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Lambert and I, and plenty of readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational surroundings ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of struggle — each actual fog and stage fog — in feedback. None of us want extra cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers will likely be summarily whacked.

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–Yves

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Shinzo Abe shot: Former Japan PM seen holding chest as he collapsed, was in ‘cardiopulmonary arrest’ before reaching hospital Indian Specific. Stay weblog with updates. As of 1:18 AM, Politico successfully mentioned he’s lifeless. Per their European publication, citing NHK, “displaying no important indicators.” At 1:50, press remains to be saying Abe is in essential situation, however it might be very Japanese to meter out dangerous information. As of 4:00 AM, Twitter accounts state that Abe has acquired blood transfusions alongside aspect a report from Kyodo, that an ER official said Abe was showing no vital signs. Maybe they’ve managed to sit back his mind in order to reduce harm however his physique doesn’t appear to be responding.

And at 4:30 AM:

And at 5:15 AM, it’s official. Abe has died.

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Reader BC thinks the gun was bespoke, made to appear to be a digicam with a protracted zoom in order to facilitate the shooter getting shut. Later pictures present the resemblance to a digicam was fairly approximate however nonetheless proved to be enough:

No kidding: long-eared goat becomes media star in Pakistan Guardian (resilc)

Bristol longboarding group ‘a blessing’ during lockdown BBC (David L)

Using a Drone to Change a Light Bulb Core77 (resilc)

Re-analysis of a fossil finds it’s from the earliest vertebrate branch ars technica (Kevin W)

CAN AI REALLY PREDICT CRIME A WEEK IN ADVANCE? THAT’S THE CLAIM MindMatters (David L)

James Caan, Star of ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Misery,’ Dies at 82 Wall Avenue Journal.

#COVID-19

Science/Medication

COVID State of Affairs: July 7 Your Native Epidemiologist (Dr. Kevin)

Wastewater sequencing reveals early cryptic SARS-CoV-2 variant transmission Nature (Kevin W)

US

Data cover-up deepens as at least 3 children die of COVID every day in the US WSWS (guurst)

MorseLife, Florida nursing home, pays $1.75 million after giving donors early access to covid vaccines Washington Publish (Dr. Kevin)

Local weather/Atmosphere

India’s Deadly Heatwave Will Soon Be a Global Reality Bloomberg (ma)

Here’s What Separating and Recycling an Entire Car Looks Like Core77 (resilc)

Chart: Education in Africa: Girls Gaining Ground on Boys Statista (Dr. Kevin)

Previous Blighty

Race to replace Boris Johnson slow to take shape amid resignation chaos Guardian (J-LS, Kevin W)

JANET STREET-PORTER: Tory leadership candidates will flaunt assets like Love Island contestants Each day Mail (resilc)

What Brexit Did to Boris Johnson—And Britain Atlantic (resilc)

I was Boris Johnson’s boss: he is utterly unfit to be prime minister Guardian. J-LS: “This piece by Max Hastings is three years outdated. I’ve but to learn the rest that tops it.”

New Not-So-Chilly Battle

Ukrainians began to sell NATO artillery to Russia at a discount Vzglyad (original here). Essential. From the beginning of this text:

Russian troops managed to take French Caesar howitzers as a trophy in Ukraine. Furthermore, these long-range self-propelled weapons had been merely purchased at a reduction from the corrupt Ukrainian navy, the Bulgarian Navy newspaper writes. Though the publication doesn’t present any confirmations, the scheme itself seems practical – the troopers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine used to frequently promote weapons to “separators”, from which they had been then shot at.

The Bulgarian Navy publication, citing its sources within the command of the French military and in Interpol, reported: the Russian navy didn’t seize French 155-mm self-propelled howitzers CAESAR (“Caesar”) from the armed forces of Ukraine, because it was described earlier. Nonetheless, the story concerning the seize of French self-propelled weapons by our troops as trophies was refuted not in favor of the Ukrainian military. Quite the opposite, based on Bulgarian Navy, Ukrainians themselves bought artillery techniques for 120 thousand {dollars} apiece. That is even supposing the actual value of 1 CAESAR howitzer is about $ 7 million.

Ukraine’s military plans to limit free movement to make conscription easier Guardian (resilc)

Vladimir Putin is ‘not going to withdraw’ Sky Information (Marshall). Options former advisor to US Secretary of Protection Colonel Douglas MacGregor.

Letter from a friend, an Average Russian Winery of the Saker (Chuck L). A forecast of the whacking up of Ukraine.

