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Lambert and I, and plenty of readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational surroundings ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of warfare — each actual fog and stage fog — in feedback. None of us want extra cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers can be summarily whacked.

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How did 81-1 longshot Rich Strike win the Kentucky Derby? Watch this StarTribune (Chuck L). Time was nonetheless fairly quick, within the high 50 for the Derby traditionally. I observed even within the NBC video (admittedly on a second viewing) that the jockey actually needed to maneuver Wealthy Strike on the high of the house stretch round a horse on the within. This video exhibits him nearly forcing his approach between two horses a bit earlier. Nonetheless, Wealthy Strike deserves full marks for having fairly a kick within the final furlong.

Election 2022: Dogs at polling stations BBC (David L)

Minnesota briefs: First wolf pups of the season tagged by Voyageurs researchers StarTribune (Chuck L)

Millions of ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ Bloom in This Breathtaking Japanese Park Each Year MyModernMet (David L)

NASA Releases Ridiculously Sharp Webb Space Telescope Images Gizmodo. Kevin W: “Take a look at the earlier than & after photos.”

When Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King jammed blues for an inspiring session FarOut Journal (David L)

The Dutch Tax Authority Was Felled by AI—What Comes Next? SpectrumIEEE (David L)

Baby food and autism — do the lawsuits and internet claims have merit? Skeptical Raptor (furzy)

Garbology: How to spot patterns in people’s waste BBC (Dr. Kevin)

Paging Dr. Ultrasound McGill (resilc)

It’s Not Too Late. You Can Boost Your Brainpower at Any Age. ConsumerReports (David L)



Transmission of infectious SARS-CoV-2 via fomites is possible but unlikely to occur in real-life scenarios, study concludes Information-medical.web (Kevin W)

Local weather/Setting

Coral reefs provide stunning images of a world under assault Related Press (furzy)

Fertilizer turning Europe’s farms into massive reservoirs of microplastics New Atlas (David L)

Outdated Blighty

Government threatening to ditch Northern Ireland protocol unless EU backs down Impartial (Kevin W)

Boris Johnson to force through new anti-protest curbs in Queen’s speech Guardian (Kevin W)

Labour gets a bloody nose in Tower Hamlets Counterfire (J-LS)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka PM resigns, Rajapaksa family home burnt down amid clashes: 10 points Hindustan Occasions (J-LS)

Dictator’s son a front-runner as Filipinos elect next leader Related Press (Kevin W)

New Not-So-Chilly Battle

Delusional interpretations on both sides of the Russia-West divide Gilbert Doctorow

Leaks raise concern Ukraine will spill into US-Russia proxy war The Hill. I can’t even…

Commission weighs joint borrowing for Ukraine Politico (Kevin W). Be aware this comes regardless of proof of but extra looting, like troopers not being paid, households not getting loss of life advantages.

EU drops plans to ban shipping Russian crude in face of opposition Monetary Occasions

However Macron, EU to Push Orban to Drop Veto Threat on Russian Oil Ban Bloomberg

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Ukraine Alone Makes Biden The Worst US President In A Long Time Caitlin Johnstone (David L)

In shift, Democrats de-link Ukraine aid from COVID-19 money The Hill. And now $40 billion:

Democrats want to raise Biden’s Ukraine aid to nearly $40 Billion Accountable Statecraft. Resilc:

Your entire State and Overseas Operations spending invoice for the present funds yr is $56.1 billion, only a smidge greater than what Congress might decide to addressing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in just below eight weeks.

I can be voting for one Inexperienced anti warfare IS senate candidate in NC

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Vladimir Putin Address to Victory Parade on Red Square – May 9, 2022 – English Subtitles YouTube. Quick, however if you’re impatient, transcript here.

Putin’s calm, restrained Victory Day speech ‘left room for negotiations’ World Occasions. Misses that the Donbass forces = DNR and LNR militias plus Chechens, with common Russian military artillery help. Within the speech, Putin acknowledged the Donbass militias and apparently some members have been current.

March of the Immortal Regiment, St Petersburg, 2022: Impressions of a Participant Gilbert Doctorow. Learn to the top.

