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The Birth of the Egghead Paperback American Scholar
The rise and fall of the literary bloke New Statesman
When Animals Shed Their Wings Quillette
Going to the ends of the earth The Critic
Travel Velocity The Baffler
Switch to Moderna booster after Pfizer shots better against omicron in 60+ ars technica. But note the small sample size.
China withdraws as 2023 football Asian Cup host due to pandemic Agence France-Presse China’s leadership understands that covid ain’t over.
How the fuck is anyone perplexed?
We’ve been telling you since April 2020. Over and over and over again. https://t.co/WmcxFSyoy4
— Diana Zicklin Berrent (@dianaberrent) May 14, 2022
Why Ukraine war has no winners Indian Punchline
Last week, IIRC, Yves linked to the pink paper’s transcript of the following discussion. I don’t think we’ve previously linked to the video, and if we have, other readers, like myself, may not yet have got ’round to viewing the video. Note that interviewer Edward Luce is a former speechwriter for Larry Summers. Married to an Indian, he once served as the FT’s south Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi. He wrote a book about India, In Spite of the Gods, which I read at least a decade ago, when I was learning about India, and at the time, I thought was quite good. The book is not to hand so I’ve not confirmed that today I would stand by that initial impression. Luce is now the FT’s U.S. national editor. Without further ado, here’s the YouTube link: Henry Kissinger: ‘We are now living in a totally new era’ | FT
“Finnish & Swedish accession to NATO may also be seen to have marked the symbolic moment when European countries as a whole abandoned any dream of taking responsibility for their own continent and resigned themselves to complete dependence on Washington.”https://t.co/MR9oQXxvBZ
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) May 13, 2022
Chicken Prices and Chicken Shit BIG Matt Stoller.
Several States Are Taking the Lead on Restoring Overtime Pay Capital & Main. Last segment in a four-part series.
Celebrities Are Such Scumbags Because They’re Invested In The Status Quo Caitlin Johnstone
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Thousands of Popular Websites See What You Type—Before You Hit Submit WIRED (BC)
Our No Longer Free Press
Our new truth czar proposing that “verified” people edit the posts of the unverified to allow for a “fuller picture” and more “context.” https://t.co/oUAPD6ltzJ
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) May 13, 2022
The Lawyers Who Ate California: Part I TK News. Matt Taibbi.
Trump: I Don’t Believe Elon Musk Is Going To Buy Twitter Real Clear Politics
The panicky ban on wheat exports again underlines how India’s farmers are still trapped in the ban & bust cycle. Even a whiff of a boom must be denied to them. A still colonial state puts the crippling burden of subsidising the middle classes on the farmers’ backs.
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) May 14, 2022
The strange detention of EU diplomats returning from Tehran Responsible Statecraft
The Last Way Out of Afghanistan Der Spiegel
The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh Columbia Journalism Review
The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 13, 2022
Nairobi tollway an example of China’s new belt and road financing approach in Africa South China Morning Post
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.