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Experience: I let a baby bird nest in my hair for 84 days Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Levantine overkill: 1.5 million years of hunting down the body size distribution ScienceDirect (resilc)
Nearby star could explain why our sun didn’t have sunspots for 70 years PhysOrg (Kevin W)
Thousand-year-old oaks seed experimental ‘super forest’ BBC (David L)
How can infections grow this fast when up to 30% have already been infected in the last Omicron wave? Well, for starters, BA.2 is quickly growing past 50% of infections and it is 30-50% more transmissible than the first Omicron wave (BA.1).
— Bill Comeau ???? (@Billius27) March 24, 2022
GM has warned of this being possible from the get-go (hat tip guurst):
…that reinfections were more severe than first ones in terms of hospital admission—and also occur frequently. pic.twitter.com/3QzFssZ0Q1
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) March 24, 2022
Hong Kong showing China how to live with the virus Asia Times. Kevin W: “ROTFLMAO.”
Ice shelf collapses in East Antarctica for first time Axios (David L)
Big Oil Is No Longer “Unbankable” OilPrice (BC)
Kim’s ‘monster’ ICBM test kills four years of restraint Asia Times (Kevin W)
"Northern Ireland has again been caught in the backwash of Tory immigration paranoia. Non-Irish EU citizens will lose the free, automatic access via the Common Travel Area to Northern Ireland, which is still in the EU Single Market. That is a breach of the spirit of the protocol" pic.twitter.com/ZBVxMZwWjW
— Brexit Bin ????? #BrexitReality (@BrexitBin) March 24, 2022
P&O ferry detained over crew training concerns, says coastguard agency Guardian (Kevin W)
Tübingen: Europe’s fiercely vegan, fairy-tale city BBC (resilc)
Not So Cold New Cold War
Update on the Military Situation in Ukraine Larry Johnson (Chuck L)
One month into the Russian special operation in the Ukraine The Saker (Micael T). Pretty critical of Russians forces not doing enough in the way of post-Nazi-clearout administration.
Speech of the Head of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy via Moon of Alabama. The English language version of the Russian government sites were accessible again overnight (I wanted to see if there was a published full text of Putin’s remarks on gas-for-roubles, but the President’s site didn’t have it). So this and other records might still be accessible from the West, at least for now.
Naïve Militarism and the “Lessons” of Neville Chamberlain The Racket (dk)
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Diesel Crisis In Europe Worsens As Austrian Energy Giant Limits Sales OilPrice (resilc)
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Washington Helped Trigger The Ukraine War American Conservative (guurst)
State Department: Blinken Hasn’t Spoken With Russian FM Since Before Invasion Antiwar.com. Kevin W: “Nearly seven weeks? Inconceivable.”
From guurst. No backstory, but notice a child is shrink-wrapped too:
Uma criança amarrada junto com seu pai, deixadas para morrerem de frio, esse é o governo do @ZelenskyyUa , é isso que os porcos americanos @JoeBiden apoiam!@Nilsonhandebol @matheuspggomes @LeonelRadde #LulaPresidente2022 BOLSOLÃO DO MEC Milton Ribeiro URUCUM Bananinha pic.twitter.com/fCtfRa62PD
— ?️NTIF?️ LUL?️ 13?????? (@etdeesquerda) March 22, 2022
Is Ukraine Barreling Toward a COVID Surge? Atlantic. Resilc: “Look at EU rates, how could they not……”
Cuba offered medical care to these children free of cost, only asking the USSR to pay for their flights.
Radiation treatment at this time, for just a single patient,cost more than the transportation for 100 people.
Cuba did all of this during its worst economic crisis in the 90s
— ????????? ? (@LaborwaveCCCP) March 23, 2022
Ukrainian President Zelensky in talks with Academy to make Oscars appearance New York Post. (J-LS). Kill me now
Saudi Aramco’s Jeddah oil depot hit by Houthi attack Al Jazeera. Kevin W: “More oil shortages?”
Start of the new school year. pic.twitter.com/S53FyFS2B9
— Pepe Escobar (@RealPepeEscobar) March 21, 2022
We Have New Evidence of Saudi Involvement in 9/11, and Barely Anyone Cares Jacobin (furzy). Releasing this during the Ukraine war is tantamount to a Friday in August release.
An open letter to British PM Boris Johnson: a modest proposal of a prisoner exchange Gilbert Doctorow. Won’t evah happen because this is a US drill, and Navalny is barely known here (aside from intel-state-so-mad-they-can’t-see-straight hatred of Assange).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Our Elites Need to Recognize that America’s ‘Unipolar Moment’ is Over RealClearDefense (Kevin W)
Roaming Charges: Both Ends Burning CounterPunch (resilc). On Madeline Albright.
Police State Watch
The Met Just Apologised After Strip-Searching Me. I Don’t Believe a Word of It Novara Media (guurst)
Irate Google workers lash out at execs for cutting WFH staff salaries during heated town hall meeting – while those returning to tech titan’s California HQ are furious the BIDETS are being removed from restrooms Daily Mail. In a possible zeitgeist shift, not only no Ukraine stories above the fold, but not that many period.
Why Boeing pilot Forkner was acquitted in the 737 MAX prosecution Seattle Times (furzy)
After generations of stability, a family reckons with death, debts and a desperate fall from the American middle class Washington Post. Resilc: “+ 23% of Americans who died in the last five years had a net worth of zero or less.”
Antidote du jour. CV sent this as while back:
And a bonus (guurst):
? This Squirrel family pic.twitter.com/rNSnoLF7PK
— Nature Is Metal (@NatureIs_Metal) March 25, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.