Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Links 6/3/2023

The Strange Death of the Liberal Individual

Yanis Varoufakis argues that techno-capitalism has fragmented the individual by coopting attention, undermining liberty.

NYC Sheriff Miranda Hawked ‘Gimmick’ COVID Protection Just Before Mayor Adams Hired Him

Anthony Miranda touted the ‘virus buster’ with a convicted racketeer and a Queens business leader embroiled in an Elon Musk-imposter spectacle

A Musical Interlude of Many Instruments

Now for somthing completely different…on the musical front.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/2/2023

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Why Washington Underwrites Violence in Ukraine

The ranks of Ukraine and US hegemony believers are starting to thin. But not soon enough.

Links 6/2/2023

EU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Procurement Scandal Continues to Grow Despite Deafening Media Silence

“Under Commission President von der Leyen, the tendency of EU institutions (and officials) to evade their due accountability by collectively hiding behind a democracy-defying bulwark of opacity has reached alarming proportions.”

“Lessons for a Pandemic”

Lessons learned, and not, from a pandemic that isn’t over.

The Grid Needs A $20 Trillion Upgrade To Support Energy Transition

Inadequate grid capacity all over the globe raises doubts about the viability of green energy plans, at least at scale.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/1/2023

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Amid Global Debate, UN Plastics Treaty at Risk of Falling Short

The war on plastics has put recycling in its crosshairs.

Links 6/1/2023

The Loss of Executive Function in the West

On the decay of executive function, or why just about no one seems able to manage his way out of a paper bag.

The Assisted Dying Debate Is Really About How We Treat the Living

A recent push to legalize assisted dying in France obscures more fundamental problems that plague end-of-life care.