Links 5/7/2022 | naked capitalism

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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Faithful Dog Refuses To Leave Side Of Friend Being Taken To The Hospital The Dodo (Li)

Can Animals Have Wealth Inequality? RealClearScience (Dr. Kevin)

Bird populations in eastern Canada declining due to forest ‘degradation,’ research shows Oregon State University Resilc: “I used to see more bird transits here in Vermont, heading north…..”

Goodwill Sold a Bust for $34.99. It’s an Ancient Roman Relic. dnyuz (J-LS)

#COVID-19

Science/Medicine

WHO says 15 million deaths linked to Covid-19, almost three times the official toll France24

34 Volunteers Chose to Get Covid. Here’s What Scientists Learned Bloomberg. Did they correct the sample for IQ deficiency?

Asia

How WHO report on excess COVID deaths has become a political row in India FirstPost (J-LS)

US

White House documents detail a looming squeeze on Covid-19 boosters STAT

Scientist GM notes: “The usual reminder that the Third world is the future for the US and the pandemic is accelerating the transition. The first country to lead the way towards by stopping reporting was Tanzania back in May 2020, and Turkmenistan (one of the craziest dictatorships in the world) never admitted to having any cases at all.”

Finance/Economy

Wow, China exists to serve the West. Glad we have that clear:

Tesla targets pre-lockdown output in Shanghai by mid-May Reuters (resilc)

Climate/Environment

Resurrecting a ‘lost’ coral species PhysOrg (Kevin W)

India and Pakistan’s brutal heat wave poised to resurge Yale Climate Connections

Huge Groundwater System Discovered Under Antarctica Gizmodo (Kevin W)

The Emerald Isle

Sinn Fein on course for ‘seismic’ N. Ireland win, topping first preference vote France24 (guurst)

Sinn Fein Is Winning in Northern Ireland New York Times. Resilc: “Why anyone would choose UK over EU is beyond me.”

Irish government to provide millions in subsidies to developers Independent. John B:

The Irish government’s response to the housing crisis here, looks more and more like open/unhidden embezzlement of public funds, coupled with maximizing the severity of the crisis – and there aren’t notable protests happening, it looks like society has been successfully divided between haves/homeowners and have-nots/renters.

Sinn Féin set to be largest party in Northern Ireland assembly Guardian (Kevin W)

New Not-So-Cold War

Who is Alina Kabaeva, Putin’s alleged girlfriend? BBC. Resilc: “Without a doubt this WILL stop the war. Do you have to go to Harvard, Yale or Oxford to come up with this bullshit?”

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Because of Ukraine, America’s arsenal of democracy is depleting Economist (Kevin W)

Putin’s Brothers: Tensions Mount in the Balkans as Bosnia and Herzegovina Threatens to Fracture Der Spiegel (resilc)

From Peaceniks To Hawks?: Germany’s Greens Have Transformed in the Face of Russia’s War Der Spiegel (resilc). They didn’t get the memo that wars are very energy intensive, even before allowing for reconstruction.

American progressives join the War Party Asia Times (Kevin W)

The Deadly Illusion of “Victory” Nation (britzklieg)

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Finland Braces For Russian Gas Cut-Off Ahead Of NATO Decision OilPrice (resilc)

Russia-Ukraine live news: Hungary slams EU’s Russian oil ban move Al Jazeera (resilc)

United States seeks to provoke Russia into escalation in Ukraine Defend Democracy

EU calls for confiscation of frozen Russian assets RT (Kevin W)

We’d predicted that housing all those refugees would become a problem:

Syraqistan

US’ coercive diplomacy with Saudi Arabia Indian Punchline (Kevin W)

Terror from Balochistan: a menacing tool to disrupt Sino-Pakistani economics Cradle (Chick L)

‘Pay the price’: Israel hunts attackers who hacked 3 to death Al Jazeera (resilc)

Why Arab schoolboys are getting trounced by girls Economist (Kevin W)

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Apple, Google, and Microsoft want to kill the password with “Passkey” standard ars technica (Kevin W). The only problem this is solving is allowing them to better snoop. There’s no user demand for this. This will assure that I will eventually move to Linux (and please don’t tell me to do it now, I have no time, loathe complexity and a transfer is complex, and hate learning new software with the burning passion of a thousand suns).

Imperial Collapse Watch

California says it needs more power to keep the lights on Yahoo (Kevin W)

US senate committee passes bill to revoke sovereign immunity of OPEC members The Cradle (guurst)

Trump

Mark Esper Waited Two Years to Tell Us Trump Wanted Troops to Shoot George Floyd Protesters Intercept (David L)

Video: Former defense secretary says Trump proposed bombing Mexico CNN (furzy)

Supremes

A severe chilling effect’: abortion bans will inhibit doctors’ advice to patients, experts fear Guardian (Dr. Kevin)

Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Quotes Infamous Witch Trial Judge With Long-Discredited Ideas on Rape ProPublica

Why hundreds of scientists are weighing in on a high-stakes US abortion case Nature

‘I had an abortion on tour’: celebrities share their stories in backlash to Roe v Wade leak Guardian (Kevin W)

Louisiana Bill Aims to Charge Women Who Get Abortions With Murder Rolling Stone (furzy)

New ruling threatens Coast Guard’s high seas counter-drug mission Military Times (Kevin W)

Oregon law requires menstrual products in boys bathrooms New York Post (furzy)

Our No Longer Free Press

‘Mistaken’ PayPal Email Means CN Is Permanently Banned Consortium News (guurst). The big commonality between Consortium News and MintPress is they’ve both featured a lot of Scott Ritter, who just wrote a piece (again) for RT.

Democrats’ most undemocratic disinformation debacle Washington Examiner

Five Steps to Save Free Speech on Twitter: A Musk Roadmap Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)

Trolling Is Taking a Toll on Science Journalism Undark

Florida pension fund sues Elon Musk and Twitter to stop buyout Guardian (furzy). Let me stress that that there may be case law that supports the argument of the plaintiff, so I could be all wet. However, voting shares in support of a merger (and here a specific one) is only one of the rights of ownership, which include being able to sell the stock and receive dividends. So unless the agreements granted other rights to Must, like requiring the owners not to sell their shares at all save to Musk in a tender offer, this sounds pretty iffy.

Column: U.S. gas prices soar as Europe and Asia scramble for LNG Reuters (resilc)

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham says we’re in the fifth great bubble of the modern era—and warns the economy won’t ‘skate through’ a housing crisis Fortune

US stocks suffer longest streak of weekly losses in over a decade Financial Times

Class Warfare

“Let Me Go Get My Big White Man”: The Clientelist Foundation of Contemporary Antiracist Politics Adolph Reed

Antidote du jour (Chet V):

And a bonus (furzy):

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour and Links here.

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