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CAN THE THIN MAN SERVE AS A GATEWAY TO COZY MYSTERIES? Crime Reads. The book and the films are much better than this article. I’m posting it nonetheless to alert readers who might be otherwise unaware of those. works. Myrna Loy! William Powell! Alas, today’s NYC is a very different world.
The Bottom of Love Liberties. Once seen, it’s impossible to forget The Night Porter, with its performances by Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling. One of the most unsettling films to come out of the ‘70s. Or any time, for that matter.
WHAT’S THE GREATEST NEWSPAPER CRIME MOVIE EVER MADE? Crime Reads. I endorse most of these recommendations – especially Ace in the Hole – and will now seek out those I’ve missed.
The Battle of the Gauges History Today
John von Neumann Thought He Had the Answers The New Republic
Following the oud through the history of Armenian music. Lapham’s Quarterly
Reliving the nightmare of 1914 Asia Times
The cameras that capture deep-sea jellies in their environment MIT Technology Review
DOJ finds more than $8 billion in COVID aid fraud The Hill. Got to hand it to the DoJ. They always manage to focus on the small stuff- rather than significant C-suite corporate crime issues.
New Not-So-Cold War
Chris Hedges: Worthy and Unworthy Victims Scheerpost (John Zelnicker)
Could a US billionaire bag themselves a bargain? Chelsea soccer club could go bust in weeks after the UK government hit oligarch owner Roman Abramovich with sanctions which left them unable to sell tickets or merchandise as potential buyers prepare bids Daily Mail
For the West, the Worst Is Yet to Come The Atlantic
No matter your views on the war, there is a massive escalation in state and corporate censorship regimes in the West justified in the name of this war. How does that not deeply disturb those claiming they’re fighting for freedom and democracy?https://t.co/nZXUJuIyi2
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 11, 2022
The liberal elites of NATO land have spent the last decade apologizing for the historic abuses by their respective governments of Indigenous, Black, Japanese people but this shows how hollow liberal rhetoric is. Collective punishment of an ethnic people is back on the menu. https://t.co/w2vGc1lFMe
— Aamer (@IbnKulthum) March 10, 2022
Wonder if these folks realize how much of Tchaikovsky’s life was spent in Ukraine, and how much he loved it there. https://t.co/hfwl8geZht
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) March 10, 2022
Supreme Court: Torture at CIA Black Site Is ‘State Secret’ Consortium News. Discusses Gorsuch’s ‘scathing dissent’.FWIW, Neil was in my HLS ’91 class. And unlike many of our classmates, who frequently marched in lockstep with ideologically compatible faculty or fellow students, he sought me out after a seminar in which I’d taken on Charles Fried (solicitor general under Bush senior) to offer gracious support. I appreciated that gesture – needless to say, such behavior was rare at HLS. I’m pleased to see he continues to eschew groupthink.
Dems see midterm hope in Biden bounce Politico. Ha! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.! ROFL.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
The Great British Post Office Scandal Counterpunch
Gas price hikes fueling electric vehicle conspiracy theories AP. Whenever I see the words “conspiracy theory” in a MSM, I click to see which – if any – kernel of truth that’s being disavowed.
The IMF’s Agreement with Argentina Could Be a Game Changer Project Syndicate. Joe Stiglitz and Mark Weisbrot.
Why Beijing thinks Taiwan is different to Ukraine South China Morning Post
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antodote du Jourhere.