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2-year-old orders 31 cheeseburgers after mom leaves phone unlocked CNN (Furzy Mouse).
The eternal dream of automatic money FT. O Plato! Plato! you have paved the way…
CDC butchers even its own bogus “community levels” metric. A thread:
1. The more I think about this, the more infuriating it is.
3 in 10 people in Florida live in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach county.
3 in 10.
— Jason L. Salemi, PhD, FACE (@JasonSalemi) May 21, 2022
No U.S. Covid Memorial Planned Despite One Million Dead NYT. The best memorial would be trials at The Hague, or failing that, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (See also the British Medical Association’s Covid-19 Review. Seems like something NEJM or JAMA could be doing.)
Health officials in parts of the U.S. see signals in wastewater data hinting at a worsening virus wave NYT. As NC readers have known for quite some time, and from the data directly, not through “officials.”
I still can’t believe it’s #Monkeypox holiday season already. I still have my Covid-19 tree up 🤦🏻♀️
— Jess ™️ (@MeetJess) May 21, 2022
Beijing orders millions more to work from home in targeted Covid containment drive South China Morning Post
Chinese firms ‘told to stop work on Russian Arctic LNG 2 project’ due to EU sanctions South China Morning Post
IMNSHO, if the Tatmadaw couldn’t destroy the NUG during the campaigning season just past, it’s unlikely they will ever be able to (absent great power intervention on their behalf, and possibly not even then):
THREAD@TheEconomist seems to claim we are 'post-truth' in Myanmar becayse local and social media are overhyping successes of resistance
— Kim Jolliffe (@Kim_Jolliffe) May 21, 2022
A Look at the Worst Mistakes Germany Made in the Coronavirus Pandemic Der Spiegel (Re Silc).
New Not-So-Cold War
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 21 Institute for the Study of War
That’s quite some salient at Popasna. Makes you wonder what the Russians could do if they weren’t losing.
The War in Ukraine Is Getting Complicated, and America Isn’t Ready Editorial Board, NYT. Seems like some of the adults are unhappy with the vicious toddlers at State?
Mr. Biden should also make clear to President Volodymyr Zelensky and his people that there is a limit to how far the United States and NATO will go to confront Russia, and limits to the arms, money and political support they can muster. It is imperative that the Ukrainian government’s decisions be based on a realistic assessment of its means and how much more destruction Ukraine can sustain.
Hmm. What was that crunching sound?
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Opinion The world must not forget Mariupol’s defenders Editorial Board, WaPo. Commentary:
A thread on “Azov”. A lot of people are talking about them these days, the New York Times & the Pope call on them to be saved, they are being presented as glorious heroes. So, let's take a short look at their history:
— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) May 21, 2022
The Defenders of Mariupol The Tablet
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Joining the West New Left Review. On Finland and Sweden joining NATO.
Erdogan blackmail over F-16s and F-35s Ekathimerini
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Zelensky: Only diplomacy can end Ukraine war BBC (Re Silc). If only somebody was agreement-capable!
U.S., others walk out of APEC talks over Russia’s Ukraine invasion Reuters. Preening all the way, no doubt.
WHY Sanctions have FAILED against RUSSIA – Inside Russia Report (video) The Saker
The Memo: Judge hands Biden a legal defeat but a political reprieve The Hill.Title 42.
Supply chains are never returning to ‘normal’ Freight Waves
Baby formula, internationally, a thread:
This tweet/thread below got me thinking abt what other store shelves outside of the USA looked like right now. So I asked some friends to send me pics from other countries. Obvs, anecdotes =/= data, but here's a quick thread of the pics I received this week (so far): /1 https://t.co/p6qjEOu2RX
— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) May 20, 2022
Patients keep getting charged for crying Sick Notes
Imperial Collapse Watch
Global Banks Privately Prepare for ‘Dangerous Levels’ of Imminent Civil Unrest in Western Homelands Byline Times. Single-sourced, however. Which banks and how?
The Buffalo Shooter Shopped at their Gun Stores The New Yorker. No aghastitude, amazingly; interviews with gun store owners. Interestingly:
Two years ago, Farzad saw a run on guns like nothing he’d ever seen before. He sold more guns that year than in his previous eight years in business combined. “Everybody was concerned that we’re going to have a riot, we’re going to have a civil war,” he said. “Ammo’d up, or firearmed up, to the teeth.” This was part of a nationwide trend. In 2020, firearm sales went up an estimated sixty-five per cent. Demand was so intense that Farzad had trouble keeping guns stocked in his store.
Is the Middle Class Musician Disappearing? The Honest Broker. Betteridge’s Law violation.
Caught in the Study Web Cybernaut
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.