Links 5/3/2022 | naked capitalism

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Lambert and I, and many readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational environment ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of war — both real fog and stage fog — in comments. None of us need more cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers will be summarily whacked.

And for those who are new here, this is not a mere polite request. We have written site Policies and those who comment have accepted those terms. To prevent having to resort to the nuclear option of shutting comments down entirely until more sanity prevails, as we did during the 2015 Greek bailout negotiations and shortly after the 2020 election, we are going to be ruthless about moderating and blacklisting offenders.

–Yves

P.S. Also, before further stressing our already stressed moderators, read our site policies:

Please do not write us to ask why a comment has not appeared. We do not have the bandwidth to investigate and reply. Using the comments section to complain about moderation decisions/tripwires earns that commenter troll points. Please don’t do it. Those comments will also be removed if we encounter them.

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Title: Strange Mars rock type points to extremely violent volcanic eruptions Space.com (Kevin W)

Can pee help feed the world? France24 (resilc)

Record-breaking camera keeps everything between 3 cm and 1.7 km in focus New Atlas (David L)

A Portable Wind Turbine “About the Size of a 1-Liter Water Bottle” Core77 (David L)

Darwin Was Wrong: Your Facial Expressions Do Not Reveal Your Emotions Scientific American (David L)

How to Stop Speeding Drivers? Scare Them. New York Times (resilc)

The Vandal LA Review of Books (Anthony L)

The musical note that can trigger cold sweats and sightings of the dead The Spectator (Anthony L)

#COVID-19

‘We’ve not seen the WORST of Covid’ warns Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates Daily Mail (resilc)

Science/Medicine

Antigenic evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in immunocompromised hosts MedRxIv (guurst). Preprint.

Two new Omicron variants detected in the U.S. could spark another COVID wave. Research shows these people will fare best Fortune (David L)

Asia

Shanghai lockdown: The hard life of a homeless deliveryman BBC (resilc)

Coronavirus: Shanghai reports 58 new cases in unguarded, low-risk zones in setback for city’s ‘societal zero-Covid’ push South China Morning Post

Beijing to conduct three more rounds of testing in three days to stamp out latest flare-up Global Times

Coronavirus in China: six in firing line after elderly Shanghai patient mistaken for dead triggers new wave of lockdown horror South China Morning Post (resilc)

Climate>/Environment

Climate change means 1 in 25 homes could become uninsurable by 2030, report warns ABC Australia (Kevin W)

Horn of Africa ravaged by worst drought in four decades Financial Times

Climate Emergency: Extreme Heat devastates Male Honeybees and threatens Fertilization of Crops Juan Cole (resilc)

Renewable electricity powered California just shy of 100% for the first time in history USA Today (Kevin W)

Glass dismissed: wine goes green with paper bottle drive Guardian (furzy)

Strong Winds Keep Fueling New Mexico Wildfire New York Times (David L)

China?

Chinese state media report on ‘Ma’ detention sparks Alibaba sell-off Financial Times

Good US-China Strategic Competition Project Syndicate (David L)

India

On Eid, Mamata Banerjee slams BJP, says ‘policy of divide and rule not good’ Hindustan Times (J-LS)

PM Narendra Modi needs to do plain speaking in Europe FirstPost (J-LS)

Old Blighty

How London became the dirty money capital of the world | FT Film YouTube (resilc)

Would a Sinn Féin victory open the door to a united Ireland? Financial Times (furzy)

New Not-So-Cold War

Our Interview with Jacques Baud The Postil (guurst). Today’s must read.

America’s ideological blinkers and the Ukraine war Gilbert Doctorow. Important. His next most recent is interesting, if more parochial: FX and grocery shopping in St. Petersburg: “The Eagle Has Landed”: A voyage to St Petersburg via the far side of the moon.

