Frogs in Puerto Rico croak at a higher pitch due to global heating Guardian (resilc)
Fans pass out, throw up amid Taylor Swift’s Nashville concert delay PageSix (resilc)
Cory Doctorow Explains Why Big Tech Is Making the Internet Terrible Jacobin (Kevin W)
First UK baby with DNA from three people born after new IVF procedure Guardian (Kevin W)
Major Psychologists’ Group Warns of Social Media’s Potential Harm To Kids NPR. A little late now….
The Italian Job: Lucretius in the Renaissance Antigone (Anthony L)
From the Cynics’ self-sufficiency to an ecology of wanking aeon (Chuck L)
The west’s handling of the pandemic beat its own expectations Financial Times (KLG)
Smoke From Alberta Wildfires Spreads Across Wider Canada & US Skies Sputnik (Kevin W)
Why large parts of Mongolia are affected by desertification Bangkok Post (furzy)
UK’s Liz Truss heads to Taiwan after string of hawkish China speeches Politico (Kevin W)
China, Canada expel each other’s diplomats Asia Times (Kevin W)
Turkey at a Crossroads: Erdoğan Faces a Real Risk of Losing Election Der Spiegel (resilc)
New Not-So-Cold War
Victory Parade on Red Square President of Russia. A short and pointed speech.
“Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed to Repeat It” Larry Johnson
8 years ago, US
mainstream media published articles like this — how the USSR (“Russians”) destroyed 75% of Nazi military in WW2.
Of course, now the US arms Nazis to fight Russia, so the good deeds of Russians must be sent into Orwellian memory hole.
— S.L. Kanthan (@Kanthan2030) May 9, 2023
🇸🇾🇹🇷🇷🇺🇮🇷 A meeting of the foreign ministers of Turkey, Russia, Iran, and Syria on Syria has started in Moscow. Lavrov noted that the launch of the process of normalization of Turkish-Syrian relations has a positive impact on the situation in the region and Middle East as a whole. pic.twitter.com/HIgmrSO9rH
— 🅰pocalypsis 🅰pocalypseos 🇷🇺 🇨🇳 🅉 (@apocalypseos) May 10, 2023
Troubled Pakistan Arrests Former PM Imran Khan Moon of Alabama
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 10, 2023
Imperial Collapse Watch
On this day 166 years ago, Indians rebelled against British rule in 1857: Causes, failure and outcome https://t.co/wdGwyDPXqq
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) May 10, 2023
Fourth Industrial Revolution slow to start in America Asia Times (Kevin W)
Exorbitant, not much longer Wolfgang Munchau. Tom F, no fan of US hegemony, nots: “But I draw the opposite point: Look how hard and long the way is.”
Getting the defense budget right: A (real) grand total, over $1.4 trillion Responsible Statescraft (Kevin W)
Youth Delegation to Cuba Detained on Return to US Consortium News (Chuck L). From last week. Not the look of a confident country.
Rerunning Biden’s Blunderland CounterPunch. Resilc: “A brain dead Reagan, mixed with a Feinstein/Ginsberg ego and inability to step aside.”
GOP Clown Car
DeSantis bans Chinese citizens from buying land in Florida The Week. Resilc: “I consider it a service to Chinese NOT to buy land there.”
AP sources: US Rep. George Santos facing federal charges Yahoo! News (Kevin W)
Our No Longer Free Press
We’re back. pic.twitter.com/sG5t9gr60O
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) May 9, 2023
Elon Musk reveals Tucker Carlson has NOT signed a deal with Twitter as he welcomes his new show to the platform… while ex-Fox News host accuses Rupert Murdoch of ‘breaking promises’ and the media giant of fraud and breach of contract Daily Mail
Pearson Taking Legal Action Over Use of Its Content To Train Language Models The Standard. I was waiting for this to happen.
The Metaverse, Zuckerberg’s tech obession, is officially dead. ChatGPT killed it. Business Insider (Kevin W)
But Meta is still pumping air into that saggy balloon: Metaverse Could Contribute Up To 2.4% of US GDP By 2035, Study Shows Reuters
AI Wrote 95 Percent of This Murder Mystery Wired (Dr. Kevin)
Amazon Is Being Flooded with Books Written Entirely by AI Futurism (Paul R)
Why AI Will Never Rival Human Creativity Persuasion (Anthony L)
Saving Lives and Making a Killing New York Review of Books. KLG: “Paywalled but key quote from the book that illustrates the evil that kills:
For financial investors, the beauty of the drug…was that even though the drug worked, it didn’t work too well. Ibrutinib was not a magic bullet cure. The cancer was never fully cleared from the blood and rarely went away completely…. Patients would need to take a pill once a day, every day, for a long time—years….
The analysts [at banks and hedge funds] took the relatively large number of CLL patients and multiplied it by the sky-high price that similar cancer drugs commanded in the market. Then they tried to estimate how long those patients would continue taking the drug. The analysts figured the drug could generate billions of dollars.
SBF Asks Court To Dismiss Most Criminal Charges Against Him Axios. Too funny.
The housing slump is expanding quickly with home price declines the most widespread in 11 years Business Insider. But….69% of markets showing YoY increases.
Guillotine earrings, commemorating the execution of Louis XVI, circa 1793.
Note the king’s heads, dangling upside-down from the bottoms of the earrings. pic.twitter.com/AufVK7UZAk
— Laocoon of Troy (@LaocoonofTroy) May 8, 2023
Corporate Giants Buy Up Primary Care Practices at Rapid Pace New York Times
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.