Links 6/28/2022

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Dear patient readers,

Apologies for the lack of original posts. A glitch that we solved before the site transfer has reared its ugly head again, resulting in my losing 3 hours of work. I will try not to be crankier than usual in comments.

Lambert and I, and many readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational environment ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of war — both real fog and stage fog — in comments. None of us need more cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers will be summarily whacked.

And for those who are new here, this is not a mere polite request. We have written site Policies and those who comment have accepted those terms. To prevent having to resort to the nuclear option of shutting comments down entirely until more sanity prevails, as we did during the 2015 Greek bailout negotiations and shortly after the 2020 election, we are going to be ruthless about moderating and blacklisting offenders.

–Yves

P.S. Also, before further stressing our already stressed moderators, read our site policies:

Please do not write us to ask why a comment has not appeared. We do not have the bandwidth to investigate and reply. Using the comments section to complain about moderation decisions/tripwires earns that commenter troll points. Please don’t do it. Those comments will also be removed if we encounter them.

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Baby Cow Loves Chasing His Dog Sibling The Dodo (David L)

Returning wolves could be the answer to Rome’s feral hog problem Outdoor Life (resilc)

His job is to actually really stare at octopus, seahorse, jellyfish NPR (David L). Not like The Men Who Stare at Goats

Brilliant Human Sculptures Made of Wire Look Like Drawings Come To Life MyModernMet (David L)

Woman Captures Cloud Formation That Looks Like an Ocean in the Sky PetaPixel (David L)

5 revolutionary cosmic ideas that turned out to be wrong Big Think (David L)

Bad things will happen when the AI sentience debate goes mainstream The Next Web (David L)

Selection with Variation in Diagnostic Skill: Evidence from Radiologists Quarterly Journal of Economics (resilc)

Molecular Mechanisms Behind Learning and Memory Identified Neuroscience News

Incredible Virus Discovery Offers Clues About the Origins of Complex Life SciTechDaily (Kevin W)

#COVID-19

Science/Medicine

GM sent the video in the tweet below as “Reality is starting to become impossible to ignore and some of the guilty parties that locked us into this catastrophe are now having to wiggle out of it somehow.”

The rest of Leonardi’s Tweetstorm is very much worth reading.

US

America Is in the ‘Figure It Out Yourself’ Era of the Pandemic Atlantic (resilc). IM Doc is seeing a very big surge in his area, with more seriously sick people, while his hospital staff has been thinned by the same surge to a virtually unworkable level. And air travel is a mess.

Climate/Environment

Heatwave Barry Ritholtz (resilc)

China?

China Built Your iPhone. Will It Build Your Next Car? Wired

This Chinese 3-year-old is an ‘excavator’ operator South China Morning Post (resilc)

Sri Lanka runs out of fuel, suspends sales for two weeks The Hindu

Brexit

Northern Ireland protocol bill passes Commons vote Guardian (Kevin W)

Old Blighty

Hard-up families will be paid to use less electricity The Times

Legitimate corruption controls the Swedish economy Aftonbladet (Micael T)

New Not-So-Cold War. Notice no reports of the G7 discussing the epically stupid idea of trying to impose a price cap on Russian oil, as had been widely rumored beforehand.

Russian oil: Shippers hide cargoes by paying Chinese yuan, ‘going dark’ Business Insider (resilc)

Gas Rises as Europe Struggles to Fill Russian Supply Gap Bloomberg (Ignacio)

Chemical giant may close plant due to gas shortage – WSJ RT (Kevin W)

Sanctions against Russia are leading Latin America to the abyss The Saker (Kevin W)

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Ukraine garrison evacuating Lisichansk – Russian or Lugansk forces now reportedly INSIDE the city; also, Karma strikes as Russians claim to bag the bearded Georgian merc shown in the infamous, prisoner throat-slitting video from March 31st Jacob Dreizin. Note the other battle watchers like Military Summary pointed out a couple of days ago that Russia had actual or fire control of all possible ways out save maybe through a forested area with power lines. Both Alexander Mercouris and our Lambert dispute the viability of that escape route, Mercouris because it requires crossing the Seversky-Donets River at a point that had been successfully contested before, Lambert because that forested area is crossed by power lines, and Lambert knows from Maine that that means the forest will be significant thinned and can be surveilled well by Russian forces. So bottom line is the equipment is lost and at best only small groups of the rumored to be 8,000 in Lisichansk will be able to escape.

