Links 6/8/2023

The big idea: Are cats really domesticated? Guardian

Scientists find crocodile ‘virgin birth’ at Costa Rica zoo Reuters

“Someone always knows”:


The Big Smoke:

Canadian wildfire smoke moves into Northeast U.S. Wildfire Today. Indeed:

Wildfire smoke makes New York air quality worst in the world FT. Looks like a Beijing sandstorm:

Ah well, nevertheless:

Hochul: 1 million N95 masks to be available to New Yorkers Thursday NY1. Not “Baggy Blues”? And we had them all along?

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A long thread on how to protect yourself:

Especially “J. Stay hydrated!”

A Public Power victory in New York State MR Online

An Uncertain Energy Transition a Century Ago JSTOR Daily


Las Vegas Won’t Save the Water It Needs by Just Removing Lawns ProPublica

“Forever Chemicals” Makers Hid Dangers for Decades The Lever


Coronaviruses Use ACE2 Monomers as Entry-Receptors Angewandte Chemie International Edition. From the Abstract: “[O]ur data demonstrate that a single S protein interaction per virus particle with a monomeric ACE2 receptor is sufficient for infection, which provides SARS-CoV-2 a high infectivity.”

SARS-CoV-2 infection and viral fusogens cause neuronal and glial fusion that compromises neuronal activity Science. From the Abstract: “e show that SARS-CoV-2 infection induces fusion between neurons and between neurons and glia in mouse and human brain organoids…. We demonstrate that neuronal fusion is a progressive event, leads to the formation of multicellular syncytia, and causes the spread of large molecules and organelles. Last, using Ca2+ imaging, we show that fusion severely compromises neuronal activity. These results provide mechanistic insights into how SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses affect the nervous system, alter its function, and cause neuropathology.” Well, that’s awful!

Predictive power of wastewater for nowcasting infectious disease transmission: a retrospective case study of five sewershed areas in Louisville, Kentucky medRxiv. From the Interpretation: “These findings show that wastewater data may be valuable for infectious disease nowcasting when clinical surveillance data are absent, such as early in a pandemic or in low-resource settings where systematic collection of epidemiologic data is difficult.” “Low resource” settings like the entire United States!

Why more needs to be done to reduce COVID-19 transmission in health and aged care settings Croakey. Australia. “‘In Canberra Hospital ICU there are people dressed in full PPE, negative pressure rooms and pretty extreme measures to contain the two people there with COVID to ensure it’s not spreading. But outside of the ICU masks were optional. This makes no sense – either it’s safe to be around COVID or it’s not,’ Wallace said.” It makes sense to Hospital Infection Control. They are controlling for droplets in the ICU. To them, Covid is not airborne, and so does not spread through the entire facility.”

Attempting to define Long COVID: The NIH-funded RECOVER initiative trial WSWS Cf. NC here.


Chinese banks slash deposit rates in bid to boost sluggish growth FT

Beijing voices support for Taiwan’s pro-unification forces in latest exchange South China Morning Post


In the targets of the junta: life and war inside rebel-held Myanmar Guardian


Need for Speed Has Taken Focus off Rail Safety The Wire


Pakistan’s Imran Khan formally named in ‘abetting’ lawyer’s drive-by murder Channel News Asia

Dear Old Blighty

#2 The Startup Party: reflections on the last 20 years, what could replace the Tories, and why Dominic Cummings

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine Situation Report: Offensive Going Better Than Expected, U.S. Says The Drive. So sayeth spook asset David Ignatius.

Has Ukraine’s counteroffensive really begun? The Atlantic Council. On the Atlantic Council, see this illuminating article from Racket News, linked to yesterday.

First Leg of AFU’s Offensive Has Begun Simplicius the Thinker(s)

At The Bleeding Edge Of Ukraine’s Counteroffensive, The Ukrainian Marine Corps Switches Up Its Tactics Forbes. Putting armored personnel carrier lipstick on the tankless pig.

Wagner chief makes prediction if Putin’s army loses territory to Ukraine CNN. Useless. Russia has form: They will trade space for Russian casualties. They may well “lose” territory. But the meatgrinder will still grind away, chewing up public relations as it goes.

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Ukraine ramps up operations as dam destruction blame game unfolds Al Jazeera

In pictures: The collapse of Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka dam BBC. After an old lady in a boat, a young woman holding a cat.

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The West isn’t ready to give Ukraine the security pledges it wants Politico

Zelenskyy comments on Washington Post investigation claiming Ukraine planned to blow up Nord Stream pipelines Ukrainska Pravda

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Russia warns that supplying nuclear weapons to Ukraine would lead to ‘global, irrevocable collapse‘ Anadolu Agency

“Cover Those Nazi Symbols, Please?” Matt Taibbi, Racket News. The real “embedding” is in their heads.

Spook Country

FBI helps Ukraine censor Twitter users and obtain their info, including journalists Aaron Maté. Well worth a read.

Lie, Cheat, and Steal: The CIA’s Disastrous Scientific Legacy Science for the People


Prosecutors ready to ask for Trump indictment on obstruction and Espionage Act charges The Independent. Some may find it comforting to know that Assange was indicted under the same Act (hat tip, President Wilson, progressive icon).

Big Tech rolls back misinformation measures ahead of 2024 Axios

South of the Border

Lula reveals new plan to stop deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region Anadolu Agency

Peru’s president testifies in hearing over deaths during anti-government protests Anadolu Agency

Digital Watch

First Impressions of Vision Pro and VisionOS Daring Fireball

Tools for Enslavement The American Conservative

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Instagram Connects Vast Pedophile Network WSJ. As vast as Epstein’s black book?

How a Chatbot Went Rogue WSJ. “‘We can’t yet trust AI to offer sound mental-health advice,’ said [Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, an associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine].”


Why a showdown over Jared Polis’ big health insurance reform program fizzled — and what it means Colorado Sun. Democrats will die in the last ditch defending insurance companies, who this time around are sabotaging a state-level “public option.” Nobody could have predicted….

