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2:00PM Water Cooler 7/21/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day * * * #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. Vaccination by region: Flattened, interestingly. This after only 48.7% of the US population is fully vaccinated. (For those following at along at home, that’s not even a majority). And our public health establishment has discredited...

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UNESCO Strips Liverpool of World Heritage Status

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee voted Tuesday to strip Liverpool of its heritage status. The reason? From the World Heritage Committee’s press release: The World Heritage Committee, holding its 44th session in Fuzhou and online, decided to delete the property “Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City” (UK) from the World Heritage List, due to the...

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Links 7/21/2021

The Spanish island that communicates by whistle BBC Ishmael Reed Gets the Last Laugh New Yorker Sacklers did not influence Purdue in deal talks, examiner finds Reuters NYPD cop who ‘MacGyvered’ a potato chip bag and duct tape into a bandage to save stabbing victim says it was the first time he had tried the plan Daily Mail Facebook cracks down on discussing ‘hoes’ in gardening group NY Post Testing the Air to Tell a Story: How We Investigated Air Pollution Near Florida’s Sugar Fields...

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Federal Judge Upholds Indiana University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. In what appears to be the first but undoubtedly will not be the last legal ruling on COVID-19 vaccine requirements, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Indiana Damon R. Leichty ruled  on Sunday that Indiana University may mandate students submit proof of vaccination before returning to campus this autumn. Eight undergraduate and...

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Are We Prepared for Pandora’s Box of Climate Catastrophes?

By Simon Whalley, an educator in Japan, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Japan and the author of the upcoming book, Dear Indy: A Heartfelt Plea From a Climate Anxious Father. Originally published at CommonDreams Will this be the summer we all remember what we were doing? A monstrous landslide after record rainfall in Japan left fifteen dead and dozens missing. Biblical flooding in Germany has caused hundreds of deaths with many more unaccounted for. More than a million acres of the west...

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World’s Coral Scientists Warn Action is Needed Now to Save Even a Few Reefs from Climate Change

By Sam Purkis Professor and Chair of the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Miami. Originally published at The Conversation. The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an underwater mountain chain. It’s a paradise. At least it was before the heat...

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2:00PM Water Cooler 7/20/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day * * * #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. Vaccination by region: Flattened, interestingly. This after only 48.6% of the US population is fully vaccinated. And our public health establishment has discredited non-pharmaceutical interventions like masking, and has been fighting treatment...

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DoJ Bankruptcy Trustee Lambastes Provisions to Protect Sacklers in Purdue Bankruptcy Exit Plan as “Illegal”

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Last week, when I last wrote about the Purdue bankruptcy exit plan, it looked like the Sackler family would get to keep most of their fortune, and receive immunity from third-party lawsuits for claims related to the role they played in the opioids epidemic. Fifteen states had signalled, including previous stalwarts of state opioids litigation...

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Links 7/20/2021

‘Laundering machine’: Furniture giant Ikea implicated in logging protected Siberian forests Mongabay Scientists were stunned by last week’s rare Arctic lightning storms Arctic Today (chuck l) As Arctic warms, scientists wrestle with its climate ‘tipping point’ Mongabay Ethiopia says second filling of Renaissance Dam complete Al Jazeera As water scarcity intensifies, so does the battle for resources in the world’s drought-hit regions New Statesman Germany ponders lessons from deadly floods —...

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Remittances to Latin America Surge, Even As Virus Crisis Continues to Bite in Host Economies

One of the rare economic success stories of the past year. But there are also downsides and dark sides to the remittances story. Between January and May of this year the total amount Mexico received in remittances — transfers of money by workers of Mexican descent mainly in the US but also other countries to individuals in Mexico — surged by 21.75% compared to the same period last year, from $15.75 billion to $19.17 billion. Spanish lender BBVA says it’s on target to set another annual...

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