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Links 3/30/2023 | naked capitalism

Scientists create Liquid Trees; a tank full of water and micro-algae that could be an alternative to trees in urban areas YUP

Strange Acceleration of Mysterious Interstellar Visitor Finally Explained Science Alert

What Was She Thinking? An Investigation Defector

Some Guy Bought the Flatiron Building and Didn’t Pay for It HellGate


Abyssal ocean overturning slowdown and warming driven by Antarctic meltwater Nature

Whether you’re a snorkeller or CEO, you can help save our vital kelp forests The Conversation

Global population could fall to six billion with ‘unprecedented investment’ in tackling poverty, researchers say Sky News. The Club of Rome’s Earth4All model.


LDS environmentalists want their institution to address the Great Salt Lake’s collapse High Country News

Barge loaded with toxic methanol partially submerged in Ohio River after 10 vessels break free from tug Cleveland.com

As More Chemicals Spill, More Questions Arise The Brockovich Report

Philadelphia Residents Avoiding Tap Water After Catching Horrifying Glimpse Of Hairless, Wheezing Gritty The Onion


Real-World Effectiveness of the OBERANA02 and SOBERANA-Plus Vaccine Combination in Children 2 to 11 Years of Age during the SARS CoV-2 Omicron Wave in Cuba: A Regression Discontinuity Study (preprint) The Lancet. Cuban vaccine. From the Abstract: “Immunization of 2 to 11 years-old with the SOBERANA-02+SOBERANA-Plus scheme provided strong durable protection against symptomatic and severe disease caused by the Omicron variant. These favourable results contrast with observations in previous real-world SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness studies in children. They may be explained by the type of immunity SOBERANA’s conjugated protein-based platform induces.” “Effectiveness did not wane over time.”

Covid cases rise by 75% in 11 days driven by spring socialising and waning immunity iNews. The UK. Nobody could have predicted…

The growing evidence that Covid-19 is leaving people sicker FT

COVID-origins report sparks debate over major genome hub GISAID Nature


Aukus subs deal firms China support for Asean nuclear weapon-free zone South China Morning Post

AUKUS gets awkward Down Under Pearls and Irritations

From war to peace: Cambodian goldsmith turns bullet casings into jewellery Reuters. Maybe get a product endorsement from Henry Kissinger?


India’s Boom Is a Dangerous Myth Project Syndicate

European Disunion

A Long Weekend in Paris London Review of Books

What US Social Movements Can Learn From France’s Pension Protests Jacobin

Dear Old Blighty

London loses sole lead as world’s top financial centre FT

Exclusive: Mass food fraud and safety scandal engulfs sector Farmers Weekly

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy is ‘ready’ for Chinese leader to visit AP

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Preliminary Lessons from Russia’s Unconventional Operations During the Russo Ukrainian War, February 2022–February 2023 Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. RUSI authored that interesting study on industrial warfare.

What Frederick The Great’s Army Can Tell Us About Russia’s Private Military Company War on the Rocks

Agile Ukraine, Lumbering Russia Foreign Affairs

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Mark Hamill lends ‘Star Wars’ voice to Ukrainian air-raid app AP

South of the Border

Elián González, known in US for international custody fight, now an elected official in Cuba USA Today

Biden Administration

Biden Kicks Off “Summit for Democracy” With Netanyahu and Modi The New Republic

Biden declines to veto GOP-led measure to end COVID-19 emergency The Hill

B-a-a-a-d Banks

Credit Suisse whistleblowers say Swiss bank has been helping wealthy Americans dodge U.S. taxes for years CNBC (Rev Kev).

A Rapid-Finance World Must Ready for a Slow-Motion Banking Crisis WSJ

Stability Breeds Instability Investor Amnesia. “The night they reread Minsky.” –Paul Krugman (reference).

Supply Chain

Group: Oil tanker tied to US-traded firm receiving Iran oil AP (Re Silc).


A misleading open letter about sci-fi AI dangers ignores the real risks AI Snake Oil. Much good perspective: “Companies building text-to-image tools have used artists’ work without compensation or credit…. One way to do right by artists would be to tax AI companies and use it to increase funding for the arts.” Or — hear me out — we could nuke AI from orbit and increase funding for the arts.

The GPT-x Revolution in Medicine Eric Topol, Ground Truths. “The book starts with a brief and balanced Foreword by Sam Altman, CEO of Open AI.” Dude. Come on.

What happens when your AI chatbot stops loving you back? Reuters

How to track the protests posing a risk to your company’s assets with Feedly AI Feedly

Regular Old Intelligence is Sufficient–Even Lovely Bill McKibben, The Crucial Years

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US hands China easy PR win with TikTok show Asia Times. Is TikTok allowing the FBI to censor its videos and eliminate accounts in wholesale lots? No?

TikTok bills could dangerously expand national security state Responsible Statecraft

Rand Paul: Do Congressional Republicans really want to emulate China by banning TikTok? Courier-Journal

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Wearable Brain Devices Will Challenge Our Mental Privacy Scientific American. “We need the individual power to shutter this new view into our inner selves.” No, we need the collective power to halt the madness entirely. I mean, “you do you” for brain devices? Really?

Dumb phones are on the rise in the U.S. as Gen Z looks to limit screen time CNBC


The US Supreme Court Just Legalized Private Corporate Prosecutions. Activists Beware. Donzinger on Justice

Realigment and Legitimacy

Republicans Push Anti-Trans Rhetoric In Response to the Nashville Shooting Teen Vogue and Here’s what’s known about the Covenant School trans-identified killer and her 6 victims The Christian Post. “Audrey Elizabeth Hale, 28, who attended the school .” Atypical. If I am correct in my speculation — underline speculation — there’s a lot more going on at The Covenant School than an occasion for a grudge match between Republicans and Democrats.

What the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights’ Is Really About Jamelle Bouie, NYT

Class Warfare

Why Starbucks got roasted on Capitol Hill Politico. “Hearings like the one today have negligible material consequences, at least for now.”

Chocolate Factory Blast Highlights Combustion Risks Manufacturing.net

The Wages of Mother-Work Compact

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