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Dream of reparations hits political reality in California Politico

Class Warfare

Giving It All Up For The Davos Elite Pandemic Enclave. As I have often said: “‘Democidal’ elites is a parsimonious explanation.” Though “democidal” never took, nor has “eugenicist.” Perhaps “Depopulating.”

The economic consequences of major tax cuts for the rich (PDF) LSE Research Online. From 2020, still germane. The Abstract: “This paper uses data from 18 OECD countries over the last five decades to estimate the causal effect of major tax cuts for the rich on income inequality, economic growth, and unemployment. First, we use a new encompassing measure of taxes on the rich to identify instances of major reduction in tax progressivity. Then, we look at the causal effect of these episodes on economic outcomes by applying a nonparametric generalization of the difference-in-differences indicator that implements Mahalanobis matching in panel data analysis. We find that major reforms reducings taxes on the rich lead to higher income inequality as measured by the top 1% share of pre-tax national income. The effect remains stable in the medium term. In contrast, such reforms do not have any significant effect on economic growth and unemployment.”

For an Inch of Blue Sea Verso

Catalina Swinburn Meticulously Excavates the History and Ceremony of Textiles in Her Woven Paper ‘Investitures’ Colossal

Martin Luther and “Shiny Happy People”: Reflections on Parenting, God, and Reformations Patheos

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.


  1. Samuel Conner

    Gov. Hochul notices an airborne threat to public health.

    The thought occurs that N95s may become popular to help adapt to wildfire smoke conditions. Maybe some current anti-maskers will be sufficiently impressed with their efficacy to contemplate using them for protection from airborne pathogens.

    I wonder how well they perform in the “anti-particulate-carbon” application after prolonged use.


    re: the antidote; I have no idea how much wood woodchucks can chuck, but I have observed that they can eat a full flat of handsome lettuce starts in under a minute.

    1. The Rev Kev

      The CDC has come out with mask advice during the present situation of choking, airborne wildfire smoke. They say that wearing a mask is voluntary but that it can be dangerous doing so. That medical-grade masks are not necessary and the US Surgeon General is preparing a video showing you how to turn a t-shirt into a ready made mask. Also that if wildfire smoke gets too thick, that not to forget to wash your hands.

      1. Samuel Conner

        > how to turn a t-shirt into a ready made mask

        I imagine that the t-shirt is even more effective if it is sopping wet, and large quantities of water are poured over the face of the wearer.

          1. Charger01

            As an aside, look to firefighters as the experts in avoiding inhalation of smoke. They wear a full self contained breathing apparatus (scba), not a poly or cloth mask.

            1. BeliTsari

              Used to inspect Foster-Wheeler boilers in those old bituminous fired Dickensian “hell, with the lid off” power plants in Appalachia. Yesterday, I finally broke down & wore my P100, shield & all, to run errands (including Planetarium Post Office!) It were COOL! Yapping with our super, several (equally OLD & PASC aged) neighbors passed, UNMASKED. I’d switched to a KF-94 upon entering, but I’d got a lotta-whole-bunch-a what they’d NOW doubtless term, “side-eye” after practicing with their Zoom mindfulness coach? Donora, PA. said 19 died in a 1948 zinc & coke inversion. Excessive death, from the health department, is basically impossible to elucidate, beyond a LOT more died of Black Lung, COPD, Mesothelioma… but we’d KNOWN to doubt!


    2. Samuel Conner

      perhaps that should be “population health” rather than “public health.”

      Maybe the point of offering N95s under current conditions is, to the extent possible, to facilitate “carrying on business as usual”. On that supposition, it’s the same motive as not offering, much less mandating, masks as an adaptation to an odorless invisible threat to population health.

      1. vao

        Very shrewed observation. It is all the more relevant since with Covid, the ptb found other “solutions” (i.e. the “vaccines”) that precluded the use of masks (and ventilation, lock-downs, quarantines, testing), whereas with large-scale forest fires, there is absolutely nothing equivalent — hence, rely upon masks.

        1. tevhatch

          I wonder how many state funded care facilities are opening their windows wide, hoping to create some more open beds. That will get some bureaucrats points for reducing the wait time.

    3. Samuel Conner

      it will be intriguing to see if the wildfire smoke has the effect of inducing people to adopt protective measures (some of which overlap with anti-CV NPIs) and if that has a noticeable effect, a week or two from now, on the wastewater levels of CV in the affected regions.

      Perhaps a silver lining to this dark cloud.

      1. semper loquitur

        People are definitely masking up around here in NYC. I mentioned to a friend that it’s too bad COVID isn’t visible in the air. Or had a distinct smell.

      2. Airgap

        Now the NE folks are having a taste (pun) of what we Cali denizens have been living with for decades during our ‘fire season’. Burning eyes, raw throat, runny nose, head ache, physical exertion resulting in a stabbing feeling in the chest etc. But that smoke makes for bitch’n sunsets, errr, make that sun ups for the NE. Glad we left it all behind.

        1. WillyBgood

          And SF did it better. Our suffering was the set for that epic drone video with the Blade Runner soundtrack. Those NYC videos are so mundane.

  2. Lexx

    ‘Las Vegas Won’t Save the Water It Needs by Just Removing Lawns’

    “Get rid of Denver, Salt Lake, Las Vegas, LA, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson — the whole nine yards — and you still would not reach the amount of water you need to save,” Colby Pellegrino, the water authority’s deputy general manager of resources, told ProPublica. “As a basin, the answer is not lying within the entire urban sector. There has to be participation from agriculture and industrial.”

    Denver doesn’t get its water from the Colorado River (?)

      1. Michael Fiorillo

        Thank you.

        I’ll believe they’re serious about water conservation when they ban alfalfa and hay for export, if not all irrigated alfalfa production in arid zones.

        1. TimmyB

          Water conservation measures are a joke until they get rid of California’s rice paddy’s.

          1. Michael Fiorillo

            That’s what I always thought, too, but recently read that rice growing in the Sacramento Delta region pre-dates federal and state water projects. Even in the parched San Joaquin Valley, Tulare Lake was the largest body of water west of the Mississippi; there were water-rich areas before the era of impoundment and regional redirection.

