Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 28

Could Wolves Save Rome From Its Feral Pig Problem?

Quote from Beijing official on ‘5 years’ of COVID-19 restrictions causes stir

Turkey lifts its objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

Here’s your daily reminder that you can threaten SCOTUS justices but The Babylon Bee has been banned since March for misgendering someone

Here’s What Life Looks Like in a Country That’s Run Out of Fuel

Oil shippers are hiding Russian cargoes by paying in Chinese yuan, exchanging weapons for crude, and ‘going dark’

New York Supreme Court Strikes Down NYC Law Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in Local Elections

Executive teams in U.S. firms are becoming increasingly partisan.

The BA.5 story

Remember when The West could afford electricity 24 hours a day?

Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 27

Sri Lanka suspends non-essential fuel supply amid shortages

Growing Revolt Among Medical Practitioners Against Vaccinating Toddlers for Covid

Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service.
Supreme Court Sets Higher Bar for Prosecuting Doctors Who Prescribe Opioids for Pain

“Silent” Mutations Might Require “Re-examination of Numerous Biological Conclusions”

Russia Defaults On Foreign Debt For The First Time In 104 Years

Shortages of Neon, Other Rare Gases Likely in Wake of Russia Limiting Exports. Semiconductor chip shortage likely to follow in its wake.

THE WEBB TELESCOPE IS ALREADY EXCEEDING NASA’S EXPECTATIONS

Troubling calls for Clarence Thomas’ assassination spread across social media after Roe reversed

“We were given a stark choice: either withdraw from ongoing representations or withdraw from the firm,” Clement said in a statement. “Anyone who knows us and our views regarding professional responsibility and client loyalty knows there was only one course open to us: We could not abandon ongoing representations just because a client’s position is unpopular in some circles.”

Biden administration quietly erasing immigration court caseload: ‘De facto amnesty’

Early Thursday, the FDA announced an order for Juul, the popular vape company, to pull all of its products from US markets.

Sudan says troops from neighboring Ethiopia executed seven Sudanese soldiers and one of its civilians, putting the bodies on public show. Relations between the two neighbors have soured over a border dispute.

Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 26

Lefties want to burn down the homes of the “defenseless” country boys now

The leak, the threats, the violence — reaction to Roe is dark day for nation

One reason why I don’t put money in an IRA. Why we must nationalize Big Oil

A ‘Great Purge’ is pushing small truckers out of business at an unprecedented rate

On the economic performance of different periods of antiquity

Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 23

Poliovirus may be spreading in London; virus detected in sewage for months

A Large-Scale Experiment Used Human Pee to Fertilize Crops. Here’s What Happened

China officials who abused health codes to stop bank protests punished

Sri Lankan prime minister says that the nation’s economy has collapsed

How Should Courts Evaluate Gun Regulations After Bruen?

Germany can last 2.5 months without Russian gas, official says

Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 22 Of note: Ukrainian forces have largely halted the use of Turkish Bayraktar drones, which were used to great effect earlier in the war, due to improvements in Russian air-defense capabilities. I would have thought it would be this way right from the very beginning.

China Faces Power Shortage As Heatwave Pushes Demand To Record

American Airlines ends service in these three cities due to pilot shortage

Sri Lanka’s Crisis Cripples Once Burgeoning Middle Class

Uvalde Updates

Kazakhstan Speaks Out Against Russia Over Ukraine War

Sales of existing homes in May dropped 3.4% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.41 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors.

“When the war broke out, Assad wanted to keep Saydnaya and the Christians on his side no matter what.” So, he gave the gang members a free hand to prey on other businessmen, like the ones who had fled from the prosperous suburbs of Damascus.

Typhoid-causing bacteria have become more resistant to essential antibiotics, spreading widely over past 30 years

Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 21

Despite What You Have Read, Wildfires are NOT on the Rise

Russia Tells Lithuania: Your Citizens Will Feel the Pain Over Kaliningrad

Israel will be entering its fifth election in 3 and a half years

In a historically embarrassing decision, the FDA recently became the only international regulatory body to authorize the use of mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for children aged six months to five years.

They highlighted the role of policy decisions in draining Lake Powell, in a paper aptly titled, “It’s Hard to Fill a Bathtub When the Drain is Wide Open.” That is precisely what has happened at Lake Powell, yet the report has been largely ignored. It should be required reading for everyone concerned about the Colorado River.

A little more than one week after the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Egbert v. Boule that federal police engaged in immigration-related work cannot be sued when they violate the Constitution—regardless of when, where or how egregiously they act—the Court has now signaled that all federal police are above the law. Since January 2022, the Court has held a pair of cases filed by the Institute for Justice (IJ), challenging the grant of absolute immunity to federal police engaged in domestic policing. This morning, the Court declined to hear both petitions, leaving victims of constitutional abuse without a remedy in American courts.

The bill would give the medical board the authority to punish any physicians who challenge the safety and efficacy of covid vaccines.

New York state officials are giving companion robots to more than 800 senior citizens to help combat loneliness

Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 20

Lithuania Blocks Transit of Russian Goods to Kaliningrad

Single brain scan can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease

Typical U.S. Asking Rent Surpassed $2,000 for First Time in May

France has plunged itself into a prolonged political crisis.

Humans Can Learn to ‘Echolocate’ in Just 10 Weeks, Experiment Shows

“Sure” comments on this post are interesting. The original post was about MBA (who cares about that) but commenter “Sure” is a doctor and so he is focused on the medical field (he is one of the best MR commentators and should have his own blog).

Mad Max in real life.

Links For Today

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JUNE 19

The World’s Most Taboo Legal Case

Sri Lankan government announces shut-down of offices and schools from next week

As Po dries up, Italy’s food and energy supplies are at risk

So intense was the EU’s involvement in Northern Ireland – a part of a non-member state, remember – that it has imposed 4,000 new laws there over the past 18 months.

The Klan Was Never This Effective

I am a butcher and you may not believe me, but sometimes I don’t eat meat for a week,” he added. “Everything has gone up in price.”

Germany to fire up coal plants as Russia turns down the gas

China’s property troubles have pushed one debt indicator above levels seen in the financial crisis