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Elon Musk decides not to sit on Twitter board Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse). Couldn’t pass the background check?
Internet ‘algospeak’ is changing our language in real time, from ‘nip nops’ to ‘le dollar bean’ WaPo (dk). Just like China.
I am an immunologist who teaches about #COVID19 immunology at @SchulichMedDent , generally healthy with no co-morbidities and had 3 mRNA vaccines. Got #Omicron and still ended up in the hospital. Here is my COVID anecdote.
— Saman Maleki, PhD (@SMImmunology) April 9, 2022
Would the US really rescue Taiwan if mainland China attacked? South China Morning Post
At the Heart of Imran Khan’s Loss of Power – the Economy Hindustan Times
Modi, Biden to speak ahead of key 2+2 dialogue Hindustan Times
How Viktor Orbán Built His Illiberal State The New Republic
New Not-So-Cold War
Siding with Ukraine’s far-right, US sabotaged Zelensky’s historic mandate for peace Aaron Maté. By “far right” Maté means, and should say, fascist. See NC here. Mearsheimer agrees with Maté’s thesis:
This week, John Mearsheimer, speaking to @KatrinaNation, noted the continued alliance between DC and Ukraine's far-right:
"The Americans will side with the Ukrainian right… Both do not want Zelensky cutting a deal with the Russians that makes it look like the Russians won." pic.twitter.com/yxDOlEaBLG
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) April 10, 2022
Legacies of Cold War Liberalism Dissent
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Military do-somethingism is running amok in Washington Reponsible Statecraft
6 Things NATO Can Do to Help Ukraine Right Now Foreign Policy
Stoltenberg: NATO planning large, permanent military presence on eastern border Politico (Re Silc). Real estate play!
US police agencies are sending protective gear to Ukrainian civilians in what experts call an unprecedented move CNN. We’re gonna fight to the last Ukrainian!
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How ‘Ukraine Fatigue’ Is Taking Over Markets John Authers, Bloomberg
Nasty, Repressive, Aggressive — Yes. But Is Russia Fascist? Experts Say ‘No.’ Radio Free Europe (!).
— detty (@0ddette) April 10, 2022
Container shipping at the crossroads: The big unwind or party on? Hellenic Shipping News
Our Famously Free Press
“This is wild, in a bad way.”–Yves
1) Let me tell you a crazy story. It's consumed 2 years of my life.
As COVID-19 shut down the world in April 2020, I decided to follow the money. I began with a call to a no-name federal contractor who’d somehow landed a $35M deal for masks. Hours later, I’m on a private jet … pic.twitter.com/6M0pdXugip
— J. David McSwane (@davidmcswane) April 9, 2022
Vigil at Fidelis calls for accountable health care Spectrum News 1
This single mother sold Wall Street a stake in her home for $60,000, joining thousands of Americans who are cashing in on soaring home prices Business Insider. What could go wrong?
In praise of Jorts the Cat, unlikely labor leader Fast Company
The Age of Houseplants Culture Study
The Legend of the Music Tree Smithsonian
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.