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The Roman custom New Criterion. Anthony L: “Roman violence.”
New Blood Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Has 91% Accuracy Online Library. Paul R: “May have implications for long Covid.”
Study shows Covid infecteds 'who apparently clear the virus…nevertheless progress into their disease and eventually die' nearly A YEAR after acute infection as virus continues to persist inside the HIV-like viral reservoir:
No wonder so many 'suddenly die' out of 'nowhere' pic.twitter.com/NRMZsfyU7B
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) September 12, 2023
🧵 Austrian physicans:
"We CAN’T take responsibility for the constant, unmitigated infection of the population w/ a vascular-damaging, neurotropic virus like SARS-CoV-2, in which a previous infection provides no long-term protection vs future infection.”https://t.co/zHUO47sSzG
— Michael Knigge (@kniggem) September 13, 2023
Amazon Deforestation Down 66% From Last July in Lula’s Brazil EcoWatch (furzy). Um, deforestation slowing still = deforestation.
What would happen if the world cut meat and milk consumption in half? Grist. I hate to quibble but they don’t include chicken, which are very efficient at converting plant protein to animal protein.
China’s new spy post in Cuba poses nuclear risks Asia Times (Kevin W)
EU to launch anti-subsidy probe into Chinese electric vehicles Financial Times
Mainland China aircraft carrier nears Taiwan coast on way to PLA drills South China Morning Post
Reader Robin K sent a link to the article, which Google Translate would not translate from the URL and I thought readers would see it as too much of a PITA to copy and paste the text to translate. But this does most of the informational lifting”:
Wow! Absolute bombshell of an article on Xinjiang: https://t.co/EbK6Np5qCz
Very courageous of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung @NZZ to publish this!
First of all the article is written by probably the 2 most highly respected German sinologists: Thomas Heberer, a senior professor of…
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) September 12, 2023
Remember when I predicted the UK would end up with the EU standard by default?
Well, one year on from Rees-Mogg’s stirring “BRITISH PHONES WITH BRITISH CHARGERS SPEECH”, you’ll never guess what just happened.
A perfect example of imagined Brexit strength vs real influence. ~AA pic.twitter.com/bJAaJN3S5D
— Best for Britain (@BestForBritain) September 13, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
Russians so far claiming this was a repair area, but that does not mean some useful equipment was not there being repaired:
😱 ENORMES explosions à Sébastopol, au coeur de la base navale russe ! Selon plusieurs sources, au moins un sous-marin et un navire de débarquement lourd de classe Ropucha touchés ! Et pas de guerre nucléaire pour autant… poke Elon Musk 😩
— Le Zelenskyste🇫🇷🇺🇦 (@VolodimirZelen1) September 13, 2023
💥 Giant explosions at the ship repair facility for Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, occupied Crimea pic.twitter.com/V4gOQbZlwJ
— Igor Sushko (@igorsushko) September 13, 2023
Ukraine Dealt A Massive Attack On Crimea. There Are Losses. Military Summary. Dima can be a drama queen but here he is pretty measured. Ukraine allegedly used modified S-200s, not Western weapons, and 3 out of 10 missiles got through. See below that Rybar begs to differ and Rybar is one of the most credible Russian Telegram channels.
At around 3 a.m. on September 13, Su-24M bombers of the Ukrainian Air Force launched ten Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles at Sevastopol.
Units of the 31st Air Force and Air Defense Division shot down seven targets: five by a Pantsir-S1 SAM system, one by a S-400 division, and… pic.twitter.com/URzjhREro0
— Rybar Force (@rybar_force) September 13, 2023
If Rybar is right, Putin will be under even more pressure to up the ante. Various sources claim Russia has largely refrained from hitting the places where NATO little green men hang out. Perhaps such courtesies will end.
Russian hawks push Putin to escalate as US crosses more ‘red lines’ Responsible Statecraft
Obvious. Andrei Martyanov. As in Putin explicitly rejects a ceasefire (by implication, by itself or a precondition to negotiation). We reminded readers that Russia did not stop the SMO while it negotiated in Istanbul in 2022.
War Games in the Black Sea – Now What? w/ Col Doug Macgregor YouTube. One of Judge Napolitano’s guests last week, the normally sound Ray McGovern, was out over his skis about North Korean missiles, based on a reading by missile expert Ted Postol, which was quickly and fiercely criticized by other missile experts. Here, Macgregor is relying on a Romanian announcement and says he has spoken to other contacts about these war games.
“Don’t step on a rake twice!”: admonition of Vladimir Putin to Russian businessmen Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
VLADIMIR PUTIN: THE EARLY YEARS (REPOSTED) Hal Freeman (Anthony L)
US will have ability to freeze Iranian funds transferred to Qatar if needed Middle East Online
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Car Hackers Are Out for Blood Atlantic (David L)
China-Linked Hackers Breached a Power Grid—Again Wired (Dr. Kevin)
Elsevier’s Acquisition of Interfolio: Risks and Responses Sparc. From over the summer, still germane. AL writes:
The acquisition horrifies me because of the data privacy implications and opportunities for exploitation and data mining within the context of research and faculty/graduate student profiles, documents, confidential letters, applications, publications, etc. Apparently the emerging category is “Faculty Information Systems” (FIS).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Listen for yourself to see how fascist these people are (and I mean "fascist" in the classic historical sense, not online-speak for "not-a-Democrat"):
Maddow thinks all US citizens are duty-bound to make themselves and their property available to serve US war policy. https://t.co/OFJT39pZ3X
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 12, 2023
Modi has boosted his image, but the G20 summit looks set to achieve little else Guardian. Comes off at “The lady doth protest too much.”
So it begins. I know Lambert had a lot in Water Cooler, but this was the first account to hit my inbox: McCarthy directs House committees to open Biden impeachment inquiry The Hill
Democrats en déshabillé
I am sparing you tweets with not-fit-for-a-family blog comments to the effect that Kamala put a lot of the people who were good at hip hop away for smoking weed:
Kamala Harris mocked for ‘granny moves’ at White House hip-hop party: ‘Pure cringe’ https://t.co/k8c3r7ZQBr
— New York Post (@nypost) September 11, 2023
Big Tech on Trial: How BIG will be covering the Google Trial Matt Stoller. Stoller is expanding his Substack to cover the big Google antitrust trial and will be posting daily updates. Follow @BigTechOnTrial or subscribe here
What to know about Congress’s inaugural AI meeting MIT Technology Review (furzy)
Paul Krugman’s “Goldilocks” economy is likely to prove “transitory” Angry Bear. *Sigh*. Does Krugman not remember that the last time the Goldilocks meme was invoked was spring 2007? How did that turn out?
French watchdog halts iPhone 12 sales over too-high radiation – minister Reuters (Kevin W)
United Auto Workers union is poised to strike. Why now? Christian Science Monitor
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Ever see a peacock fly? Despite their large size peacocks are capable of flying, but it’s limited to short distances.
📽: Harsha Narasimhamurthypic.twitter.com/QNZ1njZJdn
— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) September 12, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.