Links 12/1/12

Bread that lasts for 60 days could cut food waste BBC (John L)

Fracking Our Food Supply Nation. Scary.

The Drug Store in American Meat Counterpunch (May S)

Human Evolution Enters an Exciting New Phase Wired

Take it a bit easier in the gym: Too much exercise can wear out your heart Daily Mail (May S)

7 jailed in ‘kidney for iPhone’ case Shanghai Daily

The 16 scariest maps from the E.U.’s massive new climate change report Gristmill (Aquifer)

The Big Data Fallacy And Why We Need To Collect Even Bigger Data TechCrunch (Lambert)

The very curious case of the disappearing reinsurance deal South China Morning Post

Strauss-Kahn Discussed Settling Suit, His Lawyers Say Bloomberg

BoE tells banks to crack down on bonuses Telegraph. So what’s the Fed’s excuse?

Cairo readies for pro-Morsi rally BBC

Housing Move in Israel Seen as Setback for a Two-State Plan New York Times

Crunching the numbers shows how Obama and Romney were polls apart Guardian

Audit finds billions in unverified Medicare spending Washington Post (furzy mouse)

Republicans Take Aim at Entitlements Wall Street Journal

Bradley Manning: a tale of liberty lost in America Glenn Greenwald

NY Fed Mortgage Debt Data Says No US Recovery Ilargi

Where Are the Foreclosures? Adam Levitin, Credit Slips

It’s 2007 again, thanks to the US Fed Financial Times. No, it was more fun the first time around.

Creating and Destroying the Universe in Twenty-Nine Nights New York Review of Books. For a small dose of something like this (not the artistry, but having your time sense adjusted), watch Die Große Stille, if all possible on a large screen.

Antidote du jour (Richard Smith):

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    1. Bill

      The Manning story illustrates just how brutal and merciless the US military can be against someone they consider an enemy.

      I worked for them for years as a civilian, and am now retired. But I was a whistleblower, and am now suffering the retaliation they could not legally carry out during my work years.

      One of the methods is night-time awakening, which is torture now matter how they want to make it look. They are systematic and merciless.

      The only reason they can do this to me is that I live alone, so have no witnesses. The local police are not interested either.

        1. Bill

          I was referring to the Manning story, where he describes having his sleep constantly disrupted so his captors could “see his face” or “ensure he was not suicidal, thus disguising torture as concern.

      1. Rich

        Ya see Bill, when you wake up at night you are in you’re own home and it’s your body, not some stranger who has awakened you that tells you it’s time to go to the bathroom. And your body doesn’t wake you every 5 minutes and ask you if you’re OK. And when you go to the bathroom you don’t have to stand in front of a TP dispenser that has a camera and ask for permission to recieve TP. And you don’t have to wonder whether anyone cares about your circumstances. And you don’t have to wonder if you might possibly end up dead without anyone being able to do anything about it just because some system is in a snit. And you don’t have to be concerned with your sanity and if it’s better to give up your morality, your essence, in order to not be punished anymore for something that is a thousand times less than what the two-party system, the Klingon party has done to America and the world.

  1. Jim Haygood

    Susan Rice’s best client reacts to its loss in the UN [from the NYT link above]:

    Israel is moving forward with development of Jewish settlements in a contentious area east of Jerusalem, defying the United States by advancing a project that has long been condemned by Washington as effectively dooming any prospect of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    It is hardly the first time Israel has been criticized for bad timing on settlement expansion. But E1 — where a plan approved years ago calls for 3,910 housing units, 2,192 hotel rooms and an industrial park, in addition to the police station — is more contentious than all those projects combined. Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all strenuously objected to any settlement there.

    Dani Seidemann, a Jerusalem lawyer and peace activist, described E1 as “the fatal heart attack of the two-state solution” and said Mr. Netanyahu was wielding “the doomsday weapon.”

    Apartheid pays its spokesbots well to advocate for hate.

    1. K Ackermann

      It sure does, and though the Times can sponsor the apologist parade as often as it wants, we, the people, know Israel is in the process of recinding its right to exist.

  2. woof

    I have noticed an anti-exercise bent in links you have posted over the years. This latest on exercising too much is just one example; here are some snippets from the article, for those who didn’t click the link:

    “They warn that exercising intensely for more than an hour or two can damage the heart, causing its tissue to stretch, tear and scar and raising the odds of dangerous changes in heart rhythm.

    However, closer analysis of the results revealed the longevity benefits to be limited to those who ran between five and 20 miles a week.”

    Most people never come close to exercising 1 or 2 hours at a time, or running 5 to 20 miles per week.

    1. Hypothetical_Taxpayer

      fear of exercise…fear of austerity…same thing.

      pass the drone remote…i wanna see what’s on tv…

    2. Gmarks

      I am pretty sedentary, but since I started to lose some weights, I spend 40 minutes on the treadmill for a 3mph/2mile walk, trot – and then swim a mile in just over an hour.

      That’s pretty standard for the women at the gym.

      And again, I’m no athlete. I think perhaps you are more sendentary than me – and that’s not good.

