Secret behind spectacular blooms in world’s driest desert is invisible to human eyes Frontiers Science News
Nouriel Roubini Says More… Project Syndicate
Biden and Xi unshackle Cop27 climate teams to formalise talks Climate Home News. Big if true.
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The Petro-bourgeoisie Couchfish
How the Meat Industry Undermines Effective Climate Policy The New Republic
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Floods can be a disaster for humans – but for nature, it’s boom time The Conversation
Will We Get Omicron’d Again? The Atlantic
As global COVID cases rise, multiple viruses stress health systems Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
‘Where the Gallatin nursing home failed, and failed multiple times’: What may have led to big COVID outbreak NewsChannel5. Nashville, TN.
href=”https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-11-13/Graphics-China-s-20-new-measures-for-optimizing-COVID-19-response-1eVuot6zFzW/index.html”>Graphics: China’s 20 new measures for optimizing COVID-19 response CGTN. Nothing on airborne mitigations that I can find. That’s not good news. Commentary:
Frankly, I agree with the article, they can call it what they want but it's sure looking an awful lot like lifting- and without important measures in place. The heavy-handed and unscientific measures could have been dropped and aerosol mitigations added, this isn't that. https://t.co/S988xqS2mp
— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) November 17, 2022
Dear Old Blighty
As U.K. Braces for Painful Budget Cuts, the Mood Is Gloomy NYT. Commentary:
That’s not fog outside, the UK is so broke they’ve had to turn down the render distance
— Matt Round (@mattround) November 14, 2022
Blowback: Italian police bust Azov-tied Nazi cell planning terror attacks The Grayzone. Commentary, via: The Atlantic in a few years:
New Not-So-Cold War
How a lightly-sourced AP story almost set off World War III Responsible Statecraft (Rev Kev).
Ukraine war: Poland says missile deaths an unfortunate incident BBC. “Dude, how many times do I gotta tell ya? Clear the false flags through the Embassy!” Ha ha, only serious.
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Relative Dominance: Russian Naval Power in the Black Sea War on the Rocks
For Western Weapons, the Ukraine War Is a Beta Test NYT. So we’re using Ukraine just like the Nazis used Spain in the Spanish Civil War. Good to know! Meanwhile, stating the obvious:
You do not need a 3 Star General and a Staff of 300 to keep tabs on US Weapons in Ukraine. This is a War Command to wage war against Russia
— Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback) November 13, 2022
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Ukrainian soldiers announce massacre of civilians in Kherson (Google Translation) Anti-Spiegel (Micael T). Original.
“Potentially sensitive content”:
Yeah in case we needed it underlined for us that you shouldn't let Nazis operate ovens. https://t.co/BRCSHak603
— • (@uncle_authority) November 14, 2022
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Talking With Russia Is Tempting—and Wrong Foreign Policy
Putin said that banks “drink the blood of pensioners to the grave” (Google Translation) Aftershock. Original (tip: Google translates this as expected when I set my VPN to RU). No wonder the West hates him.
Guyana Is the Most Exciting Story in the World Oil Market (podcast) Odd Lots
Biden Taps Federal Management Guru to Lead IRS Government Executive
Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself (interview) Vox (Re Silc). SBF, PMC failson. From the messaging transcript:
Both SBF’s parents are professors at Stanford law school, so it’s amazing he doesn’t see how desperately he needs a lawyer to tell him to STFU; and that they haven’t found him one. Also, what on earth? Adderall?
This is SBF on Meet the Press a few months ago.
Normally, people don’t shake so hard the chair moves. pic.twitter.com/LkoR3Kch9k
— Zac Bissonnette (@ZacBissonnette) November 15, 2022
Harry Potter-loving ex-girlfriend of disgraced FTX founder bragged of ‘regular amphetamine use’ on Twitter – which she said made her ‘appreciate how dumb a lot of normal, non-medicated human experience is’ Daily Mail
Sam Bankman-Fried oversaw FTX’s meltdown, and the fallout is reaching DC The Verge, The deck: “He had friends in high places — and they are probably embarrassed right now.”
Is Effective Altruism to Blame for Sam Bankman-Fried? Eric Levitz, New York Magazine
Our Famously Free Press
Global pool of shipping containers to decline for the first time in 14 years Hellenic Shipping News
Imperial Collapse Watch
USA’s Military Empire: A Visual Database World Beyond War (RK).
Social Democracy Will Not Save Us Black Agenda Report
Ten Marxist ideas that most people agree with Carl Beijer
DRAFT: Talk on “Grand Narratives” & “Slouching Towards Utopia” Brad DeLong, Grasping Reality
Antidote du jour: From alert reader TAS: “Kadee Belle, a wire hair dachshund. 15 pounds of personality!”
Bonus antidote: From alert reader AL, “a recent summer picture of the goats on the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay (Door County), Wisconsin”:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.