Lambert and I, and many readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational environment ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of war — both real fog and stage fog — in comments. None of us need more cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers will be summarily whacked.
And for those who are new here, this is not a mere polite request. We have written site Policies and those who comment have accepted those terms. To prevent having to resort to the nuclear option of shutting comments down entirely until more sanity prevails, as we did during the 2015 Greek bailout negotiations and shortly after the 2020 election, we are going to be ruthless about moderating and blacklisting offenders.
P.S. Also, before further stressing our already stressed moderators, read our site policies:
Please do not write us to ask why a comment has not appeared. We do not have the bandwidth to investigate and reply. Using the comments section to complain about moderation decisions/tripwires earns that commenter troll points. Please don’t do it. Those comments will also be removed if we encounter them.
Four Financial Questions for Passover, and Easter John Authers, Bloomberg
How Did Climate Change Affect Ancient Humans? Smithsonian
Zero-covid strategies are being ditched, but they were the best option New Scientist, Complete, not pay-walled.
Household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from unvaccinated asymptomatic and symptomatic household members with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection: an antibody-surveillance study Canadian Medical Association.. n = 695. From the Abstract: “The rate of SARS-CoV-2 transmission within households was nearly 50% during the study period, and children were an important source of spread. The findings suggest that children are an important driver of the COVID-19 pandemic; this should inform public health policy.”
Coronavirus: Shanghai’s symptomatic cases soar to a record 2,573 as Xi doubles down on zero tolerance battle with Covid-19 South China Morning Post. Commentary:
I find this so interesting. Why do you judge the viability of COVID-Zero in China by the failure (to date) of a single city that did not follow established protocol, rather than by the success of the dozens of cities that did? That seems more about feelings than statistics?
— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) April 14, 2022
Ukraine tragedy shows why US must speak clearly on Taiwan Shinzo Abe, Financial Review
Troops burn villages in Myanmar heartland, seek to crush resistance Reuters. The rainy season is coming soon, and the military has not eliminated its opponents.
Dry streets as Myanmar boycotts water festival to protest junta The Irrawaddy. A silent strike.
France’s Le Pen wants NATO-Russia ‘rapprochement’ Agence France Presse
The corner of France that explains Macron, Le Pen and a deep political divide FT. Commentary (nl):
— Anton Jäger (@AntonJaegermm) April 12, 2022
What a debacle for the left in France:
FINAL results of 1st round #presidentielles2022. The far-left split was key to Le Pen’s success. Even without support from Communist Party candidate Roussel, Mélenchon would still have advanced to 2nd round with votes from Trotskyite & anti-capitalist candidates Arthaud & Poutou. pic.twitter.com/AzN14xI0nM
— Benjamin Ramm (@BenjaminRamm) April 11, 2022
* * *Tories must learn from Trump and call time on Johnson’s lawbreaking FT. Since breaking the law and lying to the public are the Tory brand, one can hardly expect any resignations over this. And then there’s Sunak:
1. Having spent a week insisting there was nothing wrong with avoiding £20 million in tax while being responsible for raising tax, Space Family Sunak have now concluded that for PR purposes their monumental, sickening greed is “not compatible with British fairness”
— Russ Jones (@RussInCheshire) April 13, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
* * *Ukraine says its missiles crippled a Russian flagship Reuters * * *Liberal Russophobia and War Propaganda Black Agenda Report
Ukraine war: What weapon killed 50 people in station attack? BBC. “The BBC has tried to identify the launch site for the missile, using social media video and images, but has so far been unable to do so.” This keeps happening.
How U.S. Intelligence Sees Russia’s Behavior After Bucha William Arkin, Newsweek. Well worth a read.
* * *The Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraiine Richard D. Wolf, Counterpunch
The Ukrainian Crisis as a Stress Test for Globalisation Valdai Discussion Club
Finnish ‘loopholes’ allow imports of Russian coal and oil to continue Hellenic Shipping News
Watch the BBC’s forgotten series on Operation Gladio Asa Winstanley, Palestine is Still the Issue. Well worth a read. It all seems familiar, somehow.
Busiest U.S. port sees record volume ahead of high-stakes labor talks Hellenic Shipping News
‘Jack Dorsey’s First Tweet’ NFT Went on Sale for $48M. It Ended With a Top Bid of Just $280 CoinDesk. That’s a damn shame.
The Fake Artists Problem Is Much Worse Than You Realize The Honest Broker. Eesh. Crapification.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Augmented Reality The Verge
Imperial Collapse Watch
Injuries at Amazon Up 15% After Pledge to Become ‘Earth’s Safest’ Manufacturing.net
In the case of the United States, hundreds of thousands of deaths have been associated with industrial decline in the wake of the neoliberal reorganization of the economy. The existing evidence suggests that deindustrialization and economic malaise combine with the effects of broader public policies (including high incarceration rates), which jointly contribute to these deaths. In Eastern Europe, total excess deaths reach the millions, a much higher human cost to match the much more radical project of converting the socialist economies to (hyper)capitalist economies via shock therapy within only a few years. The epidemics of deaths of despair in the West and the East were not historically unique events that idiosyncrasies of the particular countries could explain. Dysfunctional health behavior in the form of alcohol and drug abuse is central to both deaths of despair epidemics. However, these are proximate and not ultimate causes and, in most cases, are on a shared causal pathway linking upstream economic dislocations to individual ill health.
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus Antidote (Brunches with Cats), the Siberian cat lady:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.