Links Ides of March 2022

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Dear patient readers,

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.


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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.

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)

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)

Acute COVID-19 severity and mental health morbidity trajectories in patient populations of six nations: an observational study Lancet

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)


Metropolises take strictest measures in 2 years as China reports more than 10,000 cases since March Global Times

Apple supplier Foxconn shuts plants as Covid outbreak in China grows Financial Times

China locks down province of 24m as new Covid infections rise Guardian (Kevin W)


New Covid-19 Coronavirus Wave In Europe May Have Already Begun, Data Suggests Forbes (David L)

COVID digest: Germany′s situation ′critical,′ Lauterbach says DW (resilc)

Inzidenzen auf Höchstwert: MV lockert später NDR (guurst). Google translate version.


Sewer Data Warns of a New Bump in Covid Cases in U.S.Bloomberg


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)

Defenders Of The Forest: How Forest Dwelling-Communities Of Gondia Are Regenerating Forests India Spend (J-LS)

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)

India’s top refiner IOC buys 3 mln bbls Russian Urals crude via tender -sources Reuters

As West Shuns Moscow, Officials Say India Eyes More Cheap Russian Oil The Wire (J-LS)

Is Russia facing a 1998-like default? BNE

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)

As West Shuns Moscow, Officials Say India Eyes More Cheap Russian Oil The Wire (J-LS)

EVIDENCE: Media Misleading US Public On Ukraine Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar, YouTube (jr)

Tulsi Gabbard Smeared as ‘Treasonous Liar’ By Sen. Mitt Romney Over Ukraine Biolab Concerns (Kevin W)

Long in the Making: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Arms Control Association

Parallel Worlds or Parabolic Mirror Images: Media Coverage of the Russia-Ukraine War Gilbert Doctorow

Lawmaker pressure on Biden hits its limits The Hill

Aftershock. Russian newsfeed-type source suggested by DS. Yandex translate. Has lots of maps.

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.

The Crash Of A Ukrainian-Originating Drone In Croatia Exposed NATO’s Vulnerabilities One World (guurst)

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.

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Worldwide Social Credit Industry – Infrastructure to Support Social Credit Systems Represents a $16.1 Billion Opportunity by 2026 – Yahoo (Li)


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)

California Wine Ruined by Wildfires Leads Chemists to Analyze Grapes for Smoke CNET (David L)

JPMorgan’s risky client approach: Cut them off before they cut us down Francine McKenna

Class Warfare

Helen Keller’s Legacy Has Been Sanitized Teen Vogue (David L)

‘Completely demoralized’: US railroad workers pushed to the brink Guardian (resilc)

Look inside LA’s new steel container apartments for the homeless KTLA (David L)

Antidote du jour (Chet G):

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And a bonus, but may strike some as an anti-antidote (John N):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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