking crisis SixthTone (resilc)

After Pelosi

Explanation: How are Chinese military exercises affecting major sea routes near Taiwan? Republic World (J-LS)

Calls from Pentagon leaders to China remain unanswered during the Taiwan Political Crisis. Yours really hoped that Xi would reject Biden’s request for a phone call. This would have sent the strongest possible message that China did not agree with Pelosi’s visit.

China interrupts dialogue with US on military, climate and SANCTIONS Pelosi on trip to Taiwan Daily Mail (resilc)

Report: White House Opposing Lawmakers Over Taiwan Policy Law (Kevin W)

On the Japanese island of Yonaguni, fears of being at the forefront of a Taiwan NPR conflict (David L)

Cursed Old Man

NHS 111 predicts delays after the cyber attack caused the Guardian system to shut down. Kevin W: “Currently they’re back on pen and paper.”

New war not so cold

Ukraine SitRep – Loss of casualties – Ukraine admits Russian breakthrough – Southern Alabama Moon Front Paralysis (Chuck L)

Note that the Torygraph published this story:

Mozart Group: former Western military man trains Ukrainian Guardian recruits (resilc)

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The Council of the EU adopts the regulation to cut gas consumption by 15% Interfax. Voluntary Note.

Germany needs to reduce gas consumption more than any other EU state: Analysis Economic Times

Norway considers limiting electricity exports to prevent domestic oil price crunch (Kevin W)

Note to myself … Andrei Martyanov. Watch the embedded video about Spain.

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

Russia allows the parallel import of some L’Oreal Interfax brands

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I don’t write these stories … and I wonder why this is a talking point now:

Orban at CPAC focuses on the “international far right” Washington Post (resilc)


Client states rejoice: reopen arms tap for Saudi Arabia, UAE Responsible Statecraft (resilc)

On the legality of the strike that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri Lawfare (David L)

Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri allegedly made a major interception of American experts (resilc)

Big Brother is watching you watch

Amazon buys iRobot to see The Verge inside your home (Paul R)

AA chief claims to keep keyless car remote in case, box, microwave oven after thieves stole his Daily Mail (resilc) car

Imperial collapse clock

Rise and Fall of Empires in the Industrial Age: A History of Changing Comparative Advantages NBER (resilc)

New York Department of Health Says Hundreds of People Could Be Infected with CBS Polio Virus (GM)

US lawmakers call for federal scrutiny over how US technology got into Turkish drones Juan Cole (resilc)

Details on FBI investigation into Kavanaugh draw fire from New York Times Democrats (furzy)


Indiana approves a near-total abortion ban, the first to do so since the Roe Washington Post (furzy). Eek. Not the deep south….

Democrats en deshabille

Are the Democrats really settling for Joe Biden? Atlantic (furious)

Democrats Add Share Buyback Tax, Scrap Carried Interest To Win Sinema On The Hill

The prices of prescription drugs are high. Can the new Senate bill lower them? Grill. Resilc: “100 billion in ten annizzzzzzzz? joke To be pissed off by the Defense Department in a month.

How the Hill Democrats’ battle for climate, taxes and health bills will turn out

GOP clown car

Trump gathers in Wisconsin, where Republicans are attached to The Hill

In the new ad, Dick Cheney accuses Trump of being a liar and a “coward” MSNBC (furzy). Resilc: “Hi, I’m the criminal Dick Cheney, vote for my son”.

Greg Abbott Says Texas Now Buses Migrants to New York City Texas Tribune (furzy)

Musk accuses Twitter of deliberately mis-counting spam users in Guardian (resilc) counterclaim

High Court confirms life imprisonment for Mississippi man convicted of marijuana possession KLPC (resilc)

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

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

Guillotine clock

Having trouble flying with your dog? Rent a private jet for the Princess Wall Street Journal (Dr. Kevin)

class warfare

17,000 Costco workers on strike – 4,500 Columbus Teachers Union members issue 10-day strike notice – Police unions get armed patrol at University of Washington Mike Elk

Amazon’s deliveries “are affected by delays” as strikes spread to FOUR sites including Coventry and Bristol Daily Mail (resilc)

UPS is installing surveillance cameras in our trucks, but not Jacobin air conditioning (furzy)

How elites use identity politics to wage a CounterPunch (resilc) class war

Synthetic drugs will fuel the next wave of STAT drug abuse (Dr. Kevin)

Antidote of the day. ChetG:

Since you’ve kindly used one or two of my Snowberry photos, I thought you’d like the complement, Snowberry’s bigger “cousin”: the hummingbird moth.

I’m sorry I don’t have any side by side (which happens but so far those photos aren’t sharp enough), but as a general rule of thumb to tell the two apart: Snowberry has dark legs and a black headband; clearwing hummingbird has a red headband and light legs.

And a bonus:

And a second bonus:

See Yesterday’s Link and Antidote du Jour here.

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