The future of money: a possible role for central bank digital currencies and their implications Bank of International Settlement. Presumably the smallest unit will be sufficient to purchase one insect, good eatin’. I mean, I woudn’t want to be forced to purchase more insects than I really need.
Semen proteomics reveals alterations in fertility-related proteins post-recovery from COVID-19 Frontiers in Physiology. N = 20 + 21. From the Abstract: “Our study suggests that the effect of COVID-19 on the male reproductive system persists even after recovery from COVID-19. In addition, these post-COVID-19 complications persist irrespective of the prevalent variants or vaccination status.”
Association of COVID-19 with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in children aged 0–5 years in the USA in 2022: a multicentre retrospective cohort study Family Medicine and Community Health (MV), From the Abstract: “COVID-19 was associated with a significantly increased risk for RSV infections among children aged 0–5 years in 2022. Similar findings were replicated for a study population of children aged 0–5 years in 2021. Our findings suggest that COVID-19 contributed to the 2022 surge of RSV cases in young children through the large buildup of COVID-19-infected children and the potential long-term adverse effects of COVID-19 on the immune and respiratory system.” I’m so old I remember when Covid wasn’t supposed to inf3ct chlidren at all….
How scary is China? The Economist
VW and Stellantis Show the Script Has Flipped With China’s Carmakers Bloomberg. The deck: “Western automakers are paying up for minority stakes in Chinese EV companies to gain access to their technology.” Pathetic.
Armed rebellion risks break-up of Myanmar: junta-backed president Agence France Presse
Myanmar’s Junta Is Losing Control of Its Border with China United States Insitute for Peace
China Signs Solar Power Deal with Myanmar Junta The Irrawaddy
Analysis: How would Israel find, map, take and keep Gaza’s tunnels? Al Jazeera. By Betteridge’s Law, it won’t. And I agree. From my armchair at 30,000 feet: I don’t see wunderwaffen or technical solutions doing the job, the IDF is casulties-averse, and we’re not dealing with Marines in Falujah, or with Russia and the Donetsk People’s Republic in Mariupol, or even Wagner in Bakhmut. We’re dealing with Israeli reservists, demoralized by colonial occupation, who haven’t been trained for urban warfare. Today’s must read.
Israeli Forces Have Limited Time in Gaza, U.S. Officials Say NYT. Commentary:
Day after day, Biden, Blinken, Kirby and other White House warmongers claim they're trying to minimize the civilian toll in Gaza.
Yet according to NYT, US officials were aware that Israel's war plans — which the US advised — “”all but guaranteed a high civilian death toll.”” pic.twitter.com/epK8cZI7Zv
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) November 10, 2023
Netanyahu says not seeking to ‘occupy’ Gaza but ‘demilitarise’ it Al Jazeera. Oh, right [nods vigorously].
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Dark Brandon, even more dark:
Biden was just asked "what are the prospects of a Gaza ceasefire?"
His reply: "None. No possibility."
The United States is actively instigating Israel's genocide in Gaza, and working to inflame a wider war in the Middle East. pic.twitter.com/8GjfqOStoM
— Andre Damon (@Andre__Damon) November 9, 2023
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Israeli forces approach key Gaza hospital; what will they do? Reuters. It seems we have our answer:
The strike can be seen shortly after the 31:00 mark. I’m no expert on this, but listen to the sound, it’s not a normal strike on this tent of journalists. https://t.co/1lJLm1oeoV https://t.co/z1YgNRf5b0
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 10, 2023
Gaza War Crimes Make a Mockery of Western “Democracy” Black Agenda Report. Indeed:
The US administration refuses to confirm that the Geneva Conventions apply to Palestinians. pic.twitter.com/xrtSNk8nhO
— Nicola Perugini (@PeruginiNic) November 9, 2023
Not clear to me where the “rules” in the “rules-based international order” come from, or even what they are.
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The Middle East Crisis and Russia’s Eurasian Agenda Valdai Discussion Club
Would you sell them out? Timothy Snyder, Thinking About….
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Under the volcano Times Literary Supplement
New Not-So-Cold War
West will choke on Putin’s terms for Ukraine (video) The Duran, YouTube
Is an End Game in Sight for Ukraine? Consortium News
Russia’s New Elite Emerges to Fill Void After Multinationals Flee Bloomberg. That was fast.
How many in the U.S. are disabled? Proposed census changes would greatly decrease count Science. Jiggering the numbers.
Patients don’t know how to navigate the US health system — and it’s costing them Vox. Same interlude.
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Childhood Vaccine Exemptions Reach Highest Level Ever — Upping Risk For Outbreaks Of Polio, Measles And More Forbes. President Wakefield, good job.
The death of public health: Scientific advisors used for political preferences, Derelicts at the helm and More! The Covid-Is-Not-Over Newsletter
Adam Neumann Is So Good at This Bloomberg
‘ChatGPT detector’ catches AI-generated papers with unprecedented accuracy Nature. So the first cycle in an arms race….
The Spy Novelist Who Loved Me Literary Review
Our Famously Free Press
The real success story is Japan.
Japan has one of the strongest economic recoveries, but over 5-fold fewer deaths per capita from COVID-19 than the US.
The US chose to sacrifice the vulnerable for the economy.
— Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) November 9, 2023
I wrote this in 2014. It never occurred to met that “the rules” would play out in a global pandemic, amidst the death of millions.
More protests in Bangladesh as garment workers reject pay increase Channel News Asia
The Best Inventions of 2023 Time. From the Robotics section: “Robot Coworker.” From the CEO: “The goal is that our general-purpose robots will be capable of doing any work that people can do.” Kill them with fire, and maybe life expectancy will stop dropping.
How to Become a Millionaire A Wealth of Common Sense
Stops Making Sense Small Things Considered. On the genetic code.
For Martin Michael Smith, Crying in the Wilderness. This is a hymn, in “the old foursquare 184.108.40.206 Common Metre.” Perhaps some readers might like to try their hands at the form?
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.