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Patient readers: The surgery went well, Yves is in the recovery room, and now the rehabilitation phase begins. More to come, I am sure. Thanks for all your kind thoughts yesterday. –lambert Timeline: Trail of migrating elephants in SW China (video) CGTN. Here they are, sleeping, baby in the center: Shhhh, the elephants are sleeping. This herd of wild Asian elephants was spotted taking a group nap as they migrated across southwest China. Scientists have been tracking them for hundreds of miles as a recent population boom resulted in the animals expanding their territory 🐘 pic.twitter.com/kkQtKUbXmI — NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 9, 2021 A Commodities Crunch Caused by Stingy Capital Spending Has No Quick Fix WSJ. Anecdotal evidence from alert reader P: I ordered special [pipette] tips for

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Patient readers: The surgery went well, Yves is in the recovery room, and now the rehabilitation phase begins. More to come, I am sure. Thanks for all your kind thoughts yesterday. –lambert

Timeline: Trail of migrating elephants in SW China (video) CGTN. Here they are, sleeping, baby in the center:

A Commodities Crunch Caused by Stingy Capital Spending Has No Quick Fix WSJ. Anecdotal evidence from alert reader P:

I ordered special [pipette] tips for one person this morning and happened upon this note. Polypropylene price has gone up 75% in the past year.

And my mother said today she had to order a new cart for her garden tractor (she’s 74 and does a lot of outside stuff and has poultry) and she said she could only get the one size as that’s the only one they had in stock because the company can’t get sheet metal to make new ones and she’d have to wait until 2022. I think it’s John Deere. She is also having a hard time finding canned cat food because they can’t get the metal tins to put the cat food into.

Catfood shortage?! That should get people’s attention….

Copper boom: how clean energy is driving a commodities supercycle FT

The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax and Why We Are Publishing the Tax Secrets of the .001% ProPublica

US investigates leak of records showing billionaires pay little tax FT

Battered And Bruised, Bitcoin Ponders IRS, FBI Scrutiny The Heisenberg Report

Central bank digital currency: the quest for minimally invasive technology (PDF) Bank of International Settlements

Global sting began by creating message service for crooks ABC

#COVID19

How serious is Delta Covid variant for UK and do vaccines stop it? FT

Column: A Nobel laureate backs off from claiming a ‘smoking gun’ for the COVID-19 lab-leak theory LA Times

A Very Calm Guide to the Lab Leak Theory Slate

I Spy an Opportunistic Infection? MedPage Today

Why we petitioned the FDA to refrain from fully approving any covid-19 vaccine this year British Medical Journal

China?

China factory gate inflation threatens to push up consumer prices Nikkei Asian Review

China blocks cryptocurrency Weibo accounts in ‘judgment day’ for bitcoin Guardian (Vlade). That’s a damn shame.

Mapping China’s Tech Giants Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Hong Kong’s Poor Families Doubled Amid Pandemic, Protests Bloomberg

Why China’s youth are ‘lying flat’ in protest of their bleak economic prospects South China Morning Post

From workers to capitalists in less than two generations: A study of Chinese urban top group transformation between 1988 and 2013 British Journal of Sociology. Abstract only.

Myanmar

China will always support Myanmar in choosing its own path, says senior diplomat vs. Biden’s top Asia official says Myanmar situation getting worse Reuters

Trying to Legitimize Myanmar’s Regime Can Only Backfire for China The Irrawaddy

Myanmar: The mysterious deaths of the NLD party officials BBC. And tit for tat?

The Tatmadaw has mass surveillance technology, but how well is it used? Globe_

Syraqistan

The fadeout of the Pax Americana in the Middle East Responsible Statecraft (Re Silc).

UK/EU

The Minister of Chaos The Atlantic. The deck: “Boris Johnson knows exactly what he’s doing.”

The narcissistic fall of France Michel Houellebecq, Unherd. Houellebecq.

Protester slaps French President Emmanuel Macron in face Deutsche Welle

Merkel’s party wins big in crunch state election as Greens ‘hype’ fades CNBC

The High Stakes of Brazil’s 2022 Presidential Election McGill International Review

Indigenous communities in Mexico say ‘no’ to political parties and demand self-rule Phoenix Media Co-op. From London.

‘Embarking on new era,’ Mexico and US sign cooperation agreement Mexico News Daily

Biden Administration

Bipartisan infrastructure talks implode, but Congress still has a way out Politico

Senate passes long-delayed China bill The Hill

White House Releases US Critical Supply Chain Review Industry Week

Pentagon Faces Tense Fight Over Pacific Pivot Foreign Policy

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Elizabeth Heyrick’s Consumer Campaign to Abolish Slavery Grassroots Economic Organizing

Race and Taxes The Intercept

Realignment and Legitimacy

How America Fractured Into Four Parts George Packer, The Atlantic

A New Constitution for The United States Democracy Journal. “All humans are social and political beings who can flourish only under conditions of advanced democracy.”

Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility Columbus Dispatch

New York State to Revolutionize Antitrust Matt Stoller, BIG. Big, if true.

Class Warfare

Big Tech-Backed Gig Worker Union Bill Fails to Get in Gear in Albany The City

Hiding The Union Busters The Daily Poster

Student Debt Cancellation IS Progressive: Correcting Empirical and Conceptual Errors Roosevelt Institute

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Links 6/9/2021

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