    1. IanB

      Denver (and the rest of the front range) does indeed get much of its water from the Colorado River, via two major and several minor projects. The two major projects are the Colorado – Big Thompson project, started before WWII, which takes water from the Colorado and Frasier rivers, pumps it upstream to Grand Lake and then via tunnel to Estes Park on the east side of the divide. That water gets divided among any number of city water utilities and private users (ie farmers).

      The second project is centered around Dillon Reservoir, which takes water from the Blue River and sends it via tunnel to the South Platte. This one is owned entirely by Denver Water. According to Wikipedia, this supplies about 40% of Denver’s water annually.

      1. Lexx

        One of us has been too literal and it’s probably me. I’m saying that Denver doesn’t take it’s water directly from the Colorado, rather from the headwaters in Grand County and from the South Platte. I could say the same for SLC; it comes from the Wasatch Mountains and groundwater… but most every creek and river west of the continental divide (unless pumped back east again over the Rockies) flows toward the Colorado River, so technically you’re correct. Denver does get some of it’s water from the Colorado.

    2. Utah

      Salt Lake City, and the Wasatch Front that it resides in, doesn’t get water from the Colorado river. Much of the rest of the state of Utah outside the Wasatch Front does, though. Salt Lake City gets it’s water from the tributaries of the Great Salt Lake, which is a terminus lake.

      I’m pretty sure the point was populations equivalent to those cities in the west.

      Beyond the 100th meridian by John Wesley Powell is a great book that talks about water in the west. Basically the argument is that this ecosystem can’t support this level of agriculture and cities.

  3. russell1200

    “Instagram Connects Vast Pedophile Network WSJ. As vast as Epstein’s black book?”

    That’s an odd appended comment. It was multiple networks and the numbers were huge. The pay scale noted in the article describes activities far beyond anything I have heard about Epstein.

    1. griffen

      To quote Fight Club, I am Jack’s utter lack of surprise. Where this a window of opportunity for this pedophilia activity flourish, it will do so. One more nail in the coffin, for me anyway, when it comes to putting anything meaningful on social media. Holy crap on a cracker.

  4. The Rev Kev

    “Cover Those Nazi Symbols, Please?”

    Meanwhile here in Oz, the government is planning legislation to ban Nazi symbols and probably Nazi salutes as well because a dozen or two d***heads were throwing Nazi salutes in a public demonstration recently. Doing so would put people in prison for up to a year so of course this will totally end all extreme right activity in the country. When I heard this on the news a few hours ago I asked are you ****ing kidding me? We have been equipping, arming and training literal Nazis in the Ukraine for over a year and are now on the verge of giving them 41 clapped-out F-18 Hornet fighter jets because reasons-

    So I ask, ‘Hans, are we the baddies?’

    1. GramSci

      No, we’re the Notsies. We’re not Nazionalsozialisten! We can’t be because we saved all those people at Auschwitz! Israelites also comprise much of our international leadership.

      So even though our brave freedom fighters in the Ukraine sport some hated emblems, let’s not forget that whats-his-name was not all bad: He did kill six million of those people, but let’s remember that he also killed 25 million Russians!

      1. Samuel Conner

        on the theory that “socialism” is only to be implemented on behalf of the elites and that the Western elites are now a transnational class, perhaps they are actually


      2. deleter

        I appreciate the sarcasm, but it occurs that maybe the reason Holocaust denial and
        totalitarian ideologies (neolib, neocon) have taken root in the west is because we did not liberate Auschwitz or any of the other extermination camps. That was the Red Army.

        1. flora

          I don’t think it’s taken root in the West, outside of a tiny segment of foolish power fanatics imagining some glorious future for themselves or foolish people trying to provoke a reaction. e.g Prince Harry.

          As for the camps, the US and Allied forces liberated Buchenwald. The Red Army liberated Majdanek. Combined forces liberated all of the camps. Chief of Allied forces Army General Eisenhower ordered Army film makers to film the opening of the camps and everything they saw. It was so horrific the film makers had to be relieved/replaced regularly. Eisenhower wanted to ensure everyone would know what happened and that it could not be forgotten or denied in the future. The films are still available.

        2. Daniil Adamov

          There was and is no shortage of Holocaust deniers and far right extremists in the former Soviet Union. The ones in Ukraine are only the most visible part at the moment.

    2. ilsm

      canada would have some small, old f-18’s to donate

      but i cannot recall whether they are getting f-35’s which cannot get through us’ operation test regime….

  5. ambrit

    I think that, since “democidal” and “eugenicist” are ‘niche’ terms, we should fall back upon an oldie but goodie Populist term of excoriation: “murderous.”
    Try this on for size: “America’s murderous elites.” Simple, direct, accurate Jackpot terminology.

  6. GramSci

    Re: Martin Luther, ‘shiny, happy people’, Constantine, and the CIA

    My ‘Turmerlebnis‘ was the realization that Constantine’s adoption of Christianity was a Nigerian prince sting operation: the Gospels culminating in the Crucifixion are a morality play teaching the mopes just what happens to anybody who follows the teachings of Christ–and fingering anyone naive enough to publicly advocate Christ-like behavior.

    1. LifelongLib

      I had a Lutheran friend who used to say that Christianity ended when it was adopted as the Roman Empire’s state religion. After that it was Christendom, quite a different thing.

  7. Katniss Everdeen

    RE: In pictures: The collapse of Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka dam BBC. After an old lady in a boat, a young woman holding a cat.

    Young woman / cat.

    That image–a young woman fleeing catastrophic wartime destruction while cradling a cat–was Dustin Hoffman’s key heartstring puller in his “Wag the Dog” production.

    Some emotional manipulations just never get old.

  8. Lexx

    Giving It All Up For The Davos Elite

    ‘Just like from the movie “They Live,” our purpose in life is to breed, to work, to consume, to enrich the billionaire class, and maybe create a few more Davos scions who are seen as sufficiently morally bankrupt as to be worthy of elevation.’

