time is an object eon (Anthony L)
Students are increasingly refusing to go to school. It becomes a mental health crisis. USA today
A look back at the sadism of the Covid-19 shame campaign Matt Taibbi and Matt Orfalea, The Racket (KLG). Trust me, just watch the first few minutes of the embedded video.
Related to the story above: A friend just saw Bill Maher, who is touring. Maher had what a friend said was an unusually long opening. Two segments: one on the importance of not having (more) boosters and not allowing your children to have trans surgeries. It was in a purple zone. Maher presumably does the same act every stop and they will likely be in purple or blue areas. Friend took this as a sign of the current situation in meat world, as opposed to social media country.
URGENT: Huge new study shows Covid mRNA pricks sharply increase risk of serious vaginal bleeding Alex Berenson (Li)
endangered elements ACS (chuck L). Important.
Most of the United States faces a high risk of extreme heat power outages this summer, NERC warns Utility diving
Stock prices of big polluters plummet after climate lawsuits, study finds Guardian
France unveils its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 France 24
How solar farms took over the California desert: “An oasis has become a dead sea” Guardian (furious)
China overtakes Japan as world’s top auto exporter Asia Times (Kevin W)
TikTok sues Montana over state ban on its service the wall street journal
The United States imposed on China one of the most brutal acts of economic warfare, designed to restrict China’s future development.
China does not retaliate for 8 months before finally doing the sweetest thing possible: restricting certain sales to China for the United States… https://t.co/VC5rjms0NH
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) May 23, 2023
Sinn Fein wins local elections in Northern Ireland and demands the return of the government Associated press (resilc)
Our defeat in context: Greece’s Erdoganisation is almost complete Yanis Varoufakis
Ecuador’s ‘democratic backsliding’ has continued since 2017, with US support CounterPunch (resilc)
New not so cold war
After Bakhmut Douglas Macgregor, American curator. Today must read.
—Trollstoy (@Trollstoy88) May 21, 2023
Q&A series on the war in Ukraine: How long can this war last? Peter Zeihan (resilic). A confession against apparent interest. And is it the West that kept this war going after the end of March 2022 by sabotaging the peace talks, a fact that stalwarts of Ukraine and the collective West rarely mention.
West wants ties with Ukraine to follow ‘Israeli model’ Libertarian Institute (Kevin W). A request from Zelensky that seems to be successful.
F-16s won’t fundamentally change the course of the war in Ukraine Responsible mindset. In case you have any doubts.
Wellie, this is totally rumored but not entirely implausible as Zaluzhny was considered a replacement for Zelensky (hat tip Chuck L):
🇺🇦‼️Shocking discovery: Zelensky gave the coordinates of General Zaluzhny to the Russians, after which the rockets flew‼️💥
Former member of the Verkhovna Rada Ilya Kiva said that the coordinates and time of the location of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,👇 pic.twitter.com/H9MpYfA97r
— Djole 🇷🇸 (@onlydjole) May 22, 2023
Russia transports nuclear weapons from storage facility in Belgorod Oblast – Intelligence Ukrainska Pravda (Dr Kevin). Note that Alexandre Mercouris said at 36:00 on Monday that Ukraine had made false statements regarding an incursion into Russia in Belgorod, which the Russians disputed and Mercouris considers the Russian claims to be accurate (TASS cleared his throat, suggesting, consistent with what Mercouris said, that rumors were circulating, but this seems quite minor compared to other accounts). Mercouris felt that this assertion was meant to rattle the Russians. It could be more or less the same.
Armenia ready to recognize Azerbaijani sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh (PM) The Cradle (Kevin W)
Yemen’s Houthi government strikes oil exploration deal with China Middle East Monitor (resilc)
Ex-Pakistani PM Khan gets bail in multiple cases Anadolou Agency
Pakistani trans activists to appeal Sharia court ruling DW. Resilc: “Pakistan = Flowaduh.”
