The Little-Known World of Caterpillars The New Yorker
A ‘Traffic Light’ Outlook on the Kitchen and Bath Industry John Burns Real Estate Consulting. “A bellwether for consumer spending on home improvement.”
Fifty Degrees in the Persian Gulf London Review of Books
Assessing COVID-19 pandemic policies and behaviours and their economic and educational trade-offs across US states from Jan 1, 2020, to July 31, 2022: an observational analysis The Lancet. This factoid jumped out: “Employment, however, had a statistically significant relationship with restaurant closures and greater infections and deaths: on average, 1574 (95% UI 884–7107) additional infections per 10 000 population were associated in states with a one percentage point increase in employment rate. ” Summary at CIDRAP.
Hong Kong government announces measures to lure wealthy family offices Channel News Asia
Vietnam the epitome of a Belt and Road hedge Asia Times
US to announce more sanctions against Myanmar junta and Russian support for Myanmar junta ‘destabilising’ Southeast Asia: US envoy Channel News Asia. No, it’s really not. Myanmar is all too stable, Russia or no. Sanctions won’t help. Nor will NGOs. What would help the NUG is a few shipping containers of rifles and machine guns. Of course, that’s no guarantee of a humane outcome, even if the NUG were to “win.”
Is France on the road to a Sixth Republic? FT. Commentary:
#BREAKING Troubled, corrupt, sub-Scandinavian European nation of France descends deeper into anarchy with Emmanuel Macron regime instituting bloody clampdown on pro-democracy protests as the strongman battles for survival in country with gruesome history of elite beheadings.
— gathara (@gathara) March 24, 2023
Dear Old Blighty
“We Will See a Reunification Referendum Within the Decade” Der Spiegel (Furzy Mouse). Ireland.
New Not-So-Cold War
No Letup in Bakhmut as Ukraine and Russia Brace for Battles Elsewhere NYT. Visegrad is Ukrainian disinformation and propogangda. So FWIW:
Offensive actions around Bakhmut are very difficult due to “rasputitsa” (Ukrainian mud season).
The situation won’t improve before May.
This is the final chance to send large amounts of military aid that can arrive in time for Ukraine’s spring offensive pic.twitter.com/0lG6JaVvcS
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) March 25, 2023
Ukraine: “This is the final chance….” The West: “To the bare walls!” (except not really).
* * *Blinken dismisses China’s ‘marriage of convenience’ with Russia Channel News Asia
Biden thinks world ‘vastly exaggerate’ China-Russia alliance Andalu Agency and Joe Biden says no sign yet of China sending Russia weapons Al Jazeera
* * *Denmark invites Nord Stream owner to recover mystery object Hurriyet Daily News. Wut.
* * *‘Now or Never’:The Immediate Origins of Putin’s Preventative War on Ukraine Journal of Military and Strategic Studies
Why pushing for the break up of Russia is absolute folly Responsible Statecraft
This NATO Ally is Building Strongest Army After Ukraine: Military Analyst Newsweek. Love the “This” clickbait. Poland.
* * *What to do about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant Brookings Institute. I searched on “shell[ing”]. The only usages where an agent is named come from Ukrainian sources, the agent being “Russia.” Guys, come on.
Apocalypse: Operation Barbarossa Big Serge (Carolinian). A good read.
Munitions Return to a Place of Prominence in National Security War on the Rocks
Congress sat back and let trucks become heavier, taller, and deadlier. Now pedestrian fatalities are at a 40-year high.Business Insider (Rev Kev). SUVs too.
This is an extraordinary amount of lying Tucker Carlson, FOX. More than a little partisan. But impressive!
World stocks gyrate as bank contagion fears bite Reuters. Capital allocation is an important social function, and delegating it to easily panicked herd animals makes total sense, in this best of all possible worlds.
First Republic Bank Founder Earned a Big Payday—as Did His Family Members WSJ. My bad. I meant to say “easily panicked corrupt herd animals.”
Police State Watch
ChatGPT’s API. A bug, instantly fixed, according to the thread:
This morning I was hacking the new ChatGPT API and found something super interesting: there are over 80 secret plugins that can be revealed by removing a specific parameter from an API call.
The secret plugins include a “DAN plugin”, “Crypto Prices Plugin”, and many more. pic.twitter.com/Q6JO1VLz5x
— 𝚛𝚎𝚣𝟶 (@rez0__) March 24, 2023
OK, now do the intelligence community’s back doors.
How to fix baseball The Writing Shed
Feral Hog Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Selling the Iraq War: a How-to Guide Counterpunch
Amazon kills DPReview, the best camera review site on the web Tech Crunch. Reading betweem the lines, Amazon never figured out how to enshittify it. I wonder if the DPReview could follow the successful Defector model, and form a co-op.
People Can Win Matt Taibbi, Racket News
Antidote du jour (via):
— Gabriele Corno (@Gabriele_Corno) March 22, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.