These Sea Slugs Break a Cardinal Rule of Animal Life The Atlantic
HSBC, BlackRock, Nestle to help design nature-driven risk framework Reuters. The finest, most upstanding corporate citizens you could ever hope to meet!
How do we know the COVID vaccine won’t have long-term side-effects? The Conversation
Two studies tie long COVID-19 to severe initial illness Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
US, Chinese militaries hold 2 days of talks, stress the need for more South China Morning Post
Steps needed to bolster consumption People’s Daily. Commentary:
Redistributing income downwards helps at the margin, but there are only real two ways of rebalancing demand towards consumption. Either boost consumer debt, or boost the income share of GDP retained by households, which also means reducing the share of some other sector.
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) September 29, 2021
Who benefits most from the explosive growth of global shipping What China Reads
Timeless Confucian values:
honestly this made me very happy because I always thought premodern Chinese poetry was so boring and stilted (modernist bias!!!) and it turns out I was completely wrong and it's actually so vibrant and deeply emotional and at times completely ridiculous
— Rebecca F. Kuang (@kuangrf) September 26, 2021
Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing to chase Philippine presidential bid Channel News Asia
Philippines is the worst place to be in during COVID, says Bloomberg MSN (Furzy Mouse).
Revisiting U.S. Policy in Myanmar Center for Strategic and International Studies
Future Fund worth $250bn says FoI requests ‘administratively burdensome’ Guardian. “The $250bn Future Fund says receiving 10 to 20 freedom of information requests a year is “administratively burdensome” and has confirmed proposed changes by the Morrison government would have shielded it from the kind of request that exposed investments in a company linked to the Myanmar military.”
The Clock Is Ticking for Tunisia’s Saied Foreign Policy
The Guardian view on Keir Starmer’s speech: in search of a vision Guardian. Confidence-building photo:
After days of discord, Britain’s main opposition leader, Keir Starmer, ended the Labour Party’s conference with a series of pledges intended to shift his party to the political center and deliver a clear break with the legacy of his predecessor. https://t.co/HQ8W47UMqE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 29, 2021
The nice thing about that verbless Labour slogan — “STRONGER FUTURE TOGETHER” — is that you can arrange the words in any order without loss of sense-making, good job.
Keir Starmer vows to ‘re-tool’ Labour as party of law and order Politico. Thank God we’ve got Peter Mandelson back. Everything will be alright now. Meanwhile:
It is with deep sadness that I have resigned from Keir Starmer’s Shadow Cabinet, following the leadership’s refusal to back a £15 minimum wage and statutory sick pay at the living wage. pic.twitter.com/dz1KQTj0qR
— Andy McDonald MP 💙 (@AndyMcDonaldMP) September 27, 2021
Truly a Utopia:
— Bitcoin Magazine (@BitcoinMagazine) September 24, 2021
Why progressives really may kill the bill Politico. Because, in 2009, they went through ObamaCare and saw what a debacle it was, apparently. But from outside the “Progressive Caucus”:
Before we take action on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the House, we must have a clear path forward from the Senate on the Build Back Better Act.
My full statement below: pic.twitter.com/vMDYBfTTQb
— Paul Tonko ⚫️ (@RepPaulTonko) September 29, 2021
I don’t know what “a clear path forward” means. A deal was supposed to be a deal; that’s why the Infrastructure bill passed the Senate to begin with. Then the [***cough*** ka-ching ***cough***] “moderates” started trying to retrade it. So, now “progressives” should make another deal?
Manchin Hammers Home Opposition to $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Bill: ‘Fiscal Insanity’ Yahoo News. Then again:
There is no meaning to be drawn from this Manchin statement. Status of the talks is no different.
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) September 29, 2021
I have to admit that Manchin’s statement, in its fulsome vacuity, reminded me of AOC on her “present” vote on weaponry for Israel. Perhaps Grim is correct.
Manchin says he could back reconciliation bill this year The Hill. Commentary:
Everybody who is not Sinema/Manchin should be FURIOUS now. We can have fights on policy – that’s normal. That’s NOT what’s happening here. Sinema/Manchin AGREED to the reconciliation top-line. THAT AGREEMENT is what got the BIF 69 votes in the Senate. Short angry thread… pic.twitter.com/QwnytRv0Ge
— Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) September 29, 2021
Noteworthy because the account the co-founder and co-executive director of Indivisible. They can stomach the Clintons, no problem, but not this.
Democrats’ ‘Plan B’ on immigration in reconciliation bill rejected by Senate parliamentarian USA Today. “Rejected” apparently by the Parliamentarian who just took medical leave.
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Confusion abounds as Biden rolls out scaled-back US booster campaign FT. I don’t want to be cranky about this, but we were sold that “the adults in the room” would be back in charge. And here we are!
Five Eyes nations set intelligence trap on Wuhan The Australian. Juvenile.
Julian Assange Kidnapping Plot Casts New Light On 2018 Senate Intelligence Maneuver The Intercept. Of which [genuflects] Kamala Harris was a member.
Peyton and Eli Manning Can’t Save the NFL The Atlantic
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Age of America First Richard Haas, Foreign Affairs vs. Has neo-Orientalism killed our ability to sense the limits of Western influence? Responsible Statecraft. Quincy Institute: “Haass is mourning over an empty grave. How often is U.S. foreign policy at once values-based, multilateral, and highly effective at shaping global developments?”
Nabisco strike beats back demand for concessions NW Labor Press
Why America has a school bus driver shortage The Hustle
FYI: Catastrophic flooding helped carve Martian valleys, not just rivers of water The Register. So KSR was right in Red Mars.
Antidote du Jour (via):
The dog that leads the lost kitten to its home pic.twitter.com/Py71NfZivn
— We Love Dogs (@twwelovedogs) November 30, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.