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The Wall Street Consensus at COP26 Phenomenal World
Dissecting the early COVID-19 cases in Wuhan Science. Important. The Abstract: “Elucidating the origin of the pandemic requires understanding of the Wuhan outbreak.” Read carefully, because the conventional timeline is said to be wrong (including on the index case). Handy map:
Ivermectin: Much More Than You Wanted To Know Astral Scott Alexander, Astral Codex Ten. Layperson’s (exhaustive) review of studies at ivmmeta.com.
Across the Globe, Rates of Vaccine Skepticism Have Stalled Morning Consult
China tells Japan to put ties with neighbours before alliance with US South China Morning Post. That should do it.
Great Power Competitions The Baffler. The deck: “How ping-pong redirected diplomacy between the United States and China.”
Myanmar Coup Leader Min Aung Hlaing Barred From China-ASEAN The Irrawaddy. Ouch.
Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country AP. Clearance operations continue:
Shocking and sad to see the desolation left behind after thousands of people squatting along the Pathein Rd were evicted in Yangon's Hlaing Thar Yar township when I drove through this morning. These scenes went on for miles and miles. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Myanmar pic.twitter.com/0rqemRiqGs
— Ben Small (@benjaminsmall) November 17, 2021
The open-source investigators trying to bring justice to Myanmar FT. Hopefully not “open source” like Bellingcat.
After Each Flood, Hoi An Picks Itself up, Just Like It Has Always Done (gallery) Saigoneer. Just like Manhattan!
Manufacturing Carries South Korea Through the Pandemic The Blue Roof
Turkic States Support Opening of Zangazur Corridor Caspian News
Truckers Steer Clear of 24-Hour Operations at Southern California Ports Hellenic Shipping News. Hard to see why waiting for eight unpaid hours at night isn’t more attractive than waiting for eight unpaid hours during the day. Maybe they should put Kamala on this. Pete doesn’t seem equal to it.
Explained: What is Article 16 and will it be triggered? The Telegraph
Risk, aggression, Brexit and Article 16 Dominic Cummings. This is wild stuff. I can’t parse it, but Cummings seems to have it in for Johnson, for some reason. Excerpt:
It wasn’t until 25 September 2020 that [Johnson] finally understood even vaguely what leaving the Customs Union meant. I will never forget the look on his face when, after listening to Frost in a meeting on the final stage of the negotiation, he said, ‘No no no Frosty, fuck this, what happens with a deal?’ And Frost looked up from his paper and said, ‘PM, this is what happens with a deal, that’s what leaving the Customs Union means.’ The PM’s face was priceless. He sat back in his chair and looked around the room with appalled disbelief and shook his head. Horrified officials’ phones pinged around the Cabinet table. One very senior official texted me, ‘Now I realise how you managed to get Brexit done 😂’. As Hunter S Thompson said, humour in politics is usually dark.
I thought I knew my Hunter Thompson, but I can’t recall this quote. Readers?
‘Poop tomatoes’ found growing on shore of Kent coast where sewage pumped into sea Independent (dk). Don’t say the Tories never did anything for you!
New Cold War
Realignment and Legitimacy
Breaking Up Is Bad for the United States Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy
A Horrible Stink In Bristol The Brockovich Report. Toxic landfill.
Our Famously Free Press
Na ga happen:
Both the New York Times and the Washington Post won Pulitzer Prizes for submissions that included credulous reporting of the Steele Dossier. They should be revoked:https://t.co/u98AQrKDZz https://t.co/YjlAiCdvQf pic.twitter.com/10TmEyPXhp
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) November 18, 2021
Binge Drinking Among Adults, by Select Characteristics and State — United States, 2018 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Teamsters United Takes the Wheel Labor Notes. Defeat for the Hoffa slate.
John Deere employees approve third contract proposal, ending their five-week strike and Following John Deere contract ratification, Des Moines UAW bargaining chair dies of COVID-19
Des Moines Register
Lust for life immortal Times Literary Supplement. Bezos and Thiel.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.