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Lambert and I, and many readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational environment ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of war — both real fog and stage fog — in comments. None of us need more cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers will be summarily whacked.

And for those who are new here, this is not a mere polite request. We have written site Policies and those who comment have accepted those terms. To prevent having to resort to the nuclear option of shutting comments down entirely until more sanity prevails, as we did during the 2015 Greek bailout negotiations and shortly after the 2020 election, we are going to be ruthless about moderating and blacklisting offenders.

–Yves

P.S. Also, before further stressing our already stressed moderators, read our site policies:

Please do not write us to ask why a comment has not appeared. We do not have the bandwidth to investigate and reply. Using the comments section to complain about moderation decisions/tripwires earns that commenter troll points. Please don’t do it. Those comments will also be removed if we encounter them.

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World’s Oldest Vertebrate Fossil Heart Found in Australia Smithsonian Magazine

For virus tracking, wastewater is liquid gold. Scientists hope that work isn’t flushed away CBC

Lost moon may have spawned Saturn’s rings Science

Byzantine Records of Solar Eclipses Have Refined Measurements of Earth’s Spin ScienceAlert

What Five Years with a Predatory Vanity Press Taught Me About Art and Success Literary Hub

Cambodian mega dam’s resurrection on the Mekong ‘the beginning of the end’ Mongabay

#COVID-19

Covid-19 pandemic linked to early onset of puberty in some girls New Scientist

COVID-19 dismissals suspended for Marines seeking religious exemptions Military Times

Monkeypox

New CDC guidance: Only high-risk groups should get monkeypox antiviral WaPo

As monkeypox eases in the West, “nothing has changed” for Africa, where doctors remain helpless CBS

‘Time’s up’: Critics call for end to Western-funded food program in Africa Politico

Jokowi to decide presidential hopeful he’ll endorse, has no plans to run for V-P in 2024: Sources Straits Times

China?

China sanctions CEOs of Raytheon Technologies, Boeing Defense over arms sale to Taiwan region Global Times

China Signs Major Railroad Deal With Uzbekistan And Kyrgyzstan, Bypassing Russia OilPrice

Xi urges SCO to strengthen cooperation China Daily

SCO plans single list of terrorist, separatist and extremist groups banned on territories of member states Deccan Herald

Turkey Seeks to Be First NATO Member to Join China-Led SCO Bloomberg

‘US decision to lift arms embargo will embolden Greek Cypriot administration, lead to escalation’ Anadolu Agency

Kyrgyz-Tajik border clashes leave dozens dead and thousands displaced

India

It’s Not Politics, It’s the Marketplace, Stupid The Wire

The Game of Snakes and Ladders That Is India’s Defence Acquisition Procedures The Wire

Old Blighty

Northern Ireland Protocol: UK defies EU legal action over checks BBC

Anger from Labour activists as public ownership conference motion blocked LabourList

Luring Doctors from Poorer Countries is the UK’s Quiet Scandal CounterPunch

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Protests across UK over killing of unarmed black man Chris Kaba The Guardian

More than 50 Just Stop Oil protesters in UK sent to jail on one day The Guardian

Ethiopian Forces Rain Drone Terror On Tigray AllAfrica

Syraqistan

Syria says five killed in Israeli air attack on Damascus airport Al Jazeera

Talks between rival Palestinian factions to resume in Algeria in October Business Standard

Venezuelan Institutions Seek Cooperation With Iran teleSUR

France boosts gas exports to Germany to offset shortfalls caused by Ukraine war France24

Hungary faces reckoning with EU that could cost it billions AP (furzy)

New Not-So-Cold War

Main power line back up at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, IAEA says Reuters

US Senator Calls for Sanctions on Algeria’s Russian Arms Deals Morocco World News

Russia urges EU to publicize Ukrainian grain shipment records Daily Sabah

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Zelenskyy honors Turkish drone maker, discusses its Ukraine plant Daily Sabah

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy thanks Nike for leaving Russia market Reuters

Never took money from Russia say Meloni, Salvini ANSA

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U.S. And EU Nickel Imports From Russia Surge OilPrice

Turkey to Pay for Quarter of Russian Gas in Rubles: Putin Moscow Times

Nigeria, Morocco begin 5,600km gas pipeline project The Punch

Nigeria loses N32bn daily to oil terminals’ shutdown The Punch

Uganda reacts angrily to EU resolution slamming oil pipeline SFGATE

Venezuela is Ready to Supply Oil and Gas to the World: Maduro teleSUR

U.S. Oil And Gas Producers Can’t Save Europe This Winter OilPrice

Nancy Pelosi visits Armenia as Azerbaijan truce holds Al Jazeera

Tension mounts in Haiti with widespread looting, violent protests La Prensa Latina

2022

Voter challenges, records requests swamp election offices AP (furzy)

The Justice Department Was Dangerous Before Trump. It’s Out of Control Now and Part 2: The Justice Department Was Dangerous Before Trump. It’s Out of Control Now Matt Taibbi, TK News

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Facebook spied on private messages of conservatives who questioned the 2020 elections and reported them to the FBI OpIndia

‘Pretty creepy’: Agencies illegally obtained emails, voicemails and texts The Saturday Paper

The Bezzle

South Korea’s cryptocurrency ‘guru’ Do Kwon turns fugitive France24

Fake cryptocurrency giveaway sites have tripled this year BleepingComputer

Australian central bank demands deeper cuts to wages and social spending WSWS

Imperial Collapse Watch

Study finds 37% greater veteran suicide rate than reported by VA Stars and Stripes

Air Force discloses procurement fraud probe, provides few details Defense News

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