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Links 5/20/2023 | naked capitalism


Does Your Dog Truly Love You? Science Has the Answer Newsweek

Cops: Woman Defecated On Church Altar Smoking Gun (resilc)

Americans’ Views of Childhood Vaccines Remain Largely Positive Pew Research Center. This is not consistent with what IM Doc is being told by his patients, who disproportionately include top PMC and billionaire Dem patients. Two of many examples. Keep in mind is county is in the top ten in Covid vaccination rates in the US:

As an aside, I have now had 3 different parents in the office this week – 2 dads and one mom. They are suspending ALL vaccines from their kids. Measles, polio, whatever. One summed it up best for the group – “That lying prick Fauci – is no better than Monsanto” – I am not trusting my kids’ lives with these assholes no matter what.” I quickly learned there will be no amount of talking or cajoling I will be able to do to change minds.

Consequences. Get ready for more epidemics. They are sure to follow.

FYI – none of the three are MAGA – all “My body is perfection” Bernie Bros – man-bun wearing – avocado toast eating liberals. The media really has this all wrong.

And..

I have been informed today by 2 different patients that their grandkids will no longer have any vaccines. Here in blue America. I was in this Zoom meeting today where this issue was discussed at length. I am certainly not alone. Multiple people from all over the country are speaking up now about the incipient movement to stop vaccinating themselves and their kids. This knows no political borders – it involves every creed, race and group. In short – as I have been saying all along – the entire medical profession has shot its wad. Decades and generations of credibility tossed out the window.

After decades of neglecting women athletes, sport and exercise medicine is finally catching up STAT (Paul R)

Mosquitoes are most attracted to a chemical compound present in butter, cheeses and yogurts. Their deterrents can be a chemical found in plants, including cannabis. Business Insider. Easier to get a bug zapper.

We’re All Bored of Culture Tablet (Anthony L)

#COVID-19

FDA Says Telling People Not to Take Ivermectin for COVID-19 Was Just a Recommendation NTD

Climate/Environment

Birds Are Shrinking as the Climate Warms — and Small Birds Are Shrinking Faster Yale E360 (resilc) 🙁

Satellites reveal widespread decline in global lake water storage Science (Paul R)

The Noah’s Ark for plants beneath the English countryside Agence France-Presse (furzy)

Who Said Recycling Was Green? It Makes Microplastics By the Ton Inside Climate News (resilc)

Crowd-Funded Startup Is Making a Coffee Cup That Can Be Eaten Bloomberg

Vast majority of global methane emissions go unregulated, says new study New Lede

Here’s Why Toyota Isn’t Rushing to Sell You an Electric Vehicle Jalopnik

A Chicken and Egg Problem: How Germany’s Hydrogen Boom Stalled Der Spiegel (resilc)

Heat insurance offers climate change lifeline to poor workers Reuters. Resilc: “Also needed for all the electrionixxx in your new carzzzz. Glued together connectorzzz melt and fail too.”

China?

Financial Times

The US Is Receptive To Kissinger’s Suggestion To Revive Talks With China On A New Détente Andrew Korybko

Austerity & a New Cold War With China Consortium News. Versus following story…

China’s loans pushing world’s poorest countries to brink of collapse Associated Press. Kevin W: “Thank god we have the IMF as an alternative!”

Myanmar PDFs getting the guns to turn the war Asia Times (Kevin W)

Old Blighty

Brexit blame game erupts again: how leaving EU came back to bite Tories Guardian

Rishi Sunak: Britain has moved on from judging people for being rich Guardian (Kevin W)

New Not-So-Cold War

National security experts: War in Ukraine is an ‘unmitigated disaster’ Responsible Statecraft (resilc)

Ukraine war: US to support providing F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine BBC (Kevin W). Note that the US is allowing others to send their F-16s. Also note per Scott Ritter, you can’t retrain pilots have been flying Soviet aircraft to use Western planes, at least if you want the pilot and plane to survive. The pilot’s reflexes are too deeply internalized to rewire. You have to start with new pilots. Plus this seems to be yet more virtue signaling. A bit heavy on Judge Napolitano today but he’s on a roll. From former intelligence officer Tony Schaeffer (at 16:30, who also says later it costs $10 million to train an F-16 pilot):

Giving F-16s to Ukraine is like giving an Audi 2002 TT to the team racing at the Indy 500. There are cars 20 years better and faster. I love the F-16, it’s like a little sports car. But it’s not adequate to have any net success in Ukraine.

