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.
Narita airport deploys net traps to stop turtles infiltrating runway Bangkok Post (furzy)
Best Spy Books Five Books. Lots of personal favorites on these lists, including Eric Ambler, John le Carré, Erskine Childers, Fitzroy MacLean, and Olivia Manning. Ben Macintyre weighs in with recommendations, but no one else mentions his excellent books – try Operation Mincemeat, Double Cross, or Agent Zigzag if you’ve not yet had the pleasure.
The Hidden History of Marijuana Narratively
These hackers showed just how easy it is to target critical infrastructure MIT Technology Review
Anna Quindlen on the Power of Writing by Hand Literary Hub
Coronavirus: Shanghai’s new cases rebound after five-day decline, with no end in sight for lockdown South China Morning Post
How to Design a Pandemic Preparedness and Response Fund Mariana Mazzucato and Alan Donnelly.
New Not-So-Cold War
Why isn’t Germany supplying Ukraine with heavy weapons? Deutsche Welle
Synthetic Left Joins Corporate Right in Getting Ukraine War Wrong Covert Action Magazine (chuck l)
My thoughts on the ban of Russian and Belarusian players from competing in Wimbledon. pic.twitter.com/QX28SRzZFJ
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 21, 2022
This came out yesterday. Supports the latest RWN newsletter, though it’s no Cheel (TrademarkRWN.) Shows how intensely DoD is accelerating drone system development for Ukraine. This whole rotten war is a dream for DoD and the rest of the bestiary.https://t.co/XD6UXGNjPi
— The War Nerd (@TheWarNerd) April 22, 2022
Why is Ghislaine Maxwell’s Lawyer Attacking Antitrust Enforcers? BIG. Matt Stoller
Revisiting Liar’s Poker, 30 Years Later The Big Picture. Barry Ritholtz.
Crime Stoppers of Houston Has a Tip: Vote Out These Judges Marshall Project
It’s okay to opt out of the crypto revolution MIT Technology Review (furzy)
Delivery Workers NYC Consumer and Worker Protection. Starting 22nd of April, new rights kick in for NYC delivery workers.
Howard Schultz blasts unions as ‘outside force’ trying to disrupt Starbucks NY Post (The Rev Kev)
Corporate profits have contributed disproportionately to inflation. How should policymakers respond? Economic Policy Institute
Rejoining the Iran deal would be a ‘victory’ for Dems to tout in midterms Responsible Statecraft
The Groves of Academe
Britain’s only major ‘left’ political party, which is funded by (and was created by) trade unions, now forbids any of its MPs criticising Nato, an org which was integral to destruction of organised labour and left political parties in post-war Europe. Read up on Operation Gladio. pic.twitter.com/dUaQ5QJm9E
— Matt Kennard (@kennardmatt) April 21, 2022
La belle France
The French Far Right Comes on Little Cat Feet The New Yorker (furzy)
NEW – Germany’s producer price inflation jumps to 30.9% in March, the highest level since 1949.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) April 20, 2022
Hard work and dying dreams on Planet Plastic People’s Archive of Rural India, Any account of recycling and waste management in Mumbai reminds me of Katherine Boo’s excellent book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
L’affaire Jeffrey Epstein
Big Brother IS Watching you Watch
Dishonoring Earth Day 2022 with An Oil, Gas, Coal & Nuclear Heyday Counterpunch. Ralph Nader.
Interview: Priya Satia on the ‘earnestly deliberate hypocrisy’ of the British Empire India Inside Out. Rohan Venkat.
What’s Driving Pakistan’s Political Crisis? The Diplomat
China’s Economists Are Getting Into Modern Monetary Theory Bloomberg (furzy)
Antidote du Jour (via):
And a bonus video (TH):
women in stem https://t.co/d7S26DP1i7
— oatmeal influencer (@acechhh) March 20, 2022
And, a second bonus video (guurst):
? Male Victoria Rifle bird mating dance pic.twitter.com/8hpzC3ULf6
— Nature Is Metal (@NatureIs_Metal) April 19, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.