Sky News Stops Interview With Russian Diplomat Over Mention of Zelensky Posting SS Symbol Sputnik. Rev Kev noticed the clip which has apparently been yanked since. Nevertheless it nonetheless lives on Twitter:

Be aware that Dmitry Polyanskiy within the clip above mentions a Could 9 45 minute video by Scott Ritter on Finland. Once I went trying on YouTube, all I might discover is what seems like a hoisting/republication:
Scott Ritter – Ukraine, Finland and Nato, a Warning to the People of Finland . The YouTube search outcomes say on the high: “These outcomes could also be new or altering shortly.” I’ve seen that in Google searches solely when an article or put up has been yanked just lately. I consider the rationale PayPal demonetized MintPress and Consortium Information was that each gave Ritter loads of play (for MintNews, a number of vids, for Consortium Information, each authentic articles and IIRC, not less than one interview on CNLive!). There’s a extremely distrubing must-listen part on the F-35A beginning at 41:00. Oh, per Glen in Water Cooler, seems authentic vid is on Bitchute.


Dubai official criticizes ‘foolish’ US bill that targets OPEC nations The Cradle (guurst). Now we have misplaced our minds.

Saudi Arabia flexing its geopolitical oil power Asia Occasions

Wrong to the Core: The Supreme Court of Israel’s Ruling on Masafer Yatta Verfassungsblog (guurst)

Imperial Collapse Watch

William Astore, Must the U.S. Be Involved in Every War? TomDispatch

A Marine’s Story: Phil Klay’s Memories and Advice for a Nation Still Reeling from Afghanistan and Iraq Washington Month-to-month (resilc)

US Navy Stonewalls Congress In Working Ship Reports qCaptain (guurst). Subhead:

The US Navy has used a path of misinformation to stonewall Congress and divert funding from working ships to naval aviation and costly/attractive warships just like the failed USS Zumwalt.

Why America is losing the ‘war by other means’ despite Big Tech, Hollywood and soft power-Opinion News Firstpost (J-LS)


The Surprising Backstory of How the Steele Dossier Was Created Wall Avenue Journal or

Florida tilts toward Trump amid population growth The Hill

The Supremes

There are unconfirmed reports that a Supreme Court justice had to flee his home in light of the draft Roe v. Wade opinion Politico (furzy)

The Roe opinion and the case against the Supreme Court of the United States Vox

John Roberts Losing Internal Supreme Court Political Battles With Right Wing Esquire (furzy)

These Texas DAs Will Refuse to Prosecute Women if “Roe” Is Overturned Nation

Scooping the Supreme Court New Yorker (furzy)

The Fall of ‘Roe’ Would Put Big Tech in a Bind Wired (Dr. Kevin). Gee, they may should make it doable to choose out of geolocating? However what about all these NSA/FBI again doorways?

The Real Origins of the Religious Right Politico (furzy). Confirms my pet thesis, of organized feminists within the Seventies being responsible of not nailing down key rights, significantly to abortions, after they had the wind of their sails.

NYC’s Jewish museum bans DeSantis for having wrong opinions New York Put up (furzy)

How Ron DeSantis is following in Viktor Orbán’s footsteps Vox (resilc)

Our No Longer Free Press

Police State Watch

U.S. police trainers with far-right ties are teaching hundreds of cops Reuters. Resilc: “Shocked! Shocked I’m.”

Villages Told to Evacuate as New Mexico Wildfire Pushes North US Information (David L)

Double Down! Doomberg. On MicroStrategy.

A Better Globalization Might Rise from Hyper-Globalization’s Ashes Undertaking Syndicate (David L)

Fed Warns of Worsening Market Liquidity in Stability Report Bloomberg. Gee, ya suppose?

Class Warfare

Internet Providers Commit to Low-Income Broadband Program Under Infrastructure Law Wall Avenue Journal. The truth that that is occurring solely now….after distant education throughout Covid lockdowns, is a shame.

Nurses are not OK: Why they’re quitting their jobs, and what it means for the future of healthcare Grid Information (resilc)

Antidote du jour (Cliff V):

And a bonus. Robert H is an enormous fan of this cat, which I take to be a younger Maine Coon.

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour and Hyperlinks here.

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Ro Khanna: ‘Freedom’ Has Been Hijacked by the Right. Let’s Take It Back



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Yves right here. Khanna’s proposal for the left to problem the suitable’s appropriation of the phrase freedom is overdue. Sadly, the truth that that is going down solely now displays the conviction that the form of New Deal values that have been as soon as lifeless within the heart of American politics have been so clearly right and sound that they didn’t want defending. Even because the resurgent proper went from energy to energy within the Reagan period, many mainstream Dems, seeing younger technocrats as the long run and labor as sclerotic, have been completely happy to journey of their slipstream. And unions acted like victimized spouses, unable to cease the abuse, but unwilling to depart.

