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Lambert and I, and plenty of 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.

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Your humble blogger was a bit underneath the climate. Now and again I get what I name stress hangovers. It’s like having a 75% power migraine. Nothing critical however I actually can’t work whereas one is on. So forgive me if these hyperlinks wind up being brief rations.

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Millions of bees used in pollination die in airline shipping ABC Information. Kevin W: “To go from California to Alaska it’s a must to undergo frikkin’ Georgia?”

67 Wild Horses Die of Highly Contagious Illness in Federal Care Treehugger

Honeybees join humans as the only known animals that can tell the difference between odd and even numbers PhysOrg (Robert M)

The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap The Hustle

From seawater to drinking water, with the push of a button MIT Information (David L)

Why does swearing make us stronger? Massive Assume (fk). Humorous, I picked up the behavior of the common use of profanity when on Wall Road. Using dangerous language outdoors contexts like that was much less acceptable than now.

The Ever-Present Origin: Swiss Poet, Philosopher, and Linguist Jean Gebser’s Prescient 1949 Vision for the Evolution of Consciousness The Marginalian (David L)

#COVID-19

Science/Medication

Breakthrough SARS-CoV-2 infections with the delta (B.1.617.2) variant in vaccinated patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases using immunosuppressants: a substudy of two prospective cohort studies Lancet (Kevin W)

Omicron sub-lineages BA.4/BA.5 escape BA.1 infection elicited neutralizing immunity Sigil. Manuscript, not even a preprint however getting consideration on Twitter attributable to excessive caliber of authors.

Study tracks COVID-19 infection dynamics in adults MedicalXpress (David L)

Ask Amy: Brother insists vaccinated relatives take COVID tests before visit. Is that reasonable? Michigan Stay (verifyfirst)

Asia

Under Lockdown in China New York Instances

US

Is America in the Middle of an Invisible COVID Wave? Atlantic. Resilc: “Not when you look and browse NC.”

Local weather/Atmosphere

Country-Level Warming Projections Berkeley Earth (resilc)

Public ‘Duped’ About Plastics Recycling, CA Launches Investigation Patch (David L)

China?

How China Will Dominate the Global Competition Over Data Nationwide Curiosity (RobertC)

Huawei defeats US chip ban to post record profits Asia Instances (Kevin W)

China–Solomons deal ‘politically illiterate’ if Beijing wants better ties with Australia: Rudd Asia Strategist (RobertC)

China has a youth unemployment problem Asia Instances (resilc)

Mild proposal for fortifying Japan, Taiwan air defenses Asia Instances (Kevin W)

Europe’s Economy Slows to a Crawl as War and Inflation Take a Toll New York Instances (Kevin W)

Paris suspends Bolloré electric buses after two catch fire France24 (furzy)

New Not-So-Chilly Struggle

EU prepares Russia oil embargo – media RT (Kevin W). I can’t even…

Ukrainians Suffer Gasoline Shortages After Russian Strikes on Fuel Infrastructure Wall Road Journal. Erm, we reported on this over two weeks in the past, based mostly on a report on a Ukrainian enterprise web site.

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Ukraine and the Doomsday Machine Larry Wilkerson and Paul Jay (fk). As a result of not feeling so scorching, I’ve not tracked down what Scott Ritter stated on this matter. It doesn’t sound like Wilkerson learn supply materials on Russian doctrine with respect to using nuclear weapons. Ritter as a UN former weapons inspector who reads Russian would have the right tackle this.

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The New Turn in Ukraine: Putin’s War Becomes Biden’s War CounterPunch (resilc)

Biden Seeks to Rob Putin of His Top Scientists With Visa Lure Bloomberg. Um, I feel a variety of Russians have labored out that they’re now hated within the West. Even the Economist pointed it out in a latest story: There are many reports of hostility towards Russians in Germany. It added they have been much less badly handled in France and Italy…as a result of the Russian diaspora was small.

$33B Request Will Help Ukraine Fight Russia In The ‘Longer Term,’ Biden Says Protection One (resilc). The dough solely goes to the tip of Sept.

Russian media today, 28 April 2022 Gilbert Doctorow. On US and Poland schemes for western Ukraine.

