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‘Democratic’ jackdaws use noise to make decisions BBC (David L)
Hundreds of endangered baby giant turtles released into Cambodian river Bangkok Post (furzy)
Watch out for comet SW3, Monday May 30 & Tuesday 31 which might cause a meteor shower in late May New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)
Neuroscientists Have Discovered a Phenomenon That They Can’t Explain The Atlantic (David L)
How Rapid Reinfection Has Changed the Covid Fight New Republic
One of the first targets of SARS Cov 2 is nerves
Here, it infects peripheral nerves and “establishes productive infection”
Yes, it is neurotropic. https://t.co/6vbbGEtGGs
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) May 22, 2022
▶️ In 1988 DA Henderson and colleagues at WHO published the smallpox eradication “redbook” (1473 pages, 3.1 kg!).
𝙒𝙝𝙮?? Because they were concerned their hard-won knowledge would evaporate.
— Andrew Lover (@AndrewALover) May 23, 2022
HSBC suspends banker who joked ‘who cares if Miami is underwater’ and about ‘nutjobs warning of the end of the world ‘ in climate change speech that had been AGREED with bosses two months earlier Daily Mail
Cooler weather helps firefighters battling New Mexico wildfire Los Angeles Times (David L)
Drone swarms may be key to defending Taiwan Asia Times (resilc). Lordie. Assumes an invasion, as opposed to a simple blockade. How long will Taiwan last without imported energy and food?
US have been preparing its public for war with China since Hillary Clinton’s “Pivot to Asia” under 1st Obama term. This is the result pic.twitter.com/CCs1f8dgdP
— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) May 23, 2022
China’s Big Tech sees new wave of job cuts as Covid lockdowns hurt economy South China Morning Post (resilc)
Uyghurs urge UN rights chief to ask hard questions in Xinjiang Bangkok Post (furzy)
SIPRI: From climate to war, world entering a critical era DW (resilc). Gee, ya think?
AUKUS fallout: double-dealing and deception came at a diplomatic cost Sydney Morning Herald
Yes, Indian Foreign Service has changed, it is called defending national interest: S Jaishankar’s retort to Rahul Gandhi Economic Times of India (J-LS)
How the world’s first all-organic farming nation has led to hunger, riots and economic ruin… The consequences have been nothing short of catastrophic, writes TOM LEONARD Daily Mail (dk). Readers discussed this topic earlier…..I believe the issue was bad implementation, but I must confess to not retaining the details.
New Not-So-Cold War
Germany to Reactivate Coal, Oil Plants if Russia Cuts Off Gas Bloomberg. I thought it was the Greens that were the hawks?
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Starbucks Exits Russia, Shuts Down 130 Coffee Shops Gizmodo (Kevin W)
The impact of Western sanctions on Russian musical life Gilbert Doctorow
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💥Massive artillery work💥
💥The assault on the Lyman continues: Russian “Торнадо” attacking the positions of the UAFnear the city,supporting the offensiv
Large-scale artillery fire was conducted before the assault she helped a lot to break through the enemy’s defenses💥 pic.twitter.com/qA5SRMlDku
— AZ OSINT (@AZmilitary1) May 23, 2022
Austin about VSU, some facts from the front, larger geopolitical issues. ISR, targeting. Andrei Martyanov, YouTube
NATO member will send Ukraine anti-ship missiles RT (Kevin W). As we indicated yesterday, it is Ukraine that is blockading its ports (see last footnote for the confirming link and quote from the International Maritime Organization). Sending more arms in is going to make the ports more of a war zone, making it even more difficult for commercial carriers to get insurance.
UK backs Lithuania’s plan to lift Russian blockade of Ukraine grain Guardian. Vikas S: “A coalition of magical thinking.”
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Ukraine endgames 2.0: Can either side ‘win’ this war? Grid News (resilc)
Per gli italiani il primo obiettivo è la tregua La7 Attualità. DLG, Reality Czar:
Brief, and in Italian, but you can figure out the pie charts.
There is no appetite here for war (and I’m wondering about French polling…).
I note, in the last bar chart, that the Partito Democratico is the most bellicose. What a surprise. They’re Dems.
A breakdown of the Ukraine aid bill Speaking Security
Swedes Ask if NATO Membership and Pacifism Can Coexist Wall Street Journal (David L). A little late to be asking.
Ukraine Will Grant Poles A Special Legal Status SouthFront. Kevin W: “I know that you do not like this site but it is giving a detailed story of this development. In short, Poland wants Galicia back again and this is the first step. Looks looks Gonzalo Lira was right.”
🇮🇱 settlers just attacked Palestinian civilian cars and injured an infant.
THEY PEPPER SPRAYED A FREAKING NEW BORN. pic.twitter.com/3PTIflXSR3
— #UncensorPalestine (@MariamBarghouti) May 23, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
Republicans plot foreign intervention pullback Axios (Kevin W)
30 Years With No Strategy Brought Us the War in Ukraine Libertarian Institute (resilc)
NYT’s Friedman: Biden worried he can’t ‘reunite America’ The Hill (resilc)
Police State Watch
Do Algorithms Help to Reduce Crime? Project Syndicate (David L)
Our No Longer Free Press
They’re Worried About The Spread Of Information, Not Disinformation Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Pressure Mounts on Patel Over Assange Decision ConsortiumNews (guurst)
SEC prepares to crack down on misleading ESG investment claims Financial Times
New York City removes the last payphone from service CNBC (Kevin W)
Crypto links with banks pose threat to financial stability, says ECB Financial Times. This never should have been allowed to happen.
$28 for a beer? New York airports crack down on ‘exorbitant’ food and drink Guardian. Resilc: “$250 for baby formula.”
Antidote du jour (furzy):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.