A moose has gone viral after being on the loose in the Midwest for over a month Business Insider (David L)
Why We Should Bring Back the Buffalo New York Times (David L)
Behold Cringe Thanksgiving Tweets From Our National Security State Ken Klipperstein (Chuck L)
Is Novavax, the latecomer COVID vaccine, worth the wait? KFF Health News. Robin K points out picked up by the Cedar Rapids paper, hooray!
Amazon region hit by trio of droughts in grim snapshot of the century to come The Conversation (Micael T)
Fishing industry rides tech wave to go green Modern Diplomacy. Micael T: “The word “smart” is there so the outcome will be the same as all other “smart” technology…
Competitive tension: How to keep offshore wind subsidies in check Energy Flux (Micael T)
North Korea withdraws from security treaty with South Korea. “We will deploy more powerful armed forces and new military hardware along the border.”
Kim Jong-Un opens another conflict to accelerate the decline of US power with the goal to collapse the US economy. Putin chess.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) November 23, 2023
The up to 260 billion hole in the German state budget Anti-Spiegel (Micael T)
Germany: From the primacy of domestic policy to the primacy of foreign policy to the primacy of the military? Nachdenkseiten via machine translation (guurst)
Suppliers for the Energy Transition German Foreign Policy (Micael T). “Africa should begin to play a greater role as a supplier for Germany’s energy transition.”
UK consumer confidence rises sharply Financial Times
Labour group once run by Starmer’s right-hand man fined for failing to declare donations Telegraph (Userfriendly)
IDF Knew Real Hamas HQ While Lying About al-Shifa Consortium News
Israeli forces detain director of Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital BBC. So are they going to torture him to extract a confession? Sleep deprivation will do….
Influential Israeli national security leader makes the case for genocide in Gaza Mondoweiss (guurst). From earlier in the week, still germane.
Should U.S. Aid to Israel Be Contingent on Human Rights? New Yorker (guurst)
Netanyahu Says UN Isn’t Doing Enough for Palestinians in Gaza Antiwar.com (Kevin W)
America’s new proxy war Thomas Fazi
Celtic fined for fans displaying Palestinian flag amid Israel-Gaza war Al Jazeera (Kevin W)
This testimony from Paul Ley, a doctor at the European Hospital in Khan Yunis, Gaza, is absolutely sickening:
“I have worked in hospitals in Afghanistan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cambodia… but I have never operated on so many injured children as I am now in the… pic.twitter.com/Gsoh0NroIj
— Thomas Fazi (@battleforeurope) November 24, 2023
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John Fetterman Faces Revolt in Pennsylvania Newsweek (Kevin W)
An AIPAC donor(Israel lobby) offered 20 million to drop out of a Senate race
This is clear foreign interference and election meddling
Imagine if Russia or China was doing this pic.twitter.com/Ti3WPufMOf
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) November 22, 2023
Scott Ritter: Hamas Winning Battle for Gaza Sputnik. Based on the false premise that ending Hamas was the main objective (yes, the Israel government did say they wanted to destroy Hamas but pretty much everyone who knew anything at the time said that was not attainable). The objective is clearing Gaza of Palestinians. The fact that the neighbors won’t take them has not deterred the government. Aaron Mate (in a tweet Lambert featured yesterday) said the pause is about the hostage swap, that there is domestic unhappiness about the lack of action on that front. So for Israel, the pause is about local politics (and giving Biden a talking point). Israel does not have to be very successful in harming Hamas to continue to clear Gaza; in fact, lack of much accomplished on that front will serve as an excuse for continuing operations in Gaza. John Mearsheimer pointed out in his latest talk on Judge Napolitano that in fact the IDF has not gotten far; 1000 Hamas fighters claimed by the IDF to be killed is a small % of the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 in Gaza (again also assuming they have lost access to tunnel escapes to Egypt). Also note that Israel will soon not have to do much actively to eliminate civilians; disease, dehydration, and cooler temps with no shelter all will start to produce an accelerating death toll. What would curb Israel is the US saying it will stop providing funds and weapons and/or the economic cost becoming too him (or potentially Biden dying; President Harris won’t be taken as seriously even if she tries being as determined an Israel backer). Some are noticing what is a feature, not a bug: Gaza has become a moonscape in war. When the battles stop, many fear it will remain uninhabitable Politico
New Not-So-Cold War
Visualizing $233B in Ukraine Aid Visual Capitalist (Micael T)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How Israel Spies on US Citizens Defend Democracy (Micael T)
Lockheed is now tracking phones and walkie-talkies from space, and the UAE military is allegedly a “strong” customer Jack Poulson (Paul R). From last month, still germane.
Cryptographers Solve Decades-Old Privacy Problem Nautilus. Micael T: “Well, if only the 17 agencies wouldn’t demand a backdoor in exchange for not destroying the life of everybody using such an application.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Vladimir Putin to Extraordinary G20 Summit: “Dramatic transformation processes are underway in the world. New powerful global economic growth centres are emerging and gaining strength International Affairs (Micael T)
The Credibility Mirage American Conservative. In the 1960s, Johnson’s howlers about Vietnam led to the designation “credibility gap. Our contemporary media is much more deferential.
Never Stop Being Shocked By The Depravity Of The Empire Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Patrick Lawrence: What Died 60 Years Ago? Scheerpost (Chuck L)
Democrats en deshabille
Lawsuit Accuses Eric Adams of Sexual Abuse in 1993 New York Times (Kevin W)
How a Fervent Belief Split Silicon Valley—and Fueled the Blowup at OpenAI Wall Street Journal (David L)
Top 5 reasons why OpenAI was probably never really worth $86 billion Gary Marcus. Informative detail.
UnitedHealth uses AI model with 90% error rate to deny care, lawsuit alleges ars technica (Paul R)
When AI Hallucinates Nautilus (Micael T)
Right-wing influencers pledge to bail out Elon Musk after Apple, Disney, others suspend advertising on X Mashable. Paul R: “From the department of good luck with that.”
The Red State Brain Drain Isn’t Coming. It’s Happening Right Now. New Republic. Um, lots of people moved to Texas for then-cheaper housing and no income tax. My brother moved to Florida for similar reasons. The couple that bought my mother’s house in AL was from purple North Carolina. I only skimmed but this piece looks to be anecdata and that about OB/GYNs, and yes, they’d be leaving due to career risk with stoopid laws.
Antidote du jour. Bob H: “Great blue heron attacks egret, mid-coast Maine summer 2023.”
And a bonus (Chuck L):
It has been 23 days since this patient came to hospital and no one from his family came to visit him during these 23 days but there is a pigeon that comes
to bed every two days stays there for
a while then flies away Then we learn that
this patient of ours was sitting on a park… pic.twitter.com/uMDElOUZQD
— The Dalbo Dog (@Dalbodog) November 22, 2023
And a second bonus (Chuck L):
How a bear reacts to a mirror in the forest pic.twitter.com/qcRVIaui60
— Nature is Amazing ☘️ (@AMAZlNGNATURE) November 22, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.