The Soliloquies of the Lambs Literary Review
U.S. Container Import Volumes Soar Prompting Retailers to Increase Forecast Maritime Executive
The Billionaire Who Wants To Live Forever Has Long Covid Nate Bear, ¡Do Not Panic!
China’s well-to-do are under assault from every side The Economist
The 25 January 2024 mine waste failure in the Hpakant mining area of Myanmar Eos. American Geophysical Union.
The 49ers Defy Modern Football. It’s Why They’re in the Super Bowl. WSJ. Interesting!
The Darkness And The Lights Of Super Bowl Parties The Defector
‘We’re going to do it’: Israeli PM set on invasion of Rafah Al Jazeera. The deck: “Israel is yet to say how it will protect the 1.4 million civilians crammed into the city from the planned assault.” No doubt.
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War on Gaza: Refugee camps and the Palestinian psyche Middle East Eye
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“Israel is heading towards street battles between the far right and families of hostages” Seth Ackerman, Informer. Lots of Israeli sourcing.
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Inside European finance’s most secretive society FT. The Institut International d’Etudes Bancaires.
Dear Old Blighty
Labour Under New Management Dissent. “Having tried and failed to storm Westminster as a left-populist party in the 2017 and 2019 general elections, the party has now recast itself as a force for stability.” Come on. Corbyn was knifed by the Labour Party apparatchiks, the spooks, the press, and the Israeli embassy. There’s no “tried and failed” about it.
New Not-So-Cold War
Follow up to Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin Gilbert Doctorow, Armageddon Newsletter. Well worth a read.
Tucker Carlson Promised an Unedited Putin. The Result Was Boring Masha Gesson, The New Yorker
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Russia’s Adaptation Advantage Foreign Affairs
CHIPS and Science Act programs are writing a new story about the Rust Belt Brookings Institution
South of the Border
Carnival extravaganza kicks off in Brazil Al Jazeera
Hillary Clinton says Biden’s age a ‘legitimate issue,’ but he should ‘lean into’ years of experience FOX. Ready for her close-up?
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Could the Democrats replace Joe Biden? FT. If, heaven forfend, Biden strokes out and ends up in the Capitol Rotunda, that would generate wall-to-wall media coverage, especially in the summer, when news is slow. Silver lining!
Could they remove Biden under the 25th Amendment? Should they? Jonathan Turley, The Hill
The Question Is Not If Biden Should Step Aside. It’s How. Ross Douthat, NYT (Furzy Mouse).
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A President Trump in Year of the Dragon may just put out flames of war South China Morning Post
Coopting Disruption (PDF) Mark A. Lemley and Matthew Wansley, SSRN. “Our economy is dominated by five aging tech giants – Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft. In the last twenty years, no company has commercialized a new technology in a way that threatens them. Why?”
Landlines In CA May Be Facing Their Death Blow: What To Know Banning-Beaumont Patch. “According to a 2109 study by HireAHelper, 29.8% of California homes still have a landline… That’s about 3,970,100 homes.”
The Friendly Skies
Horrified airline passenger is made to sit in BLOOD and DIARRHOEA during seven-hour flight from Paris to Toronto after previous flyer had ‘haemorrhaged’ in his seat (and is given wet wipes to clean it up) Daily Mail. Online commentary settled on Esophageal varices, and not a new plague. The passenger was evidently ill before the flight.
Pin detached during Virgin Galactic spaceflight Albuquerque Journal (DK). But not a bolt.
A Cycle of Misery: The Business of Building Commercial Aircraft Construction Physics
Police Officers Are Doing Ayahuasca Now Vice
Everybody Hates Cocomelon Off-Topic
Mars? What for?
In other words I’d rather do a strenuous hike in a spot like the one below, get thirsty, drink fresh water (no better drink than water when one is thirsty), etc.
… than go into space in a big complicated machine. pic.twitter.com/rDNTegIvIl
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) July 30, 2021
Antidote du jour (via):
One of the whitest males I have seen until now. From a distance, I couldn’t even tell that there was an owl on the pole. As I got closer I saw the beautiful eyes and realized it was a Snowy owl perched on it’s prime habitat looking for some mid afternoon snacks
Snowy Owl pic.twitter.com/5UEQL8ArxN
— Anuj Ghimire (The Bird Guy𓅃𓅖) (@mrophiophagus) February 9, 2024
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here