Yves here. I’m old enough to remember that today was once remembered as Pearl Harbor Day. I wonder how much notice will be paid this year.
USS Arizona survivor: Honor those killed at Pearl Harbor Associated Press. One of my parent’s friends was a Battle of the Bulge survivor. He lived to be 95 and was sharp and reasonably robust to the end. He died on a sunny day while gardening.
We are walking 50 miles from Kaneohe to Pearl Harbor to honor the 81st anniversary of the attack on #PearlHarbor, and our brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate price. We honor all who serve & sacrifice to defend the safety, security and freedom of the American people. pic.twitter.com/Tq35dvsBMv
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 7, 2022
Tulsi will be VERY sore. Hope she and her fellow walkers can soak in a hot bathtub right afterwards.
The College Essay Is Dead Atlantic (David L)
Yes, the Players in the World Cup Do Keep Falling Over for No Reason New York Times (Dr. Kevin)
This is awful.
UK schools flooded with antibiotics during a mass outbreak of illness?
This is exactly the way to breed antibiotic-resistant diseases.
This is insane.
— tern (@1goodtern) December 6, 2022
China Scraps Most Testing, Quarantine Requirements in Covid Policy Pivot Wall Street Journal
🔔HUGE COVID RULES CHANGES—China lays out a new 10-point #COVID policy change. But it is **not** a Western ‘let it rip’. Key highlights:
📌asymptomatic/mild cases can now quarantine at home (but still needs 2x consecutive PCR negative tests on days 6&7)
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 7, 2022
Renewables Will Overtake Coal by Early 2025, Energy Agency Says New York Times. Um, if you include burning firewood as renewable…
We might finally harness the limitless fresh water vapor hidden above the oceans Interesting Engineering. Chuck L: “The link to the Nature paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-24314-2“
US mulls scorched earth strategy for Taiwan Asia Times. Kevin W: “Maybe those factories could just blow up by themselves like the NS2 pipelines and everybody will pretend that they don’t know why. Related article Pentagon, Chinese analysts agree US can’t win in Taiwan Strait”
The US crackdown on Chinese economic espionage is a mess. We have the data to show it. MIT Technology Review (guurst)
Europe First: Brussels gets ready to dump its free trade ideals Politico (Kevin W)
Congo: Government says over 270 dead from attack in east DW. Resilc: “A fight over natural resource cash flows.”
New Not-So-Cold War
The Russian oil price cap won’t work Philip Pilkington, Unherd (guurst)
Oil tankers queue up off Turkey as price cap on Russian crude begins Guardian. From yesterday, still germane. But it appears Russian tankers going through, European (carrying non-Russian oil) checked.
🇪🇪❄️🚫💡🔌⚡️"Estonia will be forced to temporarily turn off electricity during severe frosts."
🇪🇪🏃🇺🇦"The country will not be able to accept a new wave of Ukrainian refugees,"-Prime Minister Kaya Kallas
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) December 6, 2022
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Deadly Russian Shelling of Kherson Neighborhoods Mars Joy Over Ukraine’s Return Wall Street Journal. Admission against interest.
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Army plans ‘dramatic’ ammo production boost as Ukraine drains stocks Military Times (resilc)
Nato chief says conditions for peace in Ukraine ‘not there now’ Financial Times. Hhhm…”…he urged members of the western alliance to continue providing weapons to Kyiv over the winter because, he warned, Russia was preparing a spring offensive.”
U.S. No Longer Supports Fight For Crimea Moon of Alabama. I imagine Blinken will clarify his remark…
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What Do Russians Think About The Ukraine War? Patrick Lancaster, YouTube
Navy seizes more than 50 tons of ammo, illegal weapons in Gulf of Oman Military Times. Resilc: “Next stop, to Ukies.”
