See the Largest Flower Ever Found Encased in Amber Scientific American
Newsom proposes cuts to climate change programs amid cloudy economic outlook LA Times. Attaboy. That’s the kind of liberal we like.
We Convinced Our School to Bring Back Masks OK Doomer (MN).
China reports 60,000 COVID-related deaths, says peak passed AP. If deaths in China are small, then the press should be asking why our own death count was so much larger. If deaths in China are large, then the press should self-reflect on its own responsibility for them by pressing for an end to China’s NPIs. Neither alternative is palatable, and so the press will temporize with demands for data. As if the United States had any standing on data.
International Press Shines in Itaewon Disaster Coverage The Blue Roof
Dear Old Blighty
Ex-Corbyn staff court case could dent Labour election fund BBC. That’s a damn shame. Can’t the spooks give Labour a backhander out of the reptile fund?
Washington, Guaidó and the Billion-Dollar Circus Venezuelanalysis
Why the CIA attempted a ‘Maidan uprising’ in Brazil Pepe Escobar, The Cradle. Single-sourced. It is, however, impossible for me to believe that the US didn’t greenlight Bolsonaro (especially after Lava Jato). Escobar also mentions this interesting source–
New Not-So-Cold War
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Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief is an Open Banderite Fascist Mark Sleboda, The Real Politik
NAFO Just Discredited Itself After A Top Fella Threatened To Shoot A Pro-Kiev German Journalist Andrew Korybko’s Newsletter. Korybko.
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Whisper it, but Europe is winning the energy war with Putin Politico. Big if true. Plus, erasing the massive transfer of power and money to the imperial hegemon. Client states don’t win wars, energy wars or not.
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The Long War in Ukraine Foreign Affairs
How Ukraine became a laboratory for western weapons and battlefield innovation CNN. Conditions are different in Asia, so we’ll need a lab there, too.
War and Commodity Encumbrance (PDF) Zoltan Pozsar, Credit Suisse. G7 v. BRICS. Worth a download, although evaluating the thesis is above my paygrade.
The C-17A Has Been Cleared To Transport B61-12 Nuclear Bomb To Europe Federation of American Scientists
‘Playing chicken’: Republicans draw battle lines over US debt ceiling FT. Which Democrats never abolished, showing they want whatever horrid “Grand Bargain”-style “compromise” emerges from the sausage-making….
This Is How the Trillion Dollar Coin Could End Debt Ceiling Fights for Good (podcast) Odd Lots
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4 more Fairfax County schools failed to tell students about national merit awards ABC. Nationalizing “our schools” as an issue is just waiting for Youngkin (who has the advantage over short-bodied DeSantis that he doesn’t look like a vicious small-town auto dealer).
Police State Watch
Former Louisiana police chief faces 2nd degree murder charge KHQA and Video shows NYPD van hitting and killing pedestrian on busy Brooklyn street Gothamist and Head of New York’s Irish American police group suspended after failed drugs test Sunday World. Meanwhile:
Dozens of Illinois sheriff's departments say they will not enforce a new state law banning assault weapons. The sheriffs say they believe the ban is unconstitutional.
Here's a thread of their statements. Adams, Bond, Brown and Bureau Counties first: pic.twitter.com/1XuPQhlTHR
— Jake Sheridan (@JakeSheridan_) January 14, 2023
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How Police Actually Cracked the Idaho Killings Case Slate. Forensic geneaology. “Forensic genealogy leaders at the FBI and beyond have directed police departments to omit all references to the technique, numerous people involved in these investigations told me.” That’s a confidence builder!
Democrats en Déshabillé
The wonderful world of NGOs (unions are quite different). A thread:
Within a month of leaving prison, I was accepted into @UCBerkeley and received my bachelors with a 4.0. My felony record prevented me from finding work, even at my alma mater. A thread.
— Matthew Hahn (@hahnscratch) January 14, 2023
Our Famously Free Press
The Intelligence Community
The New “Church” Committee and the Torturous History of Gov. Ron DeSantis (podcast interview) John Kiriakou, Jesse Ventura’s Die First Then Quit. Interesting to see Kiriakou in this venue.
BookTok London Review of Books. I support the tropes!
The Deep State Awards Matt Stoller, BIG. Despite the horrid meme in the title, this is a very acute analysis of how business is done in Washington. Well worth a careful read, especially in conjunction with this by Thomas Frank. (I do think Stoller misses the subtle point that one of the purposes of such ceremonies is to signal that the awards-givers have the power to give awards; they control the, as it were, process of consecration in their field. This dynamic precedes and is a necessity for the influence-peddling that Stoller describes in such rich detail.)
“We” Eschaton. Somebody else noticed! A sign, I would say, that the PMC is circling the wagons; intensifying their class solidarity and consequent embubblement, instead of interrogating them.
Sectional Industrialization (interview) Richard Bensel, Phenomenal World. Should tie in with Ferguson et al.’s industrial model.
Human consciousness: a tragic misstep Institute of Art and Ideas
Can gratitude save humanity? Unherd
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.