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Can wolves bond with people like dogs do? Science
FIRST: The Natural Rate of Inflation Brad DeLong, Grasping Reality
How Wall Street stormed the music business FT. Commentary:
— Frank Matt (@fxmatt4) September 13, 2022
For those who came in late:
What Long COVID Is Like For These 14 People Teen Vogue
The Floods in Seoul London Review of Books
The Seeds of Ignorance — Consequences of a Booming Betel-Nut Economy NEJM. Read all the way to the end.
The wrecking crew:
.@bbcr4today suggesting that an insurance-based health system might be better for UK.
Failed to point out that, in 2010, before the Tories started underfunding and privatising our NHS, it was ranked the fairest, most cost-effective and efficient healthcare system in the world. pic.twitter.com/DU4WkWOSwq
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) September 21, 2022
How Bad Will the German Recession Be? Der Spiegel
Energy crisis: Germany’s Robert Habeck under pressure Deutsche Welle
Winter Forecast 2022/2023 – September Update: Seasonal cooling now begins across the ENSO regions, predicted to continue as we head closer to Winter Severe Weather Europe (DG). “Europe is expected to have warmer than average temperatures over most of the northern and east-central parts of the continent.” We’ll see.
New Not-So-Cold War
From ‘special military operation’ to open war Gilbert Doctorow. Today’s must-read.
What does Putin’s ‘partial’ mobilisation mean for Russia? South China Morning Post
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Tick-tock: Putin escalation begins countdown of diplomacy clock Responsible Statecraft. Sorry, that word again?
Could the War in Ukraine Have Been Stopped? The National Interest
Americans put Europe at top of global security concerns, support NATO commitment Stars and Stripes. The Atlanticists have won, haven’t they?
Remarks by President Biden Before the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (transcript) Whitehouse.gov
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Appeals court allows DOJ to resume review of classified records in Trump case The Hill. “The appellate judges in their opinion also allowed a review by a special master appointed by a federal judge in Florida to continue simultaneously.”
Our Famously Free Press
The Narrative Matrix Hides The Truth About The World, And About Ourselves Caitlin Johnstone. Rather like this:
A brilliant anamorphic painting technique that makes the painting itself disappear
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) September 21, 2022
Book Review: ‘Dinners With Ruth’ and Without Any Semblance of Journalistic Standards, By Nina Totenberg Balls and Strikes. “Do remember to bring an insulin shot for the treacle.” Good clean fun!
No one is actually boiling chicken in NyQuil Garbage Day. So there’s good news! Also, 4chan v. TikTok.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
How Hospital Monopolies Drive Up the Cost of Care Washington Monthly
An Ode to the QR Code Raheem Kassam’s Substack. I hate QR codes because I hate standing in line while the cashier and the customer huddle over pairing phone and register, and then the customer has to punch in some digits (slowly and then all over again, naturally), and then claim a phone coupon. Takes four or five times longer than cash. This matters, because lines tend to be in closed spaces, crowded, and close-contact, and while these digital morons fiddle with their tech I’m sharing their air and risking infection.
Imperial Collapse Watch
What it’s like working at Amazon during a Southern California heat wave Los Angeles Times
Workers Upset After Ingredion Brought 6 Armed Guards To Negotiation Iowa Starting Line
Prop 22 Depresses Wages and Deepens Inequities for California Workers National Equity Atlas. “California rideshare drivers’ net earnings are just $6.20 per hour.”
The ideology of innovation: philanthropy and racial capitalism in global food governance The Journal of Peasant Studies
Trouble in paradise Times Literary Supplement. The deck: “Why is economic progress so little cause for celebration?” Review of DeLong’s book.
Reading Betty Friedan After the Fall of Roe Men Yell at Me
Algorithms and the Future of Work NIOSH Science Blog, CDC
Antidote du Jour (via):
— Dr David Hamilton (@davidghamilton1) September 20, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.