By Ro Khanna. Initially printed at openDemocracy

Ro Khanna represents Silicon Valley within the US Home of Representatives. He’s the deputy whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and was previously the co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential marketing campaign. What follows is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Khanna’s new e book ‘Dignity in a Digital Age’, the place he outlines a imaginative and prescient for distributing the positive factors of the digital economic system throughout the US. Khanna can be featured within the openDemocracy documentary sequence‘ US Progressives on a Knife Edge’.

The grand promise of the digital age is the opportunity of aligning the goals of political justice with financial development.

Our nation has created unprecedented wealth in current many years, and now can spend money on the event of “substantive freedoms” for each American to foster even larger prosperity over the long run. Amartya Sen coined this phrase, substantive freedom, to imply {our capability} to steer a life we “have purpose to worth”.

Completely different folks may have completely different life missions and can worth issues otherwise. Sen’s philosophy acknowledges that, and his key level is that every of us ought to have the liberty to pursue the life we envision. To that finish, even when we could have completely different conceptions of the great life, Sen argues there are some primary capabilities that everybody must develop to be in a position to pursue their ends. Guaranteeing that somebody can develop these primary capabilities is to make sure that they’ve “substantive freedoms.”

Sen’s considering echoes Franklin Roosevelt’s well-known enlargement of the American conception of freedom. As FDR put it, “true particular person freedom can’t exist with out financial safety and independence.” FDR’s Financial Invoice of Rights known as for the suitable to medical care, training, sufficient meals, and a job, and it’s a imaginative and prescient for the kind of social growth essential to extend the liberty of bizarre People.

The body of enhancing freedom is vital. It’s mind-boggling to me that progressives have allowed conservatives to acceptable “freedom” as their fixed theme.

Conservatives declare to face up for the freedoms of People, however their imaginative and prescient is, by their very own admission, restricted to limiting state motion. It’s freedom from extreme authorities rules and interference – however it’s silent about essentially the most urgent financial and social constraints that People face day by day. And these too are questions of freedom.

Consider the contract employee whose schedule is non-negotiable and adjusted at a whim, who has no bargaining energy, no well being care, no paid day without work. Is that this freedom?

Progressives have the chance to reclaim a extra developed idea of freedom, one which displays the complete texture of American life within the digital age. We’re for freedom, not simply from state overreach, but additionally freedom to reside as much as one’s potential.

At current, we frequently defend our insurance policies by interesting to equity. Whereas a elementary precept, it must be married to the rallying cry of freedom. We regularly rail towards billionaires turning into exponentially richer whereas the working class falls behind. Some begin to imagine we’re for redistribution for redistribution’s sake. However that isn’t true.

The animating spirit behind many progressive insurance policies is the purpose of nurturing the liberty of each American to succeed. We wish folks to have well being care to allow them to be free to pursue their desires. We wish them to have a high quality training to allow them to be free to discover fascinating jobs. We wish them to be effectively nourished to allow them to be free to review and work laborious. Grounding our insurance policies as supporting, as an alternative of curbing, American freedom isn’t just true to our targets and beliefs, it should assist us win over skeptics to our trigger.

Our insurance policies are additionally pro-growth. They are going to result in a rise in nationwide financial output. Amartya Sen, who rejects GDP as our north star, observes that public investments in well being care and training create a extra productive workforce and result in long-term prosperity.

Equally, Gary Becker, a champion of free markets, observes that within the know-how period, a nation’s financial success depends upon “how extensively and successfully folks spend money on themselves.” He mentioned that the gasoline for contemporary financial development are investments in “education, on-the-job coaching, well being, data, and analysis and growth.” The truth is, Becker argued that human capital, which is the “information, data, concepts, expertise, and well being of people,” is “over 70% of the full capital in america.”

Typically, folks marvel how I graduated with an economics diploma from the College of Chicago and taught economics at Stanford, but advocate for daring, progressive insurance policies. They don’t imply it as a praise. If I’m on the lookout for a jab, I provoke them additional by mentioning that Bernie Sanders is a product of the College of Chicago!

However my substantive reply to critics is that they haven’t fastidiously studied the work of economists and students like Gary Becker, one of many pioneers of Chicago’s faculty of economics. This isn’t to indicate that Becker, whom I interacted with as an undergraduate, would endorse any of my proposals. However he would definitely acknowledge nations that domesticate “extra educated and more healthy populations” develop quicker within the digital age.

