San Diego Closes Point La Jolla Beach to Protect Sea Lions From People New York Times (furzy)
Hailsondes Launch Into Thunderstorms to Sound Them Out SpectrumIEEE (Chuck L)
Sitting all day increases dementia risk — even if you exercise Washington Post (Dr. Kevin). Just puts “exercise” in one big lump when for a lot of health benefits, intensity matters. The plural of anecdote is not data, but my mother proudly declared herself to be the original couch potato and was sharp until 92. And the nurse who was in charge of patient assessment for one of her home health care aide companies called what happened: “When they start watching TV all day is when they decline.” My mother had read a book a day plus did crossword puzzles plus played solitaire. Then she refused to get cataract surgery and found it too hard to read and started to only watch TV…which indeed was when her cognitive decline started. So I wonder if the degree of mental passivity while sitting counts (I would score meetings where you don’t participate as passive, and driving on familiar routes might be). And I wonder if there are easy remedies, like standing once an hour and bending forward so your head way below your hips for a minute to get more blood into your brain would be a big offset.
Live Nation Launches Program For Smaller Bands To Drop Merch Cuts & Help Pay For Their Travel Metal Injection. Micael T: “Background: Why touring bands struggle to make money on merchandise BBC.”
Ah, that’s better Colin Burrow, London Review of Books. Anthony L: “Orwell again, interestingly viewed.”
From GM, who identified the speaker as Peter Collignon
This video is stunning.
I’m a priest, so I’m an expert in wishful thinking. This guy… he’s living in fantasy land.
😮”the reason I want to believe that”
Who said science is rational… 🙄 pic.twitter.com/GuZjh8fQC2
— tern (@1goodtern) September 27, 2023
Britain to Allow Big North Sea Oil Field, Despite Climate Concerns New York Times. Kevin W: “Related article Oil surges above $94 a barrel for the first time in a year as stockpiles shrink at
China Says NSA Surveillance Is Intensifying Forever Wars (Micael T)
Why Xi Jinping Doesn’t Trust His Own Military Foreign Affairs (furzy). I can’t even.
US accuses China of launching global information war Financial Times
Reminder that the United States could have been the world leader in 5G technology instead of China if we had just given *one guy* a green card when he needed one pic.twitter.com/MTXvs27sYz
— Alec Stapp (@AlecStapp) September 27, 2023
TSMC to help Europe break its Asia chip dependency Asia Times (Kevin W)
The level of ambition in China’s vision for a new world order is absolutely stunning: in short they want to radically change international relations, get rid of hegemonic designs (including by them) and double standards in order to bring about sustainable world peace.
And what’s… https://t.co/TiDHbywe80
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) September 27, 2023
On 26 September, the 🇨🇳State Council issued a white paper on the Global Community of Shared Future (GCSF)
It is the most comprehensive document on 🇨🇳’s vision to reform the global order &
BJ’s most serious attempt to define the GCSF.
What does it say?
Why is it relevant?
— Moritz Rudolf (@MoritzRudolf) September 27, 2023
Full Text: A Global Community of Shared Future: China’s Proposals and Actions PRC Gov. Chuck L: “The English text of China’s Global Community Shared Future vision, the subject of the Bertrand/Rudolf thread links sent earlier”.
German Dependence On China Ian Welsh
Smartmatic implicated in alleged bribery scheme involving top Filipino election official CNN (BC). From earlier in the week, still germane.
Debt and the Crisis of Survival in Sri Lanka and the World Eastern Angle (Micael T)
Ambassador Gerard Araud: Europe is fading International Affairs (Micael T)
First of all, ironic coming from her…
Secondly, the obvious question is, once a country is home to large communities of people from different cultures, what is the alternative to multiculturalism? You cannot go back in time.
So if you’re against multiculturalism you’re left… https://t.co/MKutSXsMOS
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) September 27, 2023
From Politico’s morning newsletter. Note various pundits predicted Orban might lose his last election when he won in a romp. Of course, polling data may be much better in Slovakia:
ORBÁN COPYCAT FACES UPHILL BATTLE IN SLOVAKIA: It may not be Europe’s biggest country, but Slovakia’s election this weekend could see another pro-Russian, Euroskeptic join the leaders’ table alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
New Not-So-Cold War
The Promise and Peril of EU Expansion Foreign Affairs (furzy). “The Bloc Must Add Ukraine—but It Won’t Be Simple.” Talk like that assures there will be no Ukraine. Alexander Mercouris in recent days has discussed remarks by a key member of the Duma, Lavrov, and Defense Minister Shoigu, that all point in the same direction: that Ukraine will need to capitulate or else it will cease to exist as a state. The Russians have the means to do it. Simplicius the Thinker has recently said that he has reports that only 25% of the grid damage of last year’s missile strikes has been repaired. Even if the figure is actually 50%, it says Russia has the means to de-electrify much of the country.
A Few Important Points From My Friends. Andrei Martyanov (guurst). Confirming commentary above and then some.
I have the impression that it does not even occur to this Tweeter that this outcome from the Russian perspective is a feature, not a bug:
Millimetres on the map for the number of lives you could populate a city with. https://t.co/3y0yKUKcUI
— Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) September 28, 2023
Bound to Lose John Mearsheimer (Chuck L). From early Sept, still germane.
It’s All About Them Aurelien
A Year of Lying about Nord Stream Eastern Angle
The House of Anti-Communists, and the Nazi Monster it Spawned Canada Files (Micael T)
The Zelensky lie is coming to an end Thierry Meyssan (Micael T)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
U.S. Spying Law Threatens Privacy, Needs Restrictions, Watchdog Says Wall Street Journal (BC)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Reforming the UN: Possibility and Necessity Valdai Club (Micael T)
The Eastern Mediterranean quartet: big talk, less action The Cradle (Micael T)
Even I am surprised. wow wow wow
China, Saudi Arabia to hold joint naval drill in October https://t.co/R08doSCGsA
— Kris 📿🇨🇦 🇦🇱 🇺🇦 (@ektrit) September 28, 2023
Biden’s Belt and Road counter needs an eastern extension Asia Times (Kevin W)
Trump suing ex-MI6 officer who alleged he was ‘compromised’ by Russian security service Guardian (furzy). Christopher Steele.
How Joe Biden’s Kin Profited Off the Family Name. ‘The Big Guy Is Calling Me.’ Wall Street Journal
Election workers have gotten death threats and warnings they will be lynched, the US government says Associated Press (furzy)
The Retail Theft Rampage Gets Worse Wall Street Journal (furzy). The fact that this is a right wing trope does not mean it is not happening. The highlighted incidents sound like a form of organized crime. The same thing took place in NYC during the George Floyd protest. Groups that had not been part of the protests would show up in the early evening as the marches were petering out and smash store windows and steal in bulk.
What’s Driving Oakland’s Crime Wave? Public (furzy)
GOP Clown Car
Our No Longer Free Press
Beducated has a new AI sex coach Mashable (Dr. Kevin)
Meta announces AI chatbots with ‘personality’ BBC. Kevin W: “Zuckerberg’s personality?”
Sorry, You Matter Too Much to Make a Living Wage OK Doomer (Dr. Kevin)
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here