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They Carry Us With Them: The Great Tree Migration Emergence Magazine. Scroll down to skip the intro.
Maine Voters’ Rejection Of Transmission Line Shows Again How Land-Use Conflicts Are Halting Renewable Expansion Forbes. Or maybe the out-of-staters should tighten their belts like Mainers do (since Mainers won’t get anything from the line but ruined viewsheds and polluted rivers and streams). The project’s Spanish owners have filed suit to overturn the referendum.
Visualizing the aquifers that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border High Country News
A Coal Mine for Every Wildfire LRB (AL).
The American pot goes after the Chinese kettle on climate change Responsible Statecraft
Adverse events of active and placebo groups in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine randomized trials: A systematic review The Lancet (DJG). From the Interpretation: “Our results are in agreement with the expectancy theory of nocebo effects and suggest that the AEs associated with COVID-19 vaccines may be related to the nocebo effect.” Nocebo effect: “A situation in which a patient develops side effects or symptoms that can occur with a drug or other therapy just because the patient believes they may occur. For example, in a clinical trial, patients who are not given an active treatment, but are told what side effects the active treatment may cause, may have the same side effects as the patients who are given the active treatment, only because they expect them to occur.” DJG: “Nocebo is a wilder phenomenon. Suffice it to say that I’m seeing different cultural effects. Throw in U.S. problems of a state of panic, low social cohesion, and lack of social trust—and voilà, nocebo effect.” And throw in a public health establishment that lost its credibility, deservedly.
Influenza lineage extinction during the COVID-19 pandemic? Nature. “Influenza virus detections dropped dramatically from April 2020 with a ~99% reduction compared with previous years despite roughly similar levels of testing. Behavioural changes (social distancing, mask wearing and hygiene measures) and travel and movement restrictions are thought to be the major factors driving the reduction in influenza incidence.”
Satellite images show China built mock-ups of US warships AP. Xi, on-site at the mock-ups: “So how many drones do we need?” Industrialist: [gives wildly inflated number]. Xi: “Build twice that many.”
Veteran U.S. Diplomat Comes Under Criticism for a Trip to Myanmar NYT. Local commentary:
As expected, picture of ex-#US governor @GovRichardson visiting/meeting #Myanmar #military chief dominated the front page of the state paper. No mention of ongoing political crisis in country except that discussions on #covid19 situation took place #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/mqgcnsT3S6
— May Wong (@MayWongCNA) November 3, 2021
Can Defections Take Down Myanmar’s Military? The Diplomat
Vivid Look into the Eating Lives of the Poor The Blue Roof
Taliban victory sparks hopes of peace in rural Afghanistan Agence France Presse
German man sets record for massive herring salad Deutsche Welle
French bishops pray for forgiveness for ‘massive phenomenon’ of abuse EuroNews. Well, at least they’re not lizard people.
Biden calls Nicaragua’s election a ‘pantomime’ that’s ‘neither free nor fair’ France24. I like my warmongering propaganda to appear more organic, and not to appear so damn suddenly. The usual suspects had the same problem with that stupid Cuban rapper boomlet.
Nicaragua Descends Into Autocratic Rule as Ortega Crushes Dissent NYT. Commentary:
Many on-the-ground elections observers have pointed out the naked lies in this NYT regime change screed.
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 8, 2021
Lessons from the Failure of Democracy Promotion in Venezuela Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations. Obviously, what we need is more mass killings, and Abrams is the man for the job.
Racial Politics in Schools Matt Bruenig
The Crippling Blow for the Steele Dossier New York Magazine
Ray McGovern: The Man Who Got Russiagate Right and Tried to Warn the Public—To No Avail Covert Action Magazine (AL).
We chartered a boat with a logistics expert to look at port congestion up close and saw how American greed is leading to shortages and empty shelves Business Insider. A second tour of the The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “‘I blame 150 years of supply chain optimization,’ Nathan Strang, Flexport’s director of ocean trade lane management, told Insider of why ships are still steaming towards Los Angeles and Long Beach. ‘It’s a sign of their success, that’s causing the congestion.'” Worth a read.
Our Famously Free Press
Yes and no:
2) These are not cases where media outlets erred. They deliberately lied. The way to know that is they refuse to acknowledge evidence proving they lied.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 7, 2021
I think this is a false dichotomy, in that liberal corporate media outlets are being opposed to “MAGA boomers on Facebook or 4Chan teenagers,” as opposed to conservative corporate media like FOX, Sinclair, etc. Still, it has to be said that the Pravda on the Potomac and Izvestia on the Hudson have consistently outdone their conservative counterparts; from RussiaGate today, all the way back to WMDs.
For 37 minutes after officials declared a ‘mass casualty’ at Astroworld, Travis Scott played on Houston Chronicle. The focus on the artist, rather than the promoter — Live Nation, a ginormous monopoly — seems a little sketchy to me, since the promoter is responsible for the venue, including crowd control and security. (The promoter would presumably also be responsible for the number and composition of security forces, for example mounted Houston PD cops.)
Key Takeaways from the Denial of Tower Health’s Tax Exemption Bid Buchanan-Ingersoll Rooney (timotheus).
Imperial Collapse Watch
More Than Just a Fire: The Bonnie Dick Reveals a Navy in Shambles War on the Rocks
US Navy names ship after gay rights leader Harvey Milk: Transgender health expert smashes champagne on bow with sister vessels set to be christened after RFK and Rep. John Lewis Daily Mail. I’m so old I remember when gay liberation and militarism were seen as being opposed to each other. Ah well. Nevertheless.
Deere Strike Delays Delivery of Parts to Farmers Scrambling to Finish Harvest Bloomberg. Payroll theft at Deere:
A John Deere worker on why another tentative agreement was voted down pic.twitter.com/l6rVdDstos
— Michael Sainato (@msainat1) November 3, 2021
‘It’s a walkout!’ WaPo
How American leaders failed to help workers survive the ‘China Shock’ NPR. A little late for a mea culpa. Worth a read, although the headline’s “leaders” is such a vacuous term.
Toxic Positivity Is Very Real, and Very Annoying WSJ (Re Silc). Yeah, sheesh, I gotta work on that.
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus Antidote (wolves):
Sing it out ? pic.twitter.com/xt2rESzlW6
— Wolf Conservation Center (@nywolforg) November 6, 2021
Bonus Antidote (coyotes):
Silently stargazing out here in the middle of a pitch black field way out in the pitch black woods but it is TIME TO PARTY for the coyotes on the other side of the hill. #SoundUpForCoyotes pic.twitter.com/Aq5N7MlQwe
— November (2017 Film) (@bombsfall) November 7, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.