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The History of May Day Tribune. Eric Hobsbawm. From 2019; still germane. Happy May Day!
How to Be an Incipit berfrois
Tocqueville’s Uneasy Vision of American Democracy The New Republic
Shanghai’s lockdown is giving China’s online grocery apps a second chance MIT Technology Review
Wow—a CO2 concentration reading at the @WHCA dinner tonight… at 8:20pm. A CO2 of 2233 is over *5.5x higher* than outdoors, and is a sign of VERY poor ventilation. They should have added more air disinfection at #whitehousecorrespondentsdinner.
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 1, 2022
Servers Say No Covid Precautions Were Offered For Correspondents Dinner | Kaiser Health News https://t.co/I4MFPLvRuB
— Jerome Adams (@JeromeAdamsMD) April 30, 2022
.@Trevornoah: “It is my great honor to speaking tonight
at the nation’s most distinguished super-spreader event. For real, what are we doing here? Did none of you learn anything from the Gridiron dinner? Nothing?” pic.twitter.com/r4IXpnpigl
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 1, 2022
Great joke. Groan. Best man at a wedding I attended in Jan. made the same joke. My wife and I were the only ones masked. Her grandma was dead from COVID soon after.
— The Lemmy (@roomtodrown) May 1, 2022
A detailed ? on the alarming rise in cases of acute liver failure in healthy children:
Media + scientific bodies have placed undue emphasis on Adenovirus infection as the leading culprit in such cases of liver failure.
Let us see if this claim holds water [short answer: No!]
— Farid Jalali MD (@farid__jalali) April 30, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
Indonesia invites Putin and Zelensky to G20 Bangkok Post
Curfew for Anniversary of Odessa Massacre That Sparked Rebellion Consortium News (furzy)
The Maidan Massacre in Ukraine: Revelations from Trials and Investigation Social Science Research Network
Jeremy Corbyn: Now, let us talk peace Asia Times
Sitrep: Operation Z The Saker (chuck l)
Biden’s Dangerous New Ukraine Endgame: No Endgame Foreign Policy
Ukraine Is Fast Becoming a Pawn in a Great Power War https://t.co/bdMWE2bPuB
— Tariq Ali (@TariqAli_News) April 29, 2022
White House fact-sheet says part of the mammoth $33 billion spending package it’s requesting for Ukraine will be to “support independent media.” Because nothing screams “independent” like being directly funded by the US Government as part of its “information warfare” initiative pic.twitter.com/O3JshV1Mg9
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) April 28, 2022
WOW,WE ARE FAMOUS,WE GONNA START NUCLEAR WW3??
!!!THIS IS JUST A RESEARCH ON HOW DANGEOURS ROAD IS THE WORLD,THIS IS JUST A WARNING TO THE WHOLE WORLD!!!
!!!WE HOPE THE SOUND MIND PREVAILS IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!! pic.twitter.com/As9guDz1Jc
— AZ OSINT(Military news) (@AZmilitary1) April 30, 2022
In November 2020, @SFWA came forward with a stunning accusation: Disney had told the beloved writer Alan Dean Foster (author of the original, bestselling Star Wars novelization) that they would not ever pay him the royalties he was owed. https://t.co/qAStTo3kti 1/ pic.twitter.com/WcvKoanmjY
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) April 30, 2022
8/ For years, we have seen tech platforms engage in questionable censorship decisions in the name of preventing ‘disinformation,’ putting warning labels against content that alleges that, for instance, profits are driving inflation. https://t.co/Ph1ashG8X9
— American Economic Liberties Project (@econliberties) April 29, 2022
Our No Longer Free Press
This article hits a rare 10 on the ignorance scale. Time should be embarrassed. https://t.co/SGC3tS0W1Y
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) April 30, 2022
Head of Biden’s new DHS “Disinformation Board”. There are 15.5M now, will she investigate? pic.twitter.com/mutetEnSnO
— Bluberry Morning (@MorningBluberry) April 28, 2022
This is the woman put in charge of the Department for Homeland Security body just set up by Biden to censor “disinformation” from the internet. https://t.co/3ghaFXgfEU
— Craig Murray – (@CraigMurrayOrg) April 30, 2022
LOL. How does one become an “expert on online disinformation”? Is there some licensing agency or special school one goes to in order to acquire this expertise?
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 29, 2022
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
The Next Cybersecurity Crisis: Poisoned AI Bloomberg (David L)
I know she’s been demonized by right-wing media to the point of caricature, but @IlhanMN is easily the most independent-minded and principled Squad member, arguably the most independent in the Dem caucus. Among other things, she: pic.twitter.com/3dQyiAFVtH
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 29, 2022
Siskiyou County’s sheriff has taken an environmentalist tack, cracking down on local Hmong and Southeast-Asian American farmers and centering his department in the fight over who can—and cannot—use the county’s water and land: https://t.co/lhIukdh9ix
— High Country News (@highcountrynews) April 29, 2022
La belle France
India seizes US$725 million from China’s Xiaomi over remittances South China Morning Post
Attack on Chinese Dawn
America Has Stopped Playing by the Monetary Rules Project Syndicate
Word to the wise – don’t expect your new pet thesaurus to be housebroken anytime soon.
The rumor that they can stems from a statement by a non-native English speaker running for help in the village saying “House! Broken!”. pic.twitter.com/CHfnIxXDc1
— SparkyL ?????? ???? (@SparkyLanders) April 29, 2022
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.