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Leopard crashes into home and rescued Every day Mirror (SBK)
The consciousness of bees Washington Put up (furzy)
Earth Is Spinning Quicker Now Than It Was 50 Years In the past Uncover (Dr Kevin)
Solar energy opens the door to banking for rural Indians Thomson Reuters Basis (J-LS)
Streaming Is a Black Gap of Monetary Loss The Bulwark (furzy)
Safer Intercourse, Social Gatherings, and Monkeypox CDC. I hope IM Doc weighs in. No matter you consider the slim usefulnesses, “recommendation” like this (as within the headline!) reinforces the concept monkeypox is a de facto STD. This seems as if the CDC is establishing gays for blame for its failures.
Drought might power nuclear energy manufacturing lower Related Press. Re France.
France creates process power to stem impression of ‘historic’ drought France24 (resilc)
How a lot does Taiwan rely upon China? DW (resilc)
Taiwan accuses China of simulating invasion as US relations nosedive Firstpost (J-LS)
Blinken chides China’s ‘irresponsible’ lower in US communication Al Jazeera (resilc)
GT Voice: US financial system to pay for commencement journey by ‘god of shares of Capitol Hill’ International Occasions (DS)
Somalia helps China amid rising tensions on Taiwan Anadolu Company
Pelosi’s Taiwan go to and the boundaries of American technique Accountable Statecraft (resilc)
Inside London’s Battle to Wean Itself From Russian Billions Vainness Honest (resilc)
Power Payments Are Set To Soar In The UK OilPrice (resilc)
New Not-So-Chilly Conflict
Unique: U.S. readies new $1 billion Ukraine weapons package deal Reuters (resilc)
Alarm mounts in western capitals over Turkey’s deepening ties with Russia Monetary Occasions. The West has misplaced its thoughts:
Western capitals are more and more alarmed in regards to the deepening financial co-operation between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin, warning of the mounting threat that the Nato member state might be hit by punitive retaliation if it helps Russia keep away from sanctions.
Word Turkey has been snubbed by the EU and by Western arms makers. From DefenseNews final October:
Difficult Western sanctions, NATO ally Turkey has pledged to additional its protection trade cooperation with Russia, together with fighter jet and plane engine applied sciences, a second batch of S-400 air protection methods, and submarines….
In an interview with CBS present “Face the Nation,” Erdogan stated America’s refusal to each ship F-35 fighter jets — which Turkey agreed to buy — and promote Patriot air protection missiles gave Turkey no alternative however to show to Russia for the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system. The acquisition was some extent of competition between Turkey and NATO in the course of the Trump administration, and that sentiment has carried over to the brand new administration.
Now I see why Alexander Mercouris floated the concept Turkey might depart NATO (not instantly, however the concept appeared unimaginable heretofore) and that the West will likely be making an attempt (more durable) to oust Ergogan
“After the confiscation of property of the Russian Federation”: the Federation Council stated that Ukraine has ceased to be secure for gasoline transit RT. Authentic: «После конфискации собственности РФ»: в Совфеде заявили, что Украина перестала быть безопасной для транзита газа. Recall the dialogue at NC of the pervasive political and press silence in regards to the function of the Yamal-Europe pipeline as a part of Europe’s gasoline woes (map right here). Yamal-Europe carried 33-34 billion cubic meters of gasoline yearly v. 55 billion cubic meters for Nord Stream 1 at full capability. Ukraine lower off the provision on its leg of Yamal-Europe, on the pretext that it ran by Russian managed territory, when that had been true for months. Poland refused to pay for gasoline in roubles, so Russia lower off their quantity. So the Russian announcement is tantamount to make the closure of the leg of Yamal-Europe by Ukraine everlasting (conceivably the West might have crushed up on Ukraine to cease blocking provide so the EU might get extra gasoline, however not).
Has the Ukraine Battle Pushed U.S. Authorities Officers Loopy? CovertAction Journal (resilc)
Bladed ‘Ninja’ missile decapitated al-Qaeda’s head Asia Occasions (resilc)
Zawahiri’s killing unlikely to weaken al-Qaida considerably The Guardian (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Large Brother is Watching You Watch
State Legislatures Are Torching Democracy New Yorker (furzy)
It’s Laborious To Win A Senate Race When You’ve By no means Gained An Election Earlier than FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
FTX-Backed PACs Develop the Crypto Foyer in Congress The Intercept
Antidote du jour (through):
And a bonus:
Little monkey is anxious to save lots of a trapped kitty pic.twitter.com/jqWpobVOiZ
— pups (@pups_Puppies1) August 6, 2022
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