Links 2/24/2022

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Tick Survives 27 Years in Researcher’s Lab, 8 Years Without Food Newsweek (David L)

Mesmerising footage shows the incredible metamorphosis of Monarch Butterflies Flipboard (David L)

How beekeeping is helping to stop migrants being stung by exploitative labour in Italy Euronews (resilc)

16-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Defeats World Champion Magnus Carlsen Axios. But see the role of Covid!

Hot Springs National Park In Arkansas Has Just Been Named One Of The Most Stunning Parks In The World Only In Your State (David L)

Quantum gravity sensor opens window into world beneath our feet Financial Times (Kevin W)

Brain scans are saving convicted murderers from death row–but should they? ZMEScience

A 900-Page Book Catalogs Hundreds of Medicinal Plants through Colorful Renaissance-Era Woodcuts ThisIsColossal (David L)

A return to vegetarian Jewish cuisine BBC

Inward empire: What metaphors tell us about the inner life Times Literary Supplement (Anthony L)


They really do want to kill us. From GM:

Iceland says it wants ‘as many people as possible’ to catch Covid after lifting all restrictions Independent. Quote from health minister:

To achieve this, as many people as possible need to be infected with the virus as the vaccines are not enough, even though they provide good protection against serious illness



Trudeau ends use of Emergencies Act, says ‘situation is no longer an emergency’ CBC (Mitchell King)


One thousand truckers begin drive from California to DC TODAY in protest of COVID National Emergency Daily Mail

U.S. truckers plan pandemic protest, inspired by Canadian counterparts Reuters


Methane Emissions From the Energy Sector Are 70% Higher Than Official Figures IEA

Climate change is warping our fresh water cycle – and much faster than we thought The Conversation (David L)

Energy agency: Methane emissions higher than countries claim Associated Press

Climate Scientists Warn of a ‘Global Wildfire Crisis’ New York Times (David L)

Argentina’s drought-fueled wildfires continue to rage Reuters (resilc)


Bringing up a child costlier in China than in U.S., Japan – research Reuters

DOJ scraps Trump-era China Initiative for broader national security program The Hill

Old Blighty

Parliament renovation could take 76 years and cost £22bn, report says Guardian (Kevin W)

New Not So Cold War

Brave of her:

Address by the President of the Russian Federation on the 24th and Vladimir Putin answered media questions on the 22nd Kremlin (guurst)

The situation is about to quickly escalate, probably in the next days The Saker. This was the right call.

Harsh conditions mean Russian troops near Ukraine will need to be moved soon Guardian

Ukraine asks Turkey to close straits for Russian warships Daily Sabah

Putin’s Moves on Ukraine Will Be a Historic Mistake New York Times. Resilc: “And Albright should know them based on her causing them.”

Boris Johnson tells City of London to prepare for tough new sanctions on Russia Financial Times (Kevin W)

Britain less keen on war with hard opponent Daily Mash

Russia May Use Cryptocurrencies To Evade US Sanctions New York Times. As pointed out yesterday, they are wet-noodle level. If we really think crypto is helping Russia too much, we might finally see that long-overdue crackdown. Oddly, ramsomeware attacks on state and municipal government services didn’t do it.

US Stokes Tensions With Russia by Building Military Base 100 Miles From Border TruthOut

From 2018: Dangers Grow: ‘New Cold War’ Acquired an Evident Ideological Component – Scholar Sputnik (guurst)

Russia postpones Cuba debt payments amid warming relations Reuters. Resilc: “When do the missiles go in?”


Something Is Rotten in Jerusalem Project Syndicate (David L)

Cracks in Israel’s coalition government start to show Axios (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Is DoD briefing retired media talking head generals and colonels again? Turcopolier

Watch: Museum of the Future, the most beautiful building on earth, opens in Dubai – As it happened Gulf News . Resilc: “USA USA could have this too if we didn’t piss away a trillion a year on the war machine/empire.”

‘Malignant normality’: Professor of religion explains how the US weaponized Christianity to sacralize war Alternet (furzy)


Manhattan prosecutors leading criminal probe of Donald Trump resign Financial Times. Even my right wing buddies think this development in isolation to be a nothingburger in terms of helping Trump. The prosecutors may have decided that this suit is not that necessary given all the other ones going and/or have gotten wind that the judge is sympathetic to Trump. From one contact:

This particular case is over because it’d take forever to bring new lawyers up to speed and continue the grand jury. There are several other cases going, Dems are not stopping in the effort to prevent him from running. AG James has a (weak) case. They are starting a case in GA and trying to gin up a Jan 6 case.


White House preps public for sanctions sticker shock The Hill

Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America CounterPunch (resilc)

Migrants clash with police in southern Mexico Reuters

GOP Clown Car

Rick Scott’s 11-Point Plan Is a Haunted-House Version of Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America Esquire

North Carolina officials reject Cawthorn claim that Constitution’s insurrectionist ban no longer applies Politico (resilc)

Woke Watch

Why are black Americans being punished for their hair? BBC. Maybe I’m just showing my age, but IMHO pointing out concrete examples of how blacks are discriminated against now is far more powerful than nebulous issues. There are plenty of concrete grievances like wages, hiring (studies show that resumes with presumed-black names like Tyrell Washington or Lakisha Jones are regularly not even read). Starting with demonstrable and consequential wrongs and then identifying cultural mechanisms that perpetuate and reinforce them strikes me as rhetorically far more persuasive, along with having the further advantage of depersonalizing the discussion (ie, giving the potentially guilty space to reflect on their conduct privately, as opposed to presuming their guilt and regularly generating knee-jerk rejection).

The US Copyright Office says an AI can’t copyright its art The Verge

U.S. to hold its biggest offshore wind auction Reuters

See the replies, which were united and brutal:

The Nocturnals Atlantic (resilc). IMHO, normalcy is highly overrated. Yet so much effort to enforce it!

Class Warfare

The Great Resignation is also the Great Retirement of the baby boomers. That’s a problem. Washington Post

Antidote du jour. @deadlyknitshade (hat tip martha r): “I present to you the fox that lives in my garden, for she is the most lovely thing.”

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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