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Meet the richest dog in the world who sells a mansion worth 114 billion shillings, travels by private jet and owns a yacht in the Matok Republic (Dr. Kevin)
West Texas storm chaser Laura Roe captured the photo of a lifetime, a gorgeous shot of a mature, super-mature thunderstorm, illuminated at varying heights from sunset. pic.twitter.com/MxHsoG7g9N
– Counts My CannaBlessings⁴²⁰🆓️ (IntoTheShitter) August 5, 2022
Artificial intelligence is not conscious. Why do people say that? The New York Times (David L.)
Science / Medicine
Study identifies broad-spectrum antibody that neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern News-medical.net (Kevin W)
The world’s first tracker of animals that have contracted COVID has gaps – but it’s still useful NPR (David L)
A study indicates that prolonged Covid symptoms affect one in eight. Fewer other accounts.
This clip of a covid virus enforcer and climate warrior landing in Costa Rica for the holidays with his family all untouched in a private jet garnered more than 1.3 million views in 24 hours.
People online are angry at Justin Trudeau’s hypocrisy.
But not a single story of men who have sex with men. pic.twitter.com/SXbCvSOxyL
– Avi Section (OzraeliAvi) August 5, 2022
Democrats are telling senators not to get tested for Covid to make sure they can pass their $800 billion spending bill before the summer recess. They can’t lose a single vote, so a positive test for the virus would derail the bill. The rules only apply to colleagues: https://t.co/v4vnddV3w2
Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 5, 2022
After repeating early COVID mistakes, the United States now has the largest outbreak of monkeypox in the world USA Today (resilc)
The mysterious virus that prevents monkeypox BBC (Dr Kevin)
Europe and the UK pump 17,000 tonnes of cooking oil into vehicles per day Guardian (resilc)
The Promise and Peril of Scotland’s Swamp BBC (David L)
Unprecedented rain, floods shut down Death Valley National Park, Los Angeles Times (furious)
Code Red: The Human Cost of China’s Sixth Tone Rural Banking Crisis (resilc)
Explanation: How do Chinese military exercises affect major shipping routes near Taiwan? Republic of the World (J-LS)
Pentagon leaders’ calls for China go unanswered amid Taiwan’s political crisis. Yours faithfully, Xi will decline Biden’s request for a call. This would have sent the strongest possible message that China was not willing to visit Pelosi.
China cuts off dialogue with US on military, climate issues, Pelosi sanctions over Taiwan Daily Mail (Resilc)
Report: White House at odds with lawmakers over Taiwan Antiwar.com policy law (Kevin W)
On the Japanese island of Yonaguni, fears of being on the front line in the Taiwan dispute NPR (David L)
NHS 111 expects delays after a cyber attack causes a disruption to the Guardian system. Kevin W.: “Now they’re back to pen and paper.”
A new not cold war
Ukraine SitRep – Victims Leak – Ukraine admits Russian hack – Southern Front paralyzed Alabama moon (Chuck L)
Note that Torygraph posted this story:
This would be a nice keno but it’s obviously completely made. https://t.co/V5rxQMFU3N
– Russians with Attitude (RWApodcast) August 5, 2022
The Mozart Group: The Former Western Military Training of Ukrainian Recruits Guardian (resilc)
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The Council of the European Union adopts a regulation cutting gas use by 15% from Interfax. Voluntary note.
Germany needs to reduce gas use by any other EU country: Analys Economic Times
Norway is considering limiting electricity exports to prevent a domestic oil price crisis (Kevin W.)
A note to myself … Andrei Martyanov. Watch the embedded video in Spain.
