18 Inappropriate Logos Buzzfeed (Chuck L)
‘Picasso the Foreigner’ Review: An Outsider in Paris Wall Street Journal. Anthony L: “Worth it for the picture.”
US maternal mortality is more than ten times higher than in Australia. Why? Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
US inches up to 15th on list of happiest countries Changing America (Kevin W). Read the criteria. Designed to favor US and European countries. In other studies, Nigeria came out as happiest.
How to explain that Finland, Iceland and Denmark are the top three happiest countries in the world, but are also No. 10, No. 1 and No. 9 in per capita consumption of anti-depressants? Do you take an anti-depressant before you answer the question on happiness?
— Branko Milanovic (@BrankoMilan) March 21, 2023
Stuck with the soul aeon
SARS-CoV-2 Infection Weakens Immune-Cell Response to Vaccination NIH (ma). Study here.
In a brief translation…
XBB1.16 has been working on its fitness and ability to completely switch off your primary viral warning system…
This is an unpleasant combination. The risks of Long C-19 and viral persistence will be enhanced.
Wear your best mask🙏🏻 https://t.co/8ttMSq8Ldl
— David Joffe PhD, FRACP 🇦🇺 (@DavidJoffe64) March 17, 2023
In the USA, people do not seek healthcare when it is warranted due to expense
With newly graduating doctors avoiding ERs I see a trend of hopelessness in engaging healthcare rather than decreasing long covid pic.twitter.com/QXQWss88tz
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) March 19, 2023
— T. Ryan Gregory (@TRyanGregory) March 20, 2023
Quebec is the province that compiles excess deaths the fastest. Let’s have a look at Nov ‘22 to Jan ‘23:
Overall, we averaged ~20% excess deaths per week.
For 0-45 year olds, deaths were 25-60% (!!) higher than expected in those months.@CBCNews: “how 🇨🇦 won covid this winter” https://t.co/fseEk6Twjx pic.twitter.com/AKr2jSdm3N
— Dr. Lisa Iannattone (@lisa_iannattone) March 18, 2023
Humanity On Thin Ice, Says Latest UN Climate Report OilPrice (resilc)
Paper plates and short showers: life with no water in Arizona France24 (resilc)
Scientists Sound Alarm on Fracking Near Muskingum, Ohio Watershed Clevescene (Carla R)
How Chinese Companies Are Reinventing Management Harvard Business Review (Anthony L)
China’s Naval Problem Andrei Martyanov (Chuck L)
Looks like the German government is moving to inject massive subsidies into its defence industry. Yet we’re probably only just over six months out from energy shortages – and the coming recession is going to lead to huge budget deficits. I doubt this will go smoothly. pic.twitter.com/Us1FthDdok
— Philip Pilkington (@philippilk) March 20, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
Why China’s peace plan for Ukraine will fail Edward Luttwak, Unherd. Wowsers. Completely misses the point that the intent was for it to go nowhere and make the US and NATO look like the warmongers they are. All China had to do was issue what amounted to a napkin-doodle press release with the words “peace” and “ceasefire” (you didn’t even need to get to “abandoning the Cold War mentality” and “stopping unilateral sanctions”). No way, no how is the US going to let China play broker or negotiate with Russia through any intermediary.
#US State Dept any peace agreement negotiated by #China & #Russia would be considered by the #US as null & void. The #US would not agree to any cease fire. Is the #US admitting that this is really a #US vs #Russia War and that #Ukraine is just the cannon fodder?? #NATO #EU ??
— D Forrester (@forrester2) March 20, 2023
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🇯🇵🇺🇦Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits Ukraine on an unannounced visit — NHK with reference to the message of the country's authorities pic.twitter.com/df99KmSccl
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) March 21, 2023
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Ukraine says Russia Kalibr missile cargo hit in transit to Crimea Aljazeera. If true, this was US targeting, which raises the question of how Russia responds. The hardliners are chomping at the bit for escalation.