This e book, so far, has centered on extending high-technology ecosystems with good jobs to communities left behind to foster dignity and financial development. I devoted outsized consideration to the roles drawback as a result of it is among the most seen causes of latest alienation and despair.

Sen himself holds that the dearth of an excellent job is an infringement on an individual’s substantive freedom. He argues that jobless folks face “social exclusion” and wouldn’t have decisions about easy methods to make a contribution to their household or group.

Unemployment, furthermore, hurts financial development “due to a wastage of productive energy, since part of the nationwide output will not be realized.” Sen’s concentrate on employment is echoed by thinker Martha Nussbaum, who sees “having the ability to work as a human being” as essential for a significant life.

It could be a mistake, nonetheless, to assume that good jobs coverage is adequate to beat the stark boundaries to alternative in our society. Even when we make jobs applications out there in locations like Jefferson, Iowa, and Clarksdale, Mississippi, we nonetheless want an informed and wholesome inhabitants to reap the benefits of these alternatives.

Sen suggests that each society ought to deliberate via the democratic course of to craft a listing of capabilities – what is required to attain our life targets. Nussbaum argues that societies can debate the quantity of sources to offer for cultivating every functionality, however they need to assure, as important to selling dignity, well being care, training, nourishment, and a method of producing revenue.

Influenced by Sen’s and Nussbaum’s work, my argument is that advancing substantive freedoms requires foundational investments. The central aspiration of progressive capitalism is to domesticate the potential of each American. One a part of that entails a broadly distributed, well- paying job market that enables them to utilize their abilities. An equally vital half entails growing the capabilities that can permit People to do these jobs and pursue their bigger life targets.

All People ought to have the chance to flourish via their participation in our economic system, in the event that they search that, as an alternative of being confined to search for achievement exterior of it.

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Has Inflation Peaked? – The Big Picture



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Has inflation peaked?

After we have a look at the information, there are encouraging indicators in numerous sectors. Three of probably the most signficant are Cars, Properties, and Labor/Wages:

• Cars: The semiconductor scarcity despatched new automotive provides down and costs larger; this additionally helped drive used automotive costs up. However business insiders are assured semi provides are normalizing (hopefully, over the remainder of the 12 months). And, they’re seeing costs start to roll over.

Right here is Nick Woolard, Lead Trade Analyst at TrueCar:

“We’re additionally now beginning to see indicators of demand adjusting. Increased rates of interest mixed with larger gas costs current a headwind to demand, which can clarify why common used record costs are lowering, down 1.6% in Might versus April 2022. By way of value changes, in comparison with the start of the month we’re seeing extra automobiles being marked down than for a similar interval final 12 months. That is more true for used vehicles the place we’re seeing over half of our used listings getting a downward value adjustment because the starting of the month. This development is led by the used full-size car phase.”  (emphasis added)

Growing provides would go a great distance, however for now, rising credit score prices is perhaps capping new and used automotive costs.

Properties: Stock is growing, with 6 months of latest residence provide under construction. Gross sales of latest properties are falling, feeling the chunk of upper mortgage charges.

April New Home Sales fell precipitously — the 4th consecutive month-to-month drop. And Existing Home Sales in April additionally fell — down 2.4% from the earlier month, and down 5.9% 12 months over 12 months.

However we now have but to see costs roll over. The largest impediment to falling costs stays the low provide of properties relative to demand.  The very best hope for costs to average is for provide to rise. Within the meantime, elevated charges are placing a cap on costs, particularly for the underneath $1m properties.

Ideally, Single Household Dwelling costs stabilize after which drift decrease. On the very least, we’re searching for indicators that the unsustainable rate of increase we confirmed yesterday has peaked.

Labor & Wages: Anecdotally, we’re listening to that numerous firms hiring sprees are over. Some retailers which will have overhired — Amazon, Walmart, Goal — are even doing layoffs.

My colleague Josh Brown observes:

“We’re going to have a really wholesome and comfortable labor power, paid greater than it had been previous to the pandemic. However the labor scarcity goes to ease significantly within the second half of this 12 months. We’re already listening to about this easing on convention calls throughout a number of industries. Together with from each Walmart and Amazon, the biggest and second largest non-public employers in America. They are saying they’re overstaffed. Different CEOs and CFOs have been telling Wall Avenue that discovering folks has change into simpler this spring. Or that they may merely want much less folks. The impact is similar.”

