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Colorado Springs Gazette. I cannot in any way condone bird abuse.
Chronicle of Higher Education. Announcing publication of A Common Wind.
NYT. Brings back memories of my ski bum days, during which I spent several winters In Whistler, BC, just before and for years after after Ross won his gold: I skied most days, and wrote at night. The town applauded his Olympic win, and named a run,“Ross’s gold” (pun intended). Didn’t realize he’d suffered so much from his cannabis connection. During my years in Whistler, the atmosphere at any local party was rather pungent – and I could fully accept his explanation that he’d absorbed minute traces of THC from secondhand smoke inhalation (although I have no idea whether such a claim is scientifically bogus). Posting this b/c it’s yet more evidence of the harms inflicted by the war on drugs – and its enabling attitudes. Canada and Uruguay have now seen the light, as has the Mexican Supreme Court.
Gizmodo. Missed this last week….
Australian Broadcasting Corporation News
Realignment and Legitimacy
International Business Times. Not just the source, but I think the overall magnitude of spending is also a problem. How about shorter campaign cycles, and public financing of elections. Readers?
Our Famously Free Press
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
. National Geographic (J T McPhee). Panders to the mag’s middle class audience in touting recycling- although I won’t deny there will be some benefits to that. Overall, the piece is panglossian in its failure to confront the scope of necessary changes to prevent drowning ourselves in plastic.
FT. European workaround won’t be ready in time; US will impose sanctions on SWIFT if it processes payments, while Europeans say they’ll act if SWIFT doesn’t.
Times of India
Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.
Mongabay. A sad story about the decline in bird populations in Kutch – a biodiversity hotspot – where I’ve spent many happy days birding over the last 10+ years.
Times of India. Trump admin–or someone in the NSC or State– clearly understands that not granting India a waiver could otherwise have hurt Modi’s re-election prospects.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Truthdig Maj. Danny Sjursen
Democrats in Disarray
WaPo. I could just as easily have chosen to file this under Kill Me Now….
Retool. I may have been one of the last US school kids taught to use a slide rule as a matter of course. I was a precocious middle-schooler, and my maths teacher, Mrs. McKee, taught me separately – giving me a short lesson each day, and expecting me to complete the remainder of my maths studies on my own. One thing I learned was how to use a slide rule. I remember her showing me the new calculator the school had just bought – which couldn’t perform the functions the slide rule did, even though it cost more than $150, which was a lot of money in the early ‘70s. Perhaps a metaphor for the limits of new technology?
Antidote du Jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.