G7 agree to ‘starve the Russian war machine’ BBC

Oddly can’t embed this tweet (hat tip guurst):

Ukraine could join ranks of ‘frozen’ conflicts, U.S. officials say Politico (Kevin W)

Pentagon Says Accounting Mistake Frees Up $3 Billion More for Ukraine New York Times (resilc)

LIVE from Ukraine/Russia border – Patrick Lancaster Indy journalist Judge Napolitano, YouTube

Who is delusional? Gilbert Doctorow

Anatomy of a psy-op. Jacob Dreizin. Debunking various Khmelnitsky ammo dump explosion radiation spike rumors. If there was depleted uranium, that is very bad stuff, but it’s the alpha radiation, which does not penetrate skin, but if you inhale or ingest DU particles, it will mess with your organs. So this stuff is hazardous, but the reports on various claimed measurements are bogus. They don’t prove that there was DU in the dump that was vaporized, but that does remain a reasonable surmise.

Syraqistan

Understanding the Iranian Narrative Propaganda in Focus (Micael T)

It’s a bad idea for Biden to broker Saudi-Israeli normalization Responsible Statecraft (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

American Psychosis – Chris Hedges on the US empire of narcissism and psychopathy YouTube (resilc)

Indian diplomacy in overstretch Indian Punchline. Mainly about the implications of Biden being a no-show at the Sydney Quad meeting.

Sanctions Impede Diplomacy (Again) Daniel Larison

Democrats en déshabillé

People Close to Dianne Feinstein Are Joking That She’ll Resign When She’s Dead New Republic (resilc)

Immigration

Desperate Families and Gun-Toting Vigilantes Converge in Arizona After Title 42 Ends Intercept (resilc)

Our No Longer Free Press

Report on the Censorship-Industrial Complex: The McCarthyism Reboot Matt Taibbi

Masters of Mediocrity American Conservative. On the New Yorker. Ouch.

Stuffing the Straw Man in Florida Erick-Woods Erickson (furzy)

Gunz

Michigan boy who used slingshot to save sister says he ‘was just lucky’ Associated Press (resilc)

Woke Watch

A Millennial Puzzle: More Diverse but More Segregated Wall Street Journal

AI

AI is great at one thing: Driving next waves of layoffs The Register

Professor Flunks All His Students After ChatGPT Falsely Claims It Wrote Their Papers Rolling Stone (furzy)

Debt Ceiling

White House optimistic about path forward despite ‘serious differences’ on budget talks The Hill

As of middle of the night:

Most say pair debt limit increase with deficit cuts, but few following debate closely: AP-NORC poll Associated Press (resilc)

Why is trickle-down economics still with us? Guardian (furzy)

Americans’ Views of Federal Income Taxes Worsen Gallup. Resilc: “A stupid poll, for stupid people, of a stupid country….USA USA.”

The Bezzle

Australian Stock Exchange Says Software Overhaul Will No Longer Involve Blockchain Reuters

A forensic-accounting expert on how to treat the fraud epidemic Economist (Dr. Kevin)

Elizabeth Holmes: Inside the routine at the Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas BBC (resilc)

Class Warfare

U.S. Semiconductor Boom Faces a Worker Shortage New York Times (resilc)

Suicides in Massachusetts by Industry and Occupation, 2016–2… Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (resilc)

U.S. prison labor programs violate fundamental human rights, new report finds University of Chicago News (Paul R)

Antidote du jour. Embarrassed that this submission from Christoper W from Down Under languished in my inbox:

I have briefly seen our smaller bats in the night sky. Flying fast and feasting on mosquitos and other insects. Last night, I reentered my office when something chittered and I saw what I thought was a frog on the floor. It didn’t like me picking it up. I took it outside and put it on a plant. Didn’t like that either, high pitched chittering again. I finally picked it up gently and it latched its legs and wings, they felt like sharp hooks, onto my index finger.

So I returned to my office to see if it could recover, although I suspected it had broken a wing I stronked it and took this photo, which sadly is not the best. After about 10 minutes, the chittering recomenced and it spread its wings. Before I could stop it, the bat took off and crashed. I couldn’t find it. 15 minutes later, it landed on my desk. I picked it up and took it outside, where it took off into the night. To my and my partner’s delight.

What a great feeling…

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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