Ukraine Latest: Russia Says It Plans to Quit Space Station Bloomberg

The Second Level Geopolitical War in Ukraine Takes Over CounterPunch. Word that commentators who acknowledge that Ukraine is dropping the warfare (as mirrored within the subdued and even selectively downbeat feedback from UK officers and within the British press, an enormous shift from their former boosterism) depict the shift in narrative to “the purpose is to weaken Russia” as an effort to divert consideration. Nonetheless the US is so propaganda-driven that we are going to now attempt to act on that. Resilc quotes:

What has been obvious to critics for a while is that Western diplomacy has turn out to be primarily dedicated to second stage Geopolitical Struggle even at the price of enormously prolonging and aggravating the Ukrainian warfare on the bottom and producing rising dangers of a wider warfare. Solely up to now few days has this precedence been roughly acknowledged by excessive officers within the U.S. Authorities, most dramatically within the go to of Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, and Austin, Secretary of Protection to Ukraine and later to assembly in Europe with their NATO counterparts. What was revealed was that the primary coverage purpose of the U.S. was ‘the weakening of Russia’ made a viable enterprise by the sudden resistance capabilities of Ukrainian armed forces bolstered by a present unified patriotic resolve.

Why Europe cannot understand Russia Pepe Escobar, The Cradle

Syraqistan

Iran’s Guards commander says Israel creating conditions for destruction Jerusalem Put up

Massive Brother Is Watching You Watch

FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Warrantless Searches of Americans’ Data Wall Road Journal

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Ukraine War Is Ballooning America’s Military Industrial Complex New Republic. Resilc: “By no means ending love for a dropping navy.”

U.S. Army To Test Networked Drone Swarms Flying Journal (David L). Um, how are networked drones any extra proof against Russia’s sign/GPS jamming? Seem to be this could be preventing the final warfare.

FIRST ON CNN: US left behind $7 billion of military equipment in Afghanistan after 2021 withdrawal, Pentagon report says CNN. Resilc: “It’ allllll good, jobs for merikin staff.”

Trump

Trump loses bid to lift contempt charge despite swearing he can’t find subpoenaed documents CNBC

Biden

Joe Manchin’s Approach to Biden’s Presidency Is Paying Off in West Virginia Morning Seek the advice of (resilc)

Sanders: Democrats’ strategy for handling Manchin, Sinema an ‘absolute political failure’ The Hill

Bernie Sanders Wants Democrats to Make Unions Their Biggest Message Vainness Honest (furzy). Over the occasion’s useless physique.

Our No Longer Free Press

The Sweet Sound of Censorship: The Biden Administration Seeks the Perfect Pitch for Disinformation Governance Jonathan Turley

“This is This” James Howard Kunstler. Undecided concerning the Maoist reference except he means the Cultural Revolution.

Musk told banks he will rein in Twitter pay, make money from tweets Reuters. Furzy appropriately says this could symbolize the tip of Twitter. Musk proposes charging for embedding tweets. They’re now as you recognize utilized in a major approach even in mainstream media. I can’t think about anybody will associate with this. This may scale back the curiosity of journalists in Twitter.

The problems with Elon Musk’s plan to open-source the Twitter algorithm MIT Expertise Assessment (David L)

Judge Rejects Elon Musk’s Quest To Scrap Deal Over 2018 Tweets HuffPost (furzy)

Illinois’ Education Chief Urges Schools to Stop Working With Police to Ticket Students for Misbehavior ProPublica (resilc)

Air France plane ‘went nuts’ as pilots pulled controls in opposite directions Telegraph (Kevin W)

EIA Monthly Data Shows A Dip In U.S. Oil Production OilPrice

Nasdaq index marks worst monthly drop since 2008 financial crisis Monetary Instances

Class Warfare

College-Educated Workers Help Unionize Places Like Starbucks New York Instances. Go class traitors! Or maybe extra precisely, individuals who have been betrayed by their class and should not taking it sitting down.

Wages Went Up During the Covid Pandemic. Now We’re Back to the Crap-Job Economy. New Republic (resilc)

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And a bonus (furzy):

See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.

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