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Cosmic signal rattles Earth after 7 billion years BBC (Chuck L)
The Afghan herbalist who claims to have a ‘cure’ for COVID-19 Al Jazeera. Resilc: “Will he make it to Fox News and the White House next?”
Covid-19 Vaccine Developers Prepare Joint Pledge on Safety, Standards Wall Street Journal
PSU football doctor clarifies comments on percentage of COVID-positive athletes with myocarditis CenterDaily (resilc). 35% reduced to 15%. Still a bad number for young men presumably at peak health.
Note very small sample size:
Thread (1/8) pic.twitter.com/NWBpWDvUK3
— The Lancet (@TheLancet) September 4, 2020
How an intimate wedding in rural Maine led to the state’s largest COVID-19 outbreak Boston Globe (David L)
The End of Oil Is Near Sierra Club
The commuters are revolting UnHerd (resilc)
The Post-COVID ‘Great Reset’ Won’t Be Fueled By Renewables OilPrice (resilc)
Mulan opens in Thailand amid calls for boycott Thai Enquirer (furzy)
A UN Tax Convention – then a U-turn Tax Justice Network (Dan K)
Cum-Ex: Der Bankier und seine Freunde in der Politik Zeit Online. I can’t access the piece using Google Translate but my German-reading contacts tell me this is serious: “Scholz in big trouble it seems to me.”
Back to school Chris Grey (guurst)
Yes indeed – instead of a haulier taking the risk on a U.K. import they’d refuse and go elsewhere . Same with food producers I suspect . They’ll seek new markets
— ciaran the euro courier 🇪🇺🇮🇪 (@donnyc1975) September 3, 2020
It’s true, as @JGForsyth says, that No10 prefers no-deal to a deal that would curb UK ability to subsidise domestic business. But this view is based on a false view of the reality. No-deal would, in fact, be a double surrender on state aid (THREAD) https://t.co/MnGokzKAbL
— Anton Spisak (@AntonSpisak) September 3, 2020
New Cold War
RUSSIAGATE: NYT, FB & FBI Say Anti-Trump Site, Now Shutdown, Was Russian Effort to Help Trump Win ConsortiumNews (UserFriendly)
Senate‘s Trump-Russia Report Shows What Mueller Missed Intercept. Help me. I must confess not to have read the whole report, but I did read the entire part about Trump’s visit and dalliance in 1996. First, he was then married to Wife #2, Marla Maples, with whom he had a rock solid and not very generous prenup. Second, more generally, Trump has long had a thing for swimsuit models and partying, so the idea that he’d had a fling overseas wouldn’t give anyone leverage over him, even before getting to what America and the rest of the world has come to recognize as part of his brand: shamelessness. Third, and it was in the report, Trump dragged a woman with him to all his 1996 meetings in Moscow, and she clearly was at best arm candy, which the locals saw as bizarre. In other words, he was not just not hiding that he was carrying on with Russian “models,” he was broadcasting it. And fourth…this was 1996. Maples and Trump separated in May 1997 and had divorced by 1999. What miniscule “kompromat” value there was ended when their marriage was over. And as for Manafort, he was Trump’s campaign manager for all of four months, the last six to eight weeks of which Manafort was getting the Jeff Sessions treatment. The idea that Manafort had meaningful influence over Trump is questionable.
Can you imagine if ANY foreign leader said he would hold the President of the United States accountable for his crimes?
How will Biden do this? Is he proposing war with Russia? https://t.co/M3X7snUhTH
— Jeffrey Kaye (@jeff_kaye) September 3, 2020
Beirut Burning AltaMar (Paul R)
Trump administration reportedly orders military newspaper Stars and Stripes to shut down The Week (Dr. Kevin). But then: Trump says he won’t cut funding for Stars and Stripes The Hill
How unpopular is Donald Trump? FiveThirtyEight (resilce)
Reporters blasted for ‘shamefully embarrassing’ softball questions at rare Biden press conference Fox. Kevin W: “I know that it is Fox, but still…”
More People With Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain Pew (UserFriendly)
One Family Has Delivered the Mail by Boat for 115 Years. Is This the Last? New York Times (David L)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Roaming Charges: Sometimes They Choke Counterpunch (Heresy101)
Our Famously Free Press
Facebook, The PR Firm Ranjan Roy and Can Duruk
From bad to worse? After more than 2 weeks as “restricted” our twitter account @venanalysis now appears as “suspended.” Again, no explanation, no suggestion of rule violations. We filed an appeal but don’t really expect much at this point. Follow this account pic.twitter.com/en1liWMPyq
— Venezuelanalysis (@Venezuelanalys2) September 4, 2020
SoftBank’s Bet on Tech Giants Fueled Powerful Market Rally Wall Street Journal. Charming.
Bill Barr Comes For Google Heisenberg Report
Amazon Deletes 20,000 Reviews After Evidence of Profits for Posts Financial Times. Only 20,000? Who are they kidding?
CalPERS may force next CIO to unload personal holdings LA Times (Kevin W)
Retiree group calls on CalPERS board president to resign Sacramento Bee. From one insider:
You saw Tim Behrens of CSR on the attack with Marcie Frost. Today the State Worker publishes lengthy exerpts from the RPEA letter and makes Henry’s response look petty. When you’ve lost the Bee…
I Study Corporate Welfare. Even I Was Shocked by This Cronyism. New York Times (resilc)
Robot Chicken Butchers, Brought to You by COVID-19 Pew (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “A Monarch butterfly on a Lantana flower, seen during a stroll with my husband along the waterfront of Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, California.”
And a bonus from guurst:
— ViralHog (@ViralHog) August 5, 2020
And a second from Kevin W:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.