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Machine-learning models vulnerable to undetectable backdoors: new claim The Registry. Holy [firetruck]!!!!!
Activism, Uncensored: On Winning and Losing Strategies of Climate Change Protest Matt Taibbi, TK News
Can you reach net zero by 2050? FT. A game.
Washington’s elite turned the Gridiron dinner into a COVID superspreader. Let’s learn from it. Jerome Adams, USA Today. More on this disgraceful episode at NC here. And speaking of Jerome Armstrong:
One more addition to greatest (NOT) hits of replies: “I’m sure the @delta pilot didn’t know your wife was being treated for cancer.” 🤦🏽♂️
Umm- That’s EXACTLY the point! Can’t tell someone is at risk by looking at them. Which is why respect should be the basis for all engagement.
— Jerome Adams (@JeromeAdamsMD) April 23, 2022
(Cf. Matt 5:11.) Surgeon General Armstrong’s original tweet:
Flying today. A @delta pilot (🤯) walked by me in the airport and said, take your mask off man- breath free!
Why is it those who so strongly felt others were imposing their beliefs (in health, wellness and compassion) on them, feel so free to impose their beliefs on others?! pic.twitter.com/UQDXcLCoWN
— Jerome Adams (@JeromeAdamsMD) April 20, 2022
At least 10 people in the airport or on the plane have told me I don’t need to wear a mask anymore. I’m just trying to protect my new lungs and my children while traveling for work y’all 😭
— Salty AF 🫁♻️ (@saltylungs) April 23, 2022
Joe, Rochelle, Tony, Leanna, David, Ashish: good job.
Masks not mandatory on (train replacement) buses in Boston, yet check out the air quality! 🤢 We all only boarded about 10 minutes ago.
— Benjamin Veness (@venessb) April 24, 2022
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) April 20, 2022
SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination and Myocarditis in a Nordic Cohort Study of 23 Million Residents JAMA (Acacia). From the Abstract: “Results of this large cohort study indicated that both first and second doses of mRNA vaccines were associated with increased risk of myocarditis and pericarditis. For individuals receiving 2 doses of the same vaccine, risk of myocarditis was highest among young males (aged 16-24 years) after the second dose. These findings are compatible with between 4 and 7 excess events in 28 days per 100 000 vaccinees after BNT162b2 [Pfizer], and between 9 and 28 excess events per 100 000 vaccinees after mRNA-1273 [Moderna]. This risk should be balanced against the benefits of protecting against severe COVID-19 disease.
In Shanghai London Review of Books. Today’s must-read. Lots of detail.
New Not-So-Cold War
‘Al Qaeda is on our side’: How Obama-Biden team empowered terrorists in Syria Aaron Maté. Another must-read. And the same crew took the playbook, scratched out “Syria” and wrote in “Ukraine,” and here we are. Throwaway paragraph:
While Trump put an end to the CIA proxy war, his efforts to further extricate the U.S. from Syria by withdrawing troops were thwarted by senior officials who shared the preceding administration’s regime change goals.
“When President Trump said ‘I want everybody out of Syria,’ the top brass at Pentagon and State had aneurysms,” Christopher Miller, the Acting Secretary of Defense during Trump’s last months in office, recalls.
Jim Jeffrey, Trump’s envoy for Syria, admitted to deceiving the president in order to keep in place “a lot more than” the 200 U.S. troops that Trump had reluctantly agreed to. “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey told Defense One.
Since I know the defenders of “our democracy” respect “norms” too much to ever stage a coup, although this looks remarkably like one, I won’t use the word. But feel free to think it!
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The awful truth is dawning: Putin may win in Ukraine. The result would be catastrophe Guardian and Boris Johnson admits Russian victory in Ukraine is ‘a realistic possibility’ as Putin steps up onslaught Evening Standard
DIHK: Banning Russian gas is a catastrophe for German industries Al Mayadeen. Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
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Why Neutrality Is a Trap for Ukraine Foreign Policy
Nine reasons why NATO should close the door to Sweden and Finland Responsible Statecraft
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The New Nuclear Reality The New Yorker
“There Cannot Be a Nuclear War” (interview) Olaf Scholz, Der Spiegel
Why Elon Musk believes ‘woke mind virus’ and ‘wokeness’ are threats to modern civilization USA Today. I wonder if Musk is contemplating a Presidential run. It would be like him. The “smart Trump” we’re all worried about?
What’s With the Far-Right’s Interest in Ball Tanning? Rolling Stone. Gender affirmation?
Our Famously Free Press
Anatomy of a Bogus “Disinformation” Smear Michael Tracey
Imperial Collapse Watch
DoD audit says Army’s $22 billion ‘mixed reality’ goggle needs more soldier input Army Times (Re Silc).
Workers at Starbucks Roastery second in Seattle — and on Capitol Hill — to unionize Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Schultz must be chewing the carpet.
If Wage Growth Is Driving Inflation, Why Is Workers’ Share of Income Falling? Dean Baker, DC Report
Antidote du Jour (via):
Spot the rocks!
First steps of a baby elephant.. ? pic.twitter.com/CF2R6AHzWS
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) April 22, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.