    Yup, that where the second season of ‘A Discovery of Witches’ lost me. The good vampire, Matthew, had decided that “leadership” was too corrupt and dangerous to his witch goodwife’s expanding waistline (carrying their twins) and would create his own scion. Interspecies breeding was a capital offense punishable by death (wife and kiddos mostly) and Matt thought the covenant rules in need of some centuries old updating, so he was dropping his membership and moving on.

    The bubble popped and I couldn’t stop snickering. ‘I don’t mean to talk down to you, Matt, but you know you’re a vampire, right? Do you really think you’re in a position to be morally uppity?! Your confessions of remorse (he’s Catholic) are of small comfort to the many you’ve consumed and killed.’

    1. Jabura Basaidai

      “They Live” such a great underrated movie – have turned a few friends on to it with many thanks –

    2. griffen

      Not to mix the above analogies with another film, but the Matrix films were recently on broadcast TV this past weekend. Still a trip to see the early scenes of Neo, I mean Keanu in his career defining role. Are the Davos Elite quite content with their blue pill experience? I must say, who among the right thinking elites and thought leadership could conceive of the red pill being the experience the majority of the remaining 85% to 90% live with.

      I must return to my TPS reporting and pay close heed to my red Swingline stapler.

  9. The Rev Kev

    “Ukraine ramps up operations as dam destruction blame game unfolds”

    One of those operations is to open up the sluice gates on dams upstream to make the flooding worse downstream. Strange behaviour that if you are complaining that the Russians caused the flooding- (27 secs)

    In the meantime, Zelensky is complaining that the UN and the Red cross are not going into this area but maybe they figure that the Ukrainians would be lunatic enough to shell their teams and then try to pin the blame on the Russians to get a media win. Tough luck if you were in one of those UN/Red Cross teams.

  10. Wukchumni

    Marmot Cong may be in the anecdote, but they’re suffering from a profound lack of cars to do hit & waddle runs on in Mineral King, we can’t get there from here, as the road is wrecked in a bunch of spots.

    More happily, we’re here in Yosemite Valley, where it has put on the best show i ve ever seen.

    If you’re thinking of going to see waterfalls at their utmost, do it soon!

  11. digi_owl

    That Equinox health club image. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns.

    And that report on taxing the rich will be memory holed same as Piketty seems to have been.

  12. Wukchumni

    When I first visited Sydney in 1981, it was nicknamed the Big Smoke, which I thought funny growing up in the real-life version of awful LA smog.

    The Big Smoked Apple is something else altogether, adding to the illure.

    1. Not Again

      It just shows you how out of touch our politicians are. Trump wanted to build a wall on the wrong border. If we had built a 3000 mile border wall with Canada – and built it 30,000 feet high – all that smoke would have been kept in Canada and America would be great again.

      1. jrkrideau

        Naw, we already gave you Ted Cruz & Gavin McInnes among others such as Aimee Semple McPherson :) We thank you.

    2. notabanker

      I was in Singapore for years during the annual burning of Sumatra. The worst I saw it was PSI’s of 400+, although KL would routinely reach the 700’s+. They came close to having to cancel the Grand Prix one year but miraculously got rain a few days before the race. Lot of rumours about town that the govt seeded clouds for it.

    1. aletheia33

      thank you for posting this link.
      someone posted a similar one during the east palestine aftermath, but it also showed state boundaries. if anyone can repost that here, i’d appreciate it.

      –here in southeastern VT right now, looking at the earth.nullschool winds map, there seems to be a bit of a circular area with wind staying put/moving in a circular way. while boston’s wind seems to be blowing the smoke out to sea, here in the (now formerly) “pristine green mountains” i’m guessing it’s more dirty than it’s ever been.
      i can attest/confess to a smugness wipeout on my part at the moment (i moved to VT to get away from toxic urban pollution, which was making me ill–i’m far from the only one here who’s done that; this escape to cleaner air did “work”, for almost three decades, for those with enough resources to manage it–i lost a lot of what i thought “my life” was, but i’ve been able to work from home) –all i can say in my “defense” is that i am able to welcome a smugness wipeout.

      the dawning truth for everyone is there’s nowhere to run to now.
      there never has been, really, in my lifetime or since decades before it–but i’ll just leave that here.
      i just hope my fear level doesn’t ramp up to denial, as it has for so many already.
      it is painful to remain “awake” to reality, especially in isolation.
      thank you, NC. without you i’d be smugger, uninformed, and perhaps very ill.

      . . . we with “environmental illness” back in the 1990s used to call ourselves the canaries in the coal mine. generally too immune-burdened and chronically fatigued to chirp much. now there’s covid, we do not feel so alone. that IS some kind of “consolation”, don’t ask me to try to articulate what kind.

  13. Wukchumni

    My Kevin (since ’07) isn’t feeling the love from his caucus, who it appears want to also torture him on his way out as they did on his way in.

    Regardless of the out come, I’ll stand by him as I have no other possibility.

    1. Not Again

      We could always bring Nancy back.

      BTW – was it Nancy’s husband who shorted that Coinbase stock?

      1. griffen

        No no, such a thing will not happen! It must not be permitted!

        Blue Horsehoe loves Anacott Steel has come a long way.

  14. JohnNYC

    NY City distributed lots of N95 masks, door to door, to small offices, businesses and homes up to late last year.

    The City had a good response IMO, including mobile testing/vaccination/plaxovid vans, they didn’t ask for Medical Insurance, ID or residence proof (undocumented immigrants may not have IDs or proof of residence).

  15. Wukchumni

    Bitwise was some crypto outfit in Fresno that went b/k last week, it was kind of the worst of all worlds-the arrangement…

    Had they never heard of Miami?

  16. The Rev Kev

    “The big idea: Are cats really domesticated?”

    Well they are and they aren’t. Your moggy will be quite content to lay around the place, meow for their food, lay back for some stroking, and then go back to sleep again. But put your moggy outside and then your cat flips a switch and it becomes once more the predator that it is. No adjustments, no settling in, just bam – it is now a hunter. People have put video cameras on their moggies to see what they get up to and are often shocked at what they see. But that is what people wanted when they first took in cats thousands of years ago. Something that would be household friendly but which could rapidly go after mice, rats and other pests effectively. So if a modern moggie suddenly shoots across the floor and nabs a mouse that has made its way into your home, then good on them. It’s their job – and they are good at it.

