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Drifting Toward Disaster: The (Second) Rio Grande Texas Monthly
It Was War. Then, a Rancher’s Truce With Some Pesky Beavers Paid Off. NYT. For beavers, a keystone species, as “ecological engineers,” see NC here, here, and here.
This isn't bad luck or unfortunate timing. It is a systemic process exactly as Hyman Minsky described. The very conditions of a rising market create the behavior that ultimately undermines stability.https://t.co/WaZMnYsvsS
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) September 9, 2022
Cambodia and the Curse of Forced Labor Cambodianess
The “War on Terror” at 20+ Years: A Retrospective Counterpunch. With 9/11, Queen Elizabeth, and Ukraine, it’s all a bit much.
their watch is done pic.twitter.com/OtuMO187ol
— JacobSilverman.shill (@SilvermanJacob) September 10, 2022
How Queen Elizabeth shepherded England out of Empire Responsible Statecraft. Commentary:
— Warren B. Mosler (@wbmosler) September 10, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96 After a Series of Health Issues HealthLine. Including Covid. Commentary:
Has anyone seen any reference to what the Queen died from? None of the stories I've seen/heard/read have referred to a cause of death or even said: "No cause of death was revealed." It's kind of unusual.
— Helen Branswell 🇺🇦 (@HelenBranswell) September 10, 2022
Truss is putting the monarchy at risk by joining Charles on tour Tax Research UK
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine’s lightning advance near Kharkiv leaves Russian forces in disarray FT. Article more balanced than the headline.
Russia Reportedly Withdraws From Izyum, Deploys Troops to Ukraine in Response to Kharkov Offensive (video) Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Kudos to Mercouris for his Izyum call in his previous video, linked to yesterday.
Success on the battlefield whilst the pressure mounts on Ukraine’s home front. Adam Tooze, Chartbook. Economic time is moving faster than military time.
Ukraine’s southern offensive ‘was designed to trick Russia’ Guardian. According to “Ukraine’s special forces.” If so, the special forces fed a lot of pig farmers and other poor schlubs into the meatgrinder at Kherson as part of their sleight of hand. Slava Ukraini.
Last reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant stopped AP. I wish they could find out who’s shelling the plant. ‘Tis a mystery!
Some Thoughts on Ukraine John Ganz vs. Brief response to John Ganz on Ukraine Carl Beijer. I would have thought that the establishment of a US/NATO-backed fascist state in Europe, on Russia’s western border no less, would be a cause for alarm on the left, even in the United States. (Readers will know I don’t use the word “fascist” lightly; see here.) Ah well, nevertheless….
The White House has a plan for Big Tech Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic
Scientists discover how air pollution causes lung cancer FT. “An estimated 300,000 lung cancer deaths per year worldwide are caused by very fine pollutant particles with a diameter below 2.5 microns, known as PM2.5, which are emitted in vehicle exhaust and fossil fuel combustion.” So on masking, come for the Covid, stay for the cancer!
New York declares state of emergency over polio to boost low vaccination rates CNBC. That’s bad news. Now for good news:
— Jeremy Kamil (@macroliter) September 10, 2022
Our Famously Free Press
Column: How the decline of local news exposes the public to lies and corruption Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. Google doesn’t help either. If a local paper breaks a story and the Guardian does a rewrite, Google will throw the link to the Guardian.
Eric Feigl-Ding, the Epidemiologist Who Moves Fast and Breaks Things Office for Science and Society, McGill
The Groves of Academe
Will Bunch’s “After The Ivory Tower Falls” John’s Newletter
Realignment and Legitimacy
Our Ancestors Thought We’d Build an Economic Paradise. Instead We Got 2022 Brad DeLong, Time. Interesting!
Governance for a Healthy Economy Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate
An interesting talk:
Join the UTMB Bioethics and Health Humanities community for a talk by Dr. Justin Feldman (@jfeldman_epi) on 9/22 at noon CDT on "How to Hide a Plague: How Elite Capture and Individualism Made Covid Normal."
This will be an all-virtual event.
— Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities (@IBHH_UTMB) September 8, 2022
Legitimacy crises in embedded democracies Benjamin Studebaker, Contemporary Political Theory
How a railroad strike could send food prices soaring The Hill (Re Silc).
Why addressing inequality must be central to pandemic preparedness (editorial) BMJ.
From steelworkers to baristas: the new face of Pittsburgh’s evolving labor movement Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Remembering the Diggers Tribune
Antidote du jour (via):
Puppy vs mirror.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/Jd5ZmBTeRF
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) September 10, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.