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The Earth’s Newest Secret: Fundamental Changes to What We Know About How Volcanoes Work SciTechDaily (CL)

Date With Adult Model Leads to Testicular Cancer Diagnosis Medscape (KS)

Form, function, and the giant gulf between drawing a picture and understanding the world The Road to AI We Can Trust (DL)

Surgical amputation of a limb 31,000 years ago in Borneo Nature

What constitutes a mind? Lars Chittka challenges our perception of sentience with the smallest of creatures The Conversation (DL)

Take It Easy on Your Dog The Atlantic (DL)

Ken Burns Turns His Lens on the American Response to the Holocaust The New Yorker (furzy)


President Joe Biden: The 2022 60 Minutes Interview CBS (KF) “President Joe Biden: The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s– but the pandemic is over.”


Refreezing poles feasible and cheap, new study finds ScienceBlog (KS)

A Fight Over Nantucket’s Bluff Pits Neighbor Against Neighbor NYT (DL)

$35 Billion Worth of Real Estate Could Be Underwater by 2050 Scientific American

One dead, one missing after typhoon slams southwestern Japan Brisbane Times

Hurricane Fiona knocks out Puerto Rico electricity BBC


Biden Keeps Pledging Direct US War With China Over Taiwan Caitlin Johnstone

Can the West Shake Its Dependence on China’s Rare Earths? The Diplomat


Explained | The ban on the export of broken rice The Hindu

How Well Is India’s Pitch To Become an Energy Exporter Going? The Wire

Food insecurity in Sri Lanka likely to worsen amid poor agricultural production, price spikes and ongoing economic crisis, FAO and WFP warn FAO

Old Blighty

Hindu-Muslim Scuffles Lead to Heightened Communal Tension in UK’s Leicester The Wire

No 10 chief of staff spoken to by FBI about work for banker accused of bribery The Guardian (KW)

Mohammed bin Salman won’t attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral The Telegraph

First public global database of fossil fuels launches AP (DL)


Egypt and Qatar find ‘synergies’ in post-Ukraine Middle East Middle East Eye

Hamas claims Palestinian right to offshore Mediterranean gas Al-Monitor

Kuwait plans to increase daily gas production Arab News

US military base in Syria targeted in failed rocket attack Jerusalem Post

Iran says no nuclear deal without U.S. guarantees it won’t walk out again WaPo

The US Response to the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis: Seize and Privatize CounterPunch

Eritrea issues army mobilisation call as Ethiopia fighting resumes, Canada says Reuters

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Customs officials have copied Americans’ phone data at massive scale WaPo

Spyware and surveillance: Threats to privacy and human rights growing, UN report warns The Guardian


Migrants can reverse French rural de-population – Macron RT (KW)

Orban won elections, Hungary is a democracy – Meloni ANSA

Pawnbrokers, winners of Germany’s growing economic crisis DW

A dangerous government in Greece Red Flag

Chartbook #151: Zugzwang – are we on the brink of a central banking paradigm shift? Chartbook (CL)

New Not-So-Cold War

Putin: Terrorists Near Russian Nuclear Power Plants (KW)

EU calls for war crimes tribunal after mass graves found in Ukraine The Guardian

Libyan parliament speaker to visit Russia in coming days — adviser TASS

Ukrainian grain prices undercut EU farmers – WSJ RT (KW)

Russian sanctions slow to bite as US officials admit frustrations over pace of pain in Moscow CNN

German Gas Buyers Resume Nominations For Nord Stream 1 Supply OilPrice

G7’s grand plan to squeeze Russia oil windfall hinges on tanker shipping Hellenic Shipping News

Discounted Russia crude gives India Rs 35,000 crore gain Times of India

Pelosi Condemns ‘Illegal’ Azerbaijan Attack On Armenia Barron’s

Biden Administration

Border Wall Construction Resumes Under President Joe Biden The Intercept (furzy)

The Odds of a Bad Outcome are Rising The Lens (RK). This is an important piece on the US response to inflation that shows you have to ignore all the historical evidence to believe raising rates will solve the problem without pushing the cost onto working people.


Swing-state Republicans on defense over Graham’s abortion ban The Hill

Republicans in key battleground races refuse to say they will accept results WaPo (KW)

‘Welcome to fascism’: Top Arizona Republican blasts Trump-backed candidates who might try to overturn future elections CNN (furzy)

Supply Chain

Egypt’s Suez Canal to raise transit fees by 15% in 2023 Anadolu Agency

Johnson & Johnson and a New War on Consumer Protection The New Yorker

Class Warfare

Honda is blasted for ordering hundreds of workers at Ohio factory to REPAY part of their bonuses because the company was ‘too generous’ Daily Mail (BC)

German trade unions and employers conspire against the working class in a new round of the “Concerted Action” WSWS

The Bezzle

The lawless world of crypto scams FT

America taps 150+ prosecutors to fight cryptocurrency crime The Register

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