Links 5/24/2023

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A Magnificent 1,000 Day Mushroom Timelapse Laughing Squid (resilc)

‘I knew aliens were real’: Marine’s footage of mystery objects over military base sparks UFO talk Raw Story (furzy)

Triangle-Wheeled Bike Gives New Meaning to ‘Tricycle’ Gizmodo

Questioning physicians about health conditions at medical licensure registration: How should policy evolve in Canada? CMAJ (Dr. Kevin)

German surgeon fired after getting hospital cleaner to assist amputation Associated Press (resilc)


China’s New Covid Wave Set to See 65 Million Cases a Week Bloomberg (ma)


More unwarranted US sense of its own superiority. And I recall Scott Ritter saying months ago China could and would sink a US aircraft carrier before it got very far:

A Poor Province in China Splurged on Bridges and Roads. Now It’s Facing a Debt Reckoning Wall Street Journal



Climate scientists flee Twitter as hostility surges following Musk’s takeover France24 (furzy)

France bans short-haul domestic flights that could be made by train ABC Australia (Kevin W)

As the West surges toward electric cars, here’s where the unwanted gas guzzlers go Bloomberg (ma)

Cocoa planting is destroying protected forests in west Africa, study finds Guardian (resilc)

European Disunion

Normalization on the Extreme Right: Alternative for Germany Party Again Gaining Ground Der Spiegel (resilc)

Greece: another chapter CADTM (Micael T)

Old Blighty

New Not-So-Cold War

German spy chief sees no ‘cracks’ in Putin system DW. Resilc: “Geeeee what newzzzzzzzzz.”


Ukraine war: US distances itself from Belgorod incursion into Russia BBC (Kevin W)

F-16s To Ukraine Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)

The War in Ukraine Was Provoked—and Why That Matters to Achieve Peace Common Dreams (furzy)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

U.S. Intelligence Building System to Track Mass Movement of People Around the World Vice (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Pentagon loses a million F-35 parts RT


70 percent of US voters fear intel agencies will interfere in elections: Harvard poll The Cradle (Kevin W). Wowsers


Driver who crashed at White House said he wanted to kill Biden, ‘seize power,’ officials say NBC (furzy)

GOP Clown Car

DeSantis’s $13.5m police program lures officers with violent records to Florida Guardian (resilc)

Risk and reward as Ron DeSantis links arms with Elon Musk BBC

Democrats en déshabillé

Texas bills on school chaplains, 10 Commandments merge church and state Washington Post (furzy)

Our No Longer Free Press

Australia’s Creepy Covid Cops Matt Taibbi


Mass shootings’ cascading impact Your Local Epidemiologist (Dr. Kevin)

What Unites Organised Crime in Europe With Rebels in Myanmar? 3D-Printed Guns. Vice

Debt Ceiling

White House and Republicans struggle to make headway in debt ceiling talks Financial Times

The Democrats Have Already Lost the Debt Ceiling Fight New Republic. Resilc: “Like abortion, when they had years to do something. Always political theater for next electionzzzz.”

Biden is at his moment of maximum risk. Look out. Ryan Grim

Saddled with Trump, unpopular policies, GOP toys with tanking economy under Biden MSNBC

U.S. Treasury asks about later payments as debt ceiling deadline nears Washington Post (furzy)

Court sets legal showdown on debt limit 14th Amendment argument Politico (furzy)

Opinion: The best way to deal with the debt ceiling: Ignore it Los Angeles Times


Fake Pentagon explosion photo goes viral: How to spot an AI image Al Jazeera (furzy). So what might focus minds is that AI could generate propaganda better and cheaper than the official kind.

Bill Gates Says AI Could Kill Google Search and Amazon As We Know Them CNBC

Microsoft launches AI moderation tool RT (Kevin W)

Ford Decides It Won’t Kill AM Radio After All The Verge

The Bezzle

Binance Commingled Customer Funds and Company Revenue, Former Insiders Say Reuters

Crypto sector gets its first set of global rules from watchdog Reuters. Global coordination did not get much of anywhere after the crisis.

U.S. Is ‘Losing’ the Bitcoin Movement: Cathie Wood Coindesk. As if that were a bad thing.

Virgin Orbit Shuts Down After Bankruptcy Sales CNBC

Guillotine Watch

The Joy (and Anxiety) of Sleeping on $2,000 Sheets New York Times (resilc)

More super rich names are coming up in the Jeffrey Epstein cases Washington Post (Kevin W)

US authorities destroyed dossiers on Lord Mountbatten at the request of the British Government after discovery of wartime FBI file accusing aristocrat of having a ‘perversion for young boys’, historian claims Daily Mail

Class Warfare

Who’s Funding ‘No Labels’? Pro-GOP Billionaires Opposed to Democracy Common Dreams (furzy)

Tory anti-strikes bill passes latest vote as UK trade unions mount token protest WSWS

Toward a Leisure Ethic Hedgehog Review (Micael T)

Antidote du jour (furzy):

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And a bonus (Chuck L):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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