Big Brother is watching you watch
FBI abused spy law 280,000 times in one year The register
Leaked government document shows Spain wants to ban end-to-end encryption Wired
Imperial Collapse Watch
The media and politicians throw so much bullshit at us it’s hard to see through Alabama Moon. Nice shout out, plus quotes from Gilbert Doctorow and others.
Tim Scott chairman announcement: South Carolina senator makes 2024 bid Official Washington Examiner (resilc)
The growing 2024 GOP field signals that potential candidates don’t think Donald Trump has locked the race and view Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a flawed primary challenger to the former president. https://t.co/Rl1L4kBTsB
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 23, 2023
White House official: Biden’s migration is an economic strategy Investment Watch Blog (Li). Not crazy about the writing style, but they do provide quotes.
Southwestern states reach landmark deal with Biden to conserve Colorado River water CNBC (Kevin W)
Our press is no longer free
Banned! Jokn Ganz (Randy K)
AI Gun Detection Company Shifts Markets to Schools, Doubles Revenue Intercept (resilc)
3-Year-Old Shoots 2 People in Indiana, Leading to Arrest of Man Wanted for Murder ABC
“I make thousands using AI to write books” Newsweek (furious). It reminds me of my brother in the outsourcing business, like when he made his living getting people fired.
AI scanner used in hundreds of US schools is running out of knives BBC
AI Bob Lefsetz. “This is the NFT of 2023.”
Building a better NIH Brookings. Resilc: “Con$ultant$, money and private equity is the model for our plantation state.”
Envision Healthcare Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Health Diving (resilc)
McCarthy has little wiggle room in debt ceiling talks The hill
GOP Cut to IRS Funding Under Debt Limitation Plan Would Backfire Policy
Heaven’s Gate option: Congressional Democrats beg Biden to make them nonconstitutional entities Jonathan Turley. This idea of the 14th amendment has something very upsetting! I’ve heard arguments that it only applied to Confederate-era debt. That’s not how it was written…and if you’re going to try “Constitutional Amendments Have Only Limited Interpretations in the Age of Drafting”, what about the Second Amendment?
Michelle Obama’s Juice Brand Doesn’t Meet Its Own Health Standards, Experts Reveal Fox News (resilic)
Intel wins most faith-respecting company of 2023 as Fortune 500 heats up to religious diversity Religious News (Kevin W)
The most expensive ice cream in the world costs $6,696 CBS. Kevin W: “Nancy Pelosi on the courtesy phone, please.”
The war on poverty is over. The rich won. Atlantic. Micael T: “If they have already ‘won’, why do they continue to wage war?
Food banks are seeing an increase in demand due to inflation and the end of Covid aid Bloomberg (furious)
“Previously dismissed as a fringe theory, the idea that corporate thirst for profit drives inflation, aka ‘greed,’ is now taken more seriously by economists, policymakers and the business press.”https://t.co/x9S9zFhlYS
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) May 22, 2023
Share of immigrants in US labor force hits new high the wall street journal
American capitalism has produced its most remarkable innovation to date: Breadlines Jacobin (furious)
Protesters close Brooklyn Bridge to demand fair housing https://t.co/0ILjU3EIYC
“Democracy now!” (@democracynow) May 23, 2023
Along the highways, Indian restaurants serve American truckers Washington Post (resilic)
Antidote of the day. From .Tom:
Took this in 2017 on a neighbor’s bridge here in Boston. It was very dark outside and I could barely see the cat when I picked it up. But it still held up enough and so did I, so I was lucky to get it. And I think that explains the wide open pupils of the cat’s eyes.
And a bonus from Chuck L:
The blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) is a seabird native to the subtropical and tropical regions of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is easily recognized by its distinctive bright blue feet
[read more: https://t.co/ZbR0bLiNtD] pic.twitter.com/mFIl5Xke7I
—Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) May 21, 2023
And a second bonus from martha r:
See Yesterday’s Links and Today’s Antidote here.