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Dissecting Adobe’s dumb deal FT Alphaville. Buying Figma. “M&A has been a substitute for R&D.” Sounds like Stoller territory. Commentary:
Top HackerNews comments on Adobe/Figma acquisition
“This is probably the only tech acquisition that has ever made me sad. I hate Adobe so much”
“A calculated decision to kill innovation because it threatened their cash cow” pic.twitter.com/j2RDFTHYxN
— Bucco Capital (@buccocapital) September 15, 2022
I don’t much like Adobe’s “Creative Cloud,” either. I’m so old I remember when you could buy software, not rent it.
Railroad Contract Talks
Railroad union strike averted as labor deal is reached USA Today. I link to this headline only to remark that it is outright anti-union and anti-worker propaganda. There is no “deal” until the workers vote on the contract. IOW, Biden’s press release is simply a way of muscling the workers, as is the Democrat triumphalism, and the press coverage.
BLET, SMART-TD reach tentative agreement with railroads Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. Key point: “For the first time our Unions were able to obtain negotiated contract language exempting time off for certain medical events from carrier attendance policies.” But as of this writing, nobody has seen the contract language:
According to one union official, the BMWE, one of the largest rail unions, told general chairmen they didn't have actual agreement language as of 3pm this afternoon.
Marty Walsh tweeted about the deal at 5am.
BMWE ballots are supposed to go out on Tuesday. https://t.co/2l3BvBEcUq
— Jonah Furman (@JonahFurman) September 16, 2022
US Rail Workers Have Final Say on Deal — or Possible Strike Bloomberg. And it’s not clear (as with John Deere) whether union administrators and workers have the same concept of a good deal:
the “sweetheart deal” here is “rail workers can take sick leave without being punished for it.” pic.twitter.com/37OniIXzTE
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) September 15, 2022
The Lancet Commission on lessons for the future from the COVID-19 pandemic The Lancet. From the Conclusion: “In this light, our most basic recommendation is the strengthening of multilateralism in all crucial dimensions: political, cultural, institutional, and financial. We call for all countries, especially the richest and most powerful, to support, sustain, and bolster the work of the UN system. We call for awareness of the benefits of multilateralism, solidarity, cooperation, and the shared commitment to sustainable development, whether facing pandemics, ending poverty, keeping the peace, or meeting global environmental challenges.” Graphical abstract:
Autopsy report is in:
— Madhu Pai, MD, PhD (@paimadhu) September 15, 2022
Major Covid report suggests virus could have leaked from a US lab Telegraph. Naturally this the press starts baying about lab leak theory, ignoring everything else.
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Analysis of post COVID-19 condition and its overlap with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome Journal of Advanced Research. From the Conclusions: “Nearly two years into the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, post COVID-19 condition syndrome has proven to be a serious and lingering problem for many recovering patients. This multifactorial illness is characterised by a variety of debilitating symptoms, including fatigue, brain fog, and post-exertional malaise. Many of the pathological observations of post COVID-19 condition, including changes in immune, cardiovascular, metabolic, gastrointestinal, nervous and autonomic systems, are shared with or similar to the symptoms described in ME/CFS [Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] patients. Considering the current evidence presented in this study, it is possible that large groups of post COVID-19 condition patients may eventually meet the criteria for ME/CFS diagnosis.” Graphical Abstract:
A #COVID19 infection causes such complex and varied impact on organs all over the human body, that it's impossible to predict how and where long term damage will be. This complicates diagnosis of #LongCOVID .https://t.co/V7AIUtZpkr pic.twitter.com/GhQdznJfQp
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) September 14, 2022
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A DIY air purifier that costs under $100 to make is taking America’s classrooms by storm Fortune. I don’t see Corsi-Rosenthal boxes as an individual solution (although many are built for private homes). They are often built in batches, as gifts for institutions like schools. And the main use case for home-builds seems to be to protect others when one family member is sick. So I am optimistic on this front.
Xi vows support for Russia’s ‘core interests’ during meeting with Putin in Uzbekistan Straits Times and Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping hail ‘great power’ ties at talks defying the West SBS. By contrast, most of the coverage in the West highlights Xi expressing “concerns” on Ukraine, perhaps because “concerns” is a Beltway word (means “hair on fire”).
Putin-Xi Meeting at summit marks the rise of Eurasia Responsible Statecraft
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Xi Jinping article gives insight into China’s direction ahead of Communist Party congress South China Morning Post. The deck: “Xi’s essay says the party must constantly self-correct to avoid fate of Soviet Union.”
Boeing remarketing stored 737s ordered by China Leeham News and Analysis
Effective Control in Myanmar (PDF) Special Advisory Council for Myanmar (About). From the Summary: “The National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG), the legitimate government of Myanmar, has the greatest claim to effective control of the country. The National Unity Government is at the centre of a democratic revolution shaped by organisations opposed to the Myanmar military junta, or resistance organisations. These organisations are the de facto authorities across more of the territory of Myanmar and for more of the population than the junta and are administering a growing range of government functions.” See here on “effective control” as a characteristic of a sovereign state.
Lambert here: If you want to see real fascism in action, and what real popular resistance looks like, follow Myanmar.
U.S. media overkill on Queen Elizabeth II should make us mourn, fear rising autocracy Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer
Therese Coffey tells health workers to ‘stop using Oxford comma’ Telegraph. Preparing the way for illiterate American MBAs to run the place, I suppose.
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine SitRep – Hit On Dam Endangers Ukrainian Troops – Russians Defeat More Counterattacks Moon of Alabama. Al Jazeera: “It is unclear exactly why the Russians would want to target the dam. But perhaps it is because it is the hometown of Zelenskyy.” Well, read MoA.
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Germany seizes control of Rosneft oil refineries FT. Let me know how that works out.
Bundeswehr general sees no real counter-offensive in Ukraine Focus Online. Google translation; German original.
Russians’ Mir credit cards rejected in Turkish hotels as West pressures Ankara Middle East Eye. So sovereigns aren’t sovereign with respect to payment systems?
Hundreds of seafarers still stuck in Ukraine despite grains corridor – industry Hellenic Shipping News
Uber apparently hacked by teen, employees thought it was a joke The Verge. Commentary:
It's all Ober for Uber.
— Cogito Ergo Pun (@wA969t15K8b0396) September 16, 2022
Alert reader dk commments: “Hack of Uber’s vSphere/VMware management layer, compromising an internal overview of overviews. Thing is, Uber may not be in a position to safely turn this VM service off without crippling their own operations in the process. This isn’t “checkmate,” it’s stealing the chessboard.”
The Boom and the Bust: How NFTs Went the Way of Beanie Babies Artnet News. That’s a damn shame.
Imperial Collapse Watch
An F-16 pilot died when his ejection seat failed. Was it counterfeit? Air Force Times (Re Silc). Surely an isolated incident.
Neoliberal Twee Michael Lind, The Tablet. A review of Cass Sunstein’s new book. Good clean fun.
Exquisite Fossils Show an Entire Rain Forest Ecosystem Scientific American
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.