The Science Behind Your Cheese Smithsonian
Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money. VOX (GF). GF: “I know it is Vox but was impressed by the 8 suggested environmental organizations listed as philanthropic designee.”
It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over…but It’s Never Over — Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NEJM
Why long Covid could be ‘the next public health disaster’ CNBC. Resilc: “Geeeee, what a shockerrrrrrrrrrrrr, who woulda ever thunk itttttttttttt.”
Monitoring monkeypox virus in saliva and air samples in Spain: a cross-sectional study The Lancet. From the Abstract: “The identification of high viable monkeypox virus loads in saliva in most patients with monkeypox and the finding of monkeypox virus DNA in droplets and aerosols warrants further epidemiological studies to evaluate the potential relevance of the respiratory route of infection in the 2022 monkeypox virus outbreak.”
China-EU relations: Xi meets European Council President, pledges supply chain cooperation South China Morning Post
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The Covid Protests in China and Why They Happened Now (podcast) Odd Lots. Commentary:
An interesting dimension that came up is how the budget for enforcing Covid Zero often falls to the local/provincial governments. And those regional entities have seen their finances battered by the collapse in real estate, since land sales are a huge source of local gov revenue.
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) December 1, 2022
Covid and China’s plumbing:
A re-up in why locking people in their apartments is still resulting in entire buildings and neighborhoods getting infected, and why lockdowns can't work without aerosol mitigation to prevent in-community spread. See citations- https://t.co/xoQK0pFCUO
— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) November 26, 2022
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How Beijing Took Taiwan by Force, the Last Time Sinical China. Hmm.
Worthy and Unworthy Protest Black Agenda Report. For example:
— Defiant L’s (@DefiantLs) November 30, 2022
Politics of the Commons: And Yet They Move Venezuelanalysis
Pakistan now a bigger basket case than even Bangladesh Asia Times (resilc)
From Politico’s morning European newsletter. Notice the lack of a straightforward denial by Ukraine:
VDL FLUBS, BACKTRACKS ON UKRAINIAN DEATHS: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said an estimated 120,000 Ukrainians had been killed during Russia’s war — sparking outrage in Kyiv, where casualty numbers are treated as a defense secret and subject to wartime censorship.
The Commission did not specify where the estimates came from, and later deleted the video of von der Leyen’s speech, as well as a written version, before republishing both with the contentious numbers edited out. But it was too late. Twitter users shared the original, containing the sentence: “It is estimated that 20,000 civilians and more than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far.”
Kyiv’s take: “We cannot confirm this figure, we emphasize that the losses of the Ukrainian army are official information and are subject to restrictions on publication,” a spokesman for Ukraine’s armed forces said.
Team VDL’s take: A spokesperson for von der Leyen said the original video had been edited because the 100,000 figure related to estimates of total casualties — meaning people killed as well as injured.
If you believe von der Leyen got the fatality figure wrong, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
French baguette voted onto UN World Cultural Heritage list France24 (resilc)
Life’s little ironies:
One person, fighting for more money for people who need it most to survive, is called the grinch. While the rich people above him are having a banquet.
Not a hint of irony. pic.twitter.com/XSPjBiI1Yy
— Ryan Love (@RyanJL) November 22, 2022
Prince William’s godmother quits palace over comments to black charity boss Guardian. Transcript:
Mixed feelings about yesterday's visit to Buckingham Palace. 10 mins after arriving, a member of staff, Lady SH, approached me, moved my hair to see my name badge. The conversation below took place. The rest of the event is a blur.
Thanks @ManduReid & @SuzanneEJacob for support🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/OUbQKlabyq
— Sistah Space (@Sistah_Space) November 30, 2022
A minority view:
When I am asked where I'm from, I proudly say that I live in Luton and I'm primarily of Bangladeshi origin (partly North Indian).
I have never taken it as a racially malicious line of questioning, but rather a form of interest and curiosity.
Identitarian outrage is a poison.
— Dr Rakib Ehsan (@rakibehsan) December 1, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
On Russian Controlled Kherson Frontline, Facing Ukraine Positions (video) Patrick Lancaster, YouTube. Deep circles under everyone’s eyes.
ROMAN ABRAMOVICH REVEALS HE IS LOBBYING THE US GOVERNMENT FOR THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TO END THE UKRAINE WAR John Helmer. Note the headline is accurate. But Helmer strongly insinuates the lobbying, at least for Russia, fizzled after the Istanbul negotiations and that Abramovich’s main interest now is remaining unsanctioned by the US.
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NATO again dangles membership in front of Ukraine Responsible Statecraft
NATO Exists To Solve The Problems Created By NATO’s Existence Caitlin’s Newsletter
BlackRock Financial Markets Advisory to advise Ministry of Economy of Ukraine (press release) BlackRock. From November 16, still germane.
New House Democrat leader’s staunch ties to US-Israel groups Middle East Eye
FTX & Sam Bankman-Fried | DealBook Summit Interview (video) YouTube. Transcript. Wowsers.
Surviving FTX: Fintechs and banks untangle themselves American Banker
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Elon Musk’s Twitter Politics Add to Pressure on Tesla’s Brand Image Wall Street Journal. Key chart:
Elon Musk appears to make nice with Apple after Twitter tirade Financial Times
Republican Clown Car
The GOP should see Nancy Pelosi as a role model, not a villain Brookings Institute. Indeed!
Treasury Department sent House Democrats Trump tax returns Axios (resilc)
U.S. House votes to block rail strike, mandate paid sick leave Reuters. The contract bill (290-137) is separate from the sick leave bill (221-207).
Some Rail Workers, Seeking Sick Days, Say Biden Betrayed Them New York Times. Resilc: “No shit, and where is my $600???????”
Reading As Counter-Practice The Convivial Society
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.