The Simple Mistake That Almost Triggered a Recession The Atlantic. The deck: “Leading economists said we’d need higher unemployment to tame inflation. Here’s why they were wrong.”
Climate-friendly air conditioning inspired by termites (press release) Lund University
Blackpink Vietnam concert organiser apologises over South China Sea map Channel News Asia=
The French riots and what works when it comes to social unrest Tony Blair, FT. Not The Onion!
In Service to the State London Review of Books
Dear Old Blighty
(Why) The Death of the NHS Is a Parable of Civilizational Collapse umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co
New Not-So-Cold War
Stoltenberg ‘confident Ukraine will move closer to NATO’ at Vilnius summit France24. “Closer” doing a lot of work, there.
The elephant in the room at next week’s NATO summit Responsible Statecraft
Don’t Let Ukraine Join NATO Foreign Affairs
* * *
Biden says sending cluster munitions to Ukraine ‘difficult decision’ Anadolu Agency. The deck: “Biden believes Ukraine needs cluster munitions as it is ‘running out of that ammunition.’” So the cupboard is bare.
* * *
South of the Border
Democrats en Déshabillé
Democrats, Wake the Hell Up! Michael Tomasky, The New Republic. The deck: “President Biden has amassed a historic record in his first term. Why aren’t he and his party bragging about it?” I want some of what Tomasky’s smoking. We’re well past a million deaths from Covid, and more died on Biden’s watch than Trump’s.
Activists want to disqualify Trump from ballot in key states under 14th Amendment The Hill. Hence the instant “insurrection” framing.
Trump coup plotter John Eastman is finally facing real accountability Greg Sargent, WaPo
Transcript: America This Week, July 6, 2023, “Get Off The First Amendment’s Lawn” (transcript) Matt Taibbi, Racket News
Zuckerberg’s “Threads” Acknowledges It Wants No Politics Or News On Its New Twitter Ryan Grim. That was fast!
Elon Musk Is Making Mark Zuckerberg Seem Cool Again WSJ. No, he’s really not.
Feral Hog Watch
If only they were:
The Prescience of Octavia Butler Jason Kottke
* * * * * *
The persistence of cognitive biases in financial decisions across economic groups Nature. From the Abstract: “We therefore conclude that choices impeded by cognitive biases alone cannot explain why some individuals do not experience upward economic mobility. Policies must combine both behavioral and structural interventions to improve financial well-being across populations.” No duh.
The Marxist theory of the state: An introduction Liberation School. There’s one?
Antidote du jour (via), Polar Cat:
Mommy and her baby.. 😊 pic.twitter.com/C2DVFOjrMM
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) July 7, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.