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What Does a Bond Bear Market Look Like? A Wealth of Common Sense
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Problems Doomberg. Tiger Global Management.
The Best Defense Against Rubber-Hose Cryptanalysis Cory Doctorow, OneZero
Abrogation Theory Dror Poleg
Arizona faces a reckoning over water High Country News
Airborne Toxic Events The Baffler
— Brett Bumeter llm (@brettbum) March 29, 2022
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Effect of Early Treatment with Ivermectin among Patients with Covid-19 NEJM. n= 3515. From the Abstract: “Treatment with ivermectin did not result in a lower incidence of medical admission to a hospital due to progression of Covid-19 or of prolonged emergency department observation among outpatients with an early diagnosis of Covid-19.”
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Why is the UK seeing near-record Covid cases? We still believe the three big myths about Omicron Guardian. And by “myths” we mean lies.
Never Had Covid? You May Hold Key To Beating the Virus Bloomberg. GM commments: “We’re back to the early 19th century and spontaneous generation — the virus is magically appearing in people’s noses and cannot be stopped in any way other than by ‘immunity.’ But in fact, yes, I indeed do hold the key to beating the virus — I masked and social distanced ultra-hard and called for Chinese-style lockdown.”
‘Stick to zero-Covid’: Xinhua puts Xi Jinping’s stamp on China’s coronavirus strategy South China Morning Post. Commentary:
📍SCOOP—Inside look at Shanghai’s lockdown isolation center in Pudong (where all local positive cases isolate). This is at the famed Pudong World Expo Center—a mega 200,000 square meter indoor space—currently used to house thousands of #COVID cases. Full service meals included. pic.twitter.com/BLgzILf1un
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 31, 2022
Automakers, Suppliers Battle Shanghai Shutdown Manufacturing.net
New Not-So-Cold War
US, Australia concerned at proposed sanction-skirting Russia-India banking scheme Sydney Morning Herald
Russia-West: Is It Possible to Lift the Sanctions? Valdai Discussion Club
Russians expect Western businesses to return BNE Intellinews
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Biden Means What He Says Black Agenda Report
The Realist Case for a Ukraine Peace Deal Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy
Ukraine Is Ready for Painful Concessions Foreign Policy. A non-Atlanticist commentator.
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The Perilous Long Game in Ukraine Foreign Affairs
George Kennan, NATO, covert guerrilla warfare (excerpt) Yasha Levine. Bracing, as usual.
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“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth ” – TTG Turcopelier. Indeed:
Here’s @thetimes today whitewashing Ukraine’s Nazi Azov Battalion as “patriots” and “scholars” who are in desperate need of even more British missiles to kill as many Russians as possible. pic.twitter.com/wgxcLqFEwN
— Asa Winstanley (@AsaWinstanley) March 30, 2022
— Elena Evdokimova (@elenaevdokimov7) March 30, 2022
Those darn NGOs. Here’s another one such.
Miscellanea: A Very Short Glossary of Military Terminology A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry
Senators shrinking size of COVID deal amid disagreements The Hill. Because of course they are.
What Happens When Enforcers Stop Being Polite Matt Stoller, BIG
How UK Military and Spy Agencies Are Weaponising Social Justice Declassified UK
The Groves of Academe
Punishment and Reward in the Corporate University Steve Salaita
How an Ivy League School Turned Against a Student The New Yorker
The ‘Hot Hand’ Is a Real Basketball Phenomenon, but It Is Rare Scientific American
Here’s How 14 Different News Outlets Covered The Will Smith Slap The Babylon Bee
BlackRock President Says ‘Entitled Generation’ Now Learning About Shortages Bloomberg (Re Silc).
Women in Labor History, From the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to Today Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue. Good to see Kelly back on the beat.
Nobody Lives Here The Big Picture
Why People Are Acting So Weird The Atlantic
Antidote du jour (via):
Dear patient readers,
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.