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[News/Links] 2021 June 26

June 18th HBO Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule segment I can’t believe how idle I’ve been with this account. I can certainly do better. I enjoyed this segment from HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. I have watched Maher’s show off-and-on for at least a decade. I appreciate the research he included with […]

Mapping the lost rainforests of England

Originally posted on Lost Rainforests of Britain:
This post is by Guy Shrubsole. Wistman’s Wood on Dartmoor, pictured above, is easily the most famous example of temperate rainforest in England. But it’s far from the only fragment in existence. Very few people know that England once supported large expanses of temperate rainforest, in a swathe…

[Opine] China’s Long Game

“I’m not so much interested now in fishing. I don’t think there’s enough fish really to quarrel about,” Duterte said Monday.  “But when we start to mine, when we start to get whatever, it is in the bowels of the China sea, our oil, then by that time… I will send my grey ships there […]

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

The only means to fight the plague is honesty.

Albert Camus (1947)