Robbing The Global South, Then Scorning Its Poverty: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
TikTok National-Security Deal Faces More Delays Wall Street Journal
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why Our Country Is Too Big Not to Fail New Republic (resilc)
America’s New B-21 Bomber Is a Nuclear Drone Vice (resilc)
Trump Companies Are Convicted in NY Criminal Tax Fraud Trial Bloomberg. FWIW, my tax maven buddy is exercised about this. GE with Jack Welsh and ton of other companies provide executive perks, treat it as a deduction and don’t report it as employee income. Yes, this is a violation, but the well-established sanction is fines and penalties, not criminal prosecution, particularly given that the total fine was $1.6 million. On top of that, the Financial Times (and therefore presumably many other outlets) are reporting the Trump Organization as having been convicted, when it was two subsidiaries of the Trump Organization. One sub is a payroll operation, so not affected by felony status impediments to borrowing. No idea how importan the other one is.
Political experts don’t think the Trump Org’s felony status is enough to kill Donald Trump’s chances in 2024: ‘At some point, the Republican party has to decide how much they’re willing to overlook’ Business Insider
Michigan Presidential Primary Bill Stuck in End-of-Session Rush FrontloadingHQ. Userfriendly: “Well, I’m shocked they didn’t move SC to January 1st and NV to late October just to never have to worry about another Bernie problem again.”
Constant turmoil’ at FDA’s food regulatory agency, report says Politico (Kevin W)
Police State Watch
Our No Longer Free Press
Elon FIRES Twitter’s general counsel James Baker for ‘vetting internal files on Hunter Biden laptop scandal and DELAYING release of second tranche’ – ex-FBI lawyer was James Comey’s deputy and involved in Russian collusion investigation Daily Mail (fresno dan). Above the fold in the Journal: Elon Musk’s Release of Documents Triggers Twitter Lawyer Jim Baker’s Exit
absolutely insane for these journalists to accuse a reporter, who just accurately reported a major story, of "doing pr for a billionaire" after their weeks-long love story with SBF, a man who just stole $10 billion dollars but is a 'very nice guy' who 'meant well'
— Mike Solana (@micsolana) December 4, 2022
Rich people who own newspapers can shift elections. Israel shows how. Washington Post. Userfriendly: “ROFLMAO How did anyone let this get printed without so much as a mention of Bezos. The ideological blinders you must have to get hired at the MSM is jaw dropping.”
Chapo Trap House: Sam Bankman-Fried (Dec 2022) YouTube (Glen). If you have time, the first 20 mins or so provide a very good high level explanation with salting of important details.
Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has hired high-profile white collar defense attorney Mark S. Cohen – who most recently defended Ghislaine Maxwell at her sex trafficking trial Daily Mail. From Paul Weiss to Mark Cohen…
FTC Probes ‘Possible Misconduct’ In Cryptocurrency Advertising Decrypt. Gee, ya think?
CVS Sued Over ‘Fraudulent’ Donations to American Diabetes Association LawStreetMedia (Kevin W)
The Last 747 Ever Built Has Rolled Off Boeing’s Production Line The Drive (Kevin W). I love 747s.
Oil prices right now are hard to understand. Crude is at the lowest level since December 2021, even as China takes more steps to ease up on Covid zero and economic data points come in stronger than expected. pic.twitter.com/MFHIDBaAXW
— Lisa Abramowicz (@lisaabramowicz1) December 7, 2022
Sick with “Shareholder Value”: US Pharma’s Financialized Business Model During the Pandemic Institute for New Economic Thinking
In Clover London Review of Books (Anthony L). On McKinsey and the consulting industry generally.
The Unavoidable Crash Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate (David L)
Troops to get historic boost in food allowance Military Times. Resilc: “They get sick days too, unlike railroad workers.”
Real Wages during and Post-Pandemic Menzie Chinn
Antidote du jour. From Chet G, from his photo gallery of Centre Wildlife Care animals in its annual adoption/sponsorship. Here is Sugar the sugar glider, who enjoys treats.
And a bonus (Robin K):
A horse running wild on the beach. pic.twitter.com/svexhZpIrj
— Fascinating (@fasc1nate) December 4, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.