Links 5/31/2023

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Why Gen Z prefer dogs to babies Unherd

An Anthropologist of Filth, by Ian Penman Harpers (Anthony L). On Chuck Berry.

The Long, Slow Death of Global Development American Affairs Journal. Anthony L: “The long death of global development – but no real questioning of the Development axiom.”

Quote of the week: Steve Keen’s vision for a new economics The Political Economy of Development (Chuck L)

Models of antiquity aeon


‘Unpredictability is our biggest problem’: Texas farmers experiment with ancient farming styles Guardian (Kevin W)

Supreme Duplicity Counterpunch. On the Clean Water Act.

IAEA Team In Japan For Final Review of Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Discharge Associated Press

What Lessons Do The Chinese Hydropower Shortages In Summer 2022 Hold For The World? China Water Risk (guurst)

The Unexpected Problem With EVs: They ‘Tire’ Quickly PCMagazine (resilc)

Insurers’ climate alliance loses nearly half its members after more quit Reuters (Kevin W)


Report: Taiwan Receives Stinger Missiles as Part of Free Military Aid Package from US Antiwar (resilc)

Biden refuses to lift sanctions on Chinese defense minister Responsible Statecraft

Nvidia to turn Taiwan into a world-class AI hub Asia Times

North Korea space launch fails after rocket crashes into sea DW


It’s A Political Fantasy To Imagine That India Will Ever Join “NATO Plus” Andrew Korybko

European Disunion

From Politico’s morning European newsletter. Note further down in Links the US criticizing Kosovo:

EU AND US SLAM POLAND’S ‘LEX TUSK’: Alarm bells are going off in EU capitals and Washington over a new Polish law that will allow a government commission to ban people from holding public office — potentially blocking opposition candidates from running in this year’s elections.

“The new law is a tool of political intimidation and persecution to prevent change at the next elections in Poland,” Manfred Weber, leader of the center-right European People’s Party, told Playbook. “It is a legislative scandal in the heart of Europe.”

What’s in it: The new bill, which President Andrzej Duda said he will sign into law, would create a commission meant to investigate Russian influence in Polish politics. The commission would have the power to ban people from public office for a decade. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party say it’s an effort to root out Kremlin agents. Poland has been at the forefront supporting Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began last year.

But the real target could be someone else: The law comes ahead of this fall’s pivotal parliamentary election that has the ruling party and opposition in a neck-and-neck race. The opposition warns the commission is aimed at harassing political rivals — especially Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and European Council president who heads the opposition Civic Platform party (a member of the EPP).

The “new legislation … could be misused to interfere with Poland’s free and fair elections,” the U.S. state department said in an unusually strong statement. “We share the concerns expressed by many observers that this law to create a commission to investigate Russian influence could be used to block the candidacy of opposition politicians without due process.”

EU vows to step in and act: “I can assure you that we will not hesitate to take immediate action as necessary when we see that there is space and need for such action,” the Commission’s Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová said during a press conference.

“We have a special concern now about the situation in Poland,” Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders told reporters. “A special committee able to deprive citizens of their right to be elected in a public office” forms the focus of concern.


Greece and Poland Join Forces to Seek German War Reparations Greek Reporter

New Not-So-Cold War

The American military veterans who’ve fallen in Ukraine Washington Post

Drones Strikes In Moscow – Missile Strikes In Ukraine Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)

The Importance of Uniform as Ukraine Contemplates an Offensive Larry Johnson

15th Annual Kyiv Security Forum “For Our and Your Freedom / Fighting for NATO” Kyiv Security Forum

West steps up pressure on Turkey to admit Sweden into Nato Financial Times

Not important in and of itself but indicative. Dima reported on Monday that Russia had taken out a bridge in Southern Ukraine that was key to a potential attack route. More of the same:


Clashes in Kosovo: Belgrade Warns of New War as 25 NATO Troops Injured, 50 Serb Protestors Hospitalised Military Watch

US penalises Kosovo after violent unrest BBC (furzy). Alexander Mercouris gave a short backgrounder here starting at 1:07:40.

Maidan-style coup attempt unfolding in Belgrade — Russian ambassador TASS


>US declares death of neoliberalism and demands new global consensus Middle East Eye. Chuck L: “Horses and barn doors.”

Taliban claims: ‘We will conquer Iran soon’ amid water dispute Jerusalem Post (resilc)

The Taliban is using leftover American gear to fight Iran Task & Purpose (resilc)

Hell Hath No Fury Like the Pakistan Army Scorned The Wire

Imperial Collapse Watch

What we know about China’s hacking of Navy systems Task & Purpose (resilc)


Biden’s Age, the Economy and Trump: 11 Skeptical Biden Voters Discuss New York Times. Resilc:

I think a rematch would cause a lot of people to disengage from the process altogether. You’ll have a lot of people questioning our democracy or democracy as a whole. There’s going to be a lot of people who, if we had good candidates, would go out and vote who, this time around, just don’t really care. No matter who wins, it’s going to feed into a lot of extremist views. It is going to add fuel to the flames or the fire of what we saw for the last eight years. Nobody is really satisfied. There’s a lot of discontent. And so I think that we’ll see that get worse under either of their presidencies.


Biden Accuser Tara Reade: My Two Choices in US Were to Walk Into Cage or be Killed Sputnik (UserFriendly). Whoa!

“Safe Harbor”: New Evidence Offers Insight into Hunter Biden and his Collapsing World of Corruption Jonathan Turley

GOP Clown Car

Unnecessary Solutions to Imaginary Problems The Bulwark (resilc)

DeSantis tries to connect with voters during first full day of campaigning in Iowa France24

‘Leadership is not about entertainment’: DeSantis swipes at Trump, says it’s time to ‘send Biden back to his basement’ and claims Hunter would be in JAIL if he was Republican in first Iowa rally Daily Mail


US House committee chairman plans to hold FBI director in contempt of Congress Anadolu Agency

The FBI as advanced persistent threat – and what to do about it The Register

After over 50 Years of Running Domestic Terrorism, Shouldn’t We Finally Indict the FBI as the country’s leading Domestic Terrorist? Canadian Patriot (Micael T)

Debt Ceiling

Debt ceiling bill clears key procedural hurdle to advance to House floor The Hill

Senate braces for last-minute conservative demands on debt deal Politico

McCarthy: Student loan payment pause ‘gone’ under debt ceiling deal The Hill

The Debt Ceiling Deal Is an “F You” to Poor People Jacobin. That’s a feature, not a bug.

There is always more money for defense contractors Popular Information (resilc)

Our No Longer Free Press

Vatican chastises bishops who stoke division on social media Reuters (resilc)

Has Musk Ruined Twitter? American Conservative


A.I. Poses ‘Risk of Extinction,’ Industry Leaders Warn New York Times (resilc)

Lawyer Cited 6 Fake Cases Made Up By ChatGPT; Judge Calls It ‘Unprecedented’ ars

AI chatbots aren’t trustworthy. Could OpenAI, Google or others fix it? Washington Post (furzy)

Class Warfare

>The Hidden Working Class History of the Memorial Day Massacre In These Times (ma)

Purdue Pharma allowed to shield Sackler owners from opioid lawsuits Financial Times

And a bonus (furzy):

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And a bonus (Chuck L):

A second bonus:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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