U.S. gov’t body plots to break up Russia in name of ‘decolonization’ MR Online (furzy). Reported elsewhere but we may not have linked to it yet. Needless to say, this has been reported in Russia and has only confirmed beliefs that the West is out to destroy Russia, that Putin was not exaggerating when he made remarks along those lines at the start of the conflict.

MUTINY IN THE CANADIAN GENERAL STAFF – HOW POLITICAL AMBITION & UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR AIMS ARE BEING COVERED UP IN OTTAWA John Helmer

First Look Into Russian Controlled Kharkiv Region Ukraine (Special Report) Patrick Lancaster, YouTube. From a couple of days ago.

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West unwilling to answer questions about its mercenaries in Ukraine — Russian diplomat TASS

Syraqistan

Turkey’s opposition promises to target Israel, Saudi Arabia and Greece Military East Eye

Apartheid: How a Reluctant UN Official Was convinced to so Describe Israeli Policies toward Palestinians Juan Cole

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Perils of Shaping a Recalcitrant World Nation (resilc)

U.S. to Hunt Russian War Criminals, Gives Pass to Our Own Intercept (resilc)

1/6

John Eastman phone seized by FBI agents Washington Post (furzy)

Senate sergeant at arms Michael Stenger who was in charge of securing the Capitol on January 6 dies suddenly – just one day before the Capitol riot committee is set to call surprise hearing to present ‘newly uncovered evidence’ Daily Mail (BC)

Biden

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I think you’re clear’: VOICEMAIL from Joe Biden to Hunter about NY Times report on his Chinese business dealings proves he DID speak to his son about his relationship with criminal dubbed the ‘spy chief of China’ Daily Mail (Li)

Texas migrant deaths: At least 46 found dead in abandoned lorry BBC

GOP Clown Car

Ron DeSantis and the Rise of Incoherent Folk Libertarianism Daily Beast (resilc)

Abortion

The postal service is already one of the US’s main abortion providers Quartz (resilc)

AOC: Impeach Supreme Court Justices Who ‘Lied Under Oath’ Rolling Stone. Empty virtue signaling Pelosi already said no.

Voting Harder Won’t Bring Back Roe Jacobin (resilc)

Benjamin Franklin gave instructions on at-home abortions in a book in the 1700s NPR (David L)

Women Declare Themselves Corporations to Force Supreme Court to Grant Them Rights as People New Yorker

Anti-Abortion Centers in US Find Pregnant Teens Online, Then Save Their Data Bloomberg

Israel eases abortion regulations in response to ‘sad’ Roe v Wade ruling Guardian (resilc)

Supremes

The Supreme Court might throw a big wrench in the EPA’s attempt to fight climate change Grid (resilc)

Supreme Court sides with coach who sought to pray after game Associated Press. Resilc: “Except for Muslims?”

Gunz

More Guns, More Unintended Consequences: The Effects of Right-to-Carry on Criminal Behavior and Policing in US Cities NBER

Supply Chain/Inflation

Asia Coal Prices Hit Record on Hot Global Competition for Fuel Bloomberg

FOCUS- ‘Off the charts’ chemical shortages hit U.S. farms Reuters

Fertiliser shortage hits African farmers battling food crisis BBC (resilc)

How the crypto crash has impacted each Premier League club The Athletic (Basil Pesto)

Why Bitcoin’s Anonymity Could Soon Collapse Like A House of Cards Discover (David L)

On the Dangers of Cryptocurrencies and the Uselessness of Blockchain Bruce Schneier (David L)

The Truth Behind The Terrible Resale Value Of Electric Cars Slashgear (David L)

Inflation Stephanie Kelton

I must confess I remember the white boots and “flower power”:

Class Warfare

America Wasted Its Chance to Push the Economy Forward Atlantic (resilc)

YouTube, because it thinks I’m macho-identifying guy, regularly suggests all sort of survivalist build your own shelter videos. I’m a little weirded out by seeing a much more glam version of the same on Twitter, where I follow accounts like MMT commentators, Assange advocates, Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Mate, Jeremy Corbyn, many Brexit experts, and the better Covid watchers. It tells me survivalism is now being targeted to influencers: “See you can live well with just your own sweat labor and some tools.” Land ownership and access to resources assumed, natch. Don’t get me wrong, this is impressive, but the fact that this sort of this is become a more popular genre gives me the creeps:

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Antidote du jour (CV):

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