Links 5/24/2022 | naked capitalism

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Have you seen — or herd — about the goats roaming the UC Santa Cruz campus? Lookout (David L)

‘Democratic’ jackdaws use noise to make decisions BBC (David L)

A hero dog beats back a mountain lion that attacked her owner NPR (David L)

Hundreds of endangered baby giant turtles released into Cambodian river Bangkok Post (furzy)

Chimpanzees have their own language — and scientists just learned how they put “words” together Salon (David L)

Watch out for comet SW3, Monday May 30 & Tuesday 31 which might cause a meteor shower in late May New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)

Man who designed X-wing and other iconic ‘Star Wars’ ships has died NPR (David L)

Colombian farmers offer rare view into the dangerous, lucrative world of coca production France24 (resilc)

Neuroscientists Have Discovered a Phenomenon That They Can’t Explain The Atlantic (David L)

A history of punctuation aeon



How Rapid Reinfection Has Changed the Covid Fight New Republic


U.S. health officials releasing some Jynneos vaccine doses for monkeypox -CDC Reuters (resilc)


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

Warmer Climates Lead to Loss of Pollinator Diversity, Research Finds EcoWatch (furzy)

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?

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)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka defaults on foreign debts, prepares to implement IMF austerity WSWS

Sri Lanka is running out of food, medicine, gas, and money — but the tourists just keep coming Business Insider (dk)

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

EU will not find replacement for Russian oil in event of embargo – former Lukoil head Interfax (guurst)

German cars can’t run without Russian gas – BMW production chief RT

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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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.”


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)

New York City mayor declares state of emergency over nationwide infant formula shortage CNN

Pete Buttigieg: Hungry Babies, Regrettably, Are Just the Price of the Free Market Jacobin (furzy)

Progressive Jessica Cisneros is trying to oust Henry Cuellar, the last anti-abortion House Democrat Vox (furzy)

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)

Terra Collapse Triggers $83 Billion Decentralized Finance Slump Bloomberg

Crypto links with banks pose threat to financial stability, says ECB Financial Times. This never should have been allowed to happen.

Class Warfare

$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.

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