Readers, I hope your Thanksgiving is convivial!
Sperm whale found dead with 13 pounds of plastic in its stomach National Geographic
Stock-Market Margin Debt Plunges Most Since Lehman Moment Wolf Street (EM).
Why Algorithms Suck and Analog Computers are the Future De Gruyter Conversations (DK). From 2017, still germane. “Tomorrow’s applications demand stronger computing powers at much lower energy consumption levels. But digital computers simply can’t provide this out of the box.”
Theresa May seeks to resolve final blocks over Brexit deal RTE. May to return to Brussels.
Who speaks for Northern Ireland on Brexit – Business bosses or the DUP? Belfast Telegraph
Will the Tories Sacrifice Theresa May to Survive? Foreign Policy. You can’t beat something with nothing…
Trump’s Amoral Saudi Statement Is a Pure Expression of Decades-Old “U.S. Values” and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept
Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Apple Supplier Foxconn Signals Deep Cuts as Smartphone Demand Wanes South China Morning Post
Why Japan finds coal hard to quit Nikkei Asian Review
Half of ATMs may shut by March on stricter regulatory norms DNA India (J-LS).
New Cold War
Russian Diplomacy Is Winning the New Cold War Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation
Ukraine Crisis Deepens: Fresh Water Supply At Risk Awful Avalanche
Democrats in Disarray
Nancy Pelosi and the Audacity of Identity Driven Hustles Ghion Journal
The Democrats’ White-People Problem Joan C. Williams, The Atlantic. Better than the headline.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
We’re Headed Toward Perpetual Conflict and Cataclysmic War Truthdig. As shown by military curricula.
Who Says Economic Sanctions Work? Scott Ritter, The American Conservative
Two US senators pushed the IRS to outsource its debt collection to private companies through this program: Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, and Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York who has hailed the initiative for bringing jobs to one of the poorest parts of his state. As if by coincidence, three of the four debt-collecting companies contracted by the IRS are based in Iowa and New York. They declined to comment on the program.
No doubt. Some days, it seems like the planet is owned and operated by the Harkonnens.
“A 2017 study by the Government Accountability Office estimates that a typical borrower of a $30,000 student loan who places their loan into forbearance for three years — the maximum allowed for economic-hardship forbearance — would pay an additional $6,742 in interest on that loan.”
Countering the geography of discontent: Strategies for left-behind places Brookings Institution
Financial structure and income inequality (PDF) Bank of International Settlements
A Disaster of Our Own Making. The Atlantic
How Political Opinions Change Scientific American
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