    3. Yves Smith Post author

      I am very much in favor of exercise. However, more than 40 mins of cardio in a session, you go catabolic (as in you produce stress hormone, which undermines the effectiveness of the exercise, you’ll actually accumulate fat rather than lose it) and more than an hour of weight training in a session is similarly counterproductive.

      I used to do 2-3 hours a day on the stair machine at high intensity. I also used to do more than an hour a day of high impact aerobics when I wasn’t doing a lot of stair machine. I have the messed up knees to prove it.

      It is very easy to screw up your joints from too much exercise. Knees and shoulders are most vulnerable.

      1. psychohistorian

        I have found bicycling and cross country skiing as activities that are low impact on joints and which you can do for longer periods than other exercises beneficially.

  3. Butch in Waukegan

    Chicago Incorporated, a joint venture.

    Here comes another city privatization deal forged behind closed doors

    One hundred and fifty-five million bucks is a lot of money. Or maybe it isn’t.

    It’s more than most of us have to spend on holiday gifts this year. But is it the right price for letting a private company put up dozens of billboards on public land around the city for at least 20 years?


    The mayor and his aides officially call it a “municipal marketing initiative.” If you cut through the jargon, though, it’s the latest privatization deal out of City Hall, this one involving the long-term rental of public space to advertisers.

  4. bob

    Hey skippy-

    China Kidney for iHole-

    There are lots of arbitrage opportunities until the real market gets going. iHoleX vs. Kindney markit index is positive 3000bps.

  5. Schutzstaffel USA

    Glenn, Glenn – the undying disgrace of Obama’s first term is the only thing keeping him alive. That’s his prime directive as NCS Puppet Ruler: impunity for Bennett’s torturers and murderers. Our quavering figurehead’s first official act was announcing impunity for torture, “look forward, not back.” Manning’s actions permit effective application of the Nuremberg Principles, so cruel, inhuman, and degrading infliction of severe mental suffering on Bradley Manning, and decisive abortion of justice in his case, that’s the one pledge Obama will never break. If Obama puts a foot wrong here, Marine One is gonna throw a rotor and they’ll put up a fugly Stalinist-gothic statue of him right next to MLK’s, so they can look at each other like, Why didn’t we keep our mouths shut about CIA crimes of concern to the international community?

    1. Gmarks


      Now there are two of us who understand the depravity that is the American power structure.

      This country is disgraceful. More disgraceful is the problem that the electorate refuses to see these monsters for what they are.

      Smithsonian mag this month has a wonderful piece on Jefferson the slave owner. He was my last hero – and now I see the horrors of his nail factory, and his feigned interest in freeing slaves. Et Tu Jefferson – another monster. A horrible horrible man.

      So, I have no more heroes in American history.

      1. ambrit

        Dear Gmarks;
        I found it better to remould my “Heros” into semi mythical forms. People have feet of clay, heros have winged extremities. After all, once one enters the realm of the Heros, one is beyond time and space. That is why Historical figures don’t fit the bill.

  6. JEHR

    Oh, my god. My bread now lasts for 59 days and we are going to improve on that? For whom is this innovation being made? Could it be for the stores who like to have things last forever on their shelves? Just asking.

      1. Valissa

        In honor of Twinkies…

        The political implications, part 1

        The political implications, part 2

        The political implications, part 3

        A legal implication

        Snacks of the future!

        1. Hypothetical_Taxpayer

          ha ha. The thing that amazes me is that the word twinkie can mean both “a wimp” AND an indestructible snack food.

    1. Howard Beale IV

      Get rid of the oxygen and most foodstuffs should last quite a while-think vacuum packing.

      1. IF

        I have real pumpernickel, either in thick foil or in thin cans. Lasts years. Just don’t go for the fluffy stuff (but it would last in cans as well).

  7. Hugh

    “Housing Move in Israel Seen as Setback for a Two-State Plan New York”

    How can you have a setback to a plan that has been dead 17 years, since the assassination of Rabin in 1995? Who knows maybe the Times will follow this up with a medical update on Rabin’s condition.

    1. K Ackermann

      Supposedly, he’s still dead. Not Sharon, though – relatively speaking, he doing quite well.

      1. Maximilien

        There’s no “relatively speaking” about it. Sharon is not only not dead, he is currently living a life of luxury, spending his entire day loafing in bed while waited on hand-and-foot.

        Perhaps the NYT could do one of its Special Features on him: What brand of sheets does he lie on? Does he wear designer pajamas? And what rare delicacies are running into his IV/feeding tube?

        Times readers expect—nay, demand—to know.

  8. Chris A

    What is that animal in the Antidote du Jour photo? I can’t tell even after craning my neck to the left.

    1. CB

      It’s something like an anteater/aardvark but not either of those: look at the head and the claws. I’ve seen this animal in documentaries but I can’t remember what it is or where it lives.

  9. Jack Parsons

    It’s an “SPCA comes to your house with a can of whoop-ass” anteater. Do not put animals in the laundry devices.

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