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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)

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 (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.

North Amarica


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)

Pelosi after

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 policy law (Kevin W)

On the Japanese island of Yonaguni, fears of being on the front line in the Taiwan dispute NPR (David L)

Old Blighty

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:

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

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

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

guillotine clock

Are you having trouble flying with your dog? Charter a private jet for The Wall Street Journal Princess (Dr. Kevin)

class struggle

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.

And bonus:

And another bonus:

See yesterday’s and Antidote du Jour links here.

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