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Links 4/27/2022

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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. 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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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

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Handy Mnemonics The Public Domain Review

The power of shit aeon (RM)

Critical Revolutionaries by Terry Eagleton review – five critics who changed the way we read Guardian

The New York Times Book Review The Nation. For years, I read every word of every NYT book review. Now, I can’t tell you when the last time was I read any single review. Years ago, at least.

A Man in Transit The Nation. Review of a bio of Billy Wilder, one of my favorite directors. So many great films! And not just the best-known ones either – The Apartment, Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard. But also, One, Two, Three; Ace in the Hole; Kiss Me, Stupid.  Across several genres. Shall I buy the book? Maybe, I’ll just watch one of his films instead.  A comedy I think. I need a reason to laugh – and either Some Like it Hot with its many wonderful performances – Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe –  or One, Two, Three, for Jimmy Cagney’s last film role (a comic one – not playing a gangster) – will leave me roaring. More anon.

ON THE GENUINE DELIGHTS OF HUGH LAURIE’S MURDER MYSTERY WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS? Crime Reads

Confessions of a DMV Vision Test Failure Oldster Magazine

French Bee Launches Los Angeles–Paris Flights From $321 Afar. A big bet on restoration of ‘normal’.

‘Rats of the sea’: backlash after Cornish fishers call for seal cull Guardian

Chinatown’s Dim Sum Parlors Are Facing an Unprecedented Labor Shortage Eater NY

These male spiders adopted an unusual strategy to survive sexual cannibalism Ars Technica

The Large Hadron Collider Rebooted and Immediately Broke a World Record Gizmodo

Investigation into acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology in children in England UK Health Security Agency

#COVID-19

Experts fear U.S. may default to annual Covid boosters without sufficient data Stat

CDC estimates 3 in 4 kids have had coronavirus infections AP

Kamala Harris, US vice-president, tests Covid positive: White House Hindustan Times

Foreign businesses in Chinese capital keep wary eye on Covid cases as fears of lockdown grow South China Morning Post

The responses!


New Not-So-Cold-War

Rand Paul claims Biden pushed Putin into invading Ukraine by supporting its bid to join NATO in tense hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken Daily Mail

Russia Warns of Nuclear War Risk as Ukraine Talks Go On Bloomberg

Live Updates: As Diplomacy Hopes Dim, U.S. Marshals Allies for Long-Term Military Aid to Ukraine NYT

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Germany Expected to Announce Tank Deliveries to Ukraine Der Spiegel

Germany will deliver anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine Deutsche Welle

Shrinking U.S. Stinger missile supply faces re-stocking challenges Reuters

Raytheon chief warns of delays in replenishing Stinger missile stocks Politico

Russia Used a Hypersonic Missile. How Does It Work and What Is Its Threat? The Wire

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Eurasian firms see Russia sanctions as big biz chance Asia Times

Russia to cut off gas supply to Poland The Hill

Ukraine war to cause biggest price shock in 50 years – World Bank BBC

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Piecemeal’ Initative Says India as UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Veto Reform The Wire

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Ukraine live news: Putin agrees to UN role in Mariupol evacuation Al Jazeera


Global military spending tops $2 trillion for the first time Responsible Statecraft

Our Famously Free Press

The “Gentlemen’s Agreement”: When TV News Won’t Identify Defense Lobbyists TK News. Matt Tabby


Class Warfare

THE 50-100 PAY GAPAmazon Employees’ Victory Is Inspiring Workers at Other Retailers. Could a Walmart Union Be Next? Capital & Main

MLK and Unions Counterpunch

The gig workers fighting back against the algorithms MIT Technology Review. Part three of a series on AI colonialism.

Union Square Subway Entrance a Smelly Mess Despite Ritzy Private Ownership The City

Do Billionaires Have Too Much Money? WSJ

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Billionaires Like Elon Musk Don’t Know the First Thing About Democracy Jacobin

Billionaires Only Come To The Rescue In Movies And Comic Books Caitlin Johnstone
Old Blighty

Big Brother IS Watching You watch

Top financial regulator warns U.S. is developing a ‘Chinese-style’ payments industry ‘fueled by uncontrolled flows of consumer data’ Market Watch

Tech Giants Duped Into Giving Up Data Used to Sexually Extort Minors Bloomberg

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Biden Administration

Biden SNAPPED at Kamala so harshly ‘even Republican senators were taken aback’ during meeting where the President was trying to persuade GOP members to back his $1trillion social spending plan, book claims Daily Mail

 Joe Biden agreed to pay Hunter’s legal bills tied to Chinese firm deal: email NY Post

Former eBay Executive Pleads Guilty to His Role in Cyberstalking Campaign Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office (BC)

The Supremes

House panel to explore impeachment, judicial ethics in wake of Ginni Thomas texts The Hill

Guernica

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Supply Chain

Shanghai’s plan to reboot the supply chain will hit workers the hardest Ars Technica

How Scotland is leading the way in seaweed farming Guardian

Take Down Your Bird Feeders to Reduce Spread of Bird Flu: Experts WebMD (furzy)

Dorset ospreys produce egg for first time in 200 years Guardian

Climate Change

Broken Charging Stations Could Be Stalling the EV Movement Wired

Brazil

Brazil Court Deals Blow to Massive Amazon Gold Mine Project Common Dreams

Pakistan

A troubled start Dawn

India

Explained: How Indonesia’s palm oil export ban will impact your everyday life Firstpost

The surprising landscape of Indian Jewish food BBC

The Great Indian Poverty Debate, 2.0 Scroll

Your Silence in the Face of Enormous Societal Threat Is Deafening: Former Civil Servants to Modi The Wire

China?

Demographics push China-India-Russia triple entente Asia Times

China slashes African infrastructure loans but ICT funding holds firm South China Morning Post

Antidote du Jour (via)

Links 4/27/2022

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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