Labor has acquired a giant reset over the previous few years to the upside. That appears to be ending, as Wages are stabilizing. The will increase have been overdue, however the mad scramble and hiring bonuses are coming to an finish.


These are encouraging indicators that inflation has probably peaked, however falling costs aren’t occurring throughout each sector. Most notably, we see Power and Meals stay elevated. A few of that may be a operate of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, however that’s not the one driver of value in these areas.

Rents are additionally excessive, following a plummet in 2020, a full restoration in 2021, and an ongoing rise in rents since.

Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to see provide come on-line, costs average, and demand cool in three essential sectors . . .



See additionally:
TrueCar Releases Evaluation of Might Trade Gross sales. (AP News, Might 25, 2022)

Employment-related inflation has peaked. (The Reformed Broker, Might 25, 2022)

New Dwelling Gross sales Decline Sharply, ~6 Months of Stock Beneath Building. (Calculated Risk, Might 19, 2022)

Present-Dwelling Gross sales Decreased to five.61 million SAAR in April (Calculated Risk, Might 19, 2022)


Aspirational Pricing (Might 25, 2022)

Transitory Is Taking Longer than Expected (February 10, 2022)

How Everybody Miscalculated Housing Demand (July 29, 2021)


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FirstFT: Fed considers ‘restrictive’ policy to fight inflation



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Federal Reserve officers mentioned the potential of transferring the US central financial institution to a “restrictive” policy stance that will higher struggle inflation by extra aggressive rate of interest will increase.

In keeping with minutes of the most recent Federal Open Market Committee meeting held in early Might, most US financial policymakers agreed on the necessity to maintain rising the Fed’s major rate of interest — set at a spread of between 0.75 per cent and 1 per cent — by 50 foundation factors “on the subsequent couple of conferences”.

After the monetary disaster the Fed pursued a extremely accommodative financial coverage, decreasing rates of interest to file low ranges and pumping tons of of billions of {dollars} into the US financial system by a bond buyback programme to help enterprise and households.

It has been pressured to undertake an aggressive strategy in direction of tightening financial coverage this 12 months to manage inflation that’s at a 40-year excessive. However there are considerations amongst economists and buyers that this might undermine the robust restoration within the jobs market and result in a recession.

Buyers, nevertheless, welcomed the absence of a more hawkish monetary policy from the central financial institution in yesterday’s minutes. The S&P 500 completed 0.9 per cent increased, rising shortly after the minutes had been launched, having been up 0.2 per cent beforehand. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 1.5 per cent.

Fed officers, together with chair Jay Powell, try to engineer what they’ve described as a “smooth” or “softish” touchdown for the US financial system however have acknowledged it’s a tough balancing act.

In public remarks, Powell has vowed to maintain tightening financial coverage till the central financial institution sees “clear and convincing” indicators that inflation is slowing and transferring again to its 2 per cent goal.

Thanks for studying FirstFT Americas and right here’s the remainder of the day’s information — Gordon

1. Beto O’Rourke interrupts press convention on Texas faculty bloodbath The Democratic candidate for Texas governor accused the incumbent Republican Greg Abbott of “doing nothing” to curb gun violence within the state at a press convention to present additional data on the taking pictures of 19 younger youngsters and two lecturers at an elementary faculty.

  • Go deeper: The taking pictures at Robb Elementary College has reignited the gun management debate in America simply because the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation prepares to carry its annual assembly in Houston. Justin Jacobs is within the metropolis and spoke to gun owners.

Beto O’Rourke clashed with Texas governor Greg Abbott in regards to the lack of gun controls within the state © Reuters

2. Elon Musk should discover additional cash for Twitter deal The billionaire is seeking to raise additional cash to fund his $44bn bid for Twitter after permitting a $6.25bn margin mortgage dedication backed by his shares of electrical automotive maker Tesla to lapse. Tesla’s shares have fallen by 25 per cent since Musk introduced his intention to purchase the social media platform in April. The information got here after the corporate’s annual assembly at which Silver Lake co-chief government Egon Durban tendered his resignation from the board.

3. Russia cuts rates of interest as rouble rises Russia’s central financial institution cut its main policy rate to 11 per cent from 14 per cent as a strengthening rouble eased inflationary pressures. Yesterday President Vladimir Putin unveiled double-digit increases to Russia’s minimal wage and pensions. Putin admitted Russia confronted “difficulties” however denied these had been linked to what he known as the nation’s “particular navy operation” in Ukraine.