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Japan’s Kishida steps on Russian oil slick Indian Punchline (Kevin W)

Germany dims the lights to cope with Russia gas supply crunch Monetary Instances

EU country slams gas sharing plan as ‘communism’ RT (Kevin W)

Putin Dodges Worst of Economic Pain as Oil Eases Sanctions Bloomberg

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Video Investigation: Russia Is Using a Secret Network to Steal Ukraine Grain Wall Avenue Journal. The media is working exhausting and efficiently at making the general public stupider. As I sputtered to some correspondents:

I can’t stand this nonsense. Ukraine doesn’t personal the grain. Its farmers do. If the farmers are being paid, it isn’t stealing. I haven’t learn the piece (as a result of annoyance) however I doubt Russia would try this, it’s making an attempt to construct good relations with the locals. And we even have this little concern of the DPR and the LPR having declared independence….

John Helmer replied:

Murdoch media have failed once more. The Kiev regime (and US) persuaded the Turks to test title to the grain cargo, consignment papers, and title to the vessel (Kazakh) and contract of carriage. The Turks have launched the vessel and cargo.

Reaching the Greater New York audience with common sense on Ukraine Gilbert Doctorow

EU Bureaucracy Seen Blocking 1.5 Billion-Euro Loan to Ukraine Bloomberg

Syraqistan

Ben & Jerry’s Sues Parent Company Unilever to Block Israel Sale AntiWar (resilc)

Occupied Yemeni island could host part of US-led missile defense system Accountable Statecraft. Resilc cites: “‘It’s simply so blatant,’” Jumaan mentioned. ‘With out the U.S. this is able to not be doable.’

Massive Brother is Watching You Watch

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Death of the British Imperial State Craig Murray (Anthony L)

The agony of the West Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Internet (Chuck L). piece however incorrectly says the greenback has fallen. It’s up towards all main currencies, together with the renminbi. The exception is the rouble. Now one can posit it’s destined to fall however we aren’t there but.

Minotaur rocket explodes shortly after launching on test mission for US military Area

1/6

MAGA Group Reportedly Hosting Figures Named In Jan. 6 Probe YouTube (furzy). “One man’s terrorist is one other man’s freedom fighter.”

Biden

Getting Rid of Joe Biden-Possible Scenarios Larry Johnson (Chuck L). Some necessary points concerning changing the VP after turning into President.

Biden’s court commission appointees: We told you so on expanding the court Politico

Democrats en déshabillé

Bernie Sanders Endorses Balint in Vermont’s U.S. House Race Seven Days. Resilc: “Not the DNC decide.”

Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community Related Press (resilc)

GOP Clown Automotive

IRS in political storm over Trump-era audits The Hill. Tax maven factors out: “McCabe obtained a slug of money in a GoFundMe-type marketing campaign to pay his authorized payments.”

Lindsey Graham ‘Desperate’ Not to Self-Incriminate in Georgia: Kirschner Newsweek (furzy). As written that is nonsense. Grand jury testimony is sealed. The difficulty is whether or not the case advances to trial they usually name Graham once more. Therefore that is concerning the precedent, whether or not Graham will be compelled to testify on this matter.

Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Want to Testify in Georgia Probe Charles Pierce, Esquire (furzy)

Winklevoss Twins Team Up With Peter Thiel To Support Arizona Senate Candidate Blake Masters Forbes.

NYPD makes fitness tests easier after increased retirements New York Publish

‘Truly disgusting’: University of Michigan regent’s 8-hour Delta flight goes without water Detroit Information. Paywalled, however ma flags: “‘At first, I used to be simply comfortable a UM Regent was on board…….’ However wait–what’s this? ‘….a scheduling program glitch on July 2 that resulted in additional than 12,000 flights leaving with out two pilots on board.’ I believed they may not fly with out two pilots??!!”

Two new fatal Tesla crashes are being examined by US investigators The Verge (Kevin W)

Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter is in peril Washington Publish. Non-paywalled retelling: It’s looking more like Elon Musk could bail on buying Twitter The Verge

Hospitals and for-profit PBMs are diverting billions in 340B savings STAT (Dr. Kevin). The folks concerned ought to burn in hell. People die on account of medical grifting.

US job creation set to slow as red-hot labour demand levels off Monetary Instances

Private equity may be heading for a fall Economist (Paul R)

Class Warfare

Ride-Hailing Drivers Revolt Vietnam Weekly (JTM)

Nursing home robots dance, sing and watch for signs of trouble MPR Information

Antidote du jour. Tracie H:

This little lizard confirmed up yesterday on the cat meals dishes! We had been simply comfortable he was there to devour their meals and never them!

See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.

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