Links 5/4/2022 | naked capitalism

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Darwin Was Right: Birds Really Are More Colorful In The Tropics Forbes (Robert H)

Pet-friendly offices are in high demand following pandemic boom Washington Post (furzy)

Canadian police fatally shoot polar bear that wandered into Quebec community Guardian (resilc)

See The Exquisite New 100 Megapixel Photo Of Two Galaxies Merging 40 Million Light-Years From Us Forbes (David L)

AI research is a dumpster fire and Google’s holding the matches The Next Web (David L)



Durability of BNT162b2 vaccine against hospital and emergency department admissions due to the omicron and delta variants in a large health system in the USA: a test-negative case – control study The Lancet.

Covid booster vaccine may not provide added protection against Omicron Express (furzy)

Mysterious hepatitis outbreak in children has now been spotted in 20 countries, WHO says Daily Mail (Kevin W). Under Covid because GM says odds are 99% that this is the result of Covid.

Cognitive Impairment From Severe COVID-19 Equivalent to 20 Years of Aging Neuroscience News (David L)

Molnupiravir’s authorization should be re-evaluated after the Panoramic trial is reported BMJ (GM)


Jonathan Karl tests positive for Covid after sitting next to Kim Kardashian Politico

Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated Washington Post (furzy)


Data centers now consuming more electricity than rural homes CSO. dk: “The word ‘tax’ doesn’t appear in the text.”

Forest trees also take up nanoplastics PhysOrg (Robert M)

The Dawn of the Pandemic Age New Republic (resilc)

In wildfire country, towns build permanent evacuation centers Globe and Mail (Dr. Kevin)


Why Europe will have to face the true cost of being in debt to China BBC (resilc)

North Korea fired a ballistic missile, South Korean and Japanese officials say CNBC

BRICS+ 2.0: Toward a polycentric world order Asia Times (resilc)

El Salvador: Evidence of Serious Abuse in a State of Emergency Human Rights Watch (furzy)

Brexit Made Boris Johnson. Now He Has to Face Its Costs Bloomberg

New Not-So-Cold War

Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 1 Institute for the Study of War. Resilc: “Meanwhile from the Kagan kastle ……. ‘

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EU proposes gradual ban on Russian oil in sixth round of sanctions against Moscow CNBC

Hungary Voices Objection to EU Sanctions Plan on Russian Oil Bloomberg

The EC called the decision of “Gazprom” to cut off Poland and Bulgaria from gas a violation of contracts Teller Report. Surprised I am not seeing this in the usual English language sources, at least based on a couple of searches. Maybe reported in French or German ones?

Russia avoids default at the last moment as a clearinghouse processes its dollar bond payments Business Insider

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India, Germany cogitate on Ukraine Indian Punchline (Kevin W). Ooof, brutal take on Germany.

Ukraine, the Pope: ‘Not today in Kiev, but I wanted to meet Putin. His will be facilitated by the presence of Nato at the gates of Russia ‘ The Frequent Fact. DLG, Reality Czar:

Pope Francis has gone into the realm of “politically unreliable.” Or: Many unionists and leftists are now pointing out how much they agree with him:

Abbaiare della Nato, which means “Nato’s barking / baying” at the gates of Russia, as you can see in the link’s title.

Meanwhile, there are major tensions in Parliament over shipment of arms — and a group of dockworkers in Genova is being lionized for blocking shipments. It’s Italy’s second port by volume.

Further, the Italian constitution is a peace constitution, like Japan’s. It repudiates war. Verb: repudiare. The section is now being much quoted.

Lavrov’s ‘anti-Semitic’ remarks Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)


Israel Plans Zip Line for Ancient Jerusalem New York Times. Resilc: “Soon strip club with Ukie grrrls ???”

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Woman tried to drive her SUV down a flight of stairs because her GPS told her to BoingBoing (resilc). This famously happened too in NYC many years ago when GPS told a driver to go down stairs from Riverside Drive into Riverside Park. But there were no conflating factors there.

Imperial Collapse Watch

NASA chief says cost-plus contracts are a “plague” on the space agency ars technica (Kevin W)

Medicare at 60 would have harmful unintended consequences STAT (Dr. Kevin)

GOP Clown Car

Trump-backed Vance wins Ohio GOP Senate nod Politico

MAN WHO PAINTED TRUMP’S FACE ON LAWN COULD BE HEADED TO CONGRESS Intercept (resilc). He did win the primary.

Who Bankrolled Ginni Thomas as She Sought to Overthrow the 2020 Election? Common Dreams


The Supreme Court on abortion: The Supreme Court says the leaked draft is real; Chief Justice Roberts orders an investigation NPR (furzy)

The Irrational, Misguided Discourse Surrounding Supreme Court Controversies Such as Roe v. Wade (BC). Important.

The Senate Will Vote on a Bill Creating a Federal Right to an Abortion, Schumer Says NPR (furzy)

‘It will be chaos’: 26 states in US will ban abortion if supreme court ruling stands Guardian (Kevin W)

US states could ban people from traveling for abortions, experts warn Guardian. Resilc: “So we’ll have check points on state borders?”

Anarchist Collective Shares Instructions to Make DIY Abortion Pills Vice. Resilc: “What could go wrong? Better quality from Russian mafia and Mezzikin cartels. ”

Our No Longer Free Press

PayPal’s IndyMedia Wipeout Matt Taibbi (Chuck L)

Elon Musk floated the idea of ​​making Twitter available for commercial and government users at ‘a slight cost’ Business Insider

The Aerospace Industry Is Grappling With A Titanium Supply Shortage OilPrice

How the Fed lost the plot Edward Luce, Financial Times. Luce was Larry Summers’ speechwriter….

Class Warfare

Some Latinos are just as likely to be discriminated against by Latinos than people outside their ethnic group, survey finds CNN (resilc). Observations like this are why Dems are losing “Latino” support. “Hispanics” is probably more accurate since what they share is a language, and it ain’t Latin. Just like there are plenty of subtle and not so subtle prejudices among various whites (come to the Upper Peninsula, where the Scandinavians are seen as outclassing the Poles and French Canadians), it’s pretty rich to assume Cubans and Puerto Ricans and Dominicans and Mexicans are just one big happy family. In addition, some Hispanics are not keen about undocumented workers.

Beyond GDP: Time to measure inclusive wealth and change economics ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin)

Antidote of the day. Kiyo T: “Sure sign of spring here in Maine. A happy snapper! ”

And a bonus (furzy):

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour and Links here.

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