Internet Use Does Not Appear To Harm Mental Health, Oxford Study Finds Financial Times. Debunking a non- or at best a-decided-minority thesis. The thesis is social media is bad for kids because bullying and under-development of social skills. It may be that the internet is net positive for adults for allowing for a more time-efficient to stay in contact with people than the phone and in-person meetings.
This Is Spinal Tap’s Long-Awaited Sequel Will Be Filmed In 2024 Metal Injection (Micael T)
After Melville The Baffler (Anthony L)
Lambert stomped on this meme yesterday but I still got a link from a reader: Is ‘Immunity Debt’ Behind China’s Rising Childhood Pneumonia Cases? Nerdy Girls in which a demographer pretends to be qualified to opine on immunology. I pointed out immune disregulation resulting from Covid as far more likely (consistent with rising baselines and severity of other contagious diseases like RSV), exacerbated in China with many apartment building having defective traps, allowing for the spread of fecal droplets along an entire plumbing line. Ugh. I sent these two links and was encouraged to pass them on to readers:
The Newest Airline Climate Solution? Burying Sawdust Wall Street Journal
Without Predators Ecosystems Become Zoos Counterpunch
The US retains the economic advantage in its rivalry with China Martin Wolf. I don’t have the energy to address this piece. Here is a non-paywalled link for those inclined to have at it.
In what seems like a very interesting comment on the issues facing the Chinese economy, PBoC Governor Pan Gongsheng warned that China's "ongoing economic transformation will be a long and difficult journey, but it’s a journey we must take."https://t.co/7JN85QkUOS
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) November 29, 2023
UK Covid response was London-centric, Andy Burnham tells inquiry Guardian (Kevin W)
Panama’s Supreme Court declares 20-year contract for Canadian copper mine unconstitutional Associated Press (Kevin W). Panama and Canada have a free trade agreement. And it has ISDS type provisions, but I have not had time to see if there might be germane carveouts.
Israel is More F*ckd Than You Know Max Rottersman (Dr. Kevin)
Israel’s war with Hamas will cost $53 billion, Israeli central bank says Business Insider (Kevin W). Just under 11% of 2021 GDP.
Israel’s ground war conundrum The Cradle
The Middle East at an inflection point Indian Punchline (Kevin W)
Three hundred thousand Israelis have fled abroad since 7 October Gilbert Doctorow (Userfriendly)
A Bitter Season in the West Bank New York Review of Books
Deepfakes from Gaza war increase fears about AI’s power to mislead Associated Press (furzy)
New Not-So-Cold War
Russian State TV’s Unfortunate Looking Map Sparks Avalanche of Jokes, Memes Newsweek. Micael T: “It is a bit of a pity to waste such a beautiful thing on a country led by such confused people.”
The crackdown on Ukraine’s oligarchs Financial Times. Starting as the looting opportunities are drying up.
Economist: Ukraine polling shows Zelensky losing in a presidential election (which Zelensky conveniently canceled anyway) to Zaluzhny, and Zelensky is far less trusted than Zaluzhny or his military-intel chief Budanov.
Don’t expect Zelensky to go down without a fight. https://t.co/dxMWWNUFYn
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) November 29, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Moderna is Spying on You Lee Fang
Google Drive users say Google lost their files; Google is investigating ars technica (Kevin W). Confirming my prejudice against cloud-based services. You no longer own your data.
Imperial Collapse Watch
ADRIFT ON A SEA OF DELUSIONS Sonar 21. A very good guest post. Chuck L: “With elites like R. Gates who needs enemies?”
The End of US Nuclear Superiority Consortium News (Micael T)
Thread: Manpower and Force Generation Choices
The ongoing wars in Ukraine and Gaza have resurrected debates around old concepts like mobilization and force structure. A few years ago, these were just esoteric topics for military historians to chew on, but now they are back. (1) pic.twitter.com/Ah1TwVblGc
— Big Serge ☦️🇺🇸🇷🇺 (@witte_sergei) November 28, 2023
Why Trump’s Trials Should Be on TV New Yorker (furzy)
Deutsche Bank Executive Testifies Loan to Trump Wasn’t Unusual Bloomberg. Bank haircut Trump valuations bigly, made loan to him, and testified this is pretty common practice for them.
Biden’s economic blame game The Spectator
Hunter Has a Hearing Date But He Has Demands Jonathan Turley
Our No Longer Free Press
Instagram Reels served ‘risqué footage of children’ next to ads for major companies: report New York Post (Kevin W)
“Anti-Disinformation” Is a Partisan Con Matt Taibbi (Jaonne S)
Most recent data shows homes sold for less in Shawnee County. Here’s August’s median price Topeka Capital-Journal. Robin K:
Apropos of US housing sales declining: The declines in sales and sales prices in Shawnee County (where the Capitol is) and the rest of Kansas made my head spine. Looks like a full-fledged depression.
A rural post office was told to prioritize Amazon packages. Chaos ensued. Washington Post (Kevin W)
Taylor Swift does not exist Sam Kriss Userfriendly: “roflmao.”
Tesla sues Swedish government after worker rebellion cripples car biz The Register (Kevin W)
China’s new cancer drug is approved in the US but will cost 30 times more South China Morning Post
The Tesla battle is about so much more than Sweden. Aftonbladet via machine translation. Micael T: “Background: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/nov/21/tesla-sweden-unions-us-strikes-blockade-carmaker”
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus. A real life “up dog”!
Animals are the best 😁😁😁👇 pic.twitter.com/AXzRqFGWaJ
— Bears Eat Beets (@xBearsEatBeetsx) November 29, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.