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ECB officials warn of ‘sacrifice’ needed to tame surging inflation FT. Jackson Hole.
A story of tailwinds and headwinds: aggregate supply and macroeconomic stabilisation Bank of International Settlements. More Jackson Hole.
How Much Did Supply Constraints Boost U.S. Inflation? Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Was the Paycheck Protection Program Effective? Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis. From June, still germane.
A Clean-Energy Future Might Not Be Far Away Lever News. ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.
Private Jet Shortage Hits English Football’s Pre-Match Prep Bloomberg. People keep assuming that the air travel system can remain as it has been. Considering that it is a ginormous superspreading event, I don’t see how this can be.
The Three Maritime Value Chains: Decarbonization Playbook Maritime Executive. Part 1.
Did a Random Person on Twitter Name the Latest COVID Variant ‘Centaurus’? Vice. Yes! From the “random person”:
And galaxies are many. I'm not who must name variants and subvariants that are spreading, it's WHO's duty to do it. I hope my move makes them do their job properly, as they are now in a pickle, because the media is using Centaurus all over.
— Xabier Ostale (@xabitron1) July 13, 2022
The PMC love homework, both doing it and (if hegemonic) assigning it. Your “personal risk assessment” is homework:
This is a great example of the absurdity of a personal responsibility approach to the ongoing pandemic. Requiring people to devise intricate risk preferences and then make wild guesses at what might be the appropriate corresponding behavior based on incomplete and shifting data. https://t.co/BYUBMlfZmP
— wsbgnl (@wsbgnl) August 28, 2022
Coronavirus in China: Tibet punishes more than 100 officials over zero-Covid failures South China Morning Post
Soviet History Offers Clues to China’s Naval Strategy in Indian Ocean Maritime Executiv
Modi Is Rewriting India’s National Narrative Foreign Policy
New Not-So-Cold Cold War
German state leader ‘not wanted’ in Ukraine after war remarks Deutsche Welle. But did Ukraine put him on their hit list?
Ukraine – ‘Game Changing’ Policy Moves That Ain’t Game Changing Moon of Alabama
Zelenskyy Hails Pilots On Ukraine’s Aviation Day, Avers ‘invaders To Die Like Dew On Sun’ Republic World. Next, kamikazis….
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Live Updates: Inspectors Set to Visit Besieged Ukrainian Nuclear Plant NYT. Amplified by TASS.
Ukraine tries to sow chaos behind Russian frontline FT. Meaning no southern offensive, what a surprise.
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Putin decree on increasing the size of Russia’s Armed forces, in the original Russian:
— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) August 25, 2022
So then I go to the site, which has interesting maps. Being the cautious sort — even if “UA” is said to stand for “Universal Awareness” — I go to their About page:
Guys. Come on.
Canadian Media Once Called Azov Neo-Nazis. Now They Hide That Fact Internationalist 360°
CIA Realizes It’s Been Using Black Highlighters All These Years The Onion. 2005, still germane.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Watch for Halliburton to crank up training in European languages:
This is from the book "Haliburton's Army" by Pratap Chaterjee. Charterjee points out in the introduction that the Iraq War was made possible by contractors hiring low-wage workers from the Third World & essentially holding them hostage. A Fijian worker had to ask him for money pic.twitter.com/Kt0UJ7DAnU
— Destroy the Scots-Irish Reich! (@The_Wub_) August 26, 2022
Why Not a Jubilee? The American Conservative (!).
This is rubbish, Nicola! Scottish residents start putting their trash bags in their BATHS and hiring skips as pressure grows on Sturgeon to end bin strike after unions reject 5 per cent pay rise Daily Mail
At $249 per day, prison stays leave ex-inmates deep in debt AP. And you didn’t even get a mint on the pillow….
Get Ready for the Magic Mushroom Pill Bloomberg
Five Lessons from History Collaborative Fund. Interesting, despite the Niall Ferguson epigraph. (Couldn’t the writer have chosen a historian?)
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.