Dear patient readers,
The conflict in Gaza ate the news but I did the best I could to compensate with some extra links.
Octopuses Could Soon Get Same Legal Protections As Monkeys In US Research IFLScience (furzy)
Giant Solar Storm 14,000 Years Ago Leaves The Carrington Event in The Dust ScienceAlert (Chuck L)
Becoming James Bond Literary Review (Chuck L)
Navigating the Labyrinth with Psychedelics Graham Hancock. Chuck L: “So it’s a book pitch. Fascinating none the less.”
Low Cholesterol Levels in Younger Heart Failure Patients May Predict Unfavorable Outcomes MDPI (IM Doc).”Cholesterol lowering drugs in younger patients with heart failure may increase mortality.”
How incarcerated people are helping to restore a fragile ecosystem Yale Climate Connections
Climate crisis is ‘not gender neutral’: UN calls for more policy focus on women Guardian. Brian C: “‘Only a third of countries include sexual and reproductive health in their national plans to tackle the climate crisis, the UN has warned.’ Seriously?”
The Superbug That Devours Ocean Plastic Nautilus (David L)
We Knew This Was Coming’: Deadly Himalayan Dam Burst Was Predicted by Scientists Common Dreams (furzy)
Schumer Confronts Xi on Israel-Hamas Statement in Rare Meeting Bloomberg. Lordie, we are such amateurs.
Sen. Schumer Lectures Xi on China’s Response to Israel-Hamas Fighting Antiwar.com (Kevin W). I gather Schumer is trying to depict Xi’s restatement of his formula as a concession.
Evergrande Investors Warn of ‘Uncontrollable Collapse’ Wall Street Journal
Has China’s economy hit the wall? Asia Times
This is probably one of the most important charts right now about the Chinese economy. To offset the collapse in the real estate sector, Beijing has managed to surge credit to the manufacturing sector, which has helped prevent a total collapse of domestic credit growth and demand pic.twitter.com/YPa0LQYYjZ
— Shanghai Macro Strategist (@ShanghaiMacro) October 9, 2023
China Plans Big AI and Computing Buildup Bloomberg
Luxembourg election delivers likely return to power for conservative CSV party Guardian (cactus99percenter)
Drone footage of Gaza this morning pic.twitter.com/8qqzigdGAS
— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 10, 2023
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Hamas threatens to kill hostage every time Israel hits Gaza civilians NBC and Hamas threatens to broadcast executions as Australia defends Israel Sydney Morning Herald (furzy)
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The war has started The Cradle (furnace)
A reader suggested Jacob Dreizin was insane to contend that Israel might use tactical nukes against Hezbollah if it launched a full-on attack on Israel. Dreizin was not recommending that but using it as an indicator of 1. his view that Israeli’s military is not terribly strong and is markedly behind on the way war has changed and 2. They won’t have any perceived better recourse if they look to be losing. Look how quickly an official has escalated on the cray-cray ladder:
An Israeli government minister is calling to use nuclear weapons to exterminate millions of Palestinians, plus the 150 Israeli captives. I suppose this lunatic imagines the nuclear blast and fallout would stay within the walls of Gaza.
The Zionist regime is a danger to the… https://t.co/JAzwGXdiaP
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) October 10, 2023
The prohibition of collective punishments is stated in the Hague Regulations and the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions. The prohibition is recognized in Additional Protocols I and II as a fundamental guarantee for all civilians and persons hors de combat.
Yoav Gallant is a war…
— Scott Ritter (@RealScottRitter) October 9, 2023
Egypt intelligence official says Israel ignored repeated warnings of ‘something big’ Times of Israel (Li)
WSJ Joins Neocons To Instigate War On Iran Moon of Alabama
Beware of the WSJ’s Irresponsible Reporting Daniel Larison
Financial Times is piling on: What links Hamas to the Axis of Resistance and its patron Iran?
Hubris Meets Nemesis in Israel Project Syndicate (David )
The Israeli war on Hamas from a geopolitical perspective Gilbert Doctorow. Contains tidbit that Netanyahu said in July that Palestinians had gotten anti-tank weapons from Ukraine.
In 2002, the Arab League offered Israel full normalization in return for Israel's withdrawal from the Occupied Territories; the creation of a Palestinian state there; and "just resolution" to the refugee issue. Iran endorsed it (https://t.co/daSlfmKjJU); even Hamas tacitly… pic.twitter.com/vvKo2BhZNe
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) October 9, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
Not mentioned is that this is one of the sites from which Ukraine has been shelling (entirely) civilian targets in Donetsk City, with much consternation as to why Russia hasn’t captured it already:
Avdiivka, destroyed an mostly left by residents. Since early this morning, Russia has increased the shelling and bombing on the city and its surroundings. It is expected that Russia will increase its offensive operations in the area. pic.twitter.com/SZXgue8qMY
— NOELREPORTS 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) October 10, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
23andMe Confirms Stolen Genetic Data Is For Sale Online ExtremeTech (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Russia & China Sanctions: EU’s Desperate Measures Richard D. Wolff, YouTube
Algeria’s Tebboune not interested in joining BRICS in current format Almayadeen. furnace: “Further complexities for BRICS.”
BREAKING: Congress has been buying war stocks.
Many bought defense company $GD, General Dynamics.
Democrats bought cybersecurity like $FTNT.
These companies lobby Congress heavily. pic.twitter.com/0JUKURNmMT
— unusual_whales (@unusual_whales) October 8, 2023
Biden Interviewed by Special Counsel Regarding Classified Documents Wall Street Journal
Our No Longer Free Press
How US gov’t prosecution of Uhuru activists threatens a ‘First Amendment exception’ The Grayzone (Kevin W)
Lesson #1 in how media can manipulate the public into supporting one side or the other in a conflict. pic.twitter.com/ep5cRJxJDt
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) October 9, 2023
The Bottomless Swamp of Regulatory Capture Charles Hughes Smith (Brian C)
Worst Bond Collapse in 150 Years Caused by Unintended Consequences Bloomberg (David L)
Crypto Venture Funding Drops 63% Bloomberg
Of the many reasons to oppose the sackler bankruptcy settlement, that it will funnel billions more dollars to fake pastors who bribe junkies with drugs into doing crimes and then bill CMS for "detox services" is a big one https://t.co/DZLXCGTI1h
— moe tkacik (@moetkacik) October 9, 2023
Antidote du jour (furnace via Havana Times):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.