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The US’ Resumed Deportation Of Mobilization-Fleeing Russian Men Discredits Its Soft Power Andrew Korybko (Chuck L)
Russia bans SWIFT RT (Kevin W)
Meet the British intelligence-linked firm that warped MH17 news coverage The Grayzone (Chuck L)
The Invasion of Iraq Wasn’t a “Mistake.” It Was a Crime. Jacobin (resilc)
AIPAC, FDD websites erase all evidence of their Iraq War cheerleading Responsible Statecraft
The Story of Iraq – Modern Iraq Before 1968 BBC. Resilc: “CIA great at creating its own monster in a never ending fight vs Commiezzzz.”
Israeli minister says ‘no such thing’ as Palestinian people Reuters (resilc)
THE PATRIARCHATE CALLS ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT THE HASHEMITE CUSTODIANSHIP AND ITS PROTECTION OF JERUSALEM HOLY SITES Patriarchate of Jerusalem (guurst). Attack on Church of Gethsemane during services.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
I can’t even:
🇺🇸🇺🇦🇷🇺🇨🇳"There is no trust between Russia and China, but the alliance between them is directed against US." – The White House
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) March 20, 2023
This clip — of Tom Friedman saying the attack on Iraq was morally justified because we had to take out "our big stick" and tell Iraqis: "suck on this" — is one of the most deranged and psychosexually twisted war justifications ever.
He, of course, is still a NYT columnist: https://t.co/saRXlZtiiT
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 20, 2023
US failure in Iraq opened the door for China, Russia Asia Times (Kevin W)
US House Republicans launch investigation of Manhattan DA in Trump probe Reuters. Resilc: “USA USA is a freakshow without bounds.” Moi: “The case v. Trump is ridiculous but this is piss poor and silly unlees they manage to find a Federal nexus. Then it would just be piss poor. They seem to have none now. But if they find some obscure way the Feds fund his office, even through something minor, this could be game on. But it looks like these chairs are in “Fire, aim, ready” mode. Nevertheless. also instructive that three prominent Rs are sticking their necks out this way.
<Of Course You Know What “Woke” Means Freddie deBoer (Anthony L)
Our No Longer Free Press
NY Times suffers from dementia, forgetting its own role in the Iraq War debacle Boing Boing (resilc)
So pathetic how WH journalists united to defend Karine Jean-Pierre — the person to whom they're supposed to be adversarial (😂) — and attacked a fellow journalist @simonateba. One of them even *apologized* to Karine, because they were so excited to see the cast of a TV show: https://t.co/wODG60r8uF
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 21, 2023
The Internet Archive is defending its digital library in court today The Verge (Kevin W)
Oops. How the FDIC Guaranteed the Deposits of SVB Financial Group Adam Levitin, Credit Slips. Important if you are into geekery.
FOMC rate est
NOMURA – 25 bps- expects a rate cut
BARCLAYS 0 bps
BLOOMBERG 25 bps
BMO 25 bps
CIBC 25 bps
CITI 25 bps
CREDIT SUISSE 0 bp
GOLDMAN SACHS 0 bp
GURGAVIN CAPITAL 25 bps
JP MORGAN 25 bps
KPMG 50 bps
MORGAN STANLEY 25 bps
RBC 25 bps#markets #BankingCrisis
— Openskies (@Openskies13) March 21, 2023
Former Wells Fargo Exec Could Do Prison Time American Prospect (Randy K)
Paid time off is not part of workers’ ‘salary,’ U.S. court rules Reuters (Kevin W)
Amazon to Cut 9,000 More Jobs After Earlier Layoffs Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour. Ann M: “A catfestation. Penny fully stretched and Emmett in tight curl.”
And a bonus (guurst):
İnce bir buzun üzerinden nasıl geçilir?
Tecrübeli bir kutup ayısından! pic.twitter.com/5Xyd7DiwdQ
— Abdullah Ağar (@abdullahagar2) October 13, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.