Links 2/25/2023 | naked capitalism

Rebellious Andean bear sneaks out of US zoo – twice BBC

Why can only big cats roar? Discover Wildife (resilc). Haha, snow leopards are special! Listen here.

What’s Inside the Earth’s Core? New York Times

Winter storm slams the West Coast, prompting rare blizzard warnings in Southern California CNN

Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned Into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards ars technica. Will kimchee be next?

It’s Time to Rethink the Idea of the “Indigenous” New Yorker (Dr. Kevin)

After death of girl, 12 more detected with H5N1 bird flu in Cambodia Khmer Times (Dr. Kevin)


A must read thread:

Finally a vaccine to banish Covid for good? Nasal spray reduces risk of infection 86% — nearly DOUBLE protection given by shot in arm Daily Mail


This student was overwhelmed by ‘alarmist’ environmental education. So she designed her own college course. The 19th (David L)


Ukraine war: Zelensky wants Xi Jinping meeting following China’s peace plan BBC. This is not even remotely in line with the Chinese thin high concept document, which was for Russian and Ukraine to talk. Signals Zelensky desire to keep in front of the cameras. May also be a self-preservation gambit. Would be a very bad look for the Collective West to engineer his ouster when Zelensky was pretending to be more willing to talk peace than they are. Also very much at odds with official reactions of his owners. But Zelensky has gone off script before, such as persisting in insisting that it was a Russian missile that whacked two Polish farmers. China may humor Ukraine by offering a meeting between Wang Yi and Ukraine foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, although they just had an off-the-cuff chat at the Munich Security Conference. That would still put the US in the position of having to quash this.

U.S. Hegemony – At War With China’s Global Security Initiative Moon of Alabama (Chuck L). Troublingly, Wang Yi does not have the structure of the Minsk Accords right. The only parties who signed it were Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE. Leaders of the two separatist regions signed it not officially but only in an observational capacity so as not to have their signatures be construed as conferring them with any legal status.

China to train 5,000 security personnel from developing countries over next 5 years | South China Morning Post

European Disunion

High Energy Prices Force World’s Largest Chemicals Company To Cut Jobs OilPrice (Kevin W)

Old Blighty

Rishi Sunak to defy Tory right and push ahead with Northern Ireland protocol deal Financial Times (Kevin W)

New Not-So-Cold War

NATO on the precipice Politico

TRANSCRIPT: Administrator Samantha Power and NSA Jake Sullivan on CNN Town Hall – Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: One Year Later USAID

President Vladimir Putin’s State of the Nation address, 21 February 2023 Gilbert Doctorow

More Evidence Emerges That US Wanted Russia to Invade Consortium News (furzy)

Cockefair Lecture Feb 23th 2023 UMKC Live Stream, YouTube. John Mearsheimer.

One year later, are US-German relations headed toward rough seas? Responsible Statecraft

US attempts to win over UN members who are neutral on war in Ukraine Guardian (Kevin W)

Blinken Aims to Pressure Russia on Trip to Central Asia, India Bloomberg

Correct me if I have this 50,000 foot summary wrong. The Moldovan PM has demanded that Russian peacekeepers leave Transistria. There is a huge cache of weapons in a warehouse very close to the Ukraine border. The Russian peacekeepers are only part of the peacekeeping force, my impression is representing something like 40% of the total # of 1100 or 1200. The administrative structure is not clear to me but if these are proper peacekeepers, they report to whatever the peacekeeping body is. If that is correct, the MoD is saying it will act to defend Russia’s interests, as in it’s not going to let Ukraine steamroll an underpowered peacekeeping contingent.

Note there is considerable speculation about the huge weapons stockpile. Even if most is no better than scrap due to age and lack of maintenance, there is so much there are presumably weapons that could be salvaged. An alternative theory, which may be Russian propaganda, is that enough of the stuff there has become a hazard risk (how?) that it can’t be safely removed. A third line of discussion is that the reserve is so large that if Russia were to detonate it to prevent Ukraine use, it would be a nuclear-bomb-force blast.


US Ambassador Says Israel Can Do ‘Whatever They Need’ Against Iran Antiwar (resilc)

Elite IDF reservists threaten to stop showing up for duty over judicial overhaul The Times of Israel

Tunisia forces arrest senior opposition figure as crackdown escalates Guardian

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Virtual drug test: Airmen can now pee in cups on video DuffelBlog

US Air Force is giving military drones the ability to recognise faces New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Weapons That Win World Wars Austin Vernon (resilc). I am sure military equipment junkies will have a field day. Praises US weaponry without exhibiting awareness of Russian capabilities.

The corruption of massive industry ‘sweeteners’ in foreign arm sales Responsible Statecraft (resilc)

Congressman Matt Gaetz Introduces War Powers Resolution to Force House Vote on Removal of U.S. Armed Forces from Syria Matt Gaetz (resilc)

Northern Suffolk Chemical Bomb

How Congressional Rail Industry Allies Helped Block Safety Regulations Intercept (resilc)

Our No Longer Free Press

The New York Times Joe Costello

Stanford Faculty Say Anonymous Student Bias Reports Threaten Free Speech Wall Street Journal


Microsoft Has Been Secretly Testing Its Bing Chatbot ‘Sydney’ For Years The Verge. Why is it no surprise that Microsoft sucks at testing?

Almost 40% of Domestic Tasks Could Be Done By Robots ‘Within Decade’ Guardian

I Broke Into a Bank Account With an AI-Generated Voice’ Vice. Yours truly is slipping! Only 2 days ahead of the press! I warned that banks would soon need to rethink the use of voice IDs due to the ease of simulating a voice from just a pretty small clip, a technology that’s been underway since the early 200s.

Workers Are Dying in the EV Industry’s ‘Tainted’ City Wired (resilc)

Reimagined Jet Ski Brings EVs To the Beach IEEE

NLRB bans non-disparagement and confidentiality mandates in severance agreements Ohio Employer Law Blog. Paul R: “This will be awesome if it holds up. I wonder if a court will throw it out like it did California’s ban on mandatory arbitration clauses.”

Even hackers are reportedly getting laid off by organized crime groups Business Insider (Paul R)

To fix U.S. public health, physicians need to take a backseat STAT (Dr. Kevin). I have pinged IM Doc and anticipate he will vehemently disagree. Lambert linked to this in Water Cooler. The fallacy here is the assertion that the sort of public health intervention he wants at a population level have a significant social welfare component and will therefore simply never happen. And getting more constituencies involved will stymie, not enhance, the ability to act. You’d get even more “camels as a racehorse designed by a committee” than you have now.

The Bezzle

Prosecutors say Sam Bankman-Fried helped create a new company with no employees to get round FTX being rejected for a bank account in California Business Insider (Kevin W)

The metaverse has failed? It never even took off South China Morning Post (furzy)

Secret crawlspace cryptomine discovered in routine inspection of MA high school ars technica (furzy)

Class Warfare

When Neoliberals Declared War on the Poor CounterPunch (resilc)

Death on a Dairy Farm Propublica (resilc)

More Americans Are Turning to Part-Time Jobs Wall Street Journal

There is No Upside to School Vouchers In the Public Interest

High-skilled visa holders at risk of deportation amid tech layoffs Washington Post. Um, that is how employment-based visas work.

High Energy Prices Force World’s Largest Chemicals Company To Cut Jobs OilPrice (Kevin W)

Antidote du jour. John M: “Taken in my yard last summer.”

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here. 

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