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When Eyes Meet, Neurons Start to Fire Neuroscience News (David L)
‘Significant uptick’ in California coronavirus outbreaks brings new warnings Los Angeles Times (David L)
Airline kicks over 100 NYC Orthodox Jews off flight over masks New York Post (J-LS)
Covid-19 Live News and Updates New York Times. Resilc flags this section, noting: “Like a week of military aid to the Ukiezzzzzz.”
A group of former heads of state and Nobel laureates are calling on the United States to immediately commit $5 billion to combat the global coronavirus pandemic, and activists are pressing President Biden to take a more forceful leadership role in the response as he convenes world leaders for a Covid-19 summit on Thursday.
Emergent Hid Evidence of Covid Vaccine Problems at Plant, Report Says New York Times (Kevin W)
Prophylactic warning! These links comes form a reliable reader who is politically and legally sophisticated…but the sites are clearly on the right wing cray cray end of the spectrum. But that does not mean they are wrong on this issue. But the reason to be skeptical is that the US is not agreement capable, so we’ll pretend we must must subordinate ourselves to the WHO when the Administration wants to and will ignore it other times. Biden Handing Over U.S. Sovereignty to WHO Breggin.com and WAKE UP and Smell the Burning of Our Constitution James Roguski
The looming climate-security crisis in South Asia Responsible Statecraft
Do you segregate garbage meticulously? Most of that plastic still ends up in landfills The Scroll (J-LS). In NYC, my building had bins for recyclables and general garbage. I always made an effort, despite lack of clear instructions and knowledge that the building just dumped stuff together, to put things in the proper receptacle (maybe just trying not to be part of the problem, maybe hope the building would be made to shape up). It annoyed me no end when neighbors would put regular trash in the recycle bins.
Chinese smart satellite tracks US aircraft carrier in real time, researchers say South China Morning Post (BC)
Kerala warns of Nipah-like diseases amid bat breeding season; orders precautionary steps https://t.co/zBUGCcxrBd
— Republic (@republic) May 11, 2022
Today’s WorldView: How one powerful family wrecked a country Washington Post (furzy)
Marcos presidency complicates US efforts to counter China Associated Press. Ahem, so democracy exists only when we like the results? As if Philippine voters are unaware of the baggage of his parents? People are free to elect “bad” leaders the same way they can and do enter into bad marriages. The margin of victory was so large I have yet to see credible accusations that the election was rigged. The first sentence:
Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s apparent landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election is raising immediate concerns about a further erosion of democracy in Asia …
Liz Truss ‘preparing to scrap parts of Northern Ireland protocol’ Guardian (Kevin W)
Euro to hit parity against the dollar within six months, Amundi says Financial Times (J-LS)
New Not-So-Cold War
House Approves Ukraine Aid Package but No Deal in Senate Wall Street Journal
Sen. Tuberville Says US Risks War With Russia by ‘Poking the Bear’ in Ukraine AntiWar (resilc). OMG when the likes of Tommy Tuberville sees the danger and has reservations….but then again, as Lambert said, a football coach would understand power relations.
Sending Weapons to Ukraine Could Have Unintended Consequences Cato. Lambert: “From March. I hate to quote Cato…..Obviously, as in the Middle East, we should find the “moderate” Mafiosi and work through them….
According to the 2021 Global Organized Crime Index, Ukraine has one of the largest illegally trafficked arms markets in Europe, especially when it comes to small arms and ammunition. About 300,000 small arms and light weapons were reported lost or stolen between 2013 and 2015. Of these, only slightly more than 13% are recovered, while the vast amount remains in circulation in the black market. This says nothing of major weapons, such as radar systems and Javelin missiles also sent to the country.
Gazprom Doesn’t Understand. Andrei Martyanov. So Ukraine is sanctioning the EU but trying to make it look like Russia. Based on later posts on Russian sites, it appears Ukraine later submitted the force majeure notice, but I’m having trouble finding English language commentary/confirmation. This is as close as I have gotten as of this hour: Ukraine partially halts gas transit to Europe Global Happenings
U.S. retail gasoline prices hit new record, as refiners struggle to meet demand Reuters. Notice pressure created by need to refine more jet and diesel fuels.
Energy bills to hit £3,000 in October, warns Scottish Power boss who fears 10M homes will be unable to afford heating this winter – as fire chief says spate of blazes is due to people burning wood to save money Daily Mail
Kevin W re this tweet: “Check the flag on the left and whose portrait is over it.”
If you ever wondered who tf is @JoeyS552789904 🇺🇦🌻 with an account made in March 2022 who commented “Stop spreading propaganda” on your videos of Ukrainian Nazis pic.twitter.com/tPzPITt5t7
— Pushin 🅉 (@5__Aces) May 8, 2022
CIA assessment of UA RU war.
IMO, this is an unhinged interpretation of events, right from the Vietnam and Afghan playbooks of “victory is just around the corner.” YMMV.
bookmark the analysis, have it in the back of your head over the course of the year.
And Karma Fubar:
The Russians measure their military (as per Scott Ritter) by its combat effectiveness. The US measures the Ukraine military by its market cap. If the arena was Wall Street, Ukraine might have the upper hand. But if the arena is combat…
The Greatest Generation Raúl Ilargi Meijer. By Scott Ritter, hoisted from RT. Even linking to Scott Ritter now leads to newbie trolls trying to engage in thought policing.
Just in the past two hours, the IDF killed an American-Palestinian journalist from Al-Jazeera and murdered two other Palestinian youth aged 18 and 21.
IDF reign of terror continues in the West Bank.pic.twitter.com/FeNRdHSBUd
— Lebanese News and Updates (@LebUpdate) May 11, 2022
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
US Army Deploys Infantry Squad Vehicles Amid Controversy Defense Post (Kevin W)
Biden Says Inflation Is His ‘Top Priority’ New York Times
Your OB-GYN might miss out on critical training in a post-Roe world Grid (Dr. Kevin)
Our No Longer Free Press
Why Biden is in Danger of Replicating Woodrow Wilson’s Propaganda Machine Politico (Kevin W). “In danger”? This is exactly what they hope to achieve. The Creel Committee succeeded in convincing many Americans that Germans were bayonetting babies.
How Federal Student Loans Create College Rankings Scandals RealClearEducation (BC)
Tech’s $7 Trillion Icarus Moment Spares No One Heisenberg Report (resilc)
US faces baby formula ‘crisis’ as shortage worsens BBC (resilc)
Watch: FT speaks to Elon Musk Financial Times (furzy). 38 comments and most moderately to very critical.
Overworked and Underpaid Capital and Main (J-LS)
Antidote du jour (guurst):
🔥 A melanistic fox, one of the rarest animals on the planet. 🧡 pic.twitter.com/oTPf5eDmj3
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) May 7, 2022
And a bonus (furzy). A lot of work on skates! Hope the deers’ hips weren’t hurt by being stuck in that splayed out position:
This guy saving multiple deer that were stuck on a frozen lake pic.twitter.com/Q0q2D54p6D
— ⭐️Amazing Posts (@AmazingPosts_) May 6, 2022
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour and Links here.