Links 8/11/2022

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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.

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‘World’s biggest cat’ stands as tall as two-year-old child – but is a ‘gentle giant’ Daily Star (Re Silc).

Fed’s Mary Daly says it is too early to ‘declare victory’ on inflation fight FT

Curb Your Enthusiasm on the Good Inflation News John Authers, Bloomberg


Flooding in the Sacrifice Zone Tarrance Ray, The Baffler. A must-read.

Rhine River Withers to Crisis Level as Europe Craves Energy Bloomberg

Tesla’s German Gigafactory Demonstrates the Difficulty of Delivering Green Industrial Jobs The New Republic

Botanists find one of ‘the world’s worst weeds’ spreading in the Boise foothills High Country News

Billions in Feds’ Spending on Megafire Risks Seen as Misdirected Bloomberg

The search for an AC that doesn’t destroy the planet Vox


Impact of Lifting School Masking Requirements on Incidence of COVID-19 among Staff and Students in Greater-Boston Area School Districts: A Difference-in-Differences Analysis medRxiv. A natural experiment. “Before the statewide school masking policy was lifted, there was no statistically significant difference in case rate trajectories between school districts. However, weekly and cumulative case rates were significantly higher in students and staff in school districts that removed masking requirements, compared to districts that had not yet lifted requirements. We estimate that lifting of school masking requirements was associated with an additional 44.9 (95% CI: 32.6, 57.1) COVID-19 cases per 1,000 students and staff over the 15 weeks since the lifting of the statewide school masking requirement, representing nearly 30% of all cases observed in schools during that time.”


9 Monkeypox Myths to Stop Believing, Including a Major One About Symptoms Good Housekeeping


China Ends Taiwan Drills WSJ

Beijing removes pledge not to send troops to Taiwan in new policy Axios

China’s Military Was Built To Defeat America In A Taiwan War 1945

What-If DC War Game Maps Huge Toll of a Future US-China War Over Taiwan Bloomberg

China hits Big Fund chip executives with corruption probes FT

Taiwan security officials want Foxconn to drop stake in Chinese chipmaker FT


The Myanmar Military’s Roadmap to Survival The Diplomat

Myanmar’s poisoned mountains Global Witness. Rare earths.

The Koreas

Korean Department Store is the Worlds’ Biggest Luxury Goods Seller The Blue Roof


The Indian labor market, a thread:


EU to cease Greek budget surveillance, marking end of debt crisis Deutsche Welle

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine says 9 Russian warplanes destroyed in Crimea blasts AP. Includes satellite photos.

Crimea airfield blast was work of Ukrainian special forces, official says WaPo. Single-sourced in the lead to a “Ukrainian government official.” The headline implies to me the blast was not the work of Ukrainian special forces; Ukrainian officials, after all, have form. That could mean a strike from the air*, or special forces, just not Ukrainian. Or, as the Russians have said, an accident. Anyhow, that’s Pravda on the Potomac. From Izvestia on the Hudson–

Explosions Rip Through Russian Base on Crimea NYT. Single-sourced: “The senior Ukrainian official said the attack involved partisan resistance forces loyal to the government in Kyiv.” Could even be the same “official” who fed WaPo the same story. But maybe not! “Special forces” and “partisans” aren’t really the same thing.

NOTE * Although apparently the locals didn’t spot anything.

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IAEA Says Shelling At Zaporizhzhia NPP Caused No ‘immediate Threat To Nuclear Safety’ Republic World

CBS Wanted To Do Critical Reporting On Ukraine’s Government But Ukraine’s Government Said No Caitlin Johnstone

Blast Effects London Review of Books

What ever happened to the ‘rules-based international order?’ Responsible Statecraft

Biden Administration

Why does the IRS need $80 billion? Just look at its cafeteria. WaPo

They Did It Stephanie Kelton, The Lens. Modified rapture.

Congress Just Passed a Big Climate Bill. No, Not That One The Atlantic (DL). The CHIPS Act.

Biden signs PACT Act, expanding health care for veterans exposed to toxins PBS

EPA Whistleblowers Provide New Evidence of Ongoing Failure to Assess Dangerous Chemicals The Intercept

Biden says Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings CNN


The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago ‘Raid’: It’s about the Capitol Riot, Not the Mishandling of Classified Information Andrew McCarthy, National Review. “As long as agents are conducting a legitimate search, they are authorized to seize any obviously incriminating evidence they come across.” I won’t use the word “fishing expedition,” but feel free to think it.

Exclusive: An Informer Told the FBI What Docs Trump Was Hiding, and Where Newsweek. Source in lead: “two senior government officials.” Tossing the apple of discord into the Trump camp?

Trump lawyer who was at Mar-a-Lago for FBI search describes the scene CBS

Did Donald Trump Bait the FBI? Larry Johnson, A Son of the American Revolution

U.S. joins other democracies in investigating former leaders WaPo. Remember when Pelosi impeached Bush after the Democrats took both houses in 2006? Good times.

Enlightened Trump Takes Vow Of Silence Babylon Bee

The Bezzle

California DMV accuses Tesla of falsely advertising Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features LA Times (dk). From April, still germane.

Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ in Science Wired


Walgreens played ‘substantial’ role in San Francisco opioid crisis, judge finds Guardian

Class Warfare

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Harvard: Why the Crew, and not the Captain, Will Save America Black Agenda Report

Workers Strike at Medicare, ACA Call Centers MegPage Today

Mystery ingredients in ancient recipes for bronze objects deciphered by researchers CNN

Earth’s Aunties Noema

Antidote du jour (via):

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“Bibi and her—as yet unnamed—baby hippo are respectively the mother and brother of world famous hippo, Fiona.”

Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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