Launching Links with somewhat short rations. Please review again at 7:30 AM for a full dose.
Bear Conflicts are Expected to Increase in June iBerkshires (resilc). You’ve been warned!
One-third of galaxy’s most common planets could be in habitable zone University of Florida (resilc)
Was He Apollo’s Son? Plato of Athens: A Life in Philosophy Literary Review (Anthony L)
Kevin W on the tweet below: “My take is that a narrative is being built to make all future lockdowns illegal because it makes the economy sad.”
“Lockdown benefits ‘a drop in the bucket compared to the costs,’ landmark study finds…the findings showed that lockdowns had been ‘a global policy failure of gigantic proportions…the biggest policy mistake in modern times.’”https://t.co/tQxbi4h9FX
— Michael P Senger (@michaelpsenger) June 5, 2023
US Supreme Court Rejects Big Oil Challenge to Offshore Fracking Ban in California Common Dreams. Mirabile dictu.
Using Angola’s power glut for Germany’s energy transition DW. Resilc: “In effect, mining Africa yet again.”
La belle France
The host then asks him why we “never respond to the attacks we suffer?”
He has a really powerful answer:
“First, because there is a real, internalized weakness. And it also because it has a cost. When Jacques Chirac and Dominique de Villepin decided to use the resources they… pic.twitter.com/cj0wkOxk1E
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) June 4, 2023
WHY A PAIR OF BRITISH OFFICIALS WATCHED PAINT DRY Now I Know (Dr. Kevin)
Guatemala’s presidential hopefuls channel heavy-handed tactics of El Salvador’s leader Associated Press (resilc)
New Not-So-Cold War
We have a post on the Kakhovka dam destruction but some additional tidbits and initial commentary below
Washington Post article from December 2022 said Ukraine “conducted a test strike” on the Nova Kakhovka dam in preparation for its offensive in Kherson pic.twitter.com/YA5l69kHil
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 6, 2023
An Unwinnable War Foreign Affairs. Important. I had wanted to take this apart but the events of the day intervened. Foreign Affairs is THE heavyweight American foreign policy journal, so rest assured that whatever it says has a big following or is emerging conventional wisdom.
When I started with USAID in ’79 it was about rural poor. I set up small scale credit in Indonesia programs. 12$ loans. Then Reagan started the let’s all support of US corps and political aspects and it has snowballed ever since…….. USA USA
Imran Khan: U.S. was manipulated by Pakistan military into backing overthrow Intercept (resilc)
Make ISIS Iran’s Problem American Conservative (resilc)
Saudi Arabia to cut oil output by 1 million barrels a day in July Al Jazeera (Kevin W)
Inside the Taliban’s war on drugs – opium poppy crops slashed BBC. Resilc: “Synthetics will kill it anyway.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Demon in America’s Sacred Narrative Michael Vlahos (Chuck L)
Did Shangri-La give birth to a new Quad? Asia Times (Kevin W)
Five things the debt-ceiling deal suggests about the future Robert Reich Guardian (resilc)
Washington’s self-defeating foreign policy Asia Times
Trump’s Challengers Are Making the Same Mistakes All Over Again New Republic (resilc)
Mike Pence’s presidential candidacy is doomed but he continues anyway Washington Pos. Um, let us not forget the GOP competition includes John Bolton.
Cornel West announces he’s running for president Politico (Kevin C)
Trump smoking gun tape gives Jack Smith all he needs Washington Post (furzy)
GOP Clown Car
Got footage from inside this event. They admit the bill is “100% meant to scare” immigrants and beg the crowd to “urgently” convince “your people” to not leave Florida since folks in the agriculture industry are mad workers are leaving. The hypocrisy is so brazen and disgusting. https://t.co/LzsV2qgG0F pic.twitter.com/BnWnWCWqcI
— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) June 5, 2023
Stewart Rhodes Says He’s a Political Prisoner. Are Republicans Listening? Intercept (resilc)
Democrats en déshabille
Newsom slams DeSantis over migrant drop-off: ‘You small, pathetic man’ ABC7. Kevin W: “Kidnapping charges? Calling the ICC.” Moi: Namecalling is not the first line of defense for those in a strong position.
The backlash: how slavery research came under fire Guardian (Kevin W)
Our No Longer Free Press
The demise of CNN Robert Reich (furzy)
BREAKING: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. claims Pfizer funneled $12 million dollars to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as part of a deal to promote mRNA COVID jabs to the American public.
— Leading Report (@LeadingReport) June 5, 2023
Elon Musk Apologizes for Tesla’s Annoying Automatic Wipers, Still No Hope for Owners autoevolution (resilc)
Zeitgeist 2023 Heisenberg Report (resilc)
America’s quit boom is over Axios (resilc)
What the debt ceiling debate missed Financial Times. Important (and archiv.ph is your friend)
America This Week: “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” Racket News (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus (guurst):
Damn humans, always need to clean up after them. pic.twitter.com/vWtLpiAZgD
— Ben Proj (@ben_proj) May 31, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.