Cat Dies Defending Family from One of Australia’s Most Venomous Snakes Interesting Engineering (Chuck L).
‘We don’t need a baby, we have a cat’: Hong Kong women say no to kids as experts ponder baby shortage Channel News Asia
Platypus returns to Australian national park for first time in half a century NBC
Researchers Identify Possible Antidote for World’s Deadliest Mushroom Field and Stream
Canada seeks foreign help to fight spreading wildfires Phys.org
As Alberta burns, we need a political vision to extinguish the flames The Breach. Meanwhile:
On the frozen edges of Hudson Bay, something remarkable just happened.
A weather station smashed its monthly heat record by nearly 7°C. Even in a warming world, this magnitude of record-break is enormous.
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International meeting opens with fire problem, community solutions Wildfire Today
Asia heatwaves made 30 times more likely by climate change: Study Channel News Asia
Heart Transplants From Active COVID Donors Linked With Higher Mortality MedPage Today
Coinfections in the lung: How viral infection creates a favorable environment for bacterial and fungal infections PLOS
Virological characteristics of the SARS-CoV-2 XBB variant derived from recombination of two Omicron subvariants Nature. From the Abstract: ” Our multiscale investigation provides evidence suggesting that XBB is the first observed SARS-CoV-2 variant to increase its fitness through recombination rather than substitutions.” Let ‘er rip would seem to provide ample opportunities for recombination, good job.
Federal Agencies Exit COVID-19 Public Health Emergency With Majority of the Public’s Trust Morning Consult. “Half the public trusts the White House for health information as Biden ends public health emergency.” Once again the PMC tries to govern from too narrow a base. They never learn.
South China Sea: Asean, Beijing agree on next step for delayed code of conduct to regulate behaviour in disputed waterway South China Morning Post
Even Selfishly, Indians Should Not Be Hoping for Chaos and Collapse in Pakistan The Wire
Europe should be careful what it wishes for with Turkey Politico
New Not-So-Cold War
Live: Russia launches ‘unprecedented’ air attacks on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv France24
Russia fires 30 cruise missiles at Ukrainian targets; Ukraine says 29 were shot down AP
Ukraine War Day #448: Who Won The Kinzhal Duel? Awful Avalanche
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UK and Netherlands to lead “fighter jet coalition” to provide Ukraine with F-16s Ukrainska Pravda
UK not planning to supply Typhoon fighter jets to Ukraine: it would not be the right choice Ukrainska Pravda
Ukraine aid — and US stockpiles — are running out. What’s next? Responsible Statecraft
Military maintenance technician Adzuna (Chuck L). F-16 experience a plus!
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What Is Next for the Arctic Council in the Wake of Russian Rule? RAND
Chinese envoy says Ukraine, Russia must ‘start with themselves’ to create space for peace talks South China Morning Post
Russia’s top mercenary leader turns on Kremlin. What’s behind rift? Christian Science Monitor
Biden’s 11th hour Quad snub a disappointment, a mess and a gift to Beijing Sydney Morning Herald
US EPA tightens rules to clean up toxic coal ash at power plants Reuters
Every administration since the ’80s has mishandled classified documents, says the National Archives NBC
The USA’s Soviet-Style President Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News
Democrats en Deshabille
A Brief, Concerning Conversation With Dianne Feinstein Salon
Goldman Sachs says A.I. could push S&P 500 profits up by 30% in the next decade CNBC
Help! My Political Beliefs Were Altered by a Chatbot! WSJ
Irish Times apologises and takes down ‘hoax’ AI-generated article Sky News
L’Affaire Joffrey Epsteins
Jeffrey Epstein Moved $270,000 for Noam Chomsky and Paid $150,000 to Leon Botstein WSJ
UBS Warns Rushed Credit Suisse Rescue Could Be ‘Considerably More Difficult And Risky’ Than Expected Forbes
Police State Watch
Cops say they’re being poisoned by fentanyl. Experts say the risk is ‘extremely low’ NPR
Two cases of bird flu are detected in poultry workers in England BMJ Only
CDC warns of an mpox rebound outbreak this summer LA Times
Outbreak Updates for International Cruise Ships CDC. Handy table:
Petrie dishes? “Tis a mystery!
Pearls from the Pangenome Eric Topol, Ground Truths
We’re All Bored of Culture Tablet (MB).
Realignment and Legitimacy
The fraught fight to stop the trans healthcare bans Axios. Headline: “trans healthcare.” Text: “gender-affirming health care for transgender minors.” Not quite the same.
Parents file a police report after teacher offers LGBTQ-themed book to her middle schoolers NBC and Does a Tampa School Library Book Teach About Gay Sex? Snopes
Imperial Collapse Watch
A conversation with Henry Kissinger (transcript) The Economist. Well worth a read. Final paragraph:
[Immanuel Kant] said peace would either occur through human understanding or some disaster. He thought that it would occur through reason, but he could not guarantee it. That is more or less what I think. It is the duty of the leaders that now exist. It is an unprecedented challenge and great opportunity. We are at the beginning of the challenge but are not living up to it right now. But I’ve seen leaders in my lifetime, and it is possible even in the United States.
“Even in the United States.”
The Rules Based Order VoteNo2BigDough Newsletter (Chuck L). Final sentence; “The purview of the Rules Based Order has peaked and it is now receding. How fast, to what extent, and with what collateral consequences remain to be seen. We are indeed living in interesting times.” Broad historical sweep, going back to FDR. Well worth a read.
Dancers at Los Angeles bar to become only unionized strippers in US after 15-month battle AP
Boots Riley Cites Payday in Explaining Why He’s Not Promoting His Show during the Writers’ Strike Payday Report
Ian Angus – “The War Against the Commons: Dispossession and Resistance in the Making of Capitalism” MR Online
Self-checkout machines now ask for tips in latest squeeze on customers FOX
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.