Gecko Grip: It’s Atomic (Really) (transcript) KQED
Foreigners pull more money out of China in May Reuters (Re Silc).
Earth is ‘really quite sick now’ and in danger zone in nearly all ecological ways, study says AP. And then there’s Mount Everest:
Disheartening to see the accumulation of garbage at Camp IV on Mt #Everest (8848.86 m). It’s high time we address this issue with urgency and commitment. Let’s demand stricter regulations, enforcement of clean climbing practices, and effective waste management strategies. Video… pic.twitter.com/KGMlRmUuZk
— Everest Today (@EverestToday) May 28, 2023
Secret behind Amazonian ‘dark earth’ could help speed up forest restoration across the globe Frontiers Science Communications. “Dark earth” (terra preta) at NC here, here, and here.
Coastal Town Brings Mass Litigation—and an ‘Existential Threat’—to Chemical Giants WSJ. More on PFAS at NC here, here, and here.
Mortality Among US Veterans Admitted to Community vs Veterans Health Administration Hospitals for COVID-19 JAMA. From the Abstract: “In a cohort of 64 856 VHA enrollees aged 65 years or older also enrolled in Medicare, admission to community hospitals was associated with higher risk-adjusted 30-day mortality during hospitalization for COVID-19 compared with VHA hospitals.”
The next pandemic: How Covid-19 has accelerated the emergence of super-bacteria El Pais. Something awful.
Preparing for the next pandemic will take a global commitment FT. “Only through global policy, with financial and legal commitments from governments and international bodies like the WHO, can we prevent and prepare for the next pandemic.” Fortunately, global institutions have a deep reservoir of trust on which to draw.
China faces a new Covid wave that could peak at 65 million cases a week NBC. “Like the U.S., China stopped providing weekly case updates this month, making it difficult to know the true extent of the current outbreak.” “‘Covid-zero enforcement was very interruptive to business,’ said Michael Hart, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, ‘and so we said again and again to the Chinese government, what companies need is stability, clarity, so they can plan.’” Strange to think that ruling classes in China and the US are converging ideologically, but here we are.
Beijing rejects Taiwan presidential candidate’s ‘bizarre’ wish to have dinner and talk peace with Xi South China Morning Post
U.S. Investors Want More Exposure to Japan. Here’s What They Should Know Beforehand. Institutional Investor
UN Special Envoy to Myanmar to Step Down This Month The Diplomat
Top Chinese intelligence official visits Myanmar for ‘cooperation’ talks Channel News Asia
Russian Lower House Official Pledges Support for Myanmar Regime’s Planned Poll The Irrawaddy. Ugh.
Antibiotics pro Centrient runs afoul of FDA at Indian manufacturing plant Fierce Pharma. Not the only Indian pharma company, either.
Moldova gears up for European Political Community summit Deutsche Welle
Erdoğan pulls out of European summit Politico
Erdoğan’s Resilience New Left Review
New Not-So-Cold War
Is the Ukraine war reaching a turning point? (transcript) FT. Much fascinating detail, including the name of the “Russian Volunteer Corps” leader who invaded Belgorod: “White Rex” (!). He has, of course, a white nationalist clothing company.
Ukrainian counteroffensive has begun; expect breakthroughs by early June — military expert New Voice of Ukraine. From May 24.
British police detain journalist Kit Klarenberg, interrogate him about The Grayzone The Grayzone. Straight outta Kafka:
British police detain journalist @KitKlarenberg, interrogate him about The Grayzone
Counter-terror police detained journalist Kit Klarenberg upon his arrival in London and subjected him to a 5 hour interrogation about his political views and reportinghttps://t.co/RmxZGY8efp pic.twitter.com/YftxSR1Cl0
— The Grayzone (@TheGrayzoneNews) May 31, 2023
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Amazon’s Ring doorbell was used to spy on customers, FTC says in privacy case Guardian (Carla). Carla writes: “What a surprise. But this ridiculous fines routine has to stop. If a corporation is a person, throw the corporation in jail (their profits go to a charity — like for instance, reparations to African Americans and Indigenous People–for a year or whatever the jail term is. Or give ’em the death penalty: pull their corporate charter.”
Jim Comey’s Hip New Media Tour Matt Taibbi, Racket News. “If this had been a channel called WFBI, the interview wouldn’t have gone differently.” Worth a read, just to get Comey placed properly, if you have not already done so.
A.I.-Generated Content Discovered on News Sites, Content Farms and Product Reviews NYT. I wonder what the R0 is for AI-generated bullshit in the content “ecosystem.” I’m guessing quite high.
The expanding AI hall of shame Politico
EU and US to prepare and push for global AI ‘code of conduct’ France24. A voluntary code of conduct.
Police State Watch
NYPD Pursued Terrorism Charges For UES Jordan Neely Protesters Upper East Side Patch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Contractor said he warned of Davenport building collapse Quad City Times (Late Introvert). A good question:
Curious since you have some sort of background in these things….Is this a typical way to support a bulging brick wall? Especially with tenants inside. From my understanding this was just days before the collapse pic.twitter.com/emlbTnoPso
— Purp (@purpispunk) May 31, 2023
Meanwhile, the landlord:
FINED FOR COLLAPSE – “On or about May 28, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. the defendant failed to maintain his building in a safe, sanitary, and structurally sound condition.”
I should say so. The building partially collapsed.
IF convicted… Andrew Wold will have to pay $395.
— Zachary Oren Smith (@ZacharyOS) May 31, 2023
When a Building Falls Who Gets to Be Saved? Lyz Lenz, Men Yell at Me.
Billionaires and the Evolution of Overconfidence The Garden of Forking Paths
Antidote du Jour (via):
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
But manifestations of strength and resolution.
🎬 deepkathikar pic.twitter.com/RZNTPulKMz
— Ramblings (@ramblingsloa) May 28, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.