    1. Wukchumni

      Einstein (the brains of the outfit) is an adorable inside cat, but then he shows up with greasy grimy gopher guts or lacerated lizard while hunting outside, that is before eating his kill.

      1. John9

        My Lena always brings me something to share. If she thinks I’m not hungry, she stores the kill under the bed to ripen up.
        She is classic psycho. Indoors all sweet and lovely, outdoors always ready for the kill.. Specializes in rodents, birds not al all.

    2. jrkrideau

      Almost completely off topic but it is about cats:

      There is some instinctual hunting instinct but having grown up with barn cats, one would often see mom teaching the kittens the fine points of hunting. My in-door/outdoor cat will attack a bird or a mouse but seems to think the squirrels are playmates. Watching him and a young squirrel in my kitchen was interesting. He was just sitting there apparently wondering if the squirrel should be there.

    3. Nikkikat

      Mine are pest control for all things creepy crawler. One of my cats goes after any bug. If there is a fly or moth or cricket in this house he is a dead bug walking. She captures and eats bugs all the time. One time I came thru the laundry room and found her watching a bug crawling up the door. I reached out and smashed
      The bug, looked down at my cat and she hissed at me. She was really ticked off that I spoiled her fun

      1. rowlf

        My sons’ ginger tabbies and I negotiate. They locate/identify the intruder, and I scoop the intruder up and place them outside. Baby snake, bugs, lizards. This works out better than finding unservicable palmetto bugs and palmetto bug parts lying around.

        One cat did get miffed I interrupted his anticipated playing with an anole lizard. We made up.

  17. semper loquitur

    That image of those health conscious types taking in the spring breeze was taken from a particularly ugly building in Manhattan. It has a triangular shelf jutting out from a very high floor. I’m almost certain it’s meant to resemble Avenger’s tower, no doubt to attract people who want to live in Avenger’s tower.

    1. lyman alpha blob

      That is by design. When you really get down to brass tacks, the finance people aren’t playing with their own $$$ and a lot of finance closely resembles running a massive check kiting scheme and hoping for the best.

      Took me a minute today to grok the unusual whales tweet, but it’s just saying someone took a massive short position on Coinbase at a time when the bet was not likely to pay off, yet payoff it did.

  18. Lex

    A note for those who are not deep Ukraine Conflict watchers. The current operations of the Ukrainian offensive in the south are happening well beyond the main Russian fortifications. Mostly they’re not occurring in what would truly be called the first line of defense. So Prigozhin’s statements about “losing” territory are somewhat disingenuous. Except in the far west of the Southern Front, where there is less depth to protect the ZNPP, the Russian army has designed room to fall back and force Ukrainian troops to fight through much more significant defenses than what’s currently holding it up.

    It is still early (and I haven’t read Simplicius’s write up but was following on TG last night and this morning), but there has been nothing that could be called a success much less a significant success for the offensive.

    1. The Rev Kev

      Somebody referred to the area in front of Russian lines as a sort of ‘crumple zone’ – like wih cars – where they will pull back if necessary but then slam the Ukrainians as they go into that zone like you mentioned. As for Prigozhin, somebody needs to give him a nice hot steaming mug of STFU.

      1. tegnost

        Re prigozhin…I saw somewhere recently there are two definitions of fool, the useful one being a foil, the other being a moron. Not sure which game he’s playing…

  19. NickLeigh

    “Ready to indict Trump”

    9 identical cartoon panels of shreiking girl
    “They’re about to indict Trump!”
    Each panel has an ascending year under it from 2016 on.

    Big red arrow at 2023; “YOU ARE HERE”

  20. Jason Boxman

    So I’ve long wondered about this, but I’ve not yet before seen it stated plainly:

    Immunologist and COVID advocate Dr. Anthony Leonardi wrote on these findings, “If Omicron reinfections average six months [based on current global patterns of infection], and Long COVID rates for reinfection remain 10 to 20 percent, the rate of long COVID in the USA per lifetime will be over 99.9 percent. In fact, the average person would have different manifestations of Long COVID at different times many times over. Some things reverse—like anosmia [loss of smell]. Others, like [lung] fibrosis don’t reverse so well.”

    (bold me)

    So, basically, we’re all screwed to the extent this is true. This would be complete disability for an overwhelming number of Americans; That isn’t a functional country at all anymore. If true, this represents endgame. In a decade there won’t be much left here that does work.

    1. Ghost in the Machine

      Yes, I have been thinking this might be the case as soon as I learned about long Covid. Covid may end up being worse than if Covid had a 10+ % fatality rate. Everything would have changed to decrease transmission. Instead we are slowly poisoned, or poisoned in a way where early death comes sometime after the initial infections. So in the meantime, we carelessly poison each other, maximizing the eventual death and disability.
      I am reading the book, Midnight in Chernobyl, right now at the urging of a friend. I was struck by a scene in the book where in the chaos of the immediate aftermath of the core explosion, a couple of crew stumble toward the core to see what happened. They open a large damaged door and find themselves in shock staring down at the naked molten core, fully exposed to the massive radiation. They understand the implication. They are now walking dead. They will die soon, but presently they can walk away. I very much hope Leonardi’s speculation is wrong, but there is a lot of unsettling science that suggests we take it seriously. As a society, have we stared at the core? Are we poisoned on a massive scale with a very unpleasant social fate baked in?

      1. Jason Boxman

        I highly recommend HBO’s Chernobyl mini-series as well, but be warned the radiation sickness death is even more horrifying than in that classic film about making the atomic bomb that I forget now. (Or the end of Indian Jones and the Ark)

        I’ve lately taken to considering SARS-COV-2 to a virus that ultimately consumes people.

        I agree that the death rate is ultimately not high enough for a real, concerted response. It’s easier to just shrug it off as a disease that afflicts the old and the sick, and enough people seem to mostly recover that this at first glance seems true.

        We know from Davos Man that in fact this is a very dangerous pathogen.

