Links 6/1/2022

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Watch: Monkey family exchanges love with human-like hugs, internet finds endearment ‘unconditional’ FirstPost (J-LS)

Australian scientists discover ‘biggest plant on Earth’ off WA coast Guardian (Kevin W)

Astronomers Unexpectedly Capture ‘Great Dimming’ of Supergiant Star Betelgeuse CNET

World’s first raspberry picking robot cracks the toughest nut: soft fruit Guardian (David L)

How to Make the Universe Think for Us Quanta (David L)

The Characteristics of the First Women to Become Army Rangers RealClearScience (Dr. Kevin)

Want to know whether that journal is scamming you? Introducing the Retraction Watch Hijacked Journal Checker Retraction Watch (Kevin W)

A Major Science Journal Publisher Adds A Weird Notice To Every Paper. What’s Behind This? Forbes (Dr. Kevin)




Normal. With Chinese Characteristics Heisenberg Report (resilc)

Celebrations at midnight as Shanghai reopens after draconian two-month COVID-19 lockdown ABC Australia. Kevin W: “There Is An Alternative.”


Airlines’ mask mandates may soon be REINSTATED as DOJ appeals ruling by Trump-appointed judge that struck down face covering requirement on public transportation Daily Mail

During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People New York Times. Resilc: “Plan for a solvent Social Security system.”


US senator’s trip to Taiwan ‘very dangerous’; PLA sent warplanes Global Times

Beijing’s air and sea patrols near Taiwan a ‘necessary action against collusion’ with US, PLA says South China Morning Post


Brexit Impact Tracker – 25 May 2022 – The Rise of ‘Egocracy’ and Northern Ireland Gerhard Schnyder (guurst)

Canada to temporarily decriminalize some drug possession to tackle abuse problem National Post (resilc)

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine. Military Summary And Analysis 31.05.2022 YouTube. May be too much detail for readers on a daily basis. But very good on the Kharkiv and Kershon “offensives,” as well as the Russian efforts to cut up the cauldrons in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk versus the Ukraine retreats.

Turkey cancels NATO drills in Black Sea on basis of Montreux Convention, says top diplomat Tass

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with French TV channel TF1, Moscow, May 29, 2022 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (guurst)

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Shell, Orsted to lose Russian gas from June 1 over refusal to pay under new system Interfax

Germany Slashes Summer Train Fares More Than 90 Percent To Curb Driving, Save Fuel Yale

Polish inflation at 13.9% in May: flash estimate Radio Poland

EU partially bans Russian oil, Jaishankar bound for East Europe Hindustan Times. J-LS: “Interesting details re Jaishankar.”

Poland’s prime minister called for a ban on third countries buying oil from Russia Political Lore

UK and EU hit Russian oil cargoes with insurance ban Financial Times. This theoretically could have real teeth, but Greek shipping magnates (whose ships are never flagged as Greek for tax and other reasons) have gotten carveouts to past sanctions, so I’d watch for the fine print here.

The EU should forget about sanctions – they’re doing more harm than good Guardian (Kevin W)

Europe’s Far-Flung Energy Woes American Conservative (resilc)

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Ukrainian Official Behind Western Media Reports Of Russian Atrocities Fired By Ukrainian Parliament Caitlin Johnstone (KLG)

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Cracks Show in Western Front Against Russia’s War in Ukraine Wall Street Journal

Egypt signs €8 billion deal with Siemens for high-speed rail system DW. “Nice cars, rode them in Russia. Egypt will have high speed trains before USA USA.”


The Afghanistan Collapse: Inspector General Finds US Spent 20 Years Building a Dependent Potemkin Nation AntiWar (resilc)

Will Someone Finally Say Israel Has Lost It? Haaretz (guurst)

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Imperial Collapse Watch

Suicide takes more military lives than combat, especially among women Yahoo (Kevin)


Baby formula shortages reach more than 80 percent in some states amid US government inaction WSWS

Midterm elections 2022: The issues that matter to Americans Axois


Anti-abortion activists are collecting the data they’ll need for prosecutions post-Roe MIT Technology Review (furzy)


Taking Cues From Texas, California Proposes Its Own Bounty Law—Against Guns New Republic. Resilc: “We’ll have tv shows soon, how to rat on your neighbors for ca$h…..” He flags: Watching Neighbors: The Cuban Model of Social Control JSTOR

Biden on Second Amendment: When It Was Passed, ‘You Couldn’t Buy a Cannon’ Newsweek (furzy)

How New Zealand gun laws changed after the Christchurch massacre Grid (Dr. Kevin)

Trudy Busch Valentine’s Missouri Estate to Host NRA Fundraiser Intercept (resilc)

The Main Mental Health Issue in This Country Is in the Republican Party New Republic. Resilc: “I would say Fox News and MSNBC.”

Supply Chain/Inflation

Where Does the Supply Chain Crisis Stand Now? Morningstar (resilc)

Five takeaways from Biden’s inflation plan The Hill

The Physical Capacity Shortage View of Inflation Employ America (dk). From the executive summary:

Debates about the origin of inflation have so far focused on supply chain disruptions, excessive fiscal stimulus, and an unwillingness to work among the labor force at large. None of these accounts adequately capture the actual constraints fettering economic production and growth today, nor do they adequately explain where price inflation has most substantially materialized. Rather than inflation due to a shortage of labor, what we are seeing today is inflation mostly due to an acute shortage of physical capacity. US consumption and inflation are tightly linked to the constraints stemming from plant and equipment, which are often primarily located or manufactured overseas and subject to their own logistics constraints. If either of these become impaired, there is little ability to meet demand by redirecting production to domestic capacity.

Eurozone Inflation Hits Highest Level Since Creation of the Euro New York Times (Kevin W)

Supreme Court Gives Tech Industry Reprieve From Texas Social-Media Law Wall Street Journal

Facebook Copies TikTok App to Make Instagram Cool to Teens Bloomberg (resilc)

This Is Where Dirty Old Cars Go to Die Wired. Resilc: “My local Vermont shade tree mechanic was telling me about a town guy with a Chevy Bolt EV. Ranges goes down in heat and cold, now has range anxiety.”

Farmer Says Dealer Wouldn’t Repair His Tractor Until He Filed FTC Complaint Vice

An Electric Bus Caught Fire After Battery Explosion in Paris YouTube (Kevin W)

People saw stablecoins as a safe haven. They lost everything when Terra crashed Rest of World (resilc)

Class Warfare

Top-Paid LA Lifeguards Earned Up To $510,283 In 2021 Open the Books. Resilc: “Closed shop like crane operator at Long Beach.”

Has the ‘great resignation’ hit academia? Nature

Antidote du jour (furzy):

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And a bonus (dk):

And a second bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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