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Snakes’ and Lizards’ Slow and Steady Evolution Won the Race Scientific American
What Does the Word Radical Mean? Addressing the Root of a Problem Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue
Fifty years later, is Montana’s ‘Right To Know’ working? Montana Free Press
The far-reaching consequences of woodsmoke pollution High Country News
Quantifying Regional Methane Emissions in the New Mexico Permian Basin with a Comprehensive Aerial Survey Americah Chemical Society. From the Abstract: “We estimate total [oli and gas] methane emissions in this area at … 9.4% (+3.5%/–3.3%) of gross gas production.” Seems like rather a lot?
Airborne Toxic Events The Baffler
BA.2 accounts for 35% of US cases; Major surge unlikely, Fauci says Becker Hospital Review
America Is About to Test How Long ‘Normal’ Can Hold The Atlantic
Covid’s Fifth Wave Shows Us How to Live With the Virus Bloomberg. “The new wave is mostly being driven by countries removing pandemic restrictions right around when the more transmissible omicron BA.2 subvariant began to spread.”
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Effectiveness and safety of pulse oximetry in remote patient monitoring of patients with COVID-19: a systematic review The Lancet. From the Abstract: “A meta-analysis was not feasible owing to the heterogeneity of the outcomes reported in the included studies. Our systematic review substantiates the safety and potential of pulse oximetry for monitoring patients at home with COVID-19, identifying the risk of deterioration and the need for advanced care.” Not the same as health outcomes, but enough for me. Background on pulse oximeters.
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Some hospitals ask patients, visitors to remove N95s, citing CDC Politico. “‘It’s baffling,’ said Ezekiel Emanuel.” Oh?
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Golden kids Couchfish
New Not-So-Cold War
Why this economic war on Russia breaks all rules of the game Responsible Statecraft. A must-read.
Overextending and Unbalancing Russia RAND Corporation. From 2019, still germane.
Imperialism and the Weaponization of Empathy Black Agenda Report
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Russian Gas Exports to Europe: In the Eye of the Storm Valdai Discussion Club
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Exclusive: Sources Say Oligarch Funded Scheme to Paint Swastikas in Ukraine Rolling Stone. Paragraph one: “sources.” Two: “multiple sources,” Three: “multiple sources, including U.S. intelligence reporting.” Oh, come on.
Like, Share, Recruit: How a White-Supremacist Militia Uses Facebook to Radicalize and Train New Members Time. From 2021, still germane. That was then, this is now:
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 21, 2022
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US formally accuses Russian forces of committing war crimes in Ukraine ABC. Somebody wants a long war. I wonder who?
Military briefing: the make-or-break fight for the Donbas FT. Coverage of the “cauldrons” breaks through to the mainstream, albeit framed as a change in strategy.
Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and feminist icon, dies at 84 Reuters. Commentary:
"The price is worth it."
Albright defended US-led sanctions on Iraq after the Gulf war which led to the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children. https://t.co/fJ3RdPgFyE
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 23, 2022
And Albright fronting a multi-level marketing scheme is so, so right:
I guess it's a "better late than never" sitch to find out Madeleine Albright was an enthusiastic pitchwoman, over and over again, on behalf of multilevel marketer/junk New Age snake oil scam Herbalife! Bet she made a bundle. https://t.co/nLwfIqFhCd pic.twitter.com/Mr8YF2oUMo
— Dan O'Sullivan (👻 NOW *LIVE* ON GHOST 👻 ) (@osullyville) March 23, 2022
Former President Bill Clinton Says Ukraine Was All Madeleine Albright Wanted to Talk About WSJ. The Blob has wanted war in Ukraine for a long time:
I met Madeline Albright twice, and she was awesome.
After a private visit in 2018, she sent me home with a Ukranian pin as a gift for my wife, who escaped Soviet Ukraine at age 7. I was hesitant, so she said, "Don't worry, I'm regifting it to you from the Ukrainian ambassador."
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) March 24, 2022
‘She Intended Not to Ignore Things Related to Climate, as There Is Pressure to Do’ FAIR. On the Administration’s failed nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin to the Fed.
America’s Approach to Energy Security Is Broken The Atlantic
War changing Black Sea grain industry landscape World Grain
How war in Ukraine fuels a food crisis in Africa South China Morning Post
Russian-Ukraine Crisis. Thoughts on Russian Export Ban Hellenic Shipping News
The illusion of evidence based medicine British Medical Journal. Important.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.