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Lambert here: Patient readers, I apologize for the slightly late publication of a complete Links, and subsequent formatting issues. I experienced a VPN debacle just as I was about to press the submit button.
Tardigrades survive being dried out thanks to proteins found in no other animals on Earth Live Science. On tardigrades, see NC here.
Hungry bears are getting desperate in Montana High Country News
François Villeroy de Galhau: Armed peace and risk proportionality – how to strike the right balance Bank of International Settlements. Pungent with Clausewitz metaphors.
Nearly One Third Of Homes In US Purchased By Investors, New Study Reveals NWPB. From July, still germane.
Making Earth the Shareholder Inequality. Except… The Earth is not the shareholder. Nor could be be, not being a legal person.
Are There Too Many Farms in the World? New research on agricultural productivity in developing countries Yale Economic Growth Center
Scientists discover bacteria that can use light to ‘breathe’ electricity Interesting Engineering
Rhine Water Levels in Germany Approaching Normal Depths Maritime Logistics Professional
I promise you that if I’m elected, I’ll always tell you the truth.
I’ll listen to the experts and do everything I can to contain this virus.
And I’ll always put your health and safety first — no matter the political cost.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 9, 2020
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Bioelectronic face mask can detect COVID-19 in real time, scientists say ABC Australia (Rev Kev). Original.
On Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” (podcast) Literary Studies. From the New Books network, whose content makes me hopeful there’s a lot of thinking and writing going on out there.
Do You Speak Virus? Phages Caught Sending Chemical Messages Scientific American
Chinese cities Qingdao, Suzhou reinstate homebuying curbs a day after scrapping them, leaving market in limbo South China Morning Post. Commentary:
Both conflicts are likely to play out most dramatically in the property sector. When property is the main source of growth and wealth generation, it also becomes the main locus of distributional conflicts.
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) September 20, 2022
Fear, defiance as fighting rages in Myanmar’s north Channel News Asia
The Pendulum of Non-Alignment: Charting Myanmar’s Great Power Diplomacy (2011–2021)* Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
My friend Andrew Schelling just gave me @JLFLitfest Boulder his new book of translations of 4thC poet Bhartrihari & its such wonderful stuff! Bhartrihari oscillated between the rigours of renunciation & the abandon of the sensualist & both sides of his character are in his poetry pic.twitter.com/3Uu9TYvLTN
— William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) September 18, 2022
Put your crown on your head Africa is a Country. Jean-Michel Basquiat:
— Jean-Michel Basquiat (@artistbasquiat) September 13, 2022
How Long Was the Queue? An Estimated 250,000 People Bloomberg. From the coverage, I would have thought a million. Commentary via alert reader DM, who writes: “Thisbee demonstrating his objection to the ridiculous coverage of the royals!”:
I’m with Thisbee on this one
Queen Elizabeth II’s Final Hearse Is a Jaguar She Designed The Drive. Lucas electrical components?
All hail our postliberal prince The Critic. Commentary:
Establishment projecting it's own attitude onto everyone else.
I'm now getting a good idea why they had to take down corbyn.
— Mxv02 (@Mxv021) September 18, 2022
Beware Italy’s ‘Mafia Entrepreneurs’ Bloomberg
The UK isn’t the only poodle around:
Europe busy destroying themselves for the sake of the American empire. Remarkable to watch pic.twitter.com/cJS8Q9Nd8p
— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) September 19, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
Putting Ukrainian battle successes into cold, hard perspective Responsible Statecraft
‘We’re Working 24/7’: Ukraine Keeps Its War Machine Humming Foreign Policy
Ukraine: The CIA’s 75-year-old Proxy Covert Action. Let it never be said the spooks can’t take the long view.
Is a Bidenomics Manufacturing Policy in Progress? Industry Week
Biden hits the Covid trifecta Politico
SEC Claims All of Ethereum Falls Under US Jurisdiction Decrypt (Rev Kev).
What Happened to America’s Civil Libertarians? Matt Taibbi, TK News. “The implicit argument of Trump’s pursuers has always been that any rule-bending is worth it because, like Saddam Hussein, Trump was and is a unique danger, an ‘exceptional’ or ‘existential threat.'” “Sovereign is he who declares the exception.” —Carl Schmitt, Nazi legal theorist.
A Natural Gas Shortage Is Looming For The U.S. OilPrice.com
Our Famously Free Press
Never thought I’d say “God bless the Attorney General of Texas” (Paxton), but here we are.
How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends (Or Family, Customers or Communities) Electronic Frontier Foundation
Ban on saliva to shine cricket balls made permanent by ICC ENCA. Droplet dogma infests cricket authorities.
Viking Textiles Show Women Had Tremendous Power Scientific American
Dominant Employers May Add To Unemployment In Rural US As Fed Raises Rates International Monetary Fund (!).
AI Art Is Here and the World Is Already Different New York Magazine. Awesome. Now no image anywhere is trustworthy, Silicon Valley, good job.
Beware the rise of the black box algorithm FT. “The factors underpinning the Compas system, used in the US to measure the likelihood of reoffending, are not publicly available because they are treated as company property.” Oh.
Antidote du jour. From Cathy, who writes:
Aloha Yves and NC gang,
$50 check is “in the mail.”
I would be ignorant of just about everything going on in the world today if it weren’t for Yves, Lambert, the other posters and contributors (current & past), moderators, members of the various brain trusts and the commentariat (current & past) of Naked Capitalism. Even worse, if I were dependent on the MSM, I might think of myself as an informed person, when, in fact I would only have been mis- and dis-informed. That said, even my infrequent (and decreasing) ventures into “news” coverage reveal that is has become crazily incomprehensible, if not irrelevant, on almost any subject. (And this is an election year. Ain’t that just great?)
NC has provided enough sunlight (even if it sometimes hurts the eyes) that I can attempt to make sense of things and resist the urge to just hide where no one can see me (see attached*).
$50 does not come close to the value of NC to me. So, I hope that I am taking advantage of someone else’s generosity to increase the value of my small contribution. But, really, it would be far better still if the full train has departed without me and faster donors sucked up all that generosity.
*This is our neighbors’ cat, Cyrus. And, yes, that is our carport storage closet, not that of Cyrus’ own family.
Mahalo for ALL you do, even the work that I can’t see,
Bonus Antidote: A baby hummingbird sipping from a raspberry (via):
Double Bonus Antidote: I have to include this:
Really cool footage of a capybara running underwater. pic.twitter.com/QfUvITMBtW
— The Depths Below (@DepthsBeIow) September 15, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.