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One step closer to making terahertz technology usable in the real world PhysOrg (Kevin W)
The Lingering Mystery of Gulf War Syndrome CounterPunch (resilc)
What’s in your weed? You might be surprised PhysOrg (Chuck L)
🧵 1/This NIH long Covid study has the protocols hidden being a paywall. Do you want to know who their ‘controls’ were? HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS! Who were likely exposed to Covid too. How did this get past peer review @AnnalsofIM this needs withdrawn. https://t.co/Jpsh3OP3iN https://t.co/bsR8Xj9or1
— Dr Claire Taylor (@drclairetaylor) May 24, 2022
The Climate Crisis Is Messing With Earth’s Water Cycle Treehugger (resilc)
Since 2001 the Brazilian Amazon’s absorption rate has fallen by 1.2% a year https://t.co/OUTFafjbNu
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) May 25, 2022
Wax Worm Saliva Contains Enzymes Capable Of Breaking Down Plastics Eurasian Review (David L)
A New Enzyme Found in Compost Just Set a Speed Record For Breaking Down Plastic Science Alert (Chuck L)
As liquified gas exports surge at Port Everglades, risk of catastrophic accident rises Florida Bulldog. Chuck L: “LNG Ground Transport = Catastrophic Accident Futures.”
IPEF will be a hard sell in Indo-Pacific Indian Punchline (J-LS)
China should move reserves out of US Treasuries Asia Times (Kevin W)
Canada bans Huawei equipment from 5G networks, orders removal by 2024 The Verge. From a few days ago…
Airbnb to close in China amid repeated Covid lockdowns Guardian (resilc)
Photos: Deadly floods cause havoc in Bangladesh, northeast India Al Jazeera (resilc)
India imposes restrictions on sugar exports from June 1 Hindustan Times (J-LS)
New Not-So-Cold War
Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Ukraine invasion may be start of ‘third world war’, says George Soros Guardian (Kevin W). This is rich. I saw Soros in person, in an interview by Chrystia Freeland, take some credit for the 2014 Maidan coup. Said his Open Society Foundation had provided grants to every member of the coup government, either directly or through an immediate family member. Recall that that administration had 15% neo-Nazi membership, versus 1-2% in the population as of then.
Soros says ‘defeat Putin ASAP to preserve our civilization’ RT. Moi: How many divisions does Soros have? Kevin W:
Cranky, 91 year-old man tells WEF that Russia must be defeated quickly to save his legacy and to save the planet from climate change. Also says that that Chinese leader Xi Jinping has damaged his legitimacy with Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere as everybody knows that Let ‘Er Rip is the only mature policy to do. Hasn’t he got some clouds that he could yell at instead?
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‘Russia Had To Begin Special Operation To Stop Genocide In Ukraine’: Russian Defence Min Republic World (J-LS)
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The Secret American Plan to Make Russia Great Again Dimitri Orlov, The Saker (Chuck L). Ouch!
War porn types will like this site, see latest video: Ukraine. Military Summary And Analysis 24.05.2022 Military Summary, YouTube
In the Kherson region, they spoke about the goal of becoming part of Russia:
Deputy head of the Kherson VGA Stremousov announced the plans of the region to become a subject of Russia Lenta.ru (Michael W). Original here.
Russia set to stop surrogacy for foreigners South China Morning Post (J-LS)
Viktor Orbán declares state of emergency over crisis caused by Ukraine war Financial Times. Seems not to be paywalled.
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US tries to force Russian default RT (Kevin W)
Harsh Winter Could Force Europe to Ration Gas, Global Energy Leader Warns New York Times (Kevin W)
Mountain labs turn Honduras from cocaine way station into producer Guardian (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Surveillance State Is Primed for Criminalized Abortion Wired (Dr. Kevin)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Stumbling Toward War On Two Fronts American Conservative (resilc)
But: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Wins Primary for Arkansas Governor Bloomberg
The report on Southern Baptist abuses is a portrait of brutal misogyny Washington Post (furzy)
“Spare me the bullshit of mental illness,” says Sen. Murphy of the United States. “We’re not an outlier on mental illness, we’re an outlier on firearms”
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) May 24, 2022
India limits sugar exports at 10 million tonnes Reuters. India is the world’s second biggest sugar exporter.
The Future of Drugs Is a Synthetic Cocktail From Hell Vice (resilc)
Can ‘self serve’ save the small town grocery? MPR News. Chuck L: “This could be game changing for small town America.”
The Crypto Kings Are Making Big Political Donations. What Could Go Wrong? New Republic (resilc)
Every clip from Davos makes more sense if in the back of your mind a voice is shouting "It's a cook book!!!" https://t.co/7zvv4yf4ry
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) May 24, 2022
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.