A Wiser Sympathy Lapham’s Quarterly. Anthony L: “Plant intelligence.”
Stop Eating Poppy Seeds or You Might Fail a Drug Test, Pentagon Warns Military.com. News you can use!
Anaximander and the Nature of Science by Carlo Rovelli review – the ancient master of the universe Guardian. Anthony L: “Not quite right. To get science you also need Calabrian medicine, but still OK.”
The New Irrationalism Monthly Review (Chuck L)
But look at the last four months.
Testing has been mostly flat.
Something is making covid infections more dangerous here. pic.twitter.com/vT9vvFBF3D
— tern (@1goodtern) February 21, 2023
It doesn't take a scientist or forester to see that NAmerica's forests are changing rapidly, sometimes in ways never seen before. For #thicktrunktuesday let's review some new terms being used to describe these changes, & take a tour thru America's Forests of the Anthropocene. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/FILKHShbFH
— Evan Frost (@EFrost_Wildwood) February 21, 2023
So-called ‘safe’ pesticides have surprisingly ill effects University of British Columbia
Trashion: The stealth export of waste plastic clothing to Kenya Changing Markets (Kevin W)
The Global Security Initiative Concept Paper Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
China’s Newest Weapon To Nab Western Technology – Its Courts Wall Street Journal
‘China is an exception’: India says it has good ties with all big powers – besides one South China Morning Post
EU Gas Demand Fell More Than Target OilPrice. Could be a sign of more severe demand destruction than widely acknowledged, as well as mild winter.
New investigation shows: This is how much the gaps have increased in 20 years Evening Paper (Sweden, Michael T)
The Lords are fighting back against fascism Richard Murphy
New Not-So-Cold War
🚨🇷🇺🛫🇧🇾🇺🇦AWACS A-50U and MiG-31K fighters have taken off from Belarus.
Air alerts 09:12 local time all over Nulandistan pic.twitter.com/HVsFOnBLNC
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) February 22, 2023
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Latest American weapons tranche to Ukraine is quite meager and does not even note quantities on the most important systems. The supply of 155mm shells is rapidly becoming the key bottleneck threatening to choke off Ukrainian combat effectiveness. https://t.co/4sFnV01nEG
— Big Serge ☦️🇺🇸🇷🇺 (@witte_sergei) February 21, 2023
We just don’t have the money to send jets to Ukraine Telegraph. Surprising to see at this venue.
The Roundtable #47: Larry Johnson, Michael Vlahos Gonzalo Lira, YouTube. Starts off with the Putin speech. Note YouTube did not produce this as a result even when I searched for “Gonzalo Lira” and filtered for the last week. YouTube is increasingly suppressing material from off narrative sources.
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China’s top diplomat says relations with Russia ‘rock solid’ DW. So much for the Blinken, Borrell, and Stoltenberg trying to pressure Wang Yi.
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Russia summons US ambassador over ‘aggressive course’ in Ukraine Press TV. Important.
US diplomat on what it’s like negotiating with Putin BBC. Curious revisionism. Before the war, the religiously-intoned claim from the US was that Russia refused to negotiate. Now the claim is that Russia had negotiated but was unreasonable. An obvious omission in this account is that Russia presented written proposals and wanted written counterproposals. This is bog standard, see Brexit. And for good reason. Using written texts is desirable because in the end any agreement will need to be reduced to text. Verbal discussions have a way of being heard in an overly favorable manner. That’s why things of any complexity are done with contracts. Russia learned with the US “Not one inch further east” of the danger of relying on handshakes. The very fact that the US is stooping to discuss this history looks defensive, as if they feel the need to prove the Collective West was not out to have this war.
By caving to Israel, Biden opens the door to war Responsible Statecraft
This is where we are. Unhinged, unadulterated racism that purposefully ignores the conditions that breed violence and instead insists on dehumanizing Palestinian children by likening them to Nazis. pic.twitter.com/mXDhEGGyhy
— Edo Konrad (@edokonrad) February 20, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Spy Balloons Are the Slow and Silent Future of Surveillance Bloomberg (furzy)
The Insecurity of Photo Cropping Bruce Schneier
Imperial Collapse Watch
Assessing the Economic Value of Military Materiel Philip Pilkington, American Affairs (guurst). Important. Also paging Andrei Martyanov.
US no longer attracts world’s rich – study RT. That’s a bad thing?
Russia And China Draw ‘Red Lines’ On Their Borders; US Draws Them On The Other Side Of The Planet Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
GOP Clown Car
Nikki Haley: Bernie Sanders is ‘exactly the reason’ mental competency tests are needed The Hill. Amateurish and gutless. She picks independent Sanders as opposed to the obviously cognitively challenged but powerful Dems Feinstein and Pelosi. And Sanders was and likely still is popular with young people.
DeSantis and Haley highlight 2024 chasm on Ukraine Washington Post
The Supreme Court could throw the internet into chaos Washington Post (Kevin W)
US Supreme Court will not hear challenge to Arkansas anti-BDS law Middle East Online
Texas Is Planning To Make a Huge Public Investment In Space ars technica. Will they start conducting their own foreign policy too?
California, There We Went City Journal (Kevin W). On public education.
Norfolk Southern Chemical Bomb
Police State Watch
Malcolm X’s family plan to sue FBI, CIA, NYPD for his death BBC (furzy). Unless the plaintiffs have a documentary smoking gun in hand, this will be a very difficult case to win. In general, delay favors the defense because memories fade, so witnesses are easily impugned.
Shakespeare flagged as ‘far right’ literature in UK – media RT (Anthony L)
I bet the whales aren’t getting royalties (Chuck L):
I am excited to launch this NFT on the world's first carbon-neutral marketplace for videos and photos, @TheSavageApp. Stay tuned for more updates, coming soon. #Humpback #Nature #NFT #Savage pic.twitter.com/ca2LgQzqvt
— Paul Nicklen (@PaulNicklen) January 17, 2022
Is This Painting a Raphael or Not? A Fortune Rides on the Answer Wall Street Journal (Anthony L)
Mortgage Rates Near 7% for Spring Selling Season: Prices of Existing Homes Fall 13% from Peak, on Lowest Sales since 2010 Wolf Richter. Not in my tiny market, which wasn’t bubbly in the good time and has a school district not only that is best in the state but in the top 1% in the US. We have a chronic shortage of inventory. Goes from terrible to moderately bad.
How Have Swings in Demand Affected Global Supply Chain Pressures? Liberty Street Economics
2,100 rail workers to get paid leave in new deal with Union Pacific The Hill (Kevin W)
Wage theft report uncovers over $80 million in stolen wages National Tertiary Education Union (Australia, via Paul R)
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus (Dr. Kevin):
This really puts humpback whales' true size into perspective. Video by Cassie Jensen.pic.twitter.com/JyCBGGeUYG
— Fascinating (@fasc1nate) February 21, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.