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Report on Gilbert Doctorow’s three-week visit to St Petersburg, July 2022
Russia allows parallel imports of some brands L’Oreal Interfax
The State Duma proceeds with a 90-day advance notice to obtain permission through the diplomatic channel from Moscow for foreign warships to pass through the Northern Sea Route linking Europe with Asia and the Pacific. https://t.co/nylgFdFFh0
– MK Bhadrakumar (@BhadraPunchline) August 5, 2022
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I don’t write these stories…I wonder why this is a moot point now:
In a press conference yesterday, the Russian military accused the United States of assassinating Hugo Chavez with a biological weapon administered by his nurse, Claudia Diaz, who defected after Chavez’s death. https://t.co/RF3IPkSi5i pic.twitter.com/Q11HFPokON
– 𝙂𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙔 (@ gumby4christ) August 5, 2022
Orban at CPAC brings ‘international far-right’ into focus Washington Post (resilc)
Client states rejoice: Reopening the arms spigot for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
On the legality of the strike that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri in the space of (David L)
Al-Zawahiri to al-Qaeda would have achieved a great American protest (resilc)
Big brother is watching you
Amazon buys iRobot to see inside your home The Verge (Paul R)
AA chief says he kept keyless car in bag, trunk, in microwave after thieves stole his car Daily Mail (resilc)
Watch Imperial Collapse
The Rise and Fall of Empires in the Industrial Age: The Story of Comparative Advantage Changing NBER (resilc)
New York Health Department says hundreds of people may be infected with CBS (GM) polio virus
US lawmakers demand federal examination of how US technology got into Turkish drones Juan Cole (resilc)
Details of Kavanaugh’s FBI inquiry draws fire from Democrats, New York Times (outraged)
Indiana passes a near-total abortion ban, the first to do so after Rowe, The Washington Post (Furious). Eck. Not the deep south…
Democrats in neglect
Are Democrats Really Stable For Joe Biden? Atlantic (angry)
Democrats add stock buyback tax, scrap bears interest to win Sinema on The Hill
The prices of prescription drugs are high. Could a new Senate bill cut it? Grid. Resilc: “100 billion over ten yearzzzzzzzzz? Joke. To be pissed off at the DOD in a month.”
How the battle over climate, tax and health law for Democrats will play out The Hill
GOP . clown car
Trump rallies in Wisconsin, as Republicans block Hill
In a new ad, Dick Cheney criticizes Trump as a liar and a “coward” MSNBC (outraged). Reselk: “Hi, I’m war criminal Dick Cheney, vote for my child.”
Greg Abbott says Texas is now moving immigrants to New York City The Texas Tribune (outraged)
Musk accuses Twitter of intentionally abusing spam users in Counterersuit Guardian (resilc)
The Supreme Court has upheld a life sentence for a Mississippi man convicted of marijuana possession KLPC (resilc)
Counterfeiting, Fraud & Theft: Why Silca Changed Its Return Policy CyclingTips (Randy K)
Alex Jones orders $42.5 million in punitive damages to Sandy Hook’s parents The Wall Street Journal
Jeff Bezos’ $500 million yacht floats in disgrace.
Withdrew, incomplete, because Rotterdam residents rejected his demand that a historic bridge be dismantled to allow it to pass. pic.twitter.com/eyPQp4h0uA
– Alliance of Athenaforall August 5, 2022
Are you having trouble flying with your dog? Charter a private jet for The Wall Street Journal Princess (Dr. Kevin)
17,000 Costco workers to strike – 4,500 Columbus teachers union members issue 10-day notice to strike – Police unions recover armed patrol at University of Washington Mike Elk
Amazon deliveries were affected by delays as strikes spread to four locations including Coventry and the Bristol Daily Mail (resilc)
UPS Installs Surveillance Cameras In Our Trucks, But Not Jacobin’s Air Conditioner (Angry)
How Elites Use Identity Politics to Wage Anti-Class War (Redesign)
Synthetic drugs will fuel the next wave of illicit drug use STAT (Dr. Kevin)
Antidote today. Sheetge:
Since you kindly used one or two of my photos as Snowberry, I thought you might enjoy the supplement, Snowberry’s larger “cousin”: the clear moth of the hummingbird.
I regret that I don’t have either side by side (which it does but so far these photos aren’t sharp enough), but as a general rule to tell the two apart: Snowberry has dark legs and a black cummerbund; The clearwing hummingbird has a red cummerbund and light legs.
Lioness also loves catnip pic.twitter.com/aZxzkDskx3
– 🐩wildAnimals🐎 (@ Animals10wild1) August 6, 2022
And another bonus:
Animals never judge them? pic.twitter.com/u32nRT0O7m
– Meriel (@MerielMyers) August 5, 2022
See yesterday’s and Antidote du Jour links here.