Disturbing Answers to the Mystery of Tuskless Female Elephants Scientific American
Notes on a statistical scandal FT. On the World Bank’s “Doing Business” debacle.
A Lenape Tribe Finally Wrests Its Sacred Site Back From Developers New York Magazine
Why Vaccine Lotteries Didn’t Move the Needle on Inoculations Bloomberg. So bribes didn’t work? That speaks well of America’s citizens, not so well of elite decision makers who (naturally) projected their own motivations onto everyone.
Changes in Sewage Sludge Chemical Signatures During a COVID-19 Community Lockdown, Part 1: Traffic, Drugs, Mental Health, and Disinfectants Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. This is fascinating. The technology also offers a way to get good data at low cost without infringing on civil liberties; it scales in a good way.
The skies over the South China Sea Reuters. Handy charts.
Beijing’s insistence on zero-Covid strategy challenges long-held assumptions about China South China Morning Post
China-linked disinformation campaign blames Covid on Maine lobsters NBC. Come on, man.
Live tweets from a panel on Myanmar at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand:
– #Myanmar army preparing to hit back
– Dry season returning – traditionally the time for army to step up attacks
– PDFs have limited training, weapons so ambushes on Tatmadaw convoys limited
– PDFs don’t have RPGs, machine guns https://t.co/O1KOhcSGqL
— Leong Wai Kit (@LeongWaiKitCNA) October 21, 2021
Lots of useful information here, but not properly threaded, so you have to read the account’s timeline. (PDF = People’s Defense Force, as opposed to EAO, Ethnic Armed Organisations. The two are disjunct, although it is said linkages between them are growing.)
Myanmar Regime Orders Ground Forces to Wipe Out Armed Civilian Fighters The Irrawaddy. The dry season is coming.
Myanmar inaugurates coastguard service with initial fleet of four vessels Janes. Not against human trafficking or drugs, lol. Against arms smuggling.
Memo to NUG: “Don’t go into the haunted house!”
Senior US official @CounselorDOS says he has met (remotely) top @NUGMyanmar officials 3-4 times in past month before his visit to SE Asia and is committed to deepening the US relationship with the NUG.
— Jonathan Head (@pakhead) October 21, 2021
‘A joke if it wasn’t so serious’: Australia lags developed countries on climate action Sydney Morning Herald. Commentary:
“There’s a new character in it at the moment called Scott.”
Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks Responsible Statecraft
New Cold War
There is no Russia-China axis The Spectator
The Myth of Russian Decline Foreign Affairs
Latin America’s Climate Change Role is Misunderstood Latin American Investor
Biden Could Use National Guard to Help With Supply Chain Bottlenecks WSJ. The ones who aren’t helping out in nursing homes, anyhow.
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Biden says paid leave proposal reduced from 12 to 4 weeks The Hill. As Democrats cut their way to victory….
Why Biden’s Plan for Free Community College Likely Will Be Cut From Budget Package (not pay-walled) WSJ. Four-year colleges, among others, lobbied against it. A lot of back-row kids would have benefited from this. So naturally it was cut.
An $800 voucher for dental…
New – “That’s a reach,” Biden says when asked if dental, vision and hearing will all be covered by Medicare. “Mr. Manchin is opposed.” Says he believes Sinema is too. Says they are talking about $800 voucher for dental. Adds on CNN Sinema open to hearing. Still negotiating vision
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 22, 2021
Hey, if I could get that other six hundred bucks Joe Biden owes me, I could actually get some work done!
‘Bulls—‘: How a Manchin-Bernie blowup helped unstick Dems’ agenda Politico. “But the Manchin-Sanders fence-mending, the increased specificity from Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and progressives’ willingness to accept a social spending bill far short of the original $3.5 trillion target price all point toward a Democratic Party on the verge of a victory.” “One more such victory and we are undone.” –Pyrrhus of Epirus
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Senate Republicans block Joe Manchin’s voting rights bill The Week. President Manchin fails to deliver. Again.
Our Famously Free Press
Media Secret Keepers Boondoggle
Police State Watch
42 Seconds After This Photo Was Taken, Police Shot Peyton Ham Dead Defector. Appalling. Worth clearing your cookies for.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Public health or private wealth? How digital vaccine passports pave way for unprecedented surveillance capitalism The Gray Zone. Caitlin Johnstone comments: “No normal people want digital identity laws passed. Normal people aren’t sitting around going ‘Man it sure sucks we can’t prove our identity online with a digital ID that contains all our information.’ Only the powerful want this, and for good reason.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
US Officials Can Guard Against Havana Syndrome With This Innovative Home Solution Caitlin Johnstone. Wait for it….
A useful thread on trucking and being a trucker:
Trucking is a hot topic nowadays!
You might be wondering how this world works — particularly why the industry says it's facing a "truck driver shortage" that's contributing to supply chain disruptions
Here's a labor-focused thread on what you should know about trucking…
— Rachel Premack (@rrpre) October 21, 2021
“It’s like being an indentured servant.” Not a headline I would have expected to see in the business press, at least until recently.
School Food Policy Affects Everyone: Retail Responses to the National School Lunch Program NBER. From the Abstract: “We find that local adoption of the CEP* causes households with children to reduce their grocery purchases, leading to a 10% decline in grocery sales at large retail chains. Retailers respond with chain-level price adjustments: chains with the most exposure lower prices by 2.5% across all outlets in the years following adoption, so that the program’s welfare benefits propagate spatially.” NOTE * CEP = “Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an expansion of the lunch program under the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
How Donald Trump, Elon Musk, and Gwyneth Paltrow Short-Circuit Your Ability to Think Rationally Bloomberg. Also, watch out for synecdoche!
Antidote du jour (via):
— CLOSE CALL (@closecals) October 18, 2021
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.