Links 3/16/2023

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The Little-Known World of Caterpillars New Yorker (furzy)

Great apes reach momentary altered mental states by spinning Primates (Anthony L)

Australia toddler chasing snake finds nest of 110 venomous serpent eggs South China Morning Post

Nasa reveals new spacesuit for anticipated moon landing BBC (furzy)

Caffeine May Reduce Body Fat and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests Guardian


Argentina’s record-breaking heatwave has ‘no similarities in history’ CNN (Paul R)

A biologist on the sorrows of documenting the Great Salt Lake’s collapse aeon

To Reduce Methane In Cow Burps, Bill Gates Launching Startup To Feed Cows Seaweed Supplement Cowboy State Daily (furzy)

Climate change is supercharging floods and droughts, new research shows Grist

Battered by flooding, California braces for more rain Los Angeles Times (furzy)

Canada proposes its own foreign agent registry to deafening silence from the West RT. Kevin W: “The EU is also preparing its own foreign agent registry laws.”


Rebuilding US chip industry won’t be cheap Asia Times (Kevin W)

1,100 Scientists and Students Barred From UK Amid China Crackdown Guardian

Chinese Billionaire Guo Wengui Charged With Billion-Dollar Fraud in US Bloomberg (furzy)

New Not-So-Cold War

German Spy Ship Reportedly Sent on Secret Mission to Nord Stream 1 Site Days Before Blast Sputnik (Kevin W)

Canadian FM Says Regime Change in Moscow Is ‘Definitely’ the Goal (Kevin W)

Tucker Carlson Torches Lindsey Graham’s Call to Shoot Down Russian Planes on Hannity’s Show: ‘Anti-American Stupidity’ Mediate

New Bakhmut Report: High Casualties – Low Morale – Russian Tactics Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)

SCOTT RITTER ON GEORGIA, BAHMUT, XI JINPING -ZELENSKY TALKS, AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WAR ENDS…YouTube. Important for Georgia discussion. Ritter’s wife is Georgian. Ritter is also hopeful about China acting as an interlocutor but no way, no how will the US and NATO allow that to go anywhere. If it looks like it is, given NordStream, I would anticipate a US-sponsored attack dressed up as a Ukraine attack to poison the talks. Or alternatively, assassinating Zelensky and blaming Russia.

Nasdaq tells Yandex, other Russian firms of plan to delist stocks Reuters

As Russia looms, US seeks influence in West Africa’s fight against Islamists Reuters (resilc)

The United States and ICC have an awkward history Washington Post (furzy)

Imperial Collapse Watch

U.S. Maternal Mortality Hits Highest Level Since 1965 Wall Street Journal (Dr. Kevin)

Uncle Sucker Cato (resilc). When Cato makes sense…..

Surge in arms imports to Europe, while US dominance of the global arms trade increases SIPRI (resilc)

As SVB fails, Icahn says there’s ‘no leadership on the corporate level’ MarketWatch (resilc). As we’ve been saying, but even more important, in executive positions in government too.


Federal investigators examined Trump Media for possible money laundering, sources say Guardian (resilc)


GOP blasts ‘inadequate’ Biden defense budget as it vows spending cuts Defense News (resilc)


Texas abortion pill case: Lawyers requesting mifepristone’s removal from market concede there’s no precedent Business Insider (Kevin W)

Police State Watch

FBI Bookstore Spying in Chicago Eyes Abortion Rights, Cop City, Anti-Development Activists Unicorn Riot (Tim S)


The SVB Failure: Why It Happened and What It Means Richard Vague, Democracy Journal. A detailed, readable treatment.

‘Unfortunate and wrong’: Angry taxpayers respond to the latest bank bailouts The Hill

Ohio State Teachers Retirement System Had Massive Investment in Silicon Valley Bank CleveScene (Carla R)

‘Many More Problems’ To Follow SVB Collapse, Dalio Says Heisenberg Report (resilc)

Silicon Valley, once the underdog, is now too big to fail MSN (resilc)

The role of Goldman Sachs in final days of Silicon Valley Bank Yahoo (resilc)

Goldman Sachs Eyes a Big Payout from Silicon Valley Bank Deal New York Times (resilc)

Rotten Banks

Credit Suisse to borrow up to $54bn from Swiss central bank BBC (Kevin W)

U.S. Treasury reviewing U.S. financial sector exposure to Credit Suisse – Bloomberg Reuters (resilc)

What’s Going on with First Republic Bank? Adam Levitin. Very good compact description of differences among SVB, Signature, and now Republic.

FDIC insured deposit taking bank failures Since 2001 FDIC (resilc)

Wells Fargo’s Carrie Tolstedt Pleads Guilty and Faces Prison New York Times (resilc)

The Bezzle

Sam Bankman-Fried said to have taken $2.2bn from FTX entities Financial Times. Your humble blog focused on to this early via the initial disclosures from new CEO John Ray. Our November 18 headline: FTX: New Ex-Enron CEO Finds “Complete Absence of Trustworthy Financial Information,” $3.3 Billion Loans to SBF, Customer Deposits Not Recorded on Balance Sheets; Confirms Software Backdoors, Auto-Deleted Communications

Exclusive: Effective Altruist Leaders Were Repeatedly Warned About Sam Bankman-Fried Years Before FTX Collapsed Time

Tough luck, Brits: Binance suspends UK deposits and withdrawals The Register (Kevin W)

Class Warfare

‘Net worth of median household is basically nothing,’ says Carl Icahn. MarketWatch (resilc)

February marks 23rd straight month of real wages decline for US workers WSWS

In nursing homes, impoverished live final days on pennies Associated Press (resilc)

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