Facts never got in the way of a good Viking legend Christian Science Monitor (Chuck L)
Something Strange Happens to Wolves Infected by Infamous Mind-Altering Parasite ScienceAlert (furzy)
Darwin Award in Thailand :-( Tragic British base jumper’s last post before 33-year-old plunged to his death from top of Thai tower block after his parachute failed to open Daily Mail
Master Question List for COVID-19 (caused by SARS-CoV-2) DHS. ma: “Updated every six months? Seems we have been looking in the wrong place–forget CDC–DHS is much better info?!”
The left has largely ignored the biggest labor issue of our time. If you don't understand what Covid is doing to the working class, blame the large alleged leftist accounts, who ignore it due to a combination of ignorance & grift . If you're getting paid to inform people, do it
— Pat Just Pat 🍉 (@PatTheSocialist) January 29, 2024
Fact—“The largest cause of deaths among police officers in 2021” was…. #COVID19…. 301 COVID-related fatalities, more than all other causes of deaths in police officers combined! https://t.co/I4R7MSSqYl
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 30, 2024
A dry Panama Canal slows down the Globalization International Affairs (Micael T)
China’s economic ‘recovery is still shaky’ as Beijing looks to get it back on solid footing in 2024 South China Morning Post
China equity funds draw largest weekly inflows since 2015 -BofA Reuters (Micael T)
The Hindu right’s pro-cow policies are terrible for India’s cows Economist (furzy)
Poland and the Demon in Democracy N.S. Lyons (ma). Important.
Eurozone economy flatlines in fourth quarter Financial Times
Tractors block major roads in Europe as farmers begin ‘siege of Paris’ BBC. You can see why the officialdom wants kill switches in new vehicles.
“I think this railway is no longer repairable.” Nachdenkseiten (Micael T)
US rethinks gas exports: there be no American LNG for Europe International Affairs (Micael T)
More counterfeit money registered than last year Bundesbank (Micael T). Production not down on all fronts!
Enemy drone that killed US troops in Jordan was mistaken for a US drone, preliminary report suggests Associated Press (Kevin W). Note many many YouTuber reports that no way, no how did a single drone do this level of damage (however, I have not heard discussion of the possibility that it could have hit a force multiplier like an ammo dump or fuel storage)
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Message of Yemenis to Europeans Defend Democracy
Another sort of message. Good voices!
🇾🇪New song about Yemen's Red Sea operations just dropped. The first production of its kind to be sponsored directly by the Yemeni Navy.
Performed in the Tihami Arabic dialect native to Yemen's West Coast. pic.twitter.com/T1J9sl8dWL
— روني الدنماركي (@Aldanmarki) January 28, 2024
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Israeli Ministers Attend ‘Resettle Gaza’ Conference Antiwar.com (Kevin W)
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Israel accuses 190 UN staff of being ‘hardened’ militants Reuters (furzy)
Exclusive: bank locks customer’s account after donation to UNRWA Skwawkbox (guurst)
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Has International Law Survived, or Has the Western Political Class Killed It? Craig Murray. He makes a point I did, but neither of us did clearly enough. The ICJ did not rely solely on South Africa’s brief but did additional research of its own (or perhaps used info from third party briefs after vetting). For instance, it cited UN reports filed after the date of the oral argument, and provided quotes from Israel officials showing genocidal intent which were not the same as the ones South Africa provided.
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Incredibly eloquent and courageous family member of a hostage. I can’t imagine this airing on US television. pic.twitter.com/O1eYykLo74
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) January 26, 2024
New Not-So-Cold War
SnowStorm | Rats Always Run Away First. Russian Breakthrough Intensifies Military Summary. First report is that military chief Zaluzhny has been removed and Dima says this is confirmed by multiple sources
Australia must consider bringing back conscription as ‘all-out war’ with Russia looms, expert says 9 News. Kevin W: “These people need to seriously fuck off. It’s 7,000 klms from Russia to Australia. The air fares for their troops alone would bankrupt even Russia.”
Iranian Operative Hired Hells Angels for Assassination in US: DOJ Business Insider (furzy)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
TikTok Pledged to Protect U.S. Data. $1.5 Billion Later, It’s Still Struggling. Wall Street Journal
Imperial Collapse Watch
On the Impending War with Iran Larry Johnson. Important. Please circulate.
Why Defense Contractors Are Saying No to Their Biggest Customer: The Pentagon Wall Streeet Journal
Historians File Brief In Support Of Removing Trump From Ballot HuffPost (furzy) Here is the filing: Did the Colorado Supreme Court err in ordering President Trump excluded from the 2024 presidential primary ballot?
Illinois election officials to weigh recommendation to remove Trump’s name from March primary ballot Associated Press (furzy)
Foreign Policy Is a Serious Liability for Biden Daniel Larison. Recall in US politics the President really has to screw up for foreign policy to make much difference.
GOP Clown Car
McConnell bedeviled as Trump, GOP move goalposts on border The Hill. I love how these accounts have it backwards. They presume that there is public support for a big funding package for Ukraine, and that support has not fallen since November. In fact, the deteriorating Ukraine position (in real world, in messaging, and in voter interest) means Trump and the Rs recognize they can and should demand a LOT more on the border if they are to fund the Ukraine garbage barge.
AI spam is already starting to ruin the internet Business Insider (Kevin W)
Falling Apart Boeing Airplanes
Alaska Airlines Plane Appears to Have Left Boeing Factory Without Critical Bolts Wall Street Journal
Elon Musk’s Neuralink implants brain tech in human patient for the first time CNBC (Kevin W). This “innovation” has the potential to completely wreck the regulatory approval process for medical devices, which is much more permissive than that for drugs. Recall that a single high profile disaster led to a significant increase in the purview and power of the FDA. Eben Byers completely ruining his health (vivid horrible details like holes in his jawbone before he died) from the use of a doctor-sold potion, Radithor, a radium drink. Radium drinks were widely sold but they contained isotopes with half-lives of a few days, so by the time they got to patients, they were harmless. Sadly new gen radium drinks started competing on potency, as in greater longevity of the radiation. His horrible case wound up being highly publicized, including his being asked to testify before Congress (he was too ill to attend so an investigator reported instead).
GPS Interference Now a Major Flight Safety Concern For Airline Industry The Register IMHO GPS way overused for spyware purposes, so these behaviors strike me as a byproduct of that.
Reducing Administrative Bloat In Higher Education Dr. Mark H. Shapiro, YouTube
IBM to Managers: Move Near an Office or Leave Company Bloomberg (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour (via):
This is Maxim the cat. He was born in 1937 into the Vologdin family in Leningrad. He lived through and survived the blockade with the family.
The Vologdins locked him in a room and did not let him out into the street in order to protect him from being eaten by hungry… pic.twitter.com/uqf3977CkV
— Mats Nilsson (@mazzenilsson) January 27, 2024
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.