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Lambert and I, and plenty of readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational setting ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of warfare — each actual fog and stage fog — in feedback. None of us want extra cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers might be summarily whacked.

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Gazelle Traveled Distance of Nearly Half Earth’s Circumference in Five Years Scientific American

Hubble Confirms Largest Comet Nucleus Ever Seen NASA

Four Financial Questions for Passover, and Easter John Authers, Bloomberg

Local weather

A Lake in Florida Suing to Protect Itself The New Yorker. Oddly, Lake Erie goes unmentioned.

55-Year Study Reveals an Overlooked But Critical Desert Symbiote Is Disappearing Inverse

How Did Climate Change Affect Ancient Humans? Smithsonian


Zero-covid strategies are being ditched, but they were the best option New Scientist, Full, not pay-walled.

CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises AP

Household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from unvaccinated asymptomatic and symptomatic household members with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection: an antibody-surveillance study Canadian Medical Affiliation.. n = 695. From the Summary: “The speed of SARS-CoV-2 transmission inside households was practically 50% in the course of the examine interval, and kids have been an necessary supply of unfold. The findings counsel that youngsters are an necessary driver of the COVID-19 pandemic; this could inform public well being coverage.”

The secrets hidden in sewage Vox


Coronavirus: Shanghai’s symptomatic cases soar to a record 2,573 as Xi doubles down on zero tolerance battle with Covid-19 South China Morning Submit. Commentary:

Chinese financial institutions’ NFT guidelines prevent them from any major role in digital collectibles South China Morning Submit

Ukraine tragedy shows why US must speak clearly on Taiwan Shinzo Abe, Monetary Overview


Troops burn villages in Myanmar heartland, seek to crush resistance Reuters. The wet season is coming quickly, and the navy has not eradicated its opponents.

Dry streets as Myanmar boycotts water festival to protest junta The Irrawaddy. A silent strike.

Western pressure mounts on Solomons to quash pact with China AP

Sri Lanka Seeking Up to $4 Billion as IMF Talks Set to Start Bloomberg


France’s Le Pen wants NATO-Russia ‘rapprochement’ Agence France Presse

The White House is freaked out that Putin’s next big win could be in Paris Politico

The corner of France that explains Macron, Le Pen and a deep political divide FT. Commentary (nl):

What a debacle for the left in France:

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Tories must learn from Trump and call time on Johnson’s lawbreaking FT. Since breaking the regulation and mendacity to the general public are the Tory model, one can hardly count on any resignations over this. After which there’s Sunak:

UK to send Channel asylum seekers to Rwanda: Reports Al Jazeera

New Not-So-Chilly Warfare

Opinion: For Putin to face justice, we must join the International Criminal Court Ilhan Omar, WaPo

Top Cover: Congressional Republicans Pave Way for US Policy Shift on Int’l Criminal Court Simply Safety

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Ukraine says its missiles crippled a Russian flagship Reuters

Ukrainians Fleeing ‘Hell’ in Mariupol Find a City Free of Russian Occupation, but in Denial Haaretz

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Liberal Russophobia and War Propaganda Black Agenda Report

Ukraine war: What weapon killed 50 people in station attack? BBC. “The BBC has tried to determine the launch web site for the missile, utilizing social media video and pictures, however has to this point been unable to take action.” This retains occurring.

How U.S. Intelligence Sees Russia’s Behavior After Bucha William Arkin, Newsweek. Nicely value a learn.

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The Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraiine Richard D. Wolf, Counterpunch

The Ukrainian Crisis as a Stress Test for Globalisation Valdai Dialogue Membership

Will the United States Run Out of Javelins Before Russia Runs Out of Tanks? CSIS

Finnish ‘loopholes’ allow imports of Russian coal and oil to continue Hellenic Delivery Information

Watch the BBC’s forgotten series on Operation Gladio Asa Winstanley, Palestine is Nonetheless the Subject. Nicely value a learn. All of it appears acquainted, one way or the other.

Finland, Sweden expect rapid domestic debate on NATO membership Deutsche Welle

Biden Administration

U.S. Extends Covid Health Emergency Declaration, Cases Rise Bloomberg

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Says Loan Repayments to Restart “Sometime” Teen Vogue

Pentagon to meet top arms makers to discuss stepping up aid to Ukraine FT. Ka-ching.

Provide Chain

Busiest U.S. port sees record volume ahead of high-stakes labor talks Hellenic Delivery Information

Five things to know today about the supply chain crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border Dallas Morning Information

The Bezzle

‘Jack Dorsey’s First Tweet’ NFT Went on Sale for $48M. It Ended With a Top Bid of Just $280 CoinDesk. That’s a rattling disgrace.

Guns, Gains And God: Four Days In Miami With Crypto’s Most Faithful Fans Forbes

The Fake Artists Problem Is Much Worse Than You Realize The Trustworthy Dealer. Eesh. Crapification.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Augmented Reality The Verge


Nothing to Sniff At: Loss of Smell Linked With Increased Risk of Premature Death MedPage Immediately

Imperial Collapse Watch

Selling Albright as a ‘Feminist Icon’: Was the Price Worth It? FAIR

Guillotine Watch

America’s Top 15 Earners and What They Reveal About the U.S. Tax System ProPublica

Class Warfare

Indiana University Bloomington graduate workers go on strike Herald-Occasions

Injuries at Amazon Up 15% After Pledge to Become ‘Earth’s Safest’ Manufacturing.web

Deaths of Despair in Comparative Perspective Annual Overview of Sociology. Here is the full text from ResearchGate. Will repay examine:

Within the case of america, a whole lot of 1000’s of deaths have been related to industrial decline within the wake of the neoliberal reorganization of the financial system. The prevailing proof means that deindustrialization and financial malaise mix with the consequences of broader public insurance policies (together with excessive incarceration charges), which collectively contribute to those deaths. In Jap Europe, complete extra deaths attain the hundreds of thousands, a a lot greater human price to match the way more radical challenge of changing the socialist economies to (hyper)capitalist economies by way of shock remedy inside just a few years. The epidemics of deaths of despair within the West and the East weren’t traditionally distinctive occasions that idiosyncrasies of the actual nations may clarify. Dysfunctional well being habits within the type of alcohol and drug abuse is central to each deaths of despair epidemics. Nevertheless, these are proximate and never final causes and, normally, are on a shared causal pathway linking upstream financial dislocations to particular person unwell well being.

Mass shooting suspect arrested in Manhattan a day after subway attack Gothamist

Antidote du jour (via):

Bonus Antidote (Brunches with Cats), the Siberian cat lady:

See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.

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