    2. AndrewJ

      Interesting timing from a personal perspective. I’ve dealt with fatigue, joint pain and other symptoms for years now – and a couple years back came on a diagnosis that seems to be helping, salicylate intolerance. I’ve run across several helpful other diagnoses in the course of this research, like eosinophilic esophagitus, and ones that I didn’t think applied, like ME/CFS. That is, until this last Saturday, when despite taking frequent enough breaks to not pull any muscles, I moved a half ton of garden soil and then went on a nighttime bike ride – and was rewarded with a *profound* depressive crash that lasted Sunday, Monday and only started clearing up Tuesday.
      For whatever reason I recalled the post-exertional malaise symptom that’s at the core of a ME/CFS diagnosis, though this time as I read about it I noticed that the “exertion” can also include mental and emotional effort, and it’s as if a puzzle peice clicked in to place, explaining quite a bit of what I’ve experienced in the last couple decades. (I’m 39).
      PEM being a feature of PASC does complicate my self-diagnoses. I have yet to test positive for Covid, but surely I’ve been exposed. (Can a blood test pick up an infection from a year or two ago?) The timeline doesn’t add up, PEM accounts for some particularly memorable and long-lasting crashes stretching back to my college years.
      Or perhaps I’m wrong with a ME/CFS diagnosis, but I am experiencing PASC. I can get to 13 points on that study’s metric if I squint.
      What’s funny (“funny”) is how I’ve lived with these symptoms for years. Experiencing PASC would hardly be a change at all, on paper. It’s miserable, and I’m glad I’m self-employed, because I am otherwise unemployable.
      Not sure if I’ve got anything meaningful to add here on the topic, but maybe others in the commentariat will find some commonalities in my experience.

      1. aletheia33

        well, this prompted way too long a response to you, andrewj. please forgive the length! as someone with somewhat similar experience (from your age until now thirty years later), i’ve pretty much given up on questing for a medical diagnosis of my condition. especially since i think it’s unlikely that, if identified, the medical system would be able to “fix” it, nor can i afford the long quest or the seeking of help from those few drs. in the US, for example, who can actually treat ME/CFS with some success.

        my basic conclusion is that there are too many unknowns. it’s easy to identify some of my physical symptoms, but the psyche plays a big role, i think, in things like fatigue and mental faculty. or maybe i should say, the brain and nerves. not to mention the powerful influences of what one eats and how one exercises. but one’s body is such a complex interweaving of little understood interactions. the more the scientists delve into its workings, the more mysterious it all becomes.

        and it all fluctuates as life brings varying situations and challenges of living.

        many people with unidentified chronic illnesses (myself included) have found improvement from alternative approaches, holistic approaches, working with the mystery. many have also found improvement from medical treatments. sometimes improvements happen but then unhappen, and no one can definitively say why. sometimes people “miraculously” “recover”, and no one can definitively say why.

        welcome to the zone of mystery. i suggest not giving up hope for improvement or a cure via medicine. and simultaneously not investing so much in the quest that one’s quality of life seeps away due to the stress of the quest itself. try to live the best life you can within the limits that you discover as you experiment. you are your own best healer. we all have tremendous power to heal ourselves, and our unconscious is a powerful entity that needs to be assisted sometimes to help us. clarify what a “good life” can and cannot be, for you.

        i am glad for you that self-employment is working for you. i have found that to work for me also. in some ways my condition has forced me to find (what i now consider) a better way of life than that of many people i know who work much harder than i can and reap the “benefits” of achievement, recognition, money, being able to raise a family, etc. i have had to let all that go. there are regrets sometimes, but they don’t hang around for long.

        you say it’s miserable. yet you are able to work. so far, except for at the very beginning of the fatigue/etc., i’ve always been able to enjoy my life despite its limitations. i’ve had a lot of help from nonmedical practitioners that has lasted beyond the treatment. i’ve learned how to appreciate the gifts of being alive that i still have. this has involved years of dedicated inner work. i am sure many with worse conditions are at a point where they really are not experiencing life as a gift in any way. and accepting one’s life as it is does not answer the social and political problems. nonetheless, i recommend digging deep not only into medical diagnosis but also one’s psyche and soul, while telling anyone who suggests “it’s all psychological” to go f*ck themselves.

        it is a very hard path to have to walk, but it can bring insights that can be acquired in no other way.

      2. Lee

        Previous Covid-19 infection can be detected by a blood test. I tried to post the relevant LabCorp link but it didn’t work. I’m sure you can find it.

        I’ve had ME/CFS since 2006 and have been a patient at the Stanford CFS clinic for some years with positive results. I learned the hard way that one pays dearly for overdoing it on good days. One learns through trial and error to live within one’s limitations. Hang in there!

        1. kareninca

          I thought that if your antibody test came back positive, you knew you’d had covid, but if it came back negative, it might be that you had caught covid at one point but your antibodies had faded afterwards and so the test couldn’t detect them anymore. And that that wasn’t rare. So a negative result on one of those LabCorp tests is no use in proving you’ve never had covid. I’d be happy to be corrected.

    3. Raymond Sim

      In the interest of avoiding similar confusion happening here at NC, I’d like to note that Leonardi’s 99.9% includes renewed, novel, and/or worsening symptoms. So any given individual could contribute to that 99.9% more than once. Still a nightmare scenario.

      In trying to reconcile the various studies of incidence of Long Covid I’ve come to regard it as almost inevitable that within one or two decades the number of severely disabled people will rise to something like 10% of the population. Though the rate of death among that group may rise very rapidly, reducing their percentage of the population. Meanwhile most of the remainder of the population will be sufficiently disabled that they are hard-pressed to cope with daily life. I hope I’m very very wrong, but I think we’re looking at social effects as great or greater than any plague in history. I recall IM Doc recounting that one of his mentors described a novel coronavirus as the worst-case pandemic scenario, and I fear that gentleman had it just about exactly right.


        I am thinking that having Covid mutate into a closer airborne analogue of AIDS. It would probably not have the 100% fatality rate of AIDS, but even at 10%, it would be horrific.

