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The Contentious History of Official State Foods Smithsonian Magazine
Super Long-Distance NASA Fix Restores Voyager 1, Roughly 15 Billion Miles Away Science Alert (Furzy)
Floating Artificial Leaf Turns CO2 Into Fuel IEEE (ctlee)
No need to isolate for 5 days if COVID-positive as long as symptoms improve: Ontario top doc Global News. Lambert will claw his eyeballs out if he sees this.
The CDC added 476 new confirmed monkeypox cases in the USA 🇺🇸 in the last 24 hours increasing its total case count to 19,465.
— Monkeypoxtally (@Monkeypoxtally) September 1, 2022
Mississippi Crisis Highlights Climate Threat to Drinking Water Nationwide The New York Times. Resilc: “More troops in Syria and Somalia can help, along with another war with Iran and China…”
America’s Water Supply: The Corrosion of a Proud Tradition Scientific American
California to fight drought with canal-top solar panels The Register (Chuck L)
The China-ASEAN rail map takes shape Asia Media Centre. In contrast: After a decade of hype, Dallas-Houston bullet train developer faces a leadership exodus as land acquisition slows. Texas Tribune
100 years of Russian gas for India Indian Punchline (Jerri-Lynn)
What do US forces want to achieve in Syria? Deutsch Welle
New Not-So-Cold Cold War
Head of UN mission to #Zaporozhye thanks the Russian Federation for keeping his team safe from attacks from Zelensky regime forces, who tried to stop the inspection team from reaching the plant.
“I’m glad the Russian military did what they had to do to keep our inspectors safe,” pic.twitter.com/TUtsbupSAg
— Citizen Journalists (@citizenjournos_) September 1, 2022
UKRAINE’S WESTERN BACKED GAMBLE TO CAPTURE ZAPORIZHZHIA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT BACKFIRES Larry Johnson. Lambert adds:
No tweets on the commando raid in English that I saw. So I include (a) that it did in fact happen and (b) it was a debacle. a debacle so bad that spin has yet to emerge. (See Johnson on the setup frpm Ignatius.)
If True… Andrei Martyanov
Head of Russian oil giant that criticized Ukraine war dies after reportedly falling from hospital window NBC News. (Furzy) With a list of oil execs who met the same fate.
Zelensky Lets Out His Italian Luxury Villa to Russians For 50,000 Euros While Urging EU to Curb Visas for Russians IBT. Not confirmed but Captain Renault would be shocked
Some 120,000 service enterprises, 370,000 jobs in peril. ANSA. Italy because of soaring energy prices.
German FM: I will put Ukraine first “no matter what my German voters think” or how hard their life gets. pic.twitter.com/GwAqIZ2jL7
— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) August 31, 2022
Poland puts its World War II losses at $1.3 trillion, demands German reparations CNN. Yves: “After everyone wrote off Germany’s WWII debt, this is pretty cheeky. And how about Polish reparations to all the Jews they killed?”
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>Can the Quincy Institute Survive Putin’s War? New Republic. (Rewilc)
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MIKHAIL GORBACHEV Patrick Armstrong (guurst)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Reported sexual assaults across US military increase by 13% Military Times
“It is a lunatic conspiracy theory to believe we are controlled by a secret cabal of child snuffing globalist snake human hybrids bent on microchipping all of us into slavery and then liquifying us into a tasty stew”
Joe Biden: pic.twitter.com/O3jbE85pku
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 2, 2022
Another sign Trump special master hearing didn’t go too well for DOJ: Bratt at one point argued that judge would have to impose an injunction on DOJ to keep it from reviewing further the docs https://t.co/rrxdmdsdBY
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) September 1, 2022
Democrats en déshabillé
On July 27th, Nancy & Paul Pelosi sold all 25,000 of their shares of Nvidia, $NVDA.
— unusual_whales (@unusual_whales) August 31, 2022
Don’t Mention The Fiscal Stagflation Paper Heisenberg Report (Resilc)
MLBPA: Minor league players returning union cards in volume Sports Business Journal
Would love to see some polling on if Americans prefer living or GDP https://t.co/A5jipG83F4
— Prean Deston 📒🛠️🪙 (@SteierMisha) August 31, 2022
Support for labor unions is the highest it’s been in over 50 years.
Unions are winning more than 75% of elections — they’ve won more elections this year than they have in nearly 20 years.
AND 3x as many workers went on strike this year as in 2021.
Worker power is on the rise. pic.twitter.com/81heWWySns
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) August 31, 2022
America’s Affordable Housing Problem: How America got to be so unaffordable, and what we can do to make it more affordable; an analysis of good-in-theory v. outcome based policies Our Built Environment
RECORD-BREAKING RENT GROWTH IN MARKETS IN THE SOUTH AND WEST Join Center for Housing Studies
Excavator operators at their best🏗 pic.twitter.com/JR4rdbATH5
— Tansu YEĞEN (@TansuYegen) September 1, 2022
An Anti-Aging Supplement Might Actually Work Buzz About Medicine
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
I sent a photo of this rabbit that’s been frolicking around our neighborhood before. I had never been able to get this close to it. Hubby had tossed a carrot into the neighbor’s yard where it was munching weeds, and I decided the neighbors mightn’t like us encouraging it to stay in their yard.
I circumnavigated the rabbit to avoid frightening it, and as I bent down to retrieve the carrot, two things became apparent.
1st, judging by the many pellets, it was probably silly to worry about encouraging the rabbit to be in this yard. Clearly he’s spent a lot of time here.
2nd, the rabbit seemed to have followed me to the carrot, being just a couple of feet away as I picked it up.
I extended the carrot and was pleased that he took me up on the offer.
So, now, I MUST get a picture, thinks I.
My cellphone was in my left hand as I’d taken a couple from a distance, so the camera app was still active. I learned, then, that Apple IPhones don’t require a finger to touch the little white circle that activates the shutter. When desperate, a tongue will suffice.
And a bonus 🙁via):
Sometimes dreams come true, and it’s okay to cry! (I cried all the way while processing this bird)
— Aurora Gonzalo Tarodo #LicensedBirdRinger (@Au_Erithacus) August 31, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.