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Handy Mnemonics The Public Domain Review
The power of shit aeon (RM)
The New York Times Book Review The Nation. For years, I read every word of every NYT book review. Now, I can’t tell you when the last time was I read any single review. Years ago, at least.
A Man in Transit The Nation. Review of a bio of Billy Wilder, one of my favorite directors. So many great films! And not just the best-known ones either – The Apartment, Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard. But also, One, Two, Three; Ace in the Hole; Kiss Me, Stupid. Across several genres. Shall I buy the book? Maybe, I’ll just watch one of his films instead. A comedy I think. I need a reason to laugh – and either Some Like it Hot with its many wonderful performances – Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe – or One, Two, Three, for Jimmy Cagney’s last film role (a comic one – not playing a gangster) – will leave me roaring. More anon.
Confessions of a DMV Vision Test Failure Oldster Magazine
French Bee Launches Los Angeles–Paris Flights From $321 Afar. A big bet on restoration of ‘normal’.
Investigation into acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology in children in England UK Health Security Agency
Foreign businesses in Chinese capital keep wary eye on Covid cases as fears of lockdown grow South China Morning Post
The WH says the VP was asymptomatic but tested positive with both PCR and rapid antigen tests. This means she was asymptomatic but contagious. This is why we mask.
— Jonathan Reiner (@JReinerMD) April 26, 2022
Germany will deliver anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine Deutsche Welle
In 2020, Ukraine’s government said its post-Soviet population fell ~30%, from 52 mln in 1991, to 37 mln in 2020.
Putin’s war driving out another 8 million. So between neoliberalism & war, Ukraine may suffer a 50% population collapse!https://t.co/2xQ6f6O5r9 pic.twitter.com/vgqgzsG9W5
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) April 26, 2022
Global military spending tops $2 trillion for the first time Responsible Statecraft
Our Famously Free Press
The “Gentlemen’s Agreement”: When TV News Won’t Identify Defense Lobbyists TK News. Matt Tabby
The outcome is always that this wealthy, powerful media figure who ruins lives is the victim. pic.twitter.com/UgnT6eFYSK
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 26, 2022
MLK and Unions Counterpunch
The gig workers fighting back against the algorithms MIT Technology Review. Part three of a series on AI colonialism.
Billionaires Only Come To The Rescue In Movies And Comic Books Caitlin Johnstone
Big Brother IS Watching You watch
Today’s Must-watch clip.
This was offensive, wrong & damaging as well?
“I read the Daily Mail, there was page after page of how evil I was, and I thought my God I wouldn’t want to live in the same street as this fella Corbyn, he’s obviously totally evil and bad news in every way. pic.twitter.com/qlzqJKjvSG
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) April 25, 2022
Biden SNAPPED at Kamala so harshly ‘even Republican senators were taken aback’ during meeting where the President was trying to persuade GOP members to back his $1trillion social spending plan, book claims Daily Mail
Former eBay Executive Pleads Guilty to His Role in Cyberstalking Campaign Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office (BC)
Guernica Was a Dress Rehearsal for the Nazi War That Followed Jacobin. yesterday was to 85th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica.
Take Down Your Bird Feeders to Reduce Spread of Bird Flu: Experts WebMD (furzy)
A troubled start Dawn
China slashes African infrastructure loans but ICT funding holds firm South China Morning Post
BREAKING: Though I am now free, major human rights groups led by @Amnesty continue to demand an investigation into how a US human rights lawyer could be targeted and jailed by a private corporation.
— Steven Donziger (@SDonziger) April 25, 2022
Antidote du Jour (via)
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.