Special Military Operation (Live) YouTube (Chuck L). This is overwhelmingly Andrei Martyanov, who Asia Times calls “arguably the foremost military analyst in the Russian sphere” and has several books to back that claim. Andrei is blunt and dramatic, which makes one wonder if he is being hyperbolic, although he often provides detail to back up his assessments. You can listen to it at 1.25x speed. This is long with a lot of military and equipment geekery. One section worth considering starts at 31:00 where Gonzalo Lira sets forth a recap of the Russian prosecution of the war, based significantly on Scott Ritter’s take. Andrei disagrees pretty forcefully with that and conventional wisdom on the opening phase and Russia’s aims as of then.

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Germany and France Must Drive Effort for Credible Deterrent Against Russia Der Spiegel (resilc)

Britain’s Napoleonic Posturing will be Exposed by Battlefield Reality CounterPunch (resilc)

Can Western Tanks, Artillery, And Missiles Save Ukraine? Don’t Count On It. 1945 (guurst). From last week, still germane.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Mediaset, Italian television network, Moscow, May 1, 2022 (it is a Hot one!) The Saker (Kevin W). Very pointed for Lavrov.

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Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odesa hit by Russian rocket strike – as it happened Guardian (furzy)

Boris Johnson to hail Ukraine’s ‘finest hour’ in address to Kyiv parliament Guardian (Kevin W)

Germany warns EU to expect economic cost from Russian oil embargo Financial Times. Lead story. Gee, ya think?

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The Press Fumbles Again on Ukraine American Conservative. Resilc: “Judith Miller with real nukes.”

Ukraine war boosts Belarusian opposition against Alexander Lukashenko Washington Post (furzy)

Syraqistan

Eight months on, Taliban’s rule is far from stable Asia Times (Kevin W)

Leaked video shows US choppers airlifting ISIS fighters in Iraq: Report The Cradle

Imperial Collapse Watch

Why America is losing the ‘war by other means’ despite Big Tech, Hollywood and soft power Firstpost (J-LS)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Mental health and prayer apps have ‘worst’ privacy – survey RT (Kevin W)

1/6

Ex-NYPD Officer Thomas Webster Convicted of Assault in Jan. 6 Case New York Times (furzy)

Trump

Will Trump Face a Legal Reckoning in Georgia? New York Times (furzy)

GOP Clown Car

In Republican Primaries, China is the Enemy Washington Monthly

Supremes. A court observer is tearing his hair over how this story is being reported. The huge scandal is that the draft opinion has been leaked. This is unprecedented and monstrously damaging to trust and proper deliberation (yes, per below, there have been past leaks, but not of actual documents). However, the existence of this document does not mean a decision has been made. This could be and even likely, Alito lobbying his fellow justices. But Team Dem has much to gain by presenting it this way.

Draft ruling shows Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade: report The Hill

Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade published by Politico Politico (David L)

Court has voted to overturn Roe, according to draft opinion published by Politico ScotusBlog. Note third para, consistent with our contact’s reaction:

Initial votes on the outcome of a case can change — and the wording of opinions frequently does — as the justices deliberate and circulate draft opinions. The court is expected to release its decision in Dobbs in the next two months.

Protesters Rush to Supreme Court After Abortion Ruling Report Bloomberg. Lead story as of this hour.

Newsom, lawmakers want California Constitution to explicitly protect abortion rights Los Angeles Times (furzy)

St. Olaf ousts faculty director of institute dedicated to bringing controversial speakers to campus — because speakers caused controversy The Fire (Mark A)

Citi’s London Trading Desk Behind Rare European ‘Flash Crash’ Bloomberg (David L)

Biden Administration Begins $3 Billion Plan for Electric Car Batteries New York Times

No One is Telling You the Truth About the Car Shortage, So I Have to YouTube. Resilc: “40% of cars metal comes from Russian companies………”

Class Warfare

The Chilling Fate of the Nurse Who Accidentally Killed a Patient Slate (resilc)

The Means-Test Con The Lever (furzy)

The Pandemic Mental Health Crisis Causing Teachers to Quit New Republic (resilc)

Antidote du jour (Wayne W)

And a bonus (furzy):

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour and Links here.

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