Links 8/26/2022

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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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Artemis Accords: Why the international moon exploration framework matters

Amazon Care is shutting down at the end of 2022. Here’s why Fierce Pharma. Amazon’s acquistion of One Medical has not closed, lest you think they’re leaving the business entirely.

Amazon is pressing pause on dozens more self-checkout grocery stores amid disappointing sales, report says Business Insider

World’s biggest Amazon warehouse raises fears over toxic air Reuters

What Will Come of the Nightmare Travel Summer of 2022? Matt Stoller, BIG

The casualties of California legalizing pot: Growers who went legal WaPo


California Approves Ban on Gas-Powered Car Sales by 2035 Bloomberg

Pace of Climate Change Sends Economists Back to Drawing Board NYT. Origin of the cliché:

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A cautionary note about messages of hope: Focusing on progress in reducing carbon emissions weakens mitigation motivation Global Environmental Change. From 2016, still germane.


Long COVID, Cognitive Impairment, and the Stalled Decline in Disability Rates FEDS Notes

Nirmatrelvir Use and Severe Covid-19 Outcomes during the Omicron Surge NEJM. Paxlovid. n = 109,254. From the Abstract: “Among patients 65 years of age or older, the rates of hospitalization and death due to Covid-19 were significantly lower among those who received nirmatrelvir than among those who did not. No evidence of benefit was found in younger adults.”

NIH to terminate EcoHealth Alliance grant after its Wuhan partners refuse to deliver information on coronavirus studies Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

New monkeypox cases begin to slow in L.A. County, echoing trends elsewhere LA Times. Paragraph 16: “‘Many people have quit reporting their illness because it’s mild,’ [Troy Masters — publisher of the Los Angeles Blade, an LGBTQ newspaper] said. ‘I’m aware of this from numerous friends. They keep an eye on it. If it gets out of control, they then contact their doctor.’” Oh.


China Hasn’t Reached the Peak of Its Power Foreign Affairs

US has ‘no good options’ on Taiwan as China resets status quo FT

US tariffs on China goods are yesterday’s problem for exporters – it made some even stronger – but now they face a bigger threat South China Morning Post


UK will support Rohingya ‘genocide’ court case as refugees mark five years since fleeing Myanmar The Telegraph

Britain’s former Myanmar envoy detained in Yangon Reuters. What they’re up against:


Saudi Arabia sends message to Biden on oil FT

Iran ‘carefully reviewing’ US response to nuclear deal proposal Al Jazeera

Mossad Chief Barnea: New nuclear deal will not block us from acting against Iran Jerusalem Post

Najib Razak’s Political Career: The End of the Beginning or the End of the End? Fulcrum


After the Virus Mainly Macro

Routine Covid tests in English hospitals to be scrapped next week Guardian

Italy’s Centrists Are Failing to Take the Fight to the Far Right Jacobin

New Not-So-Cold War

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant temporarily disconnected from grid Al Jazeera. I’m still not clear why the Russians would be shelling a power plant they plan to connect to their own grid. But then who on earth could be doing the shelling?

France seeks clarity on potential TotalEnergies fuel links to Russian army France24

Russia Advances in Donbass, UK Johnson Tells Zelensky Continue War, $3 Billion in Weapons from MIC Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. 3:30: Debunking of “stalemate” begins. 5:03: “Now I just want to deal with this question of the fighting being at a standstill because what we see is that this has now become the new Western media meme….It’s the Russians that are advancing in southwest Ukraine and the Russians who continue to advance in Donbass.”

Biden pumps billions into the long war in Ukraine Politico

Putin issues decree to increase army’s standard strength by 137,000 as of 2023 TASS

Russian allegations of rampant Nazism in Europe Gilbert Doctorow

Venezuela: ConocoPhillips Closer to Enforcing $9.7B Award After Guaidó Opposition Misses Payments VenezuelAnalysis. Commentary:

Biden Administration

US government to make all research it funds open access on publication Ars Technica. Press release from White House Office of Science and Technology on guidance. Big win for OST. Now do ventilation. And see Aaron Swartz here.

In Washington, agricultural policymakers circulate among Farm Bureau, USDA and industry Investigate Midwest


Judge orders unsealing of redacted affidavit in Trump search Associated Press

Election 2020 Post Mortem

Taibbi asks a good question:

FBI officials slow-walked Hunter Biden laptop investigation until after 2020 election: whistleblowers FOX

Nate Silver: ‘Liberal elites’ pressured Pfizer to delay vaccine until after 2020 election NY Post

Our Famously Free Press

How One Spook-Run London College Department Is Training the World’s Social Media Managers Mint Press

A crude replacement for local news Heated. The deck: “As local newsrooms rapidly shut down across the country, Chevron steps in to fill the gap with propaganda.”


‘A Place To Die’: Inside A Nightmare For-Profit Hospital In Rural America Moe Tkacik, More Perfect Union. August 18.

When Private Equity Takes Over a Nursing Home The New Yorker (Furzy Mouse). August 25. No cite to Tkacik.


How Deadly Bacteria Spread in a Similac Factory—and Caused the US Formula Shortage Bloomberg

Sports Desk


Imperial Collapse Watch

The spinning door: From US government service to lobbying for dictators Responsible Statecraft

‘We Need to Own the Heat The Way We Now Own Night,’ Pentagon Climate Expert Says Defense One (Re Silc). “Tactical cooling vests.”

Class Warfare

How US life expectancy fell off a cliff FT

‘I’ve Seen a Lease Calling for Daily Lap Dances’ New York Magazine

Newfound Brain Switch Labels Experiences as Good or Bad Scientific American. “…but thinking makes it so.”

Antidote du jour (Suzi Eszterhas ):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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