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R.I.P. Carol K.

We are extremely sad to report our beloved Carol K. passed in her sleep at home early Friday morning. She had been home only ten days after 345 consecutive days in the hospital, recovering from a stem cell transplant, among other comorbidities and complications. Anyone who followed her Twitter account knows she was a wonderful person. She was always cheerful and uplifting, even while suffering in great pain. She would even Tweet out uplifting affirmations just minutes before major and...

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Michael Hudson Talks with Katie Halper and Aaron Maté About the Broader Ramifications of the US/NATO Conflict with Russia

Yves here. The transcript below is only of the portion of the Michael Hudson podcast with Katie Halper and Aaron Maté that is outside their paywall, but Michael assures me that the rest was almost entirely a personal chat. But you should consider subscribing! Note I would have embedded the podcast and/or the YouTube clip, but the YouTube embed blocked local viewing, and the ways I use to copy over podcast codes didn’t work. So apologies. Originally published at Useful Idiots KATIE HALPER: ...

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Leaked Draft Opinion Shows Supreme Court Set to Strike Down Roe v. Wade

Yves here. Even though we provide links to germane stories on the leaked draft Supreme Court decision in Links today, we thought that there might be sufficient reader interest in the matter to warrant featuring a stand-alone post on it. This Common Dreams piece summaries some of the key points from Judge Alito’s draft, which I confess I have not read but you can here. We’ve said it before, but it can’t be said too often: NOW and its sister peak feminism organizations should hang their heads...

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Assisted Suicide Laws Increase Suicide Rates, Especially Among Women

Yves here. Perhaps readers will disagree, but this article strikes me as utterly clueless about suicide among the elderly. And even if the authors stumbled across directionally accurate conclusions, their methods are so shoddy that the findings can’t be trusted. Suicides are underreported for a whole bunch of reasons: wanting to make sure survivors get life insurance benefits (as in the person killing themself makes his death look like an accident), avoidance of liability, attending...

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Gas Flares: Europe Has a Hissy, Flails About as Russia Imposes Gas Payment Countersanctions and Economies Already Feel Blowback Bite

On the whole, European and US leaders are continuing to make a very poor showing of the situation they instigated with Russia. The Biden Administration decided to seize $300 billion of Russian foreign exchange reserves, overconfident that they would crater the Russian economy. Ironically, however, the sanctions greatly reduced the Russian need for foreign exchange for trade, since respectable US and European companies took it upon themselves to stop or limit exports to Russia. And Russian...

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Public Schools Fray as Pentagon Gets More Pork

Yves here. I suspect many readers will be surprised to learn that some (many?) public schools have “wellness interventionists,” which are teachers who manage behavior problems. This post gives a window into a Connecticut school system that skews toward low income children (think the townies in New Haven) and describes a distressingly high level of aggression and non-compliance. Perhaps I am badly out of touch with conditions in American schools, but this is simply grim. It points to poor...

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Will Pfizer’s Paxlovid Be the Game-Changer that Saves Biden’s “Test to Treat” Program?

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Paxlovid — “Peace and love,” dig? Or even just “Pax,” as American’s Chief Pharmaceutical Salesman White House Covid response coordinator Ashish Jha dubs it — is the key treatment in the Biden Administration’s “Test to Treat” program. As readers know, I’m all for treatment — indeed, I can’t understand why the White House didn’t intitiate an Operation Warp Speed for treatments when it took office — but with Paxlovid I have some questions. First, I’ll look at the...

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Apple Announces Unimpressive Self Service Repair Program for Some iPhone Models

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Apple yesterday announced a long-awaited self-repair program with enough complex eligibility requirements to satisfy any liberal Democrat. This reality is not apparent from looking at Apple’s announcement itself – which instead seems to promise that Apple if finally getting with the program and allowing us to fix our stuff when it breaks. From Apple’s...

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Jaishankar Calls Out Europe’s Selective Concern on Rules-Based Order

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Indian minister for external affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar continued to chart an independent multi-alignment policy for India in public remarks yesterday. Jaishankar appeared at the Raisina Dialogue, a multilateral conference held annually in Delhi since 2016. The event is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation, an independent think tank,in...

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UN Report: Humanity Must Change The Way it Assesses and Responds to Risk, Else We Face a ‘Spiral of Self Destruction’

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. It seems each week – if not each day – brings us new headlines about the numerous and  pressing disasters the world faces. What has been our collective response been to such risks? Ha. Not much i’m afraid. Yesterday, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) issued a stark report on disaster risk reduction, Our World at Risk, which...

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