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On Inflation: It’s the Monopoly Profits, Stupid Matt Stoller, BIG
The big mistakes of the anti-globalisers Martin Wolf, FT
How to Beat the Chip Shortage and Buy a Car Without Getting Cheated Popular Mechanics
How to Buy a New Mattress Without a Ph.D. in Chemistry The New Yorker
The Coming Green Hydrogen Revolution Project Syndicate
Neutralization Escape by SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Subvariants BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 (letter) New England Journal of Medicine
These data show that the BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 subvariants substantially escape neutralizing antibodies induced by both vaccination and infection. Moreover, neutralizing antibody titers against the BA.4 or BA.5 subvariant and (to a lesser extent) against the BA.2.12.1 subvariant were lower than titers against the BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants, which suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 omicron variant has continued to evolve with increasing neutralization escape. These findings provide immunologic context for the current surges caused by the BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 subvariants in populations with high frequencies of vaccination and BA.1 or BA.2 infection.
Good thing we have a robust, multilayered system of non-pharmaceutical interventions in place. Oh, wait….
China officials who abused health codes to stop bank protests punished South China Morning Post
Is Myanmar’s Military on Its Last Legs? Center for International and Strategic Studies. Worth a read.
Scam City: How the coup brought Shwe Kokko back to life Frontier Myanmar
US–ASEAN summitry signals step up in relations East Asia Forum
Privatized Healthcare Fears Rise Following a Court Ruling on For-Profit Hospitals The Blue Roof. ““This enemy you cannot kill. You can only drive it back damaged into the depths and teach your children to watch the waves for its return.” Richard Morgan, Woken Furies.
Shadow ministers rail against Starmer’s picket-line ban The New Statesman. I’m just a simple American. Maybe the “u” in “Labour” makes it mean something other than what I thought it would mean?
Biggest railway strike in 30 years strands commuters in UK Al Jazeera. Commentary (MT):
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Live Blog: European Council summit Politico
New Not-So-Cold War
It’s time to talk about peace in Ukraine Nonzero. Explicitly throws the power of The Blob onto the win-lose scales. Good.
Southern Ukraine is the priority in NATO’s planning Indian Punchline (upstater). Well worth a read.
Russia Gains in the East, Threatening to Overrun Luhansk NYT. Change in tone.
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Kaliningrad row: ‘It’s nothing to do with a blockade’ says Lithuania’s former foreign ministers Euronews. See today’s post on Kaliningrad.
Let’s Fight WW3 Over Lithuania Caitlin Johnstone, Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative
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Exclusive: G7 likely to discuss Russian turbine, but may not find solution – Canada minister Reuters. Hilarity ensues.
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Columbia Law School to advise Ukrainian president on war reparations Reuters. Lawyering up, eh?
Court strikes down Maine’s ban on using public funds at religious schools SCOTUSblog. Give no public money to any private school. Problem solved.
Universal Health Care Could Have Saved More Than 330,000 U.S. Lives during COVID Scientific American
Police State Watch
United States cops watch in amazement while other country's police do their jobs without taking any lives. pic.twitter.com/iGh71VugTN
— 🥀_Imposter_🕸️ (@Imposter_Edits) June 20, 2022
Our Famously Free Press
Networks covered the war in Ukraine more than the US invasion of Iraq Responsible Statecraft
‘They Should Be In Jail’: How The Guardian and New York Times ‘Set Up’ Julian Assange Kit Klarenberg, Kit’s Newsletter
Ep 5: What’s Ahead for Labor? (podcast) Class Matters. “Adolph Reed Jr. talks with Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants/CWA and APWU President Mark Dimondstein about what’s ahead for Labor in this moment that holds out both promise and peril.” Generalizing:
If you want to understand how powerful we really are, railroad workers in England are striking and shutting down rail lines, airline workers in Belgium are striking and shutting down airports, and in Ecuador a national strike is shutting down the whole nation.
— Read Wobblies and Zapatistas (@JoshuaPotash) June 22, 2022
The Quants in the Room Jason Furman, Foreign Affairs
There but for the grace of God….
I met an unhoused woman who has two years of disability payments sitting in a bank account she cannot access because she does not have an ID. After months we finally got her birth certificate and then she woke up to a sweep where all of her paperwork was thrown away.
— Housing 4 All is Hot (@ahouse4all) June 22, 2022
Unconditional cash transfers and maternal substance use: fndings from a randomized control trial of low-income mothers with infants in the U.S. (PDF)( BMC Public Health. “Uur randomized control trial of monthly cash gifts to mothers with newborn infants fnds that a cash gift diference of $313 per month did not signifcantly change maternal use of alcohol, cigarettes, or opioids or household expenditures on alcohol or cigarettes.”
Where Did the Long Tail Go? The Honest Broker
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.