4. China turns a blind eye to labour violations to spur financial system Native governments throughout China are turning a blind eye to labour violations in an try to spice up the financial system by serving to struggling companies. Yesterday, China’s premier Li Keqiang mentioned the world’s second-largest financial system could struggle to record positive growth within the present quarter.

5. Andreessen Horowitz bets on crypto ‘golden period’ with new $4.5bn fund Regardless of the market crash, the Silicon Valley enterprise capital group has made its biggest bet yet on the future of blockchain know-how. It plans to allocate about $1.5bn to seed investments whereas the remaining $3bn could be earmarked for enterprise investments.

The day forward

Financial information The US commerce division releases the second studying of first-quarter gross home product. The primary studying, released last month, confirmed that the US financial system unexpectedly contracted within the first three months of the 12 months. The Labor division is anticipated to report preliminary claims for state unemployment advantages that confirmed a decline for the week ended Might 21. Pending house gross sales figures for April are additionally due from the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors.

Company earnings Chinese language know-how giants Alibaba and Baidu launch earnings at the moment. Low cost shops Greenback Normal and Greenback Tree additionally report earnings in addition to huge field retailer Costco Wholesale and division retailer Macy’s.

Annual conferences Carl Icahn is hoping to get the backing of fellow shareholders for his plan to exchange two administrators on the board of McDonald’s. The activist investor has clashed with the fast-food chain’s administration over its treatment of pigs.

Financial coverage Federal Reserve vice chair Lael Brainard is to testify on “Digital Belongings and the Way forward for Finance: Inspecting the Advantages and Dangers of a US Central Financial institution Digital Foreign money” earlier than a digital House Committee on Financial Services hearing.

Outlook for markets Futures contracts that observe the S&P 500 and Nasdaq had been little modified forward of the open of buying and selling on Wall Avenue as buyers awaited the trio of information releases. Shares in Europe rose following yesterday’s constructive session within the US. The Shanghai Composite Index and Cling Seng in Hong Kong fell after a broadly constructive session elsewhere in Asia.

Emergency assist for UK households Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce an emergency multibillion-pound package of support for British households dealing with spiralling home power payments, partly funded by a windfall tax on power firms.

What else we’re studying

On the waterfront: organised crime on the Port of New York Tech and international commerce have remodeled New York — the busiest port on the US japanese seaboard — from a spot of burlap sacks and baling hooks to one in every of computer-tracked containers borne on ships of once-unimaginable dimensions. But organised crime’s barnacle-like presence persists.

A latest report from the Waterfront Fee of New York Harbor claimed six males with hyperlinks to Italy’s Genovese household had been on the port’s payroll © Pascal Perich/FT

Disney’s strategy to Delight snags on tradition wars Firms have lengthy used Delight month — a June celebration for queer individuals — as a branding train. However Disney has come under fire this year from each the left and the suitable over its stance on a brand new Florida legislation limiting dialogue of sexuality and gender identification in major colleges, nicknamed the “Don’t Say Homosexual” legislation.

‘We’ll struggle to maintain the metaverse open’ The chief government of Fortnite’s proprietor Epic tells our San Francisco correspondent Patrick McGee about his worries that Apple and Google could extend their control over smartphone platforms to “dominate all bodily commerce happening in digital and augmented actuality”.

How hubris and Covid remodeled Sri Lanka Till not too long ago, Sri Lankans loved a few of the highest residing requirements in South Asia. However now the nation has opened talks with the IMF over a $4bn bailout, and observers are ready to see how China, one of many major collectors, will react.

Africa’s fastest-growing firms Know-how, fintech and agricultural commodities are the place a few of the fastest-growing firms in Africa function and investors are taking note. In its first ranking of African firms, the FT has labored with information firm Statista.

US buyers play for Premier League with Chelsea sale Todd Boehly’s acquisition of Chelsea is the newest signal of US buyers’ curiosity in owning the Premier League’s top teams. Boehly is main a £4.25bn takeover backed by Clearlake Capital, Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss and Guggenheim Companions chief government Mark Walter. For normal updates on the enterprise of sport sign-up to our Scoreboard publication.


Tom Cruise is again within the cockpit as Pete Mitchell, thirty-six years after High Gun burst on to cinema screens. “The storytelling . . . reminds you of the most effective model of previous Hollywood, broad strokes rendered with watchmaker care,” writes the FT’s film critic Danny Leigh.

Tom Cruise’s Pete Mitchell is recalled to educate younger pilots in ‘High Gun: Maverick’ © Scott Garfield

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