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SIX NOVELS WITH AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF UNEASE, SLOW-BURNING MENACE, AND COERCIVE CONTROL Crime Reads. I’ve only read three of these- Rebecca, Fingersmith, My Cousin Rachel. Each excellent, so I suppose I should check out the other three recommendations.
The Greatest Bourbon Ever Stolen Narratively
10 U.S. State Parks that are Worth a Visit The Discoverer
Saving the tigers Bangkok Post (furzy)
The Jackie Robinson We Didn’t Get to Know Capital & Main
Rescued lions on ‘love drug’ transform from unhappy cats into friendly kitties Daily Maverick (furzy)
Tardigrades may hitchhike on snails … and then suffocate in their slime Live Science (furzy)
China doubles down on zero-Covid ahead of Communist Party congress South China Morning Post
New Not-So-Cold War
Japan Asserts Main Goal Of G20 Meeting Is To Push Reluctant Countries To Sanction Moscow Republic TV. Good luck with that.
Gonzalo Lira is missing! The Saker
It is now safe to assume that @realGonzaloLira has either been abducted by the SBU or killed by Nazi paramilitary units in Kharkov city. Several people from inside the city have messaged me and their i-net works fine. I ask @ChileMFA to look into this matter as he is from Chile!
— UkraineMaps (@MapsUkraine) April 17, 2022
(Chris Coons is 58 years old. A graduate of Yale Law with $10 million net worth, he never served in the military. He has 3 children, all 18 or older, yet none serve in the military. So when he advocates that the US send troops to fight Russia in Ukraine, he means other families). pic.twitter.com/o0txYSvBo1
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 17, 2022
Righting the Ever Forward: Giant container ship (whose sister jammed the Suez) is FINALLY refloated one month after it got stuck in Chesapeake Bay – forcing recovery crews to remove 323 containers to make it lighter Daily Mail
Rent Prices Are Truly, Deeply Fucked Right Now Vice (furzy)
Directory of grants for single mothers sSngle Mothers Grants (furzy)
US to host Asean leaders in mid-May Bangkok Post (furzy)
La belle France
‘Voting for Marine Le Pen is not an option for women’ France 24 (furzy)
Boris Johnson STILL won’t admit he broke lockdown rules despite paying £50 Partygate police fine for breaking lockdown rules – as he faces brutal showdown with MPs TOMORROW amid claims he STARTED a boozy gathering Daily Mail
Deadly Pakistan strikes in Afghanistan reflect growing cross-border tensions Responsible Statecraft
‘China needs new playbook’ to counter EU’s tougher trade and investment rules South China Morning Post
China Eastern resumes flying Boeing 737-800 jets after crash Bangkok Post (furzy)
Plant sunflowers and lavender to save garden species, says RSPB Guardian (furzy)
How Bitcoin mining devastated this New York town MIT Technology Review
Budapest: You Can’t Build Anything Down American Conservative
Can we not just have ONE thing that isn’t actively working against us? pic.twitter.com/VjAmYSzH6j
— Sydney Watson (@SydneyLWatson) April 15, 2022
Antidote du Jour (via):
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.