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Buffets for jumbos on Elephant Day Bangkok Post (furzy). They look festive in their holiday gear. I hope they enjoy being dressed up.
It’s Time to Put Daylight Saving Time to Bed Modern Farmer (BG)
one of the most ominous papers i’ve read, where ppl training AI to discover ways to improve human health instead go “hm, i wonder what happens if we just flip the direction of training from ‘help’ to ‘hurt'”https://t.co/xMgC39VFyX pic.twitter.com/GkOOj6AmRc
— Aella (@Aella_Girl) March 14, 2022
Cornel West Sees a Spiritual Decay in the Culture New Yorker. Resilc: “More like a rotting hollow roadkill shell.”
Fear over ‘new bug strain’ Bangkok Post (furzy)
Sars-Cov-2 Kills T-Cells, Just Like HIV Igor Chudov
TWiV 874: COVID-19 clinical update #105 with Dr. Daniel Griffin TWIV. From Lee:
Infection and changes in brain structure (Nature) 2:22
Dementia among pneumonia survivors (Open Forum Inf Dis) 4:36
Narrative dynamics around COVID-19 vaccines (FSI) 7:16
Children and COVID (AAP) 8:55
Paxlovid in pediatric patients (Pfizer) 10:34
Mask effectiveness in schools (MMWR) 13:08
Host factors and severe disease (Nature) 14:34
Antiviral efficacy against BA.2 (NEJM) 19:48
Post-acute symptoms, Denmark (medRxiv) 27:02
Risk of sequelae after infection (BMJ) 27:23
Adverse Reactions to COVID Vaccines I Have Come Across Midwestern Doctor (Li)
China locks down province of 24m as new Covid infections rise Guardian (Kevin W)
Inzidenzen auf Höchstwert: MV lockert später NDR (guurst). Google translate version.
Could A Small Nuclear War Reverse Global Warming? Huffpost Kevin W: “From a month ago. As a guy on twitter asked, ‘What stage of capitalism is this?’”
Tree planting is booming. Here’s how that could help, or harm, the planet New York Times (Robert M)
Quaise’s ultra-deep geothermal drilling plans: Your questions answered New Atlas. Chuck L: “A big deal if it works as expected/hoped.”
New Not So Cold War
Talks Fail to Make Progress as Russian Offensive Grinds On Wall Street Journal
US warns China will face consequences if it helps Russia evade Ukraine war sanctions ABC (Kevin W). We really have lost our minds.
China Says It Wants to Avoid U.S. Sanctions Over Russia’s War Bloomberg. Note:
“China is not a party to the crisis, nor does it want the sanctions to affect China,” Wang said in a phone call Monday with Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares to discuss the war in Ukraine. “China has the right to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests.”…
China has long opposed any unilateral sanctions imposed outside of the United Nations, a position Wang reiterated Monday. To Beijing, which has recently faced U.S. sanctions over human rights issues in places like Xinjiang and Hong Kong, compliance with American penalties is seen as a violation of its sovereignty. In line with that, China has vowed to continue normal trade relations with Russia.
Safety of The ISS Has Once Again Been Threatened by Roscosmos Chief Science Alert (Chuck L)
Russia Dropped From Ship Certification Body as Sanctions Bite US News (Kevin W)
Central Asia frets as Russia suspends grain, sugar exports BNE. As we predicted…
Koch Industries continues doing business in Russia Popular Information (Glenn F)
EVIDENCE: Media Misleading US Public On Ukraine Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar, YouTube (jr)
.@MittRomney and others say that I’m treasonous because I called for a ceasefire around the 25+ biolabs in Ukraine to prevent the breach of such facilities & escape of pathogens, and prevent more pandemics. Romney should resign. pic.twitter.com/nNhmM74xo1
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) March 14, 2022
Twitter just labeled the account of a long dead American newsman who had a hit show at MSNBC – Ed Schultz – “Russian state media.” I’m not kidding. It’s time for everyone to realize just how insane neo-McCarthyism & toxic-nationalism are.
— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) March 15, 2022
Long in the Making: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Arms Control Association
This Is Important. Andrei Martyanov (Chuck L). On de-dollarization.
From the John Robb interview that many readers have mentioned. One caveat: Putin didn’t raise the nuclear alert for fun. As Scott Ritter explained, it was done in response to NATO making the same sort of approval that they did before sending troops to Afghanistan.
NEW and slightly terrifying.
What does nuclear escalation look like in the context of an open source network swarm?
Russia’s nuclear doctrine is different from ours, and the network swarm has no doctrine.
What happens when they collide?
Will Karen cause nuclear war? pic.twitter.com/03XnLBFTtA
— Jack Murphy⚡️ (@jackmurphylive) March 11, 2022
Germany to buy US F-35 jets in first big deal since defence budget boost Financial Times (furzy)
How to avoid police brutality in Israel? Don’t be an Arab. Mondoweiss (guurst)
Julian Assange denied permission to appeal against US extradition Guardian (Kevin W). The text suggests this may not QUITE be as kangaroo court-like as it sounds, since Assange was appealing to the (a?) UK Supreme Court and it presumably like ours hears only a tiny percentage of cases presented to it. But one has to wonder about the bona fides of this decision. However, in New York State, the Supreme Court confusingly is it lowest level trial court, so perhaps UK readers can clarify.
As the West babbles on about freedom and democracy, a British Court today rejected the appeal of Julian Assange, bringing him one step further to being extradited to the US to stand trial for espionage for the crime of publishing docs about the US Government. https://t.co/l5Yc6ImXnI
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 14, 2022
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Biden yet to see boost from voters despite favorable reviews on Ukraine The Hill. Um, approval tends to peak early and decline…
California Court Rules Amazon Must Protect Consumers As You Sow
Notices Of Election Released For 3 CalPERS Board Seats Mondovisione (Kevin W)
Ford ships Explorers without chips for rear-seat HVAC controls ars technica (Kevin W)
Idaho Is First State to Pass Abortion Ban Based on Texas’ Law New York Times (Kevin W)
Helen Keller’s Legacy Has Been Sanitized Teen Vogue (David L)
‘Completely demoralized’: US railroad workers pushed to the brink Guardian (resilc)
The % of Americans 30 and younger who live with their parents is at the highest since the Great Depression: due to severe wealth inequality, industry losses, lower wages, and the pandemic.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 14, 2022
Antidote du jour (Chet G):
And a bonus, but may strike some as an anti-antidote (John N):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here