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Fifth endangered Bengal tiger born in Cuban zoo Reuters (Furzy Mouse).
The weird contradictions rendering the US economy inexplicable Quartz
Bank of England raises interest rates in bid to tame inflation Al Jazeera. Commentary:
Lest there be any doubt, I’m making a policy observation not a policy recommendation. https://t.co/59L7JoaBQf
— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) August 4, 2022
Wildfires destroy almost all forest carbon offsets in 100-year reserve, study says FT
Coral levels in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef are at the highest in 36 years NPR
Inefficient Building Electrification Will Require Massive Buildout of Renewable Energy and Seasonal Energy Storage Nature
Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios PNAS
Will anti-vaccine activism in the USA reverse global goals? Peter Hotez, Nature
Update: The Number of People Not Up to Date on Vaccination in Counties with Elevated COVID-19 Community Levels is Growing KHN
And Then There Were 31…The Latest 10 Covid Vaccines to Reach the Phase 3 Results Milestone Hilda Bastian, Absolutely Maybe
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Post–COVID-19 Symptoms and Conditions Among Children and Adolescents — United States, March 1, 2020–January 31, 2022, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Compared with patients aged 0–17 years without previous COVID-19, those with previous COVID-19 had higher rates of acute pulmonary embolism (adjusted hazard ratio = 2.01), myocarditis and cardiomyopathy (1.99), venous thromboembolic event (1.87), acute and unspecified renal failure (1.32), and type 1 diabetes (1.23), all of which were rare or uncommon in this study population.”
Biden will keep aircraft carrier group in the South China Sea but postpone missile test CNBC
How are the Taiwanese not worried? Taipology
An invasion of Taiwan would shut down global chip production as ‘nobody can control TSMC by force.’ PC Gamer (Re Silc).
China sanctions US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi AP
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Wall Street CEOs Want Zero Quarantine for Hong Kong’s Big Summit Bloomberg
Apple supplier Foxconn expands India iPhone production, further diversifying supply chain away from mainland China South China Morning Post
How and why China is centralizing its billion-tonne iron ore trade Mining.com
Russia’s foreign minister makes official visit to Myanmar AP
New evidence shows how Myanmar’s military planned the Rohingya purge Reuters
The skeptics are wrong: The U.S. can confront both China and Russia Josh Rogin, WaPo
The US-Led Drive to Isolate Russia and China Is Falling Short Bloomberg. “Fog in Channel, Continent Cut Off.”
New Not-So-Cold War
Military Briefing: Himars fuel Ukraine hopes of ‘limited’ counter-offensive FT. Oh.
Ukraine forces endangering civilians: Amnesty France24
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Keeping Europe Warm This Winter Comes Down to Asia’s Weather Bloomberg
‘The turbine works’: Germany’s Scholz blames Russia in energy row Al Jazeera. Photo caption: “German Chancellor OIaf Scholz stands next to a gas turbine meant to be transported to the compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Russia during his visit to Siemens Energy’s site in Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany.”
Will a New War Crash Europe’s Azerbaijani Gas Dreams? Foreign Policy
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Who are the Winners in the Black Sea Grain Deal? International Crisis Group
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Zelensky ‘not all he’s portrayed as’ by Western media (video) Sky News, YouTube (Andrei Martyanov).
New clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh signal ripple effects from Ukraine Responsible Statecraft
What kind of economy are we building? Julia Svyridenko, Events in Ukraine. Privatization. Svyridenko is First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Brittney Griner: Russian court jails US basketball star on drug charges Deutsche Welle
Truth About Beirut Port Blast Cannot Be Hidden, Pope Says Maritime Logistics Professional
Atlantic Council panel on 2022 African Economic Outlook pushes for ‘Africa agenda’ at COP 27 Maravi Post
White House to Establish Office on Long Covid Rolling Stone
US 2022-23 spring wheat output seen at bumper levels on higher yields Hellenic Shipping News
Prenatal exposure to famine and the development of hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes in adulthood across consecutive generations: a population-based cohort study of families in Suihua, China The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. From the Conclusion: “Prenatal exposure to famine remarkably increases hyperglycemia risk in 2 consecutive generations of Chinese adults independent of known T2D risk factors, which supports the notion that prenatal nutrition plays an important role in the development of T2D across consecutive generations of Chinese adults.”
SoftBank Emerges as a Big Loser of the Tech Downturn. Again. WSJ
Coinbase Asks Supreme Court to Halt Account-Holder Suits Bloomberg
BlackRock Teams Up With Coinbase in Crypto Market Expansion Bloomberg. Seems legit.
Our Famously Free Press
Most Of The “Fact-Checking” Organizations Facebook Uses in Ukraine Are Directly Funded by Washington Mint Press
New Media Are As Intertwined With Imperial Power As Old Media Caitlin Johnstone (ctlieee).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Patrick Lawrence: Language and Its Enemies Scheerpost
“A Good Life” From the Forests of Arduinna (DJG).
How Crazy-Ass Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” Saved America Matt Taibbi, TK News
Girl chewed through restraints in bold escape from week of captivity in Alabama NBC. So, optimism!
Antidote du jour (via):
BREAKING: the famous wild jaguar named El Jefe who lived in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains from 2011-2015 has reappeared through remote camera detection 7 years later in central Sonora, Mexico. He has traveled hundreds of miles & crossed the border twice. pic.twitter.com/YX5jNpjCFx
— Russ McSpadden (@PeccaryNotPig) August 4, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.