Camels battle it out in Qatar beauty contest BBC (David L)
Rarely seen ‘gustnado’ weather phenomenon captured by NT mates playing golf ABC.net. Anthony L: “The dangers of golf.”
Emperor Charles V’s secret code cracked after five centuries Guardian (David L)
A Machiavellian machine raises ethical questions about AI Financial Times (David L)
The Brain Uses Calculus to Control Fast Movements Quanta Magazine (David L)
Death by Crowding JSTOR (Micael T)
Thai monks fail drug tests leaving temple empty BBC (resilc)
In classical Chinese philosophy, all actions are collective aeon (Anthony L)
Where Does All the Cardboard Come From? I Had to Know. New York Times (Kevin W)
The Toxic History of Color Atmos (Micael T)
Here’s how the US shouldn’t respond to China protests Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
From Politico’s morning newsletter:
ORBÁN’S MOMENT OF TRUTH: European Commissioners Valdis Dombrovskis, Didier Reynders and Johannes Hahn will today unveil a proposal to freeze around €7.5 billion from the regular EU budget earmarked for Hungary — as Playbook previewed last week.
Dangling a carrot: In parallel, the Commission plans to recommend that EU countries approve Hungary’s recovery plan — the contract detailing how Budapest would spend €5.8 billion in grants, if it ever receives them. Disbursements under that plan will be contingent on the country implementing 27 key reforms.
No photo op: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will break with tradition and won’t be traveling to Budapest for the usual recovery plan junket, our colleague Paola Tamma reports.
The ball is now with EU countries in the Council, where both decisions are likely to pass by qualified majority. The Czech Council presidency is working to convince Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government to drop vetoes on an €18 billion aid package for Kyiv as well as a minimum tax on multinationals — Budapest has been blocking both files in an attempt to force Brussels’ hand.
Neverwhere Brexit Britain after Singapore-on-Thames: Switzerland or Silicon Valley? Gerhard Schnyder (guurst)
New Not-So-Cold War
What to expect in Russia’s winter offensive in Ukraine Indian Punchline (Kevin W)
Ukraine War Day #277: Apocalypse Tonight! Awful Avalanche (guurst). Important. On conditions in Ukraine.
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Washington’s Carthaginian Peace Collides With Reality Douglas Macgregor (chris)
NATO commits to future Ukraine membership 9News (Kevin W)
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Feet on the ground in St Petersburg: first impressions Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
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Can Europe keep the lights on? Financial Times. A lead story. Admission against interest.
Qatar to supply Germany with LNG as EU seeks secure energy options Financial Times. Kevin W: “So will the EU insistence on depending on the spot market over long-term contracts be changed now?”
Europe Remains Russia’s Biggest Diesel Buyer OilPrice (resilc)
A Good-Will Government Was Possible in Israel New York (David L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk Associated Press (resilc)
Computer Repair Technicians Are Stealing Your Data Bruce Schneier (David L)
How Capitalism—Not a Few Bad Actors—Destroyed the Internet Boston Review (Paul R). From earlier this year, still germane.
Imperial Collapse Watch
As Haiti Unravels, U.S. Officials Push to Send in an Armed Foreign Force New York Times (resilc)
Denouncing Trump-Fuentes Is a Ploy, Not a Principle Atlantic (resilc)
It really was young voters who did it for Democrats Ryan Grim. Working Families Party acting as a spokescritter for “progressives”?
Senate passes bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage in landmark vote CNN. Kevin W: “But it was impossible to do the same for Roe-Wade. /sarc”
Our No Longer Free Press
Twitter rolls back COVID misinformation policy Reuters (furzy)
Crypto exchange Bitfront shuts down Reuters
So BlockFi is a creditor to FTX that lent to Alameda that lent to Emergent which is a shell company owned by SBF that bought Robinhood shares that were pledged as collateral to guarantee to BlockFi the loan to FTX that was used to bailout BlockFi itself
— ayko2718 (@ayko2718) November 29, 2022
More On The Crypto Scam – “There’s A Sucker Born Every Minute.” Moon of Alabama. Nice shout-out, plus revealing detail on Ukraine involvement.
The Tragedy Of America’s $3.5 Trillion In ‘Extra’ Savings Heisenberg Report (resilc)
Spanish coastguard finds stowaways on ship rudder BBC (resilc)
Politics Today: Interview with Wolfgang Streeck Crisis & Critique (Anthony L)
“My conclusion was that identity politics is fundamentally a weapon of the Democratic party to derail, deflect, and diffuse a radical class-based politics.” Norm Finkelstein on cancel culture@kthalps @aaronjmate
Full interview: https://t.co/MKrtuoD6qL pic.twitter.com/qUbrp54BLm
— Useful Idiots (@UsefulIdiotpod) November 29, 2022
Antidote du jour. Another member of Chet G’s photo gallery from Centre Wildlife Care annual adoption/sponsorship campaign. This is Sonic the hedgehog.
And a bonus (furzy):
Best goalkeeper.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/UVxtb6Bch6
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) November 28, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.