Migrating monarch butterflies have started arriving in Mexico Mexico News Daily

US economy bounces back from recession territory even as storm continues to brew Sky News

The surprisingly chilled bear market FT

Facebook used to be a Big Tech giant — now Meta isn’t even in the top 20 most valuable U.S. companies CNBC. That’s a damn shame.

Wile E. Coyote Moment as Tech Goes Off the Cliff John Authers, Bloomberg

PayPal reinstates $2,500 misinformation penalty Agence France Presse (Rev Kev).


Building with nature: Can reviving a marsh save this California town from sea level rise? LA Times

Seed Giant Bayer Shortens Corn Stalks to Withstand Extreme Winds Bloomberg


Excess risk for acute myocardial infarction mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic Journal of Medical Virology (Rev Kev). From the Abstract: ” The excess death, defined as the difference between the observed and the predicted mortality rates, was most pronounced for the youngest (25–44 years) aged decedents, ranging from 23% to 34% for the youngest compared to 13%–18% for the oldest age groups.” Ulp.


Xi takes the new Standing Committee to Yan’an Sinocism

Next China: Investor Whiplash Bloomberg

China Ramps Up Lockdowns, Covid Restrictions Across Country Bloomberg

Shein Is Even Worse Than You Thought New York Magazine

Japan to citizens: Get a digital ID or health insurance gets harder The Register

The Koreas

Korean theme park developer’s bond default points to wider stress Channel News Asia

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents? NK News


Shunned by the West, Russia and Myanmar Form a Partnership of Unequals NYT


Tour Burj Al Babas, a Massive Abandoned Town of Disney-esque Castles Architectural Digest

Dear Old Blighty

Spy chiefs may be reluctant to share sensitive information with Suella Braverman, warns Lord Blunkett Evening Standard

Tory war over Suella Braverman as ‘MI5 probe’ sparks new calls for investigation The Mirror

In Britain’s inflation crisis, healthy diets are a casualty Reuters

Northern Ireland Assembly dies in ‘wake for power-sharing’ Politico

The Primrose Path Craig Murray (Chuck L).

Why the Putney Debates Still Matter Tribune

European Disunion

Dirty Russian oil tankers pile up near Singapore and Malaysia ahead of EU sanctions South China Morning Post

Don’t let Russia win, NATO chief warns US Politico

New Not So Cold War

Transcript of the Plenary Session of the 19th Annual Meeting Valdai Discussion Club. Putin’s speech.

An American in Ukraine Finds the War He’s Been Searching For NYT. First, the liberal love for fascists. Now, for mercs. It’s not a good look.

Biden Administration

U.S. Officials Had a Secret Oil Deal With the Saudis. Or So They Thought. NYT

Biden avoids radical shift in new nuclear weapons policy FT

Biden Administration Wants To Make It Easier To Seize Crypto Without Criminal Charges Forbes

White House on Ron Klain violating the Hatch Act: ‘We are not perfect’ CNN

Arnold Schwarzenegger Goads GOP in Court Over ‘Nuts’ Election Theory Bloomberg. Moore v. Harper.

Democrats en Déshabillé

The Brutal Comedy of the Withdrawn Peace Letter Matt Taibbi, TK News. From the peroration:

In this context, could anything look worse than this week’s scurrying-roach routine? If you were actively trying to convince the public you didn’t stand for anything, you couldn’t dream up something more devastating than what the CPC members just did to themselves, and their institution.

Realignment and Legitimacy

Britain and America’s electoral geographies are broken FT

How The Left Became Cheerleaders for US Imperialism Mint Press

Neo-Nazi ‘Building White Ethnostate’ in Maine Now Working With Local Extremist Group Vices

How to prevent an anti-government revolution High Country News. Eastern Oregon


Philharmonical Warfare: The Forgotten Story of the BSO’s Cold War Collaboration with the CIA Dig Bos (TF)


Elon Musk Twitter Deal Completed, CEO and CFO Immediately Fired WSJ

Elon Musk ‘fires Twitter executive’ who banned Trump as speculation mounts he could return to platform Independent. Good. The Bush and Clinton dynasties are all on Twitter, along with Obama. Proud truthtellers all!

Musk promises Twitter won’t ‘become’ free-for-all hellscape FT

These top advertisers can stop Musk’s Twitter from supercharging online radicalization Media Matters

Our Famously Free Press

Information wants to be free:


There’s a morning-after pill to prevent sexually transmitted infections Vox

Imperial Collapse Watch

Gilbert Doctorow: “The West is run by corrupt cowards!” Algérie Résistance II

Guillotine Watch

May God Save Us From Economists The New Republic

Class Warfare

Starbucks Walks Out of Union Contract Negotiations After Months of Delays In These Times

They made doors, gum and jerry cans. Ontario’s ‘essential’ workers in manufacturing accounted for more workplace COVID deaths than any other sector — even health care Toronto Star

One factory worker takes on Mexico’s powerful unions Reuters. The headline is deceptive. The “one factory worker” is starting her own union.

Chick-fil-A’s Three-Day Work Week Has Had Stunning Results The Takeout (Furzy Mouse).

Ancient Maya cities were dangerously contaminated with mercury Frontiers Science News

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.