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Unfortunately, this is a pretty common feature of a lot countries. Elites can either embrace creative destruction, and take their chances on a growth strategy, or they can try to protect their privileges and try to milk their cow, even if it means that cow gets leaner and weaker with time.

A roundup of links on Russia-Ukraine, specific to the economic factors that underpin the precarious situation.

↩︎ Chris Blattman
There is no CD revival—that is, except for major artists who package discs with T-shirts in exclusive promotions at Target.
Archaeologists have found an astoundingly intact ancient Roman bowl that looks like it came straight from a Pottery Barn.
“We don’t want people running out taking random cannabinoids.” Don't go treating Covid with CBD just yet.

“I could be driving and break down in tears, just thinking about what these kids are going through over and over again.”

The children who lived through the start of the school shooting era have grown up.

↩︎ Vox
Psychologists and neuroscientists say when teenagers are sarcastic, it's a sign of a mature mind, even a vital ability.
A round-up of work from 23 emerging Ukrainian artists working in various styles and mediums.
Late 19th- and early 20th-century watercolor sketches of Japanese toy designs.
People nominate American citizens for one-term presidents: Michelle Obama, NPR's Kai Ryssdal, the NBA's Adam Silver.
Rosa Lyster reviews a new show of Fabergé eggs at the V&A. "The eggs are shorthand for hysterical opulence, an easy target."
"I’ve declared 2022 The Year of Duke Ellington, Duke’s Year for short." Embracing the sound of love for 2022.

It’s so goofy. It’s embarrassing! I ooze fucking gratitude. All the time, I am so grateful. I just can’t really believe I get to be someone who is happy and grateful to be alive.

Danielle Tcholakian’s 2021, her first calendar year sober, turned out to be the best year of her life.

↩︎ Jezebel
Life as a Forest Service intern. "Even after eight days in the forest, I’d never had a stronger urge to return to its solitude."

A song in honor of Canadian outdoor clothing company Arc'teryx seeming to have a moment—TikTok users, inspired by this guy, are wearing their jackets in the shower, apparently surprised that Gore-Tex sheds water.

Anyway, it's as good as excuse as any to share YT's song “Arc’teryx.”

An interview with a researcher who tracks left-wing gun culture on social media. "There are a lot of 'Civil War' narratives."
Researchers lament the rise of "zombie science" during the pandemic—not advancing knowledge, but enhancing someone's résumé.
Inside the FBI's Art Crime Team, which investigates everything from looted artifacts to forgeries to high-profile art thefts.
Someone has been terrifying Swedish children with mysterious TikToks that claim "war is coming," and it's probably Russia.

It was the CD that turned Pet Sounds and Another Green World and Heart of the Congos and Astral Weeks into widely beloved classics, as opposed to cult items; it was the format that finally made Lee “Scratch” Perry a mainstream hero.

“No format has ever been kinder to music that takes time.” On the return to compact discs.

↩︎ Rolling Stone