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Densely Arranged Stone Gradients Sweep Across the Sand in Jon Foreman’s Extraordinary Land Art This Colossal (David L)
US is hit by mysterious spate of severe hepatitis cases in children Daily Mail (Kevin W)
We are in a worst-case scenario with Sars 2 now where the evolution is so diverse it threatens our infrastructure and way of life
People are becoming permanently disabled seeking "immunity" to the most rapidly transmitting and evolving pathogen in history https://t.co/HRnNeSrM4R
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) April 15, 2022
1/ Child Covid: big multi-hospital study shows nearly 1 in 100 kids admitted had a stroke, 1 in 90 has a heart attack and 1 in 12 has a seizure: disturbing neurological manifestations found in children—nearly 1 in 2 went to ICU—1 in 100 died & this is PRE-OMICRON. pic.twitter.com/IC5SKDPVHt
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) April 13, 2022
Covid News: New Omicron Subvariants Spreading Fast in New York New York Times (resilc)
Researchers find declining nitrogen availability in a nitrogen rich world Phys.org (Kevin W)
Even the Cactus May Not Be Safe From Climate Change New York Times (resilc)
Mapping U.S. Wind Energy Generation by State Visual Capitalist (Kevin W)
PLA drills around Taiwan targeted at US lawmakers’ visit, rehearse ‘real action’ once necessary Global Times. Key section:
The drills aimed to crush the reckless secessionist illusions, [a military expert] Song said, noting that attempts to deter Taiwan secessionists and their US support now seem to have little effect, and that is why the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] has to prepare for a real military conflict, and if secessionists and their supporters cross the red line stated by the Anti-Secession Law, the PLA will resolutely turn the exercises and all of the plans into action, and solve the Taiwan question once and for all.
La belle France
America has captured France UnHerd
A tantrum by infantilized French populists could elect Marine Le Pen George Will, Washington Post. The hysteria is telling. I’m not wild about Le Pen, but one of her big campaign issues is inflation. So worrying about not being able to pay your bills is “infantilized”.
New Not-So-Cold War
The Russian Way of War: Part Two Gilbert Doctorow. Important.
Can’t confirm these tweets:
Footage shows airstrikes from Tu-22M3 long range strategic bomber targeting the Azovstal factory in which the last remains of Azov are holding themselves up. pic.twitter.com/GC7zTs8cTC
— UkraineMaps (@MapsUkraine) April 15, 2022
‼️Russian Aerospace strategic bombers flying over Tula(Russia) at the moment are preparing for the 2nd phase of the special operation‼️
‼️Definitely strategic bombers are activated‼️ pic.twitter.com/9z16LLqZGz
— AZ Military News (@AZmilitary1) April 15, 2022
Regarding the sunken Moskva, I have no idea but the people who love debating this thing on the innertubes suggest:
1. Ukraine Neptunes missiles could not have done it because reasons. But possible Norwegian NSMs sent in by UK. Note Pentagon refused to confirm Ukraine did it.
2. Some military types who supposedly know Russian practices say the sort of weapons that would be on the ship would not blow up catastrophically in a fire (more supporting details provided). So MoD fibbed about that, as well as heavy seas. So the ship sank either because it sank or it was scuttled.
3. Other possibilities include sabotage (which would be super bad) or my fave, a mine.
4. Despite the excitement, from what I can infer this was much more embarrassing and a great big propaganda black eye than a big deal. Why Russia had a garbage barge (the Moskva was old and doesn’t sound like it had been very well maintained) as a flagship is peculiar at best. However, with Turkey not letting military vessels into the Black Sea, there’s not going to be a sea battle. The Moskva did have (apparently only) long range missiles on it; I understand the other ships in the fleet have shorter-range missiles which again because reasons are more useful to deploy from where they are.
US Troops to Train Ukrainians on Howitzers and Radars to Fight Russia in Major Shift Military.com (guurst). Too late to make any difference.
Ukraine: life in a minefield balcani caucaso
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Biden official admits US refused to address Ukraine and NATO before Russian invasion Responsible Statecraft. Resillc: “Mistakezzzzzz were made.”
Clinton’s Revisionism on NATO Expansion CounterPunch
Two US Lawmakers Visit Kyiv as Biden Mulls Sending High-Level Official Antiwar.com (resilc)
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How long will Sharif last in Pakistan? Asia Times (Kevin W)
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Pakistan to show their support for Imran Khan. Take a look:pic.twitter.com/xj3OnBQQsw
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) April 15, 2022
Surprised this many people, particularly in the rain:
— PTI (@PTIofficial) April 15, 2022
‘Ripe for explosion’: Israel-Palestine tensions rise in Ramadan Al Jazeera (resilc)
The Taliban Were Afghanistan’s Real Modernizers Palladium (Robert M)
Imperial Collapse Watch
— Socialist Planning Beyond Capitalism (@beyond_capital) April 14, 2022
The F-35 is so too effective – Against Americans. Andrew Cockburn (resilc)
The military wants ‘robot ships’ to replace sailors in battle Washington Post
Biden needs to show restraint — in his public comments Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
WATCH NOW: Why Biden Isn’t Really Going After Amazon David Sirota
Democrats Are Stacking the Deck Against Vets Washington Monthly
Policing The Womb (with Dr. Michele Bratcher Goodwin) Michael Moore
Police State Watch
Our Famously Free Press
More Escalations In Online Censorship Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W). There’s also tons of soft censorship. When I was watching Dimash 5 days a week, YouTube would obligingly serve up Dimash videos on the landing page. Now I am regularly checking counter-narrative sources (and I really hate videos as a source of information, they are time-inefficient) like Alexander Mercouris and Arnab Goswami on Republic TV. And when I search by name, I am normally served date content, I have to do a filtered search to find the fresh offerings. YouTube isn’t serving me any geopolitical or even political content. Instead it’s fix it (they assume only men are interested in geopolitics) and relaxation videos, which I never have watched (I assume they are promoted).
Twitter CENSORING Ukraine War Coverage Jimmy Dore, YouTube
Police play Disney music to stop person recording for copyright infringement Sacramento Bee (resilc)
Indian Crypto Investors In Panic Mode As Bitcoin Exchanges Deactivate Deposits BitCoinist (Kevin W)
How Tesla and EV charging networks threaten the future of gas stations Vox. Resilc: “I drove from Chapel Hill, NC to Stamford, VT on I-85/95 and the only EV I saw was my neighbor’s in NC.”
What It Costs to Live London Review of Books (guurst)
Woman Claimed Meth Sales As Only Work Option Smoking Gun (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Scott D: “Our dog arrived without spine. Caanan dog, if you were wondering.”
And a bonus. Alan T: “Pom very excited just at prospect of going outside”:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.