        Even if we avoid that, and it is all about rolling the dice, I don’t think that the elites will escape from political and social blowback. The reason being is that Covid is still infecting, crippling, and killing large numbers of people often in waves that are worse than any influenza epidemic of the past half century. At some point, the bodies in the ground and the incapacitated floating above will be unavoidable, and if they keep saying that it is nothing, something is going to happen.

  21. The Rev Kev

    “The West isn’t ready to give Ukraine the security pledges it wants”

    In five weeks time there will be a key NATO summit in Vilnius in Lithuania. Better get your popcorn ready. Zelensky has come out and said that unless the Ukraine gets a guaranteed pathway into NATO, that he is not going to turn up. This is not the threat that he thinks it is. And now former NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen has come out and said that unless the Ukraine get security guarantees, then it might be possible that a few countries will put together a coalition of the willing redux and march into the Ukraine and that Poland may lead it.

    The stumbling block is that though some want to give the Ukraine full security guarantees, only full members of NATO get that. But to make the Ukraine a full NATO member right now means that the NATO countries would be at war with Russia. After seeing western military gear get trashed in the Ukraine and knowing that they only have enough ammo in their armouries for a coupla days fighting, they will not go there. So Vilnius might be a showdown between the neocons who want to ramp up the war to new heights and most countries who have to acknowledge that Project Ukraine is over and there will be no massive payday, but only a helluva bill to pay.

    1. ChrisFromGA

      India also announced that Zelensky is not welcome as a wedding-crasher at their hosting of the G20 summit later in the summer:

      “G20 participation is for members of G20,” Mr Jaishankar told reporters on Thursday. “And for countries and organisations who we have invited and that list we had declared as soon as we assumed presidency of the G20.”

      Big-Z’s “sell by” date appears nigh. Perhaps we can revive the “head of lettuce” meme that Sydney Vicious (Liz Truss) inspired in the UK?

    2. Revenant

      I am glad somebody else spotted this trial balloon. This is the most dangerous thing I have read all year.

      You have to imagine their creativity with the Bernays sauce, though:
      – How can we sell NATO commitment of troops to Ukraine?
      – As the righteous dashing pluck of Brave Little Belgium in defiance of The Man, that pusillanimous pedant Uncle Sam!

      One should remember how Victorian Britain sold intervention in Crimea against the Ottomans, by inventing the concept of “atrocities” and pamphleting the public into outrage. There was a good link here on this some time past. A century before Slick Willy and Slick Tony’s Responsibility to Protect.

    3. Kouros

      People should read the Washington Treaty first. Nobody gets full security:

      Article 5
      The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

      Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .

      Article 6 1
      For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack:

      on the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America, on the Algerian Departments of France 2, on the territory of Turkey or on the Islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer;
      on the forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the Parties, when in or over these territories or any other area in Europe in which occupation forces of any of the Parties were stationed on the date when the Treaty entered into force or the Mediterranean Sea or the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer.

  22. cnchal

    > How a Chatbot Went Rogue WSJ. “‘We can’t yet trust AI to offer sound mental-health advice,’

    Yet? How about never?

    In the last couple of AI hype weeks Chat GTP has been described as our worst nightmare in one corner and a harmless auto complete in another.

    As for the notions of ‘guardrails’ so AI won’t return anwers to questions like ‘how to blow up an office building or poison the water supply’, guardrails are supposed to contain the damage after a collision and do nothing to prevent it. Instead of guardrails we have a fishing net thrown over the mouth of Chat and all sorts of unexpected results will get through no matter how fine the net.

    The physical structure of an AI chip, with an input layer, an output layer and a black box in between, where the AI ‘thinking’ takes place and ‘why’ a crazy answer spews forth is unknowable.

    Human AI (actual intelligence) is too credulous at this digital garbage being fed to us. It is not fit for purpose.

    1. hunkerdown

      Of course a chat AI is credulous. It’s a brain in a jar. It’s read a lot of books three or five or more times over, but it has no means by which to test any of it (and would you really want it to practice cooking napalm just like grandma used to make).

      Why shouldn’t people be allowed to use AI to reshape society in their own image? The self-perpetuating ruling class will not refrain from locking their shitty 24/7 emotive LARP in place forever. There is no reason anyone at all should be restrained from destroying every philosophical and social underpinning of their existence.

      1. digi_owl

        If only. LLMs do not read, it counts the letters/words (tokens) a text is made up of and use that to generate statistics. Responses to queries are then generated using those statistics.

        Sometimes that will be a verbatim repeat of the input text because nothing else come close to fitting the query, other times it will barf out something that looks the part but is complete bullshit.

        1. hunkerdown

          They don’t read for comprehension, that much I will agree. But, from time to time, neither do some of the best of us. :)

          Let’s leave the omniscient robots alone for a minute and see what China is doing with AI. Oh, they’re using Stable Diffusion to turn QR codes into scannable anime art. A little bit more engineering than snapping together some pre-made text predictor and throwing text at it, that.

    2. aletheia33

      speaking of “human intelligence” (perhaps off-topic, please forgive the interruption)–

      essay question:
      would you consider the manhattan project a good example of human intelligence at work?
      if yes, why? if not, why not?

      other option, for if the first one does not appeal:
      for how long do “guardrails” “work” before humanity as a whole is at unacceptable risk of self-annihilation?
      how do we assess that time span?
      do we have adequate “intelligence” to assess the level of that risk that exists today?

  23. hunkerdown

    re: Luther, Gothard’s “Blanket therapy” sounds exactly like what we need to adults who virtue-signal.

  24. LadyXoc

    Re: Simplicius’ excellent post, there is an embedded comment from a Taiwanese who had gone to fight in Ukraine who called himself (不識廬山) “I don’t know Lushan.” It turns out that this phrase is a four word idiom meaning “can’t see the forest for the trees.”
    不识庐山真面目 (不識廬山真面目)

    bù shì Lú shān zhēn miàn mù
    lit. not to know the true face of Lushan Mountain
    fig. can’t see the forest for the trees

  25. Carolinian

    Re Vision Pro–it sounds very gee whiz but so what? Can a mechanical, imitation version of the world ever match an artist’s vision which adds a human imagination and ability to abstract to the process? Lately I’ve taken to using downloaded paintings–great masters or whatever–as my laptop wallpaper rather then the conventional hi def photographs. This is so much more appealing because great art does add that thinking element and the creativity of the unique individual. Ideas are much more powerful than pixels.

