Australia farmer rediscovers locally extinct quoll in trap Miami Herald (furzy)
All the Pandas in American zoos are being taken back by China International Affairs (Micael T)
Small Californian Town Elects Dog as Ita Mayor for Third Time in a Row My Modern Met (David L)
On Pneumatic Tires Scope of Work (Randy K)
DARPA Hopes to Beam Power Across 200 Kilometers Spectrum IEEE (David L)
Choice modelling can tell us what people will do Terry Flynn
Up Mount Improbable Dublin Review of Books. Anthony L: “The Man Who Would Save MORALITY.”
The economics of thinness Economist (Dr. Kevin)
🧵 Why some vaccines stop transmission & others don’t:
Vaccines that stop transmission are often against viruses that replicate internally first and only then transmit (like measles). So if the vaccine stops internal replication, it stops transmission.
For COVID vaccines…
— Michael Mina (@michaelmina_lab) November 27, 2021
Overhyping Vaccines Wasn’t Pro-Vaccine. It Was Pro-Stop-Worrying-About-COVID. Science-Based Medicine (John S)
Nobel Goes to Pair Who Worked on COVID Vaccines Newser (Dr. Kevin). As scientist GM put it:
There isn’t a single working mRNA vaccine right now.
How can you give a Nobel Prize for it?
Here comes the EV backlash Politico
Worried About Living in a Flood Zone? Try a House That Floats. New York Times (David L)
So it turns out Taiwan is doing business with China in chip plants. So when will Washington begin sanctioning Taiwan?
Taipei doesn't want anything to do with Washington's ludicrous idea of another proxy war, this time with China:
Several Taiwanese technology companies are…
— The Sirius Report (@thesiriusreport) October 3, 2023
"The World Bank cut its 2024 forecast for China’s gross domestic product growth to 4.4% from 4.8%."
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) October 3, 2023
India tells Canada to withdraw dozens of diplomatic staff Financial Times. Lead story
Aftermath of Coup d’État in Africa: Unfolding Unforeseen Outcomes Modern Diplomacy (Micael T)
US imposes fresh round of sanctions over instability in Sudan Middle East Online
New Not-So-Cold War
Slovakia may join two other NATO countries at odds with Zelensky Responsible Statecraft
European Union foreign ministers meet in Ukraine to escalate war with Russia WSWS. Neglected to include this in today’s post. IMHO this is the analogues to the pronouncement that an official enjoys the complete confidence of the government…the tell that they are on the ropes and their days are likely numbered.
The Second Comeback of the “Populist” German Foreign Policy (Micael T)
War Fatigue Complicates West’s Aid to Ukraine Indian Punchline
People Are Dying For Inches In Ukraine, The “World’s Largest Arms Fair” Eastern Angle (Micael T)
The Average Age Of Ukraine’s Army Moon of Alabama. And Wallace calls for killing what is left of Ukraine’s young to save the Western rules-based order.
Sen. Lindsey Graham says “do you think I would leave Ukraine? I don’t believe that one bit” YouTube. Kevin W: “Graham says no money for the border without money for the Ukraine. And not just $24 billion but $60-70 billion.”
Fascism as triage Steve Waldman (UserFriendly)
University of Alberta's chancellor in the 1980s, Peter Savaryn, was a Ukrainian Waffen SS veteran. Savaryn cofounded UofA's Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies program, which set up endowments for several Waffen SS veterans including Hunka. #NaziGate https://t.co/gtpaWaBfEZ
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) October 1, 2023
Imperial Collapse Watch
Former Venezuelan Coup Plotter Hired By Florida College to Speak on ‘Defending Democracy’ Libertarian Institute. Kevin W: “Greedo becomes Florida man.”
Ports servicing RO-RO type ships with American military equipment Rybar. Micael T hoists:
The fact is that when the first large transfers of American equipment from the United States to Europe began in 2017, only five European ports were used for this: Bremerhaven (Germany), Vlissingen (Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Alexandroupolis ( Greece).
Then the Pentagon decided that five ports were not enough and began to actively develop alternative routes for the sea transfer of equipment across the Atlantic (the personnel of the transported units always fly on airplanes)
As a result of many years of work in this direction, the Pentagon has now worked out the transfer of its units through 17 European seaports. To those five “pioneers” were added:
Thessaloniki (Greece), Esbjerg (Denmark), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Durres (Albania), Dunkirk (France), La Rochelle (France), Paldiski (Estonia) and Aarhus (Denmark) ), Gdansk (Poland), Gdynia (Poland)
Folly and Redemption: Thirty Years After Black Hawk Down American Conservative
Patrick Lawrence: The Undiscovered Country Scheerpost (Anthony L). From last week, still germane.
I’ve worked at Guantanamo for a decade, and I do not say this lightly: the United States continues to commit acts of torture here. Watch my full statement below 👇🏾 https://t.co/mJKlabVPqA
— Alka Pradhan⁷ (@PradhanAlka) October 1, 2023
When Trump wins, so does the media Matt Yglesias
GOP Clown Car
Gaetz Moves to Oust McCarthy, Threatening His Grip on the Speakership New York Times (Kevin W)
Fed’s Powell gets an earful about inflation and interest rates from small businesses Yahoo! News Associated Press (Kevin W)
Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s Family Bubble New Yorker
Musk’s first year as Twitter’s Dear Leader is nigh The Register
Tougher Return-to-Office Policies Are No Remedy for Half-Empty Buildings Wall Street Journal
There Will Be Blood. Review: End Times: Elites, Counter-Elites and the Path of Political Disintegration, by Peter Turchin Dublin Review of Books (Anthony L)
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.