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Are Humans the Only Animals That Lie? Discover Magazine (Dr. Kevin). I thought it was pretty well established that crows engage in deception….
WATCH: How do geckos hunt deadly scorpions? Haaretz. Furzy: “This is how my Lab Claire killed King Cobras….” Moi: Never try it with a much faster viper.
Of Drugs and Monkeys Wall Street Journal (Dr. Kevin)
Killing Wolves to Own the Libs? New Yorker (furzy)
The Few Body Problem & the Metaphysics of Stupidity notesfromdisgraceland (resilc)
Idiot. Covid is nothing like flu.
The 950 covid patients who died last week were not safe
The cancer patients having their treatment postpone because so many staff have Covid don't feel safe.
The rest of us covering for absent colleagues are feeling a bit near the edge too. https://t.co/7f2OZtVe4w
— Dr Helen Salisbury (@HelenRSalisbury) March 27, 2022
Airlines should not be allowed to fly with an APU failure and only 1 PACK operational during COVID times.
This is reckless. https://t.co/GzXtR5GgEI
— C Pita ??? (@CPita3) March 28, 2022
China’s quest for new ways to handle Omicron Global Times. Lotta hand-waving.
Vaccination Rates and COVID Outcomes across U.S. States NBER (resilc)
Daimler trucks chief warns cost of electric will ‘forever be higher’ Financial Times (Kevin W)
Insurers could have been climate heroes. Instead, they have risked a crisis to dwarf 2008 Eugene Linden, Guardian
P&O: Second ferry detained over safety concerns BBC (Kevin W)
New Not-So-Cold War
I should write about the gas game of chicken, but (mixing metaphors, forgive me), I’d like to see more shoes drop, or alternatively, more analysis. Polar Socialist noted yesterday:
In 2016 Gazprom had over 70 bcm storage capacity in Russia, and I don’t think that includes the depleted fields they also use as storage. So they may well have storage for at least a 3-4 months of production, which may be longer than G7 or EU can be without.
G7-Staaten lehnen Gas-Zahlungen in Rubel ab Tagesschau (“G7 countries reject gas payments in rubles”). Guurst: “Delusional.” Moi: It’s a bit rich to be harping about sanctity of contracts after having expropriated $300 billion.
Der deutsche Streit ums Gasembargo Der Zeit. TF: “Just as the Russians get ready to publish their rules for Roubles, Scholz says Germany can’t live without gas, even as he refuses to pay in Roubles..”
From the Russian site Aftershock, translated, which summarizes various news stories, including ones in English. Can anyone confirm or deny?
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Russia says West not welcome at peace talks RT (Kevin W). Lavrov cited US conduct in 2014 and 2015, and of course we have the more recent scuttling of the effort to revive the Minsk Accord, formally by Zelensky, but it’s hard to think that the US didn’t have a hand in it. Earlier evidence of US intransigence came via Biden Admin escalating with Russia, which reportedly included a meeting that Victoria Nuland had at the Kremlin in October where she was allegedly astonishingly rude and imperious confirmed that the US was even more committed to the idea that it could push Russia around than evah. See Gonzalo Lira starting at 1:36:30. Can’t verify accuracy but does not seem implausible in light of Biden “regime change” demand. If you read his full speech in Munich, this was no gaffe, it followed from his argument (which also relied on conflating the USSR with modern Russia…)
Could Russia and Ukraine be ready for real negotiations? Miller Center, UVA
disinformation overload pic.twitter.com/Qwo0VgO71r
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 28, 2022
Roman Abramovich suffered suspected poisoning at talks BBC. Russia wants a resolutoin sooner rather than later. The ones opposed to the negotiations are the neo-Nazis (and to a lesser degree the US), who are believed to be behind the killing of another negotiator who was rumored to be close to Russia.
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Germany may prosecute use of pro-Russia ‘Z’ symbol Al Jazeera (Kevin W). Not the actions of a confident nation.
Europe recommends ending golden passports and visas for Russians National News. The first real anti-Putin action regarding those billionaires. Much better for Russia if they continue to hang out in London.
85 percent of Americans concerned US will be drawn into Ukraine, Russia conflict: poll The Hill. Resilc: “‘Will be’???’
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Lambert ran CNN on this story in yesterday’s Links, but it isn’t going away:
KRIEGSVERBRECHEN IN UKRAINE?| Video zeigt Schüsse auf gefangene Putin-Soldaten. Bild. So here we have what looks like actual evidence (yes, video so deserving of skepticism but apparently solid enough for Bild) of what sure looks like Ukrainian war crimes, vs. US accusations based on the word “children” written on Russian on a bomb near the now-famous maternity hospital.
Ukraine to probe after videos show alleged Russian POWs shot, abused New York Post. The Post has more detail than some other outlets of claims v. counterclaims.
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Biden Confirms Why the US Needed This War Consortium News (furzy)
I Make No Apologies’: Biden Says His Putin Comments Were an Expression of Moral Outrage New York Times. Um, this sort of thing is not working outside our echo chamber. Notice the views. It was also getting new tweets. I am told this translated clip was even more widely circulated on Chinese social media:
“America is in no position to pretend to be the guardian of democracy and human rights!” Indian anchor debating with an American professor.
— Ambassade de Chine en France (@AmbassadeChine) March 25, 2022
Patriarch Kirill: Putin ally faces backlash after ‘blessing’ war Al Jazeera (resilc). Worked for Patton, see movie version.
Biden risking new wars with Iran ‘diplomacy’ — and our Middle East allies know it The Hill (RobertC). Making explicit that peace = American weakness.
With two shocking attacks, ISIS rears its head in Israel. Haaretz (furzy)
Imperial Collapse Watch
How Albright’s ‘Munich mindset’ turned into uninhibited interventionism Responsible Statecraft
Pentagon wants to scrap dozens of F-22 fighter jets RT (Kevin W). Reader Li has maintained they are crappy for a while…
War Is No Solution American Conservative (resilc). Um, depends on your problem definition…
Great Post-Cold War American Thinkers on International Relations Gilbert Doctorow
A Google billionaire’s fingerprints are all over Biden’s science office Politico (Kevin W)
The Bottomless Corruption of Ginni and Clarence Thomas New Republic. Resilc: “There is a lot of bottomless corruption to go around in deecee.”
Colorado officials declare ‘year-round’ fire season The Hill (resilc)
Shanghai Covid-19 Lockdown Poses Fresh Test to Supply Chains Wall Street Journal
New Supply Chain Risk: 22,000 Dockworkers Who May Soon Strike New York Times (resilc)
A World That’s More Expensive Is Starting to Destroy Demand Bloomberg (resilc)
What To Expect From This Week’s OPEC+ Meeting OilPrice (Kevin W)
Are Americans Unhappy? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Josh D: “It’s turkey mating season, and the toms are showing off.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.