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Norfolk Southern’s Toxic Bomb Train
Many sources pursuing parallel lines of inquiry, despite lack of national attention because balloons or whatever:
‘They’re understandably concerned’: The fiery Ohio train crash has been mismanaged, says an engineer who studies chemical disasters Fortune. More good detail on the chemicals involved, and their possible spread.
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Report: Norfolk Southern employees concerned by size of derailed train WKBN. Lots of good detail, local TV news (!!) for the win.
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It is concerning to hear that 340 residents affected by the Norfolk Southern train crash in East Palestine, Ohio, may have already signed settlement agreements that waive their legal rights. Residents should seek legal advice before signing any contracts to ensure that they receive proper compensation for any damages or losses they have suffered.
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The Ohio train derailment was bad enough. The emergency response made it worse. MSNBC. Not bashing the locals; governmental dysfunction is fractal.
Ohio Train Disaster: How Corruption and Greed Created Catastrophe, w/ David Sirota Glenn Greenwald. Shockingly, Sirota doesn’t mention Precision Scheduled Railroading, and Greenwald doesn’t press him. See here for what union guys on the ground are saying.
In about-face, Moderna vows Americans won’t have to pay for its Covid-19 vaccine STAT (Furzy Mouse). Take that, Pfizer:
Somebody make a meme!
How Deadly Was China’s Covid Wave? NYT. Handy chart:
So, all the Western journalists in Shanghai, kvetching and bleating about their inability to order food from their cellphones under the tyrannical “Zero Covid” regime — along with business interests, of course, Western and Chinese, that is to say, globalist — achieved their goal, and Xi adoped the consensus view that mass infection without mitigation was the way forward. Good job. What are a few million deaths among elders and peasants, put beside the glorious cause of Freedom?
Those Balloons, or Whatever the Heck They Are
The China balloon confrontation may have started as a mistake Olivier Knox, WaPo
Balloons, aliens, Chinese espionage: US struggles to explain aerial encounters FT. The deck: “Officials say altitude, size and speed of flying objects muddle picture while treacherous conditions obstruct recovery.” “Get back to me when…. When it makes sense.”
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Dear Old Blighty
EU Parliament votes to ban petrol, diesel cars from 2035 France24 (Furzy Mouse).
New Not-So-Cold War
Interview with Seymour Hersh: Joe Biden blew up Nord Stream because he didn’t trust Germany (interview; Google translation) Berliner Zeitung
Did the US Blow Up Nord Stream If There is No Media to Report It? Black Agenda Report. Commentary:
Seymour Hersh in new interview about his Nord Stream post:
"I wouldn't even think to take a story like this to the New York Times, they have decided that the Ukraine war is going to be won by Ukraine and that's what its readers get, so be it"
— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) February 15, 2023
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Ukrainian troops ‘firmly holding’ Bakhmut: Zelenskyy Agence France Presse
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Is Ukraine running out of ammunition? Deutsche Welle. Attrition along several axes.
Ukraine will receive fewer Leopard 2 tanks from allies than promised Ukrainska Pravda
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Our Famously Free Press
Misinformation on Misinformation: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges Social Media + Society. The Abstract:
Alarmist narratives about online misinformation continue to gain traction despite evidence that its prevalence and impact are overstated. Drawing on research examining the use of big data in social science and reception studies, we identify six misconceptions about misinformation and highlight the conceptual and methodological challenges they raise. The first set of misconceptions concerns the prevalence and circulation of misinformation. First, scientists focus on social media because it is methodologically convenient, but misinformation is not just a social media problem. Second, the internet is not rife with misinformation or news, but with memes and entertaining content. Third, falsehoods do not spread faster than the truth; how we define (mis)information influences our results and their practical implications. The second set of misconceptions concerns the impact and the reception of misinformation. Fourth, people do not believe everything they see on the internet: the sheer volume of engagement should not be conflated with belief. Fifth, people are more likely to be uninformed than misinformed; surveys overestimate misperceptions and say little about the causal influence of misinformation. Sixth, the influence of misinformation on people’s behavior is overblown as misinformation often “preaches to the choir.” To appropriately understand and fight misinformation, future research needs to address these challenges.
Open access; worth a read.
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Government-Funded Index of Worst Disinformation Sites is Entirely Composed of Conservative and Libertarian News Outlets Jonathan Turley. Liberals, in chorus: “Well, naturally!” Partially funded — and I know this will surprise you — by the National Endowment for [our] Democracy.
Revealed: the hacking and disinformation team meddling in elections Guardian. “A team of Israeli contractors….”
Bing: “I will not harm you unless you harm me first” Simon Willison’s Weblog (BC). Not exactly one of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. Deep thoughts (Furzy Mouse):
It’s almost as if the promoters hyping ChatGPT don’t actually yet comprehend the complexities of human thought & language… or as the old saying goes, if the brain was so simple that we could understand it, then we would be so simple that we couldn’t.
— Shecky R. 🇺🇦 (@SheckyR) February 15, 2023
The maze is in the mouse Praveen Seshadri, Medium:
The way I see it, Google has four core cultural problems. They are all the natural consequences of having a money-printing machine called “Ads” that has kept growing relentlessly every year, hiding all other sins.
(1) no mission, (2) no urgency, (3) delusions of exceptionalism, (4) mismanagement.
Trump Used ‘Classified’ Folder as a Lamp Shade, Lawyer Says Rolling Stone (Furzy Mouse). That folder got off easy.
PE Has Only Scratched the Surface of Sports Investing Institutional Investor. These Firms Are Trying to Change That. Institutional Investor
Pickleball Looks Really Dumb on TV New York Magazine
Goldmining and Genocide London Review of Books (guurst).
Armed Community Groups Are Defending Texas Drag Queens From Christian Fascists Truthout (Furzy Mouse).
Captain of Thai boys’ football team rescued from flooded cave in 2018 dies in UK Channel News Asia. :-(
Antidote du jour (via):
It's incredible seeing the transition from degraded, single-thread streams into expansive beaver-engineered wetlands. And it only took a handful of #beavers to do this. Imagine what the continent and the rivers looked like prior to the Fur Trade, back when beavers were abundant! pic.twitter.com/toGisgrfqI
— Dr. Emily Fairfax (@EmilyFairfax) February 10, 2023
Keystone ecosystem engineers!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.