Elephants have names for each other, just like humans ZMEScience (Paul R)
The Male-Female Longevity Gap Widens Harvard Magazine. As I said, US is going the way of Russia, and for much the same reasons: extreme neoliberalism at work. Male life expectancy dropped by 4 years.
Physicians scramble to employment: 5 numbers to know Becker Physician Leadership. More important than headline suggests. Trend = more crapification of US medical treatment.
The Dark Side of a Clinical Trial AAAS (Dr. Kevin)
New Study by Chinese Virus Experts shows that there are FIVE separate strains of Covid, so diverse that they should be considered separate SARS viruses… pic.twitter.com/7pBQYSAKwg
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) November 14, 2023
Forest Pulse: The Latest on the World’s Forests Global Forest Review (guurst)
Planting Trillions of Trees Won’t Save the Planet. Here’s a Better Way The Messenger (David L)
Colorado River in Crisis: A Los Angeles Times documentary Los Angeles Times (David L)
Xi and Biden at summit speak of conflict avoidance Asia Times (Kevin W)
Do click through to read:
In what's likely an extremely consequential meeting, this is what Xi told Biden according to the Chinese readout of their meeting (https://t.co/Tqz4FFvuWC). I think anyone who wishes to understand China's standpoint wrt to the US should read this:
– There are 2 options for China…
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) November 16, 2023
Or see: President Xi Jinping Meets with U.S. President Joe Biden Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
Readout of President Joe Biden’s Meeting with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China White House. Quite the aggressive tone, and the uncharacteristic length compared to normal readouts strikes me as defensive. See this in particular, in contrast with Xi’s long form argument that continued great power confrontation and competition would lead to bad ends:
President Biden emphasized that the United States and China are in competition, noting that the United States would continue to invest in the sources of American strength at home and align with allies and partners around the world. He stressed that the United States would always stand up for its interests, its values, and its allies and partners. He reiterated that the world expects the United States and China to manage competition responsibly to prevent it from veering into conflict, confrontation, or a new Cold War.
So much for normalizing relations:
Gotta be kidding. Biden insults Xi just after meeting him by calling him a 'dictator'. pic.twitter.com/0nwopmIc1Y
— SIMPLICIUS The Thinker Ѱ (@simpatico771) November 16, 2023
China pouring billions into new memory chip production Asia Times (Kevin W)
No good options for Myanmar’s mortally wounded regime Asia Times (Kevin W)
French court issues arrest warrant for Bashar al-Assad for complicity in war crimes Guardian (Kevin W). The sarin gas fabrication is baaack.
Israeli troops deepen search at main Gaza hospital for evidence of Hamas SwissInfo. BC flags:
The Israeli military made no mention of finding any tunnel entrances in Al Shifa. It previously said Hamas had built a network of tunnels under the hospital. Hamas has denied it and dismissed the latest army statements.
In justifying Israel's invasion of Gaza's Shifa Hospital, the Pentagon has essentially admitted that its own intelligence assessment asserting that Hamas military sites are concealed beneath the hospital is nothing more than recycled Israeli propaganda.
Sabrina Singh, the… pic.twitter.com/paEF5u8pf3
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 15, 2023
A sensational scandal for the Israeli occupation army at Al-Shifa Hospital.
The occupation army brought crates this morning, claiming they contained aid for Al-Shifa Hospital.
They transferred them inside the hospital, but the crates actually held weapons, clothing, and… pic.twitter.com/FAzyVv2OzX
— Dunia🇵🇸 (@Dunian98) November 15, 2023
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All telecoms services in Gaza to halt in coming hours — Russian envoy to UN TASS. Subhead: “‘There will be no telling what happens there at all,’ he said.”
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US will take massive hit in global standing over Israel Responsible Statecraft. Not “will take” but “is taking”. See also: What exactly are US special forces doing in Israel?
Iran’s ‘Axis of Resistance’ against Israel faces trial by fire Reuters. Opening para:
Iran’s supreme leader delivered a clear message to the head of Hamas when they met in Tehran in early November, according to three senior officials: You gave us no warning of your Oct. 7 attack on Israel and we will not enter the war on your behalf.
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What We Get Wrong About Israel and Gaza Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times (David L)
Crisis Update: Politicians In A Zionist Death March Moneycircus (Micael T)
The Question of Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism Charles Blow, New York Times (David L)
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— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 15, 2023
US Is Quietly Sending Israel More Ammunition, Missiles Bloomberg (ma)
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CHAOS IN DC: Hundreds of ‘violent’ anti-Israel protesters ‘begging for ceasefire’ clash with Capitol cops outside DNC headquarters — 6 officers injured New York Post. Lead story. 150 protestors = “chaos”?
New Not-So-Cold War
Forbidden Russian oil flows into Pentagon supply chain Washington Post. From a couple of days ago, still germane.
The AIVD CEO who saw how Russia prepared for war with the West: ‘They are ruthless cynics’ NRC, via machine translation, original here. guurst: “BONKERS”
Don’t plan yet for Ukraine reconstruction Indian Punchline. Aside from the elephant in the room of the territorial issue, as we have pointed out, there will be no meaningful reconstruction of Western controlled areas. Private sector actors don’t do that, and all the schemes involve fantasies about that. There will be at most looting. But there’s way less to loot than in Russia in the 1990s. And the effort to strip mine Greece in 2015 resulted in just about nada save the Chinese getting the port of
EU set to slap Russia with new sanctions on diamonds, tighten oil price cap Politico (Kevin W)
Preying on children: Olena Zelenska foundation involved in child trafficking schemes The Intel Drop (Kevin W). Warning: treat with caution. However, as we know, Ukraine is fabulously corrupt and has long been a major sex trafficking center.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A New Battle Over Government Spying Intercept
Imperial Collapse Watch
Arming Ourselves Against The Future. Aurelien (Chuck L)
That Scannable Spotify Tattoo Sounded Like a Good Idea at the Time Wall Street Journal (David L). A tattoo as the answer to extreme laziness?
GOP Clown Car
Mike Johnson’s Shady Finances Are Already Coming Back to Bite Him Daily Beast (ma)
I don’t know what New Mexico’s abortion laws are, but if this church declared abortion to be a sacrament, could they perform them in any state, regardless the laws of the state? Hmmm.
Our No Longer Free Press
Cruising is back. A new law has made lowriders legit Los Angeles Times (David L)
With AI, Big Tech is No Longer Pretending to Care Illusion of More (David L)
Google researchers deal a major blow to the theory AI is about to outsmart humans Business Insider (furzy)
Training of 1-Trillion Parameter Scientific AI Begins HPC (David L)
AI chemist finds molecule to make oxygen on Mars after sifting through millions Space (furzy). I do not like the personalizing of the AI in the headline.
Ultrawealthy charities that are helping no one and report nothing cost U.S. taxpayers billions every year, report says Fortune (ma). Of course they help someone! The employees, who are almost certainly family members.
Alabama woman, 84, is set to be booted from her home of 60 YEARS as 20 family members and property investors force sale of 40-acre property that could be worth $20M to McMansion developer Daily Mail. Lead story. And no, my VPN is not set to Atlanta.
Antidote du jour. Sunny Roads:
Here you can see Monty, a young and very friendly tabby who lives in Port Moody, Canada, with his mom, Manuela. Monty is always curious about what’s going on behind the curtains.
In the photo with the red background he has been admiring the framed portraits of his distinguished Venetian cousins.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.