Will The U.S. Economy Pull Off a ‘Soft Landing’? Paul Krugman, NYT
Experts see climate change fingerprint in worsening heat waves and fires WaPo. The deck: “A new study found nearly 40 percent of burned area in the West can be attributed to carbon emissions.” Study.
Climate finance needs new ideas: could this model take off worldwide? World Economic Forum
Zombie COVID: Corpses can still spread the virus for weeks after death, study finds Fortune. A preprint, but there are others.
Amid G7, China hosts summit of its own with Central Asia Times of India
China banks on stability with Afghanistan belt and road agreement: experts South China Morning Post
The China vs US Culture Map China Charts
The Untold Story Of India’s First Filmmakers Madras Courier
The Global Economy’s Future Depends on Africa Foreign Policy
New Not-So-Cold War
Pressure campaign on Biden to send F-16s to Ukraine goes into overdrive Politico. Hilariously, Ukrainska Pravda repackages the Politico story thus: Pentagon reiterates that it does not object to other countries providing F-16s to Ukraine.
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Ukraine Can’t Join NATO The American Conservative
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St Petersburg Travel Notes – Part III Gilbert Doctorow. Goods in the stores.
Republicans Want to Impeach Mayorkas. How About Giving Him a Medal? The Washingtonian
Supreme Court rules Twitter not liable for ISIS content SCOTUSblog. Section 230 still in place.
The United States Needs a Moonshot to Prevent Extremism from Metastasizing The Hill. Sounds like a job for The Censorship-Industrial Complex!
A secretive annual meeting attended by the world’s elite has A.I. top of the agenda CNBC. Bilderberg. AI and robots are good proxies for depopulation.
G7 leaders call for ‘guardrails’ on development of artificial intelligence FT. There’s that “guardrails” trope again.
Here’s Why AI Girlfriends Are Going to Make Everything So Much Worse Jessica Wildfire, OK Doomer
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Feral Hog Watch
Marburg Virus Disease: Global Threat or Isolated Events? Journal of Infectious Diseases. “Thus, Marburg virus disease is not an immediate global threat to us living in non-endemic areas, but local and international public health officials need to be on high alert to protect vulnerable populations and ultimately populations across the globe. Aside from preventing Marburg virus disease introductions into our countries, we should bring countermeasures in the field to control Marburg virus disease in Africa. Those opportunities exist now, we should not miss them because of real or perceived social or economic barriers.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why the U.S. Should Close Its Overseas Military Bases Foreign Policy
Realignment and Legitimacy
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‘Succession’ season 4, episode 8: ‘America Decides’ NPR. It’s a documentary.
Justice for all? Times Literary Supplement. John Rawls.
Striking WGA Late-Night Comedy Writers Launch YouTube Show Lampooning The Studio Deadline. Here. On the strike issues:
AI has to be addresses now or never. I believe this is the last time any labor action will be effective in our business. If we don’t make strong rules now, they simply won’t notice if we strike in three years, because at that point they won’t need us. 10/end
— Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) May 13, 2023
The war on Japanese knotweed Guardian
No Mow May: A Gateway To Better Landscape Management For Bees Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
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