Links 3/26/2022

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Experience: I let a baby bird nest in my hair for 84 days Guardian (Dr. Kevin)

Levantine overkill: 1.5 million years of hunting down the body size distribution ScienceDirect (resilc)

Nearby star could explain why our sun didn’t have sunspots for 70 years PhysOrg (Kevin W)

Thousand-year-old oaks seed experimental ‘super forest’ BBC (David L)



GM has warned of this being possible from the get-go (hat tip guurst):


Hong Kong showing China how to live with the virus Asia Times. Kevin W: “ROTFLMAO.”


Ice shelf collapses in East Antarctica for first time Axios (David L)

Big Oil Is No Longer “Unbankable” OilPrice (BC)

Largest American Wind Farm ever Built all-at-Once Opens in Oklahoma, Saves Customers $1 Billion over Fossil fuels Juan Cole (resic)

Kim’s ‘monster’ ICBM test kills four years of restraint Asia Times (Kevin W)


Old Blighty

P&O ferry detained over crew training concerns, says coastguard agency Guardian (Kevin W)

Not So Cold New Cold War

Update on the Military Situation in Ukraine Larry Johnson (Chuck L)

One month into the Russian special operation in the Ukraine The Saker (Micael T). Pretty critical of Russians forces not doing enough in the way of post-Nazi-clearout administration.

From the French Ministry of Defense (hat tip Moon of Alabama), Ukraine : point de situation

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Naïve Militarism and the “Lessons” of Neville Chamberlain The Racket (dk)

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President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Reducing Europe’s Dependence on Russian Energy C-SPAN (Kevin C)

Diesel Crisis In Europe Worsens As Austrian Energy Giant Limits Sales OilPrice(resilc)

Lessors worry as deadline looms for return of Russian planes RT (Kevin W)

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Washington Helped Trigger The Ukraine War American Conservative (guurst)

Ukraine Could Turn Into Another Endless War, Especially if NATO Decides More Than Just Peace is Needed CounterPunch (resilc)

From guurst. No backstory, but notice a child is shrink-wrapped too:

EU governments are terrorizing journalists Defend Democracy

Is Ukraine Barreling Toward a COVID Surge? Atlantic. Resilc: “Look at EU rates, how could they not……”

Ukrainian President Zelensky in talks with Academy to make Oscars appearance New York Post. (J-LS). Kill me now

Lula Counters FBI-Backed “Corruption” Prosecution to Lead Brazil’s 2022 Presidential Race Mint Press (guurst)


UN Special Rapporteur says Israel is committing ‘pitiless’ apartheid in new report Mondoweiss (guurst)

Yemen promises ‘unprecedented surprises’ for Saudi Arabia during eighth year of war The Cradle (guurst)

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead after missile attack BBC

We Have New Evidence of Saudi Involvement in 9/11, and Barely Anyone Cares Jacobin (furzy). Releasing this during the Ukraine war is tantamount to a Friday in August release.


An open letter to British PM Boris Johnson: a modest proposal of a prisoner exchange Gilbert Doctorow. Won’t evah happen because this is a US drill, and Navalny is barely known here (aside from intel-state-so-mad-they-can’t-see-straight hatred of Assange).

Imperial Collapse Watch

Roaming Charges: Both Ends Burning CounterPunch (resilc). On Madeline Albright.


TK Mashup: the Media Campaign to Protect Joe Biden Passes the Point of Absurdity Matt Taibbi


The “watermarked ballots” theory Ginni Thomas texted Mark Meadows. Slate (furzy)


The Memo: Democrats hope GOP overplayed hand in Jackson hearings The Hill

Utah enacts anti-trans sports ban after Republican lawmakers override GOP governor’s veto CNN (Kevin W)

Police State Watch

The Met Just Apologised After Strip-Searching Me. I Don’t Believe a Word of It Novara Media (guurst)

Digital Markets Act: EU targets Big Tech with sweeping new antitrust rules CNBC (J-LS)

Why Boeing pilot Forkner was acquitted in the 737 MAX prosecution Seattle Times (furzy)

Class Warfare

After generations of stability, a family reckons with death, debts and a desperate fall from the American middle class Washington Post. Resilc: “+ 23% of Americans who died in the last five years had a net worth of zero or less.”

Percent Who Feel Employer Cares About Their Wellbeing Plummets Gallup

Amazon Warehouses Are Relentless, Dangerous Workplaces—but It’s Hard to Punish Them for It, Thanks to Bill Clinton New Republic (resilc)

USW tries to isolate striking Richmond, CA Chevron workers just as strike slows west coast production WSWS

Antidote du jour. CV sent this as while back:

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And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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