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On Writing Slack Tide by Matt Labash
The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States New Yorker (David L)
China’s top diplomat hits out at Western critics who ‘distort the truth’ on pandemic controls South China Morning Post
The Answer to Stopping the Coronavirus May Be Up the Nose NYT. Regular NC readers already know this. Nice to see that the gray lady is catching up and getting the message.
It will soon be easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. We shouldn’t let them. MIT Technology Review.
Beach Houses on the Outer Banks Are Being Swallowed by the Sea NYT We shouldn’t be building permanent structures o the outer banks. And until relatively recently, we weren’t. Time to return to building beach shacks and ‘ephemeral bungalows.
Dirty liberal pipe-dream: 3 myths about electric cars Agence France-Presse
Why everyone should care about biodiversity loss South Tina Morning Post
There’s a Real, Live Plan to End Poverty in California Capital and Main
There is a multi-racial working class coalition of people who hate the DC Metro. https://t.co/2Q9OtTHPPs
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) May 16, 2022
Tharoor Line | India must make sincere efforts to broker peace in Ukraine On Manorama. From earlier still germane, as it demonstrates Modi’s neutral policy on the Ukraine war enjoy’s respect throughout the Indian political spectrum. For more context, see NC here.
Has the Designated Hitter Been Good for Baseball? Tom Glavine vs. G. Scott Thomas. WSJ. Despite being a fan of an AL team – the New York Yankees – I think the DH should be scrapped.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Facial Recognition May Not Be Banned After All Gizmodo
Groves of Academe
Demanding Times for System Heads’ Chronicle of Higher Education
Excellent thread https://t.co/4hXMo2UfMb
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) May 15, 2022
Our No Longer Free Press
The operational definition of “disinformation”:
1) statements or claims that undermine, contradict or subvert the political interests of the Democratic Party;
2) statements or claim that undermine, contradict or subvert the decrees of the US Security State: https://t.co/OmVK9tm2BU
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 14, 2022
Holy shit this headline pic.twitter.com/zyNlTfGssm
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) May 14, 2022
When the security forces kill a beloved figure, there will be anger at the funeral. The standard technique is to have cops/army stand back, let the occupied people blow off some steam. The IDF is doing something very different, provoking more confrontationhttps://t.co/VzcHtVNHLa pic.twitter.com/zOCO1XH4mH
— The War Nerd (@TheWarNerd) May 14, 2022
First commercial flight in 6 years leaves Yemen’s rebel-held capital Agence France-Presse
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.