Links 04/17/2023 | naked capitalism

Lightning Bolt deposits a strange mineral never seen before on Earth scientific alert

Did unicorns exist? New research traces cultural traditions to find their origins interesting engineering


In Eastern Palestine, a nightmare that never ends Grinding



Iraq’s swamps dry up as government focuses on oil New Lines Magazine

Are thousands of Americans being poisoned by PFAS in their tap water? Minneapolis Star Tribune

Time is running out for Uganda’s disappearing glaciers cabling

No Asteroid Impacts Needed: Newborn Earth Made Its Own Water, Study Suggests


High risk of autoimmune diseases after COVID-19 Nature (N Mark)

A global aircraft-based wastewater genomic surveillance network for early warning of future pandemics The lancet. From the abstract: “We propose the development of a global aircraft-based wastewater genomic surveillance network, with the busiest international airports as hub nodes and continuous air travel as vectors.”


the koreas

South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean ship west of peninsula: JCS NK news


Will Germany settle for 28nm? TSMC presence highlights misalignment between Berlin’s semiconductor and defense policies Digitimes Asia

East Asian economies resist decoupling East Asia Forum

United States, China and a crisis of confidence Thomas Friedman, New York Times. Typical Friedman nonsense, but buried is this nugget: “A senior administration official told me that Xi told President Biden at their Bali summit in November, in essence: I will not be the president of China who loses Taiwan. If you force me, there will be war. You don’t understand how important this is to the Chinese people. You are playing with fire.

European disunity

The breakdown of Franco-German relations bodes ill for the EU FOOT

EU warns against unilateral moves after Poland and Hungary ban Ukrainian grain Reuters

new not so cold war

Putin Holds Working Meeting With Visiting Chinese Defense Minister: Spokesperson TASS

Russia says its new EW system can ‘kill’ satellites at an altitude of 36,000 km; Military expert decodes the claims The EurAsian Times

Italy transfers some of the M109 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine Ukrainian Pravda


Richard D. Wolff – The New Emerging World Economy brave new europe

Timofey Bordachev: Here’s why Macron’s call to break US control is just a nonsense stance RT

Top 10 Hedge Funds Earned £1.5bn on Rising Food Prices in Ukraine War The Guardian

The affair filter

Leaks from the Pentagon and the US media WSWS

Leaked Pentagon documents show that the downed Chinese spy balloon may have had a feature known as “synthetic aperture radar” that can see through certain materials, WaPo reports. yahoo! News

Social Media Account Overseen By Former Navy Petty Officer Helped Spread Secrets W.S.J. And not anti-Russian enough to begin with!

Congress sees a rare window of opportunity to regulate Big Tech NBC News. Beware the Bipartisan TikTok Trojan Horse.


Sudan’s ‘Deep State’ War Could Have Far-Reaching Geostrategic Consequences If It Continues Andrew Korybko Newsletter

Chinese firm proposes $10 billion investment in Afghan lithium reserves The cradle

China has surpassed the United States in relations with the Middle East The National. For example (Kevin W):

south of the border

Peru’s coup congress has 6% approval, 91% disapproval (but full US backing) geopolitical economy


Canada’s new budget is a typical liberal roadmap to fail the working class Jacobean

Biden Administration

US manufacturing commitments double after Biden subsidies launch FOOT

Press conferences now die down as Biden lets TikTokers do the talking The hill


Nikki Haley’s campaign overestimated initial fundraising CNN


Patrick Lawrence: The Disinformation Complex: An Anatomy scheerpost

democrats en déshabille

the supreme

Clarence Thomas claimed income from defunct real estate firm: report The hill

Health care

FDA staff leaned toward rejecting Sarepta gene therapy before a senior official intervened STAT News

‘Crisis’ looming as 800,000 more nurses plan to leave workforce by 2027: study Beckers Hospital Review

Police State Surveillance

THE HIGH COST OF CHEAP PRISONS The Law and Political Economy Project

Big brother is watching you watch

Georgia National Guard to use phone location tracking to recruit high school kids the interception

Veterans reject military draft in schools The National Network of Opposition to the Militarization of Youth

imperial collapse clock

The puzzling geopolitics of US support for World Bank-proposed reforms An Africanist perspective

The IMF’s ‘austerity push’ Consortium News

How China is breaking the colonial effects of Western borrowing Alabama Moon (K Warner)

Supply chain

FBI arrests former Polar execs accused of $52 million fraud the charging star

the class struggle

Rolling back the “right to work” in states like Michigan sends a message to union-busting bosses Jacobean

Kroger Seeks Dismissal of Albertsons Merger Consumer Antitrust Case Retail Information Network

Workers across the country protest proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger Diving in the supermarket

Sanitation workers strike after death at Memphis landfill WREG

the bezzle

Trump Made Up To $1 Million From NFT Sales: Presentations CoinDesk

Inside the rise and fall of Kittyhawk Business Insider

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