    In the movie world, that I know a fair amount abou,t there would periodically be spurts of 3D enthusiasm as people like Cameron try to make technology their selling point. But, in part because of the technical complications, these never last. The Greeks supposedly thought of spectacle as the lowest form of entertainment and their tragedies as the highest. Alternately the movie director Stanley Donen has said that the camera is just a pen, something to write with. And that’s right. It’s what your mind does with that pen that matters. For that you don’t need distracting gee whiz. Undoubtedly there are many practical and functional uses for VR but this sounds like the visual equivalent of the current AI.

    1. semper loquitur

      I think it was here that I saw an ad for it. A woman sits in her living room and puts one on in order to answer some emails or something. All hands free! She then chats warmly with her friend who sits across from her while she is wearing the goggles. All totally unnecessary tech inserted into every crack and crevice they can find. I’m sure these things have a use somewhere, like remotely operating equipment or something like that, but there is nothing there at all that I need in my life.

  26. semper loquitur

    Vonnegut Event:

    I just got a credit card offer from my student loan “provider” Navient. You cannot make this $hit up. The “institution” responsible for “helping” me to earn an education is offering doubtlessly usurious credit cards to the people it’s impoverishing.

    1. digi_owl

      I can’t shake the idea that the introduction of the credit card is when the the post-war economic structure derailed. Because it basically detaches consumption from income. End result is that corporations can effectively crash the income side of the economy without seeing the consumption side nosediving.

      1. semper loquitur

        That sounds like a pretty solid argument to me. I used to have a bar buddy from South Africa and one night we were discussing American politics. As with so many of my foreign born friends, she was utterly confused about some absurdity in the news here. How could this be?

        I explained that we eat our own.

  27. ChrisFromGA

    So I got a push notification from a certain deplorable site that Fox news is demanding that Tucker Carlson shut down his Twitter show.

    I would be really curious to see on what legal basis they can justify this. Assuming it’s his non-compete clause contract, doesn’t “competition” in the marketplace require compensation, as evidence of a commercial nature?

    As long as Carlson is merely voicing his opinions and not getting any monetary compensation for his Twitter musings, how is he “competing” with Fox?

    Legal experts, please weigh in!


      I read that Tuckers lawyers have put a counter suit on fox. They do not believe the reason fox gave for firing him is legitimate.
      I don’t think so either. I believe that he was fired because of the content of his show. Particularly with regard for the military and spooks being absolutely thrilled he was fired. I think they came to Murdock and told him in no uncertain terms that he had to go.
      Too much truth telling with regard to Ukraine. Murdock is an old line Republican like McConnell. Warmongering is part of their act.

  28. Jason Boxman

    Anecdote overheard at lake today, walking past a group of 5 or 6 senior citizens. One mentioned someone they know had a stroke, another remarks that the person had just gotten over COVID, could they be related?

    I said yes to no one in particular as I walked past.

    This is gonna be a long decade.

  29. Bart

    Another one of Kamala’s Kids..

    The Honduran heroin selling “youth” that she refused as D.A. to hand over to ICE, since San Francisco was and still is a ‘sanctuary city’ for illegals. They were arrested, sent to a summer camp and walked away.

    Now he’s one of the adults, still not documented, and was just convicted of manslaughter for selling fentanyl.

    “Celin Doblado-Canaca, 40, described by U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutors as a homeless immigrant living on the streets of San Francisco, sold the drugs to one of his previous customers in May 2020, court documents state””The prosecutors said Doblado-Canaca grew up in poverty in Honduras and dropped out of school after the fourth grade to help his family before entering the United States.”

    1. mrsyk

      As much as I dislike KH, I like a comment using her negative appeal to promote a negative view on “sanctuary cities” or progressive social values by extension even less.

  30. flora

    Thanks for the Taibbi link.

    The NYT’s and other MSM outlets that do the “it’s complicated” reporting (if you call it reporting) stands in contrast to so many of those same media going all in on declaring Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters an anti-s because of his 40 year music/stage production The Wall where the obvious bad guys wear a crossed-hammers insignia. Maybe the MSM really believe we have no memory and are blank slates imprinted day-to-day with whatever stuff they put out. Or maybe the MSM itself has no memory. / ;)

    “The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984 /

    1. semper loquitur

      The literal interpretations of the use of symbols like that are too irresistible a target for the weaponized moralizing of the PMC. Time to crack down on artistic expression! It’s easy to just plaster an image of the hammers up and the pearl clutching begins. Like that article posted here a few months back in which a (IIRC black) custodian at a small college got in trouble for reading a book critical of the KKK because the title of the book contained “KKK” and it offended a student.

      Oddly, the images of real Nazi emblems on Ukrainian soldiers elicits a very different response, or none at all.

  31. flora

    RFK jr goes to the US-Mexican border at 2am to see what is happening there. People coming across from 117 nations, not just from Latin and South America.

    “At 2 am this morning, I visited the border outside of Yuma, Arizona where thousands of migrants are crossing the border each week. You have to see it with your own eyes. ”

    1. Via Deception

      If he had planned a little better, he could have brought Rabbi Shmuley with him. The good rabbi and “his people” enjoy violently exiling indigenous populations and then erecting walls to keep the bastards out.

      Oh…they love to kiss walls too. Amazing this hasn’t been made the butt of many jokes here in Hollywood America, where everything under the sun is fair game for comedians. If Israel and Zionism didn’t have the power they do in this country (and the world), their wall-kissing would be comedy gold. Gold Jerry!

      1. Raymond Sim

        Is this what an AI antisemite looks like?

        If so, it’s actually a pretty good impersonation of some people I grew up around. We are talking about truly stupid people though.

        Hey Via Deception, call us when you can drive a car.

    1. Carolinian

      I don’t tweet but ZH put up a transcript and the Obama comments are going to get some major commentary I think.

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