Man who transformed into a dog says he wants to become another animal Scripps (Furzy Mouse)

This Week In Doom – #19: Chicken In A China Shop (transcript) Grant Williams (PI).


Mongolia’s Fight Against Desertification and Land Degradation The Diplomat

IKEA blamed for Romanian forest destruction Monga Bay

Solar project to destroy thousands of Joshua trees in the Mojave Desert LA Times

Climate activist arrested for attacking Monet painting at Paris’s Orsay museum France24

Saving Art from the Revolution, for the Revolution JSTOR Daily


A Closer Look at America’s Water Crisis The Progressive

This troubled California lake just turned so green it’s visible from space SFGATE


Rising numbers of flu, COVID-19 cases puts Victorian ambulances under the pump The Age

South Australia public hospitals operating in internal emergency, elective surgeries paused ABC Australia

Traveler infected with confirmed case of measles at Seattle International Airport as cases in US increase FOX

COVID-19 associated with higher risk of erectile dysfunction News Medical Life Sciences

Driver’s brain fog from covid-19 linked to Cork crash that claimed lives of elderly couple Irish Examiner


Myanmar Junta Orders All Security Personnel to Frontline as Losses Mount in Hard-Hit Regional Commands The Irrawaddy


UPDATE Pinned on Biden’s account:

Blinken discusses Gaza cease-fire proposal with Turkish, Jordan, Saudi counterparts Anadolu Agency

Far-right Israeli ministers threaten government dissolution if Netanyahu agrees to Biden’s Gaza proposal Anadolu Agency

Bipartisan leaders officially invite Netanyahu to address Congress The Hill. Who’s the sovereign?

European Disunion

EU members reportedly set to punish Hungary with weak portfolio in next Commission BNE Intellinews

New Not-So-Cold War

On Friday, Ukraine Got Permission To Launch American Rockets At Targets Inside Russia. Hours Later, HIMARS Opened Fire. Forbes. Belgorod, twenty miles in from the border (and not, say, a shell factory beyond the Urals. It’s really unclear to me where Biden’s red lines are, though it is clear that every line Biden has drawn has, with time. been erased; see Big Serge here, and read to the very end).

US should allow Ukraine to use US-supplied weapons against military targets in Russia – ISW Ukrainska Pravda

Biden admin isn’t fully convinced Ukraine can win, even with new aid Politico

Biden’s Secrecy on Allowing Ukraine to Strike Russia Is Dangerous Ken Klippenstein

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In Ukraine, Russia is Beginning to Compound Advantages RUSI. From mid-May, still germane. “Ukraine has spent several months fortifying Kharkiv, but storming the city is not how Russia intends to fight. The Russian target this summer is the Ukrainian army, and against this target it has started to compound its advantages…. Russia’s aim is not to achieve a grand breakthrough, but rather to convince Ukraine that it can keep up an inexorable advance, kilometre by kilometre, along the front.”

SITREP 6/1/24: Ukraine’s Latest Gasp Off to Rocky Start Simplicius the Thinker(s). Simplicius prints the revised version of this headline:

Ukraine Retreats From Villages on Eastern Front as It Awaits U.S. Aid NYT

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EU in the South Caucasus: Can Brussels become a geopolitical player? JAM News. Vassals aren’t players.

Ukraine war created “arc of instability” from Balkans to Caucasus BNE Intellinews. Just like Libya, Syria, Iraq….

How Globalization Rose and Fell With Nord Stream Foreign Policy

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The Russian Armed Forces once again struck at the Yavorovsky training ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where foreign instructors were located Top War. Russian milblogger site. FWIW: “Confirmed: Russian “Kinzhals” turned bunkers with NATO officers in Ukraine upside down‼️” ThreadReader (ctlieee). Worth keeping on eye on.

Dear Old Blighty

Starmer has now made it clear: he intends to govern on behalf of the rich Funding the Future

Starmer promises cut to net migration under Labour BBC

Global Elections

India election results 2024: How will votes be counted? Al Jazeera

Mexicans vote in election overshadowed by violent attacks BBC

South Africa’s ANC loses 30-year parliamentary majority after election Al Jazeera

US presidential election slips into uncharted waters with historic Trump criminal conviction France24

Trump verdict puts US among infamous countries that prosecuted opposition leaders: Who else is on the list? FOX

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If voters adopt statewide ranked choice voting, Colorado may prevent it from taking effect Colorado Sun

Kansas Constitution doesn’t include right to vote: state high court majority FOX

Biden Administration

President Biden vetoes crypto custody bill TechCrunch


Is Ticketmaster Telling the Truth About Its Finances? Matt Stoller. BIG

Trust busting as freedom The Ink


Plot twist: WA has a law against felons running for office Seattle Times. I wonder how many other states do.

Digital Watch

Google admits its AI Overviews need work, but we’re all helping it beta test TechCrunch. Swell. Where do I send the invoice?

AI and Finance: Insights from an Experts One of the use cases: “Summarizing a company’s earnings call as a buy or a sell based on the language used by the executives.” Totally revolutionary, one giant step for mankind, exactly like replacing call center serfs with bots.

AI on Trial: Legal Models Hallucinate in 1 out of 6 (or More) Benchmarking Queries (press release) Stanford University

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The Google API Leak Should Change How Marketers and Publishers Do SEO SparkToro

More dark patterns at Meta, what a surprise:

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Self-driving cars are underhyped Matt Yglesias, Slow Boring

Codd almighty! Has it been half a century of SQL already? The Register. Standards matter, solid mathematical foundations matter, and declarative implementation matters. Listen and learn, LLM nimrods.

Our Famously Free Press

Twitch draws pro-Palestinian influencers as rival sites back off politics Taylor Lorenz, WaPo

Stanford, Silicon Valley, and the Rise of the Censorship Industrial Complex RealClearPolitics

Zeitgeist Watch

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have reported losing someone to a drug overdose: Study The Hill. Rule #2.

Nostalgia: A History of a Dangerous Emotion by Agnes Arnold-Forster review – the past isn’t a foreign place Guardian


Boeing Starliner capsule’s first crewed test flight delayed at last minute Channel News Asia. Loose door? Commentary:

Imperial Collapse Watch

Jeffrey Sachs: The Untold History of the Cold War, CIA Coups Around the World, and COVID’s Origin (video) Tucker Carlson, YouTube. Re-upping from 5/30, now that I have listened to it carefully. Two hours, so grab a cup of coffee. Fortunately, there are chapter headings in the video so you can scroll to the high points; Sachs’s potted history of the neocons is really excellent. On Covid’s origin, I think it would be best if Sachs had stayed in his lane. Consultants Disease: Not knowing the limits of your own knowledge. Sachs is, however, excellent on geopolitics and is well worth a listen. Kudos to Carlson for an excellent, graceful interview.

Off Leash: Inside the Secret, Global, Far-Right Group Chat The New Republic. Erik Prince among others.

Class Warfare

The $150,000 Housekeeper: Wage Inflation Kicks Into Second Gear Charles Hugh Smith

The Dream of a Thing: Refounding the Economy of a Venezuelan Commune Monthly Review

A Russian Village Sophie Kropotkin, Anarchist Library

Legal Theory Bookworm: “The Interbellum Constitution” by LaCroix Legal Theory Blog

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